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.
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Moscow: Emil Goozairow, 2020. Hardcover. A miniature book. Bound in geometric sculptural 3-D printed covers which have been hand-painted in metallic bronze. The book is held closed with a black cord strap and metal hook. This accordion style book can be unfolded in such a way that half of the pages are visible at one time, revealing a large image of a tree with a crystal blossom growing from it. On the other side, the image depicts a crystral exploding from a volcano while the faces of two feminine spirits look on. The book can also be "read" as a codex as each page features an interesting illustration; however, to understand the full story, one must unravell the book and fit it together to see the whole illustration in its complete form. This is a book of images with only one panel of text. Size: 2.25 x 1.5 x 1.25 inches. ARTB/021921. Fine.
Philadelphia, PA: Stedman, Brown & Lyon, 1873. This map is from [O.W.] "Gray's Atlas of the United States with General Maps of the World, Philadelphia, Stedman, Brown & Lyon 1873." It is one of many variations of reprints variations of reprints from Colton's (1800-1893) original "General Atlas," that was printed from 1857 through 1888. Colton may have copied this map's format from Sidney E. Morse (1794-1871) and Samuel Breese' (1802-1873) 1845 version of "Maryland and Delaware. (with) District of Columbia." Later, Publisher, A.J. Johnson used Colton's format of this map in his 1860 edition of "Johnson's New Illustrated Family Atlas." Johnson did not use the famous "Colton" border, but rather created his own and substituted an engraving of the US capitol where the inset of Washington, D.C. was. Gray completely omitted any decorative border in this example; however, portions of the map extend out beyond the simple border to where the Colton and Johnson decorative borders would have been. The map is a steel engraving. Delaware and Maryland are divided into hand colored counties and cities, major roads, railroads, geographic details, and major bodies of water featuring the Chesapeake Bay, Potomac River, Delaware Bay, and the Atlantic Ocean. Inset in lower left corner presents "District of Columbia" with "references" identifying major sites by number and a "Scale of Miles." The reverse page contains "Gray's Atlas Map of New Jersey. 97." Fading on edge of page and two small tape markings on reverse. Size of Map: 30.2cm X 41.5cm (11 7/8" X 16 1 4") Framed. #45460. Near Fine.
Hingham, MA: Maryanne Grebenstein, 2012. Hardcover. Features text from a biblical verse. Taking inspiration from a 15th century manuscript, calligrapher Maryanne Grebenstein has created an unique book that has been lettered, decorated, gilded, and bound by hand. Using the same materials and techniques employed by scribes for centuries, Grebenstein carefully letters each word, uses raised 23K gold leaf, and hand paints each border decoration. The page proportions are kept to the traditional ratio, utilizing the centuries old ‘gold rule’ established during the Renaissance. Each page has a similar but not identical border design, following the design principal utilized in the prayer book. Written on Zerkall ingres paper. Beautifully bound by Samuel Feinstein in full blue Niger Oasis goatskin with gilt title to spine and front cover. The front cover features a rose onlay in red and green leather. A gilt stamp of the rose appears on the rear cover. Marbled endpapers by Cockerell Marblers. Signed by the artist and binder. Measures 9.5 inches x 13 inches. Calligrapher and book artist Maryanne Grebenstein (Marblehead, MA) founded The Abbey Studio, which offers professional calligraphy services and classes, and also Turn-in-the-Path Books which produces unique and limited edition books and broadsides. Maryanne 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.
Glenview, IL: 2009. Hardcover. Number 28 of 100, each unique. A photographic, conceptual documentation of a journey across a rural Midwestern landscape. Winner of the award for best 3D entry in the 2010 Midwestern Biennial exhibition at the Rockford Art Museum (Rockford, IL). "Mirage beautifully represents the concepts of time and motion through a sequence of dreamlike images that whirl across the pages. The photographs, blurred as if taken from a speeding car, describe place and memory in a manner that is melancholic yet detached. The book is a diary of sorts, documenting the quickly passing and often unperceived moments that later prompt recollection. " Jeff Rathermel, Minnesota Center for Book Arts. A drum leaf binding with dark brown cloth spine and illustrated paper covered boards. Titled in brown on the spine. Pigment inkjet printed. Full edges brown. Housed in an archival paper case with the artist's contact information and edition number on the front panel. Unpaginated. [16 pages.] ARTB/060111. Fine.
