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Writerly Friends Helping a Writer Friend
       (J. Joyce)

(Joyce, James). Beckett, Samuel; Marcel Brion; William Carlos Williams; et al.  Our exagmination round his factification for incamination of Work in progress. Paris: Shakespeare & Co., Sylvia Beach, 1929. 8vo (19 cm, 7.5"). [6], 194, [2] pp.

When James Joyce's eventual Finnegans Wake was receiving unenthusiastic reviews, while still being published in serial form under the title Work in Progress, he => employed the help of his friends to improve the response to his new writing. Samuel Beckett, Marcel Brion, and William Carlos Williams joined other literary acquaintances of Joyce's to produce twelve critical essays analyzing the innovative contributions to literature represented by Work in Progress, with Beckett's essay having been => his first appearance in print. There are also two "letters of protest" here — Joyce wanted negative analyses to be included — one of which was originally suspected to have been written by Joyce himself.
        Sylvia Beach of the celebrated Shakespeare and Company, and frequent publisher of Joyce's work, produced the critical essay collection.
        The colophon states: "96 copies of this book have been printed on vergé d'Arches numbered 1–96"; this is an unnumbered copy.
        Provenance: Bookseller's ticket of The Personal Book Shop in Boston on front fly-leaf.

In original cream wrappers with black printed lettering to spine and both covers, limited crescents of waterstaining to edges not reaching interior; edgeworn, with a bit of chipping, and with front wrapper pulling away. Without the glassine jacket. Interior age-toned and a few signatures roughly opened; "Made in Great Britain" stamp on title-page. => A fragile but still desirable artifact from an exciting era for art and literature — and, for controversy about it.  (38959)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

A Very Standard Work

Proud, Robert.  The history of Pennsylvania, in North America, from the original institution and settlement of that province, under the first proprietor and governor William Penn in 1681, till after the year 1742. Philadelphia: Zachariah Poulson, Jr., 1797-98. 8vo (21.5 cm, 8.5"). 2 vols. I: 508 pp., [1] leaf of plates (portrait). II: 373, [1], 146 p., [1] folded map.

An important and standard late 18th-century history of Pennsylvania by a native of Yorkshire, England, who settled in Philadelphia in 1759 and remained there (here!) until his death in 1813. In addition to its standard fare (i.e., "The history of Pennsylvania, 1676–1709"; "The history of Pennsylvania, 1709–1763"; "A view of the province of Pennsylvania ... between the years 1760 and 1770"), the work's appendix includes "Certain Conditions, or concessions, agreed upon by William Penn," "The Frame of the Government of the Province of Pensilvania, 1682, 1683, 1696," "The Charter of the City of Philadelphia, 1701," and the "Journals of Christian Frederick Post, from Philadelphia to the Ohio, 1758–59."
        John James Barralet (approx. 1747–1815) supervised Alexander Lawson (1773–1846), the engraver of the William Penn portrait that serves as the frontispiece to vol. I, and James Thackara (1767–1848) was the engraver of the map in vol. II.
        Binding: Contemporary tree calf, spines divided into compartments by attractive and thoughtful gilt tooling; red leather title-labels with additional delicate gilt bordering. Volume numbers gilt to small black leather shields defined by additional modest gilt.
        Provenance: Hannah Ann Morris Buckley on fly-leaf of vol. I; signature of Sarah Wistar in top blank area of each title-page. The Morris and Wistar families were important Philadelphia families and much intermarried.

Sowerby, Catalogue of the Library of Thomas Jefferson, 460; Evans 32729, 34421; ESTC W020454; Howes P 639; Sabin 66223. Bound as above, volumes scuffed with joints outside starting to open from tops yet solid. Foxing and age-toning as would be expected, only; map in good condition. => Overall, a very nice set.  (34072)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

A Colorful, Uncommon, PAGE-TURNER of a Children's Book

Geyser, J.B., illus.  Humpty Dumpty and his wonderful adventures. [Cincinnati: Peter G. Thomson, 1881?]. Large 4to (27.1 cm, 10.66"). 8 ff.; col. illus.

