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20th Century works
History of a Fishing Trip. Written to Order by the Keeper of the Records.
by [Lowery, F.W.]
[np]: [Privately Printed], 1933. Limited Edition, First Edition. 1/4 cloth. Very good +. A very good plus first edition limited to 100 copies, as stated. 1/4 brown cloth over brown paper boards with gilt title-stamping on cover. One light short scuff to front cover with a few light scuffs on the back. Minor rubbing and loss at head and tail of spine. Wear to edge of front cover. Mild toning to pastedowns and page edges. 130 pp., including appendix. 5 3/4 x 8 1/2, octavo. A lovely and entertaining story and beautiful piece of prose about a fishing trip on Anticosti. Scarce.
Friar Diego De Landa; Wm. Gates, trans. Yucatan Before and After the Conquest. Baltimore: The Maya Society, 1937. Second Edition. $300
A good+ second edition [HAND D83], with solid, sturdy binding and cover. Original blue cloth boards with gilt stamping and Maya Society crest in gilt. The blue cloth is showing heavy spotting on the spine and front cover, and the top front corner is bumped. Pages toned, top edge darkened. Former owner’s bookplate. From the private library of Larry Southwick. Laid in with a staple-bound pamphlet for “Publications in the Field of Archaeology, Anthropology, etc. issued by the Carnegie Institute of Washington… May 1937.” Heavily illustrated, includes maps and related documents. 142 pp. Large octavo, 6 x 10 inches tall.
An important primary source, scarce in this edition.
19th Century ephemera
Children’s processional & Victorian ladies [Kate Greenaway greeting card proofs] by Kate Greenaway. $600
London: Marcus Ward, circa 1879. Proof. Sheet. Near fine. Kate Greenaway. Classic Kate Greenaway lithographic greeting card proofs. Eight scenes, including four of a child’s flower processional, and four of Victorian ladies. Uncut and complete. Toning due to age. Previous owner’s notation and price on back side. A rare find for any Greenaway or Victoriana collector. 12 1/2 x 18 inches.
Art bas-relief, “Capital and Labor” by Woodward & Tiernan/ $100
St. Louis, MO: Woodward & Tiernan, 1907. Sheet. Very good +. A very good plus color promotional art bas-relief depicting two “Tom Sawyer-esque” boys, the one snacking on an apple, and the other barefoot and carrying newspapers advertising the “Calendar News” bas-reliefs. From the verso: “We are offering in 1909 a most extraordinary collection of new and beautiful designs in chemigraph and color bas-relief calendars and souvenirs.” Matting shows damp stains, but bas-relief only shows one small spot above second boy’s hat. See photo. 6 x 8 inches tall.
The Book Of Common Prayer, And Administration Of The Sacraments, And Other Rites And ceremonies Of The Church, According To The Use Of The United Church Of England And Ireland: Together With The Proper Lessons. New Version Of The Psalms Of David.
London: Oxford Bible Warehouse, 1846. First Edition. Cloth. Fine/good +. Oxford: Printed at the University Press Sold by E Gardner and Son at the Oxford Bible Warehouse Paternoster Row London, 1846. A nearly pristine pocket prayer book with velvet cover, brass edging and two gilded brass clasps in full working order, contained in the original silk-lined case. Burgundy velvet covered book with gauffered gilt page edges beautifully executed. Original patterned silk endpaper. Velvet border to verso of the front board. Small binders stamp to base of endpaper: “Bound By Hayday”. The Prayer Book, bound with: “A New Version Of The Psalms Of David.” Bright and clean. Padded silk case includes clasp, but top hinge broken on case. Trigesimo-secundo, 3 3/4 x 6 inches tall.
James Hayday (1796–1872), was a British bookbinder. Born in London in 1796, he served his time with Charles Marchant, vellum-binder, 12 Gloucester Street, Queen Square, and then for some time worked as a journeyman. In 1825 he became one of the auditors of the Journeymen Bookbinders’ Trade Society. He commenced business in a very humble way. In 1833 he rented premises at 31 Little Queen Street, Lincoln’s Inn Fields, where he continued until his retirement in 1861.Hayday had long seen that it was desirable to make printed books open freely and lie flat; his attention is believed to have been drawn to this matter by seeing Bagster’s polyglot bibles, which were bound by Joseph Welsh of 10 Queen Street, Golden Square, in what was known as ‘Bagster’s Renowned Binding.’ These books were made flexible, and covered with purple pin-headed sealskin with a blind tool ornament. In his own binding he sewed the books all along every sheet, and to remedy the extra thickness that would be caused by sewing with thread, used silk, and to equalise the thickness rounded the fore edges more than was customary. To make the back tight he dispensed with the ordinary backing of paper, and fastened the leather cover down to the back. Still the constant opening of the book disfigured the grain of the leather, and to obviate this he introduced the cross or pin-headed grain, or what is now termed Turkey Morocco. Works bound by Hayday became famous, and his name attached to a book raised its value twenty-five per cent. Edward Gardner of the Oxford Warehouse, 7 Paternoster Row, secured Hayday’s services for the Oxford books exclusively. William Pickering, bookseller, of 57 Chancery Lane, gave him the benefit of his long experience, and introduced him to many wealthy patrons. After entering into a brief partnership with Mr. Boyce, ‘a finisher,’ he again started on his own account at 31 Little Queen Street. Unable to compete with other and cheaper binders, he was adjudicated a bankrupt on 10 June 1861.He sold the use of his name to William Mansell, who succeeded to the bookbinding establishment. Retiring to St Leonards-on-Sea, Hayday died there on 19 March 1872, aged 76. — Dictionary of National Biography
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