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"Sarah . . . Put down that novel!"

Browne, Sara Hall.  A book for the eldest daughter. Boston: Massachusetts Sabbath School Society, 1849. 18mo (15.9 cm, 6.25"). 279 pp.

A series of letters written to "Sarah," advising her on everything she should know in => the physical, mental, moral, and spiritual areas of life from the time she is "little" through her years as a "boarding scholar" and unto her commencement of life as a young teacher. "I shall speak very plainly of a great many subjects upon which little girls especially require advice and direction; and I shall expect you will try to remember and profit by my suggestions." => There are conduct pointers here on behavior at a deathbed and on proper care of library books.
        The engraved frontispiece of "The Eldest Daughter" was done by Oliver Pelton. The text is presented within a delicate coiled border and with a tailpiece at the end of each chapter, with an additional small engraving on the last page.
        WorldCat locates only five U.S. institutional copies.

Publisher's brown cloth with gilt lettering and decoration to spine and blind decoration to boards, extremities bumped, boards faded with small spots of darkening; front hinge (inside) cracked, majority of front free endpaper (with partial ownership inscription remaining) and entirety of rear free endpaper and rear fly-leaf removed. Light foxing throughout; heavier foxing to frontispiece and tissue guard. => A solid and acceptable copy of this guide for American "Victorian" girls.  (37811)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

McWhinnie, James; & Woman's American Baptist Home Mission Society.  History of Kadiak Orphanage, Wood Island, Alaska: 1892-1912. Chicago: Woman's American Baptist Home Mission Society, 1912. 12mo. 20 pp., illus., plates.

Revised edition. Illustrated with black and white half-tones. Baptist missionary activity among the Eskimo.
        WorldCat locates only three U.S. libraries reporting ownership.

Ex-library with a few stamps in margins. In a library pamphlet card binding.  (37977)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Aldine-Published Poem on HUNTING

Conti, Natale.  Natalis Comitum Veneti De venatione, libri IIII. Hieronymi Ruscellii scholiis brevissimis illustrati. Venetiis: [colophon:] Apud Aldi filios, 1551. 8vo (15.5 cm, 6"). 44, [4] ff.

Sole Aldine edition of Conti's four-part poem on => hunting and also the first edition overall; it enjoyed considerable success during the author's lifetime (1520–82) and was incorporated in many editions of his Mythologiae (first edition, 1567). The five pages of the final four leaves contain the scholia of the polymath Girolamo Ruscelli (c.1500–66), who was also a versifier of talent.
        Conti, a Humanist and historian, is now best remembered as a mythographer who believed that the Classical presenters of myths meant them to be read as allegory.
        Binding: 19th-century crushed midnight blue morocco, round spine with four raised bands forming five spine compartments, four of which are further defined by a single gilt rule on four sides and have each a gilt floral device in the center; each band accented with gilt beading. Author and title gilt in the fifth compartment and at base of bottom compartment, in gilt, place and date of publication. Both boards with a simple gilt triple-fillet border, board edges with a single gilt fillet, turn-ins gilt-tooled with an intricate roll. Endpapers of a French combed-up pattern.
        Provenance: From the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.
        Renouard opines: "Mince volume devenu rare."

EDIT 16 CNCE 13162; Index Aurel. 144.003; Renouard, Alde, 152:14; Adams C2431; UCLA, Aldine Press: Catalogue of the Ahmanson-Murphy Collection (2001), 405; Kallendorf & Wells, Aldine Press Books, 348; Ebert, Allgemeines bibliographisches Lexikon, 5036; Schwerdt, I, 118. Binding as above. => A very nice copy in all respects.  (37914)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Children's PACIFIC Adventures in a Lovely Decorated Binding

Optic, Oliver [pseud. of William Taylor Adams].  Pacific shores or adventures in eastern seas. Boston: Lee & Shepard, 1898. 12mo (19.1 cm, 7.5"). xii, 392, [6] pp.; illus.

From the "All-Over-the-World Library" — the fourth volume of the third series. "Oliver Optic" (i.e., William Taylor Adams, 1822–97) was an American teacher and writer of children's literature series, most targeted towards a young male audience, eventually comprising over 100 full-length books and around 1000 additional stories. The present adventure, set in Japan, Australia, New Zealand, and the Fiji Islands, is => illustrated with eight black and white illustrations (including a frontispiece) by A. Burnham Shute. This copy was published in the year after the work was copyrighted.
        Binding: Publisher's chocolate brown cloth with gilt and black lettering to spine and front board; a fast-hauling sailing ship at sea surges across the front cover in gilt, black, and white.
        Provenance: On front free endpaper, inked inscription reading "Robert B. Bradley, 18 James St., Newark, N.J., for his birthday, 1899."

