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Church of South India.  The nature of the church: a statement presented on behalf of the church of South India. [Madras: The Diocesan Press, 1952. 12mo (18.5 cm; 7.5"). 12 pp.
$35.00

"Reprinted by permission from the nature of the church, a volume of papers [resented to the theological commission appointed by the continuation committee of the world conference on faith and order" (base of title-page). And, "The Church of South Indian and the Christian Literature Society of India, Madras, are grateful to the officials of the Faith and Order Movement and to the S.C.M. Press Ltd. for permission to make this reprint."

As issued: stapled in white wrappers with title on front cover. Ownership signature of R. F. Hettlinger.  (38048)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

From a Large 18th-Century Choirbook

 Leaf from the Graduale romanum. Venice: Balleoniana, 1729. Folio extra (19.25" x 13.625"). 1 f.
$45.00

A leaf from large choirbook — a Gradual. The term choirbook refers to a particular format of a volume of liturgical music, intended to be placed on a lectern in the midst of the liturgical choir and to be large enough for those standing in the choir to sing from. The Gradual is the oldest and most important of the four chants that make up the choir's part of the Proper of the Mass. The Gradual fills the time while something significant is being done, and represents the singing of psalms alternating with readings from the Bible. This particular choirbook was printed with 10 lines of text and music per page. The text is in black, with an occasional small letter in red.
        Each leaf contains music and words, and is printed in black and red; text is in black, with an occasional small letter in red, and the music is provided in black square notation on a four-line red staff. => This leaf has one tall decorative initial printed in red, as high as the text and music together.
        The initial varies from leaf to leaf.

Crisp, wide margined leaf with slightest bleed-through from one side to another. Printed on handmade paper of 100% rag. A marvelous display, accent, or gift item.  (38041)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

From a Large 18th-Century Choirbook

 Leaf from the Graduale romanum. Venice: Balleoniana, 1729. Folio extra (19.25" x 13.625"). 1 f.
$85.00

A leaf from large choirbook—a Gradual. The term choirbook refers to a particular format of a volume of liturgical music, intended to be placed on a lectern in the midst of the liturgical choir and to be large enough for those standing in the choir to sing from. The Gradual is the oldest and most important of the four chants that make up the choir's part of the Proper of the Mass. The Gradual fills the time while something significant is being done, and represents the singing of psalms alternating with readings from the Bible. This particular choirbook was printed with 10 lines of text and music per page. The text is in black, with an occasional small letter in red.
        Each leaf contains music and words, and is printed in black and red; text is in black, with an occasional small letter in red, and the music is provided in black square notation on a four-line red staff. => This leaf has three tall decorative initials printed in red, as high as the text and music together.
        The initials vary from leaf to leaf.

Crisp, wide margined leaf with slightest bleed-through from one side to another. Printed on handmade paper of 100% rag. A marvelous display, accent, or gift item.  (38039)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Limited Private Press Edition — Signed by the Author

Spingarn, Lawrence P.  Elegy for Amelia. Francestown, NH: Typographeum, 1994. 8vo (23.7 cm, 9.375"). 19, [2] pp.
$25.00

One of only 75 copies printed: ". . . I heard the thin tinkle of her piano and watched the single light blooming pallidly in the far window. I had to look through the broken fence, across a waste of tangled grass, and up the winding drive that was the crooked way to fulfillment."
        This short story, hand-set and letterpress-printed by R.T. Risk of Typographeum Bookshop, has been => signed on the colophon page by the author. The prospectus is laid in.

Lavender blue wrappers with paper front label printed in the same color; spine sunned. Interior clean. => A wonderful copy of this signed limited edition.  (38013)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Featuring Kate Greenaway's First Book Illustration

Kingston, William H.G., & Kate Greenaway, illus.  Infant amusements; or, how to make a nursery happy. With practical hints to parents and nurses on the moral and physical training of children. London: Griffith and Farran, 1867. 12mo (18.7 cm, 7.375"). Frontis, xviii, 183, [1], 32 (adv.) pp.; illus.
$150.00

