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.
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self published (Archibald Rutledge), 1938. Paperback. Scarce. Signed by the author on title page. American poet, Archibald Rutledge (1883 - 1973) was the first poet laureate from South Carolina. He wrote over 50 books and numerous poems, mostly about his life and experiences in South Carolina. Bound in the original brown suede flexible covers with black title to front cover. Stapled binding. Minor chipping to edges of covers and creasing to top corners. Clean and bright. 39 pages. POE/081717. Very Good.
Ditchling Sussex: S. Dominic's Press, 1921. Hardcover. Eric Gill (1882-1940) was a major twentieth century figure in the fields of calligraphy, typography, sculpture, and more. He lived in Ditchling, Sussex, which became an artists’ community inspired by him that was called the Guild of St. Joseph and St. Dominic. The St. Dominic’s Press, founded by Hilary Pepler, was a key part of the community. Bound in grey paper covered boards with white linen spine and white paper title label to front board. The spine and edges of the boards are browned, the top corners are bumped, and there is minor wear to the edges of the boards. There are a few light smudge marks to the interior but overall it remains very clean. Bookplate of Ulbert Parsons Sachs to front end paper. 46 pages. PRI/012412. Very Good.
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. #22609/22712. Very Good.
London: Robert Pawlet, 1675. Hardcover. Sir John Savile was a member of a prominent Norman family. His brother Sir Henry Savile was Queen Elizabeth's tutor in Greek and mathematics, and founded the chairs of Geometry and Astronomy at Oxford in 1619. Professionally rebound in three quarter brown morocco with raised bands on spine, gilt lettering, and marbled boards. Wide margins, decorative initial, on hand-laid paper, printed in a Gothic typeface. The binding is in fine condition and the interior is in very good plus condition. There is light browning to the margins and there are antiquated signatures in pen to the title page. There are also occasional spots of foxing. In the legal language of the time, a combination of French and English. 8 x 12 1/2 inches. 136 pages, indices. English History. ENH3/3230. Fine binding with very good plus interior.
Redwood City, CA: Judith of Serebrin Books & Prints, 2005. Unique artist's book. Well-known artist Judy Serebrin received a master's degree in fine arts from the University of Utah in 1990 and has been making limited edition and unique books since then. Her work can be found in public and private collections in the United States and abroad. She states: "All my life I have observed, listened and looked at the world around me and have tried to make sense of it. I am concerned with issues of social justice, of liberation, my own and others. Art for me is a way to learn about the world and to challenge oppressive mores, to make interesting connections that I can share with others. I hope to make others think as well, to grin, to perhaps gain insight and to spark new thoughts. Interrelations between people, animals and the planet are explored in my work. I hope in ways that are accessible. Using "book arts" as a format is part of that for me as you can have an intimate experience holding a book and looking through it." She often creates her artists' books by combining a ceramic structure or cover with paper for striking effect. She says of this work: "This is part of a series of porcelain figures called “Soul Books. Figures with books in them represent a symbolic and tactile way of being able to reach into someone’s soul without embarrassment, censorship, or fear. Both human and animal-like figures—all represent the importance of every creature to the world." The figure is made in stained porcelain. The handmade book is done with monotypes, exposed sewn-binding done in linen thread. Figure measures 6 5/8 x 2 1/2 x 2 1/2 inches; book is 1 3/16 x 2 x 3/4 inches. In fine condition. ARTB/031119.
Munich: F. Bruchmann, 1909. Hardcover. First German Edition. Number 24 of 1001 copies. Includes 40 full color illustrations by Arthur Rackham, each mounted on brown cardstock with captioned tissue guards. Also includes numerous black and white illustrations, some full page and some within the text. Bound in the original vellum boards with gilt title and floral decoration to spine and small emblem of Shakespeare to front cover. The spine design is by Ottomar Starke. Rubbing and light soiling to covers, edges of boards, and spine, as is common. There is a three inch split to the vellum along the bottom of the front hinge; however, the split only affects the top layer and the board remains firmly attached. Light dampstain to top edges of both covers, which also affects the top edges (top margins only) of multiple interior pages. Lacks ribbon ties. Text in German. A few pages have small spots of soiling or finger smudge marks and a few have chips to the edges, but the book remains very clean and bright overall. A beautiful book despite the noted condition issues. 132 pages plus plates. CHILD/081717. Very Good.
