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An Aldine Leaf Book with Two Incunable & Two Post-Incunable Leaves

Barker, Nicolas.  Aldus Manutius and the development of Greek script & type in the fifteenth century. Sandy Hook, CT: Chiswick Book Shop, 1985. Folio (33.5 cm; 13.25"). xiv, 115, [9 (5 blank)] pp., 4 samples tipped in.

In his classic 1900 work Printing of Greek in the Fifteenth Century (Oxford Press), Robert Proctor held Aldus' Greek type in contempt, much preferring that of the Complutensian Polyglot Bible. Nicolas Barker here reexamines the matter of Aldus' choice of Greek types and puts a different spin on it, showing the design of the types "was influenced not only by contemporary scribal practice, but also by the expectations of his customers, accustomed to reading secular literature in manuscripts of very complex visual texture written in these cursive scripts" (Snipes).
        In addition to presenting Barker's highly illustrated study, the volume has tipped in => a sample leaf printed in each of the four distinct Greek types developed by the press: From the first Aldine editions of Aristotle, 1497; Crastonus' Dictionarium Graecum, 1497; Euripides, 1503; and the Septuagint, 1518.
        Printed in an edition of 500 copies, with "design and calligraphy by Stephen Harvard, printed and bound by Meriden-Stinehour Press," this bears => a title-page in red with white calligraphic lettering.
        => Both the Euripides and the Septuagint leaves have interesting contemporary marginalia.
        Provenance: From the library of American collector Albert A. Howard (sans indicia).

Disbound and Dispersed 184. Snipes, "Aldus Manutius and the Development of Greek Script and Type in the Fifteenth Century," a book review of Barker's book, in Renaissance Quarterly, XVI, 1, pp. 120–22. Publisher's red cloth stamped in gold, in a matching red cloth open-back slipcase. Near fine. => Handsome and instructive.  (37608)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Star-Crossed Italian Lovers — Peregrino & Genevera

Caviceo, Jacopo.  Il peregrino. Vinegia: Pietro di Nicolini da Sabbio, 1538. 8vo (15 cm, 5.9"). [16] pp., 271, [1 (blank)] ff.; illus.

"Nuovamente ristampato, e con somma diligenza corretto, et alla sua pristina integrita ridotto": an uncommon early edition of Caviceo's best-selling, often translated, and widely influential romance. The author had a complicated life which included dropping out of law school shortly before he could be expelled, becoming a court historian and diplomat in Parma, being banished from that city for seducing a nun (and possibly more than one), voyaging in the Middle East and India, and embroiling himself in various political intrigues before working his way to the post of Vicar General in cities including Rimini, Ravenna, and Florence. His classically inspired novel, first published in 1508 and dedicated to Lucrezia Borgia, is a romance in which Peregrino tells the ghost of Boccaccio all about his globe-spanning quest to satisfy his passion for the fair Genevera — with the plot incorporating the author's own travel experiences.
        In addition to the woodcut architectural border on the title-page (previously used in the printer's 1536 edition of Boccaccio's Laberinto), the text is decorated with one large and two small woodcut illustrations, the large cut showing our lovelorn hero tormented by two satyrs playing fantastical string and wind instruments, under the banner "Ancora spero solver me."
        WorldCat locates => only three U.S. institutional holdings of this edition.
        Provenance: From the library of American collector Albert A. Howard (sans indicia).

Adams C1190; EDIT 16 CNCE 71312; Brunet, I, 1701; Index aurel. 134.670. 19th-century half calf over marbled paper–covered boards, spine with gilt-stamped olive morocco title-label and gilt-tooled bands, all page edges speckled in brown; binding rubbed and worn, joints cracked but holding. First gathering very possibly supplied from a different copy. Front pastedown with two older cataloguing slips affixed; front free endpaper and (tipped-in) fly-leaf with later inked annotations in Latin and Italian. Occasional small spots of foxing and ink staining; a limited circle of light waterstain(?) to last leaf; a very few small early inked marks of emphasis in margins. A solid, eminently readable copy of an => important, readable, and uncommon early prose romanzo d'amore.  (37524)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Gorgeous 19th-Century Medievalism — Distinguished Binding, Provenance,
       & Special Hand-Coloring

Costello, Louisa Stuart, trans.  Specimens of the early poetry of France from the time of the troubadours and trouveres to the reign of Henri Quatre. London: William Pickering (pr. by C. Whittingham), 1835. 8vo (19.4 cm, 7,65"). x, [2], [xi]–xlix, 298 pp. (lacking half-title); 4 col. plts.

