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1 (Morrison, Noah Farnham) Catalog of American Travel and Americana for sale by Noah Farnham Morrison. No. 226
Noah Farnham Morrison Elizabeth, NJ no Wraps Goos 
no date (1929, based on the Rutgers University Library website). Wraps, with an ark illustration on the front cover. 28 pp including covers. A bookseller's catalog containing items relating to Americana and American exploration, with brief descriptions and sometimes extra bibliographic info. GOOD condition. Heavy browning to the wraps, with some offsetting and soiling. Some chipping, tearing and creasing along the upper extremity, with a piece missing from the upper corner. Wrappers splitting along the spine. Interior solid with some toning to the paper. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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2 Barlow, Marjorie Dana The Elm Tree Press Woodstock Vermont. A Brief History a Bibliography
Woodstock, VT The Elm Tree Press 1981 no Wraps Good 
One of 500 copies. Orange wraps. 51 pp. A short history of the establishment and various proprietors of the fine press Elm Tree Press in Woodstock, Vermont, followed by a bibliography of works printed at the press. GOOD+ condition. Light foxing along the fore edge of the front cover, with some foxing to the fore edge of the pages. Minor fading/offsetting. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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3 Benson, John Howard; Carey, Arthur Graham The Elements of Lettering
Newport, RI John Stevens, Publisher 1940 no Cloth Very Good Poor 
Printed by D.B. Updike at the Merrymount Press in Boston. Orange brown cloth in rice paper jacket. 125 pp. Illustrations and examples of letters throughout. A theoretical and practical guide to lettering, discussing both general and specific techniques, principles and guidelines, considering aesthetics and other implications in the art of lettering. With an historical section looking at lettering in ancient and Medieval times. Includes sections on writing, drawing and carving letters. Printed by the noted American printer, D.B. Updike. John Howard Benson was a noted stone carver and calligrapher, as well as owner of the John Stevens Shop (a stone carving shop and one of the longest running businesses in the US). POOR jacket on a GOOD book. Heavy tearing, chipping, tattering and loss to the jacket along the extremities, with some scuffing and ink stains/smudges to the wraps. Minor fading, soiling and edgewear to the book. One page very marked up in pencil in the interior. Owner's same on the first endpaper. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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Advertising booklet for the newly designed Trajanus Typeface, Chappell, Warren
4 Chappell, Warren Advertising booklet for the newly designed Trajanus Typeface
New York Huxley House, Publisher no Wraps Very Good 
no date, presumed mid 1900s. Small squarish booklet. 14 pages including covers. An advertisement/ specimen book for the typeface Trajanus, a medieval style font. With an introduction by the designer Warren Chappell, as well as examples of different sizes, bold imprints, etc. Warren Chappell was a noted American book and typeface designer, with Trajanus being a prominent example. He worked with John Updike on book designs, as well as with the Alfred Knopf publishers. VERY GOOD condition. Minor soiling and smudging to the covers, mostly to the rear. Faint pencil edit/correction to the last page. 
Price: 35.00 USD
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5 Crous, Ernst The General Catalogue of Incunabula. A Paper read before the Bibliographic Society, December 16, 1912, together with an Inventory of Incunabula in Great Britain and Ireland.
London Reprinted by Blades, East and Blades, from the Bibliographical Society's Transactions 1914 no Original Wraps Good Signed by Author
Reprinted by Blades, East and Blades, from the Bibliographical Society's Transactions. Original wraps. 57 pages. Apparently SIGNED by the author across the top of the front cover, reading, "To the Bibliographical Society of America, with the compliments of the author!" A short look at the various attempts throughout history to chronicle existing incunabula, with a section in the rear giving the public and private libraries in Great Britain and Ireland that held incunabula. In GOOD condition with general darkening to the covers. Some soiling. Heavy chipping and tearing along the extremities, with some loss to the covers. Small black stamp on the upper front cover. Covers splitting along the upper hinges. Text clean and solid with several pages unopened. General darkening throughout. Small notation in pencil next to the first passage of the text. 
