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Gay's Witty Creatures — Blake's Illustrations

Gay, John; William Blake, illus.  Fables by John Gay, with a life of the author, and embellished with a plate to each fable. London: Printed by Darton & Harvey, 1793. 8vo (22.3 cm, 8.75"). xvi, 256 pp.; 35 plts. (incl. frontis. and engr. t.-p.).
$1,250.00

Gorgeously illustrated edition of Gay's popular fables: Aesop-inspired, rhymed tales of talking animals and foolish mortals, originally published in 1727 and touching on such contemporary subjects as tulip-mania, importunate coxcombs, and literary foes of Swift and Pope, here with an essay on the "Life of John Gay," from Johnson's Lives of the English Poets. This offering contains => 35 plates, including a frontispiece of Gay's memorial and an engraved title-page featuring a mask before absolutely charming black and white illustrations for each of the 66 fables, most with two illustrations per plate. Gumuchian notes this offering's illustrations have been taken from the Stockdale edition of the same year and redone as ovals, meaning => twelve of the illustrations are based on William Blake's designs. Of the possible variants, in this text A2r ends "as he pro-" and the catchword is "bably."
        Evidence of Readership: An early user has added numerous underlines and accents to two pages of text in ink; a more modern reader has helpfully added "Blake" in pencil next to twelve of the engravings. Someone has also tucked in => a bonus engraving of "Dog and the Fox" etched from a drawing by Cooper of Ipswich that carries the further identifying line, "Published May 31st 1815 by J. Wheble of Warwick Square, London."
        Provenance: From the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.

ESTC T13872; Gumuchian 2682. 19th-century tree calf, rebacked with original spine laid on, this gilt extra with black leather title label; covers framed in a gilt foliate roll, board edges with gilt dot-and-dash roll, turn-ins with gilt pineapple roll, marbled endpapers. Binding rubbed and refurbished, top of spine pulled with loss exposing loose headband. Light to moderate age-toning, sometimes more deeply and variably toned around page edges; expectable foxing and offsetting from and around a few plates, two with short marginal tears; and otherwise, two small marginal chips, a stain or two, and one bent corner. Readership and provenance indicia and extra plate as above. Overall a pleasing book to peruse, and certainly one that is => chock-full of beautiful images.  (38728)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Birket Foster: "Green Grass Below, Green Leaves O'erhead, / Green Banks on Either Side"

Taylor, Tom; Myles Birket Foster, illus.  Birket Foster's pictures of English landscape. London: Routledge, Warne, & Routledge, 1863. 4to (26.3 cm, 10.4"). [74 (2 adv.)] pp.; 30 plts.
$1,450.00

First edition. One of the most popular artists of his day, Myles Birket Foster (1825–99) was famed for his idealized views of rural England. For this deluxe volume => 30 of Foster's most accomplished illustrations were wood-engraved by the Brothers Dalziel. Among the Foster designs here are "The Green Lane," "The Country Inn," "Cows in the Pool," "The Gleaners at the Stile," "Old Cottages," etc. Accompanying the plates are verses by the popular playwright, biographer, and critic Tom Taylor (1817–80) — with two of the poems, "The Smithy" and "At the Brookside," signed "L.W.T.": Laura Wilson Taylor (née Barker), Taylor's wife. Both text and plates are on heavy paper, mounted into this substantial volume.
        Binding: Contemporary dark green morocco, covers framed and panelled in blind fillets surrounding central panel of fleurs-de-lis in latticework, upper corners of that panel with gilt corner fleurons, base of panel with gilt wreath (possibly of English elm leaves, referring to the "elm-branches" of the first poem in the volume); spine with gilt-stamped title, raised bands, and blind-stamped compartment decorations. Board edges with gilt-dotted roll, turn-ins with single gilt fillets defining three bands, of which the central band is brown leather rather than green; innermost edge with small gilt dentelle roll. All edges gilt; marbled paper endpapers.
        Provenance: Front free endpaper with garter-encircled pressure-stamp of Manchester bookseller Edwin Slater; front fly-leaf with early inked gift inscription to Ellen I. Moscrop [?] "from her sincere friend, Arabella Ble[???]." Most recently in the collection of Hubert Dingwall.

Ray, Illustrator and the Book in England, 191. Binding as above, spine gently sunned; joints and edges mildly rubbed, corners somewhat more so. Stamp and inscription as above. Foxing/spotting variously, pages ranging from quite clean to bearing a few small spots to being more broadly affected, although the hue of this is generally light and the action is mostly confined to margins. => Quintessentially and delightfully Victorian: a lovely collection of some of this beloved artist's best work.  (38851)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Handsomely Printed Black-Letter Edition of the Wycliffe N.T.

