Dark Parks Books & Collectibles

Poe, Edgar Allan.

The Murders in the Rue Morgue. A Decent Into The Maelstrom. The Island Of The Fay. Autography. Colloquy of Monos and Una. Never Bet Your Head. To Helen. Israel.  Grahams Ladys and Gentlemans Magazine. Volume XVIII. And Volume XIX. 1841. Philadelphia: George R. Graham, 1841. First edition. First printing. [4], 296, iv, 308p. Modern maroon cloth with title labels to spine. Newer endpapers first one with a sticker at top corner no affect. Several marginal repairs no text affect and none to the Poe works. Some scattered foxing as usual few minor stains and ink notes little affect and none to the Poe works. Numerous plates many hand colored. Overall a very good working copy of a very important book. At a very affordable price. The Murders in the Rue Morgue appears at p166-179. Also interesting feature is the facsimile signature of Poe on p224 & 273 of the second part for his work on Autography. XVIII is January to June of 1841. XIX is June to December of 1841.The first appearance of what is considered the first detective story, The Murders in the Rue Morgue. Also included in the book are first printings by Poe: A Decent Into The Maelstrom. The Island Of The Fay. Autography. Colloquy of Monos and Una. Never Bet Your Head. To Helen. Israfel. “Edgar Allan Poe was hired as an editor and writer for Grahams Magazine in 1841. Graham agreed to help Poe with his planned journal The Penn if Poe worked for him for six montha. By all accounts Poe and Graham got along very well and had a good working relationship. Poe was paid $800 per year while Graham boasted $25000 in profits. Poe originally called his salary “liberal” but later referred to it as “nambypamby” when compared to Grahams profits. Grahams Magazine was the first to publish many of Poe’s works including The Murders in the Rue Morgue and The Colloquy of Monos and Una. Poe left the magazine in April 1842.” [- Faded Page Periodical Collection].        Edgar Allan Poe. Murders in the Rue Morgue. Detective. Crime. Horror. Mystery. Horror literature. Horror books. Poems. Poetry. Magazine. Periodical. Grahams Magazine.     DP20513   $1000.00

Prideaux, Mathias.  John Prideaux.

An Easy and Compendious Introduction For Reading all sorts of Histories... The Third Edition, in which is added a Synopsis of Councels. Oxford: Leonard Lichfield, 1655. 4 books in 1. [4}, A-3B4, 3C2, H4. Later calf boards, light chipping to outer edges, rebacked in modern calf with silver gilt title to spine. Some minor foxing, few minor ink stains, short corner tear to A2, no affect. Few leaves with top margins trimmed close. Minor pencil notes throughout. Overall, a nice copy in a sympathetic binding. Third edition. First edition with Synopsis of Councels. Mathias Prideaux (1622-1646), second son of John Prideaux (1578-1650). Mathias, student of Exeter 1640-1645, before receiving his M.A. became a captain in the king’s service. Mathias died of smallpox in London about 1646, this book his only, edited and published after his death by his father. “Political History in Generall” and “History of Successions” have separate titles dated 1653, pagination are continous. “A Synopsis of Councels” is dated 1654, pagination is separate and may also have been issued separately (Wing P3436A), it is a translation of “Consiliorym Synopsis” (Wing P3421).   Wing P3442. Madan III:2261 and 2280. ESTC: R31925.          

History. Politics. World history. Ancient history. England. Saxons. Egypt. Greeks. Romans. Monarchy. Occult. Pagans.          DP20207   $275.00

Raffald, Elizabeth.

The Experienced English House-keeper. For the Use and Ease of Ladies Housekeepers Cooks &c. Written purely from the Practice and dedicated to the Hon. Lady Elizabeth Warburton Whom the Auhtor lately served as Housekeeper: Consisting of near Nine Hundred Original Recipes most of which never appeared in print... The Seventh Edition. [Signed by Elizabeth Raffald the author]. London: for the Author and sold by R. Baldwin, 1780. Seventh edition, signed. 8vo. [4], iii, [1], 412, [16]p.  Three folding plates - A new invented fire stove & two table settings. Later full calf with blind rules to spine and new endpapers. Title page with some minor edge wear and few small wormholes? to outer margin no affect to text. With old owners signature in ink ‘Sarah Hall’at top. Page one with signature of Elizabeth Raffald at chapter heading [see notes below]. Some ruffling of top corner to first part of book no affect. A few pages with minor foxing and last couple text leaves with some minor dampstain at lower margin. Overall still a very good copy of a famous and rare work. At time of description we locate only one other copy for sale at a much higher price. Ours is priced to go. Elizabeth Raffald (1733-1781) English author innovator and entrepreneur. Raffald was a housekeeper and domestic servant for over fifteen years she left her position after marrying the estates head gardener John Raffald. After marrying she moved and opened a register office introducing employers to housekeepers and the like. She also ran a cookery school and a confectioners shop at Bulls Head Inn.  In 1769 she published her cookbook The Experienced English Housekeeper which contains the first recipe for a “Bride Cake” that is now recognized as the modern wedding cake. In 1772 she published the first Manchester Directory listing over 1500 traders and civic leaders in Machester. After her death there was apparently over 40 editions of The Experienced English Housekeepr printed. Another interesting note it is said Raffald could have had as many as sixteen children though there are seven daughters and one son documented. To thwart cookbook pirates Raffald signed her name to page one of each book. After the eighth edition of 1782 that signature became a facsimile. It is noted on the printing info at bottom of title page ‘No book is genuine but what is signed by the Author’. ESTC lists only 5 copies of this edition.    ESTC: T82675

Cooking. Cookery. Recipes. Elizabeth Raffald. Etiquette. Stoves. Table setting. Women. Feminism. Females.         DP20509   $500.00


Roger-Miles, L.

