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.
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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.
London: The Verona Society, 1930. Hardcover. Limited to 1000 copies. Tan cloth boards with gilt title to spine. Minor staining to covers, else clean and bright. Minor wear and fraying to spine ends. With wonderful woodcuts by Mackey. Head and tail pieces with initials as well as full page illustrations. 161 pages. LIT/031221. Very Good.
(Los Angeles): Dawson's Book Shop, 1987. Hardcover. One of 150 copies. A charming miniature book with the biography of Elisabeth Jungmann, who became the second wife of writer Max Beerbohm in 1956 very shortly before he died. She had been friends with him and his first wife, served as his secretary and caregiver after his wife's death. Jungmann died in 1958 at age 64. Bound in blue cloth boards with paper title label to spine. With five tipped in photos and a facsimile letter. Near fine condition. Measures 2 x 2.75 inches. 109 pages. MINIAT/042221. Near Fine.
London: Sir Richard Phillips and Co., 1822. Hardcover. Roger O'Connor (1762-1834) was an Irish nationalist and writer, known for the controversies surrounding his life and writings, notably his fanciful history of the Irish people, the Chronicles of Eri. He was the brother of Irish nationalist Arthur O'Connor (1763-1852). While living in Paris, O'Connor prepared the Chronicles of Eri (1822), a book purporting to be a translation of ancient manuscripts detailing the early history of the Irish people. It was dedicated to his friend and supporter Sir Francis Burdett. The book was prefaced by a portrait of O'Connor holding a crown, the caption to which proclaimed that he was the "Head of his Race" and "Chief of the prostrated people of his nation", a position he claimed as the supposed lineal descendant of the 12th-century king Ruaidrí Ua Conchobair. According to O'Connor, he had attempted to write this book three times before, but had been frustrated by the machinations of his enemies, who stole his manuscripts. Another version of the book had been destroyed in the disastrous fire at Dangan in 1809. The book gives a history of the Gaels from supposed records written by "Eolus", who is said to have lived fifty years after Moses. It claims a continuous existence of the Gaelic people, originating among the ancient Phoenicians, migrating to Scythia, Spain and then Ireland. O'Connor interpreted Biblical stories and medieval Irish lore to support this narrative. William John Fitzpatrick in the Dictionary of National Biography stated that the book is "mainly, if not entirely, the fruit of O'Connor's imagination"[Wikipedia] Bound in three quarter brown leather with marbled paper boards. Gilt titling and interesting gilt decorations to spine. Leather is scuffed and bumped, and marbled paper boards are scuffed and abraded. Interior pages are generally clean and bright with occasional light foxing and with some offsetting to pages opposite plates and maps. Volume I has a frontis portrait of Roger O'Connor and four fold-out maps. Volume II has a fold-out hand colored plate and a purported facsimile of the roll of the laws of Er-i. Someone has written erroneously on the free front endpaper of Volume I: "Arthur O'Connor /[?] Irishman/Author of this Book/Died 25 April 1852/Age 89 Years." Very good conditon. Octavo. Volume I: xiv,91, ccclxii; Volume II: 509 pages + 3 pages of publisher advertisements. IRELAND/032421. Very Good.
London: Bradbury & Evans, 1859. Hardcover. A charming book by Reynolds Hole about the delightful sights and experiences he had during a two week tour of Ireland.The book is in turn serious and humorous, and Hole's journey is delightfully captured by the illustrations done by John Leech. There are numerous b&w text illustrations throughout, four full page b&w illustrations and a frontispiece fold-out hand colored illustration titled "The Claddagh- Galway." The frontis has been folded rather clumsily and protrudes from the text block, but is intact. Nicely bound in quarter red leather with black spine label and light red cloth covers. All edges gilt. Sprightly yellow decorated endpapers. Rear pastedown has a small gold sticker with the initials "KG" that may be a binder's label. Contents page is chipped along bottom edge but interior is otherwise very good. Measures 5.5 x 7.5 inches. 220 pages plus 4 pages of publisher advertisements. IRELAND/030121. Very Good.
Lipsiae [Leipzig]: Sumtu E.B. Schwickerti, 1791. Scarce. A later edition of a work in Latin first published in 1727. Bound in quarter brown leather with titling to spine and with brown paper boards. Leather chipped on spine. Bumping and chipping to corners and edges. Interior pages have scattered foxing, browning to page edges. Ink notations on front pastedown and endpapers as well as some notes in text margins. About very good. Measures 5.25 x 9 inches. 802 pages.
