Oxford: for the International African Institute by Oxford University Press, 1974. Hardcover. 8vo. Blue cloth covered boards with gilt titl to spine. Underlining in red pen to a few pages. Else clean and bright. Blue illustrated dust jacket with yellow title to front and spine panels. Light wear to edges and spine ends fo dust jacket. IN BOTH FRENCH AND ENGLISH. Index, 426 pages. AFR/040611. Near Fine in Near Fine Dust Jacket.
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Mission, BC: Barbarian Press, 2013. Simon Brett. Hardcover. Endgrain Editions Four. Limited to 120 copies in the regular edition. This is the first addition to the Endgrain Editions since 2003, and it is a major return to the series. It is a celebration of the work of Simon Brett documenting his fifty plus years as an engraver. Simon is acknowledged as one of the masters of wood engraving of the past half-century. With 134 engravings printed from the wood, an introduction by the artist, and a chronological catalogue of the more than 1,000 engravings Simon has so far engraved, this is a major work of 250 pages, and is certain to be an important reference on Simon’s work as well as being a splendid book from this important private press. Text printed in Joanna with Fry’s Ornamented for display in green and black on Zerkall Cream laid with engravings printed on Zerkall White Smooth. Bound in quarter green cloth with paper patterned boards and title label to spine. In fine condition. PRI/062014. Fine.
University Park, TX: Bridwell Library, Southern Methodist University, 1983. Hardcover. One of 275 copies (250 for sale) printed for the Bridwell Library by the famed Bird & Bull Press. An inscription in ink on the colophon states that this copy is "one of two printer's copies in a trial binding that was not used for the edition." This interesting book explores the famous feud between C.H. Cobden-Sanderson and Emery Walker over the ownership of the type of the renowned Doves Press. It offers a new perspective through the discovery by Michael Hornby, son of St John Hornby, of previously unknown correspondence between Cobden-Sanderson and St John Hornby, Sidney Cockerell, and Walker. The letters, mostly dated from 1906 to 1908, shed new light upon the controversy and provide fresh insight into the intensity of Cobden-Sanderson's preoccupation with the type. The unsigned inscription on the colophon was possibly written by Henry Morris, founder of the Bird & Bull Press. Morris founded his press in 1958 and continued to print their highly regarded letterpress books until his retirement in 2014. From Princeton University “…Morris’s publishing program has been a boon to the historian of the book. He is correct when he writes, ‘It pleases me to know that without the Bird & Bull, many books on worthwhile, albeit esoteric subjects would probably never have been published.’ And all these works have been printed by letterpress from metal type on either Henry’s own handmade or on imported mould-made papers.” The inscription is written to Abe Lerner and Kit Currie "on the occasion of their visit here on Oct. 8/1983." Abe Lerner and his wife, Kit Currie, were both important figures in the world of books in the twentieth century. Abe Lerner (1908-2002) was a highly respected and talented typographer/book designer with links to the likes of the great Bruce Rogers. With a meticulous eye for detail and clean design, he was constantly working on new projects. With a career that landed him as the Director of Design and Production at Macmillan, President of the Typophiles, and lecturer at the Grolier Club in New York, Abe Lerner was certainly one of the finest typographic designers of the 20th century. Kit Currie began her career in the antiquarian book trade as the personal assistant for London bookdealer Bertram Rota. She moved to California in 1964 and began working at Dawson’s Book Shop in Los Angeles, where she stayed for 14 years. She moved to New York City in 1977 with her husband, noted typographer and graphic designer Abe Lerner. Unable to find work initially, Currie ventured to start her own bookselling business, and issued her first and only catalog in the winter of 1977-1978. Soon afterward, however, she was offered a position with H. P. Kraus. Bound in brown paper covered boards with brown cloth spine. Title debossed in blind to front cover. Minimal wear to corners. Text pages are clean and bright. Printed in Centaur types on Bugra Bütten paper. Folded prospectus is inserted. In fine condition. Octavo. 31 pages. PRI/102423. Fine.
