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AARDVARK BOOKS/EZRA TISHMAN BOOK APPRAISALS

 

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Mitchell, Samuel Augustus

MITCHELL'S NATIONAL MAP OF THE UNITED STATES; (Leather, with Brass Clasp and Two Foldout Maps)

Mitchell's National Map of the United SAtates (1843)

Philadelphia, PA: Samuel Augustus Mitchell, 1843. First Edition. Leather-bound. 12mo. (7 1/4 in. x 4 1/2 in.) Rich dark-brown leather, double ruled in blind, brightly lettered and ornamented in gilt. Rays of the sun in an arch above the lettering to front board; this repeated to rear board with the addition of an eagle, with wings outspread holding an American shield in its beak, grasping an olive branch with his right talon, and a brace of arrows in its left. All this above ta cloud-construct with a large banner ("E. Pluribus Unum" above and "United States" below. Recent conservator's touch-up to previously lightly rubbed extremities.

Two lovely colored mounted folding MAPS in clean, bright condition.

The first map (34 1/2 in. x 25 1/2 in, and bordered in lovely rose and yellow) is entitled: "A CONCISE VIEW OF THE NUMBER, RESOURCES, AND INDUSTRY OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, IN THE YEAR 1840: Comprising the Different Classes of the Inhabitants, Population of the Principal Cities and Towns, THE CHIEF AGRICULTURAL, MINERAL, AND MANUFACTURED PRODUCTS, EXPORTS AND IMPORTS OF EACH SEPARATE STATE; The most important Canals and Rail-Roads, the Lengths of the Principal Rivers, and the Heights of the Principal Mountains in the United States". The format is a large central chart of statistics, surrounded by 32 separate 3 1/2 in. x 3 in. mini-maps in yellow, green, rose and black, depicting Vicinities of various U.S. cities or states. The larger central chart (16 1/2 in. x 16 in.) includes statistics on Aggregate of the Different Classes (Men, Women, White, Colored, Number of Slaves); Several very short tears along folds.

The second fold-out map is a bright, multicolored map of the (then) entire United States, the title of which is: "Mitchell's National Map of the American Republic Or United States of North America (Together with Maps of The Vicinities of Thirty-Two of the Principal Cities and Towns in The Nation), Clearly intended as the overall title to the entire two-map leather-housed, brass-clasped endeavor, including the first map described above. A lovely copy of this beautiful cartographic endeavor, drawn by H. Young and engraved by J.H. Brightly, with classy gilt designs to both front and rear boards. Near Fine.

Offered by Aardvark Books and found in "March Lion List."

 

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BARNUM, P. T. AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED (ALS).

PT Barnum

Bridgeport, CT, 30 January 1877. A two-page letter on the front and verso of a 5-1/8" x 8" sheet with a blue ink stamp of Barnum addressed to an unknown recipient regarding employment and SIGNED as "P. T. Barnum."

In part: "You are declining the American tour…. My respected father-in-law is I fear rather too timid. My son-in-law … filled the position of traveling Treasurer 4 or 5 years without inquiry, and hundreds are doing the same every year. We think it is a most healthy calling. It is lively, busy & exciting, but not sickening nor killing. My partners would only have allowed $25 per week & I should have paid the other $15 from my own pocket for the sake of having you see if the business would suit you, and also see if an opening could be made for you whereby you could gain an independence. The disappointment to me is not at all serious on my account—more so on yours. But it is all for the best no doubt. I still think I shall have a permanent place of amusement in New York City, where you can have a situation & a chance to own an interest which will be sure to be valuable. We will talk it up when we meet.”

Scattered toning and soiling,

Offered by Charles Agvent and found in "African-Americana, Magic/Circus, Etc."

 

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Nissen, Georg Nikolaus von.

Biographie W.A. Mozart’s. Nach Originalbriefen, Sammlungen alles über ihn Geschrieben, mit viele neuen Beylagen, Steindrücken, Musikblättern und einem Fac-simile.

Biographie W. A. Mozart's

Leipzig: Breitkopf und Härtel, 1828. Large octavo, 6 x 8.25 in (15 x 21 cm), two parts in one volume, including the supplement (Anhang); xliv, 702, 220 pages. Contemporary paper boards; expertly rebacked. Moderate external wear, light occasional foxing to contents, overall an attractive copy. All illustrations, facsimiles, etc. are present, except the family portrait that is usually missing. There are 8 lithograph plates, ; a manuscript music facsimile; a text facsimile of Nissen’s tombstone; and 8 folded music plates.

This collection of family letters, journals, contemporary criticism, etc. was assembled with connecting text by Danish diplomat Georg Nikolaus von Nissen, the second husband of Mozart’s widow, Constanze. She edited it for publication after Nissen’s death. It remains one of the most important collections of primary source material on the composer. 

Offered by Archway Books and found in "A Short Musical List."

 

JAMES ARSENAULT & COMPANY

 

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Jay, T. S. The International Fur Store 198 & 163 Regent Street.

International Fur Store

London: The International Fur Store, [ca. 1885]. 8vo (10” x 6”), chromolithographically illustrated cardstock covers, blue cloth spine, a.e.g. Frontis., [2] pp. text, 25 color plates with text opposite, 1 p. ad.

CONDITION: Light rubbing to wrappers; spine rebacked with blue cloth strip; contents clean and bright.

