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Hermann, Binger. The Louisiana Purchase and our title west of the Rocky Mountains, with A review of annexation by the United States. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1900. 4to (26 cm; 10"). 87 pp., 12 leaves of plates (5 maps [four are double-page in color], 7 portraits). $18.00
Popular-audience commemorative publication. "Republished by joint resolution of Congress." Originally published 1898. Here issued as House doc. no. 708, 56th Cong, 1st sess.
Fllexable maroon leather spine deteriorated; edges rubbed. Private bookplate on front pastedown. Only a good copy. (37224) Add to My BOOK-STACK
Walker, Duncan S., comp. & ed. Celebration of the one hundredth anniversary of the laying of the corner stone of the Capitol of the United States. With accounts of the laying of the original corner stone, in 1793, and of the corner stone of the extension, in 1851. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1896. 4to (29 cm;11.25"). Forntis., 152 pp., plts., (1 color; 2 double spread maps). $25.00
Example of American government self-promotion and spirit building at the end of the 19th century. Issued as "Mis. doc. / 53rd Congress, 2nd session, House; no. 211."
Standard Government Printing Office maroon cloth. Good++ condition. (37223) Add to My BOOK-STACK
San Francisco's Fin de Siècle Bohemians — Entertaining Us More than a Century Later
Doxey, William; Gelett Burgess; & others. The Lark. San Francisco: William Doxey, 1895–97. Square 8vo. Each issue:  ff., and original wrappers. With the general title-leaves and added index leaves. $550.00
Complete run (nos. 1 through 24) of this trend-setting "little magazine," bound in the publisher's handsome cloth bindings, including the Epilark issue, and => retaining all original wrappers.
Issue 1 contains the famous "Purple Cow" poem with Burgess's illustration, here in the second issue. Received wisdom (i.e., no one knows from whom) is that the print run of the first issue was between 15 and 24 copies, only!
The Lark was put out by "Les Jeunes," a fin de siècle clique of San Francisco aesthetes whose miscellany contained creative writing and interesting graphics in a variety of styles. Text and illustrations were printed on Asian paper; a few issues were printed in green, brown, or dark blue; and from issue 9 to the end, printing was on one side of a leaf only.
Issues 1 and 2 have the=> laid-in photographs and 22 includes the separate leaflet supplement, "Vals de Monterey [sic] Viejo." The first number, as noted, is the second issue, with Doxey's imprint; the second contains "relics" of R.L. Stevenson.
Binding: Publisher's muslin bindings designed by Florence Lundborg, with her monogram on vol. I; covers illustrated and printed in color, each volume with a different cover image.
Publisher's cloth bindings, lightly rubbed; all wrappers present, that of Issue 15 with a large hole that appears actually to be a paper flaw, not "damage." All pages untrimmed. => A very nice set. (37159) Add to My BOOK-STACK
"How-To" Book for Young Ladies of the Mid-18th Century
Robertson, Hannah, Mrs. The young ladies school of arts. Containing, a great variety of practical receipts, in gum-flowers, filligree, japanning, shell-work, gilding ... &c. Also, a great many curious receipts, both useful and entertaining, never before published. York: Printed at the New Printing-Office, in Coppergate, for Mrs. Robinson, 1777. 12mo (15 cm; 6"). , xx, , 182 pp. $3,750.00
Robertson (née Swan, 1724–1800?) was the Scottish granddaughter of Charles II (her father being an illegitimate son of the king): She sub-titled her autobiography "a tale of truth as well as sorrow." She did not live at the economic level she thought befitted her lineage, characterizing it as "living in poverty." After two business failures (one her husband's, the other of her tavern) she turned to tutoring young ladies and taught them home economics, painting, decorative arts, and => housekeeping very broadly defined. Additionally, she wrote books to use in her teaching and to sell privately for additional income.
This small practical volume covers the topics mentioned above, even unto raising and caring for canaries and silkworms. Recipes are chiefly for preserving diverse foodstuffs, making wines and jellies and jams, etc., but household recipes for cosmetics, for candle making, and for cleaning, dying, repairing, etc. are also present, with these last helpfully addressing intricately specific problems, e.g., the cleaning of oil paintings, the removal of mold or mildew from linen, and the refreshment of soiled lace. A recipe for "Usquebaugh" is definitely => "curious" and "entertaining" in keeping with Mrs. Robertson's title-page promises, while her taxidermical instructions for preserving "birds with their plumage" are both exact and notably intimidating.
Considerable attention is paid to art: painting, japanning, gilding, making casts and impressions, and the symbolism of flowers, birds, trees, and insects. An extended discussion of the history and ceremonial dress of the Orders of the Garter and St. Andrews may derive from and bear witness to Mrs. Robertson's social longings! And because young ladies need to secretly write to beaus or friends, there are recipes for => invisible ink.
