Signed binding: Publisher's green cloth, front cover pictorially stamped with a young lady in a luxury car in black, white and red, spine with gilt-stamped title. Front cover design with “A” monogram in a half circle. Designer unknown.
Dinkytown, American Decorated Covers, 1890–1930, 13. Binding as above, slightly cocked with very (very) minor rubbing to extremities. A nice copy of an interesting “period” work. (36774)
Provenance: Front pastedown with armorial bookplate of Alexander Oswald Brodie (not, please note, the American officer and governor of Arizona Territory); title-page with Brodie's inked inscription, dated 1839, Dresden.
Brunet, I, 604; Gibson, Bacon, 185b; Willems 1058. On Bacon, see: Dictionary of National Biography. Contemporary vellum with yapp edges, spine with early inked title; spine lettering rubbed, back cover darkened. Both pastedowns lifted, front pastedown with bookplate beneath; free endpapers lacking. Title-page with inscription as above; pages with a very few small scattered spots, almost entirely clean. A handsome copy. (30360)
Publisher's quarter cream textured cloth with light blue fleur-de-lis printed paper sides, spine with printed paper label; lacking the blue dust-wrapper, small spot of staining at head of spine, otherwise a very nice example. (28209)
Brunet, I, 652; Willems 452. Late 18th-century plain morocco, turn-ins with gilt roll, rebacked some time ago with lighter morocco; old leather rubbed and variably discolored, front cover with old patch repair. Front free endpaper with pencilled annotations and affixed cataloguing slip. A few pages with faint staining, most clean. One leaf with small paper flaw affecting about six letters. All edges gilt. (27391)
Cock-a-hoop 196. Publisher's light taupe paper–covered boards with red cloth shelfback, front cover with rooster vignette stamped in red, spine with gilt-stamped title; minor rubbing to spine foot and lower outer corners. A few page edges slightly darkened and one very limited, very faint stain affecting endpapers' lower outer corner at rear, pages otherwise clean.A nice copy of this interesting production. (37173)
Sadleir's analysis suggested to him the following probable sequence: a) the private edition, b) copies of the public edition with p. 236 in the same form as it appears in the private edition, c) copies of the public edition with p. 236 blank; and d) copies of the public edition with the complete new version of the text on p. 236.
However, the remnants of the binding preserved at the back of the present first volume — see note below andtop-right image above — are red moiré silk (as opposed to the brown cloth of the public edition), with the side panels and spine ornately blocked with a gilt design and the title within the gilt frame (the spine is rather worn, but legible). This suggests that only some of the twelve private copies were bound in leather, and others, or at least one, bound in this special silk cloth, gilt extra.
Barham began writing the short pieces making up this series as contributions to his friend and classmate's Bentley's Miscellany. The subject matter was “at first derived from the legendary lore of the author's ancestral locality in Kent, but soon [was] enriched by satires on the topics of the day and subjects of pure invention, or borrowed from history or the ‘Acta Sanctorum’. . . . The success of the ‘Legends’ was pronounced from the first, and when published collectively in 1840 they at once took the high place in humorous literature which they have ever since retained” (DNB).
Provenance: With R.H.D. Barham’s signature as noted above, and with the armorial bookplate of Sir David Lionel Salomons (1851–1925) in each volume.
NCBEL, III, 365; Sadleir 156a; Tinker 216 (public edition); Carter, Binding Variants, p.92. Bindings a bit darkened and slightly discolored at extremities, light rubbing to joints, some foxing to the prelims of the first volume, with an old tide-mark in the lower gutter areas of the plates; a tipped-in bookseller's description in the first volume. A very good, very interesting example of a very rare thing. (18236)
Bindings: Contemporary signed bindings by E.P. Dutton & Co., of red morocco with covers framed in gilt triple fillets; spines with raised bands, gilt-stamped titles, and compartments framed in gilt double fillets. Board edges gilt-ruled, gilt inner dentelles. Upper page edges gilt. Original cloth covers and spines bound in at the back.
Sadleir 156b, e, & f; NCBEL, III, 365. Bindings as above, spines and upper board edges darkened with a bit of rubbing; free endpapers with offsetting from turn-ins. One volume with lower part of cover stained and the lower inner margin of the title-page and plates (not the text leaves!) waterstained. One plate evenly age-toned. (12844)
Bell (1867–1929) was born in Chicago, brought up in Atlanta, and after marriage lived in Tarrytown, NY.
