Washington DC: 1891-1895. First edition. Elephant Folio. Condition: Fair. Housed in a binding made with two plywood boards and a clasp made from an old belt; each plate is a two-page folding map or illustration; brittle paper as is usual. Includes 163 of the 175 plates, and includes the plate 135 supplements, but lacks plates 161-175. Also lacking the 29-page preface, indexes and introductory material, as well as two-page errata sheet listing additional authorities for the map not listed in the original index. With 25 of the original 35 title pages; misbound, with title pages usually followed by 5/6 plates, as expected, but not always the 5/6 plates called for on the title page. Dimensions 16 in x 20 in.
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Lancaster: John R. Mathews, 1807. A volume of regulations pertaining to the operation of Pennsylvania's militia, published in Lancaster by John R. Mathews in 1807. Condition: Good only. The front cover and spine are absent, though the pages are still firmly attached. The pages are significantly age toned, with evidence of water damage throughout, and some handwritten text on the title page. Corners and spine are significantly bumped. Dimensions w 4.25 in x h 7 in.
Lugdunum: Ioannes Pul [Ioannes Pullonus], 1547. Tibulli, propertii, ac Ovidii flores, ab Ioanne Murmelio olim selecti, nunc autem ab Augusto Botta Rouescallen. Iocupletissimè aucti, ac recogniti. Edited by Ioannes Murmellius and Augustus Botta Rouescallen. Lugdunum: Ioannes Pullonus, 1547. 117 pp. Text in Latin. Duodecimo in early vellum boards. A partial title has been written on the spine in faded ink. The initials F.R.G.F.C. appear in ink on the title page, and the name Erasmus has been crossed out in two instances. A book stamp (likely placing this volume in a library or collection in Bologna in the 19th century) appears on the final page of text. Condition: Very Good. The boards are very thin and have become cockled. The vellum is somewhat darkened with age and light staining and shows minor insect damage. There is evidence of a closure device, now absent, on both boards. Both paste downs are partially detached, but the binding is overall very solid. The pages are somewhat age-toned with occasional foxing. There are a handful of small ink marks to the textblock. Dimensions 4.25 x 6.375 x 0.625 inches shelved case 3.
Lovanii: Apud Hieronymum Wellaeum, 1566. 193 numbered leaves (386 pp.). Text in Latin. Small octavo in an early vellum binding. Cropping to handwritten marginalia indicates that the volume has been rebound at least once. Condition: Very Good. The vellum is somewhat soiled and the boards slightly warped. Minor insect damage to spine. The pastedowns have torn in several places due to shrinking vellum, but the binding is overall very tight. There are some pencilled notes on endpapers and in margins and ink marginalia throughout the body of the text. The interior is age-toned. Dimensions 4 x 5.875 x 1.125 inches. Shelved case 3.
Vinegia: Presso Altobello Salicato, 1601/1602. Girolamo Bardi Fiorentino. Della cose Notabili della città di Venetia: Libri II. Vinegia: Presso Altobello Salicato, 1601. 143 pp. Text in Italian. Girolamo Bardi Fiorentino. Dichiaratione di tutti le historie, che si contengono ne i quadri posti nuouamente nelle Sale dello Scrutinio, & del gran Consiglio del Palagio Ducale della Serenissima Republica di Vinegia, nella quale si ha piena intelligenza delle più segnalate vittorie; conseguite di varie nationi del mondo dai Venetiani. Vinegia: Presso Altobello Salicato, 1602. 47 pp. Text in Italian. Duodecimo volume in a contemporary full vellum binding. Two works, both by Girolamo Bardi Fiorentino, are bound together in this volume. An ownership inscription, now somewhat faded, has been written in ink on the bottom edge. The interior of the volume is generally clean and tight. Condition: Good to Very Good. The vellum is somewhat soiled and age-discolored, and the binding somewhat cockled. The endpapers are soiled, and show some pencil notes from previous owners. The back endpaper is partially detached from the vellum, and there is minor insect damage to the first and last pages. Dimensions 3.875 x 6.25 x 0.5 inches Shelved case 3.
Jacobis Stoer, 1607. Text in Latin. Sextodecimo in contemporary vellum boards. There is a blind-tooled pattern of bands and stars on spine, with “Macrobius” inked in the top compartment, and the binding is tight Two provenance notes on the front fly and title page are dated 1645 and 1858. Condition: Very Good. Some staining to the vellum and to the bottom of the text-block. Dimensions 3.625 x 5 x 1.75 inches.
London: R. and J. Dodsley, 1759 - 1760. First Edition, first printing. Both first editions. Both volumes bound in full leather binding with raised bands, gilt ornamentation and lettering on spines, and gilt ornamentation on edges of boards. A book plate belonging to David Henshaw Ward appears on the pastedown of the 1758 volume. Both texts blocks are clean. Condition: Good to Very Good. Some scuffing and shelf-wear to edges and spines. Both volumes rubbed, bumped, and frayed at corners; some light fraying at spine edges. Missing spot of leather (removed sticker?) to 1758 volume; repaired spine and new end papers to 1759 volume. Some light spotting to both. 1758 volume does not include title page, table of contents, or preface; 1759 volume does not include title page or preface. Both volumes are missing title pages and tables of contents. Dimensions 5.375 x 8.25 x 3 inches.