Pages 20, 41, 52–53, 62–66, 87, and 119 all have => Americana content showing the spread into daily life in Europe of New World crops and natural products.
"This book was first printed in Edinburgh in 1766 by Walter Ruddiman, and sold by the author herself at Perth, as well as by other booksellers. Second and third editions followed, also by Ruddiman for Robertson, the second with an additional engraved title page" (catalogue record, National Library of Scotland). This is the "fourth edition, with large additions." It is the first edition printed in York and was printed in the same year as the Edinburgh second and third editions.
Searches of ESTC, NUC, and WorldCat locate only four U.S. libraries reporting ownership of this edition.
Cagle, Matter of Taste, 966; Bitting 400; Axord 432; Maclean 124; Noling 349; ESTC T122647. Contemporary plain sheep, worn and with some stains on boards; rebacked, with raised bands, modest gilt ruling, and red leather spine label; new endpapers. A nice copy. (37210) Add to My BOOK-STACK
"My Example May Warn Ye from Vice, & My Fate Excite Ye to Virtue"
The history of Jane Shore. [London?: after 1821]. 12mo (16.8 cm, 6.65"). 24 pp. $125.00
An uncommon, anonymously published version of the ever-popular tragic story of the abandoned mistress of King Edward IV. This chapbook — while an inexpensive production showing signs of sloppy presswork — opens with a => page-filling woodcut depiction of Jane in her penitence, walking the streets in a shift and bearing a lit taper aloft, and closes with the lament traditionally attributed to Jane as well as the poem "The Broken Heart" (first published in 1821).
While the first page's illustration includes a blank space at its foot for publication information, none such is present here. WorldCat does not show any holdings of the History in this state, nor does NSTC.
Not in NSTC. Removed from a nonce volume, pages untrimmed. Mildly age-toned, otherwise clean. (37202) Add to My BOOK-STACK
"Lass wi' the Bonny Blue E'en" & Lots More
The quaver: A choice collection. Newcastle-on-Tyne: W.R. Walker, [ca. 1850]. 12mo (16.3 cm, 6.45"). 24 pp. $125.00
Chapbook of song lyrics, opening with => a comic woodcut illustration of a man with his pants billowing smoke. Present here along with the usual sorts of Irish and English offerings are dialect pieces written in German ("The Vorkhouse Boy"), American Southern black ("Oh Susannah"), and Scots (Burns's "Red, Red Rose") accents.
This edition of the Quaver chapbook is uncommon: WorldCat does not find any institutional holdings of this Walker printing, and NSTC lists only a slightly different title.
This ed. not in NSTC. Removed from a nonce volume. Page edges untrimmed, several with short tear from outer margin; pages slightly age-toned, otherwise clean. (37201) Add to My BOOK-STACK
The Farmer's Daughter of Essex
Penn, James. Life of Miss Davis, the farmer's daughter of Essex, who was seduced by her lover... London: T. Hughes (pr. by G. Whiteman), . 12mo (16.7 cm, 6.6"). pp.; 1 plt. $300.00
A popular melodramatic tale of ruin and misery, first published in 1767: A dissipated nobleman convinces a lovely country maiden that they are honestly married, sets her up in luxury, then abandons her in a London brothel. The plot is notable for its elaborate detailing of Miss Davis's exceedingly cruel treatment from not only her lover, but also various officials and citizens — though by the close of the story her innate virtue earns her a happier ending than one would expect. The stipple-engraved plate, depicting the fair victim swooning in the arms of one of the brothel denizens, was done by Rumford after Edwards.
This is an uncommon edition: WorldCat does not find any institutional locations. There is apparently one copy of the same printing at the University of Essex, and the date given here is based on their assessment.
This edition not in NSTC. Removed from a nonce volume; sewing loosening, with signatures starting to separate. Pages age-toned, with small area of waterstaining to upper outer margins; title-page with small spot of staining; plate mounted (some time ago), with three small spots of staining and some darkening around caption. => A very readable copy of a striking and strikingly vivid morality tale. (37200) Add to My BOOK-STACK
The Importance of "Goods Which Cannot Be Taken" When You Die
[Hughes, John, & John Arbuthnot]. Charon; or, the ferry-boat. A vision. Dedicated to the Swiss Count —. London: printed; and sold by W. Lewis near Covent-Garden, J. Brotherton and W. Meadows at the Black-Bull in Cornhill, J. Roberts in Warwick-Lane, and A. Dodd at the Peacock without Temple-Bar, 1719. 8vo (18.8 cm; 7.375"). , 26 pp. $250.00
A recommendation to reject earthly temptations and rewards told through a dreamlike description of mortals travelling to the afterlife with Charon, attributed to librettist John Hughes and satirist John Arbuthnot. The text is dedicated to John James Heidegger (1666–1749), a man known as the Swiss Count and responsible for promoting => masquerades in London.
