Riverside, CA: Bo Press Miniature Books, 2010. 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. This book is from a small open edition. According to the book artist: This is a "book inside books inside a book inside a book-shaped box. This has been called the Droste effect, after their recursive advertisements. The book inside this book-shaped box is a collection of jacket designs for books that only exist inside real books: The Necronomicon, The Whole Art of Detection, If On A Winter's Night A Traveler. Each is presented as if hidden inside a hollow book, for yet another layer of un-reality. The title, of course, is from Magritte's famous painting of 'This is Not a Pipe'." Bound in cream paper with gold fleur-de-lis and title label pastedown on front cover. Housed in a brown paper covered slipcase with title label to the cover. Size: 2 1/4 x 1 7/8 x 5/8 inches. In fine condition. 78 pages. ARTB/060121. Fine.
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Riverside, CA: Bo Press Miniature Books, n.d. Books under 3" tall are considered miniature books. They're generally readable with the naked eye, and easily handled, like regular sized books. Even though miniature books may not be the best vehicles for weighty ideas, I try, in the books I design and illustrate, to proportion the subject matter to the size of my books. They are indeed meant to be read, and, if they don't tackle the profoundest of ideas, they give their owners some intriguing entertainment. In this little book, Pat Sweet plays with Egyptian hieroglyphs, turning the originals into illuminated and historiated letters. She crossed the letter forms with Photoshop to create these illustrations. The original hieroglyph appears at the base of each page. Bound in cream paper boards with spine and cover title labels. Measures 1.25 x 2.25 inches. In fine condition. ARTB/060221.
Riverside, CA: Bo Press Miniature Books, 2018. Pat Sweet, the book artist writes: "Volvelles are probably the earliest form of movable paper engineering. Matthew Paris is credited with the first one in his manuscript Chronica majora, which made use of the wheel to determine the date of Easter. A volvelle consists of one or more layers of parchment or paper discs and shapes fastened to a leaf, allowing for each individual layer to be rotated independently of the other components. In the 15th century, it was used as an early type of computational device, and was used to chart complex astronomical information. I took ten volvelles from 1500 to 1700 and reverse-engineered them into their separate original parts, then put them together to play with. The volvelles I chose are both pretty and interesting to look at, and fun to use. I published all ten of these volvelles, boxed, in a limited edition in 2017. This edition sold out almost immediately, and I still get requests for it. Rather than alter the edition limitation, I decided to make the volvelles available individually, such as this one. Each volvelle is glued to its own piece of board bound in a Japanese starry night paper, and is encased in a vellum folder, which is in turn contained in a card folder." The folder is 2 5/8 x 2 1/8 inches, and the volvelle is approximately 2 x 2 inches. In fine condition. ARTB/060221. Fine.
Riverside, CA: Bo Press Miniature Books, 2017. Hardcover. This miniature book provides an amusing commentary on fashion's not infrequent absurdities. Writes Pat Sweet: "I came upon this gem of future history from the Strand Magazine, January 1893. W. Cade Gall's premise is that a book from 1993 - a hundred years in the future [this book] has mysteriously appeared in a gentleman's library. The book's contents, a look back at the last century of fashion, would be, for the reader in 1893 a look forward into a hundred years in the future....Mr. Gall's illustrations are so delightful; how much would our idea of what to wear have to change to make the uniform in 1960 include a tiny asymmetrical fascinator hat? Pieces of Dr. Snyder's text accompany Mr. Gall's costumes to further the sensation of dropping down a temporal rabbit hole..." Bound in decorated multicolored paper with orange binding and title labels to cover and spine. Illustrations are in black and white with accompanying text on the facing page. Printed using Mops and Candles fonts on Monarch Superfine paper. Measures 2 x 2.75 inches. In fine condition. Unpaginated. ARTB/060321. Fine.