Binding: Blue cloth, front cover stamped in black, very pale green, and rust; at center a young couple arm in arm in formal wear with four small vignettes at the corners of the frame around them. The four offer symbols of love (hearts and an arrow), commitment to honest hard work (a rooster up at dawn), social relaxation (a wine carafe and glass, and study (books and an inkwell and pen). Signed “AS” (Amy Sacker).
Provenance: Private pressure-stamp, “The Blasberg Collection,” to endpaper and title-page.
Evidence of readership: Pencil notes on front free endpaper and on the contents page either tying text to appearances in Harper's Magazine or summarizing events on specific pages of this book.
Smith, American Fiction, 1901–1925, B-463 (for first book edition). Binding as above, lightly rubbed. Old paperclip rust-stains to four leaves, else very good. (37059)
That Bello wrote this patriotic song is known, and even the first few lines were recorded for history, but beyond that the text is not recorded and is not found in his Obras completas or, apparently anywhere else.
In addition to the historic collaboration of Bello and Carreño, this fabulous document has the distinction of having been printed by Venezuela’s first press, that of Gallagher and Lamb, which only arrived in Caracas in October of 1808, and was almost certainly printed on 24 April, the day after the hymn was first sung!
This broadside seems to be completely unrecorded. It was unknown to both Medina and Pedro Grases. Searches of NUC, WorldCat, and COPAC fail to find any copy at all, as is the case when searching the OPACs of the national libraries of Venezuela, Colombia, Spain, France, and England.
Not in Medina, Caracas; not in Grases, Historia de la imprenta en Venezuela; not in Villasana. As issued. Worming in foremargin, repaired. A very good copy. (19202)
Publisher's stiff wrappers in the publisher's open-back slipcase. New. (35392)
Publisher's marbled paper–covered boards with roan shelfback; binding rubbed overall. Three additional leaves of notes laid in; pages gently age-toned with occasional small spots. A very readable, evocative, wide-ranging compendium. (37203)
“Gaudentio,” under persecution by the Inquisition, reveals his fantastic voyages and travels through Egypt and an imaginary African land. While constantly assuring the stern inquisitors of his staunch adherence to Catholicism, he gives elaborate, admiring descriptions of the government, religion, and customs of his African utopia, particularly its training and education of women.
Provenance: Pastedown with contemporary bookplate of James Butler.
Evans 35183; ESTC W10142. Not in Parsons; not in Finotti; not in Bowe, List of Additions and Corrections . . . to Parsons. Contemporary sheep, missing pieces of leather from front cover and top and bottom of spine; spine with nice old red leather gilt label and front cover reattached using Japanese long-fiber method. Silverfish or roach damages to front free endpaper, fly-leaf, and title-page (costing small, small portion of two letters); damage also to lower outer corners of early leaves and upper inner area of leaves to p. 10 of preface with none of this impairing the reader. Age-toned, some foxing, occasional brown spots; an “old book” of the classic sort. (37157)
Evans 36946; ESTC W10143; Minick, Maryland, 560. Not in Parsons; not in Finotti; not in Bowe, List of Additions and Corrections . . . to Parsons. Publisher's sheep with modest gilt ruling on spine; spine label gone, front free endpaper loose. A few leaves starting to extrude; occasional spotting, but overall strong and good+ to very good. (37183)
The printer Elizabeth Allde was the widow of printer Edward Allde, who was active from 1584 to his death in 1628; he was successor to his printer father John Allde (variously Allde, Aldaye, Alde or Aldye), fl. 1555–92, a Scottish stationer and printer. Elizabeth was active from 1628 to 1633, at which latter date she passed the business to Richard Oulton (or Olton), her son-in-law. He continued the firm for another ten years only.
Provenance: On the front free endpaper: “From the Hon. Rev. Lowther Barrington, Buckinghamshire, Eng., 1835.”
STC (rev. ed.) 1920; ESTC S112939. Recent full brown calf, late 17th-century style; raised bands accented with gilt rules above and below each band, modest blind fillet on boards, red spine label. Text cockled, waterstained, and with some browning; one leaf with small hole in text with loss to words in two lines on each side. Far from a perfect copy but complete, sound, solid, anddifficult to find. (34388)
TheGriffin Press, which did the printing, also did the binding: full beige homespun linen with a gilt-stamped brown leather spine label, with the front and back covers stamped in brown with two different ship vignettes done by Ingleton.
This is copy 733 of 2000 printed, signed at the colophon by the artist and designer.