Victorian games, music, toys, and prayers: William H.G. Kingston's guide for parents and nurses on entertaining and educating young children, with a delightful frontispiece depicting children at play. Kate Greenaway (1846–1901) provided this heartwarming image of children dancing, playing music, reading, and sewing in the home with their guardian looking over them — this frontispiece being => Greenaway's first illustration for a published book. She quickly became one of the most beloved and influential illustrators of her era.
        Kingston's "practical hints" for a happy nursery are further illustrated by three unsigned black-and-white plates and several in-text illustrations demonstrating various toys for children. These are accompanied by prayers, and hymns and songs with music.
        Binding: Publisher's green cloth, front board with gilt lettering and floral centerpiece within decorative black-stamped border, spine with similar gilt floral decoration and rear board with decorative border in blind.
        Provenance: From the library of Ellery Yale Wood, a collector of children's books and young adult literature, with her name inked on front free endpaper; endpaper also with pencilled signature of E.H. Jay.

Thomson, Kate Greenaway: A Catalogue of the Kate Greenaway Collection, 116. Bound as above, corners bumped and edges rubbed, a little; spine ends remarkably intact, unrubbed and unpulled with all gilt very bright. Inscriptions as above, with additional early signature on front pastedown now effaced. Pages with light soiling to top and fore-edges; minor foxing to endpapers and publisher's catalogue (only). => An attractive copy of Greenaway's book-form debut.  (38014)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Victorian City Gardening Guide — Hand-Colored Illustrations, Signed Binding

Hibberd, Shirley.  Rustic adornments for homes of taste, and recreations for town folk, in the study and imitation of nature. London: Groombridge & Sons, 1857. 12mo (18.8 cm, 7.375"). Frontis, engr. t.-p., [3], xv, 508, [2 (adv.)] pp.; 7 plts.
$375.00

Magnificently illustrated, detailed manual for the Victorian amateur: Shirley Hibberd advises the would-be urban gardener on how to incorporate the beauty of nature into the home in this elaborately produced volume. Hibberd (1825–90) was one of the first and most popular writers for amateur gardeners in the Victorian era; in addition to championing city gardening, he edited several gardening magazines and published over a dozen books. Here he offers the average nature-admirer instructions on constructing and caring not only for gardens as we first think of them, but also for window boxes, aquariums, aviaries, apiaries, miniature greenhouses, and other "adornments."
        This is the second edition, following the first of the previous year, expanded and revised with "many new inventions and improvements; many new engravings, and about one hundred and fifty pages of letter-press . . . added" (p. iv). In addition to the => nine enchanting wood-engraved plates (seven plates hand-colored, including a frontispiece and decorative title-page, and two plates in black and white) done by Benjamin Fawcett after drawings by G. Voyer, the guide is enhanced by many elegant wood-engraved in-text and full-page illustrations within pagination, along with a rustic, leafy border around each page.
        Binding: Publisher's green horizontal-grain cloth with gilt "wooden" ornamental lettering surrounded by vines, both covers featuring a stunning gilt-stamped garden vignette with trees and a fountain, statue, and urn, all within a border of four fillets. Spine similarly gilt-stamped with vines, bird cage, and glass plant case. All edges brightly gilt. => Signed on front cover with monogram of designer John Leighton.
        Provenance: Neatly inscribed on the top portion of the frontispiece (not obscuring the actual image): "To Elizabeth Leislman, from her Aunt E. Forrester, Sept., 1859." On rear pastedown, binder's ticket of Westleys & Co., London.

King, Victorian Decorated Trade Bindings (1830-1880), 245; Nissen, Botanische Buchillustration, 875; Spawn & Kinsella, Ticketed Bookbindings, 568. Bound as above, boards lightly soiled with gilt still bright, edges of boards darkened, bumping to corners and fore-edges; spine darkened. Very minor spots of bumping to fore-edges of leaves; offsetting to tissue guards. Scattered spots of foxing to edges of a few plates and surrounding leaves. => An appropriately lavish look at upscale Victorian urban gardening.  (38000)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Aldine Editio Princeps

Gregory, of Nazianzus, Saint.  Gregorii Nazanzeni theologi Orationes lectissimae XVI. [colophon: Venetiis: In aedibus Aldi, et Andreae soceri, 1516]. 8vo (16.5 cm, 6.5"). [8], 311, [1] ff.
$2,450.00

