Publisher's quarter cream textured cloth with light blue fleur-de-lis printed paper sides, spine with printed paper label; lacking the blue dust-wrapper, small spot of staining at head of spine, otherwise a very nice example. (28209)
The Grandeza was Balbuena's first published work, appearing from the Ocharte press in Mexico in 1604. A descriptive epic poem about Mexico City at the close of the 16th century, paying homage to its external material aspects and to its spiritual, political, and social ones as well, it is a major work of Novohispanic literature. The Siglo de Oro was the author's second published work; it first appeared in Madrid in 1608 and is composed of a series of 12 eclogues.
Binding: Contemporary acid-stained sheep (Valencia style) in hues of green and brown, covers with a gilt roll border and a center device of the Spanish royal coat of arms, spine gilt extra.
Palau 22339; Simón Díaz 2286; Maggs, Spanish Books, 71a. On Balbuena, see: Archivo biográfico de España, Portugal e Iberoamérica, fiche 90, frames 7–16. Bound as above, joints and extremities mildly rubbed. Title-page with spots of pinhole worming, front fly-leaf with one such. Pages clean, portrait handsome. (38393)
Brunet, I, 652; Willems 452. Late 18th-century plain morocco, turn-ins with gilt roll, rebacked some time ago with lighter morocco; old leather rubbed and variably discolored, front cover with old patch repair. Front free endpaper with pencilled annotations and affixed cataloguing slip. A few pages with faint staining, most clean. One leaf with small paper flaw affecting about six letters. All edges gilt. (27391)
Provenance: Front pastedown with bookplate of eminent philanthropist and bibliophile Henry Benjamin Hanbury Beaufoy (1786–1851); front fly-leaf with monogram of Edwin Wolf II, and his bibliographic notes.
Brunet, I, 652; Copinger 211; Willems 452. Binding as above, rebacked some time ago with calf a little less red in hue, spine gilt extra; joints and extremities rubbed, board edges darkened. Bookplate as above; front free endpaper and fly-leaf with later pencilled annotations, fly-leaf also with inked monogram. Light waterstaining to upper outer corners of first three signatures, page edges slightly darkened throughout, foxing in upper portion of engraved title-page; all these things less striking in hand than in description. A binding of distinction, as well as a copy with excellent provenance. (41622)
Cock-a-hoop 196. Publisher's light taupe paper–covered boards with red cloth shelfback, front cover with rooster vignette stamped in red, spine with gilt-stamped title; minor rubbing to spine foot and lower outer corners. A few page edges slightly darkened and one very limited, very faint stain affecting endpapers' lower outer corner at rear, pages otherwise clean.A nice copy of this interesting production. (37173)
Sadleir's analysis suggested to him the following probable sequence: a) the private edition, b) copies of the public edition with p. 236 in the same form as it appears in the private edition, c) copies of the public edition with p. 236 blank; and d) copies of the public edition with the complete new version of the text on p. 236.
However, the remnants of the binding preserved at the back of the present first volume — see note below andimage above — are red moiré silk (as opposed to the brown cloth of the public edition), with the side panels and spine ornately blocked with a gilt design and the title within the gilt frame (the spine is rather worn, but legible). This suggests that only some of the twelve private copies were bound in leather, and others, or at least one, bound in this special silk cloth, gilt extra.
Barham began writing the short pieces making up this series as contributions to his friend and classmate's Bentley's Miscellany. The subject matter was “at first derived from the legendary lore of the author's ancestral locality in Kent, but soon [was] enriched by satires on the topics of the day and subjects of pure invention, or borrowed from history or the ‘Acta Sanctorum’. . . . The success of the ‘Legends’ was pronounced from the first, and when published collectively in 1840 they at once took the high place in humorous literature which they have ever since retained” (DNB).
Provenance: With R.H.D. Barham’s signature as noted above, and with the armorial bookplate of Sir David Lionel Salomons (1851–1925) in each volume.
NCBEL, III, 365; Sadleir 156a; Tinker 216 (public edition); Carter, Binding Variants, p.92. Bindings a bit darkened and slightly discolored at extremities, light rubbing to joints, some foxing to the prelims of the first volume, with an old tide-mark in the lower gutter areas of the plates; a tipped-in bookseller's description in the first volume. A very good, very interesting example of a very rare thing. (18236)
Bindings: Contemporary signed bindings by E.P. Dutton & Co., of red morocco with covers framed in gilt triple fillets; spines with raised bands, gilt-stamped titles, and compartments framed in gilt double fillets. Board edges gilt-ruled, gilt inner dentelles. Upper page edges gilt. Original cloth covers and spines bound in at the back.
