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Edwards, Justin.  A sermon delivered at the installation of Rev. Frederick Freeman as pastor of the Third Congregational Church and Society in Plymouth, Mass.[,] Nov. 3, 1824. Andover: Printed by Flagg & Gould, 1825. 8vo. 31 pp.
$18.00

By the pastor of the South Church in Andover.

Shoemaker 20384. Removed from a nonce volume; stitch holes at inner margin, not touching text. Fold mark down center. Very good.  (27707)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Griffin, Edward Dorr.  Foreign missions. A sermon, preached May 9, 1819, at the anniversary of the United Foreign Missionary Society, in the Garden-Street Church, New York. New York: Pr. by J. Seymour, 1819. 8vo. 27 pp.
$18.00

Shaw & Shoemaker 48118. Removed from a nonce volume.   (25570)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Claiming to Expose Hobbes' "Insolent & Pernicious" Philosophy

Tenison, Thomas.  The creed of Mr. Hobbes examined; in a feigned conference between him, and a student in divinity. London: Pr. for Francis Tyton, 1670. 12mo (17 cm, 6.75"). [24], 248, [2 (errata)] pp.
$500.00

First edition of this rebuttal of Hobbes's doctrine of the state of nature, published anonymously by Tenison (1636–1715), later Archbishop of Canterbury, who in his arguments cites not only the Bible and works of theology but also "the most excellent Lord Bacon" and his reliance upon observation of reality.
        As seen in at least one other copy, leaf K8 is a cancel, with p. 144 set in a smaller font.

ESTC R22090; Wing (rev. ed.) T691. Recent marbled paper–covered boards, spine with gilt-stamped leather title-label. Title-page darkened and chipped, now mounted; author's name added in an early inked hand; remnant of original leather title-label laid in at p. 7, with offsetting. Pages browned especially at edges; last several leaves with upper outer corners chipped and a few leaves trimmed closely at lower margins. => A solid and very readable copy of the first edition.  (41356)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Quick Introduction to Early Bookhands — The Enlarged Edition

Fairbank, Alfred.  A book of scripts. [London]: Penguin Books, (1968). 12mo (19 cm, 8"). 48 pp., 80 pp. of illus.
$25.00

A revised and enlarged edition of this classic first published in 1949, incorporating both fresh text and additional illustrations; the latter, which are labelled as "plates" and printed on both sides of a leaf, identify the illustrated manuscript examples as to place and date of inditement and give the current location of the manuscript.
        => A lovely, informative guide to a considerable variety of handwritings both useful and ornamental.
        Provenance: From the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.

Original illustrated paper over boards, with the dust jacket (a little worn with interior repair at top of spine). Clean. => A very nice copy.  (41368)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

A Novel "Which Proves That War is Solving Civilization's Problems & Has Made Love Again Triumphant" — Margaret Armstrong Binding

Bradley, Mary Hastings.  The wine of astonishment. New York: D. Appleton & Co., 1919. 8vo (19.2 cm, 7.56"). 312, [2] pp.
$75.00

Romance set at the start of WWI, with the main difficulty separating the two lovers being at first financial issues and then her subsequent "marriage of friendship." Stamped in purple and green with a grapevine and heart design, the => binding is signed MA, for Margaret Armstrong; the dust jacket is in the style of Maxfield Parrish, although unsigned. This is the second printing.
        Provenance: Front free endpaper with pencilled inscription of Harry E. Young, dated 1921.

American Fiction, 1901-1925, B-858; Gullans & Espey, Checklist of Trade Bindings Designed by Margaret Armstrong, 38. Publisher's tan paper–covered sides with title stamped in black and grapevine design in green and purple, light green cloth shelfback with matching grape motif, in original color-printed dust jacket; jacket, with spine and back panel slightly dust-soiled, front joint rubbed, three short edge tears and a few tiny edge nicks, in overall very good, attractive condition. The volume itself, in its Armstrong binding, shows a faint narrow band of offsetting across its back cover (only) from "protective" plastic wrapping the dust jacket; otherwise, very clean and fresh. => A nice copy of the now-uncommon first edition of a socially interesting novel in an "MA" binding.  (37550)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Hypatia, in Disguise?

