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Baltimore: Beeline Books, 2009. Hardcover. Fine in paper covered boards with blue title to front cover. This book features a humorous essay by the artist about her summer custom of accompanying her husband to Arundel Golf Park where she often sketches and observes the golfers. It is bound in a triptych format and appropriately features a digital reproduction of a colored pencil drawing of the golf course which was completed on site. Unpaginated. [6 pages.] ARTB/122809. Fine.
Santa Barbara: Black Sparrow Press, 1979. Hardcover. First Edition. Letter N of 26 copies hand-bound in boards, lettered and signed by the author. There were many copies issued in paper wrappers and also 200 hardcover copies signed by the author. "Rochelle Owens is the award-winning author of many controversial and innovative plays and a pioneer in the experimental off-Broadway movement" (last page, unnumbered). Bound in quarter decorated cloth with green paper boards and green paper title label to spine. Fine in acetate dust jacket. 152 pages. PRI/101416. Fine.
Washington DC: Blue House Press, 1989. Softcover. Number 34 of 500 copies. Signed and numbered by the book artist. Nancy Garruba is a writer, photographer, and graphic designer. Her artists' books have been collected by many museums and libraries. This scarce work is a meditation on birth and death after the loss of a baby. The contemplative text is accompanied by monochromatic photographs of sky, clouds, water, along with that of a woman giving birth and a solitary unmoving figure. The book can be opened as a codex or fanned out in carousel fashion to see all of the pages at once. Transparent covers reveal the photographic paper boards with title. In near fine condition with slightest wear to corners of covers. 7.5 x 7.5 inches. Unpaginated. PI/050218. Near Fine.
Riverside, CA: Bo Press Miniature Books, 20102016. Hardcover. Signed by the book artist. This is a story by Prue Batten, an Australian award winning writer of fantasy and historical fiction. In this lovely story-within-a-story by Batten, a medieval troubadour tells his master's young son a legend of Occitan: A queen suspected of sorcery and shape-changing and how she was vindicated. The story is loosely based on the legend of Pedauque that has been part of the Occitan legend for centuries. The tale has ten illustrations with historiated initials drawn from medieval manuscripts. Pat writes that this is the sixth book that she and Prue have published together, and she has marked the event with an illustration opposite the title page with a Latin motto including both our names. The beautiful binding is an embroidered fabric of gold, turquoise, and dark blue, with a twisted ribbon spine that echoes the illustrations inside. In fine condition. Measures 2.75 x 2.25 inches. 45 pages. ARTISTSBOOK/021518. Fine.
Riverside, CA: Bo Press Miniature Books, 2015. Hardcover. Mary Roberts Rinehart and others of the "Golden Age" of mystery writing became known as the "Had I But Known" school for their use of this useful bit of prolepsis: a foreshadowing device that allows a work-around for the strictures of first-person narration. I've collected examples from all eras of literature and placed them each on their own page, like little jewels of purple prose. ~ "Had I but known that Saacho was his father, I woulf have poured a deluge of my blood to save one drop of his." The Spanish Friar, by John Dryden ~ "Ah,had I but known:: the agony! the deceit! You cannot possibly imagine the trials, the letters, the steps, this strange fantasy exacts. I have seen only a few Academicians, but already my nerves are completely upset." The Letters of Charles Baudelaire to his Mother ~"In a state of suffocating agitation the mistress gasped forth the words, "Had I but known: Freiscutz! Presciosa! I'll turn every soul into the streets!" - The Spectator, Volume 38 Carl Maria von Weber A choice collection ('though I say it myself), printed in Garamond Premier Pro on Monarch Superfine paper, and bound in a Japanese chiyogami paper printed with a stormy sea and turbulent waves, a fitting backdrop for a young woman in a lacy nightgown fleeing a dark castle with a single light in the tower window . . . Size: 2" x 2 1/2" inches. 100 pages, 7 illustrations. Fine.
Riverside, CA: Bo Press Miniature Books, 2020. Pat Sweet describes herself as creating illuminated miniature books of curiosity, humor, and delight. She creates both miniature (under 3 inches) and macro-miniature (under 1 inch) books. This book is from a small open edition, which is signed by the artist. According to the book artist: " " Bound in marbled paper covered boards with black leather spine and paper title label to front board. Clean and bright with color illustrations. About 26 pages. Size: Oblong 2 7/8 x 1 3/4 inches. ARTB/091123. Fine.
