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Cottage-Roof Binding]. The Works of the learned and pious Author of the Whole Duty of Man

English Cottage-Roof Binding]. The Works of the learned and pious Author of the Whole Duty of Man

Allestree, Richard] Large folio, pp. [16], 456; [12], 242, [6], 243-324, [6], with an engraved frontispiece and engraved title- page vignette, both by Van der Gucht; 'The Whole Duty of Man' and 'The Second Part of the Works' each have a separate title-page dated 1703 and 1704 respectively; some occasional light foxing. Extremely handsome binding of contemporary red morocco, gilt, to a cottage-roof design, onlaid corner-pieces of citron and a central lozenge of black morocco, all gilt with massed small floral tools, part-onlaid and part painted flower motifs (tulips, peonies and a distinctive and unusual poppy-head), spine gilt in compartments with further onlays, gilt, gauffered edges, striking endpapers of pulled paste paper in red, purple, green and yellow; some expert repairs along binding extremities, but an extraordinary copy. A superb inlaid Cottage-Roof bookbinding, executed for a woman by an as-yet unidentified English (or Irish?) craftsman of exceptional artistry and technical skill. Mirjam Foot has "possibly" linked our binding to two other examples, both considerably smaller, namely: 1). Mary Astell "Christian Religion," London, 1705, in the Henry Davis Gift (II, no. 155); 2). Old Testament, 1703 formerly in the J.R. Abbey Collection (G.D. Hobson, English Bindings of J. R. Abbey, no. 69 = his sale, 1967, Third Portion, lot 1687, now unlocated). We note with interest that the Henry Davis example was likewise bound for a woman collector (Elizabeth Berners) and features - on the fore-edge - a painted motto underneath the gold: "Proxii vera a vertuous woman is a crown to her husband 1705." We are not convinced that all three bindings were made by the same master craftsman, but if they were it would appear that the binder was active between 1703-1705, and that his best surviving work was undertaken on devotional works for female collectors. The provenance of our binding is compelling: contemporary (no doubt original) leather book-label of Mary Dorritt. In early 18th century, as now, this would have been a major acquisition for any collector, female or otherwise. --> Armorial bookplate of Alexander Montgomery, apparently Adm. Sir Alexander Leslie Montgomery, R.N., 3rd Bart. (1807-1888); the blazon is: quarterly, 1 and 4, azure three fleurs-de-lys or; 2 and 3, gules three annulets or, gemmed (i.e. gem-rings) two and one. Crest: on a wreath, a dexter arm in armor embowed, grasping a broken tilting-spear proper. Motto: "Gardez bien." A very similar blazon is given by heraldic authority Fox-Davies, in: "Armorial Families: a Directory of Gentlemen of Coat-Armour" (Vol. 2, p. 1383) and is assigned by him to the Montgomery family which resided at The Hall, Mountcharles, County Donegal, Ireland. Throughout his long life, Alexander lived in London almost exclusively. On the death of his brother Henry Conyngham Montgomery, Jr., 2nd Baronet Montgomery (1803-1878) he inherited the title as 3rd Baronet. --> Sotheby's May 21, 1900 lot 938 (£42 to Tregaskis), wherein it was described thusly: "A most elaborate specimen of English bibliopegy of the period, binding evidently the work of Charles Mearne or one of his house, as the little leather bookplate is unquestionably the work of a binder and is of the same period. It is one of the finest specimens of English binding which has been offered for sale for many years." --> Maggs Cat. 489 (1927) item 159 (£63) with reproduction --> Maggs Cat. 572 (1932) item 113 (£63) with reproduction --> Maggs Cat. 594 (1934) item 427 (£63) with reproduction --> Maggs Cat. 603 (1934) item 1942 (£45) with reproduction --> Maggs Cat. 640 (1937) item 139 (£52.10) with reproduction --> Maurice Burrus. A very attractive copy of the collected works of, most probably, Richard Allestree, first published by his friend and biographer Bishop John Fell in 1684. "The Whole Duty of Man" (1657) was a publishing phenomenon, a best-selling manual of "common-sense advice pitched at the level of ordinary Anglican parishioners" (Oxford DNB), of which Allestree is by far the most likely candidate as author. Six further works published as by the same author appeared up to 1678, and all of them are collected here.
Manuscript Tax Records for the Town of Quincy

