Carbondale, PA: C.R. Munn, 1900. Hardcover. Second edition, revised and augmented. A scarce turn-of-the-century regional cookbook with recipes submitted by the many young lady workers from the church. The recipes range from the proverbial soup to nuts and the names of the women who submitted them are given. Equally interesting are the many handwritten recipes on the pastedowns, endpapers, and within the cookbook. There are also many handwritten recipes on various types of paper that are inserted. Most of them are for baked goods and sweets. There are two ownership signatures on the front pastedown dated 1903 and 1907. The book is bound in unlabeled black paper covered boards that have odd remnants of paper and string attached. The interior of the book is in generally very good condition. The hinges are weak but holding, and the free endpapers are torn. The text pages are very good with a few small scattered marks. Measures 5 x 7.5 inches.107 pages. COOK/081519. Very Good -.
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New York: Sheldon & Company, 1875. Hardcover. A compilation of articles and stories from this short-lived magazine, which was sold to "The Atlantic" in 1878, Disbound with covers of green marbled paper and remnants of black leather spine and corners. Spine missing. Modern handwritten paper label taped to spine. Chipping and small tear to edges of some pages. Tape to a few pages. Interior clean overall. A good reading copy. Ex-library. 864 pages. PER/062018. Good.
New York: Sheldon and Company, 1876. Hardcover. Includes articles on Lincoln, Battling the Sioux at Yellowstone (Custer), Art at the Centennial, Life among the Bedouins, Art in America, Clubs and Club Life, Gettysburg, King Cole and His Band, German Spas, and more. Ex-library from Peoria. Boards detached but present. Most of spine is gone. "Galaxy / 1876" remains in gilt on spine. Binding broken with some loose signatures. A good reading copy only. 868 pages. PER/052119. Good.
New York: W.C. and F.P. Church, 1866. Hardcover. Includes chapters from Trollope's 'The Claverings.' Ex-library. Modern cloth covered boards with gilt title to spine. Clean interior overall aside from library markings. Dampstaining to first few pages. Paper repair to corner of one rear page. 920 pages. PER/052119. Good.
London and Toronto, New York: J. M. Dent and Sons and E. P. Dutton & Co, (1931). Hardcover. SCARCE IN DUST JACKET. 8vo. Blue cloth covered boards with black title to front board and to spine. Minor bumping to spine ends and minor rubbing to corners. Top corner of page 110 is torn away. Else is clean and bright with lovely illustrations throughout and charts to the rear. Beige and blue illustrated dust jacket with black title to front and spine panels. Minor rubbing and browning to spine panel and a few small chips to the edges. Index, 254 pages. MAR/071319. Very Good / Very Good.
New York: Sheldon and Company, 1872. Hardcover. Includes chapters from Trollope's 'The Eustace Diamonds', Faust by Turgenoff, and Lincoln and Johnson by Gideon Welles. Ex-library. Both boards detached but present. Black leather spine and corners over marbled paper covered boards. Gilt title to spine. Wear and chipping to spine and edges of boards. Clean interior overall. Lacks title page. A good reading copy only. 864 pages. PER/052119. Good.
New York: W.C. and F.P. Church, 1866. Hardcover. Includes chapters from Trollope's 'The Claverings.' Ex-library. Both boards detached and are no longer present. Cockled pages. Minor soiling to margins of some page. Bound, but spine no longer present. A good reading copy only. 752 pages. PER/052119. Good.
New York: W.C. and F.P. Church, 1866. Hardcover. Includes chapters from Trollope's 'The Claverings.' Ex-library. Both boards detached but present. Brick red cloth covered boards. Lacks spine. Wear and chipping to spine and edges of boards. Clean interior overall. Illustration for first issue is present but detached and heavily chipped along edges. A good reading copy only. 768 pages. PER/052119. Good.
New York: W.C. and F.P. Church, 1866. Hardcover. Includes chapters from Trollope's 'The Claverings.' Three quarter black leather over black cloth boards with gilt title and raised bands to spine. Dampstained throughout. Dampstaining to rear cover. Rubbing to leather. An attractive book and a good reading copy despite the dampstaining. 768 pages. PER/052119. Very good minus.