First edition: Medieval and Renaissance French poetry, translated into English by an acclaimed poet, travel writer, historian, and painter. Some of the more uncommon pieces are provided in both their original French and in English, and brief biographical entries are supplied for many figures.
        Costello's first job was copying illuminated manuscripts from the Bibliothèque Royale for the British Museum, and in addition to selecting and translating these poems, she also illustrated them with => four lithographs that were hand-colored and illuminated in this copy as in only a few others. The images, copied from manuscripts in both libraries, are beautifully rendered and painted, with touches of gilt adding to their splendor.
        Binding: Signed binding by Riviere and Son: Red morocco, covers framed in gilt triple fillets, spine gilt extra with pomegranate motifs in compartments, board edges with gilt fillets, turn-ins with gilt rolls. Red marbled endpapers; top edge gilt, other edges uncut.
        Provenance: Front pastedown with leather ex-libris of American collector Doris Louise Benz (whose collection was sold by Christie's in 1984), and with armorial bookplate of the remarkable 19th-century philanthropist Angela Georgina Burdett-Coutts, 1st Baroness Burdett-Coutts. Most recently in the library of American collector Albert A. Howard (sans indicia).

NSTC 2C38962; Kelly, Checklist of Books Published by William Pickering, 1835.4; Keynes, William Pickering (rev. ed.), p. 61 ("four lithographic plates, coloured in some copies"); Pickering & Chatto, William Pickering (catalogue 708), 124. Binding as above, in coordinating linen–covered slipcase; slipcase sunned and lightly worn, volume spine faded evenly to tan. Bookplates as above, with "Baroness Burdett-Coutts" pencilled at the top of her armorial bookplate. Half-title not present; title-page with faint 19th-century inked ownership inscription in upper portion, and with minor offsetting from frame of frontispiece image (despite guard leaf). Some signatures unopened. Pages with a very few scattered light spots of foxing, and minimal offsetting from plates. => A lovely and desirable volume, created by one notable lady and owned by two more.  (37563)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Deluxe Anacreon

Anacreon.  Anacreontis Odaria, ad textus Barnesiani fidem emendata. Londini: Gul. Bulmer & Soc., 1802. 8vo (21.5 cm, 8.4"). [2], 130 pp.; illus.

First Forster edition and first Bulmer printing thereof: a handsome example of the ever-popular songs of Anacreon, edited and prepared by Edward Forster (1769–1828) based largely on Barnes' influential text. This production made excellent use of the Greek font cut for printer William Bulmer by William Martin, who had trained under Baskerville; Martin's distinctive serifless type was designed without ligatures. Lavinia Banks Forster, the editor's wife, supplied the illustrations — the elegantly printed text is ornamented with => 20 copper-engraved vignettes. The Annual Review & History of Literature for 1803 described the resulting volume as an "exquisite specimen of typographical skill," while Dibdin called it an "elegant work" that "confers great credit on the printer."
        Binding: Contemporary red straight-grained morocco, ornately framed and panelled in gilt and blind, with central medallion and corner fleurons composed of gilt-stamped and blind-tooled motifs, spine likewise combining gilt and blind decorations. Board edges and turn-ins with gilt roll; pastedowns framed in blind with blind-tooled corner fleurons. All edges gilt and gauffered, over earlier marbling.
        Provenance: Front pastedown with bookplate of American collector John Taylor Bottomley (1869–1925); front free endpaper with early inked inscription: "Vn. Thomas ex dono Com. de Sunderland 1806." Most recently in the library of American collector Albert A. Howard (sans indicia).

Dibdin, I, 266–67; NSTC A1179; Schweiger, I, 25–26. Binding as above; spine very slightly sunned, joints and edges showing moderate rubbing. Front pastedown and endpaper with bookplate and inscription as above. Mild to moderate foxing. => A stunning volume.  (37591)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Death & Destruction in 1542

(16th-Century Newsletter).  Ein erschröckenliche Newe Zeytung, so geschehen ist den 12. tag Junij, in dem 1542. jar, in einem Stetlein Schgarbaria genent, 16 Welsch meyl wegs von Florentz gelegen, Da haben sich grausamer Erdbidem siben in einer stundt erhaben ... Ein andere zeytung, geschehen in des Türcken land von einer Stat, welche versuncken ist, das auch nit ein mensch daruon ist kommen. No place [Nürnberg]: No publisher/printer [Johann VomBerg und Ulrich Neuber], 1542. Small 4to (19.5 cm; 7.75"). [4] ff.

Vivid eye-witness newsletter account of how the village of "Schgarbaria" (i.e., Scarperia, about 15 miles northeast of Florence) suffered a succession of => seven earthquakes within an hour of dawn on 12 June 1542. The witness was lodging with two companions in an inn on the village outskirts, escaped serious injury, and survived to tell this tale.
        The Turkish tragedy mentioned in the title is treated in only seven lines, telling of the destruction and disappearance of a village a day's travel from "Solonichio" (i.e., Thessalonica). This account is probably spurious and was probably inserted for political propaganda at this moment of strong anti-Turkish sentiment.
        The text is printed in gothic type (i.e., black letter), of course, and the title-page has => a large unsigned woodcut of a town on hillside.
        Provenance: Fly-leaf manuscript note by distinguished bookseller Bernard Breslauer dated 18 October 1965: "Un des premiers livres du Stock de mon père, c. 1898, payè par lui 60 Marks." Later in the stock of a different British dealer with a price of GBP 550. Bookplate of Giannalisa Feltrinelli. Latterly in the library of American collector Albert A. Howard (sans indicia).
        There apparently was a different edition in the same year printed in Strassburg by Jacob Frölich. The imprint information we offer comes from VD16.
        Searches of NUC and WorldCat find copies at Harvard and the Folger only.

