Provenance: Gilt supra-libros of Pope Gregory XVI. Circa 1930 acquired by John Howell, bookseller in San Francisco, and added to his personal library (bookplate on front pastedown). He later sold it to the Pacific School of Religion (bookplate on front pastedown; stamps).
Binding: Full vellum over boards, round spine, no raised bands; spine richly gilt using a variety of tools. Papal coat of arms in the center of each board. All edges gilt.
Binding as above, spine darkened as are the boards, front joint repaired; gilt faded but still attractive and “legible.” Small stamp on a blank page and another in upper margin of the first page of the dedication; charge pocket on rear pastedown. An impressively bound copy of an interesting and very nicely produced manuscript. (35975)
Provenance: Contemporary signature of José Mata on title-page; 19th- or early 20th-century stamp of the Redemptorist house in Cuernava: “Domus Cuernavacensis, C.SS.R. ”
Medina, Mexico, 142; H. de Leon Portilla, Tepuztlahcuilolli, 2693; Palau 327485; Sabin 94353; Garcia Icazbalceta, Lenguas, 74; Vinaza 334; Pilling, Proof-sheets, 3600. Not in Ugarte, Obras escritas en lenguas indigenas de Mexico. Bound as above with edges and joints rubbed, sides lightly scuffed, spine with label chipped and extremities pulled; text block skewed in binding. Modern paper at end to pad the binding where a second text was removed; new rear endpapers. Some captions and catchwords (more of the former) affected but never taken by the binder's knife, with some sidenotes touched also; acrostic leaf closely cropped at bottom, costing a small arc of the circle but nothing else. Foxing and staining, never severe but noteworthy in margins of four early leaves; light soiling. An early hand has inked indexing indicia in the margins of three pages, to aid in finding passages of interest. Very good. (39574)
Viñaza 355; García Icazbalceta, Apuntes, 73; Medina, Mexico, 5187; Sabin 94355; Palau 327486; Maggs, Bibl. Amer., 4678; Newberry Library, Ayer Indians, Huastec, 15; Pilling, Proof-sheets, 3801. Contemporary limp vellum lacking the leather ties. An attractive, crisp copy and only the fourth complete copy of this work we have seen on the market in 35 years. (33590)
Provenance: Title-page with early inked inscription: “Phill Wenman”; first page of “The Life of Godfrey of Boulogne” with early inked inscription: “Phi. Wenman his Booke.” Frontispiece verso, title-page, and one other page rubber-stamped by the Holbrook Library of the Pacific School of Religion (properly deaccessioned).
Evidence of readership: Intermittent, generally unobtrusive early inked marginal brackets and marks of emphasis, with one annotation reading simply “Milton” (at “Swift from my selfe I run, my selfe I feare, / Yet still my hell within my selfe I beare”).
ESTC S117570; Graesse, VI, 35; NCBEL, I, 1103; STC (rev. ed.) 23699. Contemporary mottled calf framed in double blind fillets, rebacked with plain calf, spine with gilt-stamped leather title-label and gilt-ruled raised bands; sides predictably acid-pitted. Frontispiece cut down and mounted on contemporary fly-leaf. Institutional rubber-stamps as above, title-page recto with stamped numeral; pp. 81/82 excised and replaced in facsimile. Pages with light age-toning and cockling, occasional small smudges or spots; a few corners bumped. One leaf with tear from upper outer corner, not extending into text; four final leaves with closed tear in inner margin and small hole in text, affecting one to two letters of six lines of text without obscuring sense. A solid copy with appreciable history. (36790)
Publisher's grey marbled paper–covered sides, front cover with gilt-stamped coat of arms, spine with black-stamped title; spine a touch sunned with unobtrusive small scuff towards foot, sides very slightly sprung, slipcase lacking. Front pastedown with bookplate as above. Volume clean and unworn, beautiful and uncommon. (30597)
Provenance: Front pastedown with early, shakily inked inscription reading “My grand father John Green's book [/] Anson's grand father,” above a partially effaced bookplate reading “Anson G. [last name obscured]”; on the front free endpaper, slightly later inked inscription of Rebecca W. Green. From the children's book collection of Albert A. Howard, small booklabel (“AHA”) at rear.
Gumuchian 5545; Osborne Collection, p. 813 (for first & third eds.); NSTC 2T3392. Not in Sternick. Publisher's printed tan paper–covered sides with red roan shelfback, leather edges with small gilt roll, spine with gilt rules and floral decorations within compartments; moderately rubbed and darkened overall, front board reattached, top of spine repaired. Upper outer corner of frontispiece map torn away, not affecting image. Title-page with offsetting from map; pages with mild age-toning and occasional offsetting from plates. A solid and intriguing copy of this uncommon juvenile travel book. (39802)
The portrait of the author was engraved by Pierre Lombard, while the added engraved title-page is unsigned. Each of the four books here (in two volumes) has a separate title-page; the main title-pages are printed in black and ruled in red. The text is in English, Greek, and Latin. A printed addenda slip is affixed to the final text page of vol. II, above the catalogue of books sold by Richard Royston. Leaf L6 in vol. II is a cancel (and separated).
Provenance: Vol. I added title-page recto with inked ownership inscription dated 1781 (“T. Moore”); vol. II front fly-leaf with inked ownership inscription dated 1696 (“Guilel. Rayner”) and another (of “T. Moore's”) dated 1781.
