A GRAVE AFFAIR

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1. 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. [09558] $50.00

 

2. 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. [09735] $125.00

 

3. 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: 1826);

“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. [09744] $250.00

 

4. 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. [09577] $50.00

 

5. Andrews, William. Curious Epitaphs... London; William Andrews and Company: 1899. 2nd Edition. Limited to 500 copies. First published in 1883. The author, one of those tireless English Victorian antiquaries, collected these epitaphs himself. This edition was completely reworked, with much new material and a number of illustrations (but, alas!, he dropped the bibliography!). Hardcover. 6"x9", 241 pages, b/w and line illustrations. Original red pebbled cloth. Some light wear to the covers and a bit of internal spotting on the endpapers. [09734] $60.00

 

6. Aries, Philippe. The Hour of Our Death. New York; Alfred A. Knopf: 1981. "A landmark history of Western Man's changing attitudes toward death -and thus his perceptions of life itself -over the last one thousand years." A very important overview of changing mourning and funeral customs. Hardcover. 6.5"x9.5", 651 pages, several b/w illustrations, dj. Light wear, a little soil. [06014] $30.00

 

7. 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. [09609] $350.00

 

8. Benes, Peter (ed.). Puritan Gravestone Art. The Dublin Seminar for New England Folklife Proceedings 1976. Boston University: 1976. An important collection of historical material. Another volume was published several years later. Softcover. 6"x9", 142 pages, b/w illustrations; a very nice copy. [09586] $35.00

 

9. Benes, Peter. Additional Light on Wooden Grave Markers. [contained in] Essex Institute Historical Collections, January, 1975. An examination of historical evidence for the use of wooden grave markers in New England prior to 1670, and what they might have looked like. Softcover. 6”x9”, article- pp.53-64; entire issue length- 78 pages; article with 9 line illustrations; light soil. [09584] $25.00

 

10. 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. [09606] $200.00

 

The History of Mount Auburn, By Its’ Founder-

11. Bigelow, Jacob. A History of the Cemetery of Mount Auburn. Boston & Cambridge; James Munroe and Company: 1860. Jacob Bigelow was one of the founders of Mount Auburn and the President of the Corporation. This book affords an unparalleled insider’s view of the founding and early history of Mount Auburn, from the preliminary discussions held at Bigelow’s behest in 1825 to the negotiations leading to the founding of the cemetery, the selection of the land, laying out of the lots, erection of the fences, statuary and buildings, and a history, generally, of the first 35 years of this historic garden cemetery. In addition, Bigelow describes the then-current grounds and monuments, and includes 4 lovely and striking lithographed plates by Prang & Mayer of Boston, illustrating the Tower, two views of the Chapel, and Consecration Dell. Hardcover. 4.75”x7”, xii + 263 pages, 2 folding maps and 4 lithographed plates; publisher’s original blindstamped brown cloth with gilt spine title and decoration; covers lightly soiled, a bit rubbed; spine head and base a bit threadbare; a little internal foxing; Grand Lodge bookplate with pencil note on title page “Triplicate”. Inscribed on the flyleaf “G.W. Bond Esq. With the Authors regards-” and stamped on the copyright page “Estate of George W. Bond - Aug 21, 1899”. Overall a very nice presentation copy. Uncommon in the marketplace. [09575] $250.00

 

12. [Bigelow, Jacob] An Account of the Sphinx at Mount Auburn. Boston; Little, Brown and Company: 1872. This short text describes the famous Sphinx statue at Mount Auburn Cemetery and explains the symbolism behind it-

        “A monumental statue, imitated from the Sphinx of Antiquity, and designed to commemorate the Great War of American conservation, has this week been placed on its pedestal, in front of the Chapel of Mount Auburn Cemetery. It is cut from a single block of Hallowell granite, fifteen feet long, by about eight feet in height, the face alone measuring three feet in length. It is a donation to the Proprietors of the Cemetery from their late President, Dr. Jacob Bigelow, and executed under his direction by Martin Milmore, the distinguished sculptor of this city.”

        Dr. Bigelow, one of the founders of the cemetery, had conceived the idea for the Sphinx statue during the Civil War, and after the war, when he finally embarked upon the project, he kept the development of the model, the quarrying of the granite and sculpting of the finished piece secret from all but a few close friends until it was completed. He paid for the entire project from his own pocket, and also had this small book printed, with 2 albumen prints illustrating a front and side view of the Sphinx. As his friend George Ellis remembered- “Those of his friends to whom he gave copies will always cherish a dainty little volume, anonymous though it may be, in which, with photographs of a front and side view of the Sphinx, is found a letterpress description and remarks” (‘Memoir of Jacob Bigelow’; Cambridge, 1880). By the time the monument was completed Bigelow, who was in his 80s, was blind, and Ellis describes the scene at its unveiling-

        "Before the monument had been planted on its site, Dr. Bigelow had been wholly deprived of the power of vision. But he wished, as he said, ‘to see it by feeling’. Those who honored him and revered him will always associate the eloquent stone with the scene of his visit to it, when, with others’ help, he was raised and aided slowly, inch by inch, to pass his hands over all its members and features”.

        There seems little I can add to that. A scarce book- OCLC locates 7 copies. Hardcover. 5”x7”, 14 pages, plus 2 tipped-in albumen plates. Publisher’s green “watered-silk” patterned cloth with gilt title; covers with a spot or two of soil, stamp on endpaper; overall a very bright, neat, clean copy. [09758] $400.00

 

13. [Bigelow] Ellis, George E. Memoir of Jacob Bigelow, M.D., LL.D. Cambridge; John Wilson and Son: 1880. Reprinted from the Proceedings of the Massachusetts Historical Society. Dr. Jacob Bigelow [1786-1879] was a noted Boston physician, botanist, historian, and was the moving force behind the founding of Mount Auburn Cemetery as well as a President of the Cemetery Corporation and the author of a book on the Cemetery’s early history. This memorial tribute includes material on Mount Auburn and Bigelow’s work with the cemetery. Hardcover. 6.5”x9.5”, 105 pages, frontispiece engraving of a marble bust of Bigelow as an ancient Roman; publisher’s green watered-silk style cloth with gilt titles; covers a bit rubbed, a little internal spotting, but overall a very nice copy. [09622] $125.00

 

14. Booth, Rev. John. Metrical Epitaphs, Ancient and Modern. London & Eton; Bickers and Son: 1868. The author, an instructor at Cambridge, divided his learned work into three sections: Greek authors, Latin authors, and English and other authors, listed chronologically. The Rev. Booth also wrote a book on ancient and modern epigrams. Hardcover. 5"x6.75", xxiv + 215 pages. Original green pebbled cloth with a brown spine label. A little soil and some spotting on the preliminaries; text a bit browned. Else a fine, nice copy. [09747] $60.00

 

15. 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. [09561] $300.00

 

16. Bridgman, C.F. Manuscript Catalog- "Monumenta C.F. Bridgman (late C. Parsons) Statuarie and Monumental Mason -Lewes". Lewes; nd (ca.1890-1900). A beautiful and interesting manuscript pattern book of gravestones and gravestone carving designs, offered by C.F. Bridgman. The designs are executed in pen and muted watercolors in earth tones, and include an elaborate title page followed by six pages of meticulously drawn gravestone designs, about 15 per page (80 in all); these pages are followed by five pages of emblems and decorative initials which were presumably carved in the stones, two per page, followed by two pages which have single large emblems (one intertwined initials, the other a wheat sheaf with sickles). A beautiful manuscript pattern book. Hardcover. 15.5"x11", blank endpaper plus a manuscript title page, plus 13 manuscript pages of pen and watercolor drawings; the last blank endpaper has three real photos of gravestones inset in corner mounting cuts; bound in old boards with the monogram "C.F. Bridgman" on the cover; boards worn, cloth spine worn, hinges a bit loose; there is some soil throughout and some spotting on the preliminary pages and the rear endpaper. [09756] $2,000.00

 

17. Bridgman, Thomas. Epitaphs from Copp's Hill Burial Ground, Boston. Boston; James Munroe and Company: 1851. Copp's Hill Burial Ground was the second cemetery laid out in Boston, after King's Chapel Cemetery. Many early Boston notables are buried there, including the Mathers, Increase and Cotton. Bridgman supplies an interesting transcription of early American gravestone inscriptions; two years later he wrote a similar book on Boston's King's Chapel Burial Ground. Bridgman provides a short history of the development of Copp's Hill, including a rather detailed description of the illicit "re-use" of old graves and stones, before providing a visually interesting transcription of the grave and tomb epitaphs and inscriptions, illustrated with several woodcuts of coats of arms and monuments. The list of the book's patrons includes Daniel Webster, Francis Parkman, Edward Everett, and many other prominent antebellum Bostonians. Hardcover. 5"x8", xxiii + 252 + 8 pages, frontispiece, several family coats of arms illustrated in the text; covers with some wear, tips worn, spine head and base lightly chipped; a little internal soil and spotting; one gather slightly pulled, but tight. [5670] $225.00

 

18. Bridgman, Thomas. Memorials of the Dead in Boston; containing exact transcripts of Inscriptions on the Sepulchral Monuments in the King's Chapel Burial Ground, in the City of Boston. Boston; Benjamin B. Mussey &Co.: 1853. King's Chapel Burial Ground was the first ground set apart for burial of the dead in the city of Boston, the first recorded burial taking place there in 1630. Here are buried members of some of the oldest Boston families. Bridgman supplies an interesting transcription of early American gravestone inscriptions; two years earlier he wrote a similar book on Boston's Copp's Hill Burial Ground. Hardcover. 5"x8", 339 + 17 pages, frontispiece, several family coats of arms illustrated in the text; gilt pictorial covers. Covers rubbed and with chipping along the hinges on the spine, spine head chipped, some internal spotting. [09722] $175.00

 

19. Brown, James. The Epitaphs and Monumental Inscriptions in Greyfriars Churchyard, Edinburgh. Edinburgh; J. Moodie Miller: 1867. In the 1560s the garden of the Greyfriars Monastery was converted into a public burial ground, and in the 17th and 18th centuries most of Edinburgh’s worthies were buried there. This fine study builds on the works of such earlier chroniclers as Robert Montieth, but there is a wealth of new material published here for the first time. Hardcover. 5.5”x7.5”, lxxxiv + 360 pages; 21 tinted lithographic plates and a double-page plan of the grounds; publisher’s embossed dark brown cloth with gilt spine titles; covers with a little rubbing, but a very clean, nice copy. A note about the plates- the plate index calls for a plate of William Robertson’s monument opposite page 194 and a plate of William Adam’s monument opposite page 196- what we have instead is a plate illustrating both monuments, labeled as such, opposite page 196. This appears to be an error in editing, not a missing plate. A very nice copy. [09564] $250.00

 

From the Lee Priory Press, one of about 100 copies-

20. 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. [09618] $450.00

 

21. Bunnen, Lucinda & Virginia Warren Smith. Scoring in Heaven. Gravestones and Cemetery Art of the American Sunbelt States. New York; Aperture Books: 1991. A wonderful pictorial survey of the odd, unusual and moving in gravestones and grave ornaments, selected from cemeteries in the American South and Southwest. Ranging from touching to outrageous, sentimental to humorous to campy, the large format and clear photographs bring these monuments to “life”, as it were… A hugely enjoyable journey. Hardcover. 11.5”x12”, 164 pages, color and b/w illustrations, dj; light wear; a nice copy. [06004] $75.00

 

22. 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. [09737] $250.00

 

23. Cansick, Frederick Teague. A Collection of Curious and Interesting Epitaphs, copied from the monuments of Distinguished and Noted Characters in The Ancient Church and Burial Grounds of Saint Pancras, Middlesex. London; J. Russell Smith: 1869. As a collection of epitaphs these volumes are a valuable and immense compilation, sure to be of more general interest than the title would suggest. This set was released incrementally; the second volume, released in 1872, expanded its coverage to other cemeteries and churches in Saint Pancras; Volume 3, released in 1875, covers churches and churchyards in Hornsey, Tottenham, Edmonton, Enfield, Friern Barnet, and Hadley. Hardcover. 3 volumes. 5.25"x7.5", xxvi + 236 ; xxv + 294; xxxvi + 296 pages; some b/w plates. Bound in the original green pebbled cloth with gilt spine titles. A little light cover rubbing; a little internal spotting, endpapers somewhat discolored; front hinge of volume 3 partially torn. Former owner's inkstamp on endpapers. [09733] $250.00

 

24. 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. [09587] $25.00

 

