London: Chatto and Windus, 1930. Woodroffe, Paul. Hardcover. Fine in full red calf binding with green leather title label and black leather author label to spine, signed by Riviere and Son. Triple gilt fillet borders to both boards and inner dentelles. Six compartments to spine featuring gilt tooling and raised bands. Red marbled endpages and full edges in gilt. The interior is pristine with four full page illustrations, initials, head pieces, and tail pieces. The illustrations are from drawings by Paul Woodroffe which have been engraved on wood by Clemence Housman. An attractive edition of this classic tale. 106 pages. LIT/012508. Fine.
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Minneapolis: Indulgence Press, 2012. Portfolio. Number 7 of 10 copies. Signed and numbered by poet and illustrator. This is one of several books produced by Wilber "Chip" Schilling, owner of the Indulgence Press, in collaboration with author-artist Thomas Rose. In this book they created a beautiful and mysterious work that combines Rose's haunting photographs with the poetry of Lo Ch'ing, a noted modern poet from China. In his foreword, Rose states that "art deals with primary intention and those aspects of objects and space that are unavailable to logic. His images are constructed from various sources including shadows and reflections. They are illusions, reflections in glass. Lo Ch'ing's poems give these images...depth and richness." The pairings of the photographs and poems are open-ended and ambiguous, allowing for conjecture as to how the images and text meet. The eight photographic prints are originals by Rose, and Lo Ch’ing wrote the interpretive poems for this book, with his original brushwork and translations. They were printed letterpress from plates by Schilling. Each image is printed in color on a fine woven paper. Each poem is printed in Chinese and English along with the striking black brushwork on a light and semi-transparent paper that slightly reveals the image beneath. The elephant folio sized sheets are housed in a green and black cloth portfolio with diagonal boards that fasten with a black bone closure. A stunning production from the noted Indulgence Press in fine condition. PRI/121312. Fine.
New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1889. Hardcover. Hudson Edition. An attractive set bound in three quarter brown morocco over marbled paper covered boards with gilt titles, raised bands, and floral devices to spines. Minor rubbing and wear to edges of boards, bands, hinges, and corners. Minor bumping to some corners. Includes frontispieces and full page illustrations with tissue guards. Decorated initials begin each chapter. Clean and bright interiors with many unopened pages. Previous owner's signature in pen dated 1891 on the front free endpapers of each volume. Marbled endpapers and top edges gilt. LIT/041719. Very Good.
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, 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 three and contain pages 17-32 of The Story of Cupid and Psyche. They are attached as one signature. The beautiful text pages have three six-line decorated initials and twenty-four 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.
MA: Viewpoint Editions, 2012. Paperback. Number 22 of 36 copies. According to noted book artist Dorothy Simpson Krause, “This homage to Marjory Stoneman Douglas (1947-1997) and her seminal book, The Everglades: River of Grass combines my images of the Everglades with historic photographs, documents, and maps. Forty miles wide and over 100 miles long this slow moving river ranges from a few inches to a few feet in depth. Only half its original size, the Everglades has been largely destroyed to meet the demands of urban and agricultural growth. The ongoing battle for restoration of the Everglades is a moral test which hopefully we will pass.” The book’s exquisite images evoke the beauty and mystery of the Everglades, which are “one of the unique regions of the earth, remote, never wholly known” (Marjory Douglas). Printed on Yu Kou paper, on a laser printer with letterpress overlay. Interleaved with Yu Kou light tissue guards. All of the unbound pages are housed in an envelope enclosure made from brown Lokta Oil Paper to reference a packet of documents an early settler might have carried. The closure on the envelope is a native mahogany tree seedpod with rawhide and thread tie. This book was produced while Krause was Artist-in-Residence at the Jaffe Center for Book Arts, Wimberly Library, Florida Atlantic University, and was published under the auspices of Minerva: The Press at Wimberly. In fine condition. PRI/101912. 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.
