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Where Medicine & Faith Healing Intersect

 A faithful account of Catharine Mewis, of Barton-under-Needwood, in Staffordshire; who is deprived of her eyesight six days out of seven and can only see on the Sabbath. Nottingham: Pr. by C. Sutton, for the Flying Stationers, n.d. (ca. 1811?). 12mo (15.4 cm, 6.06"). 8 pp.

Scarce Nottingham printing: Published before a complete medical investigation could be undertaken, this is the popular chapbook account of a girl born in 1802 who began losing her sight for one day, then for two, and at the writing of this piece, for six out of seven days each week. => With a woodcut portrait of the girl on the title-page.
        Provenance: From the chapbook collection of Albert A. Howard, sans indicia.

Opie L 133; Cropper, Nottinghamshire Printed Chap-Books, 23. Original stitching, page edges untrimmed. Pages age-toned with minor creasing, edges darkened. => Uncommon and interesting.  (41205)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Colliers Dropping Like Flies

(Cheap Repository for Religious & Moral Tracts).  The cock-fighter. A true history. Bath: S. Hazard; London: J. Marshall, [1795]. 12mo (19 cm, 7.5"). 12 pp.

First appearance of this tract from Hannah More's Cheap Repository: A coal miner repents of his cockfighting, swearing, Sabbath-breaking ways — and his => subsequent prayer to die rather than blaspheme any further is immediately granted, after which several other colliers meet their untimely ends! The prose story is followed by a verse rendition from Cowper, and by an "Account of an Affecting Mournful Death."
        There are two primary variants of this chapbook, one giving J. Marshall in London as the primary seller, and the present example giving Hazard in Bath; neither is common. This issue does not include the "Cheap Repository" header, and the "Entered at Stationer's Hall" line has been blacked out; the very large => title-page woodcut shows our poor sinner on his knees as a cock crows beside him.

ESTC T109549; Spinney, Cheap Repository Tracts: Hazard and Marshall Edition, 5. Simply stitched as issued, signatures uncut and edges untrimmed (but easily manipulated for reading). Title-page with early inked numeral in upper margin. Faint minor spotting to title-page, otherwise clean. => A desirable copy, in its original state.  (41202)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Gunning, Susannah.  Fashionable involvements: A novel. Dublin: Pr. by D. Graisberry for P. Wogan, P. Byrne, W. Porter et al., 1800. 8vo. Vol. I (only, of 2): 251, [1] pp.

First Irish edition, printed in the same year as the London true first.

ESTC N2439. Contemporary leather binding, covers lost, leather cracked and chipped over spine. Vol. I only. Ex-library: title-page and a few others stamped by a now-defunct institution, with a few pencilled numerals. Title-page with early inked owner's name. Mild to moderate foxing.  (17703)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

First Edition of a Classic on Building Shapes Efficiently

Alberti, Giuseppe Antonio.  Trattato della misura delle fabbriche nel quale oltre la misura di tutte le superficie comuni si da ancora la misura di tutte le specie di Volte, e d'ogni specie di solido, che possa occorrere nella misura di esse. Venezia: appresso Giambattista Recurti, 1757. 8vo (21.4 cm; 8.5"). Engr. frontis. port., xxxii, 279, [3] pp., XXXVIII plts.

First edition of an important work on stereometry — meaning the volume measurement of solid figures — as it relates to architecture, from an influential Bolognese architect and mathematical writer who also invented his own land surveying tools.
        The text has been expertly set to include both complicated and extended formulas and is complete with => 37 full-page plates and one folding engraved plate depicting the various measurements and angles to be taken into consideration when building with various shapes. Alberti uses the research of other architects and theoreticians — including Jousse, Blondel, Sangallo, Parent, La Hire, and Varignon — in the explanations of various mathematical problems.
        Binding: Original cartonné binding; title inked on spine, text untrimmed and partially unopened.