VD16 E3837; Göllner, Turcica, 785. Late 19th-century marbled paper boards with same-era wrappers bound in. Staining, small tears, inner margins irregular. => A survivor and it shows.  (37611)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Selections of Sappho's Lyric Poetry — Bremer Presse Printing

Sappho.  [in Greek, transliterated as] Sapphus [carmina] mele. [München: Bremer Presse, 1922]. 4to (28.5 cm; 11.15"). [8] ff.

Sole edition of the Bremer Presse printing and also the => editio princeps of eight of Sappho's songs, six of which had only recently been discovered on new-found papyri. Set in the press's new 16-point Greek type and limited to 500 copies, the edition consisted of fourteen printed on parchment (true vellum) and 486 on paper (this being one of those); it was the fourteenth Bremer Presse publication. (Nota bene: The colophon is in Greek, as is the entire book, and in part transliterates as "En Monachoi Hypo tu Typographeiu Bremes.")
        The title-page was not printed from metal type. Rather => Anna Simons, the great calligrapher and letter-form designer, drew the title, and it was reproduced on wood then printed from the block.
        The Bremer was a private German press that Willy Wiegand and Ludwig Wolde founded in 1911 and continued till 1934. It was the most successful German private press of that period. Stylistically it was in the mold of Doves Press, eschewing ornament except for the occasional capital; the present example of the press's work doesn't even have one capital.
        Provenance: Price in pencil of an English bookseller (unidentified); in the late 20th and early 21st century in the library of American collector Albert A. Howard (sans indicia).
        Binding: The simple standard Bremer Presse blue-grey boards ("Bremer Binderei" stamped in lower margin of rear pastedown).
        Searches of NUC, WorldCat, and COPAC find => only one copy in the Anglophone world, at the University of Cambridge. (The building housing the press was totally destroyed in WWII, probably with the loss of the unsold copies of various publications it stored.)

Rodenberg, Deutsche Presse, p. 58. Binding as above; age-toned and sunned/soiled, with a ding to the front joint (outside), and bumped at outer corners of front board. Glue stains to endpapers; else a clean nice copy.  (37605)   Add to My BOOK-STACK


Chapman, Duane.  Energy resources and energy corporations. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 1983. 365 pp.

Publisher's brown cloth in gray, orange, red, brown d/j.  (23017)   Add to My BOOK-STACK


Rimberg, David.  Utilization of waste heat from power plants. London, England, & Park Ridge, N.J.: Noyes Data Corporation, 1974. 171 pp.

Blue hardbound with gilt stamping. Very good.  (22499)   Add to My BOOK-STACK


Weinstock, Robert.  Calculus of variations, with applications to physics and engineering. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1952. 326 pp.

Publisher's blue cloth, shows some use. Near calligraphic owner's signature on front free endpaper.   (22978)   Add to My BOOK-STACK


Lyons, Jerry L.  Lyons' valve designer's handbook. New York : Van Nostrand Reinhold Co., 1982. 4to. 882 pp., diagrams.

This is a very heavy book and will require an increased shipping charge.
  (22828)   Add to My BOOK-STACK


Marshall, Ray.  Paper blossoms a book of beautiful bouquets for the table. San Francisco: Chronicle Books, 2010.

First edition, first printing of the perfect solution to the bibliophile's flower arranging needs! This pop-up book => opens to five different bouquet styles, from the traditional springtime gathering and vase of lilies to the more adventurous lotus watergarden, and all are designed to stay open should one choose to use the volume as an actual centerpiece.
        Provenance: From the library of American collector Albert A. Howard (sans indicia).

Illustrated paper over boards with grey elastic for closing; band gently stretched, otherwise pristine. => A perfect solution for flowers on the book-table, without the danger of water!  (37607)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Mexican Colonial Illuminated Art on Paper & Vellum
       The Berdugos of Seville, Arevalo, Zacatecas, & Mexico City

Berdugo de Avila Haro y Velasco, Martin, & Agustin Berdugo de Avila Haro y Velasco.  Manuscript on paper, in Spanish. Carta de hidalguia. Seville, Zacatecas, Mexico City: 1788.

