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MEXICAN MASONS MIX IT UP
“La Nacion No Quiere Ser Gobernada por Zaragates”
Anonymous. Gran Logia Nacion Mexicana, y pira de los Yorkinos. [colophon: Mexico: Oficina del C. Alejandro Valdes, ca. 1831]. Folio (31.5 cm; 12.25"). 4 pp.
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Satirical pamphlet concerning the loss of political influence of the Yorkino (Yorquino) branch of Masonry in Mexico and the ascendancy of the Scottish branch — and concomitantly of Gen. Santa Anna.
The text is in double-column format below a large copper engraving that is renowned asone of the earliest politico-satirical “cartoons” created and printed in Mexico. Unsigned, this is entitled “El Torrente Flegueton” and features skeletons, bats, a demon, harpies, etc. The text supposedly describes the elaborate final funeral pyre that the Yorkinos constructed in the shape of a Solomonic temple with statues, each element of which is explained poetically via either an “oda,” romancillo, “decima, or “anacreontica.”
On the scarcity of early Mexican politico-satirical engravings and woodcuts, Helia Bonilla writes, “Interesa también señalar que, entre la muy escasa producción de estampas satíricas que circularon durante la época, hay al menos otras tres que salieron de la imprenta de Valdés” andthis is one of those three.
As to the date of printing, the Sutro library assigns [1832?], the British Library [1834?], and several Mexican scholars opt for ca. 1828. 1834 is impossible as Valdes died in 1832. We suspect the date to be 1830 to 1832.
Searches of NUC, WorldCat, COPAC, CCPB, and the OPACs of the Mexican National Library and CONDUMEX locateone copy in the U.S., one in Britain, and one in Spain.
Sutro 657. On early Mexican politico-satirical cartoons, see: Helia Bonilla, “Las indagatorias en torno a una caricatura denunciadad en 1829" in Anales del Instituto de Investigaciones Esteticas, 88 (2006), 213–38; and Luis Alberto de la Garza, “Hombres de bien, demogogas y revolucion social en la Primera Republica” in Historias, 15 (1986), 43–54. Folded as issued, apparently never sewn or bound in a volume; old repairs to fore- and upper inner margins not touching text or image. Eight pin-type wormholes in margins and and text, costing nine letters but certainly not impairing ability to read and understand; some age-toning, soiling, and scattered bug-spotting. Overall, a rather good copy of an uncommon and important item. (34578)
The Middle Period ofAmerican Textile Manufacture — A “How To”
Baldwin, Amos A. The loom-fixers' manual. Containing rules and instructions for setting up and operating the Crompton, and the Knowles looms; the production of cloth on cam looms; spreading the warp threads in the process of weaving; and other valuable information to loom-fixers, weavers, and all others interested in weaving. Brasher Falls, NY: A.A. Baldwin, 1883. 12mo (16.5 cm; 6.5"). 102 pp., [5 (ads)] ff., illus.
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Below Baldwin's wood-engraved frontispiece portrait is the information that he was a “textile designer, and publisher of textile works.” His portrait shows him wearing the emblem of the Order of Masons. Later in life he was a justice of the peace in Brasher Falls.
The volume is illustrated with in-text wood engravings; the errata slip is present. The ads include a two-page spread for “Knowles' Open Shed Broad Fancy Loom” with a full-page illustration of the machine. Other pages are devoted to Baldwin's publications and supplies.
Provenance: Pencil signature on front fly-leaf of “Samuel Butterworth, Gloucester City, New Jersey, 1884.”
Searches of WorldCat and NUC locate only two copies.
Publisher's very dark green cloth, front cover stamped in gilt with title; front hinge (inside) cracked but board holding strongly. A very good, clean copy. (35464)
“The Uninterrupted Harmony” of theNew Testament
[There wasn't much Harmony in the Compiler's Political Life!]
Bible. N.T. English & Greek. 1825. Scientia biblica: Containing the New Testament, in the original tongue, with the English Vulgate, and a copious and original collection of parallel passages, printed in words at length. London: W. Booth, 1825. 8vo (23.2 cm, 9.2"). 3 vols. I: xvii, , 592 pp.; 1 plt. II: , 669, [3 (2 adv.)] pp. III: , 546, , –551,  pp.
