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First Edition of These Sermons — Women Included as Subjects & Models
Pepin, Guillaume. De imitatione sa[n]ctorum reverendi Patris Fratris Guilielmi Pepin sacre theologie professoris Parisiensis reformati conventus sancti Ludovici Ebroycen[sis] ordinis fratrum predicator[um] alunni et incole perpulcher tractatus. [colophon: Impressi Parisiis: apud Claudium Cheuallon ipsi[us] expensis Joannis Petit, 1520]. 8vo (16.6 cm, 6.5"). , 438 ff. (lacking 2 final blanks). $1,725.00
First edition of these sermons from Parisian Dominican Guillaume Pepin, a man known for his influential preaching, support of Marian piety, and aid in the development of the modern Rosary. Professor Larissa Taylor explores his nuanced approach to the women of the Bible in her essay "Images of Women in the Sermons of Guillaume Pepin (c.1465-1533)," and this thick little volume contains several sermons based on female characters, including one for Mary of Magdalene; the sermons on Mary the B.V. include offerings on the Immaculate Conception, the Visitation, the Assumption, and her nativity.
The title-page is printed in red and black with a woodcut of Berthold Rembolt's printer's device (Chevallon married his widow); the text is printed in mostly double columns using small black letter with many six-line decorative initials and three much larger ones, one historiated. Though the work was republished several times throughout the 16th century, this edition is quite rare, with searches of the BNF catalogue, WorldCat, COPAC, and NUC Pre-1956 revealing => no copies held in U.S. institutions.
Evidence of Readership: A handful of passages have marks of emphasis, underlining, or marginal words inked in an early hand with an additional very short note at the end.
Provenance: An armorial bookplate of Desains, a St. Quentin notary, appears on the front pastedown. An inked note designed to look like a booklabel, reading "Bibliothèque de Mr. H Bordier de L'Institut No. 54," has also been added to the front, possibly by French Protestant historian and paleographer Henri-Léonard Bordier. Most recently in the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.
Moreau, Éditions parisiennes du XVI siècle, II, 2437. Not in Adams. On Pepin, see: Farge, Biographical Register of Paris Doctors of Theology, 1500-1536, 385; Taylor, as above, Journal of the Canadian Historical Association, 5.1 (1994), 265–76. French 19th-century quarter dark green morocco and blue-black pastepaper, spine lettered in gilt, French curl marbled endpapers, all edges marbled in neatly precise swirling pattern echoing the endpapers; gently rubbed, evidence of a removed label on endpaper. Light age-toning with the very occasional stain, two creased corners, and just over a gathering of uneven edges from paper manufacture or binding. Provenance and readership indicia as above. => Handsome and fascinating. (38957) Add to My BOOK-STACK
"For Presentation Only"
Braham, Humfrey; George Soaper, introduction. The institucion of a gentleman. [London: Reprinted by Charles Whittingham, 1839]. 16mo (18 cm, 7").  ff. $250.00
Chiswick Press type facsimile of an early English-language conduct of life book first published in 1555, and described by Lowndes as "probably the earliest publication describing the character of an English Gentleman . . . [it] exhibits an amusing trait of national dress, manners, and amusements, as fashionable in the early part of the reign of Queen Elizabeth." This offering's text comes from the later 1568 copy at the Bodleian Library, with an introduction by collector Soaper noting that "its rarity, its early date, and, above all, its sterling value, seemed to make it desirable that it should be better known"; Soaper also arranged for this edition to be made "for presentation only" (fol. 3r). A 1930's-era American bookseller's catalogue annotated "January 1958" asserts that only 50 copies were printed.
The title-page is printed in red and black with a decorative border, and the text is in black letter with decorative initials and the occasional shouldernote.
Provenance: Bookplate from the library of K.M. Brower; most recently in the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.
