Baltimore: J.W. Borst & Co, 1881. Paperback. Gundry was the superintendent of the Maryland Hospital for the Insane and a professor of Mental Disease in the College of Physicians and Surgeons in Baltimore. This article is reprinted from the Transactions of the Medical and Chirurgical Faculty of Maryland, 1881. Sewn with green paper wrappers titled in black on front wrapper. Minor wear to edges and light foxing to covers. Clean interior. 22 pages. MED/060722. Very Good.
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Pittsburgh: Carnegie Museum of Natural History, 1983. Hardcover. Special publication No. 7 from the Carnegie Museum of Natural History. This book is an attempt to put on record the status of the bird population in West Virginia in the 3rd quarter of the 20th century. The focus is on their distribution and ecology, reflecting the profound changes that had occurred since the first half of the century. Produced in cooperation with the West Virginia Department of Natural Resources. Black and white photographs and illustrations, with one color plate of Sutton's warbler (by George Sutton), which is also printed on the dust jacket. Blue cloth boards with gilt title to front and spine. White dust jacket with black title to front and spines panels and bird illustration on front panel.Pages are clear and bright. Dust jacket has light foxinig and small spot of staining on front cover; some sunning and several small tears (one open) to back panel. 180 pages, including index. NAT/052722. Fine / Very Good.
Philadelphia: Carey, Lea & Blanchard, 1833. Hardcover. Second American Edition, published the same year as the first edition. "By the author of Cyril Thornton, etc." This is a fascinating and still quite readable account by the novelist and travel writer, Thomas Hamilton, of his journeys in America. He writes extensively about American government, politics, culture, and more. His abhorrence of and hatred of slavery is passionately expressed in his reports on that institution in the states he visited where it is existed. Bound in three quarter brown leather with green marbled paper boards. Leather labels and gilt ornaments to spine. Leather is scuffed, rubbed, and bumped. Spines are chipped. Paper boards show some wear. Pages are generally clean with light foxing to firsts few and last pages. Ownership signature dated 1833 on ffep of Volume I. Very good condition. Measures about 4 x 7 inches. Volume I: 208 pages; Volume II: 204 pages. AMERHIST/040522. Very Good.
Basel: Romano Hänni, 2022. Number 27 of 30 copies, each unique. This is a remarkable production from Basel book artist and printer Romano Hänni. It celebrates the famous annual Basel Carnival Lantern Exhibition. The Exhibition has existed since 1921 and was inducted into the UNESCO list of the Intangible Cultural Heritages of Humanity in 2017. This work is comprised of three parts: a lavish digitally printed photo picture book in eight languages with over 600 lantern pictures and with hand painted elements; a unique hand painted actual lantern; and a custom slipcase. The lanterns represented in the photo book are a selection from the carnival years 2003 -2019. Romano writes: "Basel’s three most beautiful days, as the Basel Carnival is called locally, begin promptly each year, on the Monday after Ash Wednesday, at four in the morning., This year there was a colorful sea of lights from February 24 to March 26 2022. An international public of thousands moved around some 200 works of art - lanterns - that reached up to four meters in height." The lanterns in this production were individually hand painted by four lantern artists and then lacquered to a satin finish. Their frames were made of hemlock covered in cotton. The interiors of the lanterns are illuminated by a battery powered LED bulb. The book is found inserted into the lantern. They are housed in a slipcase made from handmade cardboard. Thus each three part Lantern Picture Book contains original work by the four lantern artists. The lanterns measure 23.8 x 21.8 x 6.4 cm. The slipcases measure 24.4 x 23.3,x 7.2 cm. In fine condition. ARTISTSB/032822. Fine.
Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1980. Hardcover. First edition of this useful guide with detailed location descriptions and maps. "Where to find 335 species of birds, when to find them, and how to get there." Small octavo. Bound in white paper covered boards with green and black titling to front and spine and decorative green and black illustration and map to front cover. Slight signs of handling and pencil notes for one locale. Pages are clean and bright. Slight roll to spine. Octavo. 223 pages including index. Very Good.
