McLoughlin Bros [Brothers], 1893. This is a rare and unusual copy of “Beauty and the Beast” published by McLoughlin Brothers, New York in 1893. McLoughlin Bros., Inc. was a New York publishing firm that pioneered the systematic use of color printing technologies in children's books, particularly between 1858 and 1920. Their illustrations were hand-stenciled during the firm's early years and printed using chromolithographs and photo engravings later on. The book is shaped like a theater and the cover looks like a stage. The book opens in the center of the cover and the interior pages shows the audience in black and white in theatre boxes on either side of the stage. The center shows the story in play form in color. There are 7 coloured illustrations incorporating text representing scenes on stage, the first six divide vertically into flaps, or halves. As the flaps are turned over the scene being shown changes until arriving at the final scene of the story. The vividly printed covers are bound in paper and the book opens in the middle. The covers are chipped and worn, and a piece is torn out of the lower margin of the front cover and the lower corner of the rear cover. There is a large black mark on the front right flap that appears to have been applied in ink. Hinges are worn with the flaps to the cover and interior pages are partially detached but still holding. . Interior pages are generally bright with with a small black mark and tear to paper of the right pages. Still a decent copy of a scarce item. Measures 9.75 x 11.5 inches. Unpaginated. CHILD/120523. Very Good.
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London: Book Collector, 2022. Paperback. Includes articles on Queen Elizabeth II, Shelley, Graham Pollard, Darwin, and more. Bound in turquoise and black paper wrappers with black title to spine and white title to front panel. Minor wear to edges of wrappers, else fine. Clean interior with color illustrations. Pagination 577 - 768. BOB/102623. Fine.
Philadelphia: Fisher and Brother, circa 1860. Hardcover. A miniature biography of Benjamin Franklin. Brown cloth boards with gilt title and decoration to spine and front board. One inch tear to bottom of rear joint and amateur glue repair to book cloth on foot of spine. Chipping to spine ends, wear to edges and corners of boards, small loss to book cloth on rear board, and soiling to covers. Inscription to front free endpaper from a teacher to her student as a reward of merit, dated 1867. Occasional spots of foxing to interior, but clean overall. Size: 3 x 2.25 inches. MINI/081723. Very Good.
New York: James Miller, 1865. Hardcover. An ambitious compilation of stories ranging from Beauty and the Beast to Goody Two-Shoes to Gulliver's Travels to Robinson Crusoe. Most of the retold stories are from fairy talies. "Illustrated by Two Hundred and Fifty Engravings be eminent artists," The illustrations are vignettes or half-page engravings that do not identify the eminent artist. Bound in brown cloth with embossed covers and gilt titling and illustration to front cover and spine/ Spine is split along top of front joint. Wear and rubbing to edges and corners along with light rubbing. Split along front hinge of title page.Missing the preface. Interior pages are generally in good condition,with occasional spots and browning to page edges. Two pages have closed tears. Good to very good condition. Measures 5 x 6.25 inches. 620 pages + 4 pages of publisher ads. Very Good -.
Librairie Paul James / Editions des Cendres, 2006. Hardcover. Limited to 1000 copies. In FRENCH with foreword in English and French. "The type specimens described in the present catalogue offer a repertory of typographic richness that has yet to be explored." Includes 277 specimens with large pictorial samples and descriptions. Bound in light grey paper covered boards with blind stamped title to spine and front board. Clean, bright interior filled with color photographic illustrations. In illustrated dust jacket with red and cream title to spine and front panels. Size: Folio. A heavy book that may require an extra shipping fee. 393 pages. BOB/101923. Fine / Fine.
