Antiquarian Bookseller John Windle: Books for Sale
No. 1 "The Wanderer.". At Home in the Wilderness. Being Full Instructions How to Get Along, and to Surmount All Difficulties by the Way.
LORD, John Keast.
London: Robert Hardwicke, 1867. 8vo, original purple cloth, backstrip gilt-lettered, covers blindstamped. xvi, 323 pp. Tinted wood-engraved frontispiece portrait and vignette title-page, numerous vignettes in text. Covers rubbed, hinges cracked, bookplate removed from front pastedown, but a very good copy. First Edition. John Keast Lord (1818-1872) enjoyed an adventurous career that included a sojourn of several years on the West Coast after he was named in 1858 to serve as naturalist on the English boundary commission that established the border along the 49th Parallel between British Columbia and the United States. His two-volume work The Naturalist in Vancouver Island and British Columbia (London, 1866) is much sought after; but this later work is little-known. It is a very useful guide to survival in rough conditions, in the tradition of Francis Galton's The Art of Travel; but it is also replete with anecdotes based on Lord's experiences in California, the Pacific Northwest, and the Great Plains. Often very exciting and amusing, it was reprinted in 1867 and 1876; this first edition is very scarce. [Sabin 42034. Smith 6110A. Not in Cowan or Rocq. See Howes L-464.]
No. 2 Devi with a worshipper.
Central India (Nagpur), c: 1780. Gouache with gold, on paper, 6 3/4 x 3 1/2 ins, matted and framed. A lovely Indian miniature from the Devimahatmya (Glorification of the Goddess) hymn within the Markandeya Purana. Full description and images available on my website.
No. 3 L'AllegroÉ Together with A Note upon the Poems by W. P. Trent. Il PenserosoÉ. Together with a Note upon the Paintings by Chauncey Brewster Tinker.
Blake, William. Milton, John.
New York: Limited Editions Club, 1954. Large 8vo, 43; 44,  pp., 12 gravure plates after the paintings by William Blake. Gilt-lettered dark green cloth, slipcase; prospectus and newsletter. Limited to 1780 copies designed by Bruce Rogers. The illustrations are from the Blake designs in the collection of the Pierpont Morgan Library and the two works by Milton which they illustrate have been printed dos-a-dos.
No. 4 L'AllegroÉ Together with A Note upon the Poems by W. P. Trent. Il PenserosoÉ. Together with a Note upon the Paintings by Chauncey Brewster Tinker.
Blake, William. Milton, John.
New York:Heritage Press, 1954. Large 8vo, 43; 44,  pp., 12 gravure plates after the paintings by William Blake. Quarter red cloth, marbled boards. Reprint of the edition designed by Bruce Rogers. The illustrations are from the Blake designs in the collection of the Pierpont Morgan Library and the two works by Milton which they illustrate have been printed dos-a-dos.
[MITCHELL, Agnes Woods.].
Philadelphia: Herman Hooker, 1842. 8vo, original embossed dark brown cloth backstrip gilt-lettered. [ii(ads)], viii, -300 pp. backstrip chipped near front joint, affecting the letter 'M'; covers rubbed; shelf-cocked; intermittent but plentiful foxing; a decent-enough copy of an uncommon item. First Edition of what appears to be the author's only publication. Many of the stories and poems are set in Scotland. In a long preface Mrs. Mitchell identifies herself as an immigrant to America, apologizes for publishing her slight efforts, and assures the reader of her moral correctness. The preface is signed from Jonesboro, Tennessee. This work has been included in several modern microfiche compilations. The second Sabin entry corrects the first; it is a mystery why this book was included at all. Sabin 42903 & 85171. Wright, I, 1880.
ATKINSON, Captain George Francklin.
