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French Doctor in the American Revolution Rewarded by a Virginia College

Coste, Jean-François.  Oratio habita in capitolio Gulielmopolitano in comitiis Universitatis Virginiae, die XII Junii M. DCC. LXXXII. Dùm favente gallorum ducum & militum frequentiâ, medicae cooptationis laureâ donabatur christianissimi regis exercitûs archiater, Joannes-Franciscus Coste ... Lugduni Batavorum: No publisher/printer, 1783. 8vo (20 cm, 8"). [4] ff., 103, [1 (blank)] pp.
$1,250.00

First and only non-modern edition. The French military physician J.-F. Coste (1741–1819) was given charge of the medical care of the French Expeditionary Forces when the French became active in the => American Revolution. He arrived in the U.S. with Rochambeau's army in July, 1780 and stayed for more than two years. He won the friendship of Washington and Franklin, and in June, 1782, he received the honorary degree of Doctor of Medicine from => William and Mary College. At the award ceremony he delivered the present oration, dedicated to George Washington, in which he discourses on the philosophy of medicine, but also takes up the causes of diseases prevalent in the United States, the constitution of the inhabitants and their manner of life, and the methods of improving both, with references to the different regions of the country.
        Pages 95 through 103 give the identities of the Americans alluded to in the oration, including Benjamin Rush, Washington, James Madison, and Dr. Robert Andrews (of Williamsburg).
        An English translation appeared in the Journal of the History of Medicine in 1952 (7:17–67).
        This copy retains both the half-title and the blank leaf prior to the half-title!

STCN 310801605; Blake, NLM 18th Century, p. 101; Sabin 17021; Stevens, Historical Nuggets, I, p. 190; Crowther 30; Osler 2376; Sowerby, Jefferson's Library, 4675. On Coste, see: John Lane, "Jean-Francois Coste, Chief Physician of the French Expeditionary Forces in the American Revolution," Americana, XIII (1928), pp. 51–80. Recent quarter calf, old style, with marbled paper sides and endpapers. Wide-margined with scattered spotting; to title-page, a small dark-edged piercing probably testifying to readership in a smoking era. Very good.  (39975)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

"It Is Clearly a Case of Accidental Death"

Palmer, F.P.; Alfred Crowquill [pseud. of Alfred Henry Forrester], illus.  Death and burial of Cock Robin; with moral comments thereon, addressed to young children. New York: C.P. Huestis, [ca. 1848–53]. Small 8vo (19.5 cm, 7.5"). 24 pp.; illus.
$250.00

This somewhat macabre English nursery rhyme has been standard fare for generations of youngsters. This version is "illustrated with curious conceits, designed by Alfred Crowquil [sic]" (pseud. of Alfred Henry Forrester), those conceits being => 15 illustrations, plus the hand-colored illustrated front cover with the dead Robin.
        The original rhyme account is incorporated in the prose account of the trial of the Sparrow with the judges handing down a verdict of accidental death: That Cock Robin was so exhausted by his evening singing he collapsed on a forgotten arrow and perished!
        There is a pencilled reward of merit on the verso of the title-page addressed to Mila A. Akeley (of West Guilford, VT?), with her pencilled ownership inscription on the front wrapper and an inked one on the title-page itself.
        Provenance: Mila Akeley, as just above; later in the children's book collection of Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.

Original wrappers; front one colored, rear one with advertisement, somewhat soiled and with some wear near bottom edge of spine. One spot of brown staining at top edge of front wrapper carrying through the first half of volume; otherwise pleasantly clean and a rather nice copy.  (38777)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Redeemed at Death — Nottinghamshire Printed

(Rochester, John Wilmot, Earl of).  The repentance and happy death of the celebrated Earl of Rochester. To which is added, some suitable verses on the occurrence, by Dr. Isaac Watts. Nottingham: Printed by Sutton & Son, 1814. 16mo (16 cm, 6.25"). 8 pp.
$175.00

Percy Cropper in 1892 pioneered the study of Nottinghamshire chapbooks. His bibliography lists this account of Rochester's atheism and redemption at death as the last entry in the chronology of chapbooks printed in Nottingham City, before proceeding to his discussion and survey of printing in the rest of the shire.
        It is nicely printed using a variety of type styles and sizes, and has a woodcut on title-page of St. Mark and an attractive woodcut at the end of an angel among clouds with a banner reading "finis."
        Provenance: From the chapbook collection of Albert A. Howard, sans indicia.

