Carbondale, PA: C.R. Munn, 1900. Hardcover. Second edition, revised and augmented. A scarce turn-of-the-century regional cookbook with recipes submitted by the many young lady workers from the church. The recipes range from the proverbial soup to nuts and the names of the women who submitted them are given. Equally interesting are the many handwritten recipes on the pastedowns, endpapers, and within the cookbook. There are also many handwritten recipes on various types of paper that are inserted. Most of them are for baked goods and sweets. There are two ownership signatures on the front pastedown dated 1903 and 1907. The book is bound in unlabeled black paper covered boards that have odd remnants of paper and string attached. The interior of the book is in generally very good condition. The hinges are weak but holding, and the free endpapers are torn. The text pages are very good with a few small scattered marks. Measures 5 x 7.5 inches.107 pages. COOK/081519. Very Good -.
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New York: Sheldon & Company, 1875. Hardcover. A compilation of articles and stories from this short-lived magazine, which was sold to "The Atlantic" in 1878, Disbound with covers of green marbled paper and remnants of black leather spine and corners. Spine missing. Modern handwritten paper label taped to spine. Chipping and small tear to edges of some pages. Tape to a few pages. Interior clean overall. A good reading copy. Ex-library. 864 pages. PER/062018. Good.
Washington DC: Abstract Orange Press, 2016. Number 37 of 300 copies signed and number by the book artist. Lauren Emeritz is a book artist, letterpress printer and graphic artist who founded and runs the Abstract Orange Press. She creates prints and books by hand using a Vandercook press and wood type, including type she designs and carves herself. Lauren holds a BFA in Graphic Design from the University of Delaware. She is the President and Creative Director of Abstract Orange, a graphic design firm in Washington, DC, and a letterpress associate at Pyramid Atlantic Art Center in Hyattsville, Maryland. This is a miniature alphabet book printed with letters that were hand carved in wood by the artist. Each letter is a differently designed capital letter printed in orange. Done in an accordion structure and bound in orange cloth boards with gilt title to spine and front cover. Size: 2 x 1.75 inches. [30 pages.]. Fine.
Washington DC: Abstract Orange Press, 2016. Number 14 of 100 copies signed and number by the book artist. Lauren Emeritz is a book artist, letterpress printer and graphic artist who founded and runs the Abstract Orange Press. She creates prints and books by hand using a Vandercook press and wood type, including type she designs and carves herself. Lauren holds a BFA in Graphic Design from the University of Delaware. She is the President and Creative Director of Abstract Orange, a graphic design firm in Washington, DC, and a letterpress associate at Pyramid Atlantic Art Center in Hyattsville, Maryland. This is a miniature book of different shapes with each printed in a bright color across a page with the shape in white. Created in an accordion structure and bound in grey cloth with gilt title to spine and front cover. In fine condition. Size: 2 x 1.75 inches.MINIAT/082919. Fine.
Japan: Kototsubo, 2011. Softcover. One of 300 copies of this catalogue raisonné of the works done between 2002-2010 of highly regarded Japanese book artist Miyako Akai. With text in both Japanese and English, the catalogue provides descriptions and photographs of Miyako's lovely creations. Bound in paper with white and blue covers and leather band binding with titling in English and Japanese on front cover. In fine condition. Measures 4 x 5.75 inches. 63 pages. BOB/082319. Fine.
London: 1890. An original handwritten letter from Victorian artist Lawrence Alma-Tadema to Lady Leslie. Alma-Tadema (1836-1912) was a Dutch born artist who lived in England from 1870 until his death. He was a very successful painter who was known for his classical subjects. The letter is one-page written on letterhead 17 Grove End Road, St. John's Wood, N.W. dated 27/3/90 to Lady Leslie thanking her for her kind letter and would considered it a "special favor" if she would come to his studio next Monday the 31st a little before 3pm and talk about her thoughts, "your friend Alma Tadema." The letter is matted and in a custom frame measuring 16.5 x 25.5 inches along with a collage of reproduced paintings and the artist's portrait. The 16 line letter measures 4 x 6 inches and appears to be in very good condition. AUTOLET/092419. Very Good.
