London: Colburn and Co., 1852. Hardcover. A scarce copy of this engaging account of the expedition under the command of Captain Austin that sailed from the Thames on May 4, 1850 in search of Sir John Franklin and his missing men. Franklin's ill fated 1845 voyage was in search of the elusive Northwest Passage, and ultimately he and his crew did not survive. Captain Austin's expedition comprising four ships became locked in ice in the Arctic waters for eleven months, finally arriving back in England in October. This work is not a narrative of that expedition nor an actual journal. It is a fascinating and sometimes humorous collection of articles written by the officers and men for an onboard monthly newsletter called the "Aurora Borealis." The articles are described in the preface as possessing a "delicacy of imagination and a power of perception." The newspaper was one of many expedition resources used during the trip to provide both employment and amusement. There was a reading room and classes, a theater, periods of exercise and games, and more. Bound in contemporary three quarter brown leather with brown and cream marbled boards. Leather is chipped and scraped, and bottom of spine is darkened and abraded. Marbled endpapers with small chip to front and scrape and partially cracked rear hinge. Title page and verso are chipped and have book stamp of Headlee's Book Exchange. Nice color frontispiece, b&w title page vignette, and a few text engravings. Interior pages are clean with light aging to margins. Despite flaws still a desirable copy. POLAR/050321. Very Good.
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New York: American Historical Society, 1925. Prepared and privately printed for Viola D. Everett by The American Historical Society. This genealogical and biographical history of the Everett family and related families The histories cover several generations, with biographies of notable figures in each family. There are portraits, images of castles and other stately homes, and color coats of arms for many of the families. This copy has a unique elaborate design binding signed by Stikeman & Co., one of the premier art binderies of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Bound in full brown leather with gilt rulings, ornaments, and the Everett family coat of arms on the front cover and the coat of arms for the Oburg family on the back cover. With six compartments on spine with title and small floral ornaments. A.e.g. There are beautiful doublures on both inside covers with gilt rulings, ornaments, and a gorgeous floral design in black leather, framed by the brown leather of the binding. Free endpapers have been covered in brown moire fabric. Light wear to leather edges. Interior pages are clean and bright. Measures 10 x 12.5 inches. 89 pages. GENEO/040621.
New York: American Historical Society, 1930. Prepared and privately printed for Mrs. Anna Foster Ford by The American Historical Society. This genealogical and biographical history of the Foster family and related families The histories cover several generations, with biographies of notable figures in each family. There are portraits, images of mansions and other stately homes, and color coats of arms for many of the families. This copy has a unique elaborate design binding signed by Stikeman & Co., one of the premier art binderies of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Bound in full black leather with gilt rulings,Red inlaid leather designs, ornaments, and the Foster family coat of arms on the front cover and the coat of arms for the Ford family on the back cover. With six compartments on spine with title and small floral ornaments. A.e.g. There are beautiful doublures on both inside covers with gilt rulings, ornaments, and a gorgeous floral design in red leather, framed by the black leather of the binding. Free endpapers have been covered in blue moire fabric. Light wear to leather edges. Interior pages are clean and bright. Measures 10 x 12.5 inches. 65 pages. GENEO/040621.
Chicago: Curt Teich & Co., 1942. Paperback. A book of views of Washington, D.C. Oblong. Dark blue side-stapled paper wrappers with red title and illustration of the capitol building to front wrapper. Minor wear to edges. Clean and bright. Filled with black and white photos of architecture in DC. STA/032321. Very Good.
Washington DC: Government Printing Office, 1868. Hardcover. A detailed listing of all of the Naval and Marine officers registered shortly after the end of the Civil War. Includes pay table for the various positions and current status of each officer. Also includes a list of Navy vessels and the station or condition of each. Bound in three quarter brown leather with marbled paper boards. Rubbed, bumped and chipped. Interior pages are clean. Ownership signature in pencil. Very good condition. Small octavo. 81 pages. MILITARY/041221. Very Good.
Philadelphia: Hopkins and Earle, 1808. Hardcover. First edition of this contemporary account of the famous treason trial of Aaron Burr, for which he was found not guilty. Two volumes bound in full brown leather with red title labels and black volume numbers to spine. Leather is scuffed, abraded, bumped, and worn. Joints are tender but text block is tight. It appears that there were small labels on the front covers at some point, and there are debossed library stamps on title pages. Volume I title page also has library deaccession stamp. Bookplate of Wight on front pastedowns.Tear to rear free endpaper in Volume II. Interior pages have offsetting, scattered browning and foxing, but still quite legible. Not quite very good but still a nice copy of this important historical work. Octavo. Volume I: 596 pages; Volume II: 539 pages. AMERHIST/051921. Very Good -.
