[United House of Prayer], 1968. Hardcover. First Edition of this scarce book on the founding and growth of the United House of Prayer for All People between January 1960 and August 1967. The church was founded by Bishop C. M. Grace, known to his followers as Sweet Daddy Grace. After a brief chapter on Sweet Daddy Grace, the book's primary focus is on The Most Honorable Bishop W. McCollough, his successor. McCollough became known as Sweet Daddy McCollough after his rise to leadership. His accomplishments and the spread of the church throughout the country are documented, and there are photos of him over time as well as pictures of the many churches founded in various cities. Bound in black cloth with title to spine and front board. Lettering slightly faded. Slight bumping and very small goudge to cloth on back cover, but in very good condition. Interior pages are clean and bright except for residue from paper clips on table of contents page and rear pastedown, and a few remnants from item glued to corner of page 94. 100 pages. REL/072412. Very Good.
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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.
Paris: Durand et Cie, 1913. Andre Helle. Boards. A charming and scarce copy of Debussy's ballet score (piano reduction only) for “La Boite a Joujoux,” with delightful color pochoir illustrations by Andre Helle. The ballet was inspired by Debussy's daughter and her toys and toy box. This was one of Debussy's final works, and the ballet was in fact not staged until after his death, with costumes and decor by Helle. Published in hardbound and softbound editions, this copy has been recased in tan paper-covered boards with a digital reproduction of Helle's illustrated title affixed to front cover. The original paper covers are bound in. In very good plus condition with a few small closed tears on the lower margin of a few pages. 10 x 13 inches. 48 pages. MUS/040513. Very Good+.
Rio de Janeiro: IPEAFRO / Afrodiaspora, 1995. Hardcover. Signed by the author on front free endpage. Afro-Brazilian artist, politician, and scholar Abdias Do Nascimento (1914 - 2011) was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004. Text in English and Portuguese. Filled with full color, full page reproductions of the artist's paintings. Very good in tan cloth boards with embossed title to spine and front cover. Minor wear to edges of boards including a bump to the bottom edge of the front cover. A few splits to interior of binding; however, all pages remain bound. In black illustrated dust jacket with red title to spine and front panels. Minor wear to edges of jacket including a few small chips and minor rubbing to panels. Housed in original black illustrated slipcase with red title to spine and front panels. Wear and rubbing to edges and panels of case including an old price sticker. 170 pages. ART/092415. Very Good / Very Good.
London: Ralph Smith, 1700. Hardcover. A unique copy of a first edition Restoration comedy from the personal library of actor and theater manager John Philip Kemble. The volume is initialed, collated, and pronounced perfect on the title page in ink by Kemble along with the date. John Philip Kemble (1757 - 1823) was an important English actor who also achieved fame as the manager of the Drury Lane and Covent Garden theaters. He was also known for assembling a theatrical library that was unrivaled. After he retired in 1819 he sold his collection of 4000 plays and forty volumes of playbills to Cavendish, the 6th Duke of Devonshire. The Devonshire collection is now part of the Huntington Library in San Marino, California. The remainder of Kemble's library was auctioned by Evans in Pall Mall over ten days beginning January 21, 1821 (from the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography). George Farquhar (1677 - 1707) was an Irish playwright of real comic power who wrote for the English stage at the beginning of the 18th century. He stood out from his contemporaries for originality of dialogue and a stage sense that doubtless stemmed from his experience as an actor. His early plays were primarily spirited variations on a theme: young men have their fling for four acts and reform, unconvincingly, in the fifth. The plays have freshness, however, as well as wit and a lively human sympathy (Encyclopedia Britannica). For this copy each individual page has been meticulously framed on slightly larger sheets of contemporary white paper. It has been beautifully bound by Riviere and Son in full tan calf with gold tooling and lettering. The spines have five raised bands with gilt decorated compartments and there are two leather labels, one with the play's title and author, and the other stating "J.P. Kemble's Copy." With gilt dentelles, marbled endpapers, and all edges gilt, with a few splash marks on cover otherwise in near fine condition. The pages of the play are browned with occasional spots of foxing and soiling but text is completely legible. In very good condition. Measures 6.5 x 9 inches. 54 pages. DRAMA/012121. Near Fine.
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.