Kingsley, Charles.  Hypatia or new foes with an old face. New York: Thomas Y. Crowell, 1897. 8vo (18.7 cm, 7.36"). Frontis., [2], xvi, 477, [1] pp.; 4 plts.
$50.00

Kingsley's best-selling tale of fifth-century religious and philosophical conflict, canvassed via => the extraordinary career and sensational murder of Hypatia, a renowned and revered female philosopher, astronomer, and mathematician in ancient Hellene Alexandria.
        It is illustrated with a frontispiece and four plates done by Edmund H. Garrett.
        Binding: This is an intriguing example of this novel of ideas, in that the usual thematically appropriate binding has been replaced by an unrelated, innocuous color-printed scene of a cottage by a lake on a background with a repeating design of daisies, embellished with raised cornflowers (unsigned) — perhaps intended for ladies of delicate sensibilities who didn't want to be seen in public reading this controversial novel!
        Provenance: On front free endpaper, two ownership stamps of Sarah E. Lembeck.

Publisher's printed paper–covered boards with pattern of daisies in white and gilt, front cover with illustration as above, robin's egg blue cloth shelfback gilt extra; very minor dust-soiling to light portion of cover illustration, traces of wear to corners and lower edges. Title-page with one tiny edge tear; pages clean.  (37535)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

"Compleat . . . for travellers, merchants & lovers of both languages"

Schulz, [Johann Christoph Friedrich].  Compleat English pocket dictionary English and German, for travellers, merchants & lovers of both languages, &c. Augsburg: Printed for C. Henry Stage, [1796]. Square 12mo (vertical chainlines; 15 cm, 5.91"). 2 vols. I: x, 887, [1 (blani)] pp. II: 795, [1 (blank)] pp.
$875.00

Schulz "was born (1 January 1762) in Magdeburg and died (27 September/9 October 1798) in Mitau. During his brief life, he became one of the most popular authors of his day, translating and writing both novels and non-fiction, and serving as an important eyewitness to current events" (unsigned biography, University of Manchester site [see reference area below]). His substantial dictionary is here English to German in vol. I and the reverse in II. The printer has presented text in English in roman type and that in German in Fraktur, all printed in double-column format in both volumes; the title-page of vol. II reads "Vollständiges englisches Taschenwörterbuch, deutsch und englisch ... Zweyter Theil."
        While there is no publication date on either title-page, we have taken as the probable publication date what is printed on the dedication, which is dated 7 Marz 1796.
        Provenance: Vol. I has the handsome, contemporary bookseller's label of Pierre Beaume, of Bordeaux, on the front pastedown.
        Searches of WorldCat and ESTC find apparently six German libraries reporting ownership of vol. I only and no German library reporting holding both volumes or even just vol. II. The same searches found only three libraries in the Anglo world reporting ownership, each having both volumes: Indiana University, the British Library, and the University of Wales.

ESTC T124033; Alston, Bibliography of the English Language from the Invention of Printing to the Year 1800, 13, 60. For a brief biography, see: https://users.manchester.edu/FacStaff/SSNaragon/Kant/bio/fullbio/schulzjcf.html. Contemporary full sheep with modest gilt-bead tooling to spines and to red and black leather spine labels; board corners and spine extremities renewed, and joints strengthened with long-fiber and toned. Textblocks age-toned and with some offsetting from leather of turn-ins to some edges of early and late margins; vol. I with old light marginal waterstaining to first few leaves; vol. II with limited Inkstain in a few outer margins not into text and pp. 793/794 crumpled, its top and lower margins torn and repaired with old paper. => A very pleasing set and one that is now also SOLID FOR USE.  (41252)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

United States. Register of the Treasury.  Letter from the Secretary of the Treasury, transmitting a list of the clerks employed in the several offices attached to the Treasury; and the salary paid to each during the year 1815. January 13th, 1816. Ordered to lie on the table. Washington: Pr. by William A. Davis, 1816. 8vo. [2] ff., 4 fold. ff.
$27.50

Consists of a letter (p. [3]) addressed to the speaker of the House of Representatives and signed in type by A. J. Dallas, and four (paginated) folding leaves, which are statements showing the names and pay of the clerks employed in the Treasury Department. Government document: House document (United States. Congress. House); 14th Congress, 1st session, no. 23. Printed at head of title: "[23]."

