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Seven Wives and Seven Prisons; or, Experiences in the Life of a Matrimonial Monomaniac. A True Story, Written By Himself, Abbott, L. A
1 Abbott, L. A Seven Wives and Seven Prisons; or, Experiences in the Life of a Matrimonial Monomaniac. A True Story, Written By Himself
New York L. A. Abbott 1870 First Edition; First Printing Hardcover Very Good 8vo 
x, 11-205 pages; Clean and tight in original brown cloth binding with gilt lettering at spine (rubbed away), cloth chipped at spine ends. Frontispiece titled "My First and Worst Wife," three additional plates titled: "Attempt to Elope with Sarah Scheimer," "Kidnapping my Own Son," and "Striking Off a Deadman's Shackles." Evidently a fictionalized autobiography of an adventurous polygamist. 
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Democracy: An American Novel bound with: Marked for Life, by A. F. Pinkerton, Adams, Henry  & Pinkerton, A. F.
2 Adams, Henry & Pinkerton, A. F. Democracy: An American Novel bound with: Marked for Life, by A. F. Pinkerton
London [& Chicago] Ward, Lock -- (and Laird and Lee, Chicago) 1887 Hardcover Good+ 8vo 
186; 147 & [1] pages; TITLE I: Democracy: An American Novel. London: Ward Lock & Co., [nd. but ca. 1882]. 186 pp. Second British edition, probably an unauthorized piracy. Macmillan had published the first British edition, also anonymously, in May of 1882. This cheaply made edition has a number code at the foot of page 186 suggesting that it was printed in December, 1882. bound with....TITLE II: Pinkerton, A. F. Marked for Life. Chicago: Laird and Lee, 1887. (The Pinkerton detective series, issued monthly. No. 2, April 1887). 147 & [1, ads] pp. The second title has a tiny worm track running across the (blank) upper margins of many leaves, and stab-marks in the gutter margins from previous sewing. "Democracy" is well preserved, although its paper was clearly inexpensive and the printing job perfunctory. The binding is in medium brown cloth -- lettered in black, with the titles of the two titles running vertically up the spine, and "NAGASAKI BOWLING CLUB" running at a diagonal at the center of the front cover. Along the foot of this cover: "To Be Returned Within 10 Days." Mounted to the front cover is a bookplate, printed in black (text entirely in English) within a decorative type border -- on bright pink paper. "Nagasaki Bowling Club / Library / Vol. [354, neatly written in ink] / Members are entitled to the loan of / not more than 2 Vols. at a time for a / period not exceeding 10 days." Plain endpapers show considerable foxing, the volume has a modest "lean" and the spine has been neatly repaired along the rear gutter edge. ------ This book seems unikely to exist -- in several respects. First, the two texts which share this binding have nothing in common except their respective settings in the United States of America. The binding and the bookplate assert ownership by an entity which sounds odd and even dubious: "The Nagasaki Bowling Club." And finally, the city in which this far-fetched entity was located was incinerated on the ninth of August, 1945; one of only two instances of nuclear warfare ever perpetrated against a populated city. Even before what historians came to refer to as the "Meiji Restoration, Nagasaki had been specially designated as one of five ports in Japan in which segregated settlements for foreigners were to be tolerated -- (along with Kanagawa [Yokohama], Kobe, Niigata and Hakodate, under the terms of the Ansei Five-Power Treaties which took effect in July, 1859). By luck of geography, Nagasaki was closest to the coast of China, which made it a most important staging-area for the introduction to Japan of a dazzling variety of western technology (and people). One of the western innovations which made its way to the gateway of Nagasaki, evidently, was the bowling ball. The June 22, 1861 issue of the 'Nagasaki Shipping List and Advertiser' contains a small ad announcing the opening of the "International Bowling Saloon" on Hirobaba Street in the settlement -- evidently Japan's first bowling lane. It must have been popular among the western settlers in Nagasaki, since it soon became customary for hotels constructed for western guests to include a bowling lane or two in their basements. Bowling is a social sport, so the activity eventually concentrated in the "Nagasaki Bowling Club" -- established at No.10A Minamiyamate. The Club served for many years as a social institution for residents of many nationalities. It is recorded in the property records of the city at No. 10A -- in 1889 (but may have been established earlier). The records further indicate that Frederick Ringer (British) bought the Bowling Club at auction, in June, 1904. In that same year, Jean A. Couder, a Canadian-born former Merchant Seaman, who had stepped off his last ship in 1862 and spent the remainder of his life in Nagasaki, died in his house next door to the Club, aged 64. Counder, who owned a French restaurant and bakery in the nearby neighborhood, Oura, is recorded as having served for a period of six years as honorary secretary of the Nagasaki Bowling Club. For the two books linked together in this extraordinary volume, see OCLC numbers 17538478 & 592193. We should be most grateful (and surprised) to hear details of any other surviving volume from the "Nagasaki Bowling Club Library." 
