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    Autobiography of John Stuart Mill : ublished from the original manuscript in the Columbia University Library. [Childhood and early education -- Moral influences in early life. My father's character and opinions -- Last stages of education and first of self-education -- Youthful propagandism. The Westminster Review -- A crisis in my mental history. One stage onward -- Commencement of the most valuable friendship of my life. My father's death. Writings and other proceedings up to 1840 -- General view of the remainder of my life] by Mill, John Stuart, 1806-1873. ; Coss, John Jacob, 1884-1940

    New York : Columbia University Press, 1948, 1924 , 1948. Book. Good. Hardcover. 1948 edition, 2nd printing ; vi, 240 p. ; 24 cm. ; "This book was reissued in 1944 as a memorial to John Jacob Coss, 1884-1940" ; OCLC: 62777760 ; ex-lib (Yale) ; black cloth ; no dustjacket ; Contents: Childhood and early education -- Moral influences in early life. My father's character and opinions -- Last stages of education and first of self-education -- Youthful propagandism. The Westminster Review -- A crisis in my mental history. One stage onward -- Commencement of the most valuable friendship of my life. My father's death. Writings and other proceedings up to 1840 -- General view of the remainder of my life ; G.



    Journals of the Continental Congress, 1774-1789. Complete 35 volume set, including index by Worthington Chauncey Ford; Gaillard Hunt; John Clement Fitzpatrick; Roscoe R Hill; Kenneth E Harris; Steven D Tilley; United States. Continental Congress

    Washington, U.S. Govt. print Office, 1904-01-01. Hardcover. Good. Complete 34 volume set. 1904-1937. Frontispiece (volumes 9) facsimiles (some folded), with index from 1976. Quarto. Bound in publishers yellow cloth. Index bound in gray cloth. Good bindings. Shelfwear. Soiling to boards. Hinges starting, with some cracked. Bookplates to pastedown of first 34 volumes, with library markings to index volume. Clean, unmarked pages. Only edition of 2000 copies. The text was transcribed from the manuscript journals transferred to the Library of Congress from the Department of State. Recorded during the First and Second Continental Congresses and based on the original manuscript records and Journals, they provide extensive and valuable documentation of the revolutionary era. Some of the material appears in print for the first time here, including the "Secret Journals," the "Rough Journals" and the "Corrected Journals." This is an oversized or heavy book, that requires additional postage for international delivery outside the US.



    Pennine Way Companion - A Pictorial Guide by Alfred Wainwright

    Kendal, Westmorland: Westmorland Gazette Ltd, 1968. Guide reproduced from the author's original manuscript, containing useful features for walkers. 176pp with index, plus appendix of notes, illustrated throughout with black and white maps and drawings. Gilt lettering to front board and spine, rounded corners. Minor bumping to base of spine and slight marking to edges, otherwise very good copy in unclipped DJ with slight loss to top and bottom of spine.. First Edition, 3rd Impression. Turquoise Leatherette Boards. Very Good/Good. 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall.



    Gleanings from the Harvest-field of American History: Part IV: Diary of David How, a Private in Colonel Paul Dudley Sargent's Regiment of the Massachusetts Line, in the Army of the American Revolution by Dawson, Henry B. (& David How & George Wingate Chase)

    Privately printed; Morrisania, NY, 1865. Limited edition, one of 250 copies signed by Dawson, this being copy #225. Quarto, 51 pages printed on heavy paper, bound in covered boards with leather spine with "Diary of David How" and "Dawson" on the spine. Printed from the original manuscript of David How, who enlisted in the Army of the American Revolution when he was 17, was one of the Minute-men, and fought at Bunker Hill. A biographical sketch of How is provided by George Wingate Chase. The diary is extensively annotated and makes for fascinating reading. Spine scuffed; back board discolored at top and at bottom corner; some staining to top edge. Contents fine except for light, almost imperceptible dampstaining along top edge and at top corner (more visible on the last leaves). An important piece of first-hand miltary history.



