With time on our hands during the Coronavirus lockdown, we are reviewing the prices of some of our older stock and adjusting prices of books to ensure that they are the most attractive offering in the marketplace, as it is a reality of the antiquarian market for books that less expensive and mid-level material the trend has been inexorably downward, to the chagrin of booksellers and to the benefit of collectors.  Consequently, we have slashed prices anywhere between 20 percent and 60 percent of these books we have had listed for five years or more.  So we hope that anyone visiting the site might find something that might have become overpriced but now legitimately qualifies as a bargain.



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Cocoa and Chocolate.  A short history of their production and use. With numerous illustrations of the Cocoa Tree and its products; and of Walter Baker & Co.'s manufactory, the oldest and largest establishment of its kind on this continent
161 Cocoa and Chocolate. A short history of their production and use. With numerous illustrations of the Cocoa Tree and its products; and of Walter Baker & Co.'s manufactory, the oldest and largest establishment of its kind on this continent
Dorchester, MA Walter Baker & Co. Limited. Printed by The Barta Press, Boston 1917 Revised Edition Full Leather Near Fine 
8vo. 24.5 by 18.5 cm. 83 pp. Exceptionally clean copy, with the lightest of soiling on the white leather/leatherette cover, which still exudes a brightness. 
Price: 175.00 USD
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Collection des Costumes de la Suisse et de les pays limitrophes
162 Collection des Costumes de la Suisse et de les pays limitrophes
Zürich Keller et Fussli Full Morocco Very Good 
N.d., circa 1830. 32mo. 11 by 9.5 cm. 23 hand-colored plates, including title page, with its wreath of alpenrose. Costumes from the cantons and major cities plus the Black Forest. Each illustration features two or three men and women, usually performing some typical craft or activity associated with the area, or ready to do so. In other words, the portraits have some dynamism to them, and with their bright hand-coloring and diminutive scale, richly deserve the adjective of "exquisite". Scarce, with the only copies showing on OCLC First Search at the Koninklijke Bibliotheek of the Netherlands and the Zentralbibliothek of Zurich. Crack along rear joint, with possible partial repair done. Other rubbing along the edges. Plates generally clean. Original tissue guards intact. A neat inked inscription in English on the FFEP dated 1831 and sited to Lucerne. 
Price: 675.00 USD
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Collection of 185 Printed "Gelatine Hauchbilder", or Gelatin Labels and Die-Cuts
163 Collection of 185 Printed "Gelatine Hauchbilder", or Gelatin Labels and Die-Cuts
Germany Custom clamshell box Very Good 
N.d., circa 1900. Virtually all of the "Gelatine Hauchbilder" are housed in clear sleeves mounted onto 94 loose black card backing. And behind the Hauchbilder are white slips of paper which heighten the detail and color of the otherwise translucent Hauchbilder. These Hauchbilder, or Hauchbillet, were produced in the German-speaking world as a collectible in the late nineteenth century and a bit beyond. With these, the paper or printed surface is of gelatin, as opposed to what is known as gelatin printing, in which the plate used to make the print is of gelatin. The technology to produce these Hauchbilder was developed in the latter half of the nineteenth century, and here we see it being used to print in a different form the kind of devotional, moralistic or entertaining card that had been done before in more conventional paper and card. In this collection we see a representative cross-section of the various types of such Hauchbillets so made, including riddle cards, aphoristic cards, renderings of animals, people or objects (a tower, a piano, crucifixes). They can also vary in size, from 2 or 3 cm across to in this collection, 8 or 9 cm in width, say.The most common type were ones with simple axioms or nothing more than "Lob ..." meaning Praise, to various virtues. Among the most popular virtues were those related to Diligence, or in German, "Fleiss", and thus these Hauchbillets are also commonly referred to as "Fleisskaertchen". Closely related to these, and obviously overlapping, are those with religious content, both explicit and implied. This could take the form of religious verse or a "die-cut" in the shape of a crucifix, or a religious figure. Most of the die-cut type are of animals, with a few of persons and other objects. There are 29 of these die-cut Hauchbilder in this collection. Also included is an envelope in which these were originally sold. The envelope is of great interest, as it provides physical evidence of how precisely these Gelatine-Hauchbilder were marketed and packaged. In this case, the envelope originally contained ten, and the assortment included alphabetical specimens. But also shown are the eleven other categories by which they were sold, which we translate as bookmarks, biblical pictures, biblical sayings, Christian imagery, comical pictures, worldly (non-religious) expressions, animal pictures, diligence cards, etc. Also containing two academic certificates, dated 1904 and 1905, from Vienna, of no relevance to the collection other than arguably corroborative of our dating, and possibly the identity of the original collector. Condition: some of the specimens have chipping, generally minor. (Also included, but not counted, are a few with more serious loss.) The clamshell box created for the collection is of cloth and remains solid and attractive. However, we find that the system of transparent mounted sleeves not really an effective way to maintain this collection, as the sleeves have openings on three sides, and so the specimens have a way of escaping from their allocated spots, so that over time, if the box is moved about at all, the leaves can become sloppy looking, with the specimens a jumble. 
