Anonymous Illustrated. 16 pp. 5 1/2" x 7". Stapled stiff paper folder. VanderPoel D321. An advertising pamphlet for Liquid Peptonoids. A series of 8 leaves with an illustration (probably a pencil drawing in the original) of a doctor portrayed by Charles Dickens on the recto. On the verso is a relevant quotation from Dickens about the doctor surrounded by ads for various products of the Arlington Chemical Company, chiefly for the digestive Liquid Peptonoids. Some of the quotations are attributed to the character on the recto. In essence, cartoons of Dickens's Doctors with parodies of their words as advertising for Nostrums (Liquid Peptonoids). The doctors include Dr. Slammer ("Pickwick Papers"), Dr. Perker, ("Dombey & Son"), The Doctor ("Oliver Twist"), Alan Woodcourt ("Bleak House"), Mr. Jobling ("Martin Chuzzlewit"), Mr. Chillip ("David Copperfield"), The Physician ("Little Dorrit") and Dr. Manette ("Tale of Two Cities"). John Emory Andrus (1841-1934) was an inventor and investor, who organized the Arlington Chemical Co., manufacturer of patent medicines, here Peptonoids, from about 1890 to his death in 1934. he was Mayor of Yonkers, NY, 1903 and Congressman from NY 1905-14. This is, likely, the First Series, ca. 1895. Very Good
Small Pamphlet] Anonymous Illustrated. 11 pp. 16mo. Printed paper wraps. A report on the first visits by Thackeray and Dickens to Providence, in 1852 and 1867, when Providence turned out en masse to greet them. Dickens held two very profitable readings in February 1867. Browning of edges with faint water stain at lower corner. Else, Very Good.
Phrenology, in Connexion with the Study of Physiognomy. Illustration of Characters. With Thirty-Five Plates. To Which Is Prefixed a Biography of the Author by Nahum Capen. Also, a Broadside, a Copy of pp. 136-37 of Text of Biography, Resolves of the Boston Medical Society.Spurzheim, J[ohann] G[aspar] Illustrated. Lithographs (drawn by B.F.N.) by Annin Smith & Co.) 168.191 pp. 8vo. Broadside: 9-1/2? H x 5-5/8?W Green publisher's clloth. Printed paper label on spine. Blue paper broadside. Refs.: AmImp 21343. Groce & Wallace, Dict. Artists in America, pp. 11, 474, 497-8. Spurzheim (1776-1832). was a German physician, who, with F. J. Gall, invented the field of phrenology, divining personal characteristics from the examination of the skull. It was based on the theory that behaviors were represented by areas of the cerebral and cerebellar cortex, areas reflected externally by irregularities of the skull. Both Gall and Spurzheim made models of skulls to reflect their concepts; Spurzheim's models were less abstruse and more useful to the layman. Initially co-workers, Gall and Spurzheim fell out over what the latter perceived as insufficient credit to him for important ideas in their work. Spurzheim traveled much in France, Germany, Britain and finally to America, lecturing widely. He was very popular here, but contracted what apprears to have been typhoid fever and died in Boston. His brain, heart and skull were preserved and displayed to the public. A monument was erected in his honor in Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Although phrenology was proven to be based on erroneous concepts, its ideas had a major influence on nineteenth century education, neurology, and criminology. This is the first edition of Spurzheim's major work in English. Nahum Capen (1804-86), the author of Spurzheim's included biography. was a Boston publisher who, after meeting Spurzheim in 1832, became converted to Phrenology, edited "Annals of Phrenology" and other related works. He was postmaster of Boston and is credited with inventing the outside letter box collecton system, the first such in America. Includes a note by Nahum Capen bound in with Report of Spurzheim's Visit to a Prison and Comments on Blacks. This erratum slip by Capen is bound in before the index to the biography of Spurzheim, clarifying the details of a visit by Spurzheim to the Hartford Asylum. On pp. 136-37 of the biography is the report of a series of resolutions passed at a special meeting of the Boston Medical Association expressing their appreciation for his visit, respect for his research and his work for human improvement, their finding the death of Spurzheim to be a calamity to mankind and to America, the resolve to communicate their sense of loss to his European friends and relatives, the determination of the Association to attend his funeral declaring their respect and appreciation for his contributions to education and improvement of the human mind. These resolves were reprinted verbatim as a small blue broadside, which is quite rare, acquired separately, but laid into this volume. William B. Annin and George G. Smith were noted Boston engravers, especially of maps and views; B. F. N. is likely Benjamin F. Nutting (before 1813-1887), the noted portrait painter and lithographer. He was a fellow apprentice with Nathaniel Currier at Pendleton's lithography studio in Boston ca. 1828-33. Mild wear at ends of spine and in front hinge. Abrasion of covers. Paper label chipped. Closed partial tear of leaf 39-40, but pages complete. A few small spots of foxing. Else a Very Good copy.
