Baltimore: Excudebant Joannes Murphy et Socii, 1886. Hardcover. Scarce. Very good in original black cloth boards with gilt title to spine and embossed emblems to boards. A few small chips to book cloth in rear hinge and rear board. A few interior splits to binding, but all pages remain bound. In Latin. 77 pages. REL/083017. Very Good.
Australia: Circa 1950s. Paperback. SCARCE. A promotional souvenir booklet for the film "Northern Safari." 12mo. Grey, black and white illustrated side stapled paper wrappers with black title to front wrapper. Stamp on the inside of front cover lists the show dates and times. Else is clean and bright with black and white photographic illustrations throughout. FILM/061417. Near Fine.
Ichikawa City, Japan: Kotosubo, 2014. Softcover. 1 of 60 copies. An exquisite handmade notebook with a silk binding and Japanese paper created by Japanese miniature book artist Miyako Akai. Miyako delights in the miniature book form and has won awards for her work from the Miniature Book Society. The 60 books in the edition have covers done with various Japanese silk patterns. This copy has a brown and cream repetitive design. The binding is stitched together with thin color ribbons. The book's pages have no text but most are printed with delicate designs, ornaments, or illustrations in different colors. The front pastedown has the name of the press and the date, while the rear pastedown has text in Japanese. In fine condition. Measures 3 x 4.25 inches. Unpaginated [62 pages] PRI/080117. Fine.
New York: Robert K. Haas, no date. First Edition, First Printing. Softcover. 12mo. Complete set in slip case. Soft leatherette wrappers with embossed titles to front wrappers and spines of all volumes. Browning to end pages. Minor musty smell. Text is clean and bright. Minor rubbing to slip case. Psychology. PSYCH/102617. Very Good.
Baltimore: Cushings & Bailey, 1870. Hardcover. A comprehensive compilation of the English statutes still entirely or partially in force in Maryland at that time. The editor, Julian Alexander, mildly congratulates himself in the preface for providing the original texts of relevant statutes in an accessible and convenient form. In addition to the text of statutes, there are a list of the statutes, names of cases cited, and an index to principal matters. The book was previously owned by Baltimore attorney William C. Holland. His ownership signature dated 3/22/41 is written in ink on the title page and he has stamped his name on each of the edges and the spine. Either he or another owner of the book wrote a list of the sections and citations to two cases on the front pastedown. There are also occasional light pencil underlining and margin notes. Despite these markings the text pages are in very good condition, with light aging to pages and a few closed tears on few pages of the principal matters index. Bound in tan cloth with red title and black author labels to spine. Binding is rubbed and lightly soiled but still nice. 847 pages. LAW/071217. Very Good.
Philadelphia and London: W. B. Saunders Company, 1915. Hardcover. 8vo. Maroon cloth covered boards with gilt title to spine. Spine faded to brown. Minor rubbing to spine and bumping to corners and spine ends. Interior is clean and bright with illustrations throughout. This is a heavy book and may require extra shipping charges for priority or international mail. Index, 625 pages + ads. MED/101717. Very Good.
VT: Stinehour Press, 1999. Paperback. Volume Three ONLY. Includes nearly 200 breathtaking fixtures that are richly illustrated with black and white photographic images. Important historical designs of chandeliers, newel standards, wall brackets, table lamps, glass shades, and other lighting accessories from the 1880s and 1890s. Very good in oblong white paper wrappers with black title to spine and front cover. Minor wear to edges of wrappers. Unpaginated. ANT/083117. Very Good.
VT: Stinehour Press, 1999. Paperback. Volume Two ONLY. Includes nearly 100 breathtaking fixtures that are richly illustrated with black and white photographic images. Important historical designs of chandeliers, newel standards, table lamps, and glass shades from the 1880s and 1890s. Fine in oblong white paper wrappers with black title to spine and front cover. 48 pages. ANT/083117. Very Good.
Milano: Fabbri, 1968. Paperback. Three seperate side stapled sections, each with a full color cover depicting photographic images of animals including pages 521 - 580. Text in Italian. Each section includes full color photographs and black and white line drawings. They cover marsupials, monotremes, and birds. Occasional pen annotations and minor dampstaining to bottom edge of one issue. Clean overall. An amusing periodical just for the illustrations (even if you don't read Italian). NAT/082517. Very Good.
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1940. Hardcover. First Edition. The subtitle says it all - a Chicago history covering organized crime, general crime, the great fire, famous murderers and much more from the early 1800s until 1930. Herbert Asbury was an American journalist best known for his book that chronicled crime in the United States. Bound in pictorial paper boards with brown titled cloth spine. Interior is clean and bright with ownership signature on free front endpaper. Very good condition in original un-price clipped dust jacket with design and lettering in green, red, black, and white. Light chipping, soiling, and small tear along bottom of spine edge, but still about very good. With 26 illlustrations and extensive bibliography. 377 pages plus 19 page index. AMERSTATE/090717. Very Good / Very Good.