Sternick, Bibliography of 19th-Century Children's Series Books, 894. Bound as above; minor bumping and rubbing to extremitiesm ink from inscription transferred to front pastedown. => Lovely, exceptionally sturdy, and LIVELY.  (37905)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Anti-Papal Mockery — Latin Verse & Prose — Signed French Binding

[Curione, Celio Secondo].  Pasquillorum tomi duo. Quorum primo versibus ac rhythmis, altero soluta oratione conscripta quamplurima continentur... Eleutheropoli: [Johann Oporinus], 1543. 8vo (13.9 cm, 5.5"). [16], 537 (i.e., 637), [1] pp.

First edition of this gathering of pasquinades, or political and religious satires, mostly in Latin. Published anonymously, with a false imprint that translates to "Free City" or "City of Liberty," these lampoons were collected by a prominent humanist scholar (known in his day as Caelius Secundus Curio) who spent much of his career fleeing persecution by the Church. The denunciations of anti-Reformation thought include Hutten's Trias Romana (in German), Erasmus' Pasquillus, and Curione's own Pasquillus ecstaticus. The text is for the most part printed in an attractive italic — the Hutten German text being an exception, in black letter — with => two decorative capitals hand-illuminated in red, blue, and gold.
        Binding: 19th-century straight-grained red morocco, spine with gilt rules and gilt-stamped club, scepter, and wreath motif in compartments; covers framed in single gilt fillet and elegant gilt roll, board edges with single gilt fillet, turn-ins with gilt Greek key roll. All edges gilt. Spine stamped "Rel[iure] p[ar] Bozerian Jeune," i.e,. renowned binder => François Bozerian (1765–1826), younger brother of the equally notable binder Jean-Claude Bozerian.
        Evidence of Readership: Pencilled marks of emphasis in margins, and occasional early inked marginalia in Latin; final leaf with early inked verses on each side: "Oenigma de Collogino" and "Epigraphium Tilonis Ditmarri [sic] civis Goslariani [sic]."
        Provenance: Front pastedown with armorial bookplate of the Earl of Mexborough, with motto "Be fast." Later in the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.

Adams P390; Barbier, IV, 1338; Brunet, IV, 410; Index Aurel. 148.564; VD16 C6433. Binding as above, extremities showing mild shelfwear. Bookplates as above; front free endpaper with old cataloguing for this copy affixed, front fly-leaf with early inked note ("très rare") and ownership inscription (in a different hand), possibly "Wright." Intermittent staining, mostly but not entirely confined to early portion of volume. => A solid, attractive, and intriguing copy, hand-embellished and in a signed binding.  (37912)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Brunet: "Belle Édition" — Sole Italian Estienne — Tall Copy

Alamanni, Luigi.  La coltivatione di Luigi Alamanni al christianissimo re Francesco Primo. Parigi: Ruberto Stephano, 1546. 8vo (20.8 cm, 8.2"). [2], 154, [2] ff.

First edition of Alamanni's "famous didactic poem on the care of fields and gardens" (Schreiber, Estiennes), inspired by Virgil's Georgics. The author was a Florentine-born humanist, poet, and diplomat who spent much of his life in the service of Francis I and Henry II of France, and who — possibly as a peace offering for having once participated in a conspiracy against her father — dedicated the present work to the Dauphine, Catherine de' Medici.
        Set in Simon de Colines's Great Primer Chancery Italic, this poetic tribute to agriculture is => the only work Estienne printed in Italian. Schreiber notes that the tallest copy he had seen measured 8 1/4", with the current example coming very close to that; the dedication, errata, and privilege are all present here.
        Provenance: Front pastedown with bookplates of Fratelli Salimbeni (with shelving number) and of "G.P.C." (with woodcut image of Pegasus and motto "Nec adversa retorquent"); front fly-leaf with early inked annotation "H.III.161" and lined-through (still partially legible) inscription "Bibliotheque Vallicellane"; title-page with early inked inscription "Petri Salvati - V." surrounding printer's vignette, and obscured inscription in lower portion. Later in the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.

Adams A409; Brunet, I, 125; Renouard, Estienne, 68:22; Schreiber, Estiennes, 88. Later vellum, spine with gilt-stamped red leather title-label and gilt-stamped blue leather publication label; vellum with minimal dust-soiling and traces of wear to extremities, two bottom-most spine compartments with later replacement (blank) vellum "labels," one now starting to peel slightly. All edges stained blue. Bookplates and inscriptions as above; front free endpaper with later pencilled annotations (one giving incorrect Adams reference). One early inked marginal annotation. Pages gently age-toned, with intermittent minor foxing to margins; final leaf with small paper flaws in lower margin. => An attractive copy of an interesting and significant volume.  (37916)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

La Mort Ny Mord

Holbein, Hans; Anatole de Montaiglon, ed.  L'alfabeto della morte di Hans Holbein. Parigi: Edwin Tross (pr. by Firmin Didot), 1856. 8vo (23 cm, 9.1"). [36] pp.; illus.