Wells, H[erbert] G[eorge] 98 pp. 8vo. Grey publisher's cloth, titled and illustrated on front cover and spine. Titled in silver on black ground. Illustrated D.J. Refa.: Drazin A154. A late production by H. G. Wells (1866-1945). A great horror story by one of the great early authors of science fiction, set in the haunted countryside of Cairnsmarsh. A character in the midst of this growing nightmare, a croquet player endures while continuing his game of croquet., Previous owner's bookplate, dated 1937, on front pastedown. Mild toning of edges, endpapers and verso of D.J. Else, Very Good in Very Good D.J.
Carleton, Capt. Latham C. [pseudonym fo Edward Sylvster Ellis],- Cover illustrated iof frontier scene in color. 98 pp. 5? W x 7? H. Printed and illustrated paper wraps. Publisher's catalogue on rear cover. Ref.: Albert Jjohannsen, The House of Beadle and Adams, Three Volumes, 1950, 1962. Volume I, pp. 71-72. Edward S. Ellis (1840-1916) wrote chiefly for Beadle & Tatum under his own name and many, pseudonyms (Johannsen, p.49, 93-100) beginning in 1860. His subjects were American adventures, children's books, history, etc. This novel is a Westbook republication in the Frontier Library. Covers soiled. Pages toned. Else, Good+.
Gade, Gerhard,- Illustrated. 4 pp. of text and 20 full-page illustrations 8vo. Green publiisher's cloth. Printed paper labels for title on spine and front cover.2 edges untrimmed. Ref.: John William Leonard, "Men of America: a Biographical Dictionary of Contemporaries", Vol. 1, p. 941. (for Gade family). Copiously illustrated book of book-plates, designed by Norwegians. Brief biography of Norwegian book-plate designers and a bibliograohy.Taped down on front pastedown is a card, inscribed by the author: "Merry Christmas from Gerhard". Gerhard Gade (1898-?) was the son of Fredrik Herman Gade, a lawyer, banker and The Consul for Norway in Chicago, IL, for many years. Fredrik Gade was a graduate of Harvard College and Law School. A University Professorship is named after his son Gerhard, who was a noted bibbliophile and collector of book-plates. Slight wear at ends of spine and corners. Front board slightly cupped. Slight toning of paper labels. Else, Very Good. First Edition. Limited to 300 copies. This is Copy # 234, signed by the author.
Souvenir Booklet]. His Majesty’s Theatre. Proprietor and Manager, Mr. Tree. Souvenir of “Oliver Twist”. Adapted from Charles Dickens’s Celebrated Story by J. Comyns CarrTree, Herbert Beerbohm Illustrated. 10 pp. White stiff paper wraps, printed in red and bllack. Sewn with red silk ribbon. Bolton, OT 218, 219, 262. .MED 16. Herbert Beerbohm Tree, the owner of "His Majesty's Theatre", was a distinguished actor, producer and theatre manager in London at the turn of the 19th-20th centuries. He had a serious interest in Charles Dickens and his work, producing and acting in many productions of plays based on Dickens's novels, etc., including "The Mystery of Edwin Drood" and this, "Oliver Twist". This play, as well as "Drood" were written by J. Comyns Carr, a noted dramatist as well as specialist in "Drood". On the title page of this souvenir booklet are images of Dickens and Comyns Carr. Inside are images of the leading actors in the "Oliver Twist" performance, including Mr. Tree as Fagin, Nellie Bowman as Oliver Twist, and Constance Collier as Nancy. Very Nicely printed. Cover mildly soiled. Trace of old fold mid-covers. Else, Very Good.
