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  • 1859-1920 TITLE ABSTRACT THREE VOLUMES - RANCHO MONTE DEL DIABLO / THE PACHECO GRANT / Mount Diablo, Contra Costa County, California by C. S. Cousins / Searcher of Records for Contra Costa County; et al 1859-1920 TITLE ABSTRACT THREE VOLUMES - RANCHO MONTE DEL DIABLO / THE PACHECO GRANT / Mount Diablo, Contra Costa County, California
    C. S. Cousins / Searcher of Records for Contra Costa County; et al

    THREE BOUND VOLUMES of ABSTRACT OF TITLE to large sections of LAND in RANCHO MONTE DEL DIABLO / SANTA CLARA COUNTY, known as THE PACHECO GRANT.

    (1) ABSTRACT of TITLE to LANDS of MANUEL WILLIAMS - Described as PORTION OF RANCHO MONTE DEL DIABLO / County of Contra Costa, California. Made by Contra Costa Abstract and Title Company, Martinez, California. Hardbound, leather spine and corners, string bound, 9x14 inches.

    The first 50 pages are MANUSCRIPT, with handwriting only on the front side of each page. The subsequent pages, 51 to 90, are typed and mimeographed abstracts, deeds, and official Contra Costa certifications.

    The manuscript abstract includes wills, grant rights, etc. The first page of this manuscript abstract of title…

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    THREE BOUND VOLUMES of ABSTRACT OF TITLE to large sections of LAND in RANCHO MONTE DEL DIABLO / SANTA CLARA COUNTY, known as THE PACHECO GRANT.

    (1) ABSTRACT of TITLE to LANDS of MANUEL WILLIAMS - Described as PORTION OF RANCHO MONTE DEL DIABLO / County of Contra Costa, California. Made by Contra Costa Abstract and Title Company, Martinez, California. Hardbound, leather spine and corners, string bound, 9x14 inches.

    The first 50 pages are MANUSCRIPT, with handwriting only on the front side of each page. The subsequent pages, 51 to 90, are typed and mimeographed abstracts, deeds, and official Contra Costa certifications.

    The manuscript abstract includes wills, grant rights, etc. The first page of this manuscript abstract of title begins: "Abstract of Title of Heirs of John Johnston, Deceased, to 210 Acres in the Racho Monte Del Diablo of PACHECO GRANT, Contra Costa County, California. By C. S. Cousins / Searcher of Records for Contra Costa County."

    There are many names of claimants, defendants, and County officers in this manuscript abstract of title, including; Salvio Pacheco, Salvador Pacheco, Manuel Williams, John Galindo, Mariana Amador de Galindo, Conception Pacheco de Soto, Ygnacio Amador, Samuel Dwinelle (District Judge), and many others. This manuscript abstract covers a period 1859-1896, with the last manuscript page (page 50) being a certification signed by J.S. Cousins, and dated May 24th, 1896.

    Bound in following the manuscript abstract of title are printed documents dated 1904 to 1916, including: "Continuation of Abstract of Title to the lands of HELEN GREENLEAF, described as Portion of the Rancho Monte del Diablo", "Continuation of Abstract of Title to the lands of MANUEL WILLIAMS", and various Deeds, Wills, and Agreements.

    A fold-open blueprint map is tipped onto the inside rear cover, titled: "Map of a portion of Division N of the Fernando Pacheco Estate..."

    Laid into the rear of this abstract is a folded "Agreement / Johnson Blois with Manuel Williams" dated October 1916.

    (2) ABSTRACT OF TITLE to the lands of MARIETTA J. BACON, being a portion of the RANCHO MONTE DEL DIABLO, containing 79.53 acres of land situated in CONTRA COSTA COUNTY. Filled with printed documents relating to distribution of property, including attestations of ownership, complaints, settlements, court documents, agreements, etc. Documents dated 1858 to 1906. Tipped on the inside rear cover is a handwritten statement on "The Bank of Concord" letterhead, dated Oct. 24, 1901: "I have examined the title to the lands described in the abstract herein and find...there is no lien or encumbrance excluding taxes for 1901". Bound in hardcovers, string bound at the top, 8.5x13 inches, 66 pages.

    (3) ABSTRACT OF TITLE to LOTS 3 and 8 / GOVERNMENT or GWIN RANCH / RANCHO MONTE DEL DIABLO - As Shown by the Various Records of the County of Contra Costa. Compiled by the Martinez Abstract & Title Company, Searchers of Records, Martinez, Contra Costa County. Dated August 3, 1917.

    A compilation of Abstract of Title and supporting documents, compiled "At the Request of Mr. MANUEL WILLIAMS". Documents are all reprints of documents from 1859 to 1917, all reprinted by the Martinez Abstract and Title Company. Bound in hardcovers, string bound at the top, 8.5x13 inches, 77 pages printed on one side only.

    A signed Certification by the Martinez Abstract and Title Company dated 1917 is at the end: "This is to certify that the foregoing 77 pages...are a full, true and correct Unlimited Abstract of Title, showing all instruments and documents of record...affecting the title hereinafter described property, to the date hereof."

    CONDITION: All three volumes are in GOOD condition, the covers are worn at the edges and corners (especially the first volume) but are solid and doing their job well; internally, there is a smudge here and there, but overall the pages are very nice, bright, clean and clear. A solid, nice, fully legible set.

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  • TWO MARCEL PROUST Volumes in SEMET & PLUMELLE FINE-BINDINGS and SLIPCASES w/ EDUOARD HENRI FISCHER Bookplates by Marcel Proust, et al TWO MARCEL PROUST Volumes in SEMET & PLUMELLE FINE-BINDINGS and SLIPCASES w/ EDUOARD HENRI FISCHER Bookplates
    Marcel Proust, et al

    TWO MARCEL PROUST Volumes in SEMET & PLUMELLE FINE-BINDINGS and SLIPCASES w/ EDUOARD HENRI FISCHER Bookplates

    TWO VOLUMES FINELY BOUND by SEMET & PLUMELLE : "LES PLAISIRS ET LES JOURS", by Marcel Proust, 1924, and "HOMMAGE À MARCEL PROUST", by various contributors.

    FINE BINDINGS: Full green levant morocco covered boards, four raised spine bands, red morocco spine labels titled in gilt, gilt decorations to the folded leather on the inner covers, silk endpapers, all edges gilt, 6.5x8.5 inches (16x21 cm), 273 and 319 pages; slipcases with marbled paper exteriors, felt-lined interiors. SEMET & PLUMELLE is "signed" on the bottom edge of the inside front cover of each volume.

    From the collection of the renowned French book collector EDOUARD HENRI FISCHER.…

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    TWO MARCEL PROUST Volumes in SEMET & PLUMELLE FINE-BINDINGS and SLIPCASES w/ EDUOARD HENRI FISCHER Bookplates

    TWO VOLUMES FINELY BOUND by SEMET & PLUMELLE : "LES PLAISIRS ET LES JOURS", by Marcel Proust, 1924, and "HOMMAGE À MARCEL PROUST", by various contributors.

    FINE BINDINGS: Full green levant morocco covered boards, four raised spine bands, red morocco spine labels titled in gilt, gilt decorations to the folded leather on the inner covers, silk endpapers, all edges gilt, 6.5x8.5 inches (16x21 cm), 273 and 319 pages; slipcases with marbled paper exteriors, felt-lined interiors. SEMET & PLUMELLE is "signed" on the bottom edge of the inside front cover of each volume.

    From the collection of the renowned French book collector EDOUARD HENRI FISCHER. His bookplate, designed by Hans Erni, is on a prelim page of each volume.

    Published by Nouvelle Revue Française, Paris, 1924 and 1927. Limited editions, marked number XIV and IX respectively.

    VERY GOOD condition: The spines are lightly sunned and the covers have slight shelf rubs, overall lovely.

