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Not your ordinary book store! Uncommon Works specializes in rare, odd, unique, and handmade books, with a focus on Mexico, Latin America, Native America, and the Spanish Conquest. You'll find rare, first editions and first or early printings. You'll even find a few first printings of living authors for sale. We provide services and referrals for book mending, repair, restoration, and binding. We also offer archival storage solutions for your books, photos, or family historical print items.
History Of A Fishing Trip. Written To Order By The Keeper Of The Records. By [Lowery, F.W.]
[np]: [Privately Printed], 1933. Limited Edition, First Edition. 1/4 cloth. Very good +. A very good plus first edition limited to 100 copies, as stated. 1/4 brown cloth over brown paper boards with gilt title-stamping on cover. One light short scuff to front cover with a few light scuffs on the back. Minor rubbing and miniscule loss at head and tail of spine. Wear to edge of front cover. Mild toning to pastedowns and page edges. 130 pp., including appendix. 5 3/4 x 8 1/2 inches tall, octavo. A lovely and entertaining story and beautiful piece of prose about a salmon fishing trip on Anticosti.
Ovid's Metamorphoses. In Fifteen Books. A New Translation. By Several Hands. Adorn'd With Cuts
London: A. Bettesworth and W. Taylor in Pater-Noster-Row, E. Curll in Fleet-Street, and J. Browne without Temple-Bar, 1717. First Edition. Full leather. Very good. Scarce. A very good first edition of this version ---- there were competing editors in 1717 --- complete and collated in two volumes. This work released after Dryden's Ovid translations. Sewell's translations went on to sell in three editions total. Title page on Volume I is loose and reads, "Ovid's Metamorphoses. In fifteen books. A new translation. By several hands. Adorn'd with cuts." Consistent with the worldcat entry for this set, the titlepage to vol. II reads: "Ovid's Metamorphoses made English. By several hands. .," and J. Browne's name is spelled "Brown." Blind and gilt tooled leather boards. Four raised bands. Original paper labels on spines. Joints shallowly cracked on volume I and starting on volume II. Minor loss to spine on volume II. With woodcut bookplate of Glanville Wynkoop Smith on front pastedown of both volumes. One signature on volume II has pulled away from endband and is a bit proud. Text in English is crisp and clear. Marginalia present, including a beautiful short [original??] melody neatly pencilled on rear pastedown. Toning to pastedowns and free endpapers. Marvelous woodcuts throughout. Unpaginated. 3 3/4 x 6 inches tall, 32mo. From the personal library of artist, architect, musician, author, journalist, poet, naturalist and historian Glanville Wynkoop Smith, author of Many a Green Isle (1941) and The adventures of Sir Ignatius Tippitolio, better known to the world as Tippy, proprietor of Tippitolio's grand imperial hotel Oriella (1945).
The Works Of Molière [Complete 12 Volume Set] By Jean Baptiste Poquelin De Molière
Paris: Chez Barrie Frères and George Barrie & Son, . First Thus; Astral Edition. Full leather. Very good. Louis Leloir; Maurice Leloir; Jacques Leman; Edward Heduouin. A exquisitely bound, very good plus first thus, limited edition in full crushed Levant morocco leather with gold tooling. Number 35 of 100 copies on Japan Vellum paper that were offered by subscription only. Binding is sturdy and square. All edges in brilliant gilt. Marbled endpapers. Over 150 engravings, some colored, all with captioned tissue guards. Original title pages to each play are reproduced in French. Text in English. Heavy rubbing to all joints, with dye transferring to one's fingers from rubbed joints. Rubbed corners. Still a lovely and prestigious set, even with the flaws noted below. Quarto, 9 x 12 inches tall. Heavy set will require additional postage overseas, billed at actual cost.Volume I: Frontis, tissue guard and 4 pages show cleaned mold stain (cleaned with denatured alcohol---conservation standard) Volume II: 1/8 inch loss at head of spine over 1/3 of crownVolume III: Miniscule tear at foot of spineVolume IV & V: Tiny hole on spine Volume VII: Tiny loss at head and foot of spineVolume IX: Old, narrow bookworm tunnel on top front corner, measuring 1/2 inch (see photo)Volume XI: Two old, narrow bookworm tunnels on top front corner, measuring 1/4 and 1 inch respectively. Volume I. Memoir; The Blunderer; Love Tiff.Volume II: The Pretentious Young Ladies; Sganarelle; The Jealousy of Le Barbouille; The Flying Doctor; Don Garcia of Navarre.Volume III: The School for Husbands; The Bores; The School for Wives.Volume IV: The School for wives Criticised; The Impromptu of Versailles; The Forced Marriage; The Princess of Elis.Volume V: Don Juan; Love is the Best Doctor; The Misanthrope.Volume VI: The Physician in Spite of Himself; Melicerte; A Comic Pastoral; The Sicilian.Volume VII: Tartuffe; Amphitryon.Volume VIII: This Miser; George Dandin.Volume IX: Monsieur de Pourceaugnac; The Magnificent Lovers.Volume X: The Citizen Who apes the Nobleman; Psyche.Volume XI: The Rogueries of Scapin; The Countess of Escarbagnas.Volume XII: The Learned Ladies; The Imaginary Friend; Poems.
