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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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.
San Diego: Bay Park Press, 2006. Hardcover. Number 10 of 10 copies. This is a charming and beautifully produced book by Carolyn LaFrance, a San Diego architect who is affiliated with the gallery at the Bay Park Press. Maxine is Carolyn’s beloved feline friend and companion, and the book describes a day in Maxine’s life through text and illustrations. Maxine begins her story: “Sun’s up, I get to go out. Yes, yes, I know, ‘Be careful,’ the howling creatures may still be about. What, you think I don’t know that? What I need to know is, who has been in my yard? Mr. Smushy-face? Walter? Or that grey and white bruiser? ...” Each page includes a hand-colored intaglio print of Maxine at various moments in her day (11 prints altogether). The text is Bernhard Modern type on lovely Fabriano Rosapina Bianco paper. Oblong folio bound in grey linen with black spine. Paw prints decorate the front cover and endpapers. Housed in a black portfolio with a grey cloth square label illustrated with paw prints affixed to front and cream ribbon closure. In fine condition. Unpaginated. PRI/072012. Fine.
. An original drawing by Aubrey Beardsley. Beardsley (1872-1898) is the best known illustrator from the British 1890s. He lived a tragically short time, dying of tuberculosis at the age of 25. This lovely major work, the epitome of Beardsley’s style of art nouveau, is for the spine of the binding cases of Sir Thomas Malory, Le morte Darthur, published by J. M. Dent, 1893-94, Beardsley’s first important commission. The book's title (spelled incorrectly as “La Morte Darthur”), author, publisher, and date are included in the design, which is in fact drawn on four separate pieces of paper that have been adhered together. Malory's Le Morte Darthur, published by Dent has been described as incomparable. The same can be said of Aubrey Beardsley's beautiful and remarkable designs (a term he preferred to "illustrations"). Beardsley was only 20 years old when Dent commissioned him to do all of the designs for this work. It was a leap of faith by Dent in taking a chance on an unproven artist. The illustrations were done during 1892-1894 for the initial issue in parts, beginning in June 1893. The design is done in ink on paper with pencil under-drawing showing the change from the initial position of the leaves, on four separate pieces of paper, the title and top border inset above the ornamental panel ; 27 x 6.7 cm. Framed. In fine condition. Provenance: J. M. Dent. Exhibited: “Burne-Jones, The Pre-Raphaelites, and their Century,” Peter Nahum, London, 1989, 165 (listed in catalogue vol. I, p. 166-167, reproduced. vol. 2, pl. 124); “Beautiful Decadence,” Japan, 1998, 7 (reproduced in catalogue). Literature: Ian Fletcher, Aubrey Beardsley, 1987, p. 128-129; A. E. Gallatin, Aubrey Beardsley: Catalogue and Bibliography, 1945, p. 33; Mark Samuels Lasner, A Selective Checklist of the Published Work of Aubrey Beardsley, 1995. ORIG/011116.
Paris: Societe du Mercure de France, 1905. Hardcover. Translated by X. Marcel Boulestin with an essay by him on Beerbohm. This is the first edition in French of one of Beerbohm's best known works, The Happy Hypocrite. It includes the first publication of a caricature of Boulestin by Max. Boulestin was best known as a chef and restauranteur, but also published articles and books. Bound in original brownish-gray wrappers with red and black lettering to front cover . Covers in near fine condition save for slight darkening to spine and crease on front right cover along fore-edge. Interior is bright and clean, with usual browning to margins of pages, not affecting text. The bookplate of Scottish historian and book collector W. Macdonald Mackay is affixed to the verso of the front wrapper. Rare to find in this condition. Housed in half morocco slipcase with pink cloth boards and red leather spine. Some smudging to boards. 106 pages. FRE/020408. Near Fine.
London: William Heinemann, 1911. Hardcover. IN THE RARE DUST JACKET. First Edition of Beerbohm’s famous novel. According to Mark Samuels Lasner, the Beerbohm scholar and bibliographer, there have only been five copies of this book identified as still having their dust jackets. Two are in institutions, two have been in private hands, and the location of the remaining copy is not currently known. The front cover of the plain brown dust jacket is cleanly detached, and there are small chips and tears along top edges, but otherwise in very good condition. Title, author, price, and publisher in brown to spine. Bound in original reddish brown cloth with light bumping and soiling. Some spotting to fore-edges and very occasional light foxing to text pages but in very good condition. 350 pages. LIT/110811. Very Good in Very Good Dust Jacket.
