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Taking the Fad Too Far?

Harsha, D.A.  The Heavenly token a gift book for Christians. New York: H. Dayton; Indianapolis: Asher & Co., 1859. 12mo (18.6 cm; 7.625"). Engr. frontis., 491 pp.

Religious "gift book" in name only, here reissued from the 1856 edition, with an engraved frontispiece of a throne under a rainbow overlooking people praying on earth by S.A. Schoff after Hammatt Billings. Tepper aptly notes about a similar edition that "it is 500 pages of exhaustive sermonizing on the love of Christ. . . . this is an interesting example of the lengths publishers would go to in => riding the coattails of the gift book fad."
        Binding: Blue publisher's cloth, spine stamped in gilt with fancified title and partly arabesque design, covers decoratively framed in blind.

Not in Faxon, nor Thompson, American Literary Annuals & Gift Books; for another year, see Tepper, American Gift Books & Literary Annuals. (Second edition), p. 100. Bound as above, recently well rebacked with original spine laid on and new endpapers, gently rubbed, small sticker on spine. Light age-toning and foxing (especially around the frontispiece as usual), with occasional other spotting or staining (some perhaps in press); a sound copy representing => an interesting phenomenon in marketing.  (37262)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Brewster, David.  The martyrs of science; or, the lives of Galileo, Tycho Brahe, and Kepler. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1841. 12mo (15.8 cm; 6.25"). [2], 2, [1], iv–xi, [4], 14–240, 8 (advts.) pp.

First American edition of detailed biographies of Galileo, Tycho Brahe, and Kepler from a Scottish scientist, academic administrator, and historian known for inventing the kaleidoscope. The DNB notes Brewster's family was amused by the title of the work since => none of these scientists were actually martyrs.
        The present text was published in Harper's series "Family library" as no. 130; advertisements for other Harper publications follow the text.

Shoemaker 41-815. Publisher's textured charcoal-colored cloth, gilt-stamped spine; lightly rubbed and cocked, spine partially repaired with black tape. Ex–social club library: bookplate and call number label on front pastedown, pressure-stamp on title-page; light age-toning with a handful of small dots, water-staining to upper third of most leaves.  (37259)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

"Part of Those Matchless Beauties, with Which That Divine Volume Abounds"

Sampson, Ezra.  Beauties of the Bible. Being a selection from the Old and New Testaments, with various remarks and brief dissertations, designed for the use of Christians in general; and particularly for the use of schools, and for the improvement of youth. Hudson: Wm.E. Norman, 1812. viii, [1], 14–334, [2] pp.

Biblical excerpts meant for juveniles with a patriotic bent and occasional remarks, here in a later edition after the first of 1800. One chapter even calls Nehemiah the "Washington of the Jews"!
        A previous owner has tucked in a neatly crafted engraving of two women relaxing in a forest with a man defending them from two wild beasts.

Shaw & Shoemaker 26689. 19th-century tree calf, spine with gilt rules and red leather label, rubbed, offsetting to first/last few leaves from binding (as usual); moderate age-toning, some foxing, with the occasional spot, inked number on title-page and one leaf of text, three short marginal tears, one short trimmed leaf/marginal paper loss, and two small marginal holes. 20th-century bookplate of H. Russell Enfield, of Lansingburgh, NY.  (37253)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

"Devotional & Practical"

Bond, Robert, & George Peck, editor.  Golden Maxims: or, a thought for every day in the year. New York: Lane & Tippett, for the Methodist Episcopal Church, 1846. 16mo (11.5 cm; 4.5"). 112 pp.

Daily religious quotations from numerous authors, with an index of their names at the front. Editor Peck (1797–1876), grandfather of American author Stephen Crane and supporter of the Holiness movement, also worked as a Methodist pastor and edited the Methodist Quarterly Review.
        Binding: Chocolate publisher's cloth, spine gilt extra with title and an over-all arabesque design; covers blind-stamped with an elegant and unusual design crossing "arabesque" with "drawer handle" within a plain "frame." All edges gilt and pale green endpapers.
        Provenance: Inked ownership inscription of the Rev. S. Brown of Dansville, Livingston Co., NY, dated 1856 on front fly-leaf.

