Missing: Robert Louis Stevenson Material

April 17th, 2014

The following items have gone missing from the postal service on an international shipment to Scotland:

1.  STEVENSON. ROBERT LOUIS. Moral Emblems. A Collection of Cuts and Verses. [together with] Moral Emblems. A Second Collection of Cuts and Verses. Illustrated, 3 1/4″ X 5″ (83 X 127mm) and 3 1/2″ X 4 3/4″ (89 X 121mm) respectively, original printed self-wrappers, sewn as issued. Davos-Platz [Switzerland]: S.L. Osbourne & Company, n.d. [1882].

First editions. These small excessively rare and fragile “original juvenile toy-books by Stevenson” were printed by his young stepson, Lloyd Osbourne. Each booklet features 5 woodcuts with verses printed on the opposing pages. According to the George Barr McCutcheon sale catalogue (New York, American Art Association, Inc.,1926, lot 555) “[t]he cuts were executed by Stevenson with a pen-knife.” Both booklets have some wear, but are generally in very good state.

The Second Collection is a presentation copy from Stevenson, inscribed in ink on the front cover: “S.E.P. from / R.L.S.” Accompanying this inscribed copy is an autograph letter signed (one page, on embossed stationery of the Board of Trade, S.W.,17 November 1896; a little torn) from Edmund Gosse to “My dear Foote.” In his letter Gosse tells of having secured the booklet from the original owner and reports that “It also has R.L.S.’s signature. The possessor would not part with it for less than £5, which was the sum you commissioned me to give, so I have paid that, and you can repay me at your leisure.”

Also present are the two (similarly rare) single-leaf advertisements printed by Osbourne & Co. for the above publications (both a little edgeworn and with some splitting where previously folded, otherwise very good). Moral Emblems I and II are each contained in separate quarter morocco slipcases; the two advertisements are preserved together in a single quarter morocco pull-off case. Prideaux 11 & 12; Beinecke 127, 129, 128, 130.

2.  STEVENSON. ROBERT LOUIS AND OSBOURNE, S.L. To M.I. Stevenson. Illustrated, 3 1/4″ X 3 /12″ (83 X 89mm), original single sheet of pale blue paper folded to make 4pp. (Davos-Platz [Switzerland]: S.L. Osbourne & Company), Feb. 11, 1882.

First edition. Beinecke 111. A rare specimen of the private printing ventures of Stevenson and his young stepson, [Samuel] Lloyd Osbourne. The text comprises [p.1] a greeting (“To M.I. STEVENSON / Feb. 11, 1882 / from / R.L. STEVENSON / and / S.L. OSBOURNE.”); [p.2] a woodcut of a woman in a dress, raising her arms in delight at the sight of a flower in the countryside; [p.3] the caption (“THE MARGUERITE. / Lawks! what a beautiful flower!! / T.S. / [ornamental flourish]“); [p. 4] the imprint (“Printers: / S.L. Osbourne & Co. / Davos-Platz / 1882″).  Light spotting and edgewear, but a very good copy of a fragile publication. In a full morocco pull-off case with silk folding inner liner by the “Scroll Club, N.Y.”

Prideaux (16) explains: “The ‘M.I. Stevenson’ in the title stands for R.L. Stevenson’s mother, and the ‘T.S.’ after the quotation for his father, Thomas Stevenson. The quotation was humorously described by Robert Louis as the only piece of poetry his father was ever guilty of.”

A photograph of some of these items is below.

If you have any information on any of this material, please contact David J. Holmes at (315) 893-7794 or holmesarchive@gmail.com.

Missing: Inscribed Copy of ‘The Intelligent Investor’

March 31st, 2014

The following item has been reported missing:

Graham, Benjamin. The Intelligent Investor. First edition in pristine condition and original dust jacket. Contains the following inscription from Warren Buffett: “To Jason Zweig, who ably carries the torch that Ben lit.” The book also includes a personal letter from Mr. Buffett congratulating Mr. Zweig on the publication of the 2003 revised edition. 

