San Francisco: American Trust Company, 1954. Paperback. First Edition. SIGNED BY ADAMS and dated May 25th 1980, Carmel on the dedication page. This book was commissioned by the American Trust Company on its one hundredth anniversary. Includes sixty photographs by Ansel Adams printed on high gloss paper. In soft covers bound with clear plastic spiral comb which has broken in several places but continues to hold the pages together. There are a few scuff marks to the covers and minor wear to the edges. This copy is ex-library from the Carmel Valley Manor with an unobtrusive stamp on the dedication page. This is the only library marking. Unpaginated. PHOTO/052611. Very Good.
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New York: Béatrice Coron, 2016. Paperback. Number 3 of 6 copies. This witty and amusing work was a collaborative project between paper maker, Aimee Lee and papercut artist, Béatrice Coron, based on texts by Mick Stern. They had great fun creating 18 images and "field notes" of improbable ducks. For example: "Duck blinds - He navigates by Ultrasound, GPS and a cane." Or, "Duck Soup - The Marx Brothers' Favorite Lunch." Coron's handcut Tyvek duck images are laminated within hand-made paper made by Aimee Lee, with handwritten text on each sheet. These 18 sheets can be viewed individually or displayed as an installation. The paper is sewn along the top and bottom? edges to allow for a rod to be inserted for display purposes. Housed in a stiff paper portfolio with title and description on attached tab. In fine condition. Each sheet measures 9 x 9 inches. Coron describes her book work: "For the last 20 years, I have been exploring visual storytelling in artist books, paper cutting and public art. Collecting memories from individuals and communities, I stage narrative allegories in silhouette to create a dialogue with the viewer in playful fantasies. These visual chronicles record archetypal stories that transcend time and space. I have been fascinated by the relation of people to their space and the sense of belonging. Using papercutting where everything is cut from a single piece of Tyvek, the profusion of individual stories makes a coherent whole world." [From her website] ARTISTSB/081921. Fine.
Paris: DS/Technal, (1981). Hardcover. Oblong 8vo. Dark blue paper covered boards with white title to front board and to spine. Minor fading to edges of boards. Crack to front and rear hinges. Text block is slightly loose. Else is clean and bright with photographic illustrations throughout. Illustrated dust jacket with black title to front panel and to white spine panel. Minor creasing to edges of dust jacket. Four small closed tears have been repaired with tape. TEXT IN FRENCH. 134 pages. FRETRA/040816. Very Good / Very Good.
Baltimore: Middleton Press, Inc, 1996. Hardcover. Bookplate from Preakness '98 with the author's signature. The bookplate with signature was sponsored by PHH Vehicle Management Services. Fine in blue cloth boards with silver title to spine and front board. Filled with full color photographic illustrations of wildlife, landscapes, and outdoor activities. Near fine illustrated jacket with black spine panel and white title to spine. Minor creasing to rear panel of jacket, else fine. Quarto. Index, 224 pages. MD/081610. Fine / Near Fine.
Baltimore: Middleton Press, Inc, 1996. Hardcover. SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR. Folio. Dark blue cloth covered baords with silver title to front and spine panels. Inscription to back of front free end page. Else is clean and bright with full color photographic illustrations on every page. Illustrated dust jacket with white title to front panel and to black spine panel. Index, 224 pages. MD/032012. Fine / Fine.
Penland School of Crafts, 2017. Hardcover. Number 12 of 16 copies. Signed by the artist. An exploration of women's domestic roles in the late 19th century through the language of Henrik Ibsen's play, "A Doll's House" juxtaposed with pastel renderings of domestic objects. The text oscillates between a husband's dialogue to his wife and her inner dialogue, including: "Has my little spendthrift been wasting money again? ... They all think that I am incapable of anything really serious - that I have gone through nothing in this world of cares.... My little songbird must never do that again. A songbird must have a clean beak to chirp with - no false notes! ...." Grey cloth boards with silhouette of a vessel to front board. Text and images are letterpress printed on cotton and Japanese papers. Size: 7 x 5 inches. ARTB/090320. Fine.