This scarce trade catalogue features twenty-five plates showing models wearing various fur garments, with such names as Marcelle, the Danae, Heloise, Medea, Tristran, Latona, York, Cynthea, Maguier, and so on. A short description appears opposite each plate, e.g., “Fife. Long semi-fitting Seal Mantle, fastened on left side with silk ornament and cords.” The text spells out the philosophy of the business; addresses its American clientele; notes that its furs are sourced from all over the world; and relates that “a critic surveying an American lady as she tried on the sealskin ulster that had been made for her at the Store declared that it fitted her as mathematically as the fur had its original owner.” The store itself included showrooms, fitting-rooms, skin-rooms, keeping-rooms for storing furs, quilting rooms, and more, and was also something of a cabinet of curiosities, with a “large collection of mounted animals, suitable for museums, halls &c., including lions, tigers, bears, seals, monkeys, squirrels [and] mounted horns.” The illustration on the title page depicts a female customer in a fur coat greeting a stuffed bear; the front wrapper shows a bear pushing a furclad woman, decked in a bear rug, on a sled.

Established in 1882, the International Fur Store was managed by T. S. Jay. Unlike other 19th century furriers that promoted the exclusivity of their stores, Jay created a shop for all classes. Leaflets and trade cards advertised “the finest furs in the world” at low prices, and in the most up-to-date fashions. Sealskin coats and jackets, and other articles made from sable, sea otter, and silver fox skins were also sold. The Store remained open until at least 1938. T. S. Jay’s father operated an establishment that was also located on Regent St., called William Chickall Jay’s London General Mourning Warehouse (est. 1841), which supplied fashionable mourning attire for the well-to-do, as well as offering goods in a wide price-range to attract the lower classes. No copies recorded in OCLC.

Offered by James Arsenault & Company and found in "Short List #4."

 

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AN EXACT PLAN of CHARLESTON BAR AND HARBOUR. From an Actual Survey. With the Attack of FORT SULIVAN, on the 28th of June 1776, BY HIS MAJESTY’S SQUADRON Commanded by Sir Peter Parker. London: Robert Sayer, January 1, 1791. Engraving on wove paper, 20”h x 27 ½”w at neat line, wash and outline color, probably later. Minor spotting and soiling, mended separations at top and bottom of centerfold, and a bit of mat burn. 

British Debacle at Charleston

A fine plan, quite scarce, of the shambolic British attack on Charleston, South Carolina in June 1776. Blessed by a fine harbor and proximity to the Lowcountry indigo and rice plantations, Charleston had the largest urban population south of Philadelphia and was the wealthiest city in the Colonies. During the Revolution it was much coveted by the British, who worked under the false assumption that the South had a high percentage of Loyalists, needing only some encouragement to rise up and help put down the rebellion. Charleston was thus the target of not one but two major British campaigns, in 1776 and again in 1780. This plan depicts the first, which ended quickly and ignominiously at the June 1776 Battle of Sullivan’s Island, where South Carolina militia withstood a British attack on the fortifications protecting the seaward approaches to the city. The British plan suffered from imperfect intelligence about both the strength of the American fort at Sullivan’s Island and the hydrography of the surrounding waters. The attacking fleet suffered heavy casualties and serious damage to many of its vessels, and subsequently limped north to join Howe’s New York campaign. This rare and important British chart depicts Charleston Harbor and its immediate surroundings, with a detailed treatment of the battle. The chart was based on surveys conducted by the Royal Navy during the campaign and was first published on August 31, 1776, little more than two months after the battle. The example offered here is a slightly-later issue bearing a date of 1791, with very substantial re-engraving of the waters around Charleston. It seems plausible that this new information was obtained from surveys conducted during and after the British capture of the city in 1780. The Charleston campaign of 1780 was a different matter altogether: In May of that year a British army under Lord Cornwallis captured the city after a siege and took thousands of American prisoners, marking one of the worst Continental Army defeats of the war. In all, a most interesting plan, depicting an important American victory early in the Revolution. Nebenzahl, Atlas, pp. 55-57 (illus.) Nebenzahl, Bibliography, 65. Sellers & Van Ee, 1548 (noting only the 1776 edition). 

Offered by Boston Rare Maps and found in "From Riot to Revolution."

 

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Os Luciadas (The Lusiads) [With:] Camoens. His Life and His Lusiads. A Commentary [And:] Camoens. The Lyricks (Sonnets, Canzons, Odes, and Sextines) Englished by Richard F. Burton.

(Burton, Richard F) Camoens, Luis de.

Lusiads

London: Bernard Quaritch, 1880, 1881, 1884. First editions. 6 vols. Small 8vo. Publisher’s light green cloth gilt, t.e.g. Very good plus, clean fresh copies. Penzer pp. 104-5.

Offered by James Cummins Bookseller and found in "April Arrivals."

 

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In a Narrow Grave: Essays on Texas [Bibliographically Significant "Skycrapers" Copy]

McMurtry, Larry

In a Narrow Grave, McMurtry

Notes: A rare copy of the first edition of this legendary literary rarity, the first printing of Larry McMurtry's first book of essays. The book is well-known among book collectors as the "skycrapers" printing, because of that typo on line 12 of page 105. This copy has page 105 (specifically the sheet with pages 105 to 108) in BOTH issues, with skyscrapers spelled correctly and incorrectly.

However, this copy does not have the other errors, like "in in" on page 56, line 2; or the line beginning "Mr. Brammer" duplicated in paragraph two of page 134. A year after the publication of this book, Deborah Detering Pannill, a University of Texas at Austin student, wrote a thorough term paper on Encino Press and interviewed the publisher, Bill Wittliff. After the errors in McMurtry's book were discovered, "at first Wittliff thought he could salvage some of those printed but finally they decided to destroy the edition and reprint it.”

What Wittliff meant by "salvage" was not clear until this copy came to light. Only part of the edition had been bound when the errors were discovered. This copy proves that Wittliff attempted to salvage the book by reprinting the pages with errors and replacing them in the unbound copies. In the case of this copy, the corrected sheet was laid on top of the incorrect "skycrapers" text, causing pages 105 to 108 to be duplicated.

McMurtry's first collection of essays, covering Texas history, Texas writers, cowboys, and as a coda to The Last Picture Show, sex in Archer City, Texas has been popular with collectors since its first publication. This is (so far) the only known copy with the famous "skycrapers" page in both issues.

