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Cajola, Germano. Istruzione Sulla Morte-Apparente. Mantua Dalla Tipografia di Francesco Agazzi: 1809. "Sul mezzo piu sicuro di impedire la tumulazione dei vivi". A fascinating and rare guide to recognizing "false-death". The myth of false death, and the allied fear of being buried alive, grew rapidly in the 18th and especially the 19th century amidst a general misunderstanding of the processes the corpse undergoes after burial. These misunderstandings of such natural occurrences as corpse movement, preservation of tissues, and bloating and "reddening" (which also gave rise to the vampire legends) were combined in this period with a greater ability to recognize the few cases where "false-death" did actually occur. This study includes several case histories. Rare- no copies are listed on OCLC. Hardcover. 5.5"x8.5", 112 pages. Bound in old paper-covered boards with a parchment spine. Spine head and base worn and chipped, general cover rubbing and a little soil. Contents with some spotting to the title page, but overall a very nice copy.

Inventory #: 32980
Price: $ 750.00       

Caldwall, Thomas. A Select Collection of Ancient and Modern Epitaphs, and Inscriptions to which are added some on the Decease of Eminent Personages. London Thomas Caldwall: 1796. The author notes in the preface: "The Compiler of the following sheets, having for many years made it a favourite amusement to collect from the various churches, church-yards, and burial-places (in those situations where business or pleasure induced him to go), such inscriptions as might be useful or entertaining, has been persuaded to form such selection of them as might be pleasing and instructive, and present them to the Public". A second edition was printed in 1802. Hardcover. 4.5"x7", iv + 416 pages, portrait frontispiece. Bound in old period marbled boards with a calf spine. Covers rubbed and somewhat worn. Spine largely perished through rubbing and the hinges are loose. Some scattered internal soil and a few marks a little browning and spotting.

Inventory #: 9737
Price: $ 150.00       

Cemetery photo. Unidentified cemetery. No Place 1905. An interesting photo of a new (?) cemetery -certainly a new section as there are few stones and no grass. This photo pictures two Woodson family graves, one a monument, the other surrounded by a wrought iron fence. The larger monument is for Cornelia Clay Woodson who died in 1905. 5"x3.75" (image) 6.5"x5.5" (card). Light soil. Top corners of card clipped.

Inventory #: 00643
Price: $ 20.00       

Chase, Theodore & Laurel K. Gabel. John Gaud: Boston and Connecticut Gravestone Carver, 1693-1750. [contained in] The Connecticut Historical Society Bulletin, Spring, 1985. A well-documented article throwing much light on early gravestone carving in New England. Softcover. 6"x9", article- pp.74-104 entire issue length- 50 pages article with 14 b/w and 4 line illustrations light wear.

Inventory #: 9587
Price: $ 25.00       

Clayton, Muriel. Catalogue of Rubbings of Brasses and Incised Slabs. London HMSO: 1979. An updated edition of a catalog first publish in 1915, of the rubbings of monumental brasses in the collection of the Victoria & Albert Museum. Of the several thousands of rubbings in the V&A's collection, 627 were identified and catalogued for the first time in this edition. Indexed by place and name. Softcover. 7"x9.5", xiv + 250 pages, plus 72 b/w plates light wear.

Inventory #: 9569
Price: $ 20.00       

Combs, Diana Williams. Eighteenth-Century Gravestone Art in Georgia and South Carolina. Emory University: 1978/Ann Arbor UMI Reprints. A dissertation attempting to document all the 18th century iconic gravestones in Georgia and South Carolina. Comb-bound. 8.5"x11", 718 pages, poor b/w illustrations bibliography. A reprint from microfilm, with consequent (almost total) degradation of b/w photos. New.

