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South Carolina Lunatic Asylum.  Sixty-fifth annual report of the South Carolina Lunatic Asylum for the fiscal year 1887-88. Columbia, SC: James H. Woodrow, state printe, 1888. 8vo (23 cm, 9"). 89 pp.
$200.00

Data on patients is given for white males, colored males, white females, colored females with specifics about nature of mental problem, probable cause, duration, and if patient has died, cause of death. In the matter of disbursement of funds for the operation of the hospital and the care and feeding of the patients, the report gives the name of every person receiving money, the sum, and nature of the payment. Supplements at the end give figures for the cost of maintaining a patients in out of state asylums -- number of patients and the per capita cost per patient. The per capita costs are dramatically varied. The McLean Asylum in Boston had 169 patients with a per capita cost of $863.48 while Blackwell's Island Asylum in New York City had 1612 patients with a per capita cost $90.00.

Original printed wrappers, chipping to edges of wrappers. Very good.  (40479)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

St. Peter State Hospital.  Biennial report of the superintendent of the St. Peter State Hospital to the board of trustees for the period ending July 31, 1894. St. Paul: Pioneer Press Co., 1895. 8vo (23 cm, 9"). 75 pp., 2 plates.
$250.00

Statistics on equipment, food, machinery, tools, livestock, buildings, and patients, including the types of mental illnesses, place of birth, age, cause of death, etc. The data on diet very interesting.
        The two plates are half-tone photographs of the exterior of the hospital and its fore-ground area.

Original printed wrappers, front one with area of chipping and loss of paper. Very good.  (40476)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

St. Peter State Hospital.  Biennial report of the superintendent of the St. Peter State Hospital to the board of trustees for the period ending July 31, 1896. St. Paul: Pioneer Press Co., 1897. 8vo (23 cm, 9"). 79 pp., fold. table.
$250.00

Statistics on equipment, food, machinery, tools, livestock, buildings, and patients, including the types of mental illnesses, place of birth, age, cause of death, etc. The data on diet very interesting.

Original printed wrappers, front one with areas of chipping and loss of paper. Very good.  (40475)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Iowa Hospital for the Insane. Mount Pleasent.  Eighteenth biennial report of the trustees, superintendent, and treasurer of the Iowa Hospital for the Insane at Mount Pleasant for the fiscal years of 1894 and 1895. Des Moines: F.R. Conaway, State printer, 1895. 8vo (23 cm, 9"). 61, [1] pp., 19 ff. of plates.
$300.00

Iowa Hospital for the Insane at Mount Pleasant opened in 1861. was the first asylum in Iowa, and was built under the Kirkbride Plan. This report contains facts, figures, and statistics on patients and the day to day running of the facility, including the surrounding farm and its animal husbandry.
        Includes 19 leaves of plates, the majority showing the exterior and interior of the buildings with remaining being reproductions of microscopy slides from the pathologist.

Original printed purple wrappers. Signature on front wrapper. Very good.  (40472)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Minnesota Hospital for Insane.  Second biennial report of the Board of Trustees and officers of the Minnesota Hospital for Insane (organized 1866) located at St. Peter. And Second Minnesota Hospital for Insane (organized 1877) located at Rochester. To the governor of Minnesota for the fiscal years 1881-2. Minneapolis: Johnson, Smith & Harrison, 1883. 8vo (23 cm, 9"). 86 pp., plate.
$250.00

The frontispiece is a woodcut of the elevation of the hospital at St. Peter and is signed "Lowd. Stent." The text deals with the physical plant and its needs and improvements and the many, many tables provide data on patients: ages, counties or countries or origin, types of mental disturbance, etc.

Original printed wrappers. Very good.  (40468)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Iowa Hospital for the Insane. Independence.  Forth biennial report of the trustees, superintendents, steward and treasurer of the Iowa Hospital for the Insane, at Independence, for the fiscal year of 1878 and 1879. Des Moines: F.M. Mills, State printer, 1879. 8vo (22.5 cm, 9"). 52 pp., [1] f.
$350.00

Planning for the Ioway Hospital for the Insane at Independence began in 1868. It was established on the Kirkbride model and was the second mental hospital in the state It opened on 1 May 1873.
        This report contains facts, figures, and statistics on patients and the day to day running of the facility, as well as improvements. Interesting information on diet.