Estimates of the number of surviving copies of the "skycrapers" first printing vary, with typical numbers given as 10–20. The book is not that rare. Realistically, the number of copies is probably two or three times that many. Even so, for a book distributed to the public (as opposed to a limited edition destined for collectors), 50 copies is vanishingly small print run in a state as large as Texas. Probably the scarcest of all McMurtry books.

Your cataloguer has published an essay and bibliography of this book on his Substack.

Edition + Condition: First edition (first printing with the "skycrapers" error). A near fine copy in a very good, first issue dust jacket (with "wtih" in paragraph five, line three of the front flap). The jacket has light shelfwear and a crease along the front flap edge. The book is signed by McMurtry on the front free endpaper. A previously unrecorded and perhaps unique variant of the first printing, in above average condition for this book.

Publication: Austin, TX: Encino Press, 1968.

Offered by Downtown Brown Books and found in "List 106: Some Interesting Associations."

 

ECLECTIBLES

 

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Printed Sicilian Citrus Fruit Wrappers Marketing to American Consumers.

Citrus Wrappers

Sicily, Italy. 1920s. A group of eleven (11) illustrated citrus fruit wrappers from Sicily, featuring fabulous bits of design marketing the fruit to American consumers. Used to wrap individual pieces of fruit, the wrappers protected the product while it was being transported to its final destination in a shop and finally the consumer. As might be surmised, these items rarely survive due to their ephemeral nature. These examples feature clever design, many which make the fruit appear to be a sunburst. Two of the designs feature patriotic American-centric themes. The fruit producers and exporters represented here include Nicolo Pietro Zito (Palermo, Italy); V. Cutietta (Carini, Italy); A. Venuti (Palermo, Italy); Cuneo Fruit & Co. (Palermo, Italy); and Gius. Sacca di Fsco. (Messina, Italy). Each measures approx. 8.5" by 7.25" and is printed on delicate tissue paper.

Citrus fruit wrappers are ephemera produced to both protect the fruit in transit and represent the brand in a colorful way. Very good. Some toning, wrinkles/creasing, staining, short tears or nicks.

Offered by Eclectibles and found in "e-list 102." 

 

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DYKES, William Rickatson (1877-1925), DYKES, Elsie Katherine (d. 1933)
Notes on Tulip Species

Tulip

London: Herbert Jenkins Limited, 3 York Street St. James's, 1930. Folio. (15 x 10 3/4 inches). First edition. [1]-108. 108 pp. 54 color plates of tulips. Half-title, Title, Contents, Plates, Bibliography, Introduction by A. Daniel Hall, Biographical note on W. R. Dykes by E. K. Dykes, 54 plates with explanatory text, Index.

Publisher's green cloth with gilt-lettering on spine, publisher's tan dust jacket printed black in brodart, uncut

First edition example in the publisher's rare dust jacket, with 54 color plates of tulips by Elsie Katherine Dykes.

William Dykes, a "true student and great lover of plants," as A. Daniel Hall states in the introduction, served as the Secretary of the Royal Horticultural Society and was a noted authority on tulips. The present work was compiled from his notes and beautifully illustrated by his wife, Elsie Katherine Dykes. This work includes detailed descriptions of each species and notes on cultivation. The Dykes' own garden was planted with over 30,000 tulips. "Elsie Katherine Dykes was a grower and hybridizer of irises and tulips, esteemed in that role by her peers in London's horticultural circles in the first quarter of the 20th century. It is her paintings for Notes on Tulip Species, however, that set her apart. When her husband, William Rickatson Dykes, Secretary of the Royal Horticultural Society and known for his work with irises, met his untimely death by accident, Katherine edited his notes for posthumous publication and added 54 stunning paintings of the tulips with which he had been working.

Offered by Donald A. Heald Rare Books and found in "Botany."

 

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JONATHAN A. HILL, BOOKSELLER, INC.

 

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BOWLES, Paul
A Little Stone

A Little Stone
London: John Lehmann, 1950. First edition and first printing. Hardcover. 222 pages. Bowle's second book of fiction, a collection of 12 short stories. A clean and tight near fine copy in light green cloth boards with some slight sunning to the spine ends and in a very near fine dust jacket with some very minute wear. A bright copy of this early book from the author of the classic novel "The Sheltering Sky."

Offered by Jeff Hirsch Books and found in "elist 244."

 

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Theodore M. Hampe. “The Spider and the Fly.”

Spider and the Fly

No place, circa 1905. $4800. Original illustration by California artist Theodore Hampe (1877- 1965) for an unidentified publication of Mary Howitt’s 1829 poem “The Spider and the Fly.” Hampe’s male arachnid luring a female fly into his web illustrates Howitt’s opening line: “Will you walk into my parlour?” That famous line, often misquoted as “come (or step) into my parlour,” remains a widely recognized aphorism for false overtures of friendship. So well-known was Howitt’s cautionary tale that Lewis Carroll parodied it in his “Mock Turtle’s Song” in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

The expressions of the two figures and exquisite details of their costumes exemplify Hampe’s deft hand at small brush technique and mastery of color and shading. The fly perches on the bottommost line of the web, which leads the viewer’s eye back to the seductive host at its epicenter, completing a visually satisfying composition. A splendidly detailed and preserved illustration.

Offered by Honey & Wax Booksellers and found in "Graphic and Performing Arts."

 

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1950s THEATER and FILM MAKE-UP and LIGHTING EPHEMERA COLLECTION

Make Up for the Theater

9.5" x 12.75" notebook with photos and ephemera on lighting and make-up for the theater and films. It includes ten 4"x 5" snapshots with eight snaps of a woman in different stages of make-up, six duplicate brochures of "Makeup for the theater," bags with an illustration of a woman putting on lipstick, hand-drawn illustrations, a typewritten report "an introduction to motion picture lighting" by Norman G Dyhrenfurth, who was a Swiss American mountaineer and filmmaker. He was the leader of the successful American Mount Everest expedition of 1963. There is also a bill to Gil Haimsohn, who was a known Hollywood Sound Editor and a Clairol Hair-coloring workbook.

