Liberty, WI: The Heavy Duty Press, 2018. Softcover. Number 8 of 26 copies. This charming and beautifully printed book is a fitting tribute to the art of fine printing. It reprints an article by master printer Stan Nelson that originally appeared in Parenthesis in 1999. The article described the pleasurable steps and details of typesetting and hand printing. Stan wrote that the essence of fine printing "is really the marriage of the right paper, excellent presswork, perfect type, and good typography." The Heavy Duty Press has produced a book that fulfills Stan's criteria for fine printing. The text is printed on both translucent and opaque sheets that allow the words on separate pages to show through and continue the flow of sentences. Interspersed are designs showing snow through a window. Tipped in is a small facsimile of a letter sent by Stan to Mike Koppa in 1998 about printing. Printed in 10 pt. Century Old Style type on Zerkall Laid and Classic Crest papers on a Vandercook press. The book is hand bound and inserted into one-of-a-kind covers, constructed without adhesive, featuring designs taken from the Specimen Book and Catalogue of the American Type Founders Company. In fine condition. Measures 4.5 x 6.5 inches. Unpaginated. PRI/050719. Fine.
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Niles, MI: Eugenie Torgerson, 2006. Hardcover. A unique journal with blank pages and five digital illustrations of various tools by an award winning book artist, photographer, printer, and illustrator. This beautiful book could be used as a photo album or scrapbook or it could be kept untouched as a book art object. The journal is bound with expandable posts. It is covered in red book cloth and decorative paper with a digital image mounted on the cover. The image is framed with decorative paper and covered with a glass panel. It is housed in a decorative, extra deep box that has room to store the journal and extra mementos. The box is covered in black and red book cloth with a digital image mounted on the lid and covered in glass. Unpaginated. Journal dimensions: 11.5 inches by 10 inches. Box dimensions: 13.5 inches by 10.5 inches by 4 inches. An impressive piece from this noted artist. ARTB/120512. Fine.
London: Chapman and Hall, 1862. Millais, J.E. Hardcover. First edition in book form. Illustrated by the Pre-Raphaelite artist, John Everett Millais (1829 - 1896). Includes 40 illustrations. In original brown publishers cloth with blind stamped designs to boards and decorated gilt titles to spines. Both volumes have been expertly rebacked with new material showing along the spine ends and hinges of both spines. Modern endpapers. Wear to the edges and corners of both volumes with fraying and chipping along the edges of the remnants of the original spines. Minor foxing to plates and to pages facing the plates including the title page; the rest of the interior is clean. 320 pages in volume one; 384 pages in volume two. May require extra shipping fee. LIT/032713. Very Good.
New York: Farrar, Straus, and Young, 1952. Hardcover. First Edition. A charming presentation copy. INSCRIBED BY PRESIDENT TRUMAN “To Jane Lingo, a lovely young lady with best wishes for a long and happy life. White House. April 10, 1952. Harry Truman.” In a project to counter negative public opinion polls, Truman allowed a sympathetic journalist (Hillman) a close-in view of the president in action. Hillman was a noted journalist, foreign correspondent, and radio reporter. Laid in on a 3x5 card is a note in a young hand signed by Jane Lingo asking the President to sign the book for her. Jane Lingo was a friend of Margaret Truman and is mentioned in Hillman’s book as having spent a night in the Lincoln bedroom on a sleepover (page 116). The Lingos were family friends of the Trumans. Benjamin Harrison Lingo was a commander in the Navy and his wife Marie was the director of the Washington USO. Their daughter Jane later became the first woman admitted into the National Press Club. Bound in quarter beige cloth with blue cloth covered boards and gilt title label to spine. Toning to edges of boards and small bump along bottom edge of rear board. Clean, bright interior with errata slip laid-in. In a blue dust jacket with red title to spine and front panel. There is a large open tear on the front of the jacket affecting the title and there are a few closed tears along the edges. Very good in a good dust jacket. 253 pages. AMER/052211. Very good in a good dust jacket.