Albany, NY: J. Munsell, 1860. Quite scarce. Ephraim George Squier (1821 – 1888), usually cited as E. G. Squier, was an American archaeologist, history writer, painter and newspaper editor. Squier was appointed special chargé d'affaires to all the Central American states in 1849, and negotiated treaties with Nicaragua, Honduras, and San Salvador. In 1853 he made a second visit to Central America to examine a line for a projected interoceanic railroad, and to make further study of the archaeology of the country. In 1863 Squier was appointed as U. S. commissioner to Peru, where he made an exhaustive investigation of Inca remains and took numerous photographs of them. In 1868 he was appointed consul-general of Honduras at New York, and in 1871 he was elected as the first president of the Anthropological Institute of New York.He conducted ethnological studies, especially in Nicaragua, Honduras and Peru [Wikipedia]. In this uncommon book, Squier provides both the original text and his translation of documents from 1576, about fifty years after the onset of the conquest of Guatemala, written by Diego Garcia de Palacio in which he describes several of the ancient provinces of that country, along with an account of the languages, customs, and religion of the native inhabitants. Most notably, Palacio's documents provided a first detailed description of the Mayan ruins of Copan [now part of Honduras and a World Heritage Site]. In his prefatory note, Squier discusses the importance of Palacio's writings and cites this book as the first time that they are published in the original Spanish and apolgizes for any mistakes in his translation. There is also a biographical note about Palacio. Bound in three quarter red leather with marbled paper boards. Leather is rubbed. bumped, and stained. Evidence of library label removed from front cover. Paper boards are scuffed, scratched and worn. Offsetting to pastedowns and ffep. Glue remnants on front pastedown from label removal. Interior pages are lightly aged but very good. With folding black and white map of the ancient provinces in Guatemala, Honduras, and San Salvador. Closed tear along bottom edge and two inche split along upper fold. Otherwise very good. Measures 6.75 x 8.5 inches. 129 pages plus two pages of errata.
Philadelphia: Edward Earle, 1815. A desirable copy of the relatively scarce first American edition of this important book about the last African expedition conducted by Scottish explorer of West Africa, Mungo Park (1771- 1806). After his first successful exploration of the upper Niger River around 1796, he wrote a popular and influential travel book titled Travels in the Interior Districts of Africa in which he theorized the Niger and Congo merged to become the same river. He was killed during a second expedition in 1805, having successfully traveled about two-thirds of the way down the Niger. Park's death meant the idea of a Niger-Congo merger remained unproven but it became the leading theory among geographers. The mystery of the Niger's course, which had been speculated about since the Ancient Greeks and was second only to the mystery of the Nile source, was not solved for another 25 years, in 1830, when it was discovered the Niger and Congo were in fact separate rivers [Wikipedia]. This book about Park's last expedition comprises several sections: the life of Mungo Park, his journal from the last expedition, several appendixes with relevant documents, and the journals of two expedition members who searched for him after he disappeared and later were able to find out that he had died after an attack by hostile native Africans. Bound in contemporary brown leather with red spine label with titling. Leather is bumped, rubbed but still nice. Missing free endpapers. Hinges are tender. Text pages are foxed throughout, but legibility not affected. Small piece torn from margin of page 155 not affecting text. A few text illustrations. The large fragile fold-out map is present and intact. A nice copy. Octavo. 302 pages.
Philadelphia: Pennell Club, 1924. Quite scarce. Number 33 of 100 copies privately printed for the Pennell Club from a lecture delivered at the Brooklyn Museum of Science and Art on the occasion of the Beardsley exhibition, November, 1923. In the original yellow boards and in a red cloth dust wrapper. Wrapper is chipped and lightly soiled. With a previously unpublished frontis Beardsley drawing and a title page vignette designed by Pennell. Short autograph note by Pennell inserted. Very good condition. Measures 8 x 10.75 inches. ART/050321. Very Good.
London: William Heinemann, 1892. Hardcover. First edition. In his preface, Pennell states that he is neither a Jew hater nor a Jew lover. However, this book presents an almost consistently negative portrait of the Jewish people that he encountered. A manuscript note on the free front endpaper written by a former owner came to that conclusion as well. Also ink lettering on rear pastedown.Bound in original orange cloth with gilt titling to spine and blacktitling and image of a Jewish man on the front cover. Slight bumping. Interior pages clean. Very good plus. Measures 6 x 7.75 inches. 130 pages. REL/042821. Very Good+.