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First edition of this English and Greek compilation of New Testament passages, intended to facilitate Scriptural comparison and analysis for both biblical scholars and general readers. The editor was William Carpenter, a reformer, journalist, and prominent member of the Chartist movement — as well as anactive Freemason who was a “constant contributor to the London Freemason,” according to his obituary in the 1874 New England Freemason.
Vol. I opens with a copper-engraved dedication to the king; vol. III closes with a list of subscribers.
Complete sets in good condition are not commonly found on the market.
Herbert 369; NSTC 2B26321. Original boards (signed binding: each front pastedown with small ticket of G. Peck, bookbinder), newly rebacked in the style of the era with tan paper spines in mottled tones bearing new printed paper labels; corners and edges rubbed, sides showing moderate wear. Each front pastedown with early inked numeral. Page edges untrimmed; pages lightly age-toned, with intermittent spotting. A very good set. (25087)
Where Astrology & Herbs Meet?
Culpeper, Nicholas, & Ebenezer Sibly. Culpeper's English physician; and complete herbal. To which are now first added, upwards of one hundred additional herbs, with a display of the medicinal and occult properties, physically applied to the cure of all disorders incident to mankind. London: Printed for the author, & sold at the British Directory-Office ... and by Champante & Whitrow, no date [ca. 1803]. Large 4to (27 cm; 10.5"). Frontis. port., xvi, 132, 131*–32*, 133–398 pp., 28 of 29 plates (lacks plate 12); [ii], 256 pp., 13 plates; illus., port. (without the sectional title).
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Where do herbs and astrology meet for connubial bliss? In Culpeper's herbal of course! Thus, coral-wort “is under the dominion of the Moon,” while cross-wort's dominion is '”under Saturn,” and savin's is Mars. The intrusion of astrology, a 16th-century phenomenon on the Continent (and later in England), aside, the tome is a treasure house of plant lore, whether fact or fiction, with recipes for use, recommendations for cultivation, and cautions on use both in cooking and medicine.
Culpeper published The English Physician in 1652 and The Complete Herbal the following year. In this volume the two are brought together in a stout volume under the editorship and with additions (i.e., “notes and observations, critical and explanatory”) by Ebenezer Sibly (1751 – ca. 1799), an astrologer, physician, and Mason. The first Sibley edition appeared in 1789.
The dating of this copy is a conundrum. Cataloguers have traditionally used the date of the Dedication, which is in MASONIC YEARS , as the date of publication when none is explicitly on the title-page. The date in this copy is 5798, which, depending on which method one uses, is 1798 or 1794. However, the paper of this copy is wove, not laid, and is watermarked with dates of 1799, 1801, 1802, and 1803. And as to whether the “missing” sectional title is really missing, Henrey writes:
“Nearly every copy seen . . . of Culpeper's English physician; and complete herbal . . . by E. Sibley with the imprint London: Printed for the author, & sold at the British Directory-Office, etc., and the dedication dated 'in the year of Masonry 5798' has a slightly different collation. Presumably parts were reprinted as necessary and copies were made up from whatever sheets were available” (our emphasis).
Theplates here are lovely, as is the frontispiece portrait of Culpeper showing him as a rather young and dashing fellow.
Some signatures printed on bluish green paper.
Eleanor S. Rohde, Old English Herbals, pp. 163–67; Henrey, British Botanical and Horticultural Literature, 180. Curiously, not in Nissen. 20th-century quarter brown leather with tan cloth sides, marbled endpapers; offsetting from plates, one plate and sectional title-leaf lacking. One page with one plant's Latin name inked in; another, later person with a pencil has underlined “Occult” on the title-page! A very good solid copy of this attractive pairing of works, and one that has the additional usefulness, per Henrey's observations, ofsuggesting period printing practice. (34516)
LAW MANUAL Published by One South CarolinaFREEMASON & Used by Another
(Just One Notable Mark of Emphasis BUT That an Apt One)
[Grimké, John Faucheraud], comp. The South-Carolina justice of peace, containing all the duties, powers and authorities of that office, as regulated by the laws now of force in this state. And adapted to the parish and county magistrate, to which is added, a great variety of warrants, indictments and other precedents.... Philadelphia: R. Aitken & Son, 1796. 8vo (21 cm, 8.25"). viii, 641, [3 (index)] pp. (622–25 incorrectly paginated 522–25).
