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Febres, Andrés. Arte de lengua general del reyno de Chile ... y ... un vocabulario hispano-chileno, y un calepino chileno-hispano mas copioso. Lima: en la calle de la Encarnaçion, 1765. Small 8vo (14 cm; 5.5").  ff., 682 pp.,  ff.
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First edition of this important book for the study of the Araucanian language (i.e., Mapuche or Mapudungun) of Chile. The contents are a grammar, a dialogue in Araucanian, a short Spanish-to-Araucanian dictionary, the Araucanian alphabet and dipthongs, and Catholic prayers, doctrine, and a brief catechism in Araucanian, plus extended Spanish–Araucanian and Araucanian–Spanish dictionaries. Febres, a Jesuit, was a native of Cataluña who arrived in Chile at a young age. His work among the Araucanian Indians led to his acquiring a great command of their language, and this work still stands as a monument to his erudition. Medina's researches discovered that when the Spanish authorities made their inventory of the Jesuits' library in Chile in 1767, only 255 copies of this book were found, leading him to suppose that the total press run was only 500 copies.
The title-page and the rest of the initial half-signature of the copy in hand areprinted in red and black, but according to Harper (American Iberica, item 476A) some copies do exist printed in black and gold (!), while Medina (Bibliotheca hispano-chilena) says he has seen copies printed in black and green, or perhaps just green. The final leaf here displays a typographic sampling of the press's fonts. There are a few tailpieces — one unusual and a charmer.
Medina, Lima, 1228; Medina, BHC, 461; Viñaza 345; Palau 87065; Sabin 23968; Vargas Ugarte 1923; DeBacker-Sommervogel, III, 576. On Febres, see: Archivo biográfico de España, Portugal e Iberoamérica, fiche 309, frames 216–49. Contemporary stiff vellum, lacking ties; a bit warped. Title-page expertly restored along outer margin and several letters of the title now present in good facsimile, with the leaf backed. Front hinge (inside) starting but strong. Interior generally clean with the odd spot or old stain only. (37564)
“The Yaks are Strong & Hardy”
Gerard, Alexander. Account of Koonawur in the Himalaya,
etc. etc. etc. London: James Madden & Co., 1841. 8vo (23 cm, 9"). xiii, , 190, , –308 (i.e.,
310), xxvi, [2 (adv.)] pp.; 1 fold. map.
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First edition: Description of the Kannaur (or Kunáwár)
region of the Himalayas, taken from the late Capt. Gerard's papers and edited
by George Lloyd. Charles William Wason, in the Monthly Review (1841 collected
volume), opened his review of this work by saying “Captain Alexander Gerard,
and his brother Dr. J.G. Gerard, have been deservedly ranked amongst the most
enterprising scientific travellers to whom Great Britain has given birth,”
and he went on to predict that this volume “will be regarded as a precious
contribution to science, and to geographical knowledge.”
Gerard's observations cover botany,linguistics,
culture, and commerce, as well as geography. The area of his travels is depicted
by an oversized, folding map of his own design.
NSTC 2G5453; Howgego, II, G7. Contemporary brown cloth,
spine with gilt-stamped title; rebacked and 95% of original spine reapplied,
with the publisher's name at the foot of the spine chipped. Front pastedown
and back of map each with institutional rubber-stamp (no other markings),
front free endpaper with inked ownership inscription dated 49. Hinges
(inside) reinforced. Last preface page with small inked annotation. Pages
slightly age-toned; map with light offsetting and one short tear starting
along fold, not touching image. (24291)
GESSNER with a Little Help from His Friends (Melanchthon & Amerotius)
Gesner, Konrad (a.k.a. Gessner, Conrad). Lexicon graecolatinum postremo nunc supra omnes omnium hactenus accessiones, ingenti vocabulorum numero, per viros multa assiduaq[ue] lectione Graeca exercitatos, ita auctum & emendatum, ut uixsit, quod desiderare amplius linguae eius studiosus possit. Una cum indice vocum Latinarum ac phraseon, qui loco Latinograeci dictionarii exhibetur. Praeterea accedit nunc primùm nomenclatura Graecolatina, vocum tàm facultatum maiorum quàm aliarum etiam disciplinarum, omni generi literaturae haud inutilis futura. In super de mensibus & eorum partibus, quibus etiam nominibus variè appellari soleant, paulò quàm antea copiosior exegesis. Ac denique farrago libellorum quorundam Graecam linguam concernentium: quorum elenchum suo loco reperies. Basileae: [colophon: Ex Officina Hieronymi Curionis, impensis Henrichi Petri, 1554]. Folio (32.5 cm; 12.85"). [4 of 18] ff., 1526 columns,  p.,  ff.
