Fair, Anthony (ed.)
THE AMERICAN BOOK COLLECTOR. NEW SERIES. [see annotation below]. Vol. 1, No. 1 (Jan/Feb 1980) — Vol. 8, No. 6 (June 1987, when it ceased). Edited by Anthony Fair
The American Book Collector, New York: 1987
Bi-monthly. 54 issues. Complete. The original AMERICAN BOOK COLLECTOR began in Sept. 1950 to July/Aug. 1976, when it ceased. For the next 4 years a similar journal started, 1976-1979, which was called BOOK COLLECTOR'S MARKET, then in 1980 began THE AMERICAN BOOK COLLECTOR. NEW SERIES, a third iteration, but stands alone.
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CRITICISMS ON THE ROLLIAD. [By Joseph Richardson and others]. The Ninth Edition, Corrected and EnlargedRolliad 2 parts bound in one. 164;iv,136,8pp. Engraved frontis. and large engraved vignette on title. Contemporary tree calf, ornately gilt spine with red calf spine label; extremities a bit rubbed. Part I is the ninth edition (1791) and Part II is the third edition (1790). A collection of Whig political satires directed against William Pitt and his followers. The two parts are usually found separately.
OBSERVATIONS PHYSIQUES ET MATHEMATIQUES: POUR SERVIR A L’HISTOIRE NATURELLE & A LA PERFECTION DE L’ASTRONOMIE & DE LA GEOGRAPHIE: Envoyees de Siam a l’Academie Royale des Sciences a Paris, par les Peres Jesuites Francois Qui Vont a la Chine en Qualite de Mathematiciens du Roy.Gouye, Thomas 8vo. (8),278,(6)pp. With the leaf of approbation and the 2 leaves of index at back. With 3 copper engraved folding plates, illustrating the author's dissection of a crocodile. Original mottled calf, gilt spine in six compartments. Spine extremities worn and front hinge starting, but quite sound. Front free endpaper lacking. Small paper repair on a blank portion of the title, likely removing the name of a previous owner, and a small repair at the bottom blank margin of pp. 33/34. Some occasional text foxing. This is the scarce first edition of Jesuit scholar Gouye's (1650-1725) first book, a report of his scientific observations made on his voyage and stay in Siam before traveling on to China. He makes observations on the animals of Siam, on eclipses, mathematical calculations of latitude & longitude, and geography. Currently there is no other copy for sale on-line. The last auction record was 2004 (2,160 GBP). There is one copy (2 listings but the same copy) of his second report of his observations published in 1692, a briefer work of 113pp., for $15,000. DeBaker & Sommervogel III, columns 1640-1641. Cordier. INDOSINICA 949.
GREAT COMPOSERS FROM 12 WOOD ENGRAVINGS BY PAUL LANDACRE. Beethoven, Wagner, Debussy, Franck, Tschaikovsky, Bach, Brahms, Mozart, Schubert, Verdi, Stravinsky, SibeliusLandacre, Paul Sm. 4to. 12 woodcut plates by Landacre housed in a printed folder accompanied by a (6)pp. pamphlet entitled, "Landacre by Ward Ritchie," dated 1981, stabbed & tied at inner margin. Edition limited to 350 copies, signed by Ward Ritchie, Lynton R. Kistler, the lithographer, and Carl Haverlin, the proprietor of the Invierno Press.
ANACREON TEIUS, Poeta Lyricus Summa Cura & Diligentia, ad Fidem Etiam Vet. MS. Vatican. Emendatus. Item Anacreontis Vita. Accessere Ormanenti Loco Tres Eleganter-Sculptae. Opera & Studio Josuae Barnes.Anacreon 12mo. First edition edited by Barnes (a professor of Greek at Cambridge University). (20),lxxv,(37),401,(7)pp. Index. Illustrated with 3 copper engraved folding portraits (the author, the editor, and the Duke of Marlborough). Cont. tooled, paneled calf, rebacked, gilt decorated spine with black morocco label. Front hinge cracked but holding nicely. Engraved bookplate of Edward Conyers, Esq. of Walthamstow, Essex, on front pastedown & the same owner's signature dated 1710 on a blank preliminary. 1710 is the year Conyers (1693-1742) graduated from Oxford. One leaf with a repaired tear (no loss, but a bit discolored). See Dibdin, GREEK & LATIN CLASSICS, 4th ed. Vol. I, p. 260-261.