London: Printed & Published by Day & Son, Lithographers to the Queen, . Large 4to, original embossed terra-cotta cloth, backstrip & front cover elaborately lettered and pictorially decorated in gilt, gilt edges  pp. + 40 tinted lithographic plates, including extra pictorial title-page, each with guard sheet. A few plates with one margin trimmed and marginal soiling and creasing, suggesting removal and reinsertion; intermittent foxing; overall a good, sound copy of a book that is hard to find in its celebrated ornate original binding. First Edition, identifiable by the ÒJ.B. DayÓ on the title-page and at the foot of the backstrip, later printings stating ÒDay and SonÓ. The author-illustrator was a captain in the Bengal Engineers and also published an account of his activities during the Indian Mutiny, as well as a volume of sketches of travel in northern Europe. The satirical plates, each with an accompanying two-page text, depict life at a British colonial station in India, with heavy emphasis on social and sporting activities, with several images of pompous dignitaries and of native life. The sporting plates include horse-racing, tiger-shooting, and pig-sticking. This work has gone through several editions down the years, most recently in 1999. Abbey, Travel (illustrating the binding). Hiler, p. 52. Schwedt, I, p. 47.
Paris: Librairie Armand Colin, 1968. Small 4to, 276, [8 advertisement]  pp., 8 plates. Paper covers, light soiling. Blake's text in English and French with LŽaud's commentary in French. Bentley, Blake Books, 356.
Burnett, Frances Hodgson.
Moscow: M.O. Volf, . Small 8vo, ix, 219, (3, index and ads)pp. Illustrated throughout with copies of the original plates. Original red cloth richly gilt. A remarkably good copy. First edition in Russian? An apparently unrecorded edition (the first we could find is 1918) published by Volf who published numerous Western authors (Twain, Alcott, Cervantes, etc.). No copy found in online resources -- not in Cotsen, not listed at Princeton Library, etc. perhaps not surprising, since the revolution began to foment in 1904 and the market for books about aristocratic children must have rapidly shrunk.
No. 9 (scrapbook)
[London: c. 1910-1930?] Small 4to, old half pebbled calf a bit rubbed. A scrapbook of Rackham reproductions compiled by Oberlin, including 12 color plates from original paintings and several black and white drawings. Sources unclear.
De Mora, Jose Joaquin
Londres: R. Ackermann, 1826. Single plate, etching on wove paper, plate mark 23.5 x 27.9 cm, ample margins, a little dusty but very good. ÒDeath of the Strong Wicked ManÓ from De Mora's Meditaciones Poeticas, 1826.
New York: Scribner's, c. 1900-1910. 30 articles, mostly 8vo and large 8vo, illustrated, bound together in blue buckram lettered ÒAfricaÓ. Bookplate, in good condition. A fascinating collection of articles by several writers, including Edith Wharton (ÓMoroccoÓ), Theodore Roosevelt (ÓAfrican Game TrailsÓ), Edmund Heller (ÓGame Distribution in AfricaÓ), S.E. White (ÓOn the Way to AfricaÓ), Fitz Duquesne (ÓHunting in East AfricaÓ), etc. A scan of the typed contents leaf can be provided.
No. 12 [Collection of ephemera, including transparencies, prints, proofs etc. for the Genesis Manuscript, America, Milton, and a group of miscellaneous b/w prints, transparencies and color separations etc.]
American Blake Foundation.
[Memphis: ABF, 1974-78]. Two large envelopes containing the material; in good condition though a few plates worn at the edges from handling. An interesting group of materials relating to ABF publications including the suite of separations for the ÒGenesisÓ manuscript which was actually printed in proof and of which two copies are known to exist; America and Milton were issued, in 1974 and 1978.
New York: Grolier Club, 1905. Small 8vo, [xix], 147 pp. Original wrappers. A scarce detailed catalogue of 148 works mostly lent by W.A. White, M.J. Perry, and Hoe. Bentley, Blake Books, 599.
No. 14 [cover title] The Book of Peace. Being a Collection of Prose and Verse... with Illustrations from the Drawings of William Blake.
Tennant, Pamela. Blake, William.
London: Chiswick Press, 1900. Small 4to, vii, 125pp. With a frontispiece and 6 plates, of which 4 are after Blake. Original quarter cloth, blue printed boards, very good. A scarce compilation with 4 plates and 8 poems by Blake, as well as poems by numerous others. No limitation but doubtless issued in a small edition privately printed for Tennat; this copy inscribed by her Òto Annie from Pamela 1900Ó and later inscribed by Annie to another Pamela. Bentley, Blake Books, 403 (counting 3 plates instead of 4 and spelling Tenant thus).
