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1.    AL-SUYUTI, JALAL-AL-DIN. Civilite Musulmane ou recueil de sentences et de maximes extraites de l'ouvrage du celebre auteur arabe L'Iman Essiyouthi, avec une traduction litterale en regard du texte arabe suivie d'une autre traduction du mot-a-mot et des notes explicatives par Francois Cadoz. Alger: F. Bernard; Paris: Hachette, 1851.    $450

16mo, pp. 126; text in Arabic and Roman characters; orig. yellow printed wrappers; short tear in spine; very good.

Suyuti (1445-1505) was an Egyptian man of letters and "probably the most prolific writer in Arabic literature … He is said to have known the Koran by heart at the age of eight years … The titles of 561 writings by his pen are known, many of which … are only brief articles. They dealt with the most varied subjects and had considerable success all over the contemporary Arabic speaking world. Some of them are also of interest today because of the quotations they contain from works of earlier periods which have been lost" (Ronart & Ronart, Concise Encyclopedia of Arabic Civilization, 1960, p.501-02).

OCLC locates 5 copies in the U.S. and 2 more in France.


2.    ALEXANDER, CALEB. A new introduction to the Latin language: being an attempt to exemplify the Latin syntax, and render familiar to the mind the grammatical construction of this useful language... Worcester: Isaiah Thomas, 1795.     $450

First and apparently only edition of this native Latin grammar; 12mo, pp. xi, [1], 215; woodcut head- and tailpiece; text largely in double column; full original sheep, wavy blindstamped borders on covers; blue sprinkled edges; text a bit toned, bookplate removed, sheep peeling in places on covers, but in all a good, sound copy, or better.

Alexander (1775-1828) spent the better part of his professional career as principal of an academy in Onondaga, N.Y., where he composed a number of Latin and English grammars, and The Columbian Dictionary in 1800. "Around the last years of the eighteenth century and the first of the nineteenth century a considerable number of new text books issued from various presses in various parts of the country. Outstanding among them were the texts of Caleb Alexander, Benjamin Johnson..."

Carpenter, History of American Schoolbooks, p. 54; Evans 28163


3.    ANDREWS, STEPHEN PEARL. Discoveries in Chinese or the symbolism of the primitive characters of the Chinese system of writing as a contribution to philology and ethnology and a practical aid in the acquisition of the Chinese language. New York: Charles B. Norton, 1854. $175

First edition, 12mo, 137; Chinese characters interspersed throughout; original blindstamped green cloth lettered in gilt on the upper cover; spine ends a bit chipped (but not unsightly); good and sound.

Originally prepared as a paper for the American Ethnological Society to be read before the New York Historical Society in 1849.


4.    [ARCHITECTURE.] Félibien des Avaux, J.-F., & Giuseppe Fossati. Storia dell'architettura nella quale oltre le vite degli architetti ... Adornata di rami rappresentanti le fabbriche più cospicue degli antichi, e de' moderni. Tomo primo [all published].Venezia: appresso Antonio Mora, 1747.     $2,000

First edition, 8vo, pp. [10], 308 (but lacking K3-K6, i.e. pp. 149-56, and with a 18th century handwritten note to this effect bound in at the spot); engraved allegorical frontispiece, engraved vignette title-p. printed in red and black, 33 engraved plates (31 of them folding), engraved head- and tail-pieces; contemporary full calf with an early 20th century rebacking, old black morocco label on spine preserved; very good.

Originally published in Paris, 1687 with title: Recueil historique de la vie et des ouvrages des plus celebres architectes. Not in the Millard Collection; 5 in OCLC.


5.    [ARCHITECTURE.] Le Clerc, Sebastian, & John Sturt. A treatise of architecture with remarks and observations by that exellent master thereof Sebastian Le Clerc, knight of the empire, designer and engraver to the cabinet of the late French king... [London]: printed and sold by Richard Ware, [1681]. $450

Plate volume only, lacking the text; 8vo, with engraved portrait frontispiece, engraved vignette title-p. (with architectural engraving on verso, 4 pages of engraved dedications, and 181 engravings on rectos and versos of 92 sheets; contemporary full calf with a mid-20th-century rebacking, red morocco label on spine; very good.


6.    [ARCHITECTURE.] Pain, William, & James Pain. Pains British Palladio: or, the builders general assistant ... Illustrated with several new and useful designs of houses, with their plans, elevations, and sections. Also, clear and ample instructions annexed to each subject ... with a list of prices for materials and labour and labour only ... A new edition, corrected. London: I. and J. Taylor, 1797.      $750

Folio, pp. iv, 16, 4 (ads); 42 copper-engraved plates; last leaf of ads loose and with tears in the gutter causing loss of some letters; plates 39 and 40 with tears in the upper corner with minor loss to one figure; text and plates waterstained along the lower gutter, scattered foxing; full contemporary calf, covers loose, spine partially perished; a fair copy.

OCLC locates only 9 copies.


7.    [ARCHITECTURE.] Serlio, Sebastiano. Il sesto [settimo] libro di Sebastiano Serlio Bolognese ... Vinegia : presso gli Heredi di Francesco de' Franceschi, 1600.  $1,500

Large 8vo, 2 volumes in 1; 27 leaves; pp. [6], 243; the Williamsburg copy of the second contains 36 pages not present here, likely an index; both titles with woodcut title-page; the first with 20 full-p. woodcut illustrations, the second with 120 woodcut illustrations, of floor plans, elevations, facades, windows, gateways, etc., each with a descriptive leaf of text.

Both volumes interleaved throughout with a neat and legible word-for-word translation into English by an early owner, likely John Oliver whose ownership signature is on the title-p.; 19th-century half calf, front cover loose; otherwise very good.

The sixth book describes 50 gates and the seventh book describes "noble" buildings, both public and private. Serlio (1475-1554) "is one of the four Renaissance authors ... who surpassed in importance Vitruvius and his 16th-century commentators. The first to publish an original and illustrated architectural treatise in Italian, Serlio was a painter and architect from Bologna ... He was an exact contemporary of Michaelangelo ... His systematic approach to particular kinds of buildings and his typological organization of architecture are the basis for his immediate success and enduring international following. He was the most influential architectural writer on actual building practices. His single principal contribution is that he broke architectural theory up into distinct and separate themes, which were then taken up individually by subsequent writers ... Serlio had initially planned his treatise in seven parts, but left nine different books ... Of these, only books 1-5 were published in his lifetime (including his work on Gates in 1551) ... Books 6-8 were sold by Serlio to Jacopo Strada, who published book 7 in 1575" (Millard, Italian, pp. 395-403).

The 1575 Frankfort edition was owned by Thomas Jefferson. Both titles are at Colonial Williamsburg only in OCLC. See Millard, Italian, 128.


8.    ASH, JOHN. The new and complete dictionary of the English language ... To which is prefixed a compendious grammar. London: Edward & Charles Dilly, 1775.   $650

First edition, 2 vols., 8vo, unpaginated lexicon in double column, this copy with the second title-p. (not in all copies; the book has continuous signatures), and with the price of 12 shillings beneath the imprint (no priority); contemporary full sheep, gilt fillets on otherwise unadorned spine; joints cracked, but the bindings remain sound; quarter calf over marbled boards, red morocco label; some scuffing, sheep beginning to peel on lower cover of vol. I.

Ash (?1724-1779) was an English Baptist minister whose dictionary (second edition, 1795) was compiled on the basis of Bailey's. In a catalogue of 1872 John Russell Smith writes: "A very useful dictionary as it contains obsolete, provincial, and cant words and phrases, besides a number of technical terms." In a letter to David Ramsay, Webster notes: "It is questionable how far vulgar and cant words are to be admitted into a dictionary... Johnson has transgressed the rules of lexicography beyond any other compiler; for his work contains more of the lowest of all vulgar words than any other now extant, Ash excepted."

Alston V, 288.


Presentation copy

9.    BARNUM, PHINEAS TAYLOR. Struggles and triumphs or, sixty years' recollections of P. T. Barnum, including his golden rules for money-making. Illustrated and brought up to 1889. Written by himself. Buffalo: Courier Co., 1889. $950

8vo, pp. vi, [ix]-xii, [2], 17-360; photogravure frontispiece portrait and 40 wood-engraved plates; publisher's black pebble-grain morocco, gilt decorated spine in 5 compartments, gilt lettered in 1, double gilt rules on covers enclosing on the upper cover a gilt facsimile signature of the author, a.e.g.; some minor rubbing, but generally very good, sound, and bright.

