The First Men in the Moon
London: George Newnes, Ltd., 1901. 342 pp. Approximately 5 1/4 x 7 1/2". 1st edition. Blue cloth over boards with gilt title and design on front cover with black endpapers (priority A for this edition), gilt title on spine, no dust jacket, minor foxing on page edges, some edge wear and stain to front cover, otherwise, very good condition. (Curry 1979, p. 518)
Herbert George Wells (1866 - 1946) is often called the "father of science fiction" along with Jules Verne and Hugo Gernsback. The First Men in the Moon is a science fiction romance about two men who travel to the moon and discover a sophisticated civilization of "Selenites", insect-like creatures.
P.T. Barnum's Circus Museum and Menagerie
New York: White & Allen, 1888. (64) pp. Approximately 10 1/2 x 12 1/2". 1st edition. Color lithographed paper over boards, beautifully illustrated with full page color plates and many black and white illustrations, beautiful lithography by G.H. Buek & Co., some edge wear and light toning, one page has slight tear at the bottom, light soiling to margins of some pages, otherwise, very good condition.
Phineas Taylor Barnum, usually referred to as P.T. Barnum (1810 - 1891) was an American showman, politician, author, publisher, philanthropist and businessman. He said of himself, however, "I am a showman by profession...and all the gilding shall make nothing else of me." (Kunhardt 1995). Told in the form of a story for children, this stunning and scarce book showcases many of the acts, animals, and curiosities that appeared in Barnum's circus, such as Jumbo the Elephant, Che-Mah the Dwarf, and many other exotic animals.
A Year of Prophesying
New York: Macmillan Company, 1925. 352 pp. Approximately 5 1/4 x 7 1/2". 1st edition. Red cloth over boards with title panelled and blind stamped on front cover, gilt title on spine, no dust jacket, minor foxing on page edges, otherwise, very good plus condition.
Herbert George Wells (1866 - 1946) is often called the "father of science fiction" along with Jules Verne and Hugo Gernsback. A Year of Prophesying is a collection of 55 essays by Wells, written for newspaper columns between 1923 and 1924. An insightful view of early 20th century history.
The War in the Air and Particularly how Mr. Bert Smallways Fared While it Lasted
London: George Bell and Sons, 1908. 390 pp. (with six of the advertisement pages in the rear missing) Approximately 5 x 7 3/4". 1st edition. Red-cloth variant binding (much more scarce than the common blue one), title in black on cover with illustrated paste-down, title and publisher on spine in gilt, considerable foxing on page edges and some throughout, otherwise, very good plus condition. (Curry 1979, p. 526)
Herbert George Wells (1866 - 1946) is often called the "father of science fiction" along with Jules Verne and Hugo Gernsback. The War in the Air is a military science fiction novel, originally published in The Pall Mall Magazine, about the futuristic idea of using aircraft in warfare.
The Sea Lady
New York: Appleton and Company, 1902. 300 pp. (plus advertisements) Approximately 5 x 7 3/4". 1st American edition. Light green cloth over boards, gilt design and stamped design on front over, spine with gilt title slightly faded, darkened edges, previous owner's name on ffep, otherwise, very good plus condition. (Curry 1979, p. 522)
Herbert George Wells (1866 - 1946) is often called the "father of science fiction" along with Jules Verne and Hugo Gernsback. The Sea Lady is a romantic fantasy involving a mermaid.
Grimsby, England: E. A. Robinson, 1891. 28,  pp. 21 x 18 mm. 8 b&w illustrations. Parchment(?) binding with red title on gilt, red edge stain; possibly rebound, as Bondy notes only a blue-wrappered edition. Slight wear to covers, else near fine. (Welsh 5067; Bondy 98-99)
A self-proclaimed "curiosity . . . the smallest [book] ever printed from type in the World." Bondy notes that for many years it remained "the smallest English book printed from movable type and may in fact still deserve that distinction." Uncommon.
London in Miniature. With Engravings of its Public Buildings and Antiquities, from Drawings by Alfred Mills
London: Darton, Harvey, & Darton, and J. Harris, 1814. 96 pp. 2-1/2 x 2-3/8". 47 plates. Original printed pink boards, worn and lightly toned, interior bright with only occasional minor soil. Welsh and Bondy describe this as having 48 plates, but records in OCLC and elsewhere indicate that it is complete in 47 plates. In Very Good condition. (Welsh 4988; Bondy 65)
One of a series of titles illustrated with engravings of drawings by Alfred Mills, and issued in either these slightly cheaper boards or in roan. Includes brief introductions and detailed engravings for many major landmarks, including London Bridge, the Monument, St. Paul's Cathedral, the Royal Academy, the Admiralty, etc., as well as Whittington's and Oliver Cromwell's houses.
Autobiography of Barnum. "Tall Oaks from Little Acorns Grow"
New York: (n. p.), 1854. 16 pp. 1-1/2 x 1-1/8". Rebound in black leather with "Barnum" stamped in gilt to the front board, decorative endpapers. Modest wear to binding, bookplate of previous owner to pastedown. A few leaves have been trimmed a bit too close at the top edge, very slightly shaving the first word of title page; inner margins sewn too closely to text in some instances. Else in nearly fine condition. (Welsh 404)
An exceedingly uncommon miniature edition of Barnum's classic autobiography, apparently preceding the Ward & Lock edition (1855). Considerably more tongue in cheek than the latter, this edition is dedicated to the Bearded Lady, and begins, "According to the best authority, I had a father, but no matter about him, and a mother but that's of no consequence." We locate only one copy on OCLC, and none in the trade or at auction during the past 30 years.
Costumes of Different Nations, in Miniature, from Drawings by Alfred Mills
London: Darton, Harvey, & Darton, and J. Harris, 1814. 96 pp. 2-1/2 x 2-3/8". 47 plates. Original printed pink boards, worn and toned nearly to tan; slight loss and short tear to crown of spine. In Very Good condition. (Welsh 4986; Bondy 65)
One of a series of titles illustrated with engravings of drawings by Alfred Mills, and issued in either these slightly cheaper boards or in roan. Includes such "curious" (Bondy) illustrations as a Chinese vendor selling rats and puppies for meat pies ("fare that we [English] should fling upon a dunghill") and a disquisition on Guineans that praises the recently passed Slave Trading Felony Act (1811): "It has been the cause of great misfortunes to the inhabitants of this part of the world, that their country produces gold, as it has tempted Europeans to visit them for its sake; and far from being contented with fairly trading with them, they have carried off numbers of the people for slaves. But the English disdain this infamous conduct, and are now the protectors of the poor ignorant Africans..." (pp 55-56).
The History of the Bible
Boston: T. Bedlington, 1819. 254 pp. Approximately 1-3/4 x 1-1/4". 16 woodcuts. Contemporary leather, ruled and lettered in gilt on spine, marbled edges. Spine quite rubbed with slight loss to ends; edges faded; front endpaper nearly detached; bookplate. Occasional minor soiling and foxing, else internally clean and sound. In about very good condition, overall. (Welsh 1083)
An uncommon early American thumb bible, likely a reprint of the edition published by Ball and Bedlington in 1814. From the Preface: "It is a sorrowful reflection, in a country where all may have the Bible in their hands, that there should be so many who seldom read this best of books ... It is hoped, the persual of this little treatise will so attract the young mind, as to excite a curiosity and love for the scriptures at large."