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Earle, Pliny.  History, description and statistics of the Bloomingdale Asylum for the Insane. New York: Egbert, Hovey & King, 1848. 8vo (22.5 cm, 8.75" ). Frontis., 136 pp.

Bloomingdale Insane Asylum (1821–89) was a private hospital for the care of the mentally ill. Here is the first detailed history of it and many, many statistics about patients and treatment.
        Earle, a graduate of University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine(1837), later studied in Paris and made a study of European institutions for the insane. In 1840 he became resident physician of the Friends asylum for the insane in the Frankford township of Philadelphia county. Then, fro 1844 till 1849 he was physician to Bloomingdale Asylum.
        An engraved frontispiece give a good idea of its rural nature despite being located in what is now the Upper West side of NYC.

Original printed tan wrappers, chipped and worn, especially along spine. A waterstained copy and priced accordingly.  (39127)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Wilbur, Hervey Backus.  [drop-title] Buildings for the management and treatment of the insane. No place: No publisher/printer, no date [ca. 1878]. 8vo (22 cm, 8.75"). 24 pp.

Provides comparative costs for construction and number of patients served, necessity of activity rooms, etc. At the writing of this piece, he was working in Syracuse.

Removed for a volume. In later wrappers. Chipping in the margins, a few stray stains.  (39126)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Devereux, John Corish, Martin Brewer Anderson, & Hervey Backus Wilbur.  Extract from the ninth annual report of the State Board of Charities of the State of New York relating to hospitals for the sick and insane. Albany: Weed, Parsons & Company, printers, 1876. 8vo (22 cm, 8.5"). 54 pp.

Devereux and Anderson's report on hospitals for the sick and insane in New York state occupies the first eight pages and Wilbur's highly important account of "the management of the insane in Great Britain" fills pages 11 to the end.
        The three authors "[t]ransmitted [their reports] to the legislature January 14, 1876." A slip tipped to the title-page, "With the compliments of Dr. H.B. Wilbur."

Removed from a nonce volume. Very good.  (39125)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Bell, Luther V.  [wrapper title] Medical opinion in the Parish will case. New York: John F. Trow, printer, 1857. 8vo (24 cm, 9.25"). 64 pp.

Bell (1806-62) was President of the Massachusetts Medical Society and late Physician and Superintendent of the M'Lean Asylum for the Insane near Boston. He offered medical opinion regarding Henry Parish's competency for executing codicils to his will.
        The case was begun in March, 1856, and not finally settled until May, 1862. When the courts reached their final decision, The New York Times (5 May 1862) wrote "The three volumes of evidence, reveal a web of fact, experience and motive, rarely matched in works of fiction, and the three remaining volumes of briefs and arguments exhibit an array of learning, ingenuity and sustained ability, that will always place this suit in the front rank of the cases of American jurisprudence."
        This text is "Extracted from the printed documents in the case."

See: Cohen, Bibliography of early American Law, 11386. Original printed paper wrappers. Signature on front wrapper; wrappers soiled, dampstained, tattered. Text age-toned and with a few areas of waterstaining.  (39123)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Hammond, William A.  Insanity in its medico-legal relations. Opinion relative to the testamentary capacity of the late James C. Johnston, of Chowan County, North Carolina. New York: Baker, Voorhis & Co., 1867. 8vo (8.5'). 81 pp.

Second edition, with an appendix containing the main points of Judge Merrimon's charge to the jury. Hammond was "professor Diseases of the Mind and Nervous System, in the Bellveue Hospital Medical College, New York; later Surgeon-General U.S. Army, &c., &c."
        Johnson owned huge land holdings but left everything to virtual strangers and nothing to family. Hammond concluded Johnson was insane.

Removed from a nonce volume; retains front wrapper.  (39112)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Sane When He Killed Her, Insane Subsequently

Editors of the Journal of Mental Science.  Insanity and crime: A medico-legal commentary on the case of George Victor Townley. London: John Churchill & Sons, 1864. 8vo (23 cm, 9"). 47, [1] pp.

