Paris: Abbé de la Chau and Abbé Le Blond, 1780 and 1784. Hardcover. These two sumptuous French volumes describe the Duc of Orléans's magnificent collection of pierre gravées - "engraved stones or gems" - that was acquired over the years. This was the collection of Louis Philippe (1725-1785) that was inherited by his son Louis Philippe II (174701798), The son had the collection for two years but it was sold to Catherine, Empress of Russia in 1787. The volumes include descriptions of every stone included along with beautiful and intricate engravings of each. Most of the subjects are the Greek and Roman divinities. There are also a number of vignettes and cul de lampes throughout the text. There is also an engraving of the Duc designed by the artist Charles-Nicolas Cochin. The two folio volumes are bound in brown speckled calf skin, with gilt rulings to edges of covers, and gilt titling and ornaments to spine compartments. Leather is scuffed and mottled, and gilt has faded in places, with a skillfully rebacked spine in both volumes. Marbled paper endpapers. All edges gilt. Interior pages are in very good to near fine condition. Volume I, published in 1780, is 303 pages; Volume II, published in 1784, is 215 pages. Small folios measuring 8 x 12.5 inches. ART/122820. Very Good.
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1918. Hardcover. Rare military service record of Brigadier General Frank Parker (1872-1947). Presentation inscription from Parker "To C. Van U. in memory of the Great Days together - F.P. - Bridge Head, Easter, 1919". Includes service record, facsimiles of orders and telegraphs, as well as a list of decorations of Brig. Gen. Frank Parker from 1918 - 1919 during which he was awarded the War Cross of France with Palm, Commander of the Legion of Honor of France with second Palm of War Cross, Commander of the Order of the Crown of Belgium, D.S.M., and Third Palm on War Cross. Parker served in a tour of Lorraine, the second Battle of the Marne, the Battle of St. Mihiel Salient, the Battle between the Meuse and the Argonne Forest, and more. Bound in full red leather with gilt title and dates to spine. Gilt rules and swastikas to both boards. Rubbing and wear to boards, edges, spine ends, and corners. Evidence of a removed sticker to front board (about 1 x 2 inches) with surface sheen of leather removed in this small area. Adhesive remnants to front pastedown where a bookplate was removed. Browning to interior, mostly along margins. Unpaginated with blank sheets bound in at rear to fill out an otherwise thin binding. [Approximately 150 pages.] WWI/011221. Very Good.
Washington DC: Abstract Orange Press, 2020. Number 6 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.
Washington DC: Abstract Orange, 2019. Number ? of 36 copies signed and numbered by the book artist. The book was published on May 31, 2019 in celebration of Walt Whitman's 200th birthday. The book artist writes: "The book explores ideas central to Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass including transcendentalism, or the inherent goodness of nature, and realism, depicting familiar things as they are. It captures both the complexity and simplicity of nature by juxtaposing dimensional paper grass texture and a quote about nature and wonder. The book is not a reprinting of all of Whitman’s words, but an art object that encapsulates the feeling of Whitman." Her evocative work is done as a box that opens like a traditional book. The inside front cover and back cover are covered with cream paper that includes quotes from Whitman along with his image. The inside of the box/book are several spiky rows of grass leaves crafted from green paper. The box is covered with green paper with the title, author and press name in a lighter shad of green. In fine condition. Measures 5.25 x 7.25 inches. ARTISTB/122319. Fine.
London: Sotheby, 1982. "The Nuhad Es-Said Collection of Islamic metalwork is one of the finest in private hands ... This catalogue describes and discusses each piece in detail. Every object is lavishly illustrated with at least one color plate and there are numerous black and white photographs" (jacket). Fine in black cloth boards with gilt title to spine and gilt emblem to front board. In fine white jacket with brown title to spine and front panels. Size: Tall quarto. 128 pages. ART/010720.
Baltimore, MD: Maryland Historical Society, 2007. Hardcover. First Edition. Signed by the author, dated 2015 on front free endpaper. This book "presents for the first time an extraordinary assemblage of Maryland samplers and pictorial embroideries that will appeal to scholars, collectors, and modern day embroiders. Students os women's history, the decorative arts, and Maryland history will discover more about the role of needlework in early female education and in the lives of ordinary women in the changing currents of Chesapeake regional history" (jacket). Fine in tan cloth boards with gilt title to spine. In fine illustrated beige jacket with black title to spine and front panels. Light wear to edges of jacket. Includes many full color illustrations. An excellent reference and interesting history. 384 pages. MD/011221. Fine / Fine.
Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1992. Hardcover. Includes 200 photographic illustrations and 5 essays on specific pieces of Victorian furniture: hallstands, sideboards, embroidered mottoes, parlor organs, and seating furniture. The title of the book refers to the frequent useage of dead animals depicted in motifs on Victorian furniture. Purple cloth boards with silver title to spine. Very slight browning to edges of pages. In purple illustrated dust jacket with black title to spine and front panels. Clean and brigth overall. Size: quarto. 265 pages. FURN/102220. Very Good / Very Good.
4 hardcovers and 4 paperbacks. Books on garden paintings at the MET, Art from the Victoria and Albert Museum, a survey of American Painting (1760 - 1910), a history of the British Royal Collection, a monograph on Cezanne, a monograph on Jacques Callot, 8 American artists in the Milwaukee Art Musuem, and a survey of Art Treasures in Italy. Very good condition.
Richmond, VA: Monalisa Bagby, 2020. One of four copies signed and numbered by the book artist. Lisa Bagby describes this intricate and mysterious book as "a magical tale of how beauty enters the world and the intertwine of fate and potential." She explores her theme by following the journey of an unnamed good woman who realizes that as she responds to circumstances over which she has no control that she is realizing her potential in ways she could not have imagined. The artist incorporates striking visual and structural designs throughout this book to trace the course of the good woman's journey. They include screen printed patterns of foliage and shapes, the use of colors and various papers to delineate the text, pop-ups and reverse pop-ups, and images from a Liechtenstein print, and a Chagall painting. The backs of the pages of this concertina book are also screen printed using the colors black, orange, and gray. All of the images on the back relate to the story unfolding on the front side. They include the constellation Ursa Major to refer to the mention of a black bear, while an image of a polar bear refers to stories told to the good woman about the North people. Postage stamps of birds pasted in pertain to their cacophony. Printed in Roboto on Rives paper, with insertions of various other fonts. It is bound in grey cloth with maroon floral designs on the front cover, with a black string tie with a maroon and cream button attached. In fine condition. Measures 8.25 x 8.25 x 1 inches. ARTISTSB/101620.
New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2012. Hardcover. "Today, the works of teh Pre-Raphaelites are among the best known of all English paintings, and yet they have often been dismissed or misunderstood as Victoriiana or escapism. This fascinating book convincingly corrects that view, examining works in a wide variety of media and demonstrating the broad scope of the movement's revolutionary ideas about art, design, and society" (jacket). Bound in red paper covered boards with gilt title to spine and front cover. Filled with full color illustrations. In illustrated dust jacket with red spine panel titled in white. 256 pages. PRERAPH/102220. Fine / Fine.
London: Constable and Co Ltd, 1933. Hardcover. Author's Presentation Copy. First Edition. Inscription reads: "To the Revd H.M. MacLeod of Killearn, in remembrance of his sympathy and support during the dark hours of August 1st to 4th 1947. with the affectionate regards of Gordon Bottomley. Easter: 1948. Gordon Bottomley (1874-1948) was a notable figure known for his verse drama. He was greatly influenced by the Victorian romantics. In a beautiful dark red morocco binding by binder, E. Garrett with his stamped signature to the rear turn-in. Garrett was associated at the turn of the century with the Municipal School of Art. Hand stamped gilt title and author to spine and front board with raised bands to spine. Gilt rules, gilt chalice, gilt flowers, and embossed leaves to boards. Printed endpapers and full edges gilt. The binding is lovely despite the tooling being awkward in places. The interior is clean overall with occasional spots of foxing, which are most prevalent on first and last few pages. Black and white photographic frontispiece. 85 pages. DRA/011221. Very Good.
