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Wilde, Oscar.  The works of Oscar Wilde: Salome, the duchess of Padua, Vera. New York: Lamb Publishing Co., 1909. (20.6 cm, 8.125"). Frontis., [2], 430 pp.; 6 plts.

"How beautiful is the Princess Salome tonight!"
        A few of Oscar Wilde's works are presented here with several illustrations by English illustrator — and perhaps an equally as controversial figure as the author — Aubrey Beardsley. This volume, which belongs to a set of 15, contains Wilde's "Salome," "The Duchess of Padua," and "Vera."
        The "Sunflower Edition" was limited to 1,000 copies, this being a copy without an inked number.

Three-quarters tan calf and marbled paper–covered boards, gilt lettering on red and green panels and gilt decoration to spine, top edge gilt and endpapers marbled; rubbed overall, some dark spotting to leather. A few leaves dirtied. Unopened.  (38696)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Pilkington, Mrs. (Mary).  Confidence in parents, the only security for happiness; or, The misery that is certain to attend deceit. New Haven: From Sidney's Press, 1817 [i.e., 1818]. 24mo (14 cm; 5.5") 46, [2] pp.

Mrs. Pilkington (1766-1839) was an English poet and novelist who wrote at least 40 publications before 1825. Many of her works were for the children, as here. "Confidence in Parents" treats of conduct, the relationship of mothers and daughters, marriage, gambling, death, and social classes. Presented as a cautionary tale.
        The date on the front wrapper is "1818" while that on the title-page is "1817."
        WorldCat locates only one library worldwide reporting ownership (American Antiquarian Society).

Shaw& Shoemaker, 41826; Welch 1000. Original rose-colored wrappers; stained and foxed copy in the text. A good copy but one that has suffered from time in improper environmental conditions. Price accordingly.  (38693)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Caldecott's Beasts with Human Counterparts

Aesopus [Aesop]; Randolph Caldecott, illus.; Alfred Caldecott, trans.  Some of Aesop's fables with modern instances shewn in designs ... London: Macmillan & Co. (pr. by R. & R. Clark), 1883. Large 4to (28.8 cm, 11.3"). [8], 79, [1] pp.; illus.

First Caldecott edition: The classic tales enhanced by cleverly paired animal-and-human illustrations done by the artist for whom the Caldecott Award was named. Each story features a traditional rendering of the creature(s) involved, and an opposing image offering "modern" social commentary — for example, "The Fisherman and the Little Fish" is illustrated first with a literal depiction of the title, then with a man holding fast to his small bag of funds despite the banker encouraging him to invest in "El Fabuloso Silver Mine." Other modern characters include art critics, campaigners, and a group of Irishmen calling for Home Rule.
        Randolph Caldecott's younger brother Alfred provided => new translations of the fables from the original Greek (this book being the only work on which the two collaborated), and the Caldecott illustrations were engraved on wood by J.D. Cooper.
        Provenance: Front free endpaper with early inked inscription of Geoffrey Walter Wedgwood.

Publisher's terra cotta cloth–covered boards, front and back cover pictorially stamped in dark brown; edges and extremities rubbed, spine slightly darkened, front lower edge with spots of soiling. Inscription as above. Moderate foxing to endpapers and first and last few leaves, with a handful (only) of scattered spots elsewhere. => A solid and enjoyable copy.  (38661)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Sketchley, Arthur.  Mrs. Brown at Brighton. London: George Routledge & Sons, The Broadway, Ludgate, (Printed by Simmons and Botten, Shoe Lane), [1875]. 16mo (16 cm, 6.25"). 143, [1] pp, [5 (ads)] ff.

In the "Mrs. Brown" series. A humorous account => in London dialect of Mrs. Brown's adventures, surprises, and confusions in Brighton. With a lurid color illustrations of Brown being startled by an octopus. The endpapers and ads at the rear are for inexpensive novels and books in Routledge's "Railway" series. Publication date from Topp.

Topp, Victorian Yellowbacks & Paperbacks, 1849-1905, I, 252. Paper-covered boards, chipped with loss of lower outer corner of rear board; front board creased and rubbed at edges; some soiling. A good, not a very good, copy.  (38691)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Fraser's Illustrated Nursery Rhymes — Bold, Bright, a Tad Theatrical!