Ing, Charles Whittingham, 19; Lowndes, p. 1162; NSTC 2I3053. 19th-century full vellum over boards, gilt lettering on spine, covers with gilt foliate stamp surrounded by triple fillet frame with flowers in blind at corners; covers slightly bowing, barely dust-soiled, gilt gently rubbed. Marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. Light age-toning; moderate foxing, generally confined to margins. One pencilled word; bookplates and labels as above. (39312) Add to My BOOK-STACK
Greek History for Italians
Dictys, Cretensis; Dares, Phrygius; Porcacchi, Tommaso, trans. Ditte Candiotto et Darete Frigio della Guerra Troiana. In Vinetia: Appresso Gabriel Giolito de Ferrarii, 1570. 4to (21.5 cm, 8.5"). , 180 pp. $1,300.00
First Italian edition of Tuscan historian, philologist, and poet Porcacchi's translations of Dictys Cretensis' and Dares Phrygius' works on => the Trojan War, with supplementary materials. The text starts with a dedication from Porcacchi to Silvio Torelli; a detailed index; and introductory material on the importance of historical study, past Greek historians, and a publication history, before moving on to Cretensis' Ditte candiotto della Guerra Troiana; a letter from Cornelio Nepote to Crispo Sallustio on Phrygius' work; Phrygius' Historia di Darete Frigio della ruina di Troia; three of Libanius' declamationes discussing Helen of Troy, Medea, and Andromache; and the Vite di tutti gl'historici antichi greci, with biographies of Herodotus, Thucydides, Xenophon, Plutarch, and others.
The work is beautifully printed in single columns with shouldernotes using italic and roman type; Giolito has added numerous head- and tailpieces plus an array of lovely, variously sized historiated initials, with his sizable printer's device appearing on the title-page.
Provenance: A shelfmark has been added on the top edge and title on the bottom edge in ink, with the shelflabel of Domenico Olivieri di Parma on the front pastedown; most recently in the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.
Adams D437; Bongi, Annali di Gabriel Giolito, II, 295–7; EDIT16 CNCE 17123; Graesse, II, p. 389; Schweiger, II, 332. 19th-century quarter vellum and beige paper–covered boards, gilt-stamped green leather spine label, pink ribbon placemarker; expectable dust-soiling on covers, one limited stain on front. Light to moderate age-toning, three gatherings with rather light marginal waterstaining; title-page and a few other leaves with small stains of various darkness, a missing corner, a marginal repair, or a short tear. Provenance indicia as above, one inked note on front free endpaper, ink on edges occasionally bleeding slightly into margins. => A neatly, in fact elegantly packaged overview of the Trojan War and Greek historians. (39331) Add to My BOOK-STACK
Stoughton, John. The Christian law of life. A sermon preached in Surrey Chapel, before the London Missionary Society, on Wednesday, May 12, 1852. London: Jackson & Walford, 1852. 16mo (15.5 cm; 6"). 43 pp. $20.00
On missionaries, appointment, call, and election. Takes as basis of the sermon
Philippians, I, 21.
Removed from a bound volume. Old pencilling on title of a librarian's notes. (38597) Add to My BOOK-STACK
An African American's Murder Trial — Insanity Defense, 1848
Freeman, William, defendant. The trial of William Freeman for the murder of John G. Van Nest, including the evidence and the arguments of counsel, with the decision of the Supreme Court granting a new trial, and an account of the death of the prisoner, and of the post-mortem examination of his body by Amariah Brigham, M.D., and others. Auburn: Derby, Miller & Co., 1848. 8vo (23.5 cm, 9.25"). iv, –508 pp.; 1 diagram. $1,875.00
The first use of the insanity defense in the U.S. was on behalf of William Freeman, an => African American whose father was a slave until he became a free man in 1815, "by purchase of his time, under the act for the gradual abolition of slavery in New-York," and whose mother "was a native of Berkshire, Massachusetts, . . . a house servant . . . a red woman of the Stockbridge tribe, but in whose veins, however ran some French blood" (p. ). Through his defense team, including former Governor of New York William H. Seward, Freeman pled insanity for the murder of J.G. Van Nest (having also killed Van Nest's mother-in-law, pregnant wife, and child). Two trials ensued, and the second trial resulted in a death sentence, later reversed. In part, the insanity plea was based on physical and mental injuries done to Freeman while he was serving time in prison for horse stealing; although later shown to have been innocent, he never recovered from the unjust confinement and abusive prison conditions. Freeman died shortly after the conclusion of the second murder trial and a necropsy discovered his brain to be severely diseased.