    Catalogue of an Exhibition commemorative of...Samuel Johnson by Johnson, Samuel

    Hardcover. Johnson, Samuel. Catalogue of an Exhibition commemorative of the Bicentenary of the Birth of Samuel Johnson (1709-1909); Consisting of Original Editions of his published works, special presentation copies, and several of his Original Manuscripts; Together with a large number of Engraved Portraits after the pictures by Sir Joshua Reynolds, James Barry, John Opie, Francesco Bartolozzi, and others. Held at the Grolier Club, New York, From November 11 until December 11, 1909. Sml. 8vo, 106pp, 241 items. Orig. printed boards marked, green cloth spine. Floral patterned endpapers, lacking ffep. Unusual.



    Illuminated Manuscript: Decorated Leaf with Crucifixion Scene Miniature by [illuminated Manuscript]

    France: np. 1st Edition. No Binding. Very Good. Crucifixion Scene from a French Book of Hours (c. 1470). Beautiful miniature from a French Book of Hours circa 1470 painted on vellum. Recto: The scene depicts the Crucifixion with Mary and Mary Magdalen mourning beside the cross. To the right of the central figure, an army watches on, led by a captain on horseback. Before the leader lays a skull and bones. The clothing of the principle figures (except Christ) is especially brilliant textured in gold. In addition to gold, the artist used primarily a blue, red, green, and white palette. The border surrounding the miniature is a magnificent full border containing two drolleries amidst rich foliage of blue and red flowers, green leaves, and blue and gold acanthus leaves. Contains 8 lines of text with a 4-line initial "D" painted in gold on a mauve background. 2 additional single-line initials painted in blue, red & burnished gold. Verso: 16 lines of text written in brown ink with red rubrics. 2 2-line initials and 3 1-line initials in red, blue and burnished gold. Partial border containing a bird surrounded by thistles, green & gold leaves and blue & gold acanthus leaves. From the Hours of the Holy Cross. Size: 133 x 93 mm (approx. 5.3 x 3.7 inches) Miniature: 47x 36 mm The text in Latin: Domine labia mea aperies. Et os meum annuntiabit laudem tuam. Deus in adiutorium meum intende. Domine ad adiuvandum me festina. Gloria Patri, et Filio, et Spiritui Sancto. Sicut erat...Patris sapientia, veritas divina, Deus homo captus est hora matutina: A notis discipulis cito derelictus: English translation: Thou O Lord wilt open my lips. And my mouth shall declare Thy praise. Incline unto my aid O God. O Lord make haste to help me. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit... The wisdom of the Father, and truth divine beside, God and man surprised was even at the morning tide: His known disciples left Him for to follow more.



    [= Relaxing the mind will refresh the spirit]

    [Japan?], [c. early 20th century]. Accordion-bound large octavo artist's notebook, containing 25 double-page, hand-painted color images, including nature scenes, portraits of Hotei and Daruma, and village life. The images are minimalist and bold, with heavy influence from Chinese brush painting. The artist is anonymous, but quite talented. Bound in blue cloth-covered boards with paper label on upper cover; board edges rubbed, water stain to lower right corner of one image. An excellent collection of original Asian art.



    By These Words; Great Documents of American Liberty, Selected and Placed in Their Contemporary Settings by Angle, Paul M. (Ed. ). Edward A. Wilson (Ill. )

    New York, Rand McNally, 1954. First Edition. Near fine copy in the original gilt-blocked cloth. Slightest suggestion only of dust-dulling to the spine bands and panel edges. Remains particularly well-preserved overall; tight, bright, clean and strong. ; 560 pages; Description: 560 p. Illus. 22 cm. Subjects: United States --History --Sources.



    The County of Lincolnshire according to the Domesday Book, 1086-1087. The County Edition of Great Domesday Book. Limited to 1000 copies. by ALECTO HISTORICAL EDITIONS (PUBLISHERS):

    London: Alecto Historical Editions, 1987. Number 33 of a limited edition of 1,000 copies published between 1987 and 1992. The volumes, one being a facsimile of the original manuscript relating to Lincolnshire with maps in pocket, another being 'Domesday Book Studies' and the last being a volume of Notes and Translation. Three volumes folio, original cream quarter linen with brown boards. An excellent set in the original slipcase which is also in excellent condition.



