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Arabic Bible Printed at Beirut
       (Its Translator was a Rather Amazing Person)

Bible. Arabic. Van Dyck. 1913.  [four lines in Arabic romanized as] al-Kitāb al-Muqaddas, ay Kutub al-ʻAhd al-Qadīm wa-al-Ahd al-Jadīd. Wa-qad turjima min al-lughāt al-aṣlīyah, wa-hiya al-lughah al-Ibrānīyah wa-al-lughah al-Kaldānīyah wa-al-lughah al-Yunānīyah. [in Arabic: Beirut : The American Printing Press, 1913]. 8vo (18.5 cm, 7.5"), 920, 295 pp.

The Van Dyck translation of the Bible into Arabic first appeared in 1865 and remained the standard version used by Arabs for a century. This edition from the American Printing Press is => an all-Arabic production, with the only English appearing in it being a small-print line, "Bible, Third Font, 282" on the title-page (at "rear").
        Cornelius Van Alen Van Dyck (1818–95) was born at Kinderhook, NY, and educated at Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia, receiving his M.D. in 1839. The following year the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions sent him to Lebanon as a medical missionary for the Dutch Reformed Church, and he remained in the Middle East for the rest of his life with only an occasional trip to the U.S.
        Van Dyck became fluent in Arabic, wrote extensively in that language, and taught medicine and other subjects: "[He was] professor of pathology and internal medicine in the medical school of the newly founded Syrian Protestant College, which later became the American University of Beirut. He also taught astronomy in its literary section, directed its observatory and meteorological station as well as the mission press, and edited its weekly journal al-Nashran. He wrote Arabic textbooks on chemistry, internal medicine, physical diagnosis, and astronomy, publishing some of them at his own expense" (Wikipedia).
        WorldCat records at least three editions of the Arabic Bible from the American Printing Press in 1913, each with a different pagination.

Publisher's brown cloth, spine stamped in gilt with title in Arabic and with blind stamping to covers and spine; some chipping to cloth around spine and at edges. Printed on very thin paper, occasionally showing a short tear or a crease but clean and untattered. A very good copy.  (41439)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

LEC Frost — Signed by Frost, Nason, *&* Rogers

Frost, Robert.  The complete poems of Robert Frost. New York: The Limited Editions Club, 1950. 8vo (27 cm, 10.63"). 2 vols. I: xliv, 308, [2] pp.; illus. II: [4], [309]–607, [3] pp.; illus.

Tje Limited Editions Club's very fine two-volume set of Frost's poetry, featuring a preface by the author (signed in type "R.F."), an "appreciation" by Louis Untermeyer, and => wood-engraved vignettes by the "Poet Engraver of New England," Thomas Willoughby Nason. Designed by => Bruce Rogers and produced at the Marchbanks Press, the set was bound by the Russell-Rutter Company in full blue denim with gilt-stamped black leather spine labels.
        This numbered copy 1157 of 1500 printed is => signed at the colophon by Frost, Nason, and Rogers. The appropriate LEC newsletter is laid in.

Bibliography of the Fine Books Published by the Limited Editions Club, 208. Binding as above; slipcase lacking, spines sunned and somewhat rubbed. Pages clean. => Contents fresh and lovely, wood-engravings terrific.  (41402)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

A Good Little Girl Rescued from Captivity in New Zealand

 The little, but affecting history of Mary Howard. [Sanbornton, NH?]: Sanbornton Press, 1835. 16mo (9.5 cm, 3.75"). 16 pp.

First edition of this surprising American chapbook: What starts out as a typical Babes in the Wood–style plot takes an unusual turn when wealthy English orphan Mary, in danger from her greedy uncle, is => conveyed to New Zealand by Duaterra, "the son of a Chief." All's well that ends well, and once restored to polite London society, Mary => hides the Maori tattoos on her temple with a cluster of curls.
        The work opens with an alphabet page, and features a version of the E Pluribus Unum eagle and shield device on the front wrapper as well as moose and monkey vignettes (M for Mary?) on the back wrapper.