Bound as above, spine gilt extraordinarily bright; very gently rubbed at extremities and corners a little bending in. Inscription as above and a few leaves with small spots/staining. => A beautiful, clean copy of a delicately pretty devotional.  (37252)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

"A Subsidiary Argument for the Truth & Divinity of the Bible"

Gilfillan, George.  The bards of the Bible. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1851. 12mo (19.2 cm; 7.5"). xxi, [2], 24–378 pp.

Early American edition of Gilfillan's study of the Bible as poetry, from Harper; Appleton also released an American edition in 1851. The work was reprinted several times and later released as The Poets and Poetry of the Bible.
        Gilfillan was a Scot and one of the "Spasmodic" poets. The DNB notes this is "one of [his] most striking performances: he treated the prophets in much the same way that he had treated poets in his Gallery series, creating intense, impressionistic portraits of them in an attempt to convey their essential spirit and message."
        A binder's label of Lane S. Hart of Harrisburg, PA, is attached to the front pastedown.
        Provenance: Inscribed in pencil to Sydney P. D[ru?]mott from Mamma.

Half-black roan with marbled paper covered boards, spine lettered and ruled in gilt, all edges speckled; joints (outside) rubbed and starting; front hinge (inside) cracked, with some offsetting on fly-leaves from binding. Inscription as above, one interior tear, waterstaining to bottom corner of a few gatherings, light to moderate age-toning, foxing, and spotting. A good, decent old book; used and ready to see more use.  (37248)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Words of Faith, in Pewter-Covered Boards

Brooks, Phillips.  Brooks' addresses. [New York]: The Merriam Company, [1898]. 8vo (15.3 cm, 6"). 166, [2 (adv.)] pp.

Merriam edition of six popular Christian sermons including "The Beauty of a Life of Service," "The Duty of the Christian Business Man," "True Liberty," and "Abraham Lincoln." The Rev. Brooks was an Episcopal priest who served as rector of the Church of the Holy Trinity in Philadelphia and of Trinity Church in Boston before becoming Bishop of Massachusetts in 1891; he is remembered for having written the text of the beloved carol "O Little Town of Bethlehem."
        Binding: This copy of the Addresses is impressively bound in => pewter covers, the front one embossed with column-like torches garlanded in flowers surrounding a central medallion with the title etched inside and the author's name etched on a banner beneath, the back cover with with an embossed sconce and wreath design, attached to a cream cloth–covered spine. This appears to be the only copy of this work in such a binding available on the market.

Binding as above, edges slightly scuffed, sides with a few small scratches, spine cloth darkened and with one small hole; hinges (inside) predictably cracked from weight of sides, sewing loosening with some signatures starting to separate. Page edges seemingly silver-gilt at one time, now darkened. Front pastedown with inked ownership inscription of Harry Lee Winters. One page with light blotches, pages otherwise clean. => A striking and unusual binding.  (37249)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

What They Wore in Biblical Times — Illustrations Supervised by Benjamin West

Satchwell, Richard.  Scripture costume: Exhibited in a series of engravings, representing the principal personages mentioned in the sacred writings ... with biographical sketches and historical remarks on the manners and customs of eastern nations. London: Pr. for Samuel Leigh by W. Clowes, 1819. Large 4to (32.8 cm, 12.9"). [2], viii, 170 pp.; 20 col. plts.

First edition of this deluxe volume on the costume of prominent Biblical figures including Jesus and the Queen of Sheba, with the illustrations "drawn under the superintendence" of Benjamin West. The => 20 aquatint plates were engraved by Thomas Lord Busby after Satchwell's drawings and colored by hand; the illustrations are accompanied by extensive biographical and historical commentary. This elaborate production is apparently uncommon in research institutions where its presence might be expected; WorldCat places it in only six U.S. locations including the Library of Congress, one state library, one major art museum, and two great public libraries.
        Binding: Contemporary maroon straight-grained morocco, framed and panelled in gilt single and double fillets with corner fleurons, spine with gilt-ruled raised bands, gilt-stamped compartment decorations, turn-ins with gilt roll. All edges gilt.

