Chicago: Sherwin Beach Press, 1998. Heather McAdams. Hardcover. Number 57 of 200 copies. Numbered and signed by the illustrator and the bookmakers. This is a quite handsome contemporary edition of Mark Twain's travelogue with the text following a copy of the first edition in the collection of Northwestern University Library, and with cartoon illustrations by Heather McAdams. "The people of those foreign countries are very, very ignorant. They looked curiously at the costumes we had brought from the wilds of America. They observed that we talked loudly at table sometimes. They noticed that we looked out for expenses and got what we conveniently could out of a franc, and wondered where in the mischief we came from. In Paris they just simply opened their eyes and stared when we spoke to them in French! We never did succeed in making those idiots understand their own language."So wrote Mark Twain in 1867, in one of his most exuberant nonfiction works. The companion themes that fill it—the shallowness of the sites to be visited and the shallowness of the visitors—prove to be prophetic of tourism today, as is seen in Heather McAdams’ witty 1995 cartoons, completed for this edition.The non-adhesive binding with exposed spine sewing consists of 7 black double raised cords attached to hard covers wrapped in red cloth. Each volume has a cut-out to front cover with small black and white illustration along with author, title, and volume number. The two volumes are in turn housed in a black and white linen covered hard case wrapper with black leather straps over brass studs and a leather suitcase-type label, intended to suggest a portmanteau. Printed in Montype Bell on Johannot paper. Designed by Bob McCamant and printed by Martha Chiplis. The binding was designed and executed by Trisha Hammer. The book is numbered and signed by the artist and bookmakers. In fine condition. Each volume is 7 3/4 x 11 1/4 inches. Continuous pagination with 445 text pages and 20 pages of illustrations. This set may require an extra shipping fee. PRI/072015. Fine.
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Chicago: Starshaped Press, 2019. Hardcover. Number 6 of 50 copies. Signed and numbered by the book artist. This powerful book was created by book artist and printer Jen Farrell to describe the pain and anguish she experienced as Jo, her young daughter, was treated in 2018 to stem the growth of tumor nodules around her right lung. She writes: "While the treatments were challenging, the fallout that followed over the winter was unbearable. The chest pressure, pneumonitis and inability to breathe sent us to the hospital repeatedly, with unsatisfactory results. By ‘unsatisfactory’ I mean punching-a-hole-in-the-wall angry at the lack of understanding about why Jo had these side effects and the weeks, sometimes months, it took to get appointments with specialists. I sought solace in songs that directed my frustration away from people around me. One of these was Black Star’s Respiration, with lyrics that expressed a metaphorical difficulty to breathe in an urban environment. Many of the words applied to our reality; rewriting the lyrics was an outlet for acknowledging the trauma....Respiration is a rewrite of the song, but in this case applied to watching my child struggle to breathe." The book unfolds as a poster measuring 20x14 inches that folds down to approximately 5x 7 inches within red paper covered boards. The covers are printed in two colors on Mohawk Keakolour and the interior text is printed on Fabriano Tiziano paper with ‘fuzz’ in the texture as a nod to the scarring fuzz in Jo’s lungs. The book is accompanied by a white folded paper reference guide to the lyrics with notes on Jen's rewrites. In fine condition. Fine.
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.
Chiapas, MX: Taller Leñateros, 2002. A Mayan romance with text entirely in Spanish. Bound in handmade black paper covered boards with a heart shaped cut out to the front cover. There is a velvet heart attached with a black ribbon to the binding. Printed in black and red with many illustrations, a double sided heart shaped volvelle, fold out pages, an inset book, and a charming story. Taller Leñateros, 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. Size: 9 x 11 inches. Oblong. Unpaginated. ARTB/081419. Fine.
Mexico: Taller Leñateros, 2010. In Spanish and Mayan. Third edition. 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 prologue is written by Juan Banuelos. Included are 45 poetic incantations, 40 silk-screened illustrations, and more. The English / Mayan version of the book, titled "Incantations of Mayan Women" which includes a few more poems than the Spanish version, 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 printed cardboard box with white title to spine panel. Minor wear to edges of box. 191 pages. ARTB/070110. Fine.
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.
Bennington, VT: The Bird Press, 2014. Number 18 of 30 copies, numbered and signed by the artist. A collaborative project between poet, Mark Wunderlich and artist, Thorsten Dennerline. Wunderlich describes the process: "I receive[d] a maquette of the book with the photographic images - devoid of drawings and voids which were added later - and in response to the images and the limitations of these pages, I would write a poem." A few months after he received the images, the poet's twenty-one year old nephew died, which altered his initial response from "hopeful and rather lonely" to melancholy - as if the images were "inhabited by a ghost." His poem "became a meditation on [his] nephew ... an elegy." While Wunderlich composed his poem, Dennerline drew the illustrations - neither knowing how the other was interpreting the photographs or how the three components would come together. According to Dennerline, they chose to work in this manner "in order to create an element of unpredictability, as well as a sense of improvisation and openness to the artistic process." The book is accordion bound in orange cloth boards with illustrated paper pastedown to front cover. The illustrations were printed by the artist from lithographs and etchings. The text was letterpress printed at Wild Carrot Letterpress on paper produced by the Saint Armand Papeterie of Montreal, Canada. Bound by Mark Tomlinson. Housed in a grey cloth slipcase. 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; and his work is represented in numerous collections including Yale University Library, the Library of Congress, UCLA, Stanford University, and the Kunstindustri Musset (Denmark). Size: 7 x 5.5 inches, closed; 210 x 5.5 inches, open. ARTB/032717. Fine.