Philadelphia: Luminice Press, 2017. Number 7 of 12 copies. Book artist and printer Thomas Parker Williams began creating artists' books in 1998 while also painting. As of 2009 he has limited his art practice exclusively to artists' books. In that year he also began collaborating with his wife, photographer Mary Agnes Williams. In 2013 they started Luminice Press, incorporating letterpress printing into artists' books and broadsides. The artists' books draw on a range of conceptual sources in creating their books, including mathematics, music, literature, theology, philosophy, astronomy, natural sciences, and Eastern thought. Books by Williams or the Luminice Press may be found in over 50 public collections around the country. This inventive and provocative book is one of philosophical investigations that begin with three statements: "The truth can be found by...; The truth can not be found by...; The truth can only be found by..." These statements are illustrated on three flaps inside the cover which opens to reveal 21 double-sided cards with terms that may be used to complete the investigations or initiate further debate. On the back of each statement is another statement: "Reason is the search for evidence to support a proposition; Belief is the reliance on a personal conviction; Truth is found only if what is found is true." Bound in French split goatskin laser-cut binder's boards. The wood onlays are laser cut and painted with ink and watercolor. The text is letterpress printed with hand-set type and polymer plates. Four different marbled papers from Alberto Valese are used. Measures nine inches on each side and two inches deep. In fine condition. Fine.
Barcelona: Printed at The Folio Club for Sandra March, 2014. Hardcover. Number 83 of 100 copies signed and numbered by Sandra March. Text in Spanish, Catalan, and English. March is a talented young book and installation artist. With this work she draws a metaphorical, graphic, and auditory journey captured by words, illustrations, and sound. Thus the contents comprise the book, two posters, and a CD. She writes that this project has a scientific basis with a therapeutic and artistic impulse, starting on a subconscious level after losing both her sister and her father from heart diseases. The journey goes from a symbolic loss of the heart until its restoration, through a tour of the beautiful and varied morphology of the cardiac systems of thirty-one different animals and the sounds of their heartbeats. The heartbeat sounds are from a jellyfish, starfish, black widow spider, giant tortoise, Nile crocodile, frog, parakeet, and human being among many others There were a number of contributors to this project, including the biologist Francesc Uribe Porta, sound engineer Vicente Rosati, and illustrator Raquel Bullon. Bound in a white cardboard CD case, with posters attached to the back cover by a pink elastic band and CD held on the middle fold of the case. In fine condition. 58 pages. PRI/042715. Fine.
Barcelona: Printed at The Private Space for Sandra March, 2012. One of 100 copies. This collection of booklets is the catalogue for Projecte Antomica, an inventive and thought-provoking project by Spanish book and installation artist, Sandra March. The booklets feature images of chastity belts, anatomical drawings of figures in enticing positions, altered historical paintings to depict dissections of breasts, and much more. One collage of nude self-portraits bears the slogan "My body is your battleground." This is a disturbing but fascinating project. March describes it as a "work that operates somewhere between the old and the new, plays with the imagination, and uses irony to discuss the excessive aestheticism of the current era,demystifying it. It consists of different parts organized around two themes, the representation of the human body and anatomy. The project and the book consist of eight pieces that are numbered and correlated. They allow the project to be considered as a whole or as independent parts. Various media were used in this project, including drawings, computer graphics, photography, and sculpture. The catalogue also includes two additional booklets - the prologue and the documentation. The latter has a bibliography and a physical description of each part of the catalogue. Text is in Spanish, Catalan, and English. In fine condition. The ten booklets are housed in a brown paper envelope that in turn is in a tulle bag. Each piece is 8 x 11 inches. Unpaginated. PRI/120414. Fine.