This copy complete with the half-title.
ESTC T30532. Removed from a nonce volume, first and last few leaves delicately attached; light to moderate age-toning, pencilled date on margin of half-title. (37193) Add to My BOOK-STACK
Rare, Early Puebla Imprint — Unknown to Medina
Catholic Church. Liturgy & ritual. Forma, qve se debe gvardar en el pararse, sentarse, hincar las rodillas, y inclinarse; asi en las missas solemnes, feriales, y rezadas: como tambien en las horas canonicas, en el coro; cforme al rito del ceremonial nuevo romano, mandado imprimir, con sus reglas por...Don Iuan de Palafox, y Mendoza. Puebla de los Angeles: Por el Bachiller Iuan Blanco Alcaçar, 1649. Small 4to.  ff. (last a blank). $7,500.00
Puebla was the second city in New Spain to obtain a printing press, issuing its first book in 1642, not 1640 as Medina claimed. The man responsible for the press's arrival was the same eminent figure mentioned on the title-page of this extremely rare volume: Don Juan de Palafox y Mendoza. Bishop, later viceroy, Palafox, was one of the most interesting and controversial figures to reside in Mexico during the 17th century. Born in Fitero, Navarre, Spain, in 1600, the illegitimate but recognized son of Jaime Palafox, the Marqués of Ariza, he rose in the service of the Church in Spain through his native talent and his father's connections. In 1640, the king appointed him the bishop of Puebla, Mexico, with special powers to serve concurrently as a visitador, or special investigator, specifically charging him with reforming the various religious orders (Jesuits, Franciscans, Dominicans, etc.) who seemed to defy and stymie the king's will at every turn, and who had grown to be more secular in behavior than was seemly, legal, customary, or acceptable.
The bishop's efforts as visitador met with dogged resistance, even from the viceroy, whom Palafox suspected of being a sympathizer with the Portuguese separatists (and whom he was to succeed). => The various orders initiated protracted legal opposition to everything Palafox attempted.
Notwithstanding the imposing odds against him, Palafox did have his share of unqualified accomplishments during his years in Mexico: He composed and saw into print the codification of the constitution of the Royal and Pontifical University of Mexico, established a school for girls, founded the famous Palafoxiana Library in Puebla with a donation of 6,000 volumes, and introduced printing in Puebla, Mexico's second largest city during the colonial period.
The printer of this rarity was Bachiller Juan Blanco de Alcaçar (or Alcazar), almost certainly the first printer to set up a press in Puebla de los Angeles. Like many of Mexico's printers of the late 16th and early 17th centuries, Juan de Alcazar (as he generally identified himself in documents) was well educated: He held a bachelor's degree from the Royal and Pontifical University of Mexico. He began his life as a printer in Mexico City in 1617 and there printed several major books, including Fray Martín de León's Manual [y] breve forma de administrar los santos sacramentos a los yndios (1617) and Diego Cisneros's Sitio, naturaleza y propriedades de la ciudad de México (1618). His name disappears from imprint lines of Mexican title-pages and colophons in 1637 to reappear on title-pages printed in Puebla at least as early as 1643; some attribute the "anonymously" printed pieces of 1642 to his press work and more than a few think he printed the even earlier, suppositious Arco triunfal of Mateo Salcedo. From the notarial archives of Puebla we know that he had moved his press to that city by December 1641, and that in January 1642, he had begun to hire apprentices (Pérez Salazar, Los impresores de Puebla en la época colonial [1987 edition], pp. 9–12). The bachiller's "in" ("enchufe" in Spanish) with Bishop Palafox was a strong one: His wife was the sister of Don Luis de Monzón, the Treasurer of the Puebla cathedral (Pérez Salazar, p. 16).
The work at hand, which Bishop Palafox ordered to be printed, explains changes in the newly adopted Ceremonial that affect when congregants sit, kneel, and genuflect. It was => an important work, affecting every communicant at every mass attended.
Searches of NUC Pre-1956, WorldCat, COPAC, CCPBE, BRUIN, and the OPACs of the national library of Spain and Mexico, located only three copies in U.S. libaries and two in Mexican institutions.
Apparently all institutional copies lack the final blank, present in this exemplar and bearing => contemporary manuscript poetry on both sides.
