Jersey City, NJ: American Type Founders Company, 1912. Hardcover. This heavy encyclopedic catalog from the American Type Founders is the largest ever issued by the company, with its 1000+pages showing every possible type face available. They exhort printers to study every page to understand how type faces can make the difference between having a profitable vs. unprofitable business. In addition to displaying the type styles themselves, the specimen book offers numerous examples in different colors and layouts to showcase how the type can be used. Altogether a fascinating view of the art of printing at the beginning of the 20th century. Each volume has a unique number stamped in that links it to the buyer for purchases. Bound in red cloth with black titling to spine and front cover. Spine is somewhat worn but the binding is in very good condition. The interior pages are near fine save for one decorative ornament image on page 974 having been neatly excised from the middle of the page. Measures 8 x 11 x 3 inches. 1096 pages. BOB/040920. Near Fine.
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Boston: New England Manufacturers' and Mechanics' Institute, 1884. Hardcover. One of 2000 copies. An interesting albeit short-lived publication that was done for the Institute by Arthur B. Turnure, proprietor at the time of the Art Age Press in NY. Turnure also created Vogue Magazine in 1882 and was a founder of the Grolier Club in January 1884. This year-book's preface states that the object of the publication "is to present to the world a volume, in which the highest American art products of the year are represented by means of suitable graphic arts, and produced entirely by means of American brains, labor, and materials." The first section offers a history and policy of the Institute, which was incorporated in 1879. The next section, the largest, provides an overview of 1884 art exhibits, the work of various prominent artists, and activities in various fields such as architecture, bookmaking, ceramics brass work, furniture, and jewelry. It is followed by a section with eleven examples of various graphic processes. All are in black and white except for a stunning lithograph from a painting by H. Hamilton Gibson. There are then several pages titled "Catalogue of Exhibits," and 16 pages of advertisements. Bound in cream paper covered boards with title with color design on front cover. Quite soiled , chipped and bumped. Interior pages are generally very good, with some foxing or spotting on some of the types of paper used. Measures 9.5 x 12.5 inches. Unpaginated (about 100 pages). ART/050619. Very Good.
New York: The Architectural Book Publishing Company, no date. Hardcover. Circa 1910. Includes all drawings, some of which fold out. There are really fewer than 60 drawings as each fold out is numbered as two drawings. Each details the facades and architectural details of Italian buildings in Venice. Ex-library in later binding of tan cloth spine that appears to be hand lettered in gold and dark brown over Italian patterned paper. Decorative strips of blue ribbon and tan bookcloth adorn both covers. The cloth covering the spine is split along both bottom hinges; however, the binding remains strong. Chipping and wear to edges of boards and spine ends. Closed tears to edges of several pages, one illustration is affected. Minor chipping to edges of first few pages. Minor browning to edges of pages. Occasional smudge marks / light soiling to margins of some pages. 60 pages. A elephant folio sized heavy book that may require an extra shipping fee. ARCH/040219. Very Good.
Cambridge, MA: The Harvard University Press, . Hardcover. Very Scarce. Only four copies found in OCLC. This comprehensive manual uses a paragraph of text about the history of the university press to display hundreds of type faces in varying point sizes. Each example prints the text followed by the alphabet and numbers in capitals and italics. The specimens are divided into Linotype and Monotype sections. They are followed by sections of display, foreign language, initials and borders, accents and special characters, and seals. Contents are in a red cloth binder in nice condition. The interior pages show signs of usage and some aging it is in very good condition - legible and clean. Each section is paginated separately. BOB/040320. Very Good.
Easthampton, MA: Abecedary Press, 1990. Hardcover. Number 8 of 10 deluxe copies signed by the artist. This Abecedary Press Production's book was written by Mark P. Carol, as a contemplation inspired by a trip to the Galapagos Islands to view Haley’s Comet. It is a humorous look at contemporary social and sexual values through the guise of rocks (occasionally referred to as the “pet rock turns 30-something.”) Alan James Robinson illustrated the book with two handsome wood engravings and seven line drawings depicting the Galapagos Islands, the Galapagos Tortoise and of course, the Banging Rocks. Alan is a renowned book artist who has been producing fine limited edition books since the 1980s. His work can be found in many institutions nationally and abroad. This engaging deluxe production's book is bound in quarter leather green Moroccan goat with a millimeter leather fore-edge and Japanese Chiri (bark) paper. The book and its set of two actual banging rocks of green Beryl crystals from Connemara, Ireland are “housed” in an elaborate hand crafted cherry dove-tailed jointed wooden box with expansion joints. This geo-stable enclosure was crafted by Allan Wheeler and protects the Banging Rocks, which are of a semi-precious nature. Printed in Centaur & Arrighi types set by Dan Carr at Golgonooza Type Foundry on T.H. Saunders Hotpress Watercolor paper. Printed by master printer H.P. McGrath. Bound in paper over boards by Kim O’Donnell. In fine condition. Book measures 5 x 8 inches. The box is 5.5.x.8.5 x 3 inches. Unpaginated [32 pages]. ARTISTB/071020. Fine.