Riverside, CA: Bo Press Miniature Books, n.d. Hardcover. Pat Sweet writes: "The Augsburger Wunderzeichenbuch (“The Book of Wonders”) is one of the most spectacular discoveries in the field of Renaissance art in northern Europe. The manuscript was produced in the Swabian Imperial Free City of Augsburg sometime between 1545 and 1552. We do not know who commissioned the book, or who supplied the artwork. The book contains miracles: wondrous and mysterious singularities of nature, monstrous births, battles in heaven, rains of blood and meat, acts of God, double and triple suns and moons, and lots and lots of comets. At this time the sacred and the scientific were just beginning to move apart, and this is one of the beginnings of that massive shift. The beautiful, strange, and enigmatic illustrations are in supersaturated gouache and watercolor. Each illumination is captioned in a panel of German Gothic script. The manuscript dropped out of sight sometime in the 17th century and was only recently re-discovered in 2007. A fine modern edition is published by Taschen. I’ve tried to counter the small size of the prints by enlarging a wonderful detail of each picture on the verso. The book is bound in green and brown marbled paper and has two bands of antique bronze chain passing over the front and back of the binding. The title is on a raised rectangle in the front." Measures 2.25 x 3 inches. In fine condition. 145 pages. ARTB/060221. Fine.
Riverside, CA: Bo Press Miniature Books, 2010. Hardcover. Limited Edition Miniature Book. A collection of splendid dragon portraits in color from all of history and all around the world. There are a total of fifty dragons, ranging from 5th century BC to Maxfield Parrish, all trying their best to escape from their frames. The book is bound in lizard-printed green paper, with a spine of brownish-black real lizard skin and a small line of gold metallic paper between them. Decorated endpapers. Inkjet printed with handsewn binding. In fine condition. 1 7/8 x 2 1/4 inches. Unpaginated.. PRI/060121. Fine.
Riverside, CA: Bo Press Miniature Books, 2020. Hardcover. Number 15 of 24 copies. Signed and numbered by Pat Sweet. She writes: “The English Toy Theatre” is the first book devoted to this charming souvenir of the Victorian stage since George Speaight’s “A History of the English Toy Theatre” in 1946. With texts by artist and toy theatre enthusiast Tom Knechtel and illustrations drawn from Knechtel’s extensive collection of toy theatre sheets, it is a beautifully detailed portrait of the 19th century English stage as seen through the lens of a children’s pastime.The book is, in itself, a theatrical performance, as it moves from surprise to surprise, from tableau to spectacle. It is the most ambitious book in Bo Press’s history of creating books that entertain us while challenging our preconceptions of what the book is. The three-volume set is in a limited edition of 24, with the first volume (the one with the history) produced as an unlimited edition The book consists of three volumes in a black moire silk-covered slipcase, each volume bound in the Union Jack with black moire silk spines. The first volume consists of a history of the toy theatre and its publishers, a short memoir by Knechtel of how he fell in love with the theatre, and a fragment from a toy theatre play. There are numerous black and white illustrations with colored endpapers drawn from the theatre. The second volume is an elaborate set of black and white pop-up scenes from toy theatre plays, which culminates in an anarchic recreation of one of the surreal pantomimes that are such a feature of toy theatre plays. The third volume is a portfolio which, when opened, reveals a complete toy theatre in glorious color. The theatre includes a curtain which can be raised and a trick in the pantomime taking place on stage. (The proscenium was painted by Knechtel and includes an orchestra of cats.) Below the stage is a small pocket containing a tiny book , “The Toy Theatre in Performance,” which describes how the theatre actually worked." The books are 2 7/8 x 2 1/8 inches. The slipcase is 3 3/8 x 2 5/8 x 2 1/8." In fine condition. PRI/060121. Fine.