Bible. N.T. English (Middle English). 1848. Wycliffe.  The New Testament in English translated by John Wycliffe. Chiswick: Pr. by Charles Whittingham for William Pickering, 1848. 4to (25 cm, 9.8"). [10], [248] ff.; 1 plt.
$950.00

The only non-Greek New Testament published by Pickering. John Wycliffe (d. 1384) is revered as the first to translate the Bible into English — as opposed to Anglo-Saxon — and, though his heterodox religious opinions brought his translation (and those based on it) into disrepute at the time and well after, it circulated widely in manuscript. This grand => Pickering Press edition announces itself as being from an early manuscript ("ca. 1380") that was "formerly in the monastery of Sion Middlesex and late in the collection of Lea Wilson, F.S.A" (of Norwood), and of that manuscript an extensive description appears as the preface here.
        Printed in => a very handsome and legible English black-letter gothic font on Pouncy handmade paper, this Pickering Wycliffe N.T. is => uncut, mostly unopened, and bears a red and black half-title and title-page, with a red and black version of the firm's printer's device incorporating the Aldine dolphin and anchor. The plate, which follows the half-title, depicts a page from the source manuscript, and the prefatory matter is printed in a handsome large roman.
        Provenance: Armorial bookplate of Elizabeth Attwood on the front pastedown; most recently in the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.

Keynes, Pickering, p. 81; Herbert 1868; NSTC 2W19213. Not in Kelly, Checklist of Books Published by William Pickering; not in Pickering & Chatto, William Pickering (catalogue 708). On Wycliffe, see: Dictionary of National Biography, LXIII, 202–223. Quarter black roan in imitation of morocco and marbled paper–covered sides; rubbed with slight loss of leather and paper, corners bowed inward, front board with evidence of one-time crack (well repaired and now solid). Mild to occasional heavy foxing, with most leaves actually quite clean; light age-toning and typical offsetting from print to leaf opposite, throughout; one torn corner. Bookplate and label as above. => Good to work with and a pleasure to handle.  (38823)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

An Aldine Offering Opinions on a Variety of Subjects
       (Libraries Included)

Liburnio, Nicolò.  Le occorrenze humane. [colophon: In Vinegia: In casa de' figliuoli di Aldo, 1546]. 8vo (16.3 cm, 6.375"). [12], 5–147 [i.e., 146], [2] ff.
$950.00

First edition. Printed using the classic italic font in single columns with unaccomplished guide letters, this => Italian-language Aldine contains a dedication and poem from Liburnio to Luigi Pisano as well as a poem to the reader before Le Occorrenze itself, a table of contents, errata, and a register for aid in navigation. The iconic Aldine device appears on the title-page and the verso of the last leaf.
        This is a later work from Liburnio (ca. 1474–1557), a humanist poet, priest, translator, early Italian philologist, and (briefly) Greek and Latin corrector for the Aldine Press; Renouard notes the text contains "particularitiés assez curieuses" on literary history, contemporary scientists, and grand libraries, especially the Bibliothèque Royale de Paris.
        Provenance: 19th-century armorial bookplate of Colonel Edmund Ross of Bladensburg (of Fairy Hill, Rostrevor, Northern Ireland) on front free endpaper, partially obscuring an inked note of the contents. Most recently in the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.

EDIT16 CNCE 26963; Adams L653; Renouard, Alde, 135, no. 5; Goldsmid, Aldine Press at Venice, 325; Kallendorf & Wells, Aldine Press Books, 309; UCLA, Aldine Press: Catalogue of the Ahmanson-Murphy Collection (2001), 351; Graesse, IV, p. 202; Brunet, III, 1068–9. Contemporary limp vellum, inked title on spine, traces of now-absent ties; vellum dust-soiled, edges and spine chipped (with one larger spine chip affecting three to four letters of title), evidence of removed paper label, and rear free endpaper lacking. All edges stained a dusty rose, with some edge stain bleeding just a little onto margins. Pages crisp with only a few instances of dust-soiling, speckling, or a marginal stain; some corners bumped or creased, two uneven edges and three témoins from manufacture, one bifolium loosely attached. Provenance indicia as above, light pencilling on endpapers. => An interesting, vernacular Aldine.  (38790)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Defending John Frederick of Saxony & Landgrave Philip of Hesse

[Major, Georg].  Ewiger: Göttlicher, allmechtiger Maiestat Declaration. Wider Kaiser Carl, Künig zü Hispanien etc., und Bapst Paulum den dritten. [Wittenberg: Josef Klug, 1546]. 4to (18 cm, 7.125"). [56] pp.
$925.00

The cataloguers at the Pitts Theological Library, Emory University, succinctly and accurately summarize this work thus: "Wittenberg faculty member and disciple of Luther and Melanchthon, Georg Major, here responds to the charges against Elector John Frederick of Saxony and Landgrave Philip of Hesse, by Emperor Charles V and Pope Paul III." This is against the background of the tumult and turmoil of the Schmalkaldic War.
        The work is printed in gothic type with sidenotes, a large woodcut of the Trinity on the title-page, and one large and three small reverse-printed initials (i.e., the initial is white on a black background).
        Provenance: 20th-century bookplate of Franz Dryer on front pastedown; signature of Hildegard Dryer von Vater below bookplate. Most recently in the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.
        Searches of NUC and WorldCat locate only three U.S. libraries reporting ownership of this edition (Emory, Harvard, Valparaiso).

