Boston: Little, Brown and Co., 1857. Hardcover. Louis Agassiz (1807-1873) was one of the most important scientists of his time. Swiss-born, he became one of the founders of the American scientific tradition. In these five volumes he presents his research on turtles and on acalephs - jellyfish, nettles etc. The first two volumes comprise his monographs but the other twoinclude many detailed and exquisite plates of his subjects. This is an ex-library set from the Williston Seminary, and someone at this institution was apparently enamoured of the library's ownership stamp. There are intermittent stamps in the text, a stamp in the margin of each plate in volume II, on some of the plates in volume III, and none to the plates in volume IV. In the original brown cloth binding, but volume III has been rebacked. The foot of spine of volume I has one inch chip; all volumes have wear at ends of spine and around edges, with some repairs to worn areas. Library ownership label on front pastedowns. Still a decent copy of this important scientific work. This set may require an extra shipping fee. NAT/5093. Good.
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Oregon: Artistically Declined Press, 2013. Hardcover. One of 20 copies signed by the poet, Hosho McCreesh who describes himself as a drunken poet. From reviews: "In the footsteps of Charles Bukowski comes Hosho McCreesh’s magnum opus of drunk poetry. Mammoth in size and scope, A Deep & Gorgeous Thirst is unlike any of McCreesh’s previous collections. Because writing and drinking go hand in hand, it may seem an impossible challenge for a poet to offer new perspective of this well-worn, symbiotic relationship. But McCreesh does, and in this brilliant collection he uses subject matter that might feel old and tired in the hands of a less capable poet and turns out exciting and irresistible poems. A perfect elegy to the illusions and delusions of alcohol." This is from the edition of 20 described by the press as "The DrunkSkull Flask Clamshell." It includes a handmade hardback book housed in a clamshell box custom-made by Bill Roberts of Bottle of Smoke Press. Hidden within the clamshell is the coup de grace - an 8 ounce black flask, engraved with the book's DrunkSkull logo, which is housed in a wood insert, along with some pieces of promotional ephemera that include two letterpress broadsides of unpublished drunk poems signed by McCreesh, a ticket also signed, and a third unpublished broadside hand written and painted by the poet. Hidden under the flash is a patch, a sticker, and a removeable tattoo - all featuring the DrunkSkull logo. The text of the book is printed offset and is bound in grey paper boards with black spine label and skull logo on the front cover. On the back cover is printed: "glister like remnant embers of all you've burned away in your mad and drunken joy." The clamshell box has a black cloth spine and grey paper covering the front and rear panels. The front panel features a reproduction of the book's cover and the spine panel has a matching grey paper title label. Box is 10 x 7 x 3 inches. In fine condition. 359 pages plus acknowledgments and colophon. ARTISTSBOOK/042016. Fine.
1870. This well-known lithograph is from the work Birds of America by John James Audubon, which has been printed in many editions. This print is from the 7th printing conducted by Audubon and Roe Lockwood in 1870-1871. Lockwood’s involvement has led this edition to commonly be known as the Lockwood edition. Other than the colored backgrounds, which were added to the post-first editions, the main images on these prints are, for the most part, identical to those of the First edition and feature hand coloring. J.T. Bowen was lithographer for the work, which was published in Philadelphia. These are some of the best examples of hand-colored work in America and are highly collectible. They are on fine heavy stock paper measuring 6 7/8 x 10 ½ inches. Double matted in wood frame. #43662. Fine.
Mission, BC: Barbarian Press, 2013. Simon Brett. Hardcover. Endgrain Editions Four. Limited to 120 copies in the regular edition. This is the first addition to the Endgrain Editions since 2003, and it is a major return to the series. It is a celebration of the work of Simon Brett documenting his fifty plus years as an engraver. Simon is acknowledged as one of the masters of wood engraving of the past half-century. With 134 engravings printed from the wood, an introduction by the artist, and a chronological catalogue of the more than 1,000 engravings Simon has so far engraved, this is a major work of 250 pages, and is certain to be an important reference on Simon’s work as well as being a splendid book from this important private press. Text printed in Joanna with Fry’s Ornamented for display in green and black on Zerkall Cream laid with engravings printed on Zerkall White Smooth. Bound in quarter green cloth with paper patterned boards and title label to spine. In fine condition. PRI/062014. Fine.