Shaw & Shoemaker 39516. Removed from a nonce volume; stitch hole in inner margin, not touching text; inner edge irregular, leaves separating. Lightly pencilled librarian's notation and the War Dept. Library's rubber-stamp on title-page. Pages with foxing. Folding leaves with tear in inner margin, first and second leaves with shallow tears in outer margin (not intruding upon text area).  (24164)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Recipes by WWII POWs Who Dreamed of These Foods

Fowler, Halstead Clotworthy, comp.; Dorothy Wagner, ed.  Recipes out of Bilibid. New York: George W. Stewart, 1946. 8vo (21 cm, 8.27"). x, [2], 81, [4] pp.
$100.00

First edition: "The American soldiers imprisoned and hungry for three years in notorious Bilibid turned their conversation irresistibly to the food they had once relished and were determined to enjoy again . . . Colonel Halstead C. Fowler collected their most cherished recipes." One section consists of Chinese dishes, taught to an American officer by a Chinese mestizo chef; other recipes are Filipino, French, British, Italian, Javanese, Mexican, Polish, and American. Wherever contributors' names are known, brief biographies are supplied, and a number of military anecdotes are also included.

Not in Brown, Culinary Americana. Publisher's red cloth, in original dust jacket; dust jacket showing small signs of onetime dampness, price-clipped and taped (some time ago) into Mylar wrapper, with spine sunned and extremities worn, volume extremities slightly rubbed. Front free endpaper with small annotation darkly inked out; back pastedown with bookseller's small ticket. Pages gently and evenly age-toned with scattered small checkmarks by some recipes, otherwise clean. => A solid copy of an interesting, even touching collection.  (41353)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

American Women's Missions

Woman's Home Missionary Society.  Woman's home missions [of the Methodist Episcopal Church]. Delaware, OH: Woman's Home Missionary Society, 1884–85. Folio (27.1 cm, 10.67"). 104, 144, 192 pp.
$200.00

Collected here are the first three volumes of a monthly periodical dedicated to Methodist women's domestic missions — and their accompanying fundraising efforts — in the south and west of the U.S., running from Jan. 1884 through Dec. 1886. The Woman's Home Missionary Society was organized in 1880, and sent missionary teachers to => Mormon, Chinese, African-American, and Native American communities as well as assisting impoverished women and children. The present accounts of their labors include news of members' activities, uplifting readings, illustrated advertisements, and extensive writings on => the state of affairs in Utah and in Indian Territory.

Contemporary half oxblood morocco and pebbled cloth–covered sides, spine with gilt-stamped title; minor shelfwear overall, spine and extremities unobtrusively refurbished. All page edges speckled red. Front pastedown with book manufacturer's ticket. Pages very slightly age-toned, otherwise clean and fresh. => Uncommon.  (41345)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Hygienic Ice Cream Manufacturing

Warner-Jenkinson Mfg. Co.  Ice cream, carbonated beverages [/] with a short introduction to the study of chemistry and physics. St. Louis : Warner-Jenkinson Mfg. Co., 1924. 8vo (20 cm, 7.87"). [2], 134 pp.; 8 plts.
$120.00

New and improved version, updated (and retitled) from a sold-out 1921 booklet: "A handbook for ice-cream makers, sodawater bottlers, and students taking short courses in Dairying, etc." This combination of culinary and scientific information focuses on the technical aspects of manufacture — and promotes Red Seal products including flavors, colors, stabilizing powders, and others. The text is => illustrated with eight photographic plates depicting various facilities, as well as several in-text depictions of yeasts, bacteria, etc.

Not in Bitting; not in Brown, Culinary Americana. Publisher's very dark brown textured cloth, cover and spine stamped in red; edges and extremities a little rubbed, spine sunned. Endpapers lightly foxed; front pastedown with inked ownership inscription from Pullman, WA; pages clean. => A solid and nice copy of this expanded edition, the first under this title.  (41348)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Charleston Life in Food, Pictures, & Stories

Rhett, Blanche S.; Lettie Gay, ed.  200 years of Charleston cooking. New York: Random House, 1934. 12mo (19.3 cm, 7.6"). xvi, 305, [1] pp.; 16 plts.
$75.00

Treasured family recipes, many of which "have never before been published . . . never even been given to friends" (p. xii). Lettie Gay, of the New York Herald-Tribune Home Institute, adapted some of the original recipes to adjust quantities and to meet professional rather than amateur standards. This revised edition features additional recipes and illustrations, as well as the introduction by Helen Woodward. Interspersed with the recipes are => lore and anecdotes from life in Charleston, many of which are connected to the Black cooks who contributed so much to this cuisine; the photographic-reproduction plates also feature people of color like the "vegetable vendor on Tradd Street," depicted balancing a huge basket on her head.
        Provenance: Front free endpaper with inked ownership inscription of Winifred J. Field, dated 1941.