Catalogo ragionato dei libri d’arte e d’antichità posseduti dal conte Cicognara, 389; Riccardi, P. Biblioteca matematica italiana, vol. I, col. 16–7. Bound as above, gently rubbed with squiggle of wormtracking through front board and first leaves including half title/frontispiece, portrait, and title-page, with delicate repairs thereto. Two central sections with light staining to upper outer corners, as of old, very light blue ink; some late leaves with slim crescent of old and likewise light waterstain just into top margins; two leaves with limited in-press ink smears (and a few mispaginations). Nice copy of an important work.  (37209)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

An American Boy Makes Good, Sees Changes — His Life Through His Diaries, 1886–1912

Sampson, George G.  Manuscript on paper, in English: Collection of 26 diaries. Maine, Worcester, New York City: 1886–1912. 32mo to 16mo (4" x 2.5" to 6" x 2.75"). 26 vols.

George Sampson was an ordinary New England farm boy by birth, whose diaries here reflect his personal experience of two decades-plus of sometimes sweeping change in ordinary American life as well as his own transformation from a rural schoolboy into a professional man whose life is urban. As his 26 years of record-keeping begin in 1886, George is in Franklin County, ME, with extended family all around and many named neighbors; the diaries for many years show us a large, hardworking household whose members, all of them, commit themselves day after day (and year after year) to the unending, relentless, and remarkably various array of chores required by the propagation, planting, cultivation, reaping, and sale of market crops along with what seems to be extensive mixed animal husbandry — not to mention what was required simply to maintain and improve an array of farm properties including home gardens, orchards, woodlots, hayfields, and an additional acreage nearby used primarily for large-animal care. => The meticulously recorded, sometimes "how-to" detail on these activities can be surprisingly exhausting even to read, even as it is fascinating, informative, and impressive.
        Yet when George is young he also records => plentiful times of fun and play; and as he gets older he records enjoyment of a full array of social, community, and church occasions — including, once, a circus, and eventually incorporating concerts, picnics, "sociables," an occasional lecture, and attendance at a great many "lodge meetings."
        By 1893, our diarist has become serious about his studies, leaving home for the first time to attend school; by 1898, he is also teaching; and 1901 finds him at Bates College, where he works as hard intellectually as at home he had done bodily, and where he works in the dining hall to pay for his board. But, again, he records a full, fully enjoyed, and => fully detailed palette of recreations — e.g., glee club activities and attendance at football games; lectures and concerts; suppers and card parties with friends; lawn parties, dances, and candy pulls; and theater and concert trips. (Oh, and dating.)
        George graduates from Bates in 1905 and, by the final diary in 1912, he is an accomplished secondary-school physics teacher in Worcester, MA, with a master’s degree from Clark University, and he is taking additional (presumably doctoral) courses at Columbia University during a teaching sabbatical.
        Each volume here opens with a printed section offering calendars, postal rates, almanac facts, etc.; usually, George has used the back pages for personal accounting, addresses of friends, and other memoranda. For space reasons, his entries must be laconic, but he has filled most space there is. Only the final few diaries have significant unused sections. => A long descriptive analysis is available on request.

Virtually all diaries are bound in leather or leatherette, a few with the lower third of the rear covers removed neatly, and the "set" lacking only the volume for 1906. Some volumes are written in pencil, later ones mostly in ink, in a legible hand. => Very good.  (39290)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

The Vicar, as Depicted by Mulready

Goldsmith, Oliver; William Mulready, illus.  The vicar of Wakefield. London: John van Voorst, 1843. 8vo (22.3 cm, 8.77"). xv, [1], 306, [6 (adv.)] pp.; illus.

One of the most beloved novels of the 18th century, here in a 19th-century edition with => 32 illustrations provided by William Mulready, "the most distinguished talent of British Art applicable to this purpose . . ." (p. v). This marks the first appearance of Mulready's designs, wood-engraved by John Thompson.
        Provenance: Front pastedown with armorial bookplate of Walter George Crombie; front free endpaper with inked gift inscription to M.A. Moore "from her brother George," dated 1843. Most recently in the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.

