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On the State of Psychiatric Institutions in Mid- to Late 19th–Century America
(Lunatic Asylums). A collection of nine annual reports from the Cincinnati Sanitarium, the Longview Asylum (of Carthage, Ohio), and the State Lunatic Asylum of New York. Cincinnati, Albany, Utica: Various publishers, 1846–48.. Itemized below. $300.00
Topics covered in these reports include the nature and supposed causes of the patients' disorders; details of their diet, clothing, and accommodations; notes on treatments and "mental exercises"; the educational and religious aspects of institutional life; and budgetary, housekeeping, and staffing concerns; they include demographic statistics, rules of patient admittance and duration of stays, and deaths and illnesses suffered on site along with references to laws regarding judicial discretion on insanity, incarceration, and institutionalization.
The itemized gathering: Third annual report of the managers of the State Lunatic Asylum. Made to the Legislature, January 23, 1846. Albany, E. Mack, 1846. 8vo (25.2 cm, 9.92"). 61,  pp. Fifth annual report ... January 19, 1848. Albany: Charles Van Benthuysen, 1848. 8vo (23 cm, 9.05"). 76 pp. [and] Sixth annual report ... February 1, 1849. Albany: Weed, Parsons & Co., 1849. 8vo (24.9 cm, 9.8"). 60,  pp. [and] Fourteenth annual report ... January 7, 1857. Albany: C. Van Benthuysen, 1857. 8vo (22.6 cm, 8.89"). 46,  pp. [and] Fifteenth annual report ... February 7, 1858. Albany: C. Van Benthuysen, 1858. 8vo (22.6 cm, 8.89"). Frontis., 61,  pp.; 1 map. [and] Sixteenth annual report ... Jan. 29, 1859. Utica: Curtiss & White, 1859. (22.7 cm, 8.93"). Frontis., 47,  pp. [and] Sixth annual report of the superintendent of the Cincinnati Sanitarium for the year ending November 30th. 1879. Cincinnati: A.H. Pounsford & Co., 1880. 8vo (22.9 cm, 9"). 21,  pp. [and] Twenty-seventh annual report of the board of directors and superintendent of the Longview Asylum, Carthage, Ohio, to the governor of the state of Ohio, for the year 1886. Cincinnati: The Commercial Gazette Job Print., 1886. 8vo (23.3 cm, 9.17"). 43,  pp. [and] Twenty-ninth annual report of the board of directors and superintendent of the Longview Asylum, Carthage, Ohio, to the governor of the state of Ohio, for the year 1888. Cincinnati: The Commercial Gazette Job Print., 1888. 8vo (22.9 cm, 9"). 43,  pp.
The 1858 and 1859 New York reports each open with a frontispiece depicting the asylum, engraved by H.B. Hall, and the former also includes a floor plan of the building. The 1879 Cincinnati report includes a tipped-in announcement of the death of Dr. W.S. Chipley, superintendent, which "occurred this morning," and also provides an application form for admittance and an obligation bond for payment.
=> These reports can be dry; they also, suddenly, can become quite interesting on the anecdotal, human-story level; and either way they embody significant social history.
Provenance: Most recently in the library of Robert Sadoff, M.D., sans indicia.
Longview: see Sabin 41938. Publisher's printed paper wrappers in light blue, rose, green, tan, brown, and yellow; four pamphlets with edge chips, one with spine and edges sunned. Two pamphlets with some signatures unopened. Fifteenth with offsetting from frontis. to map and title-page; Sixth Cincinnati with light waterstaining to lower outer corners. => These reports are all individually uncommon on the market. If you are interested in them as a category, please enquire as to our other holdings. (41707) Add to My BOOK-STACK
Monuments in the U.S. & Elsewhere — Morse-Designed Bindings
Singleton, Esther, ed. Historic buildings of America as seen and described by famous writers. New York: Dodd, Mead, & Co., 1914. 8vo (21 cm, 8.26"). xiv, 341,  pp.; 48 plts. $100.00
[with the same author's] Historic buildings as seen and described by famous writers. New York: Dodd, Mead, & Co., 1914. 8vo. xii, 340 pp.; 42 plts.
Matched set of two volumes from an architecturally themed series by Singleton, covering in the American-themed book "houses, churches, forts and civic buildings that are doubly famous for their architectural interest and their association with historical events and distinguished personages," not just in the U.S. but in Canada and Mexcio, and in the global collection, edifices possessed of "beauty or interest from an artistic standpoint" as well as notable historical associations. The locations are described by authors including Dickens, Hawthorne, Ruskin, Joseph B. Varnum, Arthur Shadwell Martin, Iza Duffus Hardy, Théophile Gautier, Benson J. Lossing, the editor herself, and many others, and => illustrated with a total of 90 black and white photographic plates typical of the period. These are early editions, following the firsts of 1903 and 1906.
Esther Singleton's biography now eludes easy discovery, but her range and productivity as a late-19th- and early-20th-century editor/writer is evident; she published some thirty engaging and intelligent illustrated overviews addressing cultural subjects from architecture to opera to Rome to famous women, with most of these having been very attractively produced.
Bindings: Matching bindings of green cloth signed with conjoined monogram "AM" denoting => noted book designer Alice Cordelia Morse. Front covers and spines heavily gilt with foliate designs defined by green cloth left ungilt; the titles are presented in large gilt lettering on shield-like central panels also of ungilt green. Top edges gilt.
Provenance: Front pastedowns each with decorative bookplate of the Bibliothek der Deutschen Gesellschaft (i.e., the German Society of Pennsylvania).
