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.
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Philadelphia: Hopkins and Earle, 1808. Hardcover. First edition of this contemporary account of the famous treason trial of Aaron Burr, for which he was found not guilty. Two volumes bound in full brown leather with red title labels and black volume numbers to spine. Leather is scuffed, abraded, bumped, and worn. Joints are tender but text block is tight. It appears that there were small labels on the front covers at some point, and there are debossed library stamps on title pages. Volume I title page also has library deaccession stamp. Bookplate of Wight on front pastedowns.Tear to rear free endpaper in Volume II. Interior pages have offsetting, scattered browning and foxing, but still quite legible. Not quite very good but still a nice copy of this important historical work. Octavo. Volume I: 596 pages; Volume II: 539 pages. AMERHIST/051921. Very Good -.
New York: Printed by Shepard Kollock for Cornelius Davis, 1798. Hardcover. First American Edition. An interesting and extensive recounting of the English lady's years in France during their revolution's reign of terror. The author was identified as Helen Maria Williams (1759 – 1827), a British novelist, poet, and translator of French-language works. A religious dissenter, she was a supporter of abolitionism and of the ideals of the French Revolution; she was imprisoned in Paris during the Reign of Terror, but nonetheless spent much of the rest of her life in France [Wikipedia]. Bound in contemporary brown leather with red spine label. Leather is chipped, abraded, and bumped. Wear and crack lines to spine edges. Joints are cracked but text block is tight. Scattered spotting throughout and many text pages are browned although still legible. Initials in ink on top page edges. Still a nice copy of this account of the writer's experiences. FRENCHIST/080921. Very Good -.
Baltimore: Robert H. Craig, 1812. Hardcover. Uncommon. Early American edition based on similar British manuals. Robert Craig, Teacher of Military Tactics, says in his preface: "Having examined the different works on the Sword Exercise and the Drill and Evolutions for the Cavalry, I take the liberty of recommending this work to the Cavalry of the United States, as possessing advantages over any other work now in use." The work offers stringent and absolute rules governing formation, movements, drills, and field exercises necessary to ensure that "the horseman has a decided advantage over an enemy that his horsemanship and superiority in the use of his sword will produce." Bound in full brown leather with red title label to spine. Leather is chipped, rubbed, scuffed, and bumped. The front cover is almost detached and the rear joint is tender. The thin and fragile paper is browned and spotted throughout, and there are occasional tears along page margins. There are twenty-six browned and spotted plates showing men and horses performing steps and maneuvers. The simple line drawings have offsetting on their facing pages. Some plates are foldouts and are only in fair to poor shape, with chipping and small tears. One has split in two but both pieces are there. There is also a twenty-seventh foldout chart showing the posts of officers. An early bookseller has written his name and the price of $3.50 on the free front endpaper. Despite flaws, the book is a scarce and interesting treatise on this specialized branch of the military. Octavo. 215 pages. MIL/072621. Good.
1918. Hardcover. Rare military service record of Brigadier General Frank Parker (1872-1947). Presentation inscription from Parker "To C. Van U. in memory of the Great Days together - F.P. - Bridge Head, Easter, 1919". Includes service record, facsimiles of orders and telegraphs, as well as a list of decorations of Brig. Gen. Frank Parker from 1918 - 1919 during which he was awarded the War Cross of France with Palm, Commander of the Legion of Honor of France with second Palm of War Cross, Commander of the Order of the Crown of Belgium, D.S.M., and Third Palm on War Cross. Parker served in a tour of Lorraine, the second Battle of the Marne, the Battle of St. Mihiel Salient, the Battle between the Meuse and the Argonne Forest, and more. Bound in full red leather with gilt title and dates to spine. Gilt rules and swastikas to both boards. Rubbing and wear to boards, edges, spine ends, and corners. Evidence of a removed sticker to front board (about 1 x 2 inches) with surface sheen of leather removed in this small area. Adhesive remnants to front pastedown where a bookplate was removed. Browning to interior, mostly along margins. Unpaginated with blank sheets bound in at rear to fill out an otherwise thin binding. [Approximately 150 pages, of which about 100 have text printed on one side (so, about 50 pages of text).] WWI/011221. Very Good.
New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1939. Hardcover. In their foreword the press writes: "Specimen books of type in the modern printer's office seldom show features of marked individuality. The almost universal use of the monotype and linotype, which derive their type faces from the specimen books of the the manufacturers of these machines, tends to a considerable uniformity in the type repertories. Unique and private fonts have largely ceased to exist....Yet there are some points in which [this] specimen book may claim consideration...asbecomes a university press, the equipment of the fonts in italics, accented letters, reference marks, etc. is ample." The manual is divided into specimens of book fonts,and specimens of job fonts, borders, ornaments, signs, and rules. The pages are held together with metal looseleaf-type rings inside the blue cloth binding. Titling in gilt on spine. This specimen book is in remarkably good condition - very good plus. Sections are paginated individually. 7 x 9.5 x1 inches. BOB/040620. Very Good+.