Not in Medina, Puebla; not in Palau; Gavito, Adiciones a La imprenta en la Puebla, 2. Nicolas Antonio,II, 116; Pinelo-Barcia, II, 859; Beristáin de Souza, II, 5. On Blanco de Alcazar, see: Francisco Pérez Salazar, Los impresores de Puebla en la época colonial. Mexican quarter calf binding of the second half of the present century. Small wormhole in upper inner margin, well removed from text. Manuscript additions as above on final blank; on one side, at end of verse, inked skull-and-crossbones devices. => An exceptional copy of a rare book. (37100) Add to My BOOK-STACK
Reviving a Man Who "Had Long Lived in Dignified Obscurity"
Ellis, Havelock. Chapman. Bloomsbury: Nonesuch Press, 1934. 8vo (26.7 cm, 10.5"). , 146,  pp. $100.00
Nonesuch Press commemoration of the tercentenary of the death of poet and dramatist George Chapman. The volume was designed by Meynell, set in Centaur and Arrighi, and printed by the Cambridge University Press on Van Gelder paper watermarked "Nonesuch"; the title-page bears a vignette in bistre and brown, and the chapter numbers are embraced by typographical ornaments. This is => numbered copy 227 of 700 printed.
Binding: Boards fetchingly covered with red-brown Curwen patterned paper by Enid Marx with a gray paper cover label, all edges untrimmed; housed in red-brown paper–covered chemise with patterned doublures matching the binding and a gray printed spine label — all in a gray paper–covered slipcase.
Provenance: Front pastedown with calligraphic bookplate of Norman J. Sondheim, American collector of fine press books.
Dreyfus, History of the Nonesuch Press, 93. Bound as above, offsetting to fly-leaves from pastedowns, slipcase lightly dust-soiled and rubbed at corners with title and author pencilled on spine. Volume with a few light marginal spots (possibly from paper manufacture), otherwise clean. (37125) Add to My BOOK-STACK
"Music Stalked the Streets"
Craig, John. Britten's Aldeburgh. Leominster: The Whittington Press, 1997. Folio (33.5 cm, 13.2").  pp.; illus. $400.00
Composer Benjamin Britten (1913–76) made his home in Aldeburgh, a Suffolk seaside town where in 1948 he founded a music festival that is still held today. In this attractive fine press volume, artist John Craig describes, by way of illustrations inspired by the area, musical quotations, and poetic descriptions of the sights, the walks that Britten would take around town while composing.
Most of the text is printed in a warm golden brown, and the work is illustrated with => 81 wood engravings and three two-color linocuts by Craig, with four of the illustrations on folding sheets of paper tipped onto leaves. This is numbered copy 72 of 440 printed, signed at the colophon by the author-illustrator.
Publisher's grey buckram with gray patterned–paper onlay, spine with printed paper label, in a matching buckram and paper slipcase; slipcase with very faint sunning and slight scuffing along one spine edge, volume clean and fresh. => A handsome, interesting production. (37126) Add to My BOOK-STACK
An Irish Plutarch — Illustrated
Plutarch. Plutarch's lives, in six volumes: Translated from the Greek, with notes, explanatory and critical, from Dacier and others. Dublin: J. Williams, 1769. 8vo (20.6 cm, 8.15"). 2 vols. (of 6). I: Frontis., vii, , xiii–lxiv, 382 pp.; illus. II: 468 pp.; illus. $200.00
First two volumes of this 18th-century Irish edition of the classic biographies, Theseus through Cato the Censor, extensively annotated and prefaced by Dryden's life of Plutarch. The first volume opens with a copper-engraved frontispiece done by "H.P." after a painting by James Thornhill, and in each volume an engraved vignette appears at the start of each life (or a frame deliberately left blank appears, in the case of a subject with no known likeness from which to work).
Provenance: Both volumes: Each front pastedown with navy and rose 19th-century bookplate of Hooton Library and with armorial bookplate of Sir Thomas Stanley-Massey-Stanley (b. 1755, d. 1795), front free endpaper with bookplate of Henry Taylor (1845–1927), a historian, antiquarian, and founder of the Flintshire Historical Society.
=> Vol. I here bears an extensive and interesting list of subscribers.