Bindings as above; spines slightly dimmed, edges and extremities showing minor rubbing, paper partially severed across back hinge (inside) of America, starting from top, but both bindings strong. Social club library bookplates as above, foot of each first preface page with inked shelving numeral and back free endpapers with pocket and card (never used), no other institutional markings. Historic Buildings with traces of now-removed inscription in upper outer corner of front free endpaper and a very few lightly pencilled marks or words of emphasis. Each volume with a few leaves opened slightly roughly; pages and plates clean. => A nice set, and one with an interesting provenance. (41695) Add to My BOOK-STACK
"Schismaticks . . . Doe Make a Prey of the Commonwealth"
Walker, Clement. Anarchia Anglicana, or the history of Independency. The second part. Being a continuation of relations and observations historicall and politique upon this present Parliament. [London]: n.p., 1649. 4to (19.4 cm, 7.64"). , 264 pp. (lacking plt.) $400.00
First edition: Walker decries lawlessness and religious factionalism in his follow-up to The History of Independency, with the Rise, Growth, and Practices of That Powerful and Restless Faction, which had been published in the previous year. A member of Parliament who was expelled in Pride's Purge, Walker (1595–1651) here provides much information of interest on the events surrounding the king's trial and Cromwell's rise — for which he was arrested and charged with treason, dying shortly thereafter in the Tower.
Like the first part, this second part appeared under Walker's nom de plume "Theodorus Verax." The title-page was printed in red and black, as are a list of "persons who did actually sit upon Tryall of King Charles the First" and a secondary set of names omitted from the first (here found at the end of the postscript). There were a number of variant printings in the same year; in this copy, there is a colon after "Anglicana" and a period after "XL" in the imprint date. The engraved plate is not present here.
ESTC R220959; Wing (2nd ed.) W317A; Goldsmiths'-Kress no. 01139 (for another 1649 ed.). Recent blue, brown, and cream marbled paper–covered boards, spine with gilt-stamped leather title-label; plate and two preliminary leaves lacking. Pages browned, most notably at edges, with intermittent light spotting and staining; waterstaining to lower portions of latter two thirds; final six leaves with small area of insect damage to lower outer corners. Main list of names with early inked annotation at foot noting addition; both lists with inked marks of emphasis. => A solid, very readable copy. (41376) Add to My BOOK-STACK
Classics, Illustrated & Extra-Deluxe — Philadelphia Productions with a Parisian Aesthetic
Anacreon, Sappho, & Publius Virgilius Maro; Paul Avril, illus. Antique gems from the Greek and Latin. Anacreon: Odes [with] Sappho: Odes, bridal songs, epigrams [and] Virgil: The Bucolics [with] Catullus: Odes to Lesbia and the Nuptial song of Peleus and Thetis. Philadelphia: George Barrie & Son, 1902. 8vo (21.6 cm, 8.5"). 2 vols. Anacreon: , xviii, 201, , xviii, 65,  pp.; col. illus. Virgil: , xxix, , 199, , xxi, , 151,  pp.; col. illus. $3,000.00
"Connoisseur edition": wide-margined, lavishly bound set of Greek and Latin poems printed for subscribers only, with English translations done by a variety of eminent names, and numerous illustrations by Édouard-Henri Avril (using his pseudonym Paul Avril). The text on each page is framed by a floral or architectural border in French style, printed in blue-green for the former style and bistre for the latter.
Present here are four volumes of the "Antique Gems" series bound into two, with this set marked as => numbered copy XI (eleven) of only twelve printed featuring "duplicate impressions of the illustrations, finished with watercolors" — the Greek or Latin and the English versions appearing here on facing pages with the engravings repeated on each side, the classical-side vignettes left unadorned and the English-side versions => hand-painted with remarkable delicacy and precision. In one instance, what would have been the unpainted duplicate has been colored and used as the doublure inlay (see below), and in two other cases hand-colored vignettes appear without any uncolored opposites; all other illustrations are doubled as described above with an apparently extra engraving having been colored to serve on the doublure in one case.
Binding: Publisher's dark green morocco framed in double gilt fillets, spines with raised bands, gilt-stamped titles, gilt-stamped motifs in compartments, and => stunning doublures of inlaid violet and teal morocco with ornate gilt tooling. Each inside front cover bears a different small delicately color-printed medallion derived from an engraving associated with a poem, inlaid at center, and the rear inside covers feature similarly sized and placed classical heads of inlaid tan and cream gilt-tooled leather. Patterned silk endpapers; all edges gilt. => A signed binding, with rear doublures stamped "Bound by Barrie."
Bound as above, spines evenly sunned to slightly lighter green, minor rubbing to extremities. Doublures virtually pristine, pages clean and crisp. => A simply, gloriously luxurious set, inspired by European elegance but produced by an American firm for American bibliophiles. (41693) Add to My BOOK-STACK
Lawrence's Limited-Edition Presentation of Dottor Manente
Lawrence, D.H., trans. The story of Doctor Manente being the tenth and last story from the suppers of A.F. Grazzini called Il Lasca. Florence: G. Orioli, 1929. 8vo (20.1 cm, 7.91"). Frontis., xxiv, 119,  pp.; 2 plts. $85.00
First edition of the first book of the "Lungarno Series": the tale of a wicked practical joke, originally part of a Boccaccio-esque story collection by Antonio Francesco Grazzini (a.k.a. Il Lasca) and appearing here translated and introduced by novelist D.H. Lawrence. The volume is illustrated with three plates: a frontispiece portrait of Grazzini, a reproduction of a coin depicting Lorenzo de' Medici, and a map of the region surrounding Florence, as well as a rather nice title-page vignette.
This is => numbered copy 380 of 1200 printed according to the edition statement, although it is generally accepted that Orioli actually had 2400 copies printed.
Provenance: From the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.
