London: Thomas Nelson and Sons, n.d. [c. 1895. Frederick James Whishaw ( 1854 – 1934) was a Russian-born British novelist, historian, poet and musician. A popular author of children's fiction at the turn of the 20th century, he published over forty volumes of his work between 1884 and 1914. He was a prolific historical novelist, many of his books being set in Czarist Russia, and his "schoolboy" and adventure serials appeared in many boys' magazines of the era. This historic tale of Boris's adventures include encounters with the Tsar Peter the Great. In a special dark leather binding by Allman & Sons with "Kensington Preparatory School" on the cover - the only indication that this was perhaps a student award book. There are debossed words in reverse on free front endpaper "The Redtowers/Melton/Sussex. Binding is bumped and rubbed and the spine has faded. Marbled edges. Interior pages are very good with seven black and white illustrated plates. Mesures 5 x 7 inches. 376 pages.
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New York: American Historical Society, 1925. Prepared and privately printed for Viola D. Everett by The American Historical Society. This genealogical and biographical history of the Everett family and related families The histories cover several generations, with biographies of notable figures in each family. There are portraits, images of castles and other stately homes, and color coats of arms for many of the families. This copy has a unique elaborate design binding signed by Stikeman & Co., one of the premier art binderies of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Bound in full brown leather with gilt rulings, ornaments, and the Everett family coat of arms on the front cover and the coat of arms for the Oburg family on the back cover. With six compartments on spine with title and small floral ornaments. A.e.g. There are beautiful doublures on both inside covers with gilt rulings, ornaments, and a gorgeous floral design in black leather, framed by the brown leather of the binding. Free endpapers have been covered in brown moire fabric. Light wear to leather edges. Interior pages are clean and bright. Measures 10 x 12.5 inches. 89 pages. GENEO/040621.
New York: American Historical Society, 1930. Prepared and privately printed for Mrs. Anna Foster Ford by The American Historical Society. This genealogical and biographical history of the Foster family and related families The histories cover several generations, with biographies of notable figures in each family. There are portraits, images of mansions and other stately homes, and color coats of arms for many of the families. This copy has a unique elaborate design binding signed by Stikeman & Co., one of the premier art binderies of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Bound in full black leather with gilt rulings,Red inlaid leather designs, ornaments, and the Foster family coat of arms on the front cover and the coat of arms for the Ford family on the back cover. With six compartments on spine with title and small floral ornaments. A.e.g. There are beautiful doublures on both inside covers with gilt rulings, ornaments, and a gorgeous floral design in red leather, framed by the black leather of the binding. Free endpapers have been covered in blue moire fabric. Light wear to leather edges. Interior pages are clean and bright. Measures 10 x 12.5 inches. 65 pages. GENEO/040621.
Chicago: Curt Teich & Co., 1942. Paperback. A book of views of Washington, D.C. Oblong. Dark blue side-stapled paper wrappers with red title and illustration of the capitol building to front wrapper. Minor wear to edges. Clean and bright. Filled with black and white photos of architecture in DC. STA/032321. Very Good.
Washington DC: Government Printing Office, 1868. Hardcover. A detailed listing of all of the Naval and Marine officers registered shortly after the end of the Civil War. Includes pay table for the various positions and current status of each officer. Also includes a list of Navy vessels and the station or condition of each. Bound in three quarter brown leather with marbled paper boards. Rubbed, bumped and chipped. Interior pages are clean. Ownership signature in pencil. Very good condition. Small octavo. 81 pages. MILITARY/041221. Very Good.
London and Paris: Whittaker, Treacher, and Co. and Giraldon-Bovinet & Co., n.d. ca. 1850. Hardcover. A pretty copy of one of the gift books that were so popular in the 19th century. Filled with pieces by such writers as Leigh Hunt, Shelley, Keats, Hazlitt, Lamb, Wordsworth, and Coleridge, and many black and white illustrations. Bound in red leather with gilt ornaments on covers and spine. Bumping, light scrapes but still very nice. A.e.g. Occasional spotting on interior pages. Ownership label dated 1850 to front pastedown and signature dated 1934 on free front endpaper. 288 pages. LIT/041421. Very Good.
