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The Magic Casement: An Anthology of Fairy Poetry

The Magic Casement: An Anthology of Fairy Poetry

Noyes, Alfred (Ed., Intro.); Reid, Stephen (Illust.) Hardcover. "Many poets affirm that if we only kept our own eyes open we should discover that the true fairy-land is really our own world, or a part of it." So the poet Alfred Noyes writes in his circa 1910 treasure trove of fairy poetry. In sections entitled "The Fairy Life," "Witches' Cauldrons and Blasted Heaths," "Come Unto These Yellow Sands," "Flower-Fairies," "Enchanted Woods," "Airy Mountain and Rushy Glen," "The Faery Voyager," and "Last Echoes," you'll find "glimpses of the world beyond the casement" through the fairy-centric verse of the great English poets Shakespeare and Milton, Shelley and Yeats, Sir Walter Scottt, Christina Rossetti, Sir Alfred, Lord Tennyson, G. K. Chesterton and more, illustrated throughout in truly enchanting visions by Stephen Reid in frontispiece, illustrated title page, two full-page illustrations, and over 25 vignettes of fairies of all shapes and sizes, as well as witches, mermaids (or sea-fairies if you will), and fairy-tale folk of all kinds. 7 7/8" X 5 7/8". xx, 390pp, [i]. No date, plates dated 1908. Red cloth over boards, with fairy and Art Nouveau embellishments stamped in gilt to upper board and spine, both lettered in kind. Mild wear to binding, with some soiling to cloth, spot of rubbing to top corner, gentle bumping, and faint sunning to spine. Prize bookplate to front pastedown, awarded to one Muriel Barnes by Weekly Independent Art Studentship Competition for Excellence in Pen and Ink Drawing, July 1913. Toning to endpapers. Binding is firm and sound. Pages are clean and unmarked. Illustrated throughout in frontispiece, illustrated title page, two full-page illustrations, and over 25 enchanting vignettes of fairies of all shapes and sizes, as well as witches, mermaids (or sea-fairies if you will), and princesses.
The Folk-Lore of Plants

The Folk-Lore of Plants

Thiselton-Dyer, T. F. Authorized Edition, First American Edition. Hardcover. Between these verdant covers are pages and pages dedicated to the place plants hold in legends and fairy lore, sacred traditions and superstitions, folk-medicine and mysticism, and more. The Folk-Lore of Plants was penned in 1889 by historian and collector of folklore, The Reverend Thomas Firminger Thiselton-Dyer (1848-1923), brother of botanist and director of Kew Gardens, William Turner Thiselton-Dyer. Subjects include "Plant Worship," "Plants in Witchcraft," "Plants in Demonology," "Plants in Fairy-Lore," "Love-Charms," "Dream-Plants," "Sacred Plants," "Plants in Folk-Medicine," and "Mystic Plants." Opening with a discussion of whether trees have souls, The Folk-Lore of Plants consults such diverse traditions and viewpoints as those arising from the Ojibwe, the Iroquois, the Dayaks of Borneo, the Wallachia of Romania, the people of Fiji, Sumatra, Germany, Scotland, Cornwall, Greek and Roman mythology, and many more, resulting in such alluring sentences as this one: "It is noteworthy, also, that the Indian belief which describes the holes in trees as doors through which the special spirits of those trees pass, reappears in the German superstition that the holes in the oak are the pathways for elves." In the chapter "Plants in Witchcraft," among many other subjects, you'll find a survey of what plant materials are favored by witches for locomotion, via broom, of course, made of besom in England, to which is added hay in Germany, and ragwort in Cornwall, to which is added rushes and cornstalks in Ireland, as well as the plants witches use for invisibility, defense, the opening of locks, and more. The chapter "Plants in Fairy-Lore" begins with a head to toe discussion of the many varieties of flowering plants which fairies use to clothe themselves and continues with what plants once picked might lead to being "pixie-led" in Devonshire or carried away on a fairy-horse on the Isle of Man, and of course, the chapter faithfully covers fairy-rings and toadstools as well. Added to these subjects are of course many, many more, from the role of plants in love charms and dreams, sacred traditions, medicine, language, and so on, all contributing to Thiselton-Dyer's pronouncement: "[I]t is clear that the imagination has at all times bestowed some of its richest and most beautiful fancies on trees and flowers." Like a primeval forest dense with roots and lush with flowers, The Folk-Lore of Plants is thick with stories about the many meanings plants hold in human thought and in traditions the world over; a treasure trove of folk-lore, wisdom, superstition, and sacred knowledge about plants. 7 5/8" X 5 1/4". 328pp., plus 24pp. ads. Green cloth over boards, with blossoms and leaves stamped in black and in gilt to upper board and spine, lettered in gilt. Moderate wear to binding, with bumping to corners, fraying to head and tail of spine, and small tears to corners and head and tail of spine. Front hinge a touch tender. Binding remains sound. Occasional crease or small tear to bottom corner of pages. Pages are clean and unmarked. Newspaper clipping laid in to pages 246, 247, with resultant toning. Authorized Edition, First American Edition.
The Fairy-Land of Science