Cropper, Nottinghamshire Chap-books, 31. Folded as issued; untrimmed; unopened. Very good.  (38806)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

A Madcap Prolonged Dash on an Out-of-Control Horse
       (With also One of the Best CAT POEMS Ever)

Cowper, William.  Facetious history of John Gilpin. Shewing how he went farther than he intended, and came safe home again. Newburyport, [MA]: W. & J. Gilman, 1823. 32mo (13 cm, 5"). 23, [1] pp.; illus.
$175.00

Cowper's 1782 anonymously published ballad of => a hapless draper's ride on a runaway horse is here printed in an American chapbook with a large woodcut frontispiece opposite the title-page which has a cut of Gilpin on the horse at full gallop. The text is illustrated with seven woodcuts, two of which are full-page. Also in this edition, embellished with a large and convincing portrait of the feline subject, is => Cowper's poem "The Retired Cat," on pp. 19–23. The first and last pages are pasted to the inside of the wrappers.
        W. & J. Gilman have provided particularly handsome and enticing ornamented full-page advertisements here, one on the verso of the title-page and one as the back wrapper.
        Provenance: From the chapbook collection of Albert A. Howard, sans indicia.
        Searches of NUC and WorldCat locate only the American Antiquarian Society reporting ownership.

Not in Shoemaker. Original salmon-color wrappers. One corner of one leaf torn off with loss of paper but not of text. => A very nice copy.  (38821)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

"Mini" Natural History Chapbook

 Pretty rhymes about birds and animals for little boys and girls. New York: Kiggins & Kellogg, [ca. 1860]. Miniature (7.8 cm, 3"). 8 pp.; illus.
$65.00

Five charming wood engravings of an owl, pony, and other birds and animals mentioned in the text of these short rhymes illustrate this miniature chapbook. It is a later, very good edition from the years when this firm was at 123 & 125 William Street (i.e, 1858–1866).
        Provenance: From the children's book collection of Albert A. Howard, sans indicia.

Original green wrappers with bird illustration on front wrapper and advertisement on rear. Minor soiling to two pages and small crease in upper corner of rear wrapper, else fine. => A very attractive little "toy."  (38780)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Z (as in) Zany, Zebra, Zebedee — A Large-Letter Hand-Colored Alphabet

 The pretty alphabet. Boston: Lilly, Wait & Co., 121 Washington St., [1833–34]. 16mo (17.5 cm, 6.875"). [8] ff.; illus.
$575.00

The alphabet letters are mostly four to a page (therefore eight to a double-page spread), hand-colored, historated, and printed on one side of a leaf only. The first and last leaves are pasted to the inside of the wrappers. The last two printed pages show the alphabet in unadorned serif font in majuscules and miniscules.
        The title and imprint statement are taken from the printed label on the front wrapper (the firm of Lilly, Wait, and Co. was located at 121 Washington St. in 1833 and 1834). The front wrapper label also has => a cut of a group of four- or five-year-olds looking at an alphabet book that is as big as they are!!
        Provenance: 19th-century ownership signature on front wrapper of William P. Gay; most recently in the children's book collection of Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.
        Searches of NUC and WorldCat locate only two libraries reporting ownership (Yale, American Antiquarian Society).

Not in American Imprints. Original buff wrappers; new cloth spine and cloth repair to lower inside corners of wrappers and the first and last leaves where there is small loss, costing small part of an uncolored "Z." Brown stain in upper inner portion of all leaves; other stains; sill a decent and engaging copy of a handsome production.  (38782)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

How to Be a Man

[Day, Thomas].  Forsaken infant; or entertaining history of Little Jack. New York: John C. Tottin, 1811. 24mo (13.7 cm, 5.25"). 52 pp.; illus.
$650.00

Day's tale is of an English foundling, adopted and raised by an old man, who grows up to become a soldier. His adventures are illustrated with nine half-page, well-impressed and interesting => in-text wood engravings. Filling out the space at the end of the volume is "Ingratitude: Exemplified in the Story of George & Marcellus" (pp. [47]–52).
        Searches of NUC and WorldCat locate only three U.S. libraries reporting ownership (Columbia, ULCA, AAS).
        Provenance: From the children's book collection of Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.

