New York: The Century Co., 1885. Hardcover. Includes Twain's "An Adventure of Huckleberry Finn" on pages 268 - 278, "Jim's Investments and King Sollermun" on pages 456 - 458, and "Royalty on the Mississippi" on pages 544 - 567. Also includes chapters from Henry James's "The Bostonians." Bound in the original gold cloth boards with dark brown title to spine and years 1884 - 1885. Decoration to spine and boards. Slight browning to spine and chipping to cloth on hinges and spine ends. Minor wear and rubbing to corners, boards, and edges of boards. Occasional smudges and spots of soiling, but clean overall. Non-archival repaired tear to Portrait of Grant (page 162). Illustrated. 960 pages. PER/060619. Very Good.
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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.
No Binding. A delightful ink drawing by English illustrator, Phil May (1864 - 1903), who made regular contributions to many periodicals, including the Sydney Bulletin, St. Stephens Review, Daily Graphics, and Punch. He also published his own annuals from 1892 - 1905 and supplemented these with additional larger albums. Examples of his work can be found at the Victoria & Albert Museum and the British Museum. May, a short man of slight build, has drawn himself in a wonderfully comic manner, as is typical of his self-portraits. He depicts himself as being enormously fat and smoking a cigar following a meal. The drawing is inscribed by May and reads: “Menu. Savoy Omlette, Cold Beef (plat de jour), Spring Onions (off), Cabbage (pickled)” and is titled “What a Feed I’ve Had.” It is also signed by the artist, “Fill May.” The drawing has been mounted on a piece of archival board and matted. The bottom right corner of the paper is missing; to make this less evident; the board behind the drawing has been watercolored in light blue to match the color of the paper. There are a few light spots of foxing to the paper. Ink drawing measures 7 x 5 inches. The mat measures 19 x 12.5 inches. ART/050609. Very good.
[London]: The British Academy, . Ephemera. This program for the Milton tercenenary is one of the rarest Meredith items, appearing the year before he died. It is the first edition of a four-page leaflet, an offprint from the Proceedings of the British Academy, with title on first page and two page poem. In her detailed catalogue of the Altschul collection of Meredith (now at Yale), Bertha Coolidge states "Professor Gollancz had a dozen copies printed off on vellum for Meredith and his friends." Only three copies printed on vellum can be located (Columbia, Yale, the Mark Samuels Lasner collection), and this appears to be the only one printed on paper - possibly a proof, considering the poor state of preservation. Small tear, browned, folds, a good copy only. LIT/120712. Good.
London: Remington & Co., 1879. Hardcover. First Edition. This was Moore's second publication, and apart from a broadside of which only one copy is known, this is by far the rarest of his books. No copy has appeared at auction in the past decade. George Moore (1852-1933) was an Irish novelist, poet, critic, and dramatist who is often regarded as the first great modern Irish novelist. This play was done in collaboration with French dramatist Bernard Lopez, who had ignited Moore's interest in drama when they were fellow residents at the Hotel de Russie in Paris. Moore made the suggestion to collaborate after the failure of his first work, Flowers of Passion. The result was this, a five act verse tragedy that was never produced. It was considered at the time almost unreadable because of its poor verse and wooden characters. In later years Moore had very little regard for this early effort and never considered its reissue in any of the collected editions of his work. Bound in original blindstamped black cloth with gilt title and authors to front cover and title to spine. In Edwin Gilcher's bibliography of Moore he describes this as the "Theater (?) impression, slightly larger in size, repaged and without prefatory matter presumably...issued to send to theater managers in an effort to secure a production." Corners lightly bumped and small piece missing from top on spine. Interior pages are very nice. Ownership signature of Henry Knight on title page and bookplate of Rosita de Texada. In very good condition. Housed in a green silk folding case. 139 pages. DRA/080315. Very Good.
