Akron, OH: Saalfield Pub. Co., 1936. A charming complete set of five little books about Shirley Temple and her life, published when she was only eight years old and the country's number one box office draw. Each book has a pictorial cover and fourteen pages of black and white photographs of Shirley. The titles are: Shirley Temple Twinkletoes," "Just a Little Girl," "Shirley Temple Little Playmate," "Shirley Temple on the Movie Lot," and "Shirley Temple in Starring Roles." The books are all in very good to near fine condition. Housed in their original box covered with glossy white paper and with a color portrait of Shirley on the front. The box has some wear, soiling, and creases but still very nice. CHILD/110118. Very Good.
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London and Chicago: John Lane and the Bodley Head and Stone and Kimball, 1895. Patten Wilson. Hardcover. First Edition, Private Issue. Presentation Copy. This is the very scarce private version of Frederick Tennyson's last book. With a handwritten limitation notice on the half-title "Twenty five vellum bound copies of the first edition have been issued for private circulation, This is No. 16." It is inscribed: "To the Revd. W.B. Macleod With Capt. J. Tennyson's & the Authors Compliments Jersey Jan 1896." The recipient was the author of Frederick Tennyson: His Life and Work, published in 1896. Frederick Tennyson (1807-1898) was a poet and the older brother of Alfred Tennyson. Although a gifted poet, he was overshadowed by his brother throughout his life. Captain Julius Tennyson was the author's only son, and the book is dedicated to him and his sister, Sophia, whom Frederick called the companions of his old age. In original vellum with gilt title and author to spine, and gilt florettes and initial "F" to front cover. The spine is darkened and the covers are soiled and bumped but still nice. In very good condition with darkening to page edges. Frontispiece photograph of Tennyson and title page design by illustrator Patten Wilson. A lovely book with a charming association. 163 pages plus tipped-in errata sheet and 16 pages of publisher ads. POE/061313. Very Good.
New York and London: Harper & Brothers, 1900. Hardcover. Special Biographical Edition. An attractive set bound in three quarter turquoise morocco over marbled paper covered boards with gilt title, floral device, and raised bands to spines. Minor wear to edges of boards, hinges, bands, and corners. Slight darkening to spines. Clean interiors with illustrations. Previous owner's signature in pen dated 1901 to front free endpapers of all volumes. Marbled endpapers and top edges gilt. LIT/041719 This set will require an extra shipping fee. Very Good.
London: Christopher Barker, 1599. Hardcover. This is the New Testament text from the noted 1599 version of the Geneva bible. This bible is one of the most historically significant translations of the bible into English - preceding the King James bible by fifty-one years. The Geneva bible was the primary bible of 16th century Protestantism. It was first completed in 1560 as the first mechanically printed and mass produced bible, and there were over 150 editions until the last, probably in 1644. Some editions from 1576 included Lawrence Tomson's revisions. Some editions from 1599, including this one, used a new "Junius" version of Revelation translated from the Latin by Franciscus Junius with his annotations. This octavo volume includes only The New Testament. It was printed by the deputies of Christopher Baker, Printer to Queen Elizabeth I. Bound in early brown leather with four spine compartments with gilt titling and decoration. Binding is scuffed, rubbed and corners are bumped. Leather rubbed along joints. Marbled endpapers. Interior pages are browned and have some foxing but text is still quite legible. Some chipping and small tears along margins. It appears that a few pages were trimmed to fit the binding but text is still complete. Very good. A scarce and desirable copy of this important version of the Bible. Not paginated. REL/122720. Very Good.
London: Smith, Elder & Co., Vol. IV., July-December, 1861. Hardcover. Includes a story by Anthony Trollope: The Struggles of Brown, Jones and Robinson. One of the Firm with chapters 1-15 in volume IV and chapters 16-24 in volume V. The story is complete in 24 chapters. Volume IV also includes a poem by Charlotte Bronte, a few chapters from a Harriet Beech Stowe story, and a few chapters from a Thackery story. Both volumes are in matching bindings of three quarter black leather with marbled paper covered boards. The titles and volume numbers are in gilt on the spine along with gilt rules. Both hinges of volume V are cracked and the hinges of volume IV are starting. Wear to the edges of boards. Clean interiors with illustrations, some of which fold-out. 760 pages in each volume. Literature. PER/1103 This set may require an extra shipping fee. Very Good.