Callender, McAuslan & Troup Co. Illustrated. 30 pp. 10? W x 8? H, Oblong 4to. Brown stiff paper wraps with titling in gilt on cover, with illustration of the dome of the Rhode Island State House and the statue of the "Independent Man" in gilt, as background. Ref.: "Representative Men and Old Families of Rhode Island", J. H. Beers & Co., Chicago, 1908, Vol. III, pp.1598-1602. An early photographic souvenir book of Providence, RI, showing in photographs the outstanding architecture and sights of the capitol of Rhode Island at the turn of the 19th-20th centuries. The book was published for the benefit of the Callender, McAuslan and Troup Company, a noted dry goods purveyor, the largest in New England outside of Boston. The firm had been founded in 1866 by 3 friends with Scotch roots, led by John McAuslan, an Irishman, scion of a leading Ulster family who had fled to Scotland at the time of the Danish incursion in 1016. McAuslan had immigrated to Boston, Massachusetts in 1858. The firm was founded in Providence in 1866, just after the American Civil War. It prospered grandly, extending offshoots to Massachusetts and Vermont. Very Good +
Dickens, Charles Twenty-four Illustrations by George Cruikshank, redone by Yeager. 212 pp. Signed in 4?s and 6?s. 8vo. Leather (calf or sheep) spine and corners (3/4 leather) with marbled paper covered boards, titled in gilt on spine. Labeled on spine "Dickens Works" as well as "Oliver Twist". Decorative toolings. Bound from the parts, likely. Text in double columns. T.e.g. Walter E. Smith, C.D., First Am. Ed. , p. 99. Podeschi A 31, Third Copy. Not in Edgar & Vail, VanderPoel, Calinescu (Sumner & Stillman) Clollections or Wilkins. A very early (1841) American edition of "Oliver Twist" with all the Cruikshank illustrations. Owner's signature: "Lafayette Laighton, Jan, 1846" on free endpaper and on title page. Possibly part of the uniform set of 3 earliest Dickens's Works Published in 1841 by Lea and Blanchard (see W. Smith, op cit, p.20). Scattered spots of foxing, some in margins of illustrations. Leather mildly worn at ends of spine and corners. Closed tear in Plate 7 and p.91. Else, Very Good. Second American Edition, 1841 Impression.
Dostoyevsky, Fyodor Illustrated (cover and frontispiece) by Lynd Ward (unsigned) 415 pp. 4-1/8? W x 6-7/8? H Illustrated and printed stiff paper wraps. All edges colored yellow. Robert Dance, Calogue of Grolier Club Exhibition of Lynd Ward, 2015. An illustrated edition of one of the greatest novels of all time, in the Avon paperback edition, illustrated by Lynd Ward. Pages slightly toned. Wear at Head of spine with small chips lost. Else, Very Good. First Avon Red and Gold paperback edition.
Glimpses of Charles Dickens, Two Parts in Issues of the North American Review,. I. in Vol. 160: No. 5, pp 525-537, May, 1895. II, in Vol. 160: No. 6, pp 677-684, June, 1895. Lloyd Bfryce, Editor.Dickens, Charles, the Younger pp. 513-640, 641-760 + numerous pages of ads. 8vo. Printed green wraps. An affectionate, but not uncritical memoir of the author Charles Dickens by his eldest son. Pages uncut and untrimmed. Mild wear at edges of spine with loss of 1" at tail of spine of No. 5, May, 1895. One-half inch chip from lower leading corner of No. 6, June, 1895 without loss of text. Else, Very Good.
