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1 Album Amicorum for Abby Dole
Massachusetts and New Hampshire 1836 - 1839 Blindstamped Full Morocco Good 
8vo. 24 by 19 cm. 3 to 135 numbered pages. Poetry by many hands, including classmates, relatives and some other friends. Many entries are conveniently dated. Also locations are given as Methuen, Andover and Boston, all being Eastern and Northeast Massachusetts, and New Hampton Salisbury, NH, in central NH. Six nice, even intricate, period vignette illustrations, done with ink or watercolor, plus six steel engravings that were bound in the blank album by its binder/publisher. The entries would appear to have been done mostly by fellow students of Abby, and we would surmise that she was a student at the New Hampton Female Seminary, which was a normal school of the time (a teaching college). Heavily scuffed morocco binding. Rebacked. New endpapers. Light to moderate soiling of pages, with minor edge chipping to a few early leaves. 
Price: 350.00 USD
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Dora
2 Dora
Cheshire, England Full Morocco Near Fine 
Superb mid-nineteenth century amateur illuminated manuscript with original story told in blank verse. N.d., circa 1850s. With inscription dated 1865. Oblong, 24 by 30 cm. 22 leaves, with illumination, illustration and text only on recto, with exception of frontis ink drawing of Bradley Hall, where the story takes place, on the verso. The poem tells of a father who is thwarted in his wish to have his son marry his virtuous niece and of what happens when later the son dies of illness, leaving a child behind. The sentimental tone and spirit of the tale exemplifies well mid-Victorian piety. Yet while the blank verse carries echos of biblical readings, it must also be noted that it is a departure from the doggeril that was far more likely to come from the amateur pen. The calligraphy throughout is disciplined and arresting; the ornamentation is grounded mostly in the late Medieval style, with a few interpretative variants. Importantly, the illuminist never repeats himself, and there are even subtle variants employed in the lettering. Four leaves feature fuller original illustration, as opposed to being dominated by ornamental motives, and these illustrations have a naive charm that is of singular beauty. Bradley Hall is a half-timber quaint Elizabethan manor house resembling Shakespeare's house in Stratford. Blue morocco binding with gilt border, and title "Dora" spelled out in center. Edgewear to the binding. Otherwise, clean and tight. 
Price: 2850.00 USD
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3 Manuscript Broadside with Probably an Original Poem Written with Calligraphy and Fancy Penwork Ornamentation
NA Very Good 
N.p., American. N.d., circa 1840s. (The heavy stock paper is watermarked Whatman 1843.) We can not state definitively that the verse was original to whomever wrote it out, but we could find no trace of the poem elsewhere. The elegaic verse begins: "Abby's gone! that pleasant daughter,/ She whose face was lighted up/ At your coming and whose presence/ Added joy to life's full cup." We would guess that the manuscript was inspired by an actual death, and was a gift to the bereaved parent(s). The calligraphy is a beautiful complement to the sentiments expressed. A most unusual and appealing piece of poetic ephemera. 
Price: 750.00 USD
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4 My Mother
Blindstamped Cloth Very Good 
N.d., circa 1860. Unpaginated, without copyright page and no publication info. Title, followed by ten leaves, with contents on only one side of each, with the chromo vignettes and short verse, or four line, caption on pages with content, and these pages are always facing. The oval vignettes show mother and child from infancy to maturity. Very sweet, Victorian sentimentalia. Presumed scarce relic. Moderate wear and soiling to cover. 
Price: 100.00 USD
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Nackte Tatsachen! [Naked Facts]
5 Nackte Tatsachen! [Naked Facts]
Brochure Good 
Nazi era light humorous erotica. N.d., circa 1940. 16 pp. including wraps. Dating is based in part on the Sutterlin Schrift which appears on the final page, along with the quote, "Pflegt die Autos gut im Kriege! Gute Fahrt nun bis zum Siege!" A narrative poem about a contemporary Adam and Eve, not unlike Lib Abner and Daisy Mae, here innocents in the buff trying to deal with the challenges of the automobile. Scarce, with no copies located on OCLC. Lower corner creased. Typical closed tear along folds. 