This Humpty is a clown rather than an egg, due to falling afoul of a passing fairy. His roguish escapades — which culminate in being eaten by a whale! — are told in verse and illustrated with => a vividly colored cover and six full-page illustrations chromoxylographed from designs by J.B. Geyser, the cover additionally enhanced with gilt-stamping. Unlike at least one digitized copy, the present example of this toybook does not bear Thomson's information at the foot of either the front or the back wrapper (the back wrapper here substitutes "For sale by all booksellers"), but the text and illustrations otherwise match that printing.
        Hard copies of this 19th-century printing are scarce: a search of WorldCat finds only six U.S. institutions reporting holdings (Monmouth County Historical Association, New York Public, New York State Library, UCLA, University of Florida, Yale).

Publisher's tan paper wrappers, front wrapper pictorially stamped in color and gilt, back wrapper with publisher's advertisement; wrappers slightly darkened with smudges to outer margins and spots of discoloration to back wrapper, spine starting to split. Scattered small spots to pages. => Slightly fragile overall, but an impressively bright, engaging, and desirable item.  (42025)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

An Eminent Historian of Central Asia — ENGLISHED

Barthold, Vasily Vladimirovich [Wilhelm]; Vladimir & Tatiana Minorsky, transl.  Four studies on the history of Central Asia. Leiden: E.J. Brill, 1956, 1958, & 1962. 12mo (19.6 cm, 7.71"). 3 vols. I: Frontis., xvi, 183, [1] pp. II: Frontis., xii, 200 pp.; 2 plts. III: vii, [1], 187, [1] pp.; 1 plt.

First edition in English, translated from the original Russian and in three volumes as issued, with the first volume containing "A Short History of Turkestan" and "History of the Semirechyé," and the second and third volumes subtitled Ulugh-Beg and Mīr ʻAlī-Shīr: A History of the Turkman People.
        There are a total of five plates, including the two frontispieces.

Publisher's light green cloth, front covers and spines with gilt-stamped titles; spines and board edges sunned. Pages clean.  (42003)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Ancient Jewish Vestments — Polyglot & Illustrated

Braun, Johannes.  [one line in Hebrew characters transliterated as Bigde Kohanim, then] Id est vestitus sacerdotum Hebraeorum. Sive commentarius amplissimus in Exodi cap. XXVIII, ac XXIX & Levit. Cap. XVI aliaque loca S. Scripturae quam plurima. Amstelodami: Apud Abrahamum a Someren, 1698–97. 4to (20.8 cm, 8.18"). 2 vols. in 1. Engr. t.-p., [70], 343, [41 (index & errata)], [2], 345–752, [60 (index & errata)] pp.; 20 plts. (some fold.).

Braun's work on the vestments and ritual garments of the Jewish high priests of antiquity. Printed in Latin, Greek, Hebrew, and Arabic with a few German words in blackletter, the text is => illustrated with an engraved title-page and 20 plates done by Bastiaan Stoopendaal including a striking oversized, folding image of a woman at work on a floor loom. This is the "altera editio, priori auctior & emendatior," following the first edition of 1680; the second volume has a separate title-page giving the publication date as 1697, while the first title-page gives 1698, matching other known copies.

Colas, Costume et de la mode, 425; Lipperheide, Katalog der Kostumbibliothek, 1803. Contemporary mottled calf, spine with gilt-stamped title and elaborate gilt tooling in compartments, all edges speckled red and brown; rubbed and abraded overall with spine extremities chipped showing binding structure at head. Spine with a seminary's shelving number stamped in white; front pastedown with their bookplate and rubber-stamp (properly deaccessioned); title-page and first page of main text pressure-stamped; first page of dedication with ink-stamped numeral in lower margin; lower and outer (closed) page edges rubber-stamped, all markings neat and careful. Two plates of the twenty trimmed closely at outer edges, just touching the images' edge; paper lightly age-toned and text clean. => A solid, sturdy copy of an interesting book with very attractive and interesting plates.  (41954)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

"Walked More Than Six Times Round the Earth!!"

Love, William [pseud.].  The autobiography of William Love, P.C. a native of Paisley, better known as the Roving Scotchman, the greatest traveller alive! Paisley: G. Caldwell, 1857. 16mo (15.5 cm, 6.1"). Frontis. (incl. in pagination), pp.; illus.