Riverside, CA: Bo Press Miniature Books, 2016. Hardcover. Pat Sweet describes herself as creating illuminated miniature books of curiosity, humor, and delight. She creates both miniature (under 3 inches) and macro-miniature (under 1 inch) books. She also makes miniature pocket globes, astronomical instruments, orreries, tellurions, and occasional oddities. She writes: "Rear Admiral Sir Francis Beaufort, (1774-1857) had no notion of poetry when he devised his long-needed standardized scale for the effect of wind on sailing ships, but his descriptions have a beauty and clarity that come close to it: 'Surface smooth and mirror-like. Calm, Smoke rises vertically. Scaly ripples, no foam crests. Smoke drift indicates wind direction, Still wind vanes.' I've paired Beaufort's poetic descriptions with land (and sea-) scape paintings that illustrate his wind levels, with technical details on the back of each fold out page. The twelve fold-outs have tiny tabs to pull out the pages." Printed on Monarch Superfine paper in UnZialish and Tempus Sans fonts, and bound in black watered satin cloth with endpapers of blue and silver Japanese paper. There are paper titles on the front and spine. In fine condition. Measures 2 3/4 x 2 3/8 inches. 46 pages. ARTISTSBOOK/021518. Fine.
New York, Lincoln Mac Veagh, The Dial Press, Toronto, Longmans, Green & Company, 1929. Hardcover. First American edition. Variant Binding. Bound in lavender moire cloth stamped in gold on the spine. Corners lightly rubbed, small mark on the lightly faded spine, a few small dampstains to spine, small holes at the foot of the rear pastedown, otherwise bright and clean without dust jacket. 302 pages. LIT/102616. Very Good.
New York: Thomas Y. Crowell Company, [circa 1950]. Hardcover. A beautiful edition of Browning's famed romantic sonnets to her intended husband, Robert Browning. They are accompanied by b&w and color romantic and erotic illustrations by Willy Pogany. Bound in light red cloth with gilt titling to spine and cover, with gilt rosebud also on front cover. Light signs of handling. Interior pages are in near fine condition. Gift inscription dated 1957 on front free endpaper. Measures 7.5 x 10.25 inches. 93 pages. POETRY/010621. Near Fine.
New York: Milestone Book, 1959. Hardcover. First Edition. Scarce. "'Search for Accord' presents the dilemma of two spiritually mated human beings of different colored skins in an inimical milieu. Candor and forthrightness distinguish the handling of this delicate and often difficult theme. Miss Burke has written with compassion and remarkable sensibility and bravely holds up the mirror to Nature. 'Search for Accord' is far from a sensational piece of fiction; it is sober, serious and beautiful, and lays bare the riddled hearts of two sensitive people in search of love and self-fulfillment" (rear flap of dust jacket). Bound in reddish brown cloth boards with silver title to spine. Clean and bright. In brown and cream dust jacket with photographic image of the author wrapping around the spine panel. Titled in cream on the spine panel of the jacket and in brown on the front panel. Several tears and chips to edges and hinges of jacket. Minor soiling to jacket panels. 277 pages. LIT/122917. Very Good / Very Good.
London, Glasgow, and New York: George Routledge and Sons, circa 1890. Hardcover. Includes poems and short stories arranged by season with color illustrations throughout. Bound in the original brick red cloth boards with color illustration to front board and gilt title to spine. Minor chipping and wear to spine ends and corners. Minor smudge marks to edges of boards, but clean overall. Clean, bright interior with full color illustrations by Cooper. Light offsetting from illustrations. Gift inscription in pen dated '82 to front free endpaper. Paper lining interior hinge is tearing, but mull (fabric) remains intact. Binding is tight. A charming book. Size: quarto. About 120 pages - each season is about 40 pages. CHILD/110221. Very Good.
Richmond: Caryl Burtner, 1993. Paperback. Number 478 of 2000. A collection of the number 13 (from excised pages of books). "Caryl began her Exorcism series in 1978, cutting the page number and some text from page 13 of every book in her library, placing these small squares into randomly selected groupings of 48 to a page. The text thus gathered forms fortuitous poems and coincidences of meaning" (cover). Side-stapled stiff black paper wrappers with white title to front cover. Minor wear including a few creases to edges and spine and minor rubbing to covers. Clean and bright interior. [Unpaginated, 13 pages.] Size: 10 x 8 inches. ARTB/010923. Very Good.