    TWO Scarce FINE BINDINGS by SEMET & PLUMELLE.

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  • 1908 CHEMITH PRESS, MINNEAPOLIS - MARY MOULTON CHENEY - FINE PRINTING HAND ILLUMINATED SIGNED & NUMBERED - A FRAGMENT OF THE POEM SYMBOLISMS by Richard Realf 1908 CHEMITH PRESS, MINNEAPOLIS - MARY MOULTON CHENEY - FINE PRINTING HAND ILLUMINATED SIGNED & NUMBERED - A FRAGMENT OF THE POEM SYMBOLISMS
    Richard Realf

    A FRAGMENT OF THE POEM SYMBOLISMS, by Richard REALF. Designed and Printed by Mary Moulton CHENEY.

    MINNEAPOLIS : CHEMITH PRESS, Second Edition, 1908.

    From the Colophon page (the last page): "These lines were designed, lettered, and illuminated at the studio of Mary Moulton Cheney. Printed on a Hand Press, the Chemith Press, Minneapolis, Minnesota, October 1906".

    From the Signature / Limitation page: "Of 200 Copies this Book is number 171." SIGNED on the page by MARY MOULTON CHENEY who added in her hand "Second Edition 1908".

    Hand-Illuminated Fine-Printing from the WOMAN OWNED, Minneapolis based, Chemith Press. Original thin card covers with hand printed and hand colored title label on the front, string bound, 11 double leaves with rice paper interleaving,…

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    A FRAGMENT OF THE POEM SYMBOLISMS, by Richard REALF. Designed and Printed by Mary Moulton CHENEY.

    MINNEAPOLIS : CHEMITH PRESS, Second Edition, 1908.

    From the Colophon page (the last page): "These lines were designed, lettered, and illuminated at the studio of Mary Moulton Cheney. Printed on a Hand Press, the Chemith Press, Minneapolis, Minnesota, October 1906".

    From the Signature / Limitation page: "Of 200 Copies this Book is number 171." SIGNED on the page by MARY MOULTON CHENEY who added in her hand "Second Edition 1908".

    Hand-Illuminated Fine-Printing from the WOMAN OWNED, Minneapolis based, Chemith Press. Original thin card covers with hand printed and hand colored title label on the front, string bound, 11 double leaves with rice paper interleaving, only the first page of each double leaf is printed and colored. The booklet is complete with its integral ribbon which ties the booklet shut.

    VERY GOOD Condition: The covers are toned, lightly soiled, have some small light stains and signs of handling. Each of the 11 hand illuminated leaves shimmers with colors and glitters with gold and brilliance. A lovely copy.

    This little gem has become nearly impossible to find.

    About MARY MOULTON CHENEY and her CHEMITH PRESS (from Wikipedia):

    ******Mary Moulton Cheney, b.1871 d.1957, was a Minneapolis based artist, designer, publisher and bookbinder associated with the Arts and Crafts movement. In 1897 she opened a printmaking shop with Mary Marsh Smith named The Artcraft Shop: Sign of the Bay Tree. It was one of the first all woman private presses in the United States, making books, pamphlets, and bookplates. In 1902 she expanded into bookbinding and founded The Chemith Press which produced uniquely designed and finely printed books and pamphlets.

    Cheney was also an influential figure in the development of the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. In 1897 she organized the college's first course on design. She went on to become the principal of the college's design department, then the Dean of Women, and finally served as the college's president from 1917 to 1925.******

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  • BRAZILIAN GRAFFITI STREET ARTIST ALEXANDRE ORION - METABIOTICA **SIGNED** 2006 by ALEXANDRE ORION BRAZILIAN GRAFFITI STREET ARTIST ALEXANDRE ORION - METABIOTICA **SIGNED** 2006
    ALEXANDRE ORION

    METABIOTICA / METABIOTICS. Monograph on the Brazilian Graphic Street Artist ALEXANDRE ORION.

    SIGNED and DATED by ORION on the back cover.

    Printed in Sao Paolo, Brazil, by EGM Grafica, 2006. Polyglot edition, text in Portuguese, English, French and Spanish. ISBN 10: 8598614033 ISBN 13: 978-8598614038.

    Softcover book in printed slipcase, 12x12 inches (30x30 cm), 80 pages. Fully illustrated throughout.

    Condition: NEAR FINE book, tight, bright, clean and unmarked; in a VERY GOOD slipcase that has a touch of wear at its folds. A lovely copy.

    RARE, especially so SIGNED.

    About ALEXANDRE ORION (from Wikipedia):

    ******Alexandre Orion, b.1978 in Sao Paulo, is a Brazilian street artist, multimedia artist and muralist.

    He started as a graffiti artist in 1992, soon expanding into…

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    METABIOTICA / METABIOTICS. Monograph on the Brazilian Graphic Street Artist ALEXANDRE ORION.

    SIGNED and DATED by ORION on the back cover.

    Printed in Sao Paolo, Brazil, by EGM Grafica, 2006. Polyglot edition, text in Portuguese, English, French and Spanish. ISBN 10: 8598614033 ISBN 13: 978-8598614038.

    Softcover book in printed slipcase, 12x12 inches (30x30 cm), 80 pages. Fully illustrated throughout.

    Condition: NEAR FINE book, tight, bright, clean and unmarked; in a VERY GOOD slipcase that has a touch of wear at its folds. A lovely copy.

    RARE, especially so SIGNED.

    About ALEXANDRE ORION (from Wikipedia):

    ******Alexandre Orion, b.1978 in Sao Paulo, is a Brazilian street artist, multimedia artist and muralist.

    He started as a graffiti artist in 1992, soon expanding into murals, photography and multimedia. Orion has held a number of solo exhibitions internationally and his work has been exhibited or acquired by such venues as the Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil, Centro Cultural da Caixa, Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo, Fondation Cartier Pour l'Art Contemporain in Paris, Centrum Beeldende Kunst of Rotterdam, Milwaukee Museum, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Spencer Museum of Art, and the Museum of Arts and Design in New York.******

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  • 159 NORWEGIAN BUILDINGS & DESIGNS of the LAST CENTURY - NORWAY CITY HOUSING PROJECTS, Architects & Designs, ILLUSTRATED 159 NORWEGIAN BUILDINGS & DESIGNS of the LAST CENTURY - NORWAY CITY HOUSING PROJECTS, Architects & Designs, ILLUSTRATED

    ARHUNDRETS NORSKE BOLIGPROSJEKTER / NORWEGIAN HOUSING PROJECTS OF THE CENTURY 1900-2000.

    Published by Arkitekturmuseet (Museum of Architecture), Oslo, Norway, 2000. ISBN: 8291773076.

    Softcovers, 8.25x11.75 inches (21x29.5 cm), 343 pages. Text in Norwegian and English.

    Each of the 159 architectural projects in this book is shown on two pages, the left page has photographs and details about the structure, architects, etc; and the right page has architectural line drawings and floor plans.

    VERY GOOD condition, light shelf rubbing to the covers, overall looks and feels unread, tight, bright, clean and unmarked. A solid, very nice copy.

    An interesting look at the architecture of housing projects in Norway over the last century.

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  • TOM EVERHART: UNDER THE INFLUENCE Abstract ART OF SNOOPY at the CHARLES SCHULZ MUSEUM - Exhibition Catalog by Tom Everhart TOM EVERHART: UNDER THE INFLUENCE Abstract ART OF SNOOPY at the CHARLES SCHULZ MUSEUM - Exhibition Catalog
    Tom Everhart

    TOM EVERHART : UNDER THE INFLUENCE. An Exhibition Catalogue of ABSTRACT ART based on Charles Schulz's SNOOPY.

    Published by the CHARLES M. SCHULZ MUSEUM & Research Center in conjunction with the exhibition that took place at the museum from November 15, 2003 through March 15, 2003. ISBN 10: 0974570907 ISBN 13: 9780974570907.

