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Bible MoralisŽe. Faksimile-Ausgabe Im Originalformat Des Codex Vindobonensis 2554 Der Osterreichischen Nationalbibliothek. [With:]Haussher

Bible MoralisŽe. Faksimile-Ausgabe Im Originalformat Des Codex Vindobonensis 2554 Der Osterreichischen Nationalbibliothek. [With:]Haussher, Reiner. . Codices Selecti. Phototypice Impressi. Facsimile Vol. XL. Commentarium Vol. XL.

The Bible MoralisŽe is the name given to several important medieval picture Bibles, heavily illustrated and designed for the personal use of the French royal family, especially monarchs. These books were similar in the choice and order of Biblical texts selected, though they differ in the allegorical and moral deductions drawn from their passages. While they do not contain the full text of the Bible, each page pairs Old and New Testament content with illustrations that explain their moral significance. Codex 2554, of which this is a copy, is the most familiar of the Bibles and was written in the thirteenth century (1220-1230 a.d.); its frontispiece is also one of the most well known of the Middle Ages. The original codex arrived at the Imperial Library in Vienna in 1783. Two volumes, folio. 133; x, 72 pp. The illustrations are framed within medallions and, as is typical of such works, illuminated with gold leaf and various colors. Fascsimile volume in full leather decoratively and elaborately stamped in blind with a five-paneled spine. Commentary bound in quarter dark red leather over beige cloth with gilt-lettered front board and spine. The text of the commentary is in French and German. Minor shelfwear, else fine. In a near fine cream-colored marbled slipcase with gilt-lettered brown paper label. An exceptional, full color facsimile published in an edition of 3,000 copies.
The Poeticon Astronomicon. Being the illustrious astronomerÕs exposition of the lore of the World and the Heavenly Sphere

The Poeticon Astronomicon. Being the illustrious astronomerÕs exposition of the lore of the World and the Heavenly Sphere, together with the stories of the planets and constellations: now for the first time rendered complete into English, and reproducing all the original woodcut illustrations from the first illustrated edition printed by Erhard Ratdolt in Venice, 1482.

Allen Press]. Hyginus, Gaius. "Hyginus was a first century A.D. writer of voluminous manuscripts, with the Poeticon as his most famous work. The fifteenth century printed version is a cornerstone Renaissance work as it transmitted the Greek, Roman and medieval images of the constellations which have survived to this day. Of the popular literature which deals with the movement of the stars and planets, this opus ranks among the best known. Also, it has distinctive merit as an early scientific treatise, enlivened by the charming Greek and Roman myths of the constellations" (prospectus). Small folio. 150 pp. With forty-eight woodcuts. Large hand-colored initial at the beginning of each book. Printed on Barcham Green all-rag paper. Full natural linen, with title printed in red on spine, and front cover illustration printed in red. Fine in fine slipcase. With the original prospectus. One of 140 copies. Translated from the Latin by Mark Livingston and D. Neel Smith at the University of California, Berkeley. The first English translation of this influential astronomical text, and, as such, one of the most important Allen Press books from a textual standpoint. Allen Press Bibliography, 51.
Ithaca.

Ithaca.

Allix, Susan]. Cavafy, Constantine. IthacaÓ by C. P. Cavafy (1863Ð1933) was originally published in Greek in 1911 and later appeared in English in The Complete Poems of C. P. Cavafy (1948). The English translation of ÒIthacaÓ was popularized in the United States by Jacqueline Kennedy, who was very vocal about her love for the poem. Susan AllixÕs Ithaca is an abridged version of the poem, which was inspired by OdysseusÕ return to his home country in the Odyssey. The opening lines of the poem, as it is printed in this item, read: ÒWhen you set out on your journey to Ithaca, pray that the road is long, full of adventure, full of knowledge.Ó 5.75 inches by 5.5 inches. [3] blank ll., [25] pp., [4] blank leaves. Hand-set and letterpress printed in black, red and violet on Zerkall paper; with geometric cut-out accents, 2 fold-out leaves, and black Japanese paper collages. Also with 3 carborundum prints, 3 hand-colored etchings, and 1 ink painting. Black goatskin and white calf, tooled with title, over boards. Extended back board. Geometric calf onlay to cover, with three-dimensional accents of mother-of-pearl and gold and silver wire. Pastedowns are dyed Nepalese paper; free endpapers are sand-colored, textured stiff paper.In a wine-red cloth clamshell case with paper and calf onlay. Interior of case includes raised supports to protect the three-dimensional cover and is lined with the same sand-colored paper stock as the free endpapers. A fine copy. One of 18 total copies, signed and numbered by Susan Allix on the colophon. This is a special copy featuring the goatskin-and-calf cover, the three-dimensional accents, and the deluxe clamshell box; neither the colophon nor AllixÕs website note a limitation for the special copies.
Happy Homes and the Hearts that Make Them. Or Thrifty People and Why They Thrive. Carefully Revised

Happy Homes and the Hearts that Make Them. Or Thrifty People and Why They Thrive. Carefully Revised, with Additional Matter, by Chas. A. Gaskell, A.M.

