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[JUVENILE -- OCCUPATIONS]. THE CABINET OF USEFUL ARTS & MANUFACTURES; DESIGNED FOR THE PERUSAL OF YOUNG PERSONS. Dublin: Printed by Christopher Bentham, 19 Eustace-street, 1820. First edition. 10 full-page wood-engraved illustrations, plus tailpieces. vii, -180 pp. The full page illustrations are included in the pagination. Except for two plates illustrating important resources (the beaver and the seal), the plates represent trades. 12mo., 13.5 x 9 cm. In a scruffy, contemporary binding of rustic appearance: worn and soiled gray paper over chipped, scabbard boards, with a leather backstrip laid down. The front hinge is split but the bookblock is sound. Contemporary ink ownership ("Isaac Brown, Jan 1st, 1825") on reverse of frontispiece and some juvenile pencil squiggles in a few margins. Scattered, light foxing and a few creased corners throughout the text leaves. Manufacturing trades are represented by glass, porcelain, linen, rope-making, wool, silk, hats, leather, paper, sugar, and salt, while the useful arts are represented by printing calico, founding type, letterpress printing, and book binding. Coming at the end of the volume, and seeming to fall somewhere between a useful art and manufacturing, is brewing. A rare first edition of this title (OCLC first search lists only 10 copies), with later editions over the following decade printed at Dublin, London, and New York. (Osbourne Collection, p. 110: Dublin, Thos. Courtney, 1821; Kress C.1389: Dublin, W. Folds & Son, 1825).
TWO VOLUMES BOUND AS ONE IN ORIGINAL PUBLISHER'S CLOTH
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MACKAY, Charles. MEMOIRS OF EXTRAORDINARY POPULAR DELUSIONS AND THE MADNESS OF CROWDS, 2 VOLUMES. London: Office of the National Illustrated Library, 1852. 2nd edition. Two volumes bound as one: viii,303,vi,322 pp. Frontispiece and a vignette title-page at the start of each volume, with wood-engraved text illustrations throughout. Octavo, publisher's green cloth binding, rebacked with original backstrip laid down, blocked in blind on sides, dulled gilt lettering on spine. Slight wear to forecorners, but a sound and attractive copy overall. Text leaves are clean, though some of the paper has toned. Engraved bookplate of G. I. Fisher to front pastedown and a library stamp on the recto of each frontisp. and on the vignette t.p. for Volume 1. No other marks. A very good copy of this early, ground breaking study of crowd behavior, whose topics include John Law and the Mississippi Scheme, the South Sea Bubble, tulipomania, the crusades, witch mania, haunted houses, duels and ordeals, etc., and whose influence extends through today. A scarce title in the less common one-volume format, housed a custom clamshell box.
ABOLITIONIST & WOMEN'S RIGHTS ADVOCATE PARKER PILLSBURY'S COPY
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MONTAIGNE, [Michel] de. THE ESSAYS OF MICHAEL SEIGNEUR DE MONTAIGNE, translated into English. In three volumes. London: Printed for S. and E. Ballard, J. Clarke, D. Browne, et al., 1759. The seventh edition, "with very considerable amendments and improvements, from the most elegant and accurate French edition of Peter Coste;" it is a revised version of Charles Cotton's translation. Three octavo volumes: ,414,; ,608,; ,468, pp. In contemporary leather bindings with gilt stamped double-rule frames on sides, the bindings lack spine labels and show moderate wear, particularly at heels and crowns, with some soiling/staining. The joints of volume one have hairline cracks. Text leaves are clean. However, one leaf in volume one (pp. 265-6) has along closed tear, but without any loss of text. Each volume has the ownership signature of Parker Pillsbury, as well as some occasional pencil notes or markings in the margins in volumes two and three. Parker Pillsbury (1809-1898), worked ceaselessly for human betterment over the course of his long life, primarily as an abolitionist and women's rights activist. He edited The Herald of Freedom (Concord, New Hampshire) in the 1840s and The National Anti-Slavery Standard (New York, NY) in 1866, all while working as an abolitionist lecture agent for the New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and American anti-slavery societies. After the Civil War, Pillsbury labored for Negro suffrage and was interested in temperance, political reform, international peace, and women's rights. He served as vice-president of the New Hampshire Woman Suffrage Association and, in 1865, helped draft the constitution of the American Equal Rights Association. For a year and a half (1868-69) he was co-editor with Elizabeth Cady Stanton of The Revolution, a radical weekly created by Stanton and Susan B. Anthony. (D.A.B. VII, pp.608-9).
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