Arlington, VA: Turtle Light Press, 2017. Hardcover. Number 5 of 18 copies. This is a magnificent artist’s book that pays homage to one of the greatest Hebrew-language poets, Yehuda Amichai. The Amichai Windows is an exquisite bilingual artist’s book in Hebrew and English of Amichai’s poems that opens a window on love, war, and being Jewish today. Through his poetry Amichai sang of the everyday experiences of private individuals caught in the middle of war and historical events. He was often considered for the Nobel Prize in Literature and his poems have been translated into more than 30 languages. Book artist and poet, Rick Black, fell in love with the poetry of Yehuda Amichai even before working for the Associated Press and The New York Times in Jerusalem, where he resided for six years. He particularly loved Amichai’s poems that dealt with family, love and war. He spent ten years creating this limited-edition artist’s book of the poet’s work. The book offers a visual odyssey through Jewish history as filtered through 18 poems. Each poem is wrapped and folded in an individual, handmade paper triptych. When one opens each triptych, one discovers a different world within. The book incorporates replicas of some of Amichai’s original, handwritten poems as well as over 100 collaged images of Jewish history and life that have been culled from archives around the world. There are also replicas of Amichai’s handwritten poems. Printed on handmade paper with deckled edges, with gold leaf highlights and blind embossments in some of the designs. The collection of triptychs and a 28 page guide are housed in a box enclosure shaped like a Jerusalem window. With a special introduction written by the eminent Hebrew literary critic and translator, Professor Robert Alter of the University of California at Berkeley. The newsletter of the American Jewish Libraries Association called The Amichai Windows “a major contribution to American arts and letters.” (Artist’s statement and descriptions). The book recently won the Isaac Anolic Jewish Book Arts Award. In fine condition. Fine.
New York: Charles L. Webster and Company, 1885. Hard Cover. FIRST EDITION, first state in uncommon variant binding of blue cloth. It has been rebacked with the original blue cloth boards attached and title strip laid down. The author and title are in black and gilt on the spine and front board. The cover also has a blind-stamped illustration of Huck in black and gilt. Minor wear to corners, darkening to board edges, and rubbing to boards. There is a photo-gravure portrait bust of Twain with facsimile signature, frontis illustration, and 174 text illustrations by E.W. Kemble. Lacks tissue guard between frontispieces. Light dampstain to corner of photo-gravure page. The interior is clean overall with occasional foxing and occasional spots of soiling, mostly to margins. Modern endpapers. Altogether a desirable copy of this milestone of American literature. 366 pages. LIT/092519. Near Fine.
New York: Charles L. Webster & Co., 1892. Hardcover. First edition, second state of this collection of seven short works by Twain. It has the patterned endpapers of the first state but also the inserted frontispiece portrait of Twain called for in the second (BAL3435). Issued as part of the publisher’s projected series of works by American writers to be called the “Fiction, Fact, and Fancy Series.” Bound in grey-green cloth with titling in gilt to front cover and spine and stamped ornament to front surrounding Fiction Fact and Fancy Series. Light bumping. Front hinge tender, interior pages clean and bright. Bookplate on front pastedown of Jacob Bunn (1814 – 1897) an important Illinois industrialist, financier, and close friend of Abraham Lincoln. Light stamp to free front endpaper “J. Bunn Library Springfield Illinois.” A nice copy in very good condition. 210 pages plus seven pages of advertisements. LIT/091208. Very Good.
Boston: H.O. Houghton and Company, 1876. Hardcover. Includes Twain's "The Canvasser's Tale" in the December issue on pages 673 - 676. Bound in three dark grey leather over marbled paper covered boards with gilt title to spine. Rubbing and wear corners, spine, and edges of boards. Ex-library with embossed stamp and markings to title page. Clean and bright overall with soiling to margins of some pages. 764 pages. PER/052319. Very Good.
New York: Harper & Brothers, 1867. Hardcover. Includes Twain's "Forty-Three Days in an Open Boat" on pages 104 - 113. This was Twain's first publication (with his name misspelled, Mark Swain). Bound in three quarter black leather over marbled paper covered boards with gilt title, volume number, and previous owner's name (M. Cornelia Welts) to spine. Rubbing and wear to leather, boards, and edges. Occasional spots of foxing to interior, but clean overall. Illustrated. 816 pages. PER/060619. Very Good.
