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Female Society of Philadelphia for the Relief and Employment of the Poor (PA).  Report of the Female Society of Philadelphia for the Relief and Employment of the Poor. Philadelphia: Pile & M'Elroy, printers, 1860 [i.e., 1861]. 12mo (18 cm, 7"). 12 pp.
$15.00

"The Female Society of Philadelphia for the Relief and Employment of the Poor was established in 1795 by Quaker Anne Parrish. The society's original mission was to provide relief and an opportunity for improvement in quality of life for women widowed by the Yellow Fever epidemic of 1793. The Female Society opened the House of Industry, where women were employed to sew and weave" (Haverford College website).
        In addition to the list of members and the amount of individual dues, there are lists of contributions, general statements of finances, and data on amount and types of sewing and quilting accomplished.

Original printed wrappers. Very good copy.  (38985)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Plancarte, Jose [Antonio].  Novena y meditaciones consagradas a el misterio de la Inmaculada Concepcion de Maria Santisima Nuestra Señora, para aumentar su devocion y alcanzar por medio de su soberana alteza qualquier favor, particularmente la gracia de bien morir. Mexico: Por D. Felipe de Zuñiga y Ontiveros , 1788. Small 8vo (14 cm, 5.5"). [2] ff., 60 pp., incl. plt; illus.
$400.00

First edition, second was in 1790, of this work of Mariology by a Franciscan of the Michoacan province, combining prayers to the Virgin and meditations on the Immaculate Conception for nine consecutive days of reflection, personal worship, and devotion.
        The work is printed in roman with an occasional word or phrase in italic; there are scattered footnotes, and following the title-page is an etched plate captioned "Conceptio" that includes the all knowing eye in the upper left corner, Christ (clothed in the style of a Franciscan standing on an orb with Adam kneeling on the left and Eve on the right, both entangle with the Serpent and "clothed" with foliage. The etching is unsigned and there is evidence of the signature having been erased or of the copper plate having been previously used and incompletely "erased" for use here.
        Searches of WorldCat, COPAC, CCPBE, and CCILA locate only two U.S. libraries reporting ownership (Texas A&M, Sutro) and three non-U.S. libraries also reporting ownership (national libraries of Chile, Mexico [complete copies], and Spain [incomplete copy]).

Medina, Mexico, 7824; Beristain, II, 431. Disbound. Small stain in inner margin of early leaves. Else very good.  (38972)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

[Tresguerras, Francisco Eduardo].  Afectos a Maria Santisima dolorosa, ensayos para pedirle su asistencia en la hora terrible de la muerte, consideraciones piadosas en la vida, interesantes verdades que descubren nuestra miseria, los engaños del mundo y la necesidad de ocurrir al Refugio de Pecadores María nuestra Esperanza y nuestra amorosísima Madre. Los escribió F.E.T. vecino de la ciudad de Celaya. Mexico: En la Oficina de D. Juan Bautista Arizpe, 1818. Small 8vo (14 cm, 5.5"). Engr. frontis., 36 pp.
$425.00

During the Mexican War of Independence it was common to seek the assistance or intervention of the Virgin, here specifically Our Lady of Sorrows. Tresguerras, the famous architect, painter, and engraver, here has composed meditations and poems, and prayer relating to death and seeking help dealing with it.
        Tresguerras signed the stunning frontispiece of the Virgin in a baroque frame, below which is a cherub holding the Shroud of Turin, or a cloth very like it. The Lilly Library attributes authorship to him on the basis of the frontispiece, Tresguerras having studied for the priesthood, and being a citizen of Celaya.
        Sole edition. An interesting feature of it is the post-printing paste-over on p. 5, with a careful manuscript correction of two words in italic to match the rest of the line. A check of the reported U.S. copies finds all to have this feature.
        Searches of WorldCat, COPAC, and CCPBE locate three U.S. libraries reporting ownership (Marian Library, Lilly Library, UCLA) and only one other (National Library of Chile). We know of another at the Sutro.

Medina, Mexico, 11320; Palau 3005; Garritz, Impresos novohispanos, 2803. Disbound, else good++.  (38976)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Burns, Robert.  Songs, chiefly in the Scottish dialect. London: John Sharpe (pr. by C. Whittingham), 1824. 12mo (16.6 cm, 6.5"). Engr. title-page, vii, [1], 264 pp.; 4 plts.
$65.00

First edition of this handsome Whittingham production, illustrated with => four plates engraved by William Finden after designs by Richard Westall, and an engraved title-page after Stothard. This stand-alone volume complements Sharpe's printing of Poems, Chiefly in the Scottish Dialect of the same year.