Publisher's printed paper–covered boards in original dust jacket; spine and board edges darkened, front board slightly warped, jacket in unusually good condition with only tiny nicks at spine extremities and gentle sunning. Text with areas of a few pages and one plate conspicuously affected by foxing that is almost entirely absent otherwise. (41691) Add to My BOOK-STACK
Hand-Colored "Picture Fables"
(Aesop). Fables for children. New York: Leavitt & Allen, [ca. 1865]. 16mo (18 cm, 7.08"). 32 pp.; illus. (plts. incl. in pagination). $375.00
Scarce small selection of Aesopian fables in prose, the gathering => illustrated with seven wood-engraved plates (one double-sided), a title-page vignette, and one in-text vignette, all hand-colored. The contents are "The Fox and Raven," "The Dog and the Shadow," "The Wolf and the Lamb," "The Bear and the Bees," "The Lion and Other Beasts Hunting," "The Wolf and the Crane," "The Horse and the Loaded Ass," and "The Dying Eagle." The suggested publication date is based on the publisher's address given; this appears to be the => only edition issued by Leavitt & Allen with these contents and illustrations, and a search of WorldCat finds only three U.S. institutions reporting ownership.
Binding: Publisher's very handsome textured dark green cloth, covers framed in blind, front cover with gilt-stamped title medallion ("Picture Fables"), back cover with blind-stamped vignette of a grandfatherly figure telling a story to four children.
Provenance: From the children's book collection of Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.
Bound as above, extremities rubbed, plain spine very slightly sunned; pages of heavy, rather coarse paper age-toned with scattered spots of foxing. => An uncommon example of the genre, in appealing condition. (41692) Add to My BOOK-STACK
Real . . . REVELATIONS!
Bennett, Stuart. Trade bookbinding in the British Isles, 1660--1800. New Castle, Del.: Oak Knoll; London: British Library, 2004. Folio. 176 pp. $75.00
A major and pathbreaking work revising what we know about trade and publisher's bindings in England, Scotland, and Ireland in the period to 1800. Excellently researched and written and appropriately and fully illustrated in color with examples of the bindings under discussion, this is => a must for all collectors and libraries interested in the literatures and historical writings of Great Britain prior to the 19th century.
New, publisher's cloth, in dust jacket; upper inside of dust jacket, upper cover edges, and top edges of text with shelf soil/stain as from smoke, this a little intruding on free endpapers and a very few other leaves. Priced according to fault noted and not according to general pleasant state in hand, or considerable usefulness under eye! (41704) Add to My BOOK-STACK
Around the World in Prose, Pictures, & Matching Bindings
Lander, Sarah W. Spectacles for young eyes. Berlin, Boston, Moscow, Pekin, Rome, St. Petersburg, Zurich. Boston & New York: Walker, Fuller & Co. and Sheldon & Co., 1866 & 1867. 16mo (17.3 cm, 6.81"). 7 vols. Berlin: Frontis., engr. t-p., 192, [2 (adv.)], 2 (adv.) pp.; 5 plts., illus. Boston: Frontis., engr. t.-p., 202, [6 (adv.)] pp.; 7 plts. Moscow: Frontis., engr. t.-p., 202, [2 (adv.)] pp.; 5 plts., illus. Pekin: Frontis., engr. t.-p., 218, [8 (adv.)] pp.; 4 plts., illus. Rome: Frontis., engr. t.-p., 194 pp.; 4 plts., illus. St. Petersburg: Frontis., engr. t.-p., 203, , [6 adv.)] pp.; 6 plts., illus. Zurich: Frontis., engr. t-p., 205, , [6 (adv.)] pp.; 6 plts., illus. (All frontis. & add. t.-p. incl. in pagination). $235.00
Seven-volume matched set of early printings of these children's travelogues from the "Spectacles for Young Eyes" series by Sarah West Lander (1810–72), allowing => young travelers to see the culture, the people, and the geographic offerings of cities around the world. In her fictional voyages, Lander conveys travel information through characters who share stories and educate one other on the cities' histories. Many => picturesque wood engravings, both in-text and as plates, illustrate the cities and their traditions. The wood-engraved title-page found in each volume features a pair of glasses, with scenes of adventure and travel shown through the lenses.
There were eventually eight cities covered by the series (the original publisher had proposed a total of 13, but in the end added only New York to the volumes listed here), with vols. 1–6 first printed by Walker, Wise, and Co. from 1861 through 1865. Boston is here in its first edition from Sheldon & Co., and the other volumes are all early Walker or Sheldon issues, ranging from second to eighth thousand printings — but all are in => matched bindings with the Sheldon name at the foot of the spine. A contemporary publisher's advertisement describes these as "the most attractive and instructive books for the young ever issued. Each volume describes, in a lively and interesting manner, the sights and sounds of the cities visited, as well as the national life, manners, and customs of the people."
Bindings: Publisher's violet-brown cloth, covers with blind-embossed borders, spines with gilt-stamped decorative titles and ivy and spectacle motifs.
Provenance: Boston and St. Petersburg (only) each with inked ownership inscription from Joseph King, dated 1869.