Brunet, V, 142; NSTC 2S4987. Binding as above, rebacked some time ago with complementary morocco; some rubbing and scuffing and hinges (inside) reinforced. Front free endpaper with old affixed cataloguing description; front fly-leaf with closed tear, internal hole, and pencilled annotations. Frontispiece plate (Noah) with tiny chip to upper margin and evidence of two onetime small paper adhesions, one guard leaf with short tear, final text page and back fly-leaf with slim vertical line of light staining; intermittent spots of foxing, usually faint and, where affecting plates, not detracting from images. => A sturdy. impressive, and eye-pleasing volume.  (37244)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

 Sair sair was my heart; to which are added, The hero's orphant girls; The lass o' Ballochmyle, Allister M'Allister, The highland plaid. Stirling: Pr. by W. Macnie, 1826. 12mo. 8 pp.

Publisher seems to have recycled a woodcut from an ABC for the title-page of this chapbook: The letter "D" to be specific.

Removed from a bound volume. Nice copy.  (37150)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

An ALDINE Attic Nights

Gellius, Aulus.  Auli Gellii noctivm Atticarvm libri vndeviginti. [colophon: Venetiis: in Aedibus Aldi, et Andreae Soceri, mense Septembri 1515. 8vo (17 cm; 6.625"). [32], 289, [51] ff. (errors in foliation, but complete).

First of two Aldine editions published in 1515 of Gellius' only known work, with "duerniorem" on the final leaf as prescribed by Renouard. The iconic Aldine printer's device appears on both the title-page and the final leaf of text, with the fore-edge of the title-page having been slightly repaired long ago at the margin.
        Gellius's Attic Nights, supposed to have been written for the entertainment and education of his children, offers a rich tapestry of the life and times of the Roman Empire under the five good emperors. In an informal style Gellius ranges from law, grammar, history, and literary criticism to evening chats with fellow students and visits to the awe-inspiring villas of Herodes Atticus, the most famous philanthropist of Athens. Editor Giovanni Battista Egnazio (1478–1553), an important part of the Aldine literary circle and executor of Manuzio's will, here presents a newly revised text — complete with two indexes and explanation of the Greek passages.

Renouard, Alde, 73.9; Brunet, II, 1523; Adams G344; Graesse, Trésor de Livres Rares, III, p. 45; Schweiger, Handbuch der classischen Bibliographie, II, p. 376; on Egnazio, see: Contemporaries of Erasmus, pp. 424–25. 18th-century vellum over boards with red and green gilt leather spine labels, one edge with one very small chip to vellum; fore-edge of title-page repaired, light age-toning, a few words in old ink to front endpapers, some unevenly trimmed pages with the occasional (chiefly light) marginal stain or spot. "A. Gellius" in old ink to fore-edge of volume. => A worthy Aldine.  (37243)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

"Complementary Opposites. At Least I Hope So." — One of Fifty Copies Only

Tucker, Alan, & Morris Cox.  In line. Stroud; Gloucestershire: The Stilt Press [& The Gogmagog Press], 1988. Sm. 4to (26 cm; 10.25"). 2 vols. I: [10], 11–21, [4] pp.; illus. II: [11] ff.; illus.

Wickedly original collages from artist and => Gogmagog Press owner Morris Cox, here published with some Alan Tucker poems inspired by them; an introduction supplies notes on the somewhat "complicated" process of collaboration from the participants' points of view. Illustrations here were "designed and photoprinted at the Gogmagog Private Press" by a process using Cox's original collages and a copy machine, and have been printed on double-folded Japanese handmade paper. One volume contains illustrations by Cox and Tucker's poems, while the other offers Cox's illustrations and the Gogmagog Press mark as a colophon.
        The poem volume colophon states "Published in one edition only, fifty copies signed and numbered," of which this is => number 39. Bookseller Bertram Rota was responsible for distribution.
        Binding: Publisher's lime green cloth with a black and while collage-inspired paper label on each front cover; the pair housed in lime green cloth slipcase with black paper sides and paper labels on front and spine.

Chambers 70. Bound as above, ink on pastedowns somewhat tacky with some offsetting, one leaf attached to pastedown with partial tear to fold; light to moderate age-toning affecting Japanese paper, otherwise bright and clean. Definitely an engaging piece of art.  (37197)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Aguilar, Grace.  The women of Israel. New York: Appleton & Co.; Philadelphia: Geo. S. Appleton, 1851. 8vo (19 cm; 7.5"). 2 vols. I: Fontis., 270 pp., [10 (ads)]. II: 336 pp., [1 (ads)] f.

