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Baum, L. Frank. Chicago, George M. Hill Co., 1900
First edition. Large 8vo. Pale green cloth blocked in medium green and red. Illustrated paste-downs. Complete with 24 plates (including title).
The text has the following points: on p. , the publisher's advertisement has a box; on p. 14, line 1 has the misprint "low wail on the wind"; p. 81, line 4 from bottom has "peices" uncorrected; p. , line 1 begins: "While Tin Woodman…"; the colophon is in 11 lines within a two-line box; with unbroken type in the last lines of p. 100 and p. 186. The plate opposite page 34 is in the second state without two blue spots on the moon; the stork plate opposite page 92 is the second state without red shading on the horizon; the copyright notice is stamped on the verso of the title. The binding is in state C but the rays surrounding the emerald on the lower cover are not outlined.
Housed in a custom clamshell case, green morocco spine, marbled paper boards and trays using papers marbled by Antonio Vélez Celemín.
Hanff/Greene I.1-2 binding state C, Peter Parley To Penrod p. 111-113.
Condition: Cloth somewhat worn and soiled, with wear at spine tips and hinges, and spine darkened. Neat bookplate and ownership label, some light soil and wear to the text block but generally a good to very good copy as this title goes.
Genre: Children's; Rare Books
Stewart, Mary. London, Hodder and Stoughton, 1973
First Canadian edition of the second book in Mary Stewart's Arthurian trilogy. A neat gift inscription on the upper corner of the reverse of the front free endpaper, else a fine copy. The dustwrapper is not price-clipped. It is very slightly sunned on the spine else it is fine and bright.
This is the first Canadian issue, printed by Hodder and Stoughton in London, identical to the first edition but with the addition of Musson Book Company, Toronto, on the title page, the maple leaf at the base of the spine and the price in Canadian dollars..
Signed by the author on the title page.
Genre: Arthurian; King Arthur; Modern Firsts
Book of Common Prayer in Mohawk. Hamilton (Ontario), Ruthven's Book and Job Office, 1842
First edition thus 8vo. viii, 455pp. Contemporary binding of full leather, gilt spine title with gilt rules on the spine. Presentation inscription dated 1984 else a fine copy with only a trace of wear.
With English and Mohawk on facing pages. Pp. 433 to the end are the Psalms of David, with separate title page, and in Mohawk only.
Parts of the Common Prayer were translated into Mohawk as early as 1715, with subsequent editions each adding more and more. This edition is the first to contain the translation of Rev. Abraham Nelles (1805-1884), for 35 years in the Grand River Community the Rector of the Mohawk Church and Mohawk Institute, a day-school for Mohawk students.
This edition also completed the Book of Common Prayer by the addition of the Collects, the Services of Baptism, Confirmation, Visitation of the Sick, Communion of the Sick, etc., all translated by John Hill, Jr., into Mohawk.
Scarce, and rare in collectible condition.
Grañén Porrúa, María Isabel; Juan Pascoe. Tacámboro de Codallos, Taller Martín Pescador, 2018.
Limited edition Small 4to. 46,(2)pp. Green cloth spine, board in bright yellow paper, the upper board printed letterpress with the title and ornaments, and with a printed paper title label on the spine. Illustrated with illustrations taken from the work of 16th century printers in New Spain. Two large folding pages, facsimiles of the work of Espinosa. One is from the Graduale dominicale of 1576, the other from the Graduale sanctoral of 1578.
Finely printed letterpress on Tamayo de Ponte paper in black, but with the title and some initials in red also. Bindings by Fermín Urbina. Edition limited to 210 copies.
The text by Dctra Grañén Porrúa discusses the first printers of the Americas, starting with Juan Pablo, but concentrating on his successor Antonio de Espinosa, who was also the first type cutter in the Americas. His works are beautifully executed, and his typefaces have recently been made available again as Espinosa Nova. Both of the facsimiles are of Espinosa's work. The 30pp of text are followed by typographic notes from Juan Pascoe, the printer.
This is a superb example of printing. In fine, as new condition.
Genre: Fine Press; Music; Americana
Malory, Sir Thomas. London, Macmillan, 1893
The Globe Edition, based on Caxton's text. Edited and with an Introduction by Edward Strachey. 8vo. 509pp. Unsigned binding of full polished tree calf. Spine in six compartments with raised bands, intricately gilt. Brown morocco lettering label. Gilt rule on the boards. Marbled endpapers and edges. A fine copy.
The Globe edition was first printed in 1868.