London: John Lane the Bodley Head Ltd, 1928. Hardcover. Includes 12 full page illustrations and a few in text line drawings. Black cloth boards with gilt title to spine and front cover. Gilt illustration of a serpent angel to front cover. Clean interior overall with a few small spots of soiling on a couple of pages. Illustrated endpapers. An attractive book. 302 pages. LIT/102418. Very Good.
Centerville, MD: Tidewater Publishers, 1989. First Edition. Paperback. 4to. First edition of photodocumentary title about the arabbers, African-American horsecart street vendors of fruit and produce who can still be seen today on Baltimore streets. Size: quarto. Bound in tan paper wrappers with white title to spine and front cover. Minor fading to spine panel. Laid in brochure for "Arabbers Appreciation Day: A Ceremony Honoring the Arabbers of Baltimore" from 1990 at the BMA. Also laid in is an old newspaper clipping about this book. Minor browning to facing pages. Black and white photos date from the 1970s-80s. 176 pages. BALT/121218. Very Good.
New York: The Vendome Press, 1979. Hardcover. With 245 black and white illustrations and 46 color plates. "The most beautiful [French houses] were chosen and photographed by the editors of Realites, adn among these most are here being reproduced in book form for the first time. To bring them to life, Claude Fregnac and Wayne Andrews have prepared a colorful and amusing text that is a capsule social history of Paris through the centuries, as well as a history of architecture and decoration" (jacket). Brown cloth boards with gilt title to spine and front board. Minor wear to edges of boards and bumping to corners. Clean and bright overall with small dampstain to top margin of some pages. In an illustrated dust jacket with white spine panel titled in black. Minor chipping and wear to edges of jacket. Evidence of dampstain to top of spine panel of jacket and small drip mark to bottom of spine panel. 280 pages. ARCH/102618. Very Good / Very Good.
Netherlands: Karli Frigge, . Hardcover. Scarce. Number 32 of 48 copies. Signed by Frigge on title page. Karli Frigge is a well-known and highly regarded Dutch creator of marbled papers and other art. This beautiful book contains 72 samples of her marbling designs in a range of colors. Sixteen of the samples are 2 x 6 inches with the rest measuring 2 x 2.75 inches. They are generally grouped by color family. In her colophon Frigge describes her efforts to create the samples in the winter of 1995. They are printed on acid-free papier Marron Fonce. The samples are mounted on brown paper and bound in hardcover with stunning red marbled paper covers with title in gilt on spine and front cover. In fine condition. Book measures 6 x 8 inches. Unpaginated [29 pages]. PRI/112718. Fine.
Boston: The Atlantic Monthly Press, 1923. Hardcover. "The atmosphere of this story, its backgroun, and even many of its incidents, arise from the author's connection with the Hindman Settlement School, in Knott County, Kentucky" (page 1). Turquoise cloth boards with dark blue title to spine and front cover. Illustration of a log house and trees to front cover. Minor browning to spine and slight bump to bottom corners. Light rubbing to boards. Pen inscription to front free endpaper. 219 pages. LIT/102418. Very Good.
New York: Phaidon Press, 1974. Hardcover. "This book is about the ormolu (ground gold) ornaments - candelabra, door knobs, escutcheons, sconces, inkstands, clock-cases and ornamental vases - which were produced by Matthew Boulton at his Soho Manufactory, just outside Birmingham, between 1768 and 1782" (jacket). Bookplate of English architecture professor Patrick Horsbrugh, who has also inscribed and signed the front free endpaper. Yellow cloth boards with gilt title to spine. Small spots of foxing to covers. Minor wear to edges of boards and bumping to top corners. In tan illustrated dust jacket with black title to spine and front panels. Minor wear to edges and corners of jacket. Rubbing to panels of jacket. Includes 176 illustrations of which two are in full color. 398 pages. DEC/102618. Very Good / Very Good.