New York: Harper and Brothers, 1896. Hardcover. Includes the beginning of Twain's "Tom Sawyer" in the August and September issues on pages 344 - 361 and 519 - 537. Bound in three quarter black leather over black cloth covered boards with gilt title and volume number to spine. Minor wear to spine ends and edges of boards. Chip to leather on spine. Browning to edges of a few pages, but clean overall. 972 pages. PER/060619. Very Good.
India: 1878. This is a leaf from a remaindered (Dala'il al-Khayrat) prayer book, scripted in India, in 1878, thirteen lines scribed in a strong Naskhi script on a fine lines paper, measuring 204 x 130 mm. It was written in Arabic with Persian translation in red ink between the lines. The holy name of Allah is in red ink. The headings are in gold as well as the borders. Gold rosettes end the verses. The original text was composed by Muhammed ibn Sulayman al-Jazuli. This is one of the most popular devotional prayer books of Islam. Framed. #17661. Fine.
A leaf from a medieval manuscript Bible: Paris, France, mid 13th century, in Latin, on vellum. There are fifty-five lines of double column text in microscopic-miniscule Gothic script. There are book headings, chapter numbers, Book of Tobias [Doway-Rheims] non existent in the King James, Chapters 1-2, Miniature of Tobit lying in bed with a swallow above. Verso: there are fifty-five lines of double column text in microscopic-miniscule Gothic script. Bible leaves from the 13th century are becoming rare. Framed. #2874. Fine.
Framed rare Persian miniature created in the early 19th or late 18th century on paper (290 x 180 mm). It illustrates a scene from the Persian national epic, the Shahnama or Book of Kings. The Shahnama is a poem of some 50,000 couplets that was composed by Abu’l Qasim Firdausi over a period of several decades in the late tenth and early eleventh centuries. Verso: twenty-one lines of four columns in nasta’liq script. #15908. Fine.
London: J.O. for R. Wellington and Sam. Briscoe, 1697. Hardcover. A unique copy of a first edition Restoration comedy from the personal library of actor and theater manager John Philip Kemble. The volume is initialed, collated, and pronounced perfect on the title page in ink by Kemble along with the date. John Philip Kemble (1757 - 1823) was an important English actor who also achieved fame as the manager of the Drury Lane and Covent Garden theaters. He was also known for assembling a theatrical library that was unrivaled. After he retired in 1819 he sold his collection of 4000 plays and forty volumes of playbills to Cavendish, the 6th Duke of Devonshire. The Devonshire collection is now part of the Huntington Library in San Marino, California. The remainder of Kemble's library was auctioned by Evans in Pall Mall over ten days beginning January 21, 1821 (from the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography). John Vanbrugh (1664-1726) was an untrained but accomplished architect who designed Blenheim Palace and Castle Howard in conjunction with NIcholas Hawksmoor. He was a popular dramatist and some of his comedies such as The Relapse and The Provok'd wife are still performed today. The Pilgrim was originally written by Beaumont and Fletcher in 1647. Vanbrugh wrote the prose adaptation for the theater in 1700. For this copy each individual page has been meticulously mounted on slightly large sheets of contemporary white paper. It has been beautifully bound by Riviere and Son in full tan calf with gold tooling and lettering. The spines have five raised bands with gilt decorated compartments and there are two leather labels, one with the play's title and author, and the other stating "J.P. Kemble's Copy." With gilt dentelles, marbled endpapers, and all edges gilt, with a few splash marks on cover otherwise in near fine condition. The pages of the play are browned with occasional spots of foxing and soiling but text is completely legible. In very good condition. Measures 6.5 x 9 inches. 54 pages. DRAMA/012121. Near Fine.
Verdigris, 2008. Hardcover. Number 3 of 50 copies. This is one of ten copies of the DELUXE EDITION which includes a monoprint signed by the artist with a caption hand written on the facing page. Judith Rotchild has created eleven exquisite mezzotint plates to illustrate Temple's poem.The book is bound in the accordion style with yellow and blue paper covered boards and title stamped in black to the front cover. The monoprint is contained in a portfolio with a black cloth spine and marbled paper covered boards. Both the print and portfolio are housed in a clamshell box with a black cloth spine and paper covered boards. A blue paper title label covers the spine panel of the box. Unpaginated [16 pages] ARTB/101010. Fine in Fine Box.
