London: Country Life, 1985. Paperback. Articles on fashion, Abruzzo in Central Italy, sculpture grottoes of the Medici, Castello di Fenis, Shearwaters of Linosa, Sabbioneta in Northern Italy, Horseracing in Italy, Motoring, Gardening, and more. Illustrated paper wrappers with white spine panel titled in black. Minor wear to covers, spine panel, and edges. Clean interior. Minor wear to page edges. Pagination: 1093- 1165. PER/102621. Very Good.
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London: Country Life, 1969. Paperback. Articles on English summer fashion, Venetian painting, old mahogany furniture, Gordon Richards's Derby, French paper weights, and more. Illustrated blue paper wrappers, side-stapled with title to front panel only. Minor wear to covers and edges. Clean interior. Minor wear to page edges. Pagination: 1842-1927. PER/102621. Very Good.
London: Country Life, 1982. Paperback. Articles on fashion, cricket, racing, golf, Royal Windsor Horse Show, Marie-Louis - Duchess of Parma, Royal Academy Exhibition, Wines of Italy, Apulia in Southern Italy, birdwatching, and more. Illustrated paper wrappers with white spine panel titled in black. Minor wear to covers, spine panel, and edges. Clean interior. Minor wear to page edges. Pagination: 1452 - 1532. PER/102621. Very Good.
London: Country Life, 1976. Paperback. Articles on English fashion, Saab 99 EMS Saloon, Thomas Lord's first cricket ground, Pugin Revival at Westminster, the Grove of Hobby Horses, arts and crafts, tennis, horse racing, and more. Illustrated paper wrappers with white spine panel titled in black. Minor wear to covers, spine panel, and edges. Clean interior. Minor wear to page edges. Pagination: 1351-1454. PER/102621. Very Good.
London: Country Life, 1969. Paperback. Articles on Scottish farming, Cyclopean kilns and quarries, the Fiat 1256 Special Salon, Dutch art coming to Scotland, Galloway, National Pony Show, and more. Illustrated blue paper wrappers with white spine panel titled in blue. Soiling and wear to covers and edges. Clean interior. Minor wear to page edges. pagination: 368 - 422. PER/102621. Very Good.
London: Country Life, 1970. Paperback. Articles on the highlands, English fashion, venom and cures, tropical gardens, the Hillman Avenger GL, greenhouse plants, lakes of Macedonia, and more. Illustrated paper wrappers with white spine panel titled in black. Minor wear to covers, spine panel, and edges. Clean interior. Minor wear to page edges. Pagination: 549-605. PER/102621. Very Good.
Boston: Thomas & Andrews, and Manning & Loring, June, 1807. Hardcover. A nice set of this early compilation of the laws of Massachusetts and those of its earlier periods as a colony, province, and state. Each volume has the index for all of the volumes. Bound in contemporary brown leather with inlaid leather rulings to covers, spine compartments, and black leather title labels. Leather is abraded, soiled, and bumped. Hinges are tender but text blocks are tight. Offsetting and foxing to pastedowns and endpapers. Interior pages are browned with scattered foxing, but text is quite legible. Ownership signature on free endpaper of two of the volumes. Octavos. Volume I: 520 pages + index; Volume II: 1073 pages + index; Volume III: 403 pages + index. LAW/030322. Very Good -.
Washington DC: Abstract Orange Press, 2022. One of 45 copies. Corita Rules! is inspired by the work and rules of Corita Kent. Corita Kent (1918–1986) was an artist, educator, and advocate for social justice. She created many pieces using bright colors and typography. One of her works entitled “Power up” was a multi-section serigraph featuring the words “Power Up”. This book, that pays homage to Kent's use of color and typography, is an accordion using different color papers bound together to repeat her message of “Power up” — a call to action. The other words in this piece come from the “Ten Rules”, which was a collections of rules she used in her classroom. The book is letterpress printed using handcut wooden type. In Sister Corita’s practice, she did not number her pieces. This was a choice she made so that no one piece would be more valuable than the others. Following her tradition for this piece, the books are not numbered. In fine condition. Measures 5 x 7 inches. Unpaginated. PRI/032822. Fine.
