Washington DC: Abstract Orange, 2019. Number 6 of 36 copies signed and numbered by the book artist. The book was published on May 31, 2019 in celebration of Walt Whitman's 200th birthday. The book artist writes: "The book explores ideas central to Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass including transcendentalism, or the inherent goodness of nature, and realism, depicting familiar things as they are. It captures both the complexity and simplicity of nature by juxtaposing dimensional paper grass texture and a quote about nature and wonder. The book is not a reprinting of all of Whitman’s words, but an art object that encapsulates the feeling of Whitman." Her evocative work is done as a box that opens like a traditional book. The inside front cover and back cover are covered with cream paper that includes quotes from Whitman along with his image. The inside of the box/book are several spiky rows of grass leaves crafted from green paper. The box is covered with green paper with the title, author and press name in a lighter shad of green. In fine condition. Measures 5.25 x 7.25 inches. ARTISTB/120519. Fine.
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Lexington KY: Anvil Press, 1986. Hardcover. Number 11 of 100 copies. According to an article by Burton Milward, “Private Press Tradition in Lexington, Kentucky,” published in 1992 in the Kentucky Review, the Anvil Press was part of the resurgence of fine press printing in Lexington, led by Joseph Graves, who was influenced and taught by Victor Hammer. The Anvil Press was unusual in that it was an association comprised of ten members, inspired and guided by Hammer and his wife, Carolyn. Their books were printed on any one of the several presses owned by members of the group, and were sold at cost. This Greek tragedy in five acts, written in verse, was composed by Racine at the age of 27 and performed at the Court of Louis XIV. Bound with black cloth spine and red paper covered boards with red paper title label to spine. Pristine with numerous illustrations by Fritz Kredel, a prolific German artist who emigrated to the United States during World War II. In matching red paper dust jacket with black title to spine and front panels. Creasing to jacket and minor wear to edges. Printed in red and black inks at the Windell Press in Victor Hammer’s American & Andromaque uncial types. 51 pages. PRI/031314. Fine / Very Good.
London: Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans, 1855 and 1858. Hardcover. Francois Arago (1786-1853) was an important French astronomer, physicist, and mathematician, who was also a politician for republican causes. For some years before his death, Arago spent much time revising his large collection of manuscripts with a view toward their definitive publication. This work mainly consists of the course of Lectures on Astronomy which he delivered annually at the Observatory of Paris over eighteen years. Each of the volumes is organized by books of several chapters on the subject of that book, resulting in a comprehensive discourse on astronomy and related fields. The text is accompanied by numerous plates and hundreds of wood engravings. Bound in original green cloth bindings. Volume I has been rebacked. Gilt author, title, and volume number to spine. Corners bumped but very good. Interior pages and plates are also in very good condition. A very handsome set of this significant work. Volume I: 707 pages; Volume II: 846 pages including index. This set may require an extra shipping fee. SCI/07415. Very Good.
Richmond, VA: Mona Lisa Bagby, 2019. Hardcover. Number 6 of 10 copies. In this inventive and interesting work, book artist Lisa Bagby describes the importance of the color red in nature for animal, insect, and plant species. She writes that living creatures rely on color for protection, concealment, and sexual selection. The color red is one of the most distinctive. She offers many examples, from tree frogs to cardinals to red faced monkeys to various plants and fungi. She provides information on such phenomena as aposematism - the use of color by reptiles, amphibians, and fish to warn predators that they are toxic, dangerous, painful to attack, and difficult to eat. Red is not the only color used to display toxicity, but it is one of the more effective ones. The artist states: "The natural world as a companion marks my earliest memories and that status has never wavered. With maturity I came to appreciate the physical, psychological and emotional dynamics of the natural world. As a creative person, I can’t help but notice details of texture, scale and, of course, color in the environment. Color is a significant part of the equation that brings the natural world into our focus and may even persuade us to care. Color sharpens our senses and enjoyment of the environment, whether it is a spectacular sunset or the sight of a cherry tree laden with its fruit. It is part of Nature’s strategy for engaging us. My interest in eco-systems lead me to wanting to better understand how color is used in Nature so I began researching the purpose of red in the environment. The result is my handmade book, The Art of Red in Nature. I learned that Red was not dumped from a paint can over the globe and spread indiscriminately. It has been judiciously allocated across nature and each assignment is useful, if not essential, in the Plant and Animal worlds. Everything in nature, including color, is purposeful and this book explores the story of red in Nature. Not only is color, such as red, designed to support life in eco-systems, but red is also available for human beings to discover, in insects or in minerals, to advance our own creative efforts. The art of red in nature is a wonder indeed." Bagby has creatively illustrated her concertina book with cancelled postage stamps of different species, pen and ink drawings with watercolor applied, linoleum block prints, and cartoons. Additional stamps and descriptions are on the reverse pages. Bound in grey cloth with title label affixed to the front cover. With decorated endpapers and a red and white string closure. In fine condition. Measures 6 x 8 inches. ARTISTSB/121219. Fine.