Inventory #: 90170
Price: $ 65.00       

Cowper, J.M. The Memorial Inscriptions in The Church and Churchyard of Holy Cross, Westgate, Canterbury. Copied by J.M. Cowper. Canterbury Cross & Jackman, The Canterbury Press: 1888. Edition limited to 50 copies. Holy Cross Church was founded around 1380 by Archbishop Simon of Sudbury and renovated three times in the 19th century. It was closed in the 1970s, and now serves as a Guildhall. The church sits adjacent to Westgate, at the end of the London Road, the largest surviving city gate in England and the entrance through which the Canterbury pilgrims, including Geoffrey Chaucer, passed to enter the city. Hardcover. 7"x8.5", viii + 104 pages, b/w frontispiece publisher's brick-red cloth, gilt spine title from the library of 19th century genealogist and heraldic scholar George W. Marshall, LLD, officer in the College of Arms, and member of the Society of Antiquaries, with his engraved armorial bookplate. Covers a bit soiled, but overall a very nice, clean, tight, desirable copy.

Inventory #: 9552
Price: $ 250.00       

Curl, James Stevens. A Celebration of Death. An introduction to some of the buildings, monuments, and settings of funerary architecture in the Western European tradition. New York Charles Scribner's Sons: 1980. A wide-ranging survey, starting in ancient times, progressing through the Etruscans, Greeks and Romans, then going on to the Middle Ages, the Renaissance and the Baroque. Curl then discusses the 17th and 18th century crisis of overcrowded cemeteries, the building of mausoleums and other memorial buildings, the development of cemeteries in Britain in the 19th century, J.C. Loudon and the Garden Cemetery movement, other great 19th century cemeteries in Europe and America, the development of cremation and other alternatives, and war cemeteries and memorials. A wide-ranging, far-reaching study, fully illustrated. Hardcover. 7.5"x10", 404 pages, illustrated throughout in b/w, dj bibliography. Light wear, but a very nice copy.

Inventory #: 9540
Price: $ 150.00       

Damon, Norwood. The Holy Voice. A Discourse, delivered before The Society of the Rev. David Damon, in West Cambridge, Mass. on Friday, May 14, 1841, the Day of the National Fast, appointed in consequence of the Death of William Henry Harrison, President of the United States. Boston Charles C. Little and James Brown: 1841. President Harrison, "Tippecanoe" of "Tippecanoe and Tyler Too" fame was the first U.S. President to die in office, and the event shook the nation to its core. The fact that he caught pneumonia and died within a very short time of his inauguration didn't help matters much. Harrison had been a very successful general in the Seminole War, and his death gave rise to the later legend that the President elected every 20th year would die in office -he was said to have caused a dying Indian chief to utter the curse that began the whole thing. Legend or not, the tale has given many people the queasies, especially when they consider the list- Harrison in 1840, Lincoln, elected in 1860 Garfield, elected in 1880, McKinley, elected in 1900 Harding, elected in 1920 Roosevelt, elected in 1940 Kennedy, elected in 1960... At any rate, it began here. Whether you believe that stuff to be a bunch of hooey or not, this remains a very nice early Presidential Eulogy -in fact, the earliest President you can get for a President who died in office, as Harrison was the first! Softcover, 5.5"x9", 16 pages an exceptionally fine copy of a fragile pamphlet. Interestingly, there are four period minor penned text corrections -obviously someone was reading from the copy.

Inventory #: 9751
Price: $ 100.00       

Druitt, Herbert. A Manual of Costume as Illustrated by Monumental Brasses. London Alexander Moring Ltd.: 1906. One of the most popular hobbies surrounding monumental brasses of the Medieval Period through the 16th and 17th centuries is to use them as clothes horses of a type- to examine them to see how people were dressed during various periods. I shall not delve into the hazards of attributing specific styles in this manner others better versed than I have done so much more convincingly. However, it does seem to be generally agreed that there is something to be learned from such study, and the resources the brasses afford are certainly generous. This early study groups the brasses, as they usually are grouped, by type of dress and gender. Hardcover. 6"x9", xxii + 384 pages, many b/w plates light wear, a nice copy.

