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1. ADAMS, Ansel. The Portfolios of Ansel Adams. Introduc-
tion by John Szarkowski. Boston: Little/Brown/New York
Graphic Society, . Octavo. Wrappers. Presentation copy,
inscribed by Adams on the half-title: “For…Ansel Adams,
Carmel 1-20-83.” Fine condition. $225
First paperback edition.
2. ADDAMS, Charles. Creature Comforts. New York:
Simon and Schuster, . Quarto. Color-illustrated fly-
leaves, black and white illustrations throughout. Boards. Fine in
price-clipped dust jacket. $300
First edition, presentation copy, inscribed on the half-
title: “For Richards, Happy Hallowe’en. Chas. Addams 1981.”
3. ALLEN, Lewis. Printing with the Handpress. Herewith a
Definitive Manual...to Encourage Fine Printing through
Hand-craftsmanship. Kentfield, California: The Allen Press,
1969. Folio. 75, , [2, index] pp. Illustrated in black & white
by Victor Seward. The engraved hand device, by Mallette
Dean, which is printed in blue at the beginning of each chap-
ter, is printed in red on the front cover. Title-page printed red,
blue and black; decoration in red and blue throughout. Printed
on handmade paper from the Wookey Hole Mill. Brown linen,
stamped in red. One tiny break in the paper over the rear hinge
and a couple of tiny ink flecks at fore-edge. Otherwise a fine
copy of this classic text, often considered the masterpiece of the
Allen Press. In acetate dust jacket. $2,000
One of 140 copies.
Allen Bibliography 34.
One of 350 Copies Printed by the Incline Press
4. [ANGUS, Peggy]. TRANT, Carolyn. Art for Life: The
Story of Peggy Angus. With a Foreword by Tanya Harrod.
[Oldham: Incline Press, 2005]. Folio. , 242, [2, colophon]
pp. Illustrated with many tipped in photographic prints and
reproductions of Angus’ paintings, pastels, watercolors, and
portraits. Also with prints from linocut designs for ceramic tiles
and wallpapers, many taken from the original cuts. Includes a
full page example of genuine wallpaper hand printed by Angus's
granddaughter. Paper by the Magnani mill in Italy. Quarter
gold-colored cloth over decorative boards. Fine in slipcase,
together with an accompanying portfolio which contains three
facsimile sketchbooks in color, a booklet on Indonesian People's
Art, prospectus for Camden Studios Workshop, and other
ephemera, together with a compact disc containing
commentary by Peggy Angus about her life, and songs sung by
Peggy Angus. Together in patterned paper slipcase. As new.
One of 350 copies. $650
Peggy Angus was a contemporary and fellow student of
Ravilious, Bawden, and Piper, and shares a number of stylistic
qualities with them. In addition to her many artistic projects,
she taught at the Camden Studio Workshops in the 1970s. The
title is taken from prospectus she prepared advertising her
Community Art School there.
5. [ARCHETYPE PRESS]. Curiositas: The Strange, The
Rare. The Novel. [Pasadena:] Archetype Press, 2008. Folio. 14”
x 11.” 20 pp., printed on rectos only. Designed and illustrated
by students at the Archetype Press at Art Center College of
Design, using foundry metal and wood type, linoleum cuts,
and photopolymer plates. Printed letterpress under the direction
of Gloria Kondrup. Sixteen broadsides, loose, in gray cloth
slipcase. As new. $300
One of thirty-five copies.
A celebration of unusual and strange animals. Students
combined two known species to invent a new one. Combina-
tions include a tortoise/beetle, a spider/goat, a saber-tooth
tiger/teratorn, a jackass/elephant, a rhinoceros with a built-in
propeller, etc. A very inventive production, with a clear
The First English Translation Directly from the Greek
6. ARISTOTLE. A Treatise on Government. Translated
from the Greek…by William Ellis. London: Printed for T.
Payne…and T. Cadell…1776. Quarto. , xviii, 428, [14,
index] pp. Contemporary speckled calf, front hinge very neatly
restored. Gilt-decorated spine with red morocco label. A very
good, attractive copy. Old bookplate from Baggrave Library,
old manuscript index laid in. $2,500
First edition of the first English translation directly from
the Greek of Aristotle’s Politics. A translation from the French
appeared in 1598.
Lowndes calls this a “faithful and perspicuous version.”
7. AUGUSTINE, Saint, and Saints Anselm and Bernard.
Pious Breathings. Being the Meditations of St. Augustine, His
Treatise of the Love of God, Soliloquies, and Manual. To
which are added, Select Contemplations from St. Anselm, & St.
Bernard. Made English by George Stanhope, D.D., Chaplain
in Ordinary to His Majesty. London: Printed for S. Sprint…[et
al.], 1701. Octavo. , 414 pp. Engraved frontispiece and
three engraved plates. Contemporary paneled calf, rebacked.
Gilt spine, new endpapers. Edges sprinkled red. Old ink
signature crossed out on title-page. Corners rubbed, a little light
foxing. A good copy. $750
First edition of this collection of devotional writings,
translated by George Stanhope (1668-1728), Dean of
Canterbury, one of the most popular preachers of his time. John
Evelyn wrote: “This Mr Stanhop[e], is certainly one of the
most accomplish[ed] preachers that in my life I ever heard, both
for Matter, Eloquence, Action, Voice, Authority: & one of an
excellent Conversation as I am told’ (Evelyn, 5.223, quoted in
8. AYER, Alfred J. Language, Truth and Logic. London:
Victor Gollancz, 1936. Octavo. 254 pp. Original blue cloth
with gilt spine. Spine and covers near fore-edge lightly
browned. Contemporary ink signature. A very good copy,
without the dust jacket. $500
9. BALSTON, Thomas. The Cambridge University Press
Collection of Private Press Types: Kelmscott, Ashendene, Eragny,
Cranach. [Cambridge:] Printed by the University Printer for
his Friends, 1951. Quarto. x, 46 pp. Illustrated with fifteen
facsimile pages. Printed in black and red, at the Chiswick Press.
Olive cloth with gilt spine. A fine copy in original glassine
jacket. Jacket a bit chipped. $450
Limited to 350 copies. Inscribed on the colophon by the
book’s designer, John Dreyfus, for William Morris collector
10. [BERKELEY, George, Bishop of Cloyne]. Alciphron: or,
The Minute Philosopher. In Seven Dialogues. Containing an
Apology for the Christian Religion, against those who are
called Free-thinkers. London: Printed for J. Tonson, 1732.
Two volumes, octavo. , 350; , 358 pp., with the final
blanks Z8 and 2A4, in Volumes I and II respectively. Engraved
title-page vignettes. Contemporary sprinkled calf, gilt double-
ruled borders on covers and spine. Edges sprinkled red. Volume
I neatly rebacked, first third of Volume I lightly dampstained at
top and bottom of gutter margin. Contemporary ink signature
on front pastedown of Volume I. Still, a good copy, very crisp
and sharp. $950
First edition. Pages 211-358 of Volume II contain the
third edition of Berkeley’s Essay Towards a New Theory of
Vision, originally published in 1709.
Berkeley (1685-1753) wrote the Alciphron during the
years 1729 to 1731 while relaxing in Newport, Rhode Island,
where he was awaiting funds (which never came) for his
projected college in the Bermudas. The book attracted more
attention than any of his previous works. The dialogues it
contains constitute a defense of Christianity from the point of
view of an Anglican divine.
“Alciphron is regarded as an outstanding example of
English literature among works on philosophy. It is described
on the title-page as ‘an Apology for the Christian Religion,
against those who are called Free-Thinkers,’ and the Dialogues
defend revealed religion against the current beliefs of the Deists.
Luce places Alciphron with Joseph Butler’s Analogy, 1736, as the
only comparable book on Christian apologetics in the
eighteenth century” (Keynes, p. 37).
Keynes 15. Rothschild I, 374.
One of Eighty Copies,
With Nineteen Matted Proofs Accompanying the Book
11. [BEWICK, Thomas.] MIDDLETON, R. Hunter.
Thomas Bewick’s Fables of Aesop and Others. Nineteen headpieces
proofed from the original wood-blocks…with an introduction
by Iain Bain including four further subjects printed from the
wood. [Staplehurst, Kent:] The Florin Press, 1980. 7 x 4 ½.”
,  pp. Four engravings, printed from the original wood-
blocks, three lithographically reproduced drawings. Printed on
Barcham Green handmade paper. Quarter mottled calf over
golden brown linen boards, printed paper label on front cover.
Together with a suite of nineteen proofs, laid into green paper
passe-partouts with printed titles. Both the book and the prints
are housed in a tan linen buckram clamshell slipcase. Fine
One of eighty copies, so presented. There were also fifty
copies of the book alone, cloth bound. A fine copy.
12. [BIRD & BULL PRESS]. NEVINS, Iris. Varieties of
Spanish Marbling: A Handbook of Practical Instruction with twelve
original marbled samples. [Newtown, Pennsylvania:] Bird & Bull
Press/Iris Nevins, 1991. Octavo.  pp. Twelve tipped in
paper samples. Text composed in cochin types by M&H Type
and printed on Johannot mould-made paper. Blue cloth over
marbled paper boards, gilt burgundy leather spine label. Fine,
with original prospectus laid in. $350
One of 250 copies.
13. BOETHIUS, Anicius Manlius Severinus. Of the
Consolation of Philosophy. In Five Books. Made English and
Illustrated with Notes, by the Right Honourable Richard Lord
Viscount Preston. London: Printed by J.D. for Awnsham and
John Churchill…[et al.], 1695.Octavo. xxxii, 246,  pp.,
including the errata leaf. Engraved frontisportrait. Contem-
porary calf, rebacked, with gilt black morocco spine labels, gilt
coat-or-arms on front cover. Some browning to portrait, and
small chip at fore-margin, last few leaves with uneven brown
spotting, one leaf with chip at fore-margin, not affecting text.
A good copy. $950
First edition of this translation.
Boethius’ De Consolatione Philosophiae, which was
written in prison shortly before the author’s death in 525 A.D.
was long considered the last great classic work of ancient
literature. It was one of the most popular literary works of the
Middle Ages and was translated into many languages. Preston
justifies this fourth English translation on the grounds that two
seventeenth-century predecessors were too incomplete and
imperfect, and that Geoffrey Chaucer’s early translation—itself
an imitation of Alfred the Great’s Anglo-Saxon version—was
too incomprehensible to late seventeenth-century readers.
Preston intended his translation to bring Boethius’ treatise on
worldly suffering and the goodness of God within the
understanding of ordinary people. He therefore compressed and
minimized his notes so not to distract from the text. A life of
Boethius and translations into English of early comments about
him by Greek and Latin authors are prefixed to the text.
“Prepare[d] the way for…[Rhetoric’s] Emergence in England as the
Acknowledged Custodian of the Belles Lettres…” (Howell)
14. BOUHOURS, [Dominique], Father. The Arts of Logick
and Rhetorick, Illustrated by Examples taken out of the best
Authors, Antient and Modern, In all the Polite Languages.
Interpreted and Explain’d By that Learned and Judicious
Critick…To which are added Parallel Quotations Out of the
Most Eminent English Authors in Verse and Prose…London:
Printed for John Clark and Richard Hett…[et al], 1728.
Octavo. xxxii, 232, pp, 225-418, [16, index], [2, ads] pp.
Text is continuous despite pagination. Title-page in black and
red. Contemporary paneled calf, rebacked to style. Gilt spine
with red morocco label, edges sprinkled red. Light tape stains
on front cover. Ink signature of Thomas Foxcroft (1697-1769),
pastor of the Congregational Church in Boston, admired for his
skills as a logician. Additional ink signature of Joseph E.
Foxcroft (1773-1852), colonel, merchant, sheriff, state senator
and postmaster from New Gloucester, Maine. Ink notations on
back endpapers, including a index, in the hand of one of the
two Foxcrofts. A good and interesting copy. $1,500
First edition of this second English translation of
Bouhours’ important book. As Howell notes in Eighteenth-
Century British Logic and Rhetoric, this is really more of a
paraphrase of Bouhours, with added references to English
writers, and as such, is almost a new work.
