Halle (Saale): verlag von Ehrhardt Karrass, 1909. Folio, 14 vols in 7, published from 1909-1922, approximately 1200 plates from a serial collection of facsimile specimens of 15th century type, including initials and decorative type, accompanied by information on the printer, the typeface, font size, and details of the publication. Quarter goat over marbled boards, gilt title on spine; headbands worn, library stamp on endpapers, very good and sound. This project published serially from 1907 to 1939, and totaled 2460 plates by the end of its run. It remains the largest series of type specimen facsimiles for the period.
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Montpelier, [Vt.]: published by J. E. Thompson, 1843. Small 8vo, pp. xv, , -216; 32; original green floral-patterned cloth a bit soiled and worn at extremities, front hinge starting, prelims a bit foxed; all else good and sound. "Theology unconnected with Morality, was a phantom which had seduced or frightened the world into its most terrible and exterminating evils. And that even Christianity, in which Morality, as it seems to have been particularly intended, strikingly predominates over Theology, has been the subject and occasion of the most cruel and murderous dissention." (Note to the Reader). Gilman, Bibliography of Vermont, pp. 1-2: "Dr. Adams was an eminent physician in Vermont, and for many years a resident of Montpelier, where he died in December 1858, aged 71."
London: Printed for R. Sare, T. Sawbridge et al. 1692. First L'Estrange edition, folio, pp. , 28, , 306, 319-480; gatherings S and T switched but the book is complete; this is a variant as noted by ESTC with p. 144 (first occurrence) misnumbered 132; engraved portrait frontispiece of L'Estrange and plate of Aesop surrounded by animals; full speckled calf with a 20th-century rebacking, black morocco label on spine; light wear to boards, dampstain to upper right corner, very good. With the armorial bookplate of John Lord De la Warr. Wing A-706.
Genéve: J.J. Paschoud, An XI - 1803. First edition, 4to, pp. , xv, , 284, ; 17 engraved plates at the back, all composite; contemporary quarter vellum, paste-paper boards, later black leather label lettered in gilt on spine; vellum a little cracked at the spine extremities, edges rubbed and worn, but the binding is sound and the text is clean. In his 1803 treatise Histoire des Conferves d'eau douce, Vaucher (1763-1841), a parish priest turned botanist, described the process of conjugation in certain algae as a distinct sexual process. The phenomena of conjugation is a means of fertilization that takes place in green algae such as Spirogyra. He is credited for describing the development of the networks that occur in the cells of Hydrodictyon (water net algae), and for describing the pyrenoid of algae. The book was reissued in 1830 and again in 4 volumes a few days before his death in 1841. (See Dictionary of Scientific Biography.).
Boston: Charles C. Little and James Brown, 1841. First edition, 12mo, pp. 253, ; original green blindstamped cloth, gilt lozenge stamped central on both covers, gilt-stamped spine; top of spine chipped; ownership signature clipped away at top of half title, title page also (mistakenly) cut with same slice, but no loss; all else very good and sound. This copy inscribed by the wife of the author on the flyleaf, "Lucy Bagley from her friend Martha R. Allston." Martha R. (Dana) Allston was the sister of Richard Henry Dana and a cousin of Allston's first wife. This is Washington Allston's only novel. This South Carolina-born author is best known as a painter, but he also wrote this tragic romance of Italian life. The story centers on Monaldi, a young Italian painter, and Maldura, an Italian poet. BAL 501 (binding B with no known priority).
Boston: John H. Eastburn, 1839. First edition, BAL's wrapper 'B', with the comma after the word "pictures"; 8vo, pp. 8; original printed pink wrappers; some foxing, very good. Includes a poem by Allston, "Rosalie," on p. 7; American Imprints 53941; BAL I, p. 101. Allston was widely admired as a Christian by a wide circle of influential friends who made no critical demands on him as an artist, but were determined to support his artistic reputation. Hence this show which collected "all his pictures which are accessible in an exhibition, the proceeds of which might be presented to him as a token of those feelings. They have omitted no efforts and spared no expense..."
Philadelphia: A. W. Auner, song publisher and printer, n.d., . Broadside, approx. 7½" x 4¾", consisting of 4 octets beneath a running head; paper toned, 2 small chips in the margins; good. I've been buying and selling America's Cup material for nearly 50 years. This one's a new one to me. Not in OCLC.
New York: G. & C. Carvill, 1826. First edition, 8vo, pp. 46, ; original drab printed wrappers; tear in the bottom margin of the last 2 leaves (no loss), old small library stamp at top of the front wrapper; all else very good. The exhibition is chiefly on European and Greek arts. American Imprints 25674.
Boston: Isaiah Thomas, Jun., November, 1813. 8vo, pp. 28. With laws, by-laws, and a list of members. Bound with: Jenks, William. An Address to the Members of the American Antiquarian Society, pronounced in King's Chapel, Boston, on their first anniversary, October 23, 1813. Boston: Isaiah Jenks, 1813, pp. 28; removed from binding, light foxing to preliminaries, good and sound. The address was the first annual report of the AAS. Sabin 36030.
[New York: E. B. Clayton, 1839.]. 12mo, pp. 7, ; removed from binding, first page soiled, some underlining in pencil, spine split at extremities. The British and American Steam Navigation Company was a steamship line that operated a regular transatlantic service from 1839 to 1841. American Imprints 53953. LC only in OCLC.
