Mission, BC: Barbarian Press, 2019. Hardcover. An edition of 130, of which this is one of 50 copies in the regular edition. According to the printer: "Our fascination with [Wagener's] work is a response to the meticulous attention to detail which imbues all his engravings, combined with a ‘democracy of aesthetic’ which allows both realism and abstraction equal weight. In a Parenthesis review of Wagener’s early book with Peter Koch, Zebra Noise with a Flatted Seventh, Simon Brett said ‘No one else I know of is making such avant-garde grand opera in wood-engraved prints.’" Richard Wagener (1944 - ) is a Californian wood engraver known best for his depictions of nature and animals, often juxtaposed against abstract imagery. A specially commissioned frontispiece, new press device, and patterned papers have been created for this edition. Folio. Bound black and red checkered patterned paper with black cloth spine and red and white title label pasted down to spine. Includes over 100 engravings printed from the original wood plates on Zerkall White Smooth paper. Unpaginated. PRI/122719. Fine.
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London: John Lane, n.d. . Hardcover. First illustrated edition. Inscribed by the publisher, John Lane, "Frances Minturn Hall with love from her publisher John Lane Nov 16, 1924. Hall was an American poet, and would have been just 19 years old when she received the book. George Sheringham was best known as a painter and theater designer, but also was a book illustrator. There is a color frontispiece and twenty three full page color illustrations protected by tissue guards. Bound in the original cream cloth, with the front cover elaborately decorated in cream, blues, and pink by Sheringham. Spine faded, corners bumped, and some chipping and marks of handling to covers. Interior pages and illustrations are clean and bright with occasional foxing. 70 pages. LIT/090411. Very Good.
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+.
Munich: F. Bruchmann, 1909. Hardcover. First German Edition. Number 24 of 1001 copies. Includes 40 full color illustrations by Arthur Rackham, each mounted on brown cardstock with captioned tissue guards. Also includes numerous black and white illustrations, some full page and some within the text. Bound in the original vellum boards with gilt title and floral decoration to spine and small emblem of Shakespeare to front cover. The spine design is by Ottomar Starke. Rubbing and light soiling to covers, edges of boards, and spine, as is common. There is a three inch split to the vellum along the bottom of the front hinge; however, the split only affects the top layer and the board remains firmly attached. Light dampstain to top edges of both covers, which also affects the top edges (top margins only) of multiple interior pages. Lacks ribbon ties. Text in German. A few pages have small spots of soiling or finger smudge marks and a few have chips to the edges, but the book remains very clean and bright overall. A beautiful book despite the noted condition issues. 132 pages plus plates. CHILD/081717. Very Good.
Chicago: Sherwin Beach Press, 1992. Howard Coale. Hardcover. Number 55 of 200 copies. Originally published in The New Yorker in 1980. George Trow was a writer and critic for The New Yorker for more than thirty years. This essay may be his most acclaimed and influential single work. It is about television and its effects on American culture, but more than that, an indictment of the emptiness of modern discourse. It has been described as a work in which Trow foretold his own descent into madness. This is a handsomely designed book with elegant printing and four interpretive illustrations. Bound in black cloth with grey design with a hat on the cover and paper spine label. Printed in Centaur and Arrighi types on Johannot paper. Designed by Robert McCamant, handset and printed by Jennifer Hughes, and bound by Trisha Hammer. Signed by McCamant. In fine condition. 110 pages. PRI/071615. Fine.
New York: The Natural Science Association of America, 1903. Hardcover. In addition to writing, printing, painting, and studying nature, Jacob Studer (1840 - 1904) founded the Board of Trade in Columbus, Ohio. This folio volume includes 119 colored artistic plates, originally drawn by Theodore Jasper for an earlier edition, which represent different species drawn and colored from nature. The book includes “a copious text giving a popular account of their habits and characteristics, based on observations made in the field by the most eminent writers on ornithology.” The text and illustrations are prefaced by a systematic table and index arranged according to the classification adopted by The American Ornithologists’ Union. Bound in three quarter maroon leather with black cloth boards and gilt title to spine and front board. Large chip to foot of spine, front joint is starting, rubbing to boards, and minor wear to edges. Light browning to margins and occasional spots of foxing, otherwise the interior is clean and bright. 182 pages plus 119 plates and index. NAT/110609. Very Good.
Washington DC: Librix Continuum; David Bruce Smith Publications, 2004. Hardcover. Limited to 750 copies, unnumbered as issued. Elephant Folio. This exquisite book was undertaken in celebration of the Shakespeare Theatre’s production of “Five by Tenn,” five one-act plays by Tennessee Williams and “Tennessee Williams Explored” at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC. The director of “Five by Tenn,” Michael Kahn, artistic director of the Shakespeare Theatre Company, has written the preface, and there is an introduction by the creator of this publication, David Bruce Smith. Hand bound into three volumes all housed in a box. Includes six full-page illustrations of “Tennessee’s Women” by Clarice Smith. Each of the three volumes features a color frontispiece by Smith and the additional three illustrations are loose. The artist signed each of the loose illustrations, and they fit neatly into a compartment within the box with a snap closure. All volumes and the box are bound in carbon colored faux suede and feature the title labels on the front covers. Handset and letterpress printed in Italy in four colors by Paolo Barbieri. Book design and binding by John Paul Greenawalt and Stephen L. Vanilio. In fine condition. Fine.
London: Lawrence & Bullen, 1897. Hardcover. First Edition. An excellent presentation copy. Inscribed by William Butler Yeats to his friend Clement Shorter: " Clement Shorter from W B Yeats June 23 1899." William Butler Yeats (1865-1939), the famous Irish poet, was one of the most important figures in twentieth century literature. and was key figure in Ireland's nationalist movement. Clement Shorter (1857-1926) was a British journalist and critic who was also an avid collector of books and manuscripts, particularly of the Brontes. He was the editor of the Illustrated London News and in 1893 founded the periodical Sketch. The fourth story in this short story collection, "Where There is Nothing, there is God," was first published in Sketch in October 1896. The stories blend Irish with Rosicrucian themes and characters. Bound in the original blue cloth with the famous cover design done for Yeats by Althea Gyles stamped in gilt on covers and spine. At its center is a four-petalled rose joined to a cross. The boughs of the tree resemble a serpent; among them, just above the rose, are the kissing faces of a man and a woman, With six black and white illustrations by William's father, John Butler Yeats. The binding is bright and beautiful with very slight bumping to corners. Interior pages are quite clean with just a trace of aging to margins. Housed in a cream cloth covered clamshell box with black and gilt title label to spine. Near fine condition. LIT/011816. Near Fine.