Books from Six Centuries

 

 REPORTS ON NORTH AMERICAN INDIANS, OTHER ABORIGINES

1.         ABORIGINES PROTECTION SOCIETY. A long but incomplete bound run of annual reports and issues of the journal, The Colonial Intelligencer; or Aborigines' Friend, beginning with the second annual report, 1839 and ending with the 20th annual report, 1857. The issues of the journal begin in 1847 and conclude in 1854. Numerous issues of both lacking. One clothbound volume, ca. 1860, about 2 1/2 inches thick. Marginal stain at the very end, some issues toned, but generally fine.   $500.00

A long but erratic run. There are frequent reports on the condition of various tribes of North American Indians, activities of the U.S. government in relation to the Indians, &c. One rather long essay is devoted to the effects of the discovery of gold on the California Indians. Also much on aborigines elsewhere, including the Sandwich Islands, Australia and the South Seas, Liberia, and elsewhere.

 

ACCOUNTING IN EARLY AMERICA

2.         (ACCOUNTING). Hutton, Charles. A Course of Book-Keeping, According to the Method of Single Entry; with a Description of the Books, and Directions for Using Them ... Adapted to the Currency of the United States, by a Citizen of Philadelphia. Philadelphia: Bennett & Walton; James Stackhouse, pr., 1815. 4to. vii, [3], 30, [46] p. Contemporary pastepaper boards covered in printer's waste, undecorated sheep spine. Boards stained, spine scuffed, rear hinge cracking. Internally clean and lovely. With the ownership signature of David Prickett, 1818.   $600.00

Early American edition. S&S 34982 (2 locs.).

 

ACKERMANN'S WESTMINSTER ABBEY, WITH 81 HAND-COLORED VIEWS

3.         ACKERMANN, RUDOLPH. The History of the Abbey Church of St. Peter's Westminster, its Antiquities and Monuments. London: For R. Ackermann, 1812. 2 vols., large 4to. xviii, [2], 330, [6] p.; [4], 275, [5] p. Plan, portrait, and 81 hand-colored aquatint plates. Beautifully bound in full straight-grain red morocco, spines, covers, and turn-ins richly gilt, edges gilt, by Bayntun. Cloth slipcases. Very slight offsetting onto text from some plates, as usual, and just a hint of foxing on two or three plates, else a remarkably bright and flawless set. The upper hinges are just beginning to crack slightly, otherwise the binding is fine and fresh.   $3200.00

First edition. A fine and very desirable copy of one of the great Ackermann color-plate books. Tooley 2; Abbey, Scenery, 213.

 

BEST EARLY ACCOUNT OF NEW SWEDEN, IN THE ORIGINAL BOARDS

4.         ACRELIUS, ISRAEL. Beskrifning om de Swenska församlingars forna och närwarande tilstånd, uti det så kallade Nya Swerige, sedan Nya Nederland, men nu för tiden Pensylvanien, samt nåstliggande orter wid aelfwen De la Ware, Wåst-Yersey och New-Castle County uti Norra America.... Stockholm: Harberg & Hesselberg, 1759. 4to. [20], 449 [i.e., 448], 479-533, [1] p. Contemporary paper-covered boards, gold-stamped paper label on spine. Spine and extremities of boards worn, internally near fine. Bookplates.   $2500.00

First edition of the best early account of the Swedish settlements on the Delaware River, and the most comprehensive and accurate history of New Sweden until Amandus Johnson's Swedish Settlements on the Delaware (1911). Acrelius came to America in 1749 as provost of the Swedish churches on the Delaware, and served as pastor of a church in Wilmington until 1756, when he returned to Sweden. A full English translation of the work was published in 1874. This is the first copy we have handled in the original boards, with full wide (202 x 175 mm.) margins and a very minimal amount of browning. Most copies have been trimmed and rebound and exhibit varying degrees of browning. Howes A34; JCB(III) I, 1202; Vail 528; Felcone, New Jersey Books, 1.

 

FIRST ISSUE OF THE FIRST AFRICAN-AMERICAN MUSIC MAGAZINE

5.         (AFRICAN-AMERICAN MUSIC). The Master Musician. Philadelphia: Vol. I no. 1, October 1919. 12 x 9 in. Profusely illus. Wrappers (light dust-soiling). In very good condition.   $1800.00

First issue of the first magazine devoted to African-Americans in the world of music. Subtitled "The Pioneer of Negro Musical Magazines in the World," the short-lived The Master Musician was edited by George W. Parvis and published from the same address as the American Music Company, which is the largest advertiser in the magazine. The magazine changed its name to The American Musician the next year, and folded after only a few issues in 1920. The Union List of Serials records no complete run, with four institutions each holding scattered issues of either volume 1 or volume 2 and apparently only the Library of Congress holding a copy of this first issue.

There is a testimonial from a 22-year-old Marian Anderson, photographs and professional information on many black musicians, advertisement from business establishments seeking black patronage, scores of brief news notes, a photograph of Lieut. James Reese and his Hell Fighters Band, &c. An editorial on "jazz" music suggests: "The average dancing master opposes it because the colored musician is the author. The white dancing public loves this so-called 'Jazz' because it puts vim into them. The Negro musician can play it because it is born in him. The colored musician has always carried this type of music...." A rare survival.

 

THE FIGHTING IN NEW YORK, DECEMBER 1776

6.         (AMERICAN REVOLUTION--NEWSPAPER). The New-Hampshire [State] Gazette, or, Exeter Circulating Morning Chronicle. Exeter: [Robert L. Fowle], Dec. 24, 1776. Fol. [4] p. Largely untrimmed. Few holes at center blank gutter (one costing several letters), one archival tape repair, few spots.   $1200.00

A dramatic newspaper, the entire first page of which contains an account of the campaigns in New York. The inside text is nearly all war-related, including a superb article signed "Benevolens" on page 3 motivating the citizen-soldier to defend America.

 

FINE PLATES OF REVOLUTIONARY WAR AMERICA

7.         [ANBUREY, THOMAS]. Travels through the Interior Parts of America. In a Series of Letters. By an Officer. London: William Lane, 1789. 2 vols. [2], vii, [21], 467 p.; [2], 558 p. Large folding map, 6 plates (5 folding), 2-page facsim. Contemporary sprinkled calf, very skillfully rebacked in correct period style retaining original spine labels. One plate with faint dampstain, one with neat old repair on verso, but an unusually fine, clean copy. From the libraries of Wm. Grant, with his signature on each endpaper dated 25 August 1795, and British statesman Berkeley Paget (1780-1842), with his signature on each title page.   $2200.00

First edition of a handsomely illustrated account of Revolutionary War America. Anburey served with Burgoyne, and he describes, in a series of letters from August 1776 to December 1781, the ill-fated campaign, his capture at Saratoga, and his travels with the "Convention Army" of prisoners to Cambridge, Massachusetts, and later to Charlottesville. Much of the work is plagiarized from Burnaby, Kalm, Smyth, Raynal, and others, but there is nevertheless a great deal of authentic anecdote and observation that is Anburey's own. The large, handsome engraved plates depict views in Canada, New York, and Virginia. The arrangement of the front matter and the list of subscribers varies between copies. An unusually nice and desirable copy. Howes A226.

 

THE ART OF TROLLING

8.         (ANGLING). [Nobbes, Robert]. The Compleat Troller, or, The Art of Trolling. With a Description of all the Utensils, Instruments, Tackling, and Materials Requisite Thereto: with Rules and Directions How to Use Them.... London: By T. James for Tho. Helder, 1682 [i.e., ca. 1790]. [20], 78, [2] p. Two woodcuts in text. Contemporary blue paper wrappers (front dampstained), neatly rebacked. Dampstain on first few leaves, title a bit soiled, else a very good copy. In a neat portfolio and morocco-backed slipcase.   $750.00

Eighteenth-century facsimile reprint of the original. Robert Nobbes (1652-1706?) is considered the "father of trolling." Westwood & Satchell p. 156; Heckscher Sale 1445.

 

ANTI-CATHOLIC, ANTI-JESUIT

9.         (ANTI-CATHOLIC). [Wake, William]. The Missionarie's Arts Discovered: or, An Account of their Ways of Insinuation, their Artifices and Several Methods of which they serve themselves in making Converts. With a Letter to Mr. Pulton, Challenging him to make good his Charge of Disloyalty against Protestants. . . . London: By Randal Taylor, 1688. 4to. [8], xxiv, 96 p. incl. imprimatur and errata leaf. Modern wrappers. Minor paper flaw in margin of G4, withous loss, else near fine.   $500.00

First edition. An attack by the future archbishop of Canterbury on the Catholic Church in general and on Jesuit schoolmaster Andrew Pulton in particular. The work began a minor pamphlet war, with Pulton responding and Wake rebutting. Wing W-246a.

 

WITH A TITLE PAGE WOODCUT OF A PRINTING OFFICE

10.       APPIANUS. De Civilibus Romanorũ bellis Historiarum libri quinque .... Paris: Michaelis Vascosani, 1538. Fol. [36], 283, [1], [20], 41 p. Woodcut on title (repeated on second title) of a printing office in operation, woodcut initials. Old vellum. Tiny blank piece at bottom of title page neatly replaced, neat early repairs at foot of title and in fore-edges of last several leaves, browning of text. A nice copy.   $1400.00

The Decembrio translation of the Roman history of Appianus of Alexandria, accompanied by a similar history by Velleius Paterculus. This edition is especially notable for its great printer's mark—a version of the "Praelum Ascensianum" of Josse Bade. In its original use by Bade this woodcut was the first representation of a printing office. Vascosan married into Bade's family and used this mark in a few books. BMC (French) p. 21; Adams A1345.

 

COLORED VIEWS AND PLANS OF VILLAS

11.       (ARCHITECTURE). Lugar, Robert. Villa Architecture: A Collection of Views, with Plans, of Buildings Executed in England, Scotland, &c. London: J. Taylor, 1828. Folio. [2], x, 34 p. 42 plates, of which 26 are handcolored aquatints and 16 floor plans. Modern half red morocco. Margins of first two leaves a bit soiled and with a few tiny chips, two leaves of preface moderately foxed, an occasional spot of foxing, but the plates clean and bright and fine. Signature of H. LeRoy Newbold, New York, 1836, on half title.   $4500.00

First edition. The 26 beautiful handcolored plates depict villas executed by Lugar (1773?-1855) in England, Scotland, and Ireland. Each view illustrates the building in the context of the surrounding landscape. Facing each view is a letterpress description, and either beneath or following each view is a detailed floor plan. Abbey, Life, 33; Archer 195.1.

 

CONSTRUCTION AND ARCHITECTURE

12.       (ARCHITECTURE). Sloan, Samuel. Sloan's Constructive Architecture; A Guide to the Practical Builder and Mechanic.... Philadelphia, 1866. Lg. 4to. 148 p. 66 lithographed plates (many tinted, frontis. colored). Neat modern cloth, leather spine label. A very nice copy.                  $700.00

A practical manual, with much cabinetmaking and joining detail.

 

WITH ENGRAVED PLATES OF ARMOR

13.       (ARMOR). Grose, Francis. A Treatise on Ancient Armour and Weapons. London: For S. Hooper, 1786. 4to. 118, xviii, [2] p. + inserted "Explanation/errata" leaf. Frontis., engraved title, 1 text engraving, and 48 engraved plates by John Hamilton. Contemporary sprinkled calf, spine gilt (hinges cracked but held by cords, extremities worn). Light scattered foxing, but a very good copy.   $600.00

First edition. A profusely illustrated treatise on early English arms and armor. Colas 1337; Lipperheide 2401.

 

A NICE CLEAN MITCHELL'S ATLAS

14.       (ATLAS). A New Universal Atlas Containing Maps of the Various Empires, Kingdoms, States and Republics of the World.... Philadelphia: Charles Desilver, 1857. Folio. 76 [i.e., 81] handcolored maps. Complete. Marbled paper-covered boards, red roan spine and corners, large gilt-tooled label on front cover. Hinges broken, spine and corners chipped, but a fine copy internally--clean and entirely free of foxing.   $5000.00

The ornate front cover label reads "Mitchell's Universal Atlas." A nice, internally very clean copy of the Desilver Mitchell atlas.

 

AUDEN'S FIRST BOOK

15.       AUDEN, W. H. Poems. London: Faber & Faber, [1930]. 79 p. Light blue printed wrappers over unprinted card covers. Spine a bit darkened, light rubbing of extremities, but a very good copy.   $750.00

First edition of Auden's first published book, printed in an edition of 1000 copies. A nice copy of a fragile book. Bloomfield & Mendelson A2.

 

BACON'S TWO BOOKES: FIRST EDITION, 1605

16.       BACON, FRANCIS. The Twoo Bookes of Francis Bacon. Of the Proficience and Advancement of Learning, Divine and Humane. London: For Henrie Tomes, 1605. 4to. [1], 45, 118 [i.e., 121] leaves. Lacks final blank 3H2 and, as always, the rare two leaves of errata at the end. Late eighteenth-century half calf and marbled boards (extremities of boards worn), very skillfully and imperceptively rebacked retaining entire original spine. Small worm trail in the bottom margin of quires 2D-2F, occasional minor marginalia in an early hand, else a lovely copy. Early signature of Row'd Wetherald on title, signature of Horatio Carlyon, 1861, on front pastedown. Sachs bookplate and a modern leather book label. In a calf-backed clamshell box.   $7500.00

First edition. The Two Bookes is Bacon's preliminary statement of his massive plan to survey all human knowledge and to reorganize scientific method, as he later propounded in Instauratio Magna and De Augmentis Scientiarum. Pforzheimer 36; Gibson 81; Grolier, Langland to Wither, 12; Grolier/Horblit 8a; Norman 97; STC 1164.

 

BADIUS' SHIP OF FOOLS, 1513, WITH 114 WOODCUTS OF FOOLS' FOLLY

17.       BADIUS, JOCODUS, Ascensius. Nauis stultifere collectanea. Paris: J. Badius Ascensius, for himself and the de Marnef brothers, 1 July 1513. 4to. 108 leaves. Title printed in red and black. 114 text woodcuts, woodcut initials, de Marnef pelican device on title. Contemporary vellum with yapp edges; nineteenth century parchment straps, clasps (one broken), and endpapers. First and last few leaves soiled and darkened and with early repairs to blank corners, few other early repairs including one on m2 affecting woodcut, minor dampstain at upper blank edge of several leaves, a few woodcuts partly colored. A good, sound copy.   $8000.00

Badius' own version of the Ship of Fools, first published in Paris in 1505. His text is not an adaptation of Sebastian Brant's famous satire but an original work on the same theme. The de Marnefs had already published in 1500 another Badius work inspired by Brant, a Stultiferae naves on the follies of women. The present Badius text employs the same vehicle as Brant: in a ship laden with fools, and steered by fools to the fools' paradise, Badius satirizes the weaknesses, follies, and vices of his time. This edition is a reprint of the first edition of 1505. According to Mortimer, referring to the 1505 edition, the woodcuts "are fairly close copies of the woodcuts designed for Johann Bergmann's Basel editions of Sebastian Brant's Das Narrenschiff. The majority of the Basel blocks were cut for the first edition of 1494 ... Paris copies were made for the first edition of Pierre Rivière's French translation, La nef des folz du monde, printed for Jean Philippes Manstener and Geoffrey de Marnef in 1497 ... The lively Basel woodcuts, sometimes ascribed in part to Albrecht Dürer, contributed substantially to the success of Brant's work. Probably the availability of the Paris set was a major factor in Badius' decision to work with the same subjects." (Harvard/Mortimer, French, 44) Renouard, Badius, II p. 85 (see also vol. I pp. 160-166 for a commentary on the book).

 

BAKER'S EXPEDITION TO CENTRAL AFRICA

18.       BAKER, SAMUEL W. A Ismailia. A Narrative of the Expedition to Central Africa for the Suppression of the Slave Trade. Organized by Ismail, Khedive of Egypt. London: MacMillan and Co., 1874. 2 vols. viii, 448 p. + 55 p. publisher's cat.; viii, 588 p. 2 maps, numerous plates. Publisher's green cloth. Inner hinges of vol. 1 cracked, short tear at the top of one spine, moderate rubbing of the extremities, but a very good copy of a book that is rarely found in fine condition. Armorial bookplate.   $450.00

First edition. Baker was given absolute power by the ruler of Egypt to eradicate the slave trade. Blackmer 66.

 

BARCLAY'S EXPOSITION OF THE QUAKER THEOLOGY:
THE VERY RARE FIRST EDITION, IN A CONTEMPORARY BINDING

19.       BARCLAY, ROBERT. Theologiae verè Christianae Apologia. Amsterdam: Jacob Claus, for Benjamin Clark (London), Isaac van Neer (Rotterdam), and Heinrich Betke (Frankfurt), 1676. 4to. [24], 374, [25] p. Contemporary sprinkled calf, blind fillet around covers and run twice along spine, gilt sawtooth roll on board edges, spine with gilt fillet above and below each cord, old paper ms. title label. Hinges split but held securely by cords, corners bumped and tips worn through, spine with very faint white-ish cast. Internally there is a slight dampstain at the top margin, some slight, sporatic foxing and browning, and the edges of the endpapers are discolored from the leather turn-ins. A very good copy.   $8000.00

The rare first edition of the classic exposition of the Quaker theology, in a very attractive contemporary binding. Following the founding of the Society of Friends by George Fox in 1647, its adherents issued a large body of minor polemical pamphlets and tracts. Barclay, the descendant of an ancient Scottish family, possessed "a degree of learning and logical skill very unusual amongst the early Quakers" (DNB), and was the first to rationally set forth the tenets of the Society. In 1675 he published his Theses Theologiae, a series of 15 propositions spelling out Quaker beliefs. The Apologia, which Barclay had printed in Amsterdam during a period of travel or voluntary exile, is a reasoned defence of each of the 15 theses set forth in the earlier work. As expressed by Barclay, the essential principle of the Quaker philosophy is that each human being possesses an "inner light," by which the soul perceives the truth of divine revelation; it follows from this that outward ceremonies and sacraments are irrevelant. Barclay's "recognition of a divine light working in men of all creeds harmonises with the doctrine of toleration, which he advocates with great force and without the restrictions common in his time" (DNB).

Barclay's Apologia is one of the great theological works of the seventeenth century, and it remains remarkable for the clarity and logic of its exposition. It was first published in English in 1678, widely translated, and remains in print today.

The original Latin edition is very rare, and was probably printed in a very small number. Only one copy has appeared at auction since the mid-1950s (Christie's New York, 1999, $11,500, in contemporary morocco gilt). The present copy, in a simple but lovely contemporary binding, is most desirable. Wing B736a.

 

JUSTIFYING TAXATION OF THE AMERICAN COLONIES

20.       [BARRON, WILLIAM]. History of the Colonization of the Free States of Antiquity, Applied to the Present Contest between Great Britain and her American Colonies. With Reflections concerning the Future Settlement of these Colonies. London: For T. Cadell, 1777. 4to. vii, [1], 151 p. Fully untrimmed and bound in utilitarian nineteenth-century quarter morocco. Spine rather heavily scuffed, some dampstaining particularly noticeable on the first few pages. Good plus. Modern bookplate. In a handsome portfolio and morocco-backed slipcase.   $550.00

First edition. Barron based his justification of taxation of the American colonies on parallels in the colonization attempts of ancient Greece and Rome. Adams, American Controversy, 77-18a; Howes B-179.

 

THE MYSTERIES OF WATERWORKS, FIREWORKS,
DRAWING AND PAYNTING, AND MEDICINE EXPLAINED: 1654

21.       BATE, JOHN. The Mysteries of Nature and Art in Four Severall Parts. The First of Water-Works. The Second of Fier-Works. The Third of Drawing, Colouring, Limming, Paynting, Graving, and Etching. The Fourth of Experiments. London: By R: Bishop for Andrew Crook, 1654. 4to. [4], 221, [15] p. Added letterpress title within engraved frame. Text woodcuts (many full-page). Late nineteenth-century half morocco. Leaf T3 (an anatomical woodcut) has been removed, and a similar but extraneous woodcut has been substituted following leaf O3. Some worm trails affecting text at the bottom of most leaves, light dampstaining toward the end. From the library of scientist and collector Conrad W. Cooke (1843-1926), with his signature on the front flyleaf. Modern bookplate.   $4500.00

Third edition, "with many additions." Bate's text, divided into four parts and profusely illustrated with large woodcuts, treats hydraulics; pyrotechnics; painting and drawing and other art forms; and "extravagants," which section consists chiefly of medicines and remedies for many ailments. No copy of the first edition has appeared at auction in more than 35 years. The second edition appears occasionally, most recently in the Macclesfield sale ($10,400 all in). Only two copies of this third edition appear in ABPC, both defective (the anatomical plates appear to have been removed frequently, in deference to modesty). Wing B1092; ESTC R29021.

 

EARLY TEXT ON ANCIENT SHOES

22.       BAUDOUIN, BENOÎT, and GIULIO NEGRONE. B. Balduinus De calceo antiquo, et Jul. Nigronus De caliga veterum.... Amsterdam: Andreae Frisi, 1667. 12mo. [12], 345, [29], 213, [15] p. 21 (of 28?) engraved plates, lacking 7 folding plates. Later vellum. Title page torn and backed, affecting engraved vignette, some dampstaining. Imperfect, thus   $600.00

Two works printed together and both dealing with ancient footware, chiefly Greek and Roman. Benoît Baudouin (d. 1632) went from making breeches to more scholarly pursuits, ending up as the principal of the college in Troyes, while Giulio Negrone (1553-1625) was a Jesuit and instructor in rhetoric, philosophy, and theology. Both works are illustrated with full-page engravings, showing footware, coins, monuments, and artistic reconstructions, including one showing the Pope with his unique liturgical shoes. This is the first edition of Baudouin's work. DeBacker-Sommervogel vol. V, col. 1616.

 

ONE OF THE EARLIEST PRINTED AMERICAN JUDICIAL PROCEEDINGS:
THE MAYOR OF NEW YORK IS SENTENCED TO BE
HANGED, DRAWN, AND QUARTERED

23.       (BAYARD, NICHOLAS). An Account of the Commitment, Arraignment, Tryal and Condemnation of Nicholas Bayard Esq; for High Treason, in Endeavouring to Subvert the Government of the Province of New York in America, by his Signing and Procuring others to Sign Scandalous Libels.... London: Printed at New York by order of his Excellency the Lord Cornbury, and reprinted at London, 1703. Fol. 31, [1] p. Modern calf-backed marbled boards, very skillfully executed in period style. Final leaf H2 supplied from another copy, title lightly browned, else a very attractive copy.   $4800.00

The first English (and earliest obtainable) edition of one of the earliest printed American judicial proceedings. Nicholas Bayard (1644-1707), nephew of Peter Stuyvesant, was a mayor of New York and a member of the governor's council. When Jacob Leisler seized control of the government of New York in 1689, Bayard was a prime target, and he fled to Albany, where he was seized, brought back to the fort, and imprisoned. Finally Governor Sloughter arrived from England and had Bayard released. In 1697 the new governor, Bellomont, accused Bayard of complicity with the previous governor in the encouragement and protection of pirates. Bayard was removed from office and later accused of encouraging sedition and mutiny and of being a Jacobite. Tried for high treason, he was sentenced to be hanged, drawn, and quartered. The present work contains the entire text of the 1701/2 proceedings. The unobtainable American edition, printed in New York by Bradford in 1702, is known by only a few copies, in the usual old institutions; this English edition, which contains additional text (pp. 27-32), is almost as scarce. Howes B256; Church 809; Sabin 53436; European Americana 703/12; Ritz, American Judicial Proceedings, 1.05(2c).

 

ONE OF 100 COPIES, SIGNED BY BECKETT

24.       BECKETT, SAMUEL. Come and Go. Dramaticule. London: Calder and Boyars, [1967]. [6], 10 p. Illus. Cloth. A very fine copy, in the original glassine and publisher's slipcase.   $1800.00

One of 100 numbered copies, signed by Beckett.

 

SIGNED BY BECKETT: HIS FINAL WORK OF FICTION

25.       BECKETT, SAMUEL. Stirrings Still. New York and London: Blue Moon Books and John Calder, [1988]. Folio. Illustrations by Louis le Brocquy including one original duotone lithograph. Linen-covered boards, vellum spine. As new, in the publisher's slipcase.   $3800.00

One of 200 numbered copies (of a total edition of 226 copies), signed by Beckett and by the illustrator, Louis le Brocquy. Beckett's final work of fiction, written for his friend and U.S. publisher Barney Rosset. A beautiful livre d'artiste, in flawless condition.

 

EARLY ABOLITION TRACT

26.       BENEZET, ANTHONY. A Caution to Great Britain and her Colonies, in a Short Representation of the Calamitous State of the Enslaved Negroes in the British Dominions. London: Reprinted, 1767. 46 p. Handsome straight-grain green morocco, gilt, by Sangorski & Sutcliffe. A fine copy. Bookplate.   $650.00

First English edition, reprinted from the Philadelphia edition of the previous year. Anthony Benezet was a Philadelphia Quaker and, along with John Woolman, one of America's first propagandists against the African slave trade. This is a key early abolitionist tract that was widely distributed both in America and in England. Howes B-345; see Dumond p. 26.

 

18TH-CENTURY FOLIO AMERICAN BIBLE

27.       BIBLE. ENGLISH. The Holy Bible, Containing the Old and New Testaments.... Philadelphia: For Berriman & Co. by Jacob R. Berriman, 1796. 750 [of 752] p., lacking the final leaf (list of subscribers' names). 13 engraved plates. Modern full calf, skillfully executed in period style by Weitz-Coleman. Lacks final leaf, penultimate leaf damaged with loss, edges of first few leaves with some wear and soiling. Some Walton and Brush family records on the verso of one plate, 20thC inscription on a front flyleaf.   $1000.00

A nice eighteenth-century folio American Bible in a sturdy and attractive period-style modern binding. Like most illustrated early American Bibles, the number of inserted plates varies with copies. Some copies contain 18 plates, others as few as 8; this copy contains 13. Evans 30065; Hills 53; ESTC W18359.

 

THE MAGNIFICENT BRUCE ROGERS OXFORD LECTERN BIBLE

28.       BIBLE. ENGLISH. The Holy Bible. Oxford: The University Press, 1935. Folio. xix, [3], 1215, [2] p. Contemporary full red morocco, edges gilt. A fine, fresh copy.   $12,500.00

One of 1000 copies designed by Bruce Rogers for the Oxford University Press. Superbly designed, and printed in Rogers' Centaur type, the Oxford Lectern Bible is a masterpiece of bookmaking and has long been regarded as one of the three or four most beautiful Bibles ever printed. One thousand copies were printed on Wolvercote paper and were marketed largely to churches as a lectern Bible. An additional 200 copies were printed damp on a slightly larger Batchelor handmade paper. These copies, marketed to the rare-book and fine-press-collecting world, were bound in simple cloth-covered boards, as it was assumed most would be rebound far more elegantly in two volumes, as most copies were. (A single copy, on special Barcham Green paper an inch taller and wider than the Batchelor sheet, was produced for presentation to the Library of Congress.) While collectors have traditionally sought the copies on Batchelor paper, the copies on Wolvercote paper are actually considerably scarcer in the trade, as most copies were immediately put to use in pulpits, and when found today are generally well-thumbed and in worn bindings. The present copy is fine and fresh and clearly never saw the inside of a church.

 

WITH A LEAF FROM THE 1611 KING JAMES BIBLE

29.       BIBLE. ENGLISH. A Leaf from the 1611 King James Bible with "The Noblest Monument of English Prose" by John Livingston Lowes & "The Printing of the King James Bible" by Louis I. Newman. San Francisco: Book Club of California, 1937. Folio. [2]. xxii, [2] p. Printed in red and black. Tipped in is a leaf from the 1611 "He" Bible (Chronicles I:23-24). Cloth-backed boards, publisher's unprinted white dust jacket. A fine copy. Prospectus laid in.   $650.00

One of 300 copies printed by the Grabhorn Press, with a lovely leaf from the 1611 "He" Bible--the first edition of the King James Bible. Grabhorn Bibliography 275.