Editio princeps of this 4th-century saint's sermons in the original Greek. He is commonly known as Gregory the Theologian and is also remembered as the "Trinitarian Theologian" for his significant role in shaping Trinitarian theology among Greek- as well as Latin-speaking theologians. He is a saint in the Eastern Orthodox and Roman Catholic churches; among Roman Catholics he is a Doctor of the Church and among the Eastern Orthodox he is one of the Three Holy Hierarchs, along with Basil the Great and John Chrysostom.
        Markos Mousouros (1470–1518), Archbishop of Malvasia, edited the work and penned the dedication (in Latin) that appears on *2v–*7r. => Folio [1]r is printed in black and red Greek type. This copy retains the true blank leaf [8] of the first quire and both printer's devices (i.e., on the title-page and the verso of the final leaf, which is blank on the recto).
        Binding: 19th-century full tan calf => signed (on spine) Vogel. Boards with a simple gilt double fillet border with corner rondels; flat spine with raised bands accented above and below each band by gilt rule, a wide fillet in black, and another gilt rule, with gilt tooling on each band and gilt center devices in four compartments. Board edges with a gilt rope design and turn-ins with gilt roll. Marbled endpapers. All edges gilt.
        Provenance: From the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.

Adams G1157; Renouard 75:1; Edit16 CNCE 21740; Kallendorf & Wells, Aldine Press Books, 128; UCLA, Aldine Press: Catalogue of the Ahmanson-Murphy Collection (2001), 144; Legrand, Bibliographie hellénique, I, 50; Panzer, VIII, 432, 788. Binding as above; front joint (outside) with excellent repair, each board with one small scuff, back lower outer corner with small leather loss, spine leather showing a few very fine cracks. Old cataloguing slip laid in. => A very good copy.  (37982)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

How to Get Through the Rites

(Catholic Church).  Manuale parrochialium sacerdotum. [colophon: Landshut: Joannem Weyssenburger, 1513]. 4to (22 cm, 8.625"). [12] ff.
$1,750.00

Uncommon handbook guiding the novice (or just uncertain) priest through performing the sacraments: baptism, marriage, confession, etc. A large, heading for full-page => woodcut on the title-page depicts the infant Jesus holding a cross, the Holy Sponge, and the Spear of the Passion surrounded by four roundels, each containing an Evangelist with his symbol. The work is printed in single-column => black letter, with headings in a larger font, paragraph marks, and initial letters for ease of use; one of the initial letters is historiated. Two tab remnants at the start and end of the text suggest this was originally bound within a larger work.
        This is a later edition, following the first printing ca. 1480. Though the work appeared several times in the 15th and 16th centuries, none of these early printings are widely held, and searches of WorldCat, COPAC, and the NUC reveal => no copies of this edition in a U.S. institution.
        Provenance: From the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.

VD16 M675. Modern vellum over boards, title and date neatly inked on spine; sides lightly dust-soiled. Booklabel and tabs as above, light age-toning, thin line of waterstaining along leaf edges. => A handsome — and scarce — support for an inexperienced priest.  (37994)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

"Is it Best to be Laughing-Mad, Or Crying-Mad, in the World?"

Titmarsh, M.A. [pseud. of William Thackeray].  Mrs. Perkins's ball. [London]: Chapman & Hall (pr. by Vizetelly Brothers & Co.), [1847]. 4to (21.6 cm, 8.5"). [2], engr. t.-p., 46, [2] pp.; 1 fold. col. plt., 20 col. plts.
$400.00

First edition, first issue of this Thackeray publication, intended as a => Christmas gift book. The wry satire on the attendees of a society ball commences when our humble narrator is strong-armed into taking the Mulligan of Ballymulligan — a bumptious Irishman — to an upper-crust dance featuring young maidens on matrimonial lookout, frivolous society men, old maids, members of the Foreign Office, illustrious literary rivals, those who polka and those who don't, plus a host of other characters captured in brief but telling detail. Each of the delightfully droll vignettes features an illustration => engraved after Thackeray's own design, along with a frontispiece, engraved title-page, and oversized folding plate, for a total of => 22 hand-colored plates.

