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.
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.
New York: The Museum of Modern Art in collaboration with Centro Di, Florence, (1972). Hardcover. Small 4to. Very good+ in white paper covered boards with black title to spine. Slight yellowing to edges. Light yellowing to edges of pages. Else is clean and bright with 520 illustrations, 124 of which are in full color. Original glassine dust jacket with black title to front panel and cut out design elements inside the dust jacket. The cut out table has a small spot of rubbing to one leg. Wear to dust jacket includes yellowing to edges of front panel and browning to spine panel and edges of rear panel. 430 pages. FURN/062217. Very Good+ / Very Good.
Bloomington and Indianapolis: Indiana University Press, (2013). First Edition. Hardcover. 8vo. Fine in red paper covered boards with black title to spine. Pristine interior with illustrations throughout. Light blue and brown illustrated dust jacke with brown and red title to front panel and red title to spine panel. Index, 399 pages. WWI/052517. Fine / Fine.
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 Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2017. Hardcover. First edition, first printing. "Introducing praetorians of all echelons, from prefects and messengers to artillery experts and executioners, de la Bedoyere explores the delicate position of emperors for whom prestige and guile were the only defence against bodyguards hungry for power. Folding fascinating details into a broad assessment of the praetorian era, this exciting account sheds new light on the wars, laws, and politics of the ancient world's most extraordinary empire" (jacket). Black cloth boards with gilt title to spine. In grey dust jacket with white title to spine and front cover. Clean and bright with photographic illustrations. 335 pages. ROME/060217. Fine / Fine.
London: Faber and Faber, . Hardcover. Sir Ernest Bennett (1865-1947) was a British politician, academic, explorer and writer. He had many interests, but Bennett's more unconventional interest was in ghosts, a subject about which he wrote extensively. He was a member of the Council of the Society for Psychical Research, and spent much time investigating haunted houses. While he undoubtedly hoped for positive findings, his rigorous and systematic scientific approach left him empty handed in the end. Bound in green cloth with gilt author and title to spine. Spine is browned with a few small discolored spots. There is a short closed tear to the book cloth along the rear hinge. Light bumping to corners. Interior pages clean and bright. Ownership signature of Alice Worm dated 1939 to front free endpaper. Description of book taped to front pastedown. Slight roll to spine. Very good condition. 393 pages. OCC/041717. Very Good.
Chicago: American School of Home Economics, 1912-1914. Hardcover. An uncommon book comprised of three works: The House Its Plan, Decoration and Care by Bevier: Household Hygiene by Elliott; and Household Management by Terrill. The three authors were all university or college teachers. The handbook offers a fascinating look at housekeeping techniques and beliefs in the early 20th century. Each work is paginated separately. The topics range from an historical overview of housing to housing care and cleanliness, to the keeping of household accounts and managing expenditures. With illustrations, graphs, and tables throughout. Boundin yellow cloth with title in black to front cover and spine. Binding is bumped and somewhat soiled but still very good. Interior pages are in very good condition. Bevier book: 226 pages; Elliott: 228 pages; Terrill: 214 pages. Housekeeping/041317. Very Good.
London and New York: John Tallis and Company, n.d. [mid 19th century]. Hardcover. The preface, appearing in Volume II, states that the publisher's aims in producing this book was to provide a work of pictorial illustrations to the Scriptures at a price that was accessible to many. The foundations of this "little work" was based upon the older writers of natural history such as Pliny, Linnaeus, Derham, and Goldsmith. Their result was this beautiful book with over three hundred lovely color engravings of animals, birds, fish, reptiles, plants, and more, including a fold-out frontispiece illustration in Volume I. There is a description of the nature, appearance, and habits of each of the creatures included. Beautifully bound in full brown leather with gilt rulings and designs to the covers. There are five raised spine bands with gilt designs in the compartments and the title and volume numbers. Some bumping, rubbing, and light chipping along joints and spine ends, but still very nice. All edges gilt. Gilt decorated dentelles to inner edges as well. There is offsetting and browning to the endpapers and minor foxing to the first and last few pages of both volumes. Otherwise, the interior pages and illustrations are in near fine condition. Large bookplate of previous owner Baltimore resident James Beeson Browne on both front pastedowns. Volume I: 320 pages: Volume II: 310 pages. Plates are unnumbered. This set may require an extra shipping fee. NATHIST/052317. Near Fine.
