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The Ideal Prince Novelized — A Multi-Publisher Edition

Guevara, Antonio de.  L'Horloge des princes, avec le très renommé livre de Marc Aurèle, recueilly par don Antoine de Guevare ... traduict en partie ... par feu N. de Herberay ... et depuis reveu et corrigé nouvellement ... Paris: Chez Jean Borel, 1578. 8vo (17.3 cm, 6.75"). xxxii, 395, [1] ff.
$750.00

Nicolas de Herberay first published his Middle French–language translation of Guevara's famous Spanish Renaissance work Relox de principes (Dial of Princes) in 1555, with subsequent editions appearing as late as 1676. This Golden Age classic didactic novel, designed after the manner of Xenophon's Cyropaedia, attempts to delineate the ideal prince, an exercise attempted by several writers of various nations in the 16th century and a topic that found wide readership.
        This Paris 1578 edition seems to have been a joint publication of at least five publishers (G. Beys, Buon, Jean Poupy, Jean Borel, & Michel Sonnius) who all in that year issued an edition of the same collation with only small changes to the title-page.
        Provenance: Manuscript purchase note on front pastedown: “Emp. 20 stuf. 30 a Junii 1592”; 17th-century ownership signature on title-page of H. Van Etten (possibly the compiler of Recreation mathematiques); unidentified bookplate of circa 1890. 20th-century collation note of Quaritch.

Palau 110191; Grendlere, Schooling . . . 1300-1600, 300-4. Contemporary calf, very worn and scuffed, with a 17th-century rebacking and pasteboards showing at corners and edges; spine with modest gilt ruling and lettering and covers panelled with three sets of blind rules embracing an outermost acanthus-leaf border in blind and a central black-stamped lily, black corner fleurons accenting the lily's panel. Worming to inside area of rear board and two leaves opposite, and also to leather of front cover in lower outer corner; text block unwormed, untattered, and clean.  (41499)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Hopkins, Mark.  Burdens to be cast upon the Lord. A sermon before the American board of commissioners for foreign missions, at the thirty-sixth annual meeting, Brooklyn, N.Y., Sept., 1845. Boston: Press of Crocker & Brewster, 1845. 8vo. 31 pp.
$15.00

Hopkins (1802-87) was president of Williams College. Here he discusses the whys, ways, and true aims of missions. Slavery is touched on indirectly.

Removed from a nonce volume. Without the original wrappers. Very good.  (35528)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

"Sir John's Company Consisted Only of Loose & Abandoned Young Gentlemen"

Johnson, Richard.  The foundling; or, the history of Lucius Stanhope. York: Printed by J. Kendrew, [ca. 1825]. 16mo (10 cm, 3.9"). 31, [1] pp.; illus.
$225.00

Tale of a poor but virtuous foundling who studies hard at Oxford and makes good, in sharp contrast to the proud son of the noble family that took him in. The popular tale is here illustrated with several in-text woodcuts; roman and "Italian" alphabets are given their page and => six verses "On Lying" appear at the end. The frontispiece is pasted to the inside of the front wrapper and the last page of text to the inside of the rear one, as issued, with the back cover advertisement reading, "Penny books printed and sold by J. Kendrew, Colliergate, York."
        Kendrew was a major publisher of chapbooks and toy books like this one and => this Kendrew printing is uncommon. A search of WorldCat finds only six U.S. institutions reporting hard-copy holdings.
        Provenance: From the children's book collection of Albert A. Howard, sans indicia.