Gibson, Burns, 38; NCBEL, II, 1877; NSTC 2B60971. In a later green cloth binding of ca. 1840/1850 with blind-embossed center device on both boards and elaborately gilt-stamped spine. All edges gilt. Small white stain on front cover. Lacks front free endpaper. Engraved title-page foxed, with off-setting or "contact foxing" to title-page following; off-setting and/or mild foxing associated with other plates, as in all copies we've seen. => Here are some of Burns's most beloved pieces.  (38970)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

For a description with illustration, please see our  GENERAL MISCELLANY.  If you don't easily find the item, please email us.

Soresino, Jose Maria; Jose Amat, trans.  Piadosisima devocion de la escala santa de Roma, que se venera en el Convento de San Antonio de la Ciudad de Queretaro, de Religiosos Menores Descalzos de la mas estrecha regular observancia de N. S. P. S. Francisco de la Provincia de San Diego de México. Mexico: En la Oficina de los herederos del Lic. D. Joseph de Jauregui, 1794. Small 8vo (14 cm, 5.5"). [12] ff.
$250.00

The ladder mentioned in the title here is "la escalera de la casa de Pilatos" that "la religiosisima Emperatriz Santa Elena" [prologo] moved from Jerusalem to Rome. Printed here is a short liturgical piece related to the veneration of that relic as practiced by the Discalced Franciscans of Queretaro. Its text is "[t]raducida en quanto à la substancia del opusculo sobre la escala santa escrito por Don Joseph Maria Soresino, por el R.P. Fr. Joseph Amat" (title-page).
        Text consists of a "prologo" about the 28-rung ladder, notice of indulgences for saying the prescribed prayers, and the 28 prayers themselves.
        Searches of NUC, WorldCat, CCPBE, and COPAC locate two U.S. libraries reporting ownership (UTexas-Austin, IndianaU) and one elsewhere (National Library of Chile). There is an unverified copy at the Sutro.

Medina, Mexico, 8359; Beristain, I, p. 70; Sutro, Supplement, p. 85. Disbound and stained.  (38975)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Tellado, Buenaventura.  Piadosas consideraciones para rezar con aprovechamiento el Via-Crucis. Mexico: En la Oficina de Doña Maria Fernandez Jauregui, 1807. Small 8vo (14 cm, 5.5"). [17] ff., without the engraved frontis.
$225.00

Sole edition. This text is "sacadas de las que escribió el P. Fr. Buenaventura Tellado," a noted writer and preacher in Spain in the 18th century. In addition to meditations for each station of the cross, there is an act of contrition and a final notice of an indulgence granted by Archbishop Lizana y Beaumont for the praying the stations.
        The work was printed in the printing office of one of Mexico's women printers at the expense of "un vecino de Zelaya" who signed the "Advertencia" as "F.E.T." The Lilly Library in its catalogue record for Afectos a Maria Santisima dolorosa: ensayos para pedirle su asistencia en la hora terrible de la muerte identifies F.E.T., "un vecino de Zelaya," as Francisco Eduardo Tresguerras, the famous architect, painter, and engraver.
        Medina calls for only [28] pp,, i.e., [14] ff., and an engraved frontispiece. The only reported copy (at the Fondo Medina at the National Library of Chile) is described as "[31] p." and an engraved frontispiece.
        Provenance: 19th-century book label, pasted on title-page: "Pertenezco al presbitero Jose Maria Orihuela."

Medina, Mexico, 9921. Disbound, stained, lacking the engraved frontispiece.  (38974)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Conrad, Joseph.  Falk[,] Amy Foster[,] To-morrow: Three Stories. New York: McClure, Phillips & Company, 1903. Small 8vo (19.8 cm, 7.75"). 271, [10 (ads)] pp.
$85.00

First American appearance of these stories (Falk, Amy Foster & To-morrow), which appeared first in England in the collection Typhoon and Other Stories, but because Putnam had acquired the book and serial rights to Typhoon, the three otherstories in the Heinemann edition appeared in the US in this separate edition.
        Title-page in black and red. Bookseller's label at rear of Brentano's, Union Square, NY.
        Binding: Publisher blue cloth lettered on front board with author and title in gilt and a blind-stamped designed of the Aldine anchor and dolphin design in triplicate. Binding signed in blind "WJ" (William James Jordan).

