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 Eichenberg 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.
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London: Macmillan & Co., 1891. Hardcover. First Edition. Lanoe Falconer was the pseudonym of Mary Elizabeth Hawker (1848-1908), the English novelist and short story writer. This scarce book was a very popular supernatural novel in its day. In very good condition in original dark blue cloth boards. Light bumping to corners and chipping to spine. Interior pages clean with some splitting to signatures but text block is holding. 197 pages plus 44 page classified catalogue. LIT/031511. Very Good.
Berkeley: Flying Fish Press, 2003. Number 61 of 100 copies signed and numbered by the book artist. At the time this book work was first created, Julie Chen described it as "by far the most ambitious and extravagant piece ever to be produced at Flying Fish Press. Personal Paradigms presents a truly interactive experience for the reader in the form of a game that is played and the results then recorded in a collaborative ledger book. The object of the game focuses on the player's own life experiences and perceptions at the moment that the game is being played." Presented in a sumptuous cloth covered box, the set includes a letterpress printed game board and a multitude of beautiful lasercut game pieces. The game board opens to a full size of 21 x 30 inches. Box measures 15. x 11.25 x 4.75 when closed. In fine condition. ARTISTSB/042820. Fine.
San Francisco: Gazelle and Goat, 2018. Number 20 of 40 copies. Signed and numbered by Rhiannon Alpers, the book artist. Rhiannon has been a book artist, maker of paper, and bookbinder based in San Francisco for almost twenty years. She is fascinated by structures and boxes, and much of her work is focused on nature. This beautifully designed and executed book is emblematic of Rhiannon's artistic interests and aesthetics. She writes of her book, which was inspired by author Glynis Ridley: "When Jeanne Baret stepped on-board the Etoile ship in 1766, she didn’t set out to be the first woman to circumnavigate the globe. Alongside her colleague, accomplice and lover, Philibert Commerson, she took on many roles during the expedition as a botanist, herb woman, nurse, and cataloger of the more than 630 specimens they brought aboard. This limited edition artist book traces the expedition of the first woman to circumnavigate the globe, through the lens of the botanical discoveries she made along the ship’s journey. Jeanne Baret was not able to document the expedition herself, due to the forbidden nature of her passage on this journey, but her legacy has inspired many, and spurred the creation of this book." The book has a removable magnetic spine binding that opens completely back-to-back, with a digitally produced specimen chart hidden within. Hahnemuhle Bugra Fawn folio maps are letterpress printed from polymer plates, adapted from French expedition maps from the published logs “Voyage Autour du Monde par la Frégate du rio la Boudeuse et la Fluté L’Etoile.". Crane’s Lettra Ecru 90lb specimen folios letterpress printed from linoleum blocks and polymer plates. Plant outlines are laser cut and secured with Japanese tissue. Laser cut specimens were adapted from the original plant specimens collected by Commerson and Baret on the expedition, archived in the Museum of Natural History in Paris. Interleaved vellum sheets with macro photography by the artist laser printed on Neenah UV Ultra II. Spine bound with Gmund Bier Paper [colophon]. In fine condition. Measures 8.25 x 9.5 inches. Unpaginated. ARTISTSB/072419.
Paris: 1781. Hardcover. RARE. Very good in full leather with raised bands and gilt tooled panels on spine. Gilt tooling on inner and outer edges of boards. Pages edged in gilt; somewhat faded. Leather on spine is cracked and chipped in places, but gilt is still bright. Bumped corners. Minor bookworm damage to boards in several places. Rubbing/minor staining to boards. Marble endpapers which are faded/rubbed. Laid paper interior is very clean with several spots of foxing and some fading to endpages only. Very light soiling to title page and half-title. Green ribbon bookmark is sewn into binding. Translated from the Greek by Giacomelli. Classical Literature. CLA2/2250. Very Good.
New York: Random House, 1947. Hardcover. Second Printing. SIGNED BY 25 CAST MEMBERS FROM THE BROADWAY PRODUCTION. The signers include John Carradine, Estelle Winwood, Le Roi Operti, Martita Hunt, Nydia Westman, Sandro Giglio, and Millicent Brower. The play ran for two years on Broadway and had a revival a few years later. Bound in original dark blue cloth with title and author in gilt to spine. Very good minus with some chipping and bumping. No dust jacket. Signatures are on free front endpaper. half title, and title pages. Interior is clean with three black and white photos from the production. DRA/071812. Very Good.