Satirically dedicated to the Paisley Literati, this is the comic life story of a traveling peddler, "containing an account of his birth, parentage, and education, travels to remarkable places, love adventures, opinions on things in general, with philosophical remarks on particular subjects" — and breaking into => occasional font exuberance to emphasize highlights. The text is illustrated with a whimsical engraved frontispiece portrait captioned "Magnus est amicus et praevalebit" and two in-text vignettes.
        A search of WorldCat finds => only three reported hard copies of this sole edition in U.S. institutions.
        Provenance: Inside front wrapper with printed ex libris label of J.L. Weir.

Later paper wrappers; frontispiece with outer edge just slightly shaved, title-page with small inked numeral by imprint, last page evenly browned. => A nice copy of an uncommon item.  (41986)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Ascensius Press Limited Edition — Pirates, High Society, & LIES

Head, Franklin H.  Studies in early American history: A notable lawsuit. Portland, ME: Privately printed [by the Ascensius Press], 2002. 12mo (18.1 cm, 7.12"). 37, [3] pp.; 6 plts.

Small-press facsimile of a literary jeu d'esprit written by => the founder of the Chicago Liars Club and originally printed in 1898. This account of a (completely fictitious) lawsuit claims that the Astor family fortune was founded on the discovery of Captain Kidd's long-lost treasure buried in a cave in Maine — on land owned by the Olmsted family, who upon discovering these facts went after the Astors for a share of the loot. The story actually gained traction as a part of Astor mythology, despite almost => every checkable detail being provably inauthentic!
        The tale appears here in the spirit of shedding light on the truth, with commentary by prominent landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted himself; this Ascensius Press printing is => illustrated with a total of six plates, including the faked "portrait" of John Jacob Astor.
        The colophon inaccurately states, apparently continuing the joke, that 400 trade copies were printed in addition to 100 special copies, the present example being => numbered copy 41 of the 100 printed on handmade paper and hand-bound by the Maine-based press.

Publisher's printed paper jacket over heavy cardstock wrappers. => A clean, crisp, lovely copy.  (41985)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Boston Psalter, Owned by Two Eminent Specialists in Hymnody

Bible. O.T. Psalms. English. 1790. Tate & Brady.  A new version of the Psalms of David. Fitted to the tunes used in churches. Boston, MA: Pr. by Joseph Bumstead for David West & E. Larkin, Jun., 1790. 12mo (15.1 cm; 5.94"). 358, [2 (adv.)] pp.

The Tate and Brady metrical translation of the Psalms succeeded, in 1696, the Sternhold and Hopkins version as that preferred for use in many of the parishes of the Church of England. It was sometimes published with the music, though not in the present Boston printing; included here are "Hymns, collected chiefly from Dr. Watts's hymns" (pp. 277–358), and a final leaf of bookseller's advertising. This copy of the popular hymnal was => owned by (at least) two musical clergymen (see below).
        Provenance: Front cover gilt-stamped "R. B[oyd]." Front pastedown with ex libris of the Rev. Frederick Lucian Hosmer (1840–1929), an American Unitarian hymn-writer and professor of hymnody, partially overlapping older armorial bookplate of the Boyd family; front free endpaper with bookplate of the Rev. Stanley Armstrong Hunter (1888–1959), author of Music and Religion and The Music of the Gospel, and pastor of first the North Presbyterian Church of Pittsburgh, PA and then St. John's Presbyterian Church of Oakland, CA.

Evans 22351; ESTC W5075. Contemporary sprinkled sheep, covers each with diamond-shaped smooth and unsprinkled panel, front panel stamped "R.B." as above. Binding slightly cocked, acid-pitted and worn overall; spine leather showing cracks with both joints cracked and barely holding, back one reinforced inside some time ago; offsetting from turn-ins to early and late leaves. Bookplates as above, Boyd's with rubber-stamp of a religious institution (properly deaccessioned) overlapping its lower edge and Hosmer's with later inscription in pen of Stanley Astunler [?]. One leaf with closed tear into text without loss, another with lower outer corner torn away also without loss; general age-toning with one signature more noticeably browned and variable vut never more than "moderate" foxing throughout. => An obviously well-loved copy with pleasing provenance.  (35487)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Stowe Sets the Record Straight

Stowe, Harriet Beecher.  Lady Byron vindicated. A history of the Byron controversy, from its beginning in 1816 to the present time. Boston: Fields, Osgood & Co., 1870. 8vo (18.2 cm, 7.16"). 6, [2], 482, [2 (blank)] pp.