VD16 M2034; Bohatta, I, 366; Kuczynski 560. 20th-century black cloth shelf-back with flexible boards (traces of old paper label on front cover). Old waterstain, never very disturbing, on all pages. All edges red.  (38875)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Whales, Dolphins, Porpoises, Crabs, & Even Fishes

Ramble, Robert [pseud. of John Frost].  The book of fishes. By Robert Ramble. Philadelphia: James Crissy, 1845. Sq. 16mo (14.5 cm, 5.75"). vi, 7-143, [1] pp., 41 plates (included in pagination); illus.
$750.00

"This little volume is intended to serve the purpose of a sequel to the author's 'Visit to the Menagerie,' and 'Birds of the Air.' The whole course comprised in the three volumes, however unsystematic in a scientific point of view, will serve to inspire the young reader with a taste for descriptive reading . . . the exclusive reading of works of imagination in childhood, is apt to inspire a passion for novels and romances at a later period, when such reading interferes seriously with more important pursuits" (Preface, p. 7).
        One of the first juveniles relating to fish in a serious way, the work was first printed in 1841 and this is the second and last edition. The 41 "plates" are plates in the sense they are printed on one side of a leaf, but both sides of those leaves are counted in the pagination. => These 41 plates are excellent, although unsigned, wood engravings.
        Binding: 20th-century boards covered with stone-pattern marbled paper; binder's label of C.A. Carpenter, Jr., Shrewbury, MA, on rear pastedown.
        Provenance: Bookplate of Jeffrey Norton on front pastedown; most recently in the children's book collection of Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.
        Of the first edition, WorldCat locates only three libraries reporting ownership (Columbia, UC-San Diego, Bowdoin) and of this second only two (AAS, Free Library of Philadelphia).

Clean, with light foxing occasionally rising to moderate throughout; in fact a very good copy.  (38733)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

A Game with Forfeits, a Dictator, & Mirth

(Illustrated Rhyming Game).  The gaping, wide-mouthed, waddling frog: A new and entertaining game of questions and commands with proper directions for playing the game and crying forfeits: Embellished with thirteen coloured engravings. [London]: Republished by Field & Tuer, 1887. Small 8vo (18.5 cm, 7.25"). [4], iv, [7]-29, [2] pp., [4 (ads)] ff.; [1] plt., col. illus.
$145.00

Riddles and counting-out rhymes, all part of a fun game whose instructions serve as a preface. The text is printed on one side of a leaf only and => each printed page has a hand-colored illustration.
        The work was first printed by Dean & Munday in 1823 and is here presented as vol. II in the Leadenhall Press "Series of Forgotten Picture Books for Children."
        Provenance: From the children's book collection of Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.

Buff-color printed wrappers with hand-colored vignette on front wrapper; stitched, head and foot of spine chipped, rear wrapper detached and reattached with archival tissue. A good++ copy.  (38873)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

A Medieval Pope Expounds on "Miserere mei Deus"
       Two Fine Woodcuts & an Elegant Simple Binding

Catholic Church. Pope, 1261-1264 (Urbanus IV).  Fructuosa Urbani pape, quarti Expositio in Psalmum quinquegesimum Miserere mei Deus. [Paris]: Venundatur ab Jodoco Badio et Joanne de Prato, 1519. 8vo (12.8 cm, 5"). [24] ff.
$1,900.00

Apparently the first and only (?) edition of this exposition on "Miserere mei Deus," the Penitential Psalm (50 according to Septuagint numbering, 51 in Masoretic numbering), from the pen of Urban IV (1195?–1264, as pope 1261–64). Each phrase — or sometimes only a word — of the Psalm is printed in large roman, immediately moving to small gothic for the commentary.
        The => small, pocket- or sleeve-sized book comes from the press of France's first scholar-printer, Josse Bade. Badius's first printer's device (Renouard, Marques, 22, depicting a print shop) fills most of the title-page and a second woodcut, full-page, appears on the verso of the same, being a representation of the Resurrection presented with rich texture: Christ's sepulchre, from which he rises, is set behind an altar upon which the Eucharist is being celebrated by a kneeling pope with two attendants; Christ is "attended" by instruments of his Passion including Peter's cock, and the image's top corners incorporate devices suggesting the descending dove of the Holy Spirit.
        Binding: Jansenist-style red morocco, signed "A. Devauchelle." Single gilt rule on board edges; handsome, wide, gilt-tooled turn-ins; French combed marbled paper endpapers. All edges gilt.
        Provenance: From the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.
        Searches of NUC, WorldCat, COPAC, BP16, and KVK locate only seven libraries worldwide reporting ownership; none of those libraries being in the U.S.