Fraser, Claud Lovat, illus.  Nursery rhymes with pictures. London: T.C. & E.C. Jack (pr. by Thomas Nelson & Sons), [1919]. Small 4to (26.8 cm, 10.5"). 46, [2] pp.; col. illus.

Classic children's verses, with numerous large color and small black and white illustrations by the English artist and theatrical designer Fraser (1890–1921), co-founder of the Sign of the Flying Fame. While some of the rhymes selected here overlap with Fraser's Nurse Lovechild's Legacy from 1916, the artwork is new and different.
        Binding: Publisher's color printed paper–covered boards with cloth shelfback, in publisher's original dust jacket; now housed in an open-back, cloth-covered slipcase with gilt-stamped leather spine label.

Bound as above, jacket darkened, spine and extremities rubbed with lower outer back corner repaired; short tears from central cut-out. Boards slightly sprung, cream paper showing very minor soiling only, free endpapers with offsetting from pastedowns. Pages crisp and clean, some with light offsetting from images opposite. => A desirable copy of the first edition, in the now-uncommon dust jacket.  (38643)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

A Big, TALL Children's Picture Book

Bingham, Clifton.  Proverbs old newly told. London, Paris, New York: Raphael Tuck & Sons, [ca. 1900]. Folio (33.8 cm, 13.3"). [36] pp.; col. illus.

Bingham's reworded versions of these classic proverbs are accompanied by anonymously done, medieval-inspired illustrations — many of which demonstrate a healthy fear of livestock including bulls, dogs, cats, and even sheep! => Each page features a full-page design, 12 of which are chromolithographed. This handsome production comes from Raphael Tuck & Sons, publishers by appointment to King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra.

Publisher's color-printed paper–covered boards with red cloth shelfback, hinges (inside) tender; binding slightly sunned and showing mild to moderate wear overall, sides with small scuffs and spots of discoloration. Front free endpaper with small chip to outer margin. Pages age-toned, otherwise clean. A pleasing copy of a delightful work.  (38667)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

"Little Orphant Annie's Come to Our House to Stay"

Riley, James Whitcomb; Ethel Franklin Betts, illus.  The Orphant Annie book. Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill Co., (copyright 1908). 4to (29.4 cm, 11.6"). [30] pp.; 8 col. plts.

Riley's beloved poems for children, here in => the first edition with Betts's illustrations. Philadelphia-born Ethel Franklin Betts (1877–1959) was a prolific illustrator, particularly of magazines and children's books; here her work first enhances the classic piece that inspired many differently imagined "Little Orphan Annies" across the decades — although Riley's little homemaker and teller of moral horror stories does not much remind one of any of her later avatars in the funny papers, in films or on the radio, or on Broadway!
        Also present here are six other poems including "Billy Miller's Circus-Show," "The Squirt-Gun Uncle Maked Me," and "Lizabuth-Ann on Bakin'-Day" for which Betts supplied additional full-page, color-printed depictions of children playing outdoors, watching a circus clown, visiting horses, etc. In addition to her eight plates, the poems are decorated with small vignettes and bordered with floral frames, the vignettes and frames being printed in shades of orange and green.
        Provenance: Front fly-leaf with early inked inscription of Marjorie S. Ingraham of South Lynnfield, MA.

BAL 16687. Publisher's dark green cloth, covers with color-printed illustration; light wear to edges and extremities, covers with a few small scuffs. Fly-leaf with inscription as above and with tiny paper adhesions at top and lower edges. Pages and plates clean. => A landmark American children's book, here in a delightful copy.  (38674)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

From Cottage to Castle

E.F.  The castles of Montreuil and Barre; or, the histories of the Marquis La Brun and the Baron La Marche, the late inhabitants and proprietors of the two castles. A gothic story. London: Printed & sold by S. Fisher, 1801. 4to (18.8 cm, 7.375"). Engr. frontis., 48 pp.