    The Electrical Researches of the Honourable Henry Cavendish Written Between 1771 and 1781, Edited from the Original Manuscripts in the Possession of The Duke of Devonshire, K.G by Maxwell, J Clerk [ed.]

    London: Cambridge University Press. G : in Good condition without dust jacket. Cover lightly rubbed. Spine faded. Foxing to prelims. Contents firm. 1879. First Edition. Red/gilt hardback cloth cover. 220mm x 140mm (9" x 6"). lxvi, 454pp, + ads. .



    Intimacy: The Noble Adventure by Rosenthal, Don

    Chelsea, VT: The Noble Adventure. Very Good with no dust jacket. N.D.. Plastic comb binding. B0006PC1II . Typescript for the author's 1999 book. Clean and sound; 8 1/2" x 11"; 192 pages .



    Librairie Sourget. Manuscrits Enlumines et Livres Precieux. 1280-1927. Catalogue No. XXIV by Sourget, Patrick et Elisabeth

    Chartres: Librairie Sourget, 2002. Hardcover. Fine/Near Fine. Hardcover. Heavy 4to. Fine light blue cloth covered boards with gilt title to front board and to spine. In near-fine gold colored illustrated dust jacket (light creasing at spine ends) with black title to front and spine panels. Interior is in beautiful condition: crisp, tight and bright. Profusely illustrated with full-color photographic plates of titles from the Librairie Sourget. Price list laid-in. 623 pages. A lovely title. Illuminated Manuscripts. ILL/11243.



    BOOK OF HOURS (Use of Rome); illuminated medieval manuscript with three historiated initials by an artist influenced by Battista di Niccolò da Padova (active in Florence, 1438-1452) by Catholic Church

    COLORFUL BIRDS AND BUTTERFLIES TEEM IN THE MARGINS OF THIS CHARMING LITTLE BOOK OF HOURS, WITH ILLUMINATIONS SHOWING THE INFLUENCE OF SEVERAL IMPORTANT FLORENTINE ARTISTS. Illuminated manuscript on parchment in Latin and Italian, Italy, Florence, c. 1450. 119 x 78 mm. 219 folios on parchment, missing at least five leaves, perhaps with miniatures, written in brown ink in a rounded Italian Gothic bookhand, capitals touched faintly in yellow, rubrics in red, 1-line paraphs in blue, 1-line initials in red and blue, 2- to 4-line initials in red and blue with contrasting penwork, fourteen decorated 4- to 5-line initials in pale pink, blue, pale purple, or orange on burnished gold grounds with foliate in-filling and acanthus extensions in blue, green, red, pale pink, and orange, often terminating in sprays of burnished gold disks on fine hairline stems, some with birds or butterflies, THREE HISTORIATED INITIALS of 4 to 11 lines in blue or pale pink on burnished gold grounds with foliate decoration in burnished gold, blue, green, red, pale pink, and pale purple extending into FULL BORDERS of acanthus, with sprays of flowers, burnished gold disks, birds, and butterflies. BINDING: Sixteenth- or seventeenth-century parchment over pasteboard, spine with three raised bands and inscription, "Officio de la Maria," in dark brown ink, traces of two fore-edge attachments. ILLUSTRATION: The delicate and brightly hued illuminations within this lovely and well-preserved Book of Hours exemplify the beauty of Florentine illumination around the middle of the fifteenth century. Its illuminator follows in the tradition of such outstanding Florentine manuscript illuminators as Zanobi Strozzi and Fra Angelico, though the work is closer in quality to that produced by the artists who collaborated on the illumination of four large Choir Book (Florence, Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana, Edili 148-151) for Santa Maria del Fiore, the cathedral of Florence. The illuminations in our manuscript show the particular influence of Battista di Niccolò da Padova and the so-called Maestro della Trinità Edili 150 (possibly identifiable with Benedetto di Silvestro, active between 1445 and 1473), both artists involved in this massive undertaking. It is possible our illuminator also contributed to these four spectacular volumes, executed between 1445 and 1477/78. The cycle of historiated initials here, featuring the Virgin and Child (f. 15), the crucifix (f. 190), and King David (f. 194), is common within Italian Books of Hours of the period, and similar initials very likely once graced the openings of the Office of the Dead and Hours of the Cross. PROVENANCE: Produced in Florence around the middle of the fifteenth century, as indicated by decoration and the inclusion of important Florentine feast days in the calendar. Probably made for Vallombrosan use, likely at one of the Vallombrosan houses in and around Florence. Multiple entries in sixteenth-century hands. Belonged to Antonio Caracciolo, a seventeenth-century Italian scholar. CONDITION: Some cropping of borders along upper and outer edges, slight rubbing or staining on a few pages, otherwise in very fine condition. Full description and photographs available (BOH 108).



