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A Memorial of Edward Everett, from the City of Boston. Boston Printed by Order of the City Council: 1865. A complete account of the speeches, commemorations and funeral of statesman and orator Edward Everett. Includes details of the funeral, proceedings of the Legislature, Board of Trade, Massachusetts Historical Society, Thursday Evening Club, American Antiquarian Society, Harvard University, and many other groups of which he was a member or who wanted to pay tribute to him. Hardcover. 7"x10.5", 315 pages, portrait frontispiece publisher's green pebbled cloth with gilt spine title light wear, a little soil ex-Lodge library with bookplate and spine label, a few innocuous markings.

Inventory #: 9604
Price: $ 65.00       




A Nice Arrangement of Epitaphs. Cambridge W. Heffer & Sons Ltd: 1964. A collection of 9 epitaphs, written by writers ranging from Ben Johnson and Alexander Pope to Walter de la Mare and A.E. Housman, each illustrated with a dramatic woodcut by Pamela Hughes, who also contributed the dramatic, full-page woodcut that decorates the cover and title page. Uncommon. Softcover. 6"x9", decorated title page, 11 pages, b/w woodcuts by Pamela Hughes. A fine copy.

Inventory #: 9558
Price: $ 50.00       




A Select Collection of Epitaphs and Monumental Inscriptions, with Anecdotes of Distinguished Extraordinary Persons. Ipswich J. Raw: 1806. A very interesting early collection of English epitaphs, selected for their interest or excellence. "The following pages contain the Epitaphs of many whose lives have been the most distinguished in the annals of fame or longevity, whose excellencies, or eccentricity, have called forth the exertions of the powers of varied genius". The book is decorated with an extremely handsome frontispiece which shows two fashionable young ladies and an older gentleman admiring a handsomely carved gravestone in a churchyard. Hardcover. 4.5"x7", xv + 230 pages, engraved frontispiece. Bound in old boards with a newer cloth spine (strictly a utilitarian rather than decorative spine). Covers worn, a little internal browning and light spotting.

Inventory #: 9735
Price: $ 100.00       




A Select Collection of Epitaphs and Monumental Inscriptions, with Anecdotes of Distinguished Extraordinary Persons Epitaphs [and other volumes] Ipswich J.Raw: 1806. Four epitaph titles bound together. In addition to the first (anonymous) work, this includes- "Church=Yard Gleanings, and Epigrammatic Scraps: being a collection of remarkable Epitaphs and Epigrams..." by William Pulleyn (London: 1830) "[Epitaphia], or, A collection of memorials, inscribed to the memory of good and faithful servants, copied on the spot, in various cemetaries throughout the counties of Berks, Buckingham, (etc)." by J.W. Streeten (London: 18260 "Church-yard Gleanings, or, A Collection of Epitaphs and Monumental Inscriptions" (Derby, no date, c.1840). This last title has a nice folding frontispiece showing a churchyard, although it is somewhat strongly (though not unpleasantly) colored, and in trimming the pages to make them fit into the binding with the rest of the books, the edges have been trimmed right up to, and in some cases into the text (in these case nicking off small parts of the outermost letters). Hardcover. 4"x6.5", xv + 230 pages + engraved frontispiece xxiii + 264 pages xii + 312 pages 24 pages + folding colored frontispiece. Bound in 19th century plain quarter leather with marbled boards. Covers somewhat worn and rubbed spine head chipped at one corner a little internal soil and spotting.

Inventory #: 9744
Price: $ 250.00       




Funeral Processions in Boston. . Funeral Processions in Boston. [in the] Bostonian Society Publications Volume 4. Boston: 1907. Period accounts of the funerals of the victims of the Boston Massacre in 1770, Governor John Hancock in 1793, and mourning ceremonies for George Washington in 1800. Hardcover. 6.5"x9.5", 40 pages [article], several woodcuts. Covers with some light soil and rubbed around the edges and spine. Endpapers and title page with some soil, a little minor scattered spotting.