ESTC R20123; Wing (rev.) T324; Allibone 2348. On Taylor, see: Oxford Dictionary of National Biography online. Recent quarter calf and marbled paper–covered sides, leather edges tooled in blind, spine with gilt-stamped title and volume labels and gilt-stamped decorations between raised bands. Ownership inscriptions as above. First few leaves of vol. I (including regular and added title-pages) with tiny spots of worming; slightly larger sections of same to inner margins of some subsequent leaves; a number of pages in both volumes with scattered spots of worming, touching letters but not affecting sense. Light waterstaining to outer margins of some leaves. One leaf in vol. II separated. Significant and attractive. (24889)
Provenance: 19th-century signature of Richard H. Downing on verso of frontispice; most recently in the children's book collection of Albert A. Howard, small booklabel (“AHA”) at rear.
WorldCat locates only three U.S. libraries reporting ownership (Yale, Free Library of Philadelphia, AAS).
Shoemaker 2310; not in Welch; not in Rosenbach, Children's. Buff printed paper covers; text block recased. Wrappers and text age-soiled and with stains; still, a (now) solid and appealing period piece. (38923)
Provenance: Front free endpaper with garter-encircled pressure-stamp of Manchester bookseller Edwin Slater; front fly-leaf with early inked gift inscription to Ellen I. Moscrop [?] “from her sincere friend, Arabella Ble[???].” Most recently in the collection of Hubert Dingwall.
Ray, Illustrator and the Book in England, 191. Binding as above, spine gently sunned; joints and edges mildly rubbed, corners somewhat more so. Stamp and inscription as above. Foxing/spotting variously, pages ranging from quite clean to bearing a few small spots to being more broadly affected, although the hue of this is generally light and the action is mostly confined to margins. Quintessentially and delightfully Victorian: a lovely collection of some of this beloved artist's best work. (38851)
The six pages of advertisements offer multiplereviews of the Harper works listed, not just publication information!
Provenance: Front free endpaper with ex libris inscription initialed “GRW”: William [Guillelmus] R. Whittingham, Bishop of Baltimore.
Shoemaker 40623; NSTC 2E8969. Publisher’s quarter cloth and paper-covered sides, spine with printed paper label; binding faded and worn, spine label chipped and darkened. Front pastedown with institutional rubber-stamp, no other markings; pages untrimmed, and foxed throughout. (20260)
Provenance: On the front pastedown of each volume, a charming bookplate of Alfred and G. Ivy Clark, the former (1873–1950) being the pioneer in music recording and cinema whose work with Thomas Edison produced the first “moving pictures” having continuity and plot; he also helped Emile Berliner with the development of the gramophone, and he assembled one of the most important collections of Chinese ceramics in the West.
Bound as above; spines slightly darkened, front joint of vol. II neatly and unobtrusively refurbished. Interiors age-toned, some offsetting to pages opposite illustrations, several leaves in vol. I pulling from the binding but still attached; in vol. II, small closed tear to frontispiece, the corner of one plate torn away not affecting illustration and laid in, small slim marginal waterstain to last few leaves. HANDSOME. (38687)
Original brown wrapper with mauve paper title label on front; paper lost over spine and near it to front cover. Light soiling and a few spots; some expectable browning of the plates. A delicate, ephemeral publication in a rather good copy. (39734)
Evidence of Readership: Underlining or other markings in a number of the pamphlets in very neat ink and pencil, sometimes colored.
Recent navy blue cloth, printed paper label on spine with gilt ruling and decoration, new endpapers; all pamphlet wrappers bound in text. Marked as above, one pamphlet with label residue to front wrapper. (36132)
This has an engraved title-page with vignette incorporating David as harpist, and a steel-engraved frontispiece signed by J. Eddy as engraver, “W. Heath, del.”
Provenance: Inked ownership note to blank of “Charlotte Russell / July 14th — 1831.”
Publisher's brown cloth shelfback with paper-covered boards; binding fragile, showing considerable wear with tears in the cloth. Foxing and age-toning; page edges lightly chipped and worn. Ex-library: call number on binding, bookplate, pressure-stamps and other identifications, pencilling. Uncut copy. (23938)
Binding: Contemporary green morocco, covers framed in gilt triple fillets with gilt-tooled corner fleurons surrounding a central foliate medallion, spine gilt extra. Turn-ins with gilt roll. All edges gilt. Signed binding: “Bain, Binder” small stamp in lower margin of verso of front free endpaper.
Provenance: Prize copy: front fly-leaf with inked inscription reading “Jno. Hy. Lloyd [/] Prize for proficiency in English and British History. July, 1872 [/] A.R. Abbott [/] Grove House”; beneath inscription, affixed paper label inscribed “George B. Lloyd.” Most recently in the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel (“AHA”) at rear.
McLean, Victorian Book Design, 68 & 146. Binding as above, showing light wear overall with joints, spine bands, and extremities rubbed, spine slightly darkened. Front fly-leaf with inscription and label as above. Fly-leaves and half-title foxed; a few faint spots of foxing scattered through pages. A distinguished example of this quintessentially Victorian present. (38060)
NSTC T941; Hugo, Bewick Collector, 253; Johnston, Cleveland Herbal, Botanical, and Horticultural Collections, 745; Nissen 1954; Pritzel 9238; Rohde, Old English Herbals, 224 (listing Crosby ed. only). Contemporary calf, covers framed in blind roll and single gilt fillet, spine with blind-tooled compartment decorations; binding rubbed and scuffed overall, spine label now absent with traces remaining, repair work to splits in spine leather and to short tear from inner margin of front free endpaper, joints and extremities refurbished. Front free endpaper with inked ownership inscription (“C.M.W.”) dated 1912. Dedication tipped in. Pages gently age-toned with scattered foxing; small inkstain to upper fore-edge of first 30 ff., barely extending onto pages. One contents leaf with short tear (just touching text, without loss) and old repair in lower outer corner. A now solid, even rather distinguished-looking copy of a desirable pharmacopeiaexquisitely illustrated. (36043)
Provenance: Front free endpaper and front fly-leaf each with contemporary pencilled inscription: “Miss L. Hart, Poughkeepsie, New York.”