Scarce Gothic tale of haunted castles, undercover noblemen, and nested stories, here with a => dramatic engraved frontispiece drawn by Tomkins and engraved by Hartley. The text first appeared as "The Two Castles, a Romance" (by E.F.) in The Lady's Magazine in 1797 and 1798, before being printed separately in 1799; surviving copies of separately published editions are scarce, with searches of WorldCat, COPAC, and the NUC revealing => only two copies of this edition held in U.S. institutions (Yale, Northwestern).
        Provenance: From the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.

This edition not in NSTC. 20th-century quarter red calf and pebbled cloth, gilt lettering on spine, all edges speckled red, blue ribbon placemarker present but detached; very gently rubbed, glue action to front endpapers from binding. Light age-toning and staining with a handful of spots, a few instances of uneven edges or missing corners from paper manufacture, one small marginal inked word; in fact, a good copy of a kind of thing often read to death. => And, still, a fun, quick read.  (38567)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Aesop for American Children

Aesopus [Aesop].  Fables of Aesop and others, translated into English: With instructive applications, and a print before each fable. Philadelphia: L. Johnson, 1831. 24mo. Frontis., 358 pp.; illus.

Philadelphia printing of Croxall's popular rendition of Aesop's fables, each fable being decorated with its own wood-engraved illustration (some signed by James Poupard) and provided with a moral analysis by the translator; the index gives a list of moral qualities with their applicable fables. The preface here asserts that children are blank paper upon which morality must be written, and that the children of America, "born with free blood in their veins" (p. xvii), must be "taught to love and cherish [liberty] above all things."
        Provenance: Early inked ownership inscription in upper portion of title-page, "Saml. Reinoehl"; later, front pastedown with pencilled ownership inscription and title-page with affixed ownership slip of George H. Reinoehl. Most recently in the children's book collection of Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.

American Imprints 5642. Not in Rosenbach, Children's; this ed. not in Hamilton, Early American Book Illustrators, but see 199 for previous printings of Poupard's illustrations. Contemporary quarter sheep and paste paper–covered sides, spine with gilt-stamped title, all edges saffron; worn and rubbed, spine sunned. Ownership indicia as above. Text foxed and stained, with occasional small pencil marks; one leaf with paper flaw; an evocative old book.  (38646)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Iconic Orientalism

Omar Khayyám; Edmund Dulac, illus.; Edward Fitzgerald, trans.  Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám. New York & London: Hodder & Stoughton (pr. by T. & A. Constable at the Edinburgh University Press), [1909]. 4to (28.7 cm, 11.25"). Illum. t.-p., [10], 120 pp.; 20 col. plts.

First trade edition of this deluxe production: Fitzgerald's classic translation with => 20 gorgeous chromolithographic mounted and tipped-in plates by Dulac. These romantically exotic images are among Dulac's most beloved, and appear here in painstakingly color-printed glory, each plate within an arabesque border.

Publisher's tan cloth, front cover with ornate gilt-stamped peacock and elephant frame and spine simply gilt-lettered; joints, spine extremities, and corners showing minor wear. Gutters pulling slightly inside free endpapers; one plate with crease along one corner; two pages each with small spot of foxing in outer margin, pages otherwise clean. => Stunning, covetable illustrations.  (38670)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

A Mark Twain "First" — Classic Kredel Illustrations

Hoffmann, Heinrich; Mark Twain, trans.; Fritz Kredel, illus.  Slovenly Peter [Der Struwwelpeter]. New York: Pr. for the members of the Limited Editions Club by The Marchbanks Press, 1935. Folio (32.4 cm, 12.75"). [2], 34, [2] double-fold pp.; col. illus.

Mark Twain's translation of these wickedly entertaining stories about => the hideous fates waiting for naughty (and sometimes really bad) children, here done up in typically impressive Limited Editions Club style. Hoffmann first published Der Struwwelpeter in 1845; the prospectus for this LEC edition notes that Twain's version of the text had => never before appeared in print. Twain's daughter, Clara Clemens, supplied the foreword, and Fritz Kredel adapted Hoffmann's original illustrations for new watercolor versions, hand-colored in Fred Fulton's studio. This is numbered copy 184 of 1500 printed; the prospectus is laid in.
        Binding: Bound by George McKibbin & Son in quarter red morocco with the sides covered in a gaily color-printed cloth by LeRoy H. Appleton, with the volume housed in an blue velvet–covered chemise lined with the same Appleton cloth, in a matching open-back slipcase.
        Provenance: Front pastedown with bookplate of Charles Edward Willock, Jr.