Toronto: Biting Dog Press, 2003. Hardcover. Number 44 of 250 numbered copies, signed by the author, writer of the foreword, and designer and illustrator. It is a humorous and rather irreverent retelling by Jack Ketchum of "an ancient, yet always timely tale." The Panchatantra is an ancient Indian collection of interrelated animal fables in Sanskrit verse and prose. The surviving work is dated to about 200 BC, but the fables are likely much more ancient [Wikipedia]. In this tale, a little mouse unexpectedly falls into the hands of a magician, who transforms the mouse into a young girl who becomes a daughter to him and his wife. It recounts their attempts to find a suitable god for her to marry before they realize that she should be transformed back into a mouse and marry the King of the Mice. With original wood engravings by George Walker that were impressed directly onto handmade Japanese gampi paper from the original wood blocks. The text is printed with Linotype Granjon type on Zephyr Laid paper. Bound in a dark gray full leather portfolio with a tan leather tie that evokes a mouse's tail. A charming book in fine condition. Measures 6.25 x 9 inches. Unpaginated [about 18 pages plus illustrations]. PRI/050922. Fine.
Toronto: Cheshire Cat Press, (2023). Hardcover. Signed in pencil on title page by George Walker with a Cheshire Cat hand drawn illustration. "The Cheshire Cat Press has finally made this unique artwork, with Carroll's original text, available once again - this time with extra illustrations not present in the previous editions. Walker's engravings are playful, surreal and downright provocative as ever, offering a new and darkly energetic interpretation of this time-honored, masterpiece" (jacket). This new edition is a redesigned version of the Porcupine Press edition printed in the late 1980s. Bound in red cloth boards with gilt title to spine. Red ribbon bookmark bound in. Pristine. In yellow dust jacket with red title to spine and front panels. Includes about 100 woodcuts by George Walker. 140 pages. PRI/022723. Fine / Fine.
Evanston, IL: Northwestern University Press, 1961. Hardcover. Fine black cloth 8vo., bright gilt to spine, boards clean. In fine brown paper dust jacket with black title to front panel. Endpapers browned opposite inner dust jacket flaps, else clean, bright interior. Strongly bound. Includes frontispiece and a few other illustrations. With some notes on his pictures and portraits. Index, 255 pages. Books on Books. BOB/12303. Near Fine / Fine.
Evanston: Northwestern University Press, 1961. Hardcover. First edition. Brown cloth boards with gilt title to spine. In tan dust jacket with black title to front panel and blank spine. Old price sticker to front flap of jacket. Offsetting from jacket to endpapers, else clean interior. Illustrated. Corrigenda laid in. 255 pages. BOB/111416. Fine / Near Fine.
Richmond, VA: The Dietz Press, 1993. Hardcover. SCARCE. A collection of first person narratives about the history of the bay. “Men and women, African Americans, Native Americans, indentured servants, the high and the low - you will hear all of them speak in their own voices as they describe the events they witnessed and the day-to-day lives they have lived” (jacket). Fine in turquoise cloth boards with gilt title to spine and front cover. Clean interior with many illustrations. In very good dark blue dust jacket with white title to spine and front panels. Rubbing and minor wear to edges of jacket with one closed tear to top edge of front panel. 244 pages. MD/031816. Fine / Very Good.
New York: Museum of Modern Art, (1962). Second Edition. Hardcover. Later edition with price of $7.50 on jacket. This MoMA monograph is a landmark book in 20th century photography. Evans (1903 - 1975) was a photojournalist best known for his work documenting the Great Depression. In very good condition in black cloth boards with gilt title to spine. A few speckles to boards and minor foxing to fore-edge, else a clean copy. In an off-white illustrated dust jacket with black title to spine and front panel. The jacket has a few small chips to the edges and minor dampstaining, foxing, and toning along the edges. 195 pages. PHOTO/052311. Very Good / Very Good Minus.
Paris: Bibliotheque Artistique; Librairie des Bibliophiles, 1884. Hardcover. Originally published in 1863, this sword play filled novel was later adapted into several films and theatrical versions. Very good in contemporary leather backed marbled paper covered boards with matching marbled end pages. Gilt titles and raised bands to spines. Light rubbing to bands and edges of leather on all volumes. Bumping to edges of front board of volume three. Original wrappers are bound in. Includes several etchings. Clean, tight interiors with occasional spots of foxing. 270 pages; 294 pages; 293 pages. FRE/041409. Very Good.
