New York: D. Appleton & Company, 1846. Hardcover. Reprinted from the original copy issued in wraps by the Senate in 1845 (Howes F370). Issued without maps or plates. This is the stirring account of Fremont's early explorations. John C. Frémont,(1813- 1890) was an American military officer and an early explorer and mapmaker of the American West, who was one of the principal figures in opening up that region to settlement and was instrumental in the U.S. conquest and development of California. He was also a politician who ran unsuccessfully for the U.S. presidency in 1856 as the first candidate of the newly formed Republican Party. Bound in contemporary black cloth with debossed design to covers and gilt titling to spine. Binding is bumped and soiled. Interior pages generally very good with scattered foxing throughout. Pencil notes on rear free endpaper. A nice copy. Octavo. 186 pages plus 6 pages of publisher advertisements. TRAVEL/032931. Very Good.
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Kansas City: Andrews McMeel Publishing, 2004. Hardcover. Later printing. Signed and inscribed by the author. An exploration of feline history. Maroon cloth boards with black leatherette spine titled in gold. In clean, bright black jacket with white title to spine and front panel. Clean interior with color photographic illustrations. 255 pages. CATS/031721. Fine / Fine.
London: A. Bettersworth and C. Hitch, W. Innys and R. Manby, J. and P. Knapton, 1738. Hardcover. Scarce second edition of this important book on architectural drawing. The work explained how to draw the Classical orders and related details and was used well into the 19th century. James Gibbs (1682 –1754) was one of Britain's most influential architects. Born in Scotland, he trained as an architect in Rome, and practiced mainly in England. He is an important figure whose work spanned the transition between English Baroque architecture and Georgian architecture heavily influenced by Andrea Palladio. Among his most important works are St Martin-in-the-Fields, the cylindrical, domed Radcliffe Camera at Oxford University, and the Senate House at Cambridge University. His architectural style did incorporate Palladian elements, as well as forms from Italian Baroque and Inigo Jones, but was most strongly influenced by the work of Sir Christopher Wren, who was an early supporter of Gibbs. Overall, Gibbs was an individual who formed his own style independently of current fashions. Architectural historian John Summerson describes his work as the fulfillment of Wren's architectural ideas, which were not fully developed in his own buildings. Despite the influence of his books, Gibbs, as a stylistic outsider, had little effect on the later direction of British architecture, which saw the rise of Neoclassicism shortly after his death [Wikipedia]. Folio volume bound in brown leather with red title label to spine. Leather is rubbed and bumped, and spine is chipped. Pastedowns are stained and free endpapers are torn. Interior pages are clean but there is light dampstaining throughout along the upper and lower right of the pages. The drawings are affected but the stains do not detract from their legibility and usefulness. With 40 text pages and sixty-four numbered plates. Bookplate of James Jackson affixed to front pastedown. Very good minus. Very Good -.
London: John C. Nimmo, 1886. A nice copy of this classic by Goldsmith, with 114 charming color illustrations by the French illustrator Poirson. Bound in three quarter red leather with red cloth covers. Marbled endpapers. Leather is bumped and rubbed, and cloth has some light soiling. The front joint/hinge is cracked but text block is still holding. Text pages have an occasional spot and slight aging to margins but generally clean and bright. Called for frontispiece is not present. 1905 ownership signature on ffel. Very good. Octavo. 291 pages. LIT/041221.
Moscow: Emil Goozairow, (2020). Small unnumbered limited edition. Goozairow is a Russian artist who paints and draws, produces movies, and creates exceptional handmade books that are printed on rare types of paper and published in limited editions. His techniques create unique designs that often are made with natural materials alone or in combination with relief decorations made from metal or polymeric clay. He creates books that he describes as "pop up," “kinetic carousel," “liporello” or “3D origami.” He also writes fairy tales, stories and mystical scenes. A playful alphabet book with something embedded in both covers, causing it to rattle when read. Delightful illustrations with alliterative phrases (many comical) for each letter such as: Angel's Acorns for A, Creeping Cats, Delightful Desire for D, and Ugly Unicorn for U. The book has a special folding design that seems to unravel as you open each page. The book must be turned and flipped as you read in order to see all of the letters in order. Both boards are pyramid shaped relief designs in colored polymer clay. The book is held closed with braided brown cord straps that fasten with a metal clasp. In fine condition. Each side of this triangular shaped book measure about 2.25 inches. The depth of the book is about 3 inches. The book is painted white and blue. ARTB/021921. Fine.