Inventory #: 9570
Price: $ 60.00       

Duncan, Thomas W. [Manuscript] A Sermon Delivered at Wrentham North Parish January 30th, 1820, the next Sabbath after my wife died. Wrentham 1820. An interesting manuscript sermon on the subject of death, dying, and Christian salvation. Even as all men live and assume they shall go on living, the Rev. Duncan notes, death will come to all, because "there are none who can escape this king of terrors". He goes on to warn of the dangers death holds for the unsaved, and to assure his listeners that the saved will go to a better place. Near the end of the sermon he addresses himself, his children, and friends and neighbors on the subject of grieving and celebrating the passing on of a loved one. Softcover. 4.25"x7", 35 numbered pages a paper pamphlet in blue covers with 18 unlined leaves, hand-numbered 1-35 (1 side of 1 leaf left blank). Text written in ink throughout in a fairly legible hand. Covers somewhat worn, bottom corner chipped some internal soil, some ink splotches. With a separate sheet inserted loosely reading- "Walpole, May 12, 18(torn)- As a token of love and respect, will the Union Church in North Wrentham please to accept this volume of sacred writ, for their pulpit, from Mary Robichaux". It's not clear if this refers to this volume or not.

Inventory #: 9620
Price: $ 500.00       

Elliot, Huger. Memorial Art. Cambridge Granite, Marble & Bronze:1923. Edition limited to 300 numbered copies. A series of articles first published in Granite, Marble and Bronze magazine, focusing on good taste in memorials of all types, including tombs, columns, stones, lettering, ornament, etc., over the centuries. The mandate of "good taste" gives the author much latitude and gives this work some depth as an historical survey, though not a comprehensive one. Above all, the author is distressed by the poor taste shown in some early 20th century memorial art- "Every kind of odd shape is used- real boulders, boulders imitated with the chisel, masses that suggest in miniature the boxes in which upright pianos are packed... a large marble figure (of the type one sees made of sugar and placed on wedding cakes) posing at one corner the distorted imaginings of untrained minds following no precedents -striking out blindly in search of something new". No, Elliot Huger was not amused. Hardcover. 8.5"x11", 172 pages with 13 text figures, plus 24 b/w plates lightly worn covers, front hinge cracked and wobbly.

Inventory #: 9718
Price: $ 125.00       

[Epitaphs] 1840 Scrapbook of Epitaph-related material. England 1840s. A unique and interesting 1840 scrapbook of epitaph-related material, evidently put together by an early Victorian epitaph-enthusiast with wide resources and plenty of time on his hands. The clippings are arranged neatly in double columns, with hundreds of short and medium-length pieces clipped from newspapers, magazines and, regretfully, a few books as well there are also some penned notes and handwritten sheets. Some of the material is dated in ink, and it appears that the earlier pieces date from the 1770s. There are many epitaphs, and some of the newspaper clippings include notes from readers who found the epitaphs there are also several historical clippings regarding epitaphs. A fascinating and unique archive of ephemeral material recording epitaphs. Great fun. Hardcover. 7.5"x11", 77 leaves, most with clippings and pages glued to one side, some to both sides handsome hand-lettered title page with two decorations one, of a skull, appears to be hand-inked period marbled boards with a newer leather spine with a black spine label. Boards somewhat rubbed, contents with some scattered soil, a few spots, a margin or two chipped, but overall very nice. Engraved armorial bookplate dated 1880 of the Rev. Charles H. Middleton-Wake, of Christ's College. With -an index card indicating the book was purchased from noted English bookseller David Low on 8/6/54.

Inventory #: 9565
Price: $ 600.00       

[Epitaphs] Leatherbound Manuscript Collection of Epitaphs. England, early 19th century. A fascinating collection of early epitaphs, dating from the 16th century to 1811 or so, all written in ink on both sides of the first 75 leaves of a handsomely bound (if now very worn) late 18th century leatherbound blank book. The handwriting can be a little hard to decipher, but most is legible. In many cases the compiler has included an introduction explaining the person or circumstance the epitaph relates to. A unique and interesting late-Georgian-Regency epitaph collector's notebook. Hardcover. 4.25"x7", about 75 leaves filled in on both sides another 75 or so leaves are blank late 18th or early 19th century full polished calf with a red leather spine label with the single word "Epitaphs" impressed in gilt covers rather worn, binding cracking in several places, and the spine is cracked several times a binding in delicate condition. Contents with a little soil and toning, but essentially very nice.

