London: Elkin Mathews, 1891. Crane, Walter. Hardcover. Number 121 of 150 copies of the copies for America. 350 copies were published for England. This lovely and scarce volume is Crane's only book of poetry. It includes 39 black and white designs by Crane that were engraved by Emery Walker, W. Boutall, or Arthur Leverett. Bound by Putnam's & Sons in three quarter brown leather and cream paper boards, with Art Nouveau style gilt design and title to spine. Very light rubbing to joints and edges of covers otherwise very good. Some spotting to paper boards, including a very small red mark on back board. Interior text and illustrations are bright and clean except for some mild aging to some margins and the fore edge. White ribbon bookmark. Leather on interior pastedowns have left brown offset to ffep. t.e.g. Previous owners signature in ink, inscription by original owner and embossed owner stamp on ffep. These do not detract from the delightful contents. 163 pages +1 page ad. POE/043008.
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San Jose, CA: 2007. Paperback. A UNIQUE ARTISTS’ BOOK which has been signed and dated by the artist. The words “Star Spell” are written largely in resist and have been watercolored over to reveal the words across the twilight sky background. The familiar rhyme reads: “Star light / star bright / first star / I see tonight / I wish I may / I wish I might / have the wish / I wish tonight.” Fine in grey paper wrappers with white hand lettered title to spine and silver star to front panel. The interior is bound accordion style and is hand painted and lettered in white on Zerkall Book paper. This is a charming book by well known calligrapher, Cari Ferraro. In addition to her unique artists’ books and small limited editions, she has written several books detailing her calligraphy techniques. [16 pages.] ARTB/012408. Fine.
London: Ellis & Elvey, 1904. Hardcover. 7 of 30 numbered copies with the plates on Japanese vellum. 25 copies were for subscribers and 5 for presentation. A lovely set bound in full vellum. teg. Slight soiling to gilt on fore-edge of Volume II.Beautifully printed, with 18 full page illustrations and frontispieces from Rossetti's paintings and drawings. Each is protected by a tissue guard giving the name of the work. It was noted by bibliographer Colbeck that the poem "After the French Liberation of Italy" was being published for the first time. Vellum binding is in very good condition with just the lightest signs of handling. Gilt title and author to spine, and Rossetti's own design of his initials on front cover. Interior is pristine. Bookplate of Frederick William Brown affixed to each front pastedown. Original blue ribbon placemarks present. Housed in modern green cloth slipcase. Volume I: 227 pages; Volume II: 245 pages. PRERAPH/070910 This set may require an extra shipping fee. Fine.
Boston: Estes and Lauriat, 1891. Hardcover. Kensington Limited Edition. Large paper. Grey cloth boards with beige title pastedowns to spines. Minor browning and soiling to spines of all volumes and minor wear to edges. Library stamp of A.D. Rathbone, Jr. to front pastedown of all volumes. Illustrated. Clean, bright interiors with illustrations. Each volume has approximately 400 pages. LIT/092707 This set may require an extra shipping fee. Very good.