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King Penguin Color-Printed Flowers

Grigson, Geoffrey; Robin Tanner, illus.  Flowers of the meadow. Harmondsworth: Penguin Books, [1950]. 12mo (18.5 cm, 7.28"). 34, [2] pp.; 12 double-sided col. plts.
$50.00

First edition: No. 53 from the King Penguin Books series, a set of monographs being the first hardcover Penguin books as well as the first to feature color printing. The present example opens with 35 pages of musings from poet and naturalist Geoffrey Grigson on the subject of meadow wildflowers, followed by 24 strikingly attractive color-printed images (presented on 12 double-sided plates) done by Robin Tanner, who also designed the covers. The text pages were printed at the => Curwen Press, and the plates by John Swain and Sons.

Publisher's color-printed paper–covered boards in original dust jacket; jacket spine sunned with chips at center and extremities, volume with covers very slightly sprung and extremities slightly rubbed. Half-title with small ownership inscription dated 1950. => Plates crisp and beautiful.  (40872)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

"Nurse Lovechild's Legacy" — The History of Nursery Rhymes

Immel, Andrea, & Brian Alderson.  Tommy Thumb's pretty song-book. The first collection of English nursery rhymes: a facsimile edition with a history and annotations. Los Angeles: Cotsen Occasional Press, 2013. Folio box (32.7 cm, 12.87"). 4to: xv, [1], 121, [1] pp.; illus. I: [4], 59, [5] pp.; illus. II: [2], 64, [4] pp.; illus. III: [2], 63, [3] pp.; illus.
$250.00

Delightful, award-winning set offering both scholarship and aesthetic appeal: Facsimiles of the earliest known printed collection of nursery rhymes (Tommy Thumb's Song Book, 1744, followed by Tommy Thumb's Pretty Song Book Vol. II and The Pretty-Book), accompanied by an illustrated quarto volume featuring Immel and Alderson's bibliographical essay "Nurse Lovechild's Legacy" and their annotations to the rhymes. The commentary and the three miniature nursery rhyme volumes — the latter in scrupulous photo-facsimile, including the never-before reproduced Cotsen Children's Library copy of the Pretty Song Book — are presented in a well-designed cloth-covered clamshell case.
        This set was => limited to 500 copies, designed and typeset by Patrick Reagh and Patty Holden, and printed and bound by Ken Coburn.

Quarto in publisher's purple cloth with gilt-stamped title on front cover, miniatures in red, crimson, and violet ribbon-stamped cloth with gilt-stamped title on front covers, the whole in a purple cloth–covered clamshell case with compartments for each book; case with very slight sunning and ISBN label to back cover. => All volumes clean, crisp, and unworn.  (40870)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Unexpected Views of "New Life in the Villages"

Carrington, Noel; Edward Bawden, illus.  Life in an English village. Harmondsworth: Penguin Books, 1949. 12mo (18.3 cm, 7.2"). 30, [2] pp.; 16 col. plts. (on 8 double-sided ff.), illus.
$85.00

First edition: No. 51 from the => King Penguin Books series, a set of monographs being the first hardcover Penguin books as well as the first to feature color printing. Carrington was an influential book designer and editor and the founder of Puffin Books, Penguin's children's imprint; his preface here offers a clear-eyed look at the economic and social realities of villages as well as an affirmation of the good in village life.
        Taking his own village of Bardfield as a model, Edward Bawden supplied => six full-page black and white illustrations and 16 color-printed scenes, including "The Child Welfare Clinic" and "An Agricultural Machinery Repair Shop" as well as "The Vicar," "The Bell" (a pub), and "The Market Gardener." The list of plates specifies that "the coloured illustrations in this book are from drawings made by the artist directly on to lithographic zinc plates. They are therefore originals and not reproductions of drawings made on paper."

Publisher's printed paper–covered boards, spine reinforced some time ago with cellophane tape. Issued without dust jacket. Pages and plates clean and crisp.  (40875)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

"Nothing Can Be More Refined Than the Texture of Modern Friendship"

Evans, Arthur Benoni.  The cutter, in five lectures upon the art and practice of cutting friends, acquaintances, and relations. London: J. Carpenter (pr. by S. Gosnell), 1808. 8vo (18.2 cm, 7.16"). [8], 104 pp.; 6 col. plts. (5 fold.)
$300.00

First edition of this biting satire on high society courtesy — or rather the deliberate absence thereof. The author (1781–1854) was an educator and clergyman who published an array of miscellaneous works including Leicestershire Words, Phrases, and Proverbs; Synopses for the Use of Students in the Royal Military Academy; Fungusiana, or, the Opinions, and the Table Talk, of the Late Barnaby Fungus, Esq.; and Personal Piety, or Aids to Prayer; as well as a number of sermons and poems. The Rev. Evans' obituary in the Gentleman's Magazine noted "his remarkable felicity in penning jeux d'esprit," into which category the present item surely falls.
        This copy is => complete with all six hand-colored copperplates: the frontispiece (with a caption in Greek) and five oversized, folding plates, all drawn and etched by John Augustus Atkinson. Atkinson's depictions of various snubs and avoidances (mostly committed by gentlemen) are skillfully accomplished and — if mentally divorced from the context — serve as charming renderings of early 19th–century social encounters.
        Provenance: Front fly-leaf with inked inscription of T.G. Willes, 1813, and with undated pencilled inscription of L.[?]F. Willes. Following a bookstore fire in the 1970s, briefly held by the University of Chicago and then owned and worked on by eminent bookbinder-librarian Sidney F. Huttner (see note below). Later in the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.