Bitting, 395 (first ed. only); Brown, Culinary Americana, 4159. Publisher's green and cream cloth over boards, in a very small-scale checked pattern, spine with gilt- and black-stamped title-label; dust jacket lacking, spine slightly sunned with extremities rubbed, front cover with faint line of discoloration along outer edge. Pages evenly age-toned but overall clean; four pages with small stains in margins, one page and one plate with small area of offsetting from now-absent laid-in item, four recipes with pencilled marks of emphasis (one of these giving altered quantities). A solid copy, reflecting thoughtful usage.  (41349)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

"From the Balkans to Persia, & from Arabia & Egypt to the Caucasus"

Keoleian, Ardashes H.  The Oriental cook book. New York: Sully & Kleinteich, [1913]. 8vo (19 cm, 7.48"). Frontis., 349, [1] pp.
$185.00

First edition: "Wholesome, dainty and economical dishes of the Orient, especially adapted to American tastes and methods of preparation. The author is described as "formerly of Constantinople," and by "Orient" he means that the recipes come from primarily Armenian, Turkish, Bulgarian, and Greek sources — with this being => the first cookbook printed in the United States to feature Armenian cuisine. Recipes are cooked over the fire.

Bitting, 257; Brown, Culinary Americana, 2689. Publisher's red cloth, front cover and spine with gilt-stamped title, without the (uncommon) dust jacket; spine sunned, extremities slightly rubbed. Endpapers mildly spotted; final section of volume with area of light waterstaining to upper outer portions, pages otherwise clean. => A solid copy of the first edition.  (41347)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Cinematically Torn Between a Soldier & the Church

Crawford, F. Marion.  The white sister. New York: Grosset & Dunlap, 1917. 8vo (19.1 cm, 7.51"). [6], 335, [11 (adv.)] pp.; 4 plts.
$75.00

Photoplay edition of this popular novel — the basis for four different movie adaptations from 1915 to 1960 — about a young Italian noblewoman who, robbed of her inheritance and believing her soldier lover dead, takes vows as a nun before discovering the truth. The text is illustrated with black and white plates from the => Inspiration Pictures film directed by Henry King, and the dust jacket features a striking, sweet-faced depiction of => Lillian Gish in the title role.

Publisher's blue cloth, front cover and spine stamped in dark blue, in original color-printed dust jacket; volume extremities very slightly rubbed, back cover with small scuff, jacket gently sunned with a few short edge tears and inside spine foot reinforced some time ago. Front free endpaper with "Elizabeth" in pencil. Pages faintly age-toned, otherwise clean and fresh. => A nice copy.  (37510)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Revolutionary, Easy, & Economical Cookery

Soyer, Nicolas; Van De Water, Virginia Terhune, ed.  Soyer's paper-bag cookery. New York: Sturgis & Walton Co., 1911. 12mo (17 cm, 6.69"). [2], 130, [2] pp.
$60.00

Cook tastier, healthier food without need of pots or pans — and without creating strong smells in small living spaces! Soyer, grandson of the legendary chef and reformer Alexis Soyer, here offers an entire system of cuisine en papillote. This is the first U.S. edition (second printing), and => specially adapted by the editor for American cooks. Towards the back are sections with suggestions for working-class families, invalids, and bachelors, this last being introduced by an amusing first-person short story ("The Bag & the Bachelor"); the final page is an advertisement for Union cooking bags to be used with this system. The copyright statement notes that the electrotyping was done in July, 1911 and the present printing in August of the same year.