New York: American Historical Society, 1927. Prepared and privately printed for Catherine J. Welles and Frances S. Welles by The American Historical Society and donated by them to the Society in memory of their parents. This extensive history of their immediate family and that of related families was published six years after the death of their mother, the Welles's family matriarch, Jerusha Lord Welles in 1921. The histories of the families generally cover several centuries, with biographies of notable figures in each family. There are portraits, images of castles and other stately homes, and color coats of arms for many of the families. This copy has a unique elaborate design binding signed by Stikeman & Co., one of the premier art binderies of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Bound in full brown leather with gilt rulings, ornaments, and the Welles family coat of arms on the front cover and the coat of arms for the Lord family on the back cover. With six compartments on spine with title and small floral ornaments. A.e.g. There are beautiful doublures on both inside covers with gilt rulings, ornaments, and a gorgeous floral design on red leather, framed in the brown leather of the binding. Free endpapers have been covered in brown moire fabric. Light wear to leather edges. Interior pages are clean and bright with a bit of loosening to a few signatures, not unexpected in a volume of this size. Measures 10 x 12.5 inches. 232 pages. GENEO/040121.
London: Kegan Paul, Trench, Trubner & Co., Ltd, 1925. Hardcover. Includes 36 color plates and 48 in text illustrations. "In these days it is unnecessary to say how bold a German publisher must be, to give so many coloured plates, at a time when with us all economic ideas are upside down. I hope this boldness will be rewarded. When we were excavating Ashur the wish became stronger, with every new find of this coloured Assyrian art, one day to convey the discoveries to posterity complete adn as unaltered as possible. Photography alone did not suffice for this; as far as possible every piece was copied in water-colours immediately after being found, and later we took the trouble to take colour photographs with Lumiere plates" (page 77). A folio bound in olive green buckram boards with gilt and leather title label to spine. Bumping to corners, wear to spine ends, wear to edges, minor soiling to boards, and rubbing to spine. Chipping to leather spine label. Bookplate to front pastedown. Evidence of removed library sticker to foot spine and evidence of removed library marking to rear free endpaper. Clean, bright interior aside from occasional light finger smudges to margins and minor browning to margins of plates. Tissue guards are present; however, some have creases and tears. 78 pages of text plus plates to rear. ART/021921. Very Good.
Dublin: W. Colles, 1769. Scarce Dublin edition. Giuseppe Marc'Antonio Baretti ( 1719 - 1789) was an Italian literary critic, poet, writer, translator, linguist and author of two influential language-translation dictionaries. During his years in England he was often known as Joseph Baretti. Baretti's life was marked by controversies, to the point that he had to leave Italy, for England, where he remained for the rest of his life. Baretti wrote this book after being outraged by an account written by a Samuel Sharp about the customs and manners of Italy, which he considered ignorant, carelss, and prejudiced. Baretti discusses the flaws of Mr. Sharp's book throughout his own, sometimes to the point of lapsing into the humorous rather than serous. Bound in three quarter red leather with black title label to spine. Marbled boards Rubbing and bumping to leather and slight tears along board edges. Foxing to title page and last couple of pages with publisher's list of new books, and occasional light spots. Still very good condition.Measures 3.5 x 6.5 inches. 225 pages plus publisher book list.
London: John Murray, 1858. Hardcover. First edition of this seminal work on the pottery of the ancient world. Volume I discusses Egyptian, Assyrian, and Greek pottery; volume II covers Greek, Etruscan, and Roman pottery. It also includes a concise account of that of the Celtic and Teutonic nations. Simon Birch (1813-1885) was a highly regarded Egyptologist at the British Museum. This history of pottery is considered one of his principal written works. Bound in three quarter brown leather with gilt decoration and titling to spine. Leather is worn and bumped. Marbled paper covers, page edges, and endpapers. Interior pages are clean and bright, with light foxing to endpapers. With two chromolithograph frontispieces and ten color plates between the two volumes. Very good condition. Quarto. Volume I: 415 pages; Volume II: 437 pages including index. ARCH/030921. Very Good.