Ray, Illustrator and the Book in England, 62. Publisher's brick-colored cloth, covers with blind-stamped arabesque motifs, spine with gilt-stamped title; somewhat cocked and shaken with front hinge (inside) tender, spine sunned and with losses to cloth at extremities, sides with small spots of discoloration and one half-inch inkblot to rear one. Pages gently age-toned with occasional faint smudges. => A classic, in original binding, engravings inviting.  (41047)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Cheap Repository: Regrets of James Maclean, the Gentleman Highwayman

(Maclean, James).  Execution of Maclean, commonly known by the name of the Gentleman Highwayman. London: J. Marshall & R. White; Bath: S. Hazard, [1795]. 12mo (15.8 cm, 6.23"). 22, [2 (adv.)] pp.

The Cheap Repository version of the end of the infamous "Gentleman Highwayman" — a dashing figure also known as MacLeane or MacLaine, who affected quite an elegant appearance and came close to shooting Walpole in the head during one of his robbery attempts. In keeping with the series's usual themes, this chapbook focuses more on Maclean's eleventh-hour repentance than it does on the details of his crimes; it closes with "The Sinner's Hymn."
        As described by ESTC, in this early variant "Cheap Repository" is printed at the head of the title, the title-page woodcut includes seven crows circling the hanging body on the gallows, and the imprint lacks the line "Entered at Stationers’ Hall." This item is scarce: searches of ESTC and WorldCat find => only three U.S. institutions (NYPL, Yale, Clements) reporting hard-copy holdings of the edition.
        Provenance: From the chapbook collection of Albert A. Howard, sans indicia.

ESTC N490066. Removed from a nonce volume. First leaf with paper flaw resulting in skewed printing of a few words on both sides; occasionally a catchword, page number, or caption shaved (not taken) — this was a cheap production! Pages age-toned with small smudges and spots. => An unusual item, often lacking in Cheap Repository collections.  (41176)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

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The History & Bibliography of The Taller Martín Pescador, through 2014

Pascoe, Juan.  Taller Martín Pescador, anecdotario y bibliografía / 1971–2014. Oaxaca: Museo de Filatelia de Oaxaca, Huipulco, Tlalpan, 2014. 4to (31 cm, 12"). 208 pp., illus., (some color)., facsims.

A history of Taller Martín Pescador, master printer and typographer Juan Pascoe's fine press atelier in Tacámbaro, Michoacán, Mexico. The volume, which is in Spanish, includes a history of Pascoe, his family beginning with his great grandfather, and his press, as well as press publication history, information about projects, and a complete list of published works (pp. 144–207) through November of 2014.
        The introduction (pp. 5–7) is by María Isabel Grañén Porrúa.
        Limited to 500 copies printed in November, 2014, in "Talleres de Offset Rebosán" in Mexico City. As of late June, 2020, WorldCat reports only seven libraries, all in the U.S., reporting ownership.

Stiff wrappers. New.  (41143)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

New York State Temperance Society.  Temperance almanac for...1837. Adapted to all parts of the United States and Canada. Albany: From the Steam Press of Packard & Van Benthuysen, stereotyped by Francis F. Ripley, New York, [1836]. 12mo. 23, [1] pp. (last two pages in Xerox facsimile).

Woodcut of Temperance and Intemperance, separated by a Horn of Plenty (signed Butler & Morse) on front wrapper and on the rear wrapper a facsimile of the famous 1834 temperance certificate that Presidents Madison, Jackson, and John Quincy Adams signed. In this copy that rear wrapper supplied in Xerox copy.

Drake 7528. Once upon a time bound in a nonce volume as evidenced by sewing holes. Original sewing retained. Some stains; early ownership inscription; final two pages in Xerox facsimile.  (9352)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Begg, James.  Seat rents brought to the test of scripture, law, reason, and experience; or, the spiritual rights of the people of Scotland vindicated against modern usurpations, both within and without the establishment; with a special explanation of the case of Edinburgh, and an appendix, containing extracts from the records of Kirk-sessions and other Church courts, in regard to the allocation of seats in the ancient free Churches of Scotland.. By the Rev. James Begg, A.M., minister of the parish of Liberton. Edinburgh: John Johnstone; Glasgow: Ogle and Son, William Collins, and David Bryce; London: Whittaker and Co., and J. Nisbet and Co.; Dublin: W. Curry, Jun., and Co., 1838. 84 pp.

