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Scholarly Commentary on the Apocrypha

Fabricius, Johann Albert.  Codex apocryphus Novi Testamenti. Hamburgi: Sumptu viduae Benjam. Schilleri & Joh. Christoph. Kisneri, 1719. 8vo (17 cm; 6.75"). 2 vols. I: [16], 296 pp., 297–380, 382– 85 ff., [9], 388–970 pp. II: [16], 1036, [36] pp.
$350.00

Annotated Apocrypha in Latin and Greek, here in an enlarged second edition. Fabricus (1668–1736), a German classical scholar and influential bibliographer, was known for his manuscript collecting as well as an early attempt to compile a bibliography of anti-Semitic writings.
        The text begins with a title-page neatly printed in red and black with an engraving, followed by parallel texts printed in Latin and Greek surrounded by extensive commentary and introductions.
        Provenance & Evidence of Readership: Many leaves are marked, underlined, or annotated in pencil and ink; the second volume's endpapers are also completely covered in pencilled notes. All in the hand of August W. Neander.
        Provenance: Ex–Johann August Wilhelm Neander Collection, Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School (properly deaccessioned).

18th-century vellum over boards, one volume with paper spine label and one with information inked directly onto spine, dust-soiled and all edges blue; endpapers damaged or torn, chipping to first few leaves not approaching text. Ex–seminary library as above, call number on spines and title-page versos, bookplates on endpapers; readership markings as above, two torn corners, light to moderate age-toning with the occasional spot. Good and sturdy and with pleasing provenance.  (37097)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Burness, John.  The comical story of Thrummy Cap and the ghaist. To which is added the Highland story of Donald & his dog. Glasgow: Pr. for the booksellers, [1840s]. 12mo. 24 pp.
$40.00

Chapbook. In the first piece, "Thrummy Cap" — a fellow wearing a hat with flaps to keep out the cold — boldly confronts a ghost who asks him to right a wrong he has committed and thus lay him to rest. This high-spirited tale is paired with a gruesome encounter between Donald and his dog and an English footpad seeking to rob Donald of the money he is carrying. The woodcut title-page vignette shows a young man in a woodland setting, leaning against a crate with packages and a large jar beside him.

NSTC 2T11879. Removed from a nonce volume. Very good.  (37147)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Berhardt Wall's Works: "A Prize of the Cognoscenti, a Delight for Collectors, & the Pride of Librarians"

Weber, Francis J.  Following Bernhardt Wall 1872–1956. Austin, TX: The Book Club of Texas, 1994. Folio (29.9 cm, 11.75"). [2], 63, [1] pp.; 5 col. plts., col. illus.
$450.00

Weber's account of the life and works of Wall, known as the "Postcard King," an American artist, historian, and pioneer of etching. Originally published in 1974 as a miniature volume, the work appears here in an => expanded full-sized presentation designed and typeset by Castle Press and printed by Patrick Reagh Printers, limited to 195 copies (this example unnumbered). Like the first edition, this one is illustrated with mounted intaglio reproductions by Anthony Kroll — but this one additionally features a number of examples of Wall's work printed from the original plates, five colored photogravure reproductions of etchings by Wall, and one => original postcard (with writing on the reverse).

Publisher's speckled paper–covered boards with gray cloth shelfback, front cover with printed paper label, in plain paper dust jacket with printed spine label and in coordinating paper and cloth slipcase; jacket spine very slightly sunned, slipcase and volume clean and crisp. => A beautiful tribute to an important American illustrator.  (37130)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

"The Bat . . . Is a Murderous Plaything"

"Thine, Bawlingly."  Something for the admirers of base ball. New York: Glenn Horowitz, 1990. 16mo (21.5 cm, 8.5"). 12, [4] pp.; illus.
$125.00

Reprinted from the Salem Register of 15 August 1867: a comic account of the trials and tribulations of the game of baseball in its formative years. This is one of 150 copies printed at the Kelly/Winterton Press.

Publisher's paper wrappers. => A fresh, clean copy.  (37134)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

An African Utopia, as Described to the Inquisition

[Berington, Simon].  The adventures of Signor Gaudencio 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 deserts of Africa, the origin and antiquity of the people, their religion, customs, and laws. Copied from the original manuscript in St. Mark’s Library, at Venice. With critical notes by the learned Signor Rhedi. To which is prefixed, a letter of the secretary of the Inquisition, shewing the reasons of Signor Gaudentio's being apprehended, and the manner of it. Translated from the Italian. Philadelphia: Re-printed by William Conover, 1799. 12mo (18 cm; 7.125"). 320 pp.
$400.00

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.
        “Gaudencio,” under persecution by the Inquisition, reveals his fantastic voyages and travels 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.
        Provenance: Pastedown with contemporary bookplate of James Butler.