NSTC E1383. 20th-century quarter dark red cloth and marbled paper–covered sides, spine with paper shelving label; spine slightly sunned with label lifting, back pastedown with annotation noting "washed, mended & bound" by Huttner in 1974. Page edges untrimmed. First quarter (roughly) of volume with leaves showing signs of having been possibly pinned together at outer margins. Moderate to notable staining and smudging of various sorts throughout, very notably to sectional title for Lecture I); plate leaves not excepted although images all still "pop" — one plate with outermost section reattached and paper darkened along the repair, one plate with short tear starting from foot of one fold (not touching image). => Hard copies of this London first edition are not commonly encountered, particularly with all six plates.  (40769)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Myths for Modern Children — Arts & Crafts Illustrations

Hawthorne, Nathaniel; Walter Crane, illus.  Wonder book for girls & boys. London: Osgood, McIlvaine, & Co. (pr. by the Riverside Press), 1892. 8vo (23.4 cm, 9.2"). Frontis, x, 210 pp.; 18 col. plts.
$250.00

First edition with Walter Crane's illustrations. Hawthorne rewrote six classical myths in "a Gothic or romantic guise" (p. vi) and gave them an amusing frame story involving a scholarly 18-year-old entertaining a gang of children. Originally published in 1852, the text appears here enhanced by a => chromolithographed frontispiece and 18 plates along with numerous head- and tailpieces, all done by Walter Crane. Ray calls these designs "avowedly Mediterranean," and notes Blake's influence.
        Binding: Publisher's cream cloth pictorially stamped in light green and brown, showing Mercury/Hermes with a crane swooping at his feet, and signed with Walter Crane's device.
        Provenance: Front pastedown with armorial bookplate of New York collector and philanthropist Katharine de Berkeley Parsons (b. 1897).

Ray, Illustrator and the Book in England, 248; BAL 7606 (for first ed.). Bound as above, in later cloth chemise and slipcase with chemise label chipped and largely lost, slipcase with corners and outer edges rubbed; volume with spine gently sunned, joints and extremities showing light rubbing. => Pages and plates clean, with guard leaves present.  (40858)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Thomas Jefferson, Early American Wine Maker, Owned a Copy

Charpentier [de] Cossigny, Joseph François.  Observations sur l'art de faire le vin, par Mr. J.A. Chaptal. Paris: Gagnard, Lenormant, & Martinet, 1807. 8vo (22 cm, 8.66"). [4], 16, 107 (i.e., 108) pp. (1 blank f. presumed lacking).
$975.00

First and only edition: Uncommon item on winemaking, written by a => botanist-engineer-adventurer and alleged undercover agent who had previously published an essay on sugar-based distilled spirits. Charpentier de Cossigny (ca. 1735–1809) here presents a highly critical examination of L'Art de faire, de gouverner et de perfectionner les vins (1801), giving page-by-page rebuttals of and corrections to Jean-Antoine Chaptal's otherwise well-regarded text, which focused on practical applications of chemistry to viticulture and wine production.
        Provenance: Half-title, title-page, and first leaf of preface with blind-stamp of the American Institute Library. => Inked gift inscription from David Bailie Warden (1772–1845) to Samuel Latham Mitchill (1764–1831) on half-title, and Mitchill's inked inscription on title-page. Warden, a distinguished scholar and scientist, was also a diplomat and served as U.S. Consul at Paris for several years; he maintained a longtime friendship and correspondence with New York senator Mitchill, a physician, natural historian, and polymath who taught at Columbia College, helped found the Rutgers Medical School, and co-edited a scientific journal in which Warden was published. Both men were on friendly terms and in correspondence with Thomas Jefferson, an early American wine maker — and intriguingly, this text is one of the books on wine found in Jefferson's library.
        Searches of NUC and WorldCat find only four U.S. institutions (Harvard, UCalifornia-Davis, American Philosophical Society, Science History Institute) reporting ownership; two others in France also show ownership.

