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A Decorated Binding Worthy of This Sacred Text

Sale, George.  The Koran: commonly called the Alkoran of Mohammed. New York: American Book Exchange, 1880. 12mo (17.4 cm; 6.875"). xii, 332, [4] pp.

A beautifully decorated binding here on a Victorian-era printing of this famous religious text. The translation from the original Arabic to English is George Sale's and is considered => "an old translation that has worn very well" by historian Michael Cook. It first appeared in 1734 and is still consulted by Western scholars.
        Binding: Dark green cloth stamped in gilt and black with gilt lettering to front board and spine. Front cover with border resembling a city gate stamped in black with gilt detailing; the title is gilt-stamped on a crescent moon–shaped banner hanging from it and a humble cityscape sits beyond it, with gilt-stamped domes upon the structures. Blind-stamped border to rear board. => A charming binding, unsigned, that appears to be uncommon on the market.
        Provenance: The calligraphic signature of M.P. Knight, dated April 19th, 1883 on front free endpaper and front flyleaf. Signature of Jack H. Elias dated 1933 on front free endpaper, interestingly written in reverse (à la Leonardo da Vinci's mirror writing).

Bound as above, light rubbing and spotting (in both light and dark varieties) to rear board. Minor foxing to fore-edges (not margins) of leaves. Without the 16 pages of advertisements described in some booksellers' listings but not present in the copies at Harvard and Columbia. => Very handsome, very good.  (37737)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Rogers, Samuel; J. M. W. Turner; & Thomas Stothard.  Poems. London: Printed for T. Cadell & E. Moxon, 1834. 8vo (19.5 cm; 7.625"). viii, 295, [1] pp., illus.

The poems of the celebrated Samuel Rogers with illustrations by the equally celebrated J.M.W. Turner and Thomas Stothard. While more popular for his "social breakfasts," which were considered a formal invitation into literary society, Rogers received recognition as a poet with the poem "The Pleasures of Memory."
        The steel-engraved illustrations were commissioned from Turner and Stothard for this "sumptuous" edition. => Several specially produced engravings by these great artists accompany each poem, some with protective tissue.

Bound in moderately rubbed and scuffed tan calf with simple gilt decoration to boards and turn-ins. Rebacked with similar calf; boards had evidently detached at one point. All edges and endpapers marbled. Light foxing throughout interior. Previous owner's notes on front free endpaper. => Sturdy and reinforced, plus a charming interior.  (37407)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Original Illustrations Reused a Century Later — The Hoe Copy

Homer.  [title in Greek, transliterated as] Omerou Iliad meta tipotheisa palaieis koinen etypossan. [Venice: P. Pinelli, 1640]. Small 4to (20.3 cm; 8"). [256] pp.

Constantine Hermoniakos, a 14th-century Byzantine scholar and poet produced this, the first paraphrase (or translation, depending on which source one reads) of the Iliad into modern Greek at the behest of the Despot of Epirus, who wanted a new version of the epic in his vernacular. It is here in the second edition after a first of 1526. Interestingly, the text appears to be printed in two columns but is meant to be read straight across.
        Powerfully illustrating the text are => over 120 woodcuts, most being a third of a page (with a few repeated) and with three being full-page including a view of the Trojan horse and a portrait of Homer. According to Princeton University's fine cataloging, "The woodcuts are apparently printed from the same blocks as the first edition (1526), and rank as the earliest printed illustrations to the Iliad."
        Provenance: Gilt blue leather bookplate of Robert Hoe on front pastedown; most recently in the library of American collector Albert A. Howard (sans indicia).
        Searches of COPAC, WorldCat, and the NUC show only one recorded copy in an American library, being the one mentioned above at Princeton University. The same sources locate only three British libraries reporting ownership of the 1526 edition.

Hoe auction, part II, no. 1655; Brunet, III, 282–23; Schweiger, I, 163 ("Weniger schoen abert eben so selten"). Contemporary vellum over light pasteboards, title in ink on spine; rebacked with original spine laid over, small tear to vellum at foot. Hoe bookplate as above with offsetting to front flyleaf, light pencilling/inking on endpapers and clipped bookseller's description affixed to one of these, title-page trimmed at top margin sometime before the Hoe sale. A few leaves bound out of order (but all present); marginal paper loss or small repair affecting three leaves (including one plate), light to moderate age-toning. => An influential translation in a beautiful early illustrated edition that also represents one much earlier.  (37738)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

His Treatise Chrysopoeia — On Transmutation of Metals into Gold — Is Anticipated Here

Augurelli, Giovanni Aurelio.  I. Aurelius Augurellus [poemata]. Venetiis: In aedibus Aldi, 1505. 8vo (16.3 cm; 6.375"). [256] pp.

