Catalogue 140: Rare and Interesting Books, Part II
81. CROSBY, HARRY. Sonnets for Caresse. Paris: Albert Messein, 1926. $1,750
Edition limited to 108 copies, this one of 100 on Arches paper; 12mo, pp. , 48, ; original maroon printed wrappers and contained in a hand-painted veined vellum binding, neatly lettered on spine, and bearing a pencil inscription on a flyleaf “Jo from Caresse Paris 1927.”
Minkoff A3-c: “Copies were bound again in vellum (cream color with gold web-like patterns). Front and back covers have rectangular ruled borders, one part of which is lavender. Spine is hand-lettered in black…” This third edition contains 48 poems; the two earlier editions contained 30 and 37 respectively, and the fourth edition of the following year only 24.
82. CUNNINGHAM, CARUS DUNLOP, & Sir William de Wiveleslie Abney, [et al.]. The pioneers of the Alps. London: Sampson Low, Marston, Searle, & Rivington, 1887. $1,750
First edition, 4to, x, , 287, ; heliogravure frontispiece, vignette title-p., gravure portrait on dedication-p., 23 gravure portraits of the pioneers, plus a number of illustrations in the text (several full-p.); original red cloth stamped in gilt on upper cover and spine, t.e.g.; hinges cracked, cloth a little bubbled, spine extremities cracked and worn, all else very good.
Biographical sketches of the great early Alpine guides, illustrated with Abney’s superb photographic portraits. The text contains contributions by 18 noted Alpinists, including Douglas Freshfield and William Conway, and subjects covered, in addition to the biographical sketches, include a history of mountaineering from 1387 to 1885, Alpine accidents, mountaineering without guides, mountaineering in winter, ice-axes and rope, and “guidecraft.”
Abney (1843-1920), was a famous photographer, and an early pioneer in color photography. He was a experienced traveller and often visited Switzerland and Italy to climb. Cunningham was a Scottish climber and an advocate of winter climbing in Scotland.
83. CUVIER, GEORGES. Recherches sur les ossemens fossiles, Òu l’on rétablit les caractéres de plusieurs animaux dont les révolutions du globe ont détruit les espéces. Paris: E. d’Ocagne, 1834-36. $6,500
Fourth edition, 10 volumes text in 8vo, 2 volumes of plates in 4to; hand-colored folding map of the environs of Paris, hand-colored map of London, folding copper-engraved cross-section of the terrain of Paris, 15 lithograph plates (2 hand-colored), 261 engraved plates (80 double-p., 3 folding, 1 with some strengthening in the margin); recent maroon morocco-backed marbled boards, gilt-lettered direct on gilt-paneled spines; occasional spotting, but generally a fine, handsome set, uncut.
Horblit, One Hundred Books Famous in Science 20b, citing the 1812 first edition in 4 volumes, 4to: “Inauguration of vertebrate paleontology.” Norman, 556, citing the same: “In the 1790s Cuvier began publishing a series of papers on fossils that laid the foundations of modern paleontology. These were reissued, in revised form in Ossemens fossiles, with the important preface entitled ‘Discours préliminaire,’ setting forth Cuvier’s influential geological theory of ‘revolutions’ in the earth’s history.”
84. DA VINCI, LEONARDO. Traitté de la peinture de Leonardo de Vinci. Donné au public et traduit d’Italien en François par R. F. S. D. C. [i.e. Roland Fréart Sieur de Chambray]. Paris: de l’Imprimerie de Jacques Langlois, 1651.
Large folio, (16½” x 11¾”; 419 x 295 mm.), pp. , 128; engraved frontispiece portrait of Leonardo, engraved title vignette, 20 engraved figure drawings and 36 engraved diagrams, landscapes, and other demonstrations within decorative frames; engraved initial and headpiece on p. 1; contemporary stiff paste-paper wrappers; some browning and occasional spotting but in all an attractive and impressive copy, and contained in a black cloth clamshell box, leather label on spine.
Leonardo’s celebrated treatise gives practical instruction and critical remarks on all aspects of the painter’s art, including perspective and design, light and shade, color, proportion, etc. The engravings show anatomy, portraits, movement, nudes, landscapes, &c.
Brunet V 1257; Graesse VII, p. 327; BM STC French, 1601-1700, p. 554; Steinitz, pp. 150-52.
85. DANZ, JOHANN TRAUGOTT LEBERECHT. Ansicht der Stadt Jena in den Octobertagen 1806. Nebst einem Anhange. Jena: 1809. $750
First edition, small 4to, pp. , 129; 6 lithograph plates (2 hand-colored and 1 folding); a bit of foxing in the margins, but in all a very good copy in later 19th century brown cloth-backed marbled boards, paper label lettered in ink on spine.
A book by a resident of Jena describing the reaction of the city having been caught between Napoleon’s army and the Prussian army as the battle neared. After the decisive defeat of Prussia in October 1806 the town suffered fires and looting, and also cared for wounded soldiers. The last part of the book describes the elaborate events when Napoleon invited the Russian emperor, and the Kings of Bavaria, Saxony, Wurttemberg, and the Prussian Crown Prince to the celebration on the second anniversary of his victory.
University of Marberg is the only copy listed in OCLC.
86. DAVIES, JAMES. A book for the aged, consisting of discourses and devotions suited to their taste and condition. London: printed for T. Hurt, and sold by Thomas Guy, at the Oxford-Arms, in Lombard street, 1710. $2,250
Small 8vo, pp. , 148; title within a double-rule border; contemporary black goatskin, single gilt rule on covers enclosing a double gilt panel consisting of an outer chain roll with ornaments in the corners and on the sides, enclosing one with a triple gilt rule panel, gilt-decorated spine in 6 compartments, red morocco label (slightly chipped) in 1, a.e.g.; minor wear, else near fine.
The book was published posthumously and contains a short preliminary “advertisement” from the author’s son, Edward Davies; and it is dedicated to Sir Stephen Fox, whose “reputation for courtesy, kindliness of disposition, and generosity has been amply confirmed by John Evelyn. Pepys, too, has much to say in commendation of his paymaster, who confided to him the secrets whereby he was able to make such large profits” (DNB).
Not found in OCLC; COPAC records 4 copies, including one with a varying imprint, without the name of Thomas Guy, and identifying T. Hurt as a bookseller in Coventry.
87. DELACOUR, JEAN, & Pierre Jabouille. Les oiseaux de l’Indochine française. [Aurillac: Impr. du “Cantal Républicain”, 1931.] $1,750
First edition, 4 volumes, imperial 8vo, original printed front wrappers bound in at the back of volumes 2-4, 67 color lithograph plates after H. Gronvold by John Bale & Sons, London; some scattered foxing to the text but otherwise a fine copy in recent half green morocco over marbled boards, red and black morocco labels on spines.
Published on the occasion of the Exposition Coloniale Internationale held in Paris in 1931, the work describes many new species not hitherto recorded.
88. DENHAM, DIXON, Maj., Captain Hugh Clapperton, & and the late Doctor Oudney. Narrative of travels and discoveries in northern and central Africa, in the years 1822, 1823, and 1824 … extending across the great desert to the tenth degree of northern latitude, and from Kouka in Bornou, to Sackatoo, the capital of the Fellatah Empire … with an appendix … by Major Dixon Denham … and Captain Hugh Clapperton … the survivors of the expedition. London: John Murray, 1826. $1,750
First edition, 4to, 2 volumes in 1; pp. x, , [xi]-xlviii (i.e. lxviii), 335, ; , 269, ; 38 engraved plates and maps (1 folding and backed with linen, 1 hand-colored), 6 wood-engraved vignettes in the text; half brown morocco over marbled cloth, rebacked, old gilt-decorated spine neatly laid down; very good, sound copy.
Denham (1786-1828) made extensive and important explorations in Africa. When he accompanied Bornuese troops in an expedition against the Fellatah, they were put to utter rout and only Denham escaped with his life “after encountering dangers and deprivations, his narrative of which reads like a frenzied dream … The work, which went through several editions, has numerous illustrations from sketches by the author, together with an Appendix of Natural History, and other notes” (DNB). He was later appointed lieutenant-governor of the colony of Sierra Leone where he died of the African fever.
89. [DERRYDALE PRESS.] Clark, Roland. Roland Clark’s etchings. New York, . $1,250
Edition limited to 850 copies, this no. 670 of 800 in the regular edition (there was also a deluxe edition of 50 copies); folio (and the largest of all the Derrydales), original signed etching inserted as frontispiece, plus reproductions of 69 other etchings; a fine copy in original three-quarter tan buckram over red cloth, gilt lettering on upper cover, red cloth label on spine lettered in gilt, original (near flawless) glassine dust-jacket, publisher’s box with printed paper label on upper cover; top lid a bit faded along one edge and with a small piece missing from the lip.
Siegel 139; Frazier C-7-a.
90. DESCARTES, RENE. L’homme de René Descartes et vn traitté de la formation dv foetvs, dv mesme avthevr. Auec les remarques de Lovys de La Forge, docteur en medecine, demeurant à la Fleche, sur le traitté de L’homme de René Descartes; & sur les figures par luy inuentées. Paris: Jacques le Gras, 1664. $6,000
First edition in French, Jacques le Gras issue; 4to, pp. , 448, ; approx. 45 woodcut illustrations in the text; full contemporary mottled calf, gilt spine, spine ends chipped, joints cracked, minor dampstain in the margins of the early leaves, but in all a good, sound copy.
“This first French edition is the original text as composed by Descartes and is edited by his good friend, Claude Clerselier (1614-1684). This edition also contains the first printing of his treatise De la formation du foetus, completed just before his death. The fine woodcuts in this edition were partly based on Decartes’ drawings from the manuscript and partly prepared by the co-editors, Louis de la Forge (1632-1666?) and Gerard van Gutschoven (fl. 1660) … Descartes was prepared to publish this book in 1633 but decided to withhold it when he learned of Galileo’s condemnation by the Church. As a result, the first edition was not published until 1662 [in Latin], twelve years after Descartes’ death … It is sometimes called the first book on physiology, and that could be argued, but there is no doubt that the Cartesian philosophy exerted a tremendous effect on the evolution of medicine” (Heirs of Hippocrates).