This copy warmly inscribed on the flyleaf: "To Benjamin Fisk Esq., with compliments & best wishes of the author, Phineas T. Barnum, Marina, Bridgeport, Conn., April 8, 1890."


10.   BECKETT, SAMUEL, & Octavio Paz. An anthology of Mexican poetry. Translated by Samuel Beckett. Compiled by Octavio Paz. Preface by C. M. Bowra. London: Thames and Hudson, [1958].      $275

First British edition, published in the Latin American Series, with the cooperation of the Organization of American States; 8vo, pp. 213, [1]; Italian bookseller's stamp on rear endpaper, previous owner's ownership signature on front free endpaper, dust jacket with a couple of shallow chips, and worn, but basically complete. An important anthology of poetry chosen by Octavio Paz, with a lengthy historical overview as introductory essay by him; the poems themselves are translated into English by Samuel Beckett.


11.   BEHR, HERMAN. Perlen englischer Dichtung in deutscher Fassung. Eigenes. [New York: De Vinne Press], n.d., [ca. 1912].     $425

8vo, pp. ix, [1], 233; title within red ruled border; handsomely printed on handmade paper; full brown crushed levant by the Bagle Art Bindery, double gilt rule on covers enclosing a central double gilt-ruled panel, floral elements in the corners, gilt decorated spine in 6 compartments, gilt lettered direct in 2, t.e.g., others uncut; full doublures of turquoise levant, enclosed by brown levant turn-ins, with floral elements and hearts, cream moire silk endpapers; slight rubbing along the front joint, else fine.

A book of English poetry in German translation, including poets such as Keats, Burns, Blake,Shelley, Byron, Scott, Wordsworth, Whittier, Longfellow, Bryant, etc.


12.   [BIBLE, in Gaelic.] Leabhraichean an T-Seann Tiomnaidh air an tarruing o'n cheud chanain chum Gaelic Albanaich ann an da' earran. Edinburgh: printed by C. Stewart, printer to the university, for the society in Scotland for Propagating Christian Knowledge, and sold at their library, 1807-13. $500

2 volumes in 1, 8vo, pp. [12] plus unpaginated text; vii, [1], 364; texts in double column, full original paneled calf, blindstamp of the British and Foreign Bible Society central on upper cover; the binding is rubbed and worn at the edges, upper joint cracked but the book remains sound.

New Testament bears a separate title dated 1813. The Society began publishing this translation in 1767 which was not completed until 1801.

Darlow & Moule 4084: "A revision [of the 1801 edition] . For this new edition of the O.T. the portion containing Isaiah-Malachi, which J. Smith had rendered in a somewhat free style, was revised with reference to the English A. V. by Alexander Stewart, minister of Dingwall, who supervised the printing of the whole book ... The preliminary matter includes a preface (dated 1807), a glossary (4 pp.), and "General Rules for Reading the Gaelic Language (3 pp.) ... The N.T. of 1813 is often found bound up with this edition of the O.T., so as to form a complete Bible."


13.   [BIBLE, in English, N.T., Gospels, Selections.] Parables of Our Lord illustrated and illuminated. London: Macmillan and Co., 1870.   $750

4to, chromolithograph title-page and dedication, plus 13 stiff card leaves laminated to show 12 chromolithographs mounted as rectos with corresponding chromolithographs taken from the Brevario Grimani from St. Mark's Library, Venice mounted as versos, together with a chromolithograph frontispiece; original pictorial brown cloth by Burn and Co. with an all over theological design embossed in black and gilt, a circular pictorial pastedown of Christ central, spine similarly decorated in gilt and black, a.e.g.; very good and sound, the plates particularly fresh.

The illustrations to the Parables are by H. R. McEniry, and the frontispiece by John Jellicoe. "The entire work is arranged and printed in colours by Cooper, Clay, and Co."


14.   [BIBLE, in Old English, N.T., Gospels.] Skeat, Walter W., Rev. The Holy Gospels in Anglo-Saxon, Northumbrian, and Old Mercian versions, synoptically arranged, with collations exhibiting all the readings of all the MSS.; together with the early Latin version as contained in the Lindisfarne MS., collated with the Latin version in the Rushworth MS. Cambridge: University Press, 1871-87 [i.e. 1889].     $450

First collected edition, bringing together "the separate editions which originally appeared in the following order; viz. St. Mark, in 1871; St. Luke, in 1874; St. John, in 1878; and St. Matthew (a new edition), in 1887. The previous editon of St. Matthew was mainly edited by J. Mitchell Kemble, and completed, after Kemble's death, by the Rev. C. Hardwick, in 1885."

Large 4to, pp. [2] ads, [1], xxxii, 144; xii, 252; xx, 197, [1]; [2], xi, [1], 258, [1]; each section with its own printed title-page and preliminary matter; original green cloth, gilt-lettered spine; hinges starting, a number of light pencil annotations in the margins, else very good.


15.   [BLACKSTONE, WILLIAM, Sir.] Priestley, Joseph, Philip Furneaux, [et al.] An interesting appendix to Sir William Blackstone's Commentaries on the Laws of England... America: printed for the subscribers: by Robert Bell ... Philadelphia, 1773. $950

8vo, pp. [4], iv, [5]-119, [1]; xii, 155, [1] ads; contemporary full calf, red morocco label on spine; front joint cracked, else very good.

The text consists of 6 tracts, each with a sectional title-p.: I. Priestley's Remarks on some paragraphs in the fourth volume of Blackstone's Commentaries, relating to the dissenters. II. Blackstone's Reply to Priestley's Remarks. III. Priestley's Answer to Blackstone's Reply. IV. The case of the late election of the county of Middlesex considered on the principles of the Constitution and the authorities of law. V. Furneaux's Letters to the Hon. Mr. Justice Blackstone concerning his Exposition of the Act of Toleration, and some positions relative to religious liberty, in his celebrated Commentaries on the laws of England. And, VI. Authentic copies of the argument of the late Hon. Mr. Justice Foster in the Court of Judges Delegates, and of the speech of the Right Hon. Lord Mansfield in the House of Lords, in the cause between the city of London and dissenters.

The second printing of an important commentary on Blackstone, first published (with different pagination) in 1772. These tracts were originally printed in the fifth volume of the first American edition of Blackstone's Commentaries, also published in 1772. In the third printing of 1773 the title changed to The Palladium of Conscience. The tracts herein deal with Blackstone's writings on religious liberty and toleration, and the rights of nonconformists. Thomas Jefferson owned a copy of this edition.

Evans 12684; Sabin 5697.


16.   [BLADES, WILLIAM.] The best Caxton memorial. [London: 1861.]      $150

Broadside, approx. 10.5" x 8.25", 32 lines, printed on blue paper; minor edge creases but generally fine. A petition for money to support the "Caxton Pension," a fund set up for indigent and elderly printers.


17.   [BROADSIDE, Brother Jonathan.] The presidential candidates. 1856. Election--Tuesday, 4th November. To be ready December 1st. The greatest pictorial paper yet! Mammoth double-sheet Brother Jonathan for Christmas, and New Years 1857. ... [New York]: published by B.H. Day at the Brother Jonathan Press, 1856.  $1,500

Large broadside approx. 34" x 25" (86 x 64 cm.), with a single column of text central, flanked by 6 wood-engraved portraits (James Buchanan, Democratic Candidate for President; John C. Breckenridge, Democractic Candidate for Vice President; John C. Fremont, Republican Candidate for President; William L. Dayton, Republican Candidate for Vice President; Millard Fillmore, Know Nothing Candidate for President; and, Andrew J. Donelson, Know Nothing Candidate for Vice President); previous folds, minor chips in the margins, 2 small stains (mostly confined to the margins); all else very good.

A prospectus for the Brother Jonathan Christmas issue for 1856 and the weekly newspaper for 1857. Signed: B.H. Day, publisher, 48 Beekman Street, New York. Portraits engraved by S.F. Baker, Alfred G. Holcomb, Charles Edmonds, and J.W. Orr. Includes an advertisement for B.H. Day's "Brother Jonathan Cheap Book Establishment, 48 Beekman-St., New York."

NY Historical Society and AAS only in OCLC.