David McKay, (1929). First American trade edition in original dust jacket and box. (Publisher's name to spine; however, the title page cites the English publisher - George G. Harrap.) Fine in original grey blue cloth boards with gilt title to spine and front cover. Gilt rose design to front cover. Includes twelve full color, full page illustrations and many black and white in text line drawings. Illustrated endpapers. Minor soiling to the fore-edge of the textblock, else clean and bright. In grey dust jacket with dark red title to spine and full color illustration pasted down to front panel. The jacket has a few small chips to the edges and a few creases. Housed in the original grey paper covered box with full color illustrated pastedown (that matches the jacket illustration) to front cover. The corners of the top of the box have been repaired / reinforced with archival mending tape. Rubbing and wear to the edges of the box. 232 pages. CHILD/013118.
Brussels: G. Van Oest, 1912. Hardcover. Folio. Bellini (c.1400-c.1470) was a key figure in the development of Renaissance painting in northern Italy. He also founded something of a dynasty, with his sons and son-in-law, Andrea Mantegna, all becoming famous painters in their own right. Most of Bellini’s paintings have disappeared, and his two surviving sketchbooks, one at the Louvre and one at the British Museum, are how he is best remembered. These two oversized folio volumes lavishly reproduce the masterful drawings from each sketch book along with a facing description of each. Volume I has 134 plates and Volume II has 100. Many are on double pages and fold out. Very good in the original half vellum with brown paper boards and gilt title to spine and front boards. As with most heavy books, the joints show some splitting but have been repaired and are holding tight. The vellum has some soiling and spotting, and there is minor scuffing to the paper boards. The interior is bound tightly and is very clean. ART/8122. Very Good.
2011. Hardcover. Hand-lettered Manuscript. Using the same materials and techniques that have been employed by scribes for centuries, calligrapher Maryanne Grebenstein has created a unique manuscript containing Pangur B'an, a ninth century poem written by an Irish monk. The poem is a playful story, told by the monk, of the similarities between his work and that of his cat, Pangur B'an. The artist successfully captures the playful tone of the poem with her calligraphy, layout, and embellishments.Bound by Bexx Caswell at the White Sparrow Bindery (Somerville, MA) in green and black paper covered boards with hand written title label pasted down on the front cover. The paper used for the cover was handmade by Cave paper. The manuscript was hand lettered in the Uncial style, using Moon Palace Sumi ink and Soennecken pen nibs on Ingres d'Arches MBM text paper. It is decorated with raised 23 karat gold leaf and Winsor & Newton gouache. Each page contains a unique layout. The manuscript is signed and dated by the book artist and binder, and described in the colophon. Measures 10 inches by 7 inches. [16 pages.] Calligrapher and book artist Maryanne Grebenstein (Hingham, MA) is a student of Sheila Waters, Jeanyee Wong, Robert Boyajian and others. She owns The Abbey Studio which offers professional calligraphy services and classes and Turn-in-the-Path Books which produces unique and limited edition books and broadsides. Maryanne also teaches at the North Bennet Street School in Boston and is a Visiting Artist at the Corcoran College of Art+Design in Washington, DC. Fine.
Portland, OR: Anne Greenwood, 2018. Number 28 of 30 of the regular edition, signed and numbered by the book artist. Vestiges was conceived in Iceland where Anne was an artist-in-residence in April and May 2018. This striking work includes folded, sewn, dyed, and printed crinoline cloth pieces accompanied by text. They beautifully capture the almost intangible nature of vestiges - things disappearing or no longer in existence by Diane Jacobs of the Scranton Press in Portland. The book's wrap-around cover is white crinoline. The book is printed with Weiss Italic type on Mohawk Superfine paper. The text is hand-written and authored by the artist as are the hand-dyed fabric manipulations (from the colophon). Anne Greenwood is a well-known artist who has exhibited widely and whose works can be found in museum and library collections around the country. She was born on the high Dakota Plains and was led to an art degree by her artist grandmother. In 1990 she moved to Portland, Oregon and began her career as an artist and horticulturalist. Anne’s artwork explores an interest in folk art and speaks of her kinship with the natural world and how this influences her connection to daily life. She makes objects, installations, and works with her community. In 2002, Anne set up a textiles studio integrating handwork, book arts, and textiles into an interdisciplinary practice. From Anne's artist's statement: "My artistic practice navigates an infinite network of connections: narrating the simple and complex, physical and ephemeral, past and present, within the context of place, history, and transformation. I form relationships that expand and fortify admiration and reverence, leading to the discovery of new truths about the world around us. I enter into inquiry-based community engagement through arts education, residency, public work, studio practice, and collaboration. " A lovely work in fine condition. ARTS/031419. Fine.