First edition of Stowe's impassioned — and highly unpopular — defense of the life and accomplishments of the late Lady Byron. Expanded from her 1869 article in The Atlantic Monthly, this book-length treatment of the subject attacks Lord Byron's conduct, his sanity, and his poetry.
        Provenance: From the collection of Robert Sadoff, M.D., forensic psychiatrist and director of Penn's Center for Studies in Social-Legal Psychiatry, sans indicia.

BAL 19456. Publisher's purple cloth, covers framed in blind, spine with gilt-stamped title; very slightly cocked with spine sunned, minor shelfwear to extremities, and small spots of minor discoloration to sides. Pages evenly age-toned. => A clean, solid, very readable copy of a notoriously readable book.  (39342)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Steamboat Disaster

[Weild, C.].  A warning voice from a watery grave! Or a solemn proof of the uncertainty of life, and importance of an early preparation for death! In the instance of the melancholy and untimely fate of the much esteemed and lamented Miss Sophia W. Wheeler. New York: Pr. for the publisher by Sackett & Sargent, 1840. 8vo (21.7 cm, 8.54"). 24 pp.; illus.

Just 18 years old and about to be married, Wheeler was "one of the many unfortunate victims who perished by the awful conflagration on board the ill-fated steamboat LEXINGTON, on her passage from New-York to Stonington, Jan. 13, 1840" (per the title-page). Here, the untimely end of the Massachusetts native — and almost everyone else aboard the luxury vessel — provides a cautionary tale to Christians in need of preparing themselves for eternity.
        => This sole edition of "A Warning Voice" opens with the poem "Sister Spirit Come Away," illustrated with a wood-engraved scene of angels watching over the victims as they drown; a poem written by Eliza Perkins. Portions of several other poems about the catastrophe are included, one written specifically for Sophia, and one that begins "Death follows in the wake of Time and sweeps / Away the aged and the blooming young."
        Also present are lists of officers, crew, and passengers of the Lexington, and an account of the various ways in which they perished. The authorial attribution comes from the copyright information.
        This item is => scarce, with very few institutions reporting hard-copy holdings.

Sabin 101453; American Imprints 40-6819. Removed from a nonce volume; sewing going, with some leaves all but separated. Upper and lower edges waterstained, into margins but not text; pages age-toned overall with occasional foxing.  (41953)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

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A "Stately Old Mansion . . . One of the Finest in the Neighborhood of Boston"

Briggs, Charles F.  Little journeys to the homes of American authors: Lowell. New York & London: G.P. Putnam's Sons; New Rochelle: The Knickerbocker Press, 1896. 12mo (17.4 cm, 6.85"). [2], 123–148, [8 (adv.)] pp.

Vol. II, no. 4 in a monthly series offering a new printing of Putnam's popular Homes of American Authors series of 1853, with the present example looking at the childhood home (and subsequent life) of Massachusetts-born poet James Russell Lowell. The title-page of this little Knickerbocker Press production is printed in red and black.
        => Scarce as a solo appearance thus.

Stapled in self-wrappers as issued. => Fresh and clean.  (41924)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Psychoanalyzing German Wartime Propaganda

Kris, Ernst.  The covenant of the gangsters. Monticello, NY: Medical Journal Press, 1943. 8vo (26 cm, 10.23"). [445]–58, [2 (blank)] pp.

"Thrillers and motion pictures have familiarized a world-wide audience with some of the psycho-dynamics of the criminal group": This scarce offprint from the Journal of Criminal Psychopathology (vol. IV, no. 3, January 1943) makes use of the idea of complicity in gang dynamics to examine "the psychological manipulation to which the leaders of Germany are subjecting the German people" (p. 445), particularly the strategy behind anti-Jewish rhetoric prior to 1942. Dr. Kris (1900–57) was an Austrian-born psychoanalyst who fled to England after Hitler's invasion of Austria, eventually settling in New York and becoming a professor at the New School of Social Research.
        => Not only is this offprint uncommon, the text itself is seldom encountered and does not appear to have been reprinted elsewhere.