Sternick, Bibliography of 19th-Century Children's Series Books, 730 (incorrectly listing proposed vols. as if published, as Sternick later acknowledged online). All spines evenly sunned with extremities lightly rubbed but not pulled or broken, corners rubbed with some bumped. Boston with upper outer corner of one leaf torn away, taking one letter and just touching another, and with light offsetting to inner portions of two facing pages from something once laid in between them; Pekin with short tear from outer margin of one leaf. Pages gently and evenly age-toned; scattered small spots or areas of foxing or staining (especially to frontispiece guard leaves), overall clean and unmarked. => A decidedly nice, matched set of volumes that are much more frequently encountered individually. (41694) Add to My BOOK-STACK
Socinius Issued from "Irenopoli" — Classic Texts Clandestinely Published
Socinus, Faustus. Opera omnia in duos tomos distincta. Irenopoli [Amsterdam]: no publisher/printer [Frans Kuyper & Daniel Bakkamude], 1656 [i.e., 1668]. Folio (31.5 cm, 12.375"). Vol. 2 of 2 only.  ff., 812 pp. (i.e., 840),  ff., with  ff. sectional titles. $1,425.00
Socinus, a jurist-theologian from Siena, first met with Polish Antitrinitarians in 1578. He moved to Krakow in 1580 and devoted the rest of his life to fostering => a cohesive religious movement that denied the Holy Trinity based on rational exegesis of Scripture. While Socinianism and the Radical Reformation won many followers, Socinus (Fausto Sozzini, 1539–1604) was also attacked — in writing and, in 1594 and 1598, on the street!
=> This is the second of volume of the only edition, first issue, of the first and most important collection of Socinian documents and the second volume of Socinus' Opera. The contents of this volume are Contra Palaeologum de Magistratu; De Christo servatore, contra covetum; De Statu primi hominis ante lapsum; De natura Christi; and Contra theologicas collegii Posnaniensis (with seven subsections).
The series in which this was published, Bibliotheca fratrum polonorum, comprised ten tomes published clandestinely ca. 1665–92 by the Polish Brethren called Unitarians. The near-complete works of Socinus himself, leading that parade of texts, occupy these first two, which were actually published three years after vols. III–V (by Johann Crell and Jonasz Szlichtyng), all with => false imprints.
Excerpts of Socinus's => acrid debates with protagonists of the Reformation on baptism, redemption, (im)mortality, and the nature of Christ pervade the present volume.
The minister-turned-printer Kuyper (1629–91) produced only Socinian works in the decade 1663–73, many edited by Andreas Wissowatius, Socinus's grandson, who had an influential hand in the present opera. The printer Samuel Przypkowski, whose shop also produced earlier volumes in the series of which these are a part, has here graced the text with refined tailpieces, large initials against a floriated background, and woodcut devices on the sectional titles (some initialed "HB" for printer Hendrick Boom). There are occasional Hebrew references in vol. II.
Provenance: Deaccessioned by the Andover Newton Theological Seminary.
Knijff & Visser, Bibliographia sociniana, 2004–5 (for Bib. fratrum polonorum, see 2001–11); Estreicher, Bibliografia polska, XIII: 45–48; Knuttel, Verboden boeken 60; STCN/ Bock I: 46–54; Wallace, Antitrinitarian Biography; NCE 13: 397–8 ). Vol. 2 of 2 ONLY. Contemporary northern-European style vellum over boards ruled in blind, panels with blind-stamped central cartouches; lightly soiled and a bit sprung with vellum a bit bubbling. Institutional pressure-stamps (only); paper lightly age-toned with page-edges most affected. => A good, solid, substantial, and important volume. (41676) Add to My BOOK-STACK
Thirty Years' War: The German Florus
Wassenberg, Eberhard. Der erneuwerte Teutsche Florus Eberhard Wassenbergs. Mit Animadversionen, Additionen und Correctionen deren in vorigen eingeruckten ungleichen Historien widerum in vilen durch-auss verbessert der Wahrheit restituirt, und bis Anno 1647 continuirt. Amsterdam: Ludwig Elzevier, 1647. 16mo (14 cm, 5.5"). Engr. t.-p., , 729, [3 (index)] pp. (pp. 525/26 lacking); illus. $350.00
Uncommon Elzevier edition of a bestselling early 17th–century account of contemporary political and military events, later mined extensively by von Grimmelshausen for his novels. The work was originally published in Latin in 1635 (39?) as Florus Germanicus; this is => the first Elzevir printing, expanded and corrected from the first German edition of 1643. The text is printed in minute black letter and => illustrated with over 60 full-page engraved portraits (this copy lacking the portrait of Louis de Bourbon).
Evidence of Readership: Front fly-leaf with two sets of annotations in different early inked hands. Title-page with small, neatly inked capital S between vignette and publication line; title-page verso with small, interestingly scripted initials dated 1822.
Provenance: With laid-in printed label preserved from original pastedown, reading "Lipsiae ex Joh. Gottl. Imman. Breitkopfii Bibliotheca" (Johann Gottlob Immanuel Breitkopf, 1719–1794, a music printer and publisher known for his self-named fraktur font).
Faber du Faur 1190; Graesse, VI, 423; Willems 1055 (see also "Remarques," 309); VD17 23:242001R. Later marbled paper–covered boards, spine with gilt-stamped leather title and publication labels; minimal rubbing to corners, otherwise unworn. Title-page with markings as above, and with signs of now-effaced inscription at foot of verso. One leaf separated; pp. 525/26 (with portrait of Louis de Bourbon) lacking. Intermittent small spots of foxing and staining; lower outer corners (only) of some sections lightly waterstained; last few leaves with small area of worming to outer edges not reaching text or even sidenotes. => A nice little book! (41685) Add to My BOOK-STACK
Counter-Reformation: The Forbidden Books
Catholic Church (Council of Trent). Canones et decreta sacrosancti oecumenici et genelalis Concilii Tridentini. Sub Paulo III, Iulio III, Pio IIII. pont. max. Dillingen: Sebald Mayer, 1565. 8vo (15.8 cm, 6.22"). 274, , 40 ff. $1,500.00
The Church responds to the Reformation with this set of decrees from the Council of Trent, a landmark of Catholic history providing important clarification and reform of many of the doctrines contested by Protestants. => The doctrinal statements are accompanied by the Index librorum prohibitorum, a list of banned books and authors. This is the third German appearance and the second, corrected Mayer issue, following his printing of the previous year; the text is nicely printed, with decorative capitals. These Dillingen printings are even less commonly seen than the early Roman editions: a search of WorldCat finds only nine U.S. institutional holdings of this 1565 edition, none west of Chicago.