Bitting, 444 (for London eds. only); Cagle & Stafford, American Books on Food and Drink, 725 ???. Not in Brown. Publisher's cloth the color of a tan paper bag, front cover and spine stamped in red; spine lettering darkened, extremities slightly rubbed. Front pastedown with (attractive) institutional bookplate, title-page and one other with pressure-stamp, copyright page with inked numeral (no other markings), and back pastedown with traces of now-absent pocket. Pages faintly and evenly age-toned, otherwise crisp and fresh. => An agreeable copy of a most genially presented process.  (41351)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

An Important COPY Owned by Three Star Theologians

[Pseudo-Primasius].  ... In omnes D. Pauli epistolas commentarij. Lugduni: apud Seb. Gryphium, 1537. 8vo (18 cm, 7’’). [16], 653, [3] pp.
$1,200.00

The editio princeps of this important commentary on St. Paul’s epistles, attributed to Primasius of Hadrumetum by the editor Jean Gagney. It is now believed to be Cassiodorus’s revision of a commentary resulting from a compilation produced in the 5th century and revised by a Pelagian (probably Pelagius’s follower, Caelestius); Cassiodorus attributed it to Pope Gelasius and revised the Pelagian "errors" he spotted (Hovingh, 10).
        This theory on authorship was definitively confirmed by an owner of this copy: Alexander Souter (1873–1949), professor at Aberdeen and the author of studies on early Latin commentaries on St. Paul’s epistles. For his theory, he relied on => the early 16th-century bibliographical note in this specific copy, which highlights the question and suggests two reasons why the work was not by Primasius, mentioning also the similar case of Pseudo-Jerome (Souter, 321).
        Provenance: In his work, Souter called this copy "the Hort copy" as it was formerly in the library of F.J.A. Hort (1828–92), professor of divinity at Cambridge, who wrote a major edition of the Greek New Testament and commentaries on Romans and Ephesians. At the time Souter was writing, the copy was in the possession of Joseph Armitage Robinson (1858–1933), Dean of Wells, and the editor and commentator to St. Paul’s Epistle to the Ephesians. => The autographs of the theologians F.J.A. Hort, Joseph Armitage Robinson, and A[lexander] Souter all appear on the volume's fly-leaf, with that leaf's verso also bearing a contemporary bibliographic manuscript note in the same hand as three marginalia and a contemporary inscription (price?) on the front free endpaper verso. Most recently, in the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel (“AHA”) at rear.
        => From the Gryphius press, this characteristically neat and attractive production bears different versions of the printer’s device on its title-page and last leaf verso.

Adams P2094; Baudrier, VIII, 107; Gütlingen, V, 411; Souter, Pelagius’s Expositions of Thirteen Epistles of St. Paul (1922); Hovingh, Opera Omnia Desiderii Erasmi (2012), vol. 7. Contemporary (French?) calf, stub from 15th-century manuscript (Psalms) used as spine lining, boards rubbed affecting blind-tooling; volume expertly rebacked plain-style, sans labels, with corners repaired. Title and last leaf verso a little dusty; text otherwise remarkably clean, with light age-toning, occasional very minor marginal spotting, and a small worm trail in gutter of final gatherings affecting a few letters. Title note visible as inked to darkened fore-edge, long ago. => A wide-margined copy.  (41341)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

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The FIRST Occurence of the Term "Rump Parliament"

Walker, Clement.  Relations and observations, historicall and politick, upon the Parliament begun anno Dom. 1640. [London?:: No publisher/printer], 1650. 4to (20 cm, 7.8’’). [6], 161, [1] pp.
$750.00

This intriguing pamphlet in its fourth edition, after three of 1648, with the first occurrence of the phrase "Rump Parliament" used to refer to the members of the sitting Long Parliament. "Wing states that [its] place of publication [was] London, but the typesetting and ornaments appear to be continental" (ESTC); as, unlike the three editions of 1848, this was printed after the beheading of Charles I, it is unsurprising it should have been produced abroad. The title-page layout appears to follow that of the second edition, a copy of which probably provided the source for the present one.
        Writing under the pseudonym Theodorus Verax, Clement Walker (d. 1651) was a controversialist and M.P. for Wells. His Relations is devoted to the Long Parliament; appointed in 1640, in 1648 it was hit by Pride’s Purge, which expelled the Presbyterian, moderate faction, favoring instead the Independents and supporters of Cromwell’s New Model Army under the direction of Sir Thomas Fairfax, to whom the Relations is dedicated. It argues, however, that if Presbyterians were in the wrong, the Independents were not right either, as, like the former, they eventually behaved in ways that wronged the English people.
        The work is made of up three parts in one, with separate title-pages. The first, "The Mystery of the two Iunto’s," discusses the tensions between the Presbyterian and Independent factions; the second, "The History of Independency," begins with a discussion of Cromwell’s Army, its fights against the City, and all the phases of the strengthening of the Cromwell faction. The third part is concerned with the controversial Archibald Campbell, 1st Marquess of Argyll, eventually executed as a Cromwell collaborator, under Charles II, for high treason.

