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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.

"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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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.

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

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.

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

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.

[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

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.

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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A Major Sunni Text of the Hadith

Bukhārī, Muḥammad ibn Ismāʻīl, 810–70; Muḥammad ibn ʻAbd al-Hādi Sindī̄, –1726 (commentary).  [work in Arabic, title page romanized as] al-Juzʼ al-awwal - [al-rābiʻ] min Kitāb Abī ʻAbd Allāh Muḥammad ibn Ismāʻīl ibn Ibrāhīm ibn al-Mughīrah ibn Bardizbah al-Bukhārī al-Jaʻfī, raḍya Allāh taʻālá ʻanhu wa nafaʻanā bi-hi āmīn. Wa-bi-hāmishihi Ḥāshiyat al-Sindī bi-tamāmihā wa-taqrīrāt min sharḥay al-Qasṭallānī wa-Shaykh al-Islām, raḥimahum Allāh taʻālá. Misr [i.e., Cairo?, or Egypt generally]: Dār al-Kutub al-ʻArabīyah al-Kubrá, no date [ca. 1880]. 4to (29.5 cm, 11.5"). 4 vols. I: 244 pp. II: 220 pp. III: 220 pp. IV: 212 pp.

Commonly called the Ṣaḥīḥ al-Bukhārī, these four volumes contain the Sunnī Ḥadīth Canon, a collection of traditions, teachings, and sayings of the prophet Muhammad that, with accounts of his daily practice (the Sunna), constitute => the major source of guidance for Muslims apart from the Koran. In this late 19th-century edition, the Ṣaḥīḥ al-Bukhārī is accompanied by the later commentary of ʻAbd al-Hādi al-Sindī.

We gratefully acknowledge the help of Heather Hughes (Van Pelt Library, University of Pennsylvania), Randal S, Brandt (Bancroft Library, Cal Berkeley), and Imadeldin K. Abuelgasim (Moffitt Library, Cal Berkeley) in properly identifying this book and in achieving a proper romanization of the title. Printed on highly acidic paper, never bound, sheets folded into gatherings of 4, except the last gathering of each volume which is in 2; uncut and unopened. Chipping and some flaking, as must be expected given the quality of the paper; paper heavily browned and with occasional marginal tape repairs. Housed in library phase boxes. Ex–Haverford College, deaccessioned in 2017, with blind pressure-stamps in upper margin of title-leaves; in that institution's phase boxes with call number labels, bookplates, and tattle-tale stickers. Overall very good (and very well protected).  (41447)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

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As National Literatures Emerged, Rhetoric Came to the Fore

Espinosa de Santayana, Rodrigo de.  Arte de retorica en el qual se contienen tres libros. El primero enseña el arte generalmente, el segundo particularmente el arte de hystoriador, el tercero escriuir epistolas y dialogos ... Madrid: Impressa ... en casa de Guillermo Drouy, 1578. 8vo (14.3 cm, 5.625") [8], 80 ff; illus. (lacks prelim. blank, as in virtually all copies).

As national literatures and histories in the vernacular evolved and developed during the Renaissance, the importance of rhetoric — the art of effective, persuasive speaking or writing — became a skill writers sought to bring into their repertoire. Espinosa de Santayana's Retorica was one of several that appeared to meet this demand in Spain. It is influenced by Orazio Toscanella's works on rhetoric (La Retorica di M. Tullio Cicerone a Gaio Herennio ... and Precetti necessarii, overo miscellane; parte in capi, parte in alberi, sopra diverse cose pertinenti alla grammatica, retorica, topica, loica, poetica, historia & altre facolta) and it in turn influenced several of Spain's Golden Age writers: Cervantes, for example, is believed to have read and studied it after his return from captivity, with influence on his writing style.
        The Madrid-based Flemish printer Guillermo Drouy (fl. 1578–1599) printed the body of this text in roman with occasional use of italic type, while the "tabla" is in italic with small use of roman. There are three woodcuts, two on folio 39v and one on 80v; Drouy also enlivened the text with woodcut historiated initials and several factotum initials. He misnumbered folio 29 as 26 and 71 as 72.
        Provenance: 17th-century ownership signatures of Bachiller José ... de Guiol (front free endpaper and title-page), of Licenciado B[artolom]e Guillas (title-page), Bachiller Costa (lower margin of f. 28r).
        Most reported copies are in Spain, with the Bibliotheque Nacional and the University of Manchester also reporting ownership. => No North American library reports ownership via WorldCat or NUC.

