Provenance: Title-page with early inked name “Timothy Tynell” in upper margin and ink smear to inner margin; early inked gift inscription (“J. Sadler given to him by W. Clanton”) between verses on p. 3.
ESTC T86344. 19th-century half calf over marbled paper, much worn and abraded with covers detached, last few leaves starting to separate, and leather partially lost over spine; an ex-library, reading copy worthy of rebinding — covers pressure-stamped by a now-defunct institution, title-page and several others rubber-stamped, back free endpaper with pocket. Lacking extensive (25 pp.) subscribers' list (only). Pages with light to moderate spotting and a few short edge tears, not touching text. (17696)
The volume is printed with the original language and spelling preserved, and is illustrated with a woodcut frontispiece of a fisherman taken from de Worde's 1518 edition that is cited as the earliest known depiction of an angler fishing with a rod, as well as with six woodcuts (provided at the back of the volume in the form of four plates) showing types of poles, hooks, etc. As the title-page proclaims, the work was printed with the types of John Baskerville, making it one of the last such printings done in England. A later hand has helpfully added pencilled marginalia clarifying archaic or obscure terms and suggesting subject headers.
NSTC 2B20037; Keynes, Pickering, 42. Later half calf and marbled paper–covered sides, spine with gilt-stamped leather title-label, gilt-decorated raised bands, and gilt-stamped fishing creel devices in compartments; spine label with small edge chips and mild rubbing to paper. Pencilled annotations as above, pages and plates otherwise pleasingly clean. (28566)
This copy uncut and in original boards: RARE THUS.
NSTC 2B20037; Keynes, Pickering, 42. Beyond the scope of Gaskell, Baskerville. Publisher's dun-colored light boards. Uncut copy. Light overall rubbing; spine with minor loss of paper. Old bookseller's description affixed to front free endpaper; small oval stain to corner of half-title and frontispiece, a bit of light offsetting from plates. A very nice copy in a later open-back cardboard slipcase. (30461)
Inspired by the Villa Medici in Rome, the Hotel Colorado at this time contained 300 guest rooms and 100 private bathrooms, with an open fireplace in most rooms. The Hotel was designed by New York architects Boring, Tilton & Mellen, and built around natural hot springs along the rail lines of the Denver & Rio Grande and the Colorado Midland RR. The Hotel Colorado opened in 1893. All of the testimonials at the back of this booklet are dated 1894.
One page tells us that The Glenwood Hot Springs Company was the proprietor, The Hotel Colorado Company, the lessee, and E.E. Lucas the manager.
Publisher's embossed pictorial paper covers. Very Good. (36987)
Binding: Original brown cloth with beveled edges, stamped in gilt and black with gilt lettering to front board and spine; gilt vignette of the Academy to front board.
Provenance: Cunningham, an affectionate and appreciative graduate of the Academy, has inscribed the front free endpaper“With the compliments of the author, 6/22, '83.” Later in the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, booklabel (“AHA”) at rear.
Extremities lightly rubbed, minor bumping; gilt bright on spine and brighter on cover. Very nice, clean copy “personalized” by the author. (37760)
The plates are signed “F. Kearny,” an artist born in Perth Amboy, NJ, who studied drawing with Archibald and Alexander Robertson and engraving with Peter Maverick. From 1810 to his death in 1833 he practiced engraving in Philadelphia.
There are two states of gathering “U”: this copy has the typographical error “tibbon” with the stop-press correction to “ribbon” on p. 235.
The volume ends with advertisements for several sporting and fishing goods suppliers.
Shoemaker 27838; Howes K108; Henderson, American Sporting Books, 6; Phillips, Sporting Books, 21; Streeter Sale 4084; Bennett, Practical Guide, 60–61. On Stauffer, American Engravers, I, 148–49. Publisher's sprinkled sheep with simple rope roll in blind on board edges, some abrasion to leather; round spine with gilt double rules forming “spine compartments,” black leather title label. The usual light and scattered foxing noted in all copies, nothing more. A very nice copy. (28553)
One signature at the back is unopened.
