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Curious, Unusual, Interesting & Occasionally Useful Books of the 16th-20th Centuries exploring the skills, trades, lives and ways of other times...

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Longworth's American Almanac, New-York Register, and City Directory for the Fifty-Ninth Year of American Independence. New York Thomas Longworth: 1834. A complete listing of residents with their professions, plus streets, and other city information. Hardcover. 4.25"x7.25", 776 pages original board covers, calf spine covers worn, spine perishing shaken and loose, hinges partially cracked minor internal soiling and foxing.

Inventory #: 30300
Price: $ 300.00       




Longworth's American Almanac, New-York Register, and City Directory for the Fifty-Sixth Year of American Independence. New York Thomas Longworth: 1831. A complete listing of residents with their professions, plus streets, and a number of interesting illustrated advertisements. Hardcover. 4.25"x7.25", 722 pages plus advertisements rebound in modern cloth minor internal soiling and foxing contents page torn with loss of the bottom 3rd.

Inventory #: 30299
Price: $ 300.00       




[New York] City Directory 1845-46. New York Silas H. Crowell: 1845. A listing of residents with their professions, plus the supplemental Brooklyn City Directory. Hardcover. 6"x9", 487 + 56 pages plus advertisements original board covers covers with lots of wear, spine gone, covers detached LACKING the first 4 pages of the New York directory some soil and staining, especially to the front. A working copy only.

Inventory #: 30301
Price: $ 125.00       




Practical Vehicle Building in Small Shops. Lessons in Wagon and Carriage Woodwork. Reprinted from The Blacksmith and Wheelwright. New York M.T. Richardson Co.: 1902. A complete guide for the carriage maker, with chapters on express wagons, passenger wagons, a Corning buggy, a two-person Phaeton, a Straight Sill Surrey, a Light Curtain Rockaway, a Cabriolet Phaeton, and more. Surprisingly uncommon in the marketplace. Hardcover. 5.25"x7.5", 78 pages, 33 line illustrations covers with light soil.

Inventory #: 30328
Price: $ 125.00       




The Bookbinder in Eighteenth-Century Williamsburg. Colonial Williamsburg: 1978. "An account of his life & times & of his craft". Illustrated with some nice period copper engravings. From the Williamsburg Craft series. Softcover. 6"x9", 32 pages, b/w illustrations light soil.

Inventory #: 5736
Price: $ 15.00       




The Leatherworker in Eighteenth-Century Williamsburg. Colonial Williamsburg: 1978. "Being an account of the nature of leather, & of the crafts commonly engaged in the making & using of it". Illustrated with some nice period copper engravings. From the Williamsburg Craft series. Softcover. 6"x9", 36 pages, b/w illustrations light soil.

Inventory #: 5735
Price: $ 15.00       




The Little London Directory of 1677. The Oldest Printed List of the Merchants and Bankers of London. London John Camden Hotten: 1863. "Reprinted from the exceedingly rare original with an introduction pointing out some of the most eminent merchants of the period". Hardcover. 4"x5.5", xxii + about 150 pages bound in the publisher's full gilt-decorated black cloth with rules, emblems and rampant gryphons marbled endpapers all edges gilt spine head and base slightly chipped, blank preliminaries spotted, else a very handsome copy indeed.

Inventory #: 30743
Price: $ 175.00       




The London Wholesale, Manufacturing, and Retail Goldsmiths, Silversmiths, Jewellers, Watch Makers, Opticians, and Cutlers' Directory (1861). Cambridge J. Wadsworth: 1996. Edition limited to 250 hardcover and 250 softcover copies. A facsimile of the 1861 edition, "containing also a comprehensive and carefully classified directory of the wholesale houses (agents, factors, manufacturers, merchants, and importers), at Birmingham, Liverpool, and Manchester the toolmakers of Prescott the watch trade of Coventry the cutlers and silversmiths of Sheffield and jet manufacturers of Scarborough and Whitby". Hardcover. 6"x8.5", 320 pages, black & white illustrated advertisements, dust jacket. In fine, clean condition.

