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.
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(London): Sadie Coles HQ, (1997). Paperback. Number 29 of 50 copies. Signed by both authors on title page in pencil. A collection of fifty love poems by English artists Thomson (1966) and Lowe (1967), who are known best for their humorous and sometimes offensive installations pieces. Their work often involves recreating elements from historical artworks by using everyday objects such as cigarettes or whiskey bottles to make statements about popular English culture. Fitting with their visual art, these poems are terse, crude, and very funny. They poke fun at the seriousness of the love poetry genre with verses like: "Tonight I want you more, than any other, it's crazy I know, after you left me for, me brother." The poems are printed in black ink on fine paper and are housed in a black paper covered box titled in silver on the front panel. Unpaginated. [51 pages.] ARTB/081914. 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 endpages. 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.
London: Smith, Elder & Co., Vol. IV., July-December, 1861. Hardcover. Includes a story by Anthony Trollope: The Struggles of Brown, Jones and Robinson. One of the Firm with chapters 1-15 in volume IV and chapters 16-24 in volume V. The story is complete in 24 chapters. Volume IV also includes a poem by Charlotte Bronte, a few chapters from a Harriet Beech Stowe story, and a few chapters from a Thackery story. Both volumes are in matching bindings of three quarter black leather with marbled paper covered boards. The titles and volume numbers are in gilt on the spine along with gilt rules. Both hinges of volume V are cracked and the hinges of volume IV are starting. Wear to the edges of boards. Clean interiors with illustrations, some of which fold-out. 760 pages in each volume. Literature. PER/1103 This set may require an extra shipping fee. Very Good.
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.
Spain: 1537. Five lines of music and verse in Latin on extremely heavy vellum. The text is written in a Spanish rounded gothic hand (Rotunda). A beautiful large initial "A" is in yellow with a tile border in black, red, and liquid gold. Verso: Five lines of music and verse with large undecorated initial. This leaf is in a large gilded wooden frame with plexiglass on both sides so that the verso is visible. The leaf measures approximately 25.25 x 17.25 inches. #103. 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.
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.
A leaf from a Koran, India, late 15th century, on paper (150 x 115 mm). There are fifteen lines to the page written in elegant bihari script with diacritics in black, the word Allah picked out in gold throughout, illuminated rosettes between verses, margins ruled in blue and red, illuminated devices in margins, sura headings in white on gold panels. Verso: fifteen lines to the page written in elegant bihari script Framed. #32531. Near Fine.
Persia: 1553. This is a hand written manuscript leaf from a Koran, Persia, middle of the 16th century, on paper. This leaf comes from a large-sized Koran of fourteen lines of black Nasta'liq script. All the leaves have elegant marginal devises recto and verso, some with absolutely wonderful sura headings. Approximately 12.875 x 8.75 nches. Archivally matted with both sides of leaf visible. #23717. 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.
Philadelphia: Joseph Rakestraw (tract 2), 1820 and 1822. Hardcover. Second tract published by Joseph Rakestraw. RARE AMERICANA. This volume includes two tracts written in 1820 and 1822 that provide an engrossing account of an important debate of the day on whether the Bible requires the observance of the Sabbath and, if so, whether it is proper for a civil government to enforce this observance. Tract one reprints the text of an essay appearing in the Boston Patriot that holds the position that the enforcement of the Sabbath is “not warrantable from Scripture.” It is followed by two responses in disagreement. The second tract of essays on the Sabbath’s observance first reprints the Boston Patriot essay, and then prints several essays for and against the position of the writer in the Boston Patriot. Both tracts are in very good condition, with aging and some foxing. The front and rear pages of tract two are more heavily foxed. There is also foxing to the front and rear pastedowns. In a later black cloth binding with very light bumping and rubbing and the gilt title “Sunday Police” to front board. Tract one: 36 pages; tract two: 48 pages. 12mo. Black cloth boards with gilt title to front board. AMHIST/022609. Very Good.
1852. 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 the spine ends. Small chip to book cloth on rear hinge. Minor wear to corners and edges of boards. With numerous illustrations including a fold out map of New York, a fold out of Castle Garden, a fold out Plan of the City (1808), and more. A few of the fold outs have closed tears. 504 pages. NY/022118. Very Good.
[ca. 1906]. An original 15,5 page holograph manuscript from the prolific author Bettina Von Hutten (1874-1957), probably best remembered for the "Pam" series. She was born in the United States as Bettina Riddle. She married the English Shakespearean actor Henry Ainley, and later married Baron von Hutten, Chamberlain to the King of Bavaria, in 1897. They divorced twelve years later. This is a melodramatic story about the unhappily married wife of a drama critic who accidentally meets an actor on a bridge as he is about the commit suicide. He of course does not. The short story appeared in Volume 41 of Cosmopolitan Magazine in 1906. Written on the letterhead of the Hotel Tyrol in Innsbruck. Worn, frayed, and darkened but still good. AUTO/092013. Good +.
