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.
Baltimore: Scapegoat Publishing, 2005. Paperback. "American Gothic provides an overview of at least 15 years of Carlos Batts's artistic career covering all manners of photographic and mixed-media manipulations" (back cover). Includes CD featuring Mastadon, Swarm of the Lotus, Pig Destroyer, Pg. 99, Dog Fashion Disco, Radiation 4, Daybreak, Buzzoven, and Agoraphobic Nosebleed. Some tracks are unavailable elsewhere. Bound in black paper wrappers with pink title to spine and front cover. Clean and bright. Housed in a black cloth slipcase with pink title to front panel. Unpaginated. ART/071017. Fine.
Toronto: Biting Dog Press, 2003. Hardcover. Number 225 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 gray cloth portfolio with a brown leather tie that evokes a mouse's tail. Housed in a gray cloth clamshell box with light blue edges. A charming book in fine condition. Measures 6.25 x 9 inches. Unpaginated [about 18 pages plus illustrations]. PRI/050922. 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.
Minneapolis: Indulgence Press, 2012. Portfolio. Number 7 of 10 copies. Signed and numbered by poet and illustrator. This is one of several books produced by Wilber "Chip" Schilling, owner of the Indulgence Press, in collaboration with author-artist Thomas Rose. In this book they created a beautiful and mysterious work that combines Rose's haunting photographs with the poetry of Lo Ch'ing, a noted modern poet from China. In his foreword, Rose states that "art deals with primary intention and those aspects of objects and space that are unavailable to logic. His images are constructed from various sources including shadows and reflections. They are illusions, reflections in glass. Lo Ch'ing's poems give these images...depth and richness." The pairings of the photographs and poems are open-ended and ambiguous, allowing for conjecture as to how the images and text meet. The eight photographic prints are originals by Rose, and Lo Ch’ing wrote the interpretive poems for this book, with his original brushwork and translations. They were printed letterpress from plates by Schilling. Each image is printed in color on a fine woven paper. Each poem is printed in Chinese and English along with the striking black brushwork on a light and semi-transparent paper that slightly reveals the image beneath. The elephant folio sized sheets are housed in a green and black cloth portfolio with diagonal boards that fasten with a black bone closure. A stunning production from the noted Indulgence Press in fine condition. PRI/121312. Fine.
Cranford, NJ: Aquin Book Shop, (1951). Paperback. 8vo. Blue and white paper wrappers with blue title to front wrapper and to spine. Minor edgewear and creasing to wrappers. Four small puncture holes to rear wrapper and last few blank pages. Ex-libris with writing to title page but no other library markings. Else is clean and bright. Index, 345 pages. Catholicism CATH/120116. Very Good.
New York: W.W. Norton and Co, 1985. Hardcover. A photo-documentary of China taken over 6 years of extensive travel across the country. Kubota was granted full access to the country for this project. With 186 full color photographs. Red cloth boards with gilt title to spine and front cover. In white dust jacket with black title to spine and front panels. Minor wear to edges of jacket. Front hinge is a little loose. Clean and bright. 204 pages. CHI2/2132. Very Good / Very Good.
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: 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.
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 65 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/072915. Fine.