Washington DC: Abstract Orange Press, 2017. Hardcover. Number 11 of 20 copies signed and numbered by the book artist. Lauren Emeritz is a book artist, letterpress printer and graphic artist and runs the Abstract Orange Press. She creates prints and books by hand using a Vandercook press and wood type, including type she designs and carves herself. Lauren holds a BFA in Graphic Design from the University of Delaware. She is the President and Creative Director of Abstract Orange, a graphic design firm in Washington, DC, and a letterpress associate at Pyramid Atlantic Art Center in Hyattsville, Maryland. This boldly designed book is one of a series of books that Lauren has done using her handmade wooden type to explore letters, numbers, and shapes. In this accordion style book she has printed her hand carved wood numbers from 1 to 0 in various bright colors either on a single page or on a fold-out page. Bound in dark blue cloth with title in orange on front cover and spine. In fine condition. Measures 5.25 x 7 inches. In a protective stiff plastic case. ARTISTSB/082018. Fine.
Richmond, VA: Monalisa Bagby, 2020. One of four copies signed and numbered by the book artist. Lisa Bagby describes this intricate and mysterious book as "a magical tale of how beauty enters the world and the intertwine of fate and potential." She explores her theme by following the journey of an unnamed good woman who realizes that as she responds to circumstances over which she has no control that she is realizing her potential in ways she could not have imagined. The artist incorporates striking visual and structural designs throughout this book to trace the course of the good woman's journey. They include screen printed patterns of foliage and shapes, the use of colors and various papers to delineate the text, pop-ups and reverse pop-ups, and images from a Liechtenstein print, and a Chagall painting. The backs of the pages of this concertina book are also screen printed using the colors black, orange, and gray. All of the images on the back relate to the story unfolding on the front side. They include the constellation Ursa Major to refer to the mention of a black bear, while an image of a polar bear refers to stories told to the good woman about the North people. Postage stamps of birds pasted in pertain to their cacophony. Printed in Roboto on Rives paper, with insertions of various other fonts. It is bound in grey cloth with maroon floral designs on the front cover, with a black string tie with a maroon and cream button attached. In fine condition. Measures 8.25 x 8.25 x 1 inches. ARTISTSB/101620.
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.
A set of four original drawings in pen, ink, and gouache for an amateur theater production in Paris each signed by Barbier.The French artist George Barbier (1882-1932) was one of the most sophisticated and prolific illustrators and designers of his era. His Art Deco creations using the techniques of pochoir printing were both modern and classic, highly stylized, and extremely colorful. He became extremely popular after his first exhibition at the age of twenty-nine, and was widely sought after to design theater and ballet costumes, illustrate books, and most notably to produce haute couture fashion illustrations. He was somewhat forgotten after his early death at age fifty, but there has been strong renewed interest in his work in recent years. These charming drawings were done early in Barbier’s career when his style wasn’t yet fully matured. Early work by well known artists is important; although, less valuable. Three of the illustrations are full length figures, two of bearded men and one young boy shown dancing. The fourth drawing depicts the heads of two men and two women, labeled A, B, C, and D. All are in near fine condition, although along the top of the back of each sheet of paper is a glue remnant where once mounted on something. 7.25 x 10.25 inches. ORIG/080816.
