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Music, Art, & Plenty of Coffee — Appreciating Leipzig in 1885
(An American Woman Abroad). Manuscript on paper, in English. "Came to Leipzig ..." [Leipzig, Germany]: 1885–86. 4to (20.8 cm, 8.18"). 96 (31 used) pp. $675.00
Daily life of a sophisticated American woman abroad in Europe. This intriguing journal records the activities of an apparently well-to-do aesthete spending several months living in Leipzig; the writer and her husband were enthusiastic appreciators of the arts, and almost every entry recounts trips to the opera, concert houses, and theaters. In addition to cultural pursuits, there were also socializing, dining, shopping, and letter-writing, all covered here.
The writer, accompanied sometimes by her husband and sometimes by friends, attended performances such as Marie Geistinger in the title role in Offenbach's Madame Favart, Frau Joachim at the Gewandhaus, Clara Schumann playing piano, Lohengrin at the Berlin Opernhaus, Der Raub der Sabinerinnen at "the old theatre," Wagner's Rienzi, etc., as well as visiting museums, galleries, and other sights such as the Meissen porcelain factory. She is succinct yet unsparing in her opinions and assessments: "Saw the Bella Coola Indians in the zoological gardens; a great fraud" (underlined twice in the original text, p. 1); "Saw Käthchen von Heilbronn, very stupid" (p. 5); "Hotel de Londres, bad and horribly dear!" (p. 27). Also, she most certainly has thoughts regarding the foibles of her friends and acquaintances: "Mr. Haskell fearfully in love with his landlady's daughter, will yet make a fool of himself I am afraid" — although we hear that he later gets over it and returns to a regular schedule of visitations with our author.
Husband Albert appears to have been a lecturer; the writer says "lectures have begun now and Albert has four times a week from 8–9 and from 12–1 . . . I have to get up so early!!!" In June of 1886, he visited "Prof. H. in his laboratory." The diarist herself goes regrettably unnamed here — but many companions, acquaintances, and correspondents are cited, and a dedicated researcher might well be able to pinpoint her identity. She and her husband seem to have spent at least some time prior to this trip in Massachusetts, as at one point they encounter "Dr. Eaton and wife, whom we knew in Boston" (p. 24). Further evidence regarding nationality includes the writer's having a lively discussion about America at a dinner, loaning her flag for "the Thanksgiving festival," spending an afternoon writing letters to America, and emphatically noting "don't care about [the death of Vice President Thomas A.] Hendricks" (p. 8). Curiously, the writer consistently spells the adjective "Americain" and the plural "Americains," while giving the country as "Amerika" at least once; she does appear to have been at least able to get by in German — as at one point she takes pity on the homesick new wife of a friend, who "poor thing . . . does not speak a word of German" (p. 10) — but she does not yet have any French and mentions taking her first lesson in that language.
The physical volume was printed by König & Ebhardt of Hanover and purchased in Leipzig; 27 pages bear diary entries, and at the back of the volume are an additional four and a half pages indexing some of the performances attended and tracking certain expenses on the trip — including a coffee machine, a fur cloak, sets of table linen purchased in Dresden and Leipzig, silk for Albert's stockings, etc. The diarist also kept careful track of the gifts she gave and received, with the latter including books, "an ivory book mark," wine, stollen, and other items, although those are listed in the daily entries and not listed separately; she and her husband exchanged books as gifts in several instances. Towards the end of the journal, the writer describes travelling via train, carriage, and boat to other cities in Germany, Prague, Vienna, and eventually Lugano, Italy, where her closing words are a surprised note that the "landlady" of the Hotel Suisse "is a Englishman!!" (p. 27).
Contemporary marbled paper–covered boards with cloth shelfback and bright marbled edges, front cover with handwritten paper label; cloth split along front joint, hinges (inside) reinforced with cloth tape. Front pastedown with Leipzig stationer's ticket. Pages clean and legible. => A remarkable overview of upscale American expat life in late 19th–century Germany. (40761) Add to My BOOK-STACK
Interpreting the Prophets
Theophylactus of Achrida; Lonicer, Jean (trans.). Theophylacti Bulgariae archiepiscopi In quatuor Prophetas enarrationes. Parisiis: Apud Iacobum Bogardum, sub insigni D. Christophori è regione gymnasij Cameracensium, 1549. 8vo (17.5 cm, 6.75’’). , 112 ff. $875.00
Theophylactus (1055–1107) was a Byzantine archbishop of Achrida, in Bulgaria, and an important theologian whose work was included by Thomas Aquinas in his Catena aurea. First published in Latin in the 1520s, his commentaries on the Scriptures were very influential to Erasmus’s exegetical work. This scarce Parisian edition, based on Bogard’s of 1542, was reprinted by his heirs in cooperation with Jean Macé; the title-pages of the two issues bear slight differences in the imprint information. The work features Theophylactus’s commentary on the Old Testament books of Habakkuk, Jonah, Nahum, and Hosea in Loncier's translation from the Greek, which first appeared in 1534; each chapter discusses their most important vaticinia with Theophylactus' interpretations following, with mention of early Christian heresies and doctrinal debates.
Binding: 16th-century polished calf expertly rebacked in slightly lighter leather; spine plain with raised bands accented by blind rules above and below each band. Covers blind-ruled with large gilt fleurons to corners and gilt floral centerpieces. All edges gilt.
Provenance: Contemporary inscription "Perrot" to title-page (possibly Charles Perrot, 1541–1608, a Protestant minister in Geneva who preached religious tolerance and so fell out of favor with Calvin); slightly later name "Langloir" also inked to same. => Small 19th-century photographic portrait of a military officer pasted to verso of front free endpaper. Most recently in the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel (“AHA”) at rear.
Pettegree & Walsby record two copies, one in the U.S. (Harvard); WorldCat and COPAC find no copies with Bogard’s imprint.
