Albany, NY: State of New York, 1907. Hardcover. First Edition. 418 pp., 4to. 26 full-color, plates. Front cover and spine have fairly bright, blind-stamped gilt lettering and rules. Spine ends and corners are bumped, rubbed and worn. Edges are soiled and foxed. Floral eps. Small, rubber stamped(?) block, in blue ink, on fly leaf reads, "Compliments of William M. Bennett, Member of Assembly." Text, consisting of reports from various Commissioners and Deputy Commissioners, is enlivened by over 100 detailed, b/w, many full-page, illustrations by Hy S. Watson. These illustrations would seem more suited to a work of fiction, or a hunting and fishing periodical of the day, than to this publication. They almost appear to tell a story. There is a very minor water stain...
Brooke, L. Leslie. London & New York: Frederick Warne & Co., Ltd. n.d. Wraps. First Edition. Unpag. 4to. ca. 1920. Tan wraps have brown drawing of goose strolling through trees. Red lettering on front. Edges are lightly worn and soiled. Contents occasionally soiled, mostly in margins. Binding, possibly sewn, is no longer in evidence. Wonderful color ills. are all full-page; smaller b/w ills. within text. A nice copy of a perennial favorite. Very Good.
New York: J. & J. Harper, 1832. Hardcover. As.  ads, 10, xi-xiv, 15-332, 8 [ads] pp. 16mo. No dust jacket as issued. Brown paper covered boards with considerable wear and spotting from age, spine has split at rear board and is flapping from front board. Heavily foxed endpapers, foxing throughout. Fair.
Briarcliff Manor, NY: Self Published, 1912. First Edition. Photographs measures 4-7/8" x 6-7/8" and is a later copy of a photograph taken in 1909 at Briarcliff Lodge. Photograph very clean.
The photograph of Thomas Edison (1847-1931) and Charles Proteus Steinmetz (1865-1923) has the following note on the back: "Edison and Steinmetz, Edison Convention, Briarcliff Lodge, Briarcliff Manor, N.Y. Sept 1909." Steinmetz was a mathematician and engineer who was also a proponent of alternating current which was in opposition to the direct current route that Edison took in the development of the electrical power industry. Steinmetz suffered from hip dysplasia, dwarfism, and was a hunchback, as is evident from this photograph. A rare photograph of two electric pioneers. Fine.
Worcester, MA: Stanbrook Abbey Press, 1967. Wraps. First Edition. viii, 9 pp. 8vo. Small 8vo with very pale green paper wraps, text printed on heavy rag paper with a deckled edge. Inscribed on the half-title page, inscribed back by the giftees to the gifter on the second free endpaper. Still covered in original glassine dust jacket.
Translated by the Benedictines of Stanbrook. Fine / fine.
Beardsley, Aubrey. Boston, MA: Roberts Bros. 1895. Hardcover. First Edition. First American Edition. 223,  pp. Light blue cloth boards with illustration of two flowers on cover, minor soiling, darkening to spine. First free endpaper has been removed. Clean within. Cover, title page, and frontispiece key illustration by Aubrey Beardsley. Good.
Worcester, MA: American Antiquarian Society, 1820. Quarter Leather. First Edition. 436 pp. 8vo. Printed by William Manning for the Society. Bound later in life in brown quarter leather with seven blind embossed bands and light brown paper covered boards. Discreet ink discard stamp from the Utica Public Library in each volume from the. Fourteen plates, all intact, of which seven are folding, including a large map of Ohio, on which the majoirty of this volume concentrates. Photographs gladly provided. Very Good.
London: Royal Society of London, 1869. Hardcover. First Edition. iv, v, , , 28, -812 pp. 4to. Library binding, tan leather spine with gold embossed titling. Interiors clean, ex-library stamp on title page, and occurring sporadically within. Numerous folding plates that illustrate articles. Pages were trimmed slightly when rebound.
