Jeff Weber Rare Books

JEFF WEBER RARE BOOKS, ABAA, ILAB. Business started in 1986. Jeff Weber worked at Zeitlin & Ver Brugge Booksellers for 9 years. Previously located in California, last year I moved to Montreux, Switzerland. The business maintains a specialization in the history of science, history of medicine, travel & related culture of Persia & its history, fore-edge painted books, fine printing, some early printed books. PDF catalogues issued frequently, each fully illustrated. Appraisal services offered. The store holds about 15,000 books and is situated behind the Palace Hotel in Montreux.

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1.  [FORE-EDGE PAINTING; CIVIL WAR]. LEWIS, Lloyd. Sherman; Fighting Prophet. New York: Harcourt, Brace, 1932. 

Item Price: US$ 7500 / CD 9275

Item Description: ¶ 8vo. xii, 690 pp. Frontis. (portrait of Sherman), plates, index. Deluxe binding in contemporary navy blue crushed levant gilt, purple watered-silk moiré endleaves, gilt dentelles, all edges gilt, upper cover with COSWAY-STYLE inset center medallion with glass plate protecting an original watercolor portrait of General Sherman. Protected in the original open-end box bound in half crushed morocco, raised bands, gilt stamps in each compartment, bale blue cloth sides, felt inner lining, cloth ribbon-pull. Beautifully preserved. Ownership inscription. Fine. FF2492
First edition. Concealed under the gold edge a FORE-EDGE PAINTING of William Tecumseh Sherman (1820-1891), leading his troops to battle in the Civil War. In the scene, it appears that Atlanta (or Savanah?), all ablaze, is in the background (left) and a pasture of cows (right of center), a small rural bridge is in the path ahead leading to the next town. PROVENANCE: Inscribed (half-title) “For my friend Fred Herendeer, Lloyd Lewis, who wishes he could write humor into an inscription as Herendeer does into plays. May 26, 1939.” Charles Frederick Herendeer was a Chicago playwright.

Another specimen by the same artist and binder: NORDHOFF, Charles (1878-1947). HALL, James Norman (1887-1951). Mutiny on the Bounty. Boston: Little, Brown, and Company, 1932 (but has no COSWAY MINIATURE). That piece does have a fore-edge Painting of the H.M.S. Bounty. Probably an American artist, either from New York or Chicago (the latter being more likely). I know of no other COSWAY-STYLE specimens recorded from this artist who painted fore-edge paintings. Noting that the publisher differs between these two books, yet the imprint dates are the same, the bindings are also from the same bindery (noting similarity of the cases too), and the fore-edges on both books are from the same artist.

“Sherman’s life was a rich and varied tapestry, and Mr. Lewis has put the richness into his book. Not only does he make us understand Sherman, he makes us see again the tremendous, terrible pageant of the Civil War.” — New York Times.

“This is no ordinary military biography. . . . Lewis’s excellent description of the relationship of Grant and Sherman and the meaning of the Union in Sherman’s life are highlights which are not easily forgotten.” — Civil War History.

“Lloyd Downs Lewis was a journalist, historian, and major figure in a remarkable world of arts and letters that flourished in Chicago following World War I.

After 12 years as a publicist for Balaban and Katz, in 1930, he joined the Chicago Daily News as drama critic, becoming subsequently sports editor, managing editor, and a popular columnist. A gifted raconteur rich in friendships with the great literary, artistic, political, and sports figures of his time, Lewis was an ardent Chicagoan and Midwesterner with a voracious interest in the Civil War. His published work included Chicago: The History of Its Reputation (1929, with Henry Justin Smith); Jayhawkers, a three-act Broadway play coauthored with Sinclair Lewis (1935); and highly regarded biographies of Generals Sherman and Grant. His friends included Carl Sandburg, Sherwood Anderson, Frank Lloyd Wright, Sinclair Lewis, and Adlai Stevenson. Chicago’s Newberry Library was his second home; drawing on his personal contacts, he established the library’s superb collection of modern (chiefly Midwestern) manuscripts.” – Richard H. Brown, Encyclopedia of Chicago.

2.  GREENAWAY, Kate (1846-1901). Almanack for 1883. London: George Routledge and Sons, [1883].

Item Price:

Item Description: 10 cm. [miniature] [24] pp. Delightful color wood-engraved illus. on every page; split rear inner hinge. Original glazed pictorial boards with cloth spine, PRESERVED IN A LATER ELABORATE GILT-STAMPED GREEN MOROCCO SLIPCASE MADE BY SANGORSKI & SUTCLIFFE OF LONDON FOR J. W. ROBINSON CO.; slipcase corner a bit chipped. Very good. Scarce. LV1872 The charming little pocket-sized “almanacks” by one of British children’s leading book illustrators Kate Greenaway were issued between 1883 and 1895. Greenaway’s scenes of beautifully-dressed children frolicking in the countryside were popular during the late Victorian period. Printed and designed by Edmund Evans, one of the finest British engravers and color printers of the 19th century. “The beginning of 1883 had seen the publication of Kate Greenaway’s first Almanack. Published at one shilling by George Routledge & Sons, and of course engraved and printed in colours by Mr. Edmund Evans, it achieved an enormous success. . .” – Marion H. Spielmann & George S. Layard, Life and Work of Kate Greenaway, (1905), p. 122.

3.  HUGHES, Griffith. The Natural History of Barbados. In Ten Books. London: Printed for the Author; And sold by most Booksellers in Great Britain and Ireland, 1750.

Item Price: US $ 5000 = CD 6183

Item Description: ¶ Folio 13.75 x 8.75 inches; 349 x 223 mm. [2, title (verso blank)], [2, dedication to Thomas [Hering], Archbishop of Canterbury (verso blank)], vii, [1, Errata], [10, “A List of the Subscribers”], [1, “The Contents”], [1, “Authors Quoted” and “Texts of Scripture Cited or Illustrated”], 250, 251*-254*, 251-314, [7, Explanatory Notes], [1, blank], [4, Addenda], [7, Index], [1, blank] pp. Pages 116 and 117 misnumbered 115 and 116. Large folding engraved map, “A Map of the Island of Barbados,” by Thomas Jefferys, Geographer, and 30 engraved plates (22 of which are botanical) by R. Austen, George Bickham, George Dionys Ehret, and J. Mynde, after Ehret and Bickham. Each of the plates is dedicated to one or more of the subscribers (mainly royalty and peerage). Engraved head-piece vignette, “A Prospect of Bridge-Town in the Island of Barbadoes,” on pages 1, 31, 61, 188, and 251, and engraved head-piece showing a swag of fruit and flowers (at pages 43, 97, 121, and 141). Decorative woodcut head- and tail-pieces and initials; a2 with clean tear, folding map with short tear into the image (repaired on the verso), and with lower right edge creased, short tear to upper margin of pages 107/108 and 109/110, same location on pl. IV (facing p.111), some offsetting of the plates, with occasional offsetting and bleed-through from text and woodcut tail-pieces. Contemporary calf, spine decoratively tooled in gilt in compartments with six gilt-decorated raised bands and red leather label ruled and lettered in gilt; neatly rebacked, with original spine laid down, binding rubbed and worn. Armorial bookplate of James Dickson Esqr. of Ednam in the County of Roxburgh; early ink ownership inscription at head of title: Kelso Library. A very good copy. M13164
First edition. “Not a great deal is known concerning Griffith Hughes. He was born perhaps in Merionethshire about 1707 or 1708 and graduated B.A. and M.A. from St John’s College, Oxford, in 1748. Yet just two years later, while rector of St Lucy’s parish in the north of Barbados, he brought out his Natural History of the island. At that time he was a member of the Royal Society and obviously a competent botanist. . . The book is one to place beside Catesby’s Natural History (1731[-47]), which also gave some account of West Indian plants, in some instances the same ones, with similar local names. Hughes had an advantage over Catesby in that a majority of the Barbados plates were drawn by Ehret, whereas just three of Catesby’s are from that gifted artist’s hand. Probably several of the unsigned Barbados plates are also by Ehret, for he may have signed only those that he felt were good. . . The book has many charming features. Not often does a work on natural history contain an index to ‘Texts of Scripture Cited or Illustrated’. It is the model work by the colonial parson who knows his poets and would know all he can of the flora and fauna among which he has come to dwell. Both in style and in philosophy he is a man of his century” – Hunt.

¶ Women and their use of time are commented on by Hughes, in a passage where he also discusses the function of nature painting using shells: “In the section of his Natural History of Barbados (1750) devoted to shells [pp.267-286], Griffith Hughes defended the inclusion of women in his audience by stating: ‘I have heard several of the Fair Sex, who are fond of Shell-work, frequently ridiculed, as wasting their Time in a trifling and useless Manner.’ On the contrary, he argued, configuring shells into designs not only answered Joseph Addison’s idea of ‘The Beautiful,’ but it particularly suited the ‘Genius of Women,’ who have a facility for putting ‘Shape and Colour artificially . . . together.’ Moreover, it was so much better than ‘murdering their Time in Gaming!’ . . . In these remarks [and others], Hughes included women in his audience and in the heterosocial scene of natural history, yet he delineated for them a distinct relationship to nature and to knowledge, associating men with natural philosophy and its central attribute of disinterested curiosity and associated women with imagination, artifice, and the need for improvement. . . ” Susan Scott Parrish, American Curiosity: Cultures of Natural History in the . . . – 2012, p.174. ¶ PROVENANCE: James Dickson (1712-1771) “was born in Stichell, the son of a tenant farmer. Aged about fourteen, young James was apprenticed to a saddler in Kelso. However, he seems to have been a high spirited and mischievous young man for he vandalised the Town Well in the Square, (according to one version by polluting it with a dead cat), then fled the town to escape from punishment. The details of his subsequent career are somewhat obscure but by 1739 he was living in London where he carved out a very successful career as a merchant. It is likely that among his activities he was a prize agent dealing with the sale of ships captured during the wars with France and Spain. (At that time enemy ships and their contents were sold and the spoils shared by the men who had captured them.) He probably also did very well from the capture of Havana in Cuba in 1762, as he would later name his house after this event. In the 1760’s James Dickson returned to his native town, now an extremely wealthy man. He immediately began to acquire land in the district including an area beside the River Tweed, between Oven Wynd and the Old Bridge. Here he built himself a handsome town house – Havannah House – employing as his architect one James Nisbet, also a native of Kelso but with a practice in London. He also bought a number of properties in the Square where he had the Cross Keys Hotel erected. Further afield he bought the barony of Broughton near Peebles, and he became Member of Parliament. for a Scottish Burghs seat. In 1765 James Dickson bought the barony of Ednam from the last of the Edmonstone lairds. Thereafter he styled himself Dickson of Ednam and his house in Kelso was renamed Ednam House. As laird he was an enthusiastic improver, draining and enclosing land, building a water powered mill for making woolen cloth, and encouraging the setting up of a brewery business. The village of Ednam was rebuilt, the houses being roofed with pantiles or slates, and its main street is still today as Dickson planned it. His most ambitious project – for a canal from Kelso to Berwick to allow for the easier export of local produce – was never achieved. He was unable to raise the enthusiasm, or the money, from other local landowners and the plan came to nothing. He died in 1771, aged just 59.”