Barcelona: Granja Grafica, 2014. Hardcover. Number 47 of 72 copies. An inventive work from Barcelona's Granja Grafica Press. The press was founded in 2008 by Elies Plana, a Catalan printer, and Gaby, an Argentinean graphic designer. Poe's poem, "The City in the Sea," first appeared in 1831 under the title "The Doomed City." In 1836 another version, "The City of Sin," was published in the Southern Literary Messenger." Not until 1845 was the poem published as "The City in the Sea." It has been called one of Poe's best poems. In this book the poem is printed both in English and Catalan. The translation is by Francesc Parcerisas, an important and prolific Catalan poet. The book is printed in an accordion structure that allows the pages to be turned conventionally or to be unfolded to show all of the pages with their striking original continuous linocut by Elies Plana of modern city rooftops. Done in black and white with various color skies. Signed and numbered by Plana. Verso pages have a geometric grey and white design that echoes the blue and green endpapers. Bound in grey paper covered boards with title and author in black to spine and front cover. Letterpress printed in Weiss, Italic and Helvetic type on Biblios, Guarro paper. Housed in black linen slipcase with grey ribbon pull. In fine condition. Unpaginated. PRI/102518. Fine.
Lancaster, PA: G.L. Fon Dersmith, 1889. Hardcover. Brown cloth boards with gilt title to spine and front cover "Life of Dr. E. Greenwald." Minor rubbing to edges of boards and hinges. Frontispiece and several illustrations. Clean and bright. Brown endpapers - which are starting to split a little along hinges. Binding remains tight. 181 pages. REL/102518. Very Good.
Glenview, IL: Karen Hanmer, 2018. Number 21 of 30 copies. In this small but powerful work, Karen Hanmer offers a scathing look at what has been happening in the United States since January 2017. From Access Hollywood through the Mueller investigation to white nationalist support, #Great Again #Believe Me documents contemporary American personalities, pronouncements, slogans, scandals, policies and crimes, complemented by the metaphor of a deconstructing US Capitol. The text is printed in inkjet on binders' board with polypropylene and juxtaposed with black and white photos of the US Capitol as it was constructed, but shown in reverse order to seemingly deconstruct. The book is bound in the Jacob’s Ladder artists’ book structure, which is borrowed from a folk toy traditionally made of blocks of wood held together with ribbons. The structure is held from one end and allowed to dangle vertically. When the block being held is tilted, the remaining blocks flip over in succession, producing a cascading visual effect. Housed in clamshell of archival board. In fine condition. 21.5 x 2.5 x .125 inches extended; 3.5 x 2.5 x .75 inches closed. PRI/112818.
Basel: Romano Hänni, 2018. Hardcover. Limited to 290 copies. Swiss book artist and typographer Romano Hänni (1956 - ) has been experimenting with unusual compositions of letter forms and symbols since the early 1980s. His intricate designs can seem somewhat whimsical but often are reactions to society, politics, and traumatic events. Creating things manually with the participation of all of the senses is very important to him. A master of visual poetry, he enjoys teaching to pass on his knowledge and skills. This inventive new version of an earlier book of the same title was hand composed and hand printed in black, red, yellow, and blue ink. It is an accordion structure with a stiff paper illustrated wrapper which, when removed, allows the twelve pages of the content to be unfolded into one continuous strip. With a paper band closure for the folded book. Includes a four page supplement featuring the title of the work and the colophon in both English and German. A small book measuring 3.25 inches wide by 5 inches tall. In fine condition. Unpaginated. PRI/112818. Fine.
Basel: Romano Hänni, 2018. Hardcover. A set of three books in the Words Make the Infinite Finite series. Volume VII is limited to 290 copies, Volume VI is limited to 187 copies, and Volume V is limited to 86 copies. Swiss book artist and typographer Romano Hänni (1956 - ) has been experimenting with unusual compositions of letter forms and symbols since the early 1980s. His intricate designs can seem somewhat whimsical but often are reactions to society, politics, and traumatic events. Creating things manually with the participation of all of the senses is very important to him. A master of visual poetry, he enjoys teaching to pass on his knowledge and skills. Each of these books were hand composed and hand printed in black, red, yellow, and blue ink. All are accordion structures with stiff paper illustrated wrappers, which when removed, allow the twelve pages of the contents to be unfolded into one continuous strip. With a paper band closure for the folded book. Includes a four page supplement featuring the title of the work and the colophon in both English and German. A small set in a slipcase measuring about 3.25 inches wide by 5 inches tall by 1.25 inches thick. In fine condition. Unpaginated. PRI/112818. Fine.
