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Tasso, Printed in London by Italians for Scholars of Italian

Tasso, Torquato.  La Gerusalemme liberata. Londra: Polidori e Nardini, 1796. 12mo (15.1 cm, 5.94"). 2 vols. I: ix, [1], 245, [1] pp. II: [2], 251, [1] pp.
$150.00

Uncommon Polidori printing of the great Italian Renaissance epic. Gaetano Polidori (1763–1853) was an Italian-born scholar and translator who set up => a home press in London and produced editions including works by his grandchildren Dante Gabriel Rossetti and Christina Rossetti (although not including the famous vampire short story by his son John William Polidori). Here, he worked with Leonardo Nardini (1762–1834), who went on to direct the Stamperia Reale in Milan, to print this elegant Anglo-Italian set, dedicated to Sir John ("Giovanni") Macpherson, 1st Baronet, "cultore e patrono" of Italian letters.

ESTC T133792; Brunet, V, 668. Contemporary mottled calf framed in gilt roll, spines with gilt-stamped leather title and volume labels and with gilt-stamped compartment decorations; leather showing significant acid-pitting, extremities rubbed, joints slightly tender. Approximately first third of vol. I (not including title-page or dedication) with short traces of worming not approaching text; six leaves with slim tracks of worming affecting text without loss of sense; three leaves with small spot of staining in outer margins. Vol. II with triangle of dampstaining across upper gutter area of front endpapers, faintly affecting title-page; early pencilled annotation in lower margin of one page. => A nice little duo from an interesting press.  (41636)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

"Sundry Artisans and Manufacturerers of the City of Philadelphia".  Memorial of sundry artisans and manufacturers of the city of Philadelphia, in the state of Pennsylvania. [Washington]: 1803. 8vo. 20 pp.
$77.50

The petitioners seek encouragement of domestic industry and manufacturing and protective tariffs on imported goods.

Shaw & Shoemaker 5348. Removed from a nonce volume. Clean and nice, with a pencilled note to title-page recording deaccession from a library, no other markings.  (41639)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Fly! Fly! — 50 Copies Only

Koelewyn, Arie.  Paper airplanes 1911 and 1973. Philadelphia: Paper Airplane Press, 1977. 12mo. [1] f., 12 pp., [1] f.
$40.00

Illustrated with diagrams. "This is publication Number 1 of The Paper Airplane Press. 25 copies have been made for private distribution (A–Y) and 25 copies for sale (1–25)." Signed by the author, who was a graduate student at the University of Pennsylvania in 1977, this is no. 15. => Interesting and rare.

Sewn in original stiff wrappers with printed label on front, glue action to label and light discolorations to wrapper. Text clean and nice.  (41637)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Early Thai Grammar — From One of the First Presses in Thailand

Pallegoix, Jean Baptiste, Bishop of Mallos.  Grammatica linguae Thai. Bangkok: Ex typographiâ collegii Assumptionis B.M.V., 1850. 4to (26.8 cm, 10.5"). [1] f., 241, [1 (blank)] pp., [1 (index)] f.
$4,250.00

Pallegoix (1805–62), was a French-born priest of the Société des Missions Etrangères, an organization that dates from the middle of the 17th century that is composed of secular priests and lay persons dedicated to missionary work in foreign lands. From 1838 until September 1841 he was the Coadjutor Vicar Apostolic of Siam and thereafter the vicar apostolic of Eastern Siam. Despite his published harsh criticism of King Mongkut and his rule — e.g., " . . . le roi de Siam ait un poivoir despotique et absolu . . ." (Description du Royaume Thai, vol. I, p. 269) — he and the king were on good terms and he enjoyed the king's ear.
        This appears to be the first Thai grammar printed in Thailand, and it is a bilingual presentation — Latin and Thai — issued from one of the country's early presses (the other famous one being Dan Beach Bradley's A.B.C.F.M. Mission Press, of which we have been proud to have four works). Michael Winship observes that in addition to the grammar, it "contains a wealth of material on the history and customs of Thailand and Buddhism, and some text printed in Thai characters with type acquired from the American Protestant missionaries" ("Early Thai Printing," p. 47). => The work is printed on native paper and has interesting typographic layouts on various pages and in several sections.