London: John Murray, 1846. Fourth edition of this fascinating account of the history and culture of Spanish gypsies. In an author's note, he writes that this edition was carefully revised with a few insertions added. However, he omitted the vocabulary of the Gypsy tongue and other parts related to their language and literature. Bound in three quarter brown leather with multicolored marbled boards and endpapers. Leather is scuffed, bumped, and rubbed. Marbled paper covers are also scuffed and lightly worn along edges. Interior pages are clean and in very good condition. Measures 4.75 x 7 inches. 264 pages. SPAN/031521.
Milan: Dalla Stamperia Reale, 1810. Hardcover. Giuseppe Bossi (1777 – 1815) was an Italian painter, arts administrator and writer on art. He ranks among the foremost figures of Neoclassical culture in Lombardy, along with Ugo Foscolo, Giuseppe Parini, Andrea Appiani or Manzoni. Bossi devoted a large part of his life to the study of the works of Leonardo, whose drawing manner he imitated accurately enough for his productions to have passed as Leonardos and his last work was a series of drawings in monochrome representing incidents in the life of that great master. He left unfinished a large cartoon in black chalk of the Dead Christ in the bosom of Mary, with John and the Magdalene. In 1810 he published this monumental work titled Del Cenacolo di Leonardo da Vinci, which had the merit of greatly interesting Goethe, who shared Bossi's urgent dream of saving Leonardo's fresco [Wikipedia]. This work comprises four books dealing with different aspects of Da Vinci's life and art. Large folio bound in full brown leather with gilt ornament to front cover, raised spine bands and gilt titling to black leather spine label. Leather is scraped, rubbed, soiled and bumped, and spine has been rebacked. Evidence of library call number at bottom of spine and glue remnants on rear pastedown where signout card removed. A.e.g. Text pages are generally clean and bright with some age toning to margins and occasional light foxing. With engraved frontis of Da Vinci's only self portrait and five additional plates, with the sixth one unfortunately missing. In Italian. 263 pages. ART/040521. Very Good -.
Paris: Chez Barbou, 1771. Hardcover. Jacques-Bénigne Bossuet (1627 – 1704) was a French bishop and theologian, renowned for his sermons and other French addresses. He has been considered by many to be one of the most brilliant orators of all time and a masterly French stylist. Court preacher to Louis XIV of France, Bossuet was a strong advocate of political absolutism and the divine right of kings. He argued that government was divinely ordained and that kings received sovereign power from God. He was also an important courtier and politician. The works best known to English speakers are three great orations delivered at the funerals of Queen Henrietta Maria, widow of Charles I of England (1669), of her daughter Henriette, Duchess of Orléans (1670), and of the outstanding military commander le Grand Condé (1687). His work Discours sur l'histoire universelle (Discourse on Universal History 1681) is regarded by many Catholics as an actualization or new version of the City of God of St. Augustine of Hippo. The first volume covers the subject from the beginning of the world until Charlemagne's Empire. Volume II continues the discourse from the year 800 of our Lord until 1700 [Wikipedia]. Bound in contemporary mottled brown leather with spine compartments with red spine labels and gilt decorations. Leather is rubbed, and bumped. Volume I has a one inch split to the top of the spine and a dark brown mark to front cover. Volume II has small chips at top of spine. Interior pages clean and bright with occasional spots. Very good condition. Measures 4 x 6.5 inches. Volume I:: 510 pages; Volume II:342 pages. FRENCHLANG/031121. Very Good.