American Imprints 32632. Not in Osborne; not in Gumuchian. Publisher's yellow printed paper wrappers, lightly worn. Title-page with early inked inscription (first name Mary, the rest difficult to decipher). Pages foxed. => An intriguing item for sure, in solid, minimally worn condition.  (41440)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

The Body & Soul as a Poetic Vista

Fletcher, Phineas.  The Purple Island, or the Isle of Man: Together with Piscatorie eclogs and other poeticall miscellanies. Cambridge: Pr. by the Printers to the Universitie of Cambridge, 1633. 4to (18.3 cm, 7.2"). [14], 181, [3], 130, [2] pp.

First edition of this epic allegory of personhood, paired with a set of pastoral verses featuring fisher-boys. Fletcher (1582–1650) was a prolific author of both theological and secular works, with the two main pieces here being among his most distinctive and best-remembered. "The Purple Island" is an extended allegory in Spenserian style, comparing the human body and mind to a landscape, with anatomical notes; following that and the "Piscatory Eclogues" is "Elisa, or an Elegie upon the Unripe Decease of Sr. Antoie Irby," with a separate title-page. A "Hinc lucem et pocula" printer's vignette appears at the end of most cantos of the first work, while the second work features decorative capitals and typographical head- and tailpieces, and the title-page of the final piece is ornamented with => an interesting coffin design created with typographical and woodcut elements.
        Pforzheimer notes ruefully that this volume "though well-known by title [. . .] is little read despite the fact that though seriously intended it is => now frequently very amusing."
        Evidence of Readership: Occasional pencilled or inked underlining and marginal marks of emphasis; red bracketing (mostly faint); seven marginal annotations inked in an early hand (mostly translating the classically inspired names, as that Porneios is "Fornication" and Aselges "Lasciviousness"). The printer's vignette on the main title-page has been partially colored in, and the letters "B.D." have been added following the author's initials on the second title-page.
        Provenance: Front pastedown with armorial bookplate of Thomas Jefferson Coolidge, Jr., and with small, attractive 19th-century institutional ticket.
        Binding: 19th-century morocco, framed and panelled in blind, turn-ins with gilt rolls; top edges gilt, marbled paper endpapers. The extremely minute => binder's stamp of Alfred Matthews appears, in gilt, within the lower turn-in of the front cover.

ESTC S102332; NCBEL, I, 1188; STC (2nd ed.) 11082; Pforzheimer, I, 376. Binding as above, spine sunned, joints refurbished, light wear to sides and corners. Markings as above, main title-page also with small, faint pencilled inscription in upper portion; one leaf with lower outer corner torn away, not touching text. Pages gently age-toned, with annotations as above, otherwise clean. => A solid, very readable copy, with an interesting history evident.  (41438)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

"An Outstanding Document Both of the Cree Language
       & of Early Grammatical Practice"

Howse, Joseph.  A Grammar of the Cree Language: With which is combined an analysis of the Chippeway dialect. London: Trubner & Co., 1865. 8vo (22 cm, 8.625"). xix, [1], 324 pp.

Howse (1774–1852) emigrated from England in 1795 to Canada to be a fur trader. "After ten years’ fur-trading experience in the Saskatchewan district . . . [he] took part in the exploration of western North America as the first Hudson’s Bay Company man to cross the Rocky Mountains." His interaction with the native population and his deep personal interest in them, their language and customs led him to write "the first grammar of the => Cree language . . . [which is] still recognized as an outstanding document both of the Cree language and of early grammatical practice" (Canadian Dictionary of Biography). It was first published in 1844: This is the second edition. It is also highly important for its => study of Ojibwa (Chippewa).

Newberry Library, Ayer Indians, Chippewa 99 & Cree 76; Pilling, Proof-sheets, 360; Pilling, Algonquian, 242. Not in Banks. Not in Evans. Publisher's blind-stamped brown cloth, pieces of spine chipped away; else good and solid. Title-page, last leaf, and endpapers with slight old soil and signs perhaps of onetime exposure to damp; front pastedown with evidence of a bookplate once (but not now) present; paper of text block otherwise => clean, fresh, even crisp.  (41423)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

LEC Stevenson: "The Suicide Club," "The Rajah's Diamond," & More

Stevenson, Robert Louis.  New Arabian nights. Avon, CT: Printed for the members of the Limited Editions Club,, 1976. Folio (28.4 cm, 11.18"). xv, [1], 246, [2] pp.; 12 plts., illus.

