Baltimore: Waverly Press, 1935. Hardcover. FIRST EDITION. SIGNED AND INSCRIBED BY AUTHOR. LIMITED EDITION #177 of 200 signed and numbered, and inscribed "To Dr. Norris" by Shapiro. Baltimore born Karl Shapiro (1913-200) was an important 20th century poet who achieved recognition early in his writing career. He won the Pulitzer Prize, was appointed the 5th Poet Laureate to the Library of Congress in 1946, and was editor of Poetry magazine from 1948 to 1950. In burgundy cloth covered boards with gilt title stamp to spine. Boards slightly soiled with some wear to spine. Minor chipping to foot of spine. Interior is clean and bright. In very good condition. 64 pages. POE/031004. Very Good.
London: Kegan Paul, Trench, & Co., 1882. Hardcover. Scarce First Edition. An appealing presentation copy with both colonial England and Bloomsbury association. The book is inscribed: "Edward Strachey from the authors." Edward, John, and Richard Strachey were brothers - the sons of Sir Edward Strachey, the 3rd Baronet. John and Richard were two top administrators in India and experts on the book's subject matter. In the preface they state that "there is hardly a great office of the State...which one or the other of us has not held, and there is hardly a great department...for the management of which....one or the other of has has not been responsible." The recipient, Edward, was also involved with India as a scholar and Orientalist. The Bloomsbury connection comes from Richard Strachey, who was the father of Lytton Strachey, a founder of the Bloomsbury Group. Bound in original red cloth with corners slightly bumped and spine faded. The text pages are clean and the binding is tight. A nice copy in very good condition. 468 pages including an appendix with tables on public revenues and expenditures and index, plus 32 page publisher's catalog. INDIA/060513. Very Good.
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.
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.
New York: Harper & Brothers, 1895-1896. Softcover. Rare. First appearance in original wrappers of Twain’s Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc, which was serialized from April 1895 to April 1896 in Harper’s Magazine. Complete in 13 issues. Twain, aware of his reputation as a comic, asked that each installment appear anonymously so that readers would treat the work seriously. Regardless, his authorship soon became known, and the book edition published by Harper and Brothers in May 1896 credited Mark Twain. It is Twain’s last completed novel, published when he was 61 years old. The novel is presented as a translation (by “Jean Francois Alden”) of memoirs by Louis de Conte, a fictionalized version of Louis de Contes, Joan of Arc’s page. The novel is divided into three sections according to Joan of Arc’s development: a youth in Domrémy, a commander of the army of Charles VII of France, and a defendant at trial in Rouen. The issues are all complete and are generally in very good condition. Several have tears and chips to the spine as well as wear to covers. Interiors are clean and bright. Nine of the issues have a stamp on the front cover: “Withdrawn from Oregon State Library.” LIT/091418. Very Good.
Chicago: Ann Tyler, 2013. Hardcover. Number 2 of 3 copies, signed and numbered by Ann Tyler, the book artist. Ann is a noted book artist and print maker whose works have been exhibited at many galleries across the United States. Her artist’s books are in the permanent collections of the Tate Gallery, London, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, and the Joan Flasch Artists Book Collection, School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She says of this book, which took her five years to complete: It was a major culmination/combining of so many parts of my work and influences. After the work I've done specific to particular events I really wanted to develop a book that would speak to overarching and recurring issues." The result is this elegantly bound elephant folio in dark blue calfskin with embossed decoration to both boards. The book, which combines elements of a sci-fi novel, sketchbook, and scientific research log takes the reader on a mysterious and puzzling journey that examines time, space, parallel universes, and the subconscious. It includes a mixture of quotations, striking imagery of newly discovered life forms, science fiction prose about another dimension, details of experiments relating to space and time, and more. According to Ann:This book "is a science fiction tale in which the violent actions of governments in our world have created new life forms in a world somewhere in deep space. The new species and their relationship to violence are discovered through space / time laboratory investigations carried out by an 'experimenter.' The narrative is structured for the viewer to also undergo a process of discovery as he/she moves through a narrative combining stream of conscious rumination, traditional description, imagery, poetry, and scientific information. The narrative and imagery move between the possible and the impossible, from the outer world to the inner world. After establishing this causal relationship between the two worlds – human actions and new life forms in the universe – the narrative then shifts and begins to allude to the possibility that this other world may not be an exterior universe but may instead be the universe of the mind. This other world is possibly a result of larger human actions upon individual memory...Edge of Conscience refers to what lies just out of reach in our memory. While unseen it still plagues us. Conscience contains the multiple meanings of the conscious mind and morality. Unrelenting Light refers to parts of our memory that are difficult to examine and when once illuminated are understood to be a relentless part of individual experience…From a metafictional perspective the author is the 'experimenter.' The artist book itself is an experiment – an attempt to understand the impact of history on the individual and society and how we absorb the history we live through." Includes 14 plates of newly discovered species, each framed with a marbled paper border and preceded with a captioned vellum tissue guard. Archivally inkjet printed on archival Hahnemuhle Photo Rag Duo paper. All edges have been handpainted with acrylic. A striking and thought provoking piece. Size: 14 x 18 inches. ARTB/081518. Fine.