Shaw & Shoemaker 22669; Welch 266.2. Not in Rosenbach (but see 574 for Totten's 1819 edition). Tan wrappers, illustrated with a woodcut of a soldier on the front and an allegorical figure titled "Excelsior" on the rear in a scene incorporating an eagle and a liberty cap among other elements. Some of the paper of spine has rubbed away; closed 2" split starting to front cover; else very good.  (38776)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Pascoe, Juan.  An early Mexican typographic ornament / 1554-1686. Santa Rosa, Tacámbaro, Michoacán, Mexico: Taller Martín Pescador, 2019. Small 8vo (23 cnm 9"). 39, [1 (blank)] pp., color illus., facsims.
$37.50

Pascoe, Mexico's greatest modern hand-printer, has long made a study of early Mexican printing, printers, and typography. Here he traces the use of a fourchée cross designed, cut, and cast by Antonio Espinosa and first used in 1554 and subsequently was part of the typographic repetoire of Pedro Balli, Antonio Ricardo, Pedro Ocharte, Melchor Ocharte, Diego López Dávalos, Enrico Martinez, Cornelio Adrián César, and Juan Ruíz.
        In addition to the discussion of its use by the various printers, Pascoe also offers interesting and sometimes new biographical information on the printers based on archival documents. His assessment of each printer's skills is informed by his eye and decades of experience as a handpress printer. His text is illustrated by more than 20 color illustrations and by examples of each printer's signature
        In all, a totally satisfying work on the skills and personalities and, at times, tribulations of these early New World printers.

Issued in typographic wrappers. As new.  (40046)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Mesmerism for German Doctors

Sallis, Johann G.  Der tierische Magnetismus (Hypnotismus) und seine Genese. Ein Beitrag zur Aufklärung und eine Mahnung an die Sanitätsbehörden. Leipzig: Ernst Günthers Verlag, 1887. 8vo (20.9 cm, 8.24"). [4], 108 pp.
$150.00

First edition: An examination of the history and development of hypnotism, with an account of Mesmer's work and an emphasis on making rational use of hypnotism as therapeutic tool rather than moneymaking scam. The work is => not common in U.S. institutions: A search of WorldCat found only five reporting ownership.
        Provenance: Title-page with rubber-stamp reading "Bibl. Societ. Psychol. Monac." and with inked inscription noting ownership of Dr. Franz Carl Gerster, a physician and practitioner of hypnotism; most recently from the residue of the stock of the F. Thomas Heller bookselling firm (est. ca. 1928).

Contemporary marbled paper–covered boards with pebbled black cloth shelfback, spine with gilt-stamped title; front cover with small early hand-inked paper shelving label, edges and extremities rubbed. Paper of the front hinge (inside) cracked. Pages age-toned, otherwise clean; title-page with stamp and inscription as above. Final text leaf with old repair, partially shading text without loss of legibility.  (40033)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

The Man Who Talked to Statues: The Science of Communicating with the Spirit World

Güldenstubbe, Johann Ludwig von.  Pneumatologie positive et expérimentale. La réalité des esprits et le phénomène merveilleux de leur écriture directe. Paris: A. Franck, 1857. 8vo (22.5 cm, 8.875"). xxxvi, 216 pp.; 15 fold. plts.
$250.00

First edition: Ghost writing and other supernatural messages, as described by one of the early leading lights of Spiritualism in France. Baron Ludwig von Güldenstubbe, sometimes known as Louis de Guldenstubbé (1820–73), was a Baltic-Swedish nobleman who settled in Paris along with his sister, famed as an accomplished medium in her own right. The two were interested in the phenomenon of direct writing, in which mysterious messages appeared in locked boxes or on pieces of paper left on tombs or statues. The present work collects the messages obtained by Güldenstubbe in the course of his experiments, in addition to offering a fairly thorough overview of historical approaches to spirit communication (including discussion of the nature of the soul, and mysticism as practiced in ancient Greece and Rome, China, India, and Persia) — with => 15 oversized, folding plates tipped in at the back of the work, reproducing some of the handwritten messages allegedly composed by spirits.
        This is the first appearance, followed by a German printing in 1869; another volume was apparently planned, but never printed. This copy is in the publisher's original wrappers, with page edges untrimmed. It should be noted that while a digitized version is reported as being held by a number of institutions, actual hard copies containing all 15 plates are now uncommon.
        Provenance: From the residue of the stock of the F. Thomas Heller bookselling firm (est. ca. 1928).

Caillet, Manuel bibliographique des sciences psychiques ou occultes, 4873. Publisher's printed brown paper wrappers, darkened and chipped, respined with light brown paper shelfback. Pages age-toned, with occasional spots of foxing (including to plates); edges untrimmed. First signature separated but present. A fascinating item, here closely preserved to its original state.  (40005)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

The Self-Styled "Horace of His Age" — Ex–Vatican Library Copy

Gibbes, James Alban.  Carminum Iacobi Albani Ghibbesii, poetae laureati caesarei, pars lyrica; ad exemplum Q. Horatii Flacci quamproximè concinnata. Romae: Ex officina Fabii de Falco, 1668. 8vo (16.3 cm, 6.4"). Add. engr. t.-p., [20], 221, [1] pp.; 1 plt.
$350.00

