Toronto: Cheshire Cat Press, n.d. Number 114 of 125 copies signed and numbered by the book artist. A charming broadside from master designer and printer George Walker. Shakespeare's famous quote from Hamlet, "to be or not to be," is printed both pictorially and with numbers. It uses the number 2 for "to," a bee for "be," an oar for "or," and a knot for "not." Printed in black and yellow on handmade paper. In fine condition. Measures 7.5 x 14.75 inches. PRI/091919. Fine.
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London: C. Bathurst, 1765. Hardcover. Seventh Edition, with additions. Bound in full leather with gilt title and decoration to spine. The front cover is present but detached. The edges of both boards have been restored, including the rear hinge. The interior has some foxing, a few spots of soiling, and minor browning but the text is still bright. Previous owner's signature with date of 1778 in pen on front free endpaper. Chipping to front and rear endpapers. 351 pages plus Index. LIT/3113. Very Good -.
London and New York: J.M. Dent and Co. and E.P. Dutton and Co, 1909. Hardcover. According to a note from the publisher: "Most of the designs appeared as line drawings in an edition issued by the present publishers in 1899, but they have since been worked over, revised, and coloured by the artist, whiel some entirely new designs have been added." Bound in quarter red leather over red cloth boards with gilt title and decoration to spine. Wear and chipping to spine ends ends and corners of boards. Rubbing to cloth and small black stain to front cover near top corner. Bookplate to front free endpaper. Occasional smudges to margins, but clean overall. Includes 12 full color illustrations, 2 full page black and white illustrations, and several vignette black and white illustrations. 304 pages. CHILD/021918. Very Good.
Germany: John Gerard, 2006. LIMITED. Paper Wrappers. 8 of 30 copies. Signed and numbered by artist. Sonnet LXXVI, with a pulp paper painting by Gerhard van der Grinten. Hand printed in 14 pt. Caslon. Lovely paper with swirling multi-colored pastel pulp painting. 2 pages plus colophon. PRI/041807. Fine.
Munich: F. Bruchmann, 1909. Hardcover. First German Edition. Number 24 of 1001 copies. Includes 40 full color illustrations by Arthur Rackham, each mounted on brown cardstock with captioned tissue guards. Also includes numerous black and white illustrations, some full page and some within the text. Bound in the original vellum boards with gilt title and floral decoration to spine and small emblem of Shakespeare to front cover. The spine design is by Ottomar Starke. Rubbing and light soiling to covers, edges of boards, and spine, as is common. There is a three inch split to the vellum along the bottom of the front hinge; however, the split only affects the top layer and the board remains firmly attached. Light dampstain to top edges of both covers, which also affects the top edges (top margins only) of multiple interior pages. Lacks ribbon ties. Text in German. A few pages have small spots of soiling or finger smudge marks and a few have chips to the edges, but the book remains very clean and bright overall. A beautiful book despite the noted condition issues. 132 pages plus plates. CHILD/081717. Very Good.
London: S.O. Beeton, 1864. Hardcover. First edition. A thin folio bound in pebbled brown publisher's cloth with gilt title to front cover. Wear and minor fraying to edges of boards, corners, and spine ends. Includes 4 full color lithographs, numerous black and white illustrations, and illustrated title page. Fading to spine and edges of boards. Light dampstain to rear board. Foxing to interior, else clean. 48 pages. LIT/081717. Very Good.
New York: Harper and Brothers, 1896. Hardcover. Brown cloth boards with gilt title to spine and front board. Silver falcon to spine and crest to front cover. Minor rubbing to gilt. Minor wear to edges of boards and corners. Includes many black and white illustrations. Previous owner's signature in pen to front endpaper. Minor toning to edges of pages, else clean. Attractive binding. 251 pages. SHAK/031819. Very Good.
Eugene, OR: 2005. Number 8 of 12 copies. Signed and numbered by the book artist. Susan Lowdermilk is a book artist and printmaker working in traditional processes such as woodcut, wood engraving and intaglio etching as well as digital media. Her artist’s books involve movable parts, pop-ups and LED circuitry. She is a professor at Lane Community College in Eugene, Oregon, teaching courses in printmaking, artist books and graphic design. Her work has been collected by over 60 public institutions including, the Getty Museum, the Library of Congress and the New York Public Library. Her artist’s books are represented in galleries throughout the United States. She earned her Master’s of Fine Art from the University of Oregon. The text of this book is a quote from Shakespeare's As You Like It: It is ten o'clock: Thus may we see how the world wags: 'Tis but an hour ago, since it was Nin; and after an hour more, 'twill be Eleven : And so, from hour to hour, we ripe and ripe, And then, from hour to hour, we rot and rot, And thereby hangs a Tale." The poem is printed on eight Stonehenge paper panels and is in an Indonesian palm leaf style construction with sewn thread binding. When untied, the book can be opened to reveal all of the panels and the text. With black corrugated paper covers with grey title label on front. In fine condition. 12.75 x 4.6 inches. ARTISTSB/073118.