If you have any information on this item, please contact Jason Zweig at jason.zweig@gmail.com.

Missing from Papermania

March 3rd, 2014

Missing from under a dealer’s table after Papermania in Hartford, Conn., Jan. 5, 2014. This material was all new purchases made by the dealer at the show and it thus comes with minimal description.

Anyone with possible information about any of these items, please contact ABAA Security Committee chair Garrett Scott, garrett[at]bibliophagist.com or +1 (734) 741-8605. Thank you.

  1. C. Finch.  The Gamut and Time-table in verse, for the instruction of children
  2. The Hearty Old Boy Who Always Looked the Same.  London: Dean & Son
  3. Pamphlet featuring showgirls for an Al Jolson show
  4. A slate book from 1867 in perfect condition, with original writing implement
  5. Full set of humorous chromolithographic ABC trade cards – 26 cards
  6. A portfolio of pencil/ink sketches mostly of birds, unknown hand
  7. Milne, Winnie the Pooh songbook, inscribed by Milne and Shepard to wife of composer, Fraser-Simkin

Missing in shipment to Vermont from the California Book Fair

February 24th, 2014

The 13 items listed below were apparently removed from a shipping case while in transit from the California International Antiquarian Book Fair in Pasadena to White Fox Rare Books in Vermont.

If any of these items should cross your path or otherwise come to your attention, please contact Peter Blackman of White Fox, +1 (802) 291-4113 or pfb111[at]earthlink.net.

1. Album de L’Armee Francaise et la Garde Imperiale. Paris: Becquet Freres. N.d., circa 1860. With 25 costume plates, all tinted and then partially hand-colored. Uncommon item, with no copies being located on OCLC, yet recorded in important bibliographies: Colas 60, Hiler 16. Wear to the cloth covers. Discreet repair to the rear joint. One fold reattached. Very Good. Cloth. (#002300)

2. Costumi della corte Pontificia. Roma, 1846. First Edition. Leporello with 30 hand-colored images of Vatican costume, in addition to title with lovely colored decoration and cameo portrait of Pio IX. The last leaf is pasted to a folder, and the orange folder fits neatly into the original orange slipcase. Quite scarce with the all the parts present, and the imagery is sharp, bright and clean. Some wear to the joints of the leporello. Near Fine. Pebbled cloth folder and slipcase. (#002498)

3. B. Coudert, artist. Jannin, lithographer. Alphabet Grotesque. Paris: L. Saussine. N.d., circa 1850s. Leporello with twelve leaves of colored plates featuring amusing caricatures of types representing most of the letters of the alphabet. Thus we have pictures of an “Acteur”, “Bossu” (a hunchback), “Chiffons” (rag-picker), “Decrotteur” (shoe-black), “Enfant”, “Gourmand”, “Hareng” (fish-wife”, “Invalide”, and onward. Not all the letters are used in the illustrations. Really, the point is to present a panorama of the colorful characters and trades that might be considered street-life, or perhaps more simply, amuse. The depictions would fail miserably more recent standards of “political correctness”, but their power to touch the funnybone has not the least diminished. Listed in Segoline Le Men’s “Les Abecedaires francais illustres du XIXe siecle”, 297.The leporello panels measure 12 by 11 cm each; when fully, the leporello is 12 by 122 cm. The surface is glossy, as called for (papier glace). It is housed in a more modern quarter leather and marbled boards binding. Fine. Quarter Leather. (#001993)

