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Haven, Alice B.  The Coopers; or, getting under way. New York: D. Appleton & Co., 1858. 12mo (19.1 cm; 7.5"). 336 pp.

"A young married couple in upstate New York." Alice B. Haven, one of the many pseudonyms used by Alice B. Neal, spent her childhood in Hudson, New York, where many of her stories take place. The story of the Coopers first appeared as a twelve-part series in Godey's Lady's Book, the famous women's magazine.
        Provenance: On front flyleaf, the signature of Julia A. Caldwell.

Wright, II, 1129. Publisher's brown cloth with gilt lettering to spine and blind-stamped decoration to boards. Front board reattach to spine, with bottom inch of cloth also reattached. Front joint (outside) cracked but holding. Edges and extremities rubbed; bottom corner of rear board lacking a bit of the actual board, the cloth remains. Bottom corner of pages water-stained. Foxing and light staining throughout interior. => A fair copy.  (37816)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Early Example of Plantin's Arabic Type — Evidence of Readership

Dousa, Georgius.  Georgii Dovsae De itinere svo Constantinopolitano, epistola. Accesserunt veteres inscriptiones Byzantio & ex reliqua Graecia nunc primum in lucem editae, cum quibusdam doctorum virorum epistolis. [Leyden]: Ex officina Plantiniana, apvd Christophorvm Raphelengivm, Academiae Lugduno-Batauae typographum, 1599. 8vo (16.8 cm; 6.625"). 141, [1] pp. Lacks final blank.

Plantin Press publication of Dutch Greek and Latin scholar George van der Does' travel descriptions of his visit to Constantinople, addressed to his father the poet and philologist Janus Dousa, along with some Greek inscriptions and letters from the journey. The text contains passages in roman, italic, Greek, and Arabic type with a few printed marginal notes and illustrated initials; also featured are some rough facsimiles of the "Inscriptiones Antiquae" framed in rules.
        The Arabic type, described as "the foundation stone for a revolution in Arabic scholarship," was designed by Franciscus Raphelengius and Josephus Justus Scaliger after the two began studying Arabic together, and was first used in 1595.
        Binding: Late 18th- or early 19th-century sponge-dappled calf, spine gilt extra with one olive and one burgundy leather label; all edges speckled blue and brown.
        Evidence of Readership: Most of the text contains underlined phrases and names in an early ink, suggesting a close reading.
        Provenance: Most recently in the collection of Albert A. Howard (sans indicia).

Adams D865; Index Aurel. 155.617. On the Arabic type, see: University Library Leiden, Arabic type specimen (pp. ix–xi). Bound as above, rubbed at corners and spine; pinhole worming to spine and track-type worming to covers from the inside, affecting pastedowns, endpapers, and, less severely, first and last leaves. Pencilling, evidence of a removed bookplate, and a previous bookseller's description on endpapers. Underlining and final blank lacking as above; faintest waterstaining across bottom corner, or tiny wormholes/tracking at top and bottom margins, to about a third of the text. => A young man's firsthand "Eastern" travel and a typographically significant work to boot.  (37782)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

A Swiss Papal Guard's Travel to the Holy Land

Meggen, Jodocus.  Iodoci a Meggen ... Peregrinatio Hierosolymitana. Dillingae: excudebat Ioannes Mayer, 1580. 8vo (15 cm; 6"). 245, [1] pp., [1 (blank)] f.

Jost von Meggen, a native of Lucerne, was the commander of the Swiss papal guard and had the distinction of being the first commander of the Swiss guard not to die in battle. He embarked on his trip to Jerusalem from Venice in July of 1542 in the ship "Santa Maria," under the command of Lucas de Segna, with 17 pilgrims all carefully named in the text. They stopped at Cyprus where another group of pilgrims joined them, arrived at Jaffa on 21 August and in Jerusalem the 26th, and left Jerusalem for their return trip on 7 September.
        The travel account remained in manuscript at the time of Meggen's death in 1559. Jobst Segesser was responsible for editing and seeing it through the printing process.
        Provenance: From the library of American collector Albert A. Howard (sans indicia).
        Searches of NUC and WorldCat find fewer than ten U.S. libraries reporting ownership.
        => Sole pre–20th century edition.

Adams M1035; VD16 M1910; Bucher 498; Tobler 72; Röhricht 66. Contemporary or near-contemporary limp vellum, slightly yapp edges, lacking the ties; staining to lower area of front cover, small area of vellum missing from spine. Title in early ink on closed edge of text block. Minor damage to lower edges of front free endpaper, front fly-leaf, and blank leaf prior to title-leaf; very small semicircular brown stain to bottom edge of about five leaves at rear and a few others. Light age-toning with some signatures somewhat browned. => A decent and solid copy.  (37797)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Fabulous Woodcut Border by Springinklee

Nilus Ancyranus (i.e., Nilus, of Ancyra, Saint; a.k.a. St. Nilius of Sinai).  Beatiss. Patris Nili, episcopi et martyris theologi antiquiss, sente[n]tiae morales e graeco in latinu[m] versae. Nurembergae: Fridericus Peypus, [1516]. 4to (20.3 cm; 8"). [10] ff.

