rmb  List 116: Recent Acquisitions

 
 

1. [ALMANAC.] Lady’s almanac for 1855. Boston: John P. Jewett & Co., [1854].                $75
16mo, 4½” x 2¾”, pp. [7], (ads, including front past-down), 125, [6], (ads, including rear paste-down), title page printed in red and black, the whole a little rubbed, but in all a very good, sound copy in original blue cloth with decorative gilt-stamped front cover and spine, a.e.g. Includes brief sketches of female writers Emily Judson and Lydia Sigourney, as well as advice concerning obligations to gentleman, relations of husband and wife, the rights of women, along with Benjamin Franklin’s rebus: ‘The Art of Making Money Plenty in Every Man’s Pocket’.


2. BAKER, RICHARD. A chronicle of the Kings of England from the time of the Romans unto the death of King James ... whereunto is added, the reign of King Charles the first... London: E. Gotes for G. Saubridge [sic], 1665.  $375
Fourth edition, folio, pp. [38], 822, [46] including the longitudinal title on the final leaf; engraved title page after William Marshall, occasional early ink annotations in ink in the margins, some spotting and toning throughout, tear in Ggg1 (no loss); recased in recent brown cloth, black morocco label lettered in gilt on spine. Wing B-505.


3. BEAUDOIN, SEAN. Zapruder headSNAP 1-14 [all published]. San Francisco: Zap Head, [n.d.] (circa 1990s).                                          $950
8vo, each issue Xeroxed and stapled in color wrappers, collage illustrations throughout, occasional tipped-in or hand-colored elements, and Perv Idols cassette tape present and taped into number 3, as issued; fine, and enclosed in a new cloth clamshell box, leather label on spine. A complete run of the eccentric San Francisco art zine, which ran from the early to late 90s and took the JFK assassination as its overarching theme. The covers were Xeroxed in color, utilizing Canon 800s: the color vivid. Beaudoin printed this zine during night shifts at a hotel. By his own estimate, the first issue only sold 25 copies, but near the end of the endeavor he was printing a thousand copies of each issue, and it was distributed by Tower Records. (See: “The Short Life and Long Death of a Zine,” The Nervous Breakdown, December 2010). Early issues quite scarce; a complete run, almost unheard of. OCLC locates only single copies.


“EX DONO AUTHORIS”

4. BERKELEY, GEORGE. Historical applications, and occasional meditations upon several subjects. Newly reprinted with additions, being the third impression ... Written by a person of honour. London: printed by M. Flesher for R. Royston, 1680.                                             $600
8vo, pp. [16], 172; genuine blank A1 preserved but without the terminal advertisement leaf; full contemporary calf; spine largely perished, cords holding and the binding is sound. Presentation copy, inscribed beneath ‘Written by a person of honour’: “Ex dono Authoris” and in another hand, “E. of Berkly [sic].” “He published in 1668 a religious work entitled Historical Applications and Occasional Meditations to which Waller has given a kind of immortality by eleven couplets of rather neatly worded and not particularly fulsome praise, beginning ‘Bold is the man that dares engage / For piety in such an age.’ The design of the work appears to have been to illustrate the value of religion from the recorded experience of distinguished men. A second edition appeared in 1670, and a third with amplifications in 1680. Wood, who, on the strength of this book and an address to the Levant Company published in 1681, includes the earl in the Athenæ Oxonienses, states that in a certain auction catalogue it appeared under the quaintly unctuous title ‘Divine Breathings, or Soul Thirstings after Christ.’ Lowndes I, 160 (citing the second edition of 1670): “A little book valuable for its merit as well as its rarity...”


5. BERNARD, JEAN BAPTISTE. Dictionnaire Cambodgien - Francais. Hong Kong: Imprimerie de la Societe des Missions Etrangeres, 1902.                                  $1,250
First edition, small 4to, pp. [3]-386; original printed front wrapper bound in; wrapper neatly backed and with small loss at the corner (slight loss to the printed border but not touching any letters); last 17 leaves with tears entering from top margin, pp. 71-79 with old long tape-repairs (not very offensive); pages toned; later full native red calf, gilt-lettered spine. Zaunmuller, 218; not in Vancil.


6. BERNO, PIETRANTONIO. Carmina selecta ex illustrioribus poetis saeculi decimiquinti et decimisexti, studiosis adolescentibus citra morum labem ad perlegendum proposita... Veronae: ex typographia P.A. Berni, 1732. $150
2 volumes in 1, 8vo, pp. [12], 400; [4], 302; woodcut device on title pages, woodcut ornaments; some dampstaining to prelims of vol. 1, binding partially split at vol. 2; all else good and sound in contemporary vellum-backed pastepaper-covered boards. A selection of medieval and modern Latin poetry.


7. [BIBLE IN ENGLISH, N.T., Gospels.] Darling, Ralph. A poetical version of the four gospels. Hull: printed by Robert Peck, and sold in London by J. Mathews..., n.d. [1800].          $1,250
Only edition, 4to, pp. [2], iii, [1], 391; contemporary quarter tan calf over marbled boards; rebacked, old spine and spine label neatly laid down; very good and sound. An unusual treatment of the four gospels, here in verse! Subscriber list notes takers for approximately 175 copies, so the edition was likely a small one. Not in Darlow & Moule. ESTC and OCLC locate 14 copies between them, 7 in the US.


PRESENTATION COPY AND A LETTER FROM PRESIDENT TAFT

8. [BINDING.] Taft, William H. The thirteenth anniversary of the Ellicott Club of Buffalo ... Washington’s Birthday February twenty-second, 1908.                                                           $1,250
Engraved octavo program bound with red, white, and blue silk ribbon, containing a typed letter signed by Taft as President of the American Red Cross, to the eminent book collector, John Clawson (misspelled “Clausen” by Taft), appointing him to the Endowment Fund Committee of the American Red Cross. Taft, who was the honored guest at the anniversary meeting has also inscribed his photograph in the program, “With best wishes of Wm. H. Taft,” The balance of the program contains a dinner menu, toasts, officers of the Ellicott Club, etc. The program is laid into in an unsigned, custom-made full red morocco binding with triple gilt rules on both covers enclosing a central panel of two gilt rules, a capital ‘T’ in the corners, and with stars, American eagles, and American crests within the two rules, “Wm. H. Taft” in gilt central, and Taft’s name in gilt as well on the spine; inner dentelles, silk doublures; Clawson’s red morocco bookplate. There appears to be some very light restoration to the spine, but otherwise fine.


10. BROCKETT, J. TROTTER. Glossographia Anglicana. To which is prefixed a biographical sketch of the author, by Frederick Bloomer. [London: Sette of Odd Volumes, 1882.]         $275
Edition limited to 150 copies only, small square 16mo, pp. viii, 94, [1]; original stiff printed wrappers lettered in gilt; spine largely perished, else good or better. Privately printed opuscula for members of the Sette of Odd Volumes; none were for sale. This is the second publication of the series, and the only one of philological interest, undertaken by Bernard Quaritch. The Life of Brockett, compiler of North Country Words (1825), occupies the first 33 pages, and is followed by the glossary.


11. BROWN, THOMAS, Capt. A dictionary of the Scottish language; comprehending all the words in common use in the writings of Scott, Burns, Wilson, Ramsay, and other popular Scottish authors. London: Simpkin & Marshall [et al]: Edinburgh: A. Rutherglen; and Manchester, 1845. $100
First edition, slim 12mo, pp. 154; thumbnail-size piece missing from the top margin of the title page (no loss of letterpress), otherwise very good in original green cloth with gilt decoration on the front cover of a bagpipe and thistles, gilt-lettered spine. Kennedy 11229; not in Vancil.


12. CAPPER, B.P. A compendious geographical dictionary containing a description of every remarkable place... London: printed for Peacocks and Bampton [et al.], 1813.      $250
Fourth edition, 16mo, text primarily in double column; pp. 39, [1], [398]; 9 folding maps (7 hand-colored), tables at the back; near fine in contemporary full red straight-grain morocco.


PRESENTATION COPY TO JAMES J. HILL

13. CARR, CLARK E. My day and generation. Chicago: A.C. McClurg & Co., 1908.          $300
First edition, 8vo, pp. [12], 15-452, [3] (ads); frontispiece portrait, 62 black and white plates, James J. Hill’s copy with perforated stamp at base of title page, pencil call number on verso of title page; edges of spine a bit rubbed and lettering is faded, with accession numbers at base, else a nice, sound copy in green cloth with ivory lettering, gilt stamped vignette portrait on front cover, t.e.g. Presentation copy inscribed by the author to James J. Hill, dated 1908. Hill is the famed railroader and financier who more than any other man was responsible for the opening of the great northwest.


14. CASTILLO, JOHN. Poems in the North Yorkshire dialect, by the late John Castillo, journeyman stonemason and Wesleyan revivalist. Edited, with a memoir and glossary, by George Markham Tweddell. Rose Cottage, Stokesley: published by the editor, 1878.                                $175
First edition, 16mo, pp. 76, [12] opinions of the press and testimonials; original limp green cloth lettered in gilt; near fine.