 

THE FIRST BIBLE PRINTED IN NEW JERSEY

30.       BIBLE. The Holy Bible, Containing the Old and New Testaments: Translated out of the Original Tongues: and with the Former Translations Diligently Compared and Revised. Trenton: Isaac Collins, 1791. 4to. [1316] p. Contemporary blind-paneled sheep (extremities rubbed but hinges very sound). Dampstaining, noticeable at the beginning of the text and diminishing then disappearing further in, then reappearing at the end. "Naomy Bower her Bible and she was born in the year of our Lord 1742,..." with genealogical records of Abraham and Naomi Bower and the Cox and Scholl families. A very good copy.   $3000.00

The first Bible printed in New Jersey, the second quarto King James Bible printed in America, and the best known product of the eighteenth-century New Jersey press. For a lengthy and highly detailed account of the printing, binding, promotion, publication, and distribution of the Collins Bible, see Felcone, Printing in New Jersey, 1754-1800, 578. This copy contains the Apocrypha and, like all copies, John Downame's concordance at the end. Evans 22472, 23184, 23656; Hills 31; ESTC W4498, W4517, W27796, W28443, W36125.

 

WITH A LEAF FROM THE 1611 KING JAMES BIBLE

31.       BIBLE. A Leaf from the 1611 King James Bible with "The Noblest Monument of English Prose" by John Livingston Lowes & "The Printing of the King James Bible" by Louis I. Newman. San Francisco: Book Club of California, 1937. Folio. [2], xxii, [2] p. Printed in red and black. Tipped in is a leaf from the 1611 "He" Bible (Job 16-19). Cloth-backed boards. A fine copy. Prospectus laid in.   $650.00

One of 300 copies printed by the Grabhorn Press, with a lovely leaf from the 1611 "He" Bible--the first edition of the King James Bible. Grabhorn Bibliography 275.

 

16TH-CENTURY NEW TESTAMENT IN ENGLISH

32.       BIBLE. NEW TESTAMENT. [New Testament from an unidentified late 16th-century Bible, Geneva version.] Folio. Lacks title page, else the complete New Testament. Leaves 488-626, signed 4M2-5M2. Newly bound in full undyed calf, leather spine label, incorrectly dated "1557" at foot of spine. Margins of first leaf neatly strengthened, else very good.   $1500.00

A neatly bound early New Testament in English.

 

REVOLUTIONARY WAR PSALM BOOK OF REBECAH BARCALOW

33.       BIBLE. OLD TESTAMENT. PSALMS. The Psalms of David, Imitated in the Language of the New Testament; and Applied to the Christian State and Worship. By I. Watts. Philadelphia: R. Aitken, 1781. 12mo. 252 p. Contemporary sheep, with a single blind fillet around the boards, undecorated spine with raised cords. Covers just a trifle cupped, text lightly foxed as usual with early American paper, else a remarkably well-preserved copy, with the binding tight and entirely unchipped.   $1600.00

From the eighteenth-century library of Rebecah (Polhemus) Barcalow of Freehold, Monmouth County, New Jersey, with her signature on the front free endpaper: "Rebecah Barcalow Her Psalm Book February 10, 1783." Also the signature of her husband, David Barcalow, on the rear endpaper. Rebecah Polhemus married David Barcalow in June 1779 and they lived in Freehold Township until her death in February 1813. It is quite unusual in late-eighteenth and very early nineteenth-century rural New Jersey for a woman to own a library significant enough (to her at least) to provide for its disposition by will. Evans 17097; ESTC W4978, recording seven copies.

 

ARMORIAL BINDING

34.       (BINDING). Martial. Epigrammata demptis obscenis. Paris: Apud viduam Simonis Bénard, 1693. 12mo. [8], 690, [30] p. Contemporary brown morocco, covers with gilt fleurs-de-lys and interlaced crescents at alternate corners, large central gilt arms of the town of Bordeaux, edges gilt. A very pretty copy. With the bookplates (two) of Camille Aboussouan.   $600.00

For binding see Oliver 2386, fers 2 & 6; Schweiger 599.

 

PERSECUTIONS OF THE QUAKERS IN NEW ENGLAND

35.       BISHOP, GEORGE. New-England Judged, by the Spirit of the Lord ... Containing a Brief Relation of the Sufferings of the People Call'd Quakers in New-England, from the Time of their First Arrival There, in the Year 1656, to the Year 1660. Wherein their Merciless Whippings, Chainings ... Burning in the Hand, Cutting off Ears ... are Briefly Described.... London: T. Sowle, 1703/02. [10], 113, 112-141, 152-498, 212, [14] p. Contemporary panelled calf, very skillfully rebacked in handsome period style, gilt. Hole in the margin of C4, some overall foxing, but a very attractive copy. Contemporary signatures of Jno. Hoyland Jun. and Joseph Stokes, bookplate of Charles Roberts.   $1800.00

Second edition of Bishop's work but the first to combine the original editions of 1661 and 1667 with the first edition of John Whiting's Truth and Innocency Defended, here with its own title page and pagination. Bishop's work is a remarkable catalogue of the persecutions inflicted by the Puritans on the New England Quakers in the 1660s. Howes calls it the "Most exhaustive contemporary indictment of God-fearing Puritans driven by insensate religious fervor to sickening brutalities against other religious fanatics who dared to differ from themselves. Witch-hunting was bad; this was worse." Whiting's work is a reply to Cotton Mather's Magnalia Christi Americana. Howes B-481; European Americana 703/16.

 

FIRST BOOK BY THE FIRST FEMALE PHYSICIAN IN THE UNITED STATES

36.       BLACKWELL, ELIZABETH. The Laws of Life, with Special Reference to the Physical Education of Girls. New York: George P. Putnam, 1852. 180 p. Slate-gray cloth, edges stained red. Spine a bit faded, a few very tiny spots, else a remarkably fresh, tight copy, as close to fine as one could hope for. Contemporary signature of E. H. Cressey on front endpaper.   $12,000.00

First edition of the first book by the first female physician in the United States. Elizabeth Blackwell (1821-1910) was refused entrance into the medical schools in Philadelphia and New York, but in 1847 she was accepted by the Geneva Medical School in western New York State. She succeeded in overcoming the prejudices of her fellow students and her instructors, and in 1849 she received her medical degree--the first ever conferred on a woman. The event attracted international press attention, and she was generally regarded as "either mad or bad." Unable to find appropriate employment in America or in England, she finally obtained a job in a maternity hospital in Paris. She soon returned to the United States and settled in New York, where she hoped to establish a practice. Patients were initially hesitant to come, and she described "a blank wall of social and professional antagonism." In 1857 she opened the New York Infirmary for Indigent Women and Children, a full-scale hospital whose purpose was not only to serve the poor. but also to provide positions for women physicians and a training facility for female medical and nursing students. The institution exists today as the New York Downtown Hospital. This is her first book, published just three years after receiving her medical degree. It advocates physical fitness for women and girls and stresses the importance of a healthy diet. The book is very scarce, only two copies having sold at auction in the last thirty-five years. This is a lovely, near-fine copy. Cushing B421.

 

EXTRA-ILLUSTRATED 1719 BOOK OF COMMON PRAYER

37.       THE BOOK OF COMMON PRAYER, and Administration of the Sacraments.... Oxford: By John Baskett, 1719. 12mo. [360] p. Title page and preliminaries printed in red and black and text ruled in red throughout. Contemporary black morocco, large gilt central lozenge on covers within a decorative border of gilt rolls, spine richly gilt in six compartments. Superficial vertical crack in spine, front hinge cracking a bit at bottom but very sound, light finger-smudging in outer margins, else a very good, attractive copy.   $750.00

Extra-illustrated with The Liturgy of the Church of England Adorn'd with 55 Historical Cuts (London: Richard Ware, n.d.) and also bound with A New Version of the Psalms of David ... by N. Brady ... and N. Tate (London: W. Burton, 1719). Griffiths 1719/6.

 

BOXING

38.       (BOXING). [Moore, Thomas]. Tom Crib's Memorial to Congress. With a Preface, Notes and Appendix. By one of the Fancy. New York: For Kirk and Mercein [etc.], William A. Mercein, pr., 1819. 120 p. Later half morocco. A nice tight copy, with the half title.                  $400.00

First American edition of Moore's delightfully satirical essay and poem. The work is a biting political satire in the guise of a memorial to a political congress delivered by the chosen representatives of the Pugilistic Fraternity, or "The Fancy." Henderson calls it "A pugilistic-political poem." The work first appeared in London earlier in the year and was reprinted several times. The American edition is scarce. Henderson, Early American Sport, p. 180; S&S 48741.

 

BOYLE’S “LANGUID AND UNHEEDED MOTION”

39.       BOYLE, ROBERT. An Essay of the Great Effects of Even Languid and Unheeded Motion. Whereunto is Annexed an Experimental Discourse of some Little Observed Causes of the Insalubrity and Salubrity of the Air and its Effects. London: By M. Flesher, for Richard Davis, 1685. 8vo. [8], 123, [5], 95 p. including internal blanks I7-8. Neat modern calf, antique, retaining original front flyleaf with the signature of Mr. Jocelyn. Light dust soiling of first few leaves, else a fine, clean copy.   $2800.00

First edition, with the first state title page (without Boyle's name). Boyle's anonymously published work on languid and unheeded motion "gives him a place in the history of thermodynamic concepts. Many passages indicate that Boyle was thinking of a 'mechanical equivalent of heat,' and that he considered heat to be the product of small particles in 'local motion.'" (Norman) It also contains Boyle's re-evaluation of the ultimate particles of which air is composed. The second part on the salubrity and insalubrity of air contains Boyle's observations on the causes of the plague. Fulton 163; Norman 309; NLM/Krivatsy 1715; Wing B3948.

 

FIRST AMERICAN EDITION OF BRUCE'S AFRICAN TRAVELS

40.       BRUCE, JAMES. An Interesting Narrative of the Travels of James Bruce, Esq. into Abyssinia, to Discover the Source of the Nile. Abridged . . . by Samuel Shaw. New York: For Berry and Rogers, 1790. 12mo. 380, 4 p. Engraved folding map, "Africa," by T. Jefferys. Contemporary sheep, neatly rebacked with original label laid down. Nineteenth-century signature of Benj. H. Smith, probably the Philadelphia cartographer. Usual moderate foxing common to American books of this period, else a very good copy.   $550.00

First American edition of Samuel Shaw's popular abridged edition of Bruce's travels into Africa, first published in London earlier in the year. Evans 23228.

 

FIRST EDITION, WITH HANDCOLORED COMIC PLATES

41.       [BUNBURY, SIR HENRY WILLIAM]. An Academy for Grown Horsemen, Containing the Completest Instructions for Walking, Trotting, Cantering, Galloping, Stumbling, and Tumbling ... By Geoffrey Gambado, Esq. London: For W. Dickinson; S. Hooper; and Messrs. Robinsons, 1787. Super royal 4to. vi, [3], vi-xx, 38 p. 12 handcolored plates. Mid-nineteenth-century quarter calf, marbled paper sides, with the label of Upham & Beet, London. Moderate and sporatic foxing of both plates and text, extremities of binding worn, bookplate removed from pastedown.   $1500.00

First edition of one of the classics of equestrian humor, with handcolored plates. Bunbury's work, with its delightful comic plates, was an immediate success and was reprinted many times, often combined with his Annals of Horsemanship. Most copies of this first edition were issued with uncolored plates. The plates are fully colored in this copy, which, alas, is also foxed. Wells 1201.

 

STUDY OF THE HORSE

42.       BURKE, B. W. A Compendium of the Anatomy, Physiology, and Pathology, of the Horse.... Philadelphia: James Humphreys, 1806. 12mo. 292, [4] p. 2 plates engraved by Benjamin Tanner. Contemporary mottled sheep. Plates moderately foxed, upper spine cap partly chipped, small chip from spine label, else a very attractive copy in a handsome period binding. Ownership signature of Wm. Gunkle, 1818.   $1000.00

First American edition of a comprehensive vade mecum on the horse, including a detailed anatomical study, chapters on diseases and injuries and their cures, and an examination of the foot with observations on shoeing. The plates depict the animal's skeleton and its internal organs. Not in Wells. S&S 10064.

 

BURKE ON AESTHETICS

43.       [BURKE, EDMUND]. A Philosophical Enquiry into the Origin of our Ideas of the Sublime and Beautiful. London: For R. and J. Dodsley, 1757. viii, [8], 184 p. Contemporary mottled calf, marbled endpapers. Neat early repair to spine ends. Half title with a short tear and a red stamped name of an early owner, occasional minor spotting, but withal a very good copy. From the library of author and traveler Franklin James Didier (1794-1840), with his signature. Chemise and morocco-backed slipcase.   $2000.00

First edition. Burke's classic work on aesthetics. Todd 5a; ESTC T42248.

 

AARON BURR NEW JERSEY SERMON: 1757

44.       BURR, AARON. The Watchman's Answer to the Question, What of the Night, &c. A Sermon Preached before the Synod of New-York, Convened at Newark, in New-Jersey, September 30. 1756 ... The Second Edition. Boston: S. Kneeland, 1757. 46 p. Removed from a bound volume. Top margin a bit close with an occasional running head slightly cut into by the binder's knife, else very good.   $900.00

Second edition of an early New Jersey sermon by the second president of the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University). Aaron Burr was born in Connecticut, graduated from Yale College, and in 1736 became minister of the First Church in Newark. He was one of the original trustees of the College of New Jersey, and after Jonathan Dickinson's death in 1747 Burr became the college's second president, serving until his own death ten years later. During his presidency the college moved from his parsonage in Newark to Princeton. He was the father of Aaron Burr (1756-1836), vice-president of the United States. Evans 7863; Felcone, New Jersey Books, 34; ESTC W29697.

 

BURTON EXPLORES HARAR

45.       BURTON, RICHARD F. First Footsteps in East Africa; or, An Exploration of Harar. London: Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans, 1856. xxxviii, [2], 648 p. + 24-p. publishers cat. 4 color plates and 2 maps. Bound without the suppressed fourth appendix, as usual. Publisher's red cloth. Neat early restoration of spine ends and repair of front inner hinge, one lead adhered the next in the gutter, slight darkening of the spine and light overall soiling. A very good, tight copy.   $3250.00

First edition, second issue binding. Burton's first expedition to explore the interior of the Somali country and particularly the forbidden city of Harar, which no European was thought to have seen. Penzer pp. 60-63.

 

NAVAL HISTORY

46.       CAMPBELL, JOHN. Naval History of Great Britain, including the History and Lives of the British Admirals. London: For John Stockdale, 1813. 8 vols. 8 ports., 11 maps and charts. Modern cloth over contemporary boards, modern calf spines. Rather heavy offsetting from the plates, most noticeable on each titlepage, else a good tight and clean set. Armorial bookplate of Buckle.   $650.00

The Stockdale edition of this classic naval history, first published between 1742 and 1744 as Lives of the British Admirals and revised and enlarged to continue through the American Revolution and the Napoleonic Wars to the close of 1812. Howes C94.

 

SAMMELBAND OF 14 PAMPHLETS ON POPERY, 1686-1689

47.       (CATHOLIC CHURCH). Sammelband of 14 pamphlets on the popery controversy, 1686-1689. London, 1686-1689. 4to. With a manuscript list of contents in an unidentified contemporary hand on a blank leaf at the front. All very good except as noted. Rebound in mid-nineteenth-century half morocco, front cover detached.   $4500.00

Many of the pamphlets are answers, rebuttals, &c., to other pamphlets within the collection. The contents and Wing numbers: (1) [William Wake], A Discourse Concerning the Nature of Idolatry (1688), W-239; (2) [William Wake], The Missionarie's Arts Discovered (1688), W-246A; (3) [William Wake], A Defence of the Missionaries Arts (1689), W-238; (4) Vigne, Sure and Honest Means for the Conversion of all Hereticks (1688), V-379; (5) Wholsome Advices from the Blessed Virgin, to her Indiscreet Worshippers (1687), W-2090A (old repair in margin of E2 costing two letters); (6) [James Taylor], A Letter to the Misrepresenter of Papists (1687), T-285; (7) [Jacques Bénigne Bossuet], A Pastoral Letter from the Lord Bishop of Meaux, to the New Catholics of his Diocess (1686), B-3787 (lacks prelim. advt. leaf); (8) The Answer of the New Converts of France, to a Pastoral Letter (1686), A-3297; (9) [John Gother], The Pope's Supremacy Asserted (1688), G-1344; (10) [Thomas Watts?], Dialogues between Philerene and Philalethe . . . Concerning the Pope's Supremacy (1688), W-1156 (tiny burn hole in F3-4 costing a letter or two); (11) [Edward Gee], A Letter to the Superiours, (whether Bishops or Priests) which Approve or License the Popish Books in England (1688), G-457; (12) [Luke Beaulieu], A Discourse Shewing that Protestants are on the Safer Side (1687), B-1572; (13) Pierre Jurieu, The Reflections of the Reverend and Learned Monsieur Jurieu, upon the Strange and Miraculous Exstasies of Isabel Vincent (1689), J-1212; (14) [Thomas Tenison and William Clagett], The Present State of the Controversie between the Church of England and the Church of Rome (1687), C-4390 (lacks F1-2 at end).

 

PRESENTATION COPY FROM THE PUBLISHER,
WITH THE RARE “FOLIUM RESERVATUM”

48.       CATLIN, GEORGE. O-Kee-Pa: A Religious Ceremony: and other Customs of the Mandans. London: Trübner and Co., 1867. Small 4to. vi, [2], 52 p. plus iii-p. "Folium Reservatum." 13 chromolithographed plates after Catlin by Simonau & Toovey. Publisher's purple cloth, gilt, all edges gilt. Binding lightly soiled and faded, extremities lightly worn (spine ends more so), occasional minor foxing. A very good copy of a fragile book difficult to find in fine condition.   $20,000.00

First edition, with the rare "Folium Reservatum" bound in at the rear. A presentation copy inscribed by the publisher, Nicholas Trübner ("N. Trübner"), to Thomas Scott. O-Kee-Pa was a religious ceremony practiced by the Mandan tribe that lived on the upper Missouri. It included frenzied dances and highly charged sexual pantomines, followed by barbaric torture and mortification of the flesh. Pioneer Indian bibliographer Thomas Field described the remarkable color plates as depicting the ceremony in "horrible fidelity." Catlin's text is an important survival, as the Mandans were wiped out by smallpox in 1837, shortly after Catlin's visit. The explicit details of the sexual elements of the ceremony, involving a large artificial plallus, were considered too shocking for the general public and were included in a separately issued three-page "Folium Reservatum," purportedly issued in an edition of approximately 25 copies. It is particularly desirable to have it bound together with the main text in an original publisher's binding. Nicholas Trübner was a distinguished bookseller and scholar with a great interest in publishing scholarly works. His publishing house, established in 1851, still exists. Howes C-244 ("b"); Field 262.

 

PAINE'S COMMON SENSE ANSWERED

49.       [CHALMERS, JAMES]. Plain Truth: Addressed to the Inhabitants of America. Containing Remarks on a Late Pamphlet, Intitled Common Sense ... Written by Candidus. London: J. Almon, 1776. [4], 47, [1] p. Neat modern boards. A fine copy. Enclosed within a modern morocco-backed cloth folding case. Bookplate.   $900.00

First English edition. Probably the most famous answer to Thomas Paine's advocacy for independence in Common Sense. Frequently attributed, incorrectly, to Provost William Smith. Includes at the rear another attack on Common Sense by "Rationalist" and an "Extract from the Second Letter to the People of Pennsylvania; being that Part of it which relates to Independence ... Under the Signature of Cato." The work is sometimes found bound with Almon's edition of Common Sense. Adams, American Controversy, 76-19b; Adams, American Independence, 208e; Gimbel, Common Sense, CS-210; Howes S696.

 

ONE OF ONLY 90 COPIES PRINTED

50.       CHEEVER, JOHN. Atlantic Crossing. Excerpts from the Journals of John Cheever. [Cottondale, Ala.: Ex Ophidia, 1986.] Folio. 21, [2] p. Bound in full oasis niger goatskin. As new, in the equally pristine publisher's cloth clamshell box.   $750.00

One of only 90 copies printed, and the first book of Gabriel Rummonds's Ex Ophidia Press.

 

FIRST BOOK APPEARANCE OF FRANKLIN'S "MORALS OF CHESS"

51.       (CHESS). [Twiss, Richard]. Chess. London: For G.G.J. & J. Robinson and T. & J. Egerton, 1787 [-1789]. 2 vols. ii, 194, [1] p.; xv, [1], 272 p. Engraved title and one engraved plate in each volume. Contemporary tree calf, skillfully rebacked in period style. Boards crazed around the edges, scattered foxing in vol. 1. Very good copies. Armorial bookplate of George Barrington.   $1200.00

First edition of a delightful eighteenth-century anthology and bibliography of the game of chess. The book has always been sought after by Franklin collectors as it contains the first book appearance of Benjamin Franklin's "The Morals of Chess," published here shortly after its first appearance in print in the Columbian Magazine of December 1786.

 

CONSTITUTION OF CHILE: 1833

52.       CHILE. Constitucion de la Republica de Chile Jurada y Promulgada el 25 de Mayo 1833. [Santiago de Chile:] Imprenta de la Opinion, [1833?]. Folio (286 x 185 mm.). [2], 48, [1] p. Stitched in contemporary blue paper wrappers, as issued. Spine scuffed, corners a bit worn, else a very good, clean copy.   $900.00

The 1833 constitution of Chile, in the rare folio printing. With the support of the Pelucones, the constitution gave Presidente Prieto almost dictatorial powers, while his acts were subject to only limited revision by the legislature. The 1833 constitution also exists in a more common small quarto format of 48 pages. We can find no evidence to determine priority. Sabin 12757.

 

TREATISE ON NAVAL ARCHITECTURE

53.       CISCÁR, FRANCISCO. Reflexiones sobre las Máquinas y Maniobras del uso de á Bordo. Madrid: En la Imprenta Real, 1791. Folio. xxxii, 386, 23 p. 23 folding plates, folding table. Contemporary sprinkled calf, red morocco spine label (spine ends chipped, hinges scuffed but very solid). Occasional marginal dampstaining, but a near very good copy.   $2200.00

First and only edition of a treatise on naval architecture in the broadest sense, including the various accoutrements of a sailing ship, its tackle, &c., as well as hull design, sails, tactics, and more. The engraved plates depict the mechanical principles of navigating sailing vessels. Palau 54952.

 

FIRST EDITION

54.       [CLEMENS, SAMUEL L.]. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Tom Sawyer's Comrade). By Mark Twain. New York, 1885. 366 p. Illus. Plates. Green cloth. Extremities considerably worn and chipped, board edges showing through, Twain's portrait foxed. A well worn but tight copy.   $500.00

First American edition, with later issue points. BAL 3415.

 

FIRST QUAKER TO REACH PENNSYLVANIA: 1658

55.       COALE, JOSIAH. The Books and Divers Epistles of the Faithful Servant of the Lord Josiah Coale.... [London]: Printed in the year, 1671. 4to. 28, 33-104, 152, 269-343 [i.e., 344] p. Complete as issued. Contemporary calf, neatly rebacked and recornered, later (but old) endpapers. Modern bookplate.   $3000.00

First edition. Pages 14 through 19 contain a testimony by William Penn, most likely written while Penn was in prison. The testimony expresses great love and admiration for Coale. Josiah Coale was one of Penn's intimate friends during Penn's first years as a Quaker. Coale had been one of the early missionaries to the New World and was likely the first Quaker to touch Pennsylvania soil in 1658 (Bronner & Fraser p. 131). The text, erratically paginated but complete and conforming to the other known copies, contains several different essays and testimonies, including "An Epistle to Friends in New-England," "To the Flock of God, Gather'd out of the World in the Province of Maryland," "To all People in Jamaica," &c. "The VVhore Unveiled" has a separate title page dated 1667. European Americana 671/82; Wing C4751; Bronner & Fraser (Penn) 13; Baer (Maryland) 68; JCB(3) III:215.

 

COCKBURN'S TRAVELS IN CENTRAL AMERICA, 1735, WITH THE MAP

56.       COCKBURN, JOHN. A Journey over Land from the Gulf of Honduras to the Great South-Sea. Performed by John Cockburn, and Five other Englishmen.... London: For C. Rivington, 1735. viii, 349, [3] p. Folding map. Contemporary sprinkled calf, very skillfully rebacked with entire original spine and label retained. A lovely copy, the text clean and fresh and entirely unfoxed. Wolfgang Herz copy, with his small book label.   $3500.00

First edition. Cockburn was an English seaman who had sailed to the coast of Central America in 1731. His ship was boarded off the coast of Honduras by the Spanish authorities and the crew taken to Puerto Cavalho. From there, accompanied by five other seamen, he made his way across Central America to the Pacific coast. The journal, highly popular at the time, was reprinted three more times before 1800. It was originally thought to be fictitious because of the excessive privations Cockburn described. Today it remains one of the few accounts by foreign travelers through Central America in the first half of the eighteenth century. Annexed to the work is a quaint account of the travels of Nicholas Withington. Hill 324; Sabin 14095; Griffin 2530.

 

COKE ON MANORS AND MANORIAL LAW

57.       COKE, EDWARD. The Compleate Copy-Holder wherein is contained a Learned Discourse of the Antiquity and Nature of Manors and Copy-holds.... London: For Matthew Walbanck, and Richard Best, 1644. [4], 16, 13-203 p. Neat modern full calf, in period style. Worm trail toward end of text but confined largely to margin, margins close on title page but ample, else very good.   $750.00

Second edition, following the first edition of 1641. The great English legal mind on copyholds and manorial law. This work effectively marked the triumph of the king's courts over the feudal courts. Wing C-4913.

 

PROCEEDINGS OF THE FIRST FIVE ABOLITION CONVENTIONS

58.       CONVENTION OF DELEGATES FROM THE ABOLITION SOCIETIES. Minutes of the Proceedings of a Convention of Delegates from the Abolition Societies Established in Different parts of the United States, Assembled at Philadelphia.... Philadelphia: Zachariah Poulson, Junr., 1794. 30 p. Accompanied by the proceedings of the second through fifth conventions (Philadelphia: Poulson, 1795-1798; 32, 32, 59, 20 p.). All removed. Final leaf of final pamphlet damaged in the margin, with the loss of several letters, else all fine copies. The five items,   $3000.00

In January 1794 representatives from the major state abolition societies held their first convention in Philadelphia. Joseph Bloomfield was elected president. The printed minutes record the names of the individual delegates, the state societies they represent, and the proceedings of the convention. Each succeeding year a similar meeting was held in Philadelphia, and the proceedings of the first five conventions are offered here. The minutes of the fourth meeting contains a lengthy and detailed appendix of the activities of the local societies, with local laws relating to slaves and slavery. Evans 26533, 28146, 29947, 31686, 33264.

 

EARLY AMERICAN COOKBOOK

59.       (COOKERY). American Domestic Cookery, formed on Principles of Economy, for the use of Private Families. By an Experienced Housekeeper ... To which is added The Complete Family Brewer. New-York: Evert Duyckinck, 1823. 357 p. Frontis., engraved fore-title, and 7 plates. Contemporary marbled leather, very skillfully rebacked with original gilt spine laid down. Scattered dampstaining on first and last few leaves, plates foxed, but a very nice copy.   $650.00

Adapted from Mrs. Rundell's A New System of Domestic Cookery, first published in America in 1807. Lowenstein 93; Shoemaker 14014.