New York and London: G. P. Putnam's Sons, (1911). Hardcover. 8vo. Very good in blue cloth covered boards with gilt title and illustration to front board and to spine. Minor bumping to spine ends and corners and minor rubbing to hinges. Includes illustrated frontispiece with intact tissue guard. Interior is is clean and bright. 152 pages. IND/051419. Very Good.
New York and London: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1914. Hardcover. 8vo. Very good in blue cloth covered boards with gilt title and illustration to front board and to spine. Minor bumping to spine ends and corners and minor rubbing to hinges. Previous owner's name and address to top corner of front free end paper. Includes illustrated frontispiece with intact tissue guard. Text on title page has been traced in pencil on tissue guard. Else is clean and bright. 144 pages. IND/051419. Very Good.
New York: American Book Company, 1895. Hardcover. Scarce. 12mo. Very good in grey cloth covered boards with black title and orange and black illustration to front board and to spine. Minor edgewear and rubbing to exterior. Soiling to rear board. Minor browning to edges of pages and sporadic foxing to margins. Foxing to end papers. Text is clean and bright. Illustrated. 215 pages + ads. CHILD/070219. Very Good -.
Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016. Hardcover. "This book explains why El Alamein is such a controvesial battle. Based on an intensive readigin of the contemporary sources, including the extensive and recently declassified British bugging of Axis prisoners of war, Simon Ball turns Alamein on its head, explainig it as a cultural defeat for Britain" (jacket). Fine in white cloth covered boards with metallic purple title to spine. In illustrated dust jacket with dark purple to white spine. Clean and bright. 250 pages. WWII/052819. Fine / Fine.
New York: United States Naval Institute, (1957). Hardcover. 8vo. Dark blue cloth covered boards yellow title to front board and to spine. Light edgewear to exterior. Decorative endpages. Black and white photo frontis. Black and white photographic illustrations throughout. Blue illustrated dust jacket with yellow title to front and spine panels. Wear to dust jacket includes minor chipping and rubbing, as well as one closed tear to the front panel and one closed tear along the front hinge. Dust jacket in protective cover. With index, 364 pages. Maryland History. MD/071719. Very Good / Very Good Minus.
Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2018. Hardcover. First Edition. "Ground-breaking perspectives for how samll wars can be better strategized and favorabley won to the benefit of the local population" (jacket). Grey cloth boards with brown title to spine. Small bump to top edge of front board, else fine. In brown jacket with white title to spine and front panels. 386 pages. SCI/051019. Fine / Fine.
Philadelphia: Gebbie and Co., circa 1880. Hardcover. Volume I ONLY. Includes 50 photogravures. Folio. Bound in three quarter brown leather over brown pebbled cloth covered boards with gilt title to spine and front cover. Rubbing and wear to hinges and edges of boards, spine, and corners. Rubbing and minor discoloration to boards. Dampstaining to corners of first few pages, but no plates are affected. Minor foxing to margins of most pages. Occasional smudge marks but clean overall. An attractive book despite noted damage. 96 pages plus plates. This is a heavy, folio sized set and it may require an extra shipping fee.ART/062019. Very Good.
Riverside, CA: Bo Press Miniature Books, 2011. Hardcover. 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. She also makes miniature pocket globes, astronomical instruments, orreries, tellurions, and occasional oddities. One of 50 copies. Signed and numbered by book artist Pat Sweet. A charming and inventive miniature pop-up book that Includes 8 circus act pop-ups, a removable souvenir program, several reproductions of advertising posters, a complete program, a list of performers, and the performers themselves (tucked away in tiny envelopes inside the back cover). "Brave Hercule performs the Dangerous High Dive into but a thimbleful of water! The Dauntless Afrit puts three gigantic wild roaches through their paces, controlling the fierce insects with only a hair-thin whip and his own iron will! In the breathless finale, the beautiful Madame Zenobia performs UPSIDE DOWN upon the high wire, a full inch above the tanbark! Come one, come all! The greatest show on earth that will fit in your pocket!" (book artist). Bound in gold on black Japanese paper with printed paper title labels to spine and boards. In matching slipcase. 34 pages. 2 1/8 x 1 5/8 inches, slipcase is 2 3/8 x 1 7/8 inches. We hesitate to call this book darling, but it is and is in fine condition. ARTISTSBOOK/121416. 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." Size: The book is 2" x 1 1/2", the binding is 3 1/2" tall. ARTB/060719. Fine.
