The Quill & Brush Press, 1975. First Edition. Paperback. FIRST EDITION LIMITED TO 2000 COPIES. SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR. Beige illustrated side stapled paper wrappers with black title to front wrapper. Light soiling to wrappers. Author's signature to title pages. Previous owner's writing to inside top corner. A few pencil notes throughout though text remains clean and bright. 47 pages. BOB/012220. Very Good.
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Chicago: Field Museum of Natural History, 1927. Hardcover. A portfolio of photogravures documenting the work of taxidermist and sculptor, Carl E. Akeley. Includes 48 plates of Akeley, his taxidermied animals, and bronze animal sculptures. Also with a one page essay about Akeley by Wilfred H. Osgood, curator of Zoology. All plates are present. Housed in a grey paper folder, inserted into a grey paper covered slipcase titled in black on the spine and front panels. Wear to the case including chipping to the edges and corners. Browning to the edges of the case. Slight browning to margins of plates, else in fine condition. Includes contents page. Plates are about 9 x 12 inches. NAT/011320. Very Good.
Chicago: The Saalfield Publishing Company, circa 1930. Hardcover. Saalfield, 219F. Bound in illustrated paper covered boards with dark grey linen spine. Red title and illustration of Peter the Pug to the front cover. Long tear to linen along front hinge. Soiling, chipping, and wear to covers and corners. Lacks front free endpaper and losses to other endpapers. Nearly disbound. Staining to edges and corners of some pages. A cute book - although, a bit rascist - with Peter Pug's friend being a black cat named "N...". Some illustrations in full color. [about 42 pages.] CHILD/122719. Good.
Nairobi: East African Literature Bureau. The Eagle Press, 1960. Softcover. SCARCE. 8vo. Peach- colored side stapled paper wrappers with brown title to front wrapper. Slight rubbing to exterior. Light yellowing to edges of a few pages. Else is clean and bright. 33 pages. African History. AFR/012020. Very Good+.
Hong Kong: Ford Press, 1969. Hardcover. 149 of 500 copies, numbered and signed by Alla Ford. A miniature facsimilie edition of the Christmas-time drama. Bound in dark green leatherette boards with gilt title to front cover. Printed on pink paper with dark green type. Illustrated. Clean and bright. 46 pages. Size: 2.5 x 2 inches. DRA/011320. Fine.
Mission, BC: Barbarian Press, 2019. Hardcover. An edition of 130, of which this is one of 50 copies in the regular edition. According to the printer: "Our fascination with [Wagener's] work is a response to the meticulous attention to detail which imbues all his engravings, combined with a ‘democracy of aesthetic’ which allows both realism and abstraction equal weight. In a Parenthesis review of Wagener’s early book with Peter Koch, Zebra Noise with a Flatted Seventh, Simon Brett said ‘No one else I know of is making such avant-garde grand opera in wood-engraved prints.’" Richard Wagener (1944 - ) is a Californian wood engraver known best for his depictions of nature and animals, often juxtaposed against abstract imagery. A specially commissioned frontispiece, new press device, and patterned papers have been created for this edition. Folio. Bound black and red checkered patterned paper with black cloth spine and red and white title label pasted down to spine. Includes over 100 engravings printed from the original wood plates on Zerkall White Smooth paper. Unpaginated. PRI/122719. Fine.
New York: The Century Co, 1904. Hardcover. By the author of "Wee Macgreegor." Bound in a pretty green floral publisher's binding with design featuring thistle and coffee cups, signed "DD." Off-white title to spine and front cover. Written in Scottish dialect. Frontispiece illustration. 230 pages. LIT/040820. Very Good.
Kingston, NY: Maureen Cummins, 2019. Number 8 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/011620. Fine.
New York: George Braziller, 1964. First trade edition of this powerful poem by Berry written in response to the horror of President John Kennedy's assassination. Shahn's images invoke the grief, pain, and darkness felt by the nation and the world. Bound in cream cloth with title in black on spine and front cover. Some discoloring and spots to cloth. Interior pages very good. Housed in a black cloth slipcase with titling in silver to cover. Unpaginated. POET/040220.