The first comprehensive study of Jewish women written by a Jewish woman; the eras canvassed are Biblical and ancient, with a three-chapter coda devoted to "Women of Israel in the Present." First American Edition.
        Provenance: "Mrs. Sam'l K. Whiting" to endpaper, dated June 1851.

Singerman 1171. Publisher's dark brown ribbed cloth, stamped in blind on boards and in gilt on spines. Wear at board edges; bottom one inch of cloth of spine of vol. I torn at joint and readhered. Light, occasional foxing. Nearly a Very Good set.  (37011)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

A.K.A. "Four Poems" — Hamady's Calligraphic Inscription

Olson, Toby.  Three & one. Mt. Horeb, WI: Perishable Press, 1976. 16mo (13.3 cm, 5.25"). [16] pp.; illus.

First edition of this collaboration between Olson and Walter Hamady of the Perishable Press, with a title variance commented upon in the postface; while the half-title calls this Three & One, the title-page gives Four Poems, with the Perishable Press bibliography using the former. The typeface was Sabon-Antiqua printed in blue, maroon, black, and grey on Frankfurt and Frankfurt Cream papers, sewn into blue marbled paper wrappers, and the poems are => illustrated with two intricate drawings by Mary Laird, hand-tinted with colored pencils by the printer. 145 copies were printed.
        Provenance: This copy inscribed, in an angular, decorative hand (presumably Hamady's), to a contemporary bookseller and archivist, with the inscription dated 1976.

Two Decades of Hamady & the Perishable Press, 76. Wrappers as above, with very faint traces of wear to extremities, otherwise clean and fresh. It should be noted that the hand-tinting is to small portions of the illustrations only, and very subtle in tone; inscription, as above, large and bold. => A nice copy of this "first," with an interesting inscription.  (37227)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Hotspur's Son's Adventures: One Happy Set of Lovers, One Tragic

Percy, Thomas.  The hermit of Warkworth: A Northumberland tale, in three parts. Newcastle-on-Tyne: W.R. Walker, [ca. 1860]. 12mo (16.3 cm, 6.45"). 24 pp.

Written by Dr. Thomas Percy, Bishop of Dromore, this ballad tells a romantic tale of the return of Henry Percy, 2nd Earl of Northumberland (1393–1455), from his exile in Scotland, accompanied by the fair Lady Eleanor Neville — with an additional melodramatically heartrending plot element regarding the founding of the hermitage by the former "bold Sir Bertram," now "poor and humble Benedict" (p. 21).
        The poem was originally printed in 1771. While this mid-19th-century chapbook was printed with reckless disregard for the amount of ink that actually wound up on any given page (for that is very uneven), it does feature a wood-engraved vignette on the title-page and what appears to be a tombstone tailpiece. It is also uncommon, WorldCat locateing => no U.S. institutional holdings of this printing.
        As the final page is devoted to an enticing description of "WARKWORTH CASTLE" and its environs, set in larger type than the poem, we wonder if this was => given or sold to tourists as a souvenir?

NSTC 2P11186. Removed from a nonce volume; one leaf with two nicks to outer edge. => A look at the enduring appeal of medieval legend to the Victorian audience.  (37230)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

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"The Believing Jews . . . Shall Then Walk in the Light of the New, Great, Holy & Beloved Jerusalem"

Sherwin, William.  A paper, shewing that the great conversion and restauration of all Israel and Judah will be fulfilled at Christs second coming... [London: 1674]. 4to (18.7 cm, 7.4"). 8 pp.

Sole edition: an essay on prophecy regarding the restoration and conversion of the Jews, written by the Rev. Sherwin, who interpreted Scripture as predicting a literal return of the Jewish nation to Israel. Intended to accompany Sherwin's Prodromos, this piece was issued with separate pagination and register.
        WorldCat and ESTC locate => only five U.S. institutional holdings.

ESTC R476940. Not listed in Wing separately (1674 Prodromos: Wing S3410). Removed from a nonce volume. First page with author's name inked beneath the header in a small early hand. One leaf with catchword trimmed. => An uncommon Christian Zionist item.  (37225)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

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"A Rational Account of Our Own Doctrine in Opposition to Theirs"

Stillingfleet, Edward.  A rational account of the grounds of Protestant religion: being a vindication of the Lord Archbishop of Canterbury's Relation of a conference, &c. from the pretended answer by T.C. London: printed for H. Mortlock at the sign of the Phoenix in St. Paul's Church-yard, and the White-Hart in Westminster-Hall, 1681. Folio (32.1 cm; 12.75"). [22], 608 pp. (lacks the licence leaf).