First edition of Saint Nilus of Sinai's Sententiae morales as translated by Willibald Pirckheimer from the Greek to Latin. Both talented men were great supporters of others in their lifetimes, Nilus being "a leading ascetical writer of the 5th century" while defending St. John Chrysostom, and German humanist Pirckheimer (1470–1530) befriending both the illustrator Albrecht Durer and the theologian Erasmus (Holweck, Biographical Dictionary of the Saints, p. 745). At the end here, on the final two leaves, is a sermon of St. John of Damascus, "Ex Sanctiss, Patriss [sic] Ioannis Damasceni sermonibvs."
        A woodcut border cut in reverse (i.e., the background is black and the figures are white) with Pirckheimer's coat of arms and Grecian decoration, originally attributed to Durer but now attributed to Durer's pupil Hans Springinklee (ca. 1490/ 1495 – ca. 1540), adorns the title-page; the border was first used in Plutarchi Chaeronei de his qui tarde a numine corripintur libellus (1513).
        Evidence of Readership: Words and phrases of text have been underlined in early ink, with one word added marginally.
        Provenance: Illustrated bookplate of 20th-century German book collector Ida Schoeller on front pastedown; later in the collection of Albert A. Howard (sans indicia). A pre-WWII German bookseller's description has been pasted on the rear pastedown.

VD16 N1760. On the title-page, see: Dodgson, German and Flemish Woodcuts, I, p. 379. Modern boards covered in an incunable leaf, light glue action to endpapers; small interior tear (or short slim wormtrack) to title-page and its top edge closely trimmed affecting edge of woodcut border. Readership/provenance markings as above, moderate age-toning and foxing with a few marginal spots/stains. => A good copy of an apparently unusual little work.  (37818)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

"Full of Interesting Matter Relating to this Curious Rock"

López de Ayala, Ignacio.  The history of Gibraltar from the earliest period of its occupation by the Saracens. London: William Pickering, 1845. 16mo (16.9 cm; 6.625"). xx, 234 pp., 1 fold. plt.

James Bell's translation of astronomer, historian, and professor of poetry López de Ayala's 1782 work "comprising details of the numerous conflicts for its possession between the Moors and the Christians, until its final surrender [by the Moors to the Castilian forces] in 1462; and of subsequent events: with an appendix containing interesting documents." The interesting documents are a variety of letters, announcements, and even an epitaph on bishop, archbishop, cardinal, grand inquisitor, and native of Gibraltar Don Diego de Astorga y Céspedes (1663–1734).
        => Also present is a large, multicolored folding map of Gibraltar with 28 listed points of interest.
        Provenance: At foot of spine, stamped in gilt, "Ball." Ink note "from F.K.P. June 1850" and pencil signature of G.F. Frost on front endpaper; later in the library of American collector Albert A. Howard (sans indicia).

Kelly, Checklist of Books Published by William Pickering, 1845.2; not in Keynes. 19th-century calf, spine compartments lettered and stamped in gilt, covers double-ruled in blind, board edges/turn-ins rolled in blind; all edges speckled red and red and yellow place marker present. Binding gently rubbed, with hinges (inside) cracked but covers firmly attached; provenance markings as above, one interior tear and two fold tears to map, light age-toning and intermittent foxing including to title-page never more than moderate. => An attractive copy of an interesting book.  (37814)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Scare Catholic Reformation Defense of Communion

Rasperger, Christoph.  Verantwortung, die Communion einer gstalt betreffend, mit gründlicher widerlegung dreyer Lutherischer Streit vnd Lasterschrifften. München: [Colophon: Gedruckt ... bey Adam Berg], 1567. 4to (20.4 cm; 8"). [1], 88, [1] ff.

First edition of a Catholic Reformation defense of communion and refutation of controversial writings, especially those of Cyriackus Spangenberg (1528–1604) and Jakob Andreae (1528–90): Bucer, Melanchthon, and the like are covered as well, and so too the writings of Schwenkfeld, Brentz, and Calvin. The title-page is printed in red and black with the main text written in German and Latin, printed in black letter with the occasional Greek word and marginal notes in roman.
        Evidence of Readership: Underlines, short notes, and a manicule sprinkled throughout text in an early hand, including a reference to "fol. 20" on the title-page.
        Provenance: From the library of American collector Albert A. Howard (sans indicia).
        Searches of COPAC, WorldCat, and NUC reveal only one U.S. library holding this title and only the British Library in the U.K. Yes, several German libraries report ownership.