Toronto: Biting Dog Press, 2019. Hardcover. Number 18 of 35 copies. An examination of the "Necronomicon" - "a scientific diary of the putatively insane doctor known as Abdullah Alhazred. He was a scientist and an alchemist who believed cannibalistic funerary rites could both appease the spirits of the dead and access the divine" (page 13). It includes a fascinating discussion of previous translations, historical contextualization, medical and philosophical explanations behind Alhazred's practices, biographical facts about the doctor, and new translations of the five extracts. According to Alhazred, if performed using the correct rituals, ingestion of the dead could transfer their energy or life force, thus extending the life of the consumer. If true, perhaps he is still alive, wandering in the desert (or so this book suggests)! Digitally printed on laid paper with an original woodcut made by George A. Walker, signed and numbered 7 of 42, tipped into the front. The book is bound in grey cloth boards with a black dust jacket titled in white on the spine and front panel. A pattern of grey skulls decorates the jacket. Includes color photographic illustrations that depict fragments from the original Necronomicon, a page from the Book of the Dead, and other historical sources. 37 pages. PRI/011020. Fine.
Toronto: Biting Dog Press, 2019. Hardcover. Number 16 of 35 copies. An examination of the "Necronomicon" - "a scientific diary of the putatively insane doctor known as Abdullah Alhazred. He was a scientist and an alchemist who believed cannibalistic funerary rites could both appease the spirits of the dead and access the divine" (page 13). It includes a fascinating discussion of previous translations, historical contextualization, medical and philosophical explanations behind Alhazred's practices, biographical facts about the doctor, and new translations of the five extracts. According to Alhazred, if performed using the correct rituals, ingestion of the dead could transfer their energy or life force, thus extending the life of the consumer. If true, perhaps he is still alive, wandering in the desert (or so this book suggests)! Digitally printed on laid paper with an original woodcut made by George A. Walker, signed and numbered 5 of 42, tipped into the front. The book is bound in grey cloth boards with a black dust jacket titled in white on the spine and front panel. A pattern of grey skulls decorates the jacket. Includes color photographic illustrations that depict fragments from the original Necronomicon, a page from the Book of the Dead, and other historical sources. 37 pages. PRI/011020. Fine.
Chicago, IL: The Black Cat Press, (1967). Paperback. Blue side stapled paper wrappers with black title to front cover. Printed in black and red. Lists names, authors, sizes, brief descriptions of bindings/ typfaces, and prices of books. [8 pages.] About 4.25 inches tall by about 3 inches wide. PRI/010920. Fine.
Riverside, CA: Bo Press Miniature Books, 2020. 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 is a miniature replica of a tabletop press. This is a tabletop model, built of wood, with antiqued brass accents. It includes two blank books. And yes, the press really works! Size: inches. Fine.
Berlin: Egon Fleischel, circa 1900. Hardcover. Viertes bis sechstes Tausand. A book of poetry about Judas in German. E.M. Lilien (1874 - 1925) was an artist that studied in Poland. He worked in the Art Nouveau style typically with Jewish themes. Good in black and green cloth boards with white title "Juda" to front cover. Lacks spine panel. Boards are present but nearly detached. Beautifully illustrated in black and white with Art Noveau style borders on every page. Clean interior. A good reading copy. Unpaginated. GER/011320. Good.
New York: Dover. Softcover. A collection of Bradley's posters, illustrations, typographic designs and decorations. With 97 plates in black and white and color. Softcover with black spine with red titling and frontcover with titling plus one of Bradley's illustrations on front cover. Some light creasing and bumping. Very good condition. Measures 9 3/8 x 12 1/4 inches. xxxvii +97 pages. BOB/040420. Very Good.
New York: Dodd, Mead, and Company, 1890. Hardcover. Small octavo. First Edition. Red cloth boards with gilt title to spine. Minor wear to edges of boards, corners, and spine ends. Spots of discoloration to front cover and minor sunning to spine. Frontispiece illustration. Clean interior overall with minor foxing to early and late pages. Browning to margins. 181 pages. BALT/122719. Very Good.
London: Printed for Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown, and J. Ridgway, 1816. Hardcover. A collection of over 200 speeches by Edmund Burke (1729 - 1797), an Irish statesman who served in the House of Commons of Parliament for many years. The speeches in this collection address a wide array of topics including the French Revolution, the economy, East India company affairs, exchanging prisoners with America, the American Revolution, Irish trade bills, American Loyalists, the King's illness, abolition of the slave trade, impeachment of Mr. Hastings, and more. Published nearly 20 years after his death, most of the speeches were given between 1767 and 1794. "Delivered as these speeches were, upon great and comprehensive questions, and containing Mr. Burke's opinions upon a variety of subjects that come home 'to the business and bosoms of men,' it is confidently hoped that they will, in their present collected form, be alike conductive to the reputation of the orator adn the best interests of society" (introduction). All four volumes are bound in matching three quarter tan leather over marbled paper covered boards with title and volume labels to spines. All have been rebacked and restored using the original spine leather. Despite the restoration, the spine leather is heavily cracked, chipped, browned, and worn; however, the bindings remain tight and secure. One of the four title labels is modern. The interiors are clean overall with occasional spots of foxing. Bookplate of William Robert Bevan to front pastedowns of each volume. Volume I: 457 pages; Volume II: 494 pages; Volume III: 544 pages; Volume IV: 511 pages. ENG/040820. Very Good.