Inspired by Horace and dedicated to Pope Clement IX, these verses are considered the most significant output of the Poet Laureate of Emperor Leopold I. Gibbes (sometimes given as Ghibbes or Ghibbesius; 1611–77) was born in France of English parents living in exile, and was an English-educated, Roman Catholic physician who settled in Italy and took up Latin poetry; the DNB effuses that "his handsome face, wonderful power of mimicry, entertaining conversation, and mastery of six living languages, coupled with his medical skill, gained him a succession of patrons" (the ODNB, it should be noted, takes a more measured view of his accomplishments).
        This is the second edition, following the first of 1665 and => the first to be published after Gibbes' elevation as poet laureate, which status is prominently noted on its title-page. Present here, along with an added engraved title-page done by Albert Clowet, is a portrait of the author, engraved by Clowet after Pietro Berrettini da Cortona.
        Provenance: Back pastedown with "duplicato" rubber-stamp of the Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana; most recently from the residue of the stock of the F. Thomas Heller bookselling firm (est. ca. 1928).
        WorldCat finds only five U.S. institutions (IEN, IU, MChB, MH, CSmH) reporting ownership of this "laureated" printing.

Not in Brunet. Contemporary limp vellum, spine with early inked shelving marks and early paper label; vellum moderately dust-soiled. All edges speckled blue. Front pastedown with early inked shelving identifiers, front free endpaper with pencilled note "Rac. Gen. Op. Omn[?]. V. 220." Pastedowns and front free endpaper with small areas of worming, not touching or affecting any pages. Varying degrees of age-toning, pages otherwise overall crisp.  (39987)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

"L'Apôtre Moderne" of Palm-Reading

Desbarrolles, Adrien Adolphe.  Les mystères de la main révélés et expliqués. Art de connaître la vie, le caractère, les aptitudes et la destinée de chacun d'après la seule inspection des mains. Paris: E. Dentu, 1859. 16mo (17.7 cm, 6.9"). [4], 624, [2 (errata)] pp.; illus.
$225.00

First edition of a legendary occultist's first book, issued under the banner "Chiromancie Nouvelle." An artist and student of Kabbalah, Desbarrolles (1801–86) was — along with his contemporary D'Arpentigny — one of the foundational figures of the modern practice of chiromancy, or palmistry.
        The title-page vignette, engraved by Henry Isidore Chevauchet after Durand, shows a gentleman expounding over a young lady's palm; in-text illustrations include an Indian goddess along with the expected diagrams of hands.
        Provenance: From the residue of the stock of the F. Thomas Heller bookselling firm (est. ca. 1928).

Caillet, Manuel bibliographique des sciences psychiques ou occultes, 3010. Contemporary quarter green sheep with green and brown marbled paper–covered sides, spine with gilt-stamped title and bands; binding rubbed overall with sides scuffed, small areas of insect damage to lower front joint. Front free endpaper absent (no visible signs of excision). Light to moderate foxing. => A solid and consultable copy of this notable work.  (39984)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Spirits & Sleepwalking

Gentil, Joseph-Adolphe.  Initiation aux mystères-secrets de la théorie et de la pratique du magnétisme rendue simple et facile quant à la pratique, simple et explicative quant aux principaux phénomènes dérivant du somnambulisme, etc., suivie d'expériences inédites faites a Monte-Cristo, chez Alexandre Dumas, et de la biographie de J.-B. Marcillet. Paris: Robert, [1849]. 12mo (19 cm, 7.5"). Frontis. (incl. in pagination), 99, [5] pp.
$300.00

Humankind has always been fascinated by the mysterious, the unexplained, and the supernatural. In the 19th-century “rappings,” sommnabulism, phrenology, and mesmerism were among the “hot topics” of the day with devout believers and equally ardent skeptics. Dedicated to both believers and unbelievers, this booklet — described by Caillet as a "brochure piquant" — looks at somnambulism in addition to animal magnetism and Spiritualism in general. The tipped-in engraved frontispiece is captioned "Effet de la seconde vue. Somnambule voyant a travers les corps opaques."
        This first edition is now uncommon: WorldCat finds only one U.S. institution reporting ownership (Harvard).
        Provenance: From the residue of the stock of the F. Thomas Heller bookselling firm (est. ca. 1928).