Inventory #: 31079
Price: $ 50.00       




Garfield Memorial. Sorrow of the People of Buenos Ayres for the Death of General James A. Garfield, Late President of the United States of America. Buenos Ayres printed by order of Committee:1881. A former Union General in the Civil War, President Garfield was assassinated by a lunatic, but suffered for some months before succumbing to his wounds. This very interesting pamphlet expresses the sorrow of the American community in Buenos Ayres, and describes the receipt of the news, memorial services, speeches, etc. Softcover. 6.5"x10", 39 pages evidently bound into a larger volume at some point and then removed, leaving excess spine material several marginal cover chips a very discreet ex-institutional with a small withdrawal stamp and a faint blindstamp on the title page with the ownership signature on the front cover of "Joseph G. Story, New York".

Inventory #: 9755
Price: $ 200.00       




Grabschmuck. Katalog No.11 [and] Katalog No.17. Wurtemburg Ernst Strassacker: ca. 1930 & 1936. A wonderful pair of trade catalogs of memorial figures and decorations for monuments and gravestones, issued by a German bronze foundry. Each features a wide array of figures, urns, vases, crosses, plaques, gates, pediments and other cast decorative elements, many with a distinctly Art Deco or Moderne feeling. The vast majority of the iconography is Christian, but each catalog does feature a dozen or so Jewish items, and the 1936 catalog features a selection of Hebrew letters in the fonts section. There are also brass symbols for various trades, and a selection of Masonic emblems. A very interesting pair of catalogs. 2 catalogs. Softcover. 9"x11.5", 81 pages and 120 pages filled with b/w illustrations covers a bit sunned around the edge several cover creases some soil a few pages of Catalog 11 with moderate soil.

Inventory #: 30896
Price: $ 275.00       




Gravestone. Well, not a real one. This is an odd item, a plywood replica of an 1842 gravestone. "Capt. Alison Harmon - Died - Apr.28, 1842 - Aged 73". The "stone" measures 20"x32", and has some rubbing. It is really pretty nicely done, and is quite striking. Also rather odd.

Inventory #: 2266
Price: $ 75.00       




Massachusetts Undertakers' Association By-Laws. Hyde Park Massachusetts Undertakers' Association: 1892. The MUA was instituted on November 23, 1891, in an effort to provide a unified front for the profession, in the aftermath of a fight between Massachusetts undertakers and the Massachusetts Medical Society, which had attempted to pass a law that would have prohibited the embalming of a body without a doctor's certificate. This small booklet contains the MUA's Bylaws and Code of Ethics. It is accompanied by a folder dated January 15, 1892, promoting the Association to Massachusetts undertakers who have not joined. Softcover. 3.25"x5.25", 13 pages, light wear. With- paper folder, a single sheet folded to 5.5"x8.5" size. Light soil along edge, folded twice horizontally.

Inventory #: 9598
Price: $ 85.00       




Memorial Addresses on the Life and Character of Charles Sumner, (A Senator of Massachusetts,) Delivered in the Senate and House of Representatives, Forty-third Congress, First Session. Washington Government Printing Office: 1874. A record of the official commemorations of the life of the great abolitionist Senator from Massachusetts, who was almost beaten to death on the floor of the Senate by another member in 1856 and never fully recovered. Includes a description of the funeral ceremonies in the Capitol, and the text of speeches by the Senate Chaplain, and addresses by a number of members of both the House and Senate. Hardcover. 7.5"x11", 112 pages, engraved portrait frontispiece with tissue guard publisher's black pebbled cloth with gilt title and scrollwork light cover wear, frontis. with some foxing text pages with wide margins, bordered in black a little soil, but a nice copy.

Inventory #: 9600
Price: $ 45.00       




Memorial Lithograph. Hartford E.B. & E.C. Kellogg: probably 1845-50. A handsome colored memorial lithograph featuring a monument in the form of a pedestal with a stylized urn on top, set amidst other gravestones and rose bushes, under a weeping willow tree. In the background the scene stretches away starting with a churchyard, beyond that a hill, and beyond that a sailing ship. The monument has the printed legend "In Memory of", with no name or details filled in below. The Kellogg company has been called "Connecticut's Currier & Ives" they published a variety of popular prints from the 1840s to the end of the century. The imprint "E.B. & E.C. Kellogg" was used during the 1840s, 50s and 60s. A handsome lithograph with interesting details. Colored lithograph. 11"x14" some foxing, and several folds several short closed tears, 1" and 1.5" long left margin cut on a bit of a bias.