Publisher's textured olive cloth, covers with embossed strapwork medallion surrounded by blind-stamped ivy border, spine with gilt-stamped title and ivy decoration; cloth attractively faded, extremities slightly rubbed, binding cocked with sewing loosening slightly. Pages with scattered instances of spotting, generally clean. (34793)
Topics found in this collection of correspondence are wide ranging: Dante and terze rime, poetic style, preference for the Tuscan dialect, the fountains and viaducts of Rome, proper use of honorifics in letters, the letter “H” in Tuscan Italian and whether it is aspirated or not, teaching the alphabet to beginners, how a prince should react to those who speak ill of him, and the use of Greek words and terms.
This edition “con nuova aggiunta ristampati, & con somma diligenza da molti errori corretti” is printed in italic, and divided into seven “books,” each “book” beginning with a woodcut factotum initial. The printer's handsome woodcut device graces the title-page and the volume ends with three useful indices.
Provenance: Black-stamped supra-libros (faded to “silver”) of Paulus von Pruan (1548–1616), the Nuremberg merchant and collector, and his signature on the front free endpaper; most recently in the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel (“AHA”) at rear.
Adams T789; EDIT16 CNCE 30511. Contemporary limp vellum (lacking front pastedown) with slightly yapp edges; evidence that an old manuscript leaf was repurposed in construction of spine and of now-absent ties. Occasionally a little old very light staining or foxing; clean and nice. A desirable copy. (38143)
VD16 T1606; Benzing, Hagenau, 39, 184. On Heinrich Gran's device, see: Heitz & Barack 2. 20th-century boards covered with vellum-like paper. Light age-toning with very light waterstaining across corners at end and some light foxing to margins elsewhere; very good and in fact for a “student book” remarkably good. A rare and attractive item. (37834)
Daniel took his medical degree at Heidelberg in 1853 and then visited foreign asylums observing treatments and innovations. Returning to York, he became visiting physician to the York Retreat and the York Dispensary, lecturing also at the York School of Medicine on mental diseases.
In addition to his prize essay, this volume contains a short abstract or classification of cases contributed bySir Alexander Morison.
Provenance: In a fine hand in ink on verso of title-page: “Presented to the Library of the Charing Cross Hospital Med. College by Jabez Hogg, Esq. 29 Sept. 1856.” Hogg was a prominent ophthalmic surgeon and for two years vice-president of the Medical Society of London. Most recently in the library of Robert Sadoff, M.D., sans indicia.
Publisher's cloth, front cover with gilt-stamped title; dust-soiled overall, spine cloth chipped and sunned, ex-library with bookplate and several rubber-stamps. Clean and sound. An important and now scarce work on the care of the mentally ill, residential treatment, mental hospitals, and physical restraint. (39786)
This would have beena definite must for hydrotherapy and other tourists. Nicely illustrated, it bears a great map.
Provenance: Ownership signature of Mrs. Edward Brown, Belmont House, 1884. (This may well be the Mr. & Mrs. E. Brown whose “Belmont House” dates from ca. 1880 and is located in Browns Cove, Albemarle County, VA).
Publisher's green cloth, stamped in blind on covers and lettered in gilt on spine; text clean. A nice copy. (33529)
Provenance: Title-page recto with small inked inscription reading “Diederichs, 1772.”
Recent plain brown paper–covered boards, spine with printed paper label. Title-page institutionally pressure-stamped in lower margin, title-page verso with inked ownership “medallion” dated 1793, first text page with inked numeral in lower margin. Pages slightly age-toned, otherwise clean and crisp; one early inked shouldernote in Latin, in the same hand as an annotation on the front fly-leaf. (31565)
The presenter of the volume was R.T. McLain, chief clerk of the Department of Agriculture; the Hon. J. Gregory Smith, the recipient, was the president of the Northern Pacific Railroad Company.
Binding: A presentation binding of black morocco over boards with slightly bevelled edges. Covers with a gilt triple fillet border and a gilt floral vine inner “border.” Recipient's name in gilt in center of front board. Round spine, raised bands, gilt spine extra; gilt roll on board edges, different gilt roll on turn-ins. Pink endpapers of a textured paper, printed with an overall pattern of small gilt interlocking circles. Green silk place marker. All edges gilt.
A very nice example of a mid-19th-century presentation binding.
Binding as above, lightly rubbed at the joints (outside) and board edges. McLain's presentation card pasted to front pastedown, above Smith's bookplate. A very good copy of a book that is, as we say here, “interesting for more than one reason.” (35244)
The patent record copies are accompanied by36 plates illustrating the various devices. Atyped index is stitched in at the front; the title given above comes from this volume's spine label.
A full list of contents is available upon enquiry.
Provenance: Front and back pastedown each with rubber-stamp of A. Bell Malcolmson, attorney and counsellor at law; final page with pencilled annotation: “Bind for Mr. Malcolmson.” Malcolmson is recorded as having been involved, in 1908, with a case regarding patent infringement of a method for duplicating typewritten work.
Contemporary tan cloth, spine with gilt-stamped red leather title-label; cloth spotted and moderately discolored, extremities and spine label lightly rubbed. Preliminary index pages, of onion skin, each with short tear from outer margin; one text leaf with small chip to upper margin; some leaves creased; occasional pencilled annotations and marks of emphasis. (30399)
The work was limited to 100 copies, all printed on Japan vellum. It has an engraved vignette on the black and red printed title, small illustrations or vignettes on 50 text pages, 11 vignette borders or headpieces (three of them in color, 10 of them in anextra state), and 10 tipped-in color plates. The illustrations are by Henri Gervex, J.A. Gonzalès, L. Kratké, Albert Lynch, Adrien Moreau, and Félicien Rops.
