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[Abdalli, Sedir Zid].  Gedanken eines bekehrten Türken über den Selbstmord. No place: No publisher/printer, 1769. 8vo (18.5 cm, 7.25"). 22 pp.

Sole edition of this work on suicide.
        Searches of NUC and WorldCat locate no North American library reporting ownership.
        Provenance: From the residue of the stock of the F. Thomas Heller bookselling firm (est. ca. 1928).

VD18 12311502-001. Stitched as issued. Self-wrappers.  (39634)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Virchow, Rudolf.  Medicinische Erinnerungen von einer Reise nach Aegypten. Berlin: Verlag von Georg Reimer, 1888. 8vo (21 cm, 8'). 41 pp.

Virchow's "medical memories of a trip to Egypt" first appeared in the Archiv für pathologische Anatomie und Physiologie und für klinische Medicin (Bd. 113) and has acute observations on medicine and medical practices in Egypt in the 1880.
        Virchow was a physician, anthropologist, pathologist, prehistorian, biologist, writer, editor, and politician, known for his advancement of public health.
        Provenance: Ownership signature of Prof. Dr. F. Schellerbach on the title-page; bookplate of Samuel A. Levinson, M.D. Most recently in the residue of the stock of the F. Thomas Heller bookselling firm (est. ca. 1928).

Late 19th-century half gray cloth with marbled paper sides. Cloth a little discolored. A very good copy.  (39638)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

[Selbstlieb, Pius].  Eines frommen und eifrigen Shriften Warnung und Wiederlegung der Gedanken des bekehrten Türken über den Selbstmord. No place: No publisher/printer, 1769. 8vo (18.5 cm, 7.25"). 16 pp.

Sole edition of this work on suicide.
        Searches of NUC and WorldCat locate only the Countway Library reporting ownership among North American libraries..
        Provenance: From the residue of the stock of the F. Thomas Heller bookselling firm (est. ca. 1928).

VD18 12328294-001 (?) Stitched as issued. Self-wrappers.  (39595)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Sigriz, Adalbertus.  De cholera epidemica. Dissertationis tentamen. Monachii: Typis Franc. Seraph. Hübschmann, [1832]. Small 8vo 19.8 cm, 8"). 68 pp.

Beautifully bound copy of this disseration on the medical topic of the moment in 1832 — cholera.
        Binding: Red calf with elaborate gilt tooling on the covers and vibrant green calendared endpapers. All edges gilt.
        Provenance: From the residue of the stock of the F. Thomas Heller bookselling firm (est. ca. 1928).
        No North American library reports owning a copy.

Binding as above. Very good condition.  (39636)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Fonseca, Manoel Jose da.  Exame ou arte de sangradores que forma de dialogo ensina aos mestre o que devem perguntar, e aos discipulos o que se comprehende na arte de sangrar. Lisboa: Tip. F. X. Souza, 1848. 16mo (15.9 cm, 6.25"). 51, [1], iii, [1] pp.

Treatise on the art of bloodletting.
        Provenance: From the residue of the stock of the F. Thomas Heller bookselling firm (est. ca. 1928).
        Not traced via NUC, WorldCat, or COPAC. But found in the OPAC of the National Library of Portugal.

In modern tan wrappers; light dust-soiling. Foxing to title-page and several leaves,a minor burn-mark on bottom edge of leaves, causing some chipping.  (39623)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Catholic Church.  Novena do glorioso S. Roque: advogado contra a peste. Offredica e celebrada pela sua Real Irmandade sia na igreja e santa casa da Misericordia sendo provedora perpetua sua magestade fidelissima. Lisboa: Na typ. de Jose Baptista Morando, 1850. (24mo 15.4 cm, 6"). 32 pp.

A novena to St, Roch for protection against the plague.
        Provenance: Unidentified armorial pressure stamp is on the front wrapper. Most recently from the residue of the stock of the F. Thomas Heller bookselling firm (est. ca. 1928).

In paper wrappers; edgeworn with chipping to corners, faint staining to wrappers, particularly to the spine-foot. Provenance marks as above.  (39622)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Pennsylvania Institution for the Deaf and Dumb.  The annual report of the board of directors of the Pennsylvania Institution for the Deaf and Dumb for 1844. Philadelphia: Published by order of the contributors, E. C. Dorsey, printer, 1845. 8vo (22.9 cm, 9"). 14, [2] pp.