Inventory #: 9566
Price: $ 750.00       

Flechier, Esprit & Jacques-Benigne Bossuet. Recueil des Oraisons Funebres de M. Flechier, et de M. Bossuet. Nismes Chez Pierre Beaume: 1782. Corrected Edition. An important collection of the best 17th century French funeral orations by Esprit Flechier (1632-1710), Bishop of Nimes and Jacques-Benigne Bossuet (1627-1704) Bishop of Meaux. Flechier may be best remembered for his account of the "curious" Claremont Assizes of 1665, when Louis XIV brought his Auvergne nobles to heel, and which Flechier recorded for posterity. He was also a poet and historical author, but he was best known in his own time for his funeral orations which have been described as ingenious and often even witty. Bossuet, a child prodigy and an extremely important theological writer and theorist, was also simply the best orator in 17th century France, and he created the form of the "Orasion Funebres" of which he was undisputed master, not even rivaled by Flechier. Hardcover. 5"x8", cxxxvi + 209 + 321 [2] pages, with several nice decorated head and tailpieces bound in full period mottled calf, with marbled endpapers. Covers somewhat soiled and worn, especially the spine which is flaking a bit. A little internal soil and a bit of toning.

Inventory #: 9726
Price: $ 150.00       

Florentin, P. Album de Dessins en Cheveux. Repertoire de P. Florentin, Artiste-Brevete, Professeur de Dessins en Cheveux. Paris, no date, but late 1870s. A superb French Victorian design album of hair-work, including jewelry, memorial items, chains and very elaborate vignettes- sometimes it's not even completely clear how hair works into the design. A large percentage of the designs are for memorial and mourning items. Very uncommon. Hardcover. 11"x13", 20 lithographed leaves, 2 tinted with gold. Original pebbled cloth with gilt title, marbled endpapers. Covers lightly worn, light scattered foxing. Some internal pencil notes, and the endpaper has the ink inscription- "Album Travaiit Artistique en Cheveux -Fusil - rue Eugene Vignal 2, Orleans". On the title leaf the printed name 'Florentin' has a small piece of paper pasted over it with 'Fusil' written in ink.

Inventory #: 31242
Price: $ 3500.00       

Forbes, Harriette M. Gravestones of Early New England And the Men who made them, 1653-1800. Boston Houghton Mifflin: 1927. Edition limited to 780 copies. Not only a study of gravestone design, but also of the craft of the 17th and 18th century stoneworker, with much information about individuals who lived and worked in New England. "An important study containing whole chapters on such important stonecutters as the Lamsons of Charlestown and the Fosters of Dorchester. An appendix lists alphabetically the New England stonecutters working before 1800" (Garrett & Garrett). Hardcover. 7.5"x10.5", 141 pages, plus numerous b/w plates covers with some light wear and soil, tips rubbed, etc. Contents with a little scattered soil, frontispiece foxed, with offsetting to the title page.

Inventory #: 9590
Price: $ 200.00       

Fox, Penelope. Tutankhamun's Treasures. London Oxford University Press: 1951. A pictorial survey of the treasures laid in Tut's tomb for his afterlife, first described and analyzed and then beautifully illustrated in stunning b/w photographs. Hardcover. 7.5"x10", 40 pages of text plus 72 b/w plates with facing descriptions worn dj.

Inventory #: 9717
Price: $ 25.00       

Frank, Robin Jaffee. Love and Loss. American Portrait and Mourning Miniatures. New Haven Yale University Press: 2000. The beautifully produced catalog to the traveling loan exhibition of portrait miniatures assembled by the Yale University Art Gallery. Frank not only explores the role of portrait miniatures in American life, but also in American death, as her extended essay "Not Lost but Gone Before" chronicles the uses and symbolism of mourning miniatures. Other chapters cover the role miniatures played in society, the miniaturists who created these tiny jewels, and the competition between miniatures and photography. The catalog features brilliant color photographs and many enlargements of details. Hardcover. 5.5"x7", 358 pages, many color and b/w illustrations, dj. New.