London: E. and R. Brooke, 1792. London: E. and R. Brooke, 1792. xii, 620 pp.,  index. First Edition. Octavo, bound in full 19th century tree calf with gilt ornamentation. The volume has been rebacked with a new spine of brown calf with black label and gilt lettering and ornamentation. Marbled endpapers; the bookplate of Phythian-Adams on front pastedown. Condition: Good to Very Good. Significant repairs to spine. Butterfly damp stain in upper spine area of first several pages. Dimensions 5.75 x 8.75 x 1.875 inches.
Ferrara: Vittorio Baldini, 1607. C. Guidebaldo de Bonarelli. Filli di sciro, favola pastorale. Ferrara: Vittorio Baldini, 1607. 172 pp. Text in Italian. Duodecimo. Full contemporary vellum binding with faded black hand-written title and publication date on spine. Engraved title page and four engraved plates. Clean text block. Bookplate on front pastedown identifies the book as having belonged in the library of Joseph Alexander Graf von Hübner (1811-1892), an Austrian diplomat. An inscription on the front fly gives the name of another previous owner. Condition: Good to Very Good. Binding somewhat cockled, with minor shelf wear and bumping. Some foxing and age-toning , with stains to final pages. Dimensions 5.625 x 8 x 0.75 inches; Shelved case 3.
Giessae Hessorum: Nicolaus Hampelius, 1615/1618. Helfricus Ulricus Hunnius. Tractatus de Usufructu. Giessae Hessorum: Nicolaus Hampelius, 1618. Text in Latin. Helfricus Ulricus Hunnius. De Interpretatione et Authoritate Juris: Libri duo. Giessae Hessorum: Nicolaus Hampelius, 1615. Text in Latin. Duodecimo in full contemporary vellum. Two works by the same author are bound in a single volume. The boards are decorated with blind ruling; some hair follicles visible on vellum. All edges of the text block are stained dark blue, as issued. The text block is largely clean, with a bookplate and inscription of two previous owners on the front pastedown. Condition: Very Good. The boards show light wear and are a little bowed. The textblock shows light age-toning and occasional foxing. The title page for Tractatus de Usufructu (the first of the two works in the volume) is somewhat loose but still attached. Dimensions 3.375 x 5 x 1.875 inches; Shelved case 3.
Lipsiae: Johannis Casparis Meyeri/Gottfried Liebezeit, 1692. Fifth Revised edition. Two works of Judaica bound together in a single volume: Henrico Opitio [Heinrich Opitz] with B. Wasmuthi. Hazer leshon ha-qodesh: Hoc est atrium linguae sanctae. Lipsiae: Johannis Casparis Meyeri, 1692. Fifth Revised edition. 156 pages. Henrico Opitio [Heinrich Opitz]. Novum Lexicon Hebraeo-Chaldaeo-Biblicum. Lipsiae: Gottfried Liebezeit, 1692. 1095 pp. [Hebrew] + 62 pp. [Chaldaean]. Square quarto in full vellum binding with faded hand-written titles on spine. All edges tinted blue. Pagination restarts with each part. Text in Hebrew and Latin. Condition: Very Good. The binding is shaken, with some shelf-wear and bumping. The spine and boards are sunned and somewhat warped, and there are some splits at hinges and gutter. Medium age-toning and some foxing. Scattered marginalia, some of which are in Hebrew and some of which appear to be lists of occurrences of particular Hebrew words in the Hebrew Scriptures. Dimensions 7 x 8.125 x 3.125 shelved case 4.
Rome: Pumpkin Press, 1894. 203 pages plus “Addendum Mirabile.” Folio, first edition, bound in full red leather with gilt lettering on the spine. This is a limited edition (edition number 32 of 72 total copies), and is inscribed by the author to Dr. and Mrs. Boorstin. Condition: Very Good to Excellent. There is slight rubbing to the corners and a few small scratches to the boards. Dimensions 10.25 x 14.5 x .75 inches.
Paris: La Villette, 1793. Two volumes; octavo. The first volume is 336 pages; the second volume is 451 pages. Both volumes are bound in contemporary full calf binding with gilt lettering and ornamentation on the spine and gilt ornamentation on the edges of the boards. The endpapers are marbled. A folding plate map of the east coast of the United States appears at the beginning of the first volume. The second volume includes three plates: a depiction of an Indian warrior, a folding plate depicting a British fortification, and a folding plate image and diagram of a fort at the end of the second volume. Also included with this lot are the title page of a Christie, Manson, and Wood catalogue for a 1926 auction of fine books, and a clipping, presumably from this catalogue, which lists these volumes as among the lots for that auction. In addition, the lot includes a typewritten letter, dated October 9, 1935, which discusses various English translations of the work and describes its historical significance at the time of first publication. Volumes condition: Good. Both volumes exhibit notable wear, including fraying at the foot and edges, loss of gilding, damage to labels, and water damage visible on end leaves and first several pages and final several pages of both volumes. Both volumes have clean text blocks. Letter and catalog sections condition: Good. All exhibit creases, minor tears and punctures, and yellowing consistent with age. The second page of the letter also has two closed tears along the horizontal crease and a partially open tear from the bottom of the page to the horizontal crease. These do not impact legibility. Dimensions 5.25 x 8 x 3.25 inches Shelved case 9.