Here is a darned interesting case in the annals of forensic psychiatry and mentally ill offenders. At trial Townley was found sane and guilty of the murder of his fiancee, but insane thereafter, and so incapable of execution. The resulting discussion examines partial, impulsive, and "moral" insanity, and much more.
        Searches of NUC and WorldCat find six U.S. libraries reporting ownership (DSc, ICU, MH-Med, DNLM, TxU-Med, WU).

Modern tan cloth with paper title-labels on spine and front cover. Once folded lengthwise to fit in a pocket, with some crinkling and some intermittent staining; opened a little roughly, chipping a few pages' edges. Good++.  (39115)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Arey, Henry W.  The Girard College and its founder: Containing the biography of Mr. Girard, the history of the institution, its organization and plan of discipline, with the course of education, forms of admission of pupils, description of the buildings, &c. &c. and the will of Mr. Girard. Philadelphia: C. Sherman, printer, 1854. Small 8vo (19.5 cm, 7.75"). 85, [1 (blank)] pp., [1] f.; 2 plts.

By the Secretary of the college, which institution had been built over the course of 14 years at a cost of over $2,000,000!!

Publisher's green cloth, both covers stamped in blind with decorative border; front board with title in gilt. Very good.  (39049)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Travel Through Innocent Eyes!

Lander, Sarah W.  Spectacles for young eyes. Zurich. New York: Sheldon & Co., 1867. 16mo (17.4 cm, 6.75"). viii, 9–205, [1], [6 (adv.)] pp.; 8 engr. plts. (incl. engr. frontis. and engr. t.-p.), illus.

A children's travelogue from the Spectacle for Young Eyes series by Sarah W. Lander (1810–72) that allows => young travelers to see the culture, the people, and the geographic offerings of cities around the world; this volume in the series covers Zurich, Switzerland. Lander conveys travel information through characters that educate each other on the city's history, and share stories — an expert bear-hunter, a devastating avalanche, the existence of "red snow" — they've heard about the location. Many picturesque wood engravings, both in-text and plates, illustrate the mountainous beauty of the country. The wood-engraved title-page, which appears in other volumes of the series, features a pair of glasses, and scenes of adventure and travel through the lenses.
        "Third thousand;" first edition was 1864 and issued by Walker, Wise, and Company.

Sternick, Bibliography of 19th-Century Children's Series Books, 730. Publisher's brown cloth with gilt decoration to spine, blind-embossed border to boards; spine faded, small tears to spine-ends, faint rubbing and two spots of discoloration to boards. Spots of foxing to frontispiece, wood-engraved title-page, and the protective tissue in between them, occasional dark spotting to interior. Plenty sturdy for your trip to Zurich!  (38969)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

"The Right Book at the Right Time
       May Mean More in a Person's Life Than Anything Else"

Morley, Christopher, ed.  Ex libris. A small anthology, printed and bound (and sold) at the First National Book Fair sponsored by the New York Times and the National Association of Book Publishers. New York: New York Times, 1936. 8vo (20.3 cm, 8"). [54] pp.

An anthology "printed as a souvenir of the First National Book Fair in November 1936, a festival sponsored by the New York Times and the National Association of Book Publishers" containing vignettes from contemporary (for the early 20th century) bibliophiles on bookselling, book buying, book printing, and writing. The humorous and sentimental passages compiled by writer Christopher Morley (1890–1957) are by notables such as Aldous Huxley, Edgar Allan Poe, John Conrad, Pearl S. Buck, E.M. Forster, and many more.

Publisher's tan cloth, red label and gilt lettering to spine, and gilt lettering to both boards; one corner bumped. Makeshift clear plastic dust jacket that is too short for the volume; chipped corner. Excellent condition; a joy for any bibliophile to read through!  (38973)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Chocolate, Chocolate, Chocolate!

Rose, Peter G., & Sandra Baenen, illus.  Festive chocolate. White Plains, NY: Peter Pauper Press, (1986). 12mo (19 cm, 7.5"). 64 pp.; col. illus.

"Festive Chocolate combines treasured existing recipes with others created especially for this book, menus for chocolate parties, chocolate history and facts, and tips on preparation of chocolate."
        Try chocolate holiday treats like Melt-In-Your-Mouth Truffles, Monster Cookies, and Deep Fried Chocolate Ice Cream!

