Opposing Satan's Servants witha Lot of Slogging
(An Association with KITTERY). Fernald, Mark. Life of Elder Mark Fernald, written by himself. Newburyport: Geo. Moore Payne & D.B. Pike; Philadelphia: Christian General Book Concern (pr. by William H. Huse), 1852. 12mo (19.6 cm, 7.7"). Frontis., 405,  pp.
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First edition: Composed in diary-like fashion by a Free Will Baptist (1784–1851) who proselytized throughout New England, this autobiography largely focuses on where, when, and how Fernald's preaching was conducted. The determined, hardworking author was particularly opposed to drinking and dancing, and returns frequently to those subjects.
The work opens with an introduction from the publishers, who dedicated the Life to the members of the First Christian Church and Society of Kittery, ME. The frontispiece portrait of Fernald was engraved by John Sartain, after a daguerrotype.
Binding: Publisher's textured black cloth, covers framed in blind rules and with foliate designs surrounding central gilt-stamped floral motifs on both boards. Spine gilt extra, all edges gilt.
Bound as above; spine extremities and corners rubbed, cloth showing small split starting at foot of front joint (hinge holding). Mild foxing to margins of frontispiece, with offsetting to title-page from guard leaf; two pages with small section of offsetting from now-absent laid-in item; pages otherwise clean. A solid, worthwhile copy with its gilt shining bright and crisp. (38618)
A Well-Meaning but Not Very High-Rising MUSE
Hill, Elizabeth Chase. Gleanings: Girlhood and womanhood. Concord, NH: Republican Press Association, 1887. 4to (19.2 cm, 7.5"). Frontis., , 76,  pp.
Uncommon, posthumously printed writings from Mrs. John M. Hill, a Concord, NH, resident who grew up in South Berwick, Maine (the first permanent settlement in that state) and attended school in Exeter, NH. The work wasprivately printed as a holiday gift for friends of the author; the poems and short pieces display intelligence, but not much by way of polished craft — unsurprising given that most of them were written during Hill’s adolescence. One unfinished poem ends abruptly with “. . . my Muse would plume her wing, / And higher as she rises sweeter sing — ”; the note beneath humorously reads “Muse did n’t get any further up that trip” (p. 25).
Provenance: Front pastedown with bookplate of Burton W.F. Trafton, Jr.’s library at Old Fields in South Berwick, ME; pastedown also with binder’s ticket from Crawford & Stockbridge of Concord, NH. Front fly-leaf with inked gift inscription dated Christmas, 1887.
Publisher’s brown cloth, front cover with gilt-stamped title and dark brown–stamped decorative bands, bottom band labelled “Christmas 1887"; corners and spine extremities rubbed, binding showing very little wear otherwise. First two signatures with sewing loosening; pages very slightly age-toned but otherwise clean. (13883)
Kennebunkport Church Cookery
Village Baptist Church (Kennebunkport, ME). Ladies' Guild. Cook book. Kennebunkport, ME: Published by Village Baptist Church Kennebunkport Maine [at the Press of Arundel], . 8vo (23 cm, 9"). 56, [24 (adv.)] pp. (some pagination out of sequence).
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Uncommon fund-raising cookbook, printed in “an edition of 1000 from the press of Arundel for the Village Baptist Church”; date of publication is supplied by the New York Public Library. This copy includes a number of laid-in manuscript and printed recipes, including a handwritten recipe for cranberry coffee cake, an advertising item from Swanson with recipes for “Oriental Chicken” and other dishes, a recipe pamphlet from Purity Supreme, instructions for the “Energy Miser Original Potato Baker,” a Dover Farms whipped topping lid with recipe for apple crisp, an envelope with handwritten notes on rhubarb bread (with the original letter still inside, acknowledging the recipient for donating equipment to a project known as “Camp Waban for Retarded Citizens”), etc.
WorldCat locates only one library reporting ownership (NYPL).
Not in Brown, Culinary Americana. Publisher's printed yellow paper wrappers, stapled as issued; spine and edges rubbed, moderately worn overall, front wrapper with scuff and old crease, back wrapper with small spots of staining. Inside a few scattered spots only, pages mostly clean. Seldom-seen ephemeral Maine church cookery, this example with extra interest for its lay-ins. (38089)
Only the Second Known Copy?
Waterville College. Bell-a! Horrid-a bell-a! Inaugural ceremonies at the coronation of John Tupper Champlin. [Maine?]: No publisher/printer, 1853. 8vo (23 cm; 9") 4 pp.
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College wit and humor delivered to the not unsuspecting audience on Wednesday, April 6th, 1853. “The performance will commence with a grand review of all the available force of the institution, under the immediate inspection of the emperor. At precisely 7 o'clock the rabble will move in the following order.”
The caption title reads: “Smith, with a copy of the 'Fugitive Slave Law,' eagerly inquiring the way to Canada.” The text printed within a wavy border.
WorldCat locates only the copy at the Library Company of Philadelphia, this being its deaccessioned duplicate.
Old folds, dust-soiled, other stains. Evidence of old stitching. A decent copy of a rarity. (38404)
Deluxe Comedic Production, Deluxe Binding
Wills, William Henry, ed. Poets' wit and humour. New York: D. Appleton & Co., 1861. 8vo (22.8 cm, 9"). , 278,  pp.; illus.
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First U.S. edition: “Illustrated withone
hundred engravings from drawings by Charles Bennett and George
H. Thomas.” The work was edited by a friend and collaborator of Charles
Dickens; from Chaucer to Swift to “Saint Anthony's Sermon to the Fishes,”
Wills's comic selections are delightfully entertaining, and their wood-engraved
illustrations equally amusing.
Publisher's deluxe black calf, covers and spine elaborately embossed and stamped
in blind and gilt with central vignette of a cherub dressed as a jester and
playing a lyre. All edges gilt. The
embossing plaque is signed with the designer's initials: “R.D.”
Robert Dudley. This is an English publisher's binding,
most likely done using the English sheets with an Appleton title-page.
This work is rarely found in the deluxe binding: The handsomely gilt-stamped
publisher's cloth is the norm.
NSTC 2W24418; Allibone 2762. For binding, see: Morris
& Levin, Art of Publisher's Bookbindings, 44. Binding as above,
showing minor wear to extremities and front cover vignette, original silk
bookmark detached and laid in. Volume slightly shaken with text block starting
to pull away from spine; this is the kind of volume that wants to do that,
and the reader will want to “cradle” it in hand — that done,
no worries. Front fly-leaf with early pencilled gift inscription and with aMAINE
druggist's small ticket. Mild to moderate
funny and decorative, in a publisher's binding that may fairly be called “DAZZLING.”
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