The trial is here reported by Benjamin F. Hall (1814–91), "counsellor [sic] at law." McDade notes that "the case did much to insure a better hearing for the insane, who, until then, received small consideration in the courts."
Provenance: From the library of Robert Sadoff, M.D.
McDade, Annals of Murder, 3240; Sabin 25785. Apparently not in Library Company, Afro-Americana (rev. ed). Late 20th-century quarter golden brown calf, round spine, red leather spine label, marbled paper sides. Scattered foxing and staining as in all copies we've seen, including digitized copies. Title-page with very small initials and numeral in upper portion. In fact, very good. (39378) Add to My BOOK-STACK
"This Kind of Composition Is Not So New to Our Language
as It Has Been Considered"
Fennor, William. Cornu-copiae. Pasquil's night-cap: Or, antidot for the head-ache. [London]: [colophon: C. Whittingham, at the Chiswick Press, 1819]. 8vo (20.2 cm, 7.9"). viii, 119,  pp. $175.00
Chiswick Press reprint of a delightfully filthy and humorous English poem discussing adultery, originally attributed to Nicholas Breton or Samuel Rowlands. This edition's text comes from a combination of those printed in 1612 and 1623, whose differences the introduction notes are "little more than corrections of orthography and punctuation." A printer's device appears on the final page.
Provenance: Armorial bookplate of Ezra Otis Swift on the front pastedown; most recently in the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.
NSTC 2B47098 & 2P5931. Quarter black roan in imitation of morocco and dark pink paper–covered boards, gilt lettering on spine; rubbed with some loss of leather and paper. Edges uncut. Light age-toning with a handful of marginal stains. Bookplate and label as above; bookplate offsetting onto free endpaper. => A scandalous historical poem from a respectable press. (39422) Add to My BOOK-STACK
Stories that "Not Only Delight the Imagination & Gratify the Feelings,
but Carry Instruction to the Heart"
Evans, John. The progress of human life: Shakespeare's seven ages of man; illustrated by a series of extracts in prose and poetry. Chiswick: Printed by C. Whittingham for C.S. Arnold et al., 1823. 12mo (19 cm, 7.5"). xlvi, , 251,  pp.; illus. $80.00
Charmingly printed advice for experiencing each of the seven ages of man as described by Shakespeare, alongside a brief memoir of the bard, all written "for the use of schools and families: with a view to the improvement of the rising generation" (title-page). Shakespearean quotations are obviously frequently included, as well as those from many others, including Byron, Dryden, Thomson, and more. A woodcut vignette depicting the seven stages appears on the title-page, with => seven more woodcuts illustrating each age preceding the commentary.
Though the title-page declares this to be the second edition, we know of an 1820 edition following the first of 1818.
Provenance: From the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.
NSTC 2E13780. On the first edition, see: Ing, Charles Whittingham, 1. Half red roan in imitation of morocco and nonpareil marbled paper, gilt ruling and lettering on spine with same marbled pattern for endpapers and top edge gilt; spine darkened, rubbed with some loss of leather, glue action to back endpaper. Light to moderate age-toning and foxing with a few marginal stains. Pages trimmed unevenly, one leaf with small hole. Bookplate as above, five pages with very faint pencil marks or notes (one with a word in crayon over the pencil). => Quotations galore in a crisp format. (39421) Add to My BOOK-STACK
Smith, J.H. [broadside] Our insane. No place: No publisher, . Square 8vo (21.2 cm, 8.375").  p. $75.00
"Of all the impressions that I've ever had, / Of every nature, both good and bad, / None to my heart gives me more pain / Than the deplorable conditions of our insane."