No. 15 [Doves Press Pamphlets.] List (Number 3) of Publications [not in Tidcombe]: The City Planned [Tidcombe DPL1, uncorrected issue]: On a Passage in Julius Caesar [Tidcombe DPL4]: The New Science Museum (2 copies) [Tidcombe DPL6]: Note on a Passage in Shelley
Hammersmith: Doves Press, 1910-1914. 8vo, series of 6 pamphlets in a half-leather slipcase. 5 raised bands along the spine with title in gilt. 6 pamphlets loosely inserted in separate brown card folders with title in black to front of each. One pamphlet with corrections and initialed by T.J. Cobden-Sanderson. Clamshell with moderate scuffing to extremities. Pamphlets fine. A collection of scarce off-prints from the Doves Press, including one from the collection of Radclyffe Hall and Una Troubridge, and one folder with corrections in C-S's hand containing the List #3 corrected by C-S in red ink. Also included are 3 reproductions of a portrait of Cobden-Sanderson.
No. 16 [Ephemera as listed below]
Piech, Paul Peter.
[V.p.: v.d.] 6 items plus several articles and offprints about Piech, and two original woodblocks and two linocuts created to print a logo for the American Blake Foundation. Postcard ÒWith Love to HumanityÓ image of a skull printed in red, written and sent to the EassonsPostcard ÒPeace is just understanding people [and] helping themÓ image of two people clasping hands, printed in blue, written and sent to the EassonsFolding card ÒPeace in 79Ó image of dove printed in blue, written and sent to the Eassons9 proof sheets on glossy paper with images of Blake titlesSingle proof sheet on brown paper ÒThe shadow daughter of OrthonaÓSingle proof sheet on card ÒSparks of Fire: BlakeÓ
No. 17 [Ephemera as listed]
Paul Peter Piech
[V.p.: v.d.] 6 items and several articles and offprints about Piech, and two original woodblocks and two linocuts created to print a logo for the American Blake Foundation. Postcard ÒWith Love to HumanityÓ image of a skull printed in red, written and sent to the Eassons. Postcard ÒPeace is just understanding people [and] helping themÓ image of two people clasping hands, printed in blue, written and sent to the Eassons. Folding card ÒPeace in 79Ó image of dove printed in blue, written and sent to the Eassons. 9 proof sheets on glossy paper with images of Blake titles. Single proof sheet on brown paper ÒThe shadow daughter of Orthona.Ó Single proof sheet on card ÒSparks of Fire: Blake.Ó
[Strouse, Norman H.].
[Various]: The Silverado Press, [1950-1973]. A collection of the Silverado Press, each bound in printed wrappers of various colors. Very good to near fine. First editions thus. A collection of materials from the Silverado Press, the remainder of a collection that was donated to the Bancroft Library. List of items:1. A Collector's Decabiblion (one of 200 specially printed for private distribution by Norman H. Strouse), . Slim 8vo, original blue-gray wrappers, some pencil annotations, page 5 creased. Very good.2. Printed greeting card from the Bodleian Library, rebound in white printed wrappers and stamped with message from ÔCharlotte & Norm Strouse'(1962). Near Fine.3. The Silverado Episode (1966). 8vo, green printed wrappers; one of 500 copies reprinted from the Fall 1966 Issue of the Book Club of California News-Letter for friends of Norman and Charlotte Strouse of which 100 copies are for presentation to members of the Roxburghe Club. Some bumping to corners, slight evidence of folding. Very good.4. A Great Craftsman (An Article in the September 8, 1922 Issue of The ÒTimesÓ on the death of T. J. Cobden-Sanderson; ÒT. J. Cobden-Sanderson An Article by Professor William Rothentein from ÒThe FleuronÓ 1923; (1951). 8vo, brown printed wrappers bound with red thread. Forward by N. H. Strouse. Top right and bottom right corners slightly curled; presentation copy signed by the publisher. Very good.5. ÒMy Last BookÓ A Letter From T. J. Cobden-Sanderson To ÒMy very dear RbtÓ (1950). Bifold within a bifold, includes erratum. Fifty copies hand-set and printed on a Chandler and Price hand press by Norman H. Strouse. Near fine. 6. ÒThe Last SheetÓ A Letter From T. J. Cobden-Sanderson To ÒMy very dear R'btÓ (1950). Bifold within a bifold. One of 25 copies printed on a hand press. Very slight browning to edges. Signed with a gift inscription by N. H. Strouse. Very good. 7. A Letter from T. J. Cobden-Sanderson ÒTo my dear Rbt.