Dublin: James McCormick, (1843) and 1844. Two very scarce 19th century works on Irish history, The Black History of Ireland comprises 19 of the 20 issues of an angry and passionate serial history of England's subjugation and treatment of the Irish from the beginnings of the country through the end of the 18th century. Issue number 8 is missing but otherwise the volume is complete. M'Cormick wrote in his introduction: ''The following pages were not compiled for the purpose of exciting in the Irish mind, deep-rooted and unmitigated animosity towards English Government - Such an insult can not be wanted, especially now when every day brings with it fresh woes, fresh insults and fresh cruelties, committed in every shape and form against the Irish people.'' He prefaced each issue with the words: '"Look Centuries Through, of Penalties and Pains, One Picture Still - the Irishman in Chains." 160 pages [missing pages 57-65]. The Irish Rebellion of 1798 is a comprehensive history of that important rebellion. "The Irish Rebellion of 1798 was a major uprising against British rule in Ireland. The main organizing force was the Society of United Irishmen, a republican revolutionary group influenced by the ideas of the American and French revolutions: originally formed by Presbyterian radicals angry at being shut out of power by the Anglican establishment, they were joined by many from the majority Catholic population. Following some initial successes, particularly in County Wexford, the uprising was suppressed by government militia and yeomanry forces, reinforced by units of the British Army, with a civilian and combatant death toll estimated between 10,000 and 50,000. The aftermath of the Rebellion led to the passing of the Acts of Union 1800, merging the Parliament of Ireland into the Parliament of the United Kingdom. Despite its rapid suppression the 1798 Rebellion remains a significant event in Irish history. Centenary celebrations in 1898 were instrumental in the development of modern Irish nationalism, while several of the Rebellion's key figures, such as Wolfe Tone, became important reference points for later republicanism. Debates over the significance of 1798, the motivation and ideology of its participants, and acts committed during the Rebellion continue to the present day.' [Wikipedia] 256 Both volumes have foxing and staining on first few pages of each, but remainder of pages are generally clean with light occasional foxing. Bound in three quarter black leather with green and brown marbled paper boards. Binding is bumped with tears along upper and lower spine edges. Leather on lower edges of binding are missing some or most of leather. 256 pages. Small octavo. IRELAND/012021.
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London: Richard Bentley, 1849. Hardcover. First edition of this work, which remains one of the few first person accounts of the fur trade in the early 19th century. It is still considered a major source for historians. John McLean (c. 1799–1890) was a Scotsman who emigrated to British North America, where he became a fur-trapper, trader, explorer, grocer, banker, newspaperman, clerk, and author. He traveled by foot and canoe from the Atlantic to the Pacific and back, becoming one of the chief traders of the Hudson's Bay Company. He is also remembered as the first person of European descent to discover Churchill Falls on Canada's Churchill River and sometimes mistakenly credited as the first to cross the Labrador Peninsula [Wikipedia]. Bound in quarter brown leather with black pebbled leather covers. Brown leather is rubbed and chipped, covers have bumped corners. Free front endpapers in both volumes are loose as is the title page in volume II. Some raggedness to the fore edge of a few pages in each volume not affecting text. Bookplate of the Earl of Orrery affixed to front pastedown of each volume. Very good condition. Small octavo. Volume I: 308 pages; Volume II: 328 pages. Very Good.
London: John Starkey, Charles Harper, and John Amery, 1680. Second edition. Originally published in 1675. This early English translation of Machiavelli's works include the following: The History of Florence, The Prince, The Original of the Guelf and Ghibilin Factions, The Life of Castruccio Castracani, The Murther of Vitelli &c. by Duke Valentino, The State of France, the State of Germany, The Discourses on Titus Livius, The Art of War, The Marriage of Belphegor, a Novel, and Nicholas Machiavel's Letter in Vindication of Himself and his Writings. The writings are numbered consecutively starting with the History of Florence, except for the letter and the publisher's note on the letter that precedes it. Each treatise has its own title page. The first several pages of the book, also unpaginated, have a detailed table of contents for each work and the author's introduction. Bound in modern three quarter tan leather with orange cloth covers. Some rubbing, light spots to leather; Cloth has marks and spots but binding still about very good. New endpapers. Interior pages are soiled, have spotting throughout, and have black ink stains to the upper right page edges and margins of first and last several pages. All page edges are darkened. Still a nice copy of this important edition of Machiavelli's writings. Measures 8 x 13 inches. 528 pages.
