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Boston: Lee & Shepard, 1860. Paperback. In addition to the normal almanac information, it includes a chart of population in the US and territories, popular vote for president in 1856 by state, post office regulations, entertaining prose & poetry, and more. Lacks rear wrapper. Very good in peach paper wraps with black title to front wrapper. Bound with thread. Minor foxing and browning throughout. Creasing and chipping to edges of most pages and short closed tears to margins of most pages. Pencil calculations to to margins of some pages. Dampstaining to bottom margins and spots of soiling to front cover. 48 pages. Almanacs. ALM/070220. Good +.
Boston: Lee & Shepard, 1864. Paperback. In addition to the normal almanac information, it includes a chart of population in the US and territories, popular vote for president in 1860 by state, post office regulations, entertaining prose, and more. Lacks rear wrapper. Very good in peach paper wraps with black title to front wrapper. Bound with thread. Also, a nail has been inserted to make the binding tighter. Minor foxing and browning throughout. Creasing and chipping to edges of most pages and short closed tears to margins of some pages. Pencil calculations to front cover and to margins of some pages. 48 pages. Almanacs. ALM/070220. Good +.
Kurt S Adler Inc, 1977. Hardcover. Red leather boards with gilt title to spine and front cover. Small color pastedown illustration of the nutcracker doll to front cover. Gold endpapers and gold loop hanger. This book was meant to hang as a Christmas tree ornament. Small dampstain to bottom corner of title page. Minor rubbing to illustration on front cover. Light soiling to rear cover. Boards are slightly splayed. Size: about 2.5 x 2.5 inches. 11 pages. MINI/070220. Very Good.
New York and Bombay: Longmans, Green, and Co., 1904. Hardcover. Dark blue cloth boards with gilt title to spine. Red pen ownership marking on front free endpaper. A mouse has nibbled the edges of the boards and some silverfish seem to have nibbled the cloth a little, else clean and bright. Unopened, unread pages. 216 pages plus 12 pages of ads. REL/061720. Very Good.
New York: Mark Batty, Publisher, 2002. Hardcover. One of 40 copies of this special edition that is hand bound and contains tipped-in original specimens of Daniel Berkeley Updike's work referred to in the text. Signed by the editor William Peterson on the colophon. Daniel Berkeley Updike (1860-1941) founded Merrymount Press in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1893. He was committed to creating books of superior quality and believed that books could be simply designed, yet beautiful. Upon his death in 1941, the Press was taken over by his partner John Bianchi, but ceased operations in 1949. Updike and his Merrymount Press left a lasting impression on the printing industry, and today Updike is considered one of the most distinguished printers of the twentieth century. Stanley Morison, the typographer responsible for creating the ubiquitous Times New Roman, had this to say of the Merrymount Press after Updike's passing: “The essential qualities of the work of the Merrymount Press...may be said without exaggeration…to have reached a higher degree of quality and consistency than that of any other printing-house of its size, and period of operation, in America or Europe” (Wikipedia). The editor, William Peterson provides a valuable introduction to Updike's life and work. Of particular interest is Peterson's comparison of Updike to the giant of 19th century printing, William Morris and his Kelmscott Press. He notes the differences in their approaches, with Morris seeking the ideal book and Updike's. There are 31 illustrations throughout the text. Following the text is the section of tipped-in original specimens mounted on grey paper along with a a digital copy of an unpublished photograph of Updike taken in 1940. Bound in grey paper boards with darker grey linen spine. Gilt titling to spine and front cover. Printed in Founder's Caslon type on Cougar Opaque Natural Paper. Housed in a grey paper covered slipcase. Book and slipcase are in fine condition. Measures 6 x 9.5 inches. BOB/070820. Fine.