Offered by House of Mirth Photos and found in "Spring 2024."

 

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LETTERS FROM A NEVADA MINER

Keefer, A.M. "Bert"

You've Got Mail

Four holographic letters written between 1908 and 1913 by hard-rock miner A.M. “Bert” Keefer to his friend Frank M. Duncan in Carson City and Reno, Nevada. The letters informally report on the progress in underground mining operations in Nevada, as well as the social news.

Keefer’s first letter, dated November 9, 1908, was written in “Sonoma” and postmarked Sweetwater, Nevada. “I am working in the tunnel for the Judge,” he wrote. “I have been in solid quartz for 13 feet, I struck it the second day I worked. It is harder than blazes and some of it looks good.” He also wrote about closing his saloon and selling off the equipment.

In 1911, Keefer wrote that he was still working mines in Sweetwater, where he had to dig 185 feet for a vein: “It will take about a week to cross cut the vein, and if it don’t show any values, I think it will be off … it is the best looking vein on the surface I have seen in the country and should carry some values if there is any in the country. But you know, gold is pretty scarce in this country.”

On June 15, 1913, Keefer wrote that he was working on the Reno Yerrington Mine, four miles from the town of Yerrington. Due to its remote location, his wife, Della, and child are not with him: “I stay up at the mine and walk down twice a week for mail,” he wrote. “I am working in the shaft sinking, it is ninety feet deep and real good hard rock too.”

Two of Bert’s letters, in 1911 and 1912, include gossipy notes written by Della to Pearl, apparently Frank’s daughter, about current events and people. There is also one letter written to Frank by George P. Cortigue from Sweetwater about mining efforts.

The letters are in very good condition and are housed in their original mailing envelopes. They provide an interesting view of the difficult and transient nature of mining life in the early 1900s.

Offered by johnson rare books & archives and found in "You've Got Mail."

 

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Austin, Alice.
To the Ocean.

To the Ocean

Philadelphia: Alice Austin, 2018.

Special edition with unique hand-made wooden box. Number 7 of 15 copies. This piece was produced in 3 different versions: the deluxe edition (1-6) is now sold out; the special edition (7-11) is issued in unique wooden boxes with specimens; and the regular edition (12-15) is the book only. In this elaborate work comprised of a hand-printed book, a collection of specimens, and hand-made box, Austin memorializes her walks along the shores of the ocean through poetry and lino-cuts. Her verse describes creatures encountered and beaches traversed. The supporting lino-cut illustrations depict an array of shells, horseshoe crab, and more. Physical specimens of most of the items illustrated are included in the accompanying box.

The accordion book is bound in Twin Rocker hand-made grey paper wrappers with black title and blue lino-cut scallop shells to the front panel. It is letterpress printed in Cheltenham Italic type on Somerset paper. Housed in a custom made unique cherry wood box with legs, with a vintage type drawer incorporated. The box was hand-made by Wilfredo Rodriquez of Philadelphia. It contains multiple compartments within, which hold treasures from the ocean including: a dog whelk, slipper snail, beach glass, periwinkle (Maine); moon snail, scallop, horseshoe crab tail (New Jersey); fishing float fragment, limpet (Ireland); an origami boat and a booklet listing the contents - both created by the artist.

Alice Austin is a printmaker, book artist and painter living and working in Philadelphia. She has been on the faculty at the University of the Arts, teaching book structures, and has also taught workshops at the Center for Book Arts in New York, Ballinglen Arts Foundation in Ireland, The Scuola Internazionale di Grafica in Venice, and other institutions. She earned a BFA from the Philadelphia College of Art and has been an active member of the Guild of Book Workers since 1998. She worked as a rare book and paper conservator for over 20 years at the Library Company of Philadelphia. Alice has also been awarded several artist residencies in Europe, and her work is widely held in private, public and special collections worldwide. 

Book Size: 8.5 x 9.5 x 1 inches. Box size: 12.5 x 12.75 x 3.5 inches. Fine. 

Offered by Kelmscott Bookshop and found in "Earth Day Book Arts (Part II)".

 

BEN KINMONT, BOOKSELLER 

 

ERIC CHAIM KLINE BOOKSELLER

 

JOHN W. KNOTT, JR., BOOKSELLER

 

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THE FEDS. June 1937. (Volume 2, No. 4). John L. Nanovic, editor.

The Feds

New York: Street and Smith Publishing, Inc., 1937. Octavo, single issue, pictorial wrappers. Pulp magazine. Lead feature is "Public Hero No. 1-The Life Story of John Edgar Hoover and the F.B.I." Also includes a Steve Fisher novelette. Cook, Mystery, Detective and Espionage Magazines, pp. 237-239. Tanning to text paper, still supple, mild edge wear, small paper loss at the head of the spine, light damp stain to verso of lower front edge. 

Offered by John W. Knott, Jr., Bookseller and found in "New Arrivals: Pulps."

 

KUBIK FINE BOOKS, LTD.

  • Catalog #74: 100 Rare Books -- with an emphasis on history and military affairs. Please request from mail@kubikbooks.com...

 

KUENZIG BOOKS

 

MICHAEL LAIRD RARE BOOKS & MANUSCRIPTS

 

LANGDON MANOR BOOKS

 

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Aetius [Ezio] an Opera as it is Perform'd at the Kings Theatre in the Hay Market.