A set of four original drawings in pen, ink, and gouache for an amateur theater production in Paris each signed by Barbier.The French artist George Barbier (1882-1932) was one of the most sophisticated and prolific illustrators and designers of his era. His Art Deco creations using the techniques of pochoir printing were both modern and classic, highly stylized, and extremely colorful. He became extremely popular after his first exhibition at the age of twenty-nine, and was widely sought after to design theater and ballet costumes, illustrate books, and most notably to produce haute couture fashion illustrations. He was somewhat forgotten after his early death at age fifty, but there has been strong renewed interest in his work in recent years. These charming drawings were done early in Barbier’s career when his style wasn’t yet fully matured. Early work by well known artists is important; although, less valuable. Three of the illustrations are full length figures, two of bearded men and one young boy shown dancing. The fourth drawing depicts the heads of two men and two women, labeled A, B, C, and D. All are in near fine condition, although along the top of the back of each sheet of paper is a glue remnant where once mounted on something. 7.25 x 10.25 inches. ORIG/080816.
London: Chappell & Co., 1893. Paperback. This is a very scarce item with an interesting history. J.M. Barrie (1860-1937) and Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930) met early in their writing careers when they both wrote for the magazine The Idler. They were both Scottish and passionate about cricket, and they became great friends. Their odd collaboration in writing this operetta came about because Barrie had agreed to write the libretto. He became ill, however, perhaps suffering a nervous breakdown, and his friend Doyle came to his rescue by collaborating with him on the work. Despite their efforts, the operetta was a failure, which apparently bothered them very little. In the original printed wrappers. This is a very nice copy of this uncommon work, particularly in this condition. It is a variant issue of this unusual collaboration. Housed in slipcase with the bookplates of Lord Esher and Clark Hunter. LIT/100709. Very Good.
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.
New York: Robert M'Dermut, 1806. Hardcover. Theater owner and playwright, Augustin Daly's copy, with his bookplate to front pastedown. Early edition. Bookplate of Franklin Johnston to facing page. "Master Betty" (1791 - 1874) was a famous English child actor, before leaving the stage at age 17 to attend college. Bound in three quarter tan leather over marbled paper covered boards with red label "Stage Biography" and green title / author label beneath. This is part of a series of books Daly had bound in a matching style, all labeled "Stage Biography." Rubbing, pulling, and wear to leather. Heavy chipping to head of spine. Dampstaining to boards and interior. Tears to a few pages. Top edge gilt with marbled endpapers. Bound by R.W. Smith. Includes three illustrations. Auction record number 230 written in pencil to front endpaper with note "Augustin Daly Collection;" however, record is not present. 140 pages. DRA/031419. Very Good.
Riverside, CA: Bo Press Miniature Books, 2020. Pat Sweet describes herself as creating illuminated miniature books of curiosity, humor, and delight. She creates both miniature (under 3 inches) and macro-miniature (under 1 inch) books. She also makes miniature pocket globes, astronomical instruments, orreries, tellurions, and occasional oddities. This is a miniature replica of a tabletop press. This is a tabletop model, built of wood, with antiqued brass accents. It includes two blank books. And yes, the press really works! Size: inches. Fine.