[J.R. Jones], n.d. [circa 1897]. Hardcover. Includes Mrs. Eli Gage's Experiences of a Year among the Yukon Mining Camps; Mrs. Schwatka's Recollections of her husband as the Alaskan Pathfinder; Prosaic Side of Gold Hunting, as seen by Joaquin Miller, the Poet of the Sierras. A fascinating guide to and picture of the gold mining fields of Alaska during the gold rush that began in 1896. It includes two folding maps, one in color and numerous photos and illustrations. The maps are in very good condition, with small closed tears to color map along folds. Bound in gold cloth with titling and pictorial illustration to front cover and spine. Covers are worn, soiled,bumped, and chipped. Binding is tight and interior pages are clean. A very good copy. Quarto. 556 pages. TRAVEL/040422. Very Good.
Baltimore: John D. Toy, 1859. Paperback. Second Edition. Preached July 3, 1859. Very good in tan paper wrappers with black title to front wrapper. Minor creasing and browning to edges of wrappers. Previous owners name and markings to front wrapper and title page. Pen markings to margins / passage underlined on one interior page. Creasing to middle and right corners of all pages of pamphlet. 14 pages. REL/060722. Very Good.
Red Cliff, CO: Helen Hiebert Studio, 2021. 2800. Number 7 of 25 copies. Helen Hiebert is a noted paper artist who constructs installations, sculptures, artists’ books and works in paper using handmade paper as her primary medium. She teaches, lectures and exhibits her work internationally and online, and is the author of the several how-to books about papermaking and papercrafts. She writes about this inventive and fascinating work: "My father was a physicist who studied how the universe began, and my mother has degrees in psychotherapy and divinity. My thoughts linger between them as I find myself comparing the tangible puzzles I explore in my work to the invisible physical properties my father researched and the emotional tensions my mother explored. Tension is a pulling force in physics. The strings within these pages cannot be pushed to form a definitive shape: when a page is closed, the thread – without tension – goes slack, lying in chaos between the folds. As you turn the page, extending it to 180 degrees, the single thread pulls taut, and the invisible property of tension creates beauty and order. Each of the eight string drawings is composed with a single piece of linen thread – one continuous line, ranging from six to sixteen feet in length – with one exception: two threads were used to create two parabolas in drawing 7. I constructed each drawing on a flat sheet of paper, punched a pierced pattern, and then stitched in and out of the holes across the scored centerfold – the axis of the page. Two surprisingly different drawings were created in tandem as the needle and thread moved from the front to the back of each page, and there is a sequence to the stitching that is not readily visible." Hiebert designed this book and created all of the handmade paper in this book with a 90% cotton rag/10% abaca fiber blend. She composed the string drawings and stitched them with the assistance of Will Katauskas. The end sheets are machine stitched. Tom Leech printed the text at the Press at the Palace of the Governors in Santa Fe from polymer plates made by Boxcar Press. The typeface is Dante. Claudia Cohen bound and made the green cloth covered box with a white spine label. In fine condition. Box size: 9-1/4 x 6 x 1-1/4 inches. Book size closed is 8 3/8 x 5 3/8 inches. ARTISTB/051722. Fine.
Red Cliff, CO: Helen Hiebert Studio, 2019. Number 15 of 25 copies signed and numbered by the book artist. Helen Hiebert is a noted paper artist who constructs installations, sculptures, artists’ books and works in paper using handmade paper as her primary medium. She teaches, lectures and exhibits her work internationally and online, and is the author of the several how-to books about papermaking and papercrafts. She says of this beautiful and complex work: "I’ve been fascinated with light for as long as I can recall. As a child, I always looked for rainbows, and I enjoyed trying to identify every color, from red to violet. Sir Isaac Newton was the first person to articulate the science of a rainbow. In 1665, he observed that when white light passed through a triangular prism, it dispersed into seven colors: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet. This book explores the wonder of that interaction between color and light. As you flip through the pages, you will see 24 analogous colors (each new hue sharing some of the color of the page next to it). It’s my attempt, as a paper artist, to capture the essence of a rainbow within the pages of the book. My medium is handmade paper, and for over 25 years, I have been exploring the properties of abaca, a fiber from a non-fruit bearing banana plant. I processed the abaca fiber to create a translucent paper that resembles frosted glass. I spent a long time contemplating how to achieve a rainbow of paper and performed several color-mixing experiments. My process centered around determining how to accurately produce the spectrum by mixing pigments into wet paper pulp. After several trials, I ended up matching 24 colors on a chart that gradually change from red to orange, yellow to green, blue to indigo and finally to violet, with several colors in between each hue. All 54 pages plus the cover are stitched together into a single signature allowing the soft deckled edges of the colors to meet at the fire-edge, blending and transitioning from one to the next as colored light does in the rainbow." The front and back text pages show the abaca paper in its natural hue. The cover is a cotton/abaca blend with a pulp painting in abaca. Text was letterpress printed by Tom Leech at the Press at the Palace of the Governors in Sante Fe from polymer plates made by Boxcar Press. The typefaces are Dante and Futura. Claudia Cohen created the blue cloth covered box with white and colored spine label. In fine condition. Box size: 12 1/2 x 9 1/2 x 1 inches. Book size (closed): 12 x 9 inches.