4. Duru, H. Comical Alphabet. Paris: Unknown. First Edition presumed. Scarce, broadly funny caricatures and humor from the Second Empire period. N.d., circa 1850. 14 by 12 cm. No copies yielded on OCLC. Presumed complete, with fifteen panels, twelve of which are brightly hand-colored, and their captions rendered in both English and French. This concertina is an anomaly among ABCs or Abecedaires, since other than the first three panels which feature letters and letter combinations, the humorous caricatures that follow would appear to have no didactic purpose whatsoever and are solely meant to tickle the funny bone. Indeed, one might conjecture that the first few leaves were intended merely to create a facade of sober edification as a cover for the guilty hedonism indulged beyond. The humor is situational, based on character and character interaction, and so not only must it have traveled well across the Channel but it also remains potent to this day. The front paper pastedown and border is soiled. Slight cocking to the spine, with slender chipping of green paper by lower rear extremity, and some starting there. The final fold has edge soiling, which is also indirect evidence that this truly was the final fold (along with the lack of any evidence of cutting). Elsewhere a repaired chip. Good Plus. Paper pastedown on boards. (#002619)

5. Kraus [Krausten, or Krausse], Johann Ulrich. Historischer Bilder Bibel. (Six Parts in One Volume) [Bound with] Biblishes Engel und Kunst Werk. Augsburg, 1700 and 1704. First Edition. A fine collection of highly detailed Baroque copper engravings. 165 plates in all, plus frontis plate for each of six parts and second work. 135 of the plates are part of the first work, 30 of the second. Folio, 13.5 by 9 inches, 34 by 22 cm. Elaborate Gothic Fraktur type on title pages. Each of the two works has several pages of text, followed by the plates. Frontis plates are all the same. Otherwise, the format is a larger rectangular image above, followed by verse, below which is a cartouche of varying size, sometimes with several images, and generally featuring a highly ornamental, often allegorical and figurative border. Occasionally the shape of the lower image is not literally a cartouche, or there can be more than one such shaped framing. Impressive is the sheer variety of
the formations; yet with all the variety, they do read as a consistent ornamental element, and this element brings a baroque or early Rococo flair to the plates. Brunet III 696-7. A few minor chips along joints, and spine is scuffed and chipped. Occasional foxing and soiling within, never disconcerting. The foxing is heavier in the margins of the second work, for whatever reason. Still, plates are mostly clean and handsome. More modern endpapers and prelim blank leaves. Very Good. Full Calf. (#002564)

6. [Malo, Charles]. Hommage aux Dames. Paris: Louis Janet. L’Imprimerie de Richomme, 1825. 1825, based on Calendar for 1826 in the preliminaries. 24mo. 4.5 by 3 inches, 11.5 by 8 cm. [26], 156 pp. and with six engraved plates in preliminaries, in addition to title page vignette. (Plates not included in page count of prelims.) The cartonnage binding is neo-classical in design, with a geometric band around the periphery. The same design is on the slipcase, with an additional hand-colored engraving pasted onto the center of one side, and a smaller vignette, which now is essentially lost, on the other side. The main part of the book is an anthology of mostly poetry, and a few stories, written by the likes of Victor Hugo, Germaine de Stael, Lamartine, and many lesser known lights. This publication was an annual, and thus the saint’s calendar in the front. Accompanying the plates are comparatively long explanations of what is painted and terse analyses. The age toning and foxing are throughout, heavy at times, with the plates afflicted more lightly. The slipcase and binding itself have a film of soiling, also acceptable. Very Good. Cartonnage, with Slipcase. (#002080)

7. Munchausen Children’s Leporello – a dozen brightly colored square panels

8. Panorama of English History. N.d., circa 1840s. Leporello with 40 hand-colored panels, each with a cameo portrait, all but four of an English monarch starting with William I and concluding with a youthful Victoria, and below a vignette of a scene relating to that monarch, accompanied by a caption identifying the event. The first four panels depict a Briton, a Roman, a Saxon and a Dane. Very scarce, with no copies discovered on OCLC or COPAC. The mad-dash across over two millenia of English history has a folk art-ish charm while managing to capture quite minute detail in the vignettes. Clearly the target was a juvenile audience. Closed, the panorama measures 4.25 by 3.25 inches, 11 by 8 cm. It extends to 120 inches, or 300 cm. Some wear and light soiling of the red blindstamped boards. Light marginal soiling of the leaves. The final leaf has a rough edge, with minor loss of the margin. Very Good. (#002469)