Riverside, CA: Bo Press Miniature Books, 2014. This is a welcome reissue of one of Pat Sweet's most inventive miniature works. "Welcome to Hell" comprises twelve pieces of Hellish ephemera that play with some of the images and ideas of the infernal regions from popular culture. The result is a surprisingly humorous and engaging production. Pat described it as one of her most fun projects ever. She writes: "Most religions have discarded the idea of a retributive afterlife, but the idea remains in the popular consciousness as folk belief. Images of old-time Hell are much more common than those of Heaven: Dante invented a whole complex gradation of torments for an exactly sorted list of sins. But grinning devils with pitchforks continue to poke burning sinners, and Satan continues to offer shady your-soul-for-your heart's desire deals in folk tales and legends." The items are stored inside a shopping bag labeled "Welcome to Hell." Your goody bag from Hell includes: Welcome To Hell! (with FAQs! - for example, "Am I really here for all of eternity?" "Yes") A Gallery of Hell (Hell in famous paintings) Visitor's Book (Yes, some people get to leave) Hellhounds of the Underworld (Hell has a surprising number of dogs) Go To Hell (a board game for sinners of all ages) Devil Cards (collect 'em all!) Seven Deadly Sins Post Cards ( by Bruegel) Hotel Grand Pandemonium dinner menu (Annual Famous Last Meals Banquet),an extra gameboard, Hellmouth Pop-up Cards (three thrilling maws) Maps of Hell (maps of Dante's Hell). Also included is a complimentary fan - Hot Enough For Ya? - with picture of devil's head - not that it would do much good. The bag is 3 x 2 3/8 x 1 3/8 inches. The items in the bag vary in size but are all miniature. In fine condition. PRI/060121. Fine.
Riverside, CA: Bo Press Miniature Books, 2018. Hardcover. An interesting miniature book from Pat Sweet's Bo Press. She says: "Our alphabet used to be a lot bigger. It used to include letters like ampersand (and), eng ( the sound at the end of words like 'sing'), and the famous long s, which still puzzles readers of old books when it appears in the middle of words looking like 'f' but sounding like 's'. I've taken eleven of these once well-known letters and given each of them a tiny spotlight: illustrating it against a background of medieval tracery, telling a little of its history, and giving some examples in modern fonts (yes, these old letters still turn up in modern typography. You never know when you'll need a conjoined ae.) The book is printed in Kelmscott and Thryomenes on Monarch superfine paper, and bound in a diagonal pattern of cream colored paper and a gold on red medieval-ish print." In fine condition. It measures 2 5/8 x 2 inches. Unpaginated [56 pages]. PRI/060121. Fine.
Dublin: Geo. and Alex. Ewing, 1755. Hardcover. Part I: Being a true and ample Description of its Situation, Greatness, Shape, and Nature....written by Gerard Boate, late Doctor of Physick to the State of Ireland; Part II: A Collection of such Papers as were communicated to the Royal Society, referring to some Curiosities in Ireland; Part III: A Discourse concerning the Danish Mounts, Forts, and Towers in Ireland never before published, by Thomas Molyneux, M.D. in England. Part II is dated 1726 and Part III is dated 1725. An interesting and detailed account of all aspects of Ireland's natural history is to be found in this scarce eighteenth century title. Gerard Boate (1604-1650) was a Dutch physician who settled in London. Boate had never visited Ireland, but materials for his natural history were furnished by his brother Arnold and by some of the English who had been ejected from Irish lands sometime occupied by them. Boate commenced the ‘Natural History’ early in 1645 and completed it within the year, but its publication was deferred. Boate attained a position as a physician in Ireland and arrived there at the latter end of 1649,but he survived only a short time. He died in January 1650. Boate's papers and his ‘Natural History’ left behind him in London came into the hands of Samuel Hartlib who published it in 1652. It bore the title: ‘Ireland's Naturall History. Being a true and ample description of its situation, greatness, shape, and nature; of its hills, woods, heaths, bogs; of its fruitfull parts and profitable grounds, with the severall ways of manuring and improving the same; with its heads or promontories, harbours, roades, and bayes; of its springs and fountaines, brookes, rivers, loghs; of its metalls, mineralls, freestone, marble, sea-coal, turf, and other things that are taken out of the ground. And lastly of the nature and temperature of its air and season, and what diseases it is free from or subject unto. Conducing to the advancement of navigation, husbandry, and other profitable arts and professions. Written by Gerard Boate, late Doctor of Physick to the State in Ireland, and now published by Samuel Hartlib, Esq., for the common good of Ireland, and more especially for the benefit of the Adventurers and Planters there.’ A quarto edition of the ‘Natural History’ by Boate was published at Dublin in 1726, and reissued there in 1755 [Dictionary of National Biography].Thomas Molyneux (1661-1733) was the first professor of physic in Ireland's new medical school. He was a Trinity graduate, having studied for his BA from 1676 to 1680. Medical studies followed between 1683 and 1687, when he spent time in England, Leiden and Paris. While he was at Leiden he compiled a catalogue of two collections for the Royal Society and contributed to their Philosophical Transactions. Molyneux was active in the Dublin Philosophical Society and his contributions to it included the first scientific studies of the Irish elk and the Giant’s Causeway [historyireland]. Bound in later three quarter brown leather with marbled paper boards. The top of the front cover is sunned, leather with minor scuffing. Interior pages are generally clean and bright. With several illustrations, many of them foldouts, in parts II and III. Ownership signature dated 1855 on title page. Very good condition. Octavo. 213 pages. IRE/071321. Very Good.