London: Swan Sonnenschein, Lowrey, & Co., 1888. Hardcover. First Edition. Author's presentation copy inscribed to his brother, "To Maurice Moore from George Moore." While Moore presentation copies are not hard to find, significant ones inscribed at the time of publication rarely appear on the market. Tipped in at back is an autograph letter from Moore to editor and writer C. Lewis Hind. George Moore (1852-1933) was an Irish novelist, poet, critic, and dramatist who is often regarded as the first great modern Irish novelist. His younger brother Maurice (1854-1938) was also an author as well as a soldier and politician. He was a founding member of the Irish Free State. Maurice was the dedicatee of Esther Waters in 1894. Despite this, relations between the two brothers were troubled through most of their lives. The one page autograph letter to Hinds, dated June 18, 1900 is in regard to the possible reprinting of Esther Waters. He thanks Hind for his kind mention of the book and says that he read two "excellent articles in your paper." Bound in original cloth with pictorial illustration of a young woman on the cover. Spine somewhat darkened as usual, corners of book and spine bumped but still nice. Hinges tender but otherwise in very good condition. Tipped in is an advertisement for Moore's Parnell and His Island. Housed in a grey cloth chemise and quarter leather slipcase in very good condition. 357 pages. LIT/080315. 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: C. Kegan Paul and Co., 1879. Hardcover. Scarce first edition. Presentation copy to Lewis Campbell: "Professor Lewis Campbell from his friend the author, January 17th 1879." Campbell (1830 - 1908) was a professor of Greek at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. English author, poet, and philanthropist Emily Pfeiffer (1827 - 1890) was self educated as her family did not have enough money to send her to school. Upon her death, she left most of her acquired property and assets to establish an orphanage for girls and to be used to promote women's education. This volume includes Pfeiffer's original poetry and her translations of work by the German poet, Heinrich Heine. She also reprints her poem 'Madonna Dunya,' which first appeared in 'Contemporary Review' and she defends it against the accusation that it was not an original piece, but rather a translation from a Russian saga. Very good in original green cloth boards with gilt title to spine and front cover. Black decorative border to boards and spine. Cloth along top of both hinges is split about an inch and interior hinges are cracked. Wear and rubbing to edges, corners, and boards. The interior is clean overall with a few small spots of foxing and corrections in pen to pages 45, 47, and 113, which appear to be in the author's hand. 144 pages plus 40 pages of advertisements. POE/011916. Very Good.
London: Charles Hirsch, 1896. Hardcover. First Edition of an uncommon work. A curious book, it was one of two legitimate novels published by Charles Hirsch, a London bookseller and publisher known for distributing clandestine works. William Platt was a peculiar 1890s writer whose works concerned the role of the sexes and often leaned toward the risque. In keeping with this, the cover has an illustration in gilt of a nude woman reading a book. In original green cloth, somewhat rubbed and bumped. Interior pages have browning to margins, offsetting to free endpapers with chip to rear free endpaper. Still a nice copy in very good condition. 222 pages plus ad for music by William Platt and 16 pages of reviews of Platt's Men, Women, and Chance. LIT/032513. Very Good.
New York: Wiley & Putnam, 1845. Hardcover. Almost all of Poe's writings were first published in the magazines, newspapers, and annuals of his time. This volume of the American Review, published by Wiley and Putnam and owned by George H. Colton, includes three first printings of works by Poe. They are the poem “Eulalie – A Song” (page 79); the story “The Facts of M. Valdemar’s Case” (pages 561-565); and his unsigned survey “The American Drama” (pages 117-131). There is also a review of Poe’s Tales, just published by Wiley & Putnam (pages 306-309). The review begins by noting that Poe was often a harsh critic of the work of many authors but continues by acknowledging the originality, quality, and probable popularity of Poe’s stories. It continues with detailed discussions of some of Poe’s most celebrated tales, including “The Purloined Letter,” “Murders in the Rue Morgue,” “The Mystery of Marie Roget,” and “The Black Cat.” Bound in three-quarter black leather with grey-blue cloth covered boards, spine with gilt titling and ruling and five raised bands. Light bumping to corners and scuffing to leather boards. Interior pages are clean with aging to page margins not affecting text. Small scuff to first paragraph of “The American Drama,” not affecting legibility. With two engraved plates, one of Willis Magnum, Senator from North Carolina; the other of politician Hugh S. Legare, whose biography is included on pages 416 - 430. Very good condition. 668 pages. PER/010418. 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.
New York: Harper & Brothers, 1930. Third printing. Uncommon. Inscribed by both Paul Robeson and his wife, the author Eslanda Robeson in 1931 on half-title. Paul Robeson (1898-1976) was one of the major public figures of the 20th century. He was famous for his cultural accomplishments as a singer and actor, his athletic abilities, and his political activism. He became active in the Civil Rights Movement and other social justice campaigns. His sympathies for the Soviet Union and for communism, and his criticism of the United States government and its foreign policies, caused him to be blacklisted during the McCarthy era. In 1921 he married Eslanda Goode (1895-1965). She also had many accomplishments as an anthropologist, actor, civil rights activist, and author. The Robesons had a complicated marriage, made more difficult by his multiple affairs. This biography of him was her first book. Supposedly Robeson was deeply angered by the way he was depicted as lazy, immature, and in need of her. Despite all, their marriage endured until her death in 1965. Bound in reddish-brown cloth with gilt titling to spine. Covers and spine are bumped, chipped, and worn. Interior pages very good with aging to paper and a few brown spots and chipped fore-edges. Several b&w illustrations of Robeson throughout. Despite flaws a very desirable copy with the two inscriptions. 178 pages. AFRIAMER/120518.
