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Unanúe, José Hipólito.  Guia política, eclesiástica y militar del Virreynato del Perú. Para el año de 1794. [Lima]: Impresa en la Imprenta Real de los Niños Huérfanos, [1794]. 8vo (15 cm, 5.875"). [8], xii, [2], 306 pp.; 6 fold. plts., [1] fold. map.

Unanúe (1755–1833) was a polymath, physician, naturalist, meteorologist, cosmographer, university professor, and founder of the San Fernando Medical School. In his role as cosmographer to the viceroyalty, he produced just five of these guides to Peru (1793–97), each containing standard information on geography, political and religious divisions, political and religious position holders by name, highly important statistics, and a => much-coveted engraved map first created by Andres Baleto in 1792 and engraved by José Vazquez.
        While a goodly amount of data is the same in each edition of the Guia, annual statistics are not, and when new people were slotted into positions, the new names are given. Text appears on elegantly bordered pages.
        Binding: Marvelous contemporary sponge-mottled sheep binding, round spine richly gilt by repeated use of a small portion of a roll featuring a fine vinous pattern with fruit or berry.
        Searches of NUC and WorldCat locate => only three U.S. libraries reporting ownership (UC-San Diego, Lehigh, and Brown {not the JCB}).

Medina, Lima, 1790; Vargas Ugarte, Impresos peruanos, 2682; Sabin 97718; Palau 344278. Binding as above; joints and edges rubbed, tiny spots of worming. Private ownership stamp whited-out on title-page. Worming in the inner margins in the lower outer corner of the index, with loss of blank paper only.  (37980)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Introducing the Single Tax Theory to the Chinese

George, Henry.  [title in Chinese characters, transliterated as] Fu min ce. Shanghai: [in Chinese transliterated as:] Mei hua shu guan [i.e., American Presbyterian Mission Press], 1911. 8vo. (22 cm, 8.625"). [156] pp.

Dr. W.E. Macklin and Yushu Li collaborated on several translations of works from English into Chinese, and George's Progress and Poverty was their most important. It is here in the third edition (as per the note on the verso of the title-page); the first appeared in 1899 and the second in 1903.
        Dr. Macklin (1860–1947) was a Canadian medical missionary of the Disciples of Christ Mission to China who operated a clinic and dispensary in Nanking beginning in 1886. He also established schools and translated, as noted previously, several works into Chinese.
        Of this edition, WorldCat locates complete copies at three U.S. institutions (NYPL, Stanford, Johns Hopkins) and apparently partial copies at four others (University of Chicago, Princeton, Rutgers, UVa).

Stapled in original red wrappers; spine and edges sunned, extremities rubbed, small inked numeral in one corner. Very good.  (38050)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Translated into Chinese by an Important Canadian Medical Missionary

Caird, John; William Edward Macklin & Tao Lung Suen, trans.  [title in Chinese characters, transliterated as] Lun jiao zhong zhi xin li xue. [Place of publication not identified, probably Shanghai: No publisher/printer, ca. 1900–10?]. 8vo (22.5 cm, 8.875"). 188 pp.

Scottish theologian Caird's Introduction to the Philosophy of Religion translated into Chinese by W.E. Macklin and Tao Lung Suen, as per outside of rear wrapper (which serves as a supplementary, English-language title-page).
        Dr. Macklin (1860–1947) was a Canadian medical missionary of the Disciples of Christ Mission to China and operated a clinic and dispensary in Nanking beginning in 1886. He also established schools and translated several works into Chinese, including Henry George's Progress and Poverty, an Inquiry into the Cause of Industrial Depressions and of Increase of Want with Increase of Wealth; the Remedy.
        Searches of WorldCat locate only four copies in U.S. libraries (Bancroft, UVa, Prinecton, and University of Southern California).

Stitched as issued in plain wrappers, now in a modest phase box; rear wrapper chipped. Printed on very brittle brown paper.  (38049)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Early Study of Tuscan Literature from the Giunta Press

Gualteruzzi, Carlo; Vincenzo Borghini, ed.  Libro di novelle, et di bel parlar gentile. Nel qual si contengono cento nouelle altrauolta mandate fuori da Messer Carlo Gualteruzzi da Fano ... Con aggiunta di quattro altre nel fine. Et con una dichiaratione d'alcune delle voci piu antiche. In Fiorenza: Nella Stamparia dei Giunti, 1572. 4to (22.5 cm, 8.875"). [28], 153 (i.e., 165; 79–88 repeated), [3] pp.

Neatly printed collection of French-, Provençal-, and Italian-inspired stories primarily edited by Carlo Gualteruzzi, with four other stories edited by Vincenzo Borghini and an introduction for "alli studiosi della lingua Toscana" by Filippo and Jacopo Giunti. Considered by Dionisotti to be the first critical edition of an ancient text of Tuscan prose, this "nuovo ricorrette" edition comes after the first of 1525. Brunet notes of this edition that "l'auteur a réformé l'orthographe de celle de 1525," and Gamba points out the two have varying content — that this printing features => four new tales not found in the first edition. Boccaccio is believed to have borrowed the "Three Rings" story for his Decameron.
        The text is printed in single columns of roman and italic font with initials of varying decorative quality and size, some historiated, with different Giunta devices present on the title- and final pages.
        Binding: Rich green morocco, spine stamped and lettered in gilt with compartmental fleurons, covers framed and panelled in blind double fillets with gilt decorative corner stamps, board edges with single gilt fillet, turn-ins with decorative gilt rolls, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. => Signed binding by Capé, name camouflaged in lower front turn-in.
        Provenance: From the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.

