New York: William W. Snowden, 1841-2. Hardcover. Includes twelve issues from May 1841 through April 1842. With over 13 steel engravings including fashion plates, a view of the capitol at Washington, and a view of Baltimore. Both volumes are bound together in three quarter dark brown leather over black cloth boards. Gilt title and decoration to spine. Wear to corners and edges of boards. Several chips to bookcloth on front cover. Interior is clean overall with occasional spots of foxing. The title page and table of contents for Volume 16 is bound in the front of the book, before Volume 15. The title page and table of contents for Volume 15 are not present. Volume 15 is 312 pages. Volume 16 is 326 pages. PER/010417. Very Good.
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1812. A leaf from The History of the Abbey Church or St. Peter's Westminster: Its Antiques and Monuments, by Rudolph Ackermann. In 1795 Ackermann set up a lithographic press and opened a business in copper lithographs. Ackermann was a creative and efficient publisher, who brought innovative techniques to the commercial production of color plate books as well as an uncompromising attention to detail which ensured uniform high quality. Print method is Engraving-Aquatint on India paper, measuring 343 x 278 mm. or approximately 13 1/2 x 11 inches. Archivally matted. #48672. Very Good.
London: printed for H. Lintot, T. Longman, J. and P. Knapton, B. Sprint, D. Midwinter, et. al. 1737. Hardcover. Size: Small 8vo. Bound in full dark brown leather boards with red and gilt title labesls to spines. Gilt volume numbers to volumes 1, 2, and 3. Volume 4 has been expertly restored; the boards are original, and spine is modern with original title label. The front boards of Volumes 3 and 4 are detached but present. Cracking to exterior hinges of volumes several volumes. Leather of spines of volumes 1 - 3 are cracked with minor chipping. Leather boards of all volumes are scuffed and edgeworn with bumped corners. A border is tooled on all boards. Gilt tooling to edges of boards is worn. Bookplate of previous owner to front pastedowns of all volumes, Harold Randolph. Vols. are also signed by previous owner. Laid paper interiors are very clean with bright text and only very occasional spots of foxing. Edges of pages in Volume 4 are somewhat warped. Decorative woodcut headpieces begin all chapters. A nice set despite noted wear. All volumes include an Index. Vol. I, 299 pages; Vol. II, 330 pages.; Vol. III, 312 pages.; Vol. IV, 309 pages. ENG/091404. Very Good.
Boston: Little, Brown and Co., 1857. Hardcover. Louis Agassiz (1807-1873) was one of the most important scientists of his time. Swiss-born, he became one of the founders of the American scientific tradition. In these five volumes he presents his research on turtles and on acalephs - jellyfish, nettles etc. The first two volumes comprise his monographs but the other twoinclude many detailed and exquisite plates of his subjects. This is an ex-library set from the Williston Seminary, and someone at this institution was apparently enamoured of the library's ownership stamp. There are intermittent stamps in the text, a stamp in the margin of each plate in volume II, on some of the plates in volume III, and none to the plates in volume IV. In the original brown cloth binding, but volume III has been rebacked. The foot of spine of volume I has one inch chip; all volumes have wear at ends of spine and around edges, with some repairs to worn areas. Library ownership label on front pastedowns. Still a decent copy of this important scientific work. This set may require an extra shipping fee. NAT/5093. Good.
Lexington KY: Anvil Press, 1986. Hardcover. Number 11 of 100 copies. According to an article by Burton Milward, “Private Press Tradition in Lexington, Kentucky,” published in 1992 in the Kentucky Review, the Anvil Press was part of the resurgence of fine press printing in Lexington, led by Joseph Graves, who was influenced and taught by Victor Hammer. The Anvil Press was unusual in that it was an association comprised of ten members, inspired and guided by Hammer and his wife, Carolyn. Their books were printed on any one of the several presses owned by members of the group, and were sold at cost. This Greek tragedy in five acts, written in verse, was composed by Racine at the age of 27 and performed at the Court of Louis XIV. Bound with black cloth spine and red paper covered boards with red paper title label to spine. Pristine with numerous illustrations by Fritz Kredel, a prolific German artist who emigrated to the United States during World War II. In matching red paper dust jacket with black title to spine and front panels. Creasing to jacket and minor wear to edges. Printed in red and black inks at the Windell Press in Victor Hammer’s American & Andromaque uncial types. 51 pages. PRI/031314. Fine / Very Good.