London and Cambridge: Macmillan and Co., 1864. Hardcover. FIRST EDITION. PRESENTATION COPY to Louis Tennyson d’Eyncourt inscribed: “The gift of the author ... to L.T. d’Eyncourt.” The recipient was the author’s cousin and a member of the part of the family which inherited the property, fortune, and aristocratic ambitions of their grandfather. Charles was the older brother of the renowned poet Alfred Tennyson. Very good in original green cloth boards with lightly rubbed gilt title to spine and gilt rules to front board. Minor wear to corners and edges of boards, with a few light spots of damp staining to rear board. Bump to top edge of front board. Bookplate of C.J. Sturman to front paste down. 102 pages plus 2 pages of notes. POE/043009. Very Good.
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: Harper and Brothers, 1896. Hardcover. Includes Book II of Twain's "Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc" on pages 135, 288, 432, 585, and 655 and an article about Twain by Joseph H. Twichell on page 817. Bound in three quarter red leather over red marbled paper covered boards with gilt title to spine. Minor rubbing to spine ends, edges of boards, and raised bands on spine. Marbled endpapers. Archival tape repairs to edges of a few pages. Smudge marks to edges of a few pages, but clean overall. 976 pages. PER/052319. 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.
This is a leaf from a Prayer book and Benedictional for the use of Cistercian Nuns, in Latin, France second quarter of the 16th century (207 x 143 mm). There are eighteen lines in black ink of angular Gothic script from the section of Temporal Benedictions. Provenance: Cistercian House presumably a nunnery since the opening, and only illustrated, office for the profession of female novices, who promise to live secundum regulam sancti Benediciti. The Illumination within this Prayer Book shows considerable similarities with those of the Master of Francois de Rohan, active in Paris from c. 1525 - 1546. Framed. #6802. 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.
London: Elkin Mathews & John Lane, 1894. Hardcover. Scarce. One of 650 copies. Presentation copy from the publisher John Lane, inscribed in pencil to the Irish poet and novelist Katharine Tynan Hinkson: "Mrs. Hinkson with the publisher's regards." Presentation and association copies of the two books of the Rhymers' Club are extremely uncommon. The Rhymers' Club, founded in 1890 by the young William Butler Yeats and Ernest Rhys, was a group of London-based poets, Originally it was not much more than a dining club, meeting in pubs, Those who took part included Ernest Dowson, Lionel Johnson, Francis Thompson, Richard Le Gallienne, John Gray, John Davidson, Edwin J. Ellis, Victor Plarr, Selwyn Image, Lord Alfred Douglas, Arthur Cecil Hillier, John Todhunter, G.A. Greene, Arthur Symons, Ernest Radford, and Thomas William Rolleston. Oscar Wilde attended some meetings that were held in private homes. The group as a whole matched quite closely Yeats' retrospective idea of 'the tragic generation', destined for failure and in many cases early death. Along with the social element of the Rhymers' Club, they published two volumes of verse. The first, titled The Book of the Rhymers' Club was published by Elkin Mathews in 1892. The Second Book of the Rhymers' Club, with five poems by Yeats, appeared two years later in 1894, published by the recently merged Elkin Mathews and John Lane. They had print runs of 450 and 650 respectively. By the time Arthur Ransome wrote his Bohemia in London in 1907, the group had long passed into legend." Bound in original brown cloth with gilt title to spine. Light browning to margins of interior pages. With bookplates of writer J.G.E. Hopkins, culinary writer Helmut Lothar Ripperger, and collector Mark Samuels Lasner. Very good condition. POE/080715. Very Good.
London: Benjamin Tooke, 1700. 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, in near fine condition. The pages of the play are browned with occasional spots of foxing and soiling but text is completely legible. There are two annotations in the margins of the first and third pages of the prologue that appear to be in Kemble's hand. The first is the name of Sir Richard Blackmore, and the other is a note saying :see the prologue to Southerane's Disappointment or Mother in Fashion. On the last 5 pages it appears that someone was practicing handwriting text and calligraphic flourishes. A very good copy of this unique and unusual volume. Measures 6.5 x 9 inches. 54 pages. DRAMA/011821. Near 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.