Limited Editions Club production of this set of acclaimed short stories by the beloved author. Norman H. Strouse supplied the introduction, and => Clarke Hutton illustrated the text with 12 full-page two-color and 16 smaller black and white drawings. Designed by Eugene Ettenberg, the volume was bound by the Tapley-Rutter Company in full maize buckram stamped in green and gold, sides gilt-stamped with an all-over design by Ettenberg.
        "The Pavilion on the Links" appears in its first version.
        This is numbered copy 733 of 2000 printed, signed at the colophon by the artist; the LEC prospectus is laid in.

Bibliography of the Fine Books Published by the Limited Editions Club, 499. Bound as above, in original matching paper-covered slipcase; slipcase with very slight traces of shelfwear, volume clean and bright. => A nice example of this engaging, attractive edition.  (41401)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Owen's Last Volley in Controversy with Stillingfleet over Nonconformists

Owen, John.  An enquiry into the original, nature, institution, power, order, and communion of evangelical churches. London: Pr. by J. Richardson for Nath. Ponder, 1681. 4to (20.4 cm, 8.03"). [1 (blank)] f., [14], 72, 170, 177–365, [3 (blank)] pp.

First edition: Cromwell's chaplain presents his views on church government and his doctrinal issues with the Church of England. Edward Stillingfleet's sermon on "The Mischief of Separation" had earlier prompted this prominent Puritan theologican to respond with his Brief Vindication, to which Stillingfleet in turn replied with The Unreasonableness of Separation — the present item serving as Owen's final word on the subject. While the title-page claims that this is the first part, no more was published per both WorldCat and ESTC; ESTC also notes that the text is continuous despite the gap in pagination.
        Provenance: Reverse of final text page with inked inscription reading "William Barker His Book : 1707 October ye 20 day bought at the [lined through]"; back flyleaf with inked, much-flourished inscription: "Gulielmus Barker [/] Anno 1719."

Wing (rev. ed.) O764; ESTC R4153. Contemporary speckled calf, rebacked with similar speckled calf, original leather with moderate scuffing to sides and edges; covers framed in gilt roll, spine with gilt-stamped burgundy leather title-label and gilt-ruled raised bands. Pages with varying degrees of age-toning and spotting, and with scattered ink stains and smudges, yet paper very good and untattered; one leaf with short tear from lower margin, not touching text. => A now-solid copy, preserving much of the original binding, of an item not commonly seen on the market, with pleasing manuscript assertions of provenance.  (41406)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

News of the Napoleonic Invasion of Spain — Niños Expósitos Press

Galicia (Spain, region). Xunta.  [drop-title] Oficio dirigido por el reyno de Galicia al Excmo. Sr. Virey Gobernador y Capitan General de las provincias del Rio de la Plata. [colophon: Buenos Ayres: Imprenta de Niños Expósitos, 1808]. Small 4o (20 cm, 8.25"). [2] ff.

Publication from the Niños Expósitos press in Buenos Aires of a letter from the authorities in Galicia informing Viceroy Liniers of the French invasion of Spain and that a state of war exists. The letter goes on to introduce Capt. Somoza de Monsoriu, commander of the frigate bearing the letter, and says that the captain is charged with bringing to Spain the caudal belonging to the king, in order to support the war against Napoleon. It also urges that the colony raise voluntary contributions for the war effort.
        WorldCat locates only four U.S. libraries (JCB, Lilly, Bancroft, University of Arizona) reporting ownership.

Medina, Río de la Plata, 438; Fúrlong, Imprentas ríoplatenses, 1196; Palau 199605. Evidence of having been sewn, perhaps in a sammelband; leaves separating 2" at top with inner margin a bit irregular and small piece lost from lower inner corner.a rectangular darkening to each inner page where something once was laid in. Number in old red ink in upper margin of each recto.  (41405)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Two Historical Studies of a Late Middle Ages Epidemic — The English Sweat

Gruner, Christian Gottfried.  Scriptorum de sudore Anglico superstitum editio hactenus desiderata et adornata a Christiano Gottfr. Grunero. Jenae: Literis Goepferdtii, 1804]. 8vo (21.5 cm, 8.5"). 16 pp.

