London: John C. Nimmo, 1886. A nice copy of this classic by Goldsmith, with 114 charming color illustrations by the French illustrator Poirson. Bound in three quarter red leather with red cloth covers. Marbled endpapers. Leather is bumped and rubbed, and cloth has some light soiling. The front joint/hinge is cracked but text block is still holding. Text pages have an occasional spot and slight aging to margins but generally clean and bright. Called for frontispiece is not present. 1905 ownership signature on ffel. Very good. Octavo. 291 pages. LIT/041221.
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Wales: Gwasg Gregynog, 2004. Hardcover. Number 122 of 200 copies. In the introduction Dowd states “the present publication is designed to bring the artistic achievements of contemporary binders who have worked...for Gregynog to the notice of a wider public.” This book reproduces in color the nineteen special bindings produced from 1977 until 2002 by the press. Among the binders are Sally Lou Smith, James Brockman, Julian Thomas, Alan Wood, David Esslemont, David Vickers, and Kyffin Williams. Printed in Monotype Walbaum type on Monoadnock Astrolite paper. Bound in dark blue linen with gilt title and press name to spine and the device of the press on the front board. Housed in slipcase in same blue linen. In fine condition. 100 pages. PRI/120811. Fine.
Oldham, England: Incline Press, 2001. Hardcover. Number 16 of 250 regular copies. English illustrator Thomas Lowinsky (1892-1947) was a good friend of Charles Ricketts and frequently worked with other friends including Sacheverell, Edith Sitwell, Oliver Simon, and Francis Meynell. He was a founding member of the Double Crown Club, a dining club for printers, publishers, book designers, and illustrators. This fine book features more than ninety illustrations, including all of his surviving unpublished illustrations, an autograph poem and ink sketch made while he was in the army, two woodcuts, and all of his patterned paper designs and publishers' devices. Also included are reproductions of his Double Crown Club menus, facsimile illustrations from the eighteen books that he illustrated, a previously unpublished studio portrait of Lowinsky, a memoir written by his daughter, a biography, and bibliography. Fine in grey cloth with pattern paper covered boards and gilt title to spine. Printed on Magnani paper in Monotype Fournier. Housed in grey and dark blue cloth covered slipcase with paper title label to spine panel. Pristine. A beautifully printed collection. 124 pages. PRI/051216. Fine.
London: Constable & Co., 1930. Hardcover. First Edition. Edited by Maartens's daughter. Her presentation slip inserted. Biography and correspondence of the Dutch author Joseph Van Der Porten Schwartz, who published under the pseudonym Maarten Maartens. He was a successful novelist and friend of such figures as Quiller-Couch, Edmund Gosse, and Max Beerbohm. Bound in publisher's blue cloth with gilt title to spine.Some small chips to spine ends. Text is clean and bright. Very good condition. 369 pages including index. Very Good.