Miniature Book Society, 2018. A collection of miniature books issued as keepsakes at the MBS Conclave in 2018. About 25 items including the following: Miniature Mayhem at Monticello by Rick Hill (Capital Hill Press - 1 of 80 copies); Hooks and Loops by Jan Becker and Tara Showalter; Mr. Jefferson's Ice Cream (Flying Pig Press); Lewis, Clark, & Jefferson (Tony Firman Bookbinding); Thomas Jefferson: Bibliophile by Patrice & Chris Miller (Aredian Press); Quoting the Rainbow (Rebecca Press); two bookends shaped like the capital (Capital Hill Press); Two Nickels and A Quote (Gail Faulkner); Too Much? by Todd Sommerfeld (Booksby Press); Dine with a President: Favorite Foods of the Eight US Presidents from Virginia by Jim and Elaine Brogan (limited to 91 copies); Life is a Spell by Sue Huggins Leopard; Keepsake Songbook by Amy Fishback (Singing Fish Books); Japanese Book Binding Kit by Miyako Akai; Welcome to Charlottesville by Donna Knoell; Our Great Virginia by Stephen and Marian Byrne; Conclave XXXVI (Lew2Twins); The Raven (with statue); and a few other ephemeral inclusions. All items are 3 x 3 inches or smaller. It is a well established tradition to exchange keepsakes at the MBS annual conclave. The 2018 MBS Conclave was held in Charlottesville, VA. The items are all contained in a ziplock bag (as issued). MINI/061520.
(2013). Paperback. "This innovative handbook offers 23 state-of-the-art peer-reviewed essays by leading international authorities. They summarize evidence-based research on ancient and modern India ... Hindu India topics include: beef eating, astrology, rituals, sacraments, pilgrimages, guilt-free pursuit of wealth and pleasures, caste system's huge costs and benefits in nurturing entrepreneurship, charity, Hindu Law, gender issues, overpopulation problem, yoga for business management and human capital growth." (rear cover). Dark blue paper wrappers with white title to spine and front panels. Clean. 613 pages. INDIA/070820. Very Good.
El Camino Real Press, 2018. Hardcover. Limited to 150 copies. A keepsake created for the Miniature Book Society Conclave in 2019 in Bloomington, IN. Letterpress printed. Bound in green leatherette boards with gilt title to front cover. Endpapers feature a question mark design. Frontispiece is a forever stamp of Indiana. Clean and bright. Size: about 2 x 3 inches. 19 pages. MINI/070220. Fine.
London: Elkin Mathews and John Lane, 1893. Paperback. First edition. Limited edition, 1 of 375 copies. A collection of three remarkable, naturalistic short stories by a writer primarily known as an art critic. Includes: A Chemist in the Suburbs, A Confidence at the Savile, and the North Coast and Eleanor. Original pink cloth with gilt title to spine and front cover. Bumping and chipping to head of spine. A few small dampstains to front cover. Bookplate of Henry William Poor to front pastedown. Browning to endpapers. Light browning to edges of untrimmed pages. Text is clean and bright. 100 pages. Literature. LIT/070320. Very Good.
New York: Negro Universities Press, 1969. Hardcover. Originally printed in 1877. Dark brown cloth boards with gilt title to spine. Ownership marking in pen to front free endpaper, and minor staining from glue to gutters of first and last few pages - else clean. Slight cockling to pages in bottom gutters. Illustrated. 291 pages. AFAMER/070920. Very Good.
Boston: Ginn & Company, 1896. Hardcover. Includes 80 lessons, large appendix and glossary. Bound in dark red cloth boards with gilt title to spine and front board. A few pencil notations to interior but clean overall. Penned ownership markings to endpapers and title page. Map showing the march of the ten thousand Greeks to front. 292 pages plus 62 pages of glossary and index. REF/062520. Very Good.