1869. Hardcover. Very good in the original purple cloth boards with gilt title and decoration to spine. The front cover includes a gift inscription printed in gilt: "Michael Duane Esq. Compliments of Patrick Lysaght." Several chips to book cloth along the front hinge, fading to spine, bumping to the bottom front corner, and soiling to bottom edge of front board. With many illustrations and several facsimile documents including a large fold-out plan of New York, a fold-out map of New York from 1778, a fold-out view of New York and it's environs, several fold-outs of Central Park, various buildings, and many more. Closed tears along folds of several fold-out illustrations. Some illustrations are printed in color. An attractive copy of this collectible book. 896 pages. NY/022018. Very Good.
Chicago: Sherwin Beach Press, 1992. Hardcover. The Essence of Beeing is an account by Michael Lenehan of two beekeepers: one who has hives on the roof of his apartment building in the city, and one who keeps bees on his farm in the country. In the process of describing the beekeepers and their work, the book tells a great deal of what is known about bees and honey. It was written by Michael Lenehan, executive editor of the Chicago Reader, where it appeared originally in 1977. Mr. Lenehan has contributed many pieces to the Reader during his more than 30-year association with it; he has also published elsewhere, notably in the Atlantic Monthly. Here, Alice Brown-Wagner has illustrated the text with drawings of the tools of beekeeping. "The laid-back style of the narrative belies well-packed information....It is a delightful essay....Binding and type were well and sensibly chosen. Any beekeeper would enjoy this for a generous present—as has, indeed, this reviewer. Others may find it tempts them toward one of the world’s absorbing occupations." —Colin Franklin, Bookways. The book was designed by Bob McCamant, hand set in 12 and 14 point Cooper Oldstyle by Alice Brown-Wagner, Kate Friedman, and Bob Mcamant, and printed on Fabriano Roma Michelangelo by Bob McCamant. It was casebound, cloth over boards, by Ann Repp, and has a dust jacket of blind-embossed Roma Raffaello. 45 pages, 9 1/4 x 12 inches. Published in 1992, numbered but not signed. Fine.
Chicago: Sherwin Beach Press, 2008. Hardcover. Number 18 of 50 copies. Signed by the author and the bookmakers. With numerous family photographs provided by Nina Sandlin. Lee Sandlin (1956-2014) was an award winning journalist and essayist. This is his story of the extraordinary life and bewildering illness of Sandlin's father-in-law, Russian immigrant Nick Cherniavsky (1924-2007), who grew up in China. "The defining event of Nick’s life happened before he was born. The Russian Revolution was one of those vast historical calamities that most Americans have been spared: it was a time when people who never thought of themselves as political, who never thought they’d have to choose sides about anything, were forced to make political choices that could easily cost them their homes, their families, and their lives. This was how it was for Nick’s parents." This beautiful book iwas designed by Martha Chiplis, set in Monotype Ehrhardt by Winifred and Michael Bixler, and printed by Martha Chiplis on handmade Twinrocker Taupe paper. Photoetchings from family photographs are printed on Hosho, inset into the book in debossed panels. A map of Nick's lifetime of travel, drawn by Deborah Reade, serves as the front endpaper. Trisha Hammer has designed and executed a hidden crossed-structure binding in Nigerian goatskin with endpapers of Japanese silk, housed in a silk drawstring bag. An impressive production In fine condition. 9 1/2 x 11 x 2 inches. 100 pages. PRI/072115. Fine.
