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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

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

Bodoni-Printed — A Dozen Poems, in Tribute

[Bettinelli, Saverio, Abate].  Tributo di amicizia con epigrammi di maniera greca al sig. marchese D. Carlo Emmanuele Cacciapiatti ... nelle sue nozze colla signora Donna Giuseppa Cacciapiatti. [Parma: Bodoni], 1791. 8vo (16.7 cm, 6.57"). 6, [2], xii pp.

Sole edition: Twelve sonnets by a Jesuit belles-lettrist, here in an "elegante e . . . leggiadro" Bodoni printing sponsored by Francesco Cattaneo, who wrote the dedication to the Marquis and his wife. This minimalist production is uncommon: a search of WorldCat finds => only three U.S. institutions reporting holdings (UCLA, Newberry, Southern Methodist).

Brooks 425; De Lama, II, 67. Original orange paper–covered boards, neatly rebacked; minor shelfwear. Page edges untrimmed. Mild foxing, otherwise clean. => A solid copy of this modest, less frequently seen Bodoni item.  (41549)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

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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"Containing a Description of the Most Remarkable Buildings & Curiosities in the British Metropolis" — Illustrated

(London).  London scenes, or a visit to Uncle William in town. London: John Harris (pr. by S. & R. Bentley), 1824. 12mo (17.2 cm, "). xvi, 211, [1] pp.; 28 plts.

"This is London! how do you like it?" asks the title-page of this tour through London for juvenile readers. The descriptions of the city's high spots and most exciting scenes are illustrated with => a total of 78 copper-engraved vignettes, given on 28 plates. This is => the first edition under this title, being a corrected, enlarged, and indeed "almost entirely re-written" version of A Visit to Uncle William in Town; the introduction offers a metafictional explanation for the reworking, adding another layer to the existing frame story. While many of the engravings come from the 1818 Visit, the frontispiece and several of the liveliest action scenes (including "Mad Ox on Blackfriars Bridge," "Skating on the Serpentine River," and "Guy Fawkes in Effigy") are => new to this version and dated 1824.
        Provenance: From the children's book collection of Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.

Moon, John Harris, 506; Opie H 94; Osborne Collection, pp. 808-09. Publisher's printed paper–covered boards with red roan shelfback; binding darkened and worn, spine with head pulled and leather cracked, extremities rubbed with front hinge (inside) cracked and front free endpaper lacking. Back pastedown with modern pencilled annotations. A very few scattered spots of foxing and some instances of mild to moderate offsetting from images, pages overall clean. => Externally worn, internally delightful.  (41544)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

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A Sumner Heirloom — Illustrated & Expanded Bible

Bible. English. 1886.  The parallel Bible. The Holy Bible, containing the authorized and the revised versions of the Old and New Testaments, arranged in parallel columns; the text conformable to that of the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge. Philadelphia: A.J. Holman & Co., 1886. Folio (, 12.52"). [6], viii, [iv], 8, 16, 16, 16, 16, 103, [1], 24, 16, [2], 48, 1075, [1], 28, 16, 8, [2], 400, 837–850, 56, 43, [1] pp.; 2 double-sided ff. of col. maps, 2 double-sided illum. col. plts., 4 illum. certificates, 2 illum. plts., 14 plts.

Imposing illustrated Bible offering large amounts of supplementary information, numerous plates and in-text engravings, and notable provenance — as well as a handsome binding. This copy includes a six-page inserted (contemporary) "Introductory History of the Manuscript and Early Printed Editions of the Holy Bible" along with the "Gallery of Scripture Illustrations," "Historical Illustrations of Bible Text, Derived from Ancient Coins and Gems," "Views from Photographs of Recent Surveys in the Holy Lands," "Comprehensive Dictionary of the Bible," "Summary of Biblical Antiquities," parables with full-page, faux-medieval illustrations, and many other sections of additional Biblical scholarship.
        Color Printing & Illumination: Also present are two double-sided leaves of color-printed maps, several illuminated plates, and four illuminated certificates of matrimony, births, marriages, and deaths, the first recording the wedding of George F. Sumner and Mary Faustena Day (see below), performed by Charles Sumner Nickerson in 1891; births and deaths have also been filled in.
        Binding: Contemporary pebbled roan, covers framed and panelled in blind, front cover and spine with gilt-stamped title, board edges and turn-ins with gilt rolls. Marbled endpapers; all edges gilt.
        Provenance: Front fly-leaf with inked gift inscription from Julia Ann Bartlett Worsley to her grandson George Francis Sumner (of the eminent Massachusetts Sumner family) on the occasion of his 21st birthday in 1886; later inked inscription noting gift by his widow Mary Faustena Day Sumner to John Worsley Wallace, a great-grandson of Worsley's, as Sumner left no surviving direct descendants. => Laid in is a warmly written letter from Julia to Mary, making reference to this very Bible. Most recently from the collection of Michael Zinman, sans indicia.