Smith, p. 108; Cagle A8c. Publisher's cloth stamped in gilt and blind; text block cocked. Front joint (outside) rubbed and with a small snag. Two small areas of faint white discoloration on front board. Priced accordingly.  (38971)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

"My Dear Mrs. Meynell . . . Yours Faithfully, George Meredith"

Meredith, George.  The letters of George Meredith to Alice Meynell with annotations thereto, 1896–1907. London: The Nonesuch Press, 1923. 8vo (24.3 cm, 9.5"). 104 pp.
$65.00

One of the first Nonesuch Press books. "This Edition is limited to 850 copies, on Ingres paper, for England and America, of which 780 are for sale. The type has been distributed. This is number 568."
        Friends George Meredith (1828–1909) and Alice Meynell (1847–1922) met in 1896 and so began their years of correspondence. Meredith's warm letters to the writer and suffragist include invitations, poems, and discussions about literature. The limited edition was produced by Alice Meynell's son, Francis Meynell of the Nonesuch Press.
        This is numbered copy 568, written in pencil at the colophon, of 850 copies.
        Provenance: Bookseller's ticket of The Time Book Club in London on rear pastedown.

Dreyfus, History of the Nonesuch Press, 2. Quarter beige cloth and brown paper–covered sides, gilt lettering to spine; front board slightly warped. In original brown paper dust jacket with dark brown lettering to front panel; tears to rear panel and spine with portion missing at bottom corner. Unopened.  (38960)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Timperley, C.H.; Laurance B. Siegfried, intro.; John DePol, illus.  William Bulmer and the Shakespeare Press. A biography of William Bulmer from "A dictionary of printers and printing." Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, 1957. 12mo (18.3 cm, 7.25"). [4], 34, [2] pp.; illus.
$20.00

"In this commemorative volume, issued in celebration of the 200th anniversary of William Bulmer's birth, Laurance Siegfried, himself a widely known figure in contemporary typography, evaluates the contributions of Bulmer and his associate, William Martin, to type design. . . . The biography of William Bulmer is reprinted from A Dictionary of Printers and Printing, by C.H. Timperley, a rare volume published in 1839" (printed in gold on the front flap of the dust jacket).
        => The simply designed volume is illustrated with woodcuts by New York wood engraver John DePol.
        Provenance: On front pastedown, a bookplate for the Library and Archives of Richard Williamson Ellis, Temple University Libraries (properly released).

Publisher's navy cloth with gilt lettering to spine, illustrated label to front board; spine slightly cocked. In original clear plastic dust jacket with gilt lettering to front flap. Provenance as above; interior bright.  (38916)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Poetry, Wood Engravings, & SNAZZY Typographic Borders

Elliott, Mary Belson, & Elizabeth Turner (attrib. authors).  Sweets for leisure hours; or flowers of instruction. New Haven: Printed & published by S. Babcock, no date [1840]. 32mo (11 cm; 4.5"). 16 pp., illus.
$45.00

Nine full-page => wood-engraved illustrations and two smaller wood-engraved vignettes, one of the latter on the front wrapper and the other on the title-page, adorn this toy book; the full-page illustrations are large, clear, and placed within typographic borders. (The compositor of this *loved* typographic borders, and created notably extravagant ones for the covers.)
        The text's poetry is about conduct of life, including charity. This was issued as number 3 of the "Babcocks's moral, instructive, and entertaining toy books."
        The poems are "Good little Fred," "The dunce," "Penny wise," "The sick child," "Happy little Charlotte," "The canary," "The visit and invitation," and "The good scholar."
        The attribution of the work to these women authors is based on Marjorie Moon's bibliography and the date on Jane Ellen Carstens'.

Not in American Imprints; Carstens, The Babcocks, nd532; Moon, The children's books of Mary (Belson) Elliott, p. 99. Without the publisher's wrappers, illustrated and printed in black. Occasional areas of light discoloration. Later oversewing.  (38965)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

 The wagon-boy; or, trust in Providence. New York: Kiggins & Kellogg, [ca. 1850]. Near miniature (9.4 cm, 3.625"). 16 pp.
$45.00

This chapbook teaches children about conduct of life, death, providence, and the government of God. It is illustrated with six wood engravings, four full-page.