From about 1820 through 1843 the Church of Scotland was in turmoil over the question of lay patronage and its implications regarding civil authority over the church; in 1843, after the "Ten Years' Conflict" between the evangelical and moderate branches of the church, the issues were temporarily resolved by "the Disruption," in which close to a third of the ministers of the Church of Scotland separated to form the Free Church of Scotland. The upheaval prompted the publication of numerous pamphlets and treatises on the controversy, and its effects continued to be felt in Scotland for many years afterward.
        => A pamphlet from that great pamphlet war.

Removed from a nonce volume, stab holes notable; first signature (only) separated (but present), nonce-era page numbers pencilled in upper outer corners, and place in nonce volume (8) noted at top of title-page. A little foxing, otherwise clean.  (15295)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Motteux, Peter Anthony.  Love's triumph. An opera. [London: Jacob Tonson, 1708]. 4to. 40 pp.

First edition of this English opera including scattered Italian lyrics, by the author of "Love's a Jest" and "Acis and Galatea."

ESTC T68216; not listed in the Motteux entry in Baker, Companion to the play-house. Removed from a nonce volume. Lacking half-title and title-page; pages age-toned, with some corners dog-eared.  (14936)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Johnson, Charles.  Love and liberty: A tragedy. London: Bernard Lintott, 1709. 4to. 64 pp. (lacking half-title and title-page).

Drama by the author of Force of Friendship, Generous Husband, and Love in a Chest.

ESTC T57287. Removed from a nonce volume. Lacking half-title and title-page. Pages age-toned and waterstained, with first page creased.  (14889)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Cheap Repository — Quirky Copy

[More, Hannah].  The pilgrims: An allegory. [London]: J. Evans & Son, [ca. 1820]. 8vo (17.2 cm, 6.75"). 16, 16 pp.

A parable of travellers, some of whom focus on "the things above" and others on "the things below." Following the first piece are four additional brief "Cheap Repository" items, with a shared title-page — "Dan and Jane; or, Faith and Works," "The Execution of Wild Robert; Being a Warning to All Parents," and "The Gin-Shop; or, a Peep into a Prison." => These are all complete, but jumbled together with pages curiously intermingled.
        Each title-page features a wood-engraved vignette. All six pieces are signed "Z," for Hannah More, the creator of and primary contributor to the "Cheap Repository."
        Provenance: From the chapbook collection of American collector Albert A. Howard, sans indicia.

Removed from a nonce volume. Latter portion misbound as above. Slightly age-toned, with scattered mild foxing. Each title-page vignette with a few dark spots apparently resulting from printer's over-inking; an interesting copy.  (41161)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Live Every Day as if the World Were Ending — Scarce Issue

[Campbell, John].  The last week of the world. A vision. London: John Evans, [ca. 1810?]. 8vo (16.7 cm, 6.57"). 8 pp.

Apocalyptic warning, written by a Scottish missionary (1766–1840) known for his Travels in South Africa. This printing, apparently the first, is scarce; WorldCat locates three U.S. institutional holdings of a later "Evans and Son" imprint, but none of this "John Evans, No. 42" printing. => The large title-page wood-engraving illustrates the dividing of the wicked from the righteous..
        Provenance: From the chapbook collection of American collector Albert A. Howard, sans indicia.

Removed from a nonce volume; page edges gently browned. The workmanlike printing is somewhat uneven, and the title-page vignette shows a few small ink spots from the press. => Uncommon and interesting.  (41160)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

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Near-Miniature Botany for American Children

[Grout, Jonathan].  About plants. Worcester [MA]: Jonathan Grout, Jr. (pr. by Henry J. Howland), [ca. 1840]. 24mo (10.5 cm, 4.13"). [3]–24, [2] pp.; illus.