Binding: Full red crushed morocco with five raised bands. Covers with a triple-rule gilt border; spine gilt extra with gilt beading on bands. Triple gilt fillet on board edges. Wide turn-ins richly tooled in gilt and with cream and blue leather inlays that are also gilt-tooled. Blue silk pastedowns and free endpapers. Marbled paper fly-leaves. All edges gilt. Binding signed “David.”
Provenance: Red leather bookplate of Cortlandt Field Bishop, the famed collector of the early 20th century and, at one time, owner of the TWO most important auction galleries in NY/USA.
Original full-color wrappers bound in.
Vicaire, VII, 924. Uncut copy. Bound as above with original wrappers bound in. Light refurbishment of front joint (outside). A fabulous copy. (26675)
This is copy no. 7.
Provenance: Presentation copy to Arthur H. Scribner, a president of Charles Scribner's Sons and a Princeton alumnus, signed by Van Dyke, “March 17, 1898, Dies Sancti Patricii.”
Quarter “vellum” paper over gray paper–covered boards, dark teal lettering to front board; corners a bit bumped, very faint dirtying of boards. Interior bright, with fore- and bottom edges untrimmed. An unassumingly simple production from a good press, now uncommon and here inscribed by the author. (38239)
Provenance: Front free endpaper with inked inscription reading “A Thanksgiving Appreciation to Miss Alta Anderson from the Parents and Pupils of the Emerson St. Presbyterian S.S. Nov. 28, 1917.”
Signed binding: Publisher's deep violet-blue cloth, front cover with wide gilt border of floral and vine design, spine with gilt-stamped title and fleurons. Signed “EE,” with the second E reversed: Edward B. Edwards, who also designed the interior frames.
Binding as above, spine slightly dimmed. Pages and plates clean. A lovely copy. (28954)
This is the first edition of his first published work, a description of Japan, and is based on previously published and unpublished sources that were available to him thanks to his association with the Elzevir firm and friendship with Willem Blaeu. The second part of the work, “Descriptio regni Siam,” is a translation into Latin of J. Schouten's Beschrijvinge van de regeringe, macht, religie, coustuymen, traffijcquen, en andere remercquable saken, des koninghrycks Siam.
Both texts treat of religions, customs, political organization, society, and history. As a coda to the “Descriptio regni Siam,” pp. 225 to the end provide “Brevis informatio de diversis gentium religionibus,” including large sections on the religions of Africa and Asia (including China); a page on those of Mexico, Peru, and Chile; sections on ancient Greece and Rome; and pages on Russia, Armenia, and Islam.
The volume begins with an engraved title-leaf showing a royal audience chamber with many people kowtowing to the emperor, and, in another portion of the page, Asian scholars with a book and map.
Provenance: 19th-century Hungarian stamp on verso of title-page “Teleki Pal Gr Pribekfalva.”
Copinger, Elzevier, 4802; Willems 1095; Berghman 1927; Rahir 1109. Contemporary vellum, soiled. Title-leaf loose but present; lightly reattached. A very little old underlining in ink; a good copy. (35534)
“The affectionate interest which I have always entertained for the welfare & happiness, of the eldest daughter, & proper representative, of one of the most estimable, and accomplished ladies who ever adorned the society of Philadelphia, induces me to comply with a request of the possessor of this volume, to inscribe some lines upon one of its pages.
I will only commend her to the most faithful observation of that advice, and to the strictest imitation of the pure & bright example, furnished in the character of her departed & lamented Mother, whose unostentation piety, gave especial grace & dignity to her life, and has no doubt yielded for her immortal spirit, a precious & enduring rest, in Heaven.”
Provenance: The Walsh album sold at Anderson Galleries 28 November 1921 (sale 1609) as lot 60. Later in the Allyn K. Ford Collection, Minnesota Historical Society, recently deaccessioned.
Very good condition. (34490)
First edition. Printed in double-column format in roman and italic, the volume begins with a large engraved coat of arms of the Count Duke Olivares on the title-page signed “I. de Courbes F[ecit]”; also by Courbes, opposite “fol. I,” is a large in-text engraved portrait of the author.
The prefatory matter includesepigrams by Manuel Barbosa, Francisco Bermudez de Pedraza, Ramón de Morales, and Michael Verdejo Carvajal.
Provenance: Gift inscription to Lic. Jose Maria Herrera from Ezequiel Montes, dated 13 August 1860.
Searches of WorldCat and NUC Pre-1956 locate only two copies of vol. I in the U.S. and none of vol. II.
Palau 356893. On Vela, see: Archivo biográfico de España, Portugal, e Iberoamérica, fiche 996, frame 355. 19th-century full mottled calf, gilt spine; title-page with old repair away from text. Some sections age-toned. Occasional small areas of light waterstains. Worming in some margins, in a few instances with old repair; worming in text, but this remarkably between lines or columns and not costing any words. Over all, a very good copy. (34941)
The work is from the press of one of Mexico's famed “widow printers,” Paula Benavides, the widow of Bernardo Calderon.
Provenance: Undated (late 17th- or early 18th-century) ownership inscription of the Convent of San Antonio of Queretaro on the verso of the title-page, faded. Partial marca de fuego on top edge, undeciphered because it is so partial.
Via NUC and WorldCat we locate only two copies in U.S. libraries, but we know of a third. Searches of COPAC, CCPB, and the OPAC of the Spanish National Library find no copies in Britain or Spain. The OPAC of the Mexican national library on the other hand, shows seven copies held there.