¶ Sitwell, Great Flower Books, p. 104; Hunt 536; McGill/Wood, page 393 (“A standard work on the early natural history of the island”); Jackson p. 369; Nissen, BBI, 950; Pritzel 4319; Sabin 33582.

4.  WHEAT, Carl Irving. The Maps of the California Gold Region. 1848-1857. A Biblio-Cartography of an Important Decade. San Francisco: The Grabhorn Press, 1942.

Item Price: US $ 4000 = CD 4946

Item Description: ¶ 4to. [8], ix-xlii, 152, [2] pp. 27 reproductions of maps (10 in color, 18 folding), title in red, blue and black, marginal titles, decorations on divisional title and section headings, handmade paper. Modern half calf, marbled boards, gilt-stamped spine, raised bands, quarter gilt-stamped calf case. Fine. Rare. LLV2604
Special copy—one of 22 presentation copies printed on handmade paper, extra-illustrated with additional map inserted (Gibbes’ Map, opposite p. 100). Carl I. Wheat was a lawyer and historical cartographer, responsible for a number of seminal works on cartography in the American West. He edited the journal of the California Historical Society, was close friends with eminent Western bibliographer Henry R. Wagner, and was a member of the Bohemian Club in San Francisco.

5.  [Fore-edge Painting, Erotic] CICERO, Marcus Tullius (106 BC-43 BC). Cicero, The Offices. Translated by Cockman and the Cato and Laelius, by Melmoth. London and New York: George Routledge and Sons, n.d. ¶

Item Price: US $ 675 = CD 835

Item Description: ¶ Series: Sir John Lubbock’s Hundred Books. Small 8vo. 313, [1] pp. Original full gilt-ruled red morocco, raised bands, gilt spine title and compartments with gilt ruling, all ledges gilt; rubbed. Armorial bookplate of Kathleen [Millicent] Chandos-Pole (1894-1960). FF2479
With an erotic fore-edge painting showing a scene of a man, his penis erect and two women with their rears bare and awaiting his visit, in a country field setting, a tree to the left, set within an oval and the borders imitating the red marbled endleaves. Painted for Harrington’s, London, [by their house artist] ca. 1994.

Revd. Dr Thomas Cockman, Doctor of Divinity (1675–1745), was the translator of this edition, sometime Master of University College, Oxford. William Melmoth (1665/66–1743) was an English devotional writer and lawyer.

6.  [Fore-edge Painting, Erotic] DRURY, Henry (1812–1863) (editor). Arundines Cami sive Musarum Cantabrigiensium Lusus Canori, atque edidit Henricus Drury. Cantabrigiae: J. et J.J. Deighton; Londini: Joh. Gul. Parker, 1846. ¶

Item Price: US $ 650 = CD 804

Item Description: Two parts in one vol. 8vo. xii, [13]-335, [1] pp. Title & leaves with red borders throughout. Text mostly in Latin and English, with some Greek. Original full dark green gilt-stamped morocco, raised bands, all edges gilt, “Bound by Dodd”, Cambridge; rubbed. Foxed. Armorial bookplate of Thomas Sebastian Bayley, M.A. “Finem Respice”. FF2480
With an erotic fore-edge painting showing a bedroom scene, the young man wearing only his shirt, lying in bed, the nude lady-lover stroking his erect penis and taking some pleasure as his feet play between her legs. Painted for Harrington’s, London, [by their house artist] ca. 1995.

The text is compiled by Drury, with numerous poetic contributions from various sources. Includes “A Song of Sixpence.” (p. 113). Among the English selections are contributions by Samuel Rogers, Gray, Burns, Shakespeare, Tennyson, Gammer Gurton [unknown], Sheridan, Byron, Andrew Marvel, Ben Jonson, Cowper, Milton, Congreve, Prior, Colton, etc.

“In 1838 [Drury] became a classical lecturer at Caius, but, having been ordained, he left Cambridge in 1839 to take sole charge of Alderley, Gloucestershire, a curacy which he exchanged the following year for that of Bromham, Wiltshire. Drury, together with some friends, projected and published the Arundines Cami, a collection of translations into Latin and Greek verse by several Cambridge men. The first edition was published in a beautiful form in 1841, and four subsequent editions appeared during Drury’s lifetime; a sixth, after his death, was edited by (his son-in-law) Mr. H. J. Hodgson in 1865. These successive editions contained several new pieces.” [Wikipedia]. See: “Sudden Death of the Archdeacon of Wilts and Chaplain to the House of Commons”, The Times (London), Tuesday, 27 Jan 1863, p. 8.

PROVENANCE: Thomas Sebastian Bayley, M.A. [fl.ca.1855, Lancashire].

7.  [Fore-edge Painting] CLINTON, Henry Fynes (1781-1852). An Epitome of the Civil and Literary Chronology of Rome and Constantinople, from the death of Augustus to the death of Heraclius. Edited by Rev. C.J. Fynes Clinton. Oxford: University Press, 1853.

Item Price: US $ 1500 = CD 1855

Item Description: ¶ 8vo. vi, 524, [2] pp. Index. Original full dark green morocco, stamped “Fortem Posce Animum” [“Pray for a strong will” – Juvenal], and on the lower cover: Honi soit qui Mal y Pense” = “Evil to him who evil thinks”; joints rubbed. Student’s prize, for George Rodney Scott (d. March 3, 1929)*, at Winchester College, July, 8, 1866. [* later a Fellow of Merton College]; bookplate of Bernardine Murphy. Very good. FF2400
With a fore-edge painting by the “Dover” artist, “Ponte Rotti, Rome.” With the title hand-written by the artist. Painted ca.1920-30s. Fore-edge painting of “Rotti Bridge, Rome.” The “Ponte Rotto” was drawn by J.D. Harding and engraved by Edward Francis Finden, ca.1834, and the fore-edge artist has used this view to apply to the edge of Clinton’s Chronology of Rome. The provenance suggests that Scott was the owner through 1929 and on his death it may have found its way to Marks & Co., perhaps by scouting or by auction. From that date it is consistent with other pieces also painted by the ‘Dover’ painter, though this tends to support the point that the earliest date this book could have received a fore-edge painting would have been in 1929.

¶ PROVENANCE: Bookplate of Bernadine Murphy Donahue (1904-1968), a prominent California Catholic philanthropist who married Daniel Donahue in 1954 and established the Daniel Murphy Foundation in 1957 in memory of her father, to promote Roman Catholic causes. “So helpful to the Church was the foundation that Pope John XXIII conferred on Bernardine the title of ‘Papal Countess,’ the only title given to an American during his pontificate. Several years later, Pope Paul VI conferred on Daniel the title, ‘Gentleman of His Holiness,’ the highest award bestowed on a layman in the Church, and the first such Award ever given to an American. The Countess died unexpectedly in 1968” (Burks). Burks, Lisa. “Bernadine Murphy Donahue.” Find A Grave Memorial #16920718, 2006. ¶ George Rodney Scott authored, Brief Summary of a Course of Lectures on Greek History, 1877. [JWRB]

8.  [Fore-edge Painting; American Photographic Album]. American Photographic Album containing 97 carte-de-visite photographs. New York: Major & Knapp, Lithographers, [no date, ca. 1864/5].

Item Price: US $ 2850 = CD 3524

Item Description: ¶ Small folio. [4] pp., 25 card-leaves with decorative motifs on each leaf printed by the lithographer. The title names the litho-printer source. There is no printed date given. The binding is the original full morocco over wooden carved boards, two brass clasps fitted with two rondelles of rose glass, elaborate gilt ornamentation on both covers and spine, the fore-edges heavily gauffered and with gilt leaf applied, with each edge hand-painted with a triptych probably significant to the owner of the album (meaning personal images), showing landscape views of upstate New York (near Batavia is a good guess). FF2449
THIS ALBUM IS AN OUTSTANDING SPECIMEN OF THE FIRST PROVABLE FORE-EDGE PAINTINGS MADE IN THE UNITED SATES. The earliest provable American fore-edge paintings are on New York photographic albums from the 1860s. Why are these albums proven to be this early? Because the photographers are often known and when they worked is known. Sometimes the photographs themselves are dated. Because there are a number of these New York deluxe format photographic albums have fore-edge paintings applied by hand, by commission, each are different and follow this pattern. This type of American bindings are all photo albums, all from New York City, and represent a fashion that probably did not last more than a few years. A person who wants a photo album could have a deluxe format of the album, full goatskin leather, various sizes and thicknesses. This is a particularly fine specimen, as it is in excellent condition, large size (larger than some others), and contains a generous selection of family photographs.

Among the numerous photographs within are named persons (however, the photos and the named labels are now mixed up, some may be correct, some are misleading): Alva Smith, Nastran T. Smith, Mrs. H. T. Smith (Mary J. Ellicott Patkin), Mrs. Wilbur Smith (Eva Dolbeer), Henry J. Cross, Mrs. H. J. Cross (Julia Smith), Vantia Smith, Sarepta H. Smith, Colton B. Smith, Alice Smith, Addis Stocking Goulde, Cecilia J. Smith, Hettie Ida Smith [Griswold], Herbert E, Smith, H. E. Smith, Mrs. C. B. Smith (Blanche Vander Bogart), Henry A. Cross, Frank Cross, M. Holder, Will Smith, Joseph A. Sleeper, Alonzo Luce, Mary J. Stephens [Jane Colton Stephens daughter], Ruth Colton Luce, [Ohio cousins], Hosmer Kellogg (Mrs. Graves’ father), Mrs. Edna Kellogg (daughter Pierpont Seymours), Henry Seymours (son Pierpont Seymour), Eunice Graves (mother + Eunice), Chester Seymour, Miss Maria Stocking, Miss Worthington, and many more names found within.

