London: Lackington, Allen, and Co., 1808. 8vo, pp. , 284; 4 engraved plates showing a total of 74 heads; early 20th century half red morocco by Wood, gilt-lettered direct on gilt-decorated spine, t.e.g.; front joint slightly rubbed, else about fine. First published in 1807 as The caitiff of Corsica, or The universal banditto.
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Various: 1875-1885. A collection of approximately 80 gift books and gift cards with fringe bindings, bound in paper wrappers with chromolithograph images, many over gilt backgrounds, the majority of them very good with occasional condition issues, including worn fringe, a few with water stains, and chipping and loss to spines. The collection includes approximately 36 books (i. e. more than 4 pages). Many with original printed paper folders and one in the original clamshell box. Accompanied by an assortment of 45 fringed cards for holidays and for mourning. A few titles duplicated but under different imprints. The use of silk fringe in the binding of gift books was a short-lived fad at the end of the 19th century. This collection serves as an excellent survey of this publishing phenomenon. A complete list of titles is available on request, as well as a medium-long story about how the collection came about.
An interesting collection of early USPS ephemera and manuscript ledgers recording postal business. The collection includes three ledgers and 17 items of office ephemera, primarily from Pennsylvania and Maine, comprised of the following. Ledger, small 4to, pp. . Quarter calf over paper covered boards. Records dated 1833-1838, mostly recording drafts from local postmasters in Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut and New Hampshire, received by the Postmaster General. Text mostly on rectos, very good and legible. Ledger, small folio, pp. ~82 in two sections with a large portion of unused leaves in between. A register of orders organized by customer, with dates from 1827-1829. Mostly postage, but with a number of entries for a variety of newspapers, including the New England Farmer, Youth Companion, Boston Patriot, Christian Mirror, Portland Advertiser, NE Palladium, and so on. A later note identifies this ledger as coming from Dublin, NH, although the most prominent name is Daniel W. Lord, possibly the businessman from Massachusetts and Maine. Full calf, wear and tide marks, good and legible. Ledger, small folio, pp. ~70 followed by unused leaves. Records dated 1843-1850. A few leaves of scrap paper and a loose ledger sheet laid in. A register of post office boxes and their accounts, recording mail in, including newspaper delivery of papers such as the Boston Courier, National Protestant, New York Observer, Sailor's Magazine, etc. Customer names place the ledger somewhere near Hopkinton NH, half reverse calf over marbled boards, boards rubbed, gutter split, good and legible. 1566-D Deposit receipt cancelled 1927 Philadelphia. "This certifies that I have received a remittance of surplus funds for deposit to your credit as stated below:" Three postal money orders for 25 and 20 dollars, dated 1825 and 1826 respectively from Danby Vt. to Wheelock & Cushman Three receipts for postage,1841, 1842, 1849. The first from Philadelphia for $10.08 and the second from Houlton, ME, for $2.81/4, the third from Topsham, ME. Engraved one cent postal note 1894 from Haverhill, Mass, not redeemed. 4 covers for official post office business. 2 cancelled, one addressed but not cancelled, and one unused. From Maine, Washington DC, and Bucks County PA. Dead letter envelope, Washington DC cancel, 1896, with original letter enclosed. Audit notice 2-1212 from 1892 informing John B Clemens, postmaster of Montgomery County PA that his accounts are in order. Photograph of a Pittsburgh Post Office car, ca. 1910, in a Flanders Model 20 chassis. Letters from Sharptown N. J., 1858 printed broadside ledger, with some later pen and pencil manuscript on verso and filling in charts. Engraved broadside certificate instating Joseph Rosenberger as postmaster of Hilltown PA, signed by Rosenberger and dated 1806. United States postal guide, second series, July 1892. Vol. XIV, No. 7. pp. 52, printed selfwrappers, red pen on one page, else fine. All material in very good or better condition.
London: Smith, Elder, & Co., 1898. First edition, 8vo, pp. x, 502,  (pub ads); frontispiece portraits, lightly toned, corners bumped, extremities a bit rubbed, spine ends lightly chipped, hinges starting, else good or better in original blue cloth with gilt-lettered spine. A private look at English high society in the 19th century, with chapters devoted to Lord Russell, Lord Shaftbury, Cardinal Manning, and others.