    UNDER THE INFLUENCE was the Schulz Museum's first exhibition of non-cartoon art. It celebrated the paintings by artist and Schulz's good friend, Tom Everhart.

    The Charles M. Schulz Museum stated: "Many people have seen Tom Everhart's paintings in other museums and galleries, but it is unique to see them in conjunction with the art that inspired them."

    Softcovers in wraparound printed dustjacket, 10.75x10.5 inches,…

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    TOM EVERHART : UNDER THE INFLUENCE. An Exhibition Catalogue of ABSTRACT ART based on Charles Schulz's SNOOPY.

    Published by the CHARLES M. SCHULZ MUSEUM & Research Center in conjunction with the exhibition that took place at the museum from November 15, 2003 through March 15, 2003. ISBN 10: 0974570907 ISBN 13: 9780974570907.

    UNDER THE INFLUENCE was the Schulz Museum's first exhibition of non-cartoon art. It celebrated the paintings by artist and Schulz's good friend, Tom Everhart.

    The Charles M. Schulz Museum stated: "Many people have seen Tom Everhart's paintings in other museums and galleries, but it is unique to see them in conjunction with the art that inspired them."

    Softcovers in wraparound printed dustjacket, 10.75x10.5 inches, 47 pages.

    Illustrated with 10 reproductions, each printed on their own page, and two reproductions that are fold-open.

    VERY GOOD condition, very lightly handled, tight, bright, clean and unmarked. A lovely copy that even Lucy would like.

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  • Original 1934 San Francisco Chinatown CHINESE TYPE SPECIMEN Trade Catalogue BOCK NGAR CHY CO by Bock Ngar Chy Co. Original 1934 San Francisco Chinatown CHINESE TYPE SPECIMEN Trade Catalogue BOCK NGAR CHY CO
    Bock Ngar Chy Co.

    Chinese American Type Specimen Catalogue

    BOCK NGAR CHY CO., published in San Francisco (n.d.) circa 1934. Original decorative blue-green paper wrappers, top staple bound, 8.25" x 5.25", 44 unnumbered pages, printed in red and green, text in Chinese with some English, richly illustrated throughout. NEAR FINE Condition: mild age toning, tiny bit of wear at spine fold ends, tight, bright, clean and unmarked. A beautiful copy.

    A typographic specimen book and trade catalogue featuring a wide variety of printing services, dual language Chinese-English printing, graphic design, typefaces, ornaments, borders, illustrated cuts, stamps, business cards, advertising, logos, and other printing jobs as well as rubber stamps, seals, corporate stamping machines, inks, movable type sets, pens, labels, stationary and small promotional items.…

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    Chinese American Type Specimen Catalogue

    BOCK NGAR CHY CO., published in San Francisco (n.d.) circa 1934. Original decorative blue-green paper wrappers, top staple bound, 8.25" x 5.25", 44 unnumbered pages, printed in red and green, text in Chinese with some English, richly illustrated throughout. NEAR FINE Condition: mild age toning, tiny bit of wear at spine fold ends, tight, bright, clean and unmarked. A beautiful copy.

    A typographic specimen book and trade catalogue featuring a wide variety of printing services, dual language Chinese-English printing, graphic design, typefaces, ornaments, borders, illustrated cuts, stamps, business cards, advertising, logos, and other printing jobs as well as rubber stamps, seals, corporate stamping machines, inks, movable type sets, pens, labels, stationary and small promotional items. Numerous local Chinese owned business are represented in the samples, as well as Chinese companies outside California, and in Canada and Mexico.

    A successful Chinese American printing and stationers firm in San Francisco's Chinatown, Bock Ngar Chy Company was founded by San Francisco native and visual artist Lee Shew Hung (b.1882). Educated in both Chinese and American schools Lee worked in his father's import export business before starting his own small press after the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and fire. I can't find early records but the February 1915 edition of the Chinese Students' Monthly has two ads for Bock Ngar Chy Co. Chinese printing and stationer services and Chinese artistic goods located at 920 Grant Avenue. The 1949 Chinese San Francisco City Directory shows Bock Ngar Chy Co. at a different Chinatown location, 556 Kearny Street and the last recorded item they printed was a 1956 calendar by Bock Ngar Chy, Youth Printing Co. It's entirely possible Lee Shew Hung remained the proprietor throughout.

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  • 1836 DEMONIC POSSESSION and a MAGICAL-MAGNETIC INFLUENCE CURE / NACHRICHT von dem VORKOMMEN des BESESSENSEYNS : EINES DAMONISCH-MAGNETISCHEN... Occult First Edition by Justinus Kerner 1836 DEMONIC POSSESSION and a MAGICAL-MAGNETIC INFLUENCE CURE / NACHRICHT von dem VORKOMMEN des BESESSENSEYNS : EINES DAMONISCH-MAGNETISCHEN... Occult First Edition
    Justinus Kerner

    NACHRICHT von dem VORKOMMEN des BESESSENSEYNS : EINES DÄMONISCH-MAGNETISCHEN...

    Full title: Nachricht Von Dem Vorkommen Des Besessenseyns Eines Damonisch-Magnetischen Leidens und seiner schon im Alterthum bekannten Heilung durch magisch-magnetisches Einwirken, in einem Sendschreiben an den Herrn Obermedicinalrath Dr. Schelling. Von Dr. Justinus Kerner.

    (NEWS of the OCCURRENCE of POSSESSION, a DEMONIC-MAGNETIC SUFFERING, and ITS HEALING through MAGICAL-MAGNETIC INFLUENCE, which was already known in antiquity, in a letter to the Chief Medical Councilor Dr. Schelling. By Dr. Justinus Kerner.)

    STUTTGART und AUGSBURG: Verlag von J. G. Cotta'schen Buchhandlung, 1836. First edition. TEXT in GERMAN.

    Marbled paper covered card covers, black cloth covered spine, handwritten paper title label on front cover, small thin book, 4.5x7 inches, [2], 70 pages.

    GOOD condition, mildly…

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    NACHRICHT von dem VORKOMMEN des BESESSENSEYNS : EINES DÄMONISCH-MAGNETISCHEN...

    Full title: Nachricht Von Dem Vorkommen Des Besessenseyns Eines Damonisch-Magnetischen Leidens und seiner schon im Alterthum bekannten Heilung durch magisch-magnetisches Einwirken, in einem Sendschreiben an den Herrn Obermedicinalrath Dr. Schelling. Von Dr. Justinus Kerner.

    (NEWS of the OCCURRENCE of POSSESSION, a DEMONIC-MAGNETIC SUFFERING, and ITS HEALING through MAGICAL-MAGNETIC INFLUENCE, which was already known in antiquity, in a letter to the Chief Medical Councilor Dr. Schelling. By Dr. Justinus Kerner.)

    STUTTGART und AUGSBURG: Verlag von J. G. Cotta'schen Buchhandlung, 1836. First edition. TEXT in GERMAN.

    Marbled paper covered card covers, black cloth covered spine, handwritten paper title label on front cover, small thin book, 4.5x7 inches, [2], 70 pages.

    GOOD condition, mildly ex-lib with a shelving number label on the cover and a "Bible Society / Psychology" ink stamp at the bottom of the title-page, the covers have some scrapes, the rear cover fold is substantially splitting but the cover is still holding on, there is a thin tape ghost stain along the gutter edge of two pages, offsetting to the first and last page, and a previous owner's name and brief inscription in German dated 1889 at the top of the title page, overall a tight copy with pages that are tight, bright, and clear.

    An original 1836 demonic copy of which you can take possession.

