New York: D. Appleton & Co. 1875. Hardcover. Includes articles on Lawrence Alma-Tadema, architecture, American silverwork and glass, needlework, cameos, shoes in the museum of costume (Paris), The Corcoran Gallery, Eucharistic Vestaments, household art, Japanese art, Sir Edwin Landseer, medieaval tiles, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, women artists, and much more. Three quarter brown leather boards with dark red cloth covered boards. Gilt title and decoration to spine and front cover. Minor wear and rubbing to edges of boards, hinges, bands, and corners. A few chips and pulls to leather on corners. Marbled endpapers and all edges gilt. Previous owner's initials to front endpaper. Includes over 40 full page engravings and woodcuts that replicate paintings and sculptures. Also includes numerous in text illustrations. Slight toning to margins, but clean and bright overall. A large, heavy book that may require an extra shipping fee. 384 pages. ART/042618. Very Good.
n.p. n.p. (1892). Hardcover. A small bound sketchbook with twenty-six (one partial) delicate and finely executed watercolors of various flowers and one pencil sketch. Most of the charming watercolors have pencil identifications, and on one page is a name ""Gothard June 23 1892." Bound in tan cloth, with light wear and bumping to covers. Ribbon ties attached to rear cover. The paintings are bright and fresh. In very good condition. 6 x 9 inches. ORIGINALART/041318. Very Good.
Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1955. Hardcover. Reprint. "Much that happened in Mark Twain's life served as the basis of his work, and these real life episodes in fictional form are scattered through more than twenty-five of his books. Now Jerry Allen has drawn all these episodes together in actual sequence and added much new material from Twain's unpublished papers" (jacket). Black cloth boards with gilt title to spine. Previous owner signature in pen to front free endpaper. Browning to endpapers. In green dust jacket with white title to spine and front panels. Fading to spine of jacket and wear to edges including a few closed tears. 359 pages. LIT/032318. Very Good / Very Good.
Mission, B.C. Barbarian Press, 2017. Number 69 of 100 copies for sale. Signed by the book artists. This delightful book celebrates the wonderful Barbarian Press's 40th anniversary and is the 47th book to be issued by the press. The Crispins thought that the occasion seemed to require some formal observance. Crispin writes: "Some of the more frequent questions asked us concern bears: Why do we have a bear as a press device? Do we really have bears around the press room? Is the bear a symbol of something? Is the bear really Crispin? – and so on. One of the most requested ephemeral pieces we ever produced was A Sloth of Bears, a broadsheet we printed in 2002 which showed all the press devices we had by that time commissioned from engravers who had illustrated our books. Since we have had several new devices engraved since 2002, and since the ‘FAQ’s (as they are now inevitably called) listed above are not answered by a broadsheet, we decided to print a small book about them. The book opens with a Preface about bears, our relationship with them, and theirs with the press. The body of the book prints all nineteen devices to date in chronological order, each image accompanied by a list of the titles in which the device has been used, and a note about the engraver and our work together. As well as versions of our press device, we have sometimes had pairs of printer’s marks engraved for us. These marks, in effect graphic ‘signatures’ of an individual printer or designer, have at various times been a feature of book design and production. The most famous modern example is probably Bruce Roger’s thistle. In our case, we initiated the marks with A Christmas Carol, or, The Miser’s Warning in 1984. Jan’s features a robin singing atop a tombstone bearing her initials; Crispin’s is a hand holding a hornbook which bears his initials and the word ‘Felicitas’. The reasons behind these are explained in an afterword, which also prints all six of the earlier printer’s marks, two each by Edwina Ellis, Colin Paynton, and Nancy Ruth Jackson. In celebration of our 40th anniversary, we have commissioned a fourth pair from Andy English, who has also created a twentieth press device, and his device and printer’s marks will be displayed on the book’s colophon page. The book thus includes a total of twenty devices and eight printer’s marks, all but one of the images printed from the wood, by fourteen artists and engravers: Louis Turpin, Edwina Ellis, Colin See-Paynton, John DePol, Barry Moser, Wesley Bates, Ted Staunton, Simon Brett, Gerard Brender à Brandis, Abigail Rorer, Peter Lazarov, Andy English, Nancy Ruth Jackson, and John Lawrence." Ursus typographicus is designed in a small landscape format, bound in decorated boards, with a delightful frontispiece by Andy English featuring three cartouches showing the exterior of the press building and two interiors with two bears hard at work. The text is set in Van Dijck roman and italic with Castellar drop caps, printed in black and blue on Zerkall Book White mouldmade paper. The engravings are all printed from the wood, except for our first device by Louis Turpin, which is printed from a photo-engraved magnesium block taken from his original drawing. The book is quarter bound in grey morocco with paper over boards printed with a pattern adapted from a binding brass engraved by Alex McGuckin as a gift to the press, and is contained in a blue silk-covered slipcase. In fine condition. PRI/041618.