As a fore-edge painting specimen, this piece, with so many carte-de-visite photographs, may have dates associated with those photographs that could point to the date when this album was bought and painted. Of the lithographers: Joseph F. Knapp 1832-1891, The patriarch of the Knapp family Lithographer of the firm Sarony Major & Knapp , Major & Knapp, The Knapp Co. and a founder and president of Metropolitan Life Insurance. His life story along with two other generations of his family is told in the new book The Knapps Lived Here by Ken Spooner. Between 1859-1863 the firm operated under the name of Sarony, Major, Knapp. From 1863/4, Major & Knapp are seen in New York. “Henry B. Major and “Joseph F. Knapp” are known to have operated in New York from 1864 till the 1870s. The firm, especially with Spooner, was interested in the new art of photography.

SEE: L. Jeff Weber, Annotated Dictionary of Fore-edge Painting Artist & Binders, pp. 26-7.

9.  [Fore-edge Painting] FORDYCE, James (1720-1796). Addresses to the Deity. The third edition. London: Printed for T. Cadell, Jun. and W. Davies, by G.R. Clarke, 1801. ¶

Item Price: US $ 1350 = CD 1670

Item Description: ¶ Small 8vo. xx, [ii], 232 pp. Original full dark navy blue straight-grained morocco, gilt Greek-key tooling surround, five raised bands, elaborate gilt compartments, all edges gilt. Very good +. FF178
With a fine fore-edge painting under the gilt showing “Christchurch in Hampshire (here James Fordyce lived).” With an early typed note relating to the painting. The artist possibly copied the engraving “Christchurch, Hampshire” from the print by E. Finden after a picture by W. Westall, published in Great Britain Illustrated, 1830. This view shows the single row boat in the foreground similar to the image with this fore-edge painting. Artist unknown; painted ca. 1900-1955. This scene is delicately and skillfully painted. “Fordyce’s delivery and gestures were studied, and he drew crowds to Monkwell Street. His topics were didactic, but he also satisfied cultured tastes, and dealt with the ethics of actual life. David Garrick was impressed; Fordyce associated with Samuel Johnson, and introduced him to Blair. He gave sympathetic account in Addresses to the Deity, 1785, of Johnson’s religious character, speaking as an evangelical moderate.” [DNB].

10.  [Fore-edge Painting. Signed] [Miss C. B. CURRIE] CHARNWOOD, Godfrey Benson, 1st Baron [Lord] (1864-1945). Abraham Lincoln. London: Constable & Company, Ltd., 1916.

Item Price: US $ 6750 = CD 8345

Item Description: ¶ Series: Makers of the nineteenth century, edited by Basil Williams. Crown 8vo. viii, 479, [1] pp. Frontispiece portrait of Abraham Lincoln (at Springfield), index, large folding map. Specially bound for Sotheran by Riviere & Son in full black gilt-stamped morocco, all edges gilt; neatly rebacked preserving the original spine. Preserved with the original chemise and cloth slipcase with gilt-stamped calf spine label: “ABRAHAM LINCOLN – LORD CHARNWOOD – 1916 – FORE-EDGE PAINTING”. This is also a very rare specimen with the original chemise and box extant. Provenance: ownership names of R. Joseph Rich, Margaret Rich Carr; Joseph Sampsell Carr. Fine. FF2441
WITH A FORE-EDGE PAINTING BY MS. C. B. CURRIE, showing “a view of Harper’s Ferry, W. Virginia.” “This is No. 145 of the Books with Fore-edge Paintings by Miss Currie. . . ” Painted ca. 1928/9. See: Weber, p. 341 [#145 was previously unknown]. Currie painted a scene of Harper’s Ferry on the Life of John Brown, [See Weber, A8, p. 348]. SIGNED IN INK AT FOOT OF LIMITATION PAGE BY C. B. CURRIE.

In all about 172 Currie fore-edge painting were painted. Each is numbered in consecutive order, with her known active period of painting fore-edges from c.1909/10-1929/33. All Currie fore-edge paintings are rare.

Miss Caroline Billin Curry [aka “Miss. C.B. Currie” (1849-1940) was famous for painting both ivory miniatures and on fore-edge paintings, exclusively for Sotheran’s and strictly on Riviere bindings. Currie is important as being the only known artist to have signed all her work and numbered the pieces. She was highly touted in her lifetime as an artist who was singled-out for her skill and exquisite artistry that she thereby became the first artist so-named by Sotheran, prominently in their catalogue series. Indeed she was a close associate and friend of the shop manager, Mr. John Harrison Stonehouse and his wife (Currie was named in their will). Even despite her prominence, Currie’s correct full name was a mystery until very recently. [See Weber]. This particular specimen was 1) previously unknown to myself, 2) preserved the most-frequently missing chemise, and 3) a clear provenance to this copy is noted (the only one so located by myself).

PROVENANCE: Oddly, this is the first known Currie fore-edge painting with provenance that is understood to be after the painting of the Harper’s Ferry scene. The importance of that is the relationship of the ownership of a book to the date of the painting, or otherwise owning a book before a fore-edge painting is applied to the book. In this case the ownership is surely after the work of Currie. Three persons’ names are found in the volume: Joseph Sampsell Carr may have lived in Chicago, Illinois. Margaret Rich Carr may have been Margaret Lee Smith Rich Carr (1917-1981), buried in Lubbock, Lubbock County, Texas. R. Joseph Rich may have been associated with Jefferson Medical College Hospital, Philadelphia.

REFERENCE: Jeff Weber, Annotated Dictionary of Fore-edge Painting & Binders, 2010. [JWRB]

11.  GLAISHER, James. (1809-1903); FLAMMARION, Camille (1842-1925); de FONVIELLE, Wilfrid (1824-1914); TISSANDIER, Gaston (1843-1899). Voyages Aeriens. Paris: Librairie de L. Hachette, 1870.

Item Price: US $ 250 = CD 309

Item Description: 4to. [iv], 612 pp. 117 engravings, 6 chromolithographic plates. Original quarter crimson and gilt-stamped leather, red blind-stamped cloth, all edges gilt; extremities worn, joints cracked. Very good. RW1089

An interesting collection of writings by 4 very different men joined by their fascination with aeronautics. Flammarion was a French astronomer and prolific author of works on popular science, Glasiher was an English meteorologist and aeronaut, Fonvielle was a dedicated balloonist, while Tissandier was a chemist, meteorologist, and aviator. This work describes many of their experience and experiments relating to air travel, principally in balloons. Includes some very nice illustrations.

12.  VOLNEY, Constantin Francois de Chassebœuf, comte de (1757-1820). Voyage en Syrie et en Egypte, pendant les annees 1783, 84, et 85. Quatrieme Edition. [2 volumes] Paris: Courcier, 1807.

Item Price: US $ 600 = CD 742

Item Description:   ¶ 2 volumes. 8vo. [6], x, 487, [1]; [iv], 492 pp. Half-titles, 5 folding engraved plates (including detailed engravings of the Sphinx and the Pyramids of Giza), 3 folding maps (incl. frontis., a folding map of Egypt, p. 288 Syria, II, p. 400 Turkey), ads (in front & rear). Original full mottled calf, gilt spine, red leather spine labels; joints rubbed but strong. Ownership Signature of Benjamin B. Wood. Very good. SW1692

Fourth edition, first issued in 1787, here printed with additional plates. This is a key source for the study of Ottoman Egypt, Syria, and modern-day Lebanon, sometimes called the Levant. Volney describes the geography of the region, the climate, its history, cultures, the militia, economy and trade, diseases, the monuments, natural history, politics, people, law, religions, farming and agriculture, craftsmen, merchants, commerce, arts, sciences, and character of the inhabitants. All this is set within the presence of the years just prior to the outbreak of the French Revolution, which started in 1789.

“In 1783 Volney gave up the thought of following any particular profession and set out for the East. He arrived at Cairo ostensibly on a scientific mission, although many there regarded him as a spy [he was later accused of spying on America by John Adams’ administration]. In order to master Arabic he shut himself away in a convent for eight months, then journeyed to the pyramids at Giza, and moved to Suez where he lived with the Bedouin. While there he entertained the notion of constructing a canal to link the Mediterranean with the Red Sea. Sailing from Alexandria in September 1783, he visited Syria and Lebanon, concluding his journey at Acre (=Akko) in 1785. After a brief halt at Alexandria he returned to France, where his documents turned out to be of enormous value in the planning of Napoleon’s campaign to Egypt. Volney, however, persistently opposed such intervention, despite producing a pamphlet which uncannily anticipated French involvement in the region.” – Encyclopedia of Exploration to 1800, V61.

“The French author and traveler Constantin-Francois de Chasseboeuf (1757–1820) adopted the pen name Volney, which combined the name of Voltaire and Ferney, where the great philosopher lived. A friend of Thomas Jefferson and other Enlightenment figures, Volney used an inheritance to further his education by traveling to Ottoman Egypt and the historical region of Syria, visiting areas of present-day Lebanon and Israel. He chose these lands as he believed he would gain political and philosophical insights from their ancient heritage. Very little had been written in the West about these areas before he published this two-volume account in 1787. It enjoyed great popularity and even accompanied Darwin aboard the Beagle on his own voyage of discovery decades later. Reissued here is the revised and corrected French second edition, which also appeared in 1787. The volumes explore geography, history, ethnic divisions, religious beliefs, commerce, politics and customs.” – Cambridge University Press (2014).

De Volney was a French philosopher and historian, and a member of the Estates-General during the French Revolution. Alexander Cook*, who believes that Volney’s influence is as a “key thinker”, though often forgotten in today’s sense of that history, examines this books as a specimen of geo-politics of both French anti-imperialist thought and French imperial practice in North Africa and the Levant, where France was seeking to expand its global influence and power during the following decades. [* Cook is at Australian National University, School of History, received his PhD from the University of Cambridge].