Sadleir 156b, e, & f; NCBEL, III, 365. Bindings as above, spines and upper board edges darkened with a bit of rubbing; free endpapers with offsetting from turn-ins. One volume with lower part of cover stained and the lower inner margin of the title-page and plates (not the text leaves!) waterstained. One plate evenly age-toned. (12844)
Provenance: From the children's book collection of Albert A. Howard, small booklabel (“AHA”) at rear.
Opie PP 22. Publisher's pink cloth, front cover with gilt-stamped vignette, spine with gilt-stamped title; dust wrapper lacking, spine sunned, spine foot and one upper outer corner bumped, front cover with spots of discoloration. Somewhat worn externally, but internally clean, bright, and unabused by childish hands. (39118)
Publisher's stiff wrappers in the publisher's open-back slipcase. New. (35392)
Though several editions were printed in a short period of time in the 16th century (1538, 1540, 1542, 1545), extant copies are few and far between. Searches of WorldCat, COPAC, and the NUC revealonly one holding of this edition in a U.S. institution (Penn).
Evidence of Readership: An early owner has added a handful of inked words and marks on two pages; a more recent owner has penciled extensive notes on several endpapers, supplied page numbers where lacking, marked several passages with arrows or bars, and written a marginal word.
Provenance: Title-page marked with initials “G.D.S.R.” in ink; most recently in the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel (“AHA”) at rear.
EDIT16 seems to have based its entry on an incomplete copy, for it gives the foliation as 267 [i.e., 167], and while folio 167 is misnumbered in this copy, there is also a folio 168 that is correctly numbered.
EDIT16 CNCE 5538; Adams B753; not in Gamba, Serie dei testi di lingua. Recent cream calf, spine with two dark red leather labels, new endpapers; light scratching. Provenance and readership evidence as above. Light dust-soiling, staining, or spotting mostly in margins; just under four gatherings with light marginal waterstaining. A desirable representative of the burlesque poetry genre. (38032)
Brooks 606; De Lama, II, 108–09; Giani 74 (p. 55). Contemporary half calf with speckled paper–covered sides, rebacked preserving much of the original spine including gilt-stamped leather title and publisher labels; minor overall wear. Marbled endpapers in two different colorways: front endpapers in blues and pinks, back endpapers in orange, pink, and blue. Page edges untrimmed. A very few small spots of foxing, pages overall clean and crisp.A nice solid copy of this delightful printing. (40171)
Provenance: Presentation copy from the publisher: “C.S. Bell, Esq. with J.G.B.'s compts.” (i.e., John G. Bell). This copy came from the Bewick collection of S. Roscoe, with his cataloguing slip tipped in and his pencilled note “one of 18 on large paper” (which we believe is erroneous). Described on Roscoe's slip as “on blue” paper: if so, it is very, very pale blue.
Hugo, Bewick Collector, 466. Fine copy in later marbled light boards, edges lightly rubbed; provenance/presentation indicia as above. (38856)
Publisher's color-printed paper–covered boards with red cloth shelfback, hinges (inside) tender; binding slightly sunned and showing mild to moderate wear overall, sides with small scuffs and spots of discoloration. Front free endpaper with small chip to outer margin. Pages age-toned, otherwise clean. A pleasing copy of a delightful work. (38667)
Provenance: Front pastedown with the charming “Ex libris fabulae” bookplate of Gordon Thaxter Banks, an eminent book dealer, appraiser, and member of the Massachusetts Historical Society.
Rebacked preserving original spine; joints rubbed and both covers scratched (notably at tops); volume solid. Frontispiece and title-page each with small edge chip; pages gently age-toned, with occasional small spots of mild foxing. A book worth having, with that note and sketch and interesting provenance to boot. (40841)
Provenance: Front fly-leaf with armorial bookplate of New York attorney and book collector Frederic Robert Halsey, and with decorative medieval-inspired bookplate of “G.E.” Volume with laid-in handwritten note signed by Gruel, on Gruel-Engelmann letterhead, dated 1892. Later in the collection of
Brunet, I, 1056; DeBacker, Auteurs du XVIIe siècle, 1020; Tchemerzine, II, 271. Binding as above, nearly perfect save for just a touch of rubbing to the spine extremities, in cloth-covered slipcase, worn, with cloth starting to split over edges. Frontispiece and title-page separating from binding; title with red-tinted signs, near edges, that the marbling process did not go entirely smoothly; upper margins of several other leaves with hints of very faint waterstaining. Otherwise, clean and quite lovely. (13767)
Provenance: Bookseller label of Leo S. Olschki. Most recently in the collection of Albert A. Howard, small booklabel (“AHA”) at rear.