1818. Indenture. Lincoln County – Reign of George III. This is a hand written English indenture on vellum dated the 4th day of November 1818 between George and Ann Allen and Richard Cuthbert of the same place for an annual lease of land in Lincoln. Legibly penned with fancy printed vignette stamp with insert, and original red wax seals of Ann and George Allen. Tax stamp and summary on verso. Condition is fine with original folds. Archivally matted. #27236. Fine.
circa 1840. This leaf is from an excellently preserved circa 1840 Koran, scribed in Kashmir about the time of Queen Victoria coming to the throne of England. Eleven lines of naskh script in a strong hand and on highly burnished paper, measuring 185 x 125 mm. The layout incorporates the typical marginal devices to which the Kashmir scribes are devoted. Neat gold floral devices embellish the corners of each page. The attractive Chapter Headings are in blue and gold. In archival mat with both sides of leaf visible. #4090. Near Fine.
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.
This leaf is from a medieval manuscript Book of Hours, France, use is unknown, circa early fifteenth century, in Latin, on vellum (132x97mm.). There are twenty-two lines of Lettre Batard script written in brown ink, with twelve minor ilitials in highly embossed gold on an alternating rectangular ground of blue and red pen work. Verso: Twenty-two lines of Lettre Batard script written in brown ink, with thirteen minor initials in highly embossed gold on an alternating rectangular ground of blue and red pen work and interesting catch words on the bottom of the leaf. Archivally matted with both sides of leaf visible. #30770. Fine.
A leaf from an illuminated poetry manuscript, Moulana Nurruddin Abdorrahman Jami, North India, middle of the 18th century, on gold sprinkled papeer. There are twelve lines to the page written in two columns of elegant nasta'liq script in black ink, inter columnar rules decorated with floral motifs, corner pieces and outer margins decorated with floral sprays and motifs in colors and gold throughout, inner margins ruled in colors and gold. Leaf measures 210 x 140 mm. Framed. #32889. Very Good.
This brilliantly rare illuminated manuscript leaf is from a remainder volume of the Al-Kamilat Al-Sajjadiyah, Prayers, composed by Zayn Al-Abidin'Ali ibn al Husayn, only some 70 years after the death of the holy Prophet Mohammed. It was written during the period of Shiite Muslim consolidation in Persia under the reign of Abdalmalik who first enforced the use of Arabic as the official language of Persia. There are eight lines of script in elegant Arabic Naskhi, with Persian interlinear translation. The manuscript was dated "AD Huharran 1101/AD1689" Safavid Persia. Pure gold paint is used in the beautiful, meandering, floral pattern, which frames the words and also the many pious comments in the margins. Framed. #33590. Fine.
Paris. A leaf from a medieval manuscript Bible: Paris, France, mid 13th century. In Latin on vellum (197 x 134 mm). There are fifty-five lines of triple column text in microscopic-miniscule Gothic script. This leaf is from the final section of the Bible and defines the Hebrew names in alphabetical order. This leaf ends with names beginning with D and starts with C. The letter “D” is four lines high in highly embossed gold on a ground of pink and blue with white tendrils. Verso: there are fifty-five lines of triple column text in microscopic-miniscule Gothic script. Bible leaves have become rare especially ones in fine condition. Framed. #3142. Fine.
New York: 1943. Paperback. Uncommon bound compilation for July-September 1943 of the most important Yiddish newspaper of its time, the Daily Forward. The Forward is still published today as a weekly, both in Yiddish and English. According to the paper's website, the newspaper began as a Yiddish language daily in 1897. It became known as the voice of the Jewish immigrant and helped generations of immigrants enter American life. By the 1930s the paper had a circulation of over 275,000, but entered a period of decline after World War II. In 1983 it became a weekly and launched an English supplement. These issues from 1943 offer a fascinating view of the time. The War, of course, was intensely covered, and each issue has a number of photographs capturing events and people. The photos are captioned in both Yiddish and English. There are many ads in Yiddish throughout for products as familiar as Maxwell House Coffee and Coca Cola. Some issues included classified ads for resort hotels and other vacation spots. The oversized folio is bound in marbled paper with half linen spine. Interior pages are clean with some yellowing and aging, and a few tears in some because of brittle paper. Very heavy and extra postage will be required. JOUR/092308. Very Good.
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.
North India. Late 18th/19th century Arabic and Persian manuscript on paper, seven lines to the page written in nadkhi script in black ink with significant words picked out in red, double interlinear gold rules, interlinear Persian translation in red ink, inner margins ruled in blue and two shades of gold. Twenty-two lines written diagonally in outer margins of each page in nada'liq script in black ink, significant words and sentences picked out in red, illuminated conerpieces, outer margins ruled in blue, orange and two shades of gold, illuminated double-pages in colours and gold. Measures 192 x 122 mm. Framed. #45661/45662. Near Fine.
