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Illustrated Chapbook — "Seek New Employment Every Hour, Which Health & Strength Impart"
Sherwood, Mrs. [Mary Martha]. The rose, an allegory. New York: Stephen M. Crane (pr. by Egbert, Hovey & King), 1847. 16mo (12.8 cm, 5.03"). 16 pp.; illus. $100.00
Popular fairy tale from Mrs. Sherwood, whose children's books were bestsellers in the early Victorian age. This story encourages youthful readers to practice the arts and other enjoyable activities in pursuit of usefulness and industry, rather than for their own sake; the present New York printing is => illustrated with six wood-engraved vignettes, including the title-page scene of a hand holding a rose.
See Osborne Collection, p. 937 and Opie A 1055 for other eds. Publisher's salmon-colored printed paper wrappers, overall showing only minimal wear; very light dust-soiling, with a lower corner of the back wrapper showing this moreso. Interior foxed. => A neat and solid copy, unscathed by childish use or abuse. (42044) Add to My BOOK-STACK
Complete, Illustrated Set: Collected Works of the So-Called "Irish Jane Austen"
Edgeworth, Maria. Tales and novels by Maria Edgeworth. London: Henry G. Bohn and Little, Brown & Co., 1870. 8vo (17.7 cm, 6.9"). 10 vols. I: Add. engr. t.-p., vi, , iv, 438 pp.; 3 plts. II: Add. engr. t.-p., iv, , 485,  pp.; 3 plts. III: Add. engr. t.-p., , 463,  pp.; 3 plts. IV: Add. engr. t.-p., vi, , 434 pp.; 3 plts. V: Add. engr. t.-p., 442 pp.; 3 plts. VI: Add. engr. t.-p., , 470 pp.; 3 plts. VII: Add. engr. t.-p., , 504 pp.; 3 plts. VIII: Add. engr. t.-p., , 486 pp.; 3 plts. IX: Add. engr. t.-p., iv, , 528 pp.; 3 plts. X: Add. engr. t.-p., , 455,  pp.; 1 plt. $200.00
Ten-volume set of works by the popular Anglo-Irish novelist and children's writer Maria Edgeworth. Present here are Moral Tales; Popular Tales; Tales of Fashionable Life; Patronage; Edgeworth's two most successful novels, Belinda and Castle Rackrent; and numerous other romances and shorter pieces, including the "Essay on Irish Bulls." This edition is illustrated with a total of =>38 steel-engraved scenes (including the vignette on each volume's added engraved title-page), done by W. Harvey after various artists.
Bindings: Publisher's green cloth, covers with decorative black-stamped frames, spines with gilt-stamped author/title/volume lettering and decorations.
Provenance: Each front free endpaper with inked gift inscription: "Adele Ernst, from Grandpa, Christmas 1870."
This ed. not in NCBEL, NSTC. Bindings generally show mild to moderate wear at extremities, spines with small areas of discoloration from now-absent labels; two volumes exhibit loss to cloth at fore-edges and to edges of text-block due to insect work, all marginal in one case and in the other just reaching frontispiece and title-page images, and affecting a few letters at the back of the volume, with discoloration and speckling to paper. Some hinges cracked or tender, most volumes with first few leaves separated or loosening, one volume with some signatures opened roughly and another with front free endpaper adhered to rear of frontispiece; ex-library with outer (closed) edges, title-pages, and a few others lightly rubber-stamped, front pastedowns with institutional presentation bookplate, back pastedowns with pocket. Front free endpapers with inscription as above. => Overall, a very readable set of some very engaging fiction, and a nice row of appropriately Irish-green cloth on the shelf. (29046) Add to My BOOK-STACK
Call Your Cards & Learn Your BAPTIST Missionaries
(Missionary Card Game). Bailey, Fred T. Missionary pioneers. No place: American Baptist Missionary Union, 1885. (16.9 cm, 6.65").  f., 46 (of 49) cards. $100.00
This now-scarce card game was intended to teach players the locations, dates, and associated information of various Baptist missions around the world. It consists of an instruction sheet (which offers a pronunciation guide for some of the place names) and 12 numbered suites each of four cards lettered A-D, with each number's card grouping interconnected — the topics including "Burmese: Rangoon, 1814, Adoniram Judson"; "Telugus: Chicacole, 1836, Samuel S. Day"; "Chinese in Siam: Bangkok, 1833, William Dean"; Japanese: Yokohama, 1872, Nathan Brown"; and "Congo: Palaballa, 1878, Henry Craven," etc.
=> The Lord's Prayer in Burmese is printed on the reverse of each card.