First edition: Italian version of the stunning Firmin Didot–printed rendering of the Dance of Death, inspired by Holbein's work. The textual selections from early Christian saints, given in Latin, are accompanied by quatrains in Italian and prefaced by an Italian introduction written by Luigi Odorici — unlike the English and French editions published by Tross in the same year, which were both introduced by Anatole de Montaiglon, who had made the editorial selections.
        Each meditation on death opens with a reproduction of one of Holbein's initials, done by Heinrich Loedel, with => the whole alphabet being represented except, of course, J and U; and each page is framed in an exquisite death-themed, wood-engraved => border done by Léon le Maire after designs from a Book of Hours printed by Simon Vostre. The => original front wrapper is preserved here, and the pages are untrimmed, resulting in some leaves having very wide margins.
        Provenance: From the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.

Brunet, III, 259 (for French ed. only). 19th-century quarter printed cloth with marbled paper–covered boards, spine with gilt-stamped decorative bands and gilt-stamped black leather title-label; minor rubbing to extremities. Mild age-toning and foxing throughout, more noticeable on bound-in wrapper; wrapper with inner portion repaired some time ago. => Attractive and interesting.  (37927)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

The "Foundation Stone of the Golden Cockerel Press"

Coppard, A.E.  Adam & Eve & pinch me: Tales. Waltham Saint Lawrence, Berkshire: The Golden Cockerel Press; London: Birrell & Garnett, 1921. 8vo (19.7 cm, 7.75"). 140, [4 (blank)] pp.

First edition, first printing of the author's first book, and => the first work printed by the Golden Cockerel Press: 12 fantastical tales from an author noted for his mastery of the short story form. The proprietors of the press, in Chanticleer, describe their debut effort as "an unpretentious little volume . . . scrupulously unaffected." There were 550 copies printed altogether, with => only 160 bound in white buckram as seen with the present example.

Golden Cockerel Press, Chanticleer (1921–36), 1. Publisher's white buckram, spine with printed paper shelving label; spine label slightly rubbed and with chip to lower edge touching "Press," cloth showing minor bubbling and light dust-soiling. Offsetting to endpapers as often seen. Signatures unopened (except for the title-story). Slip of old cataloguing laid in. A clean and => so far unread copy of the now-uncommon first Golden Cockerel production. (Be the first?)  (37922)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Chiswick Press Reprints This Satiric 17th-Century WOMEN's Dialogue

Rowlands, Samuel.  Tis merry when gossips meet. London: [Reprinted by C. Whittingham at the Chiswick Press], 1818]. 8vo (20.3 cm, 8"). 40 pp.

A satirical poem originally printed for John Deane in 1609. This humorous conversation in iambic pentameter and six-line stanzas exposes => what women discussed in the absence of men (or, at least, what a male writer believed women discussed): A wife, a maid, and a widow compare their situations in life while drinking in a tavern; their "gossips" about men, courtship, and work become more lively as the night progresses. => A small, entirely charming woodcut of the three women (very much at their ease!) adorns the title-page.
        Samuel Rowlands (c. 1573–1630) was an English pamphlet writer whose prose and verse focuses on the lives of lower middle-class Londoners. In an introduction to Rowlands' complete works, Edmund Gosse wrote that, although not much is known of him, his poems are "remarkably smooth, with the even grace and monotonous polish of a writer to whom the art of verse presents no difficulties. . . ."
        Provenance: On front pastedown, a small booklabel marked "H.W. to F.F.G., 1840." Most recently in the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.

Not in Ing, Charles Whittingham. Original blue paper-covered boards with printed paper spine label; edges, spine, spine label, and boards rubbed, with small crack along front joint. Booklabels as above; front free endpaper with pencilled ownership inscription dated 1935. Very faint staining and foxing to pages; edges untrimmed. => A pleasant copy of this engaging reprint.  (37896)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

A Handsomely Printed, Limited Edition Account of Webster's Travels

Paige, Harriette Story, & Edward Gray.  Daniel Webster in England: Journal of Harriette Story Paige, 1839. Boston & New York: Houghton Mifflin Co. (pr. by Riverside Press), 1917. 8vo (21.1 cm, 8.25"). x, [1], 370, [1] pp.

"Five hundred and seventy copies of this book, of which five hundred are for sale, were printed at The Riverside Press, Cambridge, U.S.A., in December, 1917." Harriette Story Paige (1809–63) and her husband James, being on very intimate terms with Daniel Webster and his first wife Grace, accompanied them to England (and Wales and Scotland) in 1839, Mrs. Paige recording her impressions of the places seen and people met in a journal "for the benefit of friends at home."
        This chastely designed, crisply printed, and sympathetically bound Riverside printing of her text, edited by Edward Gray and provided with footnotes in addition to her own annotations, is illustrated with sepia-toned portraits of Paige and the Websters and => incorporates a fold-out facsimile page of the original journal.
        Provenance: From the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.

