Ithaca, N.Y.: Published by the author. Mack, Andrus, & Woodruff, Printers, 1838. First Edition. Hardcover. Very good. 12mo. 371 pp. plus engraved plate and large folding map. Modern blue cloth, front free endpaper renewed, original printed paper spine label laid down. Pencil ownership inscription, "Tho. M. Rogers 1840," on title page, later ownership ink stamp of L. D. Oliphant on first leaf of text. Text and plate foxed and toned. Map virtually unfoxed, clean, and bright. Overall very good. Complete first edition of a major early Pacific Northwest travel narrative. The Rev. Samuel Parker (1779-1866) was a Massachusetts-born Presbyterian missionary, joining a party of the American Fur Company on an expedition west from Council Bluffs to Walla Walla in 1835, himself under the direction of the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions. Howes describes his map of the Oregon Territory as the "earliest showing accurately the Oregon interior." With early vocabularies of the Nez Percé, "Klicatat," "Calapooa," and "Chenook." Howes P-89 "aa," Wagner-Camp 70.
[Composed in Lebanon, ca. 1920]. First Edition. Softcover. Near fine. Approximately 8 1/4 x 5 1/8 inches. In French. Faintly ruled paper. Early horizontal fold, minor soiling in upper-right corner. Near fine. Unpublished holograph poem by Charles Richet, winner of the 1913 Nobel Prize in Physiology/Medicine, composed en route between Chtaura, Lebanon, and Beirut. The poem is a wistful meditation on the passing of the era of monks and lances, the grand-routes de Castille, and stagecoach robbers les voleurs des diligences. Brigands, once adventure seekers looting carriages, have become shrewd: they have traded their places in the corners of the woods for offices and can now themselves be seen in the stagecoaches, rubbing their hands together. Charles Robert Richet (1850-1935) is best known for his work in experimental physiology, particularly in the areas of neurochemistry, digestion, and anaphylaxis, the latter for which he won the Nobel Prize. His wide-ranging interests, however, extended far beyond medicine and conventional science. He composed poetry and drama throughout his life and was internationally distinguished as a historian, pacifist, aviation pioneer, and researcher of the paranormal (coining the term, ectoplasm, in 1894). Underlying all of these pursuits was a lifelong romantic orientation to the world and a deep humanity, as reflected in the poem here. A transcription and basic English translation are available upon request. DSB XI, pp.425-432.
Toledo: E. G. Ashley, Grand Financial Secretary, 1907. Hardcover. Near fine. 24 pp. including in-text figures and photographic portraits. Printed in red and black. 12mo. Original flexible black cloth, stamped in gilt. 3/4-inch closed tear in front free endpaper, else near fine. In addition to the directory, the volume includes an "early history" of the association, a "list of vessels of the Great Lakes, American and Canadian, with names and addresses of owners," "other information of a miscellaneous nature of interest in shipping circles in the Great Lakes," and scores of advertisements for marine suppliers in Cleveland, Chicago, Detroit, Duluth, Milwaukee, and various other Great Lakes cities. Several of the different companies' advertisements contain wood-engraved or photographic views of their buildings, ships, or machinery. Scarce.
[Virginia: Luray Cave and Hotel Company and Shenandoah Valley Railroad, 1881]. First Separate Edition. Softcover. Very good. ,13, pp., including two-page map, three full-page engravings, and illustrated advertisement. Original printed wrappers. Neat five-inch separation of wrapper at spine, very light soiling to wrappers, else near fine. An attractive advertisement for Virginia's Luray Caverns, evidently issued by the Luray Cave and Hotel Company and Shenandoah Valley Railroad for the 1882 tourist season. The pamphlet prints a detailed account of the wonders of the caves by an 1880 Smithsonian expedition, together with a railroad map of the eastern United States leading to Luray, with illustrations of the caverns and the Natural Bridge landmark. A full-page advertisement for the Luray Inn includes a large woodcut view of that institution. OCLC locates no copies. Rare.