London: Arthur Barker, 1934. Hardcover. First Edition. A masterpiece of historical fiction, ranked in some surveys as one of the best novels of the twentieth century. In very good condition in black cloth boards with gilt title to spine. Light spotting to boards and light wear to edges. Previous owner’s bookplate to front pastedown and note in pencil to front free endpaper. There is offsetting from an article that is no longer present on the front endpaper and front flap of the jacket. Minor foxing to endpapers. There is a foldout family tree at the rear of the book. In blue illustrated dust jacket with white title to spine and front panel. The jacket is in three pieces with small chips to the spine ends, edges, and hinges. Browning to spine of jacket. A nice copy despite noted wear. 494 pages. LIT/052511. Very good in a good dust jacket.
Philadelphia, PA: Stedman, Brown & Lyon, 1873. This map is from [O.W.] "Gray's Atlas of the United States with General Maps of the World, Philadelphia, Stedman, Brown & Lyon 1873." It is one of many variations of reprints variations of reprints from Colton's (1800-1893) original "General Atlas," that was printed from 1857 through 1888. Colton may have copied this map's format from Sidney E. Morse (1794-1871) and Samuel Breese' (1802-1873) 1845 version of "Maryland and Delaware. (with) District of Columbia." Later, Publisher, A.J. Johnson used Colton's format of this map in his 1860 edition of "Johnson's New Illustrated Family Atlas." Johnson did not use the famous "Colton" border, but rather created his own and substituted an engraving of the US capitol where the inset of Washington, D.C. was. Gray completely omitted any decorative border in this example; however, portions of the map extend out beyond the simple border to where the Colton and Johnson decorative borders would have been. The map is a steel engraving. Delaware and Maryland are divided into hand colored counties and cities, major roads, railroads, geographic details, and major bodies of water featuring the Chesapeake Bay, Potomac River, Delaware Bay, and the Atlantic Ocean. Inset in lower left corner presents "District of Columbia" with "references" identifying major sites by number and a "Scale of Miles." The reverse page contains "Gray's Atlas Map of New Jersey. 97." Fading on edge of page and two small tape markings on reverse. Size of Map: 30.2cm X 41.5cm (11 7/8" X 16 1 4") Framed. #45460. Near Fine.
Hingham, MA: Maryanne Grebenstein, 2012. Hardcover. Number 16 of 20 copies. One unique hand lettered copy was also issued. This is a small prayer book containing The Lord’s Prayer in Latin, Middle English (John Wycliffe version), and the Revised Standard Version. In this limited edition the black text is printed and the decorations are hand colored with the illuminations in gold or silver pen. Each book is hand bound and colored differently, so that the 20 copies all have a completely different look. 3 x 3 inches. Fine.
Hingham, MA: Maryanne Grebenstein, 2012. Hardcover. Number 3 of 20 copies. One unique hand lettered copy was also issued. This is a small prayer book containing The Lord’s Prayer in Latin, Middle English (John Wycliffe version), and the Revised Standard Version. In this limited edition the black text is printed and the decorations are hand colored with the illuminations in gold or silver pen. Each book is hand bound and colored differently, so that the 20 copies all have a completely different look. This copy is bound in lavender leather with an inlaid cross to both covers and title in gold. Binding by Samuel Feinstein. 3 x 3 inches. Fine.
2014. A beautiful calligraphic manuscript of William Morris’s poem “Love Fulfilled.” Maryanne Grebenstein is a professional calligrapher who studied under many other notable calligraphers. She teaches calligraphy and manuscript gilding at the Massachusetts College of Art (Boston), the North Bennet Street School (Boston), and the Abbey Studio in Hingham, MA. This lovely lyric was published in Morris’s last book of poetry, Poems by the Way, in 1892. A contemporary critic described this late work as still marked by a pervading intensity of human feeling found in his early poetry. The title and decorated capitals are 23 Karat gold leaf. Thirty-five lines with the calligrapher’s signature in pencil below the border. The text is in Moon Palace sumi ink and the color is in Winsor & Newton gouache on Crane’s 100% cotton stock paper. Archivally matted. Measures 17 x 22 inches including mat. Fine.