Original printed wrappers. Very good.  (40474)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Iowa Hospital for the Insane. Mount Pleasent.  Seventh biennial report of the trustees, superintendent, and treasurer of the Iowa Hospital for the Insane at Mount Pleasant for the fiscal years of 1872 and 1873. Des Moines: R.P. Clarkson, State printer, 1874. 8vo (22.5 cm, 9"). 73, [1] pp.
$350.00

Iowa Hospital for the Insane at Mount Pleasant opened in 1861. was the first asylum in Iowa, and was built under the Kirkbride Plan. This report contains facts, figures, and statistics on patients and the day to day running of the facility, including the surrounding farm and its animal husbandry.

Original printed purple wrappers. Signature on front wrapper. Very good.  (40470)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Longview Asylum (Carthage, Ohio).  Annual report of the board of directors and superintendent of the Longview Asylum. Cincinnati: [various printers for the] Board of Directors, 1877–98. 8vo. various paginations.
$500.00

Annual reports for 1877, 1880, 1886, 1888, 1896, 1897, 1898.
        The asylum issued reports from 1860 through 1892/93. Data on food raised on the grounds, disbursements, etc. Data on patients included "form of insanity," "supposed cause of insanity," "cause of death," place of birth, age, length of stay for treatment, etc.

Very good. Original wrappers. One wrapper slightly damaged.  (40452)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Written While in Exile from Ulm

Eberlin von Günzburg, Johann.  Die ander getrew vermanung Johannis Eberlin vonn Güntzburg n den rath der lobliche stadt Vlm war zunheme yn was vnsäglichen schaden sie gefürt seint von den weltverfürern den münchen/vnd wie mã solchem vbel entrynnen möge wilche auch andn stedten nützlich seyn kan. Erffurdt: [Johann Loersfeld], 1523. Small to (19 cm. 7.5"). [20] ff.
$1,575.00

One of two editions of this pamphlet printed in 1523: The other appeared in Augsburg from the press of Melchior Ramminge. Eberlin von Günzburg (ca.1465–1530) was a prominent Franciscan theologian and humanist, but in 1521 he renounced his vows and went in 1522 to study with Luther and Melanchthon.
        Written from exile, this is his second admonition addressed to "holy community of chose Christians" in Ulm and deals with monasticism, monastic orders, and the need for reform, and urges Ulm to be an example for other cities. "History recalls Eberlin as one of the most popular preachers of the early Reformation . . . even though his diction presents somewhat of a challenge for the modern reader" (Schrodt).
        The text is in fraktur, of course, and the title-page has => a wonderful woodcut border.
        Evidence of readership: Meaningful marginalia in German on nine of the leaves.
        Searches of NUC and WorldCat locate only two U.S. libraries (University of Chicago, Columbia University) reporting ownership.

VD16 E91; Hase, Erfurter Drucke, 639; Kuczynski 627; Köhler, Bibliographie der Flugschriften, 782 [Fiche 234/ Nr. 654]; Luther, Titeleinfassungen der Reformationszeit, 70; Gatch, Library of Leander van Ess, D1071; Goedeke, II, 223; Hohenemser 2976; Schrodt, Reformation Era pamphlets in the Ambrose Swasey Library, 57. Removed from a nonce volume with some worming touching and occasionally costing letters, but never seriously impairing the sense of a sentence. The usual age-toning; no tattering.  (40455)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

A Third Generation Woman Printer

Gutiérrez Dávila, Julián.  Memorias históricas de la Congregación de el Oratorio de la Ciudad de México: bosquejada antes con el nombre de unión y fundada con auctoridad ordinaria. Despues, con la apostólica, erigida, y confirmada en Congregación de el Oratorio: copiada a el exemplar de la que en Roma fundó el esclarecido patriarca San Phelipe Neri en las quales se da noticia, asi de su fundación como de su apostólica erección y confirmación: y juntamente de muchas de las personas, que en uno, y otro tiempo la han illustrado ... Mexico: en la Imprenta Real del Superior Govierno, y del Nuevo Rezado, de Doña Maria de Ribera, 1736. Folio (30.5 cm, 12"). [12] ff., 260, 198, 316 pp., [24] ff., plt.
$3,500.00