Michael Winship, "Early Thai Printing: The Beginning to 1851," Crossroads, III:1. Contemporary quarter dark green calf with round spine now faded to olive, gilt rules, title in gilt roman letters; green and black mottled paper sides and machine-made endpapers with marbled pattern over blue and green stripes. Title-leaf torn at inner margin and repaired skillfully from verso; scattered foxing and stains, none serious. => Solid and a very good copy.  (41630)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

The Sinn Féin Election Guide for 1918 — Complete

Sinn Féin. Election Sub-Committee.  An election guide for use of Sinn Fein clubs. Dublin: Sinn Fein, 1918. 12mo (18 cm, 7.125"). iv, 84, viii pp.
$1,475.00

As the 1918 election approached, Irish Republicans increased their efforts to get out the vote, to ensure that the vote was a fair and equitable one, and to see that Republican poll workers were fully informed about how voting worked. To this end the Sinn Féin Election Sub-Committee prepared and distributed this highly detailed election handbook: It lays out in clear language what the required paperwork is, how vote counting works, how to lodge objections, who can be an observer, and so on, and so on.
        The Republican effort paid off: Sinn Féin won the election in a landslide. Its candidates won 73 seats out of 105, receiving 46.9% of votes island-wide and 65% of votes in the area that became the Irish Free State. Sinn Féin's elected members then refused to go to the British Parliament in Westminster; instead they formed a parliament in Dublin, the First Dáil Éireann ("Assembly of Ireland"), which declared Irish independence as a republic.
        It must be noted that this was the first general election to be held after the Representation of the People Act 1918 and was thus => the first election in which women over the age of 30, and all men over the age of 21, could vote.
        Searches of Worldcat find only one North American library reporting ownership, the University of Kansas.

Original blue gray wrappers, saddle-stitched (i.e., stapled), with rust staining from the staples and other, limited spotting/soiling. Lower outer corners bumped/creased with a few corners torn away not approaching text; foxing. Complete. Now preserved in a neat green cloth clamshell box.  (41600)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

In Its Time, Teaching Letters & Patriotism Together
       Now, Teaching Us about Dutch Daily Life, Work, & Interests

[Swildens, Johan Hendrik].  Vaderlandsch A-B boek voor de Nederlandsche jeugd. Amsterdam: W. Holtrop, 1781. 8vo (21.5 cm, 8.46"). [34], 58, [4] pp.; 4 plts., illus., adv.
$1,500.00

First edition of this exceptionally attractive Dutch alphabet book, featuring => a wealth of finely executed copper-engraved illustrations as planned by the author and executed by L. Brasser after P. Wagenaar the younger: a total of 27 half-page engraved vignettes capturing many details of everyday life and of the workings of various trades (including papermaking, and with the letter G getting two, to emphasize God), as well as a full-page alphabet in Fraktur, roman, and italic; an engraved calculation table for converting various numerals; a plate with renderings of various tools, items, and buildings; a full-page engraving representing vowels and consonants via an assortment of animals and objects; and a full-page depiction of the solar system. Swildens (1745–1809) was patriotically motivated, and hoped to inspire his youthful readers to new heights of both populist fervor and Enlightenment thought.
        Provenance: From the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.

Opie T 60. 19th-century plain paper–covered boards with ribbon-embossed green cloth shelfback; binding a little cocked with edges and extremities rubbed and the former darkened, spine sunned. Leaves gently cockled, with faint to moderate foxing most noticeable in first and last few leaves. This copy is completely free of any signs of childish use and also of institutional markings — there are no inscriptions, stamps, or any other traces of ownership institutional or private.  (41593)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

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Two "Histories" Packed with Exciting Wrong-Doing

(Storybooks).  The beggar boy: Or, history and adventures of James Altamont, afterwards Earl Altamont. London: Pr. by T. Malden for Ann Lemoine and J. Roe, [1805]. 12mo (13.5 cm, 5.31"). Frontis., 36 pp.
$625.00

[with] The life of Bampfylde Moore Carew, sometime king of the beggars; containing an accurate history of his travels, voyages, and adventures, from the time of his leaving school and entering into the society of the gipsies... to which is added, a dictionary of the mendicants' cant phrases. London: Pr. for T. Hughes by J.D. Dewick, 1804. 12mo. Frontis., [2], 104 pp.
        Two entertaining — and uncommon — reads, the first from => prolific woman chapbook publisher Ann Lemoine. Young James Altamont "was deprived (for a Time) of his Inheritance, and conveyed, by the infamous Contrivance of his Uncle, to America, where he remained Thirteen Years in Slavery," as the title-page sums up the story; much of the action is set in Pennsylvania. Bound in after that is the popular tale of Carew (1693–1759), the son of a rector, who supposedly met Romani ("gypsies," but more likely a band of homeless drifters) during his teen years and quickly began a life of both adventure and chicanery. He was famous, or infamous, for his scheming use of disguises ranging from a madman to a Quaker to various female personas, and was said to have been at one point elected King of the Gypsies, hence the inclusion here of a => 16-page cant dictionary. The work has been ascribed to various authors including Thomas Goadby, Thomas Price, and Carew himself.
        Both works open with => copper-engraved frontispieces, the first being a dramatic scene featuring James and his rival love interests, Torquois and Maria (done by I.L. after W.G.), and the second a portrait of Carew (unsigned). Both items are scarce, with a search of WorldCat finding only three U.S. institutions reporting holdings of the first (NYPL, University of Virginia, Yale) and only two reporting the second in this particular printing (Newberry, University of Kentucky).
        Provenance: From the chapbook collection of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.