Manuscript Tax Records for the Town of Quincy, Massachusetts for the year 1813

ADAMS, JOHN, et al.]. Assessors of the Town of Quincy Manuscript. 20 pp. 165 x 200 mm. Stitched as issued. At some point folded to pocket size and thus retains large fold down middle of pages, small chips and tears along edges, some age-toning, a few pages very browned. An ownership inscription on the front leaf in pencil reads "Elijah Baxter Nichols." Highly interesting Tax Roll for the town of Quincy, whose residents at that time included retired President John Adams; his son (and future president) John Quincy Adams; and other members of their family. These individuals are named herein, and their property taxes enumerated. As is well known, the majority of the Adams Family Papers are preserved in the Massachusetts Historical Society, Boston. It would seem to us that the present manuscript would make a useful addition to this august institution. Names of the property owners are usefully arranged alphabetically; not surprisingly John Adams' name appears first. The property owner's name is followed by six columns: poll tax, real estate tax, property estate tax, state tax polls, state real estate tax, and state property estate tax, the amount totaled for each individual at the end of their line. An "x" at the beginning of a name indicates whether or not the individual has paid the full tax amount, and these have a note at the end of their line stating how much has been paid thus far. The number of property owners who had not yet paid are few in number. After his loss to Jefferson in the presidential election of 1800, John Adams retired to the Peacefield, the family home in Quincy. With 40 acres of farmland and orchards, Adams spent most of his retirement farming, generally staying quiet on public matters, although he became much more vocal after Jefferson's retirement in 1809. His son John Quincy Adams lived at Peacefield as well (in between terms at the Senate and as President) with his wife, Louisa Catherine Adams, and their son, Charles Francis Adams. John Adams's daughter, Abigail ("Nabby") returned to the farm after her failed marriage to Representative William Stephens Smith and died of breast cancer shortly before these taxes were recorded in 1813. Presumably, the entry for John Adams documents taxes collected on Peacefield. Also included are sections of taxes due for non-residents who owned property in Quincy but resided in Boston, Braintree, Randolph, Milton, Dorchester, and Stoughton. Columns here indicate number of acres, the value of the property, county and town tax, and state tax. Curiously, only the county, town, and state taxes are recorded for Braintree and Randolph. The text on the front leaf reads as follows: "This tax bill is to be collected and paid to the Several treasurers as follows. Viz.: To the State treasurer -- 356.67 / To the town treasurer -- 3111.43 / To the County Treasurer -- 129.00 / $3598.00 / AD 1813." The bill number is given on p. 20 as "360093," along with the names of the Assessors of the town of Quincy, Noah Curtis and Josiah Bass.
Together 2 manuscripts: 1) Archival records of the Archicofradia de la Santa Veracruz; 2) Titulo de una Causa

Together 2 manuscripts: 1) Archival records of the Archicofradia de la Santa Veracruz; 2) Titulo de una Causa, o volar, tras del Convento de San Juan de Dios a favor de la Parrochia de la esta Vera-Cruz

Manuscript Archive of an Ancient and Important Mexico City Confraternity]. Archicofradia de la Santa Veracruz Ad 1: Folio. 157 ff. with final blank and several unnumbered leaves plus several leaves and notes loosely inserted, including one dated 1809. Bound in soft calf, blind ruled. Major worming in certain parts (SEE IMAGES), usual age-toning, some dark stains throughout occasionally affecting text; inscriptions on back cover. First document with ornate paper seal dated 1731, 30 ff., some numbering of text. Final leaf transcription: "Estan conformes sus Partidas con los Guariemos, etc." ("Your items are in accordance with the Guariemos, etc."). Ad 2: Folio. [1], 1-7, [1], 8, [1], 9-11, [1] = total of 15 fols. Stab-stitched, blank leaves at front and back with watermark "Al Masso" (ca. 1826-1842 according to Scott and Sternad Wmk. 26-6. Many small tears and chips along edges, some dark ink stains affecting text (though still quite legible), about half of the text is browned; small chips in paper along fold-lines affecting text, fol. 4 separated along fold. On final integral blank leaf an exceptional watermark: surmounted by a Cross Crosslet Fitchy, three circles, comprising 1) crescent moon 2) monogram "CL" 3) estoile or six-pointed star; below the initial "I" (Type of Heawood 276 = "Madrid, 1749"). Mid-18th century archive of the records of the Archicofradia de la Santa Veracruz in Mexico City, an important religious brotherhood founded in 1523 by Hernan Cortes himself (sic!). Indeed, the church itself had been built by the Confraternity in 1586. The present manuscripts are of great significance: during the years 1759-1776 the church buildings sustained considerable damage, and in some instances were razed and rebuilt. That our Archival records have survived this tumultuous time is remarkable. These organizational and financial records are of great interest to students and scholars of Mexican religious orders and their economic practices in Mexico City. MANUSCRIPT 1: Extensive financial and organizational records for the Confraternity of Santa Veracruz, Mexico City, and its Parish. The accounts begin with the year 1731 (fol. 3 is endorsed with an ornate paper seal dated thusly) followed by extensive biennial accounting records from 1755 to 1770. Many of the accounting records charges for visiting seminary brothers and those of other religious orders who were temporarily housed at the parish church of Veracruz. MANUSCRIPT 2: Stitched, this manuscript is the property title for a house and surrounding property owned by the Parish of Veracruz. The property was located behind the Convent of San Juan de Dios, a beautiful Baroque construction built in 1727 by the religious order of the Juaninos. There are four documents: the first two, dated 1697-1700, give written testimony by a senior scribe of the city, Gabriel de Mandiesta Veuollo, attesting ownership. The third document is a short statement, dated 1755, by Joseph de Japia in regards to the same property, by then fallen into disrepair, which he sold to Don Manuel de Ordas and Donna Theresa de Ordas in the company of several witnesses. The fourth and final document is written by the Notary Juan Miguel Pardo, and documents the history of the property's ownership down to its present owner, the Parish of Veracruz. In addition, this document establishes all further inheritance of the property, essentially acting as a summary of the previous documents. THE PAPER: The manuscript is written on "renta papel sellado" (stamped revenue paper) of Carlos II (reign: 1661-1700), dated 1697-8 (sello segundo) and 1699-1700 (sello segundo), with stamps of the Spanish royal arms. Curiously the two later documents do not have the mark of papel sellado. CATALOGUER'S NOTE: "Papel sellado" was first authorized in Spain by a decree from Felipe IV in 1636. This stamped paper primarily functioned to gather revenue for the royal treasury; documents without the official stamp were regarded as non-legal and the transactions they documented subsequently negated. Papel sellado was extended to Spain's colonies in the New World following another law in 1638, where it was mainly sold to individuals who executed legal documents such as lawyers, scribes and merchants. The necessary stamps were available in four sellos, the use of each dependent on the transaction and descending in cost: Primero, Segundo, Tercero, and Quarto, with two additional categories under Sello Quarto, de oficio for government use and pobres for indigents. The more prominent seals thus signaled documents of greater importance and value. While papel sellado was distributed in annual issues in Spain, it was typically valid for a two-year period in the New World. Delays caused by the length of the voyage from Spain necessitated the revalidation of expired paper upon reaching the New World, adding current information with printers type and using locally-made seals. Additionally, higher denomination paper was occasionally downgraded to meet the demand for more frequently required lower values. This is reflected in the use of two stamps on each page of the manuscript, the larger top one, showing the Spanish royal arms, and the smaller one beneath it, usually with a date discrepency of a few years and cast with an altered seal block of an earlier issued Spanish stamp. SOURCE: Scott and Sternad, The Revenue Stamped Paper of Mexico 1821-1876. PROVENANCE: From the Farley P. Katz Collection, San Antonio, Texas.
HOLY OIL FOR HOSPITAL USE]. Compendio del tratado de la uncion apostolica

