A bibliography of the English language from the invention of printing to the year 1800. A systematic record of writings on English, and on other languages in English, based on the collections of the principal libraries of the worldA complete set of one of the finest bibliographical undertakings in the last half century. 4to, 21 volumes in 40 (all published -- volume XXII, Indexes, was meant to be forthcoming, however since the passing of Robin Alston on June 30, 2011 it may never be published); volume I limited to 1000 copies, the rest limited to 500 copies each, illustrated with many facsimile pages throughout, many folding; several volumes with wear, 2 volumes with some cracking of the cloth at the joints, otherwise generally a fine set in original blue cloth. Vol. I: English Grammars Written in English and English Grammars written in Latin by Native Speakers; II: Polyglot Dictionaries and Grammars, Treatises on English written for speakers of French, German, Dutch [et al.]; III, part 1: Old English, Middle English, Early Modern English; III, part 2: Punctuation, Concordances, Origin of Language, Theory of Grammar; IV: Spelling Books; V: The English Dictionary; VI: Rhetoric, Style, Elocution; VII: Logic, Philosophy, Epistemology, Universal Language; VIII: Short-Hand; IX: English and Scottish Dialects, Cant and Vulgar English; X: Education and Language Teaching; XI: Place Names and Personal Names; XII, part 1: The French Language: Grammars, Miscellaneous Treatises, Dictionaries; XII, part 2: The Italian, Spanish, Portuguese and Romansh Languages: Grammars, Dictionaries, Miscellaneous Treatises; XIII: The Germanic Languages; XIV: The Slavonic, Oriental, African, & Other Languages; XV:L Latin (1500-1650); XVI (in 2 parts): Latin (1651-1800); XVII (in 2 parts): Botany, Agriculture, Horticulture; XVIII, part I (in 2 volumes): Zoology, Chemistry, Medicine, Veterinary Medicine; XVIII, part 2 (in 2 volumes): Law, Art, Architecture, Heraldry; XVIII, part 3 (in 2 volumes): Military and Naval Arts & Sciences; XVIII, part 4 (in 3 volumes): Commerce, Classics, Cookery, Technology, Religion, Recreation, Music; XIX (in 3 parts): Periodical Literature; XX: Materials in Manuscript (in 2 parts); and XXI (in 3 parts): Addenda to Volumes I-XVIII; plus, Additions and Corrections to Vols. I-X, List of Libraries and Cumulative Indexes.
A bibliography of the English language from the invention of printing to the year 1800. A corrected reprint of volumes I-X. Reproduced from the author’s annotated copy with corrections and additions to 1973, Including cumulative indices10 vols. in 1, large 4to, being a corrected reprint of vols. I-X, with many (printed) manuscript additions in the margins; fine in original blue cloth gilt. With locations, collations, and occasional annotations, extensively indexed and cross-referenced. "A systematic record of writings on English, and on other languages in English, based on the collections of the principal libraries of the world . The indices are of subjects, authors and anonymous titles, with a new preface and a cumulative list of libraries on whose collections the entries are based."
Edition limited to 270 copies, 12mo, pp. 8vo, pp. 77, ; fine in original gray cloth, and without the publisher's slipcase which was apparently not with all copies. From the library of Kim Merker, with his initials in pencil on the front free endpaper, and the date "12-75." Berger, Printing & the Mind of Merker, 20: "The title of the book and the titles of each section of the text are enclosed in double rules hand colored in yellow; the open initials that begin each poem are hand colored in gray . I had my daughter, Megan, color all the initials by hand in gray."
Edition limited to 220 copies (this, no. 19), 8vo, pp. 62, ; fine in original brown paper-covered boards, printed paper label on spine; tiny spot at the bottom of the front joint, else generally fine throughout. From the library of the printer Kim Merker. Also with a Stone Wall Press address label laid in addressed to Merker's parents, Mr. & Mrs. H. K. Merker, Great Neck, Long Island. This copy no doubt sent to his parents in 1963, which would have come back to him after their passing. This is Levine's first published book. Later, he won the National Book Award twice, the Pulitzer Prize, and was the U.S. Poet Laureate 2011-12. Berger, Printing and the Mind of Merker, 12.
Dictionarium Anglo-Britannicum: or, a general English dictionary, comprehending a brief but emphatical and clear explication of all sorts of difficult words . to which is added a large collection of words and phrases . made use of in our ancient statutes, old records, charters, writs . an interpretation of the proper names of men and women . The whole work compil’d and methodically digested, for the benefit of young students, tradesmen, artificers, foreigners, and others who are desirous thoroughly to understand what they speak, read, or writeFirst edition of the first abridged English dictionary, 8vo, unpaginated, collating: A2 B-Z4 2a-2h4 2A-3N4 4A-4O4 4P2 4Q-4X4; contemporary paneled calf, neat 20th century rebacking, red leather label on spine; front free endpaper and title page guarded; else very good and sound. With the ownership signature of Eliza Beale 1708 on both the front and rear pastedown, and Eliza Alston 1726 (same hand) on front free endpaper. Later ownerships signature of Vincent Novello, Bayswater, on front pastedown. Novello (1781-1861) was a noted English musician and music publisher. Alston V, 91 ("an unconfessed abridgement of Kersey's revision of Phillip's dictionary" - the New World of English Words, 1706 - "although it contains much dialectal material not found in that work"); Starnes & Noyes, pp. 95-97 ("Kersey's vocabulary, estimated at 35,000 words, far surpasses that of any preceding dictionary, with the single exception of the folio Kersey-Phillips, which, amazingly enough considering its difference in physical size, it almost equals"). Kennedy 6203; Vancil, p. 138.