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Standard reference work for early American jurists, compiled by a prominent South Carolina politician and judge (and father of Sarah and Angelina Grimké, the abolition and women's rights activists). A number of decisions made since the first edition of 1788 have been incorporated into this second edition, which includesa section on slaves in addition to to those on homicide, libel, gaming, forgery, etc.
This was printed by Philadelphia's Robert Aitken (“& Son”), with a garnish of headings in black letter.
Provenance: Front fly-leaf with decoratively flourished inked inscription: “Jn. M. Davis 1799"; title-page inscribed “Jn. Maynard Davis.” Davis, a maritime insurance expert, was one of the founders of the South Carolina Insurance Company; he is thought to have been the first independent insurance agent in America. His particular focus is noted by the sole obvious mark of emphasis here, which points towards a paragraph of the section on wrecks. Grimke (1752–1819) and Davis (professionally active in 1783 and alive through at least 1822) were both South Carolinian Freemasons during the same time period, though from rival lodges; the former was Grand Master of the Free and Accepted Masons, while the latter was Senior Grand Warden of the Ancient York Masons.
ESTC W37120; Evans 30519; Cohen, Bibliography of Early American Law, 8466. Contemporary mottled sheep, covers framed in blind beaded roll, spine with gilt-stamped black leather title-label; moderately rubbed and scuffed overall, spine leather and label with cracks. Pages much foxed and darkened; one leaf with chip out of upper margin; inscriptions and one early inked marginal emphasis mark as above; back fly-leaf with legal term pencilled (“Amerciament”) in an early hand. An important work of early U.S. law, with happy provenance. (36771)
Montjoie, Christophe Félix Louis Ventre de la Touloubre, called Galart de. Histoire de la conjuration de Louis-Philippe-Joseph d’Orléans.... Paris, 1796. 3 vols. 8vo (25 cm, 8"). I: Frontis., , xvi, 304 pp. II: , 392 pp. III: , 304, 8 (index), 4 (contents) pp.
First edition of this Royalist history, in which Montjoie attributes most of the responsibility for the French Revolution to the Duc d’Orléans, that “wicked prince,” who was allegedly aided by a group of Masonic conspirators.
Binding: Contemporary treed calf; spines with gilt-stamped decorative bands and compartment devices, and with gilt-stamped leather title and volume labels. Edges gilt-rolled. All page edges stained yellow.
Bindings a little rubbed over joints and extremities, with a few instances of pinhole-type worming to back cover of vol. I; upper and outer edges dust-soiled. Some instances of light foxing. An attractive set. (11404)
Beneficent System ofFraternity
Upchurch, John Jordan. The life, labors and travels of Father J.J. Upchurch, founder of the Ancient Order of United Workmen. San Francisco: A.T. Dewey, Office of the "Pacific States Watchman", 1887. 12mo (19 cm, 7.5"). 264 pp.; 6 plts. (incl. in pagination).
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First edition: Lightly edited autobiography of the man who established the first fraternal insurance association in the United States. Upchurch was a North Carolina-born clerk, temperance hotel manager, engraver, railroad agent, horse-tamer, and locomotive engineer (said to have been successful at all but the second!) whose background as a Freemason strongly influenced his concept of a society which would offer insurance for workers and arbitration that treated capital and labor equally fairly.
Upchurch's account of his life and accomplishments includes descriptions of the founding of various lodges and the establishment of their rules, his observations on visiting chapters in California and a number of other states, and (in passing) the poor living conditions in San Francisco's Chinatown; it is illustrated with portraits of the author, depictions of lodge charters and regalia, and other memorabilia. Poems and eulogies were added by Samuel Booth, the editor, who also did his best to shape the plain-spoken Upchurch's thoughts into publishable form while not making any attempt at literary polish.
Binding: Publisher's roan, front cover with decorative gilt-stamped frame and gilt-stamped facsimile of Upchurch's signature ("Fraternally yours"), back cover stamped in blind. All edges gilt.
This is the original first edition, not a modern reprint. Actual holdings (as opposed to microform or online files) are uncommon in U.S. institutions.
Bound as above; rubbed overall most notably at edges and joints, front joint cracked but holding, spine with paper shelving label. Front pastedown with institutional presentation bookplate, lines unused. Pages faintly age-toned, otherwise clean; one leaf with small edge chip. (29694)
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