9. Reichenbach, Dr. A. B. [Anton Benedikt]. Die Land-, Susswasser- und See-Conchilien nebst den ubrigen Weichthieren und den Ringelwurmern und Pflanzenthieren dargestellt in getreuen Abbildungen und mit ausfuhrlicher Beschreibung Mit 68 Tafeln, mehr als 800 Abbildungen enthaltend. Leipzig: Eduard Eisenach, 1842. 4to. (27 by 18 cm.) vi, 170 pp followed by the 68 hand-colored plates. This is a title that was issued both with hand-coloring and merely black and white, with the colored version costing three times that of the latter. A hard-to-find, appealing color plate natural history. The book was essentially a pictorial glossary or guide of conchology, with the text pages furnishing descriptions and technical information on each of the species depicted in the pictures. The plates range from the charismatic to the more functional, as typical of such guides whose original purpose was more scientific than visual gratification. Light scattered foxing, more prominent on title, affecting the text pages. The plates are generally cleaner, a consequence of a different paper, which is also more of a thin card stock. A few cracks in the hinges. Nonetheless, the text block remains solid. The paper pastedown on the spine is chipped at the extremities, and there is light soiling scattered on the pastedown elsewhere. The modern slipcase is handsome, with an arabesque gilt decoration with the spine compartments framing an oval impression of presumably some kind of shell. Very Good. Cloth. Quarter Calf, Marbled Boards Slipcase. (#002873)

10. Richards, T. Addison. American Scenery, Illustrated. New York: Leavitt and Allen, 1854. First Edition. A special of this work, with its 32 plates hand-colored, unlike the typical copy. 4to, 9.5 by 8 inches. 310 pp. Large, light dampstain affecting first few text leaves, then fading. Other soiling and light foxing on a few of these leaves, and a few early plates having light foxing. Some later plates with marginal finger smudging, and one with a small light dampstain. The tissue guards are slovenly — a good number appear to have been tipped in later, and many are creased and a nuisance. Most of the contents otherwise is clean. Blindstamped calf binding chipped in upper spine extremity and some goupiness in upper front joint. Otherwise light wear. Very Good Minus. Full Blindstamped Morocco. (#002451)

11. Ritchie, Alexander. Clans of the Highlands of Scotland. Edinburgh: C. Sinclair. First edition. N.d., circa 1880. Scarce, with the only institution copy located on OCLC in the National Library of Scotland. With twelve delightful color plates of Scottish kilted costume and the figures, each representing in different clan, performing a quintessential Scottish activity, including playing golf, playing a bag-pipe, throwing a hammer, spearing (leistering) a salmon, deer stalking,curling, angling, otter hunting, punting a stone and dancing a jig. Notwithstanding the traditional dress, the men depicted exude a mid-Victorian stolidity as they pursue strenuous sport or music-making in rugged, breathtaking settings. The leporello opens from the center, with pull-outs in each direction. Each panel measures 14 by 11 cm, and the oval images, because of their shape and coloring, have a dream-like quality. Light wear, generally clean imagery. Very Good. Cloth. (#002614)


12. Doctor Fusby card game (purchased from Marc Selvaggio)

13. 1848 friendship album with pencil drawings, etc. (bought from Potenzo)

Missing in shipment: Kelmscott Press, etc.

February 21st, 2014

Reported missing from a FEDEX shipment by Roy Young Bookseller, Inc., Ardsley, NY, (914) 693-6116 or royoungbooksell[at]optonline.net.

Anybody with information on the material listed below is asked to contact Roy Young.