First edition of the Italian humanist and alchemist Giovanni Aurelio Augurelli's collected poetry, containing Ioannis Aurelii Augurelii iambicus liber primus, secundus; Sermonum liber primus, secundus; Carminum liber primus, secundus; and Libellus iambicus super additus. As Renouard notes, the first book of Carmina was previously printed by the Aldus firm in 1491.
        Of special note is the poem "Chrysopoeia" (k1r–k3v) on => the philosopher's stone, foreshadowing Augurello's major 1515 work of the same title on the transmutation of metals into gold.
        The classic Aldine printer's device appears on the final page of this text.
        Provenance: From the library of American collector Albert A. Howard (sans indicia).

Adams A2152; Goldsmid, Aldine Press at Venice, 73; Renouard, Alde, 49.2; Index Aurel. *110.036; EDIT16 CNCE 3381; Ahmanson-Murphy 89. Period style medium brown calf, spine lettered in gilt, raised bands accented with blind fillets extending onto covers to terminate in trefoils; covers framed in blind with trefoils at forecorners, green silk ribbon bookmark present and all edges gilt. Light pencilling on endpapers; offsetting from previous binding to first and last few leaves. => A clean, lovely copy.  (37603)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

A Manuscript "Catalogus" & an Interesting Instance of Job Printing

(Jesuits in Germany).  Manuscript on paper, in Latin. "Catalogus alphabeticus personarum et officiorum provinciae Germaniae superioris Societais Jesu." [Germany]: 1749. 16mo (17 cm; 6.75"). [159] ff.

A sizable mid-eighteenth century directory of Jesuits in the province of Germany. Following => a manuscript title-page so carefully lettered as to appear almost to be printed are leaves of printed tables meant to be completed in manuscript on facing pages, with columns designated for a Society member's name, diocese, birthday, date of joining, subject of study, ministerial efforts, degrees, and rank in the order.
        With only a few blank pages or rows, the tables here contain => numerous records inked in an early hand that showcase the variety and amount of work the Society of Jesus was doing in the province of Germany at the time. Names appear alphabetically (by first name); some records have small crosses in the margins (probably indicating the Jesuit had died); and one record has even been added at the very bottom of the page below the designated tables.
        => This hybrid book nicely combines the advantages of job printing for laying out a formulaic page and highly individualized completion of the wanted data in manuscript.

18th-century half-vellum and mottled paper boards, all edges speckled red; boards rubbed and creased with a few instances of worm-tracking affecting binding, endpapers, and last few leaves. Limited ink and pencil marking to endpapers, a handful of spots; title-page and one interior leaf detached, other leaves firmly bound. Manuscript entries in a hand small but legible. => Recording the diversity of the men and works of the Society of Jesus in one time and place, this is potentially the basis for an interesting prosopographic study.  (37643)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Collection of Carols — "Medievalesque" Chromolithograpy — Zaehnsdorf Binding

Cundall, Joseph, compiler.  A booke of Christmas carols, illuminated from ancient manuscripts in the British Museum. London: Henry G. Bohn, [1845]. 4to (19 cm; 7.5"). [16] ff.; illus.

The first of Cundall's illuminated gift books. A lovely example of high-Victorian "medievality," the volume has four full-page, gold-bordered illustrations and each text page is given a beautifully executed border copied from a manuscript in the British Museum; the borders on the twelve rectos are complex, pictorial, and unique with those on versos being uniform and stylized. The texts are from a variety of sources including the Bible, Wynken de Worde, Herrick, and Edmund Bolton, and all leaves, of heavy white paper printed using letter-press for text and chromolithography for illustrations and borders, are set into the binding on narrow tapes.
        The colophon, in noting that the work has been "Selected and arranged by Joseph Cundall. Drawn and lithographed by John Brandard. Printed in colours by Messrs. M. & N. Hanhart. Printed with type by Charles Whittingham," describes what really was => an all-star cast.
        Binding: Deep claret morocco, spine compartments ornately stamped and lettered in gilt; covers framed using multiple rolls, fillets, and individual devices,accomplished in gilt and blind. Board edges bear a single gilt rule; volume with delicate gilt turn-ins, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. Binding signed by => Zaehnsdorf with their small stamp on verso of front free endpaper.
        Provenance: Signature of Dorothea Burrell and gift inscription to Henrietta Edith Burrell dated "Xmas 1883"; later in the library of American collector Albert A. Howard (sans indicia).

