San Francisco: The Book Club of California, 1982. Hardcover. One of 650 copies but also a unique copy with a commissioned custom binding by Constance K. Wozny, a well known hand bookbinder whose studio is in Eastwood, Kentucky. She studied with several prominent hand bookbinders and is a member of the Guild of Bookworkers and the Hand Bookbinders of California. Signed and dated (2011) by her on colophon. Laid in is a holograph note in pencil: " Of all the bindings I did - this is one of my favorites thank you Connie." This beautiful binding is in full-grain Indian red goat leather, with titles stamped in black on front cover, and a wraparound flower pot design composed of decorative onlays in orange, yellow, and ochre calf. The leather covers wrap around and serve as the front and rear pastedowns. Red paper free front and rear endpapers. The top edges are speckled red and brown. Housed in an orange custom clamshell box designed by the binder with title and author blindstamped on spine. Book and box in fine condition. 38 pages plus three page bibliography. PRI/041619. Fine.
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New York: American Bible Society, 1819. Paperback. Brown paper wrappers with black title to spine and front cover. Heavy chipping to edges of wrappers. Front wrappers nearly detached. Previous owner signature to front cover. Several puncture marks through text block, but still readable. Unopened pages. Foxing and browning. 176 pages. PER/032119. Good.
Lapeer, MI: Marguerite de Angeli Library, 1987. Paperback. Thin illustrated paper wrappers with white spine panel titled in black. Black and white illustrations throughout with color frontispiece. Tape covering spine, presumably as issued as it appears to have the title and author printed on it in typeface matching cover. Clean. 60 pages. BOB/031819. Very Good.
Philadelphia: David McKay, 1899. Hardcover. Olive green cloth boards with black title to spine and front cover. Wear to edges of boards, corners, and spine ends. Clean. Size: 6 x 3 inches. 267 pages. CLA/031819. Very Good.
New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1874. Hardcover. Hampton School was an early school for African Americans in Virginia. Exlibrary with sticker to spine. Original green cloth boards with gilt title to spine and front board. Dampstaining to front cover and bubbling to cloth. Previous owner signature in pen to top of title page. Fold-out frontispiece illustration is present but in two pieces. Includes several other illustrations. Old newspaper article circa 1900 titled "The Negro Problem" by F.P. Dunne pasted down to rear free endpapers. Aricle titled "Echoes of Hampton" pasted down to front endpaper. Pencil notation "Presented to Highland Park College by Rev J.C. Burell August 18, 1884" to front endpaper. Songs include musical scores and lyrics. Occasional soiling to interior and occasional pencil underlining, but clean overall. A good reading copy. 256 pages. AFRAM/031819. Good.
New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, (1971). Hardcover. SIGNED BY PEARL BAILEY. 8vo. Very good in very good white illustrated dust jacket with white title to front panel and orange title to spine. Minor edgewear to dust jacket. Minor foxing to end pages and minor musty smell throughout. Author's signature to front free end page. 233 pages. DRA/032219. Very Good / Very Good.
London: George Bell and Sons, 1901. Hardcover. Herkomer (1849 - 1914) was a German born painter, who lived mostly in England but spent many summers in his native Bavaria. He was known for painting scenes of poor people and also the Queen on her deathbed. He was also an early film director and composer. Sadly, none of his seven films are in existence any longer. Ex-library with sticker removed from spine, pocket to rear, bookplate to front endpaper, and stamp to copyright page. Bound in the original blue cloth boards with gilt title to spine. Leather and gilt title to front board is mostly detached and no longer present; however, embossed title remains legible. Chipping to leather author label to front board. Heavy chipping and wear to spine ends. Minor wear to corners and minor rubbing to boards. Closed tear to bookcloth along rear hinge, but binding remains secure. Filled with full page plates including photogravures of Herkomer's works. 133 pages plus plates. A heavy folio that may require an extra shipping fee. ART/040219. Very Good.
Munchen: Theodor Stroefer's Kunstverlag, circa 1890-1910. Hardcover. Blue cloth spine with illustrated paper covered boards titled in brown. Filled with poems and short stories for children (according to jacket aged 6 - 10 years) with charming illustrations on every page. Several have been hand colored. Minor foxing throughout. In original tan dust jacket with light green title to spine and front panels. Minor spots of dampstaining to jacket. Heavy chipping and wear to edges of jacket, which is now preserved in a removable plastic cover. Text in German. A cute book. 88 pages. GER/031819. Very Good / Very Good.