Opie A 1352; Osborne Collection, p. 254; Davis, Kendrew of York, 21 (p. 91). Sewn in original printed blue paper wrappers; wrapper edges slightly sunned, spine showing traces of having been stitched into a nonce volume. Pages age-toned but otherwise clean and untattered; the engravings are notably well-impressed. => Unusually good condition for such an item, children being children.  (41479)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

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Decorative (American) Burns

Burns, Robert; F.A. Chapman, illus.  The cotter's Saturday night. New York: Charles Scribner & Co. (pr. by John Mooney), 1867. 4to (21.3 cm, 8.38"). [2], 47, [1] pp.; 4 plts., illus.
$125.00

First edition of this heavily illustrated presentation of one of Burns's most influential pieces — notable (according to the publisher) for "the cordial enthusiasm with which artist, engraver, printer, and binder have lent their happiest skill to present [the poem] in attire harmonious with its spiritual beauty, and worthy of its essential preciousness" (p. 5). John Filmer engraved the => four plates and numerous in-text vignettes after designs by Frederic Augustus Chapman.
        Binding: Publisher's dark brown pebbled leather, covers framed and panelled in gilt and blind with embossed corner fleurons, front cover with decorative gilt-stamped title, spine with gilt-stamped title and compartment decorations; turn-ins with gilt rolls. Marbled endpapers; all edges gilt.

Bound as above, corners and edges showing moderate rubbing, spine slightly more; a very good example, being in significantly better condition that usually is found. Printed on heavy stock, really almost light cardboard, with sewing loosening as such production inevitably encourages; final plate fully separated. Occasional instances of foxing or minor soil. => Inherently both fragile and attractive.  (41399)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

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"Not got a Bible!"?!

Sherwood, [Mary Martha].  History of Emily and her brothers. By Mrs. Sherwood. London: Houlston & Co. (pr. by R. Clay), [1847]. 16mo (10.1 cm, 3.97"). 30 pp. (frontis. incl. in pagination); col. illus.
$185.00

In this charming chapbook a little girl named Emily raises money to buy a Bible for a poor old woman, teaching the reader about family values, math, and, of course, the Bible. First published in 1816, the text is here illustrated with => seven hand-colored woodcut vignettes. The frontispiece is affixed to the front wrapper (as issued), and the rear wrapper features a bookseller's advertisement, listing a number of other books by Mrs. Sherwood (Mary Martha Sherwood, 1775–1851), who was a beloved and prolific children's book author.
        The title-page calls this the "twenty-second edition" (the date of publication given here is suggested by the Bodleian), and it is uncommon: a search of WorldCat finds => just one reported U.S. institutional hard-copy holding (Bryn Mawr).
        Provenance: From the children's library of American collector Albert A. Howard, sans indicia.

Opie A 211/3; Osborne Collection, p. 935 (for 1837 ed.). Original green printed paper wrappers, spine extremities slightly rubbed. => A notably clean, bright, unworn copy, with excellent hand-coloring.  (41484)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

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Giving Engraving "Due Rank & Consideration Among the Fine Arts"

Landseer, John.  Lectures on the art of engraving, delivered at the Royal Institution of Great Britain. London: Longman, Hurst, Rees & Orme (pr. by J. M'Creery), 1807. 8vo (21.4 cm, 8.42"). [2], xxxviii, [2], 341 (pag. skips 3/4), [1] pp.
$165.00

First edition: Landseer (ca. 1765–1852), Associate Engraver of the Royal Academy, makes his case for the value of engraving as an art form. He also has strong words regarding certain other critics' and artists' statements — and in some cases their "wretched bungling" engraving efforts (p. 303), particularly as connected to their conning money out of unsuspecting subscribers and purchasers. => The lectures cover both contemporary and historical techniques of engraving, and include descriptions of ancient gems and coins.
        Provenance: Ex–Franklin Institute copy with title-page and one other perforation-stamped, first preface page with its 19th-century rubber-stamp; early inked checkmark in upper margin of title-page and small inked numeral in lower margin of first preface page. => An interesting provenance as the Franklin Institute's original mission was the "Promotion of the Mechanic Arts."