Palau 82850; Pérez Pastor 126. Contemporary limp vellum with two white leather ties surviving and two in remnant state; title inked in style of the era to spine. Most foremargins with semicircular waterstain various in size and tone, not approaching text, with other variable signs of old entry by water or damp in from edges, usually light or even faint but a bit darker to a few leaves at rear; fore-margin excised from f, 5. Stray ink spotting and other minor stains only; one minor (and minute) intralinear inked addition, and ownership markings as above; colophon embellished with an early owner's inked bracketing that shows through to the leaf's verso. => A sound and very appealing copy.  (41561)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

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The Answer to the Working Wife's Problems

Zavin, Theodora, & Freda Stuart.  The working wives' (salaried or otherwise) cook book. New York: Crown Publishers, (1963). 8vo (21.4 cm, 8.42"). vii, [5], 162, [2] pp.

This early acknowledgment of the culinary needs of women working outside the home focuses on meal prep the night before, so that overburdened wives have more prime afternoon and early evening time freed up to spend with their spouses and children. While much of the cuisine is standard mid-century American fare (although the authors decry other cookbooks' reliance on canned cream of mushroom soup in every recipe to save time and money!), there are also recipes for kusa mihshi ("stuffed squash in the Lebanese manner"), Syrian meatballs with Indian curry sauce, moussaka, chicken egg drop soup, etc.
        The authors were sisters-in-law; Zavin was a copyright attorney, senior executive at BMI from 1952 to 2001, founding president of the BMI Foundation, and "one of the music industry’s best-known hostesses" according to that company. While it is difficult to determine without the jacket, this appears to be the first printing of the book club edition.

Publisher's red cloth; dust jacket lacking, front cover mottled. Two corners dog-eared; one pencilled comment "Excellent!". Pages otherwise clean and fresh.  (41554)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

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Catholic Wickedness in Cuba

Culbertson, Rosamond.  Rosamond: Or, a narrative of the captivity and sufferings of an American female under the Popish priests, in the island of Cuba ... Pittsburgh: John Sharp, 1848. 12mo (18.6 cm, 7.32"). 240 pp.; 2 plts.

Scandalous "true story" from the convent exposé genre: New Hampshire-born Rosamond runs away as a teenager to marry a soldier, only to end up widowed and alone in Havana, where she falls prey to a dissipated priest and lives as his captive mistress for five years — witnessing gambling, drinking, womanizing, and worse among the priesthood. The sensational tale, designed to play on anti-Catholic feeling among American Protestants, is supplemented with authoritatively presented information on Cuba and Havana culture, as well as on alleged Catholic history and practices.
        The work was first published in serial form and then in book form in 1836; this is => the second American edition, illustrated with two striking wood engravings printed on blue paper: a portrait of the author and a depiction of the "Purgatory room."

Sabin 84032; Palau 278436 (for first British ed.). Recent plain blue cloth–covered boards, clean and fresh. Varying degrees of spotting and waterstaining throughout; some corners dog-eared. => A copy very readable in several senses!  (41552)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

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"That Magnificent Canticle of the Middle Ages" — With Appropriately Magnificent Endpapers

Thomas of Celano.  Dies irae in thirteen original versions. New York: D. Appleton & Co., 1859. 8vo (19.3 cm, 7.59"). xxxiv, 65, [3] pp.; 2 plts.