Smiles, Samuel. Samuel Smiles (1812-1904) was a Scottish writer who reached the status of a literary celebrity when he published his book Self Help; with Illustrations of Character and Conduct in 1859. Smiles appears to have had a keen interest in the history and art of pottery, as a chapter in Self Help is devoted to it, and discussion of the topic also occupies about twenty pages of Happy Homes (pp. 190-207). Aside from ÒThe History of Pottery,Ó Happy Homes covers an extremely broad variety of other topics across its 650 pages, from ÒWomenÕs IntelligenceÓ (p. 113) to ÒThe Despotism of FashionÓ (459) to a biographical sketch of the seventeenth-century poet Andrew Marvell and his work (p. 289). Octavo. x pp., pp. 11-644. With frontisportrait, floral text decorations and ornamented initials throughout, and 7 unnumbered plates. PublisherÕs red cloth stamped in black with scenes of a well and a woman sitting in front of a hearth and with a black decorative border. Front cover and spine also lettered and stamped in gilt. Back cover stamped in blind to match front cover. Some fading to spine and some edgewear, but overall the binding is fine, bright, and attractive. White endpapers with beige floral pattern. Marbled edges. Uniform toning throughout due to paper quality and a little bit of foxing. Overall a very good, tight copy. This edition is ÒCarefully Revised, with Additional Matter.Ó OCLC lists four previous editions, beginning in 1882, and one later edition released in 1889.
Windyhaugh.

Windyhaugh.

Graham (Margaret G. Todd, M.D.). The present book tells the story of a young woman, Wilhelmina Galbraith, who grows up alone with her grandmother on a Scottish estate called Windyhaugh. A contemporary advertisement of this book, published in BlackwoodÕs Magazine and reprinted in several other D. Appleton books at the time, describes Windyhaugh as a Òcareful and penetrating analysis of the evolution of a womanÕs mindÓ and that Òevery character is limned with a conscientious care that bespeaks the true artistÉWindyhaugh compels admiration for its brilliancy of style.Ó Octavo. vi pp., 418 pp., [8] pp. publisherÕs ads. PublisherÕs pictorial light green cloth with silver and dark blue design and gilt lettering. Binding slightly shaken. Some light toning but overall pages are clean. Ink signature of ÒE.W. BeckÓ and small numerical library stamp on front free endpaper. A lovely, near-fine, bright copy in a good original dust jacket. First United States edition. Published in London and Edinburgh in 1898. Graham Travers (1859-1918), born Margaret G. Todd, was a writer and doctor who coined the term ÒisotopeÓ in 1913 in correspondence with her friend Frederick Soddy, the Nobel Prize winning chemist. Travers wrote several popular novels; a collection of short stories, titled Fellow Travellers (1896); and a biography of her partner, the doctor and activist Sophia Jex-Blake, with whom Travers lived for almost twenty years. Travers was also a doctor at Edinburgh Hospital and advocate for the rights of women working in the medical field.
LouisÕ Every WomanÕs Cook Book.

LouisÕ Every WomanÕs Cook Book.

Muckensturm, Louis. We could find very little information about Louis Muckensturm (1877-?), but the ads in the back of this book describe what appear to be his only two other publications, LouisÕ Salads and Chafing Dishes (1906) and LouisÕ Mixed Drinks (also 1906). Muckensturm states in the preface to the present book that it is Ònot intended for the professional cooks of large catering places, but is written with a view to reach the methodical housewife.Ó 5.5 inches by 10 inches, in 8s. 248 pp. total, with inconsistent pagination. Despite odd pagination, the work is complete. Green title-page vignette of chef and all pages printed with a green decorative border. Original brown paper wrappers printed with title, decorative border, and tabletop scene of a salad bowl and wine bottles. Very light dampstain to upper corner of wrapper. Text block has come loose from wrappers but is intact and sound. Toning to endpapers and some offsetting from text and borders throughout. Occasional toning to gutters where thread is visible. Overall a very good, bright copy of a rare item, in attractive original wrappers. First New York (Dodge Publishing Company) edition, published in the same year as a Boston (H.M. Caldwell) edition with some added illustrations, though it is unclear in what order the two editions were published. The copyright page of this copy states that this book was Òpublished simultaneously in the United States, Great Britain, Canada, and British Possessions,Ó but OCLC shows no editions with publication locations other than Boston and New York. OCLC lists one one copy of this book, at Harvard.
Sovereign Woman Versus Mere Man. A Medley of Quotations.