Annapolis: A.C. and W. Green, 1770. An interesting and uncommon piece of early Maryland currency. This $8 bill was issued in Annapolis on March 1, 1770. It is signed in ink by Robert Couden and John Clapham, two Annapolis government and political officials. The serial number is 9117, also written in ink. The bill was printed by Anne Catherine Green, wife of printer Jonas Green and an early woman printer herself in Annapolis, and her son William. The bill is browned with a bit of light chipping. Small closed tear along bottom, and there is clear tape along a crease or closed tear running down the middle. There are ornamental designs on both sides and the Sparrow seal is printed on the front of the bill. This seal first appeared in 1765 on the title page of the Reverend Thomas Bacon's compilation of the Laws of Maryland, and until 1793 it ornamented printed editions of the session laws of the Assembly. Carved on a wood block by Thomas Sparrow, ward and employee of the Annapolis printer, Jonas Green, the Sparrow seal bears the Latin motto "Crescite et Multiplicamini," which means "Increase and Multiply." Very good condition. Measures 2.5 x 4.75 inches. EPHEM/072423. Very Good.
Paris: Henry Floury, n.d. ( circa 1899-1902). Hardcover. One of 100 copies. Quite scarce. Only one copy has been at auction in the past 50 years and there are none currently in commerce. This collection of twelve beautiful color lithographic portraits of notable figures had a companion volume published by Heinemann in London. The portraits included here are Queen Victoria, her son the Prince of Wales, Sir Henry Irving, Sarah Bernhardt, Lord Roberts, Mr. Justice Hawkins, The Archbishop of Canterbury, W.E. Gladstone, James Whistler, Rudyard Kipling, Cecil Rhodes, and the Prince of Bismarck. Sir William Nicholson (1872 – 1949) was a noted British painter of still-life, landscape and portraits. He also worked as a printmaker in techniques including woodcut, wood-engraving and lithography, as an illustrator, as an author of children's books and as a designer for the theatre. Nicholson provided illustrations and a cover design for An Alphabet by William Nicholson, An Almanac of Twelve Sports by William Nicholson with words by Rudyard Kipling, and London Types, all three published by William Heinemann in 1898. Two years later came The Square book of Animals by Sir William Nicholson with Rhymes by Arthur Waugh (W. Heinemann, 1900). He also illustrated several of the early books of his son-in-law Robert Graves and The Velveteen Rabbit, a book for children by Margery Williams [Wikipedia]. This is a folio portfolio with the twelve plates housed loosely within and protected by tissue guards. The plates are captioned with the subject's name in the lower margin and are tipped onto card stock. The portfolio's covers are of brown paper with the title and list of subjects on the front cover and with a green three quarter cloth spine. Rubbing, bumping and some soiling. The free endpapers are missing although there are two loose pages inserted in the front that may have been part of the endpapers. It appears that the title page and plate list are missing. The mounts are variously browned or foxed, and some of the tissue guards are wrinkled and browned. However the handsome plates are clean and in very good condition. Plates measure 9.5 x 11 inches. Volume measures 15 x 17 inches. ART/112523. Very Good.
n.p. n.p., n.d. (c.1860s-1870s). Hardcover. This is a mysterious but appealing collection of numerous engraved illustrations from Victorian periodicals and books. Each engraving is given a title, with some coming from Godey's Lady's Book with the date. Each engraving is protected by a tissue guard. Bound in three quarter brown leather over brown cloth covers. Leather is chipped and worn, particularly along the joints. Hinges are cracked but text block is firm. Covers have wear. Most of the illustrations are in nice condition, but many of the tissue guards have offsetting and occasional tears. Some of the versos of the engravings have large brown spots not affecting the images. There are a few pencil marks and notes also on the versos. Still an interesting compilation of the often sentimental art of the time. About very good. Measures 9 inches tall No pagination [about 200 pages].ART/120423. Very Good -.
