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Forster's Improved Anacreon

Anacreon; Edward Forster, ed.; Lavinia Banks Forster, illus.  Anacreontis Odaria, ad textus Barnesiani fidem emendata. Accedunt variae lectiones cura Edvardi Forster ... Londini: Ex officina B.R. Howlett, veneunt apud J. Murray, 1813. 8vo (18.7 cm, 7.36"). [2], 130 pp.; illus.
$350.00

Handsome example of the ever-popular songs of Anacreon, edited and prepared by Edward Forster (1769–1828) based largely on Barnes' influential text. Lavinia Banks Forster, the editor's wife, supplied the illustrations — the elegantly printed text is ornamented with => 20 copper-engraved vignettes. This is the second, revised edition, following the first of 1802.
        Binding: Contemporary black calf, covers framed and panelled in blind fillets with blind-tooled corner fleurons, gilt arabesque motifs in outer panel, rich blind roll in inner panel; spine with gilt-stamped leather title-label and gilt-stamped motifs echoing covers; board edges and turn-ins with gilt Greek key roll. All edges gilt.
        Provenance: Front fly-leaf with inked inscription of J.[F.?] Mackarness, dated 1839.

Dibdin, I, 266–67 (for first ed.); NSTC A1179; Schweiger, I, 26. Binding as above, joints and extremities with variable rubbing. Pages gently age-toned with occasional offsetting from engravings or faint spotting, otherwise clean. => A desirable copy of this extremely attractive production.  (40741)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Popular Conduct Book for French Schoolchildren — Scarce Printing

Pibrac, Guy du Faur, seigneur de.  La civilité puerile et honneste pour l'instruction des enfans. Troyes: Jean Garnier, [ca. 1750]. 16mo (16 cm, 6.29"). 87, [1], 8 pp.
$600.00

Uncommon edition: a popular, widely used primer inspired by Erasmus's De civilitate morum puerilium, here in an 18th-century French version "de nouveau corrigé, & augmentée à la fin d'un très-beau Traité pour bien apprendre l'Ortographe." Sometimes attributed to Mathurin Cordier, the work covers appropriate modes of conduct at church, in school, at the dining table, etc.; also present are a multiplication table and the 126 "Quatrains," four-line instructive verse maxims written by Pibrac. Almost all of the text — which is decorated with ornamental capitals and headpieces — is set in => the famous typeface modelled after 16th-century cursive letters and nicknamed "caractères de civilité" in honor of the present work, making the book pedagogically useful both as a guide to good manners and as a pattern for formal handwriting.
        While the various approbations and permissions are dated 1714, 1735, and 1736, Jean Garnier did not succeed his father Pierre in the publishing business until the early 1750s — and the family members who followed Pierre (including Jean's mother, the Veuve Garnier; Jean himself; and his sons Jean-Antoine and Etienne) had a documented habit of stretching royal permissions past their originally intended spans. Whatever year it was when Jean reprinted this textbook from Pierre's stock, => both the original and this version are now scarce: WorldCat finds no institutional locations anywhere reporting holding the edition with Jean Garnier's imprint, and only one holding each of the printings from Pierre Garnier and the Veuve Garnier.
        Provenance: From the children's book collection of Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.

This ed. not in Brunet, Graesse, Gumuchian, WorldCat. Later plain paper–covered light boards; spine and joints lightly worn. Some leaves trimmed closely, occasionally touching first or last letters or headers; a few pages with minor staining. One page unevenly inked by printer, with about a dozen words only faintly legible. Overall an unusually clean, fresh copy of this seldom-seen edition, clearly untouched by youthful hands.  (40737)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

A Pretty Present Indeed

 My pretty present. Thomas Nelson & Sons; London: S.W. Partridge & Co., [ca. 1885]. 18mo (14.7 cm, 5.75"). [56] pp.; illus.
$100.00

First edition: This appealing and now uncommon children's book appeared as part of both Nelson's "Short Story" series and their "My Story Box" series. The front cover bears an affixed => chromolithograph of a Greenaway-style young girl holding a posy; the title-page vignette was engraved by popular illustrators Bross and Bogart — as several subsequent images also appear to have been — and each text page features a large wood engraving, four done in silhouette style, with an accompanying paragraph telling a brief story or describing the moral to be drawn from the image. The subjects of the pictures include a poor sailor, a policeman, and a milkmaid as well as fashionably dressed children and a variety of pets and livestock. Overall, the stories stress perseverance, politeness, and kindness to animals.
        Binding: Publisher's cream paper–covered boards, front cover with mounted color-printed illustration of a young girl as above, back cover with black-stamped decorative design.
        Provenance: From the children's book collection of Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.