18.   [BROADSIDE, Catnach, James ("Jemmy").] The Prince of Israel. The most remarkable events on the life of Our Lord Jesus Christ. [London]: printed by J. Catnach, September, 1824.      $750

Broadside, approx. 20" x 15¼" (65 x 53 cm.), incorporating 26 woodcuts depicting the life of Christ (from swaddling clothes to the Resurrection), under decorative wood type, plus 6 hymns; a few chips from the margins (not affecting any illustration or letterpress), minor soiling, mostly confined to the margins; a good example.

No mention of this in Hindley, History of the Catnach Press (1887). SMU only in OCLC.


19.   [BROADSIDE, Hubbard Brothers.]  It is the best and cheapest and sells to beat everything!! Agents wanted for the Centennial Exposition. Described and illustrated ... By J. S. Ingram. Philadelphia: Hubbard Bros., [1876].      $950

Broadside advertising for agents to sell by subscription Ingram's The Centennial Exposition, Described and Illustrated being a Concise and Graphic Description of this Grand Enterprise Commemorative of the First Centennary [sic] of American Independence, Philadelphia: Hubbard Bros., 1876, approx. 28¼ x 21" (72 x 53 cm.), incorporating 12 wood engravings (Gatling gun, magneto telegraph instrument, the great Corliss engine, one horse shay, etc.) surrounding detailed text about the merits of the book, choices of binding, sales potential, etc.

AAS only in OCLC.


20.   [BROADSIDE, Jones Brothers.] Life and Work of Garfield ... the tragic story of his death. By John Clark Ridpath, LL.D. ... Published in English and German. Cincinnati, Philadelphia, Chicago, Kansas City: Jones Brothers & Co., [1882]. $1,250

Large folio broadside, approx. 28½" x 21¼", heading in wood type, descriptive text surrounded by 18 wood-engraved illustrations; previous folds, near fine.

Ridpath's The Life and Work of James A. Garfield, 1881 was published by subscription by Jones Brothers in Cincinnati. This broadside touts the "50 magnificient engravings on steel and wood", and seeks agents to sell the book. The illustrations include two death-bed scenes, Secty. Blaine reading letters of sympathy to Mrs. Garfield, and a Civil War battle scene, together with a number of portraits of Garfield, his family, and compatriots.

Not in OCLC.


"10,000 agents wanted at once."

21.   [BROADSIDE, Jones Brothers.] Truth is stranger than fiction! Read this book and see!! New York by Sunlight and Gaslight. A work descriptive of the great American metropolis ... by James D. McCabe. Philadelphia: Jones Bros. & Co., [1882].   $1,250

Large folio broadside, approx. 33" x 24", heading in wood type, descriptive column of text surrounded on two sides by 8 wood-engraved illustrations; previous folds, a few small chips at the margins, one small break at one fold; very good.

McCabe's New York by Sunlight and Gaslight was published by subscription in 1882 by Douglass Brothers in Philadelphia. This broadside touts the text and illustrations in the book, advertises several styles of binding, and seeks agents to sell the book. The illustrations include the elevated railroad, Grand Central Station, Trinity Church, and a bird's-eye view of the city. While the broadside appears to be published by Jones Bros., the work in question was published under a number of different imprints, including Douglass Brothers in Philadelphia; the Union Publishing House in New York, H. N. Hinckley in Chicago, and the Edgewood Publishing Company.

Not in OCLC.


22. [BROADSIDE, National Publishing Co.] Pictorial History of the World ... By James D. McCabe -- the well-known historian ... Agents wanted... Philadelphia, Chicago, St. Louis: National Publishing Co., [1877].    $950

 Large folio broadside printed in red and black, approx. 35" x 23", heading in wood type, descriptive text surrounded on two sides by 12 wood-engraved illustrations, including the surrender of King John to the Black Prince, Penn's treaty with the Indians, the attack on Fort Sumter, the Battle of Waterloo, and the Crusaders Fleet before Constantinople; previous folds; very good.

 "Agents are meeting with unexpected success, selling from ten to fifteen copies per day."

 McCabe's Pictorial History of the World was published by subscription in 1877 by the National Publishing Co., but it also appeared under several imprints, including Thomas Prothero, Emporia, Kansas, and Jones Brothers in Cincinnati. The broadside prints a note of "Caution. Unscrupulous publishers have in several cases added a few pages to Old Histories of the World, and are palming them off on the public as new books. Do not be deceived..."

 This broadside states that the book "has taken rank as the standard history of the world," and contains 672 fine historical engravings, and 1260 large double column pages. gents to sell the book.

 Not in OCLC.


23. [BROADSIDE, Nelson & Phillips.] A whole temperance library in a single volume. Agents have sold 20,000 copies in five months. Apply now for good territory. The Temperance Reform and its Great Reformers ... By Rev. W. H. Daniels ... Sold only by subscription. New York: Nelson & Phillips, [1878].      $750

 Large folio broadside, approx. 29" x 21", printed in metal and wood type, descriptive text surrounded by 12 wood-engraved portrais (among them Frances Willard, Mother Stewart, and Lyman Beecher); previous folds, one small break at one fold, ink inscription on verso showing through the portrait of Beecher; all else very good.

 "Agents wanted everywhere ... Agents are having fine success, as many as fifty copies sold in one day."

 Daniel's The Temperance Reform and its Great Reformers was published by subscription in 1878-79, and appeared under several imprints, including Hitchcock & Walden in Cincinnati, and Phillips & Hunt in New York (successors to Nelson & Phillips).

 This broadside notes that the books is "one of the most spirited and successful assaults on the kingdom of darkness," and that the author is "one of the most successful historians of modern evangelism."

 Not in OCLC.


 

 

24.   [BURKE, EDMUND, & William Burke.] An account of the European settlements in America in six parts … fifth edition with improvements... London: Printed for J. Dodsley, 1760.      $750

2 volumes, 8vo, pp. [8], xii, 324; xii, 308; 2 folding frontispiece maps of the Americas; half red morocco over marbled boards, black morocco spine labels lettered in gilt, spines gilt, new endpapers, scuffing to bindings, else very good.

"Best contemporary account" (Howes). Clark I, 208; Hill, p. 39; Howes B974; Palau 37503; Sabin 9282; Todd 4f.


25.   CAMPAILLA, TOMMASO. L'Adamo ovvero. Il mondo creato. Poema filosofico del sign. D. Tommaso Campailla,... cogli argomenti di ciascun canto tradotti in verso eroico latino dal sign. don Giuseppe Prescimone,... In questa seconda edizione corretto. Roma: nella stamperia di A. Rossi, 1737.      $850

Folio, pp. vi, [24], 385, [3]; engraved frontispiece portrait of the author, folding engraved portrait of his patron, Francesco Bonanno del Bosco (with a 3" tear entering from the gutter - no loss), woodcut initials, typographic ornaments; a good, sound copy in contemporary limp vellum lettered in ink on spine. Harvard College Library bookplate and a discrete release stamp on the verso of the title-page.

Campailla (1668-1740) was an odd-looking autodidact from Modica on Sicily who fought syphilis rheumatism in a "modern" way, using the "guaiacum barrels" or "vapour stoves" that he had invented. He was also elected senator of his district seven times. In 1709 he published the first six songs of this philosophical poem Adam, or the World Created, then dedicated it in its full (twenty songs), "to Charles VI of Austria, Emperor and King of Sicily."

Olschki 18404 citing the octavo edition of 1757; 2 copies in OCLC, both in Europe.


26.   CARTIER-BRESSON, HENRI. The decisive moment. New York: Simon & Schuster in collaboration with Verve Editions, Paris, [1952].     $4,500

First edition, folio, pp. 29, and 126 photographic illustrations (some double-page) on rectos and versos of 62 plates; dust jacket with 2 or 3 small black ink marks on front panel (I think made when the jacket was printed), and slight wear at edges, else generally a fine copy in original printed pictorial boards by Henri Matisse, repeated design on jacket. Laid in, as issued, is the 12-p. pamphlet The Decisive Moment - Captions.


27.   CHAGALL, MARC. The Jerusalem Windows. Text and notes by Jean Leymarie. Translated from the French by Elaine Desautels. New York & Monte Carlo: George Braziller & Andre Sauret, [1962].    $850

First American edition and first edition in English, folio, pp. 210, [3]; 2 original Chagall lithographs, and 104 plates (64 in color); very good copy in a very good dust-jacket, lacking publisher's slipcase.