Kirkwood, MO: The Printery, 2006. Hard Cover. Number vii of ix copies reserved for the author. (There were 150 copies in the edition.) Inscribed by Jack Walsdorf to Greg Campbell, who bound the book at his Campbell-Logan Bindery: "For Greg Campbell from the author, Jack Walsdorf, 11-04-06." Laid-in is a thank you note from Jack to Greg for the gift of another finely bound book. This beautiful work is a fitting homage to the great William Morris for his impact on the history of printing and the renaissance of the private press. It is a beautifully printed work that was a runner-up for the prestigious Carl Hertzog award for outstanding achievement in the book arts. The engaging text describes the collecting experiences of the late Jack Walsdorf, one of the most significant collectors of books by or about Morris in the past half century (Jack unfortunately died earlier this year). Walsdorf, in fact, formed not one but three major Morris collections over a period of more than thirty years, selling each and then setting out to build another of equal merit. This version of the book is bound in green quarter leather with gilt titling and with Morris inspired green and gilt floral paper boards. Set in Jenson and Italian Old Style types and printed on a handpress in six colors on Somerset Book, a mould made paper from England. The book has an original leaf from the Kelmscott Press's Child Christopher (pages 247-248) There are also tipped-in facsimile photos of Morris and of his study and five illustrations of items from Walsdorf's collection. Housed in a green silk cloth covered slip-case. In fine condition. 37 pages. MOR/092217. Fine.
London and New York: Harper & Brothers, 1899. Hardcover. First Edition. An excellent Author's Presentation Copy, inscribed "C.F.A. Voysey from H.G. Wells." Herbert George Wells (1866-1946) was a prolific writer in many genres but is best remembered for his science fiction novels, of which this is one. This dystopian work was first published in 1899, but Wells revised it in 1910 and published it as When the Sleeper Awakes. He was dissatisfied with this first version, saying it was written when he was under time pressures. The recipient is Charles Voysey, an important English architect and designer who was influenced by the Arts & Crafts and Art Nouveau movements. In 1900 he was the architect for Spade House, which Wells built in 1900 and lived in for the succeeding decade. Laid in is a Raphael Tuck and Sons "real photograph" postcard of Wells that is contemporary with the book and signed in ink below the image. Such an early photograph of Wells is uncommon and signed ones are rare. It is very likely that Wells gave this one to Voysey. Bound in original red cloth with gilt title and author to spine and front cover. Spine is faded, bumping to corners. Hinges tender, endpapers smudged, light spotting to half title page not affecting the inscription. An accession number is written in ink on the free front endpaper and there is a blind stamp "W.H. Smith and Son London" below it. Bookplate of John Richard Sofio to front pastedown. Housed in handsome beige cloth box with leather title and author label to spine. Very good condition. 329 pages. LIT/011416. Very Good.
Irvington-on-the-Hudson, NY: Cosmopolitan Press, 1897-1898. Hardcover. Scarce. The first appearance of Wells’s famous science fiction novel, The War of the Worlds, was its serial publication in 1897-1898 in Cosmopolitan magazine in the United States and in 1897 in Pearson’s in England. The first hardcover book was published in 1898 by William Heinemann in the United Kingdom. The novel about a war between earth and extraterrestrials from Mars was a popular hit and has never been out of print. The book was serialized in nine parts. Part I appeared in Volume XXII in April 1897. Parts II-VII appeared from May to November 1897 in Volume XXIII. The last two parts appeared in December 1897 and January 1898 in Volume XXIV. Each installment was accompanied by several black and white illustrations by Warwick Goble, an English illustrator who became well known for his illustrations for children’s books. However, Wells did not like the illustrations he did for these serial installments. Also included within these volumes are stories about current events happening at the time such as prohibition, plagues and starvation in India, newly released photographs of the Civil War by Matthew Brady, as well as many other pieces of literature and poetry. Bound in modern black cloth with gilt ruling and titling to spine. Light scuffing to spine edges but very good. Interior pages are clean and bright. The first page of each volume has two small black and white stamps - one as property of the Rhode Island School of Design Library and the other its withdrawal notice. No other library markings but slight offsetting from removal of sign-out card on rear endpapers. In very good condition. Volume XXII: 696 pages; Volume XXIII: 698 pages; Volume XXIV: 688 pages. LIT/050218. Very Good+.
Washington DC: Librix Continuum; David Bruce Smith Publications, 2004. Hardcover. Limited to 750 copies, unnumbered as issued. Elephant Folio. This exquisite book was undertaken in celebration of the Shakespeare Theatre’s production of “Five by Tenn,” five one-act plays by Tennessee Williams and “Tennessee Williams Explored” at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC. The director of “Five by Tenn,” Michael Kahn, artistic director of the Shakespeare Theatre Company, has written the preface, and there is an introduction by the creator of this publication, David Bruce Smith. Hand bound into three volumes all housed in a box. Includes six full-page illustrations of “Tennessee’s Women” by Clarice Smith. Each of the three volumes features a color frontispiece by Smith and the additional three illustrations are loose. The artist signed each of the loose illustrations, and they fit neatly into a compartment within the box with a snap closure. All volumes and the box are bound in carbon colored faux suede and feature the title labels on the front covers. Handset and letterpress printed in Italy in four colors by Paolo Barbieri. Book design and binding by John Paul Greenawalt and Stephen L. Vanilio. In fine condition. Fine.