Red Cliff, CI: Helen Hiebert Studio, 2017. Number 25 of 30 copies signed and numbered by the book artist. Helen Hiebert is a noted paper artist who constructs installations, sculptures, artists’ books and works in paper using handmade paper as her primary medium. She teaches, lectures and exhibits her work internationally and online, and is the author of the several how-to books about papermaking and papercrafts. Hiebert writes of this fascinating production: "After viewing the 1570 edition of Euclid’s Elements of Geometry, I was drawn to Chapter 11, which focuses on polyhedra - platonic solids. I find it interesting to imagine how Euclid constructed his ideas in the physical world, since paper was invented later. I am intrigued by the many ways in which a flat sheet of paper can transform from two- into three-dimensions. I was drawn to the tiny flaps glued into the pages of the old copy of Euclid’s Elements, which allow the reader to explore the physical relationships between lines, angles and surfaces. I built the basic polyhedra into the pages of the book (which are double-sided cotton handmade sheets). Each form lies flat on the page (like an architectural floor plan) with visible cut and score lines. The shapes can be lifted from the page (but not removed) and folded to create each polyhedra. The text is adapted from Euclid’s Elements and is direct, simple and didactic. The text is letterpress printed, and I hand stitched the name and a flat rendering of each three-dimensional shape (tetrahedraon, cube, octahedron, dodecahedron, icosahedron) on a sheet before each shape. Each folio is double sided. The color sequence (most visible on the spine) flows through the ten chromatic color fields, appearing sequentially. The geometric shapes begin flat and white, but when folded into their solid forms, they appear as colored shapes. As the pages turn, the shapes become more complex, beginning with four triangles that fold up into a tetrahedron and ending with a 20-sided icosahedron. The shapes in this book are meant to be formed on the page and then unfolded, allowing a mental image of each polyhedra to live in the mind beyond the physical experience." All of the papers in this book were created by Hiebert using 100% cotton rag fiber. The text was printed by Tom Leech at the Press at the Palace of the Governors in Santa Fe in Dante type. The geometric shapes were hand cut and scored. Claudia Cohen bound the book and made the black cloth box in which it is housed. In fine condition. Box size: 12-1/2 x 9-1/2 x 1inch. Book size is 12 x 9 inches. ARTISTB/052522. fine.
Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1986. Hardcover. "The primary purpose of this work is to enable observers to identify the birds of the region, but it also provides detailed species accounts and will serve as an important handbook and reference volume" (jacket). Includes 56 lavish color plates and 100 line drawings in text. Over 1,700 species are documented within. Octavo bound in green cloth boards with white title to spine. Clean and bright. Top edge of textblock has light soil. Minor wear to edgse of boards. In white illustrated dust jacket with green title to spine and front panels. Light rubbing to jacket and a few light spots of foxing. 836 pages. NAT/061322. Very Good / Very Good.