New York: American Historical Society, 1927. Prepared and privately printed for Catherine J. Welles and Frances S. Welles by The American Historical Society and donated by them to the Society in memory of their parents. This extensive history of their immediate family and that of related families was published six years after the death of their mother, the Welles's family matriarch, Jerusha Lord Welles in 1921. The histories of the families generally cover several centuries, with biographies of notable figures in each family. There are portraits, images of castles and other stately homes, and color coats of arms for many of the families. This copy has a unique elaborate design binding signed by Stikeman & Co., one of the premier art binderies of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Bound in full brown leather with gilt rulings, ornaments, and the Welles family coat of arms on the front cover and the coat of arms for the Lord family on the back cover. With six compartments on spine with title and small floral ornaments. A.e.g. There are beautiful doublures on both inside covers with gilt rulings, ornaments, and a gorgeous floral design on red leather, framed in the brown leather of the binding. Free endpapers have been covered in brown moire fabric. Light wear to leather edges. Interior pages are clean and bright with a bit of loosening to a few signatures, not unexpected in a volume of this size. Measures 10 x 12.5 inches. 232 pages. GENEO/040121.
London: John Lane, 1894. First edition. Francis Adams (1862 –1893) was an essayist, poet, dramatist, novelist and journalist who produced a large volume of work in his short life. Born in England, he moved to Australia for several years before returning to England not long before he died. His novel, A Child of the Age, a reworking of his novel, Leicester, an Autobiography, was brought out posthumously in 1894 by John Lane as the fourth book in its Keynote Series. It describes vividly the schooldays (at "Glastonbury") and poverty-stricken struggles of a would-be poet and scholar, Bertram Leicester, in a way understandably suffused with a fin-de-siècle melancholy. Adams shot himself dead at a boarding house in Margate, England, during a severe tubercular hemorrhage that would probably have been fatal in any case. He had long carried a pistol for this purpose. As a self-professed "child of his age", Adams combined in his life and work many distinctive features of fin de siècle British culture and Australian radical nationalism in the 1890s, including a strong sympathy with socialist and feminist movements [Wikipedia]. Bound in publisher's original green cloth with cover and title page design by Aubrey Beardsley. Bumping to corners otherwise very good, as are interior pages that show light aging to margins. With embossed bookseller blind stamp on ffep. Bookplate of collector Mark Samuels Lasner on front pastedown. Small quarto. 244 pages plus 4 + 16 pages of publisher ads. LIT/050321.
London: Kegan Paul, Trench, Trubner & Co., Ltd, 1925. Hardcover. Includes 36 color plates and 48 in text illustrations. "In these days it is unnecessary to say how bold a German publisher must be, to give so many coloured plates, at a time when with us all economic ideas are upside down. I hope this boldness will be rewarded. When we were excavating Ashur the wish became stronger, with every new find of this coloured Assyrian art, one day to convey the discoveries to posterity complete adn as unaltered as possible. Photography alone did not suffice for this; as far as possible every piece was copied in water-colours immediately after being found, and later we took the trouble to take colour photographs with Lumiere plates" (page 77). A folio bound in olive green buckram boards with gilt and leather title label to spine. Bumping to corners, wear to spine ends, wear to edges, minor soiling to boards, and rubbing to spine. Chipping to leather spine label. Bookplate to front pastedown. Evidence of removed library sticker to foot spine and evidence of removed library marking to rear free endpaper. Clean, bright interior aside from occasional light finger smudges to margins and minor browning to margins of plates. Tissue guards are present; however, some have creases and tears. 78 pages of text plus plates to rear. ART/021921. Very Good.
New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, 1928. Hardcover. Based mainly on field work of the Bureau of Biological Survey, United States Department of Agriculture. A comprehensive volume on the numerous varieties of birds found in the state of New Mexico. The book is organized by bird orders, and then the species found in each. With beautiful color and b&w plates throughout as well as many text illustrations, maps, and diagrams. Bound in green buckram cloth with gilt title to cover and spine. Gilt to spine is mostly faded, corners lightly bumped. Tear along front hinge and tenderness not affecting text block, otherwise very good condition. Gift inscription on free front endpaper. Small quarto. 805 pages. NATURE/051021. Very Good.