1.  [KELMSCOTT PRESS] Morris, William. Sire Degravaunt. Upper Mall, Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1896. 81 pages. 8vo, 21 x 15 cm, with a full-page woodcut designed by Sir Edward Burne Jones. This ancient English metrical romance, reprinted from the Thornton MS, in the library of Lincoln Cathedral is printed in Chaucer type, in black and red. Edited by F.S. Ellis after the edition printed by J.O. Halliwell. Limited edition, one of 350. PETERSON A47. SCOTT, p110. Armorial bookplate. Fresh copy considering the fragility of cloth used by Morris. Orig. gray boards and beige cloth spine. Very good.

2.  Langley, Batty. New Principles Of Gardening: Or, The Laying Out and Planting Parterres, Groves, Wildernesses, Labyrinths, Avenues, Parks, &c. After a more Grand and Rural Manner, than has bee done before; With Experimental Directions For raising several Kinds of Fruit-Trees, Forist-Trees, Ever-Greens and Flowering-Shrubs with which Gardens are adorn’d, etc…. London: A. Bettesworth and J. Batley et al, 1728. First edition. 25 1/2 x 21 cm. [*2,b3,A2-4,b-b4,B--Z4,Aa-Dd4,B-Z4,Aa-Bb4]. Pages iv-v erroneously numbered xi-x. Twenty-eight folding plates drawn by Batty and Thomas Langley and engraved by Thomas Bowles and David Lockley; a few plates trimmed to margin. Title page printed in red and black. COLVIN pp. 503-504. HENREY Vol.II, pp. 488-449. Langley, a resident of Twickenham may well have been acquainted with Charles Bridgeman, a fellow nurseryman who assisted Alexander Pope with his garden at his Thames-side villa at Twickenham. In this work “he decried too much formality in garden design” in his pursuit of a free style. “Langley stipulates that views should be extensive as possible, and he is much in favour of ha-ha’s….Langley decried the art of topiary and cut parterres, and encouraged meandering paths, and the use of fine trees for shade…..Langley’s guiding rules show that his outlook on garden planning was in advance of his [architecture] designs which are still very artificial and formal.” MILLARD 37. “Batty Langley was more prolific even than William Halfpenny as a producer of architectural books….including the first handbook on the layout of gardens [this title].” Clean copy — text and plates — in a firm binding, leather book-label, early owner inscription title page, raised bands, backstrip lettered in gilt, covers decorated in blind in panel designs. Contemporary full calf covers rebacked. Very good.
3.  Repton, Humphry. Observations On The Theory And Practice Of Landscape Gardening. Including Some Remarks On Grecian And Gothic Architecture, Collected From Various Manuscripts, In The Possession Of The Different Nobleman And Gentlemen, For Whose Use They Were Originally Written; The Whole Tending To Establish Fixed Principles In The Respective Arts. London: T. Bensley for J. Taylor, 1803. First edition. 222 [2] pages. 35 x 29.5. Stipple engraved portrait of Repton, twenty-seven engraved plates [12 hand-colored, 3 tinted, 12 with overslips, one colored folding and one double page]. Numerous engraved aquatint vignettes, one hand-colored, two with overslips. After trying and failing in a multitude of business endeavors, Repton launched himself as a “landscape gardener,” a term he coined himself. After Capability Brown’s death Repton filled the void in garden design, more as a consultant, charging for his Red Book designs, but allowing clients to arrange actual execution, This work is considered his classic. ABBEY SCENERY 390. TOOLEY 399. Plate offsetting, modest toning, one overslip rehinged, 19th century ownership ink signature on title, original endpapers laid-down. Modern, sympathetic full brown calf decorated in blind. Fine.
4.  Levinson, Andre. Bakst: The Story Of The Artists Life. London: Bayard Press, 1923. First edition. 240 pages. 37.5 x 29 cm. Limited edition, copy 20 of 315. Half title, 68 plates [mostly by Bakst] with printed tissue guards, 52 are color lithographs and mounted, plus illustrations, eleven colored and mounted, some printed in russet, host of black and white text illustrations. Printed by Dr. Selle & Co. A.G., Berlin. Stage decorations for “Orientales, Salome, Phaedra, Blue God, Cleopatra” et al. Costume designs for “Narcissus, Adoration, Bird of Fire, Le Chantre et la Devote,” et al. Bright, clean and very fresh copy. Orig. publisher’s full vellum, backstrip and cover lettered in brown. Fine.
5.  [KELMSCOTT PRESS] Morris, William. The Wood Beyond The World by William Morris. Upper Mall, Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1894. 272 pages. 21 x 14.5 cm. Limited edition, one of 350 [eight printed on vellum]. Chaucer type, printed in black and red with wood-engraved frontispiece designed by Edward Burne Jones, borders and initials by Morris. PETERSON A27. SCOTT p.105. A few small abrasion marks back cover. Fresh, crisp copy. Orig. limp vellum, spine title printed in gilt, yapp edges and green cloth ties. Fine.
6.  [KELMSCOTT PRESS] Morris, William. The Nature Of Gothic A Chapter Of The Stones Of Venice. By John Ruskin. Upper Mall, Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1892. 128 pages. 21 x 14.5 cm. Limited edition, one of 500 copies — an unopened copy. The fourth book of the Kelmscott Press printed in the Golden Type. Colophon is undated, fine border, initials, and diagrams in the text. Owner inscription in pencil on front cover paste-down of the medievalist, Harry Bober. FORMAN (133). PETERSON 4. SCOTT p.84. Orig. limp vellum, yapp edges and green cloth ties, upper back cover tie defective. Near fine.
7.  [KELMSCOTT PRESS] Morris, William. The Love-Lyrics & Songs Of Proteus By Wilfrid Scawen Blunt With Love-Sonnets Of Proteus By The Same Author Now Reprinted In Their Full Text With Many Sonnets Omitted From The Earlier Editions. Upper Mall, Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1892. 251 pages. 21 x 14.5 cm. Limited edition, one of 300 copies, printed in red and black in Golden Type. There is a separate title to each of the four parts into which the poems are divided. William Morris border on page one. The only Kelmscott book with initials in red. PETERSON 3. SCOTT pp.83-84. Bookplate of Rene Lalique, wormhole affecting the extreme outer margin of the last six leaves, four of which are blank, faint soiling front cover. Orig. stiff vellum, yapp edges and brown cloth ties, upper back cover tie defective. Near fine.

