Copenhagen: Poul Uttenreitter, Slesvigsk Forlag, 1925. Hardcover. SCARCE. 8vo. Very good in red cloth covered boards with faded gilt title to spine. Spine a bit faded. Closed tear to first title page (may be original wrapper). Previous owner's writing to half title page. Beautiful black and white plates on every page. TEXT IN DANISH. 67 pages. Children's Literature. CHI1/5170. Very Good.
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New York: Frederick A. Stokes Company, 1926. Hardcover. 4to. Orange cloth covered boards with black title to front board and to spine. Color illustration to front board. Light browning to spine and light rubbing to rear board. Minor bumping to spine ends. Front interior hinge is starting but binding remains tight. Else is clean and bright with lovely illustrations throughout. Illustrated end pages. 416 pages. CHILD/052416. Very Good.
Kingston, NY: Maureen Cummins, 2019. One of 15 copies signed and numbered by the book artist Maureen Cummins. This powerful production was initially realized as a unique object in the spring of 2019, the book was later editioned in the fall of 2019. Throughout the piece, Cummins uses simple typographic means to explore issues of anti-Semitism, denial, and the erasure of cultural memory. Unpublished Manuscript, 1946 came out of the research phase of the Friends, Peace and Sanctuary Project, in which artists were asked to spend two weeks in the Special Collection archives at Swarthmore College. Cummins was immediately drawn to a collection of materials relating to the life of Hans Bergas, a survivor of the Buchenwald concentration camp. Cummins writes: "Following the war he and his family relocated to the United States, to the town of Chester, Pennsylvania. It was there that he met Gertrude Weaver, a German language high school teacher. In response to her request, Bergas began corresponding with Weaver’s students, a process that led to his writing a full-length memoir. Hoping to see the manuscript published, Weaver sent the manuscript to Grace Naismith, a senior editor at Reader’s Digest magazine. In a brief, typewritten response, Naismith thanked Weaver for her submission while unequivocally rejecting it as unsuitable for publication: “…the day has passed,” she wrote, “when people will read any more about Buchenwald or German atrocities…we have been so surfeited with Fascist horror stories, movies, and Nuremberg trial testimonies, that I’m afraid a present sale is most difficult.” In this artist's book, Cummins painstakingly surprints Naismith’s letter, using no more than a few words at a time, over copies of Bergas’s manuscript. In this way, Naismith’s decision to reject the manuscript is given the full weight and consequence it deserves. Reading the texts side by side also highlights the contrast between the editor’s polite, patrician language and the horrific events and experiences described in the memoir: “Death by starvation. Death by illness or execution.”" Both visually and emotionally, the reader/viewer is invited to witness the collision of worlds. Printed on a variety of translucent papers, including vintage onionskin. The memoir was digitally reproduced, while Naismith’s letter was printed letterpress using photoengraved plates. Also included are two documents contained in Bergas’s original manuscript: a map of Buchenwald that he drew for the Chester high school students, and a page of family photographs. Each book is held by a vintage clip board. The book measures 8.5 x 11 inches. In fine condition. 79 pages. ARTISTSB/080321. Fine.
Plains, PA: Boss Dog Press, 2017. Hardcover. Number 19 of 54 regular copies, signed by the translator and the printer, Don Rash. There were also 26 special copies and 20 copies in sheets for binders. From the Press website: The Bone Folder was the fifth, and most ambitious, publication of the Boss Dog Press. It is a letterpress edition of Ernst Collin’s Der Pressbengel, originally published in 1922, translated here from the original German by Peter D. Verheyen. the text is a dialog between a fictional bookbinder and his equally fictional patron, with the goal of educating bibliophiles about the processes of hand bookbinding. The dialog is carried out over six days, Monday through Saturday, with a different subject each day. Monday covers forwarding; Tuesday is decorated papers, leather and vellum; Wednesday, paper case bindings; Thursday, quarter leather bindings; Friday is full leather binding; Saturday describes gold tooling. In addition to discussing specific techniques, the text also addresses the conflicts between quality and cost and matters of good taste. The text is augmented by a bio-bibliographical study of the history of the Collin family, three generations of whom were bookbinders of significance in Germany from the mid-1800’s to World War II. This essay is the culmination of Peter D. Verheyen’s extensive research about Ernst Collin over several years. In addition the text is complemented by the inclusion of seven photographic images, a frontispiece, and an enlarged image of Ernst Collin's handwritten signature. Bound in full gray and brown pastepaper over boards, with a white paper spine and front cover title labels. Printed with Monotype digital Walbaum and BDP FritzGotische types on Hahnemühle Biblio paper. Housed in a pastepaper covered slipcase with gray spine. In fine condition. Measures 9 x 12.25 inches. 68 pages plus colophon. PRI/112921. Fine.