Publisher's green, red and white pictorial paper-covered boards with black lettering to spine and front board; extremities lightly rubbed. Very clean for a cookbook!  (38539)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

 Examination of witnesses. Hints for conducting a trial. The examination-in-chief. Duty of opposing counsel. Cross-examination. Des Moines: Mills & Co., 1877. 8vo (8.75"). 46 pages.

An introductory, practical, handbook on these topics. WorldCat finds only eight libraries reporting ownership.

Removed from a nonce volume; Issued in wrappers, lacking rear one; front wrapper and title-leaf detached but present.  (39114)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Pliny the Younger Tells All

Plinius Caecilius Secundus, Gaius [Pliny the Younger].  C. Plinii Caecilii Secundi Epistolarum libri X. Londini: Sumptibus editoris excudebant M. Ritchie & J. Sammells [colophon: typis Edmundi Fry], 1790. 8vo (17 cm, 6.7"). [4], 484, [2] pp.

Pliny the Younger's letters, much admired for their detailed descriptions of Rome in the first century a.d., appear here edited by scholar and philologist Henry Homer, whose works the DNB (online) notes are "all remarkable for the accuracy and elegance of the typography."
        Provenance: Ink signature of Roland Gray dated 1900 appears on a front endpaper; most recently in the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.

Brunet, IV, 722; ESTC T133036. 19th-century blue morocco, spine lettered and ruled in gilt, covers framed in a gilt dotted roll, board edges with same, gilt twists on turn-ins, all edges gilt; rubbed, spine leather flaking with top pulled and bottom headband loose, textblock loosening, small pencilled notes on endpapers. Light age-toning and offsetting, one small marginal paper flaw and two leaves with discoloration in gutter from pink ribbon placemarker (still present). Provenance indicia as above.  (39046)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Strong, Mr.  Remarks made by Mr. Commissioner Strong in the consultations of the electoral commission upon the electoral votes of Florida and Oregon. Washington: Joseph L. Pearson., 1877. 8vo (8.5'). 21 pp.

Remarks concerning the validity of certain presidential electors in Florida and Oregon and whether they were duly elector by the voters of those two states.

Removed from a nonce volume; retains front wrapper.  (39113)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Paxon, Edward M.  In the matter of The Joseph Dixon Crucible Company's "Trade Mark." Opinion of Hon. Edward M. Paxon. Philadelphia: Henry B. Ashmead, 1870. 8vo (8.4"). 28 pp.

"Reported from Legal Gazette, Philadlephia, April 8th, 1870." The court issues an injunction against Meyer Guggenheim (yes, of that famous family!), Simon Dreifuss, and Jacob Loeb for trade mark infringement.

Disbound, retaiing the front wrapper.  (39108)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Pennsylvania. Laws, statutes, etc.  [wrapper title] State of Pennsylvania. Important general laws, passed at the session of 1864, embracing revenue, militia, appropriation and apportionment acts. [Harrisburg?: No publisher/printer], 1864. 8vo (9.25"). 52 pp.

Contents: An act imposing additional taxes for state purposes, and to abolish the Revenue Board -- An act for the organization, discipline, and regulation of the militia of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania -- An act to provide for the ordinary expenses of the government, and other general and specific appropriations -- An act to fix the number of senators, and representatives, and to form the state into districts, in pursuance of the provisions of the Constitution -- Supplement to an act imposing additional taxes for state purposes, and to abolish the Revenue Board, approved April thirtieth, one thousand eight hundred and sixty-four.

Printed yellow wrappers, chipped.  (39104)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Prout, Thomas P.  [wrapper title] Medical expert testimony. Journal of the Medical Society of New Jersey, 1909. 8vo (8.75"). 23 pp.

Reprint from the Journal of the Medical Society of New Jersey. Read at the 143d annual meeting of the Medical Society of New Jersey, at Cape May, June 24, 1909." Prout was an M.D. in Summit, NJ.

Printed wrappers. Accession stamp of Yale University on front wrapper.  (39107)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Jacoby, George W.  [wrapper title] The commitment of the insane and the "Insanity Law" of the state of New York. New York: New York Medical Journal, 1896. Small 8vo (7.5'). 19 pp.