Evans 35183; ESTC W10142. Not in Parsons; not in Finotti; not in Bowe, List of Additions and Corrections . . . to Parsons. Contemporary sheep, missing pieces of leather from front cover and top and bottom of spine; spine with nice old red leather gilt label and front cover reattached using Japanese long-fiber method. Silverfish or roach damages to front free endpaper, fly-leaf, and title-page (costing small, small portion of two letters); damage also to lower outer corners of early leaves and upper inner area of leaves to p. 10 of preface with none of this impairing the reader. Age-toned, some foxing, occasional brown spots; an "old book" of the classic sort.  (37157)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

 Five Scotch songs. Somebody. Lassie wi' the lint-white locks. There's nae luck about the house. Hey the bonnie breast knots. John o' Badenyon. Glasgow [Scotland]: Printed for the Booksellers, [1840s]. 12mo. 8 pp.
$55.00

Title woodcut vignette of a seated man in kilt & bonnet, playing the bagpipes. "[No.] 56" printed at the foot of the title-page of this chapbook.

Unbound; removed. Very good.  (37156)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Burger, Gottfried August.  The lass of Fair Wone, Or, the parson's daughter betrayed. Glasgow: Pr. for the booksellers, [ca. 1840?]. 12mo. 8 pp.
$35.00

Uncommon chapbook: "A celebrated ballad, translated from the German," being an English rendition of "Der Pfarrers Tochter von Taubenhain." A nobleman pursues a virginal country maid, and the liaison ends very, very badly for the latter. The title-page bears a woodcut vignette of a woman picking mushrooms, with [no.] "70" at the foot of the title.

Not in NSTC. Removed from a nonce volume. Pages faintly age-toned, with small edge nicks.  (37155)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

 Watty's travels to Carlile in search of a place. To which are added. Will ye go to the trosachs. Blue bonnets over the border. Down the Burn Davie. Paisley: Pr. by G. Caldwell, 1826. 12mo. 8 pp.
$65.00

A woodcut of a man with a sack and walking stick adorns the title-page of this chapbook of popular songs.

NSTC 2W9307. Removed, stitching perished. Dog-earing at fore-margin. Browning and apparently printed on esparto grass or similar paper.  (37154)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

 Six excellent songs. Glasgow: Pr. for the booksellers, [1840s]. 12mo. 8 pp.
$50.00

Chapbook. The title-page lists: "Allen-A-Dale. The Youthful Squire. By the Margin of Zurich's Waters. The Rover's Bride. The Chieftain's Daughter. Sir John the Grame," above a woodcut vignette of a sailing ship at sea, with "[No.] 58" printed at the foot.

Not in NSTC. Removed from a nonce volume. Age-toning and overall browning. Spot of staining to upper inner corner of title-page, else clean.  (37153)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

 The famous history of Valentine & Orson. Glasgow: Pr. for the booksellers, [1840?]. 12mo. 24 pp.
$50.00

The tale of brothers Valentine and Orson, based on a French prose romance written between 1475 and 1489, is in this chapbook accompanied by a brief story, "The Soldier's Wife," and a vivid account of combat between a horse and a lion. The woodcut title-page vignette shows a man in "classical" dress, sword at his hip; "[No.] 128" is printed at the foot of the title.

NSTC 2V248. Removed from a nonce volume. Top of title-page closely cropped to woodcut frame. Clean copy.  (37152)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Ogilvie, William.  The Laird of Cool's ghost: being several conferences and meetings betwixt the Reverend Mr. Ogilvie, late minister of the gospel at Innerwick; and the ghost of Mr. Maxwell, late Laird of Cool; as it was found in Mr. Ogilvie's closet after his death -- written with his own hand. Glasgow: Pr. for the booksellers, [ca. 1840?]. 12mo. 8 pp.
$85.00

Religious conversation with a ghost, whose requests for reparation to those he wronged in life are declined by Mr. Ogilvie. The title-page woodcut vignette shows Mercury with winged staff, helmet and sandals, with "[No.] 48" printed at the foot of the title. A chapbook.

This ed. not in NSTC. Removed from a nonce volume. Title-page with upper margin trimmed a bit closely, costing "The" of title. Pages slightly age-toned, otherwise clean.  (37151)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

 The drunken exciseman; to which is added, Young Donald of Dundee, When I was young, Langsyne beside the woodland burn, and Robin Hood. Glasgow: Pr. for the booksellers, [ca. 1840?]. 12mo. 8 pp.
$45.00

Uncommon chapbook of Scots songs, one of which is a moderately raunchy tale of a young girl who sells her maidenhead -- repeatedly. The title-page woodcut vignette shows a man in doublet and hose with a plumed helmet and sword; [No.] "65" appears at the foot of the title.