New York: Vanguard Press, 1947. Hardcover. First Edition. Signed by the author on the title page. The author’s second novel. Very good in black cloth boards with blue title to spine. Minor wear to corners and spine ends and very light evidence of a minor dampstain to the rear board. Signed by the previous owner on the front free endpaper, and browning to both gutters; otherwise, a clean copy. In a good light blue dust jacket with white title to spine and front panel. There are several large chips to the top edges of the dust jacket and there are a few small chips to the bottom edge. Browning to the spine panel and dampstaining to rear panel. 294 pages. LIT.052511. Very Good in Good Dust Jacket / Chipped.
Upland CA: Blackbird Press, 2007 [Distributed in 2010]. Hardcover. Number 40 of 100 copies. Signed by the poet, the book artist, and the illustrator. Writes Gillingwators, "When I first read B. H. Fairchild’s poetry collection The Art of the Lathe, I knew I wanted to publish the opening poem “Beauty” as a letterpress limited edition book. The poem has book characteristics–narrative structure and four, chapter-like divisions–and its visceral, lyrical appeal motivated me." Fairchild's poetry has been widely published and he has been the recipient of numerous awards. The Art of the Lathe was described in the LA Times as "a contemporary classic...finely crafted and perfectly pitched." The book artist continues: "I knew from the initial reading that my book edition would have metal covers, reminiscent of the corrugated-metal buildings that often house machine shops [where the poem takes place]. The making of the book took three years as the book artist and illlustrator learned how to make the tiny metal hinges for the book and how to age the thin aluminum used for the book covers. Each step required research, test trials, and practice. Printed with Centaur and Arrighi monotype on Zerkall Book paper, with linocuts by Alquitela. Housed in a grey clamshell box with title and author in red to spine. In fine condition. 7 x 11". Unpaginated. [11 pages] PRI/031715. Fine.
Paris: 1785. Snapper. Plate number 256 from the book Ichithyologi, Ou Histoire Naturelle, Generale Et Particuliere, Des Poissons. Printed in Paris and Berlin, 1785 – 1797. Size: 8 1/8 inches x 15 7/8 inches. Marcus Bloch, 1723 – 1799, was a German physician from Berlin who spent the earlier part of his career studying intestinal worms. At the age of 57, Bloch turned to the study of fish, and set the task of providing full descriptions and illustrations, in a splendid style, of the species known to him. One of the earliest students of fish, Bloch published a series of fish prints titled: Ichithyologi, Ou histoire naturelle generale et particuliere, Des Poissons, in which he described over 200 species for the first time. The prints remained a primary reference source for the next century. Bloch issued folio and octavo prints and each specimen was engraved on a copper plate and then hand-colored with watercolors. The plates contain the names of each fish in several languages. Framed. #34607.
London: Printed by T.H. for Richard Chiswell, J. Churchill, 1679, 1683, 1715. Hardcover. Written by Scottish philosopher and historian Gilbert Burnet (1643 - 1715), this was considered to be the standard reference on this subject for over a century. The Parliament of England voted to formally thank Burnet after he published the first volume and he was later awarded the degree of Doctor of Divinity from Oxford University. Three volumes bound in full black morocco with gilt decoration, raised bands, and title labels reading "Burnet's Historical Works" to spines. Gilt emblems reading "Honi soit qui mal y pense" (a French saying that translates to: "Shame be to him who thinks evil of it") to front and rear boards of all volumes. This was the motto of the Order of the Garter, which Burnet became the Chancellor of in 1689. He served as the Bishop of Salisbury for the order from 1689 to 1715. Gilt rules to boards and dentelles. Full gilt edges to all volumes. Long cracks to front and rear boards of first volume, but boards remain attached. Chipping and wear to spine ends, edges, hinges, spine bands, and corners of all volumes. Minor rubbing to boards and to gilt emblems. Bookplates of William Pochin, Barkly Hall, Leichester, Lynden Bonnie Evans, and Blanche Guthrie Miller to endpapers. Previous ownership stamp "Withrow" and name "Mary Guthrie Miller Naquin" in pen to front endpapers, dated 1966. Another previous owner's name in pen to top margin of title page of volume two. William Pochin (1731 - 1798) was a member of the English Parliament and held the office of sheriff of Leichester from 1756-7. Illustrated title page plus seven plates to first volume, illustrated title pages plus eight plates to second volume, five plates to supplement. Interiors are clean overall with occasional smudge marks and spots of soiling. Volume I: Progress Made in it during the Reign of K. Henry the VII, 368 pages; Volume II: of the Progress made in it till the Settlement of it in the beginning of Q. Elizabeth Reign, 416 pages; Volumes III: Supplement, 426 plus a table of records and papers. An oversized, heavy set that may require an extra shipping fee. REL/032119. Very Good.