Sweeping in its breadth and detailed in its depth, Gutiérrez Dávila's history of the Oratorian Order in Mexico from its founding in the second half of the 17th century offers fact and myth about the order as well as biography and near-hagiography of many members, up to to ca. 1730.
        The Oratorians were unlike the other religious orders in New Spain: "The Oratory of St. Philip Neri was founded by the saint in Rome in 1575. . . . It consists of independent communities of secular priests held under obedience but not bound by vows, and it is dedicated to prayer, preaching, and the sacraments" (online Encyclopedia Britannica). That is, members were free to leave at any time and embraced no vows of silence, poverty, or denial.
        Further, "[e]ach Oratorian community enjoyed locally autonomous government by their own elected officials, and acquired many of the benefits of both religious and lay corporations without the burden of formal vows, or professional exclusion from religious offices" (Reed). => Scholars have noted that Oratorians used preaching to help shape the formation of patriotic culture and historical writing in colonial Mexico.
        The author (1676–1740) was a member of the order and had served as its provost. He dedicated this work to Archbishop and Viceroy Juan Antonio de Vizarron, y Eguiarreta, whose coat of arms appears in a woodcut on the recto of the leaf following the title-leaf. The title-page is printed in black and red and has a woodcut of the "logo" of the Mexico City Oratory. The text is printed in double-column format in roman and italic, with head- and tailpieces and woodcut initials.
        The tome comes from the shop of => one of Mexico's famous widow printers, Maria de Rivera — daughter and granddaughter of other woman printers (her mother Maria de Benavides, her grandmother Paula de Benavides). This three generations of women printers spanned the period 1641–1754 and printed 860 known books, sermons, pamphlets, and broadsides.
        The Mexican engraver => Jose Antonio Amador provided a full-page plate, which a cataloguer at the John Carter Brown Library describes as "A priest [Saint Philip Neri?] wearing a biretta and holding a flower stand[ing] on clouds, flanked by angels. Below him is a group of priests [Oratorians] who carry a book, birettas, and rosary. One angel throws flowers down on the priests while holding a rosary, the other holds a sacred heart and a book."
        Provenance: Marca de fuego in upper edges of an unidentified Oratorian monastery
        => In all, a very important book for its text, illustration, printer, and genre.

Sabin 18778; Medina, Mexico, 3418; Palau 11568; Streit, Bibliotheca missionum, III, 389; Lathrop C. Harper, Three catalogues of Americana, II, 333; Benjamin Reed, "Devotion to Saint Philip Neri in Mexico City, 1659-1821" (digital repository, University of New Mexico). Modern quarter brown leather with red and green title and author labels to spine; handsome blind tooling with gilt accents. Text with variably light old waterstaining to leaves' lower half nearly throughout and occasionally another sort of spot or blot; yet => a copy that impresses one as clean and crisp.  (36013)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

A Prescient View of Santa Anna Before He Rose to Power

Fernández de Lizardi, José Joaquín.  Las esperanzas de D. Antonio siempre el mismo, o sea Diálogo entre el autor y D. Antonio. Mexico: Imprenta (contraria al depotismo) de J.M. Benavente y Socios, 1821. Small 4to (21.5 cm, 8.5"). 8 pp.
$650.00

"El Pensador Mexico" here has a supposed "dialogue" with Don Antonio (i.e., Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna) in which he mocks the future president and dictator for his political ambitions and censures Don Antonio for his view on the rule of law and freedom of the press.
        Searches of NUC and WorldCat locate six U.S. libraries (UCLA, Yale, Harvard, UTexas, Texas A&M, Sutro) reporting ownership, but we suspect the John Carter Brown owns a copy.

Garritz, Impresos novohispanos, 4592; Gonzalez Obregon, Fernandez de Lizardi, 88; Sutro, Supplement, p. 146. Folded but never bound. Age-toning. Foxing in upper margins. Else, a very nice copy.  (40449)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

ANABAPTIST'ANA

Chevalier de Malte.  Lettre missive envoyee de Rome, par un chevalier de Malte, à un sien amy aussi cheualier en France: où est declaré les discordes qui est entre le grand Turc, & le Sophy Roy de Perse. Et aussi l'excecution de plusieurs Annabaptistes, en Cicille Naples & à la Pouille, comme verrez par ce presant discours. Paris: Hubert Velu, iouxte la coppie imprimée à Lyon, 1589. 8vo (15.5 cm, 6.1"). 14, [2 (blank)] pp.
$875.00