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THE NOVEL OF TOMORROW AND THE SCOPE OF FICTION by Twelve American Novelists, Adams, Samuel Hopkins ; Mary Austin, James Branch Cabell, et al.
3 Adams, Samuel Hopkins ; Mary Austin, James Branch Cabell, et al. THE NOVEL OF TOMORROW AND THE SCOPE OF FICTION by Twelve American Novelists
Indianapolis: The Bobbs-Merril Company 1922 First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ 8vo 
(viii), 147 pages; Clean and tight in original printed gray boards. OCLC: 10624750 Contributors include Samuel Hopkins Adams, Mary Austin, James Branch Cabell, Floyd Dell, Walso Frank, Zona Gale, Joseph Hergesheimer, Harvey O'Higgins, Robert Herrick, Henry Kitchell Webster, William Allen White, and Edith Franklin Wyatt. These articles originally appeared in The New Republic along with essays by Willa Cather and by Theodore Dreiser which are not included in this collection. Contents include: Apollyon vs. Pollyanna, by S.H. Adams.--The American form of the novel, by Mary Austin.--A note on alcoves, by J.B. Cabell.--The difference between life and fiction by F. Dell.--The major issue, by W. Frank.--The novel of tomorrow, by Zona Gale.--The profession of novelist, by J. Hergesheimer.--The new novel, by R. Herrick.--A note on the new novel, by H. O'Higgins.--A brace of definitions and a short code, by H.K. Webster.--Splitting fiction three ways, by W.A. White.--"Dreaming true", by Edith F. Wyatt.; Experience the pleasure of reading and appreciating this actual printed item. It has its own physical history that imbues it with a character lacking in ephemeral electronic renderings. 
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JAMES SMITH REID 1846-1926, Adcock, F. E
4 Adcock, F. E JAMES SMITH REID 1846-1926
London Humphrey Milford Amen House 1929 First Edition Thus Paperback Very Good 8vo 
13 pages; A memorial tribute From the Proceedings of the British Academy. Volume XIII. Printed by John Johnson at the University Press, Oxford. OCLC: 20124307 Reid was a classical scholar and historian; He served as Professor of Ancient History and a Fellow and Tutor of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge. Reid was also the editor of Cicero's. ; Experience the pleasure of reading and appreciating this actual printed item. It has its own physical history that imbues it with a character lacking in ephemeral electronic renderings. 
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Volgarizzamento delle Favole di Esopo   testo Riccardiano inedito, citato dagli Accademici della Crusca, Aesop  [edited by Luigi Rigoli]
5 Aesop [edited by Luigi Rigoli] Volgarizzamento delle Favole di Esopo testo Riccardiano inedito, citato dagli Accademici della Crusca
Firenze [Florence, Italy] Stamperia del giglio, a spese di A. Garine 1818 First Edition Thus Hardcover Very Good 8vo 
118, [2] pages; Contemporary cream colored boards, two small labels with collection numbers on spine and front cover -- (the faint spine label matches the number on the booklabel of Leo S. Olschki [ Ex libris Leonis S. Olschki bibliopolae Veneti Established heading] -- longtime booksellers in Florence, etc. Two small inscriptions dated 1843 on the enpapers. A well preserved uncut copy, impressed as an octavo with generous margins, possibly on large paper -- (the copy in the Bodleian Library at Oxford, similarly sized, has an ink note suggesting that this issue can be designated thus). This is a significant edition of a vernacular version of the Aesop fables from the 14th century - edited by Luigi Rigoli (1763-1832). Handsomely printed, with a fine woodcut printer's device on title page (and repeated on the verso of the final leaf). A useful list of words and phrases new to Italian in this historic translation, using the registry of the Accademici della Crusca -- ["Tavola delle voci dell'Esopo piu notabili, e nuovi modi di dire non registrati nel Vocabolario"] pp. 110-114. A few stray spots of foxing, but generally a clean and pleasing copy. 