New York: Vanguard Press, 1947. Hardcover. First Edition. Signed by the author on the title page. The author’s second novel. Very good in black cloth boards with blue title to spine. Minor wear to corners and spine ends and very light evidence of a minor dampstain to the rear board. Signed by the previous owner on the front free endpaper, and browning to both gutters; otherwise, a clean copy. In a good light blue dust jacket with white title to spine and front panel. There are several large chips to the top edges of the dust jacket and there are a few small chips to the bottom edge. Browning to the spine panel and dampstaining to rear panel. 294 pages. LIT.052511. Very Good in Good Dust Jacket / Chipped.
Seattle: Marquand Editions, 2017. Number 23 of 50 copies signed by Reiko, Marquand, and Birnbaum. There were also five lettered hors de commerce. This splendid production honors the achievements of Reiko Sudo, considered one of the great textile designers of our time, the renowned "weaver of new ideas." She is co-founder, current CEO and design director of Nuno Corporation of Tokyo, universally recognized as one of the world’s most innovative textile companies. Nuno takes the techniques, materials and aesthetics of traditional textiles and reinterprets them with cutting-edge technologies. Sudo and her design team, together with the company’s skilled weavers and dyers, have greatly broadened the parameters of contemporary design in the industry, experimenting with an eclectic array of materials, ranging from silk, cotton and polyester to hand-made paper and aluminum, and finishing methods that include salt-shrinking, rust-dyeing and caustic burning. The results are distinctive, intriguing and indisputably remarkable. Her works are represented in the permanent collections of many institutions, including the Museum of Modern Art; the Victoria & Albert Museum; and the Tokyo National Museum of Modern Art Craft Gallery [Nuno website]. Sudo and Ed Marquand of Marquand Editions worked together to design and produce an artists' book that offers an in-depth exploration of Sudo's textiles, techniques, materials and more. Over 140 distinct textiles are represented in four bento box-style book-objects: they include three scarves, a notebook of cloth samples and collages assembled by Sudo. The first box has two booklets, one with Sudo's autobiography and the other a detailed guide to the boxes including the colophon, and he three beautiful scarves, and the colophon. Box two has the textile collages that demonstrate techniques and materials. Box three is the Nuno Compendium - a notebook of cloth samples. Box four contains tools and raw materials she uses in her practice. Each of the boxes is covered by lovely examples of Nuno textiles. The top box also has a fabric lid. Boxes measure 1.25 x 10.25 x 10.5 inches. In fine condition. ARTB/041919. Fine.
New York: Caliban Press, 2013. Paper. Number 39 of 48 copies. Initialed by printer. Mark McMurray founded the Caliban Press in 1985 after studying letterpress printing with the Red Ozier Press and bookbinding with Timothy Ely. Mark is the special collections librarian at St. Lawrence University, where he also teaches courses in book history and printing. This inventive and moving production joins Buddhist and Tibetan sutras – Sanskrit for an aphorism, saying, or collection of same – with contemporary environmental themes. The sayings are from sources that include Indian and Tibetan sutras, American authors, and the Adirondack Mountains region and are printed with metal and wood types on a variety of beautiful handmade papers. Many of the papers were dyed, dipped, and/or floated in an indigo dye bath. Includes a volvelle made from area maps, an ecoprint by Velma Bolyard, and a mountain paperscape. Housed in a stiff paper box with bone clasps. With colophon and table of contents and order. Pages are about 4.25 x 14 inches. Unpaginated. ARTISTS/100813. Fine in Fine Box.