New York: Lewis Historical Publishing Company, 1912. Hardcover. The standard edition of this set was issued in three volumes and included a volume on the history of Baltimore. This deluxe edition was issued with only the two biographical volumes. Includes "ample narratives of the life careers of many of the makers of the history of the city of Baltimore. Leaders in the various epochs of its wonderful growth here receive appropriate mention, which, it is believed, will not only be esteemed as a proper tribute to their characters and achievements, but will afford an inspiration for the future" (introduction). A full page portrait and/or a coat of arms accompanies each biographical entry. The coats of arms are printed in full color. Bound in three quarter dark brown leather with marbled paper covered boards and gilt titles to spines. Rubbing to spine and boards and wear to edges of boards including chipping to paper along edges. The front hinge of volume one is starting. Small library sticker to the foot of the spines of both volumes. Small closed tears and folds to edges of some tissue guards, offsetting from some portraits, and slight toning to margins of come pages, but very clean and bright overall. 613 pages. Size: Large quartos. MD/010616 This set may require an additional shipping fee. Very Good.
Basel: Romano Hänni, 2018. Hardcover. A set of three books in the Words Make the Infinite Finite series. Volume VII is limited to 290 copies, Volume VI is limited to 187 copies, and Volume V is limited to 86 copies. Swiss book artist and typographer Romano Hänni (1956 - ) has been experimenting with unusual compositions of letter forms and symbols since the early 1980s. His intricate designs can seem somewhat whimsical but often are reactions to society, politics, and traumatic events. Creating things manually with the participation of all of the senses is very important to him. A master of visual poetry, he enjoys teaching to pass on his knowledge and skills. Each of these books was hand composed and hand printed in black, red, yellow, and blue ink. All are accordion structures with stiff paper illustrated wrappers, which when removed, allow the twelve pages of the contents to be unfolded into one continuous strip. With a paper band closure for the folded book. Includes a four page supplement featuring the title of the work and the colophon in both English and German. A small set in a slipcase measuring about 3.25 inches wide by 5 inches tall by 1.25 inches thick. In fine condition. Unpaginated. PRI/112818. Fine.
New York: J. Winchester, New World Press, 1844. First Edition. This is an extremely nice copy of Brown's History of Illinois. It is comprehensive and detailed, and despite Howe's description of it as "chronologically the first, intrinsically the worst, history of this state," an important book to have if only for its map. The map was done by J. Calvin Smith and Published by J.H. Colton also in 1844. It is a large and detailed folded map of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Missouri, Michigan, and Wisconsin. It includes jurisdictions down to the township level, and has charts showing miles between cities and steamboat routes. The map is in beautiful condition, with only one small tear along fold. Bound in publisher's debossed brown cloth with mild bumping and rubbing. The interior pages, unlike in some copies, is bright and clean with light foxing to title page, and free front and rear endpapers. Front free endpaper has glue residue from bookplate and small hole. With bookplate of antique automobile collector W. Emmert Swigart. Very good condition. Octavo. 492 pages plus ten pages of advertisements. AMER/022621.
Montgomery Village, MD: Shireen Holman, 2013. Paperback. Number 15 of 20 copies signed and numbered by the artist. This complex and beautiful artist's book explores time from the viewpoints of religion, literature, science, and philosophy. The book artist, Shireen Modak Holman, has been a printmaker for more than thirty-five years and a book artist for more than twenty. She was born in India, and her work often involves the interaction of her Indian and American cultures. She states that she is fascinated by time and spent several years reading, sketching, and selecting texts to illustrate the imagery she was creating as she tried to visually express time. She has used texts from the writings of Shakespeare, Tagore, Einstein, Thoreau, Hawking, and others. As the design of the book came together, she created a full-sized colored pencil mock-up. The finished book consists of woodcuts printed onto pulp-painted handmade paper. The text was letterpress printed on gampi paper and then pasted onto the handmade sheets. The pages are folded in such a way that one can see a little of each of the subsequent pages from the current page. Thus from the beginning to the end of the book one can see a little of the future from the present. Each page has semicircular areas cut out so that the calendar at the bottom right of the colophon page is visible at all times. Housed in a cream paper clamshell box with the title "Time" in raised letters affixed vertically to the cover. Linen spine. In fine condition. Accompanied by a softcover book titled "The Making of the Artist Book 'Time.'" Unpaginated. [16 pages]. 13.75 x 19.25 inches. ARTISTS/041916. Fine.
Philadelphia: Ben Iluzada, 2018. Hardcover. Limited to 3 copies. The artist describes this piece as a "haptic artist book". Bound in green cloth covered boards with paper title label to front cover. A removable blue wooden dowel threaded through paper loops binds the book. A linocut printed grey snake is coiled between the boards. Printed in gold lettering on the snake is: "Thus it came to pass that some stayed beyond the confines of the wurls: but others took their leave and descended into it." This book opens as a codex OR the wooden rod holding the binding together can be removed an inserted into holes in the boards to create a sculptural book. Linocut, lead type & photopolymer letterpress printing, gold dusting on handmade paper. Assembled size: 9.5 x 9.5 x 9.5 inches. Open size: 9.5 x 19 x 8 inches. [2 pages.]. Fine.