A poem "recited before the Galenian Society, March 9, 1901," at the Central College of Physicians and Surgeons, Indianapolis, Indiana. The Galenian Society was made up of students of the university; members would share their essays, poems and music. Smith became the poet laureate of the class after reciting several original poems.
WorldCat does not locate any institutional holdings.
Single sheet printed on one side; tiny closed tear to top edge, minor creasing to corners, very slight dust-soiling and wrinkling to edges. The text is clean; an interesting topic for an early 20th-century poem. (39405) Add to My BOOK-STACK
New York Bar Association. [wrapper title] Report of the committee on the commitment and discharge of the criminal insane. Presented at the thirty-seventh annual meeting of the New York State Bar Assocation. Held at the city of New York, on the 30th and 31st of January, 1914. [New York?, Albany?]: No publisher, . 8vo (23.2 cm, 9.125"). 30 pp. $75.00
A paper addressing the "commitment and discharge of the criminal insane," which offers "a unique consensus of the best medical opinion in this State on this subject, and will be a valuable document for all persons who are interested in the problem of the treatment of the criminal insane."
WorldCat could not locate any institutional copies in the U.S.
In paper wrappers; minor chipping to corners, small closed tear to front wrapper, dirtying and scuffing to rear wrapper. Interior is clean. (39409) Add to My BOOK-STACK
[wrapper title] The care and treatment of the insane, a medical question?: How the Odell Lunacy Law has destroyed the influence of the medical superintendents of the state hospitals for the insane, and subjected both the finances and employes [sic] of these great humanitarian institutions to political control. No place: No publisher, . 8vo (23.1 cm, 9.125"). 29,  pp. $135.00
The "opinions of the nonpartisan medical journals" are collected here in reference to the treatment of the insane after Governor Benjamin B. Odell's "revolutionary changes in the administration of the State Hospitals for the Insane and his interference with the internal affairs of these institutions." The articles highlight how the care for the mentally ill has deteriorated since Odell's "lunacy bill" ridded hospitals of their local boards of managers, and installed the "Lunacy Commission," which was composed of three members chosen by the Governor. The State hospitals, they argued, were "virtually brought within the domain of politics."
WorldCat locates only the copy at the New York Historical Society.
In cream paper wrappers; some age-toning to front wrapper, minor chipping along edges, vertical crease down center of pamphlet. Interior edges faintly age-toned. A glimpse into how politics and medicine overlapped in the early 20th century, and how publications felt about it. (39406) Add to My BOOK-STACK
University of Pennsylvania. Catalogue of the trustees, officers & students of the University of Pennsylvania. Session 1849–50. Philadelphia: L.R. Bailey, Printer, 1850. 8vo (23.5 cm, 9.25"). 37,  pp. $60.00
The trustees, undergraduates and graduates in several different departments, classes offered in certain departments, and more are listed here from the 1849–50 session at the University of Pennsylvania.
WorldCat has located two institutional holdings in the U.S.
In tan paper wrappers; wrappers dirtied and lightly faded, some pencil notes to rear wrapper. Leaves mildly wrinkled. Penn in the mid-19th century! (39410) Add to My BOOK-STACK
The Brigade of the Coarse Bran
Accademia della Crusca. Compendio del vocabolario degli accademici della Crusca. Firenze: Apresso Domenico Maria Manni, 1739. 4to (23 cm, 9.125"). 5 vols. I: x, 686 pp. II:  ff., 656 pp. III:  ff., 524 pp. IV:  f., 655, [1 (blank)] pp. V:  ff., 554 pp. $2,000.00
The website of the Accademia della Crusca explains that "[t]he origins of the Accademia della Crusca can be traced back to the decade 1570 to 1580, and to the meetings of a group of friends who called themselves the 'brigata dei crusconi' ('brigade of coarse bran'). The fun with food words soon resulted in the "establishing the use of the symbology related to flour and to the process of bread-making, and giving the Accademia the purpose of 'separating the flour (the good language) from the bran (the bad language)', following the language model first advocated by Bembo and then by Salviati himself, a model that was based on the supremacy of the Florentine vulgar tongue, modelled on the authors of the 14th Century." That is, the Academy dedicated itself in good Renaissance fashion to the study of the vernacular and to establishing — normatively and not prescriptively — what "good Italian" was. This involved selecting the best authors and combing their works for examples of usage. The result was the Academy's dictionary, which first appeared in print in 1612.
