Paris: Chez Merigot, 1788. Leather. First Edition. 360 pp. Cover is edge-and corner worn. Five raised bands on spine are set off by gilt rules. Title block chipped, another (Vol. No. ?) appears missing, Rear hinge repaired at some point. Front has leather cracking at joint. Spine ends chipped. On f.p.d. is armorial bookplate of Louis de Givenchy. Tiny bookworm evidence (about the size of two pinheads) penetrates the entire book. Blue stamp on t.p.: "Sagnier Rentier a Therouanne." Clean and tight throughout, with all text in French. Very Good.
London: Baskerville, John for J. And R. Tonson, 1761. Leather. First. 4 vols. 525, 538, 555, 579 pp. 3 b/w plates first vol, full page plates of medals. Lacking frontis portrait. Leather bindings were once elegant with gilt and interior dentells. Now detached with spines missing. Marbled eps have stickers from Eton College and a personal bookplate sans name. Contents are clean and tight for the most part. Vol. 3 has a lower margin water stain near middle of book. Baskerville was an important printer, and this is a lovely example of his early work. A whisper of age to the laid stock, but a wonderful candidate for the binder. Internally VG.
New York: Selmar Hess, 1902. Three Quarter Leather. First Edition. First American edition. 4to. Brown leather spine and corners of cover boards, scuffing from shelf wear, pebbled cloth board inserts. Wear to hinges, but tight. Gold embossed titling to spine with four raised bands, gold embossed titling to cover boards. Clean and crisp within. Heavy set, requires additional postage. Very Good.
Boston: Samuel E. Cassino, 1893. Hardcover. 174 pp. Color frontis. Red cover with overall pattern in gilt on front has ivory backstrip also gilt-patterned. Ivory title blocks front and spine with gilt lettering. Spine sunned. Back cover lightly soiled. Teg. Nile green endpapers with gilt flowers. Translated from German by F.E. Bunnett. Copyright 1893. Previous owner's name in pencil on flyleaf. Very Good.
Cloth and Paper Board. 10 pp., plus facsimile of a 4 pp. letter. Cream-colored paper boards over green cloth spine. Boards are aged, soiled and discolored. Bright gilt lettering on front cover. Spine is slightly creased and worn at ends. Corners are bumped. Brief ink inscription from Mr. Bixby on ffep. Text is on (presumably) hand-made paper with deckled edges. All pages are foxed. Text consists of a facsimile of a four-page letter from Maria White (the first Mrs. Russell Lowell) to Sophia (Mrs. Nathaniel) Hawthorne, with accompanying remarks by the noted editor and biographer, F.B. Sanborn. In addition, a reprint of a brief letter from William Black to Osgood, identified as "the Boston publisher and companion of Dickens in London." This letter is prefaced...
London: John Russell Smith, 1854. Hard Cover. First Edition. 284 pp. Covers and spine have a pebbled texture and blind-stamped rules. Spine has reasonably bright, blind-stamped gilt lettering. Covers and spine are slightly aged, soiled and shelf-worn. Spine ends and corners are bumped. Small label on front paste-down. Interior is somewhat aged and/or soiled. Very Good.
Oxford: Printed By H. Hall for R. Davis, 1664. Three Quarter Leather. As. 396 pp. 4to. Covers present but detached, black leather spine and corners set off with narrow gilt rules. Spine cracked vertically down center. Marbled boards have faded, corners eroded. Endpapers retain their marbled pattern. Small ink previous owner's name in ink at top of title page. The contents are occasionally soiled and/or foxed, overall the text block is in nice condition, first signature detached.. A binder's copy of the works of this early Greek satirist who lived ca. 120-180 A.D. Good.
London: Percival and Co., 1892. Half Leather. First Edition. 344 and 351 pages. Gray, white, and gilt marbled boards are backed with brown calf, set off by gilt rules. Spines have raised bands, gilt decorations, and gilt lettering. There is slight attrition of leather at corners, but the edgewear seems insignificant. Top edge filt. Volume I has a small chip (less than 1 inch) missing at upper edge of back cover. The marbled endpapers match the covers. Clean and tight overall. Very Good.
1929. Wraps. First Edition. 23 pp. Photo ills. Stapled booklet has gray cover w/ navy lettering on front. Cover lightly 23 pp. Very light small stain on cover, sunned at spine edge. Light foxing on t.p., else clean and tight. Author, Roberts Professor of English Literature at Colby College, Maine, delivered this lecture in January 1929 at Hood College, Frederick, Md. Subject is his travels to places in literature (Whittier wrote about Frederick.). Very Good.