Madrid: 1661. Hardcover. Uncommon early Spanish law book originally printed in 1631. The book is a review and practice for scribes, early officials of the courts, written by the Camara scriviner of "His Majesty." Bound in later marbled boards with leather spine. Gilt partial title and decorations to spine separated by gilt lines. Front and back boards somewhat bowed. Front hinge has pulled away from the text block but the rear board and the interior pages are tight. Inner pages show browning and spotting, some pages more than others, not affecting the legibility of the text or the shoulder notes. Top page edges have been trimmed to fit binding. Some have been cut very close to the text, but it does not appear that any of the text is missing except for loss of chapter headers and the first word of the title page. .Two pages near rear have been torn in the margin along the fore edges, one of which intrudes very slightly into the text. There are also tears to the top fore edge margins of the indices at the end, again not affecting the readibility. Bookplate of noted Baltimore book collector Alfred J. O'Ferrall on front free end paper with ink ownership signature on facing page. Unpaginated. LAW/012910. Good.
[Toronto]: George A. Walker, . Hardcover. Copy A of ten lettered copies done for private distribution. Signed by George Walker, Justin Trudeau, George Elliott Clarke, and Tom Smart. This book was originally a limited edition of 15 signed and numbered copies. A stunning book and fitting tribute to its subject, Pierre Elliott Trudeau, who was one of Canada’s most charismatic - and polarizing - politicians. His tenures as Prime Minister during the 1970s and 80s were marked by conflict and crisis but also by a sense of nationalism, the development of multiculturalism and Canadian pride. He is known for invoking the War Measures Act in response to FLQ terrorism during the October Crisis; for introducing the Official Languages Act to improve the position of francophones in Canada; and, perhaps most memorably, for the patriation of the Canadian constitution and the establishment of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Trudeau: La Vie en Rose pays tribute to the life and career of this influential Canadian. In a series of eighty wood engravings, George Walker documents Trudeau’s political achievements, events of cultural significance and famous friends while also capturing Trudeau’s confidence, passion and irreverence. Presented without captions and open to interpretation in any language, it is a testament to the multilingual culture of Canada and a celebration of the man whose political legacy has had a profound influence on the definition of Canadian culture. Trudeau’s influence has now been mirrored by his son Justin Trudeau, the also charismatic current Prime Minister of Canada. He wrote a moving tribute to his father, included here, taken from his eulogy at his father’s 2000 funeral. Also included is an eighty item chronology that corresponds to the engravings. The engravings are hand printed on 250 Rising Stonehenge 100% rag archival paper with text and headings in Bembo and Bernhard types. It is bound in full red leather with title in gilt to spine and a rose in gilt to front cover. It is housed in a clamshell in quarter red leather and beige cloth covers. An engraving of Trudeau is inset on the front cover. In fine condition. Book size: 6.25 X 8” X 2.5 inches. Unpaginated. [232 pages printed recto] PRI/110716. Fine.
London: Frederick Warne & Co. This is a leaf from The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin, by Frederick Warne & Co., printed and bound in Great Britain by William Clowes, Limited, Beccles and London. “Nutkin became more an more impertinent – “Old Mr. B! Old Mr. B! Hickamore, Hackamore, on the King’s kitchen door.” Nutkin danced up and down like a sunbeam, but still Old Brown said nothing at all.”The framed print measures 5 5/8 x 4 inches. #46251. Very Good.
New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1987. Hardcover. Signed by both Eudora Welty and Barry Moser on the title page. First edition thus of Welty's debut novel, published in 1942. Eudora Welty (1909-2001) is a famed author and photographer who wrote about the American south. This novel was inspired by a story by the brothers Grimm. Moser's evocative black and white illustrations capture the romantic nature of the story.Bound in cream paper covers with a tan linen spine with titling to both cover and spine. In a dark blue pictorial dust jacket with Moser illustrations on both covers. Book and jacket are in fine condition. Measures 6 x 9.5 inches. 134 pages. LIT/112120. Fine / Fine.
