New York: Wiley and Putnam, 1847. Hardcover. Fourth edition of this first American printing of Melville's recounting of his voyages in the South Seas. With the sequel "The Story of Toby" on pages 293-307. Expertly rebacked with modern leather spine over original navy blue cloth covered boards. Gilt title to spine. Paper repair to rear free endpaper. Minor wear to edges of boards. Dampstaining and foxing throughout. 307 pages with 23 pages of advertisements to rear. LIT/101119. Very Good -.
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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.
London: Richard Bentley, 1849. Hardcover. Third Edition. Very good in three quarter leather with marbled paper covered boards. Leather title labels with titles in gilt to spines of all volumes. Raised bands to spines with gilt decoration. Marbled endpages and full marbled edges. There are a few scuff marks and chips to the leather and there is minor wear to the edges of the boards. Each volume has a full page frontispiece with tissue guard and also multiple vignette illustrations. The illustrations are all wood engravings by G. and W. Measom. The frontispieces all have light foxing as does the last page of text. Aside from this, the interiors are very clean and bright. The title pages are printed in red and black. An attractive set. 455 pages in volume 1; 456 pages in volume 2; 505 pages in volume 3. FRA/3123 This set may require an extra shipping fee. Very Good.
London: Effingham Wilson, Royal Exchange; and Sherwood, Neely, & Jones, 1819 and 1820. Hardcover. 2 volumes. Each featured person (all men) has a full page biography and an engraved portrait. Each volume includes approximately 100 persons. Very good in green full leather with intricate gilt decoration on boards and spines. Raised bands, gilt titles, volume numbers, and decorations to spine. Slight sunning to spines, some light wear to edges and corners, and minor rubbing to spine and boards; otherwise, in wonderful condition with very bright gilt. Marbled endpapers and full gilt edges. The early pages in volume 1 have some thin spots (a paper defect) and a previous owner has reinforced these small areas with discreetly with clear tape that appears to be archival. Effected pages include blank free endpages, verso of title page, table of contents, and verso of first text page. The interior of volume 1 is foxed throughout , with the foxing lessening towards middle of book. There is also light foxing in volume 2. There is some pencil writing on first endpage in volume one. Text and engraved portraits remain bright. The binding is nice and tight. A beautiful set, especially in light of its age, even though it contains no eminent women. Biography. This set may require an extra shipping fee. BIO/2253. Very Good.
New York: Whitney Museum of American Art, 1989. 1 of 140 copies. Signed by the author and the book artist. This scarce and intriguing limited edition work was produced to benefit the Library of the Whitney Museum of Art. "Heat" is a classic short story by the renowned and prolific writer Joyce Carol Oates. "It tells the story of the murder of eleven-year-old identical twins, Rhea and Rhoda Kunkel, through the eyes of a childhood friend who is now an adult. Oates weaves the story together like bursts of heat on a sultry day. The story begins with a reference to the “rippling” heat of the summer day as the girls ride their bicycles toward Whipple’s Ice. In the next scene, the twins are in matching white caskets in a funeral parlor. Again, reference is made to the heat. In a narrative that borders on stream of consciousness, Oates introduces the girls, the narrator, and Roger Whipple. The child narrator describes the girls as inseparable, full of life, and drawing energy and power from each other. She describes their lives and their death with the innocence of a child’s perceptions."[Enotes.com] The book's production is inventive and fitting for the story. It was produced and edited by May Castleberry of the Whitney and Leslie Miller of the Greenfell Press. The work's two volumes resemble a young person''s diaries. They are bound in white leather with gilt title and ruling to the front covers and closed by a gold clasp. The text was handwritten by Robert Gober and printed on Saunders paper. It was handbound at Booklab in Austin. Gober's illustrations for the endpapers are lithographs printed at Derriere L'Etoile Studios in New York. The volumes are housed in a custom purple cloth clamshell box. The volumes are fine in a near fine box.
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.