ESTC N20527. Contemporary speckled calf, spines with raised bands, gilt-stamped leather title-labels, and gilt-stamped volume numbers; volumes rubbed and covers only gingerly holding with front free endpapers separated. Vols. I and II only, of six; vol. I spine label lost, vol. II label chipped. Text blocks strong with some light age-toning and occasional foxing, only, and first and last few leaves with offsetting. Priced according to condition and with reading, engravings, and provenance all still pleasurable to engage with. (37174) Add to My BOOK-STACK
The State of a Significant Bishopric, Post-Revolution
A Two-Volume FRENCH Sammelband
Du Trousset d’Héricourt, Bénigne-Urbain-Jean-Marie, Bishop of Autun. [Mandements, etc.]. Autun: L'Imprimerie de Dejussieu, 1829–1852. 8vo (24.5 cm, 9.7"). 2 vols. I: [~550] pp. II: [~500] pp.; various paginations. $575.00
A substantial gathering of printed pieces by and connected to the Bishop of Autun (1797–1851) — what appears to be => all of his official correspondence with his diocese and with various other clergymen from the time of his appointment through his death, as well as some of the letters from others to which he responded. While the first piece in the first volume was printed in Paris by Adrien le Clere & Cie., D'Héricourt subsequently used => his own designated local printer, and many of these pieces are attractively worked up with engraved headpieces, titles in decorative typefaces, and the Bishop's coat of arms vignette. Most of the pieces are in French, with four in Latin; the final few items deal with the bishop's death and the subsequent vacancy of the see.
Altogether, there are dozens of pastoral letters gathered here, over 40 mandements, and a handful of circulars; also present are instructions for catechisms and first communion, and a call for public prayer "pour l'entière cessation du choléra-morbus" (1832).
Given the nature of these publications and that they were printed not in Paris or another large printing center, it is clear why all are scarce, even in France. => Truly a remarkable compendium of church history during the French Restoration, July Monarchy, and Second Republic.
19th-century marbled paper–covered boards with roan shelfbacks, spines with gilt-stamped titles, dates, and bands; spines and extremities rubbed. All edges speckled. Two pages with neatly inked French annotations in (different) early hands; one title-page with early inked ownership inscription; one single-page letter addressed by hand to M. le Curé à Savianges; one order with a missing bullet point and the date added in a neat early inked hand; a few pieces with dates inked in. Several leaves with creases from mailing folds, one cover leaf with a postal cancellation from Buxy, 7 June 1840. Many leaves variously with generally very light, occasionally moderate waterstaining; occasional spots of foxing or staining scattered throughout, a few leaves age-toned, pages generally clean. => A trove of data in physically informative forms. (37160) Add to My BOOK-STACK
"This is She That Was the World's Delight"
Swinburne, Algernon Charles. Laus Veneris. London: The Golden Cockerel Press, 1948. 8vo (25.6 cm, 10.1"). 27,  pp.; illus. $325.00
Elegant Golden Cockerel edition of Swinburne's tribute to Venus, a retelling of the Tannhäuser legend in which the protagonist abandons his Christian faith to seal himself to worldly love. The text is illustrated with => eleven sensuous wood engravings by New Zealand illustrator John Buckland-Wright. This is numbered copy 573 of 750 printed.
Cockalorum 178. Publisher's quarter oxblood buckram and red, cream, tan, and slate zebra-patterned marbled paper–covered sides, spine with gilt-stamped title; spine extremities and corners showing minor shelf wear. A very few small spots of light foxing to early leaves, otherwise clean. => Beautiful work by Buckland-Wright, in a handsomely designed volume. (37184) Add to My BOOK-STACK
Vindicating the Sex — "A Woman is Merry & Noble & Like a Bee of the Woods /
She Will Make Much from Little"
Cynwal, Wiliam. In defence of woman. London: The Golden Cockerel Press, 1960. Narrow 8vo (23.6 cm, 9.3"). 28 pp.; col. illus. $300.00
Golden Cockerel edition: a 16th-century Welsh poem translated into English and introduced by Gwyn Williams, and => illustrated with nine full-page engravings and a decorated title-page by John Petts. The Defence was written in earnest response to the more satiric Against Women, which Golden Cockerel had published in English in 1953, also with illustrations by Petts; the artist's richly colored illustrations for this tribute to female virtue are as => strikingly sensuous as they were for the testimony to female vice — and only slightly more clothed. This is numbered copy 179 of 500 printed.
Cock-a-hoop 210. Publisher's blue cloth, front cover with gilt-stamped vignette, in the original glassine dust wrapper; wrapper with light wear to extremities. => A clean, fresh copy. (37186) Add to My BOOK-STACK
Adventures of Euphormio — First English-Language Appearance
Barclay, John. Euphormio's Satyricon. London: The Golden Cockerel Press, 1954. Folio (28.6 cm, 11.25"). , 158 pp.; 8 plts. $250.00
Golden Cockerel edition: Early 17th-century picaresque "satire upon the wickedness of the world." Written by a Scottish Catholic, this is one of the earliest satirical romans à clef. The work appears here in English for the first time, with the translation from the original Latin done by Paul Turner from the 1605 edition.
Designed and produced by Christopher Sandford and printed in Perpetua type on mould-made paper, under the supervision of K.S. Tollit, the volume is => illustrated with eight wood-engraved plates and two vignettes by Derrick Harris, with the plate images printed within bright red borders. This is numbered copy 205 of 260 printed.