Contemporary sheep, covers framed in blind double fillet, front cover with inlaid plain leather medallion possibly obscuring original monogram or insignia; binding of old rubbed overall and with spine label now absent, front joint starting but volume quite sound and now nicely refurbished. Front pastedown with traces of now-absent bookplate shaped similarly to cover medallion; front fly-leaf with early pencilled annotation regarding contents. Offsetting from frontispieces to title-pages; Carew title-page with some pencilled underlining. Small hole to last leaf, affecting a few words on one side. Pages age-toned with occasional faint foxing, otherwise clean. => A sturdy, rakish pair of "beggars"!  (41617)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

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Tried & Approved, for "Those Plucky Housewives Who Master Their Work
       Instead of Allowing It to Master Them"

Wilcox, Estelle Woods, ed.  Buckeye cookery, with hints on practical housekeeping. Minneapolis: Buckeye Publishing Co., 1881. 8vo (20.5 cm, 8.07"). 536 pp.
$80.00

"Ohio's premier cookbook," compiled by the women of the First Congregational Church of Marysville, OH. Originally published in 1876 as the Centennial Buckeye Cook Book and retitled Buckeye Cookery in the following year, this best-selling American cookbook and domestic guide appears here in => a revised and enlarged edition.
        Provenance: 19th-century Iowa stationer's pictorial rubber-stamp on front pastedown.

Cook, America's Charitable Cooks, p. 207. Publisher's dark green cloth; spine and extremities with light rubbing, covers with paper adhesions from old shelf neighbors, hinges (inside) slightly tender and showing small spots of insect damage. Stationer's stamp as above and early purchase notation on front free endpaper; several clipped printed recipes (including "Tomato Soy" and cucumber preserves) laid in. Pages evenly age-toned, with intermittent spots of staining; a few with mild offsetting from clippings. A copy that has seen (appreciative) kitchen usage, still in better condition than often encountered, with => sewing holding and pages secure.  (41352)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

"Moral Observations & Instructions" in a Pretty Little Package

 Sacred gift of devout and useful sayings. Boston: G. W. Cottrell, copyright 1851. 16mo (8 cm, 3.125"). 96 pp.
$100.00

One of two editions published in 1851 of this miniature collection of Christian thoughts, "principally intended for the benefit of private families . . . and for those who are not well able to purchase larger treatises." The volume was stereotyped by Hobart & Robbins of Boston, as was the other edition.
        Provenance: Front free endpaper with pencilled inscription: "A Christmas Present from Maria to Charlie, 1862."
        Binding: Publisher's pebbled rose-color cloth, front cover and spine elegantly gilt-stamped with foliate motifs, back cover blind-stamped. All edges gilt.

Faxon 738; Bradbury, Miniature Books, p. 165, no. 12; Welsh, Bibliography of Miniature Books, 6097 (for the other edition). Binding as above, front cover gilt partially oxidized (not unattractively), spine evenly sunned, minimal rubbing to extremities. Spots of mild to moderate foxing. => A treasurable "Gift."  (41619)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

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Light Latin Wit — Three Works

(Neo-Latin Facetiae).  Nugae venales, sive thesaurus ridendi & jocandi. Ad gravissimos severissimosque viros, patres melancholicorum conscriptos. [Amsterdam?]: "Prostant apud Neminem", 1648. 12mo (13.4 cm, 5.27"). Frontis., [4], 252, [14 (index)], [2 (blank)], 71, [1] pp.
$750.00