BAL 3555; Bibliography of the Fine Books Published by the Limited Editions Club, 68. Binding as above, with slipcase and chemise both sunned, rubbed, and chipped as seems to be their norm. The volume itself fresh and bright. Prospectus slip with light crease. Pages clean and crisp.  (38683)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Mid-19th-Century Diary of a Christian American Woman

Soule, E.P.  Manuscript on paper, in English. "Common place-book." [U.S.: 1855–56]. 16mo (15.1 cm, 5.9"). [76 (59 filled)] pp.

This intriguing volume appears to have been intended originally to serve as an alphabetically themed collection of references to religious meditations — but although the capital index-letters are present along with some of their accompanying original headers ("Faith in conflict"), the pages were instead eventually filled with journal entries by a devoutly Christian woman, in an entirely different hand. While Mrs. Soule occasionally describes the weather, for the most part her writings here are focused on her dedication to her faith; she was the sort of person who could visit a relative's home, discover "quite a number of young people there," and afterwards write "how small the compensation in one's mind, for sacrificing quiet retirement & moments of reflection for the heartless frivolity of those who prefer this world's pleasures to the society of the pious & learned." Her thoughts, often expressed in the forms of prayer, become darker and larger when touching on emotional subjects such as her feelings when her beloved husband tries to convince her of her faults with a shortage of "gentle words," or when she perceives indifference in her fellow church-goers at Christmas. At one point she mentions preparing "the bequest of dear Brother Ready, to send to the Institution at Minnesota," but it is unclear whether she herself has Minnesotan connections; towards the back of the volume, contemplating her own death, she addresses her daughter Anna, and entreats her husband (away on business at the time of writing) to forget any misapprehensions or conflicts in their past.
        One internal leaf (the one that would have been marked L) and the last few pages here (W through Z) have been excised, and one PRB&M'er, noting that Mrs. Soule often she examines herself, or faults herself, for complaining even to her journal, wonders if this was self-censorship. => The text ends mid-sentence.
        Provenance: The inscriptions are in at least two different scripts; the back pastedown is inscribed (upside-down) "E.F. Putnam [/] Theolog. Seminary [/] Alexandria DC," while another inscription on the front free endpaper gives "E.P. Soule [/] 1855" (this being the script most clearly matching the actual journal entries), with what seems to be a later addition directly under the above inscription that reads "Thoughts in moments of retirement. To my beloved husband."

Contemporary half dark blue roan and blue, green, and yellow marbled paper–covered sides; cockled, worn and rubbed, with paper starting to peel at back outer edge. Traces of spots of red adhesions at four outer corners of front pastedown and front free endpaper. Some waterstaining, occasionally smearing or obscuring a few words; excisions as noted.  (38315)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

From a Caney, Kansas Nyal

Hill, Janet McKenzie.  Nyal cook book. Practical recipes that have been tested in actual use. Detroit: Nyal Company, (copyright 1916). 12mo (19.4 cm, 7.625"). Frontis., [20], 228 pp.; 7 double-sided plts.

First edition. "For sale only at Nyal Quality Drug Stores," this cookbook was compiled by one of the leading lights of the Boston Cooking School: Janet McKenzie Hill, editor of the Boston Cooking School Magazine. The recipes are illustrated with a total of eight halftone process photographic pages — a frontispiece and seven double-sided plate leaves, each page with three images, each leaf with six — two halftone pages having been lightly rubber-stamped, as is the front free endpaper, by the Nyal Store of Caney, KS.
        Binding: Publisher's sage green paper–covered boards with brown cloth shelfback, covers color-printed with a young woman wearing a frilly cap and apron mixing ingredients in a bowl.