Price: 275.00 USD
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6 Oktober Fenyei
1977 Kossuth Konyvkiado Very Good Plus 
Miniature book anthology of poetry from around the world glorifying the October Revolution. All poems are rendered in the original language and Hungarian. Here one will find Bertolt Brecht, Carl Sandburg and Pablo Neruda, along with a slew of Russian poets. Also some Communist-era heroic graphics, true to the period. The book measures 5 by 4 cm, and so it is a true miniature. 140 pp. Minor soiling to the spine and boards. Otherwise clean and tight. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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7 The Adventures of Teasing Tom and Naughty Ned With a Spool of Clark's Cotton
New York F. B. Patterson 1879 Wraps Very Good 
Small and scarce chapbook put out by thread company as a promotional giveaway. Measures 11 by 7 cm. 8 pp. plus wraps. Told in rhymed verse is a story that starts with two prankster boys that catch domestic ducks with Clark's thread and the mishaps that then befall the hapless owner of them. Small stains on rear wraps. Otherwise crisp and fresh. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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8 The Christian Garland; Or, A companion for Leisure Hours: Consisting of Original and Selected Pieces in Poetry and Prose. A New Edition.
London The Religious Tract Society Blindstamped and gilded cloth Very Good 
N.d., circa 1870. 12mo. v, 252 pp. With eight chromolithographic color plates of bouquets of flowers, fruits and shells. Plates engraved by Kronheim. Some fading of gilt on spine. Light wear to blue blindstamped cloth. Minor crack by frontis. One plate with small corner dampstain. Generally clean. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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9 The Language of Flowers, Poetically Expressed; Being a Complete Flora's Album
New York Leavitt & Allen 1847 Blindstamped Cloth Good Plus 
16mo, 4.75 by 3 inches. 128 pp. With four hand-colored plates. Miniature version of popular anthology/botanical book format. Cloth has soiling. Introduction page has two tape repairs by spine. Some occasional foxing. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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10 The Royal Letter-Bag; Containing Familiar Epistles from Royal Personages, Ministers of State, Bishops, Generals, Describing Mistresses, Italian Witnesses, &c. &c. Relative to the Queen, and Other Important State Affairs. With Thirteen Cuts
London T. Dolby. Printed by J. Swan 1820 Seventh Edition NA Good 
8vo. 22 by 14 cm. 32 pp. Two illustrations. Satiric verse and caricature illustrations arising from George IV's divorce case against his Queen Caroline. Moderate wear. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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Ye Tale of Fiddulpington
11 Ye Tale of Fiddulpington
NA Very Good 
Original nonsense narrative poem about a spendthrift, dissolute knight who marries for money. N.d., circa 1890. 34 by 21.5 cm. With eight round mounted cameo caricaturish illustrations rended with pen and ink. The poet was a gifted amateur -- his silly verses will still provoke laughter. 
Price: 175.00 USD
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[Manuscript] Varied Versions
12 [Manuscript] Varied Versions
Paper pastedown on boards. String ties. Near Fine 
Clever light verse and charming watercolored vignettes, with the verse and artwork cross-fertilizing and resulting in an entirely novel homemade book, unlike any such effort we have ever beheld. N.d., mid-20th century. (A send-up of an Edith Sitwell poem first appearing in 1953 suggests the manuscript dates to the late fifties or sixties. Our sense, based on the poem, was that Sitwell was still alive at the time. The eccentric poet passed away in 1964.) Oblong, 15 by 19.5 cm. Unpaginated, 24 leaves, with content only on the rectos. It is unfortunate that the identity of the poet is unknown, as the verse are not only fun and funny, but also there is a coherence and uncommon evenness of quality. The verse manages to strike a satisfying balance between absurdity and restraint. Much of the verse relates to cuisine and edibles, directly and indirectly, and insects are another motif cropping up now and again, but these commonalities are secondary in creating the coherence we speak of. We think the word play on what might be regarded as a half-title page captures the esprit especially well: "A volume of vagaries and verses from the vitiated vortex of a virus victim -- Gems from the Germery". In the corners are two drawings of flies. Between the words and pictures, we would consider the former the more important, in contrast to most homemade books we have encountered. This is not to say the vignettes don't have a charm and polish, but rather, they are servants to the words, whetting our interest, adding a visual fillip, or the like. The cover has a patterned paper pastedown. The title is given, pasted to the front cover, on a shaped cut-out pen and ink drawing of a scroll and inkwell. 