Price: 2000.00 USD
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Collection of 19 Postcards with Relief Depictions of Flowers, Fruits and/or Birds
164 Collection of 19 Postcards with Relief Depictions of Flowers, Fruits and/or Birds
Near Fine 
All the cards are circa the first decade of the 20th century. Most, if not all, were made in Germany, the country best known for such fancy printing. The cards generally have a simple sentiment written, such as "Greetings", with a few devoid of a textual message at all. Some of the cards have something extra, such as felt, a silk trim, a lace perimeter, or a thickness from a slice of wood. They are typical postcard sized, 14 by 9 cm, with trivial variations on this. While a few were unused, most were sent to one of a few people living in Pennsylvania. Clearly these were collected by someone who was fond of these relief postcards. 
Price: 100.00 USD
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Collection of 46 Pen-and-Ink Caricatures, Mid-19th Century, from New England probably
165 Collection of 46 Pen-and-Ink Caricatures, Mid-19th Century, from New England probably
Custom clamshell cloth box, with leather spine ti Good 
N.d., circa 1870. Caricatures on heavy card stock, 29 by 13.5 cm. Each card contains a single person caricatured. The caricatures are evocative of the type one finds on Vinegar or Poison Valentines of the day, and a few might bring to mind caricatures in Puck and the handiwork of Thomas Nast. The caricatures have a deliberate crudity to them. Among subjects lampooned are suffragettes, the Catholic clergy, various low life, teetotalers and drinkers, and perhaps anyone in sight. We say this is from New England probably because one of the caricatures contains a depiction of an advertisement of a Providence, Rhode Island clothing store. Condition: original binding now disbound, with outer boards remaining, but a modern clamshell box serving to keep things tidy. The cards generally have small corner chips as a result of the brittleness of the card, and there is lots of shavings from the card in this box. The artwork, though, is not affected excepting minor loss to a few captions. 
Price: 2750.00 USD
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Collection of a Dozen Postcards Featuring Original Watercolors and Ink and Pencil Drawings
166 Collection of a Dozen Postcards Featuring Original Watercolors and Ink and Pencil Drawings
1903-1907 Very Good 
An extraordinary group of original artwork from the early twentieth century, with short text written on a few of the cards. The artwork was all done by a B. Vinya and sent to a D. Enrique Montagut in Alicante, which is on the Mediterranean Coast of Spain. Subjects of the watercolors include an elderly guitarist, a young family looking off to the sea's horizon where there is the fishing craft of the father and husband, a picturesque old mill, two country landscapes, several sailing vessels, a European woman dressed like a Geisha, lovers on coastal rocks and a woman with a fan with a Venetian backdrop. The three ink or pencil drawings are stylistically quite varied, with elements of Daumier in one, more contemporary caricature in another, and yet the third a good-hearted depiction of carousing monks. Each of the pictures is of a quality worthy of framing, and cumulatively they make for an uncommon and pleasing oeuvre. 
Price: 670.00 USD
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Collection of Eight Bird Prize Cards
167 Collection of Eight Bird Prize Cards
Johnstone, UK David Ritchie 1893-1901 NA Very Good 
Highly decorative cards with colored oval cameos of birds framed by gilt decorated morocco! Each measuring 17 by 13.5 cm. The cards were the equivalent of ribbons used in other fancier competitiions, and they came with string by which they could be easily hung on a wall. The front decorative side states the prize (first, second, third, special, etc.); the category -- buff piebald cock, hen, etc.; the club where the competition took place and the date of the competition. The verso leaves space for the entry of the name of the winner, and contains printed information on the printer, David Ritchie. Whatever the bird category, the actual bird depicted in the cameo is a stylized version of a canary or dove. None of these particular cards have any writing at all, and so they were clearly unused. There is minor scattered soiling, but all remain highly attractive. One is lacking the original string entirely. 