The Fairy-Land of Science

Buckley, Arabella B. [Mrs. Arabella Burton Fisher] Authorized Edition. Hardcover. "There are forces around us, and among us, which I shall ask you to call fairies, and these are ten thousand times more wonderful, more magical, and more beautiful in their work, than those of the old fairy tales. They, too, are invisible, and many people live and die without ever seeing them or caring to see them." This introduction to science is the work of Arabella Burton Buckley (1840-1929), who at the age of twenty-four started her eleven-year tenure as secretary to influential geologist Charles Lyell and who after his death became a science educator in her own right, lecturing, editing such prominent scientific treatises as Mary Somerville's Connexion of the Physical Sciences (1877) and Heinrich Leutemann's Animals from Life (1887), and writing imaginative introductory science books like this one, which, The Times wrote, "deserves to take a permanent place in the literature of youth." Through her books, Arabella Buckley promoted the study of natural science by showing children that "science is full of beautiful pictures, of real poetry, and of wonder-working fairies." This truly enchantingly written, charmingly bound, and beautifully illustrated primer encompasses ten lectures on the sun, atmosphere, water, sound waves, the life cycle of a flower, coal, and bees, all abundantly illustrated throughout in engravings that range from the fanciful to the scientific. 7 1/2" X 5 1/4". x, 252pp, plus four pages of ads. Ex- Sheldon Public Library of Sheldon, Vermont, with associated bookplate, marks, and notations. Bound in light sage green cloth, lettered in gilt, with fairies and sprites stamped in gilt and black to upper board and spine. Moderate wear to binding, with corners turned in and frayed, light soiling to cloth, some dimming to library-labeled spine, and small tears to head and tail of spine. Slight lean to spine. Small tear to front free endpaper, bearing library markings. Rear hinge a touch tender, with tear along hinge. Binding remains sound. Occasional lighth foxing, else pages clean and unmarked. Abundantly illustrated in 74 engravings throughout.
Dudjom Lingpa's Visions of the Great Perfection

Dudjom Lingpa’s Visions of the Great Perfection, Volumes 1-3 [Complete Three Volume Set]

Lingpa, Dudjom; Wallace, B. Alan (Trans.) Hardcover. 9 3/4" X 6 1/2". 950pp. Still in publisher's sealed shrinkwrap, this is a fine, untouched set of Dudjom Lingpa's Visions of the Great Perfection. Slipcase and three volumes, all bound in maroon cloth and stamped in gilt. Mild edgewear to slipcase, else fine. ABOUT DUDJOM LINGPA'S VISIONS OF THE GREAT PERFECTION: From the preeminent Tibetan scholar B. Alan Wallace comes the much-anticipated Dudjom Lingpa's Visions of the Great Perfection. This limited-edition set includes elegant clothbound editions of all three volumes, beautifully presented in a slipcase. Düdjom Lingpa (1835-1904) was one of the foremost tantric masters of nineteenth-century Tibet. This new series includes Düdjom Lingpa's five visionary teachings on the Great Perfection (Dzogchen), the pinnacle of practice in Tibet's oldest Buddhist school, along with three essential commentaries. The teachings in this series have inspired generations of Tibetans. Volume 1 contains four works, beginning with The Sharp Vajra of Conscious Awareness Tantra, considered the root distillation of Düdjom Lingpa's wisdom. Unpacking these quintessential verses is the Essence of Clear Meaning, a definitive commentary based on Düdjom Lingpa's oral teachings recorded by his disciple Pema Tashi. In The Foolish Dharma of an Idiot Clothed in Mud and Feathers, Düdjom Lingpa narrates the essential Dharma teachings from the perspective of an old man rejecting superficial appearances. Finally, The Enlightened View of Samantabhadra is a masterful exposition of the Great Perfection revealed as a dialogue between wisdom beings who bestow a treasury of pith instructions and specific advice for practitioners. Volume 2 includes Düdjom Lingpa's most widely taught work, Buddhism Without Meditation, and two complementary works by his charismatic female disciple, Sera Khandro, who is accomplished and well loved in her own right. Her Garland for the Delight of the Fortunate spells out the implications of the root text's highly condensed verses. Volume 3 contains Düdjom Lingpa's magisterial Vajra Essence, his most extended meditation on the path of Great Perfection, in many senses a commentary on all his other Dzogchen works.
Open Veins of Latin America: Five Centuries of the Pillage of a Continent