New York: November 18, 1899 to November 8, 1902. Folio, approx. 150 issues in all, each issue generally 24 or 28 pages, illustrated throughout, occasionally in color, and with many wonderful color covers for special numbers; includes extensive coverage of the Boer War, Hawaii becoming a territory, the Philippine Insurrection, the Panama Canal, the Boxer Rebellion, the McKinley-Roosevelt Campaign, the McKinley assassination, the America's Cup Races, and the Alaska gold rush, with many full-page or double-page illustrations by many noted artists, including Howard Pyle, Frederic Remington, and Edward Penfield and with contributions by Joel Chandler Harris, Frederic Remington, Walter Camp, Rudyard Kipling, and Richard Harding Davis, among others. Contemporary quarter morocco over green cloth sides; a few scuff marks, minor cracks and chipping; very good and sound.
Munchen: J.F. Lehmanns Verlag, 1931. 8vo, pp. 10, ; Munchener Medizinischen Wochenschrift, #51, frontispiece photographic portrait and another on p.11, bookplate of Dr. Roy Selby, red pencil markings on top edge of upper cover, occasional spots, light wear to covers, toned at edges, otherwise very good in original printed wrappers. A portrait of Economo, the Romanian psychiatrist and neurologist whom was mostly known for his discovery of encephalitis lethargica.
[Washington, D.C., G.P.O.]: 1858. First Federal printing of the Minnesota Constitution, issued as Rep. Com. No. 21, 35th Congress, 1st Session, 8vo, 56pp., removed. Includes an abstract of the votes polled for and against the Constitution, hotly debated in the legislature, but here overwhelmingly approved by the voting population, 30,055 for; 571 against.
Paris: Henri Vivien, 1900. First edition, 8vo, pp. , vii, , 562, ; engraved hand-colored title-p. and frontispiece, 3 hand-colored plates; spine a bit scuffed else very good and sound in contemporary quarter brown morocco, red morocco label on gilt-paneled spine. Detailed catalogue enumerating every plate in this comprehensive work on French military costume books.
[Texas]: The University of Texas, 1964. Narrow 8vo, pp. 71, ; facsimiles of the signatures of 100 important authors of the 20th century; gray printed paper wrappers, toning and light wear to wrapers, else fine. An excellent autograph reference for Jack Krouac, Audous Huxley, Robert Frost, Oscar Wilde, etc.
London: Longman, [et. al.], 1862-1865. 2 (of 3) volumes in 3, royal 8vo; ex-library copy with usual markings, pages slightly browned, hinges slightly cracked in vol. II, extremities and spines rubbed, small cracks in tops of spines, loss of about 2 inches of bottom corner of lower cover of vol. I part 2, else good in contemporary quarter brown morocco gilt over black paper-covered boards. Despite Hardy's original intentions, these first two volumes extend to the year 1200; (vol. III to 1327). The first bibliography of this type, it is arranged chronologically; histories are listed under the date of the last historical event recorded, and biographies under the date the subject died. The object is to print all known sources of early British and Irish history; in the entries Hardy provides the manuscript locations; when relevant or possible, lives of the authors, sources which the authors used, and later treatments or publications of the manuscripts.
London: James Knapton, 1704. First edition, 8vo, 8 preliminary leaves and unpaginated lexicon in double column; slightly later full paneled calf neatly rebacked to match, red morocco label on spine; a gathering extended, worm track in bottom margin has been repaired and the imprint on the title page has been slightly affected, but all in all this is a good, sound, and respectable-looking copy. A second edition appeared in 1723. Attributed at various times (but erroneously) to Daniel DeFoe, this appears to be the first work of its kind in English. Vancil, p. 71; not in Moore.
London: printed for W. Peacock, 1797. 16mo, unpaginated, lexicon in double column; contemporary full red straight-grain morocco, gilt rule on covers, gilt-decorated spine, a.e.g.; a nice copy. Early ownership signature of Elizabeth G. Grafton, January 1, 1800. An anonymous work (the Preface is signed 'J.'), first published in 1785. This is the last of the 18th century editions. There were at least three 19th century editions, the last being in 1818. The grammar was separately published in 1794. Alston V, 334.
New York: Business International, . Sm 4to, pp. 126; maps on front and rear pastdown, tables, fore-edge and jacket lightly foxed and soiled with some chipping at ends, else very good in original beige cloth with decorative upper cover, in pictorial dust jacket. A compilation of "hundreds of hard-to-find facts that executives must know to do business with, within, and from the world's most exciting--and risky--market."