New York: David McKay Company, 1968. Hardcover. Inscribed by the author "For Pauli Murray with many thanks, Caroline Bird, June 19, 1968." The recipient, Pauli Murray (1910 - 1985), was a civil rights activist, women's rights activist, lawyer, priest, and author. She was born in Baltimore and was the first African American to receive a Doctor of Juridical Science degree from Yale Law School. She was also the first African American to be ordained as an Episcopal priest. She was one of the first to publically criticize the sexism present in the civil rights movement and coined the term "Jane Crow." Red cloth boards with gilt title to spine. Bumping to corners and minor wear to edges of boards. Several passages underlined in pen, else clean interior. In white dust jacket with black title to spine and front panel. Wear to edges of jacket including several short closed tears. Minor rubbing and smudge marks to jacket, which is now in a protective plastic covering. 288 pages. WOM/051017. Very Good / Very Good.
Riverside, CA: Bo Press Miniature Books, 2017. Small open edition. "A study of the headgear of Avian royalty. The birds come from the beautiful portraits of the Bird's Peerage of Aves, A Natural History of the Birds, W. Derham & E. Albin. (3 vols. London, 1731-1738). The still, beady-eved stare of these aristocrats make the immense pomposity of the crowns faintly comic, but not more so than the Hapsburg's" (Pat Sweet). Bound in decorative paper covered boards over white leather spine with paper title labels to spine and front cover. Slight glue mark to leather on front cover. A fun book that includes 30 illustrations of birds wearing crowns. Size: 2 3/8 x 2 1/2 inches. 48 pages. ARTB/061316. Fine.
Riverside, CA: Bo Press Miniature Books, circa 2015. Open edition. According to the book artist: "No phrase is quite so evocative of the Middle Ages in Europe than 'a knight in shining armor.' This book follows the arming, or as Shakespeare called it, the 'accomplishing', of a knight: from the medieval underwear called braies, through the many padded layers of wool and linen that absorbed the blows of battle and the scraping of the armor, through the overlapping layers of metal plates that, when properly tied to the arming clothes, would protect the knight from anything that could be thrown at him until the introduction of the longbow and firearms." Bound in marbled paper covered boards with black title to spine. In translucent dust jacket with title printed on spine and front panels. This charming book of knightly fashion includes 48 illustrations of a knight, showing each garment worn with a description on the facing page. Each plate is preceded by a translucent overlay of the featured garment, and each plate builds on the next, so you can see the progression of the knight's dressing piece by piece. Also includes an introduction with several illustrations. 114 pages. Size: 2 1/8 x 1 5/8 inches. ARTB/061317. Fine.
Riverside, CA: Bo Press Miniature Books, (2017). A model of an old-fashioned book press including four blank books in interesting bindings, which can be removed. The press is made from painted wood and has a 2 1/4" x 2" platen with 1" of daylight, with a shelf underneath the press for storage. The press can be raised and lowered using the central screw. The four miniature books are bound as follows: One half bound in black leather and a black and white astronomical print, one quarter-bound in dark brown leather and a tan and gold marbled paper, one bound in an art deco arabesque with a teal cloth spine, and one bound in a black and gold Indian paper. The press measures: 6 x 3 x 2 1/8 inches (not including central screw, which varies in height). ARTB/061317. Fine.