Caillet, Manuel bibliographique des sciences psychiques ou occultes, 4461. Sewn in publisher's printed yellow paper wrappers; wrappers slightly dust-soiled with edges chipped, losses to spine paper resulting in wrappers splitting at spine with sewing holding for now. Light foxing. => A very reasonable copy of an unusual, ephemeral item, here in its original wrappers with page edges untrimmed.  (40017)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

French Astronomical Ephemerides — Time & Measuring It

Lalande, Joseph Jérôme le Français de.  Connoissance des temps, pour l'année bissextile 1768. Paris: De l'Imprimerie Royale, 1766. 12mo (19.7 cm, 7.75"). 280, [4 (contents)] pp.; 2 fold. plts.
$350.00

Uncommon and attractively printed French astronomical almanac for the year 1768, published on behalf of the Académie Royale des Sciences and => printed at the Royal Press, for the use of both astronomers and navigators. Lalande (1732–1807), one of the most prominent astronomers in France, served as editor of the Connaissance — which has been published continuously under slightly varying titles from 1679 through the present day — from 1760 until 1776 and then again from 1794 until his death. This edition offers, in addition to its numerous tables of data, brief articles on calculating sunrise and sunset, methods for finding the moon's passage over the meridian, various observations to be made in each month, an account of Maraldi's observations of the third satellite of Jupiter, a list of the members of the Académie, etc., and at the back of the work => two folding plates: a depiction of the lunar lakes and a map of France engraved by C. Delahaye.
        This work on time and its measurement, with conversion tables, is not widely held institutionally: a search of WorldCat finds only one reported U.S. location (the Burndy Library at the Huntington).
        Provenance: From the residue of the stock of the F. Thomas Heller bookselling firm (est. ca. 1928).

In marbled paper wrappers as issued and in old glassine dust jacket; jacket with edges chipped and area of loss to lower inner portion, paper much worn over spine. Page edges untrimmed and signatures unopened. Pages age-toned with some spots of foxing; title-page with paper flaw in lower margin. Small area of worming affecting roughly the first third of the volume, not damaging sense. An apparently untouched, unread copy in its original wrappers.  (40018)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

 Novenario de alabanzas, en honrra [sic] de la gloriosa Santa Paula, sacado de vna carta con nombre de Epitaphio. Mexico: Francisco de Rivera Calderon, 1715. 12mo (15.2 cm; 6"). [12] ff.
$300.00

This attractively printed novena is quite scarce: There are apparently no copies recorded in NUC Pre-1956, Medina knew of it only from a copy in León's Biblioteca mexicana, and WorldCat locates only seven copies worldwide.

Medina, Mexico, 12292. Sewn in old, plain, wrappers as originally issued; separating along spine and front wrapper mostly detached. Minor waterstaining. A decent copy.  (37065)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Wirz, J.J.X.  Sichere und unfehlbare Heilart der sogenannten Schancres, oder venerischen Geschwüren. Luzern: gedruckt bey Xaver Mayer, 1807.
$150.00

Wirz claims to have developed a "safe and infallible healing" method for venereal ulcers.
        Searches of NUC and WorldCat find no U.S. libraries reporting ownership.

Folded but never bound.  (39970)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Wimsatt, Genevieve, & Geoffrey Chen (trans.).  The lady of the long wall: a Ku Shih Or Drum Song of China. New York: Columbia University Press, 1934. 4to. 84 pp., illus.
$85.00

Printed at the Bremmer Presse, Munich, in an edition of only 550 copies, of which 480 were for sale. This is copy 62.
        Handsomely printed, of course, and illustrated with four tipped-in half-tones of Chinese paintings.

Publisher's red cloth: Spine letters in gilt with Chinese "style" letter forms and covers illustrated with a winding image of the Great Wall, also in gilt. Yellow endpapers flecked with gilt.  (33484)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

"Les connoissances qui multiplient nos desirs, multiplient nos besoins" — Scarce French Philosophy

[Barbier, de Vitry-le-Français].  Pensées diverses, ou reflexions sur l'esprit et sur le coeur. Paris: Chez le Breton, 1748. 12mo (15.4 cm, 6.1"). xxxii, 148 pp.
$350.00

Sole edition: 547 pithy, witty philosophical maxims on life, thought, emotion, society, and the nature of men and women, occasionally incorporating commentary on => contemporary French actresses and female authors. The author was apparently no relation of the bibliographer Antoine Alexander Barbier, but rather the father of the editor and bureaucrat Barbier-Neuville. While at least one reference suggests that his "Thoughts" were reissued in the following year under the title Réflexions diverses propres à former l'esprit et le coeur, that work is properly attributed to Simon Bignicourt, making this the first and only edition; it is nicely printed, with each section opening and closing with a head- and tailpiece. This work is now scarce, with a search of WorldCat locating => no U.S. institutions reporting holdings, and only four European listings.
        Provenance: From the residue of the stock of the F. Thomas Heller bookselling firm (est. ca. 1928).

