Glasgow: Frederick W. Wilson and Brother, 1888. Paperback. First Edition. 300 copies printed. SCARCE PRESENTATION COPY of Davidson’s fourth book, inscribed “To Mrs. John A. Cramb with kind regards from John Davidson.” John Davidson (1857-1909) was a Scottish poet, playwright, and novelist. His chief talent was as a poet, and his work influenced early Modernists such as T.S. Eliot and Wallace Stevens. Due to personal and financial problems, Davidson ultimately committed suicide. The recipient and her husband, a student, were among Davidson’s closest friends when he attended Edinburgh University. They followed Davidson to London in the early 1890s hoping also for successful literary careers. In the end, John Cramb returned to academic life, becoming professor of Modern History at Queen’s College, London. Cramb had a crucial influence on Davidson’s later works (in particular The Testaments of John Davidson) through his book, The Origins and Destiny of Imperial Britain (1900). In the original parchment wrappers, which are browned and lightly soiled, but otherwise in very good condition. Interior pages are clean and bright, with very light rippling caused by tight signatures. Enclosed in red cloth folder, which is inserted into a red cloth slipcase with quarter leather spine. Gilt title, author, date, and “presentation copy” to spine. 82 pages including publishers catalogue. DRA/051111. Very Good in Wraps.
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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.
Berkeley: Flying Fish Press, 2003. Number 61 of 100 copies signed and numbered by the book artist. At the time this book work was first created, Julie Chen described it as "by far the most ambitious and extravagant piece ever to be produced at Flying Fish Press. Personal Paradigms presents a truly interactive experience for the reader in the form of a game that is played and the results then recorded in a collaborative ledger book. The object of the game focuses on the player's own life experiences and perceptions at the moment that the game is being played." Presented in a sumptuous cloth covered box, the set includes a letterpress printed game board and a multitude of beautiful lasercut game pieces. The game board opens to a full size of 21 x 30 inches. Box measures 15. x 11.25 x 4.75 when closed. In fine condition. ARTISTSB/042820. Fine.
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.
London: William Heinemann, 1904. Hardcover. First Edition of the English version of the first published issue, written when Galsworthy was only 37 years old. An important literary association copy, inscribed "Jan 29 1904. To W. H. Hudson from John Galsworthy." The book had been published the day before. W.H. Hudson, author of Green Mansions, for which Galsworthy wrote the introduction, was one of Galsworthy's close friends and the dedicatee of his 1907 novel The Country House. While signed copies of Galsworthy's early books are not uncommon, contemporary presentation copies are rare. Bound in original green cloth with gilt title and author to spine and gilt title in script across front cover. Some fading and rubbing. Hinges are tender but text block is solid. Housed in a handsome green quarter leather slipcase. With book plate of Joseph Fisher Loewi to front pastedown and Hugh Roberts Parrish on slipcase. Very good condition. 311 pages. LIT/011216. Very Good.
New Orleans: F.F. Hansell and Bro., Ltd, 1903. Hardcover. Fourth Edition. American historian, lawyer, author, politician and slave owner, Charles Gayarre (1805 - 1895) was best known for his histories of Louisiana; although, he wrote fiction as well. Born in New Orleans to a Spanish and French Creole planter family, he grew up on a plantation before attending law school in Pennsylvania. He lost his considerable fortune by supporting the Confederacy and later earned money by writing and working as a court reporter. He was president of the Louisiana Historical Society for nearly thirty years. This four volume edition includes a biography of the author, bibliography, an extensive index, and combines multiple works and lectures that were previously published by the author about Louisiana under separate covers. Each volume is bound in three quarter tan leather over marbled paper covered boards. Leather and gilt title and volume labels to spines. Minor cracking to leather on spines, minor wear to corners and edges of boards. Frontispiece and three fold-out maps. Clean interiors overall. Minor browning to margins of pages in some volumes. Top edges gilt with marbled endpaper. Volume I is 540 pages; Volume II is 383 pages; Volume III is 649 pages; Volume IV is 693 pages plus index. This set may require an extra shipping fee. STA/022119. Very Good.
Dublin: William Hallhead, 1777. Hardcover. Pirated Dublin edition. Volume one states that it is the Fourth Edition; it was printed in Dublin for Hallhead in 1777. Volumes 2 - 6 were also printed in Dublin for Hallhead and are dated 1781. Volumes 7 - 10 were printed in Dublin for Luke White in 1788. Lacks volumes 11 and 12. Volume 2 has folding map. Bookplate of Charles Chauncey to front pastedown of each volume. Bound in full leather with title and volume labels to spines; however, one volume lacks volume label. Volumes 1- 6 have matching full calf bindings and volumes 7 - 10 are bound in matching mottled calf bindings. This set may require an extra shipping fee. Very Good.