Very uncommon pamphlet recounting the religious conflicts in Sicily, Naples, and the surrounding area, specifically the treatment of Anabaptists. Ostensibly sent by one Knight of Malta to another, this letter also covers the state of affairs between rivals Sultan Murad III of Turkey and Shah Abbas I of Persia.
        Searches of NUC and WorldCat locate copies only at the British Library and the French National Library. We know of one copy in a U.S. library (Brigham Young U.).
        Provenance: Ex–Hartford Theological Seminary; sold to Pitts Theology Library; sold by Pitts to PRB&M.

Duvall, French political pamphlets, 426. Not in Lindsay & Neu, French Political Pamphlets 1547–1648.; not in Hillerbrand, Bibliography of Anabaptism. Disbound. Each page institutionally pressure-stamped (not rubber-stamped); title-page verso with inked numeral. Light staining along inner margins of first few leaves, just touching text in some instances. => Very good.  (40446)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Victim of Pombal & The Inquisition — His Book Banned & Virtually All Copies Destroyed

Malagrida, Gabriel.  Juizo da verdadeira causa do terremoto, que padeceo a corte de Lisboa, no primeiro de Novembro de 1755. Lisboa: Officina de Manoel Soares, 1756. 4to (20 cm, 8"). 31, [1 (blank)] pp., [1] f.
$2,500.00

Malagrida (1689–1761) was a missionary to Brazil (1721–49), a famous preacher, an Italian Jesuit, and like all Jesuits, a thorn in the side of Prime Minister Pombal; ultimately, he was an unfortunate innocent in the Távora affair.
        The present work put Malagrida in Pombal's cross-hairs: In it he says the 1755 Lisbon earthquake was God's punishment visited a sinful people. Pombal resented the implicit criticism of his government and persuaded King José to banish Malagrida in November 1756 and, at the same time, to bar all Jesuits from the royal court.
        Matters worsened for Malagrida in September, 1758, following the supposed attempted assassination of the king when he was returning from a visit to his mistress. (The real target of the attackers may well have been the king's chamberlain!) The attackers said under torture that they acted on orders of the Távora family, who were plotting to put the Duke of Aveiro on the throne. Pombal hated the Távoras and their power and influence, and was determined to destroy them as well as their circle, which included Malagrida, personal confessor of Marquise Leonor Tomásia de Távora, And => he succeeded in killing virtually the entire family, confiscating their wealth, razing their properties, and salting the area where they were burned at the stake. All via rigged trials he staged!
        At Malagrida's criminal trial he was found guilty of treason and sentenced to die; but because of his ecclesiastical status only the Inquisition could put him to death and the Inquisitors overruled the criminal court. Pombal replaced the judges with others favorable to him and eventually Malagrida was found guilty of heresy, hypocrisy, false prophecies, impostures, and various other heinous crimes. => He was garroted and burned at the stake. His Juizo da verdadeira causa do terremoto was => very successfully suppressed and banned by royal decree (Mémoires de Pombal, IV, 150–53).
        Searches of NUC, WorldCat, COPAC, KVK, CCPBE, PROBASE, and the OPACs of the French and Spanish national libraries located only two U.S. libraries (Newberry, Harvard) and three foreign ones (British Library, University of Sao Paulo, Portuguese National Library) reporting ownership.

Inocêncio III. 106; Ameal 1424; Palha 3408; DeBacker-Sommervogel, V, 395. 20th-century boards with light blue-green mottled paper covering. Title-page damaged at inner margin and mounted; several leaves with old worm damage, repaired with yellowing and with affected or lost letters inexpertly (but not eye-catchingly) supplied in pen and ink. Text browned overall. Less than an ideal copy, but => one of the few surviving ones and that for significant reasons!  (40435)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

A Peterborough-Based 19th-Century Writer's Pithy Sayings

Clare, John.  Aphorisms of John Clare. Market Drayton [England]: Tern Press, 2002. 8vo (25 cm, 10"). 117, [1] pp., [1] f.; illus.
$475.00