NSTC L398. Recent plain black cloth, spine with printed paper label. Printshop offsetting onto one sectional title; pages age-toned with light to moderate foxing throughout, a few signatures more heavily foxed. => A very solid, usable copy.  (41475)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Wine as a "Necessity of Life" — Curwen Press in Dust Jacket

Davis, J. Irving.  A beginner's guide to wines and spirits. London: Stanley Nott Ltd. (pr. by the Curwen Press), 1934. 12mo (19 cm, 7.48"). [10], 93, [1] pp.; illus.
$75.00

First edition and in the uncommon dust jacket: an appealingly opinionated introduction to wine connoisseurship from the Curwen Press, with spirits addressed in briefer fashion at the back of the volume. Wines "of the British Empire," the U.S.S.R., Africa, the Americas, and "The Rest of the World" are included, as is a glossary; the text is illustrated with drawings of bottles and wineglasses and with six => very attractively rendered maps showing the wine territories of Europe.

Publisher's green cloth–covered boards, spine with gilt-stamped title, clean and fresh; dust jacket sunned and lightly worn with spine head minorly chipped. Pages age-toned and a few with instances of light staining. => An unusually nice copy.  (41474)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Hand-Colored Grammar

(Juvenile Grammar).  The paths of learning strewed with flowers. Or, English grammar illustrated. London: Pr. for J. Harris & Son, 1820. 16mo (17.7 cm, 6.96"). 16, [1 (adv.)] ff.; illus.
$450.00

A completely engraved, illustrated English grammar. Printed on one side of a leaf only, and => each printed page with engraved text and a hand-colored wood engraving, this early printing comes from Harris's "Cabinet of Amusement and Instruction," with the publisher's advertisement (at end) listing 53 other titles from the series.
        The hand-coloring here is of high quality: The placement of it within the engraver's outlines is precise, with all hues being thoughtfully chosen and laid on in pleasing combinations.
        Provenance: Front wrapper with early inked inscription reading "For Miss Pratt"; inside front wrapper with similar reading "Maria Pratt given by Lady Medows." Most recently in the children's library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.

Moon, John Harris's Books, 602(2); cf. Osborne Collection, p. 728; cf. Gumuchian 4389-90. Dun-colored printed paper over light boards with soil and staining; spine damaged with loss of paper and some discoloration; text block, now separated, trimmed close at top touching a few page numbers. Foxing and other spotting/soiling severe to advertisement leaf and only light to moderate within the work itself, this affecting the charm of the illustrations remarkably little. => Worn, used; still a delightful copy of this engaging production.  (38798)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

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Sinding, Paul Christian.  History of Scandinavia, from the early times of the Northmen and Vikings to the present day. New York: Pudney & Russell, 1860. 12mo. 436 pp., front. (port.).
$25.00

Second edition.

Publisher's purple textured cloth, stamped in blind; spine sunned. Title-leaf and frontispiece heavily foxed and browned, rest of text not. Binding has expected rubbing. A good+ copy.  (33545)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Whedon, Daniel Denison.  A tribute to the memory of President Fisk, delivered before the Young Men's Missionary and Bible Societies at the John-Street Methodist Episcopal Church, New-York, May 17, 1839 . New York: Pub. by T. Mason and G. Lane, for the Methodist Episcopal Church (J. Collord, pr.), 1839. Small 8vo. 23 pp.
$18.00

Wilbur Fisk served as the first president of Connecticut's Wesleyan University from 1831 till his young death in 1839 at the age of 47. He spelled his first name Willbur but most bibliographies spell it Wilbur. The eulogizer was a professor at the university.

Disbound; foxing and some stains. Good condition.  (34126)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Small Format for Use in the Field

Catholic Church. Catechisms. Kalispel. (Canestrelli, trans.).  Catechism of the Christian doctrine prepared and enjoined by order of the Third Plenary Council of Baltimore. [Woodstock, MD]: Woodstock College, 1891. Square 16mo (14 cm; 5.5"). 102 pp.
$250.00

The second catechism in Kalispel, => following the much shorter, basic one of 17 pages issued by the mission press at St. Ignatius Print in 1880. This one received the approval of the Third Plenary Council of Baltimore and was translated into Kalispel, a Salishan language, by the Jesuit missionary Felipe Canestrelli.
        Kalispel is the language of the Flathead Indians of Montana, Idaho, eastern Washington, Alberta, and portions of British Columbia.