Chicago: Approved Comics, 1951. Softcover. A quite uncommon classic comic book containing several stories: The Ugly Duckling, Beauty and the Beast, The Gingerbread Boy, The Beautiful Cap, and the Frog King. Also includes two one page stories: The Boy Who Cried Wolf and Bell the Cat. In pictorial paper covers with creasing and slight tears along the bottom of the spine and cover is not entirely attached to the interior pages. There is a light date stamp on the letter F in Fairy. The price of 10 cents is on the cover and the name Ziff-Davis Group Comics is printed in a circle at the top of the cover. They were the distributors for this comic book. The first page of the story The Gingerbread Boy is partially detached but still holding. Browning to pages otherwise very good. Not paginated. CHILD/103023. Very Good.
New York: Harper & Brothers, Jan-June 1897. Hardcover. An uncommon bound folio volume of the weekly issues for January - June 1897. The issues are a fascinating compilation of articles, events, news, and numerous illustrations documenting the events in the United States and around the world. They offer an interesting view of the country's concerns and interests towards the end of the 19th century. Even the advertisements for products and services are quite interesting. As always, the weekly issues offered extensive coverage of U.S. politics and the year's most notable events, complete with a great number of illustrations. News of significance included the inauguration of William McKinley in March (He was assassinated in September 1901); the dedication of the General Grant National Monument with Grant's tomb as his final resting place; the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria; and the Spanish American War. This was the year of the opening of the new Congressional Library, now known as the Library of Congress. Among the many illustrations is a marvelous 5 page fold-out with detailed drawings of the United States Navy (page 609), with the ships' names listed on the back, followed by a two page article on the American fleet. Also of interest - a full page advertisement for Pabst Beer (p. 324) extolling the many health benefits of consuming it. Bound in black cloth with quarter leather spine and tips. Leather is rubbed, worn, and chipped. Spine is torn and faded and detached along the rear hinge and rear board is partially detached from text block. Most of the pages are good, but there are many with tears, stains, and smudges. With "For Reference Only" sticker affixed to rear cover but no other evidence of library ownership. About good condition. 648 pages. PER/092723. Good +.
Boston: G.W. Cottrell, circa 1833. Hardcover. Early edition, uncommon. (Priced with condition in mind.) Copyright date listed on title page as 1833 by Monroe & Francis. With numerous handcolored illustrations. Bound in the original blue cloth boards with gilt title to front board. Large split to book cloth along front hinge and spine. Split has amateur glue repair along exterior. Interior hinges have been reinforced with pasted down paper strips. Rubbing and a few spots of soiling to boards. Wear to corners, edges, and spine ends. Pen and pencil markings to endpapers. Spots of foxing, soiling, browning, antiquated pen notations, and dampstaining to interior. Missing pages 11/12, 13/14, 15/16, 17/18, 19/20, 21/22, 41/42, and 55/56. Large open tear to one page. 96 pages including one page advertisement. CHILD/080423. Good.
Cleveland and New York: The World Publishing Company, 1945. Famous Tales Selected From the Folk Lore of the World. The ten tales include such well known stories such as Beauty and the Beast and the Tin Soldier as well as fairy tales from American Indians, Greece, China, Soviet Union, Mexico, among others. Each is illustrated in color by a different artist. Bright pictorial paper covers of children marching holding banners that spell the title. Light wear to edges and bump to upper corner of front cover. With a black cloth spine. Pages are clean and bright with minor aging. Very good condition. Oblong folio measuring 12 x 16 inches. CHILD/110223.
New York: Leavitt & Allen. Hardcover. In original light brown paper wrappers with hand colored illustration of a robin and black title to front cover. Tape repair to spine. Interior pages are disbound with remnants of original cord binding laid in. Interior has seven short stories including the death of cock robin with handcolored woodcut illustrations throughout. Occasional finger smudges and spots of foxing and soiling - but clean overall. Size: about 4.25 x 3 inches. 16 pages. CHILD/080423. Very Good.
Elkins, WV: Davis and Elkins College, 1935. Hardcover. Elkins is a private liberal arts college in West Virginia founded in 1904. Bound in red leatherette boards with embossed silver title to front board. Minor wear to joints, edges, and corners of boards. Rear hinge is starting. Ownership inscription of John Fielding Fidler to front free endpaper. Small loss to corner of first page, no text affected. Occasional pen/pencil markings to interior and offsetting to a few pages, but clean overall. Filled with photographic illustrations. Original color photograph laid into front - of the owner's yard. Unpaginated. STA/082423. Very Good.