The license leaf grants Angot, the two le Gras, and Theodore Girard the right to publish the book, but the sequence, if any, eludes me. Norman 628, and Heirs of Hippocrates, 469 record only the Angot issue. The record of the facsimile edition (1990), however, note that the first edition is published by Jacques le Gras. NUC finds 2 copies (Harvard and Newberry) with the imprint of Nicholas le Gras, but not Jacques. COPAC locates a single Nicholas le Gras imprint at University College, London, but again, no Jacques. Guibert, Bibliographie des oeuvres de René Descartes publiées au XVIIe siècle, p. 198.
91. DIAZ DE CASTILLO, BERNAL, Capt. The true history of the conquest of Mexico … Written in the year 1568. Translated from the original Spanish by Maurice Keatinge, Esq. London: J. Wright for John Dean, 1800. $1,750
First English edition, 4to, pp. viii, 514,  notes and errata; engraved frontispiece plan of Mexico City and Lake with an elevation of an ancient temple; contemporary full red straight-grain morocco by Hering, double gilt rules on covers, gilt-lettered direct on gilt-paneled spine; joints a little rubbed, but in all, a very good, sound copy. A penciled note on the flyleaf states that this volume came from Samuel Rogers’ library.
“This is the first complete version in English, and was made from the Spanish version of Remon, Madrid, 1632” (Cox). According to Sabin: “Bernal Diaz was the companion of Cortes in his adventures and battles … Prescott and Ticknor each award Diaz great praise; and a writer in the `Athenaeum’ characterizes the work as `the most trustworthy of the narrators of this conquest’.”
Cox II, 241; Field 425; Palau 72373; Sabin 19985.
92. DIBDIN, THOMAS FROGNALL, Rev. Aedes Althorpianae; or an account of the mansion, books, and pictures, at Althorp; the residence of George John Earl Spencer, K.G. to which is added a supplement to the Bibliotheca Spenceriana. London: printed by W. Nicol, successor to W. Bulmer and Co., Shakespeare Press, 1822.
First edition, this 1/55 large paper copies; 2 volumes, large 4to, pp. viii, , lxii, 279, ; , 322; volume II occasionally printed in red and with liberal use of gothic letter; engraved frontispieces in each volume, double-p. plan, and 30 engraved plates on 29 sheets, plus 6 other engravings and 71 facsimiles in the text; beautiful copy in full brown morocco gilt extra by Bedford, a.e.g., gilt decorated spines, red morocco labels; fine and imressive.
“The work is intended as a supplement to the Bibliotheca Spenceriana, forming volumes 5 and 6. It contains an account of the ancestors of Earl Spencer, a history of the mansion, with an account of the pictures, and 32 engravings of the most important in the gallery, a systematic catalogue of editions of the Scriptures, an account of the Aldine editions, not contained in the former volumes [and] a supplement to the works printed in the fifteenth century. An additional plate of Lady Camden was afterwards published” (Lowndes).
93. DIBDIN, T.J., Rev. A bibliographical antiquarian and picturesque tour in France and Germany. London: printed for the author, by W. Bulmer and W. Nicol, Shakespeare Press, 1821. $4,250
First edition, 1000 copies printed, this 1/900 of the regular issue; 3 volumes, large, thick 8vo, vignette title-pp. in each volume, 83 plates (5 double-p., 3 printed in sepia, and 1 colored), 64 other illustrations on India paper mounted in the text, plus a multitude of textual illustrations throughout, 4 printed in red; bound without half-titles in slightly later full tan calf, double gilt rules on covers, black morocco labels on gilt decorated spines, a.e.g.; edges worn, upper joint on volume III restored, a number of the plates foxed (largely confined to the margins); a good, sound set, enhanced with a presentation in each volume to “B. C. Brodie Esq. from the author.”
With the bookplates of B. C. Brodie and B. H. Goldschmidt in each volume. Benjamin Collins Brodie was author of the classic Pathological and Surgical Observations on the Diseases of the Joints (G-M 4311).
“The collation is very irregular by reason of the fact that all illustrations in the text, being printed on India paper pasted-in, are on separately inserted leaves … This Voyage Pittoresque is lavishly illustrated, mainly with copperplates after drawings by G.R. Lewis and others. Dibdin says he spent over 7000 pounds on the book, being the first patron to pay 100 guineas for a plate … It has been unkindly said of this book that it would have been better without any text. However, it does contain a modicum of bibliographical information that is still useful if used with due caution” (Jackson).
Lowndes notes that it “contains much useful and curious information” on the libraries and private collections of Europe. The second edition of 1829 is abridged and omits all but 5 of the original plates.
Windle & Pippin note but a single presentation copy, that from Dibdin to his son.
Jackson 48; Lowndes I, 641; Windle & Pippin A38a.
94. [DICKENS, CHARLES.]. Household words. A weekly journal. New York: G. P. Putnam [and others, see below], 1850-59. $5,000
First American edition, 19 volumes, 8vo, text in double column within ruled borders; a fine set in contemporary half blue polished calf over marbled boards, red morocco labels on gilt-decorated spines.
Household Words was considerably more popular in England than America and its publishing history in America is “almost absolutely dark, as is the whole subject of periodical printing and ‘arrangements’ … The 1850’s were years of copyright agitation in America, and certainly no legally protective arrangements were possible to the English publishers before the journal was discontinued in 1859. And it is not surprising that the course of Household Words was not so brilliant in America as was that of its successor All the Year Round … It was partially a local work and not quite so interesting to an American as to an English reader; it had changed publishers too often; there was no legitimate arrangement between the English proprietors and the American publishers; it was sold at too high a price; it had been published by inexperienced people and therefore had not received proper publicity and promotion; and its lack of pictorial illustration made it unpopular with the masses” (Buckler, William E., “‘Household Words’ in America,” in Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America, volume 45, pp. 160-66.)
While the first volume was published by Putnam, volumes 2 and 3 were printed from English plates and have a London imprint; those publishing the remaining volumes included, in order, McElrath & Lord; Angell, Engel & Hewitt, McElrath & Barker; T. C. McElrath & Co.; J. A. Dix; Dix & Edwards; Dix, Edwards & Co.; Miller & Curtis; James Miller; Jansen & Co.; and, Frederick A. Brady. Complete sets of this American piracy, in a matching contemporary binding, are uncommon.
First edition, second (mixed?) state, with p. 213 correctly numbered, but with the misspelling “affetcionately” in line 12, p. 134; 8vo, pp. viii, , 254; engraved frontispiece and title-p. (slightly spotted), plus 14 engraved plates by Browne (“Phiz”); bound without the adverts in later full green morocco by Ramage, gilt lettering direct on spine, t.e.g.; the spine and upper edges of covers faded to brown.
This book marked the end of Dickens’s collaboration with the illustrator Hablot K. Browne.
Eckel, pp. 87-90: Smith I, 13.
96. DICKENS, CHARLES. The works. Gadshill Edition. With introductions, general essay, and notes, by Andrew Lang. London: Chapman & Hall; New York: Scribners, [1897-1908]. $3,500
36 volumes, 8vo, contemporary 1/2 red morocco; a few minor spots and stains, minor scuffing, but generally a very good, sound set.
NCBEL III, col 783: “Contains all the original illustrations, with many additional ones by Charles Green, Henry Furniss, Maurice Grieffenhagen et al. Vols 35-6 Miscellaneous Papers (not previously collected), edited B.W. Matz, 1908. Reprinted in edition de luxe 38 vols 1903-, with Forester’s Life of Dickens, 2 vols added.”
97. DICKENS, CHARLES. The Nonesuch Dickens. Published under the editorial direction of Arthur Waugh, Hugh Walpole, Walter Dexter and Thomas Hatton. Bloomsbury, London: Nonesuch Press, 1937-38.
Edition limited to 877 copies, lg. 8vo, in varying colors of cloth, black leather labels lettered in gilt on spine; spines a little faded else a very good, sound set, including the volume of Dickensiana (Retrospectus and Prospectus, with the original order form laid in), and the plum-colored cloth folding case with a removable felt-lined frame containing an original woodblock entitled “The Secret Interview” drawn by Daniel Maclise for The Battle of Life, with a letter of authenticity from Messrs. Chapman & Hall. There were many more steel plates available for the set than there were woodblocks, and sets with woodblocks are more scarce.
The set was designed by Francis Meynell, and showed a “transatlantic flavour which had not been seen in earlier Nonesuch books … [It] was hailed enthusiastically by reviewers, and eventually became one of the rare and more sought-after Nonesuch books when it appeared in the auction rooms … The Nonesuch Dickens is a most notable piece of book design, splendidly printed on fine imported American paper; the illustrations were sensitively reprinted with exemplary care.” (Dreyfus pp. 82-84, 164).
98. DODD, WILLIAM. Reflections on death … The sixth edition. London printed. Boston: re-printed by B. Edes and Son, 1785. $650
Second American edition (first published by Leverett, Bowes, and Knox, Boston, 1773); 8vo, pp. 129, ; contemporary calf, worn, but sound, text mildly toned.
Only 4 copies in OCLC (AAS, Yale, LC, and NYPL) in OCLC, the LC copy being imperfect. The first American edition, by contrast, is located in 12 US libraries.