London: Heinemann, 1896. Hardcover. First edition.The Island of Doctor Moreau is an 1896 science fiction novel by English author H. G. Wells (1866–1946). The text of the novel is the narration of Edward Prendick who is a shipwrecked man rescued by a passing boat. He is left on the island home of Doctor Moreau, a mad scientist who creates human-like hybrid beings from animals via vivisection. The novel deals with a number of philosophical themes, including pain and cruelty, moral responsibility, human identity, and human interference with nature. This is a classic work of early science fiction[ and remains one of Wells' best-known books. The novel is the earliest depiction of the science fiction motif "uplift" in which a more advanced race intervenes in the evolution of an animal species to bring the latter to a higher level of intelligence [Wikipedia]. Bound in publisher's tan cloth with black titling to spine and cover black and red illustration and titling to front cover. Does not have the publisher blindstamped monogram on rear cover. Bumping, rubbing, a little soiling, and tiny tear to spine. Hinges slightly cracked but text block tight. Light aging to page margins. Frontis illustration with tissue guard. With terminal page ad for The Time Machine, 32 pages of advertisements beginning with Conrad and ending with The Latest Fiction. A very good copy of this somewhat scarce title. Measures 5 x 7.75 inches. 219 pages. LIT/042121. Very Good.
England: The Whittington Press, 2004. Hardcover. The Whittington Press was founded in 1971 by John and Rosalind Randle to print and publish books by letterpress. Since its beginnings, they have printed some 200 books, included the renowned Matrix, an annual review for printers and bibliophiles. The Press has received numerous awards for its printing and publishing, most recently in 2009 from the American Printing History Association. 1 of 800 copies. This annual from the Whittington Press is perhaps the foremost publication covering the book arts and private presses of both past and present. The 2004 volume includes essays by such well known book people as Roderick Cave, Jerry Kelly, John Randle, and Ann Whipple. There are many illustrations and tipped-in examples of typography, samples of the work of various presses, and the like. In fine condition in pink dust jacket with title in green to cover along with contents titles. Bound in light brown stiff paper boards with a wood engraving on the front by Ethlebert White. 170 pages. BOB/111810. Fine in Fine Dust Jacket.
DC: Windhorse Press, 2011. Hardcover. Number 4 of 8 copies, signed by the artist. In Russian. According to the book artist this "book recounts a story of a child learning to play chess with book pages numbered as chessboard squares. The child does not want to follow the game's rules by making two moves each turn, not allowing his pieces to be taken, etc. In the end the child removes all pieces from the board with only two kings remaining and proclaims that 'Kings walk slowly but always make quick decisions'". In the form of a dialogue, the text is based on personal experience from trying to teach chess to her son. The book is bound in black cloth with a small red paper square inset to the front cover. The images were printed using a carved plastic plate and the text was printed on a laser printer. Housed in a whimsical red cloth box which opens in an unusual manner. A miniature book measuring 1.75 x 2 inches in a box measuring 2.5 x 2.75 inches. Born in Moscow, Tatiana has been interested in books and bookmaking since her childhood. She holds degrees from the Moscow University of Printing, the University of Maryland, and the Corcoran College of Art and Design. Her work is in collections nationwide and she has recently won an award for traditional illustration. She currently resides in Takoma Park, Maryland with her family. Unpaginated. Fine.
Toronto: Studio Robert Wu, 2021. Paperback. Unique. Bound in grey paper wrappers with diecut designs to both covers and grey cloth spine panel. Ribbon closure. Each page is constructed with layered modern and vintage paper pieces on embossed pages. Each layer pops-up slightly from the one beneath. Each vintage vignette is accompanied by a handwritten quotation by the artist. Some are silly, such as: (for an elephant) - "dream big" or (for a frog lady) - "This frog is happy because it eats whatever bugs it" and others are more inspirational such as (for a sunflower) - "We are all Golden Sunflowers inside" and (for a child reading a book) - "Reading is dreaming with open eyes." A whimsical, charming book. Housed in a white paper covered box. [10 pages.] Size: 7 x 5 x 2 inches. Wu trained at the American Academy of Bookbinding (AAB) in Colorado with Monique Lallier and at the Canadian Bookbinders and Bookartists Guild (CBBAG) in Toronto. He was the recipient of the first ever Tini Miura scholarship for the study of fine binding at the AAB and later studied privately with master binder Miura in California. His work has been included in numerous exhibitions and can be found in several notable collections including Harvard University.ARTB/072821. Fine.