San Diego: Bay Park Press, 2006. Hardcover. Founded by Sibyl Rubottom and Jim Machacek in 2000, the Bay Park Press produces artists’ books, offers classes, and holds book arts exhibitions. Their books address a wide range of subjects from the universe to gardening to opera to Yiddish and more. Most are letterpress printed, many have moveable pieces, and all are illustrated. Number 3 of 10 copies. In her colophon, Sibyl Rubottom gives her love and thanks “to the father I never knew who named me Sibyl hoping I would be shrewd in business. That did not occur, but I did end up making books.” This beautiful book is about five ancient Sibyls, including how they were depicted in Western art. These Sibyls are the Cumean, Delphic, Erythraean, Persian, and the Libyan. They offered prophecies, often through the use of leaves, as being from the thoughts of the gods. There is a brief description of each, accompanied by an intaglio leaf print and a reproduction of each Sibyl from the work of Michelangelo (four plates) or Velasquez (one plate). Each Sibyl is presented within a fold-out page with the description on the facing page and the plate and illustration inside the fold. Bound in red cloth with green spine, with title and author on front cover. The book was printed on Dutch etching paper in Bodoni, Bernard Modern, Albertus, and Patatino types. There are eight intaglio prints, each signed by the book artist. Housed in a brown paper covered case lined with the same red cloth as the book covers. This splendid production captures the mystery and beauty of the Sibyls legends. In fine condition. Unpaginated. ARTISTSBOOKS/080112. Fine.
London: John Lane, n.d. . Hardcover. First illustrated edition. Inscribed by the publisher, John Lane, "Frances Minturn Hall with love from her publisher John Lane Nov 16, 1924. Hall was an American poet, and would have been just 19 years old when she received the book. George Sheringham was best known as a painter and theater designer, but also was a book illustrator. There is a color frontispiece and twenty three full page color illustrations protected by tissue guards. Bound in the original cream cloth, with the front cover elaborately decorated in cream, blues, and pink by Sheringham. Spine faded, corners bumped, and some chipping and marks of handling to covers. Interior pages and illustrations are clean and bright with occasional foxing. 70 pages. LIT/090411. Very Good.
New York: Farrar & Rinehart, Inc., . Hardcover. Inscribed by the playwright. First edition of this well-received Broadway play, which ran in New York between November 1931 and February 1932. Berhman (1893-1973) was a prolific playwright and screenwriter, perhaps best known for his “high comedies” which were so popular in the 1930s. This copy was inscribed to Dame Nellie Burton, Berhman’s landlady when he stayed in London. Miss Burton ran a famous lodging house on Half Moon Street, where lived, among other notables, Siegfried Sassoon and Robbie Ross, the latter being one of Oscar Wilde’s closest friends. The inscription reads “For Miss Burton, with love from her devoted Sam, London Apr. 1932.” Laid in is a typed letter to Berhman from the Stanley Rose bookstore, informing him that the copy of Brief Moment he had sent to Miss Burton at her address on Half Moon Street was returned to sender, “party gone away.” Bound in red cloth with title and author in black on front cover and spine. The interior is bright and clean with some light spotting to fore-edge. The jacket has small tears to top and bottom of spine. In near fine condition with very good jacket. An extremely nice copy with an interesting association. DRA/042011. Near Fine.
New York: Robert M'Dermut, 1806. Hardcover. Theater owner and playwright, Augustin Daly's copy, with his bookplate to front pastedown. Early edition. Bookplate of Franklin Johnston to facing page. "Master Betty" (1791 - 1874) was a famous English child actor, before leaving the stage at age 17 to attend college. 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. Heavy chipping to head of spine. Dampstaining to boards and interior. Tears to a few pages. Top edge gilt with marbled endpapers. Bound by R.W. Smith. Includes three illustrations. Auction record number 230 written in pencil to front endpaper with note "Augustin Daly Collection;" however, record is not present. 140 pages. DRA/031419. Very Good.
Wien: k/haus, 2001. Hardcover. An Austrian artists' book packaged with an engineer's compass and a four lens action camera, all housed in a custom fitted green tupperware box. This two book set appears to have been issued to document an exhibition of design with work from design students at the University of Applied Arts, Vienna and the Royal College of Art, London. The "exhibit is made up of work-in-progress responses to some of the major issues raised around contemporary theory dealing with globalization and new technologies. Each has interpreted this project according to their own understanding of the imperatives of design in contemporary culture and, in this way, the project aims to open up an increasing vital debate around the nature and role of practice in the twenty-first century" (Vorwort / Foreword). The books include "Global Tools," bound with white cloth spine and white paper covered boards titled in black on front and "Think Tank," which is side-stapled in black paper wrappers with white title to front. Both books include photographic illustrations of the design projects with descriptions of the pieces (some in German and some in English). Sample project proposals include the Phrenology Hat, which changes shape according to your mood; the Audio Tooth Implant, which acts as an "electronic third ear"; Step N' Charge, which is a mat that can generate and store energy by being stepped on; and much more. Finger smudges to covers and minor rubbing, else clean and bright. 35 mm film for the action camera is not included; however, there are manufacturers directions in English for both the engineer's compass and camera. There is also a card for the tupperware container laid in with text in German. Most text in "Global Tools" is in German with some in English. The text in "Think Tank" is mostly in English with some German. All items are housed in a light green tupperware lunchbox that has been custom fitted with yellow foam. Empty plastic label on front of box and light wear / soiling. "Think Tank" is 61 pages; "Global Tools" is 197 pages. Size of box: about 11 x 9 x 3 inches. ARTB/050319. Very Good.