Price: 500.00 USD
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Collection of Five Trade Cards Featuring Baseball Caricatures
168 Collection of Five Trade Cards Featuring Baseball Caricatures

Circa 1880s, these five cards were all promotions, or ads, for The New Carlton Dining Room in Boston. The cards depict a fat klutz contending with various elements of the National Pastime. We see this man knocked off his feet by catching a ball, stiffly awaiting a pitch while at bat, as a catcher, striking out and lolling after apparently hitting a home run. The captions are"Bravo! The Pet of the Nine", "Something must be done! Put it there!", "A close affair. Hugging the bat.", "Struck out.", and "Hero of a Home Run. The Ladies Favorite". These cards were not designed specifically for the named Boston restaurant, but rather, they were produced by a printer to be sold to businesses which would then have their own business name and information printed onto the card. The pictures on the cards often bore no relation to the enterprise issuing them. But the cards were intended as collectables, and often they would find their way into albums and scrapbooks compiled as a hobby. The cards measure 5.25 by 3.25 inches. They are pristine, other than the backs of a few of them show a faint sign of the paste that must have been used to append them to albums. 
Price: 195.00 USD
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169 Collection of Silent Film Star Letters to Fans, including letters from Vilma Banky, Sydney Chaplin (the older brother of Charlie), Colleen Moore and Alberta Vaughn
1924 Very Good 
All letters are dated 1924 except Banky letter which dates to 1926. Moore letters, there are two, relate to the release of "Irene", a movie remade in the forties. Five letters in all. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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Colorful Japanese Children's Brochure, with a variety of color plates
170 Colorful Japanese Children's Brochure, with a variety of color plates
Japan NA Near Fine 
Mid-20th Century. 8vo. 22 by 15 cm. 16 pp., including cover, and one of which is a fold-out color plate, with three panels. 12 pages qualify as full color plates, with rich coloring. A few of these illustrations are multi-page -- three are double paged (one of these is more a collage of several illustrations), and one is triple paged. All the other pages have color illustrations, but these are text illustrations, with a more limited palette -- generally flatter greens, reds, flesh and blacks. The brochure looks as if it were assembled by marrying two smaller brochures -- or gatherings -- one being the flamboyantly colored, fully illustrated side, the other, the more text driven, more somberly illustrated part. Because we can not speak to the text, we admittedly are drawn to the fully colored illustrations, which are captioned, sometimes at considerable length, but whose illustrations also speak for themselves. These illustrations are split between those which depict Japanese people or life, and a few which look as if there might have been lifted from German children's chromolithographic literature, such as one showing a milk barn. The most exciting of the images is the three vertical panels of a Japanese theater. The way it is composed heightens an illusion of immediacy. Condition: light wear. 
Price: 95.00 USD
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Come into the Kitchen
171 Come into the Kitchen
Lynn, MA Lydia E. Pinkham Medicine Company Wraps Very Good 
N.d., circa 1920. 8vo. 17.5 by 11 cm. 32 pp plus wraps, with many small illustrations. Combining recipes with pitches and testimonials for Lydia E. Pinkham pharmaceutical products, miscellaneous snippets on measuring, school lunches, etc. 
Price: 30.00 USD
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Companion to the Almanac, or Yearbook of General Information (16 volumes)
172 Companion to the Almanac, or Yearbook of General Information (16 volumes)
London Charles Knight First Quarter Calf Near Fine 
12mo - over 6¾ - 7¾" tall. Continuous run of Knight's Companion to the Almanac from 1828 to 1858, with one index volume as well covering up to 1843. Chock-a-block with interesting information on virtually all aspects of economic, business and social affairs in Britain during reign of William IV up until the mid-Victorian era. While rich in statistical and demographic information, these volumes are much, much more, with articles that describe and analyze with rigor the issues and developments of the day. Many plates and illustrations of significant architectural and engineering projects scattered throughout. Thus this can serve as both an invaluable primary source reference for the period as well as an entertaining resource for the more casual student of English history. All volumes have been professionally recased and bound with handsome light brown calf spines, preserving Victorian marbled boards and calf spine tips. All volumes are tight and clean inside. Modern marbled endpapers. Other than wear to old calf corners, this would be a fine set. 
Price: 600.00 USD
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Complete Map of Vermont Showing Highways & Natural Features with an Index of All Cities, Villages, Post-Offices and Rail-road Stations Compiled from the Latest Government Surveys and Original Sources
173 Complete Map of Vermont Showing Highways & Natural Features with an Index of All Cities, Villages, Post-Offices and Rail-road Stations Compiled from the Latest Government Surveys and Original Sources
Boston National Publishing Company 1901 First Edition Cloth Boards Fine 
A very handsome antique colored map of Vermont in a superb state of preservation. The map when opened measures 56 by 36 inches, and it is vertical, as appropriate for a state that runs lengthwise north to south. The boards of the folding map are 10.5 by 5 inches. The back of the map is lined with protective canvas. Each county is demarcated with different colored boundary lines, and these lines are broad, giving a real panache to the map. ther than the tiniest pinprick holes at perhaps two spots where folds meet, close to pristine. 