15. CHAMPLIN, JOHN DENISON, Jr. & Charles C. Perkins, (editors). Cyclopedia of painters and paintings. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1887.                     $125
First edition, 4 volumes, 4to, frontispieces, over 2,000 illustrations in the text; extremities a bit worn, corners bumped, else a good, sound set or better in original maroon cloth with paper labels on spines. An extensive dictionary of artworks and biographies of painters as well as a bibliography.


THE FIRST JAPANESE BOOK ON CHESS

16. [CHESS.] Yanagawa, Shunsan. [Title in Japanese:] Seiyo shogi shinan. Tokyo: Kamisu-ya, 1869.           $3,750
Small 8vo, pp. [36] including first and last page mounted as endpapers, as issued; original blue paper wrappers, printed paper label on the upper cover; some wear else very good. With a woodcut illustration of two men at a chessboard and a number of woodcut diagrams in the text. National Diet Library in Tokyo only in OCLC which also locates a 20th-century edition at Princeton.


17. CLARE, MARTIN. The motion of fluids, natural and artificial; in particular that of the air and water ... The second edition, corrected and improved. London: Edward Symon, 1737.      $350
8vo, pp. [16], 369, [23]; 9 engraved plates; contemporary full calf, red morocco label on gilt-decorated spine; blank flyleaf excised, front hinge cracked, cloth reinforcement (cords still holding); good copy. Lectures on hydraulics and the motion of fluids.


18. COCKERAM, HENRY. The English dictionarie of 1623. With a prefatory note by Chauncey Brewster Tinker. New York: Huntington Press, 1930.                                $100
Edition ltd. to 999 copies designed by Melvin Loos and printed at the shop of William Edwin Rudge, 12mo, pp. xxi, 197; 1 double page plate, title-page printed in black & red; original olive reversed calf, morocco label on spine, a fine copy in the publisher’s slipcase. First published in 1623, this is only the third dictionary of purely English words, preceded only by those of Cawdrey and Bulloker. First part only, containing the lexicon proper. Parts II and III (elegant discourse and references) were never published. See Alston V, 30.


19. COLERIDGE, HERBERT. A dictionary of the first, or oldest words in the English language: from the semi-Saxon period of A.D. 1250 to 1300. Containing an alphabetical inventory of every word found in the printed English literature of the 13th century. London: John Camden Hotten, 1863.   $150
First edition under this title; slim 8vo, pp. vii, [1], 102, [2]; original green morocco-backed marbled boards, gilt-lettered direct on spine, t.e.g.; spine rubbed, worn, and partially perished, extremities rubbed, hinges starting, pencil ownership inscription at the top of the title page; fair or better. The text was first published in 1859 as A Glossarial Index to the Printed English Literature of the Thirteenth Century. Herbert Coleridge (1830-1861) was elected to the Philological Society in 1857, when the society “was engaged on a proposal for remedying the acknowledged deficiencies of the two standard dictionaries of Johnson and Richardson … which soon developed into a scheme for a complete new English dictionary … His new duties, practically constituting a new general editorship of the work, involved a large correspondence with the numerous volunteer helpers. The results of his researches are embodied in his Glossarial Index which he describes as the foundation stone of the proposed English dictionary. This scheme developed into The New English Dictionary published by the Clarendon Press,” (DNB) now familiarly known as the OED.


20. CRANE, STEPHEN. The wayfarer. A poem by Stephen Crane. Etchings by Claire Illouz. Chérence, [France], 2011.                                                                               $600
Edition limited to 35 copies only (this being no. 4); 12mo, 26 accordion-folded panels, with 7 etchings by Claire Illouz, the text set in Syntax and hand-printed by Michael Caine on BFK Rives; original limp wrappers with baby blue printed chemise. As new in the publisher’s marbled clamshell box, at the published price.


21. [CUBA.] Mariategui, Knight & Co. Printed circular outlining annual trade results. Havana: December 10, 1832.                                                                               $150
Quarto bifolium, printed on the recto and verso of the first leaf, outlining annual results for sugars, coffee, molasses, provisions (beef, jerked beef, cod, flour, lumber, candles, etc.), and notices of freights and exchange. With some annotation on the verso of the first leaf, and an address panel made out to “Enoch Sitsby, Boston.” Previous folds; very good.


22. CUTHBERTSON, JAMES LISTER. Barwon ballads and school verses ... Memorial edition. Melbourne: Melville & Mullen Proprietary, Ltd, 1912.                              $75
8vo, pp. xxx, 318; frontispiece, marbled endpapers, ink inscription on prelims, corners a bit bumped, light fading on edges of covers, joints rubbed, else a nice copy in contemporary calf with  supralibros of an Australian grammar school on front cover, gilt spine, a.e.g.


23. DAISH, W. Melbourne to Tokio. Notes by the way. [South Melbourne]: C.G. Meehan & Co., [1900].      $175
Only edition, 12mo, pp. [3]-104; frontispiece from a photograph of the author in a rickshaw; 4-p. English-Japanese word list at the back, a bit shaken and some dampstaining at the top of the last several leaves, extremities a bit rubbed and worn, and with some small stains on front cover, otherwise good in original maroon cloth with gilt lettering on front cover. An Australian signs on as surgeon on a voyage to Japan, and is subsequently mesmerized by that land. Stops were also made Port Darwin, Timor, Hong Kong, Canton, and Macao.


ARGUABLY THE RAREST OF ALL EDITIONS OF DEFOE'S CLASSIC NOVEL

24. [DEFOE, DANIEL.] Robinson hyoko kiryaku. Beknopte levensgeschiedenis van Robinsun Crusoe. [Tokyo: Kyoge shoyazo, 1857.]                                                                                                                                   $12,500
First Japanese edition of Robinson Crusoe and the earliest work of English fiction published in Japan; small 8vo, pp. [44]; hand-colored vignette title-p., and 2 hand-colored illustrations on the verso of the title-p.; original blue wrappers, printed and sewn in the Japanese manner, printed paper label on upper cover; very good copy in a blue cloth folding box. “In 1857, a decade before the Meiji Restoration, a short book of forty-odd pages was published by a small firm, Kyoge shoyazo. The book, Robinsun hyokokuryaku, was a translation and abridgement of Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe and thus began the complicated and often misunderstood history of the European novel in Japan. Complicated in part because that book which has been unanimously hailed (by scholars from Watt to McKeon) as the origin of the English novel was translated not from the English, but from a Dutch edition published by J. Zender of Amsterdam in the 1830s” (Jonathan Zwicker, Columbia University). Not found in OCLC which only locates the 1975 facsimile.


25. DENHAM, MICHAEL AISLABIE. The slogans: or, gathering cries of the north of England... [with:] The Hylton chaplets of fugitive leaves and fading flowers... [with:] Folk-lore: or a collection of local rhymes, proverbs ... etc. relating to Northumberland, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, and Berwick-on-Tweed... Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Gateshead, & Richmond: [privately printed], 1850-58.                $650
3 volumes containing 27 items in all, 8vo, full divinity calf, one label missing, one leaf of the preface missing in the third work; moderately rubbed, top of one spine chipped, but in all, good and sound, or better. An interesting collection of these privately printed pieces, all produced in editions of no more than 50 copies; some are broadsides, some broadsheets, others larger tracts. Denham issued a catalogue of these so-called “Denham Tracts” in 1859, a Xerox copy of which is included. Reprinted by the Folklore Society by David Nutt in the 1890s. Among those represented are: Folklore; or, manners, customs, weather proverbs, popular charms, juvenile rhymes, ballads, &c., &c. in the north of England, 1851; All the singular ghosts, hobgoblins, and phantasms..., 1853; A few popular rhymes, proverbs, and sayings relating to fairies, witches, & gypsies, n.d.; To Old Father Christmas and Janus the double-faced god, n.d.; To the presiding deities of the lakes, rivers, and mountains of Cumberland, 1853; Northern horses and horse-racing in the seventeenth century, 1851.


THE FIRST BOOK ON A FOREIGN LANGUAGE PUBLISHED IN JAPAN

26. [DUTCH LANGUAGE.] Otsuki, Gentaku. Rangaku kaitei. [2-kan]. [Osaka]: Gungyokudo, 1788.         $15,000
First edition, 2 vols., 8vo, 3 Roman alphabets, Arabic numerals, Roman numerals, syllabaries, phrases, etc. in text; original crimson wrappers sewn in the Japanese manner, stitching renewed; covers worn, printed paper labels also worn. Contained in a Japanese folding case. Gentaku Otsuki was a scholar of western medicine as well as a scholar of the Dutch language, and ran a private school, “Shirando.” Otsuki studied Dutch medicine under Gempaku Sugita in Edo in 1778, and the Dutch language under Ryotaku Maenoin the following year. Author of the Rangaku kaitei (1788), Otsuki served the shogunate as an astronomer from 1811, and engaged in the translation of other Dutch works. Osaka Joshi Daigaiku Library, Selected Catalogue on Dutch and English Studies, A-1. Berkeley, Claremont, and Indiana only in OCLC.


27. [EGLESFIELD, FRANCIS.] Monarchy revived; being the personal history of Charles the Second, from his earliest years to his restoration to the throne. Reprinted from the edition of 1661. London: printed for Charles Baldwyn, 1822.                                                                               $125
8vo, pp. [4], 262, [1]; steel-engraved frontispiece portrait, 13 plates; lightly foxed, bookplate on front paste-down, bottom blank half of last leaf (plate list) excised; edges lightly rubbed, small chip on one raised band, else a very good copy in contemporary half calf over marbled boards with black morocco label on spine.