HOLY OIL FOR HOSPITAL USE]. Compendio del tratado de la uncion apostolica, Catolicon divino, medicamento universal sobrenatural de la S. Iglesia. Al Reverendissimo senor don Fr. Antonio Enriquez, Obispo de Malaga, &c. Por el Doctor Juan Alonso de Belver, natural de la ciudad de Murcia

Belver, Juan Alonso de 8vo. 14.9 cms. x 10.5 cms. [para]8, A-F8, G4 = 60 ff., COMPLETE. [8], 1-31, [1], 25-44, [1] ff. Colophon (unnumbered) bound after fol. 31, followed by misnumbered fols. "25-44." Light age-yellowing, medium browning towards end, small wormhole in blank of last leaf. Bound in a contemporary laced case binding of stiffened vellum, fore edge cover extensions, evidence of ties, minor worming to covers. Evidence of binder's leaf in front now excised, back leaf retained. Pencil note to front pastedown: "8873" and printed label: "Junta Delegada del Tesoro Artistico. Libros depositados en la Biblioteca Nacional. Procedencia [stamped: T'Serclaes]. N.o de la procedencia [in pencil: 2H81]." Holy oil in the service of medicine during the Spanish Golden Age, a good copy in original condition with an intriguing provenance, the first record of it appearing 360 years ago. Herein the author proclaims holy oil as the "supernatural universal medicine." The book was intended for both priest and physician: the 1639 second edition was published the Royal Hospital in Zaragoza. Naturally there are instructions for extreme unction and exorcism. The work contains a useful introduction and, in the second part, notes on the divine method for caring for the infirm ("Metodo divino para la cura de un enfermo"); this inclues Psalms, readings, and prayers from the Roman Ritual (Paul V, 1614) for care and visitation of the sick. Almost nothing known about the author Juan Alonso de Belver, save that he was -- as the title indicates -- a Murcian priest. His book on the apostolic unction is all that has survived to the present day. This work is known in four editions under varying titles, of which the total number of extant copies probably is less than ten. According to Wilkinson/Lorenzo, two of these editions -- including one printed in Mexico -- are represented by exactly zero surviving copies. PROVENANCE: Inscription to verso of back binder's leaf: "Acuenta de lahaca e dado a el S. Fr[ances]co Romero. Ciento y cuerenta reales. en 25 de octubre de 1659" (sic!) --> Subsequently in the famed library of the Duque de T'Serclaes, Juan Perez de Guzman y Boza (1852-1934). A great patron and promotor of Spanish literature, he was heavily involved with the intelligensia of Seville and held a small scholarly gathering in his personal library, often attended by, i.a., the famed Spanish journalist and bibliographer Manuel Gomez Imaz as well as the philosopher and writer Marcelino Menendez Pelayo. As an amateur historian and bibliophile, Guzman financed the bimonthly magazine "Archivo Hispalense" and founded the Society of Andalusian Bibliophiles. His collection thus focused mainly on historical issues, complimenting his twin brother Manuel's large holdings in literature and poetry. His brother's library, which the Duque helped to amass, was sold (1902) to Archer Huntington, founder of the Hispanic Society of America where it is now preserved. In the year of his death, in 1934, Guzman's own books were placed on deposit in the Biblioteca Nacional in Madrid, and from there they were slowly sold off by his heirs (including an auction sale in 2004). His vast collection of periodicals were acquired by the University of Connecticut and are now part of the institution's Latin American and Caribbean collections. Not in Palau. Wilkinson/Lorenzo Iberian Books II, 22384. OCLC locates no copies outside Spain; UC Berkeley has only the second edition. On the T'Serclaes libraries see Rosa Fernández Lera and Andres del Rey Sayagues' outstanding work: "El Marqués de Jerez de los Caballeros y el Duque de T'Serclaes" (De re bibliographica. Menéndez Pelayo y su Biblioteca IV," 2007), passim. See also Antonio Lopez de Zuazo Algar's "Relaciones y papeles varios del siglo XVII, companeros de periodicos" (online).
Early Delaware Provenance]. Fifteen Sermons on Various Subjects