Van Duzer 140; NCBEL, III, 857. Publisher's printed pink paper–covered boards, in red cloth clamshell case with gilt-stamped publication information on spine; binding faded, rubbed, and dust-soiled though not "sad," with case showing moderate shelfwear, spotting, and signs of handling. Inside cover of clamshell case with pencilled annotations regarding issue points; front free endpaper with 19th-century inked inscription of Mrs. James Tradut [?] and with another pencilled annotation on points in a different hand. Light foxing and occasional smudges to pages and plates; overall a very reasonable copy of this delightful first edition.  (37999)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

From "The Ladies' Home Journal Library of Fiction"

Wilkins, Mary.  The people of our neighborhood. Philadelphia: Curtis Pub. Co.; New York: Doubleday & McClure Co., (1898). 32mo (15.2 cm; 6"). viii, 161, [1] pp.
$45.00

A collection of sketches depicting life in New England. Mary Wilkins, known for portraying the frustrating lives within New England villages, gives each unique character a defining characteristic; e.g. Timothy Sampson is "The Wise Man," Margaret Snell is "The Village Runaway," and Amanda Todd is "The Friend of Cats."
        Alice Barber Stephens, an American painter and engraver whose work appeared in Harper's and Ladies' Home Journal, provides the illustrations — 13 plates throughout the text and a frontispiece (with tissue guard) of Wilkins.
        Vol. III of the Ladies' Home Journal Library of Fiction.
        Provenance: On front free endpaper, the signature of Katherine Phinprose(?).

Wright, III, 2038. Publisher's textured green cloth with gilt lettering to spine and front board; lighter green-stamped decoration to front board and spine; fore-edge of pages untrimmed. Extremities rubbed. Small tear of paper on front pastedown; gutter crack at series list and p. 114. => A nice little volume combining the work of two prominent women.  (37815)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Schreiber, Aloys Wilhelm, ed.  Cornelia Taschenbuch für deutsche Frauen auf das jahr 1843. Heidelberg: Joseph Engelmann, 1842. 12mo. Frontis., [4] ff., 324 pp., 6 plates.
$100.00

Six novellas and six engravings, follow the handsome engraved title-page.

Publisher's black, textured calendered paper over light boards; all edges gilt. Without the box. A very good copy.  (34767)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Gayol, Roberto.  Dos problemas de vital importancia para Mexico. La colonizacion y el desarrollo de la irrigacion. Mexico: Tip. El Popular de Francisco Montes de Oca, 1906. 8vo. 110 pp.
$30.00

First edition. A preliminary study by a civil engineer. A presentation copy by the author.
        WorldCat locates the microform copy at NYPL and real copies at New Mexico and Cornell.

Discarded as part of the New York Public Library’s 'Pamphlet Volume Preservation Project'; now stapled and in a library pamphlet binder with cloth spine. Brittle; some chipping. Multi-digit acquisition number stamped on front wrapper; other stamps in some margins.  (34269)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Venezuela. Laws, statutes, etc.  Ley de concesiones ferrocarrileras. 1918. Caracas: Lit. y tip. del Comercio, 1918. 8vo. 22 pp.
$40.00

At head of title: Estados Unidos de Venezuela. Ministerio de obras públicas.

Discarded as part of the New York Public Library’s "Pamphlet Volume Preservation Project": now stapled and in a library pamphlet binder with cloth spine. Minor library stamps.  (34235)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Cerda, Juan E.; & Julio Lyon.  Informe sobre la seguridad del tráfico en el Trasandino por Juncal. Santiago de Chile: Imp. Cervantes, 1911. 8vo. 55 pp.
$65.00

On accidents on the transAndes railroad through Juncal and the problem of stopping equipment on the trains
        At head of title: Republica de Chile. Ministerio de industria i obras publicas. Anexos de las publicaciones para el Congreso internacional de ferrocarriles de Buenos Aires.
        WorldCat locates only a microfilm copy at NYPL.