Not in Adams; VD16 R334. Modern boards covered in a handsome 16th-century leaf, endpapers with light age-toning/pencilling; remnant of old tab on title-page fore-edge, two leaves missing corners away from text, light to moderate age-toning with the occasional spot and bottom edges untrimmed. Readership markings as above. => A scarce and interesting work.  (37795)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Grabhorn Press Leaf Book

Schulz, Herbert Clarence.  French illuminated manuscripts. San Francisco: Pr. for David Magee by the Grabhorn Press, 1958. 4to (20.2 cm, 7.9"). 30 pp.; 1 f., 1 col. illus.

Concise overview of the development of medieval French illumination, printed in historically appropriate style on deckle-edged pages ruled in red. One of only 200 copies printed, this volume features => a particularly lovely original leaf from a 15th-century miniature Book of Hours, as well as Mary Grabhorn's hand-colored and -gilt reproduction of an illumination of the Coronation of the Virgin.
        The leaf is on vellum, measures 8.5 x 6 cm (3.375" x 2.375"), has an illuminated floral border in the left margin of the recto and six illuminated initials on the same. The verso has three illuminated initials.
        Schulz's text is printed in black and brown in Lutetia type with the pages ruled in pale red.

Disbound and Dispersed 120. Publisher's printed paper–covered boards, spine with gilt-stamped title, in original plain paper dust jacket; jacket showing mild wear and shelf-soiling with short tear at head of spine, volume clean with upper outer corners very slightly bumped. Scattered small spots of foxing, one with a little "halo"; pages otherwise clean. => Very attractive.  (37755)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Notes on Two Great Biblophilic Auctions

North, Frederick, Earl of Guilford, collector.  Catalogue of the remaining portion of the library of the late Earl of Guilford, removed from Corfu ... which will be sold by auction, by Mr. Evans. [London]: Pr. by W. Nicol [for Robert Harding Evans], 1835. 8vo (22.9 cm, 9"). [2], 103, [1] pp.

[with] Catalogue of the library of a gentleman; with another collection, a series of most curious autograph letters, documents, and manuscripts, and a few articles of the late Earl of Guilford. [London]: Pr. by W. Nicol [for Robert Harding Evans], 1835. 8vo. [2], 74 pp.
        TWO priced auction catalogues from the firm of Robert Harding Evans: The first covers an eight-day sale of portions of the remarkable collection amassed by Frederick North, 5th Earl of Guilford, and is completely priced but does not indicate successful bidders. The second includes a collection of Arabic and Persian manuscripts and printed books as well as a "most curious collection of autograph letters and documents of Isaac Walton, Johnson, Burke, Percy, Gray, Goldsmith, Allan Ramsay, Lord Chesterfield, &c."; it is priced only for the fifth day of the sale and includes the names of the successful bidders. (The fifth day offered the autographs, manuscripts, and foreign language books and manuscripts.)
        Both catalogues are now uncommon: WorldCat locates only two U.S. institutional holdings of the first, and just one of the second.
        Evidence of Use/Readership: Beyond the extensive annotation noted above, of prices and sometimes purchasers, there is occasional other commentary; a number of pages have been hand-ruled in red.
        Provenance: From the library of American collector Albert A. Howard (sans indicia).

Contemporary half vellum with brown paper–covered sides, spine with elegantly hand-inked publication information; binding worn and dust-soiled, with paper chipped. Annotations and marginalia as above. Minor foxing to first and last few leaves. => Evocative and atmospheric in and of itself as a relic of high-level 19th-century biblophilia, and full of potentially useful data.  (37756)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Epic Romance of Alexander the Great

Gautier de Chatillon, Philippe.  Alexandreidos Galteri poetae clarissimi, libri decem. [colophon: Ingoldstadtii: in officina sua Alexander Weissenhorn], 1541. 8vo (15.8 cm, 6.2"). [8], CXVI, [4 (1 blank)] ff.

Beautiful printing of this 12th-century epic Latin poem on the life of Alexander the Great, edited by Oswald von Eck and with prefatory and supplementary matter by him, Sebastian Linck, and Hieronymus Ziegler. Sometimes known as Walter of Châtillon, Gualterus de Castellione, Philip Gaultier, or variants thereof, the author became with this widely read work the definitive source of the Latin hexameter, "Incidit in Scyllam cupiens vitare Charybdim" (He falls in Scylla's jaws who would escape Charybdis), although he was not, of course, the originator of the proverb.
        This is one of only three editions published in the 16th century, none of which is now common. The title-page here bears a => large woodcut vignette of Alexander on his horse, followed by an elaborately rendered, full-page coat of arms with crests; the main text is printed in italics, with shouldernotes in roman, and each book opens with a decorative capital.
        Binding: 19th-century dark blue morocco, covers framed in double gilt fillets with gilt-stamped corner fleurons surrounding a medallion composed of gilt-tooled floral and foliate filigree elements, spine with gilt-stamped title and compartments gilt extra, board edges and turn-ins with gilt rolls. Endpapers of a French combed pattern. All edges gilt.
        Evidence of Readership: Occasional small corrections (some based on the printed errata) in an early inked hand, including to the foliation where mismarked.
        Provenance: From the collection of Albert A. Howard (sans indicia).