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KAPPA (Gulliver in a Kimono) Translation and introductory notes by Seiichi Shiojiri, Akutagawa, Ryunosuke
6 Akutagawa, Ryunosuke KAPPA (Gulliver in a Kimono) Translation and introductory notes by Seiichi Shiojiri
Abeno, Osaka, Japan Akitaya 1948 First Edition; Third Printing Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good dust jacket 12mo 
154 pages; Publisher's flexible grey boards printed in black, pictorial endpapers, in a fragile dust jacket printed in black and red on thin paper stock. This is the third printing of the first English language edition of "Kappa" -- the masterpiece of Ryunosuke Akutagawa, considered by some the father of the Japanese short story. His mother went insane shortly after his birth in 1912, so he was adopted and raised by his maternal uncle, Akutagawa Do-sho-, from whom he received the Akutagawa family name. Akutagawa published his first short story "Rashomon" in the literary magazine Teikoku Bungaku ("Imperial Literature"), while still a student. The story, based on a twelfth-century tale, is well known in the west thanks to the classic film Rashomon (1950) directed by Akira Kurosawa. The film under this title is a reasonably faithful retelling of Akutagawa's later story "In a Grove." Only the title and the frame scenes set in the Rashomon Gate are taken from Akutagawa's story, "Rashomon." Kappa (1927), one of the author's final works, is a satire based on a creature from Japanese folklore. Towards the end of his life, Akutagawa began to suffer from visual hallucinations and nervousness. He was consumed with fear that he had inherited his mother's insanity. In 1927 he tried to take his own life, together with a friend of his wife, but the attempt failed. He finally committed suicide by taking an overdose of Veronal, which had been given to him by Saito Mokichi on July 24, 1927. His final words in his will claimed he felt a "vague insecurity" (Bon'yaritoshita fuan) about the future. He was 35, and left about 150 stories. The endpapers of this fragile English translation by Seiichi Shiojiri reproduce the ink drawing of the Kappa made by the author, Ryunosuke Akutagawa. Kappa is a satire, presented as the first-person account of a madman, Patient No. 23, as transcribed by the author (who provides a brief explanatory note). The story the man tells is of winding up in 'Kappaland', a whole different world into which he fell as he chased a Kappa while on a mountain-climbing excursion. The dust jacket to this scarce edition, has Japanese characters in black and English letters in pale red. Helpfully, it supplies a descriptive subtitle: "Gulliver in a Kimono." Along these same lines, there is a quote attributed to "Time" -- ".... To American readers, Akutagawa's satire seemed almost too good to have been written by a Japanese." This Osaka edition first appeared in June, 1947; there was a second impression in November, 1947, and this third impression was published in August, 1948. This printing mentions a US distributer on the title page ["P.D. & Ione Perkins, South Pasadena, California"] Kappa achieved a wider English language distribution in 1949 with an edition from a larger Tokyo publisher, The Hokuseido Press. This is a well-preserved copy of the earlier and delicate Osaka edition, unmarked, clean and tight, in a slightly used and toned dust jacket with minor edge wear and a few tiny chips at the spine ends. Frontispiece portrait of the author, from a photograph. ; Experience the pleasure of reading and appreciating this actual printed item. It has its own physical history that imbues it with a character lacking in ephemeral electronic renderings. 
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TWO STORIES  [ SIGNED ], Aldington, Richard
7 Aldington, Richard TWO STORIES [ SIGNED ]
London Elkin Matthews 1930 First Edition Hardcover Fine in Fine dust jacket Signed by Author
Autograph; 43 pages; clean and tight in original patterned boards with blue cloth spine in matching dustjacket. One of 530 autographed copies, of which 500 were for sale. OCLC: 702351894 Scarce in this condition. ; Signed by Author; Experience the pleasure of reading and appreciating this actual printed item. It has its own physical history that imbues it with a character lacking in ephemeral electronic renderings. 