Inventory #: 30829
Price: $ 375.00       




Monuments of Siberia. Moscow: 1974. A compelling pictorial document -the dramatic Siberian sky looms large in many photos, and the bare, thick trees and overall feeling of chill are impossible to escape, yet as you pass through them the pictures begin to convey a feeling of warmth and beauty. This study includes many political and army monuments from the Soviet era, and nonetheless manages to be. But with the inherent dignity of almost every photo, even tired Soviet granite-hewn cliches are seen anew. There is a very good selection of army-related memorial monuments, almost all of 20th century vintage. Hardcover. 8.5"x9.5", 22 pages of Cyrillic text plus a 40 page insert which includes a summary and picture captions in English, French and German plus 385 b/w illustrations, dj dj with a large chip at the spine head.

Inventory #: 9712
Price: $ 40.00       




Plan ou Cimetiere de l'Est dit du Pere Lachaise. Paris: 1840s. A very nice map of the cemetery of Pere Lachaise in Paris, apparently from the book 'Plans de Cimetieres du Pere Lachaise, de Montmartre, du Mont-Parnasse et de Vaugirard' (this is printed across the top margin). The plan shows the various numbered sections and notes noteworthy monuments. Folded map. Unfolded size- 21.5"x17", very light water stain, edges a bit chipped, slightly browned.

Inventory #: 31070
Price: $ 175.00       




Punch, or the London Charivari. Vol.138, January-June, 1910. A bound volume of the classic London humor/political/social magazine, of great interest as it contains the issue (May 11, 1910) announcing the news that King Edward VII had died on May 6th. Includes the two-page illustration "An Empire's Grief", showing a weeping Britannia crouched in front of an empty throne. Hardcover. 8.5"x11", 486 pages, black & white illustrations. Plain blue cloth covers, some wear.

Inventory #: 34838
Price: $ 25.00       




Albro, John A. An Address delivered at the Consecration of the Cambridge Cemetery, November 1, 1854, by John A. Albro, D.D., together with Preliminary Remarks by His Honor the Mayor. Cambridge [Massachusetts] Metcalf and Company: 1854. Softcover. 6"x8.5", 35 pages original publisher's paper covers, lacks rear cover and front cover detached and chipped but present spine missing string bound and separating into about four distinct signatures small stamp and pen note on cover contents slightly soiled, but nice.

Inventory #: 9577
Price: $ 50.00       




anon. An interesting archive of original gravestone photographs. ca. 1940s. An interesting archive of b/w photographs of gravestones, each number-keyed to a descriptive typescript. The stones were chosen for some item of interest -early stones, stones with unusual or striking epitaphs, and so on. A very interesting, and obviously unique, privately assembled collection. In almost all cases the town & state of the cemetery is identified. There is a handwritten note on the typescript dated 1949. Approximately 171 original 5"x7", b/w photographs of gravestones from various parts of the country. Contained in a cardboard box, with 8 pages of typescript numbering and briefly describing each photo. Photos curled, several with some damage. Typescript browned and brittle.

Inventory #: 00645
Price: $ 500.00       




Baker, Faye Joanne. Toward Memory and Mourning: A Study of Changing Attitudes Toward Death Between 1750 and 1850 as Revealed by Gravestones of the New Hampshire Merrimack River Valley, Mourning Pictures, and Representative Writings. Faye J. Baker: 1977 / Ann arbor, UMI Reprint. A dissertation prepared for the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, George Washington University. Comb-bound. 8.5"x11", 232 pages very poor b/w reproductions of photographs a reprint from the original microfilm. New.