Renouard, Inventaire, II, 2215; Renouard, Badius Ascensius, III, 309; Adams U63. Binding as above. Fine copy.  (38874)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Signed Binding, Stamped in Silver

Maclaren, Ian (John Watson).  Beside the bonnie brier bush. New York: Dodd, Mead, & Co., (copyright 1905). 16mo (16 cm, 6.25"). Frontis., vi, 218 pp.
$55.00

The earliest and best-known of all the tales of rural Scottish life published by "Ian Maclaren," pseudonym of the popular Scottish author and preacher John Watson. The final section of the volume is "A Doctor of the Old School," a loving portrayal of stalwart practitioner Dr. William MacLure.
        Binding: Publisher's green cloth with front cover stamped with a rural scene including a simple house with two chimneys and a path and steps leading to it; some rocks in the foreground stamped in silver, as is the title and author information, with author and title also in silver on the spine. Binding signed "FBS" — F. Berkeley Smith.
        Provenance: Bookplate of William Charles Spring on front pastedown.

Binding as above, minimal rubbing only. Bookplate as above. Pages and plates clean. A beautiful copy.  (38878)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

"Deep Meaning Often Lies in Childish Play"

Kraus-Boelté, Maria, & John Kraus.  The kindergarten guide. An illustrated hand-book, designed for the self-instruction of kindergartners, mothers, and nurses. New York: E. Steiger & Co.; London: A.N. Myers & Co., 1886 & 1877. 8vo (20.5 cm, 8.125"). v, [1], 26, [4], 27–144, 20 (ads.) pp.; illus.
$80.00

First and second parts of this manual from early supporters of Friedrich Fröbel's kindergarten philosophy of young children's education, bound together: "The benefit of Froebel's educational idea will completely be appreciated only, when it shall have been applied to every stage of educational progress — when, in fact, the kindergarten is considered but the preparation for a higher education based upon the same fundamental principle; a system which will permit each pupil to manifest his own individuality freely and without restraint, and allow the fullest scope to his talents, tastes, and tendencies."
        The second portion, covering "the third, fourth, fifth, and sixth gifts," has a separate title-page dated 1877 (copyright 1882) and giving both New York and London publishers. Each section is illustrated with black and white diagrams.

Dark green cloth with gilt lettering to front board; corners bumped, one edge dented, fading to front board, minor bubbling of cloth to rear board. Minor scrapes to fore-edge, foxing and offsetting to endpapers. A simply presented book relating early childhood education to => all that comes after.  (38333)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Revised Tolstoy Illustrated with Movie Stills

Tolstoy, Leo; Louise Maude, trans.  Resurrection. New York: Grosset & Dunlap, 1927. 8vo (19.4 cm, 7.625"). Frontis., xiii, [1], 524, [6 (adv.)] pp.; 7 plts.
$30.00

A revised edition of Tolstoy's last novel "illustrated with pictures from the photoplay produced by Inspiration Pictures, Inc." First published in 1899 and quickly labeled as "immoral," Tolstoy's tale follows a nobleman's attempt to atone for a sin — an affair with a maid that resulted in her firing, and her future in prostitution. Despite outselling the author's previous popular works, Resurrection never attained the "classic" status his other novels did.
        This edition includes several stills from the 1927 film adaptation, a guide to pronouncing Russian names, an index to the footnotes on Russian names and customs, and an index to "social questions, types, etc." addressed in the story.
        Binding: Publisher's mustard yellow cloth with black lettering, spine and front board with green and black decorations.