Leipsic: Karl Baedeker, 1891. Hardcover. Includes 39 maps, 11 plans, and 12 panoramas. Very good in red cloth flexible boards with gilt title to spine and front cover. Chip to head of spine and remnants of a sticker to spine. Both hinges are cracked and there is chipping to edges of some pages. The textblock remains firmly attached to the covers despite the cracked hinges. 498 pages. TRA/083117. Very Good.
New York: Hoeber Medical Division, Harper & Row, 1964. Hardcover. 8vo. Orange cloth covered boards with red and and black title to front board and black title to spine. Light soiling to front board and light bumping to spine ends and corners. Ex libris with stamp to front and rear free end page. Else is clean and bright. Illustrations throughout. Index, includes pages 897-1236. MED/102017. Very Good.
Mission, BC: Barbarian Press, 2016. Hardcover. One of 50 regular copies (there were also 50 Deluxe copies). Another beautiful book from Crispin and Jan Elsted’s fine press, their 45th book. C. P. Cavafy (1863–1933) is now probably the best known of all modern Greek poets, but his work was hardly known in Greece until after his death. He was born in Alexandria, Egypt, and lived there most of his life, dying there in 1933. During his lifetime his work was only published in small booklets and broadsheets or in small magazines in Alexandria, and his only recognition in mainland Greece came in a favorable review in 1903. It wasn’t until 1935 that a collection of his work, Poi mata [Poems], was published in Athens. Cavafy was a poet of humanity, whose poems revolve around a few predominant themes: meditations on his own life; love poems; the place of man in history; and the subtle interconnections of life with the images of mythology. This selection covers a range of all these themes, including “The God Abandons Antony” and “Waiting for the Barbarians,” which are probably his two most famous poems after “Ithaka.” At the request of the Crispins, Smulders provided a translation of “Ithaka” for this book. The poems are printed in Greek and English on adjacent pages, with Peter Lazarov’s five wood engravings interspersed. Bound in blue paper boards with a dark blue cloth spine with blue title label. Printed in Antigone and Van Dijck types on Zerkall Smooth White Wove paper. In fine condition. 6 x 11 inches. 73 pages plus acknowledgments and colophon. Corrigenda slip tipped in. PRI/103017. Fine.
British Columbia, CA: Barbarian Press, 2017. Hardcover. One of 50 Regular copies from an edition of 110 copies with 60 Deluxe copies. This is the 46th book from this esteemed Canadian private press. They write about this charming book: The sixteenth and seventeenth centuries positively revelled in music. The sudden development of new instruments and styles of musical composition in the early renaissance had arguably created a profound a shift from the music of the mediaeval period.The period from 1550 through Shakespeare’s life and on into the seventeenth century saw hundreds of composers producing songs, lute music, consort music, dance music, and polyphonic choral music. The first stirrings of what eventually became the orchestra are discernible in the wide range of instruments—viols, rebecs, hurdy-gurdies, lutes, guitars, citterns, trumpets, cornetts, sackbuts, serpents, recorders, flutes —which were used in multiple combinations. Shakespeare’s theatre assumed music to be a natural part of almost any performance. Roughly two thirds of his thirty-eight plays include song texts, and many of those have become established in the canon of lyric poetry in English in their own right. The Elizabethan stage moreover included what was called a ‘minstrels’ gallery’ above the stage, and we know that music was played at dramatic points during performances to create moods or enhance special effects. The texts in the book are in the original spellings of the First Folio or Quarto texts, and there are notes about the poems and a glossary of particularly obscure words. The book is illustrated with many wood engravings by John Lawrence. They include tiny thumbnail engravings as well as rich full-page b&w illustrations. Printed on Zerkell Smooth White Paper in Poliphilus and Blado types. Quarter bound with a red silk spine and printed paper label. With cream paper covered boards with sprightly small flowers decorating the front cover. Errata slip tipped in rear. In fine condition. 5.5 x 7 inches. Unpaginated. PRI/100417. Fine.
London; Glasgow: Hamilton, Adams, & Co.; Thomas D. Morison, 1886. Hardcover. First Edition. Includes chapters on The Fairy Flag, Tower of Clatto, Red Comyn's Castle, Thirteen Thorns of Trailflatt, Witch's Well, Cumstone Castle, Grave of the Wandering Shepherdess, Arran Assassin, Origin of Loch Katrine, Otters of Tarshish, and many more. Very good in black speckled paper covered boards with tan paper title label to spine. Part of the paper covering the spine and part of the title label have chipped away. Chipping and wear to edges of boards, corners, and spine ends. A few splits to the binding, but all pages remain securely bound. Occasional spots of foxing throughout and offsetting to endpapers. 255 pages. SCOT/081817. Very Good.
Albuquerque, NM: Peoples Gallery, IMS Corporation, 1972. Paperback. Reproduced from original, which was printed in 1895. This large, full color poster depicts a large variety of animals and groups of costumed dancers (Native Americans, Middle Eastern, and others). The bottom caption reads "A Glance at the Great Ethnological Congress and Curious Led Animals as Seen in the Spacious and Colossal Menagerie Tent." A few spots of foxing to white margins of poster along with a few small chips to edges, and minor discoloration to one corner (affecting the white margin only), but clean and bright overall. A large poster measuring 33 x 25 inches. PRINT/081517. Very Good.
