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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Nancy-Paris-Strasbourg: Berger-Levrault, Printers, n.d. Hardcover. Scarce. An interesting recounting of the deployment of the Fifth Field Artillery during the last months of World War I. One of the commanding officers listed is Brigadier General Frank Parker. This volume appears to be a companion to his service record (see Kelmscott Bookshop item number 34799). It is bound in the same full red leather with gilt title and dates to spine. Gilt rules and swastikas to both boards. Rubbing and wear to boards, edges, spine ends, and corners. Evidence of a removed sticker to front board (about 1 x 2 inches) with surface sheen of leather removed in this small area. Adhesive remnants to front pastedown where a bookplate was removed. Browning to interior, mostly along margins. Written in ink is Parker's name on page 38 and page 40 has two small corrections to text, also in ink. The signature is not in the same handwriting as Parker's inscription in the service record. Original softcover publication is 40 pages and this volume has a number of blank pages to fill the binding. Very good. WWI/071421. Very Good.
New York: American Historical Society, 1925. Prepared and privately printed for Viola D. Everett by The American Historical Society. This is a 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 is a 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.
Raleigh, NC: T. Loring, 1843. Hardcover. Scarce. These indexes were prepared in response to an 1827 request made by the governor of North Carolina to Arthur Gallatin, the American minister in London, for his assistance in procuring documents held by the English government pertaining to the early history of North Carolina. The detailed indexes are for documents issued from 1663 to 1777. Bound in three quarter brown leather with marbled paper boards and red leather title label. Leather and boards are chipped, scuffed, and stained. Front hinge is cracked but text block is still attached. Scattered foxing throughout not affecting legibility. Ownership label of English banker and politician Richard Biddulph Martin on half title page. A decent copy of this uncommon publication. Octavo. 120 pages. AMERSTATE/071321. Good +.
New York: American Bible Society, 1856. Hardcover. Second edition of this rather scarce book. Except for a one page index and two page key to the orthography the text is entirely in the Ojibwa language. Bound in contemporary brown leather with blind design to covers and black title label on spine. Binding is worn, bumped, and rubbed. Crack to spine label. Front cover is somewhat loose but still holding. Text block is tight. Interior pages are generally clean, with browning to edges of first and last few pages and very light browning to many pages that does not affect legibility. Slight rippling to pages from being tightly bound. Bookplate of George John Abdou, Jr. on front pastedown. A very good copy. About 4.5 x 7 inches. 717 pages. Very Good.
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.
Paris: Chez Poinçot, 1789. Hardcover. A collection of 44 beautiful handcolored botanical plates of which 38 are of various flowers and 6 comprise a visual dictionary of botanical terms. Each plate is accompanied by a page of text describing the plant and its qualities. The plates are in near fine condition but unfortunately the leather binding is not. It is chipped, scuffed, and bumped, and the top half of the spine is missing. The front board is almost detached although the text block is firm. Endpapers have spotting and the title page has browning to edges. Small octavo. Unpaginated. NATURE/072021.
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 -.
Baltimore: Robert H. Craig, 1812. Hardcover. Uncommon. Early American edition based on similar British manuals. Robert Craig, Teacher of Military Tactics, says in his preface: "Having examined the different works on the Sword Exercise and the Drill and Evolutions for the Cavalry, I take the liberty of recommending this work to the Cavalry of the United States, as possessing advantages over any other work now in use." The work offers stringent and absolute rules governing formation, movements, drills, and field exercises necessary to ensure that "the horseman has a decided advantage over an enemy that his horsemanship and superiority in the use of his sword will produce." Bound in full brown leather with red title label to spine. Leather is chipped, rubbed, scuffed, and bumped. The front cover is almost detached and the rear joint is tender. The thin and fragile paper is browned and spotted throughout, and there are occasional tears along page margins. There are twenty-six browned and spotted plates showing men and horses performing steps and maneuvers. The simple line drawings have offsetting on their facing pages. Some plates are foldouts and are only in fair to poor shape, with chipping and small tears. One has split in two but both pieces are there. There is also a twenty-seventh foldout chart showing the posts of officers. An early bookseller has written his name and the price of $3.50 on the free front endpaper. Despite flaws, the book is a scarce and interesting treatise on this specialized branch of the military. Octavo. 215 pages. MIL/072621. 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.
Baltimore: Blurb, Inc., 2021. Hardcover. "A history of the 138 year old artist association, the Charcoal Club of Baltimore. The first few chapters begin with the founding of the Club in 1883 and with the history of its highly regarded art school and popular annual Exhibition of American Contemporary Art. The book then turns to the social aspects of the Club including the Bal des Arts costume ball, its hilarious endeavors, and combative positions sometimes veiled in humor. The book continues with a chronicle of the Club's history followed by a sampling of artworks by Club members." Oblong, bound in black cloth boards. In illustrated dust jacket with title to front and spine panels. Numerous color illustrations. 167 pages. New / New.
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.
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.
Toronto: Biting Dog Press, 2019. Hardcover. 1 of 35 copies. An examination of the "Necronomicon" - "a scientific diary of the putatively insane doctor known as Abdullah Alhazred. He was a scientist and an alchemist who believed cannibalistic funerary rites could both appease the spirits of the dead and access the divine" (page 13). It includes a fascinating discussion of previous translations, historical contextualization, medical and philosophical explanations behind Alhazred's practices, biographical facts about the doctor, and new translations of the five extracts. According to Alhazred, if performed using the correct rituals, ingestion of the dead could transfer their energy or life force, thus extending the life of the consumer. If true, perhaps he is still alive, wandering in the desert (or so this book suggests)! Digitally printed on laid paper with an original woodcut made by George A. Walker, signed and numbered 5 of 42, tipped into the front. The book is bound in grey cloth boards with a black dust jacket titled in white on the spine and front panel. A pattern of grey skulls decorates the jacket. Includes color photographic illustrations that depict fragments from the original Necronomicon, a page from the Book of the Dead, and other historical sources. 37 pages. PRI/031221. Fine.
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, 2009. Hardcover. This imaginative book from Pat Sweet offers a collection of lost or forgotten places to make an explorer's heart beat faster: They range from the real (Petra) to the mythical (Shamballa) to the debatable (Troy) to the unexpected (Napoleon, Arkansas). Cities disappear for a variety of reasons: changing trade routes, sinking water tables, earthquake, fire, flood and war. Some accidents of history can cause a once mighty metropolis to disappear from human memory as thoroughly as drifting sand or creeping vines can erase it from view. This little book is bound in cream, tan, and silver French marbled paper, with a spine of brown kid leather with a title label. Bound into the book is a fold-out graph comparing the cities' lifespans. The book has decorative endpapers and a paper title pasted to the front. 68 pages, 26 maps, plus a fold-out graph measuring 1.5 x 4 inches. Book size: 1 5/8 x 1 1/8 inches. In fine condition. ARTB/060221. Fine.