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1916. Hardcover. 8vo. Green cloth covered boards with gilt title to front board and to spine and beautiful gilt decoration to front board. Minor edgewear and rubbing to exterior. Some minor loss to gilt on spine. Interior is clean and bright and binding is tight. Includes map. 349 pages. LIT/041718. Very Good.
Boston: Allyn and Bacon, 1938. Hardcover. "This book is written especially for young men. It has to do with everyday people and their everyday doings. Its pages are often humorous, because facts learned with laughter are most enjoyed and best remembered" (introduction). Dark greenish blue cloth boards with white title to spine and front cover. Clean and bright with cute cartoon style illustrations. 117 pages. ETI/042318. Very Good.
Baltimore: James Young, 1873. Hardcover. A collection of poems beginning with this one "Read all within before you venture, One single verse of mine to censure, Because sometimes, there exist unseen, Etherial beauties all veiled in green; Rubies also, and diamonds are found, The best and brightest beneath the ground ..." Bound in green cloth boards with gilt title to spine and gilt inscription to front cover "compliments of the Baltimore Telegram." Wear to hinges and edges of boards. Dampstaining to margins of many interior pages, but still an attractive book. Illustrated. Subscription blanks for the Baltimore Telegram affixed to both endpapers. 169 pages plus index. POE/042018. Very Good.
Glasgow: John Mensies & Co. for the Tobermory Town Council, No date. Paperback. SCARCE. 16mo. No date, circa 1930s. Illustrated side stapled paper wrappers with blue title to front wrapper. Interior is clean and bright with beautiful black and white illustrations. Rear wrapper is a fold out map. Ads at front and rear. 40 pages. SCOT/033018. Very Good+.
New York and London: Harper and Brothers, 1900. Hardcover. First edition. Includes 28 black and white illustrations by A.B. Frost and ten spooky stories from African American folk lore written in vernacular. Ex-library with rules of the library pasted down to front pastedown, stamp to front pastedown, and pocket to rear pastedown. Orange cloth boards with black title to spine and front cover. Silver and gray illustration of the devil to the front cover. Rubbing and wear to spine, edges of boards, and corners. Chipping to edges of several pages. Clean and bright overall with light toning to margins of pages. 211 pages. OCC/042618. Very Good.
Philadelphia: The John C. Winston Co, circa 1900. Hardcover. Scarce. Inscribed by the author "Mary and Charlotte from their Great Great Aunt - Mary Alice Brooks" on the front free endpaper. Alice Brooks was a Baltimore author who often wrote under the pseudonym "ALIX." This book is a collection of short stories written for mothers - each with Christian morality lessons. Bound with red cloth spine and corners over white cloth boards. Title in black to front cover. Several spots of soiling and discoloration to covers and spine. Wear to corners and edges. Clean interior. 242 pages. LIT/041718. Very Good.