Offered here is a set of the first abridged edition of the fourth edition. In the fourth edition (1729–38) "the series of quoted authors was widened to include Sannazaro, Cellini, Menzini, Lorenzo Lippi and many others and the work of sorting was given more rigid rules. In particular, quotations taken from handwritten texts or from editions that were considered incorrect were checked over. This edition — like the previous ones — provoked endless debates and criticisms; with the intent of placating the stir caused, and also to satisfy the requests of the public, Manni himself abridged the Vocabulary in 1739" (Academy's website).
Volume V ends with "Autori citati nel Vocabolario degli accademici della Crusca" which is subdivided into "Autori o libri d'autori del buon secolo," "Autori moderni citati in difetto, o confermazione degli antichi," "Tavola delle abbreviature degli autori da' quali sono tratti gli esempi citati nel Vocabolario," and "Indice delle voci e locuzioni latine."
=> The work is handsomely printed and has woodcut title vignettes, initials, and head- and tail-pieces.
Provenance: Armorial bookplate of Théodore de Bauffremont-Courtenay; later in the library at Haverford College, deaccessioned 2017.
Vancil, p. 2. 18th-century tan calf, plain sides, spine gilt extra; gilt roll on turn-ins, marbled endpapers. All edges carmine. Ex–Haverford College library with bookplates and usual librarians' pencilled notes on versos of title-pages; lower panels of spines with either call number or that area abraded from its removal. Vol. I front joint cracked, rear one partially; vol. IV with waterstain in upper inner corners of all leaves into text, covers exhibiting same stain as darkening of leather. (38908) Add to My BOOK-STACK
Stearns, Henry Putnam. The relations of insanity to modern civilization. Hartford, CT: Press of the Case, Lockwood & Brainard Co., 1879. 8vo (22.7 cm, 9"). 14 pp. $100.00
A paper "reprinted from the pages of Scribner's Monthly," and "read before the New England Psychological Society, March, 1878."
Henry Putnam Stearns (1828–1905) was the director of the Hartford Retreat for the Insane in Connecticut.
Provenance: Inscribed on the front wrapper, "With the sincere regards of the author."
WorldCat has located three institutional holdings in the U.S.
In tan wrappers; wrappers and several leaves chipped, loss to bottom corner of wrappers and leaves. Interior age-toned, otherwise unmarked. (39382) Add to My BOOK-STACK
Dickson, Samuel. The methods of legal education: An address delivered before the Law School of the University of Pennsylvania. Philadelphia: Printing house of Allen, Lane & Scott, 1891. 8vo (23.6 cm, 9.25"). 36 pp. $30.00
An address delivered on October 5th, 1891 by Samuel Dickson (1837–1915), a lawyer and a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, regarding the programs for educating law students.
WorldCat has located four institutional holdings in the U.S.
In tan wrappers; lightly soiled, chipping at corners, a number "9" written in top corner of front wrapper. Small water-stain to top edge of leaves, text is not affected. (39384) Add to My BOOK-STACK
Beard, George Miller. [drop-title] The treatment of marasmus, whooping-cough, and debility in children, by electricity. [Detroit: E.B. Smith, 1874]. 8vo (22.2 cm, 8.75"). 7,  pp. $70.00
A paper "reprinted from Detroit Review of Medicine and Pharmacy, October, 1874" which describes Beard's method of using electricity on children with certain illnesses (he first experimented these techniques on dogs and rabbits), and the specific cases he treated.