Publisher's printed paper wrappers, wrappers faintly age-toned and dented. Unobtrusive small dents along lower edges, pages otherwise fresh and clean.  (41947)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

"Decided Intimations of Immortality" — The LEC Wordsworth

Wordsworth, William.  The poems of William Wordsworth. Cambridge: Printed for the members of the Limited Editions Club at the University Printing House, 1973. 8vo (28 cm, 11"). xviii, 259, [3] pp.; 10 col. plts.

Handsome Limited Editions Club collection, with the poems — including several early works not generally found in the standard compilations — selected, edited, and introduced by Jonathan Wordsworth, the poet's great-great-great nephew. The watercolor illustrations were done by artist => John O'Connor, who worked directly from life "to capture the Lake District at what he considers its most beautiful — with the leaves off the trees, the tourists out of the narrow lanes, the autumn skies at their finest."
        John Dreyfus designed the volume, with the text set in Monotype Bell and printed on English-made cream wove paper at the Cambridge University Press; it is bound in quarter tan morocco with ochre linen–covered sides, the front bearing an embossed portrait medallion (matching the LEC's other British poets offerings) and the spine a gilt-stamped black leather title-label.
        This is => numbered copy 733 of 2000 printed, signed at the colophon by the illustrator. The appropriate LEC newsletter is laid in.

Bibliography of the Fine Books Published by the Limited Editions Club, 470. Bound as above, in original black paper–covered slipcase with gilt-stamped spine label; slipcase showing mild wear with one edge chip, volume with spine slightly and evenly sunned, otherwise pristine. Pages very clean, a few with faint small creases.  (41919)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

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Not That Hitchcock

Hitchcock, Alfred M[arshall].  How to study fiction. Boston & Chicago: Allyn & Bacon, copyright 1899. 16mo (15.6 cm, 6.14"). [2], 13, [1] pp.

Scarce little educational pamphlet offering an overview of how to engage with a novel or story, written by a teacher at Hartford Public High School and aimed at students of that age range as well as at older people who might still find themselves "without a definite plan of study." A search of WorldCat finds => only one reported U.S. institutional holding (Harvard).
        Provenance: Front wrapper with rubber-stamp of William C. Gannett, clergyman and reformer; the Rev. Gannett and his wife ran a number of reading and study groups associated with the Unitarian Church in Rochester, NY.

Sewn in publisher's printed paper wrappers; wrappers gently sunned and with rubber-stamp as above. => Crisp and clean.  (41925)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

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Early 20th–Century Everyday Cookery — From a Brooklyn Newspaper & the YWCA

Hufcut, Rebekah S.  The Eagle cook book and household manual. New York: Brooklyn Daily Eagle, copyright 1928. 8vo (26.1 cm, 10.27"). 112 pp.; illus.

Sponsored and published by the Brooklyn Daily Eagle, this magazine-format cookbook (vol. XLIII, no. 2 of the Eagle Library, serial no. 274) offers "general recipes" along with suggested menus for seasonal breakfasts, luncheons, and dinners, as well as special occasions, school lunches, and midnight suppers. The recipes are interspersed with advertisements for Cox's Gelatine, the Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. (better known as A&P), Hecker's Flour, Scranton & Lehigh Coal Co., the Sylvan Electric Bath, and a large number of Brooklyn-area banks; one ad for a driving school offers "Special Ladies' Classes" to "learn to drive through traffic" (p. 106), while the Prudence Company pitches its Women's Investment Service and the Lamb's Business Training School proclaims "every graduate placed" after training in shorthand, touch typing, filing, bookkeeping, and secretarial practice — these advertisements providing => an interesting contrast to editor Hufcut's stated principle that "Woman's place is in the home."
        Hufcut was director of the Home Economics Department of the Young Women's Christian Association of Brooklyn; her biography page here notes that she "comes from that sturdy mid-Pennsylvania stock that for generations knew and appreciated the best in life" (p. 5).

Publisher's color-printed paper wrappers, front one with Dutch child and blackbird-containing pie illustration; wrappers showing light wear overall, slight dust-soiling. Small area of bump/tear-damage to lower outer margins of perhaps a dozen leaves, one with part of a closed tear running into print area, without loss of text; otherwise, expectable age-toning only. => A scarce survivor, in very usable, browseable condition.  (41946)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

"Oh! Wretched, That Ever I Knew King Edward!"