Open Veins of Latin America: Five Centuries of the Pillage of a Continent

Galeano, Eduardo; Belfrage, Cedric (Trans.); Allende, Isabel (Foreword) Hardcover. 9 1/4" X 6 1/4". xiii, 317pp. Lacking dust jacket. Navy cloth over boards, with spine lettered in gilt. Mild edgewear to binding, with bumping to bottom corners and price sticker to rear board. Binding is firm and sound. Pages are clean and unmarked. ABOUT OPEN VEINS OF LATIN AMERICA: The classic survey of Latin America's social and cultural history, with a new introduction by Isabel Allende. Since its U.S. debut a quarter-century ago, this brilliant text has set a new standard for historical scholarship of Latin America. It is also an outstanding political economy, a social and cultural narrative of the highest quality, and perhaps the finest description of primitive capital accumulation since Marx. Rather than chronology, geography, or political successions, Eduardo Galeano has organized the various facets of Latin American history according to the patterns of five centuries of exploitation. Thus he is concerned with gold and silver, cacao and cotton, rubber and coffee, fruit, hides and wool, petroleum, iron, nickel, manganese, copper, aluminum ore, nitrates, and tin. These are the veins which he traces through the body of the entire continent, up to the Rio Grande and throughout the Caribbean, and all the way to their open ends where they empty into the coffers of wealth in the United States and Europe. Weaving fact and imagery into a rich tapestry, Galeano fuses scientific analysis with the passions of a plundered and suffering people. An immense gathering of materials is framed with a vigorous style that never falters in its command of themes. All readers interested in great historical, economic, political, and social writing will find a singular analytical achievement, and an overwhelming narrative that makes history speak, unforgettably. This classic is now further honored by Isabel Allende's inspiring introduction. Universally recognized as one of the most important writers of our time, Allende once again contributes her talents to literature, to political principles, and to enlightenment.
Heritage of Buddha: The Story of Siddhartha Gautama

Heritage of Buddha: The Story of Siddhartha Gautama

LuZanne, Celina [Celina LuZanne Boozer] First Edition. Hardcover. This suspenseful retelling of the story of the Buddha, "the holy prince who gave up a kingdom to find Cosmic truths," was penned by Alabama native and professional pianist Celina LuZanne Boozer (1903-1982), who according to The University of Alabama University Libraries once attempted to establish an artists colony on Cheaha Mountain. Remarkably, this Buddhist book by way of Alabama was published by the Philosophical Library, a publishing house founded in 1941 by Dagobert D. Runes to publish the voices of European intellectuals after the 1930s diaspora due to racial and religious discrimination which went on to become the publisher of 22 Nobel Prize winners and leading thinkers as diverse as Albert Einstein, Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir, Rabindranath Tagore, Bertrand Russell, Paramahansa Yogananda, Albert Schweitzer, and more. In the preface, LuZanne shares her surprising journey, led by her love of music, from born and bred Alabama Christian to Eastern mystic. On the rear flap, she notes that all the original proceeds from the sale of the book went to an Indian mission. An overall quite well-preserved first printing of Celina LuZanne's retelling of the story of Siddhartha Guatama, told "in climactic drama of cinematic delineation and in the rare music of Eastern phraseology." 8 5/8" X 5 5/8". 290pp. Striking green and white pictorial dust jacket designed by Ruby Phillips and Nora S. Devine shows moderate wear, with small tears and chipping to edges and extremities, 1/2" closed tear to rear panel, sunning to spine, and substantial foxing and dust soiling. Price sticker to front flap. Green cloth over boards, with publisher's device in light green to upper board and spine lettered in kind. Mild edgewear to binding, with small tears to head and tail of spine. Foxing and toning to endpapers. Binding is firm and sound. Pages are clean and unmarked.
The General in the Garden: George Washington's Landscape at Mount Vernon