Bronx, NY: Plotzing Press, 2008. Number 4 of 35 copies, signed by the artist. According to the artist: This book “is based on the game Rock, Paper, Scissors. I use this game as a metaphor for the simple but complicated logic of the games children and adults play. I asked friends and neighbors about this game in their home countries. Many times they remembered striking details of the game from their childhood. Often, they had some variation on the game, but with the same rules, like elephant, human, ant from India or general, gun, surrender from Burma. During the cold war era The RAND corporation [was] financed by the U.S. government [to] set up a think tank for devising mathematical calculations for trying to decide the outcome of a nuclear war with the Soviet Union. The beginning for this theory was called “Game Theory,” devised by John, Von Neumann. Today the threat of nuclear proliferation persists among neighboring countries. Something they all share from history is their own version of Rock, Paper, Scissors. This book is a meditation on the logic of the games we play at every level. This can be the kid who uses Rock, Paper, and Scissors to decide who will go first. Game Theory ends with thoughtful provoking questions for the logic nations decide for peace or war with their neighbors.” Bound in the accordion structure with cream paper covered boards titled in black on the front cover. A cream colored dust jacket printed with a strategy board game’s checkered pattern covers the book. The book is housed in a paper covered slipcase with printed checkerboard pattern that matches the jacket. Letterpress printed in Times and Palatino type with drypoint, mezzotint, white ground, soft ground, and etched images on Vellum Coventry paper. A graduate from SUNY College, Tammy now lives and works in the Mott Haven section of the South Bronx, New York. She studied with Antonio Frasoni and printed at Robert Blackburn’s Printmaking workshop before establishing her own studio. Her work has been exhibited around the world and is held in several institutional collections including Yale University, the Library of Congress, and Duke University. She has won several awards including the BRIO Award from the Bronx Council on the Arts. In fine condition. Unpaginated. Size: approximately 6 x 6.5 x 3.75 inches.
Philadelphia: George R. Graham, 1842. Hardcover. Includes the first printing of Poe's “The Masque of the Red Death,” on pages 257-259 and “Life in Death” on pages 200-201 (later renamed “The Oval Portrait”), as well as Poe’s “An Appendix of Autographs” on page 45 and “A Few Words About Brainard” on page 119-121. Also contains a reprint of Poe’s “To One Departed” on page 137 and considerable criticism and reviews. Both volumes are bound together in modern blue cloth with gilt title to spine. Lacks most plates. Foxing and browning to interior. Page repairs to edges of a few pages and chipping to edges of several pages. Volume 20 has 356 pages; Volume 21 has 344 pages. PER/010518. Very Good.
London: Henry Colburn, 1826. Hardcover. Theater owner and playwright, Augustin Daly's copy, auction number 2776. Pencil notation "Augustin Daly Collection" beneath number. First Edition. English playwright Frederick Reynolds (1764 - 1841) authored nearly a hundred plays during his life. 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 interiors with frontispiece to both volumes. Top edge gilt with marbled endpapers. Bound by R.W. Smith. Volume I: 373 pages; Volume II: 422 pages. DRA/031419. Very Good.
Santa Cruz: n.d. This is an undated original photograph taken by Bill Richards, a Santa Cruz fisherman and photographer. The mounted photograph captures a blue whale breaching almost its entire length amidst sea birds swimming and fluttering over the water. On the back of the photo is a mimeographed sheet of paper recounting how Richards captured the picture after trying for over fifty years to "jump" his own whale out in the ocean and photograph him. Finally the day came. While out fishing off the coast of Santa Cruz, Richards spied a sooty cloud of "whale birds" through his binoculars and knew they must be following a whale. And so they were - a big "Sulphur Bottom Bull - a blue whale - all of seventy feet long and easily weighing seventy-five tons. Richards was able to get within 200 feet and watch him feed on thousands of sardines. But then a life or death drama ensued. A pair of killer whales, orcas, went by the boat toward the blue whale. Orcas are fast and ferocious and travel in small pods. Although much smaller, a few of them are capable of killing the largest of whales. They attacked this whale, causing him to rise out of the ocean in a mighty effort to escape. It was during this battle that Richards was able to get his prized photograph. The combat was continuing as the boat returned to shore. Richards writes that this was "probably the only photograph ever secured of the largest living creature know, taken in his native element, in a battle for existence." Given the mimeographed text and reference to Plastigmant camera lenses, the photograph probably dates from the 1950s. The photo is mounted on a bedraggled piece of grey cardboard, with the inscription "To my friend Charlie Bosworth from Bill Richards" written in white ink under the photo. The photo is in very good condition save for three marks that might have occurred during processing. They do not affect the image of the whale. It measures 8.5 x 10.5 inches. A unique item in very good condition. PHOTO/062719. Very Good.