(Jane Shore). Prudhomme, John Francis Eugene, illus.  The unfortunate concubine; or, history of Jane Shore, mistress to Edward IV. King of England. New York: S. King, 1822. 12mo (19.5 cm, 7.67"). Col. frontis., [2], [9]–34 pp.

"Showing how she came to be concubine to the king; with an account of her untimely end": An uncommon early 19th–century American printing of the ever-popular story of Jane Shore. This version opens with => a delicately hand–colored frontispiece showing an attractive (if anachronistic) lady in Regency dress, signed "E. Prud'homme," i.e., the esteemed artist and banknote engraver John Francis Eugene Prud'Homme. The front wrapper advertises a list of other S. King pamphlets.

Shoemaker 10502. Publisher's printed paper wrappers, roughly sewn, with previous sewing holes showing; sections of chipping to edges, affecting the fore-edge of the front wrapper rather deeply taking border but not text. Pages age-toned with edges untrimmed, moderate foxing and variable staining; frontispiece with old repair to outer edge, small area of insect damage in upper inner margin. => A scarce production, with a nice example of Prudhomme's early work.  (41945)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

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Pickering's Illustrated Miniature Angler

Walton, Izaak, & Charles Cotton.  The complete angler; or the contemplative man's recreation. London: William Pickering, 1825. 16mo (10 cm, 3.93"). 2 (adv.), frontis., add. engr. t.-p., xvi, 314, [4 (index)] pp.

Miniature printing of the fishing classic, from Pickering's "Diamond Classics" series and one of the highlights thereof. The frontispiece and engraved title-page were done by Augustus Fox after Thomas Stothard, and there are => woodcut fish scattered throughout the text, as well as a page of sheet music for the "Angler's Song."
        Provenance: From the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.

Kelly, Checklist of Books Published by William Pickering, 1825.15; Keynes, William Pickering (rev. ed.), 94. Publisher's plain straight-grained brown cloth, spine with printed paper label; spine sunned, text block pulling away from spine with signature sewing holding; minor shelfwear overall. => A clean and unmarked copy with most signatures unopened.  (41936)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Libertinage, Deluxe & Illustrated — A Very Limited Edition *&* State

Louvet de Couvray, Jean-Baptiste.  The amours of the Chevalier de Faublas ... A literal unexpurgated translation from the Paris edition of 1821. London: Privately printed for Société des Bibliophiles, 1898. 8vo (20.8 cm, 8.18"). 4 vols. I: [4], x, 330 pp.; 10 plts. II: [4], 367, [1] pp.; 8 plts. III: [4], 416 pp.; 8 plts. IV: [4], 430 pp.; 10 plts.

Lavish edition: Risqué escapades (Brunet's phrase of choice is "roman licencieux") of a teenaged boy turned loose first in Paris and then in Poland, resulting in an astonishing number of seductions and cuckoldings — many facilitated by => our hero's cross-dressing. The text was translated into English for the most part, with occasional particularly spicy sections given in French or Italian, and illustrated "with numerous beautiful engravings etched by Louis Monzies from drawings by Paul Avril."
        The entire edition was limited to 100 copies, with the present example being => copy number 5 of the Astral Edition, an even more limited subset of 52 numbered copies with the plates in two states, making a total of 36 plates.
        Binding: Contemporary half brown morocco and marbled paper–covered sides, spines with gilt-dotted raised bands, gilt-stamped title and volume labels, and a triple-height compartment that sports a gilt-stamped Art Nouveau'ish floral vignette incorporating a small leather inlay. Top edges gilt.
        Provenance: From the rare book and manuscript collection of Philadelphia textile magnate Herman Blum, with his highly personal bookplate (stamped 1950) and with his "Acquired for the Blumhaven Library in 1949" label on each volume's front free endpaper, noting the Bethlehem, NH "branch" of the Library (i.e., Blum's summer home).

Bound as above; spines evenly and attractively sunned, joints and extremities rubbed with two spine heads slenderly chipped. Endpapers with bookplates as above; small areas of remnant cellophane tape. Vol. III and second half of vol. IV with light to moderate waterstaining in lower portions of pages and plates, not touching text or images. => Naughty reading, in an enticing set!  (41900)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

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Poetry, Art, & Music Combined — Some Plates Hand-Colored

Schmidt, Friedrich Wilhelm August.  Gedichte von Friedrich Wilhelm August Schmidt. Mit Kupfern und Music. Berlin: Haude und Spener, 1797. 12mo (13.5 cm, 5.31"). Engr. t.-p., iv, 306 pp. (pp. 303–06 bound between 286 & 287); 15 plts. (5 col.).

