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A Prescient View of Santa Anna Before He Rose to Power

Fernández de Lizardi, José Joaquín.  Las esperanzas de D. Antonio siempre el mismo, o sea Diálogo entre el autor y D. Antonio. Mexico: Imprenta (contraria al depotismo) de J.M. Benavente y Socios, 1821. Small 4to (21.5 cm, 8.5"). 8 pp.
$650.00

"El Pensador Mexico" here has a supposed "dialogue" with Don Antonio (i.e., Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna) in which he mocks the future president and dictator for his political ambitions and censures Don Antonio for his view on the rule of law and freedom of the press.
        Searches of NUC and WorldCat locate six U.S. libraries (UCLA, Yale, Harvard, UTexas, Texas A&M, Sutro) reporting ownership, but we suspect the John Carter Brown owns a copy.

Garritz, Impresos novohispanos, 4592; Gonzalez Obregon, Fernandez de Lizardi, 88; Sutro, Supplement, p. 146. Folded but never bound. Age-toning. Foxing in upper margins. Else, a very nice copy.  (40449)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

ANABAPTIST'ANA

Chevalier de Malte.  Lettre missive envoyee de Rome, par un chevalier de Malte, à un sien amy aussi cheualier en France: où est declaré les discordes qui est entre le grand Turc, & le Sophy Roy de Perse. Et aussi l'excecution de plusieurs Annabaptistes, en Cicille Naples & à la Pouille, comme verrez par ce presant discours. Paris: Hubert Velu, iouxte la coppie imprimée à Lyon, 1589. 8vo (15.5 cm, 6.1"). 14, [2 (blank)] pp.
$875.00

Very uncommon pamphlet recounting the religious conflicts in Sicily, Naples, and the surrounding area, specifically the treatment of Anabaptists. Ostensibly sent by one Knight of Malta to another, this letter also covers the state of affairs between rivals Sultan Murad III of Turkey and Shah Abbas I of Persia.
        Searches of NUC and WorldCat locate copies only at the British Library and the French National Library. We know of one copy in a U.S. library (Brigham Young U.).
        Provenance: Ex–Hartford Theological Seminary; sold to Pitts Theology Library; sold by Pitts to PRB&M.

Duvall, French political pamphlets, 426. Not in Lindsay & Neu, French Political Pamphlets 1547–1648.; not in Hillerbrand, Bibliography of Anabaptism. Disbound. Each page institutionally pressure-stamped (not rubber-stamped); title-page verso with inked numeral. Light staining along inner margins of first few leaves, just touching text in some instances. => Very good.  (40446)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Gutierrez del Mazo, Ramon.  [drop-title] Circular. En superior orden del 17 del corriente me dice el Sr, Virey lo que sigue. "En vista de las fundadas razones que ha expuesto la Condaduria ... ". [colophon: Mexico: No publisher/printer, 1820 (31 May). Small 4to (20.5 cm, 8"). [2] ff.
$200.00

The Indians of Totomechuacan, province of Puebla, have petitioned to be exempt from paying two annual taxes (specified in the document) if they are employed working for the government. Their petition is approved and the exemption is extended to all Indians so employed.
        Not trace via WorldCat or CCILA.

Not in Medina, Mexico; not in Garritz, Impresos novohispanos. As issued; folded, ever bound.  (40447)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Victim of Pombal & The Inquisition — His Book Banned & Virtually All Copies Destroyed

Malagrida, Gabriel.  Juizo da verdadeira causa do terremoto, que padeceo a corte de Lisboa, no primeiro de Novembro de 1755. Lisboa: Officina de Manoel Soares, 1756. 4to (20 cm, 8"). 31, [1 (blank)] pp., [1] f.
$2,500.00