Washington DC: Kristin Gubrandsdottir, 2010. Soft cover. Number 10 of 11 copies signed and numbered by the book artist. Kristin is a book artist, furniture maker, and teacher from Iceland. Her works typically address feelings, memory, and experience. She studied book arts at the Corcoran College of Art + Design in Washington DC where she made this book. She currently resides in Brussels. Awakening is a powerful photobook done in response to the loss of friends that "left me wondering about the meaning of our existence and why some leave too prematurely." The photographs and text address these questions and the strange feelings that arose in her at night that left her waking up "knowing that one day I will die." The twelve evocative color photos are reproduced in an oblong accordion style book and juxtaposed with letter press text. Printed on Soberest paper using Minion Pro Regular and Medium Italic fonts. Bound in white stiff paper with titling on front cover. In fine condition. Unpainted. PI/022119. Fine.
Glenview, IL: Karen Hanmer, 2004. Number 20 or 20 copies, signed and numbered by the book artist. Karen's artist-made books are physical manifestations of personal essays intertwining history, culture, politics, science and technology. She utilizes both traditional and contemporary book structures, and the work is often playful in content or format. This is the last unsold copy of this thoughtful and nostalgic book by Karen. She uses the text of a young Navy wife’s letter written from Europe in the 1950s to her family on the farm along with her alternate personal thoughts. The book uses the flag book structure to juxtapose these texts with sections of an old photograph of her Midwestern relatives. This structure offers an effective medium for creating a visual as well as a textual experience. The full photograph of the family is revealed when the book is fully opened. The photograph and text were created using pigment inkjet prints. The covers reproduce a black and white photo of the young Navy wife with an Italian city view behind her. The back of the book opens in accordion style and shows another black and white photo from Italy. Book is 4.5 x 9 inches closed and 8 x 19 inches when fully open. Housed in an archival stiff paper storage box with Velcro closures. In fine condition. Fine.
Glenview, IL: Karen Hanmer, 2004. Hardcover. Number 19 of 30 copies. Signed and numbered by the book artist. Features photographs, archival documents, and text pertaining to the Wright Brothers' experimentation to develop the first manned, powered flight. Bound using the flag book structure with illustrated paper covered boards. This book was created for Turning Pages: A Collection of Artists' Books shown in The Living Room, the family installation space at the Wichita Art Museum. Housed in an archival paper case with the edition number and artist's contact information stamped on the front panel. Measures 7 x 26 x 5 inches open and 7 x 5 x 3 ¾ inches closed. Unpaginated. [16 pages.] ARTB/032417. Fine.
Basel, Switzerland: Romano Hänni, 1988 / 89. Hardcover. Number 74 of 81. Six artist proofs were also printed. Signs from the Stone Age consists of symbols (primarily comprised of lines and dots) reproduced from imagery found in the cave of Lascaux in Dordogne, France. Also includes photographic reproductions of the original cave paintings, excerpts from literature about the people of the Stone Age, and text by the book artist giving his interpretations of the imagery. Fine in off-white paper covered boards with black title to spine and front cover. There is a flaw in the paper on the first page of the text resulting in a discolored marking; otherwise, the interior is very clean and bright. Handcomposed and handprinted in red and black ink with five photographs printed in offset. Text in German. Includes a one page English explanation of the book and its design. 20 pages. ARTB/011713. Fine.
London: John Lane, 1895. Hardcover. 1 of 500 copies. First Edition. This is a very scarce “modern” play by the famous publisher. In a note, Heinemann writes that it was not his object to write anything that “would satisfy the usual requirements of a stage play...but simply to snatch one dramatic moment out of a story of to-day...” Bound in original grey-green boards with paper title label. Label is chipped and corners of boards slightly bumped. The interior is clean with most of the pages unopened. In very good condition. 69 pages +13 pages of ads. LIMITED/051011. Near Fine.