Thorsen, W. B. (ed.) Volume I, No. 1 (Sept. 1950) to Volume XXVI, No. 6 (July/August 1976), when publication ceased. 230 (of 233) issues published. This run lacking Vol. XVIII, No. 2 and Vol. XIX, No. 1 and No. 2. This important journal started in 1950 as "The Amateur Book Collector," until the summer of 1956. At that time (Volume VII, No. 1) it became THE AMERICAN BOOK COLLECTOR. The 6 first years were published in two different sizes, in a newspaper-like format, then switched to a uniform illustrated wrapper format. All of the issues from Volume VII to the final issue are housed in 6 big slipcases. It is very unusual to find a complete run of this journal. Particularly scarce are the issues of the first 6 years.
Shakespeare, William Folio. 10 volumes. Each volume with a fine frontispiece with tissue guard. Large vignette on each title. Finely printed in an edition of 1,000 copies, signed by the publisher, on fine paper, with deckle fore-edge. Bound in half dark green morocco over dark green cloth. Gilt spines with 5 raised bands. T.e.g. A very attractive set, but for a few covers being a bit bowed. This fine set is referred to as the Constable Edition or the Edinburgh Folio Edition.
THE BOTANIC GARDEN. A Poem, In Two Parts. Part I. Containing the Economy of Vegetation. Part II. The Loves of the Plants. With Philosophical Notes. The Second American EditionDarwin, Erasmus and Elihu H. Smith and others] 2 parts in 1, each part with a separate title page. xviii,278;144pp. Index of pant names. Illustrated with a copper engraved frontispiece, 16 copper engraved plates (6 by William Blake, including 4 of the Portland Vase), and a copper engraved folding geologic stratigraphic column. Cont. tree calf, brown calf spine label, hinges & spine a bit rubbed but sound. General title page a bit browned and with an old paper repair to a blank portion (no text loss). Some offset browning to pages facing the plates. AMERICAN BIBLIOGRAPHY 1807, #12395.
Volume I, No. 1 (February, 1974) -- Volume XXVIII, No. 11 (Dec - Jan, 2001-2002). 322 issues (of 324) lacking two issues; July 1990 (#195)and Oct. 1998 (#289). 4to. Profusely illustrated in color and black & white. Glossy wrappers. Just about a complete file of the very popular British trade journal covering all aspects of book collecting, and the world of books. There were name changes after this date, to ANTIQUARIAN BOOK REVIEW (to 2004), and RARE BOOK REVIEW (to 2009), which we are not offering.
THE POETICAL WORKS OF LORD BYRON with Explanatory Notes and a Life of the Author, by Thomas Moore. Illustrated with Numerous Fine Steel Engravings Embracing the Principal Female Characters, Landscape and Historical Subjects. First Quarto Edition Complete in One VolumeByron, George Gordon Noel, Lord Lg. 4to. (2),ii,xxviii,(5)-740pp. Double column text. Plus a frontispiece portrait, added engraved title and 38 steel engraved plates (each with a tissue guard). Bound in full 20th c. gilt decorated polished green calf. A.e.g. Some foxing of outer leaves and occasional light foxing of the plates (mostly in the blank outer margins). A lovely edition.
THE WORKS OF SALLUST, Translated into English. With Political Discourses Upon That Author. To Which Is Added, a Translation of Cicero’s Four Orations Against Catiline. By Thomas GordonSallustius Crispus, Caius 4to. 2 parts in 1. xvi,xviii,202;viv,336,(10)pp. Index. Cont. half calf, spine decorated in blind & gilt, with brown calf spine label, over marbled boards (a bit darkened). Cont. inked signatures of 2 previous owners on title page. The scarce first edition of this translation. The title page is not dated (in all copies). The date of 1744 is assumed from "the evidence of" Sept. 3, 1743 printed at the end of the dedication of Volume 2.