[The Hague] a la Haye: Pierre de Hondt, 1758-1759. Hardcover. This remarkable "Historical Dictionary," offers critical and literary memoirs about the life and works of various distinguished persons, particularly in the republic of letters, This book was done as a complementary work to the famous early 18th century dictionary of Pierre Bayle. Prosper Marchand (1678-1756) was a Huguenot refugee who became a bookseller, bibliographer, and publisher in the Netherlands. Marchand died before the manuscript was complete, but he had commissioned his friend and executor, Jean Nicolas Sebastien Allamand, to review and publish it. Allamand spent four years putting Marchand's notes in order. They were mostly written on confused and scattered scraps of paper. In his introduction, Allamand describes all the pains he had to take to restore these notes and to supplement the omissions of Marchand. The result is this monumental bound folio with two painstakingly printed volumes on on seemingly everyone and everything literary. Printed in double columns with numerous shoulder footnotes on most pages. At the end of Volume II are an alphabetical list of articles, a table of subjects, and a catalog of books published by Pierre de Hondt. Bound in three quarter brown leather with decorated brown paper boards. Six raised bands to spine with brown leather title label in second compartment. Chipping and small tears to leather as well as to paper covers. Interior pages show light aging but are otherwise clean and bright. Offsetting on free endpapers from leather borders on pastedowns. Previous owner bookplate to front pastedowns and small stamp on title page of volume I "Holstein-Holsteinborg." In very good condition. Volume I: 330 pages plus publisher catalog; Volume II: 328 pages plus lists and publisher catalog. FRE/042415. Very Good.
New York: G.P. Putnam & Co., 1853. Hardcover. “Bartleby the Scrivener,” Herman Melville’s famed short story, was first serialized anonymously in two parts in the November and December 1853 issues of Putnam’s Monthly Magazine. It was reprinted with minor textual changes in Piazza Tales in 1856. The story has been called the unquestionable masterpiece of Melville’s short fiction and is among the most noted American short stories. Volume II included July - December 1853. The story appeared on pages 546-557 in November and pages 609-615 in December. Bound in the original green cloth with gilt title to spine. Minor fading to spine, short closed tear to top of front hinge, bumping to corners, and a few spots of soiling to spine. Several splits to binding; although, all pages remain bound. Occasional spots of foxing throughout (heaviest on endpapers) and very occasional notations in pencil. Very good condition. 690 pages. LIT/071118. Very Good.
New York: Dix & Edwards, January - June 1856. Hardcover. This volume contains two of Herman Melville’s less well-known short stories, “I and My Chimney” (pages 269-283) and “The Apple Tree Table: or Original Spiritual Manifestation” (pages 465-475). The stories were not reprinted until 1922 when Princeton University published them in a collection of Melville stories in a limited edition. “The Apple Tree” was unusual for Melville as it is a topical satire of the Spiritualist movement of his time. “I and My Chimney” describes his beloved home Arrowood. Bound in contemporary three quarter brown leather with marbled paper boards. Wear to leather and to boards with bumped corners, rubbing, and scratches. Interior pages are generally very good with occasional foxing, soiling to page edges. Page 20 has a piece neatly cut out. Still a very good copy of a scarce volume. 668 pages. LIT/050918. Very Good.
London: Jonathan Cape, 1928. Hardcover. Number 95 of 150 copies. Signed and numbered by the author. Irish novelist, Liam O'Flaherty (1897 - 1984), has modelled this novel after an actual event and uses it to explore the idea of political assassination. Ex-library with minimal library markings including a stamp to the copyright page and remants of tipped-in card to front free endpage. There is also a library sticker to the bottom edge of the dust jacket. Blue cloth boards with gilt title to spine and gilt signature of author to front board. Relevant ephemera about the book including newspaper clippings of book reviews is laid in. Illustrated blue, red, and black jacket with red title to spine and front panel. Minor wear and chipping to edges of jacket and minor fading to spine. The jacket has been price clipped; a rectangle has been cut from the inner front flap. In very good condition despite being ex-library. 286 pages. LIT/012807. Very Good.
Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott and Co, 1885. Hardcover. Revised Edition, Illustrated. Theater owner and playwright, Augustin Daly's copy, auction record 1545. Presentation copy from the author to Augustin Daly, dated September 6th, 1887. Also includes a tipped in letter from the author to Daly. Playwright, actor, and photographer, Harrison (1818 - 1902) is best known for his photographic portrait of Walt Whitman that appears in Leaves of Grass. He also wrote a stage adaptation of "The Scarlet Letter." 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. Minor spotting to leather on rear board. Short splits to leather starting along top and bottom of front hinge. Top edge gilt with marbled endpapers. Bound by R.W. Smith. Clean and bright interior. Mostly unopened pages. Auction record tipped into rear. 404 pages plus 8 pages of ads. DRA/031419. Very Good.
London and New York: John Lane; Macmillan Company, 1901 - 1904. Hardcover. A collection of Stephen Phillips' dramatic works. An attractive set in signed full leather bindings by The Adams Bindery. These books do not appear to have been originally issued as set as they were printed by different publishers (2 John Lane and 2 Macmillian) in different years. The bindings may be later, possibly from the 1910s or 20s. Full dark brown morocco with gilt titles and author to spines. Each spine has six compartments with gilt rules and raised bands. Marbled endpages and top edges gilt. Minor wear to hinges, edges, and corners of boards. Clean interiors overall; although there is light foxing to a few pages. Herod - 126 pages; Ulysses -178 pages; Paolo - 120 pages; Sin of David - 141 pages. This set may require an extra shipping fee. DRA/071713. Very Good.
New York: William W. Snowden, 1842. Hardcover. Includes the first printing of all three parts of Edgar Allan Poe’s short story, “The Mystery of Marie Roget,” which is based on the actual murder of Mary Cecilia Rogers. Both volumes are bound together in three-quarter dark brown leather with brown patterned cloth covered boards. Black leather labels to spine with title and volume numbers in gilt. Gilt devices and raised bands to spine. Rubbing to covers and hinges and wear to corners. With numerous full-page steel engravings including several fashion plates. Offsetting from several plates and spots of foxing throughout, but clean and bright overall. Creasing to some pages. Volume XVIII lacks 3 of 19 plates (Abraham and Isaac, The Maid of Narni, and Embroidery) and Volume XIX lacks 2 of 18 plates (Summer Fashions and October Fashions). An attractive book despite noted condition issues. Volume XVIII is 308 pages; Volume XIX is 307 pages. PER/010517. Very Good.
London: William Rider & Son, 1899. Hard Cover. First Edition. Inscribed by the author "L. Gesner from J.C.P." on the front free endpaper. Bookplate of Herbert Mortimer and Louise Cheney Gesner to front pastedown. John Cowper Powys (1872-1963) was an eminent English novelist, poet, critic, and philosopher. This early work was his second published book. In original cream paper covered boards with an elaborate gilt design by Gleeson White. The spine is browned and worn. Minor wear and browning to edges of boards, hinges, and corners. Interior pages have some aging to edges, an occasional pencil mark, and a pencil comment regarding one poem. 123 pages. Very good condition. POE/122018. Very Good.
Moscow: Emil Goozairow, 2019. A small, unnumbered edition. Goozairow is a Russian artist who paints and draws, produces movies, and creates exceptional handmade books that are printed on rare types of paper and published in limited editions. His techniques create unique designs that often are made with natural materials alone or in combination with relief decorations made from metal or polymeric clay. He creates books that he describes as "pop up," “kinetic carousel," “liporello,” or “3D origami.” He also writes fairy tales, stories and mystical scenes. This eight sided star-shaped book is bound as a do-si-do with text in English on one side and text in Russian on the other. It is covered in maroon velvet with polymer clay medallions on both covers. It is held closed with brown braided cord straps that are held together with a metal clasp. Filled with charming fantastical illustrations of a wizard, witch (Baba-Yaga), princess, palace, cat, and more. In fine condition. Measures about 2.5 x 2.5 inches. ARTB/090320. Fine.
