New York: American Art Association, 1900. Hardcover. SCARCE. American auction catalog for part of Augustin Daly's enormous collection. An auction in 1880 disposed of much of his collection but this auction still includes several thousand items. There were many autographs as well as manuscripts and books. Augustin Daly (1838 –1899) was one of the most influential men in American theatre during his lifetime. Drama critic, theatre manager, playwright, and adapter, he became the first recognized stage director in America. He was dramatic critic for several New York papers from 1859, and he adapted or wrote a number of plays, Under the Gaslight (1867) being his first success. In 1869 he became the manager of the Fifth Avenue Theatre on 24th St. and in 1873 the Fifth Avenue Theatre on 28th. In 1879 he rebuilt and opened Daly's Theatre at Broadway and 30th Street in New York, and, in 1893, Daly's Theatre in London. Daly formed a permanent company in New York and opened Daly's Theatre in New York in 1879 and a second one in London in 1893. At Daly’s Theatre he assembled a company of players headed by well-known actress Ada Rehan. Some of the best actors of the time owed their training and early successes to him, including John Drew Jr., Maurice Barrymore, Maude Adams, Mrs. Gilbert, Tyrone Power, and Isadora Duncan. Bound in three quarter brown morocco over marbled paper covered boards. Gilt title and raised bands to spine. Top edge gilt with marbled endpapers. Minor wear to edges of boards and corners. Rubbing to boards. Bookplate of Franklin Johnston to front endpaper. Frontispiece portrait of Daly. Pencil annotation on free endpaper says that this was the copy of Douglas Taylor. In very good condition. Measures 8 x 10.5 inches. 381 pages plus 23 page listing of prices realized. BOB/060220. Very Good.
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Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1896-97. The Earthly Paradise was a collection of epic and romantic poems by William Morris (1834-1896) that first appeared in 1868-1870 when he was still in his thirties, and established Morris's reputation as an important poet. He planned to do an edition elaborately illustrated by his great friend, the artist Edward Burne-Jones but it was never realized. This Kelmscott Press edition had eight volumes that were issued between July 1896 and September 1897. There were 225 paper copies and 6 copies on vellum. These eight leaves are from volume three and contain pages 49-64. of The Story of Cupid and Psyce. They are collected as one signature. The beautiful text pages have two six-line decorated initials and twenty-four 4-line initials. Printed on Apple paper in Golden type using red and black inks. This was the first book in which Apple paper was used. Pages measure 6.5 x 9.5 inches. Except for some light browning to page edges the leaves are in near fine condition. An excellent example of the typography and printing of the Kelmscott Press and a wonderful addition to a teaching collection. PRI/070320. Near Fine.
Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1896-97. The Earthly Paradise was a collection of epic and romantic poems by William Morris (1834-1896) that first appeared in 1868-1870 when he was still in his thirties, and established Morris's reputation as an important poet. He planned to do an edition elaborately illustrated by his great friend, the artist Edward Burne-Jones but it was never realized. This Kelmscott Press edition had eight volumes that were issued between July 1896 and September 1897. There were 225 paper copies and 6 copies on vellum. These eight leaves are from volume five and contain pages 49-64 of The Land East of the Sun and West of the Moon. They are collected as one signature. The beautiful text pages have two 6-line decorated initials and twenty 4-line initials. Printed on Apple paper in Golden type using red and black inks. This was the first book in which Apple paper was used. Pages measure 6.5 x 9.5 inches. Except for some light browning to page edges the leaves are in near fine condition. An excellent example of the typography and printing of the Kelmscott Press and a wonderful addition to a teaching collection. PRI/070320. Near Fine.
Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1892. William Morris greatly admired The Golden Legend, a medieval collection of saints' lives. It was one of the first books printed in England by William Caxton, (1422- 1491), the first English printer, who, as a translator and publisher, exerted an important influence on English literature. In his bibliography of the Kelmscott Press, William Peterson writes that The Golden Legend was intended to be the first book produced by the press, but because of its length and some problems with paper delivery, Morris was forced to issue several shorter volumes before it was completed. The book was completed in three volumes and a celebratory dinner was held in October 1892 (Bibliography pages 19-24). It was printed in Golden type on Flower paper. These 6 leaves display the fine printing and handsome Morris-designed ornamental initials. The leaves comprise pages 3-4, 13-14, 296-297, 368-367, 499-500, 523-524. There are eleven 6-line initials and three 10-line initials. The pages are in very good condition although the leaf with pages 368-369 show some aging and has the name C.B. Foote and New York written upside down in ink at the bottom of page 368. A nice addition to a teaching collection for the printing arts and history of the book. Very Good.
New York: Mark Batty, 2002. Hardcover. One of 40 copies of this special edition that is hand bound and contains tipped-in original specimens of Daniel Berkeley Updike's work referred to in the text. Signed by the editor William Peterson on the colophon. Daniel Berkeley Updike (1860-1941) founded Merrymount Press in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1893. He was committed to creating books of superior quality and believed that books could be simply designed, yet beautiful. Upon his death in 1941, the Press was taken over by his partner John Bianchi, but ceased operations in 1949. Updike and his Merrymount Press left a lasting impression on the printing industry, and today Updike is considered one of the most distinguished printers of the twentieth century. Stanley Morison, the typographer responsible for creating the ubiquitous Times New Roman, had this to say of the Merrymount Press after Updike's passing: “The essential qualities of the work of the Merrymount Press...may be said without exaggeration…to have reached a higher degree of quality and consistency than that of any other printing-house of its size, and period of operation, in America or Europe” (Wikipedia). The editor, William Peterson provides a valuable introduction to Updike's life and work. Of particular interest is Peterson's comparison of Updike to the giant of 19th century printing, William Morris and his Kelmscott Press. He notes the differences in their approaches, with Morris seeking the ideal book and Updike's. There are 31 illustrations throughout the text. Following the text is the section of tipped-in original specimens mounted on grey paper along with a a digital copy of an unpublished photograph of Updike taken in 1940. Bound in grey paper boards with darker grey linen spine. Gilt titling to spine and front cover. Printed in Founder's Caslon type on Cougar Opaque Natural Paper. Housed in a grey paper covered slipcase. Book and slipcase are in fine condition. Measures 6 x 9.5 inches. BOB/070820. Fine.
New York: Museum Books Inc., 1952. Hardcover. One of two thousand copies of this seminal manual on the art and practice of calligraphy. The book was originally published in German in 1950 as Feder und Stichel and quickly sold out. It was the first published work of famed calligrapher and typographer Hermann Zapf (1918-2015). This edition in English was printed with the original plates cut by August Rosenberger and printed at the private printing office of the D. Stempel AG type foundry on the same Italian Fabriano paper and using Zapf's Palatino type for the text. In his preface, calligrapher Paul Standard writes that Zapf was a champion of the view that calligraphy and other applied arts are as important and influential as the fine arts. The twenty-five black and brick red plates showcase Zapf's masterful and exquisite calligraphy. The are followed by an appendix titled "The Historical Development of Occidental Letterforms" written by Zapf and translated by Sanford. Bound in brown cloth with a vellum spine. The spine has some damage but the book is otherwise in fine condition. Housed in a brown cloth slipcase. Measures 9 x 12 inches. BOB/052920. Fine.