Milano: Dalla Societa Tipografica de'Classici Italiani, 1806. Hardcover. Four volumes. In three quarter vellum with light blue paper covered boards. Gilt titles on black leather labels to spines. Minor chipping to title labels and to paper along edges of boards. Minor soiling to boards of all volumes and slight darkening to spines. Dampstaining to boards and spines of volume II and light dampstain to margin of first few pages of volume I. Bookplate of M. Bruen to front pastedown of volume I. Engraved frontispiece portrait of Monsignor della Casa to volume I. Interiors are clean overall with a few light smudge marks and a few spots of foxing. Letterpress on laid paper. The author was Archbishop of Benevento. In Italian. Volume I, 347 pages; Volume II, 352 pages; Volume III, 263; Volume IV, 386 pages. ITA109211 This set may require an extra shipping fee. Very Good.
1888. A leaf from La Monde Illustree, founded by Henri de Girardin, in 1829. Girardin employed Chevalier , who adopted the nickname Gavarny, and later Gavarni. From 1830 to 1837 Gavarni designed the most feminine and vital of fashion plates. Many of his pieces also featured charming drawings of children. La Mode Illustree was published weekly on Sundays, with illustrations and descriptions of Victorian fashions and the latest must have accessories. There was always a fashion plate. Print method is lithograph on woven, not heavy stock, hand colored, measuring 365 x 265 mm. or approximately 14 3/8 x 10 3/8 inches. Archivally matted. #44952. Fine.
Martinez, CA: Lucy Childs, 2019. A unique embroidered artists’ book. Lucy’s exquisite embroidered books are inspired by her “exploration of the history, craft, and culture of early American and British sewing samplers, made mostly by young girls to learn the practical craft of sewing but also to learn letters and spelling. Many old and antique samplers included text or images in memory of family members who had died.” Lucy’s beautiful and painstakingly created books are a fitting tribute to and continuation of the craft she honors. Her unique books can be found in several artists’ book collections. This beautiful work evokes the feel and mood of its inspiration - the windy day on a quiet island. The embroidery is stitched in blue, green, brown, and yellow threads on white linen cloth. The borders are stitched with intricate white designs. There are two covers. The inner cover is tan linen with a small cross on each side. The outer cover is blue felt with the title and border stitching in yellow thread. The folded book measures 6 x 11 inches. Unfolded the book is 22 inches. In fine condition. ARTS/031419. Fine.
Philadelphia: Robert H. Small, 1853. Hardcover. First American Edition from the Nineteenth London Edition, Corrected of 1832. Edward Coke (1552-1634) is considered the most important jurist of the Elizabethan and Jacobean eras. the Institutes of the Laws of England is one of the most influential English books on common law. Its importance is evident from the number of editions published well into the 19th century. This first part, published in 1628, took the form of a commentary on Sir Thomas Littleton's Tenures. But Coke's commentary greatly expanded on the original and covered many other topics. The first volume includes 216 pages of notes, tables of cases, and analysis and commentary on Littleton. The remainder of the volume comprises chapters divided into sections on various topics. The second volume continues the chapters and sections on legal subjects. Tan leather with red title label and black label with Butler and Hargrave's Notes to spines. Both volumes are scuffed, bumped and soiled. The joints are cracked along spines. A previous owner, William C. Holland, wrote his signature in ink on title page of first volume, and stamped the page edges and spines of both volumes with his name. Someone else wrote the word "Ready" on the front cover of volume one. Offsetting to pastedowns and free endpapers, with a few pencil notes and an earlier ownership signature in each volume. Some spotting and offsetting to text pages but they are still quite legible. Includes fold-out chart showing lines of parentage and consanguinity in volume one. An almost very good set of this legal classic. Unpaginated but each volume has several hundred pages. Very Good -.
London: Richard Bentley, 1852. Hardcover. 8vo. THE FIRST EDITION of Collins's scarce second novel. This is Collins's second full length novel and his first set in contemporary times. This novel of first love, intrigue, and betrayal was considered "sensational" by many, and it had mixed reviews, with some referring to it as "revolting." In his dedication he writes that he "has not hesitated to violate the conventionalities of sentimental fiction." In later editions, he did shorten the text and tone down the violence. "In Basil, he found his true métier as an expert in mystery, suspense, and crime" (Oxford Companion to English Literature). Three volumes bound in two. Bound in three quarter tan calf with marbled paper covered boards, with red leather labels with gilt titles to the spines of both volumes. There is some rubbing and scuffing to leather. Gilt tooling to compartments on spine, some of which has been rubbed. Full marbled edges and marbled end pages. These books remain quite attractive, though there is minor rubbing to the leather along the joints and minor bumping to the corners. There is minor foxing to the first and last few pages of both volumes but otherwise the interior is very bright and clean. LIT/092906. Very Good.