Provenance: From the residue of the stock of the F. Thomas Heller bookselling firm (est. ca. 1928).

In publisher's blue paper wrappers; mild edgewear and darkening to top edge of wrappers, shallow crease down center. Interior foxed.  (39619)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Burke, Edmund.  Thoughts on the prospect of a regicide peace, in a series of letters. London: Pr. for J. Owen, 1796. Small 8vo (21 cm, 8.25"). [1] f., iv, 131, [1 (blank) pp., lacks the half-title (as is so often the case with Burke's pamphlets).

First (pirated) edition, issued a day before the authorized edition published by F. and C. Rivington; p. iii is in the second state. Burke's attitude towards revolution was finely nuanced: He sided with the Colonies during the American Revolution but against the revolutionaries in France in the 1790s for fear of the ideology they were spreading.

Todd 66a; ESTC T50241; Goldsmiths’ 16835. 20th-century maroon cloth: Ex-Princeton University Library copy, properly deaccessioned (call number in gilt on spine, bookplate, library pencilling in margins of second leaf, stamped accession number in a lower margin and "withdrawn" below it, charge pocket at rear). Lacks the half-title (as usual). Foxing and some pages a little rumpled. A good++ copy.  (39571)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

A Short-Lived Natural Historian's Scarcest Work

Daudin, François Marie.  Recueil de mémoires et de notes sur des espèces inédites ou peu connues de mollusques, de vers et de zoophytes. Paris: Chez Fuchs [&] Chez Treuttel et Wurtz,, 1800. 12mo (16.5 cm, 6.5"). 50 pp.; 4 plts.

Daudin (1774–1804) first took up the study of natural history when his legs were paralyzed by a childhood disease, and as an adult contributed significantly to taxonomy (particularly of reptiles and birds) before his early demise. His Traité élémentaire et complet d'Ornithologie (1799–1800) was one of the first modern handbooks of ornithology.
        This work of his on invertebrates, mollusks, and worms is both his shortest published work and his scarcest: In North America, only four libraries report ownership. The four engraved plates, bound at the rear, are extremely well done.
        Provenance: From the residue of the stock of the F. Thomas Heller bookselling firm (est. ca. 1928).

Late 19th-century quarter green calf with handsome mottled paper sides; edges rubbed. Pages with a few scattered small spots of light foxing, otherwise clean. Very good.  (39637)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Well-Read & Studied — Holbein Title-Page

Forteguerri, Scipione (Carteromaco); Hans Holbein, illus.  Scipionis Carteromachi Pistoriensis Oratio de laudibus literarum Graecarum. [colophon: Basileae: apud Joannem Frobenium, Mense Martio, 1517]. 4to (21.2 cm, 8.3"). [14] ff.

First Swiss edition of Italian humanist Forteguerri's commentary on the subjects and important figures of classical Greek scholarship, ranging from astronomy to theology. This text was first published by the Aldine press in 1504 and later incorporated into Henry Estienne's Thesaurus linguae graecae. The work begins with an absolutely fabulous => woodcut title-page frame by Holbein featuring the story of Salomé and the beheading of Saint John the Baptist; a very large historiated initial precedes the text and Froben's device appears on the final page. The text is printed in single columns using roman type with shouldernotes and occasional quotations printed in Greek; red-inked accents have been added throughout for ease of reference.
        Evidence of Readership: An early reader has added unobtrusive underlining, side brackets, and interlinear notes in an early hand to almost every page; a more recent owner has added extensive bibliographical commentary in red and black ink to the front free endpaper.
        Provenance: The bookplate of J.R.P. Forrest of Edinburgh, possibly the first Baronet of Comiston, appears on the front pastedown; that of influential book collector and Spanish printing scholar James P.R. Lyell (1871–1948), who donated a sizable portion of his medieval manuscript collection to the Bodleian Library, appears below that of Forrest. Most recently in the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.