Baltimore: Scapegoat Publishing, 2005. Paperback. "American Gothic provides an overview of at least 15 years of Carlos Batts's artistic career covering all manners of photographic and mixed-media manipulations" (back cover). Includes CD featuring Mastadon, Swarm of the Lotus, Pig Destroyer, Pg. 99, Dog Fashion Disco, Radiation 4, Daybreak, Buzzoven, and Agoraphobic Nosebleed. Some tracks are unavailable elsewhere. Bound in black paper wrappers with pink title to spine and front cover. Clean and bright. Housed in a black cloth slipcase with pink title to front panel. Unpaginated. ART/071017. Fine.
New York: Printed for the Colophon, 1933. Limited Edition. Hardcover. LIMITED EDITION OF 465 COPIES. 8vo. Pink and white linen covered boards with red title to silver title label on spine. Fading to spine. Minor foxing to end pages, edges of text block and to margins of a few pages throughout. Else is clean and bright. Some pages unopened. 137 pages. DRA/080417. Very Good.
London: J.M. Dent and Co. 1899. Hardcover. Scarce First Edition. "The aim of this book is to supply a traditional basis of design for the use of those who are engaged in practising or teaching ornamental handicrafts" (introduction). Includes chapters on the spiral, patterns, arcades, arabesques, frames, borders, and more - as well as many black and white illustrations of sample designs, most clearly influenced by nature. Bound in olive green cloth boards with gilt title and grape leaf design to spine and front cover. Sun fading to spine and edges of front cover. Minor wear and fraying to book cloth along spine ends, hinges, and corners. Gift inscription from previous owner to front free endpaper dated 1917. Minor foxing to first and last few pages. 240 pages. ART/081717. Very Good.
[Northampton, MA]: Catawba Press and Kat Ran Press, . Number 13 of 20 deluxe copies produced for an exhibition of nineteen paste papers done by paper artists from the Pioneer Valley in western Massachusetts, which has been a center for book artists since the beginning of the twentieth century. This stunning production includes a paste paper sample from each of the artists included, accompanied by a companion booklet. The booklet includes an informative introduction, originally written in 2005 by printer and bookbinder David Bourbeau, about various printers, binders, illustrators, and paper makers from the area. A good part of the introduction focuses on the art of creating paste papers. The rest of the booklet includes biographies of the artists in the exhibition along with reproductions of their paste papers. There were 300 copies of the softcover booklet printed. The paper artists included in this exhibition are Carol J. Blinn, Amy Borezo, David P. Bourbeau, Meredith Broberg, Claudia Cohen, Sarah Crieghton, Babette Gehnrich, Daniel Gehnrich, Peter Geraty, Stephanie Gibbs, Elisabeth Hyder, Sami Keats, Daniel E. Kelm, Kylin Lee, Amy Morris Pickens, Julia Leete Rabin, Mark Tomlinson, Lisa Van Pelt,and Arno Werner. Each artist is represented by a gorgeous paste paper sample. The variety of designs, patterns, and colors they used illuminate the artistic possibilities of this paper art technique. Each of the samples is mounted in a white archival board passe-partout with the artist's name on the front. The paste papers can be removed from their mountings for closer examination. The paste papers and booklet are housed in a grey cloth covered clamshell box with paper title label to spine. Paper samples are 8 x 10 inches; passe-partouts are 12 x 14 inches; box is 12.5 x 14.5 inches. In fine condition.
Cambridge: University Press, 1911. First Edition. Hardcover. FIRST EDITION. 16mo. Pink illustrated cloth covered boards with black title to front board and to spine. Fading to spine. Minor rolling to spine. Interior is clean and bright with illustrations throughout. Index, 172 pages. NAT/101617. Very Good.
New York: Harry N. Abrams, (1961). Hardcover. Folio. Very good+ in grey cloth covered boards with gilt title to front board and to spine. Light yellowing to edges of pages. Else is clean and bright with 34 color plates and 43 black and white illustrations. Illustrated white dust jacket with black title to front and spine panels. Light yellowing and edgewear to dust jacket. ART/061517. Very Good+ / Very Good+.
Philadelphia and London: J. B. Lippincott Company, (1918). First Edition. Hardcover. SCARCE FIRST EDITION. 8vo. Very good in illustrated light brown cloth covered boards with dark blue title to front and spine panels. Minor soiling to boards and minor bumping to spine ends and corners. Minor browning to end pages. Else is clean and bright with illustrations throughout. Two fold out charts are in pristine condition. Index, 428 pages. MED/092117. Very Good.
New York: Thomas Y. Crowell Company, (1945). Hardcover. 4to. Maroon cloth covered boards with gilt title and illustrations to front board and gilt title to spine. Very slight rippling to cloth at top of boards. Inscription to previous owner on front free end page dated 1946. Else is clean and bright with 8 tipped in color plates and several black and white illustrations. Housed in white and pink illustrated box with white title and illustration to front board. Minor soiling, fading, browning too box as well as bumping to corners of box. 86 pages. POE/062217. Very Good.