Dublin: W. Colles, 1769. Scarce Dublin edition. Giuseppe Marc'Antonio Baretti ( 1719 - 1789) was an Italian literary critic, poet, writer, translator, linguist and author of two influential language-translation dictionaries. During his years in England he was often known as Joseph Baretti. Baretti's life was marked by controversies, to the point that he had to leave Italy, for England, where he remained for the rest of his life. Baretti wrote this book after being outraged by an account written by a Samuel Sharp about the customs and manners of Italy, which he considered ignorant, carelss, and prejudiced. Baretti discusses the flaws of Mr. Sharp's book throughout his own, sometimes to the point of lapsing into the humorous rather than serous. Bound in three quarter red leather with black title label to spine. Marbled boards Rubbing and bumping to leather and slight tears along board edges. Foxing to title page and last couple of pages with publisher's list of new books, and occasional light spots. Still very good condition.Measures 3.5 x 6.5 inches. 225 pages plus publisher book list.
London: J.M. Dent, 1895. Hardcover. First edition of this charming book of short stories by Barlow. With six illustrations by Newcombe. Bound in original light green cloth with gilt tilting to spine and front cover, with gilt illustration also on cover. Light bumping, darkening to spine, and a few stains but still nice. T.e.g... Other edges untrimmed. Decorated endpapers with offsetting. Interior pages are clean with some aging to page margins. Very good condition. Measures 4.5 x 6.5 inches. 191 pages. LIT/042321. Very Good.
Montreal: Lovell et Gibson, 1848. Hardcover. First edition. This volume presents biographical portraits of the important Sachem and Sagamore Indian chiefs among the Algonquians or other Native American tribes of North America of the time. The book includes an index to the mythological history of the continent. The author, François-Maximilien Bibaud (1823 – 1887) was a Canadian lawyer, professor of law, and extensive chronicler. He was born in Montreal, Quebec. His research and historical publications are just as important as his legal writings. These historical works, primarily encyclopedic, chronological, and biographical, represent an original contribution because of the attention that some of them give to the Indians. Bibaud was a knowledgeable bibliographer with a preoccupation for the great names; his works are considered landmarks in the history of intellectual development in French Canada. This work by him is considered to have greatly contributed to an understanding of Canadian history [Dictionary of Canadian Biography]. Bound in three quarter red leather with marbled paper boards and endpapers. Leather is rubbed, scuffed, and lightly bumped. Paper boards are scuffed. Interior pages are generally clean and bright with some darkening to fore-edge. Very good condition. Octavo. 309 pages plus errata slip affixed to rear free endpaper. NATIVEAM/050521. Very Good.
London: William Heinemann, 2013. Hardcover. Laurence Binyon (1869-1943) was a prolific English poet and scholar of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, whose career spanned 50 years. During this time, he authored numerous poetry collections and plays, two historical biographies, and several art history volumes, including books on the works of Asian artists, English watercolorists, and William Blake’s drawings and engravings. He is perhaps best remembered for his World War I poem, “For the Fallen,” and his translation of Dante Alighieri’s Divine Comedy, which he translated in its original terza rima, a remarkable undertaking much admired by Ezra Pound, T.S. Eliot, and other younger poets.[Poetry Foundation] This first edition of his poetry is accompanied by a charming tipped in handwritten letter dated December 2, 1913. He writes: "Dear Sir, I feel it an honour to comply with your request, & have written out a little poem from my just published volume [this work], which I hope may not be unsuitable for your purpose. I was particularly glad to get your letter because the reviews one gets in the newspapers are apt to make one feel that what has been written with all one's heart means nothing to the public; & besides I am much dissatisfied with my work & wish often I could make an entirely fresh start. To get a letter like yours is a reminder that there are people who prefer to encourage rather than discourage & that there are others besides the few I know for whom it is worth while printing what one writes. So it is I who thank you - Believe me Truly yours Laurence Binyon. P.S. I should have sent this at once but it is difficult to get a moment's leisure." The letter has offsetting on the front page but it clear and legible in Binyon's attractive handwriting. Bound in brown cloth with faded gilt titling to spine and front cover. The book has some darkening to the covers and light bumping. Interior pages are clean with offsetting and light foxing to the preliminary and rear free endpapers and title page. . Very good condition. Measures 5 x 7.25 inches. 97 pages. POET/051721. Very Good.