NSTC 2H10236. Publisher's light yellow printed paper wrappers, removed from a nonce volume. Clean, crisp, unread copy. (31946)
The text, which opens with a wonderfully decorated title-page in black and red, presents some 60 card games illustrated in black and red and is ornamented with red page borders, initials, and chapter titles. An errata slip is included.
WorldCat locates only five institutional holdings of this 1892 edition, all in the United Kingdom.
Binding: Publisher's blue cloth with bevelled boards, gilt lettering to spine and front board, and black and red–stamped decoration of playing cards on front board. All edges stained green.
Bound as above; cloth darkened, edges and joints rubbed. Faint foxing and dark spots throughout, including one dark spot to title-page, minor soiling to top of three pages; gutter cracks at pp. 16 and 24. An engagingly illustrated card game book, here inan agreeable, readable copy. (37962)
Printed largely in black letter and each act preceded by its own title-page.
ESTC T193918. Near-contemporary brown calf, rebacked in caramel-colored calf with a red leather gilt title-label; modestly tooled in gilt on covers with a double-rule and a center rope rectangle with flower corner devices, gilt rolls on board edges. Some cockling of paper and discoloration of endpapers (from the tannin of the turn-ins, and occasional marginal thumb- or other soil from use. (34488)
The first series made its first appearance in book form in London, 1823. The authorized second series was not published until 1833, under the title The Last Essays of Elia; the pieces selected for the unauthorized American second series offered here are different from those contained in that volume, and mistakenly include three essays written by other hands.
Shoemaker 33813 & 33814; NCBEL, III, 1225; NSTC 2L2346. Vol. I: Uncut copy. Publisher's quarter once-red cloth and paper sides, covers printed with “Elia” within a simple frame, spine with printed paper label; binding rubbed and lightly soiled, spine sunned to yellow. Repaired tear to one leaf, touching text without loss; remarkably clean and sound. Vol. II: Contemporary speckled sheep, spine with gilt-stamped leather title-label; rubbed, and head of spine chipped with old refurbishing. Ex–social club library: 19th-century bookplate and call number ticket on front pastedown, front free endpaper with inked numerals, title-page pressure-stamped. Author's name inked on title-page; front free endpaper and title-page reinforced at fore-edge (the latter from the back). Both volumes age-toned, with intermittent spots of staining; advertisements absent. The set now housed in a quarter blue morocco and blue cloth–covered clamshell case with marbled paper–covered sides and gilt-stamped spine. (26434)
Provenance: Ex-German Society of Pennsylvania Library, a German-American social organization.
Publisher's green cloth stamped in blind on covers and in gilt on spine (with a knight, bishop, and castle in addition to author and title); a little cocked and bottom edges worn. Front free endpaper separated and rear one chipped. Ex–social club library: call number on endpaper, rubber-stamp on title- and two other pages, no other markings. Clearly a book that was often read and consulted with some soiling and staining resultant; text not chipped though printed on inexpensive paper. (26923)
When in need of a little entertainment, consider fireside games like hide and seek or the cat and the mouse! George Frederick Pardon advises his Victorian audience on fun pastimes for children, from mechanical puzzles to charades and “parlour magic.” Pardon (1824–84) frequently wrote handbooks on card games, chess, and billiards using the pseudonym “Captain Crawley,” in addition to the “Uncle George” pseudonym he used here.
The engraved, black-and-white frontispiece (with tissue guard) featuring families indulging in “parlour pastimes" was done bythe Brothers Dalziel.
Binding: Publisher's textured green cloth with gilt lettering and decoration to spine; front board has stylized gilt lettering and a gilt vignette of a child entertaining a crowd of sitting children, with corner lily decorations in blind. The rear board design is identical but all in blind. All edges gilt.