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WILLIAM ALLINGHAM - A Diary, Allingham, H. ; D. Radford
8 Allingham, H. ; D. Radford WILLIAM ALLINGHAM - A Diary
London Macmillan 1907 First Edition; First Printing Hardcover Very Good 8vo 
x, 404 pages; Former owner's name on ffep and a few lines in pencil quoting Allingham's poem "The Fairies", otherwise clean and tight in original navy blue cloth binding with bright gilt lettering at spine. Upper corners rounded, portrait frontispiece. William Allingham, a writer and poet born in Donegal, Ireland, became sub-editor of Frazer's Magazine in 1870. In early 1874 he assumed the position of editor from Froude, and later that year married Helen Patterson, the watercolour painter. Allingham was a close friend of Dante Gabriel Rossetti, who contributed to the illustration of his book Day and Night Songs. In this diary he records his lively encounters with Tennyson, Carlyle, Darwin, Dickens and many other writers and artists. 
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9 Allwohn, Adolf DER MYTHOS BEI SCHELLING
Charlottenburg Rolf Heise 1927 First Edition Softcover Very Good 8vo 
1 p.l. & 78 pages; Clean and tight in Publisher's printed wrappers. Published as Kant-studien. Ergänzungshefte, 61. OCLC: 2306498; Experience the pleasure of reading and appreciating this actual printed item. It has its own physical history that imbues it with a character lacking in ephemeral electronic renderings. 
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Gli amori di Anacreonte o sia collezione delle sue odi di amoroso argomento Tradotte dal conte Xaverio Broglio d'Ajano, Anacreon
10 Anacreon Gli amori di Anacreonte o sia collezione delle sue odi di amoroso argomento Tradotte dal conte Xaverio Broglio d'Ajano
Place Not Identified Publisher Unstated 1790 First Edition Softcover Very Good Square 8vo 
2 p.l. & 92 pages; Very scarce first edition of Count Xaverio Broglio d'Ajano's verse translation of odes by Anacreon into Italian. It was probably printed somewhere in Italy around 1790, though there is no date printed. It probably was made in the Marche, near Macerata, where the translator was a Senator in the Repubblica romana. (The date comes from a catalogue entry in the database of the Istituto Centrale per il Catalogo Unico delle biblioteche italiane e per le informazioni bibliografiche - ICCU). This handsome octavo version was printed to celebrate the wedding of Carlo Teodoro Antici de' marchesi di Pesci and donna Marianna Mattei de' duchi di Giove - which does contribute some element of precision to the estimate of its date of issue. It is bound in jolly contemporary wrappers with a printed floral pattern. This is a large copy in original condition, with large margins - at least a few fore-edges show deckles. A few leaves of the high-quality laid paper have a blue tinge; 220 years ago, this may have been printed on special blue paper. The long-lived translator, born a Count in 1749, had to wait nearly forty years to see a regularly published version of this text (published in small 24mo format: (Verona : tipografia di Pietro Bisesti, 1829). This rare undated first edition from about 1790 is not in OCLC, none in the British Library, none in the French Bibliotheque Nationale. ICCU database locates two copies: (Accademia Georgica - Treia; and Biblioteca internazionale La Vigna - Vicenza). A clean unmarked copy, with some splitting to the gutter hinge of the front wrapper, but still attached. Handsome and rare. ; Experience the pleasure of reading and appreciating this actual printed item. It has its own physical history that imbues it with a character lacking in ephemeral electronic renderings. 