Adams G1356; Brunet, II, 1470; VD16 G 3849. Binding as above, joints and extremities rubbed. Early inked corrections as above. Pages slightly age-toned, otherwise clean. => An attractive copy of an important and influential work.  (37752)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

". . . .The Finest Set That Had Come on the Market Since the Renouard Sale of 1828"

Toovey, James.  A catalogue of an extensive and extraordinary assemblage of the productions of the Aldine press, from its first establishment at Venice in 1494, together with Lyonese and Venetian counterfeits, the Giunta and other works illustrative of the series. London: James Toovey, 1880. 8vo (20.3 cm; 8"). [58] unnumbered pages.

The => "extensive and extraordinary" collection of Aldines presented in this bibliography was acquired by London bookseller James Toovey in 1878 from the 3rd Earl of Gosford (1806–64); he subsequently printed this catalogue. The collection was intended to sell for £4,000, according to Toovey's introduction. In 1899, after his death, his son Charles James Toovey sold it to J. Pierpont Morgan.
        The impressive collection resides today in the equally impressive Morgan Library & Museum, where receipts of the sale also still reside.
        Binding: Quarter brown morocco over marbled boards. Gilt lettering on spine reads, "Bibliotheca Aldina — London. James Toovey."
        Evidence of Readership: Neat marginal pencil notes throughout about other copies of books in the collection that had been offered for sale by various booksellers with their prices; doubtless, guides for bidding. Pencilled notes on the history of the collection on rear pastedown.
        Provenance: On front pastedown, the engraved bookplate of Hew Morrison. Most recently in the library of American collector Albert A. Howard (sans indicia).

De Ricci, English collectors of books & manuscripts (1530–1930) and their marks of ownership: pp. 156–57. Bound as above, rubbed, particularly top of rear joint; corners bumped and minor scrapes to boards. Endpapers lightly foxed. => A pleasing copy of this catalogue, annotated.  (37771)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Cross-Dressing across Two Continents — Illustrated & with a 16-Page
       => Dictionary of the Cant Language

Carew, Bampfylde Moore, supposed author.  The surprising adventures of Bampfylde Moore Carew, king of the beggars, containing his life, a dictionary of the cant language and many entertaining particulars of that extraordinary man. Tiverton: Printed for W. Salter ... and sold by Crosby's & Co. London, & the Booksellers in Exeter, Taunton Sherborne, Frome, Salisbury, Plymouth & Dock, 1812. 12mo (18.4 cm; 7.25"). Engr. frontis., engr. t.p., 288 pp., [2] plts.

Illustrated and highly readable life of Bamfylde Moore Carew, after the first edition of 1749. Carew (1693–1759), the son of a rector, supposedly met Romani ("gypsies," but more like a band of homeless drifters) during his teen years and quickly began a life of travel. This travel was both voluntary and forced: his wanderings around Britain and even to a cod-fishery in Newfoundland were voluntary, but his trip to the American colonies was as a transportee in punishment for vagrancy. He was famous, or infamous, for his scheming use of disguises ranging from a madman to a Quaker to various female personas. He is even said to have been at one point elected King of the Gypsies, hence the inclusion of a => 16-page cant dictionary. Sabin notes the work has been ascribed to various authors including Thomas Goadby, Thomas Price, and Carew himself.
        This text contains => four engraved plates bound at the beginning of the text — an engraved frontispiece of an older Carew in a fur hat, an engraved title-page with a vignette of a begging cross-dressing Carew, a view of him as an old woman begging alms from a Mr. Morrice, and a dramatic nighttime depiction of his => escape from American imprisonment (this last with a tiger in the background). All plates were designed by Craig and engraved by Middlemist.
        Provenance: From the library of Albert A. Howard (sans indicia).

Sabin 93889. Half navy blue calf and textured cloth, spine with gilt green leather label and four different gilt rolls, covers decoratively rolled in blind along seams, all edges speckled red; rubbed, offsetting to endpapers from binding and sign of a removed bookplate. Binder's label of H. Steedman of Edinburgh on back pastedown. Moderate age-toning with an occasional small spot, light foxing and light marginal waterstaining to plates; one tear affecting the edge of three lines of text with loss of a few words, one missing corner, a few leaves with shorter trimming, tremoin, or crease. => A vivid read, vivid illustration, and a vivid cant dictionary.  (37772)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

"The Proprietor of the Late Edition of Puckle's Club . . . Trusts [This]
       Cannot Fail to Interest the Lovers of the Fine Arts. . . ."