Provenance: From the library of Ellery Yale Wood, a collector of children's books and young adult literature, with her name inked on front free endpaper.
Binding as above; spine darkened, corners bumped, boards dirtied, with embossed lettering on the rear board pencil-filled by a childish hand. Small spot of webbing exposed at hinges; light finger smudging to several pages. Clearly cherished and often consulted by children for its many amusements. (38185)
Five celebratory harvest scenes are depicted —  a group of six adults and two horses moving a haycart,  a waitress holding a stein and four male customers in a pub setting,  a man asking a woman to dance in a wooded scene with a group of people to the left and a two-man band to the right,  a couple dancing with wreaths and a couple walking, in a wooded scene incorporating sheaves and a garland, and  several couples dancing around a tree with a village in the background.
To see the full vista, a viewer looks though a hole in image of the first scene, which is attached to the front of the box, to see the other scenes arrayed “within” the final one attached to the inside back of the box. All five etchings are meticulously hand-colored and complete.
Box covered in marbled paper; moderately rubbed and only slightly soiled with use, outside plate gently age-toned. Folds strong and plates firmly attached; one spot, two pinpricks, and light pencilling on accordion-folded paper but not plates. A dashing 3-D depiction of a 19th-century harvest celebration in a sweet small format. (36054)
Two Decades of Hamady & the Perishable Press, 90. Publisher's paper wrappers, front wrapper with title printed in off-white. Crisp and clean. (30903)
This letter to Mrs. Cowper (née Georgianna Tollemache) colorfully, vividly, and indulgently describes the energetic merrymaking of those girls who have not gone home for Christmas holiday. There are about 14 or 15 of them and on the wet day before that of the letter they played at noisy “hide & seek all day” in the enormous building: “The house has about three quarters of a mile of up and down corridors” and presently there are “seven or eight dozen empty rooms” because of the absent girls. As per our caption, he also writes in detail about teaching songs and dances to his charges.
On a personal note, he will go and have dinner with the Cowpers on Monday, he promises.
The text of the letter was published from the Cook and Wedderburn transcripts in the Bodleian Library (The Winnington Letters, ed. by Van Akin Burd, Cambridge, MA: Belknap Press of Harvard University, 1969; pp. 531–32). There are two small differences in the original that are not found in the printed version.
Provenance: In the stock of Thomas H. Telford, an antiques and book dealer; sold in 1933 to Mrs. W.S. Bowen of Westfield, N.J.
Written on Winnington embossed stationery. Not the easiest hand to read but clearer than not. Old folds, fore-edges a little crumpled, short fold tears. Overall very good. (34781)
NSTC 2S5136. Publisher's brown cloth, covers framed and panelled in blind with blind-stamped strapwork corner decorations, front cover and spine with gilt-stamped decorative title; unobtrusively rebacked preserving most of original spine, cloth sunned and mottled, corners/edges refurbished and hinges (inside) reinforced. Ex–social club library: 19th-century bookplate, call number on endpaper, pressure-stamp on title-page, no other markings. Author's name inked in an early hand on the title-page (which gives “By an Epicure” only). Pages lightly age-toned with various spottings and stainings and a few marks of emphasis; some corners creased with a very few torn away. Aged but not displeasingly so, especially given this work's affection for all things vintage and evocatively nostalgic. (32308)
His “major poem was The Chace, published in 1735 and dedicated to Frederick, prince of Wales. In four books of blank verse he conveyed the excitement and dangers of the chase as well as its place in history” (ODNB).
This is the third edition, printed by William Bowyer for Hawkins, in an edition of 1500 copies, attesting to the poem'sgreat popularity. A fourth edition followed in the same year and it continued to be printed in the 18th century with an edition appearing as late as 1800, and yet others in the 19th century!