Aguascalientes, Mexico: National Engraving Workshop, 2017. Hardcover. Special digital edition of 5 copies. This digital edition is printed on acid-free paper from the artist's original watercolor lithographs. Bound in tan linen covered boards by Alternativa Grafica in Russian linen with silkscreened title and decoration. This book "is about some moments of the life of Antonina Sidorova (1924-2013), the artist’s grandmother. Each page is a story told by Antonina to the artist. About how at the age of five a horse took her into the woods. About how she sewed her first garment destroying a new dress and hair styled her rag doll with her own recently styled hair. Difficulties at an orphanage in Leningrad with Spanish children, while her mother was imprisoned in 1936. Her marriage at age of 17 with captain Vasily Voloshin, in the first year of the Patriotic War against German fascism in 1941. About when she went with her husband to live in the Far East of the USSR and helped the Army of the Soviet front sewing military coats. The book ends with the birth of her eldest daughter Valentina, mother of the artist. The button is a conductive element in the lives of the Voloshiny women, just because Antonina was a wonderful seamstress. The fabrics that are presented on the pages are pieces of clothing made by her and her daughter" (book artist). Fine.
Aguascalientes, Mexico: National Engraving Workshop, 2017. Hardcover. Number 3 of 10 copies housed in a special box with a handmade wheat figure. There are also 10 copies without a box. This book "contains a personal, playful story without a specific sequence about the author's freedom to travel, originally from the USSR where leaving the country was a very restricted matter. It includes images of baggage bands, numbers of some routes and real flights, along with the images of handmade airplanes and helicopters made of wheat fiber (panicua) from the region of Lake Pátzcuaro in the state of Michoacán, where the author currently lives. She talks about her own sense of horizon, travel and journeys" (Ioulia Akhmadeeva). Bound in red cloth covered boards with silk screened illustrations to front board. The binding was done by Alternativa Ediciones in Morelia, Michoacan, Mexico. An accordion book produced using the algraphy technique (a form of lithography), printed in ink on cotton Hahnemühle paper with interventions in watercolor and electrographic transfer. Printed on both sides. Printed paper belly band and four page signed colophon are included. Housed in a red cloth covered clamshell box that features a handcrafted hummingbird figure in wheat to front of box. Magnetic closure. [14 pages]. ARTB/043022. Fine.
Morelia, Mexico: Ioulia Akhmadeeva, 2020. Hardcover. Number 8 of 17 copies. Includes moments and landscapes from Crimea in the Ukraine, Baja in California, Oaxaca and Guerrero in Mexico. Bound in yotsume toji silk covered boards. This book was printed using letterpress, silkscreen, and and laser printing. Fine.
Cedar Falls, IA: Islam Aly, 2017. Hardcover. 1 of 40 copies. Signed, numbered, and dated by the artist. "'Fantastic Fauna' is a bilingual book in English and Arabic, based on the tradition of having animal characteristics as caricatures of humans. The book was inspired from Ibn Al Mqufas's 'Kalila and Dimna' a ninth-century collection of animal fables which came to Persia from India, similar to George Orwell's political allegory 'Animal Farm', the stories are about people and politics. The animal characters were used to represent social inequality and oppression. 'Fantastic Fauna' shows animal images from medieval Islamic artwork that depict imaginary and real animals. The book offers the reader with a different reality where the words describing the animals are not in the main book but inside the miniature books. The reader will be intrigued to find differences and connections between images and words, animal and human characters. The book ends with the George Orwell quote "All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others" (artist's website). Hand-sewn coptic binding in wooden boards with leather wrappings connected to five miniature books. The books all feature laser-engraved animals on the boards. The main book has the laser-engraved title in English and Arabic on the front board. The illustrations and text are lasercut on Johannot paper in all of the books. All text is in English and Arabic. Size: Main book is 8 x 5 x 1.75 inches with 5 miniature books measuring 1.5 x 1.5 x .75 inches. Islam Aly is an Egyptian-born book artist and teacher based in Iowa. His books explore the possibilities of historical bindings in contemporary book art practices They have appeared in international exhibitions in the United States and abroad, and in private and public collections including the New York Public Library, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the National Library of Chile, Yale University, and Bibliotheca Alexandrina. In an artist's statement he writes: "When I make a historical book structure, I go through a learning process. I learn the history as well as the different physical aspects of the binding such as how a book form is constructed in a specific sequence. I learn about the use of different materials such as paper, wood, leather and dyes. I learn to make choices in selecting and replacing traditional materials that I don’t have access to. I use these different experiences to enhance my work in making artists’ books and to use historical and cultural references from these structures in the actual content. In essence, I wish to explore new ways to use the rich structures of historical books in contemporary artists’ book practice and incorporate contemporary content into strictly historical structures." ARTB/110521. Fine.