[with separate title-page] Stymmelius, Christoph. Studentes sive comoedia de vitâ studiosorum. Alentopholi: In Aedibus Iberiorici Nobilimi, 1647. 12mo. [88] pp. [and] Senatus et consultatio sacerdotum quorundam super mandato praesulis facto, ut concubinas habitas abigant & posthac nullas alant. [Amsterdam: 1648?]. 12mo. [8] pp.
        This compendium of witticisms, jests, and comedy opens with a copper-engraved frontispiece of a jovial drunkard and a first title-page bearing a woodcut of a peddler and his dog. The first part offers a collection of ironic questions and answers on satirical topics, often concerned with women — e.g., what is a liberal woman? — as well as with curiosities (e.g., why are Ethiopians black? is begging preferable to wealth? {‘it is’}). There follow essays on assorted topics, including pseudo-medicine ("Quid sit medicina culinaris?"); the Pugna porcorum — this Battle of the Pigs being => a satirical poem written solely and perhaps preposterously with words beginning with P; while the Crepundia poetica is a collection of short poems on sundry subjects from doctors to astrologers.
        The Nugae venales first appeared in 1632, with subsequent publications making use of various combinations of sections. => This early edition adds a comedy about university life, Studentes sive comoedia de vitâ studiosorum, and a satirical poem on the clergy.
        Provenance: Front fly-leaf with pencilled inscription of E. Kijper, noting purchase price of "IV florines" in 1920.

Brunet, IV, 136-137; Graesse, IV, 701; VD17 23:629766P. Contemporary vellum with yapp edges, spine with hand-inked title and date; light dust-soiling overall, with spine and edges darkened, vellum just starting to chip at back joint. Front pastedown and fly-leaf with later pencilled annotations. Studentes bound out of order with title-page and prologue towards the end; a helpful hand has tried to make sense of the situation by adding page numerals. One leaf with short tear from outer margin, touching a few words without loss; one short wormtrack touches two lines on each side of one leaf. Pages age-toned, otherwise clean. => A solid, interesting example of this popular work in an early stage of its evolution.  (41618)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

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"The Hour for Freedom & the Irish Republic Has Struck"

Sinn Féin.  Broadside, begins: Can Ireland stand alone? Is she strong enough to set up as an independent nation? [Dublin: Sinn Fein], 1918. Oblong small 8vo (19 x 25.5 cm, 7.5" x 10"). [1] f.
$995.00

In this two-column comparison of "Ireland with the small nations of Europe that prospered in Freedom" we are shown how Ireland stacks up against Belgium, Holland, Denmark, and Switzerland with regard to landmass, population, and 1915 income from trade. Sinn Féin concludes "It is cheaper, therefore, to be free than in slavery," and that "The hour for Freedom and the Irish Republic has struck."
        The broadside was published on 28 August 1918 in the lead-up to the 14 December election that started Ireland on the path to being an independent nation.
        Worldcat locates => only one library in North America, the University of Toronto, reporting ownership.

Tattered along top margin with loss of a small type ornament, creasing along center fold; a few pin-type wormholes with one just touching one letter of the caption and with three other small wormings, one perhaps just a tear, that affect letters of two words without impairing ability to know those words. => Printed on a grey paper that we have seen before, inexpensive but not flimsy or brittle.  (41598)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

The Feast of St. Peter in Chains — A Woodcut-Graced Relic of
       WYNKYN DE WORDE'S PRESS

Jacobus, de Voragine.  Legenda aurea [i.e., Golden Legend]. [London : Printed by Wynkyn de Worde, 1527]. Folio (28 cm; 11"). [1] f.
$250.00

This long-ago extracted portion of the Golden Legend is from the last edition that Wynkyn de Worde printed. This leaf (folio Clxxxv, i.e., 185) contains a page and a bit of the last portion of the "The lyfe of Saynt Eusebe," all of "The vii Machabies [i.e., Seven Maccabees]," and the beginning of "the feest of Saynt Peter ad Vincula at Lammes" (that is, The Feast of St. Peter in Chains, celebrated on 1 August). In the middle of last column of the verso of the leaf is => a thirteen-line woodcut of St. Peter with a book and a key (6 x 4.5 cm; 2.25" x 1.75"). The text is printed in gothic type, double-column format.
        This work was originally written in Latin and this English translation was probably by => William Caxton himself, based in part on the French translation of Jean de Vignay.
        Provenance: The Pacific School of Religion (properly released)..

STC (rev. ed.) 24880; ESTC S111988. Loosely laid into marbled wrappers. Some light staining and soil in margins; three pin-type wormholes in blank areas; remnants of two hinges present from previous mounting => Paper good and woodcut charming.  (41596)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

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A Significant Scholarly History/Bibliography — Well Illustrated & Well Produced
       (The Very Nice Clothbound Variant)

Pascoe, Juan.  José María Idiáquez, impresor en el Oratorio de la Congregación de San Felipe Neri de Oaxaca, 1807–1826. Bibliografía y documentos. [colophon: Oaxaca: Fundación Alfredo Harp Helú, Universidad Autonoma Benito Juarez de Oaxaca, & Biblioteca Francisco de Burgoa], 2011. Small folio (27 cm; 10.5"). 387, [1] pp.
$125.00