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Later edition of Conrad Gesner's Greek to Latin dictionary with contributions from Melanchthon and Adrianus Amerotius. Nicelyprinted by Hieronymus Curio for Heinrich Petri.
This copy hasevidence of censorship or post-printing editing, for the “Hadrianus Iunius de anni patribus eiusque principio” in the preliminaries has been completely lined through with iron gall ink and in one blank area is visible the word in an early hand, “deleat.” Also, one wonders why all of the preliminary matter other than the list of sources used and the explanation of Greek arithmetic notation has been removed.
Curio's printer's device (Heitz, Basel, 108) appears on the title-page with another version (Heitz: Basel, 111) on both leaf 2D8v and last leaf verso.
Provenance: 17th-century shelfmark in gilt at base of spine ( “V” over “IX”); 18th-century ownership inscription (name only) of José de Giunta Lobo and late-19th-century inscription of James J. Woolsey on title-page. Woolsey's signature again at head of col. 2 of text. 19th-century stamp of defunct library on title-page.
Via WorldCat we locate only three copies in the U.S.
VD16 G1757. Mid-17th-century plain sheep with early (!!) repairs to head and foot of spine and to fore-edges of covers. Lacking 12 leaves of the preliminaries, we believe by someone's intention. Minor worming (mostly pinhole type) touching some letters; early and late leaves dust-soiled; short tears in some margins of early leaves. An interesting copy of a scarce edition. (27258)
POPULAR PICTORIAL LATIN
Greenwood, James. The London vocabulary, English and Latin: Put into a new method, proper to acquaint the learner with things as well as pure Latin words. London: R. Baldwin, F. & C. Rivington, G. Robinson, et al., 1807. 12mo (14 cm, 5.5"). viii, 123,  pp.; illus.
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A schoolmaster at St. Paul's School, London, compiled this popular Latin–English dictionary, divided into topic-based chapters. Each chapter opens with a wood-engraved illustration incorporating examples of the types of object covered in that chapter: animals, insects, minerals, foods, body parts, diseases (illustrated with a sickbed scene), etc. The work was inspired by and based on Comenius's Orbis Pictura, and seems to have enjoyed almost as much success in English schools; while the date of the first edition is unidentified, the third edition appeared in 1713, with this present example being the 23rd edition according to the title-page.
Provenance: Front pastedown with inked ownership inscription “W. & B. Edwards. Feb.y 5th 1816.” Most recently in the children's book collection of Albert A. Howard, small booklabel (“AHA”) at rear.
NSTC G1998; Osbourne Collection, p. 123; Vancil, Cordell Collection, 101. Not in O'Neill. Contemporary sheep, rebacked in calf, spine with gilt-stamped title; edges mildly scuffed. Front pastedown with inscription as above and with pencilled annotations, front free endpaper with edges chipped; title-page with offsetting to margins and with lower edge trimmed closely, just touching bottom edge of date; two pages (preliminary advertisement and preface) with small inkblot affecting a few letters without obscuring sense. Faint waterstaining to lower inner margins, pages otherwise clean. A nice copy of a work often demolished by schoolchildren. (38912)
Hallock, Edward J. A grammar of the English language. For the use of common schools, academies and seminaries...sixth edition. New York: Ivison & Phinney (pr. by Thomas B. Smith), 1855. 12mo. 250, [14 (illus. adv.)] pp.
Contemporary speckled sheep, spine with gilt-stamped leather title label; spine and edges lightly rubbed. Occasional pencilled marginalia and emphasis marks, confined to the first half of the work. (12103)
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He BeatMark Twain to the Use of Pike County Vernacular
Hay, John. The Pike County ballads. Boston & New York: Houghton Mifflin Co., 1912. 8vo (22.3 cm, 8.75"). 45,  pp.; illus.
First U.S. edition with the Wyeth illustrations, following the original (unillustrated) printing of 1871. Written by a private secretary to Abraham Lincoln, these dialect poems greatly influenced Samuel Clemens's choice of linguistic style for the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn; they were illustrated for the present edition by one of America's best-known illustrators and painters, who also provided a preface.