Mission, British Columbia: Barbarian Press, 2021. Hardcover. From an edition of 125 copies. This is one of the copies from the Regular state of 43 sale and 10 hors commerce copies. The Deluxe state comprises 62 sale and 10 hors commerce copies. This beautiful produced work is the 50th book from the renowned Barbarian press. It presents the evocative and moving poetry of Molly Holden from her five books published during her lifetime and eight previously unpublished poems in nine thematic groups, with a half-title derived from one of the poems in each section. The introduction provides a biographical sketch of Holden, documenting her life as a writer and her struggles with multiple sclerosis, which caused her death at the age of 55. In his afterword, Crispin offers a wonderful discussion of the nature of poetry and of Molly Holden's poems in particular. He writes that her poetry is "innately curious - both persistently questioning and stubbornly independent....After spending time reading Molly Holden's poems, we might well find her own account of her state after 'Country journeys' an apt description of our own condition: I arrive at the end of journeys/prostate with experience, my backside/stiff, my humanity overflowing,/my self plural with anticipation." The poems were hand-set by Apollonia Felicity Elsted in Joanna roman and italic with Tiern Titling for display, and printed by Jan and Apollonia Elsted. Printed on Zerkall Smooth White Wove paper. The engravings by Andy English are printed from the wood. Bound in half green Japanese silk with paper decorated with typographical ornaments and housed green cloth slipcase with cream title and author label to spine. Bound by Alanna Simenson of Mad Hatter Bookbinding. In fine condition. Measures 7.75 x 11 inches. 271 pages plus an afterword of ten pages. PRI/012822. Fine.
London: Published by the author, 1845-1852. Hardcover. An impressive work with 240 steel engravings taken from Billings's exquisite architectural drawings of Scotland's splendid castles, cathedrals, and churches. Robert William Billings (1812 – 1874) was a British architect and author. He trained as a topographical draughtsman, wrote and illustrated many books early in his career, before concentrating on his architectural practice. . He produced important works on Carlisle Cathedral and Durham Cathedral, published in 1840 and 1843, and Illustrations of the Architectural Antiquities of the County of Durham (1846). The work for which he became best known was The Baronial and Ecclesiastical Antiquities of Scotland, published in four volumes between 1845 and 1852, which contained 240 illustrations, with explanatory text. The work was a great success and was reprinted several times. In the 1901 edition it was revealed that all the commentaries were written by John Hill Burton, the edition included a foreword by Robert Rowand Anderson. Anderson wrote in the foreword of the work being "in the front rank of Architectural publications, and from this position it has yet to be displaced." [Wikipedia] Bound in three quarter brown leather with brown pebbled cloth covers. Spine with five raised bands, titling and small ornaments in gilt. Leather is scraped, rubbed and bumped. Joints are rubbed and hinges are tender. All edges gilt. Evidence of ex-library with probable removal of signout card on rear free endpaper and unobtrusive date stamp on ffep. Text blocks tight. Interior pages of engravings are near fine. Each is protected by a tissue guard. Large quartos. Unpaginated, with engravings and variable explanatory texts. Very good condition. ARCH/042822. Very Good+.
Toronto: Biting Dog Press, 2002. Hardcover. Number 246 of 250 copies. Signed by Gaiman, Zipes, and Walker. From the introduction: "There are hundreds if not thousands of versions of 'Snow White' tales...but the one we remember most is the Disney version Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs....the virginal, graceful and modest Snow White...has warmed the hearts of children and adults ever since the film appeared in 1937. But what if Snow White were really a monster? This is the question Neil Gaiman asks in his chilling play, Snow Glass Apples....This exquisite reproduction of Gaiman's play by Biting Dog Press is particularly artful and appropriate in the manner in which it brings out the key disturbing questions of the story through unusual design, typography, and images." Bound in black cloth with title embossed in relief on front cover. Book is printed on Zephyr Laid paper using wood engraving, letterpress, and lithographic techniques. The engravings were impressed directly onto handmade Japanese paper from the original wood blocks. The binding is handsewn. Housed in a black slipcase with the title in silver on the cover. Includes a CD of the play. A wonderful production in fine condition. 7 x 9 inches. 63 pages. PRI/040222. Fine.