The Bishop of Worcester's defense of Protestantism, here in the second edition after the first of 1665. Stillingfleet (1635–99), a prolific writer and respected preacher, flips previously published criticisms against his church to highlight the many problems present in the Catholic church, from the concept of church infallibility to popery to purgatory.
        Evidence of Readership: Some twenty pages with pencilled marks in margins noting interesting passages.
        Provenance: "Ex Libris Joannis Grave Rolii Nemau[lisi?]" minutely in ink, with rubber-stamps of Ambrose Swasey Library (properly released) on title-page.

ESTC R10821; Wing (rev. ed.) S5625. Modern marbled paper–covered boards with gilt red leather spine labels and new endpapers, all edges marbled. Provenance and ex-library marks as above, light to moderate age-toning, occasional spotting, and variable waterstaining along edges and sometimes into gutters throughout (not reaching text); license leaf lacking, one repaired or shortly trimmed leaf, a smattering of missing corners, small holes, chipped leaves, and short marginal tears. A book that has had several adventures and is ready for more.  (37215)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

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"Such Shocking Barbarity"

Leland, Charles P.  Capt. Leland's report of the horrible sacrifices of human victims among the various wild tribes of India. And also of the self sacrifices so prevalent in that country. New York: [© by O.L. Lovell], 1851. 8vo (22 cm, 8.7"). [4], [9]–36 pp.; illus.

Sole edition of this lurid account of human torture and sacrifice. Little information is readily available on Leland, who says he "travelled extensively over the various Circars or Provinces of India" (p. 9) in 1845–48, and submits this report with a dateline from New York City. While the author claims to have witnessed mass human sacrifices, suttee, and assorted self-sacrifices himself, he also cites a number of other sources (Captain Macpherson, Captain Campbell, the Rev. William Ward, the Calcutta Review, etc.) for stories of infanticide and other horrors.
        "Capt. Leland" may have been an American, for he says, in the extract from a letter he sent to the British governor of northern India (1847), "Now sir, brought up as you and I have been in England and America"; but he cannot, for a variety of reasons, have been the American Charles Leland who was later to publish on the ethnography and folklore of other regions.
        The front wrapper of this "popular" publication bears an unsigned wood-engraved portrait of the author, which is repeated as the frontispiece, and the rear wrapper reproduces from the interior the unsigned => wood-engraved illustration of a sacrifice at the hands of club- and sword-wielding priests.
        This ephemeral booklet is uncommon: WorldCat locates => only two U.S. institutional holdings.

Bibliotheca Munselliana, 47. Publisher's printed yellow paper wrappers; stained, chipped at extremities and spine. Lower inner portions waterstained; pages moderately foxed, with corners bumped. => Worn but wholly readable, and remarkably representative of a particular 19th-century mentality.  (37220)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

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Mary Snyder's MINIATURE Personal Devotional

 Christian's daily bread. A text book of Scriptural truths and promises, for every day in the year. London & Edinburgh: T. Nelson & Sons, 1853. Miniature (7.3 cm; 2.5"). 188 pp.

First edition of this miniature and prettily got-up compilation of Bible verses, hymns, and a devotional calendar.
        WorldCat records the copies at the British Library, Brown University, and in the Ruth E. Adomeit collection at the Lilly Library.
        Binding: Flexible chestnut-colored leather, front cover gilt-stamped with ivy frame, title, and dove vignette. All edges gilt.
        Provenance: Ownership signature of Mary C. Snyder, 1860. With a quotation in her hand, "It is more than my meat and drink to do my masters [sic] will." Signature of Isaac O. Manning on rear fly-leaf.

Bondy, Miniature Books, p. 130. Earlier than the copies in Welsh, Bibliography of Miniature Books, but see 1834 and 1835 for editions of 1861 and 1872 by same publisher. Binding as above, showing minor wear and covers a little undersized; plain spine a little faded and cover's lower corner with small spots relating to a onetime water(?)-related incident that also affected the pastedown and, less notably, the free endpaper and last few leaves. Only a very few small spots of foxing, otherwise; in fact, in => good and attractive condition.  (37237)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

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An Underground Pamphlet Satirizing the World of Underground Pamphlets, Their "Poets," & Their Vendors

(Surreptitious Printing).  The dovvnefall of temporizing poets, unlicenst printers, upstart booksellers, trotting mercuries, and bawling hawkers. [London]: Printed merrily, and may be read unhappily, betwixt Hawke and Bussard [but really, J. Barker, printer, Great Russell street, Covent Garden., for J. Sturt], 1641 [i.e., ca. 1815]. Small 4to (20 cm; 7.75") bound in a tall 8vo (24 cm; 9.5"). [1] f., 5, [1 (blank)] pp.