Aux Deux-Ponts: Chez Sanson et Compagnie, 1791. Hardcover. Collection of Geographic maps. plans, views and medals of ancient Greece, relating to the journey of the young Anacharsis. Preceded by a critical analysis of the maps. There are 31 engraved plates, many of them fold-outs. Most are in good condition although the large fold-out map of Greece is dampstained. The book is bound in paper covered boards that are quite chipped, stained, bumped, and scuffed. The front board is partially detached. The front pastedown and title page are very soiled, and the title page has some insect damage. Plates are generally good but book is poor. 20 pages plus the 31 plates. Fair.
London: Robert Clavel, 1680. A rather scarce book with an interesting history. Edmund Borlase (1620–1682) was an Anglo-Irish historian and physician. In 1676, Borlase published at London an octavo volume of 284 pages, with the following title: The Reduction of Ireland to the Crown of England; with the Governours since the Conquest by King Henry II, anno 1172 ; with some passages in their government. A brief account of the Rebellion, anno Dom. 1641. Also, the original of the Universitie of Dublin, and the Colledge of Physicians. The work was mainly a compilation from printed books, and terminated at the year 1672. The compilation of a history of affairs in Ireland from 1641 to 1662 was undertaken by Borlase chiefly with the object of demonstrating that the administrators of the English government there had not acted adversely to the royal interests nor unjustly towards Irish Catholics. For the purposes of his work, Borlase obtained a copy of an unpublished treatise on Irish affairs by Edward Hyde, 1st Earl of Clarendon. This he unskillfully altered and interpolated, to make it accord with his views. Borlase's work, after expurgation by Sir Roger L'Estrange, was published at London in 1680: 'The History of the execrable Irish Rebellion, trac'd from many preceding acts to the grand eruption, the 23 of October, 1641, and thence pursued to the Act of Settlement, 1662.' The publication attracted little attention, owing to the defective style and absence of the author's name.[Wikipedia]. Folio in contemporary full brown rebacked leather. Binding is scraped, bumped, rubbed. Front hinge cracked but text block is tight. Interior pages are generally very good, with aging and some browning to margins. Includes the fold out chart showing the cost of the rebellion. Library stamp for the Washburn library in Madison WI stamped on front pastedown and title page but no other ex-library signs. 327 pages plus 138 pages of appendixes plus index. IRELAND/041521.
Milan: Dalla Stamperia Reale, 1810. Hardcover. Giuseppe Bossi (1777 – 1815) was an Italian painter, arts administrator and writer on art. He ranks among the foremost figures of Neoclassical culture in Lombardy, along with Ugo Foscolo, Giuseppe Parini, Andrea Appiani or Manzoni. Bossi devoted a large part of his life to the study of the works of Leonardo, whose drawing manner he imitated accurately enough for his productions to have passed as Leonardos and his last work was a series of drawings in monochrome representing incidents in the life of that great master. He left unfinished a large cartoon in black chalk of the Dead Christ in the bosom of Mary, with John and the Magdalene. In 1810 he published this monumental work titled Del Cenacolo di Leonardo da Vinci, which had the merit of greatly interesting Goethe, who shared Bossi's urgent dream of saving Leonardo's fresco [Wikipedia]. This work comprises four books dealing with different aspects of Da Vinci's life and art. Large folio bound in full brown leather with gilt ornament to front cover, raised spine bands and gilt titling to black leather spine label. Leather is scraped, rubbed, soiled and bumped, and spine has been rebacked. Evidence of library call number at bottom of spine and glue remnants on rear pastedown where signout card removed. A.e.g. Text pages are generally clean and bright with some age toning to margins and occasional light foxing. With engraved frontis of Da Vinci's only self portrait and five additional plates, with the sixth one unfortunately missing. In Italian. 263 pages. ART/040521. Very Good -.