Bitting, 228. Not in Brown, Culinary Americana. Bound as above, edges and extremities lightly rubbed; covers with small scuffs, front cover with thin scratch. One plate and attached leaf separated. Nyal stamps as above. A very few recipes with pencilled marks of emphasis, one page in dessert section with small stains and a dog-earned corner, pages otherwise clean. This is not a facsimile or reprint — it is a cleaner copy of the first edition than often seen on the market, with interesting commercial provenance.  (38622)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

CHARADES Make an Early Appearance in English Entertainment

Mayhew, Augustus, & Henry Mayhew.  Acting charades or deeds not words, a Christmas game to make a long evening short. London: D. Bogue (pr. by Henry Vizetelly), [1849]. 16mo (17 cm, 6.75"). Frontis., engr. t.-p., [v]–x, [2], 158, [2] pp.; illus.

First edition of one of the earliest English game manuals to introduce charades: This volume offers => 30 detailed scenarios for three-part dumbshows intended to prompt the audience to guess particular phrases or words — for instance, the pantomime for "footbath" opens with Cinderella's moment of triumph, proceeds to Marat in the tub, and closes with an old gentleman with the flu. The preface gives a brief background of the game (acknowledging its newness and alleging its French origins) and a guide to expressing various emotions by gesture.
        => The hand-colored frontispiece ("Arise Sir John!"), engraved title-page with likewise hand-colored vignette, and comic silhouette illustrations were all done by H.G. Hine.
        Binding: Publisher's red cloth, front cover with gilt-stamped decorative title; with binder's ticket of Bone & Son on back pastedown.
        Provenance: From the children's book collection of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.

NSTC 2M21798. Binding as above; spine and edges darkened, gilt dimmed, corners and spine extremities slightly rubbed, outer edge of back board and back free endpaper (only) showing tidemark. Small bookseller's ticket on front pastedown now mostly effaced. Pages clean. Prettily bound though no longer quite "bright"; indeed, a very nice copy.  (38638)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

"Make Use of Those Powers of Reasoning & Observation
       Which a Bountiful Creator Has Bestowed upon You . . . "

Hack, Maria.  Harry Beaufoy; or, the pupil of nature. London: Harvey & Darton, 1821. 24mo (14.3 cm, 5.6"). Frontis., vii, [1], 194, [2] pp.

First edition: the best-known work of a popular writer of educational books for children. This tale of => Harry's scientific awakening was partly inspired by Paley's Natural Theology (acknowledgedly so, at the beginning of the preface here); at the time of its publication, the Quarterly Journal of Education praised it as a pedagogical accomplishment "in which the mechanism of the human frame is explained so simply, and so clearly, that children of ten years old can fully understand and take an interest in the perusal." The frontispiece, engraved by H. Melville after E.B. Hack (not the author's husband, but possibly a member of his family), depicts Harry admiring an experiment his father is showing him in a well-appointed library, while his mother and dog look on. => It should be noted that in many passages it is Harry's mother who is his instructor, and in one striking one he is allowed to be present when a medical man comes to the house at her request to bleed her.
        Provenance: Front free endpaper with inked inscription: "S. Doubleday to H. Doubleday [/] 1822." Most recently in the children's book collection of Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.

NCBEL, III, 1089; NSTC 2H824. Contemporary quarter red roan in imitation of morocco with marbled paper–covered sides, spine with gilt-stamped title; edges and extremities rubbed, spine leather showing tiny cracks, sides a bit scuffed. Pages gently age-toned with scattered small faint spots, some cockling. A solid, clean copy of an influential work of natural theology and scientific pedagogy.  (38642)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

A Different Take on Cromwell vs. the King

[Bancks, John].  The life of Oliver Cromwell, Lord Protector of the Commonwealth of England, Scotland, and Ireland: Containing particularly his decent, his first advances to popularity, his wonderful success in the civil wars, Battle of Worcester, &c. &c. Stourbridge: Heming & Tallis, [ca. 1815]. 12mo (19 cm, 7.5"). Frontis., [2], [7]–28 pp.