New Haven: Nathan Whiting, 1816. Hardcover. A later edition of Every Man His Own Doctor (previously printed as "Domestic Medicine,") but the first to include the lengthy appendix on horse and livestock care with advice on buying horses. Part of the appendix is also consists of a family directory including recipes for food and household products. Full brown leather boards with black and gilt title label pasted down to spine. Chipping to leather along head of spine and corners. Cracking to leather along spine. Minor rubbing and wear to covers and edges of boards. Bookplate of Susan Benedict Spencer to front pastedown. Spencer graduated from the New York University College of Medicine in 1941. There is also an older penned ownership signature of William H. Pratt to front free endpaper and rear free endpaper. In similar antiquated pen on the second free endpaper is a note stating "Granby, Connecticut. price $4." He notes on the rear free endpaper that the book was purchased in 1819. Pratt is recorded as having been a Revolutionary War pensioner, buried in the Pratt Cemetery in Granby, CT in 1850 at age 99 and 3 months. Pencil markings to front endpapers. Occasional spots of soiling and dampstaining. Minor uniform browning to pages. 464 plus appendix of 144 pages. MED/030719. Very Good.
Toronto: Cheshire Cat Press, 2018. Hardcover. Number 13 of 42 copies signed by the printers and the author of the introduction. This is a delightful new edition of Lewis Carroll's famous poem, The Hunting of the Snark. It was produced by a writer, artist, and book designer and printers who are ardent and well-known Carroll admirers. The Cheshire Press was formed by book designer and printer George Walker in 1991. The press began when he and two colleagues produced new editions of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass. Edward Wakeling, who wrote the introduction, is an internationally known authority on Carroll. In addition to writing a recent biography of him, Wakeling also created a comprehensive catalogue raisonne of over 1000 photographs taken by amateur photographer Carroll. Byron W. Sewell is a prolific illustrator, author and bibliographer of works associated with Lewis Carroll. For this edition of Snark, Sewell created new illustrations inspired by contemporary carte-de-visit photographs that were so popular in Victorian England. He has one for each character in the poem, adapting images from actual photographs. They are ideal depictions for this fantastic nonsense poem by Lewis Carroll, written when he was forty-four years old. Bound in maroon cloth with title in gilt to spine and on cover label. Handprinted in New Caledonia type on Bfk Rives Cream paper. The printing was completed by George Walker and Andy Malcolm, and the book design and layout were by Walker. An original print inscribed and signed by Sewell is inserted in a sleeve on the front pastedown. Housed in a slipcase in the same maroon cloth with gilt title on cover. In fine condition. 6.5 x 10 inches. 72 pages. PRI/010319. Fine.
Toronto: Cheshire Cat Press, 2019. Hardcover. Number 13 of 42 copies. Signed by Walker, Burstein, and printer Andy Malcolm. Quarto. This is the latest version of The Hunting of the Snark to be published by the Cheshire Press. Carroll's famous nonsense poem has been subject to numerous interpretations over time. In this truly snarky edition, Walker has chosen President Donald Trump and his White House cabinet and advisors for his 21st century lineup of the characters. He writes: "...I think they match up nicely to to the crew of the ship. When you read the poem and think of Trump's cabinet, it's hard not to see the parallels. The political arena in the USA could be described as nonsense, which is exactly the type of poem [this] is. The plot follows a crew of ten unqualified professionals trying to hunt the Snark with a blank map." Thus such familiar names as Scaramucci, Sessions, Priebus, Pence, Mnuchin, Bannon, Sanders and Trump himself appear in parts that reflect their real-life attributes and roles. Bound in grey textured cloth with leather title label to front cover and gilt title to spine. Printed in New Caledonia type on Velin BFK Rives paper. With thirteen engravings by Walker and "The Snark Map" in a sleeve affixed to front pastedown. Housed in slipcase covered in same cloth as book with gilt titling to cover and spine. In fine condition. 71 pages. PRI/011520. Fine.