Household Words. A Weekly Journal. Conducted by Charles Dickens. Vol. V, No. 126, pp. 525-548. Saturday, August 21, 1852.Dickens, Charles (Conductor) 24 pp. 8vo. Diisbound from Volume V. Else as issued. Double column. Lohrli, Household Words, p. 98. A single issue of Dickens's magazine from 1852. In 1850, after a controversy with his publisher, Dickens left the editorship of Bentley's Miscellany and, together with the publisher Bradbury & Evans, began a new magazine, Household Words, for which Dickens had complete editorial authority. He was assisted in this by W. H. Wills. In 1859, after further controversy with this publisher (over his separation from his wife), he left this magazine, closed it and began his own new magazine, "All the Year Round", which he published until his death in 1870. After that, his son, Charles Dickens, Jr., took over editorial responsibility. This issue contains articles by Harriet Martineau ("News of an Old Place"), Henry Morley ("The City Parliament", "Healthy Figures", and "A Great Idea"), Rev. James White and Charles Knight. Small loss of paper chip from foot of last leaf. Else, Very Good.
James, William 478 pp. + publisher's ads at rear. 8vo. Light brown publisher's cloth, titled in gilt on spine and in embossing in the blind on both covers. William James's own abridgement of his two volume work on "Principles of Psychology", a foundation of moden psychology, published in 1890. This "Briefer Course", first published in 1892 became the principal text for psychology at the turn of the 19th century. he made changes in the text by adding chapters on the physiology of the senses and inHoducing the term "consciousness" to the common vocabulary of the psychology of "thought". Previous owner's bookplate on front pastedown. William James (1842-1910) was one of America's most illustrious19th C. psychologists and philosophers; a professor at Harvard, he was the brother of the author, Henry James. Very scant wear at ends of spine and corners. Else, Very God.
Dostoyevsky, Fyodor Illustrated (cover and frontispiece) by Lynd Ward (unsigned) 415 pp. 4-1/8? W x 6-7/8? H Illustrated and printed stiff paper wraps Robert Dance, Calogue of Grolier Club Exhibition of Lynd Ward, 2015. An illustrated edition of one of the greatest novels of all time, in the Avon paperback edition, illustrated by Lynd Ward. Pages slightly toned. Small abrasion (1/4") at foot of front hinge. Else Very Good. First Avon Red and Gold paperback edition.
A 12 pp. Advertising Supplement at Front of a Single Monthly Issue of the American Journal of the Medical Sciences. No.XLII.- February, 1838, Pp. 279-550.Dickens] 12 pp Caalogue + 272 pp whole issue. 8vo. Original printed paper wraps. A remarkable 12 pp, Publisher's advertising supplement, here printed for "The American Journal of Medical Sciences". It's purpose appears to be the advertisement of a number of literary works, by or about Charles Dickens, Sir Walter Scott, Washington Irving, Thomas Jefferson, J. Fenimore Cooper and Judge Haliburton ("Sam Slick"). The first 4 pages are devoted to the works of Charles Dickens. On the first page is the announcement of the new first American illustrated edition of "Pickwick Papers", which had been first published in America in a pirated edition by this publisher. The first page, illustrated with caricatures of Pickwick and Sam Weller is captioned "Boz. Boz. Boz!". The illlusrations announced for the new edition are those by Sam Weller, Jr. (Thomas Onwhyn) and Alfred Crowquill, Esq. (Alfred Henry Forrester), engraved by Yeager. P. 2 consists of a list of these illustrations. P. 3 announces, for May 3, 1838, a new work by Dickens, untitled but likely "Nicholas Nickleby", to be issued in parts. The publisher offers also "Oliver Twist" and, the long-promised and still to be further postponed "Barnaby Rudge" P. 4 offers "Sketches by 'Boz' " in one volume for both parts, illustrated by George Cruikshank and uniform with "The Pickwick Papers"."'The American Journal of the Medical Sciences" is one of the earliest and longest lasting medical journals in America, second only to The Boston Medical and Surgical (New England Medical) Journal. It was initially, as here, published by Carey, Lea and Blanchard, the illustrious Philadelphia publisher, noted for his early and popular piracies of Dickens's works, including "Sketches by Boz", "The Pickwick Papers", "Oliver Twist". and "Nicholas Nickleby". A very rare and delightful item of Dickensiana, published in an unusual place. Owner's signature on front cover: "Dr. Horatio Thompson". Moderate. foxing. Wear at ends of spine. Corners mildly bumped. Else, Very Good.