Binding as above, very lightly soiled, and interior with a few spots of light foxing only; a clean, lovely copy, apparently => untouched by childish hands (or only by awfully careful ones).  (40740)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

New York State Lunatic Asylum at Utica.  Nineteenth annual report of the managers of the State Lunatic Asylum. Transmitted to the legislature February 5, 1862. Albany, NY: Steam Press of Charles Van Benthuysen, 1862. 8vo (23 cm, 9"). 39, [1] pp.; 2 plts.
$35.00

The superintendent, Dr. John P. Gray (erroneously listed as "Johp P. Gray"), discusses the year's admissions and discharges, and presents many tables covering forms of mental diseases of those admitted, patients' occupations, and other topics.
        Two plates preceding the title-page show the elevation of the asylum as well as a floor plan.

Publisher's pale green wrappers printed in black; minor edgewear, shallow vertical crease through pamphlet, occasional tiny stain. Some offsetting from one plate to the other. A nice copy.  (40657)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

New York State Lunatic Asylum at Utica.  Eighteenth annual report of the managers of the State Lunatic Asylum. Transmitted to the legislature January 16, 1861. Albany, NY: Charles Van Benthuysen, printer, 1861. 8vo (23 cm, 9"). 57, [1] pp.
$35.00

The superintendent, Dr. John P. Gray, discusses the year's admissions and discharges, and presents many tables on the patients' backgrounds, crops produced at the asylum's farm and garden, and other topics.

Publisher's blue wrappers printed in black; minor edgewear, rear wrapper creased back. Very occasional small, dark spots, two instances of a phrase or passage being corrected by pasting a slip (with the edited text) on top of the incorrect passage, some offsetting from these pasted slips onto opposite leaf.  (40661)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

New York State Lunatic Asylum at Utica.  Seventeenth annual report of the managers of the State Lunatic Asylum. Transmitted to the legislature, February 7, 1860. Albany, NY: Charles Van Benthuysen, printer, 1860. 8vo (22.9 cm, 9"). 36 pp.; 2 plts.
$35.00

The superintendent, Dr. John P. Gray, discusses the year's admissions and discharges, recoveries and deaths, and presents many tables demonstrating the crops produced by the farm and garden, and other facts and figures.
        Two plates preceding the title-page show the elevation of the asylum as well as a floor plan.

Publisher's yellow wrappers printed in black; some spotting and dirt-soiling to edges of front wrapper, light foxing to fore-edge. Some offsetting from one plate to the other.  (40662)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

For the Boys and Girls of Japan

Caiger, George.  Dolls on display: Japan in miniature, being an illustrated commentary on the girls' festival and the boys' festival. Nishikicho: The Hokuseido Press, 1933. Small 4to (26.8 cm, 10.5"). [1], xi, [1], 141, [5] pp.; illus (some col.), 3 col. plts. (2 fold.).
$60.00

Japan's Girls' Festival and Boys' Festival — combining in 1948 to create a single "Children's Day" — celebrates the strength and happiness of the country's children with samurai dolls displayed in the windows of shops and homes. The dolls' armor and helmets are said to bring strength to the children.
        George Caiger thoroughly examines the various doll displays and their historical context with illustrations, including => three color woodcut prints, two of which fold out, that are tipped-in to illustrate the activities of the two festivals and one of the dolls.
        Provenance: From the library of Ellery Yale Wood, a collector of children's books and young adult literature, with her initials in pencil on the front free endpaper.

Publisher's purple silk cloth bound together by gray silk ties in a Japanese style, cream label printed with red lettering; left and bottom edge of front board faded, light rubbing to corners, foxing and scrapes to paper label. Provenance marks as above; illustrations are still beautifully colored.  (40407)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Williams, Rowan.  Arius: Heresy and tradition. London: Darton, Longman and Todd, 1987. 8vo (22.2 cm, 8.75"). xi, [1], 348 pp.
$15.00

"Arianism has been called the 'archetypal Christian heresy' — a denial of the divine status of Christ. In this comprehensive and original study, Rowan Williams argues that Arius himself was a dedicated theological conservative whose concern was to defend the free and personal character of the Christian God. His 'heresy' grew out of the attempt to unite traditional biblical language with radical philosophical ideas and techniques, and it is, from the start, involved with issues of authority in the church . . . The book contains extensive discussion of the historical, theological and philosophical background and includes new translations, with commentary, of a number of basic texts. It will be required reading for students of church history and doctrine and for anyone wishing to know more about one of the major figures in early Church."