London and Toronto, New York: J. M. Dent and Sons and E. P. Dutton & Co, (1931). Hardcover. SCARCE IN DUST JACKET. 8vo. Blue cloth covered boards with black title to front board and to spine. Minor bumping to spine ends and minor rubbing to corners. Top corner of page 110 is torn away. Else is clean and bright with lovely illustrations throughout and charts to the rear. Beige and blue illustrated dust jacket with black title to front and spine panels. Minor rubbing and browning to spine panel and a few small chips to the edges. Index, 254 pages. MAR/071319. Very Good / Very Good.
New York: American Book Company, 1895. Hardcover. Scarce. 12mo. Very good in grey cloth covered boards with black title and orange and black illustration to front board and to spine. Minor edgewear and rubbing to exterior. Soiling to rear board. Minor browning to edges of pages and sporadic foxing to margins. Foxing to end papers. Text is clean and bright. Illustrated. 215 pages + ads. CHILD/070219. Very Good -.
Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016. Hardcover. "This book explains why El Alamein is such a controvesial battle. Based on an intensive readigin of the contemporary sources, including the extensive and recently declassified British bugging of Axis prisoners of war, Simon Ball turns Alamein on its head, explainig it as a cultural defeat for Britain" (jacket). Fine in white cloth covered boards with metallic purple title to spine. In illustrated dust jacket with dark purple to white spine. Clean and bright. 250 pages. WWII/052819. Fine / Fine.
New York: United States Naval Institute, (1957). Hardcover. 8vo. Dark blue cloth covered boards yellow title to front board and to spine. Light edgewear to exterior. Decorative endpages. Black and white photo frontis. Black and white photographic illustrations throughout. Blue illustrated dust jacket with yellow title to front and spine panels. Wear to dust jacket includes minor chipping and rubbing, as well as one closed tear to the front panel and one closed tear along the front hinge. Dust jacket in protective cover. With index, 364 pages. Maryland History. MD/071719. Very Good / Very Good Minus.
[Toronto]: Biting Dog Press, 2005. Softcover. Number 64 of 65 copies. Signed and numbered by the printer and artist George Walker. A beautiful edition of one of Poe's most famous poems, illustrated with four striking black and white wood engravings by master engraver Walker. Ms. Hogan-Walker's introduction describes the mysterious circumstances of Poe's death and the contemporary critical and popular reception of this powerful poem. Printed with Garamond type on lovely St. Armand handmade paper. Bound in grey paper covers with title and crow image on front cover. Housed in a handmade hinged wooden box with paper title label and flying crow image on top and George Walker's signature on paper label on bottom of box. In fine condition. Book measures 6.5 x 10 inches; Box is 7.5 x 11 inches. Unpaginated [24 pages]. PRI/090619. Fine.
Philadelphia: Gebbie and Co., circa 1880. Hardcover. Volume I ONLY. Includes 50 photogravures. Folio. Bound in three quarter brown leather over brown pebbled cloth covered boards with gilt title to spine and front cover. Rubbing and wear to hinges and edges of boards, spine, and corners. Rubbing and minor discoloration to boards. Dampstaining to corners of first few pages, but no plates are affected. Minor foxing to margins of most pages. Occasional smudge marks but clean overall. An attractive book despite noted damage. 96 pages plus plates. This is a heavy, folio sized set and it may require an extra shipping fee.ART/062019. Very Good.
Riverside, CA: Bo Press Miniature Books, 2011. Hardcover. Pat Sweet describes herself as creating illuminated miniature books of curiosity, humor, and delight. She creates both miniature (under 3 inches) and macro-miniature (under 1 inch) books. She also makes miniature pocket globes, astronomical instruments, orreries, tellurions, and occasional oddities. One of 50 copies. Signed and numbered by book artist Pat Sweet. A charming and inventive miniature pop-up book that Includes 8 circus act pop-ups, a removable souvenir program, several reproductions of advertising posters, a complete program, a list of performers, and the performers themselves (tucked away in tiny envelopes inside the back cover). "Brave Hercule performs the Dangerous High Dive into but a thimbleful of water! The Dauntless Afrit puts three gigantic wild roaches through their paces, controlling the fierce insects with only a hair-thin whip and his own iron will! In the breathless finale, the beautiful Madame Zenobia performs UPSIDE DOWN upon the high wire, a full inch above the tanbark! Come one, come all! The greatest show on earth that will fit in your pocket!" (book artist). Bound in gold on black Japanese paper with printed paper title labels to spine and boards. In matching slipcase. 34 pages. 2 1/8 x 1 5/8 inches, slipcase is 2 3/8 x 1 7/8 inches. We hesitate to call this book darling, but it is and is in fine condition. ARTISTSBOOK/121416. Fine.