Reprinted from the New York Medical Journal for November 23, 1896, and originally read before the New York Neurological Society, October 6, 1896.

Printed wrappers, fore-edge of rear one chipped with loss.  (39105)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Cohn, Eugen.  [wrapper title] The prevention and treatment of insanity. [Chicago]: Illinois Medical Journal, 1910. Small 4to (10"). 16 pp.

Reprinted from the Illinois Medical Journal, August 1910. Cohn was Assistant Superintendent of the Peoria State Hospital.

Original printed wrappers.  (39102)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Williams, Frankwood Earl.  [wrapper title] Legislation for the insane in Massachusetts with particular reference to the voluntary and temporary care laws. [Boston]: Massachusetts Society for Mental Hygiene (Press of Jamaica Printing Company), [1915]. 8vo (9"). 39 pp.

Reprinted from the Boston Medical and Surgical Journal, Vol. clxxiii, No. 20, November 11, 1915. Includes bibliographical references. Here issued as publication no. 5 of the Massachusetts Society for Mental Hygiene. Author was executive secretary of the Society.

Original printed green wrappers.  (39101)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Drewry, William Francis.  [wrapper title] The scope of the activities of the alienist. [Baltimore]: American Journal of Insanity, 1910. 8vo (9.25"). 116 pp.

Reprint from the American Journal of Insanity, vol. LXVII, no. 1, July, 1910. Author was an M.D. in Petersburg, VA.
  (39099)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Gundry, Richard.  [wrapper title] The physical manifestations of disease. Baltimore: J.W. Borst & Co., 1881. 8vo (9"). 22 pp.

"Reprint from Transactions of the Medical and Chirugical Faculty of Maryland, 1881." Author was superintendent of the Maryland Hospital for the Insane and professor mental diseases in the College of Physicians and Surgeons in Baltimore.

Original printed green wrappers; top outer corner of front wrapper torn with small loss.  (39085)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Buttolph, H. A.  [wrapper title] Insanity or mental derangement, with remarks on its nature, causes, classification, pathology and symptomatic forms. [St. Louis, MO].: The Alienist and Neurologist, 1887. 8vo (9"). 45 pp.

"From advanced sheets of 'The Alienist and Neurologist,' for October 1887." Author was an M.D. and LL.D in Short Hills, NJ.

Publisher's green wrappers, wrappers almost detached.  (39084)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Chapin, John B.  [wrapper title] Report on provision for the chronic insane. Canadaigua [NY]: Pr. at The Times Office, 1868. 8vo (8.5'). 17 pp.

Author was a doctor at Brigham Hall in Canandaigua. "Reprinted from the "Transactions of the American Medical Association."

Removed from a nonce volume; folded once lengthwise as to fit in a man's coat pocket.  (39083)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

A Powerhouse Trio on Celibacy & Virginity — From the Aldine Press at Rome

Ambrose, Saint; Saint Jerome; & Saint Augustine.  De virginitate[,] opuscula sanctorum doctorum, Ambrosii, Hieronymi, et Augustini. Quae sint ex antiquis exemplaribus emendata, & quae varie legantur, in extremo libro ostendimus. Romae: Apud Paulum Manutium, Aldi F., 1562. 4to (21.8 cm, 8.5"). 109, [7] ff.

Brought together here are St. Ambrose's De virginitate, St. Jerome's Epistola ad Demetriadem de virginitate servandra, and St. Augustine's De sancta virginitate, three important works by three Church Fathers on celibacy and virginity, concerns of the early church that greatly affected the life of early clergy and nuns and had significant ramifications for laity as well. The Roman Aldine press essentially served as an extension of the papacy, which capitalized on its fame to disseminate — with great cachet — Vatican-approved texts in the publication war that was such an integral part of the Protestant and Catholic Reformations, this work being no exception.
        This neatly printed text has single columns with unaccomplished guide letters and shouldernotes using roman font; the iconic Aldine device appears on the title-page and an errata list appears in double-column format at the end.
        Provenance: The printer's mark of Jan Baptiste Verdussen II depicting a stork feeding a snake to another stork with the Latin motto "Virtus pietas homini tutissima," which can be dated between 1659 and 1759, has been excised from another source and affixed to the front pastedown (possibly as a bookplate, as speculated by the Provenance Online Project); this title is later listed in the auction catalogue of Jean-Baptiste Verdussen III's book collection, suggesting this copy may have belonged to the Verdussen family. Two early inked signatures of G.J. Enoch and I.F. Vanderelie also appear on the front endpapers. Most recently in the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.
        Searches of WorldCat and NUC located only four U.S. libraries reporting ownership (CLU, LNT, MnCS, UPB).