Missing: Confederate Imprint pamphlet

February 21st, 2014

Reported missing from the California International Antiquarian Book Fair in Pasadena by L & T Respess Books of Northampton, Mass.:

[CONFEDERATE IMPRINT]. JONES, Charles C. Religious Instruction of the Negroes: An Address Delivered Before the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church, at Augusta, Ga., December 10, 1861 . Richmond, (VA): Presbyterian Committee of Publication, nd [1862]. First edition. 16mo. 25 pp. Jones (1804-1863) was a pro-slavery minister. From 1832 to 1847, he offered religious instruction to coastal plantation slaves in Liberty County, Georgia. His missionary work engendered the Liberty County Association for the Religious Instruction of Negroes. In this address, he calls for more missionaries to spread the word among the slaves and calls on plantation owners to provide private education through worship services, Sunday school, and Christian example. Howes J-193 (incorrectly referring to this printing as an “abridged edition” of the author’s 1842 pamphlet with similar title). Parrish & Willingham 8826. Work, p. 294. Not in Blockson catalogue. LCP 5377. Very good. Original self-wrappers, stitched. (#1495)

Anybody with information about the missing item should contact L&T Respess at (413) 727-3435.

The item was last seen the evening of Saturday, February 8, 2014 in the Respess booth; the loss was discovered shortly before the fair opened on Sunday morning, February 9, 2014.

