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    Introduction to Victorian Style by Crowley, David

    London: New Burlington Books. 1990. Quarto Size [approx 24cm x 30.5cm]. Very Good in Very Good Dustjacket. DJ protected in our purpose-made plastic sleeve. Illustrated with colour photographs and drawings. 144 pages Includes analysis of the work of all the major designers, explanations of the inter-relationships of different styles popular throughout the Victorian era, a discussion of the influence of the royal family and examines the artifacts that decorated the Victorian home with illustrations of the fine and applied arts from ceramics to the architecture of the cemetery. . 1st Edition. Hardback.


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    Commentaries on the Ritual Readings by Crotty, Robert; Ryan, John Barry

    New York: Pueblo Publishing Company. 1982. Octavo Size [approx 15.5 x 22.8cm]. Very Good condition. Mild age-toning to edges 283 pages Commentaries on the readings for various religious rituals as baptism, marriage, Holy Communion, Confirmation, Funerals. . 1st Edition. Softcover.



    Moyses retratado en la vida, virtudes, y muerte de el y Sr. Dr y Mo D. Fr. Antonio de Monroy.... by Verdiguer Isasi, Lucas de

    Mexico: Por los herederos de la viuda de Francisco Rodriguez Lupercio, 1716. 4to. [10] f. (ff. [2–10] lacking), 11 ff. Lucas de Verdiguer Isasi (1659 or 60–1728), canon magistral of the archdiocese of Mexico, preached the present funeral sermon for Antonio de Monroy, O.P., archbishop of Santiago de Galicia. The title is enclosed in a typographic border, and the text is ornamented with woodcut initials and tailpieces, and typographic headpieces and tailpiece.          Medina, Mexico, 2474; not in Sutro. Removed from a nonce volume. Worming from inner margin into text, not impairing legibility. A little light soiling and waterstaining. Shallowly bumped corners. Inked numerals on upper outer corners. A few pencilled notations. Lacking preliminaries, ff. [2–10].



    Devotion, Ebenezer. [Funeral Sermon for Ephraim Avery, 1754, printed 1755]. Webb, Benjamin. [Funeral Sermon for Ruth Avery, 1732, printed 1733] by [Early American Imprints]. Ebenezer Devotion + Benjamin Webb [Avery Family]

    Boston: Various publishers, 1733. First Edition. Hardcover. Very good. Ad 1: small octavo. 23, [1] pp. (3.75" x 6.75") cut and inlaid to 4to size (7" x 11"). Ad 2: small octavo: [4], 25, [1] pp. (3.75" x 6.75"), cut and inlaid to 4to size (7" x 11"). The half-title page of the first funeral oration has a large restoration, with five words in pen facsimile; the blank verso of the title-page has two small repairs, and p. 6 has one small repair (not affecting text); the second work has been washed. Both Funeral Orations are bound together in nineteenth-century half morocco (by R.W. Smith), marbled paper sides, matching marbled endpapers, gilt spine (refurbished, most noticeably along joints and corner tips). Full Contents: Devotion, Ebenezer: "A Mourning Piece: Being a Discourse Delivered at Brooklyn in Pomfret [Connecticut], October 22, 1754 Delivered at the Funeral of Mr. Ephraim Avery." Boston: J. Draper, 1755. Bound with: WEBB, Benjamin: "The Present Scope and Future Gain of the Christian Life. A Discourse deliver'd at Truroe, October 8, 1732. Occasioned by the much lamented Death of Mrs. Ruth Avery." Boston: [s.n.], 1733 Early American Funeral Sermons for two different members of the Avery family, originally of Massachusetts. Ruth [Little] Avery (1686-1732) was the mother of Ephraim Avery (1713-1754). Ad 1: This work was described as "scarce" 130 years ago, for which see the sale of the Stevens Historical Collection (Sotheby's 1881, lot 196). Evans 7406; ESTC W28638, with seven copies in five locations worldwide (British Library, AAS, Connecticut Historical Society, Andover Theological Library, Beinecke). Sabin 19830 (conflating the present author with "John Devotion"). Ad 2: Evans 3729; ESTC W7823, with five known copies in four locations worldwide (Boston Atheneum, Boston Public Library, Massachusetts Historical, Library of Congress). The existence of the half-title remained unknown to the editors of ESTC, who give the following collation: [2], 25, [1] pp. PROVENANCE: "Hannah Cady, 1755, Her Book, the Gift of Her Honored Mother Rachel Cady." -- W.J. Avery, May 7, 1872 -- Leamington Book Shop, Washington, DC (Catalogue 2) 1950 -- The Lincoln Library, Shippensburg, PA. Both Funeral Orations are scarce: ours appear to be the only copies on the market.