The first full history and bibliography of Oaxaca's Independence- and early Republic-era printer => José María Idiáquez, with considerable background information on colonial-era printing not found in Medina or Nicolás León.
        Pascoe, a practicing and highly skilled hand-press printer and printing historian, worked here "en colaboración con Carolina Ballesteros, Lérida Moya y Penélope Orozco" and presents pertinent texts from Nicolás León and José Toribio Medina. The work's historical introduction is from the pen of Moisés Guzmán Pérez and the prologue from that of María Isabel Grañen Porrúa.
        => The work's many illustrations include a large ladling of reproductions in full color. The work ends with "Fuentes de consulta" on pp. [373]–79).
        In sum, this is => a work for the book historian, the bibliographer, the collector, and the cataloguer. A copy is firmly ensconced in the PRB&M reference library.

New, in shrink wrap, and => the cloth bound issue.  (41586)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

"About 200 Wonderful Drawings, with One or Two Words Thrown In"

Steinberg, Saul.  All in line. New York: Duell, Sloan & Pearce, (1945). Folio (30.94 cm, 12.18"). [124] pp.; illus.
$100.00

Steinberg's first book: keenly observed, distinctively rendered vignettes from the artist known for his New Yorker cartoons — with the volume's endpapers and dust jacket providing their own Steinberg'ian delights.
        This is the stated "second large printing" of the first edition, and includes sections on WWII, China, India, North Africa, and Italy that showcase work Steinberg produced during his time in the Army. That wartime humor does not avoid, and often gleefully plays with, stereotypical imagery that now would be eschewed.

Publisher's tan cloth, in original color-printed dust jacket spine extremities and lower outer corners rubbed; jacket with spine and edges chipped, back panel with short tear from upper edge. Pages faintly age-toned; one leaf with small hole not touching images. => A solid copy of this engaging, although also “period,” collection from one of the great 20th-century illustrators.  (41565)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

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Color-Printed Plates & Captivating Text — A Prize Binding

Wood, John George.  The common objects of the country. London & New York: George Routledge & Co., [1858]. 12mo (16 cm, 6.25"). iv, 182 pp.; 12 color plates.
$175.00

Invertebrate zoology for the older juvenile audience. The => beautiful, complex, artistic illustrations are by Coleman and were printed in color by Evans, with multiple images per plate; additionally there are wood-engraved, in-text illustrations in black and white. Despite the author's having been a clergyman, there is no religious overtone to the text or its explanations; his first-person presentation is => conversational, anecdotal, and entirely engaging.
        Binding: A Denstone College prize binding of green calf, richly gilt on the spine with one compartment having a red leather gilt label reading simply, "The Country"; and with the school's motto and coat of arms in gilt on the front cover. All edges marbled.
        Provenance: From the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.

Binding as above, lightly rubbed at edges and joints, edges darkened, publication date minutely inked at the foot of the title-page; abraded areas to front pastedown where a printed prize award giving the recipient's name was (long ago) removed. Paper age-toned, with scattered minor foxing mostly confined to outer portions. => A very good, "prize" copy of this, and one with the many brightly colored plates in gorgeously bright condition.  (41594)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

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"Begar! Here's Monsieur Tonson Come Again!"

Taylor, John; Robert Cruikshank, illus.  Monsieur Tonson. London: Marsh & Miller; Edinburgh: Constable & Co. (pr. by Samuel Bentley), 1830. 12mo (15 cm, 5.9"). Frontis., 19, [1] pp. (1 adv. f. lacking); 6 plts.
$185.00

First edition featuring Cruikshank's entertaining illustrations. This comic tale of a prank played on a Frenchman by a notorious trickster was popular in a number of forms, including on stage and in children's adaptations. It appears here in its original verse, this being the first appearance of the => frontispiece and six plates after designs by Cruikshank (with assistance from brother George, as per Cohn), wood-engraved by George Wilmot Bonner and Samuel Machin Slader.
        Binding: Contemporary olive calf, covers with gilt-stamped corner fleurons, spine with gilt-stamped title, turn-ins with gilt roll; marbled endpapers and all edges gilt.
        Provenance: Bookplate of artist, collector, and art dealer Samuel Putnam Avery laid in. Most recently in the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.