Ó 20 November 1914. (1950). 8vo, original brown printed wrappers bound with maroon thread. One of 70 copies privately printed on a Chandler & Price hand press for distribution to the friends of Norman H. Strouse & type distributed June 20th, 1950. Inscribed to Ben Donaldson by N. H. Strouse. Near fine.8. A Letter from Stella; An Epilogue to the publication of C-S The Master Craftsman. [N. P.]: The Aadagio Press, 1971. 8vo, original dark brown printed wrappers. From the colophon: ÒA Letter from Stella was printed by Leonard F. Bahr during the early winter of 1970-1971 at his subterranean private press...This is copy LXIII.Ó Near fine to fine. 9. John Henry Nash: A Collector's Reappraisal; An Address by Norman H. Strouse at the Annual Meeting of the Grolier Club on 25 January 1973. 8vo, stapled wrappers; an offprint from the Gazette of the Grolier Club New Series; Number 19, December, 1973. Near fine to fine.
No. 19 [Epistole] (leaf CCIII)
Ferrara: de Valentia, 1497] Single leaf, with two small woodcuts and two woodcut initials. In fine condition. In a mylar sleeve. From Tufte's sale, an interesting incunable leaf. See Goff H-178 etc.
No. 20 [Five Western Auction Catalogues: Anderson Galleries, 11/22/1922; Curtis Studio SF, 1/4/1922; American Art Association, 2/7-9/1924; Anderson Galleries, 2/2-3/1924; Curtis Studio, 3/24/1924].
[Various]: [Various], 1922-1924. 8vo, roughly 400pp. in all. Dark brown buckram stamped in gilt to backstrip; catalogues bound in wrappers within external binding; illustrated from photos, facsimiles, and drawings. Bumping to corners, volume slightly shelf-cocked, annotated throughout in pencil. Good. A collection of several records of important early California sales, from several different sources. Includes excerpted title-page and pages 1-2 from The City of the Golden Gate: A Description of San Francisco in 1875 written by Samuel Williams, printed in San Francisco by the Book Club of California, 1921, in lieu of front free endpapers. An extensive and useful reference for early Californiana.
No. 21 [General title] William Blake's Illuminated Books. Milton: A Poem and the First Illuminated Works: The Ghost of Abel, On Homers Poetry [and] On Virgil, Laocošn. Edited with Introductions and Notes by Robert N. Essick and Joseph Viscomi.
Princeton: The William Blake Trust, 1993. Large 4to, 286 pages, including 72 pages of illustrations, most in color. Brown cloth in pictorial dust-jacket. The fifth volume in this series of Blake's illuminated books. As new.
No. 22 [General title] William Blake's Illuminated Books. The Early Illuminated Books: All Religions are One, There is no Natural Religion, The Book of Thel, The Marriage of Heaven and Hell, Visions of the Daughters of Albion. Edited with an Introduction and Not
Princeton: The William Blake Trust, 1993. Large 4to, 286 pages, including 100 pages of illustrations, most in color. Brown cloth. The third volume in this series of Blake's illuminated books.
No. 23 [Gold Rush letter.]
Mariposa Alta California June 17, 1850. 4to, three-page letter written in ink, folded, stamped in red ÒSan Francisco July 1 40. In fine condition. This exceptionally interesting letter is from James Shephard Jn. to Mrs. Samuel H. Smith, 148 Hammond Street, New York, breaking the news that her husband has died due to a wound in the leg from an Indian attack that left an arrowhead sunk into an artery. Although the leg was amputated he died soon thereafter, despite being attended by five doctors (one of whom seems to also have been wounded in the attack). Shephard assures the widow that his financial affairs will be handled properly and offers lengthy condolences.