Sowerby, Catalogue of the library of Thomas Jefferson, 1209. Not in Vicaire, not in Georg, not in Bitting. Later half mottled calf with cream, green, and tan marbled paper–covered sides matching endpapers; spine with gilt-stamped light green leather title-label, gilt-ruled and -dotted raised bands, and gilt-stamped floral compartment decorations. Very faint traces of rubbing to binding extremities, otherwise clean and unworn; stab holes from previous binding visible in gutters, with a stub between pp. 103 and 104 seeming to indicate a now-absent blank leaf. Text age-toned, with old waterstaining and other signs of onetime exposure to damp; mild to moderate foxing. Inscriptions and pressure-stamps as above; large old inked "No. 1" to half-title. => An unusual item, now in stable and well-protected condition, with an interesting association.  (40864)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

"The First Principles of Natural Philosophy . . . Easily Taught, & Beautifully Illustrated"
       A Set with Wonderful Provenance

Paris, John Ayrton; George Cruikshank, illus.  Philosophy in sport made science in earnest; being an attempt to illustrate the first principles of natural philosophy by the aid of popular toys and sports. London: Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown, and Green (pr. by A. & R. Spottiswoode), 1827. 12mo (18.3 cm, 7.2"). 3 vols. I: xviii, 316 pp.; illus. II: viii, 314 pp.; illus. III: vi, 207, [1] pp.; illus. (half-titles lacking).
$525.00

First edition of an engaging triple-decker science book for children in a copy given by scientist Michael Faraday to his wife's nephews, illustrated with => over 20 wood engravings by George Cruikshank. A prominent physician and medical researcher who served as president of the Royal College of Physicians, the author (1785–1856) here focuses on his beloved natural philosophy: The text uses an elaborate fictional frame story about the Seymour family (Tom, Louisa, Rosa, Fanny, John, and their parents), plus various acquaintances providing comic relief or melodramatic interest, to teach about conducting experiments and examining scientific principles via "the common toys which have been invented for the amusement of youth" (p. 25). Paris, an ardent proponent of scientific societies and in fact the founder of the Royal Geological Society of Cornwall, provides a Virgil-obsessed vicar character to make unconvincing arguments against such "preposterous," potentially church-overthrowing groups — but also, in his favor, to explicate an anti-slavery allegory. The action is set in a thinly veiled version of => Penzance, Cornwall, where Dr. Paris lived for four years; among the topics covered by the protagonists are chess, ancient music, magic tricks, and the thaumatrope.
        Cruikshank's illustrations capture the children at their "educational" play, with kites, shuttlecocks, etc., and the adults in various scenes from the frame narrative. Additional in-text figures depict principles of physics, etc. => The triple-decker format is very, very unusual in works for children.
        Provenance: Vol. I with calling card of "M. Faraday" to front pastedown and his inked inscription above his name reading, "To the Boy Buchanans from their Uncle" (the printed name on the card later underlined in pencil). Front fly-leaf with inked gift inscription to John Francis Campbell from "Adelaide & John," dated 1832; front pastedown and fly-leaf with Campbell's early inked ownership inscriptions. More recent rubber-stamp (now faded) California bookseller Bertrand Smith ("Acres of Books"); other volumes similar. Later in the children's book collection of Albert A. Howard, small booklabels ("AHA") at rear.

NSTC 2P3301; Cohn, George Cruikshank, 599 & 626. Not in Osborne Collection; not in Gumuchian. 19th-century half brown calf and marbled paper–covered sides, spines with gilt-stamped leather title-labels; bindings worn overall, spines rubbed, front joint of vol. I cracked, spine label of vol. II absent. Front pastedown of vol. I with binder's ticket of Carss, Glasgow. All three half-titles lacking. A very few spots of foxing scattered throughout, two pages in vol. II with light smudges, several pages with stripes of offsetting from attached silk bookmarks, overall clean. => An enormously appealing production with an enormously appealing provenance.  (40780)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

"The Felicities & Glories of a Spiritual Kingdom"

Clark, Rufus W.  Heaven and its scriptural emblems. Boston: John P. Jewett & Co.; Cleveland: Henry P.B. Jewett (stereotyped by Hobart & Robbins), 1857 (copyright 1852). 12mo (21.2 cm, 8.35"). 269, [1] pp.; 4 (of 5) plts.
$35.00

An uplifting tour of the beauties of heaven via prose, poetry, and steel-engraved illustrations. The Rev. Rufus Wheelwright Clark (1813–86), who served as a pastor in Washington, DC, Portsmouth, NH, and Boston, MA, before settling at the First Reformed Church in Albany, NY, here intersperses his meditations with extensive poetical quotations from => the "incomparable pen" of Felicia Hemans (p. 182), along with excerpts from Henry Francis Lyte, Richard Henry Dana, and Eliza Townsend (unattributed) as well as various hymns. The volume is illustrated with a frontispiece and three plates => engraved by Charles Edward Wagstaff and Joseph Andrews after designs by acclaimed American illustrator Hammatt Billings. This is an early edition of this popular work, following the first of 1852.
        Provenance: Front free endpaper with early pencilled inscription of Lucinda C. Pullen of Lewiston, Maine.