Publisher's brown cloth with gilt lettering to spine. In original pictorial dust jacket; minor edgewear, spine a bit faded. Interior lightly age-toned.  (40350)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Not Your Regular School Yard Jump Rope

Newmarch, Olive M.; Elsie A. Crouch, photog.  Skipping manual. London: A. Brown & Son, 1930. 12mo (18.9 cm, 7.5"). ix, 74, [2 (publisher's adv.)] pp.; illus.
$150.00

A physical education manual for one of the "foremost exercises for promoting health" — skipping rope! Olive M. Newmarch's guide for jumping rope covers techniques for basic skipping, dancing steps, skipping with a partner, and more. Many => photographs and diagrams illustrate the skipping moves described by Newmarch.
        This is the second edition, following the first of 1924 and preceding the third and last of 1942.. WorldCat could not locate any institutional copies in the U.S. of this edition, only one (Miami of Ohio) of the first, and none of the third. The total number of institutional copies worldwide of all editions is very, very small.

Publisher's red cloth with black lettering to spine and front board. In original cream paper dust jacket featuring a photograph of a young girl preparing to jump rope; age-toned and foxed, water-staining to edges, chipping at extremities, tears at spine-head and top rear edge. Foxing to endpapers, minor gutter cracks.  (40381)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Forgery of a Renaissance Rarity

Boccaccio, Giovanni.  Il Decamerone ... nvovamente corretto. et con diligentia stampato. [colophon: Firenze {i.e., Venice}: Li heredi di Philippo di Giunta {i.e,, Angiolo Pasinello for Stefano Orlandelli}, 1527 {i.e, 1729}]. 4to (24 cm, 9.5"). [16] pp, 284 ff.
$1,075.00

In 1527 the heirs of Filippo di Giunta printed the definitive Renaissance edition of The Decameron; it immediately became the basis for all subsequent interpretations. By the 18th century the Giunta edition of 1527 had achieved the state of being a rarity to be sought after, and demand led to supply — of this forgery. It is well done and passes the "first blush" test, i.e., it does not immediately look wrong. Pasinello, who printed it for Stefano Orlandelli "at the request of the English consul [Joseph] Smith" (Petras), did a good job of matching types and even reproducing the printer's device, which appears on the title-page and on the verso of the last leaf. Closer examination, however, shows that the paper is wrong, the typesetting is different, and the measurements of the text block are incorrect.
        Adams, in his catalogue of 16th-century books in the Cambridge University libraries, gives a handy litmus test for determining fakes of the Giunta 1527 edition: Folios 42, 102, and 108 are correctly numbered in the forgeries, but in the true 16th-century copies the numbers are 24, 101, and 168. => Brunet says the forgery consisted of 300 copies.
        Provenance: Hevdholm Bibliothek stamp on title-page; acquired by PRB&M at an auction at Freeman's in Philadelphia in 1992; sold to a private collector the same year; reacquired by PRB&M at a Swann auction over 25 years later. (Jokes about "bad pennies returning" occur to one; but this is too nice a "counterfeit" to permit fair indulgence in them!)

Pettas, The Giunti of Florence (2013 ed.), 217; Adams B2147; Gamba 172; Zambrini, Bibliotheca Boccaccesca, p. 36; Edit16 CNCE 24078; I Giunti tipografi editori di Firenze, I, p. 133; Renouard, Annali delle editione aldine; pp. 1–11; Brunet, I, p. 999. 18th-century mottled calf with round spine, raised bands, and gilt spine extra, with later endpapers; all edges carmine. Front joint (outside) abraded and opening from top, rear one just starting at bottom; front cover with two wormholes and old worm action contributing to the startings. Text is unwormed, clean, and white save for a display of foxing on the title-page and occasionally a very limited spot of soil, staining, or foxing elsewhere. => Sound, handsome, and a most interesting production.  (40738)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Colorful Engravings & (Sometimes) "Colorful" Verses
       (e.g., "I had a little husband . . . ")

(Nursery Rhymes).  Bysh's edition of nursery rhymes. Embellished with eight coloured engravings. London: Pr. by T. Richardson for J. Bysh, [ca. 1825]. 12mo (14.5 cm, 5.7"). 36 pp.; 6 col. plts.
$350.00

Chapbook of poetry for children, illustrated with hand-colored wood engravings. In addition to the better-known nursery rhymes that have stayed in modern circulation, present here are some grimmer verses about carrion crows, penknives to the heart, little ducks shot through the head, etc., along with a separate section of longer "select pieces" including "The Blind Boy," "The Beggar's Petition," and "Winter Reflections." Each plate offers a pair of images, for a total of 12 illustrations; both the cartoonish engravings and the very bright coloring are vigorously done.
        Although the WorldCat entry for this undated edition suggests a publication ca. 1840, John Bysh's peak publishing dates (between 1810 and 1825) and the address given here — as well as the inscription (see below) — indicate an earlier printing. Only two U.S. institutions report holdings via WorldCat (Morgan Library, Princeton).
        Provenance: Frontispiece recto with inked ownership inscription of S.G. Rolls, dated 1828. Later in the children's book collection of Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.