New York: Frederick A. Stokes Company, . Hardcover. A beautiful copy of Barrett Browning's romantic Victorian poems in an ornate publisher's design binding. The collection of her poems and sonnets, including her famed Sonnets From the Portuguese, appears to be comprehensive. With numerous black and white illustrations and vignettes throughout by Canadian artist Frederick Gordon. Bound in dark green cloth with elaborate gilt and silver designs on the spine and along the top and bottom edges of the front cover. In the middle of the cover is a framed silver label with "Mrs. Browning" in gilt. The binding is near fine with the slightest bumping to corners of covers. All edges gilt. Interior is clean and bright with gift inscription dated 1898 on free front endpaper. A wonderful gift for lovers of fine bindings and/or Victorian poetry. Near fine. Measures 5 x 7.5 inches. 528 pages. POET/031821. Near Fine.
London: Paul Elek, 1966. Hardcover. With 24 colour plates, reproduced using 6 color lithography, from original 18th and 19th century engravings, prints, and paintings. Also includes 96 pages with 196 duotone illustrations for a total of 144 pages. Oblong folio bound in turquoise cloth boards with gilt title to spine and gilt emblem to front board. Minor sunning to edges of boards and wear to edges. Clean, bright interior. In full color illustrated dust jacket with dark blue title to spine and front panels. Wear to edges of jacket including a few tears, one repaired with tape. Minor sunning to jacket. Jacket is now protected in an archival cover. This may require extra shipping fee due to large size. ENG/072821. Very Good / Very Good.
London: Printed by T. Bensley for Vernor and Hood et al, 1799. Hardcover. Hudibras is an English mock-heroic narrative poem from the 17th century written by Samuel Butler. Published in the aftermath of the English Civil War, it is a scathing satire of Puritanism and the Parliamentarian cause from a Royalist perspective. This later edition is enhanced by the annotations and preface by Zachary Grey, and the 16 engraved plates after Hogarth. Bound in handsome three quarter reddish brown leather with red and cream marbled endpapers. Light bumping and rubbing to leather but very good condition. The interior pages are heavily foxed throughout the two volumes although the text is still quite legible. Interior is only good+. Volume I: 434 pages; Volume: 446 pages plus index. POETRY/031721. Good +.
Firenze [Florence]: Pietro Allegrini, 1788. Hardcover. First edition of a work by Italian mathematician and physicist Stanislao Canovai in which he argues that Vespucci was the true discoverer of America and Brazil, not Columbus. This controversial book was added to and expanded over several later editions. Ex-library bound in brown paper boards with green cloth spine. Call number in white at base of spine. Library stamps on top page edges, free front endpaper and title page, with accession number in ink on title page. Glue marks on title page and last page. Evidence of a signout card or label on rear pastedown. Decorated page edges. Text pages are clean and bright with just a few random spots. Engraved portrait of Vespucci. Despite ex-library markings a nice copy. viii + 80 pages. TRAVEL/072621. Very Good -.
London: M. Withers and D. Prince in Oxford, 1761. First edition of this uncommon book. The title page continues with a much more detailed summary of the contents that include: the time when and manner of how America was first peopled, the certainty of an abyss of water on the earth, the origin of such natural phenomena as springs, lakes, mountains hills, caverns and grottos etc. There is a detailed table of contents as well. The Reverend Alexander Catcott (1725–1779) was an English geologist and theologian born in Bristol, who became the vicar of Temple Church, Bristol and the author of numerous works on science and theology. His views on the Bible as a scientific source were influenced by the ideas of John Hutchinson (1674–1737) and are expressed in this treatise. Bound in three quarter black leather with gilt titling to spine and marbled paper boards. Chipping and bumping to spine and corner edges. Small bookseller ticket on front pastedown. Half title and title pages are browned but interior pages are clean. Label of the Philomathean Society library of Pennsylvania on title page. Margin notations on title page and contents pages referring to text pages concerning how America was first peopled. With one copper plate representing the internal structure of the Terraqueous Globe, from the Center to the Circumference (p. 54). /the plate and opposite page have brown spotting, mostly not affecting image. A very good copy. Octavo. 296 pages.