Publisher's textured blue cloth, front cover with gilt-stamped vignette and blind-stamped frame, back cover with same design in blind, spine with gilt-stamped title and decorations; binding rubbed overall and slightly cocked. Pages and plates age-toned with occasional minor foxing; two pages with offsetting from now-absent laid-in item; one leaf with short tear from outer margin, not touching text. One plate ("The New Jerusalem") lacking.  (40853)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

"Extracted from the Works of Our Most Intelligent Travellers"

(A Mother).  Food for the young, adapted to the mental capacities of children of tender years. London: William Darton, 1823. 12mo (14.4 cm, 5.67"). [4], 176 pp.; 4 plts.
$200.00

Interesting educational tales of natural history and voyages, worked into a frame story about the Johnsons and their children Frederic, Lucy, and William. Part of the excitement comes from a visitor who tells the children stories about being => shipwrecked in Africa and encountering Negroes (friendly) and Moors (unfriendly). Other topics include harvesting and preparing tea, American beavers, the "economy of bees," flora and fauna in Ceylon, glassmaking, the Black Hole of Calcutta (unmistakable, but not named with that epithet), and the life of "an American savage" (p. 169). While the preface notes that the work was written for children eight or nine years old (whereas the first edition specified six or seven!), that target age seems nebulous: many of the teaching moments are conceptually basic — the protagonist children have never heard of and have to ask about concepts such as deserts and volcanos — but the text takes for granted that readers will be comfortable with language on the level of "traversing," "voracious," "expatiating," "approbation," etc. The benevolent mamma does, however, mention several times that her children should always be sure to ask adults the meaning of any unfamiliar word or concept they encounter.
        The volume is illustrated with => four copper-engraved plates: a frontispiece showing two well-dressed children and their mamma discovering a lark's nest, a group of Africans attacked by a lion, the fashionable mamma plus all three children and their dog in a flowery arbor, and a final engraved advertisement for Darton's "maps, charts, & plans [and] extensive collections of books for the use of children and young people." The first three plates are dated 1823. Darton first published the present work in 1818 and again in 1820; this third edition is, like the previous two, now uncommon.
        Provenance: Tipped-in engraved presentation leaf filled out to John Lewis Provoost by his friend Miss S. Lock of New York; front free endpaper with early pencilled inscription of Charlotte E. Marshall. Later in the children's book collection of Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.

For first ed., see Gumuchian 2589 & Osborne Collection, p. 708. Contemporary marbled paper–covered boards with roan shelfback, spine with gilt-stamped title; sides a little scuffed, spine leather worn and cracked with head chipped. Hinges (inside) tender, sewing just starting to loosen; pages age-toned with offsetting from plates and a handful of spots of foxing, front pastedown with => early pencilled profile doodle.  (40791)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

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A Letter from Christ to His Protestant Flock

Herman, Nikolaus.  Ein new Mandat Jesu Christi an alle seine getruen Christen in welchem er auffgebeut allen so jm in der Tauff gehuldet vnd geschworn haben, Das sie das verlorne Schloss (Den Glauben an sein wort) dem teuffel widerumb abgewinnen sollen, Gezogen auss heyliger schrifft. [Nürnberg: Wolfgang Heussler, 1546]. 4to (20 cm, 7.75’’). [8] ff.
$950.00

This very successful pamphlet prints a letter to Christians from Christ — "signed" by him (in type, of course) at the end. Nikolaus Herman (1500–61) was a Lutheran teacher and cantor at the Latin School of Joachimsthal, and his Mandat joined the numerous Protestant lay works published in the wake of the Reformation, advertising the new doctrines in an accessible format. In this letter, written in the first person, Christ explains how he had defeated the devil, and thus lost his life; albeit his teachings have become distorted due to centuries of misinterpretations, leading to the devil’s comeback, Christ is now ready to rescue his people again through the true faith and spirituality he had left as legacy.
        First printed in 1524 and not again until 1546, this is one of three editions printed in the latter year. As will surprise no one, the text is in gothic type, with shouldernotes, and there are two woodcuts: one on the title-page is of Christ preaching indoors to a large assembly of kneeling men, and on that page's verso is one of a minister in the pulpit preaching to a congregation of men and women, some seated, others standing.
        Provenance: Most recently in the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel (“AHA”) at rear.
        Searches of NUC and WorldCat find => no U.S. library reporting ownership of this edition.

VD16 H2406. 20th-century grey paper boards, complete with the final blank; old ink notation of position in sometime nonce volume ("N. 16") to title-page, and old navigation/index tab to fore-edge of same. Text with a faint waterstain to lower margins, moderate on last leaf and final blank, only; otherwise, gentle age-toning generally. => A attractive copy of an attractive production.  (40844)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

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Influential "Sacred Comedy" — Christian/Classical Theater

Crocus, Cornelius.  Comoedia sacra cui titulus Joseph. Parisiis: Apud Christianum Wechelum, 1541. 8vo (14.8 cm, 5.82’’). 62 pp.
$975.00