Bibliography of the Fine Books Published by the Limited Editions Club, 494. Binding as above, in original slipcase and lacking the glassine wrapper; slipcase with one side sunned along top and a few small nicks to other side, spine label a little chipped at edges. Book clean and fresh. A very nice copy, with the prospectus. (35530)
Provenance: Front fly-leaf with armorial bookplate of New York attorney and book collector Frederic Robert Halsey, and with decorative medieval-inspired bookplate of “G.E.” Volume with laid-in handwritten note signed by Gruel, on Gruel-Engelmann letterhead, dated 1892. Later in the collection of
Brunet, I, 1056; DeBacker, Auteurs du XVIIe siècle, 1020; Tchemerzine, II, 271. Binding as above, nearly perfect save for just a touch of rubbing to the spine extremities, in cloth-covered slipcase, worn, with cloth starting to split over edges. Frontispiece and title-page separating from binding; title with red-tinted signs, near edges, that the marbling process did not go entirely smoothly; upper margins of several other leaves with hints of very faint waterstaining. Otherwise, clean and quite lovely. (13767)
Provenance: Bookseller label of Leo S. Olschki. Most recently in the collection of Albert A. Howard, small booklabel (“AHA”) at rear.
Searches of NUC and WorldCat find fewer than a dozen North American libraries reporting ownership.
Willems 1542. 19th-century maroon calf, plain but with raised bands beaded; rose-color endpapers. Fly-leaf with old, largely obliterated inscription; a few preliminary leaves with old faded waterstains along the outer and top margins. An attractive copy of a nice little Elzevir. (37778)
Binding: Chocolate publisher's cloth, spine gilt extra with title and an over-all arabesque design; covers blind-stamped with an elegant and unusual design crossing “arabesque” with “drawer handle” within a plain “frame.” All edges gilt and pale green endpapers.
Provenance: Inked ownership inscription of the Rev. S. Brown of Dansville, Livingston Co., NY, dated 1856 on front fly-leaf.
Bound as above, spine gilt extraordinarily bright; very gently rubbed at extremities and corners a little bending in. Inscription as above and a few leaves with small spots/staining. A beautiful, clean copy of a delicately pretty devotional. (37252)
18th-century polished calf, spines stamped and lettered in gilt, covers triple-ruled; with marbled endpapers, gilt decorated turn-ins, all edges gilt. Front joint (outside) open and loose; binding chipped, abraded, and/or nibbled with some loss of board especially at corners; spine leather (including one label) chipping, with most spine gilt present and bright despite this. Bookplate as above, and a cross-stitched bookmark of floral design and with attached ribbons tucked in. Metal box in excellent shape! A secret and unpretentious hidey-place for a book lover. (36351)
Emphatically this is not “just” a keepsake: It detailsa particular year's worth of a particular theater's administrative and performance data in a nice neat “microcosmic” way that's seldom found.
Binding: Contemporary cream silk framed and panelled in gold appliqué with attached gilt corner fleurons, front cover with central teal medallion lettered “Aus Ehrfurcht gewidmet.”
No copies located via WorldCat, NUC, KVK, or COPAC.
Binding as above, Bornhagen's name neatly inked in upper portion of front cover, front cover with small portions of appliquéd medallion-edge and borders lacking; back cover with short gap in gold appliqué at one corner and with one leaf broken off from one fleuron. Clean, crisp, and with a small repair to inner corner of front fly-leaf, this is avery pretty association item. (34155)
Binding: Publisher's mauve paper–covered boards, front cover with decorative rose-printed paper label, spine with printed paper label; edges uncut. Present are both the original dust wrapper, plain save for spine note of author, title, and date, and the publisher's box with the same information on its spine and the title repeated on its cover.
Box sunned with edges shelfworn, dust wrapper darkened with closed tear from lower front edge. Spine of volume gently sunned with head smudged; book otherwise clean and beautiful, fresh inside. (29726)
Binding: Signed binding by Niedrée of crimson morocco, covers framed in gilt triple fillets and panelled in blind with gilt-stamped corner fleurons, this surrounding a central gilt-stamped design; spine with gilt-stamped title, gilt-ruled raised bands, and gilt arabesque compartment decorations. Board edges with single gilt rule; turn-ins tooled in gilt with a roll, a double fillet, and gilt dentelles. All edges gilt, outer edge marbled beneath gilt.
Provenance: Front pastedown with gilt-stamped crimson morocco bookplate of prominent American collector Cortlandt F. Bishop. Later in the library of American collector Albert A. Howard (sans indicia).
