1776. I am offering a small hand-drawn and hand-colored map of part of Germany near Denmark, the title reading "Landkarte von Eyderstede Everschop und Utholm." The peninsula covered by the map, largely flat marshland, was being diked by the year 1,000 a.d., a cooperative gesture between settlements surely uncommon for the time. The map shows green landscape, heraldic Eyderstede ships, inked names and buildings, map projection numbers, a mileage chart, and the illegible signature of T.C. ****, who drew it in 1776. The map, in its borders, measures 14.5cm x 19,7 cm, and has an old center crease. The reverse bears a few brown stains and possibly a narrow trace of tape. It was drawn on cream laid paper and has never been matted or framed, though the margins are cut fairly close. This little map is amazingly vivid and full of charm.
Saratoga Springs and New York: G.M. Davison and S.S. & W. Wood, 1837. seventh edition. A fat little 12mo, 5 3/4" by 3 1/2". 465 pages. The first edition in 1822 was called "The Fashionable Tour"; this edition, the seventh, was not the last. These later editions are noted (in Howes, #D143) as having a map and plates: this has neither. Internally the pages are mildly browned and foxed, as are the edges, but the text biock is tight and perfectly legible. The book is bound in quarter red morocco and marbled paper, both quite worn and rubbed, and with the front board detached. The paste-down endpaper bears a small bookseller's label from "C.J. Folsom, Bookseller and stationer, at 40 Fulton, one door above Pearl-st, N.Y." Folsom was listed in the New York Annual Register for 1836.
New York and London: Duffield and Chatto & Windus, 1908. Maurice Randall. 1st Edition. Large octavo, xvi + 334pp. Detailed descriptions of England's seaports and harbors along the south coast, with 30 fine watercolor plates by Maurice Randall. Slight foxing, a 2" paper break in the middle of the front hinge, else near fine in brown cloth stamped gilt, with the top edge gilt as well. This copy bears the signature of Mary Walter Cooper, of the family that founded Cooper Union in New York. This is a fine example of the sort of travel/description books published not only by Chatto & Windus, but by A & C Black and others at the time. Considering the technicolor hues of many of the bindings of the period, this one is particularly restrained and elegant in using only the slightly angled grain of the binding cloth, which looks like fine linen, and a restrained amount of gilt for titling and illustration. Near fine.
Boston: Cupples and Hurd, 1888. First edition. Large octavo, 8 3/4" x 5 3/4", 338pp., with 140 black and white and tinted illustrations, under the supervision of J.B. Millet, to show the author's adventures in western Canada. The cover mentions "150 illustrations in colors"; I have not counted them.There are paper breaks at both internal hinges and the extremely fragile paper used for the endpapers is chipping at the edges. There is a small waterstain to the bottom corner of the front free endpaper as well as the following blank, but the rest of the text block is clean and unmarked. The first blank leaf bears an authorial inscription: "With my best wishes very truly W.H.H. Murray Nov 29 1888". The book is bound in the publisher's heavily gilt-stamped green clotth, spine ends chipping, with corners rubbed, and with all edges gilt. Curiously, striking colored lithographic wrappers, from the well-known firm of Armstrong & Co., Boston, are bound in. An internally excellent copy, but good plus only because of the chipping and paper breaks.
Northampton: Hopkins, Bridgman & Co., 1852. first edition. Small octavo, 281 pages plus 4 pages of publisher's ads praising the Rev. Todd's books, of which he produced over 30. In this volume, he proposes a convention for Men's Rights, considering that the women were getting out of hand by having a convention for rights of their own. Todd, (1800-1873), later wrote an entire book condemning women's rights, published by Lee & Shepard in 1867. He was for many years the pastor of the Pittsfield, Massachusetts, First Congregational church. Other essays and stories concern a trip to Mount Katahdin, with other trips in Vermont and New York. This copy is internally sound, with a frontispiece titled "The Wild Lakes", but is heavily foxed and browned throughout. It is bound in brown blindstamped cloth, with gilt decorations and title on the spine. The top and bottom of the spine are mildly frayed and chipped, and the bottom rear corner of the spine is starting to detach.