Hingham, MA: Maryanne Grebenstein, 2012. Hardcover. Features text from a biblical verse. Taking inspiration from a 15th century manuscript, calligrapher Maryanne Grebenstein has created an unique book that has been lettered, decorated, gilded, and bound by hand. Using the same materials and techniques employed by scribes for centuries, Grebenstein carefully letters each word, uses raised 23K gold leaf, and hand paints each border decoration. The page proportions are kept to the traditional ratio, utilizing the centuries old ‘gold rule’ established during the Renaissance. Each page has a similar but not identical border design, following the design principal utilized in the prayer book. Written on Zerkall ingres paper. Beautifully bound by Samuel Feinstein in full blue Niger Oasis goatskin with gilt title to spine and front cover. The front cover features a rose onlay in red and green leather. A gilt stamp of the rose appears on the rear cover. Marbled endpapers by Cockerell Marblers. Signed by the artist and binder. Measures 9.5 inches x 13 inches. Calligrapher and book artist Maryanne Grebenstein (Hingham, MA) founded The Abbey Studio, which offers professional calligraphy services and classes, and also Turn-in-the-Path Books which produces unique and limited edition books and broadsides. Maryanne teaches at the North Bennet Street School in Boston and is a Visiting Artist at the Corcoran College of Art+Design in Washington, DC. Fine.
2011. Hardcover. Unique Artists' Book. Signed and dated by the book artist and binder. This is a hand-lettered manuscript of Poe's classic poem "Annabel Lee" which was designed, hand-written, gilded, and decorated by Maryanne Grebenstein. Each page is decorated with an elaborate floral motif border with flourishes and initials in gold. Bound in three quarter purple cloth with marbled paper covered boards by Elizabeth Rideout of Charlotte, VT. This manuscript was hand lettered in the Italic style using Moon Palace Sumi ink and Leonardt and Soennecken pen nibs on Pergamenata stationery weight paper in antique. The gold leaf is 23.75 karat on gesso and the decorations are with Winsor & Newton gouache. Unpaginated [8 pages]Calligrapher and book artist Maryanne Grebenstein (Hingham, MA) is a student of Sheila Waters, Jeanyee Wong, Robert Boyajian and others. She owns The Abbey Studio which offers professional calligraphy services and classes and Turn-in-the-Path Books which produces unique and limited edition books and broadsides. Maryanne also teaches at the North Bennet Street School in Boston and is a Visiting Artist at the Corcoran College of Art+Design in Washington, DC. ARTB/081711. Fine.
London: Longmans, Green, and Co., 1893. Maurice Greiffenhagen. Hardcover. First Edition of this Aztec romance. Author's Presentation Copy, inscribed "To Andrew from his affec brother H Rider Haggard 1894." Henry Rider Haggard (1856-1925) was the author of a number of adventure novels set in exotic locales. His books, including She and King Solomon's Mines, are still popular today. Haggard traveled to Mexico in 1891 to do research for this book and sadly his young son died while he was away. The book describes the first interactions between the Spanish and South American natives, as well as murders, shipwrecks, and slavery. Colonel Andrew Haggard, who had a distinguished military career - he was one of he first British officers to command in the Egyptian army - was also a successful novelist, travel writer and poet. It is known that Andrew helped Rider with the writing of Dawn and he likely played an important role in helping his younger brother with the several bestsellers which revolved around Egypt and mummies. There are 25 black and white illustrations by the British painter and illustrator Maurice Greiffenhagen. He was Haggard's friend, which led him to illustrate several of his adventure books, starting with She in 1889. Bound in the original publisher's blue-green cloth with gilt author and title to front cover and spine. Light bumping, small chip to bottom of faded spine. Hinges a bit tender but text block is tight. Interior pages are clean. Bookplate of collector Mark Samuels Lasner to front pastedown. Very good condition. 325 pages plus 24 page publisher's catalog. LIT/012016. Very Good.