Elegant little printing of these pieces from a poet known for focusing on the simple joys of rural life — and for being mocked for that by Goethe, who did acknowledge, however, that Schmidt showed genuine poetic merit. The minute but legible text is graced with => a copper-engraved title-page, 15 attractive copper-engraved plates, and two folding leaves of sheet music for settings of "An den Mond" and "Liebe," composed by Johann Friedrich Reichardt. In this copy, => five of the engravings are skillfully and subtly hand-colored, four of those having been excised and mounted (sans captions) back in the appropriate places.
        This is the second edition, following the first printed by Spener in 1795; the text has been => completely reset, appearing here in roman type rather than the fraktur of the first edition.
        Provenance: From the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.

VD18 11236914 (for 1795 ed.). Contemporary tan paper–covered boards, spine with gilt-stamped title-label; cocked, rubbed overall, spine paper largely lost and label rubbed with lettering all but lost. Pastedowns with small adhered spots of blue paper, and title-page partially separated; most guard leaves present, some crumpled; mild to moderate foxing to pages. Worn condition notable; still => a production and a copy both appealing and worthwhile.  (41588)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

A Scholarly Look at Biblical Animals

Bochart, Samuel.  Hierozoicon, sive bipartitum opus de animalibus s. scripturae. Lugduni Batavorum: Apud Cornelium Boutesteyn & Samuelem Luchtmans, 1712. Folio (39.5 cm, 15.5"). [8], 63, [1] pp., 1094 cols., 91 (index), [3] pp., 888 cols., 79 (index), [1] pp.; illus. (lacking 1 prelim. f. & 1 plt.).

Early, handsome edition of this treatise on the animals of the Bible, written by an eminent French Protestant biblical scholar, natural historian, and student of Oriental languages. The Hierozoicon was first published in 1663 and widely acclaimed at the time for its erudition and its => comprehensive presentation of classical material relating to every creature mentioned in Scriptures; it appears here in its stated fourth edition, originally issued as vols. II and III of Bochart's Opera omnia with spine labels reflecting that.
        This large volume's title-page is printed in red and black and features an attractive engraved vignette, as does the separate title-page of the second portion, while the text is printed in => Latin, Hebrew, Greek, and Arabic.

Brunet, I, 1022 (for Opera). Contemporary mottled calf, rebacked in the 19th century with sheep, spine with gilt-stamped red and black leather labels; worn overall, sides scuffed, leather chipped and cracking, joints tender and starting from extremities. Front pastedown with small institutional bookplate, preliminary leaves with pencilled and (small) inked numerals, title-page institutionally rubber-stamped (quite neatly, and volume properly deaccessioned). Light to moderate foxing largely confined to margins, light soiling as of old use; in fact a clean, attractive volume. As noted, not present here is the other volume of Bochart's Opera; also lacking are the one-page "Praefatio praemissa editioni anni CICICCXCII" (not found in all copies) and the engraved portrait of the author. => This Hierozoicon is textually complete in and of itself.  (37096)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

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Debasing the National Silver Coins

Guatemala. Consejo del Estado.  [drop-title] Señor: Habiendo acordado el Consejo que se pasara al estudio de una comision especial el proyecto de ley sobre moneda, que el supremo Gobierno tuvo á bien someter á su exámen; dicha Comision, compuesta de los Señores C.C. Aguire, Urruela y Sanchez, presentó el dictámen que literalmente dice: "Consejo de Estado." [Guatemala: Imprenta del Gobierno, 1878]. Folio (33 cm, 12.75"). [3] ff., i.e., [5] pp.

To stem the exportation of Guatemalan silver coinage, the government is revising the composition of that coinage to bring it into line with the purity (or the impurity, as one views this) of coinage of Europe and the U.S.