ESTC R186161; Wing (rev. ed.) W334C. Modern marbled paper–covered boards, gilt-lettered leather label to spine. Text with age-toning sometimes unto browning, with variable dust- and finger-soiling especially to page edges; short slender (even "minute") worm tracks to outer margin of final gatherings. => A sound and serviceable copy of this work by "Verax."  (41342)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

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Burial Fees Attacked

Spelman, Henry.  De sepultura. London: Printed by Robert Young, 1641. 4to (19 cm, 7.5’’). [2], 38 pp., lacking first and last blank as usual.
$400.00

The first edition of Sir Henry Spelman’s famous condemnation of the financial contributions demanded of mourners by their churches for burials — an influence on several pamphlets by John Milton. Spelman (1562–1641), one of the most important English antiquaries of the early modern period, was acquainted with Robert Cotton and a great collector of medieval documents and records; published in the year of his death, his De sepultura deprecates the act of requesting money for burial rites because, as the pamphlet's first sentence says, "It is a worke of the Law of Nature and of Nations, of humane and divine Law, to bury the Dead" (p.1). The "selling of graves and the duty [tax] of buriall" he sees as Christian customs, "not heard of [. . .] among the Barbarians" (p. 2); he cites numerous medieval ecclesiastical and state sources from England and sometimes France that forbid the exaction of money for burial and blessings to the dead, as well as the opinions of major English canonists. He also quotes from church constitutions of his time, with citation of prices (separate for children under 7) requested by parsons and church-wardens for interment. Very interesting is a paragraph printed in Anglo-Saxon type, Spelman being knowledgeable in that language, which reproduces => a law from the reign of Cnut.
        Provenance: 17th-century autograph of "William (?)ram (?)" and three early pen trials on title-page; large 20th-century armorial bookplate of Edward Jackson Barron, member of the Society of Antiquaries to front pastedown; even larger 20th-century engraved bookplate of Moses H. Grossman, designed by Henri Bérengier (1881–1943), laid in; modern manuscript date to lower blank margin of last verso.

ESTC R19887; Kress 606; Goldsmiths’-Kress 766.1; Wing (rev. ed.) S4924. Early 20th-century half calf over marbled paper boards with author/title/date blind-stamped to spine; rubbed. Title-page and last verso dust-soiled and text generally with significant age-toning but paper yet good; one small pinehole-type wormhole through lower margins. => A sound, readable copy of an important text on a once vexed subject.  (41335)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

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With an Essay on Recovery from Small Pox

Hale, Matthew.  Several tracts. London: Printed by J. P[layford] for W. Shrowsbery, 1684. 8vo (17 cm, 6.7’’). Four parts in one, separate titles, signatures and pagination, [4], 49, [3] pp.; [6], 26 pp.; [2], 17, [1] pp.; [2], 37, [1] pp.
$750.00

The first collected edition of these works of Sir Matthew Hale (1609–76), an English barrister, Lord Chief Justice of England, and author of many important works on English common law still cited in court today. The first of the four essays in this edition — with the second and fourth being reissued (ESTC) — is A Discourse on Religion that discusses the ends, uses, and life of religion and the "superstructions" to it, touching on ritual, religious "animosities" and different behaviors between groups including Episcopalians, Presbyterians, Quakers, etc. A Discourse touching Provision for the Poor presents the laws currently in force "for the Relief and Imployment of the Poor," with mention of workhouses and the education of children; A Letter to his Children is Hale's deep and sensible trove of suggestions to hone and enhance the skills of children gearing towards adult society, e.g., "There is not the meanest persons but you may stand in need of him in one kind, or at sometime or another, good words make friends."
        The final essay, a letter to one of his sons recovering from smallpox, is a most important personal testimony to the way smallpox affected the sick and their families in the 17th century. Hale recapitulates to his son — whom he still was not allowed to see "by reason of the Contagiousness of your Disease" — the days of his sickness, from the early symptoms; he proceeds to provide moral suggestions for his future behavior, keeping in mind his suffering and nearness to death.