Architecture Decoration Ameublement Pendant Le Dix-Huitieme Siecle Regence - Louis XV. Paris: Edouard Rouveyre, [ND circa 1900]. First edition.

58p. followed by200 tissue guarded plates. Publishers decorative gilt design on dark green cloth blocked in black green and copper. Edges with light wear and rubbing few minor light scratches to covers and spine, little affect. Fully illustrated with 200 full page architecture plates. Text in French.     DP28692   $65.00       

Architecture. French. Illustrated. Decoration. Design. Louis XV.

Renouard, Antoine Augustine.

Annales De L’Imprimerie Des Alde, ou Histoire des trois Manuce et de leurs Editions. Two Volumes. Paris: Renouard, 1803. First edition. 8vo. 3 vols in 2. xxviii, 446p., (table), 250p., (editions), ix, 149p, (editions). Two volumes. Contemporary quarter calf over marbled boards, edges rubbed, some minor wear, spine with gilt borders and titles.  First volume lacks frontis portrait, second volume with frontis. Few pages with minor foxing. First half title with three tiny holes, no affect to text. Bookplate in both volumes, inside paste-down “Renate Schuster”. Considered the standard Aldine reference for book collectors, sellers, and the like.    

Bibliography. Aldine. Aldus. Books on books.        DP20197   $350.00

Richaudeau, [Pierre-Francois].

Nouveau Traite Des Saints Mysteres Conforme Aux Regles De La Liturgie Romaine. Paris: Jacques Lecoffre, 1853. First Edition. Very rare. 8vo. x, [1], 480p. Contemporary calf, rebacked, rubbed, hinges started but strong, gilt title and floral decoration. Title page with library notes, stamps of Biblioteca Bianchi Roma, few leaves with minor foxing, else a fine copy of a very rare book. First and only edition of this uncommon treatise on the Holy Mysteries related to the Liturgy of the Catholic Mass. We are unable to locate any sales or auction records of this extremely rare title. In fact, the last record of sale for this author was in 1959. Richaudeau, Pierre Francois (b.1806), author of several religious texts including Vie de la reverende mere Marie de l’Incarnation, ursuline Marie Guyard (1873) and La Prophetie de Blois (1870).  Catholic Church. Liturgy. Mass. Lord’s Supper. Religion. Bible. DP20158   $350.00

Peucer, Caspar.

Commentarius De Praecipius Generibus Divibationum.... Wittenberg: Johannes Kraft, 1560. Second edition. Rare. A-2Z8, a-l8. 456, [1]p. Modern antique full calf with decorative blind fleuol design to cover and spine. Folding "Tabula Indicis"  at end torn, lacking bottom half, minor loss. Text complete. Contemporary owner signature to inside front board and tp at bottom, “Frederichi Zormy?”, notes to inside of back board also. Some underlining, few leaves with light outer margin damp stains, few leaves with minor corner wear, no affect. Peucer (1525-1602) was a doctor and professor of medicine at Wittenberg. He married a daughter of Melancthon and edited his works. "...being for ten years in close imprisonment, on account of his opinions, he wrote his thoughts on the margins of old books which they gave him for amusement, making his ink of burnt crusts of bread infused in wine." [- Chalmers vxxiv, 426-7]. "The work of Caspar Peucer on various kinds of divination was first printed in Wittenberg in 1553....it seems to have been the most influential of his numerous writings which were concerned with the varied fields of medicine, astronomy, mathematics, natural history, and psychology... After discussing divination in general, he turns to oracles and theomancy, then to magic -- which he correctly implies is a variety of divination, whereas the opposite is true -- then to divination from entrails, to augury and aruspicina, to lot-casting under which he puts geomancy and divining from names and numbers, and to dreams and their interpretation. Next he considers medical prognostications, meteorology and weather prediction, physiognomy and chiromancy, astrology, and last prodigies and portents." [-Thorndike].       VD16 P:1973. Adams P930. Houzeau-Lancaster 4860. Wellcome I:4968. Coumont P33.2. Cornell BF1410.P51-1560. Esoterica 381. Gardner 122.     Occult. Witchcraft. Divination. Medicine. Science. Magic. Astrology. Religion. Demonology.      DP20138   $1500.00

Reade, Charles.

White Lies. [From the London Journal]. London: The London Journal, 1857. Nos. 646-666, Vol.XXVI. First Edition. 4to. Dyed red calf over boards, wear to edges and spine. Leaves from 21 editions of the London Journal. 21 engravings by W. Corwin illustrating the story.  With two incidental engravings, one of St. James Music Hall, and one of General Cavaignac. Reade, Charles (1814-1884), novelist and playwright. This is the rare first edition, serialized in the London Journal before the 3 volume novel was published.     Fiction. Literature. Novel.         DP20063   $250.00

Polli, Giovanni.

Saggio Di Fisiognomia E Patagnomonia Ossia.  Dei mezzi di conoscere le interne facolta [?] e la malattie de gli uomini dalle loro esterne apparenze. Milano: Paolo Andrea Molina, 1837. First Edition. 8vo. 380p. Modern two-tone cloth.  Presentation from the author on front flyleaf.  Minor foxing, else fine. Four large  folding plates of figures at end (bound in reverse order). 4 folding plates with numerous heads. Polli (1812-1880) Milanese physician who earned his laureate in medicine in 1837 and taught medicine and chemistry in various schools in Milan.     

Gerlach, Polli 1837. Magli 53:3.       Occult. Physiognomy. Science.          DP20048   $250.00