Renouard, Imprimeurs & libraires Parisiens du XVIe siècle, 281; Pettegree & Walsby, French Books, 8834. Bound and rebacked as above, with onetime cracking to covers near joints also strengthened/refurbished with darkening to leather; minor repair to corners, and later endpapers. Text double-ruled in red, with occasional slight toning and a little foxing to the title-page and last three leaves; a slender waterstain to the upper blank margin of the last two leaves and a small repair to the outer blank margin of the last. => A very nice copy in an interesting binding. (40794) Add to My BOOK-STACK
Toys & Games & Fun at the Fin de Siecle
Johnson Bros., Harborne, England. The "Acme" and "Chad Valley" series of New games for winter evenings. Season 1898–9. Harborne, England: Johnson Bros. [published in the Printing Department of Chad Valley Works], 1898. 8vo (21.5 cm, 8.5"). 40 pp., illus. $75.00
Pages 8 through 31 "hype" the games, panoramas and dioramas, and gift books available from the Johnsons, while pages 32 through 40 list other products such as flushable toilet paper, date stampers, brush racks, family printing devices, etc. A relatively simple price list fills pages 4 through 7, but the display pages offer => half- to full-page green-printed illustrations of the firm's eye-filling book covers, game pieces and box-tops, "moving" and "illuminated' panoramas, etc.
Original textured cream-colored wrappers printed in green and red; paper of wrappers starting at head and foot of spine with staples offsetting to covers and first/last leaves. => Interior clean and very, very nice. (40799) Add to My BOOK-STACK
A Lienzo with the Image of a VARIANT Virgin — Publisher's Gilt-Tooled Binding
Patiño, Pedro Pablo. Disertacion critico-theo-filosofica sobre la conservacion de la santa imagen de Nuestra Señora de los Angeles. Mexico: Mariano Joseph de Zuñiga y Ontiveros, 1801. Small 4to (19 cm; 7.5").  ff., 138 pp. $875.00
Patiño was probably born in Orizaba and as an adult became a Discalced Franciscan. Here he studies the image of Nuestra Señora de los Angeles (a lienzo, on cloth), said to have been both miraculously endowed with special powers and equally miraculously preserved over time. He assays miracles in general at length, dividing them into true and false miracles and explaining how one determines into which category a "miracle" falls — but whether any true ones can be assigned to the image in question is not explicitly stated!
The widely publicized version of the origin of the lienzo's painting is that during the tremendous floods of 1580, Isayoque, a cacique of Coatlan (in Tlatelolco), found it floating on the flood waters and built a chapel in which to venerate it.
That the image survived many vicissitudes is ascribed to the preserving hand of God: It survived not only the waters of the flood, but the neglect over time of the chapel, its destruction in the great earthquake of 1776, then failures to rebuild it in a timely way, etc.
Reading between the lines, it is clear that Patiño, who preached at the chapel on Sundays, wrote this account with a practical purpose: to raise money for the completion of the rebuilding of the chapel and the preservation of the image.
Provenance: Rubber ownership stamps of the American Academy of Franciscan History (properly deaccessioned) in foremargin of title-page and on verso of front free endpaper.
=> Sole edition.
Medina, Mexico, 9445; Beristain Ii, p. 406; Puttick & Simpson, Bibliotheca Mejicana, 1342; Sutro p. 42. Publisher's tree sheep with elaborately gilt spine and marbled endpapers. Small rent in last leaf (repaired). => A very good copy. (40790) Add to My BOOK-STACK
The E.P. Goldschmidt Copy, Bound for Julius von Thungen
(Sibyls’ Oracles). [two lines in Greek romanized as] Sibylliakon chresmon logoi okto. [then in Latin] Sibyllinorum oraculorum libri VIII. Basileae: per Ioannem Oporium, . 8vo (16 cm, 6.375’’). 333.  pp. $3,750.00
[bound with] [Greek Comedy.] Ex veterum comicorum fabulis, quae integrae non extant, sententiae. Parisiis: Apud Guil. Morelium, 1553. , 147,  pp.
The E.P. Goldschmidt copy of a fascinating humanistic sammelband. The first work is the first Greek–Latin edition of the Sibyllinorum oraculorum libri viii, based on Birck’s Greek edition of 1545 as amended and translated by Sébastien Castellion (1515–63). These were short prophecies allegedly uttered by the ancient Sibyls, imbued with Greek mythology and the doctrines of Gnosticism, Hebraism, and early Christianity. The second work is the first Greek–Latin edition of a florilegium of ancient drama and poetry — including prominently Menander — which had survived in fragmentary form only. Like the oracles, these excerpts were interpreted allegorically by humanists as a gateway to disclose pagan insights into the coming of Christ. Present here is the Latin translation only, the Greek never having been bound in.
Binding: Exquisitely bound for Julius von Thungen, a German aristocrat, in contemporary polished French calf, spine with raised bands, devices in compartments, and identifying information gilt-tooled directly to spine (not on labels); covers gilt-ruled with gilt fleurons to corners and a gilt armorial supralibros at center, this incorporating in its wreath a gilt "G.W." and "1558" that may be the binder’s signature and the year in which the book was bound. All edges gilt and gauffered; traces of a 16th-century manuscript used as rear pastedown. This is "an example of a German student’s binding made in some French university town, whether Paris, Bourges or Orleans" (Gothic and Renaissance Bookbindings, n .218).
Provenance: Armorial supralibros of Julius von Thungen (ca. 1558) on covers as above; bookplate of Anton Ruland (1874) and Goldschmidt’s gilt booklabel “E PH G” (ca. 1900) on front pastedown; modern label of G.J. Arvanitidi and autograph of Anton Ruland on front free endpaper; casemark label to rear pastedown. Most recently in the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel (“AHA”) at rear.
I: VD16 S6278; Graesse, VI, 398. II:: Pettegree & Walsby, French Books, 79713; not in Brunet. Binding as above. Joints and spine cracked but firm, with edges a bit rubbed and spine with leather lost at head, foot, and band ends; front free endpaper torn at lower outer corner. Text ruled in red, with an appended, unrelated gathering B entitled Phocylidis poema admonitorium (from an unidentified 16th-century probably French edition) and two leaves of gathering F misbound; upper blank margin of title trimmed, edges a trifle dusty, the odd marginal spot. => Engaging content, an engaging physical copy, and a very engaging provenance. (40793) Add to My BOOK-STACK
Celebrating the Sun King, in Thread — & in Stunning Engravings
by Johanna Sibylla Küsel
[Félibien, André]; Johanna Sibylla Küsel Krauss & Johann Ulrich Krauss, engr. Tapisseries du roy, ou sont representez les quatre elemens et les quatre saisons. Avec les devises qui les accompagnent et leur explication. Königliche französische Tapezereyen. Augsburg: Johann Ulrich Krauss (pr. by Jacob Koppmayer), 1687. Folio (31.8 cm, 12.52"). , 129,  pp.; 8 double plts., illus. (2 illus. ff. lacking). $2,750.00
German and French Baroque: This sumptuous illustrated presentation of Charles Le Brun's tapestry designs for Louis XIV, accompanied by explanations in prose and poetry, marks the work's first bilingual appearance — following its initial French publication of 1668 — as well as the first publication under the imprint of Johann Ulrich Krauss, who had taken over his father-in-law's printmaking and publishing business not long before.