Paris: 1785. The Silver Striped Herring, The Herring Carp. Plate number 408 from the book Ichithyologi, Ou Histoire Naturelle, Generale Et Particuliere, Des Poissons. Printed in Paris and Berlin, 1785 – 1797. Size: 8 1/2 inches x 15 3/8 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. #34603. Near Fine.
London: Longmans, Green, and Co., 1878. Hardcover. First Edition. Lady Anna Brassey (1839 - 1887) recorded several of the celebrated voyages that she and her family made together around the world on their yacht, “The Sunbeam.” This was the first of the several volumes she published about their travels. It was a huge bestseller, running into many editions and translations. It provides a lively and detailed account of their journey around the world in 1876-77. In addition to vividly describing their journey, the book describes life aboard her yacht, which carried over forty people, including the family, the crew, friends, and a complete domestic staff. An uncommon book to find in the original cloth, it is bound in dark grey cloth with gilt title and author to spine and front cover, and gilt illustrations to front and back. Cloth is chipped and faded but still quite attractive. Some soiling to preliminary pages and tear to front map but otherwise in very good condition. With two fold-outs and 118 wood engraved illustrations after drawings by the Hon. A.Y. Bingham. With ownership signature of George R. Clayton. 504 pages. TRA/081715. Very Good.
Barcelona: Carla Busquets, 2018. Number 4 of 10 copies. Signed and numbered by the artist on the back of the last leaf. The images in this limited edition book are taken from a unique version of the work that had eight original ink drawings on four folios mounted on five wooden dowels. The piano hinge structure is based on innovations by renowned book artist Hedi Kyle. Formerly a conservator in the UK, Canada, and Spain, Busquets, a skilled young paper artist, opened her own studio, la Frivé, last year where she hosts workshops for paper artists of all ages in addition to practicing her craft. In her artist's statement Busquets says: "I mostly work with paper. I love the versatility of the material, how easy it is to manipulate and also the skill required to turn it into delicate work... I use drawing and paper to explore the boundaries of book structures to to create a story. Imagining a picture that goes beyond the illustration with mobile and tri-dimensional parts as in pop-up books gives me new possibilities to transport the spectator." In this marvelous work Busquets depicts the fearsome Kraken, a legendary creature that resembled a giant squid and was known for destroying ships. Here its massive tentacles rise from the churning waves as it approaches a doomed ship. Digitally printed and handcut and mounted. Housed in original custom box covered with paste paper. Size: 17cm x 15 cm x 4 cm. In fine condition. ARTB/031720. Fine.
London: Grant Richards, 1900. Hardcover. First Edition. Presentation copy from Clodd, inscribed to the book's publisher Grant Richards, the nephew of Grant Allen. This memoir celebrates the life of Canadian science fiction author Charles Grant Blairfindle Allen (1848 - 1899). After teaching in grade school for several years, he became a professor of moral philosophy in Jamaica, where he developed his evolutionary system of philosophy. His literary career began with non-fiction essays on popular science, and he later went on to write nearly 30 fiction novels. He is considered to be a pioneer of the science fiction and detective fiction genres. Bound in original dark brown cloth boards with gilt title to spine. Minor sunning to spine, small chip to foot of spine, and a few spots to boards. Offsetting to endpapers, else clean. 222 pages. LIT/052115. Very Good.
San Francisco: Chronicle Books, 1989. Dean, Loomis. Glossy Paper Cover. Inscribed By Photographer. 4to. INSCRIBED BY PHOTOGRAPHER AND WITH 8 ORIGINAL SNAPSHOTS TAKEN BY DEAN. Loomis Dean was an acclaimed “Life Magazine” photographer who had 52 “Life” covers during his career. This book is the chronicle of the time he spent with Ernest Hemingway in 1960, which was only a year before the writer committed suicide. It is inscribed in black marker on the half title page, “To Phyllis + Bill Gaylor/ who chose Spain/ for their honeymoon!/ Best regards, Loomis Dean/ Venice ‘90” In full color illustrated glossy paper wrappers. The interior high gloss pages are clean and bright and filled with color photographs of Hemingway and bullfighting. The book also contains a typed and signed letter on Dean’s stationery dated “September 30, 1994.” The letter is accompanied by 8 original photographs (mentioned in the letter) taken by Dean when in Spain. Six of the photos are bullfighting scene and the other two are of flamenco dancers. 159 pages. PHO/091406. 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.