Instruction sheet with creases from original folds; cards age-toned, edges showing minor wear, spotting more visible on backs than on fronts of cards. Lacking from this set are cards 4B and 12B, and the wild card; names on cards present include many still familiar. => Uncommon and interesting. (41994) Add to My BOOK-STACK
Writerly Friends Helping a Writer Friend
(Joyce, James). Beckett, Samuel; Marcel Brion; William Carlos Williams; et al. Our exagmination round his factification for incamination of Work in progress. Paris: Shakespeare & Co., Sylvia Beach, 1929. 8vo (19 cm, 7.5"). , 194,  pp. $550.00
When James Joyce's eventual Finnegans Wake was receiving unenthusiastic reviews, while still being published in serial form under the title Work in Progress, he => employed the help of his friends to improve the response to his new writing. Samuel Beckett, Marcel Brion, and William Carlos Williams joined other literary acquaintances of Joyce's to produce twelve critical essays analyzing the innovative contributions to literature represented by Work in Progress, with Beckett's essay having been => his first appearance in print. There are also two "letters of protest" here — Joyce wanted negative analyses to be included — one of which was originally suspected to have been written by Joyce himself.
Sylvia Beach of the celebrated Shakespeare and Company, and frequent publisher of Joyce's work, produced the critical essay collection.
The colophon states: "96 copies of this book have been printed on vergé d'Arches numbered 1–96"; this is an unnumbered copy.
Provenance: Bookseller's ticket of The Personal Book Shop in Boston on front fly-leaf.
In original cream wrappers with black printed lettering to spine and both covers, limited crescents of waterstaining to edges not reaching interior; edgeworn, with a bit of chipping, and with front wrapper pulling away. Without the glassine jacket. Interior age-toned and a few signatures roughly opened; "Made in Great Britain" stamp on title-page. => A fragile but still desirable artifact from an exciting era for art and literature — and, for controversy about it. (38959) Add to My BOOK-STACK
Comparing Translations: A Painstakingly Typeset Early 17th–Century Bible
Bible. Latin. Vulgate. 1609. Sacra Biblia vulgata editione, translat. ex Hebraeo sanctis Pagnini, transl. Romana ex Septuag. & Chaldaicae paraphrasis transl. congesta fratris Fortunati Fanensis Ordinis erem. S. Augustini studio et labore. Venetiis: Apud Antonium Pinellum, 1609. Folio (29.6 cm, 11.65"). 3 vols. in 2. I: , 1102,  pp. II: , 674 (i.e., 678, some pagination repeated), , 326, [34 (index)] pp. $1,850.00
Fortunato Scacchi's edition, from the press of eminent Venetian printer Antonio Pinelli. These volumes present the Vulgate Latin version of the Pentateuch alongside Latin translations from the Hebrew (done by Pagninus), from the Septuagint (by Flaminio Nobili et al.), and the "Chaldee" paraphrase (as in the Antwerp Polyglot), laid out in four parallel columns across two pages. Joshua through Ezra appear in parallel columns with the Septuagint across the foot of each page, per the Vulgate and Pagninus, with subsequent books being variously given in that layout or with the Vulgate and Septuagint side by side; and the New Testament is given in the Vulgate and in the translation from the Syriac by Guido Fabritius Boderianus (Guy Le Fèvre de La Boderie).
Each volume opens with an engraved title-page in an architectural border, highlighting the arms of Cardinal Scipione Borghese. The text columns are set in alternating roman and italic type, with ornamental capitals and attractive woodcut tailpieces; the title-pages (including the separate New Testament title) are printed in red and black, and the colophons feature the Pinelli tree device in an elaborate frame.
Binding: Mid-18th centry mottled sheep, covers framed in gilt double fillets and board edges gilt also; spines with gilt-stamped leather title and volume labels, raised bands, and gilt-extra compartments in filigreed, beaded patterns. The unusual, striking endpapers are of mauve paper gilt-stamped in an ornate pattern of acanthus leaves, pomegranates, and assorted flowers. Thanks to Sandrine Hermine Salières-Gagloff for identifying the paper as from the atelier of Iohann Wilhelm Meyer. II, of Ausgburg and dating from ca. 1755. All page edges marbled.
See Darlow & Moule 6201. Bound as above with sides scuffed, joints and edges rubbed; vol. I spine head pulling away and foot leather chipped partially revealing binding structure, vol. II with joints and spine extremities nicely refurbished. Vol. II with hinges (inside) and one leaf's margin neatly reinforced some time ago, and endpapers unevenly faded; vol. I and II title-pages and vol. I colophon mounted. Instances variously of small marginal worming or spotting; of short tears, closed or affecting a border or a few letters only; and of light waterstaining with a few leaves actually browned. One page with substantive annotation in Latin. => An edition not widely held institutionally, here in an impressive set. (42015) Add to My BOOK-STACK
A Very Standard Work
Proud, Robert. The history of Pennsylvania, in North America, from the original institution and settlement of that province, under the first proprietor and governor William Penn in 1681, till after the year 1742. Philadelphia: Zachariah Poulson, Jr., 1797-98. 8vo (21.5 cm, 8.5"). 2 vols. I: 508 pp.,  leaf of plates (portrait). II: 373, , 146 p.,  folded map. $600.00
An important and standard late 18th-century history of Pennsylvania by a native of Yorkshire, England, who settled in Philadelphia in 1759 and remained there (here!) until his death in 1813. In addition to its standard fare (i.e., "The history of Pennsylvania, 1676–1709"; "The history of Pennsylvania, 1709–1763"; "A view of the province of Pennsylvania ... between the years 1760 and 1770"), the work's appendix includes "Certain Conditions, or concessions, agreed upon by William Penn," "The Frame of the Government of the Province of Pensilvania, 1682, 1683, 1696," "The Charter of the City of Philadelphia, 1701," and the "Journals of Christian Frederick Post, from Philadelphia to the Ohio, 1758–59."