The General in the Garden: George Washington’s Landscape at Mount Vernon

Schoelwer, Susan P. (Ed.); Wulf, Andrea (Foreword) Hardcover. 10 1/4" X 10 1/4". 2018pp. Still in publisher's original shrinkwrap, this is a pristine, new copy of this stunning historical and pictorial exploration of George Washington's creative cultivation of the Mount Vernon landscape. ABOUT THE GENERAL IN THE GARDEN: The General in the Garden provides an engaging, informative, and richly illustrated introduction to George Washington's landscape at Mount Vernon arguably the best-documented, best-preserved complex of gardens and grounds to survive from eighteenth-century America. The book's three essays, by Adam T. Erby, J. Dean Norton, and Esther C. White, chronicle Washington's transformation of the estate in the years between the American Revolution and the Constitutional Convention of 1787, the stewardship of its gardens by the Mount Vernon Ladies' Association since 1860, and the archaeology that led to the recent restoration of Washington's showplace upper garden. Mount Vernon assistant curator Adam Erby examines Washington's critical role in developing Mount Vernon's landscape, arguing that the general drew on British design sources and gardening manuals but adapted them to his own circumstances, creating a truly American garden. J. Dean Norton, Mount Vernon's director of horticulture, traces the evolution of the estate's landscape and recreated gardens across the two centuries since Washington's death. And Esther White, Mount Vernon's director of historic preservation and research, shows how groundbreaking archaeological methods facilitated the discovery of Washington-era garden beds and borders of flowers, shrubs, and vegetables in his upper garden a remarkable find that yielded one of the most significant eighteenth-century garden recreations of our time. Also included is a lavishly illustrated guide to Mount Vernon's landscape features, introducing Washington's beloved estate to a modern audience. This book will appeal to many readers from students of American history and culture to gardening enthusiasts to Mount Vernon visitors curious to know more about the estate to which George Washington devoted intense and sophisticated care.
Walks to the Paradise Garden: A Lowdown Southern Odyssey

Walks to the Paradise Garden: A Lowdown Southern Odyssey

Williams, Jonathan; Manley, Roger; Mendes, Guy; Jones, Phillip March (ed.) Hardcover. 9 1/2" X 6 3/4". 352pp. Gently bumped corner, else like new. A classic grand tour of Southern folk art, from Howard Finster to Lonnie Holley Walks to the Paradise Garden is the last unpublished manuscript of the late American poet, photographer, publisher, Black Mountain alumnus and bon viveur Jonathan Williams (1929-2008). This 352-page book chronicles Williams' road trips across the Southern United States with photographers Guy Mendes and Roger Manley in search of the most authentic and outlandish artists the South had to offer. Williams describes the project thus: "The people and places in Walks to the Paradise Garden exist along the blue highways of America. We have traveled many thousands of miles, together and separately, to document what tickled us, what moved us, and what (sometimes) appalled us." The majority of these road trips took place in the 1980s, a pivotal decade in the development of Southern "yard shows," and many of the artists are now featured in major institutions. This book, however, chronicles them at the outset of their careers and provides essential context for their inclusion in the art historical canon. Taking its name from the famous artwork by Howard Finster, Walks to the Paradise Garden brings to light rare images and stories of Southern artists and creators who existed in near anonymity during the last half of the 20th century. Organized in chapters devoted to each artist, the book features Banner Blevins, Henry Dorsey, Sam Doyle, Howard Finster, Lonnie Holley, Ralph Eugene Meatyard, Sister Gertrude Morgan, William C. Owens, Vollis Simpson, Edgar Tolson and Jeff Williams, among many others.