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  • 1819 TREATMENT of PERSONS who TOOK POISON & THOSE IN AN APPARENT STATE OF DEATH Toxicology First American Edition, Baltimore by Matthieu Joseph Bonaventure Orfila 1819 TREATMENT of PERSONS who TOOK POISON & THOSE IN AN APPARENT STATE OF DEATH Toxicology First American Edition, Baltimore
    Matthieu Joseph Bonaventure Orfila

    DIRECTIONS for the TREATMENT of PERSONS WHO HAVE TAKEN POISON, and THOSE IN A STATE OF APPARENT DEATH; Together with the Means of DETECTING POISONS and ADULTERATIONS IN WINE; Also, of DISTINGUISHING REAL FROM APPARENT DEATH. By Matthieu Joseph Bonaventure Orfila. Translated from the French by R.H. Black, Surgeon.

    With an Appendix on Suspended Animation and the Means of Prevention.

    BALTIMORE: Nathaniel G. Maxwell, 1819. FIRST AMERICAN EDITION, as stated on the title-page.

    Hardcovers (front cover detached but present), leather covered boards, 4x7 inches (10x18 cm), 240 pages.

    COPY of C.W.G. Rohrer (Caleb Wyand Geeting Rohrer M.D.) with his signature and the date "June 21, 1912" on the front free endpaper.

    GOOD condition, front cover detached but present, rear cover…

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    DIRECTIONS for the TREATMENT of PERSONS WHO HAVE TAKEN POISON, and THOSE IN A STATE OF APPARENT DEATH; Together with the Means of DETECTING POISONS and ADULTERATIONS IN WINE; Also, of DISTINGUISHING REAL FROM APPARENT DEATH. By Matthieu Joseph Bonaventure Orfila. Translated from the French by R.H. Black, Surgeon.

    With an Appendix on Suspended Animation and the Means of Prevention.

    BALTIMORE: Nathaniel G. Maxwell, 1819. FIRST AMERICAN EDITION, as stated on the title-page.

    Hardcovers (front cover detached but present), leather covered boards, 4x7 inches (10x18 cm), 240 pages.

    COPY of C.W.G. Rohrer (Caleb Wyand Geeting Rohrer M.D.) with his signature and the date "June 21, 1912" on the front free endpaper.

    GOOD condition, front cover detached but present, rear cover appears to have been reinforced with glue along its gutter fold, internally there is browning to the front and rear endpapers, the pages are lightly toned, there is foxing, most noticeable on the early and latter pages and then light throughout; overall a solid copy with a tightly bound text block and clear printing.

    SCARCE FIRST AMERICAN EDITION of this IMPORTANT WORK on TOXICOLOGY.

    About MATHIEU ORFILA (from Wikipedia):

    ******Mathieu Joseph Bonaventure Orfila, b.1787 d.1853, was a Spanish toxicologist and chemist, the founder of the science of toxicology.

    If there is reason to believe that a murder or attempted murder may have been committed using poison, a forensic toxicologist is often engaged to examine pieces of evidence such as corpses and food items for poison content. In Orfila's time the primary type of poison in use was arsenic, but there were not any reliable ways of testing for its presence. Orfila created new techniques, refined existing techniques and described them in his first treatise, TRAITÉ DES POISONS, Paris, 1813, (TREATMENT OF PERSONS WHO TOOK POISON first American edition, 1819).******

    About C.W.G. ROHRER, book's previous owner (from the Internet):

    ******Caleb Wyand Geeting Rohrer M.D., b.1873 d.1952, graduated from the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Baltimore in 1900. Author of RESEARCHES IN CANCER: Part I 1896-1921; 1922-1932, Baltimore: Brentwood Printing, 1935; and numerous medical articles, e.g. Comparative Anatomy of the Prostate Gland, Baltimore, 1909; Medical Men and the Muses, New York, 1920.******

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  • 1565 Alejo Venegas de Busto AGONY OF DEATH - WARNINGS & CONSOLATIONS WHEN APPROACHING DEATH Spanish Mysticism by Alejo Venegas de Busto 1565 Alejo Venegas de Busto AGONY OF DEATH - WARNINGS & CONSOLATIONS WHEN APPROACHING DEATH Spanish Mysticism
    Alejo Venegas de Busto

    Agonía del tránsito de la muerte con los avisos y consuelos que cerca de ella son provechosos, Maestro Alejo Venegas de Busto.

    (Agony of the Transition to Death with Helpful Warnings and Consolations when Approaching Death, with Brief Descriptions of Obscure Sentences and Words, by Maestro Alejo Venegas de Busto.)

    ALCALA DE HENARES [Spain], Andrés de Angulo, Diego de Sancta Cruz, M.D.LX.V (1565). Sixth edition.

    Hardcovers (19th century Spanish binding), 3/4 red leather (spine and corners) and red textured cloth covered boards, 5 raised spine bands, gilt titling and gilt designs to the spine, marbled endpapers, small 4o, 6x8 inches (14.5x20 cm). Pagination: ff. [8] CCXVI (i.e. [8], 216 leaves numbered in Roman numerals). Illustrated with intricate woodcut crests on…

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    Agonía del tránsito de la muerte con los avisos y consuelos que cerca de ella son provechosos, Maestro Alejo Venegas de Busto.

    (Agony of the Transition to Death with Helpful Warnings and Consolations when Approaching Death, with Brief Descriptions of Obscure Sentences and Words, by Maestro Alejo Venegas de Busto.)

    ALCALA DE HENARES [Spain], Andrés de Angulo, Diego de Sancta Cruz, M.D.LX.V (1565). Sixth edition.

    Hardcovers (19th century Spanish binding), 3/4 red leather (spine and corners) and red textured cloth covered boards, 5 raised spine bands, gilt titling and gilt designs to the spine, marbled endpapers, small 4o, 6x8 inches (14.5x20 cm). Pagination: ff. [8] CCXVI (i.e. [8], 216 leaves numbered in Roman numerals). Illustrated with intricate woodcut crests on titles.

    GOOD Condition: Covers are rubbed and have some scrapes, most noticeably on the leather corners, still the covers are solid, doing their job well, and quite attractive. Internally, the title page and the subsequent couple of leaves have a little professional conservation at top margin that affects a bit of the title page image and a couple words at the top of the following two leaves; there is the ghost of the removal of a bookplate on the front free-endpaper, the title page has some early marginalia that has been lined out and there is some relevant scholarly ink marginalia on the latter pages related to the description of obscure words in that part of the text; overall solid, tight, bright, clean and clear. A nice copy.

    COLLATED page by page with a 1565 copy in the Austrian National Library (the pages of THIS copy are much whiter and brighter).

    About MAESTRO ALEJO VENEGAS DE BUSTO (from Wikipedia and elsewhere on the Internet):

    ******Alejo Venegas de Busto, b.Toledo 1497 or 1498, d.Toledo, 1562, was a Spanish Renaissance writer, humanist, lexicographer, and considered a Spanish mystic.

    His best known work is the AGONY OF THE TRANSITION TO DEATH... (Toledo, 1537), an ascetic, mystic work that he dedicated to Doña Ana de la Cerda, Countess of Melito, on the occasion of the death of the writer's great protector, her husband Count Diego de Mendoza. This work derives specifically from the Praeparatio ad Mortem (1534) by Erasmus. The second edition appears in Toledo in 1540, the third in Toledo, 1543, the fourth in Zaragoza, 1544, the fifth in Toledo, 1547, the sixth in Toledo, 1553 and the seventh in Alcalá, 1565. Beginning in the third edition Venegas added his Brief Declaration of the Sentences and Obscure Words. The book has continued to be reprinted and was edited in the 19th century by Eugenio de Ochoa (Paris, Beaudry, 1847) and in 2001 by Marc Zuili (Paris, L'Harmattan, 2001). Various parts of this work have appeared in numerous other publications, including works on Spanish and Christian Mysticism.******

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  • Original FBI WANTED POSTER Murderous SLA Cult Member KATHLEEN ANN SOLIAH Symbionese Liberation Army 1978 by Federal Bureau of Investigation Original FBI WANTED POSTER Murderous SLA Cult Member KATHLEEN ANN SOLIAH Symbionese Liberation Army 1978
    Federal Bureau of Investigation

    Celebrity Criminal and murderous Symbionese Liberation Army member Kathleen Ann Soliah built bombs, helped kidnap Patti Hearst and spent decades on the run posing as upper class housewife Sara Jane Olson.