London: William Heinemann Ltd., 1925. Hardcover. Later edition of this classic, finely bound with Stars of the Desert and The Garden of Kama. These popular volumes of lyric poetry were written by Adele Florence Nicolson using the pseudonym of Laurence Hope. In 1900, Adela Nicolson, who also used the name Violet Nicolson, began to publish her poetry under the pseudonym Laurence Hope. Hope’s formal verse, steeped in the Indian landscape and Sufi symbolism, often assumes the voices of Indian dancers and slaves to engage themes of passionate love and loss. Her first collection, The Garden of Kama (1901), was initially presented as a translation and arrangement, rather than the original poetry it was later revealed to be. In 1904 her husband died during a medical operation; two months later, at the age of 39, she committed suicide with poison [ Poetry Foundation]. Beautifully bound by Sangorski & Sutcliffe in dark red leather with gilt rulings to covers. Spine with gilt decorations and author and title labels to six compartments with raised bands. Some light chipping to spine hinges but very good. All edges gilt. With gilt dentelles and lovely patterned endpapers. Interior pages are also very good, with frontispiece portrait of author. Octavo volume. Indian Love: 92 pages; Stars of the Desert: 152 pages; The Garden of Kama: 174 pages. POETRY/021622. Very Good.
London: George Routledge & Sons Ltd, (circa 1910). Hardcover. Early edition, no date. French magician Jean Eugene Robert-Houdin (1805 - 1871) is considered by many to be the father of modern conjuring. One of his most famous tricks was the Marvelous Orange Tree, of which a more complex version was featured in the 2009 film The Illusionist. Harry Houdini grew up idolizing Robert-Houdin and adopted a version of his name for his stage name after learning that in French, adding an "i" to "Houdin" would translate to "like Robert-Houdin." After reading Robert-Houdin's autobiography and studying the history of magic, he became disillusioned with his namesake as he discovered he had taken credit for inventing many tricks that had actually been developed by predecessors. In this new heavily researched biography, Harry Houdini attempts to set the record straight and to give credit to the magicians from decades, sometimes centuries past. Illustrated. Bound in the original orange cloth boards with black title to spine and front board. Illustrations to both spine and front board. Browning to spine, light soil to boards, and minor rubbing. Wear to spine ends and corners including chipping to bookcloth on spine ends. Slight toning to margins and small dampstain to top of title page, but clean interior overall. Front hinge is cracked and there are a few internal splits to binding, but binding remains secure. 333 pages. Very Good.
Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins Press, 1953. Hard Cover. 4to. First Edition. Signed by both authors. Includes over 100 selected prints, drawing, paintings, and early and modern photographs. Beige cloth boards with brown title to spine. Browning to spine and edges of boards. Minor toning to margins, but clean interior overall with bright text and many photographic illustrations and architectural plans. Tight binding. In black and white illustrated dust jacket with white title to spine panel and yellow title to front panel. Wear to edges and spine of jacket including a few large chips, creases, and tears. Rubbing to panels of jacket and minor foxing. Jacket is protected from further damage with a removable plastic cover. 149 pages. BALT/062922. Very Good / Very Good.
East Aurora, NY: Roycroft Print Shop, 1902. Paperback. Hubbard founded the Roycroft community in 1895. His Little Journeys series of small works on various writers and artists and his visits to their homes began in 1896 and became quite well known. The collection on Eminent Artists was published in 12 separate monthly releases, describing the homes of 12 different artists. This series was described as "strictly deluxe in form and workmanship" by the publisher and used a new font of antique blackface. Small octavo. In very good condition, with some darkened rubbing to edge of back wrapper. Bound in dark brown paper wrappers, saddle stiched, with black title and orange Roycroft symbol to front. 29 pages.PRERAPHI/051122. Very Good.
East Aurora, NY: Roycroft Print Shop, 1907. Paperback. Hubbard founded the Roycroft community in 1895. His Little Journeys series of small works on various writers, artists and other famous people, and his visits to their homes began in 1896 and became quite well known. The collection on Reformers was published in 12 separate monthly releases, describing the homes of 12 different people whom Hubbard considered reformers. Bound in dark brown paper wrappers, saddle stiched, with black title, red highlights, and Roycroft symbol to front. Pages are clear and bright; wrappers and advertising pages are partially split and detached. Small octavo. 36 pages. PRERAPHI/051122. Good +.
New York: William H Wise and Co (Roycrofters), 1928. Hardcover. Memorial Edition. W/o dust 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. 347 pages. MOR/102418. Near Fine / Very Good.