A Stunning 19th Century Chromolithographed Cemetery Plan-

25. Chromolithographed Cemetery broadside. Knollwood Cemetery. Boston; George H. Walker and Company: ca. 1880. An excellent chromo view of a cemetery as seen from the air. This was evidently a promotional piece, meant to sell lots, as although various geographic points around Boston in the distance are identified, we can find no actual present-day cemetery named Knollwood, nor even a cemetery where this evidently was located. The scene includes inset vignettes showing the lake, train station (the cemetery was to have its own), receiving tomb and entrance gate. The overall view shows the winding paths, glades, wood patches, lakes, etc., in some detail. An interesting example of 19th century cemetery promotion, as well as a nice pictorial layout of a cemetery plan. 16"x28.5", folded, now opened and matted on a mounting board and shrinkwrapped. A bit of minor soil here and there, and a slight ding or two, but overall an excellent view. [29200] $350.00

 

26. [Civil War] Townsend, Rev. P. A Sermon Preached October 26, at Stafford Springs, at the Funeral of James W. Brooks, of Co. I, 16th Regiment Connecticut Volunteers, Who Died October 11th, from Wounds Received at the Battle of Antietam, September 17th, 1862. Palmer, Mass.: G.M. Fisk & Company: 1862. Made up of volunteers from Hartford and surrounding towns, the 16th Regiment Connecticut Volunteer Infantry mustered into service in August, 1862. Within three weeks, without even having been trained how to load their guns, they were tossed into the bloody maelstrom of the Battle of Antietam as part of Harland’s 2nd Brigade of Burnside’s 9th Corps. Posted on the extreme left of the Union lines they were ordered to cross the lower bridge at Snavely's Ford and found themselves in a corn field, were they were raked with fire by Gregg’s veteran brigade of South Carolinians from A. P. Hill's Corps. In only a few minutes almost 200 men fell, including Private Brooks. The Rev. Townsend was pastor of the Methodist Episcopal Church in Stafford Springs, Connecticut. A poignant reminder of a famous battle. Uncommon; OCLC locates a single copy. Softcover. 5.75”x8.75”, 18 pages; publisher’s printed light yellow covers; covers with some soil and spotting, top corner creased and thumbed, a little internal spotting. [09601] $75.00

 

27. 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. [09569] $20.00

 

28. Coffin, Margaret M. Death in Early America. The History and Folklore of Customs and Superstitions of Early Medicine, Funerals, Burials, and Mourning. Nashville; Thomas Nelson: 1976. A very interesting, informative book, touching on funeral customs, coffins and hearses, superstitions and warnings of death, burial grounds, gravestones and epitaphs, body snatching, mourning customs, memorials, etc. The text is well illustrated with a wide variety of b/w illustrations. Hardcover. 6"x9", 252 pages, b/w illustrations, dj; bibliography. A little light wear, but a very nice copy. [09538] $85.00

 

29. 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. [90170] $65.00

 

Inscriptions in a Noted Church; One of 50 Copies-

30. 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. [09552] $250.00

 

31. Creaghan, John S. & A.E. Raubitschek. Early Christian Epitaphs from Athens. Woodstock; Theological Studies: 1947. A survey of some surviving epitaphic Christian inscriptions up to about A.D. 500. Includes an evaluation of the shapes of the stones and symbolism. Reprinted from 'Hesperia' Volume XVI. Hardcover. 9"x12", 54 pages, plus 10 b/w plates. Original baby-blue board covers. Light soil. [09719] $50.00

 

32. 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. [09540] $150.00

 

33. Drew, Benjamin. Burial Hill, Plymouth, Massachusetts. Its Monuments and Gravestones, Numbered and Briefly Described, and the Inscriptions and Epitaphs Thereon Carefully Copied. Plymouth; published by the author: 1897. An interesting descriptive listing of 2,162 gravestones at New England’s oldest cemetery. The listings include not only the usual details of names and epitaphs and other markings, but also a thumbnail description of the stone, including the material it is made of, notable decorations, and condition, making this a very interesting reference. Softcover. 4.25”x7.5”, xxii + 310 pages, 2 b/w illustrations; original paper covers with period Plymouth bookseller’s sticker on the cover; both cover corners sliced off, a few chips; spine chipped; a tender book. [09573] $45.00

 

34. 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. [09570] $60.00

 

A Moving Early American Funeral Sermon Manuscript-

35. 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. [09620] $500.00

 

36. Eills, Nancy & Parker Hayden. Here Lies America. A Collection of Notable Graves. New York; Hawthorn Books: 1978. Ever wonder where and how Herman Melville was buried? How about Johnny Appleseed, Emily Dickinson, Lewis and/or Clark, Diamond Jim Brady, Henry David Thoreau, John Muir, Harry Houdini, Casey Jones, Edward Hopper, John Philip Sousa, or Babe Ruth? They are all here, along with many, many more! Softcover. 8.5"x11", 178 pages, filled with b/w illustrations. Light wear. [09580] $30.00

 

37. 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. [09718] $125.00

 

A Wonderful 1840s Scrapbook of Epitaphs-

38. [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. [09565] $600.00

 

A Fascinating Early 19th Century Manuscript Collection of Epitaphs-

39. [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. [09566] $750.00

 

40. [Everett] 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. [09604] $65.00

 

41. Fairley, W. Epitaphiana: or, The Curiosities of Churchyard Literature. Being a Miscellaneous Collection of Epitaphs with an Introduction, giving an account of various customs prevailing amongst the ancients and moderns in the disposal of their dead. London; Samuel Tinsley: 1873. Wandering 'round old churchyards was a popular Victorian pursuit -this author was a mining engineer who collected epitaphs in his spare time. His Introduction, with its "account of various customs prevailing amongst the ancients and moderns in the disposal of their dead" is a rather wandering and singular affair, treating the pauper’s cemetery in 1870s Naples with more detail than the Egyptian embalming and entombing of their dead, and ricocheting from the Roman catacombs to the modern German habit of inserting newspaper death notices; of particular interest are his mentioning of cremation, to which he devotes two entire sentences, and Sioux Indian tree burial, which he spends several interesting paragraphs describing. Hardcover. 5.25"x7.5", viii + 171 + 16 pages. Publisher’s brick red pebbled cloth with gilt spine decorations. Moderate cover soil and wear, a little internal soil, hinges a bit shaken. [09557] $85.00

 

42. Flavel, John. A Token for Mourners: or, The Advice of Christ to a Distressed Mother, bewailing the death of her dear and only Son... Salem; printed by Nathaniel Coverly, Jun.: 1802. Flavel was a 17th century English preacher, and his text was quite popular, going through a number of editions. Hardcover. 4"x7", 144 pages; bound in newer plain paper-covered boards (literally boards -a thin wood; frankly they are a little weird) with a newer crude cloth spine. Boards worn, text paper browned and somewhat worn, inner front and rear hinges taped; endpapers removed. [09746] $100.00

 

43. 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. [09726] $150.00

 

44. 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. [09590] $200.00

 

45. Forbes, Harriette M. William Mumford, Stone Cutter. [contained in] Old=Time New England, Bulletin of the Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities, January, 1926. An account of one of the earliest-recorded gravestone carvers in New England, who worked in the late 17th century and died in 1718. Using probate and other records Forbes was also able to identify and photograph some of the stones Mumford (probably) carved. Softcover. 6”x9”, article- pp.138-149; entire issue length- 50+ pages; article with 16 b/w illustrations; light soil. [09585] $35.00

 

46. Fox, Penelope. Tutankhamun's Treasures. London; Oxford University Press: 1951. A 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. [09717] $25.00

 

47. 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. [90135] $35.00

 

48. Franklyn, Julian. Brasses. London; Arco Publications: 1969. 2nd edition. A good introduction to the study and appreciation of monumental brasses but not, as the author is at great pains to point out in his witty introductory notes, a guide meant to encourage the making of brass rubbings, a hobby for which he has several sharp words. Hardcover. 5.5”x9”, 171 pages, b/w illustrations, colored frontispiece, dj; light wear. [09568] $25.00

 

49. Friswell, Richard. Faces in Stone. The Early American Gravestone as Primitive Art. Belmont; Richard Friswell: 1971. An enthusiastic early guide, self-published by an amateur. Contains no intensely original insights, but an interesting overview of history, symbolism, etc. Features quirky use of psuedo-18th century typefaces and some rather original spelling (devine?). Softcover. 5.5"x8.5", 19 pages, line illustrations; light wear. [09582] $20.00

 

50. Frobisher, [Nathaniel]. Frobisher’s New Select Collection of Epitaphs; Humorous, Whimsical, Moral & Satyrical. London; Printed for Nath'l Frobisher, in the Pavement, York: no date (1790). A pleasant, well-chosen selection of mostly 17th and 18th century epitaphs, indexed by name and by the first line of each epitaph. The title page contains a pleasing vignette of a mourner in a churchyard by moonlight. Not a common work, with only 9 OCLC listings. Hardcover. 4.5"x7", 216 pages, title-page vignette. Period polished speckled calf with gilt border rules and gilt rules on the spine, separating little gilt harp emblems; label perished; covers with some scuffing; engraved 19th century armorial bookplate of Francis Freeling, the famed book collector, Secretary and reformer of the English Post Office, fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, and original member of the Roxburghe Club. Some minor internal spotting and a little toning, but overall a nice, clean, tight copy. [09551] $400.00

 

51. Gibson, James. Inscriptions on the Tombstones and Monuments erected in memory of the Covenanters, with Historical Introduction and Notes. Glasgow; Dunn & Wright: 1879. In 1660 the English Monarchy was restored as Charles II came to the throne. He immediately began to attempt to suppress the Presbyterian church and Covenant in Scotland, and thus began a 28-year odyssey of war and strife. This text includes both descriptions of the stones and their inscriptions as well as short biographies of the dead Covenanters and some background into the events in the localities where they are buried. A slice of Scottish history served on a cold slab of slate. Hardcover. 5"x7", vi, 291 pages, + 16 page book catalog; 5 b/w plates; decorative head and tailpieces and initial letters. Bound in the original brown ribbed cloth with gilt spine title. Preliminary pages a bit browned, text slightly toned, else a very nice, clean copy. Uncommon. [09721] $100.00

 

52. Gillon, Edmund V. Jr. Early New England Gravestone Rubbings. New York; Dover Publications: 1966. A pictorial survey of early New England gravestones in rubbings and photographs. Softcover. 8.5"x11", 26 pages of text plus 195 b/w plates. Light wear, a little cover rubbing, etc. [09545] $25.00

 

53. Gillon, Edmund V. Jr. Victorian Cemetery Art. New York; Dover Publications: 1972. An original compilation of photographs taken by Gillon, with a good introductory essay. The photographs include views from both well-known and lesser-known cemeteries. Hardcover. 8"x11", 173 pages, 260 b/w illustrations; uncommon pictorial hardcover library binding issued by the publisher, and this is certainly ex-library, with pocket removed, stamps, marks, etc; moderate wear, front endpapers removed. A good reference copy in sturdy hardcovers. [09544] $50.00

 

54. Goldsmid, Edmund. A Collection of Epitaphs and Inscriptions interesting either from historical associations or quaintness of wording. Edinburgh; Privately Printed: 1885 (and) 1886. One of 75 large paper copies. There was also an edition of 275 small paper copies. The first volume also includes a transcription of a 1598 description of the tombs at Westminster Abbey. Softcover. 2 volumes. 5.5"x9", 54 + 48 pages, original buff printed softcovers. Title pages printed in red and black. Moderate soil to the covers, some internal spotting and a little soil. Spine head and tail of Volume 1 chipped slightly and a slight split along the spine. Both volumes are partially unopened. [09754] $150.00

 

55. Gray, Thomas. Elegy Written in a Country Church Yard. New York; The Heritage Press: 1951. “Beneath those rugged elms,- that yew tree’s shade, - Where heaves the turf in - many a mould’ring heap, - Each in his narrow - cell for ever laid, - The rude Forefathers - of the hamlet sleep”. A nicely printed, beautifully illustrated edition of this famous poem, with an introduction by Hugh Walpole and illustrated with reproductions of wood engravings by Agnes Miller Parker, which were from sketches made in the churchyard in question at Stokes Poges. Hardcover. 6.5”x10”, 92 pages, many b/w illustrations; publisher’s dark blue cloth with a silver, embossed design; slipcase; light wear, but a very nice copy. [09625] $40.00

 

56. Habenstein, Robert W. & William M. Lamers. Funeral Customs the World Over. Milwaukee; Bulfin Printers: 1960. An exhaustive survey. The authors roamed (in spirit, as it were) the world, from Asia and the Middle East to Africa, Europe, Latin America, Canada and the United States, country by country, religion by religion, sect by sect or tribe, surveying traditional funeral practices. Includes details on the traditions regarding preparation of the body and post-death practices and ceremonies, mourning rituals and customs, funeral arrangements and burial ceremonies and memorials. The final section gives separate histories of the state Funeral Director Associations for the United States. The result is a fascinating, thick, lethally heavy book. Hardcover. 6.5”x9.5”, xii + 973 pages, b/w illustrations, dj; light wear, informal bookplate of the Central Christian Church, but no other markings,; a little soil. [09537] $60.00

 