Cohn, George Cruikshank: a catalogue raisonné, 783. Bound as above, spine and board edges sunned and rubbed with small scuffs to sides. Bookplate laid in as above, final leaf of publisher's advertising lacking; endpapers and fly-leaves lightly foxed, with a few faint spots to pages and plates. => A lovely little book and one with nice provenance.  (41590)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

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"A Volume of Canine Anecdotes . . . Instances of Sagacity & Faithful Attachment"

[Taylor, Joseph].  The general character of the dog: Illustrated by a variety of original and interesting anecdotes of that beautiful and useful animal, in prose and verse. New York: Mahlon Day, 1836. 12mo (15.7 cm, 6.18"). 144 pp.; 4 plts.
$200.00

Man's best friend: a variety of moving, entertaining, and inspiring stories about dogs around the world, first printed in London in 1804. This American edition opens with => four wood-engraved plates, each showing two dogs, preceding the title-page, and it is now uncommon: a search of WorldCat found only three reported U.S. institutional holdings (American Antiquarian Society, Duke, William & Mary).
        Provenance: From the children's book collection of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.

Osborne Collection, p. 838 (for first ed.). Contemporary ribbon-embossed cloth, front cover with printed red paper label; binding rubbed overall and spotted with light discolorations, label dimmed, cloth split at front joint with front hinge (inside) tender and back hinge cracked. Front fly-leaf with early pencilled inscription, now much faded. First plate separated and torn across lower portion, without loss and with pencilled scribble on verso, repaired from rear; foxing throughout. => A worn and somewhat fragile copy, still ready for faithful service.  (41587)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

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Early 19th-Century German Treasury of Handwritten Delights

(Pseudo-Book – Keepsakes).  Manuscript on paper, in German. "Souvenir." 1815–18. Oblong box (11 cm, 4.33"). [~23] ff.; illus.
$450.00

Unique and enthralling collection: A loose-leaf gathering of manuscript memories, written from 1815 through 1818 in a number of different hands. The dainty half-sheets assembled here include what appear to be travelogue journal entries as well as poems (among which is a seemingly original "Sonetto" signed by Joseph Cerasoli, "cadet dans le Regt. de Drag. 5"), declarations of friendship, and illustrations. The leaves are => stored in a handsome leather-covered case lined in embossed paper, with an additional hinged internal lid bearing an embossed floral design colored in pinks, blues, and greens; the paper may well have been cut to size specifically for this case.
        Three leaves here bear illustrations. One leaf incorporates a pencil sketch of a table with plate, candle, mug, and other paraphernalia; one lovely rendition of a temple with poetic caption enshrining "Freinndschaft" is signed J.B.; and one later leaf offers a watercolor of the Nödl family tombstone, the stone dated 1847, done on green paper.
        It is difficult to identify the owner; a slip with the signature of Johan Daniel Scheiffele is laid in, but that hand does not appear to match the primary entries here, many of which are in => very small but decorative script. Items are written for the most part in German, with Italian and Latin also making appearances. One inscription of friendship is signed "Helveto-Gluronensis," i.e., Glarus, Switzerland, and another Sċhasburg (Sighișoara, Romania). => Closer study will likely be rewarding.

Original case covered in calf and fastened with ornate clasp, covers with gilt-stamped foliate frames partially colored in pink and green, front cover with gilt-stamped title; box with moderate rubbing overall, clasp in perfect working order. A few scattered spots of light foxing; leaves overall in clean, fresh condition. => Evocative and eminently worthy of further investigation.  (41539)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

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The Institutes — An Early 17th–Century Edition

Calvin, Jean.  Institutio christianae religionis ... Quae ad superiores editiones hâc postremâ, omnium emendatissima locupletissimáque recèns additasunt, statim post ipsius authoris Praefationem ad Regem Christianiss. inserta ad lectorem admonitio breviter indicat. Genevae: Apud Iacobum Stoer, 1618. 8vo (20 cm, 7.87"). [16], 541, [85 (index)] ff.
$850.00

"The first systematic statement of a Reformed Church . . . the most important doctrinal work of the Reformation as a whole," as described by Printing and the Mind of Man. Calvin's magnum opus, originally published in significantly briefer form in 1536, was revised throughout the remainder of the author's lifetime; it appears here — printed at the start of the Thirty Years' War — in => an attractive Geneva edition featuring a striking woodcut printer's vignette on the title-page as well as decorative headpieces and capitals.

PMM 65 (for first ed.). Contemporary vellum, covers framed in blind double fillets surrounding central blind-tooled medallion, spine with early hand-inked title, all edges speckled brown; spine and back cover darkened, moderate wear overall. 19th-century seminary bookplate laid in. Foxing throughout, generally light; final portion of volume with pinhole-type and short slim-track worming in from small areas of fore-edge, touching a few letters in index (only) but otherwise not affecting text. Otherwise early inked underlining; one page with small ink smear in outer portion, touching but not obscuring two shouldernotes, and one page with similar smear in lower margin; one index leaf with lower outer corner torn away costing a few letters on one side. => A sturdy, satisfactory, and very usable copy.  (41582)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

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18 Feet in Length!

