Philadelphia: Robert H. Small, 1847. Hardcover. Scarce First American Edition of this seminal treatise by Sir Matthew Hale first published posthumously in 1736. Sir Matthew (1609 - 1676) was an influential barrister and judge who served as the Lord Chief Justice of the Court of the King's Bench whose central legacy is considered by many to be this work on capital offenses. It included two sections, one on the substantive law and one on associated procedures. The American edition provides notes and references to every relevant federal and state statute and case by W.A. Stokes and E. Ingersoll of the Philadelphia Bar. This work thus gives U.S. lawyers the applications of common law to the statutes and cases relevant to their their jurisdictions and legal issues. With tables of cases, principal matters, and abbreviations. Bound in tan leather with red title labels to spines. Spines are browned and creased, corners are lightly bumped and soiled. Small gouge to lower left front cover in Volume I. Offsetting to free endpapers and occasional spots on pages. The book was owned by Baltimore attorney William C. Holland, with his ownership signature dated 3/12/42 on title page of Volume I and name stamp on page edges and spine. He has written pencil notes on the pastedowns and free front endpaper in both volumes (including when he started and finished reading the book) and has underlined some passages in the book in light pencil. Still a very good copy of this important edition of Hale's treatise. Volume I: 751 pages; Volume II: 644 pages. LAW/071217. Very Good.
New York: Lewis Historical Publishing Company, 1912. Hardcover. The standard edition of this set was issued in three volumes and included a volume on the history of Baltimore. This deluxe edition was issued with only the two biographical volumes. Includes "ample narratives of the life careers of many of the makers of the history of the city of Baltimore. Leaders in the various epochs of its wonderful growth here receive appropriate mention, which, it is believed, will not only be esteemed as a proper tribute to their characters and achievements, but will afford an inspiration for the future" (introduction). A full page portrait and/or a coat of arms accompanies each biographical entry. The coats of arms are printed in full color. Bound in three quarter dark brown leather with marbled paper covered boards and gilt titles to spines. Rubbing to spine and boards and wear to edges of boards including chipping to paper along edges. The front hinge of volume one is starting. Small library sticker to the foot of the spines of both volumes. Small closed tears and folds to edges of some tissue guards, offsetting from some portraits, and slight toning to margins of come pages, but very clean and bright overall. 613 pages. Size: Large quartos. MD/010616 This set may require an additional shipping fee. Very Good.
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 iii of vi artist proofs. There were 81 copies in the regular edition. Signs from the Stone Age features Swiss book artist Romano Hänni’s modern interpretation of the prehistoric imagery found in the caves of Lascaux in Dordogne, France. Juxtaposed with Hänni’s designs are 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. Hand composed and hand printed 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.
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.
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.
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.
New York: Intima Press, 2014. Hardcover. Number 4 of 12 copies signed and numbered by well-known book artist Mindy Belloff, This superb book from Mindy's Intima Press was inspired by and taken from Hieronymus Bosch's renowned three-panel painting, the Garden of Earthly Delights (1490-1516). This famous work, full of symbolism and subject to endless interpretation, depicts the Garden of Eden, earthly pleasures and pursuits, and humanity's punishment in Hell. Mindy created eleven color intaglio prints of deep bite copper etchings with hand painting in watercolor, gouache, and ink. Each beautiful print is unique within the limited edition, printed on Somerset cotton rag papers corresponding to the painting's three panels from left to right, progressing from white (Section I), to tan (Section II), to gray (Section III). The book also has three original poems by Amy Lemmon, Steven Gentile, and Rich Turnbull, each preceding a section and also inspired by Bosch's painting. Letterpress printed on a Vandercook Universal III Automatic A/B Press. In a concertina sewn spine binding in quarter-bound pink buffalo skin over Somerset white papers, with leather tip corners and leather ornamental onlays, bound by Celine Lombardi. Protected by a paper tri-fold enclosure with light grey leather spine with title label. Housed in a pink buffalo skin slip case. In fine condition. ARTISTSBOOK/041916. Fine.