Cock-a-hoop 196. Publisher's light taupe paper–covered boards with red cloth shelfback, front cover with rooster vignette stamped in red, spine with gilt-stamped title; minor rubbing to spine foot and lower outer corners. A few page edges slightly darkened and one very limited, very faint stain affecting endpapers' lower outer corner at rear, pages otherwise clean. => A nice copy of this interesting production. (37173) Add to My BOOK-STACK
"I Poured Out for Myself the Wine of Love"
Sandford, Christopher, trans. The garden of caresses. London: The Golden Cockerel Press, 1934. 4to (21.8 cm, 8.55"). 91,  pp.; illus. $125.00
A private, subscribers-only Golden Cockerel printing: Translated from the Arabic by Franz Toussaint, and from thence into English by Christopher Sandford, these => ca. 130 10th-century poems "discovered in Timbuctoo in the archives of the ancient University of Sankore" bear such titles as "The Naked Dancer," "Breasts, Eyes and Tresses," "Desire and Pleasure," and "The Queen of Love." Each of the eight sections opens with a delicately sinuous, copper-engraved headpiece by Gertrude Hermes. This is => numbered copy 207 of 275 printed.
Chanticleer 100. Publisher's quarter vellum and blue cloth–covered sides, spine with gilt-stamped title and vellum edged in gilt; binding slightly sprung, edges and extremities rubbed, cloth gently sunned at edges. Top edge gilt. A scattered handful of faint spots of foxing, pages otherwise clean. => A remarkable and beautiful collection of verses. (37190) Add to My BOOK-STACK
Wiseman, Nicholas. Fabiola, or the church of the catacombs. New York: D. & J. Sadlier & Co., . 8vo (19.3 cm, 7.6"). Frontis., xii, 385,  pp. $15.00
Set in Rome in the 4th century a.d., this tale of Christian persecution incorporates several saintly martyrdoms into the action. Written by Cardinal Wiseman, the novel was filmed twice: in 1918 and 1949; the present edition comes from Sadlier's "Popular Library" series.
Publisher's blind-stamped textured cloth; much sunned, extremities rubbed. Title-page institutionally rubber-stamped, with deaccession stamp in outer margin. Contents page and first text page partially adhered at one point, with a few letters now obscured. Occasional light spotting. (37133) Add to My BOOK-STACK
A Delightful, Eye-Pleasing Horace — A Chromolithographic Tour de Force
Horatius Flaccus, Quintus. The works of Quintus Horatius Flaccus illustrated chiefly from the remains of ancient art. London: John Murray, 1849. 8vo (22.5 cm, 8.8"). , 194, , 490, xiv pp.; 8 col. plts. $550.00
First edition of this => lavishly decorated, deluxe production of Horace's works in the original Latin, with a life of the author written in English by the Rev. Henry Hart Milman. Each page of the preface appears in a color-printed, antiquity-inspired frame (ochre, maroon, blue, green, or violet, with several different styles of frame used); the poems appear in simpler frames, but with each section preceded by a chromolithographed title-page (with a total of eight color plates), and almost every text page bearing an in-text wood engraving done by George Scharf after "remains of ancient art" (an index of the original sources and their locations is present at the back of the volume). => The decorative elements were created by architect and pioneering design theorist Owen Jones.
This volume's price at publication was two guineas which, although less than production cost, priced the work out of the market. McLean suggests most of the 2,500 copies were pulped!
Signed binding: Contemporary brown morocco, front pastdown stamped "J. Wright Binder." Boards with triple fillet gilt border at edges; center panel on each board composed of a triple fillet outer border with a floral/vine gilt roll within; gilt corner devices with elements extending along the outer edges of the center panel. Board edges with double fillet rules, turn-ins with same gilt roll as in the center panels of the boards, cream calendared endpapers. All edges gilt.
Evidence of readership: 20th-century notes relating to the text on rear free endpaper.
Provenance: Large engraved armorial "Kimmel Park" bookplate of Hugh Robert Hughes of Kimmel (1827–1911), Co. Denbigh, and his small library shelf label to top of front pastedown. His signature in full, dated "June 11th 1855," on front fly-leaf. "G.L.D. 1937" on front free endpaper.