    Eleazer Smith: A Biographical Sketch (1755-1836) Inventor by Dickinson, Thomas A

    Title: Eleazar Smith biographical sketch. Creator: Dickinson, Thomas A. Typed in Lawrence, Massachusetts while he was at Steelman & Fuller. Inclusive dates: 1881 Abstract:The Eleazar Smith biographical sketch is Thomas A. Dickinson's 1881 transcription of Smith's memoir, originally written in 1828. Smith described his experiences as a militiaman during the Revolutionary War, as well as his work as an inventor and machinist in Medfield and Walpole, Massachusetts. Eleazar Smith was born in Medfield, Massachusetts, on April 1, 1755. He had little to no formal education and made a living creating and repairing clocks and other machines, such as devices for making pins and nails, and for setting card teeth. In the summer of 1776, he enlisted in the Medfield militia. He was initially stationed at Ticonderoga, New York, where he was court-martialed on suspicion of counterfeiting currency in the fall of 1776; he later participated in a march to Rhode Island, where he deserted in October 1777. Smith married Molly Drury and moved to Walpole, Massachusetts, where he died on March 7, 1836. The first page is the title page in Script with the title: Eleazer Smith: Copy of his Diary, gift of Miss Dickinson. The first typed page consist of Dickinson's introduction to the manuscript, including a history of the original document and the date and place of Dickinson's transcription. A paper laid into these pages describes one of Smith's clocks, which ran until at least 1883. Pages 3-50 contain the transcription; the original manuscript's first 2 pages, lost prior to 1881, are not copied. Smith's biography consists of reminiscences and stories about his professional life, but he also discussed his finances and business relationships with men in Medfield, Walpole, and Boston. He frequently commented on his lifelong affinity for the clocks and other machinery that he repaired and made, and the memoir includes a detailed description of a nail-making machine he created. A description of Smith's time in a militia regiment during the Revolution, including his imprisonment on suspicion of counterfeiting and his decision to desert. Smith also talks about the visit to Boston by General Washington and a visit to the mill where he was working and building machines. Washington expressed an interest in his machines. The biographical sketch is followed by a poem about "General Smith," thought to include contributions by Eleazar Smith; brief notes about Mrs. Adams of Medfield, Massachusetts, one of Eleazar Smith's neighbors, and a card tooth machine; and a copy of Eleazar Smith's epitaph from his grave at the Walpole Rural Cemetery. 8vo, single sheet typed on watermarked, deckled paper. front cover loose, bound with brass circular rings. Some staining to the cover with loss of paper at edges. Interior lightly toned but clean. Typed and edited with corrections. This copy is shorter than the copy described at the William L. Clements Library at the University of Michigan which shows 54 pages but all content is present. Each one would have been typed individually, thereby making each copy unique, depending upon typewriter setup.