ONE OF THE PRESS'S FINEST PRODUCTIONS

28. [ELZEVIR PRESS.] Pliny, the younger. C. Plinii Caecilii secundi Historiae naturalis libri xxxvii. Lugduni Batavorum [i.e. Leiden]: ex officina Elzeviriana, 1635. $650
First and only Elzevir edition, 3 volumes, 12mo, engraved title page and portrait medallion in vol. 1, woodcut title pages in vols. 2 and 3; woodcut headpieces and initials, contemporary vellum, manuscript titling on spines, yapp edges (well, not really yapp edges as Yapp himself is a nineteeth-century character), later ownership in-scriptions of “A. Carrard” and “Christ. Benj. Carrard.” Vellum a little soiled, but in all a very good, sound set. Considered to be one of the press’s finest productions. Willems 428; Copinger 3645.


29. [ELZEVIR PRESS.] Horatius Flaccus, Quintus. Quinti Horatii Flacci. Poemata. Scholis sive annotationibus instar commentarii illustrata, a Ioanne Bond. Editio nova. Amstelodami: Danielem Elsevirium, 1676.        $175
Small 12mo, pp. 234, [3]; engraved title page; contemporary catspaw calf, gilt decorated spine, label wanting; very good. Willems 1517; Copinger 2400


30. [ELZEVIR PRESS.] Laet, Johannes De. Persia, seu Regni persici status. Variaque itinera in atque per Persiam: cum aliquot iconibus incolarum ... Secunda editio priori auctior ... Lvgd. Batav. [i.e. Leiden]: ex officina Elzeviriana, 1647.                                                                      $450
24mo, pp. 4 p.l., 364, [11]; engraved title page, 8 full-p. woodcuts showing costume, woodcut initials and ornaments; contemporary full blindstamped calf, double rules on covers, fleurons in the corners and a central arabesque, old paper labels on spine; a few small worm tracks, mostly in the index (sense in all cases remains clear); a nice copy in an unrestored contemporary binding. Laet (1593-1649), Director of the Dutch West Indies Company, composed a series of geographical works to inform clients about the various lands the company did business with. These works were entirely based on published materials and included details on topography, climate, agriculture, religion, customs, government and wealth. First published in 1633. Willems 623; Copinger 1340.


31. EVANS, G. H. Elephants and their diseases ... Published by authority. Rangoon: Supdt., Govt. Printing and Staty., 1961.                                                                        $75
Tall 8vo, pp. [8], iii, [3], 323, [1], x; 35 illustrations in the text, tables; very good in original black cloth-backed blue printed paper-covered boards. This is the third edition; the book was originally published in 1901, and 1910, both times with 16 plates which were not included in this edition.


32. GALTON, FRANCIS. Hereditary genius: and inquiry into its laws and consequences. New York: D. Appleton & Co., 1870.                                                               $375
First American edition, from English sheets; 8vo, pp. vi, [2], 390, [2] (ads); 2 folding tables, front hinge starting, owner’s sticker on front paste-down, corners a bit rubbed, spine ends neatly repaired, otherwise very good in original green pebble-grain cloth, gilt-lettered spine. Galton was a cousin of Charles Darwin. In Hereditary Genius, his best-known and most influential book, Galton investigated the heritability of scholarly, artistic, and athletic talent, using the records of notable families as data. He concluded that such talents have a high degree of heritability, and that people vary in the kind and degree of hereditary abilities they possess. He applied the Gaussian, or normal curve to the range of human abilities, expanding upon Quetelet’s observation that certain measurable human characteristics are distributed like the error function, and thus gave a new importance to biological and psychological variation, which had previously been regarded as unimportant” (Norman Catalogue).


33. GOLDSMITH, OLIVER. The miscellaneous works of Oliver Goldsmith. Including a variety of pieces now first collected by James Prior. New York: G.P. Putnam & Company, 1854.          $150
4 volumes, 8vo, steel-engraved frontispiece; bookplate on front paste-down in each volume, some toning of endpapers; extremities lightly rubbed, else a very good set in contemporary half calf over marbled boards, black morocco gilt-lettered labels on spine. From the library of Mr. Curtis Hussey Pettit (‘C.H’), a Minnesota legislator and prominent business man (lumber and flour milling) in the mid-1800’s. The bookplate on volume 1 shows a photograph of the Pettit residence in Minneapolis, along with his daughter’s annotations.


34. [GREENLAND.] [Bertelsen, Rasmus, & Lars Moller, eds.] Atuagagdliutit. Nalinginarnik tusaruminasassunik unikat. Nuuk [i.e. Godthab], Greenland, 1861-1910. $45,000
Complete run of the first 504 issues, quarto, 34 volumes (a complete run of the first 50 years), largely 8pp. per issue, contained in 3 folding cloth clamshell boxes with leather labels. A remarkable set of one of the earliest illustrated newspapers, and probably the first with color illustrations. Contains 324 total lithographs on 249 sheets, 21 of which are folding, 8 double-page, 16 of which are hand-colored and another 24 printed in color, plus 2 tinted. There are 20 photomechanical illustrations (beginning in 1900), and 31 woodcuts. All issues in original plain or printed wrappers; one volume bound in original cloth; except for a few stains a very fresh copy, largely unopened.

An extraordinary Arctic imprint in a fine state of preservation. The unique culture of Greenland was in severe crisis in 1853 when Dr. H.J. Rink first settled in Greenland. The meeting with European culture had proved a highly traumatic experience for native Greenlanders and to a great extent they had become totally dependent upon the Europeans. To avoid losing a sense of identity, Rink encouraged the Greenlanders to have equal responsibility for developing their own cultural awareness; so together with Samuel Kleinschmidt and E. Janssen, Rink undertook publication of the first Greenlandic newspaper. From 1861-74 Atuagagdliutt was edited by a native Greenlander Rasmus Bertelsen; Bertelsen was followed as editor by another Greenlander, Lars Moller (1874-1921), who was to continue on the post until 1921 and who had also been the newspaper’s printer from the original launch. Furthermore, Moller, together with the famous Greenlandic artist Aron from Kangeq, created the magnificent lithographs and woodcuts. Bringing the Greenlanders into contact with the rest of the world, together with summarized versions of classical literature, and stories from Greenland, mythology and tales of hunters’ adventures, this newspaper was extremely popular from the start - at least in Greenland, as the publication made no great impact at the time in Denmark or elsewhere. Today, however, it is clearly seen as a remarkable achievement; the conditions under which the paper was printed were extremely primitive, and climatic conditions often caused great problems - actual printing required moist paper, but in Greenland’s climate the paper often ended up frozen. The translation of texts from Danish to Greenlandic caused great problems for the translator; many words which describe modern civilized life did not exist in Greenlandic. Thus the translator had to invent a new word.

Atuagagdliutit, which means “distributed reading matter” or “free newspaper,” did not only apply to the adult reader. Many of the texts and illustrations apply to children and young readers as well. Together with “Pokbogen” (1859) and “Gronlandske Folkesagn” (1859-63), Atuagagdliutit gave the Greenlanders the first opportunity to become acquainted with literature printed in Greenland and in their own language. Atuagagdliutit was also their first acquaintance with world literature, both for adults as well as for children. Robinson Crusoe by Defoe is included, as is Hans Christian Andersen, fairy tales, and tales of the Arabian Nights. Furthermore, the newspaper had immense educational influence since it was the Greenland children’s first chance to study world history, ethnography, accounts of journeys, natural history, etc. H.J. Rink (1819-93), the publisher of Atuagagdliutit, was a Danish geographer. In 1845 he went with the corvette Galathea on her scientific circumnavigation of the globe and in 1848 he went on his first mineralogical journey to Greenland where he spent four years mapping out large parts of the country. From 1853 he functioned as factor in Greenland and later as Royal Inspector of South Greenland. Deeply interested in the Eskimos, Rink wrote several works on the subject. For health reasons he had to return to Denmark in 1868. Since the time of Hans Egede, no one has had such immense value for the preservation of Greenlandic culture as Rink. The newspaper was a monthly publication but was only distributed once a year to the settlements in Greenland. Only 200 examples were printed in its first year and very few have survived. The newspapers were read so much that they were practically falling apart, the illustrations were often torn out and used as decoration and pages were frequently used as plugs in muzzle loading guns. OCLC locates 25 libraries with holdings of at least some of the issues, about half of which are outside the U.S. Stanford, UCLA, University of Alaska seem to have the most complete files.


35. GUARINI, BAPTISTA. Il pastor Fido, The faithfull shepherd. A pastorall written in Italian by Baptista Guarini, a knight of Italie. And now newly translated out of the originall [by Richard Fanshawe]. London: R. Raworth, 1647.                                                                               $500
Second edition in English, small 4to, pp. [12], 223; engraved frontispiece portrait and 1 engraved plate (within the pagination); frontispiece with tear in the top forecorner barely touching the engraved surface, last leaf similarly torn in the lower foremargin not touching any letterpress; contemporary full calf, double blind-ruled borders, later black morocco label on spine; crack at the top of the front joint; all else good and sound, internally clean. There was an 1591 edition in Italian published in London, and an earlier translation in 1602 by Edward Dymock. CBEL I, 340; Lowndes II, 953.


