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Paris and London: The Berlitz School, 1916. Hardcover. Red cloth boards with gilt title to spine and front cover. Browning to spine panel and edges of boards. Minor wear to hinges and edges of boards. Illustrated with some illustrations in full color. Occasional smudge marks to interior but clean overall. A few previous owner markings to endpapers. In addition to lessons, it includes readings, basic vocabulary, and six songs in French with musical scores. 112 pages. CHILD/062520. Very Good.
Philadelphia: E.H. Butler & Co., 1847. Hardcover. Uncommon. Andrew Comstock (1795 - 1864) was a physician and professor of elocution at Philadelphia Polyglott Gymnasium. The entire text of this book is spelled out phonetically using a new alphabet invented by Comstock, in which every elementary sound in the English language is represented with an alphabetic character. This new alphabet (which includes several Greek letters) has 38 simple letters and 6 compound letters. This book explains the importance of using phoentic spelling, describes how each letter should be pronounced, and includes reading exercises. In the preface, the author asks for "every friend of education and of humanity [to] use his influence and his means to promote" this new alphabetic system. Unfortunately, it did not catch on. Bound in full brown leather with dark brown and gilt label to spine. Both hinges are cracked with the front board nearly detached. Losses to leather along spine ends. Wear to spine, edges of boards, and corners. Rubbing and scuffing to leather. Light scattered foxing to interior. Penned previous owner's signature to front free endpaper. Occasional pencil markings Includes illustrations, decorated intials, and diagrams. 386 pages plus about 30 pages of ads. REF/081722. Very Good.
Hertford: Stephen Austin, No date, circa late 19th century. Paperback. INSCRIBED BY THE AUTHOR ON THE FRONT COVER. Very good in beige paper wrappers with black title to front wrapper. Small closed tear to back wrap. Minor browning and wear to edges. From the Author written on front wrapper in upper right-hand corner. Sporatic foxing throughout. Text is bright. 36 pages. Linguistics. LIN111101. Very Good.
New York and Tokyo: John Weatherhill Inc, 1972. STATED FIRST EDITION. Hardcover. 8vo. Grey cloth boards with gilt title to spine and front board. Very clean interior with tight binding. Signed by previous owner on ffep. Cock to spine. Grey dj with red spine panel and black title to spine. Very minor wear to edges of dj. A useful reference for any student of Japanese. Preface and notes are in English; Index with characters and translation are in Japanese. 359 pp. JAP/071705. Near Fine in Near Fine dj.
Calcutta: G.H. Huttmann, Military Orphan Press, 1836. Hardcover. First edition. Sir William Henry "Thuggee" Sleeman (1788 - 1856) sailed to India to work for the East India Company early in life. He fought in the Gorkha War, remained in India, and joined a British campaign to investigate and prosecute "the Thugs" in Central India. "The Thugs" were a group of people notorious for befriending travelers, then robbing and murdering them. Sleeman spent most of his military career studying and apprehending thugs. This book collects correspondence between Sleeman and various informants, depositions, accounts of crimes committed and arrests, observations about the Thugs, lists of Thug families, and a list of Thug vocabulary with definitions. Bound in blue cloth covered boards. Professionally rebacked using the original spine and boards. Spine has faded to tan and boards are dark blue. Original paper title label to spine. Some soiling and rubbing to spine and boards. Wear and fraying to corners and edges of boards. Light dampstain to top and bottom margins of some pages. Sporadic foxing and occasional pencil markings. Includes three fold-out genealogies, some with short closed tears. 270 pages plus 514 pages of appendices. IND/070722. Very Good.
Paris: Baudry, Librairie Europeenne, 1852. Hardcover. 8vo. Very good in full tree-calf binding with gilt title and decoration to spine. Wear to edges and spine ends. Front board is loose though binding remains tight. Marbled end pages and foreedge. Minor foxing throughout though text remains clean and bright. 724 pages. Reference/french language. FRELANG1/2042. Very Good.
New York: Jason Aronson, 1973. Hardcover. Volume I: Understanding the Symbolic Meaning of Language and Vol 2: Understanding the Unconcious Meaning of Language. Green cloth boards with gilt titles to spines. Clean, tight interiors. Orange and green dust jackets with white titles to spines. Vol I, 498 pages; Vol II, 437 pages. REF/050206. Very Good in Very Good dj.