Riverside, CA: Bo Press Miniature Books, circa 2017. Small open edition. "John Napier (1550 - 1617) was an extremely clever Scottish mathematician, most famous for inventing natural logarithms. The computing device he developed for lattice multiplication, known as Napier's Rods or Napier's Bones, is much more well-known, and more fun." (Pat Sweet). This book art object includes a miniature copy of E.W. Hobson's 1914 lecture "John Napier and the Invention of Logarithms 1614" as well as a miniature set of Napier's Bones. The "Bones" are ten four sided sticks with numbers on each side plus one "index" stick. The book and bones are contained in a two-sided book-like container, which is covered in marbled paper with paper title label on the spine panel. Size: 1 5/8" x 1 3/16" x 3/4". ARTB/061317. Fine.
Riverside, CA: Bo Press Miniature Books, 2016. "It's Istanbul, not Constantinople now, but from the 11th century BCE and the foundation of the Thracian settlement known as Lygos, the world's richest and best-defended city has stood at the meeting point of Europe and Asia. 'Sailing To Istanbul' is a history of the city told in maps, from the earliest known depiction of the city in the Tabula Peutingeriana to the modern map of the Istanbul rapid transit system. The maps, both Eastern and Western, speak volumes about the city's history, past, and future" (Pat Sweet). Bound in blue and gold Italian marbled paper covered boards with paper title labels to spine and front cover. This book features an overflap binding style which was inspired by a 17th century edition of Reis' 'Book on Navigation.' It includes twenty-eight tipped-in folding maps, ranging from the Nuzhat al-musht k fi'khtir q al- f q of 1154 to the map of Constantinople by Christoforo Buondelmonte - the first map of the city itself. A map by the explorer and artist Piri Reis makes an appearance, and one of the loveliest maps, by an unknown hand, is from the reign of Sultan Abdul Hamid II. The most unsettling map, an Ottoman Empire census map from 1914, shows the proportional population figures of Muslims, Armenians, and Greeks. It also contains a fold-out timeline of the city, and a copy of Yeats famous poem" Sailing To Byzantium", from which this little map collection gets its name. Size: 2 3/4 x 2 3/8 inches. 74 pages. ARTB/061317. Fine.
Riverside, CA: Bo Press Miniature Books. Number 6 of 10 copies, signed by the book artist. According to the book artist: "Volvelles are probably the earliest form of movable paper engineering. Matthew Paris is credited with the first one in his manuscript Chronica majora, which made use of the wheel to determine the date of Easter. A volvelle consists of one or more layers of parchment or paper discs and shapes fastened to a leaf, allowing for each individual layer to be rotated independently of the other components. In the 15th century, it was used as an early type of computational device, and was used to chart complex astronomical information." This piece includes ten volvelles from 1500 - 1700. Sweet has "reverse-engineered them into their separate original parts, then put them together" for the viewer to interact with. Also included is one uncut volvelle for the viewer to assemble themselves with needle and thread (if they choose). Each of the volvelles is adhered to a piece of decorative paper covered board and encased in a vellum folder, which helps to protect its parts. The collection is housed in a small green paper covered box. Measures: 2 3/4 x 2 5/8 x 2 1/16 inches. ARTB/061317. Fine.
New York: Limited Editions Club, 1930. Hardcover. Number 711 of 1500 copies. A new translation from the original Italian. Signed by the designer, T.M. Cleland. Both volumes are bound in red cloth boards with black and gilt title labels to spines. Clean and bright with very slight darkening to spines. Both volumes are housed in a black paper covered slipcase with gilt title label to spine panel. Case is worn and chipped along the edges and hinges with a three inch split along one joint and splits along the head and tail joints of spine panel. Rubbing and minor creasing to paper covering case. 382 pages. This set may require an extra shipping fee. LIT/061317. Very Good.
New York: Harry M. Abrams, Inc. 1957. Hardcover. 4to. Near fine in grey and black cloth covered boards. The Cover design was made especially for this book by Pablo Picasso. Illustrated dust jacket with black title to grey spine. Light edgewear to dust jacket. Binding in excellent condition. Illustrated. The monograph presents Picasso as painter, draftsman, printmaker, sculptor, ceramist, and provides an intimate look at the artist's personality through his close friend, Jaime Sabartes. 524 pages. Art, 20th century. ART/061617. Near Fine / 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+.