Brunet, I, 1604; Graesse, II, 57; Sebastiani, Johann Froben, 57; USTC 692594; VD16 F 1921. Not in Adams. On Lyell, see: Oxford DNB (online). For the Holbein title-page, see: Hollstein, XIV, Hans Holbein, 13. 19th-century quarter green morocco and green cloth–covered boards, spine lettered in gilt; spine sunkissed with leather otherwise darkened, binding ever so gently rubbed. Light age-toning, touches of marginal light waterstaining or glue action to several leaves, small wormhole affecting letters (but not meaning) to five; one small marginal tear to title-page, another small hole and one chipped edge elsewhere. Readership and provenance indicia as above; marginal repairs to final leaf approaching neither type nor printer's device. => A fascinating Froben pamphlet for far more reasons than one.  (39588)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Greek Psalms from the Bibliotheca Heberiana

Bible. O.T. Psalms. Greek. 1555. Dolscius.  [transliterated from Greek] Davidou prophetper Ioannem Oporinumou kai basileos melos, elegeiois perieilemmenon hypo Paulou tou Dolskiou Plaeos [then in Latin] Psalterium prophetae et regis Dauidis, uersibus elegiacis redditum a Pavlo Dolscio Plauensi. Basileae: per Ioannem Oporinum, [colophon: 1555]. 8vo (15.9 cm, 6.25"). [16], 341, [7] pp.

Sole edition of these Greek paraphrased psalms, done by Paul Dolscius while he was serving as a rector in Halle. Melanchthon was a great supporter of Dolscius (1526–89), whose translation work was so proficient that at one point his authorial byline on the Greek translation of the Augsburg Confession was assumed to be merely a pseudonym for the great reformer himself.
        The text here is simply printed with the Latin preface in roman and the main text in Greek using single columns; a 5-line decorative initial and a 7-line inhabited one (showing two kings in profile) complete the work. This is now an uncommon edition, with searches of Worldcat, COPAC, USTC, and NUC Pre-1956 revealing only three U.S. institutions reporting ownership.
        Provenance: An inked ownership stamp of notable 19th-century English bibliomaniac Richard Heber (1774–1833), reading "Bibliotheca Heberiana," appears on the front free endpaper; Thomas Frognall Dibdin added this stamp to select rare books in Heber's collection following the collector's death. Most recently in the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.

Bibliotheca Palatina F5048/F5049; VD16 B3122; USTC 626665. Not in Adams; not in Darlow & Moule. On Dolscius, see: Allgemeine Deutsche Biographie (online). 19th-century half calf and paste paper–covered boards, spine with gilt rolls and green leather gilt title-label, all edges stained blue; rubbed, slight loss of leather on front joint (outside) and corners, a few small spots and leather repairs, isolated glue action to endpapers. Light age-toning with occasional slivers of marginal staining (possibly thanks to the blue edge stain?), one interior tear touching letters and two marginal spots. Provenance indicia as above, small round paper shelflabel on spine, a few bibliographical notes pencilled on endpapers. => A skillfully produced work with a pleasing provenance.  (39566)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Stopes, Marie Carmichael.  Enduring passion: further new contributions to the solution of sex difficulties, being the continuation of Married Love. London: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1928. 12mo (19 cm, 7.25"). xiv, 214 pp.

Stopes (1880-1958) was a palaeobotanist, eugenics enthusiast, and women's rights campaigner. She and her second husband, Humphrey Verdon Roe founded the first birth control clinic in Britain. Her books on sex and sexuality were banned from importation into the U.S. until the mid-1930s.
        This work on sexual ethics and marriage calls for husbands to know that the sex act must be equal for both male and female.
        First edition, not a reprint.

Publisher's reddish brown cloth. Text block skewed in binding. Covers discolored. Foxing to text. A used copy and priced accordingly.   (39655)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Good for Erisipelas, Gout, Chest Colds, & Cramps

(William T. Simpson).  A treatise on radiant light therapy. Chicago: McIntosh Electrical Corp., (1925). 8vo (22.9 cm, 9"). 23, [1] pp.; illus.

A combination trade catalogue and detailed piece of promotional literature with an exhaustive list of conditions in which heat/light therapy is helpful and => a number of photographs mostly showing patients, all women, enjoying their treatments.
        Provenance: A stamp for the E.F. Mahady Co. in Boston appears on the front wrapper. From the residue of the stock of the F. Thomas Heller bookselling firm (est. ca. 1928).