Cambridge: Macmillan and Co., 1859. Octavo in quarter maroon leather and three quarters maroon cloth over boards, with leather corners and gilt text and design. The spine has five raised bands, and the text block edges are in full gilt. The endpapers are red marbled paper, and there is a navy ribbon sewn into the head of the binding. Condition: Very Good. The front joint is worn and has been repaired. The volume shows minimal shelf wear, and the binding is square and tight. There is some age-toning to text block, and a previous owner's name has been penciled neatly onto the front free endpaper. 244 pp. Dimensions 5.5 x 7.125 x 0.875 inches.
Amsterdam: chez Ian Ianssen: Ian Ianssen, 1627. Thick quarto bound in early full vellum.; Fair;. The vellum shows moderate soiling and wear, and the front pastedown has tiny ink inscriptions. The paper is at times heavily faded and wobbly with slight offsetting not affecting text. The first 53 pages and first 20 plates are water-stained along the fore edge; the back of plate 42 contains blue and black ink signatures. The title page is absent. The following sections are present: Geometry, Perspective, Symmetry, Doric Columns, and Fortification. The volume also contains a Table of Dimensions of Fortifications. The following plates are present: AA, 4-10, 14-17, 17-24, 30, 32-35, 41, 42, 9-14, 16-18, 23, 24, 5, 8-39, 43-46, 11, 17-23, 26-30, 33, 37, 38, 51, 59, 60, 62-65, 74-79, Z, AA-EE, 1-10, for a total of 117 plates. There are numerous signs of plates being excised. Dimensions 8.625 x 12.625 x 3.125 inches Shelved case 4.
Paris: H. Agasse, 1805. Quarto. Full tree calf binding with gilt lettering and ornamentation on paneled spine; hand-printed blue and white end papers. The text block is clean, and the leaves are printed on one side only. The volume presents a number of plates from an earlier dictionary of fine arts, which depict tools, techniques, and studio scenes for various categories of fine art. Condition: Good only. The binding shows minor fraying, scratches, and shelf wear consistent with age. Several plates are detached but present or damaged: “Composition et Expression” has been tipped in and then cut out with no damage to the plate. Plate 13 under Dessin [Drawing], “Jambes et Pieds,” has been cut out and then tucked back into the book in its original place. Plate 1 under Sculpture en Bois [Sculpture in Wood], “Vignette, atelier du sculpteur en boise, et outils,” has been removed and cut into three sections. As it originally depicted three separate images on a single page, only one of the three images was damaged in this process, but the printed title that accompanied the image has been lost. In addition, the final page of the table of contents has been removed and cut down slightly, but the page is tucked into the volume and there is no damage to the text. Two plates are absent from the book. Plate 8 under Gravure en taille-douce [Intaglio], “Gravure en manière de crayon,” has been removed. Plate 38 under Dessin [Drawing], “Proportions de la Vénus de Médicis,” is likewise absent. Dimensions 9.25 x 12 x 1.375 inches.
New York and Columbus, OH: Jacob H. Studer & Co, 1881. Quarto. Bound in full leather with five raised bands on the spine and beveled boards; gilt lettering and ornamentation on spine and boards. All edges are gilt. The volume contains 119 chromolithograph plates protected by tissue. All plates are in excellent condition. Condition: Very Good. There is some wear along the edges, corners, and the bands on the spine; the endpapers have been repaired at the hinges. The tissue guards protecting the plates have a few small tears. Dimensions 12.25 x 15.125 x 1.875 inches.
Washington, D.C. U.S. Government Printing Office, 1900/1903. First Edition. Glenn Brown. History of the United States Capitol. 2 volumes. 56th Congress, 1st session, 1900/1902, Senate Document 60. First edition; folio. Both volumes in full red cloth binding with gilt ornamentation and lettering on covers and spines. The name of Albert S. Burleson (1863-1937), a former Postmaster General and U.S. Representative fromTexas, is engraved on the front cover of the first volume. Both volumes contain numerous plates, including architectural photographs and plans, portraits, and historical prints and photographs. Condition: Good. Both volumes show fraying and rubbing to head and foot of spine, edges, and corners; general marking due to shelf wear; age-toning throughout; and some chipping to the edges of pages. Both bindings also have somewhat shaken bindings. Volume 1 has a crack after the first gathering and some water-staining on the left side of the top edge throughout, though this does not impact text or plates. Volume 2 has a four-inch tear to the cloth covering over one joint (the board is still fully attached from the inside) and a notable open tear over the author’s name on the spine. There is some water staining to the cover, as well as to the upper left corner and the lower right corner throughout the volume which does not affect either text or plates. There are gutter cracks after the first gathering and before the last gathering. Dimensions 12.25 x 15.25 x 5 inches DG consignment.