Wilmington, DE: by the author, 1908. Hardcover. Signed by the author on the front endpaper of volume one. Very good condition bound in green cloth with faded titles to spines. Browning to spines and wear and some discoloration to boards. Occasional small spots of foxing to all volumes. Some of the pages remain unopened and some have been opened poorly leaving closed tears along the edges. Includes many illustrations. This set may require an extra shipping fee. 1179 pages. Very Good.
Baltimore: Horn-Shafer Company, 1941. Hardcover. Limited to 250 copies. Signed and inscribed by the author: "To F.C. Latrobe compliments of Bruce Cotten Sept 4th 1941." Born in Wilson, North Carolina, Bruce Cotten (1873 - 1954) was a serious collector of books, art, and ephemera relating to North Carolina. Much of his collection can now be found at the Louis Round Wilson Library of the University of North Carolina library. Bound in original brown cloth with gilt title to spine. Very subtle dampstain to front cover. Offsetting to endpages and a few small spots of foxing to interior, but overall clean and bright. Includes 100 facsimile impressions of titlepages. 66 pages plus 101 plates. BOB/022814. Very Good.
Copper Plate Engraving by George Edwards, with original hand coloring on laid paper. Edwards spent most of his life observing and depicting indigenous and non-indigenous species of birds. Many of his drawings were done on commission for the Royal Society and Royal College of Physicians. Edwards is credited with collaborating on the scientific naming and description of about 300 species of birds.The print measures 11 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches. Archivally matted. #49204. Very Good.
1743. A leaf from A Natural History of Birds. Edward's friend and mentor Mark Catesby taught him the technique of engraving, which made it possible for him to engrave his own drawings, the results of which can be found in his natural historical works. He added to the hand colored compositions of his illustration engravings by including insects, especiallly butterflies. Print method is Engraving by Copper Plate with original hand coloring on laid paper, measuring 290 x 220 mm. or approximately 11 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches. Archivally matted. #49123. Very Good.
London: Eragny Press, 1901. Hardcover. One of 226 copies, of which 200 were for sale, issued by Hacon and Ricketts. Founded in 1894 by Lucien Pissaro and his wife, Esther, the Eragny Press became well known for its distinctive designs, woodcuts, and printing. This lovely book is an edition of Flaubert’s story about the beheading of John the Baptist. In an early full crimson morocco binding with five raised bands to spine. Title, author, and date in gilt to spine. Slight rubbing to hinges. Leather turn-ins are gold tooled and the endpapers are marbled paper. Red hand sewn endbands with a three color silk ribbon marker and top edge in gilt. Interior pages are bright and clean save for evidence of a bookplate on verso of free front endpaper that has lightly offset on opposite page. Includes a woodcut frontispiece illustration by Lucien with borders and initials done by Esther. Near fine condition. A lovely fine binding. In French. 104 pages. PRI/080514. Near Fine.
San Jose, CA: 2007. Paperback. A UNIQUE ARTISTS’ BOOK which has been signed and dated by the artist. The words “Star Spell” are written largely in resist and have been watercolored over to reveal the words across the twilight sky background. The familiar rhyme reads: “Star light / star bright / first star / I see tonight / I wish I may / I wish I might / have the wish / I wish tonight.” Fine in grey paper wrappers with white hand lettered title to spine and silver star to front panel. The interior is bound accordion style and is hand painted and lettered in white on Zerkall Book paper. This is a charming book by well known calligrapher, Cari Ferraro. In addition to her unique artists’ books and small limited editions, she has written several books detailing her calligraphy techniques. [16 pages.] ARTB/012408. 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.