Index aureliensis 122.880; Renouard, Imprimeurs parisiens, V, 43. Not in Adams or Brunet (see Brunet I, 1159 for other eds.). Binding as above, minimal wear to extremities. Small, unobtrusive repair to upper portion of title-page, including subtle restoration of tops of two letters. Pages gently age-toned throughout, with title-page and a few others somewhat dust-soiled, otherwise clean. A handsome copy. (37339)
Evidence of readership: Pencillings in French and English record pronunciation of a name, offer judgments such as “a beautiful poem — with a loathsome subject,” identify one figure in a poem by Derzhavin as “the pampered paramour of Catherine the great” and object on the same page to “the murder” of “helpless Turks”; brief quotations from a history of Russia (which, not clear) are supplied; and the writer wonders, “What must be the Russian heart when her poets can thus sing of deeds like this!”
Library cloth, pressure-stamped on front and back covers by a now-defunct library; title-page and several others rubber-stamped; bookplate, charge pocket, a bit of pencilling. Top margin of title-leaf torn away (no print lost, but an inscription taken); age-toned, light waterstaining in margins toward rear, one signature loosening, good +. Marginalia as noted. (9221)
A total of 26 lettered copies were issued in the binding described above. In addition to beingsigned by Bradbury and Weist on the title-page, the present example is anout-of-series copy marked (in red ink, on the title-page) as the publisher's copy.
Provenance: Prize copy, with bookplate on front pastedown, noting a 1957 presentation to a student at the boys' school of Quincy-sous-Sénart.
Publisher's color-printed boards; binding slightly cocked and dust-soiled, front joint rubbed. Presentation bookplate as above. Minor offsetting to first and last leaves from pastedowns, otherwise internally clean. (36828)
The colophon is signed by both the designer and the illustrator. This offering includes the monthly newsletter.
Binding: Full black linen, stamped in gold on the front cover from a design by Levine. The slipcase is covered with black paper and bears a gilt title on the spine.
Binding, slipcase, and illustrations all properly evoke the grittiness of the London underworld.
Bibliography of the Fine Books Published by the Limited Editions Club, 529. Bound as above, in publisher's slipcase; black paper peeling slightly at upper spine edge. A fine copy in a near-fine slipcase. (30475)
Binding: Publisher's printed orange paper wrappers, in original matching orange leather-grained paper–covered slipcase; all edges gilt.
Binding mildly rubbed overall, somewhat moreso along edges and joints; spine with early inked paper shelving label, label now chipped; slipcase much rubbed and chipped, with paper shelving label also chipped. One calendar page with lower outer corner torn away. Occasional minor spots of foxing, otherwise clean. An appealing early 19th-century florilegium. (34636)
NCBEL, III, 865. Original green cloth, spines with printed paper labels, lacking the dust wrappers (which are scarce and almost never seen); labels darkened, a few starting to peel up at corners. Pages untrimmed, with some signatures unopened. A beautiful, clean example of this set. (24629)
ESTC N2497. Recent marbled-paper wrappers, front wrapper with paper title label. Lacking half-title. Title-page with lower corner neatly off, otherwise in excellent, clean condition. (3247)
ESTC T116967. Recent marbled paper–covered boards, spine with printed paper label. Frontispiece lacking; title-page and a few others stamped by a now-defunct institution. Inner margins of the first two leaves and outer margin of the final leaf repaired. (10692)
Provenance: Front pastedown with inked inscription of Sarah Ann Thompson of Darby, 1822. Later in the collections of the Pacific School of Religion.
ESTC T58446. Contemporary sheep, framed in double blind fillets, rubbed and worn overall, with front board reattached using long-fibre method and hinge (inside) reinforced. Front pastedown with inscription as above and with light institutional rubber-stamp (properly deaccessioned); back pastedown with San Francisco bookseller's small ticket. Some corners bumped and two torn away (one instance touching pagination though not text). Pages age-toned with a few instances of light staining. A scarce edition of this little book and a good copy of it. (36862)
John Marshall also issued this work in the same year as the present example with a slightly different title-page, reading “Wherein several great and weighty things . . . ,” this being a copy of the issue with a cancel title-page.The text is illustrated with one woodcut scene. A few copies are described as having a frontispiece, which would not be integral to the collation; presumably it was added later and so not original.
Provenance: John Kinsman, jun., 1760; Edwin P. Farnham, 1903.