Malagrida (1689–1761) was a missionary to Brazil (1721–49), a famous preacher, an Italian Jesuit, and like all Jesuits, a thorn in the side of Prime Minister Pombal; ultimately, he was an unfortunate innocent in the Távora affair.
        The present work put Malagrida in Pombal's cross-hairs: In it he says the 1755 Lisbon earthquake was God's punishment visited a sinful people. Pombal resented the implicit criticism of his government and persuaded King José to banish Malagrida in November 1756 and, at the same time, to bar all Jesuits from the royal court.
        Matters worsened for Malagrida in September, 1758, following the supposed attempted assassination of the king when he was returning from a visit to his mistress. (The real target of the attackers may well have been the king's chamberlain!) The attackers said under torture that they acted on orders of the Távora family, who were plotting to put the Duke of Aveiro on the throne. Pombal hated the Távoras and their power and influence, and was determined to destroy them as well as their circle, which included Malagrida, personal confessor of Marquise Leonor Tomásia de Távora, And => he succeeded in killing virtually the entire family, confiscating their wealth, razing their properties, and salting the area where they were burned at the stake. All via rigged trials he staged!
        At Malagrida's criminal trial he was found guilty of treason and sentenced to die; but because of his ecclesiastical status only the Inquisition could put him to death and the Inquisitors overruled the criminal court. Pombal replaced the judges with others favorable to him and eventually Malagrida was found guilty of heresy, hypocrisy, false prophecies, impostures, and various other heinous crimes. => He was garroted and burned at the stake. His Juizo da verdadeira causa do terremoto was => very successfully suppressed and banned by royal decree (Mémoires de Pombal, IV, 150–53).
        Searches of NUC, WorldCat, COPAC, KVK, CCPBE, PROBASE, and the OPACs of the French and Spanish national libraries located only two U.S. libraries (Newberry, Harvard) and three foreign ones (British Library, University of Sao Paulo, Portuguese National Library) reporting ownership.

Inocêncio III. 106; Ameal 1424; Palha 3408; DeBacker-Sommervogel, V, 395. 20th-century boards with light blue-green mottled paper covering. Title-page damaged at inner margin and mounted; several leaves with old worm damage, repaired with yellowing and with affected or lost letters inexpertly (but not eye-catchingly) supplied in pen and ink. Text browned overall. Less than an ideal copy, but => one of the few surviving ones and that for significant reasons!  (40435)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

A Peterborough-Based 19th-Century Writer's Pithy Sayings

Clare, John.  Aphorisms of John Clare. Market Drayton [England]: Tern Press, 2002. 8vo (25 cm, 10"). 117, [1] pp., [1] f.; illus.
$475.00

Clare (1793–1864), a Peterborough-based writer, is remembered for "expressing his thoughts in succinct and memorable states and idiomatic phrases" (p. [5]). David Powell has compiled a large number of these, which he classifies as aphorisms, and Nicholas and Mary Parry have printed them at their Tern Press in an edition of => only 75 copies. The text is set in Caslon by Brian Russell: Clare's words in italic and the source of the italicized text in smaller roman. => Nicholas Parry as supplied line illustrations. The colophon is signed by Nicholas & Mary Parry. This is copy 5.
        Sole edition.
        Binding: Publisher's white linen with blue leaf and flower vine pattern; paper title-label on front board.
        WorldCat locates only eight libraries worldwide reporting ownership (Universities of Delaware, Iowa, Missouri, and North Carolina; Vanderbilt, Indiana, and Texas Tech Universities; and Swarthmore College).

Bound as above, very elegantly; volume clean, virtually => pristine.  (40439)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Auld, William Muir.  Genius in homespun (Robert Burns). Cleveland: Rowfant Club, 1930. 8vo (22.3 cm, 8.75"). [5] ff., 80 pp., 2 plts.; illus.
$40.00

An appreciation of Robert Burns, based on a talk Auld (1884–1941) gave at the Rowfant Club in January, 1929. The work is illustrated with a portrait of Burns and a facsimile of the invitation to the talk.
        "Of this book, designed by William A. Kittredge[,] One hundred and sixty-seven copies have been printed from type at The Lakeside Press . . . August, 1930." This copy unnumbered.