Freeville, NY: Carol Schwartzott, 2007. Hard Cover. Number 24 of 25 copies signed and numbered by the book artist. This is a particularly beautiful version of the famous Rubaiyat. In her artist's statement Schwartzott writes that as a collector of Rubaiyats she began to toy with creating her own version in 2006. "The book is divided into seven segments, each separated by a divider of hand-marbled Japanese paper. The first contains the title page and introduction and the last an artist's statement, bibliography and colophon. The remaining five are dedicated to the seventy-five quatrains of FitzGerald's first edition. Each contains a vellum window, reminiscent of a Persian archway that opens to reveal my version of a miniature painting." Bound in light blue Japanese cloth with an intricate wood cut out to front board. The pristine interior was laser printed with archival ink onto Mohawk Via vellum and Moab Entrada paper. The prints were then finished with color pencil, paint, gold and silver leaf. Housed in clamshell box covered in the same cloth as the book. In fine condition. Unpaginated. ARTB/120219. Fine.
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.
Upper Denby, Huddersfield: Fleece Press, 2004. Hardcover. Deluxe Edition. Number 45 of 54 deluxe copies that include two tipped-in color prints and a signed loose print of “Cafe Dansant No. 2.” Laid in is a signed typed letter from printer Simon Laurence on his letterhead dated October 12th, 2003. This the fourth book in the John Buckland Wright series printed by the Fleece Press. It contains the “free” or autonomous prints not published in the previous volumes including book illustrations, commercial work and designs for cards, announcements and publishers’ marks. It addition it features a descriptive account of all the rejected and unfinished blocks in the studio. A description and printed examples of Wright’s experiments with color which culminated in two engravings “The Blue Dress” (1952) and “The Red Room” (1952) are also included; Wright died before completely finishing the latter. Before the printing of this book, neither of these engravings had been editioned. Fine in quarter vellum with patterned paper boards and gilt title to spine. Pristine interior with many tipped-in illustrations, some of which are in color. Printed in Modern No. 7 type set at Whittington Press by Peter Sanderson on Magnani Avorio Biblos paper and bound by Smith Settle. The tipped-in reproductions were printed in Sheffield by J.W. Northend Fine Print. The print and book are housed in a fine orange cloth clamshell box with paper title label to spine. 71 pages. PRI/122409. 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.
Berkeley: Flying Fish Press, 2018. Hardcover. Number 25 of 50 copies signed and numbered by the book artist. Flying Fish Press was established in 1987 by internationally known book artist and book art educator Julie Chen. The press focuses on the design and production of limited edition artists' books with an emphasis on three-dimensional and movable book structures and fine letterpress printing. Editions range in size from 25 to 150 copies. Work from the press Is known for combining meticulous attention to craft, intricate structural design, and inspired artistic vision. Half Century was written, illustrated, and designed by Chen. It is dedicated to Sandra Kroupa, Book Arts and Rare Books Curator, on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of her career at University of Washington Libraries, Seattle, WA (colophon). Chen writes: "The text of this book considers the complexity of our relationship to time in our daily lives. We think we understand how time works, but our public beliefs about time may not sync up with our private beliefs about time. Our conception of time changes over the course of a lifetime but we often only realize this at milestones and/or traumatic moments in our lives. Imagery includes a variety of large wood type numbers that were printed at the Hamilton Wood Type Museum in Two Rivers, WI, along with an abstract visual timeline illustrating a pattern of significant life events over a 50-year period." Half Century has an accordion structure that measures 6 x 6 x 1 inches when closed, opening to a full width of 174 inches. Bound in red cloth with title label and "Act I" or Act II" on front and back covers. Letterpress printed from wood type and photopolymer plates. Presented in a red cloth box with a magnetic closure. In fine condition. Unpaginated. ARTB/012219. Fine.
London: Henry J. Glaisher, 1909. Paperback. Inscribed: "To R.P.K., from D.J. F. March 19, 1912." Frontispiece portrait from a drawing by Dorothy Newill. Includes a poem inspired by Max Beerbohm's caricatures. Scarce volume by a minor but interesting modernist poet. Bound in original cream wraps. Title and author in red on front cover. Some soiling, chipping and small tears along spine. Foxing to endpapers. Very good condition. 48 pages. POE/061512. Very Good in Wraps.