London: Colburn and Co., 1852. Hardcover. A scarce copy of this engaging relict from 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 paper boards. Leather is chipped and scraped, and bottom of spine is darkened and abraded. The rear hinge is cracked, but has been reinforced. 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. A few early pages are present, but loose. Nice color frontispiece, black & white 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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London: Country Life, 1985. Paperback. Articles on fashion, Abruzzo in Central Italy, sculpture grottoes of the Medici, Castello di Fenis, Shearwaters of Linosa, Sabbioneta in Northern Italy, Horseracing in Italy, Motoring, Gardening, and more. Illustrated paper wrappers with white spine panel titled in black. Minor wear to covers, spine panel, and edges. Clean interior. Minor wear to page edges. Pagination: 1093- 1165. PER/102621. Very Good.
New York: Doubleday, Page, and Co., 1919. Paperback. Articles on Christmas birds, spirt of winter, decorating for Christmas, the greyhound and his stride, cashmere and paisley shawls, country clothes, cooking Christmas dinner to-day, news of breeds and breeders, and more. Illustrated paper wrappers (design by Warren Keith) with white spine panel titled in black. Heavy wear to spine with chipping to paper. Creasing and wear to covers. Clean interior with small tears to edges of some pages. Bird illustrations and some ads in full color. 116 pages.PER/102621. Very Good.
London: Country Life, 1969. Paperback. Articles on English summer fashion, Venetian painting, old mahogany furniture, Gordon Richards's Derby, French paper weights, and more. Illustrated blue paper wrappers, side-stapled with title to front panel only. Minor wear to covers and edges. Clean interior. Minor wear to page edges. Pagination: 1842-1927. PER/102621. Very Good.
London: Country Life, 1982. Paperback. Articles on fashion, cricket, racing, golf, Royal Windsor Horse Show, Marie-Louis - Duchess of Parma, Royal Academy Exhibition, Wines of Italy, Apulia in Southern Italy, birdwatching, and more. Illustrated paper wrappers with white spine panel titled in black. Minor wear to covers, spine panel, and edges. Clean interior. Minor wear to page edges. Pagination: 1452 - 1532. PER/102621. Very Good.
London: Country Life, 1976. Paperback. Articles on English fashion, Saab 99 EMS Saloon, Thomas Lord's first cricket ground, Pugin Revival at Westminster, the Grove of Hobby Horses, arts and crafts, tennis, horse racing, and more. Illustrated paper wrappers with white spine panel titled in black. Minor wear to covers, spine panel, and edges. Clean interior. Minor wear to page edges. Pagination: 1351-1454. PER/102621. Very Good.
London: Country Life, 1969. Paperback. Articles on Scottish farming, Cyclopean kilns and quarries, the Fiat 1256 Special Salon, Dutch art coming to Scotland, Galloway, National Pony Show, and more. Illustrated blue paper wrappers with white spine panel titled in blue. Soiling and wear to covers and edges. Clean interior. Minor wear to page edges. pagination: 368 - 422. PER/102621. Very Good.
London: Country Life, 1970. Paperback. Articles on the highlands, English fashion, venom and cures, tropical gardens, the Hillman Avenger GL, greenhouse plants, lakes of Macedonia, and more. Illustrated paper wrappers with white spine panel titled in black. Minor wear to covers, spine panel, and edges. Clean interior. Minor wear to page edges. Pagination: 549-605. PER/102621. Very Good.
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 Native American 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.
Risbury, England: Whittington Press, 1994. Hardcover. Number 23 of 95 copies of the deluxe edition. There were 975 total copies printed including the regular edition. This is one of the special copies of the annual publication of Matrix, one of the foremost publications on the book arts during its 36 year existence. Sadly, Matrix 36, published in 2020, was the last annual edition of the Matrix series. After 36 years, Whittington Press owners, John and Rose Randle, decided to discontinue producing this fine annual for printers and bibliophiles on the book arts that compiled articles, illustrations, paper and typography samples and book reviews. This issue includes a number of articles by such well-known bibliophiles as Ruari McLean, John Dreyfus, Sebastian Carter, David Butcher, William Peterson, and Roderick Cave. Interspersed throughout are photographs, printing samples, and illustrations. There is a loose print and the volume's prospectus inserted in a back pocket. Quarter bound in magenta Oasis leather with magenta and orange marbled boards. The deluxe copy includes a separately bound book of wood engravings for Virgil's Georgics by Edward Craig. Both volumes are housed in a stiff board slipcase. Fine condition save for the slightest wear to Georgics. Matrix volume measures 8, x 11 inches. BOB/102621. Fine.
