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The Acquisitions Table: The Album

The Album

The Album. New York: F. & R. Lockwood, [between 1818 and 1822] Primarily used for recording poetry, this album consists of an engraved title page followed by blank sheets, all bound up in a bespoke binding personalized for Adeline Morgan. It appears to be one of the earliest albums issued thus (in a decorative binding, with ...

Notes of a sub-sub-sub

First edition covers of Moby-Dick

Whenever it's a damp, drizzly November (or January) in your soul, where do you go to keep from knocking people's hats off?  In Melville's Moby-Dick Ishmael goes to sea, while the novel's sub-sub librarian (Melville's fictional assistant, assistant librarian who scours the earth for the "Extracts") apparently retreats to literary references to the Leviathan.  The sub-sub ...

Your Move!

Many magazines of the nineteenth century were published with paper wrappers, the purpose of which were to protect the issue as it went through the mail on its way to the subscriber’s home.  These wrappers (often on colored paper) would identify the name of the periodical.  Sometimes they would just reproduce the title page, but ...

Desolate Wilderness

Every Wednesday before Thanksgiving for the past fifty years, the Wall Street Journal has published excerpts from Nathaniel Morton's 1669 history of the Plymouth colony, New Englands Memoriall, on its editorial page.  While Morton's history does contain the first published list of those who signed the Mayflower Compact, it features only a negligible account of ...

The Acquisitions Table: The Bridal Keepsake

AAS member (and publisher’s cloth binding expert) Steve Beare regularly alerts us to interesting bindings he spots on eBay. Thanks to his deeply appreciated referrals, over the past two years we have added many unusual bindings to the AAS collection. Perhaps the most remarkable of Steve’s finds is this gift book binding of fine-ribbed white ...

A Stately Pleasure Dome? Fanny Hill at AAS

Past is Present's series of posts on the upcoming Adopt-a-Book event will resume tomorrow.  For today, please enjoy this story of (un)covered literary history. Ungracious then as the task may be, I shall recall to view those scandalous stages of my life… So say the marbled boards** (see further information below) covering AAS’s copy of Jonas Hanway’s ...

The Acquisitions Table: Matters Bibliopegistical

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We have two more items this week. Both have to do with book binding, one as a subject, one as an exemplar. Bradford, John. The poetical vagaries of a Knight of the Folding-Stick, of Paste Castle: to which is annexed, The history of the garret, &c. Gotham [i.e. Newark, NJ?]: Printed for the author, 1815. A ...