Aetius

London: Printed for and Sold by I: Walsh Musick Printer & Instrument maker to his Majesty at the Harp and Hoboy in Catherine Street in the Strand, [1732]. Folio. Modern quarter mid-tan calf with marbled boards, dark red morocco title label gilt to upper. 1f. (title), 1f. (recto "A Table of Songs," verso blank), 91, (blank) pp. The music comprises the overture, arias, and final chorus. Named singers include Senesino and Signoras Strada, Bagnolesi, and Bertolli. Text added in pencil to pp. 47-51. Binding slightly worn and bumped. Occasional light browning, soiling, and small stains; several leaves trimmed at lower margin with loss to figured bass; loss to lower outer margin of p. 47, not affecting music; foot of page 50 trimmed, just touching bass figuring. A very good copy overall.

Provenance: The noted Handel collector Godfrey E. Arkwright (1864-1944), and then Gilbert Samuel Inglefield (1909- 1991), Lord Mayor of London, with their bookplates to front pastedown and front free endpaper, respectively; small decorative oval handstamp "Thos. Gill No. 18" to title. First Edition. Smith p. 23, no. 1. BUC p. 426. RISM H130 and HH130 (3 copies only in the U.S.). Aetius, to a libretto by Metastasio, was first performed in London at the King's Theatre on 15 January 1732. "The opera was a failure, attaining only five performances, the lowest total for any of Handel's London operas before Berenice. ... The first modern revival was at Göttingen in 1926, two years after Leichtentritt had described it as one of the most stageworthy of Handel's operas." Dean: Handel's Operas 1726-1741, p. 206. 

Offered by J. & J. Lubrano Music Antiquarians and found in "Rare First and Early Editions of the Works of George Frideric Handel."

 

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JAMNITZER, Wenzel / AMMAN, Jost. Perspectiva corporum regularium.

Jamnitzer

Nuremberg, Christoph Heussler, 1568. Folio. Engraved title, 49 full page illustrations, engraved by Jost Amman after the drawings of Jamnitzer. 18th-century half vellum over boards, green silk ties.

First and only edition of this remarkable work, an exceptional collaboration between the most famous goldsmith of its time, the personal goldsmith to four kings, Wenzel Jamnitzer (ca. 1507-1585) and the prolific Swiss engraver Jost Amman (1539-1591), considered the creator of the German illustrated book. The Perspectiva is regarded as the most important illustrated work on the solid bodies of the 16th century in the German-speaking world.

Offered by Martayan Lan Rare Books & Maps and found in "A New Perspective."

 

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A unique Depression-era map set from a San Francisco Fireboat.

Title: Fire Boat No. 2. S.F.F.D.

Cartographer: San Francisco Fire Department

Fire Boat #2

Place/Date: San Francisco, 1931 Dimensions: 25.5 x 17.75 inches.

An extraordinary atlas of 11 San Francisco Fire Department maps published in 1931 under pioneering fire chief Charles J. Brennan.

A bound set of maps in a black canvas folder that rolls into an original leather embossed tube, marked ‘Fire Boat No. 2 S.F.F.D.’ in distinct black lettering. The water-resistant materials indicate that this atlas would have been kept on the fireboat, presumably as part of its official inventory. It is a fascinating survival of Depression-era cartography for one of America’s most important maritime cities.

Two steam-powered fire boats were put into active duty following the 1906 Earthquake: the David Scannel and the Dennis T. Sullivan (named after the SF Fire Brigade’s Chief Engineer, who was killed in the 1906 earthquake). Both fireboats were built by the Risdon Iron & Locomotive Company in San Francisco and launched in 1909. As our map book belongs to Fire Boat No. 2, we know it was from Dennis T. Sullivan, not the Scannel. Each map is numbered (1-11), dated 1931, and labeled as coming from the office of Chief Engineer Charles J. Brennan.

Brennan’s tenure as fire chief (1929-1943) left an enduring impact on fire safety and emergency response in San Francisco. Assuming the role of Chief Engineer amidst the economic upheaval of the Great Depression, Brennan was tasked with steering the Fire Department through turbulent financial waters. He reorganized and fortified its structure despite stringent budget constraints and spearheaded modernization efforts. This unique survival reflects Brennan’s efforts to create reliable fire infrastructure maps designed to be kept on fire-fighting units.

The maps cover the area from today’s Marina District and Fort Mason, the Embarcadero, and down to Islais Creek. The scope extends across most of the San Francisco peninsula, including the eastern part of Golden Gate Park and as far south as Twin Peaks (which has a reservoir) and Bernal Heights. Each map shows a distinct area and includes features such as hydraulic infrastructure (cisterns, pumps, hydrants, water mains, distribution stations, and gate valves) and the delineation of dedicated zones within the city.

Census: This atlas is entirely unrecorded. We assume a single copy was made for each fireboat, and others were held at firehouses. It is unclear to what extent such a set was unique to San Francisco. Cities like New York, Seattle, and Vancouver have all employed fireboats, but no records of equivalent map books exist. It is unclear which maps the SFFD used before compiling this set, but a likely source was Sanborn Insurance Maps

Offered by Neatline Antique Maps and found in "May 2024."

 

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[Adams, Katharine- Binding and Original Stunning Illuminations By Allan Vigers]

Morris, William. Art and the Beauty of the Earth.