New York: The Harry T Thomas Company, 1896. One of 540 copies of the scarce Autograph Edition signed by the author/artist. Francis Hopkinson Smith (1838-1915) was an American author, artist and engineer born in Baltimore, Maryland, a descendant of Francis Hopkinson, one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence. He became a contractor in New York City and did much work for the Federal government, including the stone ice-breaker at Bridgeport, Connecticut, the jetties at the mouth of the Connecticut river, the foundation for the Bartholdi Statue of Liberty in New York harbor, and the Race Rock Lighthouse off New London, Connecticut. His vacations were spent sketching in the White Mountains, in Cuba, in Mexico, and afterwards in Venice, Constantinople and Holland. He published various volumes of travel illustrated by himself, including this work on Venice [Wikipedia]. This beautiful large folio is extensively illustrated both in color and black & white. There are 20 full page color plates and 21 in b&w, all protected by tissue guards. In addition there are numerous color and b&w text illustrations throughout the book. In his preface Smith wrote that his aim was to describe and depict the beauties of Venice that one sees in the sunlight of a summer's day. Bound in contemporary brown three quarter leather with marbled paper boards and endpapers. Leather is scraped and scuffed, with tear along top of spine. Paper boards are also scraped and worn. The interior pages are quite clean and bright. There is a margin stain on the free front endpaper but the rest of the book is very good plus. A very desirable copy of this homage to the magical city of Venice. 140 pages plus plates. This is very heavy book that will require extra postage. ART/012319.
New York: George H. Doran, n.d. (1927). Hardcover. First American edition with illustrations by Edmund Dulac and in the scarce dustjacket. According to the book's front flap, Dulac's "magnificent interpretation" of this classic adventure story is unsurpassed. There are twelve full color tipped in plates and many text illustrations in black and white. Bound in bright green cloth with gilt titling to spine and front cover and a blind illustration of a sailing ship on cover. Very light bumping. In the original dust jacket with chips, small tears, and soiling. Not price clipped. Decorative endpapers with Brentano's bookseller ticket affixed to rear pastedown. The interior of the book is in beautiful condition with clean and bright pages and plates. Very good. 287 pages. LIT/032619. Very Good / Very Good Minus.
San Francisco: Arion Press, 2000. Number 343 of 400 numbered copies. Signed by the artist. From the acclaimed Arion Press: "Cane is regarded as the highest literary achievement of the Harlem Renaissance and a masterpiece of African-American writing. To call it a novel is misleading, for the book is made up of many parts, by turn fiction, poetry, drama, set in rural Georgia, urban Washington, D.C., and elsewhere. To say it was first published in 1923 is misleading, too, for parts were published earlier in magazines. While it may seem at first a collection of writings, it is a highly experimental novel, novel in concept and form, and is a unified artistic whole. Cane was praised when issued but sold few copies. Toomer isolated himself after the book was published, and it was not rediscovered until the 1960s with the rise of academic interest in black history and culture. Jean Toomer (1897-1967) wrote several autobiographies, other fiction, drama, poetry, and essays, but published only one other book, Essentials, a collection of aphorisms, in 1931. Leon Litwack is an eminent historian of the black experience in America. In his essay on Cane, Litwack shows how the book addresses the racial situation in the early twentieth century. 'In coming to grips with the present, Jean Toomer insisted on confronting the past and exploring the heritage of slavery to its very roots, in ways that would avoid both condescension and romanticization. Looking about him, he sensed an agrarian folk culture deeply rooted in the slave experience. There was still time, he thought, to explore that culture, indeed the very soul and spirit of the black South, before urbanization and industrialization rendered it unrecognizable.' Martin Puryear is a leading American sculptor. He read Cane for the first time when he was teaching at Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee, and living in the South for the first time. The book has been important to him ever since. His woodcuts for Cane are on two scales. The seven larger images are abstract portraits of women characters in the book; the three smaller blocks are reinterpretations of the enigmatic arcs that Toomer placed on pages dividing sections in the first edition." Bound in full tan linen over limp boards with brown ties. The text type is Times New Roman composed by Monotype and printed on Biblio mouldmade paper from Germany. The display type is Lucian Bold, composed by hand. The prints are on handmade Kitakata paper from Japan. Oblong measuring 111/2 by 13 7/8 inches. Includes prospectus and box in which mailed. In fine condition. PRIV/091818.