Inventory #: 90259
Price: $ 65.00       




Baker, T. The Laws relating to Burials in England and Wales...with Notes, Forms, and Practical Instructions. London W. Maxwell: 1855. Up to about 1850 the state of burial law in England was virtually nonexistent -quite literally, anything went, with resulting problems which can be only too well imagined. Starting in 1850 a succession of Burial Acts and Revisions were enacted that attempted to bring the chaos into order and safeguard the health of the public and the dignity of the dead. Baker, a barrister of the Inner Temple specializing in Burial Acts, has here set forth the news laws in their entirety, with all the revisions properly inserted. Topics covered include the closure of old burial grounds the appointment of Burial Boards proceedings of Burial Boards the provision of new burial grounds the rights of parties regarding fees registration of burials rating and protection of new burial grounds reception and conveyance of the dead burial of poor persons and regulation by the Secretary of State. This is followed by the texts of the Acts, and that is followed by a section of forms for various purposes. A comprehensive and fascinating look at Victorian Burial Law reform. Uncommon. Hardcover. 4.5"x7.5", v + 173 pages publisher's original black textured cloth with gilt cover title light internal soil old bookplate a very nice copy.

Inventory #: 9609
Price: $ 350.00       




Benes, Peter (ed.). Puritan Gravestone Art [and] Puritan Gravestone Art II. Boston University: 1996 (4th prtg) & 1990 (2nd prtg). The Dublin Seminar for New England Folklife Proceedings for 1976 and 1978. Includes essays on a wide variety of aspects of stone carving, stone carvers, iconography, traditions, and more. 2 vols. Softcovers. 6"x9", 142 and 160 pages, b/w illustrations. Fine.

Inventory #: 90256
Price: $ 50.00       




Benes, Peter. The Masks of Orthodoxy. Folk Gravestone Carving in Plymouth County, Massachusetts, 1689-1805. Amherst University of Massachusetts Press: 1977. "A pioneer effort... [drawing on] data provided by approximately 4000 stone markers found in over 100 colonial burial sites in southeastern and central New England, and offers an explanation of the curious facial distortions, markings, and caricatures which have baffled students of early New England iconography for almost a century." Hardcover. 8.5"x10", 273 pages, b/w and line illustrations, dj. A nice copy.

Inventory #: 31322
Price: $ 65.00       




Berg, Charles W. Confessions of an Undertaker. Wichita McCormick-Armstrong Press: 1920. A critical look at the inside of the funeral business by a lifelong undertaker. His general outlook is summed up best by a few quotes from the last chapter- "Why is it...that we still persist in making such gruesome affairs of funerals? No sooner does some loved one pass from our vision to a better life than we immediately darken the house, bolt every shutter, draw every curtain, go around on tip-toe and speak in whispers, hang that abomination of all funerals, a strip of crepe paper, on the door, and fairly swathe ourselves in deepest black, until the house becomes verily a place to flee from? Nor is there anything quite so barbarous as the present custom...of 'viewing the remains' by a motley collection of persons, many of whom never knew the dead in life, or if they did, never thought enough of him to come and see him. Only second to this (is the) mental caliber of a community that bases the popularity of a man on the length of his 'funeral procession'." And so on... Hardcover. 5"x7.5", 114 pages publisher's sky-blue ribbed cloth with gilt titles light soil, a little wear.

Inventory #: 9606
Price: $ 200.00       




Berg, Charles W. Confessions of an Undertaker. Wichita McCormick-Armstrong Press: 1920. A critical look at the inside of the funeral business by a lifelong undertaker. His general outlook is summed up best by a few quotes from the last chapter- "Why is it...that we still persist in making such gruesome affairs of funerals? No sooner does some loved one pass from our vision to a better life than we immediately darken the house, bolt every shutter, draw every curtain, go around on tip-toe and speak in whispers, hang that abomination of all funerals, a strip of crepe paper, on the door, and fairly swathe ourselves in deepest black, until the house becomes verily a place to flee from? Nor is there anything quite so barbarous as the present custom...of 'viewing the remains' by a motley collection of persons, many of whom never knew the dead in life, or if they did, never thought enough of him to come and see him. Only second to this (is the) mental caliber of a community that bases the popularity of a man on the length of his 'funeral procession'." And so on... Hardcover. 5"x7.5", 114 pages publisher's sky-blue ribbed cloth with gilt titles moderate cover soil, a little wear.