36. [HAMMER, CAROLYN.] Cather, Willa. Father Junipero’s Holy Family. Lexington: at the Anvil Press, 1956.                                                                               $125
Edition limited to 200 copies, 16mo, pp. [16]; printed in red and black throughout in American uncial type, fine copy in original printed paper-covered boards. Cather’s text has been extracted from her novel, Death Comes for the Archbishop.


37. A Handbook of the Scottish language. By Cleishbotham the Younger. Edinburgh: J. L. Smith, 1858.       $100
First edition, slim 12mo, pp. [4], 66; lexicon in triple column (and 4-point type!); very good in original blue cloth, gilt decoration and title on upper cover. Kennedy 11235; Vancil notes only a Glasgow edition in 1897(?) - actually 1895.


38. HECO, JOSEPH. [Title in Japanese:] Kaikoku no shizuku. Hyoryu itan [Vol. 1, all published.][Translated by Hisaakira Hijikata.]Tokyo: Hakubunsha, 1893.  $3,000
First edition, 8vo, pp. [2], 236; 3 lithograph plates (the Japanese castaways in a longboat with the American ship in the distance; a chart of Yokohama harbor; and the American fleet at Shimonoseki); original pictorial wrappers, printed paper label on spine; spine partially perished, rear wrapper cracked at hinge near the bottom, one or two other short tears or creases, but otherwise a good copy of an uncommon and interesting account by the first Japanese-American. Heco (1835-1895) was shipwrecked with his mates at the age of 13 and rescued by an American ship which took him to California. He did not return to Japan until 1859. He became the first Japanese national to be naturalized as an American citizen. Berkeley, and in Japan the National Diet Library and Waseda University only in OCLC. Not in Hill.


39. HOCKETT, CHARLES F. Language, mathematics, and linguistics. The Hague: Moulton & Co., 1967. $35
8vo, pp. 243, [1]; original blue printed wrappers; previous owner’s name at top of front cover, else near fine.


40. [HOTTEN, JOHN CAMDEN.] A dictionary of modern slang, cant, and vulgar words ... preceded by a history of cant and vulgar language; with glossaries of two secret languages ... By a London antiquary ... Second edition, revised with two thousand additional words. London: John Camden Hotten, 1860.    $275
8vo, pp. xvi, 300; frontispiece and 6 pp. ads in pagination; original brown cloth, gilt-lettered spine; spine a bit sunned, old ownership inscriptions on flyleaf; all else very good. A pioneering work, and one of the most famous and important dictionaries of slang.


41. HOWITT, ANNA MARY. An art-student in Munich. Boston: Ticknor, Reed, and Fields, 1854.  $75
First American edition, 12mo, pp. 4 (ads), xi, [1], 470; a little wear at extremities, with some stains on front cover; original blindstamped blue cloth with gilt lettered spine. Lightly foxed endpapers.


42. [ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPTS.] British Museum reproductions from the illuminated manuscripts. London: printed by the order of the Trustees, 1910.             $150
Second edition, 3 volumes (Series I, II, III), 4to; 150 plates, unbound sheets in cloth-backed portfolio with printed paper label on spine; some minor toning on preliminaries, paper labels a bit rubbed at edges, else very good set in blue cloth slipcase.


43. [JOHNSON, SAMUEL.] The prince of Abissinia. A tale. London: R. and J. Dodsley [and] J. Johnston, 1759.                                                                            $2,500
First edition, the ‘Contents’ leaf in vol. II in Fleeman’s variant ‘B’ (see below); 2 volumes, 8vo, pp. viii, 159; viii, 165; contemporary and surely original full calf, recased and rather artlessly rebacked to match, green morocco labels lettered in gilt, red speckled edges; contained in a blue cloth clamshell box, paper label on spine. “The variant in Contents in vol. 2 is associated with a textual variant in sig. M at p. 161, line 2, where copies may read either ‘inderserptible’ or ‘indiscerpible’ [the latter in the present copy], though there is no regularity in the association. Since it is probable that II. A [is identical to] M, an adjustment to the [drophead] in A could easily have entailed the loss of a ‘t’ in M; but since the two 1/2 sheets were subsequently separated there is no confirmation to be found from the distribution of these variants in different copies. These variants, though of interest, do not bear on precedence in publication, merely on priority in production” (Fleeman). “Hawkins and Boswell agree that Rasselas was written to help the dying Sarah Johnson and eventually to pay for her funeral ... Johnson told Reynolds he wrote the work in the evenings of a single week, which implies a commencement at least on Monday 15 January, the date on which he learned of his mother’s illness and on which he first sent her money” (Fleeman). The Prince of Abissinia (later Rasselas) was far and away the best-selling Johnson title. At least 525 editions have appeared in English up to 1984, and at least another 150 in translation, including Russian, Hindustani and Amharic. Chapman & Hazen, p. 142-3; Courtney & Smith, p. 85-7; Fleeman 59.4R/1; Rothschild 142.


44. JONES, STEPHEN. A new biographical dictionary: containing a brief account of the lives and writings of the most eminent persons and remarkable characters in every age and nation ... The fifth edition, enlarged... London: Longman, Hurst [et al.], 1805.                                                 $150
16mo, pp. [6] plus unpaginated lexicon in double column; full contemporary speckled calf, red morocco label on gilt-paneled spine; lightly rubbed; very good. In his Preface Jones credits the assistance of a dozen helpers, among them William Boscawen, the translator of Horace; John Nicols, “the indefatigable illustrator of the History of Leicestershire ... to whom British biography in particular, certainly owes more than any other individual writer of the last century”; and, John Britton, author of The Architecture and Antiquities of Great Britain.


45. [JUVENILES.] The history of Little Goody Two-Shoes; otherwise called, Mrs. Margery Two-Shoes. With the means by which she acquired her learning and wisdom, and in consequence thereof her estate ... See the original manuscript in the Vatican at Rome, and the cuts by Michael Angelo... [n.p. - but certainly American and possibly Delaware]: printed for all good children, n.d., [ca. late 18th or early 19th century.]          $4,500
The work is variously attributed to Oliver Goldsmith and John Newbery, among others. 32mo (approx. 10 x 6 cm.), pp. 127, [1] blank; 31 small woodcuts in the text; original wallpaper-covered boards showing on the front cover a rooster and 2 birds in profile on a branch; boards worn, spine largely perished, stitching loosening, [A16] loose, but present, [B9]-[B12] with loss to the bottom corner and/or margin, with small loss of text on [B9] and [B10], several early ownership signatures of Mary Ann Roe, Flushing, Long Island, one of which dated August 10, 1815. Apparently, an un-recorded edition. Not found in Evans, Bristol, Shipton & Mooney, Welch, OCLC, NUC, AAS, etc. However, this edition is the same format, same size, and same pagination – albeit in a different font – as the Wilmington, Delaware edition printed by Peter Brynberg in 1796 (Evans 32257). A Brynberg & Andrews edition of 1793 also has the same pagination, but is (erroneously?) catalogued as a 16mo.


46. KENNETT, WHITE. K. Edward the VIth his own arguments against the Pope’s supremacy wherein several Popish doctrines and practices, contrary to God’s word, are animadverted on and the marks of the anti-Christ are applied to the Pope of Rome; translated out of the original, written with the King’s own hand in French... London: printed by J. D. for Jonathon Robinson, 1682.                           $225
8vo, pp. [24], 121; engraved frontis portrait; contemporary full sheep, front cover loose, label wanting; text block very good. Early ownership signature of Elisabeth Langham. A translation of an unidentified work in French, to which are subjoined some remarks upon his life and reign, in vindication of his memory, from Dr. Heylin’s severe and unjust censure. Wing E-185


47. [LEE, BRUCE.] Lee, Linda. Bruce Lee: the man only I knew. New York: Warner Paperback Library, [1975].     $50
First edition, 12mo, pp. 207, [1]; illustrated; fine in original pictorial wrappers. The true story of the martial arts expert as told by his wife.


48. LEIGH, SAMUEL. Scripture genealogy from Adam to Christ: exhibiting, in a series of thirty-six engraved tables a distinct view of the nation, tribe, family, lineal descent, and posterity of every person mentioned in the Bible... London: for Samuel Leigh by James Moyes, 1817.              $150
First edition, 4to, pp. [2], 42, 18 (index), 2 (ads); engraved title page and 36 engraved plates; original marbled boards with printed decorative label on the upper cover, shelf-backed in black straight-grain morocco; top and bottom inch of spine chipped away, joints cracked but holding, lightly toned internally; in all, a good, sound copy.


49. LENTZNER, KARL. Colonial English: a glossary of Australian, Anglo-Indian, Pidgin English, West Indian, and South African words... London: Kegan Paul, Trench, Trubner & Co., 1891.   $250
First edition, 8vo, pp. xii, [4], 237, [3]; largely unopened; early ownership signature on upper cover, small label removed from the bottom of the upper cover, old MS. label on spine; original stiff printed wrappers; good and sound. Kennedy 11340.


