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Parkman, Francis; Mason Wade (ed). New York City/Limited Editions Club/1943.
SIGNED. 297pp. Quarto [26 cm] in full russet saddle leather with pyrographic spine titles and cover device, all edges blue. Backstrip scuffed at top and foot, else very light wear. Interior is clean and bright, with color and monochrome illustrations by Maynard Dixon. Housed in publisher's board slipcase and thin board chemise, both with woodgrain patterning. Chemise is in three pieces, having split completely along both folds; slipcase worn and tearing at extremities, but holding. Light mustiness.
Signed by Maynard Dixon on colophon, with "office copy" pencilled in the spot for copy number and a blindstamp reading "This is one of 25 presentation copies - out of series". Edited from Francis Parkman's notebooks by Mason Wade.
Genre: Western Americana
Smith, Joseph, Jr. Palmyra, New York/E. B. Grandin/1830.
588pp. Duodecimo [19 cm] in original full brown sheep, with gilt-ruled spine and gilt-stamped black leather spine label, all edges speckled blue. Extremities rubbed; shallow creasing to spine; evidence of discreet professional repair to front joint. Hinges cracked, but holding; contemporary bookplate on front pastedown, along with a clipping of Joseph Smith's image; contemporary ink name on front free endpaper, dated 1834; front free endpaper almost completely disbound; small portion of rear free endpaper has become affixed to rear pastedown and torn free; foxing throughout, as usual for this edition, else text is unmarked. Housed in custom clamshell case of brown leather with black leather spine label. A very attractive example of this important book.
The first edition of the Book of Mormon was printed in an edition of five thousand copies by Egbert B. Grandin in upstate New York. Printing took place between August 1829 and March 1830.
The type was set based largely on the so-called "Printer's Manuscript," a transcription made by Oliver Cowdery from Joseph Smith's original manuscript. This transcription, like the original, was almost wholly lacking in punctuation, and was not broken into paragraphs; typesetter John H. Gilbert would remedy these issues as he set the type.
The edition includes many variant copies with errors in pagination and spelling. Some of these are due to errors in the Printer's Manuscript, some to errors in typesetting. "[E]rrors were caught and corrected," says Peter Crawley, "but the sheets with the errors were not discarded; then books were assembled from signatures in several stages of correction, producing a large number of variant copies."
A highly sought-after book, prized by historical, religious and Mormon book collectors alike. Crawley I 1. Flake/Draper 595. Bibliothica Scallawagiana 230. Howes S 631. Mormon 50: 1. Auerbach 1168. Sabin 83088. Very good.
Genre: Utah and the Mormons
Audubon, John James; The Rev. John Bachman. New York/V. G. Audubon/1854-1855
383; 334; 348pp. Royal octavo [28 cm] Full brown leather with raised bands, and titles and elaborate ornamental designs in gilt and blind on the spines and covers. All edges gilt. Marbled endpapers. The volumes are in good to very good condition, with rubbing to the extremities, and several small cracks at the spine ends along the joints. The text block of volume I has dropped, and is cracked at the beginning. Volumes II and III have a bookseller's small ticket on the front pastedown. The front free endpaper of volume III is detached, but present. The text block of this volume is cracked a couple of times at the center. Volume I has 50 plates. Volume II has 50 plates. Volume III has 55 plates. All with accompanying tissue guards. Occasional light offsetting to the tissue guards. Plate CXLII has a darkened patch in the upper inside margin where a place marker was present (only bleeding ever so slightly into the image).
An attractive set of Audubon's Quadrupeds of North America, with 155 illustrations after John James Audubon and John Woodhouse Audubon by W. E. Hitchcock and R. Trembly. Lithographs printed by J. T. Bowen (Philadelphia), Nagel & Weingartner (New York). John James Audubon was most known for his monumental double elephant folio illustrations of American birds, published as "The Birds of America," containing 435 hand-colored engravings of 1,065 birds of 489 species. This series, Audubon's second large-scale project, was first published in three folio volumes with 150 plates between 1845 and 1848, as "The Viviparous Quadrupeds of North America." Audubon's son, John Woodhouse Audubon, is credited with producing the later plates when his father's health started to decline. The octavo edition, published shortly thereafter in a more convenient size, was meant to reach a larger amount of consumers. "The Quadrupeds of America" is a lovely example of of the type of artistry which brought John James Audubon his fame, illustrating his use of unusually dramatic poses and settings. At the time, naturalist's were accustomed to viewing specimens shown plainly against a blank background. Instead, Audubon attempted to portray animals as he saw them in nature. These infusions of real animal characteristics can be seen throughout The Quadrupeds of America, even in his portrayal of the common house mouse, depicted indoors near a block of cheese and a ceramic vessel (Plate XC, Volume II).
A handsome set of this extensive study of North American natural history by the noted American ornithologist and naturalist.
Genre: Natural History
Kelly, Charles; Dale Morgan. Georgetown, CA/The Talisman Press/1965.
SIGNED. 361pp. Octavo [25 cm] Green cloth with the title gilt stamped on the backstrip. Fold out map present at rear. Housed in a red paper covered slipcase which has been tucked into an additional green paper covered slipcase (both very good, with mild edge wear). The book is in very good plus condition.
Saunders 52. Map is titled: "California - Oregon Trails, 1846." History of the trapper and trail guide by two of the most prominent western historians of the era. Number 88 of 100 copies in a special edition printed on Ticonderoga text. Signed by both Charles Kelly and David Morgan on the on the limitation page.
Genre: Utah and the Mormons
Ende, Michael. Garden City, NY/Doubleday & Company/1983. ISBN: 0385176228
SIGNED. 396pp. Octavo [21.5 cm] Red cloth with titles and designs in gilt and blind on the spine and covers. Marbled endpapers. The text is printed in green and red. The spine and boards are a bit dinged at the edges. With a dust jacket showing light edge wear. Translated from the German by Ralph Manheim. Illustrations by Roswitha Quadflieg.
Signed by Michael Ende, with the notation, "Stuttgart, 20.5.1985," on the half title page. Very good.
Genre: Fantasy and Science Fiction