Inventory #: 90135
Price: $ 42.00       

[Frelinghuysen Collection] Anglo-American & Other China and Pottery, American Furniture, Property of George Frelinghuysen. New York Parke-Bernet Galleries: January 24-25th, 1964. Sale 2249. A very good collection of pottery, furniture, wood carvings, etc. Includes a selection of 18th century silver-mounted cowry shells, English pottery stirrup cups, nice Oriental Lowestoft, including a pair of Louis XVI memorial platters with weeping willows and urns, a Federal carved and gilded mirror with an eglomise panel mourning Washington's death, a pine court cupboard from the Charles Wooley Lyon collection, and more. Softcover. 7.5"x10.5", 89 pages, 535 lots, b/w illustrations light wear.

Inventory #: 7185
Price: $ 35.00       

French gravestone engraving. Cenotaphe du dragon Guillaume au Pere Lachaise. Paris 1841. An engraving from "Nouveau Conducteur aux Cimetieries du Pere Lachaise, Montmartre, Mont-Parnasse et Vaugirard", published in Paris in 1841. This image shows a cenotaph and other monuments surrounded by trees. 5.5"x4" (plate size) 4"x3" (image size). A little light soil, and a little wrinkle. Slight stain. Crease and two small stab holes along the bottom, between the two lines of text, a tear extends up from the base, taking several letters in Lachaise with it.

Inventory #: 2955
Price: $ 10.00       

French gravestone engraving. Chapelle du Pre. Lachaise. Paris 1841. An engraving from "Nouveau Conducteur aux Cimetieries du Pere Lachaise, Montmartre, Mont-Parnasse et Vaugirard", published in Paris in 1841. This image shows the Greek-inspired chapel at Pere Lachaise. 5.25"x4" (plate size) 4"x3" (image size). A little light soil, and a little wrinkle, very slight stain running across the image, and a crease and two stab holes where the binder bound the plate in between the two lines of text at the bottom. A slight tear starting along this crease on the right side.

Inventory #: 2946
Price: $ 15.00       

French gravestone engraving. Monument de la duchesse de Gesure au Mt. Parnasse. Paris 1841. An engraving from "Nouveau Conducteur aux Cimetieries du Pere Lachaise, Montmartre, Mont-Parnasse et Vaugirard", published in Paris in 1841. This shows the monument to the Duchess de Gesure, an odd, cubically triangular sort of affair, with a cross at the top. 4.25"x5.5" (plate size) 3"x4" (image size). A little light soil, and a little wrinkle.

Inventory #: 2944
Price: $ 15.00       

French gravestone engraving. Monument du marechal Suchet au Pere Lachaise. Paris 1841. An engraving from "Nouveau Conducteur aux Cimetieries du Pere Lachaise, Montmartre, Mont-Parnasse et Vaugirard", published in Paris in 1841. This image shows the grand, boxlike monument to Napoleonic Marshall Suchet at Pere Lachaise. 4.25"x5.25" (plate size) 3"x4" (image size). A little light soil, and a little wrinkle. Crease with stab hole along the left margin close to the image.

Inventory #: 2949
Price: $ 15.00       

French gravestone engraving. Sepulture de la famille Sevetre a Montmartre. Paris 1841. An engraving from "Nouveau Conducteur aux Cimetieries du Pere Lachaise, Montmartre, Mont-Parnasse et Vaugirard", published in Paris in 1841. This image shows the vaguely Greek looking crypt of the Sevestre family at Montmartre. 5.25"x4.25" (plate size) 4"x3" (image size). A little light soil, and a little wrinkle. Crease and two small stab holes along the bottom, just under the two lines of text.

Inventory #: 2952
Price: $ 15.00       

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