99. DOROW, WILHELM. Morgenlaendische Alterthumer [i.e. Die assyrische Keilschrift & Die indische Mythologie]. Weisbaden: L. Schellenberg, 1820-21. $6,500
Volume I, Die assyrische Keilschrift: erlautert durch zwei noch nicht bekannt gewordene Jaspis-Cylinder aus Niniveh und Babylon… deals with cuneiform tablets and cylinder seals, many from Dorow’s own collection, and the Tibetan written language; volume II, Die indische Mythologie erläutert durch die noch nicht bekannt gewordene Original-Gemälde aus Indien… deals with Indian and Tibetan mythology and symbolism in Indian art. Extensive comments from leading figures of the time, such as Grotefend, Schlegel, Silvestre de Sacy, and Hammer are also included.
OCLC locates 1 copy only of the first volume (in Germany) and one copy of the second (in The Netherlands) but neither has its companion volume.
100. EASTMAN, SETH, attributed to. Watercolor depicting the American surrender at Fort Shelby, Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin. n.p., n.d. : [but likely Wisconsin, ca. 1846-48.] $9,500
Attractive watercolor (approximately 6½” x 10”) depicting the moment of surrender by the American troops at Fort Shelby during the War of 1812, the only time during that war that the Americans were forced to surrender to the British.
Fort Shelby was the American fort built at Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin, on the Mississippi River by William Clark in 1814, at the beginning of the War of 1812; it was named for Isaac Shelby, Revolutionary War soldier and first governor of Kentucky. The fort was taken by the British in 1814 and renamed Fort McKay, and burned in 1815 by departing British troops.
Eastman was noted for his scenes of Indian life, particularly of the Sioux and the Dakotah, and was commissioned in 1849 to illustrate Henry Schoolcraft’s great work on the American Indian, Historical and Statistical Information, respecting the History, Condition and Prospects of the Indian Tribes of the United States, 1851-57, a work for which Eastman produced over 275 pages of illustrations. Near the end of his life in the 1870’s, Eastman was also commissioned by the U.S. Government to paint 17 important American forts.
Eastman’s work, from 1841 to 1848, during the time he was stationed at Fort Snelling at the confluence of the Minnesota and Mississipi Rivers, centered on Indian life, and the Mississippi River. During this time he is known to have also painted Fort Crawford at Prairie du Chien, the fort which replaced Fort Shelby, as well as a number of other watercolors in the Prairie du Chien region. In fact, Eastman himself was once stationed at Fort Crawford, his initial assignment after graduating from West Point in 1829. Says McDermott, “His earliest extant view of a western scene is a pencil drawing inscribed by him: “Miss. River. Fort Crawford - Prairie du Chien…” Surely he knew too well the infamous story of the surrender at Fort Shelby, and perhaps even had details of the event from some who had witnessed the surrender first hand.
See McDermott, John Francis, Seth Eastman’s Mississippi, University of Illinois Press, 1973 where Eastman is described as “the premier watercolorist of the Mississippi River landscape.”
101. EDKINS, JOSEPH, D.D. Opium: historical note, or, the poppy in China. Shanghai: American Presbyterian Mission Press, 1898. $5,000
Only edition, 8vo, pp. , vii, , 69, , xxxvi; text in English and Chinese; a very good copy in original cloth-backed printed paper-covered boards, gilt lettering on spine.
A very scarce book dealing with the cultivation, trade, use, and habit of opium. Also with a history of the poppy with Greeks, Romans, and Arabs. The author was a member of the Asiatic Society of London and of the Ethnological Society of France. It is the first separately published book in English on opium.
OCLC finds 12 copies (7 in the U.S.). Not found in Cordier, Sinica.
102. EGAN, PIERCE. Life in London; or, the day and night scenes of Jerry Hawthorn, Esq. and his elegant friend Corinthian Tom, accompanied by Bob Logic, the Oxonian in their rambles and sprees through the metropolis…. London: printed for Sherwood, Neely, and Jones, 1821. $2,000
First edition, first issue, without the footnote on p. 9, and with the first engraved sheet of music unnumbered, 8vo, pp. [iii]-xvi, 376; 36 hand-colored aquatints designed and etched by George and I. R. Cruikshank, engraved vignette illustrations in the text, and 3 engraved folding plates of music; bound without the half-title in full polished tan calf, red morocco labels on gilt decorated spine, a.e.g., by Riviere; beige felt-lined clamshell box with red morocco label; fine copy, nicely colored, without the rare leaf “To the Subscribers” (as usual), and the advertisements.
Abbey, Life, 281; Tooley, 196; Cohn, 262
103. ELSTOB, ELIZABETH. An English-Saxon homily on the birth-day of St. Gregory: anciently used in the English-Saxon church, giving an account of the conversion of the English from paganism to christianity. Translated into modern English, with notes, &c. London: printed by W. Bowyer, 1709. $3,500
First edition, 8vo, pp. , lx, , 44, , 11, , 49, ; engraved frontis and vignette title, 4 engraved headpieces and 5 initials, all by Simon Gribelin; contemporary full paneled calf, black morocco label on spine; joints cracked, extremities rubbed, else a very good copy of a scarce book.
The list of a little more than 200 subscribers includes George Hickes and Edward Thwaites. This copy with the ownership signature of Moses Williams dated 1718, and with some ink annotations by him on pages iii, xvi, xviii, xxi, 13, and 29. Williams (1686-1742) was a Welsh antiquary who matriculated at Oxford in 1705 and went on to become the sub-librarian at the Ashmolean Museum. He translated a number of works from the Welsh. “He was a diligent collector of old Welsh books and manuscripts; after his death his library came into possession of William Jones (the father of Sir William Jones), and then passed by will to the Earl of Macclesfield. It now forms part of the Shirburn Castle collection” (DNB).
While indeed this is the Macclesfield copy, it came to Shirburn Castle via St. John’s College, Oxford, in the 20th century. Laid in is a note from Gavin Bone, the assistant librarian at St. John’s, addressed to the Right Hon. Earl of Macclesfield, in which he notes that he has “sent the book containing the signature of Moses Williams … There are a few notes which I presume are by him … I hope it will make an interesting addition to the collection.” Also, with the 19th century St. John’s bookplate noting that this copy was a duplicate and “presented to the E. of Macclesfield Nov. 17 1932.”
This is Elstob’s first book. She later composed the first Anglo-Saxon grammar in English. Includes a Latin translation of the homily by William Elstob, and “An appendix, containing several epistles of St. Gregory, and notes in Latin and English,” and the text proper in double column with Old and modern English side by side. Reprinted by Pickering in 1839, omitting “several parts relating to the doctrines of the Anglo-Saxon Church” (Lowndes, p. 734-5).
104. [EPHRATA IMPRINT.] Miller, Johann Peter, & Jacob Gass [i.e. Brother Lamech]. Chronicon Ephratense, enthaltend den Lebens-Lauf des ehrwürdigen Vaters in Christo Friedsam Gottrecht, weyland Stiffters und Vorstehers des geistl. Ordens der Einsamen in Ephrata in der Grafschaft Lancaster in Pennsylvania. Zusa[m]en getragen von Br. Lamech u. Agrippa. Ephrata: [The Cloister], 1786. $6,500
First edition, 4to, pp. , 250, ; printed in black letter throughout; engraved vignette pasted on title-p.; prelims and terminals waterstained, small tear in the lower margin of title (not touching letterpress), old ownership signature at the top of the title-p. of Christian Stauffer (1736-1808) and a 30-line poem also presumably by him on the final blank leaf, as well as a few marginal annotations; contemporary full calf, front cover detached, but present; the whole in a new cloth clamshell box.
An abstract of the diary of the Brotherhood, which had been kept by Brother Lamech, and continued and edited by Brother Jaebez (Agrippa) i.e. Johan Peter Miller. Brother Lamech has been identified as Jacob Gass by Seidensticker, First Century of German Printing in America, p. 117.
Evans 19558: “This biography of Johann Conrad Beissel, the founder of the Ephrata Community, is the principal source of information regarding that remarkable institution. Brother Agrippa is Johann Peter Miller; and Brother Lamech’s secular name is said to be Jacob Gass. An English translation was printed in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, in 1890.”
Howes G76 identifying this as the second issue (of three), with the title-p. seal pasted on. Arndt, et al., German Language Printing in the United States, 649 noting that this title-page is Variant A.
105. [EPHRATA IMPRINT.] Roosen, Gerhard. Die ernsthaffte christen-pflicht, darinnen schöne geistreiche gebäter, darmit sich fromme christen-hertzen zu allen zeiten und in allen nöthen trösten können. Ephrata: Drucks u. verlags der Brüderschafft, 1770. $850
12mo, pp. 99, ; bound with, as issued: Roosen, Gerhard. Christliches gemüths-gespräch von dem geistlichen und seligmachenden glauben, und erkäntnuss der warheit… Ephrata, 1770, pp.248; contemporary and likely original full blindstamped calf, top 1/2” of spine chipped away, joints cracked, clasps not preserved. Evans 11648; Hildeburn 2526.
106. ERASMUS, DESIDERIUS. Querela pacis, vndique gentium ejectae, profligataeque. Lugduni Batavorum [i.e. Leiden]: ex Officina Ioannis Maire, 1641. $950
12mo, pp. 76; woodcut printer’s device on title; originally written in 1517 when the “Congress of Kings” met, hoping to preserve peace throughout Europe during a period of religious and social strife.
Bound with: Des. Erasmi Roterodami Consultatio de bello Turcis inferendo. Opus cum cura recens editum, Lugduni Batavorum: ex Officino Ioannis Maire, 1643, pp. 91; woodcut printer’s device on title; first published in 1530, with title: Utilissima consultatio de bello Turcis inferendo.
Bound with: Enchiridon militis Christiani, auctore Desiderio Erasmo Roterodamo. Lugduni Batavorum: ex Officino Ioannis Maire, 1641, pp. 330; woodcut printer’s device on title.
Together, 3 vols in 1, contemporary past-paper boards lettered in ink on spine, and the whole uncut.