50. LEO, JOANNIS AFRICANUS. Ioannis Leonis Africani Africae descriptio IX. lib. absoluta. Lugd. Batav.: apud Elzevir, 1632.                                                      $1,500
First and only Elzevir edition, 2 volumes in 1, 24mo, pp. 800, [16]; engraved title page, printer’s woodcut device on second title page; contemporary calf, gilt spine; some rubbing and wear, especially at edges, else very good and sound. “John Leo, surnamed Africanus, was born of Moorish parents at Grenada, in Spain. When the city was captured by the Spaniards in 1492, he retreated to Africa, being brought up in Barbary. He commenced his travels in 1511 and they were continued until 1517: during this period ‘he traveled to Fez, Morocco, crossed the Sahara to Timbuctoo, the native states on the upper Niger to Cano, Houssa, Bronou, and Lake Chad’. Leo was ‘the only original authority on the state of northern and central Africa during the period at which he wrote’ and his description, first written in Arabic, in Rome, was translated by him into Italian, and by Floreanus into Latin” (Mendelssohn). Willems 371; Copinger 2817; Blockson 101; Mendelssohn III, p. 86.


51. [LEXICOGRAPHY.] Cowie, A.P. The Oxford history of English lexicography. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 2009.                                                                               $150
First edition, 2 volumes, 8vo, pp. xviii, 467; xix, [1], 551; over 50 illustrations; as new in dust jackets. Vol. I: General-Purpose Dictionaries; Vol. II: Specialized Dictionaries. Among the distinguished contributors are Allen Reddick, Sidney Landau, Richard Bailey, Anatoly Liberman, Julie Coleman, and A. P. Cowie himself.


52. [LUTHERAN CHURCH.] [Marburg Hymn Book.] Vollständiges Marburger Gesang-Buch zur Uebung der Gottseligkeit, in 649 christlichen und trostreichen Psalmen und Gesängen Hrn. D. Martin Luthers und anderer gottseliger Lehrer. Germantown: Christoph Saur, 1759. $650
Second printing of “the first Lutheran hymnbook printed in the United States” (Evans), small 8vo, pp. [14], 527, [16], 14 (Luther’s Der kleine Catechismus), 94 (Evangelia und Episteln. Germantown, 1760); without music, text in double column; relief portrait frontispiece of Martin Luther; contemporary and likely original full sheep over wooden boards, spine perished, corners worn, sheep peeling at bottom edge of back board, 1 (of 2) clasps preserved; all else very good. First published in 1757. “Saur subsequently reprinted the Lutheran Marburg hymnal in 1759, 1762, 1770, and 1777, and along with the Freytlinghausen, or Halle, hymnbook (which never received an American reprint, however) it was the most widely used Lutheran hymnal during these years” (Arndt & Eck, citing Wolf). Two states of the Evangelia und Episteln are noted: in one (Bristol B1945, Shipton & Mooney 40957), the imprint date is 1758; in the other (Evans 8594), the imprint date is 1760; a third variant is also noted by Ardnt & Eck with an imprint date of 1762. The 1758 Evangelia und Episteln was also issued with the 1757 Germantown edition of the Marburger Gesangbuch (Bristol B1929, Shipton & Mooney 40893). Arndt & Eck 218; Evans 8390 & 9166; Seidensticker, p. 51.; Hildeburn, Pennsylvania 1633 & 1670.


53. MACAULAY, THOMAS BABINGTON. Lays of ancient Rome ... copyright edition. Leipzig: Bernhard Tauchnitz, 1851.                                                                      $175
First Tauchnitz edition, 16mo, pp. [4], 240; half-title and colophon not preserved (see below); frontispiece, plus 24 mounted albumen photographs, including 15 scenes of the Coliseum, the Appian Way, the Temple of Diana, Trajan’s Column, the Tiber, etc.; the balance are photographs of art work; contemporary full vellum, gilt spine, red morocco label; vellum a bit soiled; very good. “Like the one other work which went through four settings (Hawthorne’s Transformation, or The Romance of Monte Beni, 1860), this book soon was in great demand by Italian booksellers, who regularly extra-illustrated it with albumin photographs for the passing tourist. Unfortunately, in providing this ‘guide’ to Rome, the binders consistently deleted the half-title, and/or the final colophon leaf, and thus rendered most of their souvenirs defective” (Todd & Bowden). Todd & Bowden 198A.


54. MACBRIDE, MACKENZIE. London’s dialect. An ancient form of English speech. With a note on the dialects of the north of England and the Midlands and of Scotland. London: Priory Press, 1910.            $100
First edition, 12mo, pp. 62, [4] ads; some toning of the wrappers, old ownership inscription at the top of the title page, else near fine in original cream wrappers printed in red and green.


55. MAGGS BROS. Dictionaries and grammars. Catalogue 891: 500 Books on linguistics and the diversity of tongues. London: Maggs Bros. Ltd., April, 1964.                   $65
8vo, pp. 142, indexed, 15 plates plus illustrations in the text; near fine copy in original green printed wrappers. Over 500 items, indexed. Still a useful reference.


56. [MANUSCRIPT IN JAPANESE AND ENGLISH:] National school series. The school primer, or, the child’s eibst stebs [sic] in reading and spelling, dbsignbd [sic] as introductory to Parker’s school readers. [With:] Sargents Standard school primer... n.p., n.d. [but Japan, after 1859.                            $7,500
2 volumes in 1, oblong 8vo, approx. 198 french-fold pages sewn in the Japanese manner in contemporary and almost certainly original brown paper wrappers; minor soiling and wear, but in all a very good and striking example of a Japanese student’s [?] workbook for the attainment of English. The book has apparently been copied from American primers published by A. S. Barnes in New York in 1857, and Sargent’s School Primer, Boston, 1859; both contain a variety of reading and spelling lessons “especially adapted to the capacity and taste of young children. It is hoped that it will proved [sic] valuable introduction to the national series of school readers prepared by Richard G. Parker.” Both Parker’s and Sargent’s primers were available in bi-lingual editions in the Japanese market. Might this be the manuscript a printer might have used to publish the Japanese editions? Throughout, the English text, which has been carefully written in ink, is often translated interlinearly in red ink with Japanese characters which, if not evidential, certainly create an attractive visual appearance on the page. Included are 3 pages of alphabets, simple sentences, often in rhyme (“A cart for me / to ride and see / A ship at sea / with you and me”). An interesting and instructive look at how the Japanese learned English in the generation following Admiral Perry’s opening of Japan.


57. MATSELL, GEORGE W. Vocabulum; or, the rogue’s lexicon. Compiled from the most authentic sources. New York: George W. Matsell & Co., 1859.                   $850
First edition, 16mo, pp. 130 plus leaf of ads for Matsell’s “National Police Gazette,” top and bottom of spine chipped (the bottom with a thumbnail-size chip missing), spine darkened; a good copy of a scarce book in original brown cloth. There was a reprint made in the 1890s with illustrations which is often confused with the first edition of 1859. The page height of the first edition is 148 mm. Matsell (1811-77) was a major in the 6th Infantry of the New York Militia. In 1843 he became police magistrate at the Tombs in New York, and later organized the first municipal police force in the United States, which he headed until 1857. “Occupying the position of chief of police in the great metropolis of New York, where thieves and others of a like character from all parts of the world congregate, and realizing a necessity of possessing a positive knowledge of everything connected with the class of individuals with whom it was my duty to deal, I was naturally lead to study their peculiar language” (Preface). Following the lexicon proper are texts of several stories employing the rogue’s language (with English translation), and brief word lists for gamblers and billiard players.


58. [MATSUOKA, SAIKIYO.] Phrases in English and Japanese, elementary for the children. [Tokyo]: Anno 5 Mei zi, [ca. 1873].                                                           $4,250
First edition, 2 volumes, lg. 8vo, pp. [62] and [56] pp., printed and sewn in the Japanese manner, printed endpapers; original yellow wrappers with printed paper labels on the upper covers; stitching loosening on each of the volumes, but all else very good or better, in a new blue cloth folding box. Volume I includes a parallel text of vocabulary at the top of the pages and useful phrases underneath, employing the vocabulary. Osaka Joshi Daigaiku Library, Selected Catalogue on Dutch and English Studies, 1991, no. C27.


59. MATTHEWS, WILLIAM. Cockney past and present: a short history of the dialect of London. London: George Routledge & Sons, [1938].                                                      $50
First edition, 8vo, pp. xv, [1], 245; original blue cloth, spine lettered in gilt, very good. A history of the dialect from the 16th-century to the 19th-century with chapters on mannerisms & slang and pronunciation & grammar. Includes a bibliography and index.


60. MCNAUGHTON, DUNCAN, editor. Fathar. Numbers 1-7 [all published]. Buffalo, NY: Fathar, 1970-1975.                                                                               $750
4to. Each issue mimeographed [rectos only] in red and black on various colors of paper stock, and side-stapled in paper wrappers, printed offset, and photographically illustrated in different colors. Issue 5 is inscribed by the editor. Enclosed in a new cloth clamshell box. A complete run of this little magazine edited by McNaughton, influenced by the school of Olsen, but featuring a good work from a variety of poets. Ed Sanders makes numerous contributions, and there are works by Amiri Baraka, Tom Raworth, Frank O’Hara, Ted Berrigan, John Wieners, Robert Creeley, Michael McClure, Robert Duncan, Lewis MacAdams, Ed Dorn, Aram Saroyan, and many more. Perhaps the most striking aspect of the magazine, however, is its remarkably consistent design, especially with regard to the covers, most of which were illustrated in different hues after photographs by Rose Dunn, Zoe Brown, Phoebe Russell MacAdams, Helen MacLeod, Ronni Goldfarb, and Eleanor Lewis.