Baltimore: J. Murphy, 1846. Hardcover. Uncommon. Includes 12 issues from 1846 with articles on Native Americans, Lord Baltimore and the Maryland Charter, "Oriental Churches", Brazil, Maryland history, Festivals among the Jews, John P. Kennedy, as well as poetry, music, literature reviews, and foreign and domestic intelligence. Ex-library from St. Joseph's Seminary with gilt stamp to spine, sticker to spine. and library markings to endpapers. In a modern binding of black buckram over black leatherette covered boards with gilt title to spine. Occasional foxing throughout, which is heaviest on engravings and tissue guards. Occasional pencil markings, a few pen markings, and occasional soiling, but clean overall. Fold-out illustration of the sixth provincial council is torn and lacks the bottom portion. The other four full page engravings: Mt. St. Mary's College (MD) and St. Joseph's Sisterhood and Academy (MD), Pius 9th, and Gregorio XVI, are both present; although, both are foxed. 692 pages; however, pages 389 - 409 are missing; however nothing is called for on these pages within the contents and most issues end with a literary review section, which this issue ends with - so perhaps these pages never existed. REL/061820. Very Good.
London, Paris, and New York: Cassell, Petter, and Galpin, no date, circa 1879. Hardcover. Later edition with additional birds added. Disbound, but includes both original full leather boards. Original spine panel is no longer present. Decorative floral gilt borders to edges of boards and gilt dentelles. Bookplate of William H. Sage to front pastedown. Marbled endpages and full marbled edges. Clean overall with minor browning to margins. Frontispiece of the author and 27 hand colored chromolithographic plates of birds. 408 pages. NAT/061020. Good.
Riverhead, Long Island: G.O. Wells, 1860. Paperback. Includes jokes, helpful information about leeches, lock jaw, mouse traps, and poison plus all of the normal almanac information on sunrises, etc. Includes a short piece on the benefits of temperance. Good+ in off-white illustrated paper wrappers with black title to front wrapper. Hand sewn with cord. Front wrapper is partially detached and there is a large open tear to the bottom which affects text on the cover and verso. Chipping and creasing to edges of many pages. Light foxing and occasional spots of soiling though text remains bright. 32 pages. Periodicals. PER070220. Good +.
Riverhead, Long Island: G.O. Wells, 1863. Paperback. Includes recipes for plum preserve and blackberry jam as well as directions for canning. Good+ in off-white illustrated paper wrappers with black title to front wrapper. Hand sewn with cord. Front wrapper is detached but present. Chipping and creasing to edges of many pages. Light foxing and occasional spots of soiling though text remains bright. 32 pages. Periodicals. PER070220. Good +.
New York: Raynor, Howe, & Ferry, 1857. Paperback. Includes a page of recipes involving corn meal: corn cakes, corn and wheat bread, buckwheat cakes, corn meal pudding, and fritters. Original paper wrappers with black title to front cover. Bound with string. Most corners are creased and folded. Small tears / chipping to margins of many pages. Writing in pencil on a few pages. Occasional foxing. Very good overall. 36 pages. Almanacs. ALM/070220. Very Good.
New York: Samuel Raynor, 1856. Paperback. Original paper wrappers with black title to front cover. Bound with string. Many corners are creased. Small tears / chipping to margins of some pages. Half of rear wrapper is no longer present. (Content of wrapper is ads only.) Foxing and soiling and browning. Dampstaining to some pages. Very good overall. 36 pages. Almanacs. ALM/070220. Very Good.
Long Island, NY: [G.O. Wells], 1873. Paperback. Original paper wrappers with black title to front cover. Bottom portion of cover is no longer present, which affects text about the zodiac on the verso. Bound with string. Many corners are clipped (text not affected). Small tears / chipping to margins of some pages. Occasional foxing. Dampstaining to first page and bottom margins of some pages. Ink writing to margins of some pages. Very good overall. 36 pages. Almanacs. ALM/070220. Very Good.
Newark: Benjamin Olds, 1838. Paperback. Good+ in off-white illustrated paper wrappers with black title to front wrapper. Hand sewn with cord. Front wrapper is partially detached. Thick cord to top corner for hanging. Chipping and creasing to edges of front wrapper. Tears to corners and edges of some pages. Lacks rear wrapper. Browning and foxing throughout though text remains bright. 34 pages. Periodicals. PER070220. Good +.