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.
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)
Cookery, & aSTAGGERING Array of Other Stuff
A Society of Gentlemen in New-York [Alsop, Richard]. The universal receipt book, or, complete family directory; being a repository of useful knowledge in the several branches of domestic economy; containing scarce, curious, and valuable receipts, and choice secrets. New York: I. Riley (Pr. by Van Winkle & Wiley), 1814. 12mo (17.3 cm, 6.8"). , 284 pp.
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First edition. Generally attributed to the poet, translator, satirist, and “Hartford wit” Richard Alsop, who allegedly solicited the recipes from the gentlemen of his New York City club, this all-encompassing volume offers a remarkable jumble of recipes or preparation instructions for bologna sausage, a cure for jaundice, varnish for drawings, catsup “which will keep good more than twenty years,” usquebaugh “as made at Paris,” a method for giving “a beautiful brown colour to gun barrels,” broiling beef steaks, a remedy for the staggers in horses, “delicate little Caraway Puddings,” “the true Daffy's Elixir,” and pink pancakes (made with beetroot), not to mention a variety of inks, salves, dentrifices, dyes, wines, beers, gins, etc., etc., etc.
Also here, for those interested in the history of tomato usage, is thefirst known tomato sauce recipe published by an American (Alsop was born in Middletown, CT): “Tomato, or Love Apple Sauce” (p. 45). Likewise of interest is the “Art of manufacturing genuine Chocolate” from raw cocoa nuts (p. 68), although, somewhat surprisingly, nothing related to coffee or tea is to be found in the volume.
Bitting, p. 612; Cagle & Stafford 770; Lowenstein 66; Shaw & Shoemaker 33515. See also Smith, The Tomato in America, p. 178. Contemporary mottled sheep, spine with gilt-ruled bands; sprung and much rubbed, front joint reinforced inside and out long ago, spine chipped and cracked with loss of leather at head. Free endpapers excised. Front pastedown with upside-down affixed color-printed “Cologne” promotional image and early inked inscription of Thomas Brown; back pastedown with pencilled ownership inscription. Pages age-toned and waterstained, with sewing loosening and some leaves creased or corners dog-eared; last few leaves of index tattered and final index leaf with loss from inner margin taking several words. Worn, but a reasonably sturdy survivor, andjam-packed with delightful content. (38443)
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