Sovereign Woman Versus Mere Man. A Medley of Quotations.

Haines, Jenny Day. In the preface to Sovereign Woman Versus Mere Man, Jenny Day Haines writes that the intent of the book was Òto find something in common between the sexesÓ (p. iii). One of the quotes, attributed to ÒAuthor ÔThe Story of EdenÕÓ under the heading ÒAs to Love,Ó reads ÒMen are singularly unoriginal when they make love or pray. Women and the Deity have been perpetually hearing the same thing from the beginning of spaceÓ (p. 25). We could not find much information about Haines in the sources available to us, including dates, but she was also the author of The Blue Monday Book (Paul Elder and Company, 1905). 6 inches by 7.25 inches. 91 pp. With a frontispiece by Gordon Ross and decorative borders featuring bats, gargoyles, fairies, and angels on every page. Versos contain quotes about women and rectos about men. Original pictorial dark green wrappers lettered in gilt and with gilt image of Adam and Eve. Cracking to spine but tight overall. A couple of small stains, probably ink, on wrappers, and some toning. A bit of light foxing and some toning to edges. Early ink signature of Minna Myrle Liberman on front free endpaper. A very good copy of a rare Paul Elder book. First edition. The 1927-1928 University of California register lists Minna Myrle Liberman as a 1927 graduate of UCSF with a bachelorÕs degree in education. OCLC lists one physical copy of this book, though many libraries have digital or microform copies.
WiddifieldÕs New Cook Book: or

WiddifieldÕs New Cook Book: or, Practical Receipts for the Housewife.

Widdifield, Hannah. We could not find any information on Hannah Widdifield, including dates, but the information provided about her in the present book implies that she was a chef and, perhaps, a restaurant proprietor in Philadelphia. The publisherÕs ad included in this book describes Widdifield as Òcelebrated for many Years for the superiority of every article she madeÓ in her restaurant and that she Òlong enjoyed great celebrity with the best families in Philadelphia as the most thoroughly informed lady in her profession in this country. Her EstablishmentÉhas long enjoyed the patronage of the best livers in our city.Ó The ad additionally asserts that WiddifieldÕs book is easily readable, with simple recipes that will Òkeep your husbands, sons, and brothers in excellent humor.Ó Octavo. [2] pp. publisherÕs ads, 16 pp. with irregular pagination, pp. 33-410, 22 pp. publisherÕs ads. Despite odd pagination, the book is complete. The publisherÕs ad before the title-page describes the present book, with effusive testimonials, such as the assertion by the Evening Bulletin that it is Òthe very best family Cook Book in existence.Ó Original black cloth stamped in blind on covers and stamped and lettered in gilt on spine. Some fading to cloth. Endpapers and edges toned and some foxing and dampstaining throughout. One signature sprung, but overall sound. Faint pencil signature on front free endpaper. A good copy First edition.
A Dialogue with Wood Engraving. With an Introduction by the Artist.

A Dialogue with Wood Engraving. With an Introduction by the Artist.

Wagener, Richard. A Dialogue with Wood Engraving is a retrospective on the nearly four-decade career of California-based engraver Richard Wagener (b. 1944). The introduction by Wagener, along with his captions and epigrams, narrate and illuminate his work: the epigram that accompanies his piece Migration (2007) reads ÒI think in wood.Ó Folio. Unpaginated. With 75 wood engravings by Richard Wagener, 15 of which are in color, all printed from the original blocks. Each image is accompanied by a date (from 1983 to 2018), title, and caption. Two of the engravings are fold-out panoramas of Yosemite landscapes. Text printed in black and red using Eric GillÕs Joanna typeface on Zerkall paper. Includes a tipped-in frontispiece and an additional proof of the frontispiece, signed and numbered in pencil by Richard Wagener and housed in a large black envelope. Patterned paper-covered boards in red, black, and white, quarter red morocco. With spine label lettered in gilt. Housed in a black cloth slipcase paneled with patterned paper matching the bookÕs covers. A fine copy. Endgrain Editions 5. One of 80 deluxe copies in a total edition of 130. The deluxe copies are bound in quarter red morocco and include a slipcase and a signed proof of the bookÕs frontispiece Along with WagenerÕs introduction, the essay ÒPrinting the JourneyÓ by Barbarian Press proprietor Jan Elsted has been included at the end of A Dialogue. The appendices in the present book also include a bibliography of WagenerÕs writings, his Mixolydian Editions publications, additional appearances of his work, and articles about Wagener. A list of WagenerÕs awards, a selection of his exhibitions, and a list of institutions that house his work comprise the last four pages of the appendices.
WomanÕs Year Book. Containing for each day a quotation about womanÉThe whole collected and arranged by two Wells College Girls.