Thurston, John.  Illustrations to Puckle's club: printed (for the proprietor) in colours, from the original blocks, and limited to one hu[publisher not stated]ndred impressions. [London?]: Printed (for the proprietor) [by R. Ackermann], 1820. 8vo (24.6 cm; 9.75"). [3] pp, 24 color plates.

The engraved illustrations from the 1817 edition of James Puckle's The Club. This is an => alphabet of fools, knaves, and other types of immoral or unpleasant characters with one "wise" exception only, presented in => 25 wood engravings printed in colors, produced from the original blocks and mounted on India paper. English engraver and illustrator John Thurston designed them and John Thompson, the English wood engraver best known for his work in History of British Birds, cut them; each rectangular image is set within a printed double-ruled border and its subject is labelled (e.g., "Buffoon," "Hypocrite," "Swearer," etc.).
        Puckle's story, a moral dialogue between a father and son, has been reprinted numerous times. The edition with Thurston's illustrations was reprinted as recently as the year 1900; the wood-engraved monogram of Edward Walmsley, editor of the original 1817 edition, appears on the title-page of this volume.
        Binding: Original red paper–covered boards with black lettering and double-ruled border to title on front board.
        Provenance: From the library of American collector Albert A. Howard (sans indicia).
        WorldCat has located only ten institutional copies.

Bound as above; rubbed, soiled, and scraped with wrinkling to rear board. Minor gutter crack at the seventh illustration. Pages untrimmed. Housed in a modern red cloth slipcase, faded, with lettering on spine reading "Illustrations to Puckle's Club — Original Boards — 1820. => A copy complete, clean, and in original boards, containing wonderful engravings.  (37777)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Crane & Deland in "The Old Garden"

Deland, Margaret, & Walter Crane.  The old garden and other verses. Boston & Cambridge: Houghton Mifflin, Riverside Press, 1894. 8vo (20.3 cm; 8"). viii, [2], 114 pp.

Lovingly designed and delicately illustrated by Walter Crane, one of the most prolific and admired illustrators of his time, this is the first book of American novelist, short story writer, and poet Margaret Deland. The text is luxuriously printed in gothic type on one side only of double uncut leaves, in the Asian style, each poem being given a decorative initial letter and a border keyed to the poem itself, all embellishments in color or colors and often incorporating a young girl or fairy that evokes Crane's forte as an illustrator of children's books. Each artistic element perfectly encapsulates the "old garden," from the floral binding and endpapers to Crane's exquisite illustrations.
        Binding: Floral pictorial cloth in an arabesque design by Crane using two shades of red, two of green, and a cream that matches the cream of the spine; title in black and red gothic letters to spine and cover. Decorated endpapers, and top edge stained green.
        Provenance: On front fly-leaf, "Estelle P. White with Christmas love from her affectionate sister Lenorna(?) P. Nesbitt, 1911." Most recently in the library of American collector Albert A. Howard (sans indica).

Bound as above, minor rubbing and spine slightly darkened. Interior clean. => An absolutely lovely copy of a beautiful production.  (37763)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Stories for the Sunday-School with Suggestions for Using Them

Stewart, Mary.  "Tell me a true story"; tales of Bible heroes for the children of to-day. New York: Fleming H. Revell & Co., 1909. 8vo (21 cm; 8.25"). 253 pp. [16] leaves of plates.

From the introduction by A. F. Schauffler: "In this book the gifted authoress has given fine examples of how a story may be made most interesting to children in Sunday-school or in the home." The volume is illustrated, and at rear are "Suggestions for Sunday-School teachers," etc.
        Binding: Publisher's light blue-green cloth with dark teal lettering to front board and spine; cover stamp in dark teal and white of a woman with book in hand and two children at a window seat. Binding designed and signed by Victor Perard.
        Provenance: Small pressure-stamp to front free endpaper reads, "Library of Samuel Page."

Bound as above, spine faintly sunned; light rubbing to edges. Pressure-stamp to front free endpaper as above. => Lovely and clean.  (37736)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

The House of the Walderings

Tautphoeus, Jemima Montgomery, Baroness.  At odds. Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott, 1897. 8vo (18.4 cm; 7.5"). 473, [6 (ads)] pp.

Baroness Tautphoeus (1807–93) was an Irish novelist whose stories focused on Bavarian life. This, her final novel, first appeared in 1863 with the first U.S. appearing in that same year.
        WorldCat locates only five institutional copies of this edition.
        Binding: Speckled grey cloth stamped in brown and blue with blue lettering; unsigned, but well designed.

Bound as above, slightly cocked and spine ends bumped. Ownership stamp to front free endpaper with offsetting to pastedown; interior otherwise clean. => A lovely, clean copy.  (37488)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

"Miss Parriss? Miss Mona Parriss?"