Paris: Sebastien Mabre-Cramoisy, 1684. Hardcover. Early edition of this work by Louis Maimbourg (1610 -1686). Maimbourg was a French Jesuit and historian. He entered the Society of Jesus at the age of sixteen, and after studying at Rome became a classical master in the Jesuit college at Rouen. He afterwards devoted himself to preaching, but with only moderate success. After having taken some part in minor controversies he threw himself with energy into the dispute which had arisen as to the Gallican liberties; for his Traité historique de l'établissement et des prérogatives de l'Eglise de Rome et de ses évêques (1682) he was by command of Innocent XI expelled from the Society, but rewarded by Louis XIV with a residence at the abbey of St Victor, Paris, and a pension. His numerous works include histories of Arianism, the iconoclast controversy, the Great Schism of 1054, Lutheranism, Anglicanism, Calvinism, and of the pontificates of Leo I and Gregory I. [Wikipedia} Bound in full light brown calf with gilt titling to spine. Frontispiece engraving. Interior pages have light aging along margins but are generally clean. Some cropping to upper margins where book sized to fit binding. Very good. Measures 3 x 5.5. inches. Housed in a brown cloth slipcase. 542 pages plus table des matieres. REL/041421. Very Good.
New York: Rizzoli, 1991. Hardcover. "This fully illustrated survey of Nash's works includes all of his known and attributed works. Michael Mansbridge's superb photographs of Nash's extant buildings are complemented by contemporary views and old photographs of demolished buildings, and by original sketches of designs never executed" (dust jacket). Quarto. Very good in maroon cloth boards with gilt title to spine. Clean and bright with many photographic illustrations. In very good illustrated dust jacket with white spine panel title in maroon. Slight evidence of dampstaining to foot of jacket and minor wear to edges. 336 pages. ARCH/042321. Very Good / Very Good.
London: Elkin Mathews, 1891. Number 45 of 50 copies of the large paper edition, signed and numbered by Louise Chandler Moulton, who wrote the biographical preface. This lovely book gathers poetry written by the sad and talented Philip Bourke Marston (1850 - 1887). At age three, he partially lost his vision. For many years he maintained enough vision to see, but in later years he lost his sight completely. His skills in verbal expression and melody were soon manifested in poems of remarkable merit for his years, and displaying a power of delineating the aspects of nature which, his affliction considered, seemed almost incomprehensible. Marston was intensely happy for a time in the affection of Mary Nesbit. The death of his betrothed from rapid consumption, in November 1871, devastated him, and was the precursor of a series of calamities which produced the morbid element in his views of life and nature.In 1874, a friend, Oliver Madox Brown, died suddenly. In 1878 Marston lost with equal suddenness of his beloved sister Cicely, His surviving sister, Eleanor, died early in the following year; her husband, the poet Arthur O'Shaughnessy, followed shortly. In 1882, the death of Marston's chief poetic ally and inspirer, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, was followed closely by that of another kindred spirit, James Thomson, who was carried dying from his blind friend's rooms. Marston's poetry became sorrowful and melancholy. The idylls of flower-life were succeeded by dreams of sleep and the repose of death. These qualities and gradations of feeling are traceable through his three published collections. [Wikipedia] Marston's poetry was collected in 1892 by Louise Chandler Moulton (1835-1909), a loyal friend, and herself a poet. In her biographical essay of Marston in this volume of his uncollected works, she writes movingly of his tragic life, praises his poetical gifts, and offers this book as a tribute to all Marston was and could have been. Bound in original vellum backed brown paper boards with printed label on spine. Darkening to spine label and bumped corners but still nice. Interior pages in very good condition with a little creasing to top of last few pages. Bookplate of collector Mark Samuels Lasner on front pastedown. Octavo. 147 pages. POET/042321.