57. Hackett, John. Select and Remarkable Epitaphs on Illustrious and Other Persons, in Several Parts of Europe, with Translations of such as are in Latin and Foreign Languages. And Compendious Accounts of the Deceased, Their Lives and Works. London; Printed for T. Osborne and J. Shipton, in Gray's Inn: 1757. One of the early English compilations. In his dedication to James Bruce, Hackett notes that this collection of epitaphs was "the Fruits of leisure Hours, when, somewhat grave, and sensible of a Deficiency in that Part of a Man's Cloathing that has so great a Sympathy with the Animal Spirits, I have left Mirth for the Church-Yard, and deserted Folks all alive and merry, for a pensive Hour with the Dead". Hardcover. 2 volumes. 4.25"x7", [ii], 288; 245, [xxi] pages. Volume 1 with an engraved frontispiece showing the interior of a crypt with an open coffin, several skeletons, Muses, cherubs, etc. Bound in 19th or early 20th century full gilt-ruled leather with leather spine labels. Handsome engraved bookplate of Hans Sloane. Covers with light rubbing, a little internal soil and toning. [09739] $400.00

 

58. Harris, William Thaddeus. Epitaphs from the Old Burying-Ground in Cambridge. Cambridge; John Owen: 1845. An early study of the gravestones of Cambridge, Massachusetts. Already, in 1845, the author complained that the old graveyards were falling into neglect, with many 17th century stones fallen over or broken. Hardcover. 5"x8", 192 pages. Period plain boards with a cloth spine; ex-Lodge, with paper spine label. Covers somewhat worn, endpapers discolored; some scattered light internal spotting; slightly shaken. [09578] $150.00

 

59. Hunt, Cecil. Here I Lie. London; Jonathan Cape: 1932. A collection of humorous and amusing epitaphs collected in England and America by this enthusiast. Illustrated with 6 charming drawings by Maurice Arthur. Hardcover. 5"x7", 111 pages, 6 b/w plates. A near fine copy in the publisher’s bright, floral-pattern boards. [09720] $20.00

 

60. Irion, Paul E. The Funeral. Vestige or Value? Nashville; Abingdon Press: 1966. A description and analysis of the American funeral as it existed in the 1960s, prompted by the criticism and attention then being focused on it. Hardcover. 5.5”x8.5”, 240 pages, dj; light wear. [06017] $25.00

 

61. James, Montague Rhodes. Ghost Stories of an Antiquary. London; Edward Arnold: 1905. 2nd prtg. The second printing of the author’s first book. This classic creepy collection was published a few months after the first printing of 1904. M.R. James was the prototypical English antiquarian- a scholar of apocryphal Biblical literature and Medieval manuscripts, he served as provost of both King’s College and Eton. In his spare time he turned his antiquarianism to the creation of some of the creepiest, most perfectly-realised ghost stories in the English language, and his work is considered by many to mark the beginning of modern ghost story. James’ stories were distinctly understated- no wailing goblins here. His main characters were usually antiquaries much like himself, often visiting small churches, cathedrals or libraries where they stumbled onto books or artifacts which it would have been better if they had left alone. One famous story, included here, centers on a haunted mezzotint. If the stories are understated, the singular vindictiveness of his ghosts is not. James’ spirits, though not usually described in detail, remain perfect examples of the supremely creepy and malignantly evil. Even a hundred years after he wrote them, these stories will still send chills up your spine and should definitely not be read after 10 p.m. in an old, creaky house with shadowy corners... Hardcover. 6”x8.5”, 270 pages, 4 b/w plates by James McBryde. Publisher’s oatmeal-colored coarse cloth, black lettering with red rules; covers with the tiniest wear at the tips, bookplate on the front pastedown with slight offsetting shadow on the endsheet; a few tiny finger smudges on some page edges, etc., but a very nice, tight, clean copy. [09760] $600.00

 

62. Jones, Barbara. Design for Death. Indianapolis; Bobbs-Merrill: 1967. A book devoted to "the odd, beautiful, frightening or lunatic things which the human race chooses, or has chosen, to make for and of its dead...The chapters follow the corpse on its way: what is made of the dead body itself; how it is ornamented and dressed; how it is boxed; the ceremonial trappings of the funeral procession; how the grave is marked and adorned; how the survivors adorn themselves and create mementos; how they preserve relics. All this is described in an ironically witty text accompanied by over two hundred drawings and twenty-four pages of photographs...". An essential book for the student of grave matters. Hardcover. 7.5"x10", 304 pages, b/w and line illustrations, dj; bibliographic notes. Light wear, a nice copy. [09533] $45.00

 

“Utterly unbecoming the gravity of sepulchral memorials”

63. Kelke, W. Hastings. The Churchyard Manual. Intended Chiefly for Rural Districts. London; C. Cox: 1851. An interesting reformer’s text, meant to improve the character and decoration of rural churchyards. Town church yards were, the author had concluded, too crowded to admit of reform, but country grounds had no such problem. They had other problems though- “too often they present a neglected and an unbecoming appearance; and still more frequently they contain, and continue to receive, memorials of an objectionable character”. Kelke includes designs for gravestones and tombs, and a complete list of inscriptions and epitaphs that may not be found objectionable. His text covers cemeteries, and churchyard memorials and their decorations, about which he has strong opinions-

        “The ornaments of some modern memorials give them a fantastic and ridiculous appearance. A cherub’s head, with puffed cheeks and outspread wings, formed by one continuous line of clever flourishing, adorns the upper part of the memorial, while the inscription, written in letters of various shape and character, is also embellished with a profusion of unmeaning flourishes. Such specimens of ornamental penmanship may be necessary in the writing-master’s copy book, but are utterly unbecoming the gravity of sepulchral memorials. On the same principle gaudy colouring ought to be excluded. Yet the undiscriminating mania for mediaeval taste commends the one and condemns the other. A tomb, the receptacle of man’s perishing remains, should not be tricked out with gorgeously emblazoned ornaments or illuminated letters, which give it a gaudy and flaunting appearance, perfectly inconsistent with its real nature and purpose. However brightened by the resurrection of our Lord, and robbed of its terrors to the true Christian, the grave is still a solemn object”.

        Hardcover. 4.5”x6.75”, xii + 154 pages, frontispiece vignette of a country church; 16 text illustrations of designs for headstones and tombs; publisher’s original ribbed black cloth with a blindstamped Gothic design; gilt title. Slight split in the outer hinge at the top, and slight chipping to the spine head and base, and a little light internal soil, else a fine, bright copy. Tipped-in errata slip. Old Gothic-design bookplate. Presentation inscription to the Yorkshire Architectural Society from Rev. A. (illegible) Ba(??)y”. [09610] $400.00

 

64. Kirchmann, Johannes. Lubecensis de Funeribus Romanorum Libri Quator cum Appendice, Nitidissimis Figuris illustrati. Accessit et Funus Parasiticum Nicolai Rigaltii. (Bound with) In Funere V.C.L. Pauli G.F.P.N. Merulae, Historiarum Professoris In Academia Batavorum...Oratio... Both Leyden; Hackius:1672. The first volume is a wide-ranging work on the funeral rites and practices of the ancient Romans, including preservation of the corpse, the mourners and funeral processions, cremations, burials and memorials. Written in four parts, each part is illustrated with an engraved, folding plate by Romeyn de Hooghe: the first plate illustrates the corpse of a noble lady being borne on an elaborately draped litter by a group of soldiers while attendants wave wreaths and flowers; the second plate illustrates the funeral procession through the city with soldiers, attendants and mourners carrying torches and wreaths, horses prancing, mourners wailing, etc; the third plate illustrates the cremation of a body upon a pyre of logs some twenty feet high -in the foreground attendants prepare sacrifices of animals and birds and (it appears) several unfortunate people, possibly slaves; the fourth plate shows offerings of dead animals, wine and fruits being placed before an elaborate memorial be decked with garlands and wreaths.

        The engraved title page is also of interest, picturing another flaming cremation, this one taking place upon a pyre which is fully five stories high, fitted out with columns and draped with curtains and statuary -at the top a chariot and horses stand ready for the flight to the afterworld (one assumes). The appendix is a charming little treatise published in the same year, written by Nicolai Rigaltio, on the subject of parasites and protecting the corpse from them. The second book, bound in, is a funeral oration, also by Kirchmann, delivered at the funeral of Paulus Mercula.

        Hardcover. 3.5"x5.5", engraved title page + an additional title page + (44) + 649 +(47) + (2) + 24 pages + 4 engraved folding plates by Romeyn de Hooghe; woodcut device on the title page and woodcut initials. The second work contains a title page and 64 pages of text. Bound in old full vellum with gilt spine decorations and a leather spine label; covers somewhat soiled and with two small holes in the spine; some internal browning, engraved title page torn at the upper corner, not affecting the image or plate margin. [09741] $650.00

 

65. Landwehr, John. Splendid Ceremonies. State Entries and Royal Funerals in the Low Countries, 1515-1791. A Bibliography. Nieuwkoop; B de. Graff: 1971. A scholarly bibliography of some 300 books and pamphlets published in the Low Countries between 1515 and 1791 depicting, describing, or commemorating the visits and processions of Royalty, and Royal funerals. Hardcover. 7.5”x10.5”, 206 pages with 20 portrait plates, plus 68 additional plates, 4 of them double-page; dj; light wear. [09571] $100.00

 

66. [Lee, Robert E.] Ceremonies connected with the inauguration of the mausoleum and the unveiling of the recumbent figure of General Robert Edward Lee at Washington and Lee University, Lexington, VA., June 28, 1883. Oration of John W. Daniel, LL.D. Historical Sketch of the Lee Memorial Association. Richmond; West, Johnston & Co.: 1883. Robert E. Lee died on October 12, 1870 while serving as President of Washington College (renamed Washington & Lee University). This booklet describes the organizing of the Lee Memorial Association, which created a mausoleum in the Chapel which had recently been completed on the campus, and hired sculptor Edward Valentine to create the “recumbent figure” of Lee in marble to sit atop the tomb. It also provides a description and program of the ceremonies to open and dedicate the memorial, as well as the text of the speeches given during the ceremonies. It concludes with a rather breathless recounting of Lee’s Civil War career in the best “their flashing steeds strode bravely to the ramparts of fiery death and destruction ‘midst the awful cannonading of their merciless foe” tradition. Softcover. 5.75”x9”, 83 pages. Covers a bit chipped at the corners, lower right corner with loss along a crease edge. Spine once clear taped in two places which has now darkened. Two other places on the rear cover, along the spine, where tape was evidently removed causing roughness and a little loss; there is an old, 2.5 inch-long strip of masking tape with a number written on it on the upper left corner of the front cover. Inked presentation inscription dated 1953 on the inside of the front cover; the first 10 or so pages are creased and just a little chipped at the base. Otherwise nice, and frankly, the covers look a lot better than the description makes them sound. A fragile catalog in surprisingly good condition. [09605] $200.00

 

67. Life and Times of Burke and Hare. no place, no date; probably Edinburgh, ca.1860. A popular, detailed, if somewhat lurid, telling of the story of the two infamous “grave-robbers” of 1828 Edinburgh who, in fact, never robbed a single grave, being in the habit of dispatching their victims before they were ready for a grave and then selling them directly to a local doctor for dissection at his medical school. A crudely printed book, and scarce- OCLC does not list any copies. Although it looks earlier, a footnote alludes to a sighting of Mrs. Hare in Paris in 1850, hence our estimate of 1860 or so as the publication date. Hardcover. 4.75”x7”, 160 pages, several b/w illustrations in the text; poorly printed on thin paper; bound in newer blue cloth; a clean, nice copy of a crudely printed book. [09616] $150.00

 

68. Linden-Ward, Blanche. Silent City on a Hill. Landscapes of Memory and Boston’s Mount Auburn Cemetery. Columbus; Ohio State University Press: 1989. A complete illustrated history and survey of Cambridge’s (not Boston’s) Mount Auburn Cemetery, the first garden cemetery in America. An outstanding, well documented, heavily illustrated book. Hardcover. 8.5”x11”, 403 pages, b/w illustrations dj; bibliography; light wear; jacket with several tears. [09615] $150.00

 

69. Locke, Arthur H. Portsmouth and Newcastle New Hampshire Cemetery Inscriptions. Abstracts from Some Two Thousand of the Oldest Tombstones. Charlestown; Acme Bookbinding: 1997. A facsimile of the 1907 privately printed edition. A long list of abstracted information on 17th, 18th and early 19th century gravestones from 19 cemeteries. Hardcover. 7”x10”, 44 pages, portrait; near fine. [09553] $40.00

 

70. Loughridge, Patricia R. & Edward D.C. Campbell, Jr. Women in Mourning. A catalog of the Museum of the Confederacy's corollary exhibition... Richmond; Museum of the Confederacy: 1986. An exhibition of mourning fashions, objects and customs in the South in the mid-late 19th century, with a very heavy emphasis on Civil War-related history and mourning. Softcover. 8.5"x11", 31 pages, b/w illustrations; light wrinkle, covers slightly rubbed. [05609] $65.00