Clare (1793–1864), a Peterborough-based writer, is remembered for "expressing his thoughts in succinct and memorable states and idiomatic phrases" (p. [5]). David Powell has compiled a large number of these, which he classifies as aphorisms, and Nicholas and Mary Parry have printed them at their Tern Press in an edition of => only 75 copies. The text is set in Caslon by Brian Russell: Clare's words in italic and the source of the italicized text in smaller roman. => Nicholas Parry as supplied line illustrations. The colophon is signed by Nicholas & Mary Parry. This is copy 5.
        Sole edition.
        Binding: Publisher's white linen with blue leaf and flower vine pattern; paper title-label on front board.
        WorldCat locates only eight libraries worldwide reporting ownership (Universities of Delaware, Iowa, Missouri, and North Carolina; Vanderbilt, Indiana, and Texas Tech Universities; and Swarthmore College).

Bound as above, very elegantly; volume clean, virtually => pristine.  (40439)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Auld, William Muir.  Genius in homespun (Robert Burns). Cleveland: Rowfant Club, 1930. 8vo (22.3 cm, 8.75"). [5] ff., 80 pp., 2 plts.; illus.
$40.00

An appreciation of Robert Burns, based on a talk Auld (1884–1941) gave at the Rowfant Club in January, 1929. The work is illustrated with a portrait of Burns and a facsimile of the invitation to the talk.
        "Of this book, designed by William A. Kittredge[,] One hundred and sixty-seven copies have been printed from type at The Lakeside Press . . . August, 1930." This copy unnumbered.

Schubert, Bibliography of the Rowfant Club, p. 26. Publisher's quarter red cloth with cloth sides tartan pattern. T.e.g. Very good.  (40438)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Congo Mission Press Hymnal — LONKUNDO

Disciples of Christ Congo Mission.  Bonkanda wa nsao ya Nzakomba. Bolenge, Congo Belge: Disciples of Christ Congo Mission, 1918. 12mo (28 cm; 7.125"). 231 hymns.
$275.00

The fifth edition of the Disciples of Christ Congo Mission's Lonkundo Hymn Book. The Disciples of Christ Congo Mission (DCCM) arrived in the Congo in 1889 with the intention of developing an indigenous church that would provide change to the whole Congo social order. After developing a written form of the local language, Lonkundo, the DCCM began publishing hymnbooks and educational pamphlets, although Eva Nichols Dye, an early DCCM missionary, would later lament the inaccuracy of their understanding of the language.
        From the preface: "This fifth edition of the Lonkundo Hymn Book is a result of the joint labor of the missionaries and the native Christians." One of those missionaries was, "Alice Ferren Hensey, 1907–1931, a talented musician and poet . . . [she] translated many hymns and songs, and taught them to new Congo Christians" (Smith).
        => This is a mission press production and was actually printed in Bolenge.

On the Disciples of Christ Congo Mission, see: Fifty Years in Congo by Herbert Smith. Publisher's green cloth-covered light boards, spine sun-faded. Some dust-soiling and dog-earing, but withal, a nice copy.  (40440)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Bible. O.T. Ecclesiastes. English. Authorized. 1940; Emlen Etting, illus.  Koheleth. The book of Ecclesiastes. [Norfold, CT]: New Directions, 1940. 4to (29 cm, 11.25"). [30] ff., illus.
$30.00

"Fifteen hundred copies . . . were printed for New Directions by Peter Beilenson at the Walpole Printing Office" (colophon). Emlen Etting (1905–93) supplied 26 line drawings that are reproduced opposite the text pages.

Publisher's quarter black rough linen with off-white rough linen sides. Title in gilt on front board and lengthwise on spine. Three small spots of whitening along spine. Without the glassine d/j and the slipcase. Very good.  (40437)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

A Lighthearted Reminder Not to Believe Everything You Read

Bordelon, Laurent.  L'histoire des imaginations extravagantes de Monsieur Oufle, servant de preservatif contre la lecture des livres qui traitent de la magie, du grimoire, des démoniaques, sorciers, loups-garoux, incubes, succubes & du sabbat, des esprits-folets, génies, phantômes & autres revenans; des songes, de la pierre philosophale, de l'astrologie judiciaire, des horoscopes, talismans, jours heureux & malheureux, eclipses, comettes; & enfin de toutes les sortes d'apparitions, de divinations, de sortiléges, d'enchantement, & d'autres superstitieuses pratiques. Avec un tres-grand nombre de nottes curieuses, qui rapportent fidellement les endroits des livres qui ont causé ses imaginations, & qui les combattent. Paris: Chez Duchesne, 1754. 12mo (17.2 cm, 6.77"). [12], 149, [9], 144, [2], 164 pp. (3 pts. of 5); 6 plts. (of 10).
$450.00