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.
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.
Franklin Center, PA: The Franklin Mint, 1975. A limited edition solid silver plate with an etching of an original work titled "Skating on the Brandywine," 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 cove and gilt title and artist to spine. "Book" and plate in fine condition. DEC/120312. Fine.
London: Lawrence & Bullen, 1897. Hardcover. First Edition. An excellent presentation copy. Inscribed by William Butler Yeats to his friend Clement Shorter: " Clement Shorter from W B Yeats June 23 1899." William Butler Yeats (1865-1939), the famous Irish poet, was one of the most important figures in twentieth century literature. and was key figure in Ireland's nationalist movement. Clement Shorter (1857-1926) was a British journalist and critic who was also an avid collector of books and manuscripts, particularly of the Brontes. He was the editor of the Illustrated London News and in 1893 founded the periodical Sketch. The fourth story in this short story collection, "Where There is Nothing, there is God," was first published in Sketch in October 1896. The stories blend Irish with Rosicrucian themes and characters. Bound in the original blue cloth with the famous cover design done for Yeats by Althea Gyles stamped in gilt on covers and spine. At its center is a four-petalled rose joined to a cross. The boughs of the tree resemble a serpent; among them, just above the rose, are the kissing faces of a man and a woman, With six black and white illustrations by William's father, John Butler Yeats. The binding is bright and beautiful with very slight bumping to corners. Interior pages are quite clean with just a trace of aging to margins. Housed in a cream cloth covered clamshell box with black and gilt title label to spine. Near fine condition. LIT/011816. Near Fine.
London: William Heinemann, 1892. Townsend, F.H. Hardcover. Includes 44 illustrations by F.H. Townsend. PRESENTATION COPY, inscribed on a tipped-in sheet of notepaper from the Hotel Bellevue, Boston. The inscription reads “With I. Zangwill’s Compliments please send 2 proofs here at once.” Jewish author and political activist Israel Zangwill (1864 - 1926) was passionate about campaigning for the oppressed. Many of his works address women’s suffrage, pacifism, Zionism, and Jewish emancipation. He was a strong believer in assimilation and is credited with coining the term “melting pot” to describe the fusion of various cultures and ethnicities. Bookplate of book collector W.K. Bixby to front end page. Very good in original orange cloth boards with illustration of birds and flowers to front board. The front board is creased and slightly bowed with darkening to spine and edges of boards. The interior is browned along the margins. The front hinge is cracked. Later protective blue cloth dust jacket with maroon leather title label to spine (not pictured). The jacket is frayed along the top edge and there is a short closed tear along the front joint. This is an attractive copy of Zangwill’s rare second solo book. 326 pages plus 16 pages of ads. LIT/050109. Very good.
Lincolnville, ME: Dudley Zopp, 2017. Hardcover. Number 8 of 25 copies of a new limited edition book by artist and scholar Dudley Zopp. Signed and numbered by the book artist. Ms. Zopp graduated from the University of Kentucky with a B.A. and M.A. and completed postgraduate studies in Drawing and Painting at the Hite Art Institute, University of Louisville. She now lives in Lincolnville, Maine. Zopp finds inspiration in geological processes and cultural histories of place. Her engagement with restoring habitat where she lives feeds directly into her work, which ranges from site specific installations to paintings, woodcuts and limited edition books. She has completed residencies at geologically significant sites in Newfoundland, Spain and Italy. She has exhibited widely at galleries, universities and museums in New England and the Midwest. Her work is included in university and museum collections nationally. This book is offered as both a limited edition deluxe set with one of the original signed drawings and as a slipcased set with a limited edition print. This is one of the 25 deluxe boxed copies with the original drawing for Day three and a blue marble. The book considers our relationship to the Earth in a sequence of annotated watercolors. It was originally presented digitally for a 2014 exhibition "Turning in Your Hand: The Blue Marble Project,” at Waterfall Arts in Maine. Twenty artists were given a blue marble and asked to respond to the pale blue dot we call home. Dudley's images and notations provide a unique look into the oldest of concerns: our place in this world (artist's statement). The drawings began with a month-long daily ritual of erasing an earlier charcoal drawing and, using watercolor and ink, creating a new drawing in its place. As part of this Dudley noted the weather and the color of the ocean as seen from her studio. She also added a few lines adapted from ancient Buddhist texts. The resulting 31 watercolors were collected in a mystical and magical book that beautifully captures Dudley's artistic consideration of our place in the world. Design, typography, and assembly of books and cases are by Richard Reitz Smith. Text and images are printed as offset lithography by Penmore Lithographers. The book is presented in an accordion format and can be read in the round or displayed as sculpture.The book, watercolor drawing, and marble are housed in a dark blue cloth clamshell box. Book measures 5 x 7 inches. 82 pages. In fine condition. ARTISTSB/110317. Fine.