Philadelphia: Joseph Allen, 1855, 2016. Hardcover. Karen Hanmer’s artist-made books are physical manifestations of personal essays that intertwine history, culture, politics, science and technology. She utilizes both traditional and contemporary book structures, and the work is often playful in content or format. Karen was the winner of the Jury Prize for Binding in the 2009 Helen Warren DeGolyer American Bookbinding Competition. One of only ten graduates of the American Academy of Bookbinding’s Fine Binding program, she has studied with many notable fine binders. She exhibits widely, and her work is included in collections ranging from Tate Britain and the Library of Congress to UCLA and Graceland. Her masterful bindings wed the ancient art of book binding with the high tech use of the computer to aid her process. She writes about this work: "This binding was created for an exhibit in Charleston, SC. As a Midwesterner unfamiliar with the area, I inquired about local icons and incorporated several: an antiquarian text block on the local Revolutionary War hero “The Swamp Fox” decorated with South Carolina’s palmetto motif, on a background of the once ubiquitous “Charleston green.” The resulting production is this masterfully constructed and executed unique designer book binding that perfectly befits the text. Bound in full green goatskin with back pared onlays in several shades of green, tooling and hand-titling in blind along bottom edges of the boards. With three-color hand-sewn endbands and three edges sprinkled in three colors of acrylic. Marbled endpapers by Pamela Smith. Measures 7.5 x 4.5 x 1 inches. Housed in green cloth clamshell box with green leather spine label. In fine condition. 252 pages. FINEBINDING/080618. Fine.
Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, [1891-1895]. A nice selection of ten small octavo sample leaves with 20 pages of text from the following Kelmscott Press titles: Pages 215-218 from Biblia Innocentum; pages 71-74 from Morris's Poems By the Way; Pages 37-38 and 43-44 from Syr Perecyvelle of Gales; pages 39-42 from The Defense of Guenevere, with the beautiful decorative title page of "Sir Peter Hardon's End" with a ten-line initial "O;" pages 179-180 and 189-190 from Poems of John Keats. All of the leaves are printed in Golden type on Flower paper. All except the Biblia are printed in red and black. With an additional ten-line initial in the Keats, and several three and six-line decorated initials throughout. The paper for the Keats leaves has browned, clean tear to pages 73-74 of Poems by the Way, and lightly visible pencil marks to Defense, otherwise all in very good condition. An excellent set of Kelmscott Press typography and decoration for teaching environments. PRI/041316. Very Good.
Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, . A nice collection of nine leaves from Kelmscott’s famous edition of Reynard the Fox. The pages include two copies each of pages 34-35, 139-140, 193-194 and 207-208; and one copy of pages 133-134. There is no evidence that the pages were ever bound, and leaves 207-8 are each folded in opposite ways. One 207-8 leaf has a contemporary signature of William Copeland Borlase, “Borlase, WC” but is oddly dated 1877.One of the copies of pages 139-40 has a contemporary ink note at top “Acton (Lord) Catalogue, and one of the pages 208 has “Austin Stephen” written in at the bottom and upside down. With several large initials and decorations, In Troy type on Flower paper. There is some soiling and browning to the leaves, and closed tears to page 193 but still a very good collection that would be ideal for teaching purposes. PRI/042116. Very Good.
Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1896. This is an original leaf from the Kelmscott Press masterpiece, The Works of Geoffrey Chaucer, accompanied by an essay by the bookseller John Windle on its commercial history. The leaf is from a disbound and dispersed damaged copy. Copies were presented by Windle in a paper portfolio in 1994 as a keepsake to members of the Colophon, Roxburghe, and Zamorano Clubs. The folio-sized leaf is from pages 215-216, “The Persouns Tale.” There is no illustration, but there are one large and twelve small decorated initials. The leaf is in very good condition except for a bit of rubrication (red ink text) bleed-through on the two shoulder titles and one section heading, and a little rippling along top edge. The first page of the accompanying essay is decorated with a Burne-Jones illustration and woodcut borders reproduced from the Chaucer. The essay includes a chart comparing auction prices of the Chaucer to three other notable books, 1966-1993, on the other pages. MOR/110414. Very Good.
Essex, UK: . Three nice handwritten letters from Coulson Kernahan related to publishing matters. Kernahan (1858-1943) was a prolific writer and editor, reading and editing submissions for publisher Ward, Lock & Co. among other efforts. He was their copy editor for Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray. Two of the three letters are dated 1896 and the third undated one pertains to content in one of the previous letters. All were sent on printed letterhead “Thrums,” Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex. The first two-page letter is addressed to Mr. Tickell. In it Kernahan apologizes for taking so long in getting back to him and then turns down an invitation to write a story for a publication he refers to as “BW.” He also writes that one of his works, “A Literary Gent,” is a Ward Lock copyright but says they would probably agree to have it reprinted for “some small sum.” He goes on to talk about manuscripts submitted [does not say where] for a 200 pound prize. The second one-page letter is sent to “Dear Sirs.” Kernahan writes to say that he had expected three manuscripts to be read for his proposed honorarium of 9 pounds, or 3 pounds each. To his surprise he received seven manuscripts and states that the honorarium must be adjusted but instead of asking for 21 pounds, states he would be satisfied with 15 pounds. The third letter of 1.5 pages is a cover letter to a report that he is sending offering his opinions of the stories reviewed. He says that he reads manuscripts for possible publication with two considerations in mind. The first is the literary quality of the work, and the second is for the potential popularity of the piece - ”to put myself, so to speak in the place of the public which buys and enjoys books which the literary [part of word obscured] journals condemn.” The letters are quite legible despite soiling and darkening to paper. The letters appear to have been previously affixed to something, two with glue on the back and one by tape to the left margins, with some remnants still attached. Light creases where folded. 7 x 9 inches. AUTO/113016. Very Good -.