The foolish, superstitious Monsieur Oufle, having pored over far too many occult works, falls prey to a variety of delusions regarding his horoscope, dreams, interactions with spirits and devils, etc. => This satire incorporates a lengthy list of books on the supernatural — all genuine works — allegedly to be found in Oufle's library, and is illustrated with six engraved plates signed "Crespy." First published in 1710, the work appears here in its most correct, enlarged edition: a handsome, crisp Parisian printing, in this example with the first three parts (only, out of five) bound together in a single volume — four and five having been sold separately at the time of publication.
        Provenance: Frontispiece recto, title-page verso, several text pages, and half-titles of parts two and three each with rubber-stamp of the now-defunct Museum of French Art in New York. Later from the residue of the stock of the F. Thomas Heller bookselling firm (est. ca. 1928).

Barbier, Dictionnaire des ouvrages anonymes, II, 755; Coumont, Demonology and Witchcraft, H50.4. Period-style quarter calf and marbled paper–covered sides, spine with gilt-stamped leather title-label, gilt-ruled and -dotted raised bands, and gilt-stamped compartment decorations; back pastedown with small binder's ticket of Starr Bookworks. Rubber-stamps as above; three parts only out of five as above, thus with six plates present out of ten; title-page verso with inked numeral. Pages and plates age-toned, otherwise clean. => Attractive and enjoyable.  (40428)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

A Beautiful Product of Camden

Whitman, Walt; Christopher Morley, preface; Arnold Genthe, illus.  Walt Whitman in Camden: A selection of prose from specimen days. Camden, NJ: The Haddon Craftsmen, 1938. 4to (29.2 cm, 11.5"). Frontis., [15], 45, [3] pp.; 1 plt.
$85.00

American poet Walt Whitman (1819–92) spent his latter years (1873–92) in Camden, NJ, producing a number of works including three versions of Leaves of Grass. To commemorate Whitman's prolific time spent as an important member of Camden's community, this limited edition of 1100 copies was printed on pale blue paper and bound at the Haddon Craftsmen in Camden under the direction of => noted book designer and printer Richard Ellis. American writer Christopher Morley provided the preface, and famed German photographer Arnold Genthe provided the => two photogravures that illustrate the text.

Publisher's linen cloth with a photogravure pasted to the front board. In original olive paper-covered slipcase with paper spine-label and that within a tan paper-covered box; some mild discoloration to slipcase, minor rubbing and scuffing to box. => A masterful yet subtle homage to Whitman and Camden, in a fine copy.  (40427)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

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"Prepared to meet a demand for information concerning Indian massacres . . . "

Gall, John F., & David K. Webb, eds.  The massacre of the Wigton family: With an account of the trial of Samuel Mohawk, the murderer. Chillicothe, OH: Privately Published, 1934. 16mo (15.2 cm, 6"). 8 pp.
$50.00

The "probable . . . last Indian massacre in Pennsylvania," by Seneca tribe Indian Samuel Mohawk, is detailed. On June 30th, 1843 in Butler County, PA, Mary McQuiston Wigton and her five children were murdered by the alcoholic Mohawk. An angry mob tracked him down and turned him over to the authorities; he was eventually hanged for his crimes. Despite Mohawk's confession, there is still speculation (not in this item) that James Wigton, Mary's husband, who was reportedly retrieving a horse at another farm, was guilty of the murders and framed Mohawk. A sad story.
        Our caption is quoted from the editors' introduction.