Paris: Auguste Vincent, 1905. Hardcover. Scarce folio volume with 111 black and white plates of various ornamental works based on the designs and renderings of Piranesi. Bound in half brown leather with marbled paper boards. Leather and boards are bumped and rubbed. T.e.g. Original wrappers bound in. Very good condition. DECO/051321. Very Good.
Wageningen: Afdeling Agrarische Geschiedenis Landbouwuniversiteit, 1998. Paperback. Blue and white paper wrappers with black title to spine and front cover. Minor wear to edges of wrappers. Clean and bright. With black and white photographic illustrations and many tables, charts, and references. 880 pages. GER/032321. Very Good.
New York: Robert M. De Witt, Publisher, . Hardcover. An entertaining work written in a series of chapters written in the first person by Captain Mayne, who wrote several earlier books mainly on Native Americans. Nicely rebound in three quarter tan leather with green and brown marbled boards with gilt ornaments and red leather title and author labels to spine. Marbled endpapers. Front hinge is weak. Interior pages are clean and book is in very good condition. 408 pages. AMERHIST/022421. Very Good.
Portland, OR: Relay Replay Press, 2008. Number 13 of 20 copies. Shu-Ju Wang founded the Relay Replay Press in 2008 after receiving a 2008 Regional Arts and Culture Council Grant, which she dedicated to working with the elderly suffering from various stages and forms of memory loss. She worked one-on-one with five seniors meeting with each over a period of several months. Wang writes: "Of the seniors that I worked with, Marion was perhaps the most far along in her dementia, but of the memories that she returned to again and again, she recounted them with great fondness. I tried to convey that sense of love and familiarity in the text that I wrote to accompany her images. It took me a long time to figure out that Marion wanted to paint watercolors. Once I figures that out she and I spent many wonderful afternoons chatting and painting. She [repeatedly chose]the image of a meadow with trees, hills, and a sunset sky." The images are ethereal and beautiful. An accordion structure book that is Gooco and inkjet printed on Rives BFK and Nepal Heavyweight papers. In fine condition. Measures 7 1/16 square. ARTISTSB/041421. Fine.
Portland, OR: Relay Replay Press, 2011. Number 22 or 26 copies. Shu-Ju Wang founded the Relay Replay Press in 2008 after receiving a 2008 Regional Arts and Culture Council Grant, which she dedicated to working with the elderly suffering from various stages and forms of memory loss. She worked one-on-one with five seniors, meeting with each over a period of several months. This touching book about Arnold Metz was the 5th issued by the press. Wang writes: "Arnie's life [was] always anchored around a farm or body of water. He was born and raised on a South Dakota farm and retired to an Oregon farm; in between, he fought in the Pacific during WWII and raised a family around the Great Lakes. [This book] is grounded in this connection to the land and to water....While he was not able to participate hands-on in creating this book, his physical presence can be found throughout. Included are his handwritten notes, drawings and letters, photographs supplied by friends and family, and the soil and water that touched his life....The book contains numerous silkscreen prints and five Solarplate etchings printed on custom paper made by Helen Hiebert containing soil from Arnie's [farms] and water from the Pacific Ocean, the Willamette and Columbia Rivers." Bound in blue and green Nepal Heavyweight paper. Created using etching, Print Gocco in an accordion format with 9 leaves, including 5 gatefolds. The design on the back of the book was based on the melody of "San Antonio Rose" that Arnie used to play on the harmonica. A beautiful book in fine condition. Measures 4 3/4 x 8 1/8 inches. ARTISTSB/041421.
Wisconsin: Badger Books Inc / Waubesa Press, 1998. Hardcover. Signed by the author. First Edition. "A collection of short stories set in a Wisconsin hamlet" called Token Creek. While the place is real, the stories are fiction.Red leatherette boards with gilt title to spine and front board. In illustrated dust jacket with white title to spine and front panels. Clean and bright. 251 pages. LIT/031221. Fine / Fine.
Paris: Chez Janet et Cotelle, 1821. Hardcover. An extensive history of Scotland from the birth of Mary Stuart until James VI assumed the throne of England. Bound in brown leather with gilt rulings and red spine title and volume number labels. Leather is scuffed and upper spines of volumes 1 and 3 have tears along joints. Interior pages are browned and foxed but text is still legible. French library labels affixed to front pastedowns/ A decent reading copy of this classic. Volume I: 508 pages; Volume II: 412 pages; Volume III: 552 pages. SCOTLAND/051221. Good.
