Constanter 1658

“Constanter 1658” the ex libris of Constantine Huygens (1596-1687) on the title page of Willem Piso, De Indiae utriusque re naturali et medica, libri quatuordecim (Amsterdam: L. and D. Elzevir, 1658) Call number (Ex) 8607.723q.

  For more details on the library of Constantine Huygens, see:

See further particulars about Constantine Huygen’s copy of the First Folio A.J. West’s article published in Foliomania! (Washington, DC: Folger Shakespeare Libary, 2011.)

Other copies of his books at Princeton:❧
Bacon, Francis, 1561-1626.
Resuscitatio, or, Bringing into publick light severall pieces of the works, civil, historical, philosophical & theological, hitherto sleeping; of the Right Honourable Francis Bacon, baron of Verulam, Viscount Saint Alban. According to the best corrected coppies. Together with his lordships life. By William Rowley …
London, Printed by Sarah Griffin for W. Lee, 1657.
RHT copy has inscription on t.p.: Constanter 1660. (Ownership inscription of Sir Contantijn Huygens, 1596-1687) RHT copy with the autograph of Jas. Rigg on front flyleaf, and with the armorial bookplate of Downfield [seat of the Rigg family; Franks catalogue no. 25049]. (18th cent) There are no markings for 19th cent owners. 20th cent markings are as follows: dealer’s code for Ximenes Rare Books, NYC, [book listed in their Occasional List No. 69 (1984)] and then RHT booklabel. Call number
(RHT) 17th-701.
Gayton, Edmund, 1608-1666. Pleasant notes upon Don Quixot. London, Printed by W. Hunt, 1654.Call number (EXOV) 3170.686
Ex copy has inscription on t.p.: Constanter London Aug. 1663. (Ownership inscription of Sir Contantijn Huygens, 1596-1687). This copy was auctioned in the sale of March 15, 1688.
Newcastle, Margaret Cavendish, Duchess of, 1624?-1674. The Worlds Olio
London, J. Martin and J. Allestrye, 1655. Call number (RHT) 17th-753. RHT copy has inscription on t.p.: “Constanter” and the following record of presentation from the author “Antverpiae 17 jul. 1655 dono March. Newcastle mariti autoris.” Huygen’s journal for 17 July 1655 states “Saluto marchionem NEW CASTEL.” This copy was auctioned in the sale of March 15, 1688.
Imperiali, Giovanni, 1596?-1670. Musaeum historicum et physicum. Venetiis, Apud Juntas, 1640. Call number (EX) In process. Acquired October 2012.
Ex copy has inscription on t.p.: Constanter 1650. (Ownership inscription of Sir Contantijn Huygens, 1596-1687).

Daniel Russell (ca. 1642-1679) bequeaths a book to Thomas Shepard (1658-1685)

Inscription on front free end paper: ‘Tho: Shepard’s booke being part of the 10th legacy of my H[onore]d Friend Mr D[aniel] Russell who died of the small pox in Charlestown after his acceptance of a call to join with myself in the work of the ministry there. 15. 3o. 1679.’ In a different hand: ‘The Price of this Book is 13 shillings.’
Bacon, Francis, 1561-1626.
Sylva sylvarum; London, 1670.
Call number (Exov) 3614.389
Also has additional inscriptions on second and third front free end paper: ‘Daniel Russell, His Book, 1675.’ ‘Daniel Russell, His Book, No 303, 22.2.1675.’

To all lovers of angling

To all lovers of angling: Gregory, fishing-tackle maker, at the Dial and Fish, opposite St. Clement’s Church in the Strand, London, makes and sells all sorts of multiplying and stop wheels
[London? : s.n., 1773?]
Notes: Broadside advertisement, 28 cm tall
Princeton copy dated by hand on verso: April ye 7th 1773.
Call number: (ExKi) SH453 .G73 1773

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Girl who reads sensation story papers

Title: The girl who reads sensation story papers : [broadside sheet]
Published/Created: [s.l., circa 1891]
Description: 1 sheet : ill. ; 37 x 23 cm.
Notes: First line: How charming the girl who endlessly glories.
Provenance: Written in blue pencil: “No harm inteded [sic].” Accompanied by envelope addressed to Miss M. C. Mershon, Princeton, N.J. with postmark 1891.
Source of acquisition: Purchase; J. Howard Woolmer, 2005.
Subject(s): Sensationalism in journalism –United States.
Youth –Books and reading –United States.
Form/Genre: Broadsides, Story papers
Call number: (Ex) Broadside 382

Published ca. 1891.
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Bookplate of Cha: Read of New Jersey, Esq.

