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Historical Atlas Map of Santa Clara County California: Compiled

Historical Atlas Map of Santa Clara County California: Compiled, Drawn and Published from Personal Examinations and Surveys

CALIFORNIA) Folio, 44.5 x 39.5 cm, original black quarter calf, blind- and gilt-decorated black cloth. Lithographed title-page, 21 hand-colored maps (nine double-page) and 54 lithographs with 109 views and images (10 double-page). The first of the elaborate and handsome California county atlases produced by Thompson and West of San Francisco (and later Oakland); as they state in the preface this is "the first work of its kind ever attempted on the Pacific Coast." In addition to its many fine lithograph images of public buildings, residences, scenery, and ranches, it contains detailed hand-colored maps of San JosÈ, Gilroy, Mountain View, Saratoga, Los Gatos, and other locations in what is today known as Silicon Valley; and its introduction has a history of the county and a catalog of its resources. Thompson and West produced similar atlases of Sonoma, Solano, Alameda, Fresno, and Tulare counties, all of which remain important historical records of early California architecture and city planning, the majority of which has been torn down and/or plowed under. Note: the images of the title-page and upper cloth cover are of this copy; the four images of the lithographed views and map were taken from the Rumsey Map Collection website. Recased at an early date; clean tear in the title-page mended without loss; lower corner of the title-page and preface repaired, with some loss to the decorative border; binding a little rubbed; overall a very good copy. Cowan, page 567; Rocq 13727; Rumsey Map Collection 2556; LeGear, United States Atlases, L478
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Dermot Mac Morrogh, or the Conquest of Ireland; an Historical Tale of the Twelfth Century. In four Cantos

ADAMS, JOHN QUINCY 8vo, original printed blue wrappers, 108 pages. Half-title and errata slip present. A mock-epic poem in 266 stanzas, modeled on the style of Byron's Don Juan and written under the guise of being an historical poem about a 12th century Irish king; it was actually a political allegory on the current state of affairs in America, with the character of Dermot closely resembling Andrew Jackson, who had defeated John Quincy Adams in the presidential election of 1828. "Despite the obscurity of its setting, the poem's links to Adams' recent electoral frustrations would not have been lost on a contemporary audience. The figure of Dermot, to begin with, was unmistakably Jacksonian, willing to betray his own country for the sake of personal political gain, and a model what Adams called 'insupportable tyranny.' More crudely, [Dermot's] wife-stealing hinted at two unconventional marriages in the Jackson administration. The president himself had married his wife while she was still married to her first husband, leading to charges of bigamy from the Adams camp. . . . And in what became known as the Petticoat Affair, secretary of war John Eaton incurred the wrath of Washington's polite society by allegedly carrying on an affair with the wife of an absent, alcoholic naval officer. Adams takes great care in his poem to warn against reading Dermot as a contemporary political allegory, but the excessive effort he makes to do so only belies his point" - Matthew Sherrill, "The Story of John Quincy Adams' Forgotten Epic Poem" in Lapham's Quarterly, September 2018. Adams wrote other poetry and lamented in a diary entry in 1816: "Could I have chosen my own Genius and Condition I should have made myself a great Poet." Wrappers repaired at the edges and spine; some foxing and wear; very good copy, enclosed in a clamshell box.
Thoughts on the Religion of the Middle Ages" [in] The Christian Disciple

Thoughts on the Religion of the Middle Ages” [in] The Christian Disciple, Published Monthly