Working on royal commission, Le Brun created eight elaborate renderings for two sets of allegorical tapestries comprising the four elements and the four seasons, which were then woven at => the Gobelins Manufactory. In addition to the added copper-engraved main title-page here, there is a special engraved sectional title for each main set. Each design (Fire, Air, Water, Earth; Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter) has its own section featuring a double-page spread with accompanying letterpress description in both French and German, followed by individual close-ups of the emblems from the borders (done from miniature paintings by Jacques Bailly), each with a brief prose explanation followed by verse in both languages. The prose was written by Félibien, secretary to the French Royal Academy, while many of the poems were written by => Charles Perrault with others by François Charpentier, Jean Chapelin, and Jacques Cassagnes; the German throughout is printed in blackletter, the French prose in roman, and the French verse in italic. => The text is not only illustrated as above but decorated with a number of engraved initials and headpieces, as well as woodcut tailpieces.
Sébastien Le Clerc did the original 1668 engravings after Le Brun's designs; for the present edition, although a number of sources cite Krauss as the engraver throughout, Krauss's wife => Johanna Sibylla Küsel supplied and signed four of the eight dramatic double-page copperplates depicting the tapestries in their entirety and she was almost certainly chiefly responsible for many additional pieces. Frau Krauss (1650–1717), daughter of engraver Melchior Küsel, was an accomplished artist, engraver, and printmaker in her own right.
VD17 23:288787R; Landwehr, French, Italian, Spanish, & Portuguese Books of Devices & Emblems, 287; Henkel & Schöne, Emblemata: Handbuch Zur Sinnbildkunst des 16. und 17. Jahrhunderts, 300; Adams, Bibliography of French Emblem Books of the 16th & 17th Centuries, F.247; Faber du Faur 1846. Contemporary vellum with later silk ties; vellum lightly worn and spotted, spine head with traces of early, hand-inked shelfmark. Light waterstaining to upper outer portions of roughly the first third of the volume; minor spots of staining scattered throughout. Some inner margins unobtrusively repaired or reinforced; two small spots of pinhole worming running through most of volume with six instances (touching some images) repaired; engraved "Devises" title-page with short closed tear. Lacking two plates from the Autumn section (XXVI & XXVII): Despite this, and the minor faults described, a copy => deserving of admiration. (40766) Add to My BOOK-STACK
The Inquisition Addresses English-Speaking Residents & Transients
in the Viceroyalty of New Spain
Mexico. Inquisition. [drop-title] Nos los inquisidores apostólicos contra la heretica pravedad, y apostasia en esta cuidad, y arzobispado de Mexico, y en todos los reynos, y provincias de esta Nueva España, Goatemala, Islas Filipinas, sus distritos y jurisdicciones, por autoridad apostolica, real, y ordinaria ... [p. 3 begins] A Short abridgement fo [sic] Christian Doctrine ... [Mexico: printer to the Holy Office, 1787]. Small 8vo (14.5 cm: 5.75"). 41, [1 (blank) pp. $15,000.00
THE ONLY BOOK PRINTED IN ENGLISH IN SPANISH AMERICA DURING THE COLONIAL PERIOD. Published by the Inquisition with an anxious eye on the increasing numbers of English and Irish resident in and transient through Mexico (especially in the Caribbean, the port of Veracruz, Florida, and even Texas and California) in the second half of the 18th century, the work is a basic Roman Catholic catechism: Despite its Latin title, its questions are printed quite handsomely in italic and the answers in roman, in => English.
A preface in Spanish blazons it that the catechism was to be distributed to all the Inquisition's comisarios, to all curates and missionaries, and "also" to interpreters of "el Idioma Ingles" in its American jurisdictions. These were to use it with those English-speakers who did not know Spanish but who wished to be instructed in the tenets of the Catholic faith and who wished to "abjure their [religious] errors in order to be united with the family of Our Holy Mother Church."
The cataloguer at the Clements library observes of this publication that it is "[p]ossibly the first printing in English in North America beyond the Alleghany [sic] Mts., . . . [and] almost certain[ly] . . . is the first printing in N.A. beyond the Mississippi."
ESTC W41449; Medina, Mexico, 7705. Sewn. Original plain wrappers, crumpling to corners; glue stains in gutter margins of several leaves. Now in a full, fitted red morocco tray case. In all, a rather good copy very nicely housed. (40779) Add to My BOOK-STACK
The Editio Princeps
Aeschylus. [7 lines in Greek romanized as] Aischylou tragodiai hex. Prometheus desmotes. Hepta epi Thebais. Persai. Agamemnon. Eumenides. Hiketides. [then in Latin] Aeschyli tragoediae sex. [colophon: Venetiis: In aedibvs Aldi et Andreae soceri, 1518]. 8vo (15.8 cm, 6.25"). 113,  ff. $9,750.00
Editio princeps of Aeschylus, edited by Franciscus Asulanus and printed at the Aldine press. As the cataloguer at the Brigham Young University Library notes, "The manuscript that Asulanus used was defective, lacking the end of Agamemnon and the beginning of the Choephori, so that in this edition they are treated as one play under the title Agamemnon."
The Aldine printer's device (version A2) is on title-page and verso of last leaf. The text of the plays is printed in the Aldine Greek face Gk4 (first used in the 1502 Sophocles) and Torresani's "to the reader" in Aldine italic face I1:79. There are spaces with guide letters for capitals but these were not accomplished by an illuminator.
Binding; Recent full red morocco, round spine with raised bands accented by gilt rules above and below each band, "Aldus, 1518" in gilt at base of spine. Aldine device in gilt on both covers. Marbled endpapers. Top edge gilt, other edges red.