Paris: [multiple], [1797 - 1801]. Hardcover. An interesting compilation of five dramatic or comedic plays published in the last years of the French Revolution and the establishment of the First Republic. Three of the works were published by Chez Barba, a bookshop that specialized in the theater. It was founded by Jean-Nicolas Barba, a bookseller and sometimes actor. All of the plays are complete. They were printed on various types of paper, and some have browned considerably while others are clean and bright. They were apparently printed quickly and not that carefully, with upside or incorrect page numbers. Bound in tan cloth boards that are bumped, stained and rubbed. A torn paper title label is affixed to the spine. Free front endpaper has a piece cut out, removing a signature. The front pastedown has an ownership signature dated 1846. and a small piece of paper affixed along the top of the hinge. A good minus anthology of 18th century plays. Measures 5 x 7.75 inches. Pages: 56, 64, , 28, 40, 24. FRENCHLANG/072523. Good +.
New York: The Grolier Club, 2019. Softcover. A catalog for an exhibition from the collection of Alan M. Klein, held at The Groler Club January 16 - February 23, 2019. This handsome book, designed by Jerry Kelly, offers a valuable picture of the lives and work of these two major American poets who were friends for over 40 years. Klein states that this catalog and the exhibition was his effort to reflect on the these important poets. It includes his essay plus that of scholars, along with the bibiliography of books, articles, and ephemera. Bound in blue paper covers with white titling to cover and spine. Save for a small nick to the top of the spine the binding is in near fine condition. Interior pages are also in about fine condition. Measures 6 x 9 inches. 249 pages. BOB/111623. Fine.
Annapolis: Printed by Jonas Green, 1764. Paperback. Horatio Sharpe, esq. (1718 - 1790) served as the proprietary Governor of Maryland at the time of this assembly meeting. This publication details daily proceedings of from from October 1763 through the end of November of the same year. No longer in boards, the pages are hand-bound together with string (with evidence of modern restoration). Heavy damage to first few pages with losses to bottom corners and edges. A few page edges have been repaired with additions of blank paper. Loss to text on first page (57/58), page 59/60, and 61/62, which is bound in out of order. Loss of corners of all pages; however, no text is effected on most pages. Browning and foxing througout with evidence of dampstaining to margins and corners. Library stamp partially removed to first and last page of text. An interesting historical document of Maryland. 57-127 pages. Quarto - about 12 x 7.5 inches. MD/072423. Good.
Washington DC: Abstract Orange, 2022. One of 45 copies. Corita Rules! is inspired by the work and rules of Corita Kent. Corita Kent (1918–1986) was an artist, educator, and advocate for social justice. She created many pieces using bright colors and typography. One of her works entitled “Power up” was a multi-section serigraph featuring the words “Power Up”. This book, that pays homage to Kent's use of color and typography, is an accordion using different color papers bound together to repeat her message of “Power up” — a call to action. The other words in this piece come from the “Ten Rules”, which was a collections of rules she used in her classroom. The book is letterpress printed using handcut wooden type. In Sister Corita’s practice, she did not number her pieces. This was a choice she made so that no one piece would be more valuable than the others. Following her tradition for this piece, the books are not numbered. In fine condition. Measures 5 x 7 inches. Unpaginated. PRI/041223. Fine.
Washington DC: Abstract Orange, 2020. Paperback. Number 4 of 10 copies. Just before the Pandemic lock-down started in March 2020, Lauren Emeritz participated a letterpress workshop with Amos Paul Kennedy. Inspired to print, but not able to use the press in the studio due to the Pandemic, Emeritz began printing in a makeshift print studio in her home. Using wood type, a Vandercook 99, and hand-inking, she printed on chipboard, an inexpensive and accessible substrate. The prints include words and phrases from during that time early in the pandemic (March to May 2020). This collection of 36 prints is housed in an orange folding case with velcro closure and title on the spine and front panels. Size: 8.5 x 5.5 inches. ARTB/081723. Fine.