This ed. not in Hills, English Bible in America. Binding as above, joints and extremities rubbed, one spine compartment with small chip in leather; front cover with minor scuffing and area of faint discoloration. Original brown silk bookmark present. Some pages gently age-toned, overall very clean. => A "family Bible" production to compete with any other!  (41542)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

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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

"A Rich Selection of Bewick's Best Engravings Properly Reproduced"

Stone, Reynolds, ed.; Thomas Bewick, illus.  Wood engravings of Thomas Bewick reproduced in collotype. London: Rupert Hart-Davis, 1953. 8vo (25 cm, 9.84"). 53, [1], pp.; 128 pp. of illus.

Carefully curated collection of 351 engravings by Bewick and his pupils, selected by engraver Reynolds Stone (1909–79), who also supplied a biographical introduction. This is the limited edition, with the present example being => numbered copy 658 of 1000 printed, signed at the colophon by Stone.
        Provenance: From the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.

Publisher's maroon cloth, spine with gilt-stamped title, head showing light wear; in original dust jacket with spine and edges sunned, spine dust-soiled and head chipped, front panel with two edge tears (one touching title). Front pastedown with bookseller's small ticket. Pages gently and evenly age-toned; back free endpaper creased. => Copies that are both signed and in the original wrappers are now uncommon.  (41366)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

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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Everything Victorians Knew about Ancient Egypt, Compiled — Illustrated in Color

Wilkinson, John Gardner; Samuel Birch, ed.  The manners and customs of the ancient Egyptians. London: John Murray (pr. by William Clowes & Sons), 1878. 8vo (23 cm, 9"). 3 vols. I: xxx, 510 pp.; 12 plts. (of which 5 col. & 6 fold.), illus. II: xii, 515, [1] pp.; 5 plts. (of which 2 col. & 2 fold.), illus. III: xi, [1], 528 pp.; 12 plts. (of which 2 col. fold. & 10 fold.; full-page illus. incl. in pagination), illus.

First edition of this revised and corrected version of => the work that helped launch Egyptomania among the 19th-century English masses. A dedicated traveller and independent scholar, Wilkinson (1797–1875) was at the forefront of British Egyptology — as was editor Birch (1813–1885), keeper of Egyptian antiquities at the British Museum — and this massive, detail-packed study of ancient Egyptian history and culture, first printed in 1837, brought him both general fame and a knighthood.
        This three-volume set is => extensively illustrated with hundreds of in-text wood engravings as well as the 72 remarkable plates, many based on Wilkinson's own drawings. (Please note that this total follows the publisher's practice, which includes in the count of plates a number of the third volume's full-page illustrations with printed text on the reverse.) => Nine of the plates are printed in color, and 19 are oversized folding images.

Contemporary speckled calf rebacked some time ago with original spines laid on, covers framed in gilt roll; spines gilt extra with acanthus motifs and with gilt-stamped leather title and volume labels; marbled endpapers and all page edges marbled. Joints rubbed (edges less so) with joints also dry; spine leather of all volumes dry and variously rubbed/chipped; vol. I with volume label chipped and back joint starting from head — priced according to faults yet with all volumes "holding" and more attractive than some of this detail would suggest. Interior very bright and remarkably unfoxed, with a very few scattered spots only; clean and crisp. => Desirable, as an example of this important work.  (41532)   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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Fine-Press Love Poems from Medieval Andalusia

Parker, Margaret, transl.; Fredric Brewer, ed.  I am going to cry. Bloomington, IN: The Raintree Press, 1977. 4to (17.9 cm, 7.04"). [12] pp.; illus.

Scarce sole edition: Twelve kharjas — closing lines of strophic poems written in a mixture of => vernacular Arabic and early Spanish — translated into English by Dr. Parker, a professor at Louisiana State University. The text was handset by Brewer, who decorated it with zodiac symbols printed in black and red.
        Provenance: From the collection of Gerson Leiber, the artist, engraver, sculptor, and book collector, sans indicia.