Brothers Don Diego, Don Juan, and Don Manuel Berdugo, citizens of Seville and all legitimate children of Agustin Berdugo and Doña Isabel de Torre y Espinal, petitioned on 2 December 1697 for themselves and on behalf of their brothers Don Martin and Don Agustin Berdugo, living in the Indies, to have their status as hidalgos confirmed as represented in this volume (fol. 71r–84v). That confirmation was granted in the town of Arevalo on 4 January 1698 after the usual provision of documentation and the taking of testimony from witnesses.
        => The brothers living the the New World were in Zacatecas where Martin was the Tesorero Juez of the Royal Treasury and Agustin a captain in the Army. Beginning on 13 January 1700 they began the process of presenting, for authorities in the New World, copies of all of the documents generated in Spain and also offering the testimony of people living in Mexico who could bear witness that they were the Martin and Agustin of the Spanish documents, personally speaking to their nobility, purity of blood, and legitimacy of birth (fol. 85v–140v). => The American resident members of the family are certified as to their nobility on 9 May 1710.
        Other documents in the volume (especially those before fol. 85) relate to the histories and genealogies of the Berdugo, Avila, Haro, Torre, and Velasco families in Spain, with folios 129 to the end relating to the children and grandchildren of the Mexican Berdugos.
        => It is discovered in this volume that Don Martin had emigrated to Mexico without the required license to do so and on 31 December 1689 availed himself of a royal indulgence, paid a 30 gold peso fine, and was legitimized in his status in the New World (fols. 64v–66v). Curiously, also copied into this compendium is => the will of Doña Maria de Haro, the widow of Agustin Berdugo (fol. 66v–71r).
        All documents are certified copies by notaries, and written in a standard public notarial hand liberally and interestingly using => black, blue, red, and gold ink with calligraphic touches. The originals dated from 1652 to 1788.
        The painted and illuminated Coats of Arms: The volume begins with a full-page accomplishment on => vellum, in full color, of the Berdugo Avila coat of arms. The coats of arms of ancestors that are incorporated therein are found in the text in appropriate places:Berdugo (fol. 8v), Avila (fol. 13r), Haro (16v), and Torre (21v). These are accomplished in => reds, gold, silver, blue, black, and white, and each is followed by a full heraldic explanation of its symbolism and origins. => All of these coats of arms are worthy examples of Mexican Colonial illuminated art on paper and vellum.
        Binding: Acid-stained Mexican calf (ca. 1790) with single gilt rope roll on periphery of boards; gilt spine extra, no raised bands. Bright blue-striped floral/foliate "wallpaper" pastedowns, all edges red.
        Provenance: The Berdugo Avila Haro family; in the 20th century in the library of Dirk Stenger of Dusseldorf and then later in the stock of the the Antique Book Shop in Buenos Aires.
        => New World cartas de hidalguia are much rarer than those done in Spain, and are as yet a little-studied area of Colonial art.

Binding as above; free endpapers lacking and poor quality paper ones substituted for the "wallpaper," with some old "repair" to pastedown "wallpaper" at gutters. Bookstore label on font pastedown; Stenger's neat round ownership stamp on front free endpaper and verso of the vellum coat of arms. => This is a meaty example of an iconic kind of Spanish-world document offering social history, legal history, and painted and illuminated art, with the text presented in an attractive and readable hand and the whole in a good, attractive original binding.  (37599)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

"Productions of Intrinsic Merit": Only the Best English Sonnets

Dyce, Alexander, ed.  Specimens of English sonnets. London: William Pickering (pr. by C. Whittingham), 1833. 16mo (14.2 cm, 5.5"). viii, 224 pp.

First edition: Selected poems from the cream of English sonnet-writers "both ancient and modern," including the somewhat lesser-known Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey; Michael Drayton, Henry Constable, William Drummond, Charlotte Smith, Helen Maria Williams, and Anna Seward along with the expectable Sidney, Shakespeare, Spenser, Donne, Milton, Gray, Wordsworth, and Keats.
        Binding: 19th-century straight-grained olive brown morocco, covers framed in gilt triple fillets, spine with gilt-ruled raised bands and compartments, gilt-stamped title, and gilt-stamped drawer pull and lotus motifs in compartments. Board edges and turn-ins with gilt roll. French combed–pattern marbled endpapers. All edges gilt.
        Provenance: Front pastedown with bookplate of T. Dawson Brodie (likely Sir Thomas Dawson Brodie, 1832–96, whose collection was sold at Sotheby's in 1904). Most recently in the library of American collector Albert A. Howard (sans indicia).

NSTC 2D24201; Kelly, Checklist of Books Published by William Pickering, 1833.6. Binding as above, showing light shelfwear and a few small scuffs, with joints slightly rubbed. Bookplate as above; back pastedown with small ticket (a stack of books) of Glasgow booksellers Kerr & Richardson. Pages very faintly age-toned, otherwise clean. => A handsome copy of this very pleasing collection.  (37582)   Add to My BOOK-STACK


Disciples of Christ Congo Mission.  Bonkanda wa nsao ya Nzakomba. Bolenge, Congo Belge: Disciples of Christ Congo Mission, 1928. 12mo. 118 pp.