East Aurora, NY: Roycroft Print Shop, 1930. Paperback. Annual publication of The Roycrofters. Bound in light brown paper wrappers, saddle stiched, with black title, red highlights, and Roycroft symbol to front. Small octavo. Some damp staining to pages. Small section of back wrapper has been ripped off. 40 pages. PRERAPHI/051122. Good +.
Alabama: The University of Alabama Press, 1976. Second Edition. Hardcover. This is the second, augmented edition of a title initially published in 1962. 378 species are described. 340 species are illustrated in 43 plates, of which 33 are in color. There are also 103 photographs, 24 in color. Brown cloth cover with gilt title in blue box on spine. Illustrated dust jacket, gray on front panel and white on spine and back panels, with black title to front and spine panels. Pages are bright and clean. Dust jacket has abrasion on front side panel, but is not broken through. Minor browing and foxing to spine panel of jacket. 445 pages, including index. NAT/061622. Near Fine / Very Good.
Philadelphia: Carey, Lea, & Blanchard, 1835. Hardcover. A new edition revised and corrected by the author. An interesting history of the voyages of Columbus in the New World. Bound in full brown leather with gilt titling to spines. Both volumes are chipped, abraded, and stained. The front cover of Volume I is particularly stained. Hinges are tender but text block is tight. Marbled endpapers. Acquisition number in ink to free front endpaper. Text is generally clean with some browning to pages. Volume I included the foldout map showing Columbus's route in the Bahamas. Faded tape on the rear over closed tear otherwise intact. Two short articles about the birth of Columbus and the discovery of his bones from the 1800s are glued to the free endpapers of Volume I.Still a nice set. Octavos. Volume I: 411 pages; Volume II: 356 pages. TRAVEL/032122. Very Good -.
leipzig: Verlag für Wissenschaft und Literatur, 1946. Paperback. In German. A compilation of writings by survivors of Buchenwald detailing construction, corruption, deaths, signifcant events, and more. In tan paper wrappers with black and red illustration to front cover. Heavy creasing to rear cover, minor creasing to front cover, browning to edges of boards, and soiling to edge of rear board. Browning throughout interior and soiling to margins of last few pages. Includes chilling photographic illustrations, several diagrams, and maps. 130 pages. HOL/060822. Very Good.
Fayetteville, Arkansas: The University of Arkansas Press, 1986. Hardcover. This book provides an appraisal of the distribution and abundance of 366 species in the state of Arkansas. Includes discussions of avian ecology, birds in prehistory, and the history of Arkansas ornithology. Quarto. Light blue cloth-covered boards with darker blue cloth-covered spine. Title in gilt on spine. In black illustrated dust jackent withwhite title to front and spine panels.Pages are bright and clean. Front end paper has a slight miscut during printing process. Binding is cocked and the front hinge is a little loose. Minor wear to edges of dust jacket. 402 pages, including index. NAT/052722. Very Good / Very Good.
London: Richard Bentley, 1847. Hardcover. First edition. An interesting and amiable "antiquarian ramble" about London by John Heneage Jesse (1809-1874), a noted English historian. Chapters are organized by areas of London and landmarks such as the Tower of London and Westminster Abbey. Bound in three quarter brown leather with marbled boards, page edges, and endpapers. Gilt ornaments and title labels to spines. Wear, rubbing, and bumping to leather, and a few small marks to marbled boards. Interior pages are clean. With two foldout maps(one in rear pocket) and three plates in Volume I, and three foldout maps and two plates in Volume II. Very good condition. Octavos. Volume I: 448 pages; Volume II: 456 pages. ENGHIST/032322. Very Good.
Munich: Central Historical Commission, 1947. Paperback. Text is in Yiddish with English title page and photo captions. Includes 10 photographs, songs, reports on war prisoners, eye-witness reports of the forest of white Russia, first hand experiences from the war, extermination of Jews in East-Galicia, and more. This is number 4 in a series of 10 issues. Bound in tan paper wrappers with remnants of a postcard and stamp to front wrapper. Minor creasing to wrappers and bumping to corners. Clean interior. 122 pages. JUD/060722. Very Good.