This ed. not in Opie (see N 953 & N 954 for other Bysh eds.); not in Osborne Collection. 19th-century marbled paper–covered boards, housed in a dark purple cloth–covered clamshell case; binding rubbed, case with remnants of now-absent paper label on spine. Original printed paper wrappers bound in, front with upper and lower margins trimmed. Wrappers darkened and spotted, pages lightly age-toned with scattered small spots of foxing; last leaf with outer margin ragged and with lower portion torn away resulting in loss to the sentimental "Winter Reflections" of about eight lines on each side, neatly repaired some time ago with plain paper. => Uncommon and intriguing, with more than a little by way of unexpected content..  (40736)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Bibliography Printed at a Fine Handpress

Biblioteca Francisco de Burgoa.  Los impresos de Ignacio Rincon y Muniz en la Biblioteca Francisco de Burgoa. Edicion y notas de Juan Pascoe. [Tacámbaro de Codallos, Mexico]: Taller Martin Pescador, 2013. 8vo (23.5 cm, 9"). 44 pp., facsimiles.
$100.00

A bibliography of the printing output of the little-known, mid-19th-century Oaxacan printer Ignacio Rincon y Muniz based on the holdings of the Biblioteca Francisco de Burgoa in Oaxaca City. It is prefaced by a reprinting of Ignacio Cadiani's "Historia de la imprenta en Oaxaca" that appeared in 1894 in El Imperial newspaper (Oaxaca, 29 August – 2 September).
        The edition is limited to 180 copies printed by Juan Pascoe and Martin Urbina on a 19th-century Ostrander Seymour iron press. The type is a mix of Blado and Poliphilus. Tomas Urbina Suarez bound the edition.

A laced-through binding in light green heavy wrappers. As new.  (40732)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

A Memorial Tribute to Michael Mathes — A 1629 Assessment of California & Its Natives

Martinez, Enrico.  Parecer que dio Henrrico [sic] Martinez cosmographo de S.M. en gueguetoca obra del desague a 30 de Iulio de 1629. Sobre las ventajas o perjuicios que se podian esperar del descubrimiento, conquista y pacificacion de las prouincias de las Califonias, con espresion de las costumbres y vsos de sus naturales, &ca. Molino de Sancta Rosa, San Geronymo Tacambaro: Taller Martin Pescador, 2015. 8vo (22 cm, 9"). 12 pp., [2] ff.
$47.50

As a tribute to, and remembrance of, Michael Mathes, Juan Pascoe printed on his handpress in Mexico this tract by the cosmographer of New Spain. The text of Martinez's assessment of the prospect of exploring, "conquering," and settling the province of California is an original manuscript in the Archive of the Indies, later printed in several compilations, including Mathes' Spanish Approaches to the Island of California, 1628–1632 (San Francisco: The Book Club of California, 1975).
        The Taller Martin Pescador edition consists of => 100 copies, the main text composed by Florencio Ramirez in Enrico Martinez type, the three-page colophon composed by Juan Pascoe in Blado type, and the whole hand printed on DePonte paper.

Stitched in light wrappers with a paper label on the front wrapper.  (40718)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

"The Father of the post-World War II Private-Press Movement"

Duncan, Harry; Juan Pascoe, comp. & ed.  The inner tympan: The collected verse and prose of Harry Duncan [compiled by Juan Pascoe]. Tacámbaro: Taller Martín Pescador, 2015. 8vo (23.5 cm, 9.25"). 305 pp., illus., ports.
$85.00

From the book's rear cover, extensively: "Harry Duncan was a major Master Printer, from whom many younger workers learned enough that legions of poets can be forever grateful to have had their work presented so appropriately that the material particulars, text and all, will melt way, vanish into thin air, leaving the work — the POEM — imprinted in the reader's brain, as if an electronic chip had been implanted: as some crafty publisher might attempt some day, hoping to equal the impact of a Harry Duncan book.
        "Harry Duncan was also a distinctive though not prolific poet and translator; a stylist as eloquent and elegant in prose as in speech and bearing; a fine italic penman; and husband of Nancy, whose genius, separate but equal, was of the theater, though still imprinted in the memories of fellow actors and audiences, especially children.
        "The Inner Tympan brings together every published piece of Duncan's writing that could be found, and constitutes thus a self-portrait; not one consciously planned, certainly not one he helped to gather, but neither is it one he would have rejected."
        Duncan (1916–97) is "considered the father of the post-World War II private-press movement" (Ray Anello, "Reading the Fine Print," Newsweek, August 16, 1982, p. 64). He operated the Cummington Press beginning in 1939 in Cummington, MA, later at Iowa City after becoming director in 1956 of the typographical laboratory at the University of Iowa's School of Journalism, and later still in 1972 in Omaha, NB, where he created the University of Nebraska's fine arts press, Abattoir Editions.
        The first edition of The Inner Tympan was printed in 2005 in an edition of 30 copies by Juan Pascoe — Duncan's last apprentice, then and now a master hand-printer in Mexico — for his friends and those of Harry and Nancy Duncan, the Cummington Press, and the Taller Martín Pescador. This second edition "was set in Enrico, a digital version of the 12-point type cut and cast in 1600 by Enrico Martinez in Mexico City, and drawn by Gonzalo Garcia Barcha in the final years of the twentieth century" (colophon).