John James Barralet (approx. 1747–1815) supervised Alexander Lawson (1773–1846), the engraver of the William Penn portrait that serves as the frontispiece to vol. I, and James Thackara (1767–1848) was the engraver of the map in vol. II.
Binding: Contemporary tree calf, spines divided into compartments by attractive and thoughtful gilt tooling; red leather title-labels with additional delicate gilt bordering. Volume numbers gilt to small black leather shields defined by additional modest gilt.
Provenance: Hannah Ann Morris Buckley on fly-leaf of vol. I; signature of Sarah Wistar in top blank area of each title-page. The Morris and Wistar families were important Philadelphia families and much intermarried.
Sowerby, Catalogue of the Library of Thomas Jefferson, 460; Evans 32729, 34421; ESTC W020454; Howes P 639; Sabin 66223. Bound as above, volumes scuffed with joints outside starting to open from tops yet solid. Foxing and age-toning as would be expected, only; map in good condition. => Overall, a very nice set. (34072) Add to My BOOK-STACK
A Colorful, Uncommon, PAGE-TURNER of a Children's Book
Geyser, J.B., illus. Humpty Dumpty and his wonderful adventures. [Cincinnati: Peter G. Thomson, 1881?]. Large 4to (27.1 cm, 10.66"). 8 ff.; col. illus. $450.00
This Humpty is a clown rather than an egg, due to falling afoul of a passing fairy. His roguish escapades — which culminate in being eaten by a whale! — are told in verse and illustrated with => a vividly colored cover and six full-page illustrations chromoxylographed from designs by J.B. Geyser, the cover additionally enhanced with gilt-stamping. Unlike at least one digitized copy, the present example of this toybook does not bear Thomson's information at the foot of either the front or the back wrapper (the back wrapper here substitutes "For sale by all booksellers"), but the text and illustrations otherwise match that printing.
Hard copies of this 19th-century printing are scarce: a search of WorldCat finds only six U.S. institutions reporting holdings (Monmouth County Historical Association, New York Public, New York State Library, UCLA, University of Florida, Yale).
Publisher's tan paper wrappers, front wrapper pictorially stamped in color and gilt, back wrapper with publisher's advertisement; wrappers slightly darkened with smudges to outer margins and spots of discoloration to back wrapper, spine starting to split. Scattered small spots to pages. => Slightly fragile overall, but an impressively bright, engaging, and desirable item. (42025) Add to My BOOK-STACK
A Missionary's Letters from Southern Africa
Bailey, Albert William. Typed Letters Signed. Rhodesia & Angola: 1912–1921. Folio (34.29 cm, 13.5").  pp.; 1 photo. $900.00
Large-format album of 16 missives from the Rev. Albert William Bailey (1873–1955), Baptist missionary to Africa and leader of the first attempt to establish a Christian mission among => the Nkoya. The collection opens with a black and white photographic portrait of Bailey, followed by 14 letters variously addressed to his brother, son, and friends, and two typed manuscripts entitled "A Promise Redeemed" (ca. 1914) and "A Shaking Among the Bones" (ca. 1918).
Along with accounts of his preaching, his school and the students there, his work on => translating the Gospel of John into the Mbunda language, and his day-to-day experiences (including cobra encounters!), the letters include thoughts on mission and church finances, American politics (particularly the presidential election), and crime in New York — as well as an assurance to his son that yes, he had seen crocodiles, although not yet shot one.
Most of the letters are typed, with handwritten signatures, postscripts, and occasional corrections, while one is entirely handwritten. Two notable running themes are Bailey's unshakable conviction in the importance of his work in Africa, and the complexity of his long-distance relationship with his son (left behind in America with his aunt and uncle), whom he alternately praises and criticizes; one letter acknowledges with sadness and resignation that the beloved but wayward Paul has left the Baptist church in favor of "the Universalists." Overall, this is => a remarkable look at the work of an influential missionary then at his peak.
