San Francisco: Gazelle and Goat Press, 2016. Number 17 of 30 copies. Signed and numbered by book artist and author Rhiannon Alpers. She is a papermaker, letterpress printer and book artist, with an MFA in Book and Paper Arts from Columbia College Chicago and a BA in Book Arts from UC Santa Barbara. In addition to creating books and providing custom commissions from her California studio, Rhiannon has taught book arts at numerous institutions and has been exhibited nationally. The artist says that "this book was inspired by sleep-deprived dreams as a new mother in the Summer of 2016. It explores an imagined journey, being carried through the comfort of one's dreams. A journey guided by a murmuration of a thousand starlings, undulating and wisping through the evening sky, their soft voices calming and cooing as they head into the unknown." She further states that the book abounds in metaphors and symbolism. This lovely work is letterpress printed with photopolymer plates and monotype, with an under layer of hand painted stars beneath, on Somerset Velvet Black. The endsheets are Fabriano Tiziano Anthracite and bound in Asahi Grey Crepe bookcloth. Foil stamped birds and title, this false accordion book is masquerading in a Secret Belgian binding with Italian film yarn. In fine condition. Unpaginated. ARTISTSBOOK/080417. Fine.
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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: Goupil and Cie; Manzi, Joyant and Cie, 1907. Hardcover. Number 107 of 300 copies. A beautiful and sumptuous work in French on the life and art of the great Renaissance painter Sandro Botticelli. In his preface, the author describes his careful research and authentication process on the artist’s work, saying it was necessary because Botticelli had so many disciples who imitated his style. There are 70 plates, of which nine are in color, plus a color frontispiece of a Botticelli self-portrait. For each work there is a plate of the full painting, followed by one or more plates with details from it. The color plates are all details of Botticelli’s exquisite portraiture. Plates 1-66 follow the text pages; plates 67-70 are bound in with the text. Bound in three quarter red leather with marbled paper covered boards and raised bands and gilt title to spine. Original paper covers bound in. Some staining to edges of some of the text pages, not affecting the plates. Each plate has a tissue guard printed with the title and location of the painting. Ownership signature in red ink on half title. In very good condition. Elephant folio. 83 pages plus plates. ART/091012. Very Good.
Dublin: William Hallhead, 1777. Hardcover. Pirated Dublin edition. Volume one states that it is the Fourth Edition; it was printed in Dublin for Hallhead in 1777. Volumes 2 - 6 were also printed in Dublin for Hallhead and are dated 1781. Volumes 7 - 10 were printed in Dublin for Luke White in 1788. Lacks volumes 11 and 12. Volume 2 has folding map. Bookplate of Charles Chauncey to front pastedown of each volume. Bound in full leather with title and volume labels to spines; however, one volume lacks volume label. Volumes 1- 6 have matching full calf bindings and volumes 7 - 10 are bound in matching mottled calf bindings. This set may require an extra shipping fee. Very Good.
Hingham, MA: Maryanne Grebenstein, 2012. Hardcover. Number 16 of 20 copies. One unique hand lettered copy was also issued. This is a small prayer book containing The Lord’s Prayer in Latin, Middle English (John Wycliffe version), and the Revised Standard Version. In this limited edition the black text is printed and the decorations are hand colored with the illuminations in gold or silver pen. Each book is hand bound and colored differently, so that the 20 copies all have a completely different look. 3 x 3 inches. Fine.
London: Macmillan and Co., 1874. Hardcover. First Edition. The rare first edition of a key work in British history. Includes a time line, genealogical tables, and five maps of which four are printed in color. John Richard Green (1837-1883) was an English clergyman who left the church and turned to history. This work assured his place as a major writer of history. The book was intended for a popular audience and was very successful, leading to subsequent expanded editions. Very good in original dark brown cloth boards with gilt title to spine. Bumping to corners, light rubbing to boards, and slight crease to rear board. This book has been expertly recased using all original materials. The interior has a few light spots of foxing throughout and spots of browning to the end pages. One inch stain from tape remnant on ffe. With the bookplate of Thomas Brooke. Housed in a fine brown cloth slipcase with leather and gilt title label to spine. Index, 847 pages. ENG/052110. Very Good.