Early Delaware Provenance]. Fifteen Sermons on Various Subjects, Vol. 12

Tillotson, Dr. John 8vo. [1], A-Z8, Aa-Ff8, [1] = 242 ff. Bound in contemporary paneled calf, inside border of a floral ornamental roll with floral stamps at corners and an outer border of half-circle stamps, red speckled textblock edges. 20th century rebacking with reinforced cloth strips at hinges, small leather repair on back cover panel with small section missing. Medium water stain at top margin of textblock on first and last few pages. "Twelfth Volume" tipped in on half title. Engraved frontispiece of Tillotson. Large bookplate of The Society of the Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts, dated 1704, on A2v, with an inscription "Appoquinimink" just above. An ownership inscription on the front endleaf reads "S. C. Brinckle," with his stamp on A3r. This unassuming English book is ONE OF THE VERY FIRST BOOKS TO ARRIVE IN DELAWARE. It was presented by the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel to St. Anne's Church in Appoquinimink, Delaware, in 1704. Provenance: Our copy is one of the original books sent to the Church at Appoquinimink (St. Anne's) by the Society of the Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts at the founding of the Church. The Society's bookplate bears their seal: a ship under sail making towards a point of land, upon the prow a Minister with an open Bible in his hand, people standing on the shore in a posture of expectation and saying, "Transiens Adiuva Nos (Come over and help us)." The SPG has its origins in a report on the state of the Church of England in the American Colonies by Rev. Thomas Bray, in which Bray lamented the Church's "low spiritual vitality" and "poor organizational conditions." Under Bray's direction and initiative the SPG was incorporated under Royal Charter in 1701 as a high church missionary organization of the Church of England, established as "an organization able to send priests and schoolteachers to America to help provide the Church's ministry to the colonists." The new society had two main aims: Christian ministry to British people overseas, and the evangelization of the non-Christian races of the world. To reach those aims, the society sent missionaries overseas to the American Colonies along with books for evangelizing and the edification of the Church. The Church at Appoquinimink (a Native American term meaning "wounded duck,"), also called St. Anne's Church, was founded ca. 1704 by the SPG, shortly after their creation, and was one of the earliest organized congregations in the southern portion of New Castle County. The church was supplied with ministers from the SPG until the Revolutionary War, during which time disagreements and rising tensions between Royalists and Patriots in the congregation brought services to a halt until the end of the war. Subsequently in the library of Samuel C. Brinckle, reverend of St. David's Episcopal Church (founded by the SPG in 1700 and also known as Radnor Church) from 1818-1832. He arrived at the Brandywine Manufacturers' Sunday School, a nonsectarian school supported and funded by the duPont company, in 1848 as an Episcopal missionary where he began preaching every Sunday. As attendees moved away to start their own denominational churches, the school became increasingly Episcopalian until Brinckle, encouraged by Admiral (then Captain) Stephen F. duPont, founded Christ Church Episcopal in 1851. He became its first rector and preached there until his death in 1863. ESTC T83664. Literature: History of Delaware, 1609-1888: Local History (Sharf 1020) online.
Report on the Condition of the Insane Poor in the County Poor Houses of New York (Series: New York [State] Legislature. Assembly. Doc. no. 19. Transmitted to the Legislature January 13

Report on the Condition of the Insane Poor in the County Poor Houses of New York (Series: New York [State] Legislature. Assembly. Doc. no. 19. Transmitted to the Legislature January 13, 1865)