Publisher's printed yellow paper wrappers; spine very slightly sunned, faint dust-soiling in upper inner portion of front wrapper, light creasing at lower edges, presenting very well overall. Pages fresh and clean. => A nice copy of a very uncommon item.  (41504)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

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Isaiah Thomas' ILLUSTRATED TALL FOLIO New Testament of 1791

Bible. New Testament. English. 1791. Authorized (i.e., "King James Version").  The New Testament of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, Translated out of the original Greek, and with the former translations diligently compared and revised, by the special command of King James I, of England. United States of America, [i.e., Worcester, Mass.]: Pr. at the press in Worcester, Massachusetts, by Isaiah Thomas, 1791. Folio extra (400 mm; 16"). New Testament ONLY. [1] f., pp. [789]–1012; 19 plts.

Present here is the extracted New Testament from => the first folio Bible printed in America, from the press of the printer whom Ben Franklin called the "Baskerville of America." Being also only the fourth complete Protestant Bible in English printed in the former British colonies, its text is the standard King James version, printed in double-column format in roman type; and Thomas's production is famous for its typography, its achievement in size (the pages are 15.5" tall), and especially its illustrations. The plates (19 of them) were engraved by four of America's greatest artisans: J. Norman, Alexander Doolittle, Joseph H. Seymour, and Samuel Hill.
        "An alphabetical table of proper names" was planned but not printed, as indicated by the catchword on the final page; the table does appear in the quarto edition Thomas printed the same year. This volume does contain, at its end, the whole Bible's "Index to the Holy Bible" and its several "tables" of Weights, Measures, and Coins; Time; Offices and Conditions of Men; and Kindred and Affinity.

Hills 29; O'Callaghan 38; Herbert 1353; Rumball-Petre, Rare Bibles, 171; Evans 23186 Wright, Early Bibles of America, pp. 74–88. 18th-century mottled calf, nicely rebacked with edges of boards renewed and text block resewn. Old waterstaining from light to severe throughout, extending across text and image areas of plates with very variable impact; age-toning, occasional staining, and off-setting from plates in only the usual degrees. Lower margins display some notable chips and purposeful paper tear-aways, and a good many closed tears; only the latter reach sometimes into text (without loss). Several plates have had closed tears neatly repaired from the rear; the plate of Mary Magdalen and the final leaf of the last Table show OLD replacement of paper where original paper was torn away from blank areas; the copy retains the old dog-earings and page-creasings of long use, and bears pencillings on its final leaf. => A copy that has seen much happen to it, over its more than 200 years of existence; still, a sturdy, interesting, and imposing copy of this impressive early American New Testament.  (41520)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

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Lane's Illustrated Arabian Nights

(Arabian Nights). Lane, Edward William.  The thousand and one nights, commonly called, in England, the Arabian nights’ entertainments. London: Charles Knight & Co. (I & III pr. by William Clowes & Sons, II by Whitehead & Co.), 1840–1841. 8vo (26 cm, 10.25"). 3 vols. I: xxxii, 618, [2] pp.; illus. II: xii, 643, [1] pp.; illus. III: xii, 763, [1] pp.; illus.

Edward William Lane’s translation of this classic work — the most accurate English version to that date — illustrated with => "many hundred" delightful in-text wood engravings from designs by William Harvey. An Egyptologist and noted scholar of Arabic language and literature, Lane made use of the Egyptian manuscripts, becoming => the first English translator to work from a primary source. He chose to bowdlerize portions of the tales he found “objectionable,” but added extensive anthropological and cultural annotations as well as explanations of many of his choices in translation and transliteration.
        The work was originally published in monthly serialized form from 1830 to 1840, printed for Charles Knight by Whitehead & Co., who also printed the first volume of the book-form edition in 1839; that run of the first volume having sold out by the time the third was ready, the publisher found a new printer to reprint it, and the present set comprises the Clowes (second) printing of vols. I and III with the Whitehead (first) of vol. II, all in the publisher's matching red cloth.
        Provenance: From the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabels ("AHA") at rear.

NSTC 2L3671 (for first ed.). Publisher's red cloth, spines with gilt-stamped title and vignette, covers with blind-stamped vignette; cocked yet solid, with hinges/extremities rubbed and cloth (especially of spines) having uneven discolorations from sunning or other exposures. Endpapers and next adjacent leaves with variably light discoloration to gutter areas from binding process; text blocks otherwise gently age-toned but with very little foxing, this mostly confined to first and last few leaves of vol. I. Two facing pages in vol. III with traces of small spot of adhesion from organic matter; occasionally, elsewhere, another sort of spot. => A well-used set of this landmark work described and priced accordingly, yet a respectable set; here in an early (partial-first!) appearance in the original bindings.  (41416)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

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Illustrated Rulers — STRONG PORTRAITS

(Rulers of Great Britain).  History of the kings and queens of England: From the reign of William the Conqueror to Victoria the first. Part I. [with] History of the kings and queens of England and Scotland: From the reign of James the first to Victoria the first. Part II. Glasgow: Pr. for the booksellers, [1845?]. 12mo (17.5 cm, 6.89"). I: 24 pp.; illus. II: 24 pp.; illus.