 

71. [Maiben, Frederick] An Original Collection of Extant Epitaphs. Gathered by A Commercial in spare moments. London; F. Maiben: 1870. A charming and personal collection, gathered by the author over a period of ten years he worked as a traveling commercial representative. When he was on the road and had a few spare moments he would wander into the local graveyard and copy down interesting epitaphs. The book is handsomely printed, and includes several line-drawn facsimiles of monuments, decorations and inscriptions. Uncommon. Hardcover. 5.5"x8.5", viii + 88 pages; several b/w illustrations. Original pebbled burgundy cloth with a gilt cover vignette of a gravestone. Light cover soil; a few gathers loose or detached, but all present; slight split in the rear cover along the hinge. [09750] $100.00

 

72. Mann, Thomas C. & Janet Greene. Over Their Dead Bodies. Yankee Epitaphs & History. Brattleboro; Stephen Greene Press: 1962. A selection of epitaphs recording sudden and unusual deaths. Hardcover. 5.5"x9", 103 pages, line illustrations, dj. Light soil, but a very nice copy. [09556] $25.00

 

73. Martin, Henry R. (illustrator). Comic Epitaphs from the Very Best Old Graveyards. Mount Vernon; Peter Pauper Press: 1957. A popular little book on strange and humorous epitaphs. Hardcover. 4.5"x7.5", 61 pages, monochrome text illustrations; dj. A lightly worn copy in a lightly soiled jacket. [09555] $15.00

 

74. 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. [09598] $85.00

 

75. McCaul, Rev. John. Christian Epitaphs of the First Six Centuries. Toronto; W.C. Chewett & Co. and London; Bell & Daldy: 1869. This is a scholarly study, not simply a collection. It is illustrated with 5 fine lithographed plates. Uncommon. Hardcover. 6"x9", xxviii + 72 pages, + 5 lithographed plates. Bound in original pebbled cloth with gilt rules and decoration. Light cover wear, text just a wee bit browned. [09749] $75.00

 

76. McPherson, Thomas A. American Funeral Cars & Ambulances Since 1900. Glen Ellyn; Crestline Publishing: 1973. Amazing, simply amazing. We've all seen those pictorial surveys of various subjects with thousands of photographs from old magazines, catalogs, etc... well here is one devoted to the chronological development of hearses and ambulances (which, under the paint job, are basically the same thing) in the United States. Hardcover. 9"x11", 351 pages, thousands of b/w illustrations; light wear, a nice copy. [09594] $200.00

 

77. Memorial Art. Volume 1, No.4. April, 1932. Granite Manufacturers’ Association of Quincy, Mass.: 1932. A quarterly periodical issued by the Granite Manufacturers Association with short notes on the granite gravestone trade, illustrations of new designs and effects, and many advertisements. Softcover. 5”x7.5”, 34 pages, b/w illustrations; some soil. [09588] $20.00

 

78. Minns, Susan, et al. Imago Mortis. Preciosa uit de verzameling S. Minns in de Leuvense Universiteitbibliotheck. Universiteitsbibliotheek K.U. Leuven: no date (c.1975). The catalog to an exhibition of items from Susan Minns’ collection of The Dance of Death, the largest private collection of such material ever assembled. Includes a short foreword by Minns and an English Prefatory Note; the rest of the catalog is in Dutch. Softcover. 8”x9.5”, 27 pages plus 10 b/w plates; light wear. [09614] $50.00

 

79. Monteith, R[obert]. An Theater of Mortality: or, A Further Collection of Funeral Inscriptions over Scotland... Edinburgh; Printed by the Heirs and Successors of Andrew Anderson: 1713. 2nd Edition. First published in 1704, one of the earliest English-language collections of epitaphs. Monteith dedicated the first edition to the worthy burghers of Edinburgh, and wrote that he hoped that "This Treatise may serve as a Monitor, to whisper you in the Ear, that you are Men; And tho' you be called Gods, you must die. This sets before you the Memoirs, of those Excellent Worthies, whose Steps you tread and whose Vertues you imitate; and whose (following) Inscriptions, changing only the Names, may be thought just Delineations and Descriptions of your selves, your Way and Walk". Robert Monteith, A.M., was the son of a merchant in Edinburgh. He took his degree as Master of Arts at the University there in 1662, and was appointed minister of Borgue in Kirkcudbright. In 1682, while serving at Carrington, he was accused of “sundry very gross miscarriages,” and eventually deposed for drunkenness. Monteith then made a precarious living by publishing books and writing funeral elegies, becoming noted especially for his “Theater of Mortality”. He died in Edinburgh on the 6th September 1719. Hardcover. 4.5"x7", [i] [vi] 280 pages. Bound in full period polished calf with gilt spine decorations; handsome engraved bookplate of William Nisbet of Dirleton. Covers with some wear, spine rubbed. Text a little browned. [09738] $375.00

 

80. Monteith, Robert, et al. Collection of Epitaphs and Monumental Inscriptions, chiefly in Scotland. Glasgow; Printed for D. MacVean: 1834. The most extensive work on epitaphs in Scotland at the time it was published. Based in part on Robert Montieth's “Theater of Mortality”, one of the earliest English-language books on epitaphs, with many original additions which appeared here for the first time. Indexed by name. Hardcover. 4.5"x7.5", iv + 369 pages, lithographed frontispiece. Old pebbled cloth with a paper spine label. Covers somewhat worn and soiled, cloth cracked and lightly chipped along the outer hinges; newer endpapers; a few spots. [09563] $125.00

 

81. 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. [09712] $50.00

 

82. Morison, Samuel Eliot. Fullness of Life, A Memoir of Elizabeth Shaw Morison, 1886-1945. Privately printed: 1945. Edition limited to 200 copies. Samuel Eliot Morison’s dignified and moving tribute to his late wife. Morison, a Captain in the Naval Reserves, was a famous historian and author of a number of nautical histories, including the famous 15-volume official “History of U.S. Naval Operations in World War Two”. Hardcover. 5.5”x8.5”, 63 pages, 5 b/w illustrations; marbled board covers, cloth spine; ”Bound in paper designed and executed by Rosamond B. Loring [and] printed by The Merrymount Press, Boston. This copy for David and Eloise”. Light wear, partially unopened; a nice copy. Morison’s calling card, listing his address as the Army and Navy Club, loosely laid in. [06271] $300.00

 

83. Morley, John. Death, Heaven and the Victorians. London; Studio Vista: 1971. An extraordinary and sweeping survey of Victorian funeral arts, attitudes and customs. Includes chapters on the Victorian funeral, cemeteries and cemetery reform, monuments, mourning dress & etiquette, state funerals, means of burial, and spirit & medium-related shenanigans. Illustrated with items from many private collections. Hardcover. 7.5"x10", 208 pages, 134 b/w and color illustrations; bibliography. Light wear. [09593] $75.00

 

84. [Mount Auburn] Plan of the Cemetery of Mount Auburn. Boston; Alexander Wadsworth: 1857. A charming 1857 folding map of Mount Auburn cemetery, in the original covers. Hardcover. 4.75”x7.5” blue cloth folder with gilt cover title “Mount Auburn Cemetery”, covers with elaborate blindstamping and some rubbing; spine partially split; containing a folding map which unfolds to 22.5”x28”; the map is complete but is split along a half-dozen folds and needs to be stabilized if it is to be displayed as the thin paper is now quite fragile. [09574] $275.00

 

85. [Mount Auburn] Langton, Jane. The Escher Twist. A Homer Kelly Mystery. New York; Viking: 2002. Mount Auburn Cemetery has a recurring role in this intriguing murder-mystery set in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Professor Leonard Sheldrake meets a mysterious and charming young woman named Frieda at an Escher exhibition at local art gallery, but she then disappears… and another local professor who looks like Leonard’s twin mysteriously falls to his death from the top of the tower at Mount Auburn. Homer and Mary Kelly try to help Leonard find Frieda, solve the mystery, and figure out who is leaving notes to a long-dead child buried at Mount Auburn; and what about those ghosts Leonard keeps running into at the cemetery? Despite the somewhat alarming sound of all this, Jane Langton captures the essences of Cambridge and Mount Auburn Cemetery perfectly in this lively page-turner. Hardcover. 242 pages, several b/w illustrations of Escher prints, dj; near fine. [05958] $25.00

 

86. Mourners’ Carriage List. Boston; Dorntree Casket Co.: 1900-1909. 2 identical black-bordered cards titled “Mourners’ Carriage List”, with lines to be filled in for the date (190-), hour, name of deceased, and residence. There are then sections for a listing of mourners in the First through Fifth Carriage. 2 cards. 3.75”x8.5”, un-used; light soil, small tear at the base of one. [09599] $40.00

 

87. [Mourning Fabric] Mourning Prints Made by the Eddystone Mfg. Co., Sole Mfrs. Of Wm. Simpson & Sons Prints. [Eddystone, Pennsylvania; ca.1877-1892]. An attractive card with 5 large fabric swatches; for the life of me, I cannot tell the difference between A and D, or B and E, but they may once have been different shades. Eddystone Mfg. Co. was formed in 1877, and Wm. Simpson & Sons ceased operations in 1892 and was incorporated into the Eddystone company, hence our dating of this piece within that period. Single card, 7.5”x11”, with 5 large fabric swatches; light soil, card toned. [09597] $65.00

 

88. [Napoleon] St. M. Watson, G.L.de. The Story of Napoleon's Death-Mask told from the original documents. London; John Lane: 1915. Edition limited to 500 copies. An attempt to clear up the century-old controversy over the authenticity of the "competing" Napoleon death masks which only succeeded in muddying the waters further. Watson dismisses the Antommarchi mask as a copy of the Burton mask, a theory with which at least some contemporary experts agree, and tirelessly works out a timetable for Burton which allows his mask to be genuine, if damaged and unreliable. He then, however, makes a case for the so-called "Sankey Cast", purportedly taken by artist Joseph William Rubidge, who also sketched the dead emperor on his death bed. Experts today regard the Sankey/Rubidge cast as the least likely of any to be authentic, but Watson put up a good fight... An intriguing book on this rather esoteric, if contentious, subject. Hardcover. 6"x9", x, [2] 208 pages; 6 b/w plates; minor cover scuffing, tips worn, name erased from rear endpaper resulting in a few pinholes; else a very nice copy. [05019] $250.00

 

89. Nicolas, Nicholas Harris. Testamenta Vetusta: Being Illustrations from Wills, of Manners, Customs, &c. as well as of the descents and possessions of many distinguished families. From the reign of Henry the Second to the Accession of Queen Elizabeth. London; Nichols and Son: 1826. An antiquarian’s collection of the texts of English wills over a period of 500 years, to the Reign of Elizabeth I. Though Nicolas was most interested in the genealogical uses of these papers, they lend themselves to a much wider circle of readers, and contain much of interest to many researchers, and throw much light on the customs of the English as they prepared for death through the Middle Ages and Renaissance. Sir Nicholas Harris Nicolas, KCMG [1799-1848] was a barrister and member of the Council of the Society of Antiquaries, though he quarreled with his fellow Antiquaries and resigned that position after only two years. He also quarreled over the Records Commission and helped reform the British Museum. His chief interests were antiquarian, however, and he wrote numerous biographies of English worthies for Pickering’s Aldine Press editions as well as histories of London, the Peerage of England, the Knighthood of the British Empire, and other light subjects. 2 vols. Hardcover. 6.5”x10”, xl + 874 pages, decorative vignettes on the title pages and an engraved frontispiece; bound in old quarter leather with marbled boards, ribbed spines and gilt titles; covers somewhat rubbed; preliminaries with some soil and spotting, frontispiece foxed; contents with a few spots of soil, but essentially very nice; wide margins. [09572] $350.00

 

90. Northend, Charles. A Book of Epitaphs, Amusing, Curious, and Quaint; being Light Readings on Grave Subjects. To which are added a few pages of inscriptions deemed appropriate for use. New York; G.W. Carleton & Co.: 1873. The first edition of this popular book. The author says that he has compiled this volume from a variety of sources including two English books which he does not identify. An interesting collection despite the nagging feeling that the provenance of some of these isn't what it should be... Hardcover. 5"x7.5", 171 pages plus an 8 page catalog of books. Burgundy-colored pebbled cloth with gilt spine title. Light cover soil, endpapers just a bit faded, but overall a nice copy. [09730] $60.00

 

91. Northend, Charles. Churchyard Literature; or Light Reading on Grave Subjects: being a collection of amusing, quaint, and curious Epitaphs. New York; Hurst & Company: 1881. Enlarged edition. The author says that he has compiled this volume from a variety of sources including two English books which he does not identify. A revised edition of his earlier work, “A Book of Epitaphs”. Hardcover. 5"x7", 192 pages, several line illustrations. The softcover edition, printed on cheaper paper, bound into marbled boards and a cloth spine. Spine head with a half inch chip; some cover wear; original paper covers show some wear, and there are a few chips and some paper repairs to the margins and gutters. The paper has become browned and brittle. [09745] $45.00

 

92. Page-Phillips, John. Macklin’s Monumental Brasses. London; George Allen and Unwin: 1970. 2nd prtg. An updating and revision of Macklin’s classic “Monumental Brasses”, which was first published in 1890. Includes a bibliography, as well as a list of figure brasses remaining in churches in the United Kingdom. Softcover. 6.5”x8.25”, 188 pages, b/w illustrations; bibliography. Light wear, a little soil. [09567] $20.00

 

What REALLY bugged him were all those Cherubs…

93. [Paget, Rev. Francis Edward]. A Tract Upon Tomb-Stones; or, Suggestions for the Consideration of Persons Intending to Set Up That Kind of Monument to the Memory of Deceased Friends. Rugeley; John Thomas Walters: 1843. 1st edition. The Reverend Paget [1806-1882], rector of Elford, did not care for much of what he saw in mid-19th century churchyards. Among the things that disturbed him- epitaphs made up of too-effusive flattery & “lies” meant to gloss-over the reputations and deeds of disreputable characters; epitaphs that ask the reader to pray for the souls of the deceased which bear “a reference to the Popish doctrine of Purgatory” (no praying for the souls of the deceased, if you please); epitaphs declaring the deceased to be worthy of Heaven or an innocent (as in a child), because all Men are sinners in the eyes of God; epitaphs that declare the deceased to be in Heaven -this is a problem because, well, hey, you never know, do you?