In illustrated wrappers; light age-toning and minor dust-soiling. Provenance marks as above.  (39643)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Smith, Henry.  The surgery of the rectum. Philadelphia: Henry C. Lea's Son & Co., 1881. 8vo (23.4 cm, 9.25"). 71, [1] pp.

First American from the fourth English edition.
        Provenance: The signature of Charles R. Mecker is on the front wrapper. From the residue of the stock of the F. Thomas Heller bookselling firm (est. ca. 1928).

In tan printed wrappers; light edgewear, dust-soiled and age-toned. Provenance marks as above; title-page lightly dust-soiled, minor creasing to top corner of leaves.  (39641)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Rush, Benjamin.  An account of the late Dr. John Morgan. Philadelphia: [Produced for members of the American Association for the History of Medicine], (1965). 8vo (20.3 cm, 8"). 8 pp.

Originally "delivered before the trustees and students of medicine in the college of Philadelphia, on the 2nd of November, 1789" and published in the American Museum, v. 6, November, 1789.
        Provenance: From the residue of the stock of the F. Thomas Heller bookselling firm (est. ca. 1928).

In blue paper wrappers; very light fading to bottom edge. Interior is clean and bright.  (39639)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Smith, Henry.  The medical, literary, and social influence of the alumni of the Medical Department of the University of Pennsylvania. An introductory lecture, delivered in the University of Pennsylvania, October 14, 1856. Philadelphia: Printed by C. Sherman & Son, 1856. 8vo (22.8 cm, 9"). 32 pp.

Smith (1815-90) was a professor surgery at the University of Pennsylvania, served admirably during the Civil War, and was variously the President of the Philadelphia and Pennsylvania Medical Societies, the Chair of the Surgical Section of the American Medical Association, and the Chair of the Executive Committee of the International Medical Congress.
        Provenance: On the front wrapper and title-page, the signature of John Ashhurst Jr., a Philadelphia surgeon and President of College of Physicians of Philadelphia, dated 1857. From the residue of the stock of the F. Thomas Heller bookselling firm (est. ca. 1928).

In cream wrappers; minor age-toning and some darkening and chipping to edges. Provenance marks as above; signature on title-page has bled onto the following leaf, general light age-toning to interior.  (39642)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Althaus, Julius.  On poisoning by diseased pork. Being an essay on trichinosis, or flesh-worm disease: Its prevention and cure. London: John Churchill & Sons, 1864. 8vo (21.3 cm, 8.375"). 34 pp., [2 (adv.)].

"This essay is partly reprinted from the Medical Times and Gazette, in the hopes, that the importance of the subject which it treats will be of sufficient excuse for its publication in separate form'(p. [5]).
        Provenance: On the front wrapper, the signature of N. D—aldson. From the residue of the stock of the F. Thomas Heller bookselling firm (est. ca. 1928).

In tan wrappers; dust-soiled and edgeworn with small tears and creasing, faint water-staining to rear wrapper. Provenance marks as above.  (39644)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Pickering BCP Facsimile — Elizabethan-Inspired Splendor

Church of England. Book of Common Prayer.  The book of common prayer: Commonly called the first book of Queen Elizabeth, printed by Grafton 1559. London: William Pickering (pr. by Charles Whittingham), 1844. Folio (35.1 cm, 13.8"). [34] pp., 109, 14 ff.

Pickering's beautiful type facsimile of Richard Grafton's 1559 edition — the Elizabethan prayer book — here in a Rivière binding. Charles Whittingham printed the work on handmade paper in black-letter type for Pickering, who, inspired by the printing of Aldus Manutius, published in 1844 a series of six such facsimiles of important editions of the Book of Common Prayer, each of which was illustrated with => wood-engraved initials and ornaments done by Mary Byfield, and limited to => only 350 copies printed on paper (with another two on vellum). The original title-pages were reproduced for each in => red and black, and in the case of the present example, the almanac pages likewise printed in red and black. Each book in this homage to important editions of the BCP was an outstanding example of => the Victorian-era Gothic design movement, and Kelly notes that these volumes are "considered to be among the finest work of Whittingham."
        Binding: Signed 19th-century dark brown morocco framed and panelled in single gilt and double blind fillets with gilt-tooled corner fleurons, surrounding a central arabesque medallion; spine with raised bands, gilt-stamped fleur-de-lis decorations in compartments, and gilt-stamped publication information. All edges gilt. Front turn-in stamped by Rivière.
        Provenance: Front free endpaper with small stamp of B[asil] M. Pickering, who took over the business after his father's death; later in the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.