"This book, which was compiled by Andre Sauret, was completed on June 7, 1962. The texts by Jean Leymarie were composed by hand in 'Roman du Roi' and were printed by the Imprimerie National de France. The thirty-six preparatory color designs, some of which are in twenty colors, were transferred to the stones by Charles Sorlier under the direction of Marc Mourlot Freres. The other reproductions and the binding are by Draeger Freres" (from the colophon).The story and complete pictorial rendering of Chagall's designs for the beautiful stained-glass windows of the Hadassah-Hebrew University Medical Center Synagogue in Jerusalem.


28.   DAVISON, MARION M. A report on the visit of the Garden club of America to Honolulu, Japan and China in the spring of 1935. Millbrook, NY: The Millbrook Garden Club, 1936.      $150

Edition limited to 150 copies printed by Philip G. Reed at the Broadside Press, Katonah, NY; small 8vo, pp. [2], 27, [1]; title vignette and incipient initial printed in green; fine copy in original floral paper-covered boards backed in gray cloth, chipped glassine dust jacket, publisher's box a little soiled. 7 copies in OCLC.


Presentation copy

29.   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 vol. 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.


30.   DIGBY, KENELM, Sir. A late discourse made in a solemne assembly of nobles and learned men at Montpellier in France ... touching the cure of wounds by the powder of sympathy; with instructions how to make the said powder; whereby many other secrets of nature are unfolded ... Rendred faithfully out of French into English by R. White ... The second edition corrected and augmented. London: printed for R. Lownes, and T. Davies, 1658.  $1,500

16mo, pp. [10], 152, [5]; title within woodcut border; full contemporary calf, neatly rebacked, red morocco label on spine; corners worn, some browning of the text; all else very good.

Second edition in English of Digby's famous universal cure, his so-called Powder of Sympathy, which would assist in healing wounds. His beliefs were taken quite seriously throughout Europe with over 40 editions printed into the early 18th century.

Wing D1436.


31.   DOLSCIUS, PAUL, Ed. [Title in Greek: Sophia e panaretos Iesu tu Seirach... ] Sapientia Jesu Siracidae, omnium virtutum doctrinam continens, elegiaco olim carmine reddita, et nunc primum edita a Paulo Dolscio. Lipsiae: Iohannes Rhamba, 1571.     $500

Small 8vo, [102] leaves; printed in Greek type throughout; 18th century marbled boards; rubbed and worn, front hinge cracked, binding skewed; good and sound.

BM, German STC, p. 106; 5 in OCLC.


32.   EICHENBERG, FRITZ. Endangered species and other fables with a twist. Owings Mills, MD: Stemmer House, 1979.    $150

First edition, small folio, pp. 128; illustrated throughout; fine copy in a near fine dust jacket.

This copy inscribed on the title-page: "Fritz Eichenberg to Lisabeth with good wishes," and with the previous owner's signature on the front free flyleaf.


33.   EYS, WILLEM J. VAN . Dictionnaire Basque-Francais. Paris: Maisonneuve; Londres: Williams & Norgate, 1873.     $275

First edition, 8vo, pp. [4], xlviii, 415; text in double column; publisher's quarter black calf, gilt lettered direct on gilt-paneled spine, sprinkled edges; very good.

Designed as a companion to the author's Essai de Grammaire de la Langue Basque, this Basque dictionary is still perfectly useful alone.


34.   FIALA, ANTHONY. Fighting the polar ice ... With an introduction by W. S. Champ, and reports by William J. Peters, Russell W. Porter and Oliver S. Fassig. New York: Doubleday, Page & Co., 1906. $250

First edition in English, large 8vo, pp. xxii, 296, [6]; large folding color map of the Franz Josef Archipelago, color frontispiece, 8 color plates, 148 duotone plates and illustrations from photographs, including maps and portraits; original pictorial green cloth stamped in gilt on spine, blindstamp vignette on upper cover, t.e.g.; 2 or 3 small and slight stains on the covers, all else fine and bright.

Narrative of the Ziegler Polar Expedition to Franz Josef Land, 1903-05, led by Fiala. AB 4938.


35.   GADAMER, H. Original natural history manuscript with hundreds of original drawings of insects, moths, dragonflies, butterflies, etc., in gouache, watercolor, and pencil.[Ljungby & Årup, Sweden, 1846-48.]   $12,500

Large quarto album, approx. 12" x 9¾" overall, 91 leaves plus 4 sectional title-leaves and 5 pages of index, viz: COLEOPTERA, dated 1847, with 274 illustrations on 33 leaves, 174 drawn from nature, the balance copied from the Magasin de Zoologie of Guerin; ORTHOPTERA ET HEMIPTERA SCANICA, dated 1847-48, with 30 illustrations on 7 leaves, all drawn from nature; LEPIDOPTERA SCANICA, dated 1846, with 465 illustrations on on 51 leaves, all drawn from nature; together with a 5-page INDEX ALPHABETICUS to the genera and species contained therein. All illustrations are captioned in ink and are cross-referenced by number to the index.

The illustrations range in size from the minute (the size of a pencil eraser), to 4" x 8 ½" and are drawn to scale. These illustrations are those of trained and professsional naturalist: Gadamer is listed in The Naturalist’s Directory (1883) as a practicing entomologist. And an article by H.G. describes him as "Forstmeister" - champion of the forest and naturalist.

Other biographical information on Gadamer is not readily available. On the recto of the front free endpaper is a warm inscription from Gadamer presenting this volume to his daughter, dated 2 July, 1873.

Original calf-backed marbled boards, morocco label on spine reading "INSECTA SVECICA ET EXOTICA." Edges worn, but the overall apearance is very good, not fine. Internally there is some finger soiling in the fore-margins; a number of leaves are loose, and many more have marginal tears (some with occasional repair on versos); but the illustrations are largely unaffected and the coloring is quite bright and vibrant.


36.   HAKLUYT, RICHARD. The principal navigations, voyages, traffiques and discoveries of the English nation... London: George Bishop, Ralph Newberie, and Robert Barker, 1599-1600.      $17,500

Second edition, very much enlarged; 3 volumes, folio; pp. [22], 606; [16], 312, 204; [16], 868; later full calf (vol. III not uniform and slightly larger), all neatly rebacked to match, red and black morocco labels on spines; good looking set of the best textual edition.

Volume II is the second issue with the printer's ornament conforming to "state 2" as illustrated by Quinn, p. 501. The map, as usual, is lacking, and the Voyage to Cadiz is not included at the end of vol. I, per Church, p. 756: "In this issue the honourable voyage to Cadiz is ... omitted, the volume stopping at p. 606." Church explains the reason for this. The Earl of Essex was in disgrace when this 1599 issue came out, and the narrative of his voyage was supressed. The title-pp. of the first two volumes are in the most common setting, with line 7 endings in "yeres" as oposed to "yeares" (see STC).

Hill; 743: "This enormous work - it contains one million, seven hundred thousand words - is the most complete collection of voyage and discoveries ... and of the nautical achievements of the Elizabethians."

Church 322: "An invaluable treasure of nautical information."

See Quinn, Hakluyt Handbook (Hakluyt Society, 1974) ; Sabin 29598; STC 12626a.


37.   HALLIWELL, JAMES ORCHARD. A dictionary of archaic and provincial words, obsolete phrases, proverbs, and ancient customs, from the fourteenth century ... Second edition. London: John Russell Smith, 1852.   $325

First edition, 2 volumes, 8vo, pp. viii, [28], 480; [4], [481]-960 (continuous pagination); text in double column; original gray-green cloth, printed paper labels on spine; extremities of labels chipped (no loss of any lettering), spine a bit sunned, spine ends a little worn; a good, sound set.

Important work in English etymology. "The only compilation where a reader of the works of the early English writers can reasonably hope to find explanations of many of the numerous terms which have become obsolete" (preface).

Kennedy 1996; Vancil, p. 35


38.   HESSELS, JOANNES, & Joannes Molanus. Catechismus solidam & orthodoxam continens explicationem symboli apostolici, orationis dominicae. Salvationis angelicae ... Accessit huic quintae editioni ejusdem censura super legenda sanctorum, cum notis Joannis Molani. Lovanii: typis Bernardini Masii, 1654.    $1,500

Fifth edition (although the only other edition in OCLC is that of 1674); small 4to, pp. xxxvi, 629, [37]; 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. 4 in OCLC, all in The Netherlands; LIBIS (Belgium Union Catalogue) adds one more.