New York: American Art Association, 1900. Hardcover. SCARCE. American auction catalog for part of Augustin Daly's enormous collection. An auction in 1880 disposed of much of his collection but this auction still includes several thousand items. There were many autographs as well as manuscripts and books. Augustin Daly (1838 –1899) was one of the most influential men in American theatre during his lifetime. Drama critic, theatre manager, playwright, and adapter, he became the first recognized stage director in America. He was dramatic critic for several New York papers from 1859, and he adapted or wrote a number of plays, Under the Gaslight (1867) being his first success. In 1869 he became the manager of the Fifth Avenue Theatre on 24th St. and in 1873 the Fifth Avenue Theatre on 28th. In 1879 he rebuilt and opened Daly's Theatre at Broadway and 30th Street in New York, and, in 1893, Daly's Theatre in London. Daly formed a permanent company in New York and opened Daly's Theatre in New York in 1879 and a second one in London in 1893. At Daly’s Theatre he assembled a company of players headed by well-known actress Ada Rehan. Some of the best actors of the time owed their training and early successes to him, including John Drew Jr., Maurice Barrymore, Maude Adams, Mrs. Gilbert, Tyrone Power, and Isadora Duncan. Bound in three quarter brown morocco over marbled paper covered boards. Gilt title and raised bands to spine. Top edge gilt with marbled endpapers. Minor wear to edges of boards and corners. Rubbing to boards. Bookplate of Franklin Johnston to front endpaper. Frontispiece portrait of Daly. Pencil annotation on free endpaper says that this was the copy of Douglas Taylor. In very good condition. Measures 8 x 10.5 inches. 381 pages plus 23 page listing of prices realized. BOB/060220. Very Good.
London: Leonard Smithers, 1896. Hardcover. First Edition. Includes six illustrations engraved on wood by Charles Conder. Stonehill and others state that this is the rare primary binding; copies are more commonly found in blue cloth. Very good plus in original yellow cloth boards with black title to spine and front board. Minor bumping to spine ends and bottom corners of boards. Slight darkening to spine. A few spots of foxing to early and late pages, otherwise the interior is clean. Housed in a half-morocco slipcase with purple cloth boards. The case is titled in gilt with gilt decoration and raised bands. Some discoloration, light soiling, and minor rubbing to case. The Artist and the Book 62; Nelson Smithers 1896. 12; Stonehill 51. 107 pages. LIT/052110. Very Good Plus.
Rio de Janeiro: IPEAFRO / Afrodiaspora, 1995. Hardcover. Signed by the author on front free endpage. Afro-Brazilian artist, politician, and scholar Abdias Do Nascimento (1914 - 2011) was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004. Text in English and Portuguese. Filled with full color, full page reproductions of the artist's paintings. Very good in tan cloth boards with embossed title to spine and front cover. Minor wear to edges of boards including a bump to the bottom edge of the front cover. A few splits to interior of binding; however, all pages remain bound. In black illustrated dust jacket with red title to spine and front panels. Minor wear to edges of jacket including a few small chips and minor rubbing to panels. Housed in original black illustrated slipcase with red title to spine and front panels. Wear and rubbing to edges and panels of case including an old price sticker. 170 pages. ART/092415. Very Good / Very Good.
Copper Plate Engraving by George Edwards, with original hand coloring on laid paper. Edwards spent most of his life observing and depicting indigenous and non-indigenous species of birds. Many of his drawings were done on commission for the Royal Society and Royal College of Physicians. Edwards is credited with collaborating on the scientific naming and description of about 300 species of birds. The framed print measures 11 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches. #49238. Very Good.
1743. A leaf from A Natural History of Birds. Edward's friend and mentor Mark Catesby taught him the technique of engraving, which made it possible for him to engrave his own drawings, the results of which can be found in his natural historical works. He added to the hand colored compositions of his illustration engravings by including insects, especiallly butterflies. Print method is Engraving by Copper Plate with original hand coloring on laid paper, measuring 290 x 220 mm. or approximately 11 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches. Archivally matted. #49123. Very Good.