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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New York: Doubleday, Page, and Co., 1919. Paperback. Articles on Christmas birds, spirt of winter, decorating for Christmas, the greyhound and his stride, cashmere and paisley shawls, country clothes, cooking Christmas dinner to-day, news of breeds and breeders, and more. Illustrated paper wrappers (design by Warren Keith) with white spine panel titled in black. Heavy wear to spine with chipping to paper. Creasing and wear to covers. Clean interior with small tears to edges of some pages. Bird illustrations and some ads in full color. 116 pages.PER/102621. Very Good.
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.
Raleigh, NC: T. Loring, 1843. Hardcover. Scarce. These indexes were prepared in response to an 1827 request made by the governor of North Carolina to Arthur Gallatin, the American minister in London, for his assistance in procuring documents held by the English government pertaining to the early history of North Carolina. The detailed indexes are for documents issued from 1663 to 1777. Bound in three quarter brown leather with marbled paper boards and red leather title label. Leather and boards are chipped, scuffed, and stained. Front hinge is cracked but text block is still attached. Scattered foxing throughout not affecting legibility. Ownership label of English banker and politician Richard Biddulph Martin on half title page. A decent copy of this uncommon publication. Octavo. 120 pages. AMERSTATE/071321. Good +.
Schenectady, NY: Henry Stevens & Co, 1818. Hardcover. First Edition. A compilation of documents related to the trials of John Chester, Mark Tucker and Hooper Cumming. Chester and Tucker were accused of slandering Reverend Cumming, who in turn was accused of inappropriate behavior. Bound in full brown leather with red leather spine label. Leather is stained and worn with tender hinges. Offsetting to endpapers, and browning to pages. With a fold-out sheet outlining the charges by the committee at various points in the proceedings. With bookplate of William Ward Wight. Blue stamp of an honors academy on title page. Very good minus. Octavo. 255 pages plus errata page. REL/081621. Very Good -.
Paris: Chez Poinçot, 1789. Hardcover. A collection of 44 beautiful handcolored botanical plates of which 38 are of various flowers and 6 comprise a visual dictionary of botanical terms. Each plate is accompanied by a page of text describing the plant and its qualities. The plates are in near fine condition but unfortunately the leather binding is not. It is chipped, scuffed, and bumped, and the top half of the spine is missing. The front board is almost detached although the text block is firm. Endpapers have spotting and the title page has browning to edges. Small octavo. Unpaginated. NATURE/072021.
New York: Printed by Shepard Kollock for Cornelius Davis, 1798. Hardcover. First American Edition. An interesting and extensive recounting of the English lady's years in France during their revolution's reign of terror. The author was identified as Helen Maria Williams (1759 – 1827), a British novelist, poet, and translator of French-language works. A religious dissenter, she was a supporter of abolitionism and of the ideals of the French Revolution; she was imprisoned in Paris during the Reign of Terror, but nonetheless spent much of the rest of her life in France [Wikipedia]. Bound in contemporary brown leather with red spine label. Leather is chipped, abraded, and bumped. Wear and crack lines to spine edges. Joints are cracked but text block is tight. Scattered spotting throughout and many text pages are browned although still legible. Initials in ink on top page edges. Still a nice copy of this account of the writer's experiences. FRENCHIST/080921. Very Good -.
Baltimore: Robert H. Craig, 1812. Hardcover. Uncommon. Early American edition based on similar British manuals. Robert Craig, Teacher of Military Tactics, says in his preface: "Having examined the different works on the Sword Exercise and the Drill and Evolutions for the Cavalry, I take the liberty of recommending this work to the Cavalry of the United States, as possessing advantages over any other work now in use." The work offers stringent and absolute rules governing formation, movements, drills, and field exercises necessary to ensure that "the horseman has a decided advantage over an enemy that his horsemanship and superiority in the use of his sword will produce." Bound in full brown leather with red title label to spine. Leather is chipped, rubbed, scuffed, and bumped. The front cover is almost detached and the rear joint is tender. The thin and fragile paper is browned and spotted throughout, and there are occasional tears along page margins. There are twenty-six browned and spotted plates showing men and horses performing steps and maneuvers. The simple line drawings have offsetting on their facing pages. Some plates are foldouts and are only in fair to poor shape, with chipping and small tears. One has split in two but both pieces are there. There is also a twenty-seventh foldout chart showing the posts of officers. An early bookseller has written his name and the price of $3.50 on the free front endpaper. Despite flaws, the book is a scarce and interesting treatise on this specialized branch of the military. Octavo. 215 pages. MIL/072621. Good.
