London: William Heinemann, 2013. Hardcover. Laurence Binyon (1869-1943) was a prolific English poet and scholar of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, whose career spanned 50 years. During this time, he authored numerous poetry collections and plays, two historical biographies, and several art history volumes, including books on the works of Asian artists, English watercolorists, and William Blake’s drawings and engravings. He is perhaps best remembered for his World War I poem, “For the Fallen,” and his translation of Dante Alighieri’s Divine Comedy, which he translated in its original terza rima, a remarkable undertaking much admired by Ezra Pound, T.S. Eliot, and other younger poets.[Poetry Foundation] This first edition of his poetry is accompanied by a charming tipped in handwritten letter dated December 2, 1913. He writes: "Dear Sir, I feel it an honour to comply with your request, & have written out a little poem from my just published volume [this work], which I hope may not be unsuitable for your purpose. I was particularly glad to get your letter because the reviews one gets in the newspapers are apt to make one feel that what has been written with all one's heart means nothing to the public; & besides I am much dissatisfied with my work & wish often I could make an entirely fresh start. To get a letter like yours is a reminder that there are people who prefer to encourage rather than discourage & that there are others besides the few I know for whom it is worth while printing what one writes. So it is I who thank you - Believe me Truly yours Laurence Binyon. P.S. I should have sent this at once but it is difficult to get a moment's leisure." The letter has offsetting on the front page but it clear and legible in Binyon's attractive handwriting. Bound in brown cloth with faded gilt titling to spine and front cover. The book has some darkening to the covers and light bumping. Interior pages are clean with offsetting and light foxing to the preliminary and rear free endpapers and title page. . Very good condition. Measures 5 x 7.25 inches. 97 pages. POET/051721. Very Good.
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Riverside CA: Bo Press Miniature Books, 2010. This inventive limited edition book is designed to explain little books, or rather, little case-bound books. Case-binding constructs the body of the book separately from the covers, and combines them at the end of the binding process. It is a quick and reasonably sturdy way of bookbinding, and almost all commercial hardbound books are produced like this. Every part of this book’s binding is labeled, and the back cover is left unglued to show the inner workings of the spine and hinges. The pages of the book itself contain publication data, each page labeled as itself, all the way from half-title to colophon. The book artist Pat Sweet included all she could think of that a book might possess: a tipped-in plate and barrier sheet, a fold-out diagram of the relative sizes of books (from double elephant folio to 64mo), a laid in list of extraneous matter which includes the list itself, and a note on the type, written in the typefaces used in labeling the book’s parts. The book also has examples of things attached to books: a dust jacket, a bookplate, an interior pocket containing a miniature Bo Press bookmark, a binder’s ticket, a slipcase, and a vellum belly band. This is a wonderful self-referential little reference toy for lovers of publishing and binding alike. In fine condition. 2 3/16 x 1 11/16 inches. PRI/060121. Fine.
Riverside, CA: Bo Press Miniature Books, 2018. Hardcover. From the artist: "Girdle books were a fad of the late Middle Ages in Burgundy and the north of Europe. Small books of devotions, law, lists, recipes, or formulae were carried about the person by a clever device that elongated the bottom of the leather binding into a knot that could be slipped under the belt. The books were upside-down so that the wearer could read the book, still attached to the belt, by flipping it right-side-up. This book includes many depictions of girdle books in medieval art (far more than the number of girdle books that survive), a short history of the form, and some examples of the precious few that still exist. The book can be removed from its leather chemise, which had an antiqued brass closure and chain. Just remember to put it back upside down." The book is 2 x 1.5 inches, the chemise is 3.5 inches tall. ARTB/060121. Fine.
Riverside, CA: Bo Press Miniature Books, 2019. Hardcover. "The greatest value of a picture is when it forces us to notice what we never expected to see." John Tukey The artists writes: "The process of transferring knowledge from one person's brain to another's has traditionally been done by speech or reading, but often showing is better than telling. Pictorial representation of information can tell much more than a simple picture. The data visualization (as we now call it) in this book conveys vast amounts of information with the earliest histograms, bar charts, scatter plots, circle graphs, movables, and organizational charts. The book also contains fold-outs, volvelles, maps, and anatomical flip-books, all of them charming as well as informative. The book is half-bound in a soft black leather and an absolutely stunning marbled paper by Jemma Lewis." Digitally printed on Monarch Superfine paper. Size: 2 5/8" x 2 1/8 inches, Unpaginated. ARTB/060121. Fine.
Riverside, CA: Bo Press Miniature Books, 2009. Hardcover. This imaginative book from Pat Sweet offers a collection of lost or forgotten places to make an explorer's heart beat faster: They range from the real (Petra) to the mythical (Shamballa) to the debatable (Troy) to the unexpected (Napoleon, Arkansas). Cities disappear for a variety of reasons: changing trade routes, sinking water tables, earthquake, fire, flood and war. Some accidents of history can cause a once mighty metropolis to disappear from human memory as thoroughly as drifting sand or creeping vines can erase it from view. This little book is bound in cream, tan, and silver French marbled paper, with a spine of brown kid leather with a title label. Bound into the book is a fold-out graph comparing the cities' lifespans. The book has decorative endpapers and a paper title pasted to the front. 68 pages, 26 maps, plus a fold-out graph measuring 1.5 x 4 inches. Book size: 1 5/8 x 1 1/8 inches. In fine condition. ARTB/060221. Fine.
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, 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.