    Original watercolors of Japanese life, late nineteenth century

    Paper. String tied.. Very Good. N.d., late 19th century. 13.5 by 10 cm. 17 leaves. With a semi-abstract illustration of birds over the sea on the front cover, followed by 15 double paged watercolors of Japanese life. No text, no words. These illustrations do not seem to a cohesive narrative, but rather, generally, they depict upper echelon life, with some perhaps capturing theatrical performances of such. We see samurai or warriors, women and men dining on a ship, gathering of men and of women, at times, engaged in ritual of one sort or another, women by a waterfall, and so forth. We are not certain how to interpret the artwork, which hovers between realistic and stylized, as so much Japanese artwork of the period does, but there can be little denying that the original watercolors are indeed a colorful eyeful and overall, very evocative of Japanese life and charm. Moderate wear.



    Original Manuscript of "Homes for the Working Man" + Facsimile of A Message to Garcia by HUBBARD, Elbert

    Ephemera. Very Good. Contained in a leather folder. Worn spine. One flap detached. 1. A Message to Garcia. Ltd., #198 of 495, Signed by Elbert Hubbard II East Aurora: Roycroft, 1926. A reproduction of the original manuscript, single sheets printed on Imperial Japan Vellum, 30 x 23 cm. 2. Typewritten original sheets from Elbert Hubbard. Certified by Elbert Hubbard II as to authenticity. Corrected in longhand pencil by Elbert Hubbard. Manuscript sheets are from Homes for Working Men. 6 pages. 22 x 14 cm. In a folder entitled Original Manuscript of Elbert Hubbard. No record of this title. Possibly a "preachment"/advertising brochure for Charles Maines, homebuilder in Flint, Michigan, since his name is mentioned as being a genius in house construction. Certificate of authenticity is 21.5 x 14 cm, mounted on card 30 x 23 cm. With a cancelled cheque stapled to certificate signed in pen by Elbert Hubbard, dated Nov. 5, 1900. 3. A Message to Garcia. East Aurora: The House of Hubbard: (Elbert Hubbard II), (1952). 15 x 9 cm. 16 p. Card covers. 4. Dirlam, H. Kenneth. The Story of "A Message to Garcia". Mansfield: author, 1960. 26 x 18 cm. 22 p. With fold-out broadside of Dirlam's article on "The Philistine" from the Buffalo Evening News 1945 in pocket in back. Illustrated. With author's business card stapled to title-page, and typed letter signed by Elbert Hubbard II thanking the owner for sending him a clipping of Dirlam's forthcoming book on Hubbard. 5. The Boy A Potentiality. (Printed with) A Hundred-Point Man. 1 sheet with four panels folding out. 17 x 10 cm. printed by the House of Hubbard (Elbert Hubbard II). c. 1955? 6. The Elbert Hubbard Library-Museum East Aurora N.Y. 1 sheet, folded to make 4 pages. Printed by Roycrofters. With separate page on the formal opening of the Library-Museum October 20, 1962. Plus news clipping on the library. 7. Envelope from Elbert Hubbard II "The House of Hubbard", addressed to Harold Donohue, the owner of the items. 8. Photocopy of letter from Elbert Hubbard II to Harold Donohue, October 10, 1961, in which Hubbard suggests Donohue "photostat" the letter and return the original to him. Letter is from Elbert Hubbard to his second wife Alice, referring to his visit to London, Ontario and Dr. R. Maurice Bucke. 9. News clipping of Harold Donohue's donation of one of Hubbard's original manuscripts to the University of Western Ontario ("Canada and Reciprocity").



    Autograph letter signed to the Colombian conductor and champion of South American music, Guillermo Espinosa (1905-1990) by FOSS, Lukas 1922-2009

    Foss was a prominent American composer and conductor. "For all their diverse styles, [his] works spring from a distinct personality: enthusiastic, curious and receptive to every kind of musical idea. Not coincidentally, these are the same attitudes he instilled in audiences with his performances of the classical repertory and new music. In short, he was one of his era's most communicative and representative composer-performers." Gilbert Chase and David Wright in Grove online. 1 page. Oblong octavo. Dated December 15, 1960. On University of California letterhead. A brief note, saying "I hope the enclosed will do. Send me the proofs, if you wish, and I will examine them." Slightly worn and creased.