London: Wm. S. Orr and Co., 1843. Scarce first edition. In his preface, the author documents the many charges made against England since its having united legislatively with Ireland in 1800. These charges include having conquered Ireland, destroyed its independence, practiced cruel oppressions, and having brought about a union that has "produced misery wretchedness, exhaustion, and destitution." Martin in this book sets about addressing these allegations and charges by carefully and minutely examining these charges and endeavoring to discover the truth. In his dedication to Sir Robert Peel, former Secretary to Ireland, Martin states that his examination shows that Ireland had her population doubled and her shipping and commerce quadrupled since the union. He cites progress across the economy, commerce, social well being and more. He produced statistics and data to support his findings. Bound in contemporary three quarter black leather with blue and black marbled paper boards, page edges, and endpapers. Leather rubbed and corners bumped. Marbled boards are scuffed. Interior pages are clean and bright. Nice fold-out map showing proposed Irish railroad routes and several charts with demographic data. Very good condition. Octavo. 424 pages. IRELAND/050521.
London: The Grolier Society, 1903-1906. Hardcover. Number 242 of 1000 copies for England and America. This is the classic work on Egypt by famed Egyptologist Gaston Maspero (1846-1916) in the first nine volumes. Rappoport wrote the text for volumes ten through twelve to bring the history to the end of the 19th century. . King and Hall wrote volume thirteen in 1906 to provide an update on more recent excavations and findings. Bound in three quarter brown leather with marbled boards and endpapers. Gilt titling and ornaments to spine. The bindings are rubbed, chipped, and bumped, with sunning to spine on a few. Most interior pages are very good. Volumes ten and eleven have heavy spotting to fore-edges and volume eleven has foxing to first and last few pages. Each volume has an acquisition number stamped on the title page along with the signature in ink of a previous owner. With over 1200 colored plates and illustrations. Each volume has about 400 pages of text. Small quartos. Extra postage required for this set. Very Good.
London: Richard Bentley, 1839. Hardcover. Charles Mathews, (1776 —1835, Plymouth, Devon), prominent English stage personality and theatre manager who, renowned for his genius at mimicry and for his wit, was among the leading comedians of his day [Britannica]. This typical theatrical memoir of the period was written by his wife. Second edition of volumes I and II, and first editions of volumes III and IV. The four volumes were issued as a set when the last two volumes were published. Bound in three quarter blue leather with marbled paper boards, endpapers, and page edges. Leather is scuffed and chipped and gilt decorated spines have faded. Scattered foxing and spotting to text pages and plates but still very good. There is a steel-engraved frontis to each volume and thirteen other plates. Five of these are exceptional double-page tinted lithographs of theatrical scenes. Octavo volumes. Volume I: 433 pages; Volume II: 469 pages; Volume III: 650 pages; Volume IV: 503 pages including an appendix listing all of the over 600 characters played by Mathews. Very Good.