Relay, MD: Calvert Distilling Company, 1940, 1941,1942. Softcover. A rare internally published bulletin from this former Maryland distillery. The Calvert Distilling Co. bought the Maryland Distillery in 1934. The Maryland Distillery was established in 1933 as the first legal whiskey still in Maryland after the repeal of prohibition. This publication was intended as a manual for the distillery's tour guides. It is a dense and lengthy document covering all aspects of the distillery's operations. There are many charts, tables, and diagrams on blending, flavoring and concentrations. There are also sections on government regulations, cleanliness and sanitation, and more. Calvert's Distilling was later taken over by Seagram's in 1939 and they continued producing Calvert Whiskey at this location. This publication was produced by mimeograph and has several sections individually paginated, including addenda dated 1941 and 1942. The entire publication has more than 100 pages. In a softcover report cover that is quite soiled, stained, and creased. Internal pages are very good although some of the print is light. With distillery's library stamp on first page. 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.
n.p. Cheloniidae, n.d. State Proof. This marvelous black and white etching of a walking hippopotamus is a one of a kind print signed by renowned artist and printer Alan James Robinson, particularly well known for his depiction of animals, birds, and nature. He founded the Cheloniidae Press in 1979, and his work can be found in many public and private collections around the country. The hippo appears to be walking toward the viewer with his head done in particular detail. In fine condition. 22 x 28.5 inches. PRINTS/072517. Fine.
New York: powerHouse Books, 1999. Hardcover. Signed by the artist and author. First edition. The portraits of Italian painter Francesco Clemente (1952 - ) are quite striking, with references to expressionism and surrealism. This book includes over 100 portraits with subjects ranging from poets to artists to actors to friends and family. A few notable examples include Allan Ginsberg, Minnie Driver, Keith Haring, Fran Lebowitz, Gwyneth Paltrow, Anne Bancroft, and Robert Mapplethorpe. All portraits were completed from 1980 - 1997 in various media such as watercolor, oil on wood panel, pastels and more. Near fine in illustrated paper covered boards with red spine panel and yellow title to spine. Gentle bumping to corners, otherwise in fine condition. In very good plus matching jacket with short closed tear to the front panel and Rizzoli price sticker to the spine panel. 186 pages. ART/011111. Near fine in Very good plus dust jacket.
London: Printed for T. Cadell, Jun. and W. Davies in the Strand, 1795. Hardcover. Theater owner and playwright, Augustin Daly's copy, with his bookplate to front pastedown. First edition, scarce. Bookplate of Franklin Johnston to facing page. George Colman (1732 - 1794) was an English playwright and theater owner. Includes two portraits of Colman. Bound in three quarter tan leather over marbled paper covered boards with red label "Stage Biography" and green title / author label beneath. This is part of a series of books Daly had bound in a matching style, all labeled "Stage Biography." Rubbing, pulling, and wear to leather. Dampstaining to top and side margins of some pages. Top edge gilt with marbled endpapers. Bound by R.W. Smith. 33 pages plus blank pages. DRA/031419. Very Good.