        The Rev. Paget also deplores pedigrees and genealogies being carved upon tombstones; he dislikes slate tombstones; he dislikes silver and gold lettering and the use of fancy fonts and effects; he disapproves of jokes and poetry in epitaphs and is driven to the depths of outrage and despair by epitaphs which set out, often at length, the ailment the deceased died of. What really drives him to distraction are tombstone carvings- lambs, cherubs, scythes -all are bad, and even worse if they follow the modern fashion and are painted out in bright colors. Even doves are bad- “unfit even for the best of us”. And let us not talk of urns. God forbid anyone use an urn -it is pagan symbol!

        What is appropriate? A cross, and a short epitaph, best left to the suggestion of your local clergyman. The Reverend Paget, a member of the Lichfield Society for the Encouragement of Ecclesiastical Architecture, is happy to illustrate 7 examples provided by the Society, all of which are quite lovely in a vaguely neo-Gothic way, two of which are designs for wooden markers, and several of which, interestingly, incorporate Celtic-style crosses and decorative work. An interesting Victorian-era work by a man who did not like what he was seeing in churchyards -no siree, not one little bit! This volume was reprinted in 1847 and 1853; none is common; OCLC locates just 11 copies of this edition. Hardcover. 5.25”x8”, 25 pages plus 7 lithographed plates; original softcovers perished, and newly bound into marbled boards with a paper label; slight torn area inside the upped spine just visible, but else a fine, neat, clean copy. [09757] $200.00

94. as above, London; Joseph Masters: 1853. 3rd edition. OCLC locates just 4 copies of this edition. Softcover. 5.25”x8”, 23 pages plus 7 lithographed plates; spine neatly reinforced, covers bit soiled, else a nice, clean copy of a fragile pamphlet. [09550] $200.00

 

95. Palliser, F. & M.A. Mottoes for Monuments or Epitaphs selected for study or application. London; John Murray: 1872. A wonderful compilation of epitaphs intended for the use of the enthusiastic Victorian browsing for his own (or someone else's) gravestone epitaph. The text is illustrated with plates after Flaxman and others, as well as nice decorative vignettes of mourning flowers and other thematic composition, which lends a certain elegance to the proceedings. Hardcover. 5"x7.5", vi + 156 pages, + 32 page book catalog. 10 b/w plates, many text illustrations. Purple cloth with gilt emblem and title. Spine sunned, else a very nice copy. [09731] $125.00

 

96. Palmer, Joseph. Necrology of Alumni of Harvard College, 1851-52 to 1862-63. Boston; John Wilson and Son: 1864. The complete obituaries of all Harvard alumni who died between 1851 and 1863. Of course, deaths during the last year or two include a number of Civil War casualties. Surprisingly absorbing reading. Hardcover. 6.5”x10”, 536 pages; publisher’s original dark green patterned cloth with gilt spine title; spine a bit soiled, spine head and base slightly chipped; two presentation inscriptions to A.J. Coolidge from the author. [09613] $175.00

 

97. Pike, Martha V. & Janice Gray Armstrong. A Time to Mourn. Expressions of Grief in Nineteenth Century America. The Museums at Stony Brook: 1980. The rather extraordinary catalog of this historic loan exhibition of mourning materials. It not only features photographs and descriptions of the wide range of objects exhibited, but also contains a number of essays on related subjects. A superb and important reference. Softcover. 8.5"x11", 192 pages, b/w and some color illustrations; bibliography; light wear. [09534] $150.00

 

98. Pike, Robert E. Granite Laughter and Marble Tears. Epitaphs of Old New England. Brattleboro; Stephen Daye Press: 1938. An excursion through New England graveyards, organized by state. The selections represent a thoughtful cross-section of the curious and interesting with some dry Yankee humor thrown in. The photographs illustrate some striking stones and monuments. An early popular regional study. Hardcover. 8"x11", 80 pages, 41+ b/w illustrations, dj. Jacket with wear and some tears. [09547] $40.00

 

99. Plutarch. A Consolatorie Letter or Discourse sent by Plutarch of Chaeronea unto His Owne Wife as Touching the Death of Her and His Daughter. Boston; Houghton Mifflin and Company: 1905. Edition limited to 375 numbered copies, printed at the Riverside Press. The title is a bit awkward - Mrs. Plutarch was not dead at the time Plutarch wrote to her. The text was taken from the 1657, “newly revised and corrected” edition of Philemon Holland’s translation of “The Philosophie Commonly Called Morals”. Hardcover. 6”x9”, 32 pages; bound in the publisher’s dark brown boards with a linen spine; covers with some wear and a little soil; hinges tight; contents nice. [09621] $60.00

 

100. Popham, Edward. Illustrium Virorum Elogia Sepulchralia. London; Prostant Venales apud J. Dodsley: 1778. A curious collection of Latin elegiacs, most from the 17th and early 18th centuries. The dedication, to George Spencer, Duke of Marlborough, is also written in Latin verse. Hardcover. 6"x9", iv + 327 pages + engraved frontispiece. Rebound in smooth black cloth with a leather spine label; new endpapers. Light cover rubbing. Text a bit browned, a little internal soil, title page with slight offsetting from the frontispiece. [09748] $125.00

 

101. Power, Dale. Do-It-Yourself Coffins for Pets and People. Atglen; Schiffer Publishing: 1997. A wood-worker’s step-by-step illustrated guide. A great conversation-starter when left on the coffee table at parties. Softcover. 8.5”x11”, 64 pages, color and b/w illustrations, measured drawings; near fine. [09592] $12.00

 

102. Prentis, Edward, et al. Ye Antient Burial Place of New London, Conn. New London; Press of the Day Publishing Co.: 1899. A survey of the gravestones in the oldest cemetery in eastern Connecticut. Includes photos of several stones as well as a folding panoramic photo showing the entire burial ground. Hardcover. 10”x9”, 40 pages plus 4 b/w plates, one folding; original green cloth with gilt title; covers somewhat worn, hinges shot; light soil, a few small chips, etc. [09579] $125.00

 

103. Puckle, Bertram S. Funeral Customs. Their Origin and Development. New York; Frederick A. Stokes Company: 1926. An exceedingly entertaining if somewhat anecdotal study of the origins and practice of funeral customs from ancient times through the 19th century. Included are chapters on death warnings, preparations for burial, wakes and wailers, mourning bells, funeral feasts and processions, burial places, trees, flowers and body-snatching, plague, state funerals, cremation and embalming, memorials and epitaphs, and more. Hardcover. 6"x9", 283 pages, plus 22 b/w plates, dj; jacket with light wear, spine faded and scuffed, chipped at spine head; book itself a very nice, bright copy. [09536] $150.00

 

104. Pulleyn, William. Church=Yard Gleanings, and Epigrammatic Scraps: being a collection of remarkable Epitaphs and Epigrams... London; Samuel Maunder: nd (1830). “Compiled from the most ancient as well as modern sources, foreign and domestic, serious and facetious; to which are annexed some observations on churches, church-yards, rites of sepulture, tombs, and mausoleums; with instructions for ascertaining the dates of ancient monuments.” An early English collection, half epitaphs and half other epigrams. The engraved frontispiece, showing the author (?) hard at work in the middle of a graveyard, is quite charming. Hardcover. 4.5"x8", i-iv, vii-xxiii, 264 pages; engraved frontispiece. Bound in old boards with a plain leather spine, covers somewhat worn and soiled; a little internal spotting. [09736] $200.00

 

105. Ravenshaw, Thomas F. Antiente Epitaphs (from A.D. 1250 to A.D. 1800) Collected & sett forth in Chronological order. London; Joseph Masters & Co.: 1878. A twenty-five year collection of English epitaphs from ancient tablets, brasses, and headstones. The author has arranged them chronologically, to show the changes of style between ages, a very interesting idea. Hardcover. 5.5"x8.75", 196 pages, folding lithographed frontispiece; a bit of wear at the spine head, otherwise a very nice, fresh, tight copy. [09732] $75.00

 

106. [Richings, Rev. Benjamin]. A General Volume of Epitaphs, original and selected: with a large selection of striking and appropriate Texts of Scripture and an Historical and Moral Essay, on the subject. London; J.W. Parker: 1840. After a “short” 77-page introduction in which he touches on the history of burial and many aspects of Christian burial, the author offers 506 epitaphs suitable for use, organized by subject- Infancy; Youth; Manhood; Old Age; Clerical; Naval and Military; Servants; the Blind or Deaf; and Scriptural texts. This title was reissued in 1858 as "Voices from the Tombs". Hardcover. 5.25"x8.25", lxxvii + 165 pages. Bound in the original ribbed brown cloth with a gilt casket decoration on the cover. Covers with some wear; spine perished (but several pieces preserved inside the front cover); a little internal soil. [09727] $150.00

 

107. Richings, Rev. Benjamin. Voices from the Tombs or, Epitaphs, Original and Selected; with a large selection of appropriate Texts of Scripture: and an Historical and Moral Essay, on Sepulchral Customs, and Monumental Inscriptions. London; Seeley, Jackson, and Halliday: 1858. A new edition of the preceeding item. This time the Introduction is 135 pages. Hardcover. 5"x7.5", 337+ pages. Bound in the original brown cloth with a gilt casket decoration on the cover. Covers with some wear; spine head chipped, a little internal soil. [09743] $125.00

 

108. Robinson, David & Dean Koontz. Beautiful Death. Art of the Cemetery. New York; Penguin Studio: 1996. Acclaimed photographer David Robinson toured the cemeteries of Europe over a period of two years to take the photos which illustrate this lovely and haunting book. Popular writer Dean Koontz contributed an interesting, compelling text. Hardcover. 9.5"x9.5", about 200 pages, packed with color illustrations, dj bibliography; a fine copy in a near fine jacket. [09539] $60.00

 

A Very Curious Epitaphic Romp, Limited to 16 Copies-

109. Roffe, Edwin. Walks in the Way of Old Weever! In Divers Small Books. London; Rochester Press: 1862. Limited to 16 copies. “Set-up, and Imprinted, in Leisure-time, by Edwin Roffe”. A rather eccentric and extraordinary epitaphic romp, set to the tune of John Weever’s 1631 book "Ancient Funerall Monuments". It consists of no less than 7 short books, issued together, recounting various travels through graveyards, by graveyards, or just thinking about old friends who are in graveyards. There are also two other booklets- “Sundry Slips of Yew, set to the Memory of Divers Citizens of London. Inscriptions from Church-Yard Tombs”, and “A Basket of Bright Berries from the Yew Trees of Paradise”, both of which also have to do with epitaphs and tombstones.