Not in NSTC. Removed from a nonce volume. Inner margins uneven. A good++ copy.  (37149)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

 Village curate: An interesting tale. Glasgow: Pr. for the booksellers, [1840s]. 12mo. 24 pp.
$35.00

This chapbook's title-page has an oval woodcut of a man and woman meeting on a country road. A tale of false appearances, workhouses, betrayed trust, and true love.

NSTC 2V4202. Removed from a bound volume. Good++ condition.  (37148)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

 Duke of Gordon's three daughters; To which are added, The Brewer laddie; and The Hero may perish. Glasgow [Scotland]: Printed for the Booksellers, [1840s]. 12mo. 8 pp.
$45.00

Chapbook. Title woodcut vignette of a man in doublet and hose with a plumed helmet and a sword. Very scarce edition.The Duke of Gordon's three daughters leave Castle Gordon for Aberdeen. Lady Jean runs off with Captain Ogilvie, who is stripped of his rank as a punishment. After bearing him three children, Lady Jean grows weary of living in poverty and returns to her father's castle. However, all ends well as Ogilvie discovers that all his brother's children have died; he is now "heir of Northumberland" and Lady Jean becomes Countess of Northumberland. "[No.] 18" printed at foot of title.

Unbound; removed. Very good.  (37146)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

 Five popular songs. The Exile of Erin. Jim Crow's trip to Greenwich. Braes o' Birniebouzle. My Mither men't my auld breeks. Lash to the helm. Glasgow [Scotland]: Printed for the Booksellers, [1840s]. 12mo. 8 pp.
$85.00

Chapbook. Title woodcut vignette of a young man in a straw hat, sharpening a scythe which is balanced on his shoulder. In the second song, Jim Crow takes a trip to Greenwich on a steamboat with "folks of e'bery nation", some of whom are nervous about the safety of the boat, and overhears the mechanical workings of the craft explained to a lady passenger. "[No.] 53 " printed at the foot of the title.

Not located in RLIN. Unbound; removed. In the song "My Mither", an owner has crossed out two words & one phrase in pencil and written pencil amendments in the margin. Very good.  (37145)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

 Young Grigor's ghost, An Old Scotch song. Glasgow [Scotland]: Printed for the Booksellers, [1840s]. 12mo. 8 pp.
$40.00

Chapbook. Title woodcut vignette of a soldier in uniform with his hand resting on his sword. Young Sergeant Grigor is killed and scalped by Indians at Fort Niagara in America on July 30, 1759. Back home in Scotland his lover mourned and "As she was a-weeping under the green oak, / He quickly past by her and not a word spoke, / Yet, shaking his left hand, where the ring he did wear, / It wanted a finger, and blood dropped there." Soon after, the young lady died of grief. Scarce edition. No. "13" at foot of title.

Unbound; removed. Very Good (slightly darkened).  (37144)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

WALLACE Wicht, upon a Nicht,
       Cam' Riding ower a Linn . . .

 The gude Wallace; to which is added Lord Thomas Stuart. Glasgow: Pr. for the booksellers, [1840?]. 12mo. 8 pp.
$75.00

Chapbook. Uncommon printing of two Scots ballads, the first featuring a daring escapade of William Wallace. The title-page woodcut vignette shows a nobleman wearing a crown; "[No.] 76" is printed at the foot of the title.

Not in NSTC. Removed from a nonce volume. Very clean and fresh.  (37143)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

 Battle of Bothwell Brigg; An Old Scotch ballad. Glasgow [Scotland]: Printed for the Booksellers, [1840s]. 12mo. 8 pp.
$50.00

Chapbook. Title woodcut vignette of two men fighting with swords. The parish and town of Bothwell, Lanark County, is about seven miles southeast of Glasgow. At Bothwell Bridge over the River Clyde, the Royalists under Monmouth and Claverhouse defeated the Covenanters on June 22, 1679. Scarce. "[No.] 73" printed at foot of title.

Very good. Unbound; removed.  (37142)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

 The haughs of Crumdel. Glasgow: Pr. for the booksellers, [1845?]. 12mo. 8 pp.
$45.00

Chapbook. The title song concerns a battle in which the English surprised and defeated the Scots under Livingston on "the haughs of Crumdel" (haughs are low-lying meadows by the side of a river); the English victory was short-lived as Montrose, against all advice, insisted on riding to Crumdel, where he surprised the English, slaughtered large numbers of them and routed the rest. In addition to the title-piece, this songster includes "The Charming Widow," "I've Dreamt That Thou Art Fading," "Love, and Our Ocean Home," and "You'll Find No Change in Me." The woodcut title-page vignette shows a man in bonnet, kilt & sporran, standing by a tombstone and leaning on his rifle, with "[No.] 17" printed at the foot of the title.