Philadelphia: The John C. Winston Co, circa 1900. Hardcover. Scarce. Inscribed by the author "For the mother of Mary Matthews with best wishes of the Author - Alice Brooks / Written by the Great Great Aunt of Mary Matthews." on the front free endpaper. Alice Brooks was a Baltimore author who often wrote under the pseudonym "ALIX." A collection of advice for young mothers, most involving when and how to discipline kids - each with real life examples. The author notes that "most of the articles in this little volume have been published in Parish Visitor. The material, for many of them, has been gathered from the wise teachings of my mother, to whose memory I lovingly dedicate it." Bound with red cloth spine and corners over white cloth boards. Title in black to front cover with silver flower. Dampstaining and discoloration to covers and spine. Minor wear to corners and edges. Clean interior. 119 pages. LIT/041718. Very Good.
New York: E.P. Dutton and Company, 1920. Hardcover. First Edition, second printing. "Brooks’s book 'The Ordeal of Mark Twain' was a psychological study attempting to show that Twain had crippled himself emotionally and curtailed his genius by repressing his natural artistic bent for the sake of his Calvinist upbringing" (Britannica). Very good in black cloth boards with faded grey title to spine and front cover. Chipping to book cloth and wear to spine ends, edges, and corners. Puncture mark to spine and to bottom margin of some page. Rear hinge is cracked. 267 pages. Literary Criticism. LIT/032318. Very Good.
New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1885. Hardcover. Uncommon. Bound in the original bluish green cloth boards with gilt title to spine and front cover. Red and blue floral illustration to front board and spine. Minor browning to spine, minor wear / rubbing to hinges, spine ends, and edges of boards. Yellow floral patterned endpapers. Clean. Lacks front free endpaper. 305 pages plus 6 pages of ads. LIT/041818. Very Good.
New York: Grosset and Dunlap, 1945. Hardcover. Signed and inscribed by the author and dated 1957. A bedtime story book. According to Burgess, his stories are written "to teach the truth in regard to these little wild folk (Peter Rabbit, Mr. Toad, etc.) and their ways, and to stimulate a love of nature." In red paper covered boards with black title to spine and front cover. Illustrated. In red illustrated dust jacket with white title to spine and front cover. Wear and a few chips to edges of jacket. Fading to spine panel of jacket. 189 pages. CHILD/032818. Near Fine / Very Good.
New York: Frederick A. Stokes, Company, 1901. First Edition. Hardcover. FIRST EDITION. 8vo. Purple cloth covered boards with gilt title and decoration to front board and gilt title to spine. Illustration to front board. Minor bumping to spine ends and corners. Light browning and minor rolling to spine. Slight yellowing to edges of pages. Else is clean and bright with four illustrations. 303 pages. LIT/041918. Very Good.
Barcelona: Carla Busquets, 2018. A unique artists' book. Signed by the artist on the back of the last leaf. This one-of-a-kind book includes eight original drawings rendered in black ink on four folios mounted on five wooden dowels. The piano hinge structure is based on innovations by renowned book artist Hedi Kyle. Formerly a conservator in the UK, Canada, and Spain, Busquets, a skilled young paper artist, opened her own studio, la Frivé, last year where she hosts workshops for paper artists of all ages in addition to practicing her craft. In her artist's statement Busquets states: "I mostly work with paper. I love the versatility of the material, how easy it is to manipulate and also the skill required to turn it into delicate work... I use drawing and paper to explore the boundaries of book structures to to create a story. Imagining a picture that goes beyond the illustration with mobile and tri-dimensional parts as in pop-up books gives me new possibilities to transport the spectator." In this marvelous work Busquets depicts the fearsome Kraken, a legendary creature that resembled a giant squid and was known for destroying ships. Here its massive tentacles rise from the churning waves as it approaches a doomed ship. Drawn on Canson drawing paper mounted on five hand cut 5mm diameter bamboo dowels. Drawn with a Minsubishi Uni Pin black fine line with water and fade proof pigment ink. Size: 17cm x 12.5 cm x 3cm. In fine condition. ARTISTSBOOK/032617. Fine.