New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1939. Hardcover. In their foreword the press writes: "Specimen books of type in the modern printer's office seldom show features of marked individuality. The almost universal use of the monotype and linotype, which derive their type faces from the specimen books of the the manufacturers of these machines, tends to a considerable uniformity in the type repertories. Unique and private fonts have largely ceased to exist....Yet there are some points in which [this] specimen book may claim consideration...asbecomes a university press, the equipment of the fonts in italics, accented letters, reference marks, etc. is ample." The manual is divided into specimens of book fonts,and specimens of job fonts, borders, ornaments, signs, and rules. The pages are held together with metal looseleaf-type rings inside the blue cloth binding. Titling in gilt on spine.With glassine cover that is chilled and creased. This specimen book is in quite good condition - very good plus. Sections are paginated individually. 7 x 9.5 x1 inches. BOB/040620. Very Good+.
Baltimore: 1950. Hard Cover. 8vo. A history of small church located in Monkton, Maryland. Blue cloth covered boards with gilt title to front board and to spine. Minor rubbing to edges of boards and hinges as well as minor bumping to spine ends and corners. Previous owner's book plate to front free end page. Light browning to end pages. Else is clean and bright. 113 pages. MD/052218. Very Good.
Philadelphia: King und Baird, 1860. Paperback. Beige paper wrappers backed with yellow paper spine covering. Hand sewn. Creases, foxing, light soiling, short tears to edges of some pages including front cover. Illustrated. In German. In protective, removable plastic cover. 7.5 x 6.5 inches. 34 pages. ALM/070220. Very Good.
Steyler Verlagsbuchhandlung Kaldenkirchen, 1962. Hardcover. Thin quqrto. Includes information on missions throughout the worlds, arranged by continent. Many black and white photographic illustrations. Green leatherette boards with gilt title to spine and front board. In green dust jacket with white title to spine and front panels. Minor wear and chipping to edges and corners of jacket. Browning to interior, heavier on margins, but clean overall. Text in GERMAN only. 205 pages. GER/071620. Very Good / Very Good.
Three pocket datebooks. From Friend to Friend Kalendar for 2005, an annual Christmas item from Frederick Stokes, with quotes about friendship for each month. Bound in chipped and stained red velvet with silk tie missing. 1926 calendar sent out by E.J. Rooksby & Co Engine Repairs, Philadelphia, PA. in black pebbled cloth. Includes "new" postal rates, principal U.S. cities, brief business laws, and "useful information." 1928 calendar sent by Strong Manufacturing Co., Winsted, Conn in red pebbled cloth. Includes presidents of the U.S., automobile tire record, radio receiving record, weights and measures, business laws,and how to prevent fires. Very good. EPHEM/093015. Very Good.
London: His Majesty's Staionery Office, 1949. Paperback. Off-white side stapled paper wrappers with black title to front cover. Penned ownership signature of Arnold Plant dated 26 Jan 1949 to front cover. Minor browning to margins and edges of wrappers, but clean overall. 82 pages. ENG/040820. Very Good.
[Ipswich, England]: 1905-06. A unique and charming autograph book of a young college woman, filled with handwritten drawings, quotes from various writers and good wishes from friends and acquaintances at the college. The initials N.T.C. are on many of the pages. It is unclear whether these are the initials of the album's owner or a reference to the school they all attend. References to Ipswich and and Burton on Trent place the book as English. The most delightful feature of the autograph book are the 32 illustrations interspersed throughout. There are 12 watercolors, 13 pen and ink drawings, and 6 pencil sketches. They include men and women, flowers, animals, and scenery. The quality of the illustrations varies from basic and naive through competent to a few that are quite accomplished. Bound in brown leather with the word Album in gilt to front cover. Bumping and chipping, with the backstrip still attached but in fairly poor shape. All edges gilt. A few pages have become loose but the book is otherwise a lovely example. Measures 5 x 8 inches. [44 pages]. HANDWRITTEN/081120. / 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. Pamphlet. Quarto sized pamphlet. Pen inscription from the right honorable Sir John Sinclair, Bart dated January 18, 1830 in pen to title page. He was a Scottish politician, an author on finance, and a baronet. Bottom front corner of cover and title page are no longer present. Chipping and wear to edges of all pages. Thread binding is loose with some pages present but detached. Some light staining to the right hand margin of the text, occasionally spills into text, but text by and large unaffected. 21 pages. General history. GENHIS02/012600. Very Good.
Ilchester, MD: College Press, 1904. Hardcover. Signed and inscribed by the compiler. Ownership inscription to front free endpaper above compiler's inscription. Ex-library with pocket to rear endpaper and sticker to spine. Bound in green cloth boards with gilt title to spine and front cover. Fraying to spine ends adn minor wear to boards and corners. Interior is clean overall with occasional smudge marks. Binding is a little loose. 253 pages. MD/071116. Very Good.