Binding lightly rubbed, number written in black marker to rear board. Interior a bit age-toned. Tolstoy with exciting Hollywood illustrations and helpful guides and indexes.  (38868)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Go Forth & Publish — Robert Estienne as a Job Printer

France. Sovereigns, 1560–1574 (Charles IX).  Lettres pate[n]tes du roy, portants mandement tresexpres sur les peines y contenues, de publier, & faire obseruer & ensuyure de poinct en poinct son dernier Edict de Pacification. Paris: Par Rob. Estienne, 1568. 4to (15.7 cm, 6.2"). [4] ff.
$1,250.00

Scarce Estienne government pamphlet printed during the Wars of the Huguenots. Duvall neatly summarizes the contents: "Because many towns, and even Parlements, had not even published the latest Edict of Pacification, the King orders them to do so, and to follow its contents." The text is printed in single columns using roman and italic type with a decorative woodcut headpiece and illustrated initial; the iconic Estienne olive tree device appears on the title-page.
        This pamphlet was clearly meant to be an ephemeral publication: Searches of WorldCat, NUC, Lindsay & Neu, and COPAC reveal only two copies in the U.S. (BYU and the Newberry), with only a handful more in Europe.
        Provenance: Early manuscript monogram on title-page in ink; bookplate of Paul Schmidt and green bookseller's label of J.L. Beijers of Utrecht on front pastedown. Most recently in the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.

Renouard, Estienne, 171; Duvall, French Political Pamphlets, 125; Lindsay & Neu 614; Welsh, French Political Pamphlets, 42. Not in Adams; not in Schreiber, Estiennes. Disbound pamphlet tucked into a larger, possibly repurposed binding of vellum over boards with yapp edges and inked spine, date incorrectly noted "1562." Moderate age-toning, small marginal hole at bottom interior corners; one témoin and one ink spot. Provenance indicia as above, a few small inked letters and numbers in an early hand, pencilled pagination on title-page, and inked pagination on final page. => An interesting example of Estienne job printing.  (38694)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Greek Psalter Folio Letterpress Facsimile

Bible. O.T. Psalms. Greek. 1812.  Psalterium graecum e codice MS. Alexandrino, qui Londini in Bibliotheca Musei Britannici asservatur, typis ad similitudinem ipsius codicis Scripturae fideliter descriptum. Londini: Ex prelo Ricardi Taylor et Socii, 1812. Folio (48 cm, 19"). xii pp., [32] ff. (facsimile), 18 pp.
$750.00

This VERY LARGE letterpress facsimile of the Psalms from the British Museum's Codex Alexandrinus (i.e., Royal 1 D VII, a Septuagint and Greek New Testament) was issued via subscription in paper copies, like the present example, and on vellum — of this latter, only 17 copies were so issued. The codex dates from the middle of the fifth century and is "probably third in age among the extant Greek Bible manuscripts (after the Vaticanus and Sinaiticus)" according to Doheny. The editor here was Henry Hervey Baber (1775–1869).
        The Greek type used here was originally cut, in imitation of the Alexandrine uncials, by Joseph Jackson — a former apprentice of Caslon's — for Dr. Woide's 1786 edition of the Greek New Testament. "The matrices were deposited in the British Museum and brought into requisition for Baber's work" (Doheny). Roman and another Greek face were used for the introduction and notes.
        The list of subscribers follows the dedication to Charles Manners Sutton, Archbishop of Canterbury; then come the facsimiles in double-column format and lastly the "Varietates Codicis Alexandrini."
        Provenance: Bookplate of the Brown-Lindsay Library of the United Presbyterian College; most recently in the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.

The Estelle Doheny Collection (auctioned Christie's 1988–89) 1074. Half brown morocco (signed "A. Banks, Junior" in lower area of front pastedown) with marbled paper sides; binding worn and abraded. Waterstaining to endpapers and in some inner margins; dampstaining elsewhere including to title-page, but chiefly on the blank leaves before and after the text. A sound copy and priced according to its faults, not its continuing interest.  (38721)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

An "American-Mexican" Printer's Own Story

Pascoe, Juan.  A printer's apprentice. Santa Rosa, Las Joyas, Tacámbaro Michoacán: Taller Martín Pescador, 2018. 8vo (9.25"). 208 pp.
$55.00

"Juan Pascoe’s story begins in the nineteenth century like a novel: 'My English great-grandfather, James Pascoe, was born in Cornwall . . . ' But this is a true, unique story of an American-Mexican fine printer with English ancestry grafted onto a sturdy, Quixotically Protestant Mexican lineage, leaving Juan with two languages and not much other capital. Through the luck of becoming apprenticed to Harry Duncan, one of America’s greatest handpress printers, Juan found his way as a man of books, and of his making of beautiful books (and posters, broadsheets, catalogues, cards, etc.) and jarocho music (as a founding member of Grupo Mono Blanco) there is no end. Great printers were active in Mexico in the sixteenth century long before Anglo-European printing presses had arrived in New England, and Juan’s work continues in that great tradition.
        Juan’s narrative quickly establishes him as a master prose stylist, like Duncan, and as printers they are also equals, in my opinion, having worked with both. His dual identity as American and Mexican gives this compelling memoir a topical appeal beyond that of hand-press printing or poetry" (John Ridland).