Andrade 751; Medina, Mexico, 1238. Contemporary limp vellum, no evidence of ties; rear cover with brown staining and piece of rear pastedown excised, with vellum a little small for the text block. Faint and sometimes noticeable waterstain in lower corner of some leaves. (34770)
Provenance: With the armorial bookplate of D. Feliciano Ramirez de Arellano, Marqués de la Fuensanta del Valle, and bookseller's ticket from a Lisboa dealer.
Palau 361040. Contemporary treed calf, spine gilt extra with gilt-stamped leather title label, covers showing only light wear; joints and board edges rubbed, leather lost over spine head and cracking over foot, spine also with small traces of paper label. Hinges slightly tender. (4260)
Provenance: Front free endpaper with affixed slip reading “Louis Duval Archiviste du département de l'Orne.” Duval (1840–1917) was a prominent librarian and archivist, and co-founder of the still-active Société historique et archéologique de l'Orne.
Not in Brunet, not in Graesse. Contemporary mottled sheep, spine gilt extra with gilt-stamped leather title-label; rubbed and scuffed overall (but gilt sill pleasing), with spine extremities chipped. All edges stained red. Ex-library (properly deaccessioned): Front pastedown with institutional label, gutter of first text page with pencilled gift annotation, back free endpaper with affixed bar code (lined through); front free endpaper with slip as above. One leaf with minor paper flaw to outer margin; a handful of scattered small spots of foxing, pages otherwise nearly pristine. (38444)
This is a copy of the first edition. The cataloguers at the John Carter Brown Library note: “Two concurrent editions of this work exist: in the first the title page reads “S. Antonio de Padua”; in the other it reads “San Antonio de Padua.” Significant typographical, diacritical, and resetting differences, as well as a lack of printed errata on leaf  verso, 1st count, exist in the second edition.
(In 1995 Bill Reese & PRB&M partnered in acquiring a number of important colonial-era Mexican books and manuscrpts. Among them was a copy of this 1673 Vetancurt Nahuatl grammar, and PRB&M wrote the explanation of the work's importance that is used above. Because it is the joint property of the William Reese Company & PRB&M, you may see it used in either firm's catalogues and on-line listings, neither of us pilfering from the other.)
Provenance: Very earlymanuscript ownership inscription of Manuel Bardon in Nahuatl on title-page; slightly later ownership signture of Fray Alonso de Escamilla on the recto of the first leaf of the approval (i.e., aprobacion); later marcas de fuego of the Convento de San Francisco de Mexico on top and bottom edges.
Viñaza 204 (failing to note error in foliation, as do all bibliographies except Graff); Medina, Mexico, 1103; Newberry Library, Indian Linguistics in the Edward E. Ayer Collection, Nahuatl 237; García Icazbalceta, Lenguas, 80; H. de León-Portilla, Tepuztlahcuilolli, 2816; Sabin 99385; Pilling 4002. Graff 4475 (this copy; giving correct collation); Ugarte, Obras escritas en lenguas indigenas de Mexico, 422. On the marcas de fuego, see: Sala, Marcas de fuego, p. 7; and Catálogo Colectivo de Marcas de Fuego (BF 12053). On Vetancurt, see: Archivo biográfico de España, Portugal, e Iberoamérica, fiche 118, frames 17–36 and 73–74. Contemporary limp vellum with remnants of leather ties, minor wear; black- and red-printed waste-paper endpapers from a roman breviary; minor dampstaining. Wear and some staining to the last four leaves. Overall a very good copy. (39462)
17th-century Mexican imprints are ever increasingly difficult to find, and those produced in Puebla (as opposed to Mexico City) are the most difficult of all. This important treatise isonly the second complete copy we have had in our stock in more than 30 years of dealing in Mexicana.
Curiously, there are two issues of this sole edition. After the work was printed but before all copies were sold or distributed, a two-leaf insert was printed that begins “Copia de carta escrita por . . . Don Fray Francisco Nunez obispo de Chiapa” and concerns idolatry in the Yucatan. Some few copies (e.g., those at Library of Congress and New York Public) have these added two leaves. Medina did not know of them and they are not present in the copies at the John Carter Brown, the Bancroft, Tulane, or Beinecke Libraries. Offered here isa complete copy of the first issue, i.e., without the later added letter.
Provenance: Marca de fuego on closed bottom edges of the Hospital de Convalecientes de Nuestra Señora Belén de Puebla.
Medina, Puebla, 153; Sabin 99693; Palau 368931; Viñaza 232; León-Portilla, Tepuztlahcuilolli, 2827; Ugarte, Lenguas indigenas de Mexico, 427; Pilling, Proof-sheets, 4038; García Icazbalceta, Lenguas, 164. Contemporary limp vellum, lacking the ties, modern lettering in ink (old style) on spine; binding a little small for the textblock. Worming at inner margins, occasionally into text, touching and occasionally costing letters but no whole words; waterstaining sometimes barely noticeable, other times like a tea stain. We'd rate it good++. Complete, with the sometimes missing full-page woodcut of the Cruxifixion. (34384)
Dibdin notes that the text is “printed in a correct and magnificent manner” — a commonly felt sentiment still, today, in regards to most Foulis Press productions.
Provenance: Partially rubbed armorial bookplate of Alexander Gordon of Culvennan, Esquire.
ESTC T139215; Gaskell 360; Dibdin, Greek and Latin Classics p. 558. Polished calf with spine compartments stamped and lettered in gilt, all edges speckled red; moderate rubbing, a few spots on front cover, offsetting on first and last few leaves from binding. Gentle age-toning; lacks blank following dedication. Marked as above, light pencilling on endpapers. An elegant edition of Virgil from a fine 18th-century Scots press. (36157)
Willems is not fond of this book, saying of it “L'ouvrage est assez peu recherché, et n'a qu'une valeur médiocre.” Its “middling value” in his day may have been due to its typography: Daniel Elzevir had the book printed in the shop of the heirs of Jan Elzevir in Leyden. Our copy is attractive, however, and the work is certainly an important one that was read, loved, and cited in its day with enormous enthusiasm.