NSTC 2H30539; McLean, Victorian Book Design, pp. 94, 174. Binding as above; joints (outside) abraded, so too lower edges of boards and corners. 20th-century notes as mentioned above; shelf label largely obscured by a later blank one; a very few dog-ears or short edge tears; age-toning with some foxing and other spotting, especially towards beginning and end. => A remarkable, wonderful book. (37188) Add to My BOOK-STACK
Annotated Copy of Paracelsus with an Alchemy Section
Relating to the Magical Amalgam "Electron"
Paracelsus. Zwen [i.e., zwey] tractatus des Hocherfarnen vnd bewärtisten Teutschen Philosophi vnd beyder Artzney Doctoris Philippi Theophrasti Paracelsi. I. De viribus membrorum spiritualium. II. De Electro. Mit Erklärung ettlicher Wörter und praeparationum. [colophon: Getruckt zu Straszburg: durch Bernhard Jobin], 1572. Small 8vo (16.5 cm; 7'). , 23,  ff., port. $11,500.00
Michael Toxites (1515–81) here presents his edited text of and preface to this posthumous publication of two treatises by Paracelsus (i.e., Philippus Aureolus Theophrastus Bombastus von Hohenheimm, 1493–1541). Ernst Weil in his Catalogue 22 wrote of this work: "The first part is pharmaceutical, the second on the metal electron" — this metal being the gold-silver amalgam once upon a time allocated to Jupiter in the alchemists' system, but later deleted entirely. It was thought to be able to "give the qualities of precious metals to the baser ones," like the true philosopher's stone (Thompson, p. 42; Pagel, p. 87).
The text is in German in Fraktur type. A fine => woodcut portrait of Paracelsus at the age of 47 is on the verso of the last leaf of the preface, opposite the first page of text; some minute inked notes have been made in its margins and => an alchemical symbol that we have not identified is inked in its righthand margin in an oval.
Toxites (born Johann Michael Schütz) was poet laureate of Holy Roman Emperor under Charles V, himself an alchemist, and, like Paracelsus, a doctor.
Evidence of readership: The recto of the front free endpaper is filled with => quotations from the Bible that the reader feels bear on the text of the first tract; the verso of same bears an extensive quotation from Toxites' foreword to Paraceleus' Astronomia magna. At least one reader has written commentary in the margins of both texts and even written miniscule inter-liner corrections, observations, or explanations of words. Some marginalia is merely "indexing" so as to be able to re-find a text section by keyword in the margin; other marginalia tie concepts in the texts to other published texts. In the blank area below the colophon and continuing on the blank verso of that same leaf is an extensive quotation from Georg Forberger followed by more quotations from the Bible that are apposite to Paracelsus' text.
Searches of NUC and WorldCat locate only four copies in U.S. libraries and searches via COPAC, VD16, and KVK find precious few in Britain or Europe.
Sudhoff 141; Ritter, p. 1144; Wellcome 4788; Durling 3494; VD16 P611. Not found in Gerguson or Duveen. On "electron," see: C.J.S. Thompson, The Lure and Romance of Alchemy (London: Harrap, 1932), p. 42; and cited in Walter Pagel, Paracelsus: An Introduction to Philosophical Medicine in the Era of the Renaissance (Basel: Karger, 1982), fn. 230, p. 87. 19th-century tan half pigskin and marbled boards, with remnants of an old paper label. Front free endpaper and title-leaf loosening, moderately browned, good margins; overall a rather nice copy of a => remarkably scarce work of pharmaceutical and alchemical science. (37189) Add to My BOOK-STACK
The Inquisition, an African Utopia, & Educating Women
[Berington, Simon]. The adventures of Signor Gaudentio di Lucca. Being the substance of his examination before the fathers of the Inquisition, at Bologna, in Italy. Giving an account of an unknown country in the midst of the desarts [sic] of Africa. Copied from the original manuscript in St. Mark’s Library, at Venice. With critical notes by the learned Signor Rhedi. Baltimore: Pr. by Bonsal & Niles, 1800. 16mo (17 cm; 6.5"). xxi, , 24–234 pp. $350.00
Originally published in 1737 under the title Memoirs of Signor Gaudentio di Lucca, this work was "[o]ften and erroneously ascribed to Bishop Berkeley" (Halkett & Laing, 2nd ed.); it is now generally attributed to Berington, a Catholic priest.
"Gaudentio," under persecution by the Inquisition, reveals his fantastic voyages through Egypt and an imaginary African land. => While constantly assuring the stern inquisitors of his staunch adherence to Catholicism, he gives elaborate, admiring descriptions of the government, religion, and customs of his African utopia, particularly its training and education of women.
The copy at hand is the last edition of the 18th century, Baltimore issue: Bonsal and Niles printed two issues, differing only in the name of the city of publication —Wilmington or Baltimore.