Missing: Inscribed Harry Truman

February 11th, 2014

Missing Book:

Truman, Harry S.  MEMOIRS BY HARRY S TRUMAN, Volume One, Year of Decisions.  Doubleday 1955.  9.5 x 6″, gilt-lettered blue cloth with gilt-lettered black cloth spine label; teg, 596pp, in a worn slipcase for the Truman’s Years of Trial and Hope.  INSCRIBED “To Richard Riss (Dick to me) with kindest regards and deep appreciation of his friendship and courtesies to me” AND SIGNED BY HARRY TRUMAN, who adds “Independence, Dec. 19, 1955.”

John King Used & Rare Books of Detroit shipped this book on October 22, 2013. USPS reported delivery to Garland, Texas on October 26, 2013. King Books received a letter from their credit card processor on November 28, 2013, noting that the buyer had canceled her payment, claiming non-receipt of the parcel.

The online police report tracking number with the Garland, TX police department is: T13000878. The US Postal Inspectors case reference number is 29048800

John King is currently offering a reward for the return of the book, and a reward if there is a successful prosecution for theft of the book. (Further details available on the John King website.)

UPDATED: Stolen: Signed & Inscribed Photograph of Thomas Edison

February 3rd, 2014
UPDATE: This item has been recovered.
The following item was reported stolen, last seen this past weekend in San Francisco:
Edison, Thomas Alva. Inscribed and signed photograph. Inscribed “To Carlo Wedekind inventor gas turbine. Thomas A Edison, Orange, July 10, 1910.” 3-1/2 in x 5 in. print, mounted on card. A group photo in the door of Edison’s laboratory, (now the Edison Museum).  Very good condition, matted and framed. Carlo Wedekind patented a gas turbine in 1906.

If you have any information on this item, please contact Tom Goldwasser at 415-292-4698 or mail@goldwasserbooks.com.


Missing Books Shipped (mostly) to Miami

January 28th, 2014

The books below were stolen using online credit-card fraud. The thefts appear to be related. Most of these titles were shipped to the Miami area. Anyone offered these books for sale should please contact the owners (see each item below) or Garrett Scott of the ABAA Security Committee, (734) 741-8605.

1.  [AMERICANA]. ANONYMOUS. An Account of the Life, Travels, and Christian Experiences in the Work of the Ministry of Samuel Bownas. Philadelphia: William Dunlap, 1759. First American Edition; Howes 668; Evans 8308; 1769 inscriptions on the first blanks; some staining; bookplate; very good in a mid-twentieth century binding in full calf; done to contemporary style; [with] An Account of the Life of…John Richardson, Philadelphia: John Dunlap, 1759. Probably the first American edition; Evans notes a 1783 copy (Philadelphia, Crukshank) at the AAS. 1769 inscription on the final blank; some staining; very good; bookplate; bound to match the previous volume.

(Shipped to Miami. Contact Peter Stern & Co., (617) 542-2376.)

2.  Blount, Charles, Charles Gildon and others. The Oracles of Reason in Several Letters to Mr. Hobbs and Other Persons of Eminent Quality and Learning. London: Printed 1693. First edition. Wing B-3312; NCBEL II, 1048 (Gildon); Book ID no.: 22175. Ink signature on the front blank of Joseph Trapp, dated 1724. Trapp (1769-1747) was an influential clergyman and writer, and in 1708 he became the first professor of poetry at Oxford. Book ID no.: 22175

(Shipped to Hollywood, FLORIDA. Contact John Crichton of the Brick Row Book Shop, (415) 398-0414.)

3.  [Corrozet, Gilles and] Pierre Bonfons. Les Atiqvutez et choses plus remarquables de Paris . .  . Paris: Nicolas Bonfons, 1608. The second edition, rewritten and augmented by Pierre Bonfons. 8vo, contemporary calf, spine elaborately gilt decorated, maroon morocco label, gilt lettering, marbled endpapers, a.e. stained red. Engraved title and 55 wood engravings in the text by Jean Rabel. Brunet II, 307. Book ID no. 25737

(Shipped to Colorado Springs. Contact John Crichton of the Brick Row Book Shop, (415) 398-0414.)