With a particularly engaging engraved title-page, and with woodcut ornamental initials and head- and tailpieces.
Provenance: 20th-century bookplate of Elizabeth Wade White (1906–1994), an American poet, activist in progressive causes, and author of The Life of Anne Bradstreet: The Tenth Muse. In 1938 she had a brief affair with Valentine Ackland (1906–69, born Mary Kathleen Macrory Ackland, the English modernist poet). In 1939 White met Evelyn Virginia Holahan (1905–85) who became her life partner. With White's pencil note “August 1929. Bought at the Hague for 22 guilders.”
Binding: 18th-century crushed green morocco, spine with raised bands and a red leather spine-label; covers and spine-compartments double-framed in gilt, the latter with center devices. Gilt inner dentelles, all edges gilt, silk marker.
Willems 1464; Copinger 4882; Goldsmiths'-Kress 01963. Binding as above, rubbed at joints (outside) and with spine rather attractively sunned to olive. Lacks the index leaves for De prodigiis; still, a text-complete handsome volume with a very interesting provenance. (39815)
Provenance: Front fly-leaf, title-page verso, and final text page with rubber-stamps of James A. Peden (possibly the Florida-born diplomat who served as Minister Resident to Argentina, 1854–58); title-page with early inked inscriptions of Peden, Peter Spence, and Robert Ross (the latter two lined through in ink by an early hand); upper margin of first advertisement page with Peden inscription; first page of text with Spence inscription in upper margin and Peden rubber-stamps between lines of page header. Most recently in the residue of the stock of the F. Thomas Heller bookselling firm (est. ca. 1928).
ESTC N20652; see Evans 167 (for Brown imprint). Period-style quarter dark brown calf with blush, tan, dark brown and cream marbled paper–covered sides, spine with gilt-stamped leather title and author labels, gilt-ruled raised bands, and gilt-stamped decorations in compartments. Pages gently cockled and age-toned, with some light foxing; lower outer portion of one leaf torn away, with loss of about 20 words of text and significant loss to one footnote. A few instances of pencilled brackets and annotations, with one inked annotation towards close of volume. A handsome copy of this English-language debut. (39863)
We locate only five libraries (three in Pittsbugh) reporting ownership of the work.
Provenance: Inscribed to Mrs. John R. McCune by the writer of the volume's biographical sketch of the author, “Frank H. Wade, M.D.,” and his wife.
Publisher's white cloth elaborately stamped in gold, all edges gilt; binding and text both remarkably clean and fresh. (29567)
Provenance: Lower margin of final advertisement leaf with two 17th-century inked ownership inscriptions: “Robt. Fotherby[?] Lincoln,” and “Thomas Coninghams Book.”
Wing (rev. ed.) W417; ESTC R39415. Recent plain grey paper–covered boards, front cover with gilt-stamped leather title-label. Title-page perforation-stamped, also chipped and torn, now neatly mounted; first dedication page with rubber-stamped and inked numerals in lower portion; no other such markings. Pages age-toned; first two leaves with lower inner margins stained, five leaves with upper outer portions crumpled, last two leaves with edges chipped and darkened, a few leaves towards back with sewing loosening. Final page with inked inscriptions as above. (31058)
Searches of WorldCat locate only four North American libraries (URochester, IndianaU, Princeton, and Toronto Public) reporting ownership.
Evidence of use: Inside front cover enhanced with one rather good pencil sketch of a horse in traces, with blinders, and another smaller one, rather childish, of a galloping(?) horse witha whip-flourishing side-saddle rider aboard. Above the latter is pencilled, “Mary, Clara, Shirley.”
Provenance: Inscription “Mary Clara Elizabeth” with surname uncertain; later in the children's book collection of Albert A. Howard, small booklabel (“AHA”) at rear.
Moon, John Harris's Books for Youth, 963(1). Binding as above, cloth faded and with some stains; part of paper label chipped off and missing. Pages with some childish pencilling apart from the sketches described above, and with stray light brown stains. A few leaves just starting to loosen. A good+ copy. Sketches and plates, grand. (38915)
Updike's Merrymount Press consistently produced quality pieces with simple but poignant design — this being one of them. W.A. Dwiggins, prominent type and book designer, created the cover pattern and interior decorations.
Binding: Gray, blue, and green pictorial paper–covered boards featuring repeating images of (underwater?) foliage and an angler with a bite, black cloth spine with gilt lettering. Top edges stained green. Issued with glassine wrapper and slipcase.
Provenance: From the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel (“AHA”) at rear.
Agner, Books of WAD, 28.13. Bound as above; glassine wrapper with edges chipped and lower outer front corner lost, slipcase unmarred. Volume uncut and unopened, clean and nice. (37894)
Provenance: The publisher-issued bookplate and box label proclaim that this copy belonged to L. Haskell Sweet, a New York businessman.