Brunet, I, 1108; Griffiths, Bibliography of the Book of Common Prayer, 1844:28; Kelly, Checklist of Books Published by William Pickering, 1844.3; Keynes, William Pickering (rev. ed.), p. 85; McLean, Victorian Book Design, 13; Pickering & Chatto, William Pickering (catalogue 708), 222. Bound as above, joints and edges rubbed. A handful of leaves with moderate foxing, pages otherwise clean. => A very satisfactory copy.  (39591)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Wondrous Happenings in Sixth Century Italy

Gregorius I, Pont. Max. (Gregory I, pope).  Dialogorum libri quattuor. [colophon: Venetiis: per Hieronymus de Paganinis, 1492]. Small 4to (19.5 cm; 7.625"). [79 of 80] ff., lacks final blank leaf.

Miracles, signs, wonders, and healings performed in Italy in the sixth century A.D., mostly by monks, fill three of the four books of this incunable printing of one of Gregory the Great's understandably most popular writings. The book not devoted to such wondrous things is book two, a life of Saint Benedict. There were 20 editions printed between 1473 and the end of the 15th century, in Latin, German, Italian, and Spanish, in formats ranging from folio to octavo.
        This Venetian printing from the press of Girolamo de Paganini (active 1492– 97), is done in gothic type in double-column format, and the first four lines on the first text leaf are printed in red; there is one large woodcut (on the first page), of St . Peter, which cut is used in other of his books (e.g., his 1492 Biblia latina). Below the cut is this praise of Gregory: "Sicut Petrus apostolo[rum] princeps in ecclesia dei prefuit: sic postmodu[m] Gregorius: Qui quidem pro mercede glorie celestis imarcessibilem coronam reportantes: nobis scripta bene viuedi exepla reliquerunt: vt infra Gregorij sermo dyalogus probat."
        Gregory (ca. 540–12 March 604), pope from 3 September 590 to 12 March 604, is the => patron saint of musicians, singers, students, and teachers, and is famous for instigating the first known large-scale mission from Rome — the Gregorian Mission, to convert the pagan Anglo-Saxons in England to Christianity.
        Provenance: Cut-down Blumhaven Library bookplate (i.e., private library of Herman Blum, 1885–1973, of the Frankford section of Philadelphia, PA); given by Mr. Blum on his 89th birthday to his grandson Robert Martin Blum, as per light blue ballpoint pen inscription on front pastedown.

ISTC ig00405000; Goff G405; HC 7963*; Pell 5357; IGI 4422; BMC V 457; GKW 11401. Half vellum and cream paper covered boards of the first half of the 20th century, soiled; without the final blank leaf (only). Bookseller's description glued to front pastedown above provenance information as above; additional tape or glue stains on same and tape stains on rear pastedown. Title- leaf seriously browned, torn with blank lower area lost, and mounted, with image of St. Peter and all but one letter of type preserved; repairs to upper margin and fore-edge of the first text leaf; waterstaining in first half, diminishing after first signatures.  (39630)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Classic 17th-Century Study of Melancholy — Handsome 19th-Century Edition

Burton, Robert.  The anatomy of melancholy, what it is, with all the kinds, causes, symptoms, prognostics and several cures of it. With their several sections, members, and subsections, philosophically, medicinally, historically opened and cut up. London: Longman, Rees & Co. (pr. by Gilbert & Rivington), 1837. 8vo (22.3 cm, 8.8"). 2 vols. I: xxiv, 583, [1] pp. II: [4], 612 pp.

