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.
Das Kleinste Wiener Kochbuch der Welt
Wien: n.p., (ca. 1900). (40 pp). Approximately 7/8 x 15/16". Attractive Art Nouveau silver binding with clasp and neckline eyelet on the back cover, flower relief on the cover along with the title "Wiener Kochbuch", edges stained red. A fine copy, scarce. (Bondy, p. 139)
The title translates to The Smallest Viennese Cook Book in the World. Listed as "Extremely Rare" by Bondy, this little book has recipes for soups, meat and flour dishes, fish, vegetables, sauces, salads and more. Over 100 hundred recipes. One of the very few miniature cookery books.
Decorative Box in Book Form
(Paris): n.p., 1934. Approximately 3 1/4 x 4 1/2". Green textured paper with gilt decorations resembling latches on front cover, more faux brass decorations and title on spine, all edges gilt and molded to resemble book pages showing some wear and pencil marks, interior nicely lined in gilt paper. A very good copy, unique.
Early 1800s Friendship Album
Regensburg, Germany: n.p., 1806. Approximately 7 x 4", oblong. Red leather over boards with gilt designs on covers and spine, front cover has gilt initials "J. A. S." and back cover has date of 1806, vibrant marbled endpapers with the front one having a minor corner missing, nice quality paper with watermark and chain lines still visible, back cover has some sort of split-open box attached, introduction loosely translates to "Great praise and good wishes, and be assured that I am eternally your respected brother, Joseph Scheller, Regensburg, Year 1806", many friendship entries in German along with some beautiful hand-drawn and sometimes colored illustrations, in very good + condition.
Not much can be known about Johan Andreas Scheller except that he had many friends. As is traditional with friendship albums of this time, they are filled with poems, drawings, personal messages, and small pieces of verse, some religious in nature. The first drawing, for instance, refers to the sacredness of friendship. These friendship books were popular until the mid-19th century, when they were gradually replaced by yearbooks for university students.
German Women's Trip with Drawings, Photos, and Autographs
Germany: n.p., 1908. Approximately 5 1/4 x 8". Cardboard slipcase is in near fine condition, with some rubbing and owner's name in ink on the cover. Brown cloth over boards with the word "Poesie" on the cover along with some raised design elements, slight bumping to spine edges and mild wear, one loose page, several tissue guards laid in, manuscript entries and drawings, six photographs laid in, near-fine condition.
This is a beautiful collection of detailed pencil drawings and friendship entries by women who were likely traveling together. The photographs show them gathered round various tables, a studio photograph of one woman and a photo of a baby in a carriage. The drawings vary, either of the countryside, buildings or nature. The inscriptions are about friendship, written in beautiful script. Overall, a lovely package and glimpse into the lives of women of this era.
Papagena, The Magic Flute
n.p.: n.p., (ca 1970s). Approx. 24 x 32". Unframed offset lithograph poster, signed, minor edge wear, tears on backing which do not affect the front of the print in any way, corner bumping, otherwise in very good condition.
Bjørn Wiinblad (1918 - 2006) was a Danish painter, designer and artist. His work has been shown widely in Europe, the United States, Japan, Australia and Canada. Wiinblad was named Man of the Year in New York in 1985 and was awarded the American-Scandinavian Foundation’s Cultural Prize of 1995. His work often includes whimsical round-faced people surrounded by fantastical plants and animals, in vibrantly psychedelic saturated colors accented with flourishes of gold or silver. This stunning original print depicts a jester wearing a horse helmet, holding a sceptre in one hand and a golden hoop and acrobat in the other, in stunning shades of crimson, orange, yellow and lime green.
The Well Known Family Game
Germany: n.p., (ca 1920). First edition presumed. Slipcase with chips and small loss of paper affecting two words of the instructions, glossy illustration to front cover, directions to the game on back cover, in good + condition. Twelve cards, 1 1/2 x 2 1/4", cards titled and crudely illustrated in blue, some with roughly trimmed edges (as issued), in about near fine condition.
An apparently unrecorded gambling card game, manufactured in Germany in the early 20th century from cheap materials. The cards are lettered in pairs from A to F and illustrated with members of several "families" such as George Brown, Mrs. John Smith, etc.
The Winter of Our Discontent
Taipei, Taiwan: n.p., 1961. 311 pp. Approximately 5 1/4 x 7 1/2". Dust jacket in very good condition, not price clipped, some chipping, enclosed tear on front cover, some wear. Red cloth over boards with silver lettering on spine, tanned page edges, cloth bookmark still intact, stamp with Chinese lettering on rear free endpaper. previous owner's name on front endpaper and title page in ink, overall near fine condition. (Goldstone & Payne A38i)
This is a very scarce pirated edition from Taiwan, printed from the Viking first edition.
Tortoiseshell-Bound Notebook with Silver Filigree Clasp and Decorations
n.p.: n.p., n.d. (ca 19th century). Approximately 2 1/2 x 3 3/4". Rare tortoise shell binding with ornate silver filigree decoration, embellished silver clasps, silk moire endpapers, laid in stiff cardboard folded weekly calendar with the days of the week in French, also laid in is a small booklet with titled "Souvenir" along with a beautiful illustration of a couple, pocket created by using the back endpaper, what looks to be the original pencil included, all in near fine condition.
The binding in this book is both rare and very attractive. Despite the name of tortoiseshell, most of these bindings were made from exotic marine turtles whose value came from its shine, eyecatching beauty, and rarity. Most bindings in the 18th century were made from leather and vellum, thus the rarity of the tortoiseshell bindings. Bindings other than vellum and leather were considered richer and more expensive. Tortoise shells were not imported in large quantities so the material remained expensive and only available for the wealthy. Tortoiseshell bindings for books was mainly used for small Bibles, religious texts, prayer books and gift books and became popular in the 17th and 18th century.
n.p.: n.p., ca 1900. 7 x 9 1/2". Single sheet, lightly toned, minor tears to edges, creased where folded, most likely printed in the United States, stipple engraving, in very good condition.
A common practice in the U.K. and the United States from about 1840 to 1940, these "Vinegar Valentines" were known for their caricatures and insulting poems. Rather rare today since many of these were thrown out by their horrified recipients. The "H." initial might possibly indicate it was created by cartoonist Charles Howard who worked for printer John McLoughlin. The subject of this one is "Your Affinity", about a Broadway stage actor.