Rare version of Cromwell's life and military successes: WorldCat and Copac find => no institutional holdings of this sole, separately-printed edition. The biography is attributed to "A Gentleman of the Middle Temple," but the text is for the most part adapted from of A Short Critical Review of the Political Life of Oliver Cromwell by John Bancks (or Banks, 1709–51), a bookseller, poet, and biographer; there seems to have been some confusion with the Restoration-era playwright John Banks (d. 1706).
        The present rendition was excerpted from the first eight chapters of the Critical Review, and closes with a discussion of Cromwell's burial; much of Bancks's editorializing regarding the conduct of the king and other political matters has been removed, providing an interesting contrast to the original work. => According to the DNB, the work in its first state earned Bancks accusations of being an enemy of the monarchy due to its sympathetic tone towards Cromwell — a major difference from all previous biographies.
        => This edition features a wood-engraved frontispiece done by Turnbull after Harper.
        Provenance: From the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.

Not in NSTC (CD version). On Bancks, see: Oxford Dictionary of National Biography online. Recent light blue paper–covered boards, front cover with printed paper label. Frontispiece recto (back) with rubber-stamped numeral and pencilled annotation, no other markings. Pages age-toned with spots of minor staining, edges slightly ragged, corners bumped. An intriguing oddity.  (38654)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

BAL Woman Author

Hamilton, Gail [pseud. of Mary Abigail Dodge].  [drop-title] Tracts for the times: Courage. [New York: C.B. Richardson], 1862. 8vo (23 cm, 8.75"). 4 pp.

First edition of the author's second separately published work: It was first printed in the 27 January 1862 issue of The Congregationalist.

BAL 4703; Sabin 20506. Removed from a nonce volume. Last leaf with tears (repaired). Age-toned.  (38407)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

A Charming PICTORIAL English Grammar

Crowquill, Alfred [pseud. of Charles Robert Forrester & Alfred Henry Forrester].  The pictorial grammar. London: Harvey & Darton, [1842]. 8vo (17.3 cm, 6.8"). [4], 75, [1] pp.; illus.

First edition: Humorous children’s introduction to the principles of English grammar, with the illustrations and their captions providing lighthearted relief from the rigors of linguistics. In some cases the Forrester brothers worked together under the Crowquill pseudonym, while in others Alfred Henry Forrester made use of the name for works created solely by him; the present item was written by Charles Robert and illustrated by Alfred Henry.
        Provenance: 20th-century bookplate of Joseph B. Taylor. Most recently in the children's book collection of Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.

Allibone, I, 455 (“Comic English Grammar”); Osborne Collection 121; Gumuchian 1955, 1956 (for later editions). Contemporary quarter red morocco with paper-covered sides, spine with gilt-stamped title; edges and extremities scuffed, spine darkened, paper with small areas of discoloration. Ownership indicia as above; pages slightly age-toned.  (38651)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

More Than Meets the Eye

Bible. N.T. Greek. 1633.  [in Greek, transliterated as] Tēs Kainēs Diathēkēs apanta. [then in roman] Novi Testamenti libri omnes, recens nunc editi: cum notis & animaduersionibus doctissimorum, praesertim vero, Roberti Stephani, Josephi Scaligeri, Isaaci Casauboni. Variae item lectiones ex antiquissimis exemplaribus, & celeberrimis bibliothecis, desumptae. Londini [i.e., Leiden]: Apud [B. and A. Elzevir for] Richardum Whittakerum, bibliopolam, 1633. 8vo (17 cm, 6.625"). [8], 459, [13] pp.

"Surprise" Elzevir New Testament with an interesting production history: Darlow and Moule note that this "London, Whittaker" text was printed by the Elzevir press in Leyden and later sold under their name in 1641, with all but four passages — three of these taken from the 1576 H. Stephanus' edition — matching the second Elzevir edition of 1633. The supplementary notes, indeed by R. Whittaker, come however from the 1622 Greek Testament printed by J. Bill of London. Notes by Robert Estienne, Joseph Juste Scaliger, and Isaac Casaubon follow the New Testament.
        The text is pleasingly printed in two columns using Greek type with numbered verses and woodcut initials at the start of each book; the dedication and some notes appear in Latin with woodcut initials and one decorative headpiece. One of the Elzevirs' "Non solus" printer's devices also appears on the title-page, and this is the edition where *4v contains the last line: "tem opportunitatis . . . Vale."
        Binding: 18th-century black morocco, spine gilt with spiky-floral compartment stamps surrounded by frames of rules and dots; covers framed in gilt and blind with roll of scallops, dashes, and fillets and with same spine ornament gilt at corners. Turn-ins with gilt floral roll a little extending onto board edges, double-combed marbled endpapers, all edges gilt.
        Provenance: On front free endpaper, 18th-century inked signature of Charles Mays (or Mayo or Mayor) and 19th-century gift inscription "Charles H. Roberts M.A. from Fred Renshaw(e)"; most recently in the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.