61. MELVILLE, G.J. WHYTE. The Queen’s maries. A romance of holyrood. London: Parker, Son, and Bourn, 1862.                                                                               $125
First edition, 2 vols, 8vo, pp. [4], 304; [2], 254; marbled endpapers, some very light foxing on prelims, edges a bit rubbed, else a very good set in contemporary black morocco over marbled boards, marbled edges; neatly rebacked in olive morocco with red morocco label and gilt-decorated spine with raised bands.


62. MELVILLE, HERMAN. The whiteness. Chérence, [France], 2008.                                 $950
Edition limited to 25 copies only (this being no. 23); oblong 4to, 16 accordion-folded panels, with text embossed in blind, with 2 etchings and 3 embossings (the latter also in blind) by Claire Illouz, the letterpress text imprinted in blind, in Eras Bold by Jean Jacques Sergent and Touraine Graphique. The text is extracted from Chapter 42 of Melville’s Moby Dick: “The Whiteness of the Whale.” As new in the publisher’s white clamshell box. The most celebrated of Illouz’s artist books, and now out-of-print.


63. MENCKEN, H.L. The American language: a preliminary inquiry into the development of English in the United States. New York: Knopf, 1919.                                                         $450
First edition limited to 1500 copies (this, copy 844), 8vo, pp. x, 374; original black cloth; spine dull, lacks the jacket (as often), newspaper shadows on flyleaves, else very good. Arguably Mencken’s most important work, many times revised and expanded, and still in print as the standard study of American English.


64. [MIDNIGHT PAPER SALES.] Rulon-Miller, Robert. Quarter to Midnight. Gaylord Schanilec & Midnight Paper Sales. A discursive bibliography. Saint Paul: Rulon-Miller Books, 2011.        $450
Edition limited to 450 copies, this one of 50 special copies which are numbered and contain a signed wood engraving by Gaylord Schanilec, plus a suite of 12 trial sheets and proofs, including a broadside depicting Henry Morris which is not in Quarter to Midnight; 8vo, pp. [8], 134, [1]; 14 illustrations, most in color; original morocco-backed boards, together with the suite in a clamshell box. Design and typography by Jerry Kelly.

65. [MIDNIGHT PAPER SALES.] Rulon-Miller, Robert. Quarter to Midnight. Gaylord Schanilec & Midnight Paper Sales. A discursive bibliography. Saint Paul: Rulon-Miller Books, 2011.        $85
Edition limited to 450 copies, this one of 400 copies constituting the trade edition, 8vo, pp. [8], 134, [1]; 14 illustrations, most in color; original midnight blue cloth, printed paper label on the spine. Design and typography by Jerry Kelly.


66. MOON, WILLIAM. Light for the blind: a history of the origin and success of Moon’s system of reading (embossed in 131 languages) for the blind. London: Longmans & Co., 1879.     $175
Fourth edition, 8vo, pp. xii (i.e. x), 212, viii; portrait frontispiece; 1 specimen of Moon’s type, 2 embossed plates (one revealing in outline the British Isles); front fly excised, else a very good, bright copy in original blue cloth gilt, a.e.g.


67. MULCASTER, RICHARD. Mulcaster’s Elementarie. Edited, with an introduction by E. T. Campagnac. [Oxford]: Clarendon Press, 1925.                                                                        $100
Reprint of the 1582 edition, “the first thorough examination of the basic features of English spelling,” and the first spelling dictionary; small 4to, pp. xxiv, [16], 292; original cream paper-covered boards, lettered in black on spine; a little soiled, else near fine. See Alston VI, 462


68. NARES, ROBERT. A glossary; or, collection of words, phrases, names, and allusions to customs, proverbs, etc., which have been thought to require illustration, in the works of English authors, particularly Shakespeare and his contemporaries. A new Edition, with considerable additions both of words and examples, by James O. Halliwell and Thomas Wright. London: Reeves & Turner, 1888.   $95
2 volumes, 8vo, pp. ix, [1], 476; [2], [477]-981, [1]; (continuous pagination); original maroon cloth, rubbed at extremities, printed paper labels chipped and soiled; otherwise good and sound.


69. NATANSON, BERNARD. [Sefer ha-milim:] Hand lexicon [le-khol `anfe ha-mada`im va-haroshet ha-ma`aseh ... ]. Warsaw: Bi-defus A. Ginz, 1880.                           $150
First edition, 8vo, pp. 148; but for the title-p. text in Hebrew throughout; lexicon in double column; pages browned; recent red cloth; but for the browning, near fine. Not in either Vancil or Zaunmuller.


70. [NEW ZEALAND.] Earle, Augustus. A narrative of a nine months’ residence in New Zealand in 1827 together with a journal of a residence in Tristan D’Acunha, an island situated between South America and the Cape of Good Hope. London: Longman, Rees, Orme [et al.], 1832.                                     $1,000
First edition, 8vo, pp. x, [2], 371, [1]; 2 copper-engraved portraits, 5 aquatints (2 folding); the top margins of 3 plate show some waterstaining (entering the image on 1); otherwise a very good copy in a half polished tan calf binding by Sangorski & Sutcliffe, red morocco labels on gilt-decorated spine. Earle, “a professional artist, sailed for Hokianga from Sydney aboard the brig Governor Macquarie on October 20, 1827. Earle describes native life and religion, Captain Herd’s settlement at Hokianga, and the natural history of New Zealand. The book includes an account of the massacre of Captain Marion de Fresne’s crew by the New Zealanders in 1772, based on the testimony of a native eyewitness. Pages [285]-371 contain Earle’s narrative of Tristan da Cunha” (Hill). Not in Abbey, Travel; Hill 529; Sabin 21624.


71. [NEWCASTLE TYPOGRAPHICAL SOCIETY.] Fenwick, John [et al.]. Ten works issued by the Newcastle Typographical Society. Newcastle: 1843, 1846.     $750
1) Obituary of Charles Newby Wawn, Esq., Newcastle: Emerson Charnley, 1840, pp. vii, [1], 12; engraved frontispiece and title page; 1 early ms. correction in the text; 2) Memorial to the Senate of Hamburgh and Letter to the King of Denmark, Newcastle, 1843, pp. ix, [1], [11]-20; engraved vignette title page printed in red and black; 1 early ms. correction in the text; initial printed in red; 3) Biographical Sketch of the late John Trotter Brockett, Esq., Newcastle: printed by T. & J. Hodgson for Emerson Charnley, 1843, pp. vi, [7]-16; engraved frontispiece, engraved vignette title page printed in red and black, contains an appendix of works written and edited by Brockett; woodcut coat-of-arms; 4) Biographical Notice of the Rev. William Carey, D.D. of Serampore, by the Hon. & Rev. William Herbert, Newcastle: T. & J. Hodgson, 1843, pp. 8, [v]-xiv; engraved vignette title page printed in red and black; 5) Biographical sketches of Joshua Marshman, D.D. of Serampore, Newcastle: Emerson Charnley, 1843, pp. [4], 25; engraved vignette title page printed in red and black; 6) Obituary Notice of the Late William Anthony Hails, Newcastle: T. & J. Hodgson, 1845, pp. 7, [1]; engraved vignette title page; woodcut tail-piece; 7) Memoir of the late John Trotter Brockett, Esq., Newcastle: printed by T. & J. Hodgson, 1846, pp. 15; engraved vignette title page; 8) Obituary Notice of the Life and Ministry of the late Reverend John Mack of Serampore, Newcastle: T. & J. Hodgson, 1846, pp.16; engraved vignette title page; woodcut tailpiece; 9) Dialogue between the North and South Tyne Rivers, in Northumberland, Newcastle: printed by George Bouchier Richardson, 1850, pp. 14; engraved vignette title page; woodcut tail-piece; 10) Letters between James Ellis, Esq. & Walter Scott, Esq., Newcastle: printed by George Bouchier Richardson, 1850, pp. 31, [1]; engraved vignette title page; 3 small woodcuts; together, 10 tracts in a contemporary utilitarian quarto binding of quarter brown morocco over black cloth sides; spine rubbed, extremities a little worn, but the binding is sound and internally this is near fine. Includes two versions of John Fenwick’s Life of the distinguished collector, bibliographer, and philologist, John Trotter Brockett. Brocket was also instrumental in establishing the Newcastle Typographical Society, and the other works in this volume reflect the range of attractively produced reprints of local material for which the Society, with G. B. Richardson its most accomplished printer, was responsible.


72. NEWTON, A. EDWARD. Doctor Johnson: a play. Boston: Atlantic Monthly Press, 1923.         $125
First edition limited to 585 copies (this, no. 333) on hand-made paper, signed by the author; 8vo, printed at the Merrymount Press, pp. xvii, [1], 120; ornamental title page printed in red and black, gravure frontispiece portrait of Johnson, 16 plates; original green cloth-backed patterned boards, paper label on spine, publisher’s slipcase; slipcase a little worn, else near fine throughout.