Publisher's quarter cream cloth with marbled paper sides and gilt-stamped black leather spine label; very minor scuffs to spine and spine-ends. Housed within the original black slipcase with cream label and black lettering, the former lightly rubbed and the latter a little chipped. Signatures unopened; pages with deckled edges. => An attractive book in attractive condition.  (37866)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Exposure of American Corruption — A Signed Decorated Binding

Phillips, David Graham.  The plum tree. New York: Grosset & Dunlap, (1905). 8vo (19.5 cm, 7.625"). 389, [3] pp.; illus.

From an influential muckraker, a novel on corruption in American politics. David Graham Phillips (1867–1911) was an American novelist and investigative journalist known for his "Treason of the [U.S.] Senate" series of articles published in Cosmopolitan, which influenced the ratification of the 17th Amendment to the Constitution. His novels often commented on social and political issues and drew from his real-life journalistic experiences. This later printing features => four black and white illustrations (including the frontispiece) by E.M. Ashe.
        Binding: Publisher's grey cloth with light and dark blue lettering on spine and front board, decorated with images of a plum tree (get it??) growing dollar signs stamped in light blue, dark blue and ochre. The cream dust jacket bears the same design with green decorations and lettering. => Signed by Rome K. Richardson.

BAL 15961 (for first ed.); Minsky, Art of American Book Covers, p. 93. Bound as above, with age-toned and chipped dust jacket having small tears along edges and larger tears at joints and fore-edges, bottom two inches of spine detached but present. Volume with small tear at spine-head, extremities of boards bumped; a handful of leaves with creased corners and bumping to fore-edges (not margins), and wrinkling to p. 383 that appears to have occurred during printing. => A rather nice copy, seemingly uncommon in the dust jacket.  (37904)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Firebaugh, Ellen M.  The physician's wife and the things that pertain to her life. Philadelphia: F. A. Davis Company, 1904. 8vo (21.6 cm; 8.5"). xi, 186 pp.

A wonderful later printing of this illustrated tale of a woman and her doctor husband. Full-page and in-text illustrations are placed throughout the story demonstrating the couple's life together, plus a frontispiece of the author with protective tissue.
        Largely first-person account of the trials and tribulations — and the joys as well — of country doctors' wives, from an author who had been ruefully surprised to find that a massive volume on the lives of physicians made only one small remark regarding their spouses. Firebaugh, also the author of the novel The Story of a Doctor's Telephone, here writes with humor and sympathy; her tales are illustrated with a frontispiece portrait and "forty-four photo-engravings of sketches from life."

Publisher's green cloth with green-stamped lettering to front board and gilt lettering to spine. Extremities rubbed; boards faintly soiled. Foxing to edges. => A pleasant and sturdy copy.  (37788)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

"Another Successful Step in the Exploration of Inner Asia"

Przheval’skii (Prejevalsky), Nikolai Mikhailovich; E. Delmar Morgan, trans.  From Kulja, across the Tian Shan to Lob-Nor. London: Sampson Low, Marston, Searle, & Rivington, 1879. 8vo (22.8 cm, 9"). xii, 251, 32 pp.; 2 maps.

Nikolai Mikhailovich Przheval’skii (1839–88) was a Russian geographer and explorer. His expeditions => extensively contributed to Europe's knowledge of Central Asia and advanced the study of the region's geography, fauna, and flora, earning him the Founder's Gold Medal from the Royal Geographical Society in 1879, as well as a breed of horse named in his honor.
        In his second expedition to Central Asia (1876–77), documented here, Przheval’skii traveled through Kulja, today called Yining, to Lop Nur, although the ultimate goal of reaching Lhasa was not achieved due to an illness and worsening relations with China. For this => first English edition, English explorer Edward Delmar Morgan translated the account of the trek and Thomas Douglas Forsyth provided an introduction. The volume includes => two color folding maps; the larger shows Przheval’skii's journey through South Asia in 1877 and the smaller one depicts the "comparison between Chinese and Prejevalsky's geography from tracings by Baron Richthofen."
        Evidence of Readership: On the title-page, beside the author's name, "London 5/11/88 — Telegram death of Col. Prejevalsky while on expedition to Thibet." Occasionally, an inked or penciled mark or number in a margin.
        Provenance: On verso of title-page, signature of M. Holzmann and (in a different hand) "C.J.M. 5944." Most recently in the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.

NSTC 0618155. Publisher's brown cloth with gilt lettering to spine and minimal black decoration; light rubbing with a bit of unobtrusive spotting, corners a little bumped and a sliver of loss to spine-head. Finger smudges to front free endpaper, three small tears along folds to largest folding map. => An interesting and important expedition; a copy complete with the colored maps.  (37867)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Handsome, Scholarly Edition of Dibdin's Cambridge Notebook

Dibdin, Thomas Frognall; Renato Rabaiotti, ed.; David McKitterick, comp.  Horae bibliographicae cantabrigiensis. A facsimile of Dibdin's Cambridge notebook, 1823. With readings from the Library Companion, 1824. New Castle [DE]: Oak Knoll [colophon: Verona: Martino Mardersteig in the Stamperia Valdonega], 1989. 4to (24.8 cm, 9.75"). [6], 11–79, [3] pp.; facs.