Barbier, Dictionnaire des ouvrages anonymes et pseudonymes, 13963; Licquet, Catalogue de la bibliothèque de la ville de Rouen, 2858. Contemporary mottled calf in an interesting striped pattern, spine with gilt-stamped leather title-label, gilt-dotted raised bands, and gilt-stamped floral compartment decorations; edges and extremities rubbed, front joint cracked and open (sewing holding). All page edges stained red. Title-page with early inked annotation re: author. Pages gently age-toned and cockled.  (39986)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

"Afloat by the Heels, in That Terrible Ocean / In a Manner of Which You Can Scarce Have a Notion"

(Robinsonade — Not Defoe, Daniel).  Robinson Crusoe: With thirty illustrations. London: Wm. S. Orr & Co. (pr. by Vizetelly Brothers & Co.), [ca. 1843]. 16mo (17 cm, 6.45"). Frontis., [2], 39, [1] pp.; 8 plts., illus.
$300.00

Uncommon comedic verse retelling of the most famous castaway story of all (sorry Gilligan, sorry Tom "Cast Away" Hanks, Will "Lost in Space"), featuring => a total of nine sepia-tinted plates and a number of in-text vignettes. In this version, Crusoe stays lost mostly because he prefers to be his own king, free of civilization, rent, and taxes; once having left his island, he sells Friday and puts his mother in the workhouse. Among other cracks at contemporary societal quirks, the narrator suggests that Crusoe would have found his lack of a wife "the most pleasing of facts" if only he had read Malthus and Martineau, and the scanty costumes of the natives are compared to those at the ballet this season.
        The wood-engraved frontispiece is signed "A.C.," i.e., Alfred Crowquill, pseudonym of A.H. Forrester, while the other => tinted plates and black and white in-text illustrations are unsigned . While the exact publication date of this volume is difficult to identify, Orr published this popular piece in 1840 and 1844, as well as part of the 1843 edition of the Comic Album; it appears here as part of the "Comic Nursery Tales" series. This stand-alone printing is scarce: WorldCat locates only seven U.S. institutions reporting copies (Boston Public, Yale, Huntington, Lilly, Minnesota, Free Library of Philadelphia, SUNY-Stony Brook).
        Provenance: From the children's book collection of Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.

NSTC 2D7678. Not in Gumuchian; not in Osborne Collection. Publisher's original printed paper–covered boards; paper slightly darkened, edges and extremities rubbed, joints refurbished. Now in a sturdy, dark blue cloth–covered clamshell case and matching slipcase. Pages evenly age-toned. One leaf with tear from lower margin, touching two lines of text and lower edge of one illustration (without loss); one leaf with short tear from lower margin not touching text. => A worthwhile copy of this unusual parody, in its original binding and nicely box-housed.  (39980)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Advances in Newtonian Calculus

Simpson, Thomas.  The doctrine and application of fluxions. Containing (besides what is common on the subject) a number of new improvements in the theory. And the solution of a variety of new, and very interesting, problems in different branches of the mathematicks. London: John Nourse, 1776. 8vo (21.6 cm, 8.5"). xi, [1], 274, [2], 275–576 pp.; diagrams.
$1,200.00

Simpson (1710–1761) was the self-educated son of a weaver and originally made a name for himself as an astrologer/fortune-teller, dubbed "the oracle of Nuneaton." After moving to London and becoming a professor of mathematics, he published his New Treatise Of Fluxions in 1737, and followed that in 1750 with The Doctrine and Application of Fluxions — a "vastly more full and comprehensive" textbook in which the principle matters "also to be met with in [the first] Treatise, are handled in a different Manner" (p. v); the DNB describes the latter work as "one of the best treatises on fluxions written in the eighteenth century." This more mature, thorough treatment of the subject did not appear again until the present 1776 Nourse printing: the stated second edition, "revised and carefully corrected." The chapters are illustrated with numerous in-text diagrams, and the second part has a separate title-page.
        Provenance: From the residue of the stock of the F. Thomas Heller bookselling firm (est. ca. 1928).