Illustrated botanical toybook for children, opening with a so-called "insect plant" alleged to be part wasp and part vegetable(!). The other plants described are apple of Sodom (a type of milkweed), dragon's blood tree, nutmeg, clove, cinnamon, camphor, melon, pitcher plant, flax, and colombo [sic] — with => each of the eleven plants featuring its own wood-engraved vignette. The insect plant illustration is to be found on the back wrapper, while the title-page bears an additional vignette of an urn and foliage arrangement.
        This is one of several variants printed by Grout, not all of which appear to have covered exactly the same plants. The set here differs from at least one other known issue of About Plants (described in WorldCat as comprising frankincense, camphor, cinnamon, cane, flax, fig tree, plantain, mandrake, lign aloe, and palm tree), although the present example does, as in the WorldCat description, have an alphabet following the title-page.
        Provenance: From the children's book collection of American collector Albert A. Howard, sans indicia.

American Imprints 40-16. Not in Gumuchian, not in Opie, not in Osborne Collection. Sewn as issued, sewing loosening; front wrapper lacking, back wrapper with short tear from spine, corners rubbed. Pages age-toned and faintly foxed with a smudge or two only; free of markings or other signs of childish usage.  (41159)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

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Milton, Illustrated

Milton, John; Richard Westall, illus.  Paradise lost. A poem, in twelve books. London: Pr. for John Sharpe, 1816–22. 12mo (17.2 cm, 6.75"). 2 vols. I: Frontis., 8, [192] pp.; 6 plts. II: Frontis., [4] pp., [188 (7 blank)] pp.; 6 plts.

Westall's acclaimed illustrations — two frontispieces and one plate for each of the 12 books — were steel-engraved for this edition by Charles Heath, George Courbould, William Finden, and others. The present paired volumes, from the same 19th-century private collection, have been bound in different but complementary styles; the title-page of vol. I gives 1821 and the plates 1822, while vol. 2 is marked 1816 throughout.
        Provenance: Front pastedowns with armorial bookplate of James Wiseman of Glasgow; most recently in the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabels ("AHA") at rear.

Contemporary bindings, joints and extremities mildly rubbed, vol. II spine a little sunned; vol. I in pebbled dark red roan and vol. II in red morocco but with all tooling done to match — covers framed in gilt double fillets, spines with gilt-ruled bands, gilt-stamped titles, gilt rolls at head and foot, all edges gilt. Bookplates and labels as above; vol. II half-title with early pencilled ownership inscription. Mild to moderate foxing to plates (more noticeable to vol. I frontispiece and titlte.-page) and surrounding leaves. => Not quite a perfectly matched set, but rather fascinatingly close; an engaging and attractive pair with a pleasing provenance.  (41049)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

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United States. Surveyor of the Capitol.  [drop title] In Senate of the United States. February 14, 1817. Read, and ordered to be printed for the use of the Senate. Copy of the reports of Messrs. Latrobe and Hoban, on the public buildings. [Washington: William A. Davis, 1817]. 8vo. 19, [1] pp.

Benjamin Henry Latrobe (1764–1820) and James Hoban (1762–1831) supply reports on the condition and progress of rebuilding of the Capitol and White House following the burning of these buildings by British troops during the War of 1812, including detailed estimates of building costs (pp. 11–18). Also includes a letter of Samuel Lane, Commissioner of Public Buildings. "[101]" printed at head of title. Government document: Senate document (United States. Congress. Senate); 14th Congress, 2nd session, no. 101.
        Scarce: OCLC traces three holdings of this item (Yale, Penn, Cambridge).

Shaw & Shoemaker 42539. Removed from a nonce volume; fore-edge of title-page dust-darkened. Title-page rubber-stamped by the War Department Library. Very good condition.  (41179)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

The Oneida Community's Official Newspaper

Noyes, John Humphrey, ed.  The circular. Brooklyn, NY: No publisher/printer, 1851–52. Folio (46 cm, 18.5"). 207, [1] pp.