EMERSON, RALPH WALDO] 8 vols, 8vo, contemporary sheep, marbled and plain green paper boards, yellow and red leather spines labels, gilt rules and lettering. A complete run of The Christian Disciple, a New England Unitarian review founded in 1813 to advocate the cause of Unitarianism and, with the outbreak of the War of 1812, peace. It founders included stalwart Unitarians Noah Worcester, Henry Ware, William Ellery Channing, and Joseph Tuckerman. In 1824 its name was changed to the Christian Examiner, and with the new name and numbering, the Christian Disciple was "almost forgotten" (Mott). However, the editors of the volume four, new series, in November 1822, published an essay by a 19-year-old Harvard Divinity School graduate that was signed with the acronym "H.O.N." 127 years later that essay was found to be the first published work of Ralph Waldo Emerson. The final initials of Emerson's name are "H.O.N." Emerson's "Thoughts on the Religion of the Middle Ages," an approximately 3,500 word essay, is a clear harbinger of the Emerson who would emerge as an influential American intellect. He analyzes the "awful glories" of the Catholic Church in the 15th century, its "sanctimonious forms," the aggrandizement of the clergy, and the corruption of its wealth. The essay is filled aphoristic moral sentiments that would become characteristic of Emerson's later sermons and essays, such as "successful toil is attended by wealth, wealth induces luxury, and luxury, disease . . ." and "Men are accustomed to reason loosely." At the conclusion he writes that there is yet hope because we can be "thankful that the voice of god is substituted for the earthly command of knaves and fools." This first appearance in print by Emerson would be his last until 1829; it was unknown to Emerson scholars until Ralph L. Rusk wrote about it in his Life of Ralph Waldo Emerson (New York, 1949). Contemporary bookplate of the Ministerial Library, Wilton, N.H., on the front paste-downs. Bindings somewhat rubbed, but sound; some light to moderate foxing; very good set. Rare. Myerson E1; see Frank Luther Mott "The Christian Disciple and the Christian Examiner" in The New England Quarterly, April 1928; BAL does not generally record periodical contributions
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Conversion & Persecutions of Eve Cohan, Now Called Elizabeth Verboon, a Person of the Jewish Religion, who was Baptized the 10th of October, 1680

THEOLOGY & RELIGION]. [Burnet, Gilbert] 4to, 20th century quarter vellum, gray paper boards, black spine lettering. A pamphlet attributed to Gilbert Burnet (1643-1715), the influential theologian and prolific writer on all things theological in England and Scotland in the latter part of the 17th century. Conversion & Persecutions of Eve Cohan is a melodramatic but apparently factually based account of the religious conversion of Cohan, who became Elizabeth Verboon upon her conversion, and the travails she endured to escape alleged attempts by Jews to rescind that conversion. The narrative is similar to the plot of a play, with a full cast of characters: a father; an abusive mother; a music teacher and proselytizer; a loyal servant; a London solicitor for Jews; other Jewish converts; good Samaritans; a landlord and landlady; et al. Burnet was a self-described Latitudinarian, but he took sides on the anti-Catholic and anti-Semitic movements, although often anonymously. He was identified as the author of this tract in publisher's advertisements. Bookplate on the front paste-down of Alfred Rubens (1903-1998), the eminent British collector of Judaica. Laid in is a letter to Rubens from E. P. Goldschmidt & Co., dated May 18, 1933, offering this copy and noting: "We beg to point out that we find a copy of this tract in Maggs Catalogue of Judaica, No. 467 (1925), item 138, at the price of £6.6.0" - or three times the price Goldschmidt was offering it. A little tightly bound, but a fine copy. Wing B5772; ESTC R7379; Foxcroft & Clarke, A Life of Burnet, page 527
The Life of Thomas Paine

The Life of Thomas Paine, Author of Common Sense, Rights of Man, Age of Reason, Letter to the Addressers, &c

PAINE, THOMAS]. Rickman, Thomas Clio 8vo, recent drab paper spine and printed paper label, original blue paper boards, untrimmed. Frontis portrait engraved by William Sharp after the portrait by George Romney. Three-page checklist of Paine's published works, followed by four pages of publisher's terminal advertisements. An important memoir of Thomas Paine by his lifelong friend and supporter Thomas Clio Rickman (1761-1834), the reform-minded bookseller and poet. "Rickman's name will be forever linked with Paine, for he was to Paine what Boswell was to Johnson" - John Keane, Tom Paine. Paine lived with the Rickmans while he finished the controversial second part of The Rights of Man in 1792, during which time Rickman arranged to have the famous portrait made of Paine by George Romney. After Paine fled to France that summer, Rickman joined him there to avoid imprisonment for selling Paine's books. Rickman was something of a versifier and wrote several poems about Paine, usually sonnets, and an Elegy in 1810, reprinted here. Following the memoir are miscellaneous poems and writings by Paine. Prior to Rickman's biography Paine's life had been the subject of two unfriendly biographies by hack journalists, which Rickman discusses in the preface. The publisher's terminal advertisements include probably the only checklist of the writings of Rickman. Early ownership notations on the front free endpaper; later bookseller's receipt pasted to the front paste-down, listing this book with several others sold to Mr. James Morris of Albany, New York, by John Skinner, Bookseller, dated December 4, 1901. Boards stained; prelims, including frontis and title-page a little foxed; very good copy. Sabin 71242; Gimbel, page 136; Howes R278