1952 Hemingway, The Old Man and the Sea, First edition/printing, first state dj



Hemingway, Ernest. The Old Man and the Sea. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1952. First Edition, First Printing. 

Fine blue cloth hardcover with silver titles on spine, “Hemingway” in blind on the front. Very good bright dust jacket with small chip at top of spine, thin scuffs to the fold at the front joint, two small tears along the bottom edge, blue tint photo of Hemingway on back, $3.00 price on flap, flaps printed in brown. The first printing with “A” beneath the copyright with the first state dust jacket. No mention of the Pulitzer Prize on the jacket, the dj now in a clear wrapper. A fresh, clean, unmarked copy new to the market. Fine in very good dust-jacket. Hardcover.  [ABE2110] $1,200.00

This copy came from a private collection we purchased in Philadelphia recently. It was purchased as a new book by the owner, and it rested comfortably on a shelf for 60 years. A desirable acquisition for your collection.

1902 Philadelphia and Notable Philadelphians w/ 2,152 photos



King, Moses. Philadelphia and Notable Philadelphians. New York: Moses King, 1902. First Edition.

Very good green cloth hardcover, tall 10 1/2 x 15 inches, binding bright and attractive, 112 pp. to part I.; 106 pp. to part II., with an Index. Clean pp., tight but for a weak hinge between the contents & first page of part I. Very good. Hardcover.  [ABE2106] $250.00

The book has two parts, Notable Philadelphians and Views of Philadelphia. “Twenty-one hundred and fifty-two Philadelphia portraits and views are brought together in this volume. Fifteen hundred and sixty classified uniform portraits of Philadelphians; a half hundred historic prints and nearly six hundred historical and photographic views, including one hundred and sixty-eight city and country homes. It is hoped they will interest the present generation and be of permanent biographical and historical value.” – Introduction. Published as a gift from The Provident Life and Trust Co. of Philadelphia.

1816 First American Edition of the British Encyclopedia, Nicholson


Nicholson, William. American Edition of the British Encyclopedia, or Dictionary of Arts and Sciences. Comprising an accurate and popular view of the present Improved State of Human Knowledge. Philadelphia: Samuel A. Mitchell and Horace Ames., 1816-1817. First American Edition.

6 full leather bindings, all good or better with no cracked joints or hinges. 5 are uniform tan leather with brown leather spine labels, 1 (vol. v.) is the same imprint but a darker colored leather with red and black leather spine labels. 5 x 8 3/4 inches, extra engraved tp in vol. i. The 5 uniform bindings have the page edges dyed yellow; the one odd volume does not. The 5 each have a contemporary bookplate, “V. Stirewalt: from his Father.” The odd volume has a contemporary bookplate “Zeuxian Society, (Caldwell Instutute.) Presented by John Bullock.” Each volume has a small round historical society stamp on the tp. The pages are not numbered, but these are fairly thick volumes and will take up 13 inches of shelf space. Each has a section of engraved plates at the back. Printed in double columns, scattered foxing, each book tight. Very good. Leather_bound. [ABE2095] $600.00

“Illustrated with upward of 160 elegant engravings.” First edition sets are relatively scarce and auction bids begin in the $1200-$2000 range. William Nicholson (175-1815), British chemist and inventor, an author and editor of scientific books and journals. His British Encyclopedia was first published in London in 1809, and represents the best of contemporary scientific knowledge.

1744 A Fair and Impartial Testimony, John Willison, Church of Scotland


[Willison, John].  A fair and impartial testimony, essayed in name of a number of ministers, elders, and Christian people of the Church of Scotland, unto The laudable Principles, Wrestlings and Attainments of that Church; and Against The Backslidings, Corruptions, Divisions, and prevailing Evils, both of former and present Times. And Namely, The Defections of the Established Church, of the Nobility, Gentry, Commons, Seceders, Episcopalians, &c. Containing a brief historical deduction of the chief occurrences in this church from her beginning to the year 1744, with Remarks; And Humble Pleadings with our Mother, to exert herself to stop Defection, and promote Reformation. Attested and Adhered unto by sundry Ministers. Edinburgh: T. Lumisden and J. Robertson, 1744. First Edition. 

Red leather spine & corners, plain boards, “Fair Testimony” in gilt on spine, 6 panels separated by gilt lines. 4 1/4 x 6 3/4 inches, xx. 138 clean pp., errata printed on last page of text. Contemporary bookplate: the letter R encircled by “Nos Nostraque Deo”, salient stag over top. Very good. [ABE2088]


ESTC T95969. The preface signed J. W.  The scarce first edition. 

John Willison (1680-1750), “influential evangelical Church of Scotland minister and author…His devotional works were among the most widely read during the century; his support of and participation in the Cambuslang and Kilsyth revivals (which latter commenced after his sermon on the way back from Cambuslang) were regarded by many as a guarantee of their evangelical orthodoxy…Wilson’s reputation, however, derives mainly from his devotional works…Willison’s writings provide a major starting point for the understanding of the theological and spiritual preoccupations of evangelical thought in the later eighteenth-century Scottish Church.” – J. R. McIntosh, Dictionary of Scottish Church History and Theology.

1755 Boston Psalms Hymnal, Brady & Tate, with engraved music scores


Brady, N.; Tate, N. A New Version of the Psalms of David: Fitted to the Tunes used in Churches. Boston, New-England: Re-printed by B. Edes and J. Gill, for J. Winter., 1755. 

Full leather binding, blind tooled panels front and back, raised spine with five panels, the spine is without decoration or title. 4 1/4 x 6 3/4 inches, binding rubbed and edge-worn with cord edges showing, but without cracks and with good hinges and joints. Pencil shading to title on tp. Pp. (2) 3-276 (2) 278-336. Followed by 16 leaves of engraved music scores. P. 333 misnumbered as 373 & p. 336 misnumbered as 376. Complete, with original end papers and paste-downs. Text very good, occasional light spotting, text block tight. End paper doodles include a masted ship, anchors, signature of Samuel Dexter Ward (1801), and lines in Latin. Good.   [ABE2079]

Appendix, containing A Number of Hymns, Taken chiefly from Dr. Watts’s Spiritual Collection,” title page without imprint, is pp. 277-278. The bottom of the first music leaf has printed “Engrav’d Printed & Sold by Thomas Johnston, Brattle Street, Boston 1755.” 

Evans 7358. The last auction or catalogue listing recorded is from 1932 (Goodspeed). No locations at WorldCat.