Thomas of Celano, fl. 1257, is generally supposed to have been the author of the original Latin of the "Dies irae," a sequence probably originally written for Advent Sunday, but more familiar from its use in the requiem mass. For this edition, the => New Jersey poet-physician Abraham Coles has included an introduction to the hymn, a history and comparison of various translations, a note on the nature of the sequence as a liturgical piece and as a piece of music, and finally a version in modern notation with a simplified melody. The work is => illustrated with two sepia photo plates, reproducing "The Last Judgment" (by Peter Cornelius) and "Christus Remunerator" (by Ary Scheffer).
        Binding: Contemporary pebbled red roan, covers framed in gilt fillets with corner fleurons and gilt-stamped decorative title, spine gilt extra, board edges and turn-ins with gilt roll. All edges gilt and boards supporting => notably attractive endpapers with gilt- and red-stamped vine and berry design.
        Provenance: Front fly-leaf with pencilled gift inscription, attractively written: "To Samuel Hibben from John Boyd Smith, Peoria Jan.y 1st 1862."

Bound as above, spine and edges darkened and lightly rubbed with joints rubbed moreso. Pages age-toned, with mild foxing to and around plates. => Showing signs of having been read and loved, still a striking production.  (41555)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

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With Glowing Descriptions of Connecticut Scenery

Todd, John.  The mountain cottage. Pittsfield, MA: E.P. Little, 1844. 24mo (10.9 cm, 4.29"). 35, [1] pp.

Uncommon Massachusetts printing, labelled "Sabbath School Series, No. 1": the story of a Scottish family settled in New England, and how they found religion. The Rev. Dr. Todd (1800–73) was a Vermont-born, Yale-educated minister and a prolific author of works for children. A search of WorldCat finds => only seven U.S. institutions reporting holdings of this early edition, possibly the first stand-alone; the popular work appeared several times in collections, including the 1842 Works of the Reverend John Todd.
        Provenance: From the children's book collection of Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.

American Imprints 44-6147. Publisher's rose-colored cloth, covers framed in blind, front cover with gilt-stamped title; cloth faded and dust-soiled, endpapers darkened, back fly-leaf with later pencilled notations. Pages age-toned with a few spots of foxing, one corner creased, faint traces of early pencilled gift inscription visible on title-page. => A solid, unmarked copy of an uncommon and interesting item.  (41556)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

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Grotius in a Contemporary Custom Binding

Grotius, Hugo.  De veritate religionis christianae. Lugduni Batavorum: Ex officina Ioannis Maire, 1640. 12mo (12.5 cm, 4.92"). [8], 3–327 (i.e. 329: pagination 95/96 repeated), [7], 372 pp.

"Editio nova, additis annotationibus, in quibus testimonia": Early edition of this classic defense of Christianity by Grotius (1583–1645), the great Dutch philosopher and jurist. The first Protestant textbook of apologetics, this work was first published in Dutch verse in 1622 and then in a revised Latin prose rendition in 1627. The added annotations here have a separate title-page and pagination; the first part's pagination skips pp. 1/2 (between preface and first text page), with this collation matching that reported online.
        Binding: 17th-century vellum, covers framed in a delicate and complicated gilt rolls with gilt-tooled corner fleurons surrounding a large gilt-tooled lozenge-shaped medallion; spine with gilt rolls creating four compartments, devices in three of these and information identifying the volume (now faded) in the fourth. Stations for attachment of ties clearly defined; gilt supra-libros and date as below.
        Provenance: Front cover gilt-stamped "M.B.V.K. 1641." Front pastedown with small bookplate of 20th-century collector Harry C. Goebel (his vine design).