39.   HOST VON ROMBERCH, JOHANN. Congestorium artificiose memorie ... omnium de memoria preceptiones aggregatim complectens. Venice: Melchior Sessa, 1533.      SOLD

Small 8vo, 100 (of 104) leaves, without leaves A2, J7-8, and colophon; 14 full-p. woodcuts, 9 half-page woodcuts, historiated woodcut initials, musical notation on K1v; full contemporary limp vellum, manuscript title on spine; early faint manuscript ex-libris at the bottom of the title-p., a few leaves shaved close, very slight loss to the ends of 4 or 5 lines on N7; aside from the missing leaves, a very good copy.

A famous book on memory, "originally published in 1520. Host von Romberch's work draws on a wide variety of sources, including the Rhetorica ad Herennium, Quintilian, Francesco Petrarch (1304-1374), and Peter of Ravenna (b. 1448). He gives to the usual use of memory loci (mental places for storing data) a novel twist, that of employing Dante's Hell, Purgatory, and Paradise. In discussing mental images or symbols of information to be recalled, he offers the reader a section on visual alphabets, in which the images used resemble the shape of letters. The final portion of Congestorium deals with the memorization of grammar and of abstract concepts from the sciences and theology. This portion has been much influenced by Thomas Aquinas (1225?-1274)" (see Books on Memory and Mnemonics from the Arnold Semeiology Collection, University of Washington).

In the general street scene on E3v is an illustration of a bookstore.

Brunet IV, 1369; Graesse VI, 154; BM, Italian, 239.


40.   HOWE, JOSEPH. Responsible government. Letters to the Right Honorable Lord John Russell, &c. &c. &c. on the right of British Americans to be governed by the principles of the British constitution. Halifax, N.S.: 1839.  $125

First edition, 8vo, pp. 48; removed from binding; top margin of title-p. clipped, else very good. Staton & Tremaine 2284.


41.   HUTCHINSON, W. F., Dr. A trip to Venezuela and Curacao, by the Red Line. Illustrations from author's photographs and sketches, by Douglas, Eaton and Edwards. Providence: Providence Press Co., 1887.  SOLD

First edition, 8vo, pp. 62; a number of illustrations throughout, a dozen full-p.; folding map printed in orange, black and red; original gray pictorial wrappers printed in blue; a few small chips out of the spine, but generally very good.

Not in OCLC; not in American Travellers Abroad.


42.   [IRELAND, W. H.] Chalcographimania; or, the portrait-collector and printseller's chronicle, with infatuations of every description. A humorous poem. In four books. With copious notes explanatory. By Satiricus Sculptor, Esq. London: R. S. Kirby, 1814.   $350

First edition, 8vo, pp. x, [4], 212; engraved frontispiece, title-p. printed in red and black; contemporary paper-covered boards rebacked in tan calf, blindstamped title on spine; edges rubbed, corners worn; good and sound.

A satirical poem about the mania of print collecting.


43.   JAMES, HENRY, JR. Transatlantic sketches. Boston: James R. Osgood and Co., 1875.      $100

First edition of James's second book, 12mo, pp. vi, [7]-401; original brown cloth, gilt-lettered spine; spine sunned, spine extremities chipped; good and sound.

First binding with the Osgood imprint on the spine; the sheets in this copy are sewn rather than stapled which BAL surmises is first in the binding order. "Publisher's records show there was but one printing of this date: 1578 copies printed April 21, 1875" (BAL).

BAL 10530; Edel A2


44.   JAMES, WILLIAM. The varieties of religious experience. A study in human nature, being the Gifford Lectures on natural religion delivered at Edinburgh in 1901-1902. New York, London, and Bombay: Longmans, Green, and Co., 1902.   $225

First American edition, first issue, with "Nietzsche" misspelled on page 38; 8vo, pp. [2], xii, 534; original gray cloth, printed paper label on spine, t.e.g.; spine sunned, hinges starting, 2" tear from the first printed leaf (ads) in the fore-margin; a good copy.

With a bookplate reading in manuscript: "Thos. Cochran, June 13, 1902" underneath which is printed, "From the author."


45.   [KELMSCOTT PRESS.] Shelley, Percy Bysshe. The poetical works of Percy Bysshe Shelley. Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1894. $5,500

Edition limited to 256 copies, this 1 of 250 on paper; 3 volumes, 8vo, vols. 2 and 3 printed in red and black; original stiff vellum, yapp edges, gilt-lettered direct on spines; bindings a little soiled, gilt lettering a touch sunned, else near fine.

Designed by William Morris and printed in the "Golden Type' on "Flower" paper. Volume 1 was published in November of 1894, and volumes 2 and 3 in March and November of 1895.

Peterson A29; Walsdorf 29.


46.   KERR, JOHN. The history of curling and fifty years of the Royal Caledonian Curling Club. Edinburgh: David Douglas, 1890.     $400

First edition, large 8vo, pp. xiv, [2], 440, [16] ads; vignette title-p. printed in red and black, gravure frontispiece portrait, 14 plates (2 in color) and 92 illustrations throughout the text; original pictorial paper-covered boards backed in red, gilt-decorated morocco, t.e.g., the whole rebacked with most of the original spine laid down; edges worn, but otherwise a very good, sound copy.

A treasure-trove of information on the sport, with sections on the origins of the sport, a study of the stones, curling equipment, curling societies both ancient and modern, the art of curling, and a 6-page bibliography of curling books, as well as all there is to know about the Caledonian Curling Club.


Inscribed, association copy

47.   LUCKNER, GRAF FELIX VON. Seeteufel. Abenteuer aus meinem Leben. Berlin & Leipzig: K.F. Koehler, 1926.    $1,500

Later printing (the book was first published in 1921); 8vo, pp. [6], 318, [2] ads; folding map showing the course of the German raider Seeadler to the the point of its demise in the Pacific in 1917; double-p. sailplan, and approx. 135 illustrations throughout, largely from photographs taken during the cruise; original pictorial cloth, spine a bit soiled, else generally very good.

This copy enhanced by a 13-line inscription in German by the ship's navigator (and famed whaler and Arctic explorer) Carl Kircheiss, to Carl G. Orgell, dated Philadelphia, 17 October, 1927, mentioning the Seeadler, and also with a 7-line inscribed photograph of the navigator laid in.

From January to July 1917, the Seeadler sank fourteen allied ships, eleven in the Atlantic and three in the Pacific. In August, however, the Seeadler was lost altogether: she was wrecked on an atoll in French Polynesia. Mystery still surrounds her loss. Von Luckner attested to the German Admiralty that an underwater earthquake caused a tsunami that dashed the ship on the reef, a story that is reaffirmed here in this book, and by several subsequent historians of the Germany Navy. And so has that story been perpetuated through the ensuing decades.

Two contemporary investigations, as well as several recent ones, dispute this version of events, and instead blame Von Luckner for being oblivious to the change in the wind direction which blew the Seeadler onto the reef. Ignored by the supporters of Von Luckner was a 1929 book by the navigator of the Seeadler Carl Kircheiss, who has inscribed this copy, in which he offers a vastly different version of how the shipwreck occurred, and one, ultimately, much closer to the truth. For a full account see the article by James N. Bade, University of Aukland, at http://www.europe.canterbury.ac.nz/conferences/euro2003/paper1.pdf


48.   MALKIN, J. H. Historical parallels, from original historians. London: M. A. Natalli, 1849. $325

First edition, 12mo, 2 volumes, pp. [iii]-vi, [2], 408; [iii]-vi, 414; several wood-engraved illustrations in the text; a fine, bright set in original green blindstamped cloth with spines stamped in an unusual and attractive gilt pattern.

Volume I covers The retreat from Moscow, Spanish Armada, the conspiracy of the Pazzi, etc. Volume II, the plagues of Athens, Florence, Milan, Constantinople, London; sieges of Magdeburg, Platea, Tyre, Jerusalem; the popish plot; John Huss; Jerome of Prague.


49.   MASSINGER, PHILIP. The plays of Philip Massinger, in four volumes. With notes critical and explanatory. B W. Gifford, Esq. ... The second edition... London: G. and W. Nicol, F. C. and J. Rivington, [et. al.], 1813.  $250

4 volumes, 8vo; engraved frontispiece portrait of Massinger in vol. I; contemporary full diced calf, smooth, gilt-decorated spines, back morocco labels, marbled edges; top of front joint in vol. I showing a small crack, upper joint on vol. II cracked, minor dampstain at the bottom of the spine of vol. III; extremities a bit rubbed; all else very good.

Massinger (1583-1640) was a playwright contemporary with Shakespeare, Jonson, Beaumont and Fletcher. He collaborated with Fletcher in several works and possibly with Tourneur. This is the third collected edition of Massinger's works; the first was published in 1759 and edited by Coxeter.


