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.
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.
Oxford: Oxford at the Clarendon Press, 1965-1967. Hardcover. First Edition. Volume I: 1835-1860; Volume II: 1861-1870; Volume III: 1871-76; Volume IV: 1877-1882. At the time of publication this was the most comprehensive collection of Rossetti's letters ever published, and included an enormous amount of hitherto unpublished material. As stated by the editors, "These letters present a fascinating picture of London Art-circles, seen through the vivid personality of the poet-painter Dante Gabriel Rossetti." In addition to chronicling his own complex life, many important contemporaries appear in Rossetti's correspondence, including Ruskin, Madox Brown, Morris, Burne-Jones, Millais, and Swinburne. The first letter in the collection was written when Rossetti was seven years old. The last was written four days before his death on April 9 1882. In publisher dust jackets in light red and cream with Rossetti protrait on front cover. Price-clipped but otherwise very good. Bound in original dark blue cloth with title and editors to spines. Interior pages bright and clean, and in near fine condition. Continuously paginated: 1953 pages. This set may require an extra shipping fee. PRERAPH/111914. Very Good / Very Good.
London: Oxford University Press, 1942. Hardcover. First Edition. Presentation copy inscribed "For my sister Emily, in grateful appreciation of her generous thought for my children, her brother, in old affection, Will / March 16 - 42." Near fine in original orange cloth boards with gilt title to spine. The spine is slightly cocked and rubbed and there is minor wear to the spine ends and corners. Illustrated with 40 handsome photogravures by famed artist Rothenstein printed in red. Clean and bright. 134 pages. ART/052010. Near Fine.
1921. Original lithograph portrait of Sir Frank Short (1857 - 1945), eminent English printmaker. Inscribed, signed, and dated on stone by the artist. Crease to edge of print which does not affect the image. The bottom right corner of the paper has been torn; this also does not affect the image. Light browning to edges of the print. 11" x 18" in a mat which measures 16" x 20". ART/012609. Fine.
Philadelphia: Gebbie & Co., 1883. Hardcover. Good oversize full leather quarto. Front board detached, remnants of leather cover present but also detached. Spine heavily worn, leather chipped and cracked; gilt title is only partly present. Rope visible where raised bands have completely worn away. Rear board is also detached and lacks its original leather cover. In need of a new binding. Interior is foxed throughout, worse in some spots than others, though text is bright and easily readable. Over 100 beautiful tissue-guarded photogravure plates in very good plus condition w/light foxing in the margins. The stunning plates make up for the poor condition of the binding. Art ART/5283. Good.