Demby, William.  Love story Black. New York: Reed, Cannon & Johnson Co., 1978. 16mo (17.6 cm; 6.875"). 141 pp.

First printing of African American writer William Demby's third novel.

Paperback; publisher's pictorial wrappers with mild edgewear; scrape to rear wrapper. Clean interior. => A very good copy of this first edition.  (37743)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

"Coal Cannot Be Obtained Except at the Cost of Life"

Gibbons, William Futhey.  Those black diamond men: a tale of the Anthrax Valley. New York: Fleming H. Revell Co., 1902. 8vo (20.4 cm; 8"). 389 pp.

First edition. "One of the hindrances to an understanding of other classes is a lack of imagination," and this story of Pennsylvania coal miners, a tale of "plain men" and their families, attempts to close the gap. The author, a Presbyterian minister/missionary and journalist, is no fan of unions; but he certainly understands and well conveys why they are formed, and it appears that some of the incidents in this novel are transferred directly from his reporting.
        Illustrated by five halftone plates, including a tissue-guarded frontispiece.
        Binding: Pictorial brown cloth stamped in black and orange. A miner stamped in black with orange face and hands stands beside a black-stamped mine entrance on the cover; a miner's gas lamp accents the spine; titles on spine and cover are in orange.

Smith, American Fiction, 1901-1925: G-133; Hanna 1388. Quotations are from the novel's preface. Bound as above, minor rubbing to edges and joints, spine bumped at head. Light foxing to first and last couple of pages; offsetting from tissue guard to title-page. => A neat copy.  (37484)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Nonsense Abounds in Burgess' City o' Ligg!

Burgess, Gelett.  The lively city o' Ligg: a cycle of modern fairy tales for city children. New York: Frederick A. Stokes Co., (1899). 8vo (21.2 cm; 8.375"). 219 pp, [7] leaves of plates; lacking pp. 47–48 and one plate,.

A profusely illustrated children's book from a prominent figure in the San Francisco Bay Area literary renaissance of the 1890s. Gelett Burgess was an artist, writer, and humorist best known for his nonsense verse, particularly "The Purple Cow," and for coining the now much-used term "blurb."
        The present copy includes => seven full-page illustrations by Gelett (including a frontispiece) colored by Harvey Ellis, as well as many black and white, full-page and partial-page illustrations all by Burgess. => The illustrations clearly demonstrate Burgess' fascination with "nonsense" in art and writing.
        Provenance: Neat ownership signature of Wally van Winkle Jr. to half-title page.

Purple cloth with black-stamped titles and cover image of "Ligg"; spine faded, edges and corners bumped with small tear to cloth of rear board and spots of discoloration to same. Title-page torn and crumpled; text generally age-toned with creasing across corners and some spotting; pp. 47–48 and color plate opposite p. 104 lacking and several other leaves loose or separated including another plate.  (37485)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

(St. Patrick).  The life of Saint Patrick, apostle of Ireland ... to which are added the lives of Bridget, virgin and abbess, and Saint Columba, abbot, and apostle of the Northern Picts. Baltimore: John Murphy, 1850. 8vo (19.7 cm; 7.75"). 191, [1], 41 pp.

Murphy's Enlarged Stereotype Edition. "The following work will be found to contain a copious Appendix, calculated to assist the reader to a perfect and accurate knowledge of the various Ecclesiastical Institutions, Orders, &c. in Ireland, since the era of the introduction of Christianity by St. Patrick. . . ."
        The first printing of this work by Murphy in a stereotype edition seems to have been in 1828 and this appears to be only the second edition. Illustrated by an metal-engraved frontispiece of St. Patrick by John Sands.
        Provenance: On recto of frontispiece, the calligraphic signature of "Mr. M[ichail] O'Brien of Milford, Mass." His signature also appears in pencil on the rear endpaper.
        WorldCat locates seven institutional copies of this 1850 edition.

Publisher's green cloth; boards stamped in blind and spine stamped and lettered in gilt. Areas of discoloration and fading to boards; spine faded. Corners bumped; spine-ends rubbed. Faint bleeding of ink from previous owner's signature above frontispiece. Light water-staining to page edges. => A pleasant copy.  (37776)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Peregrino Becomes "Peregrin" — First French Appearance, Illustrated

Caviceo, Jacopo.  [Libro de Peregrino] Dialogue treselegant intitule le Peregrin, traictant de lhonneste et pudicq amour concilie par pure et sincere vertu, traduict de vulgaire Italien en langue Fra[n]coyse... Paris: [Pr. by Nicolas Couteau for] Galliot du Pré, [1527]. 4to (25 cm, 9.8"). [8], 169, [1 (facs.)] ff.; illus.