Bookplate on front pastedown of
Lilly, John, 18th cent.
Modern entries: being a collection of select pleadings in the Courts of King’s Bench, Common Pleas and Exchequer. Declarations, Pleas in Abatement and in the Bar, Replications, Rejoinders, etc. Demurrers, issues, verdicts, judgments, forms of making up records of Nisi prius, and entring of judgments, etc. in most actions. Many of them drawn or persued by Mr. Broderick … and other learned Counsel. As also special assignments of Errors, and Writs and Proceedings thereupon, both in the said Courts and in Parliament. With the method of suing to and reversing outlawries by Writ of Error or otherwise. To which is added a collection of writs in most cases now in practice, by John Lilly.
[ London] In the Savoy: Printed by Henry Lintot, 1741. Call number: (Ex) 7891.586q

“Read, Charles, lawyer, jurist, founder, was born Feb. 1, 1715. in Philadelphia, Pa. His father, of the same name, was mayor of Philadelphia in 1725, sheriff of the county in 1729-31, collector of excise in 1725 34, About 1760 he became an associate justice of the supreme court of New Jersey, which office, as well as that of collector, he held till the revolution, acting for a time as chief justice in 1764, He was several times mayor of Burlington. He was chosen colonel of a regiment of militia in 1776. He was one of the founders of the American Philosophical Society. He died about 1780 in North Carolina.” – Herringshaw’s National Library of American Biography (1914), p. 560.

Ellen Gordon Craig – bookplate

Bookpate with initials ‘N C’. This is Ellen Gordon Craig (1904-75), always known as Nelly, Edward Gordon Craig’s daughter by Elena Meo. This bookplate is the work of her brother, Edward Anthony Craig (1905-1998) whose working name was Edward Carrick. Cf. John Blatchly, “Bookplates and Devices by the Later Craigs,” The Bookplate Journal, New Series, Voll. 1, No. 2, September 2003, p. 75 ff. Note exemplar 11 on p. 78.
Petrarca, Francesco. Le Rime di Francesco Petrarca. Firenze, g. Terni, 1854. Call number: Ex 2012-0032S. Front paste down inscribed in pencil ‘N. Gordon Craig [19]38’.

Arms of Jean-Alexandre van den Broecke, fl. 1646

Arm on covers of Gesta Dei per Francos, siue Orientalivm expeditionvm, et regni Francorvm hierosolimitani historia a variis, sed illius æui scriptoribus, litteris commendata: nunc primùm aut editis, aut ad libros veteres emendatis. Auctores præfatio ad lectorem exhibet. Orientalis historiae tomus primus [et secundus] Hanoviæ, typis Wechelianis, apud heredes I. Aubrii, 1611. Call number: (Ex) 14084.388q
cf. Armorial belge du bibliophile (1930), v.3, p. 680-681.
   Arms also appear on copy of J. A. de Thou, Historiarum sui temporis (Geneva, 1620-26)

The Country Book-club 1788

Illustrated titlepage:
Shillito, Charles.
The country book-club. A poem.
London, 1788.
Illustration on t.-p. etched by Thomas Rowlandson.
Call number: (GA) Rowlandson 1788
Call number: (RCPXR) 3930.12.327
Excerpt: “The rural bookseller of aspect pale, And bent with age, comes
tott’ring down the vale… Who but has heard his tale, so often told, Of famous men,
whose names he once enroll’d. How those illustrious members spoke and thought,
What ale they tippled, and what books they bought.”

Blue morocco 18th century English gold tooled binding with green silk ties and gold thread tassels.

Blue morocco 18th century English gold tooled binding with green silk ties and gold thread tassels.•
In Chancery. Breviate. John Penn, Thomas Penn, and Richard Penn, esqrs; plaintiffs: Charles Calvert esq; Lord Baltimore in the kingdom of Ireland, defendant : for the plaintiffs
[London, 1742] • Call number (Ex) 1212.675f • Quartich catalogue entry tipped into this book.

Trotter family library copy • armorial bookplate with motto: In promptu

Trotter family library copy • armorial bookplate with motto: In promptu
Inscribed: ‘I bought this book from Jo[h]n Vallange meerly for ye Style w[hi]ch being affected pedantical & Latinized was it would seem the mode in these times wherein it was writt.’ This is evidently by John Trotter, d. 1718, whose similar inscriptions of provenance appear on a number of books he purchased between the 1690s and 1707.
Baron, Robert, b. 1630.
Erotopaignion, or, The Cyprian academy.
London, Printed by W. W. and are to be sold by J. Hardesty, T. Huntington, and T. Jackson, 1647.
Call number: (Ex) 3620.64.332

Riviere binding

Bound by Riviere & Son.
Goodall, Charles, 1671-1689. Poems and translations, written upon several occasions, and to several persons. By a late scholar of Eaton … London: Printed for Henry Bonwicke … 1689.Call number: Ex 3756.53.1689. Gift of Robert W. Patterson. Accessioned June 11, 1907. Priced in pencil on front free endpaper  10/10/-  (that is, 10 guineas).

Author prohibitus • Bale

Fore-edge of:
Bale, John, 1495-1563.
Illustrium Maioris Britanniae scriptorum, hoc est, Angliae, Cambriae, ac Scotiæ summariu[m], in quasdam centurias diuisum, cum diuersitate doctrinaru[m] atq[ue] annoru[m] recta supputatione per omnes ætates a Iapheto sanctissimi Noah filio, ad annum domini. M.D.XLVIII. Autore Ioanne Balaeo SudouolcaGippeswici [Ipswich]: per Joannem Overton, 31 July 1548.
With this is bound Contarini, G.P. Historia de bello nuper Venetis à Selimo II. Turcarum Imperatore illato : liber unus Basileae: Perna, 1573.
Call number: (Ex) 3616.7.349


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