McLean, Cundall, p. 58. Bound as above, morocco lightened to olive on spine; gently rubbed at corners, light pencilling on flyleaves. Variously light to moderate spotting and age-toning, inscriptions as above. => A luxurious production using "modern" technologies to make brilliant nontraditional use of a noteworthy "ancient" manuscript collection.  (37647)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Chapman's Homerica — Signed Binding

Homer; Chapman, George, trans.  The hymns of Homer; the Batrachomyomachia; and two original poetical hymns. Chiswick: C. Whittingham, 1818. 12mo (18 cm, 7.1"). Frontis., [2], lxiv, 153, [3], 47, [1] pp.

Attractive Whittingham printing of some of Chapman's acclaimed Homeric translations, about which Keats was so enthusiastic that he wrote the famously wondering, "On First Looking into Chapman's Homer." Part of the "Early English Poets" series edited by Samuel Weller Singer, this stand-alone volume opens with a frontispiece portrait of Chapman done by J. Swaine, and closes with two of Chapman's own poems, printed in imitation of the 1594 first edition, entitled The Shadow of Night. This is => the first reprinting of Chapman's Batrachomyomachia following its original 17th-century appearance.
        Provenance: From the library of American collector Albert A. Howard (sans indicia).
        Binding: Signed 19th-century half dark green morocco with marbled paper–covered sides, leather edges with double gilt fillets, spine gilt extra; verso of front free endpaper stamped "Bound by Cecil & Larkins." Top edge gilt.

NCBEL, I, 1639; NSTC 2H28168 (& 2C15171). Bound as above, joints, spine bands, and edges scuffed; front free endpaper with two instances of old cataloguing affixed. Minor offsetting to title-page from frontispiece portrait, pages otherwise clean. => A significant literary work, here in a distinguished copy.  (37646)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

An Enlightening German Volksbuch — Heavily Illustrated

Honorius Augustodunensis, commonly known as Honorius of Autun.  M. Elucidarius. Von allerhand Geschöpffen Gottes, den Engeln, den himmeln Gestirn, Planeten, und wie alle Creaturen geschaffen seind auff Erden. Franckfort am Mayn: Christ[ian] Egen[olffs] Erden [colophon: Adam Loniceri, Johannis Cnipii, Andronici secundi doctorum & Pauli Steinmeyers], 1584. 4to (19 cm, 7.5"). [98] pp.; 2 double-sided plts., illus.

Uncommon edition of the work called Elucidarius: Based in part on an 11th-century treatise on theology and world history written in Latin by an enigmatic monk living in England at the time of his composition of his treatise, this German vernacular compendium of general knowledge appears here not only much expanded beyond that original work but also => reformed and secularized to some extent, covering geography (including a reference to America), cosmography, and natural history as well as religion — making this one of the earliest such extensive and encyclopedic works written in German.
        While there were a number of Frankfurt editions of this and Egenolff and his heirs themselves issued it several times, the present 1584 printing appears to be one of the scarcest: WorldCat reports => only one U.S. institutional location, and that copy is incomplete. The edition features a title-page printed in red and black, with a vignette of a man balancing an armillary sphere on his back and hoisting a compass flanked by a male and a female grotesque; the text is printed in an attractive black letter and opens with => two leaves of full-page woodcut illustrations (God pulling Eve from Adam's side, a set of twenty monstrous humanoids from around the world, a map of the world done after one in the Nuremberg Chronicle, and a scene of a scholar pointing towards the sun and moon). Other woodcut illustrations that range from a quarter of a page to full-page in size include astronomical diagrams, emblematic scenes including cosmological schematics, Atlas supporting the heavens, a well-dressed gentleman making use of a measuring rod, and a beautiful, elaborated version of the Egenolff device on the colophon page in which the printer's characteristic flaming, sacrificed heart is shown between apposite views of Abraham and Isaac and Balaam and his ass.
        In supplement to the main portion, following it, is Jakob Köbel's "Bauren Compassz" (Bauern-Compass, or Farmer's Compass).
        Provenance: From the library of American collector Albert A. Howard (sans indicia).

Alden, European Americana, 584/44; Index Aurel. 160.003; Richter, Egenolffs Erben, 516; VD16 L 3100 (& Köbel, Bauernkompaß: VD16 K 160). Not in Adams. Recent plain, unmarked cream paper–covered boards; evidence of sometime (long ago?) removal of an oval stamp from title-page. Pages age-toned with minor offsetting and scattered light spots, generally clean. => A remarkable work, in a desirable copy.  (37642)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Hutner, Martin.  The Merrymount Press: an exhibition on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the founding of the press. Cambridge / NY: The Houghton Library / The Grolier Club, 1993. 77 pp.