The subtitle of this satire is: "Being a very pleasant dialogue between Light-foot the mercury, and Suck-bottle the hawker, Red-nose the poet being moderator between them: the corruptions of all which by their conference is plainly described."
        Dagmar Freist in Governed By Opinion: Politics, Religion and the Dynamics of Communication in Stuart London characterizes this work as "the fullest account of this [1640s] satirical perception of the London booktrade [as lawless]." She further opines that "without a doubt, the pamphlet was drafted for a small => street-theater performance, given, for instance, stage directions such as 'Enter Poet.'" The work is "packed with allusions to well-known people, circumstances, and cliches."
        In the underground London pamphlet world of the mid-17th century, "bawling hawkers" were wandering booksellers who sold pamphlets, newspapers, and books, while "trotting mercuries" were men and women who were => known to cross-dress and who sold "new books" as opposed to "good books." They were also notorious scolds.
        The title-page has two woodcut images: to the right a man smoking a pipe and wearing a ruff, in large close-up, and to the left a standing woman holding a cup in one hand with her other resting on a large triangle bearing images of a ewer and another cup — both figures with rather elaborately dressed hair!
        Having said all of the above here is where I confess that I (DMS) originally catalogued this item as an original 1641 printing only to be gently informed by John Overholt of the Houghton Library that it is a type facsimile of the original, one of a number of type facsimiles that J. Sturt caused to be printed and which he openly sold. Originally it bore his imprint information, but that has been removed. The type used is a good approximation of the original and the paper is old, and in this copy without a watermark. => When used in conjunction with the digitized "certified original" copy in EEBO, this is a great teaching tool.
        Provenance: 19th-century diamond-shaped bookplate of Henry Cunliffe.

For this edition: Hazen, "J. Sturt facsimilist," in The Library, 4th ser., XXV, pp. 72–79; McKitterick, Old Books, New Technologies, pp. 89–90. For the original: Wing (rev. ed.) D2088; ESTC R23145; Freist, pp. 85–86. Late-19th- or early-20th century half red morocco with marbled paper sides, plain endpapers. Leaves no longer conjugate and each one sewn in with a blank sheet separating it from the next; and with added blank leaves at rear for bulk in binding. Minor spotting, some foxing, and age-toning, a grin-provoking spine title, and => one of the best imprint lines ever seen.  (37235)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

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"Liberty of the Press is the Palladium of All Your Rights"

Junius [pseud.].  The letters of Junius. London: John Sharpe, 1820. 24mo (13.3 cm; 5.25"). 2 vols. I: Engr. t.-p., [1], iv–xviii, [1], 20–203, [1] pp. II: Engr. t.-p., [1], 4–212 pp.

A timely reprint — one of five in 1820!! — of the scathing invective aimed at the Duke of Grafton, his ministry, and the government of George III in general, delivered with flair and some degree of wit. Anonymously published, the Junius letters were originally printed from 1769 through 1772 and have been convincingly although never with finality attributed to Sir Philip Francis. They discuss => the historical/constitutional rights and liberties of Englishmen and => point to where the government infringes upon them, an appropriate topic for a year of political unrest whose first four months included the major events of the Cato Street Conspiracy, the ascension of George IV following the death of George III and election of his first parliament, and the Radical War in Scotland.
        This edition comes with => two engraved title-pages, one for each volume: the first showing an officer whose identity is covered by a curtain by G. Murray after H. Corbould, and the second showing a landscape with a pike topped with a Phrygian cap, sword, and shield alongside the Bill of Rights and Magna Carta by J. Pye after "R.W."
        As noted above, Sharpe was not the only printer to think of producing a new Junius in 1820 — Bumpus, Rivington, Davison, and Hancock also produced editions.
        Binding: Red straight-grain morocco, each spine gilt extra, covers framed in gilt floral rolls, all edges gilt.