LUCIANUS, of Samosata
Basel: Valentin Curio, 1 September 1524. Ê 4to,  pages; Greek and Latin on opposite pages; historiated woodcut initials; woodcut printer's device at the end.Ê Modern half vellum and decorative boards; at foot of title is a contemporary presentation inscription from "Menradus"Ê (possibly the humanist Menradus Molther, d. 1558) to one "Matthaeus"; monastic library stamp on title (partly defaced); profuse manuscript annotations in a contemporary hand on six pages of the Greek text. (description courtesy of Fred Schreiber, upon which I cannot improve). ÒThe First Account in Literature of a Trip to the Moon. First separate edition in the original Greek of the True Story, the first account in literature of a trip to the Moon, by the second-century A.D. Syrian-Greek satirist Lucian of Samosata. In this first-person narrative the author sets sail with a crew of fifty companions from the Straits of Gibraltar, intending to sail across the Atlantic, but is swept away by a storm for seven days and seven nights, eventually landing on the moon; there the travelers observe the first interplanetary war in literature, fought between the "Selenitai" (People of the Moon) and the "Heliotai" (People of the Sun) over colonization rights to the Morning Star. The combatants, in true science-fantasy fashion, consist of fanciful creatures that are the spiritual ancestors of those found in Flash Gordon, Star Wars, and Star Trek: "Hippogypoi" (Vulture-Knights), "Hippomyrmekoi" (Ant-Knights), "Skorodomachoi" (Garlic-Fighters), "Psyllotoxotai" (Flea-Archers), "Lachanopteroi" (The Vegetable-Winged), "Anemodromoi" (Wind-Gliders), "Nephelokentauroi" (Cloud-Centaurs), etc.Lucian's intent was to parody the poets, historians, and philosophers who wrote about fabulous places they had never visited and exotic creatures they had never seen.Some scholars have detected in Lucian's True Story influences of versions of the tales found in the Arabian Nights, which may have been current in Lucian's native Syria; indeed, some of the elements in the True Story, such as the 150-mile-long sea-monster that swallows Lucian's ship, and the giant kingfisher, have much in common with, respectively, the huge fish of the Seventh Voyage of Sindbad, and the Roc in the Second Voyage.Lucian's True Story exerted its own, long influence, directly or indirectly, on such story-tellers as Rabelais, Cervantes, Cyrano de Bergerac, and Swift; a notorious direct borrower from Lucian's True Story was Rudolf Eric Raspe (1737-1794), whose tall tales based on Baron Munchausen (1785), included a narrative of Munchausen's visit to the moon.The True Story had appeared three times before in Greek as part of Lucian's complete works: Florence 1496, Venice 1503 and 1522. The present edition, the earliest separately printed in the original Greek, is accompanied by an anonymous literal Latin translation intended (as stated in the title) "to assist students in learning Greek without great effort and without a teacher".Ó¤ VD 16, L 3056; Hoffmann II, 547; Hieronymus, Griechischer Geist aus Basler Pressen, 33; not in BL, not in Adams; see Locke, Voyages in Space, p. 11 ("The earliest surviving interplanetary romance").
No. 25 [The Lorsch Gospels]
[Illuminated manuscript facsimile]
New York: George Braziller, 1967. Large heavy folio, 478pp, including 54 color plates. Original quarter-vellum over red cloth boards, in fine condition in publisher's slipcase. Limited to 1000 copies, this copy without the separate pamphlet of commentary. ÒThis complete facsimile of the Lorsch Gospels includes six color engravings from photographs by Robert Braunmuller, and many  color-printed plates, though most of the production consists of high-quality monochrome plates... first written in 810AD, the four [since separated] parts which comprise the Lorsch Gospels were [re]united in the Coronation Hall of the Holy Roman Empire in Aachen, Germany on the occasion of the 1965 exhibition of the Council of Europe ÔCharlemagne, His Achievements and Influence.' The respective owners co-operated to photograph the entire manuscript and the ivory covers during the exhibition. Thus a foundation was laid for the reconstruction of the manuscript in this fine facsimile edition, which must serve in the place of a unified whole.Ó