Provenance: From the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.
Renouard, Alde, p. 85, no. 9; UCLA, Aldine Press: Catalogue of the Ahmanson-Murphy Collection (2001), 164; Kallendorf & Wells, Aldine Press Books, 157; EDIT16 CNCE 328; Index Aurel. 100.913; Adams A262. Binding as above. Light waterstaining to foremargins, perhaps more than occasional but not throughout; in fact, a clean and handsome copy. (40776) Add to My BOOK-STACK
An Unlikely Love Story in a Decorated Cloth Binding
McCutcheon, George Barr; Harrison Fisher, illus., & Charles Buckles Falls, illus. The purple parasol. New York: Dodd, Mead, & Co., 1905. 8vo (19.7 cm, 7.75"). Frontis., 108 pp.; 4 col. plts. $25.00
A whimsically romantic tale of a man who falls for the woman whose infidelity he's hired to prove, presented with handsome illustrations and in a floral, decorated cloth binding. Four stylish color-printed plates and a color frontispiece depict a woman and her purple parasol, done by => American illustrator Harrison Fisher. Each page is adorned with black and white decorations by Charles Buckles Falls.
George Barr McCutcheon (1866–1928) was an American novelist and playwright known for being a part of the Golden Age of Indiana Literature.
Binding: Publisher's green cloth, gilt lettering and lavender-stamped flower stalk to spine; on front cover, similar lavender and light green–stamped flower stalks form columns on either side of a center panel with gilt-lettered author and title. Fore- and bottom edges untrimmed.
American Fiction, 1901-1925: M-134. Bound as above; not a pristine copy but a nice one, a bit shaken and with a little soiling — READ! (37546) Add to My BOOK-STACK
The "Universal Oracle of Asia" on Slavery, Debt, Gambling, Just War, & Much More
Paz, Juan de. Consultas y resoluciones varias, theologicas, juridicas, regulares y morales. Sevilla: Por Thomas Lopez de Haro, 1687. Folio (29 cm, 11.25").  ff., 736 pp.,  ff.; without the portrait of St. Thomas. $1,800.00
The Philippines were technically part of the Viceroyalty of New Spain but the social, political, religious, and moral reality of the islands was far, far from that of the mainland New Spain, and reading the 299 opinions on legal cases and moral conundrums that Juan de Paz (1622–99, O.P.) compiles in this extensive work of canon and civil law shows that in a most dramatic fashion.
For example, there were three types of slavery in the Philippines: people who sold themselves or their children into slavery; those captured and enslaved in war; and those so condemned judicially. But in fact => "slavery" as practiced in the islands was rarely for a lifetime, and was more akin to indenturement. Even those judicially condemned to slavery had a terminal date for that status. And so, many pages here deal with slaves, their rights, the rights of "owners," the status of children of slaves, and repayment of original sale prices.
Another remarkable difference from Spanish or mainland New Spanish law derives from the presence of => the Philippines' large Chinese population, requiring discussion of its status and that of the offspring of intermarriage with native Filipinos or others, and of the annual Chinese festival that involved days and days of legal gambling.
Universal topics not tied to such regional differences concern simony, political corruption, power of the clergy, and just war.
An early owner has copied out on the front fly-leaf, at length, the exact wording of => the law concerning stamped paper.
This is the first edition of the work, a second appearing in 1745.
Paz arrived in the Philippines in 1648 and was sent to the mission of the Buguey in Cagayan, was then almost recalled to Rome on suspicion of Probabilism, and in the early 1650s was teaching at the University of Santo Tomas. Between 1656 and 1678 he served three terms as the university's rector.
Searches of NUC and WorldCat fail to find any U.S. library reporting ownership of a copy of this and fewer than ten libraries in the rest of world show ownership of this edition.
Provenance: Ownership signature on front free endpaper of "B[achille]r Amable.".
Palau 215717; Retana, Aparato bibliográfico, 159. On Paz, see: Santos, E.V., "Juan de Paz, O. P. (1622–1699): The Oracle of Asia" (Philippiniana Sacra. 1987, Vol 22, Num 65, pp. 281–299); and Indice biográfico de España, Portugal e Iberoamérica, fiche 713, frame 37. Contemporary limp vellum with spine title in ink, lacking ties; vellum cracked and partially split at "joint seam" of rear cover, cover fore-edges chipped. Text block with variable old marginal staining, intruding from stained fore-edges; worming in gutters occasionally entering text but never "serious"; scattered marginalia and underscoring, with inscription on verso of title showing through on recto. => Well used and ready for more use. (40764) Add to My BOOK-STACK
Illustrated Fables from the Chiswick Press
Northcote, James. One hundred fables, original and selected. London: Geo. Lawford (pr. by C. Whittingham, Chiswick Press), 1829. 8vo (20 cm, 7.87"). Frontis., viii, 272 pp.; illus. $1,250.00
[with the same author's] Fables, original and selected ... second series. London: John Murray (pr. by C. Whittingham, Chiswick Press), 1833. 8vo (20 cm, 7.87"). lx, 248 pp.; illus.
Aesopian moral tales, some in prose and some in verse, each illustrated with a headpiece vignette and decorative capital, and most bearing a tailpiece as well. The => over 500 wood engravings were accomplished by a variety of hands (including William Harvey, one of Thomas Bewick's pupils) after designs by Harvey and by the author himself; they are attributed in indexes at the back of the volumes. The first volume is here in its stated second edition, following the first of the previous year, and the second volume in its first edition.
Provenance: Front pastedowns with "Suivez raison" armorial bookplate of Robert Callwell, front free endpapers with "Spectemur agendo" armorial bookplate of Laurence A. Waldron, Dublin. Most recently in the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.