[bound with the author's] Itinerarium sudoris anglici ex actis designatum. Jenae: no publisher/printer, 1805. 28 pp.
        Two studies on sudor anglicus, a mysterious and contagious disease that struck England and later continental Europe in a series of epidemics beginning in 1485 but which seems to have vanished entirely by 1555. Also essayed are exanthem and related dermatological aspects of the disease.
        => Gruner (1744–1815) is considered to be the founder of modern medical-historical, especially historical-pathological studies.
        Evidence of readership: Contemporary or near-contemporary marginalia, underscoring, and marks of interest.
        Provenance: From the residue of the stock of the F. Thomas Heller bookselling firm (est. ca. 1928).
        Searches of WorldCat find the only U.S. library reporting ownership of Scriptorum to be the University of Rochester. No U.S. library reports owning Itinerarium. Both are also apprently rare in European libraries.

In contemporary plain blue-green paper wrappers; uncut. Old ex-library with stamps on both sides of the title-leaf; partial blacking-out of the one on the verso (at time of deaccession) showing through to recto; some other library markings, one date in red ink. Old light waterstaining to many fore-edges; evidence of readership as above.  (41415)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

The English Do Love Their Madeira So Why Not Seize the Island?

(Napoleonic Wars).  [drop-title] Noticias participadas del Janeyro, con fecha de 12 de marzo de 1808. [colophon:Buenos Ayres: Impenta [sic] de Niños Expósitos, 1808. 4to (19.5 cm, 7.75"). [4] pp.

Here we have essentially two related documents: On pp. [1–2] is the latest news of the war in Europe and then on pp. [3–4] is the "Capitulacion de la isla de la Madera" by the Portuguese to the English (dated at San Lorenzo Funcal 20 Dec. 1807).
        WorldCat locates only two libraries worldwide reporting ownership of this (JCB, Lilly), but given its presence in the bibliographies below it must be held in non-reporting libraries.
        => Scarce item from the famous press of "the orphan children" of Buenos Aires.

Medina, Río de la Plata, 563; Zinny, 1808, xxvi; Furlong, Rio-platenses, 1181 (describing only p. [1]–[2]). Without wrappers; leaves once separated from each other and now expertly rejoined at the inner margin. => Very clean, very good.  (41417)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Apprentices Appreciated

[Pascoe, Juan, comp. & ed.].  [drop-title] Algunos aprendices de la imprenta mexicana. [Tacámbaro]: Taller Martín Pescador, 2018. 8vo (23 cm, 9"). 8 pp.

Handsomely printed compilation of archival data on five apprentices who worked in Mexican printeries from ca. 1598 to 1819, and a reprinted chapter from a Spanish children's book first reprinted in Mexico in the 1840s — which chapter is about what an apprentice's duties are.
        Limited to 85 copies: Printed using Polifilo type, Tamayo De Ponte paper, and an Ostrander Seymour press.

New. Stitched, issued without wrappers.  (41410)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

"Her Diction Spills Out along Ceaselessly Shifting Beds of Sound"
       Finely Printed

Bracho, Coral.  Tres poemas de Coral Bracho. Tacámbaro y Mexico: Cuadernos del Armadillo [en el Tallero Martín Pescador], 2020. Oblong 16mo (16.5 cm, 6.5"). [4] ff.

Born In 1951 In Mexico City, Coral Bracho has published more than a dozen volumes of poetry, including her magnificent El ser que va a morir (1981), which => changed the course of Mexican poetry.
        The prominent Mexican poet David Huerta writes, "The secret of Coral Bracho's poetry, its prodigious originality, can be traced to its tendency to surge like a living voice, a silky impetuous torrent." Her biography at the Poetry Foundation website observes, "Bracho’s impact on Mexican poetry has been compared to poet John Ashbery’s influence on American verse. Bracho’s layered, long-lined poems attend equally to sound patterns and lush, unspooling imagery." Fellow poet Forrest Gander has said, “Her diction spills out along ceaselessly shifting beds of sound. . . . Bracho’s early poems make sense first as music, and music propels them.”
        Bracho's poetry has appeared in dozens of anthologies of the genre. And further recognizing her achievements as a poet are her Aguacalientes National Poetry Prize and a Guggenheim Fellowship.
        From the famous handpress of Juan Pascoe and limited to 120 copies, this => features a cunning cut of an armadillo on the title-page.