London: George, Allen and Unwin, 1920. Hardcover. First edition, second state. HANDWRITTEN SIGNED POSTCARD FROM AUTHOR LAID IN. This is the author’s first novel, published in London before the US edition. Based on his experience in WWI, the novel sets the stage for Dos Passos’s Three Soldiers (which brought him international attention). The laid in postcard dated 6/15/59 reads “Shall be delighted to inscribe the book if you’ll send it to me here. Have you tried the Gotham Book Mart ... or one of the big London secondhand book stores - it was published there by Allen & Unwin in 1920 (?). The only copy I have is the Philosophical Library reprint ... Cordial Regards John Dos Passos.” The original envelope addressed to John S. Mayfield is also laid in. Very good in blue cloth boards with black title to spine and front board. Fading to spine although the title remains bright. Offsetting to first and last couple of pages and remnants a sticker on the rear pastedown; otherwise the interior is very clean. In very good condition. 128 pages. LIT/051011. Very Good.
London: The Scholartis Press, 1928. Hardcover. 1 of 560 copies, this copy unnumbered. INSCRIBED BY EDITOR TO H.M. ELLIS, SON OF F.S. ELLIS. The inscription reads “To H.M. Ellis Esq., and the memory of a charming afternoon from The Editor.” In his preface Doughty writes that while the letters are not likely to have a wide appeal because they are mainly about the details of publication, they still reveal a great deal about Rossetti’s personality, with a considerable cumulative effect. He also provides extensive explanatory notes. Bound in blue cloth boards with sunning to spine and board edges and some light scuffing. Except for the pulling away of a signature in the rear, the binding is tight. The pages are clean with the usual light aging to the margins and browning to free endpapers. Bookplate of collector Mark Samuels Lasner affixed to front pastedown. 150 pages. PRERAPH/062008. Very Good.
London: Methuen & Co., 1899. Hardcover. Quite scarce and a rare presentation copy. Inscribed "Hugh T. Chilcott d.d. Arthur Moore 2nd May '99." Dowson and Moore wrote two unsuccessful novels together, this and A Comedy of Masks. Dowson, one of the Decadents, remains the better known of the two and is remembered for his poetry. His lines, "the days of wine and roses" and "gone with the wind" have had lasting influence. He died of alcoholism in 1900 at the age of thirty-three. Bound in original blue cloth with gilt authors and title to spine and front cover. The spine and cover also have a lovely filigree gilt design. Slight bumping and very small strip of cloth missing along top of spine. Interior is bright and clean. 364 pages plus 39 page publisher's catalog dated February 1899. LIT/061312. Very Good +.
Victoria, Australia: Electio Editions, 2013. Paperback. Number 13 of 26 copies, of which 22 were offered for sale. Numbered and signed by the printer. According to the foreword, “this work has its origins in an abandoned printing of Nicholas Jenson’s last will and testament, illustrated with Jenson’s Greek letters.” It includes quotes from Jenson in Greek from Noctes Atticae and quotes from other scholars in English. It also includes original poetry by the printer, some of which was created from words excerpted from Jenson’s will and translated into English. Bound in orange handmade Cave paper with “I, Nicholas Jenson alien & printer of books” printed in red and silver inks across the rear, spine, and front panels. A small spot of foxing to a few pages, but clean and bright overall. Illustrated with hand drawn Greek letters by Deirdre Hassed and printed from magnesium blocks. The binding style was created by Keith Smith. The book is housed in a blue cloth covered clamshell box with a magnetic folding closure. Unpaginated. [48 pages] PRI/111616. Fine.