Well-constructed facsimile of Dibdin's 1823 notebook with a detailed introduction by Renato Rabaiotti, excerpts from Dibdin's Library Companion facing appropriate facsimiles, and a then-current finding-list of books, manuscripts, and prints examined by Dibdin in Cambridge libraries, as compiled by David McKitterick.
        Mardersteig printed 250 copies of the text in Monotype Times 10/11 24 gr. on paper from Magnani of Pescia, Italy, with plentiful margins and more facsimiles on the endpapers.
        Provenance: From the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.

Quarter black calf and grey paper–covered boards, gilt lettering on spine, and black ribbon placemarker. Housed in a grey paper–covered slipcase with uneven fading from sun; slipcase otherwise as new, as the volume itself is. => Worthy of any admirer of Dibdin or McKitterick.  (37907)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

"Retrospective" Engraved Interior, Stunning Signed Binding

Augustine, Saint, Bishop of Hippo.  S. Augustines manuell, or litle booke of the contemplation of Christ, or of Gods worde, whereby the remembraunce of the heavenly desires whiche is falne a sleepe may be quickned up agayne. [colophon: London: Reprinted by Spottiswoodes & Shaw, 1850]. 32mo (15.3 cm, 6"). [2], 115 pp.

An ambitiously "antiquarian" Victorian reprint of a 16th-century "little book of contemplation," originally published by English Protestant printer John Daye in 1577, here presented in a bright signed binding. The title-page is in roman type, and the preface and main text are printed in black-letter with running heads, section captions, and mottos at each page foot in roman. The elaborate interior contains => 16 distinct historiated wood-engraved borders featuring saints kneeling in prayer, each used multiple times, and the title-page and preface sport borders of printers' flowers.
        Binding: Red calf with beveled boards, gilt lettering and four raised bands to spine, gilt filigree starburst center devices in spine compartments. Boards with two concentric rectangular compartments defined by double-gilt rules; corners of outer compartments with Maltese crosses; centermost compartments with a wonderful gilt filigree diamond-shaped center device — so delicate and precise! — urrounded by an equally eye-pleasing gilt "spiky" roll and gilt floral-spray corner devices. Board edges and turn-ins tooled with a gilt rope roll. Marbled endpapers. All edges gilt and black silk ribbon bookmark intact. => Binding signed by Josiah Westley.
        Provenance: On front pastedown,bookplate of Lestocq Robert Erskine, a Scottish tennis player (he took part in the 1877 Wimbledon Championship) and politician, pasted over another bookplate; on recto of rear free endpaper, 19th-century bookseller's label of W. Heath. Most recently in the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.
        => An evocative type-facsimile of Daye's Elizabethan edition with a heavy overlaying of English Victorian "Gothic."

Bound as above, small spots of rubbing; very minor age-toning to leaves and end of silk bookmark frayed. => A lovely presentation of this pious text in a fine, even "knock-out" binding.  (37886)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

"Shakspearean" Inspiration?

[Singer, Samuel Weller, ed.].  Shakspeare's [sic] jest book. Chiswick: From the Press of C. Whittingham, 1814–15. 8vo (20 cm, 7.875"). xxxii, 116, [2], xi, [1], 26, [2], xxviii, 121, [3] pp.

Cleverly marketed and in fact valuable Chiswick Press reprint of two humorous Elizabethan short story collections, first Tales, and Quicke Answeres, Very Mery, and Pleasant to Rede from the edition printed by Berthelet around 1535, and second A C. Mery Talys from John Rastell's edition, printed about 1525. Singer had in 1814 issued the first title alone as "Shakspeare's Jest Book," believing it was quite probably a collection of facetiae drawn on for Much Ado about Nothing; then, in 1815, after a scholar had discovered the second work disguised within a pasteboard, he promptly => printed the two together to correct "the fallacy of our [first] gesture" — for, surely, the second was the referenced text!
        This offering consists of the aforementioned two parts and => a supplement with 26 extra tales taken from a newly discovered (in 1815) edition printed in 1567 by H. Wykes of theTales, and Quicke Answeres. Each section has a separate title-page and introduction explaining its Shakespearean connection and origin story, with canvassing also of the editor's scholarly processes and his decisions to offer his tales with original orthography, in their full "licentiousness," and with their original "moral reflections." A short glossary of Elizabethan words is provided, and the second preface is signed in type "S.W.S.," i.e., Samuel Weller Singer.
        Provenance: From the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.

19th-century half black morocco and marbled paper–covered sides, spine lettered in gilt, with differently patterned marbled endpapers and black silk placemarker, top edge gilt; rubbed at corners and edges. Light age-toning with very occasional off-setting and a few spots, light pencilling referencing a 1925 Goodspeed's price on title-page. => A testament to 19th-century Shakespeare mania and a resonant, even cautionary tale for scholars of any ilk in any era.  (37850)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Epic French Legends — Inscribed by the Author — Printed by Firmin Didot

Morice, Emile; Joseph Adolphe Ferdinand Langlé.  L'historial du jongleur. Chroniques et légendes françaises. Paris: A la Librairie de Firmin Didot, 1829. 8vo (23 cm, 9"). [8], cxxxvii (i.e., ccxxxvii), [3], 64 pp.; illus.