 

EARLY AMERICAN COOKBOOK

60.       (COOKERY). The Experienced American Housekeeper, or Domestic Cookery: Formed on Principles of Economy for the Use of Private Families. New York: Nafis & Cornish; Philadelphia: John B. Perry, [1838]. 216 p. 6 plates. Contemporary sheep, very skillfully rebacked in period style with original label preserved. Occasional spotting and foxing, but a very nice copy.   $500.00

First published in 1823 and adapted from Maria Rundell, A New System of Domestic Cookery. Lowenstein 218 (variant imprint).

 

NO COPY IN ESTC

61.       (COOKERY). Harrison, Sarah. The House-Keeper's Pocket-Book; and Compleat Family Cook. Containing above Seven Hundred Curious and Uncommon Receipts in Cookery, Pastry, Preserving, Pickling, Candying, Collaring, &c.... London: For T. Worrall, 1738. iv, [4], 263, [17] p. 20 diagrams of table settings. Contemporary paneled calf, very skillfully rebacked in correct period style. Minor worming at fore-edge of several leaves, endpapers dampstained and soiled, with a signature scraped from the front pastedown. A very good copy.   $2200.00

Second edition, corrected and improved. No copy recorded in ESTC, but Maclean reports a copy at Leeds University. Maclean p. 66.

 

MRS. HARRISON'S COOKBOOK

62.       (COOKERY). Harrison, Sarah. The House-Keeper's Pocket-Book, and Compleat Family Cook: Containing above Twelve Hundred Curious and Uncommon Receipts in Cookery, Pastry, Preserving, Pickling, Candying, Collaring, &c.... London: For J. Rivington and Sons [et al], 1777. [33], 6-208, [8] p. Modern paneled calf, antique. Few tiny, unobtrusive worm trails in bottom margin, very minor foxing, else a very good, clean copy. Several leaves of contemporary interest tables are bound in after the contents leaf.   $1200.00

Ninth edition, revised and corrected. Mrs. Harrison's text was first published in 1733. Of this 1777 edition ESTC records but three copies.

 

FIRST EDITION OF MARY KETTILBY'S RECIPES AND REMEDIES: 1714

63.       (COOKERY). [Kettilby, Mary]. A Collection of above Three Hundred Receipts in Cookery, Physick and Surgery; for the Use of all Good Wives, Tender Mothers, and Careful Nurses. London: For Richard Wilkin, 1714. [16], 218, [13] p. Contemporary paneled calf, neatly rebacked. Light overall toning, minor marginal foxing and dampstaining, upper margin of A3 clipped and neatly restored, just grazing running head on verso. Three leaves of early owners' recipes bound in at end. Early ownership signature of Tho: Tipping, dated at several locations in Hertfordshire, 1714-1739; later signature of Elizabeth Randall, 1771. Modern cookery bookplate. A very nice copy, in a portfolio and leather-backed slipcase.   $2800.00

First edition of Mary Kettilby's collection of cookery recipes and medicinal and home remedies, from a tasty "green-pease soop, without meat" to gooseberry wine. While the title page states that the work is "By several hands," there is little doubt--from evidence in later editions--that Kettilby was the principal author. Maclean pp. 79-82; Bitting p. 258; Oxford p. 54; Cagle 789; Wellcome II p. 389.

 

DOMESTIC COOKERY

64.       (COOKERY). [Rundell, Maria Eliza]. A New System of Domestic Cookery, Formed upon Principles of Economy, and Adapted to the use of Private Families. By a Lady. Third Edition. Exeter: Norris & Sawyer; sold also by William Sawyer & Co., Newburyport, and Benj. P. Sherriff, Exeter, 1808. [6], xx, 297 p. Contemporary sheep. Small piece torn from fore-edge of title page, not affecting type, some scattered spotting and foxing; a nice solid copy.   $600.00

Mrs. Rundell's book is generally considered the first fully developed household encyclopedia and cookbook. Originally published in London in 1805/06, it was first reprinted in America in 1807. Lowenstein 50; S&S 16112.

 

COTES ON HYDROSTATICS

65.       COTES, ROGER. Hydrostatical and Pneumatical Lectures. London: For the editor, and sold by S. Austen, 1738. [16], 243, [11] p. 5 engraved folding plates. Contemporary sprinkled calf, neatly rebacked. Name clipped from top corner of front endpaper and repaired with old paper. A very good copy.   $1200.00

First edition. Edited and with notes by Robert Smith. Cotes (1682-1716) was a close friend of Newton's and editor of the second edition of the Principia, to which he also contributed the preface. On Cotes' death at age 34, Newton remarked, "Had Cotes lived, we might have known something." Robert Smith was Cotes' cousin and academic successor. Babson 343; Bibliotheca Mechanica pp. 81-82.

 

FIRST AMERICAN BOOK ON POMOLOGY

66.       COXE, WILLIAM. A View of the Cultivation of Fruit Trees, and the Management of Orchards and Cider; with Accurate Descriptions of ... Native and Foreign Apples, Pears, Peaches, Plums, and Cherries, Cultivated in the Middle States of America.... Philadelphia: M. Carey and Son [David Allinson, printer, Burlington, N.J.], Nov. 1, 1817. 253, [15] p. Diagram. 77 woodcut plates. Contemporary sheep, very skillfully rebacked in period style. Light foxing, as always with this book, but a very attractive copy.   $1400.00

First edition of the first American book devoted exclusively to pomology. William Coxe was one of the foremost fruit growers in America in the early years of the nineteenth century as well as the most important American writer on pomological topics. He owned extensive orchards in Burlington, New Jersey, which contained most of the varieties of fruit that could be grown in America. His descriptions are detailed and accurate, as are the nearly 200 woodcut illustrations, executed by William Mason of Philadelphia, depicting 100 varieties of apples, 63 pears, 15 peaches, 17 plums, 3 apricots, and 2 nectarines. For a detailed nine-page essay on the printing and publishing history of this important book, see Felcone, New Jersey Books, 532-533. Rink 1653, S&S 40585.

 

BRITISH CAPTURE OF HAVANA

67.       (CUBA). Sewall, Joseph. A Sermon Preached at the Thursday-Lecture in Boston, September 16, 1762. Before the Great and General Court ... on the Joyful News of the Reduction of the Havannah. Boston: By John Draper; and, by Edes and Gill, 1762. 33 p. + final blank [E]2. Stitched and untrimmed. Stitching breaking, else very good. With the contemporary signature of Jos. Green on the title. Chemise and cloth slipcase. The Matt B. Jones copy   $550.00

Celebrating the Battle of Havana and the capture of the city by the British. The following year the city was returned to Spain by the Treaty of Paris that ended the French and Indian War. Evans 9269; ESTC W3213.

 

WITH 199 HANDCOLORED BOTANICAL PLATES

68.       CULPEPER, NICHOLAS. Culpeper's British Herbal; and Complete English Physician. London: For H. Hogg, [undated but early 1800s]. 1 vol. in 2. vi, [1], x-xii, [1], 10-728, 96, [4] p. Frontis. of Culpeper and his home, 194 botanical plates, and 4 anatomical plates, all handcolored. Contemporary black calf, very neatly rebacked at an early date in black morocco, original spine labels retained. Endsheets foxed, a few random plates and the anatomical plates at the end lightly foxed, otherwise all plates and text clean and fresh.   $1400.00

An enlarged early nineteenth-century edition, edited by Geo. Alex. Gordon, of Culpeper's classic herbal, with colored plates depicting some 400 herbs and plants.

 

DANIEL'S HISTORY OF ENGLAND: 1626

69.       DANIEL, SAMUEL. The Collection of the History of England. London: For Simon Waterson, 1626. Folio. [8], 222 p. + final blank V4. Contains the imprimatur leaf preceding the title but lacks the dedication leaf, which was an insert between A2 and A3 and is frequently lacking. Title within ornamental border. Modern half blue morocco, cloth slipcase. Leaves K3-4 in early pen facsimile. Several small tears repaired and now turning a bit brown, corner of M5 replaced costing a few letters of marginal notes, dampstain at top margin.   $900.00

One of the best known early histories of England, from Roman days through Edward III. STC 6251.

 

TRAVELS IN THE EASTERN U.S. AND CANADA

70.       DE ROOS, FRED. FITZGERALD. Personal Narrative of Travels in the United States and Canada in 1826 ... With Remarks on the Present State of the American Navy. London, 1827. xii, 207 p. 14 plates (one folding). Contemporary half calf. Plates slightly foxed (chiefly in margins), else a fine, clean copy.                 $600.00

First edition. De Roos arrived at New York, then traveled south to Baltimore, then north again into New England, Niagara Falls, and then to Canada. He visited several shipyards, and comments on shipbuilding, maritime affairs, and the American Navy, whose strength he felt was exaggerated. The plates are views done from De Roos's own drawings, and are very handsome. The frontispiece is a long folding panorama of Quebec. Howes D268; Gagnon I 1104; Lande 1724; Abbey, Travel, 614.

 

DE VINNE TYPE SPECIMENS

71.       (DE VINNE, THEODORE L.). Francis Hart & Co. Specimens of Pointed Texts and Black Letters in the Printing Office of Francis Hart & Co. ... New-York. [New York], 1878. [4], 69-158 p. Printed in red and black. Facsims. Modern full oasis niger goatskin, tastefully and appropriately tooled. Fine.   $575.00

Type specimen book from one of the foremost printing offices in New York at the time. Theodore De Vinne had come to work for Francis Hart in 1849 and remained with Hart until the latter's death, after which De Vinne took over the firm and eventually renamed it Theodore L. De Vinne & Co. The present catalogue is paginated consecutively with a catalogue of more conventional type specimens that the Hart/De Vinne firm had issued the previous year, though each catalogue is complete in itself.

 

THE SPENCER CATALOGUE COMPLETE WITH ALL SUPPLEMENTS

72.       DIBDIN, THOMAS FROGNALL. Bibliotheca Spenceriana; or A Descriptive Catalogue of the Books Printed in the Fifteenth Century ... in the Library of George John Earl Spencer [with:] Supplement to the Bibliotheca Spenceriana [with:] Aedes Althorpianae; or An Account of the Mansion, Books and Pictures, at Althorp [with:] A Descriptive Catalogue of the Books Printed in the Fifteenth Century, Lately Forming Part of the Library of the Duke di Cassano Serra, and now the Property of George John Earl Spencer. London: For the author, by Shakespeare Press, 1814-1815, 1822-1823. 7 vols., 4to. Profusely illustrated with engraved plates, hundreds of facsimiles of early woodcuts and type, some printed in color. Modern full tan morocco, richly gilt, covers with central arms and cornerpieces within a two-line fillet, board edges and turn-ins gilt, spines fully gilt in compartments, by Edmund Worrall of Birmingham, with his ticket in each volume. Engraved plates mostly toned and offset to facing pages, some minor text offsetting, a few random gatherings (maybe 12-15 leaves in all) very heavily foxed, else a very good set in very fine, fresh bindings.   $2800.00

The complete Spencer catalogue, with all supplements, in a very handsome matched binding. The greatest library catalogue of its time, and a major work on fifteenth-century books.

 

DIBDIN'S REMINISCENCES

73.       DIBDIN, THOMAS FROGNALL. Reminiscences of a Literary Life. London: John Major, 1836. 2 vols. (xxxii, [4], 556, [2], 557-982 p. + 44 p. index). Plates. Full modern morocco, gilt and marbled doublures. Some light foxing on frontispiece and a few plates, else a fine copy.   $650.00

First edition. Dibdin's bookish memoirs.

 

DIXON'S VOYAGE

74.       DIXON, GEORGE. A Voyage Round the World; but more particularly to the North-West Coast of America: Performed in 1785, 1786, 1787, and 1788, in the King George and Queen Charlotte.... London: Geo. Goulding, 1789. 4to. xxix, [3], 360, 47 p. 5 folding maps, 16 engraved plates (some folding), leaf of engraved music. Modern half calf, very skillfully executed in period style. One of the natural history plates is quite foxed, a few others lightly foxed and/or offset, else a very good, clean copy.   $5500.00

First edition. Dixon, along with Nathaniel Portlock, both of whom had been with Captain Cook, made this voyage to the northwest coast of America to collect furs for a group of London merchants. They arrived at the Sandwich Islands via Cape Horn in the spring of 1786, reached the mouth of Cook's River in Alaska by July, then sailed down the coast as far as Nootka Sound. The winter was spent in the Sandwich Islands, and in early 1788 the ships sailed to Prince William Sound. The two vessels then parted, with Dixon returning to Nootka Sound, where he named the "Queen Charlotte Islands." The account of the voyage, except for the introduction and the appendixes, was actually written by William Beresford. Streeter calls the work "an excellent authority for the early days of fur trading on the northwest coast." Streeter Sale 3484; Forbes 162; Howes D365; Hill 118; Lada-Mocarski 43; Wickersham 6574.

 

DODSON'S TABLE'S FOR COMPUTATION

75.       DODSON, JAMES. The Calculator: being, Correct and Necessary Tables for Computation, Adapted to Science, Business, and Pleasure. London: For John Wilcox, and James Dodson, 1747. 4to. [8], 174, [2] p. Contemporary calf, worn and dry at extremities; neatly but a bit unsympathetically rebacked. Scattered foxing, heavier on title page. Early stamps of the Royal Astronomical Society and the Mathematical Society, Spitalfields. A good copy.   $1200.00

First edition. All manner of tables and calculations for ready reference. Goldsmiths' Library 8268; Wellcome II p. 476.

 

AMERICA FULFILLED THE CONTRACT

76.       DUMMER, JEREMIAH. A Defence of the New-England Charters. London: J. Almon, [1765]. 88 p. Neat modern half cloth. Title with old library stamp, few edge chips, else a very nice copy.   $500.00

Dummer's defense of the colonial charters was first published in 1721; it was reprinted several times, including this printing at the time of the Stamp Act. Basically, it argued that these charters were contractual in nature, and, once fulfilled by the colonists, they could not be abrogated by the Crown. Adams, American Controversy, 65-7; Howes D554.

 

BOUND BY AN 18TH-CENTURY AMERICAN MINISTER/BOOKBINDER

77.       (EARLY AMERICAN BINDING). Schultz, Christoph. Kurze Fragen Ueber die Christiche Glaubens-Lehre ... Den Christlichen Glaubens-Schulern.... Philadelphia: Carl Cist, 1784. [10], 140 p. Contemporary sprinkled calf, blind roll and fillets on boards and spine, red sprinkled edges, by Christoph Hoffmann. A nice, tight copy.                             $900.00

A nicely preserved Hoffmann binding. Christoph Hoffmann (1727-1804) was a Schwenckfelder minister as well as an accomplished bookbinder who worked in Philadelphia County from the early 1760s. Bryn Mawr/Maser Collection 15; German Language Printing 610; Evans 18779.

 

VOLUME OF 17TH-CENTURY ENGLISH TRIALS

78.       (ENGLISH TRIALS). Bound volume of eleven English trials, printed between the years 1680/81 and 1704. Folio. Bound in early 18th-century calf, covers detached. Occasional soiling and browning. Armorial bookplate of Lionell Copley Esqr.   $1600.00

The Tryal of William Viscount Stafford for High Treason... (1680/81); The Tryals of Thomas Walcot, William Hone; William Lord Russell, John Rous & William Blagg. For High-Treason... (1683); The Proceedings and Tryal in the Case of ... William Lord Archbishop of Canterbury, and [six bishops] ... (1689); The Arraignment, Trials, Conviction and Condemnation of Sir. Rich. Grahme, Bart. ... and John Ashton, Gent. for High-Treason... (1691); The Tryals and Condemnation of Robert Charnock, Edward King, and Thomas Keyes, for ... High-Treason... (1696); The Arraignments, Tryals and Condemnations of Charles Cranburne, and Robert Lowick, for ... High-Treason ... (1696); The Arraignment, Tryal, and Condemnation of Sir John Friend, Knight, for High Treason ... (1696); The Tryal and Condemnation of Sir John Friend, Knight. for Conspiring to Raise Rebellion ... (1696); The Arraignment, Tryal and Condemnation of Sir William Parkins Knt. for the Most Horrid and Barbarous Conspiracy ... (1696); The Tryal of Spencer Cowper, Esq; John Marson, Ellis Stevens, and William Rogers, Gent. upon an Indictment for the Murther of Mrs Sarah Stout, a Quaker... (1699); and The Tryal and Condemnation of David Lindsay, a Scotch Gent. ... for High Treason ... (1704). Collations supplied on request. Being Wing T2238, T2265, P3555A, A3768, T2255, A3767, A3759, T2152, A3760, T2224. The Spencer Cowper trial is "An important trial where numerous expert witnesses were called to testify concerning death from drowning."--Huston, Resuscitation 5.

 

FIRST ELZEVIR EDITION: "TRÈS BIEN IMPRIMÉE"

79.       ERASMUS, DESIDERIUS. Adagiorum D. Erasmi Roterodami epitome. Amsterdam: Ludovicum Elzevirium, 1650. 12mo. [24], 622, 72 p. + final blank 2F12. Old calf. Title page in red and black with the Minerva vignette. Title somewhat soiled, else a very nice copy.   $600.00

First Elzevir edition of the epitome or abridged text of Erasmus's Adagia, a collection of Latin and Greek sayings arranged by topic. Willems calls this edition "très bien imprimée." The text is printed in roman and a rather handsome Greek font with the authors referenced in sidenotes in a smaller roman. Willems 1109.

 

GERMAN HISTORICAL CHRONICLE

80.       ERDMUTHE SOPHIA, Margravin. Sonderbahre Kirchen-Staat-und Welt-Sachen. Nuremberg: Wolfgang Moritz Endter, 1689. 12mo. [12], 693, [251] p. incl. blank 2H4. Port., engraved fore-title, 2 folding tables. Contemporary vellum. A fine copy.   $475.00

Erdmuthe Sophia's popular chronicle of world history, revised and augmented by Johann Georg Layriz. The author was consort of Christian Ernest, margrave of Brandenburg-Culmbach.

 

81.       FAULKNER, WILLIAM. The Hamlet. New York: Random House, 1940. [8], 421 p. Cloth. Spine lettering dull, else near-fine in a near-fine and bright dust jacket with light wear only at the corners.   $1600.00

First edition.

 

82.       FITZGERALD, F. SCOTT. All the Sad Young Men. New York, 1926. [8], 267 p. Cloth. Covers moderately spotted, first and last few leaves very slightly foxed, nearly invisible blindstamp on title. Good plus.   $450.00

First edition. Bruccoli A13.1.

 

LEADING AUTHORITY ON THE HISTORY OF FLORIDA

83.       (FLORIDA). [Barcia Carballido y Zuniga, Andres Gonzales de]. Ensayo Cronologico para la Historia General de la Florida ... desde el Aûo de 1512 ... hasta el de 1722 ... Escrito por don Gabriel de Cardenas z Cano [pseud.]. Madrid, 1723. Fol. [40], 366, [56] p. Folding table. Title in red and black. Contemporary limp vellum. Endpapers discolored and a bit wrinkled, very faint dampstain in the margin of the last several leaves, else a near fine, crisp copy.   $2800.00

First edition. A chronological history from 1512 to 1722, and the leading authority on Florida's first two centuries. It includes a detailed account of French attempts to establish a colony, and the text of the memoir of Solis de las Meras, an eyewitness to the massacre of John Ribault and his companions. The work actually covers the early explorations of North America north of Mexico and east of the Pacific, including De Soto, La Salle, Cabeza de Vaca, and others. European Americana 723/10; Servies and Servies 291; Streeter Sale 1177; Howes B130; Wagner, Spanish Southwest, 84; Field 80; Graff 181.

 

FLUDD'S OCCULT MASTERPIECE

84.       FLUDD, ROBERT. Philosophia Moysaica. In qua sapientia & scientia creationis & creaturarum sacra vereque Christiana ... explicatur. 2 parts in 1. [Bound with, as issued:] Responsum ad hoplocrisma-spongum M. Fosteri. Gouda: Petrus Rammazenius, 1638. Folio. [4], 152 [i.e., 144], 30, [1] leaves. Engraved title page vignette (repeated in second part). Woodcut text illustrations. Panelled sprinkled calf. Mixed paper stocks, with some gatherings lightly browned, some very lightly foxed. A lovely, fresh, near fine copy.   $8000.00

First edition of Fludd's occult masterpiece. Fludd (1574-1637) was a British physician, author, rosicrucian, and mystical philosopher. His Philosophia Moysaica, published shortly after his death, embodies the extreme mysticism through which he and his circle claimed to have discovered the secret key to all scientific truth. An English translation appeared in 1659. The Responsum, though sometimes treated as as a separate work, was issued with the Philosophia Moysaica, and the errata leaf bound at the end of the second work corrects both texts. Caillet 4036; Ferguson I: 283-284; Honeyman 1329; Osler 2629.

 

MOST IMPORTANT SCIENTIFIC BOOK OF 18TH-CENTURY AMERICA

85.       FRANKLIN, BENJAMIN. Experiments and Observations on Electricity, Made at Philadelphia in America ... To which are added, Letters and Papers on Philosophical Subjects.... London: For F. Newbery, 1774. 4to. v, [1], 514, [16] p. 7 engraved plates, several woodcut text illustrations. Lacks half-title. Contemporary marbled paper-covered boards, calf spine, very skillfully rebacked in period style. Later endpapers. Occasional foxing of both text and plates, some offsetting from a few plates, light stains on H3-4 and 2M3-4. Withal a very good copy.   $8500.00

The fifth and final edition of the book that PMM calls "the most important scientific book of eighteenth-century America." "English editions one, two, and three had been published carelessly ... he edited the fourth edition in person [and] introduced footnotes ... Other notes corrected faults of early ignorance. In some cases the actual text was revised ... The most outstanding difference ... is of course in content."—I. Bernard Cohen, Benjamin Franklin's Experiments. In addition to the famous kite and key experiment, Franklin's work with Leiden jars, lightning rods, and charged clouds is summarized. The fifth edition is essentially a reprint of the fourth edition with several small corrections. PMM 199 (1st edn.); Wheeler Gift 367b; Ford 307; Howes F320 ("b").

 

BENJAMIN FRANKLIN'S PRINTING MASTERPIECE
IN LOVELY CONTEMPORARY CALF

86.       (FRANKLIN, BENJAMIN). Cicero, Marcus Tullius. ... Cato Major, or His Discourse of Old-Age: With Explanatory Notes. Philadelphia: Printed and sold by B. Franklin, 1744. 4to. viii, 159 p. Printed on imported Genoese "trois-O" paper. Title page in red and black. Leaf size 7.9 x 5.7 in. Contemporary sprinkled calf, gilt fillet roll around covers, blind sawtooth roll on edges, page edges sprinkled red. Very skillfully and almost imperceptibly rehinged, retaining entire original spine. Just the slightest bit of foxing at the edges of the margins on a few pages, else probably the nicest copy we have ever handled. With the bookplate of the great nineteenth-century book collector Henry Cunliffe. In a neat gold-tooled calf-backed slipcase.   $20,000.00

First edition of Philadelphia bibliophile James Logan's translation of Cato Major, in a lovely contemporary binding. The book is generally considered the most handsome product of Franklin's press. The edition was 1000 copies, part of which were printed by quarto imposition on an imported Genoese paper, and part by octavo imposition in half sheets on American paper. The present copy is one of those on the elegant imported paper, which after 260 years is still fresh. Copies on the ordinary "trade" paper almost universally exhibit the foxing and browning common to early American paper. This copy contains the one-letter correction from "ony" to "only" on page 27, line 5, long considered an issue point by earlier generations of less bibliographically informed collectors and booksellers but now understood as a stop-press alteration. Corrected and uncorrected sheets were freely mixed by the binder. Franklin's Cato Major has been a collector's icon since the late nineteenth century, and nearly all copies found today have been rebound in glitzy morocco, in the fashion of the day. The present copy, a wide-margined one in the original binding, is most desireable. Miller, Benjamin Franklin's Philadelphia Printing, 347; Evans 5361; ESTC W20709.

EXPEDITION TO THE POLAR SEA

87.       FRANKLIN, JOHN. Narrative of a Second Expedition to the Shores of the Polar Sea, in the Years 1825, 1826, and 1827... London: John Murray, 1828. 4to. xxiv, [1], xxii-xxiv, 320, clvii, [2] p. Text diagrams and tables. 31 plates, 6 folding maps (1 colored in outline). Later half calf (outer hinges cracked). Plates foxed with some offsetting, maps with some offsetting. A good copy.   $2000.00

First edition of Franklin's account of his second expedition, which departed from Fort Franklin on the Great Bear Lake and traced the North American coast from the Mackenzie River to longitude 149 degrees. Hill 636; Arctic Bibliography 5198.

 

FREEMASONRY IN COLONIAL AMERICA

88.       (FREEMASONRY). Calcott, Wellins. A Candid Disquisition of the Principles and Practices of the Most Antient and Honourable Society of Free and Accepted Masons.... Boston: Brother William M'Alpine, 1772. [4], xiv, [2], 256 p. Modern quarter calf, marbled paper-covered boards, very skillfully executed in period style. Top of title page including the first word, "A," neatly replaced at an early date, lower corner of C4 torn off, without loss, text with varying amounts of foxing throughout, but a very nice copy in an appropriate binding.   $1800.00

First American edition, following the original edition printed in London in 1769. This is Walgren's second issue, with page xiv so numbered and containing text. One of the earliest texts printed in America to contain substantial information on Freemasonry. The extensive list of subscribers is a virtual who's who of Freemasons in early America. Evans 12345; Walgren 30; Lowens 23; ESTC W30203.

 

FIRST AMERICAN EDITION OF THE CONSTITUTIONS OF FREEMASONRY

89.       FREEMASONS. GRAND LODGE OF PENNSYLVANIA. Ahiman Rezon Abridged and Digested: as a Help to All that Are, or Would be Free and Accepted Masons. To which is added, A Sermon ... by William Smith, D. D. Philadelphia: Hall and Sellers, 1783. xvi, 166 p. Engraved frontis. Contemporary sheep, skillfully rebacked in period style. Some overall soiling and dampstaining, free endpaper and frontis. browned at the edges and neatly guarded. Small early ownership stamp of I. Morrell on first two leaves. A good copy.   $1800.00

The first American edition of the Constitutions of the Antients, originally published by Laurence Dermott in London in 1756. The elaborate frontispiece of the Mason's arms was engraved by Robert Scot and printed by Kinnan & Leacock. The book is dedicated to George Washington. A cornerstone book in Freemasonry in America, and very difficult to find in good condition. Most copies are incomplete and heavily worn; this copy, though not a great beauty, is complete and relatively attractive. Evans 17915; Bristol B5800; Walgren 74; Lowens 34; ESTC W37160.

 

WITH FULL-PAGE HOLBEIN WOODCUTS

90.       FREIBURG IM BREISGAU. Nüwe Stattrechten und Statuten der Statt Fryburg im Pryszgow gelegen. [Basle: Adam Petri, 1520]. Folio. [12], xcvii leaves + terminal blank leaf. 2 large Holbein woodcuts, with the illustrations repeated a second time. Modern full calf. Light old ink stain in the bottom blank margin of two leaves, scattered foxing on a few leaves, else a clean, very attractive copy with wide margins.   $5500.00

The statutes of the city of Freiburg, compiled by Ulrich Zasius—humanist, jurist, and friend of Erasmus. The book contains two important early woodcuts by Hans Holbein the younger, each of which is repeated a second time. Occupying virtually the entire title page is a grandiose woodcut of the arms of Freiburg (Basel 346), repeated on B1r. On the verso of the title page is a full-page woodcut, signed "H H," of the Madonna and child enthroned with St. George and Bishop Lambert (Basel 347), repeated on B1v. The text also contains 6 historiated and 32 ornamental initials. BM, German, 319.