Hardcover, set in Espinosa Nova and printed digitally in black and red throughout; binding in shades of cream with vintage printshop cover illustration on front and John Ridland's summary on rear. New.  (38863)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

"Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory of the Coming of the Lord"

Howe, Julia Ward.  A birth day anniversary, May xxvii MDCCCXIX–MDCCCLXXXIX. [Boston: L. Prang & Co., 1889]. 4to (30.5 cm, 12"). [4] pp.
$175.00

Howe described herself at the moment she completed her most famous work — the "Battle Hymn of the Republic" — as "feeling that something of importance had happened to me." The lyric, which was set to the tune of "John Brown's Body," was originally published in the Atlantic Monthly, and was reproduced here in honor of the author's birthday. While the iconic anthem was and remains her best-known work, Julia Ward Howe (1819–1910) was a prolific and prominent American poet, lecturer, and activist who dedicated her long life to advocating for women's suffrage as well as abolitionism. The New England Women's Club, which she was responsible for organizing, was one of the earliest women's clubs in the United States.
        Below her essay on the origins of the "Battle Hymn" is a facsimile of her signature. All of this is printed in blue and orange with decorations of green and orange laurel wreaths, and green and orange lilies, on a single heavyweight sheet folded to make four pages. WorldCat locates => only three institutional copies (University of Massachusetts, University of Virginia, Rollins College), but we know of another at Harvard.

BAL 9478. Folded sheet as above with very minor wrinkling to outside corners, one tiny dark spot to front, and the faintest bit of age-toning along edges. Clean, strong, and handsome, and a fitting tribute.  (38801)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

An "American-Mexican" Printer's Own Story

Pascoe, Juan.  A printer's apprentice. Santa Rosa, Las Joyas, Tacámbaro Michoacán: Taller Martín Pescador, 2018. 8vo (9.25"). 208 pp.
$60.00

"Juan Pascoe’s story begins in the nineteenth century like a novel: 'My English great-grandfather, James Pascoe, was born in Cornwall . . . ' But this is a true, unique story of an American-Mexican fine printer with English ancestry grafted onto a sturdy, Quixotically Protestant Mexican lineage, leaving Juan with two languages and not much other capital. Through the luck of becoming apprenticed to Harry Duncan, one of America’s greatest handpress printers, Juan found his way as a man of books, and of his making of beautiful books (and posters, broadsheets, catalogues, cards, etc.) and jarocho music (as a founding member of Grupo Mono Blanco) there is no end. Great printers were active in Mexico in the sixteenth century long before Anglo-European printing presses had arrived in New England, and Juan’s work continues in that great tradition.
        Juan’s narrative quickly establishes him as a master prose stylist, like Duncan, and as printers they are also equals, in my opinion, having worked with both. His dual identity as American and Mexican gives this compelling memoir a topical appeal beyond that of hand-press printing or poetry" (John Ridland).

Hardcover, set in Espinosa Nova and printed digitally in black and red throughout; binding in shades of cream with vintage printshop cover illustration on front and John Ridland's summary on rear. New.  (38861)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Gómez Carrillo, Enrique.  De Marsella á Tokío; sensaciones de Egipto, la India, la China y el Japón. Paris: Garnier Hermanos, [1912]. 12mo (18 cm; 7"). xiii, 267 pp.
$65.00

Sole edition of this travel account by a Guatemalan literary critic, writer, journalist and diplomat, traveler, and devotee of the bohemian lifestyle. With a preface by the Nicaraguan poet Ruben Dario.

Publisher's blue cloth, stamped in gilt. Scattered foxing. A good++ copy.  (38749)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

All about Wine — Illustrated by Bewick's Prize Pupil

Henderson, Alexander.  The history of ancient and modern wines. London: Baldwin, Cradock, & Joy (pr. by J. Moyes), 1824. 4to (27.8 cm, 10.9"). xvi, [2], 408 pp.; 1 fold. table (incl. in pagination), illus.
$1,200.00

First edition of this knowledgeable and enthusiastic view of wine, grape-growing, terroir, wine-related lore, the wine trade, etc. — credited as possibly the first book (and certainly at least one of the earliest books) in English to describe "modern" wines in detail. Henderson (1779/80–1863), a Scottish-born physician whose contributions to medical literature included his translation of the Coup d'oeil sur les révolutions et la réforme de la médicine into English, cites extensive sources both classical and modern, and peppers the text liberally with quotations in Greek, Latin, Italian, and French.
        Gabler calls this "a large, well-printed text, tastefully illustrated with => thirty-two vignettes and initial engravings portraying various mythological Bacchian experiences." The wood-engraved decorations were drawn by => William Harvey, Thomas Bewick's favorite and most prominent student; this volume marks one of Harvey's earliest successes as a designer rather than an engraver. In addition to the head- and tailpieces and decorated capitals throughout the text, there is a mounted vignette on the title-page.
        Provenance: Front pastedown with armorial bookplate of Joseph Hope of Carlisle, with the "At spes non fracta" motto of the prominent Hope merchant family. Most recently in the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.