New, sewn in textured charcoal wrappers.  (41408)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Keeping the Portuguese Sort of Up to Date

(Napoleonic Wars).  Projecto de huma convenção para a troca dos prizioneiros de guerra de todas as nações belligerantes, a presentada pelo Commissario inglez ao Commissario francez em 23 de setembro de 1810 ... em Londres, 1810. Lisboa: Na Impressão regia, 1811. 12mo (18.5 cm, 7.25"). 11 pp.

The Portuguese Crown publishes a Portuguese translation of a proposed exchange of prisoners that British agent Mr. Mackenzie offered to Monsieur Mousier, but which was rejected.
        WorldCat locates only one library worldwide (Yale) reporting ownership.

Removed from a bound volume. Very good.  (41413)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Death Comes for the Bishop

Arriola Rico, Juan de.  Sermon fvneral, que en las honrras que celebrò à su prelado el Illmo. y Rmo. Señor Mo. D. Fr. Phelipe Galindo, y Chaves ... obispo de Guadalaxara el venerable dean, y cabildo de la santa Iglesia cathedral de dicha ciudad predicó el Dr. D. Ivan de Arriola Rico. Mexico: Por Miguel de Ribera, 1702. Small 4to (19.5 cm, 7.5"). [8], 14 ff.

The author was a canon of the cathedral in Guadalajara and here eulogizes the bishop of Guadalajara, Mexico, a member of the Order of Preachers. The work has => a large, handsome woodcut of the coat of arms of the dedicatee, the viceroy of New Spain
        WorldCat locates copies at only three U.S. libraries (NYPL, JCB, Cushing).

Medina, Mexico, 2064. Removed from a nonce volume and now in plain wrappers; evidence of marca de fuego in upper edge. Wormtracking to gutter margin near page-tops, touching or occasionally costing a letter; otherwise, and saving an old small inkblot to title-page, in very clean and even fresh condition.  (41414)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Musical Décimas of Love & Lost Love

Camastra, Caterina.  Amapolas. Tacámbaro: Taller Martín Pescador, 2020. Small 4to (26 cm, 10.25"). 40 pp.

Dra. Camastra was born in Brescia and educated in Italy, England, and Mexico, where she now lives and works as a translator, professor, researcher, and poet. => The present work, written in décimas, concerns love and loss of love. In his prologue to these poems, Alexis Díaz-Pimienta writes "He aquí, entonces, un poemario-florilegio" (p. 9) and that Camastra has a "manera tan musical de hablar el español que tiene, ese su castellano italianizado, o su italiano mexicanizado, me es imposible leer sus verso sin oírla respirar, o sentirla reír incluso entre las líneas." And David Huerta also is very enthusiastic: "¡He aquí a una italiana, Caterina Camastra, que escribe poemas en español y lo hace con maestría, y con brillo! El libro Amapolas es una feliz resurrección del siglo XVI con muchas gotas mexicanas de sabores populares, jaranas y ritmos bailables." He summarizes by saying that she is "Una poeta diestra en las modulaciones populares y cultas, unidas en el vaso de una artista consumada."
        The work is printed in an edition of only 100 copies: Florencio Ramírez was the compositor and Juan Pascoe and Martín Urbina were the printers at Pascoe's Taller Martín Pescador. The poems are set in 16 point Bembo with the prologue in 12 point Bembo, cast by Bradley Hutchinson in Austin; the heavy, rich paper is Tamayo De Ponte and the four vignettes are renderings of ornaments used in colonial Mexican books in the period 1566 to 1605.

Bound in stiff textured charcoal paper wrappers and sewn on vellum strips in a colonial Mexican–style binding. New.  (41409)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Illustrated Record of the 1931 International Exhibition of Persian Art

Binyon, Laurence; J.V.S. Wilkinson; & Basil Gray.  Persian miniature painting. London: Oxford University Press, 1933. Folio (39.37 cm, 15.5"). Col. frontis., xiv, 212, [2] pp.; 113 plts. (15 col.)

First edition. Including a "critical and descriptive catalogue of the miniatures exhibited at Burlington House January – March, 1931," this hefty, very much "oversize" volume provides thorough documentation of the exhibition itself, along with extensive information on the history and aesthetics of Persian painting. The work, which one reviewer notes "immediately became the standard monographic introduction to the material" (Roxburgh, Art Bulletin, vol. XCV, no. 4), is printed on good paper and is illustrated with a => color-printed frontispiece and 113 plates, 15 of which are in color.