Washington DC: Abstract Orange, 2019. Number 8 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. 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 shade of green. In fine condition. Measures 5.25 x 7.25 inches. ARTISTB/091123. Fine.
Harper Woods, MI: Adagio Press, 1967. Hardcover. Number 60 of 473 copies. In this interesting work, Leonard Bahr explores ornamental as a fascinating aesthetic challenge. The Bradley combination ornamnets were designed 1952 by Will H. Bradley and released by American Type Founders. He states that this pamphlet was more than a year in the making. It gives the background of the creation of the ornaments, illustrates the basic four-square combinations and shows more than forty multiple combinations, including three engraved for this publication by Paul Hayden Duening. The pamphlet was printed on four colors of Italian Fabriano paper. It took about 41 different press runs to print the text pages. The pages were sewn into a white cover and a dense black wrapper. The owner of this copy bound the publication in its original wrappers in a handsome three quarter black leather binding with blue and green marbledpaper covers. Rather oddly, the owner apparently used a binding done for a different publication, as the gilt titling to the spine is for a completely different work by Albert Lantoine. This binding is in near fine condition with light wear to leather corners of covers. Marbled endpapers and an attractive bookplate on the pastedown that doesn't name its owner. Interior pages are also about fine. Accompanied by the prospectus and an undated Christmas card from Ann and Leonard Bahr. Measures 6 1/2 x 9 7/8 inches. Unpaginated [16 pages]. PRI/090123. Fine.
Philadelphia: Crissy and Markley, 1847. Hardcover. Originally published in the 1700s, the Spectator was a daily publication in prose format intended to provoke discussion and address literary themes. The target audience was women, but it was advertised as being for the family. Volume I, No. I begins with an issue dated Thursday, March 1, 1710 and Volume XII, No. Monday, December 1714. Bound in the original dark brown cloth covered boards with gilt titles to spines. Heavy chipping to book cloth on spines, joints, and edges of boards of Volume 1/2. Minor soiling to boards of all volumes and minor chipping to book cloth on remaining volumes. Front board of Volume 11/12 is detached but present. Occasional spots of soiling and foxing to interiors, and browning throughout. LIT/082423. Very Good.
New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1989. Hardcover. Quarto. A 15th century manuscript reproduced in full color with miniature paintings - with English translations in the margins. Blue cloth boards with gilt title to spine and decoration to front board. Clean overall. Light toning to margins, foxing to fore-edge. Slight sunning to edges. In blue illustrated jacket with white title to spine and yellow title to front panel. 175 pages. BOB/072423. Very Good / Very Good.
New York: D. Appleton & Company, 1903. Hardcover. Facsimile edition of the edition printed at Newcastle by E. Walker for T. Bewick and Son in 1818 and 1823. Red cloth boards with paper title label to spine. Browning to spine and title label, chipping to spine ends, and minor wear to edges of boards. Slight roll to spine. Top edge gilt. A scattering of foxing, but clean and bright overall. Half of rear free endpaper has been removed. Wood Engraved illustration for each fable along with an "application" or moral. 376 pages. CHILD/081523. Very Good.
Toronto: Aliquando Press, 1978. Hardcover. Number 47 of 100 copies. A charming book written in verse about well and poorly behaved cats. Illustrated in a cartoonish style by the author. The Aliquando Press began in 1962 and has since published over 100 books. Oblong, bound in white patterned paper covered stiff paper boards with green title label to front. Printed and designed by William Rueter at the Aliquando Press. Housed in a blue cardstock slipcase with green paper title label to spine panel. [32 pages.] Size: about 3 x 4.5 inches. PRI/120723. Fine.