Paris: Chez Favre, . Hardcover. An early French history of the American Revolution, published just two years after the French Revolution ended, by two French citizens and historians. The work inevitably compares the two revolutions. Interesting documents in the Founders Archive at the National Archives show that Jean Chas and Thomas Jefferson exchanged correspondence regarding the book. Chas wrote that he met Jefferson when he was the ambassador to France and showed Jefferson the manuscript for the book, and was now honored to send him a copy. Jefferson wrote back to thank him, saying "It is a happy circumstance for our country that its fortunes interest the eloquent writers of your country and through them find their way to the notice of the world. the scenes through which we have past were worthy of your pen, inasmuch as to they presented to mankind the first example in Modern times of a people asserting successfully the right of self government, and establishing that government among themselves by common consent." Chas and Lebrun dedicated the book to the then First Consul, Napoleon. Bound in contemporary full brown leather with gilt decoration to spine and red spine label. Leather is chipped, torn, abraded and rubbed. The joints have pulled away a bit to reveal the binding cords. Hinges also weak. Interior pages generally clean with inkspot to fore edge, ownership signatures to half title and ffep. Bookplate of William Sheffield, probably the U.S. Representative and Senator from Rhode Island in the mid to late 1800s. Binding good, contents in very good condition. Small octavo. 458 pages plus one page advertisement. AMERH/050621. Very GoodVery Good -.
Toronto: Cheshire Cat Press, 2017. Number 31 of 42 copies. Signed by the printers and the author of the introduction, who are ardent and well-known Carroll admirers. The Cheshire Cat 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. From the prospectus: "Here finally is a book collecting all the Alice associated images into one volume. In this book is the work of the other PUNCH illustrators who were influenced by John Tenniel’s pictures for Lewis Carroll’s Alice. Oh yes we include Tenniel too! Through the many decades that Punch existed (1841-2002), references to the Alice books have been a common feature. Now you can have them all in one volume. The images are printed by hand directly from polymer plates made by Boxcar Press, except Alice Reigns Supreme (page 27) which is printed photo-mechanically. The plates were created from high resolution scans made directly from the original PUNCH publications. Printed on 115 gsm Rives Lightweight Buff 100% rag paper using a Vandercook Sp15 letterpress." Bound in green cloth with gilt title to spine and gilt ruling and Punch figure to front cover. Punch figure repetitive design to endpapers. Housed in a green cloth slipcase. In fine condition. 10 x 13 inches. 57 pages. PRI/031221.
Toronto: Cheshire Cat Press, 1991. Hardcover. Number 129 of 177 copies. Around 1982, Walker, Poole, and Brambant founded the Cheshire Cat Press. They spent six years working on their well received edition of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, published in 1988. George Walker's wood engravings were so admired that the Press decided to publish a book that would be devoted entirely to his engravings. This is that book, which is divided into three parts.: In the first part the 96 illustrations featured in Wonderland are reproduced by chapter in the story's order. The second part, Alice's Misadventures, has engravings that were not used in 1988 along with the reasons why. The last part reproduces some of Walker's preliminary sketches for Wonderland. The introduction describes the procedures the three used in deciding upon each of the illustrations used in Wonderland. Bound in red cloth with gilt titling to spine. Red and gold marbled endpapers. Printed with Century Schoolbook and Hadriano & Hadriano types on Noranda Recycled Antique paper. The drawings were reproduced from Polymer plates. In fine condition. PRI/031221. Fine.