Publisher's yellow wrappers with a full-page advertisement for books and stationery on the outside of the rear one. Very good.  (38964)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Explore Old Europe — Signed Decorated Cloth

Osborne, Albert B.  Picture towns of Europe. New York: Robert M. McBride & Co., 1926. 8vo (21.3 cm, 8.375"). Frontis, xii, [2], 247, [1] pp.; 47 plts., map (incl. in pagination).
$28.75

A unique travel book written with a personal touch: "My aim has been to select from each country in Europe, save the northern lands which I have yet to see, the towns that of themselves, and by their environment, as well as by something of the ancient life and tradition still surviving there, suggest most clearly to the present day the colorful and picturesque past" (p. viii).
        The author travelled Europe in search of a certain old-world atmosphere. His descriptions of his discoveries in towns such as Clovelly, England; Carcassonne, France; and San Gimignano, Italy, are accompanied by 48 black and white photographs, as well as a map of Europe. This is the second printing.
        Binding: Publisher's olive cloth with white lettering to spine. On the front board, a picturesque townscape with white-stamped stone exteriors and maroon-stamped roofs against a gilt sky; the lettering is also in white. Signed by "GH," presumably George Washington Hood.

Bound as above, extremely minor rubbing to extremities, faint scratches to gilt decoration, scrape to bottom page edges; faint foxing to the very top edge of the plates and several leaves. => In a decorated binding as quaint as the towns!  (38922)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

De Simone, Daniel, editor.  A heavenly craft: the woodcut in early printed books. New York: George Braziller, 2004. 222 pp.
$25.00

Hardcover with dust jacket. Red cloth. Minor edgewear to dust jacket. Bumping to bottom edge of boards. VG/VG.  (37666)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Limning Old English Life

Caldecott, Randolph.  More "Graphic" pictures. London & New York: George Routledge & Sons, 1887. Oblong folio (27.6 cm, 10.875"). 71, [1] pp.; col. illus.
$150.00

First edition of this collection of some of the great illustrator's most beloved work from The Graphic monthly magazine, including "An Effect of Snow," "The Legend of Old Chromer," "Mr. Oakball's Winter in Florence," "How Tankerville Smith Took a Country Cottage," "Diana Wood's Wedding," and an assortment of "Facts and Fancies" featuring several scenes of riding and hunting. This (stand-alone) volume — very logically — followed Randolph Caldecott's "Graphic" Pictures and preceded Randolph Caldecott's Last "Graphic" Pictures. The romanticized views of country and society life are captioned with Caldecott's typical charm and humor.

Publisher's color-printed cream paper–covered boards with brown cloth shelfback, spine stamped in gilt; edges and extremities rubbed, covers showing minor dust-soiling, front hinge (inside) tender. Pages gently age-toned, otherwise clean. A marvelous gathering of whimsically sentimental views of late 19th-century life and romance, and in fact a very nice copy.  (38954)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

The Home Front's Perspective on the Civil War

Robinson, Mary.  The American conflict: A household story. Narrated in three volumes. New York: Phillips & Hunt; Cincinnati: Walden & Stowe, 1880. 12mo (17.8 cm, 7"). 3 vols. I: 8, [2], 9–144, [2], 145–273, [1] pp.; 3 plts. (incl. in pagination). II: 8, [2], 9–148, [2], 149–291, [1] pp.; 3 plts. III: 6, [4], 9–110, [2], 111–194, [16 (adv.)] pp.; 3 plts.
$275.00

"The spirit that made our soldiers valiant, our women merciful, our whole people elevated and ardent, in that great era": a patriotic, uplifting account of the Civil War, designed for "the youth gathered in our Churches, and largely dependent on our Sunday-school libraries for mental recreation" (p. [5]). This is the => first complete edition of the entire work; the first two volumes originally appeared in parts as The Brother Soldiers (1867), The Great Battle Year (1868), Forward with the Flag (1868), and The Work of the Two Great Captains (1871), with the story newly completed here in the third volume with The Last Strokes of the Work and The Home-Coming. Robinson quotes extensively from contemporary published tales of the war, as the Northern family of the titular household gets most of their information from communal, out-loud newspaper, periodical, and letter readings.
        The story — factually based apart from the lightly fictionalized family described — is illustrated with => nine engraved plates (three for each volume), including "Baltimore Riot," "Iron-Clads on the Mississippi," and "Horace and His Companion Aided by the Negro."
        Surprisingly, the complete edition of 1880 seems to be scarce: WorldCat finds only eight libraries reporting ownership.
        Provenance: Vols. II and III with affectionate pencilled gift inscriptions on front fly-leaves to "Gracie" from her grandfather, both dated 1882.