Pilling, Salishan, 29; Newberry Library, Ayer Indians, Kalispel 2. Publisher's pale green wrappers, a little soiled; front one with one chip to fore-edge and another across one corner, paper of spine with truly minute loss (only) at tips. => A nice clean copy.  (41446)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

"Number One"

Pegasus Club.  The year book of the Pegasus. Number one. Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott Company, 1895. 8vo. 49, [1 (blank)] pp.
$125.00

A club anthology printing poems by Owen Wister, Solomon Solis-Cohen, J. Chalmers Da Costa, Frank Miles Day, Charles H.A. Esling, Arthur Hale, John H. Ingham, Gilbert P. Knapp, Ernest Lacy, John Kearsley Mitchell, S. Weir Mitchell, Charles Leonard Moore, Harrison S. Morris, Oliver Perry-Smith, Charles Pomeroy Sherman, S. Decatur Smith, jr., Edmund Clarence Stedman, John Stewardson, Henry H. Supplee, Henry Maitland Watts, and Frances Howard Williams — SOME CLUB!
        It is notable that the Pegasus included Jews and women at a time when Philadelphia was highly segregated by race, ethnicity, and gender.

BAL 18675. Not in Singerman, Judaica Americana. Later brown linen over boards with title in gilt on spine; interior occasionally with a trace of light soil and, throughout, a very light, narrow, and almost decorative(!) sliver of old water intrusion across bottom and lowest fore-edges. => In fact, a nice copy.  (41472)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

A Dramatic, Beautiful Bible & BCP Pairing
       (A Drama-Associated Provenance, Also)

Bible. English. 1775. Authorized (i.e., King James Version).  The Holy Bible, containing the Old and New Testaments; translated out of the original tongues, and with the former translations diligently compared and revised. Cambridge: Pr. by John Archdeacon, 1775–76. 4to in 8s (28.8 cm, 11.33"). Frontis., [639] ff.
$7,500.00

[with accompanying volume] The book of common prayer, and administration of the sacraments, and other rites and ceremonies of the Church, according to the use of the Church of England: Together with the psalter or psalms of David. Cambridge: Pr. by John Archdeacon, 1781. 8vo (20.7 cm, 8.15"). [376] ff. [bound with] Vickers, William. A companion to the altar: Shewing the nature and necessity of a sacramental preparation, in order to our worthy receiving the holy communion. London: Pr. for Thomas Beecroft, 1783. Frontis., [2], [v]–55, [1 (adv.)] pp. (lacking half-title or initial blank?) [and with] Bible. Psalms. English. Sternhold and Hopkins. The whole book of psalms, collected into English metre. Cambridge: Pr. by John Archdeacon, 1785. 8vo. [64] ff.
        This striking 18th-century set — owned by a wealthy Englishwoman who spent much of her life in Switzerland, for more on which see below — pairs a handsome Cambridge Bible and BCP in => masterfully designed and executed deluxe matched bindings. The Bible opens with a frontispiece engraved by Charles Grignion after Francis Hayman; the Apocrypha are present in this copy, and the New Testament has a separate title-page dated 1776. The BCP is bound with Companion to the Altar ("Note, This Book is bound up with the Common-Prayers of several sorts, printed by the University of Cambridge," as per the title-page); Sternhold & Hopkins bring up the rear.
        Bindings: Contemporary mottled green morocco, covers framed in Greek key roll and dentelles composed of urn and flower motifs surrounding central JHS medallions with red morocco inlays and gilt-tooled flames; spines with gilt-tooled compartment decorations, Bible spine with gilt-stamped red leather title-label. While the covers of the two volumes are strongly similar overall (and "read" as => identical on first glance), the details of the design vary slightly between the Bible and the BCP, as the size disparity — and possibly the time gap between the publication dates — necessitated the use of different tools. The spine designs differ more notably but still most companionably, with the Bible's spine decorations being built up with foliate and floral motifs and the BCP's with suns and stars. => To engage in minute comparison of these bindings' detail is an entrancing exercise.
        Provenance: Front free endpaper of Bible used for family record: Francis James Barwell de Sandol Roy, born in 1793 and died in 1813 ("Quel angoisse!"); Henri Guillaume de Sandol Roy, born in 1797; and a list of grandchildren: François, Sophie, Anna, and Alfred. The title-page inscription confirms that this set was owned by Sophie Bridget Barwell de Sandol Roy (1769–1850), daughter of William Barwell, a director of the East India Company; her brother Richard became a famously wealthy (and scandalous) nabob. Dubbed "la belle Anglaise" following her arrival in Neuchâtel, Sophie made a great splash in Swiss society and received a proposal from Colonel François Isaac de Sandol Roy (sometimes given as Sandol-Roy) — a proposal which she at first rejected, until he subsequently saved her from the guillotine in revolutionary Paris! For more on their story, please see Musée Neuchatelois, 1923 ed., pp. 2–4 (which includes a reproduction of a portrait of Sophie de Sandol-Roy done by Sir Joshua Reynolds).