BAL 7841. Publisher's tan cloth, front cover with affixed color-printed paper illustration; binding somewhat darkened (especially spine), corners and spine extremities rubbed, a few small spots of discoloration to front and back covers. Front pastedown with pencilled gift inscription, front free endpaper with bookseller's small ticket. Pages clean. A very nice book. (20839)
ToAmputate or Not?
Hooper, Robert. The surgeon's vade-mecum: containing the symptoms, causes, diagnosis, prognosis and treatment of surgical diseases. Accompanied by the modern and approved methods of operating, select formulae of prescriptions, Latin and English, and a glossary of terms. Albany: Pub. & sold by E.F. Backus...; E. & E. Hosford, printers, © 1813. 12mo. xviii, 275, [1 (blank)] pp.,  ff.
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First American edition of a work not to be confused with the same author's Physician’s Vade-Mecum of which the first American edition also appeared in Albany (1809). From amputation to syphilis, to piles, exostosis, abscesses, tumors, deafness, gunshot wounds, burns, and so many other topics, Hooper (1773–1835) crammed a great deal into his handy go-with pocket volume. He was successful both as a physician and as a medical writer, and although the Royal College of Physicians prevented his obtaining a D.M. at Oxford, he was successful in obtaining an M.D. from St. Andrews. The DNB says of him that as a writer he was “most industrious,” noting that “his books had a large sale.”
At rear are “Select Formulae of Prescriptions, Latin & English, and a Glossary of Terms.”
Provenance: Early 19th-century signature on title-page of “John Stevens, No. 6" at top of title-page.
Shaw & Shoemaker 28770. On Hooper, see the DNB, XXVII, 306–307. Publisher's acid-stained sheep with red leather spine label, modest gilt ruling on spine; leather joints and worn corners repaired with toned tissue. Occasional foxing only. In all, a nice copy of a volume that was a must for American doctors at the beginning of the 19th century. (29572)
Horden, John. A grammar of the Cree language, as spoken by the Cree Indians of North America. London: Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, 1881. 12mo (161 mm; 6.375"). viii, 238 pp.
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First edition of one of the first Cree grammars in English. Horden, who began his life as an ironworker, received his calling in 1851 and was sent to Canada with only two weeks notice — during which time he was expected to find a wife. He succeeded in finding both a wife and a fruitful career, eventually becoming the first bishop of Moosonee, diocese of Rupert's Land.
Horden's approach here is rooted in descriptive grammar and is expressed in terms of classic Latin-based structure. He urges his language-learning students to begin with his grammar, but to “use the living voice of the Indians as much as possible” as their guide (p. vi).
Pilling, Algonquian, 237; Newberry Library, Ayer Indians, Cree-73 (giving incorrect page count); Pilling, Proof-Sheets, 1853; Evans 090; Banks p. 40; NSTC 0353034. Not in Vancil, Cordell Collection. Publisher's green cloth with modest decoration and “Cree Grammar” stamped in black; dark grey discoloration (smoke?) to spine and adjoining one inch on each cover. Text block edges darkened, discoloration to endpapers, fly-leaves, and occasionally another page, with a slim crescent of grey to top of title page. Otherwise, occasional foxing only and a good, sound copy. (34349)
Late Georgian-EraProvincially Produced Primer
Howe's primer, or, the child's first book. Derby: Printed by & for William Bemrose & Co., n.d. [ca. 1830]. 24mo (14 cm, 5.5"). 34 pp.; illus.
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Twenty-two wood-engraved illustrations supplement the text ofthis chapbook primer from the Derbyshire press of William Bemrose. In addition to the short reading passages that accompany each illustration, the work has the alphabet in capital and small letters, the numerals one to zero, the Roman alphabet, two pages of syllables, one page of words of two letters, one page of words of three letters, one page of words of four letters, and two pages of words of one syllable.
The date of publication is suggested by the Osborne Collection and the Bodleian Library.
WorldCat locates just three libraries reporting ownership (Huntington, UIllinois, Toronto Public) and COPAC adds only Oxford to the list.
Provenance: From the children's book collection of Albert A. Howard, small booklabel (“AHA”) at rear.
Osborne Collection, p. 124; Opie G186. Original stiff green illustrated and printed wrappers. Fine copy. (38898)
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