    WANTED BY THE FBI: KATHLEEN ANN SOLIAH

    Published by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Washington, D.C., June 20, 1978. Broadside, printed on cream card stock, 8" x 8", horizontal fold for mailing, with list of FBI offices on the verso, illustrated in b&w with two portraits of Soliah, her ten finger prints, and signature. VERY GOOD CONDITION: two pea-size hole punches in the upper margin as issued for placement in a law enforcement binder, lightly affecting text, light signs of age and wear, overall solid, bright and clean. An…

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    Celebrity Criminal and murderous Symbionese Liberation Army member Kathleen Ann Soliah built bombs, helped kidnap Patti Hearst and spent decades on the run posing as upper class housewife Sara Jane Olson.

    WANTED BY THE FBI: KATHLEEN ANN SOLIAH

    Published by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Washington, D.C., June 20, 1978. Broadside, printed on cream card stock, 8" x 8", horizontal fold for mailing, with list of FBI offices on the verso, illustrated in b&w with two portraits of Soliah, her ten finger prints, and signature. VERY GOOD CONDITION: two pea-size hole punches in the upper margin as issued for placement in a law enforcement binder, lightly affecting text, light signs of age and wear, overall solid, bright and clean. An excellent example.

    The Symbionese Liberation Army was a radical cult advocating the violent overthrow of the U.S. government. In 1973 they murdered Oakland Superintendent of Schools Marcus Foster, in 1974 they kidnapped publishing heiress Patty Hearst who apparently got Stockholm syndrome and indelibly became the semi automatic brandishing Tania during an SLA fundraiser at a bank, and a few months later they got into a huge shootout with the Los Angeles Cops. The surviving members were the subject of the largest FBI manhunt since Dillinger.

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  • 1787 AN ESSAY ON ANGER - IT DESTROYS FAMILIES AND NATIONS, AND TRAMPLES LAWS by John Fawcett 1787 AN ESSAY ON ANGER - IT DESTROYS FAMILIES AND NATIONS, AND TRAMPLES LAWS
    John Fawcett

    AN ESSAY ON ANGER, by John Fawcett.

    LEEDS: Printed by Thomas Wright for the Author, and Sold by Mr. T. Wills, et al, 1787. First Edition.

    Leather covered boards, gilt framing to the front and rear covers, gilt designs and gilt titles to the spine, 4.25x7 inches (11x17 cm). Pagination: xii, 13-150, [8].

    GOOD condition, the covers' front fold is cracked, the rear fold is rubbled, the corner tips are worn, and there are some shelf rubs and signs of handling, but overall the covers are quite lovely; internally, the front and rear inner hinges are cracked but holding well, the first and last few pages have offsetting to their margins from the leather covers, otherwise the pages are very…

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    AN ESSAY ON ANGER, by John Fawcett.

    LEEDS: Printed by Thomas Wright for the Author, and Sold by Mr. T. Wills, et al, 1787. First Edition.

    Leather covered boards, gilt framing to the front and rear covers, gilt designs and gilt titles to the spine, 4.25x7 inches (11x17 cm). Pagination: xii, 13-150, [8].

    GOOD condition, the covers' front fold is cracked, the rear fold is rubbled, the corner tips are worn, and there are some shelf rubs and signs of handling, but overall the covers are quite lovely; internally, the front and rear inner hinges are cracked but holding well, the first and last few pages have offsetting to their margins from the leather covers, otherwise the pages are very nice, tight, bright, clean, clear and unmarked. One of the nicer copies of this ORIGINAL 1787 FIRST EDITION that I have seen.

    From the Introduction:

    "[Anger] has subjected nations to continual frights and losses, and made death and terror walk about in their most horrid forms. Then what desolation reigns! Rest is disturbed, property destroyed, families are broken, friends are suspected, enemies are feared, laws are trampled upon..."

    "The miseries and mischiefs occasioned by lawless anger in private societies, and domestic connections, are without end...The disunion of nations, the breakup of families, and the disquietude of neighborhoods, arise in general from ungoverned anger - that root of bitterness, that fruitful source of human woes."

    You will never find this book on Trump's nightstand!

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  • 1799 SICILIAN IMPRINT - LA MONARCHIA POEMETTO SICILIANO - TEXT in CORSICAN Palermo, Sicily RARE 1799 SICILIAN IMPRINT - LA MONARCHIA POEMETTO SICILIANO - TEXT in CORSICAN Palermo, Sicily RARE

    LA MONARCHIA. POEMETTO SICILIANO DI ANTONINO SCADUTI, E GENNA. In Circostanza del Passaggio In SICILIA della Maestà di FERDINANDO III. colla sua Reale Famiglia.

    PALERMO [Sicily], Per Adorno, 1799. Text in Corsican, Preface in Italian.

    Early (contemporary?) handmade plain paper covers, sewn bound, 5.5x9 inches (14x22 cm), inner pages of varying widths as issued, [7], 3-34 pages, vignette on title page. COLLATED page by page with a copy in the National Library of Naples.

    GOOD condition: The covers have some corner creases, light chipping, and the spine covering has some peeling, otherwise these handmade paper covers, though plain, are quite lovely in their texture and look. Internally, there is an early previous owner's name, place and date (1828) at the…

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    LA MONARCHIA. POEMETTO SICILIANO DI ANTONINO SCADUTI, E GENNA. In Circostanza del Passaggio In SICILIA della Maestà di FERDINANDO III. colla sua Reale Famiglia.

    PALERMO [Sicily], Per Adorno, 1799. Text in Corsican, Preface in Italian.

    Early (contemporary?) handmade plain paper covers, sewn bound, 5.5x9 inches (14x22 cm), inner pages of varying widths as issued, [7], 3-34 pages, vignette on title page. COLLATED page by page with a copy in the National Library of Naples.

    GOOD condition: The covers have some corner creases, light chipping, and the spine covering has some peeling, otherwise these handmade paper covers, though plain, are quite lovely in their texture and look. Internally, there is an early previous owner's name, place and date (1828) at the bottom of the title page, some browning to the margins of some pages, a smudge here and there, overall the paper is beautiful and the printing is bold and clear throughout.

    SCARCE ORIGINAL 1799 SICILIAN IMPRINT.

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  • 3 Volumes MANUEL TYPOGRAPHIQUE OF PIERRE-SIMON FOURNIER le jeune : Together with Fournier on Typefounding - Type Foundry, Fonts, Hand-Press Printing - ILLUSTRATED by Pierre-Simon Fournier le jeune, et al 3 Volumes MANUEL TYPOGRAPHIQUE OF PIERRE-SIMON FOURNIER le jeune : Together with Fournier on Typefounding - Type Foundry, Fonts, Hand-Press Printing - ILLUSTRATED
    Pierre-Simon Fournier le jeune, et al

    THE MANUEL TYPOGRAPHIQUE of PIERRE-SIMON FOURNIER le jeune : Together with Fournier on Typefounding, an English Translation of the Text, by Harry Carter. In FACSIMILE. With an Introduction and Notes by James Mosley. THREE VOLUMES.

    Published by Technische Hochschule Darmstadt, Darmstadt, Germany, 1995. ISBN: 3886070948.

    Three hardcover books, cloth covered boards with paper spine title labels, small 8vo., 4.5x7 inches (11x17.5 cm). Texts in their original French and English. All are ILLUSTRATED with fonts, types, vignettes, etc.