50.   MCKEAN, Monsignor. Saint Anthony's mass book with other prayers ... for the celebration of the first holy mass in Saint Anthony's Chapel, Hamilton Farm, Peapack, New Jersey, the residence of James Cox Brady ... [Peapack, N.J.?]: 1925.    $125

12mo, pp. cxxv; color frontispiece with captioned tissue guard; contemporary full green morocco with ornate gilt borders and panels enclosing an Episcopal supralibros on the upper cover, elaborate gilt-decorated spine in 6 compartments, gilt lettered in one, a.e.g., green silk moire doublures and endpapers, green cardboard slipcase; fine copy in a binding done for the Brick Row Book Shop.


51.   MONTAIGNE, MICHAEL DE. Essays of Montaigne. Translated by Charles Cotton; an entirely new edition formed from a collation of the foreign quotations ... Edited by William Carew Hazlitt. London: Reeves and Turner, 1902. $500

4 volumes, 8vo, 4 frontispieces, folding 2-p. facsimile letter; slightly later half green morocco by Zaehnsdorf, gilt spines in 5 compartments (3 disparate), gilt-lettered in 3, t.e.g.; spines browned, else near fine. "A fresh English rendering, and a careful revision of the text throughout to which are added some account of the life of Montaigne, notes, a translation of all the letters known to be extant, and an enlarged index; with portraits and other illustrations."


52.   MOORE, THOMAS. Irish melodies ... with an appendix, containing the original advertisements, and prefatory letter on music. London: J. Power and Longman, Hurst [et al.], 1821. $500

First separate edition, small 8vo, pp. xii, 259; a number of line drawings in the text; bound with: [MacDonald, William Russell], The Dublin Mail; or, Intercepted Correspondence. To which is added, a Packet of Poems..., London: J. Johnston, 1821, small 8vo, pp. 136; together, 2 volumes in 1, contemporary full olive straight-grain morocco, blindstamped borders on covers enclosing a double gilt-ruled panel with a gilt lyre central and surrounded by laurel, gilt lettered direct on gilt-decorated spine, a.e.g., chocolate brown coated endpapers; a nice copy.


Thomas Jefferson’s copy, with 42 errata corrected in his hand

53.   NEILSON, WILLIAM. Neilson's Greek exercises. Abridged and revised in syntax, ellipsis, dialects, prosody, and metaphrasis: to which is prefixed a concise, but comprehensive syntax for the use of colleges, academies and schools. By the principals of Baltimore College. Baltimore: printed for proprietors by Swain & Matchett, 1809.     $75,000

First American edition (the book was first printed in Edinburgh, 1806); 8vo, pp. viii, 171, [1]; text in Greek and English; contemporary full mottled calf, recased and with a mid-20th century rebacking in morocco, old red morocco label preserved on spine; edges worn; good and sound.

Thomas Jefferson's copy, with his block initial marks at signature I ("T"), and at signature T ("I"), and with approximately 42 corrections and amendations in his hand in the text, on 32 pages. Most of the corrections amend the spelling of Greek words by crossing out or underlining the improper letter, and inserting, usually with a caret in the margin, the correct letter. Many of the corrections are to the Greek, but several also correct errors in the English, such as where her has corrected "Ulyssus" to read "Ulysses" by crossing out the "u" and inserting the "e," or inverting "Is it" to "It is" in a declarative sentence.

All the corrections are listed in the errata at the back.

Jefferson's use of block initials at signatures I and T began in 1815 after the sale of his so-called Great Library to the Library of Congress; prior to 1815 his books were marked with cursive initials. Some signature marks of this period were not made by Jefferson but rather by family members. That this particular volume has so many corrections in Jefferson's hand makes it seem plausable that the signature marks here are his.

Poor, Nathaniel P., Catalogue. President Jefferson's Library, 1829, no. 851; see also Bear, James A., Jr., Thomas Jefferson's Book-Marks, Charlottesville, 1958; "Jefferson, the Book Collector," in The Quarterly Journal of the Library of Congress, Vol. 29, No. 1, January, 1972, p. 32-48.

 


54.   NELSON, HARRIET S. Fruits and their cookery. New York: E. P. Dutton, [1921].  $150

First edition, 8vo, pp. xii, [2], 209; dust jacket a little soiled, else a very good, sound copy.

"The hundreds and hundreds of recipes in this volume will be a revelation to the majority of people ... Physicians of the present day place strong reliance on the daily use of fruit, and a book such as this has long been wanted..." (jacket blurb).


55.   NICHOLSON, WILLIAM. The history of the wars occasioned by the French Revolution. Including a sketch of the early history of France, and the circumstances which led to the revolution in that country ... with biographical sketches of all the public characters of Europe. Exhibiting a correct account of the general congress at Vienna, the escape of Bonaparte from the isle of Elba ... the defeat of Bonaparte at the ... battle of Waterloo, his surrender ... and his exile to the island of St. Helena... London: Thomas Kelly, by W. Clowes, n.d., [after April 20, 1818].     $2,500

Folio, pp. viii, 583, [1], plus 32-page appendix; 22 hand-colored plates; full contemporary American calf, gilt decorated spine in 6 compartments, red morocco label in 1, red morocco ownership label of John S. Aims on front cover; spine ends chipped level with text block, hinges tender (no gaps); a very good copy with nicely colored plates, 1 of which has a tear neatly closed on verso (no loss).

The three OCLC records (totalling 6 copies and dating the book 1816 or 1820) all have the 32-p. appendix which reports on events as late as April 20, 1818. The engravings are variously dated 1815 and 1816.

Not in Sabin even though a portions of the text relate to the West Indies, the Maroon War, the War of 1812, etc., and the larger part of the appendix relates to Spanish America, Tripoli and the Barbary States.


56.   OWEN, RICHARD, Sir. Antiquity of man as deduced from the discovery of a human skeleton during the excavations of the East and West India dock-extensions at Tilbury, north bank of the Thames. London: John Van Voorst, 1884.      $750

First edition, slim 8vo, pp. 32, [2] ads; 4 folding lithograph plates, 1 table; very good copy in original green cloth lettered in gilt on spine.

The remains were found 34 feet beneath the surface embedded in peat.


57.   [PACKARD MOTOR CAR COMPANY.] The Packard Custom Eight 7-40. Detroit: n.d., [1930?].      $650

Original printed suede printed wrapper (with the silver and black seal on upper cover) approx. 9½" x 12½" containing an 8-p. oblong folio color illustrated booklet on the mechanical features of the great car, together with 11 separate color lithographs on stiff card of the various models, with their full specifications on other illustrations on their versos; with a pricelist for the 11 models laid in; small chip from the top of the spine of the outer wrapper, otherwise generally near fine.


58.   [PACKARD MOTOR CAR COMPANY.] The Packard Standard Eight 7-26 / 7-33. Detroit: n.d., [1930?].    $850

Original printed red mailing envelope (with the silver and black paper seal unbroken but opened along one edge), approx. 10" x 13¼" containing an 8-p. oblong folio color illustrated booklet on the mechanical features of the great car, together with 11 separate color lithographs on stiff card of the various models, with their full specifications and other illustrations on their versos; also included is a small 8vo pamphlet entitled The Man Who Owns One, 12p., illustrated throughout in color, with a pricelist for the 11 models laid in. The envelope with some wear at the edges, but this is generally a fine and complete example.


59.   [PAPER.] Instruction sur la manutention de la formule [drop-title].[Paris]: (G. Lamesle, Hotel de Bretonvilliers, 1772).  $400

8vo, pp. 22, [2] blank, collating A[1]-[A12]; generally a fine copy in contemporary marbled wrappers.

At the head of the first page: "Formule. Bail d'Alaterre." Laws and regulations concerning the distribution and use of paper.

Not found bibliographically.


60.   PETERS, CARL, Dr. The eldorado of the ancients … with two maps and ninety-seven illustrations from original drawings by Tennyson Cole. London: George Bell & Sons, 1902.      $225

First edition, colonial issue "for circulation in India and the colonies only;" 8vo, pp. x, 447, [1]; 2 folding maps, gravure portrait, plates after drawings and photographs; good copy in orig. red cloth.

Detailed account of explorations and researches 1896-1902 in Africa intending "to prove that the most ancient nations in history obtained their gold, ivory, and other precious goods from South Africa. The second book by Doctor Peters, telling of his attempts to locate Ancient Ophir, the source of King Solomanís gold. An important book regarding the early history of Rhodesia.


