Cheloniidae Press, 1984. Hard Cover. Number 19 of 60 copies for the Deluxe Edition with an extra suite of prints. Signed and numbered by the book artist. There were 225 copies in the standard edition. This beautiful book is in a unique custom binding designed and executed by Robert Wu at his studio in Toronto in 2018. Robert is an exceptionally talented Taiwanese-Canadian designer bookbinder and paper marbler from Toronto, where he has lived since 2006. He began binding books in the 1990s and studied with several master binders. His splendid bindings can be found in public and private collections in Canada and the United States and he has received several awards. His specialization is in the grand tradition of French Art binding - Reliure d'Art. His eight years of architectural training is evident in the quality of his designs and the precision of his execution. The deluxe edition includes a suite of signed and numbered wood engravings and one etching by Alan James Robinson, a master printer and artist who established the Cheloniidae Press, later called The Press of the Sea Turtle, in 1979. The text used for this edition was first published in 1650, “corrected and much enlarged by the author.” English author Sir Thomas Browne (1605 - 1682) was fascinated with the natural world. In this text he describes a variety of horned animals and ponders the varying medicinal value of their horns. His text has been beautifully printed and illustrated by Robinson with unicorns, horned beetles, a walrus, a narwhal, and more. Robert's imaginative and marvelous binding is in red leather with a black spine label with title in silver. The red leather binding is stamped with the title in white, black, and blind running vertically from top to bottom of both covers. The front cover has an elaborately embossed white leather inlay with a faux ivory oval ornament with an illustrated narwhale horn. The rear cover has the same inlay with a portrait of Thomas Browne in the faux ivory. Marbled endpapers from Robert's studio with his binder's seal on the rear pastedown. Printed in Van Dijck Monotype on obsolete Whatman Paper, Blue White Laid. The book, prospectus, and suite of loose plates are housed in a custom clamshell box covered in beige linen. In fine condition. Unpaginated. [56 pages] ARTB/092118. Fine.
New York: Scribner, Armstrong, and Co., 1875. Hardcover. With fold out map to front. Brownish red cloth boards with gilt title to spine and black title to front cover. Minor wear and light fraying to spine ends, edges of boards, and corners. Bookplate from church library to front pastedown. 228 pages plus ads. MEDIEV/102518. Very Good.
Rockville, MD: Crooked Crow Press, 2017. Limited edition. A pair of beautifully designed and printed broadsides with several hundred ornamental printing blocks of various sizes and shapes arrayed in a intricate fashion that highlights their beauty. From the colophon: "The collection of blocks above was obtained by the proprietor of the Pembroke Press, Mr. Roland Hoover, circa 1980 from the Pridemark/Garamond Press in Baltimore, MD. Some of these blocks came from an earlier Baltimore printer, Norman T.A. Munder the 'Dean of American Printers," and the display type used here, designed by Robert Wiebking, is "Munder Venezian' named in his honor. Blocks signed with a "G" were designed by Frederic Goudy and some of his original drawings for them are part of the Goudy Archive at the Library of Congress." The broadsides were composed and printed by Chris Manson at his Crooked Crow Press. These are splendid examples of fine printing for private press, book arts, and related collections. In fine condition. Each broadside measures 18.5 x 27 inches. PRI/113018. Fine.
[Budapest] Hungary: Corvina Kiado, . Hardcover. A lovely facsimile edition of the book of hours held at the Library of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, first published in 1985. With beautiful full page color reproductions of the illustrations and the black and white text with decorated color initials. Bound in red suede covers with gilt titling to spine and front covers. Accompanied by a pamphlet offering a commentary on the facsimile edition of the obook printed by Gillet Hardouyn in 1510.Housed in a stiff paper pictorial slipcase. In near fine condition. Unpaginated. Quarto. ILLMANU/120618. Near Fine.