England: The Whittington Press, 2002. Hardcover. 1 of 825 copies. The fine annual compilation of articles, essays, and book reviews from the noted Whittington Press. This volume includes "The Incunabula of the Rampant Lions Press" by Sebastian Carter, "New York Revisited" by Kenneth Auchincloss, "Looking for Cockerel Eggs" by Roderick Cave , and many more articles. Illustrated throughout, including many tipped in examples of typeface, paper, and illustration. In fine condition in mauve dust jacket with illustration to front cover, with dark pink stiff paper boards with large orange "M" scrolled across front and back. 198 pages. BOB/111810. Fine in Fine Dust Jacket.
England: The Whittington Press, 2016. Softcover. One of 660 copies. Another interesting collection of articles on various aspects of fine press printing, with many examples of typography, paper, and illustration. Contributors for this edition include Nicholas Barker, Simon Brett, Sebastian Carter, Jerry Cinamon, Nick Gill, Peyton Skipwith, and Paul Whitfield among many others. John Randle and Michael Taylor offer articles on the third annual Manhattan Fine Press Book Fair. In black and white illustrated paper boards with brown paper dust jacket with photograph of Matisse affixed to front cover. In fine condition. 168 pages. BOB/121216. Fine / Fine.
Lower Marston Farm, Risbury, Herefordshire: Whittington Press, 2020. It is sad to say, but this will be the last annual edition of the Matrix series. After 36 years, John and Rose Randle have decided to discontinue producing this fine annual for printers and bibliophiles on the book arts that compiles articles, illustrations, paper and typography samples and book reviews. Their Whittington Press was founded in 1971 to print and publish books by letterpress. Since its beginnings, they have printed over 200 books, including the renowned Matrix, an annual review for printers and bibliophiles. Contributors to this issue include David Butcher, Sebastian Carter, Jerry Kelly, Russell Maret, Paul Nash, Martyn Ould, Elies Plana, and Marianne Tidcombe among others. Bound in cream paper wrappers with blue titling and cover illustration. In fine condition. 193 pages. BOB/031221. Fine.
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1929. Hardcover. First edition. This “is not at all the conventional collection of poems, but consists of very diverse material given unity by the pervading sense of an unusual personality. Although written for the most part in the established forms, the poems are intensely modern in tone and method. They have at times an astonishing effect of giving back the sensation of reality, and an emotional force all the greater because of their restraint, their outer serenity and perfection” (jacket). Bound in quarter black cloth with brown paper covered boards titled in gilt on front cover. Upper corner lightly bumped, otherwise fine. In a white and blue dust jacket titled in blue on the spine and front panel. A few short closed tears to edges of jacket and minor browning to spine panel. A bright, fresh copy, uncommon in this condition. 78 pages. POE/110216. Fine / Very Good.
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.
Franklin Center, PA: The Franklin Mint, 1974. Hardcover. A limited edition solid silver plate with an etching of an original work titled "Riding to the Hunt," created by artist James Wyeth 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 artist's name on front cover. and gilt title and artist to spine. "Book" and plate in fine condition. DEC/120312. 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.
New York: Museum Books, 1964. Hardcover. Number 49 of 500 copies of the American edition signed and numbered by Hermann Zapf. Zapf (1918-2015) was a German typographer, book designer, and calligrapher who is considered one of the most influential figures in these fields. This work showcases Zapf's designs 78 title and text pages of both projected designs and published books. "Each shows what can happen when by good fortune an impassioned reader happens also to be a supreme typographer - a conjunction of talents still, alas! uncommon in our book-manufacturing world." [Propectus] At the end of the volume is a four-page analytical table of contents citing each item's production details. Bound in half-vellum with grey board covers. With a brown paper dust jacket with titling to spine and front cover. Printed in color throughout on Hahnemuhle handmade paper at the house printing-office of the D. Stempel AG type foundry in Frankfurt am Main. In very good or better condition save for speckles left by dust along the top edge of the pages. Prospectus inserted. Measures 8.25 x 12 inches. BOB/040420. Very Good.