Bridgeport: J.B. & L. Baldwin, 1827. Full-Leather. As. 263 pp. Subtitle, "Or Pieces in Prose & Poetry, Selected From the Best Writers. Designed to Assist Young Persons to Read with Propriety and Effect, to Improve Their Language and Sentiments, and to Inculcate Some of the Most Important Principles of Piety and Virtue. With a Few Preliminary Observations on the Principles of Good Reading." Full leather binding, with somewhat faded and worn red leather title block on spine. Covers and spine are somewhat aged, soiled, stained, shelf- and edge-worn. Corners are bumped and rubbed. Page edges are aged and soiled. Brief ink numerical notations on front paste-down. Front fly leaves have been removed and has upper portion of title page. Interior is quite aged. Good.
19th Century & Victorian
New York: American Sunday School Union. Hardcover. 192 pp. Nd - ca. 1855. Blue marbled cover has black backstrip. Backstrip has a paper label with title and "Village and Family Library. Number 20." Corners bumped and worn. Backstrip torn at hinges. First free endpaper has faded note of library copy #. Foxing to preliminaries. One of a series published in conjunction with the London Religious Tract Society. Very Good.
London: Harvey and Darton, n.d. Hardcover. As. Unpag. Covers and spine have elaborate, Celtic knot designs in blue on a red background. There was also gilt lettering and accents. All have faded now to a dull, but still attractive, patina. Covers and spine are slightly aged and shelf-worn. Spine ends and corners are bumped, worn and frayed. All edges are a bright, glossy red which matches the eps. Eps have darkened. Brief, faded, ink inscription on ffep. Frontis engraving, "Glance at China," with protective tissue. Interior is slightly aged and, occasionally, foxed. Very Good.
New York: D. Appleton & Co., 1884. Softcover. 89 pp., plus 3 pp. book ads. Paper wraps are aged, soiled, stained and edge-worn. Spine is sun-struck, cracked and chipped. Small portions of spine are missing. Title is blind-stamped, in black, on front cover. Faint water stain at lower corner of approximately half of the pages, fading from front cover to rear. Contents consist of b/w sketches by Du Maurier on the left hand-page which illustrate humorous lines on the right-hand page, reproduced from the pages of "Punch." Du Maurier's gracefully rendered figures, particularly his women, quite possibly influenced later pen-and-ink masters like Charles Dana Gibson. Interior is slightly aged and lightly foxed. Good.
Boston: Henry Hoyt. Hardcover. 352 pp. B/w frontis. Cover elaborately embossed w/gilt & black, as is spine. Extremities worn. Bottom edge has stain. Ffep has pencil numbers, next page has water stain. Minor interior foxing. Morality tale, one of many published by Hoyt...."free from all sectarianism, they are yet eminently evangelical in character and spirit; and no safer or better works for the Sunday school or family are known to the Christian public than the issues of this house"...from the ads at end of text. Very Good.
New York: Harper & Bros. 1853. Hardcover. 203 pp. Red covers have Greek key design on edges front & back. Spine's gilt lettering sunned. Three tiny worm-holes in lower rear spine. Interior has library bookplate on fep, bookstore stamp on ffep and ink inscription also on that page. Miniscule amount of foxing. One of a series of tales with a moral for young readers. Author may be best known for his Rollo series. 4 pp. publ;isher's ads at end of text. Very Good Plus.
London: Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme & Brown, 1814. Leather. 2 volume set. Vol. I, 250 pp., Vol. II, 280 pp. Subtitle, "Or The History of a Young Lady's Introduction to the World; With Some Account of the Author. A New Edition -- in Two Volumes." Both volumes are uniformly bound in beautiful, old mottled leather. Front covers have the word "Octagon" blind stamped in bright gilt. Spines have darkened and dulled, but are still quite lovely. They have red leather title and volume blocks with gilt lettering. In between, and along the entire length of the spine, is a delicate gilt filigree pattern. Hinges are worn and beginning to crack in a few places. Spine ends and corners worn. Cover edge dentelles are worn, but...
New York: Leaviitt & Company, 1851. Hardcover. First Edition. 196 pp. Covers have blind-stamped, overall gilt pattern that is still reasonably bright and intact. Covers, particularly top edge of rear cover, are edge worn. Former gilt lettering and decoration on the spine has faded into oblivion. Small worm hole at rear cover hinge. A.e.g. Front and rear feps may be missing. Interior is occasionally soiled or foxed. Good.
London and New York: Routledge, Warne, and Routledge, 1863. Half Leather. Second Edition. 460 pp., including Appendix. Subtitle, "The Chronicle of Some Autumn Wanderings Among the Deserted Post-roads of France." Tan leather spine and corners with marbled boards. Covers and spine are aged, soiled, scuffed, shelf- and edge-worn. Spine has a pasted-on, black leather title block with fairly bright, blind-stamped gilt lettering. Spine also has some bright gilt rules and lettering which are worn and chipping. Hinges are cracked and rear hinge is split along entire length. Spine ends and corners are bumped, chipped and frayed to the boards. Edges are aged and/or soiled. Gray-green eps. B/w frontis engraving captioned, "Monsieur Morve of Malaise." Upper edge of title page has the stamp of the "Dorking...
Boston: Phillips, Sampson & Company, 1857. Hardcover. 176 pp. + 4 pp. pub. ads. Color ills. Translated from the German. Navy boards are heavily embossed front and back with rules, flowered border, and three children playing. Spine lettered and decorated in gilt. Gilt title center front. Edgewear consistent with age. Pale yellow eps with ink gift inscr. on ffep. Seven bright color ills. in this book of stories. Contents aged; a few pps. unevenly trimmed. Very Good.