    The Grimoire or Book of Spells of Pope Honorius by Honorius, Pope

    2006. Hardcover. Very Good. Size=6.5"x8.. B/W, COLOR Illus.. (full book description) 2006. Limited Edition VG+, Hard Cover, No Dust Jacket. Size=6.5"x8.", 204pgs. B/W, COLOR Illus.. Limited Edition copy #60 of 65 ink numbered copies. Dark blue leather spine, green cloth boards with black, gold gilt letters, front cover overlay and marbled endpapers. Very tiny cloth nick at all fore-edge corner tips, front cover slight faded area at top edge, o.w. clean, tight and bright. No ink names, tears, chips, etc. Facsimile of the mauscript of F.G. Irwin, original member of the Golden Horde with his facsimile bookplate. The foxing present is part of the original manuscript. 99% OF OUR BOOKS ARE SHIPPED IN CUSTOM BOXES, WE ALWAYS PACK WITH GREAT CARE!



    Autographed Signed Letter (ASL) of James Robinson Planché by PLANCHÉ, James Robinson (1796-1880)

    ND. No binding. College of Arms Dec. 19th (ND). College of Arms, Dec. 19th. Dear Sir, By desire of the Rev. Mr. [Whately] of [Rise] I forward to you by special messenger a [horse bit] and [--?--], of the receipt of which I shall feel obliged by your informing me. I am, dear sir, yours faithfully, J.R. [Planche] Addressed to: F.W. [Franks] Esq., F.S.A.  James Robinson Planche (1796-1880) British antiquary and dramatist. Robinson became a noted heraldic writer and authority on costume, and was appointed Somerset Herald in 1866. Over a period of approximately 60 years he wrote, adapted, or collaborated on 176 plays in a wide range of genres. Planche was responsible for introducing historically accurate costume into nineteenth century British theatre, and subsequently became an acknowledged expert on historical costume, publishing a number of works on the topic. Besides his great number of burlesques, he wrote many other works, of which the most valuable are History of British Costume, Regal Records, and The Pursuivant at Arms. His interesting autobiography appeared in 1872.



    Memoirs of the History of France during the Reign of Napoleon (Four Volumes-Complete) Dictated by the Emperor at Saint Helena to the Generals who Shared his Captivity; and published from the Original Manuscripts Corrected by Himself by Napoleon I, Emperor of the French;

    London: Henry Colburn & Co and Martin Bossange & Co.. Fine with no dust jacket. 1823. Second Edition. 1. Hard Cover. Four Volumes, Complete. Quarter bound in later red leather over light brown cloth boards. Volume 1 - dictated to General Gourgaud, xiii, (ii), 408, (3-maps) pp. Illustrated with a fold-out facsimile of Napoleon's rough draft of his letter to the Prince Regent, General Gourgaud's Attestation of its authenticity, and a fair copy of Napoleon's Rough Draft, tables illustrative of the Battle of Marengo, and four fold-out maps; Vol. 2 - dictated to General Gourgaud, viii, 395, (5-maps) pp. Illustrated with fold-out facsimile of a page of the manuscript dictated to General Gourgaud, and four fold-out maps; Vol. 3 - dictated to the Count de Montholon, xiii, 423 pp. Illustrated with a fold-out facsimile of a page of the Manuscript written at St. Helena by General Montholon dictated by Napoleon and corrected with his own hand; Vol. 4 - dictated to the Count de Montholon, viii, 483 pp. Illustrated with fold-out facsimile of Napoleon's hand-written Instructions for the Publication of his Memoirs of the War in Italy. An extremely fine and rare copy. . All four volumes fresh and clean, all pages supple and unmarked. This is an extremely fine copy in a later binding. Extremely rare in this wonderful condition. FINE. . Facsimiles and Maps. 8vo 8" - 9" tall. xiii, (ii), 408, (3); pp .