Glenview, IL: Karen Hanmer, 2011. Hardcover. Number 17 of 30 (numbered on case). Vellum spine titled in gilt with illustrated paper covered boards. The cover illustration varies. This book features a full color reproduction of a painting that hung over the book artist's sofa when she was a child. The painting depicts a view of the island of Capri overlooking the Gulf of Naples. Hanmer has divided the painting into eight equal portions, each of which reads as a horizon and may also function as a metaphor for memory and the unanswered questions that elude memory. "With her latest project, Karen Hanmer has created an archetype of all the family oil paintings that hung above the couches of our childhood. Not a drop of irony stains the languid shorelines and gauzy, cloud-flecked skies that fill the pages of this inviting book. Hanmer instead chooses to treat her subject with a candid reverence that raises intriguing questions about how we assign value to the objects that circumscribe our lives and how memory impacts that process" (Vera Scekic, Chicago painter and curator). Housed in an archival paper case with the edition number and artist's contact information stamped on the front panel. Measures 5.5 x 8 x 5 inches. Unpaginated [16 pages.] ARTB/121415.
Glenview, IL: Karen Hanmer, 2004. Number 20 or 20 copies, signed and numbered by the book artist. Karen's artist-made books are physical manifestations of personal essays intertwining history, culture, politics, science and technology. She utilizes both traditional and contemporary book structures, and the work is often playful in content or format. This is the last unsold copy of this thoughtful and nostalgic book by Karen. She uses the text of a young Navy wife’s letter written from Europe in the 1950s to her family on the farm along with her alternate personal thoughts. The book uses the flag book structure to juxtapose these texts with sections of an old photograph of her Midwestern relatives. This structure offers an effective medium for creating a visual as well as a textual experience. The full photograph of the family is revealed when the book is fully opened. The photograph and text were created using pigment inkjet prints. The covers reproduce a black and white photo of the young Navy wife with an Italian city view behind her. The back of the book opens in accordion style and shows another black and white photo from Italy. Book is 4.5 x 9 inches closed and 8 x 19 inches when fully open. Housed in an archival stiff paper storage box with Velcro closures. In fine condition. Fine.
Glenview, IL: Karen Hanmer, 2010. Hardcover. Number 21 of 30 copies. Signed and numbered by the book artist. This book was one of six winners of the “Building by the Book” competition sponsored by the Philadelphia Athenaeum and Philadelphia Center for the Book. This work by noted book artist Karen Hanmer is based on Samuel Sloan's 1852 collection of house plans and instructions to contractors titled The Model Architect. Hanmer juxtaposes Sloan's historical text and illustrations with modern text from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's online "Guide to Avoiding Foreclosure." The artist provides commentary in the colophon reflecting on the effects of the 2008 financial collapse in her own neighborhood. She states: "Samuel Sloan's The Model Architect was published at the mid point of a century marked by cycles of rampant speculation followed by financial collapse. The Panic of 1857 came on the heels of publication of Sloan's work, and put a halt to the most active portion of his career. This milieu mirrors what has happened in my own neighborhood of modest homes over the past fifteen years. The transformation began with some owners remodeling their kitchen, or adding a family room or bedroom. Then larger additions came. Ultimately, the houses commanded high prices to be sold as teardowns. Huge new houses were built in their places. The construction proceeded with increasingly grandiose features; portions of the facade faced with thin sheets of stone, wooden garage doors with cast iron-like fittings, decorative copper accents on the roofs, turrets, lions flanking the brick driveways. Now the house across the street, the house next door, and the house next door to that are all in foreclosure, and soon will be uninhabitable. The lawns grow without interruption. Without electricity and heat the basements fill with water, the pipes burst, the mechanicals are destroyed. Few modest, affordable homes remain in the neighborhood." Bound in marbled paper covered boards with black leather spine and red leather title label, titled and ruled in gilt. Bound using the modern drum leaf structure but replicating the look of a 19th century book. Housed in an archival paper case with the edition number and artist's contact information stamped on the front panel. Measures 14 x 11 x .5 inches. 48 pages. ARTB/121212. Fine.