Bible: Darlow & Moule 1247; ESTC T88808. BCP: Griffiths, Bibliography of the Book of Common Prayer, 1781:1; ESTC T212010. Companion: ESTC T76554. Psalms: ESTC T221010. Bindings as above, moderate rubbing to extremities and sides with limited scuffing only; all edges gilt, marbled endpapers, and original matching dark blue bookmarks present (still attached). Bible with small area of waterstaining to lower inner margins of first few leaves, including frontispiece; varying faint to moderate foxing; one leaf with small repair to upper outer margin. BCP with a few instances of light foxing, pages mostly clean; laid in is a stitched pamphlet which seems to be a record of additional family information involving Albert, Victor, and Mary, although written in a challenging hand. => A gorgeous, lavish production altogether, with a remarkable, arresting provenance.  (41458)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

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Mountains, Waterways, & Birds of the Adirondacks

Street, Alfred Billings; John Augustus Hows, illus.  Forest pictures in the Adirondacks. New York: James G. Gregory, 1865. 4to (23.1 cm, 9.09). [6], 63, [3] pp.; 16 plts. (incl. in pagination).
$75.00

First edition, featuring 16 dramatic woodland views from New York–born artist John A. Hows. An original poem by Street accompanies each of the 16 plates, which were wood-engraved by Messrs. Bobbett & Hooper after Hows' designs.
        Binding: Publisher's pebbled brown cloth, covers framed with embossed vinework border, front cover with decorative gilt-stamped title, spine with raised bands, gilt-stamped title, and blind-tooled fleurons in compartments. All edges gilt.
        Provenance: Inscription on initial blank from ____ P. James to _____ Thomas, "Dec 25/64."

Sabin 33391. Binding as above, just a little rubbed at edges and corners, with gilt of front cover, still attractive, dimmed affecting three letters. Small spot of offsetting in lower portion of title-page and blank opposite from something once laid in, with a few small spots of foxing to the blank. => A clean, bright, very nice copy of a book more usually seen in compromised condition.  (41397)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

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A "Lovely Indian" Organizes a Rescue
       (Also "Lisette & Login")

(Zoa).  The authentic history of Zoa, the beautiful Indian, (daughter of Henriette de Belgrave), and of Rodomond, an East-India merchant, whom Zoa releases from confinement and intended death, and with him escapes to England. London: Dean & Munday, [between 1808 and 1816]. 12mo (17.8 cm, 7"). Frontis., [3], 8–36 pp.
$100.00

Uncommon early 19th–century edition of this popular tale in which English merchant Rodomond is attacked for having rooted out fraud on the part of native Bombay factory employees, but rescued by the titular Zoa — a fair maiden of half Indian and half French parentage, who is wholly willing to convert to Christianity and marry Rodomond. Following the main piece is the tragic story "Lisette and Login, an Affecting Russian Tale."
        The frontispiece, in which Zoa wears salwar kameez and a turban-style headwrap, was engraved by "S.D." after a design by Robert Cruikshank, and gives the address on which we base our suggested publication date (Dean & Munday were located at 35 Threadneedle Street from 1808 until 1816, when they moved to 40 Threadneedle).
        A search of WorldCat finds => only two U.S institutional holdings (Harvard, University of Pennsylvania) and one additional Canadian.