1934. Number. Number 136 of 150 copies printed for private distribution only. With the signatures of Estelle Doheny, Anna Cox Brinton, and the printer Ward Ritchie. Tipped in front is a card "with the Compliments of Mrs. Edward Laurence Doheny. This lovely book is titled A Pre-Raphaelite Aeneid of Virgil in the Collection of Mrs. Edward Laurence Doheny of Los Angeles, Being an Essay in Honor of the William Morris Centenary 1934. The book is a handsome collaboration by Doheny, Ritchie, and Brinton in honor of the great William Morris. Estelle Doheny, the wife of a multi-millionaire oilman became probably the greatest woman book collector ever, and one of the greatest without regard to gender. Much of her collection, which included a Gutenberg bible, was left to a small seminary in California after her death in 1958, and would be sold 30 years later for almost $38 million. Her Morris holdings, which included Morris’s calligraphic manuscript of the “Aeneid” and a Kelmscott “Chaucer” printed on vellum, alone brought more than $2 million when sold by Christie’s in 1987. Harry "Ward" Ritchie (1905 - 1996) was an important American printer, book designer, book-collector and writer of around 100 books. He was part of the "Golden Age" of fine printing that took place during the 1920s and 1930s in Southern California. Anna Shipley Cox Brinton was an American classics scholar, college administrator, writer, and Quaker leader, active with the American Friends Service Committee. She has credited with being one of those who "reinvented Quakerism" for the 20th century. At the time that she wrote this work she was on the faculty of Mills College, where the centenary exhibition was held. She writes in A Pre-Raphaelite Aeneid: The reader is less near to the versatile genius of William Morris in turning the triumphant pages of his Kelmscott Chaucer than in poring over the illumnated leaves of the Aeneid." Bound in cream paper boards with red titling to spine and front cover. Housed in a slipcase covered by the same cream paper. Book and slipcase are in near fine condition. Measures 6 x 8 inches. 39 pages plus colophon. PRI/021521.
New York: Frederick A. Stokes Company, . Hardcover. A beautiful copy of Barrett Browning's romantic Victorian poems in an ornate publisher's design binding. The collection of her poems and sonnets, including her famed Sonnets From the Portuguese, appears to be comprehensive. With numerous black and white illustrations and vignettes throughout by Canadian artist Frederick Gordon. Bound in dark green cloth with elaborate gilt and silver designs on the spine and along the top and bottom edges of the front cover. In the middle of the cover is a framed silver label with "Mrs. Browning" in gilt. The binding is near fine with the slightest bumping to corners of covers. All edges gilt. Interior is clean and bright with gift inscription dated 1898 on free front endpaper. A wonderful gift for lovers of fine bindings and/or Victorian poetry. Near fine. Measures 5 x 7.5 inches. 528 pages. POET/031821. Near Fine.
London: various, various. Hardcover. Volume 1: For the Year 1758, the seventh edition, London: J. Dodsley, n.d.Volume 2: For the Year 1759, the eighth edition, London:Otridge and Son; R. Faulder, etc.; 1802 Volume 3: For the Year 1760, the ninth edition, London: W. Otridge and Son, R. Faulder, etc. 1811 Volume 4: For the Year 1761, London: W. Otridge and Son, R. Faulder, etc. n.d. Volume 5: For the Year 1762, the fifth edition, London: J. Dodsley, 1787 These are later editions of the first five volumes of Edmond Burke's ambitious publication that ran from 1759-1824, designed as a summary of chief events of each year. It was called "the most valuable record and chronicle of historical and political events for over a hundred years" [Sabin]. Most notable in these volumes are the lengthy contemporaneous accounts of the Seven Years War (1756-1763). Each year had standard sections, such as the war events, State papers, Chronicles and Book Reviews. But each year had sections that were relevant to that year but not necessarily others, such as "Remarkable Characters," or "Extraordinary Adventures." The Adventures section in the 1758 volume has an indeed extraordinary first person account of an Englishman imprisoned in the heinous Black Hole of Calcutta. Another highlight is the 1762 volume, which has detailed and fascinating descriptions of the coronation of King George III and of his marriage to Princess then Queen Charlotte, complete with order of procession, attendees and attendants, attire of the King and Queen, banquet menus, and more. The volumes are bound uniformly in brown three quarter leather with brown and black marbled paper boards. Marbled paper edges. The volumes are in very good condition, with some bumping and chipping to some of leather, and scuffing to the marbled paper boards of volumes 4 and 5. Interiors are also in very good condition. Light foxing to pastedowns and free endpapers, creasing to several page edges in volumes 1 and 4. Volume 1: 495 pages + contents list; Volume 2: 494 pages + contents list; Volume 3: 271 + 260 pages + contents list; Volume 4: 304 + 316 pages +contents list; Volume 5: 267 + 259 + contents list. Very Good.