London: Longmans, Green, and Co., 1893. Maurice Greiffenhagen. Hardcover. First Edition of this Aztec romance. Author's Presentation Copy, inscribed "To Andrew from his affec brother H Rider Haggard 1894." Henry Rider Haggard (1856-1925) was the author of a number of adventure novels set in exotic locales. His books, including She and King Solomon's Mines, are still popular today. Haggard traveled to Mexico in 1891 to do research for this book and sadly his young son died while he was away. The book describes the first interactions between the Spanish and South American natives, as well as murders, shipwrecks, and slavery. Colonel Andrew Haggard, who had a distinguished military career - he was one of he first British officers to command in the Egyptian army - was also a successful novelist, travel writer and poet. It is known that Andrew helped Rider with the writing of Dawn and he likely played an important role in helping his younger brother with the several bestsellers which revolved around Egypt and mummies. There are 25 black and white illustrations by the British painter and illustrator Maurice Greiffenhagen. He was Haggard's friend, which led him to illustrate several of his adventure books, starting with She in 1889. Bound in the original publisher's blue-green cloth with gilt author and title to front cover and spine. Light bumping, small chip to bottom of faded spine. Hinges a bit tender but text block is tight. Interior pages are clean. Bookplate of collector Mark Samuels Lasner to front pastedown. Very good condition. 325 pages plus 24 page publisher's catalog. LIT/012016. Very Good.
Glenview, IL: Karen Hanmer, 2018. Number 21 of 30 copies. In this small but powerful work, Karen Hanmer offers a scathing look at what has been happening in the United States since January 2017. From Access Hollywood through the Mueller investigation to white nationalist support, #Great Again #Believe Me documents contemporary American personalities, pronouncements, slogans, scandals, policies and crimes, complemented by the metaphor of a deconstructing US Capitol. The text is printed in inkjet on binders' board with polypropylene and juxtaposed with black and white photos of the US Capitol as it was constructed, but shown in reverse order to seemingly deconstruct. The book is bound in the Jacob’s Ladder artists’ book structure, which is borrowed from a folk toy traditionally made of blocks of wood held together with ribbons. The structure is held from one end and allowed to dangle vertically. When the block being held is tilted, the remaining blocks flip over in succession, producing a cascading visual effect. Housed in clamshell of archival board. In fine condition. 21.5 x 2.5 x .125 inches extended; 3.5 x 2.5 x .75 inches closed. PRI/112818.
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 Hamner, 2003. Number 16 of 20 copies. Signed and numbered by the book artist. An engaging tunnel book by Karen Hamner who is well known for her expertise with various book structures. "Her 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" (from online biography). For this playful work she created paper cut-outs of the letters of the alphabet that were colored using pigment inkjet prints to run through the color spectrum and back. Book is 5 x 5 x 18 inches when expanded; 5 x 5 x 1 inch when closed. Housed in an archival square grey box with title label giving book artist address and number of this copy. In fine condition. ARTISTSBOOK/080119. Fine.
Glenview, IL: 2002. Hardcover. Number 8 of 20 copies. “Chicago binder, book and installation artist Karen Hanmer’s intimate, playful works fragment and layer text and image to intertwine memory, cultural history, and the history of science. Her work weds the ancient act of book binding with the high tech use of the computer to aid her process. The intimate scale and the gestures of exploration required to travel through each piece evoke the experience of looking through an album, a diary, or the belongings of a loved one. However, her works often take the forms of games or puzzles, and many include witty text” (Karen Hanmer). This work is a history of an immigrant farming family told through photographs. The family is depicted on both inside covers with one picture dating from the 1920s and the other from the 1960s. Connecting the pictures is a flowing field of corn, which is blurred on one side and detailed on the other. As you open the book the interlocking pages and imagery create a flowing movement that simulates the passage of time. The result is an engaging book that tells a story despite the lack of text. Housed in an archival paper case with the artist’s contact information and edition number on the front panel. In fine condition. Unpaginated. ARTB/060111. Fine.
London: Macmillan and Co., 1887. A beautiful signed copy of one of Hardy's most popular novels and his own favorite. He wrote on the half title: "Yours faithfully Thomas Hardy." The book was first published in three volumes in March 1887. The publisher did not reprint the novel in its original three-volume form but in September 1887 reissued it in one volume in two impressions of 2000 copies each (Purdy bibliography p. 57). This copy is in a beautiful custom signed brown calf binding by Sangorski and Sutcliffe. With gold ruling on the covers and five raised bands on the spine. The compartments have gilt titling, date, autograph note, and decorations. Some darkening to spine. t.e.g. Light offsetting to half title and last page from leather. It does not affect the signature. Interior otherwise pristine and in very good plus condition. 352 pages. LIT/062819.