Bouhours (1628-1702) was a Jesuit professor of rhetoric
and belles lettres at the Collège de Clermont, among others. He
was a friend of Boileau, La Fontaine, La Bruyère, Racine, and
Bussy-Rabutin. The present work first appeared in 1687. In the
“Avertissement” to the French text, he notes that he does not
intend for it to have any connection with the Port-Royal Logic,
or seek to use the rules of Aristotle or Descartes govern-ing
thinking. He seeks rather to show readers how to form correct
judgments in matters concerning eloquence and belles-lettres. It
consists of four dialogues between two fictional persons named
Eudoxe and Philanthe, in which they ponder what makes a
literary work great. Topics discussed include truthfulness,
sublimity, agreeableness, clarity and intelligibility in style.
The first English edition appeared in 1705 as The Art of
Criticism: or, The Method of Making a Right Judgment Upon
Subjects of Wit and Learning. The translator is given as “a person
of quality.” The present translation—or paraphrase—by John
Oldmixon (1673-1742) quickly eclipsed the earlier one. The
key interest lies in the fact that Oldmixon “not only translated
belles lettres into ‘polite Learning,’ and specified that this phrase
embraced works of history, poetry and eloquence, but he also
suggested that his own title was dictated by what Bouhours had
said when he called his original work a discourse on ‘both the
Arts and Logick and Rhetorick.’ Moreover, by adding copious
English illustrations to those given by Bouhours in French,
Italian, Latin and Spanish, and by speaking words of blame or
praise for English writers, Oldmixon gave the arts of logic and
rhetoric a central place in the study and criticism of literature of
his own land…By putting rhetoric in this kind of frame-work,
Oldmixon was helping to prepare the way for its emergence in
England as the acknowledged custodian of the belles lettres…
(Howell, p. 529).
Includes a Signed Prints by William Burroughs
15. [BURROUGHS, William, et al.]. Ruby Editions.
Portfolios 1-4. London and Toronto: Wallrich Books, 1974-75.
Four portfolios, 17 3/8” x 11 3/8,” each with three silk screen
prints by various artists, each signed by the artist. The
portfolios are of heavy burgundy paper, printed in white. All in
excellent condition, except for the usual marks from adhesive in
the lower corner of each portfolio. $1,250
Limited to one hundred copies each, plus thirty copies
The contents include: Number 1: William Burroughs,
Cozette de Charmoy; Henri Chopin; 2: Bob Cobbing, E.M.
de Melo e Castro; Tom Phillips; 3: Gianni Bertini, Jonathan
Williams, Krzysztof Wodiczko; 4: Arthur Aeschbacher; Brion
Gysin; Patrick Hughes.
Josiah Royce’s Copy, with his Signatures in Each Volume
and with Original Photographs of Emerson and Carlyle Mounted In
16. CARLYLE, Thomas, and Ralph Waldo Emerson. The
Correspondnce of Thomas Carlyle and Ralph Waldo Emerson 1834-
1872. [Edited by Charles Eliot Norton.] Boston: James R.
Osgood, 1883. Two volumes, octavo. xii, 368; xiii, 383 pp.
Etched frontisportraits, index. Brown cloth with leather spine
labels. Gilt spine, top edge gilt. Spine extremities a bit chipped
and frayed, labels lightly worn, and one label corner chipped. A
good copy, tight and clean. $950
First American edition, probably issued simultaneously
with the London edition. Josiah Royce’s copy, with his ink
signature on the front free endpaper of each volume. In
addition, original photographs of Carlyle and Emerson are
mounted on the front pastedown of each volume, Emerson in
Volume I and Carlyle in Volume II.
The Two Major Works of a Leading Bluestocking
17. CHAPONE, Hester. Letters on the Improvement of the
Mind, Addressed to a Young Lady [With:] Miscellanies in Prose and
Verse. London, J Walter/ E.& C. Dilly, 1773-75. Three
volumes, small octavo. viii, 200; , 230; xii, 178, [2, ads]
pp. Lacking the half-title to Volume III. Uniformly bound in
contemporary mottled calf. Gilt-decorated flat spines with black
morocco labels. Binding extremities lightly rubbed, front joints
of the first two volumes neatly repaired. Ink signatures of three
early women owners. A very good, attractive set. $950
Second edition of the first work, first edition of the
Hester Chapone (1727-1760) was one of the
Bluestockings, associated especially with Elizabeth Carter, and
Elizabeth Montagu (to whom this work is dedicated) but also a
friend of Samuel Richardson, Frances Burney d’Arblay, and
Gilbert White. She came to the attention of Samuel Johnson,
who admitted four of her pieces to The Rambler. The
publication of Letters on the Improvement of the Mind, (1773), a
treatise on female education, brought her fame, if not fortune;
she was paid £50 for it. She was paid five times that for
Miscellanies in Prose and Verse, which included her early verses,
moral essays, and “The Story of Fidelia,” first published in The
Adventurer (Encyclopedia of British Women Writers).
An Exceptional Copy, with Four Pages of Additional Material
18. [CHILDREN’S LITERATURE.] HENKEL, Abrosius.
Der Grosse ABC-Buch. Enthaltend: Das ABC, Wurzelworter, und
Wurzelworter mit Ihren Angehangten Ableitungssylven …Zweite
Auflage. New-Market, Shenandoah County, Virginia: Salomon
Henkel and J.H. Lawton, 1820. Twelvemo. , 92, [4,
woodcuts] pp. Woodcut frontispiece depicting the letters of the
alphabet and animals whose names start with each one, woodcut
title-page vignette, woodcut alphabets and vignettes in text.
Our copy has two final unnumbered leaves with eight woodcuts
of different animals, which is quite uncommon. Original
patterned cloth over pictorial printed boards. New endpapers,
with presentation inscription from Elan O. Henkel, a
descendant of the compiler and printer, dated October 29,
1925. A remarkably fine, bright copy. $1,500
Second edition of a book that first appeared in 1817.
The first edition apparently did not have the four pages of
additional material at the end. OCLC reports other copies of
the second edition without the final four pages, but only one,
the copy at Princeton, which as them.
The Henkels started the first Lutheran printing house in
the U.S. in 1806. Ambrosius Henkel, who wrote the primer,
also cut the woodblocks for the illustrations.
19. CHURCHILL, Winston. The Second World War.
London: Cassell, [1948-54]. Six volumes, octavo. Black cloth
with gilt spines. Some fading to top edges, not affecting cloth.
An unusually fine, clean set. Spines of dust jackets a bit faded.
An occasional short tear in the jackets at extremities. A near
fine set in like dust jackets. $750
First editions of Churchill’s masterpiece. Churchill was
awarded the Nobel Prize for literature in 1953.
Woods A123b. Langworth, 264.
Important Textbook of Hydrostatics and Pneumatics,
With Nine Copperplates
20. CLARE, M[artin]. The Motion of Fluids, Natural and
Artificial; In particular that of the Air and Water, In a familiar
Manner, proposed and proved, by evident and conclusive
Experiments with many useful Remarks…London: Printed for
Edward Symon…1735. Octavo. , 323, [23, index and
errata], [2, ads] pp. With nine fine copper-engraved plates, plus
engraved coat-of-arms on dedication leaf, and detailed glossary
and index. Contemporary calf, neatly rebacked, with original
spine laid down, gilt red morocco label. A little light foxing.
Overall a very good, clean copy. $1,250
First edition of this esteemed and popular book,
expanded from private lectures given by Clare. Rouse remarks
that “for its time, this was an excellent textbook.” A second
edition appeared in 1737, a third in 1747, and a revised
edition in 1802.
The section on statics and hydrostatics contains chapters
on syphons, various forms of pumps, fire engines, a water-
raising machine, the motion of water in canals and pipes, jets,
specific gravity, and the hydrometer. The section on pneu-
matics contains chapters on the barometer, air-pump, the effects
of air pressure on animal bodies, muscular motion, blood
circulation, animal respiration, the spring and elasticity of the
air, the thermometer, the hygrometer, etc.
Bibliotheca Mechanica, p. 72. Rouse, Historic Writing on
“…a crucial element in the ‘literary culture
of nonconformity’” (DNB)
21. CLARKE, Samuel. The Lives of sundry Eminent Persons
in this Later Age. In Two Parts. I. Of Divines. II. Of Nobility and
Gentry of both Sexes. By Samuel Clark. Printed and Reviewed
by himself just before his Death. To which is added His own
Life, and the Lives of the Countess of Suffolk…[and four
others] drawn up by other hands…London: Printed for Thomas
Simmons…1683. Folio. , 11, , 24, 33-66, 57-176, 153-
192, 177-223, p. 214, 89-116, 105-216 pp. Engraved
frontisportrait, engraved coat-of-arms plate. Title-page in black
and red. Numerous engraved portraits in text. Contemporary
paneled calf, rebacked, with old spine laid down. Edges stained
red. Joints cracking, but sound, some light foxing, back free
endpaper lacking, front free endpaper neatly restored at top
corner. Old ink signature on title-page (“Elizabeth Bernard her
Booke given by her Aunt Shatmer”). Old ink signature (“M.
Shatmer”) on back pastedown, bookplate partially removed
from back pastedown. Wax seal on front free endpaper, with a
later ink signature. Old, crude repair on Bb4, with some letters
shaved and a few lost. Lower margin of Ff1 professionally
restored. Overall good copy of a book that has become hard to
Samuel Clarke (1599-1682) was a nonconformist
Presbyterian minister. After a long career, predominantly as
curate of St. Benet Fink, London, and as governor and twice
president of Sion College, he sought work in the post-
Restoration government. He was one of the Presbyterian
representatives at the Savoy conference of 1661, but when it
became clear that agreement with the Episcopalians was
impossible, and he refused to conform, he was ejected, along
with two of his sons. He thence gave up preaching and devoted
himself to writing biographical works, including The Lives of
Thirty-Two English Divines, appended to the third edition of A
Generall Martyrology (1677, first published in 1651), and the
present work. “In these he lovingly constructed and celebrated a
moderate puritan tradition of godly ministers and laity who had
worked for further reformation and frequently suffered for their
nonconformity, yet never risked a disruptive separation from a
flawed, yet valid national church. These works…were a crucial
element in the ‘literary culture of nonconformity,’ offering
exemplars and consolation” (Oxford DNB).
Wing (CD-ROM, 1996), C4538. Sabin 13446.
22. COBDEN-SANDERSON, T.J. Amantium Irae: Letters
to Two Friends, 1864-1867. [Hammersmith: The Doves Press],
1914. Octavo.  pp. Frontispiece portrait printed on India
paper. Printed in red and black. Full limp vellum with title in
gilt spine. A fine copy. Inscribed by the printer: “To Catherine
Holiday. C.S.” Leather bookplate of Alfred Sutro. $950
One of only 150 copies.
These are Cobden-Sanderson’s letters to Lord and Lady
Amberley, Bertrand Russell’s parent. Cobden-Sanderson was
one of Bertrand Russell’s two godfathers; the other was John
Ransom, Private Presses, p. 253, no. 39. Tomkinson, p.
58. Clark Library, Kelmscott and Doves, pp. 109-110.
Postage Stamp Art, One of Twenty Copies
23. COHEN, Claudia. Counting. [Vancouver:] Heavenly
Monkey, 2009. Octavo. Printed on double-fold leaves of black
and gray paper. With forty-seven mounted postage stamps and
nine decorative morocco pieces pasted in. Cream-colored
boards with overall design of twigs and leaves, gilt black
morocco spine label. As new in matching cloth and board
One of twenty copies, signed by Claudia Cohen.