Coigney 308. Publisher's quarter vellum and marbled paper–covered sides, spine with gilt-stamped title; original glassine dust wrapper and original charcoal-colored paper-covered box with personalized label present, wrapper with chips, short tears, and some creasing, and box split at seams with two side elements fully detached (one lost). Vellum of the volume's spine faintly darkened and spotted, book otherwise clean and fresh with top edges gilt; sweet identification as above. A good catch. (28332)
Publisher's half dark green leather and tan paper–covered sides, spine with gilt-stamped title and Grolier Club device, covers with stamped central medallions bearing device as above; spine sunned to brick-brown and with some darker streaks and discoloration, sides lightly scuffed, joints and extremities rubbed. Index (printed and issued as a separate insert, after the original publication) not present here. Scattered light spottings only. Externally somewhat worn, but a solid and enjoyable copy, witha gratifyingly apropos provenance and a Chiswick Bookshop (New York) bookmark iaid in. (39562)
Provenance: Covers gilt-stamped with the device of Francis Egerton, 1st Earl of Ellesmere.
Binding: Contemporary calf framed in gilt triple fillets and blind roll, rebacked preserving original spine gilt extra with gilt-stamped leather title-label; covers gilt-stamped with supra-libros as above. All edges marbled.
Uncommon: OCLC and NUC Pre-1956 find only six U.S. locations.
Bound as above; spine leather with small chips and cracks, sides with small unobtrusive areas of rubbing and light discoloration. Binding overall solid and still attractive; interior clean and nice. (25320)
This romance is illustrated with 12 black and white plates (including the frontispiece) by productive English illustrator Christine “Chris” Hammond. Stanley J. Weyman's stories were immensely popular during his day (1855–1928), but they are now often forgotten among other Victorian works. This is a first American edition, published one year after the London first.
Binding: Publisher's navy cloth with gilt lettering to spine. On front board, gilt lettering and a moonlit water scene stamped in light blue, black, and white. Top edge gilt.
Provenance: On the front free endpaper, the name-stamp of Sarah E. Lembeck, with her initials also written in pencil and stamped in ink.
Binding as above; light rubbing to extremities and small scrape to front board. Provenance as above, some ink transfer to front pastedown. A nice copy in an interesting, moody, Arts & Crafts–style binding. (37561)
Publisher's red textured cloth with title and ALL authors' names gilt-lettered on spine; covers double-ruled in blind, gilt circlet surrounding title on front cover, yellow endpapers with printed publisher's advertisements; binding gently rubbed and lightly soiled, spine pulled at top with loss of cloth and text moderately cocked. Marked as above, interior clean. (36185)
While Ford used the Stokes name on this Antwerp printing (and again later in the same year on a Parisian printing to which he resorted after Whistler's representatives successfully halted the Belgian production and confiscated most of the existing copies), Stokes denied having been involved in any way.
Provenance: Inked inscription of noted educator and book collector Jahu Dewitt Miller on final blank page.
For the story of Ford's pirated edition, see: E.R. & J. Pennell's Life of Whistler, 1908, V. II chap. 34, pp. 100–13. Publisher's heavy gray paper wrappers, front wrapper with title stamped in red; spine creased and sunned, corners rubbed, rear wrapper very unobtrusively reinforced. Now housed in a violet cloth–covered chemise and a quarter deep purple morocco and violet cloth–covered slip case, with outer box edge and case spine and front cover sunned, case showing light shelfwear overall. Front two fly-leaves with short tear from upper margin; a very few instances of light spotting, generally not occurring within text. With laid-in auction catalogue information regarding publication and textual details; final blank page with inked inscription as above. Now very uncommon. (36545)
The imprint is false, the ESTC noting, “from the typography, printed in England”; printed clandestinely.
Provenance: Bookplate of the Virtue and Cahill Library, Portsmouth, England.
Wing (rev.) W1809; ESTC R30193; McAlpin, III, 101; Clancy, English Catholic Books 1641-1700, 1064 on White, see: Dictionary of National Biography, LXI, 79–81. 19th-century plain brown calf with round spine and without raised bands, simple double-fillet frame on each cover; joints (outside) starting and paper open across hinges (inside) yet volume solid. Leather title-label on spine with a strip scraped away, possibly intentionally. Large, rather interesting library bookplate spanning front endpapers. (37089)
Binding: Maroon publisher's cloth, colored paper onlay with title and illustration of wasps on a flower surrounded by ruled, foliate border stamped in black on front cover; blind border on back.
Provenance: Faintly inscribed on front free endpaper in ink to Frank Y. Lewis from “a friend and Teacher,” Rettie Wright, 26 June 1876. “Frank Lewis” written on back endpaper in pencil. Most recently in the children's book collection of Albert A. Howard, small booklabel (“AHA”) at rear.
Bound as above, moderate rubbing to spine tips and corners only; spine very slightly cocked. Some old bookseller pricing on endpapers in pencil; text lightly age-toned. Chromolithography outside and in still bright. A splendid exploration of the wasp's importance for a juvenile's point of view in avery nice copy. (39281)
The journal's editor, Wieland (1733–1813), was a complex figure of the German Enlightenment: a poet, novelist, political theorist, and pedagogue. His critical review/journal was of considerable influence.
Provenance: Duplicates (with no markings) of the Harold Jantz Collection (i.e., ex–Duke University).
Volume 2 for 1774: Modern marbled boards; considerable foxing and some waterstaining. Volume 3 for 1774: Contemporary wrappers of brown paper sprinkled with black; uncut; considerable foxing and some waterstain lines. Volumes for 1775: the two are bound in one volume of brown leather, spine darkened to black and flaking; plain endpapers. Binding shows wear, but text clean. Volumes for 1776: Contemporary calf, gilt spines; covers with some stains and abraded at edges, some distressing of the spines. Interesting “wallpaper” endpapers in blue-green and white of a floral and wave pattern. Good++ condition. Very definitely a mixed, partial set and definitely an interesting array of presentations. (35274)
Provenance: 19th-century stamp of the Medic. Chirug. Bibliothek Altenburg (on front wrapper and title-page, but NOT on plates). Most recently in the residue of the stock of the F. Thomas Heller bookselling firm (est. ca. 1928).