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.
Mission, B.C. Barbarian Press, 2017. Number 89 of 100 copies for sale. Signed by the book artists. This delightful book celebrates the wonderful Barbarian Press's 40th anniversary and is the 47th book to be issued by the press. The Crispins thought that the occasion seemed to require some formal observance. Crispin writes: "Some of the more frequent questions asked us concern bears: Why do we have a bear as a press device? Do we really have bears around the press room? Is the bear a symbol of something? Is the bear really Crispin? – and so on. One of the most requested ephemeral pieces we ever produced was A Sloth of Bears, a broadsheet we printed in 2002 which showed all the press devices we had by that time commissioned from engravers who had illustrated our books. Since we have had several new devices engraved since 2002, and since the ‘FAQ’s (as they are now inevitably called) listed above are not answered by a broadsheet, we decided to print a small book about them. The book opens with a Preface about bears, our relationship with them, and theirs with the press. The body of the book prints all nineteen devices to date in chronological order, each image accompanied by a list of the titles in which the device has been used, and a note about the engraver and our work together. As well as versions of our press device, we have sometimes had pairs of printer’s marks engraved for us. These marks, in effect graphic ‘signatures’ of an individual printer or designer, have at various times been a feature of book design and production. The most famous modern example is probably Bruce Roger’s thistle. In our case, we initiated the marks with A Christmas Carol, or, The Miser’s Warning in 1984. Jan’s features a robin singing atop a tombstone bearing her initials; Crispin’s is a hand holding a hornbook which bears his initials and the word ‘Felicitas’. The reasons behind these are explained in an afterword, which also prints all six of the earlier printer’s marks, two each by Edwina Ellis, Colin Paynton, and Nancy Ruth Jackson. In celebration of our 40th anniversary, we have commissioned a fourth pair from Andy English, who has also created a twentieth press device, and his device and printer’s marks will be displayed on the book’s colophon page. The book thus includes a total of twenty devices and eight printer’s marks, all but one of the images printed from the wood, by fourteen artists and engravers: Louis Turpin, Edwina Ellis, Colin See-Paynton, John DePol, Barry Moser, Wesley Bates, Ted Staunton, Simon Brett, Gerard Brender à Brandis, Abigail Rorer, Peter Lazarov, Andy English, Nancy Ruth Jackson, and John Lawrence." Ursus typographicus is designed in a small landscape format, bound in decorated boards, with a delightful frontispiece by Andy English featuring three cartouches showing the exterior of the press building and two interiors with two bears hard at work. The text is set in Van Dijck roman and italic with Castellar drop caps, printed in black and blue on Zerkall Book White mouldmade paper. The engravings are all printed from the wood, except for our first device by Louis Turpin, which is printed from a photo-engraved magnesium block taken from his original drawing. The book is quarter bound in grey morocco with paper over boards printed with a pattern adapted from a binding brass engraved by Alex McGuckin as a gift to the press, and is contained in a blue silk-covered slipcase. In fine condition. PRI/041618.
London: William Heinemann, 1921. Hardcover. Inscribed by Beerbohm with Autograph Letter Signed laid in. The book is inscribed on the half title to S.J. Williams, “Dear Mr. Williams I am so very glad you see to like [And Even Now] and I thank you very much - Max Beerbohm May, 1943.” Laid in is a letter to Williams along with the envelope in which it was sent. The letterhead is “Abinger Manor Cottage, Abinger Common, Nr. Dorking.” In this charming letter Beerbohm writes: “June 15 1943/Dear Mr. Williams/I write to tell you, with many thanks, how proud I am to be the subject of an epigram so perfect in pre-, com-, and incision. Epigrams are usually unkind in wit. Wit and kindness are rather distantly related to each other. But here they seem to be [the word are is crossed out below this] brother and sister, and will abide in my heart as well as in my brain. With kindest regards from my wife and me to Mrs. Williams and to you, I am sincerely and gratefully yours, Max Beerbohm.” The envelope is addressed S.J. Williams, Prof/Queens’ College/Cambridge. The flap of the envelope is affixed to the front endpaper opposite the half title page. There is one fold in the letter otherwise in fine condition. Book is bound in original yellow cloth with paper title label to spine. Soiled and bumped but in very good condition. Interior pages are clean and tight. 320 pages. LIT/042012. Very Good.