“Similar in spirit and form to Claudia's previous
volumes Bookbinding Ephemera and Chasing Paper, Counting
presents a series of spreads, each combining a 60-mm le
Corbusier stencil for a number in the sequence one through ten;
postage stamps corresponding to the number; and a tipped-on
leather skiver hand-tooled in gilt…” (from the publisher’s
“Postage stamps with striking typographic design and
color have always attracted my interest, particularly those with
strong numerical forms. A beautiful example of a definitive
numeral set was designed for the Dutch Post Office by Jan van
Krimpen, type designer, typographer & calligrapher extraordi-
naire. The stamps on the title page are all his. The remaining
stamps, as well as the ornaments arranged on leather, all relate to
van Krimpen's interlaced calligraphic flourishes” (colophon).
The First Book to Use a Steel-Engraved Plate
24. COXE, Peter. The Social Day: A Poem in Four Cantos.
London: Printed by J. Moyes…for James Carpenter & Son
…and R. Ackermann…1823. Large octavo. xvi, , 354, [1,
errata], [1, blank], [1, ads] pp. Thirty-two engraved plates,
including “The Broken China Jar,” which has long been
considered the first steel engraving to be used in book illus-
tration; the remainder are copper-engravings. With subscribers’
list. Contemporary full green morocco, covers ruled in gilt and
blind, spine gilt-tooled in compartments, marbled edges.
Extremities lightly rubbed, some light foxing, including
margins of most plates. Old ink signature. Very good. $350
Hunnisett, Steel-Engraved Book Illustration in England, pp.
28-29. See also Berry and Poole, Annals of Printing.
With a Double-Page Fold-Out Pop-Up Construction of the
25. CRANE, Hart. Three Poems by Hart Crane from The
Bridge. [Bremen, Maine, and New York City:] Red Angel
Press, 2004. Oblong quarto.  pp., with the poetry printed
on Saunders Waterford paper and the title and illustrations on
Sekishu. Six illustrations of the Brooklyn Bridge in black,
green, and brown, plus a large double fold-out leaf with a pop-
up construction of the Bridge. Ecru cloth with front cover
illustration and spine lettering in charcoal. As new. $900
One of 100 copies signed by the printer/illustrator/
designer, Ronald Keller.
Presentation Copy, Inscribed by Crick
26. CRICK, Francis. The Astonishing Hypothesis. New
York: Scribners, [1994[. Octavo. Clothbacked boards, spine
stamped in silver. Fine in fine dust jacket. $950
First edition, presentation copy, inscribed by Crick to a
La Jolla physician.
From Crick’s Library
27. [CRICK, Francis]. CAIRNS-SMITH, A.G. Evolving
the Mind: On the Nature of Matter and the Origin of
Consciousness. [Cambridge:] Cambridge University Press,
. Octavo. Clothbacked boards. Very good in fine dust
jacket. Francis Crick’s copy, signed by him on the front free
endpaper, and with his rubberstamp with the Salk Institute
address and library pocket from his office at the Salk. $350
28. [CRICK, Francis]. DENNETT, Daniel C. Kinds of
Minds: Toward an Understanding of Consciousness. [New York:]
Basic Books, . Octavo. Clothbacked boards. Very good
in fine dust jacket. Francis Crick’s copy, signed by him on the
front free endpaper, and with his rubberstamp with the Salk
Institute address and library pocket from his office at the Salk.
First edition. $250
Refuting the ‘Leviathan’
29. CUDWORTH, Ralph. The True Intellectual System of
the Universe…London: Printed for Richard Royston, 1678.
Folio. [xx], 899, [1, blank], [84, contents] pp. Engraved
title/frontispiece by R. White after J.B.Caspers, showing the
figures of Aristotle, Pythagoras and Socrates (labeled “Theists)
winning over Epicurus, Anaximander, and Strato (labeled
“Atheists”). Title in black and red. Contemporary calf,
rebacked to style, though gilt stamping is a little crude, edges
sprinkled red. Former owner’s ink inscription on front free
endpaper, dated 1752. A very good, clean copy. $1,250
First and only edition.
This is the main work of Ralph Cudworth (1617-
1688), a leader of the group known as the “Cambridge
Platonists.” It is an answer to Hobbes’ Leviathan. Cudworth
contrasts the tenets of the materialists (Democritus, Lucretius)
with the idealism of Plato and Aristotle. Lengthy developments
aim at refuting paganism and atheism “with all the reasons that
his reading could supply.”
One of Sixty Copies
30. [D’AMBROSIO, Joseph, printer and binder].
NYKAMP, William. The Twilight of Orthodoxy in New
England. Northridge: California State University, Northridge,
Libraries, Santa Susana Press, 1987. Octavo. , 65,  pp.
Full-page woodcut portraits of Thomas Jefferson and Thomas
Paine, plus smaller woodcut illustrations. Printed in black and
red on Johannot paper with a Vandercook proof press. Includes
notes and bibliography. Quarter black leather over marbled
boards, with an inset of gilt flames. The flame device is
repeated as a die-cut on the title-page. A fine copy. A typically
innovative production from Joseph D’Ambrosio. $500
One of sixty copies. Printed for the Santa Susana Press,
under the direction of Norman E. Tanis.
One of Fifty Copies in a Special Binding
31. [D’AMBROSIO, Joseph]. RITCHIE, Ward. Of
Bookmen & Printers: A Gathering of Memories. [Los Angeles:]
Dawsons, . Octavo. 183,  pp. Indexed. In a special
binding, designed by Joseph D’Ambrosio, of Gray cloth over
light orange printed boards. A cloth and board cut-out R is
transposed over the front board. Spine stamped in off-white.
Fine in matching slipcase. $450
Designed by Ward Ritchie and printed by the Premier
Printing Corporation in an edition of 500 copies. This special
binding is limited to fifty copies. Signed by Ward Ritchie and
Lawrence Clark Powell.
Paul Landacre Illustrations
32. DARWIN, Charles. On the Origin of Species By Means of
Natural Selection: Or, The Preservation of Favoured Races in the
Struggle for Life. With a New Preface by Charles G. Darwin.
Illustrated with Wood Engravings by Paul Landacre. [New
York:] Printed for The Limited Editions Club at The Griffin
Press, Adelaide, South Australia, 1963. Large octavo. With 71
illustrations engraved in wood by Landacre, including plates
and text illustrations. Black wallaby over wood-grain boards,
spine decorated in gilt with green morocco label. Fine in
slipcase. Some light staining to case. $350
One of 1,500 copies.
The First Leaf Book Listed in ‘Disbound and Dispersed’
33. DIBDIN, Thomas Frognall. An Introduction to the
Knowledge of Rare and Valuable Editions of the Greek and Latin
Classics. Together with an Account of Polyglot Bibles…Fourth
Edition; Greatly Enlarged and Corrected. London: Printed for
Harding and Lepard, and G.B. Whittaker, 1827. Two volumes
in one, octavo. , xiv, 560; , 580 pp. With a frontispiece
facsimile, and with an original leaf from Pickering’s
“Diamond” New Testament, 1826, at p. 166. Late nineteenth
century half brown morocco, gilt spine, all edges gilt. Minor
chip at foot of spine. Joints just starting, but cords sound. A
very good copy. $750
Fourth and best edition, with the author’s final
revisions—and an example of an early leaf book. This is the
first leaf book listed in John P. Chalmers’ checklist at the back
of Christopher de Hamel and Joel Silver’s Disbound and
Dispersed: The Leaf Book Considered (Caxton Club, 2005).
34. DIOGENES LAERTIUS. The Lives, Opinions, and
Remarkable Sayings of the Most Famous Ancient Philosophers.
Written in Greek, by Diogenes Laertius. Made English by Several
Hands. The First Volume. London: Printed for Edward
Brewster, 1688. Octavo. , 589 pp. Engraved frontis-
portrait. Contemporary calf, old hand-lettered paper spine label.
Small wormhole at lower portion of spine, not affecting text.
Joints lightly rubbed, old ink signature and notes on front
endpapers. A very good copy. $950
First edition, all published at the time. A two-volume
second edition, including a reissue of this first volume, with
new material at the front, was published in 1696.
35. [DOYLE, Arthur Conan]. The Strand Magazine.
London: George Newnes Limited, 1891-93. Volumes II-VI of
this periodical, containing the complete Adventures of Sherlock
Holmes and Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes. Octavo. Woodcut
illustrations throughout. Text in double columns. Original light
blue cloth, with front covers pictorially stamped in black, and
with spines stamped in black and gilt. Top edge gilt. Binding
extremities lightly rubbed, old pencil ownership marks. Joints
of Volumes V-VI cracking. A very good, bright set. $1,250
The first appearances of the twenty-four Sherlock
Holmes cases that were subsequently collected in these two
36. [ERASMUS]. KNIGHT, Samuel. The Life of Erasmus,
More particularly that part of it, which He spent in England…With
an appendix Containing several Original Papers. Cambridge:
Printed by Corn. Crownfield, 1726. Octavo. [xxxii], 386,
cxliv, [16, index] pp. Engraved frontisportrait by Vertue after
Holbein, plus nineteen other fine engraved plates (three more
than are noted in the list of plates), some folding. Full brown
crushed morocco by Roger de Coverly. Gilt-panelled covers
and spine with gilt rosette ornaments, gilt-ruled turn-ins, all
edges gilt. Light shelfwear, versos of some plates lightly
browned. Overall a very good, clean copy. $1,250
Knight (1675-1746), who served as chaplain to George
II and archdeacon of Berkshire, was one of the founders of the
Society of Antiquaries. In addition to his life of Erasmus, he
wrote a life of Dr. John Colet, Dean of St. Paul’s, also
illustrated with Vertue engravings (D.N.B.).
37. [EROTIC POETRY]. TANSILLO, Luigi. Il
Vendemmiatore, poemetto in ottava rima…e la Priapea, sonetti
lussuriosi-satirici di Niccolò Franco. A Pe-King: regnante Kien-
long, nel XVIII. secolo [i.e., Paris: J.C. Molini, 1790]. Small
octavo. viii, 187 pp. Nineteenth-century cloth with gilt spine.
A little light foxing. A very good copy. $750
First collected edition.
Luigi Tansillo (1510-68), who was born into the
Neapolitan aristocracy, was considered the most important
Southern Italian Petrarchist. He was admired by Torquato
Tasso and others for his anticipation of the Baroque manner. Il
Vendemmiatore was first published in 1532. Early editions of the
work have 183 stanzas; this edition, like others that appeared
after the book was censured, have 171. Niccolò Franco (1515-
70), was born in Benevenuto, moved to Naples as a young
man, and later to Venice, where he became Pietro Aretino’s
secretary. A very contentious rift developed between Aretino
and Franco, which led to the publication of Rime contro
l’Aretino and Priapea, both of which were placed on the Index.
His anti-clerical satires offended Pope Paul IV, and he was
ultimately arrested, tried by the Inquisition, and hanged. (See
Oxford Companion to Italian Literature).
Gay, 1864 edition, p. 203 (Not in Gay/Lemonnyer).
The Greatest Comparative Study of Religions Practices
(P.M.M. 374), Presentation Copy from the Author to his Teacher
38. FRAZER, J.G. [Sir James George]. The Golden Bough:
A Study in Comparative Religion… London: Macmillan and Co.,
1890. Two volumes, octavo. xii, 409 pp.  pp. publisher’s
ads in Volume I. Frontispiece in Volume I. Publisher’s dark
gren cloth. Gilt stamped spines, front cover ornaments of
intertwined mistletoe twigs, the “golden bough.” Presentation
copy, inscribed on the second blank leaf of Volume I:
“Professor G.G. Ramsay/with the kind regards of/his old pupil
the Author.” A later presentation inscription from a member of
the Ramsay family to an unidentified person appears on the
first blank leaf of each volume. Spines slightly wrinkled, slight
stain on front cover of Volume I, corners lightly worn, back
hinge of Volume I lightly cracked, endpapers lightly foxed. A
very good, bright copy. $3,500
First edition of this classic work on the beliefs and
customs of primitive man.