4.  DUNTON, JOHN & BENJAMIN BRIDGEWATER.  Religio Bibliopolæ, In Imitation of Dr. Brown Religio Medici. With a Supplement to it, By Benj. Bridgewater, Gent.  London: Printed for P. Smart, and sold at the Raven in the Poultry, 1691.  Small 8vo, 19th century black half calf, marbled boards and matching endpapers, gilt lettering.  First edition.  Wing B-4486 (Bridgewater); ESTC R19049.  Lacking the initial blank; text a bit browned; small paper repair to the final leaf, not affecting the text; very good copy. ID no. 25637

(Shipped to Miami. Contact John Crichton of the Brick Row Book Shop, (415) 398-0414.)

5.  Gallonio (Gallonius), Antonio. De SS. Martyrum Cruciatibus. Rome: Aloysius Zannetus, 1594. 4to. †4, ††2, A-Z, 2A-2O4. (12), 264, (32)p. KS-20553 (id number in pencil on back of back) 18th c. calf over marbled boards, spine decorated in gilt, with title label. Minor worming in blank margin of title and first leaf, no affect to text. Contemporary ownership signature on title page “Seminary Mediolanensis”. Small ink notes to first two blank leaves. Light foxing, else nice copy. 24 full-page woodcuts with letterpress descriptions at bottom, Giovanni de Guerra artist, Antonio Tempesta, engraver. Large woodcut of Virgin Mary and child Jesus on title page.

(Shipped to Miami. Contact Krown & Spellman Books, (310) 842-9433.)

6.  Le Loyer, Pierre, sieur de La Brosse. Discours des Spectres, ou Visions et Apparitions d’Esprits. Paris: Nicolas Buon, 1608. Lacks 4A2 [see below]. [24],979,[44]p. Lacks pp 555/6- cancelled? KS-17135 (id number on back of book). 19th c. morocco, gilt rules on covers, gilt spine, rebacked with old spine laid-on; edges speckled red, decorated endpapers, f.f.e.p. laid-down with inscription “Hunc Librum dedit Author Eius D. Petro Bohir nopoti etia Ex soror. Annon 1609;”  [This copy was given to his nephew by his sister.] at the foot of the t.p. is the inscription “Ex Dono Auctoris,” the top of the t.p. is excised and replaced, old inscription about the book on t.p., repaired tears in t.p., Kkk1, Tt1, small hole in Ff2 (minor loss), some authorial? annotations and ink cancels (see end of p. 555), minor stains, light paper toning,. T.p. in red and black, printer’s device on t.p., head- and tail-pieces, decorated initials. Some Greek and Hebrew letters.

(Shipped to Miami. Contact Krown & Spellman Books, (310) 842-9433.)

Missing: The Private Life of the Late Benjamin Franklin, LL.D.

January 27th, 2014

The following book has been reported missing by New Boston Fine & Rare Books (contact information below). The book was shipped to London in a fraudulent credit card transaction.

If you are offered the book, please hold it. You can contact New Boston Books (see below).

Author: Benjamin Franklin
Title: The Private Life of the Late Benjamin Franklin, LL.D.New Boston Franklin
Published by J. Parsons, 1793
First Edition
Very Good Condition
Details: Full leather bound cover, 19th century rebacked half calf with red leather spine label over original worn calf boards. Boards and spine are straight. Binding is tight. Nineteenth century marbled end sheets and paste downs in lovely condition. Antiquated signature of Isaac Nicholson on half title page. Pages have only faint toning to edges and very little faint foxing on an occasional page. Leaves are in very good condition.

Kimberly Blaker
New Boston Fine and Rare Books