ESTC S90878; Darlow & Moule 4680; STC (rev. ed.) 2798.5; Willems 397. Bound as above, rubbed, hinges (inside) starting to crack, the whole still attractive and the volume strong; text with the occasional spot, very faint waterstaining through perhaps a third of the text, and top edges closely trimmed touching headers on a few leaves. Provenance indicia as above, later pencilled bibliographical citations on front free endpaper, and "1633" on endpaper in ink. => A production both erudite and aesthetically pleasing.  (38430)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Allix, Pierre (a.k.a. Peter).  Remarks upon the ecclesiastical history of the ancient churches of the Piedmont. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1821. 8vo. xvi, iii, 361 pp.

Allix (1641–1717) was a French transplant to England. The first edition of this work appeared in 1690.

19th-century half brown calf with stone pattern marbled paper sides. Ex-library: call number on binding in white, bookplate on front pastedown, rubber-stamps, pencilling. Some stray stains. Endpapers and early leaves foxed.  (38689)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Only "The Transactions of the Most Finished & Notorious Cheat
       That Ever Disgraced Human Nature" — NOT a Piracy!

(Price, Charles).  A new edition. Being a more minute and particular account of that consummate adept in deception, Charles Price, otherwise Patch, many years a stock-broker and lottery-office-keeper in London and Westminster. London: Printed for the editor ... sold by G. Kearsley, 1786. 12mo in 4s (18.1 cm, 7.125"). 48 pp.; 1 folding plt.

As the title-page helpfully explains, "In this edition the whole of [Price's] various forgeries and frauds are circumstantially related; together with his origin, and all the material occurrences of his life, equally disgraceful to human nature, till he began that desperate undertaking of forgeries on the Bank of England. In the carrying on of which, he, in the most artful and surprising manner, baffled every mode of detection, set on foot by the directors and the magistrates of Bow-Street, for a series of six years." This offering comes with => a folding frontispiece of Price in both his regular clothes and in disguise, and an absolutely scathing advertisement page warning readers away from the James Ridgeway edition as it is "the most pitiful piracy that ever disgraced the records of illiberal imposition."
        First covered in the English Chronicle, Price was a popular biographical subject, with three different editions of this work printed in 1786 alone. Searches of COPAC, WorldCat, and the NUC reveal only one holding of this edition in a U.S. institution (Princeton).
        Provenance: From the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.

ESTC N49660. 19th-century quarter tan linen and blue paper–covered boards, both darkened, with gilt lettering and ruling on spine; spine lightly dust-soiled, light pencilling on endpapers. Light age-toning and spotting, a few creased edges; one missing corner, one short marginal tear to plate not quite reaching impression, and one torn and uneven leaf from flawed paper manufacture (pp. 29/30) affecting text. One inked page number and one correction of Latin spelling. => Colorful biography and colorful publishing commentary.  (38564)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Rümann, Arthur.  Alte deutsche Kinderbücher: mit bibliographie und einhundertfünfzig bildtafeln. Wien: Herbert Reichner Verlag, 1937. 8vo (23.9 cm, 9.375"). 101, [3] pp.; 143 ff. plts. (some col.)

From the foreword: "Das thema 'Alte Kinderbücher" gerwinnt von Jahr zu Jahr an Interesse. Vielleicht ist es ein Stück Sehnsucht einer überkultivierten Menschheit nach der traumhaft naiven Welt der Kinderzeit, eine Parallele zu Rousseau's "Zurück zur Natur!". Wie dem auch sei, Tatsache ist, daß der Kreis der Liebhaber alter Kinderbücher sich beträchtlich vergrößert hat. So lag es nache, — trotz dem Vorhandensein eines so trefflichen Büchleins wie desjenigen von Karl Hobrecker über das Thema — dieses erneut aufzugreifen und in einer gut ausgestatteten Veröffentlichung einem stets größer werdenden Liebhaberkreis vorzulegen."
        An important and standard work on German children's books mainly from the 18th century and first half of the 19th.
        This is copy no. 161 of an unstated 500 copies.

