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Joseph Sabin. Bibliotheca Americana: A Dictionary of Books Relating to America. Volumes 1-20, part 1 (to parts CXVI) signed with original signed receipt from Sabin. New York: Joseph Sabin, 1892. First Edition, First Printing. A very good plus first edition, small paper copy. One of 525 copies issued. These are the works published in Sabin’s lifetime. Signed by Joseph Sabin with original signed receipt from Sabin. Mixed set: small paper copy and stiff wraps on vol 20, all bound into three quarter leather with marbled boards and gilt accents. Bound by The University of Chicago Press. Moderate wear to crown, foot, and corners on various volumes. Top edge gilt. One volume has bent pages from poor shipping practice (book edges pressed into one another). Marbled endpapers. On
laid paper. Text is clean and bright. Very good +. Three quarter leather.

Vols. 1-19, “Edition, 525 copies, 8vo … and 110 copies on large paper.”
Publication was suspended from 1892 to 1927, when it was resumed with the parts numbered continuously with the last issued in 1892 (Suspended with pt. CXV/CXVI (v. 20, pt. 1/2) 1892; r
Issued in 172 parts with cover titles numbered consecutively, 6 parts (or 3 double parts) forming a volume (v. 29, four parts)
Editor: v. 1-19, and v. 20, pt.1/2, Joseph Sabin.–v. 20, (1078)



The Mourning Bride, a Tragedy. as it is acted at the theatre in Lincoln’s Inn-Fields, by His Majesty’s Servants
by Congreve, William
Condition: Very good
London: J. Tonson, 1697. Second Edition. Boards. Very good. A very good second edition of Mr. Congreve’s famous work.Blue three quarter cloth over maroon and blue marbled boards. Appears to be missing the first free endpaper, otherwise complete and collated. Pencilled marginalia and previous owner’s bookplate on front pastedown. Soft paper. Toning to pages and pastedowns. Scarce. 6 /2 x 8 3/4 inches tall, octavo. The Mourning Bride is a tragedy written by British playwright William Congreve. It premiered in 1697 at Betterton’s Co., Lincoln’s Inn Fields. The play centres on Zara, a queen held captive by Manuel, King of Granada, and a web of love and deception which results in the mistaken murder of Manuel who is in disguise, and Zara’s also mistaken suicide in response.There are two very widely known quotations in the play; from the opening to the play:Music has charms to soothe a savage breast,The word “breast” is often misquoted as “beast” and “has” sometimes appears as “hath”.Also often repeated is a quotation of Zara in Act III, Scene VIII:Heav’n has no rage, like love to hatred turn’d, Nor hell a fury, like a woman scorn’d. This is usually paraphrased as “Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.” — Wikipedia


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

Capital and labor sawyeresque boys

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.

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