61.   PLATO. [Title in Greek: Platonos dialogoi 5.] Platonis dialogi V. Recensuit, notisque illustravit Nathaniel Forster. Oxonii: e typographeo Clarendoniano, 1800.     $175

First Foster edition, 8vo, pp. vii, [1], 437, [3]; slightly later half tan calf over marbled boards, black morocco label on spine; prelims and terminals foxed, spine scuffed; good and sound.

Contains The Erastia, Euthyphron, Apologia Soktarous, Kriton, and Phaidon. (The Erastai is in fact not by Plato.) The text is in Greek, with a Latin translation beneath.


62.   [POTATOES.] Report of the Committee of the Board of Agriculture, appointed to extract information from the county reports, and other authorities, concerning the culture and use of potatoes. London: peinted by W. Bulmer and Co., for George Nicol, 1795. $750

4to, pp. viii, [2], 177; 7 copper-engraved plates (3 folding); removed from binding; small tear (no loss) in half-title, very good. Extensive report on this valuable root, with details on the different types of potatoes, their preparation (soil, manures, rotations, etc.); their planting; their culture while growing; their harvest, and value as a food for livestock and man.


63.   QUACKENBOS, GEORGE PAYNE. First book in grammar. [Translated into Japanese by Midori Kakiyama.]Tokyo: Fukuji-do, 1884.  $350

8vo, pp. [2], 226, [2]; Japanese title printed on pink paper; orig. printed paper-covered boards, recased and rebacked in black cloth; all else very good.

Basic course in English for the beginning Japanese student. Not found in OCLC.


64.   RIGGS, STEPHEN RETURN. Model first reader. Wayawa tokaheya. Prepared in English-Dakota. Chicago: Geo. Sherwood & Co., n.d., [ca. 1873]. $850

First edition (printed at the Lakeside Press, Chicago); 12mo, pp. 112; numerous woodcut illustrations in the text of various sizes, 88 of which are printed in color; original brown cloth-backed green printed boards (bearing an illustration of a teacher and 2 students under a tree); boards slightly rubbed, hinges starting, else a very good and attractive example. In the Santee dialect.

Pilling, Siouan Languages, p. 64 noting that the 1885 edition contained no color; Pilling, Proof-Sheets, 3283.

 


65.   ROCCHIETTI, JOSEPH. Lorenzo and Oonalaska. Winchester, VA: from the press of Brooks and Conrad, 1835.     $375

First American edition, 8vo, pp. 132; original drab boards backed in brown muslin, spine faded; text occasionally spotted and stained; rear hinge cracked; a good copy of an uncommon book.

A prose tale in form of letters, including some Italian verse. The author is described on the title-p. as being from Casal[e] in Italy.

American Imprints 34034; Sabin 72284; not in Wright.


66.   RUTHEANS. A collection of seven hundred tested recipes published by the Rutheans of the High Prairie M. E. Church of Muscatine, Iowa. Muscatine, Iowa: [Press of Conway-Schaefer, 1912].      $175

8vo, pp. 156; numerous advertisements throughout; original tan printed wrappers; spine perished, worn, soiled, spotted, and stained, a number of annotations throughout, but sound and complete.

Rutheans was the ethnonymic term used for the Ukrainian people, many of whom clearly settled in and around Muscatine.

Not in OCLC.


67.   SCHOFF, OTTO. Der verfehmte Eros aus dem Gedichten des Grafen August von Platen. Berlin: Fritz Gurlitt, [1921].      $450

Edition limited to 120 numbered copies, this being one of 100 uncolored copies (this no. 14); 4to, 26 leaves printed on the rectos only; lithographed throughout, 25 illustrations, several full-page; publisher's silver slipcase defective, with only the two side panels present.

A tale of young love, and some of the illustrations mildly sensual. 3 copies only in OCLC, all in Germany.


In a Mauchine Ware box

68.   SCOTT, WALTER, Sir. Scott's poetical works [box title].Glasgow: David Bryce and Son, n.d., [ca. 1880s].      $750

6 volumes, each measuring about 3.5" tall, in pictorial blue cloth stamped in black and gilt, all edges stained red, all in a hinged Mauchline Ware box approx. (3" x 3" x 4") depicting Scott and his dog on a stoop and Melrose Abbey on the lid; fine throughout.

Mauchline Wear boxes and bindings had designs transferred from paper onto the wooden boards and were then heavily varnished. See McLean, Victorian Publishers' Book-Bindings in Paper, pp. 13-14.


Extraordinary copy in original parts, with 13 hand-colored plates by Leech

69.   SURTEES, ROBERT SMITH. Mr. Sponge's sporting tour ... with illustrations by John Leech. London: Bradbury & Evans, 1853.     $4,500

First edition in the original 13 parts in 12, 8vo, 13 handcolored plates by Leech, 84 wood-engraved illustrations in the text; a superlative set in original orange wrappers printed in black with virtually no chipping or wear.

Part IV contains the advertisement for the "People's Illustrated Journal," comprising 1 leaf, and a 16-p. insert at the back titled "Ford's List of Prices." Part VI has the slip advertising a "Cheap Edition of the Works of Mr. Charles Dickens." Part VII has 4 pages of advertisements for "Allsop's Pale or Bitter Ale." Part XI advertises the same product in 8 pages. Parts XII and XIII have the slip announcing the extra Number of "Household Words," the advertisement for the first Number of "The Field," the slip for "Punch's Almanack," the slip for "Handley Cross," and 2 leaves of advertisements for Bradbury & Evans at the end.

Sadleir 3166 (citing the cloth-bound edition); NCBEL III, 967.


70.   SURTEES, ROBERT SMITH. A set of first editions of five of his sporting novels, as below: London: Bradbury and Evans, 1854-65.     $1,250

Mister Sponges's Sporting Tour; Handley Cross, Ask Mamma, Plain or Ringlets, and Farcy Romford's Hounds, each with a wood-engraved vignette title-p., and with 13, 17, 13, 13, and 24 hand-colored steel engravings respectively by John Leech; uniformly bound in later three-quarter calf by Morrell, red and green morocco labels on spines, a.e.g.; the front cover to Ask Mamma is almost off, and the joints on Handley Cross are rubbed, but otherwise this is just about a fine set.


71.   TASSIN, NICOLAS. Plans et profilz des principales villes de la province de Brie, avec la carte generale & les particulières de chascun gouvernement d'icelles. [Paris: Sebastian Cramoisy, ca. 1631-34: or Messayer, or Tavernier, 1636.     $750

Small, oblong 4to, consisting of an engraved title-p., engraved table of contents, and 15 engraved maps, plans, and city views; 19th century quarter vellum over marbled boards, red morocco label (a little chipped) lettered in gilt on spine; very good.

This is one part (of 17?) of the larger work, Les plans et profils de toutes les principales villes et lieux considerables de France, but complete unto itself.

Many of the separate parts have separate catalogue entries in a number of the on-line databases, including OCLC, but this section on Brie does not appear. See Graesse VII, p. 31 and Brunet V, col. 662.


72.   TASSO, TORQUATO. Jerusalem delivered; an heroic poem. Translated from the Italian of Torquato Tasso, by John Hoole ... The eighth edition, with notes. London: printed by T. Bensley, for J. Johnson [et al.], 1803.   $250

2 volumes, tall 8vo, pp. [iii]-xlvii, [1], 339, [1]; [2], 335, [1], [44] index; engraved portrait frontispiece, 14 engraved plates after watercolor paintings by Samuel Shelley; 20th century three-quarter tan calf over marbled boards, by Root, gilt decorated spine, t.e.g.; joints lightly rubbed, perforated stamps in bottom margin of title-p., old rubberstamps on last leaf of both volumes, small stickers removed from spines; all else near fine.


With the extra plate of Martyn’s tomb and the pamphlet describing it

73.   VAN LENNEP, HENRY J., Rev. The Oriental album; twenty illustrations, in oil colors, of the people and scenery of Turkey, with an explanatory and descriptive text. New York: Anson D. F. Randolph, 1862.   $15,000

First edition, folio, pp. [3]-48, inserted tinted lithographic title-p. by Charles Parsons, printed by Endicott & Co, 20 chromolithograph plates by Parsons after Van Lennep, also printed by Endicott; original morocco backed pictorial brown cloth stamped in gilt on the upper cover; hinges reinforced with Japanese tissue, spine rubbed and worn, but sound; internally fine. Bennett (misidentifying the author as Van Lennert), p. 108; Reese, 97.