ESTC R35715; Wing (rev. ed.) H259; McAlpin, IV, 169. Modern marbled paper–covered boards with maroon leather gilt-tooled spine label. Text with age-toning sometimes unto browning, and variable dust-soiling and variable evidence of old dampstaining; a sound and serviceable copy trimmed not quite square to type area.  (41336)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

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English Catholic Provenance — Counter-Reformation Content

Duranti, Jean-Esienne.  ... De ritibus ecclesiae catholicae libri tres. Romae: Ex Typographia Vaticana, 1591. 8vo (17.8 cm, 7’’). [16], 724, [76 pp].
$900.00

The first edition of this monumental survey, in full Counter-Reformation spirit, of the rites of the Catholic Church — a copy with 18th-century English ownership, most likely circulating in Catholic circles. In that era, it was probably in the library of the Rev. John Cotes (1700–94) of Alnwick, Northumbria, a onetime student at the Jesuit College in Douai who then taught philosophy there for two years (Hodgson, 8); he was in Sunderland from 1730 to 1737 (Northern Catholic History, 1981, 16), and was listed among the signatories of the Declaration and protestation of the Roman Catholics of England (1789).
        Author Jean-Étienne Duranti (1534–89) was the first President of the Parliament in Toulouse; the author of juridical works, he was also a co-founder of the Compagnie royale des Pénitents bleus de Toulouse, inspired by Franciscan ideals. His De ritibus is an encyclopaedic reference work discussing => all ritual aspects of Catholicism, from the meaning of sacred objects (e.g., chalices, candle holders, holy water containers) to the function of church architecture (e.g., choir, baptistry, cemeteries), the history and parts of the mass, the meaning of types of readings or songs, and the significance of the canonical hours. Each section comprises detailed theoretical or practical points — listed in the lengthy index — including the discussion of topics such as => the vestments of corpses.
        From the Vatican press, this bears the woodcut arms of Pope Gregory XIV on its title-page and an array of interesting woodcut initials and ornaments in the main text, which is printed in a small roman font with some use of italic type. This is one of few books published by this press at the beginning of the time when => Aldo Manuzio the Younger was appointed director. There was also a folio edition in the same year.
        Provenance: As above, with 18th-century autograph "J. Cotes" and small manuscript price (?) on title-page; later manuscript casemark "Case B 1 14" on front pastedown. Most recently in the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel (“AHA”) at rear.

Adam D1192; EDIT16 CNCE17949. Hodgson, Northumbrian Documents. Contemporary English calf, spine plain-style with raised bands and without labels; scratches and rubbing to modestly blind-ruled boards, upper corners bumped; front pastedown lifting but fully present, and upper outer corners (only) of one portion very shallowly rodent-nibbled. Dust-soiling notable to endpapers, title-page, and a few other leaves; otherwise text clean with minimal age-toning, occasional passages of light waterstaining, and the odd corner-crease or dog-ear. => A handsome and interesting book with enhancing provenance.  (41340)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

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Filmed Twice — Here In a Decorative Designers Binding

Hutchinson, Arthur Stuart-Menteth.  The happy warrior. Boston: Little, Brown & Co., 1913. 8vo (19.3 cm, 7.59"). Frontis., ix, [1], 448, [4 (adv.)] pp.
$35.00

Surprisingly dark example of the "wrongfully dispossessed heir" novel genre, with the added excitement of an interlude in which the rightful Lord Burdon, having been adopted and raised by his postmistress aunt, becomes a boxer and hits the road with the circus. The dramatic ending was altered for both the 1917 and 1925 Hollywood versions. This is the second American edition, in a => binding signed "DD" for Decorative Designers, and with a frontispiece by Paul Julien Meylan.
        Binding: Publisher's tan cloth, front cover and spine stamped in gilt and dark brown foliate motifs incorporating the motto, "I hold"; signed as above.