Fribourg: Editions d'Art Ebory, . Hardcover. An exquisite exact facsimile of a miniature book of hours from the Vatican library's collections. This is the first reproduction of this sumptuously designed and decorated book from the end of the fifteenth century. The facsimile is bound in fine brown leather with three raised spine bands with gilt decorations and Ross 94, gilt heraldic image on front cover, and all edges gilt. Marbled endpapers. The book was laser printed on specially made paper. Accompanying the book is another book providing commentary in French written by Marcel Thomas, the chief conservator of the manuscripts department at the Bibliotheque Nationale. He writes about the book's provenance, history, and importance. This is followed by a discussion of the decorations and bibliographical details. Bound in cream suede soft covers with gilt title on front cover. Both volumes are housed in a cream colored suede clamshell box with the title on spine. Books and box are all in fine condition. Facsimile measures 2.75 x 3.75 inches and has 240 pages; Commentary is 45 pages. Box measures 5.75 x 8 inches. ILLUM/010319. Fine.
London: Reeves and Turner, 1881. Hardcover. First Edition. Large paper issue. James Thomson (1834-1882) had a difficult life, and spent his last decade struggling with alcoholism, depression, and insomnia. It was during this period that he wrote his most famous work, the long poem "The City of Dreadful Night." The publisher includes eight pages of reviews of this work at the end of this volume. Bound in the original dark blue cloth with title and author in gilt to spine. A small stamp on the half title "Dominican Fathers Edinburgh. A near fine copy of this scarce work. 184 pages. POE/052213. Near Fine.
Niles, MI: Eugenie Torgerson, 2009. Hardcover. UNIQUE ARTISTS' BOOK. Eugenie Torgerson is a book artist, photographer, printer, and illustrator from Michigan. She has been represented by art galleries across the U.S, and her work can be found in many corporate collections. In her artist's statement she says: "I build book and box forms with traditional bookbinding materials and methods. These sculptural objects contain my own pastel drawings and imagery generated from my own photographs. The stories they tell are contained in my words and the poetry of Kevin McCue. My subjects are the allure of the horizon, the power of the land, the experience of loss, and the sweetness of redemption." This exceptional book object comprises three individual parts. There is a small illustrated book with short poems that rests open on a box stand. The book and stand are covered by a box with a glass window on the top. Each object has been meticulously and creatively designed and produced using Ms. Torgerson's art, photography, and writing. The book is 3 inches wide x 4 inches tall x 3.5 inches thick. The poems are printed on vellum paper and coated with shellac, and the images are printed on various interesting papers. The book is bound in silver cloth with silver metal medallions on the front and back, and black and white beads around the edges. The spine is of brown suede and also has small beads sewn on. The book rests in a cradle at the top of its box stand. The stand is 5 inches tall and 9 x 10 inches at the base. The cradle is covered in green/gold cloth and decorated paper. There are the same small beads which are seen on the book cover, and there is also a medallion in the middle. The sides of the box have beautiful landscape images which are printed on Yupo synthetic material and waxed. The box base has two levels, one covered in orange cloth and the other with cloth in a gold and black design. The cover is 8 inches x 9 inches x 9 inches. The top and base are covered in decorated cloth. Each side is covered in brown cloth and has a landscape image printed on Yupo synthetic material and waxed. It has a window on top which allows one to look in at the book. This singular, stunning book object perfectly reflects Ms. Torgerson's creativity and artistry. In fine condition. ARTISTSBOOKS/011411. 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.
Hartford, CT: American Publishing Company, 1874. Hardcover. Second Edition. Fully illustrated from new designs. This is the only novel that Twain wrote with a collaborator. Warner was Twain's friend and neighbor. Supposedly, the book came about after the wives of both author's challenged them to write a better book than they were used to reading. Twain wrote the first eleven chapters and Warner wrote the next twelve with the remaining chapters written by both. The novel is a satire about greed and political corruption in post-Civil War America. In original dark brown cloth boards with gilt title to spine and front cover. Cracking to book cloth along both joints. Spine cloth is chipped along hinges and ends and has been glued down in places. Wear to edges of boards and corners. Occasional spots of foxing and occasional spots of soiling, but clean overall. Fold out illustration on page 246 is present but torn and detached. 574 pages. LIT/032318. Very Good.