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." Size: The book is 2" x 1 1/2", the binding is 3 1/2" tall. ARTB/060719. Fine.
Riverside, CA: Bo Press Miniature Books, 2015. Hardcover. Mary Roberts Rinehart and others of the "Golden Age" of mystery writing became known as the "Had I But Known" school for their use of this useful bit of prolepsis: a foreshadowing device that allows a work-around for the strictures of first-person narration. I've collected examples from all eras of literature and placed them each on their own page, like little jewels of purple prose. ~ "Had I but known that Saacho was his father, I woulf have poured a deluge of my blood to save one drop of his." The Spanish Friar, by John Dryden ~ "Ah,had I but known:: the agony! the deceit! You cannot possibly imagine the trials, the letters, the steps, this strange fantasy exacts. I have seen only a few Academicians, but already my nerves are completely upset." The Letters of Charles Baudelaire to his Mother ~"In a state of suffocating agitation the mistress gasped forth the words, "Had I but known: Freiscutz! Presciosa! I'll turn every soul into the streets!" - The Spectator, Volume 38 Carl Maria von WeberA choice collection ('though I say it myself), printed in Garamond Premier Pro on Monarch Superfine paper, and bound in a Japanese chiyogami paper printed with a stormy sea and turbulent waves, a fitting backdrop for a young woman in a lacy nightgown fleeing a dark castle with a single light in the tower window . . . Size: 2" x 2 1/2" inches. 100 pages, 7 illustrations. Fine.
Riverside, CA: Bo Press Miniature Books, 2015. Pat Sweet describes herself as creating illuminated miniature books of curiosity, humor, and delight. She creates both miniature (under 3 inches) and macro-miniature (under 1 inch) books. She also makes miniature pocket globes, astronomical instruments, orreries, tellurions, and occasional oddities. This book is from a small open edition signed by the book artist. According to Pat Sweet: "The list makes heartbreaking reading, and I'm not sure which I resent more: the loss of books through active human malevolence, or through stupid human thoughtlessness. Each has its place here, along with forgetfulness, carelessness, accident, embarrassment, and spite. Lord Byron's memoirs being ceremonially burned in John Murray's office fireplace, Sylvia Plath's Double Exposure, which may or may not be in the Ted Hughes archives, frozen until 2022., Clisson et Eugenie, Napoleon's novella, scattered across Europe, and the massive Yongle Encyclopedia, victim of budget cuts. And all the lost books of the Greece, Rome, Timbuktu, the Bible . . ." The book is printed on Mohawk Superfine paper, and bound in the same Mohawk paper (a different shade) and in mottled brown Indian pinto lokta paper. Includes 28 illustrations. 78 pages. Size: 2 3/4 x 1 7/8 inches. ARTB/060619.
Riverside, CA: Bo Press Miniature Books, 2018. Hardcover. According to the book artist: "Ahmed Muhiddin Piri was one of the greatest admirals the Ottoman navy ever produced. He followed his uncle Kemal Reis into the Ottoman navy and quickly rose in what can only be called a swash-buckling career. He took part in every significant battle in the first half of the 16th century. During this, he found time to write one of the most complete and beautiful collections of maps and information ever published: the Kitab-i Bahriye, or The Book of the Sea. The Book of the Sea contained not only extremely accurate maps, but a wealth of detailed information about major ports, bays, gulfs, islands, and coastal cities of the Mediterranean Sea. His maps are filled with detail and color, palm trees and jewel-like cities, ships and rivers, and multi-colored mountain ranges. Even the compass roses show an endless imagination. I have chosen my favorites out of the hundreds that fill the Kitab-i Bahriye, and bound them in an Islamic binding of a brown and metallic copped lizard print with windows of a gold and turquoise paper that resembles the waves of the sea. There is a paper title on the front overlap and on the spine. The maps are printed on Monarch superfine paper." 106 pages. Size: 2 7/8 inches x 2 inches. Fine.