EDIT 16 CNCE 47120; Adams G1358; Gamba, Serie dei testi di lingua e di altre opere importanti nella italiana letteratura scritte dal secolo XIV al XIX (4th ed.), 687; Brunet, I, 1737. Bound as above, moderately rubbed especially corners and spine. Light pencilling on endpapers and one blue crayon mark over a numbered stamp with another stamp at back; provenance as above, old oval rubber-stamp (imperfect) on two leaves of text. Two small marginal paper flaws; leaves with a few instances of light marginal waterstaining or the occasional spot and light age-toning generally. => An elegant production, an attractive volume.  (37997)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Buhler, Curt.  The fifteenth-century book: the scribes, the printers, the decorators. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1960. 195 pp.

Hardcover. No dust jacket. Black cloth. Foxing to text-block and bottom edge.  (37663)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

The Most Notable Pop-Up Artists Collaborate in Brooklyn

Thomas, Pamela; Maurice A. Sendak; David A. Carter; Robert Sabuda; & others.  Brooklyn pops up. New York: Little Simon, (2000). 8vo (23.7 cm, 9.25"). [16] unnumbered pages; col. illus.

Presented by the Brooklyn Public Library, a pop-up celebration of "the diverse borough of Brooklyn" featuring work by the most prominent pop-up artists.
        Each page features a particular part of Brooklyn with its own distinctive style depending on which artist engineered the spread. Maurice Sendak's unique style is evident in the front cover pop-up and David Carter designed the first page which features his signature bugs as residents of Brooklyn. Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn Bridge, Prospect Park and the borough's classic brownstones are just a few locations that have been given the pop-up treatment.
        First edition, second printing (as per the "numberline").
        Provenance: From the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.

Not in Hanrahan, Works of Maurice Sendak, revised & expanded to 2001. Original blue pictorial boards with a pop-up in relief to front board; spine-head bumped. => All pop-ups are in working order.  (38073)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

An Information-Packed Almanac — With a Printing of "The Definitive Treaty"

Low, Nathanael.  A pocket almanack for the year of our Lord 1785. Being the first after leap year, and the ninth of American independence. Calculated for the use of the commonwealth of Massachusetts, in latitude 42. 30. north. Longitude 69. 23. w. from London. Boston: Printed & sold by T. & J. Fleet, [1784]. 12mo (14.5 cm, 5.75"). [12] ff., 84 pp.

The knowledgeable cataloguers at the American Antiquarian Society note in its OPAC: "The almanac was probably calculated by Nathanael Low. The notes on eclipses are practically identical with those in his An astronomical diary or almanack for 1785, also published by Fleet. The calculations on the calendar pages are identical in part and in part vary slightly."
        The wealth of information provided the purchasers of this almanac includes the expected list of local ministers, officials, roads, etc., but also printed here is a copy of "The definitive treaty between Great Britain and the United States of America; sign'd at Paris, Sept. 3, 1783" (pp. 53–58) — being the "Treaty of Paris" that => ended the American Revolution and acknowledged the existence of the new United States.
        Provenance: Ex–American Antiquarian Society.

Evans 18469; Drake, Almanacs, 3348. 20th-century red calf nicely tooled on spine and both boards. A.A.S. stamp on title-page and that with one corner repaired just touching border. One or two spots of water, age-toning, and a few bottom edges deckle. Very good.  (38057)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Advice on All Sorts of Things

Andrelini, Publio Fausto.  P. Fausti Andrelini foroliuiensis Hecatodistichon. [Paris]: V[a]enundatur a M. Nicolao De Barra, [1519]. 4to (19.7 cm, 7.75"). [30] pp. (final blank lacking).

Posthumous — but still early — edition of Andrelini's collection of epigrams addressing a variety of groups and topics, including readers, sleep, and faith; here in => the first edition edited by Jean Vatel and with his commentary. Andrelini (ca. 1462–1518) was an Italian humanist, friend of Erasmus (until a dramatic break in 1511), and poet royal to both Charles VIII and Queen Anne of Brittany. Vatel was a similarly intriguing Renaissance man — the "data" page of the website of the Bibliothèque Nationale de France designates him, "Clerc, humaniste, professeur de grec, traducteur et commentateur, éditeur, dessinateur de caractères typographiques et imprimeur-libraire." Andrew Pettegree and Malcolm Walsby's bibliography of pre-1601 French books shows that Vatel was greatly interested in Andrelini and edited at least a dozen of his works; his commentary for this text was subsequently reprinted numerous times in the 16th and 17th centuries.
        The text is neatly printed in two different sizes of roman font with one decorative and one historiated initial (a Virgin and Child); a sizable printer's device appears on the title-page. Searches of the NUC, WorldCat, and COPAC reveal only one U.S. institution (Yale) reporting owning this edition.
        Provenance: From the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.