Gissing’s Writings on Dickens. A Bio-bibliographical Survey by Pierre Coustillas together with two uncollected reviews by George Gissing from the Times Literary Supplemen. Copy #11 of 275 numbered copiesGissing, George, Pierre Coustillass Grey publisher's cloth with lavender printed paper label on spine. Lavenfer D.J. with image of Gissing by William Rothenstein on front cover. Lavender end papers. George Gssing (1857-1903) was considered by G. K. Chesterton and Edmund Wilson as one of the finest critics of Dickens. This essay by Pierre Coustillas reviews details of the writings by Gissing on Dickens and reprints two of Gissing's uncollected reviews of Dickens for the Times Literary Supplement. Pierre Coustillas (b. 1930) was Professor of English at the University of Lille, France. He has written extensively on Gissing, including a monumenal, though irreverent biography and was editor of the"Gissing Journal" as well as editor of Gissing's letters. Except for minimal fading of D.J. spine, As New.
The Actor in Dickens. A Study of the Histrionic and Dramatic Elements in the Novelist’s Life and Works.Amerongen, J(uda). B(arend) van Numerous plates and llustrations. 301 pp. Small 8v0. Red publisher's cloth, titled in black on spine and front cover. Foot of text block untrimmed. A classic study of Dickens and the theatre. Dickens as writer, director, performer, etc. Previous owner's interesting bookplate on front pastedown and signature ("Randolph Somerville") on front free flyleaf. Randolph Somerville (1891-1958) was a director, actor and professor of dramatic art at New York University. He was also the organizer and director of the Washington Square Repertory Theatre in New York and prominent in the Duke's Oak Theatre in Cooperstown, NY. His papers are in the Archival Collections of the Columbia University Libraries. Minor foxing of fore edges of text block. Else, Very Good +
Poe, Edgar Allan Copiously Illustrated volume, Poe stories unilllustrated. 643 pp. 8vo. Half brown calf, with blue marbled boards Grey end papers. Gilt titling on spine and on black leather label.T.e.g. Refs.: Thomas Hansen, Southern Humanties Review, Vol. 26 (2), pp.101-13, 1992. For "The Little Frenchman", see Kevin J. Hayes, in James M. Hutchisson, "Edgar Allan Poe: Beyond Gothicism", pp. 119 ff. Poe's magnificent story, "The Fall of the House of Usher" was first published in "Burton's Gentleman's Magazine", of Philadelphia, in September, 1839. Slightly revised and with the addition of the poem "The Haunted Palace" (previously published separately in the April 1839 issue of the Baltimore Museum magazine), it was here republished for the first English edition in Volume VIII (1840) of the magazine "Bentley's Miscellany", edited then by W. H. Ainsworth, after he resignation of Charles Dickens. It is an example of the most gothic of Poe's mysteries and imaginary tales and widely thought a masterpiece of the genre. The many allusions of the story have numerous roots and references, to music, to philosophy, to literature.(particularly, according to Hansen, German literature, the tales of E. T. A. Hoffman and of Heinrich Clauren. Entire volume of the journal replete with important material and elegant illustrations by George Cruikshank (1792-1878), John Leech (1817-64), and Alfred Crowquill (Alfred Henry Forrester)(1804-72).The other material of interest are more articles by E. A. Poe ("The Irish Gentleman and the Little Frenchman" and "The Duc de l'Omelette."), early horror tales (The Transylvanian Anatomie") by Richard Brinsley Peake (1792-1847), a prominent dramatist and author of short literary works, Thomas Ingoldsby, the better part of "Guy Fawkes" a novel by W. Harrison Ainsworth. Also present is the first printing of H. W. Longfellow's "Wreck of the Hesperus" and "Voices of the Night". as well as several anecdotes by Judge Thomas Chandler Haliburton (author of "The Sayings of Sam Slick"), etc. Foxing of the preliminary pages and the margins of illustrations. Front hinge starting. Else, Very Good.