ESTC T77585. On Simpson, see: Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online). Period-style quarter speckled calf with marbled paper–covered sides, spine with gilt-stamped title and gilt-ruled raised bands. One leaf of advertising reported after the second title-page of some copies not present here (with no sign of loss or excision). First few leaves with upper outer corners worn; one tiny spot of pinhole worming to outer margins of first half of volume; a very few ink droplets and small spots of foxing, pages otherwise clean. => An important mathematical treatise, now uncommon on the market, here in a simple but elegant, distinguished, and solid binding.  (39974)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Colonial Brazilian Medical Work

Miranda, João Cardoso de.  Relaçaõ cirurgica, e médica, na qual se trata, e declara especialmente hum novo methodo para curar a infecçaõ escorbutica, ou mal de Loanda, e todos os seus productos, fazendo para isso manifestos dous especificos, e muy particulares remedios. Lisboa: Na officina de Miguel Rodrigues, impressor, 1747. Folio (30 cm, 11.75"). [26] ff., 235, [1] pp.
$4,000.00

The true first edition: The copies with 1741 on the title-page were actually printed in 1752, as the dates of the licences clearly demonstrate. Also, those copies are, as expected with a second edition, in smaller format, i.e., quarto.
        Cardoso de Miranda was a “cirurgiam approvado, natural da Freguezia de S. Martinho de Cambres junto á cidade de Lamego, e de presente assistente nesta da Bahia de todos os Santos” as proclaimed on the title-page. He also practiced medicine in Minas Geraes, and owned a galleon engaged in commerce with Africa. His work covers the treatment of tropical diseases, fevers, gonorrhea, scurvy, etc. The text includes letters addressed to the author from various Brazilian physicians, along with a tribute in verse addressed to the book itself.
        Borba de Moraes writes of the Relaçaõ cirurgica: "a famous book of Brazilian medicine. The text is seldom studied because of the rarity of both editions." Searches of NUC and WorldCat find only three U.S. libraries (RPJCB, DNLM, NNNAM) reporting ownership of the first edition.
        Binding: Modern calf excellently executed in the18th-century style, gilt extra spine with red leather gilt label; boards with modestly elegant gilt roll at perimeter of boards, plain endpapers.

Alden & Landis 747/30; Borba de Moraes, Bibliographia brasiliana (1983 ed.), p. 572; Silva, Diccionário bibliografico portuguez, III, p. 338 (J582); Blake, NLM 18th Century, p. 78. Binding as above, in excellent condition. Complex stain in inner margins beginning at half-title and extending to folio [21] of the preliminaries, ever diminishing, else very nice throughout and handsomely printed.  (39971)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

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Studying Descartes' Principles

Descartes, René; Florimond de Beaune; Johan de Witt; & Frans van Schooten; Rasmus Bartholin, ed.  Renati des Cartes Principia matheseos universalis, seu introductio ad geometriae methodum. Francofurti ad Moenum: Sumptibus Friderici Knochii, 1695. 4to (21.3 cm, 8.3"). [8], 420, [4], 423–68, [2] pp.; diagrs.
$1,250.00

Important gathering of Cartesian mathematical thought, opening with van Schooten's Latin introduction to and commentary on Descartes' La Géométrie, followed by De aequationum natura, constitutione, & limitibus by de Beaune, Elementa curvarum linearum by de Witt, Tractatus de concinnandis demonstrationibus geometricis ex calculo algebraïco by van Schooten, and the closing Notae et animadversiones tumultuariae in universum opus by Bartholin, who edited the texts. Each work has a separate title-page, and numerous equations and small in-text diagrams appearing throughout; the volume ends with a one page list of errata, chiefly of errors in the mathematical notations.
        The trio here was first published as the second volume of the two volume edition of the Latin translation of Descartes' Geométrie, issued in Amsterdam by the Elzevirs, 1659–61.
        Provenance: From the residue of the stock of the F. Thomas Heller bookselling firm (est. ca. 1928).
        Searches of NUC and WorldCat locate only four U.S. libraries (UChicago, U.S. Naval Observatory, UMinnesota, Linda Hall) reporting ownership.

VD17 3:301520H. 19th-century half calf and marbled paper–covered sides, spine with gilt-stamped leather title and date label; mildly rubbed overall. Title-page with rectangular portion on either side of printer's device excised and repaired (repair apparently done some time ago), with excision just barely touching the ends of the motto banner. First few leaves browned; foxing and offsetting throughout. => A worthwhile exploration of mathematical thought as it stood toward the close of the 17th century and a good solid copy.  (39902)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

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Scarce Early Americanum — Harrisse's Copy, in His Personalized Gruel Binding

Catanaeus, Johannes Maria [a.k.a. Giovanni Maria Cattaneo].  Io: Mariae Catanaei Genua. [colophon: Romae: Impressum apud Iacobum Mazochium, 1514]. 4to (20.6 cm, 8.15"). [11] ff. (lacking final blank).
$3,750.00