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EL CID, Anonymous
11 Anonymous EL CID
Barcelona Imprenta de Antonio Bergnes y Compañia 1842 First Edition Thus Hardcover Very Good- 8vo 
237 & [3, Indice] pages; Mid-nineteenth century dark red quarter leather over red pebbled cloth covers, pattern-printed endpapers (lacks the front free endpaper). Some rubbing and wear to the leather spine, covers a bit soiled and with wear to the corners. Scattered foxing to the leaves, probably the usual situation with the scarce surviving copies of this interesting edition. This copy is complete; the dedication leaf is bound before the title page, and the prefatory leaf "Los Editores" is bound following the first leaf of text. [A simple binder's error: the volume is printed on large octavo half sheets throughout, so, for the two pairs of double-size leaves constituting the first gathering, one should have been tucked inside the other, and instead wrapped around the other bifolium]. There is a statement about the text edition on the "Los Editores" leaf: "está estractada de la Colección de los más célebres romances antiguos españoles, publicada por C. B. Depping, y considerablemente enmendada por un Español refujiado en Inglaterra, en la reimpresión que de ella se hizo en Londres en el año 1825." This refers to the group of early Spanish texts published from the scholarship of Georges-Bernard Depping [as 'Colección de los mas célebres romances antiguos españoles...' London: Vicente Salvá..., 1825]. The lead publisher, Vicente Salvá y Pérez, was the "español refugiado en Inglaterra" who revised the text. But the textual history, however interesting, is not the main point of interest of this Barcelona edition. Rather, the distinction of this 1842 Barcelona production derives largely throughwood-engraved illustrations throughout by Spanish artists: (Gaspar, Torner, Gabriel, and Martínez). The 96 superb graphic initial letters are at least as interesting; some are figural, but others are almost abstract in design. This edition is now quite scarce. There are three locations divided between two OCLC numbers [OCLC Number: 937655576 -- Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec; and OCLC Number: 253081661 -- copies in Berlin and Hamburg]. COPAC shows three copies in British Institutions: [Exeter University; St. Andrews University; and British Library]. There are several faint pencil signatures on the verso of the title page "Miss Frances Hood" -- which raise the interesting possibility that this copy belonged to the daughter of the poet and humorist Thomas Hood [1799-1845]. Frances Hood, later became known under her married name as a writer of books for children [Frances Freeling Broderip - 1830-1878]. Several of her books were illustrated by her brother, Tom Hood. The two siblings edited a two-volume "Memorials of Thomas Hood," and in 1869 selected and published the "Early Poems and Sketches" of her father. These works show that both Frances and Tom Hood were fascinated by illustrated books their father owned -- (alas, Thomas Hood owned little but his books when he died as a near-invalid at age 45). 
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12 Anonymous EXCITING STORIES OF LONDON SOCIETY [A collection of stories and illustrations from "London Society - An Illustrated Magazine of Light and Amusing Literature for Hours of Relaxation"
New York Hurd and Houghton 1869 First Edition Hardcover Very Good 8vo 
570 pages; An anthology of the best works from the nineteenth century periodical London Society. Clean and tight in original brick red cloth binding with faded gilt lettering at spine. Binding worn at corners and spine ends. "London Society - An Illustrated Magazine of Light and Amusing Literature for Hours of Relaxation" was a Victorian era illustrated monthly periodical published between 1862 and 1898. No listing for this volume found in OCLC. ; Experience the pleasure of reading and appreciating this actual printed item. It has its own physical history that imbues it with a character lacking in ephemeral electronic renderings. 
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Miracle de nostre dame la marquise de la Gaudine qui par laccusemen~t de loncle de son mari auq[ue]l son mari lauoit com~ise a garder fu condampnee a ardoir, Dont Anthenor p[ar] le co~mendeme~t d[e] Nostre dame sen combati a loncle et le desconfit en champ... Imprime nouuelleme~t a Paris, Anonymous
13 Anonymous Miracle de nostre dame la marquise de la Gaudine qui par laccusemen~t de loncle de son mari auq[ue]l son mari lauoit com~ise a garder fu condampnee a ardoir, Dont Anthenor p[ar] le co~mendeme~t d[e] Nostre dame sen combati a loncle et le desconfit en champ... Imprime nouuelleme~t a Paris
Paris Par Crapelet chez Silvestre 1841 First Edition; First Printing Hardcover Very Good 12mo 