Price: 465.00 USD
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13 A.P. (?) Pen and Ink Sketches 1888
1888 Very Good 
Six leaves, with six ink drawings of a high amateur caliber, and and verse on the verso sides written in a neat, ornamental hand. Depicted are Croydon Mountain, the Sugar River, Lake Sunapee and Mosquito Hollow. On the back cover is writen "A Happy New Year", and so this thin book was prepared as a sentimental gift card. The artist initialed his work with what looks like "A.P.", and that is all one can tell about the creator. Foxing on the front and rear. The leaves are held by string which is now a bit loose. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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Auguries of Innocence by William Blake, Baskin, Leonard, illustrator.  William Blake
14 Baskin, Leonard, illustrator. William Blake Auguries of Innocence by William Blake
Northampton, MA The Print Club of Philadelphia, The Gehenna Press 1959 Limited First Edition Wraps Near Fine 
No. 200 of 250 limitation, signed and numbered in pencil by Leonard Baskin. This was Baskin's first venture into publishing, and his jagged and stark illustrations amplify the fire and brimstone of Blake's both naive and worldweary verse that lilts at the same time it pierces and challenges. Printed on an Italian hand-made paper, this is indeed a very handsome brochure, and this copy is pristine internally, with the faint remnants of tape top and bottom on both the front and rear of the wraps the only minor blight to the special production. 
Price: 1200.00 USD
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15 Bell, Robert, ed. [Fore-edge Painting] Golden Leaves from the Works of the Poets and Painters
London Griffin, Bohn & Co. 1863 Full Calf Very Good 
Fore-edge painting of a baroque era painting of musicians. 8vo. 23 by 17 cm. Decorative gilt foliage decoration on front cover, with some blindstamping to the morocco. Rubbing of the leather, especially the raised spine bands. 
Price: 750.00 USD
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The Grave, A Poem. Illustrated by Twelve Etchings Executed from Original Designs., Blake, William, illustrator.  Engraved by Louis Schiavonetti.  Poem by Robert Blair.
16 Blake, William, illustrator. Engraved by Louis Schiavonetti. Poem by Robert Blair. The Grave, A Poem. Illustrated by Twelve Etchings Executed from Original Designs.
London T. Bensley for R. H. Cromek 1808 First Edition Cloth. Quarter Morocco Slipcase, with cloth chemi Very Good 
Folio-sized. 37 by 30 cm. xiv, 36, [4] pp. Engraved frontis portrait of Blake. Engraved title, followed by 11 plates. This copy includes list of subscribers, a poem "To the Queen" by Blake, an advertisement referencing Henry Fuseli's favorable comments on the designs followed by Fuseli's short exegesis and a prospectus for Chaucer's Pilgrims. This particular copy had belonged originally to artist and engraver James Neagle, who collaborated with Blake on several projects and later settled in Philadelphia. (His inscription is written in a calligraphic hand on one of the preliminary pages.) With a later quarter blue morocco slipcase and chemise. Scattered mostly light foxing -- heavier on frontis and title, and affecting plate margins more than text leaves. Offsetting. Considerable wear to the original boards. Rebacked spine. Moderate wear to the slipcase, which remains structurally sound and attractive. 
Price: 2950.00 USD
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17 Bryn, M. & J. Album of Riddles, Puzzles and Word Games
Layton, England 1825 Full Morocco Near Fine 
1825 to 1860 or so. Oblong, 11.5 by 19 cm. 99 pages, with 91 riddles and word games, virtually all in verse, with an answer key on four pages in back. In between riddles and answers are many blank pages (about half of leaves are blank). We assume that this album was compiled within a family as a form of home amusement. It is impossible to know whether all the riddles were 100 percent original, but we believe that the versification within most of the riddles surely was original. The riddles and word games vary in length from a sentence, or not even that, to a dozen lines or more. Some of the riddles are intended as funny and arch, while others are simply clever. As one would expect, many of the riddles have answers that are bound to be obscure to modern audiences, wherein arguably lies their cultural value to a modern cultural archeologist. Happily, others are more accessible, although even with ones which a modern reader will instantly understand there is bound to be some aspect of the riddle -- its word choice, its cadence -- which has a quaint archaic element. A puzzle is presented in the dating of this album. The 1825 date is based on an inscription in the front, while one of the later riddle answers refers to Dickens' "All the Year Round", a periodical first issued in 1859. This would suggest that the album was compiled gradually over a few decades. While it is obvious that more than a single pen was used, the neat cursive handwriting is extremely consistent throughout, which would be quite exceptional inasmuch as generally an individual's handwriting tends to change, and usually deteriorate, over time. The inscription suggests at least two contributors to the album, but it would seem that just one person made the entries, moreover. The Bryn family who created the album was from Layton. There is more than one place bearing that name in England; we are reasonably confident that the Layton referred to was in North Yorkshire. The album is handsomely bound in full contemporary straight grained red morocco, with blind and gilt tooled borders. 