Riverside, CA: Bo Press Miniature Books, 2015. Hardcover. Mary Roberts Rinehart and others of the "Golden Age" of mystery writing became known as the "Had I But Known" school for their use of this useful bit of prolepsis: a foreshadowing device that allows a work-around for the strictures of first-person narration. I've collected examples from all eras of literature and placed them each on their own page, like little jewels of purple prose. ~ "Had I but known that Saacho was his father, I woulf have poured a deluge of my blood to save one drop of his." The Spanish Friar, by John Dryden ~ "Ah,had I but known:: the agony! the deceit! You cannot possibly imagine the trials, the letters, the steps, this strange fantasy exacts. I have seen only a few Academicians, but already my nerves are completely upset." The Letters of Charles Baudelaire to his Mother ~"In a state of suffocating agitation the mistress gasped forth the words, "Had I but known: Freiscutz! Presciosa! I'll turn every soul into the streets!" - The Spectator, Volume 38 Carl Maria von WeberA choice collection ('though I say it myself), printed in Garamond Premier Pro on Monarch Superfine paper, and bound in a Japanese chiyogami paper printed with a stormy sea and turbulent waves, a fitting backdrop for a young woman in a lacy nightgown fleeing a dark castle with a single light in the tower window . . . Size: 2" x 2 1/2" inches. 100 pages, 7 illustrations. Fine.
Riverside, CA: Bo Press Miniature Books, 2018. Hardcover. Limited to 10 copies. "When Duke Albert V of Bavaria commissioned his court painter, Hans Mielich, to make an inventory of the jewels belonging to him and his wife Anna in 1552, he may not have expected the over-the-top manuscript Meilich finally produced two years later. The jewelry wasn't the half of it. The 110 gouche on paper paintings showed the back and front of each piece of jewelry, life-sized, and each was surrounded by a different elaborate frame. The manuscript is a riot of cartouches, strapwork, acanthus, foliage, flowers, grotesques, and caryatids, and yet each jewel shines forth as an individual masterpiece. The book remained in the private ducal and electoral Chamber of Artifacts for almost three centuries—long after the originals of the jewelry depicted had been lost. Only in 1843 was the work presented to the Bavarian State Library by King Ludwig I. I have tried, in my presentation of the Jewel Book, to reproduce in miniature some sense of the outrageous Renaissance ostentation that makes the original such a brilliant and worldly example of wretched excess. My favorite page is the frontispiece of the Duke and Duchess playing chess, as though their real pursuits were intellectual, surrounded by their bored courtiers and a couple of puppies. This miniature copy of the Jewel Book of Anna of Bavaria is limited to ten copies. It is set on OldStyle1 and Palatino Linotype, and printed on Monarch Superfine paper with a Canon Pro-100 inkjet printer. The book is bound in gilded snakeskin with a beaded and embellished front panel of celadon snakeskin. The tri-fold box is bound in a gold on black Indian silkscreened paper with a raised rectangle on the front bound in a textured Japanese metallic gold paper. The interior of the box is lined in a Japanese chiyogami feather print. A small pocket on the front of the box holds a booklet containing information on the Jewel Book and its patrons. Both are of the same gold paper" (Pat Sweet). The book is 2 5/8" x 2" and the box is 3" x 2 3/8" x 1" 136 pages. ARTB/060719. 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 TukeyThe 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. The book is digitally printed on Monarch Superfine paper. Size: 2 5/8" x 2 1/8", 64 pages. ARTB/060719. 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. She also makes miniature pocket globes, astronomical instruments, orreries, tellurions, and occasional oddities. 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. 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 gray kid leather with raised bands. 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 8.25 inches. Book size: 1 5/8 inches x 1 1/8 inch. Fine.