NSTC 2C45400. Removed from a nonce volume. Very slightly age-toned, otherwise fresh and clean.  (37141)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

[Walker, Patrick (1666?-1745?)].  Life and prophecies, of Alexander Peden. Glasgow: Pr. for the booksellers , [ca. 1840]. 12mo. 24 pp.
$90.00

Alexander Peden [1626?–86] was a Presbyterian minister at New Glenluce in Galloway, Scotland. This chapbook offers a synopsis of his life and details his prophecies. #115 in the chapbook series.

Removed from a volume. Top margin of title-page closely trimmed. Very good condition.  (37140)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

 The Blaeberry courtship; to which is added, the crook and plaid. Glasgow: Pr. for the booksellers, [1840s]. 12mo. 8 pp.
$40.00

Chapbook. Uncommon: Two Scots ballads, with a title-page woodcut vignette of a young woman in a scarf and bonnet, leaning against a gate. "[No.] 1" is printed at the foot of the title.

This ed. not in NSTC. Removed from a nonce volume. Inner margins irregular. Age-toning, light browning.  (37139)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Blind Allan — Sight Lost & Restored

Wilson, John.  Blind Allan, a tale, from "Lights & Shadows of Scottish Life". [Glasgow?, Edinburgh?]: Pr. for the booksellers, [ca. 1840]. 12mo. 24 pp.
$45.00

Chapbook; "69" printed below "printed for the booksellers" on title-page. Wilson's "Lights and shadows" first appeared in 1822.

NSTC 2W25743. Removed from a volume. Very good condition.  (37138)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

All Ends Well!

 The king's daughter; together with Catherine Johnstone. Glasgow: Pr. for the booksellers, [1840s]. 12mo. 8 pp.
$45.00

Chapbook. Two verse narratives: Sir Alfred reluctantly gives up his low-born love to marry the king's daughter. When he tells the king he cannot go through with the marriage, the king's daughter lifts her veil, revealing that she is in fact his beloved Rosalie. In the second ballad, the Laird of Lamington turns up on the day his lover is to be wed against her will to an English gentleman, and carries her off.
        The title-page bears a woodcut vignette of a young woman in a low-cut dress, holding a flower in each hand, with "[No.] 77" printed at the foot of the title.

This ed. not in NSTC. Removed from a nonce volume. Dust soilng.  (37137)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

"Early Shakespeare" & Early Kemble

Playbill.  Boadside. Begins: "Theatre Royal, Covent-Garden. This present Tuesday, November 3, 1829 ... a drama, in two acts, interspersed with music, called Shakspeare's Early Days." [London: 1829]. Folio (31.7 cm, 12.5"). [1] f.
$85.00

Charles Somerset's popular play, starring Charles Kemble as the Bard, with Maria Lacy as Queen Elizabeth — advertised here in only its third performance, following its debut on 29 October. The stage sets and "new scenery," including Shakespeare's house, the Globe Theatre, and the audience chamber in the palace, are listed and, in a few words each, described.
        In addition to the piece about Shakespeare's youth, the company was also acting Romeo and Juliet, with => Fanny Kemble portraying Juliet in "her 14th appearance on any stage," and The First of May and The Robber's Wife were additionally on the bill.

As issued; lightly age-toned and creased, and slightly unevenly trimmed with header shaved. Short tear from margin touching four lines of text, without loss; "Garden" portion of header chipped. => Interesting documentation of the 19th-century English theatre world's engagement with Shakespeare, and of the Kemble family's progress.  (37055)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Hamlet, Starring One of the Great Shakespearean Actors of the Day

Playbill.  Boadside. Begins: "Theatre Royal, Drury Lane ... To-morrow, THURSDAY, October 21, 1830, Their Majesties Servants will act Shakspeare's tragedy of Hamlet." London: J. Tabby, [1830]. Folio (34 cm, 13.4"). [1] f.
$100.00

Advertisement for the classic of classics, to be performed in a theatre newly "superbly decorated, after the design of the architect of the establishment, and under the superintendance of Mr. F. Grace." This production starred famed Shakespearean actor William Charles Macready (whose rivalry with American actor Edwin Forrest later sparked the Astor Place Riot) and Harriet Waylett (later the manager of the Strand Theatre); it was followed by lighter fare in the form of Comfortable Lodgings and The Dumb Savoyard and His Monkey.
        The evening's theatrical performances were preceded and concluded by the house band (conducted by H.R. Bishop) performing Spohr's Overture to Der Berggeist, Rossini's Overture to Eduardo e Cristina, and Lindpaintner's Overture to Joko, le Singe du Bresil.

As issued, one edge untrimmed. Age-toned, with faint creasing. => An evocative and very displayable theatrical item.  (37053)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

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