London: T. Fisher Unwin, 1893. Hardcover. FIRST EDITION, very uncommon. American author, Pearl Craigie (1867 - 1906), published several novels including this one in Fisher Unwin's Pseudonym Library series. Near fine in original beige cloth with green title to spine and front board. Minor foxing to end pages, else the interior is clean. Top edge in gilt. Nice condition. 249 pages plus 8 pages of ads. LIT/012109. Near 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.
Wien: Alfred Holder, 1882. Hardcover. Illustrated with three hand colored plates, a colored foldout map, and numerous black and white vignettes. Very good in original beige cloth boards with gilt title and black decoration to spine and front cover. The front cover features an illustration of a bird’s nest. There are a few light smudge marks to the covers and the spine is slightly darkened. Minor rubbing to edges of boards. The color plates are foxed and the margins of the textual pages are browned. Full marbled edges and silk moiré endpapers. Overall, a nice clean copy. 584 plus errata and map. NAT/090911. Very Good.
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1945. Hardcover. PRESENTATION COPY signed by the author “to Gay Dallman, with the good wishes of Langston Hughes New York, July 12, 1947.” Elaine Gay Dallman was a poet, bibliophile, and socialite in San Francisco. This is a nice copy of the second printing. Very good in black cloth with orange cloth spine and purple title to front board and spine. Slight fading to spine and bumping to bottom corners. In a very good price clipped dust jacket with green spine panel and black title to spine. The jacket, also later, is worn along the edges including a chip to the head of the spine and a short closed tear. There is also a scuffmark to the front panel and the interior of the front flap has light dampstaining. There is no evidence of dampstaining to the boards or to the exterior of the jacket. 125 pages. POE/04291. Very Good in Very Good Dust Jacket.
Minneapolis: Indulgence Press, 2011. One of 20 copies. Arthur & Barbara is a portrait of art critic/philosopher Arthur Danto and artist Barbara Westman as seen reflected in the space of their New York City apartment on Riverside Drive. This book embodies their life and work in symbolic forms of thoughtful play. Arthur & Barbara is a collection of simple objects, images and “games” referring to both Duchamp’s Boîte-en-valise and to Fluxus Collections. The box contains laser-etched glass with a plan view of the apartment. Beneath the glass, separated spaces hold a DVD with images of Arthur, Barbara and their apartment, a hand-bound codex filled with photographic illustrations and brief text, a glass block laser-etched with an illustration by Barbara Westman, two chairs, handmade dice, and a spinner. A drawer holds a folio of letters written by Sean Scully, Shirin Neshat and Barbara Westman, and an introduction by David Carrier. A fascinating way of documenting the lives and personalities of this interesting couple. In fine condition. Size: 13 x 12 x 7 inches. PRI/041111. Fine.
London: Tower Publishing Co., 1895. Piffarrd, Harold. Hardcover. First Edition. Author's rare first book. Edgar Jepson (1863-1938) was a popular English writer of adventure and detective stories. Very good in original red cloth boards with gilt title to spine and front board. The front cover is illustrated with a ship and the spine with a man hailing a ship from the shore. There is minor wear to the edges of the boards and there are a few dark markings to the boards and spine. Aside from a few light smudge marks, the interior is clean and bright with eight illustrations and cover design by Harold Piffard. Bookplate to front pastedown. 316 pages. LIT/062910. Very Good.
London and Berkeley: Scolar Press, . Hardcover. Volume I of this set reproduces the landmark 1934 work by Carter and Pollard in which they outline the detailed and laborious process by which they determined that the illustrious bibliophile Thomas J. Wise had actually produced a large number of forgeries of the writings of many major Victorian writers. The sequel describes their continuing efforts over the next many years to expand their disclosure of Wise's forgeries. This examination revealed that another noted bookman, H. Buxton Forman, was also involved in producing the fraudulent works. Both volumes are fascinating and elegantly written. Volumes I and II are bound in full black morocco with gilt titles to spines. the 3rd volume is a portfolio that holds two pamphlets and is bound in quarter black morocco with grey paper boards and gilt title to spine. All volumes are housed in a black cloth slipcase. The two pamphlets are an original copy of "Two Poems" by Elizabeth Barrett and Robert Browning (Chapman & Hall, 1854) and "A Note on Two Poems" by Nicolas Barker (Scolar Press, 1983). The "Note on Two Poems" is printed in an edition limited to 80 copies, of which this is number 64. "An Inquiry into the Nature..." is the second edition while the other volume is the first edition.Volume I: 400 pages plus 31 pages of corrections and notes: Volume II: 394 pages. "Two Poems" is 15 pages and "A Note on Two Poems is 27 pages. BOB/041906. Fine.