Discarded as part of the New York Public Library’s "Pamphlet Volume Preservation Project": now stapled and in a library pamphlet binder with cloth spine. Brittle wrappers, rather chipped; margins of some text pages slightly discolored.  (34223)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

On the Estiennes & Their Peers — Bound by Bernard Middleton

Greswell, William Parr.  A view of the early Parisian Greek press; including the lives of the Stephani; notices of other contemporary Greek printers of Paris; and various particulars of the literary and ecclesiastical history of their times. Oxford: Pr. by S. Collingwood for D.A. Talboys, 1833. 8vo (23 cm, 9.1"). 2 vols. I: xix, [1], 412 pp. II: vii, [1], 413, [1] pp.
$750.00

First edition of this account of the Estiennes and other important printers of their milieu, including much information on, excerpts from, and commentary on classical literature (many quotations being supplied in English translation in addition to the original languages) as well as details of political, cultural, and religious history of the time. The preface is signed by the Rev. William Parr Greswell, known as a scholar of Parisian typography, and the title-page attributes the editing to his son Edward Greswell. While Brunet was not wholly convinced regarding the Greswells' exactitude, he nevertheless concluded that this work made for an interesting read.
        Bindings: 20th-century speckled calf framed and panelled 17th century–style in double blind fillets with blind-tooled corner fleurons, middle panels in plain calf, innermost panels framed with blind roll; spines with gilt-stamped leather title-labels, raised bands, and blind-tooled composite motifs in compartments => done by a modern master. Back pastedown of vol. I with pencilled note reading "Bound by Bernard Middleton [/] Feb. '62."
        Provenance: From the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.

Brunet, II, 1735; Lowndes, IV, 943; NSTC 2G21923. Bindings as above; joints and edges rubbed, spines evenly sunned, minor scuffing to sides. Front pastedown of vol. I with pencilled annotation of old purchase price. Page edges untrimmed; a few leaves in vol. II with very short tears from outer margins, not touching text; faint age-toning and intermittent instances of light spotting, mostly but not entirely in upper outer corners. Vol. I with one 20th-century pencilled marginal annotation, vol. II with one pencilled date correction. => A good example of 19th-century scholarship on printing and literary history, here in a lovely demonstration of 20th-century binding technique.  (37968)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

A Criticism of "Peace"

Keynes, John Maynard.  The economic consequences of the peace. New York: Harcourt, Brace and Howe, 1920. 8vo (20.9 cm, 8.25"). [8], 298 pp.
$30.00

First American edition of this criticism of the Treaty of Versailles from one of the most influential economists of the 20th century, John Maynard Keynes (1883–1946), an attendee of the Paris Peace Conference of 1919, who argued both on the spot and in this book for a more generous peace following World War I and a more promising economic future for all of Europe. The work => heavily influenced the public's opinion that the treaty was unfairly designed to crush Germany, Keynes predicting, rather ominously, that Germany would someday listen "to whatever instruction of hope, illusion, or revenge is carried to them in the air . . . to escape from their misfortunes. . . ." (p. 251).
        Provenance: Front pastedown with inked inscription of Ferdinand Manning, dated (despite publication information) 1919.

Publisher's navy cloth with gilt lettering to spine, rubbed edges and slightly cocked; without the dust jacket. Pages lightly age-toned. => A nice copy.  (37976)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

The Robin Hood Collection — Bewick Illustrations — Signed Binding

Ritson, Joseph, ed.  Robin Hood: A collection of all the ancient poems, songs, and ballads, now extant relative to that celebrated English outlaw. London: William Pickering; York: J. & G. Todd, 1832. 8vo (18.8 cm, 7.4"). 2 vols. I: [4], vii/viii, [2], [v]–cxxxv, [1], 148 pp.; illus. II: [2], v/vi, 261, [1] pp.; illus. (half-titles lacking).
$950.00