Schubert, Bibliography of the Rowfant Club, p. 26. Publisher's quarter red cloth with cloth sides tartan pattern. T.e.g. Very good.  (40438)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Congo Mission Press Hymnal — LONKUNDO

Disciples of Christ Congo Mission.  Bonkanda wa nsao ya Nzakomba. Bolenge, Congo Belge: Disciples of Christ Congo Mission, 1918. 12mo (28 cm; 7.125"). 231 hymns.
$275.00

The fifth edition of the Disciples of Christ Congo Mission's Lonkundo Hymn Book. The Disciples of Christ Congo Mission (DCCM) arrived in the Congo in 1889 with the intention of developing an indigenous church that would provide change to the whole Congo social order. After developing a written form of the local language, Lonkundo, the DCCM began publishing hymnbooks and educational pamphlets, although Eva Nichols Dye, an early DCCM missionary, would later lament the inaccuracy of their understanding of the language.
        From the preface: "This fifth edition of the Lonkundo Hymn Book is a result of the joint labor of the missionaries and the native Christians." One of those missionaries was, "Alice Ferren Hensey, 1907–1931, a talented musician and poet . . . [she] translated many hymns and songs, and taught them to new Congo Christians" (Smith).
        => This is a mission press production and was actually printed in Bolenge.

On the Disciples of Christ Congo Mission, see: Fifty Years in Congo by Herbert Smith. Publisher's green cloth-covered light boards, spine sun-faded. Some dust-soiling and dog-earing, but withal, a nice copy.  (40440)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Bible. O.T. Ecclesiastes. English. Authorized. 1940; Emlen Etting, illus.  Koheleth. The book of Ecclesiastes. [Norfold, CT]: New Directions, 1940. 4to (29 cm, 11.25"). [30] ff., illus.
$30.00

"Fifteen hundred copies . . . were printed for New Directions by Peter Beilenson at the Walpole Printing Office" (colophon). Emlen Etting (1905–93) supplied 26 line drawings that are reproduced opposite the text pages.

Publisher's quarter black rough linen with off-white rough linen sides. Title in gilt on front board and lengthwise on spine. Three small spots of whitening along spine. Without the glassine d/j and the slipcase. Very good.  (40437)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

A Lighthearted Reminder Not to Believe Everything You Read

Bordelon, Laurent.  L'histoire des imaginations extravagantes de Monsieur Oufle, servant de preservatif contre la lecture des livres qui traitent de la magie, du grimoire, des démoniaques, sorciers, loups-garoux, incubes, succubes & du sabbat, des esprits-folets, génies, phantômes & autres revenans; des songes, de la pierre philosophale, de l'astrologie judiciaire, des horoscopes, talismans, jours heureux & malheureux, eclipses, comettes; & enfin de toutes les sortes d'apparitions, de divinations, de sortiléges, d'enchantement, & d'autres superstitieuses pratiques. Avec un tres-grand nombre de nottes curieuses, qui rapportent fidellement les endroits des livres qui ont causé ses imaginations, & qui les combattent. Paris: Chez Duchesne, 1754. 12mo (17.2 cm, 6.77"). [12], 149, [9], 144, [2], 164 pp. (3 pts. of 5); 6 plts. (of 10).
$450.00

The foolish, superstitious Monsieur Oufle, having pored over far too many occult works, falls prey to a variety of delusions regarding his horoscope, dreams, interactions with spirits and devils, etc. => This satire incorporates a lengthy list of books on the supernatural — all genuine works — allegedly to be found in Oufle's library, and is illustrated with six engraved plates signed "Crespy." First published in 1710, the work appears here in its most correct, enlarged edition: a handsome, crisp Parisian printing, in this example with the first three parts (only, out of five) bound together in a single volume — four and five having been sold separately at the time of publication.
        Provenance: Frontispiece recto, title-page verso, several text pages, and half-titles of parts two and three each with rubber-stamp of the now-defunct Museum of French Art in New York. Later from the residue of the stock of the F. Thomas Heller bookselling firm (est. ca. 1928).