20th-century mustard-colored leather–covered album; minimal shelfwear. Page sleeves and backings age-toned; one sleeve starting to split from foot of inner margin. Letters age-toned with occasional edge chips. => Unique and fascinating. (41896) Add to My BOOK-STACK
For Attorneys, Clerks, & Scriveners — AND Writers in Need of "Legal Latin"
H., J. [i.e., John Herne?]. Compleat clerk containing the best forms of all sorts of presidents, for conveyances and assurances. London: Pr. by G. Sawbridge, T. Roycroft, & W. Rawlins for H. Twyford et al., 1677. 8vo (23.5 cm, 9.25"). , 936,  pp. $1,500.00
Important legal reference work here in its fourth, expanded, 1677 edition, following the first of 1655. The text is printed in roman, italic, and blackletter with typographic headpieces; one page bears an illustration of the notary's mark on an "antient" resignation (p. 599). The present copy lacks the additional engraved title-page dubbing the work "The Conveyancers Light," but does include the appendix of titles, cities, weights, and personal name variants in Latin, the glossary of obsolete words, and the table of kings' reigns, as well as => "The several Parts of the Bodies of Men, Women, Children, Beasts, Birds, Trees, Plants, Hearbs . . . both in Latine and English. The like whereof hath never been done before, and will be much for the ease and benefit of the Attorney and Clerk."
Provenance: Front pastedown with armorial bookplate of Richard Hopton of Canon Frome, Hereford; and with ownership inscription of I.A. Shapiro, noted scholar of 17th-century literature.
Wing (rev. ed.) C5636A; ESTC R25473; Sweet & Maxwell, I, 480:16. Contemporary calf, framed and panelled in double blind fillets with blind-tooled corner fleurons, spine with blind-ruled raised bands and gilt-stamped leather title-label, board edges with gilt roll; small scuffs and some rubbing to binding with a few pinhole spots of insect damage to spine. Front pastedown with bookplate and inscription as above, additional engraved title-page lacking, title-page with small early inked annotation in lower portion; text age-toned with offsetting and foxing ranging from faint to moderate. One leaf with short tear from outer margin, not touching text; one leaf with small repair in upper outer margin. => A sturdy, usable copy in a dignified contemporary binding. (42017) Add to My BOOK-STACK
Printed Almanac / Manuscript Diary
American Tract Society; Anderson, Alexander, illus. The Christian almanac, for New-England, for the year of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, 1836 ... Adapted to equal or clock time ... Calculated for the horizon and meridian of Boston. Lat. 42° 23’ N. Long. 71° W. Boston: Pub. for the American Tract Society and for Gould, Kendall, & Lincoln, 1835. 8vo (17.6 cm, 6.92"). 47, , [16 ms.] pp. $47.50
"Vol. II. No. 9" of this long-running almanac from the American Tract Society; p. 3 states that the calculator was David Young. This issue is graced with both a large title-page vignette showing Jesus teaching and, on the front wrapper, another vignette of a contemporary missionary preaching to an emblematic (not realistic) gathering of the world's peoples, both done by => renowned wood-engraver Alexander Anderson.
This almanac was once bound with other items in a nonce volume, and the one that followed it there is still present — being a signature of 8 blank leaves of which =>15 pages are filled or nearly filled with brief diary entries, almost if not quite day-by-day, for the year 1836. Names and places suggest the record was made in Maine; the matter is divided under the heads of "Weather" and "Items"; the writer is apparently male and enjoyed his first wedding anniversary in May.
Drake, Almanacs, 4101; Pomeroy, Alexander Anderson, 1331 & 1664 (see also 1093). Publisher's blue-green printed paper wrappers, vignette as above; spine strengthened by old over-sewn stitching, manuscript section now separated. The whole with old creasing and dog-earing to both portions, some shallow and some deep, and with light soiling only. => A most engaging two-fer. (21388) Add to My BOOK-STACK
An Eminent Historian of Central Asia — ENGLISHED
Barthold, Vasily Vladimirovich [Wilhelm]; Vladimir & Tatiana Minorsky, transl. Four studies on the history of Central Asia. Leiden: E.J. Brill, 1956, 1958, & 1962. 12mo (19.6 cm, 7.71"). 3 vols. I: Frontis., xvi, 183,  pp. II: Frontis., xii, 200 pp.; 2 plts. III: vii, , 187,  pp.; 1 plt. $150.00
First edition in English, translated from the original Russian and in three volumes as issued, with the first volume containing "A Short History of Turkestan" and "History of the Semirechyé," and the second and third volumes subtitled Ulugh-Beg and Mīr ʻAlī-Shīr: A History of the Turkman People.
There are a total of five plates, including the two frontispieces.