New York: Harper, 1916. Softcover. Rare in original wrappers, complete in seven parts published May-November 1916. The Mysterious Stranger is a novel attempted by the author Mark Twain. He worked on it intermittently from 1897 through 1908. Twain wrote multiple versions of the story; each involves a supernatural character called “Satan” or “No. 44”. All the versions remained unfinished. Harper’s Magazine serialized the work posthumously, basing it on the last version, called No. 44. It was the only one of his four versions of the book to have an actual ending. Despite this, it is considered debatable that it could be called finished. Each issue has a different pictorial cover, including a portrait of Twain on the May issue. Condition is generally very good, with chipping, bumping and creasing to various issues. Interiors clean and bright. “Withdrawn from Oregon State Library” stamp on front of three issues. LIT/091318. Very Good.
Paris: Draeger Freres, n.d. [1920s]. Stiff Boards. A charming advertising piece from the furriers Leroy & Schmid. There are four full page color illustrations and seven full page black and white photographs of women wearing sumptuous furs. The tipped in color illustrations are in a beautiful art deco style by Martin, Barbier, Drian, and Vincent. There are three text sections. The first was written by the writer and fencer Marcel Boulenger about an imaginary fur hunting expedition. The second is about wearing furs in winter, and the last is on miniatures of the 18th century. Each section is illustrated. Bound in stiff cream paper boards with reproduction of a miniature, title, and furrier name on front cover. Some soiling, bumping, and a few spots but in very good condition. Interior pages are bright and in very good condition save for a slight crease to the upper right page corners. An uncommon and delightful promotional publication from the early 20th century. Unpaginated. Very Good.
London: n.d. Hearne, Thomas. Print. A beautiful copy of a print titled "To the Right Honourable The Earl of Bute, this View of Rothesay Castle is inscribed by his Lordship's most obedient Servants, Thomas Hearne & William Byrne." Beneath is written "London: Published as the Act directs 15 June 1784 by W. Byrne and T. Hearne." Rothesay Castle in Western Scotland is a magnificent ruin of a castle dating from the beginning of the 13th century. It was in the keepership of the Earls and Marquesses of Bute until the 20th century when it was turned over to the state. The beautifully executed color engraving may have appeared in Antiquities of Great Britain, published in 1786. It depicts the castle surrounded by trees with a lake in the foreground. It is nicely double matted and in a gilt wood frame. The print is 16 x 18 inches in a 22 x 26 inch frame. In near fine condition. ORIGART/051613. Near 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.
This is an illuminated medieval manuscript Psalter leaf, in Latin, on vellum, Flanders, second half of the thirteen century (125 x 90 mm). There are eighteen lines in a rather small gothic script with single bar borders and serrated line extenders in pink, blue, and burnished gold. Verso: Eighteen lines of gothic script. Framed. #18931. Fine.
1850. Hardcover. Very good in the original dark brown publisher's cloth with gilt title to spine and gilt emblem to front cover. Chipping to book cloth along the spine ends and hinges. There is a three inch split to the book cloth along the front hinge and a five inch split along the rear hinge. The boards remain securly attached despite the damage to the book cloth. Minor wear to corners and edges of boards. With numerous illustrations including a fold out map of New York, a fold out View of New York (1792), a fold out plan of New York (1763), two fold outs of the Crofton Aqueduct, a fold out map of public parks and places in NY (1838), and more. A few of the fold outs have closed tears. Dampstaining to the bottom of the front cover; however, the interior seems to be unaffected. Browning to top margin of several pages and occasional spots of foxing. Previous owner inscription in pen to front free endpaper. 552 pages. NY/022118. Very Good.
1853. Hardcover. Very good in the original black publisher's cloth with gilt title to spine and gilt emblem to front cover. Chipping to book cloth along spine ends and minor wear to corners and edges of boards. Minor dampstaining / discoloration to rear board. With numerous illustrations including several large fold out maps of New York. Most of the fold outs have closed tears and creases. Clean and bright overall with minor dampstaining to edges of last few pages. Gift inscription dated Nov. 18th 53 from J.L.H. Ward Esq in pen on the front free endpaper. 505 pages. NY/022118. Very Good.