[33 ff.] pages; Old marbled paper-covered boards, ms. title on label mounted to the front cover. 33 leaves, unpaginated. Text printed in a gothic black letter type, with 2 woodcut illustrations. The long title transcribes the manuscript original, including its dropped letter abbreviations: "Miracle de nostre dame la marq[ui]se de la Gaudine qui par laccusemen~t de loncle de son mari auq[ue]l son mari lauoit com~ise a garder fu condampnee a ardoir, Dont Anthenor p[ar] le co~mendeme~t d[e] Nostre dame sen combati a loncle et le desconfit en champ. Et est le dict miracle a XVII person~aiges..." This beautifully printed small volume appears to be a type-facsimile of an early printed book, but it is really an original production from 1841 -- the editio princeps of an important fourteenth century French mystery play. It is one of a group collectively known as the "Miracles de Nostre Dame par personnages" -- (originally performed annually between 1339 and 1382 at the meetings of the Confrérie Saint-Éloi of the Parisian Goldsmiths' Guild). The texts of these forty plays were preserved in two precious manuscript volumes once the property of the French crown and now in the Bibliotheque Nationale: [MS. 2 vols. Bibl. Nat. 819-820. The first volume contains 22 plays; the second contains 18 plays. The pair are known also as MS. de Cangé, and date from the 15th century]. The present play is number twelve in the BN MS -- "La marquise de la Gaudine." The story is one of the most vivid of these early mystery plays, and is likely to have been an adaptation of sources drawn from the old romances and chansons de geste. The earthy plot involves the intervention of the Virgin only as an agent of consolation at the end. The uncle of the marquise seeks in vain to seduce his niece during her husband's absence. Desiring revenge for her rejection of his advances, he puts a dwarf in her bed while she sleeps, pretends to "discover" him there, murders his planted "lover," and accuses the marquise of adultery. The marquise's husband on his return condemns her to be burned alive. Fortunately, a knight whom she has formerly befriended arrives at this crucial point, proclaims her innocence, and challenges anyone who will deny it. The uncle, who has been responsible for this mess, unwisely accepts the Knight's challenge, is conquered, and admits that his accusation was false. The marquis and marquise are reunited, while the knight is rewarded with half the uncle's lands. The role of Nostre Dame is subordinate, as she descends from heaven only to comfort the marquise and to assure the knight of her innocence. There are thirty two unpaginated leaves with the text (signed A-H4), plus a final leaf with two-pages of historical information by the editor, signed "A.V." -- [Auguste Veinant (an anagram of Gustave Aventin)]. There are two wood-engraved illustrations: a depiction of the marquise of Gaudine on her way to meet her unpleasant fate on the title page, and a full-page woodcut depicting the heroic Knight, between the end of the text and the leaf of the editor's explanation. The modern editor explains that the former is based on the miniature at the head of the text in the BN manuscript. "A.V." also explains that up until 1841, only thirteen of the forty plays had been published, the present "Marquise de Gaudine" being one of the final pair. The modern colophon appears immediately below: "Achevé d'imprimer le 20 fevrier 1841, par CRAPELET, rue de Vaugirard, no. 9; et se vend a Paris, chez SILVESTRE, Libraire, Rue des Bons-Enfants, no. 30." A modern description of the original manuscript volumes and confirmation that this 1841 publication is the editio princeps of the Marquise de Gaudine can be found in "References for students of miracle plays and mysteries," by Francis Hovey Stoddard (Berkeley, 887) -- see pp. 27-8. The binding is executed with marbled paste-downs but no matching free endpapers, front and rear. 
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14 Anonymous Miracle de nostre dame la marquise de la Gaudine qui par laccusemen~t de loncle de son mari auq[ue]l son mari lauoit com~ise a garder fu condampnee a ardoir, Dont Anthenor p[ar] le co~mendeme~t d[e] Nostre dame sen combati a loncle et le desconfit en champ... Imprime nouuelleme~t a Paris
Paris Par Crapelet chez Silvestre 1841 First Edition; First Printing Hardcover Very Good 12mo 