Insane Poor]. Willard, Sylvester D. 8vo. 70 pp. Original paper wrappers, browned with age-spots throughout, small chips along the edges, large chip on bottom of back wrapper, back wrapper covered in (nonsensical?) mathematical scribbles. On front wrapper a stamp reading "Respects of Wm. H. Gleason, 1865. Member of Assembly." A complete copy in fair condition, priced accordingly. The important "Willard Report," issued at the zenith of the American Civil War, on the often deplorable conditions of the insane poor in institutions throughout New York State. This, the so-called "Willard Report," had a significant impact on improving said conditions, not only in New York but beyond. Sylvester D. Willard, M.D. (1825-1865) was a volunteer surgeon during the Civil War, best known as the founder of the Willard Asylum for the Insane. Shortly after he began his practice, he became connected with the Albany County Medical Society and served successively as its secretary, vice-president, and president. In 1858 he was a delegate to the State Medical Society, and was shortly thereafter appointed its permanent secretary. In the spring of 1862, he went, with two other prominent physicians of Albany, to act as a volunteer surgeon to the Army of the Potomac. At the time of his death he held the positions of Secretary of the State Medical Society, Examining Surgeon for the Pension Office, and Surgeon-General of the State. The conditions plaguing inmates of county poor houses during the 19th century were grim at best, with many "patients" often kept chained and shackled. "By an Act of the New York Legislature, passed on the 30th day of April, 1864, the Secretary of the State Medical Society was authorized to investigate the condition of the insane poor in the various poorhouses, almshouses, insane asylums, and other institutions, where the insane poor are kept." Dr. Willard was called to conduct the investigation, and his culminating report was the instrument that persuaded the New York State Legislature to pass, on April 8, 1865, The Willard Act, authorizing "the establishment of a State asylum for the chronic insane, and for the better care of the insane poor, to be known as The Willard Asylum for the Insane." However, Willard passed away before the Asylum officially opened its doors in 1869. The report contains copies of letters written by Willard along with detailed entries for each county in New York. At the end of the report is a table "showing the summer population of the poor houses, the number of insane, and the number capable of labor in each." William Henry Gleason (1833-1892), to whom this present copy originally belonged, was a minister and politician who served as a Republican member of the New York Assembly from 1864-1865, and as Register in Bankruptcy from 1868-1870. A lawyer by trade, Gleason acquired one of the largest legal practices on Long Island until 1870 when he exchanged the legal for the clerical profession. The printer Van Benthuysen ran an Albany printing house notable for being the first in the United States to successfully apply steam power to the printing press. Van Benthuysen and his sons also managed the Albany Type Foundry (claimed to be the first to apply steam power to producing type) and several branches of a paper-making firm. Charles succeeded to the business in 1845 after his father died; with a new partner named Cornelius Wendell, Van Benthuysen won the bid to print material issued by the United States Senate and House of Representatives. Ours appears to be the only copy currently on the market. LITERATURE: , Linda S. Stuhler, "The Inmates of Willard 1870 to 1900: A Genealogy Resource." See also: American Journal Of Insanity, October 1865, pp. 1-5.
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Anledningar til nyttig upmarksamhet under Chinesiska resor

Osbeck, Pehr (1723-1805) 8vo. 187 x 115mm. A8 B2 = 20 pp. Disbound, likely extracted from a larger volume. Curiously, the binder missed trimming an outer portion of A2 which was folded, and so retains its original size. Collecting natural history specimens in China at the urging of Carl Linnaeus. This interesting pamphlet marks Osbeck's election to the Royal Swedish Academy of Science, and which contents comprise Osbeck's 1758 inaugural speech at the Swedish Academy. His remarks (translated as "Reasons for useful attention during journeys to China") refer to his time in China and the Far East from 1750 to 1752. A former student of Linnaeus, Osbeck here urges visitors to China to observe and record the conduct of the people, as well as its manufacturing techniques and industries, and to collect useful specimens of local plants and animals. At a time of growing European ambivalence towards China, the Swedish Academy still regarded it highly, particularly the Middle Kingdom, and continuously hosted lectures and presentations on various Chinese topics. Swedish naturalist Carl Linnaeus (1707-1778), who helped found the Swedish Academy and is well-known for formalizing binomial nomenclature, sent out many of his students to remote corners of the globe to map the global natural world according to his new taxonomic system and to collect as many plant and animal specimens as possible. Osbeck, one of Linnaeus's most prized pupils, was sent to China as chaplain of the Swedish East India Company (Svenska Ostindiska Companiet or SOIC) ship Prins Carl in 1750. He brought back a large collection of Chinese plants for Linnaeus to categorize, and he himself was a large collector of Chinese natural history. Osbeck's journal, entitled "Dagbok ofwer en ostindisk resa" ("Journal of an East-Indian journey") and first published in 1757, was widely used by Linnaeus in his revised tenth edition of "Systema naturae," along with other first-hand European accounts of East Asian travels. Cordier, Sinica 2097. LITERATURE: Kowner & Skott, Race and Racism in Modern East Asia. "East Asians in the Linnaean Taxonomy."
Promena [Metamorphosis - First Czech edition]. Together with: Promena

Promena [Metamorphosis – First Czech edition]. Together with: Promena, Sestero Konfigurací k Stejnojmenné Povídce Frant. Kafky [Metamorphosis, Six Illustrations of the Story of the Same Name by Franz Kafka – First Illustrated edition]