Tattered, waterstained, and crumpled, therefore a "good only" copy; that said, these issues do not approach the document's text.  (41875)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Guatemala. Aduana General.  Estado que manifiesta la cantidad de bultos de mercaderias estrangeras introducidos á la República, por los puerto de las costas del Norte y del Sur, desde 1.o de Enero hasta 31 de Diciembre de 1877, su peso bruto, valor principal, procedencia. contenido, derechos que han causado á favor de la Hacienda pública &., &. [Guatemala: Aduana General, 1878]. Folio (35 x 53 cm, 14' x 21"). [2] pp.

Pedro Galvez of the aduana (customs department) presents two charts: one of the quantities of goods imported in 1877 with breakdown by numbers of shipping boxes, values, countries of origin, and via which port the imports arrived. The other, on the obverse, tells what specifically was imported (cooking oil, medicines, wheat, iron, petroleum, silk, etc.), citing the value of each category and giving the value of the import duties collected.

Printed on thin paper, with old folds; damage along the vertical fold affecting text but not sense of data.  (41873)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Guatemala. Aduana General.  [drop-title] Estado que manifiesta la cantida de bultos de mercaderias estrangeras introducidos á la República por los puertos de las costas del Norte y del Sur, desde 1.o de Enero hasta 31 de Diciembre de 1878. [Guatemala: Aduana General, 1879]. Folio (35 x 53 cm, 14' x 21"). [2] pp.

Pedro Galvez of the aduana (customs department) presents two charts: one of the quantities of goods imported in 1878 with breakdown by numbers of shipping boxes, values, countries of origin, and via which port the imports arrived. The other, on the obverse, tells what specifically was imported (cooking oil, medicines, wheat, iron, petroleum, silk, etc.), citing the value of each category and giving the value of the import duties collected.
        => There is also as small chart listing by year the value of imports and duties collected for 1874 through 1878.

Printed in thin paper; old folds. Very good condition.  (41874)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Christian Magic Charm: "Whosoever Shall Keep This Letter in His House,
       Will Be Secure Against Fire or Lightning"

(German American Himmelsbrief).  Broadside: "A veritable and approved method, useful and applicable in cases of fire and pestilence." [Pennsylvania: ca. 1810]. 8vo (24 cm, 9.44"). [1] f.

Uncommon Pennsylvania Dutch broadside IN ENGLISH from the Braucherei ritual healing tradition. => This bit of popular folklore is part of a category of superstitious broadsides known as Himmelsbriefs, magical letters designed to protect the bearer from illness or other harm. The present example tells the story ("made known by a gypsy king of the Christian religion") of an 80-year-old Romani man who saved himself from execution in Prussia by putting out a fire using a Christian-themed invocation, with the fire-suppression chant itself following. => The final note adds that carrying the letter will protect pregnant women against witchcraft or apparitions, and all bearers against pestilence.
        Sometimes called the "Koenigsberg Fire Brief," this text was more commonly printed in German, and circulated widely both in Europe and among the Pennsylvania Dutch — with English versions, as here, seen significantly less frequently. This example features a decorative border and bears no printer's mark; it is apparently => unrecorded by WorldCat.

Age-toned and creased with small holes and short edge tears, upper margin chipped and verso used for pencilled calculations. => Scarce in this format and in this language.  (41898)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

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Birket Foster's Copy

Goldsmith, Oliver; Myles Birket Foster, illus.  The poetical works. London: Cundall & Addey (pr. by Thompson & Davidson), 1851. 8vo (18 cm, 7.08"). Frontis., xvi, 134, [2 (adv.)] pp.; illus.

The ever-popular works of Goldsmith, here => illustrated with 30 engravings done by John Absolon, Birket Foster, James Godwin, and Harrison Weir.
        Provenance: Birket Foster's copy, presented by the publisher. Front free endpaper inscribed to Birket Foster, "with the publishers' compts." dated 1857; front pastedown with the artist's bookplate. The text and illustrations bear pencilled markings and annotations (mostly numerical), apparently => done by the artist. Most recently in the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.

Contemporary ribbon-embossed olive cloth, covers framed in blind-stamped flower and stem motifs, spine with same motif and title in gilt; spine and upper edges sunned to brown, extremities rubbed. Back pastedown with binder's ticket of Bone & Son. Pages gently age-toned, with pencilled markings as above; last few signatures unopened and two leaves with short edge tears. => An "association copy" of real interest.  (41893)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

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