Brunet, II, 1765. Bound as above, some rubbing and thinning of vellum; spine title mostly effaced and closures now lacking. Bookplate as above, front pastedown also with early inked inscription; front free endpaper with remnant of paper slip once adhered, back pastedown with affixed printed slip regarding content. Front endpapers and fly-leaf (only) with small instances of worming; rear endpapers with faint corner waterstainings not reaching text; general age-toning and scattered mild foxing. => A solid, aesthetically pleasing copy with intriguing provenance.  (41560)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

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Popular "Medieval" Novel, Illustrated by Lynd Ward

Reade, Charles.  The cloister and the hearth. A tale of the Middle Ages. New York: The Limited Editions Club, 1932. 8vo (24.9 cm, 9.8"). 2 vols. I: xv, [1], 367, [1] pp.; 15 plts. II: [6], 367–745, [3] pp.; 15 plts.

Dramatic historical novel featuring a scribe torn between his sweetheart and the Church, including a few genuine medieval figures such as Margaret Van Eyck and Gerard Gerardson (now better known as Erasmus). Originally published in 1861, this, the most popular of Reade's works, appears here in a Limited Editions Club rendition with introduction by Hendrik Willem Van Loon — who says the novel "survives today as a spiritual retreat for the weary" — and with => 30 photogravure plates of wash drawings done by Lynd Ward. The volume was designed by George Macy and printed by A. Colish on Hurlbut paper, and was bound by George McKibbin & Son in full brown duck cloth, "gold-stamped and printed in brown and orange from a design by Mr. Ward."
        This is numbered copy 26 of 1500 printed; it was => signed at the colophon by the artist.

Bibliography of the Fine Books Published by the Limited Editions Club, 32. Publisher's brown and orange cloth as above, spines with gilt-stamped titles, slipcase and wrappers lacking; spines a little sunned and extremities with a little rubbing. Pages clean and fresh. => In fact a nice pair of these books.  (41547)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

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Shapers of Early American Religious Singing — Two "Harmonies"

Tans'ur, William.  The American harmony: Or, royal melody complete. Newbury-Port [MA]: Daniel Bayley, 1771. Oblong 8vo (13.3 cm, 5.23"). 6, 10 pp., 96 (lacking 33–40), [4], 96 (lacking 65/66 & 71/72) pp.

Early U.S. revision of The Royal Melody Compleat (published 1754–55), a major work of the English Parish movement first brought to the U.S. in 1767 by publisher Bayley, who combined it with The American Harmony, or, Universal Psalmodist by Aaron Williams. Both Tans'ur and Williams exerted => great influence on the New England singing school, in part thanks to Bayley's reworking of their texts and tunes.
        At hand is the stated seventh edition with additions, with a separate title-page for the second work (the Williams American Harmony). The first portion opens with a glossary of musical terms and "a new introduction to the grounds of music" by Tans'ur, followed by => music leaves engraved by John Ward Gilman. There were numerous small variations among the early American appearances — Lowen and Brittons note that the printing history is "a tangled skein of editions which has ever since eluded orderly bibliographical classification"! — and the collation here seems to line up partially with that given by the aforementioned authors for their "Edition H" of 1771 and partially with their "Edition I" (more details below).
        Evidence of Error in the Engraver's Shop: The first leaves of engraved music, after the American Harmony's p. [10], are numbered as pp. 7, 8, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 9; pp. 7 and 8 are blank on their recto and verso respectively. Those blank pages would expectably have presented tunes on music pp. 1 and 2 for this volume but, apparently, that was not accomplished.
        Evidence of Readership: Several pieces have small early inked amendations: one piece has had two measures corrected in an early inked hand, and on the opposing page is a long pencilled doodle between staves. In 1816, someone inked the year calculation next to the publisher's date on each title-page, to determine that the works were then 45 years old.

