The only major acquisition this week was (one of) my delayed purchase(s) from the Boston Book Fair (I'm still dithering on the other one), an 1805 first edition of William Henry Ireland's Confessions ... Containing the Particulars of his Fabrication of the Shakspeare Manuscripts, from John R. Sanderson of Stockbridge, MA. This copy is in the original boards, with a later vellum spine and what appears to be the original paper label pasted on the spine. The text block is untrimmed, and the pages are quite bright and nice, not foxed like many copies of this book I've seen. It's a good addition to my collection of forgery books, which also includes several other W.H. Ireland titles.
Other arrivals (mostly review copies):
- The Founders on the Founders: Word Portraits from the American Revolutionary Era by John P. Kaminski (University of Virginia Press, 2008). UVa Press.
- The Works of Jonathan Edwards, Volume 26: Catalogues of Books; edited by Peter J. Thuesen (Yale University Press, 2008). Yale.
- The American Journey of Barack Obama by The Editors of Life Magazine (Time-Life, 2008). Time-Life (LTER).
- The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J.K. Rowling (Scholastic, 2008). Amazon.
- Napoleon's Privates: 2,500 Years of History Unzipped by Tony Perrottet (HarperEntertainment, 2008). HarperCollins.
- Free For All: Oddballs, Geeks, and Gangstas in the Public Library by Don Borchert (Virgin Books, 2008). Amazon.
- Acquired Tastes: 200 Years of Collecting for the Boston Athenaeum by Stanley Ellis Cushing and David B. Dearinger (Athenaeum, 2006). Gift.