Searches of NUC and WorldCat find fewer than a dozen North American libraries reporting ownership.
Willems 1542. 19th-century maroon calf, plain but with raised bands beaded; rose-color endpapers. Fly-leaf with old, largely obliterated inscription; a few preliminary leaves with old faded waterstains along the outer and top margins. An attractive copy of a nice little Elzevir. (37778)
Evidence of readership: Pencillings in French and English record pronunciation of a name, offer judgments such as “a beautiful poem — with a loathsome subject,” identify one figure in a poem by Derzhavin as “the pampered paramour of Catherine the great” and object on the same page to “the murder” of “helpless Turks”; brief quotations from a history of Russia (which, not clear) are supplied; and the writer wonders, “What must be the Russian heart when her poets can thus sing of deeds like this!”
Library cloth, pressure-stamped on front and back covers by a now-defunct library; title-page and several others rubber-stamped; bookplate, charge pocket, a bit of pencilling. Top margin of title-leaf torn away (no print lost, but an inscription taken); age-toned, light waterstaining in margins toward rear, one signature loosening, good +. Marginalia as noted. (9221)
The prominent Mexican poet David Huerta writes, “The secret of Coral Bracho's poetry, its prodigious originality, can be traced to its tendency to surge like a living voice, a silky impetuous torrent.” Her biography at the Poetry Foundation website observes, “Bracho’s impact on Mexican poetry has been compared to poet John Ashbery’s influence on American verse. Bracho’s layered, long-lined poems attend equally to sound patterns and lush, unspooling imagery.” Fellow poet Forrest Gander has said, “Her diction spills out along ceaselessly shifting beds of sound. . . . Bracho’s early poems make sense first as music, and music propels them.”
Bracho's poetry has appeared in dozens of anthologies of the genre. And further recognizing her achievements as a poet are her Aguacalientes National Poetry Prize and a Guggenheim Fellowship.
From the famous handpress of Juan Pascoe and limited to 120 copies, this featuresa cunning cut of an armadillo on the title-page.
New, sewn in textured charcoal wrappers. (41408)
A total of 26 lettered copies were issued in the binding described above. In addition to beingsigned by Bradbury and Weist on the title-page, the present example is anout-of-series copy marked (in red ink, on the title-page) as the publisher's copy.
Provenance: Front free endpaper with pencilled inscription of Harry E. Young, dated 1921.
American Fiction, 1901-1925, B-858; Gullans & Espey, Checklist of Trade Bindings Designed by Margaret Armstrong, 38. Publisher's tan paper–covered sides with title stamped in black and grapevine design in green and purple, light green cloth shelfback with matching grape motif, in original color-printed dust jacket; jacket, with spine and back panel slightly dust-soiled, front joint rubbed, three short edge tears and a few tiny edge nicks, in overall very good, attractive condition. The volume itself, in its Armstrong binding, shows a faint narrow band of offsetting across its back cover (only) from “protective” plastic wrapping the dust jacket; otherwise, very clean and fresh. A nice copy of the now-uncommon first edition of a socially interesting novel in an “MA” binding. (37550)
Bramicelli's vernacular renditions were apparently unauthorized; one source claims that the Church ordered the book burned (Tentorio, Saggio storico sullo sviluppo dell'ordine somasco dal 1569 al 1650, p. 178). This may explain why the work is nowscarce, with WorldCat and NUC Pre-1956 locating only one U.S. institutional holding (Newberry), and only one additional one internationally. EDIT16 gives only ten Italian libraries as holding copies.
Provenance: From the collection of Don Tommaso De Luca (1752–1829), described by Alexander Roberson as “a priest of the old school . . . possessed of one of the finest libraries in all Northern Italy”; front free endpaper inked with “Exemplare proveniente dalla celebre Collezione de Luca. Veggasi suo Catalogo stampato, alla pag. 101, lin. 29.30" (referring to De Luca's 1816 Catalogo di una pregevole collezione di manoscritti e di libri a stampa delle più ricercate edizioni). Most recently in the library of of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel (“AHA”) at rear.