The earliest scholarly effort towards compiling and analyzing the surviving historical Robin Hood ballads, along with a carefully constructed argument regarding the identity of the "real" man behind the myth. This second, enlarged edition was the first published by Pickering, with the printing done by Charles Whittingham, and it showcases => Bewick's original wood-engravings from the 1795 first edition.
        The advertisement here notes that Ritson, following the original publication, "continued . . . to make additions to his own copy, from which the present edition has been carefully printed" — and also claims that "from the improved art of wood-cut-printing," the Bewick illustrations are actually clearer and more beautiful here than they were in the first edition. Tunes for "Robin Hood and the Tanner," "Robin Hood and the Bishop of Hereford," "A Freeman's Song," a round that begins "Robin Hood, Robin Hood," and "Robin Hoods Delight" are supplied, along with a glossary of archaic vocabulary.
        Binding: Signed binding done by => Francis Bedford, stamped as such in turn-ins on front pastedowns and on front free endpapers: 19th-century calf framed in triple gilt fillets with small corner rondels, spines gilt extra with gilt-stamped red leather title-labels and green leather volume labels, board edges with double gilt fillets, turn-ins with gilt roll. All edges gilt.
        Provenance: From the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear of each volume.

Keynes, William Pickering (rev. ed.), 87; Kelly, Checklist of Books Published by William Pickering, 1832.6; Hugo, The Bewick Collector, 86 (for first ed.). Bindings as above, rebacked preserving original spines; edges and extremities rubbed, spines showing moderate wear, half-titles (only) lacking. Front fly-leaves and title-page of vol. II with light spotting in lower halves; a few instances of faint spotting elsewhere in each volume, pages otherwise clean and white. => A handsome copy of this important step in the establishment of Robin Hood's legendary status.  (37995)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Madame Bovary Bound in Silk & with Atmospheric Watercolors

Flaubert, Gustave, Gunter Böhmer, illus.  Madame Bovary. Zurich: Printed for Members of the Limited Editions Club by Fretz Brothers Ltd., 1938. 8vo (22.3 cm, 8.75"). 348, [4] pp.; illus.
$75.00

Flaubert's debut novel about a young woman with romantic ideals trying to escape the monotony of her country life is presented here as a beautifully designed and delicately illustrated limited edition. This is the first English translation of the novel, originally completed in the 19th century by Eleanor Marx Aveling, the youngest daughter of Karl Marx. French author André Maurois provides the introduction.
        Accompanying the text are => thoughtful watercolor illustrations by the German-Swiss painter and book illustrator Gunter Böhmer, including a small portrait of Madame Bovary on the title-page. The artist's signature appears on the limitation page, this being no. 618 of 1500 signed copies.
        Binding: Publisher’s yellow Swiss silk binding with gilt-stamped brown leather spine label, housed in original mottled sand–colored slipcase. Top edges stained grey.

Bibliography of the Fine Books Published by the Limited Editions Club, 101. Bound as above, spine lightly faded with label chipped and foot faintly water-stained, small spots of insect damage along front joint; slipcase with scuffs, waterstaining to corner (blending to some extent with slipcase's marbled paper), and extremities worn. Endpapers and fore-edges lightly foxed; internally clean; a more attractive copy, frankly, than the description suggests.  (37979)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

In a Snazzy Late 19th–Century French Publisher's Binding

La Fontaine, Jean de.  Fables choisies de la Fontaine illustrées de 65 compositions hors texte par J.-B. Oudry. Paris: Librairie de Théodore Lefèvre et Cie, [ca. 1880]. 4to (27.5 cm, 10.75"). [4], 287, [1] pp. (full-page engravings incl. in pagination); illus.
$175.00

La Fontaine's 17th-century poem-fables in their original French. Derived in subject matter from Aesop's works yet original in style and elegance of expression, these small gems are here illustrated with flair and wit by => Jean-Baptiste Oudry's famed engravings (first printed in 1755), and presented in a lovely binding.
        Binding: "Gilded Era" red cloth, front cover and spine exuberantly stamped with a central title medallion and decorative motifs in gilt and black; back cover stamped in black with corner fleurons and central medallion bearing the initials of the volume's editor, Émile Guérin. All edges gilt.