Kafka, Franz; Coester, Otto (illustrator); Vrána, Ludvik; Pastor, Franti?ek; Janouch, Gustav (translators) Together 2 volumes, large 4to and 8vo. PORTFOLIO (310 x 235 mm). Half-title SIGNED by the artist, title-page, 2-page translation of Kafka's "Ein Traum" into Czech by Gustav Janouch, list of plates, and statement of limitation printed in red and black. With 6 full-page heliogravures from etchings by Otto Coester numbered 1-6 in pencil. Loose as issued original brown textured wrappers, front wrapper with vignette printed in black (spine chipped with long tear along fold), plates perfectly clean. TEXT VOLUME (170 x 115 mm). 82, [3] pp. Pictorial title-page printed in red and black. With 7 b/w illustrations in the text, likewise by Coester, 3 elaborate decorative initials printed in red. Original pale ivory wrappers, front wrapper and spine lettered in purple and grey (lightly rubbed). ADDED: 4-page publisher's prospectus and with illustrated card of Coester's "Promena" laid in. The entire ensemble preserved in a light gold colored cloth case. Important collection of the first illustrations of any Kafka work in any language. Here offered is the scarce first edition in Czech of "Metamorphosis," along with the rare, separately published portfolio of six heliogravures from etchings, all illustrated by Swabian artist Otto Coester. Coester lived in Moravia in the 1920s and belonged to a close-knit circle of Kafka admirers. Although there is no confirmed record of Kafka and Coester ever meeting in person, they certainly knew each other by reputation, and their proximity has led some scholars to question whether or not Coester had some inside knowledge of Kafka's vision (see: David Gallagher, "The Metamorphosis," p. 134). That Kafka's legendary "Der Verwandlung" is illustrated here for the first time is highly significant. From its "inception," Kafka had insisted that the creature exist only as the product reader's own worst nightmare, undefined by any graphic representation on the printed page. Indeed, concerning publication of the 1915 Leipzig first edition of "Der Vanderlung," Kafka demanded that: "The insect itself must not be illustrated by a drawing. It cannot be shown at all, not even from a distance." Thus these 1929 illustrations are the earliest published depiction of the mythic creature. The arresting, eerie heliogravures depict various highlights of the story, from the protagonist Gregor Samsa awakening "from monstrous dreams" to his transformation "right there on his bed into some sort of monstrous insect"; Gregor's wife Grete playing her violin for the boarders; the discovery of Gregor's disgusting carcass, and more. The text volume, published contemporaneously with the portfolio, contains an entirely DIFFERENT series of Coester's "Metamorphosis" illustrations; therefore, in order to assess the full compliment of the iconographic tradition of Franz Kafka's writings, we must examine both Coester editions together. Doing so is extremely difficult: OCLC identifies Univ. Illinois and Univ. Indiana as the only American institutions holding both the portfolio and the published first Czech edition; Harvard has only the book. Coester (1902-1990) was close to the Paris Surrealists, the Bauhaus, and the Werkbund; among his circle of friends were Alfred Kubin, Ossip Zadkine, Gerhard Marcks, and Ewald Matare. He traveled to Moravia in 1927, and there publisher and early Kafka admirer Josef Florian inspired Coester to create book illustrations for "The Metamorphosis." These appeared in 1929 in a portfolio limited to just 120 copies, of which ours is number 72, for which the illustrations were printed by the Graphic Union in Prague under the supervision of Josef Capek, and the letterpress by Kryl and Scotti in Novy Jicine. That Coester himself assumed responsibility for the distribution of the portfolio, and sold a number of copies in Germany, may account for its rarity: after all, Coester was a painter, not a bookseller, and both publications appeared during two World Wars, during which time the market for artist's books was almost non-existent (SOURCE: O.F. Babler, "Rane ceske preklady Franze Kafky" in: Franz Kafka: Liblicka Konference, ed. Eduard Goldstucker/ Prague: CSAV, 1963, p. 146). The first Czech edition of "The Metamorphosis," present here in excellent condition, was limited to 400 copies, of which ours is number 310 of 400 copies on velin, from a total edition of 600. See the exhibition catalogue: "Otto Coester - první ilustrátor Franze Kafky" (Dusseldorf Kunstverein fur die Rheinlande und Westfalen, 1990). Borchers / Svestka, Otto Coester, Monographie mit Oeuvreverzeichnis (1991), p. 22 and no. 13 a-h. Literature: Katerina Nakladalova, "Promena Franze Kafky od ilustrace po inspiraci Reflexe Kafkova dila ve vytvarnem umeni v Ceskoslovensku ["Transformation of Franz Kafka from illustration to inspiration: Reflection of Kafka's work in fine art in Czechoslovakia"], Masters Thesis, Masarykova University, Brno, 2013, figs. 4-6.
Denslow's One Ring Circus and Other Stories

Denslow’s One Ring Circus and Other Stories

Denslow, W.W. Large 4to. 1 blank f. (slightly browned), [74] pp. illustrated in color throughout by Denslow. Original red publisher's cloth, top board edges, foot of spine, and lower front cover with evidence of bio-predation (?), pastedowns slightly browned. On upper cover: pictorial cover label depicting a clown seated on top of a festive elephant, in bright state; original pictorial DUST-WRAPPER (soiled, chipped and torn, and partially defective). Internally very good condition: hinges tights and unbroken, pages free from inscriptions, without defects or blemishes of any kind. Preserved in a Brodart sleeve. Rare in good condition, as here, with the original dust-wrapper which is almost unfindable: the only one listed in Rare Book Hub sold in 2008 (New England Book Auctions 4/29/2008, lot 48). It scarcely needs to be stated that William Wallace Denslow (1856-1915) is justly celebrated as one of the most original children's book illustrators of his day, immortalized by his iconic illustrations of L. Frank Baum's "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz." The present work is one of "Denslow's Picture Books" series, which were designed to eliminate "all coarseness, cruelty, and everything that might frighten children" from his picture books. If the implication is that nome of the illustrations in the present volume are scary, we would respectfully disagree. CONTENTS: One Ring Circus (in which little Peter Funnybone falls asleep in the hayloft and dreams of a wonderful and fantastic circus that arrives in his yard), The Zoo (in which Peter Funnybone tells stories about the zoo to his sister Sue), 5 Little Pigs (the last page is dated at "Inverurie, Paget West, Bermuda, June Fifth, 1903), Tom Thumb, A.B.C. Book (in which the Scarecrow and Tin-Man appear under the letters "S" and "T" respectively), Jack and the Bean-Stalk. The first edition of this work was published in 1902 by G.W. Dillingham, New York. Cf. Greene & Hearn, W.W. Denslow, 31.
Large American Bookbinder / Bookseller Advertisement]. The Power of Religion on the Mind