New York: The Macmillan Company, 1940. Hardcover. This book " brings to work of William Butler Yeats to a full close, comprising over fifty poems written from 1936 to his death in 1939, and two plays, 'The Death of Cuchulain' and 'Purgatory.' This is a book both gay and thoughtful. Were Yeats still living, it would be welcomed as an exciting and vigorous contribution from a mind still in mid-career. As the product of his last years, it is amazing; both poems and plays are rich in individuality, in wit, and in romantic passion." (jacket). Turquoise cloth boards with gilt title to spine and embossed illustration to front board. In matching turquoise jacket with dark blue title to spine and front panels. Minor wear and bumping to spine ends and corners of boards. Previous owner gift inscription in pen to front free endpaper. Browning to endpapers and penciled tick marks to a few lines of poetry, but clean and bright overall. Chipping to edges and spine ends of jacket, which is now protected in removable mylar cover. Minor sunning to spine of jacket. 126 pages. POE/011521. Very Good / Very Good.
London: Lawrence & Bullen, 1897. Hardcover. First Edition. An excellent presentation copy. Inscribed by William Butler Yeats to his friend Clement Shorter: " Clement Shorter from W B Yeats June 23 1899." William Butler Yeats (1865-1939), the famous Irish poet, was one of the most important figures in twentieth century literature. and was key figure in Ireland's nationalist movement. Clement Shorter (1857-1926) was a British journalist and critic who was also an avid collector of books and manuscripts, particularly of the Brontes. He was the editor of the Illustrated London News and in 1893 founded the periodical Sketch. The fourth story in this short story collection, "Where There is Nothing, there is God," was first published in Sketch in October 1896. The stories blend Irish with Rosicrucian themes and characters. Bound in the original blue cloth with the famous cover design done for Yeats by Althea Gyles stamped in gilt on covers and spine. At its center is a four-petalled rose joined to a cross. The boughs of the tree resemble a serpent; among them, just above the rose, are the kissing faces of a man and a woman, With six black and white illustrations by William's father, John Butler Yeats. The binding is bright and beautiful with very slight bumping to corners. Interior pages are quite clean with just a trace of aging to margins. Housed in a cream cloth covered clamshell box with black and gilt title label to spine. Near fine condition. LIT/011816. Near Fine.
London: William Heinemann, 1892. Townsend, F.H. Hardcover. Includes 44 illustrations by F.H. Townsend. PRESENTATION COPY, inscribed on a tipped-in sheet of notepaper from the Hotel Bellevue, Boston. The inscription reads “With I. Zangwill’s Compliments please send 2 proofs here at once.” Jewish author and political activist Israel Zangwill (1864 - 1926) was passionate about campaigning for the oppressed. Many of his works address women’s suffrage, pacifism, Zionism, and Jewish emancipation. He was a strong believer in assimilation and is credited with coining the term “melting pot” to describe the fusion of various cultures and ethnicities. Bookplate of book collector W.K. Bixby to front end page. Very good in original orange cloth boards with illustration of birds and flowers to front board. The front board is creased and slightly bowed with darkening to spine and edges of boards. The interior is browned along the margins. The front hinge is cracked. Later protective blue cloth dust jacket with maroon leather title label to spine (not pictured). The jacket is frayed along the top edge and there is a short closed tear along the front joint. This is an attractive copy of Zangwill’s rare second solo book. 326 pages plus 16 pages of ads. LIT/050109. Very good.
Washington DC: Na'ama Zussman, 2015. Hardcover. Number 7 of 12 copies. A beautifully conceived and produced book from Na'ama Zussman, a powerful new book artist originally from Israel. She describes her book: "A Survey of a World scrutinizes interactions between map and territory, along with memory and reality, whether of the surveyor herself - the creator of this artist's book - or of other people. It surveys and seeks to capture the doubt in the role of the surveyor, and the inevitable immersion in this role. A Survey of a World portrays the endeavour of grasping the moment ahead of the impression of the territory, when doubt turns into representation." Na'ama's exquisite images are interwoven with her evocative text as she ponders interactions, memory, and reality. Bound in brown Cialux book cloth, with a goatskin leather spine. The images throughout the book were created through the screen printing process and are done on lovely Thai Kozo paper. The text is composed in Meta Capitals and Constantia. The book is housed in a surveyor's bag made out of grey cashmere, with a leather string. The colophon is in a pocket on the back of the bag. 7 1/4 x 9 3/4 inches. Unpaginated. ARTISTS/081915. Fine.