c 1919. Original Illustrations. An original ink wash drawing inscribed with name of the subject and signed by Max. Not dated, but from the early 1900s. Nathaniel Goodwin (1857-1919) was a leading American actor and vaudevillian, also known for his colorful personal life. (He was married five times and was engaged again at the time of his sudden death from apoplexy.) He was the subject of Beerbohm’s radio broadcast, “Nat Goodwin - and Another,” published in the Radio Times, accompanied by a reproduction of this caricature. The drawing shows an unsmiling profile of Goodwin in white tie, smoking a cigar. Done in black and white wash on dark cream colored paper. In near fine condition, in a gold frame with white matte. This came from the collection of Douglas Cleverdon, who produced Max’s broadcasts. Drawing measures 7 x 10.5 inches. In the frame it is 13 x 17.5 inches. Near Fine. ORIG/092111. Near Fine.
Riverside, CA: Bo Press Miniature Books, 2011. 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. One of 50 copies. Signed and numbered by book artist Pat Sweet. A charming and inventive miniature pop-up book that Includes 8 circus act pop-ups, a removable souvenir program, several reproductions of advertising posters, a complete program, a list of performers, and the performers themselves (tucked away in tiny envelopes inside the back cover). "Brave Hercule performs the Dangerous High Dive into but a thimbleful of water! The Dauntless Afrit puts three gigantic wild roaches through their paces, controlling the fierce insects with only a hair-thin whip and his own iron will! In the breathless finale, the beautiful Madame Zenobia performs UPSIDE DOWN upon the high wire, a full inch above the tanbark! Come one, come all! The greatest show on earth that will fit in your pocket!" (book artist). Bound in gold on black Japanese paper with printed paper title labels to spine and boards. In matching slipcase. 34 pages. 2 1/8 x 1 5/8 inches, slipcase is 2 3/8 x 1 7/8 inches. We hesitate to call this book darling, but it is and is in fine condition. ARTISTSBOOK/121416. Fine.
Riverside, CA: Bo Press Miniature Books, 2018. 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. Small open edition with each copy having a unique binding. According to Pat Sweet: "Treasure bindings, or jeweled bindings, were a luxury of the Middle Ages, often commissioned by rich nobles, senior clergy, or royalty, usually as presentation copies. They were encrusted with mosaics, ivory, gems, and gold or silver inlays. In most cases the book was bound and the decoration was applied as a separate panel. Very few have survived, since the value of the gems and precious metals were irresistible when times were hard at the abbey or the book was looted as a prize of war." For this book, Sweet has "taken the form and reproduced it in miniature, although the materials [she has] used are not so costly as the originals. The book is bound in [light green faux-snakeskin] and the decorations are made of brass and glass beads. The interior text is the first two books of the Old Testament from the famous bible commissioned by Borso d'Este, first Duke of Fererra (begun in 1461) in his attempt to one-up the House of Medici" (Pat Sweet). The Size: 2 1/4 x 1 1/2 inches. 94 pages. ARTB/012418.
London: Richard Bentley and Son, 1897. Hardcover. Scarce First Edition. Rhoda Broughton (1840-1920) was a prolific novelist and short story writer who was very popular in the nineteenth century. She wrote both “women’s” novels and stories of the supernatural, the latter undoubtedly influenced by her uncle, Sheridan Le Fanu. Bound in original cloth with blind-stamped design to front and rear covers and gilt title and author to spine. In very good plus condition with slight bumping to corners. Interior is also in very good condition with a few small brown spots to fore-edge and light off setting to front free endpaper. 400 pages plus 31 pages of ads. LIT/041811. Very Good.