Moscow: Emil Goozairow, (2020). Hardcover. A miniature book. "Everyday - walking along the deserted shore of glimmering sea, Agathon finds strange instruments and apparatus. Then he brings the finds in his room on top of the tower and it adds to its extensive collection." Both boards are covered in padded brown velvet and attached to red felt spine. Metal gears are embedded in the front cover and sewn in place with copper wire. Each spread features illustrated pop-ups and text about Agathon and his devices. [10 pages.] Size: about 2.75 x 2.75 inches. ARTB/021921. Fine.
Moscow: Emil Goozairow, 2020. Hardcover. A miniature book. Bound in geometric sculptural 3-D printed covers which have been hand-painted in metallic bronze. The book is held closed with a black cord strap and metal hook. This accordion style book can be unfolded in such a way that half of the pages are visible at one time, revealing a large image of a tree with a crystal blossom growing from it. On the other side, the image depicts a crystral exploding from a volcano while the faces of two feminine spirits look on. The book can also be "read" as a codex as each page features an interesting illustration; however, to understand the full story, one must unravell the book and fit it together to see the whole illustration in its complete form. This is a book of images with only one panel of text. Size: 2.25 x 1.5 x 1.25 inches. ARTB/021921. Fine.
Moscow: Emil Goozairow, 2020. Hardcover. A small book. Both covers are three-dimensional and are made from sculpted, carved, and hand-painted polymer clay. The book is held closed with green cord and a metal clasp. An accordion featuring black and white illustrations of this jagged, rocky landscape - which incorporates letterforms in both the rocks and negative spaces. An imaginative design. [36 pages.] Size: about 4 x 2.5 inches. ARTB/021921. Fine.
London: William Heinemann, 1916. Hardcover. A nice copy of Gosse's essays from World War I, which first appeared in the Edinburgh Review. He writes of war and literature, the unity of France and desecration of French monuments, the neutrality of Sweden and more. Bound in three quarter brown leather with blue cloth covers. Spine has faded and has a couple of small chips at top edge. Marbled endpapers. Interior pages also very good. Small octavo. 248 pages including index. LIT/030421. Very Good.
New York: DK Publishing, 2010. Hardcover. First American Edition. Glossy illustrated color paper covered boards with gilt title to spine and front cover. In matching dust jacket with black spine panel titled in gilt. Portrait of Napoleon on front of jacket. Clean and bright with many full color illustrations. 360 pages. MIL/032321. Fine / Fine.
London: A. & C. Black, 1903. Hardcover. A handsome book with 27 water colour drawings by George Cruikshank for Oliver Twist, The Miser's Daughter, and History of the Irish Rebellion in 1798. Bound in brown cloth with gilt titling to spine and front cover and Arts & Crafts designs to cover. bumped, rubbed, a few tears and punctures to spine. Slightly cocked. Interior pages with occasional foxing and browning throughout. Very good illustrations protected by tissue guards. Very good minus. 326 pages. Very Good -.
Ireland: Gallery Press, 2002. Hardcover. A review copy with slip taped to front free endpaper. Fine in black cloth boards with gilt title to spine. Clean and bright. In grey jacket with blue title to spine and front panels. Minor wear to edges of jacket with minor rubbing to panels. 74 pages. POE/031221. Fine / Very Good.