Glenview, IL: Karen Hanmer, 2010. Hardcover. Number 21 of 25 copies in the Deluxe Edition. The edition consists of 125 copies of which 25 are deluxe, 50 are standard, and 50 are printed as chapbooks. Noted book artist Karen Hanmer examines the writings of Edgar Allan Poe and compares modern events to his stories. She examines Poe's "The Premature Burial" and compares nineteenth century fears of being buried alive to modern day people being buried in dept and unemployment. Perhaps most relevant to current events (even though Hanmer wrote this in 2010) is her examination of Poe's "The Masque of the Red Death" in which the plague is an "uninvited guest" at a masquerade within the suppossedly impregnable castle walls. In reflection on Poe's story, Hanmer writes: "In the new century, Americans have had the opportunity to realize that we are not as invulnerable as it is comforting to believe. Very bad things do happen here. We find ourselves unprepared for the events and with no plan for recovery in the aftermath."“The physical structure, typography, and design for the paper wrapper ... are based on the first edition of Poe’s first published work, Tamerlane and Other Poems. Only twelve copies of this modest pamphlet are known to exist of the fifty printed in Boston in 1827” (Hanmer). This copy is presented in an early 19th century boarded binding based upon a technique taught by Jeff Peachey. Bound in marbled paper covered boards with beige paper spine and title label to the front board. The paper was marbled by Pamela Smith. Inkjet printed on Ruscombe Mill pale wove handmade paper. Housed in an archival folding case with a replica of the Tamerlane title page pasted to the front cover. The case has a Velcro closure. In fine condition. 36 pages. ARTB/011516. Fine.
Glenview, IL: Karen Hanmer, 2014. Hardcover. Number 9 of 100 copies. Signed by the author. This book was inspired by a call for entries by the Guild of Book Workers with the theme of "vessel." Karen describes the text of her response as 60% memory and 40% casually researched, mostly on Wikipedia. Karen's book focuses on the iconic containers and conveyances of her childhood and adolescence between roughly 1962-1979. She juxtapositions her text with photographs of such "vessels" as the Chevy Nova, Crock-Pot, Electric Frying Pan, Mood Ring, Frye Boots, the 747, and more. Her words are often amusing, but they also offer astute observations on her family and our society during the period covered. This is the deluxe edition with marbled paper covers by Pamela Smith. Digitally printed and housed in a purple paper covered slip case. Digitally printed. In fine condition. 5 x 7 inches. Unpaginated [26 pages] PRI/121415. Fine.
Glenview, IL: Karen Hanmer, 2011. Hardcover. 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 art 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. Number 2 of 3 copies. A sculptural book featuring text from Jane Austen’s archetypal romance, Pride and Prejudice, with heart shaped cut outs to reveal illustrations clipped from the covers of modern day romance novels. This book can be displayed in a star format using two included cloth clips or as an accordion. According to the book artist: The “background pattern references Regency era roller-printed textiles. This piece was created from a minimum quantity of recycled and already-purchased materials and with limited use of electricity for Sustainable Book and Paper Arts, a 2011 exhibition curated by Shawn Sheehy and Melissa Jay Craig.” Inkjet printed with found images. It is housed in an archival grey folding case with artist’s contact information stamped to front panel. Size: 6.75 x 4.25 x 3 inches, closed; 6.75 x 8.5 x 8.5 inches, open. Fine. 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.
Basel: Romano Hänni, 2010. Hardcover. Number 98 of 175 copies. A commentary on various aspects of life, some of which are illustrated with design elements. For example "with ritalin" shows a series of small, numbered pill shaped designs. It faces "without ritalin" which shows a variety of animals and other creatures. One unillustrated quote from the jacket reads "The daily misconduct: It is not the large catastrophes, it is he daily mistakes in the details that cause the global problems." Bound accordion style in boards with white illustrated dust jacket. Handcomposed and handprinted in black, red, blue, and gold. The text is printed in German; however, a pictorial booklet supplement with English translation is included. An thought provoking, well designed book. ARTB/060111. Fine.