73. [NONESUCH PRESS.] Dante Alighieri. La divina commedia or the divine vision of Dante Alighieri in Italian & English. London, 1928.                                                                       $1,250
Edition limited to 1475 copies, folio, pp. [4], 324, [3]; full original orange vellum; near fine copy, with no fading of the spine, as is common with this book. The Italian text was edited by Marion Casella of the University of Florence with the English version of H.F. Cary, 34 double-page and 8 full-page illustrations after the drawings by Sandro Botticelli. One of the premiere productions of the press. Dreyfus, 50


THE FIRST JAPANESE BOOK ON PHOTOGRAPHY

74. [PHOTOGRAPHY.] Yanagigawa, Uji-kurasaka. [Title in Japanese:] Shiya shin kyozusetso. Tokyo: Nagai-do, 1867-68.                                              $8,500
First edition, 2 volumes, small 8vo, pp. [58]; [70], both including first and last leaves mounted as pastedowns, as issued; a number of woodcut illustrations of photographic equipment and techniques for development; original blue wrappers printed and sewn in the Japanese manner, printed paper labels on upper covers; good and sound, or better. Not found in OCLC.


75. PICTURESQUE AMERICA; or, the land we live in. A delineation by pen and pencil of the mountains, rivers, lakes, forests, water-falls, shores, canyons, valleys, cities, and other picturesque features of our country. With illustrations on steel and wood by eminent artists. Edited by William Cullen Bryant. New York: D. Appleton & Co., n.d., [1872-74].                                                                               $350
The second of two editions noted in BAL, with Bryant’s name on the title and at the end of the preface, but clearly a later issue with the Appleton address on the title page of vol. I changed from Broadway to Bond St. (vol. II retains the Broadway address); 2 volumes, large 4to, complete with engraved frontispiece and title-pp., plus 47 steel-engraved plates and 838 wood-engraved illustrations in the text, 321 of them full-p.; a very good, sound set, in publisher’s half black morocco, gilt-lettered spines; several scratches and a bit of rubbing, but overall a pretty nice copy in a firm binding. Stately testimony to the American fascination with American landscape, and a major link in the literary tradition that connects William Bartram with John McPhee. BAL 1732, noting that the literary work was done by Oliver B. Bunce, and that the preface was written and the whole edited by Bryant who, in a letter cited by BAL, says: “I do not remember that I was ever more weary of any literary task.”


76. PIOZZI, HESTER LYNCH THRALE. Piozzi marginalia: comprising come extracts from manuscripts of Hester Lynch Piozzi and annotations from her books. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1925.                          $50
Edition ltd. to 75 copies printed on handmade paper under the direction of Bruce Rogers, 8vo, pp. x, 202, [7]; frontispiece portrait and 8 plates; early Japanese mark of ownership on front free endpaper, spine a bit spotted, otherwise a very good copy in original full linen over boards. Most of the material included here is published for the first time from papers and books once in the possession of Mrs. Piozzi. Warde 200; The Work of Bruce Rogers 280.


ONLY ONE OTHER COPY RECORDED

77. [PRAYER BOOK IN CZECH.] Konecný, Matous. Kazatel Domownj to gest: Naucenj potrebné gakby Hospodárowé w Domjch a prjbytcých swých spolu s domácými swými kazdého dne ... Brno: Wytissteno Swobodským Pjsmem, skrze Jána Siedlera Faktora, 1783.           $950
4to, pp. [30], 442, [14]; many errors in pagination but the book collates complete; woodcut ornaments, title page and text within decorative border; contemporary Czech binding of full brown goat, crude but elaborate blindstamped borders, beveled edges, decorative brass bosses on the corners, plus one central on both covers, brass catches and 1 (of 2) brass clasps on leather thong, top and bottom of blindstamped spine with early restoration, endpapers sometime renewed, gutter of title page torn, with some loss but no loss of letterpress, fore-edge of title strengthened, following leaf similarly reinforced, last leaf loosening, moderate tide mark on top third of first 70 pages; all else good and sound. Very rare. Czech National Library in OCLC. No others found in various national COPACs.


78. PROUT, SAMUEL. Illustrations of the Rhine. London: R. Ackermann, 1824.     $4,500
Folio, engraved hand-colored vignette title page plus 25 hand-colored lithographs, colored later; bound with: Mackreth, Robert. Beauties of the Rhine in a Series of Views Drawn from Nature, London: M. Colnaghi and W. Ginger, 1824. Folio, pp. [7], plus engraved hand-colored vignette title page and 12 hand-colored lithographs. Initially intended to be published in 1822, Prout’s Illustrations of the Rhine ran into difficulties immediately with the original publishers, Rodwell and Martin, and none were published. They were supplanted by Ackermann in 1824, and a supplement was issued by a different publisher in 1826. While the supplement is not present here, there are three views, “Braubach,” “St. Clement,” and “The Plafz,” which are not mentioned in Abbey. Abbey, Travel, 219 (Prout); Mackreth is not in Abbey.


79. ROWE, THOMAS L. The Chinese unicorn. Notes from a Chinese dictionary. Saigon: Imprimerie Dong-Nam, [1957].                                                                      $75
Edition limited to 1000 numbered copies (this, no. 333), 8vo, pp. [3]-29, [1]; Chinese characters printed in red; near fine in original cream buckram, publisher’s slipcase with printed paper label. “A treasure of undesigned whimsy,” mostly humorous translations into English from a Chinese dictionary discovered in the stall of a Paris bookseller.


80. ROYAL NAVAL EXHIBITION, 1891. Official catalogue & guide... London: W. P. Griffith & Sons, 1891.                           $125
Small, thick 8vo, pp. xxxviii, [4] ads, 570, [56] ads; double-page plan of the exhibition grounds at Chelsea, the whole illustrated throughout; a very good copy in original pictorial chromolithograph wrappers. Guides to the galleries of Nelson, Franklin, Blake, Cook, etc., as well as numerous ships, portraits, etc.


81. SANGORSKI & SUTCLIFFE. Custom-made boxed set of 18 volumes, as below.London: Arthur L. Humphreys, 1910-1913.                                                                                                                  $8,500
18 volumes, 16mo, each in a signed binding of full turquoise crushed levant, single gilt rules on covers, gilt-paneled spines in 6 compartments, gilt-lettered direct in 2, t.e.g., all fine; contained in a fitted custom silk moiré-lined case also signed by Sangorski and Sutcliffe, with slots lined in silk moiré for each volume and a continuous silk ribbon to facilitate the extraction of the volumes; the case with spring-loaded doors duplicating the spines of the books, removable beveled glass front; the case is a little scuffed, but still very good. The titles include: Letters of Love: Napoleon, etc.; Letters of Passion: Heine and others; Gardens & Friendship: Francis Bacon; Songs of Innocence: William Blake; Because I Love You: Love Poems; Posies and Kisses; Love Poems: Lord Byron; Love Sonnets: E. B. Browning; Oscariana: Oscar Wilde; The House of Life: D. G. Rossetti; Peeps into Pepys; Maxims: La Rochefoucauld; Five Types: A Book of Essays, G.K. Chesterton; The Wisdom of the Foolish; Bensoniana: E. F. Benson; Simplicity and Tolstoy: G.K. Chesterton; A Rogues Memoirs: Augustine Birrell; and, The Inner Beauty: Maurice Maeterlinck.


SUPERINTENDED BY AN AMERICAN JEW

82. [SCHOYER (or Schover), RAPHAEL, editor.] [The Japan Express.] [Yokohama: ca. August, 1862.]  $12,500
A single issue, one of only a handful extant, of the first newspaper in Yokohama, the second foreign language newspaper in Japan, and the first superintended by an American. The Japan Express was founded by one of the earliest American settlers in Japan, a Jew, Raphael Schoyer (also in various records: Schover). The first American Jews to arrive in Japan were Alexander Marks and his brother in Yokohama in 1861. They were followed, according to one account, by the American businessman Raphael Schoyer and his wife Anna in 1862. However Rogers, in the Japan Weekly Mail, May 12, 1903 in his article “Early Recollections of Yokohama 1859-1864,” we learn that Schoyer arrived in January, 1860. Though primarily involved with trade and commerce, Schoyer (1800-1865) also was the founding publisher of The Japan Express. Very little is known about him, but he played a notable role in the burgeoning Yokohama community in the decade following Commodore Perry’s arrival. He was also the first auctioneer in Yokohama, and is known to have provided room and board to one of Japan’s first professional photographers, Shimooka Renjo, and introduced him to the American photographer, Captain John Wilson. Wilson, who also stayed with Schoyer, taught photography to Shimooka who later opened a makeshift photo studio (with equipment acquired from Wilson) in Yokohama in 1862. Schoyer also was elected mayor of Yokohama, and served in that capacity presumably until his death in 1865, and he was also chairman of the settlement council in 1865. He died August 21, 1865 and he is buried in the Foreigners’ Cemetery there, overlooking Yokohama harbor. Japan’s first modern newspaper was The Nagasaki Shipping List and Advertiser, put out twice weekly by the Englishman A. W. Hansard beginning June 23, 1861. In November of the same year The Shipping List was moved to Yokohama and renamed The Japan Herald. Issues of The Japan Express are extraordinarily rare. There is no record of any issue in the Union List of Serials, or either of the first two supplements. I have not been able to find out the date of the first issue, or the last. There is no record in NUC or OCLC. One complete single issue rests in the National Museum of Japanese History, Sakura, Chiba (from which a facsimile has been made), and another single “Extra” sheet at Yokohama Archives of History. Folio, (approx. 21” x 14”), 8 (of presumably 12) pages (missing are the conjugate front and back leaves), 3 columns to a page, lithographically printed on native handmade paper; previous folds, and the whole slightly limp, but the condition is generally very good to fine. This issue begins on p. 3 with a lengthy account of the Civil War, the headline being: “United States / Latest News. / From the Seat of War. / Blockade raised at New Orleans ... Norfolk in possession of the Federalists / Fort Macon surrendered to the Federal forces.” These headlines are followed by three columns of news from America regarding the war. Page 4 recounts news from the China Mail, extracted from the Japan Herald (see above); page 5 discusses the Russian community in Yokohama; p. 6 includes communication from the young sovereign of China; pages 7-8 deal with matters of judicial concern, some concerning the American consul, and some concerning one of the French legation in Yokohama and the purchase of a horse. On p. 9-10 is a long, patriotic and heartwarming account of the 4th of July in Yokohama, “celebrated in Japan for the first time. For this privilege we are indebted to the patriotism and liberality of our worthy Consul Geo. S. Fisher Esq. An invitation was circulated inviting all the American citizens ... A general invitation was given to all foreigners ... All the surrounding circumstances, the anniversary, we were about to celebrate, the country, the distance from our beloved land, all contributed to the heightened interest...” The account of the celebration, the toasts, the ladies in costume, etc. takes up much of the last two pages.