        Roffe, an antiquarian and engraver, is not making fun of Weever, but is obviously having fun while emulating the 17th century “connoisseur of graveyards, tobacco-enthusiast, sycophant, satirist, dwarf (and) penner of dirty ditties” (Ian Wright). It is not only the text, but Roffe’s typographical style, flourishes and enthusiasm, which seems to gently mock other, more serious Victorian books of the period, and all one can say in the end is that the entire production is an outstanding example of the potential benefits, or dangers, of overdosing on high-test coffee. Hardcover. 6.75”x8.5”, 11 + 21 + 7 + 3 + 3 + 7 + 13 + 11 + 6 pages, line illustrations; bound in period black cloth with a silk-water pattern, with a leather spine and tips, with gilt spine title and urns; covers with light wear, endpapers spotted, else a clean, nice copy of a charming and unique book. [09617] $400.00

 

110. Rogers, Rev. Charles. Monuments and Monumental Inscriptions in Scotland. London; Charles Griffin and Co.: 1871. Primarily a survey of churchyards, their gravestones and epitaphs, published for the Grampian Club. A descriptive text rather than a collection of transcriptions, although many of the inscriptions are transcribed here. Hardcover. 2 volumes. 6"x8.5", xvi + 534; xi + 439 pages. 2 chromolithographed frontispieces, one of Sir Walter Scott’s monument in Edinburgh, the other of the National Wallace Monument. Bound in period quarter leather. Covers with some wear and rubbing; a little internal soil and spotting; pictures pasted to each front pastedown. [09728] $250.00

 

111. Rotundo, Barbara. The Rural Cemetery Movement. [contained in] Essex Institute Historical Collections, July, 1973. An interesting essay on the history and growth of the rural cemetery movement of the 1830s and 40s. Softcover. 6”x9”, article- pp.231-240; entire issue length- 63 pages; no illustrations; light soil. [09583] $25.00

 

112. Rowlands, Walter. Curious Old Gravestones in and about Boston. Boston; 1924. The fifty stones are presented in chronological order and proceed from the 1653 stone of Samuel Danforth in Roxbury to the 1807 stone of Henry Roby on Copp’s Hill. The stones were photographed by Howland Shaw Chandler. Rowlands was employed in the Fine Arts Division in the Boston Public Library and Chandler was an architect, and this lent a certain antiquarian-scholarly tinge to the selection and photographing of the stones, which were selected for their designs or odd antiquarian interest rather than because they were the monuments to famous people. A noted early photographic survey of Boston gravestones, and becoming increasingly uncommon. Hardcover. 10”x12”, string-tied portfolio housing a title page, preface page, 2 pages listing the plates, and 50 b/w heliotype plates, all loose, as issued. Light wear, a little soil to the covers and the edge of the title page, but a very nice copy. [09591] $250.00

 

113. Russell, Foster W. Mount Auburn Biographies. Cambridge; The Proprietors of the Cemetery of Mount Auburn: 1953. Biographies of 518 distinguished and notable residents of the famous cemetery. Hardcover. 6.5”x9.5”, 216 pages, near fine. Previous owner’s inscription. [06008] $75.00

 

114. St. James Church. An Act for pulling down the Church of Saint James at Clerkenwell, in the County of Middlesex, and for building a New Church, and making a new Church-yard, or Cemetery, in the said Parish, with convenient Avenues and Passages thereto. London; Charles Eyre and Andrew Strahan: May 18th, 1788. An interesting record of the work it took to take down an old church and graveyard and put up a new one. St. James at Clerkenwell was a combination of 17th and 18th century styles built over an older abbey; it was taken down and replaced by a nice Georgian structure which still stands. Much of this document has to do with the financing of the project, the trustees, and arrangements to purchase adjoining lands. There is, however, mention of the existing graveyard and memorials and tombs within the church, and how they are to be treated and preserved. It is also decreed that the only burials in the new church shall be in vaults. Removed from a larger volume, with a new paper spine; 8”x12”, pp.259-302; light soil. [06010] $150.00

 

115. Schorsch, Anita. Mourning Becomes America. Mourning Art in the New Nation. Clinton; Main Street Press: 1976. An important exhibition, focusing on mourning art and symbolism in the United States in the first 40 years of the 19th century. The catalog includes textiles, pictures, brooches, lockets and other jewelry, ceramics, and a few miscellaneous oddments. Softcover. 8"x8", about 100 pages, b/w and color illustrations; light wear. [05911] $100.00

 

116. Schwartzman, Arnold. Graven Images. Graphic Motifs of the Jewish Gravestone. New York; Harry N. Abrams: 1993. Author/photographer Schwartzman assembled more than 200 photos of carved gravestones from 38 Jewish cemeteries in Austria, Czechoslovakia, Denmark, England, Germany, the Netherlands, Hungary, Italy, Poland and Rumania. ”A surprisingly spirited view of a usually somber subject”. Hardcover. 8”x6.5”, 144 pages, loaded with color illustrations, dj; a near fine copy. [09589] $35.00

 

117. Slafter, Rev. Carlos. Epitaphs in the Old Burial Place, Dedham, Mass. Dedham; Dedham Historical Society: 1888. The oldest stone in the cemetery (illustrated on the b/w plate) dates to 1678. Softcover. 6.5"x9.5", 53 pages, 1 b/w plate. Covers with some chips, spine partially split; a pretty good copy of a very brittle and tender booklet. [09724] $50.00

 

118. Smith, R.A. Smith’s Illustrated Guide to and through Laurel Hill Cemetery... Philadelphia; Willis P. Hazard: 1852. ”With a glance at celebrated tombs and bury-ing places, ancient and modern; an historical sketch of the cemeteries of Philadelphia; an essay on monumental architecture, and a tour up the Schuylkill”. This is an extensive, descriptive tour around Laurel Hill Cemetery and its surroundings. Situated on 74 acres overlooking the Schuylkill River, Laurel Hill was founded in 1836, the second “rural” cemetery in America. In the 19th century as many as 30,000 Philadelphians a summer would wander its beautifully landscaped grounds and marvel at its magnificent and elaborate monuments and tombstones. In the 20th century it fell into neglect and disrepair, but in the last decade an aggressive and enthusiastic effort has been made to restore and preserve it. Hardcover. 6”x9”, 147 pages plus a 53-page list of lot-holders; b/w illustrations and plates, hand-colored map; publisher’s original elaborately-decorated blue cloth with a gilt scene of a lyre-playing angel with a willow to each side, surrounded by gilt scrollwork. Covers with light wear; ex-library with many internal markings including a stamp on the title page and a bookplate; illustrations not stamped. Apparently lacking illustrations of the Eagle Hotel, and views of Sections G and I, but this copy includes plates not called for in the illustration list showing an additional view of Decatur’s monument, the Ripka Monument, the Twigg Monument, and a view of Section D, so the plates are at least a wash, if we are not coming out slightly ahead. Some light internal soil. Uncommon. [09576] $275.00

 

119. Sparrow, John. Grave Epigrams. Bembridge; Printed by Simon Rendall in an edition of 200 copies: 1974. A curious volume of 11 poems, all either on the subject of death and mortality or in the form of actual epitaphs or epigrams. John Sparrow, whose 25-year Wardenship of All Souls College at Oxford was devoted to a fierce resistance to its being tugged, kicking and screaming, into the 20th century, was also a prolific writer and poet of some ability. Here, for instance, is ‘Upon Stone, an Engraver- A stone above, a stone below; meet it was to shroud him so; fitting too that he should have; grave words graven on his grave; Here this precious stone shall stay; till Resurrection Day; angels roll the stone away”. Sparrow was also a famous book collector whose motto was “never lend books, never give them away, never sell them, and never read them”. Softcover. 7”x8.75”, 23 pages; decoration incorporating a willow by Reynolds Stone on the cover; a fine copy. [09559] $100.00

 

120. Sterry, Consider. Masonic Formalities of Burying the Dead, together with the ancient charges at initiation, &c. As performed by the best working lodges, and most intelligent Masons in America. Norwich; Printed by R. Hubbard for the author: 1813. An interesting pamphlet which outlines the complete Masonic funeral ceremonies, with 2 diagrams illustrated with woodcut coffins. Consider Sterry [1761-1817] was a civil engineer, mathematician and the Past Master of the Somersett Lodge. He published several books on mathematics, and in 1807 he wrote to Thomas Jefferson, proposing a new method of determining longitude for ships at sea. A small ownership label indicates that this item was once in the collection of George Brinley, the famed 19th century collector of rare Americana. Scarce- OCLC only locates microform copies, which were made from an imperfect copy, closely cropped, with several pages missing. Ours is complete. Softcover. 3.5”x6.5”, title page + 25 pages; 2 diagrams with woodcut coffins; bound in period marbled paper, stitched. Covers with some wear, splitting along the bottom portion of the spine, but remarkable well preserved; small label inside the front cover with printed header “Brinley” and inked numbers “6753”. Contents with minor browning and a spot or two, but quite a lovely copy. [09619] $1,200.00

 

121. Stone, [Elizabeth]. God’s Acre: or, Historical Notices relating to Churchyards. London; John W. Parker and Son: 1858. A wide-ranging, very Victorian study of many aspects related to funerals and mourning, with chapters on ancient burial; Christian burial; internment in churches and churchyards; internment in cemeteries and charnel houses; tombs and epitaphs; flowers on graves; mourning customs; funeral doles and tapers; exhumation; the passing bell; and “ministering spirits”. Mrs. Stone says in her preface-

        “The subject may not seem at first sight a very attractive one. But if it be a little startling to find so many pages devoted to ‘graves, and worms, and epitaphs,’ it may reassure us all to call to mind that Epitaphs point to a future hope; that Worms loosen, and thereby tend to irrigate, the soil for the bursting forth of flowers; and that Graves are the ‘footprints of angels’.”

        Such was the Victorian ability to be morbid and optimistic at the same time. An entertaining and informative survey. Hardcover. 5.5”x8”, xvii + 406 pages; publisher’s pebbled and blindstamped brown cloth with gilt spine titles; title page printed in red and black; covers with some wear, both inner hinges cracked and a bit wobbly; rear outer hinge cloth split with slight chipping, slight chipping at the spine head and base. Contents with a little soil and spotting. [09608] $125.00

 

122. Stone, Gaynell. Spatial and Material Aspects of Culture: Ethnicity and Ideology in Long Island Gravestones, 1670-1820. State University of New York at Stony Brook: 1987/Ann Arbor; UMI Reprints. A dissertation on gravestones found at a crossroads of New England and New Netherlands cultures representing ten different religious denominations and nine ethnic groups. Comb-bound. 8.5”x11”, 400 pages, poor b/w illustrations. A reprint from microfilm, with consequent (almost total) degradation of b/w photos. New. [90169] $65.00

 

123. [Streeten, J. W.] Epitaphia [Greek letters], 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). London; Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown and Green: 1826. An early survey of English gravestones. The counties included are: Berks, Buckingham, Derby, Essex, Gloucester, Herts, Kent, Middlesex, Northampton, Oxford, Salop, Stafford, Surrey, Warwick, Worcester, and York. The text itself is elegantly set up, with each page devoted to a separate epitaph, all set within a pleasing yet simple geometric border. A handsome Regency-style presentation. Hardcover. 4.5"x7.5", xii + 312 pages. With the handsome bookplates of George Prideaux and "Townshend". Bound in old plain boards with a pebbled cloth spine. Covers very worn, top and bottom of spine perished; endpapers and preliminaries somewhat spotted. [09742] $125.00

 

124. Sullivan, F.A. The Art and Practice of Embalming. A Thorough and Practical Text-Book on the Science of Embalming. Westport; The Embalmers’ Supply Co.: 1901. A complete, thorough and graphic book, “including latest and most direct methods of treatment, with anatomical and physiological descriptions, and a treatise on modern sanitation and disinfection”. Uncommon. Hardcover. 6.25”x9”, xix + 268 pages, 18 plates, some partially colored, and many b/w text illustrations; Publisher’s original light brown cloth with gilt titles; covers with moderate soil, and some light staining; contents fine. [09612] $150.00

 

125. Swift, Jonathan. Verses on the Death of Dr. Swift, D.S.P.D. occasioned by reading a Maxim of Rochefoucault. No place (Dublin?): Printed in the Year 1743. An early printing of Swift’s famous and witty pre-obituary poem. Swift worked on the piece for several years, and in 1738 an English printer published an edited, shortened version, which did not please Swift. In February, 1739 the full version was published in Dublin. Our printed copy contains the note that “many Lines and Notes were omitted in the English edition; which we have here inserted, to make the work as compleat as possible”, suggesting to me that this is likewise possibly an Irish edition. In the poem Swift wittily recalls some incidents in his life, and imagines how his friends, and enemies, will react to his death and what they will say after he is gone-

“For Poetry, he’s past his Prime,
He takes an Hour to find a Rhime;
His Fire is out, his Wit decay’d;
His Fancy sunk, his Muse a Jade,
I’d have him throw away his Pen;
But there’s no talking to some Men.”

        Swift’s poem remains as a singular, unforgettable and unique self-written epitaph. Disbound; 4.75”x7.75”, removed from a larger volume, this comprises the title page and the poem paginated pp.153-176. Light soil, a little wear; string bound, with the last several leaves detached. [09623] $85.00

 

126. Swift, Jonathan. Verses on the Death of Dr. Swift, D.S.P.D. occasioned by reading a Maxim of Rochefoucault. Market Drayton; Tern Press: 1992. Edition limited to 95 copies. A beautiful fine-press edition of Swift’s famous and witty pre-obituary poem. This finely-printed edition includes notes and a commentary by A. Norman Jeffares. Hardcover. 7”x10.75”, 42 pages; printed from handset type on Zerkall paper with 9 lino prints. Patterned covers. A very nice copy. [09624] $175.00

 

127. [Sumner] 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. [09600] $45.00

 

128. T., E.M. Into the Silent Land: Epitaphs Quaint, Curious, Historic. Copied Chiefly from Tombstones, by E.M.T., with comments and illustrations. London; Simpkin, Marshall, Hamilton, Kent & Co.:nd (ca.1893). An interesting late Victorian epitaph book; the author apologizes for the fact that many of the 16th-18th century epitaphs are not exactly what Victorians thought of as being in "good taste".