Binding: Contemporary limp vellum with yapp edges, spine with hand-inked title and large shelving case-letter, original ties partially intact and all edges blue.
Evidence of Readership: Early inked annotations in Latin, ranging from the simple addition of a date to commentaries of several lines.
Provenance: Front free endpaper with one shelving label and one decorative bookplate, both of Dr. Joachim Haas; the ex libris reflecting Haas's status as a lawyer.
Adams C2804; VD16 K 2038. Index librorum: VD16 K 180. Bound as above with vellum darkened and dust-soiled; limited areas of insect damage not affecting structure, this also to rear pastedown and endpaper; all points of tie attachment reinforced from inside covers. Bookplates as above; title-page with several early inked inscriptions; annotations as above and occasional small marks of emphasis. Some sections with water- or dampstaining ranging from faint to barely moderate (never worse); one decorative capital "V" partially obscured with a neat ink spot (seemingly deliberately and with slight bleed-through to subsequent leaves); pages generally clean. => A solid, attractive copy of this early German appearance of an important text, in a contemporary binding and with intriguing marginalia. (41651) Add to My BOOK-STACK
A Scandalous Poet, Illustrated by a Famously Chaotic Artist, Harrison of Paris Edition
Byron, George Gordon Byron, Baron; Francis Cyril Rose, illus. Childe Harold's pilgrimage. A romaunt by Lord Byron. New York / Paris: Minton, Balch & Co. / Harrison of Paris, . 8vo (27 cm, 10.62"). 236,  pp.; col. illus. $100.00
Designed by Monroe Wheeler and printed by Ducros & Colas, this limited edition of Byron's melancholy narrative marks => the first book-form appearance of eccentric artist and man-about-town Francis Cyril Rose, who supplied 28 delicately tinted wash drawings printed in collotype by Daniel Jacomet. This is numbered copy 322 of 660 printed.
The common "eccentric" and "man-about-town" labels applied to Rose are suitably "period" but also euphemistic or just timid; he was, it is clear from a variety of sources, a "noted homosexual" — as, in fact, was Wheeler. Rose had notably close ties with the Stein/Toklas set.
Publisher's rose-colored cloth–covered boards with beveled edges, front cover with black-stamped vignette and spine with black-stamped title, spine sunned and binding otherwise pristine; original slipcase with printed label present although with top and bottom edges gone so that the book resides, effectively, in a portfolio. All guard leaves present; some pages with very faint offsetting from guard leaf edges, otherwise everything clean and crisp. (41684) Add to My BOOK-STACK
Her Affair with George Dillon in 52 Sonnets
Millay, Edna St. Vincent. Fatal interview. New York & London: Harper & Brothers, 1931. 8vo (21.2 cm, 8.34"). x, , 52 pp. $70.00
First edition, stated second printing (with publisher code "C-F" on copyright page): a cycle of 52 sonnets tracing a passionate but doomed affair.
Quarter black cloth with dusky purple paper–covered boards, spine with printed paper label; dust jacket lacking, paper edges slightly sunned, spine label darkened and with small edge chip. Pages gently age-toned, otherwise fresh. A clean, solid copy. (41682) Add to My BOOK-STACK
Behold Engraved Wonders *&* a Bright Binding
Wright, Caleb, ed. The pictorial scrap book: A pleasant and profitable companion for leisure hours. Northampton, M[as]S.: Pub. by Caleb Wright (stereotyped by John D. Flagg, Andover), [1846?]. 8vo (23.8 cm, 9.37"). Frontis., 415,  pp.; illus., ports. $125.00
Collection of => almost 200 engraved illustrations with accompanying text descriptions: people, places, natural wonders, and inventions from around the world, including a Venetian palace, the Mississippi River, the Golden Island of China, a Newfoundland dog, Barnum's Oriental Villa, a hot-air balloon ascension, the Philadelphia waterworks, Harvard College, Queen Elizabeth, yellow ants, the London Stock Exchange, Ojibwa Indians, the mosque at Salonica, Jenny Lind, the Hotel de Cluny, an East Indian dancing girl, etc.
The plates (which are printed on one side only and included in the pagination) are for the most part full-page illustrations, while some offer two or three vignettes.
The title-page notes that this is a stereotype edition; it appears to be => the sole appearance of this work, with no other printing reported by WorldCat — although different publication dates have been assigned, the earliest possible being 1846 based on the presence of the Victoria Fountain (built in that year) and the last date mentioned in the text being 1845.
Binding: Publisher's red cloth in imitation of morocco (Krupp Lea3, var. 1), both covers elaborately gilt-stamped with floral and foliate designs around a central urn-shaped motif in a bower with angels; spine with gilt-stamped palm tree and Chinese peasant design. All edges gilt.
Provenance: Front pastedown with 19th-century rubber-stamp of J.A. Newhall.
Krupp, Making a Case for Cloth, p. 37. Bound as above, with light rubbing only and spine gilt only slightly dimmed; endpapers foxed, and minor foxing to some pages and plates. => A remarkable collection of steel engravings, in an exuberant contemporary binding that STILL GLOWS! (41566) Add to My BOOK-STACK
The Old Woman & Her Pig/COCHON: Uncommon Early French Illustrated Version
Houx-Marc, Eugène. Les tribulations de la Mère Goody. Paris: Amédée Bédelet, . 16mo (15.8 cm, 6.22"). 48 pp.; 14 col. plts. $750.00
Scarce children's book from the "Bibliothèque du premier age" series: a "traduction libre et imitation de l'anglais" of the time-honored tale of a cumulative set of obstacles that must each be dealt with in turn in order to get the old woman and her pig safely home. This is the first French appearance of this prose reworking of John Harris's second English edition, both => enlarged and featuring 14 hand-colored plates based on the Harris woodcuts.