Publisher's illustrated hardcover binding. New. With a four-page pamphlet of "Some memories of the Cummington Press" by Gloria Goldsmith Gowdy, printed by Juan Pascoe in 100 copies "with HD's pressmark & PWW's drawing for The Winter Sea," laid in.  (40713)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Presages of Death — Strange & Unexplainable Apparitions

[Tregortha, John].  News from the invisible world; or interesting anecdotes of the dead; containing a particular survey of remarkable and well authenticated accounts of apparitions, ghosts, spectres, and visions, together with some remarkable dreams, impulses, and other ominous circumstances which have led to the most remarkable discoveries, some of which has been extracted from the works of the Rev. John Wesley, and other eminent divines. York: C. Croshaw, [1810]. 8vo (18.2 cm, 7.16"). Col. frontis., 34, [2] pp.
$250.00

Shocking tales of frightful figures, distressing but accurate premonitions, and foul murders — interspersed with dire warnings against "putting off religion to another day" (p. 35). The work opens with => a hand-colored wood-engraved frontispiece depicting a family reacting to a glowing specter in the woods.
        This little pamphlet was extracted from a longer (and also more specifically Christian) collection of ghost stories originally published ca. 1806 by Tregortha, an itinerant Methodist preacher who later became a printer and bookseller. The present York printing is extremely scarce, with WorldCat and NSTC both finding => only one reported location (the British Library). Our suggested publication date is based on that listing.
        Provenance: From the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.

NSTC N860. Later red leather–covered boards, front cover with gilt-stamped title; lightly worn, with a few small scuffs. Pages age-toned with scattered light spots, some upper outer corners bumped. One lower outer corner torn away, not touching text; final leaf with upper two-thirds torn away and repaired with blank paper with significant loss of text, though the verso does show the printer's "finis" vignette as almost entirely preserved. => Unusual, intriguing, and priced with an eye more on its faults than on its fascinations.  (40705)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

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19th-Century Children, Illustrated at Work & at Play

Burden, Mrs.  Short tales in short words: About the lame boy; the sea shore; the cross boy; and, the stray child. London: Thomas Dean & Son, [1855]. 12mo (15.2 cm, 5.98"). 59, [5 (4 adv.)] pp. (lacking 4 pp.); 7 col. plts. (incl. in pagination).
$120.00

Chapbook containing four short stories for children, emphasizing the virtues of kindness, patience, hard work, and caution. The tales are => embellished with seven hand-colored wood engravings, done by Whatman after T.H. Jones and featuring what the publisher advertised as "fanciful borders." The first story offers an interesting insight into 19th-century book production, with one child taking up work cutting small prints from a large sheet, to be bound into books.
        This is the stated sixth edition, with the publication date suggested by the Bodleian; it is notably uncommon, with WorldCat finding => only one U.S. institution (Wayne State) reporting an actual hard copy rather than microform.
        Provenance: From the children's book collection of Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.

Opie A 188; Osborne Collection, p. 973. Publisher's brown cloth, ribbon-embossed in a staggered ripple pattern, front cover with gilt-stamped title framed in blind-stamped arabesques; neatly rebacked with buckram, edges faded, corners rubbed. Two leaves of text lacking from final story; one plate bound in the wrong story but all plates present. Pages gently age-toned, otherwise clean.  (40708)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

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Some of Caldecott's Favorite Birds

Ewing, Juliana Horatia; Randolph Caldecott, illus.  Daddy Darwin's dovecot: A country tale. London: Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge (engraved & printed by Edmund Evans), [1884]. 8vo (20.7 cm, 8.15"). Col. frontis., 52 pp.; illus.
$200.00

First edition: Sweet story of an orphaned lad who, with the support of a parson's daughter and a workhouse schoolmistress, steadily improves his life through his dedication to caring for old man Darwin's precious "house-doves," a.k.a. tumbler pigeons. Randolph Caldecott illustrated the text with a total of 17 images: six delightful full-page country scenes (including the color-printed frontispiece) and a number of in-text vignettes, printed in sepia to match the text. Ewing and Caldecott had previously collaborated on the well-received Jackanapes, and the present work was likewise beloved by both children and critics, with the Ecclesiastical Gazette calling it "one of the most charming stories we have met with for years."
        Provenance: From the children's book collection of Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.