    The three facsimile editions are:

    Manuel Typographique, Volume I, 1764. Illustrated with 16 folding plates plus 60+ pages of various Greek, Roman, and Financial type fonts. Pagination: [3] including frontispiece and title-page, xxxii, 323, [1] Errata, [1] Approbation, [3] Privilege Du Roi,…

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    THE MANUEL TYPOGRAPHIQUE of PIERRE-SIMON FOURNIER le jeune : Together with Fournier on Typefounding, an English Translation of the Text, by Harry Carter. In FACSIMILE. With an Introduction and Notes by James Mosley. THREE VOLUMES.

    Published by Technische Hochschule Darmstadt, Darmstadt, Germany, 1995. ISBN: 3886070948.

    Three hardcover books, cloth covered boards with paper spine title labels, small 8vo., 4.5x7 inches (11x17.5 cm). Texts in their original French and English. All are ILLUSTRATED with fonts, types, vignettes, etc.

    The three facsimile editions are:

    Manuel Typographique, Volume I, 1764. Illustrated with 16 folding plates plus 60+ pages of various Greek, Roman, and Financial type fonts. Pagination: [3] including frontispiece and title-page, xxxii, 323, [1] Errata, [1] Approbation, [3] Privilege Du Roi, [16] Folding Plates.

    Manuel Typographique, Volume 2, 1766. Illustrated throughout with many pages of types - alphabetical, musical, financial, vignettes, etc. Pagination: xliv, 306.

    Fournier on Typefounding, 1930. A facsimile of the English translation of Fournier's Maneul Typographique by Harry Carter, accompanied with his extensive commentary. This third volume also includes an Introduction to this 3 volume edition by Harry Mosley, the editor. 496 pages plus 16 unnumbered 2-page plates.

    The Three Volumes are in VERY GOOD condition, Vol. 2 has a some pushing to the covers' spine ends, Vol. 3 has a bend to its upper cover corners that lightly bends the upper corner tips of the inner pages; otherwise all three volumes are tight, bright, sharp, clean and unmarked. A lovely, presentable set.

    This three volume set is very hard-to-find.

    From the Introduction:

    ******The chief object of this edition is to publish for the first time a complete facsimile of Fournier's Manuel Typographique. The first volume of this work gives one of only two detailed accounts of the processes of making printing types that were published during the hand press era, and the second volume includes a comprehensive specimen of the types and ornaments of Fournier's own foundry, most of which he cut himself, and it thus provides a record of one of the most remarkable personal achievements in the history of typefounding. The Manuel Typographique is an exquisite example of rococo typography, and the French text is most appropriately read in the dress that its author designed for it.

    The work by which this facsimile is accompanied. Fournieron Typefounding, Harry Carter's translation into English of the Manuel Typographique, constitutes the only detailed commentary on Fournier's text that has ever been made. It was originally published in a small edition by the Soncino Press, London, in 1930. A reprint, reproducing the original pages on a slightly enlarged scale, was published in 1973 under the imprint of Burt Franklin, for which Carter wrote a new foreword but did not alter his original text of 1930.******

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  • MYSTERY HERMETIC CULTS Theosophy SCARCE 1929 1ST PAGAN REGENERATION A Study of Mystery Initiations in the Graeco-Roman World by Harold R. Willoughby MYSTERY HERMETIC CULTS Theosophy SCARCE 1929 1ST PAGAN REGENERATION A Study of Mystery Initiations in the Graeco-Roman World
    Harold R. Willoughby

    PAGAN REGENERATION A Study of Mystery Initiations in the Graeco-Roman World by Harold R. Willoughby

    Published by The University of Chicago Press, Chicago, Illinois, 1929. First edition, first printing, September 1929. Hardcover, purple cloth with black printing on the cover and gilt printing on the spine, 8.25" x 5.5", 307 pages. GOOD CONDITION: ex library with the usual stamps, shelf numbers, marks, and a bookplate. Ex lib aside the covers are sunned, have shelf, corner-tip, spine-end wear, and the rear cover has an area of white off-setting probably from old white paint in the bookshelf, but remain solid and fairly bright, internally just a touch of age, and a former owner's name stamp, otherwise tight, bright and clean. A scarce…

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    PAGAN REGENERATION A Study of Mystery Initiations in the Graeco-Roman World by Harold R. Willoughby

    Published by The University of Chicago Press, Chicago, Illinois, 1929. First edition, first printing, September 1929. Hardcover, purple cloth with black printing on the cover and gilt printing on the spine, 8.25" x 5.5", 307 pages. GOOD CONDITION: ex library with the usual stamps, shelf numbers, marks, and a bookplate. Ex lib aside the covers are sunned, have shelf, corner-tip, spine-end wear, and the rear cover has an area of white off-setting probably from old white paint in the bookshelf, but remain solid and fairly bright, internally just a touch of age, and a former owner's name stamp, otherwise tight, bright and clean. A scarce 1929 first edition lacking the paper jacket.

    A central text on the Mystery Religions and Secret Cults which flourished in the archaic Greco-Roman world and greatly influenced the development of Christianity in the centuries before and after Christ. The early church developed during a time of diverse pagan religions which were assimilated into the central tenets of Christianity. These pagan superstitious magical belief systems and philosophical cults include Orphism, the adherents of which developed the Eleusinian Mystery Festivals an orgiastic worship of Dionysus, the Cult of the Great Mother Cybele, the rite of the Taurobolium, the religions of Mithras, and of Isis and Osiris, and the Hermetic writings. Knowledge of the Mystery Religions is important for any serious study of the occult.

    HAROLD RIDEOUT WILLOUGHBY (1890-1962) Author, Bible Scholar, Professor of New Testament and Early Christian Literature, and member of the Federated Theological faculty at the University of Chicago.

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  • 1909 WILLIAM WALKER ATKINSON - SUGGESTION & AUTO-SUGGESTION - First Edition MENTALISM OCCULT by William Walker Atkinson 1909 WILLIAM WALKER ATKINSON - SUGGESTION & AUTO-SUGGESTION - First Edition MENTALISM OCCULT
    William Walker Atkinson

    SUGGESTION AND AUTO-SUGGESTION, by WILLIAM WALKER ATKINSON. Atkinson was a noted American Mentalist, Occultist, Hypnotist, Theosophist, and Yogi. He wrote under his own name and under many pseudonyms.

    Published by The Progress Company, Chicago, 1909. First edition, with the date 1909 on the title page and copyright page, with no statement of additional printings. (The title page also has the imprint of "L. N. Fowler & Company / England", which was the book's distributor in England.)

    Hardcovers, cloth covered boards, gilt titles on front cover and spine, 5.5x7.5 inches, 217 pages.

    VERY GOOD condition, covers have slight edge toning, a few small light spots, and a touch of corner tip and spine end wear; overall the covers are quite nice,…

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    SUGGESTION AND AUTO-SUGGESTION, by WILLIAM WALKER ATKINSON. Atkinson was a noted American Mentalist, Occultist, Hypnotist, Theosophist, and Yogi. He wrote under his own name and under many pseudonyms.

    Published by The Progress Company, Chicago, 1909. First edition, with the date 1909 on the title page and copyright page, with no statement of additional printings. (The title page also has the imprint of "L. N. Fowler & Company / England", which was the book's distributor in England.)

    Hardcovers, cloth covered boards, gilt titles on front cover and spine, 5.5x7.5 inches, 217 pages.

    VERY GOOD condition, covers have slight edge toning, a few small light spots, and a touch of corner tip and spine end wear; overall the covers are quite nice, solid with bright gilt; internally, the front inner hinge is cracked but holding well, there is a small previous owner's initials and date at the bottom gutter edge of the front free endpaper, there is an ink stamp below the Publisher's imprint at the bottom of the title page "From / The Sholar Service / Boston", likely the book's distributor; otherwise tight, bright, clean, clear and unmarked. A nice, very presentable copy.