Evans 12241; ESTC W11559; Sabin 94337; Lowen & Brittons, "Daniel Bayley's The American Harmony," Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America, Vol. 49, No. 4, pp. 340–65. Contemporary mottled sheep, rebacked with speckled calf, supplying gilt-stamped burgundy leather title-label; original leather cracked and scuffed. One signature (E) lacking from first work and two leaves (pp. 65/66 & 71/72) lacking from second. Pages significantly browned and foxed, as generally seen with this item; waterstaining to three interior leaves in second work from some accident and small edge chips to first and last few leaves along with offsetting from leather of turn-ins; scattered dog-ears, inked and pencilled doodles, inkstains and other stains variously. => An important work, here in a clearly much-used and incomplete but also strong and untattered copy of an early printing.  (41545)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

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Classic Caldecott — An 8-Book Compendium

Caldecott, Randolph, illus.  Picture books. London: George Routledge & Sons, [1878–1881]. Square 8vo (22.6 cm, 8.89"). 31, [1], 30, [2], [1], 29, [2], 30, [2], 30, [2], 30, [2], 30, [2], 30, [2] pp.; col. illus.

Complete set of the first editions of the first eight of Caldecott's legendary toy-books. Present here are The Diverting History of John Gilpin, An Elegy on the Death of a Mad Dog, The House That Jack Built, The Three Jovial Huntsmen, The Farmer's Boy, The Queen of Hearts, Sing a Song for Sixpence, and The Babes in the Wood.
        These delightful stories, engraved and printed by E. Evans as part of Routledge's shilling toy book series, feature => full-page, color-printed illustrations including two double-page spreads, as well as in-text vignettes.

Osborne Collection, p. 624; Gumuchian 1007, 1009, 1014, 1016, 1018, & 1019 (others not listed). Contemporary half red calf with red cloth–covered sides, spine gilt extra, all page edges speckled; joints and extremities rubbed and and refurbished, binding very sound and strong. Back wrapper of first work and front wrapper of second with small area of paper adhesion along inner margins; one front wrapper and one back wrapper each with short outer edge tear. Some wrappers dust-soiled. Pages age-toned, with some margins gently darkened; occasional faint smudges or spots, completely free of childish markings or signs of abuse. => A pleasing gathering of Caldecott firsts in a handsome and appropriately protective binding.  (41541)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Reconstruction-Era Novel Set in Alabama, by an Alabama Author

Brown, Annie G. [a.k.a. Annie Finley Green]; Joseph "J.C." Leyendecker, illus.  Fireside battles. Chicago: Laird & Lee, (1900). 8vo (21.4 cm, 8.42"). Frontis., 327, [1] pp.; 8 plts., illus.

First edition: Following the Civil War, a formerly well-to-do Alabama family struggles to keep the household afloat, with the burden falling largely on steadfast Jean. The sole full-length work of fiction published by Tuscaloosa-born teacher Brown (1855–1923), this novel is => illustrated with a frontispiece and eight plates by Joseph Christian Leyendecker (known for his Saturday Evening Post covers), as well as in-text vignettes.
        Binding: Publisher's tan cloth, gorgeously stamped in silver and light and dark blue arabesque motifs surrounding a cream title panel, framed in brown; spine with similar motifs. Top edges gilt.

Binding as above, spine gently darkened and with a small light spot of discoloration to front cover, otherwise showing very little wear. Pages with a few scattered small spots of light foxing. A handsome copy of a work offering multiple aspects of interest.  (41394)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

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Classic Image

(Virgin of Guadalupe).  Broadside, begins: Soneto. ¿Quién sino tú, Dulcísima MARÍA, ... [Mexico: No publisher, ca. 1830]. 8vo (215 x 157 mm, 8.25" x 6.25"). [1] p.

Poetry in one column in a decorative typographic border. Includes woodcut of the Virgin at top. Printed on laid paper.
        WorldCat locates only three libraries reporting ownership (the Bridwell at Southern Methodist University, San Diego State University, Stanford University, and the University of San Francisco). We know of unreported copies at UPenn, the Bancroft, and Notre Dame.