London: Tommaso Masi, 1789. Hardcover. A charming Italian edition of Boccaccio's classic, The Decameron. Bound in three quarter brown leather with marbled paper boards. Spines with gilt ruling and dark leather spine labels. Leather is rubbed, bumped, and somewhat worn. Paper boards are worn, abraded, with a piece missing from the front cover of Volume IV. Frontis portrait of Boccaccio. Text pages are very good with scattered foxing. Ownership signature to title pages and inscription to ffep of Volume I. Size: 5 x 7.25 inches. Volume I: 317 pages; Volume II: 442 pages; Volume III: 356 pages; Volume IV: 322 pages. ITAL/102121. Very Good.
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.
Delhi, NY: Birch Brook Press, 1995. Softcover. An entertaining compilation of readings from well known writers about the joys of books and reading. Writers include Max Beerbohm, Colette, George Eliot, Benjamin Franklin, Charles Lamb, Malcolm X and more. Grey softcover in self wrappers with titling in red to spine and front cover. Light fading along top of front cover otherwise very good. Bookstore stamp and previous owner bookplate. Letterpress printed. 189 pages. BOB/090721. Very Good.
London: G. Routledge & Co., 1854. Hardcover. A nice later edition of this novel by Bulwer-Lytton that was originally published in 1833. Bound in three quarter brown leather with marbled paper boards. With a pretty gilt decorated spine with raised bands and red leather title label. Leather is somewhat stained and edges are rubbed and bumped. Covers are scraped and abraded. Marbled endpapers and page edges. Text pages are clean. Very good condition. Measures 4.5 x 7 inches. 224 pages. LIT/092121. Very Good.
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.
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 -.
UK: Fine Press Book Association, 2004. Hardcover. Deluxe edition issued in hardcover with jacket. Light rubbing to jacket. In original dark blue cloth covered slipcase with blue decorative paper covered side panels. With supplemental portfolio of printed pieces. The portfolio for this issue includes pieces from the following presses: Avalon Press, Evergreen Press, Gwasg Gregynog, Incline Press, Inky Parrot Press, Liberatorium, The Old School Press, Whittington Press. Clean and bright. [80 pages.] BOB/102621. Fine.
UK: Fine Press Book Association, 2006. Hardcover. Deluxe edition issued in hardcover. In original tan cloth covered slipcase with tan decorative paper covered side panels. With supplemental portfolio of printed pieces. The portfolio for this issue includes pieces from the following presses: Susan Alix, Bonnefant Press, Edizioni del Cammello, The Happy Dragons Press, Incline Press, Spoon Print Press, The Old School Press, The One Time Press, Rampart Lions Press, The Strawberry Press. Clean and bright. 72 pages. BOB/102621. Fine.
UK: Fine Press Book Association, 2009. Hardcover. Deluxe edition issued in hardcover. In original dark blue cloth covered slipcase with blue decorative paper covered side panels. With supplemental portfolio of printed pieces. The portfolio for this issue includes pieces from the following presses: Rampart Lions Press (multiple pieces), Jericho Press, Fleece Press, Incline Press, Old School Press, Keith and Ben Stubley, Christopher Wakeling, Reading Room Press at Evergreen Press. Clean and bright. 64 pages. BOB/102621. Fine.
UK: Fine Press Book Association, 2010. Hardcover. Deluxe edition issued in hardcover with jacket. In original tan cloth covered slipcase with white paper covered side panels. With supplemental portfolio of printed pieces. The portfolio for this issue includes pieces from the following presses: Bonnefant Press, Bracketpress, Hand & Eye Letterpress, Incline Press, Logan Press, New North Press, Old School Press, Reading Room Press, Christopher Wakeling, Whittington Press. Clean and bright. 64 pages. BOB/102621. Fine.
UK: Fine Press Book Association, 2010. Hardcover. Deluxe edition issued in hardcover with jacket. In original brown cloth covered slipcase with tan paste paper covered side panels. Bump to top corner of case. With supplemental portfolio of printed pieces. The portfolio for this issue includes pieces from the following presses: Bonnefant Press, Circle Press, Hirundo Press, Iron Press, New North Press, Right Hand Press, Spitfire Press, Christopher Wakeling with pastepaper made by Susanne Krause of Hamburger Buntpapier. Clean and bright. 64 pages. BOB/102621. Near Fine.
UK: Fine Press Book Association, 2012. Hardcover. Deluxe edition issued in hardcover with jacket. In original brown cloth covered slipcase with marbled paper covered side panels. With supplemental portfolio of printed pieces. The portfolio for this issue includes pieces from the following presses: Carpathian Press, Evergreen Press, Hand and Eye Letterpress, Nomad Letterpress, Old School Press, Reading Room Press, Right Hand Press, Christopher Wakeling, Whittington Press with marbled paper by Christopher Rowlatt. Clean and bright. 64 pages. BOB/102621. Near Fine.
UK: Fine Press Book Association, 2013. Hardcover. Deluxe edition issued in hardcover with jacket. In original blue cloth covered slipcase with white printed paper covered side panels. With supplemental portfolio of printed pieces. The portfolio for this issue includes pieces from the following presses: Incline Press, In de Bonnefant, Iron Press, Muttons and Nuts, Old School Press, The Print Project, The Press of Robert LoMascolo, St. Bride Foundation, Christopher Wakeling, McMinn Christmas Card with binding paper designed and printed by Stephen Kenny at A Two Pipe Problem Letterpress. Clean and bright. 64 pages. BOB/102621. Near Fine.
UK: Fine Press Book Association, 2015. Hardcover. Deluxe edition issued in hardcover with jacket. In original red cloth covered slipcase with red paper covered side panels. With supplemental portfolio of printed pieces. The portfolio for this issue includes pieces from the following presses: Evergreen Press, Herries Press, Incline Press, Millefleur Press, Muttons and Nuts, Reading Room Press, Right Hand Press, and the Press of Robert LoMascolo. Clean and bright. 60 pages. BOB/102621. Fine.
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.