Cox, Palmer 1. "Snowflake" San Francisco: 1866. (Cox lived in San Francisco 1863-1875) Pencil sketch signed, on an approx. 5" x 3-1/2" piece of paper. 2. "Pet." San Francisco. 1866. Signed pencil sketch on paper approx. 5-1/2" x 3-1/2". 3. Typed card with a quotation from the Brownies made for one George Plummer, 1916. With an original color sketch of a Brownie by Cox. Signed. Card is 3-1/2" x 6". 4. Typed card with a quotation from the Brownies made for George Plummer, 1916. With an original color sketch of a Brownie. Signed. Card is 3-3/4" x 4-3/4". 5. Typed sheet with a poem by Cox made for George Plummer, 1916. With an original color sketch of a Brownie. 6. Autograph note, 8 lines, signed by Cox in 1899, with an original ink sketch of a Brownie. Paper is 3-3/4" x 4-1/2". 7. Color litho. card (3" x 5") 1884 of The Brownies on Parade. 8. Early proof of a wood engraving by Cox of a young lady, on card stock 6" x 4-1/4" Palmer Cox (1840-1924) Canadian-American illustrator and author, best known for "The Brownies" books and comic strips.
THE WITS AND BEAUX OF SOCIETY. With Illustrations by H. K. Browne and James Godwin. Engraved by the Brothers Dalziel. Second Edition Revised by the Author. In One VolumeWharton, Grace and Philip Wharton Thick 8vo. xviii,580pp. Illustrated with a frontispiece and 14 plates, and further "Extra Illustrated" with 90 plates, mostly portraits and some views. Many of the extra illustrations are mounted or inlaid. Ornately bound in full maroon morocco by Morrell Binders, London. Spine ornately gilt. T.e.g. Some light rubbing. Bookplate of J. L. and E. B. Ketterlinus of Philadelphia.
Edwards, George F. Sm. 8vo. 151,(1)pp. Illustrated original printed wrappers preserved. Finely bound by the French binder Cuzin in full crushed dark brown morocco with 2 different large tan morocco inlays of historic buildings in Paris on the covers. A.e.g. Housed in a morocco tipped marbled paper slipcase. Very attractive.
Perceau, Louis 8vo. 2 volumes. 400,(2);415,(3)pp. Indices. This set (# XXIII) is one of 40 special sets printed on "verges d'arches" paper. The total edition was 1050 sets. Original printed (red & black) wrappers. Fine. Very useful reference with full bibliographical descriptions, many of which are annotated.
Dasent, Arthur Irwin 8vo. vi,(vi),318,(6)pp. The final 4 pages being ads. Index. Illustrated with 11 plates, and further "Extra-Illustrated" with 71 plates (5 in color); portraits, facsimiles and views, some inlaid or mounted. Fine copy in full tan polished morocco, with ornately gilt pine and two colored morocco spine labels. T.e.g. Bookplate of J. L. and E. B. Ketterlinus of Philadelphia. Binding signed by Riviere.
MEMOIRS OF MRS. FITZHERBERT; with an Account of Her Marriage with H. R. H. the Prince of Wales, Afterwards King George the FourthLangdale, Charles 8vo. 202pp. This copy "Extra Illustrated" with 44 plates, mostly portraits and views, many inlaid, a few 18th century, including fine portraits of George II, III, and IV. Bound in fine black morocco, spine gilt stamped including "Extra Illustrated." Binding is a bit rubbed at the bottom of the spine and outer corners, but quite attractive. Binding is signed "Charles E. Lauriat of Boston."
LIFE IN PARIS; Comprising the Rambles, Sprees and Amours, of Dick Wildfire. Eccentric Characters in the French MetropolisCarey, David 8vo. xxiv,489,(3)pp. With the half-title and the final printed leaf, "Directions to binder." Illustrated with 21 fine colored plates by George Cruikshank, and 22 wood engraved vignettes. Full red polished calf, spine ornately gilt with two morocco spine labels. The binding is signed by Riviere. A.e.g. With a bold signature of George Cruikshank dated June 14, 1869, on a piece of stationery mounted to a preliminary blank. This is the first issue. See Cohn #109.