Dr. George Miller Beard (1839–83) was a neurologist who is responsible for popularizing "neurasthenia" — a weakness of the nerves brought on by urbanization and the increasing stress caused by it.
WorldCat could not locate any U.S. institutions with holdings.
Stitched leaves without wrappers; first and last leaf separated, some chipping and closed tears around edges. An ever-intriguing (and inevitably baffling) look at late 19th century medical practices. (39386) Add to My BOOK-STACK
The Boston Medical and Surgical Journal. Thursday, November 4, 1869. Vol. IV — No. 17. Boston: Boston Medical & Surgical Journal, 1869. Small 4to (24.8 cm, 9.75"). –252 pp. $125.00
The head article details the trial of Samuel M. Andrews who was indicted for the murder of Cornelius Holmes. The account was "taken from the testimony in court at the trial, the whole of which [E.J., the author] heard; from personal interviews with Deacon Andrews in prison, from conversations with persons in Kingston, both those who believed him guilty and those who thought him innocent of murder, and from a personal examination of the scene of the homicide."
"Holmes was beaten to death with stones by Andrews, whom he had named as his heir in his will. The defendant pleaded insanity and self-defense, for he had to fight off Holmes' attempted act of sodomy" (McDade).
McDade, Annals of Murder, 12–15, but not listing this version. Removed from a nonce volume; wrinkling along spine. Occasional dark spotting to leaves; text is unaffected. (39388) Add to My BOOK-STACK
Dercum, Francis Xavier. The supposed evils of expert testimony. New York: A.R. Elliott Pub. Co., 1908. 8vo (20.2 cm, 8"). 14 pp. $40.00
A paper "reprinted from the New York Medical Journal for July 25, 1908," and originally addressed "at the meeting of the Medicolegal Society of Philadelphia, held on April 28, 1908."
Dr. Francis Xavier Dercum (1856–1931) was a professor of nervous and mental disease at the Jefferson Medical College, as well as a neurologist to the Philadelphia Hospital. Dercum was the first to report Adiposis dolorosa, which later adopted the name "Dercum's disease."
WorldCat has located one institutional copy in the U.S.
In gray wrappers; minor rubbing to edges. Interior is clean. (39390) Add to My BOOK-STACK
Faught, Albert Smith. An early chapter in the history of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, 1684–1722. Philadelphia: Colonial Society of Pennsylvania, 1942. Small 4to (25.1 cm, 9.875"). 20 pp. $25.00
A discourse by Albert Smith Faught, the Chairman of the Committee on Legal Biography and History of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, that took place before the Colonial Society of Pennsylvania on March 21, 1942.
WorldCat could not locate any institutional copies.
In red paper wrappers; edges faded and lightly worn, number stamped to front wrapper. A small date stamp on the title-page (which transferred onto inside cover), minor stain to two pages; text otherwise clean. (39393) Add to My BOOK-STACK
Beard, George Miller. [drop-title] Representative cases of nervous disease. [New York?]: No publisher, . 8vo (23.5 cm, 9.25"). 8 pp. $55.00
In this paper, Beard presents "a few cases of diseases of the nervous system that are in some one, or in several features, representative in their character. They will serve to represent some of the leading and distinctive symptoms that are found in the diseases spoken of, as well as certain features in their progress and treatment." As Beard notes, electricity was used in all cases, and sometimes in addition to "other remedies."
Dr. George Miller Beard (1839–83) was a neurologist who is responsible for popularizing "neurasthenia" — a weakness of the nerves brought on by urbanization and the increasing stress caused by it.
WorldCat has located five institutional copies in the U.S.