In tan/taupe paper wrapper, leaves not (ever) attached; very faint fading to wrapper, small stain to rear one. Leaves clean.  (40424)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

A Lighthearted Reminder Not to Believe Everything You Read

Bordelon, Laurent.  L'histoire des imaginations extravagantes de Monsieur Oufle, servant de preservatif contre la lecture des livres qui traitent de la magie, du grimoire, des démoniaques, sorciers, loups-garoux, incubes, succubes & du sabbat, des esprits-folets, génies, phantômes & autres revenans; des songes, de la pierre philosophale, de l'astrologie judiciaire, des horoscopes, talismans, jours heureux & malheureux, eclipses, comettes; & enfin de toutes les sortes d'apparitions, de divinations, de sortiléges, d'enchantement, & d'autres superstitieuses pratiques. Avec un tres-grand nombre de nottes curieuses, qui rapportent fidellement les endroits des livres qui ont causé ses imaginations, & qui les combattent. Paris: Chez Duchesne, 1754. 12mo (17.2 cm, 6.77"). [12], 149, [9], 144, [2], 164 pp. (3 pts. of 5); 6 plts. (of 10).
$450.00

The foolish, superstitious Monsieur Oufle, having pored over far too many occult works, falls prey to a variety of delusions regarding his horoscope, dreams, interactions with spirits and devils, etc. => This satire incorporates a lengthy list of books on the supernatural — all genuine works — allegedly to be found in Oufle's library, and is illustrated with six engraved plates signed "Crespy." First published in 1710, the work appears here in its most correct, enlarged edition: a handsome, crisp Parisian printing, in this example with the first three parts (only, out of five) bound together in a single volume — four and five having been sold separately at the time of publication.
        Provenance: Frontispiece recto, title-page verso, several text pages, and half-titles of parts two and three each with rubber-stamp of the now-defunct Museum of French Art in New York. Later from the residue of the stock of the F. Thomas Heller bookselling firm (est. ca. 1928).

Barbier, Dictionnaire des ouvrages anonymes, II, 755; Coumont, Demonology and Witchcraft, H50.4. Period-style quarter calf and marbled paper–covered sides, spine with gilt-stamped leather title-label, gilt-ruled and -dotted raised bands, and gilt-stamped compartment decorations; back pastedown with small binder's ticket of Starr Bookworks. Rubber-stamps as above; three parts only out of five as above, thus with six plates present out of ten; title-page verso with inked numeral. Pages and plates age-toned, otherwise clean. => Attractive and enjoyable.  (40394)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

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By a "Past Master of the Lodge of Antiquity Acting by Immemorial Constitution"

Preston, William.  Illustrations of masonry. Alexandria [VA]: Cottom & Stewart, 1804. 12mo (17 cm, 6.7"). 560 (i.e., 360) pp. (pagination erratic).
$425.00

Much-read, oft-printed history of Freemasonry, here in => the uncommon "first American — from the tenth London edition," per the title-page, which according to Walgren almost certainly preceded the "first American improved" edition of the same year. Preston (1742–1818) was a Scottish author and editor whose research into Masonic instruction and traditions led him both to publishing this work (originally, in 1772) and also to becoming deeply involved in the schism between the Ancients and the Moderns.
        Following the history — which includes architectural discussion of various Masonic buildings — is "A Collection of Odes, Anthems, and Songs."

Sabin 65383; Shaw & Shoemaker 7115; Walgren, Freemasonry, 823. Contemporary mottled sheep, rebacked with speckled sheep, spine with gilt-stamped leather title and author labels and gilt-ruled raised bands; original leather moderately worn and stained. Front fly-leaf with pencilled ownership inscription dated 1850. Pages age-toned, with occasional mild foxing and a handful of small, early pencilled marks of emphasis. => A solid copy of the probable first U.S. appearance of a work that made quite a splash among those curious about the Masons.  (40392)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

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Humorous History — Beautiful Signed Binding

Abbott à Beckett, Gilbert; John Leech, illus.  The comic history of England. With twenty coloured etchings, and two hundred woodcuts. London: Published at the Punch Office, 1864. 8vo (22 cm, 8.66"). [2], [v]–xviii, 320, 304 pp.; 20 col. plts.
$250.00

Playfully expounded yet actually generally accurate English history. Written by one of the original staff members of Punch and originally issued serially in parts, this long-popular and much-republished work appears here in a later book-form edition comprising both volumes in one. John Leech's famous illustrations, including => 20 hand-colored plates as well as numerous in-text steel engravings and woodcuts, feature Abbott à Beckett's historic figures portrayed with amusing contemporary touches; e.g., William the Conqueror has a handlebar mustache, a portrait of a medieval king being medically treated features patent medicine placards in the background, and Henry VIII wears an opera hat a'Maying while his queen on the occasion carries a pink parasol. In all, of course, as was to be the case also with this duo's Comic History of Rome, the history/"history" comments on the readers' own time.
        Binding: Signed contemporary tree calf, covers framed in gilt roll, spine gilt extra with gilt-stamped red leather title label; board edges with gilt roll and turn-ins with blind roll. Endpapers and all edges marbled with particular elegance. => Front free endpaper stamped "Jenkins & Cecil."