[Budapest] Hungary: Corvina Kiado, . Hardcover. A lovely facsimile edition of the book of hours held at the Library of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, first published in 1985. With beautiful full page color reproductions of the illustrations and the black and white text with decorated color initials. Bound in red suede covers with gilt titling to spine and front covers. Accompanied by a pamphlet offering a commentary on the facsimile edition of this book of hours printed by Gillet Hardouyn in 1510. Housed in a stiff paper pictorial slipcase. In near fine condition. Unpaginated. Quarto. ILLMANU/120618. Near Fine.
London: The Architectural Press, 1981. Paperback. Second edition. This new edition includes an index. "The first part [of this book] is an Owner's Handbook which explains briefly teh unique qualities of Edinburgh's New Town and the efforts being made to repair and maintain the buildings, then, with the help of illustrations adn charts, the book identifies the weak spots which need regular attention" (foreword). Brown paper wrappers with white spine panel titled in black. Minor wear to edges of covers. Size: Quarto. 225 pages. ARCH/102618. Very Good.
New York: Harper and Brothers, 1896. Hardcover. First edition, first state with ad on page 463 starting with "Shakespeare" and listing "Memoirs of Barras" volumes 3 and 4 as being "just ready." Red cloth boards with gilt title to spine and front cover. Spine is heavily browned and gilt is illegible. Chipping and wear to spine ends, corners, and edges of boards. The textblock remains bound in one piece; however, there is a split at the front hinge between the textblock and the front cover. Frontispiece is present but detached. 461 pages plus 2 pages of ads. REL/120518. Very Good Minus.
Celiv; Gruppo Editoriale, 1990. Hardcover. Black cloth boards with embossed title to spine. Minor fading to spine. Several splits to binding, making it loose - although, all pages remain bound. Filled with color photographic illustrations. In color illustrated dust jacket with black spine panel titled in white. Chipping, closed tears, and wear to jacket. Large quarto. May require an extra shipping fee. 228 pages. ARCH/102618. Very Good / Very Good.
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1935. Hardcover. Black cloth boards with gilt title to spine and illustration to front cover. Minor foxing to front cover. In worn off-white illustrated dust jacket with black title to spine and front panels. Heavy chipping and tears to jacket, which is now protected by a plastic cover. Rubbing and scuffing to jacket. 329 pages. Children's Literature. CHILD121218. Very Good / Good.
New York: Boni and Liveright, 1925. Hardcover. First Edition, Second printing (January 1926). Very good in black cloth boards with gilt titles to spines. Occasional small spots of soiling, but clean and bright overall. Minor wear to corners and edges of boards. 431 pages in volume I; 409 pages in volume II. LIT/102618. Very Good.
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1919. Hardcover. Scarce in dust jacket. Brown cloth boards with gilt title to spine and color pastedown to front cover. Dampstaining to edge of rear board and to rear panel of jacket. Pencil gift inscription to front free endpaper. Includes four illustrations. Soiling to a few pages, but clean overall. Chipping and creasing to edges of jacket. Jacket is protected from further damage with a plastic cover. 261 pages. CHILD/102418. Very Good / Very Good.
New York: The Century Co, 1887. Hardcover. First edition. Dark brown spine with light brown cloth covered boards. Gilt title to spine and illustration of a lady wearing a bonnet to front cover. Wear to corners and edges of boards. Minor soiling to boards. Lacks front free endpaper. Clean interior overall. Includes several black and white full page illustrations. 362 pages. LIT/102418. Very Good.
New York: Orange Judd Company, 1880. Hardcover. Includes 32 illustrations. Bound in the original dark green cloth boards with gilt title to spine. A few spots to spine and covers. Minor bumping to corners and wear to spine ends and edges of boards. Browning to first and last few pages and margins. Paper is a little brittle and there are short tears / chips to edges of some pages. Brown endpapers. 299 pages. LIT/102418. Very Good.
New York: Orange Judd and Company, 1873. Hardcover. Very good in dark green cloth with gilt lettering on spine. Small chip to book cloth on spine. Chipping to spine ends and minor bumping to corners. Rubbing to edges of boards, hinges, and spine. Bookplate of William Eleroy Curtis to front pastedown. Curtis (1850 - 1911) was an American journalist and author. Ink spots to front endpapers with spotting continuing to following page. Includes 13 black and white illustrations. 320 pages. LIT/102418. Very Good.