Barbier, Dictionnaire des ouvrages anonymes, II, 755; Coumont, Demonology and Witchcraft, H50.4. Period-style quarter calf and marbled paper–covered sides, spine with gilt-stamped leather title-label, gilt-ruled and -dotted raised bands, and gilt-stamped compartment decorations; back pastedown with small binder's ticket of Starr Bookworks. Rubber-stamps as above; three parts only out of five as above, thus with six plates present out of ten; title-page verso with inked numeral. Pages and plates age-toned, otherwise clean. => Attractive and enjoyable.  (40428)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

A Beautiful Product of Camden

Whitman, Walt; Christopher Morley, preface; Arnold Genthe, illus.  Walt Whitman in Camden: A selection of prose from specimen days. Camden, NJ: The Haddon Craftsmen, 1938. 4to (29.2 cm, 11.5"). Frontis., [15], 45, [3] pp.; 1 plt.
$85.00

American poet Walt Whitman (1819–92) spent his latter years (1873–92) in Camden, NJ, producing a number of works including three versions of Leaves of Grass. To commemorate Whitman's prolific time spent as an important member of Camden's community, this limited edition of 1100 copies was printed on pale blue paper and bound at the Haddon Craftsmen in Camden under the direction of => noted book designer and printer Richard Ellis. American writer Christopher Morley provided the preface, and famed German photographer Arnold Genthe provided the => two photogravures that illustrate the text.

Publisher's linen cloth with a photogravure pasted to the front board. In original olive paper-covered slipcase with paper spine-label and that within a tan paper-covered box; some mild discoloration to slipcase, minor rubbing and scuffing to box. => A masterful yet subtle homage to Whitman and Camden, in a fine copy.  (40427)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

"Prepared to meet a demand for information concerning Indian massacres . . . "

Gall, John F., & David K. Webb, eds.  The massacre of the Wigton family: With an account of the trial of Samuel Mohawk, the murderer. Chillicothe, OH: Privately Published, 1934. 16mo (15.2 cm, 6"). 8 pp.
$50.00

The "probable . . . last Indian massacre in Pennsylvania," by Seneca tribe Indian Samuel Mohawk, is detailed. On June 30th, 1843 in Butler County, PA, Mary McQuiston Wigton and her five children were murdered by the alcoholic Mohawk. An angry mob tracked him down and turned him over to the authorities; he was eventually hanged for his crimes. Despite Mohawk's confession, there is still speculation (not in this item) that James Wigton, Mary's husband, who was reportedly retrieving a horse at another farm, was guilty of the murders and framed Mohawk. A sad story.
        Our caption is quoted from the editors' introduction.

In tan/taupe paper wrapper, leaves not (ever) attached; very faint fading to wrapper, small stain to rear one. Leaves clean.  (40424)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

A Lighthearted Reminder Not to Believe Everything You Read

Bordelon, Laurent.  L'histoire des imaginations extravagantes de Monsieur Oufle, servant de preservatif contre la lecture des livres qui traitent de la magie, du grimoire, des démoniaques, sorciers, loups-garoux, incubes, succubes & du sabbat, des esprits-folets, génies, phantômes & autres revenans; des songes, de la pierre philosophale, de l'astrologie judiciaire, des horoscopes, talismans, jours heureux & malheureux, eclipses, comettes; & enfin de toutes les sortes d'apparitions, de divinations, de sortiléges, d'enchantement, & d'autres superstitieuses pratiques. Avec un tres-grand nombre de nottes curieuses, qui rapportent fidellement les endroits des livres qui ont causé ses imaginations, & qui les combattent. Paris: Chez Duchesne, 1754. 12mo (17.2 cm, 6.77"). [12], 149, [9], 144, [2], 164 pp. (3 pts. of 5); 6 plts. (of 10).
$450.00

The foolish, superstitious Monsieur Oufle, having pored over far too many occult works, falls prey to a variety of delusions regarding his horoscope, dreams, interactions with spirits and devils, etc. => This satire incorporates a lengthy list of books on the supernatural — all genuine works — allegedly to be found in Oufle's library, and is illustrated with six engraved plates signed "Crespy." First published in 1710, the work appears here in its most correct, enlarged edition: a handsome, crisp Parisian printing, in this example with the first three parts (only, out of five) bound together in a single volume — four and five having been sold separately at the time of publication.
        Provenance: Frontispiece recto, title-page verso, several text pages, and half-titles of parts two and three each with rubber-stamp of the now-defunct Museum of French Art in New York. Later from the residue of the stock of the F. Thomas Heller bookselling firm (est. ca. 1928).