    Relation of the Pequot Warres Written in 1660 By Lieutenant Lion Gardener and Now First Printed from The Original Manuscript with an Historical Introduction by Gardiner, Lieutenant Lion

    Connecticut: Acorn Club, 1901. xxix + 33 pages, many unopened, unread; finely printed edition, limited number 75 of 102 copies only, the fourth publication of the Acorn Club, a membership organization of Connecticut historians; bibliograhical notes; and biographical, historical introductory material by W.N. Chattin Carlton; one page a facscimile of the first page of Gardener's Relation; good nicely bound in marbled-paper covered boards, dark brown morocco leather spine, gilt ruled and titled, top edge gilt; light wear to the binding; very good condition.. Leather. Very Good.



    The Letters Of Philip Dormer Stanhope, Earl Of Chesterfield ; Including Numerous Letters Now First Published From The Original Manuscripts. Edited, With Notes, By Lord Mahon. In Four Volumes [sic]. Volume I - Letters On Education. [with] Volume II - Letters On Education; And Characters. [with] Volume III - Letters, Political And Miscellaneous. [with] Volume IV - Letters, Political And Miscellaneous. [with] Volume V - Miscellanies [5 volumes complete] by Stanhope, Philip Dormer ( Earl Of Chesterfield ) & Lord Mahon ( Stanhope, Philip Henry , 5th Earl Stanhope ) [editor]

    Richard Bentley, 1845 - 1853. 1st edition.. Hardback. Original cloth, VG. 5 volumes, xxxvi+[i]+429pp, viii+482pp, xv+452pp, xx+506pp, xi+544pp, b/w frontis to each volume, index to the set in volume V, paper a little yellowed with age, volumes IV partly & V mostly un-opened, small grease stain to a few pages in volume IV, spines uniformly sunned & the heads of the spines snagged & frayed, gilt lettering of the publishers name at the base of the spine dulled, small pierce hole to the upper board of volume III where a needle or similar has been pushed through, hinges in good order, a nice set. Ex libris Robert Albert Cunliffe with each volume containing his armorial bookplate, binders ticket of Westleys on the pastedown of volume I. Laid in is an invoice for the sale of the books, dated 1964 from Sotheran's. Nice edition of the letters of Philip Dormer Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield [ 1694 - 1773 ] including his famous 'Letters to his Son, on Education'. These Letters were written to Stanhope's illegitimate son Philip Stanhope [ 1732 - 1768 ], as part of his father's earnest education of his son. 'They constitute one of the heaviest intellectual bombardments ever attempted' [DNB]. Much has been speculated on the expectations Stanhope had for his son & the grief he felt at Philip's early death - 'Philip Stanhope became a man of deep learning and sound sense ; but utterly wanting in what his father so highly prized - the graces' [preface]. The books also contain the more restrained 'Letters to his Godson'.



    Autographed Signed Note of E.L. Godkin by GODKIN, Edwin Lawrence [1831-1902]

    1886. No binding. 4-1/4 x 2-12 inches on card stock with E.L. Godwin signature on it and dated Dcc 2 and street address on top (115 East 25th Street) Old glue on back on border where pasted in autograph book but not affecting any writing, otherwise very good condition. Circa 1886 based on various dates from 1882 to 1890 published in the The Gilded Age Letters of E.L. Godkin By Edwin Lawrence Godkin 1974. Edwin Lawrence Godkin was an Irish-born American journalist and newspaper editor. He founded The Nation, and was editor-in-chief of the New York Evening Post 1883-1899. The circulation of the Nation was never large, rarely rising above 10,000, but it rapidly became influential. It was read by a select company of American opinion makers: editors, politicians, professors, and writers. Godkin used it to advocate low tariffs, civil service reform, and reduced government expenditures and to attack political corruption. His ideas had force and influence, but his doctrinaire mind tended to isolate him from the mass of Americans, especially politicians. The philosopher William James, who acknowledged an intellectual debt to Godkin, wrote that Godkin "couldn't imagine a different kind of creature from himself in politics," and an opponent once said that Godkin approved of nothing since the birth of Christ.

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