[Raleigh NC]: Jon Kolkin, 2014. Hardcover. Number 37 of 50 copies. Inscribed: "May you experience Inner Harmony as you continue along your life's journey - Jon Kolkin #37/50." Kolkin is a fine arts photographer, Buddhist, and an international speaker on achieving a more enriching and balanced life. This beautiful book has thirty black and white images selected from his photographic series, Inner Harmony. The evocative and mysterious photographs were taken at Buddhist monasteries in China and Bhutan. The text is both in English and traditional Chinese with calligraphy created by Oi Yee Tai. Bound in black Japanese cloth and bound using a traditional Chinese binding technique. In fine condition. 12 x 13 inches. 72 pages. PRI/031215. Fine.
London: Macmillan and Co., 1893. Hardcover. Presentation copy to John Ruskin, "Professor Ruskin from his ? friend, G.D. Leslie. Dec. 20. 93." The book's subject and manner were strongly influenced by Ruskin. Author and painter George Dunlop Leslie (1835 - 1921) was heavily influenced by the Pre-Raphaelite painters and his work was praised by Ruskin. Bookplate of John Ruskin / Brantwood to front pastedown and embossed stamp of The Forges Magazine Collection to title page. Brantwood, a country estate located in Cumbria, England was John Ruskin's home. Very good in original dark green cloth boards with gilt title to spine and gilt floral decoration to front cover. Minor wear to edges of boards and corners. Interior is clean overall with occasional spots of foxing. Short closed tear to bottom edge of title page. Minor repairs to both interior hinges. 259 pages. LIT/052615. 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.
Oakland CA: Littoral Press, 2002. Hardcover. Number 6 of 125 copies. This is one of the ten copies from the Deluxe Edition that are signed on the colophon by sixteen of the seventeen contributors to this poetry and prose anthology (alas, not Frida Kahlo). They include Ahimsa Timoteo Bodhran, Claribel Cone, Martha Gies, Robert Hass. Steve Hellman, Marie Howe, Frida Kahlo, Vickie Karp, Stephen Kessler, Rachel Loden, Jane Miller, Janell Moon, Sharon Olds, LIsa Rappoport, Mark Salerno, Joseph Stroud, and Gary Young. Rappoport writes that this book "is dedicated to those we love with a blazing passion, to those we hope will burn in hell, and ideally, to the future separation of the two." She has been a book artist for almost twenty years and her books can be found in many institutional collections. This beautiful accordion book is bound in red and black Thai Unryl reversible paper with a black title label to front cover. Printed with handset Garamond type on Johannot paper with black and blood-red ink. Each volume has unique pastepaper endpapers. With title page drawing of a heart in flames by Bobbe Besold. The book is 11 x 7 folded and 18 feet long unfolded. In fine condition. Unpaginated. [25 pages] PRI/030915. Fine.
Eugene, OR: Susan Lowdermilk, 2016. Susan Lowdermilk is a book artist and printmaker working in traditional processes such as woodcut, wood engraving and intaglio etching as well as digital media. Her books involve movable parts, pop-ups and LED circuitry. Her artists’ books are in the collections of many university libraries, public libraries and museums. She is a professor at Lane Community College in Eugene, Oregon where she teaches courses in printmaking, artist books and graphic design. Susan earned her Master of Fine Arts from the University of Oregon in Eugene and her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Colorado State University. In her artist’s statement she writes: “Through my art practice as a printmaker and book artist, I reflect my life experiences and relate them to a broader sense of the human condition: struggles, transitions, choices and the inevitable element of chance. I explore and express these themes through familiar forms and shapes, symbolic of humankind’s shared stories as we, as individuals, progress from one day to the next.” Number 14 of 30 copies. Signed and numbered by the book artist. In this inventive work, Lowdermilk uses Emily Dickinson’s poem to examine the inherent interconnection of environmental elements. She uses three dimensional pop-up shapes to complement Dickinson’s words. Bound in blue-green cloth covers with vertical decorated paper inset to front cover. Includes four pop-up spreads tipped at the fore-edges with an exposed concertina spine. Printed in Twentieth Century type on Vanguard Recycled Plus paper. Unpaginated. In fine condition. Size: 7.25 x 9.25 x 1 inches. ARTISTSBOOK/073118.