John Humphrey Noyes founded the Oneida Community in 1848 and The Circular came into being only three years later as the reinvented version of The Free Church Circular, which had been Oneida's periodical until a fire destroyed the printing area in July, 1851. It was not only the Oneida community’s own newspaper, it was => its chief propaganda organ and that is apparent in these pages; for who "outside" could resist curiosity such as that raised by the headline of the very first issue's first article here — "Financial View of the Second Coming. [Adapted to Wall Street]"? Over the years The Circular was to change its name several more times; in 1871 it became The Oneida Circular and in 1877 it changed again to The American Socialist. Similarly, and even more frequently, its place of publication changed: Brooklyn (1851–54), Oneida, NY (1855–Feb. 1864), Mount Tom (i.e., Wallingford, CT, Mar. 1864–Mar. 9, 1868), and finally Oneida Community (Mar. 23, 1868–Dec. 26, 1870).
        The Oneida Community has often been called the most successful American 19th-century Utopian community: A Perfectionist communal society dedicated to living as one family and to sharing all property, work, and love. The website of the Swarthmore College’s Peace Collection has this to say about the it, and about The Circular in particular: “The Oneida Community was an experiment in Christian perfectionism, the doctrine that by union with God, humans could live lives entirely free from sin. Founded by John Humphrey Noyes (1811–1886), it was radical in the thoroughness with which this challenging ideal was pursued. The community's religious leanings are readily apparent in the discussion provided by The Circular, in which many [secular] topics are covered; yet most of the conclusions call on religious ideals.”
        The Oneida newspaper meant so much to Noyes that even after he gave up control of the Oneida Community, he was to retain control of the newspaper and continue its => its advocacy for social change along with argument for communitarian economic aims, and these embraced a wide range: women’s rights, abolition, “complex marriage” (a form of polyamory), birth control via male continence, and (eventually) proto-eugenics, to name but five. As a University of Syracuse digital guide to the Oneida Community Collection notes, "The papers contained a very frank record of the daily life at Oneida as well as religious tracts, discourses on current subjects of social, political, and economic interest, letters to the editors, and advertisements for the Community's varied manufactured goods. They made no secret of their manner of life. . . . "
        Present here is The Circular's volume I, numbers 1–52 (November 1851 through October 1852), all issues printed in four-column format and very legible type. Following the attention-grabbing article already cited, the gathering's first issue presents a neat statement of "The Basis and Prospects of the Circular" before moving directly on to recount at length the foundering on a Hudson River excursion of a Community-owned sloop, with the loss of two woman members' lives. => This is an engaging, very readable social history compendium apart from its usefulness for the study of a particular, mid–19th century American, radical social and religious movement.

Mott, History of American Magazines, II, p. 207; Lomazow, American Periodicals, 568; Oneida Community collection in the Syracuse University Library, pp. 24–25;; and Sabin, 89516. Stitched, in plain wrappers. Front wrapper with a patch of waterstaining along upper spine area, carrying through variously but usually faintly through March issue; some later issues on paper inclined to browning. Untrimmed, and with very little staining or tattering. => A physically stable collection, safely and immediately usable.  (41155)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

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19th-Century Cookery "On the Fire" in the Household of a Widely Active Lancashire Executive
       (Mrs. Rawlinson's Manuscript Compilations)

Rawlinson, Mary Ann.  Manuscript on paper, in English. [Cookery]. Burnley, Lancashire: [ca. 1884]. 2 vols (16.1 cm, 6.34"; 15.7 cm, 6.18"). I: [32] ff. II: [24] ff.

