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Modern Mexico's Standard Guide to the City of Mexico and Vicinity

Modern Mexico’s Standard Guide to the City of Mexico and Vicinity, By Robert S. Barrett, Third Edition. 1902-3

Barrett, Robert S. 8vo, green cloth, gilt title on front cover. [19], 186 pp., [24] pp., numerous b&w illus., ads, 1 p. map. A substantial and interesting guide to early 20th c. Mexico City, with practical, historical, and cultural information on "Manana Land." The street "Map of the Central Portion of the City of Mexico" shows the Alameda at its center, with the Plaza de Armas, the Plaza Republica and the Estacion F. C. Center along the north, and the National Palace and Cathedral in the South. Illustrations include numerous market scenes, country workers carrying impossibly large loads of corn husks, pottery and the like to the city; Mexican horsemen, churches and historic sites, panoramic views; group shots of families, "peons," pulgue gatherers, wedding processions; bull-fighting, art, mechanical systems, town buildings; and a portrait with printed signature of Porfirio Díaz by H. F. Schlattman. Barrett observes the following: "The Mexican Indians are, on the whole, a hard-working, sober, moral and enduring race, and when educated, produce very distinguished men. Some of the most prominent men in Mexico, like Juarez as a statesman, and Morelos as a soldier, were pure-blooded Indians, and there is not prejudice against their race in Mexico, and so, when they are educated they are accepted in marriage among the highest families of pure Spanish blood. It is a regrettable fact that the Indian population has been decreasing since the beginning of the present century, while the mixed race has been constantly on the increase." CONDITION: Very good, light bumping at extremities, pencil owner inscription "Geo. P. Wilson, 1904" on flyleaf.
Rambles in Mount Desert: with sketches of travel on the New-England coast

Rambles in Mount Desert: with sketches of travel on the New-England coast, from Isles of Shoals to Grand Menan. [Cover Title: Mount Desert, New England coast

DeCosta [De Costa], B. F. 16mo (6.5" x 5") decorative green cloth, gilt lettering to spine and front over, ornaments stamped in black on spine and covers. Frontis. photograph (albumen print), [7], 280 pp., numerous head and tail pieces. Laid-in postcard from De Costa to Professor George Little of Bowdoin College. First edition of DeCosta's second book on Mount Desert Island, illustrated with an original frontispiece photograph of Eagle Cliff and Eagle Lake. Includes fifteen chapters with such titles as "Bird's-Eye Views," "Mount Desert," "Somes' Sound," "Among the Mountains," "Beach Rambles," "Frenchman's Bay," etc. Copies of this book have been noted in green, brown, red and purple cloth. Born in Charleston, Mass., Benjamin Franklin De Costa (1831-1904) was a minister, writer, and traveler who crossed the Atlantic ocean twenty-two times. Of his thirty-five historical works, he is best remembered for his Discovery of America by the Northmen and his books on the Isle of Shoals and Maine's Mount Desert Island. De Costa graduated from the Biblical Institute of Concord, New Hampshire in 1856 and after entering the Episcopal ministry served in Massachusetts and New York City. In 1881 De Costa become rector of the Church of St. John the Evangelist. Near the end of his life, he withdrew from the ministry and turned to the Roman Catholic Church. REFERENCES: Williamson 2774; Thompson, Important Maine Maps, Books, Prints and Ephemera. Orono, 2003, p. 364. CONDITION: Very good, light wear at extremities; a lovely copy.


Thoreau, Henry D. 8vo (7.5" x 4.75"), original green blind-stamped cloth, gilt lettering at spine, bottom edge gilt. Frontis., [5], 7, 319 pp. Early gift or ownership inscription(s) on free endpaper, "William A. Wilson Dec. 25th 1863 Emily H. Philbrook." Housed in a later red cloth box. First edition. One of 1588 copies printed, of which 1500 were bound. A posthumous collection of Thoreau's essays, including "Natural History of Massachusetts"; "A Walk to Wachusett"; "The Landlord"; "A Winter Walk"; "The Succession of Forest Trees"; "Walking"; "Autumnal Fruits"; "Wild Apples"; and "Night and Moonlight." The essay "Walking" is among the most important proto-environmentalist essays. Excursions was collected from various sources by Thoreau's sister, Sophia E. Thoreau and was published the year after the author's death. Included is a eulogy delivered at his funeral by Emerson, here serving as a preface. Following his sojourn at Walden Pond, Thoreau took a series of trips, touring Cape Cod on foot late in 1849, spending a week in Canada in 1850, and in 1853 undertaking the second of his trips to Maine. Four of his posthumous books derive in part from these expeditions: Excursions (1863), The Maine Woods (1864), Cape Cod (1865), and A Yankee in Canada (1866). REFERENCES: BAL 20111; Borst A3.1.a CONDITION: Good, corners bumped, some separation to cloth at spine edges, gilt lettering at spine still bright, one signature partly sprung but firmly attached, bit of dampstaining and other small stains to fore-margins, but contents generally clean and bright.
The Eye and the Finger