Mt. Tremper, NY: Maureen Cummins, 2021. Number 15 of 30 copies signed and numbered by the book artist. Maureen Cummins's artists' books often address societal, cultural, and gender issues. In this forceful new work she confronts the issues of systemic discrimination and police brutality against African-American citizens. From the prospectus: She began this project about the 1967 Newark racial protests in the aftermath of the killing of George Floyd and the Black Lives Matter protests across the country - the Newark events offering a surreal parallel to the racism of our time. The events in Newark that Cummins set out to document arose out of decades of discrimination— in housing, education, and government, not to mention long-standing police brutality—all of which culminated on the night of July 12, 1963. When a black cabby, John Smith, was seen dragged into police custody and rumored to be dead, an angry crowd of residents gathered outside the precinct, and violence broke out. What followed was five days of mayhem—businesses looted, buildings in flames, and crossfire from multiple armed forces—that left 26 people dead and hundreds injured. Narrative in Black and White reads as history, memoir, current events, and cautionary tale. The text of the book is comprised of ten stories, most of them a chorus of voices, many dramatically different . On facing pages, images of events transpiring on the ground are viewed through cutout openings within quiet-seeming domestic scenes. In this way, two realities are depicted: black and white, “high” and “low,” the protected and the targeted. Within the pages of the book, which mimic newspaper stories and photos, the artist uses color to comment on color: while the white characters are foregrounded and printed in bold black ink, the black characters are viewed from afar—ghostly, barely there, an allusion to Ralph Ellison’s “Invisible Man.” A closer read of both sets of photos, however, reveals a more nuanced and parallel story: the double meaning behind the phrase “domestic unrest.” Housed in a graphic board slipcase with text mimicking newspaper articles on the cover. All text and imagery in Newark 1967: A Narrative in Black and White was silkscreen- printed onto Schaeffer Graphic Board, with laser cuts by Sarah Pike of Freefall Laser. The book was bound by Lisa Hersey using hand-dyed Yukyushi paper for spine-lining and hinges. Period photographs of Cummins and her family are from the artist’s personal collection. Original press photographs have been reproduced by kind permission of the Associated Press and The Newark Star Ledger. In fine condition. The book contains 22 pages, Measures 10 x 12 x 1 inches. 22 pages. fine.
London: Robert Wilks, 1812. Hardcover. A new edition of this classic early history of England's parliament, originally published in 1647. The new preface states that the reasons for the re-issue of this work are because of its scarcity and importance. Nicely bound in three quarter light brown leather with red leather spine label with title. Marbled paper boards in green and cream. Some scuffing, darkening, and bumping to leather. Interior pages are in very good condition with occasional light foxing. Ink ownership signature on title page. With a frontispiece portrait of Thomas May and a plate with a view of the two houses of parliament with King Charles the First on the throne on the first day of the meeting of parliament on November 3, 1640. Very good. Measures 8.5 x 11 inches. ENGHIS/031521. Very Good.
Boston: Ticknor and Fields, 1860. Hardcover. First American edition. This classic book is about Sir John Franklin’s 1845 expedition that was one of many to search for the elusive Northwest Passage, a sea route through the Arctic connecting the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. Franklin’s two ships, HMS Erebus and HMS Terror, became trapped in sea ice and were abandoned in 1848. None of the 129 man crew survived, and the ships were believed to be lost. This is an account of one of numerous expeditions to search for Franklin’s ships and crew. The well-preserved wreckage of HMS Erebus was found on September 7, 2014. Bound in original brown cloth with gilt illustration of ship to front cover and gilt titling to spine. Spotting, wear, and bumping. Slightly cocked. Interior pages generally clean with light aging to margins. Very good. Includes two fold-out maps, fold-out facsimile of report on missing ships, and some black and white illustrations. Measures 5.5 x 8.5 inches. 375 pages. Very Good.
New York: G.P. Putnam & Co., 1853. Hardcover. “Bartleby the Scrivener,” Herman Melville’s famed short story, was first serialized anonymously in two parts in the November and December 1853 issues of Putnam’s Monthly Magazine. It was reprinted with minor textual changes in Piazza Tales in 1856. The story has been called the unquestionable masterpiece of Melville’s short fiction and is among the most noted American short stories. Volume II included July - December 1853. The story appeared on pages 546-557 in November and pages 609-615 in December. Bound in three quarter dark green leather over marbled paper covered boards. Bumping to lower corners, rubbing to hinges, minor cracking to spine leather, and minor loss to marbled paper on front board. Marbled endpapers. Bookplate of James V.C. Perry from Sandwich, Ontario to front pastedown. Occasional spots of foxing throughout (heaviest on endpapers) and very occasional notations in pencil. Very good condition. 690 pages. LIT/060321. Very Good.
