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.
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San Francisco: Pomegranate ArtBooks, 1994. Hardcover. First Edition. Signed and inscribed by Lois Mailou Jones, dated October 7, 1995. African-American painter Lois Mailou Jones (1905 - 1998) is best known for her paintings of Martha's Vineyard, Paris, Haiti, and Africa. Illustrated with 130 full color reproductions. Very good in purple cloth boards with silver title to spine and front cover. Small indent / scuff mark to front cover. Small blue marking to fore-edge of text block (not a remainder mark). Slight scent of moth balls. In very good black illustrated dust jacket with yellow title to spine and front panels. Corresponding indent / scuff mark to front panel of jacket. Minor wear to jacket including rubbing to covers, a short closed tear along top edge of rear panel, minor wear to edges, and a small chip to edge of rear flap. Size: Large quarto. 142 pages. ART/092415. Very Good / 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: 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.
Paris: Librarie de la Construction Moderne, 1929-1930. Hardcover. Volume 45 of this weekly journal on all things architectural - theoretical, applied, practical, civil engineering, and legal issues. The issues date from 10/6/1929 to 9/28/1930. They have continuous pagination. The issues are filled with striking black and white photographs of hotels, public buildings, private homes, apartments. Many of the photos show the popularity of Art Deco architecture and design during that period. The coverage is mostly of French architecture although there are occasionally buildings in other European cities. Bound is brown quarter leather and marbled paper covered boards. Light rubbing and bumping to exterior but still very nice. Interior pages very good with occasional mark or closed tear to margins. Measures 9.5 x 12.25 inches. 820 pages. Heavy book that may require extra postage. ARCH/050319. Very Good.