London: John Murray, 1838. Hardcover. Second edition of this interesting book first published in 1829. This edition has a new preface and an additional section at the end of the book titled Remarks on the North-Eastern Boundary Question. . George Head 91782-1855) was an English commissariat officer who was stationed in Canada from 1814 until around 1820. In 1829 he published these Canadian reminiscences. His brother, Francis Bond Head was the Lieutenant Governor of Upper Canada during the rebellion of 1837. Bound in three quarter brown leather with red title label and marbled paper covers. The front board is present but detached. Binding is scuffed, scratched, bumped and rubbed. Book plate of R. U. Ruttan attached to front pasteown and an ownership signature on ffep. Interior pages are very good with the lightest aging to the margins. The two folding maps with hand colored borders are also in very good condition; although, the second map has been repaired with archival tape along the verso of one fold, and there is a crease on one corner. A nice copy of this fairly scarce title. Small octavo. 363 + 56 pages. CANADA/031121. Very Good.
London: James Cundee and Vernor Hood and Sharpe, 1810. Hardcover. laude Helvetius (1715-1777) was a French philosopher and freemason who believed in the natural equality of intelligence and the positive impact of education. This treatise was first published in the year he died, 1777. This later edition is actually less common than the first edition. Bound in three quarter brown leather with marbled paper covers, page edges and pastedowns and free endpapers. Leather is scuffed and bumped, and paper covers are scraped with a few stains. Free front and rear endpapers are missing in Volume I. Light to medium foxing throughout. Very good minus condition. Octavo. Volume I: 395 pages; Volume II: 498 pages. PHIL/031221. Very Good -.
Baltimore: Hill Press, 2014. Number 32 of 60 copies. This handsome book combines Heaver's interest in two subjects and their confluence: Dutch-Inspired type faces and English prayer books. He states in his preface that this fascination had its foundation in years of typographic contemplation and that his HIll Press, founded in 1987, was an early manifestation. In this book, Heaver and his contributors explore the early Dutch types and typographers and how the use of their types spread to other countries. The Book of Common Prayer was chosen for detailed examination because of its beauty and the need to narrow the scope of the analysis. Bound in red cloth with white titling on spine and cover labels. Printed on Twinrocker paper with Fry Baskerville type. With many illustrations and tipped in items throughout. Title page illustration by Chris Manson. In fine condition. Measures 7.25 x10 inches. 65 pages. PRI/021221.
London: Richard Bentley, 1835. Hardcover. An interesting account of Charles Hoffman's trip to what was then America's far west. In his preface, while acknowledging that other writers had described many of the same places. he states that "there is an ever salient freshness in the theme of 'The Far West,' which prevents its becoming trite or tiresome; and as the author believes himself to be the first tourist who has taken a winter view of scenes upon the Indian frontier, he trusts that this circumstance will impart some degree of novelty to his descriptions..." His trip west took him through several states, ending in Missouri in the first volume. Volume II covers his return trip through states farther south, ending his travels in Charlottesville, Virginia. Bound in three quarter brown leather with red and blue marbled paper boards. Leather is scuffed and bumped. Marbled pastedowns and ffep. Volume I has abrasions to marbled paper where bookplate removed. Volume II has part of the bookplate remaining. Both volumes have bookseller ticket for Frank Murray of Derby. Hinges and joints are tender but holding. Interior pages are generally clean and bright. Very good condition. Small octavo volumes. Volume I: 336 pages; Volume II: 340 pages. AMERSTATE/030121. Very Good.
Edinburgh: William Blackwood, 1819. First edition and first of two volumes published by Hogg with the music and lyrics to a large collection of many songs and airs of the period. In his introduction Hogg writes that Jacobite songs and tunes are the best the country ever produced, and finds it extraordinary that attempts to collect party songs should have been so feeble. He states that they actually form "a delightful though rude epitome of the history of our country during a period highly eventful, when every internal movement was decisive toward the establishment of the rights and liberties which we have since enjoyed...."The songs moreover, are a species of composition entirely by themselves. They have no affinity with our ancient ballads of heroism and romance..." Hogg thanks his principal contributors, most notably Sir Walter Scott. Bound in three quarter black leather with blue marbled boards. Leather is rubbed and bumped with light abrasions. Marbled boards are chipped and scuffed. Interior pages are clean and bright. Evidence of a book plate having been removed from front pastedown and ink gift inscription on free front endpaper. Very good condition. Octavo. 424 pages.