CONTENTS: Volume 1: Preface; – Part I. Etat physique de l’Egypte: – 1. De l’Egypte en general, et de la ville d’Alexandrie; – 2. Du Nil, et de l’extension du delta; – 3. De l’exhaussement de delta; – 4. Des vents de l’Egypte; – 5. Du climat et de l’air d’Egypte; – Part II. Etat politique de l’Egypte: – 6. Des diverses races des habitans de l’Egypte; – 7. Precis de l’histoire des Mamlouks; – 8. Precis de l’histoire de d’Ali-bek; – 9. Precis des evenemens arrives depuis la mort d’Ali-bek jusqu’en 1785; – 10. Etat present de l’Egypte; – 11. Constitution de la milice des Mamlouks; – 12. Gouvernement des Mamlouks; – 13. Etat du commerce; – 14. De l’isthme de Suez; – 15. Des douanes et des impots; – 16. De la ville du Kaire; – 17. Des maladies de l’Egypte; – 18. Tableau resume de l’Egypte; – 19. Des ruines et des pyramides; – Part III. Etat physique de la Syrie: – 20. Geographie et histoire naturaelle de la Syrie; – 21. Considerations sur les phenomenes des vents, des nuages, des pluies, des brouillards et du tonnerre; – Part IV. Etat politique de la Syrie: – 22. Des habitans de la Syrie, et de la langue usitee; – 23. Des peuples errans ou pasteurs en Syrie. Volume 2: – 24. Des peuples agricoles ou sedentaires de la Syrie; – 25. Precis de l’histoire de Daher; – 26. Distribution de la Syrie par pachalics; – 27. Du pachalic d’Alep; – 28. Du pachalic de Tripoli; – 29. Du pachalic de Saide; – 30. Du pachalic de Damas; – 31. De la Palestine; – 32. Resume de la Syrie; – 33. Du gouvernement des Turks en Syrie; – 34. De l’administration de la justice; – 35. De l’influence de a religion; – 36. De la propriete et des conditions; – 37. Des paysans et de l’agriculture; – 38. Des artisans, des amrchands, et du commerce; – 39. Des arts, des sciences, et de l’ignorance; – 40. Des habitudes et du caractere des habitans de la Syrie.

PROVENANCE: Benjamin B. Wood (unknown, as there are many with this name).

See: Alexander Cook, “The Great Society of the Human Species’: Volney and the Global Politics of Revolutionary France,” Intellectual History Review, Volume 23, 2013 – Issue 3: Discourses of Humanity in the Enlightenment: Local Mediations of a Global Aspiration; Alexander Cook, “Volney and the Science of Morality in Revolutionary France,” Humanities Research, Vol. 16, No. 2, May 1, 2010; Samir Khalaf, Protestant Missionaries in the Levant: Ungodly Puritans, 1820-1860, Routledge, 2012.

13.  SYLVESTER, Charles H. Journeys Through Bookland; a new and original plan for reading applied to the world’s best literature for children. [10 volumes]. Chicago: Bellows-Reeve, 1932.

Item Price: US $ 275 = CD 340

Item Description: ¶ 10 volumes. 8vo. xvi, 489, [1]; x, 493; x, 488; x, 492; x, 496, [2]; x, 482; x, 486; x, 492; ix, [1], 493, [1]; xxx, 514 pp. Color frontis., color plates, illustrations throughout, pictorial endleaves. Crimson blind-, black, and gilt-stamped decorative cloth. Near fine. FREE SHIPPING TO CANADA. SW1673

14.  [COOK, Capt. James] JOPPIEN, Rudiger; Bernard SMITH. The Art of Captain Cook’s Voyages. Four works in three volumes. [Volume One: The Voyage of the Endeavor 1768-1771; Volume Two: The Voyage of the Resolution and Adventure 1772-1775; Volume Three, Text: The Voyage of the Resolution and Discovery 1776-1780; Volume Three, Catalogue: The Voyage of the Resolution and Discovery 1776-1780]. New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 1985-1988.

Item Price: US $ 675 = CD 835

Item Description: ¶ 4 volume set. 4to. xv, 247; xiii, 274; xxi, 233; 235-669 pp. Illustrations (many in color), indexes. Reddish-brown cloth, gilt-stamped spine title, dust-jacket. Near fine. ISBN: 0300034504 [BL1229]

FIRST EDITION. Published for the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art. [Vol. III]: “Captain James Cook’s three voyages of exploration to the Pacific between 1768 and 1780 were the first of the great European voyages of discovery to carry professional artists. The Art of Captain Cook’s Voyages contains all the known drawings and paintings done for these voyages as well as a fascinating narrative and explanatory text by Bernard Smith and Rudiger Joppien. ¶ Volume III, describing Cook’s final voyages, is of particular interest for its descriptions of the Pacific Northwest of America as well as Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific Islands.” – YUP. ¶
Reviews: “The Joppien and Smith series, already hailed by reviewers of the first two volumes, is in turn a model for how to present scholarly explorations through visual communication. . . . In the spirit of Captain Cook the authors not only have compiled a resource for scholars, they have made it ‘entertaining to the generality of readers.'” — David W. Plath, New York Times Book Review. ¶ “The two compilers of this massive collection are to be commended for the exhaustive task they have accomplished.” — Dennis Puleston, New Scientist.

15.  BEECHEY, Frederick William. Narrative of a Voyage to the Pacific and Beering’s Strait, to Co-operate with the Polar Expeditions: Performed in His Majesty’s Ship Blossom, Under the Command of Captain F. W. Beechey, R. N., In the Years 1825, 26, 27, 28. London: Henry Colburn and Richard Bentley, 1831.

Item Price: US $ 4,000 = CD 4945

Item Description: ¶ 2 volumes. 4to. xxi, [3], 392; vii, [1], [393]-742, [1] pp. Folding frontis. map, 2 maps (1 folding), 23 engraved plates. erratum slip. Original half calf, marbled boards, gilt spine, red and black gilt-spine labels; spines worn, corners showing, named clipped from title of volume 2 [repaired]. Very good. LLV2602

First edition, quarto issue (an octavo issue was also published with the same year on the title), called the “Admiralty Edition”. Captain Frederick William Beechey was an English explorer and geographer. IN 1825 he was appointed to command the HMS Bloosom, and directed to explore the Bering Strait. The voyage lasted 3 years, during which Beechey and his crew discovered numerous islands in the Pacific. They also spent significant time on the California coast, and the description of their time there provides significant insight into early San Francisco life, as well as the condition of life at the California missions. “Beechey’s book is one of the most valuable of modern voyages and relates extensive visits to Pitcairn Island, Easter Island, the Tuamotu Archipelago, the Society Islands, the Mangareva (Gambier) Islands, and Tahiti, Alaska, Hawaii, Macao, Okinawa, and the coast of California. Captain Beechey was ordered by the Admiralty to Bering Strait as a relief expedition to await the separate expeditions of Captains Franklin and Parry, who had sailed in 1824 to search for the Northwest Passage to the Pacific Ocean. He was to meet them at Kotzebue Sound in July of 1826. After visits to Tahiti and Hawaii, Beechey heard at Kamchatka that Parry had turned back, but he waited at Kotzebue Sound for Franklin, who never arrived, during the summers of both 1826 and 1827. . . . Beechey’s work provides an important account of Monterey and San Francisco before the American conquest and gives his impressions of the missionaries in San Francisco. Blossom Rock in San Francisco Bay is named for his ship. Beechey also describes the Eskimos of the north. At Pitcairn Island, Beechey met with John Adams, last survivor of the mutiny on the Bounty, who gave Beechey a lengthy account.” – The Hill Collection of Pacific Voyages, p. 33. REFERENCES: Cowan, p.42; Ferguson, 1418; Forbes 772; Hill, p.19; Howes B309, “b”; Lada-Mocarski, Bibliography of books on Alaska published before 1868, 95; Reese, Best of the West 57; Rocq 5621; Sabin 4347; Smith 704; Streeter Sale 3517; Wickersham 6541. Zamorano 80, 4.

16.  [MOON] KRIEGER, Johann Nepomuk (1865-1902). Mond-Atlas entworfen nach den Beobachtungen an der Pia-Sternwarte in Triest. [Together, 3 volumes]. Triest: Ed. Heinr. Mayer, 1898.

Item Price: US $ 3,000 = CD 3,710

Item Description: ¶ Small folio. 20 pp. 28 plates. Original portfolio. Bookplate of “A.F.” (being a collector of Arctic voyages: Antonio Zeno Barentz, Franklin, James C. Ross, Adrien de Gerlache, Scott); title-page signed “A. Faustini”, [Brooklyn], 1924. S13763

WITH: KONIG, Rudolf (1865-1927). Joh. Nep. Kriegers Mond-Atlas; nach seinen an der Pia-Sternwarte in Triest angestellten Beobachtungen unter Zugrundelegung der hinterlassenen Zeichnungen und Skizzen. Bearb. und mit Unterstutzung der kaiserl. Akademie der Wissenschaften in Wien aus den Mitteln der Treitl-Stiftung, hrsg. von Rudolf Konig. Neue Folge. Vienna: In Kommission bei Eduard Heinrich Mayer, 1912. Two volumes [Text & Atlas]. XVIII, 376 pp. 31 illustrations. Atlas: 58 plates, numbered from 29-86, with an additional unnumbered large folding map-plate of the Moon. Original cloth; recased. Title-pages both signed “A. Faustini”, [Brooklyn], 1924.

FIRST EDITIONS. Krieger was a draftsman and selenographer who produced detailed hand-drawn maps of the lunar surface at his Italian observatory. Krieger decided to create a definitive map of the Moon. For this purpose he obtained a series of low-resolution negatives of the lunar surface that had been taken at the Lick and Paris observatories. He enlarged these images and used them to provide positional accuracy for his subsequent drawings. His illustrations of the Moon were made in charcoal, graphite pencil, and ink, and were considered superior to any previously produced lunar maps in their accuracy and level of detail, and continue to be considered works of art.

He lived long enough to see his first 28 plates published as volume 1 of his “Mond Atlas”. However his health had suffered, possibly due to his long nightly labors at his telescope. About 10 years following his death, his remaining drawings and sketches were published in a second volume by the Austrian selenographer Rudolf Konig [included].

Rudolf Konig (1865 — 1927), born in Vienna, was an Austrian merchant, amateur astronomer and selenographer. He was friends with Krieger and finished the book his friend had intended, though it would appear by enhancing it much further.