This successful Christian play on the life of Joseph the Patriarch followed in the wake of Gnaphaeus’s ground-breaking comoedia sacra, Acolastus. Relying on scant traces of early Christian drama, these novel plays brought biblical stories onto the secular stage through the dramatic and linguistic tradition of Terentian comedy, inventing => a Christian theater of a humanist nature blending moralism and linguistic refinement — one that proved a powerful didactic instrument for Christians and also for Latin-learning schoolchildren in post-Reformation Europe. (Cornelius Crocus (ca.1500–50), a Jesuit theologian and the dramatist here, was also a teacher at the Latin school in Amsterdam.)
        First published in 1536 and here in its sixth edition, Joseph is printed in compact Italic with Wechel's woodcut printer’s device on both the title-page and the verso of the last leaf, and with two historiated woodcut initials in the text.
        Provenance: On the title-page, 16th-century ownership inscription of François Couetoux and 17th-century pen trials (dated 1617) with Latin motto; indistinct 17th-century inscription on verso of last leaf.
        WorldCat locates => one U.S. library (Harvard) reporting ownership of this edition.

Pettegree & Walsby, French Books, 63672. Not in Index Aurel.; not in DeBacker-Sommervogel. Disbound, outer edge close trimmed occasionally just touching shouldernotes, short closed tear or cut to lower edge to title-page not approaching print; text with limited light (often faint) waterstains to edges and light general soiling. => A good, representative survivor of an important hybrid tradition.  (40845)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

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Hand-Colored Victorian Botanical Plates

Pratt, Anne.  Wild flowers. London: Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge (pr. by R. Clay), 1853–55. 16mo (14.2 cm, 5.59"). 2 vols. I: iv, 192 pp.; 96 col. plts. II: viii, 192 pp.; 96 col. plts.
$300.00

Illustrated guide to common English wildflowers, written and drawn by one of the most popular botanical artists of the time. Pratt supplied two pages of text description, incorporating both folklore and basic scientific information, to accompany daintily rendered drawing for each flower; the => 192 plates were carefully and thoughtfully hand-colored.
        These volumes are early appearances, following the original printings of the two volumes in 1850 and 1852, respectively; the first volume here is dated 1855 and the second 1853.
        Provenance: From the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabels ("AHA") at rear.

NSTC 2P24404. Contemporary pebbled red cloth, covers with embossed arabesque frames, spines with gilt-stamped title and volume number; spines and extremities lightly rubbed with spine gilt dimmed, front cover of vol. I with small dark spots, vol. I cocked and vol. II slightly so. Vol. II with small ticket of binder S. Curtis on front pastedown. Occasional minor spots of foxing, pages and plates overall pleasingly clean. => Attractive AND informative.  (40812)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

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Handbook on Sins & Sinning

Gerson, Johannes.  Opusculum de cognitione peccatoru[m] venialium et mortalium. [Augustae {i.e., Augsburg}: per Johannem Froschauer, 1519]. 4to (20 cm, 7.875’’). [20] ff.
$1,000.00

This successful devotional manual, first published in 1502 and here in its fourth edition, was the work of Jean Charlier de Gerson (1363–1429), one of the most influential French theologians, Chancellor at the University of Paris, and a keen supporter of the conciliary movement, which he defended at Constance. A short, popular handbook, Opusculum abandons Scholastic rationalism in favor of a plainer, clearer theological language explaining to the devout reader how to understand when a sin committed — e.g., vain glory, envy, wrath, avarice, lust, or false oath — should be considered venial or mortal. It also advises on when to get confession and concludes with practical considerations such as => the "special conditions" in which merchants find themselves, often led as they are by their work towards mendacity or ill faith.
        The title-page, printed in a compact Gothic typeface, is graced by one of Froschauer’s handsome woodcut borders, with leaves, flowers, tendrils, a butterfly and a superb finch; the text is likewise in black letter with spaces and indications supplied for initials left unaccomplished.
        Provenance: Stamp "Bibliotheca Regia Monacensis" (crossed out) on verso of title-page. Most recently in the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel (“AHA”) at rear.
        WorldCat locates only one U.S. library (Folger) reporting ownership.

VD16 J566; Panzer, VI, 133. 20th-century light green boards with cream shelfback, author and date hand-lettered to spine. Title-page and last blank soiled and repaired at gutter, edges dusty, occasional slight marginal foxing. => A nice example of a popular Froschauer imprint.  (40847)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

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Bull Against the Schismatic Cardinals

Catholic Church. Pope (1503–1513: Julius II).  Bulla monitorii apostolici co[n]tra tres reuerendissimos cardinales, vt redea[n]t ad obedie[n]tia[m] S.d.n. Papa Ne Scisma in Ecclesia sancta dei oriet[ur]. [Rome: Marcello Silber?, 1511, after 7 August]. 4to (19.4cm, 7.63’’). [6] ff.
$1,000.00