Oxford: T. Shrimpton and Son, 1880. Paperback. Newdigate Prize Poem. First Edition. The first publication by the poet, diplomat, and one-time friend of Oscar Wilde; Wilde wrote an unauthorized dedication to himself published in Rodd's 'Rose Leaf and Apple Leaf' (1882). Very good in blue paper wrappers with black title to front panel. Browning to edges of wrappers and a few chips to rear panel. Pencilled initials to front cover. The interior remains clean and bright. Housed in a fine light brown cloth box with gilt and black leather title label to spine. A very nice copy of this fragile and uncommon work. 18 pages. POE/051710. Very Good.
Boston: Roberts Brothers, 1870. Hardcover. 8vo. The uncommon FIRST AMERICAN EDITION. This was to be Rossetti’s last attempt at fiction. The title story, Commonplace, was a Jane Austen-like work of satirical social observation and commentary. It was the tale of three parentless sisters and their paths to marriage or another fate. It was published May 5, 1870, and was not well-received, unlike her earlier poetical works. Bound in original green publisher’s cloth with gilt title and author to spine. Very good plus except for wear to top and bottom of spine and bumping to board corners. Dark brown endpapers. There is light spotting to front endpapers, title page and contents page as well as to fore-edges, otherwise the interior is clean and bright. Some pages have very light creases to upper right margins. An extremely nice copy of Rossetti’s last fictional work. 329 pages plus 5 pages of ads. PRERAPH/102407. Very Good +.
London: Ellis and White, 1881. Hardcover. First Edition. AN EXCEPTIONAL ASSOCIATION COPY. Inscribed by Dante Gabriel Rossetti: "To Frederick Leyland from his friend D.G. Rossetti 1881." Rossetti died the following year. Leyland was Rossetti's most important late patron. Frederick Leyland (1832-1892) was a Liverpool shipping magnate and major art collector. He had a collection of paintings by the Pre-Raphaelites and from artists of the Aesthetic Movement, as well as an important collection of Italian Renaissance paintings. His collection included Rossetti's “The Blessed Damozel,” “Monna Rosa Proserpine”, and “Lady Lillith.” Rossetti also painted portraits of Leyland and his wife. Other well-known works commissioned by Leyland were “The Beguiling of Merlin” by Edward Burne-Jones, and Whistler's Peacock Room, which was installed in his London house (The Peacock Room may now be seen at the Freer Art Gallery). Bound in original green cloth with gilt flower and lattice design by Rossetti on covers and spine. There is spotting to the preliminary leaves and at the end of the book, including on the inscription page, but this does not obscure the inscription. Closed half-inch margin tear to page 327. A very nice copy in very good plus condition. Housed in a modern green cloth clamshell box. 335 pages plus one page ad. PRERAPH/052213. Very Good.
1921. Original lithograph portrait of Sir Frank Short (1857 - 1945), eminent English printmaker. Inscribed, signed, and dated on stone by the artist. Crease to edge of print which does not affect the image. The bottom right corner of the paper has been torn; this also does not affect the image. Light browning to edges of the print. 11" x 18" in a mat which measures 16" x 20". ART/012609. Fine.
London: Chaundy & Cox, 1922. Hardcover. INSCRIBED FIRST EDITION. Michael Sadleir (1888 - 1957) was the most noted scholar and bibliographer of Victorian literature of his time. In this work he calls the material included his “notes” rather than an exhaustive bibliography, and speaks of his great love for the Victorian novelists. Those included here are Anthony Trollope (his favorite), Benjamin Disraeli, Frederick Marryat, Wilkie Collins, Charles Reade, G.J. Whyte Melville, Mrs. Gaskell, and Herman Melville. There are several introductory pages on the writing of each author followed by the bibliographical notes. The book is inscribed “To James S. Bain and W. de Coverly for use in the shop if they care to Michael Sadleir May 1922.” Bound in very good black cloth boards with gilt title and author to spine. The interior is clean and bright except for browning to front and rear endpapers and slight aging to margins of pages. 240 pages including an index of titles. BOB/062008. Very Good.
Freeville, NY: Carol Schwartzott, 2019. Hardcover. Number 3 of 12 copies. Signed by the artist. Digitally printed with hand-colored prints on Hannemuhle archival paper, with the addition of fine Japanese and Chiyogami papers. Bound in blue and white stiff Japanese paper wrappers with five signatures sewn into accordion folds. Includes ten hand-colored prints. Housed in a blue and white folding paper covered box with paper / plastic rod closure and paper title label to spine panel. Size: 4.25 x 4.25 inches. Unpaginated. [30 pages.] ARTB/121619. Fine. Fine.