PROVENANCE: Arnaldo Faustini (1872–1944) was an Italian polar explorer, geographer, writer, and cartographer. He is considered by some to be the first South European polar specialist. Born in Rome, he received his doctorate at the University of Rome at the age of 21. Faustini worked at a newspaper based in Rome as scientific editor. He had a special interest in polar subjects, and published 19 books on polar subjects in his native Italian. He also wrote numerous articles. Among the polar explorers Faustini knew personally were Roald Amundsen, Ernest Shackleton, Robert F. Scott, and Adrien de Gerlache, of the Belgian Antarctic Expedition. Faustini translated into Italian De Gerlache’s French language account of his voyage. Faustini also drew the map of the area explored by the Belgians. In gratitude, De Gerlache gave him the flag from the expedition’s ship, the SS Belgica.

The polar explorer Augustus Greely invited Faustini to the United States in 1915 for a lecture tour. While lecturing at Columbia University, Faustini met Amelia Del Colle, who later became his wife.

Faustini’s interests were wide-ranging. In an unpublished 1918 manuscript entitled Catalogo Descrittivo di Ponti ed Archi Naturali (“Descriptive Catalog of Natural Bridges and Arches”), Faustini wrote: “Completed under every standpoint, for a future, eventual publication — text, topographical sketches, illustrations, contents, indexes, etc., that I think to be my greatest work of physical geography.” He was fluent in French, English, Spanish and Russian and understood Greek.

The crater Faustini on the Moon is named after him. His papers on the Arctic and Antarctic are held in the Archives of the Istituto Geografico Polare “Silvio Zavatti” (Zavatti Polar Institute) in Fermo. In 1908 his polar geography appeared, Le Terre Polari. In 1912 was issued his Eskimo & their customs book, Gli eschimesi; la razza, gli usi e i costume.

17.  HANWAY, Jonas (1712-1786). An Historical Account of the British Trade Over the Caspian Sea: With a Journal of Travels from London through Russia into Persia; and back again through Russia, Germany and Holland. To which are added, The revolutions of Persia during the present century, with the particular history of the great usurper Nadir Kouli. London: sold by Mr. Dodsley; Mr. Nourse, Mr. Millar, Mr. Vaillant, and Mr. Patterson; Mr. Waugh; and Mr. Willock, 1753.

Item Price: US $ 1750 = CD 2164

Item Description: ¶ 4 vols. bound in 3. 4to. xx, 399; xv, [1], 374, [16]; xv, [1], 255, [1]; xv, [1], 301, [1], [20] pp. Complete with 4 engraved frontispieces (drawn by Blakey and engr. by Ravenet; drawn by F. Hayman and engr. by C. Grignion), 15 engraved plates, 9 folding maps, indexes. Contemporary full calf, rebacked in period style with calf that is not as dark as the original, raised bands, tan and black gilt-stamped leather labels; original calf is scuffed, rebacking is clean and elegant looking. Very good complete set. MEE1121

“THIS WORK IS OF CONSIDERABLE VALUE.” – SAMUEL AUSTIN ALLIBONE. First edition of one of the most important accounts of Persia written in the eighteenth century. Jonas Hanway, (1712-86), was an English merchant who traveled to Russia and then to Persia for the purpose of establishing a trade route for the British Russia Company, which encountered considerable troubles, resulting in an unfavorable end. After his journey Hanway wrote of his experiences which provides an eyewitness view of northern Iran during Nader Shah’s last years.

“The son of a naval provisioner, Hanway spent several years in Portugal before moving in 1743 to St. Petersburg to work for the British Russia Company. He was soon sent to Iran to assess the condition of the Company’s trade there and to investigate its agent, John Elton. Elton, an English sailor, had been working to establish a British mercantile presence on the Caspian since 1740, when he had secured trading privileges from Nader Shah. As “Jamal Beg,” Elton was also building a Caspian fleet for Nader. The Russians took a dim view of Elton’s serving both as an Iranian naval commander and a British merchant. In 1743 they denounced him as a smuggler and a spy, so Hanway was dispatched to appraise the situation firsthand (Hanway, I, pp. 105-6).” Hanway reached Elton in Langar’d. His initial impression of Elton and the state of British trade in Iran was favorable. This emboldened Hanway to organize a test caravan of goods to Mashad, a principal entrepôt of the overland route to India from the Caspian region. His trip ended abruptly in Astarabad, where he was detained and most of his cargo looted by the forces of Mohammad Hasan Khan Qajar, who was then rebelling against Nader. Barely escaping back to Langar’d, Hanway was persuaded by Elton to seek restitution from the shah. At the royal camp near Hamadan, the shah’s deputies promised Hanway compensation, but ordered him to seek it in Astara-bad. Hanway grudgingly went back, but received partial remuneration for his losses only after arduous negotiations (Hanway, I, pp. 215-21). He returned to Russia in September 1744 soured on the future of trade in the region. In 1746 the Russians formally banned British merchants from the Caspian (Hanway I, pp. 331-34). Britain did not challenge this decision, given the lackluster record of its commercial ventures there and a perceived need to make Russia its ally in European conflicts.

“Soon after returning to England in 1750, Hanway published An Historical Account of the British Trade over the Caspian Sea, a four-volume compendium of his experiences in Russia and Persia (Lockhart, p. 309). The first two volumes contain a narrative of his trip replete with valuable eyewitness descriptions, such as a detailed account of Nader’s camp. The second two volumes are a general history of Iran from 1722 to 1749, based largely on the earlier works of Judasz Tadeusz Krusinski, Louis Andre de la Mamie de Clairac, and James Bailie Fraser. Displaying an Enlightenment abhorrence of absolute rulers, Hanway saw Nader as little more than a tyrannical usurper driven by lust for power and wealth, but he admired the “robust, warlike, and hardy” nature of the Persians he had met (Hanway, I, p. 226). – Ernest Tucker for the Encyclopaedia Iranica.

REFERENCES: Brunet III; 38; Cox I, p. 255; Anthony Cross, In the Land of the Romanovs: An Annotated Bibliography of First-hand English-language accounts of The Russian Empire (1613-1917), Cambridge: Open Book, (2014), C19; Goldsmiths’ 8801; Kress 5268/9; Harry W. Nerhood, To Russia and Return An annotated bibliography of travelers’ English-language accounts of Russia from the ninth century to the present, Ohio State University Press, (1968), 88.

REFERENCES: See also: Samuel Austin Allibone, A Critical Dictionary of English Literature and British and American Authors … vol. I, Philadelphia, (1859), p. 783; Roland Everett Jayne, Jonas Hanway: Philanthropist, Politician, and Author (1712–1786), London: Epworth Press, J. Alfred Sharp, 1929; Lockhart, Nadir Shah, London, 1938, pp. 308-10. Extra Postage will be required.

18.  CHAUCER, Geoffrey (1340/43-1400); John URRY (1666-1715) (editor). The Works of Geoffrey Chaucer, Compared With The Former Editions, And Many Valuable MSS. Out Of Which, Three Tales Are Added Which Were Never Before Printed; By John Urry. . . London: Printed for Bernard Lintot, 1721.

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Item Description: ¶ 40 cm. Folio. [52], 626, 81, [1] pp. Title-vignette of Chaucer’s tomb, headpieces, tailpieces, fleurons and initials, engraved portraits of Urry (by Nicolas Pigne) and Chaucer (by George Vertue), glossary, errata. Richly illustrated with engravings: engr. illus. of the pilgrims leaving Tabard Inn, Canterbury Tales section contains 26 engravings of the pilgrims on horseback, 2 ports. and figs. of Gamelyn and Sir Thopaz [total engr.: 30 figs.]. Modern full contemporary styled speckled calf, blind tooled rules, elaborately massed hand-tooled gilt spine, a regal treatment, raised bands, crimson gilt-stamped label, edges all ruled in gilt, new (but gently toned) endleaves. Small rubber stamp at foot of title. A LOVELY COPY. LLV2624

FIRST EDITION of Urry’s edition. The work was left unfinished at Urry’s death, and the final revision and completion were entrusted to Timothy Thomas, who wrote the preface and glossary. The life of Chaucer prefixed to the volume was the work of the Reverend John Dart, corrected and revised by Timothy Thomas. The glossary appended was also mainly compiled by Thomas. The edition features the portraits of Urry and Chaucer, and twenty-six “equestrian portraits representing the twenty-four tellers of tales (including the Plowman)…” – Reimer.

Printed by William Bowyer; his records show three sizes printed: 1000 copies demy; 240 royal; 10 writing royal. [This copy measures 40 cm tall.] “John Urry produced the first edition of the complete works of Chaucer in a Latin font, published posthumously in 1721. Included were several tales, according to the editors, for the first time printed, a biography of Chaucer, a glossary of old English words, and testimonials of author writers concerning Chaucer dating back to the 16th century.

According to A. S. G Edwards, “This was the first collected edition of Chaucer to be printed in roman type. The text of Urry’s edition has often been criticized by subsequent editors for its frequent conjectural emendations, mainly to make it conform to his sense of Chaucer’s metre. The justice of such criticisms should not obscure his achievement. His is the first edition of Chaucer for nearly a hundred and fifty years to consult any manuscripts and is the first since that of William Thynne in 1534 to seek systematically to assemble a substantial number of manuscripts to establish his text. It is also the first edition to offer descriptions of the manuscripts of Chaucer’s works, and the first to print texts of ‘Gamelyn’ and ‘The Tale of Beryn’, works ascribed to, but not by, Chaucer.”” [Wikip.].

CONTENTS: The Canterbury Tales, Troilus and Creseide, Romaunt of the Rose, Chaucer’s translation of Alfred’s translation of Boethius’s Consolations of Philosophy, etc.

REFERENCES: Alston, III 35; Bateson I 208; DNB; ESTC T106027; Graesse II, p. 127; Lowndes 426; K. I. D. Maslen & John Lancaster, The Bowyer ledgers: the printing accounts of William Bowyer, 1710-1781, p. 779; NCBEL I 557. See: Stephen R. Reimer, “The Urry Chaucer and George Vertue,” The Chaucer Review, vol. 41, no. 1 (2006), pp. 105-109.