Martinez, CA: Lucy Childs, 2017. A unique embroidered artist's book. Lucy’s exquisite embroidered books are inspired by her “exploration of the history, craft, and culture of early American and British sewing samplers, made mostly by young girls to learn the practical craft of sewing but also to learn letters and spelling." Lucy’s beautiful and painstakingly created books are a fitting tribute to and continuation of the craft she honors. Her previous unique books can be found nationally in several artists’ book collections. She states: "Embroidery is the medium I’ve used for my artwork since 2014. Before that I made and exhibited artist’s books, drawings, paintings, and sculptures using a variety of materials." This intricate and superbly realized book, “How a Bandage Works,” shows the progress of healing over time. Lucy writes: "You can imagine the bandage wrapped around a bleeding wound: a big red patch growing smaller and browner with each layer away from the cut. Imagery sewn over and around each blood patch symbolizes the healing taking place. The book is about patience and optimism." This is an accordion book with a cream wool cover. It is embroidered with cotton, silk, rayon, and polyester threads; The book's interior is linen sewn with various colors of cotton, silk, and rayon threads. Open the work is 6 x 28 inches; closed it is 6 x 8 inches.Housed in a custom grey cloth covered clamshell box with a cream wool label. In fine condition. ARTISTSB/051021.
Milwaukee, WI: Wisconsin Marketing Services, Inc, 1993. Paperback. Uncommon. Black spiral bound with red and blue illustrated cover. Includes a laid-in typed letter, signed from the author addressed to the governor of Maryland thanking him for his participation. This charming cookbook presents a collection of recipes from the governors of every state and one from Hilary Clinton (Chocolate chip cookies). "The intent of this cookbook is to help educate the children of our land by providing menus from the various states and thus making the learning process a memorable one" (author). Organized alphabetically by state with basic information about each state included as well as one to three recipes for each. Additional recipe section to rear. Unpaginated. COOK/042121. Fine.
1899. Hardcover. True first edition of this popular satirical novel by Mary Cholmondeley for which she is best remembered today. Red Pottage is the story of adultery and a clergyman who destroys his sister's art. The first plot contained in this novel is that of Rachael West, an heiress and her love for a man trapped in an illicit affair who is doomed to die by his own hand. The second plot is about a gifted female writer who is unable to break away and start her own life free of her family (not unlike the author's own life). Mary Cholmondeley (1859-1925) began writing seriously in her teens. She initially placed some short stories. Her first novel was The Danvers Jewels (1887), a detective story that won a small following. It was followed by other novels but Red Pottage was her first bestseller. Later works such as Moth and Rust (1902) and Notwithstanding (1913) were less successful. The Lowest Rung (1908) and The Romance of his Life (1921) were story collections - the latter, her final book, was dedicated to the essayist and critic Percy Lubbock. Lubbock later commemorated her in Mary Cholmondeley: A Sketch from Memory (1928) [Wikipedia]. Bound in dark red cloth with gilt titling to spine and front cover. Light bumping and rubbing but very nice. Except for some browning to page edges the interior is clean and bright. Bookplate of collector Mark Samuels Lasner affixed to front pastedown. Very good condition. LIT/042221. Very Good.
London: John Murray, 1826. First Edition. Originally published anonymously. Henry Nelson Coleridge (1798 – 1843) was an editor of the works of his uncle Samuel Taylor Coleridge. In 1825, he accompanied his uncle, William Hart Coleridge, the bishop of Barbados, to the West Indies, and described his excursion in a bright and lively little book, Six Months in the West Indies in 1825, published anonymously in the following year. He wrote therein volubly on emancipation of slaves, which he enumerated at 800,000.In 1826, he was called to the bar, and in 1829 married his first cousin Sara, daughter of the poet. He became Coleridge's literary executor on the death of the latter in 1834, and the short remainder of his life was chiefly devoted to the fulfilment of this trust [Wikipedia]. In the book Coleridge devotes a chapter to each of the islands that he visits during his trip. His final chapter is titled "Planters and Slaves," and in it he writes passionately about the need to allow slaves to attain their freedom. Bound in three quarter brown leather with marbled paper boards and page edges. Leather is lightly bumped and scuffed. Paper boards have darkening along leather edges and scuffing to paper. Interior pages are mostly clean with some foxing to first few and last pages. A reader has marked a few passages with pencil in the last chapter on slavery. Very good condition. Small octavo. 332 pages. TRAVEL/072621.