The seventh edition of the Disciples of Christ Congo Mission's Lonkundo Hymn Book. The Disciples of Christ Congo Mission (DCCM) arrived in the Congo in 1889 with the intention of developing an indigenous church that would provide change to the whole Congo social order. After developing a written form of the local language, Lonkundo, the DCCM began publishing hymnbooks and educational pamphlets, although Eva Nichols Dye, an early DCCM missionary, would later lament the inaccuracy of their understanding of the language.
        From the preface: "This seventh edition of the Lonkundo Hymn Book is a reprint of the sixth edition, with a certain number of newly translated songs, which was the result of the joint labor of the missionaries and the native Christians."
        Provenance: Ownership signature of Mary Hopkins Smith on front pastedown, dated Bolenge, 20 April 1928; her inked initials on front cover. Mary and her husband Herbert travelled to Africa as missionaries in 1909. "For some years they pioneered at Lotumbe, but the crown of their service came in 1928 when they established at Bolenge a school for future leaders of Africa and began their teaching service which was to continue throughout the rest of their years in Congo. That school was the Congo Christian Institute" (Smith). Later in the library of the Pitts Theological Library, Emory University, with its withdrawn stamps (ONLY) on rear pastedown.
        This is not a mission press publication: Actual printing was done in Mexico, MO, by the press department of the DCCM.

On the Disciples of Christ Congo Mission, see: Fifty Years in Congo by Herbert Smith. Red cloth, faded; age-toning A few pencilled notes to final blank and rear free pastedown. Very good.  (37587)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Congo Mission Press Hymnal — LONKUNDO

Disciples of Christ Congo Mission.  Bonkanda wa nsao ya Nzakomba. Bolenge, Congo Belge: Disciples of Christ Congo Mission, 1918. 12mo (28 cm; 7.125"). 231 hymns.

The fifth edition of the Disciples of Christ Congo Mission's Lonkundo Hymn Book. The Disciples of Christ Congo Mission (DCCM) arrived in the Congo in 1889 with the intention of developing an indigenous church that would provide change to the whole Congo social order. After developing a written form of the local language, Lonkundo, the DCCM began publishing hymnbooks and educational pamphlets, although Eva Nichols Dye, an early DCCM missionary, would later lament the inaccuracy of their understanding of the language.
        From the preface: "This fifth edition of the Lonkundo Hymn Book is a result of the joint labor of the missionaries and the native Christians."
        Evidence of readership: Several hymns have pencilled emendations.
        Provenance: Signature of "Mrs. Hensey" on front fly-leaf, followed by, in same hand, "School & Church, as revised by me (in 1918)." "Alice Ferren Hensey, 1907–1931 [was a] talented musician and poet . . . [she] translated many hymns and songs, and taught them to new Congo Christians" (Smith).
        => This is a mission press production and was actually printed in Bolenge.

On the Disciples of Christ Congo Mission, see: Fifty Years in Congo by Herbert Smith. Publisher's black and brown textured cloth; title stamped in blind on front cover, lacks front free endpaper. A nice copy.  (37586)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

A Meistersinger on the State of the World, 1520 — With a Great Woodcut by Urs Graf of the Meistersinger!

Hass [or Has], Kunz.  Das ist yetz der gemain vnd new gebrauch. in welchem das volck der welt zu dissen gezeiten gantz seer beladen ist. [Augsburg: Johann Schönsperger, 1520 (?)]. Small 4to (18 cm; 7"). [8] ff. (last blank).

Hass (1450–1527) was a meistersinger and this publication is his song about "the universal and new custom/usage with which the people of the world are very burdened in these times" (or, more figuratively, "in which the people of the world are very involved in these times").
        This is one of two editions of 1520 following the two editions of 1519, all printed by Johann Schönsperger and with rather different title-pages as to layout of the type, whether printing is black and red or just black, and whether the jester image has a border. In this copy the title-page is printed in black and red and has a borderless woodcut image of a jester seated on a tree stump playing a lute (six strings). The cut has the letters "CH" in the lower left and "VG" in the lower right: "CH" being "Cunz Hass" and the "VG" being Urs Graf!
        German scholars have attributed all of the editions to Schönsperger based on the type.
        NUC and WorldCat locate => only one copy in North America (Yale).

Weller, Repertorium, 28; Proctor 10745; VD16 D-181. Modern tan boards. Title-leaf with very good leafcasting repair and old eradication at foot; minor wormhole in lower margin of last text leaf and in the final blank. => Very good copy.  (37525)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

A 1605 German Newsletter with Coverage of the Gun Powder Plot

Lorch, Casparus von.  Historicae relationes continuatio, Das ist: Wahrhaffte und eygentliche Erzehlung aller fürnembsten Sachen und Händel so sich von nechst verlauffener Ostermess dieses 1605. Jahrs biss auff diese jetzige Herbstmess durch gantz Europam ... zugetragen. No place [Koln?]: No publisher/printer, 1605. Small 4to (18.5 cm; 7.25"). 62 [i.e., 56] pp., fold. engr.