Gothic-decorated collection of French legends, including the tales "Le Droit de Nopçage," "Le Jugement de Dieu," "La Cour de Jussienne," "Le Voeu du Faisan," and "Le Dict des Crieries et Encombrements de Paris." Didot printed the title-page in red and black and embellished the text itself with "ornées d'initiales, vignettes, et fleurons imités des manuscrits originaux," several of which are colored in blue, green, red, pink, silver, or => gold, or combinations thereof. Two of the stories open with illustrated borders, and another one has a full-page illustration preceding the text; notes follow the stories to help readers better understand the "antique" text.
        Provenance: Author's inked inscription "A mon bon ami, Amand Lemire [/] E. Morice" on front free endpaper. From the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.

Printed paper over boards imitating 16th-century strap-work and panelling on covers, with gilt lettering on otherwise plain spine and four gold dots at the corners of the covers' inner panels; rubbed with some paper chipped, front upper corner and hinge cracked, front free endpaper reattached with paste and chipped at bottom. Light to moderate age-toning and foxing throughout; colors and illumination remarkably bright. => A pretty little thing with plenty of charm.  (37895)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Black Sun Edition of a Connolly 100 Selection

Saint-Exupéry, Antoine de.  Night flight. Paris: Crosby Continential Editions, 1932. Square 16mo (16.2 cm, 6.375") 189, [3] pp.

American expatriates Harry and Caresse Crosby founded the Black Sun press in Paris in 1927 to publish their own work, originally under the name "Éditions Narcisse" and with "Crosby Continential Editions" as yet another of their imprints. The press published many of the Lost Generation of American authors; in the year that this work appeared, it also printed Kay Boyle's Year Before Last, Robert McAlmon's Indefinite Huntress, Hemingway's Torrents of Spring, Faulkner's Sanctuary, and Dorothy Parker's Laments for the Living. Its stable of writers was wide, however, and included => just about anyone who was "modern" no matter the nationality.
        Saint-Exupéry (1900–44) published Vol de nuit in 1931, based on his experiences as an airmail pilot and director of the Aeroposta Argentina airline. It was an instant bestseller and Stuart Gilbert's translation into English quickly followed in 1932. Here that translation carries a preface by André Gide, in the first Black Sun Press edition.
        Cyril Connolly's The Modern Movement: One Hundred Key Books from England, France, and America 1880–1950 included Night Flight as one of four books for 1931.

Publisher's printed wrappers. A very good copy.  (37910)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

"I Am the Colonel Sahib's Son"

Kipling, Rudyard.  Wee Willie Winkie, and other child stories. Allahabad: Published by Messrs. A.H. Wheeler & Co., [1889]. 8vo (22 cm, 8.625"). [1 (ad)] f., [1 (title)] f., 104 pp., [4 (ads)] ff.

First edition, or as Richards says "First (Indian) Edition," in the => first state of the wrappers. These stories, with the exception of "The Drums of the Fore and Aft," are "Reprinted in chief from the 'Week's news'" (title-page) and include "Wee Willie Winkie," "Baa, Baa Black Sheep," and "His Majesty the King." This is vol. 6 in => "A.H. Wheeler & Co.'s Indian Railway Library" series.
        A good deal has been written about "Wee Willie Winkie" and the other short stories here, much of it negative-revisionary in nature, but we would call one's attention to John McGivering's evenhanded (but perhaps partisan) observations on the Kipling Society website: "Looking at this story of a spoilt and precocious child in the cold light of the 21st Century, it seems at first sight most unlikely, even in a work of fiction, that such a child could so confront and outface a gang of wild armed men. However, considering the status of the British in India in that era, and looking at Kipling’s account of his own childhood in Bombay reflected in the first part of 'Baa Baa, Black Sheep' . . . it is perhaps not as implausible as it seems."
        The illustrations on the wrappers are by Kipling's father, John L. Kipling, and were engraved on wood at the Mayo Art School in Lahore where he was the principal.

Richards A19; Stewart 54; Martindell 34; Livingston 43. Never bound, in original green wrappers lightly soiled; light discoloration to lower corners of wrappers, front one with an old crease, short tear at base of spine. Advertisement leaf before title-leaf (not called for in any bibliography) torn and detached but present. A fragile publication, housed for protection in a red cloth chemise.  (37903)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

By the Mentor, about the Mentee — Signed Binding by Hayday

Evelyn, John.  The life of Mrs. Godolphin. London: William Pickering, 1848. 16mo (17.5 cm, 6.875"). xviii, 291 pp.