Gottingen: Verlag der Wittwe Vandenhoes, 1784. Hardcover. SCARCE. Text is written German Fraktur. Very good in original full leather boards with gilt year stamped on the spine. The title label is no longer present. The spine and edges of the boards are decorated with floral designs in gilt. Approximately 1.5 inches of the foot of the spine has chipped off and there are a few small chips to the remaining leather along the spine. Minor rubbing to the boards. The gilt remains bright. Pastepaper endpages and full edges gilt. A modern bookplate is adhered to the front pastedown. An older previous owner has hand drawn their family crest in ink on the front free endpage with the name Lyreinus Lois er Galis (or something like that) underneath. There are occasional small spots of foxing but overall the text is very clean and bright. Includes 23 folding pages with charts. One long chart in the back is a register of the Johannwarde Estate of Lauenburg. It lists names of people and various information about them from the 1700s. An interesting book. 166 pages plus plates. GER/081611. Very Good.
Philadelphia: Gebbie & Co., 1883. Hardcover. Good oversize full leather quarto. Front board detached, remnants of leather cover present but also detached. Spine heavily worn, leather chipped and cracked; gilt title is only partly present. Rope visible where raised bands have completely worn away. Rear board is also detached and lacks its original leather cover. In need of a new binding. Interior is foxed throughout, worse in some spots than others, though text is bright and easily readable. Over 100 beautiful tissue-guarded photogravure plates in very good plus condition w/light foxing in the margins. The stunning plates make up for the poor condition of the binding. Art ART/5283. Good.
Toronto: George A. Walker, 2014. Hardcover. Number 49 of 80 copies. Signed by Walker, Ravvin, and Smart. Master engraver George Walker has created this splendid work celebrating the 80th birthday (September 21, 2014) of Canadian singer-songwriter, poet, and novelist Leonard Cohen. The eighty wood engravings commemorate Cohen's artistic accomplishments and explore how images of Leonard Cohen have appeared in popular culture over his six decade career. The black and white engravings are arranged chronologically and depict scenes from Cohen's varied creative endeavors. The book also presents portraits of some of the many famous people in his life, including Allan Ginsberg, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, and Andy Warhol. In his images Walker strives to communicate the importance of Cohen's Zen Buddhist philosophy and plays with numerology and the symbolism behind the number 8. This beautiful book took over one year to make. The engravings were hand printed on Folio Rising Stonehenge archival rag paper. The text pages used Garamond type for the text body and Bernhard for the headings. Bound in black Japanese Asahi bookcloth and housed in a clamshell box covered in the same cloth. The book cover has an inset of an engraved portrait of Cohen and has a brown cloth spine label. A different portrait is inset on the clamshell box. 6 1/4 x 8 x 2 1/2 inches. Unpaginated (22 pages printed recto). PRI/041916. Fine.
[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. “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.
Herefordshire, England: The Whittington Press, 2018. Hardcover. One of 660 copies. Another splendid yearbook on the book and book arts from John and Rose Randle of The Whittington Press, with 27 interesting articles by printers, artists, booksellers, scholars, and more The Randles write: "The Matrix 35 breaks our golden rule of ignoring the outpourings of the Whittington Press: there is a telling account of the collecting of our posters and ephemera; and images from some recently discovered 35mm film recording the installation of the Wharfedale Press through the end of the building in 1974. Other topics include printers’ social lives in Minneapolis in the ’80s, living and working in the Gill household at Pigotts in 1939, travels in Afghanistan, roofing in 6-point Gill Sans, and an engraver’s collage of buildings from the Iron Age to City skyscrapers." Bound in white decorated paper covered boards with a linocut of Whittington village. In tan paper dust jacket with early photograph of Rose affixed to the front cover. Photographs, illustrations, print samples throughout, many tipped in. In fine condition. 168 pages. PRI/112118. Fine.
Toronto: Robert Wu, 2002. Hardcover. Number 16 of 150 copies signed and numbered by Robert Wu. A beautiful miniature book in a unique leather binding by Robert that showcases his multiple talents as a binder, artist, and paper marbler as well as celebrating his love for the cello. For this book he has compiled cello practice tips obtained from his readings, practice, and his cello teacher Mrs. Marsha Moffitt. With several illustrations by Robert including a portrait of famed cellist Jacqueline du Pre. In his colophon, Robert writes of his love for miniature books for their challenges, beauty, and, of course, size. Bound in brown leather with decorative inlay in front cover and title in gilt to spine. The book has a cover of lovely marbled paper and a brown leather spine and fore-edges. Housed in a slipcase in the same marbled paper with leather fore-edges. Printed in Times New Roman type. In fine condition. Book measures 1 1/8 x 1 1/2 inches. Slipcase is 1 1/2 x 1 7/8 inches. MINIATURE/112918. Fine.
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.