Seattle: Marquand Editions, 2017. Number 23 of 50 copies signed by Reiko, Marquand, and Birnbaum. There were also five lettered hors de commerce. This splendid production honors the achievements of Reiko Sudo, considered one of the great textile designers of our time, the renowned "weaver of new ideas." She is co-founder, current CEO and design director of Nuno Corporation of Tokyo, universally recognized as one of the world’s most innovative textile companies. Nuno takes the techniques, materials and aesthetics of traditional textiles and reinterprets them with cutting-edge technologies. Sudo and her design team, together with the company’s skilled weavers and dyers, have greatly broadened the parameters of contemporary design in the industry, experimenting with an eclectic array of materials, ranging from silk, cotton and polyester to hand-made paper and aluminum, and finishing methods that include salt-shrinking, rust-dyeing and caustic burning. The results are distinctive, intriguing and indisputably remarkable. Her works are represented in the permanent collections of many institutions, including the Museum of Modern Art; the Victoria & Albert Museum; and the Tokyo National Museum of Modern Art Craft Gallery [Nuno website]. Sudo and Ed Marquand of Marquand Editions worked together to design and produce an artists' book that offers an in-depth exploration of Sudo's textiles, techniques, materials and more. Over 140 distinct textiles are represented in four bento box-style book-objects: they include three scarves, a notebook of cloth samples and collages assembled by Sudo. The first box has two booklets, one with Sudo's autobiography and the other a detailed guide to the boxes including the colophon, and he three beautiful scarves, and the colophon. Box two has the textile collages that demonstrate techniques and materials. Box three is the Nuno Compendium - a notebook of cloth samples. Box four contains tools and raw materials she uses in her practice. Each of the boxes is covered by lovely examples of Nuno textiles. The top box also has a fabric lid. Boxes measure 1.25 x 10.25 x 10.5 inches. In fine condition. ARTB/041919. Fine.
London: Elliot Stock, 1891. Hardcover. Ex-library in the original dark brown cloth boards with gilt title to spine and front cover. Library markings to spine, verso of title page, and pocket to rear. Wear to edges, spine, and corners of boards. Soiling to rear board. And residue from old tape wrapping around spine to covers. Includes many illustrations. Chipping to page edges of most pages. Smudge marks to margins of some pages. Soiling to title page. Illustrated title page is detached and laid in (but clean). Repair to interior rear hinge. A good reading copy with nice illustrations. Size: thin quarto. 117 pages. BOB/040219. Very Good.
Regnery History, 2015. Hardcover. Publicity slip laid in. Blue cloth boards with silver title to spine. Minor dampstaining to top edges of boards. Light dampstaining to top corners of all pages, but barely noticeable on most. In beige illustrated jacket with dark blue title to spine and front panels. Dampstaining is visible only to top edges of interior of jacket. 366 pages. CIV/032019. Very Good / Very Good.
Monterey, CA: Peters Gate Press, 1969. Paperback. Number 12 of 50 copies. A collection of short but sweet poems, three lines each, conceived of (and tape recorded) while the author commuted between Annapolis and Baltimore. "LATE: Waking alien / Rebel to clock rut, I am / Reborn in lateness." Tan paper wrappers with white title to front cover. Minor foxing to edges of wrappers and to a few interior pages. Stapled binding. Size: 5.5 x 4.5 inches. POE/041619 (local author section). Very Good.
New York: A.L. Burt and Company, 1920. Hardcover. Blue cloth boards with gilt title to spine and front cover. Sunning to spine and rear board, wear to edges and corners of boards, a few water spots to binding. Clean interior. Rear hinge is starting. 375 pages. LIT/040319. Very Good.
Baltimore: N. Murray, 1887. Hardcover. Theodore R. McKeldin's copy from his library with his bookplate. McKeldin was the mayor of Baltimore twice and the Governor of Maryland from 1951 -1959. Black cloth boards with gilt title to spine. Minor chipping to gilt on front cover. Light browning to margins. Occasional flecks of ash to margins of pages, but clean overall. Some pages have been opened a little unevenly, resulting in short tears along the top edges. 176 pages. BALT/041619. Very Good.
New York: George H. Doran, 1916. Hardcover. This was the first novel by Brunkhurst. Also known for being a suffragette, she began her career as a magazine editor. It's a story about a man and woman who leave the city to start a new life on a farm. Bound in the original olive green cloth boards with gilt title to spine and front cover. Illustration of a house behind trees to front cover. Minor wear to corners and edges of boards. Minor soiling to edge of front board and light rubbing to rear board. Fading to gilt on spine. Slight roll to spine. Clean overall with occasional smudge marks and spots of soiling. Illustrated endpapers. Frontispiece and line drawings to chapter heads. 318 pages. CHILD/040219. Very Good.