Charles Dickens] Collins, Stephen 308 pp. + 4 pp. press critques at front. 12mo. Original purplish brown publisher's cloth with new printed label on spine and second copy of the label tucked in. T.e.g. Yellow end papers. A series of essays, speeches and reviews by Stephen Collins, M.D. (1797-1871), of Baltimore. He was a physician and a graduate of Princeton College. These chapters include articles on Charles Dickens (a form of adulatory literary biography, with important, useful and recondite information), Charles Lamb, Dr. Philip Sung Physick, and other literary and political figures). Other essays concern his report yn the pauper, on insanity, on American literature, on July 4 1842 etc. The essay on Dr. Physick is an eulogy on the author's Professor of Surgery at the University of Pennsylvania. Collins's autobiography, mostly musings of a deeply religious man on his relationship with God and written just before his death, was published posthumously in 1872 The First Edition ot "Miscellanies" was published in 1842. Inscribed dedication by the author to Mrs. Esther M. Lewis, March 29th, 1852 with a holographically inscribed quotation from Machiavelli. One signature (#22) shaken, with a separation at the gutter. Fading of covers. Mild foxing. Else, Very Good.
Charles Dickens] Trade Cards,- Illustrated. 3 separate Cards. 2-3/4? W x 4-1/8? H. Loose, as issued. Three trade cards for Miners' Soap, issued by Gowers & Co. in the 19th century. They have colored lithographic image from Dickens's "Pickwick Papers", including The Fat Boy, Mrs. Bardell, and Sam Weller. "The Fat Boy" card has no statement about Miners' Soap on recto or verso, but is obviously from the same set as the others; the "Mrs. Bardell" card states on recto,"If she had only used Miners' Soap, he would have been captivated"; the "Sam Weller" card states on recto, "I say, young 'oman, when we marries, you must use the "Miners' Soap." The verso sides of the latter two cards extoll Miners' Soap and claims manufacture by Gowans & Co., Buffalo, NY. The cards claim, on the verso, to be protected by copyright by a court decree. On recto, the Bardell card claims to be registered in 1875 according to Act of Cngress; the Weller card dates its compliance to 1870 and the "The Fat Boy" card in 1843. These cards were, thus, issued shortly after Dickens's death. As printed on two of the cards, they were registered by Clay, Cosack and Co., who apparently had a thriving business in lithographed cards in the 1860's and 1870's.Gowers & Co. was a prominent soap manufactory in Buffalo, NY, started by Peter Gowans, an immigrant to America about 1817 from Scotland, where he had also manufactured soap. His son, John Gowans (b. 1834) continued the business into the 20th century, with Theodore Gowans (b. 1874, Buffalo; Yale, 1896 and recorded in the Yale Decennial Report for his class as working in the family firm in 1906). At times the firm was known as Gowers & Beard (ca. 1864), Gowers & Sons (ca. 1880-1902 (ref.: business directories for Buffalo) For some time it was known as Gowers & Stover's and produced many trade cards under their auspices. Earlier trade cards for the firm, such as those offered here, are quite rare. Very small loss at corner of the "Mrs. Bardell" card without encroaching on text or image. Minimal soiling & edge wear. Else, Very Good
Anonymous Copiously illustrated with wood engravings. 136 pp. 4? W x 6? H. (16mo). Blue publisher's cloth. Paper label, hand letteed applied to spine A children's book, strongly encouraging Christian behavior and belief, an epic poem in three parts. Young Sarah Bell, a virtuous and religious girl, tries to reform her rambunctious cousin Fanny Blake and teach her to raad by reading to her a rhyming alphabet with all issues of a religious sort. Fanny ultimatel is reformed: she learns to read and to love the Lord. Lacks pp. 97-118. In the illustration on p. 48, entitled "The missionary explaining the gospel to a heathen", the heathen is pictured as a Black woman, the missionary as a White. Also on p. 52, , showing a "Village of idolators in Africa", a safari of Blacks are the idolators. Only the illustratioPerhaps a binding error, wih the loss of one gatheringn on p. 129 is signed by the artist, "Devereux Del". Small stain on ront cover. Slight wear at foot of spine. Front free end paper starting to separate. Foxing. Lacks pp. 97-118. Else, Good +.