Publisher's light green cloth, front covers and spines with gilt-stamped titles; spines and board edges sunned. Pages clean. (42003) Add to My BOOK-STACK
Ancient Jewish Vestments — Polyglot & Illustrated
Braun, Johannes. [one line in Hebrew characters transliterated as Bigde Kohanim, then] Id est vestitus sacerdotum Hebraeorum. Sive commentarius amplissimus in Exodi cap. XXVIII, ac XXIX & Levit. Cap. XVI aliaque loca S. Scripturae quam plurima. Amstelodami: Apud Abrahamum a Someren, 1698–97. 4to (20.8 cm, 8.18"). 2 vols. in 1. Engr. t.-p., , 343, [41 (index & errata)], , 345–752, [60 (index & errata)] pp.; 20 plts. (some fold.). $850.00
Braun's work on the vestments and ritual garments of the Jewish high priests of antiquity. Printed in Latin, Greek, Hebrew, and Arabic with a few German words in blackletter, the text is => illustrated with an engraved title-page and 20 plates done by Bastiaan Stoopendaal including a striking oversized, folding image of a woman at work on a floor loom. This is the "altera editio, priori auctior & emendatior," following the first edition of 1680; the second volume has a separate title-page giving the publication date as 1697, while the first title-page gives 1698, matching other known copies.
Colas, Costume et de la mode, 425; Lipperheide, Katalog der Kostumbibliothek, 1803. Contemporary mottled calf, spine with gilt-stamped title and elaborate gilt tooling in compartments, all edges speckled red and brown; rubbed and abraded overall with spine extremities chipped showing binding structure at head. Spine with a seminary's shelving number stamped in white; front pastedown with their bookplate and rubber-stamp (properly deaccessioned); title-page and first page of main text pressure-stamped; first page of dedication with ink-stamped numeral in lower margin; lower and outer (closed) page edges rubber-stamped, all markings neat and careful. Two plates of the twenty trimmed closely at outer edges, just touching the images' edge; paper lightly age-toned and text clean. => A solid, sturdy copy of an interesting book with very attractive and interesting plates. (41954) Add to My BOOK-STACK
"Walked More Than Six Times Round the Earth!!"
Love, William [pseud.]. The autobiography of William Love, P.C. a native of Paisley, better known as the Roving Scotchman, the greatest traveller alive! Paisley: G. Caldwell, 1857. 16mo (15.5 cm, 6.1"). Frontis. (incl. in pagination), pp.; illus. $100.00
Satirically dedicated to the Paisley Literati, this is the comic life story of a traveling peddler, "containing an account of his birth, parentage, and education, travels to remarkable places, love adventures, opinions on things in general, with philosophical remarks on particular subjects" — and breaking into => occasional font exuberance to emphasize highlights. The text is illustrated with a whimsical engraved frontispiece portrait captioned "Magnus est amicus et praevalebit" and two in-text vignettes.
A search of WorldCat finds => only three reported hard copies of this sole edition in U.S. institutions.
Provenance: Inside front wrapper with printed ex libris label of J.L. Weir.
Later paper wrappers; frontispiece with outer edge just slightly shaved, title-page with small inked numeral by imprint, last page evenly browned. => A nice copy of an uncommon item. (41986) Add to My BOOK-STACK
Ascensius Press Limited Edition — Pirates, High Society, & LIES
Head, Franklin H. Studies in early American history: A notable lawsuit. Portland, ME: Privately printed [by the Ascensius Press], 2002. 12mo (18.1 cm, 7.12"). 37,  pp.; 6 plts. $75.00
Small-press facsimile of a literary jeu d'esprit written by => the founder of the Chicago Liars Club and originally printed in 1898. This account of a (completely fictitious) lawsuit claims that the Astor family fortune was founded on the discovery of Captain Kidd's long-lost treasure buried in a cave in Maine — on land owned by the Olmsted family, who upon discovering these facts went after the Astors for a share of the loot. The story actually gained traction as a part of Astor mythology, despite almost => every checkable detail being provably inauthentic!
The tale appears here in the spirit of shedding light on the truth, with commentary by prominent landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted himself; this Ascensius Press printing is => illustrated with a total of six plates, including the faked "portrait" of John Jacob Astor.
The colophon inaccurately states, apparently continuing the joke, that 400 trade copies were printed in addition to 100 special copies, the present example being => numbered copy 41 of the 100 printed on handmade paper and hand-bound by the Maine-based press.
Publisher's printed paper jacket over heavy cardstock wrappers. => A clean, crisp, lovely copy. (41985) Add to My BOOK-STACK
Boston Psalter, Owned by Two Eminent Specialists in Hymnody
Bible. O.T. Psalms. English. 1790. Tate & Brady. A new version of the Psalms of David. Fitted to the tunes used in churches. Boston, MA: Pr. by Joseph Bumstead for David West & E. Larkin, Jun., 1790. 12mo (15.1 cm; 5.94"). 358, [2 (adv.)] pp. $450.00
The Tate and Brady metrical translation of the Psalms succeeded, in 1696, the Sternhold and Hopkins version as that preferred for use in many of the parishes of the Church of England. It was sometimes published with the music, though not in the present Boston printing; included here are "Hymns, collected chiefly from Dr. Watts's hymns" (pp. 277–358), and a final leaf of bookseller's advertising. This copy of the popular hymnal was => owned by (at least) two musical clergymen (see below).