Wales: Gwasg Gregynog, 2007. Hardcover. Number 193 of 300 copies. This book collects twelve writings commissioned to celebrate the life and work of the artist Sir Kyffin Williams, R.A. Among the contributors are Nigel Williams, Jan Morris, Anthony Jones, and the Marquess of Anglesey. Illustrated with a selection of the artist’s linocuts, some previously unpublished. The endpaper design is from Sir Kyffin’s original drawing for the covers of the special binding of Two Old Men. Printed in Monotype Bembo type on Zerkall mould-made paper. Bound in black quarter leather with blue cloth covers, blocked in black on the front cover and titled in gold on the spine. Presented in a blue linen slipcase. In fine condition. 84 pages. PRI/120811. Fine.
New York: Clarkson N. Potter, Inc., 1974. Hardcover. FIRST EDITION. Very good purple cloth 4to., bright silver gilt to spine. Insides are clean, bright text. Binding is tight. Endpapers faded at edges and along hinge. Illustrated dust jacket with white title to front panel and blue spine panel. Minor edge wear to dust jacket. 120 color illustrations and 110 b/w. Index, 210 pp. Ceramics and Glass. GLASS/8233. Very Good in Very Good Dust Jacket.
Berlin: Galerie Nierendorf, 1974. Hardcover. A German catalogue raisonné of the complete graphic work of Otto Mueller on the occasion of his 100th birthday. His work encompassed woodcuts, etchings, lithographs, and color lithographs. Hardcover with pictorial glossy cream paper covers. Small sliver cut on back cover otherwise near fine. Interior pages bright and clean. With 172 illustrations of which 19 are in color. Inserted is a 1974-75 price list from Galerie Nierendorf for 38 of Mueller's lithographs. Quarto. 222 pages . ART/072022. Near Fine.
New York: Russell Maret, 2022. Hardcover. Number 37 of 102 copies, signed by the authors and craftspeople involved in making the book. This is one of the 77 numbered copies that includes tip-ins of original material. This magnificent production documents the life and work of Carolee Campbell, founder of Ninja Press and one of the country's most noted book artists. The foreword and afterword beautifully describe Campbell's ethos as an artist and bookmaker that has informed her work since she began making books in 1984. Russell Maret writes of her: "It takes a special kind of person to know that what one is working on is not ready to be discussed. It takes someone...who unhurriedly allows her books to germinate in her lizard brain until they are ready to be dispatched into the world. With each new book Carolee teaches the rest of us how it should be done - not how to make books like hers , but like her, to make books the way the books want to be made." The extensive annotated bibliography of the works produced by the press includes books, broadsides, commissions and collaborations, ephemera, and writing, reviews, criticism. The annotations include comments by Carolee on the making of each book or broadside. There is also a section describing the Ninja Press type collection and an index. There are beautiful vintage paper tip-ins throughout of papers used, and pages from some of the books and broadsides. Accompanied by a booklet reprinting two essays by Carolee. Dispatches from the Lizard Brain was designed and edited by Russell Maret, and printed by him and Sarah Moody. The primary text face, Carolee, was designed by Maret and printed from photopolymer plates on Twinrocker Handmade Paper. The titles are set by Felix Titling. The cover design was design was adapted from an ornament by Campbell. The blue green binding with a leather spine was designed and executed by Amy Borezo at Shelter Bookworks. The book is housed in a handsome brownish orange cloth covered portfolio with a white title label. In fine condition. Folio measuring 15 x 9 inches. 128 pages. PRI/060222. Fine.
New York: Russell Maret, 2022. Hardcover. Number 38 of 102 copies, signed by the authors and craftspeople involved in making the book. This is one of the 77 numbered copies that includes tip-ins of original material. This magnificent production documents the life and work of Carolee Campbell, founder of Ninja Press and one of the country's most noted book artists. The foreword and afterword beautifully describe Campbell's ethos as an artist and bookmaker that has informed her work since she began making books in 1984. Russell Maret writes of her: "It takes a special kind of person to know that what one is working on is not ready to be discussed. It takes someone...who unhurriedly allows her books to germinate in her lizard brain until they are ready to be dispatched into the world. With each new book Carolee teaches the rest of us how it should be done - not how to make books like hers , but like her, to make books the way the books want to be made." The extensive annotated bibliography of the works produced by the press includes books, broadsides, commissions and collaborations, ephemera, and writing, reviews, criticism. The annotations include comments by Carolee on the making of each book or broadside. There is also a section describing the Ninja Press type collection and an index. There are beautiful vintage paper tip-ins throughout of papers used, and pages from some of the books and broadsides. Accompanied by a booklet reprinting two essays by Carolee. Dispatches from the Lizard Brain was designed and edited by Russell Maret, and printed by him and Sarah Moody. The primary text face, Carolee, was designed by Maret and printed from photopolymer plates on Twinrocker Handmade Paper. The titles are set by Felix Titling. The cover design was design was adapted from an ornament by Campbell. The blue green binding with a leather spine was designed and executed by Amy Borezo at Shelter Bookworks. The book is housed in a handsome brownish orange cloth covered portfolio with a white title label. In fine condition. Folio measuring 15 x 9 inches. 128 pages. PRI/060222. Fine.