Publisher's ochre cloth, front cover with gilt-stamped title and medallion, in original tan dust jacket; jacket spine and edges chipped but by no means tattered, with volume corners bumped. Foxing to endpapers (only); pages and plates clean. => A significant work, here in the first edition in the uncommon dust jacket.  (41400)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Important Account of the Augustinan Missionaries in Western Mexico

Basalenque, Diego.  Historia de la provincia de San Nicolas de Tolentino de Michoacan. Mexico: por la viuda de Bernardo Calderon [i.e., Paula de Benavides], 1673. 4to (20.8 cm, 8.125" ). [12], 219 [i.e., 221], [3] ff.

Diego Basalenque emigrated to New Spain with his parents from Salamanca when he was nine, joined the Augustinian order at the age of fifteen, and professed his religion two years later in Mexico City on 4 February 1594. A man of many talents, he was a teacher, administrator, and historian especially remembered for his skill in languages: He was proficient in Latin, Greek, Hebrew, and => several Mexican tongues. There is evidence that he authored multiple works on a variety of topics, including mathematics and theology, but only three were published, all posthumously.
        Basalenque wrote his Historia de la provincia de San Niçolas de Tolentino de Michoacan in 1644 but left it in manuscript at his death in 1651. Father Salguero, prior of the Augustinian province of MIchoacan in the 1660s and 70s and Basalenque's biographer (Mexico, 1664), saw the work published at the shop of => the very talented and well-connected widow-printer Paula de Benavides, widow of printer Bernardo Calderon. It is both a chronicle and a prosopographical account of the the Augustinians in Mexico from 1533 to 1643, and is divided into two main chapters: 1533 to 1602 when the province of the province of San Nicolas of Tolentino of Michoacan was created out of the province of The Most Holy Name of Jesus ("Santísimo Nombre de Jesús"), and 1602 to 1643. The facts and dates for events prior to ca. 1590 are mostly recounted from Juan de Grijalva's Crónica de la orden de N.P.S. Augustín en las provincias de la Nueva España, en quatro edades desde el año de 1533 hasta el de 1592 (Mexico, 1624) but those of the 17th-century are wholly Basalenque's. => His biographies of the 17th-century Augustinians are extremely valuable as they are based on his having known and lived with them; personality traits are discussed and family history and genealogy are detailed.
        The history is printed mainly in roman but with some italic type, in double-column format, with woodcut head- and tailpieces and a type-ornament border on the title-page, which page further offers => a woodcut vignette portrait of St. Nicholas of Tolentino. There are errors in foliation: 47 and 48 are duplicated and 133 and 134 are incorrectly numbered 132 and 133.
        In this copy opposite the title-page is an added facsimile map of the province taken from an edition of Augustin Lubin's Orbis Augustinianus, sive, Conventuum ordinis eremitarum Augustini chorographica et topographica descriptio; no map was issued with the book originally.

Medina, Mexico,1084; Pinelo-Barcia, Epitome, II, Col. 755; Beristain, I, p. 143; Ternaux 902; Andrade 632. Recased in contemporary limp vellum with slightly yapp edges showing evidence of now-lost ties; rear free endpaper lacking and all edges mottled. Case marks on front pastedown; last leaf torn cleanly and expertly repaired, one leaf with an old limited ink smear that does not impede reading. => A clean, very nice copy of a history offering much first-hand reporting, from a significant press and sometime enhanced, by a former owner, by addition of that helpful map!  (41363)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

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Espada, Martín.  Imagine the angels of bread. New York: W.W. Norton & Co., 1966. 8vo. 107 pp.

Full-page author's inscription to his friend Keith, in Spanish, 27 July 1999, Boston. First edition, first printing.

Publisher's cloth, in d/j. Fine / fine.  (39424)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

An 18th-Century "English Story" in French, Printed in Germany

Arnaud, François-Thomas-Marie de Baculard d'.  Sidnei et Silli. Ou la bienfaisance & la reconnaissance [.] Histoire anglaise, suivie d'odes Anacréontiques. Francfort: Jean Georg Eslinger, 1767. 8vo (16.4 cm, 6.45"). [2], 112 pp., (i.e., 110, pp. 33 & 34 not used in pagination and the leaf on which they should appear is cancelled).