Gabler, Wine into Words, G23690; Bitting 223. Contemporary half red morocco with marbled paper–covered sides, spine with gilt-stamped title and wide decorative compartment bands; binding rubbed overall, spine slightly sunned, paper chipping along board edges, and leather starting from foot of front joint (sewing holding). Bookplate as above; front free endpaper with later pencilled annotations on Harvey. Pages lightly age-toned, with a few scattered spots of foxing. => A landmark work on wine, artistic merit to boot.  (38824)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

19th-Century American Signed Blind–Embossed Binding
       & a Copy Extra-Illustrated

Hemans, Felicia; Reginald Heber; & Robert Pollok.  The poetical works of Hemans, Heber and Pollok. Complete in one volume. Philadelphia: Grigg & Elliott, 1838. 8vo (22.2 cm, 8.75"). Frontis., engr. t.-p., [10], vii, [ii]–xvi, 479, [1], [ii]–xvii, [1], 43, [1], 79, [1] pp.; 2 add. engr. plts.
$250.00

A stereotyped collection of works by three early 19th–century British poets, presented in => a handsome American blind-embossed binding. This anthology includes some of Hemans' (1793–1835) most admired works, such as Records of Woman and Hymns on the Works of Nature, along with the best-known hymns and poems of Heber (1783–1826) and Pollok (1798–1827).
        The present example is an extra-illustrated copy. In addition to a frontispiece of Hemans and a pastoral title-page vignette, both engraved by W.H. Ellis, it bears tipped in on the back of the frontispiece a stunning added engraving of Hemans after a plaque by Edward William Wyon ("by A. Collas's Patent Process"). A portrait of Pollok "engraved by T.A. Dean from the only drawing from life ever taken" is mounted on a leaf before his Course of Time.
        Binding: Intricately embossed burgundy calf with gilt lettering to spine; the spine design is derived from a Remnant & Edmonds spine plaque, according to Wolf. Each board has a medallion in the center featuring a woman in a chariot pulled by two galloping horses with several delicate stars in the sky; the medallion is framed by elaborate acanthus and foliate motifs. Blue marbled endpapers; all edges gilt. Signed by => Benjamin Gaskill ("Gaskill, Phila") on spine.
        WorldCat locates only eight copies of this 1838 edition.

Wolf, From Gothic Windows to Peacocks, 190. Bound as above, mildest rubbing; marbled endpapers rubbed and slightly discolored just along edges from action by turn-ins. First set of contents with pages bound out of order. Interior age-toned as expectable, with instances of foxing especially along top edges throughout and with light evidence of old waterstaining along bottom ones; title-page with short inked line from outer edge, added engraving with small closed tear => A nice example of Gaskill's embossing work and a delightful volume overall, "personalized."  (38710)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Designed to Give Students of Archaeology the Ability to Identify Subjects "at a Very Small Expence"

Fosbroke, Thomas Dudley.  Synopsis of ancient costume, Egyptian, Greek, Roman, British, Anglo-Saxon, Norman, and English. London: John Nichols & Son, 1825. 4to (28.8 cm, 11.4"). 47, [1] pp.; 4 plts., illus.
$100.00

First edition: This chronologically organized overview of the subject takes as its starting point some of the clothing-related entries from the Rev. Fosbroke's Encyclopedia of Antiquities, with additional remarks supplied. The text is => illustrated with a total of 71 figures, 67 of which are collected on four plates, and four of which are larger "vignettes on the letter-press" (as per the list of embellishments).
        Provenance: Front free endpaper with early pencilled ownership inscription of the Rev. A. Sherman, dated April 30 [18]72. Most recently in the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.

Colas 1095; NSTC 2F11597. Contemporary plain paper–covered boards with moiré cloth shelfback; worn and dust-soiled. Pencilled inscription as above. First two leaves unopened. Mild to significant foxing throughout first portion, with intermittent offsetting from plates. Unprepossessing physically — intriguing as a pedagogical tool and as an example of early 19th–century perspectives on art and culture.  (38828)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

McKitterick, Rosemond.  Books, scribes and learning in the Frankish kingdoms, 6th–9th centuries. Aldershot, Hampshire: Variorum, 1994. 8vo (23 cm, 9"). ix, [1], 340 pp.
$90.00

"In the thirteen essays in this volume — all focusing on manuscripts written in the Frankish regions in the early Middle Ages — represent one major portion of my work over the past eighteen years. They have in common a precise study of individual manuscripts, groups of manuscripts or categories of text in order to enhance our understanding of such topics as the achievement of particular monastic and cathedral scriptoria, the knowledge of canon and secular law, the transmission of knowledge and the English contribution to the religious culture of the Continent in the early Middle Ages" (p. vii).