Evans 36946; ESTC W10143; Minick, Maryland, 560. Not in Parsons; not in Finotti; not in Bowe, List of Additions and Corrections . . . to Parsons. Publisher's sheep with modest gilt ruling on spine; spine label gone, front free endpaper loose. A few leaves starting to extrude; occasional spotting, but overall strong and good+ to very good. (37183) Add to My BOOK-STACK
Scotching Rumors of a Female Pope
Scherer, Georg. Trattato del R. Padre Giorgio Scherer ... Nel quale con uerissime ragioni proua non esser vero, che già sia stato in Roma vna Donna Pontefice. In Venetia: Appresso i Gioliti, 1586. 8vo (16 cm; 6.375"). , 48,  pp. $1,350.00
Short refutation making short work of the possibility that Pope Joan ever existed, here translated into Italian from German by Nicolo Pierio. A Jesuit priest and Austrian witch hunter responsible for the Plainacher Witch Affair of 1583 (which led to the only case of witch-burning in Vienna), Scherer (1540–1605) here "proves" there was never a female pope using various sources, including the Bible. It was clearly a popular text, as DeBacker-Sommervogel notes that there were three editions of this translation published in 1586 by three different printers, two in Venice and one in Milan.
The title is printed within an illustrated woodcut border and the text offers illustrated initials plus head- and tailpieces.
Provenance: Bookplate of Avvocato Bubani Francesco and a catalogue clipping (in Italian) on front pastedown.
Of this edition we locate only five U.S. libraries and one Canadian one reporting ownership. One other U.S. library reports owning a different 1586 edition.
EDIT16 CNCE 27780; DeBacker-Sommervogel, VII, 749. Hunter green textured cloth, lightly rubbed and discolored; a few pinpricks and a very short tear to spine. All outer upper corners with waterstaining from two different incidents, two leaves with short tears, and a pinprick hole to one margin; provenance marking as above, two small inked notations on title-page margins, light pencilling on endpapers. => A fascinating subject covered by an interesting author. (37158) Add to My BOOK-STACK
Eric Gill's Hamlet for the LEC
Shakespeare, William. The tragedy of Hamlet, prince of Denmark. High Wycombe: Printed for the members of the Limited Editions Club by Hague and Gill, 1933. 8vo (21 cm, 8.25"). , viii, , 149,  pp. $200.00
Designed and illustrated by Eric Gill, with an introduction by Gilbert Murray, the Limited Editions Club edition of the world's most famous play was printed by hand by Hague & Gill in Joanna type on Barcham Green hand-made paper, with the blind-stamped pigskin binding done by George McKibbin & Son. => Each act opens with one of Gill's unmistakable wood engravings, at half-page size, and a wood-engraved title-page offers five small vignettes to introduce the play as a whole.
Numbered copy 328 of 1500 printed, this is => signed at the colophon by the artist, "Eric G."
Bibliography of the Fine Books Published by the Limited Editions Club, 44; Gill 287. Full tan pigskin with blind-tooled vignettes on covers, different front and back, and spine with blind-stamped title; slipcase lacking, spine moderately darkened and worn, extremities rubbed. A very few scattered spots, pages otherwise clean. All edges deckle. => Classic Gill, classic Nonesuch. (37135) Add to My BOOK-STACK
This Will Point You in the Right Direction
[Woodblock]. Large manicule. [U.S. ? U.K.: unknown artist, 1880s]. 1 block (17.8 cm x 10 cm x 2.3 cm; 7" x 3.75" x .875"). $285.00
Sizable and neatly executed woodcut printing block of a manicule pointing to the right (or to the left when printed), with detail of a suit jacket and dress shirt. The carving has shading grooves of different depths, making this a nice example of a woodblock design for teaching, and a past owner must have used it as a decoration (rather than for printing) as a metal hook has been attached for its easy hanging.
Stained woodblock with metal hanger; excellent condition with four very small (worm?)holes only, and with old paper remnants adhered to bottom edge. => Perfect for teaching or decorating, perhaps both. (37171) Add to My BOOK-STACK
This Songster Represents a Whole Category of Entertainment
Nichols, Emma J. The Original Old Folks, Formerly Father Kemp’s Concert Book, containing the words of the pieces sung by the company, and also the songs of Emma J. Nichols. Boston: Stacy & Richardson, [ca. 1850–80]. 24mo (13 cm; 5"). 32 pp. $135.00
Sole edition of this songster. Contains lyrics only for both sacred and secular songs; probable date of publication not before 1850 based on contents. (Also, Nichols was a mezzo-soprano who performed from ca. 1860 to ca. 1876.)
Wikipedia explains: "An Old Folks Concert was a form of musical and visual entertainment at which early American compositions by such composers as William Billings and Daniel Read were sung in period costume, while demonstrating early singing school methods."
WorldCat locates only four copies.
Publisher's printed wrappers. Some staining, scuffing, and corners creased; still, good. (37026) Add to My BOOK-STACK