(A Tobacco Tragedy). Mérimée, Prosper. Carmen. New York: The Limited Editions Club, 1941. Folio (28.3 cm, 11.1"). 143,  pp.; col. illus.
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Limited Editions Club production of the gypsy tragedy that inspired Bizet's opera: Lady Mary Lloyd's translation, with an introduction by Konrad Bercovici (which points outhow different the story is from the subsequent opera) and brightly colored, vigorously rendered full-page and in-text lithograph illustrations byJean Charlot.
This is numbered copy 1335, signed by the artist at the colophon. The volume was designed and printed by the Aldus Printers, with the lithographs printed by Albert Carman; the binding is done in publisher's quarter olive buckram andsilk hand-blocked in remarkably vivid hues.
Bibliography of the Fine Books Published by the Limited Editions Club, 124. Bound as above, in original paper-covered slipcase with title stamped on spine; slipcase faded with spine sunned and extremities lightly rubbed, volume with minor spine sunning only, otherwise clean and bright. (34074)
(A Pipe Is Good)! Browne, Isaac Hawkins. Poems upon various subjects, Latin and English. London: J. Nourse, 1768. 8vo (24 cm, 9.4"). , 160 pp. (frontis. lacking).
First edition of these poems, published posthumously by the author’s son; of two similar issues printed in the same year, this was the one meant for the general public, with the other intended for private circulation only. Browne was a notably witty and amiable conversationalist whose company (though not his public speechmaking) was prized by Dr. Johnson; he is best remembered today for his poems “A Pipe of Tobacco” (“Blest leaf! Whose aromatic gales dispense / To templars modesty, to parsons sense”) and “De Animi Immortalitate,” a meditation on the immortality of the soul — both of which are included here, the latter with Soame Jenyns’s English translation.
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)
Great Britain. Parliament. A true and exact list of the lords spiritual and temporal, also of the knights[,] commissioners of shires, citizens and burgesses, chosen to serve in the Parliament of Great Britain. [London], 1741. 8vo (19.7 cm, 7.75"). 16 pp.
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Register prepared for the 1741 general election, with notations regarding how M.P.s voted on the Convention and on Walpole’s proposed Excise Bill (a tax on tobacco and wine). The current U.K. Parliament website sums up the terms thusly: “The Lords Spiritual are made up of the Archbishops of Canterbury and of York, the Bishops of London, Durham and Winchester as well as specific bishops of the Church of England. The Lords Temporal are made up of Hereditary Peers elected under Standing Orders, Life Peers, Law Lords, the earl Marshal and the Lord Great Chamberlain.”
Uncommon: ESTC locates only four copies, none of which are in the U.S.
ESTC T26238; Goldsmiths’-Kress 7877.5. Recent marbled paper–covered boards, spine with gilt-stamped leather title-label. Pages age-toned, with some dustsoiling. (16585)
“Whatever You Do, REMEMBER THE SALOON KEEPER isAfter Your Children”
Hulbert, J.O. Collection of temperance postcards. Hyde Park, NY: A.T. Cook, [ca. 1900]. Oblong postcard (8.8 cm, 3.5"). 20 cards.
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Gathering of moral sentimentsas promoted by a seedsman: 20 illustrated temperance postcards, earnestly drawn and calligraphed by J.O. Hulbert of Glastonbury, CT, and published by a New York garden supplier. The cards are mostly printed in a single color (red, blue, sepia, maroon, green), with two cards shading from terra cotta at the top to sage green at the bottom. The majority attack saloons and their wares, with the one exception boldly querying “CAN A MAN USE TOBACCO and respect the rights of others?” Many are simply pragmatic, referring to the physical and financial costs of alcoholism; a few however are overtly Christian, including one captioned “A religion that leaves the saloons undisturbed, unattacked, is not worthy to be called after the name of Jesus Christ.” One card offers a “Juvenile Pledge” to be filled in with name and address.
Two cards with upper right corners chewed, by something very small; six others with barely perceptible damage to same area; all is otherwise clean and crisp. A charming and attractive set of dire warnings. (36716)
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