In self-wrappers, stitched; chipping along edges with loss to one corner, some dust-soiling, pinhole in front wrapper, faint foxing to rear wrapper. Small stain and finger smudge to one page. An interesting look at 19th-century mental illness treatments from a prominent neurologist. (39397) Add to My BOOK-STACK
Holden, William W., defendant. [drop-title] Trial of William W. Holden. Twenty-first day. Senate chamber, February 23, 1871. No place: No publisher, . 8vo (22.5 cm, 8.875"). 1039–1089,  pp. $35.00
William Woods Holden (1818–92) was the Governor of North Carolina who faced impeachment in 1871. The Ku Klux Klan was terrorizing North Carolina, riots were breaking out, and Holden feared anarchy. When his request for federal troops was not fulfilled, he called upon the militia to restore order, as well as established martial law in two counties. Despite the attempts to protect the citizens of North Carolina, the following violent retaliation against Holden's political moves led to his impeachment. This pamphlet covers the twenty-first day of the trial. Holden was posthumously pardoned in 2011.
WorldCat has located one institutional copy in the U.S.
Removed from a nonce volume; age-toned, edges chipped and rubbed, some mild spotting and staining. Water-staining to corner of first and last few leaves, stitched binding very good. (39400) Add to My BOOK-STACK
Gray, M. Geneva; & Merrill Moore. The incidence and significance of alcoholism in the history of criminals. Monticello, NY: Medical Journal Press, 1941. Small 4to (25.3 cm, 10"). –325,  pp. $40.00
A paper "reprinted from the Journal of Criminal Psychopathology, Vol. III, No. 2 . . . October, 1941."
M. Geneva Gray and Merrill Moore published several papers on alcohol and addiction.
Provenance: On the front wrapper, a stamp for Yale Medical Library.
WorldCat could not locate any institutional holdings in the U.S.
In green wrappers; some fading and rubbing to edges. Provenance marks as above; interior is clean. (39402) Add to My BOOK-STACK
Leonardo's Manuscript Lexicon
Leonardo, da Vinci. Il codice di Leonardo da Vinci nella Biblioteca trivulziana di Milano. Firenze: Giunti Barbèra (stabilimenti grafici Giunti Marzocco), (1980). 4to (33 cm, 11.5"). 134 pp.; 5 ff. of plts., facs. $1,500.00
Between 1487 and 1490, Leonardo embarked on a mission to improve his literary education by compiling list upon list of learned words that he found in respected sources such as lexicons and grammars. The result is the Codex Trivulzianus, a manuscript that originally contained 62 folios, of which 55 survive. It should be noted that => in addition to the lexical content, the manuscript contains sketches of individuals and drawings of architectural and military details.
The Commissione Vinciana commissioned a fine facsimile of the manuscript and its binding, and called on Anna Maria Brizio to do a critical paleographic transcription of the manuscript's text; that transcription, with notes, occupies 134 printed pages here. The facsimile of the codex (measuring 36 x 26 x 7 cm.) is housed in a special compartment following the transcription. The combination of transcription and facsimile were issued in the series "Edizione nazionale dei manoscritti e dei disegni di Leonardo da Vinci."
This publication should not be confused with the other 1980 publication of a similar title: Codice Trivulziano: Il codice no. 2162 della Biblioteca Trivulziana di Milano (Milano: Arcadia/Electa, 1980).
Searches of WorldCat locate => only three U.S. libraries (CLU, CtY, MH-Ber) reporting ownership.
Chocolate-brown crushed morocco with linen compartment for the facsimile, facsimile bound in limp parchment; all housed in a matching chocolate-brown crushed morocco open-back slipcase. Slipcase sides with a few tiny dents, spine foot with two small scuffs. => An impressive production and a very good copy of it. (39339) Add to My BOOK-STACK
Teaching Girls & Boys about Other People
Costumes of America. Philadelphia: C.G. Henderson & Co., 1852. Sq. 24mo (14.5 cm, 5.75"). 96 pp.; illus. (many colored). $225.00
The people selected for inclusion in this costume book for children are => predominantly indigenous Americans: Tupinambas, Quechuas, Botocoudos, Coroados, Charruas, Patagonias, Eskimo, and North American Indians; but also Gauchos, Colombians, Peruvians, Chileans, and Haitians.