Publisher's orange cloth with burgundy lettering to spine and front board; boards faded and slightly warped, spine lightly sunned. Ink signature to front free endpaper, interior age-toned. The front panel of the original dust jacket (age-toned and edgeworn) is laid in.  (38617)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Hamilton, Sinclair, intro.; & Frank Weitenkampf, foreword.  Early American book illustrators and wood engravers, 1670–1870: a catalogue of a collection of American books illustrated for the most part with woodcuts and wood engravings in the Princeton University Library. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Library, 1958–68. 4to (28.7 cm, 11.25"). 2 vols. I: xlvii, [1], 266 pp.; 28 ff. plts. II: xv, [1], 178 pp.; 8 ff. plts.

From the foreword by Frank Weitenkampf: "Most of that remarkable and colorful period, the nineteenth century, is mirrored in the illustrated books in the present catalogue. The record is well worth while. That century, so often brushed aside as just 'Victorian,' was really a time of astonishing and diverse performances, of noteworthy accomplishments and lasting results in various spheres of thought and activity, of a kaleidoscopic effect as one regards its history. As the Hamilton Collection shows, book illustration shared in that rich variety, in changing taste, point of view, and individual expression."
        The first volume, published in 1958, contains the main catalogue, and the second volume, published in 1968, contains the supplement. The prospectus and a brochure for the exhibit are laid in.
        Provenance: A small booklabel ("EHH") on the front pastedown of each volume; most recently in the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.

Publisher's brown cloth with gilt lettering to spines and gilt emblems on front boards; extremities lightly rubbed. Interiors are clean.  (38612)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

"A Parable, An Allegory, A Morality"

Faulkner, William.  A fable. New York: Random House, (1954). 8vo (21.6 cm, 8.5"). [10], 437, [1] pp.

"The crowning achievement of William Faulkner's distinguished and honored career, A Fable has been nine years in the writing, from the time it was conceived in December of 1944 until it was completed in November in 1953."
        Faulkner's allegorical novel set during World War I, which the American author dedicated nine years to writing in the hopes of it becoming his greatest work, was awarded a Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award for Fiction. Despite the awards, A Fable is seen as Faulkner's lesser work compared to his other better known novels and short stories. The effort, however, was still considered a personal feat to the Nobel Prize winner.
        This is the => first trade edition, first printing.

Publisher's burgundy cloth with salmon and white lettering to spine and three black-stamped crosses with blind shadows on the front board; extremities very lightly bumped. In unpriced-clipped original blue dust jacket with white lettering; generally edgeworn with light chipping to spine-ends, rubbing to fore-edge of rear panel, minor age-toning to flaps. Interior is clean; a great copy of this modern first edition.  (38636)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Varoom! Varoom!

Wolfe, Tom.  The kandy-kolored tangerine-flake streamline baby. New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, (1965). 8vo (21.6 cm, 8.5"). xvii, [1], 339, [1] pp.; 18 pp. illus.

"In his first book, a gathering of his best work, Tom Wolfe takes a sharp-eyed look at the American scene, and zeroes in on the new, exotic forms of status–seeking — social, cultural, and otherwise — that are flourishing across the country from New York (see the celebrated "The Big League Complex") to Los Angeles (see the title story)."
        Tom Wolfe (1931–) helped usher in the New Journalism literary movement; his influence made him an important figure of the 1960s. His first book presented here contains some of his best known examples of New Journalism.
        This is the => first edition, first printing.

Publisher's white cloth with gilt lettering and yellow-stamped decorations to spine and front board, top edge stained yellow; spine-foot lightly bumped, top and bottom edges of boards faintly dirtied. In original pictorial unprice-clipped dust jacket; the slightest bit of age-toning. Interior also faintly age-toned. Overall in wonderful condition.  (38673)   Add to My BOOK-STACK


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