Price: 45.00 USD
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6 Currie, Barton Fishers of Books
Boston Little, Brown and Co. 1931 no First Edition Hard Cover Good No Jacket 
First edition. Original cloth hard cover. No jacket. 350 pages including index. With black and white photo plates throughout depicting many images of notable books. A work chronicling book collecting, notable book collectors and bibliophiles, notable works and interactions with book dealers. In GOOD condition. Heavy fading to the front cover with heavy fading along the extremities of the rear cover. A few spots of fading noticeable to the front cover. Very heavy fading to the spine. Mostly minor soiling. Small dark spot at the lower spine. Minor scuffing and bumping to the extremities. Interior clean and solid with some soiling to the gutter in the rear. A small paper label inserted into the gutter of the rear cover reading "Barton Currie Fishers of Books." 
Price: 10.00 USD
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7 Fletcher, H. George In Praise of Aldus Manutius: A Quincentenary Exhibition
New York, New York, U.S.A. Pierpont Morgan Library 1995 0295974656 / 9780295974651 First Edition Trade Paperback Near Fine 
129 pages. With black and white and color photos of various books. Includes a cencus of books in the Pierpont Morgan Library. An exhibition catalog giving a history and details into the Aldine Press and Aldus Manutius, accompanied by many illustrations of his printing, typefaces, printer's devices, etc. Nice reference work on the Aldine Press. NEAR FINE condition with a hint of scuffing to the covers and extremities. Interior clean and solid. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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8 Fry, Michael (introduction.) Scotland and the Americas, 1600 to 1800
Providence, RI John Carter Brown Library 1995 0916617483 / 9780916617486 Trade Paperback Good Ex-Library 
138 pages. Illustrated. A catalog of an exhibition at the John Carter Brown Library and the Forbes Magazine Galleries, chronicling important Scottish imprints, books and maps relating to America. Ex-Museum Library (Strawbery Banke.) With the usual markings: spine label, bookplate, stamps and card pocket. Minor fading and rubbing to the covers. 
Price: 10.00 USD
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9 Giroud, Vincent Heinrich Schutz to Henry Miller: Selections from the Frederick R. Koch Collection at Yale University
New Haven, Connecticut, U.S.A. Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library 2001 084573136x / 9780845731369 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good No Jacket 
151 pages including index. With many full page color reproductions of pages of manuscripts. A catalog of an exhibition of rare manuscripts and books from the Koch collection, spanning from the 17th century to the 20th century, with many manuscript musical scores and compositions, as well as rare books and first editions in both music and non-music areas. VERY GOOD+ condition with very minor soiling, minor fading along the extremities and bumping to the corners. Spine slightly faded. Text clean and tight. 
Price: 40.00 USD
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10 Hofer, Philip Baroque Book Illustration. A Short Survey From the Collection in the Department of Graphic Arts Harvard College Library
Cambridge Harvard University Press 1951 no Cloth Good No Jacket 
Green cloth. No jacket. Small folio. 43 pp., plus 149 black and white plates. A primarily visual look at book illustrations from the Baroque period, containing examples and discussion of those from England, France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, the German States and Switzerland, Scandinavia, Eastern Europe, and the Netherlands. With a descriptive list of the illustrations. GOOD condition. Mostly minor fading to the covers, a bit heavier along the extremities. A few small areas of foxing to the rear cover. Light edgewear. Ownership signature present. A few stray notes and underlines in pencil to the text. 