The illustrations are => wood engravings, many of which are hand-colored — though in a very heavy-handed and not sophisticated way; and the text has a good deal to say about the subjects' customs and character as well as their costumes.
This work should not be confused with Uriah James' work of the same title, also published in 1852. There are interesting advertisements at the end, most also hand-colored.
Binding: Publisher's green cloth in imitation of straight-grain leather, vignette in gilt on front cover and in blind on rear, blind-embossed border on boards
Provenance: From the children's book collection of Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.
Bound as above, pine sunned, extremities showing minor rubbing. A handful of small spots of light foxing, pages otherwise clean. Very good. (39286) Add to My BOOK-STACK
A German-Swiss-French Woman Writer Translated into Modern Greek
& Printed by Firmin Didot
Wyttenbach, Daniel Jeanne; Phrankiás Phournarákes, trans. O Alexis tes Philellenos cheras buttembachiou. Metaphrastheis hapo tes gallichen glossan. En Parisiois [i.e., Paris]: Ek tes typographias Phirminou Didotou patros kai uion [i.e., Firmin Didot], 1823. 12mo (16.5 cm, 6.5"). 14, 99 pp. $375.00
Phrankiás Phournarákes translated Wyttenbach's Alexis — a novel in the form of dialogues — from the original French edition, which also appeared in 1823 (Chez Antoine-Augustin Renouard). Daniel Jeanne Wyttenbach (1773–1830; often given as Johanna Wyttenbach) was an intellectual with a German-Swiss-French family background, and the recipient of the first honorary doctorate from the University of Marburg. In 1817 she married her much older uncle Daniel Albert Wyttenbach, a distinguished Greek scholar, which may account for this translation into Greek. The title and imprint as given here are transliterated from the Greek.
Searches of WorldCat and NUC find only two U.S. libraries (MBAt, MH-H) reporting ownership.
Provenance: Booksellers’ label of Burgersdijk & Niermans, Leiden; ownership pencil note of W.E.J. Kuiper dated 24 July 1941 on front fly-leaf; most recently in the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.
Acid-stained brown calf, round spine gilt extra, boards plain with single gilt rule on edges. Orange marbled endpapers. Pages slightly age-toned, otherwise clean. => An excellent copy. (39336) Add to My BOOK-STACK
The Last Native Speaker Died in 1974
Bible. Manx. 1819. Yn Vible Casherick, ny yn Chenn Chonaant, as yn Conaant Noa: Veih chied ghlaraghyn; dy kiaralagh chyndait ayns Gailck: Ta shen dy ghra, chengey ny Mayrey Ellan Vannin. British & Foreign Bible Society: Alfred A. Knopf, 1819. 8vo (21.5 cm, 8.5").  ff. $375.00
Manx is an Indo-European language of the Goidelic Celtic language subdivision that traditionally was spoken on the Isle of Man. The first complete Bible in the language was published 1772–73, in two volumes in octavo format, having been translated by a committee of Manx clergymen and revised by John Kelley and Philip Moore, and then in 1775 a very small press run of perhaps 40 copies was printed of the Bible in quarto format for presentation. This 1819 edition is the first one-volume octavo edition of the Manx Bible, and only the third edition overall. As was the practice of the B.F.B.S., this Bible does not contain the Apocrypha; the leaves are unpaginated.
Provenance: "R. Coupland F. Thomas" dated 1876, "Foulkstone," on front free endpaper.
Darlow & Moule 6642; North & Nida, Book of a Thousand Tongues (1972), 813. Publsher's sheep, spine with gilt-stamped "Manks Bible" title; abraded and rubbed, joints open but boards holding if handled with care. Inscription as above; title-page verso with pencilled library annotations and rubber-stamped numeral. Pages gently age-toned with scattered small spots of foxing. (39341) Add to My BOOK-STACK