Plains, PA: Boss Dog Press, 2020. Hardcover. Number 28 of 50 regular copies, with an additional 10 copies unbound and 20 hors commerce. This book pays homage to the fine work of book binder Fritz Eberhardt, particularly known for his designs created by his own hand tools. It includes an introduction by Hans Halbey, who acquired most of Eberhardt's tools following his death, a short essay by Eberhardt about his work, and a catalog of Eberhardt's handmade finishing tools. Don Rash of the Boss Dog Press studied with Eberhardt and his hand binder wife Trudi. He writes a short preface describing Eberhardt's techniques in creating his beautiful bindings. There are seventeen plates showing examples of Eberhardt's bindings plus pictures of his tools. The catalog of tools has an illustration of the shape of each tool along with information on its dimensions. This work was compiled, designed, and executed by Don Rash. Bound in full decorated cream and black paper over boards with brown leather strips at the head and tail. The types used are digital versions of Herman Zapf's Aldus for the text and Michelangelo for the titling. It is printed made at the University of Iowa Center for the Book by Tim Barrett and his student co-workers. In fine condition. Measures 6.25 x 9 inches. 50 pages. BOB/112321. Fine.
Rotterdam: Nai Publishers, 2000. Hardcover. 4to. SCARCE. "The architecture and architectural culture of the Netherlands have been causing quite a stir in recent years: a great many remarkable new buildings and projects testify to the current flowering in Dutch architecture, urban planning, and landscaping that's so exciting to so many in and out of the field. Artificial Landscape illustrates the results of this late twentieth century surge of creativity and traces the background of its success, examining both the 'Dutch phenomenon' and its socio-historical context to find out what makes it work so well. What we find is that even in a period of globalization there is still such a thing as a Dutch 'climate, ' yet despite this culture's specific national character we have much to learn from it, particularly where its unique synthesis of architecture, urbanism, and landscaping is concerned. This exciting movement is represented by a selection of designs, built works, ideas, plans and manifestoes from such architects and firms as OMA/Rem Koolhaas, Neutelings Riedijk, MVRDV, Maunce Nio, and Max 1, to name only a few. Apart from recording the state of things in Dutch architecture, Artificial Landscape also serves as a survey of contemporary architectural criticism, collecting the most important critiques of Dutch architecture, urban planning, and landscape architecture to have appeared in recent years." White cloth boards with yellow title to spine. Clean, bright interior filled with illustrations. White illustrated dust jacket with black title to spine. Small closed tear along top edge of jacket. 299 pages. ARCH/092507. Fine in Near Fine dust jacket.
Oldham, England: Incline Press, 2015. Paperback. Limited Edition of under 250 copies. Out of Print. Hans Fallada (1893-1947) was a famous German writer in the first half of the 20th century. His most significant work was the 1947 novel Every Man Dies Alone, written by Fallada in a feverish heat in only twenty-four days, dying just weeks before its publication. This Anti-fascist novel was based on a true story of a couple whose grief for their murdered son led them to launch a clandestine resistance campaign in Nazi Germany. In her new introduction for this translation, Jenny Wilson says that Fallada turned to writing for children in the 1930s when his novels came under scrutiny by Nazi authorities. Among his works for children was this charming and poignant story of young Tom and his beloved stuffed dog, Hoppelpoppel. This 21st New Year Book from the Press is printed in Sabon and Centaur types on Zerkall Paper. Frontispiece illustration by Jennie Malbon. Bound in pred paper wrappers with decorative covers and paper title label. 4 x 8.5 inches. In Fine Condition. 18 pages. PRI/032415. Fine.
New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1932. Hardcover. 1st English Edition. SCARCE. Very good. Dark blue cloth covered boards with gilt title to spine. Minor fading to title. Slight yellowing and foxing along the edges of pages and foxing to edges of text block, but otherwise clean with several maps throughout. Index, 339 pages. Middle Eastern History. MID/6272. Very Good.
Stuttgart: Ernst Battenberg Verlag, 1963. Hardcover. 4to. In German. This title examines the usage of color in culture and life. Blue cloth boards with gilt title to front board and decorative black and gilt title to spine. Minor scuffing/soiling to front board. Pristine interior with bright text. Filled with tipped-in color plates. Plates range from images of nature to reproductions of artwork. Tight binding. 275 pp. ART/081904. Very Good Plus.
West Chester, PA: Schiffer Military History, 1992. Hardcover. Size: Quarto. Fine in grey cloth boards with black title to spine and illustration of planes to front board. Pristine interior filled with illustrations. Near fine white dust jacket with black title to spine and front panel. Minor wear to edges of jacket. 287 pages. SPA/071008. Fine in Near fine Dust Jacket.
Vienna: Hans Epstein, 1931. Hardcover. Very good in tan cloth with brown lettering to spine and front cover. Minor browning to spine and edges of boards. Light foxing to boards. Clean, bright interior. Several fold-out plates and many black and white photographs. 429 pages. German language. GER1/11020. Very Good.