Creative Education Inc., (1985). Hardcover. Near fine in beige cloth boards with brown title to spine. Clean and bright filled with full oclor illustrations. Previous owners signature to front flyleaf. Near fine price-clipped jacket with light rubbing to panels, else fine. Unpaginated. CHILD/101309. Fine in Near fine jacket.
New York: Rizzoli, 1991. Hardcover. "This fully illustrated survey of Nash's works includes all of his known and attributed works. Michael Mansbridge's superb photographs of Nash's extant buildings are complemented by contemporary views and old photographs of demolished buildings, and by original sketches of designs never executed" (dust jacket). Quarto. Very good in maroon cloth boards with gilt title to spine. Clean and bright with many photographic illustrations. In very good illustrated dust jacket with white spine panel title in maroon. Slight evidence of dampstaining to foot of jacket and minor wear to edges. 336 pages. ARCH/042321. Very Good / Very Good.
Switzerland: Harlin Quist, 1977. Hardcover. Four Horses in a Box or Little Box of Horse Laughs. Includes four miniature books written in French each with a different illustrator. All books are in fine condition in fine dust jackets. Housed in a black paper covered box with title pastedown on front panel. Minor wear to edges of box. Unpaginated [about 16 pages each]. FRE/082310. Fine.
New York: Harper and Brothers, 1887. Hardcover. Includes work by: Victor Berstrom, W.B. Closson, Timothy Cole, John P. Davis, Frank French, T. Johnson, F.S. King, Elbridge Kingsley, G. Kruell, R.A. Muller, C.A. Powell, S.G. Putnam, John Tinkey, F.H. Wellington, and Henry Wolf. Features 25 full page wood-engravings. An elephant folio bound in black cloth over dark green cloth covered boards with gilt title to front cover and spine. Ex-library with call numbers to spine and pocket to rear endpaper. Previous owner bookplate to front pastedown. Library repair to spine (modern black cloth pasted down over original cloth) and interior hinges (white hinge tape reinforcement). Dampstaining to front cover and to edges of rear cover. Heavy wear to corners of boards and mnior wear to edges. Minor browning to margins of most pages, but clean interior overall. Unpaginated. ART/090220. Very Good.
Baltimore: Maryland Historical Society, 1996. Hardcover. A story about possibilities featuring a young boy that finds stories and life in random objects, people, and places. He even finds inspiration from a coal scuttle. Tom Miller is a nationally acclaimed African American from Baltimore and is best known for his painted furniture, sculptures, prints, and paintings. Red cloth boards with gilt title to spine and gilt illustration to front cover. In yellow illustrated jacket with red title to spine panel. Light wear to edges of jacket, else fine. Bright, colorful interior with illustrations on every page. Unpaginated. CHILD/111920. Fine / Near Fine.
New York: Harry N. Abrams. Hardcover. Folio. Very good+ in brown cloth covered boards with gilt title to front board and to spine. Minor yellowing to edges of pages. Else is clean and bright with 36 color plates and 10 drawings. Illustrated white dust jacket with black title to front and spine panels. Minor yellowing and edgewear to dust jacket. ART/061517. Very Good+ / Very Good+.
Leningrad: Art Publishing House. Hardcover. Oblong 8vo. Grey illustrated cloth covered boards. No title to exterior. Minor bowing to boards and minor bumping to spine ends and corners. Interior is clean and bright with beautiful black and white photographic illustrations throughout. TEXT IN RUSSIAN. Unpaginated. Russian History. RUS/020718. Very Good.