Riverside CA: Bo Press, 2009. This is a limited edition photographic pocket Wunderkammer, a cabinet of objects - Animal, Vegetable, Mineral, and Debatable Historical, Mythological, Fictional, and Legendary Artistic, Psychological, Political, and Scientific - each mounted on a Victorian microscope slide. There are 42 illustrations showing the objects in this collection. Some highlights include a test tube containing the poison of a New Guinea toad unknown to science, Philomena, the celebrated singing flea of L. Bertaloto's Flea Circus in Regent Street, 1834, a dropped stitch found beneath a Revolutionary guillotine, Paris 1786 (from the Crafts of Terror collection), an unlucky four-leaf clover ("Has killed three and injured countless others!") among many others. Most of the items in the collection are at least partly real, and not always the ones you'd think. They all create the atmosphere of original wunderkammers - not always science but always interesting. There are two charts included, one showing the distribution of the items in the collection by location, and the other showing their distribution in time.There is also a black and white illustration of the complete cabinet (thanks to the small size of the exhibits, housed in an actual cabinet), and a larger color print folded into a slipband inside the back cover. The book is bound in gold, light blue, and green Florentine paper and a spine of dark blue lizard paper piped in gold. With decorative endpapers, and a paper title pasted on the spine In fine condition. 2.75 x 1.75 inches. PRI/060619. Fine.
Baltimore: Bodine & Associates, Inc., (1952). Hard Cover. 4to. Pictorial cloth boards with white title to front panel and to spine. Cartoon-like map of Maryland endpapers. Interior is clean and bright and filled with beautiful black and white photographic illustrations of Maryland. Black and yellow dust jacket with white title and photographic illustration to front panel and white title to spine panel. Minor wear to dust jacket includes a small chip to the head of spine and light rubbing. A special issue of the Sun - "The Best of Bodine," which was published upon his death, is laid in at front. 128 pages. Maryland. MD/091319. Near Fine / Very Good.
London: Gerald Duckworth & Co., (1955). Hardcover. 8vo. Blue cloth covered boards with gilt title to spine. Interior is clean and bright with illustrations throughout. Off-white illustrated price clipped dust jacket with black title to front and spine panels. Minor browning, rubbing, and soiling to spine panel. Minor chipping to edges of dust jacket. 222 pages. MAR/071319. Near Fine / Very Good.
Pasadena: The Castle Print. Softcover. 1 of 300 copies printed by Grant Dahlstrom as a limited edition for fellow typophiles, friends of the press, and the author. This charming work recounts famed artist and illustrator Will Bradley's early days from childhood until his early 20s. In light green paper wrappers with a string binding and title on front cover. Interior pages clean and bright with frontis photograph of a young Bradley. Some pages are unopened. In near fine condition. 21 pages. PRI/082319. Near Fine.
New York: Bonanza Books, (1956). Hardcover. 4to. Very good in very good- illustrated dark blue and white dust jacket with yellow title to front panel and blue title to white spine. Chipping and creasing to edges of dust jacket. Illustrated throughout. 238 pages. Maryland. MD/071119. Very Good / Very Good Minus.
Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, 1980. Hardcover. "Describes the transformation of an eighteenth-century commercial town into a nineteenth-century industrial city ... Browne traces Baltimore's economic, political, and social evolution within the context of national and international developments over the course of nearly three generations. And, along the way, he reaches conclusions sharply at variance with conventional notions about the industrial revolution" (jacket). Very good in brown cloth boards with black title to spine. In brown dust jacket with white title to spine panel. Spine faded to blue. Rubbing, creasing and edgewear to jacket. Half of spine panel of dust jacket is missing. 349 pages. BALT/071019. Very Good / Good.