Basel: Romano Hänni, 2010. Hardcover. Number 34 of 175 copies. Swiss book artist and typographer Romano Hänni (1956 - ) has been experimenting with unusual compositions of letter forms and symbols since the early 1980s. His designs can seem somewhat whimsical but often are reactions to society, politics, and traumatic events. Creating things manually with the participation of all of the senses is very important to him. A master of visual poetry, he enjoys teaching to pass on his knowledge and skills. This work offers a commentary on various aspects of life, some of which are illustrated with design elements. For example "with ritalin" shows a series of small, numbered pill shaped designs. It faces "without ritalin" which shows a variety of animals and other creatures. One unillustrated quote from the jacket reads "The daily misconduct: It is not the large catastrophes, it is he daily mistakes in the details that cause the global problems." Bound accordion style in boards with white illustrated dust jacket. Handcomposed and handprinted in black, red, blue, and gold. The text is printed in German; however, a pictorial booklet supplement with English translation is included. A thought provoking, well designed book. ARTB/092117. Fine.
Penland School of Crafts, 2017. Hardcover. Number 12 of 16 copies. Signed by the artist. An exploration of women's domestic roles in the late 19th century through the language of Henrik Ibsen's play, "A Doll's House" juxtaposed with pastel renderings of domestic objects. The text oscillates between a husband's dialogue to his wife and her inner dialogue, including: "Has my little spendthrift been wasting money again? ... They all think that I am incapable of anything really serious - that I have gone through nothing in this world of cares.... My little songbird must never do that again. A songbird must have a clean beak to chirp with - no false notes! ...." Grey cloth boards with silhouette of a vessel to front board. Text and images are letterpress printed on cotton and Japanese papers. Size: 7 x 5 inches. ARTB/090320. Fine.
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.
Cairo, NY: Editions, 1999. Number 20 of 32 copies. Signed by the book artist. Book artist Ed Hutchins is known for his inventive and fanciful books that are made from found materials and that use untraditional methods and structures. This miniature tunnel book exemplifies his work. The book's theme is stars and although they are seemingly the same, in fact each really is unique - like humans. A star cutout on the cover reveals a tiny galaxy of varied color stars floating in the air when the tunnel is expanded. The sides of the tunnel are made with different bright colored papers and have the words of the text printed that are also revealed as the tunnel expands. Black covers with yellow title label on front and green label on back with quote about stars, Hutchins's signature, and edition number in pencil. In an orange slipcase and both housed in a purple slipcase with star cutout and title on front. Fine condition. 2 x 3 x .5 inches. ARTISTSBOOK/090717. Fine.
New York: n.p, circa 1991-1992. Hardcover. A unique mysterious and deeply personal artist's book by an unknown man mourning the loss of the love of his life. The author has filled this work with his poetry, profile images of Nefertiti, collage, applied color and designs and more. The texts and images are mounted and framed on multi-colored matte boards. Bound in black cloth covered boards painted with swaths of orange color with title in purple on front cover. This fascinating book on love and grief measures 10.75 x 13.25 x 2.75 inches. It is heavy in both emotion and actual weight (extra shipping required). In fine condition. ARTBOOK/022520. Fine.
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.
Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1896-97. The Earthly Paradise was a collection of epic and romantic poems by William Morris (1834-1896) that first appeared in 1868-1870 when he was still in his thirties, and established Morris's reputation as an important poet. He planned to do an edition elaborately illustrated by his great friend, the artist Edward Burne-Jones but it was never realized. This Kelmscott Press edition had eight volumes that were issued between July 1896 and September 1897. There were 225 paper copies and 6 copies on vellum. These eight leaves are from volume five and contain pages 49-64 of The Land East of the Sun and West of the Moon. They are collected as one signature. The beautiful text pages have two 6-line decorated initials and twenty 4-line initials. Printed on Apple paper in Golden type using red and black inks. This was the first book in which Apple paper was used. Pages measure 6.5 x 9.5 inches. Except for some light browning to page edges the leaves are in near fine condition. An excellent example of the typography and printing of the Kelmscott Press and a wonderful addition to a teaching collection. PRI/070320. Near Fine.