    Scarce 1909 first edition. I auto-suggest you buy this now.

    About WILLIAM WALKER ATKINSON (from Wikipedia and other Internet sources):

    ******William Walker Atkinson, b.1862 d.1932, was a prolific and influential American Occultist, Mentalist, Publisher, Author, Swami and founder of the Yogi Publication Society. He published the New Thought magazines Suggestion, New Thought and Advanced Thought. The New Thought movement in America evolved from Mary Baker Eddy's Christian Science teachings, and embraced a wide array of teachings relating to the creative power of thought (particularly with regard to mental healing), a universalistic embrace of different religious traditions, and self-affirmative psychology. Atkinson wrote under a wide variety of pseudonyms and personas, such as Theron Q. Dumont, Theodore Sheldon, Magus Incognito, Swami Panchadasi, Swami Bhakta Vishita, and Yogi Ramacharaka. Atkinson's Ramacharaka writings helped create a new, western oriented approach to yoga which emerged from the intersection of the rise in physical culture, self-help, mental hygiene, mental powers, New Thought, Theosophy, and self-affirmations.******

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  • RABBI JUDAH LOEW BEN BEZALEL 1525-1609 JEWISH MYSTIC, KABBALAH SCHOLAR, CREATOR of the GOLEM OF PRAGUE, Deluxe Illustrated Book of the Exhibition RARE by Alexandr Putik, editor and curator of the exhibition RABBI JUDAH LOEW BEN BEZALEL 1525-1609 JEWISH MYSTIC, KABBALAH SCHOLAR, CREATOR of the GOLEM OF PRAGUE, Deluxe Illustrated Book of the Exhibition RARE
    Alexandr Putik, editor and curator of the exhibition

    PATH OF LIFE : RABBI JUDAH LOEW BEN BEZALEL 1525-1609. Large, beautifully produced, fully illustrated CATALOGUE for the Exhibition of the same name that took place at the PRAGUE CASTLE, Czech Republic, in 2009. The exhibition was conceived by Alexandr Putik, who also edited this deluxe catalog. English edition, translated from the Czech.

    Contains numerous essays on Rabbi Judah Loew Ben Bezalel by Jewish scholars.

    Hardcover Book, no dustjacket as issued, 9x11.5 inches (22x29 cm), 520 pages. ILLUSTRATED with hundreds of color and b&w photographs.

    Published by Jewish Museum in Prague / Academia, Prague, Czech Republic, 2009. ISBN 10: 8020017755; ISBN 13: 978-8020017758.

    FINE condition, still in much of its original shrink-wrap (some has started peeling off), a lovely…

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    PATH OF LIFE : RABBI JUDAH LOEW BEN BEZALEL 1525-1609. Large, beautifully produced, fully illustrated CATALOGUE for the Exhibition of the same name that took place at the PRAGUE CASTLE, Czech Republic, in 2009. The exhibition was conceived by Alexandr Putik, who also edited this deluxe catalog. English edition, translated from the Czech.

    Contains numerous essays on Rabbi Judah Loew Ben Bezalel by Jewish scholars.

    Hardcover Book, no dustjacket as issued, 9x11.5 inches (22x29 cm), 520 pages. ILLUSTRATED with hundreds of color and b&w photographs.

    Published by Jewish Museum in Prague / Academia, Prague, Czech Republic, 2009. ISBN 10: 8020017755; ISBN 13: 978-8020017758.

    FINE condition, still in much of its original shrink-wrap (some has started peeling off), a lovely unread copy, tight, bright, clean, clear and unmarked. Photos of the open book are from my personal copy.

    From the Publisher:

    ******The 7th of September 2009 was the 400th anniversary of the death of Judah Loew ben Bezalel, known both as the Maharal and Rabbi Loew. This exquisite book was published by the Jewish Museum in Prague and the Academia Publishing House for a prestigious exhibition of the same name at Prague Castle. It features a substantial selection of the exhibited items from the museum's collections and from numerous other Czech and foreign cultural institutions. However, it is more than a mere catalogue for the exhibition, as it PROVIDES INSIGHTS into the AUTHENTIC LEGACY of the MAHARAL, WHICH FOR THE MOST PART HAS UNTIL NOW REMAINED CONCEALED.

    About Judah Loew ben Bezalel (from Wikipedia):

    ******Judah Loew ben Bezalel, b.1512-1526 d.1609, also called Rabbi Loew (aka Löw, Loewe, Löwe or Levai), widely known to scholars of Judaism as the Maharal of Prague or simply The Maharal, was an important Talmudic scholar, Jewish mystic, and philosopher who, for most of his life, served as the leading rabbi in the cities of Mikulov in Moravia and Prague in Bohemia.

    Within the world of Torah and Talmudic scholarship, Loew is known for his works on Jewish philosophy and Jewish mysticism and his work Gur Aryeh al HaTorah, a supercommentary on Rashi's Torah commentary. He is also the subject of a 19th century legend that he created the Golem of Prague, an animate being fashioned from clay.

    Maharal's numerous philosophical works have become cornerstones of Jewish thought. His writings tried to make the ideas of the Kabbalah (which he held to be the most deeply true of all the Torah) understandable to the average educated reader, by presenting them in a rigorously philosophical form, couched in terms accessible to the public. He felt that only the greatest of Torah scholars are able to perceive the full intent of the Kabbalistic works in their complex entirety, but much could be comprehended by the general reader if presented in a rational and philosophic form. His main kabbalistic influences appear to have been the Zohar, Sefer Yetzirah, and traditions of the Chassidei Ashkenaz.

    Miharal was in favor of scientific research, but believed the Talmudic, Midrashic, and Aggadic teachings refer to matters far beyond the sphere of natural science.

    The Maharal is the subject of the legend about the creation of a golem, a creature made out of clay to defend the Jews of the Prague Ghetto from antisemitic attacks. He is said to have used mystical powers based on esoteric knowledge of how God created Adam.

    Rabbi Loew is buried at the Old Jewish Cemetery, Prague in Josefov, where his grave and tombstone can still be visited.******

    INTERNATIONAL BIDDERS PLEASE NOTE: This book is heavy and will require additional shipping charges. After placing your order you will be notified of the charges and be able to accept or reject them before payment is taken. Thanks!

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  • 1900 HYPNOTISM, PERSONAL MAGNETISM and CLAIRVOYANCE w/ PHOTOGRAPHIC PLATES by William A. Barnes 1900 HYPNOTISM, PERSONAL MAGNETISM and CLAIRVOYANCE w/ PHOTOGRAPHIC PLATES
    William A. Barnes

    PSYCHOLOGY, HYPNOTISM, PERSONAL MAGNETISM and CLAIRVOYANCE, by William Abner Barnes.

    Self-Published, Boston, Mass, copyright 1898, fourth edition (so stated), c.1900.

    Original hardcovers, gray cloth covered boards, front cover titled in black, 5x8 inches, 112 pages. Illustrated with 8 b&w photographic plates.

    Sections include: Psychology, Hypnotism, Personal Magnetism, and Clairvoyance, with Testimonials at the rear.

    The photographic plates, some showing Dr. Barnes at work, are convincing, convincing me that I would never want to be under his hypnotic spell!

    GOOD condition, the covers have some soiling, offsetting / toning, a few small marks, and some wear to the spine ends and corner tips, but are original and still doing their job well; internally, the pages are bright, clean, clear and…

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    PSYCHOLOGY, HYPNOTISM, PERSONAL MAGNETISM and CLAIRVOYANCE, by William Abner Barnes.

    Self-Published, Boston, Mass, copyright 1898, fourth edition (so stated), c.1900.