Thomas Andrews' (1813-1885) paper explaining his discovery of the "critical point," the temperature above which no gas can be liquified by any pressure. Also contains J. Norman Lockyer's "Spectroscopic Observations of the Sun. -- No. II" (pp. 425-444). Very Good.
London: Royal Society of London, 1856. Hardcover. First Edition. iv, , v, -951 pp. 4to. Library binding, tan leather spine with gold embossed titling. Interiors clean, ex-library stamp on title page, and occurring sporadically within. Numerous folding plates that illustrate articles. Pages were trimmed slightly when rebound.
Thomas Andrews (1813-1885) shows that ozone is oxygen in allotropic form. Also contains Michael Faraday's "Experimental Researches--Thirtieth Series" (pp. 159-180); G. B. Airy's "Account of Pendulum Experiments Undertaken in the Harton Colliery, for the Purpose of Determining the Mean Density of the Earth" (Volume 146 pp. 297-355, 1856); and William Thomson's "The Bakerian Lecture. On the Electro-dynamic Qualities of Metals" (pp. 649-751). Very Good.
New York: Self Published, 1831. Half Leather. Second Edition. 214 pp. 16mo. Brown leather spine with marbled paper cover boards, front hinge starting, wear to corners. Soiling to endpapers, cellophane tape reinforcement to front and rear gutters, previous owner's name in ink on front pastedown. Some staining within but overall text Very Good. Good.
Florence: Leonardo Ciardetti, 1823-1824. Full leather. First Edition. First Ciardetti Edition. 8 books in 4 volumes. Vol. I, I-II: 331, 322 pp.; Vol. II, III-IV: 284, 290 pp.; Vol. III, V-VI: 346, 354 pp.; Vol. IV, VII-VIII: 200, 388 pp. Full brown leather bindings with five raised bands at spines, gold embossed titling, intricate decoration in compartments between bands. Scraping and chipping to bindings, deep scratches to foot of spine on Volumes I-III, 3/4" tear at head of spine of Volume IV. Intricate dentelles at pastedowns, marbled endpapers, all edges marbled to match endpapers. Rear hinge starting at top rear board of Volume I. Text in Italian Bookplate of Rev. Richard Pulteney on pastedown of each volume.
A scarce set when complete. Good.
Browne, Gordon. London: Cassell and Company, Limited, 1901. Hardcover. First Edition. 279 pp. 12mo. Red publisher's binding with illustration of a young man leaping up from his chair on the cover; illustration elements repeated on spine. Light bumping to corners,slight lean to text block, front hinge starting at top, clean within. A rare volume with illustrations by Gordon Browne. Very Good.
New York: Grosset & Dunlap, 1928. Hard Cover. First Edition. 236 pp. Based on a story by Herman Bang that was then scripted as the movie "4 Devils" in 1928 and starring Anders Randolf, Barry Norton, Charles Morton, and Janet Gaynor. Novelized by Guy Fowler, it is the story of a group of aerialists, their lives, loves and tragedy. Light scuffing to dust jacket from shelf wear including a black smudge across the main title on front panel, minor chipping at edges, now in mylar cover. Red cloth covered boards with black titling that is clean and crisp. Interior crisp with light age toning to pages due to quality of the paper. Very Good / Very Good.
Madison, WI: John Snyder, Jr. 1941. Hardcover. First Edition. 32 pp. 8vo. Green cloth covered boards with gold embossed titling to spine set into blind embossed frame. Very light rubbing to base of spine, very clean within. Instructional piece of nine tricks with illustrative drawings by Nelson Hahne. Includes the following tricks: The Spirit of the Cobra, The Atomic Penny, Think Stop, Reversed Misdirection, Centerise, Flipfan, Finger Stand, Poker Player's Dream, and No-Prep.
Berger (1893-1981) was a midwest magician who grew up in Madison, Wisconsin, as Benjamin Goldenberger. By the early 1940s he had shortened his last name to Berger, by the latter part of that decade was spelling it as Bergor, which he settled on until his death in 1981. Bergor and his wife...