Frazer (1854-1941) was educated at the University of
Glasgow and Trinity College, Cambridge, in classics and
remained a fellow at Trinity for life. His interest in
anthropology was aroused by his reading of E.B. Taylor’s
Primitive Culture (1871) and by William Robertson Smith,
professor of Arabic, who as editor of the Encyclopedia Britannica
asked Frazer to contribute several articles to the ninth edition,
first on classical subjects, and later the articles on “Taboo” and
Frazer maintained a lifelong interest in classics and “his
anthropological work was deeply rooted in his classical studies”
(DSB). He believed that the concepts of “clean” and “unclean”
embodied in the tribaL phenomena of totemism and taboo led
to sacrificial practices. “He was especially attracted to tracing
the connexion of these two ideas with the mysteries associated
with the [historical] shrine of Diana at Lake Nemi and with the
riddle of the King of the Wood [the priest at Lake Nemi],
whom he conceived as a totemistic figure” (P.M.M.).
After the first two volumes of The Golden Bough were
published, “edition succeeded edition in continually enlarged
form—a second edition in three volumes in 1900, a third
edition beginning in 1911 and extending to thirteen volumes
by 1936” (P.M.M.) as Frazer demonstrated a theory of the
evolutionary succession of magic, religion and science in
human culture. “No one before or since has brought together
such a volume of data on customs and beliefs, classified and
documented to stimulate other workers” (D.S.B.).
George Gilbert Ramsay (1839-1921) was a professor of
classics at the University of Glasgow. He produced esteemed
translations of Tacitus, Juvenal and Persius. Frazer met him as a
student there. While he was working on The Golden Bough,
Frazer continued with classical scholarship by working on a six-
volume translation and commentary on the ancient Greek
traveler Pausanias (Pausanias's Description of Greece), which
appeared in 1898, with Frazer’s dedication to G.G. Ramsay.
Printing and the Mind of Man, 374.
39. FRAZER, J.G. Totemism. Edinburgh: Adam & Charles
Black, 1887. Small octavo. viii, 96 pp. Red cloth, gilt spine
and front cover. Bookplate of Aneurin Williams (1859-1924),
British liberal politician. A near fine, bright copy. $200
First edition of the author’s first book.
Contributor Tom Disch’s Copy
40. GIOIA, Dana, [editor]. Formal Introductions: An
Investigative Anthology. [West Chester, PA:] Aralia Press at West
Chester University, 1994. Tall octavo. 40,  pp. Title in blue
and black. Printed on Johnnot paper. Ecru linen over decorative
boards, printed paper spine label. Fine condition. Contributor
Tom Disch’s copy, inscribed by the printer: “Thank you,
Tom. Mike Peich,” and bearing the signatures of four of the
contributors beneath their respective poems (Dana Gioia, Bruce
Bawer, Rachel Hadas, Charles Martin, Robert B. Shaw). With
a trial pull of the “Table of Contents” laid in, inscribed on the
conjugate blank by Peich to Disch, with a note arranging a
reading in Chelsea in January. Also laid in is a typed letter
signed by Disch to Peich after the Chelsea reading,
enthusiastically responding to a proposal by Peich for an Aralia
Press edition of Disch’s sestinas and villanelles, with a list of
twelve of his poems (“it’s all I’ve done in those forms in the
course of 20 years”). $500
One of 210 copies. Dana Gioia has signed the title-
page, as well as his own poem.
“The Cleverest Woman in London”
41. GROTE, Harriet. Collected Papers, (original and reprinted,)
in Prose and Verse. 1842-1862. By Mrs. Grote. London: John
Murray, 1862. Octavo. , iv, [2, contents with verso blank],
293, [1, blank], [1, colophon], [1, blank], 12 [advertisements,
dated November, 1861] pp. Original terra cotta cloth with
covers blocked in blind and spine blocked and lettered in gilt.
Half-inch tear along back joint, contemporary ownership
signature, remains of glue from an old bookplate. A few light
pencil marks in margins. Overall a very good, bright copy.
First edition. $300
“The brilliant daughter of Thomas Lewin, an Indian
civil servant, and a Miss Chaloner, Harriet Lewin [1792-1878]
fell in love with the son of a neighbour near Bexley in Kent,
George Grote [1794-1871], under whose careful tuition she
prepared to share in his historical and political interests and
whom she married in 1820. Harriet Grote devoted her
considerable intellectual and practical talents to furthering her
husband’s political career as a Radical Member of Parliament
and later became closely involved in the preparation of his
celebrated History of Greece (1845-56). Her vivacity and attested
conversational skills made their home a natural centre for the
parliamentary Radicals and for George Grote’s later literary and
administrative activities…Her friend and biographer Elizabeth
Eastlake once pronounced her ‘the cleverest woman in London’
(Oxford Guide to British Women Writers, p. 195f).
42. HALE, Mrs. [Sarah]. Manners; or, Happy Homes and
Good Society All the Year Round. Boston: J.E. Tilton and
Company, 1868. Octavo. , 377 pp. Green cloth with covers
blocked in blind and spine stamped in gilt. Top edge gilt.
Bottom of spine lightly frayed, remains of bookplates on
pastedowns. A good copy, clean and bright. $450
First edition, variant of Blanck’s Printing 2, with the
collation given, and printed on laid paper with brown-coated
endpapers, but in green cloth, as Blanck’s Printing 1. It is not
clear whether Blanck is indicating a priority. He makes no
argument for priority, and indicates that copies of Printings 1
and 3 were received at Boston Public Library on the same
day—December 18, 1867.
Sarah Josepha Hale (1788-1879), novelist and poet, is
best known as the editor of Godey’s Lady’s Book, and as the
author of “Mary Had a Little Lamb.” Born in a small town
near Newport, New Hampshire, she was educated at home by
her mother and brother, both of whom had attended
Dartmouth College. Her views of “woman’s role” and
“woman’s sphere” are summed up in Manners: or, Happy Homes
and Good Society All the Year Round. She was a strong advocate
for women’s education and an arbiter for taste among middle-
class American women. She was one of the founders of Vassar
College and is credited with making Thanksgiving a national
holiday in the United States. (It has previously been celebrated
only in New England.)
The Author’s First Book
43. HEARN, Lafcadio. Stray Leaves from Strange Literature.
Stories Reconstructed from the Anvari-Soheill, Baital, Pachisi,
Mahabharata, Pantchatantra, Gulistan, Talmud, Kalewala, etc.
Boston: James R. Osgood and Company, 1884. Small octavo.
225 pp. Original dark blue cloth with front cover decoratively
stamped in black, and spine stamped in black and gilt. Binding
extremities lightly rubbed. A very good, tight copy. $750
First edition of Lafcadio Hearn’s first book, first issue,
with “JR.O.&. CO” at the foot of the spine.
44. HERBERT OF CHERBURY, Edward, Lord. The Life
of Edward Lord Herbert of Cherbury. Written by Himself.
London: Printed for J. Dodsley, 1770. Quarto. , 173 pp.,
plus folding engraved frontisportrait. Modern half brown
morocco over rust-colored cloth, tooled in gilt. Gilt spine with
raised bands, top edge gilt. Occasional light foxing, offsetting
from portrait onto title-page. A very good copy. $450
Second edition, preceded only by the limited Strawberry
Hill Press edition of 1764.
While Lord Herbert’s celebrated autobiography neglects
mention of his worthy philosophical writings, and ignores the
very important diplomatic and soldierly events in which his role
ranks him among the most significant of Tudor Englishmen, it
is nonetheless a tale worth reading. The anecdotal, swaggering
narrative, focusing primarily on amours and social triumphs,
suggests something of Cellini. It served as a model for a type of
First Edition in Greek
45. [HIEROCLES, OF ALEXANDRIA]. [Greek title].
Commentarius in aurea Pythagoreorum carmina. Paris Nicolaum
Nivellium…1583. Twelvemo. xxiiii, 247 [i.e. 347],  pp.
Woodcut arms of the dedicatee, François de la Rochefoucauld-
Randon, on the title-page. Woodcut headbands and initial
letters. The Golden Verses are printed in Greek capitals, and
Hierocles’ commentary in lower case Greek. On facing pages is
a Latin translation by Johannes Curterius. Contemporary limp
vellum with title in manuscript on spine. Old ink ownership
inscription on front pastedown, a couple of old marginal notes,
later printed bookplate. Occasional light browning. Overall a
very good copy. $1,500
First edition in Greek of Hierocles’ commentary. This
work appeared in two issues, the other with the publisher
Stepanus Prevosteau on the title. It was produced from a
manuscript in the library of François de la Rochefoucauld-
Hierocles (fl. 430) is usually considered the first repre-
sentative of the Alexandrian school of Platonism. “His doctrine
that the Demiurge who created the cosmos is the supreme deity
(that is, has no One above him) is opposed to that of Plotinus
and may have been that of Origen the Pagan, since the latter
seems to have been the author of a writing directed against
Plotinus on this very score. Hierocles’ thesis that Plato and
Aristotle agree in fundamentals could hark back to Plotinus’
teacher Ammonius Saccas…Several doctrines of Hierocles have
a Christian flavor, such as that the Demiurge needs no pre-
existing matter and creates by act of will out of nothing and
that, as far as reasonable creatures are concerned, he exercises
providence over them through subordinate deities and spirits
(angels); they are not subject to fate” (Philip Merlan in the
Encyclopedia of Philosophy, I, 75).
The only complete work of Hierocles that has been pre-
served is his commentary on the Carmina aurea of Pythagoras.
Adams P2313. Brunet III, 154. Cf. Sandys II, 105.
46. [HOMER]. RICCI, Angiol Maria. Dissertationes
Homericae habitae in Florentino Lyceo ab Angelo Maria Riccio
Graecarum literarum prof. Quibus accedunt eiusdem orationes
pro solenni instauratione studiorum. Florence: ex typographia
Gaietani Albizinii, 1740-1741. Three volumes, small quarto.
xliv, 340; xliv, 340; xxviii, 342 pp. Engraved frontisportrait
in Volume I. Contemporary calf, gilt-decorated spines. Spines,
board edges rubbed, a little foxing. A very good set. $750
A collection of sixty-one essays on Homer, and various
aspects of Greek studies, by a Florentine classicist. Also with
seven orations and a few letters to colleagues. Includes disser-
tations on various episodes of the Odyssey, the influence of
Homer on Plato and Virgil, the scholarship of J. C. Scaliger,
Homeric repetition, food and drink, Greek music, etc. A
substantial but uncommon example of Greek scholarship in
Graesse VI, 109. B.
With 74 Engraved Plates of Versailles
47. HOSTEIN, Hypolite. Le Musée de Versailles. Paris:
Audot, 1837. Octavo. 107 pp. + seventy-four engraved plates
by Leonce L’Huillier. Early twentieth-century red cloth over
marbled boards, black leather label. Original green printed
wrappers bound in. A very good copy. $250
Hypolite Hostein (1814-1879) was a theatre director
and a friend of Alexandre Dumas. His text features picturesque
descriptions and anecdotes.
One of the Earliest Pieces Printed by Ward Ritchie
48. JEFFERS, Robinson. Stars. [Pasadena:] The Flame
Press, 1930. 7 13/16 x 5 1/16.”  pp. Original blue printed
wrappers, stitched at spine. A fine copy. $750
Second edition, limited to 110 copies printed by Ward
Ritchie at the Abbey of San Encino Press.
This is one of the legendary Jeffers/Ritchie rarities. The
first edition was printed in an edition of 72 copies, but all but
six copies were destroyed, and it is virtually unobtainable on
the market. This second edition is also rare. Ritchie (b. 1905-)
was recently graduated from Occidental College and was still
working in the barn of his childhood home in South Pasadena.
He printed this at Clyde Browne’s San Encino Press.
Ritchie Bibliography, p. 127.
Presentation Copy, Inscribed by Jeffers
49. JEFFERS, Robinson. Themes in My Poems. San
Francisco: The Book Club of California, 1956. Quarto. ix, [1,
blank], 49 pp. Woodcut illustrations in several colors by
Mallette Dean. Quarter light brown linen over green decorative
boards, printed green paper spine label. Small bump at top of
spine. A very good copy $500
First edition, presentation copy, inscribed by Jeffers:
“To Phyllis and David Kennedy, with great pleasure in
meeting them here. Sincerely, Robinson Jeffers. Tor House,
Carmel, California. April 1, 1958.” One of 350 copies, printed
by Mallette Dean. This copy is also signed by Dean.