Provenance: Front cover gilt-stamped "R. B[oyd]." Front pastedown with ex libris of the Rev. Frederick Lucian Hosmer (1840–1929), an American Unitarian hymn-writer and professor of hymnody, partially overlapping older armorial bookplate of the Boyd family; front free endpaper with bookplate of the Rev. Stanley Armstrong Hunter (1888–1959), author of Music and Religion and The Music of the Gospel, and pastor of first the North Presbyterian Church of Pittsburgh, PA and then St. John's Presbyterian Church of Oakland, CA.
Evans 22351; ESTC W5075. Contemporary sprinkled sheep, covers each with diamond-shaped smooth and unsprinkled panel, front panel stamped "R.B." as above. Binding slightly cocked, acid-pitted and worn overall; spine leather showing cracks with both joints cracked and barely holding, back one reinforced inside some time ago; offsetting from turn-ins to early and late leaves. Bookplates as above, Boyd's with rubber-stamp of a religious institution (properly deaccessioned) overlapping its lower edge and Hosmer's with later inscription in pen of Stanley Astunler [?]. One leaf with closed tear into text without loss, another with lower outer corner torn away also without loss; general age-toning with one signature more noticeably browned and variable vut never more than "moderate" foxing throughout. => An obviously well-loved copy with pleasing provenance. (35487) Add to My BOOK-STACK
Stowe Sets the Record Straight
Stowe, Harriet Beecher. Lady Byron vindicated. A history of the Byron controversy, from its beginning in 1816 to the present time. Boston: Fields, Osgood & Co., 1870. 8vo (18.2 cm, 7.16"). 6, , 482, [2 (blank)] pp. $175.00
First edition of Stowe's impassioned — and highly unpopular — defense of the life and accomplishments of the late Lady Byron. Expanded from her 1869 article in The Atlantic Monthly, this book-length treatment of the subject attacks Lord Byron's conduct, his sanity, and his poetry.
Provenance: From the collection of Robert Sadoff, M.D., forensic psychiatrist and director of Penn's Center for Studies in Social-Legal Psychiatry, sans indicia.
BAL 19456. Publisher's purple cloth, covers framed in blind, spine with gilt-stamped title; very slightly cocked with spine sunned, minor shelfwear to extremities, and small spots of minor discoloration to sides. Pages evenly age-toned. => A clean, solid, very readable copy of a notoriously readable book. (39342) Add to My BOOK-STACK
[Weild, C.]. A warning voice from a watery grave! Or a solemn proof of the uncertainty of life, and importance of an early preparation for death! In the instance of the melancholy and untimely fate of the much esteemed and lamented Miss Sophia W. Wheeler. New York: Pr. for the publisher by Sackett & Sargent, 1840. 8vo (21.7 cm, 8.54"). 24 pp.; illus. $250.00
Just 18 years old and about to be married, Wheeler was "one of the many unfortunate victims who perished by the awful conflagration on board the ill-fated steamboat LEXINGTON, on her passage from New-York to Stonington, Jan. 13, 1840" (per the title-page). Here, the untimely end of the Massachusetts native — and almost everyone else aboard the luxury vessel — provides a cautionary tale to Christians in need of preparing themselves for eternity.
=> This sole edition of "A Warning Voice" opens with the poem "Sister Spirit Come Away," illustrated with a wood-engraved scene of angels watching over the victims as they drown; a poem written by Eliza Perkins. Portions of several other poems about the catastrophe are included, one written specifically for Sophia, and one that begins "Death follows in the wake of Time and sweeps / Away the aged and the blooming young."
Also present are lists of officers, crew, and passengers of the Lexington, and an account of the various ways in which they perished. The authorial attribution comes from the copyright information.
This item is => scarce, with very few institutions reporting hard-copy holdings.
Sabin 101453; American Imprints 40-6819. Removed from a nonce volume; sewing going, with some leaves all but separated. Upper and lower edges waterstained, into margins but not text; pages age-toned overall with occasional foxing. (41953) Add to My BOOK-STACK
A "Stately Old Mansion . . . One of the Finest in the Neighborhood of Boston"
Briggs, Charles F. Little journeys to the homes of American authors: Lowell. New York & London: G.P. Putnam's Sons; New Rochelle: The Knickerbocker Press, 1896. 12mo (17.4 cm, 6.85"). , 123–148, [8 (adv.)] pp. $75.00
Vol. II, no. 4 in a monthly series offering a new printing of Putnam's popular Homes of American Authors series of 1853, with the present example looking at the childhood home (and subsequent life) of Massachusetts-born poet James Russell Lowell. The title-page of this little Knickerbocker Press production is printed in red and black.
=> Scarce as a solo appearance thus.