Sabin 72145–48 (for separate issues, not incl. third vol.). Publisher's brick-colored cloth, front covers with decorative black-stamped frames and gilt-stamped titles, back covers framed in blind, spines with gilt-stamped titles; clean and fresh, showing very little wear overall, with a small area of light mottling at the foot of the front cover of vol. II and slightly more pronounced mottling to the upper and lower edges of the front cover of vol. III. => An interesting and worthwhile approach to the war, here in a solid, clean, handsome set.  (38932)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Ancient Epic, Modern Design

Leonard, William Ellery, trans.; Irving Amen, illus.  Gilgamesh. Avon, CT: Printed for the members of the Limited Editions Club, 1974. Folio (33.1 cm, 13.1"). xvii, [3], pp.; 9 (1 double-p.) col. plts.
$85.00

Limited Editions Club printing of the notable free rhythm translation by poet and scholar William Ellery Leonard (1876–1944), here with an introduction by Leonard Cottrell. The text is illustrated with => nine woodcuts in bright primary colors, done by prominent painter and printmaker Irving Amen (1918–2011) and reproduced by the Holyoke Lithograph Company, in addition to a number of smaller black and white vignettes. Designed by Robert L. Dothard, the volume was printed at the Stinehour Press and bound by Robert Burlen & Son in ocher buckram with a raised and textured reproduction of a cuneiform clay tablet fragment embossed on the front cover.
        This is numbered copy 733 of 2000 printed, signed at the colophon by Amen. Both the LEC prospectus and the appropriate newsletter are laid in.

Bibliography of the Fine Books Published by the Limited Editions Club, 473. Bound as above, spine with title stamped in copper, in original brown buckram–covered slipcase with printed paper spine label; cloth with one minute flaw or bump to front cover and a few tiny pinprick spots to back cover, both slipcase and volume in beautiful condition overall. => A handsome thing!  (38927)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

For Use in Those "Cases of Grammatical Embarrassment"

 Live and learn: A guide for all, who wish to speak and write correctly: Particularly intended as a book of reference for the solution of difficulties connected with grammar, composition, punctuation, etc., etc. New York: Dick & Fitzgerald, [ca. 1870?]. 16mo (17 cm, 6.625"). 213, [1], [10 (adv.)] pp.
$35.00

"Of the practical value of a pocket manual, to which we can refer in cases of grammatical embarrassment, as well as for literary information and suggestions, there can be no doubt. In the preparation of the present volume it has been the aim of the author to make such a work."
        From when to use a capital letter to definitions of frequently used French words, this self-help manual shines light on common mistakes made when speaking and writing, and how to fix them. Hyphens, spelling rules, nouns, verbs, and the use of "shall" and "will" are just a few points on which the writer provides guidance in this 19th-century manual.
        Later U.S. edition: originally published in London, 1855.

Publisher's brown textured cloth with gilt lettering to spine and front board; extremities a little rubbed, endpapers faintly soiled. Interior age-toned with occasional small stains. Helpful and solid!  (38920)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Enhanced by a Fan of St. John — In a Contemporary Binding & with 78 Woodcuts

Aemilius, Georg.  Evangelia quae consueto more dominicis et aliis festis diebus in ecclesia leguntur. Coloniae Agrippinae: Ad intersignium Monocerotis [Walther Fabritius], 1566. 8vo (16 cm, 6.3"). [176] ff.; illus.
$2,250.00

Profusely illustrated juvenile lectionary edited by student of Melanchthon and Lutheran theologian Georg Aemilius (a.k.a. Aemylius or Emilius, 1517–69). Decorated with => 78 in-text woodcuts, a scarce few repeated, the Latin text is printed in single columns using an italic font with the occasional shouldernote in Greek and four historiated initials. First published in 1549, this text was extremely popular in its day, with at least nine different editions by 1579, though all editions are now uncommon and this one quite scarce; searches of WorldCat and NUC reveal only one U.S. institution reporting ownership.
        Binding: Contemporary goat over thin beechwood boards, inked paper label on spine, raised bands surrounded by triple fillets; covers elaborately stamped with a frame of fillets and a medallion-portrait roll around repeated rows of three floral sprays.
        Evidence of Readership: An early reader has underlined and added some marks of emphasis and words in an early hand to seven leaves of text, all excerpts taken from the Gospel of John.
        Provenance: Two ownership and one duplicate release rubber-stamps appear on the title-page verso, the first from the Universitätsbibliothek München dated between 1800 and 1826; most recently in the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.