This is the based upon a lecture delivered by Jeffers at
the Library of Congress, Harvard and elsewhere in 1941.
Magee, The Hundredth Book, 93.
First Todd Edition
50. JOHNSON, Samuel. A Dictionary of the English Langu-
age; in which the words are deduced from their originals; and
illustrated in their different significations, by examples from the
best writer: Together with A History of the Language, and an
English Grammar…With numerous corrections, and with the
addition of several thousand words…by the Rev. H.J. Todd,
M.A. F.S.A. In five volumes. London: Printed for Longman,
Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown…[et al.], 1818. Large quartos.
Text in double columns. Engraved frontisportrait of Johnson,
foxed in the margins. Contemporary half calf over brown
pebbled cloth boards. Spines ruled in gilt and blind, with black
morocco label, marbled edges. Binding extremities rubbed,
small stains to covers. Offsetting from portrait, occasional fox-
ing. Title-page of Volume I with old waterstain at top inner
margin. A good set. $2,500
First Todd edition.
“Todd made some additions to Johnson's grammar and
history of language, extended Johnson's word list with obsolete
and local terms and with derivatives and compounds, improved
etymologies, added quotations where they were lacking and
corrected some of those which had been given, but left the
famous definitions pretty much unchanged” (Sledd & Kolb, p.
See Printing and the Mind of Man, 201.
One of 800 Copies
51. KAFKA, Franz. In the Penal Colony. Translated from the
German by Willa and Edwin Muir. With lithographs by
Michael Hafftka. [New York:] Limited Editions Club, .
Quarto. , 53, , [2, colophon with blank verso] pp. Four
full-page illus-trations. Printed on mould-made Magnani paper
at the Shagbark Press in South Portland, Maine. Hand-bound
in vellum paper flexible boards. Fine in publisher’s clamshell
One of 800 copies, signed by the illustrator.
52. KANT, Immanuel Critick of Pure Reason. Translated from
the original…Second edition with notes and explanations of
terms by Francis Haywood. London: William Pickering, 1848.
Octavo. xlvi, 625, [1, errata] pp. With a 20 pp. publisher’s
catalogue, dated July 1848, bound in front. Original green
cloth with printed paper spine label. Spine browned, spine
extremities lightly worn, hinges tightened. Endpapers foxed, a
few old light pencil notes in margin. A good, clean copy, scarce
in original cloth. $750
Second edition of the first complete English translation
of Immanuel Kant's Critique of Pure Reason, expanded with two
appendices and a new preface. First published in 1838.
Francis Haywood (1793/4–1858), was the son of a
successful cotton broker and a member of the intellectual circle
headed by William Roscoe, biographer of Lorenzo de Medici.
He was also a good friend of Antonio Panizzi, principal librari-
an of the British Museum. The present work established his
reputation. It was praised by Sir William Hamilton, the chief
authority on Kant in Britain, and it was the standard translation
for a number of years.
53. KANT, Immanuel. Religion Within the Boundary of Pure
Reason. Translated out of the Original German by W.H.
Semple. Edinburgh: Thomas Clark, 1838. Octavo. x, 275 pp.
Modern boards with paper spine label. A very good copy,
entirely uncut and unopened. $600
First complete edition in English of Kant’s Die Religion
innerhalb der Grenzen der Blossen Vernunft, originally published
in German in 1793.
Kant’s Religion Within the Boundary of Pure Reason “is in
effect a commentary on and a reinterpretation of Christian
doctrine and practice…Kant took a particular interest in
Christianity, which he saw as at least approximating true reli-
gion though corrupted by the presence of extraneous elements
derived from Judaism…Kant sets aside the historical elements in
Christianity as having no importance in themselves: Whatever
is true in the religion must be derivable from moral reason. To
think of the uttering of religious formulas or the performance of
formal services to God as having a value of their own is to fall
into the grossest superstition” (Encyclopedia of Philosophy).
These views naturally struck the Prussian authorities as
subversive, and Kant was forced to refrain from further
pronouncements on religion.
54. KENNEDY, John F. Profiles in Courage. New York:
Harper & Brothers, . Octavo. [xxii], 266 pp. Index.
Black cloth over blue paper boards, gilt spine. A few light white
specks on binding. A very good, clean copy. Dust jacket is
price-clipped, and has some light chipping around the edges,
but is very good. $600
With 132 Chromolithographic Plates and 2,810 Wood Engravings
55. LACROIX, Paul. [Works:] Les arts au moyen age.
Sixième edition. Paris: Librairie de Firmin-Didot…1877;
Moeurs, usages et costumes du Moyen Age. Sixième edition.
1878; Vie militaire et religieuse au moyen age. Quatrième edition.
1877; Sciences et letters au moyen age. Deuxième edition. 1877;
XVIIe siècle: Institutions, usages et costumes. Deuxième edition.
1880; XVIIe siècle: Lettres, sciences et arts. 1882; XVIIIe siècle:
Institutions, usages et costumes. Troisième edition. 1878; XVIIIe
siècle: Lettres, sciences et arts. Deuxième edition. 1878. Eight
volumes, large octavo. Each volume is lavishly illustrated, after
designs by Watteau, Boucher, Lancret, Greuze, Chardin,
Gravelot, Eisen, and others. The set contains 132 chromo-
lithographiuc plates and 2,810 wood-engravings. Uniformly
bound in contemporary green morocco over decorative boards.
Gilt spines with raised bands, top edge gilt. Binding extremities
lightly worn in places, spines slightly darkened, a little light
foxing. Overall a very good, clean set. $1,250
Early editions of eight works by Paul LaCroix (1806-
1884), best known under his pseudonym, P.L. Jacob, biblio-
phile, or Bibliophile Jacob. All are published by Firmin-Didot
for L’Institut de France. These works are notable for their
illustrations of costume, architecture, artworks, crafts, mechan-
ical devices, etc. They are useful reference tools, and have been
reprinted many times, including recently. Only the early
editions, however, have the wonderful chromolitho-graphs.
Finely Printed Black Letter Edition
56. LANGLAND, Robert. Visio Willi de Petro Ploughman.
The Vision of William concerning Peirs Ploughman and The Visions
of the same concerning the Origin, Progress, and Perfection of the
Christian Life...Printed from a MS. contemporary with the
author, collated with two others of great antiquity, and
exhibiting the original text. Together with an introductory
discourse, a perpetual commentary, annotations, and a glossary.
By Thomas Dunham Whitaker… London: Printed for John
Murray, 1813. Quarto. , xlviii, , 412, , 31 (notes and
glossary) pp. Text in Black Letter, printed in black and red,
with notes in roman type. Wood-engraved decorative initial
letters and tail-pieces. Later nineteenth century (ca. 1860) full
brown morocco, gilt-ruled covers and spine, gilt turn-ins, edges
stained red. Binding extremities lightly rubbed, old armorial
bookplate. A very good copy. This is likely a publisher’s
remainder binding. $950
A sumptuously printed edition, with extensive notes.
Lowndes notes that this work sold for a whopping £8.8s. when
it was published, though it also adds that Whitaker “has
carefully suppressed all the passages relating to the indecent lives
and practices of the Romish Clergy” (p. 1888).
In a Painted Vellum Binding by Garth While
57. LARKIN, Philip. Required Writing: Miscellaneous Pieces
1955-1982. London: Faber and Faber, . Octavo. 315 pp.
Finely bound by Garth While in full vellum, with decoration
painted in black, gold and various colors. Covers lettered in
black, with gold flecks, with background design of black rules,
with blocks of red, orange, yellow, purple, and brown. Spine
lettered in black with gilt flecks. All edges gilt. A fine copy in
blue cloth clamshell case. Laid in is a piece of promotional
material from the Bookbinding Competition of 1985,
sponsored by Faber and Faber and Designer Bookbinders. This
binding was one of the entries there. $1,250
Garth While, is from South East London and was
trained at Morley College, London. He has won and placed in
numerous competitions. He has in recent years given up
binding to concentrate on silver-smithing. Some of his silver
work is housed in the Victoria and Albert Museum.
The First Exposition of the Differential Calculus
58. [L’HOSPITAL, Guillaume François Antoine de.]
Analyse des infiniment petits, pour l’intelligence des lignes courbes.
Paris: De l’Imprimérie Royale, 1696. Quarto. , 181, 
pp. With eleven copper-engraved folding plates, an engraved
title-page vignette, and two engraved head- and tail-pieces. Full
modern antique-style calf. Seven of the folding plates have been
repaired at the fore-margin, with no loss of content, but with
some old marginal soiling. Occasional light soiling. Old oval
library stamp in blank margin of one leaf, and bookplate of the
Bibliotheca Lamoniana on front pastedown. Contemporary
ownership signature of finance minister Louis Gon de
Bergonne, Me. de Compter on title-page. Some twentieth-
century light pencil scribbling, apparently in a child’s hand. A
good copy of an important book. $4,500
First edition of the first exposition of the differential
calculus, which includes the original publication of ideas
developed by Leibnitz and Bernoulli.
L’Hospital (1661-1704) is best known for the rule
which bears his name for calculating the limiting value of a
fraction whose numerator and denominator either both
approach zero or both approach infinity.
The Last Edition of the ‘Essay’ Published During Locke’s Lifetime,
With Significant Additions
59. LOCKE, John. An Essay Concerning Humane Under-
standing. In Four Books. The Fifth Edition, with large
Additions. London: Printed for Awnsham and John
Churchil…and Samuel Manship…1706. Folio. . 210, 203,
212-232, 225, 234-258, 260-261, 255, 263, 263bis, 264-284,
345-422, 425-464, 467-604,  [=584] pp. This edition
does not call for an engraved portrait, as others do.
Contemporary paneled calf, rebacked, with old spine laid down,
spine ruled in gilt and blind, with titling in blind, edges
speckled red. Corners worn, chip in back free endpaper. A very
good, large copy. $2,500
Fifth edition, the first published after Locke’s death,
incorporating Locke’s final few corrections.
Locke (1632-1704) took up Bacon's challenge “to
estimate critically the certainty and adequacy of human knowl-
edge when confronted with God and the universe” (Lilly
Library, Printing and the Mind of Man, 148). It is a study that
has “remained fundamental to philosophical discussion ever
since” (op. cit.). After its initial publication in 1690, Locke
continued to revise his work. Between the first and second
(1694) editions, Locke issued corrections on printed slips
designed to be pasted in. The second edition incorporated these
corrections. The third edition is a page by page reprint of the
second edition The fourth edition contains even more new
material, including the section entitled “Of the association of
ideas (II.xxiii) and “Of Enthusiasm” (IV.xix). The fifth
edition, issued posthumously in 1706, incorporated further
revisions dictated by Locke, including a defense against the
criticisms of Peter Bayle.
Yolton 65. See Grolier Club, One Hundred English, 36;
Printing and the Mind of Man, 164.
60. LOCKE, John. Posthumous Works of Mr. John Locke:
Viz. I. Of the Conduct of the Understanding. II. An Examination
of P. Malebranche’s Opinion of Seeing all things in God. III. A
Discourse of Miracles. IV. Part of a Fourth Letter for Toleration. V.
Memoirs relating to the Life of Anthony first Earl of Shaftsbury. To
which is added, VI. His New Method of a Common-Place-Book,
written originally in French, and now translated into English.
London: Printed by W.B. for A. and J. Churchill, 1706.
Octavo. , 336 pp. Contemporray paneled calf, gilt red
morocco spine label. A very good, crisp copy. Armorial
bookplate of Le Gendre Pierce Starkie. eighteenth-century
Lancashire land owner. $1,250
“Published by Locke’s literary executors, Anthony
Collins and Sir Peter King” (Pforzheimer), these six essays are
not only first editions, but were the product of Locke’s first
thoughts on the various subjects, none having been revised or
in any way prepared for publication by their author. He died
while working on the very important Fourth Letter for
Yolton 299. Pforzheimer 609.
