Sunday, April 15, 2012

19th Century Books at Browsers Uncommonbooks

A Sample of 19th Century Books at Browsers Uncommon Books 

Downey, W. S. 1855. Proverbs. New York, NY: Lippincott.
Some foxing. Owner's name on free front endpaper. Full leather. Gold page edges. 120 pages.

 The Poetical Works of Sir Walter Scott.
No date. John W. Lovell title page, T. Y. Crowell on cover spine.
659 pages, Gold on all three edges of page block. Gold and black
decorations on cover. Owner's note on endpaper: 1893.

 Heroines of History by John S. Jenkins

 Full leather. Corners and edges worn. Foxing. Owner's name.
Hinges sound. Gold decoration on leather cover. Steel engravings.
Main Author: Jenkins, John S. (John Stilwell) 1818-1852.
Language(s): English
Published: Auburn ; Rochester : Alden & Beardsley, 1853, c1851.
Subjects: Catherine > II, > Empress of Russia, > 1729-1796.
Cleopatra, > Queen of Egypt, > -30 B.C.
Elizabeth > I, > Queen of England, > 1533-1603.
Joan, ; of Arc, Saint, > 1412-1431.
Marie Antoinette, > Queen, consort of Louis XVI, King of France, ; 1755-1793.
Women ; Biography.
Physical Description: 520 pages

 Germania, 1883

Friedrich Rückert, Poetry.

Frankfurt am Main. 1879

 Fowler, O. S. Maternity: Or, The Bearing and Nursing of Children, including Female Education and Beauty. New York: Fowler and Wells, 1890. Print.
Hardcover. No dustjacket. 221 pages plus one leaf of advertisements. This is the 1890 printing of a book originally published in 1848. Spine is slanted. Pages are age tanned. Small soil spots on cover.
 Ward, Anna Lydia. Surf and Wave: The Sea as Sung by the Poets. New York: T.Y. Crowell &, 1883. Print.
Hardcover, no dustjacket. 618 pages Corners bumped. Owner's name and date penciled on free front endpaper. Some marginal staining at the bottom corner of first two hundred pages.


 Lilly, Lambert. The Adventures of Henry Hudson. New York: D. Appleton &, 1842. Print.
Hardcover. 161 pages plus adverts. Spine is rolled. Hinges are sound. There are stains here and there, especially in the margins. A few small tears in page margins. Some pencil notes and marks on endpapers.

                      Henderson, Nathaniel P. Henderson's Test Words in English Orthography: With Full Definitions : Also, a List of Modern Geographical Names, with Their Pronunciation : For the Use of Grammar Schools and Academies. New York: Effingham Maynard, 1892. Print.
Heavy wear on cover, edges, corners. Owner's names and notes. Leaf 5/6 has tear from bottom up to 3/4s of page along margin and branching into text, but no text missing.. Multiple small marginal tears and pencil marks. throughout.

 Land of the Midnight Sun: Summer and Winter Journeys Through Sweden, Norway, Lapland and Northern Finland, Volume II only by Paul B. Du Chaillu, New York, Harper and Brothers 1881. Ex-library. Multiple library markings. Hinges broken, glued. Sold.

Marcella by Mrs. Humphry Ward, hardcover, two volumes, 1894 

Wikipedia entry

This interesting author was the niece of Matthew Arnold and the aunt of Aldous Huxley. She was an anti-suffragette  and at the instigation of Theodore Roosevelt a propagandist for America's entry into world war I in favor of America's relentless enemy, England. She also founded a educational settlement in Tavistock, England.

 Portraits and Principles of the World's Great Men and Women with Practical Lessons on Successful Life by over Fifty Leading Thinkers arranged by William C. King. 1897 Location: Antiquarian book shelf.

Woodcliffe by Harriet B. McKeever, hardcover, Pictorial paste-down on front cover, Hurst reprint not dated from Claxton & Co. originally 1882. Location: Old Popular Fiction
This copy can be ordered by mail at
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 The Lady of the Lake by Walter Scott, Edited with notes by William J. Rolfe, Riverside Classics Series 1883  Location: Antiquarian book shelf.

Salmar Og Kvaedi, by Hallgrim Petrusson, 1887

Ben -Hur: a Tale of the Christ by Lew Wallace, Harper, 1880. Hardcover, plain green cloth over beveled boards. Though the only copyright present is the same year as the first edition, this is not a first as it includes the longer dedication to his wife. (see note here about the states of the first edition and the dedication.) Worn corners and spine ends. Owner's name.

The Works of Flavius Josephus The Learned and Authentic Jewish Historian and Celebrated Warrior to which added  Seven Dissertations Concerning Jesus Christ, John the Baptist, James the Just, God's Command to Abraham, etc.  Translated by William Whiston; Introductory Essay by H. Stebbing. Philadelphia, Henry T. Coates & Co., No Date. Hinges crack and glued. Multiple owners names. Edge and corner wear. Heel and head of spine wear. No date, but appears to be a 19th century reprint. Translator was a 18th century clergyman. Click for more information and links at Flavius Josephus page.


The Poetical Works of Alfred Tennyson; Poet Laureate: Complete Edition, Illustrated, New York, Thomas Y Crowell & Co.; Co. No date. Gold decoration and gold edged page block all three edges.  The boards have beveled edges.
Flaws: broken hinges, ownership or other stamps, age tanned pages. Fatal flaw: Leaf 399/400 has a large chunk torn out with loss of text. Therefore we are offering this copy free to the first person who shows up in the store, mentions this blog, and requests to adopt this injured orphan. This copy has been claimed.

What The Seven Did by Margaret Sidney, 1882. By the author of the Five Little Peppers.   Free front endpaper removed, leaving front hinge scarred and weakened. Owner's blind-stamp on title page. Library notations on title and copyright page. Rear hinge starting to separate.

 The Lay of the Last Minstrel by Sir Walter Scott, Boston 1887, Frontis piece is present, but separated from book. Location: Sold.


Lord Erskine

 " Trial of Thomas Paine for Libel, 1792"

In Speeches of Lord Erskine While at the Bar, Volume I only, published 1876
Location Americana, US History books

Mr. Erskine's Speech in Defence of Thomas Paine


 The Bibelot. Thomas B. Mosher, editor. We have 19 of the original 21 volumes. Numbers 19 and 20 are missing. Published annually from 1895 to 1925: Location, above paperback fiction

Ivanhoe by Scott, Classics for Children 1886, Location: Antiquarian book shelf.

A Hawk in An Eagle's Nest by A.B. Richmond, 1881: Location Antiquarian Books
9th Edition of the Encyclopedia Britannica (the lighter leather books on the cart in the picture) 1875, 1884, 1889
Location: Above Antiquarian books

 The Ingenious Gentleman, Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, in four volumes, New York, Dodd Mead and Co. Blue cloth with gold decoration. New York, 1887
Location: Antiquarian Books

Items below this line have sold

 Daughters of America, Women of the Century by Phebe A. Hanaford. This copy sold.


Mormon Doctrine 1888 Item sold.


Juventud. This book sold.

Coeur d'Alene and Harrison Navigation Company St. Joe ticket 1895, not for sale.

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