. Julia Margaret Cameron (1815-1879) is considered one of the most important female photographers and one of the great portraitists in the history of photography. She came late to photography, not starting until 1863 when she was 48 years old. Because of her close connections in Victorian England she was able to photograph many of the luminaries of her time, often in costume. Photograph of Anne Thackeray, albumen, on the original mount. Daughter of novelist William Makepeace Thackeray, Anne Thackeray Ritchie (1837-1919) was herself a noted novelist and memoirist. She was indirectly related to the photographer, as Julia Margaret Cameron was great-aunt of Virginia Woolf and Anne Thackeray was Virginia's step-aunt. This photograph is from the collection of William Derwett (1834-1900), described as an “engineer” who lived at Chalfont, near the Camerons’ former home at Freshwater. Derweet and his family apparently moved to the Isle of Wight in 1894 and became leaders in the small Quaker community there (Julian Cox and Colin Ford, "Julia Margaret Cameron: The Complete Photographs," 2003, 500). Fading and wear to edges of the photograph. Size: 34.9 x 27.2 cm. Archivally matted. Very Good.
Paris: n.p., n.d. Portfolio. This is a scarce portfolio of beautiful color plates that showcase the breadth and beauty of French decorative arts at the beginning of the 20th century. The arts range from textiles, ceramics, bindings, ironworks, enamel, house designs and much more. The artists include LeFebvre, Magnew, Guimard, Mucha, Jambon, Lepere, Boulez among many others. There were 60 plates issued with this edition. Plates one and nine are missing, but there are two plates each for plates 4 and 55, each with a different design. The plates are generally in very good condition, with spotting and/or aging to some. The loose plates, preface, and list of plates are housed in a folio portfolio with grey paper boards and brown linen spine with gilt title to front board. Spine is split about two inches along front cover, chipping and bumping and ties missing. DEC/100812. Very Good.
Easthampton MA: Cheloniidae Press, 2014. Hardcover. Number 15 of 150 copies. Signed and numbered by the book artist Alan James Robinson. This wildflower alphabet book is the first book issued by Alan’s highly regarded Cheloniidae Press in several years, and the first produced using the Giclee printing process, which he calls a “new direction” in our ever changing world. It is intended to be the first in a series of Natural History Abecedary Editions. There is also a Fine Art edition of Wildflowers with twenty-eight original watercolors. The illustrations for this Giclee edition are printed from the artwork created for the Fine Art watercolor edition. The illustrations in this edition show the lovely renditions of a flower, often accompanied by a butterfly or other insect, for each letter of the alphabet. Each page is headed by a calligraphic letter in red, designed originally by Master Calligrapher Suzanne Moore for the press’s A Fowl Alphabet in 1986. This accordion style book is bound in pale yellow cloth with the title in gilt to the front cover. It is housed in a green cloth slipcase with the title in gilt to the spine. In fine condition. 8.5 x 5 inches. Unpaginated. PRI/071817. Fine.
Wilmington, DE: by the author, 1908. Hardcover. Signed by the author on the front endpaper of volume one. Very good condition bound in green cloth with faded titles to spines. Browning to spines and wear and some discoloration to boards. Occasional small spots of foxing to all volumes. Some of the pages remain unopened and some have been opened poorly leaving closed tears along the edges. Includes many illustrations. This set may require an extra shipping fee. 1179 pages. Very Good.
(New York): [printed for author], (1893). Hardcover. FIRST EDITION, SCARCE. A Milestone in the history of American Literature. Crane's first novel. One of only about 35 known copies. Crane had 1,100 copies printed but only two were sold through Bretano's. Bound in paper wrappers, which have been expertly restored. The original front wrapper has been backed and the missing areas have been filled in. The spine and rear wrapper are modern, but have colored to match the original front wrapper. The edges of the first few pages are chipped and several corners are clipped. There are a few spots of foxing to the interior, but otherwise it remains very clean. Housed in a modern clamshell box with rounded leather spine titled in gilt. 163 pages. LIT/030614. Very Good.
London: Chapman and Hall, 1845. First Edition, Second State (with publisher's name at bottom of title page). Very good original red cloth binding with bright gilt title and vignette to cover and spine. Chipping and several tears to book cloth along hinges and spine. Full gilt edges. Occasional spots of foxing to interior and occasional smudge marks to margins. Rear hinge is cracked. Contains charming, wood-engraved frontispiece and title page (lightly spotted), as well as 11 other engraved illustrations throughout the text. Dickens' second Christmas story. 175 pages. Literature. LIT/041619.
New York: E.P. Dutton and Company, Inc, 1958. Hardcover. First US Edition, First Printing. SIGNED by the author on the title page. This is the second novel of the “Alexandria Quartet.” Very good in black cloth boards with gilt title to spine. In very good pink dust jacket with white title to spine and front panel. Slight fading to spine panel of jacket, two short closed tears, and a few small chips to head of jacket spine. 250 pages. LIT/051011. Very Good in Very Good Dust Jacket.