Stapled in self-wrappers as issued. => Fresh and clean. (41924) Add to My BOOK-STACK
Psychoanalyzing German Wartime Propaganda
Kris, Ernst. The covenant of the gangsters. Monticello, NY: Medical Journal Press, 1943. 8vo (26 cm, 10.23"). –58, [2 (blank)] pp. $50.00
"Thrillers and motion pictures have familiarized a world-wide audience with some of the psycho-dynamics of the criminal group": This scarce offprint from the Journal of Criminal Psychopathology (vol. IV, no. 3, January 1943) makes use of the idea of complicity in gang dynamics to examine "the psychological manipulation to which the leaders of Germany are subjecting the German people" (p. 445), particularly the strategy behind anti-Jewish rhetoric prior to 1942. Dr. Kris (1900–57) was an Austrian-born psychoanalyst who fled to England after Hitler's invasion of Austria, eventually settling in New York and becoming a professor at the New School of Social Research.
=> Not only is this offprint uncommon, the text itself is seldom encountered and does not appear to have been reprinted elsewhere.
Publisher's printed paper wrappers, wrappers faintly age-toned and dented. Unobtrusive small dents along lower edges, pages otherwise fresh and clean. (41947) Add to My BOOK-STACK
"Decided Intimations of Immortality" — The LEC Wordsworth
Wordsworth, William. The poems of William Wordsworth. Cambridge: Printed for the members of the Limited Editions Club at the University Printing House, 1973. 8vo (28 cm, 11"). xviii, 259,  pp.; 10 col. plts. $65.00
Handsome Limited Editions Club collection, with the poems — including several early works not generally found in the standard compilations — selected, edited, and introduced by Jonathan Wordsworth, the poet's great-great-great nephew. The watercolor illustrations were done by artist => John O'Connor, who worked directly from life "to capture the Lake District at what he considers its most beautiful — with the leaves off the trees, the tourists out of the narrow lanes, the autumn skies at their finest."
John Dreyfus designed the volume, with the text set in Monotype Bell and printed on English-made cream wove paper at the Cambridge University Press; it is bound in quarter tan morocco with ochre linen–covered sides, the front bearing an embossed portrait medallion (matching the LEC's other British poets offerings) and the spine a gilt-stamped black leather title-label.
This is => numbered copy 733 of 2000 printed, signed at the colophon by the illustrator. The appropriate LEC newsletter is laid in.
Bibliography of the Fine Books Published by the Limited Editions Club, 470. Bound as above, in original black paper–covered slipcase with gilt-stamped spine label; slipcase showing mild wear with one edge chip, volume with spine slightly and evenly sunned, otherwise pristine. Pages very clean, a few with faint small creases. (41919) Add to My BOOK-STACK
Not That Hitchcock
Hitchcock, Alfred M[arshall]. How to study fiction. Boston & Chicago: Allyn & Bacon, copyright 1899. 16mo (15.6 cm, 6.14"). , 13,  pp. $100.00
Scarce little educational pamphlet offering an overview of how to engage with a novel or story, written by a teacher at Hartford Public High School and aimed at students of that age range as well as at older people who might still find themselves "without a definite plan of study." A search of WorldCat finds => only one reported U.S. institutional holding (Harvard).
Provenance: Front wrapper with rubber-stamp of William C. Gannett, clergyman and reformer; the Rev. Gannett and his wife ran a number of reading and study groups associated with the Unitarian Church in Rochester, NY.
Sewn in publisher's printed paper wrappers; wrappers gently sunned and with rubber-stamp as above. => Crisp and clean. (41925) Add to My BOOK-STACK
Early 20th–Century Everyday Cookery — From a Brooklyn Newspaper & the YWCA
Hufcut, Rebekah S. The Eagle cook book and household manual. New York: Brooklyn Daily Eagle, copyright 1928. 8vo (26.1 cm, 10.27"). 112 pp.; illus. $150.00
Sponsored and published by the Brooklyn Daily Eagle, this magazine-format cookbook (vol. XLIII, no. 2 of the Eagle Library, serial no. 274) offers "general recipes" along with suggested menus for seasonal breakfasts, luncheons, and dinners, as well as special occasions, school lunches, and midnight suppers. The recipes are interspersed with advertisements for Cox's Gelatine, the Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. (better known as A&P), Hecker's Flour, Scranton & Lehigh Coal Co., the Sylvan Electric Bath, and a large number of Brooklyn-area banks; one ad for a driving school offers "Special Ladies' Classes" to "learn to drive through traffic" (p. 106), while the Prudence Company pitches its Women's Investment Service and the Lamb's Business Training School proclaims "every graduate placed" after training in shorthand, touch typing, filing, bookkeeping, and secretarial practice — these advertisements providing => an interesting contrast to editor Hufcut's stated principle that "Woman's place is in the home."