London: Sampson, Low, Marston & Company, 1894. Sixth edition. Bound in three quarter red leather with red and blue marbled boards. Spine is cracked and torn at top edge and part of title spine label is missing. Decorated endpapers. Interior clean with an occasional light spot and light foxing rear endpapers and last few pages. Generally very good condition. 288 pages. LIT/022421.
London: A.H. Bullen, 1906. Hardcover. First edition. Inscribed by Housman: "To Kate Randall (Randell?) from half the authors. With all good wishes. Christmas 1906. LH." Bound in the original brown cloth. Gilt titling to spine. Bumped, rubbed, and darkening to the spine. Small tear at bottom of spine and white stain to rear cover edge. Interior pages nice with light aging to margins and offsetting to free endpapers. With black and white frontis illustration. Very good condition. Small octavo. 89 pages plus list of casts for 1904 and 1906 performances and one page of publisher's ads. DRAMA/042121. Very Good.
Hartford: Silas Andrus, 1819. Hardcover. Third edition of this early memoir of Jackson, published ten years before he became president. This copy, while readable, is in poor condition. Leather boards are beaten up and curled. Endpapers are written on, including on the free front endpaper "Union Library No. 302 Out 4 weeks." Presumably a child has glued a cut out illustration of a train engine to rear free endpaper. Missing frontis portrait. Pages are browned but, again, legible. 312 pages. Poor.
Rome: 1596, 1603. This monumental work in three folio volumes was the achievement of two Jesuit priests and scholars, John Baptist Villalpando and Jerome de Prado. Villalpando (1552- 1608) was an architect in addition to his other scholarly pursuits. He studied geometry and architecture with Juan de Herrera, the architect of Philip II of Spain. King Philip apparently ordered Villalpando to work on the undertaking of this work as far as the descriptions of the Temple of Solomon and the city of Jerusalem. However, Prado died before the completion of the exegisis of the Book of Ezekiel. Villalpando completed it and has since often credited with the entire opus. Jerome de Prado (1547?-1595) was a Biblical scholar and exegete. He spent sixteen years on his exegisis. It was published in 1596 as Volume I and was his most important work. The second volume has Villalpando's detailed archaeological study of the Temple of Jerusalem. He continued the work of Prado in volume III to provide additional commentary on Ezekiel. There is also a detailed study of Jewish coins, weights, and measures. Volume I has two plates each comprising two pages. Volume III has nine foldout plates. Bound in contemporary brown leather. Bumped, worn, and rubbed. Still very good condition. Will require extra postage because of weight. REL/031521.
Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, 1988. Hardcover. A brief history of Hopkins University with a spotlight on several important doctors and contributors. Gift bookplate to front pastedown. Thin 4to. Blue cloth boards with gilt title to spine and front board. Clean and bright. In white dust jacket with black title to spine and front panels. Housed in a blue cloth covered slipcase. Minor wear and rubbing to edges and panels of slipcase. 36 pages. BALT/042121. Fine / Fine.
Boston: Beacon Press, 1981. Hardcover. "A wide ranging and brilliant report from the front lines of America by the black poet and activist, June Jordan. In these essays, letters, and speeches, June ... gives us a manifesto of beauty, anger, and immense visionary power" (jacket). Orange cloth boards with black title to spine. In orange jacket with faded spine panel titled in black. Minor chipping and wear to jacket. 188 pages. AFAMER/031721. Fine / Very Good.
London: James Bowden, (1896). Hardcover. Number 322 of 500 copies signed and numbered by the author. A charming edition of this edition that the author describes as neither literature nor theology. He professes himself as having a faith that is real and concerning, and this work puts forward his views. Bound in cream cloth with a gilt version of the title page illustration by Nelly Erichsen. Spine sunned, bumping and some soiling but still very nice. Interior pages also very good with light aging to margins. Frontis portrait of Kernahan by Bertha Newcombe. Quarto. 70 pages. LIT/042721. Very Good.