Very good as issued.  (41538)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

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From the Author Lord Byron Called "the Last Argonaut of Classic English Poetry"
       (Gilt Strapwork Binding)

Rogers, Samuel.  Poems. London: Pr. for T. Cadell & W. Davies by T. Bensley, 1820. 8vo (17 cm, 6.69"). [6], 251, [1] pp.; illus.

"A new edition": Handsome presentation of selected pieces from the Romantic-era English poet and member of the Dickens circle, best remembered for his "The Pleasures of Memory" — present here, of course, along with "Jacqueline," "The Sailor," "An Italian Song," and "The Voyage of Columbus." Scattered throughout are => charming engraved vignettes, many of cherubs.
        Binding: Contemporary calf, covers framed in triple gilt fillets and blind roll with gilt-tooled lyre and leaf corner motifs, surrounding a gilt strapwork cartouche with central blind-tooled motif; spine gilt extra, with gilt-stamped leather title-label. All edges marbled.
        Provenance: Front pastedown with armorial bookplate of Byam Martin Davies; front fly-leaf with pencilled inscription of C. Ellis.

Bound as above, a little rubbed; minute chipping to spine label and leather split across joints. Bookplate and inscription as above. Faint to moderate foxing; some leaves with upper outer corners bumped/creased. A bit worn overall, this is still => very elegant.  (41515)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

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"Exquisite Studies of Japan" — Bruce Rogers Binding

Hearn, Lafcadio.  Kwaidan: Stories and studies of strange things. Boston & New York: Houghton, Mifflin & Co. (pr. by the Riverside Press), 1904. 12mo (19.1 cm, 7.5"). Frontis., [14], 240, [2] pp.; 1 plt.

First edition: Japanese ghost stories collected and translated by Lafcadio Hearn. Hearn (1850–1904) was a Greek-Irish journalist who left the United States for Martinique and later Japan, where he found such a wealth of material that he lived there for the remaining 14 years of his life, teaching English literature at the Imperial University in Tokyo and researching Japanese folklore.
        This is state C as per the BAL, which does not establish precedence among the three states described (saying "No sequence has been established and simultaneous publication is quite possible"). => Bruce Rogers designed the elegant binding, and Japanese artist Keichu Takenouche supplied the drawings for the frontispiece and plate.
        Binding: Publisher's greenish-black cloth, front cover with leaf and flower design in green and reddish-orange, decorative title stamped in gilt; spine with similar motifs. Top edge gilt.

BAL 7940, state C. Publisher's cloth as above, dust jacket not present; extremities rubbed, spine slightly dimmed, front hinge (inside) tender. Clippings about Hearn's life and his funeral attached to back endpapers. Pages evenly age-toned with one leaf torn in two places not touching text; two leaves with tiny chips in lower margins. => An attractive and intriguing copy, owned by someone interested in Hearn's life.  (41512)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

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"For the Entertainment & Instruction of Young People of Both Town & Country"

Ramble, Robert [pseud. of John Frost].  Robert Ramble's scenes in the country. Philadelphia: Smith & Peck (pr. by Brown, Bicking & Guilbert; stereotyped by Murray & Joyce), 1841. 12mo (15.1 cm, 5.94"). Frontis., 143, [1] pp.; illus.

First edition of this juvenile reader from Philadelphia schoolteacher and prolific children's author John Frost: poetry and prose focusing on rural life, including farming and homesteading practices. The topics include rent day, angling, loading hay, the dairy, going to market, etc., with => each subject featuring a full-page wood-engraved illustration by American artist William Croome, who also illustrated several of Frost's other works.
        Uncommon: A search of WorldCat finds only two U.S. institutions reporting holdings (American Antiquarian Society, New York Historical Society).
        Binding: Publisher's straight-grained black cloth (deeply textured), covers with blind-stamped corner fleurons, front cover with gilt-stamped vignette.
        Provenance: Front free endpaper with early pencilled gift inscription reading "Helena Emma Abbott [/] Presented by her cousin," rear free endpaper with Abbott's own pencilled inscription. Most recently in the children's book collection of Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.