VD16 E 4570. Not in Adams; not in Index Aurel. Bound as above, rubbed and cracked with losses of leather and board extremities; bands and sewing tabs visible. No pastedowns; front free endpaper creased, front fly-leaf with pencilled note. Light age-toning with marginal and gutter waterstaining of varying darkness throughout; a few chipped edges, creased corners, or uneven edges; one short marginal tear. Provenance and readership indicia as above, else clean. => Well used and in fact the more interesting for that.  (38914)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

A Limited Edition from Thomas Bird Mosher

Burns, Robert; William Marion Reedy, intro.  The jolly beggars: A cantata. Portland, ME: Thomas Bird Mosher, 1914. 8vo (19.5 cm, 7.625"). Frontis., xxiii, [1], 106, [2] pp.; facsims.
$50.00

Burns' cantata gets the Thomas Bird Mosher treatment in this attractive limited edition with an introduction from American editor William Marion Reedy, followed by short selections from Matthew Arnold, James Douglas, William Scott Douglas, and James Sime. Originally published after Burns' death in 1799, the song tells of a group of six beggars' drunken reveling in a Scottish pub. Mosher's rendition includes a facsimile of the 1799 title-page, a facsimile of the last page of Burns' manuscript from the 1823 lithographed edition, and a facsimile of "the original air" of the final song; a black and white portrait of Burns stands as the frontispiece.
        The colophon notes that this is one of 750 unnumbered copies "printed on Van Gelder hand-made paper and the type distributed in the month of December MDCCCCXIV."

Bishop, Mosher, 180; Hatch, Mosher, 610. Green paper shelfback with pictorial blue and white paper–covered boards, white printed paper labels with green and red lettering to spine and front board; minor darkening to board edges; signatures unopened. In original white paper dust jacket; age-toned and edgeworn with chipping to extremities. => A truly handsome edition in a nice copy.  (38900)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Vera Captivates in a Striking Binding!

Davis, Richard Harding; Frederic Dorr Steele, illus.  Vera, the medium. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1908. 8vo (20.5 cm, 8"). Frontis., [8], 216, [8 (adv.)] pp.; 5 plts.
$30.00

Vera, poor and directionless, finds work as a fraudulent spiritualist. When the District Attorney of New York falls in love with her and tries to convince her to leave the life of "a charlatan and a cheat," she resists. She attempts one last trick — to receive a dying man's fortune by posing as the spirit of his dead sister — before realizing she prefers bliss with the D.A. to life as a grifter. Richard Harding Davis (1864–1916) was an influential American journalist and novelist; he is recognized as the first American war correspondent to report on the Spanish-American War, the Second Boer War, and the First World War. Frederic Dorr Steele, who is best known for his Sherlock Holmes illustrations, provided six plates including the frontispiece.
        Binding: Publisher's purple cloth with gilt lettering to spine and front board. The mesmerizing main design on the front board features green-stamped circles with a disembodied woman's head stamped in white in the center.

American Fiction, 1901-1925, D-168; BAL 4548. Not in Minsky. Binding as above, extremities lightly rubbed, pastedowns split across hinges with hinges still strong. Minor soiling to a small number of leaves, small closed tear to fore-edge of one leaf. => Entrancing binding design!  (37538)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Solicitation for Funding a Victorian Mental Health Institution

Staffordshire General Lunatic Asylum.  [drop-title] Charitable institution for the insane of Staffordshire and the adjacent counties. [Stafford: R. & W. Wright, Printers, 1850?]. Folio (32.8 cm; 13"). [1] f., [1] plt.
$450.00