London: Smith, Elder and Co., 1856. Hardcover. First Edition. An important and compelling history of the Red River Settlement by a Scotch immigrant who worked and traveled in this region and others for the Pacific Fur Company and the North West Company, later the Hudson Bay Company. Alexander Ross (1783-1856) emigrated to Upper Canada, present day Ontario, from Scotland about 1805. After several years in the Pacific Northwest, Ross subsequently moved to the Red River Colony, present-day Manitoba, where he served as Sheriff, Post master, and a member of the council. Ross published a number of books including the notable The Red River Settlement. Ross's work was the first complete history of the Red River Colony and its inhabitants, economy and development, and the trials and tribulations of this remote settlement. The Red River Colony, a key part of Manitoba's rich history, was a settlement on the Red and Assiniboine rivers whose boundaries crossed parts of what are now Manitoba and North Dakota. Founded in 1812 by Thomas Douglas, 5th Earl of Selkirk, the colony grew through times of extreme hardship into a multiracial society. It was the site of the Red River Resistance before reluctantly joining Canada as the province of Manitoba [Wikipedia]. Bound in three quarter green leather with green and orange marbled paper covers and marbled endpapers. Spine faded, joints somewhat tender, some bumping. Interior pages in very good condition with occasional brown spots and a few pages with tear to right margin not affecting text. Note in pencil at top of preface and beginning of chapter XX. Octavo. 416 pages. CANADA/031021. Very Good.
Paris: Chez F. Muguet, 1671. Hardcover. Quite scarce. In this work - The testimony of Protestants in favor of the Catholic religion by Rossel, deals in part with his own conversion. Theophile Rossel (1615-1683) was the pastor of the Reformed Church of Cognac in 1653 but converted in 1669 to Catholicism. The book is something of an apology for this conversion. The book is dedicated to Cardinal de Buillon. Bound in contemporary leather that is bumped, scraped, and worn. Covers curl and lower front joint is split but holding. Fades gilt titling to spine. Stains to front pastedown and free front endpaper. Title page with stains and and some spotting and staining to first several pages otherwise clean. Includes a table of chapters, in the first and second books (bound together, continuous pagination). Text pages include shoulder notes in French and Latin. Pencil notes about the book on the free front endpaper. Very good. Octavo. 468 pages. REL/022621. Very Good -.
Toronto: The Aliquando Press, 1987. Softcover. One of approximately 100 copies bound in Mayfair Goldenrod covers, out of a total edition of about 235 copies. A charming chapbook designed and collaged by William Rueter with a series of black and white collages produced for the 1987 Grimsby Wayzgoose Anthology and the Typocrafters. In wraps. A fine copy. Measures 5.5 x 8.5 inches. Unpaginated [8 pages]. PRI/032521. Fine.
Worcester, MA: J. Nancrede, 1797. First American Edition. Jacques-Henri Bernardin de Saint-Pierre (also called Bernardin de St. Pierre) (1737 -1814) was a French writer and botanist. He is best known for his 1788 novel Paul et Virginie, now largely forgotten, but in the 19th century a very popular children's book. In this work he argues that plants should not be classified not just by their florifications but by the relations of their several parts to the rest of nature. Bound in full brown leather with red title label to spine. Leather is torn, rubbed, abraded, and bumped. Front board is loose but holding. Interior pages are browned throughout and frontis is dampstained. Red accession stamped on title page and remains of book label to front pastedown. Frontis plate plus three fold-out plates numbered III, IV, and V as called for in Evans. A good only copy of this scarce item. NATURE/032621.
Dania Beach, FL: Claire Jeanine Satin, 2020. A unique artists' book from Claire Jeanine Satin, a well known book artist, sculptor and designer of public art installations. Satin's work has been extensively exhibited and collected in the United States and in Europe, including at The Library of Congress, the National Museum of Women in the Arts, The Getty (CA), MOMA, and The Victoria and Albert Museum. She is known especially for her conceptual works in uenced by the ideas of her friend and mentor the composer/visual artist John Cage, and the conversion of ordinary industrial materials into environmental constructions and book works of layered transparent mass. This is one of a series of lovely unique works by Satin, each signed by her. Each book is created with Cordenons paper, a fine paper that has been manufactured in Italy since 1630. This book uses various metallic papers, postage stamps, small green plastic shapes, sequins, crystals, and monofilament to create precise and inventive designs on the cover and each page. In a light blue gauze bag. In fine condition. Measures 5 x 7 inches. Unpaginated [8 pages]. ARTISTSB/032521. Fine.