Publisher's blue cloth with gilt lettering to spine and front board; foxing to edges, spine slightly cocked. Faint foxing to first few leaves and the occasional spot of soiling. Partially unopened.  (38858)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Rouse, Mary A., & Richard H. Rouse.  Authentic witnesses: Approaches to medieval texts and manuscripts. Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 1991. 8vo (23.5 cm, 9.25"). viii, 518 pp.; 4 plts.
$50.00

From the Publications in Medieval Studies series: "The following studies, while varied in topic and ranging widely in time and place, are unified by the questions they pose and by the methodology they use to arrive at an answer. They share common assumptions regarding the genre to which they belong, the genre of literary history or, more specifically, the history of texts. A constant element in this genre is the desire to sort out the life of a text, from the evidence of its surviving manuscripts and the traces they have left. In this kind of history, texts replace human beings as the protagonists. Like people, texts can be examined individually, for themselves as texts, or in groups as a genre. Like human beings, they have family trees; they are conceived and born at a time and place; they grow, perhaps changing form radically in the process; and eventually die and are preserved for future readers in libraries — and, to stretch the simile, they may ultimately be consumed and reborn in new texts of a different era: ashes to ashes, dust to dust, texts to texts" (pp. 1-2).

Publisher's green cloth with brown lettering to spine and front board with gilt lettering; corners lightly rubbed, faint foxing to edges. Interior is clean.  (38854)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Opie, Iona, & Peter Opie.  A nursery companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1980. 4to (30.5 cm, 12"). 128 pp.; col. illus.
$15.00

"This volume, the celebration of an epoch, brings together the contents of more than a score of these booklets, including classics like The Comic Adventures of Old Mother Hubbard, The History of the House that Jack Built, and the alliterative Peter Piper's Practical Principles of Plain and Perfect Pronunciation. The traditional tale of the Old Woman and her Pig appears here with the embellishment that caught the eye of the poet John Clare. The tale of Dame Wiggins of Lee is set with the pictures that Ruskin cherished all his life. The earliest known collection of limericks is reprinted in full for the first time, as also is the collection that inspired Lear to write his 'nonsenses'."
        This volume has close to 400 color illustrations.

Publisher's tan cloth with red lettering to spine; extremities bumped. In original pictorial dust jacket; price-clipped, very minor edgewear and fading. Interior is bright.  (38826)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Caldecott, Randolph; Michael Hutchins, ed.  Yours pictorially: Illustrated letters of Randolph Caldecott. London: Frederick Warne, 1976. 8vo (24 cm, 9.375"). ix, [1], 284 pp.; 8 col. plts.
$15.00

"Randolph Caldecott was not only an eminent artist, acknowledged for over a hundred years as one of the great illustrators of children's books, but a remarkable personality, as this fascinating collection of his letters testify. Some of the letters are to well-known literary and artistic figures of the day, but most of them are personal ones to friends who, fortunately for later generations, treasured them . . . He wrote as easily as he drew, and he obviously loved writing to his friends, regarding it, he said, as a 'feast' — and this is certainly what these letters are for us, bubbling with joie de vivre and the sheer sense of fun which Caldecott brought to everyday incidents . . . At times his exuberance overflows from words to drawings and in over a hundred of the letters we have this rare and happy combination."

Publisher's navy cloth with gilt lettering to spine, Caldecott's signature in gilt on front board; faint soiling to rear board. In original pictorial dust jacket; minor edgewear, flaps lightly age-toned, closed tear to rear fore-edge. Foxing to fore-edge of plates, not affecting the actual illustration. Interior is clean.  (38833)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Williams, Megan Hale.  The monk and the book: Jerome and the making of Christian scholarship. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2006. 8vo (23.5 cm, 9.25"). x, [2], 315, [1] pp.; illus.
$40.00

"Revisiting Jerome with approaches drawn from recent cultural history — including the work of Bourdieu, Foucault, and Roger Chartier — Williams proposes new interpretations that remove obstacles to understanding his life and works. Examining issues such as Jerome's literary persona, the form and contents of his library, and the intellectual framework of his commentaries, Williams shows that Jerome's work on the Hebrew scriptures helped to construct a new culture of learning, a fusion of the identities of scholar and monk that continues to reverberate in contemporary cultures of learning in the West."
        This is a first printing.

Publisher's red cloth with silver lettering to spine; faint stain to fore-edge. In original pictorial dust jacket; very minor edgewear. Interior is clean.  (38834)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

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