A PAIR of illustrated chapbooks, covering the English monarchy up through the birth of Queen Victoria's fourth child in 1844. Each ruler's history features a woodcut portrait — including that of Oliver Cromwell — for a total of => 26 vignettes plus two repeated on the title-pages. This example does not have the series numbers (133 and 134) seen printed on the title-pages of some copies, and instead is marked "ix. 1" and "ix. 2."
        Provenance: From the chapbook collection of American collector Albert A. Howard, sans indicia.

NSTC 2ENG9105. Removed from a nonce volume. Pages opened slightly roughly with occasional small edge chips, including lower outer corner of part I title-page. Free of foxing or indeed any apparent signs of use other than having been opened, this is => a notably clean, crisp set with nice dark impressions of the cuts.  (41522)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

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Owned by (At Least) Two American Doctors
       Trotter on "Nervous Diseases"

Trotter, Thomas.  A view of the nervous temperament; being a practical inquiry into the increasing prevalence, prevention, and treatment of those diseases commonly called nervous, bilious, stomach & liver complaints; indigestion; low spirits, gout, &c. Troy, NY: Wright, Goodenow, & Stockwell (colophon: Salem, NY: Pr. by J.P. Reynolds), 1808. 12mo (17.5 cm, 6.89"). 338, [2] pp.

First American edition of this comprehensive overview of Georgian thought on physical, mental, environmental, and inherited causes of "nervous diseases," as well as their cures. Written by a Scottish naval surgeon (and poet), this influential treatise — first published in London in the previous year — addresses the interconnectivity of mind and body as well as questions of gender, class, and urbanization; it is => one of the earliest books on psychiatric concerns printed in the United States.
        Provenance: Title-page with affixed printed slip of Alfred Baylies (1787–1873) of Taunton, MA, an eminent physician after whom a local Masonic lodge was named; one text page with his now-faint inked ownership inscription. Most recently in the library of Robert L. Sadoff, M.D., one of the nation's leading forensic psychiatrists and a director of Penn's Center for Studies in Social-Legal Psychiatry, sans indicia.

Shaw & Shoemaker 16348; Austin, Early American Medical Imprints, 1929. Contemporary mottled sheep, spine with gilt-stamped green leather title-label; spine and edges rubbed, front joint just starting from head with binding sturdy and holding well. Moderate foxing throughout. One leaf with a small hole, not touching text; one leaf with paper flaw running through text without affecting legibility. => A solid copy in its original binding, with nice provenance.  (41514)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

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Reformed Church. Catechisms. German.  Catechismus, oder, Kurzer Unterricht christlicher Lehre, für die angehende Jugend, in der Churfürstlichen Pfalz und andern Reformirten Orten zu gebrauchen: sammt der Haus-Tafel, mit und ohne biblischen Sprüch-Büchlein. Philadelphia: Gedruckt und zu haben bey Conrad Zentler, 1827. 12mo. Frontis., 108 pp.

A late U.S. printing of the Heidelberg catechism.

Shoemaker 28421; Arndt & Eck, German Language Printing in the U.S., 2884. Contemporary quarter sheep with "wallpaper" sides; spine perished, boards shortly to be detached; all pages browned and many with stains. A poor copy of a fairly scarce book.  (30268)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

"A is for Axe"

 The picture alphabet; or child's A, B, C. Portland, ME: Bailey & Noyes, [not before 1860?]. 16mo (10.5 cm, 4.1"). 16 pp.; illus.

"Seventh series — No. 1" from Bailey & Noyes, publishers of numerous children's toy- and chapbooks, this example featuring => a small wood engraving and couplet for each letter of the alphabet. The firm was listed in extant Portland, ME, directories between 1860 and 1875.

Not in Bloch, not in Osborne. Publisher's blue-green printed paper wrappers, sewn as issued, in excellent condition save for very slight fading at lower and outer edges. Pages clean and fresh. => Axe, Bat, and, Comb through Xerxes, Youth, and Zebra.  (41516)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

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