Early Locke Biography in Original Boards
61. [LOCKE, John.] KING, [Peter, seventh baron King, of
Ockham]. The Life of John Locke, with Extracts from His
Correspondence, Journals, and Common-Place Books. London:
Henry Colburn, 1829. Quarto. [xii],  pp. Engraved
frontiportrait after Worthington, one plate of facsimile
handwriting. Original boards with printed paper spine label.
Front hinge neatly repaired. A very good, large copy. $1,250
King (1776-1833), a descendant of Locke’s cousin,
Anne Locke, wrote the second major biography of John Locke,
after LeClerc’s life of Locke, which appeared in the Bibliothèque
Choisie in 1705. It added a great deal to what had previously
been known about Locke, as King was able to draw upon
extensive correspondence, and Locke’s personal papers. King’s
aim was, by using a wealth of primary sources, to “make Mr.
Locke, as far as possible, his own biographer.” The letters that
were chosen were intended to demonstrate “the interest which
was felt by Mr. Locke on so many different questions, the
versatility of his genius, and the variety of his occupations.”
62. MARCET, Jane. Willy’s Holidays; or Conversations on
Different Kinds of Governments. Intended for Young Children.
London: Printed for Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown, Green, &
Longman, 1836. Twelvemo. vi, , 149,  pp. Quarter red
straight-grain morocco over marbled boards, gilt-ruled flat spine
with title also in gilt. Foot of spine lightly worn, boards lightly
rubbed. A good, clean copy. $350
Jane Haldimand Marcet (1769–1858) was born in
London, to a wealthy Swiss family, and was tutored at home.
She married Alexander Marcet, a Swiss physician living in
London. Through him, she met many leading scientists. After
helping him proofread his books, she decided to write her own,
and she produced many valuable introductory science books and
a few on other subjects. Her Conversations on Chemistry (1819)
is said to have inspired Faraday as a boy working in a book-
binder's shop. She wrote several works on economics, including
Conversations on Political Economy…(1816), John Hopkins's
Notions on Political Economy (1833), and Rich and Poor (1851).
After 1833, she increasing wrote books for children, including a
series of tales of a curious boy named Willy and his sisters, of
which this is one.
Hand-Colored Title and Frontispiece and Silhouette Woodcuts
63. MAYHEW, Henry and Augustus Mayhew. Acting
Charades; or Deeds Not Words. A Christmas Game to Make a
Long Evening Short. Illustrated by H.G. Hine. London: D.
Bogue, [n.d., 1850]. Square octavo. pp. [v]-x, , 158,  p.,
 pp. Engraved title with hand-colored vignette, engraved
hand-colored frontispiece. Many silhouette woodcut illustrations
in text. Original red cloth, decoratively stamped in gilt and
blind. All edges gilt. A remarkably nice copy. $350
Mill’s First Publication in America
64. MILL, John Stuart. A System of Logic, Ratiocinative and
Inductive, being a connected view of the principles of evidence
and the methods of scientific investigation…New York:
Harper and Brothers…1846. Octavo. xii, 593, [1, blank], [2,
ads] pp. Contemporary dark brown blindstamped cloth, gilt
lettering and publisher’s device on spine. Crown of spine lightly
frayed, lightly foxed as usual, intermittent light marginal
dampstain. Still, an unusually nice, bright copy. In leather-
tipped open-end slipcase. $750
First American edition of Mill’s greatest work, and his
first book publication in America.
“With the publication of the Logic, Mill took a major
step toward showing that the philosophy of experience, which
had hitherto been identified primarily as a skeptical position,
could offer at least as much in the way of constructive thinking
as any other kind of view…Mill held that the philosophy of
experience was more likely than any other to encourage the
development of society along liberal lines. He therefore held
that it was a matter of considerable importance to show that
empiricism was a viable alternative to the less progressive
views—notably, Scottish common-sense philosophy and
German idealism—which were then dominant. The Logic
succeeded in doing this” (Encyclopedia of Philosophy).
Schumpeter, p. 450.
65. [MUSIC]. GRASSINEAU, James. A Musical Dictionary;
Being a Collection of Terms and Character, As well Ancient as
Modern; Including the Historical, Theoretical, and Practical
Parts of Music: As also, an Explanation of some Parts of the
Doctrine of the Antients; Interspersed with Remarks on their
Method and Practice, and curious Observations on the
Phaenomena of Sound Mathematically considered, As it’s
Relations and Proportions constitute Intervals, And those again
Concords and Discords. The whole carefully abstracted from the
best Authors in Greek, Latin, Italian, French, and English
Languages. London: Printed for J. Wilcox…1740. Octavo.
xii, 347, [1, ads] pp., with some mispagination. Four engraved
plates, three folding. Contemporary calf, gilt-ruled covers and
spine, gilt red paste-paper label, edges sprinkled red. Binding
extremities lightly rubbed, a little superficial wear to spine. A
very attractive copy. $1,500
"While Grassineau's Dictionary awaits serious studies in
textual criticism, it can be said to be the most important
dictionary of music published in Britain until the translation of
Rousseau's. In 1769, after Grassineau's death [in 1767], it was
reissued with a separate appendix containing articles from
Rousseau's dictionary; the editor is unknown" (New Grove,
Vol. 7, p. 642).
Much of the material in this work derives from the work
of the French musicologist, Sebastien de Brossard (1655-1730),
as well as other contemporary sources.
66. [MUSIC. VICTORIA DE LOS ANGELES.]
GAVOTY, Bernard. Victoria de Los Angeles. [Series:] Les Grands
Interprets. Geneve: Editions René Kister, 1956. Large octavo.
 pp. Black and white photographic reproductions from
portraits by Roger Hauert. French text. Pictorial stiff wrappers,
in dust jacket. Minor chipping to extremities, jacket has light
edgewear and a tape stain on back cover. A very good copy.
Signed by Victoria de Los Angeles on the title-page. $250
A study in words and pictures of the Barcelona-born
operatic soprano (1923-2005).
Logic in the Vernacular
67. NEWTON, John. An Introduction to the Art of Logick:
Composed for the use of English Schools, and all such who having no
opportunity of being instructed in the latine Tongue, do however
desire to be instructed in this liberal Science. London: Thomas
Passenger and Ben. Hurlock, 1671. Twelvemo. , 174 pp.,
with the extra leaf inserted after D2. Without the four-page
bookseller’s advertisements that are sometimes present.
Nineteenth century calf, ruled in blind. New endpapers. Pages
closely cropped, with occasional loss to numerals and running
titles. Bookplate. A good, clean copy. $2,000
First edition of a work by the mathematician and
reformer John Newton (1621-78). A second edition appeared
“Being a royalist Newton received no preferment during
the interregnum and supported himself by teaching
mathematics and astronomy. He wrote a connected series of
books on these subjects, all in English, advocating the use of
decimal arithmetic” (Oxford DNB).
Newton wanted all the sciences to be available in
English. At the beginning of this work, speaking to teachers of
vernacular learning, he presents logic as the seventh and last part
of an English Academy, stating that the present work was
composed “from those well known…compendiums of
Saunderson, Mr. Airy, Mr. Smith, Burgersdicius, and “others.”
“Had Newton included Brerewood in this last of
sources, he would have been able to suggest that his vernacular
logic had been influenced by every important work published
in Latin by the English Systematics” (Howell, Logic and
Rhetoric in England, 1500-1700, p. 316).
ESTC lists seven copies of this book, including only
two in North America.
68. [NINJA PRESS]. HANNON, Michael. Pruned Boughs.
[Sherman Oaks:] Ninja Press, 2008. 10” x 5.”  pp. The
type is hand-set Meridien with Weiss Initials Series III for the
display, printed letterpress in three colors onto dampened
Frankfurt. A simple decorative device used throughout, printed
and hand-brushed with iridescent mica, is from a punch cut by
Carolee Campbell, then struck into a matrix by Theo Rehak.
Walnut paper covers, stitched at spine, title in blind on front
cover. As new. Original prospectus laid in. $200
One of 100 copies, signed by the poet. These previously
unpublished poems are the third in a series of Ninja Press
publications of the work of Michael Hannon.
“With its rich walnut covers and stark white text, this
slender volume brings into sharp relief the somber prospect
invoked by these poems" (from the prospectus).
Lovely Art Nouveau Illustrations
69. [ORAZI, Manuel, illustrator]. Aventures Merveilleuses de
Huon de Bordeaux, pair de France et de la belle Esclarmonde ainsi que
du petit roi de féerie Auberon. Mises en nouveau langage par
Gaston Paris de l’Academie Française. Paris: Maison Didot,
. Quarto. 315 pp. Twelve color plates from the
watercolor designs of Manuel Orazi (1860-1934). Each page
within green pictorial borders. Designed by Eugene Grasset.
Half red morocco over marbled boards. Gilt spine with raised
bands, with gilt vignettes of a shield with swords. Original
wrappers bound in. A near fine copy. $450
First Orazi edition. A lovely art nouveau rendering of
the thirteenth-century chanson de geste.
“Intéressante publication recherchée...belles aquarelles de
cet artiste” (Carteret V.108).
Monod 671. Not in Ray, The Artist & the Book in
France, or Turn of the Century.
70. PEPLER, H.D.C. The Four Minstrels of Bremen and
“The Two Robbers”, being more Plays for Puppets…Ditchling,
Hassocks, Sussex: St. Dominic’s Press, [n.d., 1935?]. Octavo.
, 47 pp. Printed in black and red. Quarter blue morocco
over blue cloth boards, printed paper label on front cover. Some
light offsetting to endpapers, minor shelfwear. A very good,
clean copy. $350
First impression, limited to 100 copies printed on
handmade paper. This copy signed on the title-page by the
First Plato Published in England
71. PLATO. Platonis de Rebus Divinis Dialogi Selecti Graece &
Latinae…In commodas Sectiones dispertiti; Annexo ipsarum
Indice. Cambridge: Joann. Hayes, Celeberrimae Academiae
Typographi, 1673. Octavo. , 248 [i.e., 258] pp. Title-
page in red and black, woodcut initial letters and head-pieces.
Text in double columns, with facing Latin and Greek text.
Contemporary calf, rebacked to style. New endpapers. Ink
inscription of “Johannes Lewis Rector d. Sandringham 1698”
and his notes, have been lifted from the original endpaper and
mounted on the new front pastedown. Tiny wormhole in
bottom margin of first three leaves, a little light browning. A
very good copy. $1,250
First edition of the first Plato published in England.
Edited by John North (1645-1683).
Includes Crito, Phaedo, Alcibiades Secundus, De Religione,
De Justo, De Animae Immortalitate, De Precibus, etc, with index,
all translated by Ficino.
72. PLOTINUS. [Works]. London: Philip Lee Warner,
Publisher to the Medici Society, 1917-30. Five volumes, large
octavo. Light blue boards with tan linen backstrips, paper labels
on front covers and spines. All volumes in dust jackets. Jackets
of Volumes I and II partially faded. Offsetting to covers of these
two volumes because of the acidic content of the jackets. A
very good to fine set, scarce in dust jackets. $950
First edition, limited to 1,000 copies on all-rag paper.
Translated by Stephen McKenna, with the assistance of B.S.
Page in Volume V.
The definitive English Plotinus set.
73. [QUAKERISM]. BURNYEAT, John. The Truth
Exalted in the Writings of That Eminent and Faithful Servant of
Christ. London: Printed for Thomas Northcott, 1691. Quarto.
, 20, 257, pp. 260-264 [i.e., 262] pp. Includes the prefatory
poem, “On John Burnyeat’s Book.” Contemporary black
panelled morocco. Gilt-decorated spine with raised bands, all
edges gilt. Former owner’s signature (John Selfe), dated 1785.