Attributed to the press of Marcello Silber, this papal bull issued by Julius II against Bernardino López de Carvajal, Guillaume Briçonnet, and Francisco Borgia appears here in its second edition. These were=> the three notorious cardinals who, supported by Louis XII of France, led an unauthorised synod called "Conciliabulum" of Pisa in 1511–12. The bull was issued over three months before the first meeting of the assembly as a "warning" to the Catholic community concerning the three cardinals’ schismatic intentions, and expressing the Pope’s desire they should desist as their seeking to disrupt the sacred and pure unity of the Church was "diabolic" and "sacrilegious."
        The title-page bears Julius II’s large woodcut arms.
        Provenance: Bookseller's label of Jean Clavreuil; most recently in the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel (“AHA”) at rear.
        Evidence of readership: Indistinct early inscription to title-page, 16th-century numbers and German inscription to verso of last leaf ("abst Consilium / Wie sten heillicken aus (?)").
        WorldCat locates => one U.S. library (Pitts Theological, Emory U.) reporting ownership of this edition in the U.S.

EDIT16 CNCE 51283; Tinto, Annali, 104 (assigns it to Silber). 20th-century slate blue paper boards. Title-page and verso of last leaf soiled, text a bit dusty, and the odd marginal spot; first and last leaves strengthened at gutter.  (40842)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

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Humanism & the Early Church

Laurentius Mellifluus?; St. Lawrence, bishop of Novara?  Sancti Laurentii presbiteri Novarum, scriptoris perantiqui, Homiliae duae. [Parisiis]: Prostant apud Michaelem Vascosanum, 1522. 4to (18.5 cm, 7.25’’). [31 of 32] ff., lacks final blank leaf (only).
$875.00

The first edition of two homilies widely ascribed to one of the most venerated saints in Europe. St. Lawrence of Novara (225–58 A.D.) was a disciple of Pope Sixtus II, who appointed him archdeacon of Rome. Strongly committed to the poor, he was punished for distributing among them wealth belonging to the Church; his martyrdom, ordered by Emperor Valerian, was => slow death by roasting on a gridiron. His works and life, which had been in print since the late 15th century, were inspirational for the pastoral care and charity they advocated, with this edition presenting his homilies on penitence and alms and celebrating the pure principles, explained in clear, refined Latin, of the early Christian Church much admired by 16th-century Catholic and Protestant humanists alike.
        A cataloguer at the University of Illinois dissents from the opinion of Bibliotheque National and other national libraries as to authorship and writes, "The two homilies De poenitentia and De eleemosuma, here ascribed to Laurentius, Bishop of Novara, are medieval compositions by an unknown author usually designated as Laurentius Mellifluus, who cannot be identified with the Bishop of Novara nor with Laurentius, Bishop of Milan."
        => An elegant edition in Roman type, with historiated woodcut initials, including one of a bear chasing a boy and another of a very "busty" seraph.
        Provenance: Most recently in the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel (“AHA”) at rear.
        Evidence of readership: occasional early underlinings.
        WorldCat locates only one U.S. library (University of Illinois) reporting ownership.

Pettegree & Walsby, French Books, 77263; Moreau, IV, 461. 20th-century grey paper boards; edges sprinkled red. Text clean, save for a few scattered spots on title-page and verso of last leaf; wanting final blank. Lower outer corner of one leaf torn away, just touching one letter, small paper flaw to outer blank margin of one leaf. => A handsome Vascosan production.  (40843)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

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Victorian Illustrated Verse: A Beautiful Romp through Late 19th-Century France

[Keary, Eliza?]; Ellen E. Houghton & Thomas Crane, illus.  Abroad. London: Marcus Ward & Co., [1882]. 4to (22 cm, 8.66"). 56 pp.; col. illus.
$150.00

"Last year, dear friends, we met 'At Home,' / And now 'Abroad' we mean to roam," in the even lovelier companion volume to At Home. For this outing, the poems and illustrations share a coherent theme: the experiences of an English family travelling in France. Osborne notes that "Thomas Crane, Walter's elder brother, designed the ornamental pages while his cousin, Mrs. Houghton did the figure designs." The chromolithographed scenes include our well-dressed friends departing from Charing Cross Station (and later, sleeping on the train home), boarding the steamer to cross to Calais, walking the Rue de l'Epicerie and visiting the Creche of Sister Rosalie (a nursery for children of working women) in Rouen, observing lacemakers in Caen, and enjoying all sorts of amusements in Paris. The publisher tells us only that "the verses are by various writers," but Opie suggests that Eliza Keary, who wrote the poems for At Home, may have been involved.
        Provenance: Front pastedown with bookplate of Margaret Heydon Folger.