Freeville, NY: Carol Schwartzott, 2021. Hardcover. Number 11 of 12 copies signed and numbered by the book artist. The text from this beautiful book was extracted from Lure of the Garden written by Hildegarde Hawthorne in 1911. There are also quotes about gardens and nature from such writers as Shakespeare, Longfellow, Gertrude Jekyll, and Dickinson. The book includes eight lovely large graphite drawings by Carol of plants. There are also 18 smaller drawings, some of which are reduced versions of the larger ones. Each was later finalized with the addition of hand-coloring using a combination of watercolor, gouache and colored pencil. The text is Inkjet printed on archival Mohawk vellum in Cochin and Cinzel Decorative types. Bound in dark gray cloth with title label on front cover. Housed in a dark gray clamshell box with charmng multi-colored floral papers on the inside lid and box bottom. A wonderful celebration of the pleasures of the garden. In fine condition. Measures: 7.25 x 7.25 inches. 54 pages. ARTISTB/103021. Fine.
Chicago: Starshaped Press, 2019. Hardcover. Number 6 of 50 copies. Signed and numbered by the book artist. This powerful book was created by book artist and printer Jen Farrell to describe the pain and anguish she experienced as Jo, her young daughter, was treated in 2018 to stem the growth of tumor nodules around her right lung. She writes: "While the treatments were challenging, the fallout that followed over the winter was unbearable. The chest pressure, pneumonitis and inability to breathe sent us to the hospital repeatedly, with unsatisfactory results. By ‘unsatisfactory’ I mean punching-a-hole-in-the-wall angry at the lack of understanding about why Jo had these side effects and the weeks, sometimes months, it took to get appointments with specialists. I sought solace in songs that directed my frustration away from people around me. One of these was Black Star’s Respiration, with lyrics that expressed a metaphorical difficulty to breathe in an urban environment. Many of the words applied to our reality; rewriting the lyrics was an outlet for acknowledging the trauma....Respiration is a rewrite of the song, but in this case applied to watching my child struggle to breathe." The book unfolds as a poster measuring 20x14 inches that folds down to approximately 5x 7 inches within red paper covered boards. The covers are printed in two colors on Mohawk Keakolour and the interior text is printed on Fabriano Tiziano paper with ‘fuzz’ in the texture as a nod to the scarring fuzz in Jo’s lungs. The book is accompanied by a white folded paper reference guide to the lyrics with notes on Jen's rewrites. In fine condition. Fine.
Paris: G. Masson, Bibliothèque de La Nature, n.d. [circa 1886]. Hardcover. In his preface, the author says that travel to the United States from Paris was now easy and wonders why his fellow citizens don't sail there to see that beautiful country. He notes that the United States does not have monuments of art, or historic sites, but reminds his readers that it is a very young country. The country does display its extraordinary energy and extreme hard work. The traveler will see there the results of their intelligence and see the grand works that they have accomplished. Albert Tissandier (1839 – 1906) was a French architect, aviator, illustrator, editor and archaeologist. He was the brother of adventurer Gaston Tissandier with whom he collaborated in writing the magazine La Nature, a French language scientific journal aimed at the popularization of science. Tissandier was also a passionate writer and traveller. In 1886, he started a long trip around the world in America, subsequently traveling to the East Indies, Ceylon and many other Asian locales, sending his magnificent illustrations back to Paris so they could appear in La Nature [Wikipedia]. This account in French of his travels in the U.S. naturally focuses on what he finds most interesting - engineering achievements such as the Brooklyn Bridge; natural wonders like the canyons of the west and Niagara Falls; and important developments in transportation and manufacturing. His text is accompanied by his wonderful illustrations. There are eight two-page plates, 82 engravings, and two maps. One of the maps shows Tissandier's route across the United States. Bound in half red leather with marbled paper boards. Spine with raised bands, gilt titling and ornaments. Leather is rubbed with wear along edges and paper boards have some chipping and bumping. Interior pages are clean and bright with a bit of foxing to first and last few pages. Very good condition. Measures 6.25 x 10 inches. 298 pages plus page listing plates and maps. TRAVEL/092121. Very Good.