Paperback. Light toning to top edge of front wrapper. Small tear to spine-foot. Very good.  (37685)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Goldsmith, Parnell, & BOTH BEWICKS

Goldsmith, Oliver, & Thomas Parnell.  Poems by Goldsmith and Parnell. London: W. Bulmer / Shakespeare Printing Office, 1804. 8vo (25.1 cm; 9.875"). xxvii, [3], 68 pp., [5] leaves of plates.

From the same ambitious publisher, a reimpression of the 1795 edition of these poems with => five full-page plates and eight wood-engraved illustrations by Thomas and John Bewick. Goldsmith contributed "The Traveller" and "The Deserted Village" and Parnell "The Hermit"; the original printing's Lives of Goldsmith and Parnell (and a reprinting of the "advertisement" of the 1795 edition) are present also.
        This is the book that in its first edition helped establish Goldsmith's reputation, pre–The Vicar of Wakefield; the now less-known Parnell was a clergyman as well as a poet who often collaborated with close friends Alexander Pope and Jonathan Swift. Thomas Bewick, of course, was a celebrity during his lifetime and is still celebrated as the foremost engraver of his time and one of the greatest of all time; his brother, at the original time of this publication, was his foremost collaborator.
        Provenance: Bookplate on front pastedown engraved with the Duke of Bedford's family motto, "Che sara sara," and the dated name of the family seat, "Woburn Abbey, 1873." Later in the library of American collector Albert A. Howard (sans indicia).

Dobson, Thomas Bewick and His Pupils, pp. 70–86; Ray, The Illustrator and the Book in England, 50. Half red morocco with textured cloth sides, gilt title to spine, and marbled endpapers; corners and joints rubbed, endpapers and first and last few leaves foxed with occasional such spotting or the occasional limited stain elsewhere. => A beautiful production.  (37635)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

The First of Stein's Four Great Central Asian Expeditions

Stein, Marc Aurel.  Sand-buried ruins of Khotan: personal narrative of a journey of archaelogical & geographical exploration in Chinese Turkestan. London: T. Fisher Unwin, 1903. 8vo (23 cm; 9"). xliii, 524 pp. illus.

First edition. A personal account of archaeologist (Marc) Aurel Stein's 1900–01 exploration of the ancient remains of Khotan and the great desert of Xinjiang, then known as Chinese Turkestan, the first of his great expeditions to Central Asia. Detailed here for a wider audience (not just antiquarian scholars) are the experiences, observations and discoveries of that journey, profusely illustrated with halftone illustrations and => an attractively colored and intact folding map displaying the portions of Chinese Turkestan surveyed by Stein.
        Stein made four expeditions to Central Asia; his greatest triumph (1907) was to involve => the discovery of the world's oldest printed text, Diamond Sutra, dating to A.D. 868, plus 40,000 other scrolls. He received a knighthood for his efforts, which extended over thirty years.
        Provenance: Bookplate of "John Edmond Heugh Balfour," bearing the motto, "Adsit Deus"; Balfour was a captain of the 11th Hussars during World War I. Most recently in the library of American collector Albert A. Howard (sans indicia).

Rust-brown publisher's cloth with gilt and black lettering and decoration to front board and spine, top edge gilt; minor rubbing to edges, bumped extremities, volume a bit cocked and paper (only) breaking across hinges inside. Bookplate on front pastedown as above. Tissue guard of frontispiece foxed without affecting plate; upper corners a little bumped, one page with light staining just along edge, and a handful of leaves unopened (one pair mis-opened, resulting in a long closed tear to one leaf). => A very good copy of Stein's personal account of his first expedition.  (37728)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

"It Was a Fascinating Discovery Which Invited Prolonged Exploration"

Stein, Marc Aurel.  On ancient Central-Asian tracks: brief narrative of three expeditions in innermost Asia and north-western China. London: Macmillan & Co., 1933. 8vo (24 cm; 9.5"). xxiv, 342 pp.

First edition. Based on lectures given at the Lowell Institute, this book reflects on the explorations made by (Marc) Aurel Stein in four expeditions to Central Asia that took him into Eastern Turkestan, westernmost China, and across the Hindu Kush and the Pamirs. His greatest triumph involved => discovery of the world's oldest printed text, Diamond Sutra, dating to A.D. 868, plus 40,000 other scrolls. He received a knighthood for his efforts, which extended over 30 years.
        Stein's account is accompanied by many illustrations, in both black and white and color. These include a color frontispiece, several fold-out panoramas, and a folding color map at rear, with all color illustrations having intact tissue guards.
        Provenance: From the library of American collector Albert A. Howard (sans indicia).