Accompanied by: Van Lennep, H. J. The Grave of Henry Martyn. Description to accompany the picture ... printed in oil colors by Messrs. Endicott & Co., NY: Anson D. F. Randolph, 1863, 16mo, pp. 16; original printed wrappers; fine. 6 in OCLC. A detailed description of the following:

Accompanied by: a separately printed folio chromolithograph captioned "Tomb of Henry Martyn, at Tocat in Turkey," by Charles Parsons and printed by Endicott & Co. Also fine.


74.   VARLO, CHARLES [or, Charles Varley]. A new system of husbandry, from many years experience, with tables shewing the expence and profit of each crop ... Also many chosen receipts in physic and surgery, for the human species, and others for the cure of all sorts of cattle. To which are annexed a few hints humbly offered for the perusal of the legislators of America, shewing how to put a stop to runaway servants. Philadelphia: printed for the author, 1785.     $1,500

First American edition of one of the major 18th century agricultural works published in America, intended for use in the fledgling nation. 2 volumes, 8vo, pp. [16], iv, [17]-364; [8], [5]-368; folding table bound in as the frontispiece to volume I; 18th century newspaper clipping pinned to the flyleaf of volume II; contemporary full calf, red morocco labels on spines; some minor scuffing; top of the front cover of one volume faded, but generally a very good, sound set.

First published in York, England, in 1770. "Charles Varlo brought to his residence of two years in America an agricultural experience based upon sound English practice. Such questions of present-day interest ... are discussed at length in Varlo's learned and practical treatise" (The Colonial Scene).

Howes V-54; Kress B979; Evans 19338; Rink, Technical Americana, 1100.


75.   WALDSTEIN, CHARLES & Leonard Shoobridge. Herculaneum; past, present & future. London: Macmillan and Co., 1908.      $150

First edition, royal 8vo, pp. [2], xxii, 324; 55 plates (one folding, 11 either color or heliogravure), and 3 maps; a very good, sound copy in original pictorial charcoal cloth stamped in gilt on spine and upper cover.

This ambitious publication includes the most comprehensive chronology of the ancient site, a list of all known passages relating to Herculaneum in classical literature, a list of all the principal artifacts excavated to date, a bibliography on the site, and suggestions for reforming many of the archaeological methods used at the time.


76.   WEBSTER, NOAH. An American dictionary of the English language: intended to exhibit, I. the origin… II. the genuine orthography… III. accurate and discriminating definitions…. New York: S. Converse. Printed by Hezekiah Howe, New Haven, 1828.     $18,500

First edition of Webster's greatest dictionary, his magnum opus, and arguably the most popular American book ever published. 2 big quarto volumes, engraved portrait after Samuel F.B. Morse, unpaginated text in triple column (collated complete), the 44 preliminary leaves in vol. I containing Webster's preface on the history of the dictionary, his introductory dissertation "on the origin, history and connection of the languages of western Asia and of Europe," and a grammar, revised and updated from his own of 1807. With the terminal leaf in Volume II, "Additions," which is sometimes lacking, and with the separately printed "Advertisement" leaf (dated Nov. 28, 1828) which usually lacking, but here tipped in following the title in vol. I; original full calf, red and black morocco labels on spines; front joint on vol. I neatly restored, frontispiece portrait with an old diagonal crease (hardly noticeable), minor rubbing, all else very good and sound.

The book sold poorly and all copies were not bound up at the same time; the book also appeared in publisher's boards; other original bindings of a later date are not unknown. Only 2500 were printed.

"This dictionary, which almost at once became, and has remained, the standard English dictionary in the United States, was the end-product of a stream of spelling books, grammars, readers, and dictionaries which flowed from the pen of the industrious Noah Webster. Webster's great dictionary, all the 70,000 entries of which he wrote with his own hand … The book marked a definite advance in modern lexicography, as it included many nonliterary terms and paid great attention to the language actually spoken. Moreover, his definitions of the meaning of words were accurate and concise and have for the greater part stood the test of time superbly well" (PMM).

Grolier, American 100, 36. Sabin 102335. Skeel 583. Printing & the Mind of Man, 291.


A. Edward Newton’s copy

77.   WEBSTER, NOAH. An American dictionary of the English language; exhibiting the origin, orthography, pronunciation, and definition of words ... abridged from the quarto edition of the author [by Joseph Worcester].New York: S. Converse, 1829.    $4,500

First edition, first issue (bottom three-quarters of p. 940 blank) of the first abridgement of Webster's 1828 quarto dictionary, undertaken by one Joseph Worcester, himself a talented lexicographer, one with whom Webster would carry on a famous quarrel (popularly known as the War of the Dictionaries) for the rest of his life.

Large 8vo, pp. xxiv, 1011; publisher's full calf, gilt-lettered red morocco label and fillets on spine; some rubbing at the extremities, front free endpaper remargined, title-p. darkened in the margins, 19th century bookplate of George E. Cummings, 20th century bookplate of A. Edward Newton; a very good copy of a rare book.

At least 19 printings of this abridgement appeared over a 12 year period, but the first edition is quite scarce. Skeel located only 8 copies of this, compared to nearly 60 of the 1828 quarto. Skeel 608; American Imprints 41455


The first Webster’s Dictionary with a Merriam imprint

78.   WEBSTER, NOAH. An American dictionary of the English language; first edition in octavo, containing the whole vocabulary of the quarto, with corrections, improvements, and sevberal thousand additional words: ... to which is prefixed and introductory dissertation on the origin, history, & connection of the languages of western Asia & Europe... Springfield: George & Charles Merriam, 1845.     $850

Third printing of the second edition (the only edition revised by Webster prior to his death), and the first with the Merriam imprint; 2 volumes, large 8vo, pp. lxxvi, 944; 1020; frontispiece portrait lacking; sectional title-p. ("Supplement to An American Dictionary of the English Language. By Noah Webster, LL.D.") inserted after p. 984 in vol. II, with an 1843 copyright notice on the verso; text in double column; original green blindstamped cloth, neatly rebacked with old spines laid down; slight dampstain in bottom gutter margin in the prelims of vol. I,, occasional minor foxing, but generally a very good, sound set of an uncommon edition.

Skeel 588: "The contents are the same as [the Amherst 1844 printing] except there is an addendum in volume I, p. [939]-944. This edition too [like the Amherst printing] may have been made up from the sheets of the 1841 edition, for the Merriams acquired the stock when they took over the contract for publication..."


79.   WEBSTER, WILLIAM. A high school pronouncing dictionary of the English Language, abridged from the American Dictionary of Noah Webster. New York: Huntington and Savage; Cincinnati: H. W. Derby & Co., 1850.      $250

8vo, pp. 360; text in triple column; full contemporary sheep, simple gilt fillets and black morocco label on spine; generally a very good, clean copy. Webster's High School Dictionary was first printed in 1848. Vancil cites the 1848, 1852 and 1857 editions in the Cordell Collection. All these early editions are rare.


80.   WEMMS, WILLIAM, Defendant. The trial of the British soldiers, of the 29th regiment of foot, for the murder of Crispus Attucks, Samuel Gray, Samuel Maverick, James Caldwell, and Patrick Carr, on Monday evening, March 5, 1770. Boston: Belcher and Armstrong, 1807.      $450

8vo, pp. 120; removed from binding; paper toned throughout.

First printed in 1770 and published under title: The trial of William Wemms, James Hartegan [etc.] ... Taken in shorthand by John Hodgson. This is the first reprinting of the trial for the murders at what quickly became known as The Boston Massacre.

Shaw & Shoemaker 13739; Sabin 96946.


81.   WILLIAMS, ROGER. A key into the language of America: or an help to the language of the natives in that part of America, called New-England... [As contained in the Collections of the Rhode Island Historical Society, Vol. 1.]. London: Gregory Dexter, 1643: [but Providence, printed by John Miller, 1827].      $250

8vo, pp. [2], 163, [3]; facsimile frontispiece; includes a life of Roger Williams; original printed wrappers chipped at extremities, from cover partially separated, minor spotting throughout; 19th century gift inscriptions in ink on front wrapper and title-p.

Williams's book was the first book in English on the language of the Native Americans, the first English-Native American dictionary, and the first book by the founder of Rhode Island, "the earliest of the fathers of American democracy" (DAB). This book is well-documented as the first philological account of the languages of present day America.


 

 
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