1605 was a turbulent year in Europe and this newsletter seeks to keep the interested citizenry informed. Beginning with news of the siege of the German city of Wachtendonk, which is illustrated with an => engraved folding birds-eye view, and ending at the time of the Easter Frankfurt fair, it in between tells of the war between the Ottomans and Persia, a Turkish sea battle in the eastern Mediterranean in which the Florentine fleet returned with 200 prisoners to be held for tribute, other sea battles in the Atlantic, the royal wedding in Krakow, the arrival of the Persian ambassador to that same city, a Dutch shipwreck in the East Indies, and Dutch ships in the West Indies in search of salt; additionally the Gun Powder Plot gets a long account (pp. 41–53) and there is a certain amount on business and trade.
        A word about pagination: in all reported copies pp. 5–8 have been removed and there is an error in the pagination toward the end; p. 56 is numbered 49 and 57 and 58 were not used, the page opposite "49" being "59." But the collation by signatures is complete and there is no gap in the text.
        (The text has been compared page by page with the digitized version provided by the Digitale Historische Bibliothek Erfurt/Gotha, .)
        => No copies located in U.S. libraries.
        Provenance: From the library of American collector Albert A. Howard (sans indicia).

VD17 39:123926M (mistakenly saying the illustration is a woodcut). Modern grey boards; small "utilitarian" spine label. Light waterstain in lower area of title-leaf and title-leaf on a stub; other waterstaining is some of it marginal, some to lower gutter area crossing text, and some driving the red edge-stain up into the lower margin. Old tape repair to outer edge of last leaf; plate with dust-soiling and with fold tears including one with a small loss of image, one lower corner torn with a bit of loss, and a handful of other holings/tatterings — the "view" remaining, nonetheless, attractive and useful.  (37523)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Saved from Obscurity by the Plantin Press

Eunapius.  Eunapius Sardianus, De vitis philosophorum et sophistarum: nunc primum Graecè & Latinè editus, interprete Hadriano Junio Hornano. Antuerpiae: Ex officina Christophori Plantini, 1568. 8vo (16.8 cm; 6.625"). 194, [6], 213, [3] pp.

First edition of the original Greek text from Sophist and historian Eunapius' only extant work, Lives of Philosophers and Sophists, here in both the Latin and Greek versions as edited by Hadriano Junio Hornano and printed by the Plantin Press. As might be expected, the text is neatly printed with the Plantin printer's device on the title-page, marginal notes sprinkled throughout the Latin text, and a separate title-page for the Greek text. A 1556 Latin-only version was printed in Rome, with a later edition produced in 1596.
        Schreiber notes this collection of => 23 philosophers' biographies is "an important source of information on an otherwise obscure period in the history of philosophy" including the Neoplatonists Plotinus, Iamblichus, and Porphyry (Catalogue 37 Greek Language & Literature, no. 62).
        Provenance: 18th-century ink signature of "Mr. le Dr. Lollier Medecin de la Douanne de Belfort" on front free endpaper.

Index Aurel. 166.063; Adams E1028; Schweiger, I, 114 (unaware of the 1556 Latin). Half 19th-century vellum and neat marbled paper, publication information inked on spine, all edges speckled blue; gently rubbed with a small loss of the paper. Inscription as above, remnant of small vellum tab preceding Greek text, general light age-toning and sections of light to moderate foxing with a very occasional inkspot. => A very good, strong, attractive copy.  (37516)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

One of the Great Neo-Latin School Dramas

Gnapheus, Guilielmus [pseud. of Willem de Volder].  Comoedia Acolasti titulo inscripta De filio prodigo. Parisiis: Christianus Wechelus, 1534. 8vo (16.7 cm, 6.5"). 68 pp. (33–48 misbound), [1] f.; without the blank leaf E3.

Early edition of the best-known and most influential of the Humanist "Prodigal Son"–inspired plays. The Dutch-born Gnapheus (1493–1568, also known by a range of variations on Wilhelm Gnapheus and William de Volder or van de Voldesgraft) wrote the Acolastus after emigrating to Germany to escape persecution by => the Inquisition. Performed originally by the author's Latin students, the comedy was first published in 1529; it became "the most famous play written in the Low Countries . . . often performed, printed, translated and adapted all over Europe" (Bloemendal, Neo-Latin Drama in Early Modern Europe, 305).
        The work's importance and influence can be seen by its having been translated into German (1535), English (1540), and French (1564).
        This Parisian printing is uncommon: WorldCat locates => only one U.S. institutional holding. Chrétien Wechel's attractive production bears his tree and bird printer's device on the title-page and again on the verso of the last leaf.
        Provenance: Undeciphered 18th-century signature with many fussy flourishes, at rear. Most recently in the library of American collector Albert A. Howard (sans indicia).

Brunet, II, 1629; Renouard, ICP, IV, 1008. Not in Adams. 19th-century half red morocco over mottled marbled paper–covered boards, leather edges with single gilt fillet, spine with gilt-dotted raised bands, gilt-ruled compartments, and gilt-stamped title, date, and compartment fleurons; edges, extremities, and joints showing light to moderate rubbing, spine slightly darkened. French combed marbled endpapers; original blue silk bookmarker attached and present. Pp. 33–48 bound in after p. 64. A few instances of faint early inked underlining and miniscule early inked annotations (in text); a very few scattered small spots of foxing, pages otherwise clean. Without the blank leaf E3 but retaining E4 with the printer's device. => An uncommon edition of an important work in a lovely copy.  (37517)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Learn to Speak Araucanian

Febres, Andrés.  Arte de lengua general del reyno de Chile ... y ... un vocabulario hispano-chileno, y un calepino chileno-hispano mas copioso. Lima: en la calle de la Encarnaçion, 1765. Small 8vo (14 cm; 5.5"). [15] ff., 682 pp., [1] ff.