London: James R. Osgood, McIlvaine & Co., 1893. Hardcover. First edition. An excellent association copy of one of James's major books of essays. It is his presentation copy to Lucy Clifford, “Mrs. Clifford from her friend & servant Henry James.” Henry James (1843-1916) was one of the most important writers in American letters as well as one of its most productive and influential. Lucy Clifford (1846-1921) was a British novelist and dramatist with a wide circle of literary friends, most notably Henry James. From their letters it is clear that she held a special place in his affections and was one of his closest friends and confidantes. (See “Bravest of women, finest of friends”: Henry James’s Letters to Lucy Clifford, ed. Marysa Demoor and Monty Chisholm, 1999). The essays include pieces on James Russell Lowell, Fanny Kemble, Gustave Flaubert, Henrk Ibsen, and Mrs. Humphrey Ward. Bound in original beige cloth with gilt author and title to spine and front cover, and an Art Nouveau style decoration on front.Light rubbing, bumping, and three ink stains on front cover. Interior pages show slight aging to margins but are otherwise clean. A nice copy in very good condition. Housed in a cream cloth covered clamshell box with black and gilt title label to spine. 320 pages. LIT/011416. Very Good.
Paris: Editions de La Nouvelle Revue Francaise, 1921. Paper Wrappers. 8vo. 379 of 800 copies. Inscribed to Alfred Rosset, who often used the pseudonym of Blaise Allan. Rosset was a writer and translator. This was Jouhandeau's (1888 - 1979) first book. Beige paper wrappers with red title to spine. Minor foxing throughout. Tight binding. In original glassine wrapper. Glassine is chipped along spine and edges, as is common with this fragile material. 234 pages. FRE/080706. Very Good in Very good Minus dj.
Washington DC: Academy of American Franciscan History, 1966 -. Hardcover. Lacks volume XII. The index covers volumes I - XII. Bound in red cloth boards with gilt titles to spines and gilt devices to front covers. Slight musty smell. Writing in red pen to front endpapers of all volumes, else clean and bright. Each volume has about 350 pages. This set may require an extra shipping fee. REL/012517. Very Good.
Essex, UK: . Three nice handwritten letters from Coulson Kernahan related to publishing matters. Kernahan (1858-1943) was a prolific writer and editor, reading and editing submissions for publisher Ward, Lock & Co. among other efforts. He was their copy editor for Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray. Two of the three letters are dated 1896 and the third undated one pertains to content in one of the previous letters. All were sent on printed letterhead “Thrums,” Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex. The first two-page letter is addressed to Mr. Tickell. In it Kernahan apologizes for taking so long in getting back to him and then turns down an invitation to write a story for a publication he refers to as “BW.” He also writes that one of his works, “A Literary Gent,” is a Ward Lock copyright but says they would probably agree to have it reprinted for “some small sum.” He goes on to talk about manuscripts submitted [does not say where] for a 200 pound prize. The second one-page letter is sent to “Dear Sirs.” Kernahan writes to say that he had expected three manuscripts to be read for his proposed honorarium of 9 pounds, or 3 pounds each. To his surprise he received seven manuscripts and states that the honorarium must be adjusted but instead of asking for 21 pounds, states he would be satisfied with 15 pounds. The third letter of 1.5 pages is a cover letter to a report that he is sending offering his opinions of the stories reviewed. He says that he reads manuscripts for possible publication with two considerations in mind. The first is the literary quality of the work, and the second is for the potential popularity of the piece - ”to put myself, so to speak in the place of the public which buys and enjoys books which the literary [part of word obscured] journals condemn.” The letters are quite legible despite soiling and darkening to paper. The letters appear to have been previously affixed to something, two with glue on the back and one by tape to the left margins, with some remnants still attached. Light creases where folded. 7 x 9 inches. AUTO/113016. Very Good -.