A search of WorldCat finds => no institutional locations outside of France.
Provenance: From the children's book collection of Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.
Opie T 548. Publisher's color-printed paper–covered boards; spine and board edges darkened, spine paper chipped, front cover detached, back hinge tender. Offsetting to endpapers. => A pretty book, internally clean and with plates in crisp, fresh condition. (41683) Add to My BOOK-STACK
Cruikshank, George. The history of Jack & the bean-stalk. London: David Bogue, . Sm. 4to (17.5 cm, 6.89"). 32 pp.; 6 plts. $250.00
From the "George Cruikshank's Fairy Library" series: the classic story, edited and illustrated by Cruikshank with => six steel-engraved plates. This is the second title in the library, here in an => early issue of the first edition, matching these points listed by Cohn: "Jack, Climbing the Bean Stalk" is used as the frontispiece, the back wrapper advertises the already published Hop O'My Thumb and promotes the soon-to-come Cinderella, and the list of illustrations appears on the verso of the front fly-leaf.
Provenance: From the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.
Cohn, George Cruikshank: A Catalogue Raisonné, 197; Osborne Collection, p. 596; see Gumuchian 1964–1968. Publisher's printed green paper wrappers; wrappers showing dust-soiling, spine sunned and rubbed, front wrapper with small scrape at upper inner corner, none of this devastating. Title-page with short closed tear from outer margin, just touching title-frame; paper of text age-toned but clean. => A very solid copy, used in its time but never abused. (41680) Add to My BOOK-STACK
Tales of Doctors, Patients, & Medical Escapades
Written by One Eminent Psychiatrist, Owned by Two More
[Winslow, Forbes Benignus]. Physic and physicians: A medical sketch book, exhibiting the public and private life of the most celebrated medical men, of former days; with memoirs of eminent living London physicians and surgeons. London: Longman, Orme, Brown, & Co. (pr. by Thoms), 1839. 8vo (20.9 cm, 8.25"). 2 vols. I: Frontis., xiv, 360 pp. II: Frontis., , ii, 393,  pp. $375.00
First edition: Victorian florilegium of interesting, entertaining, and occasionally enlightening medical anecdotes. Topics include "Eccentric Medical Men," "Early Struggles of Eminent Medical Men," "Celebrated Medical Poets," "Sketches and Illustrations of Medical Quackery," "How to Get a Practice; Or, the Art of Rising in Physic," "Mad-Doctors and Mad-Houses," "Medical Emigration" (to the U.S., Australia, and Brazil), "Army and Navy Surgeons, and East India Company's Medical Service," biographical sketches of well-known contemporary physicians, etc.; while the work is occasionally found extra-illustrated and bound into four volumes, it appears here in two => as issued. The author (1810–74) was a respected psychiatrist considered an authority => on lunacy — and the father of Lyttleton Stewart Forbes Winslow, also a psychiatrist, notorious for his involvement with the Jack the Ripper case.
Binding: Contemporary half purple mulberry-colored and olive morocco with dark purple marbled paper–covered sides veined in gold, this paper also used as endpapers; spines gilt extra with fine rules dividing compartments, close rows of waves filling two compartments, and fleurs de lis embraced by delicate beading and bracketing in two more. Slim silk placemarkers present.
Provenance: Front pastedowns each with scallop-shell "pilgrim badge" bookplate of eminent psychiatrist Charles W. Pilgrim (1855–1934). Later in the collection of Robert Sadoff, M.D., forensic psychiatrist and director of Penn's Center for Studies in Social-Legal Psychiatry, sans indicia.
Bindings as above, spines sunned to brown and sage green; a very little rubbed and scuffed and both quite strong. Frontispieces separated, with chips and tears but no lost paper within images and each leaf with one repair from rear; vol. II title-page separated and each title-page with author's name added neatly (ink in vol. I, pencil in vol. II). Occasional spots of foxing. => A beautifully bound, safely enjoyable set with pleasingly apropos provenance. (41681) Add to My BOOK-STACK
Presenting Thackeray "In the Aspect His Ambition Preferred — As a Sketcher"
Thackeray, William Makepeace; [Joseph Grego, ed.]. Thackerayana: Notes & anecdotes illustrated by nearly six hundred sketches. London: Chatto & Windus, 1875. 8vo (19.5 cm, 7.67"). [v]–xx, 492, 40 (adv.) pp. (half-title lacking); illus. $450.00
First edition: a tribute to Thackeray incorporating highlights of his life, readings, and art, "depicting humorous incidents in his school life, and favourite scenes and characters in the books of his every-day reading" (as per the title-page) — the text being => illustrated with hundreds of previously unseen vignettes and doodles Thackeray had sketched in the books in his library.
This first issue of the first edition was suppressed after publication and reissued without the copyrighted material it had originally included (the later issues are distinguishable by a change in subtitle to "illustrated by hundreds of sketches"); the publisher's advertisements at the back are dated 1874.
Binding: Brown morocco framed in triple gilt fillets, spine gilt extra (spine label attributing the work to Masson); board edges with gilt fillets, wide turn-ins with gilt roll, deep blue endpapers and top edges gilt. The publisher's original gilt-stamped red cloth covers and spine are mounted on leaves bound in at the back. => Signed binding by Riviere & Son.
Provenance: From the personal library of Dr. Robert Sadoff, sans indicia.