Glenview, IL: Karen Hanmer, 2010. Hardcover. Number 21 of 25 copies in the Deluxe Edition. The edition consists of 125 copies of which 25 are deluxe, 50 are standard, and 50 are printed as chapbooks. Noted book artist Karen Hanmer examines the writings of Edgar Allan Poe and compares modern events to his stories. She examines Poe's "The Premature Burial" and compares nineteenth century fears of being buried alive to modern day people being buried in dept and unemployment. Perhaps most relevant to current events (even though Hanmer wrote this in 2010) is her examination of Poe's "The Masque of the Red Death" in which the plague is an "uninvited guest" at a masquerade within the suppossedly impregnable castle walls. In reflection on Poe's story, Hanmer writes: "In the new century, Americans have had the opportunity to realize that we are not as invulnerable as it is comforting to believe. Very bad things do happen here. We find ourselves unprepared for the events and with no plan for recovery in the aftermath."“The physical structure, typography, and design for the paper wrapper ... are based on the first edition of Poe’s first published work, Tamerlane and Other Poems. Only twelve copies of this modest pamphlet are known to exist of the fifty printed in Boston in 1827” (Hanmer). This copy is presented in an early 19th century boarded binding based upon a technique taught by Jeff Peachey. Bound in marbled paper covered boards with beige paper spine and title label to the front board. The paper was marbled by Pamela Smith. Inkjet printed on Ruscombe Mill pale wove handmade paper. Housed in an archival folding case with a replica of the Tamerlane title page pasted to the front cover. The case has a Velcro closure. In fine condition. 36 pages. ARTB/011516. Fine.
Glenview, IL: Karen Hanmer, 2004. Hardcover. Number 19 of 30 copies. Signed and numbered by the book artist. Features photographs, archival documents, and text pertaining to the Wright Brothers' experimentation to develop the first manned, powered flight. Bound using the flag book structure with illustrated paper covered boards. This book was created for Turning Pages: A Collection of Artists' Books shown in The Living Room, the family installation space at the Wichita Art Museum. Housed in an archival paper case with the edition number and artist's contact information stamped on the front panel. Measures 7 x 26 x 5 inches open and 7 x 5 x 3 ¾ inches closed. Unpaginated. [16 pages.] ARTB/032417. Fine.
Glenview, IL: Karen Hanmer, 2008. Hardcover. Number 17 of 30 copies. At once vast and minimal, sparse and rich, the night sky has always been a canvas upon which people project their myths and dreams. Star Poems presents quotes that document response to the night sky across the ages by philosophers, artists, and poets from Plato and Byron to contemporary writers, scientists and astronauts. This text is paired with 17th century mythological images of constellation forms and images of early star gazers on a background of a NASA photograph of the Milky Way. The book can be held in the hand and read page by page like a traditional book, can be removed from its jacket and unfolded flat to reference historical astronomical charts or contemporary NASA composite photos, or can be folded into an infinite variety of sculptural shapes. Measures: 6.75x5.75x.75" closed, 17.5x 23" open. Housed in a blue cardstock box with velcro closure. Fine.
Basel: Romano Hänni, 2010. Hardcover. Number 98 of 175 copies. A commentary on various aspects of life, some of which are illustrated with design elements. For example "with ritalin" shows a series of small, numbered pill shaped designs. It faces "without ritalin" which shows a variety of animals and other creatures. One unillustrated quote from the jacket reads "The daily misconduct: It is not the large catastrophes, it is he daily mistakes in the details that cause the global problems." Bound accordion style in boards with white illustrated dust jacket. Handcomposed and handprinted in black, red, blue, and gold. The text is printed in German; however, a pictorial booklet supplement with English translation is included. An thought provoking, well designed book. ARTB/060111. Fine.
Penland School of Crafts, 2017. Hardcover. Number 12 of 16 copies. Signed by the artist. An exploration of women's domestic roles in the late 19th century through the language of Henrik Ibsen's play, "A Doll's House" juxtaposed with pastel renderings of domestic objects. The text oscillates between a husband's dialogue to his wife and her inner dialogue, including: "Has my little spendthrift been wasting money again? ... They all think that I am incapable of anything really serious - that I have gone through nothing in this world of cares.... My little songbird must never do that again. A songbird must have a clean beak to chirp with - no false notes! ...." Grey cloth boards with silhouette of a vessel to front board. Text and images are letterpress printed on cotton and Japanese papers. Size: 7 x 5 inches. ARTB/090320. Fine.
London: Cecil Palmer, n.d. . Hardcover. With its large format and beautiful color illustrations on every page, this is one of Jessie M. King’s most desirable books. The stories are charming, and many impart a gentle moral to the children reading them. For many years there was some uncertainty about the identity of the author, “Marion.” Many believed that Jessie M. King was the author because her middle name was Marion. It was finally established by her descendants, however, that the author was Mrs. Alexander (Marion) Gemmel. (B199, Colin White bibliography). The illustrations are exuberant and playful, as befits stories for small children. There are eleven full-page illustrations, with color decorations on each text page. Bound in bright paper covered pictorial boards with title and illustrator in red to front cover and spine. Some wear and rubbing to edges, hinges, and corners but in very good condition with clean, bright interior. Original glassine jacket not present. 56 pages. CHILD/111412. Near Fine.