Moreau, Éditions parisiennes du XVI siècle, II, 1972; Brunet, I, 271–2; Graesse, Trésor de livres rares, I, 121; not in Adams. On Andrelini, see: Contemporaries of Erasmus, I; Pettegree & Walsby, French Vernacular Books: Books Published in France before 1601, 53120. Modern red foliate patterned paper–covered boards with gilt orange leather spine label, final blank lacking. Short interior tear without loss to title-page (perhaps a paper flaw?); light waterstaining and/or offsetting from old binding to upper outer corners and a little dust-soiling or creasing (the latter perhaps in the press). Light pencilling on one endpaper and one pencilled word on final page. => In fact withal a very pleasing little book.  (38015)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Letters of Politian & His Friends

Poliziano [Politianus], Angelo.  Illustrium virorum epistole ab Angelo Politiano partim scripte partim collectae: cum Sylvianis commentariis & Ascensianis scholiis. [Paris: Iodocus Badius Ascensius {Jehan Petit}, [1526/27]. 4to (20.9 cm, 8.2"). [4], CLXXXVIII, CVII–CLXXXIIII [i.e., CCVII–CCLXXXIIII] ff. (pagination extremely erratic; lacking signature B from lib. IX).

Attractive, uncommon Petit printing of these widely read, much-esteemed letters by a Florentine humanist of the 15th century and some of his illustrious peers. Born Angelo Ambrogini but commonly known as either Poliziano or Politian[us], the author tutored the children of Lorenzo de' Medici, taught at the University of Florence, and not only translated Latin and Greek classics but also produced significant poems of his own in both Latin and Italian. His writings were read and praised by Erasmus, Pico della Mirandola, Battista Guarini, and many other eminent scholars of the Renaissance — with Erasmus going so far as to make use of Poliziano's Epistolae (as they were originally titled) for his Adagia.
        The scholarly commentaries by François Du Bois and Josse Badius Ascensius appear here as shouldernotes, sometimes wrapping entirely around the main body of text, which is printed in Latin and Greek with a variety of woodcut decorative capitals used throughout, including criblé and historiated initials of which one is a particularly nice P featuring Adam and Eve with the Tree of Knowledge. Two letters of Hermolaus Barbarus are given both in the original Greek and in Latin translation by Jacques Toussain. This Petit printing is => extremely uncommon, with WorldCat locating only one institutional holding in the U.S. and one in the U.K. (with the date given as 1527 in the latter record).
        Evidence of Readership: Title-page with numerous early inked annotations and inscriptions, some lined through, several belonging to Thomas F[?]; early inked annotations in Latin and Greek, underlining, and marks of emphasis throughout, reflecting significant scholarly engagement with the text.
        Provenance: Inscriptions as above; first page of index with early, indecipherable blind-stamp. Most recently in the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.

Adams E274; Graesse, V, 390; Moreau, Éditions parisiennes du XVI siècle, III, 1304. On Poliziano (and his impact on Erasmus), see: Contemporaries of Erasmus, III, 106–08. 18th-century calf framed in blind roll, sometime rebacked with complementary leather spine with blind tooling, gilt triple fillets, and gilt-stamped leather title-label; sides, corners, and edges showing light wear, back outer edge with dent not taking leather. Scattered spots of faint foxing; a few leaves with light waterstaining to outer margins (only). Inscriptions and annotations as above (some annotations shaved), with some incorrect foliation and chapter headers corrected in ink. One signature apparently lacking from lib. IX. One leaf with paper flaw affecting a few letters, without loss of sense; one leaf with small portion of outer margin torn away. => As a copy revealing ample and attentive scholarly interrogation, this is a distinguished one.  (38065)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

A Spectacular Prize!

Macaulay, Thomas Babington, & George Scharf.  Lays of ancient Rome. London: Longmans, Green, Reader, & Dyer, 1867. 16mo (17.9 cm, 7"). 210 pp., illus.

"New edition" presented in a prize binding of these retellings of heroic episodes of classical times by the 1st Baron Macaulay — politician, historian, and essayist. Present here are "Horatius," "Battle of the Lake Regillus," "Virginia," and "The Prophecy of Capys," along with an introductory survey of Roman history and literature; the volume is illustrated with wood engravings by Samuel Williams after George Scharf.
        Binding: An => ornate prize binding of green morocco, covers framed with a gilt abstract foliate roll within gilt double fillets, surrounding a central cartouche and four framed compartments filled with gilt fleurs-de-lis, with gilt fleurons at corners; spine with gilt-stamped title, raised bands with gilt chain roll, and gilt-stamped fleur-de-lis motifs in compartments. Board edges with gilt roll comprised of lines and dots; turn-ins with gilt floral and arch roll; marbled endpapers. All edges gilt.
        Provenance: On front pastedown, the => green morocco bookplate of the Sussex Board for Local Examinations, with black double-rule border and gilt emblem. On front free endpaper, mounted => printed presentation slip reading "Prize given by W.T. Loveday, Esq., to the youngest student who passed in Latin and in Honours, and presented through the Sussex Board for Local Examinations to Henry Chester Goodhart (pupil of Mr. C.W. Goodhart, Brighton) who passed in Class I. in the Junior Division, at the examination held in Brighton, June, 1870, by authority of the University of Oxford"; signed by Mayor Rich. M. Webb and Honorary Secretary Barclay Phillips, dated 3 May 1871.