Baltimore: Blurb, Inc., 2021. Hardcover. "A history of the 138 year old artist association, the Charcoal Club of Baltimore. The first few chapters begin with the founding of the Club in 1883 and with the history of its highly regarded art school and popular annual Exhibition of American Contemporary Art. The book then turns to the social aspects of the Club including the Bal des Arts costume ball, its hilarious endeavors, and combative positions sometimes veiled in humor. The book continues with a chronicle of the Club's history followed by a sampling of artworks by Club members." Oblong, bound in black cloth boards. In illustrated dust jacket with title to front and spine panels. Numerous color illustrations. 167 pages. New / New.
Washington DC: Abstract Orange Press, 2020. Number 10 of 20 copies signed and numbered by the book artist. Lauren based this powerful and timely work on the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights from 1949. She has created a set of 30 broadsides, each printed with text from one of the declarations, starting with "all humans are free & equal" through "no one may deny the rights of others." The text pages have hand cut wood type printed on brown chipboard using neon ink and printed on a Vandercook 99 proof press. They are housed in a portfolio with the title printed in wood and metal type on blue Keaykolour cover stock. In fine condition. Measures 7 x 11 inches. ARTISTS/100620. Fine.
Cairo, Egypt: Islam Aly, 2019. Hardcover. 1 of 30 copies. Signed, numbered, and dated by the artist. "Inception is inspired by stories and journeys of the refugees. It is a bilingual codex in English and Arabic. The book is based on the twelfth-century Persian verse poem 'The Conference of the Birds' written by Farid Aldin Al-Attar. The poem is about the search for truth and integrity, which is parallel to the refugee's quest to re-discover themselves. [In the poem] birds meet to begin searching for their perfect king. But to find him, they need to start a difficult journey ... that only 30 of them complete. They eventually recognize that their king is each of them and all of them.The English text is adapted from the Afkham Darbandi translation. The Arabic text is adapted from Badee Mohamed Gomaa Arabic translation “Manteq Al Tayr”. The bird images represented are from medieval Islamic artwork. Arabic Calligraphy is done by Abdul Karim and Sabri.'Inception' was made as part of Swarthmore College’s Friends, Peace, and Sanctuary project" (artist's website). Hand-sewn coptic binding in wooden boards with leather wrappings connected to seven miniature books. The books all have laser-engraved titles in English and Arabic on the boards. The illustrations are lasercut on Fabriano paper as is the bi-lingual text in the miniature books. The text in the larger book is laser printed on tracing paper. All text is in English and Arabic. Size: Main book is 4.5 inches diameter x 3.5 inches thick, seven miniatures are each 2 inches in diameter x .75 inches thick. 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.
London: Blackie & Son, 1884. Hardcover. Engraved from important works by distinguished modern painters, and from authentic state portraits. With descriptive historical sketches. These two substantial volumes have 69 handsome plates that illustrate important events and persons in the history of England and Scotland. Bound in three quarter brown leather with black cloth covers. Leather is chipped, rubbed, and bumped. Spine has raised bands with dark brown title labels. Covers have signs of wear and handling. All edges gilt. Hinges reinforced. Light spotting to first and last few pages but otherwise clean and bright. Someone scrawled her name and address on a free front endpaper of Volume II. A nice set in very good condition. Will require extra postage. Quartos. Volume I: 182 pages plus plates; Volume II: 171 pages plus plates. ENG/101921. Very Good.