Ray, Illustrator and the Book in England, 55 & 56; NSTC 2N10328 & 2N10331. Contemporary half green morocco with green pebbled cloth–covered sides, leather edges with gilt fillet, spines with gilt-stamped title and dates and blind-stamped compartments; spines slightly sunned and volumes showing light shelfwear. Bookplates as above. Pages gently age-toned, otherwise clean. => A handsome set of a classic Aesop. (40759) Add to My BOOK-STACK
The First Work of Systematic Theology in Eastern Christianity
John, of Damascus, Saint (Joannis Damasceni). [five lines in Greek, romanized as] Ioannou tou Damaskenou Ekdosis tes orthodoxou pisteos. Tou autou peri ton en pistei kekoimemenon. [then in Latin] Ioannis Damasceni editio Orthodoxae fidei. Eiusdem de iis, qui in fide dormierunt. Veronae: [Apud Stephanum et fratres Sabios], 1531. 4to in 8s (21.5 cm, 8.375"). , 150,  ff. $3,000.00
John, of Damascus (ca. 675–749), is a Doctor of the Church and was a polymath. His contributions were in the fields of law, theology, philosophy, and music; and it is thought that he may well have served as a chief administrator to the Muslim caliph of Damascus before his ordination.
His Exposition of the Orthodox Faith, present here in an edition in the original Greek edited by Bernardino Donato (1483–1543, a Humanist, philologist, Hellenist, and grammarian) is an 8th-century treatise that is=> the first work of systematic theology in Eastern Christianity and an important influence on later Scholastic works. Among the numerous topics and concerns it treats are things utterable and things unutterable, things knowable and things unknowable, prescience and predestination. the reason God with foreknowledge created persons who would sin and not repent, natural and innocent passions, and the honor due to the saints and their remains.
The text is in Greek, preface in Latin. The title-page gives the place and date of printing but the other imprint data is from the colophon. The headpiece, caption title, and initial on folio 1 are => printed in red; the initial and headpiece are the only woodcuts in the volume.
Provenance: From the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.
Adams J274; EDIT16 CNCE 32951. 18th-century vellum over pasteboards, slightly yapp edges; lower 1.5" of title-leaf excised removing "Veronae" and "MCXXXI" and missing paper very neatly replaced long ago. All edges blue. A little dust-soiling, notably to title-page, some leaves browned, occasionally a trivial stain, a marginal note or two in Greek. => In fact, a nice, clean copy. (40719) Add to My BOOK-STACK
"Commerce Unites Men of All Countries, & Scatters Plenty & Variety Over the Earth"
[Darton, William]. Little Jack of all trades; or, mechanical arts described, in prose and verse, suited to the capacities of children. With engraved representations of the different trades. London: Harvey & Darton, 1823. 12mo (17.5 cm, 6.89"). 66, [4 (adv.)] pp.; 15 plts. $500.00
Popular juvenile introduction to printing (lovingly described!), masonry, baking, auctioneering, shoemaking, and many other trades, with the text generally attributed to children's publisher William Darton. The work was first published in two separate parts in 1804 and 1805, with this being the => first edition of the present revised version, featuring 45 new copper-engraved illustrations: a frontispiece and 14 plates, offering three views apiece. The description of each trade opens with several lines of relevant poetry, and some close with words of social consciousness — for instance, noting the necessity for women and the blind to find suitable professions, encouraging children to keep in mind that some items they find useful or convenient may have significant negative impacts on their makers, and declaring hunting and fishing cruel amusements. At the back is a four-page catalogue of Harvey & Darton's recent books for youth.
Provenance: Front pastedown with inked inscription reading "E.A.a[?]. G.G. & C.C. Williams, 1824." Later in the children's book collection of Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.
Gumuchian 3819; Opie B 193; Osborne 114. Contemporary quarter maroon calf and marbled paper–covered sides; sides slightly darkened, spine and edges rubbed. Inscription as above. Pages age-toned with offsetting from plates and very occasionally a minor smudge or stain; otherwise clean and unmarked. => A nice copy, with handsome illustrations documenting social history in general and labor history in particular. (40760) Add to My BOOK-STACK
Sammelband of Four Tracts Printed on Native Paper — One about Censorship
Sancho de Santa Justa y Rufina, Basilio. Exemplares de carta qve el Illo. y Rmo. Señor D. Basilio Sancho de Santa Justa y Rufina, Arzobispo de Manila ... escrivio al Muy Ilustre Señor Governador ... D. Ioseph Raon: con el motivo de haverse efectuado por un Señor Ministro de la Real Audiencia la supression de unos Impressos, instructivos de la conducta y doctrinas de los Regulares de la Compañia, dados al publico en Madrid con Superior permisso, y que conduxo a Philipinas la Fragata de su Magestad nombrada La Venus, el año pasado de 1769. de edicto qve sv Señoria ... mando pvblicar, verificada la dicha supression, para aquietar las conciencias de los Fieles de su Diocesi, y de respvesta en qve sv Señoria ... satisface a los escrúpulos de cierto theologo ... Manila: en la imprenta del Rey, . Folio (30 cm, 11.75").  ff., 16, 6 pp.,  f., 100 pp., lacks the engraved frontis. (only). $8,750.00
[bound with the same author's] Representacion al rey nuestro señor Don Carlos III.... en la cual, trayéndose á exámen los principales fundamentos, en que se apoyan los regulares párrocos de Philipinas, para eximirse de la jurisdiccion de los ordinarios de ellas, y de su visita, en cuanto á lo que es meramente la cura de almas, se demuestra claramente, ser nulos, y falsos; evidenciándose con la misma solidex la injusta contradiccion, é injuria, que por los referidos regulares ha padecido en este punto el Santo concilio de Trento, y las bulas pontificias, las leyes de Indias, con repetidas, y las mas terminantes reales cédulas de S.M. preceptivas de la visita, que aqui se expresan. Manila: En la imprenta de la Universidad de Santo Tomas, 1768. , 39 ff. [bound with the same author's] Memorial al rey nvestro señor D. Carlos III ... Hecho con el motivo de los distvrbios, qve hán intentado mover algunos regulares de Philipinas, mal afectos á la jurisdiccion episcopal ... Manila: En la Imprenta de la universidad de Santo Thomas, 1768. , 12 ff. [bound with the same author's] [drop-title] Señor. El año pasa de sesenta y ocho remiti a las reales manos de V.M. testimonio de las deposciones, que de mi orden se recivieron sobre las discordias, que algunos regulares pretendieron suscitar entre este prelado y su verable cabildo ... [Manila: no printer/publisher, 1769].  ff.