Price: 1600.00 USD
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Hudibras (Three Volumes), Butler, Samuel
18 Butler, Samuel Hudibras (Three Volumes)
London Charles and Henry Baldwyn 1819 Full Morocco Very Good 
Profusely extra-illustrated, with a handsome full morocco Riviere binding, signed by gilt turn-ins of each volume, and gilt tooled fleuron and volute cornerpiece decoration in spine compartments. 8vo. 24 by 14.5 cm. With 175 plates, 66 of which are in color. (Missing portraits of George Withers and Duns Scotus.) Even without the extra-illustration, this is a beautiful edition of Butler's classic mock epic, first published between 1663 and 1678. Emulating "Don Quixote", the work satirizes the hypocrises, pretensions and self-serving of the Presbyterians, represented by the title character, and the Independents, embodied most by the squire Ralpho. The two share humorous adventures that amply demonstrate their pedantry, greed, duplicity and cowardice while also showing the absurdity of their sectarian squabbles. The current set includes the copious notes of Zachary Grey (1688-1766), plus charming illustrations by John Thurston (1744-1822), a popular book illustrator in his time. Glazed endpapers. Rebacked professionally, with original spines laid on and the resulting repair being very inconspicuous, the only visible sign, and not a disconcerting one, being a very slight different in texture along the joint. Light edgewear. Scattered foxing, mostly light, with some plates more heavily afflicted. Notwithstanding these caveats, this remains a special and very attractive set, with great "curb appeal". 
Price: 1250.00 USD
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Recueil de Romances, dediees a ma soeur Adele, Caillon, Alexandre
19 Caillon, Alexandre Recueil de Romances, dediees a ma soeur Adele
1837 Full Morocco Very Good 
Eleven exquisite, highly detailed watercolors of battle scenes, landscapes, waterfronts, etc. 12mo. 16 by 10 cm. 48 leaves, writing on virtually all rectos and versos. Specifically, the watercolors include a portrait of Napoleon, a bucolic landscape with a seraph, a sheperdess in a bucolic setting, a ship in a coastal seascape, a panorama of a botanical garden at Avranche, a hilly panorama, a view of St. St.-Michel, the battles of Waterloo, Montreau and Arcole, a bouquet of flowers. In addition, there are decorative devices, most notably on the title page, and every page is framed by an unique ornamental band. The poetry, all presumably by Caillon, is written in a neat, cursive calligraphic hand. A common thread running through the writing is Normandy and the war, and Caillon pays homage to the former Emperor. Mainly, though, this is a manuscript of extraordinary phyiscal beauty. 
Price: 3800.00 USD
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20 Conte Guidubaldo De'Bonarelli. Figure da Sebastien LeClerc Filli di Sciro, Favola Pastorale Detto L'Aggiunto. Accademico Intrepido. Da essa Accademia dedicata al Serenissima Signor, Don Francesco Maria Feltrio Dalla Rovere Duca VI. D'Urbino.
Amsterdam; Paris D. Elsevier; Thomas Jolly 1678 Full Morocco Very Good Plus 
24mo. (10 by 6 cm.) 168 pp. With seven woodcuts, including the half-title. First published in 1607, this play is in the tradition of Tasso's "Aminta" or Guarini's "Il Pastor Fido". Aminta is, in fact, the name of a character within the play. Brunet I 1088. Leaves are age toned, with a light dampstain affecting a few leaves in the corner. Otherwise tight and clean. Modern red full morocco with marbled endpapers. 
Price: 425.00 USD
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