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.
New York: Frederick A Stokes Company, 1900. Hardcover. Sixth edition. A collection of illustrated rhymes addressing manners such as neatness, courtesy, borrowing, books, bed-time, modesty, quietness, helpfulness, teasing, doll-time, combing, interruption, and more. For example: "Remember. Remember not to suck your thumb; Remember not to slam the door; Remember when the callers come, To take your toys from off the floor." Bound in the original red cloth boards with black title to spine and front cover. Illustration in black and white to front cover. Minor rubbing to boards, a few scuff marks, and minor wear to edges and spine ends. Previous owner's name in pen to front free endpaper. The interior is clean overall with occasional smudge marks and spots of soiling. There is a short closed tear to the bottom of the front free endpaper and there is light browning to the margins of the pages. A cute book. Size: quarto. Unpaginated. CHILD/041317. Very Good.
Morgan Hill, CA: Ginger Burrell, 2017. Hardcover. Number 4 of 10 copies. A powerful and relevant piece about climate change that addresses through both text and structure how the climate affects our food supply, animals, water levels, and weather patterns. According to the book artist: “Metamorphosis began when I was playing with [book artist ]Hedi Kyle’s Fishbone binding. A mistake led to a book design that reminded me of a stalk of corn. Since my current work deals with climate change, and since food scarcity is a part of that topic, that corn stalk led me to think about a series of books which, when viewed from above, evoke the many elements that are already changing.” The book structures Ginger uses for this series include the Spiral, representing hurricanes and the effects of increased ocean temperature and sea mass; the Pivoting Clouds, representing the overabundance or complete lack of rain; the Piano Hinge, typifying our relationship with the sun and how, through our alteration of the atmosphere, that relationship is changing; the Flag Book, depicting the wave element and the changes to our oceans, coral reefs and glaciers; and the modified Fishbone bindings, representing the issues of food and our tree of life, our animals. The text in each book reflects the theme of its structure. The resulting six miniature books are housed in separate compartments in a custom wooden specimen box with a glass lid. In the center of the box are four toy animals set in resin that represent actual animals in danger of extinction. The animals vary in each copy; this copy includes a turtle, dolphin, walrus, and frog. Each book is inkjet printed with archival ink on Rives BFK paper. Ginger won the Hedi Kyle award for this book, which was awarded by Hedi Kyle herself at the 23 Sandy Gallery show, "Hello Hedi” in 2015. Box size: 11.75 x 8 x 2 inches. The books contained within vary in size. In fine condition. ARTISTSBOOK/060517. Fine.
Morgan Hill, CA: Ginger Burrell, 2015. Hardcover. Number 2 of 10 copies. According to the book artist: "Paper Dolls began as a feminist manifesto about the role of women in society past and the ever present attempts to return women to that role. In the entire book, The Complete Book of Sewing by Constance Talbot (1943), there was only one photograph of a man sewing and he was listed as the expert. Over time, however, Paper Dolls became a sentimental journey through my childhood. As I wrote the poetry, I realized that so much of how I make art now was influenced by the time I spent then with my mother imagining, designing, and creating clothing. Every trip to the fabric store was a lesson in color theory, textures and attention to detail. Sensory memories of whispery pattern paper, the whirring sewing machine and being pricked with pins, still in the garment, began to rearrange my ideas." Coptic binding with floral paper covered boards and cloth title label to front cover. The text is printed on archivally on cotton, which has been adhered and sewn onto patterned cardstock. The pages of text are interspersed with altered book pages that have been taken from 'The Complete Book of Sewing' and layered pages created from sewing patterns and decorative papers. Housed in a black cloth covered clamshell box with old sewing patterns adhered to the edges. Unpaginated. Box measures 5.5 x 4.5 x 3 inches. Book measures 4.5 x 3.5 x 1.25 inches. ARTB/060517. Fine.