Barbier, Dictionnaire des ouvrages anonymes, II, 755; Coumont, Demonology and Witchcraft, H50.4. Period-style quarter calf and marbled paper–covered sides, spine with gilt-stamped leather title-label, gilt-ruled and -dotted raised bands, and gilt-stamped compartment decorations; back pastedown with small binder's ticket of Starr Bookworks. Rubber-stamps as above; three parts only out of five as above, thus with six plates present out of ten; title-page verso with inked numeral. Pages and plates age-toned, otherwise clean. => Attractive and enjoyable.  (40394)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

By a "Past Master of the Lodge of Antiquity Acting by Immemorial Constitution"

Preston, William.  Illustrations of masonry. Alexandria [VA]: Cottom & Stewart, 1804. 12mo (17 cm, 6.7"). 560 (i.e., 360) pp. (pagination erratic).
$425.00

Much-read, oft-printed history of Freemasonry, here in => the uncommon "first American — from the tenth London edition," per the title-page, which according to Walgren almost certainly preceded the "first American improved" edition of the same year. Preston (1742–1818) was a Scottish author and editor whose research into Masonic instruction and traditions led him both to publishing this work (originally, in 1772) and also to becoming deeply involved in the schism between the Ancients and the Moderns.
        Following the history — which includes architectural discussion of various Masonic buildings — is "A Collection of Odes, Anthems, and Songs."

Sabin 65383; Shaw & Shoemaker 7115; Walgren, Freemasonry, 823. Contemporary mottled sheep, rebacked with speckled sheep, spine with gilt-stamped leather title and author labels and gilt-ruled raised bands; original leather moderately worn and stained. Front fly-leaf with pencilled ownership inscription dated 1850. Pages age-toned, with occasional mild foxing and a handful of small, early pencilled marks of emphasis. => A solid copy of the probable first U.S. appearance of a work that made quite a splash among those curious about the Masons.  (40392)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Humorous History — Beautiful Signed Binding

Abbott à Beckett, Gilbert; John Leech, illus.  The comic history of England. With twenty coloured etchings, and two hundred woodcuts. London: Published at the Punch Office, 1864. 8vo (22 cm, 8.66"). [2], [v]–xviii, 320, 304 pp.; 20 col. plts.
$250.00

Playfully expounded yet actually generally accurate English history. Written by one of the original staff members of Punch and originally issued serially in parts, this long-popular and much-republished work appears here in a later book-form edition comprising both volumes in one. John Leech's famous illustrations, including => 20 hand-colored plates as well as numerous in-text steel engravings and woodcuts, feature Abbott à Beckett's historic figures portrayed with amusing contemporary touches; e.g., William the Conqueror has a handlebar mustache, a portrait of a medieval king being medically treated features patent medicine placards in the background, and Henry VIII wears an opera hat a'Maying while his queen on the occasion carries a pink parasol. In all, of course, as was to be the case also with this duo's Comic History of Rome, the history/"history" comments on the readers' own time.
        Binding: Signed contemporary tree calf, covers framed in gilt roll, spine gilt extra with gilt-stamped red leather title label; board edges with gilt roll and turn-ins with blind roll. Endpapers and all edges marbled with particular elegance. => Front free endpaper stamped "Jenkins & Cecil."

Bound as above; spine foot, joints, and hinges refurbished, back joint with leather just starting to lift. Front free endpaper with pencilled note: "Boston May 8 1909"; front fly-leaf with later pencilled annotation regarding plates. Half-title for vol. I and separate title-page for vol. II not present here. Minimal age-toning; pages and plates otherwise clean. => A particularly attractive copy of this illustrated English classic.  (40371)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

History "in an Amusing Light," with Hand-Colored Plates

Abbott à Beckett, Gilbert; John Leech, illus.  The comic history of England. With twenty coloured etchings, and two hundred woodcuts. London: Bradbury, Evans, & Co., [ca. 1855]. 8vo (22 cm, 8.66"). 2 vols. in 1. xviii, 320, [1]–304 pp.; 20 col. plts., illus.
$150.00

Playfully expounded yet actually generally accurate English history. Written by one of the original staff members of Punch and originally issued serially in parts, this long-popular and much-republished work appears here in a fairly early book-form edition comprising both volumes. John Leech's famous illustrations, including => 20 hand-colored plates as well as numerous in-text steel engravings and woodcuts, feature Abbott à Beckett's historic figures portrayed with amusing contemporary touches; e.g., William the Conqueror has a handlebar mustache, a portrait of a medieval king being medically treated features patent medicine placards in the background, and Henry VIII wears an opera hat a'Maying while his queen on the occasion carries a pink parasol. In all, of course, as was to be the case also with this duo's Comic History of Rome, the history/"history" comments on the readers' own time.
        Provenance: Front pastedown with plain paper label of Dr. Edward Bell Krumbhaar (1882–1966), a prominent physician and historian of medicine. Later in the library of Robert L. Sadoff, M.D., sans indicia.