The Works Of Virgil: Containing His Pastorals, Georgics, And Æneis: Adorn'd With A Hundred Sculpture
London: Jacob Tonson, 1697. First Illustrated Edition. Full leather. Very good/none as issued. M Vander Gucht; Cleyn; Holler; Lambart. A very good, presumed complete, small paper copy of the First Illustrated edition. Full older red leather with bright gold tooling on cover and bright gold titling on spine. Five raised bands. Rebound. Full leather binding is tight and square. Starting mild red rot at joints. Shelfwear to covers. Untrimmed. Frontis backed onto art paper plus 101 plates. Some waved pages beginning at pg. 45. Moderate to heavy toning and foxing throughout. Multiple pages with loss not affecting text or plates. One long closed tear to page 61. Three short strike through corrections inked by hand to page 35 and page 133, otherwise clean.Three misprinted page numbers, but text is complete (224 for 220, 448 for 484, and 503 for 493) page 638 bound in last (out of order). 640 pp. plus errata, unpaginated dedications,  plates, and reviews. Folio, 8 & 3/4 x 14 & 1/2 inches tall (text block). This is very large and heavy and will require extra shipping charges, billed at cost.Contents:To the Lord CliffordThe Life of VirgilPreface to the PastoralsTo Mr. Dryden [Five reviews] ErrataThe Names of the First Subscribers The Names of the Second Subscribers Pt. I: Pastorals (1-10)To the Right Honorable PhillipAn Essay on the GeorgicsPt. II: The Georgics (1-4)To the Most Honorable John of NormandyPt. III: Virgil's Æneis (1-12)Post ScriptNotes and Observations Same edition as copy held by the British Library [Wing V-616].Barnard, John. "The Large- and Small-Paper Copies of Dryden's "The Works of Virgil" (1697): Jacob Tonson's Investment and Profits and the Example of "Paradise Lost" (1688)." The Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America 92, no. 3 (1998): 259-71."This magnificently illustrated book is the first edition of John Dryden’s translation of Virgil, the ancient Roman poet. The collection includes the Pastorals or Eclogues, a source for the Renaissance Arcadian ideal; Georgics, an agricultural poem in four parts; and Virgil’s masterpiece the Aeneid, an epic poem chronicling the adventures of Aeneas, legendary ancestor of the Romans.The Works of Virgil (1694–97) was conceived, created and circulated by Dryden and the publisher Jacob Tonson. Their successful partnership established publishing methods and an aesthetic movement that shaped and defined literary production in the 18th century.TranslationDryden did not translate Virgil’s work directly or literally into English. Instead, he revised, added to and reworked the classical Latin to make the poetry vivid and relevant to late 17th-century readers. In his ‘Dedication to John, Lord Marquess of Normanby, Earl of Mulgrave’, Dryden explains that his alterations were done with great reverence, and were only ever intended to extend and expand upon Virgil’s poetry: ‘They will seem (at least I have the vanity to think so), not struck into him, but growing out of him’ (sig. E4v).This translation technique was immensely popular. It sparked a new, more intuitive appreciation for classical literature and its translation which, in turn, grew into the clever, confident literary movement of the early 18th century known as the English Augustan Age, a period characterised by the poetry of Alexander Pope, the drama of John Gay and Jonathan Swift’s satire.SubscriptionDryden’s work translating the text and the overall publishing costs were funded in advance by private subscribers, all of whom are named and acknowledged at the opening of the book (Sig. ††1r–††2v) and within cartouches at the bottom of the intricate illustrations that appear throughout. This innovative way of financing a large and lavish text was, like Dryden’s approach to translation, adopted with great success in the 18th and 19th centuries." --- The British Library
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