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Have an older book or manuscript from before 1800 that you would like to sell on consignment or by direct purchase? Please contact Morgan at 530-354-4440.

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867_2The 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


903Ovid’s Metamorphoses. In fifteen books. A new translation. By several hands. Adorn’d with cuts / Ovid’s Metamorphoses made English. By several hands [15 books in two seperate volumes, complete]
by Ovid; George Sewell; J. Philips; John Hughes; Mr. Chute; Mr. Dart; Mr. [Alexander] Pope; Mr. Theobald; Capt. Morrice
Condition: Very good
London: A. Bettesworth and W. Taylor in Pater-Noster-Row, E. Curll in Fleet-Street, and J. Browne without Temple-Bar, 1717. First Edition. Full leather. Very good. Scarce. A very good first edition of this version —- there were competing editors in 1717 — complete and collated in two volumes. This work released after Dryden’s Ovid translations. Sewell’s translations went on to sell in three editions total. Title page on Volume I is loose and reads, “Ovid’s Metamorphoses. In fifteen books. A new translation. By several hands. Adorn’d with cuts.” Consistent with the worldcat entry for this set, the titlepage to vol. II reads: “Ovid’s Metamorphoses made English. By several hands. .,” and J. Browne’s name is spelled “Brown.” Blind and gilt tooled leather boards. Four raised bands. Original paper labels on spines. Joints shallowly cracked on volume I and starting on volume II. Minor loss to spine on volume II. With woodcut bookplate of Glanville Wynkoop Smith on front pastedown of both volumes. One signature on volume II has pulled away from endband and is a bit proud. Text in English is crisp and clear. Marginalia present, including a beautiful short [original??] melody neatly pencilled on rear pastedown. Toning to pastedowns and free endpapers. Marvelous woodcuts throughout. Unpaginated. 3 3/4 x 6 inches tall, 32mo. From the personal library of artist, architect, musician, author, journalist, poet, naturalist and historian Glanville Wynkoop Smith, author of Many a Green Isle (1941) and The adventures of Sir Ignatius Tippitolio, better known to the world as Tippy, proprietor of Tippitolio’s grand imperial hotel Oriella (1945)


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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