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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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.
Paris: Goupil and Cie; Manzi, Joyant and Cie, 1907. Hardcover. Number 107 of 300 copies. A beautiful and sumptuous work in French on the life and art of the great Renaissance painter Sandro Botticelli. In his preface, the author describes his careful research and authentication process on the artist’s work, saying it was necessary because Botticelli had so many disciples who imitated his style. There are 70 plates, of which nine are in color, plus a color frontispiece of a Botticelli self-portrait. For each work there is a plate of the full painting, followed by one or more plates with details from it. The color plates are all details of Botticelli’s exquisite portraiture. Plates 1-66 follow the text pages; plates 67-70 are bound in with the text. Bound in three quarter red leather with marbled paper covered boards and raised bands and gilt title to spine. Original paper covers bound in. Some staining to edges of some of the text pages, not affecting the plates. Each plate has a tissue guard printed with the title and location of the painting. Ownership signature in red ink on half title. In very good condition. Elephant folio. 83 pages plus plates. ART/091012. Very Good.
London: George Bell and Sons, 1902. Walter Crane. Hardcover. FIRST TRADE EDITION. This is still the best and most comprehensive work on Crane’s art, encompassing his illustrations, paintings, and decorative works. There are 8 photogravure plates, 24 full page colored plates, and over 100 other illustrations of his paintings, wall paper designs, and book illustrations. There are also two inserted facsimile leaves from The Story of the Glittering Plain published by the Kelmscott Press. It was the only Kelmscott Press title illustrated by Crane, despite his close friendship with fellow-Socialist William Morris. The book begins with a chapter discussing Morris’s influence on Crane’s ideas of Socialism and art. A very good small folio bound in the original blue-green pictorial cloth, with the cover design and spine printed in black and gilt. The covers show wear, with slight fraying at edges, brief spotting, and the front hinge slightly cracked. The interior is quite clean and bright save for some very light aging to margins and a small brown stain on one of the color illustrations and its facing page. Altogether a very nice copy of this rather scarce book. 148 pages. ILL/042210. Very Good.
Paris: 1937. Paperback. Number 158 of 500 copies, the first 200 of which were reserved for the writers of the book. This remarkable deluxe collection of writings and art about Paris was commissioned by the city of Paris to celebrate their hosting the World’s Fair of 1937. The volume includes original prose, poetry, and illustrations by the leading writers and artists of France. There are thirty-one sections on various quarters, neighborhoods, gardens, avenues and boulevards, each with a short piece written by an eminent writer and engravings by two notable artists. For each section there is a full-page illustration by an artist associated with the area and a smaller one on the first page of the section by the other artist. Among the writers are Paul Valery, Raymond Escholier, Colette, Paul Claudel, Abel Bonnard, and Jules Romains. The participating artists are equally impressive, and include Matisse, Andre Derain, Raoul Dufy, Marie Laurencin, Pierre Bonnard, Edouard Vuillard, Jean Laboureur, and Andre Lhote. Each section is a separate folder with the full-page illustration of the following section as its last page. The folders are encased in a paper wrapper with the title and a color illustration on its cover. The entire production is housed in a chemise of dark blue paper covered boards with a red leather spine label which fits into a blue paper and linen slipcase. The slipcase is in very good condition with a few chips and bumps. The contents are also in very good condition; however, pages 286-288 are missing. They included the full-page illustration by Gabriel Belot and Renefer for “Les Musees.” Page 277, the first page of “Les Eglises de Paris” has a repaired tear. Still, a splendid collection of French art and prose commemorating Paris on the eve of the Second World War. 294 pages plus table of illustrations. ART/012412. Very Good.
New York: The Harry T Thomas Company, 1896. One of 540 copies of the scarce Autograph Edition signed by the author/artist. Francis Hopkinson Smith (1838-1915) was an American author, artist and engineer born in Baltimore, Maryland, a descendant of Francis Hopkinson, one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence. He became a contractor in New York City and did much work for the Federal government, including the stone ice-breaker at Bridgeport, Connecticut, the jetties at the mouth of the Connecticut river, the foundation for the Bartholdi Statue of Liberty in New York harbor, and the Race Rock Lighthouse off New London, Connecticut. His vacations were spent sketching in the White Mountains, in Cuba, in Mexico, and afterwards in Venice, Constantinople and Holland. He published various volumes of travel illustrated by himself, including this work on Venice [Wikipedia]. This beautiful large folio is extensively illustrated both in color and black & white. There are 20 full page color plates and 21 in b&w, all protected by tissue guards. In addition there are numerous color and b&w text illustrations throughout the book. In his preface Smith wrote that his aim was to describe and depict the beauties of Venice that one sees in the sunlight of a summer's day. Bound in contemporary brown three quarter leather with marbled paper boards and endpapers. Leather is scraped and scuffed, with tear along top of spine. Paper boards are also scraped and worn. The interior pages are quite clean and bright. There is a margin stain on the free front endpaper but the rest of the book is very good plus. A very desirable copy of this homage to the magical city of Venice. 140 pages plus plates. This is very heavy book that will require extra postage. ART/012319.