Exploring One of those “Lesser Paths” of History
“One Hundred Illustrations”
Treasury of Pub Signs). Larwood, Jacob, & John Camden Hotten. The history of signboards, from the earliest times to the present day... sixth edition. London: John Camden Hotten, 1867. 8vo (18.8 cm, 7.4"). Col. frontis., x, 536 pp.; 19 plts.
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Sixth edition (following its initial appearance in the previous
year) of this engaging account, full of anecdotes, historical digressions, and
literary quotations, as well as attempted analysis ofemblems
and their meanings (though this is not, of course, the classic “emblem
book”). “One hundred illustrations in fac-simile” are
attributed to Larwood on the title-page; the work features 19 plates, each depicting
an assortment of house- and pub-signs, as well as a hand-colored frontispiece
“Drawn by Experience . . . Engraved by Sorrow,” in which a cheerful
gin-drinking lady rides her woebegone, care-laden husband.
Title-page stamped by a private collector: “Thomas Witherell
Palmer, Log Cabin Park” (Detroit).
Contemporary half calf with marbled paper–covered sides,
spine with gilt-stamped leather title-label and ornate gilt-stamped decorations
within compartments; binding with light to moderate rubbing overall, with
spine leather starting to show some cracking. All edges stained red. Delightful
reading and looking, and a delightful copy.
“Waes Hael” Indeed In a Nicely “Thematic” Binding by Amy Richards
Chase, Edithe Lea, & W.E.P. French. Waes Hael, the book of toasts; being, for the most part, bubbles gathered from the wine of others' wit, with here and there, an occasional humbler globule believed to be more or less original. New York: Grafton Press, 1904. 8vo (19.8 cm, 7.75"). 303,  pp.
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“And, lo, sweet friend! behold this cup, / Round which the garlands intertwine; / With Massic it is foaming up, / And we would drink to thee and thine. / And of the draft thou shalt partake.”
A book of toasts and quotations for all occasions organized by categories (love, the army, colleges, sports, particular quaffs, life's joys, etc.) presented in a merry, decorative (and signed) binding.
Binding: Publisher's yellow/tan cloth with yellow-stamped lettering to spine, purple and yellow-stamped lettering bordered by black on front board with purple grapes, green leaves and yellow tankards and goblets surrounding a giant steaming punchbowl as decoration. Top edge gilt, black ribbon bookmark included. Signed “AR” (i.e., Amy Richards).
Bound as above; edges lightly rubbed, parts of text on spine rubbed, faint spots of soiling to front board. Light spotting to fore-edge, a few random finger smudges, soiling to gutter of p. 98. Wassail in a fitting decorative binding! (38318)
(Dunsinnan vs. Ramsay). Broadside. Begins: “Information for William Nairn of Dunsinnan, commissar clerk of Edinburgh, against Mr. David Ramsay writer to the signet....”[Edinburgh, ca. 1710]. Folio (31.2 cm, 12.35").  pp.
Account of the legal dispute between Dunsinnan and Ramsay over the estate of Thomas Young, which included “Fourty Bolls Bear and Malt”; executory principles are addressed. This is a scarce document, with no copies listed by ESTC, RLIN, OCLC, or NUC Pre-1956.
In good clean condition, tipped onto a leaf of 19th-century paper; now in a Mylar folder.
Aid for theEnglish
Great Britain. Laws, statutes, etc., 1760-1820 (George III). Anno regni Georgii III...undecimo.... [An Act for Granting a Bounty upon the Importation of White Oak Staves, and Heading, from the British Colonies or Plantations in America....] London: Pr. by Charles Eyre and William Strahan, 1771. Folio.  f., pp. 1227-1234.
Jack's House & Jack's Malt — A “Chapbook” Tale
(Jack)! The history of the house that Jack built, a diverting story. London: Harris & Son, 1821. 12mo (16.6 cm, 6.5").  ff.; col. illus.
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One of Harris's “most approved novelties for the nursery,” from that publisher's “Cabinet for Youth” series; a chapbook in all its feeling though a bit larger in size and differently formatted from most, with its classic story here having 17 hand-colored wood engravings, including the title-page vignette. Each leaf, printed on one side only, bears a large, neatly and skillfully colored illustration (with the exception of the unadorned publisher's advertisement page), starting with Jack's very attractive house and its “Jack”-labelled malt sacks and ending with a large cut of Sir John Barley-corn (looking rather like Henry VIII).
The second edition, following the first of the previous year. Harris published his fifth and last in 1830.
Provenance: From the children's book collection of Albert A. Howard, small booklabel (“AHA”) at rear.
Gumuchian 3085; Moon, John Harris's Books for Youth, 362(2). Not in Osborne Collection. Lacks printed wrappers; in contemporary block-printed floral–pattern wrappers, rubbed and backed. Occasional small spots of foxing; pages otherwise clean and entirely free of childish markings — or even any hints of having been held by childish hands. A very nice copy of this early printing. (39871)
Kay's Improved & Enlarged Edition of
theUniversal Receipt Book
[A Best-Selling How-To Guide]
Mackenzie, Colin. Mackenzie's five thousand receipts in all the useful and domestic arts: Constituting a complete practical library ... A new American, from the latest London edition. With numerous and important additions generally; and the medical part carefully revised and adapted to the climate of the U. States; and also a new and most copious index. By an American physician. Philadelphia: James Kay, Jr. & Bro., and Pittsburgh: C.H. Kay & Co., (© 1829). 8vo (22 cm, 8.6"). 456 pp.; illus.
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Early U.S. edition: All-encompassing compendium of 19th-century practical knowledge — anything you can't do using instructions from this manual, you probably shouldn't be trying in the first place, though one assumes that in many cases there are more effective modern means now established! The work starts out with metallurgy (including everything you need to know in order to assay the value of silver, cast bronze finely, or color steel blue), proceeds to art (make your own crayons, or paint a miniature on ivory), and ranges to subjects such as farriery, tanning, horticulture, and husbandry, before closing with an assortment of miscellanea not covered by any previous header. Culinary topics includebrewing, wine-making, preserving, and confectionary, as well as good basic recipes for such classics as potted beef, quince pudding, mock turtle soup, and “tomata catsup”; the carving appendix is illustrated with in-text wood engravings. The medicine section is quite lengthy, and covers ailments both mild and severe.
Five Thousand Receipts was first printed in America in 1826, and enjoyed as enthusiastic a reception in the United States as it previously had in England. This is the fourth American edition, here in the Kay variant giving “122 Chestnut Street – near 4th” as the publisher's address.
Provenance: Francis Kelsey, New York City.
Bitting 299; Lowenstein 122; Shoemaker 39366. Contemporary sheep, spine with gilt-stamped leather title-label and gilt-stamped decorations; worn and abraded, joints open and fragile, front cover darkened, leather lost at spine extremities. Front free endpaper with early inked ownership inscription; front fly-leaf with small hole and pencilled annotations. Pages with varying degrees of age-toning and spotting, several signatures deeply browned. Some corners dog-eared. One leaf with upper outer corner torn away, with loss of a few words; one leaf with tear from lower margin extending into text without loss; one leaf with internal closed tear, without loss. Used, as this usually was! (27405)
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