First edition of this important book for the study of the Araucanian language (i.e., Mapuche or Mapudungun) of Chile. The contents are a grammar, a dialogue in Araucanian, a short Spanish-to-Araucanian dictionary, the Araucanian alphabet and dipthongs, and Catholic prayers, doctrine, and a brief catechism in Araucanian, plus extended Spanish–Araucanian and Araucanian–Spanish dictionaries. Febres, a Jesuit, was a native of Cataluña who arrived in Chile at a young age. His work among the Araucanian Indians led to his acquiring a great command of their language, and this work still stands as a monument to his erudition. Medina's researches discovered that when the Spanish authorities made their inventory of the Jesuits' library in Chile in 1767, only 255 copies of this book were found, leading him to suppose that the total press run was only 500 copies.
        The title-page and the rest of the initial half-signature of the copy in hand are => printed in red and black, but according to Harper (American Iberica, item 476A) some copies do exist printed in black and gold (!), while Medina (Bibliotheca hispano-chilena) says he has seen copies printed in black and green, or perhaps just green. The final leaf here displays a typographic sampling of the press's fonts. There are a few tailpieces — one unusual and a charmer.

Medina, Lima, 1228; Medina, BHC, 461; Viñaza 345; Palau 87065; Sabin 23968; Vargas Ugarte 1923; DeBacker-Sommervogel, III, 576. On Febres, see: Archivo biográfico de España, Portugal e Iberoamérica, fiche 309, frames 216–49. Contemporary stiff vellum, lacking ties; a bit warped. Title-page expertly restored along outer margin and several letters of the title now present in good facsimile, with the leaf backed. Front hinge (inside) starting but strong. Interior generally clean with the odd spot or old stain only.  (37564)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

"Some Circumstances of an Unwelcome Nature . . . in Relation to France"

United States. President (1789-1797. Washington).  A message from the president of the United States of America, to Congress; relative to the French Republic; delivered January 19, 1797, witih [sic] the papers therein referred to. Philadelphia: W. Ross, 1797. 8vo (21.5 cm, 8.45"). 92 (pagination 24 used twice, 56 skipped, text complete), [56], 16, [380] pp. (lacking final 220 pp. in French, and index).

The lead-up to the XYZ Affair: A collection of missives regarding the increasingly contentious relations between the United States and France. This volume opens with Washington's address and a lengthy account of American issues and complaints sent by Pickering to Pinckney, then continues with => 163 documents including correspondences from Fauchet, Randolph, and others, many of which are translated into English from French. (While a few institutionally held copies have an additional appendix of items in the original French, most typically the item is seen without the French documents, as here).
        John Adams responded to this publication in a letter to his wife written the same day, in which he refers to the "load of documents, which will make Conversation enough for the People, for some time" found herein, and notes that => "the approaching [storm] looks black and thick enough: but I have Confidence in the Sense, Spirit and Resources of this Country."

ESTC W26149; Evans 33049; Sabin 48050. Recent light blue paper–covered boards with printed paper spine label; unobtrusive small scuff to front cover. Additional 220 pp. (untranslated French originals and index) not present in this copy. Pages age-toned with light waterstaining in some upper portions and a few upper outer corners dog-eared. Font fly-leaf with edges chipped; one leaf with two short tears from upper margin, touching text without loss. A solid and very usable copy of this important historical record.  (37301)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

"A Quantity of Fun & Fancy"

Hood's Sarsaparilla.  Lovely woman. A collection of fancy and fact. Lowell, Mass.: C.I. Hood & Co., [ca. 1890]. 24mo (13.4 cm; 5.25"). 16 pp.; illus.

Perfectly fascinating promotional pamphlet for Hood's Sarsaparilla with numerous anecdotes, illustrations, vignettes, and cartoons mixed in with the usual advertisements for Hood's products, from vegetable pills to proprietary cook books. Marriage is a common theme, e.g., a humorous full-page cartoon detailing "Why This Young Man Does Not Marry," as are descriptions of miraculous cures from various ailments, such as malaria.
        The wrappers are printed in blue with a pretty young woman's portrait on the front and an advertisement for Hood's 1891 calendar on the reverse, this topped with a vignette of three small children playing musical instruments. The interior offers advertisements and an engraving of the Sarsparilla Laboratory, complete with description of the factory's grounds; and a tipped-in yellow slip advertises A.M. Corel's pharmacy of Horseheads, NY.

Illustrated wrappers, all edges stained red, small hole and tear to rear wrapper; the lightest marginal waterstaining and age-toning, most upper corners slightly dog-eared. => A very engaging bit of ephemera.  (37455)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

"My Style of Drawing Birds"

Audubon, John James.  My style of drawing birds. Ardsley, New York: The Overland Press for The Haydn Foundation, 1979. Tall 8vo (29.2 cm; 11.5"). 26 pp., [2] ff., illus., facsims.