Cambridge, MD: Cornell Maritime Press, 1965. First Edition. Hardcover. Very good+ in very good- white illustrated dust jacket with black title to front and spine panels. Wear to dust jacket includes few closed tears and chips to top edges and minor rubbing and soiling. Dust jacket now in removable protective plastic sleeve. Interior is clean and bright with illustrations throughout. Index, 211 pages. MD/041919. Very Good / Very Good Minus.
London: Printed for Thomas Ward, 1724 and 1734. Hardcover. Extra illustrated, volume one with 54 illustrations and volume two with 11 plates. Some plates fold out including "The Great Fire of London in the year 1666," which is colored and dated 1807. Scottish philosopher and historian Gilbert Burnet (1643 - 1715) began writing this in 1683, but didn't publish the first volume until 1724. Two volumes bound in full black morocco with gilt decoration, raised bands, and title labels reading "Burnet's Historical Works" and "His Own Times" to spines. Gilt emblems reading "Honi soit qui mal y pense" (a French saying that translates to: "Shame be to him who thinks evil of it") to front and rear boards of all volumes. This was the motto of the Order of the Garder, which Burnet became the Chancellor of in 1689. He served as the Bishop of Salisbury for the order from 1689 to 1715.Gilt rules to boards and dentelles. Full gilt edges to all volumes. Front board of volume one is detached and rear board is nearly detached. Chipping and wear to spine ends, edges, hinges, spine bands, and corners of all volumes. Rubbing to boards and to gilt emblems. Bookplates of William Pochin, Barkly Hall, Leichester, Lynden Bonnie Evans, and Blanche Guthrie Miller to endpapers. William Pochin (1731 - 1798) was a member of the English Parliament and held the office of sheriff of Leichester from 1756-7. Previous ownership stamp "Withrow" and name "Mary Guthrie Miller Naquin" in pen to front endpapers, dated 1966. Volume I: From the Restoration of King Charles II to the Settlement of King William and Queen Mary at the Revolution, 836 pages. Volume II: ???? An oversized, heavy set that may require an extra shipping fee. Very Good.
London: J. Grover for R. Royston, 1677. Hardcover. Bound in full black morocco with gilt decoration, raised bands, and title labels reading "Burnet's Historical Works", "Dukes of Hamilton", and "Vol" to spine. Gilt emblems reading "Honi soit qui mal y pense" (a French saying that translates to: "Shame be to him who thinks evil of it") to front and rear boards. This was the motto of the Order of the Garder, which Burnet became the Chancellor of in 1689. He served as the Bishop of Salisbury for the order from 1689 to 1715. Gilt rules to boards and dentelles. Full gilt edges. Minor wear and rubbing to spine ends, edges, hinges, spine bands, and corners. Minor rubbing to boards and to gilt emblems. Bookplates of William Pochin, Barkly Hall, Leichester; Lynden Bonnie Evans; and Blanche Guthrie Miller to endpapers. Previous ownership stamp "Withrow" and name "Mary Guthrie Miller Naquin" in pen to front endpapers, dated 1966. William Pochin (1731 - 1798) was a member of the English Parliament and held the office of sheriff of Leichester from 1756-7. First signature is present but partially detached. Illustrated with four plates including frontispiece. Foxing to some pages, minor soiling, and occasional smudge marks to interior, but clean overall. An oversized, heavy book that may require an extra shipping fee. REL/032119. Very Good.
London: Printed by T.H. for Richard Chiswell, J. Churchill, 1679, 1683, 1715. Hardcover. Written by Scottish philosopher and historian Gilbert Burnet (1643 - 1715), this was considered to be the standard reference on this subject for over a century. The Parliament of England voted to formally thank Burnet after he published the first volume and he later awarded the degree of Doctor of Divinity from Oxford University. Three volumes bound in full black morocco with gilt decoration, raised bands, and title labels reading "Burnet's Historical Works" to spines. Gilt emblems reading "Honi soit qui mal y pense" (a French saying that translates to: "Shame be to him who thinks evil of it") to front and rear boards of all volumes. This was the motto of the Order of the Garder, which Burnet became the Chancellor of in 1689. He served as the Bishop of Salisbury for the order from 1689 to 1715. Gilt rules to boards and dentelles. Full gilt edges to all volumes. Long cracks to front and rear boards of first volume, but boards remain attached. Chipping and wear to spine ends, edges, hinges, spine bands, and corners of all volumes. Minor rubbing to boards and to gilt emblems. Bookplates of William Pochin, Barkly Hall, Leichester, Lynden Bonnie Evans, and Blanche Guthrie Miller to endpapers. Previous ownership stamp "Withrow" and name "Mary Guthrie Miller Naquin" in pen to front endpapers, dated 1966. Another previous owner's name in pen to top margin of title page of volume two. William Pochin (1731 - 1798) was a member of the English Parliament and held the office of sheriff of Leichester from 1756-7. Illustrated title page plus seven plates to first volume, illustrated title pages plus eight plates to second volume, five plates to supplement. Interiors are clean overall with occasional smudge marks and spots of soiling. Volume I: Progress Made in it during the Reign of K. Henry the VII, 368 pages; Volume II: of the Progress made in it till the Settlement of it in the beginning of Q. Elizabeth Reign, 416 pages; Volumes III: Supplement, 426 plus a table of records and papers. An oversized, heavy set that may require an extra shipping fee. REL/032119. Very Good.