Rust-brown publisher's cloth with gilt spine lettering and gilt medallion to front board, in an edgeworn, lightly soiled dust jacket with significant portions torn away at spine, smaller losses at corners/edges and price-clip, and two small stains to rear panel. Binding clean, with extremities bumped. Purple monogram ownership stamp to front free endpaper, p. 83, and a leaf in the index; text otherwise clean with upper corners lightly creased across and a few leaves unopened. => Good, in a good- dust jacket that appears in most instances to be lacking entirely.  (37601)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Wood, Frances.  Chinese illustration. London: The British Library, 1985. 80 pp.

Paperback. Old price sticker to rear wrapper. Wrappers lightly rubbed. Minor foxing to text-block and title-page. Very good.  (37727)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Wegner, Wolfgang.  Funf Jahrhunderte europaische Graphik. München: Ausstellungsleitung Haus der Kunst München, [1965]. 274 pp.

Paperback. Wrappers lightly soiled and foxed. Interior clean. Very good.  (37726)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Wakeman, Geoffrey.  Victorian book illustration the technical revolution. Detroit: Gale Research Company, 1973. 182 pp.

Hardcover with dust jacket. Brown cloth. Dust jacket spine faded. Blank-side of dust jacket and text-block lightly foxed. Very good/very good.  (37723)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Updike, Daniel Berkeley, & William S. Peterson, editor.  The well-made book: essays & lectures. West New York, NJ: Mark Batty, 2002. 383 pp.

=> Signed by editor William S. Peterson. 1 of 40 copies. Includes tipped-in items in rear and a letter from the publisher laid in.

Hardcover in slipcase. No dust jacket. Grey paper-covered boards. Spine faded. Near fine in a near fine.  (37722)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Twitchett, Denis.  Printing and publishing in medieval China. New York: Frederic C. Beil, 1983. 98 pp.

Paperback with dust jacket. Dust jacket age-toned. Minor foxing to wrappers. Very good.  (37721)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Treadgold, Warren.  The nature of the Bibliotheca of Photius. Washington: Dumbarton Oaks, 1980. 206 pp.

Hardcover with dust jacket. Green cloth with gilt titles. Dust jacket lightly edgeworn and spine faded. Near fine in a very good dust jacket.  (37719)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Steinlen, Theophile-Alexandre.  Steinlen's drawings: 121 Plates from “Gil Blas Illustre.” New York: Dover Publications, 1980. 119 pp.

Paperback. Wrappers lightly toned. Illustrations clean. Very good.  (37718)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Spencer, Isobel.  Walter Crane. London: Studio Vista, 1975. 208 pp.

Hardcover with dust jacket. Cream cloth. Dust jacket edgeworn and age-toned. Top edge of boards and text-block foxed. Vg/vg.  (37717)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Smith, Margaret.  The title page: Its early development, 1460–1510. London / New Castle, DE: British Library / Oak Knoll Press, 2000. 159 pp.

Hardcover with dust jacket. Black cloth. Fine/fine.  (37716)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Simon Gribelin II; Philip Hofer, introduction; & Rudolph Ruzicka.  A book of ornaments: engraved by Simon Gribelin II in the year MDCCIV and now partially reprinted in collotype facsimile. Meriden, CT: Timothy Press, 1941. 13 pp. [12] leaves of plates.

310 copies printed.

Hardcover. No dust jacket. Paper-covered boards. Minor rubbing to boards and corners. Very good.  (37715)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Sheppard, Jennifer.  The Buildwas books: Book production, acquisition and use at an English Cistercian monastery, 1165–c. 1400. Oxford: Oxford Bibliographical Society, 1997. 274 pp.

Hardcover. Issued without dust jacket. Green paper-covered boards. Spot of soiling to front board.  (37714)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Shaaber, M. A.  Sixteenth-century imprints in the libraries of the University of Pennsylvania. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1976. 664 pp.

Hardcover. Issued without dust jacket. Red cloth. Rubbing to outer hinges and corners. Light foxing to text-block. Very good.  (37713)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Selwyn, David.  The library of Thomas Cranmer. Oxford: The Oxford Bibliographical Society, 1996. 358 pp.

Hardcover. Issued without dust jacket. Green paper-covered boards. Corners bumped. Spot of soiling to rear board. Very good.  (37712)   Add to My BOOK-STACK


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