Art and the Beauty of the Earth

London: Longmans & Company; The Chiswick Press, 1898. First Edition. 8vo, 8 ¼ x 5 ¾ inches. EXQUISITELY ILLUMINATED BY ALLAN F. VIGERS (1858-1921), including half-title decorated with white rose blossoms and leafy tendrils hanging down in multiple colors, verso with square illustration of flowers in garden, with striking blue ornamental background, opening text leaf with stunning full-page wide border design in multiple colors composed of dozens of flowers in bright red bordered design panels, and two graceful long-beaked birds at the bottom (dated “1903”), large illustration on the colophon page including the two birds facing each other in a garden, with 12 roses overhead, bright blue background, and red bordering panels, and approximately 48 tendril and flower infills within the text in various colors--all in watercolor; the colophon illumination is signed below by Vigers: “1903 A.V.F.” This wonderfully illumined masterpiece is further complemented by its superb binding by KATHARINE ADAMS, one of the top bookbinders in the modern era, who became an acclaimed and highly sought-after bookbinder in Britain and abroad, creating intricate gold-tooled bindings with tools she herself had designed. Adams became the second president of the Women’s Guild of Art, and bound many books which have become legendary in the trade by famous publishers such as the Doves and Kelmscott Press. Bound in full crushed green morocco, signed and dated “K.A. 1906,” on lower dentelle, lettered on upper cover and spine, top edges gilt, and dentelles made up of small circles; joints slightly rubbed, internally fine. Printed at the Chiswick Press in Golden type designed by William Morris for the Kelmscott Press. 

Allan Francis Vigers (1858-1921) was trained as an architect, but was best-known (like Morris) as a designer of textiles, furniture and especially beautifully designed wallpaper in distinctively Arts & Crafts modalities. Vigers joined the Art Workers Guild in 1903, and exhibited at the Royal Academy and at the Arts and Crafts Exhibition in 1910, and took a highly individualistic approach to pattern design, informed by his skills as an illuminator. He specialized in intricate florals, composed of a mass of small flower heads, mounted like jewels on white or dark-blue backgrounds. At once naturalistic and symbolic, his patterns feature typical English garden flowers... simply and accurately depicted, but arranged in consciously artful synchronized formations. 

Offered by Nudelman Rare Books and found in "Catalog 52."

 

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PRINTING AS AN ART

Nash, Ray.

Printing as an Art

Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press for the Society of Printers, 1955. 8vo. cloth-backed patterned paper-covered boards, dust jacket. xii, 144 pages of text followed by 64 pages containing 80 reproductions of title pages.

First edition, limited to 1500 copies. Jacket spine toned, else a near fine copy. Issued on the 50th anniversary of this distinguished group of printers. Traces the "development of printing processes, typographic styles and the arts and crafts movement." Reference to Dwiggins, Rogers, etc.

Offered by Oak Knoll Books and found in "Extravagant Taste: Examples of Fine Book Design."

 

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SOUVENIRS DE MADAME DE CAYLUS.

(VELLUM PRINTING). (BINDINGS - GRUEL). CAYLUS, [MARTHE-MARGUERITE LE VALOIS DE VILLETTE DE MURÇAY], COMTESSE DE.

Souvenirs de Madame de Caylus

(Paris: J. Techener, 1860). 198 x 125 mm. (7 3/4 x 4 3/4"). 2 p.l., xlv, [iii], 268, [4] pp. Nouvelle Edition, ONE OF TWO KNOWN COPIES PRINTED ON VELLUM.

SUPERB CRIMSON CRUSHED MOROCCO, GILT, BY GRUEL (stamp-signed at foot of spine and on front doublure), covers gilt in an animated design featuring a central lion rampant surrounded by three frames formed by volutes, fleurons, and gilt rules, raised bands, spine compartments with central fleur-de-lys within a similar frame, gilt lettering, NAVY MOROCCO DOUBLURES framed by gilt rule and catkins forming compartments with fleurs-de-lys and fleurons, leather hinges, burgundy silk free endleaves, all edges gilt. Text within gilt-ruled borders, title page with hand-painted arms of Madame de Caylus in colors and brushed gold, and FIVE SEPIA PEN-AND-WASH DRAWINGS THAT WERE USED AS THE ORIGINAL ARTWORK FOR THE ENGRAVINGS in this work, all framed in gold, the illustrations comprising: the portrait of Madame de Caylus after a painting by Daullé in her lifetime; Madame de Montespan acting as Femme de Chambre to Mademoiselle de la Vallière; the Reconciliation of the King with Madame de Montespan; the Promenade of Madame de Maintenon and Madame de Montchevreuil in the Forest of Fontainebleu; and the Prince de Condé seized by smallpox. A Large Paper [Vellum] Copy. Verso of front free endleaf with morocco bookplate of Robert Hoe. Brunet I, 1705: "One copy printed on vellum with the arms of M[adame] de Caylus painted on the title page, a gold frame and five original sepia drawings enhanced with gold, 660 fr sold from the Jos. Techener bookstore (1865)."

Half title and final page with faint overall toning, margin of one plate with one-inch ink mark (possibly done during production?), isolated faint smudges, other trivial imperfections, but A VERY LOVELY COPY, the vellum smooth and creamy, and the unworn the binding with especially lustrous leather and glittering gilt.

This is a beautifully bound, appropriately ultra-deluxe copy of a luxurious edition of the memoirs of a noblewoman raised at the court of the Sun King, the book printed on vellum and from a very distinguished private collection. In the text, Madame de Caylus (1673-1729) offers an insider's account of perhaps the most glittering court Europe has ever known. As the cousin of Madame de Maintenon, Louis XIV's morganatic wife, she was privy to all the intrigues surrounding the royal household. This work was first published by Voltaire in 1770, but the present edition is considered the best. Brunet mentions one vellum copy that matches the description of this one; we have seen one other copy on vellum, but its plates were without the gilt frames seen here, and the title page did not have the hand-painted coat of arms. The splendid binding is the work of one of the greatest French binding dynasties. In her "Bookbinders and their Craft," Prideaux says that the Gruel firm, founded in 1811, "has always had the highest reputation . . . for initiative in artistic matters, as well as for irreproachable execution in the detail of its many-sided achievements." Our binding stands as testament to the truth of this statement. The tooling is remarkable for the almost three-dimensional quality of the leaves, blossoms, vases, and volutes. There is a regal quality befitting the court of Louis XIV, with symbols of monarchy rendered in lavish gold, and with materials and workmanship of the highest quality. The Gruel bindery was managed by several family members over the years, most famously by Léon Gruel (1841-1923), and the list of binders who trained at the Gruel atelier is the most distinguished in Europe. The volume's provenance is suitably distinguished. According to Beverly Chew, the library of Robert Hoe (1839-1911), founding member and first president of the Grolier Club, was "the finest [America] has ever contained." Hoe acquired illuminated manuscripts, early printing (he owned a Gutenberg Bible on paper and one on vellum), fine bindings, French and English literature, and Americana, and when his library was sold in 1911-12, it fetched nearly $2 million, a record that held until the Streeter sale more than 50 years later. 