A two-page solicitation for donations to build Coton Hill Hospital, a new institution designed by architect Frederick Sandham Waller to accommodate the first two of the historical "three classes" of Staffordshire mental health patients: "Class I. — Persons of superior rank, who shall respectively contribute to the charge of maintenance according to their pecuniary abilities. Class II. — Persons in limited circumstances, though not paupers, whose payments shall be assisted and relieved out of the funds of the Charity, and the excess of payments imposed on the more affluent. Class III. — Persons being paupers, sent by Justices of the Peace for the County, pursuant to the provisions of the said Act of Parliament."
        Founded in 1814, the Asylum was by the time of this appeal overwhelmed by the number of County residents needing care, especially from Class III; and, after the failure of efforts to find adjoining land allowing enlargement of facilities on the old mixed principle, decision was taken to build a new center for Class I and II patients within a half-mile's distance. The original provision that better-off patients paying according to their abilities would subsidize the care of the others was explicitly to be maintained, as per the solicitation in hand.
        Conjoined is a => full-page engraving of the proposed design, signed "Warrington, sc." The completed Coton Hill opened in 1854. Its main portions have been demolished though the chapel in the engraving and a gatehouse still stand.
        Provenance: "Dr. J.S. Butler" stamped at the top of p. 1; we note that there was a Dr. J.S. Butler who was a noted psychiatrist in Connecticut in the 1850s, 1860s, and 1870s.
        Searches of NUC, WorldCat, and COPAC locate only one copy worldwide, although we know of one other.

The two leaves starting to separate at top, with gentle age-toning and small chipping and closed tears to edges and fold; one tear barely touches platemark and there is light offsetting to the plate from something once laid between the leaves. => An attractive, unusual, and informative prospectus.  (38890)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Four Works in One Volume

Toland, John.  Christianity not mysterious, or, A treatise shewing, that there is nothing in the gospel contrary to reason, nor above it, and that no Christian doctrine can be properly call’d a mystery ... to which is added, an apology for Mr. Toland in relation to the parliament of Ireland’s ordering this to be burnt. [with three other works, as below, bound in]. London: no publisher/printer, 1702. 8vo. xxxii, 174, 46 pp.
$800.00

[bound with same author's] Nazarenus, or, Jewish, gentile, and Mahometan Christianity. Containing the history of the antient Gospel of Barnabas, and the modern Gospel of the Mahometans, attributed to the same apostle... London: Pr. and sold by J. Brown ... [et al.], 1718. 8vo. xxv, 85, 57, 16 pp. [bound with the same author's] Tetradymus... London: Printed by J. Brotherton ... [et al.], 1720. 8vo. xxii, 226 pp. [also bound in] Hodegus confuted... London: Printed for T. Warner, 1721. 8vo. 47 pp.
        Sammelband of four works whose contents discuss such diverse topics as: Gospel of Barnabas (Islamic), Deism, Islam and its relations with Christianity, Ebionism, Christianity and Judaism, the Celtic Church, "an Irish manuscript of the Four Gospels," Criticism and interpretation of Exodus, and Hypatia (d. 415). There are some very handsome headpieces and initials; two title-pages (Nazarenus and Tetradymus) are in red and black.

ESTC T114605 (Christianity); T139629 (Nazarenus); T139630 (Tetradymus); T36575 (Hodegus). Library buckram; title gilt-stamped and lower half of spine with discolorations where a shelf-label was surely removed. Imprint line of Nazarenus, shaved; library bookplate, call number, stamp to bottom edge (only). Intermittently, some dust-soiling or other stains; generally a clean and decent compendium.  (19905)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Sallust for the 19th Century

Sallustius Crispus, Gaius [i.e., Sallust].  C. Crispi Sallustii Opera quae exstant. Accedunt orationes et epistolae ex historiarum libris superstites. Londini: Basil Montagu Pickering [colophon: excudebant Whittingham et Wilkins], 1864. 4to (28.7 cm, 11.25"). [4], 191, [1] pp.
$150.00

Sallust (Caius Sallustius Crispus, 86–35 B.C.) is the earliest known Roman historian with works surviving without doubts as to authorship. His two chief works, the Bellum Catalinae and the Bellum Jugurthinum, are both present here; they deal respectively with the rebellion of Catiline and Rome's war against the Numidian King, Jugurtha. Several pages of historical fragments round out the volume. As one might expect from a Pickering production, the text is neatly organized and embellished with wood-engraved decorative initials and the occasional head- or tailpiece.
        Provenance: Booklabel and small rubber-stamp from B.M. Pickering Bookseller on endpapers; inked Latin inscription of Charles Richard Stevens giving the book to Francis Eduard Dunford dated 1864 at Eton on front endpaper. Most recently in the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.