Tuscaloosa, AL: Hand Papermaking / Word Way Press, 1998. Paperback. Number 91 of 150 copies. "Between 1984 and 1996, Dorothy traveled to Nepal four times. She sought out those who have preserved Nepalese papermaking and she visited new mills, some of which practice traditional Nepalese methods, others using adaptations and imported techniques. While in Nepal, she met with papermakers, discerned their methods, and collected their papers. The samples she assembled, many made using traditional lokta fiber, make up the specimens in the portfolio" (introduction). A portfolio of 18 sheets of handmade paper created in Nepal with an accompanying booklet that supplies descriptions for each sample as well as an introduction and an extensive essay about Nepal and its paper. The yellow paper wrapper covering the booklet is letterpress printed. The images within are from traditional Nepalese woodblock prints and were designed by Berinji Narayan Shrestha. Each paper sample is mounted within a folder labeled from A to P. The accompanying booklet and mounted samples are all housed in a red clamshell box with paper title label to spine. Each paper sample is approximately 7 x 10 inches or smaller. The box is 11.5 x 9 x 1.5 inches. The booklet is 40 pages. PRI/050218. Fine.
Boston and New York: C.T. Brainard Publishing Co., circa 1920. Hardcover. Volume I: The Adventures of Joseph Andrews and his friend Mr. Abraham Adams, parts I & II; Volume II: Tom Jones, parts I & II; Volume III: Tom Jones, parts III & IV; Volume IV: Amelia, part I; Volume V: Amelia, part II and Jonathan Wild; Volume VI: Miscellaneous Writings, parts I & II. This set is attractively bound in three quarter tan leather backed marbled paper covered boards. Maroon leather title labels and tan leather volume labels to spines of all volumes. Chip to heads of spines of books III and IV. Corner of title label missing from volume II. Light wear to corners and edges of all volumes. Pristine interiors with marbled endpages. Each part begins with a frontis illustration and tissue guard (12 in all). An attractive set. LIT/100407 This set may require an extra shipping fee. Very good plus.
Washington DC: Library Fellows, The National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1992. Hardcover. Number 4 of 20 copies. Signed and numbered by the artist with an original drawing in a separate portfolio. Audrey Flack (1931-) is an important American artist who is nationally recognized and whose works are in major collections throughout the world. She is known as a pioneer in Photorealism and has also been inspired by Baroque art. This book is the third volume in the artists' book series published by the Library Fellows of The National Museum of Women in the Arts. The sketchbook records Flack's travels from 1985-89, which included trips to Paris, Las Vegas, and Fort Lauderdale. The terra cotta pencil sketches that fill the sketchbook are beautifully rendered and often intimate. They are reproduced to scale. The book and the portfolio for the illustration are bound in a green, black and orange marbled cloth. Save for light creases on the free endpapers the book is in fine condition. The original drawing is a portrait from a Baroque sculpture and measures 4 x 6 inches. Both are housed in a brown cloth box with black leather title label affixed to a strip of the marbled cloth used for the binding. A lovely copy of this now rare book. Unpaginated. ARTISTS/102612. Fine.
London: Cassell and Co., and John Lane The Bodley Head, 1934. Hardcover. First Edition. An interesting and unusual presentation copy from the editor to Clementine Churchill, wife of Winston: "To Mrs. Churchill, these poems from the day when Fanny's First Play was written; and in memory of the pleasure of seeing it in her company. August 11, 1935 Desmond Flower." The inscription makes reference to Fanny's First Play, written anonymously in 1911 by G. Bernard Shaw. Desmond Flower (1907-1997) was a publisher, collector, and writer. He joined his father's publishing house, Cassell, and remained there until it was sold in 1966 following his father's death. Cassell's was the publisher for many major writers, but Flower's most important writer was Winston Churchill, editing and publishing his History of English Speaking People and the History of the Second World War. Bound in publisher's original green cloth with title and author in gilt to spine. Binding and text in near fine condition. In original dust jacket which is torn and tattered, and now protected by a mylar cover. 297 pages. POE/052913. Near Fine / Chipped and Torn.