Not in American Imprints. Bound as above, slightly cocked and with corners rubbed. Interior age-toned with mild to moderate spotting and offsetting from illustrations; two leaves with upper outer corners creased across. => A very presentable copy of an uncommon and charming item.  (41513)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

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"The Savage Becomes Kind"

(Missions).  Africaner, or missionary trials. Philadelphia: Presbyterian Board of Publication, [1850?]. 12mo (14.9 cm, 5.86"). 36 pp.; 1 plt.

Juvenile retelling of the labors of Scottish missionary Robert Moffat, and his success in turning the notorious outlaw Jager Africaner (or Afrikaner) towards a Christian life and away from terrorizing the South African countryside.
        The text is illustrated with a title-page vignette and one wood-engraved plate done by W.B. Gihon. This appears to be => the first U.S. edition, and is now uncommon.
        Provenance: Front free endpaper with pencilled inscription reading "Presented to Asa S. Crofoot [/] By his Uncle [/] 1851."

Publisher's dark blue textured cloth–covered limp wrappers, covers stamped in blind, front cover with gilt-stamped title; lightly rubbed overall, most at spine. Foxing throughout; paper yet strong.  (41531)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

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"O What Has Wrought Again the Miracle of Spring?"

Newbolt, Henry; Ralph Keene, illus.  The linnet's nest. London: Faber & Gwyer Ltd. (pr. by the Curwen Press), 1927. 8vo (18.5 cm, 7.28"). [8] pp.; col. illus.

No. 2 of the Ariel Poems series. Keene provided => two wood-engraved illustrations, one color-printed in green and purple and one in black on the front cover. This is => numbered copy 219 of 350 printed on Zanders' handmade paper.
        Provenance: Front pastedown with small, handsome gilt-stamped leather bookplate of Alva B. Gimbel, philanthropist and member of the Gimbel family of department-store fame.

Publisher's paper–covered limp boards; spine and edges much sunned. Faint offsetting from bookplate (see above) to front free endpaper; pages crisp and clean.  (41521)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

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Signed Fine-Press Poetry

Bronk, William.  Of poetry. New Rochelle, NY: James L. Weil (pr. by the Kelly-Winterton Press), [ca. 1988]. 8vo (24.1 cm, 9.48"). [12] pp.

Seven pieces from a National Book Award–winning poet. This is => one of 100 copies printed, signed by Bronk on the title-page.

Publisher's tan paper wrappers, spine very slightly sunned, otherwise showing virtually no wear. => A fresh, clean copy.  (41527)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

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Keepsake Poem from the Curwen Press

Quennell, Peter; Albert Rutherston, illus.  Inscription on a fountain-head. London: Faber & Gwyer Ltd. (pr. by the Curwen Press), 1929. 12mo (18.4 cm, 7.24"). [4] pp.; col. illus.

No. 24 of the Ariel Poems series, featuring two illustrations by Rutherston — one on the front wrapper and one color-printed in green and brown inside.

Publisher's printed green paper wrappers; minimal shelfwear. Light offsetting from wrapper turn-in to outer portion of first page (illustration), otherwise clean and fresh.  (41526)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

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Fantastical "Rural" Scenes

Weissenborn, Hellmuth, illus.  A country calendar. Gloucestershire: Pr. for Heal's Books & Prints by the Whittington Press, 1976. 8vo (25.2 cm, 9.92"). 24 pp.; col. illus.

First edition, hand-printed by the Whittington Press from Weissenborn's original linocuts: a short verse and calendar page for each month, each with a => color-printed vignette from the German-born artist.
        Provenance: From the collection of Gerson Leiber, the artist, engraver, sculptor, and book collector, sans indicia.

Publisher's printed paper wrappers; spine sunned, light shelfwear to lower edges, lower outer corner of back wrapper lightly creased across. Interior clean and fresh; vignettes => bright.  (41523)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

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