On Oudry's work for the Fables, see: Ray, French Illustrated Books, 16–20. Binding as above; minor losses of cloth over corners, spine slightly dimmed with extremities a little pulled, spine edges rubbed with a small chip to front joint, back cover with light smudging. Hinges (inside) cracked but all holding; pages embrittled and somewhat fragile along sewing lines, with front free endpaper and first three leaves separated. Leaves faintly darkened at edges, with a few small edge chips to first and last few. More impressively attractive and sturdier by far than listing of faults suggests!  (37983)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

A Merrymount Press Limited Edition

Walton, Izaak.  The complete angler, or, The contemplative man's recreation. Boston: C.E. Goodspeed & Co., 1928. 12mo (18.2 cm, 7.125"). xxxi, 323, [3] pp.
$100.00

One of 600 copies of this beloved 17th-century treatise: a handsome limited edition printed by D.B. Updike at The Merrymount Press for Charles E. Goodspeed, founder of the famous antiquarian bookshop in Boston. American editor and literary critic Bliss Perry supplied the introduction, saying, "any reader of Walton . . . owes a debt to the 'father of anglers.'"
        Updike's Merrymount Press consistently produced quality pieces with simple but poignant design — this being one of them. => W.A. Dwiggins, prominent type and book designer, created the cover pattern and interior decorations.
        Binding: Gray, blue, and green pictorial paper–covered boards featuring repeating images of (underwater?) foliage and an angler with a bite, black cloth spine with gilt lettering. Top edges stained green. Issued with glassine wrapper and slipcase.
        Provenance: From the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.

Agner, Books of WAD, 28.13. Bound as above; glassine wrapper with edges chipped and lower outer front corner lost, slipcase unmarred. => Volume uncut and unopened, clean and nice.  (37894)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Amusing to Some, Annoying to Others?

Wikoff, Henry.  The reminiscences of an idler. New York: Fords, Howard & Hulbert, 1880. 8vo (22.2 cm, 8.75"). xii, 596 pp.
$15.00

First edition: "It occurred to me that I might manage to blend an outline of the public events of the past forty years and upwards with random portraits of prominent individuals on both sides of the Atlantic in such a manner as to interest the public. . . ."
        Henry Wikoff (1811–84), an undercover reporter, notorious gossip, and former confidant of Mary Todd Lincoln, recounts his globetrotting (Philadelphia, Paris, Italy, St. Petersburg, and more) and his encounters with people of importance. President Lincoln, upon discovering Wikoff was a spy for a New York newspaper, personally escorted the controversial cosmopolitan out of the White House.
        => Includes an engraved frontispiece of Wikoff signed by English engraver Henry Bryan Hall.
        Provenance: Ex-library with "Library of the German Society, Philadelphia" stamp on title-page.

Publisher's brown cloth stamped in darker brown and gilt; faint soiling to boards and spine, spine-ends rubbed. Ex–social club library with 19th-century round rubber-stamp of Philadelphia's German Society on title-page, calligraphic shelving number on front fly-leaf, small shelving labels on title-page recto and on spine head, no other markings. Ink transfer from stamp to frontispiece's tissue guard, show-through from shelving number to frontispiece, not actually interfering with the portrait. => Pleasing, sturdy copy.  (38005)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

19th-Century Ontario Childhood Stories — An Arts & Crafts Binding

Connor, Ralph.  Glengarry school days: a story of early days in Glengarry. Chicago: Fleming H. Revell & Co., 1902. 12mo (18.6 cm, 7.375"). [8], 13–340 pp.; 3 plts.
$20.00

First U.S. edition. From the prolific Canadian novelist Ralph Connor — otherwise a prominent Presbyterian and later United leader, the Rev. Dr. Charles William Gordon — come these tales of days in a rural Ontario schoolhouse, illustrated with => three halftone plates by American painter Edgar Samuel Paxson.
        Binding: Publisher's green cloth with white lettering to front board and spine, front cover with dark green and white scene of a log cabin in the woods. Unsigned (and notably fine).
        Provenance: On front free endpaper, signature of Frank U. Burden, "Christmas, 1902."