South Asia Program, Cornell Univeristy, 1984. Paperback. SCARCE. Second Printing. Beige illustrated paper wrappers with black title to front wrapper and to spine. Spine faded to white. Minor edgewear to spine ends and corners. Light creasing to spine. Interior is clean and bright. 251 pages. IND/112918. Very Good+.
New York: Abbeville Press, 1989. Hardcover. First Edition. A sumptuous book about the equally resplendent art of famed Pre-Raphaelite artist and writer Dante Gabriel Rossetti. In addition to chronicling Rossetti's artistic career, the book also describes his turbulent personal life and loves. There are 265 illustrations with 140 in full color. Bound in maroon cloth with gilt title to spine and in a beautiful pictorial dust jacket featuring one of his many portraits of his lover and muse Jane Morris. Both are in near fine condition save for light bumping to spine edges. A large volume measuring 11.5 x 13.25 inches. 255 pages including chronology, bibliography, and index. PRERAPH/113018. Near Fine.
Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1991. Hardcover. 4to. "The essays address many aspects of Baltimore's history and collectively provide a much broader vision of the city than traditional accounts offer" (jacket). Chapters address segregation and the stuggle for equality in Old West Baltimore, Baltimore's clothing industry, Radicalism on the waterfront in the 1930s, Hampden-Woodberry: Baltimore's Mill Villages, Camden Yards and the strike of 1877, Fells Point: Community and conflict in a working-class neighborhood and more.Black cloth boards with gilt title to spine. Clean and bright with illustrations throughout. In black and white illustrated dust jacket with yellow spine panel titled in black. A few chips to edges of jacket, which is now in protective mylar. Bibliography, index, 268 pages. BALT/121218. Near Fine.
Paris: Pairault et Cie, 1896. A charming and uncommon miniature book from this Parisian publisher. Bound in blue stiff paper covers with title in gilt to front cover and spine. Gilt is faded and pages browned. Wear to edges of wrappers and hinges. Dampstaining to last few pages. Several signatures are disbound and front cover is nearly detached, but all page are present. In French. Measures 1 1/4 x 1 x 7/8 inches. 61 pages. MINIATURE/120318. Very Good.
New York: Grosset and Dunlap, 1907. Hardcover. Frontispiece illustration by Harrison Fisher and six additional full page illustrations by Underwood (frontis in color and others in black and white). Bound in green cloth boards with white title to spine and front cover. Color illustration (same as frontis) pasted down to front cover. Edge of illustration has chipped off. Minor wear to edges and corners of boards. Foxing to first and last few pages, but clean and bright overall. All pages have border designs. An attractive book despite noted damage. Illustrated pastedowns depicting a car being driven by angels with butterfly wings. 130 pages. LIT/102518. Very Good.
Berkeley: Flying Fish Press, 2007. Hard Cover. Number 48 of 100 copies. A fascinating and personal production from Julie Chen's renowned press. "Based on a personal experience of loss, View is a bookwork that deals directly with ideas of coming to terms with mortality" (Julie Chen). View includes two books and a miniature three dimensional landscape scene enclosed within an innovative box structure. One book contains poignant text about a dream of a recently deceased loved one wading through water towards a distant shore. The second book describes the haunting after-image of the dream and the author's interpretation. Appropriately, the miniature scene, which the reader can view through a window in the box, depicts a portion of the dream. The box is enclosed in a cloth covered outer case with a magnetic closure featuring the title of the book. Letterpress printed and beautifully crafted. In fine condition. Outer case size: 6 ¾ inches x 14 inches x 5 inches; Box Size: 6 3/8 inches x 13 5/8 inches x 4 ½ inches; Book size when closed: 3 5/8 inches x 6 1/8 inches x 1 1/8 inches. ARTISTSBOOK/112118. Fine.