        "From early times the satirical, the punning, the bombastic, and the malicious epitaph have been indulged in. Our ancestors seem to have frequently looked upon the churchyard as a fair field for mirth at the expense of the departed. Gibes, allusions to deformities, misfortunes, or peculiarities often meet the eye, puns and double entendres are set forth, and we are sometimes puzzled to account for the levity and want of good taste displayed by survivors, who could think it worth their while to record in stone their neighbors' foibles and peccadilloes."

        She offers several explanations for this of which this is by far the most interesting-

        "The village churchyard would oftentimes be a place of rendezvous in the long summer evenings, the tombstone inscriptions would be read, criticized, applauded or condemned, and if they caused a laugh or contained a good joke, so much the better."

        This book is usually found bound in cloth with 4 pasted-in albumen plates, not limp cloth covers, with no bound-in plates, as this one is. This appear to be a “cheap” edition, and is priced considerably below what we would price the illustrated edition. Limp cloth covers. 7.5"x10", viii, 127 pages. Light cover wear, tips a bit bumped, some internal soil especially around the endpapers, but overall a nice copy. [09560] $100.00

 

129. Tashjian, Dickran & Ann. Memorials for Children of Change. The Art of Early New England Stonecarving. Middletown; Wesleyan University Press: 1974. A study of 17th and 18th century gravestones of New England, considering the stones as art in Puritan society. This revisionist interpretation of Puritan grave art is drawn both from period theological writings as well as a detailed analysis of funeral rituals, and a comparison of gravestones to secular art forms of that era, such as furniture, portraits and needlework. Hardcover. 7"x10", 309 pages, b/w illustrations, dj; bibliography. A nice copy. [09541] $50.00

 

130. Tomarken, Annette H. The Smile of Truth. The French Satirical Eulogy and Its Antecedents. Princeton University Press: 1990. A scholarly study of how the Classical satirical eulogy was revived in Renaissance France and adapted to meet the needs of writers and poets including Erasmus and Rabelais. Light and frothy bedtime reading. Hardcover. 6.5”x9.5”, xiv + 354 pages; dj; annotated; bibliography; a nice copy. [07943] $20.00

 

131. [Undertaker’s Invoice] An Itemized Invoice for a Funeral by Booth & Boylston, Funeral Directors. Los Angeles, California, May 23, 1896. This single-sheet, itemized invoice on the undertaker’s letterhead includes the casket, carriage, funeral notices, etc. The printed letterhead is for Neitzke & Speck; that name is crossed out, with a rubberstamp for Booth & Boylston stamped above it. An interesting pre-1900 California undertaker item. 1 sheet, 8.5”x7”, folded several times. [09596] $75.00

 

132. [Undertaker’s Invoice] An Itemized Invoice for a Funeral by Wm. W. Hullfish, General Furnishing Undertaker. Newark, NJ, October 8th, 1879. This single-sheet, itemized invoice on the undertaker’s letterhead seems to cover everything, from sending a wagon to New York to collect the body ($10.80) to “laying out remains -$5.00”, “black cloth casket mounted and trimmed -$85.00”, “Plate and engraving -$6.00”, “Opening grave -$5.00”, “Mound of flowers with name Father -$10.00”, “Hearse -$10.00”, “10 Coaches @4.00 -$40.00”, “1 pr. Red Gloves for Minister -$1.75”, and so on- the total bill was $242.75. 1 sheet, 8.5”x10.5”, folded several times. [09595] $45.00

 

133. Unger, Frederick W. Epitaphs. A unique collection of post mortem comment, obituary wit, and quaint and gruesome fancy. Philadelphia; The Penn Publishing Company: 1906. 2nd Prtg. The author had made a detailed study of past epitaph literature and attempted to include only previously unrecorded epitaphs or those that had only appeared in "rare publications, long out of print". Hardcover. 4.75"x6", 169 pages + 15 pages of book listings. A fine copy in a lightly worn jacket with one 1" closed tear. [09729] $45.00

 

134. Wallis, Charles L. Stories on Stone. A Book of American Epitaphs. New York; Oxford University Press: 1954. An annotated selection grouped by subject matter and indexed by name and locality. There are more than 750 interesting inscriptions gathered from 48 states “commemorating the deaths of statesmen, eccentrics, and prize cows, among others”. Hardcover. 6.5"x9.5", 272 pages, b/w chapter head illustrations, dj; bibliography. Light soil, some wear, jacket torn; endpapers discolored. [09542] $25.00

 

135. Weaver, Lawrence. Memorials & Monuments, Old and New: Two hundred subjects chosen from seven centuries. London; Country Life: 1915. An interesting book- at once a sweeping art-history course in 700 years of monument & memorial making, and at the same time a serious and practical guide meant to assist those designing future monuments and memorials to do the job better. Weaver includes chapters on the history, settings, styles, materials, emblems & symbols, heraldry, lettering, and inscriptions for monuments and memorials; military and civic memorials, churchyard memorials, and tablets for buildings. Hardcover. 6.5”x9.5”, vi + 479 pages, 258 b/w illustrations; slightly dusty, a little soil, a bit shaken. [09581] $125.00

 

136. Webb, T. A New Select Collection of Epitaphs Panegyrical and Moral, Humorous, Whimsical, Satyrical, and Inscriptive; including the most Remarkable Inscriptions in the collections of Hacket, Jones and Toldervy; together with one thousand epitaphs never before published. London; S. Bladon: 1775.

        "The difficulty experienced in procuring the Collections of Epitaphs published by Jones, Hacket and Toldervy, first suggested the Idea of the following Compilation, which was originally intended to preserve the most curious or valuable Inscriptions in their Publications from Oblivion. Scarcely was the Plan of the following Sheets conceived, when Accident threw the Editor into the Company of an ingenious Gentleman, whose Situation in Life had furnished him with Opportunities, and whose literary Taste and Industry had led him to form a collection of Epitaphs. To this Gentleman, who has visited many of the principal Towns and Villages of this Island, and never left any without adding to his Monumental Compilation, the Editor acknowledges himself indebted for the major Part of the unpublished Epitaphs which will be found in this Collection...

        “To this Gentleman's valuable Compilation, and most Curious or Remarkable Inscriptions in Jones, Hacket, and Toldervy's Publications, the Editor has added a small MSS. Collection of his own, with a very considerable Number of Epitaphs, equally valuable, extracted from the Gentleman's and London Magazines, and Annual Registers, and which he never remembers to have seen in any former Publication of this Kind".

        The volumes are designed so that one type of epitaph does not come into too-close contact with another- Volume 1 is devoted to “all epitaphs distinguished by the elegance, delicacy, and poetical beauties of their composition, or by the unaffected piety, Christian resignation and pure morality of their sentiments”, whereas Volume 2 contains “epitaphs as are remarkable for their wit, humor, satire or singularity”. Hardcover. 2 volumes. 4.25"x7", [vi] + 341 + 249 pages; Volume I extra-illustrated with a tipped-in 19th century photograph opposite the title page, showing an early 18th century gravestone. Bound in a Zaehnsdorf quarter leather binding with marbled boards and endpapers; gilt spine titles and medallions. Covers somewhat rubbed, a little internal soil and toning. Spine labels chipped. [09723] $400.00

 

137. [Webster] Report of the Committee of Arrangements appointed by the Common Council of the City of New York, to render a suitable Tribute of Respect to the memory of the Hon. Daniel Webster, late Secretary of State of the United States. New York; McSpedon & Baker: 1853. Includes the Obituary Addresses in the Senate and House, descriptions of the funeral ceremonies and parade in New York, and the texts of a number of eulogies and addresses. The 3 lithographed plates illustrate the solemnities in New York, including the oration at Metropolitan Hall, and the parade at Astor Place and City Hall. A nicely designed book, with the text on each page enclosed in a thick black border and surmounted by drapery and a lamp at the top. Hardcover. 6”x9”, 256 pages, 3 lithographed plates; original dark brown cloth with gilt-impressed urn and willow on the cover; covers with some light wear, spine head chipped; a little browning to the text and minor foxing. [06034] $75.00

 

The Grandest of all Gravestone Studies-

138. Weever, John. Ancient Funerall Monuments within the United Monarchie of Great Britain, Ireland, and the Islands adjacent, with the dissolved Monastaries therein contained; their Founders, and what eminent Persons have beene in the same interred... London; Thomas Harper: 1631. "As also the death and burial of certaine of the Bloud Royale; the Nobilitie and Gentrie of these Kingdomes entombed in forraine Nations... whereunto is prefixed a Discourse of Funerall Monuments...". Despite its over-reaching title, Weever's study covers the Diocese of London, Canterbury, Rochester and Norwich -other volumes may have been planned, but this one took the author 30 years to research, and he died just a few months after it was published. Although Weever's transcription skills have been criticized, he also offers the only extant record of many stones and monuments now obliterated, so this remains as an important (and heavy) record.

        As a history of Medieval monuments and eminent personages, Weever has been used as a reference source by many historians and writers, amongst them the famous boy forger of Bristol, Thomas Chatterton. Weever himself was a graduate of Queen's College and a most interesting fellow- Ian Wright describes him in an essay on the Queen's College website as "an extraordinarily interesting and eccentric character - connoisseur of graveyards, tobacco-enthusiast, sycophant, satirist, dwarf, penner of dirty ditties, egotist, pugnacious Lancashire man and proud of it... (the book) testifies to the breadth of his literary interests- it is packed with literary allusions and quotations".

        Weever was in fact also a poet and traveled in literary circles; he was an ardent admirer of Shakespeare, and wrote the earliest known poem addressed to Shakespeare. In his essay Wright delves into the Weever-Shakespeare connection at some length, making a good case not only that the two were acquainted, but that Weever's own life and works may throw new light on Shakespeare's "lost years", through a connection with the prominent Houghton family, that ends up with Shakespeare having been a tutor at Houghton Tower. He also points out that Weever's "Faunus and Melliflora", written in 1600, "has a section with close verbal echoes of the nunnery scene in Hamlet". Now the date Hamlet was written remains controversial, but most scholars have fixed it at 1601. That, however, is a year after Weever's "Faunus". Wright continues- "Either - as I believe myself - the experts are wrong about the date of Hamlet or it was Shakespeare who borrowed from Weever, not vice versa!" But all of this has strayed quite far from the book at hand- "Ancient Funerall Monuments" remains a fitting monument to the memory of this incredibly interesting antiquary. The book was handsomely printed with a variety of typefaces, ruled margins, woodcuts and decorated initial letters.