Osborne Collection, p. 49; Opie PP 330. Publisher's color-printed paper–covered sides with teal cloth shelfback; extremities rubbed with a little loss to paper of covers at corners and front cover with an instance of abrasion affecting the "O" of "Abroad"; general light soiling and limited areas of old blue (ink?) staining. Bookplate as above; half-title with inked Christmas gift inscription dated 1882. Pages gently age-toned with a very few small spots, overall clean; sewing loosening but not broken; a children's book "read," for sure. => One ready for more reading, and looking!  (40829)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

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The Fun & Philosophy of Fishing

[Anderdon, John Lavicount].  The river dove, with some quiet thoughts on the happy practice of angling. London: William Pickering, 1847. 12mo (17 cm, 7"). iv, 296 pp., [1 (adv.)] f.
$250.00

First Pickering edition, reprinted from the 1845 privately printed edition that consisted of only 25 copies. The text is a conversation on angling in the style of Izaac Walton and Charles Cotton.

Keynes p. 49. Not in Kelly, Checklist of Books Published by William Pickering. Publisher's green cloth, spine sunned to olive and pulled with a little loss at head. Text block split at center, though firm in binding; text clean. => Withall a good copy.  (40242)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

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"Our English Children's Ways to Show" — With Chromolithographs

[Keary, Eliza]; John George Sowerby & Thomas Crane, illus.  At home. London: Marcus Ward & Co., [ca. 1881]. 4to (22 cm, 8.66"). 56 pp.; col. illus.
$195.00

A volume of illustrated poetry for children, described as "among the loveliest books ever produced" (Roger Dixon, "The Splendid Press of Messrs Marcus Ward & Company"). Sowerby's color-printed illustrations are framed by Crane's decorative motifs, all accompanying delightful verses written by Eliza Keary (1827–1918). Keary went uncredited here — and indeed under-appreciated in her day, having all but stopped writing for adult readers following a four-sentence dismissal of her work by The Athenaeum in 1874. In the present book, her poems about childish activities (including fishing, gathering flowers, and hosting tea parties) make a perfect complement to the Greenaway-esque art.
        Provenance: Front pastedown with bookplate of Margaret Heydon Folger.

Osborne Collection, p. 50; Opie PP 190. Publisher's brightly color-printed paper–covered sides with green cloth shelfback; spine and edges rubbed, hinges (inside) tender, paper split along gutters and sewing starting to loosen, ready for ongoing comfortable handling if care is used. Pages very slightly age-toned with a handful of spots of foxing, overall clean. => An outstanding Victorian children's production.  (40823)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

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"Wonder Turners" for Everyone

Paris, John Ayrton.  Philosophy in sport made science in earnest; being an attempt to illustrate the first principles of natural philosophy by the aid of popular toys and sports. London: Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown, & Green, 1827 [Brattleboro, VT: Optical Toys, 1995]. 12mo (15.3 cm, 6.02"). 28 pp. (incl. pr. wrappers).
$95.00

"This is a faithful reproduction of a set produced in France over 100 years ago": Modern facsimile of the chapter on thaumatropes from the first edition of Dr. Paris's Philosophy in Sport, => accompanied by 14 working examples and instructions for their use. The 1827 text uses an elaborate fictional frame story about the Seymour family and friends to teach about conducting experiments and examining scientific principles via "the common toys which have been invented for the amusement of youth" (p. 25), including the thaumatrope, or wonder turner — a spinning-disk optical illusion serving as an early form of animation, and often considered a part of cinematic history. The French "jeu du thaumatrope" set reproduced here was originally published circa 1891; 12 of the present thaumatropes have preprinted illustrations, while two have been left blank for a user to decorate.
        Provenance: Inside box lid with bookplate of Vance Gerry of the Weather Bird Press; later in the children's book collection of Albert A. Howard, with small booklabel ("AHA").

Publisher's printed paper wrappers, housed in the original printed paper–covered box with color-printed "Jeu du Thaumatrope" illustration; box edges and corners with minor rubbing. => Booklet and toys clean, absolutely fresh, and ready for fresh experimentation!  (40819)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

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Illustrated Almanac

Low, Nathanael.  Low's almanack, and astronomical and agricultural register; for the year of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, 1819. Boston: Munroe & Francis, [1818]. 12mo (17.4 cm, 6.85"). [36] pp.; illus.
$95.00

Low (1740–1808) was a New England physician and astronomer who founded his popular almanac in 1762; it survived him by 19 years, ending its run in 1827. The present 1819 edition, which includes an agricultural calendar, features a total of => 16 woodcut illustrations — 12 in the astronomical portion (several of which are signed "B"), along with the title-page astrological vignette, a cut of a rural cottage, an image of the common water-plantain for reference in an article on that plant's use to cure rabies, and a woodcut of => a floating balloon bedecked with waving American flags accompanying the poem "Balloon Voyage across the Irish Channel" supposedly by "Windham Sadler, jun." — a near-reference to the aeronaut who in 1812 attempted a cross of the Irish Channel.
        Provenance: Inscription of "Henry M. Pierce / Jersey City / NJ"; most recently in the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.