Bordeaux: Massin, 1967. Hardcover. An album about the wine merchants in Bordeaux since 1820 including pictures and recollections of the trade, vineyards, and city. Oblong in white silk covered boards with gilt title and color illustration to front cover. Light soiling to covers, but clean overall. Clean interior with many photographic illustrations, most in black and white. Text in French and English. In original clean acetate jacket with minor wear to edges including a few chips. An interesting history. Unpaginated. WINE/060518. Very Good.
London: printed for the author, 1723 - 1732. Hardcover. This scarce and important work was printed for the author. Aubry de la Mottraye (1674?-1743) came from a French Huguenot family that had settled in England. He received an excellent education, and started traveling in 1696. In the course of twenty-six years, he toured Northern Europe, Crimea, the Near East, Russia, Prussia and Poland. La Mottraye combined diplomatic travels – as counselor and attendant to various rulers – with commercial transactions and his activity as a collector. His chronicle is adorned with impressive engravings of rare subjects, views of cities as well as everyday life scenes. His detailed descriptions make his account one of the first travelogues in which the force of the written discourse equals the impact of the illustrations. The first two volumes were printed in 1723 with the third issued in 1732. Bound in later three quarter red leather over red cloth covered boards with gilt title to spine. Large chip to leather on foot of spines of both volumes I and III, which have been repaired with a modern strip of leather. Chipping and wear to leather along hinges, spine ends, and corners of all volumes. The leather on all hinges is cracked; however, the boards remain firmly attached with all cords intact. Bookplate of Daniel Baugh to front pastedowns of all three volumes. Non-archival tape repair to first page of text in volume three and the same page is mostly separated from binding. Occasional spots of soiling, small dampstains to top margins of a couple of pages, occasional foxing, and uniform browning to some pages. Occasional slight splits to interior bindings and occasional short closed tears to edges of pages. Includes a total of 58 plates including maps, many of which fold out. Some plates appear to have been trimmed, which in one case has affected a small portion of the image. Some folding plates and maps have additional creases and/or closed tears and a few have minor archival repairs to the verso. Small wormholes to bottom margins of some pages in third volume. Frontis in third volume is mounted. Includes woodcut head and tail pieces as well as several initials. Overall, an attractive and interesting work with numerous illustrations of antiquities and maps.Volume I: 440 pages plus 26 plates of which 14 fold (appears to lack plate XI) and 2 folding maps. Also includes 7 page list of subscribers. Volume II: 432 pages plus 72 pages of appendices and contents as well as 18 plates of which 8 fold plus 2 folding maps. Volume III: 296 pages plus 2 pages of advertisements and 10 plates, of which 1 folds. Very Good.
New York: Robert Carter and Brothers, 1873. Hardcover. SCARCE. 12mo. Very good minus in original purple cloth with gilt lettering. Light rubbing at corners and spine ends, some fading and soiling to boards. Sunday school bookplate on front pastedown, owner names on front flyleaf and early blank. One plate has been colored in by a previous owner. Rear free end page has been torn out. 310 pages. Literature. LIT4/03061. Very Good -.
Omaha. NE: Abattoir Editions, The University of Nebraska, 1985. First Edition. Hardcover. LIMITED FIRST EDITION. NUMBER 56 OF 200 COPIES. Olive green cloth with black title to white label on the spine. Label darkened at lower edge, otherwise fine, without printed dust jacket, as issued. In glassine dust jacket. Vietnam War poetry. PRI/102416. Near Fine.
Paris: Chez la Veuve Desaint, 1775. Hardcover. Bound in contemporary mottled brown leather with gilt designs to spine along with red title label. Missing free front endpaper and last page of the "Approbation" in rear. Interior is in very good condition with tight textblock and foxing. A few pages in middle have light dampstaining to margins and edges of text. Antiquated signature of previous owner in pen on the front endpage and title page. An attractive book. 437 pages. REL/033010. Very Good.
Paris: Chez Vincent, 1776. Hardcover. Bound in 2 volumes: A - K and L - Z. An extensive dictionary of artists including painters, musicians, actors, dancers, engravers, printers, clockmakers, and mechanics. The dates of birth and death and a brief biography is listed for each cited artist. Very good minus in full brown leather with maroon title labels and black volume labels to spines. Six compartments to spines with raised bands and gilt decoration. The front hinge of volume one is cracked. The corners are bumped, edges worn, spine ends chipped, and leather cracked. Previous owner's signature in pen to front endpages of both volumes. Page 281 / 282 of volume 2 has a long closed tear and paper imperfection to following page. Scattered foxing throughout and a spots of dampstaining to beginning and end of volume one. Marbled endpage and full red edges. 772 pages in volume one and 95 pages in volume two. FRE/011513. Very Good.