Leipzig: State Academy for Graphic Arts and Book Trade / Der Staatl. Akademie fur Graphische Kunste und Buchgewersse, 1931. Hardcover. One of 1000 copies. A comprehensive yearbook of the contributions of publishers and printers to the development of graphic arts and art in books. It offers an interesting picture of the book arts in the early 20th century. In addition to 115 reproductions of text pages or illustrations from various presses in Germany and other European countries there are numerous essays in German throughout written by scholars and educators in the printing arts. Bound in paper covered boards with embossed ornament on front cover and linen spine with paper title label. Bumping to corners and a bit of fading to the spine label. Bowing to boards. A few spots to the front endpapers. Hinges weak but text block is firm. Interior pages are clean. Very good condition. Quarto. 139 pages of text plus the 115 images. BOB/121422. Very Good.
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Utrecht Brussel: Uitgeerij het Spectrum, 1948. Hardcover. Dutch translation of the Bible (old and new testaments) with 3 maps bound into rear. Attractively bound in full white pigskin with red leather title label and raised bands to spine. Gilt rules and gilt device to front cover. Minor spotting and discoloration to boards and spine. Two ribbon bookmarks bound in and frayed at the ends. Full edges gilt. Clean, bright interior. 1118 pages / 330 pages. REL/122922. Very Good.
Leipzig: 1924. Hardcover. Thin Quarto. Grey paper covered boards with black and dark brown title to front board. Foxing and rubbing to boards with browning to spine. Wear and chipping to edges to edges of boards. Toning to some interior pages and spots of foxing throughout. Includes many illustrations (some photographic and some facsimilies), many as tipped-in plates. Features fine examples of bindings, illustrations, and typography. In German. 105 pages. BOB/020323. Very Good.
Hamburg: Gesellschaft der Bücherfreunde / Poeschel & Trepte, 1930. Hardcover. Number 313 of 700 copies. The first number of this fine German periodical on typography, illustration, and private press work. Includes an article by De Roos on Dutch book work, with facsimilies and a bibliography. Most text is in German. Bound in the original brown cloth with brick red and gilt title labels to spine. Slight bow to boards. Split to textblock after the front free endpaper, but binding remains secure. Slight bump to lower page corners. Clean and bright. Bookplate to front pastedown of William P. Wreden. Size: 8.75 x 11 inches. 205 pages plus 24 pages of examples. BOB/020323. Very Good.
Paris: L'Art du Livre, c.1910. Limited edition, Number 571. Very good in contemporary three quarter dark brown morocco over marbled paper covered boards with gilt title and floral devices to spine. Minor rubbing and wear to hinges, corners, and edges of boards. Minor sunning to spine. Printed in two colors throughout, with elaborate borders & decorative initials. 126 pages. A lovely book. French. FRE/012723.
Haarlem: 1929. Paperback. Modern binding of light blue paper wrappers titled by hand in black pen. Offsetting to first and last page of text with light spots of foxing throughout. Includes several speciment texts printed in different languages, pages of specimen type, and explanatory text in Dutch, French, German, and English. The type is difficult to read, as much of it originated in the late sixteenth century. 40 pages. BOB/012323. Very Good.
Mainz: Gutenberg-Gesllschaft (Gutenberg Society), 1929. Hardcover. A collection of essays on bookish subjects in various languages. Please note that each essay is in one language only. Essays in German, French, Italian, and English. Subjects include the origin of Papier velin, modern type design, small private collections of incunabula, ancient Chinese letterpress art, Incunable illustration techniques, and more. Illustrated. Bound in black paper covered boards with light green spine titled in black. Gilt emblem to front board. Chipping and loss to cloth on spine at ends and along hinges. Minor wear and chipping to paper along edges and corners. Bumping to corners. Minor toning to margins, but overall the interior is clean and bright. Size: Quarto. 315 pages plus ads. BOB/010422. Very Good.
New York: William Edwin Rudge, 1925. Hardcover. One of 450 copies for sale from an edition of 485. Nicely inscribed by authour Elbridge Adams: "To Edith Carnahan from Elbridge Adams with the somewhat disquieting consciousness that the best of the book is not of his making. Christmas 1925." Designed by Bruce Rogers with his printer's device on rear endpaper. Bound in marbled green paper boards with cream linen spine with paper title label. Covers are chipped, rubbed, and bumped, with a tear to front right cover and left rear cover exposing the black board underneath. Spine is darkened and title label is chipped. Interior pages are very good, with a small wrinkle to top edge of half title. Frontispiece portrait of Conrad by Muirhead Bone. Still a nice copy with the charming personal inscription. Quarto. 72 pages. LIT/011023. Very Good.