Massachusetts: Viewpoint Editions, 2011. Hardcover. Number 13 of 15 copies. This mystical book by the award winning book artist Dorothy Simpson Krause draws upon her work as a painter, collage-maker, and printmaker. The text is from Samuel Taylor Coleridge's poem "Kubla Kahn or A Vision in a Dream, A Fragment,” composed in 1797 after an opium-induced dream. Krause’s imagery creates a vision of a savage place, with holy and enchanted caverns, walls, towers and a sacred river where "the shadow of the dome of pleasure floated midway on the waves.” These haunting images of submerged architectural passageways, lit from within, reflect the branches of trees and illuminate floating leaves and flowers. Bound in gold and brown Asahi fabric over boards with gold cloth spine. The title and author are stamped in gold on a gold paper label on the front board. Laserprinted with endsheets of mustard gold Lokta paper. Housed in a gold organza bag with gold drawstring ties. In fine condition. About 5 x 7 inches. Unpaginated. PRI/100312. Fine.
London: C. Elkin Mathews, 1889. Hardcover. Number 7 of 50 copies of this large paper edition, signed and numbered by the author. Inscribed by the publisher, John Lane: "This is the first book published at The Bodley Head & Le Gallienne's first published book John Lane Chicago April 25 1896." This is a collection of poems for book lovers. It is a very nice copy bound in blue paper boards with cream paper spine and author/title label to spine. Binding is near fine. There is light offsetting and a small tear to bottom of Lane inscription page. Interior otherwise very good. With a blue cloth jacket and housed in a quarter morocco blue slipcase. 89 pages. POE/011816. Very Good +.
Eugene, OR: Susan Lowdermilk, 2002. Hardcover. One of 35 copies. Susan Lowdermilk is a book artist and printmaker working in traditional processes such as woodcut, wood engraving and intaglio etching as well as digital media. Her artist’s books involve movable parts, pop-ups and LED circuitry. She is a professor at Lane Community College in Eugene, Oregon, teaching courses in printmaking, artist books and graphic design. Her work has been collected by over 60 public institutions including, the Getty Museum, the Library of Congress and the New York Public Library. Her artist’s books are represented in galleries throughout the United States. She earned her Master’s of Fine Art from the University of Oregon. This inventive book uses a six panel Jacob's ladder structure with the panels connected by black ribbon. Images of rock, paper, and scissors appear in each panel and are printed from black and grey woodcuts. The panel backgrounds are carved to imitate wood grain. Housed in a grey and black chemise. In fine condition. 4 x 4 inches closed. ARTISTSB/073118. Fine.
London: T. Beckt and P.A. De Hondt, 1768. Hardcover. First Edition. Published posthumously by the author's son. John Macpherson (1710-1765) was a minister for Sleat (Slate) Isle of Skye. His son, also John, became the first baronet from Sleat, and was the Scottish administrator in India, serving as acting Governor-General in 1785-1786. Bound in contemporary brown leather, with rebacked spine. Spine has five raised bands and red title label. Bumping and rubbing but still very good condition. Offsetting on endpapers, some cracking to front hinge but interior pages are clean save for light aging to margins. Three pages with pencil notes in margin. Ownership signature of Finlay Macpherson on free front endpaper. Preface: xxiv pages; 382 pages plus 2 page publisher catalog. ENGHIST/042412. Very Good.
No Binding. A delightful ink drawing by English illustrator, Phil May (1864 - 1903), who made regular contributions to many periodicals, including the Sydney Bulletin, St. Stephens Review, Daily Graphics, and Punch. He also published his own annuals from 1892 - 1905 and supplemented these with additional larger albums. Examples of his work can be found at the Victoria & Albert Museum and the British Museum. May, a short man of slight build, has drawn himself in a wonderfully comic manner, as is typical of his self-portraits. He depicts himself as being enormously fat and smoking a cigar following a meal. The drawing is inscribed by May and reads: “Menu. Savoy Omlette, Cold Beef (plat de jour), Spring Onions (off), Cabbage (pickled)” and is titled “What a Feed I’ve Had.” It is also signed by the artist, “Fill May.” The drawing has been mounted on a piece of archival board and matted. The bottom right corner of the paper is missing; to make this less evident; the board behind the drawing has been watercolored in light blue to match the color of the paper. There are a few light spots of foxing to the paper. Ink drawing measures 7 x 5 inches. The mat measures 19 x 12.5 inches. ART/050609. Very good.