Price: 10.00 USD
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11 Maggs Brothers Seven Centuries of Colour 14th to 20th Century. A Catalogue of Illuminated Mss., Miniatures and Printed Books Illustrated in Colour
London Maggs Bros. Ltd 1951 no Original Wraps Good 
Original wraps. 144 pp. With black and white plates throughout, depicting many illuminated manuscripts, illustrations, etc. Bibliographic detail provided with the entries, as well as any history and provenance associated with the various pieces. GOOD condition with some soiling and minor foxing to the covers. Minor creasing with one noticeable diagonal crease at the lower front corner. Light scuffing and edgewear. Interior solid with moderate foxing to the fore edges, lightly affecting the fore edge margin on a few pages 
Price: 20.00 USD
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12 McMurtrie, Douglas C. The Beginnings of Printing in New Hampshire
London The Bibliographical Society, Reprinted by the University Press, Oxford from the Transactions of the Bibliographical Society 1934 no Wraps Good 
Printed wraps. With a few title pages reproduced in the interior. A short history of the start of printing in New Hampshire, focusing mostly on the career of the printer Daniel Fowle and his relocation from Massachusetts to Portsmouth, New Hampshire in the 1750s. This includes a look at his first published book (Ames' Astronomical Diary), the New Hampshire Gazette, and his influence on other printers in the state, as well as a look at other printers in other regions of New Hampshire. GOOD condition, perhaps ex-library, with traces of a removed sticker from the lower front cover. Light pencil alphanumeric notation on the first endpaper. Some soiling, minor staining and general uneven offsetting/browning and fading to the wraps. Minor creasing, bumping and light chipping/tearing along the extremities. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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13 Newton, A. Edward The Amenities of Book Collecting
Boston The Atlantic Monthly Press 1918 no First Edition Hard Cover Good No Jacket 
Hard cover. Lacking jacket. First edition, first issue, with Piccadilly on page 268, an errata slip tipped in, and no index present. 355 pages. With illustrations, including a color frontis. Many illustrations reproduce the title pages of first editions of various important works(William Blake's Songs of Innocence, for example), or reproduce notable author inscriptions. A classic work on book collecting by this noted collector. In GOOD+ condition. Minor soiling, most noticeable along the fore edge. Uneven fading and minor scuffing. Spine sun darkened. Book corners scuffed and somewhat worn. Minor toning to the endpapers. Interior clean and solid with minor darkening. 
Price: 35.00 USD
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14 No Author A Collection of Noteworthy Early English, French and Italian Paintings, Bronzes, Miniatures, Tapestries, Rare English XVIII Century Mezzotints, Embroideries, Porcelains, and Chippendale and French Furniture. Also a Library of Rare Books and Fine Bindings
New York The Anderson Galleries/Metropolitan Art Association 1915 no Wraps Good 
Printed gray wraps. 120 pp. With black and white reproductions of various paintings tipped in. A catalog to a 1915 auction of paintings, tapestries and rare books. With a few plates of fine bindings. Evelina Knapp, 'Mrs. Henry B. Hollins' was the wife of H.B. Hollins, an American financier, banker and railroad magnate. His Wall Street firm failed in 1913 (Wikipedia). GOOD condition. Moderate darkening and offsetting along the extremities. Dark scuffs to the rear cover. Some soiling. Yapp edges of the wrappers bumped, with some creasing and minor tearing. Interior clean and solid. 
Price: 40.00 USD
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15 No Author Advertisement and order form for 'Magic Unveiled, or the Principles of Occult Science,' by Baron du Potet
No Place No Publisher no Unbound Good 
Advertisement and order form for 'Magic Unveiled, or the Principles of Occult Science,' by Baron du Potet. Single sheet, printed on one side only, folded into thirds. 8 by 5 inches. A piece advertising the translation and publication in English of the above mentioned work by Potet. Believed to be La Magie Devoilee ou Principes de science occulte. Jules Denis, Baron du Potet was a French occultist and homeopathic practitioner, as well as a well-known practitioner of mesmerism. This English translation of this work, originally published in French in 1852, does not appear in searches of the OCLC. GOOD condition. Fold creases and some wrinkling to the piece. Minor browning to the paper. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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16 No Author Early Printed Books and Manuscripts. The Property of the General Theological Seminary New York City and other Owners. Wednesday, October 1, 1980