London: Henry Colburn, 1837. Scarce. In his preface, the author states that there have been so many books about Egypt, but that his intent is to describe Egypt as it is, not as it was. Candia refers to the Venetian name for Crete at that time. During his military career Scott traveled in Crete and Syria. The two volumes are bound in nineteenth century three quarter black leather with marbled paper covers and endpapers. Leather is bumped and lightly rubbed. Marbled covers are scuffed. Text pages have browning and aging throughout but are quite legible. Volume I has frontis and two plates; Volume II has frontis, one plate, and fold-out map with the plan for Karnak. Very good. Small octavos. Volume I: 348 pages; Volume II: 358 pages.GREEK/032921.
[New York]: Charles Scribner's Sons, . Charles Dana Gibson. A stunning large color advertising poster for the 1899 Christmas issue of Scribner's Magazine. It features a classic black and white illustration by Charles Dana Gibson of one of his Gibson Girls being escorted by an older gentleman. Noted Christmas Features listed include : A Christmas Poem illustrated in colors by Walter Appleton Clark; Two Christmas stories; C.D. Gibson's "The Seven Ages of the American Woman" a Series of Drawings; Augustine Birrell on John Wesley; and other illustrations by H.C. Christy and Maxfield Parrish. Banners with the title and with price of 25 cents are gaily decorated with green and red Christmas holly. In a faux distressed wood frame showing some nicks and scratches. Poster is in very good condition. Poster is 18 x 22 inches. With frame is 18 x 25 inches. ART/100114. Very Good.
[Seattle]: Sea Pen Press, 1988. Hardcover. Number 97 of 100 copies. Signed by the author. Thomas Brush is an award winning Seattle poet who has written several books and for several distinguished journals. He tended bar for four years at a Seattle racetrack several years ago and found it an enchanted place that values possibilities and dreams. This influence is evident in the poems included in Even Money. This interesting production from the Sea Pen Press has a blue handmade light-and-shade watermarked paper covers that are sewn in a non-adhesive concertina fashion to the text. The orange and brown decorated endpapers were created by Neal Bonham of the press using colored paper pulps in a decorative technique that he developed. There are five linoleum cut illustrations by Suzanne Ferris that "capture the linear poetry of the thoroughbred world" (prospectus). The book also has images of racetrack betting tickets decorating the title page and colophon that were created by transferring Xerox images to linoleum. The text is printed in Monotype Janson and the title page is printed with Weiss Initial Series 2. The book is housed in a coarse tan linen covered clamshell box with blue borders and ticket images on the front cover. Both the book's binding and the case were designed and constructed by Judith L. Johnson. In fine condition. Book is 9 x 11.5 inches. Case measures 10.25 x 13 inches. Unpaginated [21 pages]. PRI/090717. Fine.
1896. A Handbook of the Birds of Great Britaiin; two lithographs designed by Richard Bowder Sharpe (1847-1909), an English zoologist who joined the British Museum as a Senior Assistant in the Department of Zoology, in charge of the bird collection. Sharpe wrote 13 1/2 of the 27 volumes of the Catalogue of the Birds of the British Museum.The framed print measures 6 1/8 x 4 1/4 inches. #43518/43589. Very Good.
Chicago: Sherwin Beach Press, 1998. Heather McAdams. Hardcover. Number 57 of 200 copies. Numbered and signed by the illustrator and the bookmakers. This is a quite handsome contemporary edition of Mark Twain's travelogue with the text following a copy of the first edition in the collection of Northwestern University Library, and with cartoon illustrations by Heather McAdams. "The people of those foreign countries are very, very ignorant. They looked curiously at the costumes we had brought from the wilds of America. They observed that we talked loudly at table sometimes. They noticed that we looked out for expenses and got what we conveniently could out of a franc, and wondered where in the mischief we came from. In Paris they just simply opened their eyes and stared when we spoke to them in French! We never did succeed in making those idiots understand their own language."So wrote Mark Twain in 1867, in one of his most exuberant nonfiction works. The companion themes that fill it—the shallowness of the sites to be visited and the shallowness of the visitors—prove to be prophetic of tourism today, as is seen in Heather McAdams’ witty 1995 cartoons, completed for this edition.The non-adhesive binding with exposed spine sewing consists of 7 black double raised cords attached to hard covers wrapped in red cloth. Each volume has a cut-out to front cover with small black and white illustration along with author, title, and volume number. The two volumes are in turn housed in a black and white linen covered hard case wrapper with black leather straps over brass studs and a leather suitcase-type label, intended to suggest a portmanteau. Printed in Montype Bell on Johannot paper. Designed by Bob McCamant and printed by Martha Chiplis. The binding was designed and executed by Trisha Hammer. The book is numbered and signed by the artist and bookmakers. In fine condition. Each volume is 7 3/4 x 11 1/4 inches. Continuous pagination with 445 text pages and 20 pages of illustrations. This set may require an extra shipping fee. PRI/072015. Fine.