Part literature, part philosophy, part medicine: Burton's Melancholy is a wide-ranging, discursive examination of => every facet of depression or melancholic humor, from the physical to the emotional, spiritual, theological, and even political. Included are discussions of how diet (per Burton, some people in America happily drink salt sea water and eat spiders), exercise, amorousness (with a long discussion of women and their charms), and an array of spirits, demons, and witches affect the temperament. Boswell famously quoted Dr. Johnson as saying of the Anatomy that it was "the only book that ever took him out of bed two hours earlier than he wished to rise," with several sources noting that Johnson's enthusiasm for the book having brought it out of a state of obscurity; the work continues to be read (and beloved) today for its far-ranging philosophizing on human nature and thought, as well as for Burton's extensive quotations of prior writers and for his sly sense of humor. The work went through a number of revisions and editions after its initial publication in 1624, with this being a "new edition, corrected: to which is prefixed an account of the author" — said author given on the title-page under his original pseudonym of "Democritus, Junior."
        Binding: Mid-19th–century brown calf, covers framed in gilt roll, spines with heavily blind-tooled compartments and with gilt-stamped leather title and volume labels, turn-ins with gilt Greek key roll. All edges marbled; endpapers with a different pattern of marbling.
        Provenance: From the collection of Robert Sadoff, M.D., one of the nation's leading forensic psychiatrists and a director of Penn's Center for Studies in Social-Legal Psychiatry, sans indicia.

Garrison & Morton 4918.1 (for first ed.); Printing & the Mind of Man 120 (ditto); Kent, One Hundred Books Famous in English Literature, 18; Grolier, Langland to Wither, 31. Bindings as above, edges (particularly outer ones) rubbed, spines showing a few small scuffs. Pages clean. => A distinguished example of this enduring classic.  (39608)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Books as Bibliographical Tools

Keynes, Geoffrey.  Bibliotheca bibliographici: A catalogue of the library formed by Geoffrey Keynes. London: Trianon Press, 1964. Large 8vo (28.8 cm, 11.375"). xxiii, [1], 444 pp.; 45 plts.

As precise and extensive a catalogue as one might expect from the great bibliographer: "[My] library is not a random collection of books, but is rather a workshop furnished with the tools needed for the fabrication of the bibliographies that bear my name" (p. vii). => This first, limited edition was printed in 500 copies at the Curwen Press and distributed by Bernard Quaritch Ltd.; it features 45 collotype plates of particularly notable title-pages and illustrations from Keynes' collection.
        Provenance: From the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.

Publisher's quarter brown buckram and terra cotta cloth, spine with gilt-stamped title and decorative bands, in original glassine dust jacket; glassine torn with losses, spine evenly sunned, binding otherwise showing only minimal wear. Front free endpaper with short tears to fore-edge; volume's outer (closed) edges and endpapers showing faint foxing, not affecting pages proper, with pages very crisp and clean.  (39584)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Glorious for Either Churches or Collectors

Church of England. Prayer Book.  The order for the administration of the Holy Communion, and occasional offices, according to the use of the Church of England. London: William Pickering (pr. by Charles Whittingham), 1844. Folio (35.6 cm, 14.1"). [140] ff. (lacking 1 prelim. blank f.).

"Ordered by Queen Victoria to be annexed to The Book of Common Prayer" (Kelly), the altar book appears here in a beautifully printed black-letter rendition that serves as a companion work to Pickering's landmark type "facsimiles" of the major BCP editions. Like them, this work was => printed in black and red by Charles Whittingham, using the decorative initials cut by Mary Byfield for the 1844 BCP set; Byfield also provided a striking, wood-engraved gothic frame for the title-page.
        Binding: Mid-20th-century green morocco, framed in blind with blind-tooled star corner decorations, panelled in blind and gilt fillets with gilt-stamped corner fleur-de-lis, star, and triple dot decorations, spine with gilt-stamped stars in blind-ruled compartments. Top edge gilt.
        Provenance: From the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.

Griffiths, Bibliography of the Book of Common Prayer, 1844:34; Kelly, Checklist of Books Published by William Pickering, 1844.9; Pickering & Chatto, William Pickering (catalogue 708), 223 (giving date as 1848). Not in Keynes. Binding as above, spine evenly sunned to olive brown, front board with very faint mottling, preliminary blank leaf (only) lacking. Scattered light foxing, first and last few leaves with slivers of waterstaining at top and/or bottom edges, pages otherwise crisp and clean. => A beautiful production, a handsome copy.  (39596)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

An Anti-Convulsive Plant, Walking on Water, an Unsinkable Boat, & More — Illustrated!!