A popular French short story — quickly translated into German, and the basis for a Viennese play — here in an attractive edition, with the author's accompanying Anacreontic poetry nicely printed with typographical head- and tailpieces. This appears to be the first Frankfurt printing, following the first edition of 1765 (which had appeared under a false London imprint), and it is now uncommon; a search of WorldCat finds => no U.S. institutional holdings.
        Binding: Contemporary mottled sheep, spine gilt extra with a well-handled dianthus motif and gilt-stamped red leather title-label; covers plain and board edges with a gilt roll, all edges red. Remnant of green paper placemarking tab to fore-edge at division between sections.
        Despite pagination indicating a skipped or missing pp. 33/34, the content here is uninterrupted and the volume is complete.

VD18 12065862-001 & VD18 15329860-ddd (but not traced in VD18!). Not in Brunet. Bound as above; small portion of one cover slightly sunned and both a little rubbed scuffed, spine bright and nice. Offsetting to margins of title-page and final text page; pages overall clean. An early reader has affixed a small green paper tab to the fore-edge marking the start of the Odes. => An appealing copy in an elegant contemporary binding.  (41378)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

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Three Satirists, One Elegant Printing

Juvenalis, Decimus Junius; Aulus Persius Flaccus; & Sulpicia; Heinrich Christian von Hennin, ed.  D. Junii Juvenalis Aquinatis satyrae [with] Auli Persii Flacci satyrarum liber [and] Sulpiciae satyra. Mannhemii: Societatis literatae, 1780–81. 8vo (16.5 cm, 6.5"). [4], 178, [181]–251, [1] pp.

Juvenal's bitterly eloquent pieces are often published with and set in contrast to Persius's gentler, more Stoic-inspired poems, with both authors' Satyrae being standards of the genre. In this Mannheim edition from the Societatis literatae, Juvenal's work has been edited by Heinrich Christian de Hennin and appears with => a title-page featuring an engraved portrait of Nero done by Egid Verhelst. Persius's, with a separate title-page, was edited by Isaac Casaubon and is paginated continuously from the Juvenal, although dated 1780 as opposed to the 1781 of the first set. ne of Sulpicia's surviving pieces follows, along with synopses and notes.
        Provenance: Front free endpaper with inked inscription "P[v?]. Beroldingen 1782."

Schweiger, II, 513; VD18 10208364. Contemporary tan sheep, covers framed in blind fillets, spine with raised bands, gilt-ruled compartments, and gilt-stamped leather title-label; binding moderately worn overall, slightly sprung, spine darkened with spine leather showing cracks. All edges stained red. Pp. 179/80 (between end of Juvenal and title-page of Persius, presumably a blank) not bound in here; back pastedown showing apparent bleed-through from early inked annotations on a leaf or laid-in page no longer present. Pages very lightly cockled and some ten pages with old light waterstaining to central portions of leaves; two of these pages with a few letters obscured from paper their having been adhered one to the other, two other pages still partially adhered. => Withal an attractive, nice copy.  (41377)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

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Barber, Daniel.  [Catholic worship and piety, explained and recommended in sundry letters, to a very near friend, and others]. Washington City: E. DeKrafft, printer, 1821. 8vo. 40 pp. (lacks title-page).

Daniel Barber was a member of a prominent New England family and had served as a soldier in the Continental Army. "Born and educated a congregational Dissenter, of the strict puritanic order" (p. 28), he became an Episcopalian minister and was happy and confident in his Anglican faith until he was above 60 years old. Then, after travels during which he saw his first Catholic priest and first Catholic church ever (p. 32), he converted with his entire family to Catholicism: A son and a grandson became Jesuits, and the son's wife, Jerusha, entered the Visitine Order of nuns at Georgetown.
        These letters are both personal and polemical, in an interesting mix, and describe Barber's conversion. Includes a series of letters to a friend written for the purpose of tempering anti-Catholic prejudice.