Consists of two essays: "My style of drawing birds," published in M. Audubon's Audubon and his journals, 1897; and "Method of drawing birds," published in the Edinburgh Journal of Science, v. 8, 1828. The original manuscript is presented in fine facsimile showing several authorial corrections and emendations of the first draft, and with a transcription and an introduction. => Limited to 400 copies.

Publisher's green cloth stamped and lettered in gilt; spine lightly sunned, lines or streaks of staining around board edges, top edge soot darkened with a few upper margins a little affected. Though the price is much reduced here, recognizing faults, the book is actually less "reduced" than the price is!  (37515)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

American Gilt Red Morocco Binding of 1815 — Watts in Miniature

Bible. O.T. Psalms. English. 1815. Watts.  The Psalms of David, imitated in the language of the New-Testament, and applied to the Christian state and worship. Boston: Printed and published by Lincoln & Edmands., 1815. Miniature (9.4 cm; 3.75"). Frontis., 575, [1] pp.

Simultaneously petite, dense, and neatly bound collection of psalms edited by Independent minister and writer Isaac Watts, here in a later American edition with a separate title-page for his Hymns and Spiritual Songs. Psalms was originally published in 1719; Hymns appeared in 1707 with an enlargement in 1709.
        This offering comes with a frontispiece engraved by Wightman after Penniman of King David playing the harp above the command to "Awake, Psaltery and Harp — take a Psalm — and sing unto the Lord a new song."
        Binding: 19th-century American mottled red morocco, spine tooled in gilt using a single-rule fillet in company with rolls of a bead, scallop, and ball and dart design to create compartments; WATTS lettered in gilt in the second. Covers gilt-framed using a different bead roll, board edges with delicate foliate gilt rolls, marbled endpapers. Possibly bound by Miller & Hutchens of Providence as the spine rolls are very similar to those pictured in Early American Book-Bindings, i.e., the Papantonio Collection.
        A publisher's advertisement for Lincoln & Edmands' Bibles and theological works is on the final page.

Shaw & Shoemaker 34095 & 36510; on binding, see: Early American Bindings, 38. Bound as above, gently rubbed, rear free endpaper lacking and pastedown abraded, with a few spots on edges occasionally bleeding into margins. Housed in a quarter red morocco and linen open-back slipcase with an inner corset, spine lettered in gilt; lightly rubbed. Light age-toning with a few creased or bumped corners, small hole to title-page not taking type, two small marginal chips, four unopened leaves. => A more than pleasant pocket-sized book of psalms and hymns.  (37286)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

16th-Century Roman Material Culture Studies
       Groundbreaking "Young Reader" Versions by Charles Estienne

Baïf, Lazare de.  De re vestiaria, vascularia & nauali: Ex Baysio. In adolescentulorum, bonarum literarum studiosorum, gratiam. Luteviae: Apud Carolum Stephanum, 1553. 8vo (15.9 cm, 6.25"). 189, [27 (index)] pp. (last page blank); illus.

First collected printing: Charles Estienne–abridged edition of three studies of ancient Roman costume, gear, and accoutrements, aimed at youthful scholars. The first monograph is dedicated to clothing, the second to vases and drinking vessels, and the third to ships and shipping. Schreiber calls these three works => "the first children's books, i.e. the first books produced specifically for the entertainment (unlike school-books) as well as the edification of a juvenile readership," and notes that this particular edition is the first to gather all three together. Handy French translations are supplied for many Latin terms, and the third section is illustrated with => eight in-text woodcuts, "considered the first illustrations ever to be used expressly for children." This copy matches that described by Schreiber, in that the imprint gives "LVTEVIAE" rather than "LVTETIAE."
        Provenance: Front pastedown with Spanish antiquarian bookseller's ticket, and with cartographic bookplate of Francisc Condeminas Mascaró (here given "Francisco Condeminas," 1890–1959, scion of a multi-generational maritime shipping operation, former director of the Facultad de Náutica de Barcelona, dedicated maritime historian, and author of La Marina española, among other works); both ticket and bookplate being aesthetically pleasing. Most recently in the library of American collector Albert A. Howard (sans indicia).

Adams B47; Renouard, Estienne, 106:19; Schreiber, Estiennes, 132 (see also 50). 19th-century deep blue calf framed in single gilt fillet, spine gilt-stamped title (etc.), gilt beading to raised bands, and gilt-stamped compartment fleurons; blue marbled endpapers. All edges red. In a blue buckram-covered, open-back slipcase; slipcase showing shelf wear with closed crack to portion of spine, volume with spine evenly sunned to olive green, corners very slightly rubbed. Ticket and bookplate as above; endpapers with modern pencilled annotations. Minor instances of worming, often minute pinhole-type, in upper outer portion of approximately two thirds of volume, sometimes touching letters without obscuring sense. Four leaves with lower outer corners lightly liquid-stained, not affecting text. => A handsome copy of this significant publication.  (37503)   Add to My BOOK-STACK


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