Inventory #: 32560
Price: $ 175.00       




The Useful Arts and Manufactures of Great Britain. London Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge: 1840s. The chapters of these books were evidently first published as separate booklets, and each has its own pagination. They provide a very detailed description of the various trades and manufactures, and are illustrated with many woodcuts. These two volumes appear to comprise the complete set of papers, and include- Glass Pottery & Porcelain Silk Copper & Tin Brass Buttons Hats Coal Gas Iron Various steel trades, including cutlery, cast iron, nails & screws, gun barrels, wire, needles and files & saws Paper Leather Parchment Glue Sugar and the textile trades including Cotton Yarn Linen Yarn Woollen Yarn Woven Goods Calico Printing and Dyeing. 2 volumes. 4.5"x7", about 500 pages, hundreds of b/w illustrations publisher's brown embossed cloth with gilt titles covers a bit rubbed and soiled top third of each blank endpaper excised some light internal spotting, but very nice copies.

Inventory #: 30751
Price: $ 275.00       




The Wigmaker in Eighteenth-Century Williamsburg. Colonial Williamsburg: 1971. "An account of his barbering, hair-dressing, & peruke-making services, & some remarks on wigs in various styles". Illustrated with some nice period copper engravings. From the Williamsburg Craft series. Softcover. 6"x9", 36 pages, b/w illustrations light soil.

Inventory #: 5734
Price: $ 15.00       




Addy, Sidney Oldall. A Glossary of Words Used in the Neighborhood of Sheffield including a Selection of Local Names, and Some Notices of Folk-Lore, Games, and Customs [with the] Supplement. London The English Dialect Society: 1888 & 1891. A scholarly antiquarian work, containing a lengthy introduction describing the district, its customs, and prior works touching on such subjects. Addy began the project as a hobby, and as he became more serious was given access to other research and unpublished material, resulting in a quite comprehensive glossary. Uncommon in the trade, to say the least. Hardcover. 6"x9", lxxx + 331 + 66 pages. Original softcovers bound into new blue cloth light internal wear, cloth covers fine. Very nice, overall.

Inventory #: 30259
Price: $ 400.00       




[Algeria- Paris Exposition] Notice sur les Beaux-Arts et Les Parfums. [Paris] Gojosso et cie: 1878. An interesting booklet discussing the fine arts and perfumes at the Paris Exposition of 1878 as they related to Algeria. The essays are signed by "O. MacCarthy", and although the booklet has the imprint "Alger" on the cover and title page, it was actually printed at the "pres l'Exposition" on the Boulevard de la Republique for Gojosso et cie. Gojosso et cie appear to have been the publishers of a variety of promotional material in France for the Algerian authorities in the 1870s and 1880s, and the rear cover of this booklet is an announcement by the "Gouvernement General Civil de l'Algerie" promoting colonization and agriculture and inviting interested parties to write for more information. It was during this period that the French government, having invaded Algeria in 1830 and only just taken full control of the country, was making a strong effort to send French settlers to Algeria. Scarce- OCLC locates only 2 copies. Softcover. 6"x8.25", 15 pages publisher's pink paper covers covers a bit soiled, corner creased, etc., but overall a nice copy of a fragile booklet.

Inventory #: 30605
Price: $ 150.00       




[Art Deco Printing] Latest Designs in "Statue" Series of Prints [Box Tops] 1929. London Geo. H. Harrison & Sons: 1929. A stunning catalog of fancy decorative Art Deco chocolate box tops, featuring pretty women, flowers, Deco-ish landscapes, and the British Royal Family. The colors are vibrant- yellows, blues, red, greens and lots of gold, looking like Miami Beach exploded. There are dozens of pretty young flappers and movie-starlet types in cocky hats and fanciful dresses, landscapes overflowing with parrots, flowers and lute players, Venetian and Dutch scenes, masked beauties, sailor girls and roses. There are several different portraits of the Prince of Wales, and one series with separate designs for the Prince, the Duke and Duchess of York, the Queen and King. A wonderful, frivolous catalog. Softcover. 8"x10.25", title page + 4 section title pages + 18 + 30 + 9 + 24 color plates. Covers with light wear, tips thumbed, spine a bit slanted, but the color pates are fine and bright.