New York: Harper & Brothers, 1853. Hardcover. Includes Melville's short story "Cock a Doodle Doo - The Crowing of the Cock Beneventano" on page 77 - 86, Charles Dickens' "School Boy Stories", and chapters 4 - 20 of Thackeray's "The Newcomes." Bound in three quarter brown leather with black cloth covered boards and gilt title and raised bands to spine. Rubbing to boards and minor wear to edges of boards, corners, and hinges. Foxing to interior and occasional small spots of soiling. Illustrated. Ex-library bookplate from the Vermont Asylum, East Wing Library. Lacks fashion plate and cartoon page from several issues. 860 pages. PER/060321. Very Good.
New York: Harper & Brothers, 1855. Hardcover. Includes Melville's short story "Jimmy Rose" on pages 803 - 807 and chapters 58 - 80 of "The Newcomes" by Thackeray. Also includes articles on apparitions and visions, bears and bear hunting, earthquakes, the history of tobacco, and Brazil. Bound in three quarter navy blue leather with patterned black paper covered boards. Raised bands and gilt title to spine. Minor rubbing to boards and minor wear to edges, corners, and hinges. Minor chipping to paper along edges of boards. Occasional spots of foxing, but clean and bright overall. All six fashion plates are present. Illustrated. 864 pages. PER/060321. Very Good.
New York: Harper & Brothers, 1855. Hardcover. Includes Melville's short story "Jimmy Rose" on pages 803 - 807 and chapters 58 - 80 of "The Newcomes" by Thackeray. Also includes articles on apparitions and visions, bears and bear hunting, earthquakes, the history of tobacco, and Brazil. Bound in three quarter tan leather with patterned dark brown cloth covered boards. Raised bands and gilt title to spine. Minor rubbing to boards and minor wear to edges, corners, and hinges. Occasional spots of foxing, but clean and bright overall. Lacks cartoon and fashion plate for September. Illustrated. 864 pages. PER/060321. Very Good.
Boston: Daniel B. Updike at the Merrymount Press, 1904. A first edition of a scarce and lovely book. From the colophon:"Here ends the life of the divine Michelagnolo Buonarroti, written in Italian by Ascanio Condivi, and first printed at Rome, on XVI July , MDLIII, by Antonio Blado, printer to the Camera, and now done into English by Herbert P. Horne, and newly printed at Boston in the United States of America, at the Merrymount Press, by Daniel Berkeley Updike, I September, MCMIII, with the types and ornaments designed for him by the translator." In original paper grey boards. Wear to spine and torn along rear cover. Soiling and rubbing. still a nice copy of a fragile book with interior pages in very good condition. With bookplate of author William Greenough Wendell. Small octavo. x, 85 pages. PRI/042921. Very Good.
Paris: Urbain Canel et Ad. Guyot, 1832. Hardcover. Bound in black quarter leather with black and cream marbled covers with ornate spine with gilt titling and decoration. Leather is chipped and torn. Paper covers abraded along edges and on back cover. Front and rear free endpapers missing, damp stains along top of first forty-three pages and light foxing throughout. Good+. 356 pages. Good +.
Baltimore: Image Publishing Ltd, 1991. Hardcover. Signed and inscribed by the author "Enjoy the Beauty and Freedom of Washington! Roger Miller." Oblong / square shaped. Black paper covered boards with gilt title to spine. Filled with color photographic illustrations. Clean and bright. In color illustrated dust jacket with black spine panel titled in white. 144 pages. STA/032321. Fine / Fine.
Amereon House, 1995. Hardcover. Second edition, revised. Signed by the author and dated 2004. "A ground breaking book about the history of the American flag and its origins in the secret intelligence and communication network developed by the colonists during the American Revolution" (jacket). Blue leatherette boards with silver title to spine and front cover. Clean and bright. In white dust jacket with black title to spine and front panels. 182 pages. AMER/042221. Fine / Fine.