Norwich: J. Crouse, 1777. Hardcover. First Edition in English. Greek playwright Aeschylus (525/524 - 456/455 BCE) is considered to be the father of tragedy. Only seven of plays have survived and this volume collects all of them: Prometheus Chain'd, The Supplicants, The Seven Chiefs Against Thebes, Agamemnon, The Choephorae, The Furies, and The Persians. Bound in full tan leather boards with maroon and gilt title label to spine. Raised bands and gilt devices to spines. Marbled endpapers and speckled edges. Cracks to leather along both hinges; although, binding remains tight. Wear to corners and edges of boards, bumps to bottom edges of both boards, rubbing and minor discoloration to boards. Bookplate of Henry Drury Esq. to front free endpaper. Bumping to top corners of pages, creasing to several page corners, light dampstaining to bottom edges of a few pages, and occasional smudge marks and spots of soiling. Clean and bright overall. Includes half title page, title, 28 page preface, names of subscribers, 519 pages. CLA/020323. Very Good.
London: J. McGowan and Son, not dated; circa 1830. Hardcover. An uncommon later printing of this classic with only a handful of copies in institutional collections. Illustrated with 93 aquatints, including fold-out frontispiece. Bound in three quarter dark brown leather over marbled paper covered boards with black and gilt title labels to spines along with gilt rules and floral decorations. Rubbing to boards of both volumes, bumping to corners, wear to edges of boards and joints. Small losses to leather along rear joints of both volumes and foot of spine of first volume. Lacks preliminary pages from second volume including title page and part of contents list. The rear free endpaper is a also missing a large piece and the remnants as well as the facing pastedown are soiled. Penned signatures from previous owners dated 1830, 1850, and 1864 on front endpapers of both volumes and on title page. Illustrated with charming aquatints including a fold out to the first volume, illustrated half-title page, and 51 full page pages. The second volume has 41 full page plates and appears to be missing 5 to 8 plates (when compared with other listings, which all have variable plate counts). The fold-out frontispiece has been reinforced along the edge and there is a two inch long closed tear along one fold. Pencil marks to the versos of many plates, closed tears to the edges of some pages including plates, light dampstaining to margins of a few pages, and smudge marks to margins. Clearly this was a well-loved set. Volume I has 263 pages; Volume II has 311 pages. CHILD/012323. Very Good.
Greenbrae, CA: Allen Press, 1978. Hardcover. One of 130 copies. A lovely book from the fine press of Lewis and Dorothy Allen. The illustrations and decorations were based on sixth century B.C. Greek vase paintings, done by Victor Seward and hand-colored by Dorothy Allen. Bound in white paper covered boards with black titling to cover and spine. Slightest bumping to upper tips otherwise fine in the original acetate jacket. Printed damp on an 1846 columbian handpress using menhart unciala and solemnis type faces on handmade paper. In fine condition. Measures 9 x 12 inches. Unpaginated [90 pages]. PRI/120522. Fine.
Los Angeles: Kenneth Karmiole, Bookseller, Inc., 1985. Hardcover. One of 150 copies. A handsome leaf book that documents the life and achievements of 15th century printer Johann Zainer and his press. The original leaf contained in the book was printed at Zainer's press sometime between 1478-81. It is from Hugo Ripelin's Compendium Theologiae Veritatis. There are also three reproductions of pages from other books from Zainer's press. Bound in blue cloth with cream title label on spine. The text was printed on Mohawk Superfine paper in Aldine Bembo types by Patrick Reagh, Printers. In fine condition. Measures 8.75 x 11 inches. 22 pages. PRI/120722. Fine.
Minneapolis: Angel Bomb Press, 2022. Number 86 of 200 copies, signed by the artist. This story was originally published in "Astounding Science-Fiction" in August 1938 under the pseudonym Don A. Stuart. It was later adapted into multiple film versions, the most recent being "The Thing" in 2011. This horrific tale of alien encounters and Antarctic exploration is presented here in a fine letterpress edition with nineteen striking, color illustrations by Todd Thyberg. Bound in tan cloth backed blue cloth covered boards with embossed title to front board and paper belly band with "Secondary Polar Expedition: Antarctica." The book, maps, and illustrations were letterpress printed with Ehrhardt Monotype and Haboro Contrast types on Classic Crest Bare White eggshell paper. Polymer plates by the Boxcar Press. Binding by the Campbell Logan Bindery featuring a hand cast, hand painted resin medallion by the artist on the front of the case. 60 pages. PRI/112222. Fine.