Parsons 664; Shoemaker 4606. Incomplete: Lacks the title-page. Disbound with later sewing, outer corners clipped, a little shallow chipping, last leaf a little irregular at gutter, and once folded both vertically and across. Browned, a little foxing; properly deaccessioned from Georgetown University Library, whose stamp appears on the bottom margin of the final page.  (41374)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Sharp, Daniel.  Reflections against the Baptists refuted. Boston: Pr. by Lincoln & Edmands, 1829. 8vo. 24 pp.

"A sermon, delivered at the dedication of the Baptist Meeting-house in New-Bedford, Oct. 22, 1829. Published by request."

Shoemaker 40395. Removed from a nonce volume, some pages untrimmed. Very light foxing. Small holes along the inner margin.  (41373)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

The Reference Book for the Counterculture

Brand, Stewart, ed.  The next whole Earth catalog. Sausalito, CA: Point, 1980. Folio (36.5 cm, 14.4"). 608 pp.; illus.

Stated first edition, first printing of the revised version — after a long gap in printing — of a legendary guide to tools for "individuals to conduct their own education, find their own inspiration, shape their own environment, and share the adventure with whoever is interested." More than a catalogue, this is a compendium of reviews, extensive excerpts, and analyses of some of the most empowering books and products of the 20th century, leavened with bits of poetry, meditations, and musings on modern life. The preface here notes that only 11% of the material here is repeated from the Last Whole Earth Catalog, and that about 975 items are reviewed here for the first time.

Publisher's printed paper wrappers; spine and lower front corner creased, edges showing mild shelfwear. Lower margin of first page with faint rubber-stamped numeral. Pages gently age-toned, otherwise clean, with all tear-out cards still present. Outstanding both as sociological insight and as general reading.  (32344)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

On Spirits & the Supernatural

Burthogge, Richard.  An essay upon reason, and the nature of spirits. London: Printed for J[ohn] Dunton, 1694. 8vo (17.3 cm,6.8"). [4] ff., 280 pp., in-text diagram (6 leaves [i.e., pp. 83–94] in expert facsimile).

The first and only edition of this interesting work on philosophy and the supernatural. Richard Burthogge (1637/8–1705) was a physician and philosopher; after studying at Oxford and Leiden, he settled in his native Devon where he was a local magistrate and physician. His writings include theological and philosophical works.
        Dedicated to John Locke, "one of the Greatest Masters of Reason," this Essay sought "to reconcile the Experimental, or Mechanical, with the Scholastical Method." It comprises discussion of the nature of Reason and its Acts (apprehension and the use and meaning of words), the nature of Falsity and Enthusiasm (with mentions of Fludd and the Rosicrucians), the nature of questions, human knowledge, and the mind and senses. The second half of the book focuses on the nature of animals and spirits and on the nature of spirits, specters, and apparitions in relation to the human mind and senses, with examples including the conversion of an Indian Raja and a strange omen narrated by Sir Walter Raleigh.

ESTC R1885; Wing B6150. Modern dark brown quarter calf over marbled boards, spine with raised bands gilt-ruled above and below, burgundy leather author and title labels, and gilt devices in compartments; leaves in facsimile as noted above and lower outer corner of B7 torn away taking a few words on each side. First and last leaves with offsetting to edges from previous binding, severest at rear; title and first two gatherings a bit soiled, with other instances of that variably elsewhere, and first few leaves with old marginal waterstaining; edges dusty and a bit darkened throughout, with general age-toning. A copy that clearly had been through a good deal and has been priced accordingly, now neatly cased and ready for good use.  (39427)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

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Fancy Pope

Pope, Alexander.  The poetical works of Alexander Pope, with memoir, explanatory notes, etc. New York: Hurst & Co., [1890]. 8vo (19 cm, 7.48"). Frontis., 550 pp.

Handsome gift book presentation of Pope's works, with supplementary material including helpful annotations. The volume opens with an engraved portrait of the poet, done by H.W. Burns; subsequent pages are framed in red rules.
        Binding: Publisher's olive green cloth, front cover and spine with flaming torch and floral garland designs stamped in black, white, and gilt (unsigned). All edges gilt.

Binding as above, extremities showing minor rubbing, each cover with one small spot of faint discoloration; front hinge (inside) slightly tender but holding. Inscription on recto of frontispiece has been erased. Offsetting from frontispiece to title-page; pages age-toned with a few scattered small, faint pencilled marks of emphasis. => Very attractive.  (37530)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

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