107. ESTIENNE, CHARLES. Dicionarium historicum, geographicum, poeticum: gentium, hominum, deorum gentilium, regionum, insularum, locorum, civitatum, aequorum, fluviorum, sinuum, portuum, promontoriorum ac montium … opus admodum utile & apprime necessarium. London: B. Tooke, T. Passenger [et al.], 1686. $1,750
Best and last edition, with additions, corrections and a geographical index by Nicholas Lloyd; folio, pp. , ; text in double column; contemporary full calf neatly rebacked, red morocco label on spine; small hole in A1 causing loss to several letters, else a good, sound copy or better.
With the ownership label of DeWitt Starnes on the flyleaf and in the bottom margin of the title-page, who in his Renaissance Dictionaries (Austin, 1954) cites it as a source for Cooper and Holyoke, and calls it “a Latin text devoted solely to proper names” which was in “great vogue from [its initial publication in] 1553 to the end of the seventeenth century.” But, in fact, the 1553 edition was based largely on the earlier Latin-French dictionary of his brother Robert, which had reached three editions by 1553.
Wing E3349; Vancil, p. 83.
108. ESTIENNE, HENRI. Glossaria duo, é situ vetustatis eruta: ad vtriusque linguae cognitionem & locupletationem perutilia. Item, De Atticae linguae seu dialecti idiomatis, comment. Henr. Steph. Vtraque nunc primùm in publicum prodeunt. [Geneva]: excudebat Henr. Stephanus, 1573. $2,000
First edition, folio, 2 parts in 1, as issued; pp. , 664 columns; , 13-247; printer’s woodcut device on title; generally a very good, sound and useable copy in 17th century calf, neatly rebacked, red morocco label (slightly chipped) on spine.
Estienne’s critical edition of two manuscript glossaries (ca. 2nd-3rd century A.D.) discovered by him, the first Latin-Greek, the second Greek-Latin. The former “is among the best glossaries we have, full of rare, ancient learning…” The two glossaries are followed by Estienne’s treatise on Greek dialectology in the form of a commentary on Johannes Gramaticus’s and Corinthus’s De dialectis, followed by large appendix in which Estienne ranges over a number of subjects not covered by them. This volume grew out of Estienne’s research during his compilation of the Thesaurus linguae gracae, and hence is sometimes regarded as a supplement to the same. But actually “this important work … is, in fact, an independent work” (Schreiber).
“By far the greatest achievement of Henri Estienne was his truly monumental Thesaurus Graecae Linguae, which had been initiated by Robert Esteinne; the publication of this pioneer work marked the great event of Henri Estienne’s career, as well as a highpoint in the annals of European scholarship. The Thesaurus has not yet been replaced, remaining to this day one of the essential instruments for the study of Greek” (Schreiber, p. 128). “Even more than with [Robert Estienne’s] Thesaurus Latinus, there has to this day been no substitute for the Thesaurus Graecus” (see Printing & the Mind of Man, no. 62).
Schreiber, no. 182; Renouard 135ff.; Adams S-1769.
109. [EUCLID.] Euclide Megarense philosopho: solo introduttore delle scientie mathematice diligentemente reassettto, et alla integrita ridotto per il degno, professore di tal scientie Nicolo Tartalea… [Vinegia (i.e. Venice): Venturio Rossinelli ad instantia e requisitione de Guilielmo de Monferra, & de Pietro di Facolo da Vinegia libraro, 1543.] $5,000
First edition in Italian and first edition in a modern language, folio, 242 leaves, large woodcut device on colophon and on verso of final leaf; woodcut arms on title-p.; geometrical woodcut diagrams in the margins throughout; a good, complete copy in dirty old vellum, recased in the 19th century, with extensive paper repair to margins of the title-p. and following leaf, also with paper repairs to corners of a number of pages throughout; some leaves washed.
The translation and commentary is by Niccolo Tartaglia, one of the most noted mathematicians of the 16th century who here has added his own preface, commentary and eulogy on the utility of mathematics. According to Stillman Drake, Galileo at Work, pp. 2-4, it is probably this translation that was used by Galileo.
Adams E-992; Thomas-Stanford, Early Editions of Euclid’s Elements, no. 34.
110. EUSEBIUS, Bishop of Caesarea. Eusebii Phamphili Caesaeiensis Viri ut sanctissimi ita multiuaria rerum diuinarum humanarum cognitione clarissimi opera quae magna hactenus doctoru[m] uirorum industria … omnia castigatoria & locupletiora…. Basileae: Per Henrichum Petri, . $2,500
Folio, 2 volumes in 1, pp. , 765, ; 223 leaves (so paged), plus a final leaf with the printer’s hammer and anvil device on the verso; title within woodcut border, historiated initials, colophon at end of each volume; contemporary vellum-backed wooden boards, original brass catches, clasps not preserved; vellum scuffed and worn, old ink titling on spine; a venerable copy, with a number of small worm tracks through the first 50 leaves (sense remains clean in all instances).
This copy with the 1710 ownership signature on the title of “M. Jacobi Poitzelic Lindau” and with his numerous erudite annotations in the margins of many pages in the first volume, as well as the preliminary flyleaf; old library rubberstamp at the base of the title-p., and the later bookplate of Stae. Mariae de Petra Gyrante.
This edition is not found in OCLC or NUC; Graesse II, 525.
111. EXQUEMELIN, ALEXANDRE. Bucaniers of America, or, a true account of the most remarkable assaults committed of late years upon the coasts of the West-Indies, by the bucaniers of Jamaica and Tortuga … wherein are contained … the unparallel’d exploits of Sir Henry Morgan, our English Jamaican hero, who sack’d Puerto Velo, burnt Panama… London: William Crooke, 1684. $7,500
First edition in English (first published in Dutch as De Americaensche zee-rover. Amsterdam, 1678), 4to, 3 parts in 1, as issued; pp. , 115, ; 151,  ads; 124,  index; 8 copper-engraved plates (2 double-p.), 1 double-p. map, 1 half-page engraving in the text, 1 small woodcut on 3M1; contemporary full calf, spine and corners worn, dampstain pervades the first 25 leaves or so and with light attendant mold, front endpaper replaced, flyleaf loosening, several leaves extended, 3G2 and 3G3 reinserted; in all a good copy.
The Basil Ringrose continuation, separately published the following year, is not included. “One of the most important source books of 17th century piracy” (Elliott).
Elliott, Maritime History, 839; European Americana 684/54; Sabin; 23479; Wing E3894.
112. FEATHERSTONHAUGH, GEORGE W. Excursion through the slave states, from Washington on the Potomac, to the frontier of Mexico; with sketches of popular manners and geological notices. New York: Harper & Bros., 1844. $1,250
First American edition, preceded by the London edition of the same year which contained a map and 2 engravings; 8vo, pp. x, -168; text in double column; original pale green printed wrappers; Harpers’ ads inside front cover and on both recto and verso of the back cover; some curling of the edges of the wrappers and a few small short splits, but generally a very good copy.
“Featherstonhaugh left Baltimore on August 1, 1834 … On this trip he overtook a slave trader, now known to have been John Armfield, with three hundred slaves bound for Natchez, a circumstance which led to his inclusion of a vigorously critical reaction to the slavery and the slave trade … At St. Louis … he bought a wagon which he used in going to Little Rock, Hot Springs, of which there is a good description, Washington, across the Red River for a few miles into Texas, and back to Little Rock … He was displeased with the habits of the passengers he found on a boat going down the Mississippi …
“Featherstonhaugh was one of the few important travelers of this period whose accounts are confined almost wholly to the South. His purpose in making the tours was “to supply, to a certain extent, the want of information which exists respecting some portions of the Southern states” and he assures the reader that his book is “a faithful and almost literal transcription from his original journals” (Clark).
Clark, Travels in the Old South, III, 40. Howes F-68; Sabin 23960
113. FEATHERSTONHAUGH, GEORGE W. Report of a geological reconnoissance made in 1835 … by the way of the Green Bay and the Wisconsin territory, to the Coteau de Prairie, an elevated ridge dividing the Missouri from the St. Peter’s River. Washington, D.C.: Gales and Seaton, 1836. $1,250
First edition, 8vo, pp. 168; 4 engraved plates plus a large folding map in separate sleeve of later green cloth, paper label on spine; original brown cloth, extremities faded, some spotting, bookplate removed, else very good. The map, which measures approx. 27 1/2” x 40” shows “a portion of the Indian country lying east and west of the Mississippi, River to the forty-sixth degree of north latitude,” showing much of Wisconsin and sections of Illinois, Minnesota and Iowa, and all of Lake Michigan.
This copy inscribed to “The Hon. Mr. Woodbury with the comps. of the author.”
The result of a British scientist’s geological reconnaissance through the Great Lakes and upper Mississippi valley in 1835-37. Featherstonhaugh began his journey in Washington, D.C. and traveled via Pittsburgh and Cleveland before visiting Detroit, and travelling by canoe on Lakes Huron and Michigan to Mackinac and Green Bay, thence via the Fox and Mississippi Rivers to Saint Anthony and Fort Snelling, where Featherstonhaugh’s party ascended the Minnesota River as far as Lake Traverse on the Dakota border, and back again via Lake Pepin, Galena, and Saint Louis. His travels by canoe in Wisconsin and Minnesota are of particular interest.
Not in Howes or Graff; Sabin 23963
114. FERGUSON, JAMES. Lectures on select subjects in mechanics, hydrostatics, pneumatics, and optics. With the use of globes, the art of dialing, and the calculation of the mean times of new and full moons and eclipses. London: printed for A. Millar, 1764. $1,250
First edition, 4to, pp. vii, , 252, ; 23 folding engraved plates;
bound with: A Supplement to Mr. Ferguson’s Book of Lectures … containing thirteen copper-plates, with descriptions, of the machinery which he has added to his apparatus, since that book was printed, London, A. Millar, 1767, pp. 40; 13 folding engraved plates; contemporary full calf, red morocco label on gilt-decorated spine; joints cracked, corners worn and peeling, boards scuffed; externally good; internally about fine.