 

SAO MIGUEL IN THE PORTUGUESE AZORES

91.       FREITAS, BERNARDINO JOSE DE SENNA. Uma Viagem ao Valle das Furnas na Ilha de S. Miguel em Junho de 1840. Lisboa, 1845. Folio. xvi, 105 p. 3 lithographed plates, several vignette illustrations in text. Later half mottled calf. Plates foxed, largely in the margins, extremities of binding rubbed. Accompanied by a fine 1591 engraving depicting the island after the great earthquake of that year, extracted from De Bry's Grand Voyages. The pair,   $1200.00

First edition. An account of the highly volcanic Furnas valley on the western end of the island of Sāo Miguel in the Portuguese Azores. The area is most noted for its caldeiras, or boiling fountains--natural geysers that shoot water high into the air. The waters were long sought for their curative properties. The three plates depict these geysers within the surrounding landscape. Palau 21:3.

 

PRINTED ON FRENEAU'S OWN PRESS

92.       FRENEAU, PHILIP. Poems Written Between the Years 1768 & 1794.... Monmouth, (N.J.): Printed at the press of the author, at Mount-Pleasant, near Middletown-Point, 1795. [5], x-xv, [1], 455, [1] p. Contemporary sheep. Sporatic dampstaining (particularly heavy on front free endpaper and flyleaf), many gatherings variously foxed or browned, as always with this book, else an unusually nice copy in a lovely tight contemporary binding. With the attractive early American printed book label of George Warren Chapman, M.D., of Connecticut.   $1200.00

The only edition of Freneau's poetry printed by Freneau himself, on his own press, and the only full-length book to come from this very short-lived New Jersey press. The paper is poor, the presswork is poor, and there are numerous typographical errors and mis-paginations, some of which were corrected by stop-press alterations, resulting in slight differences between copies. See Felcone, Printing in New Jersey, 1754-1800, 762, for a detailed account of the printing of the book. Stoddard and Whitesell 498; BAL 6445; Evans 28712; ESTC W28921.

 

WHILING AWAY THE EVENINGS IN GREECE

93.       GELLIUS, AULUS. Noctes atticae. Venice: Ioannes Gryphius, 1550. 8vo. [64], 591, [1] p. Elaborate woodcut initials. Neat modern vellum. A near fine copy.   $800.00

The Noctes Atticae is a random collection of essays compiled by Gellius (ca. ad 130-180?) for the amusement of his children.  They cover a variety of topics, e.g., philosophy, history, language, and literature, preserve thousands of intriguing passages from works now lost, and include a number of interesting stories, among them Androclus and the Lion (5.14). This is one of many 16th-century editions of this popular author, and includes an especially striking example of John Gryphius's Griffon device on the last page. Schweiger, vol. I, p. 378.

 

THE INSECTS OF FRANCE

94.       GEOFFROY, ETIENNE L. Histoire Abrégée des Insectes. Paris: Calixte-Volland and Rémont, an VII [i.e., 1799]. 4to. 2 vols. [4], xxviii, 556 p.; [4], 744 p. Fold. table. 22 hand colored plates. Contemporary half calf (rubbed at extremities). Scattered foxing, but very good.   $1200.00

Later edition, revised and enlarged. Chiefly a study of the insects of the Paris area. Nissen, ZBI, 1522.

 

ESTABLISHING THE COLONY OF GEORGIA IN AMERICA: 1736

95.       (GEORGIA). Watts, George. A Sermon Preached before the Trustees for Establishing the Colony of Georgia in America; at their Anniversary Meeting in ... London ... March 18. 1735. London: By M. Downing, 1736. 4to. 27 p. A remarkably fine, fresh copy, entirely untrimmed, in nineteenth-century quarter roan (broken).   $1800.00

Watts explains that a colony in Georgia would represent the colonial ideal--a place that would benefit both the mother country and the residents. "... who can forbear imagining that he sees (and indeed who may not live to see?) the desolate, shut-up wilderness, where nothing but waste and savageness once reign'd, now laid out into a regular country, adorn'd with numberless cities and villages of fair structure, and beautiful situation, frequented ports, encreasing stocks, and flourishing vineyards, the heavens smiling upon it from above, and the inhabitants chearful, numerous, and busy here below?" European Americana 736/264; Sabin 102173; ESTC T9617.

 

GERARD'S GREAT HERBAL: 1633

96.       GERARD, JOHN. The Herball or Generall Historie of Plantes. London: By Adam Islip, Joice Norton, and Richard Whitakers, 1633. Folio. Engraved title, [36], 30, 29-30, 29-1630, [48] p. Illustrated with over 2500 woodcuts of plants. Early nineteenth-century panelled calf, neatly rebacked retaining original fully gilt spine. Title lightly soiled but complete and free of any repair, blank fore- and bottom edges of A4-5 neatly extended, a few marginal tears neatly closed, intermittant faint dampstain in top margin becoming a bit more noticeable toward the end of the text, marginal repair to 7A1 (index) costing several page numbers, blank lower corner of 7B5 replaced. A very good and most attractive copy, without the extensive repairing and sophistication that nearly always comes with early English herbals. With an ownership inscription and cost dated 1634.   $8000.00

The first printing of the second and "best" edition of John Gerard's great English herbal, very extensively corrected and enlarged by Thomas Johnson from the original edition of 1597. John Gerard (1545-1612) was a barber-surgeon and horticulturist who based his work on Rembert Dodoens' earlier Stirpium Historiae Pemptades Sex and on his own extensive gardening experience. Thirty-six years later, when a new and more accurate edition was called for, Thomas Johnson, a well-known apothecary and botanist, was chosen for the task. Johnson wrote a lengthy new preface, "corrected many of Gerard's more gullible errors, and improved the accuracy of the illustrations by using Plantin's woodcuts." (Hunt) Johnson's improvements were so great that "Johnson's Gerard" quickly became the desired edition, and a second printing was done in 1636. Early English herbals have always been keenly sought by collectors, and they are normally found either imperfect or heavily repaired and sophisticated. The present copy is complete and with relatively minor restoration. Hunt 223; Henrey 155; Nissen 698; STC 11751.

 

GIBBONS' EXTRAORDINARY HANDBILL CHALLENGING ODGEN TO A DUEL

97.       (GIBBONS v. OGDEN). To Col. Aaron Ogden, Sir, As you refused to receive a letter that I sent you by General Dayton yesterday, I will give it publicity through another channel. For like Nicanor upon Judas you made war upon me on the Sabbath Day .... I was this day arrested in a Suit at Law, in your name .... As we reside within half a mile of each other, and you never intimated to me, nor any of my friends, any claims, or cause of Action against me, I pronounce your conduct RASCALLY. I don't regard your Suit in terrorem, but I must teach you to proceed with decency .... I understand that you have interfered in a Dispute between Mrs. Gibbons and myself which has been brought on by John Trumbull .... My friend General Dayton will arrange with you the time, and place, of our Meeting. Th. Gibbons. Elizabeth-Town, 26th July, 1816. [Elizabethtown, N.J., 1816.] Broadside. 28 x 24 cm. In very fine condition, fully untrimmed.                    $4500.00

The steamboat in New Jersey and New York had a long and litigious history, beginning with the controversies between John Fitch and Robert Fulton, through the granting by the state legislatures in 1808 of exclusive navigation privileges, to the landmark United States Supreme Court decision in Gibbons v. Ogden in 1824. Thomas Gibbons and Aaron Ogden were originally partners in a steam ferry operating between Elizabeth-Town Point and New York City. In 1814 a dispute arose over a lease renewal. Soon other arguments ensued, and Gibbons established a rival ferry. The two became bitter antagonists. Meanwhile, Gibbons was embroiled in a nasty domestic quarrel involving John Trumbull, who had seduced Gibbons' daughter before marrying her, and each side publicly circulated the foulest stories about the other. Ogden's legal advice was solicited by the Trumbull faction, and Gibbons, in a rage, had this handbill struck off, and, horsewhip in hand, went to Ogden's house to challenge him to a duel. Ogden escaped over the back fence, and immediately sued Gibbons for trespass. The details of the case are reported in 2 Southard, 598. Gibbons' rival steamboat, with young Cornelius Vanderbilt as captain, continued to challenge Ogden and the monopoly interests. With Daniel Webster and William Wirt as his attorneys, Gibbons finally appealed to the Supreme Court, and in one of the most famous decisions in American Constitutional law, Chief Justice Marshall ruled that navigation was commerce and Congress had the power to regulate interstate commerce. The steamboat monopoly was struck down. This is one of the most dramatic broadsides we have handled.

 

FIRST AMERICAN EDITION, IN A LOVELY CONTEMPORARY BINDING

98.       GODWIN, WILLIAM. Enquiry Concerning Political Justice, and its Influence on Morals and Happiness. Philadelphia: Bioren and Madan, 1796. 2 vols., 12mo. xvi, [1], 22-362 p.; viii, 400 p. Contemporary mottled sheep, spines with red title labels and dark green volume-number labels with gilt ovals. Quarter-sized piece torn from one front endpaper, one gathering slightly pulled, occasional very light scattered foxing, but a fine, clean copy in lovely period bindings. Quite unusual in this condition.   $2600.00

First American edition of Godwin's most famous work. Originally published in 1793 and revised in 1796, the Enquiry "was one of the earliest, the clearest, and most absolute theoretical expressions of socialist and anarchist doctrines. Godwin believed that the motives of all human action were subject to reason, that reason taught benevolence, and that therefore all rational creatures could live in harmony without laws and institutions...." (PMM 243) Evans 30493.

 

A LOVELY GORDON'S NEW JERSEY, WITH THE MAP

99.       GORDON, THOMAS F. The History of New Jersey, from its Discovery by Europeans, to the Adoption of the Federal Constitution. Trenton, 1834. xii, 339 p. [Bound with:] A Gazetteer of the State of New Jersey, Comprehending a General View of its Physical and Moral Condition, Together with a Topographical and Statistical Account of its Counties, Towns, Villages, Canals, Rail Roads, &c.... Trenton, 1834. iv, 266 p. Handcolored folding map. Very skillfully rebound in sprinkled sheep with black spine label, identical to the original binding. Text foxed, as with all copies of this book. A very desirable copy.   $550.00

The second history of New Jersey, bound with, as issued, the first gazetteer of the state. The latter is an essential reference tool for locating early towns and communities, and it remained the only gazetteer of New Jersey for almost fifty years. This is one of the cornerstone New Jersey books, and copies are usually found without the map and in dry, lifeless bindings. This copy was rebound by one of the leading hand binders in America in a binding that precisely duplicates the original binding. For a lengthy study of this important book, see Felcone, New Jersey Books, 726-727.

 

ONE OF THE GREATEST PRODUCTIONS OF THE PRESS

100.     (GREGYNOG PRESS). Euripides. The Plays of Euripides. Translated by Gilbert Murray. Illustrated with wood engravings from Greek vase paintings by R. A. Maynard and H. W. Bray. Newtown, Montgomeryshire: Gregynog Press, 1931. Folio. 2 vols. in 1. Title pages in red and black. Recent very skillful full dark brown crushed levant morocco, green title label, covers with a blind Greek key roll within gilt rules and cornerpieces, spine gilt in compartments. A very fine copy.   $1200.00

One of 500 numbered copies. The largest and one of the greatest products of the Gregynog Press, in a beautiful modern binding. Harrop 18.

 

A PRISTINE COPY OF THE FIRST PRINTED ACCOUNT
OF A VOYAGE TO AFRICA BY AN AMERICAN

101.     HAWKINS, JOSEPH. A History of a Voyage to the Coast of Africa, and Travels into the Interior of that Country; Containing Particular Descriptions of the Climate and Inhabitants, and Interesting Particulars Concerning the Slave Trade. Philadelphia: Printed for the author, by S. C. Ustick, & Co., 1797. 12mo. 179, [1] p. Engraved frontis. Contemporary mottled sheep. Paper defect within text on A2, else a pristine copy--nearly as fresh and bright as the day it was bound.   $4500.00

First edition of the first printed account of a voyage to Africa by an American, and a superlative copy. Hawkins sailed from Charleston in early December 1793 and reached the coast of Africa in mid-January 1794. A large part of his travels was in the land of the Ibo, in West Africa. The Ibos were then at war with the Gallas, and Hawkins devotes a considerable amount of description to this conflict. He remained in Africa for a year and a half, and he describes the culture of the tribes he saw, their habits and customs, and the geography of the parts of the country through which he passed. He comments extensively on the slave trade, and before leaving Africa his ship acquired a cargo of slaves to be brought to America and sold.

Hawkins became blind as a result of a disease acquired during his travels, and he published this book in an effort to support himself. The frontispiece depicts the blind Hawkins seated in a library, recounting the events of his travels to a friend. Some copies of the book are known with an inserted copyright leaf at the end. The work was copyrighted in January 1797 and advertised for sale in the Philadelphia and New York newspapers immediately thereafter, probably indicating that the book was printed and bound prior to being entered for copyright, and the copyright leaf was a later insertion. The narrative was apparently popular, as a second edition was printed in Troy, New York, later in 1797. Evans 32239; Smith, American Travellers Abroad, H-53; Gaskill, Imprints from the Press of Stephen C. Ustick, 57.

THE POSTHUMOUS FIRST EDITION

102.     HELVETIUS, CLAUDE ADRIEN. De L'Homme, de ses Facultés Intellectuelles et de son Education. A Londres [i.e., The Hague]: Société Typographique, 1773. 2 vols. 8vo. xxxii, 326 p.; [2], 412 p. Contemporary mottled calf, flat spines gilt in compartments. Random gatherings very lightly browned, extremities of bindings scuffed (most tips worm through, one corner gnawed), but a good, tight copy.   $500.00

First edition, (edited by Alexander Gallitzin, according to Wellcome). A posthumously published work found among Helvetius's papers after his death in 1771. The work is often considered a kind of supplement to Helvetius's classic De L'Esprit. Tchemerzine VI, pp. 191-192; Wellcome III, p. 242.

 

HANDSOMELY REBOUND BY SANGORSKI & SUTCLIFFE

103.     HEMINGWAY, ERNEST. A Farewell to Arms. New York: Scribner's, 1929. [8], 355 p. Beautifully rebound in half red crushed levant morocco, gilt, by Sangorski & Sutcliffe. A few tiny spots of foxing, else a lovely copy in a fine bright binding.   $900.00

First edition, first printing. Hanneman A8A; Connolly, Modern Movement, 60.

 

REPLY TO RICHARD PRICE

104.     HEY, RICHARD. Observations on the Nature of Civil Liberty, and the Principles of Government. London: For T. Cadell; and T. and J. Merrill, 1776. [4], 70 p. Neat modern boards. Morocco-backed folding box. Near fine.   $850.00

First edition. A reply to Richard Price's Observations, published several months earlier. Adams, American Controversy, 76-22; Howes H-459.

 

LONGEVITY EXAMINED

105.     HOFFMAN, CHRISTIAN. Longevity: Being an Account of Various Persons, who have Lived to an Extraordinary Age, with Several Curious Particulars Respecting their Lives.... New York: Jacob S. Mott, 1798. 120 p. Contemporary mottled sheep. Covers worn and hinges glued; very good internally.   $450.00

First edition. Accounts of those who have lived to a great age, largely extracted from periodicals and newspapers. Includes several Americans. Hoffman was a New Yorker. Evans 33887.

 

EXTRA-ILLUSTRATED: A SUPERB ICONOGRAPHY OF NEW YORK

106.     HONE, PHILIP. The Diary of Philip Hone, 1828-1851. Edited by Bayard Tuckerman. New York, 1889. 2 vols. Extra-illustrated with more than 150 inserted portraits and town views, the latter chiefly colored. Bound in full blue-green crushed levant morocco (spines a trifle darkened). Bookplate. In fine condition.   $900.00

A beautifully extra-illustrated set, with engraved portraits and almost as many lovely colored views of old New York, taken largely (but not entirely) from Valentine's Manuals. Hone's diary contains one of the finest accounts of New York life in the 1830s and 1840s; with the illustrations it becomes a superb iconography of the New York of that era. Skillfully extra-illustrated and handsomely bound.

 

THE SCHUYLER COPPER MINE

107.     HORNBLOWER, JOSIAH. Letter from Mr. Hornblower to Mr. Kitchell, on the Subject of Schuyler's Copper Mine, in New-Jersey. April 18th, 1800. [N.p., 1800]. 4 p. Removed. Fine.   $600.00

On the quantity of copper that might be produced by the Schuyler mine at Belleville, New Jersey, if the operation was supported by the government. The mine was discovered about 1719 by Arent Schuyler, who began shipping the raw ore to England. About 1761 Hornblower, a mining engineer from Staffordshire, England, was brought in to develop a steam engine at the mine. In the mid-1790s the mining company was leased by Nicholas J. Roosevelt, who also purchased a tract of land called Soho, on the Passaic River near present-day Belleville, to refine and manufacture the copper. In 1800 Roosevelt and several associates petitioned Congress to incorporate a Mine and Metal Company. This letter to Aaron Kitchell, a New Jersey congressman from Hanover, Morris County, supports that petition. Evans 37648, 38754; Rink 3357.

 

EUROPE LEARNS ABOUT NORTH AMERICA

108.     [HORNOT, ANTOINE] Anecdotes Américaines, ou Histoire Abrégée des Principaux Evénements arrivés dans le Nouveau Monde.... Paris: Chez Vincent, 1776. xv, [1], 782 p. Contemporary calf, spine gilt in the French manner. Bottom inch of spine torn, rear endpaper wanting. A good solid copy.                         $500.00

First edition. Published just after the outbreak of the American Revolution, the book outlines for the European audience eager to learn more about North America the principal events in America from 1492 to the outbreak of the war. Howes H648.

 

THE "NEGRO PLOT" TO BURN NEW YORK IN 1741

109.     HORSMANDEN, DANIEL. The New-York Conspiracy, or a History of the Negro Plot, with the Journal of the Proceedings against the Conspirators at New-York in the Years 1741-2.... New York: Southwick & Pelsue, 1810. 385, [7] p. Contemporary sheep, spine gilt in compartments. Scattered foxing, else an unusually nice, tight copy of a book difficult to find in very good original condition.   $1800.00

Second edition, reprinted from the very scarce original edition of 1744. In early 1741 a series of fires broke out in lower Manhattan. An hysterical populace attributed these to an incendiary Negro plot, many contending that the Negroes were being supported by the Spaniards, who hoped to establish Popery in New York. Authorities, eager to bring the culprits to justice and avoid further panic, found a pliable witness in sixteen-year-old Mary Burton, who implicated many local blacks as well as Roman Catholics. After a trial somewhat reminiscent of the Salem Witch Trials, about thirty blacks and four whites were executed. Horsmanden was the presiding justice and published the original edition in 1744 to justify his part in the proceedings. This second edition contains a new preface, explaining the original trials in the context of the intense anti-Catholic fervor of the period. See Aptheker, American Negro Slave Revolts, pp. 192-193. Howes H652; S&S 20384.

 

110.     HUME, SOPHIA. An Exhortation to the Inhabitants of the Province of South-Carolina, to Bring their Deeds to the Light of Christ, in their own Consciences .... Dublin: Isaac Jackson, 1754. 164, [4], 52 p. Contemporary sheep (spine worn, hinges cracked but held by cords), old library label.                   $450.00

Sophia Hume was a native of South Carolina. After an absence of several years, she returned to that province as a preacher of the Society of Friends. This work is a defense of her religious beliefs. Its first printing was paid for by a subscription of the Philadelphia Meeting of Friends. The work is signed in type at the end: "Charles-Town, in South-Carolina, the 30th, of the Tenth Month, 1747." Bound with Some Memoirs of the Life of John Roberts (Dublin, 1754).

 

THE ENGLISH SETTLEMENT OF AUSTRALIA

111.     HUNTER, JOHN. An Historical Journal of the Transactions at Port Jackson and Norfolk Island, with the Discoveries which have been made in New South Wales and in the Southern Ocean.... London: For John Stockdale, January 1, 1793. 4to. [16], 583 p. Port., engr. title, and 15 plates (incl. 2 folding maps). Neat modern antique-style half calf. Faint sporatic dampstain in the top and bottom margin, title a trifle dust-soled, the two folding maps a bit tightly bound in, else a very good and full-margined copy, retaining the deckles on many leaves.   $5500.00

First edition of a key book in describing the early settlement of Sydney, Australia. Hunter was vice admiral and governor of New South Wales following Arthur Philip. The handsome engraved plates include the first published view of Sydney and "A Family of New South Wales" by William Blake. Hill 857; Ferguson 152; Wantrup 13.

 

THE MANHEIM CAPTIVITY NARRATIVE, WITH THE GREAT FRONTISPIECE

112.     (INDIAN CAPTIVITY). Affecting History of the Dreadful Distresses of Frederic Manheim's Family ... with an Account of the Destruction of the Settlements at Wyoming. Philadelphia: By Henry Sweitzer, for Mathew Carey, 1800. 48 p. Woodcut frontis. Modern half crushed brown levant, spine attractively gilt, by Morrell. A fine, fresh copy, handsomely bound.   $4000.00

Narrative of the captivity by the Canasadaga Indians of Frederic Manheim's family, with the superb frontispiece by early American wood-engraver Peter Rushton Maverick, after a drawing by Philadelphia artist Samuel Folwell, depicting Manheim's sixteen-year-old twin daughters being burned alive, while a circle of frenzied Indians dance around them. Accompanying the Manheim narrative are several other captivity accounts, all "authenticiated [sic] in the most satisfactory manner; some by deposition, and others by the information of persons of unexceptionable credibility." Included are accounts of John Corbly, Isaac Stewart, Massy Harbeson, Peter Williamson, and Jackson Johonnot, as well as a description of the destruction of the frontier settlements at Wyoming, Pennsylvania. The Guthman copy, foxed and dampstained in contemporary wrappers, brought 5100 dollars in 2005. Ayer, Narratives of Captivity among the Indians, 5; Vail, Voice of the Old Frontier, 1223A; Howes H253; Stephens, The Mavericks, 37; Sabin 105689n.

 

THE IRISH REBELLION

113.     (IRELAND). Temple, John. The Irish Rebellion: or, An History of the Beginnings and First Progress of the General Rebellion, Raised within the Kingdom of Ireland . . . 1641. Together with the Barbarous Cruelties and Bloody Massacres which ensued thereupon. . . . Dublin: By and for Aaron Rhames, 1724. 4to. xvi, 245 p. Engraved frontispiece depicting Irish atrocities. Title in red and black. Simple modern full calf, entirely undecorated. Edges of front flyleaf and frontispiece lightly chipped, very light overall toning, but a good solid copy. Signature of Bindon Blood, 1800, on verso of title.   $900.00

Sixth edition of this classic anti-Catholic account of the Irish Rebellion of 1641, first published in 1646.

114.     ISHERWOOD, CHRISTOPHER. The Memorial. Portrait of a Family. London: Hogarth Press, 1932. 294 p. Cloth. In a very nice dust jacket, lightly rubbed at extremities, tiny chip missing from top edge of rear panel.   $475.00

First edition.

 

EARLY ACCOUNT OF JAPAN

115.     (JAPAN). Golovnin, Vasily Mikhailavich. Narrative of my Captivity in Japan, During the Years 1811, 1812 & 1813. London: For Henry Colburn, 1818. 2 vols. iv, 302 p.; [2], 348, [2] p. Contemporary or slightly later half calf, with the binder's ticket "Bound at Ford's late Barratt's Library ... Bath." Turn-in at the top of each spine chipped off, early stamp of a private school library on the front pastedowns and an early paper pocket on the rear pastedowns, otherwise unmarked and a very clean copy. With the bookseller's ticket of J. L. Thompson & Co. Ltd., Kobe, Japan.   $1600.00

First edition in English. Golovnin, in command of a Russian sloop-of-war, was ordered to undertake a survey of the Kuril Island. While on the island of Kunashiri he was captured by the Japanese and spent the next two years in captivity on the island of Hokkaido. He spent those years mastering the Japanese language and studying its culture and traditions. His release was eventually negotiated by Captain Rikord, whose account appears at the end of the second volume. Cordier, Japonica, 465.

 

1795 ILLUSTRATED HISTORY OF AMERICA, IN FINE CONDITION

116.     [JOHNSON, RICHARD]. The History of North America. Containing a Review of the Customs and Manners of the Inhabitants; the First Settlement of the British Colonies, their Rise and Progress ... to the Time of their Becoming United, Free and Independent States. By the Rev. Mr. Cooper [pseud.]. Lansingburgh: Silvester Tiffany, for Thomas Spencer, Albany, 1795. 12mo. [8], 159 p. 6 engraved plates. Contemporary sprinkled sheep. Front hinge a bit scuffed, else a fine copy.   $2200.00

Second American edition of a delightfully illustrated text for adolescents, in remarkably fine, original condition. While early cataloguers went to great lengths to identify the Reverend Mr. Cooper, and assigned him various given names, he was in reality Richard Johnson (1733 or 4-1793) and he wrote the text for Elizabeth Newbery, who published the first edition in 1789. See M.J.P. Weedon, "Richard Johnson and the Successors to John Newbery," The Library (1949), pp. 25-63. Anthony Haswell, in Bennington, Vermont, printed the first American edition in 1793 for Albany bookseller Thomas Spencer, who also published this second American edition. There were several later American editions, nearly all unillustrated. The illustrations in this edition are crude but wonderfully charming copperplate engravings. The frontispiece, "America Trampling on Oppression," depicts Liberty, a cornucopia at her feet, flanked by pedestals surmounted by profiles of Franklin and Washington. The other engravings are: "Americans Throwing the Cargoes of the Tea Ships into the River at Boston"; "Battle of Bunkers Hill"; "Death of Genl. Montgomery"; "Destruction of the Randolph Frigate"; and "Defeat of DeGrasse." It is quite rare to find an eighteenth-century illustrated American children's book in such fresh original condition. Evans 28480; Rosenbach, Early American Children's Books, 188; Howes C761.

 

EARLY AMERICAN BOOKBINDER AS PUBLISHER: 1805

117.     [JOHNSON, RICHARD]. The History of North America; containing a Review of the Customs and Manners of the Original Inhabitants; the First Settlement of the British Colonies; and their Rise and Progress ... to the Time of their Becoming United, Free and Independent States. By the Rev. Mr. Cooper [pseud.]. Printed for Samuel Shaw, bookbinder, Lansingburgh, by Charles R. & George Webster, Albany, [1805]. 12mo. 204 p. Contemporary sheep, spine with gilt fillets but otherwise undecorated. Corner torn from E2, with loss of text, both endpapers torn, some soiling and foxing, but a very tight copy.   $1000.00

Early American adolescent text, published by a Lansingburgh, New York, bookbinder, whose advertisement appears on the verso of the half title, along with an advertisement by the printer. The appendix contains the full text of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. While early cataloguers went to great lengths to identify the Reverend Mr. Cooper, and assigned him various given names, he was in reality Richard Johnson (1733 or 4-1793) and he wrote the text for Elizabeth Newbery, who published the first edition in 1789. See M.J.P. Weedon, "Richard Johnson and the Successors to John Newbery," The Library (1949), pp. 25-63. Some copies of Shaw's edition, presumably those issued later, contain a leaf of additional subscribers' names, printed in a different type and tipped in following leaf [A]3. S&S 8252; Howes C761, Matyas, Declaration of Independence: A Checklist, 05-01.