Offered by Phillip J. Pirages and found in "2024 New Acquisitions List #8."

 

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DELACOUR, J. & JABOUILLE, P. Les oiseaux de l’Indochine Francaise.

Birds of Indochina

Paris: Exposition Coloniale Internationale, 1931. Four volumes. 4to. [lvi], 279, xlvi; 336, lxi; 348, lxxiii; 296, lxvi pp., including half-titles in each volume. Complete with index, addenda, errata, and 67 color plates by Grønvold. Original half burgundy calf over marbled boards, gilt lettering on spine; browning and foxing to preliminary and blank leaves, otherwise a very nice wide-margined copy. First edition of a standard work on the avifauna of Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos.

The authors spent the winter months over many years in ornithological exploration in Southeast Asia. The results of their explorations were first published in the Revue de Ornithologie and The Ibis and later gathered in this elaborate four volume set.

Delacour (1890-1985) was an American ornithologist with French origins known for discovering and breeding some of the world’s rarest birds, including the imperial pheasant. He founded the French ornithological magazine L’Oiseau. Leaving France for the United States during World War II, he ultimately became director of the Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History.

Jabouille (1875-1947), a civil servant, was chosen by Delacour as his companion because of his expertise in the birds of Indochina.

Grønvold (1858- 1940), a Danish naturalist and artist, worked at the London Natural History Museum, where he developed skills as a taxidermist and established his reputation as an ornithological illustrator and painter of birds’ eggs. 

Offered by Rootenberg Rare Books & Manuscripts and found in "Spring Catalogue 2024."

 

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Circa 1845 – Wood engraving of the Quarantine Station and Marine Hospital for emigrants at Staten Island, New York

Staten Island Quarantine

Leipzig, Germany. Illustrite Zeitung (Illustrated Newspaper), Circa 1845. Disbound.

This wood engraving clipped from an unidentified edition of the Illustrite Zeitung (Illustrated Newspaper), known colloquially as the ‘Leipziger,’ is undated, but information on the reverse indicates that it was published by J. J. Weber of Leipzig, Germany. It is titled, Quarantine und Marinehosital fur Einwanderer auf Staten Island, Newyorf (Quarantine Station and Marine Hospital for Immigrants at Staten Island, New York). It is in nice shape with some light toning.

It can be dated as locations of the buildings and dock exactly as shown almost identically match those shown on a map of the grounds, “Marine Hospital Ground, Staten Island . . . made by John Ewein. Dated March 1845 . . . City Surveyor.” The large building in the foreground is “[St. Nicholas] Hospital.” The center building on the hill is the “Yellow Fever Hospital.” The building to the far right is the “Small Pox Hospital.” The small buildings on the “Wharf” and “Pier” are a “Shed” and “Store House.”

Between 1795 and 1798, Yellow Fever killed thousands in New York City, spurring passage of a quarantine law that funded the construction of the New York Marine Hospital on this site. At its peak, the hospital could house 1,500 patients and was treating more than 8,000 per year. Before landing at New York, all vessels were boarded by inspectors, and if they found any trace of disease, everyone was unloaded at the Quarantine. First-class passengers spent their quarantine at the St. Nicholas while lower-class passengers were held in shanties not visible in the wood engraving.

There was considerable local opposition to the hospital, both from land developers who wished to use the grounds for projects and locals who blamed outbreaks of disease on the passengers under quarantine. The tension escalated and in 1856, a local health board prohibited anyone, including staff, from exiting the building by land. On the first of September 1858, the same board passed a resolution declaring the facility to be ”a pest and a nuisance of the most odious character, bringing death and desolation to the very doors of the people [who must abate] this abominable nuisance without delay.” That night a giant mob attacked the hospital, and after evacuating patients and staff from the buildings, burned most of the complex to the ground. The following night, they burned the rest. When later brought to trial, the mob leaders were acquitted, the jury deciding that they had acted in self-defense.

In his semi-autobiographical novel, Redbun: His First Voyage, Herman Mehlville recounts a typical chaotic scene as ships were searched and inspected by health officials and later expresses relief when upon returning to New York harbor as his ship passed the Staten Island complex, apparently unnoticed by port officials, and escaped inspection.

(For more information, see Stephenson’s “"The Quarantine War: the Burning of the New York Marine Hospital in 1858" in the Jan-Feb 2004 issue of Public Health Reports, available online.)

Uncommon. Wood engravings of the Staten Island hospital from illustrated magazines and auctions occasionally appear at auction. The majority are post-attack illustrations showing the ruins or replacement buildings.

Offered by Kurt A. Santfleben, LLC. and found in "Catalog 24-2."

 

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Letterproef: Spécimen de Caractères.

Letterproef

[Amsterdam]: N. V. Lettergieterij “Amsterdam” voorheen N. Tetterode, [1932]. First edition. Large 8vo (10.63 x 7.88 inches), original red cloth stamped in silver, xx, 432 pages + 114a-h. Illus. Some darkening to the cloth, spine just a trifle rubbed; a nearly fine copy. 