(London Engraving).  Grand panorama of London. London: C. Evans, 1849. 12mo (15.3 cm, 6"). 1 fold. f.
$850.00

"From the Thames . . . extending new houses of Parliament to Greenwich Hospital," from Western Stone Wharf to the Royal Victualling Office: A => scenic wood-engraved rendering of the city, unfolding as one continuous vista depicting buildings as well as numerous ships and small boats, along with laborers and passers-by. This remarkable item begins with the north bank of the river; at Greenwich Reach, the caption notes that "We now cross the River, and the View is taken on the opposite Shore." This is an updated rendition of the 1844 engraving done by Vizetelly (that version having been "only" 14 feet long), showing changes including the advances in construction of Hungerford Bridge.
        The panorama was printed in four parts joined together; unlike some copies, the present example has not been colored, remaining in its original state. The "title-page," as is common with such fold-out items, is affixed to the inside of the front cover as a pastedown; it is => printed in red and green (with no black).
        Binding: Publisher's textured brown cloth, covers framed in blind with embossed corner fleurons; each cover with a large central vignette of St. Paul's Cathedral, gilt-stamped on front and blind-stamped on back. A banner flourishing the title flies above the illustration.

Bound as above, front cover sunned and slightly sprung with extremities rubbed and spots of discoloration to cloth; spine sometime neatly reinforced with brown cloth tape and front hinge (inside) also reinforced. Outer "page edges" of closed book, i.e., a number of the folds and the righthand margin of the panorama when expanded, variously affected by water entering from the bottom; many folds with neat repairs from rear using archival tape. Front pastedown (i.e., the title-page) with early pencilled gift inscription. => Worn, but a striking object of both aesthetic and historical interest.  (41540)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

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"Muy Rara" — Otomí by a Native-Speaker

Neve y Molina, Luis de.  Reglas de orthographia, diccionario, y arte del idioma othomi. Mexico: Bibliotheca Mexicana, 1767. Small 8vo. [12] ff., 160 pp., engr. leaf of errata, lacks the engr. frontis.
$2,500.00

Otomí is one of the principal languages spoken in Central Mexico, and this work, more than any other, standardized its orthography; it is also the classic Otomí grammar and dictionary, and is by a man some authorities believe to have been himself an Otomí Indian, or at least of Otomí heritage. It was written during the mid-18th-century renaissance of linguistic study of the languages of Mexico, and Palau considers it "muy rara." (It is much rarer on the market, in our experience, than similarly important works in Nahuatl.)
        Both the engraved frontispiece (which, as often, is lacking here) and the handsome, elaborately engraved errata leaf (which is here present) are signed by => the engraver Jose Francisco Gómez.
        => The Bibliotheca Mexicana was the private press of the great bibliographer, writer, and secular cleric Juan Jose de Eguiara y Eguren.
        Provenance: Small, round, ownership stamp of Michael Mathes in upper inner corner of the verso of the title-leaf.

Medina, Mexico, 5174; García Icazbalceta, Lenguas, 55; Viñaza 356; Maggs, Bibl. Amer., II, 2154; Sabin 52413; Palau 190159; Pilling, Proof-sheets, 2738; Ugarte, Obras escritas en lenguas indigenas de Mexico, 263. Marbled paper of the 18th century supplied as wrappers in 20th century; front free endpaper supplied from a different book. Old, very light waterstaining in some sections and a bit of foxing; errata leaf closely trimmed affecting border and some line numbers but not, rather remarkably, the engraver's minute signature. Overall => a decent copy of an important book scarce on the market.  (41578)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

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Illustrated, Limited-Edition Village

Goldsmith, Oliver; W.H.W. Bicknell, illus.  The deserted village. Boston: The Bibliophile Society, 1912. 8vo (24.6 cm, 9.68"). Engr. t.-p., [4], 23, [1] pp.; 6 plts.
$100.00

Goldsmith's best-known poem => here in one of 469 copies printed for members of the Bibliophile Society. "The etched illustrations in this volume are all by W.H.W. Bicknell, after original drawings by himself. They have never been otherwise reproduced. The copper plates have been destroyed," per the limitation statement. The engraved title-page has been signed by its creator, Arthur N. Macdonald, and each of the six plates has been => signed by Bicknell.
        Provenance: From the library of Robert L. Sadoff, M.D., sans indicia.