London: The Mining and Geographical Institute, [c. 1897]. Hardcover. Inscribed by the author: ""To Mother and Father/Best love from /your son Arthur E. I. Sola./Feb 1898." The book is also dedicated to his parents. First edition of this interesting work about mining for gold in the Klondyke region of northwest Canada. The author spent four years there and has much advice for would-be prospectors. He provides information on routes, mining regulations, methods of mining, occurrence of gold; advice on clothing, staking claims, the Indians, game, etc., and provides a narrative of his personal experiences. In addition to his practical tips and information Sola also cautions new prospectors of the difficulties involved and how much of the territory had already been mined. Bound in publishers original green cloth with three quarter leather spine and edges to covers. The gilt cover titling also includes a bright gilt vignette of a skeleton holding a bag of gold. Ex-library. Covers are worn, rubbed and bumped and appear to have had library stickers removed from front and back, leaving glue remnants. Call number written in white ink on front cover leather. Interior text pages and plates are clean with light aging to margins. With 26 plates and three maps. Plates include a photo of McGinty, the favorite dog of the camp! A solid copy of this scarce title in good plus condition. Small quarto. 102 pages including advertisements. CANADA/033121. Good +.
New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1934. Hardcover. First abridged edition with "first edition" on the copyright page. "The story of an American family, of their descendants and their friends" (jacket). Bound in pink cloth boards with black title to spine and front cover. Slightly rolled spine, cloth faded where the dust jacket is missing pieces, otherwise very good condition. In rubbed, soiled, unevenly faded dust jacket missing good-sized pieces. The jacket is red with white title to spine and front panels. 416 pages. LIT/102716. Very Good / Good.
New York: Stevens-Nelson Paper Corporation, 1953. Hard Cover. "The main purpose of issuing "Specimens" is to demonstrate to a large audience the outstanding results the printing buyer achieves by using the best designers, printers, and materials" (Print Magazine, 1953). This extensive collection of paper specimens displays the range of paper and printing styles and types available at that time. Each of the specimens is designed and printed by a different press on beautiful papers from around the world. Many noteworthy designers such as Bruce Rogers, Joseph Blumenthal, John de Pol, and Hans Mardersteig are credited with various designs. Presses from around the world participated, including the Curwen Press, Golden Cockerel Press, Limited Editions Club, Chiswick Press, and many others. Each sheet identifies the source of the paper along with the paper's technical specifications. Inserted is the Stevens-Nelson price list dated July 1953. An exquisite collection. Bound in quarter blue morocco with marbled paper covered boards and gilt title to spine. Minor wear to corners and edges of boards. In very good condition. Housed in a blue slipcase with chipping, soiling, and tears to bottom edges. Unpaginated. BOB/043018. Very Good.
Eugene, OR: 2005. Number 8 of 12 copies. Signed and numbered by the book artist. 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 artist’s books involve movable parts, pop-ups and LED circuitry. She is a professor at Lane Community College in Eugene, Oregon, teaching courses in printmaking, artist books and graphic design. Her work has been collected by over 60 public institutions including, the Getty Museum, the Library of Congress and the New York Public Library. Her artist’s books are represented in galleries throughout the United States. She earned her Master’s of Fine Art from the University of Oregon. The text of this book is a quote from Shakespeare's As You Like It: It is ten o'clock: Thus may we see how the world wags: 'Tis but an hour ago, since it was Nin; and after an hour more, 'twill be Eleven : And so, from hour to hour, we ripe and ripe, And then, from hour to hour, we rot and rot, And thereby hangs a Tale." The poem is printed on eight Stonehenge paper panels and is in an Indonesian palm leaf style construction with sewn thread binding. When untied, the book can be opened to reveal all of the panels and the text. With black corrugated paper covers with grey title label on front. In fine condition. 12.75 x 4.6 inches. ARTISTSB/073118.