Hufcut was director of the Home Economics Department of the Young Women's Christian Association of Brooklyn; her biography page here notes that she "comes from that sturdy mid-Pennsylvania stock that for generations knew and appreciated the best in life" (p. 5).
Publisher's color-printed paper wrappers, front one with Dutch child and blackbird-containing pie illustration; wrappers showing light wear overall, slight dust-soiling. Small area of bump/tear-damage to lower outer margins of perhaps a dozen leaves, one with part of a closed tear running into print area, without loss of text; otherwise, expectable age-toning only. => A scarce survivor, in very usable, browseable condition. (41946) Add to My BOOK-STACK
"Oh! Wretched, That Ever I Knew King Edward!"
(Jane Shore). Prudhomme, John Francis Eugene, illus. The unfortunate concubine; or, history of Jane Shore, mistress to Edward IV. King of England. New York: S. King, 1822. 12mo (19.5 cm, 7.67"). Col. frontis., , –34 pp. $300.00
"Showing how she came to be concubine to the king; with an account of her untimely end": An uncommon early 19th–century American printing of the ever-popular story of Jane Shore. This version opens with => a delicately hand–colored frontispiece showing an attractive (if anachronistic) lady in Regency dress, signed "E. Prud'homme," i.e., the esteemed artist and banknote engraver John Francis Eugene Prud'Homme. The front wrapper advertises a list of other S. King pamphlets.
Shoemaker 10502. Publisher's printed paper wrappers, roughly sewn, with previous sewing holes showing; sections of chipping to edges, affecting the fore-edge of the front wrapper rather deeply taking border but not text. Pages age-toned with edges untrimmed, moderate foxing and variable staining; frontispiece with old repair to outer edge, small area of insect damage in upper inner margin. => A scarce production, with a nice example of Prudhomme's early work. (41945) Add to My BOOK-STACK
Pickering's Illustrated Miniature Angler
Walton, Izaak, & Charles Cotton. The complete angler; or the contemplative man's recreation. London: William Pickering, 1825. 16mo (10 cm, 3.93"). 2 (adv.), frontis., add. engr. t.-p., xvi, 314, [4 (index)] pp. $250.00
Miniature printing of the fishing classic, from Pickering's "Diamond Classics" series and one of the highlights thereof. The frontispiece and engraved title-page were done by Augustus Fox after Thomas Stothard, and there are => woodcut fish scattered throughout the text, as well as a page of sheet music for the "Angler's Song."
Provenance: From the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.
Kelly, Checklist of Books Published by William Pickering, 1825.15; Keynes, William Pickering (rev. ed.), 94. Publisher's plain straight-grained brown cloth, spine with printed paper label; spine sunned, text block pulling away from spine with signature sewing holding; minor shelfwear overall. => A clean and unmarked copy with most signatures unopened. (41936) Add to My BOOK-STACK
Libertinage, Deluxe & Illustrated — A Very Limited Edition *&* State
Louvet de Couvray, Jean-Baptiste. The amours of the Chevalier de Faublas ... A literal unexpurgated translation from the Paris edition of 1821. London: Privately printed for Société des Bibliophiles, 1898. 8vo (20.8 cm, 8.18"). 4 vols. I: , x, 330 pp.; 10 plts. II: , 367,  pp.; 8 plts. III: , 416 pp.; 8 plts. IV: , 430 pp.; 10 plts. $500.00
Lavish edition: Risqué escapades (Brunet's phrase of choice is "roman licencieux") of a teenaged boy turned loose first in Paris and then in Poland, resulting in an astonishing number of seductions and cuckoldings — many facilitated by => our hero's cross-dressing. The text was translated into English for the most part, with occasional particularly spicy sections given in French or Italian, and illustrated "with numerous beautiful engravings etched by Louis Monzies from drawings by Paul Avril."
The entire edition was limited to 100 copies, with the present example being => copy number 5 of the Astral Edition, an even more limited subset of 52 numbered copies with the plates in two states, making a total of 36 plates.
Binding: Contemporary half brown morocco and marbled paper–covered sides, spines with gilt-dotted raised bands, gilt-stamped title and volume labels, and a triple-height compartment that sports a gilt-stamped Art Nouveau'ish floral vignette incorporating a small leather inlay. Top edges gilt.
Provenance: From the rare book and manuscript collection of Philadelphia textile magnate Herman Blum, with his highly personal bookplate (stamped 1950) and with his "Acquired for the Blumhaven Library in 1949" label on each volume's front free endpaper, noting the Bethlehem, NH "branch" of the Library (i.e., Blum's summer home).
Bound as above; spines evenly and attractively sunned, joints and extremities rubbed with two spine heads slenderly chipped. Endpapers with bookplates as above; small areas of remnant cellophane tape. Vol. III and second half of vol. IV with light to moderate waterstaining in lower portions of pages and plates, not touching text or images. => Naughty reading, in an enticing set! (41900) Add to My BOOK-STACK