New York: Publication Office, Bible House, (1867). Later printing of this scarce compilation compiled, edited, and arranged by Frank Moore. Moore was also the editor of The Rebellion Record and Diary of the American Revolution. In the introduction he writes: "In the preparation of this volume, it has been the design of the editor to preserve, as far as possible, the most notable anecdotes and incidents of the late war, and also such songs, ballads, and other pieces of versification, as have been well received, and are considered worthy of perpetuation by the reading public." Bound in three quarter brown leather with red, cream and blue marbled paper boards and endpapers. Leather is chipped, bumped and rubbed. Scuffing to paper boards. Front hinge is cracked and rear hinge is tender but text block is tight and holding. Interior pages are generally clean and bright with a library deaccession stamp on title page. With handsome engraved plates of some of the wars major figures, including Lincoln, Grant, Lee, Sherman, Stuart, Sheridan, and Farragut among others. A nice copy in very good condition. Measures 6.5 x 9.75 inches. 560 pages including detailed index. CIVWAR/052421.
Baltimore: The Hill Press, 2001. Hardcover. One of 40 copies. Signed and dated by the printer, Stephen Heaver, owner of The Hill Press. This passionate and beautiful tale was written by William Morris at age twenty-one and published with many other of his writings in the short-lived Oxford and Cambridge Magazine. In his introduction, Morris scholar Theo Rehak quoted Joseph Dunlap as having observed that this particular story was the most perfect example of the works published, "a separate thing, better than the rest of the lot." Rehak also said that Morris did not allow these early pieces to be reprinted during his lifetime, and that he does not recall ever seeing an instance of their being done in a fine press book. The story tells of the journey of a Mediaeval stone cutter, his sister and her husband-warrior, all now departed. The prose is lyrical as it tells their story, and the land on which the church sat is described in all its beauty through the seasons. Morris writes of how beautiful the church is "in the solemn starry nights, so solemn that it almost reached agony - the awe and joy one had in their great beauty." This book was printed in Cloister Old Style type on paper made by Twinrocker for this book. Renowned engraver Simon Brett's engravings are printed from the blocks and include a full-page frontispiece of a cathedral interior, overlayed by by an image printed on transparent Japanese paper, and an historiated initial. The title page calligraphy by Sheila Waters was printed from an electro-plate. Bound in quarter black leather and tan decorated paper boards. Housed in grey cloth slipcase. In fine condition. Unpaginated [nine pages of text and three of introduction]. MOR/072921. Fine.
London: Macmillan and Co., 1878. Hardcover. First edition. Author's presentation copy, inscribed to Herbert Edwin Clarke with manuscript verse about friendship and love on front and rear free endpapers. Louise Chandler Moulton (1835 - 1908) was an American poet, storywriter and critic. Contributing poems and stories of power and grace to the leading magazines, Harper's Magazine, The Atlantic, The Galaxy, the first Scribner's, she also published a half-dozen very successful books for children that were considered popular in their day. Moulton went abroad almost every summer. Every winter, she was back in Boston, where her house was a center of literary life. She was the friend of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and John Greenleaf Whittier and Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr. among many others. She was on pleasant terms with Sir Walter Besant, William Sharp, Mathilde Blind, Holman Hunt, Coulson Kernahan, John Davidson, Kenneth Grahame, Richard Le Gallienne, Anthony Hope, George Meredith, Thomas Hardy, and Alice Meynell, as well as Christina Rossetti and William Morris [WIkipedia]. Herbert Edwin Clarke, born in 1852, published four collections of poetry between 1879-1896. His work appeared widely in English and American magazines. A lovely copy bound in original green cloth with gilt rulings to front cover and gilt titling to spine. Slightly bumped on corners and spine edges. Hinges weak but text block tight. Interior pages clean and bright with light aging. With bookplate of collector Mark Samuels Lasner on front pastedown. Very good condition. Measures 4.75 x 7 inches. 140 pages. POET/042721. Very Good.