Inventory #: 31252
Price: $ 375.00       




Ashdown, Charles Henry. History of the Worshipful Company of Glaziers of the City of London, otherwise the Company of Glaziers and Painters of Glass. London Blades, East and Blades: (1919). The origin and rise of the Glaziers Company and the art of glass painting in England, descriptions of the charters and deeds, regalia, arms, masters, and the Minute Book from 1697 to 1919. Hardcover, 6 plates and 2 maps, folding copy of a document showing "Prices for Glazier's Work" in 1818 some light soil covers a bit rubbed. Inscribed "To Ben Gillett Esq. MP. From Geo Paget Walford, past master of the Glaziers Company 27 Nov 1922".

Inventory #: 31410
Price: $ 250.00       




Ashdown, Charles Henry. History of the Worshipful Company of Glaziers of the City of London, otherwise the Company of Glaziers and Painters of Glass. London Blades, East and Blades: (1919). The origin and rise of the Glaziers Company and the art of glass painting in England, descriptions of the charters and deeds, regalia, arms, masters, and the Minute Book from 1697 to 1919. Hardcover, 6 plates and 2 maps, folding copy of a document showing "Prices for Glazier's Work" in 1818 some light soil covers somewhat rubbed, hinges shaken.

Inventory #: 31411
Price: $ 175.00       




Belknap, Henry W. Trades and Tradesmen of Essex County, Massachusetts, Chiefly of the Seventeenth Century. Salem The Essex Institute: 1929. One of the pioneering studies of Colonial-era crafts and tradesmen. Includes bakers, blacksmiths, carpenters, curriers, a hatter, locksmith, paver, and many more. Hardcover. 6.5"x9.5", 96 pages, plus 12 b/w illustrations a fine copy.

Inventory #: 31086
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 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       




[Besancon] Ordonnances Reglemens et Statuts des Arts et Metiers de la Cite Royale de Besancon. Besancon Louis Rigoine: 1689. A good source of information on trade regulations and practices in 17th century France. This compilation of rules, regulations and laws concerning the crafts and trades was published in the important eastern city of Besancon in 1689, just 11 years after it had formally been ceded to France as part of the peace of Nijmwegen. The first section includes general information and regulations, followed by sections for masons, carpenters, roofers, launderers, metalsmiths, farriers, pavers, gold & silversmiths, pewterers, cabinetmakers, hatmakers, tailors, shoemakers, weavers, tanners, saddlers, harness-makers, apothecaries, surgeons, bakers & pastry makers, and butchers. Each section runs five or six pages and touches on the details of apprenticeships, trade regulations, succession at the death of the master, and other nuts and bolts aspects of the trades and professions in a 17th century French city. A valuable source of information. Subsequent editions were published in 1698 and 1784. None are common OCLC locates only 4 copies of this edition. Hardcover. 7"x10", 146 pages, [2] leaves, woodcut device on the title page, woodcut head and tailpieces and initial letters bound in full contemporaneous calf with giltwork on the spine covers rubbed, some light internal browning.

Inventory #: 22593
Price: $ 1800.00       




Besterman, Theodore. Commerce- Manufactures and Labour. A Bibliography of Bibliographies. Totowa Rowman and Littlefield: 1971. I love bibliographies of bibliographies -its sort of like taking your own picture in the mirror... These materials were selected from the 4th edition (1965-66) of the "World Bibliography of Bibliographies". Includes- labour, economics, finance, money, prices, productivity, tariffs, taxation, trade unions, unemployment, wages & salaries, banking, building, coal-mining, costume, domestic life, food, housing, insurance, oils & fats, paper, plastics, railways, retailing, roads, rubber, textiles, transport, accounting, administration, advertising and statistics... Great bedtime reading. Hardcover. 2 volumes. 5"x8", 823 pages fine.