New York Christie, Manson and Woods International, Publisher 1980 no Hard Cover Very Good No Jacket 
Mauve paper covered boards. 141 pp. With color and black and white photos throughout. A catalog to a 1980 auction featuring many early printed bibles, Books of Hours, illuminated manuscripts and other early work. Prices realized sheet laid in. VERY GOOD condition. Minor general fading and rubbing to the book. Light bumping to the extremities. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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17 No Author Scrapbook of various printer's devices primarily from the 1500s to the 1600's. Hans Holbein and Other Engravers
No Place No Publisher no Pamphlet Good 
Scrapbook of various printer's devices primarily from the 1500s to the 1600's, with a few later. This consists of 37 devices, most with printer's names and/or locations and dates printed. Some also include partial title pages. All mounted on faintly ruled paper, appearing to be of the type perhaps used in schools. Side stitched. Pieces range in size from about 8 by 6 inches wide to 2 inches square. Devices include those by Ludwig Hornken, Henricus Petrus, one attributed to Hans Holbein by the former owner, with a date of 1556 (this is presumed to have been engraved by Holbein for Johannes Froben); another, for Froben, again perhaps done by Holbein, colored; Heinrich Gran; Philip Tinghi Florentini; (Charlotte) Carolam Guillard; Franciscus Birckmann; Elzevir (1642) and many others. In GOOD condition. Mostly minor scattered soiling to the devices, with some staining at the corners and pages beneath due to poor quality of glue used. A few with stray ink notations and signatures, and minor foxing. 
Price: 400.00 USD
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18 No Author The Alexander Biddle Papers. American Historical Autographs. Adams, Biddle, Franklin, Jones, Greene, Jefferson, Lee, Wayne, McHenry, Madison, Williams, Witherspoon, and other important Americans Part Two
New York Parke-Bernet Galleries, Publisher 1943 no Wraps Good 
Full title: The Alexander Biddle Papers. American Historical Autographs. Adams, Biddle, Franklin, Jones, Greene, Jefferson, Lee, Wayne, McHenry, Madison, Williams, Witherspoon, and other important Americans, Including the Original Manuscript of Dr. Benjamin Rush's "Travels Through Life...Written for Use of his Children." Part Two. Public Auction Sale. Parke-Bernet Galleries, Publisher. New York: 1943. Printed wraps. 129 pp. With scattered reproductions of various manuscript letters throughout. Part two of this auction catalog, the auction held on October 12th and 13th of 1943. This contains many important letters from early American history and historical figures, including Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, Benjamin Rush and others. From the estate of Alexander Biddle, an officer in the Union Army during the Civil War. Descendant of Clement Biddle, a Revolutionary War soldier, Alexander married the granddaughter of Benjamin Rush, a noted figure in colonial Pennsylvania history. GOOD condition. Large faint stain to the upper rear cover, with a few other minor stains and some soiling to the wraps. Uneven browning. Minor chipping and tearing along the extremities, a bit heavier to the corners, especially the upper rear corner. Interior clean and solid. 
Price: 18.00 USD
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19 No Author The Second Printed Draft of the Constitution of the United States of America, September 12, 1787. Each page annotated during the proceedings of the federal convention by Pierce Butler delegate from South Carolina
New York Parke-Bernet Galleries 1970 no Wraps Very Good 
Printed wraps. 14 pp. plus a fold out facsimile of the Constitution. A short work advertising an auction by Parke-Bernet Galleries of a printed draft of the Constitution of the United States, from the family of Owen Wister. This includes a short description of the piece, as well as provenance and history. VERY GOOD condition. Minor toning. Light scuffing along the extremities. 
Price: 14.00 USD
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20 No Author Given 1607-1907. A Descriptive Catalogue of the Massachusetts Exhibit of Colonial Books at the Jamestown Ter-Centennial Exposition.
Boston Privately Printed 1907 no Original Wraps Good 
78 pages including index. A catalog of an exhibit of books from colonial printers, excepting the Whole Booke of Psalmes. Also included is a collection of works by early colonial writers. In GOOD condition with uneven fading and minor offsetting to the wraps. Minor soiling with some vertical creasing along the fore edge and along the spine. A few small tears along the fore edges. Interior clean and solid with the front hinge beginning to split and separate along the upper front gutter at the title page. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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