Shaw & Shoemaker 44628; Drake, Almanacs, 3826. Recent limp navy cloth, front cover with gilt-stamped title and date; extremities slightly rubbed. Front free endpaper with inked ownership inscription as above. Pages age-toned with a few scattered spots; some pages trimmed closely, with headers occasionally touched but not taken. => Nice!  (40816)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

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Bible. N.T. Abidji. Vick. 2001.  Amanié Lowo. [Huntington Beach, CA: Wycliffe Bible Translators, 2001]. 8vo (22 cm, 8.5"). [vi], 624 pp., 18 unnumbered pages of plates; illus. (some color), color maps.
$500.00

First translation of the New Testament in Abidji, a member of the Niger-Kordofanian family. Translated by R.L. Vick et al. Maps on endpapers.

In dark green printed vinyl wrappers.  (40835)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Bible. N.T. Igbira. Moomo-Schultz. 1981.  Enube iraje yi avaba aza ireyi owoowa ohomorihi. Lagos: Bible Society of Nigeria, (1981). 8vo (22 cm, 8.5"). 541 pp., illus., maps.
$500.00

First New Testament in the Ebira language, a member of the Niger-Kordofanian family.
        Includes glossary. Translated by David Moomo and Hans-Juergen Schultz.

In black printed vinyl wrappers.  (40834)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

BIble. N.T. Moose Cree. Horden. 1956.  [Title-page in Cree syllabics, romanized as] Osaki tisatemint: ki tipelicikeminaw nesta ki pimaciiweminaw ... London: British & Foreign Bible Society, 1956. 12mo ( 19 cm, 7"). 424 pp.
$175.00

"Rprinted from the edition of 1856." Text entirely in Cree syllabics. Translated by the Right Rev. John Horden, D.D., Bishop of Moogonee.

Pilling, Algonquian, p. 236-237 (for the first edition). Publisher's hardcover binding. Some smoke smudging.  (40833)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Obscure Turcicum

Marcellus, Christopher.  In quarta Lateranen[sis]. Concilii sessione habita oratio. iiii. Idus Deceembris M.D.XII. [colophon: Rome: Impressum ... per Iacobum Mazochium, 1513]. 4to (20.4 cm, 8.125"). [10] ff.
$850.00

Sole edition of this important oration delivered on the fourth day of the Fifth Lateran Council (1512 –17). Cristoforo Marcello (1480–1527) was an Italian bishop and theologian. In his speech De officio principis, he celebrates Julius II and his role as emissary of Christ famously defining the Pope as "physician," "governor," and "another God on earth." This doctrinal stance sought to defy once and for all the conciliary threats to papal supremacy, after the recently-disbanded, ill-fated "Conciliabulum" of Pisa. He also mentions how the "very ferocious Scythians" (the Ottomans) seized the seat of the Patriarchate of Constantinople after the Fall of 1453.
        The handsome woodcut border, found in several sermons or orations printed in the 1510s, was probably owned by Mazzocchi and circulated among other printers, including Silber.
        Provenance: Most recently in the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel (“AHA”) at rear.
        WorldCat locates only three U.S. libraries (Harvard, Folger, UPenn) reporting ownership. Curiously, while the colophon reads as above, both Harvard and Cambridge, noting the colophon data, go on to record the publication as "excudebat Joannes Beplin impensis Jacobi Mazochii."

EDIT16 CNCE 30311; Sander 4211; Göllner 54; Adams M526; Ascarelli, Giacomo Mazzocchi, 59. 20th-century modern quarter crushed morocco over marbled boards, signed in upper outer corner of the front pastedown "Lobstein-Laurenomet"; gilt-lettered spine. Text is on strong, thick paper, with minimal, mainly marginal foxing to a handful of leaves, upper edge trimmed touching woodcut border on title-page. => Notably clean.  (40802)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

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Pickering–Chiswick Imitation — Signed Binding

Thomas, à Kempis.  De imitatione Christi et contemptu mundi omniumque ejus vanitatum libri IV. Codex De-Advocatis saeculi XIII. Londini: Guil. Pickering (pr. by C. Whittingham at the Chiswick Press), 1851. 12mo (14.4 cm, 5.67"). xxii, 322, [2] pp.
$275.00

Handsome Chiswick Press production of the enduring classic, here in an equally handsome signed binding. The Latin text opens with a prefatory "Life of Thomas of Kempis" (in English) by Charles Butler and is decorated with ornamental headpieces and capitals. While Pickering had previously published an Imitation of Christ in Latin in 1827, this is the => first Pickering edition printed by Whittingham at the Chiswick Press and "from the edition of Lambinet, with a strict adherence to the text " (p. xv).
        Binding: Signed binding, stamped by Charles Capé at foot of front pastedown: Very simple black morocco, spine with raised bands and gilt-stamped title, place of publication, and date; board edges with gilt rules, pastedowns with gilt dentelle rolls. All edges gilt.
        Provenance: Most recently in the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel (“AHA”) at rear.

Kelly, Checklist of Books Published by William Pickering, 1851.9; Keynes, William Pickering (rev. ed.), p. 75. Binding as above, original silk bookmark present. Pages gently and evenly age-toned, otherwise clean and fresh. => A desirable copy.  (40820)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

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