“Ferguson (1710-1776) was “almost totally self-taught. [He] became fascinated with mechanics as a small child when he observed his father using a lever. A talented artist, for many years he earned his living as a portraitist. In later years he was able to devote himself to science, delivering popular lectures on science, and designing instruments. He invented eight orreries, a tide-dial, a ‘whirling table’ for displaying the mode of central forces, the ‘mechanical paradox’ and various kinds of astronomical clocks, stellar and lunar rotulas, as well as his ‘seasons illustrator’ and the ‘eclipsareon’ of which he was very proud…” (Roberts & Trent, Bibliotheca Mechinaca, p. 114-5).
“His models of the planetary system were classics of engineering design whose accuracy far surpassed anything previously available” (DSB).
115. FIELDING, HENRY. The works of Henry Fielding, Esq. Edited with a biographical essay by Leslie Stephen. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1882. $2,000
Edition limited to 1000 sets; 10 volumes expanded to 20; large 8vo, 41 plates; slightly later half brown morocco over marbled boards, gilt-lettered direct on gilt-paneled spines, t.e.g.; spines a little darkened, else fine.
116. FITZGERALD, F. SCOTT. The beautiful and the damned. London: W. Collins Sons & Co., . $3,500
First English edition, 8vo, pp. vii, , 386,  ads; very good, sound copy in original blue cloth lettered in orange; scarce.
Bruccoli A8.2.a: “Varies from the first Scribner’s printing in some 700 readings, of which 82 are substantive; 134 lines are omitted from the Collins text.”
117. FONTENELLE, BERNARD LE BOUYER DE. A plurality of worlds. London: R. Bentley and S. Magnes, 1688. $5,000
First edition of this translation by John Glanvill; two other English translations appeared about the same time, one by Aphra Behn, the other by Sir William Domville.
Small 8vo, pp. , 152; 2 leaves (E4 and F1) are cancels; they appear to have been printed as A7 and A8. A splendid copy in contemporary full calf, morocco label on gilt-decorated spine.
“Fontenelle undertook to set forth to a marquise who questioned him during evening promenades in the garden the different astronomical systems: those of Ptolemy, Copernicus, and Tycho Brahe. He spoke to her of the moon and other worlds — Venus, Mercury, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, the fixed stars — and discussed the possibility that they might be inhabited. He explained in terms that could be understood by an intelligent but untrained mind, recent discoveries in the world of the stars, displaying a strong Cartesian bent in his account … It is the first example in French of a learned work placed within reach of an educated by non-specialized public” (DSB).
Wing F1416; CBEL II, 1513.
118. FORBES, ARTHUR HOLLAND. Architectural gardens of Italy. A series of photogravure plates from photographs made for and selected by A. Holland Forbes. New York: Forbes & Co., Limited. [and] sold exclusively in the United States by Jas. E. O’Neill, 1902. $1,850
Edition limited to 750 sets (this being set no. 62), 3 pictorial green cloth portfolios (approx 17½” x 13½”) containing a total of 196 gravure plates; 1 portfolio rebacked, the other 2 with short tears at spine ends; plates are generally fine throughout.
Forbes (1863-1927) was a wealthy balloonist who organized the Aero Club of Connecticut and wrote the basic draft for the first aeronautical law in the United States, passed by the Connecticut Legislature and signed into law by Governor Simeon Baldwin on June 8, 1911, and was appointed Connecticutís first Commissioner of Aeronautics.
119. FORREST, THOMAS, Capt. A voyage to New Guinea and the Moluccas, from Balambangan: including an account of Magindano, Sooloo, and other islands … performed in the Tartar galley, belonging to the Honourable East India Company, during the years 1774, 1775, and 1776 … to which is added a vocabulary of the Magindano tongue. Dublin: Messrs. Price, W. and H. Whitestone [et al.], 1779. $1,500
First Dublin edition and first edition in octavo, published the same year as the London quarto; 8vo, pp. iv, [iii]-xxi, , 447, ; large engraved folding map and 3 engraved plates (1 folding); contemporary full calf, neatly rebacked, old red morocco label on gilt-paneled spine; generally a very good copy.
Forrest was sent to New Guinea in a native, and surprisingly small vessel of 10 tons with 2 English officers and a crew of 18 Malays to investigate the possibilities of trade in those waters. “The tact with which he conducted his intercourse with the natives, and the amount of work done in a small boat, deservedly won him credit as a navigator” (Hill).
120. [FRANCE.] A new journey to France; with an exact description of the seacoast from London to Calais, and of the roads from thence to Orleans, and back again to Dieppe … Intermixt with several diverting adventures … The whole very pleasant and useful for such as travel that way. London: J. Baker, 1715. $1,000
First edition, 8vo, pp. , 130 [i.e. 138],  ads; bound without the half-title in later calf-backed paper-covered boards, rebacked, with old gilt spine neatly laid down; some spotting throughout, but still a very good copy.
An uncommon account of France by a British tourist.
ESTC shows 11 locations only. CBEL II, 1416.
121. FRANKLIN, BENJAMIN. Choosing a mistress. Los Angeles: The Kaloprint Corporation, 1929. $950
8vo,  leaves; 9 kaloprints, each one signed in the margin in silver ink by Clara Tice; original red suede covered boards, lettered in gilt; fine. Artist proof set no. 337, limited to 1,000.
Franklin’s eight reasons why it is better to take an old woman as a lover rather than a young one.
123. FROISSART, JOHN, Sir. Sir John Froissart’s chronicles of England, France, Spain, and the adjoining countries, from the latter part of the reign of Edward II. to the coronation of Henry IV. Newly translated … By Thomas Johnes … The second edition, to which is prefixed a life of the author, an essay on his works… London: Longman, Hurst [et al.], 1806. $2,000
12 volumes, 8vo, contemporary full calf a little scuffed and rubbed, but nicely rebacked in brown morocco, red and brown morocco labels on gilt spines; very good and sound. Contains an engraved frontispiece folding map, plus a series of 56 charming engraved plates, 2 folding, largely by J. Harris.
This edition first printed in 4 volumes quarto 1803-5, and was available with plates colored.
124. FUKUI, GENJIRO. Illustrated guide map for travellers round the Kyoto. Kyoto: Mejii 28, [i.e. 1895]. $2,250
Folding color lithograph plan of Kyoto, approx. 20” x 28½” (50.5 x 72 cm.), folding down to 24mo, cloth-backed color lithograph boards, cloth hasp with thong, receiving loop on rear cover perished; a few minor breaks at the folds, but generally very good.
An attractive tourist map showing temples, gardens, and other tourist sites, all with English text. Fukui owned a publishing company operating under the name of “Chojiya” in Kyoto during the Bunsei and Mejii periods.
Not found in OCLC.
125. FULLER, FRANCIS. A treatise of faith and repentance. London: printed by J. D. and are to be sold by Jonathan Robinson … and by Obed Smith, 1685. $2,000
8vo, pp. , 131; title within double-ruled border; a fine copy in full original black goatskin, double gilt rules on covers enclosing a central panel with triple gilt rules and fleurons in the corners, gilt decorated spine in 6 compartments, a.e.g.
126. GARCIA, GREGORIO. Origen de los indios de el nuevo mundo e Indias Occidentales, averiguado con discurso de opiniones. Madrid: Francisco Martinez Abad, 1729. $4,000
Second edition, edited, and brought up to date by Andres Gonzales de Barcia Carballido y Zuniga, who had resided twelve years as a missionary in America. Folio, pp. , 1, 8-336, ; vignette title-p. showing ships approaching a coast, engraved portrait of Thomas Aquinas, 5 small engravings in the text; contemporary and probably original full limp vellum, spine lettered in ms.; nice copy.
With the letterpress bookplate on the verso of the title-p. of Dr. D. Miguel Tafur (i.e. Miguel Tafur y Zea, 1766-1833), the noted Peruvian medical doctor whose biography is given by Juan Lastres in Vida y obras del Dr. Muguel Tafur (Lima, 1943).
One of the earliest compilations concerning the origin of the native American. Garciaís opinion was that the American Indians descended from various races of the old world, including Chinese and Tartars. “But all his learning on this subject is of less value than the positive facts concerning the native tribes, which he drew partly from his own experiences in the New World, and partly from a MS. work by Juan de Vetanzos (one of the companions of Pizarro, and a man specially skilled in the native languages), which was in the possession of Garcia, and which has never been published. The fifth book of Garcia’s work contains the native Indian accounts of their origin, and is divided into sections which treat separately of the various distinct tribes of Mexico and Peru.”
Medina IV, 2713; Borba de Moraes I, 346; Sabin, 26567: “a work of vast erudition. All that has ever been imagined as to the origin of the Americans, and the manner in which this New World was peopled, is gathered here.”
127. GARCIA Y GARCIA, AURELIO. Derrotero de la costa del Perú … Seconda edicion. Lima: Imprenta del Estado, 1874. $1,500
8vo, pp. 179, , xiv (index); pages a bit toned, else very good and sound in slightly later quarter brown calf over green cloth, gilt lettered direct on spine, gilt supralibros on upper cover. Yellow bookseller’s ticket of M. Aduvire, Lima, on front pastedown.
No earlier edition in OCLC or Palau. Palau 98888; OCLC finds 9.
128. [GOODMAN, THOMAS.] The young secretary’s guide: or, a speedy help to learning: in two parts. Part I. Containing the most curious art of inditing familiar letters … Part II. Containing the nature of writings obligatory … Made suitable to the people of New-England … the fifth edition. With large and useful additions. By Thomas Hall. Gent. Boston: John Allen, for Eleazer Phillips, 1718. $7,500
16mo, pp. 140, ; original full calf, double blindstamped rules on covers, blindstamped fillets on spine; title-p. just beginning to separate at the bottom gutter; overall good and sound, unrestored. Early ownership signatures of Sarah Bartlett and Thomas Bartlett (1755).