NSTC 2M1243. Bound as above, edges refurbished, very light rubbing to corners and one raised band on spine. Offsetting to presentation slip from bookplate, minor spots to front fly-leaf, and very faint stain to the edge of last few pages; interior otherwise clean. => An elaborate and beautiful English prize binding; a volume bearing "top of the line" versions of its other "prize" elements.  (37848)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Prize Copy — Handsome Binding

Thornbury, Walter, ed.  Two centuries of song: Or, lyrics, madrigals, sonnets, and other occasional verses of the English poets of the last two hundred years. London: Sampson, Low, Son, & Marston, 1867. 8vo in 4s (23.7 cm, 9.3"). xii, 307, [1] pp.; 19 plts.

First edition of this gift book: a "carefully-culled and pleasantly-contrasted nosegay" of vers de société, or "poems written for refined circles of educated people," with brief notes about the poets' lives and personalities. McLean notes that this volume's production was supervised by Joseph Cundall, calls it "an unusual [example] of mid-Victorian commercial book design," and describes the letterpress machining (done by Richard Clay) as "superb." Henry Shaw designed the color-printed borders for the text pages, as well as the engraved half-title and various other decorations for the book, which also features => 19 engraved plates done by Orrin Smith, H. Harral, W.J. Linton, W.J. Palmer, and W. Thomas after designs by William Paton Burton, George Bouverie Goddard, Edmund Warren, Edmund Morison Wimperis,and Joseph Wolf (the acclaimed wildlife artist, here represented by a nice scene of a stork winging away from a fox on the prowl).
        Binding: Contemporary green morocco, covers framed in gilt triple fillets with gilt-tooled corner fleurons surrounding a central foliate medallion, spine gilt extra. Turn-ins with gilt roll. All edges gilt. Signed binding: "Bain, Binder" small stamp in lower margin of verso of front free endpaper.
        Provenance: Prize copy: front fly-leaf with inked inscription reading "Jno. Hy. Lloyd [/] Prize for proficiency in English and British History. July, 1872 [/] A.R. Abbott [/] Grove House"; beneath inscription, affixed paper label inscribed "George B. Lloyd." Most recently in the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.

McLean, Victorian Book Design, 68 & 146. Binding as above, showing light wear overall with joints, spine bands, and extremities rubbed, spine slightly darkened. Front fly-leaf with inscription and label as above. Fly-leaves and half-title foxed; a few faint spots of foxing scattered through pages. => A distinguished example of this quintessentially Victorian present.  (38060)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

A Great Asian City through Western Eyes

Bredon, Juliet.  Peking: a historical and intimate description of its chief places of interest. Shanghai: Kelly & Walsh, 1922. 8vo (22.6 cm, 8.875"). [2], frontis., x, [3], 523, [1] pp.; 6 fold. maps & plans, 23 plts.

As a British resident of the "fascinating old city" during the early 20th century, Bredon here wishes "simply to play the part of a friend to resident and visitor alike — a friend (in whose taste you perhaps have confidence) to take you by the arm for a stroll through [Peking/Beijing] and its suburbs."
        With a frontispiece and 23 black-and-white half-tone plates from A.J. Waller's photographs, and several folded maps and plans, this is the second edition (revised and enlarged).
        Provenance: On half-title, an inscription in pencil: "A.M.H., from Frances, Dec. 1929." Ca. 1950's bookseller's label of New York City's East and West Shop. Most recently in the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.

Publisher's orange cloth with black lettering to spine and front board, cover with gilt impression of the Temple of Heaven against a black background within a black single rule border; extremities rubbed with small tears to spine-ends, spine faded, light scuffing to boards. Fore- and bottom edges untrimmed; signatures partially unopened. Very minor soiling to creases of rear map, small tears to two map corners at bottom attachment, minor age-toning. An engaging and loving production in a => handsome, complete, and highly readable copy.  (38024)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

From a 9th-Century Traveler & a 20th-Century Scholar

Reischauer, Edwin O.  Ennin's travels in T'ang China. New York: Ronald Press Co., 1955. 8vo (24.1 cm, 9.5"). Frontis., xii, [2], 341, [1] pp.

A prominent modern scholar of East Asian culture here presents the Japanese Buddhist monk Ennin's nine-year visit to ancient China, one full of triumphant wanderings as well as tribulations, basing his text on Ennin's diary and at times using his own words to describe Chinese daily life and culture as the diarist experienced and observed them firsthand in the 9th century. A 12th-century, idealized color portrait of Ennin serves as frontispiece.
        An American born and raised in Japan, Edwin O. Reischauer (1910–90) was the founding director of the Japan Institute at Harvard University and United States ambassador to Japan from 1961 to 1966
        Provenance: From the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.