A later issue of the [1932] specimen, bound with (as issued) the [ca. 1935] supplement. A substantial specimen, including ornaments and borders, with the promotional text in both Dutch and French. Dating of this specimen taken from the catalog record at the Dutch Koninklijke Bibliotheek, which notes the publication of a separate supplemental price list dated January, 1933. Contemporary violet ink stamp to the front free endpaper for the Swedish sales representative in Stockholm.

Offered by Garrett Scott, Bookseller and found in "Occasional List 84."

 

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ENLIST In A PROUD PROFESSION! Join the U.S. CADET NURSE CORPS. A Lifetime Education - Free! If You Can Qualify.

U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps, U.S. Public Health Service / Federal Security Agency - Contributors. Edmundson, Carolyn Moorhead [1906 - 1992] - Illustrator.

Enlist

New York, NY: U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps, (n. d.). Single poster, printed recto only. Large color half-tone illustration by Edmundson of a hopeful and beautiful Cadet Nurse, looking off into the distance in uniform. 20" x 14-1/8". Buff paper, printed in color. Now housed in a clear archival mylar sleeve. Light age-toning. Horizontal & vertical fold lines. A VG+ copy.

The Cadet Nurse Corps program was passed by Congress unanimously and became effective in July of 1943. The Corps was supervised by the United States Public Health Service to train (hopefully) 124,000 young women as nurses during World War II. The plan was to subsidize over 1000 nursing schools for a three-year training program after which they graduates could, if they so desired, become commissioned officers in the Army or Navy nurse corps. The war ended before the first Cadets graduated and only a few entered the military. In its lifetime (1943-48), it was the largest training program in the history of nursing in the United States.

Offered by Tavistock Books and found in "National Nurses' Week."

 

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Right Whale, (Plate 65).

Right Whale
Broadside. Gerold & Son, ( ca. 1900), Vienna. Color lithograph, 28 x 38 1/2 inches.

I just love this image – the happy old fellow cavorting in Arctic seas, with no idea of the trouble he’s about to encounter. Gerold & Son were an old Austrian printing firm. Between 1880 and the 1920s they produced “Hartinger’s Wall Plates for the Education in Natural History,” a series of zoological and botanical chromolithographs designed for educational use in schools. This delightful image by Joseph Fleischmann shows a right whale, floating impossibly high in the water (for educational reasons, I’m sure) with a whale boat bearing down and the mother ship in the distance. As befits its subject, the lithograph is huge, measuring 28 x 38 1/2 inches. Very good condition.

Offered by Ten Pound Island Book Company and found in "Maritime List 343."

 

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Watership Down

Adams, Richard

Watership Down

New York: Macmillan Publishing Co., Inc., (1973). First US edition. Fine. Hardcover / Near fine.  8vo. ix,(3),429,(1) pp. A fine copy. The dustwrapper is clipped, and we note a small, nearly invisible stain on the rear cover, else it is near fine.

The first printing of the US edition, with the full number line on the copyright page; cream-colored binding; and with 70003 on the rear board. The dustwrapper is also first state, with the rabbit and compass repeated on the rear panel; a price of $6.95; and blurbs from UK entities. Author's first book and a classic adventure novel. Winner of the Carnegie Medal and the Guardian Prize.

Offered by Thorn Books and found in "May Short List."

 

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DOXIADIS, Konstantinos A. Hai thysiai tes Hellados ston deutero pankosmio polemo. Les Sacrifices de la Grece à la Seconde Guerre Mondiale. The Sacrifices of Greece in the Second World War.

Isotypes & Infographics Catalog

[214] pp., including 90 full-page illustrated plates (most full colour) of maps, graphs and photographs. Folio, 470 x 360 mm., bound in half black cloth with illustrated covers. Athens: Aspioti-Elka, 1945.

An astonishing piece of bookmaking, especially given the time at which it was produced. The illustrations, many of which involve Isotypes, are nothing short of stunning, and completely overshadow the subject matter, much in the manner of the pre-war Soviet books. Of great rarity, with OCLC recording only one copy, at the University of Alberta.

Offered by Ursus Rare Books and found in "Isotypes & Infographics."

 

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ANONYMOUS. A mid-18th century manuscript ‘price book’ for the costs of building construction.

Price Books, 18th Century

Tours, 1758. A very fine copy in the original motttled calf binding, with beautifully gilt spine and dark red lettering piece. Entirely written in one hand, easily legible throughout. The work, probably written by an entrepreneur (or in modern terminology a ‘developer’) for his own use of for the training of his workmen, reports the costs of the different materials and estimates for projects: excavation and embankment, masonry, plastering, framing, tile roofing, straw or slate ditto, carpentry, locksmithing, painting, glazing, etc. - all the various building t r ade s. Such ‘p rice books’, as they are called in English, were more common in the U. K. than in France (at least to judge by the survival of printed price books). The book also includes prices for horse-drawn carts and carriages, combining carpentry, metal working and harness making.

8vo, bound in full mottled calf, gilt spine, red edges. 14+(ii) +149 pp. As noted. a beautiful copy. Unique.

Offered by Charles B. Wood, Bookseller and found in "Catalogue 197."

 

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ST. VINCENT DE PAUL (1581-1660)

Regulae seu constitutiones communes congregationis Missionis
St. Vincent de Paul

Paris: 1658. The first edition of the rules of the Congregation of the Mission, the religious society founded by St. Vincent de Paul. Founded in 1625, the society was concerned especially with charitable works and expanded rapidly in Europe and abroad. The edition offered here is the only one published during the saint's lifetime and includes an exhortation by Vincent to this followers. There are several variants of this first edition, some have a different engraved portrait of Vincent, others have a different spelling on the title-page, and still others include an errata sheet at the end (this one does not). 12mo (12 x 6.5cm), [iv], 112pp., [ii]. Engraved title-page, engraved portrait, and engraved plate of Christ. Bound in contemporary calf, some wear to spine.

Offered by Zinos Books and found in "New Arrivals."

 

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