1863. Hardcover. Very good in the original dark green publisher's cloth with gilt title to spine and gilt emblem to front cover. Chipping to book cloth along the spine ends and hinges. Both hinges are starting to split with cracks starting on the tops and bottoms of both. Minor wear to corners and edges of boards. With numerous illustrations including a large fold out Nicholls map of New York (1664-8), a fold out of the Steam Ship Roanoke, a color fold out view of Harlem (1765), several color plates of New York homes, and more. A few of the fold outs have closed tears. Dampstaining to bottom and top corners of later pages. 852 pages. NY/022118. Very Good.
London: [various], 1697-1702. Hardcover. A unique set of ten first edition Restoration comedies from the personal library of actor and theater manager John Philip Kemble. Each volume is initialed, collated, and pronounced perfect on the title page in ink by Kemble along with the date. In The Relapse, Kemble has also added a note to the cast list citing that a different actor took over one of the parts. 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). The ten plays in this set were by well known Restoration playwrights John Vanbrugh and George Farquhar. 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. George Farquhar (1677 - 1707) was an Irish playwright of real comic power who wrote for the English stage at the beginning of the 18th century. He stood out from his contemporaries for originality of dialogue and a stage sense that doubtless stemmed from his experience as an actor. His early plays were primarily spirited variations on a theme: young men have their fling for four acts and reform, unconvincingly, in the fifth. The plays have freshness, however, as well as wit and a lively human sympathy (Encyclopedia Britannica). For this collection of plays each individual page has been meticulously mounted on slightly large sheets of contemporary white paper. The volumes have 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. All of the bindings are in near fine condition except for The Provok'd Wife, which has a sunned front cover and Twin Rivals, which has a short tear to the top of the front hinge. All volumes have minor wear to spine ends, edges, corners, and hinges. Most have light rubbing and spotting to boards. The pages of the pages of the pages of the plays are clean overall with occasional spots of foxing and soiling. A beautiful and historic set of late 17th-early 18th century Restoration plays. DRAMA/013119. Near Fine.
Verdigris, 2006. Rothchild, Judith. Hardcover. 20 of 30 copies. Copies 26 to 29 were hors commerce, and number 30 was given to the Bibliotheque Nationale de France. SIGNED BY ARTIST AND WRITER. This beautiful work has eleven stunning numbered and initialed mezzotints by artist Judith Rothchild. Rothchild is an American born artist who lives in the Languedoc region of France. Also a pastel artist, she has become famous for her mezzotints, perhaps the most difficult printmaking technique. Rouanet is a well known French writer. The colophon says that the work is a collaboration between the two, who share a deep love for the Languedoc. Rouanet’s text, in French, was inspired by Rothchild’s prints of food and wine and by the spirit of a local restaurant, Le Mimosa. The folio sized pages are loose in a yellow and green box made by Lisa Knoblauch with the front board decorated with mimosa leaves done by serigraph. Printed by Mark Lintott in Vendome Romain type on an Albion press. The prints are protected by tissue guards. 20 pages including the prints. PRI/061207. Fine.
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, 2018. Hardcover. Robert Wu is an exceptionally talented Taiwanese-Canadian designer bookbinder and paper marbler from Toronto, where he has lived since 2006. He began binding books in the 1990s and studied with several master binders. His stunning bindings can be found in public and private collections in Canada and the United States and he has received several awards. His specialization is in the grand tradition of French Art binding - Reliure d'Art. In addition to hand book binding, Robert makes one-off or small editions of books, presentation boxes, jewelry boxes and decorative papers for individual collectors, libraries or institutions. His eight years of architectural training is evident in the quality of his designs and the precision of his execution. This splendid unique pop-up tunnel book is inspired by Robert's love of Victorian albums, tunnel books and elaborate greeting cards. It is bound in green leather with an inset relief brown leather panel with an Art Nouveau design and the title is stamped in gold. The endpapers are his own hand marbled multicolored paper. The book contains six charming and nostalgic pop-up scenes. Robert produced and did In all of the die cutting, embossing and the bookbinding. Housed in a linen moire lined folding box with a leather label stamped in gold. The leather bound album measures 9 x 6 x 1 inches. In fine condition. ARTISTSB/083018. Fine.