London: Cecil Palmer, n.d. . Hardcover. With its large format and beautiful color illustrations on every page, this is one of Jessie M. King’s most desirable books. The stories are charming, and many impart a gentle moral to the children reading them. For many years there was some uncertainty about the identity of the author, “Marion.” Many believed that Jessie M. King was the author because her middle name was Marion. It was finally established by her descendants, however, that the author was Mrs. Alexander (Marion) Gemmel. (B199, Colin White bibliography). The illustrations are exuberant and playful, as befits stories for small children. There are eleven full-page illustrations, with color decorations on each text page. Bound in bright paper covered pictorial boards with title and illustrator in red to front cover and spine. Some wear and rubbing to edges, hinges, and corners but in very good condition with clean, bright interior. Original glassine jacket not present. 56 pages. CHILD/111412. Near Fine.
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Brazil: Ministerio da Educacao e Cultura, 1965. Paperback. Number 12 of 200 copies numbered and signed by the author. An additional 800 unsigned copies were printed. Elephant folio. A collection of 50 poems by Stella Leonardos illustrated with 3 lithographs by Pedro. Portuguese author and painter Antonio Pedro (1909 - 1966) helped introduce Surrealism into Portuguese painting during the 1930s. Bound in white and green paper wrappers with green title to front cover. Minor browning to spine and edges of wrappers and a few small closed tears to edges of wrappers. The interior is clean overall with minor browning to edges of pages. Some light foxing / light soiling to margins of some pages. Small closed tear to margin of one of the prints, which does not effect the image. Includes a postcard on the letterhead of the Brazilian minister of education and culture dated 7/6/65 with a brief handwritten note in Portuguese. Unbound as issued in large folded sheets. 91 pages plus plates, notes, and index. IN PORTUGUESE. POE/010715. Very Good.
John Boydell and Hurst, Robinson & Co., 1777. Claude Lorrain was an artist of the Baroque era who was active in Italy, and is admired for his achievements in landscape painting. These Mezzotint engravings are after his original designs in the Collection of His Grace the Duke of Devonshire. Richard E. Arlom, a highly respected English mezzotint engraver, executed these prints in the manor and taste of the drawings. Print method is Mezzotint engraving on heavy stock paper, measuring 268 x 410 mm. or approximately 10.5 x 16.25 inches. Archivally matted. #49644. Fine.
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. Number 23 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.
Seattle: Marquand Editions, . Number 23 of 25 numbered copies signed by the author and the photographer. In this remarkable edition, environmental scientist Gretchen C. Daily and photographer Charles J. Katz describe how one relic tree, the magnificent Ceiba pentandra in the village of Sabalito, Costa Rica carries physical and spiritual importance far out into the world. In poetic language interwoven with scientific fact, Daily also describes the historical and natural history of this tree and of the ceiba species in general. Katz's photographs of the tree and village amplify this message quietly yet forcefully. Gretchen Daily is the recipient of the Blue Planet Prize, the world's most prestigious award for environmental sustainability [Description from Marquand Editions]. This powerful artist's book by Daily and Katz is created in the form of text, 9 color photographs and a wood carving of the magnificent tree. The carved tree is folded down to fit into a semicircular insert box to be pulled out and detached from the container slipcase. It opens up to reveal the One Tree (attached to the lid by a string that lifts it upright as the lid is lowered). The tree is cut from 3 layers of plywood laminated together and attached tongue-in-groove to the center edge. The photographs and 2 letterpress printed booklets reside in a cut-out recess. beneath the folded tree. The indentation is also made of built up, laminated layers of plywood. The inside of the lid is illustrated with a watercolor print. The first booklet of 14 pages contains Daily's essay about the tree, with an additional signature by the author. The other supplementary booklet of 9 pages One tree / Gretchen C. Daily, Charles J. Katz Jr., contains the foreword by Charles J. Katz Jr., acknowledgments, and artist biographies. Accompanying the booklets are the nine numbered color photographs by Katz. The book is in a semicircular shape measuring 11.5 x 22.5 inches. It is housed in a rectangular slipcase. In fine condition. ARTISTSB/042219. Fine.
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 -.
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.