Publisher's textured green cloth, front cover and spine with gilt-stamped vignettes, covers framed in blind; edges rubbed, gilt dimmed, covers unobtrusively reattached with hinges reinforced. All edges gilt. Half-title for vol. I present; half-title and separate title for vol. II removed by binder. Minor foxing, mostly around plates. => Exterior a bit worn, still a very nice exemplar of this popular work in original publisher's binding.  (40369)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

A High Spot of Bodoni Printing

Bodoni, Giambattista.  Prose, e versi per onorare la memoria di Livia Doria Caraffa principessa del S. R. Imp. e della Rocella. Parma: Impresso Nella Reale Stamperia di Parma, 1784. Large 4to (29.1 cm, 11.5"). [8], 407, [3] pp.; 24 plts. (incl. in pagination).
$2,500.00

First edition: "Probably => one of the most beautiful memorial volumes ever produced," according to Updike (emphasis ours). Livia Doria Carafa, princess of Roccella, passed away in 1779 at just 34 years old, and her grieving widower paid tribute to her first with a medal commissioned from Bernhard Perger and then with this impressive collection of poetry in her honor. Although the design was not entirely Bodoni's, he executed it magnificently, with the printing reflecting his usual standard of elegance and refinement — leading Brooks to describe this as "fra è piu bei dei libri stampati da Bodoni."
        The volume is => illustrated with 24 engraved plates including the frontispiece, as well as numerous head- and tailpieces; the frontispiece and two other plates (one of which incorporates Perger's medal design) were engraved by Raphael Morghen after designs by Fidelis Fischietti, while the smaller vignettes and the series of tombstone reproductions were done by Secondo Bianchi (many after Antonio Magri).

Brooks 250; Brunet, IV, 909; Giani 25 (p. 90); Updike, Printing Types, II, p. 171. Recent quarter cream cloth and marbled paper–covered boards, spine with printed paper title and date labels. All edges stained red. Front free endpaper with recent pencilled reference annotations. Foxing, generally light, and other scattered spots including a bit of ink spatter to blank verso of one preliminary leaf; pages otherwise clean and crisp. => A handsome copy.  (40127)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

The Falcon "flies as fast on Mondays as on other days"
       The Hoopoe Attends a Wedding

 Little Frank's almanack, to show little boys and girls their play days. Concord: Moore's Power Press, 1832 [i.e., 1836]. Near miniature (9 cm, 3.5"). [1] f., 7, [7] pp.; illus.
$175.00

Although calling itself an "almanac for children," this is a subtle book teaching the days of the week, counting, natural history, definitions, and more. It has many small illustrations, including some very interesting birds and a complete "set" of the zodiac emblems; and it replete with => hints on how to remember what's being presented.
        Provenance: From the chapbook collection of Albert A. Howard, sans indicia.

Drake, Almanacs, 4945. Fine copy in original illustrated wrappers.  (38778)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Chinese Buddhists in India

Beal, Samuel.  Chinese accounts of India. Calcutta: S. Gupta for Susil Gupta, 1957–58. 8vo (22.2 cm, 8.75"). 3 vols. (of 4) I: [8], 127, [1] pp. II: vi, [2], [129]–258 pp. III: [8], [259]–396 pp.
$25.00

New editions: Three volumes of Samuel Beal's translations from the original Chinese. Beal (1825–89), a scholar and the first Englishman to translate early texts of Buddhism from the original Chinese, is well known for these renditions of travelogues by various Chinese Buddhist pilgrims to India, including Hiuen Tsiang (c. 602–664, also known as "Xuanzang"), providing => firsthand accounts of their voyages and their interactions with Indian Buddhists.
        Provenance: From the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.