The Eye and the Finger

Wandrei, Donald Hardcover. 8vo (7.5" x 5.5"), green and black decorative paper covers in mylar sleeves, full black cloth with gilt-title at spine. xiii, 344 pp. First edition. One of 1,617 copies. Donald A. Wandrei (1908-1987) was a prolific American science fiction and fantasy writer with a penchant for the cosmic. The present work collects his fantasy, horror, and science fiction short stories. The dust jacket illustration is by his brother Howard Wandrei, who was also a science fiction writer. Among the stories included are "The Tree-Men of M'Bwa," "The Blinding Shadows," "The Scientist Divides," "Earth Minus," "Finality Unlimited," "The Red Brain," and "On the Threshold of Eternity." Also included is one of his more traditional fantasies (appearing in Esquire, 1937), "The Painted Mirror." The latter was adapted for television in Rod Serling's Night Gallery (1971-73). Derleth's other short fiction collection is Strange Harvest (1965), which also features a cover by his brother. Wandrei and August Derleth founded Arkham House in 1939, initially to publish the work of H. P. Lovecraft. This was the first of Wondrei's books published by the firm. These stories previously appeared in Weird Tales, Esquire, Argosy, Astounding Stories and other magazines. While Wandrei left Arkham House after WWII, he briefly returned to the company after Derleth's death in 1971, and later was involved in acrimonious litigation with the firm's new proprietors. In 1984, he was awarded a World Fantasy Award for Life Achievement, but declined it. REFERENCES: Barron 3-204; Clute, John, John Grant, editors. "Donald A. Wandrei," Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997) at sf-encyclopedia[dot]uk; Herron, Don. "'The Red Brain': A Study in Absolute Doom," Studies in Weird Fiction 2 (Summer 1987), p. 32. CONDITION: Near fine/near fine; a first rate copy.
Descriptive Sketches of Six Private Libraries of Bangor

Descriptive Sketches of Six Private Libraries of Bangor, Maine

Boardman, Samuel Lane Hardcover. 8vo, original gray paper, paper title label at spine. [13], 12-161 pp. Bookplate of esteemed antiquarian bookseller and collector Francis O'Brien of Portland, Maine on front paste-down. First edition, one of fifty copies printed. A rare account of the libraries of six Bangor gentlemen, including those of Col. J. W. Porter (genealogy and local history), Fred H. Parkhurst (history, science, literature, constitutional law, etc), C. E. Bliss (Websteriana), Prof. D. S. Talcott (early printed books), Frederick H. Appleton (history, political economy, philosophy, etc.), and Rev. M. C. O'Brien (Native American languages). Boardman was the founder of the De Burians of Bangor, a small private book-collecting club. A good account of the Society appears in the introduction to Boardman's Peter Edes : Pioneer Printer of Maine: "The De Burians is a club of book-lovers organized at Bangor, Maine, in 1900. the name adopted from that old monastic book-lover, Richard de Bury, Bishop of Durham, who collected the first private library in all England and wrote the first treatise on the Love of Books-a treatise now existing in many noble editions and dear to the heart of all book-lovers. The objects of the De Burians of Bangor are: The holding of social meetings to talk about books, the reading of papers by its members with discussions of the same, and the printing of occasional books in limited editions." The De Burians published a total of three volumes between 1901 and 1906. Boardman also published on his own account Richard De Bury Bishop of Durham and the present work, which appeared in formats very similar to the De Burian publications, although lacking the imprint of the De Burians. A pencil note on the paste-down in the hand of Francis O'Brien reads "1 of 50 copies One of Maine's rarest books." CONDITION: Good, hinges cracked but covers holding firm, spine evidently re-applied, rubbed, moderately soiled.