New York: New York Public Library, 1944. First Edition. Softcover. Near fine. 38 pp. Original printed wrappers. In English, Chinese, and Japanese. Contemporary ink ownership inscription of Lee Ash in front wrapper. Wrappers lightly worn, else near fine. The first known lexicon of its kind, originally prepared by the author to enable bilingual cataloguing for Chinese and Japanese items at the New York Public Library.
New York: Schuman's, 1939. First Edition. Hardcover. Very good. 47, pp. plus portrait frontispiece. Contemporary three-quarter red morocco and marbled boards, raised bands, spine gilt, original printed wrappers bound in. Ex-lib., with institutional bookplate, marked "withdrawn," in front free endpaper and inkstamp in lower margin of p. 3. Engraved bookplate of Rachel McMasters Miller Hunt. Morocco rubbed at extremities, upper margin of front wrapper lightly smudged, else near fine. An important bookseller's catalog in the history of the history of medicine, dedicated to the celebrated American neurosurgeon Harvey Williams Cushing in honor of his seventieth birthday. Cushing died shortly after this volume was issued, and Schuman's later published the short-title catalog of his collection of books, manuscripts, and ephemera given to Yale University. Henry and Ida Schuman were among the first American booksellers to specialize in the history of medicine. Originally based in Detroit, they moved their business to New York in 1939, releasing the present catalog as the first from their new location. Its offerings range from a 13th-century manuscript relating to Constantine the African to works of William Beaumont on his pioneering digestion experiments with the unfortunate Alexis St. Martin. A 1543 first edition of Vesalius's DE HUMANI CORPORIS FABRICA is listed for $550. This copy of the catalog was owned originally by Rachel McMasters Miller Hunt, philanthropist, bibliophile, and founder of the great Hunt Botanical Library at Carnegie Mellon University. Hunt, a master bookbinder, is almost certainly responsible for the fine morocco binding here.
Mittineague, Ma.: Strathmore Paper Company, . First Edition. Softcover. Near fine. Original color pictorial wrappers, printed in five colors. pp. plus ornamental endpapers and 11 plates representing different forms of printmaking on different Strathmore papers. Covers additionally printed with name and location of the Cleveland Paper Company. Very light foxing and tiny stains on front cover and endpapers, else near fine. An exceptional Strathmore sample book, demonstrating intaglio and relief processes, including a fine portrait medallion of Johannes Gutenberg printed in blind. Scarce.
Boston: The Berkeley Press, 1919. First Edition. Softcover. Near fine. . ,12 pp. Original blue wrappers, stitched, printed cover label. Near fine. A short history of William Caslon and Calson Oldstyle type, by Boston's Berkeley Press, with a brief description and advertisement of the press's services. Scarce, with OCLC listing five copies.