In fact, this is not by Thomas Hall; rather, this is The Experienced Secretary, by Thomas Goodman; The Young Secretary’s Guide, by John Hill, is a different work. cf. Smith College Studies in Modern Languages, vol. 15, April-July, 1934.
Of particular note is the 6-p. “English Dictionary” containing approximately 250 words in double column format.
No “fifth edition” is recorded in Evans; for 1718 only a “seventh edition” is recorded (no. 1957). Shipton & Mooney 39685; of this issue OCLC locates only 2 copies (NYPL and the Ocean State Library, RI - 4 other copies are located with varying imprints); no copy of any edition at auction in 35 years.
129. GOODWIN, THOMAS. A discourse of the punishment of sin in hell; demonstrating the wrath of God to be the immediate cause thereof. To which is added a sermon, proving a state of glory for the spirits of just men upon dissolution. London: Jonathan Robinson, 1680. $2,500
First edition, 8vo, pp. , 347; engraved frontispiece portrait (loosening) by R. White; contemporary red goatskin, double gilt rules on covers enclosing central gilt panels with floral devices in the corners, spine elaborately gilt in 6 compartments, a.e.g.; a bit of rubbing, but generally very good.
The last book by the well-known independent divine, published posthumously the year following his death at the age of eighty. The added Sermon has its own sectional title-p.
130. GORDON, CHARLES G., General. Long four page autograph letter signed to Sir Samuel Canning (1823-1908, pioneer in submarine telegraphy and telegraphic engineer).Khartoum, Sudan: March 12, 1879. $5,000
Folio, 4 pages, written on rectos only; previous central fold, else very good. An important letter written while Gordon was governor-general of the Soudan and engaged in the suppressing of the slave trade and the improvement of communications in the region. Gordon acknowledges the receipt of a letter from Canning on the construction of an overland telegraph line through Africa, and a Royal Geographical Society pamphlet on the same subject: “You ask me if I would recommend to the Egyptian Government, a convention, with a Company, on the basis of the terms alluded to by Mr. Geigler (and Geigler Pasha). I presume you want my outspoken opinion … A Company for any such work requires some certain advantages. They do not enter into a scheme like this for love of the Negro or for exploration purposes. Therefore, let me ask you, do you think, even if Egypt made the line up to Uganda, from the north, could the Company make the line up to Uganda, from the south. Even if you did make the line, are you sure of keeping it safe, except with an armed force … I doubt entirely, in spite of all the explorers have written, that you could do either one or the other without an armed force. The explorers say this king will do this or that, but they have only the words to go on … I am to recommend to the Egyptian Govt. with respect to the extension of the Egyptian line, to Uganda. I would support this extension on the terms which Geigler Pasha has mentioned … I should wish to see a lot of penal clauses put in which might bring in the Egyptian Govt. the reproaches of the Counsel General. … I would prefer the following scheme, which would not compromise Egypt: 1. that the Company should take all receipts for a term of ___ years, from Khartoum southward, and vice-versa, allowing the Egyptian officials … to telegraph free, from stations in Egyptian territory. 2. that the Egyptian Govt. should supply half the cost of labour… By this means, Egypt would avoid any chance of interference, by the Company, of by the Counsel General … There is no doubt that if the line from the South up to Uganda is not made, then the line from Khartoum to Uganda could be of no use…”
131. [GREEN, JOHN, compiler.] A new general collection of voyages and travels, consisting of the most esteemed relations, which have hitherto been published in any language: comprehending everything remarkable in its kind, in Europe, Asia, Africa, and America … also the manners and customs of the several inhabitants. London: Thomas Astley, 1745-46. $7,500
First edition 4 volumes, 4to, 4 engraved frontispieces and 227 engraved plates, charts, maps, etc., some folding, some showing two or more images; contemporary full calf, gilt decorated spines, red and black morocco labels; joints cracked, extremities rubbed and worn, but still a good, sound, handsome set, unrestored.
Hill 210; European Americana 745/153; Sabin 28539; Cordier, Japonica 232, 277, 279, 322, 405, 406; Sinica, 1947.
132. GULICK, LUTHER HALSEY. Kosoi saraui potapot akai men katitikion kit en kot a kot en wiawia kailanaio koto. Puk 1 (all published). Puk en Kosoi en moa en Krais me mi er nan puk uet. Salon, Ponape: Misineri en Meriki me intin o kaparapar kisenlikau uet, 1858. $7,500
8vo, 18.2 cm., 30 leaves, pp. , 55, ; first leaf blank; page 49/50 bound out of order; stitched, as issued; some modest wear at the page edges, but generally very good even though the book is poorly printed; enclosed in a tan cloth slipcase, gilt lettering on spine. With a manuscript note in ink at the top of the title-p. reading: “Old Testament anecdotes in the dialect of Ponape by L. H. Gulick.”
Gulick (1828-1891), who was born in Honolulu, was a missionary stationed variously in Hawaii, Micronesia, China, and Japan. He was “the most distinguished member of a great missionary family … He did not reach the Caroline Islands until 1852, having stopped in Hawaii to act as chief organizer for the Hawaiian Mission Children’s Society. He was stationed at Ponape and Ebon for some years during which time he published [a number of books in the Ponape dialect, including a grammar] … In 1875 the American Bible Society sent Gulick to the Far East as its agent for the publishing and distribution of Bibles. He founded the Bible House at Yokohama, then turned his attention to China, where he enormously increased the circulation of Bibles by use of colporteurs working under missionary supervision “ (DAB).
The colophon reads: “Simeon Kanakaole, me wiata puk uet. Ponape, Sun 30, 1858.” The book was printed by Simeon Kanakaole, an Hawaiian printer, who had come to Ponape in the Caroline Islands, where he had transferred a temporary press. Apparently he tired of the job, and only three books were printed by him here, this by far the largest. Printing didn’t begin in the Carolines until 1856 when in October of that year a small broadside containing The Lord’s Prayer was worked off by Gulick and an associate. (See Lingenfelter, Presses of the Pacific Islands, 1817-1867, pp. 97-103.)
OCLC locates 3 copies only: Michigan, Cleveland Public, and the Bishop Museum in Hawaii. With the bookplate laid in of Thomas Streeter. Streeter Sale VII, 4140, noting erroneously that this is unrecorded. Not in Forbes.
First edition, 2 volumes in 1, 4to, pp. , , 772; , 571; many errors in pagination, but the book is complete; text in double column, engraved frontis portrait, title-p. in volume I in red and black, engraved allegorical frontispiece in volume II, 20 copper-engraved plates (16 folding), 9 wood-engraved plates (2 folding); text occasionally browned and spotted, else generally a very good, sound copy in full contemporary Dutch blindstamped vellum (soiled), nicely rebacked in matching calf, red morocco label.
Seven copies in OCLC but only 4 in the U.S. Ebert 9123.
134. GURLEY, R.R., Rev. Mission to England, in behalf of the American colonization society. Washington: published by Wm. W. Morrison, Pennsylvania Avenue, 1841. $1,250
First edition, 12mo, pp. 264; original brown cloth, upper cover decoratively stamped in blind, spine stamped in gilt and blind; light general wear, a very good copy.
The present copy belonged to President John Quincy Adams and bears his bookplate on the front pastedown printed, “The Hon. John Q. Adams, Quincy, Massachusetts” with Quincy, Massachusetts crossed out and Washington D.C written in.
135. HAKLUYT, RICHARD. The principal navigations, voyages, traffiques & discoveries of the English nation made by sea or over-land to the remote and distant quarters of the earth at any time within the compasse of these 1600 yeeres. Glasgow: James MacLehose and Sons, 1903-05. $7,500
Edition limited to 1000 sets, 1 of 100 on handmade paper; 12 volumes, 8vo, many plates and facsimiles, some folding; near fine throughout in original quarter vellum over blue cloth, gilt stamped on upper covers and spines, t.e.g.
This copy inscribed “George Neilom with grateful thanks for constant advice & help from the ‘Editor’ S. H. R., December, 1906.”
Best library edition of the famed compendium of early travel.
136. [HAMMER, VICTOR.] Le centaure par Maurice de Guerin. [Vienna]: Stamperia del Santuccio, 1939. $2,500
Edition limited to 53 copies, folio, pp. xi, ; printed in red and black; unbound sheets; fine.
This copy with a presentation in Carolyn Hammer’s hand on the front blank: “For Caroline, from C & V, Christmas, 1959.”
Holbrook, p. 145 (Opus IX).
137. HARDY, THOMAS. The return of the native. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1878. $3,500
First edition, first issue (without the quotation marks after A Pair of Blue Eyes on the title of volume I), 3 volumes, 8vo, frontispiece map of the scene of the story in volume I after Hardy; half blue morocco of the second half of the 20th century, gilt-lettered direct on gilt-paneled spines, t.e.g.
Danielson, p. 22; Purdy pp. 24-27; Sadlier 1113; Wolff 2989.
138. HARRODS DEPARTMENT STORE. The wearing of furs, fashionable ere civilization dawned… [Knightsbridge, London: Harrods, 1934.] $1,850
Large folio, 7 leaves on card stock (each approx. 17¼” x 13½”) consisting of 1 introductory leaf touting the new line of furs and 6 color lithographs of models in furs, all contained in color lithograph wrappers. Accompanied by the original mailing envelope with postmark dated November, 1934 — just in time for the Xmas season.
139. HARVARD COLLEGE. Illustrissimo ac sublimi virtute, optimaque eruditione, ornatissimo viro, D. Samueli Shute … Theses hasce … Collegio Harvardino … Habita in comitiis Cantabrigiæ Nov-Anglorum pridie nonas quintilis: [printed by Bartholomew Green], 1726. $7,500
Folio broadside, approx. 17” x 13½”, text arranged in two columns under a running head and a 4-column list of 30 students, outlining the disciplines of “technologicae,” “logicae,” “grammaticae,” “rhetoricae,” “Mathematicae” (including “geometra,” “algebra,” “astronomias,” “optice,”: and “musica”), and “physicae.” Previous folding, several small breaks at the folds, and with a few short tears entering from the margins (no loss), and several small ink burns from the holograph document on the verso.