[New Jersey]: [1862, 1867]. A handwritten notebook containing a compilation of Columbian College faculty member and president George Whitefield Samson’s theological lectures delivered in October 1862, transcribed by Leonidas Coyle (1840-1906) while he was attending the college. Samson (1819-1896) served as president of Columbian College, later George Washington University, during the critical years of the Civil War. He was also the pastor at DC’s E Street Baptist Church. Samson was a noted author of several books and monographs on theology and spiritualism. It appears that the lectures were compiled into this volume later as Coyle signs and dates the free endpaper in December 1867. He also labels the book with his name and the name Princeton Theological Seminary - probably written in the book when Coyle was a tutor at the Seminary. He became the pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Bridgeton, New Jersey. He was born in Washington DC and died there at the age of 64 while visiting his sisters. His home in Bridgeton is now a bed and breakfast. The transcribed lectures were first written on the recto side of 6 x 7.5 inch notepaper, then turned over and upside down to continue on the verso. There is also a four-page insert written on 4 x 5 yellow paper. The lectures are written in a fine hand primarily in ink but with a few pages also in pencil. On a few pages a different person has written in large blue pencil the name of the book of the Bible discussed in that lecture. Otherwise the pages are in very good condition save for the free endpapers, which have offsetting in the front and glue stains in the rear including on the title page. There are also a few pencil drawings by Coyle, who was an amateur artist/cartoonist. The book’s binding is not in good condition. The boards are detached and the marbled paper covers are chipped, worn, and bumped; the leather spine is mostly worn away, exposing the signatures. Still an interesting piece of Americana. Unpaginated [86 pages plus 4 page insert]. REL/071117.
Maureen Cummins, 2016. Hardcover. One of 40 copies. Signed the artist. In this powerful work, noted book artist Maureen Cummins investigates the dark side of the history of psychosurgery, as exemplified by the career of Doctor Walter Freeman (1895-1972), a professor of neurology who became known as the father of lobotomy by single-handedly popularizing the pre-frontal lobotomy in America. Although he had no formal training in either surgery or psychology, Freeman modified the traditional procedure for lobotomies by driving ice picks through his patients’ eye sockets rather than drilling into the skull to sever nerve connections in the prefrontal cortex to treat mental illness. Despite his championing of his procedure he admitted that lobotomies often created childlike behavior or a vegetative state in patients. Hundreds of patients died. The controversial procedure also raised numerous questions about patients’ rights, the abuse of institutional power, and the disproportionate targeting of women. Of the more than 3000 patients that Freeman operated on, two-thirds were women. Cummins uses physical rape as an analogy for neurological penetration, a form of sexualized violence that was perpetuated for decades in the name of medical progress. She visualizes this by a series of laser cut holes that bore through each page, becoming smaller page by page.The holes penetrate reproduced images of lobotomy patients’ heads and on the last page the title “The Rapist” becomes “Therapist?” The images of women are from 'before-and-after” photos used in Freeman’s textbook, which are re-contextualized, with lines of typography serving as blindfolds, reclaiming for these women a measure of dignity, humanity, and anonymity. The pages of the book are laser-cut aluminum with silkscreen-printed text and imagery. The covers are also laser-cut aluminum with a large hole that reveals the subsequent holes and "The" and "rapist" on either side of the cover's hole. The pages are attached to the cover by two ring binders. Housed in an aluminum box with a metal title label affixed to the top. In fine condition. 16 pages. 24” x 9” x 1” open 12” x 9” x 1 closed. ARTISTSB/100419. Fine.
Lincoln Mint, 1972. A limited edition silver collector's plate created by Salvador Dali expressly for the reproduction of this precious metal plate. Each plate is numbered. The plate is resting on dark blue satin and is housed in a white leatherette clamshell box with Dali's signature in silver on the top. In fine condition. In a white paper shipping box. DEC/120312. Fine.
London: Grant Richards, 1904. Hardcover. First Edition. Interesting presentation copy from the author to Lyster Ryle, the manager of the Imperial Theatre, where the play was first produced in 1901: “To Lyster Ryle with kind regards from John Davidson ‘Now, a truce to your reproaches.’” This line was said by the character Don Caesar in the first act. Bound in original red cloth with title and author in gilt on spine and front cover. Lightly bumped corners but in very good condition. Some scattered foxing and offsetting to endpapers but otherwise very nice. 111 pages plus 3 pages of ads. DRA/121911. Very Good.
London: John Lane, The Bodley Head, 1897. Paperback. Bodley Booklets Number Two. First Edition. Rare. A send-off of Richard Le Gallienne's 'The Quest of the Golden Girl' written by David Hodge and George M. Matheson, two Glasgow journalists writing under the pseudonym of Richard de Lyrienne. Near fine in orange paper wrappers with brown title to spine and front panel. There is a short closed tear to the front end page; otherwise, in fine condition. Housed in a portfolio within a grey cloth slipcase with black and gilt leather title label to spine and bookplate of Mark Samuels Lasner on inside board of portfolio. 98 pages plus 4 pages of ads. LIT/052010. Near Fine in Fine slipcase.
