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Antiquarian & Vintage Medical Books

June 25th, 2016

image001My latest curated collection, consisting of nineteenth and early twentieth century rare and unusual medical books, periodicals, and ephemera on a wide variety of specialties: obstetrics, gynecology, glandular disorders, surgery, pediatrics, and much more.


I call attention especially to the A. P. Richmond, M.D., Frank Hastings Hamilton, Principles and Practice of SurgeryCollection within this curated set of materials.  It consists of over 20 pieces of medical ephemera from the practice of Dr. Richmond of Dover, New Hampshire, and a copy of Frank Hastings Hamilton, The Principles and Practice of Surgery, 3rd edition (New York: William Wood & Company, 1886).  Some items are undated, but all are late 19th to possibly very early 20th century.  The Hamilton book is hardcover, good with no dustjacket. The book has a sound binding with broken hinges. Pages tanned, mostly clean with occasional marginalia. Faded photographic prints pasted to front pastedown. 13 small cyanotype prints pasted to rear pastedown. Cloth over boards is edge worn with bumped corners, wear to top and bottom of spine, and overall shelf wear. 989 pages, 9.75″ tall.

Ephemera in the Richmond Collection are in good to very good condition with several pieces glued to front endpapers of the book and the remainder loose. Ephemera include Formula for Making Self Adjusting Splints: A Surgical Desideratum (with Richmond’s notes in margin), a published list of physicians of the city of Dover NH agreeing to adhere to a Tariff of Prices adopted at the regular meeting of the Dover Medical Association, September 2, 1879 (price list included), and fee tables adopted by the Dover Medical Society in 1899 and 1917, all affixed to front endpapers. Loose papers include a card advertising a YMCA men’s meeting; an advertising card from Otis Clapp & Son of Boston promoting its Malt and Cod-Liver Oil Compound; an advertising card for F. W. Buckley, exclusive maker of the Buckley Shirts (Oneonta, NY); a brochure advertising Frederick Stearns & Company’s Wine of Cod Liver Oil with Peptonate of Iron (Detroit, Michigan); Richmond’s handwritten instructions for attending a sprained ankle, with sketch; two pages of Richmond’s handwritten notes on treating heart conditions with herbal medicines; Richmond’s handwritten notes on treating prolapsus ani of children that defies other treatment; notes on treating a fractured ankle, with sketch; two pages of notes on treating dislocation of the shoulder, with sketch; notes on testing for albumin; notes on testing for effusion into the knee joint; a list of foods to be taken (for an unspecified condition); formula for treatment of unspecified condition (“one drop gives instant relief); and a patient statement from 1895. Richmond practiced general medicine in Dover, New Hampshire, during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. In addition to being active in medical organizations, he served as medical examiner in Dover during the 1890s.

$325.00. Inventory #4170097

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View all of our medical material, including later 20th century items, here. Major credit cards and PayPal accepted. Subject to prior sale.

Kathy@Cat’s Cradle Books

Pierre and His Family; or a Story of the Waldenses (1827)

June 18th, 2016

Pierre and His Family; or a Story of the WaldensesPierre and His Family; or, a Story of the Waldenses by the author of “Lily Douglas” [Miss Grierson].  Second edition. Philadelphia: American Sunday School Union, 1827. Two steel engravings. 5.75″ tall, 214 pp.  Quarter leather hardcover in good condition.

Historical fiction based on the experiences of Waldensians as they returned to their valley homes in the 17th century after persecution.

Writing on endpapers. First endpaper is torn along outer edge. Frontispiece engraving is beginning to separate, as is an additional engraved plate original to this edition. Pages foxed, tanned. Quarter leather over boards is heavily edge worn with bumped corners.  Marbled paper over boards is scuffed and worn. Gilt lettering and design on spine is visible.

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Announcing the Hope La Mar Collection (“Hope of Hollywood”)

June 16th, 2016

Horary AstrologyThis unique collection consists of books and other materials from the personal library of Hollywood psychic, astrologer, and spiritual guide Doris Hope Phillips Pinkerton Lloyd (La Mar) (1901-1991).

In addition to serving individuals, she broadcast a radio program and served as spiritual leader of the Temple of Cosmic Philosophy in Los Angeles during the mid-twentieth century.

A fascinating mix of the occult and the worldly, this collection speaks to the diverse facets of Hope La Mar’s personality.

All titles subject to prior sale. Visit http://www.catscradlebks.net or inquire at info@catscradlebks.net to order. Telephone 336-991-8740. Major credit cards accepted.

Kathy Carter @ Cat’s Cradle Books


G. G. Stein, Arte Ostetricia (Venezia, 1816) – rare antiquarian medical text with 18 engravings

June 6th, 2016

Stein, G. G..   Arte Ostetricia. Tradotta dal tedesco coll’ aggiunta di alcune osservazioni preliminari da G. B. Monteggia.  Venezia: Andrea Santini e Figlio, 1816. 3rd Edition. 391 pp. 8.0″ tall. Hardcover. G/ NONE.

4170100_5Book is in the Italian language, translated from the original German. Sound binding. Hinges starting. Pages clean, tanned. Cloth over boards is heavily worn with bumped corners, wear at spine ends, soiling and scuffing, with leather labels on spine for title and volumes abraded.  Eighteen finely engraved fold-out plates, one of which has a closed tear near binding.  All plates are creased but high rag content of paper will allow for pressing smooth if desired.  Both Parte I and Parte II are included in this single volume. Very detailed obstetrics text describing normal course of pregnancy, means of delivery (including birthing chairs), and difficult deliveries (illustrations show the use of forceps, and other medical devices are also illustrated).    $425.00.    #4170100   

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Arte Obstetricia




Southern Appalachia: where the laurel grows

June 2nd, 2016

Sky-land: Stories of Picturesque North Carolina, Volume 1, Number 1I invite you to download and view my Appalachia catalog. All titles subject to prior sale. Inquires may be made to info@catscradlebks.net. I accept major credit cards and PayPal.