New York: Street and Smith, No date. Paperback. SCARCE. 8vo. Good+ with worn illustrated front wrapper and chipping to the spine. Black title to front wrapper and to spine. Chipping, rubbing and creasing to front wrapper. Rear wrapper missing. Yellowing to pages. 305 pages. Arrow Library, No. 187. Literature. LIT1/3142. Good + in Wraps.
New York: The John Day Company, 1928. Hardcover. 8vo. Off white paper backed bluish green paper covered boards with black title to front board and to spine. One bump to bottom edge of front board and browning to top edge of both boards and spine. Interior is clean and bright. 73 pp. Poetry. POE/11172. Very Good.
New York: Simon and Schuster, 1964. Hardcover. First U.S. edition. Review copy with review slip laid in. Blue cloth stamped in silver on spine with decorations on front cover. In light blue dust jacket titled in orange on spine and front panels. Slight fading to spine panel of jacket and light wear to edges. 223 pages. LIT/111116. Fine / Near Fine.
Boston: Roberts Brothers, 1895. Hardcover. Includes illustrations. A charming collection of nine short stories for children, most with a moral lesson attached. Very good in mustard yellow cloth boards with gilt title to spine. Maroon illustration of daisies to spine and front board. Chipping to book cloth on spine ends and minor wear to corners. Minor browning to margins of pages. Light foxing to end pages. Minor chipping to the edges of a few pages. The front hinge is starting, although the boards remain firmly attached. 289 pages plus ads. CHILD/080108. Very Good.
London: Skeffington and Son, 1896. Hardcover. FIRST EDITION. British novelist, Marie Corelli (1855 - 1924), was a very popular author during her time, although she was often criticized, as many women authors then were, of being melodramatic. This book addresses the plight of a wealthy woman married to an abusive, arrogant aristocrat who takes great advantage of her kindness and finances. Appropriately, Corelli's introduction implores her readers to place greater value on women and their roles in marriage and society. Very good in original maroon cloth boards with gilt title to spine and front board. Slight roll to spine and minor wear to edges and spine ends. The end pages are browned with a small spot of soiling on the first two. Also, there are a few spots of foxing to the title page, there is an inscription from the previous owner on the half title page dated 1896, and there are occasional smudge marks throughout. A nice copy despite noted wear. 292 pages. LIT/012109. Very Good.
New York: American Tract Society, 1880. Hardcover. Part of the Imperial Series. A story for children set in Paris. In grey cloth boards with illustration of children to front cover and rubbed white title to spine. Binding is signed H E F with overlapping letters. Rubbing to spine and covers, a few spots of soiling / dampstaining to front cover, and minor wear to edges and corners. Slight roll to spine. Pencil inscription to front endpaper dated 1905. Occasional spots of soiling to interior, but clean overall. Closed tear to paper covering front interior hinge, but binding remains secure. Frontispiece illustration. 278 pages. CHILD/040219. Very Good.
Baltimore: Society of American Poets, 1943. Paperback. Very good- in green paper wrappers with black title to front wrapper. Soiling to top of front wrapper and to spine. Small christmas sticker to front wrapper. Minor edgewear. Interior is clean and bright with photographic illustrations throughout. 101 pages + table of contents. Poetry. POE/041816. Very Good -.
Paris, London, New York: Raphael Tuck & Sons, Ltd., circa 1896. Hardcover. Bound in original brown cloth boards with gilt title to spine and front cover. Gilt decoration of children on stairs to front cover. Minor wear to edges, corners, and spine ends. Minor soiling / discoloration to both boards. Previous owner's signature to front free endpaper in pen, dated 1896. Light foxing throughout and browning to margins. includes twelve full page color illustrations and numerous black and white illustrations. Pencil markings to last page of text and smudge mark to both rear free endpapers. A charming book. 104 pages. CHILD/012618. Very Good.
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2003. Hardcover. Stated first edition. A REVIEW COPY with slip from the publisher and original photograph of the author inserted. 451 pages. Clean and bright. In white paper covered boards with gilt title to spine. White jacket with orange spine panel titled in white. Very light wear to edgs of jacket. LIT/031221. Fine / Fine.
New York: Harper & Brother. 1845. Hardcover. SCARCE. First American edition. Very good-. Beige cloth backed blue paper covered flexible boards. Heavy wear to exterior with creasing and chipping and soiling. Blue paper has chipped away to reveal red underneath is some areas. Appears to be an amateur binding. Browning and foxing throughout though text remains bright. Binding is loose. An English family on a protracted stay in Italy. 142 pages. Literature. LIT/061908. Good +.