New York: Samuel Colman, 1839. Hardcover. First Edition. 261 pp. 8vo. Brown covers worn at all extremities. Front cover detached. Paper label on spine is worn and chipped. Text block binding is tight, but book is foxed and soiled throughout. Published anonymously "By the author of 'Athenia of Damascus,' etc." Good.
New York: Robert Carter and Brothers, 1867. Hardcover. 150 pp. B/w frontis. Royal blue covers blindstamped with rules & corner embellishments. Bright gilt lettering on spine. All extremities worn. Small hole at upper back of spine. Back cover scuffed, wrinkled. Yellow coated eps are soiled. Fep has pasted label from library association. Minor foxing throughout. If you were 133 years old, you'd be a lot more spotted and wrinkled than this book is! Very Good.
Boston: Ticknor and Fields, 1866. Hardcover. First Edition. 141 pp. Covers, which were probably originally red, have since faded to a maroonish-brown. Covers have blind stamped rules. Front cover has gilt lettering inside a decorative gilt border. Covers and spine are aged and edgeworn. Spine torn for approx. 3/4" at top end hinges. Inscription in black ink on ffep is dated, "Christmas 1866." Text is aged. Good.
Boston: D. Lothrop & Co. Hard Cover. As. Unpag: approx. 74 pp. B/w ills. Dated obscured, probably 1886. Wrap-around full-color pictorial cover shows three children eating candy from a sack and a dog outside along a fence. Back cover has birds on fence, flowers. Eps are brown/white illustrated publisher's ads. Articles about people from other places or other lifestyles, including Shakers, Native Americans, cadets at the Naval Academy, Argentina, Africa, the Faroe Islands, Indians of Persian origin, and more. The non-p.c. title refers to stories about the Japanese. Many b/w ills. Tight, clean, and bright. Very Good.
New York: Harper and Brothers, 1892. Hardcover. First Edition. 210 pp., plus 6 pp. book ads. Bright, blind-stamped gilt lettering and decoration on front cover and spine. Covers and spine are lightly aged and soiled. Spine is sunned. Corners bumped. Teg. Frontis b/w photo of author w/signature reproduced in red on protective tissue. Decorative initial caps at beginning of each chapter. Pp. 137-140 have torn or ragged edges, probably from being cut open. Very Good.
Edinburgh: William P. Nimmo, 1870. Hardcover. First Edition. 282 pp. + 24 pp. pub. catalog. B/w ills. Decorative cover is stamped in rules and borders both front and back. Front cover decorated in gilt and black, as is spine. There is a tear in the fabric mid-front, not quite 1" long. Beveled edges. Aeg. Edgewear consistent with age. Coated brown eps, split at front hinges. This fiction is explained as a companion to "The Lost Father, or Cecilia's Triumph," (our book #007069) also a transference from the same French author, Mlle. Julie Gourard. The British author explains that he has "transferred the plan and the materials from the French...but adapted the build and the sentiments to his English readers." Very Good.
New York: Robert P. Bixby, 1843. Full Leather. First Edition. 446 pp. Occasional b/w text ills. Black leather cover is heavily stamped with rules and center designs. Outer rules are gilt, wearing in spots. Gilt title "Iris" and "1844" on spine. All edges worn. Corners rubbed and bumped. All edges gilt. Coated yellow fpd. Ffep missing, as well as its rear counterpart. P.o. penciled on first & third fly leaves. A bookworm has also visited the prelims, leaving his mark at top edges of first few pages. Occasional foxing within. These annual books were a feature of the mid-19th Century, often given as gifts. Contains short stories and articles, a few illustrated with steel engravings. Very Good.
New York: E. P Dutton & Co. Hardcover. 398 pp., plus 2 pp. book ads. Front cover and spine have blind-stamped decorations, rules and bright gilt lettering. Title on the front cover reads "Home Reading for Girls." Covers and spine are slightly aged and edge-worn. Spine ends and corners are bumped and rubbed. Edges are slightly soiled. Flowered eps. Bookplate from the Dark Harbor, Maine Library on front paste down. Brief ink inscription on front fly leaf. Numerous, beautiful b/w architectural illustrations. Interior is very slightly aged, but clean, crisp and tight. Very Good Plus.
Boston: Gould and Lincoln, 1853. Hardcover. Presumed First American Edition. 426 pp. + six pp. publisher's ads. B/w ills. Brown cover blindstamped with rules and Publisher's logo center front and back. Gilt lettering and leafy vine on spine. Spine aged, creased top and bottom. Corners bumped, all edges worn. Yellow eps are foxed; ffep torn out. Fep has bookplate of Dark Harbor, Maine, Library. Two signatures loosened, but binding intact. Printed in double columns throughout with lessons, music, homilies, etc. "intended as an aid to home education." Very Good.
New York: White, Stokes, and Allen, 1885. Hardcover. 220 pp. B/w ills. Front cover has gilt picture of gondaliers in Venice canal, green lettering. Gilt letters & design on spine. Spine sunned, frayed head & foot. Corners bumped. Cover soiled. Interior has traces of foxing. A novel of Americans vacationing in Europe. Very Good.
Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott & Co., 1889. Hardcover. 95 pp. Pebble-textured brown covers have a gilt maple leaf on front with title stamped in center. Ruled. Corners bumped. Spine creased head & heel. Coated brown eps. Occasional finger-smudges. Final page torn, but no text missing. A story in poetry of the trials of the wife of a lawyer with inebriate habits. This is 17th edition. A page of press commentary precedes title page. Very Good.