    De funeribus Romanorum libri quatuor cum appendice. Accessit et Funus parasiticum Nicolai Rigaltii by Kirchmann, J. [Romeyn de Hooghe, illustrator]

    Leiden: apud Hackios, 1672. Hardcover. Very good. Romeyn de Hooghe. 12mo., 2 parts in 1 volume: 23 ff., 649 pp. (wrongly numbered 641), 22 ff.; 24 pp. With fine etched frontispiece and 4 etched folding plates by Romeyn de Hooghe. Woodcut printer's device on both titles. Many passages in Greek. BOUND WITH: Kirchmann, J. In funere Pauli Merulae historiarum professoris in Academia Batavorum, & foederatarum provinciarum historiographi, oratio, in qua de vita scriptisque ejus disseritur. Lugd. Batav., ex officina Hackiana, 1672. Woodcut printer's mark on title. 4 ff., 64 pages. Front cover spotted, first blank excised (traces of inscription). Contemporary Dutch vellum Prize Binding, richly gilt, bound in Middelburg by the GLISSEN BINDERY and with the armorial device of the City of Middelburg on both covers and on spine. First illustrated edition, the only one to contain the folding engraved plates by Romeyn de Hooghe. Part I: A rich collection of inscriptions and of quotations taken from ancient authors concerning the funeral rites, burial places, etc. of antiquity and especially of the Romans, by Johannes Kirchmann (Lubeck 1575-1643), a philologist, was professor of poetry in Rostock and later rector in Lubeck. "De funeribus Romanorum" is a wide-ranging work on the funeral rites and practices of the ancient Romans, including preservation of the corpse, the mourners and funeral processions, cremations, burials and memorials. Written in four parts, each part is illustrated with an engraved, folding plate by Romeyn de Hooghe: the first plate illustrates the corpse of a noble lady being borne on an elaborately draped litter by a group of soldiers while attendants wave wreaths and flowers; the second plate illustrates the funeral procession through the city with soldiers, attendants and mourners carrying torches and wreaths, horses prancing, mourners wailing, etc; the third plate illustrates the cremation of a body upon a pyre of logs some twenty feet high -in the foreground attendants prepare sacrifices of animals and birds and (it appears) several unfortunate people, possibly slaves; the fourth plate shows offerings of dead animals, wine and fruits being placed before an elaborate memorial be decked with garlands and wreaths. The engraved title page is also of interest, picturing another flaming cremation, this one taking place upon a pyre which is fully five stories high, fitted out with columns and draped with curtains and statuary; at the top a chariot and horses stand ready for the flight to the afterworld (one assumes). Part II: The appendix is a charming little treatise published in the same year, written by Nicolai Rigaltio, on the subject of parasites and protecting the corpse from them. The second book, bound in, is a funeral oration, also by Kirchmann, delivered at the funeral of Paulus Mercula, a Leiden professor (1558, Dordrecht - 1607, Rostock). REFERENCES: Landwehr, Romeyn de Hooghe No. 20 (not mentioning the second part (of 24 pp.) by Rigaltius. Rossetti 5898. BINDING: a Dutch Prize Binding from the GLISSEN BINDERY in Middelburg (a.k.a. Middleburgh). We are grateful to Jan Storm van Leeuwan for his identification of the bindery and of the arms of Middelburg. The present binding features van Leeuwen's tools 9a + 9b and roll III. The large panel stamp on the covers represents the arms of the City of Middelburg; this stamp was actually City property. It is reproduced in DDB p. 557 (tool 2) and p. 559 (block F). The Glissen Bindery may have existed for only three or four years (ca. 1790-1793; see DDB IIB, pp. 691-695). For obvious reasons, securely identifiable examples from this Dutch workshop are rare in private ownership.

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