London: Neville Spearman, 1962. Hardcover. "The letters collected in this volume provide notes for chapters in the lives of Mark Twain and George W. Cable, especially from the summer of 1881 through February 1885, the period of their chief intimacy" (jacket). William Gibson's Copy with his ownership signature in pen to front free endpaper. Gibson was a noted Twain scholar. Brown cloth boards with gilt title to spine. Smudge mark to front endpaper, else clean interior. In red dust jacket with black title to spine and front cover. Minor rubbing to jacket and minor wear to edges. 134 pages. LIT/031518. Very Good / Very Good.
London: Macmillan and Co. 1932-1933. Hardcover. Two later volumes bound as one in a beautiful Riviere binding. Alice's Adventures is the one hundred eighty-sixth thousand from 1932. Looking Glass is one hundred and twenty-fourth thousand from 1933. Red morocco with gilt rulings and ribbon garland to front and rear covers. Spine has six compartments with five raised bands with title, author and fleur de lis designs. The front cover has a beautiful embossed illustration with color inlays of Alice and the Dodo bird. On the back is a color illustration of Alice and the Red Queen. Light rubbing to corners and edges. All edges gilt. End pages are red marbled paper. The interior is also in fine condition with John Tenniel's famous illustrations. Full edges gilt. In a gorgeous binding by Riviere & Son. 183 pages; 211 pages. CHILD/040318. Fine.
Philadelphia: J.W. Bradley, 1860. With 150 illustrations on steel and wood, some colored. American painter and author George Catlin (1796 - 1872) is best known for his portraits of Native Americans. Bound in full red leather boards with gilt title and gilt illustration of a Native American on horseback to the spine. The gilt illustration is featured on the front cover as well with a blind stamped version on the rear cover, both surrounded by blind stamped rules and decoration. Minor wear to hinges and edges of boards. A few dark spots to spine and covers. Occasional spots of foxing and spots of soiling to interior, but clean and bright overall. Pen gift inscription dated 1954 to front endpaper. An attractive book. 792 pages with 16 pages of advertisements. AME/042318.
Easthampton, MA: Cheloniidae Press, 2018. 3 of 100 copies. Signed and numbered by the artist. This is one of the Cheloniidae Press's first new works in twenty years. It is a letterpress printed broadside featuring an image of a cat and the quote "If there were no books ... there would be no Black Cat!" This broadside references Edgar Allan Poe's classic short story "The Black Cat." Printed by Master Printer Art Larson from a relief etching by Alan James Robinson on on archival Cranes Lettra paper. Size: 11 x 14 inches. PRI/062016. Fine.
Easthampton, MA: Cheloniidae Press, 2018. 1 of 100 copies. Signed and numbered by the artist. This is one of the Cheloniidae Press's first new works in twenty years. It is a letterpress printed broadside featuring an image of a cat and the quote "If there were no books ... there would be no Ancient mariner!" This broadside references Coleridge's famous poem "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner." Printed by Master Printer Art Larson from a relief etching by Alan James Robinson on on archival Cranes Lettra paper. Size: 11 x 14 inches. PRI/062016. Fine.
Cincinnati, New York: Jennings and Pye, Eaton and Mains, (1903). Hardcover. SCARCE. 8vo. Brown cloth covered boards with gilt title to front board and to spine. Beautiful black, light blue, and gilt art nouveau design to front board and to spine. Interior is clean and bright. 201 pages. LIT/042418. Near Fine.
New York: A.S. Barnes & Co, 1855. Hardcover. A collection of Henry Clay's letters organized by date from 1801 - 1852. Bound in the original dark brown cloth boards with embossed title to spine and embossed decoration to boards. Chipping to spine ends and wear to corners and edges of boards. Minor dampstaining rear board. Browning to edges of pages, minor spots of foxing throughout, and occasional spot of soiling. 642 pages. AME/041818. Very Good.
New York and London: Harper & Brothers, 1928. Paperback. 8vo. Very good in red side stapled paper wrappers with black title to light green title lable on front wrapper. Chipping and minor soiling to wrappers. Interior is clean and bright with photographic illustration of Mark Twain as frontispiece. 63 pages. LIT/031618. Very Good.