WomanÕs Year Book. Containing for each day a quotation about womanÉThe whole collected and arranged by two Wells College Girls.

OCLC lists three printings of this book with different publication information: two Cromelithe Press (Toledo, Ohio) printings, one undated and one dated 1890; and a Merrill Press printing dated 1902. OCLC lists one copy of any Merrill Press edition of this book Octavo. [86] leaves. All versos blank. Alternating leaves are half-leaves that, when lifted, reveal a blank space for the readerÕs notes. Decorative floral borders on every leaf and text ornaments on most leaves. Final leaf is printed with decorative borders but otherwise blank for the readerÕs notes. Text and borders are mostly black throughout, with some text and ornaments in red as accents. With a red ribbon bookmark. Original pictorial boards, quarter faux suede. Some toning to boards and some rubbing to corners. Edges untrimmed, with a bit of toning to edges. Some offsetting on blank versos from the printed borders. Tear at fore-edge of leaf [21]; a couple words have been affected but are still completely legible. Some very light foxing throughout and a bit of toning to endpapers. Overall a very good, tight copy of a scarce book. For each day of the year, WomanÕs Year Book contains a brief quotation on women by writers and historical figures like George Eliot, Byron, Shakespeare, and Dante. For example, a Douglas Jerrold quote for January 28 reads ÒA coquette, like a recruiting sergeant, is ever on the lookout for fresh victims.Ó
WomanÕs Mission.

WomanÕs Mission.

Lewis, Sarah ]. WomanÕs Mission appears to be the only published book of the writer Sarah Lewis, whose biographical information remains largely obscure. In WomanÕs Mission, Lewis builds upon the ideas of AimŽ MartinÊ(1781-1844) and argues for the Òseparate spheresÓ model of womenÕs influence and against womenÕs suffrage. The book was well-received and popular; it was cited both favorably and critically in contemporary writings including The Mothers of England by Sarah Stickney Ellis (1843) and A Plea for Woman by Marion Reid (also 1843). Twelvemo. vii pp., 149 pp. PublisherÕs green cloth stamped and ruled in blind, spine lettered and ruled in gilt. A bit of rubbing to corners. One front blank excised, leaving a stub. A bit of light toning and foxing but overall a very good, clean, and tight copy of a scarce book. First American edition. A London edition was also published in 1839. OCLC lists no copies of this American edition. All the editions listed are London editions and specified to be second editions or later. The ÒIntroductory LetterÓ to WomanÕs Mission is an 1839 address from Bishop George Washington Doane (1799-1859) to the students of St. MaryÕs Hall, which he founded in 1837 as an Episcopalian boarding school for girls. The school, which is located in Burlington, New Jersey, is now a coed day school called Doane Academy. Notable alums of the school include the novelist Miriam Coles Harris (1834-1925). While we do not know of any specific connection between Sarah Lewis and St. MaryÕs Hall, it is reasonable to assume that Lewis was affiliated with the school in some way.
The Perfect Hostess. With an Introduction by Frank Crowninshield. Decorated by Alfred E. Taylor.

The Perfect Hostess. With an Introduction by Frank Crowninshield. Decorated by Alfred E. Taylor.

Heaton, Rose Henniker. The Perfect Hostess covers a plethora of etiquette-related topics in a witty tone with lively illustrations by the English cartoonist Alfred E. Taylor. Some of the topics are humorously specific, like ÒLady Hermione Sniffit conceives the fiendish Idea of embarrassing her future Daughter-in-lawÓ (p. 20) and ÒMiss Eighteen borrows the Attic for her First Studio Party for her young friends from the SladeÓ (p. 110). Also included are quotes from historical figures, jokes, and short poems. . xxii pp., 160 pp. With frontispiece and illustrations on all but a few pages. In the original illustrated dust jacket with publisherÕs ads printed on back and lower inside flap. PublisherÕs boards with purple crosshatch pattern and flowers. Printed paper labels on cover and spine. Foxing to endpapers and some toning to margins. A very good copy in a scarce dust jacket, also in very good condition First U.S. edition. We could not find much information on the London-born writer Rose Henniker Heaton Porter (1884 -?), but aside from The Perfect Hostess, she also published a biography of her politician father Sir John Henniker Heaton (1848-1914). In his introduction to the present book, Vanity Fair founding editor Frank Crowninshield praises the author for her Òwholly original angleÓ on writing about etiquette, for her humor, and for her understanding of Òan old truth, inborn in gentle folk, unknown to snobsÑthat the secret of good manners is consideration for othersÓ (pp. vii-xi).