Kingsport, TN: The Kingsport Press, 1952. Hardcover. First Edition. SIGNED BY CLARE LEIGHTON, LYND WARD, AND FRITZ EICHENBERG. The contents of this book originally were published once a month as a series on book illustration in Publishers' Weekly. Because of many requests, the series was published in book format. According to the publisher's note, this book was not for sale, but distributed to those requesting a copy and to their many friends in the publishing, bookmaking, and others interested in the book arts. The series begins with medieval manuscripts and Renaissance books, and includes well known artists ranging from Durer,Hogarth, Blake, Cruickshank, Dore, Burne-Jones, Crane, Pyle; to Parrish, Beardsley, Dulac, Kent, Gill, and De Angeli. One page is devoted to each artist. Ward, Leighton, and Eisenberg signed the page on his/her work. A b&w illustration accompanies each artist. Bound in original black cloth backed orange cloth, with gilt title to spine. Minor wear and bumping to corners, otherwise near fine. 76 pages. BOB/111810. Near Fine.
London: Essex House Press, 1899. Hardcover. Number 627 of 750 copies. This was the third book published by the Essex House Press. Founded by C.R. Ashbee and Laurence Hodson “in the hope to keep living the tradition of good printing that William Morris had revived, and with the help of T. Binning and J. Tippett, compositors, and S. Mowlem, pressman, who came from the Kelmscott Press to that end” (from the printer’s note). A lovely book bound and signed by Bickers and Son in brown crushed pigskin with five bands and blind embossed title on spine, top edges gilt and marbled endpapers. Front hinge repaired. Printed in black and red type on fine handmade paper. Frontispiece illustration by Reginald Savage protected by tissue guard. Very good plus condition. 426 pages. PRI/012012. Very Good +.
Boston and New York: C.T. Brainard Publishing Co., circa 1920. Hardcover. Volume I: The Adventures of Joseph Andrews and his friend Mr. Abraham Adams, parts I & II; Volume II: Tom Jones, parts I & II; Volume III: Tom Jones, parts III & IV; Volume IV: Amelia, part I; Volume V: Amelia, part II and Jonathan Wild; Volume VI: Miscellaneous Writings, parts I & II. This set is attractively bound in three quarter tan leather backed marbled paper covered boards. Maroon leather title labels and tan leather volume labels to spines of all volumes. Chip to heads of spines of books III and IV. Corner of title label missing from volume II. Light wear to corners and edges of all volumes. Pristine interiors with marbled endpages. Each part begins with a frontis illustration and tissue guard (12 in all). An attractive set. LIT/100407 This set may require an extra shipping fee. Very good plus.
Foolscap Press, 2016. Hardcover. Number 16 of 100 copies. The Snails is a short story by Patricia Highsmith (author of The Talented Mr. Ripley) about giant snails with huge teeth that inhabit a remote island. When an out-of-shape professor decides to visit the island in hopes of capturing one of the snails in order to secure fame for himself, his plans go awry. A seemingly peculiar topic for a story, it was perfect for Highsmith who kept snails as pets and was known to take them to parties on leaves of lettuce in her handbag. The book is housed in a brick red cloth box with a cast-paper sculpture of a snail shell to the top cover. The book is bound in tan cloth with an illustration of a snail pasted down to the front cover. Within the folds of the accordion structure binding are smaller gatherings of pages, which include the text. Illustrations of snails roaming the island and encountering the professor are printed on the larger pages. An interesting structure, as is frequent with books issued by the Foolscap Press. Letterpress printed from polymer plates. In fine condition. Unpaginated. [44 pages] PRI/022217. Fine.
New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1923. Hardcover. A relatively scarce book of seven short stories by Foote (1881-1950), a prolific novelist, short story writer and screewriter. Most notably, the title story from this anthology was the basis for Alfred Hitchcock’s famous film, “Notorious.” Very good in red cloth boards with gilt title to spine and front board, and a gilt dragon on the front board. There is minor rubbing to the boards. This book has been expertly restored with new endpapers. Interior is clean overall with occasional light foxing. 310 pages. LIT/061605. Very Good.