Toronto: Biting Dog Press, 2003. Hardcover. Number 225 of 250 numbered copies, signed by the author, writer of the foreword, and designer and illustrator. It is a humorous and rather irreverent retelling by Jack Ketchum of "an ancient, yet always timely tale." The Panchatantra is an ancient Indian collection of interrelated animal fables in Sanskrit verse and prose. The surviving work is dated to about 200 BC, but the fables are likely much more ancient [Wikipedia]. In this tale, a little mouse unexpectedly falls into the hands of a magician, who transforms the mouse into a young girl who becomes a daughter to him and his wife. It recounts their attempts to find a suitable god for her to marry before they realize that she should be transformed back into a mouse and marry the King of the Mice. With original wood engravings by George Walker that were impressed directly onto handmade Japanese gampi paper from the original wood blocks. The text is printed with Linotype Granjon type on Zephyr Laid paper. Bound in a gray cloth portfolio with a brown leather tie that evokes a mouse's tail. Housed in a gray cloth clamshell box with light blue edges. A charming book in fine condition. Measures 6.25 x 9 inches. Unpaginated [about 18 pages plus illustrations]. PRI/050922. Fine.
London: Tommaso Masi, 1789. Hardcover. A charming Italian edition of Boccaccio's classic, The Decameron. Bound in three quarter brown leather with marbled paper boards. Spines with gilt ruling and dark leather spine labels. Leather is rubbed, bumped, and somewhat worn. Paper boards are worn, abraded, with a piece missing from the front cover of Volume IV. Frontis portrait of Boccaccio. Text pages are very good with scattered foxing. Ownership signature to title pages and inscription to ffep of Volume I. Size: 5 x 7.25 inches. Volume I: 317 pages; Volume II: 442 pages; Volume III: 356 pages; Volume IV: 322 pages. ITAL/102121. Very Good.
Board of Governors and Managers of the Home, 1894. Hardcover. It may seem odd to think of Maryland as having once had a home for Confederate Soldiers; however, as the introduction of this souvenir book points out - the sentiments of Marylanders were divided during the war as much of the state was farm land with interests in tobacco farming, but many residents also felt a strong love for the Union. This home was located in the armory, which still stands on Reisterstown Rd. in Pikesville. The book includes a brief history of the armory, descriptions of each room, relics contained within (i.e. Confederate coats, photographs, a fork said to have been used by E.H. Browne in a gun boat at Chicamauga, etc.), photographic images of the grounds, buildings, managers of the home, and residents, lists of officers and rules (Rule 1: Uniforms must be worn on Sundays, holidays, etc. .... 4. Quarreling and other boisterous behavior is not permitted.), excerpts from muster rolls, list of members of the Society of the Army and Navy of Confederate Soldiers of Maryland (including addresses, deceased members, and male decendents), and many advertisements from local companies. A fascinating piece of history for Civil War and Maryland historians. It is unclear how long the home remained in operation or what kind of care the residents received. Bound in grey cloth boards with gilt title and decoration to front board. Rear board is present but nearly detached. Stain to front board, crack to front hinge, and minor toning to margins of pages. Overall, clean and bright interior. 133 pages. MD/122121. Very Good.
Plains, PA: Boss Dog Press, 2017. Hardcover. Number 19 of 54 regular copies, signed by the translator and the printer, Don Rash. There were also 26 special copies and 20 copies in sheets for binders. From the Press website: The Bone Folder was the fifth, and most ambitious, publication of the Boss Dog Press. It is a letterpress edition of Ernst Collin’s Der Pressbengel, originally published in 1922, translated here from the original German by Peter D. Verheyen. the text is a dialog between a fictional bookbinder and his equally fictional patron, with the goal of educating bibliophiles about the processes of hand bookbinding. The dialog is carried out over six days, Monday through Saturday, with a different subject each day. Monday covers forwarding; Tuesday is decorated papers, leather and vellum; Wednesday, paper case bindings; Thursday, quarter leather bindings; Friday is full leather binding; Saturday describes gold tooling. In addition to discussing specific techniques, the text also addresses the conflicts between quality and cost and matters of good taste. The text is augmented by a bio-bibliographical study of the history of the Collin family, three generations of whom were bookbinders of significance in Germany from the mid-1800’s to World War II. This essay is the culmination of Peter D. Verheyen’s extensive research about Ernst Collin over several years. In addition the text is complemented by the inclusion of seven photographic images, a frontispiece, and an enlarged image of Ernst Collin's handwritten signature. Bound in full gray and brown pastepaper over boards, with a white paper spine and front cover title labels. Printed with Monotype digital Walbaum and BDP FritzGotische types on Hahnemühle Biblio paper. Housed in a pastepaper covered slipcase with gray spine. In fine condition. Measures 9 x 12.25 inches. 68 pages plus colophon. PRI/112921. Fine.