Seattle: Marquand Editions, 2017. 1 of 50 copies signed by Reiko, Marquand, and Birnbaum. There were also five lettered hors de commerce. This splendid production honors the achievements of Reiko Sudo, considered one of the great textile designers of our time, the renowned "weaver of new ideas." Sudo and Ed Marquand of Marquand Editions worked together to design and produce this artists' book that offers an in-depth exploration of Sudo's textiles, techniques, materials and more. Over 140 distinct textiles are represented in four bento box-style book-objects: they include three scarves, a notebook of cloth samples and collages assembled by Sudo. The first box has two booklets, one with Sudo's autobiography and the other a detailed guide to the boxes including the colophon, and three beautiful scarves. Box two has the textile collages that demonstrate techniques and materials. Box three is the Nuno Compendium - a notebook of cloth samples. Box four contains tools and raw materials she uses in her practice. Each of the boxes is covered by lovely examples of Nuno textiles. The top box also has a fabric lid. Reiko Sudo is co-founder, current CEO, and design director of Nuno Corporation of Tokyo, universally recognized as one of the world’s most innovative textile companies. Her company takes the techniques, materials and aesthetics of traditional textiles and reinterprets them with cutting-edge technologies. Sudo and her design team, together with the company’s skilled weavers and dyers, have greatly broadened the parameters of contemporary design in the industry, experimenting with an eclectic array of materials, ranging from silk, cotton and polyester to hand-made paper and aluminum, and finishing methods that include salt-shrinking, rust-dyeing and caustic burning. The results are distinctive, intriguing and indisputably remarkable. Her works are represented in the permanent collections of many institutions, including the Museum of Modern Art; the Victoria & Albert Museum; and the Tokyo National Museum of Modern Art Craft Gallery [Nuno website]. Boxes measure 1.25 x 10.25 x 10.5 inches. In fine condition. ARTB/041919. Fine.
Cambridge: Merrymount Press for Harvard College Library, 1940. Hardcover. 1 of 250 copies, with Ray Nash signature to half title page. French and Flemish text in facsimilie, English translation and notes by Ray Nash. "This Dialogue, which has been surprisingly overlooked, presents an interesting description of the art of writing. But it is even more important as the earliest account of the working of teh printing press. Therefore, it is a highly appropriate first publication by the Harvard Library's new Department of Printing and Graphic Arts" (foreword). Cream cloth spine over blue paste paper covered boards with gilt title to spine. Minor wear to edges of boards and corners. Clean and bright. In original glassine with many tears and losses to edges. 30 pages plus plates in facsimilie. BOB/. Very Good.
Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1966. Softcover. The sixth printing issued in 1969 of this "important and overdue contribution to the understanding of American race relations" (foreword). Most of the works included in the bibliography concentrate on works appearing between 1954 with the Supreme Court's decision that school segregation was unconstitutional, and the Voting Rights Act in 1965. Some older sources are included if they appeared useful. The bibliography is arranged by background, social institutions, health, literature, intergroup relations, rural and urban problems, education, civil rights and many more. With an index of authors. Softcover with cream paper covers with titling in black. Small stain to top edge of pages and slight signs of handling but in very good condition. 190 pages. BOB/111320. Very Good.
New York: Exposition Press, (1954). First Edition. Hardcover. SCARCE. FIRST EDITION INSCRIBED BY THE AUTHOR. 8vo. Grey cloth covered boards with blue title to spine. Light yellowing to interior. Slight musty smell. Inscription to front free end page. White and blue dust jacket with blue title to spine and white title to front panel. Minor foxing, edgewear, and browning to dust jacket. 94 pages. POE/021819. Very Good / Very Good.