Bound as above, three boards reattached using the long-fiber method; overall lightly rubbed and stained, spines a bit sunned with leather chipping at one tip, light pencilling on endpapers. Title-page engravings lightly foxed, two leaves with small marginal stain and a number with creasing across corners, light age-toning. => A neat, attractive little set of this political classic.  (37228)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

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Unusual Striped American Binding — A "Special Occasion" Gift Book

Barton, Hemans, et al.  A parting gift to a Christian friend. Hartford: Brown & Parsons, 1846. 32mo (10.8 cm; 4.25"). [2 (blank)] ff., 192 pp., [2 (blank)] ff.

A sentimental forget-me-not token designed for exchange between friends separated by circumstance. This gift book offers poetry and brief prose excerpts meant to soothe the pain of loss with assurances of divine comfort and reminders of friendship's joys and sorrows. The contributors, where they are not anonymous, are predominantly British and include Bernard Barton, Charles Swain, and Felicia Hemans, along with American Lydia Huntley Sigourney, among others.
        Binding: Cream-colored textured cloth boards, horizontally striped in magenta, with blind-stamped panel containing corner arabesques and (on the front only) a central gilt-stamped floral design. Spine gilt-stamped with title and arabesques. All edges gilt.
        The use of striping on Victorian cloth bindings was uncommon and short-lived, lasting roughly from 1845 to 1852. On this type of binding, see: Andrea Krupp, Making a Case for Cloth, fol. 6.
        Provenance: Mid-19th-century pencil signature on front pastedown of May Harris of Deposit, Delaware County, NY; full inscription repeated on a blank at the rear.

Faxon 631a (for an 1843 edition by the same publishers). Not in Tepper, American Gift Books & Literary Annuals. (Second edition); not in Thompson, American Literary Annuals & Gift Books. Bound as above; covers lightly soiled and with a scattering of small spots. Foxing general but light, to interior; a clean, nice copy.  (32064)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

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One of the First Pieces of Catholica Printed West of the Alleghenies, Not from a Detroit Press

[Thomas à Kempis].  Of the imitation of Christ; in three books. Tr. from the Latin ... by John Payne. Wilmington, [OH]: Pub. by Joseph Wright; Rice Gaddis, pr., 1815. 12mo (81 cm; 7.25"). 195, [1 (blank)] pp.

The authorship of the Imitation of Christ was questioned for three centuries, but scholarly consensus now favors Thomas à Kempis — a Canon Regular of St. Augustine — leaving little or no room for such contenders as Jean Gerson. This translation from the original Latin is the work of an English Protestant who has sought to de-Catholicize the work as far as possible: Quotations from the Bible, which in the Latin are given from the Vulgate Bible (i.e., the Roman Catholic authorized text), in their English translations here are given from the King James and not the Douai–Rheims or Challoner versions.
        The first printing of the Imitation appeared in 1473 and there followed hundreds of European editions before the first American appeared 1749. It was as popular with the American audience as it had been in Europe, and it appeared here in English and German translation and even in an extracted form, almost always redone for Protestants.
        This is the first printing of the Imitation in Ohio and the first west of the Allegheny Mountains. Surprisingly, none had appeared before it from the Catholic presses in Detroit! It should also be noted that => this book was printed during the first year of printing in Wilmington.

Parsons 515; Shaw & Shoemaker 34993; Morgan, Ohio, 120. On the translator, see: The Dictionary of National Biography. Publisher's acid-stained sheep, round spine, gilt (but not raised) bands. The simple binding is very clean, with some abrasions; foxing to interior as expectable. => A satisfying little volume.  (37231)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

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"Moral Observations & Instructions" in a Pretty Little Package

 Sacred gift of devout and useful sayings. Boston: G. W. Cottrell, copyright 1851. Miniature (8 cm; 3.125"). 96 pp.

One of two editions published in 1851 of this miniature collection of Christian thoughts, "principally intended for the benefit of private families . . . and for those who are not well able to purchase larger treatises." The volume was stereotyped by Hobart & Robbins of Boston, as was the other edition.
        Binding: Publisher's brown cloth, front cover and spine elegantly gilt-stamped with foliate motifs, back cover blind-stamped. All edges gilt.