A neo-Latin poem in praise of the city of Genoa, including "some verses concerning Columbus and his voyages" (Harrisse). The author, a clergyman, is identified by various sources as Catanaeus, Cattaneo, Cataneo, etc. The neo-Latin poem is printed in roman and has two woodcut initials; the title-page sports a very handsome architectural woodcut border.
        Binding: Signed custom binding done by the legendary Léon Gruel, stamped "Gruel" on front free endpaper: Dark brown morocco, spine with raised bands and gilt-stamped title, covers with small central gilt-stamped monogram of intertwined Hs (see provenance below), turn-ins with gilt border composed of several rolls. Marbled pastedowns and double marbled endpapers, all edges gilt.
        Provenance: Front pastedown with armorial bookplates of Robert Walsingham Martin and Samuel Latham Mitchill Barlow, fleur-de-lis bookplate of "E.O.," and => leather ex libris of author, lawyer, historian, and book collector Henry Harrisse (two letters H intertwined, labelled "Nov. Eborac" [New York]). Back pastedown with institutional bookplates of Harvard (properly deaccessioned and appropriately stamped); front free endpaper with 19th-century inked annotation opening "B.A.V. No. 75..." Later in the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.
        Searches of NUC, WorldCat, and the bibliographies cited below find only seven U.S. libraries (MH, OCU, NN, ICN, RPJCB, CtY, DLC) reporting ownership.

Alden & Landis 514/3; Adams C1016; Brunet, Supplement, I, 225; Harrisse, BAV, 75; Sabin 11494; Index Aurel. 133.919; Edit16 CNCE 10294. Binding as above; bookplates as above; final blank leaf (only) lacking. Title-page with one small spot of foxing, pages otherwise clean, and this clearly a copy that has been "washed and pressed."  (39557)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

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The State of Early 19th-Century Austrian Medical Knowledge

Bischoff, Ignaz Rudolph Edler von Altenstern.  Grundzüge der allgemeinen Naturlehre des Menschen ... Mit vorzüglicher Hinsicht auf die praktische Medicin. Wien: A. Strauss's sel. Witwe, 1838–39. 8vo (21 cm, 8.3"). 2 vols. I: Frontis., [22], 352, [2] pp. II: xvi, 492 pp.
$950.00

Bischoff's comprehensive overview of human physiology and medical practice, in => somewhat surprisingly festive — considering the topic — signed contemporary bindings. This is the first edition to encompass all four parts: Grundzüge der allgemeinen Naturlehre des Menschen (books one through three) and Grundzüge der speciellen Naturlehre des Menschen (book four), here in two volumes. The author (1784–1850) was a professor at the Josephinum Academy of Vienna, a charter member of the Gesellschaft der Ärzte (the medical society of Vienna), and chief physician to the Austrian Army. His portrait, engraved by Andreas Staub after Friedrich von Amerling (of whom he was an early patron) and printed by Johann Höfelich, opens vol. I, and a bibliography of his works, including foreign-language editions, with documentation of their appearances in various journals and other publications, closes vol. II.
        Bindings: 19th-century bright red embossed cloth sides with gilt frame and panel rolls stamped over embossing; darker red leather shelfbacks, spines with gilt-stamped decorations and titles. All edges gilt. Bindings done by => Anton Lehenbauer, with his bookbinder's ticket on each back pastedown.
        Provenance: From the residue of the stock of the F. Thomas Heller bookselling firm (est. ca. 1928).
        Searches of NUC and WorldCat find no U.S. library reporting ownership and precious few in Europe.

Bindings as above, joints and edges rubbed, gilt dimmed or darkened in spots. Occasional light to mild foxing, pages otherwise clean. => An attractive and interesting production.  (39910)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

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"Train up a Child in the Way It Should Go"

 Variety; or, stories for children from the age of seven years to twelve. London: John Harris, 1825. 12mo (17.6 cm, 6.9"). [4], 127, [1] pp.; 12 plts.
$200.00

"Founded on facts," and dedicated to "the author's little friends Kate and Fanny": stories full of edifying examples of children who were good and kind, and appropriately rewarded — and of children who were punished for lying, selfishness, etc. The tales are illustrated with => twelve full-page engraved plates, each bearing two scenes. This is the second edition, following the first of 1823; it is uncommon, with WorldCat locating only seven U.S. institutions reporting holdings.
        Provenance: From the children's book collection of Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.

Osborne Collection, p. 953; Gumuchian 5727; Moon, John Harris's Books for Youth, 943(2); Opie, A 1214. Publisher's printed tan paper–covered boards with maroon sheep shelfback; spine and edges rubbed, sides with small scuffs. Front free endpaper lacking; title-page with unexplainable image offsetting of the ninth plate. A very nice copy, undamaged by childish hands.  (39885)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

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