On the verso of this broadside is a manuscript bill of sale for property on Martha’s Vineyard, March 1, 1726, between Stephen Poas [i.e. Stephen Pease] of Edgartown and Enoch Coffin for “one quarter share or one fouth part of one full and complete square of common or rendered land throughout the town…” Countersigned by John Allen, Nantucket.
Not in Evans; Bristol B-716; Shipton & Mooney 39851. Ford, W.C. Broadsides, 525. Copies located at the AAS and Harvard only.
140. [HEARN, LAFCADIO.] Bisland, Elizabeth. The life and letters of Lafcadio Hearn. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1906. $2,000
First edition, the issue of 250 copies bound uncut, and with a page of Hearn’s autograph tipped in; 2 volumes, 8vo, pp. , 475, ; , 554, ; 15 plates; original black cloth, printed paper labels on spines; generally a fine copy, but with the top corners (thumbnail size) torn off of the first two leaves of text in the second volume (no loss of any letterpress).
The manuscript page begins with an inscription in Japanese: “Yuki-Onna - / Yoso kushi mo / Atsu kori; / Sasu - kogai ya / Kori manuran.” This is followed by ten lines regarding the “Snow-Woman and her best comb” and the “kogai” - “the name now given to a quadrangular bar of tortoise-shell passed under the coiffure…”
141. HEBER, REGINALD, Right Rev. Narrative of a journey through the upper provinces of India, from Calcutta to Bombay, 1824-25, (with notes upon Ceylon,) an account of a journey to Madras and the southern provinces, 1826, and letters written in India. London: John Murray, 1828. $1,500
First edition, 2 volumes, 4to, pp. xv, ,  subscriber list, [xvii]-xlvii, , 631, ; vi, , 515, ; frontispiece portrait, map of India hand-colored in outline, 10 plates, plus 25 wood-engravings in the text; slightly later full green russia a bit scuffed and rubbed, but sound; plates with occasional mild foxing.
Herber (1783-1826) was Lord Bishop of Calcutta, and highly important in the missionary work then being done in India. He completed the erection and full establishment of Bishop’s College, Calcutta and “traveled indefatigably through all parts of his unwieldy diocese, not only performing diligently his episcopal duties, but also healing differences and cheering the hearts and strengthening the hands of Christian workers wherever he went” (DNB).
Lowndes II, 1030-31: “A highly valuable, interesting, and most delightful work.”
142. HECO, JOSEPH. [Manuscript in Japanese:] United States. Story of the floating man. Japan, n.d. [ca. 1862]. $6,500
8vo, pp. ; original cream wrappers; mild dampstain pervades top edge; about fine in a Japanese blue cloth folding case, with thongs.
Joseph Heco (1837-1897), a native of the province of Sanyodo, went to sea in 1850. When his ship was dismasted, he and other members of the crew were rescued by an American ship which took Heco to California, and the young Japanese did not return to his native land until 1859, and did not publish an account of his adventures until 1863 in a book titled Hyoryuki (Record of a Castaway). Like John Manjiro (Nakahama Manjiro) before him, manuscript accounts of Heco’s adventures circulated in manuscript prior to the publication of his book. While we have handled a handful of manuscripts relating to Manjiro’s adventures, this is the first we’ve encountered of Heco’s.
143. HERODOTUS. Herodotou tou Halikarnasseos historia, e, historion logoi 9, epigraphomenoi Mousai. Herodoti Halicarnassei historia, siue, historiarum libri IX, qui inscribuntur Musae. Ex vetustis exemplaribus recogniti. Ctesiae quaedam. [Geneva]: Henricus Stephanus, 1570. $4,500
Folio, pp. 24, 362, 20; title printed in red and black; Estienne woodcut device on title; prefatory matter in Latin, text in Greek;
bound with: Herodoti Halicarnassei historiae lib.ix, & de vita Homeri libellus… [Geneva}: Henricus Stephanus, 1566; pp. , 256, 12, ; 4 folding woodcut plate bound in at the title-p. representing a plan of Babylon, the bridge of Babylon and the citadel of Semiramis, the Hanging Gardens of Semiramis, and the Tower of Babel, the last with an early repair at fold; second title-p. and signature B with some heavy browning due to poor paperstock.
Two volumes together in a fine 16th century (?Swiss) binding of half blind-tooled pigskin over blind-tooled calf-covered boards, the calf renewed probably sometime in the 19th century; some spots, soiling, and stains, but generally a very nice and compelling copy.
The first Estienne editions of Herodotus’s History, in both the Greek and the Latin translations, printed and edited by the famed Renaissance scholar-printer, Henri Estienne II (1531-1598), the first in Royal Greek type cut by Claude Garamond. The Latin translation includes the Life of Homer as well as Estienne’s famous Apology for Herodotus. “In 1566 Estienne published a Latin edition of Herodotus, with an Apologia … This ‘Apologie pour Herodote,’ perhaps Estienne’s most famous work, caused Estienne trouble in Geneva. Ostensibly designed to show how the strange stories in Herodotus are paralleled by equally strange ones in modern times, it is bitterly satirical of his own age. Some passages were most objectionable to Genevan churchmen, and Estienne was arrested and tried, and was obliged to cancel the offending pages. Even so, the book went through twelve editions in 16 years” (EB-11).
The text was edited by Lorenzo Valla (1406-1457); the translator was Conrad Heresbach (1509-1576), and the publisher was Ulrich Fugger (1526-1584). Adams H-397 & H-403; Dibdin, Introduction to the Greek and Latin Classics, 4th edition, 1827, II, p. 20; Renouard, p. 134; not in Schreriber.
144. HERRING, THOMAS, Lord Bishop of Bangor. A sermon preached before the incorporated Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts at their anniversary meeting in the parish-church of St. Mary-le-Bow, on Friday, February 17, 1737-8. London: J. and J. Pemberton, 1738. $2,000
Large paper copy of the first edition in a binding seemingly made for presentation, 4to, (245 x 185 mm.) pp. 70,  ads; full contemporary black morocco, elaborate gilt borders on covers incorporating birds, crowns, acorns, fleurons, etc., unlettered gilt-decorated spine in 6 compartments, a.e.g., green silk bookmark; minor rubbing, else fine. With the bookplates of John Sparrow and Thornham Hall Library.
Includes “An abstract of the Proceedings of the … Society for the propagation of the gospel in foreign parts” from February, 1736 [i.e. 1737] to February, 1737 [i.e. 1738], which includes reports from Boston on the baptizing of Negro slaves, and from missionaries in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Carolina; “The names of the society’s missionaries, catechists, and school-masters”; “Abstract of the charter”; “List of the members”; and a “List of the bishops, deans, &c., who have preached before the society”.
Sabin 31579; European Americana 739/119.
Fifth edition (although the only other edition in OCLC is that of 1674); small 4to, pp. xxxvi, 629, ; title-p. printed in red and black; woodcut vignette on title-p. of a cross captioned “Fulget crucis mysterium.” Full contemporary vellum, manuscript title on spine, edges stained red; front hinge starting, worming in the index only causing loss to a word or two on each leaf.
Rare Flemish Catholic catechism issued from the college at Louvain in Belgium.
Four in OCLC, all in The Netherlands; LIBIS (Belgium Union Catalogue) adds one more.
146. HESYCHIUS, OF ALEXANDRIA. [Hesychiou Lexikon.] Hesychii Lexicon, cum notis … nunc auctis & emendatis, Hadr. Junii, Henr. Stephani, Jos. Scaligeri … etc., vel ineditis Henr. Valesii, Dan. Heinsii, Phil. Jac. Maussaci … etc., in primis Ludolphi Kusteri, Tiber. Hemsterhusii … etc., praeter selectas Jo. Jensii, Dan. Wilh. Trilleri … partim nunc primum edidit, suasque animadversiones perpetuas adjecit Joannes Alberti … Lugduni Batavorum: apud Samuelem Luchtmans, et filium, 1746-66. $3,250
2 volumes, large folio, pp. , xl, , 1758 columns; , xiii, , 1604 [i.e. 1602] columns,  index; (cols. 1515-1516 omitted in pagination), engraved frontis portrait of Johannes Alberti, signed “F. Decker pinx. 1742. Excudit Samuel Luchtmans. I. Houbraken sculps. 1745”, title-p. printed in red and black, vignette title device of S. Luchtmans; Greek text printed in double columns with Latin apparatus at bottom; bound without the half-titles in full contemporary diced russia, central panel ruled in gilt and surrounded by double gilt rules and blindstamped borders, marbled edges; the whole neatly rebacked, gilt lettering direct on gilt-decorated spines; some rubbing at the edges of the covers, else very good and sound. Volume II has imprint: Lugduni Batavorum, apud Samuelem et Joannem Luchtmans, and was edited by David Ruhnkenius.
Hesychius of Alexandria likely belongs to the 5th century B.C. “A Greek dictionary containing a copious list of peculiar words, forms and phrases, with an explanation of their meaning, and often with a reference to the author who used them, or to the district of Greece where they were current” (EB-11). “He is of the greatest value for the study of Greek dialects and the interpretation of inscriptions” (OCD).
Brunet III, 146.