Two notebooks of recipes compiled by Mary Ann Rawlinson of Burnley, Lancashire. Rawlinson (1841–1912) was the wife of Joshua Rawlinson (1841–1896), a prominent figure in the Burnley community — having trained at his father's cotton mill, he went on to become an accountant and successfully directed or managed a jaw-dropping number of businesses and business concerns in the area, including the Burnley Paper Works, the Burnley Carriage Company, the Burnley Ironworks, the Nelson Room and Power Company, etc. He also became a well-known authority on the cotton trade, founding or serving in various positions in the Burnley Cotton Spinners' and Manufacturers' Association, the Todmorden Cotton Spinners' and Manufacturers' Association, the Padiham Masters' Association, the Colne and District Coloured Goods Manufacturers' Association, and many other organizations; his obituary in The Accountant periodical noted his widespread influence in trade matters, and his position as "one of the best-known men on the Manchester Exchange . . . well known and respected throughout commercial circles in Lancashire." In addition, he was one of the founding members of the Victoria Hospital, assisted in that capacity by Mary Ann.
        Mrs. Rawlinson recorded these recipes in standard format with ingredients listed first, and although her page-filling, uninterrupted, and only lightly punctuated paragraphs sometimes obscure that convention, her strong, slanting handwriting is very decipherable. The dishes she chose to preserve here (unseparated by any categorization) include British classics as well as dishes showing overseas influences; among them are Genoise pudding, maccaroni cheese [sic], curry, baked haddock, marmalade pudding, ragout of rabbit, milk rolls, lobster cutlets, beef olives, amber pudding (using apples, dried cherries, and lemon rind), Charlotte Russe, stewed steak, potato croquettes, Mulligatawny soup, lentil purée, beef hash pie, orange fritters, stewed kidney, kedgeree, German pudding, oyster patties, and many others. In the middle of one volume are a few pages bearing dessert recipes given in several different hands, one recipe being attributed to Mrs. Carr and one dated 1884.
        This gathering of recipes provides => a great deal of information regarding the dietary habits and preferences of the prosperous couple, as well as the culinary techniques available to Mrs. Rawlinson — everything here was prepared "on the fire," as Burnley did not have electricity until 1893.

Contemporary oilcloth limp wrappers, now housed in a plain box with printed paper label on lid; box extremities lightly rubbed, wrappers rubbed and worn, text block all but detached from spine in smaller volume; Mrs. Rawlinson's name inscribed in each volume. Larger volume with offsetting to first and last pages; a very few instances of spotting, pages overall very clean. => Interesting provenance/context, and interesting content.  (41147)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

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Prize Copy — Teaching Children to Appreciate "Discipline"

Sherwood, Mary Martha.  Emancipation. Wellington, Salop: Houlston & Son, 1829. 12mo (14 cm, 5.51"). Frontis., 150, 36 (adv.) pp.

First edition: a first-person account of a self-righteous apothecary who discards "old-fashioned" principles in favor of reason and liberality, only to discover that sparing the rod spoils two of his three children. The work opens with a wood-engraved frontispiece depicting a climactic moment in the story — conveniently set in the picturesque countryside — and closes with our protagonist concluding that "every ancient and sacred obligation" to the bonds of society should be upheld, rather than seeing "the wife . . . emancipated from the dominion of her husband, the child from that of the parent, the servant from that of his master, and the members of the Established Church from the authority of the legal ruler of the empire" (p. 150). Following the text is a lengthy publisher's catalogue, including many works by Mrs. Sherwood, Mrs. Cameron, and others.
        Sherwood (1775–1851) was a prolific and much-beloved children's author, as well as an enthusiastic convert to evangelical Christianity. Despite the title here, this tale has nothing to do with slavery or abolition; rather, although the word Catholic never appears in the present text, the story begins with reference to "late events," i.e. the Catholic Emancipation Act — and much is made in the story of => the evils of allowing one's family to fall under the influence of false doctrine.
        This moral tale is one of Sherwood's more uncommon works: a search of WorldCat found => only five U.S. institutions reporting hard copies.
        Provenance: Student's prize copy: title-page verso with inked inscription reading "M.C. Blandford [/] The reward of attention to scholastic duties [/] Oct. 25th 1834."