[33 ff.] pages; Old marbled paper-covered boards, ms. title on label mounted to the front cover. 33 leaves, unpaginated. Text printed in a gothic black letter type, with 2 woodcut illustrations. The long title transcribes the manuscript original, including its dropped letter abbreviations: "Miracle de nostre dame la marq[ui]se de la Gaudine qui par laccusemen~t de loncle de son mari auq[ue]l son mari lauoit com~ise a garder fu condampnee a ardoir, Dont Anthenor p[ar] le co~mendeme~t d[e] Nostre dame sen combati a loncle et le desconfit en champ. Et est le dict miracle a XVII person~aiges..." This beautifully printed small volume appears to be a type-facsimile of an early printed book, but it is really an original production from 1841 -- the editio princeps of an important fourteenth century French mystery play. It is one of a group collectively known as the "Miracles de Nostre Dame par personnages" -- (originally performed annually between 1339 and 1382 at the meetings of the Confrérie Saint-Éloi of the Parisian Goldsmiths' Guild). The texts of these forty plays were preserved in two precious manuscript volumes once the property of the French crown and now in the Bibliotheque Nationale: [MS. 2 vols. Bibl. Nat. 819-820. The first volume contains 22 plays; the second contains 18 plays. The pair are known also as MS. de Cangé, and date from the 15th century]. The present play is number twelve in the BN MS -- "La marquise de la Gaudine." The story is one of the most vivid of these early mystery plays, and is likely to have been an adaptation of sources drawn from the old romances and chansons de geste. The earthy plot involves the intervention of the Virgin only as an agent of consolation at the end. The uncle of the marquise seeks in vain to seduce his niece during her husband's absence. Desiring revenge for her rejection of his advances, he puts a dwarf in her bed while she sleeps, pretends to "discover" him there, murders his planted "lover," and accuses the marquise of adultery. The marquise's husband on his return condemns her to be burned alive. Fortunately, a knight whom she has formerly befriended arrives at this crucial point, proclaims her innocence, and challenges anyone who will deny it. The uncle, who has been responsible for this mess, unwisely accepts the Knight's challenge, is conquered, and admits that his accusation was false. The marquis and marquise are reunited, while the knight is rewarded with half the uncle's lands. The role of Nostre Dame is subordinate, as she descends from heaven only to comfort the marquise and to assure the knight of her innocence. There are thirty two unpaginated leaves with the text (signed A-H4), plus a final leaf with two-pages of historical information by the editor, signed "A.V." -- [Auguste Veinant (an anagram of Gustave Aventin)]. There are two wood-engraved illustrations: a depiction of the marquise of Gaudine on her way to meet her unpleasant fate on the title page, and a full-page woodcut depicting the heroic Knight, between the end of the text and the leaf of the editor's explanation. The modern editor explains that the former is based on the miniature at the head of the text in the BN manuscript. "A.V." also explains that up until 1841, only thirteen of the forty plays had been published, the present "Marquise de Gaudine" being one of the final pair. The modern colophon appears immediately below: "Achevé d'imprimer le 20 fevrier 1841, par CRAPELET, rue de Vaugirard, no. 9; et se vend a Paris, chez SILVESTRE, Libraire, Rue des Bons-Enfants, no. 30." A modern description of the original manuscript volumes and confirmation that this 1841 publication is the editio princeps of the Marquise de Gaudine can be found in "References for students of miracle plays and mysteries," by Francis Hovey Stoddard (Berkeley, 887) -- see pp. 27-8. The binding is executed with marbled paste-downs but no matching free endpapers, front and rear. 
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The Poet's Gift of Consolation to Sorrowing Mothers, Anonymous
15 Anonymous The Poet's Gift of Consolation to Sorrowing Mothers
New York A. S. Barnes & Co. 1870 First Edition; First Printing Hardcover Very Good 12mo 
167 pages; Publisher's green cloth, beveled edges, decorative lettering in gilt on front cover and spine, additional decorative stamping in black and in blind, chocolate brown endpapers, all edges gilt. Date is approximate, none printed. A handsome copy, the binding shows just a bit of the lightest rubbing at the tips of the spine ends and points of the corners. Some diffuse foxing scattered throughout the text leaves, which are elegantly set within decorative framed borders of rules and type ornaments at the corners. [Cover title is: "Poems of Consolation"]. There is an engraved oval vignette on the title page depicting a young child. Dedication leaf: "In Loving Memorial of Grace and Amy." The poems are drawn from both English and American sources, with contributions by Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, James Russell Lowell, Gerald Massey, Lydia Sigourney, etc. Several are anonymous. Scarce. See OCLC 20449831 [9 locations, including one in Canada]. 