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1917. Hardcover. 8vo. Very good in dark green cloth covered boards with beautiful gilt illustration and title to spine. Minor fading to spine. Minor bumping to spine ends and corners. Inscription to previous owner on back of frontispiece. Else is clean and bright with illustrations throughout. 350 pages. AMSTA/032219. Very Good.
Ogdensburg, NY: Caliban Press, 2017. Number 28 of 104 copies signed and numbered by the highly regarded book artist and printer Mark McMurray. This is a beautifully produced new edition of A Christmas Carol that captures the power of this timeless story through the inventive use of text, images, paper, type, and binding. McMurray writes in the prospectus: "We know the story, we know the characters, but the language of the text offers new rewards with each reading. This edition of Dickens' classic returns to the dark, sleep-deprived angst of the original complete text." The prospectus states that the text in this edition comes from the 1843 edition with minor corrections. Printed on a variety of handmade and mould-made papers including Zerkal Ingres and papers from La Papeterie-St. Armand. The text is printed entirely from metal and wood types, including monotype Bell plus many from the 19th century. There are wonderful images of the ghosts that visit Scrooge on that fateful night, and many other ornaments and designs throughout. They are done in various media including pochoir, collage, wood engraving, and relief blocks. Bound in black ribbed flexible covers with a red morocco leather spine with title in gilt on spine and inside a cutout on the front cover. Housed in a stiff black paper slipcase with a subtle chain design. Prospectus and errata slip inserted. In fine condition. 7.5 x 10.5 inches. 107 pages. PRI/010419.
Relay, MD: Calvert Distilling Company, 1940, 1941,1942. Softcover. A rare internally published bulletin from this former Maryland distillery. The Calvert Distilling Co. bought the Maryland Distillery in 1934. The Maryland Distillery was established in 1933 as the first legal whiskey still in Maryland after the repeal of prohibition. This publication was intended as a manual for the distillery's tour guides. It is a dense and lengthy document covering all aspects of the distillery's operations. There are many charts, tables, and diagrams on blending, flavoring and concentrations. There are also sections on government regulations, cleanliness and sanitation, and more. Calvert's Distilling was later taken over by Seagram's in 1939 and they continued producing Calvert Whiskey at this location. This publication was produced by mimeograph and has several sections individually paginated, including addenda dated 1941 and 1942. The entire publication has more than 100 pages. In a softcover report cover that is quite soiled, stained, and creased. Internal pages are very good although some of the print is light. With distillery's library stamp on first page. Very Good.
Kingsport, TN: Southern Publishers, Inc., 1939. Hardcover. Inscribed by the author and dated March 15 - 40. "The author has gone to every known available source in order that historical accuracy might be preserved, and has spared no pains to follow every clew that promised to throw light upon the life of Casey Jones, the man. Whenever possible, every story concerning him has been verified, and nothing of doubtful authenticity has been retained" (introduction). Bound in the original yellow cloth boards with black title to spine and front cover. Short closed tear to top of front hinge, minor fraying and wear to spine ends and corners, and light soiling to boards. Minor toning to margins, but clean overall. Rear hinge is split, but binding remains in one piece. 298 pages. RAIL/032019. Very Good.
Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott Company, 1921. Hardcover. First Edition. Includes many illustrations. Grey cloth boards with white title to spine and yellow title to front cover. Illustration of a ship to spine and front cover. Rubbing to spine title. Minor wear to edges of boards, corners, hinges, and spine ends. Heavy browning to pages, especially in margins. Occasional smudge marks to margins. Previous owners name in pen to front endpaper. 259 pages. MAR/040919. Very Good.
Heritage Books, Inc, 1992. Paperback. Questions in front with answers in back. Each answer cites a source for the trivia. Glossy pink paper wrappers with black title to spine and front panels. Gift inscription penned to verso of front cover, else clean. 161 pages. BALT/041619. Very Good.