London: John Murray, 1858. Hardcover. First edition of this seminal work on the pottery of the ancient world. Volume I discusses Egyptian, Assyrian, and Greek pottery; volume II covers Greek, Etruscan, and Roman pottery. It also includes a concise account of that of the Celtic and Teutonic nations. Simon Birch (1813-1885) was a highly regarded Egyptologist at the British Museum. This history of pottery is considered one of his principal written works. Bound in three quarter brown leather with gilt decoration and titling to spine. Leather is worn and bumped. Marbled paper covers, page edges, and endpapers. Interior pages are clean and bright, with light foxing to endpapers. With two chromolithograph frontispieces and ten color plates between the two volumes. Very good condition. Quarto. Volume I: 415 pages; Volume II: 437 pages including index. ARCH/030921. Very Good.
London: Chatto & Windus, 1889. Scarce First edition. Poet, translator, and biographer, Mathilde Blind (1841 - 1896) was born in Germany and moved to London at an early age. She was a close friend of William Michael Rossetti and lived with painter Ford Madox Brown and his wife, Emma, for several years. There were rumors that Brown wished to marry Mathilde after Emma's death, but they never wed. This is a lovely copy of a collection of her poetry divided into three sections: "The Ascent of Man," "Poems of the Open Air," and "Love in Exile." Bound in light green cloth with dark green spine and backstrip. Titling in gilt to spine and front cover, with pretty gilt design of flowers on cover. Bumped cormers and light signs of handling. Interior pages are clean with darkening just to fore-edges and offsetting to the front free endpapers.. Neat ownership signature dated 1937 along hinge on table of contents. Bookplate of collector Mark Samuels Lasner. Very good condition. Small octavo. 200 pages. POETRY/042821.
Riverside CA: Bo Press Miniature Books, 2010. This inventive limited edition book is designed to explain little books, or rather, little case-bound books. Case-binding constructs the body of the book separately from the covers, and combines them at the end of the binding process. It is a quick and reasonably sturdy way of bookbinding, and almost all commercial hardbound books are produced like this. Every part of this book’s binding is labeled, and the back cover is left unglued to show the inner workings of the spine and hinges. The pages of the book itself contain publication data, each page labeled as itself, all the way from half-title to colophon. The book artist Pat Sweet included all she could think of that a book might possess: a tipped-in plate and barrier sheet, a fold-out diagram of the relative sizes of books (from double elephant folio to 64mo), a laid in list of extraneous matter which includes the list itself, and a note on the type, written in the typefaces used in labeling the book’s parts. The book also has examples of things attached to books: a dust jacket, a bookplate, an interior pocket containing a miniature Bo Press bookmark, a binder’s ticket, a slipcase, and a vellum belly band. This is a wonderful self-referential little reference toy for lovers of publishing and binding alike. In fine condition. 2 3/16 x 1 11/16 inches. PRI/060121. Fine.
Riverside, CA: Bo Press Miniature Books, 2017. Pat Sweet describes herself as creating illuminated miniature books of curiosity, humor, and delight. She creates both miniature (under 3 inches) and macro-miniature (under 1 inch) books. Small open edition. "A study of the headgear of Avian royalty. The birds come from the beautiful portraits of the Bird's Peerage of Aves, A Natural History of the Birds, W. Derham & E. Albin. (3 vols. London, 1731-1738). The still, beady-eyed stare of these aristocrats make the immense pomposity of the crowns faintly comic, but not more so than the Hapsburg's" (Pat Sweet). Bound in decorative paper covered boards over white leather spine with paper title labels to spine and front cover. A fun book that includes 30 illustrations of birds wearing crowns. Size: 2 3/8 x 2 1/2 inches. 48 pages. ARTB/061316. Fine.
Riverside, CA: Bo Press Miniature Books, 2018. Hardcover. From the artist: "Girdle books were a fad of the late Middle Ages in Burgundy and the north of Europe. Small books of devotions, law, lists, recipes, or formulae were carried about the person by a clever device that elongated the bottom of the leather binding into a knot that could be slipped under the belt. The books were upside-down so that the wearer could read the book, still attached to the belt, by flipping it right-side-up. This book includes many depictions of girdle books in medieval art (far more than the number of girdle books that survive), a short history of the form, and some examples of the precious few that still exist. The book can be removed from its leather chemise, which had an antiqued brass closure and chain. Just remember to put it back upside down." The book is 2 x 1.5 inches, the chemise is 3.5 inches tall. ARTB/060121. Fine.