Oakland, CA: Lunation Press, 1992. Hardcover. Number 2 of 45 copies, signed and initialed by the book artist. The late Marylee Bytheriver was a skilled book artist and print maker. Her focus on book arts came later in life. After a twenty-year break between her sophomore and junior years in college, Marylee return to school to complete her B.A. in Book Arts at Mills College, Oakland, California. She graduated with honors in 1991. She established Lunation Press in Oakland where she created books that were a tribute to her creativity and dedication to the environment. Her books can be seen in public collections nationwide including the National Gallery of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. This personal work about the effects of color on one's life is excerpted from "The Tyranny of Color," first printed in July 1986 in the monthly "Mendocino Country" journal. After a childhood and early adulthood with wardrobes limited to blue and brown, Marylee writes that she realized that she enjoyed wearing and decorating in bright colors and began to do so. She further realized that "when we surround ourselves with dull dark, neutral colors, we live dull, dark, and neutral lives." This transformation is visually shown by "swatches" of color on the pages to accompany the text. Printed on white Johannot French paper that is collaged with color Moriki papers from Japan (the swatches). The text was composed in Kabel Medium on a Macintosh computer and then transformed into polymer plates. The plates and various rules and ornaments were printed on a Vandercook Proof Press. Bound in red paper covered boards with a blue linen spine. In fine condition. 9 x 9 inches. Unpaginated (about 17 pages). ARTISTSB/071218. Fine.
Edinburgh and London: T.N. Foulis, 1908. Hardcover. Scarce First Edition. 1 of 500 copies. William Sharp (1855 - 1905) wrote numerous essays and biographies (including of Rossetti, Shelley, and Browning), although he is best known for the novels and plays that he wrote under the pseudonym "Fiona Macleod." This is a presentation copy, inscribed: "To Alice Egerton with friendly greetings from the author's wife Elizabeth, October 1919, 'It is loveliness I seek: not lovely things.' F.M'" Laid in is a program for the performance of the play at the Village Hall Chislehurst, Saturday June 29. Bound in original linen backed brown paper boards with spine label and title and author in gilt on front cover. Boards are bumped and slightly soiled but still very nice. Offsetting to endpapers otherwise in very good condition. 53 pages. DRA/061313. Very Good.
Barcelona: Printed at The Private Space for Sandra March, 2011. One of 158 copies signed by the talented Spanish book artist, Sandra March. In this innovative work, Sandra seeks to narrate the life of her parents with both a visual and cultural metaphor. Her parents sold poultry, and the central element of her work is the refrigerator counter where their products were displayed. In Barcelona, Sandra created a full-size installation of their counter with all of the products done in felt. In this book, there are patterns and instructions to allow one to make the various poultry products used in the installation, which can then be arranged in the same way they were at the poultry shop. The book is presented in a red and white styrofoam tray with one of the original felt parts of the installation,in this case four eggs. Printed in Spanish and Catalan with an English translation in a separate booklet. Book is spiral-bound with grey cardboard covers and title label to front cover. In fine condition. Book is 4.5 x 5.5 inches. 118 pages. ARTISTS/112414. Fine.
New York: Houghton Mifflin Co, 1946. Hardcover. First Edition. SIGNED and INSCRIBED by the author on the front free end paper “To Larry and Muriel from Carson McCullers” [undated]. It is uncommon to find inscribed copies of this book. Very good minus in yellow cloth with black title to spine and front cover. Dampstaining to top corner of boards and spine. None of the interior pages are affected. Fraying to foot of spine and bottom edge of front board. There are also a few small smudge marks on the front cover. Previous owner signature on front pastedown and occasional light spots of foxing, else clean. In an orange and olive green dust jacket with black title to the spine and front panel. The jacket has a few chips along the edges, a few closed tears, a few creases, and light soiling to the spine panel. It is also dampstained along the edges of both flaps. The interiors of the flaps are a bit rubbed, possibly from glue that has since been removed. 195 pages. LIT/050911. Very good minus in very good minus dust jacket.
New York: Harper & Brothers, June-November 1854. Hardcover. This volume contains three early short stories by Herman Melville: "Poor Man's Pudding and Rich Man's Crumbs" (pages 95-101), "The Happy Failure" (pages 196-199), and "The Fiddler" (pages 536-539). They were published anonymously. Includes articles about a lunatic asylum, "idiots", galvanoplasty, gambling houses in Germany, rights and wrongs of woman, wolf nurses in India, several chapters from Thackeray's "Newcomes", and much more. Bound in the original black cloth boards with gilt title to spine and front cover. A few chips to book cloth along spine ends, hinges, covers, edges, and corners. Bookplate of George J. Burns to front pastedown. Dark brown offsetting from glue used in binding to endpapers. Text pages are clean overall with scattered foxing and ocassional soiling throughout. Dampstaining to corners of several pages, mostly in June issue. Illustrated throughout. Includes all six fashion plates. 864 pages. LIT/051418. Very Good.