Desmarais, Randolph Caldecott: His Books and Illustrations for Young Readers, 21; Finlay, Randolph Caldecott, p. 27; NSTC 0235860. Publisher's color-printed paper–covered boards; moderately worn and darkened overall, joints and extremities rubbed, back cover dust-soiled. Front free endpaper with early pencilled inscription, back pastedown with label as above. Endpapers with offsetting; half-title with tear from lower margin. => A nice example of both the author's and the artist's accomplishments.  (40704)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

74 Cuts by John Bewick

Berquin, Arnaud; John Bewick, illus.  The looking-glass for the mind; or intellectual mirror: Being an elegant collection of the most delightful little stories, and interesting tales: Chiefly translated from that much admired work, L'ami des enfans. London: Pr. for J. Harris et al. by J. Crowder & E. Hemsted, 1803. 12mo (17.5 cm, 6.89"). [8], 271, [1] pp.; illus.
$250.00

Morally instructive children's stories, featuring 74 wood engravings by John Bewick. This is the stated ninth edition, following the 1792 printing, that having been the first to use these illustrations — which Hugo calls "some of the most beautiful examples" of John Bewick's skill. Each story opens with a wood-engraved vignette and closes with a tailpiece (often unrelated to the story, and generally an animal).
        Provenance: Front fly-leaf with inked inscription noting gift to Betty Shipp from Madame Brown, dated 1808; and with pencilled inscription reading simply "Burch." Later in the children's book collection of Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.

On earlier eds., see: Hugo, Bewick Collector, 66 & Osborne Collection, pp. 861/62. Contemporary mottled sheep, neatly and simply rebacked with lighter speckled sheep; original leather with small scuffs and extremities lightly rubbed. New endpapers. Inscriptions as above. Interior age-toned; a very few pages with small ink smears, pages otherwise completely free of any signs of juvenile handling. => A solid and pleasing copy, offering some of the younger Bewick's most appealing work.  (40701)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

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Edifying Stories for French Youths

[Marmontel, Jean-François].  L'école des peres, suivie de la mauvaise mere, contes nouveaux. Caen: P. Chalopin, 1788. 12mo (14.6 cm, 5.75"). 40 pp.
$250.00

Scarce chapbook presentation of two moral tales, printed without attribution but taken from Marmontel's Contes moraux, a multivolume production originally published from 1755 through 1759. While the titles of both stories imply a focus on parenting (and both pieces emphasize the dangers of bad mothering), the major lessons here are that sons should avoid gambling, partying, and expensive mistresses — while taking care to fall in love with women who are virtuous and wealthy.
        A woodcut headpiece opens each story in this printing, which is now uncommon: WorldCat finds => only one U.S. institution reporting a copy (Princeton) and just a handful of other locations, all in France.
        Provenance: From the children's book collection of Albert A. Howard, sans indicia.

Gumuchian 2337. Appropriate plain lilac paper wrappers not original to the chapbook, these a little worn and chipped; old stitching holes in gutter margins and one signature separated. => A clean, pleasing copy of a seldom-seen item.  (40712)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

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Bound Using an Early 15th-century Manuscript Leaf as Its Wrapper

Caracciolo, Roberto (Robertus Caracciolus).  Prediche de frate Roberto vulgare. [colophon: Mediolani:: per Iohanne[m] Angelu[m] Scinzenzeler, 1509 (die xxviiii nouemb.). 4to (20.5 cm, 8"). [1], 73 ff.
$2,250.00

Roberto Caracciolo (1425–95, a.k.a. Fra Roberto Da Lezze) was a Franciscan friar and "is considered, along with Giovanni da Capistrano (c. 1425–1495) and Giacomo dalla Marca (1393–1476), one of the most popular preachers of the so-called 'second wave' of fifteenth-century Franciscan preachers" (McMichael, p. 328). His sermons were in Latin as well as Italian, were published beginning in the 1470s, and were immensely popular because of their (sometimes criticized) theatricality. Well into the 16th century, compilations of them such as this one provided preachers of less skill with ready-made sermons on topics, as here, such as the fear of God, envy, charity, the nature of Hell, abstinence, and the Grace of God.
        This volume begins with a title-page inviting the reader in via => a wonderful large Italian Renaissance woodcut of a preacher in the pulpit addressing parishioners (men standing, women seated). The text is in a dense roman with many three-line woodcut initials. Regarding those initials, there is one curious anomaly: The printer apparently did not have a small woodcut "F" and so used a lower case "f," thus creating the appearance of a "guide-letter" setting of type.
        Binding: A mid-15th-century bifolium from an Italian manuscript copy of Alexander de Villa-Dei's Doctrinale puerorum has been used as limp wrappers. Accented at each line with red, the text of approximately 140 lines is embellished with => two two-line red initials and another, five-line red initial accented in green and blue. A very popular versified treatise on grammar, the Doctrinale puerorum was written sometime around 1200–25(ish); it remained popular throughout the Middle Ages and well into the age of print. (We thank Eric Johnson of the Special Collections Department of the Ohio State University Library for help identifying the leaf.)
        EDIT16 locates only one copy of this edition of Caracciolo's work and WorldCat, COPAC, and KVK find => none.