19.  FREZIER, Amedee Francois (1682–1773). A voyage to the South-Sea, and along the coasts of Chili and Peru, in the Years 1712, 1713, and 1714. Particularly describing The Genius and Constitution of the Inhabitants, as well Indians as Spaniards . . ., &c. London: Jonah Bowyer, 1717.

Item Price: US $ 2250 = CD 2782

Item Description: ¶ 4to. [vi], [8], [2], 335, [xviii] pp. [Collates complete]. Title printed in red & black. 37 fine (the edition binder notes omit pl. XXX) engraved plates (numbered I-XXIX, XXXI-XXXVI, 36, XXXVII) [18 folding], music notation (p. 66), maps and charts, index; frontispiece map, title, and dedication pages with upper margins waterstained and damaged or trimmed (and repaired), worm trails from title through p. 10, burn-hole pp. 7-8, blotch-stains p. 289. CONTENTS includes: Dedication (top margin repaired with paper fill), Preface to the Reader, Directions to the binder, Postscript by Edmund Halley, Some Account of the Settlement of the Jesuits in the Spanish Indies, index. Original paneled calf; rebacked to style, raised bands, blind decorative devices in compartments, preserving original leather gilt-stamped spine label. With the ownership signature of N. [Neal] Harlow; inscription of the Kelso Library, [1757?]. Very good copy. LLV2613

First edition in English. “The first reliable maps of the Chilean and Peruvian coasts were drawn by the French explorer Amedee-Francois Frezier (1682–1773). In 1712, he was sent on a spying mission to the Spanish ports and fortifications of South America, travelling along the Pacific coastline as far as Callao, the port of Lima. His maps were later used by two of France’s most famous explorers, Bougainville and Laperouse. Frezier also took a keen interest in botany, mineralogy, economics and anthropology. His most celebrated achievement is the introduction to Europe of the Chilean strawberry, which was used to create the hybrid species known today as the garden strawberry. Frezier’s observations and illustrations of the people, plants and animals he encountered on his South American travels are given in this popular account, published in Paris in 1716 and [later] in the English translation of 1717.” [Cambridge University Press].

French royal military engineer, Frezier, offers the first detailed accounts of the people, plants, and customs of the people of South America. The first section covers his voyage from France, to São Vicente [Saint Vincent], off the western coast of Africa, the island of St. Catherine (off the coast of Brazil), round Cape Horn and the second gives detail of his voyage along the coast of Chile, stopping at the Bay of Concepción, Valparaiso, Santiago, Bay of Coquimbo, Arica, and Peru, Callao, Lima, San Salvador, etc. The description of strawberries is found on p. 76. Gold is a frequent topic, including refining and the mines at Tilsil and Lampanqui. Dancing is recorded in Peru. The cocoa plant is noted (p.167, 269). Plate IX depicts, among other things, a man swinging a cane-like stick towards a ball, perhaps like lacrosse [“La Sueca”] game played by the Chilean Indians. Goodman believes this is described as if it were akin to golf. For this edition astronomer Edmund Halley (1656-1742) corrected some geographical errors. See: Edward Julius Goodman, The Explorers of South America, University of Oklahoma Press, 1992.

Although very brief, it was the accounts of Frezier and Laperouse that offered some notion of the recording of music and musical instruments in South America. Bennett Zon, Representing Non-Western Music in Nineteenth-century Britain, University of Rochester Press, (2007), p. 25. PROVENANCE: 1] The Kelso Library, the first known Scottish proprietary subscription library, founded in 1750, with their name inscribed in the upper title [See: John Mason, Kelso Records; being traditions and recollections of Kelso, Edinburgh, 1839. ]2 Neal Harlow (ca.1908/9-2000), distinguished librarian at UCLA, historian and author who published five volumes on the history of California that are greatly prized by map collectors and California historians.
FULL TITLE: A voyage to the South-Sea, and along the coasts of Chili and Peru, in the Years 1712, 1713, and 1714. Particularly describing The Genius and Constitution of the Inhabitants, as well Indians as Spaniards: Their customs and Manners, their Natural History, Mines, Commodities, Traffick with Europe, &c. With a postscript by Edmund Halley and an account of the settlement, commerce, and riches of the Jesuites in Paraguay.
REFERENCES: Borba de Moraes I, 329; ESTC T145981; Hill, 654; Nissen ZBI 1433; Palau 94965; Sabin 25926.

20.  [Children’s book]. The Home Story-book with Beautiful Illustrations. Philadelphia: Lindsay & Blakiston, 1857.

Item Price:

Item Description: ¶ 8vo. vi, [5]-183, [1] pp. Hand-colored frontis. by T. P. Rossiter, 6 hand-colored plates, engravings; foxed. Mauve blind- and gilt-stamped cloth; extremities worn. Ownership inscriptions of Stephen Stanton Myrick and his grandson of the same name. Very good. EEG1210

Engravings by Thomas Prichard Rossiter (1818-1871) and engraved on wood by Gilbert & Gihon. Selected contents: Boyhood of Sir Humphrey Davy – Lewis More’s Experiments – The Old Grey Cat – Christmas in Germany – The Snow Statue – Conversation about the Boabab – The Poor Man and His Dog, etc. (about 70 poems or short stories for children).

Not in UCLA, University of Toronto, and American Antiquarian Society collections. Princeton has an 1860 re-issue (same collation), attributing authorship to Mary Cherwell.

21.  Babylonian cuneiform clay tablet. Cuneiform account record of seed and fodder from Umma. 4th month, 4th year of Bur-Sin, the third king of the Third Dynasty of Ur. Umma: circa 2049 B.C.

Item Price: US $ 2000 = CD 2473

Item Description: ¶ 3.5×4 cm. Condition: Excellent state of condition with the writing untarnished. Two chips are to either side of the edges. A small pin hole is located on one edge. Preserved in a leather pull-off case made in Italy. LLV2672

Babylonian cuneiform clay tablet. Cuneiform record of an account of seed and fodder from Umma [modern day Iraq]. Date: 4th month, 4th year of Bur-Sin, the third king of the Third Dynasty of Ur (circa 2049 B.C.). The text concerns 18,133 1/3 quarts of barley and 600 quarts of emmer (wheat) used in seeding three fields of 30, 46, and 20 acres. 1,375 1/3 quarts of barley were given as feed for the oxen used in ploughing and seeding the three fields. The fields belong to the temple of the god Shara in Umma; the oxen belong to the temple of the goddess Gula in Umma. “Emmer wheat is … a low yielding, awned wheat. It was one of the first crops domesticated in the Near East. It was widely cultivated in the ancient world.” “Amar-Sin, initially misread as Bur-Sin, was the third ruler of the Ur III Dynasty. He succeeded his father Shulgi. His name translates to ‘immortal moon-god’.” [Wikip.]. Provenance: Dawson’s Book Shop, Los Angeles. See: Frayne, Douglas, Ur III Period (2112-2004 BC). University of Toronto Press, 1997.

22.  ESSALAT-WEBER, Mahshid; Mahin Pourdad Essalat MOBAYAN. Mahin of Kashan, Iran, a life unexpected. Carlsbad, California: Published by the author, 2019.

Item Price: USD $ 65 = CD 80

Item Description: ¶ 4to. [8.5×11 inches]. xiii, 185, [1] pp. Illustrated, index. Color printed wrappers. New. ISBN: 9781950724512 [MEE1092]. First edition. The author’s first book, this is a personal story of Mahin, raised in a respected Imam’s home in Kashan, Iran, following a chronology of events and family activity, Mahin, like so many Iranians, faced a dilemma of how to deal with the events of 1978 and beyond. Now with this book, a lineage is established going back to Agha Bozorg, a highly revered Ayatollah of Kashan. The Agha Bozorg Mosque, one of the sublime monuments of eighteenth-century Kashani architecture, is built in his honor, where he taught and preached. First Edition, SIGNED by the author. THIS BOOK IS EXCLUSIVELY DISTRIBUTED FROM WEBER RARE BOOKS. FREE SHIPPING TO CANADA.

23.  LUMSDEN, G. E. The unification of civil, nautical and astronomical time. Ottawa: John Durie & Son . . . London: Bernard Quaritch, 1896.

Item Price: US $ 25 = CD 31

Item Description: ¶ Series: Trans. of the Royal Society of Canada, Sec. Ser., v. II, Sec. III. 8vo. pp. 83-90. Printed wraps. Fine. SS2884

24.  [EGYPT] MENGIN, Felix. Histoire de l’Egypte sous le gouvernement de Mohammed-Aly, ou récit des Evènements Politiques et Militaires qui ont eu lieu depuis le Départ des Français jusqu’en 1823. Paris: Arthus Bertrand, 1823.

Item Price: USD $ 7500 = CD 9275

Item Description: ¶ Two text volumes (octavo) and atlas (folio). [i-iv], [i-iv (dedication)], [v]-li, [1], 464; [iv], 644, [2] pp. ATLAS: [IV], [V-VII] pp. 12 lithographed plates b yC. Motte (including the folding plan of the new canal of Alexandria (which is hand-colored) and the folding, double-page map of Arabia & Nedjd), table of commerce between Egypt and Europe, errata; occasional foxing. Bindings: TEXT VOLUMES: with the original printed front wrappers on olive-green paper (the back and spine renewed to match); ATLAS: Half calf backed marbled boards, calf tips, for the Signet Library [Society of Writers to the Signet]; spine and tips renewed to match. Text volumes are partly unopened, untrimmed. Within new custom-made drop-back morocco and cloth case, gilt spine titles. Very attractive copy.

First edition. This is a marvelous copy with the original printed wrappers preserved on the untrimmed text block, with the folio atlas containing the 12 lithographic plates. There are two formats issued: colored or uncolored. This is the uncolored version. The ATLAS volume is much more difficult to find with the text volumes. This is a complete set.

The publisher’s notice states: “Muhammad-Aly created a new era for Egypt; his bold enterprises, military skills, and administrative views set him apart from the ordinary Muslim princes and gave him an honorable place in history. But the events that brought him to power are almost entirely unknown in Europe, and all the notions that have been collected are confined to partial, confused and mostly unfaithful newspaper reports. The account of these events is all the more interesting in that we see in the foreground several characters who played a major role at the time of the French expedition. Ibrahym-Bey, the Elfy, Osman-Bey Bardissy, whose names are so intimately linked to the history of our memorable campaigns, reappear on the scene with no less brilliance.” [Translated].