Here in a delightful signed binding, this affectionate account of Mrs. Godolphin's life, by writer and diarist John Evelyn (1620–1706), was passed down through his family until 1847 when Edward Venables-Vernon-Harcourt allowed its publication with the assistance and editorship of Samuel Wilberforce. Margaret Godolphin (1652–78) was a British courtier married to one of the leading politicians of the time, Sidney Godolphin. She chose Evelyn as a mentor and paternal figure; they remained close until her early death due to complications from childbirth.
        The volume, one of the third edition, is illustrated by a => pensive engraved frontispiece of Mrs. Goldophin,by William Humphreys, from an original painting by Matthew Dixon. The work also includes five genealogical tables.
        Binding: Black morocco–covered boards with beveled edges, covers framed by two sets of blind double-rules and with an embossed center medallion; spine with raised bands, gilt lettering, blind-stamped devices in compartments, and blind rules extending from bands onto covers. Marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. => Signed by Hayday.
        Provenance: From the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.

Kelly, Checklist of Books Published by William Pickering, 1847.5 (not noting the 1848 reprints); Keynes, William Pickering (rev. ed.), 65. Bound as above. Minor rubbing to spine-ends and joints, scuffs and faint scrapes to boards, corners bumped. Light stains to very edges of frontispiece, offsetting to title-page, and gutter crack to p. 290. => Lovely and sturdy overall.  (37862)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Pogány's Rubaiyat

Omar Khayyam; Willy Pogány, illus.  Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyäm. Philadelphia: David McKay Co., (1942). 4to (24.5 cm, 9.625"). [3] ff., [1], 101 (i.e., 120), [1] pp. (incl. frontis.); illus.

Whether or not the medieval Persian mathematician-astronomer-astrologer Omar Khayyam (1048–1131) wrote the poems that compose the Rubaiyat seems less important than the impact that Edward FitzGerald's 1859 translation of it has had on the English public, beginning with its embrace by the Pre-Raphaelites and continuing to this day. It is => by far the best-known collection of Persian poetry in the Anglo world.
        FitzGerald's translation has, in many of its editions, been printed in typographically attractive ways. It has also invited artists to visually interpret the poems. One of the sought-after illustrated editions is this one, with => 16 full- and four partial-page black and white, Art Nouveau–inflected illustrations from the mind and hand of Hungarian-born Willy Pogány (1882–1955).
        Binding: Crushed midnight blue-green morocco, covers bordered by a gilt double fillet and richly gilt with large corner designs of delicate floral vines in a pointillé field edged by gently rolling curves, the center points of which direct the eye to a large arabesque gilt center device of interlocking straps that embrace another pointillé field incorporating small roses and one large, central, Tudor-like rose. Spine lettered in gilt and sympathetically worked with gilt beading, pointillé filigree, and floral vine designs. Turn-ins tooled in gilt; top edge gilt.

Bound as above, very lightly rubbed and endpapers with offsetting from turn-ins. Light age-toning especially at edges. => Very good condition, clean and handsome.  (37906)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

England's First Home-Grown Gardening Book

Hyll [Hill], Thomas.  The profitable arte of gardening: to which is added much necessarie matter, and a number of secrets, with the phisicke helps belonging to each hearbe, and that easily prepared. London: Edward Allde, 1593. 4to (19.2 cm, 7.55"). [8], 164 pp. (lacking pp. 57/58, 65–68, 83/84, & final 92 pp. appendix); illus.

Early, uncommon edition of the => first general treatise on gardening in English: an Elizabethan florilegium of growing advice and medicinal lore, compiled by an author who also published under the amusing semi–nom de plume "Didymus Mountain." For this popular work, Hill selected and "Englished" quotations and information from classic texts including those of Pliny, Cato, Theophrastus, Aristotle, Dioscorides, Galen, among others; it was originally published ca. 1558 under the title A Briefe Treatyse of Gardening.
        The text, much of which is printed in black letter, is illustrated with three attractive in-text woodcuts of mazes and an enclosed garden (the latter first used on the title-page of the first edition, but appearing here in the text instead), as well as with a full-page diagram of "a proper knot for a Garden, where is spare rome enough, the which may be set either with Time or Isope, at the discretion of the Gardener." The appendices mentioned on the title-page (on beekeeping, husbandry, and tree grafting, under a separate title-page and with separate pagination) are not present in this copy.
        Provenance: From the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.

ESTC S104120; Henrey, I, 200; Hunt Botanical Cat., 167; Luborsky & Ingram, Guide to English Illustrated Books, 13495; Graesse, III, 279. Not in Adams or Brunet. Early 20th-century half blue cloth and marbled paper–covered sides, spine with gilt-stamped title; spine and edges sunned to tan, cloth showing some minor bubbling. Lacking pages 57/58, 65–68, and 83/84 as well as the final appendix as described above. Two leaves with unobtrusive, neatly done repairs and one with slightly more noticeable repair, not obscuring sense; one leaf with small hole and short tear in upper outer corner, not touching text. Center of volume with small area of worming at lower inner portions, generally in between lines but occasionally touching a few letters. Pages age-toned, some with mild to moderate waterstaining in most outer margins, with last portion more generally and darkly stained; scattered spots of mild staining and foxing elsewhere. => Imperfect, and so priced, but still scarce and desirable.  (37841)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Homer in Greek, Using Proctor's Type

Homer (Homerus).  [one line in Greek, transliterated as] Homēri Odysseia. Oxford: Pr. at the University Press, 1909. Tall 4to (29 cm, 11.5"). [4 (3 blank)], [227], [3 (blank)] ff.