Philadelphia: 1880. A leaf from Mitchell's New General Atlas, Containing Maps of the Various Counties of the World, Plans of Cities, Etc., Embraced in Ninety-three quarto maps. Hand colored. Relief shown by hachures. Shows settlements, railroads, rivers, etc. Prime meridians: Greenwich and Washington, DC. Map measures 38.1 x 55 cm. or approximately 15 x 21.65 inches. Archivally matted. #53554. Near Fine.
London: Leonard Smithers & Co, 1899. Hardcover. First Edition, second issue (issued by Grant Richards with his name at the foot of the spine) of this scarce title. Vincent O’Sullivan (1868-1940) was an American-born short story writer, poet, and critic. He was part of the Decadent group of the 1890s, and a friend of Oscar Wilde, Aubrey Beardsley, and Leonard Smithers. He has been described as a writer of the macabre, such as seen in the story “Will” found in this volume. Bound in original brown cloth with title and author in gilt to spine. Some chipping and bumping to spine ends and corners otherwise in very good condition. Typical offsetting to free endpapers, and one or two gatherings slightly pulled away, but still in very good condition. Undated ownership signature of [?] Baptiste O’Sullivan. 113 pages. LIT/051011. Very Good.
Monmouthshire, UK: The Old Stile Press, 2010. Hardcover. 1 of 60 copies. Illustrated with textual descriptions by Natalie d’Arbeloff. The artist created these gestural pen and ink figure drawings over fifty years ago while she was a student in New York City studying under Jack Tworkov, a prominent abstract expressionist. D’Arbeloff is now a printmaker, cartoonist, and book artist with work in collections around the world. Bound in blue paper covered boards with gilt title to spine and black illustration to front cover. Printed on Velin Arches Blanc in Aries type. The images were printed at original size with photopolymer plates. The text is printed in grey with titles in blue and illustrations in black. In fine condition. Unpaginated. PRI/081111. Fine.
London: C. Arthur Pearson Limited, 1899. Hardcover. First edition. This is the second book (and first novel) by the author of The Scarlet Pimpernel, which first appeared as a play in 1903 and was later released as a novel. This book is a tale of jewels, intrigue, and high Russian society. It is scarce in this condition. The author, Baroness Orczy (1865 - 1947), was born in Hungary and grew up in London. Very good plus in original tan cloth boards with brown title to spine and front board. Minor wear to edges and spine ends. Light rubbing to boards. A few spots of foxing to the interior, else very clean. Bookplate of book collector, Mark Samuels Lasner, is tipped in on the front pastedown. 288 pages. LIT/050109. Very Good.
London: Richard Bentley, 1849. Hardcover. First Edition. English novelist and historian, Julia Pardoe (1804 - 1862) began travelling at a young age for health reasons and spent a lot of time in Portugal and Turkey. While she wrote poetry, fiction, and travel books, her historical works on French court life - such as this one - are what she is most remembered for. Very Good in three quarter brown leather with marbled paper covered boards, raised bands with gilt decorations on spine, and gilt titles to spines. Endpapers and edges are marbled. Minor scuffing and wear to spines, edges of boards, and corners. Frontis engraving in both volumes with tissue guards. In total there are 11 engravings with tissue guards. The engravings are lightly foxed and there are a few spots of foxing to early and late pages, otherwise the text is clean. The title pages are printed in red and black. An attractive set. 530 pages in volume one; 610 pages in volume two. French History. This set may require an extra shipping fee. FRH/1162. 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: Ormsby & Hackett, 1846-47. Hardcover. Includes the first printing of "The Domain of Arnheim" by Poe on pages 123 - 129. Includes 10 issues from The Columbian and 1 issue from Godey's. All eleven issues are bound together in beautiful full black leather with elaborate gilt decoration to boards and spine. Gilt title to spine and gilt name of previous owner "Antoinette King" to front board. Front hinge is cracked, but remains firmly attached. Volume 6 lacks July issue and four of the eighteen engravings (3 of which should have been included with the July issue). Volume 7 lacks February issue and and three of the eighteen engravings (all of which should have been included with the February issue). Bound in at the end of both volumes is the November 1849 issue from Godey's Lady's Book. This issue has five plates including a color fashion plate, color crochet pattern, and lace pattern; multiple embellishments; and musical score for "A Temperance Song." All edges gilt. Volume 6 has 286 pages (excluding the July issue: pages 1 - 48), Volume 7 has 284 pages (excluding the February issue: pages 49 - 96), and the November issue of Godey's is numbered 303 - 370. PER/011018. Very Good.