The work, Volume I, opens with a dedication to M. Le Vicomte de Chateaubriand (1768-1848), Minister of Foreign Affairs, a note from the publisher, Arthus Bertrand, and an historical introduction by Joseph Élie Agoub (1795-1832). The work of Mengin, himself a merchant and resident of Cairo, compiled an extensive analysis of the trade conducted between Egypt and the Arabian-Syrian peninsula, with European buyers. Edme François Jomard, of the “Institute,” contributed a biography of Murad Bey (c.1750-1801), in the appendix. He was cavalry commander and joint ruler of Egypt with Ibrahim Bey. He reputation depicts him as cruel and a courageous soldier. He died of the bubonic plague. Volume II, contains a lengthy description of the history and economic activity in Egypt at the time. Described is the war between Egypt and tribes of Najd. In the appendix as a history of the Wahhabi.

“M. Félix Mengin landed in Egypt with the French expedition under Bonaparte. He remained in Cairo for 20 years after the country was evacuated by his countrymen, where in collected much valuable information respecting the internal administration of Egypt and the Wahabys. His account of this Mahometan sect is derived from the grandson of Ebn-Abdul-Wahab, its founder.” [Encyclopaedia Britannica, 1842].

“In addition to its significance in the wider French Revolutionary Wars, the campaign had a powerful impact on the Ottoman Empire in general and the Arab world in particular. The invasion demonstrated the military, technological, and organizational superiority of the Western European powers to the Middle East, leading to profound social changes in the region. The invasion introduced Western inventions, such as the printing press, and ideas, such as liberalism and incipient nationalism, to the Middle East, eventually leading to the establishment of Egyptian independence and modernization under Muhammad Ali Pasha in the first half of the 19th century and eventually the Nahda, or Arab Renaissance.” [Wikipedia on the French-Napoleonic Wars and their effect in the Middle East].

ATLAS plates: 1) Portrait de Mohammed-Aly, vice-roi d’Egypte, d’après un dessin de M. Le Conte de Forbin. 2) Mourâd-Bey, Chef des Mamlouks. 3) Abdallah-ebn-Souhoud, Chef de Wahabys. 4) Puits à roue du pays de Nedjd. 5) Vue du palais et du sérail de Mohammed-Aly, à Alexandrie. 6) Le Roi de Sennar triturant du maïs. 7) Une fille de Sennar donnant audience a ses ministres. 8) Femme Arabe de la tribu des Ababdeh. 9) Vue du palais de Mohammed-Aly, sur la place de L’Ezbekyeh, au Kaire, prise à l’époque de l’inondation. 10) Plan du nouveau canal d Alexandrie, dit Mahmoudyeh, dressé par M. Coste, architecte de Mohammed-Aly. 11) – La Sainte famille se reposant sous un Sycomore à Matharyeh. 12) Carte Géographique du pays de Nedjd (gravée). 13) Tableau du commerce de l’Egypte avec Europe, sure une feuille in-folio, de six et sept colonnes.

Félix Mengin (fl.1798-1839) was a French merchant trader, once French consul and writer in Cairo. He came to Egypt with Napoléon Bonaparte’s mission. When François-René, vicomte de Chateaubriand visited Cairo in 1806 Mengin received him as his guest. He wrote several books about the history of Egypt, Saudi Arabia and other Arab countries including a History of Egypt in era of Mohammed Ali Pasha (this work). In 1839 he issued a sequel to that 1823 work, Histoire sommaire de l’Egypte sous le gouvernement de Mohammed Ali: depuis 1823 à l’an 1838. [Paris].

 Macro, Bibliography of the Arabian Peninsula, 1577. Atabey 802 (without the Atlas). Ibrahim-Hilmy II, 30. Michael Cook. On the Origins of Wahhabism. In: Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society, vol. 2, no. 2 (July 1992), pp. 191-202.

25.  [SET: England] CASSELL, John. Cassell’s History of England. London, Paris, New York & Melbourne: Cassell, [ca.1899].

Item Price: USD $ 675 = CD 835

Item Description: ¶ Eight volumes. 4to. xii, 612 (standard pagination for all volumes). Frontispieces, profusely illustrated throughout, indexes; slightly browning along margins, endpapers lightly foxed. Original quarter gilt-stamped maroon calf over dark blue textured cloth, binding by W. Scovell, Wolverhampton; extremities rubbed, joint cracked on vol. I, vols. 6 & 8 with minor kozo repair to outer joint. Bookplates of Frederick C. Thompson (corner text scoured off). Very good. LLV2362
BEAUTIFULLY BOUND AND FULLY ILLUSTRATED. This revised edition had been enhanced with additional, beautiful and “originally drawings by the best artists” (title). We have eight volumes; some other sets include two additional volumes, but this history here is complete to the year 1898. These volumes are titled: Volumes I-VIII: From the Roman Invasion to the Wars of the Roses; From the Wars of the Roses to the Great Rebellion’ From the Great Rebellion to the Fall of Marlborough; From the Fall of Marlborough to the Peninsular War; From the Peninsular War to the Death of Sir Robert Peel; From the Death of Sir Robert Peel to the Illness of the Prince of Wales; From the Illness of the Prince of Wales to the British Occupation of Egypt; From the British Occupation of Egypt to the Death of Mr. Gladstone. Laid in are at least two leaves of advertisements including one from Cassell & Company publishers, for the Thanksgiving Service at St. Paul’s Cathedral on Diamond Jubilee Day, June 22, 1897. Another sheet is a tipped in insert to Vol. III, from the Koko-Maricopas Co., Ltd., to prevent graying of hair and “prevents hair falling”. FREE SHIPPING TO CANADA.

26.  PHILIPPE, Avril (1654-1698). Voyage en divers Etats d’Europe et d’Asie, Entrepris pour decouvrir un nouveau chemin a la Chine. Contenant Plusieurs Remarques curieuses de Physique, de Geographie, d’Hydrographie & d’Histoire. Avec une description de la grande Tartarie, & des Differens Peuples qui l’habitent. Paris: Chez, Claude Barbin, Jean Boudot, George & Louis Josse, avec privilege du Roy, 1692.

Item Price: US $ 2500 = CD 3090

Item Description: ¶ Sm. 4to. [xx], 406, [xxiv] pp. 6 chapter vignettes engraved by Vallet (pp. [aii], 1, 71, 165, 231, 323), large engraved portrait of General Stanislas Jablonowski (by Picart), large folding map of Siberia, 3 engraved plates: engr. pl. of transport sled of Moscow (facing p.150), engr. pl. of a Calmouc Tartar (facing p. 195), “Esquiss des Cosaques” (facing p. 356). Nineteenth century quarter maroon morocco, maroon paper over boards; rubbed. Rubber-stamp of Abbe E. [Emile] Longin, Beaujeu [fl.1904]; receipt of sale of this copy to Armand Pushman, 1932 [NYC?]. LV1992

First edition. This work was first translated into English in 1693. “At this time, a major preoccupation of the Catholic Church and its China mission was to discover a safe land route from Europe to Peking through central Asia. This was due to the large numbers of out-going clergy who perished tragically every year at sea.” (Ames & Love, p. 202). “The last decade of the century saw the publication of the accounts of several overland travelers to China and their destinations of China’s inner-Asian neighbors. The story of the Jesuit Philippe Avril’s attempt to establish a route across Russia for the safe passage of missionaries to China appeared in 1692 and includes descriptions of both the routes from Moscow to China and the peoples on China’s frontiers. Avril, himself, however, did not travel beyond Moscow, and his descriptions therefore are not the result of his own observations.” (Lach & Kley, pp. 1685-1686).

The same for Nicolaas Witsen. Avril Philippe, a Jesuit, born in France, explored extensively throughout Asia and the Far East. He was a professor of mathematics and philosophy in Paris before he began his overland journey. He traveled for six years through Kurdistan, Armenia, Astrakhan, Persia and other parts of the southeast. At one point he came to Moscow and was refused entry to Tatary. He was sent by the government to Poland via Istanbul and back to France. Apparently affected by exhaustion and disease he still undertook another voyage, his last, for the ship was lost at sea circa 1698. – Love, Ronald S. “A Passage to China: A French Jesuit’s Perceptions of Siberia in the 1680s.” French Colonial History, 3: p. 94, 2003.

Ames & Love offer: “Though obliged to leave Moscow, [Avril] did not return to France with Louis Barnabe . . . Remaining instead at Warsaw, the two Jesuits had entered in early March 1688, Avril attempted twice more to achieve his objective or reaching China by land – if not through Siberia, then via Persia and Central Asia. Aided in part by the Polish monarch, John Sobieski (r.1674-1696), and his ambassador to Russia, the French priest once again traveled to Moscow in late spring. Just two days after his arrival in the Muscovite capital, however, Avril was ordered summarily out of the country. Once again, he appealed the command in vain. ‘Russia intended to keep her trade with China a secret.’ Nor did he have better luck later the same year (1688), when he and a fellow Jesuit, Pere de Beauvillier, tried going south to Constantinople instead, and thence through Persia to Bokhara, Samarkland, and the Chinese frontier. Crossing secretly into Ottoman territory, the two men were arrested as spies. After several weeks, they secured their release and resumed their trek. But Avril, whose health had been waning as a result of relentless exertions, suddenly developed a hemorrhage. Ordered to abandon the search and return home by his superiors, he reached France in autumn 1689.” (Ames & Love, p. 219).

For Abbe Emile Longin, provenance: See, Bulletin de la Societe des sciences et arts du Beaujolais, (1904), p.92.

There is a Maggs Bros. [London booksellers], receipt of sale of this copy to Armand Pushman, 10, Nov. 1932. Armand was one of two sons of Hovsep Pushman (1877-1966), an American artist of Armenian descent. He had studied art at the Imperial School of Fine Arts, Istanbul. “Armand was a talented musician having studied the viola in Paris with Maurice Vieux in his youth and enjoyed playing chamber music to the present.” [NYT]. For a time Pushman lived at the famous Mission Inn, Riverside, California. He was also involved in the founding of the Laguna Beach Art Association. Armand Pushman (d.1999), lived to 98 years and had been throughout his career a partner with his brother in their carpet business Pushman & Company.

See: NYT, Obituary, January 11, 1999.