New York: Sheldon and Company, 1871. Hardcover. Each month includes "Memoranda" by Twain on pages 133, 286, 424, 565, 726, and 876. The August issue includes Portrait of Twain. November includes "Mark Twain's Map of Paris," a fold out map. Bound in three quarter black leather over black cloth covered boards with gilt title and raised bands to spine. Chipping to spine leather and a few chips to book cloth on both boards. Clean and bright overall with occasional foxing. 888 pages. PER/060519. 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 dark brown leather over black cloth covered boards with gilt title and volume number to spine. Rubbing and wear to leather, boards, and edges. Interior is clean and bright overall. Light dampstain to top margins of a few pages. Illustrated. 816 pages. PER/060619. Very Good.
1809. A leaf from a large Koran on polish ivory paper measuring 310 x 190 mm. or approximately 12 1/4 x 7 1/2 inches, with twelve lines of black naskh script between gold rules, gold roundels between verses, sura headings in red on gold panels with polychrome floral spandrels. Red Persian interlinear translation, extensive marginal commentary within gold clouds, elsewhere in the form of Cypress trees and finial shapes. Framed. #6373. Fine.
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.
1887. A leaf from Rand, McNally & Co.'s New Indexed Atlas of the World Containing Large Scale Maps of Every Country and Civil Divisions Upon the Face of the Globe. This double page map presents Delaware, Maryland and Washington, DC with lithographic color differentiating the various geographical regions within. Major cities, towns, rivers and geographic terrain are identified. Map measures 34 x 49.4 cm. or approximately 13 3/8 x 19 1/2 inches. Archivally matted. #50796. 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.
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. “Twinkleberry and six other little squirrels each carried a fat minnow; but Nutkin, who had no nice manners, brought no present at all. He ran in front, singing – “The man in the wilderness said to me, “How many strawberries grow in the sea?’ I answered him as I thought good - ‘As many red herrings as grow in the wood.” But old Mr. Brown took no interest in riddles – not even when the answer was provided him.”The framed print measures 5 5/8 x 4 inches. #46252. Very Good.
This is a framed original copper plate engraving, with superb original hand color and nice clear plate marks, from Robert Warner's work, The Orchid Album, Comprising Colored Figures and Descriptions of New, Rare and Beautiful Orchidaceous Plants. The Orchid Album is one of the most beautiful and complete works on orchids ever done. Engravings are on fine, heavy stock paper.The print measures 11 1/4 x 9 inches. Matted in attractive wooden frame finished in gold. #42973. 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.
DC: Windhorse Press, 2011. Paperback. Number 7 of 12 copies. Signed by the artist. Text is in Russian and English. This book is based on recollections from the artist's childhood about her relationship with her grandmother. After years of knowing her, she is perplexed to learn that she speaks another language, has not always lived in Russia, and has a very different personal history than once assumed. She works through this revelation and ultimately forms a deeper bond and understanding with her grandmother. The text is printed in English with Russian entwined as the narrator gradually embraces her grandmother's revelation. The book is bound in red paper wrappers with black title and illustration printed on front cover. The binding is handsewn using red and grey threads. It is printed using stone lithography for the images and lithographic pronto-plates for the text. Printed at the Corcoran Print Shop on Canson Velin Arches paper. Housed in a red cloth covered clamshell box with inset illustration to front panel. Folio. Unpaginated. [16 pages.] 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. Fine.
New York: Selmar Hess, 1898. Hard Cover. Revised and adapted to American Zoology by Joseph B. Holder. Illustrated with Scientific Accuracy. A fascinating set offering contemporary scientific discourse and occasional less scientific personal observations on thousands of animal, bird, and insect species around the world. Volumes I and II are on Mammals; Volumes III and IV are on Birds; and Volumes V and VI are on Fish, Reptiles etc. The volumes have hundreds of both full page and text illustrations. There are 34 beautiful tipped-in chromolithographs and 68 full-page black and white wood engravings. Small folio volumes bound in three quarter brown leather and pebbled brown cloth. Gilt title to front cover and gilt title, author, subject, and volume number to spine compartments. Some chipping and rubbing but still very good. Interior pages are very good plus with lightest of aging to page margins. Approximately 300 pages in each volume. This set may require an extra shipping fee. NAT/060517. Very Good.
Manheim, Germany: Mannheim-Neckarau, . A scarce intact copy of this German typographic manual with 84 plates demonstrating various types, layouts, and illustrations. The title translates as "The writing in word and picture. (Practical instructions for learning writing, as well as for the production of glass signs, banners, matt and gloss gilding behind glass, advertising drafts, facade lettering." The 31-page manual offers a history of writing from hieroglyphics to Fraktur. The covers of the manual are lightly soiled but the interior is very good. The plates have occasional small marks on their margins but are also very good. The manual and plates are housed in a cardboard portfolio with the title on the cover and with brown ribbon ties. Light soiling and small brown stain on back cover. With the original cardboard box that holds the portfolio. It is stained and marked up. Measures 9 x 12 inches. BOB/050319. Very Good.