Inventory #: 3657
Price: $ 40.00       




Bishop, J. Leander. A History of American Manufactures from 1608 to 1860... New York Johnson Reprint Corporation: 1967. First published in 1868. "Exhibiting the origin and growth of the principal mechanic arts and manufactures, from the earliest Colonial period to the adoption of the Constitution and comprising annals of the industry of the United States in machinery, manufactures and useful arts, with a notice of the important inventions, tariffs, and the results of the Centennial Census. With an appendix containing statistics of the principal manufacturing centers, and descriptions of remarkable manufactories at the present time". Hardcover. 3 volumes. 6"x8.5", 702 + 654 + 574 pages b/w portraits light soil.

Inventory #: 30558
Price: $ 175.00       




Bleasdale, Rev. J.J. New Industries. No.1- The Olive, No.II- The Sweet Chestnut, No.III- Fig Trees & Figs. Melbourne Published under the direction of the Royal Commission for Foreign Industries & forests, printed at 'The Age' office: 1871. Three reports by the Rev. Bleasdale aimed at promoting Australian industry and agriculture. The Rev. Bleasdale (1822-1884) was a remarkable man. Born in England, he emigrated to Australia in 1850 and then left for San Francisco in 1877, where he was involved in establishing olive trees as a commercial crop. He was a Fellow of the Geological Society of London, Vice Chairman of the Royal Commission for Technology, Trustee of the National Gallery of Melbourne, and Director of the School of Mines at Ballarat he was also a staunch proponent of the daily moderate consumption of wine for health purposes. His stature as an advocate of the young Australian wine industry continues to this day, and a noted Australian winemaker named his winery the Bleasdale Winery in the Reverend's honor. Bleasdale authored several other reports and pamphlets on Australian wine, freezing meat, the gemstones of Victoria, and the suitability of the olive tree for cultivation in California. Hardcover. 5.5"x9", 12 pages, bound in new cloth.

Inventory #: 34155
Price: $ 350.00       




Bourne, H[erman]. Flores Poetici. The Florist's Manual: Designed as an Introduction to Vegetable Physiology and Systematic Botany, for Cultivators of Flowers. Boston Munroe and Francis: 1833. A nice copy of an early and uncommon American florist's manual. The book is most notable for its 73 delicately hand-colored wood engravings of flowers. Bourne was a former editor of the 'Literary Magazine' who apparently found hot-house primulas preferable to New York prima donnas. Hardcover. 6"x9.5", 288 pages, with 73 hand-colored engravings in the text. Original green floral-patterned cloth. Covers a bit rubbed and soiled, with some wear at the spine head and base, tips bumped. Contents with some light scattered browning and a little scattered soil. Bookplate. Evidently ex-institutional, with a very faint blindstamp on the title page and several light inked numbers on the reverse.

Inventory #: 31589
Price: $ 4500.00       




Bridenbaugh, Carl. The Colonial Craftsman. Dover Publications: 1990. A reprint of the classic 1950 study of the craftsman and his place in colonial America. Softcover. 5"x8.5", b/w illustrations. A fine copy.

Inventory #: 31553
Price: $ 20.00       




Cable-Alexander, Melanie (ed.). Living National Treasures. A celebration of British craftsmanship through the eyes of Country Life. London Pavilion Books: 1997. In the spirit of the Japanese, who celebrate craftsmen and others as "National Treasures", Country Life began running a series focusing on the practitioners of "lost arts"- a rope maker, gin-noser, silent-film pianist, fish smoker, miniature painter, raven master, gilder, huntsman, bell-founder pub-sign painter, and so on. 150 of these craftsmen are presented in this wonderfully illustrated survey. I want to take up rustic-hut making... Hardcover. 10.5"x13", 143 pages, color illustrations, dj. Near fine.

Inventory #: 31473
Price: $ 85.00       




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