Pickering & Chatto, William Pickering (catalogue 708), 321. On Sallust, see: Oxford Companion to Classical Literature, pp. 505–506. 19th-century blue-green morocco, spine lettered in gilt, covers and turn-ins outlined with double fillets, board edges with dotted roll in blind, French curl marbled endpapers, all edges stained red; binding unevenly faded, rubbed with slightest loss of leather, moderate foxing to endpapers. Otherwise a scarce few spots or dust-soiled leaves, a few pencilled bibliographical notes on front endpaper, one small paper flaw from manufacture, and booklabels, stamp, and inscription as above. => An attractive production.  (38843)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Signed by Both the Poet & the Artist — With Original Bearden Lithograph

Walcott, Derek; Romare Bearden, illus. & ed.  The Caribbean poetry of Derek Walcott & the art of Romare Bearden. New York: The Limited Editions Club, 1983. Folio (31.1 cm, 12.25"). xix, [1], 210, [4] pp.; col. illus.
$800.00

For this Limited Editions Club production, "distinguished artist Romare Bearden has culled his favorite representative pieces from Derek Walcott's output of the past twenty years." The poems are chronologically arranged, with => each section opening with a vibrantly energetic double-page spread painted by Bearden, an award-winning African-American artist and writer. Joseph Brodsky supplied the introduction; the text was set in Monotype Bembo by Michael and Winifred Bixler and printed by the Anthoensen Press in Portland, Maine, while the illustrations were reproduced by the Seaboard Lithograph Corporation and the original lithograph (see below) was hand-printed on Rives paper at the Blackburn Studio, New York.
        This is numbered copy 1063 of 2000 printed, signed by Walcott and Bearden at the colophon. An original Bearden lithograph (numbered 35/275) is included, laid in at the back of the volume. The appropriate LEC newsletter is also included.
        Binding: Caribbean-inspired linen with a sun and sea pattern combining warm reds and golds with cool blues and greens, created specifically for this volume by Bearden (marking the first time "an artist has designed his own fabric expressly for our edition" per the newsletter) and silk-screened in Italy by Ratti d.

Bibliography of the Fine Books Published by the Limited Editions Club, 533. Binding as above, in the original gray paper–covered slipcase with silver gilt spine title; slipcase with spine and edges sunned, volume in beautiful condition. => Attractively crafted, and the performance of an all-star "cast."  (38924)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

"I Trust It Will Prove Comprehensive & Readable" — Endpapers Designed by WAD

Crowninshield, Francis Boardman, comp.  The story of George Crowninshield's yacht, Cleopatra's Barge on a voyage of pleasure to the Western islands and the Mediterranean, 1816–1817. Boston: Privately Printed [D.B. Updike, The Merrymount Press], 1913. 4to (29 cm, 11.4"). xii, 259, [1] pp.; 39 plts. (incl. 4 fold.).
$200.00

D.B. Updike's Merrymount Press printing of an early 19th-century narrative of the voyages of members of the influential Crowninshield family of Salem, MA, through the Azores, Madeira, Tangier, Spain, France, and more, aboard the then –newly crafted Cleopatra's Barge. The travelogue was "compiled from journals, letters, and log-book" by a later member of the family. Cleopatra's Barge, in the journey described here, is credited as being the first pleasure craft to successfully cross the Atlantic; the ship was later sold to King Kamehameha II of Hawaii.
        The work is split into an introduction about George Crowninshield and the ship's construction, the voyage itself, a conclusion detailing the loss of both George and Cleopatra's Barge, and a section titled "Account of the 'Jefferson'," which briefly explores the yacht's time as a privateer during the War of 1812. The text is profusely illustrated with facsimiles of source material, pictures taken from the yacht's journal, paintings, and other images. The endpapers were designed by W.A. Dwiggins and are illustrated in three different tones in a watercolor style.
        Provenance: From the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.

Updike, Merrymount Press, 390. Not in Agner, Books of WAD (!). Publisher's red cloth, spine lettered and decorated in gilt, front cover with floral and ribbon frame surrounding lettering, back gilt-stamped in a panel design, top edge gilt, others untrimmed; gently rubbed, corners slightly bowing inwards, untrimmed edges dust-soiled. Small specklings to paper, from manufacture; light age-toning and occasional offsetting from plates to opposite pages. A readable and evocative text, often opinionated, that is much enhanced by its well-chosen and well-produced illustrations.  (38835)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

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