Plains, PA: Boss Dog Press, 2021. Hardcover. Number 35 of 80 copies. Signed by the author. This charming lecture by Susan Cooper was offered on the occasion of her donating the manuscripts, galleys, and proofs of her famous children's fantasy book series, The Dark is Rising, to the Lillian H. Smith Collection of children's books at the Toronto Public Library. Cooper writes passionately about the need for fantasy, imagination, and magic in books for everyone at every age. Handsomely bound in semi-limp decorated black and gray paper covers. This chapbook was composed by the printer in digital Linotype Diotima with digital Smaragd for the title page and initial caps. The files were rendered into polymer plates by Boxcar Press and printed at the Boss Dog Press by Don Rash with the assistance of Elaine Rash. The text paper is Zerkall Book Wove and the cover paper is Hahnemüle Burgra. Fine condition. Quarto. 15 pages. PRI/042822. Fine.
Plains, PA: Boss Dog Press, 2012. Hardcover. Copy X of twenty special copies. The total edition was 70 copies. Dan Rash, the printer and compiler of this catalog writes: "The purpose of this catalog is to document a small bit of book arts history, and to perhaps provide a resource for collectors and scholars of Loyd Haberly's bindings. To this end I have organized the material as presented here." The materials presented are categorized by Equipment; Finishing Tools; Hand Tools; and Supplies. Each includes a list of the materials included, accompanied by a photograph of each item listed. Loyd Haberly(1896-1981) was raised in Iowa and Oregon. After studying at Reed College and Harvard, Haberly was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship to study Law at Trinity College, Oxford. However, he became interested in fine printing while in England and began to print and bind books under his own imprint, the Seven Acres Press. He was named controller of the Gregynog Press, a well-known private press in Wales, in 1933, but his tenure with the press was brief and, by most accounts, less than satisfactory to all concerned. While with the press he commissioned a typeface, variously known as Paradiso, Gregynog, Gwendoline or Foligno; when he left he was presented with a supply of the type, which he later used, after returning to the United States, in the production of a number of hand-printed limited editions for which he served as author, illustrator, printer, and binder [Wikipedia]. This beautiful copy from the special edition was printed on handmade paper with the Haberly watermark; it was produced at the Batchelor mill in England. Each center fold-out is an original page of smoke proofs, with every tool impressed onto machine made Kozi paper. The book is printed with Italian Old Style type. It is bound in lovely dark blue paste paper with a brown leather spine with gilt titling. Housed in a dark blue paste-paper covered slipcase. In fine condition. Measures 7.5 x 12.25 inches. Unpaginated [6 pages]. BOB/111221. Fine.
Plains, PA: Boss Dog Press, 2020. Hardcover. Number 28 of 50 regular copies, with an additional 10 copies unbound and 20 hors commerce. This book pays homage to the fine work of book binder Fritz Eberhardt, particularly known for his designs created by his own hand tools. It includes an introduction by Hans Halbey, who acquired most of Eberhardt's tools following his death, a short essay by Eberhardt about his work, and a catalog of Eberhardt's handmade finishing tools. Don Rash of the Boss Dog Press studied with Eberhardt and his hand binder wife Trudi. He writes a short preface describing Eberhardt's techniques in creating his beautiful bindings. There are seventeen plates showing examples of Eberhardt's bindings plus pictures of his tools. The catalog of tools has an illustration of the shape of each tool along with information on its dimensions. This work was compiled, designed, and executed by Don Rash. Bound in full decorated cream and black paper over boards with brown leather strips at the head and tail. The types used are digital versions of Herman Zapf's Aldus for the text and Michelangelo for the titling. It is printed made at the University of Iowa Center for the Book by Tim Barrett and his student co-workers. In fine condition. Measures 6.25 x 9 inches. 50 pages. BOB/112321. Fine.
Baltimore: Hawke and Robinson, 1958. Hardcover. Thin 4to. SCARCE IN JACKET. Presentation copy from the author to Barr Harris with a long inscription in blue pen on the front free endpaper. Orange cloth boards with black title to spine. Clean, bright interior filled with photographic illustrations. Brown illustrated dust jacket with orange and black title to front panel. Minor wear and tears to edges of jacket. Orioles sticker from 1966 stuck on front panel of jacket. Includes supplements (some in duplicate) up to 1966. 50 pages plus supplements. BALT/102721. Very Good / Very Good.
Delhi, NY: Birch Brook Press, 1995. Softcover. An entertaining compilation of readings from well known writers about the joys of books and reading. Writers include Max Beerbohm, Colette, George Eliot, Benjamin Franklin, Charles Lamb, Malcolm X and more. Grey softcover in self wrappers with titling in red to spine and front cover. Light fading along top of front cover otherwise very good. Bookstore stamp and previous owner bookplate. Letterpress printed. 189 pages. BOB/090721. Very Good.