Inventory #: 9607
Price: $ 185.00       




Box, Charles. Elegies and Epitaphs: A Comprehensive Review of the Origin, Design, and Character of Monumental Inscriptions and of other Necrological Literature, whether in the form of elegiac verse or less ambitious prose... Gloucester H. Osborne: 1892. "To which are appended fully 300 epitaphs or mottoes, classified to suit the exigencies of different times of life also, dissertations upon ancient and modern cemeteries and disused burial-grounds, &c., elegies and epitaphs of celebrated persons, Latin and musical epitaphs, &c." A posthumously published collection which was meant to educate and inspire Victorian readers to sit up straight and mend their ways. Box found "amusing" books on epitaphs in poor taste, and decries the current state of funereal and epitaphic art a "disgrace". Although Box's attitude often has a distinct whiff of the 'higher-than-thou' about it, he also offers a wealth of interesting detail in the chapters about the history and current state of cemeteries, epitaphs and elegies. His attitude also makes his observations all the more interesting and pointed. All in all, an entertaining and informative piece of Victorian historicism and bluster. Uncommon. Hardcover. 7.5"x10", x + 299 pages. Publisher's maroon cloth with gilt and black rules and decorations covers a bit soiled, spine faded and lightly spotted binding dry contents clean and nice.

Inventory #: 9561
Price: $ 300.00       




[Broadside] An Elegy on the Death of Mr. Harfield Lyndsey, Aged 26 Years. [Enfield, Massachusetts John Howe: ca. 1837]. A very handsome broadside elegy, featuring a woodcut border of stylized leaves, with a coffin in the upper left corner. The main elegy is added to by "An Acrostic" by "Samuel Dunn, Aet. 91 years 7 months". Samuel Dunn [1746-1843] wrote a number of funereal acrostics and poems, and was known as something of a "poet of the death-bed". The broadside is attributed to the printer John Howe of Enfield, Massachusetts. Enfield is one of the towns which was submerged by the Quabbin Reservoir in the 20th century. Broadside. 8.5"x9", light soil, some light wrinkling.

Inventory #: 30827
Price: $ 250.00       




Brydges, Sir Egerton (ed.). Select Funeral Memorials. Kent Printed at the private press of Lee Priory by John Warwick: 1818. Edition probably limited to 100 copies. A collection of excerpts from funeral and memorial sermons, collected by Brydges (1762-1837), an antiquarian, author and editor who ran the private press at Lee Priory. He notes "I have found that among heaps of Funeral Sermons there are intermixed many eloquent and beautiful memorials which ought to be rescued from oblivion...I have adopted therefore the plan...to preserve these relics, as they occur to me amidst the multifarious researches to which my wandering curiosity impels me". The collection begins with Sidney Godolphin's 17th century "An Epitaph Upon the Lady Rich", which eventually brings the editor to Sidney Godolphin's own death and memorial. He then moves through 5 other Memorial pieces, to end with an extended entry upon the death of Henry, Prince of Wales, in 1613, which includes Henry Chapman's epic "An Epicede, or Funeral Song: On the most disastrous Death of the High-born Prince of Men, Henry Prince of Wales". An interesting early 19th century selection of 17th century funeral and memorial verse and texts. The Lee Priory Press operated from 1813 to 1824, reprinting a number of texts of Antiquarian interest. An 1823 circular and list of the Press's titles states that each title was limited to 100 copies. It also states that a second part of our title was eventually published, although this first part is complete in itself. Hardcover. 7.5"x10", v + 70 pages, title page with an engraved vignette, plus several decorated initial letters, head and tailpieces. Bound into modern blue boards clean, wide-margined and a choice specimen.

Inventory #: 9618
Price: $ 450.00       




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