Opie A 1006. Not in Gumuchian, not in Osborne Collection. Contemporary quarter red roan and marbled paper–covered sides, spine with gilt-stamped title; moderately rubbed overall, spine sunned with head chipped, front hinge (inside) tender. Front endpapers spotted, upper outer corner of front free endpaper and lower outer corner of back free endpaper torn away. Intermittent mild foxing; one leaf with short tear from lower edge, barely touching text without loss. => A solid example of an unusual entry in Sherwood's oeuvre, with apropos provenance and in a contemporary binding.  (41144)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

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"No Plan, No Pattern Can We Trace" — Illustrated
       (The Persuasive Power of Metaphor?)

[More, Hannah].  Turn the carpet; or, the two weavers: A new song, in a dialogue between Dick and John. London: Sold by J. Marshall, R. White, & S. Hazard, [1796]. 12mo (17.7 cm, 6.97"). [8] pp.; illus.

From the "Cheap Repository" series: Early, uncommon printing of this cheerful religious consolation in iambic tetrameter, signed "Z" (i.e., Hannah More). When one weaver grumbles about his hardships, the other turns the seemingly disordered threads of the unfinished carpet in their workshop into a metaphor for man's inability to comprehend the workings of the divine plan.
        The ballad is here => illustrated with two handsome woodcuts: the title-page features a large vignette of Dick and John at their loom, and the final text page displays the patterned carpet itself.
        Provenance: From the chapbook collection of American collector Albert A. Howard, sans indicia.

ESTC T052020. Disbound from a nonce volume, with early inked numeral in upper outer corner of title-page. Title-page foot with faint shadow of pencilled annotation; pages with very minor foxing.  (41145)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

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Lord's Covenant Church.  [cover title] The Bible, Devil and Satan Defined: Exposé of a Pagan Doctrine. Sandpoint, IA: America's Promise, n.d. [ca. 1980-89]. Small 8vo (21.5 cm, 8.5"). 18 pp.

Christian Identity perspective, arguing against the existence of a fallen angel with godlike powers. Reprinted from "Herald of the Coming Age" by America's Promise Ministries.

Wrappers, saddle-stitched. Rubber stamp on non-title-page of Christian Research in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. Minor foxing. Very good.  (41141)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Lord's Covenant Church.  [cover title] The Bible, Devil and Satan Defined: Exposé of a Pagan Doctrine. [Phoenix, AZ: Lord's Covenant Church / America's Promise, n.d. [ca. 1980-89]. Small 8vo (21.5 cm, 8.5"). 18 pp.

Christian Identity perspective, arguing against the existence of a fallen angel with godlike powers. Reprinted from "Herald of the Coming Age" by Lord's Covenant Church America's Promise.

Wrappers, saddle-stitched. Rubber stamp on non-title-page of Christian Research in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. Minor foxing. Very good.  (41140)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

By & For the Unitarian-Universalist Gay Community — Norfolk, 1981–86

Blankenship, Doug, editor.  Our Own Community Press. Norfolk: Unitarian-Universalist Gay Community Unitarian Church, 1981–1986. Tabloid format. Approx. 12 pp. per issue.

Eleven issue broken run of the folded tabloid homophile newspaper on newsprint. Includes early AIDS reportage, ads, local events, national news, photos, cartoons, services and resources.
        Issue numbers included are: 5:6, 11; 6:2, 3, 7; 8:5 & 6; 9:11; 10:2 & 11 and 11:2.

Newsprint but in good condition.  (41139)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

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(Black Churches).  New roads to faith: Black perspectives in church education. Philadelphia: United Church Press, 1973. Small 8vo (22 cm, 9"). 19, 27, 7, 13 pp.

"A series of three monographs with use guide. "The contents are: Alston, Percel O. Use guide.--Jones, James M. Educating Black people for liberation and collective growth.--Harding, Vincent. The acts of God and the children of Africa.--Stokes, Olivia Pearl. The educational role of Black churches in the 70s and 80s.

Pamphlets, saddle stitched. Very good.  (41138)   Add to My BOOK-STACK


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