Publisher's navy cloth with gilt lettering to spine, in original yellow dust jackets printed in black and white; extremities bumped, boards lightly soiled, jackets price-clipped, edgeworn, and faintly soiled. This very good set includes volumes 1–3 of 4.  (38055)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Goodman, Kenneth Sawyer.  Dust of the road. Seal Harbor, ME: High Loft, 1983. 4to (29.5 cm, 11.75") [2] ff., 45, [1] pp., [2] ff.; illus.
$75.00

Goodman (1883-1918) saw this one-act Christmas play set in the 1870s printed by the Stage Guild of Chicago in 1912 and produced on state at the Fuller Opera House in Madison, Wisconsin, in January, 1913.
        This "Centennial Edition" was printed on the 100th anniversary Goodman's birth. While 150 copies were printed "at the Printing Office of August Heckscher . . . in the summer of 1983" only 50 were for sale: This is copy 16. The book was "designed illustrated, and put through the press by Karen MacDonald" (colophon).
        The illustrations are in-text and in black and red. Laid in is an ephemerum of the press with notice of books in progress.

Publisher's quarter off-white linen with blue paper sides. Fine.  (40426)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Leontief, Estelle.  Whatever happens. West Burke, VT: Janus Press, 1975. Small 4to (24 cm, 9.25'). [16] ff., color illus.
$50.00

Poetry by Leontief and "with a color relief print by Claire Van Vliet." This artists' illustrated book is limited to 250 copies and its "text was hand set in Times New Roman by Nancy Southworth, printed on Mohawk Superfine by Susan Johanknecht and bound by James Bicknell" (colophon). This is copy is copy 90, signed by Leontief and Van Vliet.

Fine, Janus Press 1975–80, p. 35. Publisher's blue cloth with paper spine label. Fine copy.  (40429)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Laver, James.  A stitch in time; or pride prevents a fall. London: Pr. for the Nonesuch Press, 1927. Small 4to (29.5 cm, 11.5"). [2] ff., 7-27, [1] pp., [1] f.
$40.00

Issue price of this work, which has been described as a pastiche of The Rape of the Lock, soared from the original 3s 9d to 35s in a matter of only weeks. Limited to 1525 copies; this being copy 601. An interesting Nonesuch Press item.
        Provenance: Very handsome bookplate of Norman J. Sondheim.

McKitterick/Rendall/Dreyfus 46. Publisher's light boards covered with French swirl pattern marbled paper with title-label on front board. Very good.  (40430)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Mythology & Mystery

Dulaure, Jacques-Antoine.  Des cultes qui ont précédé et amené l'idolatrie ou l'adoration des figures humaines. Paris: L'Imprimerie de Fournier Frères, 1805. 8vo (20.4 cm, 8"). [4], viii, 511 (i.e., 510) pp.
$325.00

First edition of this study of the three major ancient cults as identified by the author ("des Fétiches, des Astres, et des Héros ou des Morts") and their connected rites, customs, and symbolism. Dulaure (1755–1835) was an archaeologist, historian, and politician whose wide-ranging published works included Revolutionary political writings, a study of phallus worship, and a proto-science fiction story about a trip to the moon. The present work offers commentary on the pyramids, the zodiac, cults of Mercury and Venus, etc.
        Binding: Contemporary calf. Covers framed in gilt roll and fillet; spine with gilt-stamped black leather title-label, compartments defined by multiple rules, and five different gilt-stamped compartment decorations, all harmonizing; quite elegant.

Caillet, I, 3344. Bound as above, worn overall; front cover with burn mark to lower edge, spine label chipped, joints and extremities rubbed. First few leaves and a few others with waterstaining to outer margins; occasionally a spot of soil or ash-burn; a handful of pages with pencilled underlining, bracketing, or marks of emphasis. => A solid, very readable copy of an unusual and interesting treatise.  (40406)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

The "Important Truths" Known to the Pagan Sages

Dutens, Louis.  Recherches sur l'origine des découvertes attribuées aux modernes ... Paris: Chez la veuve Duchesne, 1766. 8vo (18.7 cm, 7.36"). xlviii, 228, [4], 257 (i.e., 259), [3] pp.
$600.00