London: Printed by T. Bensley for Vernor and Hood et al, 1799. Hardcover. Hudibras is an English mock-heroic narrative poem from the 17th century written by Samuel Butler. Published in the aftermath of the English Civil War, it is a scathing satire of Puritanism and the Parliamentarian cause from a Royalist perspective. This later edition is enhanced by the annotations and preface by Zachary Grey, and the 16 engraved plates after Hogarth. Bound in handsome three quarter reddish brown leather with red and cream marbled endpapers. Light bumping and rubbing to leather but very good condition. The interior pages are heavily foxed throughout the two volumes although the text is still quite legible. Interior is only good+. Volume I: 434 pages; Volume: 446 pages plus index. POETRY/031721. Good +.
Paris: Librarie Tross, 1865. Hardcover. Originally issued in wrappers, this copy has been bound in three quarter black leather with brown and yellow marbled paper boards. Leather is a bit scuffed and bumped, and joints are tender and top board has started to split from text block. Interior pages clean. save for attempt to erase bookseller stamps. Includes two fold-out illustrations. Very good minus condition. Measures 5 x 8 inches. TRAV/030121. Very Good -.
London: J. & A. Churchill, 1884. Hardcover. Fifth edition of this popular parenting guide. Bound in three quarter black leather with black cloth boards. Red title label to spine. Slight scuffing to cloth and small nick in upper right leather corner. Interior pages bright and clean. Very good condition. 4 x 6.5 inches. 256 pages. EDU/022421. Very Good.
Toronto: Cheshire Cat Press, 2017. Number 31 of 42 copies. Signed by the printers and the author of the introduction, who are ardent and well-known Carroll admirers. The Cheshire Cat Press was formed by book designer and printer George Walker in 1991. The press began when he and two colleagues produced new editions of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass. Edward Wakeling, who wrote the introduction, is an internationally known authority on Carroll. From the prospectus: "Here finally is a book collecting all the Alice associated images into one volume. In this book is the work of the other PUNCH illustrators who were influenced by John Tenniel’s pictures for Lewis Carroll’s Alice. Oh yes we include Tenniel too! Through the many decades that Punch existed (1841-2002), references to the Alice books have been a common feature. Now you can have them all in one volume. The images are printed by hand directly from polymer plates made by Boxcar Press, except Alice Reigns Supreme (page 27) which is printed photo-mechanically. The plates were created from high resolution scans made directly from the original PUNCH publications. Printed on 115 gsm Rives Lightweight Buff 100% rag paper using a Vandercook Sp15 letterpress." Bound in green cloth with gilt title to spine and gilt ruling and Punch figure to front cover. Punch figure repetitive design to endpapers. Housed in a green cloth slipcase. In fine condition. 10 x 13 inches. 57 pages. PRI/031221.
Toronto: Cheshire Cat Press, 1991. Hardcover. Number 129 of 177 copies. Around 1982, Walker, Poole, and Brambant founded the Cheshire Cat Press. They spent six years working on their well received edition of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, published in 1988. George Walker's wood engravings were so admired that the Press decided to publish a book that would be devoted entirely to his engravings. This is that book, which is divided into three parts.: In the first part the 96 illustrations featured in Wonderland are reproduced by chapter in the story's order. The second part, Alice's Misadventures, has engravings that were not used in 1988 along with the reasons why. The last part reproduces some of Walker's preliminary sketches for Wonderland. The introduction describes the procedures the three used in deciding upon each of the illustrations used in Wonderland. Bound in red cloth with gilt titling to spine. Red and gold marbled endpapers. Printed with Century Schoolbook and Hadriano & Hadriano types on Noranda Recycled Antique paper. The drawings were reproduced from Polymer plates. In fine condition. PRI/031221. Fine.