London: John Murray, (1840). First edition of this impressively beautiful folio of thirty plates illustrating the author's theories about Norman architecture in Sicily. Henry Gally Knight (1786-1846) was a member of parliament, traveler, and writer. After early unsuccessful attempts to write poetry, he studied and wrote about architecture. He made tours of Sicily and Normandy to study the architecture of those regions. Knight wrote in his preface: "It is the object of this Work to afford a view of the Architecture of the Normans in Sicily, of the singular difference of the style which they employed in Sicily from that which they employed in any other country, and to explain how that difference arose. The Drawings were taken from the buildings themselves by a professional architect and have, at least, the merit of exact fidelity." He believed that the Normans adopted the pointed arches of Sicily rather than building the round arches of France. The stunning lithographic plates include illustrations of landscapes, buildings, details of exteriors and interiors and doors. Three of the plates are hand-colored. Bound in contemporary three quarter black leather with multi-colored marble boards. Leather is chipped, rubbed, and bumped. Gilt ruling and titling to spine. Marbled boards are scuffed and rubbed. Evidence of label having been removed from spine and glue remains from signout card on rear free endpaper. Light spotting to interior pages generally not affecting images. The front pastedown provides some provenance information. Bookplate of Frances Mary R Richardson Currer (1785-1861), A British heiress and important book collector in her time. She died at Eshton Hall [Wikipedia]. There is a handwritten note affixed under her bookplate saying the book was bought by Sir John Horsfall at the sale of the Eshton Hall collection at Christie's London 1916. Given by Sir John to Mr. FW Petty, Given by Mr. Petty to Geo Turner Conoley (?) in 1916. A very good copy. Measures 15 x 22 inches. Pages 1-6 with preface, list and description of plates. All plates present without original tissue guards.
Berkeley: The Codex Foundation, 2019. One of 50 copies. The CODEX Foundation recently published WORDS on the Edge, a limited edition portfolio of poetry and lyric prose in broadside format. This portfolio, consisting of twenty-six poems and lyrical texts powerfully addressing themes of nature and its irresponsible destruction, is a part of an international artists' intervention—EXTRACTION: Art on the Edge of the Abyss that is sponsored by the CODEX Foundation as a commitment to art and the environment. It is a multimedia, multi-venue, cross-border art intervention that will investigate extractive industry in all of its forms, from mining and drilling to the reckless exploitation of water, soil, trees, marine life, and other natural resources. For this impressive project, twenty-six notable poets, artists, and writers were paired with an equal number of highly regarded letterpress printers from four countries to produce an editioned broadside/print especially for this portfolio. Poets and writers include Margaret Atwood, Wendell Berry, Peter Coyote, Jo Harjo, and Barry Lopez among many others. Printers include Peter Koch, Ninja Press, Taller Martin Perscador, Barbarian Press, Foolscap Press, and Midnight Paper Sales. The broadsides have all been signed by the writer and the printer. They of course vary greatly with the use of different papers, types, and illustrations and all display a beautiful mastery befitting the importance of the effort. The broadsides are housed in a handsome custom box. Size: Folio, about 19 x 12.5 inches. In fine condition. PRI/052720. Fine.
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.