 

LA SALLE'S EXPEDITION TO THE MISSISSIPPI

118.     JOUTEL, HENRI. A Journal of the Last Voyage Perform'd by Monsr. de la Sale, to the Gulph of Mexico, to Find Out the Mouth of the Missisipi River.... London: For A. Bell, B. Lintott, and J. Baker, 1714. 8vo. [2], xxi, [9], 191, 194-205, [5] p. Engraved folding map (short closed tear). Contemporary calf. Extremities rubbed, top of spine a bit worn, else a lovely untouched copy, the text clean and fresh and entirely unfoxed. Peter A. Porter bookplate and Wolfgang Herz label.   $15,000.00

First edition in English; originally published in Paris the previous year. The map is entitled "A New Map of the Country of Louisiana and of Ye River Missisipi in North America..." and depicts the Gulf of Mexico, Louisiana, parts of Texas, and the eastern coast of America. In the upper corner is a lovely vignette of Niagara Falls. Joutel's journal is one of the best accounts of La Salle's ill-fated expedition to establish a settlement at the mouth of the Mississippi River and the short-lived colony in Texas which the party used for two years as a base for further exploration. La Salle was eventually assassinated by some of his own men, and Joutel and others succeeded in returning to Canada. European Americana 714/40; Church 859; Howes J-266(b); Wagner, Spanish Southwest, 79b; Streeter Sale 112.

 

CURRIER & IVES COLORED LITHOGRAPH OF PHILIP KEARNY

119.     (KEARNY, PHILIP). Hand colored lithograph, General Philip Kearney. New York: Currier & Ives, [n.d., but 1862-63]. Image 12 7/8 x 9 in. plus min. 3/4 in. margins on all four sides. Very faint dampstaining in lower margin, mat burn toning on verso but not visible on recto. A very nice copy with good wide margins.   $600.00

Hand colored Currier & Ives lithograph depicting the one-armed Kearny, mounted on his white horse, at the front of his troops, battle rubble on the ground. Kearny was killed at Chantilly, Virginia, in September 1862. The print's four-line title concludes: ". . . Of all the gallant Officers that have fallen, none will be more deeply lamented by his companions in arms than 'Brave Phil Kearney.' 'Who can replace Phil Kearney.'" Gale 2455.

 

FIRST EDITION OF A CLASSIC

120.     KEATE, GEORGE. An Account of the Pelew Islands, Situated in the Western Part of the Pacific Ocean. Composed from the Journals and Communications of Captain Henry Wilson, and some of his Officers, who, in August 1783, were there shipwrecked.... London: For G. Nicol, 1788. 4to. xxvii, [1], 378 p. + errata leaf. Frontis., folding map, and 15 plates. Modern full leather (neat but a trifle amateur, covers a bit warped). Unobtrusive dampstain on corner of frontispiece, else a clean, wide-margined copy. "D. of Grafton, 1788," on title. Modern bookplate.   $1400.00

First edition of one of the classic shipwreck narratives. In 1783 the Antelope, Henry Wilson captain, ran onto a reef near the then-unexplored Palau Islands, and was wrecked. The crew all got safely ashore, where they were well-treated by the natives. Eventually they were able to build a small vessel which they sailed to Macao. The narrative by Keate was immensely popular and passed through many editions. Hill, Pacific Voyages, p. 160.

 

THE SCHUYLER COPPER MINE

121.     [LATROBE, BENJAMIN HENRY]. American Copper-Mines. [Philadelphia? 1800]. 8 p. Removed. Foxed.   $1200.00

Latrobe's letter to the chairman of a Congressional committee in support of a petition by Nicholas J. Roosevelt and others to incorporate a Mine and Metal Company, followed by a history and description of the Schuyler copper mine at Second River, Belleville, New Jersey. The mine was discovered about 1719 by Arent Schuyler, who began shipping the raw ore to England. About 1761 Josiah Hornblower was brought in to develop a steam engine at the mine. In the mid-1790s the mining company was leased by Nicholas J. Roosevelt, who also purchased a tract of land called Soho, on the Passaic River near present-day Belleville, to refine and manufacture the copper. The petition was granted by Congress, and the Mine and Metal Company was incorporated in January 1801. Evans 33987, 37785; Rink 3358; ESTC W37198, recording four copies in America and a fifth at the BL.

 

EARLY WORK ON MUSIC THEORY: 1551

122.     LEFÈVRE D'ETAPLES, JACQUES. Musica libris quatuor demonstrata. Paris: Guillaume Cavellat, 1551. 4to. 44 leaves. Cavellat's large woodcut printer's device on title. Text diagrams, tables, woodcut initials. Early 19th-century calf, gilt; neatly rebacked retaining original spine. Title very slightly soiled, faint marginal foxing. Modern book label.   $4800.00

First separate edition, and first illustrated edition, of one of the earliest printed music theory books. Lefèvre (ca. 1460-1536; also known by his Latin name Faber Stapulensis) was one of the great French humanists. He developed a close working relationship with Henri Estienne and contributed, in one way or another, to a great many Estienne productions. Lefèvre's work on music theory first appeared as one part of a larger collected work printed in Paris in 1496. That edition is now essentially unobtainable, and a subsequent 1514 Estienne edition, Elementa musicalia, is very rare. Neither is illustrated. Lefèvre was a staunch defender of ancient music and played a key role in transmitting early Greek music theory to the sixteenth century. Adams F-27; BMC, French, p. 259; Renouard, Cavellat, 32.

 

THE ELABORATE THWAITES EDITION: ONE OF 200 COPIES

123.     (LEWIS AND CLARK EXPEDITION). Original Journals of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, 1804-1806 ... Edited, with Introduction, Notes, and Index, by Reuben Gold Thwaites. New York: Dodd, Mead & Co., 1904. Large quarto. 7 vols. extended to 14, plus atlas volume. With a profusion of plates, facsimiles, folding maps, &c. Green cloth. Bindings moderately worn at the extremities, cloth lightly discolored as usual, but a very good set, with the text largely unopened.   $10,000.00

One of 200 numbered copies on Van Gelder handmade paper. The elaborate Thwaites edition, incorporating the original manuscript journals owned by the American Philosophical Society together with notebooks, letters, maps, and other primary source material including the journals of Charles Floyd and Joseph Whitehouse. With a chronological bibliography of printed Lewis-and-Clarkiana by Victor Hugo Paltsits. A very good copy of a work usually found in very worn and faded bindings. Howes L-320 ("c").

 

LEWIS AND CLARK

124.     LEWIS, MERIWETHER, and WILLIAM CLARK. Travels to the Source of the Missouri River, and Across the American Continent to the Pacific Ocean. Performed ... in the Years 1804, 1805, and 1806. London: For Longman [et al], 1817. 3 vols. xxvi, [2], 411 p.; xii, 434 p.; xii, 394 p. Large folding map, 5 plates. Modern calf-backed marbled paper-covered boards, very skillfully executed in period style. Plates considerably foxed and offset onto facing pages, old tears to map skillfully remended on verso, otherwise a very handsome copy, in a correct period-style binding. With the contemporary signature "Colonel Forbes" in each copy.   $12,500.00

Reissue of the English edition of 1815, with only minor typographical alterations. The greatest of all American exploration narratives, here in a later English edition, with an enlarged and improved map. Wagner-Camp 13:4; Howes L-317.

 

ROBERT THE HERMIT

125.     LIFE AND ADVENTURES OF ROBERT, the Hermit of Massachusetts, who has Lived 14 years in a Cave, Secluded from Human Society .... Taken from his own Mouth, and Published for his Benefit. Providence: H. Trumbull, 1829. 36 p. incl. frontis. Stitched in contemporary plain wrappers. Some browning and soiling, else very nice.                                                                                                                          $450.00

One of two slightly varying editions of a cheap, sensational narrative based upon a real hermit, but considerably fictionalized. According to the narrative, Robert was born a slave in Princeton. His mother was a black slave in bondage, his father "a pure white blooded Englishman ... a gentleman of considerable eminence." He was carried South, escaped from slavery, made several voyages, and spent the remainder of his life in a cave near Providence, Rhode Island. For a very detailed study of the publication history of pamphlet, the fact versus the fiction, the identification of the real author, and the part played by the enterprising Henry Trumbull, see Felcone, New Jersey Books, 836-837. Shoemaker 40690.

 

PRESENTATION COPY INSCRIBED BY LISTER

126.     LISTER, MARTIN. Conchyliorum Bivalvium utriusque aquae exercitatio anatomica tertia. Huic accedit dissertatio medicinalis de calculo humano. London: Sumptibus authoris impressa, 1696. 4to. xliii, [1], 173 p; 51 p. 10 engraved plates (4 folding). Complete with the terminal blank Z4 in the first work. The Dissertatio has its own title page and pagination. Contemporary sprinkled calf, very skillfully rebacked in period style. Small early shelf mark in red ink on endpaper and on title, minor paper flaw in S2 just grazing catchword, very faint foxing in fore-edge. A very lovely copy, with the text and plates clean and fresh. Armorial bookplate of "A. Gifford D.D. of the Museum."   $10,000.00

First edition. A presentation copy from Lister, inscribed on the front flyleaf "For Mr. Dalone by his most humble servant M Lister." Lister's beautifully illustrated privately printed treatise on bivalves, which is the third part of his Exercitatio Anatomica. Each part was issued as a separate imprint. Lister (1639?-1712) was an English physician who made important contributions to medicine as well as to natural history, and zoology in particular. He was also an antiquarian and an avid shell collector. Nissen 2526 (3 parts); Osler 3253; Wellcome III p. 529; Wing L-2516.

 

RARE WILLIAM LIVINGSTON POEM PRINTED IN TRENTON

127.     [LIVINGSTON, WILLIAM]. Philosophic Solitude; or The Choice of a Rural Life: A Poem. By a Young Gentleman Educated at Yale College. Trenton: Isaac Collins, 1782. 28 p. Stitched and untrimmed, as issued. Persistent dampstaining throughout, one fore-edge margin a bit ragged costing a few letters, but a good copy, and a remarkable survival in as-issued state.   $800.00

Livingston's anonymously published paean to the rural life, first printed in New York in 1747. This is the only New Jersey edition, printed while Livingston was the Revolutionary War governor of New Jersey. This is also the only known untrimmed copy. Evans 17575; Felcone, Printing in New Jersey, 1754-1800, 356; Stoddard and Whitesell 323; ESTC W27625.

 

TRAVELS AMONG THE CANADIAN INDIANS

128.     LONG, JOHN. Voyages chez Différentes Nations Sauvages de L'Amérique Septentrionale.... Paris: Chez Prault, Fuchs, [1794]. [4], xxxvi, 320 p. Folding map. Modern half calf. A fine, fresh copy.   $900.00

First French edition of Long's Voyages and Travels of an Indian Interpreter and Trader, originally published in London in 1791. Long was an employee of the Hudson's Bay Company and spent nearly twenty years traveling extensively and living among among the Canadian Indians. He describes candidly and in considerable detail their customs, manners, and domestic life. The map depicts southern Canada from the Great Lakes north to James Bay and from the Mississippi east to the St. Lawrence. Howes L443; Lande 544; Gagnon I 2144; TPL 4759; Sabin 41879.

 

LOWRY'S MASTERPIECE

129.     LOWRY, MALCOLM. Under the Volcano. New York: Reynal & Hitchcock, [1947]. [6], 375, [2] p. Cloth. Light discoloration on front endpaper, else a very good copy in an outwardly nice dust jacket that has been reinforced with cello tape along the inside top and bottom edges.   $1000.00

First edition of Lowry's masterpiece.

 

LUDOLF'S HISTORY OF ETHIOPIA: 1682

130.     LUDOLF, HIOB. A New History of Ethiopia. Being a Full and Accurate Description of the Kingdom of Abessinia, vulgarly, though erroneously called the Empire of Prester John.... London: For Samuel Smith, 1682. Folio. [8], 88, 151-370, 375-398p. 8 engraved plates (7 folding), engraved plate of the Ethiopic alphabet, and a folding genealogical table. Contemporary or early eighteenth-century calf (front hinge cracked but held by cords, corners worn. Some light browning, but a very good copy. With the signatures of Edmund and Rufus Marsden, the latter dated 1762; Herz book label.   $2200.00

First edition in English. Ludolf (1624-1704) was a German orientalist and Ethiopic scholar. Having learned the Ethiopian language from a monk about 1650, the entered the service of the duke of Saxe-Gotha, where he remained for twenty-five years. He devoted the remainder of his life to scholarly pursuits, including an unsuccessful attempt to establish a trade between Ethiopia and England. His history of Ethiopia, originally published in Frankfurt the previous year, remained the standard study of the region for well over a century. Some copies contain a folding map in place of the plate of the alphabet. No authority has been found to indicate priority. Wing L-3468.

 

TWO LUTHER COMMENTARIES IN ENGLISH

131.     LUTHER, MARTIN. A Commentarie upon the Fifteene Psalmes, Called Psalmi Graduum.... London: By Richard Field, 1615. 4to. [10], 90, 93-318 p. + final blank X4. Black letter. [Bound with:] A Commentarie of M. Doctor Martin Luther upon the Epistle of S. Paul to the Galathians.... London: By Richard Field, 1616. 4to. [4], 296 leaves. Black letter. The two works bound together in 18th-century calf, very neatly rebacked retaining the original spine label. Title page of first work soiled, minor dampstains on first few leaves, else a very good copy. Armorial bookplate of John Brogden.   $2800.00

Two early English translations of Luther's commentaries on the Bible, originally published in Latin. STC 16976, 16972.

 

FIRST ISSUE OF MACLURE'S NEW HARMONY OPINIONS

132.     MACLURE, WILLIAM. Opinions on Various Subjects, Dedicated to the Industrious Producers. New-Harmony, Indiana: School Press, 1831. 2 vols. in 1. [4], 480 p; [481]-592 p. Contemporary mottled sheep. Two-inch piece torn from lower corner of second leaf of text, with loss of several words, foxing varying from heavy to moderate, else a very tight copy.   $1000.00

First edition, first issue, of the first volume of Maclure's Opinions, printed at the former Robert Owen community in New Harmony, Indiana. Two later volumes came out in 1837 and 1838, in conjunction with later issues of this first volume. Each work was complete in itself, and "sets" are almost never found. Opinions consists of Maclure's correspondence with his New Harmony friends on topics including politics, economy, society, education, reform, government, ideal communities, etc. The first issue, particularly in a fine contemporary binding, is very scarce; the Streeter copy was a later issue, as are most of the copies seen in the trade. Streeter sale 4241; Howes M162; Byrd & Peckham 445.

 

133.     MALLES DE BEAULIEU, MME. The Modern Crusoe. A Narrative of the Life and Adventures of a French Cabin Boy, who was Shipwrecked on an Uninhabited Island. Boston: James Loring, 1827. 12mo. 217 p. Frontis. Contemporary sheep-backed printed boards (front cover detached).   $450.00

First American edition. A translation into English of a popular juvenile Crusoe knockoff, Le Robinson de Douze Ans, first published in Paris in 1818. Shoemaker 29612; Rosenbach 696.

 

MASSACHUSETTS SESSION LAWS 1692-1726

134.     MASSACHUSETTS. LAWS. Acts and Laws, of His Majesty's Province of the Massachusetts-Bay in New-England. [Bound following:] The Charter Granted ... to the Inhabitants of the Province of the Massachusetts-Bay in New-England. Boston: B. Green, for Benjamin Eliot, 1726. Folio. [2], 14, [2], 347, [1], 17 p. Contemporary panelled sheep, the panel formed in blind by a two-line fillet enclosing a single ornamental roll with an ornament stamped diagonally at each corner, the whole enclosed within a blind two-line fillet around the perimeter of the covers, spine undecorated. The title page of the Charter is mounted and with the upper three lines and upper part of the border in early pen facsimile, F3 with a tear at inner margin (no loss), few short marginal tears, free endpapers wanting, otherwise very good and clean. The period binding is well worn and chipped at the extremities, there is an early library blindstamp in the upper corner of each cover, and the front hinge is split but the cover is very solidly held by the cords. Several signatures of Elkanah Leonard, the earliest dated 1727.   $3000.00

The session laws of Massachusetts passed between 1692 and 1726, as issued with the charter of the province, in a period binding. Cushing, Massachusetts Laws, 343, 344; Evans 2762.

 

INCREASE MATHER SERMON: BOSTON, 1718

135.     MATHER, INCREASE. A Sermon Wherein is Shewed, I. That the Ministers of the Gospel Need ... Preached at Roxbury, October 29. 1718 when Mr. Thomas Walter was Ordained a Pastor in that Church.... Boston: By S. Kneeland, for J. Edwards, 1718. [2], ii, i, 2-35, [1] p. Later full calf (spine label missing). Bottom margin cut into, with loss of the last line of the imprint on the title page and several last lines within the text. Thus,   $800.00

Increase Mather's sermon at the ordination of his grandson, Thomas Walter. The right hand of fellowship, pp. 27-35, by Cotton Mather. Evans 1982; Holmes, Increase Mather, 118.

 

THE GREATEST AMERICAN CONTRIBUTION TO MEDICAL SCIENCE

136.     (MEDICINE). Beaumont, William. Experiments and Observations on the Gastric Juice, and the Physiology of Digestion. Plattsburgh [N.Y.]: Printed by F. P. Allen, 1833. 8vo. 280 p. 3 woodcut illustrations. Original tan paper-covered boards, purple-brown linen spine. Rebacked, retaining 95% of the original spine but largely obscuring the original printed paper spine label. Gathering 2L browned, as always, the usual scattered foxing, else a very good copy of a fragile book.   $3000.00

First edition of perhaps the greatest American contribution to medical science. Alexis St. Martin, a French Canadian trapper, had sustained a severe gunshot wound of the abdomen. To keep the stomach's contents from spilling out, Beaumont initially capped it over with compresses. But as healing progressed, the stomach lining hypertrophied and grew some extra thickness at the opening, so that, by pouting outwards, or prolapsing, it acted as a partial stopper (as shown in the detail of plate III). The remainder of the closure was maintained by the natural muscular elasticity of the stomach walls. As a result, the stomach opening could be manipulated, the pouting-out mucosa compressed or moved aside or pushed inwards, and, for the first time in medical history, Beaumont could actually observe the processes of human digestion. In several years of studying St. Martin, Beaumont established the chemical nature of digestion, recorded the comparative rates of dissolution of foods, and noted the effects of emotions on gastric secretion. All of these observations were the basis of Pavlov's experiments a century later. Beaumont had his studies printed by a country printer in Plattsburgh, New York, a town where he had once practiced medicine. The book was neither elegant nor well-bound, and copies that have survived in good condition are rare. Grolier American One Hundred, 38 ("a book that pushed back the frontier of the mind"—preface); Grolier, Medicine, 61; Howes B-291 ("Most important American contribution to medical science"); Wellcome II p. 123; Garrison-Morton 989; Grolier/Horblit 10; Dibner, Heralds of Science, 130; Norman 152; Cordasco 30-0056.

 

FIRST SCIENTIFIC ACCOUNT OF THE EAR

137.     (MEDICINE). Du Verney, Joseph Guichard. Tractatus de organo auditus, continens structuram, usum et morbos omnium auris partium. Nuremberg: Johann Zieger, 1684. 4to. [12], 48 p. 16 engraved folding plates. Nineteenth century paper wrappers. Plate 16 neatly backed, title very lightly soiled, else a very good copy. Joseph Friedrich Blumenbach's copy, with his signature on the verso of the title page. In a fine morocco-backed clamshell box.   $4800.00

First edition in Latin, following the original edition (in French) published the previous year in Paris. Garrison-Morton calls Du Verney's work the "first scientific account of the structure, function and diseases of the ear." Du Verney showed the true function of the Eustachian tube, and correctly explained the mechanism of bone conduction, giving an accurate account of the bony labyrinth. Joseph Friedrich Blumenbach (1752-1840) was an influential zoologist and anthropologist. Wellcome II p. 506; Krivatsy/NLM 3591.

 

18TH CENTURY OPHTHALMOLOGY

138.     (MEDICINE). Sloane, Sir Hans. An Account of a most Efficacious Medicine for Soreness, Weakness, and Several Other Distempers of the Eyes. London: For Dan. Browne, [ca. 1750]. [iii]-vi, 17 p. Neat modern cloth-backed boards. Fine.   $475.00

Second edition; first published in 1745. "This pamphlet, the only separate medical work published by Sloane, is indicative of the dismal state of ophthalmic medicine in the eighteenth century...."--Becker 342 (1745 edn.)

 

SYDENHAM'S WORKS

139.     (MEDICINE) Sydenham, Thomas. The Whole Works of that Excellent Practical Physician ... The Tenth Edition. London: For W. Feales; R. Wellington [&c.], 1734. xvi, 447, [1] p. Early nineteenth century calf, neatly rebacked to style. Bookplates. A very clean, attractive copy.   $475.00

John Pechey's translation, dated 1711.

 

SYDENHAM'S WORKS,
FROM THE LIBRARY OF SIR JOHN RODES

140.     (MEDICINE) Sydenham, Thomas. The Whole Works of that Excellent Practical Physician, Dr. Thomas Sydenham ... The Seventh Edition. London: By J. Darby for M. Wellington, 1717. xv, [1], 447, [1] p. Contemporary panelled calf. Extremities worn, two gatherings a trifle pulled. Numerous contemporary marginal annotations. From the library of Sir John Rodes, with his signature on the title page.   $500.00

John Pechey's translation, dated 1711. Sir John Rodes (1670-1743) was a distinguished early Quaker and close friend of William Penn. Penn's 1693 letter to Rodes on the choice of a library is well known.

 

MAD DOGS AND AMERICAN MEDICINE

141.     (MEDICINE) Thacher, James. Observations on Hydrophobia, Produced by the Bite of a Mad Dog, or other Rabid Animal.... Plymouth, Mass.: Joseph Avery, 1812. 301, [1] p. Hand-colored plate. Contemporary mottled sheep. Foxed (as this book always is), but a very attractive copy, the binding being particularly nice.   $500.00

First edition. Thacher advocated the use of the plant "skull-cap" to cure hydrophobia, and the plate is a hand-colored depiction of the plant. The cure, however, eventually proved to be unsuccessful. Austin 1880; Cushing T40; Waller 4089; Heirs of Hippocrates 700.

 

THE SURGICAL SYDENHAM

142.     (MEDICINE). Wiseman, Richard. Eight Chirurgical Treatises, on these following heads, viz. I. Of Tumours. II. Of Ulcers. III. Of Diseases of the Anus. IV. Of the King's Evil. V. Of Wounds. VI. Of Gun-Shot Wounds. VII. Of Fractures and Luxations. VIII. Of the Lues Venerea. London: For B. T. and L. M. and sold by W. Keblewhite, and J. Jones, 1697. Folio. [14], 563, [14] p., including the half title A1. Eighteenth-century paneled calf, very skillfully rebacked retaining original gilt spine, period-style label. Tiny (half-inch) repaired tear in lower margin of third leaf, else a remarkably fine, fresh copy. With the contemporary ownership signature of Stewart Sparkes on half title.   $3200.00

Third edition of an important medical text first published in 1676. "Wiseman is our surgical Sydenham. He by his skill and personality helped to raise the whole status of surgery. He was the first of the great British surgeons." (Power, 198-201, quoted in ONDB) This is Wiseman's chief work, based on his experiences tending the Royalist armies. "For each topic Wiseman examines the anatomy, pathology, etiology, diagnosis, prognosis and management, adding selected case histories or observations from his vast experience. These personal observations, some brief and some in extensive detail, concern 660 individual patients, a weight of evidence which contrasts sharply with the absence or plagiarism of case histories in many contemporaneous publications. These case histories constitute a rich and unique historical record of surgical reality in seventeenth-century Britain...." (ONDB) NLM/Krivatsy 13087; Wing 3106A. See G-M 5573 and Norman 2253.

 

HARRISON OF PARIS: ONE OF 50 COPIES

143.     MERIMEE, PROSPER. Carmen and Letters from Spain. Paris and New York: Harrison of Paris, [1931]. [8], 175 p. Illus. by Maurice Barraud. Illustrated boards, morocco spine. Spine cords scuffed, a trifle darkened, else very good. Bookplate. In the publisher's box (soiled),   $600.00

One of 50 numbered copies of Japan vellum, designed by Monroe Wheeler and signed by Wheeler, Barbara Harrison, and Glenway Wescott.

 

RARE EARLY AMERICAN DISTILLER'S MANUAL: 1809

144.     M'HARRY, SAMUEL. The Practical Distiller: or An Introduction to Making Whiskey, Gin, Brandy, Spirits, &c. &c. of Better Quality, and in Larger Quantities, than Produced by the Present Mode of Distilling, from the Produce of the United States: such as Rye, Corn, Buck-Wheat, Apples, Peaches, Potatoes, Pumpions and Turnips. With Directions ... with ... Recipes for Making Cider, Domestic Wines, and Beer. Harrisburgh, (Penn.): John Wyeth, 1809. 184 p. Contemporary sheep. Corner extremities uniformly clipped, front free endpaper wanting, some marginal staining, but a very good copy in a very tight and attractive original binding.   $4000.00

A rare early American distilling manual written by a practical distiller in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, and rather crudely printed by a country printer in Harrisburgh. The author reveals in great detail recipes for all manner of whiskey and spirits from local American produce. There are also comments on how to increase one's profit, how to work various stills, the duties of owners and hired hands, &c. S&S 17955; Rink 1473; Lowenstein 51.

 

A CLASSIC OF AMERICAN NATURAL HISTORY,
WITH 277 HANDCOLORED PLATES

145.     MICHAUX, FRANÇOIS A. The North American Sylva; or, A Description of the Forest Trees of the United States, Canada, and Nova Scotia ... [with:] THOMAS NUTTALL. The North American Sylva ... Philadelphia, 1857. 5 vols. 277 handcolored plates. Bound in contemporary ornately blindstamped full dark brown morocco, spines lettered in gold, all edges gilt. Light to moderate foxing on some plates, very light rubbing to the extremities of the binding. A very attractive set.   $6500.00

A classic of American natural history. Though originally published as separate works, with Nuttall's being a continuation of that of Michaux, the two works were combined in one edition in 1851, and reissued several times thereafter. The beautiful color plates, many of which are after Redouté, were engraved in France for Michaux, while Nuttall used the more modern method of lithography. The Michaux contains 156 handcolored plates, and the Nuttall contains 121 handcolored plates. The plates depict the leaves, nuts, and flowers and berries of trees throughout the continental United States and Canada. Sabin commented: "Of the two works united, it is no exaggeration to remark that it is the most complete work of its kind, and is a production of unrivalled interest and beauty, giving descriptions and illustrations of all the forest trees of North America...." Sabin 48695, 56351.

 

EARLY AMERICAN FISHING AND FOX HUNTING

146.     [MILNOR, WILLIAM]. An Authentic Historical Memoir of the Schuylkill Fishing Company of the State in Schuylkill. From its Establishment on that Romantic Stream, near Philadelphia ... to the Present Time. By a Member. [bound with, as issued] Memoirs of the Gloucester Fox Hunting Club, near Philadelphia. Philadelphia: Judah Dobson, 1830. viii, 127, [3], 56 p. Errata leaf. 5 plates. Original reddish-pink linen-covered boards, printed paper label on front cover. Some foxing, as always, spine faded and with short hinge splits, early manuscript spine title. Withal a very nice copy of of a fragile book. In a handsome gilt-tooled leather-backed slipcase, worn at extremities. Philadelphia antiquarian Ferdinand J. Dreer's copy, signed and dated 1852.   $1200.00

First edition of an important early American sporting book in the original binding. The Schuylkill Fishing Company, founded in 1732 and still in existence, is the oldest sporting club in North America. This copy contains the portrait by St. Memin of Governor Morris which was not in the earliest copies released. The second title, which was issued with the fishing company history, is the first American book on fox hunting. The hunt took place near what is today Woodbury, Gloucester County, New Jersey, across the Delaware River from Philadelphia. Copies in the fragile original red linen boards with the paper cover label, in nice condition, are rarely seen. Henderson p. 178; Howes M636.