Aurora, CO: Alicia Bailey at Ravenpress, 2020. Hardcover. Produced in a variable edition of no more than 9 copies of which this is number 4. A collection of 17 endangered frog species, each hand painted (reproduced digitally), and briefly described with terms such as "population decreasing." Labeled ink drawings of frog anatomy are incorporated into each illustration. A circle graph showing frog populations as extinct, critically endangered, endangered, vulnerable, near threatened, least concern, and data deficient accompanied with hand-written percentiles in red adorns the bottom of the case for the book. Along the interior edges of the box the following text is printed: "Blake believed that the object of being human is to learn how to be human. Will we learn to be human in time? To live up to our full capacities in time to save ourselves? To save the world that is vulnerable to us? To fail will bring on a greater tragedy than we can possibly imagine." According to the artist: "This project began with a batch of biology notebooks from my great-aunt Ruth's archive that were created in 1920 as part of her undergraduate education. I inked over several of her pencil drawings detailing frog biology, treated the pages so they would be receptive to oil paint, then painted a variety of frogs, one to a page. Scanned at high-resolution, these images were printed on hand-dyed Mohawk Superfine Text paper with archival digital inks. The images were each mounted on a core of museum board wrapped with elephant hide paper with further details about the depicted frog hand-written in red ink. The pages are bound using a wire edge structure, onto metal rods. The book and box covers have been treated with shellac, then overpainted with gesso, oil, and wax. The covers each have a hand-painted frog behind laser etched mica labels. The diamond shaped book is housed in a custom box with text laser etched into the tray's corner pieces. The base of the box has a print out of a circle graph with a hand-written legend under a layer of cast acrylic." Alicia Bailey has been creating artists' books, limited edition books, and sculptural books since the mid-nineties. Her work has been featured in dozens of exhibitions and is held in many collections around the world. Size: about 8 x 7 x 2 inches. [20 pages.] ARTB/111621. Fine.
Kingston, NY: Maureen Cummins, 2019. Number 13 of 15 copies signed and numbered by the book artist Maureen Cummins. This powerful production was initially realized as a unique object in the spring of 2019, the book was later editioned in the fall of 2019. Throughout the piece, Cummins uses simple typographic means to explore issues of anti-Semitism, denial, and the erasure of cultural memory. Unpublished Manuscript, 1946 came out of the research phase of the Friends, Peace and Sanctuary Project, in which artists were asked to spend two weeks in the Special Collection archives at Swarthmore College. Cummins was immediately drawn to a collection of materials relating to the life of Hans Bergas, a survivor of the Buchenwald concentration camp. Cummins writes: "Following the war he and his family relocated to the United States, to the town of Chester, Pennsylvania. It was there that he met Gertrude Weaver, a German language high school teacher. In response to her request, Bergas began corresponding with Weaver’s students, a process that led to his writing a full-length memoir. Hoping to see the manuscript published, Weaver sent the manuscript to Grace Naismith, a senior editor at Reader’s Digest magazine. In a brief, typewritten response, Naismith thanked Weaver for her submission while unequivocally rejecting it as unsuitable for publication: “…the day has passed,” she wrote, “when people will read any more about Buchenwald or German atrocities…we have been so surfeited with Fascist horror stories, movies, and Nuremberg trial testimonies, that I’m afraid a present sale is most difficult.” In this artist's book, Cummins painstakingly surprints Naismith’s letter, using no more than a few words at a time, over copies of Bergas’s manuscript. In this way, Naismith’s decision to reject the manuscript is given the full weight and consequence it deserves. Reading the texts side by side also highlights the contrast between the editor’s polite, patrician language and the horrific events and experiences described in the memoir: “Death by starvation. Death by illness or execution.”" Both visually and emotionally, the reader/viewer is invited to witness the collision of worlds. Printed on a variety of translucent papers, including vintage onionskin. The memoir was digitally reproduced, while Naismith’s letter was printed letterpress using photoengraved plates. Also included are two documents contained in Bergas’s original manuscript: a map of Buchenwald that he drew for the Chester high school students, and a page of family photographs. Each book is held by a vintage clip board. The book measures 8.5 x 11 inches. In fine condition. 79 pages. ARTISTSB/080321. Fine.