First French edition of Caviceo's best-selling, often translated, and widely influential romance. The author had a complicated life which included dropping out of law school shortly before he could be expelled, becoming a court historian and diplomat in Parma, being banished from that city for seducing a nun (and possibly more than one), voyaging in the Middle East and India, and embroiling himself in various political intrigues before working his way to the post of Vicar General in cities including Rimini, Ravenna, and Florence. His classically inspired novel, first published in 1508 and dedicated to Lucrezia Borgia, is a romance in which Peregrin tells the ghost of Boccaccio all about his globe-spanning quest to satisfy his passion for the fair Genevre — with the plot incorporating the author's own travel experiences.
        This first known French edition is uncommon: WorldCat reports => only three U.S. institutional holdings. The translation from the original Italian was done by "Maistre Francoys Dassy" — François Dassi, secretary to Jean d'Albret, King of Navarre, and to Louise Borgia, Duchess of Valentinois. The text is printed in an elegant lettre bâtarde and ornamented with numerous decorative capitals, with the title-page printed in red and black. In addition, this printing features three large woodcuts: Opposite the first page of the first chapter is a split scene showing the lovers as a youthful pair in the distance and as a mature couple in the foreground (with the lady holding her angelic baby in her lap), while another scene shows the hero making preparations for pilgrimage, and the third shows his search throughout "tous les pays habitables" for his lost love. The final leaf, bearing the printer's device, appears here in facsimile.
        Binding: 19th-century calf, spine with gilt-stamped title, raised bands, and small circular gilt-stamped decorations in compartments; board edges and turn-ins with gilt rolls and covers framed and panelled in blind with gilt-stamped corner fleurons. All page edges stained red, red silk placemarker present and attached. Binding done by Koehler (with his stamp on front free endpaper).
        Provenance: From the library of American collector Albert A. Howard (sans indicia).

Brunet, I, 1701-02; Index aurel. 134.656; Moreau, Editions parisiennes du XVI siecle, III, 1158. This ed. not in Adams or Mortimer, French 16th-Century Books. Bound as above, spine and edges rubbed, sides scuffed. Endpapers with pencilled annotations and with binder's small rubber-stamp as above; title-page with date faintly inked in an early hand. Final leaf (printer's vignette) in facsimile, title-page with lower outer corner with small loss of paper in blank area repaired via excellent leaf-casting, and a similar excellent leaf-cast repair to two inner areas of last text leaf with a few letters supplied in pen and ink facsimile. One leaf with small printing flaw affecting a handful of words without loss of sense; three leaves at back with small semi-circulr areas of worming touching a few letters, also without loss of sense. Pages very clean and type very clear. => A scarce and desirable volume.  (37747)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

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Luther Lectures the Augustinians — Lucas Cranach Woodcut Title Border

Luther, Martin.  De abroganda missa privata Martini Lvtheri sententia. [colophon: Wittenberg: Ianvario 1522]. 4to (20.7 cm; 8.125"). [44] ff.

First edition of Luther's influential treatise rejecting the Roman Mass, papacy, and celibacy within the priesthood written in the Fall of 1521 for the Augustinian friars of Wittenberg and dedicated to them, which treatise inspired the community to stop conducting private masses. Anna Linton points out another major tenet of the work: "[Luther] denounced contact between the living and the dead . . . . thereby removing any justification for prayers to the saints or intecessory prayers for the dead. . . . [Further,] the sacrament of Extreme Unction was declared invalid" (p. 18).
        The title is printed within a woodcut architectural border attributed to Renaissance painter, printer, and friend of Luther Lucas Cranach (Kat. Cranach, 216); the text also contains four => seven-line woodcut initials (one repeated).
        Provenance: Ownership and deaccession rubber-stamps for the Georg-August University in Göttingen on bottom margin of first leaf of text; most recently in the library of American collector Albert A. Howard (sans indicia).

Benzing 997; VD16 L 3619. See also, Linton, Poetry and Parental Bereavement in Early Modern Lutheran Germany, Oxford & NY: Oxford University Press, 2008. 18th-century half calf and brown speckled paper, spine ruled in gilt with black leather gilt-lettered label, all edges speckled red; rubbed with some loss of leather/paper, rebacked with new endpapers, evidence of a removed bookplate on front pastedown. Title-page with a few small stains and "5" in old ink to lower margin; stamps as above. Very light waterstaining across inner corners, crossing one-third of text in top portions and not reaching it at bottom; light age-toning generally, three leaves with underlined passages of text, and offsetting from a different title-page ("6"'s?) to final blank. => A good++ copy of this important Lutheran tract.  (37750)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

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The BCP Bibliography

Griffiths, David N.  The bibliography of the Book of Common Prayer 1549–1999. London: The British Library; New Castle, DE: Oak Knoll Press, 2002. 4to (25.3 cm; 10"). 616 pp.