Sancho de Santa Justa arrived in Manila in 1767 to take up his duties as archbishop, which included overseeing the expulsion of the Jesuits. He was a native of Aragon and a member of the Society of Scholarum Piarum.
Bound in this sammelband are four reports or letters addressed to the crown concerning various matters relating to the Jesuits and to other regular clergy, all printed on native paper (a.k.a., "rice paper"). The Exemplares concerns the confiscation of books produced by Jesuits and the edict to suppress them. They had arrived on the frigate La Venus in 1769; but after reading them, the archbishop allows them to circulate freely. The Representacion addresses the authority that regular clergy want to exert in parishes in contravention of canon and civil law, including disallowing the archbishop to visit their parishes, while the Memorial deals with the attempts by regular clergy to disrupt the relationship of the archbishop with his cabildo. The fourth and last item gives further information on the same matter as the third publication.
All four items are most uncommon. Exemplares is held by no U.S. library, Memorial and Señor are held by the Lilly only, Representacion by only Duke and University of Virginia.
Exemplares: Medina, Manila, 286; Palau 296834; Pardo de Tavera, Biblioteca filipina, 2516; Retana, Aparato bibliográfico, 342. Representacion: Medina, Manila, 278; Palau 296831; Retana, Aparato bibliográfico, 331; Pardo de Tavera, Biblioteca filipina, 2513. Memorial: Retana, Aparato bibliográfico, 332; Pardo de Tavera, Biblioteca filipina, 2514; Medina, Manila, 279; Palau 296832. Señor: Palau 296833; not in Medina, Manila; not in Retana, Aparato bibliográfico; not in Pardo de Tavera, Biblioteca filipina, 2514. Contemporary limp vellum with spine title in ink and thong ties, book block loose in binding; first item lacking the engraving. Contents relatively clean, with two small wormholes throughout causing generally minor text loss (a letter or two, not whole words). => A fascinating compilation of scarce Philippine imprints. (40763) Add to My BOOK-STACK
London Cries & Old Mother Hubbard — Hand-Colored Engravings
[Harris, John, pub.]. Sam Syntax's description of the cries of London, as they are daily exhibited in the streets. London: John Harris, [ca. 1825]. 12mo (17.2 cm, 6.75"). Frontis., , 17 ff.; col. illus. $2,250.00
[bound with] [Martin, Sarah Catherine]. The comic adventures of Old Mother Hubbard and her dog: In which are shown the wonderful powers that good old lady possessed in the education of her favourite animal. London: John Harris, [ca. 1830]. 12mo. Frontis., 16, [1 (adv.)] ff.; col. illus.
Two scarce juvenile works published by Harris, one of the pioneering producers of popular children's books of the early 19th century. The first item pairs => rhyming street calls with 16 vignettes of vendors with their wares, along with purchasers and would-be purchasers — as well as a frontispiece featuring Harris's storefront. The second item was "probably the most significant children's book that JH ever published . . . the first sign of his encouragement of a new kind of nursery literature — amusing, pretty, and without any moral teaching whatever" (Moon, p. 83). Both items are printed on facing pages (only), and appear here in their fourth editions as per Moon. Together, the two offer => a total of 34 hand-colored, wood-engraved illustrations.
Provenance: Front free endpaper with early inked inscription reading "Mlles Prevost Martin." Later in the children's book collection of Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.
Syntax: Moon, John Harris's Books for Youth, 766(4); see also Osborne Collection, p. 630 and Gumuchian 1948 & 1949. Hubbard: Gumuchian 4329; Moon, 560(4); see Osborne pp. 683/84 (for 1st and 2nd eds). 19th-century half vellum and marbled paper–covered sides; paper rubbed, vellum darkened, upper outer corner bumped, none of this awful. Pages lightly age-toned and faintly creased, otherwise clean. An attractive copy, and => early editions of these beloved classics are now uncommon. (40758) Add to My BOOK-STACK
A Triumph of 18th-Century Miniature Illustration, in a Masterful Binding by Cuzin
Dorat, Claude-Joseph; Marillier, Pierre-Clément, illus. Fables nouvelles. La Haye & Paris: Chez Delalain, 1773[–75]. 8vo (23.5 cm, 9.25"). 2 vols. in 1. xxii, , 309, [3 (index)] pp.; 4 plts., illus. $4,500.00
Hoe copy of this resplendently elegant production: Both volumes of Dorat's fables with their exquisite illustrations, engraved after Pierre-Clément Marillier's designs by de Ghent and several other hands, in a lavish 19th-century binding. The volumes open with an engraved frontispiece (repeated) and an engraved title-page (different for vols. I and 2); each fable is headed by a minutely detailed engraved vignette and closes with an equally refined engraved tailpiece. This is the first edition to include the 99 engraved vignettes & 99 engraved culs-de-lampe by Marillier; Cohen called this the artist's masterpiece, and Lady Dilke noted in particular that de Ghent's pieces were "miracles of microscopic delicacy" (French Engravers & Draughtsmen of the XVIIIth Century, p. 108).
The present example is => probably a iarge-paper copy as others are reported as being only 18 cm tall, and certainly it has notably wide margins and crisply impressed vignettes showcasing Marillier's accomplishments as "the artist of the infinitely small" (Portalis, quoted by Ray). This is the second issue of the first volume, with the triple-band headpiece on p. iii and the text on p. 162 corrected.
Binding: Signed 19th-century green morocco done for Hoe by eminent Parisian binder Cuzin. Covers with wide gilt-tooled lacework border composed of foliate, floral, pomegranate, bird, and monkey elements; spine gilt extra with gilt-stamped title, date, and pomegrante motifs between gilt-dotted raised bands; red morocco doublures framed in gilt fillets and rolls surrounding gilt-tooled foliate design with flower basket and wheat sheaf elements, front pastedown with Cuzin's stamp at lower edge (pencilled note on front fly-leaf dating binding to May 1888); board edges with gilt roll. All edges gilt.
Provenance: Front free endpaper with leather ex libris of Robert Hoe, leather ex libris of Cortlandt F. Bishop, bookplate of Mary S[chell]. Collins (Philadelphia collector of medieval manuscripts [now in the Philadelphia Museum of Art] and fine and rare books).