Platina, Bartholomaeus Folio. Complete with 136 leaves including the final blank. A wide margined copy. Capital letters unrubricated. Original Italian oak boards, with later sheep spine with two black morocco spine labels, spine worn and lower 2 inches of front and back hinge cracked, but quite sound overall. Remnants of fore-edge clasps (clasps lacking). Last leaves with small inner marginal stains. Some occasional light dampstains or foxing. Title in a contemporary hand on rear oak board and fore-edge. Housed in a rust cloth folding box with morocco spine label. A very influential and popular reference work for centuries. Platina (d. 1481), the librarian of the Vatican, wrote the first medieval chronicle of the papacy, in effect, the official history of the Roman Pontiffs. It was first printed in 1479. Our edition is the third printed. The printer, Johannes Vercellensis, is usually associated with Venice, but he printed 9 books (per the ISTC) in Treviso, starting in 1480. This edition includes the biography of Pope Joan unexpurgated, on leaf gIII. Goff P770; BUC VI 897; HC 13048*. ISTC ip00770000. This edition includes the biography of Pope Joan unexpurgated, on leaf gIII. Goff P770; BUC VI 897; HC 13048*. ISTC ip00770000.
THE VOYAGES AND TRAVELS OF THE AMBASSADOR SENT BY FREDERICK DUKE OF HOLSTEIN TO THE GREAT Duke of Muscovy and the King of Persia. Begun n the Year M.DC.XXXIII. and Finish’d in M.DC.XXXIX. Containing a Compleat History of Muscovy, Tartary, and Other Adjacent Countries. [by Adam Olearius] WHERETO ARE ADDED THE TRAVELS OF JOHN ALBERT DE MANDELSLO. Into the East-Indies. Indosthan. Japan, China. Faithfully Rendered into English by John Davies. The Second Edition CorrectedOlearius, Adam and Mandelslo, Johann Albrecht von Folio. 2 parts in 1, each separately paginated, with separate title-pages. [Note: in this copy the title page for Mandelslo appears first, in error]. (6),316;(22),232,(10)pp. Complete with an added engraved title (with 5 portraits), 2 separate engraved portraits, and a total of 6 folding or double-page maps. In this copy the very large folding map of the Volga River found at p. 112 has been divided in two, the second half bound at p. 126, with a slight loss at the fold where they were divided. Engraved table of the Ruthenian alphabet in text. 19th century brown morocco spine over old marbled boards (rubbed). Small chip at the top of spine otherwise an attractive copy. This is an odd copy, quite complete, but with certain preliminaries for the first part bound at front of the second part. The second edition revised of the English translation first published in 1662, made from a 1659 version in French. It contains material not found in the original German edition of 1656 and 1658. An important account of Central Asia, including Persia and Russia and the East Indies. The Duke of Holstein's embassies were to negotiate trade. See Cox's THE LITERATURE OF TRAVEL, Vol. 1, pp. 249 and 271 for more details. Wing O270.
Bliss, Carey S. Tall 8vo. (6),6pp. With an original leaf from JOHN JOHNSON'S TYPOGRAPHIA, 1824. Edition limited to 200 copies printed for members of the Zamorano Club. Gray cloth stamped in black, paper label on front cover. Occasional light foxing. DISBOUND AND DISPERSED, #174.
DICTIONARY, PERSIAN, ARABIC, AND ENGLISH; With a Dissertation on the Languages, Literature and Manners of Eastern Nations. A New Edition, with Numerous Additions and Improvements by Charles WilkinsRichardson, John. A. 2 volumes. Lg. 4to. xcvi,1157,(1);(4),xxiv,853,(3)pp. Double column text. With the leaf of ads at the back of Volume II (a tape repair to a blank portion of the leaf), and the half-title in Volume II (no half-title required in Volume I). Cont. calf boards, quite rubbed & worn, calf chipped along the edges and some corners. Both volumes nicely rebacked with red morocco spine labels. A number of old rubber stamps of the Mercantile Library New York, who sold off their books in the 1970s. Each volume with an old inscription of a preliminary blank from one Joseph Wolff to his friend J. King. Very scarce. The greatly revised "New Edition" with extensive revisions by the great orientalist Charles Wilkins (Richardson died in 1795). The work was originally printed in 2 folio volumes in 1777-1780 in Oxford. Richardson also wrote A SPECIMEN OF PERSIAN POETRY (1774), and both an Arabic Grammar (1776) and a Persian Grammar (1771). The first volume is Arabic and Persian words translated to English, and the second volume English words translated to Arabic and Persian.
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