Philadelphia: University of the Arts, 2017. Hardcover. Number 6 of 10 copies. Signed by the artist. Folio. "All Disease is an exploration of hysteria in women. Images of inkblots invoke interpretive psychological tests and are paired with images of pelvic bone and language from 18th and early 19th century medical texts. The conclusion presented by the male-dominated voices in the text is that women are bound to irrationality, emotional instability, and insanity on account of the womb" (artist statement). The text that meanders through the book, often cut off against the edge of a page reads: "The womb, the starting point of hysteria. My womb, the starting point. Like some delicate plant deprived of the beneficial rays of the sun, she is a flower, which withers and droops away, even before its blossoming. On account of the uterus, woman is all disease. A document in madness, thoughts and remembrance fit. Divided from herself and her fair jud ... On account of the uterus, I am all disease.... some delicate plant deprived of the beneficial rays of the sun, she is a flower, ... My womb, the starting point of hysteria. A document in madness, thoughts and remembrance fitted. The womb, the starting point of hy ... On account of the uterus, woman is all diseas... Divided from herself and her fair jud ... On account of the uterus, I am all disease." The disjointed, repetitive text paired with the inkblots makes the reader feel as if they are descending into madness or recalling a traumatic event. As you read it, you can easily imagine a woman sitting, rocking, and whispering these words over and over in a chant of despair - and then you realize that as the reader, you have become this woman. A subtle, but powerful book about the oppression of women. Bound in quarter black leather boards with hand marbled paper covered boards. Imagery and text are appropriated from 19th century medical texts and Shakespeare's "Hamlet." Letterpress printed on a Vandercook SP20 from polymer plates. Printed on handmade cotton rag paper (including watermarks, formed shapes, and pulp painting). Inkblot imagery printed by hand lithography. Size: 22 (width) x 15 (tall) inches when open. ARTB/060920. Fine.
1928. Original Illustrations. An attractive original ink drawing on paper by Lloyd Hoff of the head of famous British actor, George Arliss. It is signed by both the artist and the subject. Arliss writes: “‘They flatter me’ Shylock in The Merchant of Venice / George Arliss.” Hoff signed the portrait as “Hoff / From Life 11-3-28.” Hoff was a well-known illustrator who did the art for two Beerbohm parodies privately printed by the Hart Press, founded in California by James D. Hart. In fine condition. 8 1/2 x 10 inches. ART/090611. Fine.
Montgomery Village, MD: Shireen Holman, 2013. Paperback. Number 15 of 20 copies signed and numbered by the artist. This complex and beautiful artist's book explores time from the viewpoints of religion, literature, science, and philosophy. The book artist, Shireen Modak Holman, has been a printmaker for more than thirty-five years and a book artist for more than twenty. She was born in India, and her work often involves the interaction of her Indian and American cultures. She states that she is fascinated by time and spent several years reading, sketching, and selecting texts to illustrate the imagery she was creating as she tried to visually express time. She has used texts from the writings of Shakespeare, Tagore, Einstein, Thoreau, Hawking, and others. As the design of the book came together, she created a full-sized colored pencil mock-up. The finished book consists of woodcuts printed onto pulp-painted handmade paper. The text was letterpress printed on gampi paper and then pasted onto the handmade sheets. The pages are folded in such a way that one can see a little of each of the subsequent pages from the current page. Thus from the beginning to the end of the book one can see a little of the future from the present. Each page has semicircular areas cut out so that the calendar at the bottom right of the colophon page is visible at all times. Housed in a cream paper clamshell box with the title "Time" in raised letters affixed vertically to the cover. Linen spine. In fine condition. Accompanied by a softcover book titled "The Making of the Artist Book 'Time.'" Unpaginated. [16 pages]. 13.75 x 19.25 inches. ARTISTS/041916. Fine.
London: Kegan Paul, Trench, Trubner and Co., 1896. Laurence Housman. Hardcover. First Edition. A Presentation Copy, inscribed "To W.B. Blaikie with sincere regards from Laurence Housman Feb. 18th 1897." Blaikie was a master printer and the head of the Edinburgh firm of T. and A. Constable, which produced several of Housman's books. This was an early work by Housman (1865-1959), the renowned English writer, illustrator, and playwright. Each of these seven Christian fantasy tales for adults is preceded by a lovely engraving by Housman and followed the verse "inset." Housman also did the cover design, title-page, and initial letters. In original green publisher's cloth, with bumping, fading, and sunning to spine. Interior pages are very nice, with light browning to margins and deckled edges. In very good condition.138 pages plus five pages of review comments for two other Housman books. LIT/042414. Very Good.