Original blue-green wrappers. Waterstaining to wrappers at spine and onto covers and at rear on portions of the folding plates. Else very nice. (39793)
Evans notes that this is “the first folio volume, other than Laws, andthe largest work up to this time printed in the United States.” This was a subscription printing, and includes Benjamin Franklin's father and brother, among other dignitaries, in its list of names; the sheets came from several different presses, and thus “it has fallen out . . . that the Pages for a considerable way, are numbered over again” (p. 666). The title-page is printed in red and black. The binding featuresa very unusual 18th-century repair job: to reinforce the joints, an early hand stitched along either side of the front joint and part way down the back.
Provenance: Title-page with inked ownership inscription of T. White, dated 1726, and with inked presentation inscription to Susanna White, dated 1782. Front pastedown with inked inscription of Timothy Badger, 1782; also with 19th-century institutional bookplate and presentation inscription.
Evans 2828; ESTC W30456; Sabin 104075; Streeter Sale 675. Contemporary mottled sheep framed and panelled in blind fillets with corner fleurons, a blind roll around the central panel; small scuffs, extremities rubbed, joints cracked and fragile, with early sewn repairs as above. Front free endpaper partially separated. Inscriptions as above; preface with additional early inked inscription in upper margin and inked numeral in lower margin, a very slim “mag strip” in one gutter margin and no other institutional markings. Pages age-toned and offset with varying degrees of spotting and staining; some corners dog-eared. Three leaves each with short tear from upper margin, just touching text without loss; a few leaves crumpled without tearing. First portion of volume with intermittent early inked marginalia, one note partially shaved. A milestone of early American printing and an interesting copy. (31011)
“Wilson blamed his plight on demon rum, but it was his size, as much as anything, that did for him. He was only five feet, two inches tall and weighed a little over one hundred pounds. Dealy, a farmer at Chestnut Hill, . . . for whom he worked, would not pay him his wages, and in a fit of anger and intoxication, Wilson killed him with a cleaver.”
Provenance: From the library of Robert Sadoff, M.D., sans indicia.
McDade, Annals of Murder, 1108. In tan wrappers, rebacked with tan paper; front wrapper stained, rear wrapped rubbed, chipping to corners. Interior age-toned, several corners creased, a handful of pages stained.The murderer gives his perspective. (39419)
Provenance: 19th-century ownership signature of Ashton Case on front pastedown; opposite on the front free endpaper, “Mama's present to dear Emily, Nov. 27th 1823.” Most recently in the children's book collection of Albert A. Howard, small booklabel (“AHA”) at rear.
Moon, John Harris's Books for Youth, 988; Osborne Collection p. 216; Opie A1247. Publisher's quarter red roan with stone pattern marbled paper sides and gilt-stamped spine title; moderately rubbed overall, spine sunned. Inscriptions and booklabel as above. A nice copy. (38926)
Provenance: A bookplate engraved by Bird for the Institute of 1770, a social club at Harvard University, covers a previous bookplate on the front pastedown of each volume, along with a red and white shelving label that covers a small blue label.
Shoemaker 17119; Smith, American Travellers Abroad, W112. Brown publisher's cloth, neatly rebacked and with gilt-stamped brown leather spine labels; rubbed and stained. Moderate to heavy foxing and staining; a few leaves creased across corners or with very short marginal tears, two leaves with chipped edges from paper manufacture. Provenance and readership indicia as above. Fun reading and snatches of fun commentary; clearly, fun was had by at least one previous reader! (38688)
Shaw & Shoemaker 30564; NSTC W2651. Contemporary speckled sheep, spines divided into compartments by double gilt rules, with red leather title labels and small round black volume labels; binding rubbed and bumped with small loss of leather, glue action to pastedowns and first/last few leaves, large bite from one rear free endpaper. Moderate age-toning throughout, with only the rare short tear, chip, or stain. Early provenance evidence as above, with more recent readers adding a pencilled note and a few scribbles on two endpapers, and tucking in both a newspaper recipe for green cloth dye and a small advertisement for “A Good Cold Cream.” In fact quite a satisfactory set. (11313)
Provenance: Early 20th-century bookplate of James Rolt; most recently in the children's book collection of Albert A. Howard, small booklabel (“AHA”) at rear.
ESTC T3347; Roscoe, John Newberry and His Successors, J391 (1); Hugo, Bewick Collector, 72 & 4072; Osborne Collection, p. 88. Late 19th- or early 20th-century half tan calf with marbled paper sides; binding lightly rubbed. Bookplate and label as above; front fly-leaf with “No. 72 Hugo's Collector” inked in an early hand, accompanied by pencilled annotation re. Bewick. Small inkstain on title-page and one other, light soiling to text and foxing; leaf of advertisements soiled. Overall a good++ copy and well worthwhile. (38917)
WorldCat, Copac, STCN, and NUC Pre-1956 do not find any locations of this Jansson-Waesberg edition; Palau does not list it.
Provenance: Front free endpapers each with early inked inscription mostly inked over, title-page verso with inked inscription “de los libros . . . D. Emanuel Lopez Forrecilla y dela Fuente.”
Not in STCN. See Palau 377674–377683 for other eds. Contemporary vellum over paste boards, spines with early hand-inked title; minor staining and back outer (yapp) edge of vol. I chipped, ties on both volumes still partially present. Pages age-toned with intermittent spotting; vol. I with light waterstaining to margins of some leaves and a few early inked corrections and marks of emphasis. Vol. II: Text block pulling away from spine, first few leaves separating, some leaves with worming in inner margins touching text without obscuring sense, one leaf with tear from outer margin extending into text without loss. All edges stained red, and both volumes with inscriptions as above. (29082)