Removed from a nonce volume. Pages gently age-toned, frontispiece lightly foxed (showing primarily in margins), title-page with offsetting from frontispiece, two pages at back with small spot of staining in lower margins. => A nice example of a seldom-seen printing.  (41469)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

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Childhood Amusements & Lessons — Charming & Intricate Illustration

Teller, Thomas [pseud. of George Tuttle?]; Purcell, Edward B., illus.  A parent's offering; or my mother's story of her own home and childhood. New Haven: S. Babcock, [1845]. 16mo (13.7 cm, 5.4"). 64 pp.; 8 plts. (incl. in pagination).
$250.00

From "Teller's Amusing, Instructive, and Entertaining Tales" series, the => first edition of this sweet story of domestic life in which seven children grow up in a country house in Connecticut, learning appropriate lessons and writing letters to one another via their in-house "post office." Set near New Haven, CT, this chapbook was also printed there, and bears a wood-engraved vignette of the => New Haven Green (done by Lossino) on the title-page; it is => illustrated with eight plates with central designs of family members at lessons or play both indoors and out, each surrounded by a complex frame composed of variable small renderings of amusements and equipment representing (only "for example"!) archery, marbles, fishing, swinging, stilt-walking, boating, kite flying, jump-rope, tug-of-war, bubble-blowing, and — these last showing multiple games or exercises — gymnastics, hoops, and racquet sports including(?) lacrosse. The cover illustration is signed E[dward B.] Purcell.
        This story is told by a girl narrator; Mamma is the family botanist and its general natural historian, while handsome Papa takes care of the children's chemistry lessons and presents entertaining experiments with his "electrical machine."

American Imprints 45-6531. Publisher's charmingly printed tan paper wrappers; corners rubbed, sides with light staining, spine paper chipped. Plates age-toned; pages with light to moderate foxing and staining. => This was not a "luxury" production but it was quite a nice one — appealing both textually and visually.  (41445)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

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The "Pelew Prince" & His Voyage to London

[Keate, George].  The history of Prince Lee Boo, son of Abba Thulle, king of the Pelew Islands. London: Thomas Hughes (pr. by Plummer & Brewis), 1824. 12mo (13.9 cm, 5.47"). 108, [2] pp.; 3 col. plts.
$325.00

Chapbook adaptation of a portion of Keate's Account of the Pelew Islands, Situated in the Western Part of the Pacific Ocean, recounting the true story of one of the earliest Pacific Islanders to visit Great Britain. Captain Henry Wilson, shipwrecked on Palau, brought Prince Lee Boo with him on his return to England; sadly, after just a few months in London, the attractive and engaging 20-year-old died of smallpox.
        The present episode from the wildly popular History, which first appeared in 1789, is illustrated with => three copper-engraved, hand-colored plates: the frontispiece depiction of the prince's grave, Wilson's ship setting sail from the island, and Lee Boo's first sight of himself in a mirror. The front cover and frontispiece are dated 1823, while the title-page gives 1824.
        Provenance: Front free endpaper with inked gift inscription dated 1828, "Margaret [?] . . . from her affec. friend Miss [?]; possibly a prize treat given by a teacher to a pupil? Later in the children's book collection of Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.

