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.
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Riverside, CA: Bo Press, . Hardcover. A mahogany specimen cabinet with a snakeskin-inlaid lower drawer. The cabinet holds fourteen glass specimen bottles and domes, each containing a different animal, vegetable, or mineral (or debatable) object. The dome items each has a paper label in an antiqued brass frame. The bottles have paper labels affixed to their fronts. A miniature cabinet of miniature curiosities. Size: 6 1/4" x 3" x 1 1/2". ARTB/060719. 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.
Riverside CA: Bo Press Miniature Books, 2015. Hardcover. Number 29 of 50 copies. Signed and numbered by the book artist. This is a delightful miniature book from the Bo Press. Book artist Pat Sweet is a master of inventive and intricate miniature books, bookish objects, and globes and tellurions. She describes her book as follows: "Three Rats At Sea' is a product of my love of illuminated manuscripts and their creators. As a maker of miniature books, I can't help feeling a kinship with those anonymous artists of the past (and the present). The detail and imagination of these works is something I have always tried to achieve in my own books, to add dense layers of idea and image to the main story; a counterpoint to the melody. I've told the story of my three brave rats in three parts. The first is the introductory text: the story, told in a miniature book. The next is the “real” illuminated manuscript, ' Mures ad Mare (Rats at Sea),' from which I took my story and its world, where rats embark upon voyages of adventure. The third is the pop-up version of the tale told by Sir Bruno’s manuscript and its miniatures, with 8 pop-ups. . Given time, I’m sure I could bake more layers for this little mock-medieval cake, but for now, here’s the story of brave Sir Bruno, his squire Whitby, their servant Pebble on a voyage and adventure upon the sea. The book is bound in turquoise and gold Japanese chiyogami paper, with a metallic gold paper spine and a brass magnetic closure. " The illuminated manuscript is a laid-in booklet. In fine condition. 2 5/8 x 2 1/4". Unpaginated. [14 pages] ARTISTSBOOK/060619. Fine.
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.
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.
Newport News, VA: Published for The Mariners Museum bu the University Press of Virginia, (1978). First Edition. Hardcover. FIRST EDITION. Near fine in very good orange illustrated dust jacket with dark blue title to front and spine panels. Minor fading to spine panel. Interior is clean and bright. Index, 269 pages. MAR/052219. Near Fine / Very Good.
New York: British Book Centre, (1958). First Edition. Hardcover. FIRST EDITION. 8vo. Red cloth covered boards with gilt title to spine. Slight discoloration to boards and minor fading to spine. Previous owner's stamp and minor browning to front paste down. Else is clean and bright. Index, 308 pages. IND/053019. Very Good+.
San Mateo, CA: Determined Productions, 1961. Paperback. "Here is the magic Alice in Wonderland for you to color and paint. You will want to tear out the pages and frame them ... they make wonderful wallpaper, too ... or send them to someone you like very much" (title page). Folio. Pink illustrated front wrapper with black cloth spine panel and black title to front cover. Cardboard rear cover. Long tear to cloth along front hinge, but cover remains attached. Chipping and wear to edges of covers with creasing to corners and some silverfish damage to cover. Several interior pages are detached, but all appear to be present. Chipping and creasing to edges of title page. Creasing to corners of some pages and short closed tears to edges of some pages. Clean, bright interior with no coloring. Most illustrations are captioned with quotes from the book. A worn but decent copy of this scarce Alice item. Unpaginated. [32 pages.] CHILD/061319. Very Good.
University of Kentucky, 2018. Paperback. "The recent declassification of Reagan administration records and the availability of new Soviet documents have created an opportunity for more nuanced, complex, and compelling analysis of this pivotal period in international affairs" (back cover). White paper wrappers with gold spine titled in white. Clean and bright. 319 pages. PRES/052819. Fine.
Baltimore: Te-erra Davis, 2019. Paperback. Te-erra Davis is a local insurance adviser born and raised in Baltimore, MD. "As Brand Ambassador of Thee Insurance Lady, LLC, Te-erra's personal mission is to educate each person one by one with literature, coaching, and seminars as she leads and impacts social change" (biography). Her book offers concise, easy to follow instructions on budgeting, saving money, getting out of debt, boosting credit scores, refinancing mortgages, boosting income, and more. New in black paper wrappers with white title to front cover. Pristine. 102 pages. Local Authors. BUS/070919. Fine.
Boston: Allyn and Bacon, (1916). Hardcover. SCARCE. Very good- in maroon cloth covered boards with black title and decoration to front board and gilt title to spine. Spine faded to brown. Edgewear and soiling to exterior. Minor browning to edges of pages. A few notes in pencil to text. Text is bright. Photographic illustrations througout. 235 pages + ads. FRELANG/070219. Very Good -.
New York: Hekate Publishing, 2019. Paperback. Second Edition. "The wonderfully talented Tom DiVenti is a Baby Boomer / punk / poet who has, thankfully, traversed decades of hard living, spectacular and outrageous performance art and emerged as an apt example for younger and like-minded individuals. His many stories, really exquisite prose poems, capture the now-downtrodden Baltimore from a more glorious era. Whether he's reminiscing about Martick's restaurant, growing up in northeast Baltimore in a rough and tumble neighborhood and his mischievous pranks in Catholic school, or hanging out with John Waters' crew in Fells Point, the humor and sincerity of his voice is singular ..." (back cover, Russ Smith). Black paper wrappers with white title to spine panel and photographic illustration to front cover. Clean and bright with photographic illustrations. 183 pages. LIT/081519. Fine.