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.
London: Oxford University Press, 1942. Hardcover. First Edition. Presentation copy inscribed "For my sister Emily, in grateful appreciation of her generous thought for my children, her brother, in old affection, Will / March 16 - 42." Near fine in original orange cloth boards with gilt title to spine. The spine is slightly cocked and rubbed and there is minor wear to the spine ends and corners. Illustrated with 40 handsome photogravures by famed artist Rothenstein printed in red. Clean and bright. 134 pages. ART/052010. Near Fine.
1898. RARE. Handsome original lithograph portrait of Stephen Phillips (1864 - 1915), the English poet and dramatist. The print was issued as part of a portfolio, Liber Juniorum, 1898, 50 copies, and also separately. Printed in red. Signed and dated by the artist on the stone. Published in "Liber Juniorum" (1898). Light soiling to print. 11" x 18" in a mat which measures 16" x 20". ART/012609. Fine.
Baltimore: Waverly Press, 1935. Hardcover. FIRST EDITION. SIGNED AND INSCRIBED BY AUTHOR. LIMITED EDITION #177 of 200 signed and numbered, and inscribed "To Dr. Norris" by Shapiro. Baltimore born Karl Shapiro (1913-200) was an important 20th century poet who achieved recognition early in his writing career. He won the Pulitzer Prize, was appointed the 5th Poet Laureate to the Library of Congress in 1946, and was editor of Poetry magazine from 1948 to 1950. In burgundy cloth covered boards with gilt title stamp to spine. Boards slightly soiled with some wear to spine. Minor chipping to foot of spine. Interior is clean and bright. In very good condition. 64 pages. POE/031004. Very Good.
1896. Source: A Handbook of the Birds of Great Britain; three bird 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. Matted in wood frame with gold finish. #43583/43562/43576. Very Good.
London: Macmillan and Co., 1886. Hardcover. First Edition. A Presentation Copy, inscribed "Edward Shorthouse from his affectionate brother & sister J Henry & Sarah Shorthouse." John Henry Shorthouse (1834-1903) was an English novelist probably most famous for his book John Inglesant. The recipient was also an author. With the bookplate of Ohio book collector Paul Lemperly, with Lemperly's inscription stating that he received the book as a gift from Morris L. Parris, whose collection of Victorian novels is now at Princeton. Parrish's letter of presentation is inserted. Bound in original dark blue cloth with gilt stripes and embossed design on front cover and spine. In fine condition. Housed in a fine custom half-red morocco slipcase. Octavo. 300 pages. LIT/053013. Fine.
1818-1837. These hand-colored lithographs are from the work entitled Histoire Naturelle des Mammiferes avec les figures originales d'apres des animaux vivants, a work produced by the combined efforts of Geoffrey St. Hilaire and Georges Cuvier. Hilaire was a forerunner to later evolutionary biologists, such as Darwin. As his theories grew, his reputation and academic positions followed. From 1798-1801, Hilaire was a member of Napoleon's scientific staff during the attempted conquest of Egypt. After returning to France, he produced Philosophie Anatomique (1818-1822) and this Histoire Naturelle des Mammiferes (11818-1837). They are the most important works with which he had a part, as they "were the sounding board through which he developed the most important components of his transcendental biology: the law of connections (‘analogous' organs retain the same connections amongst themselves), the law of permanence (new organs are not created), and the law of balance (the development of one organ is made at the expense of another)." (American Philosophical Society) These magnificent prints are on chain linked, watermarked paper. Framed. #37219. Fine.
Baltimore: John Murphy & Co, 1874. Hardcover. Presentation copy from Elijah Stansbury to William Pinkney. The inscription reads: "This memoir is respectfully presented by Elijah Stansbury in the 83rd year of his age to the Hon. Wm. Pinkney. Ex-governor of Maryland as a testimony of profound regard. Baltimore, Mary 6, 1874." Very good in original dark brown cloth boards with gilt title to spine. Heavy chipping to bookcloth along hinges, corners, and edges of boards. Includes a tipped in page with a mounted original photograph of Elijah Stansbury that is signed by him. The presentation inscription is on the verso of this page. Interior is clean overall with occasional spots of foxing, and a few creases to early pages. 298 pages. BALT/010516. Very 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.