Price: 300.00 USD
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Comptoir Central du Raisin de Corinthe
174 Comptoir Central du Raisin de Corinthe
NA Fine 
An unusual origami fold paper promotion for raisins. N.d., circa 1930. Closed, a 9.5 cm square; opening up to be 27 by 13.5 cm. With breezy Art Deco-style color illustrations (primarily green, blue and red) of people enjoying, preparing or serving products containing the raisins -- breads, cookies, pancakes. A most charming Gallic culinary novelty. 
Price: 175.00 USD
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Comus Diamond Jubilee 1857 1931 Comus Carnival Bulletin
175 Comus Diamond Jubilee 1857 1931 Comus Carnival Bulletin
New Orleans Carnival Press 1931 First Edition Wraps. Brochure Near Fine 
Colorful Mardi Gras commemoration, with 20 color plates depicting the whimsical parade avian or ornithological chariots of that year organized under the auspices of the Mistick Krewe of Comus. 4to. 30 by 22.5 cm. Unpaginated, 36 pp., plus wraps. Also two colorized photo plates -- one of the New Orleans City Hall, the other, St. Louis Cathedral. Only two copies located on OCLC FirstServe (Tulane, Historic New Orleans Collection). Also with advertisements -- the colorized photos are part of ads, and other ads sometimes come with black and white photos. Light wear. 
Price: 375.00 USD
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176 Copper Engraving Printing Plate of a Horse

N.d., circa 1900. The plate, which is 4 by 3.5 inches, is essentially a negative of the image. The thoroughbred is standing still with a few palm trees in the background, suggestive of a Florida racetrack such as Hialeah. A lovely printing souvenir! 
Price: 150.00 USD
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Cordey Catalog
177 Cordey Catalog

N.d. circa 1950. With a single text page followed by 49 leaves, each with a photograph of one or several specimens of Cordey china figurines and bric-a-brac, all in the signature kitschy rococo that characterized the brand. While the high brow has forever pooh poohed these inexpensive tchotschkes, the black and white photos render the same maligned pieces a certain haunting charm, not unlike that of marionettes and antique automata. Suddenly they have an animate aura, and whatever one's opinion of the specimens, they surely do have something to say about mid-twentieth century material culture. The Cordey China Company was founded in 1942 in Trenton New Jersey by a Polish immigrant who clearly was seeking to capture the charm and style of the old country. The foreedges have some staining, and the leatherette covers have considerable soiling. Otherwise, the photos are crisp and clean. Oblong, 12.5 by 8.5 inches, or 32 by 22 cm. 
Price: 345.00 USD
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Correct Map of Boston Harbor Giving Route and Official Summer Time-Table of the Nantasket Beach Steamboat Co. Compliments of Bouve, Crawford & Co., Makers of the Celebrated Crawford Shoe . . .
178 Correct Map of Boston Harbor Giving Route and Official Summer Time-Table of the Nantasket Beach Steamboat Co. Compliments of Bouve, Crawford & Co., Makers of the Celebrated Crawford Shoe . . .
Boston Bouve, Crawford & Co. 1890 Wraps or card. Very Good 
Closed, 133 by 57 mm. Open, the map is 24 by 29.5 cm. Promo info and the said timetable on the back. Fairly scarce, with just three copies located on OCLC. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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Costume Francais de 1200 a 1715
179 Costume Francais de 1200 a 1715
London C. Hullmandel Fine 
N.d. Circa 1820s. 12mo, 5.5 by 4.5 inches, or 14 by 11.5 cm. 100 hand-colored lithograph costume plates, all immaculate. Leaves are printed only on one side, and the plates resemble stylish costume cards. This book is usually found with only black and white plates. Other than minor toning along the edges, the thick paper looks virtually new. All is bound in a lush modern reddish-orange morocco, with gilt and incised decoration on both the boards and spine. The gilt figures incorporate the shape of the fleur-de-lys and come off both tastefully simple and elegant. The leather has a particularly substantial look, atypical of a book this size, and it is also in superb condition. The green marbled endpapers complete the package of this petit charmer. 
Price: 1000.00 USD
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180 Costumes et Moeurs des Differentes Nations. Ornes de 48 Gravures.
Paris Alexis Eymery 1826 First Edition Thus Half Morocco Good Plus 
32mo, 8 by 6 cm. 120 pp. The French equivalent of a rare English miniature -- Alfred Mills "Costumes of All Nations". Woodcut plates are simple and even naive but tend to depict people in some kind of activity. Thus there is the free black man making his slave climb a tree, a young "negress" playing ouri, Congolese carrying their cheif on a chaise, South Sea natives in mourning, etc. Leather is heavily rubbed. Cloth boards with scuffs and abrasions. Light occasional foxing and other minor soiling. Some leaves with minor corner creases. 
Price: 250.00 USD
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