Publisher's brown cloth with white lettering and decoration to spine and white emblem to front board, pictorial endpapers giving a map of the travels, in original pictorial dust jacket. Volume with extremities faintly rubbed; jacket faintly soiled with spine sunned, edges worn with a few shallow chips. Page edges very slightly age-toned. => A sound reading copy and actually something more than that.  (38029)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

The Aurora Borealis as Seen in Mexico City in 1789

León y Gama, Antonio de.  Disertación física sobre la materia y formación de las auroras boreales, que con ocasión de la que apareció en México y otros lugares de la Nueva España el día 14 de noviembre de 1789. Mexico: Felipe de Zúñiga y Ontiveros, 1790. Small 4to (20 cm; 7.875"). [1] f., 37, [1 (blank]) pp., engr. plt.

León y Gama (1735–1802) is probably most famous for his publication on the discovery of the Tizoc Stone and the Aztec Calendar Stone that were unearthed during a campaign of municipal "improvements" in Mexico City's zócalo, or main square, in the late 1780s and early 1790s. His was the first scholarly publication that described the stones' discovery and attempted to explain their meaning.
        León, a native of Mexico City, trained as a lawyer, worked for the audiencia (high court) of Mexico, and was a self-trained mathematician and astronomer. He published works on astronomy beginning in 1770, notably a description of the solar eclipse of 24 June 1778 and this work on the aurora borealis that was seen in Mexico City in November of 1789 — immediately after which, on 1 and 22 December, he published articles in the Gazetas de Mexico allaying the fear of the populace and giving a simplified explanation of the "lights." This formal explanation is laid out under four headings: "Diferencias que se observan en las Auroras boreales: propriedades y circunstancias de la materia de que se componen," "Varias opiniones acerca de la materia de que se forma la Aurora boreal," "Varias noticias de algunos Lugares de este Reyno donde se vió la Aurora boreal la misma noche del dia 14 de Nov. de 1789," and "De la materia y formacion de la Aurora boreal." An => engraving of angles of observation related to auroras is found in a "Suplemento" after the main text that discusses criticisms of León's December, 1789, writing on the phenomenon and clearly states that the anonymous "Noticia" on it that appeared in the 19 November 1789 issue of the Gazeta de literatura, often attributed to him, is not his! Finally, the text is carefully footnoted with detailed bibliographical references.
        => Mexican colonial-era math and science publications as a genre are among the rarest both in holdings outside of Mexico and in the marketplace. Searches of NUC, WorldCat, and CCILA locate only five U.S. libraries reporting ownership of this publication (Sutro, Bancroft, Tulane, John Carter Brown, and University of Texas).

Medina, Mexico, 7997; Puttick & Simpson, Bibliotheca Mejicana, 1583; Catalogue Andrade, 4123; Sutro, p. 33. Recent brown cloth over light boards. Title-leaf closely cropped in upper margin costing the top halves or more of all letters of the two-word title, and a few page numbers touched; text and illustration very good.  (38062)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Urquiola, Luis.  Sagrada columna de España ... de la milagrosa venida de la Reyna de los Angeles María Santissima, viviendo aun en carne mortal, a la dichosa ciudad de Zaragoza. Zaragoza: por los herederos de Diego Larumbe, 1724. Small 4to. [28] ff., 416 pp., [8] ff.

Nuestra Señora del Pilar is the patroness of Spain and the Spanish world. Tradition hold that in January, 40 AD, in the pagan land that is now Zaragoza, the Apostle James the Great was preaching and attempting to convert souls to Christ, but was discouraged by the poor results. Mary (who was still alive and living in Ephesus or Jerusalem) appeared to him via bilocation on a pillar and in the company of Angels and left him the pillar and a statue of herself and instructions to build a chapel on the spot where she had appeared.
        This work is a documentary history of the event and is an important work in the canon of Mariology.
        Searches of NUC, WorldCat, COPAC, and CCPB find only one reported copy in the U.S., none in Mexico, none in Britain, as is to be expected more than a dozen in Spain.

Palau 345859. Contemporary limp vellum, lacking ties. Text block loosening. Pastedowns removed; no free endpapers. Occasional light waterstaining.  (35084)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Victorian Guide to Educational Children's Toys

[Erle, Twynihoe William].  Children’s toys, and some elementary lessons in general knowledge which they teach. London: C. Kegan Paul & Co., 1877. 12mo (19.1 cm, 7.5"). Frontis., [1] f., 292, 32 pp. (publisher's ads); illus.

A Victorian exploration of children's toys in a charming decorated binding. Written during an era of rapid scientific progress and interest, the author provides a "glance at toys in some few of their scientific aspects." The work saw a later edition with a slightly changed title: Science in the Nursery, or, Children's Toys and What They Teach. Spinning dolls, peashooters, kaleidoscopes, and kites are a few of the toys examined for their educational value.
        The volume opens with => a black and white wood-engraved frontispiece signed by English engraver Edmund Evans and includes many small in-text engravings (unsigned) depicting the toys, and engraved headers for each chapter.
        Binding: Publisher's red cloth with gilt lettering to front board and spine; on the front board, black-stamped decoration of a boy blowing bubbles, surrounded by different toys (sailboat, spinning top, etc.). Striking black endpapers.

Bound as above; slightly cocked with edges lightly rubbed, some soiling to boards, and spine darkened. Partially unopened in one small section, minor gutter crack at p. 112, faint crease to one leaf corner. => An engaging copy.  (37943)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Women of the Zhang Family

Mann, Susan.  The talented women of the Zhang family. Berkeley: University of California Press, (2007). 8vo (23 cm, 9"). xvi, 322 pp.; illus., plts. (some in color), maps.