 

FIRST EDITION

147.     MILTON, JOHN. Literae pseudo-senatus Anglicani, Cromwellii. [Brussels?:] Impressae anno 1676. 12mo. [4], 234 p. + final blanks K10-12. Woodcut of fruit on title. Modern full calf, very skillfully executed in period style, with original pastedowns retained. A fine, lovely copy.   $900.00

First edition of Milton's Latin letters of state, distinguished by the woodcut of fruit on the title page. Wing M-2128; Coleridge 29; Kohler 508.

 

MILTON'S DEFENSE OF THE ENGLISH PEOPLE

148.     MILTON, JOHN. . . . Pro populo Anglicano defensio, contra Claudii anonymi, alias Salmasii, Defensionem regiam. London [i.e., Gouda?]: Typis du Gardianis, 1652. 12mo. 192 p. Woodcut arms on title. Modern calf, antique. One-inch piece torn from title page margin, not affecting type, and neatly repaired, else a very good copy. Eric Quayle's copy, with his bookplate.   $750.00

A false imprint, probably from Gouda. Milton's famous defense of the English from the attack of Salmasius. Wing M-2169; Madan 12; Coleridge 12.

 

THE SECOND BOOK OF AMERICAN ROAD MAPS

149.     MOORE, JOSHUA J., and THOMAS W. JONES. The Traveller's Directory, or a Pocket Companion: Shewing the Course of the Main Road from Philadelphia to New York, and from Philadelphia to Washington. With Descriptions of the Places through which it Passes, and the Intersections of the Cross Roads ... By S. S. [sic] Moore & T. W. Jones. Philadelphia: Mathew Carey, 1802. 8vo. [6], 52 p. 38 engraved strip maps on 22 plates. Later cloth-backed boards. Half title and title darkened and slightly soiled, text lightly foxed and with minor offsetting of the maps, as always with this book. A good-plus copy of a book never seen in fine condition.   $8500.00

First edition of the second American book of road maps, following Christopher Colles' exceedingly rare Survey of the Roads of the United States (1789), and the first road map book to provide detailed maps of the road from Philadelphia north through New Jersey to New York, and from Philadelphia south through Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia to Washington.

Joshua John Moore and Thomas W. Jones were young surveyors in the employ of the Philadelphia publisher Mathew Carey. From several letters they wrote to Carey during the course of the survey (Lea & Febiger papers, PHi), a clear picture emerges of the extremely difficult task they had undertaken. On June 29, 1801, they wrote from New York: "We should have written to you before this, had not fatigue of our daily Journies rendered repose indispensable after the finishing of our Notes and Traverses. After twelve days driving our way through an immense multitude of Questioners, Observers, laughters, & Critics, who generally thronged around us at every place, to our great discomposure at first ... we are at length arrived here. If astonishment would ensure success to a work, we may entertain strong hopes indeed of ours; but it has nearly exhausted our health, as every violent effort naturally must...."

Upon completion of the surveys, the maps were drawn by the surveyors. They locate crossroads, streams, taverns, churches and other public buildings, and occasionally private houses. Carey employed four engravers to produce the plates: William Harrison, Jr., and Francis Shallus, who did the bulk of the work, and John Draper and James Smither, Jr. The text, also assembled by Moore and Jones, describes the various towns through which the roads pass, including sites of interest to the traveler.

The book is very scarce. In the past 35 years only three copies have appeared at auction. The last, an ex-library copy at Christie's in 2007, brought $10,625. Carey printed a second edition in 1804, with revised and expanded text, but the maps were printed from the same plates and are identical to those in the first edition, with no alterations. Copies of the second edition appear periodically on the market. For a highly detailed account of the production of this important early American map book, see Felcone, New Jersey Books, 886. Howes M-778; Streeter sale 3969; S&S 2686.

 

150.     MOOREHEAD, WARREN K. The Bird-Stone Ceremonial. Being an Account of some Singular Prehistoric Artifacts Found in the United States and Canada. Saranac Lake, 1899. Lg. 4to. [4], 31 p. Illus. Plate. Wrappers. A very fine, fresh copy, from the library of antiquarian Hiram E. Deats, acquired by him on January 15, 1900, probably from Allen I. Vosburgh.                      $450.00

One of 600 copies privately printed. A practically new copy.

 

FRENCH MORMON'S AUTOBIOGRAPHY

151.     (MORMONS). Bertrand, Louis A. Mémoires d'un Mormon. Paris: Collection Hetzel, E. Dentu, [1862]. [4], 323 p. Later half blue morocco, original pale green wrappers bound in. A fine, bright copy.   $1000.00

First edition. Bertrand was the first native French Mormon to publish an account of his conversion and experience. His work combines the history of Joseph Smith with his own experiences in Utah. From 1859 to 1864 Bertrand was president of the French mission of the Mormon Church. See Mormon Historical Studies 1 (2000), pp. 3-24, for an account of Bertrand. The "Collection Hetzel" appears to have been co-published by E. Dentu and by E. Jung-Treuttel, as the same sheets exist with differing imprints. Flake 448; Streeter Sale 2307; Graff 281; Monaghan 212.

 

THE FIRST AMERICAN GEOGRAPHY: 1789

152.     MORSE, JEDIDIAH. The American Geography; or, A View of the Present Situation of the United States of America. Elizabeth Town: Shepard Kollock, 1789. xii, 534, [3] p. 2 folding maps. Contemporary sheep, very skillfully rebacked in correct period style, rear endpaper sympathetically replaced. Light foxing and occasional browning throughout, as usual with early American paper, a few short splits and one map tear skillfully mended. Twentieth-century owner's stamp at the foot of the dedication page and on the verso of one map. Rev. Anson Phelps Stokes bookplate.   $5500.00

The first American geography, and an important early American cartographical work. Jedidiah Morse was a congregationalist minister who in 1784 published a school text, Geography Made Easy. Two years later, he began work on a comprehensive American geography. He sought assistance from many distinguished Americans, including Washington and Franklin. Governor William Livingston of New Jersey took considerable interest in the work and made numerous contributions to the text. Morse returned his thanks to Livingston by dedicating the book to him. The maps were engraved by Amos Doolittle, who compiled the map of the northern states. The map of the southern states was compiled by Joseph Purcell and depicts the "New State of Franklin" between present Tennessee and North Carolina. This copy is complete including the errata leaf and directions to the binder, leaf 3X4, and the leaf "Corrections respecting France" tipped in at the rear. For a detailed essay on the compilation and publication history of this important book, see Felcone, Printing in New Jersey, 1754-1800: A Descriptive Bibliography, 528. Evans 21978; Howes M840; Wheat & Brun 149, 491; ESTC W31207.

 

EVERY KNOWN MUSICAL INSTRUMENT ILLUSTRATED

153.     (MUSIC). Bonanni, Filippo. Gabinetto Armonico, pieno d'Istromenti sonori indicati, e spiegati. Rome: Giorgio Placho, 1722. 4to. [8], 177, [9] p. Engraved frontispiece (King David with harp), engraved fore-title, and 151 full-page engraved plates depicting musical instruments (1 plate folding, 2 plates unnumbered, 2 plates numbered 78). Woodcut ornaments. Contemporary mottled vellum, early rebacking in similar vellum (few splits in front hinge, upper cover a bit cupped). First gathering slightly loose, lower blank margin of S4 repaired without loss, early repair at bottom margin of plate 137, occasional light spotting and soiling. A slightly worn but very good copy, with all plates fine and clean. Cloth portfolio and slipcase.   $7800.00

First edition, second issue, with text added to the index and additional plates beyond the 136 called for in the index. Bonanni's profusely illustrated work is the earliest attempt to describe and illustrate every known musical instrument, both ancient and modern. The text and plates are divided into three classes--wind, string, and percussion. The individual playing each instrument is dressed in the costume of the period or region. Numerous African instruments are depicted, as are example from the New World, such as the "Donna Brasiliano" and the "Trombo della Florida." The folding plate depicts the elaborate multi-keyboard "Galleria armonica" in the Rome palace of Signor Verospi. Hirsch IV, 1476; Brunet I, 1086.

 

A TREATISE ON CYMBALS

154.     (MUSIC). Lampe, Friedrich Adolph. ... De Cymbalis veterum Libri Tres.... Trajecti ad Rhenum: ex [officina] bibliopolae Guilielmi a Poolsum, 1703. 12mo. [30], 404, 43 p. Engraved fore-title and 10 plates. Contemporary calf, rebacked. Corners of covers very worn and rounded, later endpapers. A very sound copy, in a respectable but not handsome binding.   $500.00

A detailed study of the use of cymbals throughout the years. The few copies we have been able to locate contain only nine plates.

 

NANNINI ON THE DUTIES OF RULERS: RICHARD TOWNELEY'S COPY

155.     NANNINI, REMIGIO. Civill considerations upon many and sundrie histories, as well ancient as moderne, and principallie upon those of Guicciardin. Containing sundry rules and precepts for princes, common-wealths, captaines, coronels, ambassadours.... London: By F[elix] K[ingston] for Matthew Lownes, 1601. Fol. [20], 252, [12] p. Woodcut device on title page, woodcut head- and tailpieces and initials. With the cancel bifolium C1.2. Contemporary calf, with the 1603 Towneley arms of Richard Towneley of Towneley stamped [in blind?] on both covers, remains of green cloth ties. Front blank A1 and rear blank 2A6 present and seemingly correct. Binding very heavily worn and scuffed, early reinforcing to inner hinges. Blank lower corner of G5 and O3 torn away. Dampstain in the upper left margin of the first several leaves and reappearing toward the rear of the text, occasional spotting and soiling and browning, but a very nice copy internally. Richard Towneley of Towneley's copy, with his armorial bookplate dated 1702 on the verso of the title page. Signature of Cha: Townlay on the front free endpaper, probably Richard Towneley's father Charles (1600-1644), and shelfmark M:24.   $3500.00

First edition in English, translated by W. T[raheron?] from Gabriel Chappuys' French translation of the original work, Considerationi civili sopra l'historie di Francesco Guicciardini e d'altri historici (Venice, 1582). The text is essentially a treatise on the duties of kings and rulers. Remigio Nannini (1521?-1581?) was a humanist, scholar, and prolific writer. The work is scarce, no copy appearing in the auction records for at least the last 28 years. ESTC records six copies in North America: CSmH(imperf.), DFo(2), ICN, MH, and NN. Richard Towneley (1629-1707), of Lancashire, owned a significant library, which under the terms of his will went to his son, Charles Towneley, to be preserved and kept continually in the Hall at Towneley. The library was ultimately sold at Sotheby's London in 1883 (lot 645). Both the Huntington and the Folger own several books from the elder Towneley's library. STC 18348.

 

FIRST EDITION

156.     NATALIBUS, PETRUS DE. Catalogus Sanctorum et Gestorum eorum ex Diversis Voluminibus Collectus. Vicenza: Henricus de Sancto Ursio, 12 Dec. 1493. Fol. 331 (of 332) leaves; lacks final blank. Roman type. Title in red and black. Woodcut initials throughout. Nineteenth century Italian vellum, gilt. Rather unattractive brown dampstaining confined largely to the gutters through most of the volume but occasionally extending as much as three inches into the top and bottom blank margins. Scattered early marginalia, occasionally cropped.   $4500.00

First edition. A collection of brief lives of the saints, arranged according to the liturgical calendar. Goff N6; BMC VII 1047; HC 11676.

 

THE DEATH OF NELSON

157.     (NELSON, HORATIO, VISCOUNT NELSON). Reverse glass mezzotint, Admiral Lord Nelson the Hero of the Nile ... Falling into the Arms of Victory in the ever memorable Engagement with the combined Fleets of France and Spain off Trafalgar, on the 21 Octr. 1805. London: Waller, Fox & Wood, 1806. Colored engraving, transferred to glass. 10 x 14 in. (sight), in a contemporary frame possibly made from the wood of a ship from the battle. Partial loss of publisher's imprint at bottom, else very good.   $1200.00

Issued the year following Nelson's heroic death at the Battle of Trafalgar, the print depicts Nelson--weak but ever elegant--being supported by one allegorical figure of Victory while another holds a hero's wreath over his head. To the side is the badly damaged Santisima Trinidad sinking before other British and French ships. Nelson memorial objects were occasionally made from or with wood taken from a Nelson s ship, and this period frame certainly appears to be made from recycled wood.

 

NEW ENGLAND IN DARKNESS AND GLOOM

158.     (NEW ENGLAND). Elijah's Mantle. A Faithful Testimony to New-England ... Highly Seasonable to be Offered unto the People, now succeeding in the New-English Colonies ... at this Gloomy Day of Darkness and Trial.... Boston: Nathaniel Coverly, 1774. 31 p. Later half calf. Occasional light foxing, endpapers discolored, but very good. Roderick Terry bookplate.   $1200.00

Contributions by Jonathan Mitchel, John Higginson, William Stoughton, and Increase Mather. Editorship is ascribed to William Cooper in a ms. note in the MHi copy; also ascribed to Cotton Mather. The work was published in Boston in 1722 and here re-issued on the eve of the Revolution. Evans 13445.

 

THE FIRST COMPILATION OF NEW JERSEY LAWS: 1732

159.     NEW JERSEY. LAWS. The Acts of the General Assembly of the Province of New-Jersey, from the Time of the Surrender of the Government of the said Province, to the Fourth Year of the Reign of King George the Second.... Philadelphia: William and Andrew Bradford, Printers to the King's Most Excellent Majesty, for the Province of New-Jersey, 1732. Fol. [14], 281 p. Contemporary sheep, blind two-line fillet around covers, very skillfully rebacked in period style. Scattered foxing and occasional light browning, as usual in American books of this period, intermittant dampstain at fore-edge and a brown stain in the top margin that diminishes and disappears about halfway into the text. A very good, most desirable copy. With the contemporary signature of John Wetherill, "His Book Bougt in the year 1730 [sic].   $5500.00

The first official compilation of the laws of New Jersey, prepared by John Kinsey and covering the years 1703 to 1730. Prior to this work, the only collections of New Jersey laws were a few nonce volumes assembled by printer William Bradford from individual pamphlet, or session, laws then at hand. In July 1730 the New Jersey assembly authorized its speaker, John Kinsey, to collect, revise, and correct the laws of New Jersey then in force. Proposals for printing the work were first announced in November 1730, and the completed volume was advertised as available in May 1732. The book is very scarce; this is only the third complete copy we have had in nearly forty years of specializing in New Jerseyana. Felcone, New Jersey Books, 153; Evans 3578; ESTC W4566.

 

THE GRANTS AND CONCESSIONS:
A REMARKABLE NEW JERSEY ASSOCIATION COPY

160.     NEW JERSEY. LAWS. The Grants, Concessions, and Original Constitutions of the Province of New-Jersey. The Acts Passed During the Proprietary Governments, and other Material Transactions ... By Aaron Leaming and Jacob Spicer. Philadelphia: W. Bradford, Printer to the King's Most Excellent Majesty for the Province of New-Jersey, [1758]. Pot folio. [4], 763 p. Modern calf, superbly executed in period style. The usual sporatic light foxing common to early American paper, else an unusually fine, fresh copy. In the eighteenth century the book was owned by John Smyth (1722-1786), Perth Amboy resident, member of the governor's council, and treasurer of East Jersey. His signature is on the title page. In the nineteenth century the book was owned by William A. Whitehead (1810-1884), New Jersey's first scholarly historian and one of the founders of the New Jersey Historical Society. Tipped in at the front of the volume are two excellent colonial New Jersey letters, one from Aaron Leaming and the other from Jacob Spicer, each sent to Doctor Lewis Johnson of Perth Amboy. The Leaming letter, dated 20 March 1754, concerns a plat Leaming is making of the Middle Precinct of Cape May prior to the purchase by the inhabitants of that precinct of the West Jersey Society's vacant lands in their district. The Spicer letter, dated Cape May, 7 September 1759, concerns a survey of lands at Tuckahoe, and other matters.   $3500.00

A remarkable and unique New Jersey association copy of the classic compilation of the foundation documents of colonial New Jersey from 1664 to 1702, accompanied by the session laws from 1668 to 1701. Authorized by the legislature in 1752, the work was assembled over the next six years chiefly by Samuel Nevill and Samuel Smith, and was seen through the press by Aaron Leaming and Jacob Spicer. Of all the compilations of New Jersey laws from the 1752 Nevill volume onward, the "Grants and Concessions," or "Leaming and Spicer," as it is commonly called, is the most difficult to find. See Felcone, New Jersey Books, 156, for a detailed ten-page study of this highly important colonial New Jersey book. Evans 8205; ESTC W6329.

 

BRADFORD'S LAWS OF NEW YORK: 1726

161.     NEW YORK. LAWS. Acts of Assembly Passed in the Province of New-York, from 1691, to 1725. New York: William Bradford, 1726. Fol. [10], 124 [i.e., 128], 121-252, 261-319 p. Later half morocco, worn and scuffed at the entremities. Eight leaves in neat facsimile: title, the four-leaf index, leaves 2K1-2, and leaf 23V2. Leaves 2E2-G2 supplied from another copy. Library stamp on pastedown and title, occasional dampstaining, and the foxing and moderate browning inherent in American books of this date. Withal, an entirely respectable copy of a very rare book. While the earliest ownership signature has been lined through and is difficult to decipher, later signatures are Henry Sands 1800, Caleb S. Riggs, and Saml. R. Betts 1827.   $2200.00

The very rare 1726 "Bradford" compilation of the earliest laws of New York, printed by New York's, and the Middle Colonies', first printer. Eight leaves are in neat facsimile and five leaves were long ago supplied from another copy, but otherwise this is a very satisfactory copy. Only one other copy--rough but more complete than this one--has been sold at auction in the last forty years. Law compilations of this date from the Middle Colonies are extremely rare, and one must take what one can find. Evans 2785, 2569; Tower Collection 613; ESTC W11515, W16374.

 

NEW YORK'S SONS OF LIBERTY PULL DOWN GEORGE III: 1776

162.     (NEW YORK--AMERICAN REVOLUTION). Die Zerstörung der Königlichen Bild Säule zu New Yorck | La Destruction de la Statue Royale a Nouvelle Yorck. Augsburg, [ca. 1776]. Hand-colored reverse etching. 11.8 x 16.4 in. Neatly framed and glazed. One minor tear into caption at bottom, light dampstain at bottom extending slightly into image, else very good, with original hand coloring. Neatly framed and glazed.   $3800.00

A famous Revolutionary War print, drawn by François Xav. Habermann for Collection de Prospects, depicting the Sons of Liberty pulling down the statue of George III in New York. Two crude ladders hold several young men swinging heavy hammers, while a group of men on the ground, with ropes around the neck and body of the statue, pull it to the ground. A large crowd of people, in the street and at windows, witness the spectacle. "A statue of the King had been erected on the Bowling Green after the repeal of the Stamp Act ... in the excitement engendered by the Declaration of Independence and its adoption by the Provincial Congress of New York on 9 July 1776 the royal statue was pulled down. The statue of the Earl of Chatham, a strong advocate of reconciliation, was not touched. This destruction was both a gesture of patriotic triumph and one of defiance, in a city politically divided and threatened with occupation."--BL, War of American Independence, 97; cf. Cresswell 263. For recent scholarship, see Christopher Pierce, "Practicing Peeping! New Notes and Comments on the Collection des Prospects of New York City," Imprint 32 (2007), pp. 10-24.

 

NEW YORKERS ADVOCATE LIBERTY: 1775

163.     (NEW YORK--AMERICAN REVOLUTION). No Placemen, Pensioners, Ministerial Hirelings, Popery, nor Arbitrary Power! To the Friends and Freeholders of the City and County of New-York ... [signed:] Phileleutheros. New-York, 13th March, 1775. [New York: John Holt, 1775.] Broadside, 15.3 x 7.6 in. Two nickel-sized pieces missing from blank margins (one costing three letters), one long crease and a few wrinkles, narrow margins, light browning. Inlaid to a larger sheet; neatly matted and framed.   $9000.00

A dramatic 1775 broadside by New York's revolutionary Committee of Observation calling for New Yorkers to elect deputies to a provincial congress for the purpose of choosing representatives to the Continental Congress. Beneath the large-type headline the text begins: "At this critical and truly alarming Time, when every Thing which we hold dear to us as Englishmen and Freemen, is on the point of being wrested from us, by a vindictive, arbitrary, and rapacious Minister ... if you do not join Heart and Hand, and exert yourselves like Men, to prevent the horrid Train of Evils which are now like a mighty Torrent, rushing in upon us...." The author, who signs himself "Phileleutheros," urges New Yorkers to heed the Committee of Observation's call for a meeting to elect a provincial congress, adding that "the Minions and Tools of Power [i.e., Loyalists], with their adherents, assembled last Monday at the Exchange, with a View of opposing the Nomination of Deputies to serve in Provincial Congress...." A rare broadside from Revolutionary War New York. ESTC locates two copies: NHi and NN. Evans 14399.

 

FIREFIGHTING IN NEWPORT IN 1762

164.     (NEWPORT, RHODE ISLAND). Rhode Island. Laws, &c. An Act, in addition to an Act ... Providing in case of fire breaking out in the town of Newport, and for the more speedy extinguishing thereof, and for preserving ef [sic] goods endangered thereby. [Newport: Ann Franklin, 1762.] Broadsheet, 2 p. 11.5 x 7.4 in. Fold lines, faint soiling, else very good.   $4000.00

A very rare broadsheet printing of an act passed at the June 1762 session of the Rhode Island legislature setting out in detail the provisions enacted to prevent and fight fires in Newport. After naming a committee of Newport citizens whose duty it was to "procure for the use of said town, six fire-hooks, suitable for pulling down houses, &c. and the same number of ladders of a convenient length," the law goes on to specify the task of individual residents: "... every house in the said town of Newport, shall, within six months from and after the rising of this assembly, be furnished with one good leather bucket, with the owners name painted at large thereon, and with a ladder that shall reach from the ground to the top of said house...." A committee of inspectors is named, stiff fines are established for failure to comply, and provisions are enacted for pulling down or blowing up houses. This item was formerly part of the extraordinary Roderick Terry library, sold in 1934. There is only one other known copy, in the Rhode Island State Library. A superb colonial American firefighting document. Alden 261; Bristol B2321.

 

LAWS OF NORTH CAROLINA, 1715-1790

165.     NORTH CAROLINA. LAWS. Laws of the State of North-Carolina. Published ... by James Iredell. Edenton: Hodge & Wills, 1791. Folio. [4], 712, xxi, [3] p. Modern calf-backed marbled boards, very skillfully executed in period style. Short marginal tear on 6L2, edges of title darkened from leather turn-ins, expected light foxing and toning, but a very good copy, in a correct period-style binding.   $3500.00

A compilation of all the laws of North Carolina from 1715 through 1790, assembled by the noted North Carolina jurist James Iredell. Includes an extensive index. Evans 23641; Tower 639.

 

EBENEZER ZANE LAYS OUT LAND IN OHIO TERRITORY IN 1796

166.     (OHIO). U.S. Laws, &c. ... An Act to Authorize Ebenezer Zane to Locate Certain Lands in the Territory of the United States, North-West of the River Ohio. [Philadelphia: Francis Childs, 1796.] Broadsheet (11 3/3 x 7 7/8 in.), printed on both sides. Signed in ink at the conclusion by Timothy Pickering as secretary of state. Mounting traces and a few small tears at extreme left margin, horizontal fold marks, else near fine.   $2500.00

A grant to the noted pioneer Ohio settler Ebenezer Zane of three one-mile square tracts of land, one each on the Muskingum, Hockhocking, and Scioto rivers. In return, Zane was to open a road from Wheeling to Limestone, Kentucky, (part of present-day routes U.S. 22 and Ohio 159) and establish ferries where the road crossed the three rivers. Today, these tracts represent the start of the towns of Zanesville, Lancaster, and Chillicothe.

The paper is watermarked "Delaware" and was made at William Young's Delaware Paper Mills in New Castle County, Delaware. Preceding the Ebenezer Zane act on the same sheet is an "Act Authorizing the Erection of a Light-House on Cape Cod, in the State of Massachusetts." This is undoubtedly the Provincetown light, as it refers also to a concurrent change in the Plymouth harbor light on Gurnet-Head, a short distance away. 4th Congress, 1st Session, 17 May 1796. Bristol B9754. ESTC records only two copies: MWA and PPRF.

 

THE MEDICINAL USES OF OPIUM, AND THE DANGERS

167.     (OPIUM). Young, George. A Treatise on Opium, Founded upon Practical Observations. London: A. Millar, 1753. xv, [1], 182, [2] p. Modern calf-backed marbled boards, very skillfully executed in period antique style. Title leaf and leaf of advts. at end lightly foxed, very faint foxing in margins of text, else a near-fine copy. With the early-nineteenth-century book printed label and signature of P. Macaulay, M.D.   $1350.00

First edition of an early work on the medical benefits of opium. Young, a Scottish physician, acknowledges the dangers of the drug: "I doubt not but this treatise may occasion some fatal blunders ... opium is a poison by which great numbers are daily destroyed...." Nonetheless, the author strongly advocates the medical use of the drug. Wellcome V, p. 481; Waller 10435.

 

PAINE'S RIGHTS OF MAN PRINTED IN COPENHAGEN

168.     PAINE, THOMAS. Die Rechte des Menschen. Kopenhagen: Christ. Gottl. Proft, 1793. 8vo. 3 vols. in 1. xviii, 253, [1] p.; xxxii, 199, [3] p.; 138 p. Engraved port. of Paine on first two title pages. Contemporary paper-covered boards. A very good, clean copy.   $750.00

Second improved edition. German translation of The Rights of Man.

 

PARENTI--FINE AS ISSUED

169.     PARENTI, MARINO. Dizionario dei Luoghi di Stampa Falsi, Inventati o Supposti. Florence: Sansoni Antiquariato, 1951. 311, [3] p. Facsims. Wrappers. Stitching a bit weak, else a practically new copy in the dust jacket and publisher's box (light edge wear).   $550.00

One of 666 numbered copies. An essentially unused copy of Parenti's great work on false imprints, and a very elusive book, particularly in original condition.

 

FIRST PRINTING OF BLACKSTONE IN AMERICA,
AND THE FIRST LEGAL TREATISE PRINTED IN NEW JERSEY

170.     PARKER, JAMES. Conductor Generalis: or, The Office, Duty and Authority of Justices of the Peace, High-Sheriffs ... Constables, Gaolers ... To which is added, A Treatise on the Law of Descents in Fee-Simple: By William Blackstone.... Woodbridge, in New-Jersey: Printed and sold by James Parker; sold also by John Holt ... in New-York, 1764. 8vo. xvi, 592 p. Contemporary sheep, very skillfully rebacked in period style retaining original spine label. Edges of front free endpaper neatly guarded, the usual light foxing inherent in colonial American paper, else a lovely copy. With the contemporary signature of "Wm. Smith" on front flyleaf.   $2800.00

First edition of the first legal treatise printed in New Jersey, the first printing of Blackstone in America, and one of the most substantial books both written and printed by a colonial American printer. James Parker was a justice of the peace in New Jersey as well as the colony's first printer, having established his press at Woodbridge in 1754. His legal manual was based upon earlier English works of a similar nature, chiefly Burn, but was considerably altered to suit American needs. Blackstone's treatise on descents was the first work of that author to be printed in America. Parker's Conductor Generalis was a shared edition and exists with three varying title page imprints. Felcone, Printing in New Jersey, 1754-1800, 90; Bristol B2507; ESTC W38802.

 

A LOVELY COPY

171.     PARRISH, MORRIS L. Charles Kingsley and Thomas Hughes. First Editions (with a Few Exceptions) in the Library at Dormy House, Pine Valley, New Jersey, Described with Notes. London, 1936. 4to. xi, [1], 165, [1] p. Plates, facsims. Addenda/errata leaf. Cloth. A pristine copy, in a lovely dust jacket with just a few tiny chips at the spine ends.   $600.00

One of 150 numbered copies. Still the only major bibliography of Kingsley and Hughes. The personal copy of Alexander D. Wainwright, for fifty years the curator of the Parrish collection of Victorial novelists at Princeton. A lovely copy.