        Hardcover. 8"x11.5", [viii] + [ii] + errata leaf + 871 + xiv pages; portrait frontispiece and decorated title page, with 5 additional full-page woodcuts and 15 woodcuts in the text; numerous decorated initial letters. Contains the portrait frontispiece of the author, the extra engraved title page, and the original index, some or all of which are often lacking. Bound in 19th century polished calf with gilt rules and corner emblems; gilt dentelles; marbled endpapers; a fine and stately binding. Covers with light rubbing and a little darkening; hinges cracked at the outer gutters and wobbly. Included are two airmail letters from the mid 1950s concerning the book from noted English bookseller David Low, to an American collector. The first praises the copy as “spanking”, and offers to send it, which he apparently did. The second expresses dismay that the hinges were “broken” in transit, and offers to have them repaired. [09562] $1,500.00

 

“You can scarcely bury a corpse without having to dig up another”

139. Whalley, G. Hammond, Esq. Newbury Cemetery. Report of the Commissioners of Her Majesty’s Woods, Forests, Land Revenues, Works and Buildings, enclosing the Report of the Surveying Officer appointed under the above Act. [with] Minutes of Evidence taken before George Hammond Whalley…respecting a Bill for the establishing a General Cemetery for the Internment of the Dead in the Parish of Newbury. Ordered by The House of Commons to be Printed: 1 March, 1847. All the particulars regarding the establishment of a cemetery in the rural Berkshire parish of Newbury. Includes a magnificent amount of detail on mid-19th century burial practices and statistics. There was no question a new burial ground was needed, but still the project engendered some controversy; it seems that local churchmen might have preferred to keep burial a province of the local churches. One Rev. testified, “You can scarcely bury a corpse without having to dig up another. There is no question we want enlargement, but as, a Clergyman, I should very much prefer that additional Burying-grounds should be procured in the usual way, by forming more Churchyards, generally. A cemetery embraces all, and is under very peculiar circumstances. I must admit such a thing is wanted, and if no better provision can be made to meet the evil, I certainly think the Cemetery would be desirable. I know the Bishop has a very great objection to Cemeteries, and certainly, as a Clergyman, I feel the same myself”. Hardcover. 8.5”x13”, xxiii + 30 pages; bound in new cloth covers; a very nice copy. [06120] $250.00

 

140. Whinney, Margaret. Sculpture in Britain 1530 to 1830. Penguin Books / Pelican History of Art: 1964. ”(This) survey is most revealing for the light it throws on English taste, above all in funerary sculpture. The family tomb, like the family portrait, has played a part of great importance in the history of English art, and since such monuments are scattered all over England, many of them are all but unknown. An attempt has been made to trace the taste of various types of patron, and at the same time to see how far English sculpture was affected by the stylistic influences from the Continent… After the tomb, the portrait bust was the form of sculpture most favoured by the English, and in this field many notable achievements will be found among the plates”. Hardcover. 7”x10.5”, 314 pages, plus 192 b/w plates, dj; light wear, but a nice copy. [06081] $30.00

 

141. Whitmore, William H. The Graveyards of Boston. First Volume, Copp's Hill Epitaphs. Albany; Joel Munsell: 1878. Copp's Hill Burial Ground was the second cemetery laid out in Boston, after King's Chapel Cemetery. Many early Boston notables are buried there, including the Mathers, Increase and Cotton. Whitmore offers a complete revision of Bridgman's 1852 work, complete with an attack on Bridgman for leaving stones out, adding a few that were not there (???) and getting some inscriptions wrong. Hardcover. 6"x9", 116 pages, several line illustrations; original pebbled cloth; spine faded, spine head slightly pulled, light foxing. [09725] $125.00

 

142. Wickes, Stephen. Sepulture: Its History, Methods and Sanitary Requisites. Philadelphia; P. Blakiston, Son & Co.: 1884. A survey of burial and its history, written by an eminent New Jersey physician. Wickes begins with a history of ancient burial to show, as he says, that “in this our day of light and of the knowledge of nature’s laws, we are still cherishing in our methods of internment customs born and fostered in the dark ages”. Dr Wickes covers burial among the ancient Greeks, Romans, and Persians, moves to Native American burials, and early Christian burial, and then gets to the heart of the matter, with chapters devoted to animal putrescence; malignant disease from one corpse; saturated soil of a graveyard disturbed; intra-mural internment in the United States; yellow fever; Asiatic cholera; pestilence (you knew he was going to get to that, eh?); rural cemeteries; coffins for the dead; and country graveyards. Dr. Wickes was the President of the Medical Society of New Jersey and rescued and preserved the Society’s early papers, as well as authoring several books on the history of medicine. Hardcover. 6.25”x9.5”, 156 pages plus a 48-page catalog of Blakiston books. Publisher’s original black cloth covers with gilt spine title; covers with light wear, but overall a very nice copy. [09611] $175.00

 

143. [Yale Funeral Satire] Burial of Euclid By the Class of ’58. [New Haven: 1858]. A clever send-up of Victorian funerals by the Yale Class of 1858 in the form of a program for the “Burial of Euclid”. The ceremonies featured music and orations, songs (“If Euclid’s cozy in his shroud - We’d like to hear him tell - Of where professors get their grog - In the region they call H-ades”), “Salutatory by D(arn-old) Latin Prose”, “Dirge at the Funeral Pyre -by Uno Hoo”, and so on. The whole is set up in the manner of funeral programs of the time, complete with a chart of the procession with the Undertaker and Priest leading the “Car- case”. Quite droll and period. Pamphlet. A single sheet, folded once to make a 6”x9” pamphlet; cover with decorative calligraphic-style decorations; light soil, bottom corner chipped; rear panel with paper strip reinforcement along the spine. [09759] $50.00

 


DEAD PRESIDENTS-

 

144. [Adams / Jefferson] Webster, Daniel. A Discourse in Commemoration of the Lives and Services of John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, delivered in Faneuil Hall, Boston, August 2, 1826. Boston; Cummings, Hilliard and Company: 1826. Perhaps the penultimate American euology- the greatest orator of Ante-bellum America, and a righteous defender of the Union, commemorating the lives of two of the Founding Fathers. Jefferson and Adams died the same day -July 4th, 1826, the fiftieth anniversary of the Signing. Several weeks later Daniel Webster gave this oration at Boston's Faneuil Hall. "The tears which flow, and the honors that are paid, when the Founders of the Republic die, give hope that the Republic itself may be immortal". Disbound. 5"x8.5", 62 pages, a little light soil; evidently bound into and then disbound from a larger compilation. [02500] $75.00

 

145. [Garfield] 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". [09755] $200.00

 

146. [Harrison] 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. [09751] $100.00

 

147. [Harrison] Krebs, John M. The Leader Fallen: A Sermon preached in the Rutgers-Street Church, New York, on Sabbath morning, April 11th, 1841, on occasion of the death of William Henry Harrison, President of the United States of America. New York; Harper & Brothers: 1841. "Printed by Request". Disbound. 5.5"x8.5", 44 pages. Light soil and a few foxed spots; evidently a family copy, as it is signed "from her brother, the Author". [09752] $50.00

 

148. [Lincoln] Valentine, David T. (ed.). The Obsequies of Abraham Lincoln in the City of New York. New York; Edmund Jones & Co.:1865. A full and detailed report of how the death of Lincoln was observed and mourned in New York City. This includes text of all the resolutions passed, a square by square and neighborhood by neighborhood description of the mourning observances and decorations, in many cases describing how individual buildings were draped and decorated, and including the text of various mourning cards and placards placed in windows; the ceremonies surrounding the President's body lying in state, a complete description of the marchers in the funeral parade by division, and on and on in incredible detail. There are many text illustrations and a number of full page plates showing scenes from the ceremonies, individual decorated buildings, etc. Hardcover. 7.5"x11", 254 pages, portrait frontispiece, decorated title page, and 7 engraved duo-tone plates; text illustrations and decorative vignettes. Original black cloth with gilt title surrounding a cloth-draped funeral urn on the front cover, gilt spine title and urn; the text is printed with a thick black border around each page; covers with some wear, upper tip with cloth ripped slightly; front upper hinge cloth cracked for a few inches, but the hinges are tight; ex-Lodge library with bookplate and a few inoffensive pencil marks. [09603] $200.00

 

149. [Roosevelt] A Memorial to Theodore Roosevelt. New York Legislature; 1919. Former President and New York-native Theodore Roosevelt died on January 6th, 1919; on February 21st the New York Legislature published these memorial proceedings which include tributes by many members, as well as the text of a memorial address in the US Congress by Henry Cabot Lodge. Hardcover. 7.25"x10.25", 131 pages, portrait frontispiece with tissue guard; light soil to cover, a little wear, very light wrinkle at top of last few pages; overall a very nice copy. [03835] $40.00

 

150. [Washington] Adams, Daniel. An Oration Sacred to the Memory of Gen. George Washington, Delivered at Leominster, Feb 22, 1800. Leominster; Adams & Wilder: 1800. Hardcover. 5.75”x9.5”, 24 pages; pamphlet bound into modern cloth covers; some soil and wear, period penned notes; the final page, 23/4, has two burn holes, each about one-quarter to one-half inch wide, in the text with loss of text; further, somebody stabilized the edges of the holes by clear-taping across them. Tear at the top of pp.23/4 stabilized on one side by pasting a paper strip over it. Stain on pamphlet cover. Ex-Lodge library, with bookplate on the pastedown. [09602] $100.00

 

151. [Washington] Willard, Joseph & David Tappan. An Address in Latin, by Joseph Willard, S.T.D., L.L.D. President; and a Discourse in English, by David Tappan, S.T.D., Hollis Professor of Divinity; delivered before the University in Cambridge, Feb 21, 1800, in solemn commemoration of General George Washington. Charlestown; Samuel Etheridge: 1800. These two addresses were part of the ceremonies at Harvard, which also included an address by Washington Allston (which was not allowed to be printed). Although a search of OCLC locates various Washington orations held around the Commonwealth that were printed by Etheridge, this title does not turn up. Disbound. 5"x8.5", 44 pages, front cover detached but present, rear cover detached and not present; some soil and spots and a few very minor chips. [09753] $125.00

 

152. [Wilson, Henry] Four items from the Funeral Solemnities for Vice President Henry Wilson. Born Jeremiah Jones Colbath in Farmington, New Hampshire in 1812, Henry Wilson became an important abolitionist leader, a Senator, and Vice President of the United States.

        Early life was hard for Jeremiah- he came from a family so poor that his father named him after a rich neighbor in hopes of extracting money in return; from the ages 10 to 21 he was apprenticed to a farmer and never had more than a month of school a year. At the age of 21 he changed his name to Henry Wilson and traveled to Natick, Massachusetts where he became a shoemaker. An 1836 trip to Washington, D.C. aroused a fierce antipathy to slavery in Wilson, and he entered state politics as a Whig, winning election to both state House and Senate. When the Whigs proved too conservative he joined the radical Free Soil party, but the party collapsed. Something of a political opportunist, he then joined the "Know Nothings", and, in a complicated maneuver, got himself elected to the United States Senate as a Republican.

        Wilson never lost touch with the common man, never forgot his roots, and disdained the society of Boston Brahmins. He is said to have traveled tirelessly through Massachusetts and the other states, talking and listening to people. Paired in the Senate with his colleague Charles Sumner, Wilson worked hard for abolition, and became the Chairman of the powerful Senate Committee on Military Affairs during the Civil War. After the War he introduced the first civil rights legislation in the Senate and became extremely critical of President Johnson, supporting Johnson's impeachment. In 1868 he began to angle for the Vice Presidency, and although backroom maneuvering denied him the job in 1868, he got it in 1872. Unfortunately, just as he got the job during Ulysses Grant's second term, he suffered a stroke, from which he never really recovered. He died in the Capitol building on November 22nd, 1875.

        This interesting lot includes a black-bordered admission card to the "Solemnities" at the Massachusetts State House; the program for the Commemoration Services at the State House; an invitation to a "meeting of citizens" at Boston's Faneuil Hall to commemorate the Vice President, and a black-bordered program for the services held at Wilson's home in Natick. A little light soil, but overall very nice condition. [2491] $125.00

 


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153. Goodman, Fred. The Secret City. Woodlawn Cemetery and the Buried History of New York. New York; Broadway Books: 2004. “Woodlawn Cemetery is a massive necropolis of 400 immaculately and privately maintained acres in the north Bronx that serves as the final resting place for 300,000 New Yorkers. It is a place of startling serenity and architectural distinction that remains largely unvisited despite the fact that its long-term inhabitants include Herman Melville, Duke Ellington, Robert Moses, Fiorello La Guardia, Miles Davis, and dozens of Gilded Age grandees -including Goulds and Astors- who were determined to spend eternity with opulence to match their residences while alive. Former Rolling Stone editor Fred Goodman stumbled upon it one day when he wandered off his bicycling path. This book is the product of his obsessive researches into the lives of many of the once famed, now forgotten men and women buried there. Featuring nine dramatic episodes, chronologically arranged, each story presents an exceptional individual- readers meet phrenologist and publisher Orson Fowler, ASPCA founder Henry Bergh, Gilded Age railroad magnate Austin Corbin, political satirist Finley Peter Dunne, ‘Boy Mayor’ John Purroy Mitchel, attorney Francis Garvan, sculptor Attilio Piccirilli, Harlem Renaissance poet Countee Cullen, leftist East Harlem Congressman Vito Marcantonio, and pioneering aviatrix Ruth Nichols. Framing and tying together these tales is the first-person narrative of the author’s discovery of Woodlawn and his research, demystifying a city whose fabulous history is too often interred with its inhabitants”. Hardcover. 6.5”x9.5”, b/w illustrations, dj. New. [95049] Published at $26.00 Available for a limited time for- $15.00

 

154. Wise, Sarah. The Italian Boy. Murder and Grave-Robbery in 1830s London. London; Jonathan Cape: 2004. ”Towards the end of 1831, the authorities unearthed a series of crimes at Number 3, Nova Scotia Gardens in East London that appeared to echo the notorious Burke and Hare killings in Edinburgh three years earlier. After a short investigation, three bodysnatchers were put on trial for supplying the anatomy schools of London with suspiciously fresh bodies for dissection. They later became known as The London Burkers, and their story was dubbed “The Italian Boy” case. The three were eventually convicted of the murder of a fourteen-year-old supposed immigrant, causing a citywide furor that led to legislation signaling the end of bodysnatching in Britain. Sarah Wise's history not only investigates the case but also vividly portrays the warrens of lower-class London in the 1830s”. Hardcover. 6”x9.5”, 347 pages, b/w illustrations, dj. New. [95044] Published at $35.00 Available for a limited time for- $15.00

 

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