Study of three generations of literary women in a 19th-century Chinese family — their poetry and memoirs. First paperback edition, first issue.

Paperback. Very good.  (38022)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

"Your Very Affectionate, Louis N. Parker" — Autobiography with Signed Letter

Parker, Louis N.  Several of my lives. London: Chapman & Hall, 1928. 8vo (22.7 cm, 8.875"). viii, 312 pp.; 32 plts.

First edition: From the prolific British playwright, an illustrated autobiography with signed ephemera laid in, mounted, or tipped in => including a handwritten letter and poem written by Parker, photographs, and newspaper clippings. Louis N. Parker (1852–1944), best known for his 1911 play Disraeli, started his career composing music after attending the Royal Academy of Music; as he began to lose his hearing, he became increasingly involved with drama instead. During his career, he wrote or translated (either alone or in collaboration) over 100 plays, and organized pageants — huge drama festivals involving hundreds of performers, inspiring a rise in "pageantitis" in England.
        Parker's biography is well illustrated with 32 black-and-white plates (including his frontispiece portrait) featuring the many people he met throughout his "lives" — early life, musical life, theatrical life, and pageant life (as the book is sectioned).
        Binding: Half red morocco double gilt-ruled, over red cloth sides; five raised bands to spine, lettering or elegant gilt floral decoration in ruled compartments. Top edge gilt, fore- and bottom edges untrimmed. => Signed by Bickers & Son.
        Provenance & added material: Previously owned by Parker's friend "Saint" (unidentified; see further). Mounted on front free endpaper, a black and white photograph of Parker in front of shelves holding a glass collection; mounted underneath is a clipping from a letter: "Your very affectionate, Luigi." On following verso, a newspaper clipping of an interview from 1932 is tipped in; on the next recto is mounted a letter to "Saint" (a delightfully written apology for the friend's absence in the book) with, on its second leaf, an original poem asking his friend to "accept this trivial book." Additional newspaper clippings laid in. On rear pastedown, a black and white photograph with a small ink note indicating it is of Parker's salon; on rear free endpaper, Parker's obituary clipped from the Illustrated London News (as indicated by previous owner's pencilled note) dated 1944. Occasionally a pencilled word or checkmark; one clipping with cut-off words supplied in ink.

Bound as above, minor rubbing to corners, small stain and light fading to boards; offsetting to endpapers and soiling from glue used to attach ephemera, evidence of one glue-in removed. Evidence of readership as above; one checkmark in old-fashioned red pencil. => A splendid, unique volume containing intriguing related ephemera — clearly owned by a special friend of Parker's.  (38018)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Flacius Invokes Luther After the Augsburg Diet & Against the Augsburg Interim

Luther, Martin; Matthias Flacius Illyricus, ed.  Etliche Brieffe, des ehrwirdigen Herrn D. Martini Luthers seliger gedechtnis, an die Theologos auff den Reichstag zu Augspurg geschrieben, Anno M.D. XXX. von der vereinigung Christi und Belials, auss welchen man viel nützlicher lehr in gegenwertiger gefahr der Kirchen nemen kan, verdeudscht. [Magdeburg: Christian Rödinger, 1549]. 4to (20.5 cm, 8"). [32] ff.

First vernacular translation of Luther's Aliquot epistolae Reverendi Patris piae memoriae D. Martini Lutheri quibusdam theologis ad Augustana Comitia, anno 1530, scriptae, being letters principally addressed to => Melanchthon and Brenz, with their replies, but other correspondents include Johann Friedrich I, Kurfürst von Sachsen; Gregor Brück; Georg Spalatin; Justus Jonas; Johann Bugenhagen; Georg III, Fürst von Anhalt; and Kaspar Cruciger.
        The letters were collected by Veit Dietrich and edited by Matthias Flacius Illyricus. Apparently the motivations behind this publication were based in the Adiaphorist controversy that the Diet of Augsburg resolved in 1548, and the imperially issued Augsburg Interim during the Diet. Flacius wished to remind Protestants that Luther's stances on many of the issues addressed by the Augsburg Interim were at odds with the contents of that document — which Luther himself could not do, as he had died in 1546.
        Printed in fraktur, of course, and with a large woodcut portrait of Luther (Kind's no. 63) on the verso of the title-page, this was, strangely, issued without imprint information.
        Provenance: 20th-century bookplate of H. Spart; most recently in the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.

Kind, Lutherdrucke, 264; Hammer, Melanchthonforschung, 90; VD16 L3726; Hohenemser, 2713; Kuczýnski, 1838; Pegg, Bibliotheca, 764; Pegg, Swiss, 2873. 20th-century full caramel-colored calf modestly tooled in blind with rules on the covers and with the author, title, and date in gilt on the front board. Title-page with inner margin reinforced; age-toning, intermittent early annotations and marks of emphasis, a few scattered ink smudges and spots confined to margins. => A very good copy.  (38023)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Woman Printer of Reformation Pamphlets — Luther on Blessings

Luther, Martin.  Der Segen so man nach der Messe spricht uber das Volck aus dem vierten buch Mosiam vj. Cap. [colophon: Nürmberg: Kunigund Hergotin], 1532. Small 4to (18.5 cm, 7.25"). [6] ff.