Large American Bookbinder / Bookseller Advertisement]. The Power of Religion on the Mind, in Retirement, Affliction, and At the Approach of Death

Murray, Lindley 12mo in 6's. A-Z6, Aa-Bb6, COMPLETE. Two binder's leaves at front and back. Paginated: xi, [1], 280 pp. Bound in contemporary American tree sheep, single gilt roll along recessed bands and head and foot of spine, double gilt roll along edges of red spine label, blue speckled edges. Large bookbinder / bookseller advertisement affixed to front pastedown (see below). Minor foxing here and there as is true in all copies on account of the paper stock; some staining to the outer margins, binding extremities a little rubbed. This large American bookbinder / bookseller label measures 153 x 91 mm and is the largest we've seen. Five other copies of it are known, and unlike ours -- which remains completely in situ -- they were either removed from the books that originally contained them, or were preserved merely as trade-cards (see Census below). The label describes the broad array of goods that were available from the original seller (and binder?) of this book, Oliver D. Cooke, including -- but hardly limited to -- traveling trunks, walking canes, silk umbrellas, portable writing desks, ink-stands, quills, tooth brushes, whips and lathes, sealing wax, ivory and dressing combs, and of course many types of paper stock, ink, blank books, Bibles, literature and books of moral instruction, and much more. Oliver D. Cooke (1766-1833) first went into partnership with his brother, Increase Cooke, under the name Increase Cooke & Co. In the 1799 Andrews Hartford Business Directory, he is listed as a purveyor of books, stationary, umbrellas &c. By 1804, Oliver had added "bookbinder" to his list of occupations, and in 1805 dissolved the partnership with his brother. From 1816-1819, Cooke was in business with Horatio G. Hale (1812-1853) and traded under the name Cooke & Hale. After this partnership was dissolved, Cooke formed his own firm, Oliver D. Cooke & Co., which he ran until his death. According to the American Antiquarian Society, the present bookbinder / bookseller label dates from 1802. Our copy of Murray's "The Power of Religion on the Mind" was first owned by Horatio Nelson Chandler (1804-1873), and bears his inscription on the first blank leaf. Originally of Colerain, Mass., Chandler became a merchant in Brattleboro. The movement of this copy (New York --> Hartford --> Massachusetts) attests to the vibrancy of the early American book trade. CENSUS: Three examples of this binder's label are held by AAS, none in situ: two are in the trading cards collection, and a third was inexplicably removed from the book that originally contained it; the other examples (University of Delaware and Connecticut Historical Society) were never affixed to books. This bookbinder's advertisement is not mentioned in Spawn and Kinsella, American Signed Bindings (Bryn Mawr); no examples of this binder appear in the Frederick E. Maser or Papantonio collections. The label itself is reproduced in the Archive of Americana, Broadsides and Ephemera as no. 19720. Tenth Edition, Corrected and Greatly Enlarged.
Le Decor Floral. 50 planches. Bordures et Panneaux - Semis

Le Decor Floral. 50 planches. Bordures et Panneaux – Semis, Fonds ornés, etc. (cover title)