The aesthetic of the fine press movement of the 19th century influenced many non-small press publishers in the 20th century, and here we have => a university press producing a gorgeous limited edition of the Odyssey. Issued in only 225 copies on handmade paper, printed in black and red with wide side and bottom margins, the text is that of David Binning Monro's Oxford Press, 1896, printing. Horace Hart composed it using the Greek type that Robert Proctor designed based on the Greek type of the Complutem Bible, which was used "by arrangement with the owners of the type" (colophon). Proctor's type was cut in just one size — large — making it, in reality, useable only in fine press work and spectacular there.
        Provenance: From the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.

Publisher's quarter linen, light blue boards, paper label to spine. All edges untrimmed. Without the slipcase. Paper label a little darkened and rubbed, a few spots of discoloration to the linen, boards a little dusty; lower outer corner of front board with a small waterstain. Interior fresh. => A beautiful book.  (37861)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

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Early Estienne Bibliography — With the Often-Lacking Appendix

Maittaire, Michael.  Stephanorum historia, vitas ipsorum ac libros complectens. Londini: typis Benj. Motte, impensis Christoph. Bateman, 1709. 8vo (19.8 cm, 7.75"). 2 vols. in 1. I: ix, [5], 4, [2], 5–564 pp.; illus. II: 5, [1], 133, [1], 7 pp.

First edition of an early bio-bibliography of the Estienne printing family, from perspectives both of Classical scholarship and typographic appreciation. In addition to writing about them, Maittaire (1668–1747) also collected early printed books, and upon his death an auction of them by Cock and Langford took over => 40 evenings to sell. This is Maittaire's first book, which Bigmore describes as a "very complete work." Biographies of "Henry I" and his sons and nephews are here folliowed by a lengthy list of their known publications complete with cross-references to other reference works, and this offering also includes the Appendix librorum sub Stephanorum nominibus impressorum, which is often lacking.
        Vol. I contains => a frontispiece of Robert Estienne signed by the great English engraver John Sturt, best known for having engraved the entire Book of Common Prayer on silver plates and for illustrating Pilgrim's Progress. Additionally, the volume features 16 facsimile images on three pages, printed from woodcut blocks, showing => the evolution of the iconic Estienne printer's device. This copy appears to have the first sectional title-page bound after the first two pages of text instead of proceeding them.
        Provenance: Delightfully artistic inked initials "E.L." on front pastedown, with the note "collated & perfect" in the same hand at the end. Most recently in the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.

ESTC T99611; Schreiber, Estiennes, 294; Bigmore & Wyman, Bibliography of Printing, II, pp. 14–6. On Maittaire, see: DNB (online). 18th-century speckled calf, rebacked with very similar calf stamped, ruled, and lettered in gilt with red leather label; covers double-ruled in gilt with flower stamps at corners, board edges with floral gilt rolls, all edges speckled red. Pencilled and inked notes on endpapers, evidence of a bookplate removed long ago. Light age-toning with a small stain or two, provenance evidence as above, one leaf with short later inked notes. => Impressive piece of early Estienne scholarship in a very good copy.  (37887)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

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Shakespeare for Kids

Lamb, Charles, & Mary Lamb.  Tales from Shakspeare: Designed for the use of young persons. London: Baldwin & Cradock, 1831. 8vo (19.5 cm, 7.625"). vi, 376 pp.

This popular, child-friendly collection of Shakespeare's plays in its fifth edition. Charles (1775–1834) and Mary Lamb (1764–1847) initially introduced Shakespeare to young readers in 1807 by carefully selecting => "such words as might least interrupt the effect of the beautiful English tongue in which he wrote," but would still be comprehensible for children.
        Although the Lambs continuously suffered from mental illnesses, Mary more so than her brother, they remained at the center of a major literary circle in England; their long-lasting friendships with Samuel Taylor Coleridge and the Wordsworths would prove influential for all.
        The volume => includes engravings from designs by William Harvey at the beginning of each play, and a portrait of Shakespeare on the title-page.
        Provenance: On front pastedown, the bookplate of John Taylor Bottomley. Most recently in the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.

Darton, Children's Books in England (3rd ed.), 191. Publisher's green moiré cloth with gilt lettering to spine; edges and boards very lightly worn, with minor sunning to spine. Foxing to endpapers and title-page, gutter cracking in two places with sewing holding. Classic literature for young readers, simple and agreeable, in a => very nice copy surviving in its original, delicate publisher's binding.  (37872)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

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