2012–2013 Notable Acquisitions


French Literature and Imprints

‘Ωραι της̂ ἀει παρθένου Μαρίας . . . Horæ in laudem beatissimæ Virginis Mariæ, secundum consuetudinem Romanæ ecclesiæ (Paris: Franciscus Stephanus, 1543) [bound with] Psaltērion prophētou kai basileōs tou David; To protora amolintotoron (Paris: Franciscus Stephanus, 1543). Two imprints bound together as a Psalter-Hours, featuring the earliest book appearance of the Estienne “grecs du roi” typeface.

Robert Estienne, Libri in Officina Roberti Stephani Typographi Regij, Partim Nati, Partim Restituti & Excusi (Paris: Robert Estienne, 1546). Extremely rare survival of an early bookseller’s catalog.

Pierre Bayle, Projet et fragmens d’un dictionnaire critique (Rotterdam: Reinier Leers, 1692). First draft and prospectus for Bayle’s Dictionnaire historique et critique (1697).

Virgil, Bucolica, Georgica, et Aeneis (Paris: Pierre Didot, the Elder, 1798). Celebrated édition du Louvre, with illustrations by David, Gérard, and Girodet-Trioson.

Georges Vibert, Le Curé Du Bénizou (Paris: Gauthier-Villars et Fils, éditeurs de la bibliothèque photographique, 1895). Fictional work illustrated with photographic-process prints.

Literature in English and English and American Imprints

Jacobus Mediolanensis, Stimulus Diuini Amoris, That Is, The Goade of Diuine Loue: Verie Proper and Profitable for All Deuout Persons to Read (Douai, France: Widow of Mark Wyon, 1642). An English rendering of this medieval mystical classic, in which the translator expands on the idea of “Christ as a book,” found in the original.

John Donne, Poems, by J.D. With Elegies on the Authors Death. To Which Is Added Divers Copies Under His Own Hand Never Before in Print (London: Printed for John Marriot, . . . to be sold by Richard Marriot, . . . 1650). First edition of the present text, edited by the poet’s son John Donne, Jr., and the most important early collection of Donne’s poems after the first (1633) and the second (1635).

Antonio Colmenero de Ledesma, Chocolate, or, An Indian Drinke (London: Printed by J.G. for John Dakins, 1652). Rare second work in English on chocolate, with a new poem in praise of chocolate.

The Agreeable Variety: Being a Miscellaneous Collection, in Prose and Verse, from the Works of the Most Celebrated Authors: in Two Parts . . . the Whole Collected and Published by a Lady, 3rd ed. (London: Printed for C. Hitch, at the Red-Lion in Pater-Noster-Row, 1742).

Thomas West, A Guide to the Lakes, in Cumberland, Westmorland, and Lancashire, 5th ed. (London: Printed for W. Richardson . . . J. Robson, and W. Clarke . . . and W. Pennington, Kendall, 1793). Includes 16 additional single aquatints and 21 additional double-page prints.

William Shakespeare, The Family Shakespeare: in Four Volumes (London: Printed . . . for J. Hatchard, 1807). First “bowdlerized” edition.

Alexander Pope, The Rape of the Lock: An Heroi-comical Poem in Five Cantos (London: Chiswick Press, Charles Whittingham and Co., 1896). Illustrated by Aubrey Beardsley. One of twenty-five copies bound in vellum with Beardsley’s design blocked in gold on the cover.

Glory Hally, Hallelujah!, or, The John Brown Song (New York: H. De Marsan, No. 54 Chatham St. N.Y., 1861). Rare survival of ephemeral song sheet, printed by transfer lithography.

The Egoist: an Individualist Review (London: The Egoist, Ltd., v.1–3, 1914–1916). Contains the complete first printing of James Joyce’s A Portrait of an Artist as a Young Man.

Lawrence Ferlinghetti, The Canticle of Jack Kerouac: Lowell Notebook, March 1987. Original sketchbook with drawings and poetry by UNC alumnus Ferlinghetti.