Boston: Lothrop Publishing Company, 1901. Hardcover. Dark green cloth boards with gilt title to spine and gilt decoration to front cover. Minor rubbing to covers, but clean and bright overall. Includes four illustrations. Dampstaining to right margins (very light) to most page. The dampstaining is heavier to the pages with illustrations. Inscribtion in pen to front free endpaper. An attractive copy of this book nontheless. 306 pages plus ads. LIT/102418. Very Good.
Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2003. Hardcover. 4to. Revised with new foreword by Paul W. Wirtz. "Harwood gives us a glorious picture of the streetcar in Baltimore, combining the story of lines and equipment with a nostalgic view of Baltimore when so many of her people relied on street railways" (jacket). Black cloth spine over grey paper covered boards with gilt title to spine. In black dust jacket with yellow title to spine panel. Interior is very clean with bright text and many photographic illustrations. Tight binding. 171 pages. BALT/121218. Fine / Fine.
Boston and New York: Houghton, Mifflin and Company, 1906. Pennell, Joseph. Hardcover. Holiday edition printed without several chapters that appeared in the original edition. The omitted chapters were less descriptive and proved to be difficult for the illustrator. Bound in the original cloth boards with cover design by Thomas Ball. Wrinkling / scuffing to book cloth along rear hinge, slight bumping to corners, and minor scuffing to front cover. Pen inscription to front free endpaper. The interior has a few small finger smudges, but is very clean overall with many illustrations. Tight binding. 342 pages. LIT/102418. Very Good.
Miranda Heiffer, circa 2000. Paperback. Number 29 of 40 copies. (Last name of author may be misspelled.) An odd little book following the adventures of a humanoid spider who lives in a bird house and watches television. White paper wrappers with black title to front cover. Minor wear and creasing to edges of covers. Size: 3 x 3 inches. MINI/120518. Very Good.
New York: Harry N. Abrams, (1983). Hardcover. 4to. First edition. Grey cloth covered boards with white title to spine. Inscription in pen to front free endpaper. Else is pristine with 183 illustrations including 103 in full color. Includes several laid-in articles about the artist. Grey illustrated dust jacket with white title to front and spine panels. Slight fading to spine panel of jacket. Index, 208 pages. ART/121218. Near Fine / 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 but still very good. Binding is split in a few places. Rubbing to hinges. In French. Measures 1 1/4 x 1 x 7/8 inches. 64 pages. MINIATURE/120318. Very Good.
Holniker Retrospective, 1992. Paperback. 4to. Scarce. White paper wrappers with black title to spine and front cover. Clean and bright with many photographic illustrations featuring images of Baltimore in the 1980s and Russia / Eastern Europe in the 1990s. The juxtaposition between the two in this retropective is perhaps unintentional, but jarring none-the-less. Includes famous Baltimorians such as a young John Waters, Bella Abzug, Lee Atwater, Blaze Starr, Kurt Schmoke (mayor), etc. Unpaginated. BALT/121218. Fine.
New York: John Lane, 1902. Hardcover. First American edition of this charming collection of stories by Laurence Housman, with a full page black and white illustration for each tale by his sister Clemence. Bound in green cloth with black and gilt pictorial cover design by Laurence. Slight chipping to spine and board corners otherwise near fine. Interior pages clean and bright except for what appears to be small glue stains along lower edges of pages 72-73 not affecting text. Still a lovely copy. 148 pages plus 7 pages of advertisements. LIT/112918. Very Good.
New York: William H Wise and Co (Roycrofters), 1916. Hardcover. Memorial Edition. Scarce in jacket. Includes chapters on William Morris, Robert Browning, Alfred Tennyson, Robert Burns, John Milton, Samuel Johnson, Thomas B. Macaulay, Lord Byron, Joseph Addison, Robert Southey, Samuel T. Coleridge, and Benjamin Disraeli. This is Volume Five in a series of books about great men. While Hubbard includes a chapter on Morris, he did not actually ever meet him (despite saying otherwise); however, he did tour the Kelmscott Press. Bound in tan cloth boards with white paper title label to spine. Frontispiece illustration of Morris and Morris inspired title page design and initals. A few pages have been opened poorly, creating chips along the edges. Clean and bright. In tan dust jacket with black title to spine and front cover. A few chips and closed tears to edges of jacket. Price sticker removed from spine of jacket (has lifted finish) and red pen marking to spine. 347 pages. MOR/102418. Near Fine / Very Good.