Paris: Editions de La Nouvelle Revue Francaise, 1921. Paper Wrappers. 8vo. 379 of 800 copies. Inscribed to Alfred Rosset, who often used the pseudonym of Blaise Allan. Rosset was a writer and translator. This was Jouhandeau's (1888 - 1979) first book. Beige paper wrappers with red title to spine. Minor foxing throughout. Tight binding. In original glassine wrapper. Glassine is chipped along spine and edges, as is common with this fragile material. 234 pages. FRE/080706. Very Good in Very good Minus dj.
Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1891. Hardcover. One of 300 copies. Presentation copy inscribed by William Morris to Theodore Watts-Dunton on front free endpaper. Best known as the rescuer of Swinburne, Watts-Dunton was a respected literary critic and a friend to many in the Pre-Raphaelite circle, especially Rossetti. He was also a steady patron of the Kelmscott Pres. In his bibliography,of the press, William Peterson cites several presentation copies given to Watts-Dunton, including this one. An edition of Watts-Dunton's first book of poetry, The Coming of Love, had been planned for the Press, but it was never carried out (Peterson B4). This copy belonged to English poet and playwright John Drinkwater, with his leather bookplate on the front pastedown and his ownership inscription in pen dated 1920 beneath Morris's inscription. Drinkwater published a critical study of William Morris in 1912. Poems by the Way was the second book printed by The Kelmscott Press, and the first printed in red and black. This marks the first appearance of many of the poems, one of which ("Goldilocks") was written especially for this book. Fine in limp vellum boards with gilt title to spine. Ribbon ties are detached, but three of the four are laid in. As Peterson notes in his bibliography, the book ties are the most fragile part of Kelmscott books, and they are broken on many copies (Peterson xxxvi). Slight darkening to spine and light spotting to boards. Offsetting from bookplate to facing page, else the interior is clean and bright. The first page features a wide vine border and large initials are featured throughout the text, all designed by Morris. 197 pages. A beautiful association copy of this book. Housed in a blue silk covered clamshell box with paper title label to spine. MOR/031618. Fine.
Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, . Arthur Gaskin. Five text pages plus two of the twelve full page illustrations by Arthur Gaskin. This was one of the later books of the Kelmscott Press, and it was finished several days after Morris's death on October 3, 1896. These beautiful sample pages include the first three pages for "Januarie" and the first two for March. The Januarie pages are in near fine condition but the March leaf has a tear along the bottom margin not affecting text. Each has a striking ten line first initial. The two Gaskin illustrations are printed on the versos of a bifold leaf. There is a three inch tear along the bottom of the fold not affecting the illustrations. Accompanied by a proof of the front cover showing the lettering. Very nice examples of Kelmscott Press printing and illustration. PRI/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.
Petersham, MA: The Lone Oak Press, 2005. Hardcover. Number 9 of 70 signed and numbered copies. There were also 14 deluxe copies with an extra set of prints and an original block. This beautiful production from master printmaker, Abigail Rorer, is a tribute to Henry David Thoreau and his celebration of the wonders of nature. In Ms. Rorer's description of her book, she says that "woodland pools, spring-holes, and ditches are all terms used by Thoreau to describe vernal pools; ephemeral springtime wetlands that often dry up in the summer and are vital breeding habitats for many species ranging from wood frogs, spadefoot toads, spotted salamanders....In New England these pools are an important part of the landscape and the rites of spring. The book comprises selected entries from Thoreau's Journal for the months of March, April, and May  to give a sense of the awakening spring and teeming life...at this time of year. Thoreau puts so beautifully into words what one woud see, hear, and feel when out in nature at this time of the year." The enlightening introduction is written by renowned Thoreau scholar, Bradley P. Dean. Accompanying the text are twenty-eight marvelous wood-engravings, some with hand-coloring, by Ms. Rorer. They are based on the landscape and pools that Thoreau explored. The book was designed and printed by Michael Russem of Kat Ran Press on Zerkall Book in Baskerville type. Barbara Blumenthal bound the book in quarter brown morocco leather with marbled paper by Iris Nevins for the covers. Housed in a grey-green cloth clamshell box with the same marbled paper on the edges and spine. The result of the collaboration of these book artists is this stunning edition. 92 pages. PRI/081417. Fine.