Charles Dickens 1812-1870. A Biography, with Examples of the Work of His Finest Illustrators. This limited edition has been specially produced by Tullis Russell & Co LTD to commemorate the 150th Anniversary of Dickens’ birth and the founding of their own company.Anonymous Eight colour Illustrations reproduced from original prints by Sam Kyd [sic!]. Other illustrations by several illustrators. 27 pp. 4to. Blue publisher's cloth, titled in gilt on spine and publisher's name and logo on front cover.end pa[pers illustrated with drawings after those of "Pickwick Papers". Pages are interleaved with illustrated tabs detailing some of the events in the publisher's history with reference to Dickens's influence on society. No D.J. A brief biography of Dickens, with parallel notes on the history of the Tullis Russell firm. The illustrations in color are by "Kyd" (J. Clayton Clarke) in excellent reproduction. Very nicely printed by Print Publicity Ltd. of London, designed by Willing's Press Service Ltd, on Mellotex paper. Slight soling of front cover. Slight warp to covers. Else Very Good +.
Harris, Frank Illustrated by William Gropper. 217 pp. 5? W x7-3/8? H. Illustrated stiff paper wraps. Illustrated end papers. The story of Frank Harris's alleged adventures as a cowboy in the 1870's in Texas, New Mexico and along the Mexican border. Wonderful illustrations by William Gropper. Irish- born, Harris (1855-1931) was notorious as a journalist and author, both in America and in Britain. He had run away to America from his British home at age 13. He at first worked shining shoes, in construction and as a laborer. Eventually he attended law school in Kansas, but then turned to journalism. Despite being quick to anger and very aggressive, after his return to England, he befriended many celebrities. He published his autobiography detailing numerous explicit sexual adventures. The book was banned as pornography. He is considered of questionable reliability in his autobiographical tales. Slight wear at edges of covers. Slightly cocked. Else, Very Good.
Mrs. [Sarah Stickney] Ellis 142 pp., double column. 8vo. Disbound. Refs.: DNB. CBEL III, p. 483. Sarah Stickney Ellis (1799-1872) was a prolific 19th Century English author. A Quaker turned Congregationalist, she wrote mostly about women's roles in society. She saw it chiefly as a moral role to prepare women for their function in the earliest education of their children, both male and female, and their husbands, but she supported the need for educating women in intellectual subjects as well. She was noted for her independence of mind, but uunder the influence of her husband, a Congregationalist minister, she came to support the Temperance Movement. She dabbled in the arts, selling some illustrations to the publisher Ackermann. In addition to her moralistic tales, she wrote an anti-slavery tract, travel books and a housekeeping manual. Although she accepted a lesser role for women in society, she is considered to have felt women to be superior to men in many ways and expected them to play a prominent role in the family and society, even to permit them to be educated for business and public affairs. Owner's signature on title page: "Margaret C. Wellington", likely Margaret Cofffin Wellington 1821-93) of Templeton, Worcester, MA, later wife of Leonard Stone (1822-62). Disbound. Minimal foxing. Else, Very Good
Dickens, Charles ("Boz") Woodcut portrait of Dickens on front cover. 104 pp. + q16 p. publisher's catalogue + 3 pp ads on covers. 8vo. Printed and illustrated stiff paper wraps. Dickens' notorious publication of his negative (mostly) impressions of America after his first trip there in 1842 (with Mrs. Dickens in tow). Dickens was feted and celebrated hugely by his American audience, including President Tyler of the United States. Despite this, rancorous over America's loose copyright laws which permitted widespread pirating of his work, Dickens loosed this barrage at his hosts. (The British copyright law sponsored by Talfourd was barely in effect then, having received royal assent only on July 1, 1842). A partial answer to Dickens came in the publication three months later of Henry Wood's "Change for the American Notes," also first published by Harper's, both in the same format. Presented here by T. B. Peterson & Bros., who usually boasted of having paid Dickens £1000 for permission to print his books in America. Uncommonly found in this edition. Covers soiled, worn at edges and both ends of spine. Front cover partially detached. Else, Very Good