    Original hardcovers, gray cloth covered boards, front cover titled in black, 5x8 inches, 112 pages. Illustrated with 8 b&w photographic plates.

    Sections include: Psychology, Hypnotism, Personal Magnetism, and Clairvoyance, with Testimonials at the rear.

    The photographic plates, some showing Dr. Barnes at work, are convincing, convincing me that I would never want to be under his hypnotic spell!

    GOOD condition, the covers have some soiling, offsetting / toning, a few small marks, and some wear to the spine ends and corner tips, but are original and still doing their job well; internally, the pages are bright, clean, clear and unmarked. The eight plates are all in very good condition. A solid, presentable copy of this book from 1900.

    From the Preface:

    ******The prime object of this little volume is to set forth clearly and concisely the value of psychology, hypnotism, and clairvoyance as practically applied to education, morality, spirituality, medicine, surgery, business, and to the development and exercise of personal magnetism.

    During many years devoted to research, study, and instructing, the author has controlled thousands of persons, and thereby demonstrated beyond reasonable doubt the vast amount of good results obtainable through properly directed mental force... Beston, Mass., June, 1900.******

    Though POD copies are common, vintage editions of this book, self-published by the author, have become almost impossible to find.

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  • MARTIN STONE - Great BOOK SCOUT (and Rock Guitarist) by PETER HOWARD **SIGNED** 1/200 by Peter B. Howard MARTIN STONE - Great BOOK SCOUT (and Rock Guitarist) by PETER HOWARD **SIGNED** 1/200
    Peter B. Howard

    MARTIN STONE, BOOKSCOUT, by PETER B. HOWARD.

    SIGNED and INSCRIBED in pencil by PETER HOWARD on the title page: "for David and Beth / Peter Howard".

    Published by SERENDIPITY BOOKS, Berkeley, 2000. Limited to 200 copies, so stated on the copyright page.

    An essay by the late, renowned bookseller Peter Howard, about his friend, Martin Stone, a rock guitarist and an incredible antiquarian book scout.

    Booklet, softcovers, sewn binding, 7.5x10 inches, 15 pages.

    NEAR FINE Condition: just lightly handled, tight, bright, clean and unmarked.

    Peter Howard, who owned Serendipity Books of Berkeley, California, and was at one time the President of the ABAA, died in 2010. Peter, wherever you are I want you to know that the…

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    MARTIN STONE, BOOKSCOUT, by PETER B. HOWARD.

    SIGNED and INSCRIBED in pencil by PETER HOWARD on the title page: "for David and Beth / Peter Howard".

    Published by SERENDIPITY BOOKS, Berkeley, 2000. Limited to 200 copies, so stated on the copyright page.

    An essay by the late, renowned bookseller Peter Howard, about his friend, Martin Stone, a rock guitarist and an incredible antiquarian book scout.

    Booklet, softcovers, sewn binding, 7.5x10 inches, 15 pages.

    NEAR FINE Condition: just lightly handled, tight, bright, clean and unmarked.

    Peter Howard, who owned Serendipity Books of Berkeley, California, and was at one time the President of the ABAA, died in 2010. Peter, wherever you are I want you to know that the Roast Suckling Pig you brought out every two years at the time of the San Francisco ABAA Book Fair was Yummy!

    About MARTIN STONE (from Wikipedia):

    ******Martin Stone (11 December 1946, Woking, Surrey - 9 November 2016, Versailles, France) was an English guitarist and rare book dealer. He was a resident of Fingest in Buckinghamshire and, later, of Paris.

    Educated at Whitgift School, Stone initially wanted to be a journalist and began as a cub reporter on The Croydon Advertiser, interviewing Jimmy Page when he was still a session musician. Stone's passion for the guitar led him to become a musician. His guitar talent was such that he was considered a possible replacement for Brian Jones in the Rolling Stones. Martin Stone played in many groups, including Junior's Blues Band, Stone's Masonry, Almost Presley, The Action, Savoy Brown Blues Band, Mighty Baby, Chilli Willi and the Red Hot Peppers, Southern Comfort, The Pink Fairies, and The 101'ers. His last album, which he called his legacy album is LIVE FROM THE TERMINAL CAFE with Michael Moorcock and the Deep Fix (Cleopatra Records, Autumn 2019).

    Subsequent to his musical efforts Stone achieved international notoriety as a bookscout. He is a major player in John Baxter's memoir A Pound of Paper: Confessions of a Book Addict. He is the subject of a limited edition book Martin Stone, Bookscout by the California rare bookseller Peter Howard of Serendipity Books. He appeared in the television documentary Without Walls: The Cardinal And The Corpse (Iain Sinclair / Chris Petit 1992). He is also known to be the basis for the character Nicholas Lane in Sinclair's novel White Chappell, Scarlett Tracings (1987).

    Stone was married in 1980 to Ruth Bullock and their daughter is the actress Sophie Leigh Stone.******

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  • 1000 PRACTICAL SHOW CARD LAYOUTS & Color Sketches 1928 SCARCE FIRST PRINTING Old School Sign Writing by H.C. Martin 1000 PRACTICAL SHOW CARD LAYOUTS & Color Sketches 1928 SCARCE FIRST PRINTING Old School Sign Writing
    H.C. Martin

    1000 PRACTICAL SHOW CARD LAYOUTS ..and Color Sketches by H.C. Martin

    Published by The Signs Of The Times Publishing Co., Cincinnati, Ohio, 1928. First edition. Hardcover, red pebbled cloth with embossed white printing on the front cover, 10.75" x 8", 240 pages, illustrated with 93 full page b&w plates of various show card examples. VERY GOOD CONDITION: the covers have a touch of light wear to the corner-tips and spine-ends, internally a penciled 1929 former owners name and address on the ffep, light wear to the fore-edge from thumbing, some tiny spotting here and there otherwise, tight, bright, clean and unmarked, a bright and solid copy of this scarce 1928 trade publication.

    The definitive book on the old school art…

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    1000 PRACTICAL SHOW CARD LAYOUTS ..and Color Sketches by H.C. Martin

    Published by The Signs Of The Times Publishing Co., Cincinnati, Ohio, 1928. First edition. Hardcover, red pebbled cloth with embossed white printing on the front cover, 10.75" x 8", 240 pages, illustrated with 93 full page b&w plates of various show card examples. VERY GOOD CONDITION: the covers have a touch of light wear to the corner-tips and spine-ends, internally a penciled 1929 former owners name and address on the ffep, light wear to the fore-edge from thumbing, some tiny spotting here and there otherwise, tight, bright, clean and unmarked, a bright and solid copy of this scarce 1928 trade publication.

    The definitive book on the old school art of hand lettered sign writing, invaluable to anyone in the graphic arts. A fascinating collection of practical advice and sample sign layouts, this H.C. Martin scarce first edition is one of the most influential sign writing books ever published, a testament to the power of visual promotion it's filled with concepts, ideas, layouts, graphic elements, lettering styles, and instructs the show card writer how to advertise their services and add value to their business.

    Show cards are advertising signs that are hand lettered and placed in shop windows or near displays to promote retail sales or events. An offshoot of sign painting, show card writing proliferated in the late 19th century and quickly became the marketing tool of choice. Show card writing became a lucrative profession, with trade schools opening and instructional books published in the early 20th century. Interestingly, show cards are ephemeral and rarely preserved and thus largely absent from the cultural record. Show card manuals are thus an invaluable resource for understanding the practice of show card writing. Show card manuals educate the student on all aspects of the industry, from the proper materials to letter formation, color schemes, and layout. Show card writing remained a significant aspect of the sign painting trade well into the twentieth century, despite technological advances in printing these signs evoke a certain nostalgia and humanity that computerized, machine made signs can never inspire.

    Harold C. Martin (b. 1890-?) Display sign artist, author, creator of the art deco alphabet Modern Thick and Thin.

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