Schenectady, NY: Henry Stevens & Co, 1818. Hardcover. First Edition. A compilation of documents related to the trials of John Chester, Mark Tucker and Hooper Cumming. Chester and Tucker were accused of slandering Reverend Cumming, who in turn was accused of inappropriate behavior. Bound in full brown leather with red leather spine label. Leather is stained and worn with tender hinges. Offsetting to endpapers, and browning to pages. With a fold-out sheet outlining the charges by the committee at various points in the proceedings. With bookplate of William Ward Wight. Blue stamp of an honors academy on title page. Very good minus. Octavo. 255 pages plus errata page. REL/081621. Very Good -.
Cambridge: Rampant Lions Press, 1977. Hardcover. Number 139 of 315 copies. This is one of 280 copies number 1-280 that are quarter bound in vellum with paper sides. There were 20 numbered I-XX bound in full vellum and 15 hors commerce. This edition of the Psalms is reprinted from the Book of Common Prayer. It is the translation most familiar to the English reader, and generally accepted as superior even to that of the King James Bible of seventy years later. It is the work of Miles Coverdale taken from his revision of the Great Bible of 1539 (preface). This beautiful book was designed by Sebastian Carter and printed by him at the Rampant Lions Press on Barcham Green's J. Green mould-made paper. The type used is the original roman designed by Eric Gill for the Golden Cockerel Press, first used in their Four Gospels in 1931. Bound in quarter vellum with handsome patterned paper covers designed by Sebastian Carter. Gilt titling to spine. In fine condition. Large octavo. 151 pages plus colophon. PRIVATEPRESS/102621. Fine.
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.
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: Printed by Shepard Kollock for Cornelius Davis, 1798. Hardcover. First American Edition. An interesting and extensive recounting of the English lady's years in France during their revolution's reign of terror. The author was identified as Helen Maria Williams (1759 – 1827), a British novelist, poet, and translator of French-language works. A religious dissenter, she was a supporter of abolitionism and of the ideals of the French Revolution; she was imprisoned in Paris during the Reign of Terror, but nonetheless spent much of the rest of her life in France [Wikipedia]. Bound in contemporary brown leather with red spine label. Leather is chipped, abraded, and bumped. Wear and crack lines to spine edges. Joints are cracked but text block is tight. Scattered spotting throughout and many text pages are browned although still legible. Initials in ink on top page edges. Still a nice copy of this account of the writer's experiences. FRENCHIST/080921. 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.
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.
London: Blackie & Son, 1884. Hardcover. Engraved from important works by distinguished modern painters, and from authentic state portraits. With descriptive historical sketches. These two substantial volumes have 69 handsome plates that illustrate important events and persons in the history of England and Scotland. Bound in three quarter brown leather with black cloth covers. Leather is chipped, rubbed, and bumped. Spine has raised bands with dark brown title labels. Covers have signs of wear and handling. All edges gilt. Hinges reinforced. Light spotting to first and last few pages but otherwise clean and bright. Someone scrawled her name and address on a free front endpaper of Volume II. A nice set in very good condition. Will require extra postage. Quartos. Volume I: 182 pages plus plates; Volume II: 171 pages plus plates. ENG/101921. Very Good.
New York: Limited Editions Club, 1934. Hardcover. Number 930 of 1500 copies signed by Pablo Picasso. This famed edition of Aristophanes's play Lysistrata is considered by many critics to be one of the very finest books published by Limited Editions Club. One of the most ribald works of antiquity,it is illustrated here with Picasso’s magnificent etchings and drawings. It is the only American publication with original etchings by Pablo Picasso and signed by him. Many scholars feel his etchings in this volume are among his most important in the classical style. This edition contains the translation of Gilbert Seldes who translated the text for a stage revival. Seldes was an American writer and cultural critic who served as the editor and drama critic of the seminal modernist magazine The Dial. George Macy, the founder of Limited Editions Club, wrote of this edition, which he designed: "To illustrate Lysistrata, Picasso has given us six etched copperplates and forty pencil drawings. Each plate, each drawing, bears witness to his mastery of method and technique. His line is sure, confident; it cries out to the world that the man who drew it knows what he was about. And the line is pure, it is that sort of line of which even the Greeks used to say that this is 'pure Grecian line.' The etchings which Picasso did for the edition were printed by hand by Charles Furth of New York." [George Macy Imagery Blog]. Bound in heavy boards covered with a three color patterned paper of cream, red, and blue with a design made by LeRoy Appleton from the Picasso drawings. The binding is very good + with very slight edge wear. In a glassine cover that is split along spine and torn along edges. The interior text pages and original etchings are clean and bright in near fine condition. Housed in a blue cloth chemise slipcase that unfortunately is soiled, stained, and worn, with top and bottom edges of chemise missing. Title spine to slipcase is partly detached and soiled. Printed in Caslon types in black and sanguine on Rives paper. Prospectus laid in. Despite problems with slipcase and glassine wrapper the book itself is beautiful. Quarto. 117 pages plus colophon. PRI/100521. Near Fine in Poor Slipcase.
