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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Corte Madera, CA: Portal Publications Ltd. / MGM, 1967. Paperback. Reproduced from the original poster, which was printed in 1939 by Selznick. Tack holes in all corners in white margins. Light wear and light foxing to edges / margins of poster, but clean and bright overall. Size: 28 x 20 inches. PRINT/081517. Very Good.
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.
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 aim in producing this book was to provide a work of pictorial illustrations to the Scriptures at a price that was accessible to many. The foundation of this “little work” was based upon the older writers of natural history such as Pliny, Linnaeus, Derham, and Goldsmith. The 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 and gilt decorated dentelles. 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.
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.
Riverside, CA: Bo Press Miniature Books, 2017. Hardcover. Unnumbered limited edition. Signed by the well-known book artist, Pat Sweet This is another inventive and lovely miniature book by Pat. She writes of her book: "I saw this morning morning's minion . . ." The kestrel Hopkins saw that May morning in 1877 became one of the most beautiful and breathtaking sonnets of the 19th century. Hopkins, a great technical poet and the creator of the poetical device known as "sprung rhythm", was inspired by the sight of the hovering bird to a mystical connection with something beyond and above nature, The poem is dedicated "To Christ our Lord. " She continues: "I've tried to justice to the complexity and delight of the poem by using a complicated little dos à dos à dos binding, with the poem in the middle. The two outer folds open to reveal a pair of fold-out wings, their colors taken from the American Kestrel. The book is bound in paper printed with a blue sky with fleecy clouds. The book is enclosed in a slipcase bound in the same paper." In fine condition. 2.75 x 1.75 inches; slipcase is 3"x 1.75" x .75 inches. 32 pages. ARTISTSBOOK/090517. Fine.
Riverside, CA: Bo Press Miniature Books, 2017. Pat Sweet describes herself as creating illuminated miniature books of curiosity, humor, and delight. She creates both miniature (under 3 inches) and macro-miniature (under 1 inch) books. She also makes miniature pocket globes, astronomical instruments, orreries, tellurions, and occasional oddities. 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. Pat Sweet describes herself as creating illuminated miniature books of curiosity, humor, and delight. She creates both miniature (under 3 inches) and macro-miniature (under 1 inch) books. She also makes miniature pocket globes, astronomical instruments, orreries, tellurions, and occasional oddities. 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, circa 2017. Pat Sweet describes herself as creating illuminated miniature books of curiosity, humor, and delight. She creates both miniature (under 3 inches) and macro-miniature (under 1 inch) books. She also makes miniature pocket globes, astronomical instruments, orreries, tellurions, and occasional oddities. 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. In fine condition. Size: 1 5/8” x 1 3/16” x 3/4” inches. ARTB/061317. Fine.
Riverside, CA: Bo Press Miniature Books, 2016. Pat Sweet describes herself as creating illuminated miniature books of curiosity, humor, and delight. She creates both miniature (under 3 inches) and macro-miniature (under 1 inch) books. She also makes miniature pocket globes, astronomical instruments, orreries, tellurions, and occasional oddities. “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 that was inspired by a 17th century edition of Reis’s Book on Navigation. It includes twenty-eight tipped-in folding maps, ranging from the Nuzhat map 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’s famous poem ”Sailing To Byzantium,” from which this little map collection gets its name. In fine condition. Size: 2 3/4 x 2 3/8 inches. 74 pages. ARTB/061317. Fine.