Boston and New York: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1928. Hardcover. Number 4 of the 1000 copies of the Manuscript Edition, printed at the Riverside Press in Cambridge, MA. This is a compelling and detailed biography of Abraham Lincoln. The preface describes the rigorous and painstaking research conducted by the author for the book. Albert Jeremiah Beveridge (1862 – 1927) was an American historian and US senator from Indiana. He was an intellectual leader of the Progressive Era and a biographer of Chief Justice John Marshall and President Abraham Lincoln. As his political career was coming to a close in 1922, Beveridge dedicated his time to writing historical literature. His four-volume set The Life of John Marshall, published in 1916–1919, won Beveridge a Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography and connected events in John Marshall's life with his later rulings on the US Supreme Court. Beveridge spent most of his final years writing a four-volume biography of Abraham Lincoln, but it was only half-finished at his death and posthumously published in 1928 as Abraham Lincoln, 1809–1858. It stripped away the myths and revealed a complex and imperfect politician [Wikipedia]. Beautifully bound in full leather with elaborate gilt tooling to covers and gilt titling and ornaments to spines. The spines have darkened and there are some remnants of a call number having been printed at the spine base. There are no other indications that this is ex-library. Some scuffing along bottom edges of covers. The volumes also have some fading along edges. Volume I has light stain on front cover. Top edges gilt. Other edges not trimmed. Volume IV has small tears along fore-edges of pages 313-316 where book was poorly opened. The volumes have beautiful green and red leather doublures with gilt designs and rulings. The front doublures have a few light marks while the rear ones are near fine. The free endpapers facing the doublures are covered in grey silk. The back of the silk covered page in Volume I has small tears along gutter.Text pages are clean and bright. With 36 illustrations plus four color frontispieces with Washington DC scenes. Volume I has a page from Beveridge's original manuscript tipped in. A lovely set of this important biography in very good condition. Octavos. Volume I: xxvi, 297 pages; Volume II: 310 pages; Volume III: 361 pages; Volume IV: 381 pages including index. PRESHIST/080221. Very Good.
Riverside, CA: Bo Press Miniature Books, 2018. Hardcover. From the artist: "Girdle books were a fad of the late Middle Ages in Burgundy and the north of Europe. Small books of devotions, law, lists, recipes, or formulae were carried about the person by a clever device that elongated the bottom of the leather binding into a knot that could be slipped under the belt. The books were upside-down so that the wearer could read the book, still attached to the belt, by flipping it right-side-up. This book includes many depictions of girdle books in medieval art (far more than the number of girdle books that survive), a short history of the form, and some examples of the precious few that still exist. The book can be removed from its leather chemise, which had an antiqued brass closure and chain. Just remember to put it back upside down." The book is 2 x 1.5 inches, the chemise is 3.5 inches tall. ARTB/060121. Fine.
Riverside, CA: Bo Press Miniature Books, 2019. Hardcover. "The greatest value of a picture is when it forces us to notice what we never expected to see." John Tukey The artists writes: "The process of transferring knowledge from one person's brain to another's has traditionally been done by speech or reading, but often showing is better than telling. Pictorial representation of information can tell much more than a simple picture. The data visualization (as we now call it) in this book conveys vast amounts of information with the earliest histograms, bar charts, scatter plots, circle graphs, movables, and organizational charts. The book also contains fold-outs, volvelles, maps, and anatomical flip-books, all of them charming as well as informative. The book is half-bound in a soft black leather and an absolutely stunning marbled paper by Jemma Lewis." Digitally printed on Monarch Superfine paper. Size: 2 5/8" x 2 1/8 inches, Unpaginated. ARTB/060121. Fine.
Riverside, CA: Bo Press Miniature Books, 2009. Hardcover. This imaginative book from Pat Sweet offers a collection of lost or forgotten places to make an explorer's heart beat faster: They range from the real (Petra) to the mythical (Shamballa) to the debatable (Troy) to the unexpected (Napoleon, Arkansas). Cities disappear for a variety of reasons: changing trade routes, sinking water tables, earthquake, fire, flood and war. Some accidents of history can cause a once mighty metropolis to disappear from human memory as thoroughly as drifting sand or creeping vines can erase it from view. This little book is bound in cream, tan, and silver French marbled paper, with a spine of brown kid leather with a title label. Bound into the book is a fold-out graph comparing the cities' lifespans. The book has decorative endpapers and a paper title pasted to the front. 68 pages, 26 maps, plus a fold-out graph measuring 1.5 x 4 inches. Book size: 1 5/8 x 1 1/8 inches. In fine condition. ARTB/060221. Fine.