See: Henri Cordier, Bibliotheca Sinica Dictionnaire Bibliographique des ouvrages relatifs à l’Empire chinois, t. III, 2088; De Backer, Augustin & Carlos S.J. Sommervogel, Bibliotheque de la Compagnie de Jesus. Bibliographie, tome I, p.706; Donald F. Lach, & Edwin J. Van Kley, Asia in the Making of Europe, Volume III: A Century of Advance (book 4: East Asia). University of Chicago Press, 1998; Glenn Joseph Ames, & Ronald S. Love, Distant Lands and Diverse Cultures: The French Experience in Asia, 1600-1700. Praeger, 2003 – pp. 202, 219; Howgego A142; Salmaslian, Armenag, Bibliographie de l’Armenie, (1946), p. 238; Walravens, Hartmut, China illustrata., Das europaische Chinaverstandnis im Spiegel des 16. bis 18. Jahrhunderts. Mit einem Beitrag von David E. Mungello. Ausstellung im Zeughaus der Herzog August Bibliothek Wolfenbuttel vom 21. Marz bis 23. August 1987. (Ausstellungskataloge der Herzog-August-Bibliothek Nr. 55), Wolfenbuttel: Herzog August Bibliothek, 1987, 55. (1691).

27.  HARTSHORNE, Anna C. (1860-1957). Japan and Her People. Philadelphia: The International Press, John C. Winston, [1902].

Item Price: US $ 850 = CD 1050

Item Description: ¶ Two volumes. 8vo. x, 377; vi, 374 pp. 50 photogravure plates with captioned tissue guards, including frontispieces, folding color map tipped in at rear of vol. 2, index. Exquisite gilt-stamped red cloth showing cranes in flight among blossoms, t.e.g., red cloth gilt-stamped dust jacket. Bookplates of George S. Becker. Color postcard of Japanese Peasant Girls in Full Dress tipped in. Near fine. LLV2404

STUNNING GILT-STAMPED COVERS WITH ORIGINAL CLOTH JACKETS – IN VERY FINE STATE OF PRESERVATION. DELUXE ISSUE. An attractively bound two-volume set with wonderful illustrations. Originally published in 1902 in Philadelphia by Henry T. Coates, a company (and stock) shortly after acquired by Philadelphia publisher John C. Winston. Anna Hartshorne, educator, first traveled “to Japan in 1886 with her father Henry Hartshorne, the physician” (Rogala, p. 80). Her time in Japan richly informs this work, offering a valuable glimpse into late 19th-century Japanese society as it moved from the Edo period towards modernization. Hartshorne was aided by close friendships with figures such as Inazo, Nitobe who responded to Hartshorne’s assistance in completing his work on samurai culture by offering his own insights.

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REFERENCES: ROGALA, Jozef. A Collector’s Guide to Books on Japan in English.; NITOBE Inazo. Bushido: The Soul of Japan.; HAYES, R. P. and Caroline A. HULING, Bookseller, Devoted to the Book and News Trade, Volume 9. 1904. p. 441. FREE POSTAGE TO CANADA OR USA.

28.  NANSEN, Fridtjof. Farthest North: Being the Record of a Voyage of Exploration of the Ship “Fram” 1893-96 and of a Fifteen Months’ Sleigh Journey by Dr. Nansen and Lieut. Johansen. With an Appendix by Otto Sverdrup. In Two Volumes. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1897.

Item Price: USD $ 450 = CD 556

Item Description: ¶ 2 volumes. First American Edition. 8vo. x, 587; x, 714, ads. 4 pp. Frontispieces, contains about 120 full-page plates, numerous illustrations, 16 colored plates in facsimile from Dr. Nansen’s own sketches, etched portrait, photogravures, 4 folding maps, appendix. Original brown cloth, gilt-stamped cover and spine titles, with additional gilt decorations, t.e.g., front and rear map pockets; short tears to top spine of Vol. I only, title detached in Vol. II only. Bookplates of the Burndy Library and previous owner. Very good. BL1729
Maps are each intact and complete. FREE SHIPPING TO CANADA OR USA.

29.  WHALLEY, E. S. J. JONES & L. W. GOLD (eds.). Physics and Chemistry of Ice. Papers presented at the Symposium on the Physics and Chemistry of Ice, held in Ottawa, Canada, 14-18 August 1972. Ottawa: Royal Society of Canada, 1973. ¶

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Item Description: Tall 8vo. xiii, 403 pp. Figs., refs., index. Blue cloth, gilt-stamped spine title; sine sun-faded, corners bumped. Ink stamps of Stanley L. Miller on all three edges. Scarce. Very good. S9238

30.  KINGSFORD, William (1819-1898). The Canadian canals: their history and cost, with an inquiry into the policy necessary to advance the well-being of the province. Toronto: Rollo & Adam, 1865.

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Item Description: ¶ 217 x 141 mm. iv, 191 pp. Numerous tables, index. Blind-stamped publisher’s pebbled maroon cloth, gilt spine; spine slightly dis-colored. Fine. S2227

FIRST EDITION. A substantial work on the canals of Canada which was later supplemented by articles printed in the Monetary Times, Toronto. Kingsford, born in London, originally went to Canada in the British Army in 1837. Upon discharge from the Army, he entered the office of the city surveyor of Montreal in 1841 and soon qualified as a civil engineer. In this capacity he was involved in the development of much of the Canadian infrastructure, including railroads, bridges, and more. His is most famous as a historian of Canada, a career he began in 1880, after being unjustly fired from his engineering post in charge of the harbors of the great lakes and the St. Lawrence at the age of 60 years. DNB, XXII, pp. 937-939. FREE SHIPPING.

New Item #1: SWEETSER, William (1797-1875). A Treatise on Consumption; Embracing an Inquiry into the Influence Exerted Upon it by Journeys, Voyages and Change of Climate. With Directions for the Consumptive Visiting the South of Europe, and Remarks Upon its Climate. Boston: T. H. Carter, 1836.

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Item Description:   ¶ 4to. vii, (9)-254 pp. Lightly foxed. Isn’t this “Original quarter blue cloth, marbled paper over boards, gilt-stamped leather spine label; some wear, corners showing.” Manuscript ownership label of Dr. Harry A. Brown. Very good. M12448

Sweetser, born in Boston, earned his medical degree at Harvard in 1818 and practiced in Boston, Burlington, Vermont, and New York city. He was also associated with Bowdoin and Jefferson Medical College and was professor at the University of Vermont. –Dictionary of American Medical Biography, 1928, p. 1182. “. . . Dr. Sweetser published ‘Dissertation on the Functions of the Extreme Capillary Vessels in Health and Disease,’ to which were awarded the Boylston premiums for 1820-1823 (Boston 1823); ‘Dissertation on Intemperance,’ to which was awarded a premium by the Massachusetts medical society (1829); ‘Treatise on Consumption’ (1823-6); ‘Treatise on Digestion and its Disorders’ (1837); ‘Mental Hygiene’ (New York, 1843; London, 1844); and ‘Human Life’ (1867).” – Appleton’s Cyclopædia of American Biography, edited by James Grant Wilson, John Fiske, Volume 6, pp.8-9. This book is reviewed in The American Monthly Magazine, 1836, Volume 2, pp. 594-6.

New Item #2:   HAYES, Albert H. The science of life; or self-preservation. A medical treatise on nervous and physical debility, spermatorrhœa, impotence, and sterility, with practical observations on the treatment of diseases of the generative organs. With illustrations. Boston: the author, 1868.

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Item Description:   ¶ TENTH EDITION. 147 x 110 mm. 278 pp. Frontis., 3 plates. Blind-stamped maroon cloth, gilt spine. Very good. Cordasco 80-2718. FREE SHIPPING. [M1936]

 

New Item #3:   [Palmistry/Chiromancy][Anonymous]. La science curieuse, ou traite de la chyromance; Recueilly des plus graues Autheurs qui ont traite de cette matiere, & plus exactement recherche qu’il n’ a este cy-devant par aucun autre. Paris: Francois Clovsier, 1665.

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Item Description:   ¶ Small 4to. [8], 212 pp. 90 plates; a few short worm tracks, not affecting images, waterstained (upper corners). Original full mottled paper boards, leather spine label; label chipped. Bookplate of ExLib Liechtensteinianis. Very good. RARE. [S10060]

FIRST EDITION. This exceptionally rare book on chiromancy or palmistry, sometimes falsely attributed to Joannes Taisnier, is a complete guide to the interpretation of lines and features on the palms, and divination of fortunes from those features. A second edition (essentially a reprint) was issued in 1667. This work draws from authorities in classical literature, including Albertus Magnus, Ptolemy, Avicenna, Averroes (Ibn Rushd, 1126-1198), Galen, Plato, Jean d’Indagine (wrote a chiromancy text in 1575), Antiochus Tibertus of Cesena (a Renaissance chiromancer, published a work on chiromany in 1494), Patrice Tricasse (wrote a work in 1546), Joannes Taisnier (1509-1562), Jean Belot (published a work in 1640), Rudolph Goclenius (1572-1621), and many other “tres-grands” philosophers. [p. 7, mis-printed 8]. Obviously since Taisnier’s works are included as having contributed to this work, it is not completely of his authorship; the true author of this book remains anonymous, although various standard references attribute it to Taisnier. “From physiognomical standpoints . . ., sexual inclinations and characteristics are functions of the distinctive constitutions and living conditions of individuals. . . . According to an anonymous seventeenth-century French chiromantic treatise, various marks on the palm indicate a man is “principally tainted with the sin of sodomy,” or has “some inclination to the Italian vice,” or “a great aptitude for indecent vices and particularly Sodomy.” In the latter case the sign and its signified sexual tendencies reflect a melancholic temperament involving “too much coldness mixed with excessive dryness.” [Borris & Rousseau]. According to Andreas Corvus (1510), there is a chiromantic sign “of a predictor susceptible to genital disease.” [Borris & Rousseau].

¶ Caillet 10053; Borris & Rousseau, The sciences of homosexuality in early modern Europe, pp. 21, 149; Dwivedi, Mr. Bhajraj, Wonders of palmistry, p. 17; Krivatsy/NLM 11671 (1667 ed.); Wellcome. Cf. [Odell] Philes, George P., Bibliotheca Curiosa; Catalogue of the Library of Andrew J. Odell, New York, 1878; Sabattini 589. FREE SHIPPING.