Albany: Self Published, 1851. Hardcover. Volume 1 only of a 3 volume work. Bookplate of Andrew H. Parker on bottom of title page. Bound in three quarter red leather over marbled paper covered boards with gilt title to spine. Chip to head of spine, rubbing to hinges, and heavy wear to corners and edges of boards. Evidence of old sticker to front board, which has removed a small section of marbled paper. Browning, foxing, and occasional soiling to interior. Marbled endpapers with top edge gilt. Blank pages have been bound into rear to allow for binding of this otherwise slim volume. 48 pages. AMER/010721 (American Revolution). Very Good.
New York: John Lane Company, 1918. Hardcover. Later edition. First published in 1915 the year Brooke died in Greece. Attractively bound in beautiful unsigned three quarter turquoise morocco over pastel marbled paper covered boards with gilt title to spine and decorative gilt designs to compartments. Matching endpapers with top edge gilt. Minor sunning to spine, wear to edges and corners, and minor rubbing to boards. Occasional spots of foxing to interior and slight, uniform browning, but clean and bright overall. 168 pages. POE/011221. Very Good.
New York: Harper & Brothers, 1869. Hardcover. Ross J. Browne (1821 - 1875) wrote this American West travelogue during the end of the Civil War. He discusses rattlesnakes, deserts, scorpions, robbery, Apache encounters, starvation, the dangers of his travels, and much more. Bound in later blue buckram with gilt title to spine, which reads "The Apache Country." Small dampstain to bottom corners in margins only of most pages. Smudge marks / minor soiling to many pages, mostly in margins. Illustrated with numerous engravings. 535 pages plus 4 pages of ads. STA/011421 American Regional History. Very Good.
New York: Thomas Y. Crowell Company, [circa 1950]. Hardcover. A beautiful edition of Browning's famed romantic sonnets to her intended husband, Robert Browning. They are accompanied by b&w and color romantic and erotic illustrations by Willy Pogany. Bound in light red cloth with gilt titling to spine and cover, with gilt rosebud also on front cover. Light signs of handling. Interior pages are in near fine condition. Gift inscription dated 1957 on front free endpaper. Measures 7.5 x 10.25 inches. 93 pages. POETRY/010621. Near Fine.
New York: Harper and Brothers, 1858. Hardcover. Aaron Burr (1756 - 1836) served as the third vice president of the United States; although, he is now perhaps best known for killing Alexander Hamilton in a duel. Includes journal entries and correspondence from about 1808 - 1812 with the intention of being presented to Burr's daughter, Theodosia, upon his return to the states. Unfortunately, she was lost at sea in 1813, possibly enroute to visit her father. Subsequently, Burr presented the journal and correspondence to the editor for publication. Both volumes are bound in three quarter tan leather over marbled paper covered boards with gilt titles to spines. Rubbing and wear to boards and leather of both volumes. Evidence of removed stickers to the spines of both volumes, as well as removed bookplates from front pastedowns. Frontispiece portrait engraving to volume one. Boards remain firmly attached, however, there are interior splits to the front and rear of both volumes. Free endpapers and first / last few pages of both volumes are a little loose. Marbled endpapers. Volume I: 451 pages; Volume II: 453 pages. AMERBIO/011521. Very Good.
Ogdensburg, NY: Caliban Press, 2017. One of 104 copies signed and numbered by the highly regarded book artist and printer Mark McMurray. This is a beautifully produced new edition of A Christmas Carol that captures the power of this timeless story through the inventive use of text, images, paper, type, and binding. McMurray writes in the prospectus: "We know the story, we know the characters, but the language of the text offers new rewards with each reading. This edition of Dickens' classic returns to the dark, sleep-deprived angst of the original complete text." The prospectus states that the text in this edition comes from the 1843 edition with minor corrections. Printed on a variety of handmade and mould-made papers including Zerkal Ingres and papers from La Papeterie-St. Armand. The text is printed entirely from metal and wood types, including monotype Bell plus many from the 19th century. There are wonderful images of the ghosts that visit Scrooge on that fateful night, and many other ornaments and designs throughout. They are done in various media including pochoir, collage, wood engraving, and relief blocks. Bound in black ribbed flexible covers with a red morocco leather spine with title in gilt on spine and inside a cutout on the front cover. Housed in a stiff black paper slipcase with a subtle chain design. Prospectus and errata slip inserted. In fine condition. 7.5 x 10.5 inches. 107 pages. PRI/120420.