Riverside, CA: Bo Press Miniature Books, n.d. Books under 3" tall are considered miniature books. They're generally readable with the naked eye, and easily handled, like regular sized books. Even though miniature books may not be the best vehicles for weighty ideas, I try, in the books I design and illustrate, to proportion the subject matter to the size of my books. They are indeed meant to be read, and, if they don't tackle the profoundest of ideas, they give their owners some intriguing entertainment. In this little book, Pat Sweet plays with Egyptian hieroglyphs, turning the originals into illuminated and historiated letters. She crossed the letter forms with Photoshop to create these illustrations. The original hieroglyph appears at the base of each page. Bound in cream paper boards with spine and cover title labels. Measures 1.25 x 2.25 inches. In fine condition. ARTB/060221.
Riverside, CA: Bo Press Miniature Books, 2018. Hardcover. An interesting miniature book from Pat Sweet's Bo Press. She says: "Our alphabet used to be a lot bigger. It used to include letters like ampersand (and), eng ( the sound at the end of words like 'sing'), and the famous long s, which still puzzles readers of old books when it appears in the middle of words looking like 'f' but sounding like 's'. I've taken eleven of these once well-known letters and given each of them a tiny spotlight: illustrating it against a background of medieval tracery, telling a little of its history, and giving some examples in modern fonts (yes, these old letters still turn up in modern typography. You never know when you'll need a conjoined ae.) The book is printed in Kelmscott and Thryomenes on Monarch superfine paper, and bound in a diagonal pattern of cream colored paper and a gold on red medieval-ish print." In fine condition. It measures 2 5/8 x 2 inches. Unpaginated [56 pages]. PRI/060121. Fine.
Dublin: Geo. and Alex. Ewing, 1755. Hardcover. Part I: Being a true and ample Description of its Situation, Greatness, Shape, and Nature....written by Gerard Boate, late Doctor of Physick to the State of Ireland; Part II: A Collection of such Papers as were communicated to the Royal Society, referring to some Curiosities in Ireland; Part III: A Discourse concerning the Danish Mounts, Forts, and Towers in Ireland never before published, by Thomas Molyneux, M.D. in England. Part II is dated 1726 and Part III is dated 1725. An interesting and detailed account of all aspects of Ireland's natural history is to be found in this scarce eighteenth century title. Gerard Boate (1604-1650) was a Dutch physician who settled in London. Boate had never visited Ireland, but materials for his natural history were furnished by his brother Arnold and by some of the English who had been ejected from Irish lands sometime occupied by them. Boate commenced the ‘Natural History’ early in 1645 and completed it within the year, but its publication was deferred. Boate attained a position as a physician in Ireland and arrived there at the latter end of 1649,but he survived only a short time. He died in January 1650. Boate's papers and his ‘Natural History’ left behind him in London came into the hands of Samuel Hartlib who published it in 1652. It bore the title: ‘Ireland's Naturall History. Being a true and ample description of its situation, greatness, shape, and nature; of its hills, woods, heaths, bogs; of its fruitfull parts and profitable grounds, with the severall ways of manuring and improving the same; with its heads or promontories, harbours, roades, and bayes; of its springs and fountaines, brookes, rivers, loghs; of its metalls, mineralls, freestone, marble, sea-coal, turf, and other things that are taken out of the ground. And lastly of the nature and temperature of its air and season, and what diseases it is free from or subject unto. Conducing to the advancement of navigation, husbandry, and other profitable arts and professions. Written by Gerard Boate, late Doctor of Physick to the State in Ireland, and now published by Samuel Hartlib, Esq., for the common good of Ireland, and more especially for the benefit of the Adventurers and Planters there.’ A quarto edition of the ‘Natural History’ by Boate was published at Dublin in 1726, and reissued there in 1755 [Dictionary of National Biography].Thomas Molyneux (1661-1733) was the first professor of physic in Ireland's new medical school. He was a Trinity graduate, having studied for his BA from 1676 to 1680. Medical studies followed between 1683 and 1687, when he spent time in England, Leiden and Paris. While he was at Leiden he compiled a catalogue of two collections for the Royal Society and contributed to their Philosophical Transactions. Molyneux was active in the Dublin Philosophical Society and his contributions to it included the first scientific studies of the Irish elk and the Giant’s Causeway [historyireland]. Bound in later three quarter brown leather with marbled paper boards. The top of the front cover is sunned, leather with minor scuffing. Interior pages are generally clean and bright. With several illustrations, many of them foldouts, in parts II and III. Ownership signature dated 1855 on title page. Very good condition. Octavo. 213 pages. IRE/071321. Very Good.