Absolute must for any library or collector of Anglican/Episcopalian materials. This definitive bibliography of the Book of Common Prayer gives collations by signatures and pagination; STC, Wing, and ESTC numbers; and locations of the especially rare editions.
        => Covering not just the BCP in English, but all translations as well.

Publisher's cloth with dust jacket. New.  (37779)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Scotland's National Poet Plus England's Best Illustrators

Burns, Robert.  Poems & songs. London: W. Kent & Co., 1861. 8vo (22.8 cm; 9"). xvi, 272 pp., illus.

A wonderfully illustrated volume of poetry and songs by the national poet of Scotland, Robert Burns, selected for => drawing-room propriety and housed in a highly ornate binding. His words are here accompanied, beyond the engraved frontispiece and title-page, by => more than 50 engravings and vignettes by the leading illustrators of the time, including Birket Foster, Harrison Weir, George Thomas, and J.C. Horsley.
        Binding: Signed black morocco designed by Albert Warren with identical and elaborate multicompartmented gilt-extra boards; a small-scale overall leafy design in blind relief sets off the gilt decorations "laid on top." Original spine lost, with a preserved portion laid in showing that it was equally elaborate in conception and used several of the same stamps; this bears Warren's minute monogram. All edges gilt.
        Provenance: Ownership signatures of "Mrs. B.J. Lodge" and "Frank L," and bookseller's label of S. Drayton & Sons, Exeter, to inside front cover.

Bound as above, plainly rebacked with dark teal morocco and a gilt-lettered black leather label; edges of boards and corners rubbed. A handful of pages lightly foxed, another handful lightly dust-soiled; in fact, clean and bright. Ownership indicia as above and extended pencilled bibliographical notes to fly-leaf. => This bears a twin pair of truly dazzling period-expressive covers; one wants to write, "must be seen to be believed!"  (37333)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

A Finely Crafted Limited Edition Celebrating a Printer of Fine Books

Pissarro, Lucien, & Alan Maxwell Fern.  Notes on the Eragny Press, and a letter to J.B. Manson. Cambridge [England]: Privately printed, 1957. 8vo (20.2 cm; 8"). vii, [1], 16, 11, 39–[51] pp.

One of 500 copies. The Eragny Press and its creator, Lucien Pissarro, the painter, wood-engraver, and son of influential Impressionist Camille Pissarro, are celebrated in this => limited edition volume printed and bound at the Cambridge University Press as a Christmas gift from the University Printer, 1957, to "friends in printing and publishing."
        Inspired by the English private press Arts & Crafts movement, Pissarro began the Eragny Press in 1894 and produced over 30 hand-crafted books over the next 20 years.
        Two written pieces by Lucien Pissarro — his notes on the press and a letter to his friend J.B. Manson, artist and director of the Tate Gallery in the 1930s — are printed here for the first time. => Eleven full-page illustrations (many in color) by Lucien Pissarro are included, most printed from the original blocks; one is illuminated and one is tipped in. Brooke Crutchley provides a preface, Alan Fern gives an overview of Pissarro's life and work in a supplement, and M. Gilbert Polliet furnishes an engraving of Pissarro at work.
        Binding: Sage gray paper–covered spine; boards covered in a gray-green patterned paper reproduced from a design of Pissarro's own.
        Provenance: From the library of American collector Albert A. Howard (sans indicia).

Bound as above; minor soiling to top edge. Endpapers lightly foxed; in one case very faint offsetting from illustration to following page; tipped-in illustration soiled along edge (likely from the glue). => A beautifully crafted book in wonderful condition.  (37769)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

A Celebration of Fine Education — Inscribed by the Author

Cunningham, Frank H.  Familiar sketches of the Phillips Exeter Academy and surroundings. Boston: James R. Osgood & Co., 1883. 8vo (20.1 cm; 7.875"). xiv, 360 pp. illus.

First edition and inscribed by the author. One of the oldest secondary schools in the United States is celebrated in this handsome, illustrated volume; first established in 1781 in New Hampshire, Phillips Exeter Academy is known for its conference-style classes and professed tradition of diversity.
        Cunningham, an affectionate and appreciative graduate of the Academy, has inscribed the front free endpaper => "With the compliments of the author, 6/22, '83."
        => Over 20 clean illustrations of buildings, interiors, and portraits illustrate the beauty of the campus and its history, many offering two images (or more) per plate leaf (with a tissue guard). A fold-out "Table of Athletic Tournaments" listing events from 1874 to 1881 is also included.
        Binding: Original brown cloth with beveled edges, stamped in gilt and black with gilt lettering to front board and spine; gilt vignette of the Academy to front board.
        Provenance: From the library of American collector Albert A. Howard (sans indicia).

Bound as above, with extremities lightly rubbed, minor bumping; gilt bright on spine and brighter on cover. => Very nice, clean copy "personalized" by the author.  (37760)   Add to My BOOK-STACK


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