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.
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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."
London: Unicorn Press, 1897-98. Original series, volumes 1-5 [all published], small square 4to, illustrated throughout, original printed paper-covered boards; a very good set. Includes sections on art, architecture, music, and literature, with contributions by Laurence Binyon, Laurence Housman, Lucas Cranach, D. G. Rossetti, Edward Burne-Jones, Charles Meryon, and William Nicholson, among others. No. 2 contains the first appearance in print of "The Desire of Man and of Woman," a poem by W. B. Yeats [Wade p. 352]. A New Series began the following year and ran for 7 issues into 1900.
[California: ca. 1920]. Small leather ringed notebook, 4.5 x 2.5 in; manuscript and typescript astrological material, with the primary focus of the text being two typscript and manuscript astrological charts and 42 pages of cutout tables allowing the user to use the same chart week after week to determine which planets they could expect to see at any specific time of day. In addition are 10 pages of notes, including a personal sign chart and other references. The notebook can be dated to around 1920, as the year calendar includes the date February 29th, and has an annotation dated 1918. A series of notes at the end contain names and places, (Los Angeles, San Diego, Sierra Madre). Two different styles of penmanship can be seen in the various charts, thus at least two different people contributed to the notebook. A curious item, of interest to collectors of astrology and material related to southern California.
Edinburgh: Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown, and Green, 1829. Second edition, "brought down to the present time," thick 8vo, pp. xx, 818; 9, ,  ads; 10 folding map plates, text printed primarily in double column; full contemporary gilt-ruled calf, spine in 6 compartments, black morocco gilt-lettered spine label, tan endpapers; spine scuffed; contemporary (1837) ownership signature to title page; textblock fine.
London: Longmans, Green, 1881. Two large folding maps outlined in color, backed with linen, as issued, each approx. 32" x 42" and folding down into an octavo-sized brown cloth slipcase lettered in gilt. Very detailed map of the mountaineering regions in fine condition; slipcase a little faded at edges.