The schoolmaster in literature containing selections from the writings of Ascham, Moliere, Fuller, Rousseau, Shenstone, Cowper, Goethe, Pestalozzi, Page, Mitford, Bronte, Hughes, Dickens, Thackeray, Irving, George Eliot, Eggleston, Thompson and others. With an introduction by Edward EgglestonFirst edition, 8vo, pp. 608; original decorative blue cloth stamped in black and gilt; hinges starting, previous owners' names and gift presentation on front free endpaper, short tears in the foremargins of pp. 246-55; all else very good and clean. BAL 5148.
Edition limited to 235 copies, slim 8vo, pp. ; printed in red and black; fine copy in original gray cloth, paper label on spine. Berger, Printing and the Mind of Merker, 60: "Michael Lally was a very different poet from any I had printed before. He is sort of a street poet from New Jersey, a tough guy. He was an old friend who's now an actor in Hollywood. There isn't much to say about this except it was a problem book . [H]ere was a man who was street smart and tough and not really sophisticated, and therefore the kind of person to whom a limited-edition book would seem somehow unreal. I had to try to figure out a way to do the book so that it would not seem overly elegant, because the poems aren't and he wasn't."
Main-travelled roads. Being six stories of the Mississippi Valley . with an introduction by William D. Howells and decorations by H. T. Carpenter12mo, pp. , 251, ; title page printed in red and black, frontispiece, 6 illustrated initials, portrait of the author tipped in on a flyleaf, bookplate of J. Cheever Goodwin; original pictorial green cloth stamped in gilt on both covers an spine, t.e.g., the others uncut; front hinge cracked, but on the whole a very good copy. Later blue cloth slipcase. This copy is signed by Garland on the third preliminary leaf. Most copies were not signed. John Cheever Goodwin (1850-1912) was an American musical theatre librettist, lyricist and producer. He was "one of the earliest American writers dedicated to musical theatre librettos and lyrics" (Wikipedia). Kramer 4b. See BAL 9680.
First edition, 12mo, pp. 305, ; engraved frontispiece portrait of Poe by F. Halpin, wood-engraved vignette title page, 2 wood-engraved plates; original terracotta cloth stamped in gilt and black; hinges cracked, spine ends chipped, the whole somewhat shaken, but the text and illustrations are clean. The 8-page "Introductory Letter" addressed to E. L. Didier and dated July, 1876 is by Sarah Helen Whitman. With the printed blue bookplate of "L. B. Gray's Library . My books are always willing to receive visitors, but they never go a'visiting." BAL 16221 (Poe) and 21378 (Whitman).
Edition limited to 100 copies printed from Van Dijck type on Carousel paper; hand-sewn chapbook approx. 10" x 4½", pp. ; not quite fine, but close. Benkovitz was Firbank's biographer. The poem was written in Paris in 1904 but remained unpublished until this chapbook.
4to, pp. ; original pictorial wrappers; illustrated in color throughout; fine copy. From the library of Kim Merker. This copy signed by Byron Burford. The text is from a poem by W.B. Yeats. "This book was produced by Jim Snitzer with the assistance of Ferol Conklin and Katherine Malcolm at the Iowa Offset Workshop under the joint auspices of Chicago Books and the University of Iowa Center for the Book" (colophon).
The young gentleman and lady’s monitor and English teacher’s assistant; being a collection of select pieces from our best modern writers: calculated to eradicate vulgar prejudices and rusticity of manners12mo, pp. 392, ; 4 wood-engraved plates at the back illustrating proper gestures for speaking; text moderately toned else good and sound, or better, in contemporary full calf, label wanting. Moore is better known as the author of the Practical Navigator and Seaman's Assistant, even though this text, popular in its day, went through as many as 20 editions in the 18th century alone, the earliest cited by AAS being the fifth edition of 1787. American Imprints 4676.
Third edition thus (first printing of this edition was 1956), small 8vo, pp. 255, ; illustrated title page, 62 full-page composite illustrations telling the story in comic strips separate from the text; pressure stamp of Barbara Johnson at base of title page; all else near fine in pictorial jacket. A translation and adaptation of the novel for a juvenile audience in Spanish, issued in the publisher's Colección Historias series. Text adapted by A. Vidal Sales with comic illustrations by Pedro Alférez. Of this edition, only Newberry in OCLC.