London: R.A. Walker, 1924. Hardcover. First Edition. Number 183 of 500 copies with signature of publisher, Walker. PRESENTATION COPY inscribed by Walker to the journalist J.M. Bulloch "To J.M. Bulloch / with the regards of the publisher and editor / R.A. Walker / 7 January 1925." An autograph letter from Walker to Bulloch is pasted down to the rear end page and Bulloch's review of this book is pasted down to the front end page. It was appropriate that Bulloch reviewed this book as he had promoted Beardsley's work in the 1890's. The main text is a lecture by A.W. King, a friend and tutor of Beardsley. He originally delivered the lecture at the Blackburn Technical Institute where he held the position of secretary. The book also includes 15 full page sketches and about 16 letters from Beardsley, many of which include smaller sketches. All of the letters and sketches had been in the possession of A.W. King and had never before been published. Several of the letters are of notable content, one of which tells of his first visit to see the influential artist Edward Burne-Jones in 1891 and another describes his development of a new drawing style. Near fine in original light blue cloth boards with black and gilt leather title label to spine. Slight browning to spine and minor wear to spine ends. Light offsetting to front endpages from inserted review, else very clean. A nice association copy. 103 pages. ART/010710. Near Fine.
1885. Linden Lindenia Orchid, Jean Linden (1817-1898), was a famed orchid hunter, organizing many trips to hunt orchids in their native habitats all over the world, and importing over a thousand species back to Belgium. Along with Conrad Loddiges in England, they published the superb work, Iconographic des Orchidees, in two parts. This print is from the first series published from 1885-1894. The framed print measures 10 1/2 x 14 inches. #43393. Fine.
[London]: [late 1800s]. A very scarce collection of Lushington's privately printed writings. All were printed by the Chiswick Press. Vernon Lushington (1832-1912) was an English solicitor, a Positivist, an associate of many famous writers and artists, a friend of the Pre-Raphaelites, and the father of the model for Woolf's Mrs. Dalloway. He remains virtually unknown today, but recently available family archives reveal how interesting and important figure he was. It was Lushington who arranged the first meeting between his friend Dante Gabriel Rossetti and Edward Burne-Jones. He contributed to The Oxford and Cambridge Magazine and remained a long-time friend of William Morris, often visiting Kelmscott Manor. There was also a close connection between the Lushington and the Stephen family. After his wife died, Lushington's three daughters were taken under the wing of Julia Stephen, wife of Leslie Stephen, and mother of Virginia Woolf. The eldest daughter, Kitty, became the model for the eponymous heroine of Woolf's novel Mrs. Dalloway. Lushington's views on Positivism, politics, and literature are clearly evident in the occasional poetry he wrote and had printed by the Chiswick Press. This collection comprises: 1) Positivist Hymns, London, 1885. First edition. Original wrappers. 60 pages. 2) Moses. [London n.d.] First edition. Original wrappers. 28 pages. 3) St. Paul. [London, n.d.] First edition. Original wrappers.17 pages. 4) Sonnets on the Positivist Calendar. [London, n.d.]. Original wrappers. 5) Good for Evil: or a Marriage in Kensington Square. [London, n.d.] 7 pages. 6) Remembered Words. [London, n.d.]. Original wrappers. 27 pages. 7) A Slab Tomb in Rome [London, n.d.] 12 pages. 8) Prophetic. [London, n.d.]. 2 pages. Some light wear and browning to the wrappers but still very good copies of such fragile publications. POE/103014. Very Good.
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1891. Hardcover. A worn but attractive set bound in three quarter tan leather over marbled paper covered boards. Red title and black author labels to the spines of all volumes. One volume (about Marie Antoinette) is cocked and the rear hinge has been repaired. Minor wear and rubbing to leather on spines, hinges, labels, and corners. Small chips to edges of some labels and pull to leather on some volumes. The interiors are bright and clean overall; however, one volume has damp staining to the first few pages and another has a very small, light dampstain to the top edges of a few pages. Each volume has a frontispiece portrait. Top edges gilt and marbled endpapers. Each volume has an index. FRE/111319. Very Good.
New York: The Century Co., 1885. Hardcover. Includes Twain's "An Adventure of Huckleberry Finn" on pages 268 - 278, "Jim's Investments and King Sollermun" on pages 456 - 458, and "Royalty on the Mississippi" on pages 544 - 567. Also includes chapters from Henry James's "The Bostonians." Bound in the original gold cloth boards with dark brown title to spine and years 1884 - 1885. Decoration to spine and boards. Slight browning to spine and chipping to cloth on hinges and spine ends. Minor wear and rubbing to corners, boards, and edges of boards. Occasional smudges and spots of soiling, but clean overall. Non-archival repaired tear to Portrait of Grant (page 162). Illustrated. 960 pages. PER/060619. Very Good.