Long Island City, NY: Osprey Publishing, (2010). Hardcover. 4to. Black and white photographically illustrated paper covered boards with grey and white title to black spine. Pristine interior filled with wonderful illustrations as well as rare, removable facsimile documents. Housed in illustrated slip case. 60 pages. WWII/030210. Fine.
Hannover, Germany: Quensen, 1989. Hardcover. Inserted is an original color signed lithograph by Eberhard Eggers, number 5 of 50 copies dated 1988. An interesting German publication exploring the striking graphic works of Eberhard Eggers. There are more than 200 color and black and white images. Wilhelm Paul Eberhard Eggers (1939-2004) was a German graphic artist, painter,sculptor,and Freemason. Artistically, he was considered a representative of modern fantastic realism, whose works are mainly mannerist in their richness of images [Wiki]. Bound in light brown cloth with gilt title to front cover. In a pictorial blue dust jacket with title in black to spine and front cover. Jacket has light signs of handling. Near fine condition. Measures 9.5 x 12 inches. 166 pages ART/072722. Near Fine.
San Francisco: Chronicle Books, 2010. Hardcover. A charming book that provide a short history and description of letter press printing, followed by letterpress "portfolios" of work of many printers from the United States and Europe. Each printer has one or two pages with images of his/her work. Most produce broadsides, cards, invitations, etc. rather than books. Bound in bright yellow cloth with red title lettering on cover and spine. In near fine condition. Measures 7 x 7.5 inches. 191 pages. BOB/112119. Near Fine.
New Haven, CT: Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, 1997. Hardcover. Bernard Rosenthal (1920-2017), book and text manuscript seller and collector, specialized in Medieval manuscripts and early printed books from the beginning of his career as an antiquarian bookseller in 1953. He was born into a family of legendary European booksellers. His masterpiece was considered to be his Catalogue 34, which was subsequently published as this catalogue from the Beinecke Library at Yale University. This remarkable scholarly catalogue achieved Rosenthal's goal of producing a catalogue of books in which the presence of annotations would be ranked on the same level as the printed text and given proper descriptions to emphasize their importance as primary sources. The catalog has an alphabetical short-title list, c chronological short-title list, the catalog itself, a bibliography, and an index of owners and annotators. There are reproductions from the pages of text and annotations throughout the book. Printed in Dante types that was redrawn for digital setting. Bound in burgundy cloth with gilt titling to spine. Binding and text pages are in near fine condition save for light speckling to top and fore-edge. Measures 8.5 x 12 inches. 389 pages. BOB/041020. Near fine.
Chicago: Sherwin Beach Press, 2011. Hardcover. Number 71 of 75 copies. Signed by author. Morris Fuller Benton was the most prolific type designer of the hot metal era, but unlike Frederic Goudy, Bruce Rogers, or William Dwiggins--whose ideas about type design are well documented -- Benton wrote nothing about his own work, nor was it the subject of analysis by others. Benton (1872-1948) headed the design department of American Type Founders for over forty years and designed hundreds of typefaces. Juliet Shen has made a meticulous study of his work, including a new enumeration of designs appropriately attributed to him. She gained access to papers from the ATF library, now housed at Columbia University. Shen places Benton in the context of American life at the turn of the 20th Century, when branding, advertising, and marketing were first becoming major factors in the economy. She compares his typefaces to similar ones from the same period, discovering the elements which he found important. There are dozens of reproductions of typographic specimens from Europe and North America. As Roger Black says in the introduction, "Benton's lean, driving, consistent style took over American printing in the pre-war era, and remains the bedrock of American typography." The book is designed by Robert McCamant, set in Cloister Oldstyle cast by the Dale Guild Type Foundry from ATF matrices and typeset by Art Larson and Rose Wisotzky at Horton Tank Graphics. It is printed on Mohawk Superfine, with letterpress by Michael Russem of Kat Ran Press, and offset illustrations and captions by Capitol Offset. Trisha Hammer designed and executed the black cloth binding with red stitching to open spine. In fine condition. 1/2 x 10 1/4 inches. 58 pages. PRI/022624. Fine.