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High on the Wild with Hemingway A Pictorial Recollection, Arnold, Lloyd R. ; [ Ernest Hemingway ]
16 Arnold, Lloyd R. ; [ Ernest Hemingway ] High on the Wild with Hemingway A Pictorial Recollection
Caldwell Caxton Printers 1968 1122326289 / 9781122326285 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dust jacket 4to 
343 pages; Clean and tight in original cloth binding with pictorial endpapers in bright fresh dustjacket (red NOT faded). A pictorial recollection of "Papa" Hemingway by a close friend and photographer. Spans the years from 1939 to 1961, highlighting Hemingway's time in Idaho. Lloyd "Pappy" Arnold was Sun Valley Resort's first official photographer. Averell Harriman, of the Union Pacific which owned the resort, lured Ernest Hemingway and his soon to be third wife Martha Gellhorn to visit Sun Valley in September 1939. "Pappy" Arnold was assigned to accompany Hemingway on hunting and fishing expeditions and other excursions in the area. Arnold, himself a serious outdoorsman, introduced Hemingway to another hunter Gene Van Guilder and to the area's best guide Taylor "Beartracks" Williams. Later (fall of 1941) Williams introduced Hemingway to the "Old Timer" who related to Hemingway and Arnold his numerous old tales of Custer's death at the Greasy Grass, and the Wagonbox fight where dozens of woodcutters fought two thousand Sioux. This book of wonderful photographs and vivid reminiscences is a well-spring for Hemingway enthusiasts. 
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ART AND LITERATURE  An International Review   No. 7 (Winter 1965), Art and Literature editors
17 Art and Literature editors ART AND LITERATURE An International Review No. 7 (Winter 1965)
Lausanne Societe Anonyme d'Editions Litteraires et Artistiques 1965 First Edition Paperback Very Good 12mo 7" - 7½" tall 
214 pages; Clean and tight in original printed wrappers. Price stamped on front wrapper and lower corner rounded. Contents include Selections from the Journal of Mary Butts by Robert Byington & Glen Morgan; Aphorisms by Christoph Lichtenberg; Away from Home by Jane Brown; Back in the Thirites by Myfanwy Piper; Anne Arnold's Animals by Scott Burton; Autotitratto by George Feldman; The Escape of Jacksongrad by Harry Mathews; The Reading of Poussin by Philippe Sollers; Vizcaya by Keith Cohen; Sea Level by Joseph Ceravolo; etc.; Poems by George Seferis, Osip Mandelshtam, Allan Kaplan, Howard Sutton, and David W. McKain; 
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The Charles Meeker Kozlay Collection Of Bret Harte First Editions Rare Ephemera ... To Which Are Added Mr. Kozlay's Collection Of First Editions Of Modern Authors ... [to Be Sold Thursday, March 18, 1926], Association, American Art
18 Association, American Art The Charles Meeker Kozlay Collection Of Bret Harte First Editions Rare Ephemera ... To Which Are Added Mr. Kozlay's Collection Of First Editions Of Modern Authors ... [to Be Sold Thursday, March 18, 1926]
American Art Association 1926 First Edition Hardcover Very Good 8vo 8" - 9" tall 
98 pages; Annotated with prices realized, otherwise clean and secure in attractive binding of quarter brown claf and marbled boards with gilt lettering and floral image at spine and a different floral image at bottom of front board; original wrappers bound in, corners of boards rubbed. Auction catalogue including 647 titles of which 382 are Harte items. OCLC: 8567137 
Price: 49.94 USD
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ON THE HEIGHTS    Complete in Three Volumes, Auerbach, Berthold
19 Auerbach, Berthold ON THE HEIGHTS Complete in Three Volumes
Leipzig Bernhard Tauchnitz 1868 Hardcover Very Good 12mo 
Tauchnitz Collection of German Authors; 302; 322; 448 pages; Bound in quarter red calf with marbled boards and marbled endpapers, leather rubbed at extremities, contents clean and tight. Bound by R.W. Smith & Co. Binders, Marion St., New York Second Authorized Edition, thoroughly revised. Translated by F. E. Bunnett OCLC: 37964196 Todd and Bowden No. C1A, C2A, C3A 
Price: 59.94 USD
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THE WEEK-END BOOK, Authors, Various
20 Authors, Various THE WEEK-END BOOK
London Nonesuch Press 1928 Hardcover Very Good 12mo 7" - 7½" tall 
Full blue marbled leather binding (as in image) with gilt lettering at spine, leather rubbed at spine ends with minor loss at head, decorative endpapers. Nicely printed on India paper. Former owner's name in pencil on ffep, otherwise clean and tight. A delightful anthology of poems, songs, essays, stories and illustrations, including fourteen colour plates by Albert Rutherston. 
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