Original mottled calf, covers framed on three sides in double gilt fillets, spine with gilt-stamped title, top edge gilt; spine gently sunned, minor wear overall including light rubbing to extremities and small spots of scuffing and discoloration to sides. Light foxing variably to tissue guard leaves (only); pages crisp and fresh.  (41564)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

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Copper-Engraved Text — Copper-Engraved Illustrations by Bicknell, Signed

Gray, Thomas.  Gray's elegy. Boston: The Bibliophile Society, 1912. 8vo (26.4 cm, 10.39"). 28 pp.; 2 plts., illus.
$100.00

The beloved poem, here in => one of 469 copies printed for members of the Bibliophile Society. The title-page and text were copper-engraved by Arthur N. Macdonald and the volume's => nine lovely, appropriate illustrations are W.H.W. Bicknell's, each signed by the artist. According to the limitation statement, "all the plates have been destroyed."
        Provenance: From the library of Robert L. Sadoff, M.D., sans indicia.

Original mottled calf, covers framed on three sides in double gilt fillets, spine with vertical gilt-stamped title, top edge gilt; spine gently sunned, sides and corners showing light shelf-wear. Front pastedown with recent pencilled annotations, no other markings; heavy-paper leaves and engravings very clean and crisp. => A handsome production.  (41563)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

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Ottoman Omnibus from Elzevir

Montalbanus, Joannes Baptista, et al.; Joannes de Laet, ed.  Turcici imperii status. Accedit de regn. Algeriano atque Tunetano commentarius. Lugduni Batavorum: Ex officina Elzeviriana, 1634. 24mo (11.6 cm, 4.56"). [8], 363, [5 (index)] pp.
$850.00

[with] Gyllius, Petrus. P. Gylli De Constantinopoleos topographia. Lugduni Batavorum: Ex officina Elzeviriana, 1632. 24mo. 422, [6 (index)], [4 (blank)] pp. [and the same author's] De Bosporo Thracio. Lugduni Batavorum: Ex officina Elzeviriana, 1632. 24mo. 379, [5 (4 index)] pp.
        Three Elzevir-printed treatises bound in one volume: A work on Turkish history compiled from various sources bound with Pierre Gilles's works on Constantinople and the Bosphorus. The trio open with => handsome engraved title-pages, the first showing a sultan on horseback; the second the Column of Constantine with a map of the city beneath; and the third Europa on the bull along with two vistas of the straits, that last done by Cornelis-Claezoon Duysend.
        The present edition of the first work is => revised and enlarged with added material on Algeria. It should be noted that the second work is here in the "mieux imprimée et plus correcte" of the two editions printed in 1632 (according to Willems), while the third work is the first of its two 1632 editions (with the final line giving "LXV. menses"). All three were first printed by Elzevir in 1630.
        => Produced in Elzevir's typical compact style, the three together form a small but very thick omnibus.

Willems 416, 367, 366. Contemporary vellum, spine with hand-inked title; light dust-soiling, traces of now-absent shelf label at foot of spine, upper corners bumped, and wormtrack to front endpapers not reaching/affecting title-page. Texts faintly age-toned with occasional spots of very light foxing, otherwise clean. => A fine little fistful.  (41379)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

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A Significant Scholarly History/Bibliography — Well Illustrated / Well Produced

Pascoe, Juan.  José María Idiáquez, impresor en el Oratorio de la Congregación de San Felipe Neri de Oaxaca, 1807–1826. Bibliografía y documentos. [colophon: Oaxaca: Fundación Alfredo Harp Helú, Universidad Autonoma Benito Juarez de Oaxaca, & Biblioteca Francisco de Burgoa], 2011. Small folio (27 cm; 10.5"). 387, [1] pp.
$85.00

The first full history and bibliography of Oaxaca's Independence- and early Republic-era printer => José María Idiáquez, with considerable background information on colonial-era printing not found in Medina or Nicolás León.
        Pascoe, a practicing and highly skilled hand-press printer and printing historian, worked here "en colaboración con Carolina Ballesteros, Lérida Moya y Penélope Orozco" and presents pertinent texts from Nicolás León and José Toribio Medina. The work's historical introduction is from the pen of Moisés Guzmán Pérez and the prologue from that of María Isabel Grañen Porrúa.
        => The work's many illustrations include a large ladling of reproductions in full color. The work ends with "Fuentes de consulta" on pp. [373]–79).
        In sum, this is => a work for the book historian, the bibliographer, the collector, and the cataloguer. A copy is firmly ensconced in the PRB&M reference library.

New, paper bound, in shrink wrap.  (41571)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

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