Adams A950; EDIT16 CNCE 16242; Index Aurel. 104.682; Renouard, Alde, p. 186, no. 7; UCLA, Aldine Press: Catalogue of the Ahmanson-Murphy Collection (2001), 678. Not in Kallendorf & Wells, Aldine Press Books. On the Aldine press at Rome, see: Curt Buhler, "Manutius and His First Roman Printings," Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America, 46, pp. 209–14. 19th-century polished calf, spine stamped in gilt with two gilt-stamped leather title-labels, covers framed with a dog-tooth roll, two gilt fillets, and small fleurons at corners; gilt floral rolls to board edges and turn-ins, all edges stained red, with marbled endpapers. Binding rubbed and refurbished, one leather spine label chipped and the other removed; spotting on endpapers, evidence of a removed bookplate at back. Mostly light offsetting of text throughout, intermittent mild to moderate unobtrusive waterstaining (including to title-page) and other spotting; title-page and eight more leaves of text with marginal repairs, one gutter showing narrow band of discoloration (possibly glue action). Provenance indicia as above, two pencilled endpaper notes. => An important collection from an interesting era of the Aldine Press; and a strong, in fact quite handsome copy.  (37366)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Saxon Heptateuch & More

Thwaites, Edward, ed.  Heptateuchus, liber Job, et evangelium Nicodemi; Anglo-Saxonice. Historiae Judith fragmentum; Dano-Saxonice. Oxoniae: E Theatro Sheldoniano ... typis Junianis, 1698. 8vo (22.6 cm, 8.9"). Frontis., [8], 168, 32 pp.

First edition: A landmark work of Anglo-Saxon scholarship, edited by one of the most prominent early Oxfordians in the field of Old English literature. The Heptateuch (i.e., the Pentateuch, Joshua, and Judges) and the Book of Job, believed to have been translated into the vernacular by Aelfric, Abbot of Eynsham, are followed by the Gospel of Nicodemus and a fragment of the poem "Judith." Thwaites' inclusion of "Judith" marked => the first printing of Anglo-Saxon poetry from an English press. Additionally, this only the fifth work to print a portion of the Bible in Anglo-Saxon.
        While Wing claims that there was a previous Sheldonian edition in 1696, identical except for the absence of the "typis Junianis" on the title-page, all other sources we consulted give the publication date as 1698, and no institutionally held copies of a 1696 edition could be located (ESTC gives a "place-holder record" based on the Wing number). In addition, The History of Oxford University Press, which agrees with 1698 as the first appearance of the work, notes that due to alarm over Thwaites' having dedicated it to the nonjuring George Hickes, it was almost suppressed and had to be issued with a new title-page removing the Vice-Chancellor's imprimatur — which might well explain the confusion.
        This production was modestly but beautifully embellished with => engravings done by Michael Burghers, being a dramatic engraved frontispiece (signature trimmed in this copy) and a pairing of large headpiece and decorative capital opening both the preface and the text, all of which preserve Burghers' attribution.

Darlow & Moule 1606; Wing (rev. ed.) B2198; NCBEL, II, 1792; ESTC R4371. See Terry, Poetry & the Making of the English Literary Past, p. 114. Contemporary mottled calf, covers framed and panelled in blind with blind-tooled corner fleurons, rebacked in 20th century with gilt-stamped title, black-ruled raised bands, and black-stamped floral decorations in spine compartments; original leather worn and (expectably) acid-pitted. Modern plain endpapers; frontispiece tipped in. Frontispiece and title-page with a sprinkling of unobtrusive pinhole worming in upper portions, and a few instances only of light soil, spotting, or staining. Paper strong and bright, notable as having provided a good base for crisp taking of the ink of the type and engravings.  (39008)   Add to My BOOK-STACK


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