147. HEYLYN, PETER. Cosmography in four books. Containing the chorography and history of the whole world: and all the principal kingdoms, provinces, seas, and isles thereof … revised and corrected by the author himself immediately before his death. London: printed by A[ndrew] C[lark] for P[hilip] Chetwind, and A[nne] Seile, 1677. $3,500
Fifth edition, folio, pp. , 443, 139-225, ; , 230; , 76, ; 83-562 (i.e. 162),  including the genuine blank leaf (u6) in the final section; many errors in pagination, but the book is complete; title-p. printed in red and black, inserted engraved title-p. and 4 double-p. maps (Europe, Africa, Asia, and one of North and South America in which California is depicted as an island); sectional title-pages for each of the four books; contemporary full calf, unrestored, gilt-decorated spine, red morocco label; upper joint cracked, small chip out of the top of the spine; a venerable copy. Also included at the back, with a separate title: “An Appendix to the former work, Endeavouring a Discovery of the Unknown Parts of the World: especially of Terra Australis Incognita, or the Southern Continent.”
Cowan (1933), p. 277 (citing the 1669 edition); Leighley, California as an Island, 24; Sabin 31655; Wing H-1695.
148. [HIMALAYAS.] Mason, Kenneth, C. W. F. Noyce, & H. W. Tobin, et al., editors. The Himalayan Journal. Records of the Himalayan Club. Volumes 1-50, complete. Calcutta and London: Thacker, Spink, & Co.; N.Y. & Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1929-1994. $3,000
50 volumes, 8vo, original printed and/or pictorial wrappers; 1 or 2 spines with tears and dings, else a very good set, with numerous maps, panoramas, plates, etc., many folding, some in color; and noteworthy articles by prominent explorers on recent expeditions, logistics of expeditions, natural history, sport, surveying, geology, etc., including Sir Aurel Stein, Frank Kingdon Ward, Hugh Ruttledge, H. W. Tilman, Eric Shipton, John Hunt, T. H. Somervell, Maurice Herzog, W. H. Murray, and Sir Edmund Hillary, among many, many others. Includes many obituaries, letters to the editor, club notices, book reviews, and pertinent advertisements.
149. HORACE. Quintus Horatius Flaccus. Lvtetiae [i.e. Paris]: ex typographia Rob. Stephani, 1613. $1,500
12mo, 2 parts in 1; pp. , 227, , 69, ; woodcut device on title, notes by Joannes Rutgers; Renouard, 202.7; not common: 5 copies in OCLC, all in Europe;
bound with: Aulus Persius Flaccus, Lutetiae, Rob. Stephani, 1614, pp. 23; woodcut device on title; Renouard, 202.9; again, not common: 4 in OCLC, 3 in the U.S.; together three volumes in 1, 18th century polished tan calf, black morocco label on gilt-decorated spine; joints a bit rubbed, but in all a very good copy.
150. HORATIUS FLACCUS, QUINTUS. [Opera] cum editionibus optimus accuratissime collatus et correctus. Glasguae: Robertus Chapman et Alexander Duncan [printed at the Foulis Press], 1777. $2,500
8vo, pp. iv, 250,  ads; a Glasgow binding of contemporary full green calf, gilt cable-roll borders on covers enclosing a small gilt rebus (a lock and a heart) central, smooth decorated spine with urns, cornucopias and neoclassical medallions, red morocco label, edges stained yellow; some minor discoloration of the green, else a very good copy with an interesting provenance.
The book emanates from the Lockhart family library, with an armorial bookplate of Milton Lockheart and the Lockhart rebus on the covers. John Gibson Lockhart was Sir Walter Scott’s friend, biographer and son-in-law. Later bookplate of J. L. Weir.
152. HOWEL, WILLIAM. An institution of general history, from the beginning of the world to the monarchy of Constantine the Great, composed in such method and manner as never yet was extant. London: Henry Herringman, 1661. $2,750
First edition, folio, pp. , 881, ; contemporary full calf, blindstamped rules on covers with blindstamped fleurons in the corners, red morocco label; a very good copy, unrestored.
Not a common book. Five copies in OCLC; 3 in NUC; Wing H3136.
153. HUGO, VICTOR. [Complete works.] New York: George H. Richmond, [1892-97]. $2,000
“Cabinet Edition,” limited to 1000 numbered sets (this, no. 43) printed on Holland paper, 40 (of 41?) volumes), illustrated with plates throughout; half blue morocco, gilt lettered direct on gilt-decorated spines, t.e.g.; near fine. With the engraved bookplate of A. J. Morgan in each volume.
Includes Dramas (10 volumes); Poems (2 volumes); Ninety-Three (2 volumes); The Laughing Man (4 volumes); Han of Iceland (2 vols); Toilers of the Sea (4 volumes); Notre Dame of Paris (4 vols); Les Miserables (10 vols); Bug-Jargal (1 volume); and Last Day of a Condemned [and] Claud Gueux (1 volume). Looks to be a reprint of the Geddie edition published in 41 volumes in Philadelphia, but no title appears to be missing.
154. [HUMPHREYS, HENRY NOEL.]. The miracles of our Lord. London: Longman & Co., 1848. $2,500
8vo, 15 leaves, chromolithographed throughout by Humphreys, plus 2 leaves of text (illuminator’s remarks and a descriptive index of the miracles); extraordinarily well-preserved papier-mâché fancy strapwork boards incorporating the title and 6 oval portraits within a central panel, and made from a mold and adhered to paper card, sheep spine elaborately blindstamped to match and sandwiched between card and cover, marbled endpapers, a.e.g.; a few very small cracks at extremities, else a fine example of this Victorian style of binding, and scarce thus as these bindings are susceptible to damage.
This style of binding was first done by Humphreys in 1847 on his Parables of Our Lord, and was “contrived to look like carved ebony … the result was splendidly gothic and impressive … the biggest triumph among all the ingenuities of Victorian commercial bookbinding … Noel Humphreys’ illuminated books are rich and consistent examples of Victorian gothic design, and are among the best examples of chromolithography of the century. No lithographer is mentioned in any of them: but most of them were probably printed under the supervision of Owen Jones … About eight [Levin says 12] different titles seem to have been bound in this style, of which three appeared in later editions” (McLean, Victorian Book Design, see chapts. 10 and 17). The Art of Publishers’ Bookbindings, 160-162.
155. HUNTER, DARD. Papermaking by hand in India. New York: Pynson Printers, 1939. $1,500
First edition limited to 370 copies signed by Hunter and the printer, Elmer Adler, 4to, 27 specimens of Indian hand-made paper at the back, 84 photogravure illustrations on 42 plates; light scuffing on spine, else a near fine copy in blue calf-backed linen-covered boards, gilt lettering on spine, publisher’s slipcase rubbed and with one joint repaired. Schlosser 39.
156. INNES, THOMAS. A critical essay on the ancient inhabitants of Britain, or Scotland. Containing an account of the Romans, of the Britains betwixt the walls, of the Caledonians or Picts, and particularly of the Scots. With an appendix of ancient MS. pieces. London: William Innes, 1729. $1,500
First edition, 2 volumes, large paper issue (approx. 8½” x 6½”), 4to, pp. li, , , 400; , 401-839,  Innes ads; 3 tables on 2 folding sheets;
bound with: Remarks on Mr. Innes’s Critical Essay on the Ancient Inhabitants… [by George Waddel], Edinburgh: Tho. and Wal. Ruddimans, 1733, pp. 32; title and last leaf dusty. A very nice set in 19th century full navy calf, triple gilt rules on covers, gilt-decorated spines in 6 compartments, maroon morocco labels in 1, a.e.g.
157. JACCOUD, SIGISMOND. Nouveau dictionnaire de médecine et de chirurgie pratiques illustré de figures intercalées dans le texte. Rédigé par Benj. Anger, E. Bailly, [et al.] … Directeur de la rédaction, le docteur Jaccoud. Paris: J.B. Baillière et fils, 1864-86. $2,500
40 volumes, 8vo, a number of wood-engraved illustrations in the text; contemporary and probably original quarter black morocco, gilt-lettered direct on paneled spines; generally fine. An extensive encyclopedia of medical science.
158. [JACOB, JOHN J.] A biographical sketch of the life of the late Capt. Michael Cresap. Cumberland, Maryland: for the author, by J.M. Buchanan, 1826. $3,500
First edition, small 8vo, pp. 123, ; contemporary roan-backed marbled boards, rebacked, old spine with gilt lettering direct neatly laid down; all edges yellow; light wear and rubbing to the binding but generally a good, sound copy, or better. With the bookplates of Frank Deering and Herbert R. Strauss.
American Imprints 24967; Howes J32; Field 769; Sabin 35488; Thomson 640. The Streeter copy brought $650; the Siebert copy brought $4500.
159. [JAPAN.] Kaempfer, Engelbert. The history of Japan together with a description of the kingdom of Siam 1690-92. Glasgow: James Maclehose and Sons, 1906. $1,250
3 volumes, 8vo, pp. lxxxix, , 336, ; ix, , 396, ; viii, , 385, ; 162 illustrations and maps throughout, including 16 folding maps and facsimiles; very good, sound set in original red cloth gilt.
Standard history of Japan first published in 2 folio volumes, 1727, and not reprinted in full until the present edition. “Its chief interest lies in its account of an abortive attempt to revive the English trade with Japan which had ceased since 1623-24” (publisher’s note). Includes a life of the author and a long historical introduction.
160. [JAPAN.] Overmeer Fisscher, J.F. Van. Bijdrage tot de kennis van het Japansche rijk. Amsterdam: J. Müller & comp., 1833.
First and only contemporary edition (a facsimile was done in Japan in 1978); 4to, pp. , 320; 15 beautifully rendered hand-colored lithographs; some occasional foxing but in all a very nice copy internally with original printed wrappers bound in, and in what appears to be a publisher’s presentation binding of full tan calf with Japanese motif chain link border on covers, gilt medallions in the corners enclosing a central panel decorated in gilt and blind, mostly in imitation of the wrappers, a.e.g.; some rubbing and wear at the extremities of the binding, the whole rebacked with the original spine laid down. Binder’s ticket of J.H. Peters of Amsterdam on rear pastedown.
Landwehr 385: “The author stayed nine years in Decima since his arrival in Japan in 1822.”