First edition: Arguments in favor of classical origins for an impressive array of "modern" inventions and philosophies. Among the modern figures are Descartes, Locke, Leibnitz, and Newton specifically, discussed along with current general thoughts on physics and astronomy, developments in surgery and in the study of anatomy, mathematical discoveries including algebraic concepts, and contemporary ideas of the soul and the divine — all of which Dutens claims were derived directly from ancient Greeks, Romans, and Egyptians.
        The work's two volumes are here bound as one, with each half-title present; the main text is in French, with many footnotes in Latin or Greek. The author (1730–1812) was a French-born tutor and chargé d'affaires who spent much of his life either in England or travelling the Continent, generally in the service of various well-to-do people of rank.
        Provenance: Front pastedown with bookplate of G.W. Fowler. Later in the residue of the stock of the F. Thomas Heller bookselling firm (est. ca. 1928).

Barbier, IV, 29; Blake, NLM 18th Century, p. 130; Brunet, II, 922; Wallis, Newton and Newtoniana, 382.55. Contemporary quarter mottled sheep and interestingly marbled paper–covered sides (paper in shades of rose, grey, and brown, with pattern resembling camouflage), spine with gilt-stamped leather label; binding rubbed and worn overall, with tiny spots of insect damage. Bookplate as above, front free endpaper with early inked initials in upper margin, vol. I half-title with early inked authorship attribution. Light foxing, only. => A solid copy of this interesting look at 18th-century thought on the history of science.  (40425)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

"One Power of Physic, Melody, & Song": An Ode to Hygeia

Armstrong, John.  The art of preserving health: A poem. London: Pr. for A. Millar, 1744. 4to (24.6 cm, 9.68"). [2], 134 pp.
$750.00

First edition of this popular poem on food, exercise, and general well-being, written by a practicing physician — and certainly => the most successful example ever of 18th-century medical didactic blank verse! This is the first issue, with the fleur-de-lis watermark and the price ("Four Shillings sewed") given beneath the date line on the title-page.
        Provenance: Front pastedown with bookplate of Virginia doctor and book collector Joseph Lyon Miller (1875–1957); front fly-leaf with inked inscription of John Hampton Miller, M.D.; title-page with early inked initials "C.F." in upper margin. Later in the residue of the stock of the F. Thomas Heller bookselling firm (est. ca. 1928).

ESTC T187239; Foxon A296; NCBEL, II, 535; Wellcome, II, 57. Contemporary red calf with covers framed in two decorative gilt rolls, spine with gilt-stamped publication information; rebacked and hinges (inside) reinforced, slightly sprung with edges, extremities, and joints rubbed. Bookplate and inscriptions as above. Pages mildly age-toned; title-page with areas of staining. => A good solid copy of this medico-literary classic, and one that has graced at least two generations of doctors' libraries.  (40419)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Scarce Medical Dissertation from the University of Jena

Buchamer, Jacob; Johann Friedrich Schröter.  Orationes et quaestiones habitae, in promotione clarissimi & doctissimi viri, D.M. Jacobi Buchameri Halensis. Cum ipsi summus in arte medica gradus in academia Genensi decerneretur. [Jena]: Typis Donati Richtzenhan, 1584. 4to (18 cm, 7.08"). [24] ff.
$500.00

The medical school at the University of Jena, one of the institution's four founding departments, was established in 1558. Roughly 25 years later, Jacob Buchamer of Halle received his degree in medicine with all due pomp and circumstance from Schröter (1513–1593, personal physician to the emperor and first rector of the university) — as documented in this testimony to Buchamer's knowledge and accomplishments. Schröter had previously been the moderator for Buchamer's thesis Agōnisma Iatrikon de calculo renum et vesicae urinariae, printed in 1583. Both that work and this doctoral dissertation presentation are now uncommon; a search of WorldCat finds => only two institutional holdings, both in Germany, of the present item.

VD16 ZV 30477. Later plain paper wrappers; outer edges speckled red, carrying over to outer margin of title-page. Early inked monogram in upper outer corner of title-page; two instances of early inked marginalia. Pages age-toned with occasional small spots. A nice copy.  (40416)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

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