Faxon 738; Bradbury, Miniature Books; p. 165, no. 12; Welsh, Bibliography of Miniature Books, 6097 (for the other edition). Bound as above, slightly rubbed; small abrasion with loss of cloth on front cover. Interior clean. ==> A treasurable "Gift."  (37239)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

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LEC: A Wholly Admirable Human Being

Dostoevsky, Fyodor.  The idiot. New York: The Limited Editions Club, 1956. Tall 8vo (29 cm, 11.4"). xiv, 560, [2] pp.; illus.

The Limited Editions Club edition of this classic work of Russian literature is Constance Garnett's translation, with an introduction by Avrahm Yarmolinsky; the text is illustrated with 25 full-page and 4 half-page dark, brooding engravings by => Fritz Eichenberg. The illustrations were reproduced by the Marchbanks Press and the typography set in linotype Original Old Style, with the binding done by the Russell-Rutter Company.
        This is => numbered copy 1193 of 1500 printed, signed at the colophon by the artist. The appropriate LEC newsletter and prospectus are laid in.

Limited Editions Club, Bibliography of the Fine Books Published by The Limited Editions Club, 264. Publisher's red buckram, front cover with gilt- and silver-stamped cross design, in original marbled paper–covered slipcase; slipcase with edges rubbed and spine label slightly darkened, volume with spine sunned and minimal wear to boards. One page with light smudge in lower margin. => Solid and attractive.  (36910)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

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"Guid Auld Highland Whisky, O"

 The Scotch song-book, containing the following favourite songs... Newcastle & Hull: W. & T. Fordyce, [ca. 1835]. 12mo (15.5 cm, 6.2"). 24 pp.

Lyrics for 20 frolicsome (or occasionally mournful) songs of love, whiskey, and Caledonia, including "Duncan Gray," "Rub Her o'er wi' Strae," "A' bodies Like to be Married," "Gow's Fareweel to Whisky," "The Birken Tree," "The Jolly Beggar," and "The Land o' the Leal." The wood-engraved title-page vignette shows two men, one on horseback, with a church spire in the background.
        This little Scottish-themed chapbook is uncommon: WorldCat locates => only two U.S. institutional holdings.

Not in NSTC. Removed from a nonce volume, with edges untrimmed. Mild age-toning, otherwise clean.  (37195)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

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A 19th-Century Student's Florilegium

[Benton, Youngs Elliott?].  Manuscript on paper, in English. [Maine?: 1839–42]. Oblong 8vo (17.1 cm, 6.75"). [4], 168 pp. (115 used).

A commonplace book of religious, literary, philosophical, and historical excerpts, contemplations, and poems in English and French, apparently recorded by a student at Bowdoin College in Maine. The volume opens with a poem that begins "Where's now the hand that coursed along this page? / Gone – where spirits rest age after age"; while the original writer signed this poem only "A Friend," another hand has pencilled beneath it that it was "Written by Dr. E.B. Webb, Shawmut Church, Boston," who was a member of Bowdoin's 1846 class.
        Following that gloomy start is a carefully indited title-page reading "Liber Memoriae continens Excerpta momentosa et Annales Rerum. Collegium Bowdoinense . . . MDCCCXXXIX," following which are brief writings on the study of the origin of letters; ancient floods; spiritual beliefs of ancient Romans, Native Americans, Pacific Islanders, and others; and lives of Walter Scott, Robert Burns, James Beattie, John Ledyard, Isaac Newton, etc. Also present are the names of the signers of the Declaration of Independence ("John Hancock" large and flourishing), the Ten Commandments (here described as the Decalogue), and poems including "The Temperance Ship," "Twilight" (by Miss Huntley), "The Album's Petition," and "The Hope of Heaven."
        One clue to the ownership/authorship of this volume is a laid-in newspaper clipping noting the golden wedding celebration of Mr. and Mrs. Youngs Elliott Benton of Linden, MI, taken from the Isabella County Enterprise of 13 February 1878. Benton (1807–90) is not listed as a graduate of Bowdoin nor as a student who entered by did not graduate; he was, however, a descendant of John Eliot, "the Apostle of the Indians," and the translator of the Bible into the Massachusett language.

Publisher's marbled paper–covered boards with roan shelfback; binding rubbed overall. Three additional leaves of notes laid in; pages gently age-toned with occasional small spots. => A very readable, evocative, wide-ranging compendium.  (37203)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

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