Brunet, II, 818; Cohen-de Ricci, col. 313-14; Ray, Art of the French Illustrated Book, 43A; Sander 508; Cioranescu 25113; Fabula Docet 102; Landwehr, Emblem & Fable Books, F079. Binding as above, spine sunned (evenly and not unattractively) to olive brown with one small spot of discoloration on uppermost raised band, corners and joints very slightly rubbed. Bookplates as above. => A gorgeous, covetable copy. (40757) Add to My BOOK-STACK
Forster's Improved Anacreon
Anacreon; Edward Forster, ed.; Lavinia Banks Forster, illus. Anacreontis Odaria, ad textus Barnesiani fidem emendata. Accedunt variae lectiones cura Edvardi Forster ... Londini: Ex officina B.R. Howlett, veneunt apud J. Murray, 1813. 8vo (18.7 cm, 7.36"). , 130 pp.; illus. $350.00
Handsome example of the ever-popular songs of Anacreon, edited and prepared by Edward Forster (1769–1828) based largely on Barnes' influential text. Lavinia Banks Forster, the editor's wife, supplied the illustrations — the elegantly printed text is ornamented with => 20 copper-engraved vignettes. This is the second, revised edition, following the first of 1802.
Binding: Contemporary black calf, covers framed and panelled in blind fillets with blind-tooled corner fleurons, gilt arabesque motifs in outer panel, rich blind roll in inner panel; spine with gilt-stamped leather title-label and gilt-stamped motifs echoing covers; board edges and turn-ins with gilt Greek key roll. All edges gilt.
Provenance: Front fly-leaf with inked inscription of J.[F.?] Mackarness, dated 1839.
Dibdin, I, 266–67 (for first ed.); NSTC A1179; Schweiger, I, 26. Binding as above, joints and extremities with variable rubbing. Pages gently age-toned with occasional offsetting from engravings or faint spotting, otherwise clean. => A desirable copy of this extremely attractive production. (40741) Add to My BOOK-STACK
Popular Conduct Book for French Schoolchildren — Scarce Printing
Pibrac, Guy du Faur, seigneur de. La civilité puerile et honneste pour l'instruction des enfans. Troyes: Jean Garnier, [ca. 1750]. 16mo (16 cm, 6.29"). 87, , 8 pp. $600.00
Uncommon edition: a popular, widely used primer inspired by Erasmus's De civilitate morum puerilium, here in an 18th-century French version "de nouveau corrigé, & augmentée à la fin d'un très-beau Traité pour bien apprendre l'Ortographe." Sometimes attributed to Mathurin Cordier, the work covers appropriate modes of conduct at church, in school, at the dining table, etc.; also present are a multiplication table and the 126 "Quatrains," four-line instructive verse maxims written by Pibrac. Almost all of the text — which is decorated with ornamental capitals and headpieces — is set in => the famous typeface modelled after 16th-century cursive letters and nicknamed "caractères de civilité" in honor of the present work, making the book pedagogically useful both as a guide to good manners and as a pattern for formal handwriting.
While the various approbations and permissions are dated 1714, 1735, and 1736, Jean Garnier did not succeed his father Pierre in the publishing business until the early 1750s — and the family members who followed Pierre (including Jean's mother, the Veuve Garnier; Jean himself; and his sons Jean-Antoine and Etienne) had a documented habit of stretching royal permissions past their originally intended spans. Whatever year it was when Jean reprinted this textbook from Pierre's stock, => both the original and this version are now scarce: WorldCat finds no institutional locations anywhere reporting holding the edition with Jean Garnier's imprint, and only one holding each of the printings from Pierre Garnier and the Veuve Garnier.
Provenance: From the children's book collection of Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.
This ed. not in Brunet, Graesse, Gumuchian, WorldCat. Later plain paper–covered light boards; spine and joints lightly worn. Some leaves trimmed closely, occasionally touching first or last letters or headers; a few pages with minor staining. One page unevenly inked by printer, with about a dozen words only faintly legible. Overall an unusually clean, fresh copy of this seldom-seen edition, clearly untouched by youthful hands. (40737) Add to My BOOK-STACK
A Pretty Present Indeed
My pretty present. Thomas Nelson & Sons; London: S.W. Partridge & Co., [ca. 1885]. 18mo (14.7 cm, 5.75").  pp.; illus. $100.00
First edition: This appealing and now uncommon children's book appeared as part of both Nelson's "Short Story" series and their "My Story Box" series. The front cover bears an affixed => chromolithograph of a Greenaway-style young girl holding a posy; the title-page vignette was engraved by popular illustrators Bross and Bogart — as several subsequent images also appear to have been — and each text page features a large wood engraving, four done in silhouette style, with an accompanying paragraph telling a brief story or describing the moral to be drawn from the image. The subjects of the pictures include a poor sailor, a policeman, and a milkmaid as well as fashionably dressed children and a variety of pets and livestock. Overall, the stories stress perseverance, politeness, and kindness to animals.
Binding: Publisher's cream paper–covered boards, front cover with mounted color-printed illustration of a young girl as above, back cover with black-stamped decorative design.
Provenance: From the children's book collection of Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.
Binding as above, very lightly soiled, and interior with a few spots of light foxing only; a clean, lovely copy, apparently => untouched by childish hands (or only by awfully careful ones). (40740) Add to My BOOK-STACK
New York State Lunatic Asylum at Utica. Nineteenth annual report of the managers of the State Lunatic Asylum. Transmitted to the legislature February 5, 1862. Albany, NY: Steam Press of Charles Van Benthuysen, 1862. 8vo (23 cm, 9"). 39,  pp.; 2 plts. $35.00
The superintendent, Dr. John P. Gray (erroneously listed as "Johp P. Gray"), discusses the year's admissions and discharges, and presents many tables covering forms of mental diseases of those admitted, patients' occupations, and other topics.
Two plates preceding the title-page show the elevation of the asylum as well as a floor plan.
Publisher's pale green wrappers printed in black; minor edgewear, shallow vertical crease through pamphlet, occasional tiny stain. Some offsetting from one plate to the other. A nice copy. (40657) Add to My BOOK-STACK
New York State Lunatic Asylum at Utica. Eighteenth annual report of the managers of the State Lunatic Asylum. Transmitted to the legislature January 16, 1861. Albany, NY: Charles Van Benthuysen, printer, 1861. 8vo (23 cm, 9"). 57,  pp. $35.00
The superintendent, Dr. John P. Gray, discusses the year's admissions and discharges, and presents many tables on the patients' backgrounds, crops produced at the asylum's farm and garden, and other topics.