Osborne Collection, p. 166 (for first ed.). Publisher's printed wrappers, darkened and with spine and corners chipped; spine unsuccessfully reinforced some time ago and front wrapper (with free endpaper and title-page) now separated with back attachment very fragile. Endpapers with remnants of red wax. Pages age-toned and lightly foxed, with first few corners chipped and offsetting to pages surrounding plates. => A sad and absorbing story with well-produced illustrations, now uncommon.  (41444)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

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

Bible. Arabic. Van Dyck. 1913.  [four lines in Arabic romanized as] al-Kitāb al-Muqaddas, ay Kutub al-ʻAhd al-Qadīm wa-al-Ahd al-Jadīd. Wa-qad turjima min al-lughāt al-aṣlīyah, wa-hiya al-lughah al-Ibrānīyah wa-al-lughah al-Kaldānīyah wa-al-lughah al-Yunānīyah. [in Arabic: Beirut : The American Printing Press, 1913]. 8vo (18.5 cm, 7.5"), 920, 295 pp.
$225.00

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

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

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

Frost, Robert.  The complete poems of Robert Frost. New York: The Limited Editions Club, 1950. 8vo (27 cm, 10.63"). 2 vols. I: xliv, 308, [2] pp.; illus. II: [4], [309]–607, [3] pp.; illus.
$750.00

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

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

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Curry & Meynell Reimagine John Brown for the LEC

Benét, Stephen Vincent; John Steuart Curry, illus.  John Brown's body: A poem. New York: The Limited Editions Club, 1948. Folio (29.5 cm, 11.6"). xvi, [2], 454, [2] pp.; 14 col. plts. (some double-spread).
$60.00

A dignified yet intense Limited Editions Club production of Benét's Pulitzer Prize–winning historical poem, with an introduction by Douglas Southall Freeman, decorative panels and initials done by Elizabeth Friedlander, and => 14 oil-painted illustrations by John Steuart Curry, who passed away before the edition was printed; the colophon describes these illustrations as his final work. The volume was designed by => Francis Maynell (who set the text in black and red, and supplied a note explaining all typographical choices), and bound by the Russell-Rutter Company in full rough scarlet linen with gilt-stamped blue leather labels.
        This is numbered copy 1157 of 1500 printed.

Bibliography of the Fine Books Published by the Limited Editions Club, 192. Bound as above; slipcase lacking, spine sunned (as usually seen) and with spots of staining. Pages and plates crisp and fresh.  (41403)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

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The Body & Soul as a Poetic Vista

Fletcher, Phineas.  The Purple Island, or the Isle of Man: Together with Piscatorie eclogs and other poeticall miscellanies. Cambridge: Pr. by the Printers to the Universitie of Cambridge, 1633. 4to (18.3 cm, 7.2"). [14], 181, [3], 130, [2] pp.
$1,750.00

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

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

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

Stevenson, Robert Louis.  New Arabian nights. Avon, CT: Printed for the members of the Limited Editions Club,, 1976. Folio (28.4 cm, 11.18"). xv, [1], 246, [2] pp.; 12 plts., illus.
$65.00

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

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

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Owen's Last Volley in Controversy with Stillingfleet over Nonconformists

Owen, John.  An enquiry into the original, nature, institution, power, order, and communion of evangelical churches. London: Pr. by J. Richardson for Nath. Ponder, 1681. 4to (20.4 cm, 8.03"). [1 (blank)] f., [14], 72, 170, 177–365, [3 (blank)] pp.
$500.00

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

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

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News of the Napoleonic Invasion of Spain — Niños Expósitos Press

Galicia (Spain, region). Xunta.  [drop-title] Oficio dirigido por el reyno de Galicia al Excmo. Sr. Virey Gobernador y Capitan General de las provincias del Rio de la Plata. [colophon: Buenos Ayres: Imprenta de Niños Expósitos, 1808]. Small 4o (20 cm, 8.25"). [2] ff.
$250.00

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

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

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

Gruner, Christian Gottfried.  Scriptorum de sudore Anglico superstitum editio hactenus desiderata et adornata a Christiano Gottfr. Grunero. Jenae: Literis Goepferdtii, 1804]. 8vo (21.5 cm, 8.5"). 16 pp.
$400.00

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

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

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