NCBEL, III, 860. Binding as above, minor rubbing only, half-title lacking; bound-in original covers with light wear to gilt. Pages evenly age-toned; one early pencilled shouldernote with light offsetting to facing page. => A handsome, "collector's" example of an uncommon true first. (41674) Add to My BOOK-STACK
Charming Color-Illustrated Gift
Foster, Myles Birket, & John Absolon, illus. Songs for the little ones at home. London: Sampson Low, Son, & Co. (pr. by G. Barclay), 1860. 12mo (19 cm, 7.48"). 48 pp.; 16 col. plts. $125.00
First edition of this collection of poems attributed to "Aunt Mary," M.S.C., and others. Two of the most successful illustrators of the day, Foster and Absolon, supplied eight each of the => 16 chromolithographed plates, many of pastoral scenes.
Binding: Publisher's ribbon-embossed green cloth, covers framed in blind, front cover and spine with decorative gilt-stamped title. All edges gilt.
Provenance: Gift inscription on front free endpaper dated 1868: "Presented to Master Willie Grosland from his foster sister Isabella Fisher." Most recently in the children's book collection of Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.
Opie PP 705; Osborne Collection, pp. 78-79. Binding as above, spine and edges rubbed, front cover with two small scuffs; spine extremities and hinges neatly and unobtrusively refurbished. => Pages age-toned; plates lovely. (41046) Add to My BOOK-STACK
International Quest for Knowledge, American Edition
Saint-Pierre, Bernardin de; Edward Augustus Kendall, trans. The Indian cottage ... to which is added, Palaemon, a pastoral tale. Philadelphia: William Spotswood, 1794. 12mo (16.3 cm, 6.41"). Frontis., 79,  pp. (lacking 4 final adv. pp.). $200.00
First U.S. edition: A gently satirical tale in which an English man of letters, tasked by the Royal Society of London with => traveling the world to discover ultimate truth, arrives in India and is first disappointed by the chief Brahmin but then enlightened by a humble pariah living in the woods. This piece from the author of Paul et Virginie was translated from the original French (La Chaumière indienne, published in 1791) by Edward Augustus Kendall and paired here with Jean-François Marmontel's "Palaemon, a Pastoral Tale." Spotswood also issued the two attached to the longer Paul and Mary, and there is some bibliographic overlap in citations; the signatures commencing here with "I" suggest that this shorter, presumably less expensive volume was produced from sheets printed for the longer three-part collection but, given the completely separate title-page, always intended to be able to stand on its own.
The => delightful copperplate frontispiece was engraved by James Smither, a skilled artisan employed by the Continental Congress to produce currency plates — after which, an outspoken Tory, he was charged with counterfeiting and treason, and transported to Nova Scotia before eventually returning to Philadelphia in 1786. Smither's "Pastoral Scene" features a rustically clad couple, he playing pipe while she holds a book of music, with a child frolicking with the sheep at their feet.
Provenance: With early inked inscription of Mary Batchelder on rear free endpaper; most recently in the children's book collection of Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.
Welch 1139.1 (cf. 1140.1); Evans 27667; ESTC W27590. Contemporary quarter sheep and marbled paper–covered sides; rubbed and scuffed overall, paper cracked at hinges (inside) but sewing holding strongly. Title-page with upper outer corner excised, with loss of most of an early inked inscription by Batchelder; second inscription on back free endpaper. Two leaves of publisher's advertisements (only) not present here. Pages age-toned with occasional spots of foxing; two pages of second story with areas of more pronounced staining (candle wax?). => A solid and pleasing copy of this interesting, uncommon item. (41673) Add to My BOOK-STACK
Theatre Luminaries Mark a Special Night
(Theatrical Souvenir: "Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep"). Manuscript on paper, in English: "Sleep" [/] Miss Graves's 'Dear Ones.'" [New York]: 1950. 8vo (25 cm, 9.84"). [5 ff. used (of approx. 100)]. $450.00
Unique Broadway memento: a celebratory autograph book/friendship volume => presented by Fredric March to his wife Florence Eldridge on the occasion of the opening night of their play "Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep." The production was adapted by Elaine Ryan from a novel by Ludwig Bemelmans (best known for his beloved children's books about Madeline) and directed by Hume Cronyn. Clifford Odets was an enthusiastic fan ("one of the best entertainments I've seen in years"), as was Eleanor Roosevelt, who wrote in her diary: "Last evening Miss Thompson and I had the pleasure of dining and going to a play with Henry Morgenthau Jr. and his family. At my request we went to see 'Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep,' with Fredric March and Florence Eldridge. I enjoyed the evening very much . . . The play was fantastic and amusing in spots and serious in others."
March and Eldridge starred as General Leonidas Erosa and governess Leonora Graves, and => March inscribed this volume to "my Leonora" from "Leonidas" (though the Oscar and Tony winner did also provide his own real signature on the next leaf). Among the other signers were Barbara Bemelmans (Ludwig's daughter), actor-playwright Elliott Nugent, George Nichols III (the show's producer), actress Betty Wharton and her husband the theatre lawyer John F. Wharton, socialite Pamela T. Colin (later Lady Pamela Harlech), New York Times correspondent Delbert Clark (who signed himself "a new friend, perhaps, but nonetheless true"), actress-author Cornelia Otis Skinner, publisher George Macy (who left a charming bit of doggerel), cast member Charlie Chaplin Jr., and many other famous names.
Binding: Green morocco with unusual partly bevelled edges, front cover framed and panelled in blind and gilt with central blind-stamped diamond medallion in enclosing gilt-stamped decorations; spine with gilt-tooled raised bands, turn-ins with gilt roll, green marbled endpapers and all edges deckle. Binding stamped by London Harness Company, marked "made in Italy."