Attractive mixed-media artwork (watercolor & pencil) depicting Captain Ahab in the bow of the longboat looking to harpoon Moby Dick whose flukes wag menacingly as he sounds, Quequeg and presumably Ishmael at the oars. Sihned by the artist in pencil, "N. Caruso." Very light spotting at the top and bottom margin, one letter (the 'o') in Caruso's name slightly obliterated, but on the whole a fine and dramatic example.
Pauker, John Edition limited to 230 copies, large 4to (approx. 13" x 10"), pp. ; printed by hand in red and black throughout from Spectrum types on Rives paper; zinc plate illustrations from linoleum cuts throughout; illustrations original red cloth stamped in gilt and black on the upper cover; fine. From the library of Kim Merker. Berger, Printing and the Mind of Merker, 24: "The book was produced with A. D[oyle] Moore of the Finial Press, though that information does not appear in the book . John Pauker was a poet, a crazy man. He lived in Washington and worked for the U.S. Department of Information. But he had written this manuscript and I liked it very much. Doyle [Moore] took a year off at Illinois and came here and spent the winter, at least, working with me and we did most of this together . With respect to the invention and inventiveness in the design of the text, I think it's one of the best books I've ever done."
Van Walleghen, Michael Review copy, with printed label on upper cover reading "Reviewers' proof / The Wichita Poems / Michael Van Walleghen / In boards $7.50." 8vo, pp. , 54, ; unopened; 5 full-page illustrations; fine in original Japanese wrappers. From the library of Kim Merker. Berger, Printing & the Mind of Merker, 56: "There was a student in my class who was a printmaker named William Kough. He wanted to do a print for the book . The engraving is printed at each section [of the poem]. It was a cumulative print . The images were printed on top of each other in different colors."
Miller, Chuck Limited edition printed in an unspecified number (a common Seamark ploy), 8vo, pp. ; title page printed in red and black; fine in original cream paper-covered boards printed in black and red. From the library of Kim Merker. Printed by Kay Amert and Howard Zimmon.
The annotated Alice. The 150th anniversary deluxe edition. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking Glass. Edited by Martin Gardner. Expanded and updated by Mark Burstein. Original illustrations by John Tenniel[Carroll, Lewis] First edition thus; 4to, pp. xlvi, 364; illustrations in text after the originals of Tenniel; shoulder notes throughout by Gardner and Burstein. Fine copy in publisher's red cloth stamped in gilt, in a fine unclipped dust jacket. "For over half a century, Martin Gardner has established himself as one of the world's leading authorities on Lewis Carroll. His Annotated Alice, first published in 1959 [sic], has over half a million copies in print around the world and is beloved by both families and scholars - for it was Gardner who first decoded many of the mathematical riddles and wordplay that lay ingeniously embedded in Carroll's two classic stories, Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass" (jacket blurb). The first edition was actually published in 1960, not 1959.
The annotated Alice. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking Glass. Illustrated by John Tenniel. With an introduction and notes by Martin Gardner[Carroll, Lewis] First edition, 4to, pp. 352; illustrations in text after the originals of Tenniel; shoulder notes throughout by Gardner. Fine copy in publisher's beige cloth, unclipped dust jacket a bit sunned on the spine, else fine. Signed by Martin Gardner on the title page.
Wilbur, Richard Edition limited to 160 copies, 8vo, pp. ; title page printed in red and black, initials printed in red; fine copy in original gray wrappers, printed label on upper cover printed in red and black. From the library of Kim Merker. Wilbur was a two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry.
Vancil, David E. First edition, 8½" x 5½", pp. , 24, ; fine in original pictorial wrappers. Vancil is a Vietnam vet and for many years special collections librarian at Indiana State where he compiled a Catalog of Dictionaries in the Cordell Collection.
The Centruy iIlustrated Monthly Magazine. November 1886; to April 1887 . Vol. XXXIII, New Series Vol. XIClemens, Samuel, Joel Chandler Harris, Henry James, et al. Large 8vo, pp. viii, 975, ; text in double column; illustrated throughout by artists such as Henry Fenn, A. B. Frost, E. W. Kemble, W. Taber, and others; original half brown morocco; spine faded, edges rubbed; all else very good and sound. Includes the first appearance of Mark Twain's "English as She is Taught," Henry James's "Coquelin," "Little Compton," by Joel Chandler Harries, and a host of other contributors including Theodore Roosevelt, George W. Cable, Edward Eggleston, Frank Stockton, Joaquin Miller, and many others, including the first installment of Nicolay & Hay's Abraham Lincoln: A History.
Neely’s photographs. Views of Saratoga. Half-tone reproductions of the most interesting places in this beautiful spaOblong 8vo, pp. ; 57 full-page photographic illustrations throughout; original red cloth stamped in silver; soiled, back cover with small stain, internally clean.