Ft. Lauderdale: Dorothy Krause. This is an intriguing unique artist's book from noted book artist Dorothy Krause. Krause is a painter, collage artist and printmaker who incorporates digital mixed media into her art. Her work is exhibited regularly in galleries and museums and featured in numerous current periodicals and books. In her artist's statement she says: "My work includes large scale mixed media pieces, artist books and book-like objects that bridge between these two forms. It embeds archetypal symbols and fragments of image and text in multiple layers of texture and meaning. It combines the humblest of materials, plaster, tar, wax and pigment, with the latest in technology to evoke the past and herald the future. My art-making is an integrated mode of inquiry that links concept and media in an ongoing dialogue – a visible means of exploring meaning." This unusual work beautifully demonstrates Krause's approach to creating artists' books. It is made from Katie MacGregor's lime green handmade paper over multiple layers of mat board in which dimensional objects, including brass stencils for numbers 1 through 7, unexposed glass negatives, padlocks and keys are embedded. It is housed in a vintage green silk dome lidded box embroidered with cream and dark green threads. It is lined with ivory silk, with a vintage linen napkin hemmed to the size of book and tied with tea-dyed trim that enables the book to be removed from box. Shakespeare's "Seven Stages of Man", rewritten for Woman, is printed digitally in olive green ink on a sheet of vegetable vellum paper and laid in the box below the book. In fine condition. Measures 9.75 x 5.875 x 2.25 inches, 7 pages. $3500. Fine.
London: Hurst and Blackett, 1880. Hardcover. Theater owner and playwright, Augustin Daly's copy, auction number 2055. First edition, uncommon. 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. Clean and bright interior. Unopened pages. Top edge gilt with marbled endpapers. Bound by R.W. Smith. Auction record tipped into rear. 317 pages and 16 pages of ads. DRA/031419. 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.
London: T. Beckt and P.A. De Hondt, 1768. Hardcover. First Edition. Published posthumously by the author's son. John Macpherson (1710-1765) was a minister for Sleat (Slate) Isle of Skye. His son, also John, became the first baronet from Sleat, and was the Scottish administrator in India, serving as acting Governor-General in 1785-1786. Bound in contemporary brown leather, with rebacked spine. Spine has five raised bands and red title label. Bumping and rubbing but still very good condition. Offsetting on endpapers, some cracking to front hinge but interior pages are clean save for light aging to margins. Three pages with pencil notes in margin. Ownership signature of Finlay Macpherson on free front endpaper. Preface: xxiv pages; 382 pages plus 2 page publisher catalog. ENGHIST/042412. Very Good.
Seattle: Marquand Editions, 2017. 1 of 50 copies signed by Reiko, Marquand, and Birnbaum. There were also five lettered hors de commerce. This splendid production honors the achievements of Reiko Sudo, considered one of the great textile designers of our time, the renowned "weaver of new ideas." Sudo and Ed Marquand of Marquand Editions worked together to design and produce this artists' book that offers an in-depth exploration of Sudo's textiles, techniques, materials and more. Over 140 distinct textiles are represented in four bento box-style book-objects: they include three scarves, a notebook of cloth samples and collages assembled by Sudo. The first box has two booklets, one with Sudo's autobiography and the other a detailed guide to the boxes including the colophon, and three beautiful scarves. Box two has the textile collages that demonstrate techniques and materials. Box three is the Nuno Compendium - a notebook of cloth samples. Box four contains tools and raw materials she uses in her practice. Each of the boxes is covered by lovely examples of Nuno textiles. The top box also has a fabric lid. Reiko Sudo is co-founder, current CEO, and design director of Nuno Corporation of Tokyo, universally recognized as one of the world’s most innovative textile companies. Her company takes the techniques, materials and aesthetics of traditional textiles and reinterprets them with cutting-edge technologies. Sudo and her design team, together with the company’s skilled weavers and dyers, have greatly broadened the parameters of contemporary design in the industry, experimenting with an eclectic array of materials, ranging from silk, cotton and polyester to hand-made paper and aluminum, and finishing methods that include salt-shrinking, rust-dyeing and caustic burning. The results are distinctive, intriguing and indisputably remarkable. Her works are represented in the permanent collections of many institutions, including the Museum of Modern Art; the Victoria & Albert Museum; and the Tokyo National Museum of Modern Art Craft Gallery [Nuno website]. Boxes measure 1.25 x 10.25 x 10.5 inches. In fine condition. ARTB/041919. Fine.