EDIT16 CNCE 74448. This edition not in Index Aurel. On Caracciolo, see: Steven J. McMichael, "Roberto Caracciolo da Lecce and His Sermons on Muhammad and the Muslims (C. 1480)," in Franciscans and Preaching (Leiden: Brill, 2012); and Contemporaries of Erasmus, I, pp. 295–96. Bound as above, with a 2.5" tear in vellum of front wrapper without loss and without touching ink; wrapper and text with a line of old pencilling each, old waterstaining (generally light), and signs of arrested mildew. Two small holes in lower margin of title-leaf touching one word on its verso; a few pin-hole type wormholes in inner margins and a few in text. => A survivor within another survivor.  (40681)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Linnaeus on Plants, in French — First Appearance

Linné, Carl von; Nicolas Jolyclerc, trans.  Systême sexuel de végétaux, suivant les classes, les ordres, les genres et les espèces, avec les caractères et les différences. Paris: Chez Ronvaux, 1798. 8vo (20 cm, 7.87"). [6], 789, [1] pp.
$250.00

First edition in French of Linnaeus's pioneering work of plant taxonomy, Systema vegetabilium. The translation of the text — which had in its original incarnation formed a part of the Systema natura before being revised and published separately — was done by Nicolas Jolyclerc, based on the "fifteenth edition" edited by Murray and Persoon. Jolyclerc (1746 –1817) was a clergyman who left the Church in favor of a career as a botanist and who gave lectures and published works by himself and others on the subject, becoming anecdotally famous for having offended a group of young female students (plus their mothers) by describing the reproductive organs of plants in class. The volume opens with the poem "Au Grand Linné," written by Jolyclerc; while it closes with a notice describing a second volume (to include a table cross-referencing the systems of Tournefort and Jussieu with that of Linnaeus, among other items), no such follow-up appears to have been published.
        Americana contents include => many New World plants such as yucca, New World sunflower (baltimora), potato (solanum), tomato (solanum lycopersicum), and cacao (theobroma)
        Provenance: From the residue of the stock of the F. Thomas Heller bookselling firm (est. ca. 1928).

Johnston, Cleveland Herbal, Botanical, and Horticultural Collections, 642. Contemporary mottled calf, covers framed in single blind rule, spine with gilt-stamped leather title-label and elaborate gilt-tooled foliate compartment decorations between raised bands; rubbed and scuffed with spine head chipped and otherwise spine least affected, front joint and spine with snall areas of worming. First and last pages with offsetting to margins; otherwise scattered spots of foxing only and the volume otherwise clean. => A solid, in fact attractive copy.  (40660)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

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Preparing the Faithful for the Proper Celebration of the Assumption of Mary

Oviedo, Juan Antonio.  Vida de Nuestra Senora, repartida en quince principales mysterios, meditados en los quince dias primeros de agosto ... Sevilla: Imprenta de las Siete Revueltas, 1739. 8vo (14.5 cm, 5.75"). [12] ff., 112 pp.
$850.00

Norms have exceptions and the publishing history of this Marian text is one such example. During the colonial era of Mexico the norm for books written and published there was that they did not have subsequent printings in Europe. Oviedo (1670–1757), a Jesuit born in Bogota, educated in Guatemala, residing mostly in Mexico, and author of this text saw it first published in Mexico in 1726 by the famous Hogal press and then republished in Seville thirteen years later. In fact several of Oviedo's texts were subsequently printed in Spain, definitely a notable exception to the norm.
        Oviedo proposes that the faithful who meditate on the 15 Marian mysteries expounded here will be prepared "to celebrate with devotion and fruitfulness the triumphant Assumption of the [Virgin's] body and soul in to Heave and Her glorious coronation as the Queen of the Universe."
        Searches of NUC and WorldCat find three U.S. libraries (Bancroft, U. of New Mexico, Marian Library) and two foreign ones (the national libraries of Mexico and Chile) reporting ownership.
        Provenance: Late 18th- or early 19th-century signatures of Carmen Valdivia and Francisca Valdivia on the front pastedown. Once upon a time in Mexico as evidenced by the "disinfection" stamp affixed to the rear pastedown.