Riverside, CA: Bo Press Miniature Books, 2019. Hardcover. "The greatest value of a picture is when it forces us to notice what we never expected to see." John Tukey The artists writes: "The process of transferring knowledge from one person's brain to another's has traditionally been done by speech or reading, but often showing is better than telling. Pictorial representation of information can tell much more than a simple picture. The data visualization (as we now call it) in this book conveys vast amounts of information with the earliest histograms, bar charts, scatter plots, circle graphs, movables, and organizational charts. The book also contains fold-outs, volvelles, maps, and anatomical flip-books, all of them charming as well as informative. The book is half-bound in a soft black leather and an absolutely stunning marbled paper by Jemma Lewis." Digitally printed on Monarch Superfine paper. Size: 2 5/8" x 2 1/8 inches, Unpaginated. ARTB/060121. Fine.
Riverside, CA: Bo Press Miniature Books, 2015. Pat Sweet describes herself as creating illuminated miniature books of curiosity, humor, and delight. She creates both miniature (under 3 inches) and macro-miniature (under 1 inch) books. This book is from a small open edition signed by the book artist. According to Pat Sweet: "The list makes heartbreaking reading, and I'm not sure which I resent more: the loss of books through active human malevolence, or through stupid human thoughtlessness. Each has its place here, along with forgetfulness, carelessness, accident, embarrassment, and spite. Lord Byron's memoirs being ceremonially burned in John Murray's office fireplace, Sylvia Plath's Double Exposure, which may or may not be in the Ted Hughes archives, frozen until 2022., Clisson et Eugenie, Napoleon's novella, scattered across Europe, and the massive Yongle Encyclopedia, victim of budget cuts. And all the lost books of the Greece, Rome, Timbuktu, the Bible . . ." The book is printed on Mohawk Superfine paper, and bound in the same Mohawk paper (a different shade) and in mottled brown Indian pinto lokta paper. Includes 28 illustrations. 78 pages. Size: 2 3/4 x 1 7/8 inches. ARTB/060619.
Riverside, CA: Bo Press Miniature Books, 2010. Pat Sweet describes herself as creating illuminated miniature books of curiosity, humor, and delight. She creates both miniature (under 3 inches) and macro-miniature (under 1 inch) books. This book is from a small open edition. According to the book artist: This is a "book inside books inside a book inside a book-shaped box. This has been called the Droste effect, after their recursive advertisements. The book inside this book-shaped box is a collection of jacket designs for books that only exist inside real books: The Necronomicon, The Whole Art of Detection, If On A Winter's Night A Traveler. Each is presented as if hidden inside a hollow book, for yet another layer of un-reality. The title, of course, is from Magritte's famous painting of 'This is Not a Pipe'." Bound in cream paper with gold fleur-de-lis and title label pastedown on front cover. Housed in a brown paper covered slipcase with title label to the cover. Size: 2 1/4 x 1 7/8 x 5/8 inches. In fine condition. 78 pages. ARTB/060121. Fine.
Riverside, CA: Bo Press Miniature Books, n.d. Pat Sweet writes: "The Augsburger Wunderzeichenbuch (“The Book of Wonders”) is one of the most spectacular discoveries in the field of Renaissance art in northern Europe. The manuscript was produced in the Swabian Imperial Free City of Augsburg sometime between 1545 and 1552. We do not know who commissioned the book, or who supplied the artwork. The book contains miracles: wondrous and mysterious singularities of nature, monstrous births, battles in heaven, rains of blood and meat, acts of God, double and triple suns and moons, and lots and lots of comets. At this time the sacred and the scientific were just beginning to move apart, and this is one of the beginnings of that massive shift. The beautiful, strange, and enigmatic illustrations are in supersaturated gouache and watercolor. Each illumination is captioned in a panel of German Gothic script. The manuscript dropped out of sight sometime in the 17th century and was only recently re-discovered in 2007. A fine modern edition is published by Taschen. I’ve tried to counter the small size of the prints by enlarging a wonderful detail of each picture on the verso. The book is bound in green and brown marbled paper and has two bands of antique bronze chain passing over the front and back of the binding. The title is on a raised rectangle in the front." Measures 2.25 x 3 inches. 145 pages.