Verneuil, Maurice Pillard] Folio (385 x 295 mm). Title-page (color collotype) + 50 color collotype plates after original photographs. Loose as issued in original cloth-backed illustrated boards (soiled, very worn and partially defective), three pair of cloth ties, all present. Title-page with original ownership stamp crossed out; some plates faintly soiled / worn along edges, not egregious, and certainly not affecting images or caption titles. Bookplate inside front board: "Ex libris Gaston Heliot." Preserved in a protective cloth case. Complete set of fifty design masterpieces by M.P. Verneuil, of great significance in the history of art history for indicating the logical transition from Art Nouveau forms to Art Deco repetition, the initial development credited largely to Verneuil himself. The hues of the color collotype photographs are eerily beautiful. The "Decor Floral" portfolio was issued for artists and designers, and is distinguished the meticulous arrangement of actual flowers, leaves, vines, and grasses, beautifully photographed and printed in soft, pale colors. The floral designs merge into ornamental friezes, pilaster columns, carpets, cornices, and mirrors, and MUST BE SEEN to be fully appreciated. Surely the present portfolio is one of the earliest expressions of what was to be called Art Deco. It was created by M.P. Verneuil (1869-1942), a famous designer who literally wrote the first book on the subject of Art Deco, namely in his "Etoffes et Tapis Etrangers" (1925) which documented - and championed - the Exposition Internationale des Arts Decoratifs et Industriels Modernes, from which the very term "Art Deco" takes its name. Verneuil's designs covered both the Art Nouveau and Art Deco periods, subsequently transitioning into his much acclaimed, almost dizzying geometric patterns that found their wildest expression in his "Kaleidoscope, ornaments abstraits" (ca. 1923). What makes the present portfolio so special is the austere elegance of the color collotypes, and the geometrical arrangements of the flowers and plants (all of which are named in the captions). It is a remarkable fact that our portfolio preceded by 25 years Karl Blossfeldt's first published effort, the great "Urformen der Kunst," which did not appear until 1928. The success of Verneuil's "Le Decor Floral" is due to the sensitive presentation and composition, relying on the symmetry juxtaposed with asymmetry; repetition of the motifs; and a certain formal purity. Highlighted are the lines and the graphic qualities of the flowers and plants, which include chrysanthemums, ferns, irises, wild gladiolas, mistletoe, holly, sapwood, laurels, wheat, violets, begonias, ivy, maple leaves, lily-of-the-valley, lemons, and much more. The result is the clearest rendition of the decorative potential of actual plant specimens. "Le Decor Floral" celebrates not only the shapes of nature, but man's ability shape Nature itself in the pursuit of aesthetic beauty. Whereas Verneuil's name does not appear on the portfolio's cover or title, there is no longer any doubt that this is his work. We have discovered in the 1903 Mercure de France (vol. VIII, pp. 514-515) the following announcement concerning the forthcoming publication of "Le Decor Floral" (here translated): La Librairie centrale des Beaux-Arts, which M. Levy directs with a keen sense the needs and trends of modern art, is publishing a series of documents of decorative flora, chosen by M. VERNEUIL [emphasis ours], and photographed from nature. The "Decor Floral," which will be published in instalments of ten plates, will form a complete volume in fifty plates and will be of the greatest utility to all decorators. It is a kind of herbarium that is easy to handle and whose advantage is to provide the artist, in a more durable and less fragile way than dried plants, exact documents not only as to the form, but also as for the color" (unsigned but written by Yvanhoe Rambosson). Another pre-publication description of the book is given in Bernard Quaritch's Catalogue 234, p. 121 (immediately above Verneuil's "Etude de la Plante: Son Application aux Industries d'Art," 1903) which we here translate from the French: "As its title indicates, this book is a collection of ornamental documents from nature, whose sole source is the vegetable kingdom. Is it not that the decorative arts of every era have taken their best inspiration? The interest of this book is twofold. To industrialists (sic), the work provides many decorative compositions that can be used as is, or can receive an even more ornamental application. Decorative panels, shaded borders, ornate backgrounds or spandrels, friezes or foliage, are all available herein, offering the most diverse compositions. To artists, the work furnishes numerous and excellent documents on the flower itself, the compositions being ornamentally variegated without modification, but always with the specter of its own constitution. The work serves to inspire variations on decorative compositions. It will be useful to all floral arrangers -- and who are they who do not use flowers? This work, important as much by the number of ornamental documents as by the number of the various plants represented, will contain 50 plates, and the color will add to its charm and to the precision of the documentation." Attention is drawing to an earlier photographic design portfolio by Martin Gerlach, whose "Festons und decorative Gruppen nebst einem Zieralphabet" appeared in Vienna in 1893. In our opinion Gerlach's work is considerably inferior to Verneuil's "Decor Floral": the placement of the flora (and fauna) is boring, and the color hues average. It is likely - if not certain - that Verneuil knew of Gerlach's work, having visited Vienna in 1902. Gerlach published another similar design portfolio at this time, namely the "Formenwelt aus dem Naturreiche" (1902-1904). Verneuil is not known to have undertaken photographic work, but in any event the real artistry of the "Decor Floral" is his and
1920s Manuscript]. Westernized and Traditional Japanese Fashion for Women

1920s Manuscript]. Westernized and Traditional Japanese Fashion for Women, Men, and Children, including Hairstyles, and assorted Illustrations

Japanese Moga / Modan Garu, or "Modern Girls"]. [Original Ink Drawings] Oblong folio (225 x 195 mm). 30 leaves, stitched (modern threading). Preserved in mylar L-sleeve backed with lig-free board. Highly curious Japanese manuscript produced during the Roaring Twenties, being an amalgamation of Westernized and traditional Japanese fashion. Our manuscript was no doubt created by one of the Modan Garu (shortened to Moga), or "modern girls," who followed Westernized fashions and lifestyles. These Moga were Japan's equivalent of America's Flappers, Germany's Neue Frauen, France's Garconnes, and China's Modeng Xiaojie. The advent of the "modern girl" in Japanese society cannot be overestimated: Moga were financially and emotionally independent, consumeristic, and sexually liberated. Our manuscript contains depictions of Moga in many attitudes, including swimming in Western bathing suits, golfing in the manner of Jordon Baker, playing tennis, drinking from wine glasses and tea mugs, eating with forks, wearing jaunty Flapper hats, off-the-shoulder dresses, lipstick, and much more. Children are also in abundance: some of the girls wear short dresses and pumps, with bows in their hair, others wear traditional Japanese costume. Some of the men wear high-collared shirts and "Dick Tracy" hats, others have mustaches. Interspersed throughout are depictions of traditional Japanese kimono and geta, as well as illustrations of a variety of subjects. Clearly an amaturish production, this is a manuscript with great charm, and particularly interesting in that the tensions between "old" and "new" Japan are graphically illustrated herein by a non-commercial artist.