EDIT16 CNCE 7425. Not in Adams; not in Mortimer; not in Index Aurel. Contemporary marbled paper–covered limp wrappers, faded and rubbed overall; spine darkened and chipped, front cover with early inked numeral at upper center. Front hinge (inside) cracked, with uppermost of two sewing bands separated from vellum; front free endpaper with early bibliographic note in neatly inked Italian. Light waterstaining to lower outer corners of about 12 ff., scattered minor foxing. A fascinating production. (38978)
Publisher's tan paper wrappers, spine very slightly sunned, otherwise showing virtually no wear. A fresh, clean copy. (41527)
NCBEL, III, 865. Original green cloth, spines with printed paper labels, lacking the dust wrappers (which are scarce and almost never seen); labels darkened, a few starting to peel up at corners. Pages untrimmed, with some signatures unopened. A beautiful, clean example of this set. (24629)
ESTC N2497. Recent marbled-paper wrappers, front wrapper with paper title label. Lacking half-title. Title-page with lower corner neatly off, otherwise in excellent, clean condition. (3247)
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)
NCBEL, III, 798 (for main Dombey & Son info.). Publisher's printed light blue-green paper wrappers; wrapper edges sunned and lightly worn. Very slightly and evenly age-toned with small spots of faint foxing mostly confined to margins; light offsetting from images, primarily affecting (blank) reverses save in Little Paul's case, where a ghostly Edith is faintly visible over his head. An attractive set. (41239)
ESTC T116967. Recent marbled paper–covered boards, spine with printed paper label. Frontispiece lacking; title-page and a few others stamped by a now-defunct institution. Inner margins of the first two leaves and outer margin of the final leaf repaired. (10692)
ESTC T58485. Recent speckled paper wrappers. Free endpapers and first and last leaves with worm damage to edges; final blank leaf lacking. Front free endpaper and dedication page with rubber-stamped numerals (no other markings). Lower outer corners waterstained in first portion of volume; some darker stains from laid-in plant matter, with several leaves having words obscured or lost due to botanical adhesions — in the worst case, one leaf with hole affecting about 30 words from having adhered to plant matter, subsequent leaf with about 15 words obscured. Some headers just shaved but no catchwords touched. Title-page verso and back free endpaper with inked ownership inscriptions as above. (20618)
NSTC 2B60417. Period-style quarter light grey cloth and light blue paper?covered sides, spine with printed paper label; engraved portrait of Hale lacking. Ex–social club library with rubber-stamp on half-titles and main title-page but not on the pretty engraved title-page introducing Rochester's life; no other markings. A few leaves with upper outer corners bumped. Nice printing of two much-read and long-respected memoirs. (30337)
Binding as above. Pristine in a mylar wrapper. (30559)
The colophon notes that this is one of 750 unnumbered copies “printed on Van Gelder hand-made paper and the type distributed in the month of December MDCCCCXIV.”
Bishop, Mosher, 180; Hatch, Mosher, 610. Green paper shelfback with pictorial blue and white paper–covered boards, white printed paper labels with green and red lettering to spine and front board; minor darkening to board edges; signatures unopened. In original white paper dust jacket; age-toned and edgeworn with chipping to extremities. A truly handsome edition in a nice copy. (38900)
Uncut and unopened copy of a beautifully accomplished volume.
Not in Penzer, Annotated Bibliography of Sir Richard Burton. Publisher's quarter vellum and marbled paper–covered sides, spine with gilt-stamped title; vellum darkened, corners bumped. Pages clean. (28273)
Provenance: Calligraphic bookplate of Norman J. Sondheim, American collector of fine press books.
McKitterick/Rendall/Dreyfus 84. Publisher's quarter natural niger morocco with red and black Cockerell marbled paper–covered sides; glassine wrapper lacking, boards very gently curved, extremities slightly worn. A solid, handsome copy of a handsome book. (32040)
NCBEL, III, 1407. Publisher's red cloth, front cover and spine with gilt-stamped title, top edge gilt, now in quarter brown morocco and tan cloth–covered open-back slipcase with matching cloth–covered chemise; binding slightly cocked, moderately worn overall with spine darkened and spots of light discoloration to covers, slipcase with spine bands and extremities rubbed. Hinges (inside) tender, sewing starting to loosen along some gutters; pages faintly age-toned, otherwise clean. A serviceable copy and a nice association. (40871)
VD17 12:128413B. Contemporary vellum with yapp edges, spine with early inked title; some light discoloration, with cut to vellum across spine. Pastedowns loose from inside covers, with bits of old manuscript used in the binding structure, showing; 19th-century bookplate attached to exposed paste board and endpapers creased. Shadow of old shelf number on verso of title-page. One leaf with small stain and hole affecting about four letters. Foxing ranging from mild to moderate. (18943)
Binding as above, very gently sunned, upper outer corners slightly bumped. Front pastedown with private collector's armorial bookplate. Pages clean. (19634)
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)
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