Hollywood, CA: Sylvester and Orphanos, 2005. One of 367 numbered copies, out of a total edition of 424 copies. A folio in celebration of Greece's greatest modern artist, Yannis Tsarouchis. With tributes by authors Odysseus Elytis, james Merrill, Reynolds Price, Yannis Ritsos, Sir Stephen Spender, and John Updike; artists Paul Cadmus, Alekos Fassianos, and David Hockney; cinema directors Michael Cacoyannis, Constantine Cost-Gavras, and Jules Dassin; composers Manos Hatjidakis, Mikis Theodorakis, Vangelis, and Stavros Xarhakos; photographers Henri Cartier-Bresson, Horst P. Horst, and Constantine Manos; fashion designer James Galanos; hotelier Dimitris Tsitouras, and the publishers Ralph Sylvester and Stathis Orphanos. The preface is by Melina Mercouri, the former Minister of Culture of Greece and the afterword is by Yannis Tsarouchis. All copies of this edition have already been signed by each of the twenty-five contributors, many of whom have worked with Yannis Tsarouchis in film, stage, and the book arts, while others are owners or admirers of his work. Two portfolios with loose sheets housed in one beige cloth covered clamshell box with illustration in brown to covers and spine. The first portfolio contains a foreword by Melina Mercouri and essays by twenty-four others. The second portfolio contains a "List of paintings," and 36 facsimiles of Tsarouchis's paintings mounted on paper. Letterpress printed on heavyweight somerset paper with 36 large color plates. Size: 16 x 13 inches. The text is in English and Greek.
Chiapas, Mexico: Taller Leñateros, 2005. Taller Lenateros, or The Woodlanders' Workshop, is a community of Mayan artists who produce handmade paper, artists' books, silkscreen and wood block prints, pansey graphs, natural dyes, and magic spells. The society was founded in 1975 by poet Ambar Past, and continues to flourish while offering training and employment to men and women who have no education and no career. Inspiration for many of the projects comes from dreams, nature, and Mayan history and tradition. Thirty years in the making, this book was created by 150 Mayan women. The collection of spells, hymns, and incantations was originally captured on tape in the Tzotzil language (a Mayan dialect), and was then transcribed and translated by Ambar Past. The opening essay is written by Past with excerpts from many Mayan songs interspersed. Included are over 50 poetic incantations, 40 silk-screened illustrations, notes about the creators, and more. It was featured in the 2007 ‘Book as Art: Twenty Years of Artists’ Books exhibit at the National Museum of Women in the Arts. Unpaginated. Bound in brown handmade paper covered boards with a large relief face depicting the Mayan goddess of the wilderness filling the front cover. The endpages are also handmade. Housed in a silkscreened box with white title to spine and black illustration of a face to front panel. The box was made from recycled cardboard, corn silk, and coffee. ARTB/110608. Fine in Fine Box.
New York: E.B. Hall and Company. Hardcover. The Buckner Library Edition. Very good in red cloth boards with beige paper title labels to spines. Minor rubbing and wear to boards, edges, and spines of all volumes. Rubbing and fading to title labels. Occasional spots of soiling to spines and covers. Occasional smudge marks to interiors, but overall very clean. Illustrated with photogravures. LIT/070213. Very Good.
Bennington, VT: The Bird Press, 2011. Since 1997, The Bird Press has been an artist-run publishing project that has focused on hand printed artists’ books. All projects utilize some inherent aspect of the book and often take the form of open-ended collaborations with writers. Each project is a response to the last, both in form and content, in order for the work to continually evolve. Poetry, broadly defined, is a major inspiration for most of the work. Editions between 15-40 utilize various print media including: flatbed offset lithography, stone lithography, etching, letterpress, wood blocks, and digital pigment printing. Book artist Thorsten Dennerline creates paintings, drawings, and prints in addition to artists’ books. He has exhibited work across the U.S. as well as in Chile and Denmark. His work is represented in numerous collections including Yale University Library, the Library of Congress, UCLA, Stanford University, and the Kunstindustri Musset (Denmark).Number 23 of 25 copies. Signed and numbered by the book artist. According to the artist: “Some time ago I suddenly got the urge to make a book about tattoos. I decided to think about tattoos not just as pictures or designs, but to consider them more broadly (scars, living drawing marks, body adornments, rites of passage, magic to improve the body’s function, ways to relieve or relive pain, signs of bravery, remembrances, cultural signifiers, or tribal/ group markings). I also thought of the idea of drawing on skin and marking its surface as a way to be aware of it as a three-dimensional picture plane (with psychological implications). I have to admit that the association with crime and other ‘bad’ things was enticing to me as well. This book of tattoo proposals is simply a non-linear document of my own thinking about these ideas.” Japanese style stab binding in black cloth wrappers with red print to front cover. The illustrations are printed from woodblocks and the text is letterpress printed from polymer plates on handmade Richard de Bas paper. Housed in a black and white printed paper folding case. Oblong, measuring: 15.25 x 5 inches. In fine condition. ARTB/032417. Fine.