Bound as above, sunned to varying degrees, leather split at front joint with spine leather lifting from spine, sides scuffed, edges and extremities rubbed. => While only a few leaves of this remarkable volume have been used, what is here is a treasure trove of theatrical association. (41670) Add to My BOOK-STACK
Island Highs & Lows
Conrad, Joseph; Robert Shore, illus. An outcast of the islands. Avon, CT: Printed for the members of The Limited Editions Club, 1975. 4to (29.3 cm, 11.5"). ix, , 212,  pp.; 12 col. plts. $75.00
The TV personality, intellectual, and sought-after editor Clifton Fadiman introduced this edition of Joseph Conrad's second novel (first published in 1896), a story of isolation and love set in a tropical landscape. The edition was designed by John O.C. McCrillis and printed at The Stinehour Press in Lunenberg, VT, using monotype Bembo on creamy Curtis smooth-antique rag paper. Robert Shore contributed the => 12 full-page color illustrations, reproduced from his acrylic paintings by the Holyoke Lithograph Company.
This is numbered copy 538 of 2000 printed and => signed by the artist at the colophon. The appropriate LEC prospectus and newsletter are laid in, in the original envelope.
Binding: Bound at the Sendor Bindery in full cream linen printed in an all-over brown and black batik pattern, with the title gilt-stamped on a brown spine label.
Bibliography of the Fine Books Published by the Limited Editions Club, 486. Bound as above, in original glassine wrapper and brown paper–covered slipcase with paper spine label; slipcase with spine very slightly sunned, wrapper chipped at spine head and foot, volume with minimal rubbing to extremities only. => A lovely copy, fresh and clean. (41672) Add to My BOOK-STACK
A Riverdale Story: Fishing & Newspaper Selling
Optic, Oliver [pseud. of William Taylor Adams]. The little merchant. A story for little folks. Boston: Lee & Shepard, 1865. 16mo (14.7 cm, 5.78"). Add. engr. t.-p. (incl. in pagination), 96 pp.; 4 plts. $65.00
Little David, determined to help his impoverished mother, starts out by catching and selling pickerel before moving on to selling newspapers. That tale is followed by a briefer story of another successful paper-seller, "The Newsboy." This is an early printing of the first entry in the "Riverdale Story Books" series, originally published in 1862; the series was written by an educator and prolific children's author who served as a member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives. The text is => illustrated with an engraved title-page signed by John Andrew and four plates, as well as a few small animal tail-pieces.
Provenance: From the children's book collection of Albert A. Howard, his inscription on front fly-leaf (this unusual) and small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.
Sternick, Bibliography of 19th-Century Children's Series Books, 906. Publisher's red cloth, covers with blind-stamped frame and central vignette, spine decoratively gilt-stamped incorporating series title; binding slightly cocked and rubbed with spine gilt dimmed in bottom half and boards with areas of discoloration. Text with faint traces of waterstaining to lower outer corners and scattered light spotting, pages overall clean. (41667) Add to My BOOK-STACK
"Remarkably Fine" Bewick Frontispiece
Wilkinson, Sarah Scudgell; Thomas Bewick, illus. The history of Crazy Jane. Alnwick: W. Davison, 1818. 16mo (13.7 cm, 5.39"). 40 pp.; 4 plts. (incl. in pagination). $250.00
"Embellished with elegant engravings": Illustrated chapbook printing of Wilkinson's cautionary tale in which Henry Percival, seducer and deceiver, overcomes the virtue of Jane Arnold by pretending that his father will not let them marry because Jane has no fortune. He then abandons her, departing first for London and later for the West Indies. Jane goes mad with grief and dies; Henry returns from the West Indies a shadow of his former self, having encountered the ghost of Jane, and ends up committing suicide.
In addition to three plates and a title-page vignette, this early printing features a => frontispiece by Bewick. Hugo notes that "the frontispiece of Crazy Jane wandering in the wood is remarkably fine."
Provenance: From the chapbook collection of Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.
Gumuchian 5841; Hugo 276 (for 1813 ed.); Opie A 1242. Publisher's printed tan paper wrappers; spine and extremities rubbed. Traces of old adhesive residue to reverse of frontispiece and to last text page; pages and plates age-toned with occasional minor spotting only. => A nice copy. (41668) Add to My BOOK-STACK
A Bandit Comes Clean: One of the John Hawkins & James Simpson Gang
=> TELLS THE STORY
Wilson, Ralph. A full and impartial account of all the robberies committed by John Hawkins, George Sympson (lately executed for robbing the Bristol Mails) and their companions. London: J. Peele, . 8vo (20.2 cm, 7.95"). , 29,  pp. $300.00
"We do not consider how naturally we go from one thing to another, till at last we get to the end of a Rope" (p. 26): Wilson, "late one of [Hawkins' and Simpson's] confederates," wrote this first-person account of the infamous highwaymen's exploits — including the incident in which Hawkins and the author defaced several pictures in the gallery at the Bodleian Library — and their subsequent legal woes. This is the stated fourth edition, undated; Peele's previous issues were all dated 1722, the same year in which the present example was most likely printed, as the subsequent fifth edition was dated 1723.
Provenance: From the chapbook collection of Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.
ESTC T68701. 19th-century paper-covered boards, spine with gilt-stamped title; moderate wear overall with board edges and spine sunned, spine title all but lost. Front endpapers with pencilled annotations and small 19th-century shelving label. Title-page with spots of staining; title-page and first text leaf with lower inner corner torn away, not approaching text. Pages age-toned and dust-soiled with scattered foxing. Actual hard-copy holdings of this item are => uncommon, as is the case for all of the 1722 printings. (41669) Add to My BOOK-STACK