Five pages of manuscript genealogical notes in the same owner’s
hand, on preliminary blanks. A very good and interesting copy
in an attractive binding. $1,500
Burnyeat (1631-1690) was born at Crabtreebeck, near
Loweswater, Cumberland. George Fox convinced him to take
up Quakerism in 1753. In 1670, he sailed to America to
prepare the way for Fox’s arrival the next year. This work
includes much on Burnyeat’s travels in Maryland, Virginia,
New York, and other colonies. It gives an account of his
dispute with Roger Williams, cruelties inflicted upon the
Quakers in New England, etc. Sabin 9417. Wing B5968.
74. [RED OZIER PRESS]. PEICH, Michael. The Red
Ozier: A Literary Fine Press. History and Bibliography 1976-1987.
[New York:] The New York Public Library, The Yellow Barn
Press, . Quarto. xxxii, ,  pp. With reproductions
of illus-trations from their books throughout. Artists represented
include Barry Moser, John DePol, Fritz Eichenberg, and
Antonio Frasconi. Printed letterpress on dampened Rives
Heavy white. Title in black and red; shoulder-notes in red.
Quarter burgundy linen over paste-paper boards, black leather
spine label. Fine in slipcase. $500
One of 170 copies.
Heavenly Monkey Press
75. REID, Robert R. A Young Printer in San Francisco
1949. [Vancouver, British Columbia:] Heavenly Monkey,
2007. Octavo.  pp. Frontisportrait of Reid from a linocut
by Andrea Taylor. Printed in burgundy and black. Handmade
pastepaper wrappers, stitched at spine. A fine copy. $200
One of thirty-five copies (from a total edition of 50
copies), referred to as the 'Miniscule' edition. Numbered and
signed by the author.
One of Seventy Copies
76. RITCHIE, Ward. Jane Grabhorn: the Roguish Printer of
the Jumbo Press. [Laguna Beach: Laguna Verde Imprenta,
1985]. Octavo.  pp. With illustrations in several colors,
including facsimiles of Jane Grabhorn’s work. Printed on
handmade paper. Quarter blue-green leather over black and gray
decorative boards, title in gilt on front cover. Spine slightly
faded, but a fine copy. $650
One of about 70 copies printed by Ward Ritchie on the
Albion hand press of Laguna Verde Imprenta. This book was
created from a talk given as the Goudy Lecture at Scripps
Laguna Verde Imprenta Bibliography, 25.
Unique Copy, in a Special Binding, With Color Proofs Bound In
77. [ROXBURGHE CLUB]. WORMALD, Francis. An
Early Breton Gospel Book. A Ninth-Century Manuscript from
the Collection of H.L. Bradfer-Lawrence 1887-1965. Edited
by Jonathan Alexander. Cambridge: Printed for Presentation to
the Members of the Roxburghe Club, 1977. Folio. xv, [1,
blank], 31, [1, acknowledgements],  pp., collotype plates
lettered A-H and I-XL, [4, prospectus], and 97 leaves of proofs,
mainly color trials. Designed by Geoff Green and printed at the
University Printing House, Cambridge. Bound by Spink &
Thackray, Headingley, in full crimson morocco. Covers décor-
ated in blind with a grid pattern, spine tooled in gilt and blind
in five compartments, with gilt lettering and blindstamped
ornamental vignettes. Top edge gilt, others uncut. Fine
A unique copy of this Roxburghe Club publication,
specially bound with proofs of the plates in multiple states. An
excellent exhibition item, showing the various steps of the color
“The subject of An Early Breton Gospel Book is a
virtually unknown manuscript which was almost certainly
written in Brittany in the late ninth century. It appears to have
been brought to England not later than A.D. 1000, as shown
by numerous corrections and glosses in both Latin and Old
English in insular hands of that time. The manuscript was
reported as being in private hands in A.D. 1900, but its
whereabouts during the preceding nine hundred years remains
“The particular interest lies in the decoration of the
manuscript, as seen in the Canon Tables, the decorative initials
and the miniatures, many of which have been reproduced in
seven colour or duo-chrome to match the unusual palette of the
artist and the tint of the original vellum. To ensure the accurate
reproduction from the original folios, the entire manuscript has
been disbound from its early nineteenth-century binding by
Mr. Sydney Cockerell of Cambridge:” (from the prospectus).
Signed Limited Edition
78. SANTAYANA, George. Poems. Selected by the author
and revised. London: Constable, . Small octavo. xiv,
, 4 (ads) pp. Original ecru cloth with front cover and
spine decoratively stamped in gilt. Top edge gilt. Spine slightly
discolored, fly-leaves browned, a little light foxing, mostly to
preliminaries. A very good, bright copy. $500
First edition. Limited to 100 copies, signed by the
With a Fifteenth-Century Illuminated Manuscript Leaf
79. SCHULZ, H.C. French Illuminated Manuscripts. San
Francisco: David Magee, 1958. Small octavo. 30 pp. Printed
in black and brown in Lutetia type with the pages ruled in
orange. With an original illuminated manuscript leaf from a
fifteenth-century Book of Hours tipped in, and a reproduction
of an illuminated miniature, redrawn and hand-colored by
Mary Grabhorn. Quarter white parchment over decorative
white boards with title in gilt on spine. A fine copy. $950
One of 200 copies printed on English handmade paper
by the Grabhorn Press.
One of 470 Copies Printed at the Golden Cockerel Press
80. SHAKESPEARE, William. The Poems & Sonnets of
William Shakespeare. Edited by Gwyn Jones. [London:] Golden
Cockerel Press, 1960. Folio.  pp. Title-page printed in
black and red, with vignette of cockerel in gold, decorative
initial letters in red.Printed on water-marked handmade paper.
Designed by Christopher Sandford. Composition and press-
work at the Chiswick Press. Full burgundy linen buckram with
front cover and spine stamped in gilt. Bottom corners slightly
bumped. Otherwise a fine copy, clean and tight. $375
One of 370 copies regular copies out of a total edition
of 470 copies. The remaining 100 copies were specially bound.
One of 350 Copies Printed at the Whittington Press
81. SHAKESPEARE, William. Shakespeare’s Sonnets.
Wood-engravings by John Lawrence. [London:] Printed for
Asprey & Co. by the Whittington Press, . Square
octavo. Unpaginated. Woodcut frontispiece, title-page
vignette, and tail-piece. Decorative initial letters in blue, green
and burgundy. Printed on mould-made paper. Full green
morocco by Sangorski and Sutcliffe. Gilt ruled spine with black
morocco label. Gilt-ruled covers with arms device in center of
front cover, top edge gilt. Floral-decorated endpapers. A fine
One of 350 copies.
One of 120 Copies,
Considered by Many to be the Masterpiece of Plantin Press
82. SHAKESPEARE, William. The Sonnets of William
Shakespeare. [Los Angeles: Printed by Saul and Lillian Marks at
the Plantin Press for Jacob Israel Zeitlin and Josephine Ver
Brugge Zeitlin, 1974]. Octavo. , 154,  pp. Woodcut
title-page and frontispiece by Mary Kuper. Woodcut printer’s
device on colophon. Dedicated to Alfred Fairbank, designer of
the Narrow Bembo types in which these Sonnets are printed.
Bound by Max Adjarian in quarter light brown morocco over
decorative boards. Gilt brown morocco spine label. Bookplate
of noted voyages and travels collector Kenneth E. Hill. Several
small, light brown stains to free endpapers, presumably from
something laid in. Aside from that, a fine, clean copy. $2,000
One of 120 copies.
This was Saul Marks’ final publication; he died later in
1974. Many consider it the masterpiece of the Plantin Press.
In the Original Shipping Box
83. [SHAKESPEARE, William]. ARAGON, Louis, and
Pablo Picasso. The Picasso-Aragon Shakespeare. New York:
Abrams, . Large folio. 124 pp. Thirteen full-page
lithograph reproductions of original sketched portraits of
Shakespeare created by Picasso in 1964, the four hundredth
anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth. Salmon-colored boards.
Attractive bookplate on front pastedown. Fine in fine dust
jacket, in the original publisher’s shipping box. $400
First edition. One of 1,000 copies.
84. SWIFT, Jonathan. The History of the Four Last Years of
the Queen. Published from the Last Manuscript Copy,
Corrected and Enlarged by the Author’s Own Hand. London:
Printed for A. Millar, 1758. Octavo. xvi, 392 pp. Contem-
porary calf, nicely rebacked to style. Gilt spine with red mor-
occo label. Contemporary armorial bookplate, twentieth-
century armorial bookplate. A very good, clean copy. $500
First edition, without the variant misprints on Z3 and
Aa3. as noted by Teerinck.
Written around 1713, Swift’s (1667-1745) defense of
Queen Anne’s attempts to negotiate the peace of Utrecht, was
delayed because of the procrastination of Oxford and
Bolingbroke. It was finally published posthumously.
Teerinck 809. Rothschild 2186.
With a Bookplate, Signed by Thompson
85. THOMPSON, Hunter S. The Proud Highway: Saga of a
Desperate Southern Gentleman 1955-1967. The Fear and Loathing
Letters, Volume 1. New York: Villard, . Octavo. Boards.
Fine in fine d.j. Bookplate signed by Thompson mounted on
front free endpaper. $300
86. TWAIN, Mark. Life on the Mississippi. With more than
300 illustrations. Boston: James R. Osgood and Company,
1883. Octavo. 624 pp. Text illustrations. Original brown
cloth, decoratively stamped in black and gilt. Corners rubbed,
light fraying at head and foot of spine. A very good copy,
tight and unusually bright. $1,250
First edition, later issue, without the tailpiece on p. 441,
and with the caption on p. 443 reading “The St. Charles
One of 501 Copies, Signed by the Author
Printed at the Stamperia Valdonega
87. WASSON, R. Gordon. The Wondrous Mushroom. New
York: McGraw-Hill, 1980. Quarto. xxvi,  pp. Full- and
partial-page illustrations, many in color. Quarter green morocco
over decorative linen boards, gilt spine. Spine slightly faded.
Otherwise fine in matching linen slipcase. $600
One of 501 copies printed at the Stamperia Valdonega,
signed by the author.
Wasson’s history of the use of psilocybin mushrooms in
Central America from pre-Columbian times to the present.
Wasson and his companion, photographer Allan Richardson,
were given sacred mushrooms to eat at the end of June 1955,
on the occasion of a nocturnal mushroom ceremony. They thus
became probably the first outsiders permitted to take
One of Thirty Copies with Hand-Colored Illustrations
89. [WHITTINGTON PRESS]. RANDLE, Rosalind.
Rose’s Aga Recipes. Illustrated with linocuts by Judith Verity.
[Manor Farm, Andoversford, Gloucester:] The Whittington
Press, . Small octavo.  pp. With six charming hand-
colored illustrations of culinary themes—a kitchen stove, people
at table, picking vegetables—complete with children and dogs
and cats in the background. Red and blue plaid cloth with
printed paper label on front cover. A fine copy in publisher’s
clamshell slipcase. $600
One of thirty copies with hand-colored illustrations, out
of a total edition of 250 copies. Numbered and signed by the
artist on the colophon. This copy has laid in a hand-written
recipe by the author for Lemon Refrigerator Pudding. Also laid
in is the Whittington Press pamphlet, “Books from the
Whittington Press 1983 & 1984.”
“The keynotes of this unusual recipe book are simplicity
and economy. The ingredients are those which can be easily
obtained from the village shop, and in their preparation the
author has in mind those cooks who do not wish to spend
overmuch time in the kitchen, and yet who enjoy preparing
“The recipes range from soups through main courses to
puddings which, while designed for the fuel-burning stove, can
equally well be used with gas or electricity…” (from the
publisher’s promotional material).
Presentation Copy from the Printer/Illustrator
90. WILDE, Oscar. Poems in Prose & the Preface to the
Picture of Dorian Gray. [Pownal, Vermont:] Mason Hill Press,
1974. Octavo. ,  pp. Printed in red and black on laid
paper, by James M. Dignon, Bill Ittmann and Mark
Livingston. With seven woodcuts, designed by James Dignon.
Decorative woodcut initials, paragraph marks, and tail-pieces.