Alen MacWeeney, W. B. Yeats, Under the Influence (New York?: Printing, Erin Mullvehill, 2011). Sumptuous photographic book illustrating Yeats’s poetry.

Jen Bervin, The Gorgeous Nothings: Emily Dickinson’s Envelope-Poems (New York: Granary Books, 2012). Modern fine press book reproducing Dickinson’s poems written on envelopes.

Seamus Heaney, Stone from Delphi: Poems with Classical References (San Francisco: The Arion Press, 2012). Fine-press book edited by Helen Vendler, with illustrations by Wendy Artin.

Maya-Related Materials

Ildefonso José Flores, Arte de la lengva metropolitana del reyno cakchiquel, o gvatemalico: con un parallelo de las lenguas metropolitanas de los reynos kiche, cakchiquel, y utuhil, que hoy integran el reyno de Guatemala (Antigua, Guatemala: Sebastián de Arébalo, 1753). Rare Mayan-language grammar.

H. Baradère, Antiquités mexicaines (Paris: Bureau des Antiquités Mexicaines, 1834). Including the first delineations of Maya architecture to be printed.

Frédéric de Waldeck, Voyage pittoresque et archéologique dans la province d’Yucatan (Amérique Centrale), pendant les années 1834 et 1836 (Paris: Bellizard Dufour et Co, éditeurs, 1838). Among the first Western depictions of Maya people.

John Lloyd Stephens, Incidents of Travel in Central America, Chiapas and Yucatan. Vol. 1. (New York: Harper & Brothers, 1842). Extra-illustrated with eighteen drawings by 19th-century bookseller John R. Bartlett after Catherwood’s lost sketches of scenery and with eleven Mexican prints.

Frederick Catherwood, Views of Ancient Monuments in Central America, Chiapas and Yucatan (F. Catherwood, 1844). One of the greatest travel plate books of its century, in outstanding condition.

Francisco Pimentel, Cuadro descriptivo y comparativo de las lenguas indígenas de México: o tratado de filología Mexicana, 2nd ed. (México: Tipografía de Isidor Epstein, 1874). Includes folding plate of language tree.

Manuel Rejón García, Supersticiones y leyendas mayas (Mérida: Imprenta “La Revista de Mérida,” 1905). Early Maya folklore publication.

Miguel Angel Asturias, Hombres de maíz (Buenos Aires: Editorial Losada, 1949). First edition with dust wrapper, unopened, uncut.

Italo Morales Hidalgo, U Cayibal Atziak: Imágenes en los tejidos guatemaltecos (Antigua, Guatemala: Libros San Cristóbal, 1992). Finely printed book with Guatemalan textile cover.

Caly Domitila Kanek, El hueso de la tierra (Guatemala: Libros San Cristobal, 1996). Contemporary fine printing of Maya poetry.


Prof. Laurence Avery. Forty books by or related to Maxwell Anderson.

Paul Koda. Daisy Swain: The Flower of the Shenandoah (Brooklyn, 1865) and Extracts from “Shoulder Straps” (1863?). Civil War novel and broadside of one for the use of book reviewers.

Bruce and Suzie Kovner. The Holy Bible: Containing All the Books of the Old and New Testaments (North Hatfield, Mass.: Pennyroyal Caxton Press, 1999). Landmark Bible, with typefaces by Matthew Carter and illustrations by Barry Moser.

Allan and Page Life. Fifteen 19th- and 20th-century books, including The Story of Elaine Illustrated in Facsimile from Drawings by Gustave Doré (1871).

Harriet Ronken Lynton. Koran in Arabic with Urdu and Persian commentary (Muhammad Siraj at al-Matba’ al-Hashimi, 1893–1894).

Mary M. Patton and James R. Patton, Jr. Over 400 rare books, including first editions and special copies of T.S. Eliot, Robinson Jeffers, and Thomas Pynchon, as well as fine-press editions, including Ansel Adams, Taos Pueblo (San Francisco: Grabhorn Press, 1930).

Prof. Mark L. Reed. Wordsworth manuscripts, Lake District publications, Romantic literature and other rare books (over 400 volumes).