The second of only two editions, both printed in 1532, of Luther's text on blessings: Dealing directly with the Lutheran Church's priestly (i.e., Aaronic) blessing, this interpretation of the benediction complements Luther's 1527/1528 series of sermons delivered on the fourth book of Genesis, which were not fully published until 1902.
        => Kunigunde Hergotin took over this Nürmberg printing business after her husband, Hans, was executed for printing a politically radical Anabaptist tract by Thomas Muntzer. "It is believed that she printed much of the material printed under Hans Hergot's name, and that he was simply the distributor. The materials he was distributing were considered heretical and politically radical, and while George, Duke of Saxony presided, Hans Hergot was tried and condemned to death. Kunegunde tried to convince the Nuremberg city council to intercede, but was unsuccessful, and Hans was publicly executed in 1527. Kunegunde continued the business under her own name until 1539" (Erdman, p. 264).
        The title-page here features a four-element woodcut border of putti intertwined with flowering vines from which they are picking fruit. The text is in Fraktur (of course) and has a few historiated woodcut initials.
        Evidence of readership: Underlining and marginalia throughout in an early hand in German; four blessings ca. 1557 on blank verso of last leaf (three in Latin, one in German).
        Provenance: Ownership signature of Caspar von Schneider dated 1557 on verso of last leaf; most recently in the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear..
        Searches of NUC and WorldCat locate only one U.S. library reporting ownership of this edition (Pitts Theological) and only six of the first.

VD16 L5879; Benzing 3016. On Kunigunde Hergotin, see Alex Erdmann, My Gracious Silence, p. 264. In later plain brown wrappers with inked publication information and => a charming hand-drawn symbolic ex libris on the inside front wrapper; edges chipped. Title-page and last leaf dust-soiled; some shallow chipping and mostly-light staining of margins. => Showing both ownership and readership in a most intriguing way.  (38028)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Girl Guides' Guide to the Toy-Making Badge

Hetherington, Mary G., & M.C. Underhill.  Simple toy making for pleasure and profit. London: C. Arthur Pearson Ltd., 1925. 12mo (19.2 cm, 7.5"). 92, [4 (adv.)] pp.; illus.

For the early 20th-century Girl Guide looking to acquire the Guide Toy-maker's badge, a small how-to book for making simple and creative toys. Thirteen black-and-white illustrations and numerous diagrams demonstrate using easily obtained materials to fabricate many toys, such as "loofah trees," a "matchbox village," and a stuffed elephant.
        This is the => first of three editions; the main text is prefaced by the Girl Guides' official test for obtaining the Toy-maker's badge. Of this edition WorldCat has located but eight institutional copies; not surprisingly, only two are in the U.S.
        Provenance: On front free endpaper: "1st Cleator Moor (St. John's) Girl Guides, Oct. 1928."

Publisher's blue cloth with navy-stamped lettering to spine and front board, without dust jacket; extremities and top edges bumped, boards with their "finish" now mottled. Gutter crack at p. 80, light waterstaining to rear pastedown (rather oddly, not elsewhere), and minor soiling to several pages. => A solid, enjoyable copy.  (37993)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

The ABCs with Wit & Glamor!

Dietrich, Marlene.  Marlene Dietrich’s ABC. New York: Frederick Ungar Publishing Co., (1984). 8vo (21.6 cm, 8.5"). vii, 183 pp.; illus.

One of 250 copies and signed by Marlene Dietrich: The famous German actress, singer and humanitarian => presents the alphabet in her own unique and witty way. Each letter gets its own following list of her favorite words, names, and things beginning with it, with her own definition/impression of each one; at times her observations cover several pages, other times her aphorisms are a single line. For "glamour," she writes, "The which I would like to know the meaning of"; for "camera": "A friend of mine. We understood each other." This is the revised edition, with additions to the text and photographs.
        Dietrich (1901–92) was an active performer for much of the 20th century; she reinvented her image many times — going from film actor to humanitarian during World War II to cabaret artist — and maintained her popularity and glamorous image throughout the years. In 1947, she received the Medal of Freedom for her work supporting Allied troops.
        The volume includes a section of black-and-white photographs of Dietrich in various roles and with co-stars and friends.
        => Signed by Dietrich on the front free endpaper, where the book is also numbered (94).

Publisher's white cloth with gilt lettering to spine; original pink pictorial dust jacket present with faded spine, light wear to corners, minor creasing and rubbing to front panel with short tears to upper edge, and small piercing at front joint. => Volume under jacket, pristine.  (37966)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

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Beauties & Antiquities of the Bard's Home Town

Wheler, Robert Bell.  History and antiquities of Stratford-upon-Avon: comprising a description of the collegiate church, the life of Shakespeare, and copies of several documents relating to him and his family, never before printed; with a biographical sketch of other eminent characters, natives of, or who have resided in Stratford. To which is added, a particular account of the jubilee, celebrated at Stratford, in honour of our immortal bard... Stratford-upon-Avon: Pr. and sold by J. Ward, 1806. 8vo (19 cm, 7.45"). [4] pp., frontis., [2 (1 blank)], ii, 229, [1 (errata)] pp.; 7 plts.