New York: 1842-45. Manuscript journal recording 3 years of experiments and professional development by a self-taught Maine chemist and inventor. Small 4to, pp.  (approximately 45,000 words) written in a neat hand with the occasional manuscript text illustration of apparatuses; full reversed calf, lower gutter burned with some minor loss to text on first dozen pages (an experiment gone awry?), else very good. Kent's progress as a professional scientist is recorded in detail. His first entry reads, "Having lately read a few works on the subject of chemistry, and taken a great interest in the science, I have determined to commence the study of it. For this purpose, I have taken a small room, with the intention of converting it into a laboratory, and collected together a few articles, which I have bought from time to time..." He then goes on to describe his various experiments and their outcomes. This includes attempts at the production of different colors of ink, with those inks used to write the entries about them. In addition to his inks he experimented with ether, nitrate, silver, and daguerreotype liquid, among other substances. Soon he was earning money for his work. By June of 1843 he is selling the ink he has produced, and in 1844 he appears to be doing work on commission, referring to experiments done on behalf of others, such as reverse engineering a solution used to fill spots in leather. In 1843 he also makes connections with Dr. John Torrey at the University of the State of New York and is employed as an assistant. Kent appears to have moved from strength to strength. OCLC records show him as the author of a catalog of chemical apparatus which went through many editions and he developed a patent for the refinement of gold aimed at California prospectors. He also wrote a monograph on the processes for testing, melting and assaying gold, presciently published in 1848. At the time of the publication of his patent in 1855, he had found employment at the US assay office as its melter and refiner.
New York: Stringer & Townsend, 1853. First edition, 12mo, pp. 65, ; original printed paper wrappers; faint pencil marks on covers, light foxing, else very good and sound. Without the rare slip containing the Errata, and the notice that Mrs. Mowatt will personate the character of Elizabeth. A dramatization of Leisler's Rebellion and Jacob Leisler's subsequent execution. Elizabeth Oakes Smith was a prolific author, with dozens of works published in the periodicals of the day and seven novels to her name. 2 in OCLC to which we can add the copy at AAS.
Boston: Wentworth & Co., 1855. 8vo, pp. iv, , 26-334; steel-engraved frontispiece, wood-engraved illustrations in the text; original brown blindstamped cloth, spine lettered and decorated in gray; frontispiece foxed in the margins, spine ends chipped level with text block, corners worn; good and sound. A series of "articles treating on the beauties of nature, as seen on the tempest-tossed ocean, or sublimely viewed from the cloud-capped mountain." Included are: The Two Millionaires, by Sarah Fry; "I owe you nothing, Sir"; Notes of a Journey Across the Isthmus of Panama; The Two Passports; Australia and Van Diemen's Land; The Fairy Cup, by Alfred Crowquill; The White Swallow: an Indian Tale; Fowling in Faroe and Shetland; A Fuqueer's Curse; The deserts of Africa; Life in an Indiaman; The Dealer in Wisdom; and, The Key of the Street. The book was also published as The Mirror of the World, by Moulton Hampton [pseud.?]; and, Rovings on Land and Sea, by Henry E. Davenport.
Philadelphia: Carey & Hart, 1847. First edition, 12mo, pp. x, 11-187, ; 8 wood-engraved plates by Felix O. C. Darley, including the illustrated title page; text block only, lacks wrappers. The plates are on paper which has browned. Howes R-335 ('aa' and calling for 9 plates); Wright I, 2126; Hamilton 594 (calling for 8). OCLC records also note 8 plates.
New York: J. A. Gray, printer and stereotyper, 1860. First edition, 8vo, pp. 15, ; engraved portrait; near fine in original printed green wrappers. Horace Wells was a dentist in Hartford, Conn. who pioneered the use of anesthesia in dentistry, specifically nitrous oxide, first used in December 1844. Inscribed in pencil at the top of the front wrapper: "With compliments of S. Wales." OCLC locates 2 copies: AAS and the Huntington.
Hartford: Case, Lockwood & Brainard, printers, 1870. 8vo, pp. 16; engraved portrait; slight creasing else near fine in original printed green wrappers. Horace Wells was a dentist in Hartford, Conn. who pioneered the use of anesthesia in dentistry, specifically nitrous oxide, first used in December 1844. OCLC locates 2 copies: AAS and the Huntington.
Boston: printed by Geo. C. Rand & Avery, 1861. First edition, 8vo, pp. 56; original printed tan wrappers; slight loosening of the wrappers at the top and bottom; ex-Sheppard Library, Mass. College of Pharmacy, with their stamp on front wrapper, and with a "discard" stamp on the front; all else about fine.
[Washington D.C. GPO, 1849. 8vo, pp. 99, ; brown paper wrappers; upper wrappers split, ex-Sheppard Library, Mass. College of Pharmacy, with their stamp on front wrapper and first page of text, and with a "discard" stamp on the front; text with minor spotting but largely clean and sound; very good. A minority dissent on the findings of the majority of the congressional committee to attribute Jackson and Morton equal credit for the discovery of ether. Morton had petitioned Congress to recognize him as the primary discoverer of ether's use in surgery, and had requested a monetary reward for said discovery. The majority of the committee convened to answer the question found that Jackson had discovered the theory but Morton should be credited with the first practical demonstration. The minority dissent insists that full credit should be due to Jackson, and that Morton had simply followed recommendations and not contributed anything of any significance otherwise. Morton's petition of 1849 was the second of four such requests to Congress to be compensated for his claimed discovery. He was rebuffed each time.