Oldham, England: Incline Press, 2012. Hard Cover. Number 118 of 250 copies. Heavily influenced by the Art Nouveau movement, E.R.Weiss (1875 – 1942) was a multitalented German artist who painted watercolors and murals, and also designed furniture, fabric, stained glass, ceramics, wallpaper, and books. This book focuses on Weiss’s book artistry including his typographic designs, calligraphy, book jacket designs, illustrations, and more. It took printer Graham Moss of the Incline Press over fifteen years to research, compile, and print this impressive collection of Weiss’s book works, which features numerous tipped-in reproductions and several original pieces. It is a large folio bound in brown paper covered boards with vellum spine and design in red to front cover. Housed in a brown paper covered slipcase with black cloth edges and title label to spine. In fine condition. 178 pages. PRI/062415. Fine.
Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1896. One of 1500 copies. A four leaf advertising circular from the Kelmscott Press listing books in the press, books already printed of which a few copies remain for sale, books out of print, and books in preparation. Although there is a list of books in preparation, Chaucer's Works was appended to the list of books out of print with "to be ready this month" in parentheses, Sadly, the books in preparation, Froissart's Chronycles, the poems of Theodore Watts-Dunton, and a catalogue of Morris's library were eventually aborted as the press only finished books actually in progress after Morris's death in October 1896. Printed in red and black in Golden type on Flower paper, with the Kelmscott printer's mark on the front cover. Slight creasing but otherwise in very good condition. Measures 6 x 8 inches. Peterson Kelmscott Press Bibliography C44. MOR/052620. Very Good + in Wraps.
Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1893. One of 500 paper copies (10 were printed on vellum). This beautiful early production from the Kelmscott Press was described by Sydney Cockerell in 1898 as "one of the rarest books issued from the Press" because of its popularity [William Peterson bibliography]. The Foreword states that the poems are printed witht he original spelling and that the fact of being able to study these poems in the language in which they were written ought we think, to add materially to the pleasure of the reader. Bound in the original limp vellum with Shakespeares Poems in gilt on spine. Vellum still very clean with some creasing and curling to the front cover. The fragile ribbon ties are missing. The interior pages are in near fine condition. Each poem has a lovely title page with ornamental borders and ten line initial letters designed by William Morris. Printed in Golden type on Flower paper. Measures 5.75 x 8.75 inches. 216 pages. PRI/022420.
London: George Bell and Sons, 1902. Walter Crane. Hardcover. FIRST TRADE EDITION. This is still the best and most comprehensive work on Crane’s art, encompassing his illustrations, paintings, and decorative works. There are 8 photogravure plates, 24 full page colored plates, and over 100 other illustrations of his paintings, wall paper designs, and book illustrations. There are also two inserted facsimile leaves from The Story of the Glittering Plain published by the Kelmscott Press. It was the only Kelmscott Press title illustrated by Crane, despite his close friendship with fellow-Socialist William Morris. The book begins with a chapter discussing Morris’s influence on Crane’s ideas of Socialism and art. A very good small folio bound in the original blue-green pictorial cloth, with the cover design and spine printed in black and gilt. The covers show wear, with slight fraying at edges, brief spotting, and the front hinge slightly cracked. The interior is quite clean and bright save for some very light aging to margins and a small brown stain on one of the color illustrations and its facing page. Altogether a very nice copy of this rather scarce book. 148 pages. ILL/042210. Very Good.
London: C. Elkin Mathews, 1889. Hardcover. Number 7 of 50 copies of this large paper edition, signed and numbered by the author. Inscribed by the publisher, John Lane: "This is the first book published at The Bodley Head & Le Gallienne's first published book John Lane Chicago April 25 1896." This is a collection of poems for book lovers. It is a very nice copy bound in blue paper boards with cream paper spine and author/title label to spine. Binding is near fine. There is light offsetting and a small tear to bottom of Lane inscription page. Interior otherwise very good. With a blue cloth jacket and housed in a quarter morocco blue slipcase. 89 pages. POE/011816. Very Good +.
1799. This is a leaf from Histoire Naturelle de Oiseaux d'Afrique, Levaillant's most important work. This is a comprehensive description of the birds of South America based upon his own personal experiences. Many of the birds that Levaillant claimed to have inhabited Africa later were proven not to be native to the continent. Print method is Engraving and hand colored on paper, measuring 345 x 260mm. or approximately 16 x 10 1/4 inches. Archivally matted. #48222. Very Good.