Bound as above, lacking the seldom-seen dust jacket; spine with gilt very slightly dimmed and minimal wear to extremities, otherwise clean and bright. Front free endpaper with early inked ownership inscription and "Xmas 1913." Pages slightly and evenly age-toned. => Very good.  (41339)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

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A Musical Novel of Iceland — In a Signed, Themed Binding

Caine, Hall.  The prodigal son. New York: D. Appleton & Co., 1904. 8vo (19.3 cm, 7.59"). [8], 408 pp.
$55.00

First American edition: A popular novel that kicks off with two brothers falling in love with the same girl. The story — the basis for both a play and a movie — is set largely in Iceland, featuring much description of that country as well as some of the musical world of the titular figure, a composer led astray by a beautiful singer. The => Viking-inspired binding is signed "AR" — Amy Richards.
        Binding: Publisher's brown cloth, front cover and spine pictorially stamped in red and gilt, signed as above.

Bound as above; corners and spine extremities with minor rubbing, front cover with unobtrusive small, faint area of discoloration. Front free endpaper with inked inscription of Walter White, dated 1905. Pages clean; last few leaves opened somewhat roughly, with short edge tears. => A handsome book and a tear-jerker of a story.  (41337)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

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The "Philosophy of America" — First Edition, in a Signed Binding

Mason, Walt.  Uncle Walt [Walt Mason]: The poet philosopher. Chicago: George Matthew Adams, 1910. 8vo (20.1 cm, 7.9"). Frontis., 189, [3] pp.; illus.
$85.00

"Walt Mason's Prose Rhymes are read daily by approximately ten million [newspaper] readers," according to the preface, making Mason "the Poet Laureate of the American Democracy." This collection of his popular, often humorous short pieces comes "from the presses of the Caslon Press . . . Arranged and decorated by Will Bradley. Frontispiece by John T. McCutcheon. Illustrations by William Stevens" (per the colophon); this first edition is in a => publisher's binding signed "B" (for Bradley).
        The type here is set within ruled borders, and the verbal vignettes' titles are set as shouldernotes; the "poetry," set as prose, is => frank period doggerel and often the more fun for that, although many sentiments are also "period."
        Binding: Publisher's brown cloth, front cover and spine pictorially stamped in orange, black, and tan with an image of Uncle Walt holding forth; the orange title lettering is LARGE and the image fills the entire cover.

Bound as above; minor wear to black portions of front cover, extremities slightly rubbed. Dust jacket lacking, as is typical; page edges untrimmed. Text age-toned, otherwise clean and crisp.  (41338)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

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Illustrated Italian Gospels

Fiorentino [Nannini], Remigio, transl.  Epistole et evangelii, che si leggono tutto l'anno alla Messa, secondo l'uso della Santa Romana Chiesa. Vinegia: Gabriel Giolito, 1569. 4to (24.7 cm, 9.72"). [32], 527, [1] pp.; illus.
$2,000.00

This devotional work "nuovamente tradotti in lingua toscana" was by a Dominican friar, is here in its second edition (following a first of 1567), and is one of the few vernacular biblical texts at the time approved by the Catholic Church, being => the only accepted Italian translation. Nanni's text is embellished with => numerous large, often striking woodcut illustrations and with many and various initials of various sizes, and it includes two calendrical tables as well as an index.
        Provenance: Front pastedown with "E Bib. Si. Fi. Xii" bookplate, overlying a lengthy inked annotation in Italian, dated 1682. Most recently in the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.

EDIT16 CNCE 11371. Not in Adams, not in Brunet. Contemporary mottled calf, rebacked in complementary very plain style without labels; sides with moderate scuffing. Pagination occasionally erratic, especially towards back of volume, with no apparent break in text; all edges speckled red. Bookplate and annotations as above, with occasional early inked doodles and annotations, including to title-page and final page (with printer's vignette). Text age-toned with intermittent light to moderate waterstaining and spotting, first and final leaves more noticeably soiled; a few corners bumped or torn away. => Very solid, and with all its obvious use and wear quite attractive.  (41333)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

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"The Only Fantasy Illustrator Who Matches Howard's Passion for Barbarians"

Frazetta, Frank, illus.  The Wandering Star Robert E. Howard library of classics presents the Ultimate Triumph illustrated by Frazetta. London: Wandering Star, 1999. 8vo (23.5 cm, 9.25"). [4] pp.; illus.
$8.00

Publisher's promotional folio for a deluxe hardcover that featured previously unpublished Howard material as well as previously unpublished Frazetta illustrations. The front and back pages are color-printed.

Folded as issued. Clean and virtually unworn.  (41324)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

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