Philadelphia: Louis A. Godey, Publishers' Hall, 1843-4. Hardcover. Includes the first printing of “A Tale of the Ragged Mountains" by Edgar Allan Poe on pages 177-181. Both volumes are bound together in three-quarter red leather with navy blue and tan marbled paper covered boards. Gilt title and rules to spine. Rubbing, bubbling, and wear to paper on covers and edges of boards. Offsetting from leather to endpapers. Occasional spots of foxing throughout, but heaviest on early and late pages. Includes multiple engravings, fashion plates, embellishments, and musical scores. (Several plates are no longer present - mostly fashion plates.) Volume 27 is numbered 1 - 288 pages and Volume 28 is numbered 1 - 292 pages. PER/010417. Very Good.
London: William Rider and Son, Ltd, 1899. Hardcover. First Edition. This is the author's uncommon second book. Very good in original white parchment covered boards with gilt title to spine and front board. The elaborate gilt cover with floral and geometric design is by Gleeson White. Browning to spine and rubbing to spine and boards. Minor wear to joints. Signed by the previous owner in pen on the front pastedown; otherwise, the interior is clean. An attractive copy of a scarce book. 123 pages. POE/062910. Very Good.
New York: Purgatory Pie Press, 1997. Paperback. Number 127 of 250 copies. Signed by the designer (Esther K Smith), printer (Dikko Faust), and paper marbler (Lauren Rowland). According to the designer, this project was inspired by 'those folded religious pamphlets.' Each of the five artists has created and signed his or her card or the box. Each card has a different theme ranging from sexual experience to a subway mosaic. All are housed in a marbled paper covered card stock box with silver title to front panel. PRI/010213. Fine.
Philadelphia: Gebbie & Co, circa 1880. Folio. Includes 100 photogravures after famous paintings and numerous wood engravings. Includes work by: Hans Makart, Karl Anton Mucke, Ludwig Passini, Fritz Paulsen, Rubens, Gustave Wertheimer, Otto Weber, Alexander Wagner, and many more. Both volumes are bound in three quarter dark red leather over red pebbled cloth boards with gilt titles to spines and front covers. The covers of volume I are detached but present. Heavy wear to leather, corners, and edges of boards on both volumes. Clean interiors overall with minor foxing throughout (mostly to margins). Occasional smudge marks. Tears to multiple pages in bottom margins of second volume. Volume I is 98 pages plus plates. Volume II is 92 pages plus plates. This is a heavy, folio sized set and it may require an extra shipping fee.ART/012019.
Franklin Center, PA: The Franklin Mint, 1974. A limited edition solid silver plate with an etching of an original work titled "Hanging the Wreath," created by artist Norman Rockwell expressly for this edition. Complete with certificate of authenticity and a brochure describing the artist and the plate. Housed in a maroon leatherette clamshell box made to look like a book with Christmas wreath embossed on front cover and gilt title and artist to spine. The "book" and plate in fine condition. DEC/120612. Fine.
ca. 1913. English artist, Sir William Rothenstein (1872 - 1945), was highly regarded for his portraits of authors, royalty, and other famous persons. He was also an official war artist during both world wars and served as the Principal of the Royal College of Art between the wars. This is a lovely pencil drawing on paper of the artist's wife, Alice, that was done as a study for the double portrait of her and Eric Gill now at the National Portrait Gallery in London. The drawing is from the collection of the Rothensteins' daughter, Betty Holiday. The study measures 26.4 x 18.5 cm. In very good condition with slight aging to margins and a pencil smudge along the hem of Alice's dress, neither affecting the image. A few pencil marks on the verso, possibly by artist practicing pencil strokes. In an archival mat and protected by sheet of tissue paper. ORIG/071216. 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.
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.
circa 1760. This is a set of leaves from an anthology or collection of poems by Sa'di, Amir Khusrao, Jami and others. Circa 1760, it is written on paper, in a fine hand, black nasta'liq script with occasional phrases in blue. Written diagonally within two columns, the text throughout is encased in double gold lines with a few exquisite blue and gold floral headings. The fragment also contains illuminated title in polychrome colors of blue gold and red with a final folio of perching birds amongst flower sprays. Framed. #22611/22702. Very Good.