This new catalog contains materials on southern Appalachia. The Great Smokies, the Blue Ridge, the Black Mountains–they are all part of this ancient mountain range.

Although Appalachia extends northward into Maine, I focus on the region from West Virginia southward. It’s a wild, beautiful, and fascinating place.

Mountain folk, their culture, and their history; terrain, including a collection of technical materials on the geology of the area; and travel are all represented.

If you love the region as much as I do, you’ll find something in this catalog to explore. Enjoy.

Kathy Carter@Cat’s Cradle Books

The New-Kanawha River and the Mine War of West Virginia

May 28th, 2016

McCormick, The New-Kanawha River and the Mine War of West VirginiaMcCormick, Kyle.   The New-Kanawha River and the Mine War of West Virginia.  Charleston, West Virginia: Mathews Printing and Lithographing Company, 1959.

176 pp. 9.25″ (21.5 cm) tall. Hardcover. G/ NONE.

Signed by author on title page with additional inscription.

Sound binding and hinges. Pages clean, tanned. Cloth over boards is edge rubbed with heavier wear at spine top/bottom and corner tips, which are bumped. General shelf wear including some scuffing.  Gilt lettering on front and spine is darkened.  Illustrated with black and white plates, maps on endpapers.

Contents: The New-Kanawha River. Early history. The Civil War. River travel. The West Virginia capitol. Railway development. Industrial development of the river.  Legends of New River. Colorful stories of the river. Miscellaneous stories. The Mine War of West Virginia, 1912-1921 (the Cabin Creek strike, the first armed march, murder in Mingo, the second armed march, persons involved in the Mine War).  $125.00.    #3690035

Purchase here.  Major credit cards, PayPal accepted.  Inquiries about the book may be made to info@catscradlebks.net.

Download my Appalachia catalog.  Twenty-nine pages of books, maps, magazines, and ephemera related to the southern Appalachians.

New catalog on World War I from Cat’s Cradle Books

May 26th, 2016

I invite you to download and view my World War I catalog.  All titles subject to prior sale.  Inquires may be made to info@catscradlebks.net.  I accept major credit cards and PayPal.

The Great War changed the landscape of the modern world whether we look at the military, medicine, technology, gender roles, diplomacy, international borders, or economies.  This catalog offers a range of titles for the interested layperson as well as the scholar.

May  we enjoy a future that is free of such devastating conflict.  And may we remember so as not to repeat it.


Kathy Carter@Cat’s Cradle Books

A World War I Aviation Staple: The Hispano-Suiza Engine

May 24th, 2016

Vintage Hispano-Suiza Engine manual, World War I

Wright-Martin Aircraft Corporation. Instructions for the Care and Operation of Model A-I-E Hispano-Suiza Aeronautical Engines. Birkigt Patents. Instruction Book, November 1918. Series No. 7A. New Brunswick, NJ: Wright-Martin Aircraft Corporation, 1918. 240 pp. 7.75″ tall. Hardcover.

Condition: Fair/ no dust jacket. Cracked hinges, sound binding. Clean but age-darkened pages. Cloth over boards is heavily soiled with edge rubbing, bumped corners. Gilt lettering on front is still bright. Fold-out diagrams are generally in good condition except for Plate 28, Oil Circulation System, which is torn along some creases and which also has several closed tears.

A rare operating manual for an important engine in early aviation.

The Hispano-Suiza played an important role in air warfare in World War I, which was ongoing at the time of publication. Illustrated with black and white diagram drawings, some in two-color, and black and white photographic reproductions throughout. Section on World War I flying Aces whose aircraft were powered by the Hispano-Suiza engine.

Price: $450.00.  

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Download my World War I catalog.  Twenty-five pages of books, maps, magazines, and ephemera related to The Great War.

Armchair travels with Mark Twain…and others

July 20th, 2012

Mark Twain, 1871 (Matthew Brady, photographer)

On July 20, 1869, Mark Twain, aka Samuel L. Clemens, published his second book, Innocents Abroad; Or, the New Pilgrim’s Progress.  This travel memoir became Twain’s most popular book during his lifetime.

Although it lacks the enduring recognition of Huckleberry Finn, Twain’s account of travels through Europe and the Middle East appealed to would-be travelers in the rising American middle class of the Gilded Age.

Travel memoirs remain a popular genre. Why not take an armchair voyage of your own this summer?

Remembering Jacques Derrida on his birthday

July 15th, 2012
Jacques Derrida

Jacques Derrida (1930-2004), founder of "deconstructionism"

Jacques Derrida, Algerian-born French deconstructionist philosopher and language theorist, was born 82 years ago today, July 15, 1930.

During his lifetime (1930-2004) Derrida influenced untold numbers of scholars seeking to critique literature, language, gender, sexuality, culture, visual arts, religion, and even politics. A good example would be Diacritics: A Review of Contemporary Criticism, a quarterly journal published since 1971 and often featuring Derrida’s work.

Although deconstructionism remained a highly controversial and often polarizing school of critical theory, its importance in intellectual discourse of the late 20th century cannot be denied. Derrida remains one of the most important philosophers and theorists of the last century.