ESTC T58485. Recent speckled paper wrappers. Free endpapers and first and last leaves with worm damage to edges; final blank leaf lacking. Front free endpaper and dedication page with rubber-stamped numerals (no other markings). Lower outer corners waterstained in first portion of volume; some darker stains from laid-in plant matter, with several leaves having words obscured or lost due to botanical adhesions — in the worst case, one leaf with hole affecting about 30 words from having adhered to plant matter, subsequent leaf with about 15 words obscured. Some headers just shaved but no catchwords touched. Title-page verso and back free endpaper with inked ownership inscriptions as above. (20618)
Bibliography of the Fine Books Published by the Limited Editions Club, 491. Binding as above, in original glassine wrapper and paper-covered slipcase; wrapper with a few tiny nicks at spine extremities, slipcase showing minimal shelfwear, volume fresh and clean. A handsome, crisp copy. (30718)
NSTC 2B60417. Period-style quarter light grey cloth and light blue paper?covered sides, spine with printed paper label; engraved portrait of Hale lacking. Ex–social club library with rubber-stamp on half-titles and main title-page but not on the pretty engraved title-page introducing Rochester's life; no other markings. A few leaves with upper outer corners bumped. Nice printing of two much-read and long-respected memoirs. (30337)
Binding as above. Pristine in a mylar wrapper. (30559)
Binding: Publisher's green decorative cloth printed on front cover with a guitar and lady's fan in gilt and with a flowering vine design in dark green and gold; spine lettered in gold.
BAL 2073, state 2; Wright, III, 814. Bound as above, slightly cocked; top and bottom of spine rubbed with loss of green coloring of cloth, now a bit frayed, and spots of discoloration on rear cover. Interior lightly age-toned, overall unmarked and readable. A nice copy. (35454)
Provenance: Ownership signatures of “Mrs. B.J. Lodge” and “Frank L,” and bookseller's label of S. Drayton & Sons, Exeter, to inside front cover.
Bound as above, plainly rebacked with dark teal morocco and a gilt-lettered black leather label; edges of boards and corners rubbed. A handful of pages lightly foxed, another handful lightly dust-soiled; in fact, clean and bright. Ownership indicia as above and extended pencilled bibliographical notes to fly-leaf. This bears a twin pair of truly dazzling period-expressive covers; one wants to write, “must be seen to be believed!” (37333)
Binding: Contemporary straight-grained oxblood morocco, covers framed in two wide blind rolls and panelled with a blind roll and a single gilt fillet with corner fleurons. Board edges and turn-ins with gilt roll; all edges gilt. Robin's-egg blue glossy endpapers.
Provenance: Front pastedown with small 19th-century London bookseller's label of Bowdery & Kerby. Most recently in the library of American collector Albert A. Howard (sans indicia).
Gibson, Burns, 38; NCBEL, II, 1877; NSTC 2B60971. Binding as above, spine evenly sunned, joints and corners rubbed. Front pastedown with ticket as above; endpapers slightly rubbed. Engraved title-page foxed, with off-setting or “contact foxing” to title-page following; off-setting and/or mild foxing associated with other plates. An attractive incarnation of some of Burns's most beloved pieces. (37640)
Uncut and unopened copy of a beautifully accomplished volume.
Not in Penzer, Annotated Bibliography of Sir Richard Burton. Publisher's quarter vellum and marbled paper–covered sides, spine with gilt-stamped title; vellum darkened, corners bumped. Pages clean. (28273)
Publisher's quarter vellum with dun-colored paper sides, top edge gilt. Bindings dust-soiled, not unpleasantly, with very light overall wear; one chip to paper of vol. II. A good++ set. (34058)
Provenance: Calligraphic bookplate of Norman J. Sondheim, American collector of fine press books.
McKitterick/Rendall/Dreyfus 84. Publisher's quarter natural niger morocco with red and black Cockerell marbled paper–covered sides; glassine wrapper lacking, boards very gently curved, extremities slightly worn. A solid, handsome copy of a handsome book. (32040)
VD17 12:128413B. Contemporary vellum with yapp edges, spine with early inked title; some light discoloration, with cut to vellum across spine. Pastedowns loose from inside covers, with bits of old manuscript used in the binding structure, showing; 19th-century bookplate attached to exposed paste board and endpapers creased. Shadow of old shelf number on verso of title-page. One leaf with small stain and hole affecting about four letters. Foxing ranging from mild to moderate. (18943)
Binding as above, very gently sunned, upper outer corners slightly bumped. Front pastedown with private collector's armorial bookplate. Pages clean. (19634)
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