Finazzi, Giovanni.  Descrizione di un vegetabile anticonvulsivo, di un trebbiatojo, d'un seminatojo, di una barca innaufragabile, e di un metodo di passeggiare sulle acque. Milano: Presso Angelo Stanisalo Brambilla, 1824. Small 8vo (18.7 cm, 7.375"). 36 pp.; 2 fold. plates hand colored.

An improbable combination of extended descriptions of 1) a vegetable-based anticonvulsive, 2) a threshing device, 3) a sowing device, 4) an unsinkable boat, and 5) a method for walking on water.
        Provenance: From the residue of the stock of the F. Thomas Heller bookselling firm (est. ca. 1928).
        Searches of NUC, WorldCat, and COPAC locate two Continental libraries reporting ownership and the Wellcome in England. No New World libraries.

Later brown paper wrappers; edgeworn. "Technics. Finazzi." written in pencil on title-page, which is also age-toned and lightly dust-soiled; body of text clean with shallow crease across corner of all leaves and the very occasional spot of foxing. => Fold-out hand-colored plates in lovely condition.  (39625)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

American Fevers

Jackson, Robert.  A treatise on the fevers of Jamaica, with some observations on the intermitting fever of America, and an appendix, containing some hints on the means of preserving the health of soldiers in hot climates. London: printed for J. Murray, 1791. 8vo (21 cm, 8.25"). viii, 424, 115, [1] pp.

Jackson (1750–1827), a Scot, apprenticed with a surgeon and in "1768 he joined the medical classes at Edinburgh where he spent three winters" but left without a degree (ODNB). He gained great, first-hand medical experience while serving in the British Army in America from 1774 to 1782: "Observations contained in the following pages, were made during the time that I lived in Jamaica, or while I attended some part of the army in America" (p. iii). The publication of this work "marked the beginning of an extended medical preoccupation with fevers, particularly the yellow 'fever'" (ODNB). "[It] was reprinted in Philadelphia in 1795, and published in German in 1796. In America it was regarded as a standard work which should be in the hands of every general practitioner" (Cantile, p. 36).
        For a very good assessment of Jackson, see: Lieutenant-General Sir Neil Cantlie, "Inspector-General of Hospitals Robert Jackson (1750–1827), Army Medical Department," (Proceedings of the Royal Society of Medicine, vol. 65, December 1972).
        Provenance: From the residue of the stock of the F. Thomas Heller bookselling firm (est. ca. 1928).

Sabin 35456; ESTC T135519; Wellcome, III, 336; Hirsch, III, 387–88; Blake 232. Original calf, dry, abraded, crackled, etc.; rebacked and corners renewed. First four leaves from a different copy; small tear with loss of paper to inner margin of title-leaf; small burn-mark across gutter darkening leaves at base toward the middle of the volume. Priced according to faults, but, still, a very decent copy of an important work of American medical history.  (39628)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Hymns from a Mission Press

[Worcester, Samuel Austin, & Elias Boudinot, comps.].  [one line in Cherokee characters, then] Cherokee hymns. Marble City, OK: Dwight Mission Press, 1909. 24mo (13 cm, 5"). 80, [6] pp.

The hymns in this => slim mission press volume are in Cherokee and without the music. On the front wrapper: “Literature Department of the Woman's Board of Home Missions of the Presbyterian Church" of New York City.
        In 1820 the Dwight Mission was established among the Western Cherokee in Arkansas Territory, already resettled from Georgia, and when the tribe was forced to move west again to Indian Territory in 1828, the mission went with them — reestablishing itself on Sallisaw Creek.
        The Rev. Worcester who compiled this volume was the "Worcester" in Worcester vs. Georgia, 1832, a landmark if ultimately impotent Indian rights case that ended in the Supreme Court's affirming Cherokee right of title to land in that state.

Hargrett, Gilcrease-Hargrett Catalogue of Imprints, p. 79. Publisher’s purple wrappers, spine and edges sunned; front hinge (inside) reinforced some time ago with cellophane tape. Pages age-toned, otherwise clean.  (39606)   Add to My BOOK-STACK


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