Santa Cruz: Foolscap Press, 2010. Hardcover. Number 19 of 200 copies of which 140 were offered for sale. Signed by each author. "As a journalist Ernest Hemingway was trained to cut to the story's essentials, leaving out those words that stand between the writer and his intent. And so we have a Hemingway principle of good writing—the well-hewn sentence. It is said that Ernest Hemingway was challenged to write the shortest of short stories: the ultimate example of brevity in storytelling. Though perhaps apocryphal—no one can tell us who challenged him or on what occasion—this was the result: “For Sale, Baby Shoes, Never Worn.” Writers have attempted to equal this six-word short story with six of their own, but no one has clearly beaten the master. Those six words are just too good. Foolscap Press commissioned six writers each to write a six-page story where only the title was supplied. The writers were free to do whatever they chose within those parameters. We invited three women and three men in order to balance personal experiences and writing styles. The response is these six extraordinary stories stocked with a captivating cast of characters. And, yes, there is a distinction between the men and women writers. And what happens when it comes to dealing with an unmitigated loss (as the title might suggest)? You can read for yourself these six creations spun from six very different imaginative worlds, all in response to those six tantalizing words" (Foolscap Press). A large book bound in light blue Japanese cloth with paper title label on front cover. The book is sewn in an modified accordion structure designed so that each story is presented individually. Each story has its own title page which has been signed by the author. Each title page features a different collaged print of a pair of shoes by Peggy Gotthold on Kitakata paper. Letterpress printed on Frankfurt Cream text paper using hand-set Garamond type. Unpaginated. [60 pages.] PRI/031011. Fine.
Foolscap Press, 2016. Hardcover. Number 16 of 100 copies. The Snails is a short story by Patricia Highsmith (author of The Talented Mr. Ripley) about giant snails with huge teeth that inhabit a remote island. When an out-of-shape professor decides to visit the island in hopes of capturing one of the snails in order to secure fame for himself, his plans go awry. A seemingly peculiar topic for a story, it was perfect for Highsmith who kept snails as pets and was known to take them to parties on leaves of lettuce in her handbag. The book is housed in a brick red cloth box with a cast-paper sculpture of a snail shell to the top cover. The book is bound in tan cloth with an illustration of a snail pasted down to the front cover. Within the folds of the accordion structure binding are smaller gatherings of pages, which include the text. Illustrations of snails roaming the island and encountering the professor are printed on the larger pages. An interesting structure, as is frequent with books issued by the Foolscap Press. Letterpress printed from polymer plates. In fine condition. Unpaginated. [44 pages] PRI/022217. Fine.
New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1923. Hardcover. A relatively scarce book of seven short stories by Foote (1881-1950), a prolific novelist, short story writer and screewriter. Most notably, the title story from this anthology was the basis for Alfred Hitchcock’s famous film, “Notorious.” Very good in red cloth boards with gilt title to spine and front board, and a gilt dragon on the front board. There is minor rubbing to the boards. This book has been expertly restored with new endpapers. Interior is clean overall with occasional light foxing. 310 pages. LIT/061605. Very Good.
Copenhagen: Kittendorff and Aagaard, (1854). Hardcover. SCARCE. Lorenz Frolich (1820 - 1908) was a Danish painter, etcher and illustrator who was best known for his children's book illustrations. Includes 13 short stories / poems / histories, all with illustrations. Bound in modern brown paper covered boards with the original paper cover illustration mounted to the front cover. Small spots of foxing and discoloration to cover illustration. Minor wear and chipping to spine and edges of covers. The gutters of each page have been reinforced with binders tape and linen. Occasional spots of foxing and smudge marks to pages. Text in Danish. Size: 7.25 inches x 5.25 inches. [32 pages.] CHILD/061318. Very Good.
Paris: Bibliotheque Artistique; Librairie des Bibliophiles, 1884. Hardcover. Originally published in 1863, this sword play filled novel was later adapted into several films and theatrical versions. Very good in contemporary leather backed marbled paper covered boards with matching marbled end pages. Gilt titles and raised bands to spines. Light rubbing to bands and edges of leather on all volumes. Bumping to edges of front board of volume three. Original wrappers are bound in. Includes several etchings. Clean, tight interiors with occasional spots of foxing. 270 pages; 294 pages; 293 pages. FRE/041409. Very Good.