Cambridge: Thomas Dreier Service, 1912. Dreier compares company executives with chemists - one can manipulate his staff and the other his chemicals - for desirable results or explosions and failure. An interesting metaphor. Bound in tan paper covered boards with title pastedown to front cover. Browning to spine and boards, rubbing to boards, stain to spine, wear to edges and corners, and heavy chipping to hinges and spine ends. Spine panel is still attached, but weak. Foxing throughout interior. A small book: 4.5 x 3 inches. 33 pages. LIT/061319.
University of Kansas, 2017. Hardcover. "Faulkner's vast yet finely detailed portrait draws upon a wealth of sources - thousands of soldiers' letters and diaries, surveys and memoirs, and a host of period documents and reports generated by various staff agencies of the American Expeditionary Forces" (jacket). Black cloth boards with gilt title to spine. Clean and bright. In black jacket with white title to spine and front panel. 758 pages. WWI/051019. Fine / Fine.
Philadelphia: Temple University Press, (1991). Paperback. Black and white illustrated paper wrappers with yellow spine panel and black title to spine. Fading to spine. Minor bumping to corners. Pristine interior with illustrations throughout. Bibliography, index, 268 pages. Size: Quarto. BALT/122815. Very Good.
Louis C. Fields, 1996. Paperback. SCARCE. Includes a large section on African American attractions and historical sites in the entire state, a list of freedom fighters with brief biographie, a long list of African American businesses and services, lots of ads, and more. Near fine in black paper wrappers with red title to spine and front panel. Light rubbing to rear wrapper. Clean and bright. 128 pages. BALT/031819. Near Fine.
Santa Cruz: Foolscap Press, 2002. Paperback. 126 of 200 copies. This is an unusual and lovely scroll book, which, according to the Press, follows the written record of a wondrous monument standing in Athens. The Tower has been explained by scholars from antiquity to the present, yet the Tower of the Winds was and still is a mystery to those who study it. The work is original to the Foolscap Press both in content and exterior form, and was created as a biblio-artifact, both a book and an object. The book is in a pre-codex form, allowing the reader to scroll through history viewing the subject along a panorama 25 feet in length. In addition to reproducing historic texts, there are illustrations of the Tower by James Stuart and Nicolas Revett, two important early British architects. The work is printed in Adobe Herculanum type on Zerkall Book and hand made papyrus from Egypt. It is housed in a formed sculptural / architectural case. Each case is a rigid cylinder hinged with cloth and lined with a map of ancient Athens. Issued with handling instructions. It is a stunning and inventive work from this press. PRI/101713. Fine in Fine Box.
Santa Cruz: Foolscap Press, 2019. Hardcover. Number 22 of 90 copies, numbered and signed by the binder and printer. The press describes the book: "The Travels of Sir John Mandeville follows a journey that began in 1322 and continued on for more than thirty years. This edition commences as Mandeville leaves the Holy Land and travels east to the lands beyond Egypt, which were mostly unknown to Western Europeans at that time. It is a strange journey and one that has kept his book alive and in print since it was first published in manuscript form in 1357.... His was a piece of European literature rather than a history of exploration... The book was carried aboard ship by Christopher Columbus and others on their voyages of discovery, adding to their confidence that they could safely circumnavigate the globe. Our edition is illustrated and illuminated by Peggy Gotthold following Mandeville’s observations of strange flora and fauna and the remarkable beings he encountered; and especially of the wondrous and powerful kingdoms he chanced upon, which held more gold and jewels and strange customs than his contemporaries could imagine; here are kings and emperors with power at their finger tips beyond the reach of any autocratic ruler in Medieval Europe. Our text is based mainly on the Cotton MS, a translation that was first edited in 1725 and continues to be a starting point for serious study of Sir John Mandeville. Though imperfect, it adheres very closely to the original... As no inventive travel book should be made without including a map or two, we have supplemented Mandeville’s narrative with five imaginative maps created for this edition. These are maps that would make sense to a fellow traveler of Mandeville’s time. They are not modern maps where one might expect to identify one’s place on land or the sea. There are no precise coordinates of latitude and longitude. These maps are also narrative and allow the reading traveler to follow Sir John Mandeville, whoever he was, through an unfamiliar landscape. The modern reader will also discover the bizarre and unexpected in the world and share in Mandeville’s amazement and curiosity while traveling alongside him." Bound in flexible red paper covered boards with paper title label to front cover. Includes five double-page maps printed on handmade linen paper from Papeterie St. Armand. Hand-applied illuminations appear throughout. Letterpress printed on paper handmade at the University of Iowa's Center for the Book under the direction of Timothy Barrett in Silentium text, designed by Jovica Veljovic. Housed in a red cloth covered clamshell box. Size of book: 9 x 12.75 inches. 104 pages. PRI/061319. Fine.
San Francisco: Gazelle and Goat Press, 2016. Number 17 of 30 copies. Signed and numbered by book artist and author Rhiannon Alpers. She is a papermaker, letterpress printer and book artist, with an MFA in Book and Paper Arts from Columbia College Chicago and a BA in Book Arts from UC Santa Barbara. In addition to creating books and providing custom commissions from her California studio, Rhiannon has taught book arts at numerous institutions and has been exhibited nationally. The artist says that "this book was inspired by sleep-deprived dreams as a new mother in the Summer of 2016. It explores an imagined journey, being carried through the comfort of one's dreams. A journey guided by a murmuration of a thousand starlings, undulating and wisping through the evening sky, their soft voices calming and cooing as they head into the unknown." She further states that the book abounds in metaphors and symbolism. This lovely work is letterpress printed with photopolymer plates and monotype, with an under layer of hand painted stars beneath, on Somerset Velvet Black. The endsheets are Fabriano Tiziano Anthracite and bound in Asahi Grey Crepe bookcloth. Foil stamped birds and title, this false accordion book is masquerading in a Secret Belgian binding with Italian film yarn. In fine condition. Unpaginated. ARTISTSBOOK/080417. Fine.