83. SCUDAMORE, EDWARD, MD. The nomenclator; a technological dictionary, containing all the principal terms in use in the arts and sciences... London: Longman, Orme [et al.], Canterbury: H. Ward, n.d., [1841].          $250
First edition, small 8vo, pp. [10], 183; 6-p. list of subscribers, errata slip at p. 1; text in double column; spine sunned and ends a little worn and frayed, else a very good, sound copy in original blindstamped brown cloth, gilt-lettered spine. Not so common: only 6 in OCLC, 3 in the US: Harvard, Chicago, and LC; to which we can add Indiana State. Vancil, p. 218.

84. SELECTED POEMS[box title].New York: Kilbourne Tompkins, 1875.  $350
8 volumes, original tan wrappers printed in red, all edges gilt, in an original green pictorial cloth-covered slipcase. Each volume with 12 to 18 pages and a single full-page wood engraving. Contents include Selected Poems of W.S. Gilbert, William Allen Butler, Robert Burns (2), Alfred Tennyson, Schiller, Keats, and W.C. Bryant. Slipcase a little rubbed, else fine.


85. SKEAT, WALTER W. Principles of English etymology. First series: the native element. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1887.                                                                      $100
First edition, 8vo, pp. xxxiv, 541 plus 36-p. publisher’s catalogue; a near fine copy in original green cloth; from the library of George Stephens, the runic archaeologist. Skeat was the founder of the English Dialect Society, which prepared the way for Joseph Wright’s great English Dialect Dictionary (1896-1905); he was an early member of the Early English Text Society, and prepared a number of important texts for them, the most important of which was his great edition of Piers Plowman, which took twenty years to complete. He is best remembered today for the English Etymological Dictionary (1882).

86. SKEAT, WALTER W., Rev. English dialects from the eighteenth century to the present day. Cambridge: University Press, 1911.                                             $50
First edition, small 8vo, pp. x, 139; folding plate; a good copy in original printed red cloth faded to pink. A brief sketch in popular form by the noted scholar.


87. TAYLOR, HENRY. Instructions for mariners respecting the management of ships at single anchor, and general rules for sailing, also directions for crossing the North Sea, the Cattegat, &c., with an address to seamen: to which is prefixed a memoir of the author’s life. London: James Imray, (late Blachford & Imray) and C. Wilson, (late Norie and Wilson), 1846.                                                          $75
18mo, 5¾”, pp. [2], [5]-68, [4], (ads - 2 of which are for charts); wood-engraved frontispiece, small red ink markings on front free-endpaper, front hinge cracked, extremities a bit rubbed, else good or better in original brown cloth, gilt lettering and anchor on front cover. OCLC locates 12 copies of various editions, but not this.


88. [TILDEN, EBENEZER.] The lawyers and bullfrogs. n.p., n.d.: [likely New England, possibly Connecticut, late 18th century.]                                                                                                                                      $1,250
Small folio broadside approx. 11¾” x 7”, mild spotting and staining; neatly mounted on Japanese tissue. A song in twenty-eight stanzas. The inhabitants of Windham, Connecticut were awakened on the evening of June 17, 1754, by a chorus of bullfrogs, later known as the Windham bullfrogs. This version of the ballad is variously attributed to Ebenezer Tilden and Stephen Tilden. It combines the frog legend with public sentiments against the increasing numbers of lawyers. Text in two columns; printed area measures 24 x 14 cm. Not listed in Evans, or Shipton & Mooney. OCLC locates 4 18th century editions, but not this, and each of those located are found in a single exemplar only.


89. [UNIVERSAL LANGUAGE.] The description and explanation of a ‘universal character;’ or, manner of writing, that may be intelligible to the inhabitants of every country, although ignorant of each others language... Bath: printed by J. Hollway, engraver and copper-plate printer, n.d., [ca. 1835].     $500
First edition, 4to, pp. [5], 4-[48], [4]; 20 numbered plates (including one folded) and 17 unnumbered plates at the back; contemporary limp brown paper wrappers backed in marbled paper; one leaf misbound, but the book collates complete; very good. A second edition appeared in 1861. The earliest dated book by Hollway in OCLC is 1835.


90. [VIETNAM WAR.] Confidential. The Viet Cong infrastructure: modus operandi of selected political cadres. n.p.: July, 1968.                                                              $100
12mo, pp. 51; printed from typescript; 6 tables and a map; very good in original printed wrappers. Later stamped in black: “Regarded Unclassified when separated from classified enclosure.” Ink mark over “Unclassified” on cover.


91. [VIETNAM WAR.] Pham Van Son, [et al.]. The Viet Cong “Tet” Offensive (1968) ... Translated from the original Vietnamese by J5/JGS Translation Board with the help of Robert J. Parr [et al.]. [Saigon]: Printing and Publication Center (A.G./Joint General Staff) RVNAF, [1969].     $175
First edition, small folio, pp. 490; maps, plans, and illustrations throughout; very good in original pictorial wrappers.


92. [VIETNAM WAR.] Truong Van Nam. Local administration guidebook [cover title]. Saigon: CORDS, 1972.                                                                                $125
Second edition, 4to, pp. 408; very good in original post-bound wrappers. The author was a deputy province chief who singlehandedly compiled this massive manual on the Vietnamese administrative systems. It was first published the previous year.


93. WILKINS, W. J. Hindu mythology, Vedic and Puranic. Calcutta, Bombay, and London: Thacker, Spink & Co., 1882.                                                                      $150
First edition, later issue; 8vo, pp. xvi, 411, [1] plus a 40-p. illustrated Thacker, Spink catalogue at the back dated 1894; about 65 illustrations throughout; a very good, bright copy in original pictorial blue cloth stamped on the upper cover and spine in gilt and black. Thacker, Spink Calcutta rubberstamp on the flyleaf.


94. [WORLD MAP.] [Title in Japanese:] Kankyo shinkan kochi zenshu. [New version of world map.]. Tokyo: Heishiro [?], 1861.                                                             $9,500
Large, folding hand-colored world map approximately 53” square (map itself is approx. 38” x 50”), the map surrounded by 158 hand-colored flags of nations, states, etc., with detailed tables at the bottom giving statistics on the world’s largest rivers, mountains, lakes, islands, countries and their populations, capitals, ports, distribution of fauna, table of distances, etc.; the map itself detailed with ice berg limits, shoals, ocean currents, and tracks of famous voyages. The whole folding down into a small folio (13” x 9”), with blue raw silk covers, printed paper label on upper cover; contained in its original decorative paper folding sleeve, secured with thongs in the Oriental manner, with a printed title page laid down as an endsheet, and another printed paper label on the upper cover. The box is worn, with a few small cracks and splits, but the map itself, together with the blue silk covers, is fine and bright, and the whole very appealing visually. Originally published in 1857.


95. WRIGHT, THOMAS. Anglo-Saxon and Old English vocabularies. Second edition edited and collated by Richard Paul Wulcker. Volume I: vocabularies. Volume II: indicies. London: Trubner & Co., 1884.   $250
Best edition, 2 volumes, 8vo, pp. [2], xviii, [2], 814 columns plus a remarkable 96-p. Trubner catalogue at the back; pp. [4], 485 plus 3pp. ads; some soiling, joints rubbed, some cracking at the spine extremities, but in all a good, sound copy in original blue cloth, gilt-lettered spine. Posthumously published, with Wright’s original introduction to the work. “As a pioneer in the study of Anglo-Saxon and medieval literature and British archaeology he deserves grateful remembrance” (DNB).


96. [WYOMING.] [Johnston, A. Frances [?], State Engineer.] Important notice to those who own land and to those who propose to settle on the ceded portion of the Shoshone Indian Reservation, Fremont County, Wyo. n.p., n.d.: [ca. 1910.].                                                                    $250
8vo, pp. 7; self wrappers, fine. Concerns land speculation, water rights and water management on the ceded portion of the Shoshone Indian Reservation. Not in OCLC.


 
 

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