Franklin Center, PA: The Franklin Mint, 1972. Hardcover. The 1972 Franklin Mint Christmas Plate. Made of solid sterling silver and contains an original etching of the work titled "The Carolers" drawn by Norman Rockwell expressly for this limited edition. Complete with certificate of authenticity, description of artist and plate, and order form for frame. Housed in a maroon leatherette clamshell box made to look like a book with embossed wreath on front cover and gilt title and artist to spine. In original plain white box. "Book" and plate in fine condition. DEC/100312. Fine.
Milan: Ulrico Hoepli, 1920. Hardcover. An interesting early twentieth century Italian text on advertising techniques in various media, including newspapers, posters and signs, catalogs, and more. It talks about the power of advertising, and offers aphorisms on the subject. Extensively illustrated from Italian and French sources with twenty-seven black and white and seventeen color full-page reproductions. There are also over forty inventive and charming in text illustrations. Rebound in chipped and rubbed blue cloth. Some foxing and aging to interior pages but in very good condition. 181 pages including list of artists plus index. ART/091312. Very Good.
London: F.S.Ellis, 1870. Hardcover. A fine association copy inscribed to Arthur Hughes from Rossetti. The inscription reads: “To Arthur Hughes, from his friend, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, April 1870.” These men were two of the most important artists of the Pre-Raphaelite movement. This is one of only a few copies personally inscribed to Rossetti’s close friends (see D.G.R. Letters to Publishers). Bound in dark green cloth boards with gilt title to spine. Attractive gilt floral decoration by Rossetti to spine and boards. Minor wear to edges and slight discoloration to boards. Clean, bright interior with decorative end pages and a tight binding. Housed in a black cloth covered clamshell box with gilt label to spine. 282 pages plus 4 pages of advertisements. Very Good condition. PRERAPH/102006. Very Good.
Paris: Chez Bance Aine, Marchand D'Estampes et Editeur, 1817. Hardcover. These scarce two volumes, published four years before his death, offer a monumental history of Napoleon Bonaparte's many military campaigns from 1798 until his final exile to St. Helena in 1815. The tone is exalting and celebratory of his battlefield achievements and the glory they brought to the empire. There over 500 pages of text, 36 engravings of battlefield scenes after the illustrations of C. Vernet and Swebach, a portrait of Napoleon, and five pages with portraits of 100 famous generals. The volumes were rebound at some point in black pebbled faux leatherette with a red cloth spine and new endpapers and in the process the engravings were rearranged in their own sections in each volume rather than interspersed throughout the text. One of the pages of the generals' portraits is bound in upside-down. Most of the engravings are in good to very good condition. A few have margin tears and spotting, and occasionally tape was used to "fix" tears. The text pages are also in variable condition. Most of the pages in Volume I are quite clean and legible with some margin darkening. However, there are sections of Volume II with offsetting, foxing, and a few tape repairs. Very Good.
self published (Archibald Rutledge), 1938. Paperback. Scarce. Signed by the author on title page. American poet, Archibald Rutledge (1883 - 1973) was the first poet laureate from South Carolina. He wrote over 50 books and numerous poems, mostly about his life and experiences in South Carolina. Bound in the original brown suede flexible covers with black title to front cover. Stapled binding. Minor chipping to edges of covers and creasing to top corners. Clean and bright. 39 pages. POE/081717. Very Good.
Ditchling Sussex: S. Dominic's Press, 1921. Hardcover. Eric Gill (1882-1940) was a major twentieth century figure in the fields of calligraphy, typography, sculpture, and more. He lived in Ditchling, Sussex, which became an artists’ community inspired by him that was called the Guild of St. Joseph and St. Dominic. The St. Dominic’s Press, founded by Hilary Pepler, was a key part of the community. Bound in grey paper covered boards with white linen spine and white paper title label to front board. The spine and edges of the boards are browned, the top corners are bumped, and there is minor wear to the edges of the boards. There are a few light smudge marks to the interior but overall it remains very clean. Bookplate of Ulbert Parsons Sachs to front end paper. 46 pages. PRI/012412. Very Good.