"Oh the burden of my life!": Finely Bound example of Addison Peale Russell's A Club of One
A Club of One: Passages From the Note-Book of a Man Who Might Have Been Sociable.
Russell, Addison Peale.$35.00
Item Number: 96750
Boston and New York: Houghton, Mifflin & Co , 1895.
Finely bound example of this short work written by the 12th Ohio Secretary of State. Small octavo, bound in three quarters morocco over marbled boards with gilt titles and elaborate gilt tooling to the spine, top edge gilt, marbled endpapers. In very good condition.
Addison Peale Russell represented Clinton County, Ohio in the Ohio House of Representatives in the 52nd General Assembly (1856–57) as a Republican, and was Ohio Secretary of State (1858–62). In 1868, Russell retired from public office to pursue literature. He wrote seven books which generally fall into the category of belles-lettres, or writing that focuses on the aesthetic qualities of language rather than its practical application.
Other Books by this Author
Rare First Edition of Mathematical Collections and Translations, which includes the first translation in English of Galileo's System of the World" (Dialogo)
London: William Leybourn, 1661.
First edition of Thomas Salusbury’s Mathematical Collections and Translations. Salusbury compiled and translated important writings by Archimedes, Descartes, Galileo, Kepler, Tartaglia, Torricelli into English for the first time, greatly influencing the English-speaking world. This volume contains the first English translation of Galileo’s 1632 The Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems (Dialogo sopra i due massimi sistemi del mondo). Also included is Galileo’s 1615 letter to the Grand Duchess Christina of Tuscany, published in 1636 as Nov-antiqua sanctissimorum patrum et probatorum theologorum doctrina, which asserted the independence of science from religious authority. This short but important Epistle to the Grand Dutchesse Mother concerning the Authority of Holy Scripture in Philosophical Controversies (known today as the Letter to Christina), was only the second work of Galileo’s to be published in England. It preceded the Latin edition, published in London by Thomas Dicas, by two years and remained the only vernacular translation for two centuries. Apart from the two works by Galileo, Salusbury included other translations from Italian and Latin in this volume of his Collections, such as Johannes Kepler’s and Didacus a Stunica’s “Reconcilings of Scripture Texts,” and Foscarinus’ Epistle to Father Fantonus reconciling the Authority of Scripture. Folio, bound in full calf, with 4 engraved plates. Lacking the half-title, contents leaf, fly-title to The System of the World, and the errata leaf found at the end of the first part in some copies. 2 parts in one volume. In very good condition with the contents showing some light browning in the upper margins. First editions are exceptionally rare.
Rare First Edition of Edmond Halley's Astronomical Tables with Precepts both in English and Latin for Computing the Places of the Sun, Moon, Planets, and Comets
Astronomical Tables with Precepts both in English and Latin for Computing the Places of the Sun, Moon, Planets, and Comets.
London: Printed for William Innys, 1752.
First edition in English of Halley’s classic work. Quarto, bound in contemporary full calf, gilt titles to the spine, gilt embossed stamp of The Society of Writers to the Signet on the front and rear panel, copper-engraved frontispiece portrait. Edited by John Bevis. In very good condition with light rubbing and wear.
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London: Oliver & Boyd, 1824.
First edition in English of Goethe’s masterpiece. Octavo, 3 volumes. Bound in contemporary half cloth over marbled boards. In near fine condition with light toning to the spine.
"There is a road from the eye to the heart that does not go through the intellect": Finely Bound Group of G.K. Chesterton
London and New York: Various Publishers, 1905-1910.
Finely bound group of works by G.K. Chesterton. Octavo, 14 volumes, bound in three quarters morocco over marbled boards, raised spine bands with gilt decorated compartments, marbled endpapers, gilt topstain. In near fine condition. The books included are Club of Queer Trades, The Defendant, Masters of Literature: Thackeray, Varied Types, Napoleon of Notting Hill, Orthodoxy, Charles Dickens: A Critical Study, Heretics, The Ball and the Cross, English Men of Letters: Robert Browning, What’s Wrong with the Word, The Man Who was Thursday, Tremendous Trifles, and All Things Considered. In near fine condition.