Quarter green morocco over floral patterned boards. Spine
lightly faded. Otherwise a fine, clean copy. $450
One of 120 copies, signed by the illustrator. This copy
is additionally inscribed by Dignon: “To Edith & Zoltan my
dearest friends. Jimmie.”
91. [WOMEN]. ALCOTT, William A. The Young
Woman’s Guide to Excellence. Boston: George W. Light, 1840.
Twelvemo. 356, [4, ads] pp. Original dark brown blind-
stamped cloth, spine lettering in gilt. Light wear at spine
extremities, intermittent light foxing, as usual. Donor’s
inscription, dated December 25, 1850. A very good, bright
William Andrus Alcott (1798-1859) was the cousin of
Bronson Alcott. He became interested in popular education at
an early age. He began teaching at the age of eighteen, and
amassed a variety of teaching experience in New England and
in the South by the time he started attending classes at Yale
Medical School and eventually earned a diploma to practice
medicine and surgery. He wrote a number of books about
education and health, including The Young Mother or
Management of Children in Regard to Health (1836), Confessions of
a Schoolmaster (1839), The Young Man’s Guide (1839) The
Home Book of Life and Health (1856) and Forty Years in the
Wilderness of Pills and Powders (1859). His works were popular,
but have been criticized by later feminists as being too rigid.
92. [WOMEN]. [ALEXANDER, William.] Histoire des
femmes depuis la plus haute antiquité kisqu à nos jours, Avec des
Anecdotes curieuses, et de Détails très intérressans sur leur état
civil et politique, chez tous ls peoples barbares et civilizes,
anciens et moderns. Traduit de l’anglois Par le C.
Cantwell…Paris: Chez Briand, 1794. Four volumes, ,
xxxiii, , 238, [2, errata]; , 312, [2, errata]; , 240, [2,
errata]; , 301, , [1, errata] pp. Four engraved frontispieces
by Philibert Boutrois. Complete with half-titles. Contemporary
mottled calf, gilt flat spines with brown and black morocco
labels, edges stained red. Light wear to binding extremities, a
little light foxing. A very good, clean set. $950
First French translation of this well known Hitory of
Women, which first appeared in 1779.
William Alexander (bap. 1742?, d. 1788?) was a
University of Edinburgh-educated medical doctor. The present
work, which has sociological and anthropological overtones, is
his best known. It “deserves to take a place among Enlighten-
ment histories of civil society. Though Alexander clearly knew
and was influenced by Montesquieu and the encyclopédistes, it
was to contemporary Scottish historians such as John Millar,
Lord Kames, and Gilbert Stuart that he owed his greatest debts.
Like them, he attempted to place the history of women and
gender roles firmly within the history of civil society, though
he also perpetuated their disagreements and inconsistencies.
The History is long, rambling, and inconsistent, and
omits any scholarly references. In it, Alexander drew widely and
indiscriminately upon biblical history, theological studies,
classical and medieval histories, and travel literature to construct
narratives of women's employment, marriage, child-rearing
patterns, customs and ceremonies, and the status and public
power of women. He explored the relative influences of nature,
or biology, and education, or environment, in shaping the
manners of women; the potential for the moral corruption of
nations in the absence of female chastity; the relationship
between the progress of ‘civilization’ and the condition of
women; and the distinctive characteristics of both ‘northern’
and British women. On the whole Alexander was inclined to
give little weight to the influence of Christianity in the
improvement of the condition of women, and there is an anti-
Catholic and anti-clerical tinge to much of his discussion”
OCLC notes only three copies.
93. [WOMEN.] BENNETT, John. Letters to a Young Lady,
on a Variety of Useful and Interesting Subjects, Calculated to Improve
the heart, to form the manners, and enlighten the understan-
ding…The Third Edition. London: Printed for T. Cadell, Jun.
and W. Davies…1803. Two volumes, twelvemo. pp. [iii]-xx.
240; , 264 pp. Bound without the half-titles. Contemporary
tree calf, Gilt-decorated flat spines with red and black morocco
labels. Minor signs of insect damage on the back cover of
Volume II, but a fine, bright copy. Early ink signature on title-
page of each volume (“Maria Frances Montgomery”), engraved
bookplate of the same owner (“M.F. Montgomery Convoy”).
First published in 1789, this courtesy book in epistolary
form went through a number of editions, both in England and
America. The author, a clergyman who also wrote Strictures on
Female Education (1780) aimed to “rouse young ladies from a
vacant or insipid life, into one of usefulness and laudable
exertion to recall them from visionary novels and romance into
solid reading and reflection and from the criminal absurdities of
fashion, to the simplicity of nature and the dignity of virtue.
He has attempted a method of uniting, in their character, the
graces with the virtues; an amiable heart with elegant manners
and an enlightened understanding.”
94. [WOMEN]. Genuine and Authentic Memoirs of a Well-
Known Woman of Intrigue, Containing a great variety of curious
and interesting anecdotes, which have never yet appeared in
print, of several of the first characters in the fashionable world.
Written by herself. London: Printed for J. Ridgway…1787
[but a nineteenth-century reprint]. Small octavo. 120 pp. Half
red morocco over marbled boards, top edge gilt. Binding
extremities lightly rubbed. A very good copy. $300
Two editions of this work were published by Ridgway
in 1787. The first edition appears to have been a two-volume
twelvemo, known to ESTC only through a copy of Volume II
at Lodz Universytet Biblioteka. A stated second edition, a
twelvemo extending to 169 pages, appeared the same year,
though it has been conjectured that that is one volume only of
the two-volume work. ESTC reports only one copy of the
second edition, at the Bodleian Library. OCLC notes two
nineteenth-century reprints, one published in 1860, known in
one copy at the University of Miami, and another published in
1886, known only in one copy at the National Library of
Scotland. The collation of both matches that of the present
book, which only includes the date 1787. It is not clear whether
this copy is the same edition as one of those reported by
OCLC, or yet another variant. In any case, all editions of this
book are rare.
95. [WOMEN]. [MULOCK, Diana Maria, later Mrs.
Craik]. A Woman’s Thoughts About Women. By the author of
“John Halifax, Gentleman, &c. &c. London: Hurst and
Blackett, 1858. Octavo. [vi], 348, [4, ads] +  pp.
publisher’s catalogue. Original purple blindstamped cloth with
spine stamped in gilt. Some light soiling, hinges cracking, but
sound. Contemporary ownership inscription on front free
endpaper. A very good copy. $300
Diana Mulock (1826–1887), who was trained as a
governess, was the author of several novels and tales for
children. John Halifax, Gentleman (1856), the archetypal story of
a poor boy who makes good through initiative and hard work,
was extremely popular, and in her own day, she was often
compared to George Eliot and the Brontës. A Woman’s
Thoughts About Women was originally published serially in
Chambers’s Journal of Popular Literature, Science and Arts. She
addresses single women like herself and urges them to become
financially and emotionally independent, all the while
acknowledging the pain and loneliness of the single woman’s
life. She also advocates a sense of sisterhood among women.
Though she advocates marriage and motherhood as the highest
calling for women, she stresses that women should be able to
support themselves happily should this avenue not be open to
In a Beautiful Publisher’s Cloth Stamped Binding
96. [WOMEN]. SOUTHGATE, Henry. Things a Lady
Would Like to Know Concerning Domestic Management and
Expenditure. Arranged for Daily Reference with Hints regarding
the Intellectual as well as the Physical Life. London: William P.
Nimmo, 1874. Octavo. 543,  pp. Engraved frontispiece,
engraved and printed title-pages, numerous engraved headbands
and tail-pieces. Original dark blue cloth, decoratively stamped
in black and gilt on front cover and spine. Back cover
decoratively stamped in blind, all edges gilt. Contemporary
woman’s ownership signature on a preliminary blank, light
foxing to first and last few leaves. A beautiful copy, and a fine
example of a publisher’s stamped binding in bright, fresh
First edition of this comprehensive guide for young
women by print auctioneer and anthropologist Henry
Southgate (1818-1888). Includes chapters on breakfasts, tea,
supper, vegetables, sauces, pickling, confectionery, household
recipes, hints on travelling, dress, gardening, deportment, etc.
The volume is affectionately dedicated to the author’s daughter,
Julia. The binding is quite elaborately decorated, and one can
imagine that this book was often given as a gift to young ladies
by family and friends.
This work was very popular, going through at least half
a dozen editions in the prior to 1890. This first edition,
however, is uncommon. OCLC lists six copies worldwide.
97. [WOMEN]. WILKES, Wetenhall. A Letter of Genteel
and Moral Advice to a Young Lady: Being A System of Rules and
Informations; digested into a new and familiar Method, to
qualify the Fair Sex to be useful, and happy in every Scene of
Life…London: Printed for C. Hitch…1748. Twelvemo. .
198 pp. Contemporary calf, gilt spine with red morocco label.
Head of spine lightly worn, joints cracking, but cords sound.
Small piece of leather worn away on back cover. Lacks front
free endpaper and terminal blank. Otherwise a good, clean
copy. With the bookplate of John Lawson. $450
Fifth edition, “carefully revised, corrected, and enlarged
by the author.”
Wilkes (1705/6-1751) was an Irish poet and theological
writer, known for his works, An Essay on the Existence of God
(1730), and The Mourning Muse, a Verse Elegy (1738). The
present work was originally published by subscription in 1740.
Jonathan Swift subscribed to twenty copies. Wilkes’s notion of
female education is very limited, and he emphasizes her role as
wife and helpmate. He attaches great importance to chastity
All editions of this book are scarce. OCLC notes only a
handful of copies of each of the first five editions in libraries.
With 39 Marbled Paper Samples
98. WOOLNOUGH, C.W. The Whole Art of Marbling as
Applied to Paper Book-Edges Etc. Containing a full description of
the nature and properties of the materials used, the method of
preparing them, and of executing every kind of marbling in use
at the present time, with numerous illustrations and examples.
[Oxford: The Plough Press, 1985]. Octavo. 82 pp. Facsimile
reprint or the larger second edition of 1881 printed by George
Bell, with 39 pages of marbled samples reproducing the patterns
of the original, made by Katherine Davis of Payhembury.
Green cloth with front cover and spine stamped in green. A
fine copy. $600
One of 150 copies.
The Nonesuch Wycherley
99. WYCHERLEY, William. The Complete Works of
William Wycherley. Edited by Montague Summers. Soho:
Nonesuch Press, 1924. Four volumes, quarto. Light brown
linen buckram over tan boards, printed paper spine labels.
Labels browned, some offsetting to endpapers, browning to
edges. A good, tight set. $300
One of 900 sets on mould-made paper out of a total
edition of 1,000 sets.
Still the only collected set of the works of this major
author of Restoration comedies, best know for The Country
Wife and The Plain Dealer.
100. YEATS, William Butler. The Collected Works in Verse
and Prose…Stratford-on-Avon: The Shakespeare Head Press,
1908. Eight volumes, octavo. Photogravure frontispiece
portraits after drawings by John S. Sargent (Volume I), Charles
Shannon (Volume III), A. Mancini (Volume V), and J.B. Yeats
(Volume VII). Publisher’s remainder binding of quarter apple
green linen buckram over gray boards with spines stamped in
black. Some corners rubbed, some offsetting to endpapers. A
very good to fine set. $2,500
Limited to 1,060 copies. The first collected Yeats.
Ransom, Selective Check Lists, p. 10, no. 11.
Tomkinson, p. 229, no. 4. Wade 75-82.
One of Fifty Copies, Signed by the Illustrator,
and by the Printer, Peter Koch
101. ZWEIG, Stefan. The Invisible Collection. Frontispiece by
Joseph Goldyne. New York: Ursus Books, 2007.Octavo. 
pp. The original signed etching, “As the Blind Remember,”
by Joseph Goldyne, is printed on seventeenth century paper and
tipped on facing the title-page. Quarter black morocco over
boards, printed paper label on front cover, gilt spine. A fine
One of fifty numbered copies, signed by the artist, and
the printer and designer, Peter Koch.
A classic story about a blind print collector in post-
World War I Germany.