First edition. This "accurate and careful compilation remains a standard work of reference" (DNB). The author, Robert Bell Wheler (1785–1857), was a native of Stratford-upon-Avon and an antiquary who developed a lifelong passion for the local topography and Shakespearean research. This work is illustrated with eight plates by F. Eginton from Wheler's own sketches: Six are sepia aquatints and two are sepia etchings.
        Wheler's other publications include Guide to Stratford-upon-Avon, published in 1814 and reprinted in 1850, and Historical and Descriptive Account of the Birthplace of Shakespeare (1829), a detailed description of Shakespeare's birthplace as it stood in the beginning of the 19th century.
        Provenance: Late 19th- or early 20th-century bookplates of Joseph Y. Jeanes, of Philadelphia; ca. 1940 self-made bookplate of Robert R. Riegle (rubber-stamp on a stock stationery label).

NSTC W1527; Lowndes 2888; Abbey 317. 19th-century tree calf with single gilt roll border on the boards and single gilt rules on spine forming "compartments"; spine, hinges, and extremities rubbed. Bookplates as above. Foxing and some staining, otherwise a decent copy. => Many points of interest!  (38046)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Pickering & Riviere Present Jeremy Taylor's Holy Dying

Taylor, Jeremy.  The rule and exercises of holy dying. London: William Pickering, 1847. 8vo (22.7 cm, 8.875"). xxiv, [6], 327, [1] pp.

Admired by all denominations, this enormously popular manual of Christian practice originally published in 1651 provided "means and instruments" for preparing and achieving a blessed death. A follow-up to The Rule and Exercises of Holy Living, published in 1650, it is considered the => artistic climax of the death literature tradition that began in the 15th century. This is the second reissue of the 1840 edition from Pickering, printed with the title and publisher's device in red and black.
        Jeremy Taylor (1613–67), known for his magnificent prose, was a High Church divine and chaplain to Charles I; he was well known as a theologian and one of the school of Caroline Divines who brilliantly systematized Anglican theology in the 17th century. His support of the Royalist cause and episcopacy resulted in several brief imprisonments.
        Binding: Full navy morocco with gilt lettering, fleurons within compartments, and five raised bands to spine; boards framed by simple gilt double-rule border with corner fleurons. Turn-ins decorated with simple gilt double-rule border, French combed marbled endpapers, all edges gilt over red. => Signed by Riviere.
        Provenance: Tipped-in at front on its own leaf is => the large oval armorial bookplate of Joseph Walter King Eyton, hand-colored; uncolored, plainer armorial bookplates of two smaller sizes follow on their own leaves. Front fly-leaf with inked signature of Helen Strong Hoyt, a remarkable figure who both studied and taught English literature at Bryn Mawr College.

Kelly, Checklist of Books Published by William Pickering, 1847.15; Keynes, William Pickering (rev. ed.), p. 91; Pickering & Chatto, William Pickering (catalogue 708), 256. Bound as above, rubbed with bumping to corners and fore-edges; boards lightly soiled and scraped. Front fly-leaves (only) lightly foxed, minor creasing to corner of p. 95 (probably in the press). => An attractive and sturdy copy, with interesting provenance.  (37996)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Illustrated Fables by One of Thomas Bewick's Favorite Pupils

Northcote, James; William Harvey, engr.; William Hazlitt.  One hundred fables, original and selected. London: George Lawford (pr. by J. Johnson), 1828. 4to (25.3 cm, 10"). 2 vols. I: Frontis., [6], iii, [1], 272 pp.; illus. II: lx, 248 pp.; illus.

[with] Northcote, James; William Harvey, engr.; Edmund Southey Rogers, ed. Fables, original and selected. Second series. London: John Murray (pr. by C. Whittingham), 1833.
        Here are both series of Northcote's profusely illustrated fairy tale collections together, with => over 500 in-text wood engravings by William Harvey, one of Thomas Bewick's favorite apprentices, after Northcote's work "based on illustrations from old prints onto which Northcote pasted his own designs," and with ornamental letters and vignettes designed by Harvey himself (DNB online).
        The first volume of this work was published in 1828 with the writing help of Northcote's friend and essayist William Hazlitt and begins with a frontispiece of Northcote engraved by W.H. Worthington. The second, which contains 101 new fables, was printed by Whittingham at the Chiswick Press and produced posthumously through the effort of Edmund Southey Rogers, who also contributed a biographical sketch of Northcote to the volume.
        Binding: Late 19th- or early 20th-century polished tan calf, spines each with two different-colored leather spine labels, compartments gilt-stamped with two birds in a fountain, covers framed in gilt double fillets around a delicate foliate roll. Board edges with gilt double fillets, turn-ins with decorative gilt roll, marbled endpapers. All edges gilt.
        Provenance: From the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear of each volume.

Bound as above: gently rubbed at corners and hinges, one sunned board, two short scratches and one with a bit of discoloration around it, pencilling on one endpaper. Provenance as above, light age-toning with the occasional spot, moderate foxing on and around frontispiece. => Neatly laid out, beautifully illustrated, handsomely bound, happy condition.  (37998)   Add to My BOOK-STACK


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