Publisher's blue wrappers printed in black; minor edgewear, rear wrapper creased back. Very occasional small, dark spots, two instances of a phrase or passage being corrected by pasting a slip (with the edited text) on top of the incorrect passage, some offsetting from these pasted slips onto opposite leaf. (40661) Add to My BOOK-STACK
New York State Lunatic Asylum at Utica. Seventeenth annual report of the managers of the State Lunatic Asylum. Transmitted to the legislature, February 7, 1860. Albany, NY: Charles Van Benthuysen, printer, 1860. 8vo (22.9 cm, 9"). 36 pp.; 2 plts. $35.00
The superintendent, Dr. John P. Gray, discusses the year's admissions and discharges, recoveries and deaths, and presents many tables demonstrating the crops produced by the farm and garden, and other facts and figures.
Two plates preceding the title-page show the elevation of the asylum as well as a floor plan.
Publisher's yellow wrappers printed in black; some spotting and dirt-soiling to edges of front wrapper, light foxing to fore-edge. Some offsetting from one plate to the other. (40662) Add to My BOOK-STACK
For the Boys and Girls of Japan
Caiger, George. Dolls on display: Japan in miniature, being an illustrated commentary on the girls' festival and the boys' festival. Nishikicho: The Hokuseido Press, 1933. Small 4to (26.8 cm, 10.5"). , xi, , 141,  pp.; illus (some col.), 3 col. plts. (2 fold.). $60.00
Japan's Girls' Festival and Boys' Festival — combining in 1948 to create a single "Children's Day" — celebrates the strength and happiness of the country's children with samurai dolls displayed in the windows of shops and homes. The dolls' armor and helmets are said to bring strength to the children.
George Caiger thoroughly examines the various doll displays and their historical context with illustrations, including => three color woodcut prints, two of which fold out, that are tipped-in to illustrate the activities of the two festivals and one of the dolls.
Provenance: From the library of Ellery Yale Wood, a collector of children's books and young adult literature, with her initials in pencil on the front free endpaper.
Publisher's purple silk cloth bound together by gray silk ties in a Japanese style, cream label printed with red lettering; left and bottom edge of front board faded, light rubbing to corners, foxing and scrapes to paper label. Provenance marks as above; illustrations are still beautifully colored. (40407) Add to My BOOK-STACK
Williams, Rowan. Arius: Heresy and tradition. London: Darton, Longman and Todd, 1987. 8vo (22.2 cm, 8.75"). xi, , 348 pp. $15.00
"Arianism has been called the 'archetypal Christian heresy' — a denial of the divine status of Christ. In this comprehensive and original study, Rowan Williams argues that Arius himself was a dedicated theological conservative whose concern was to defend the free and personal character of the Christian God. His 'heresy' grew out of the attempt to unite traditional biblical language with radical philosophical ideas and techniques, and it is, from the start, involved with issues of authority in the church . . . The book contains extensive discussion of the historical, theological and philosophical background and includes new translations, with commentary, of a number of basic texts. It will be required reading for students of church history and doctrine and for anyone wishing to know more about one of the major figures in early Church."
Publisher's brown cloth with gilt lettering to spine. In original pictorial dust jacket; minor edgewear, spine a bit faded. Interior lightly age-toned. (40350) Add to My BOOK-STACK
English Incunable Leaf — Wynkyn de Worde, 1498
Jacobus de Voragine. Golden legend [single leaf]. [Westmynster: Wynkyn de Worde, 1498]. Chancery folio (27.3 x 19.5 cm; 10.75" x 7.675").  f. $1,650.00
The collection of saints' lives called the Legenda sanctorum, or Golden Legend (Legenda aurea) — "worth its weight in gold"! — was composed in the 13th century by the Dominican hagiologist Jacobus de Voragine (ca. 1230–98, elected Archbishop of Genoa in 1292), and first printed in Latin at Basle in 1470 with William Caxton printing the first English version in 1483. This is folio ccxlviii of the 1498 London (Westminster) edition => printed by Wynkyn de Worde (a.k.a., Jan van Wynkyn), England's first typographer and successor to Caxton, whose press he formally took over in 1495 after a difficult three years of litigation following Caxton's death.
This leaf of The Golden Legend has on its recto, and continuing on the verso, the final portion of account of the nativity of the Virgin, which recounts episodes from her mature adulthood and => shows the Mother of God as a powerful figure with a powerful sense of what is due her. She promises death within 30 days to a bishop who has removed from office an unsatisfactory priest that she appreciates as specially devoted to her (he is reinstated and the bishop lives); she intercedes in another vision with her "debonayre sone" to reverse the damnation of a "vayne and ryotous" cleric who, on the other hand, has been specially devoted to her and her Hours (he reforms). In a third case, she redeems from the grasp of hell a bishop's vicar who, disappointed of promotion in office, had engaged "a Jewe [who was] a magycyan" to facilitate his signing in his own blood a soul-sacrificing deal with "the devyll" (the vicar repented). The Marian section closes with an account of "Saynt Jherom's" devotion to her. All this is followed on the verso by the beginning of the life of St. Adrian of Nicomedia, who before his conversion to Christianity and subsequent martyrdom was a Herculian Guard of the Roman Emperor Galerius Maximian. He is the patron saint of soldiers, arms dealers, guards, butchers, victims of the plague, and epileptics. The text is printed in double-column format in => English gothic type.
Provenance: From an offering of leaves from this edition of The Golden Legend by the Dauber & Pine Bookshops, New York City, in ca. 1928 .
=> English incunable leaves are increasingly difficult to obtain.
STC (rev. ed.) 24876; ESTC S103597; Duff 411; Copinger 6475; Goff J-151; ISTC ij00151000. Removed neatly from a bound volume. With a "cover leaf" in approximation of a title-page, reading "The Golden Legende. J. de Voragine. Printed by Wynkyn de Worde 1498. Dauber & Pine Bookshops, Inc. New York." => A striking relic recounting multiple miracles and presenting Mary as a most interesting personality. (40744) Add to My BOOK-STACK