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.
Kingston, NY: Maureen Cummins, 2019. Number 13 of 15 copies signed and numbered by the book artist Maureen Cummins. This powerful production was initially realized as a unique object in the spring of 2019, the book was later editioned in the fall of 2019. Throughout the piece, Cummins uses simple typographic means to explore issues of anti-Semitism, denial, and the erasure of cultural memory. Unpublished Manuscript, 1946 came out of the research phase of the Friends, Peace and Sanctuary Project, in which artists were asked to spend two weeks in the Special Collection archives at Swarthmore College. Cummins was immediately drawn to a collection of materials relating to the life of Hans Bergas, a survivor of the Buchenwald concentration camp. Cummins writes: "Following the war he and his family relocated to the United States, to the town of Chester, Pennsylvania. It was there that he met Gertrude Weaver, a German language high school teacher. In response to her request, Bergas began corresponding with Weaver’s students, a process that led to his writing a full-length memoir. Hoping to see the manuscript published, Weaver sent the manuscript to Grace Naismith, a senior editor at Reader’s Digest magazine. In a brief, typewritten response, Naismith thanked Weaver for her submission while unequivocally rejecting it as unsuitable for publication: “…the day has passed,” she wrote, “when people will read any more about Buchenwald or German atrocities…we have been so surfeited with Fascist horror stories, movies, and Nuremberg trial testimonies, that I’m afraid a present sale is most difficult.” In this artist's book, Cummins painstakingly surprints Naismith’s letter, using no more than a few words at a time, over copies of Bergas’s manuscript. In this way, Naismith’s decision to reject the manuscript is given the full weight and consequence it deserves. Reading the texts side by side also highlights the contrast between the editor’s polite, patrician language and the horrific events and experiences described in the memoir: “Death by starvation. Death by illness or execution.”" Both visually and emotionally, the reader/viewer is invited to witness the collision of worlds. Printed on a variety of translucent papers, including vintage onionskin. The memoir was digitally reproduced, while Naismith’s letter was printed letterpress using photoengraved plates. Also included are two documents contained in Bergas’s original manuscript: a map of Buchenwald that he drew for the Chester high school students, and a page of family photographs. Each book is held by a vintage clip board. The book measures 8.5 x 11 inches. In fine condition. 79 pages. ARTISTSB/080321. Fine.
Boston and New York: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1928. Hardcover. Number 4 of the 1000 copies of the Manuscript Edition, printed at the Riverside Press in Cambridge, MA. This is a compelling and detailed biography of Abraham Lincoln. The preface describes the rigorous and painstaking research conducted by the author for the book. Albert Jeremiah Beveridge (1862 – 1927) was an American historian and US senator from Indiana. He was an intellectual leader of the Progressive Era and a biographer of Chief Justice John Marshall and President Abraham Lincoln. As his political career was coming to a close in 1922, Beveridge dedicated his time to writing historical literature. His four-volume set The Life of John Marshall, published in 1916–1919, won Beveridge a Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography and connected events in John Marshall's life with his later rulings on the US Supreme Court. Beveridge spent most of his final years writing a four-volume biography of Abraham Lincoln, but it was only half-finished at his death and posthumously published in 1928 as Abraham Lincoln, 1809–1858. It stripped away the myths and revealed a complex and imperfect politician [Wikipedia]. Beautifully bound in full leather with elaborate gilt tooling to covers and gilt titling and ornaments to spines. The spines have darkened and there are some remnants of a call number having been printed at the spine base. There are no other indications that this is ex-library. Some scuffing along bottom edges of covers. The volumes also have some fading along edges. Volume I has light stain on front cover. Top edges gilt. Other edges not trimmed. Volume IV has small tears along fore-edges of pages 313-316 where book was poorly opened. The volumes have beautiful green and red leather doublures with gilt designs and rulings. The front doublures have a few light marks while the rear ones are near fine. The free endpapers facing the doublures are covered in grey silk. The back of the silk covered page in Volume I has small tears along gutter.Text pages are clean and bright. With 36 illustrations plus four color frontispieces with Washington DC scenes. Volume I has a page from Beveridge's original manuscript tipped in. A lovely set of this important biography in very good condition. Octavos. Volume I: xxvi, 297 pages; Volume II: 310 pages; Volume III: 361 pages; Volume IV: 381 pages including index. PRESHIST/080221. 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.