Barcelona: Carla Busquets, 2018. Number 4 of 10 copies. Signed and numbered by the artist on the back of the last leaf. The images in this limited edition book are taken from a unique version of the work that had eight original ink drawings on four folios mounted on five wooden dowels. The piano hinge structure is based on innovations by renowned book artist Hedi Kyle. Formerly a conservator in the UK, Canada, and Spain, Busquets, a skilled young paper artist, opened her own studio, la Frivé, last year where she hosts workshops for paper artists of all ages in addition to practicing her craft. In her artist's statement Busquets says: "I mostly work with paper. I love the versatility of the material, how easy it is to manipulate and also the skill required to turn it into delicate work... I use drawing and paper to explore the boundaries of book structures to to create a story. Imagining a picture that goes beyond the illustration with mobile and tri-dimensional parts as in pop-up books gives me new possibilities to transport the spectator." In this marvelous work Busquets depicts the fearsome Kraken, a legendary creature that resembled a giant squid and was known for destroying ships. Here its massive tentacles rise from the churning waves as it approaches a doomed ship. Digitally printed and handcut and mounted. Housed in original custom box covered with paste paper. Size: 17cm x 15 cm x 4 cm. In fine condition. ARTB/031720. Fine.
Mount Vernon, NY: The Press of A. Colish, 1983. Hardcover. One of 975 copies. This beautifully produced book was published as a special keepsake for friends of the Press on the 75th anniversary of the Press and the 150th anniversary of Lewis Carroll's birth. The printer Cornish paid particular attention to reproducing Tenniel's illustrations as faithfully as possible to the original engravings. To this end they were able to use many engravings from The Rosenbach Museum and the Sterling Library at Yale. Bound in a lovely floral red and cream cloth with a leather title label on the spine and a leather label on front cover with a gilt portrait of Alice. Printed in English Monotype Fournier type and letterpress printed on Ragston text paper. In fine condition. Measures 7 x 10 inches. 117 pages plus colophon. PRI/040220. Fine.
New York: Rizzoli, 1991. Paperback. Documentaion of a collection of dolls created in 1945 in Europe "to present the haute coture collections of Spring 1945 on miniature figurines in theater decors signed by artists such as Cocteau, Berard, Kochno, Malcles ..." Presumed destroyed, they were re-discovered around 1985 at an art museum in the US. Quarto. Binding is coming a little loose along hinges, else clean and bright. Light wear to edges of jacket and wrappers. Bound in black paper wrapperes with an illustrated photographic dust jacket titled in white on the spine and front panels. Filled with photographic illustrations. Includes relevant laid in postcards and news article. 191 pages. FASH/122719. Very Good / Very Good.
Toronto: Cheshire Cat Press, 2018. Hardcover. Number 13 of 42 copies signed by the printers and the author of the introduction. This is a delightful new edition of Lewis Carroll's famous poem, The Hunting of the Snark. It was produced by a writer, artist, and book designer and printers who are ardent and well-known Carroll admirers. The Cheshire Press was formed by book designer and printer George Walker in 1991. The press began when he and two colleagues produced new editions of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass. Edward Wakeling, who wrote the introduction, is an internationally known authority on Carroll. In addition to writing a recent biography of him, Wakeling also created a comprehensive catalogue raisonne of over 1000 photographs taken by amateur photographer Carroll. Byron W. Sewell is a prolific illustrator, author and bibliographer of works associated with Lewis Carroll. For this edition of Snark, Sewell created new illustrations inspired by contemporary carte-de-visit photographs that were so popular in Victorian England. He has one for each character in the poem, adapting images from actual photographs. They are ideal depictions for this fantastic nonsense poem by Lewis Carroll, written when he was forty-four years old. Bound in maroon cloth with title in gilt to spine and on cover label. Handprinted in New Caledonia type on Bfk Rives Cream paper. The printing was completed by George Walker and Andy Malcolm, and the book design and layout were by Walker. An original print inscribed and signed by Sewell is inserted in a sleeve on the front pastedown. Housed in a slipcase in the same maroon cloth with gilt title on cover. In fine condition. 6.5 x 10 inches. 72 pages. PRI/010319. Fine.