 

FIRST EDITION IN RUSSIAN

172.     PASTERNAK, BORIS. [in Cyrillic:] Doctor Zhivago. Milan: Feltrinelli, [n.d., but late 1958 or early 1959]. [4], 567 p. Pale green laid paper over boards, stamped in black. Faint browning of the text due to the poor quality of the paper stock, free endpapers discolored from the dust jacket flaps, but a very good copy. The dust jacket has some light uniform discoloration on the white spine and two very tiny spots, and two small closed tears at the top of the back panel. The price on the front flap is 42s. net.   $2500.00

First trade or "official" edition of Doctor Zhivago in Russian, following a rare limited edition published by Mouton at The Hague over the Feltrinelli imprint earlier in 1958. (See Lee Biondi, "Manuscript and Printing History of Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak," Firsts (June 2003)).

 

WILLIAM PENN'S MAXIMS

173.     [PENN, WILLIAM]. Some Fruits of Solitude, in Reflections and Maxims Relating to the Conduct of Human Life. The Seventh Edition. London: Luke Hinde, [1735?]. 12mo. [16], 158, [12], 111, [3] p. Modern calf-backed marbled paper-covered boards, skillfully executed in period style. A few very tiny chips at fore-edge of first and last leaves, else near fine.   $750.00

Two parts in one. ESTC T139394.

 

DALLAS'S LAWS OF PENNSYLVANIA, 1700-1801,
COMPLETE IN FOUR VOLUMES

174.     PENNSYLVANIA. LAWS. Laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, from the Fourteenth Day of October, One Thousand Seven Hundred.... Philadelphia: Hall and Sellers, 1797-93-95, and Lancaster: Francis Bailey, 1801. Folio. 4 vols. Later neat tan law buckram, red and black leather spine labels. Sporatic toning of the text, as usual with early American paper stocks, some dampstaining at the top of vol. 3, else a fine, clean set.   $1000.00

Compiled by Alexander James Dallas and complete in four volumes. Contains the laws of Pennsylvania from 1700 through 1801. Volumes 3-4 are actually the session laws as originally issued, bound up with collective title pages and indexes. Evans 32655, 34331, 29291; S&S 1121; Tower 801.

 

1798 PHILADELPHIA DIRECTORY

175.     (PENNSYLVANIA--DIRECTORY). The Philadelphia Directory for 1798: Containing the Names, Occupations, and Places of Abode of the Citizens . . . By Cornelius William Stafford. Philadelphia: Printed for the editor, by William W. Woodward, 1798. 166, [2], 77, [2] p. Nineteenth-century half morocco, rebacked retaining original spine. Title page browned and stained with evidence of former cellophane tape, corners replaced, text with some browning and staining. Bookplate. A complete and respectable copy, with an unattractive title page, and priced accordingly.   $1500.00

The rear matter includes the full text of the Constitution and an account of the Yellow Fever epidemic. Evans 34593.

 

PRIVATELY PRINTED BY THE DERRYDALE PRESS

176.     PICKERING, HAROLD G. Dog-Days on Trout Waters. New York: Derrydale Press, 1933. [8], 78 p. Illus. by Donald Gardner. Paper-covered boards, cloth spine, printed paper labels. Bookplate. Very light soiling and fading of the boards, two facing leaves darkened from a laid-in newspaper cutting, else a very good, not-quite-fine copy.   $800.00

One of 199 numbered copies, signed on the title page by the author. Additionally inscribed by Pickering to "... my good friend Irene Holden, the most courageous lady I know. H. G." Siegel 70; Frazier P-7-a, commenting on the near impossibility of locating a fine copy. This one is pretty close.

 

PORTLAND MUSEUM CATALOGUE: 1786

177.     (PORTLAND MUSEUM). Skinner & Co. A Catalogue of the Portland Museum, Lately the Property of the Duchess Dowager of Portland ... which will be sold by auction, by Mr. Skinner and Co. ... 1786. London, 1786. 4to. viii, [3]-194 p. Engraved frontis. Neat modern quarter calf. Lightly foxed throughout, and a bit heavier on the first and last few leaves, but a very good copy.   $5500.00

An important auction catalogue consisting chiefly of natural history specimens, many of which had been collected by Cook from New Zealand, Australia, Hawaii, &c. Just over 4000 lots were dispersed in the course of 38 sessions. "Shells, Corals, Petrefactions, Minerals, eggs of Birds &c." were on the block. The frontispiece is a wonderful view of highlights of the collection, formed by Margaret Cavendish Bentinck, second duchess of Portland (1714-1785), with pride of place given to the monumental vase today known as the Portland vase and now in the British Museum. Many of the natural history specimens were given to the duchess by Sir Joseph Banks. This copy is numbered 267 in a contemporary hand. Forbes 116.

 

PORTLOCK'S VOYAGE TO THE NORTHWEST COAST AND HAWAII

178.     PORTLOCK, NATHANIEL. A Voyage Round the World; but more particulary to the North-West Coast of America: Performed in 1785, 1786, 1787, and 1788, in the King George and Queen Charlotte, Captains Portlock and Dixon.... London: John Stockdale and George Goulding, 1789. 4to. xii, 384, xl p. Port., 6 folding maps, 13 plates. Contemporary calf, very skillfully rebacked (small crack at bottom of upper hinge). Some foxing and offsetting of several plates, as usual, closed tear in one map neatly repaired, else a very attractive, wide-margined copy.   $5500.00

First edition of the principal account of the first commercial voyage to the Northwest Coast and the first English voyage to visit Hawaii after that of Captain James Cook. Portlock and Dixon's exploration of the Northwest Coast proceeded southward from Cook's River along the coast, a winter in the Sandwich Islands, then to Prince William's Sound. Portlock continued to the Alaskan coast while Dixon voyaged southward around Cape St. James, trading extensively with the Indians. There is much information on the Indians of the Northwest coast, including vocabularies. Hill Collection 1376; Streeter Sale 3485; Howes P497; TPL 599; Lande 1393; Cowan p. 181.

 

DEFENDING BRITAIN'S RIGHT TO TAX THE COLONIES

179.     [RAMSAY, ALLAN]. Thoughts on the Origin and Nature of Government. Occasioned by the Late Disputes between Great Britain and her American Colonies. London: For T. Becket and P. A. de Hondt, 1769 [i.e., 1768]. 64 p. Neat modern paper-covered boards. A fine copy. In a morocco-backed cloth folding box.   $1500.00

First edition. Ramsay's forceful defense of Great Britain's right to tax the American colonies. Ramsay (1713-1784) was a distinguished portrait painter and, in his later years, a classical scholar and political writer. While Adams and the ESTC record a number of institutional copies of the pamphlet, no copy has appeared at public auction for over thirty-five years. Franklin's copy, later owned by Jefferson and now in the Library of Congress, is heavily annotated by Franklin on nearly every page. Adams, American Controversy, 68-24, Howes R-31.

 

THE REVOLUTION IN SOUTH CAROLINA

180.     RAMSAY, DAVID. The History of the Revolution of South-Carolina, from a British Province to an Independent State. Trenton: Isaac Collins, 1785. 2 vols. xx, 453 p.; xx, 574 p.). 5 folding maps. Contemporary calf, rebacked retaining original spine labels. Large map neatly backed, dampstaining in both volumes. A good-plus copy.   $7500.00

First edition of one of the classic accounts of the Revolutionary War in the South, written by a participant who was also a fine historian. Ramsay conceived the idea of writing the book while a British prisoner in Saint Augustine, Florida, in 1780 and 1781. Once the book was completed, it was almost certainly Ramsay's father-in-law, John Witherspoon, who suggested that it be printed by Isaac Collins in Trenton. Most copies were bound by Robert Aitken in Philadelphia. The five maps were engraved by Thomas Abernethie in Charleston. In an effort to reach the widest possible market, Ramsay had copies sent to London publisher Charles Dilly. However, Dilly was concerned that Ramsay had been pointedly critical of several army officers who still enjoyed the esteem of the British public and that to advertise the book for sale would expose him to attacks by the crown lawyers and perhaps to personal violence. He sold only a few copies, and the book was, in effect, banned in England. Poet Philip Freneau responded with a poem, "On prohibiting the sale of Dr. David Ramsay's history of the revolution of South-Carolina, in London." In April 1789 Ramsay petitioned Congress to have his work protected by a federal copyright, and it became the first book so protected when the first copyright act was passed by Congress in May 1790. For a detailed essay on the printing, publishing, and distribution of the book, see Felcone, Printing in New Jersey, 1754-1800: A Descriptive Bibliography, 418. Evans 19211; Wheat & Brun 545, 593-597; Streeter Sale 1135; Howes R36; ESTC 20465.

 

EARLY AMERICAN REWARD OF MERIT PRINTED ON CLOTH

181.     (REWARD OF MERIT). A lovely reward of merit, printed in red-brown ink on cloth. The central text reads: "Reward of Merit. | Juvenile | Study | made | Pleasant." enclosed by a wreath. The surrounding area is divided into squares, each of which contains an upper- and lowercase pair of letters, "Aa," "Bb," &c., plus a larger square containing all ten numerals, much in the style of an alphabet sampler. 12 x 12 1/2 in., neatly stitched around the perimeter to a piece of cardboard. American, circa 1850. One small stain at the right, touching the "Rr" block, else near fine.   $450.00

A charming and large reward of merit.

 

LAWS OF RHODE ISLAND, 1745-1752

182.     RHODE ISLAND. Acts and Laws of His Majesty's Colony of Rhode-Island, and Providence Plantations, in New-England, in America. From Anno 1745, to Anno 1752. Newport: J. Franklin, 1752. Fol. [8], 110 p. Contemporary marbled paper wrappers, recently bound in lovely full calf, antique. A fine, fresh copy inside and out.   $2800.00

Laws of the Rhode Island colony from 1745 through 1752, being a continuation of the compilation of 1745. The printer was Benjamin Franklin's nephew, James Franklin, Jun. Alden 128, Evans 6919.

 

MUCH ADO ABOUT DR. SACHEVERELL

183.     (SACHEVERELL, HENRY). Bound volume containing 17 printed pamphlets and broadsides, 1710, pertaining to the trial of Henry Sacheverell. Mostly folio. Bound in at the front (folded) is an engraving of Sacheverell by A. Johnson after T. Gibson. Contemporary panelled calf (hinges broken, top of spine covering wanting). Internally fine. The collection,   $1200.00

(1) An Impartial Account of what Pass'd most Remarkable in the Last Session of Parliament..., [4], 16 p., port.; (2) An Exact List of the Members..., 4 p.; (3) The Tryal of Dr. Henry Sacheverell..., [4], 327 p.; (4) The Names of the Right Honourable Peers..., [4], 8 p.; (5) The Bishop of Salisbury's and the Bishop of Oxford's Speeches..., 11 [i.e., 12] p.; (6) The Bishop of Lincoln's and the Bishop of Norwich's Speeches..., 12 p.; (7) An Impartial Examination..., [2], 10 [i.e., 14] p.; (8) The Lord H-----'s Speech..., 6 [i.e., 8] p.; (9) A Collection of All the Addresses..., 47, [1], 40 p.; (10) A Letter to ... Bradford..., 3 p.; (11) The True, Genuine Modern Whigg-Address..., 4 p.; (12) To the Queen's Most Excellent Majesty..., [1] p.; (13) The Age of Riddles..., [1] p.; (14) ... A Proclamation, for Dissloving this Present Parliament..., [1] p.; (15) ... A Proclamation, for Calling a New Parliament..., [1] p.; (16) A List of the Princes and Princesses of the Royal Blood..., [1] p.; (17) The Thoughts of a Country Gentleman..., [2], 91 p. Also bound in is a [5] p. manuscript list of the peers and their votes.

 

THE RARE FIRST EDITION

184.     SCHAEFFER, JACOB C. ... Elementa Entomologica.... Regensburg: Gedruckt mit Weissischen Schriften, 1766. 4to. [186] p. 140 hand colored engraved plates on 72 leaves (of which 4 are printed on one side only). Text in Latin and German. Modern full calf, antique. Margins of first few leaves stained from turn-in of original binding, very minor occasional foxing, light old mildew stain on upper corners of binding, else a very good copy, with beautiful, clean plates.   $6000.00

The rare first edition of this important German insect book. The beautifully engraved and colored plates include images of the collector's cabinet as well as his collecting apparatus. Only one imperfect copy of the first edition has sold at major auction within the last 26 years, in 1994. Nissen, ZBI, 3626.

 

IN QUITE REMARKABLE CONDITION

185.     SCHOOLCRAFT, HENRY R. Historical and Statistical Information, Respecting the History, Condition and Prospects of the Indian Tribes of the United States.... Philadelphia: Lippincott, Grambo & Co. [et al], 1851-57. 6 volumes, thick folio. Approx. 330 lithographed and steel-engraved plates, many tinted, some hand colored or chromolithographed, largely after artist Seth Eastman. Original half dark green morocco, marbled paper sides, reddish-brown endpapers, in remarkably fine condition--bright and fresh. Engraved fore-titles moderately foxed; black-and-white plates and tissue guards range from entirely unfoxed to moderately foxed with most lightly foxed in the margins; color plates largely unfoxed, a few lightly foxed in the margins.   $20,000.00

First edition of the most extensive nineteenth-century study of the Native American tribes of North America, compiled under the direction of Henry R. Schoolcraft, longtime Commissioner of Indian Affairs, and profusely illustrated, largely from paintings and drawings by artist Seth Eastman. The six massive volumes were issued both in cloth and in half morocco, as here. Because of their weight, the volumes almost never survived in fine condition, and nearly every copy is either in a worn and shabby original binding or has been rebound. All exhibit varying degrees of foxing. The present copy appears to have had little if any use, and other than very light wear along the bottoms of the boards, the binding is remarkably fine and bright. A lovely collector's copy. Howes S183.

 

TRAVELS IN THE OLD NORTHWEST

186.     SCHOOLCRAFT, HENRY R. Narrative of an Expedition through the Upper Mississippi to Itasca Lake, the Actual Source of this River; Embracing an Exploratory Trip through the St. Croix and Burntwood (or Broule) Rivers; in 1831. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1834. [2], 307, [1] p. 5 maps (2 folding). Modern half red crushed levant morocco. First few leaves neatly washed, old penned number on title and second leaf, else a fine copy.   $1000.00

First edition. Schoolcraft undertook several journeys through the Old Northwest Territory, on one of which he discovered the true source of the Mississippi River. The extensive appendix contains the documentation of his reports as well as a Chippewa vocabulary. Wagner-Camp 50a:1; Howes S187; Graff 3698.

 

FIRST GAZETTEER OF THE UNITED STATES: 1795

187.     SCOTT, JOSEPH. The United States Gazetteer: Containing an Authentic Description of the Several States, their Situation, Extent, Boundaries ... their Respective Counties.... Philadelphia: F. and R. Bailey, 1795. 12mo. [iii]-vi, [294] p. Engraved title, large engraved folding map of the U.S., and 18 smaller engraved folding maps of states and territories. Contemporary sheep, very skillfully rebacked retaining the original spine label, endpapers neatly replaced with period paper. Usual light offsetting on the maps and on the facing text pages, a few stray spots, else a very good, very attractive copy. Early signature of J. McKnight.   $10,000.00

First edition of the first gazetteer of the United States, with nineteen maps drawn and engraved by the author. Included are maps from Maine to South Carolina and Kentucky, as well as important early maps of the Northwest Territory and the Southwest Territory. Scott introduces his work in a short preface: ". . . what was but a few years ago, a pathless region, is now become a rich, and flourishing settlement; interspersed with pleasant towns, and thriving villages." Evans 29476, Howes S237, Rink 225, Wheat & Brun 125 (U.S. map, plus all state and territory maps).

 

SELDEN ON THE ENGLISH GOVERNMENT

188.     SELDEN, JOHN. An Historicall Discourse of the Uniformity of the government of England. The First Part. From the First Times till the Reigne of Edward the Third. London: For Mathew Walbancke, 1647. 4to. [16], 323, [12] p. incl. engraved fore-title. Contemporary calf. Faint dampstain in bottom margin, extremities of engraved fore-title discolored from leather turn-ins, front hinge scuffed and cracking at top. A very nice, as-issued copy.   $750.00

First edition. Selden's work, edited by Nathaniel Bacon, is in effect a constitutional history of England. A second part was published in 1651, and both parts were reprinted several times. The work was formerly attributed to Bacon as author. Wing B-348B; Sweet & Maxwell 1:99:9.

 

SELDEN AND BACON ON THE ENGLISH GOVERNMENT

189.     SELDEN, JOHN. An Historicall Discourse of the Uniformity of the government of England. The First Part. From the First Times till the Reigne of Edward the Third. London: For Matthew Walbancke, 1647 [i.e., 1672]. 4to. [12], 323, [13] p. [Bound with:] NATHANIEL BACON, The Continuation of an Historicall Discourse .... London: For Matthew Walbanck, and Henry Twyford, 1651 [i.e., 1672]. Contemporary calf, rebacked, with modern endpapers. Text very lightly browned, corners worn through, else very good.   $750.00

The 1672 reprint of both parts. The imprints are false. The first part conforms to ESTC R483640, the second to R206424. The first part was formerly attributed to Bacon as author, rather than editor. Wing B-349, B348aA.

 

NEW ENGLAND GIVEN FAIR WARNING

190.     SHEPARD, THOMAS. The Parable of the Ten Virgins Opened & Applied: Being the Substance of Divers Sermons on Matth. 25. 1,--13.... [London]: Re-printed, and carefully corrected in the year, 1695. Sm. fol. [8], 232, 190, [5] p. Modern full calf, very skillfully executed in period style. Title a bit soiled and with early stamp on verso, small burn hole in F3 costing a few letters, corner of K4 torn away affecting type rule, minor soiling and spotting, but a very good copy in a handsome period-style binding.   $1000.00

Shepard (1605-1649) was an early New England Puritan and minister of a congregation at Cambridge, Massachusetts. His Parable of the Ten Virgins was prepared for the press by his son Thomas and fellow New England minister Jonathan Mitchell and was first published in 1660. The text contains a warning to New England: "I do fear there is at this day as deep mischief plotting against New-England as ever the sun saw." (pt. 1, p. 163) Jonathan Edwards made considerable use of the work in his Treatise Concerning Religious Affections (1746). European Americana 695/179; Wing S3115.

 

SILK MANUFACTURE IN ITALY

191.     (SILK). Castelli, Carlo. L' Arte di Filare la Seta a Freddo ossia senza Fuoco sotto le Bacine delle Filatrici .... Venice: Domenico Fracasso, 1795. 8vo. viii, 96 p. 2 folding charts. Original stiff paper wrappers. A very fine, fresh copy.     $450.00

On silk manufacture and the silk trade in Italy.

 

A BEAUTIFUL COPY

192.     SIR THOMAS MALORY. Le Morte Darthur. The History of King Arthur and of his Noble Knights of the Round Table. Boston: Medici Society, [ca. 1920]. 2 vols. Illus. by W. Russell Flint. Cloth. Fine in very good dust jackets with just the slightest spine discoloration.   $450.00

First trade edition, with the lovely color plates by W. Russell Flint. As fresh a copy as one could hope for.

 

193.     SITWELL, SACHEVERELL, HANDASYDE BUCHANAN, and JAMES FISHER. Fine Bird Books, 1700-1900. London and New York: Collins and Van Nostrand, 1953. Large folio. [8], 120 p. Color and black-and-white plates. Half red morocco. Spine somewhat darkened, light foxing on the endpapers. Bookplate. In the publisher's slipcase, worn at the extremities.   $800.00

One of 295 numbered copies signed by the three authors. One of the classic reference works for ornithological illustration.

 

SOURCE FOR THE BOOK OF MORMON?

194.     SMITH, ETHAN. View of the Hebrews; Exhibiting the Destruction of Jerusalem; the Certain Restoration of Judah and Israel; the Present State of Judah and Israel; and an Address of the Prophet Isaiah Relative to their Restoration. Poultney, Vt.: Smith & Shute, 1823. 12mo. 187 p. Contemporary mottled sheep. Usual scattered foxing, else a very good, tight copy.   $3000.00

First edition. An argument that the American Indians were descended from the Ten Lost Tribes of Israel. This argument reappeared in Joseph Smith's (no relation) Book of Mormon published seven years later, and many have attempted to establish a connection between the two works. However Ethan Smith's argument was a popular one, advanced by many theological writers over the years. Smith (1762-1849) was a Congregationalist minisher in Vermont. The book was reprinted and slightly enlarged in 1825 and copies are seen on the market with some frequency, but this first edition is quite rare in trade. Rosenbach 252; Pilling 3655; Shoemaker 14138.

 

THE FIRST HISTORY OF NEW JERSEY
AND A SUPERB NEW JERSEY ASSOCIATION COPY

195.     SMITH, SAMUEL. The History of the Colony of Nova-Caesaria, or New-Jersey: Containing, an Account of its First Settlement, Progressive Improvements, the Original and Present Constitution, and other Events, to the Year 1721. With some Particulars Since; and a Short View of its Present State. Burlington: James Parker, 1765. x, 573, [1] p. Contemporary calf, two-line gilt fillet around covers, very skillfully rebacked in correct period style. The usual sporatic foxing and occasional browning always found in this book, but a very attractive copy. From the libraries of Jonathan Elmer and Joseph Bloomfield, with their respective signatures, and later signatures of Wm. Elmer and C. E. Elmer.   $2500.00

The first edition of the first general history of New Jersey, printed by New Jersey's first printer and owned by two of the leading figures in eighteenth-century New Jersey. Jonathan Elmer (1745-1817) was a Cumberland County native and physician before becoming involved in politics and the law. He attended the Provincial Congress of 1775 and was a member of the Continental Congress and later the United States Senate. Joseph Bloomfield (1753-1823) was a Revolutionary War soldier, statesman, the fourth governor of New Jersey, and one of eighteenth-century New Jersey's most important book collectors.

James Parker left his Woodbridge printing office in the care of his son and moved to Burlington to fulfill a long-standing promise to Samuel Smith to print his history as soon as it was ready for the press. The printing press used was one belonging to Benjamin Franklin and formerly used by Franklin's nephew, Benjamin Mecom, in Antigua. The press was shipped from New York to Burlington in April of 1765, used for the Smith book and three or four smaller Burlington jobs, then sent on to Philadelphia in February of 1766, at which time Parker returned to Woodbridge. The press run was 600 copies, as indicated by Parker's bill to Smith. Parker printed two title pages simultaneously on a single sheet, thus providing each title page a blank conjugate for binding that also precluded the need for a free front endpaper. This old-time and cost-saving printer's trick, combined with stop-press alterations in the text of a number of sheets, has led past bibliographers to speak of two distinct issues of the book. There is absolutely no correlation between the uncorrected and corrected sheets and the two title pages; all were freely mixed by the binder without any discernable pattern or priority. See Felcone, Printing in New Jersey, 1754-1800: A Descriptive Bibliography, 105, for an exhaustive history and analysis of this cornerstone New Jersey book. Evans 10166; Bristol B2619a; Miller, Benjamin Franklin's Philadelphia Printing, 853; Streeter Sale 923; Howes S661; ESTC W20457.

 

EDUCATION IN COLONIAL AMERICA
AND THE FOUNDING OF COLUMBIA COLLEGE

196.     [SMITH, WILLIAM]. Some Thoughts on Education: with Reasons for Erecting a College in this Province, and Fixing the Same at the City of New-York: to which is added, a Scheme for Employing Masters or Teachers in the Mean Time: and also for Raising and Endowing an Edifice in an Easy Manner.... New York: J. Parker, 1752. ix, [1], 32 p. Final leaf D4 in very skillful, and almost undectable, facsimile. Neat modern paper-covered boards. Abraham Keteltas' copy, signed "A. Keteltas's" and stamped "Abrm. Keteltas" on the title page.   $3800.00

First edition. An influential essay on education in colonial America, a key work in the controversy surrounding the founding of Columbia University, and owned by an important colonial New Yorker. The essay is one of the first published works by the prolific William Smith (1727-1803), written when he was just twenty-five years old and recently arrived in America. It joined several others in the controversy then raging, which ended in the founding of King's College two years later. Benjamin Franklin was purported so impressed by Smith's essay that he hired Smith to be the provost of the newly formed University of Pennsylvania. Abraham Keteltas (1732-1798) was a native New Yorker, minister, and ardent patriot who was elected to the Provincial Congress in 1776. The pamphlet is very rare. The only copy sold at auction in the last fifty years was the Streeter copy, which brought nineteen hundred dollars in 1969. Evans 6935; Streeter Sale 4053.

 

SOUTH CAROLINA LAWS, 1791-1804

197.     SOUTH CAROLINA. LAWS. Acts of the General Assembly of the State of South-Carolina, from February, 1791, to December, 1794 [-December, 1795, to December, 1804]. Columbia: D. & J. J. Faust, 1808. 8vo. 2 vols. [82], 394, [9] p.; 567, [14] p. Modern calf-backed boards, very skillfully executed in period style. Marginal tear on T3 of v.1, variable foxing and browning throughout due to the different paper stocks used. Signatures of R. [L.?] Witherspoon, 1809, and Tho. Williams, Jr., 1816, on first title page, and mid-nineteenth-century stamp of F. H. Thomas & Co., law booksellers, St. Louis.   $1800.00

Fully indexed compilation of South Carolina laws from 1794 through 1804, in a handsome period-style binding. The book was printed on poor paper and all copies exhibit varying degrees of foxing and browning. S&S 16222.

 

SOUTHAMPTON, LONG ISLAND, IN 1681

198.     (SOUTHAMPTON, LONG ISLAND). A very early manuscript document from Southampton, being a jury inquest upon a death. One page, quarto, Southampton [N.Y.], 6 June 1681. Old fold marks, else very good. In an appropriate and unopened mid-nineteenth-century black frame, the backing board still secured with the original cut nails.   $2500.00

A lovely and very early Southampton manuscript legal proceeding listing the names of several of the town's earliest settlers. The document reads in full: "Southampton the 6th day of June 1681. A Jury paneled for Inquest upon the Death of William Russell are as foloweth Mr Joseph fordham, Mr Arthr Howell, Mr Eades, Obadyah Rogers, John ffoster, Thomas Cooper, Eman Howell, Isaack Mils, Job Sayre, William Hackelton, Obadyah Rogers Junr., ffrances Sayre in the bahalf of constable. The vardit of the Jewry is that the water is the Cawes of his Death he was Drownded and no other means but gods providence he came thereby to his end."

 

IN THE WILDS OF AMERICA

199.     ST. JOHN, PERCY B. The Trapper's Bride: A Tale of the Rocky Mountains. With the Rose of Ouisconsin. Indian Tales. London, 1845. [6], 166 p. Cloth. Lacks series title preceding title page, else a very nice, tight copy.   $600.00

First edition of an English author's account of life in the West, particularly Fort Bent. According to his introduction, St. John based the work on his stay in the "wilds of America, the backwoods of Texas." Streeter Sale 3048; Wagner-Camp 118:1; Graff 3641.

 

THE ONLY KNOWN COPY?

200.     STEER, CATHERINE (BIDDLECOMBE). [Memoir]. [Birmingham, Eng., 1850?] 48 p. No title page, as issued. Bound in olive green cloth, unlettered, probably ca. 1890. Covers lightly soiled and spotted, but very good.   $1000.00

An autobiographical memoir of Catherine (Biddlecombe) Steer (1799-1879), written in the form of a letter to friends dated Islington, 18 December 1849. The family was relatively prominent, and guests included Coleridge and Robert Owen. The text is printed on three gatherings of eight leaves, the first page commencing the text, without any front matter. At the foot of the last page is the printer's imprint, "Printed by Josiah Allen, Birmingham." According to the BBTI the Allen firm printed in Birmingham from ca. 1815 to 1881. It is difficult to date the printing--it could be 1850 and it could be 1880. No other clues present themselves.