DeBacker-Sommervogel, VI, 45; Palau 207675. Contemporary stiff vellum, evidence of ties now missing; also evidence that there had been marbled paper pastedowns (apparently not extending to free endpapers??). Lacking the front free endpaper; foxing and staining; solid and interesting.  (40686)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

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Managing the War against the Plague

Muratori, Lodovico Antonio.  Del governo della peste, e delle maniere di guardarsene ... Diviso in politico, medico, & ecclesiastico. Da conservarsi, & aversi pronto per le occasioni, che Dio tenga sempre lontane; ed in questa seconda edizione accresciuto dall' autore con nuove aggiunte poste in fine del libro. Torino: Pietro Giuseppe Zappata, 1721. 4to (22.4 cm, 8.82"). xxviii, 383, [3] pp.
$450.00

Marking an evolution in 18th-century thought on public health, this treatise — written by a non-physician — covers approaches to physical, spiritual, and civic well-being in times of=> bubonic plague. A priest active in parish ministry, librarian to the Duke of Modena, and eminent scholar in many fields, the author (1672–1750) here addresses Italian law and politics regarding the handling of the disease, as well as the medical and religious procedures to be followed.
        This is the uncommon => expanded third edition, following the first of 1710 and the second of 1714. While the printing is workmanlike, the text is ornamented with several large woodcut tailpieces and decorative capitals, and the title-page bears => the phoenix printer's vignette of Baptista Zappata.
        Provenance: Front and back pastedowns with 19th-century inked name-doodling by Ruffane ("Ruffa") Louis Michele, one inscription dated 1813; blank page at end of dedication with early inked inscription noting presence at the library of the Cappuccini di Ceva convent, lower margins of two text pages with "De Capuccini di Ceva" inked in early hand; lower margin of one page with early inked inscription "Camillo da Andoino." Later from the residue of the stock of the F. Thomas Heller bookselling firm (est. ca. 1928).

Blake, NLM 18th Century, p. 316. Contemporary mottled sheep, spine with gilt-stamped leather label reading "MVR" and gilt-stamped decorations between raised bands; leather scuffed, front joint starting from head, spine with areas of insect damage, front board bent some time ago and now slightly sprung. Front free endpaper lacking; inscriptions as above, title-page with inked-over inscriptions. A few leaves with spots of light waterstaining to upper outer corners or outer margins. => A solid, very readable copy of this often-referenced work on public disease control, with interesting provenance.  (40682)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

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An Imaginary & Inward Voyage from E.A.P.

Poe, Edgar Allan.  The narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym. Portland, ME: Pr. by the Southworth Press for the Limited Editions Club, 1930. 4to (28.5 cm, 11.25"). 267, [1] pp., [1 (ad] f.
$90.00

This edition of Poe's imaginary voyage, a => very early production from the Limited Editions Club, was designed by Fred Anthoensen; the introduction is by Joseph Wood Krutch and the black and white illustrations are by Rene Clarke, who signed the colophon. This is copy 1178 of 1500 printed.

Bibliography of the Fine Books Published by the Limited Editions Club 5. Publisher's quarter vellum with black leather-covered sides; vellum of spine darkened to light "tobacco" with age, lacking the glassine dust jacket and slipcase. => In itself and by itself, an attractive book.  (40703)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Contrition, Confession, Satisfaction

Moral y Castillo de Altra, Juan Anselmo del.  Platicas doctrinales de contricion, confesion, y satisfaccion, y dos sermones de penitencia. Puebla: Impresas en la Imprenta de D. Pedro de la Rosa, 1792. Small 4to. [13] ff., 154, 29 pp.
$750.00

Sole edition of Moral y Castillo's treatise on penance, repentance, and confession. Added to the main treatise are two sermons, the second of which has its own title-page, distinct pagination, and signing by signatures but is integral to the work as a whole. That sermon was for the dedication of a new church: "Sermón que con motivo de la dedicación y estrenas de la iglesia del Convento de Carmelitas Descalzos de la ciudad de Tehuacán en el día . . . 19 de enero de 1783."
        Tipped into this copy is an ad hoc frontispiece => engraving of Christ Crucified by M. Schedl of Rome after "Hannibal Carracius," i.e., Annibale Carracci, 1560–1609.

Medina, Puebla, 1242; Beristain, Ii, 297; Sutro pp. 34, 35. Contemporary limp vellum over light boards with evidence of button and loop ties; edges rodent-gnawed in places. Front free endpaper tattered and title-leaf also a bit tattered in the foremargln; a little foxing and scattered brown inkspotting, including to recto of "frontispiece" with a bit of show-through. => A nice old book with an interesting individual addition.  (38350)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

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