Bound as above; spine foot, joints, and hinges refurbished, back joint with leather just starting to lift. Front free endpaper with pencilled note: "Boston May 8 1909"; front fly-leaf with later pencilled annotation regarding plates. Half-title for vol. I and separate title-page for vol. II not present here. Minimal age-toning; pages and plates otherwise clean. => A particularly attractive copy of this illustrated English classic.  (40371)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

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History "in an Amusing Light," with Hand-Colored Plates

Abbott à Beckett, Gilbert; John Leech, illus.  The comic history of England. With twenty coloured etchings, and two hundred woodcuts. London: Bradbury, Evans, & Co., [ca. 1855]. 8vo (22 cm, 8.66"). 2 vols. in 1. xviii, 320, [1]–304 pp.; 20 col. plts., illus.
$150.00

Playfully expounded yet actually generally accurate English history. Written by one of the original staff members of Punch and originally issued serially in parts, this long-popular and much-republished work appears here in a fairly early book-form edition comprising both volumes. John Leech's famous illustrations, including => 20 hand-colored plates as well as numerous in-text steel engravings and woodcuts, feature Abbott à Beckett's historic figures portrayed with amusing contemporary touches; e.g., William the Conqueror has a handlebar mustache, a portrait of a medieval king being medically treated features patent medicine placards in the background, and Henry VIII wears an opera hat a'Maying while his queen on the occasion carries a pink parasol. In all, of course, as was to be the case also with this duo's Comic History of Rome, the history/"history" comments on the readers' own time.
        Provenance: Front pastedown with plain paper label of Dr. Edward Bell Krumbhaar (1882–1966), a prominent physician and historian of medicine. Later in the library of Robert L. Sadoff, M.D., sans indicia.

Publisher's textured green cloth, front cover and spine with gilt-stamped vignettes, covers framed in blind; edges rubbed, gilt dimmed, covers unobtrusively reattached with hinges reinforced. All edges gilt. Half-title for vol. I present; half-title and separate title for vol. II removed by binder. Minor foxing, mostly around plates. => Exterior a bit worn, still a very nice exemplar of this popular work in original publisher's binding.  (40369)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

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A High Spot of Bodoni Printing

Bodoni, Giambattista.  Prose, e versi per onorare la memoria di Livia Doria Caraffa principessa del S. R. Imp. e della Rocella. Parma: Impresso Nella Reale Stamperia di Parma, 1784. Large 4to (29.1 cm, 11.5"). [8], 407, [3] pp.; 24 plts. (incl. in pagination).
$2,500.00

First edition: "Probably => one of the most beautiful memorial volumes ever produced," according to Updike (emphasis ours). Livia Doria Carafa, princess of Roccella, passed away in 1779 at just 34 years old, and her grieving widower paid tribute to her first with a medal commissioned from Bernhard Perger and then with this impressive collection of poetry in her honor. Although the design was not entirely Bodoni's, he executed it magnificently, with the printing reflecting his usual standard of elegance and refinement — leading Brooks to describe this as "fra è piu bei dei libri stampati da Bodoni."
        The volume is => illustrated with 24 engraved plates including the frontispiece, as well as numerous head- and tailpieces; the frontispiece and two other plates (one of which incorporates Perger's medal design) were engraved by Raphael Morghen after designs by Fidelis Fischietti, while the smaller vignettes and the series of tombstone reproductions were done by Secondo Bianchi (many after Antonio Magri).

Brooks 250; Brunet, IV, 909; Giani 25 (p. 90); Updike, Printing Types, II, p. 171. Recent quarter cream cloth and marbled paper–covered boards, spine with printed paper title and date labels. All edges stained red. Front free endpaper with recent pencilled reference annotations. Foxing, generally light, and other scattered spots including a bit of ink spatter to blank verso of one preliminary leaf; pages otherwise clean and crisp. => A handsome copy.  (40127)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

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