San Francisco: Deeply Game Publications, 2012. Hardcover. Number 45 of 55 copies. Signed by the author and book artists. Book artist Sara Press collaborated with Andrew Rottner to create this exquisite tribute to printing’s golden age. "The story, by Christina Lauritsen, mis-remembers H.C. Andersen’s classic tale of the same name, transforming it into a story of revelation and madness. The visual progression of the book mirrors the plot, pitting the beauty of the decorative arts against the intense and unpredictable messiness of human experience. This book confronts the inevitability of loss and bows to intellectual freedom and its attendant risks." [artists' statement]. The book is printed in Garamond and Bembo types on Moab Entrada paper. It features two 26 inch wide foldouts with illustrations by Rottner. The striking cover is done from a cut-marbled-paper and brocade. The book measures 7 x 9 inches. It is unpaginated. Deeply Game Productions creates and distributes the art works of Sara Press and her collaborators. Sara L. Press is a photographer, printmaker and book artist based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Many of her projects examine peculiar areas of overlap between nature and culture (for example: dog fighting, feral children, and our co-evolution with snakes). Sara has also wrestled with the relationship between creativity and the scientific method. Recently, Sara has turned to constructions of masculinity and femininity in our culture (such as human bloodsports and altered fairy-tales). Her work can be seen in public collections around the country and are also in many library and private collections. A lovely book in fine condition. PRI/021919. Fine.
Tuscaloosa, AL: Hand Papermaking / Word Way Press, 1998. Paperback. Number 91 of 150 copies. "Between 1984 and 1996, Dorothy traveled to Nepal four times. She sought out those who have preserved Nepalese papermaking and she visited new mills, some of which practice traditional Nepalese methods, others using adaptations and imported techniques. While in Nepal, she met with papermakers, discerned their methods, and collected their papers. The samples she assembled, many made using traditional lokta fiber, make up the specimens in the portfolio" (introduction). A portfolio of 18 sheets of handmade paper created in Nepal with an accompanying booklet that supplies descriptions for each sample as well as an introduction and an extensive essay about Nepal and its paper. The yellow paper wrapper covering the booklet is letterpress printed. The images within are from traditional Nepalese woodblock prints and were designed by Berinji Narayan Shrestha. Each paper sample is mounted within a folder labeled from A to P. The accompanying booklet and mounted samples are all housed in a red clamshell box with paper title label to spine. Each paper sample is approximately 7 x 10 inches or smaller. The box is 11.5 x 9 x 1.5 inches. The booklet is 40 pages. PRI/050218. Fine.
London: Elkin Mathews and John Lane at the sign of the Bodley Head, 1893. Hardcover. One of 120 copies. Uncommon first published edition. This book comprises the sheets of the private issue with four preliminary leaves added, containing half-title, limitation notice, Mathews and Lane title-page, preface, errata list, and a note explaining that "The play stands simply as it was roughly printed for our own and the actors' use. " At the back is a single leaf of advertisements for Michael Field titles followed by a Bodley Head catalogue dated 1893. The play was not reprinted in its original form and was heavily revised before printed in 1918. This is also a notable association copy, with the bookplate of Richard Le Gallienne. Not only was Le Gallienne well acquainted with the authors, but he was also the publisher's reader for the Bodley Head when the book was published. Bound in original green cloth with red title and author to spine and front cover. Offsetting to free front and rear endpapers. Pages unopened. Very good condition. 48 pages plus 16 page publisher's catalog. DRA/081015. 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.
London: Cassell and Co., and John Lane The Bodley Head, 1934. Hardcover. First Edition. An interesting and unusual presentation copy from the editor to Clementine Churchill, wife of Winston: "To Mrs. Churchill, these poems from the day when Fanny's First Play was written; and in memory of the pleasure of seeing it in her company. August 11, 1935 Desmond Flower." The inscription makes reference to Fanny's First Play, written anonymously in 1911 by G. Bernard Shaw. Desmond Flower (1907-1997) was a publisher, collector, and writer. He joined his father's publishing house, Cassell, and remained there until it was sold in 1966 following his father's death. Cassell's was the publisher for many major writers, but Flower's most important writer was Winston Churchill, editing and publishing his History of English Speaking People and the History of the Second World War. Bound in publisher's original green cloth with title and author in gilt to spine. Binding and text in near fine condition. In original dust jacket which is torn and tattered, and now protected by a mylar cover. 297 pages. POE/052913. Near Fine / Chipped and Torn.