Foxon, English verse, 1701–1750, S564; ESTC T30392. Modern boards covered in a brown stone-pattern marbled paper. Clean and not close-trimmed; very good. (32765)
First published in 1843 and first printed with illustrations in 17 monthly parts 1853–54, the misadventures of the enthusiastic Mr. Jorrocks appear here “printed for subscribers from the plates of the Original Edition issued by Bradbury, Agnew & Co.” The volume is illustrated with 16 hand-colored, steel-engraved plates and 31 wood-engraved plates by famed caricaturist John Leech. The colored scenes, many involving horses or hounds or both, are carefully and artistically tinted; the social scenes are more delicately shaded than the vivid hunting scenes. In addition to the color and black-and-white plates, numerous in-text wood-engravings decorate the text.
Binding: Publisher's crimson cloth, front cover with horse and hound vignettes stamped in black and gilt, spine with black and gilt portrait of Jorrocks himself.
NCBEL, III, 967. On Surtees, see: Oxford Dictionary of National Biography online. Binding as above, spine much sunned but covers bright and fresh. Signatures almost entirely unopened; contents pages and a few other early signatures awkwardly opened with resulting edge tears, including to upper margins (only) of five uncolored plates. One colored plate with tiny scuff in image. Despite described faults, still a solid, bright, beautifully illustrated copy with a great deal of charm. (30448)
Booth Tarkington (1869–1946) is one of just three writers to receive more than one Pulitzer Prize in fiction. Immensely prolific and popular, he was known for his quintessentially Midwestern fiction; Monsieur Beaucaire, set notably far from the American heartland, was his second published work.
This first edition wasinscribed by the author on the front flyleaf: “’And live men are jus’ — names!’ said M. Beaucaire. Booth Tarkington, Kennebunkport, Oct. 17, 1940.” (Tarkington spent much of his later life in Kennebunkport, ME.)
The novel is illustrated with six plates (including a frontispiece) by C.D. Williams, printed in violet with dark green frames and and all having tissue guards. The other decorations in the book were designed by Charles Edwin Hooper.
Binding: Publisher’s red cloth with gilt lettering and decoration to spine and front board; illustrated endpapers and top edge gilt. Housed in a chemise within quarter red morocco openback slipcase with five raised bands, gilt lettering and decoration to spine.
Wright, III, 5370; Merle Johnson, p. 489; Russo & Sullivan, pp. 6–9. Bound as above; corners slightly bumped, slipcase edges lightly rubbed. Very minor gutter crack at p. 44 and a more notable one at p. 62, without affecting strength of binding. Charmingly cased and signed by its celebrated author, a nice copyattractive and smart. (37920)
Publisher's paper wrappers. A fresh, clean copy. (37134)
This is the first printing of Thoms' edition; the work was issued separately, and later reprinted as part of the three-volume Collection of Early Prose Romances (1828). WorldCat locatesonly four U.S. institutional holdings.
Provenance: From the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel (“AHA”) at rear.
NSTC 2H28672. This edition not in Kelly, Checklist of Books Published by William Pickering (see 1828.22 for three-volume collection); likewise Keynes, William Pickering (rev. ed.), (see p. 92 as above). Modern pebbled black morocco, front cover with gilt-stamped green morocco title-label, in matching morocco and marbled paper–covered slipcase; slipcase rubbed, volume spine sunned and rubbed. Pages faintly age-toned with scattered small spots of light foxing. (37602)
It may interest the reader to know that half of the writings in this volume are by women.
Sole edition. The volume was a fund-raising effort: “The principal reason that these stories have been gathered together and given to the public, is to start a fund wherewith to erect a fountain on the Campus of the University of California to be in harmony with the great Hearst architectural plan.”
Binding: Publisher's blue cloth stamped in gilt with title and a scene of a rolling hill with trees on it. Binding signed “Kales.”
BAL 15035. Binding as above: gilt a little rubbed or dulled. Overall, very good. (34834)
This copy with an authorial inscription to a recipient whose name has been gently, but entirely, obliterated!
Good quality red cloth, original wrappers bound in; grey spine label. Very good copy. (21546)
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