The book appears to be completely unrecorded, but, interestingly, the text is available on a Steer family website, www.msteer.co.uk/biog/4Biddlecombe.html. No additional information has been found.

 

201.     STEVENSON, ROBERT LOUIS. Kidnapped. Being the Memoirs of the Adventures of David Balfour in the Year 1751.... [London], 1886. viii, 311, [1] p. + [16] p. ads. Folding map. Red cloth. Covers rather soiled and spotted. A good copy only. In an old morocco-backed case (chemise broken).                 $450.00

First edition, second issue. Beinecke 381.

 

EZRA STILES ON THE REGICIDE JUDGES

202.     STILES, EZRA. A History of Three of the Judges of King Charles I. Major-General Whalley, Major-General Goffe, and Colonel Dixwell: who, at the Restoration, 1660, Fled to America; and were Secreted and Concealed, in Massachusetts and Connecticut, for Near Thirty Years. Hartford: Elisha Babcock, 1794. 357, [2] p., errata slip. 9 plates (some folding) incl. portrait, several by Amos Doolittle. Full red crushed levant, fully gilt, by Matthews. Spine darkened and front hinge worn, some light foxing on folded plates.   $750.00

First edition. President Stiles' classic account of the Regicide Judges. Howes S999; Evans 27743.

 

SWAMMERDAM ON INSECTS

203.     SWAMMERDAM, JAN. Histoire Generale des Insectes.... Utrecht: Jean Ribbius, 1685. 4to. [8], 215 p. 13 engraved plates, folding table. Later half calf, antique. Extremities of spine a bit rubbed, else a very good copy.   $1200.00

Second edition in French; originally published in Dutch in 1669.

 

AN OCEANOGRAPHIC CIRCUMNAVIGATION

204.     SWIRE, HERBERT. The Voyage of the Challenger. A Personal Narrative of the Historic Circumnavigation of the Globe in the Years 1872-1876. London: Golden Cockerel Press, 1938. 2 vols. Sm. fol. Colored plates, text illustrations. Blue cloth boards, white cloth spines, gilt. A fine copy, in the publisher's cloth slipcase (lightly rubbed at extremities).   $1000.00

One of 300 numbered copies, printed in Eric Gill's Perpetua type on Van Gelder paper. Swire was navigating sub-lieutenant on the voyage, and the handsome illustrations are reproduced from the original drawings in his journals. "The voyage of the Challenger, under the command of Sir George Nares, was of great scientific importance. It is now considered to be the inception of oceanography as one of the sciences."--Hill 586.

 

INTRODUCTION TO ROMAN LAW

205.     TAYLOR, JOHN. A Summary of the Roman Law, Taken from Dr. Taylor's Elements of the Civil Law. To which is prefixed A Dissertation on Obligation. London: For T. Payne, 1772. [8], lxx, 328, [31] p. Modern cloth (neat but undistinguished). A clean, very good copy.   $600.00

Taylor's important introduction to Roman law, extracted from his earlier Elements of the Civil Law and published separately here for the first time. Sweet & Maxwell 5, p. 142.

 

LAWS OF TEXAS, 1838-1840

206.     TEXAS. LAWS. Laws of the Republic of Texas, Passed at the First Session of the Third Congress. Houston: Telegraph Power Press, 1839. [2], 145, [1], v p. + addenda slip pasted to verso of final page of index. [Bound with:] Laws of the Republic of Texas, Passed at the Session of the Fourth Congress. Houston: Telegraph Power Press, 1840. 280, [2], vii, [1] p. incl. errata leaf. Two works bound together in modern law cloth, red and black leather spine labels. Line endings in gathering I of second work slightly cropped, scattered light foxing and overall light browning, else very good.   $750.00

Two early Texas session laws. The first work is Streeter's second issue, with the additional act for the punishment of horse thieves on page 145. Shoemaker 58843, American Imprints 40-6502; Streeter, Texas, 354A, 416.

 

STREETER'S MONUMENTAL BIBLIOGRAPHY OF TEXAS

207.     (TEXAS). Streeter, Thomas W. Bibliography of Texas, 1795-1845. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1955-60. 5 vols. Facsims. Cloth. A fine set in lightly soiled dust jackets chipped at spine ends.   $450.00

One of the great Americana bibliographies. Jenkins, Basic Texas Books: "An absolutely unparalleled achievement."

 

FREEDOM OF THE PRESS: ONE OF THE FOUNDATION DOCUMENTS

208.     THOMSON, JOHN. An Enquiry, Concerning the Liberty, and Licentiousness of the Press, and the Uncontroulable Nature of the Human Mind: Containing an Investigation of the Right which Government have to Controul the Free Expression of Public Opinion, Addressed to the People of the U. States. New York: Johnson & Stryker, for the author, 1801. 84 p. Removed from a bound volume. Some foxing and spotting, marginal stains on the first few pages and one or two internal pages. A good-to-very good copy. In a neat cloth folding box with leather label.   $2800.00

First and only edition of one of the classic early American texts on freedom of the press and individual freedom in general. "Let the whig and tory, the royalist and aristocrate, the republican and democrat, or by whatever other name the partizans of political parties are designated . . . be allowed to express their opinions, whether by speech or press, with the same unconstrained freedom with which men of science discuss their subjects of investigation. No more danger will result from one discussion, than arises from the other. . . ." Little is known about Thomson though he appears to have been, at times, a hair dresser and the proprietor of a placement office for domestic help. S&S 1409; McCoy, Freedom of the Press, T102.

 

FLOOR JOURNAL OF BOTH SESSIONS OF THE SECOND CONGRESS, 1791-1793

209.     UNITED STATES. CONGRESS. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. Journal of the House of Representatives of the United States, at the First [-Second] Session of the Second Congress. Philadelphia: Francis Childs and John Swaine, 1792-1793. Folio. 2 vols. in 1. 245 p.; 267 [i.e., 167], [25] p. Bound in modern calf-backed marbled boards, very skillfully executed in period style. Several gatherings in the second volume foxed, else near fine. From the library of James Mott, treasurer of New Jersey during this period.   $2000.00

The detailed floor proceedings, motions, and votes of both sessions of the second Congress, from October 1791 through March 1793. One can follow the course of many important bills as they are introduced, read, amended, voted on, and eventually enacted into law. Key legislation at this session included the establishment of the mint, copper coinage, protection of the frontiers, a uniform militia law, and the Ohio Territory. Evans 24910, 26332.

 

THE CONTINENTAL CONGRESS PUBLISHES
THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE

210.     UNITED STATES. CONTINENTAL CONGRESS. Journals of Congress. Containing the Proceedings in the Year 1776.  Published by Order of Congress. Volume II. Philadelphia: R. Aitken, 1777. [2], 513, [22] p. Modern full mottled sheepskin, superbly executed in exact facsimile of the original binding, the spine with a red morocco title label and "1776" tooled on a black oval onlay. Some internal dampstaining and browning, particularly toward the end of the text, else a very handsome volume. With the signature of Samuel McCraw Gunn, dated 1822, on the title page. Enclosed in a four-flap chemise and morocco-backed slipcase.   $20,000.00

First edition of the second volume of the journals of the Continental Congress, covering Congress' proceedings for the year 1776 and containing the full text of the Declaration of Independence.

On September 26, 1776, the Continental Congress ordered Philadelphia printer Robert Aitken to reprint the earlier (i.e., 1775) journals of Congress and to continue to print the journals "with all possible expedition." According to Charles Hildeburn, quoting Aitken's statement to Congress, "I printed 800 copies of the second volumes, 50 were carried to Lancaster, and committed to the care of Mr. [John] Dunlap. I find of the other 750 copies only 532 were delivered. I allow 218 copies as they have been lost or embessled." (Issues of the Press in Pennsylvania, 3577) The text contains a complete record of the proceedings of the Continental Congress from January 1 through December 31, 1776. On page 240 the session of Tuesday, July 4, begins: "Agreeable to the order of the day, the Congress resolved itself, into a committee of the whole, to take into their farther consideration the declaration, and after some time the president resumed the chair, and Mr. Harrison reported that the committee have agreed to a declaration which they desired him to report. The declaration being read, was agreed to, as follows...." Here begins the full text of the Declaration of Independence, ending at the bottom of page 246 with the name of the final signer. The text of the entire volume is set solid in a Long Primer type. The text of the Declaration is set in a leaded Small Pica type. There is no mistaking the emphasis.

Next follows Congress' resolution: "That copies of the declaration be sent to the several assemblies, conventions and committees, or councils of safety, and to the several commanding officers of the continental troops; that it be proclaimed in each of the United States, and at the head of the army." Evans 15684.

 

FIRST CODIFICATION OF U.S. MILITARY LAWS

211.     UNITED STATES. WAR DEPT. Military Laws of the United States; to which is Prefixed the Constitution of the United States. By Trueman Cross. Washington: Edward De Krafft, 1825. xxxi, [1], 279 p. Contemporary sheep. Foxed, binding scuffed but very tight and solid. William G. McNeill's copy, signed and dated 1827 on the title page and with his name neatly lettered in ink on the front cover. In a portfolio and fine morocco-backed slipcase.   $2200.00

First edition of the first attempt to fully codify the military laws of the United States. Preceded by the Constitution, the work contains the texts of all laws pertaining to the military in the United States, beginning in 1776 and continuing through 1824, including a comprehensive 17-page index. The book was compiled by Trueman Cross under the authority of the War Department. Cross was a career military officer and is often considered the first important fatality of the Mexican War, having been killed by Mexican banditti on the Rio Grande near Fort Texas in April 1846. This copy belonged to William G. McNeill, an army topographical engineer who left the service in the late 1820s to become a railroad engineer. He supervised the surveying and construction of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad and eventually became one of the foremost railroad engineers in the country.

Cross's book, though owned by several libraries, is very rare in trade. No copy appears in the auction records from the mid-1970s onward, and it is unlisted in Shoemaker's American Imprints. This is a lovely copy, in the original binding, with a fine provenance.

 

VARLO'S TOUR IN AMERICA

212.     VARLO, CHARLES. The Essence of Agriculture, being a Regular System of Husbandry, Through all its Branches; Suited to the Climate and Lands of Ireland ... with the Author's Twelve Months Tour thro' America.... London: For the author, 1786. v, [3], 283, [1], 124 p. Fold. table. Modern half calf antique. Some worm trails in early leaves, else very good.   $900.00

First edition of Varlo's frequently-reprinted treatise on agriculture, with an account of his travels in America. Varlo (ca. 1725-ca. 1795), a Yorkshireman farming in Ireland, came to America in 1784 to prosecute a bogus claim to a part of New Albion, roughly including parts of New York, Long Island, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware. He traveled along the coast from Boston to Virginia, placing advertisements in newspapers and generally attempting to be heard. He even published a book, A New System of Husbandry (Philadelphia, 1785). After his return to Europe he published The Essence of Agriculture, which, like most of his books, he reissued randomely and repeatedly, altering titles, rearranging or interchanging sections, and adding and removing pages of subscribers' names. Later editions were titled Nature Displayed and The Floating Ideas of Nature. Howes V51. See also Clark, Old South, II, 129, and Felcone, New Jersey Books, 281-283.

 

VIRGIL ENGLISHED, 1562

213.     VIRGIL. The Nyne fyrst bookes of the Eneidos of Virgil converted into Englishe vearse by Thomas Phaer. London: By Rouland Hall, for Nicholas Englande, 1562. 4to. [220] p. Woodcut on title. Text in black letter. Nineteenth-century morocco, ruled in gilt, edges gilt. Extremities lightly worn, minor scuffing. First quire washed and neatly extended at top edge, possibly supplied from another copy. A few internal repairs, else a very good copy with excellent full margins. Rubislaw House bookplate of John Morgan.   $11,000.00

A rare early edition in English verse of Virgil's Aeneid, translated by Thomas Phayer (1510?-1560). Edited by William Wightman. STC 24800.

 

HISTORY OF VIRGINIA

214.     (VIRGINIA). [Beverley, Robert]. The History of Virginia, in Four Parts ... By a Native and Inhabitant of the Place. London: For F. Fayram and J. Clarke, and T. Bickerton, 1722. [8], 284, [24] p. + [4] p. ads. Engraved fore-title, 14 engraved plates. Slightly later calf. Spine rubbed, front hinge begining to crack but held firmly by the cords. Some light marginal foxing, but a very good, very attractive copy.   $2800.00

The revised and enlarged second edition of the first history of Virginia written by a native. Beverley was a planter who spent most of his life in Virginia, and his work is a reliable contemporary account of life in that colony. The work first appeared in 1705. Howes B410.

 

VOSSIUS ON IDOLS AND IMAGES OF WORSHIP

215.     VOSSIUS, GERARDUS JOANNES. ... De theologia gentili, et physiologia Christiana; sive de origine ac progressu idololatriae.... Amsterdam: Joannes Blaeu, 1668. Folio. 2 vols. in 1. Possibly lacking port. Cont. vellum. Old seminary label on pastedown, else a very good copy--clean and tight.   $900.00

Vossius' study of the origins and development of idols and idolatry, first published in 1641. Chapter 8 of the first book contains a description of Brazilian customs, especially the behavior of the Tapuya Indians, who are identified as cannibals. Also noted are the services to the Dutch in Brazil of Krzysztof Arciszewski. The work is bound with, as issued, Moses ben Maimon's De idololatria liber (Amsterdam, 1668), edited and translated into Latin by Dionysius Vossius. European Americana 668/176; Yarmolinsky, Polish Americana, p. 60.

 

HISTORY OF CAMBRIA, OR WALES

216.     (WALES). Caradoc, of Llancarvan. The History of Wales. Comprehending the Lives and Succession of the Princes of Wales, from Cadwalader the Last King, to Lhewelyn the Last Prince, of British Blood.... London: By M. Clark, for the author, and R. Clavell, 1697. [40], xxiii, [1], 398, [18] p. Contemporary calf, rebacked in period style, later endpapers. A very nice copy.                  $450.00

A classic history of Cambria, or Wales. The original work by Caradoc of Llancarvan is not known, but a version on which this edition is loosely based was published in 1584 as The Historie of Cambria. That work was in fact assembled and translated by Humphrey Llwyd from various Welch sources and expanded by David Powell. This 1697 edition has been extensively rewritten and augmented by William Wynne. Wing C488.

 

BENJAMIN OWEN TYLER AND PETER MAVERICK COLLABORATION

217.     (WASHINGTON, GEORGE). Engraved calligraphic print, "Eulogium Sacred to the Memory of the Illustrious George Washington, Columbia's Great and Successful Son: Honored be his Name." New York: Benj. Owen Tyler, 1815. 17.3 x 21 in. Engraved by Peter Maverick, Newark, N. Jersey. Mounted on linen with wooden rollers at the top and bottom (bottom detached), as issued. 1.5 x 2.5 inch piece missing from the left margin, costing four letters of the title and a bit of the calligraphic border. Surface abrasion and some wrinkles, quite quite good.   $550.00

A classic production of the great early American calligrapher Benjamin Owen Tyler in collaboration with the important early American engraver Peter Maverick. At the center is an oval stipple portrait of Washington above a pedestal. Surrounding this central image is a most remarkable display of calligraphy, "Designed written and published by Benjamin O. Tyler, professor of penmanship, New York, 1815. Engraved by P. Maverick, Newark, N. Jersey." Stephens, The Mavericks, 767.b.

 

ADVICE TO YOUNG DOCTORS: AVOID WINE AND CIGARS

218.     WATERHOUSE, BENJAMIN. Cautions to Young Persons Concerning Health in a Public Lecture Delivered at the Close of the Medical Course in ... Cambridge Nov. 20. 1804; Containing the General Doctrine of Chronic Diseases; Shewing the Evil Tendency of the Use of Tobacco upon Young Persons; more especially the Pernicious Effects of Smoking Cigarrs; with Observations on the Use of Ardent and Vinous Spirits in General. Cambridge [Mass.]: University Press, by W. Hilliard, 1805. 32 p. Contemporary marbled paper covers, printed paper label on upper cover; neatly bound in later cloth. Light, mostly marginal foxing, some spotting on label, else a very good, wide-margined copy.   $650.00

Waterhouse (1754-1846) was the first professor of medicine at Harvard. Austin 2005; S&S 9690.

 

ONE OF ONLY 50 COPIES PRINTED

219.     WHARTON, EDITH. Ethan Frome. [Portland, Me.]: Ascensius Press, 2002. [4], 105, [2] p. Marbled paper-covered boards, goatskin fore-edges and spine, by Daniel Gehnrich. Very fine. In very fine publisher's cloth clamshell box.   $900.00

One of an edition of only 50 numbered copies, printed by Scott Vile and Nathan Sanborn at the Ascensius Press on paper handmade in Maine. A glorious production.

 

ONE OF 200 COPIES PRINTED BY UPDIKE

220.     WHITNEY, CASPAR. Charles Adelbert Canfield. New York, 1930. Sm. folio. viii, 217, [2] p. Photogravure plates. Cloth. A pristine copy, as new.   $450.00

One of 300 copies, privately printed by D. B. Updike at the Merrymount Press. Canfield began a mining career in Colorado in 1869, then moved to Nevada and New Mexico before arriving in Los Angeles, where he went into the oil business with E. L. Doheny. Howes W384.

 

FIRST BOOK ON MECHANICS IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE

221.     WILKINS, JOHN. Mathematicall Magick. Or, The Wonders that may be Performed by Mechanicall Geometry. In Two Books. Concerning Mechanicall Powers. Motions.... London: By M[iles] F[lesher] for Sa: Gellibrand, 1648. 8vo. [14], 245 p. Numerous text woodcuts, three of which are hand colored. An early but extraneous portrait of Wilkins is neatly tipped in on the stub of the preliminary blank A1. Contemporary calf, modern rebacking. Corners of boards well worn, dampstain at the lower corner of the blank margin, otherwise a very good copy. With the calligraphic signature of "Edwardus Haddon Coll. Regmt. 1672/3" and the later signature of Horatio N. Read.   $3000.00

First edition. The first compendium of mechanics available in the English language. The text is divided into two parts: "Archimedes, or, Mechanicall Powers" and "Daedalus, or, Mechanicall Motions"--the latter describing various machines, including strange devices and possibilities, such as a land vehicle powered by wind, submarines, automata, clocks, magnetic perpetuum mobile, etc.--Roberts, Bibliotheca Mechanica, p. 354. Wing W2198; ESTC R6164.

 

WILLIAMS' CLASSIC EPIC POEM, IMAGINATIVELY HOUSED

222.     WILLIAMS, WILLIAM CARLOS. Paterson. (Book One) [-Book Five]. [New York, 1946-1958]. 5 vols. Cloth. Dust jackets on vols. 1, 3, and 5 (two professionally reinforced on verso). In a remarkable and imaginative designer slipcase. Each volume is in a cloth portfolio which co-ordinates with the cloth bindings, including the different color cloth onlays. The whole is contained in a full crimson niger goatskin slipcase with multi-level insets on the sides and front in various colored leathers in a free-flowing design, the front inset being titled on the various levels. In superb condition.                                    $2000.00

First editions, each volume except the last being one of 1000 copies. A handsome set in a wonderful box evocative of Williams' poetry.

 

BARTLETT ILLUSTRATIONS OF AMERICAN SCENERY: 1840

223.     WILLIS, NATHANIEL P. American Scenery; or, Land, Lake, and River Illustrations of Transatlantic Scenery. From Drawings by W. H. Bartlett.... London: George Virtue, 1840. 2 vols., 4to. Port., 2 engraved titles, map, and 118 engraved plates of American scenes from original drawings by William H. Bartlett. Contemporary half morocco (worn at extremities, one cover detached). Most plates with some foxing, chiefly in the blank margins.   $1200.00

First edition of one of the most popular mid-nineteenth century works illustrating America. Bartlett travelled from New England south to Virginia and west to Niagara Falls, drawing some of the most spectacular American scenery. His drawings were engraved by a host of skillful artists and accompanied by text of N. P. Willis. Nearly all copies exhibit some degree of foxing on the plates. Howes B-209; Abbey, Travel, 651; Clark III:256.

 

WILSON AND BONAPARTE'S AMERICAN ORNITHOLOGY--COMPLETE AND LOVELY

224.     WILSON, ALEXANDER. American Ornithology; or, The Natural History of the Birds of the United States. Philadelphia: Bradford and Inskeep, 1808-1814. Folio. 9 vols. bound in 3. 76 hand-colored engraved plates. [With:] CHARLES L. BONAPARTE, American Ornithology; or, The Natural History of Birds Inhabiting the United States, Not Given by Wilson. Philadelphia: Carey, Lea & Carey, 1825-1833. Folio. 4 vols. bound in 2. 27 hand-colored engraved plates. Uniformly bound in full red morocco, richly gilt; skillfully rebacked to style. The Wilson with the usual offsetting common to this work, but with the plates fine and fresh with practically no foxing; the Bonaparte with considerably less offsetting and the plates just about fine, two text gatherings slightly browned. Light scuffing at the extremities of the bindings.   $30,000.00

First editions of both works, the former with the earliest state of the text (preface dated Oct. 1808) and an original subscriber's set. A lovely and most desireable matched set of both works. Alexander Wilson's American Ornithology is one of the great early American color plate books. It is the first American work to use color plates to convey scientific information, and it is the first real combination of text and color illustration produced in the United States. (Reese, Nineteenth Century American Color Plate Books) In the 76 plates, most engraved by Alexander Lawson, Wilson depicted more than three quarters of the species of birds known to exist in America at that time. Bonaparte's work was issued as a supplement to Wilson's. Plate IV, the Great Crow Blackbird, was drawn by John J. Audubon and represents the first appearance of any plate after Audubon. Audubon was highly incensed by the liberties the engraver, Alexander Lawson, had taken with his original drawing, and he was doubly offended that Alexander Rider's name also appeared on the plate as the artist. Both the Wilson and the Bonaparte works were commonly bound without tissue guards, resulting in varying degrees of offsetting of the plates onto the facing text pages. While this set contains the usual offsetting, the plates are fine and fresh, without the foxing that so often mars them. Nissen, 992, 116; Meisel III pp. 369, 393; Reese 3.

 

ANCIENT WINES COMPARED

225.     (WINE). Barry, Edward. Observations Historical, Critical, and Medical, on the Wines of the Ancients. And the Analogy between them and Modern Wines. . . . London: For T. Cadell, 1775. 4to. xii, 479, [1] p. Frontis., engraved title page vignette. Contemporary tree calf, very skillfully rebacked retaining full original gilt spine. Light offsetting on the title page, else a fine, clean copy. With the eighteenth-century armorial bookplate of Peter Sherston (probably the Peter Sherston of Stobury Hill, Somerset).   $2200.00

First edition. The wines of the ancients, their rules for making and preserving wine, their wine cellars, &c. Next follow sections on the ancient wines of Italy, Greece, Asia, and elsewhere, a study of Greek and Roman suppers, medical qualities of ancient wine, &c. The work concludes with a lengthy (58-p.) appendix on modern wine, its manufacture and customs. Maclean p. 8; Vicaire p. 67.

 

SIX WEEKS BEFORE HE SIGNED THE DECLARATION

226.     WITHERSPOON, JOHN. The Dominion of Providence over the Passions of Men. A Sermon Preached at Princeton, on the 17th of May, 1776. Being the General Fast appointed by the Congress through the United Colonies.... Philadelphia: R. Aitken, 1776. [4], 78, [1] p. Removed from a bound volume. Foxed throughout, with some contemporary underlining.   $2200.00

First edition of Witherspoon's first strongly-worded political statement from the pulpit, delivered just six weeks before he signed the Declaration of Independence. The sermon is dedicated to John Hancock. Witherspoon, the president of the College of New Jersey, was the only minister to sign the Declaration. Evans 15224; Adams, American Controversy, 76-165a; Adams, American Independence, 231; ESTC W20251.

 

FIRST EDITION OF WITHERSPOON'S WORKS

227.     WITHERSPOON, JOHN. The Works of the Rev. John Witherspoon ... Late President of the College, at Princeton New-Jersey. To which is Prefixed an Account of the Author's Life ... by Rev. Dr. John Rodgers, of New York.... Philadelphia: William W. Woodward, 1800. 3 vols. (36, [4], 37-604 p.; 632 p.; [4], 9-611, [12] p.) Very skillfully rebound in period-style calf-backed marbled paper-covered boards, original endpapers retained throughout. Vol. 3 has a minor paper defect on B1 affecting two letters and gathering 2T is stained, else a lovely set with only slight foxing, in a very handsome and correct period-style binding.   $2500.00

The first collected edition of Witherspoon's works, prefaced by John Rodgers' 1795 funeral sermon on Witherspoon. Includes all of Witherspoon's most important works. A fourth volume was issued by Woodward in 1801. Witherspoon was a distinguished Presbyterian theologian, president of the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University), and the only minister to sign the Declaration of Independence. Evans 39128; Felcone, New Jersey Books, 299.

 

PUBLISHER'S MOCK-UP FOR FIRST MAGAZINE
INTENDED FOR WOMEN IN FINANCE

228.     (WOMEN AND FINANCE). The Woman Investor. New York: Vol. I no. 1, February 1914. 12 x 9 in. 21, [3] p. Publisher's mock-up, containing the basic outline of the magazine with empty spaces for still-unwritten articles. First and last leaves lightly soiled and detached at spine, else very good.   $1900.00

Original publisher's mock-up of the first attempt at a magazine intended specifically for women in finance. The lead article, to be written by Jane Addams, was titled "Dollars and Sense." Other projected articles were "The Million Who are Taboo," by Anne Faulkner; "The Test of Investment Capacity," by Mrs. Russell Sage; and "The Words of his Mouth: Concerning a Finance Gentleman who was so Smooth he Slipped," by Elizabeth Beecher. On page 4 the editor or publisher begins a page-long statement of the magazine's purpose with a decidedly feminist opening sentence: "Women stockholders are denied equality with men stockholders." A bit further on, "It is likely to be found a bit militant. It will be as fair, though, as it is outspoken."

We have been unable to learn anything about this intended publication. No editor or publisher is named, and our research has yielded no clues. There is no record that the magazine was ever published.

 

MEMOIR OF A BLACK SERVANT

229.     WOODWARD, WILLIAM. A Memoir of Andrew Jackson Africanus. [N.p.], 1938. x, [4], 54 p. Plates. Half morocco. Stamped author's inscription on front endpaper. Bookseller's label. Bookplate. One-inch hole in front flyleaf, else very good.   $750.00

One of 150 numbered copies privately printed at the Derrydale Press. Memoir of a black groom and family retainer at the author's Belair stud farm in Maryland. Siegel 125; Frazier W-13-a.

 

RARE 1874 WYOMING PROMOTIONAL WORK

230.     (WYOMING). Wyoming (Territory). The Territory of Wyoming. Its History, Soil, Climate, Resources, etc. Laramie City: Daily Sentinel Print, Dec. 1874. 83, [1] p. Blue printed wrappers. A long diagonal tear in the lower corner of the title page has been neatly closed with a strip of cellophane tape on either side (touching one letter of type), spine ends a bit chipped, else a very good, clean copy, with the wrappers in lovely condition.   $4500.00

The first book printed at Laramie, Wyoming, written only five years after the territory was organized. Compiled and issued by the territory's board of immigration, the work was written to attract settlers to an area that was still largely unexplored. The text includes detailed information about cattle and sheep ranching including costs of starting a ranch and projected profits. The territory's commissioner of immigration was J. K. Jeffrey, who Howes credits as the text's author. The book is quite rare: only one copy appears in the auction records in the last 31 years (Swann, 1995). Howes "b" J85; Streeter Sale 2244; Adams, Herd, 2638.

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