Not in Minsky. Bound as above; mild rubbing to edges and spine-head, wrinkle to cloth at top outside corner of front board. Light offsetting from something once laid in to inner margins of two facing pages. => A charming binding, a clean handsome book.  (37533)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Black-Letter Ballads

Smith, John Russell, & J.O. Halliwell-Phillipps.  A catalogue of an unique collection of ancient English broadside ballads, printed entirely in the black letter. London: [Chiswick Press – C. Whittingham], 1856. 8vo (20.4 cm, 8"). vii, 141 pp.
$60.00

Sole edition: A catalogue of ancient English broadside ballads compiled by J.O. Halliwell-Phillipps and "on sale" by John Russell Smith. described in the preface here as a "singular collection of original ballads . . . consist[ing] exclusively of pieces in the black-letter or old English type, nearly all of which belong, moreover, to that rarest and most interesting class, the really vernacular fugitive ballads of the common people."
        An antiquarian and collector of nursery rhymes and folk tales, Halliwell-Phillipps was notorious for dismantling (and occasionally stealing) 17th-century books. Smith was a bookseller and bibliographer whose reissues of 16th- and 17th-century literature were frequently printed by Chiswick Press, the printer of this catalogue.
        The titles of the ballads are given in an Old English type.
        Provenance: From the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear..

NSTC 2S27419. Not in Ing. Contemporary quarter black morocco with marbled-paper sides and matching endpapers, gilt lettering to spine; rubbing to edges and spine-head. Top edge gilt. Staining and foxing, variably but usually faint or to fore-edges of leaves; gutter crack at p. 48. => A pleasant copy of a pleasingly presented catalogue.  (37859)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

A Dragon-Slayer's Life — Illustrated!

Kaulbach, Wilhelm, illus.  The heroic life and exploits of Siegfried the dragon slayer; an old German story. London: J. Cundall, 1848. 4to (21.6 cm, 8.5"). 118 pp.; 8 col. plts.
$125.00

Sole edition and printed by Charles Whittingham: The ancient Germanic tale of Siegfried the Dragon Slayer comes in various versions with a multitude of adventures — however, the common feature is Siegfried's courage and strength. This 19th-century retelling of the story features => 14 adventures with eight exquisite chromolithographic illustrations (including a frontispiece) after designs by German painter Wilhelm (von) Kaulbach. Sigfried's colorful deeds, which include interesting encounters in the wilderness and fighting giants, end with the inevitable dragon battle.
        Provenance: From the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.

NSTC 2S21090. Not in Ing. Publisher's quarter brown roan over orange paper–covered boards, spine with gilt lettering; rubbed, corners bumped, small split at bottom of front joint (outside) exposing some backing. All edges gilt. Very light offsetting to pages opposite illustrations; gutter cracks at pp. 48 and 56. => Nicely readable, with illustrations clean and striking.  (37637)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Printing for the Other Side?

Apostolic canons.  [first four words in Greek, transliterated as] Kanones ton agion apostolon. Canones sanctoru[m] apostolorum. Unà cum latina interpretatione. Parisiis: Apud Andream Wechelum sub Pegaso, in vico Bellouaco, 1556. 4to (23 cm, 9"). 27, [1] pp.
$850.00

The Apostolic Canons or Ecclesiastical Canons of the Holy Apostles is an important collection of => 85 ancient ecclesiastical decrees concerning the government and discipline of the Early Christian Church, here printed by a Reformation supporter. Andreas Wechel also printed the works of French humanists Petrus Ramus and Nicholas Durand de Villegagnon before narrowly avoiding the St. Batholomew's Day massacre thanks to Hubert Languet. He later moved to Frankfort, and died in 1581.
        This offering is printed in single columns, with Greek text and Latin commentary surrounded by mostly Greek shouldernotes; Wechel's printer's device appears on the title- and final pages.
        Searches of WorldCat, NUC, and COPAC reveal => no copies of this edition in a U.S. institution, and only one internationally in Rome.
        Evidence of Readership: An early reader has added eight notes, one of which has been slightly trimmed through rebinding, that reference the Bible or other rule-sources.
        Provenance: Early inked note on title-page reads "Ex. Bibl. S. Bern, Fulient. Paris"; institutional rubber-stamps (including a release stamp) of the Bibliothèque Impériale of Paris on title-page and three leaves of text. Most recently in the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.

On Wechelus, see: Renouard, Imprimeurs parisiens, p. 435. Modern paste paper–covered boards, spine with gilt-lettered brown leather spine label. Moderate age-toning with spotting on first and last few leaves; faint waterstaining darkening to more noticeable towards the end, covering perhaps a third of the page; provenance and readership markings as above, with one rubber-stamp lightly offsetting onto facing leaf.  (37909)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

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