Thursday, November 22, 2012

ANTIQUE BOOKS!

We have been fortunate to purchase some fine antiquarian books over the past several months. Here are a few.


VINTAGE SET OF TWO VOLUMES "PLUTARCH'S LIVES, THE TRANSLATION CALLED DRYDEN'S, CORRECTED FROM THE GREEK AND REVISED." A. H. CLOUGH, A. L. BURT COMPANY, NEW YORK, UNDATED BUT ca LATE 1800s. NAVY BLUE (OR DARK GREEN - I'M COLOR BLIND) CLOTH COVERS, SOME SPOTTING, MINOR WEAR TO EDGES, STRONG HINGES. TEXT TONED BUT NOT FOXED, VERY GOOD CONDITION, VERY MINOR OCCASIONAL MOISTURE STAIN. PRIOR OWNER'S NAME AND STAMP (1913) ON FREE ENDPAPERS. 7 1/2' X 5 3/8", VOL. 1 APPX. 1100 PAGES (FIRST 3 VOLUMES OF PLUTARCH'S WORK), VOL. 2 APPX. 1025 PAGES (PART VOLUME 3, PLUS VOLUMES 4 & 5). 
VINTAGE SET OF THREE VOLUMES "THE ANATOMY OF MELANCHOLY, WHAT IT IS, WITH ALL KINDS, CAUSE, SYMPTOMS, PROGNOSTICS, AND SEVERAL CURES OF IT. IN THREE PARTITIONS. WITH THEIR SEVERAL SECTIONS, MEMBERS, AND SUBSECTIONS, PHILOSOPHICALLY, MEDICALLY, HISTORICALLY OPENED AND CUT UP." BY DEMOCRITUS JUNIOR... "A NEW EDITION. CORRECTED AND ENRICHED BY TRANSLATIONS OF THE NUMEROUS CLASSICAL EXTRACTS." BY DEMOCRITUS MINOR. BOSTON, 1859, WILLIAM VEAZIE. HEAVY BROWN CLOTH COVERS, LIGHTLY WORN, CORNERS BARELY BUMPED, SPINE ENDS SOMEWHAT TATTERED, GILT TITLES. "LIBRARY EDITION." TEXT TIGHTLY BOUND, HINGES STRONG - VERY GOOD CONDITION - TEXT LIGHTLY TONED BUT UNFOXED - EXCELLENT CONDITION CONSIDERING AGE. TEXT AND ENDPAPERS UNMARKED. 8" X 5 1/2". VOL. 1 500 PAGES. VOL. 2 467 PAGES. VOL. 3 514 PAGES. MINOR DEFICIENCIES OTHERWISE. ALTOGETHER A VERY GOOD TO EXCELLENT COPY OF MINOR'S GREAT WORK.


FULL SET - SIX BEAUTIFUL VOLUMES OF HENRY COPPEE'S (EDITOR) "THE CLASSIC AND THE BEAUTIFUL FROM THE LITERATURE OF THREE THOUSAND YEARS. BY THE AUTHORS AND ORATORS OF ALL COUNTRIES." PRINTED BY CARSON AND SIMPSON, PHILADELPHIA, 1892. ALL SIX VOLUMES ARE IN VERY GOOD CONDITION WITH MANY, MANY CLEAN, DAZZLING ENGRAVINGS - EACH PROTECTED BY ONION SKIN. I THUMBED THROUGH EACH VOLUME AND FOUND ONLY ONE LOOSE PAGE - ONE OF THE ENGRAVINGS IS LAID IN. BLUE CLOTH COVERS HAVE OCCASIONAL SPOTTING, RED TITLE BLOCKS WITH GILT TITLES. SPINES ARE SUN TONED. TEXT IS LIGHTLY TONED AND IN EXCELLENT CONDITION WITH PRIOR OWNER'S NAME ON FFEP THE ONLY MARKS NOTED. BOOKS ARE 8 1/4" X 11". THEY ARE A GORGEOUS SET THAT OFFER HOURS OF EDUCATION AND ENTERTAINMENT. 

BOTH VOLUMES OF MADAN'S "...JUVENAL AND PERSIUS..." IN FULL LEATHER. THEY ARE FIRST EDITIONS DATED 1789, PRINTED BY T. BECKET, LONDON. LEATHER COVERS HAVE SOME SCRATCHES, BUT ARE IN GENERALLY GOOD CONDITION FOR THEIR AGE - SOME WEAR TO COVER EDGES, MORESO ON BOTTOMS, CORNERS BUMPED. SPINE FEATURES RED BLOCKS WITH GILT TITLES - SOME CRACKING AT UPPER HINGE AREAS, BUT BOTH VOLUMES ARE TIGHTLY BOUND. PRIOR OWNER'S NAME ON FRONT AND REAR PASTE-DOWNS OR FEP, AND ON TITLE PAGES. OTHER THAN LIGHT FOXING, TEXT IS IN REMARKABLY GOOD CONDITION WITH SLIGHT TONING. 5 1/2" X 8 3/8". VOL. 1 443 PAGES PLUS CORRECTIONS/ADDITIONS, VOL. 2 471 PAGES PLUS INDEX AND 16 PAGES OF ADS.

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