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New York: Negro Universities Press, 1968. Hardcover. Originally printed in 1844. Dark brown cloth boards with gilt title to spine. Ownership marking in pen to front free endpaper, and minor staining from glue to gutters of first and last few pages - else clean. Quarto. 168 pages. AFAMER/070920. Very Good.
Weaverville, NC: Tony Firman Bookbinding, 2019. Paperback. A keepsake created for the Miniature Book Society Conclave in 2019 in Bloomington, IN. A sweet autobiographical story about the authors and their experience settling into their new home and life in North Carolina - where they appreciate their large bindery, oak floors, the mountains, books, and unexpected bear visitors. Illustrated with photographic images. Size: 3 x 3 inches. 24 pages. MINI/070220. Fine.
Paris: Louis Conard, 1910. Hardcover. Bookplate of Barrett Harper Clark to front pastedown and ownership signature in pen dated June 1910 on front free endpaper. Clark (1890 - 1953) was a Canadian author and actor known for translating French plays into English (so it seems very appropriate that this book once belonged to him). Bound in three quarter dark green leather over marbled paper covered boards. Gilt title and author to spine. Chipping, cracking, and wear to leather on spine and hinges. Marbled endpapers and top edge gilt. Tipped-in black and white photographic illustration of a statue of Flaubert to front free endpaper. Signature across title page. Clean overall with occasional spots of foxing. Frontispiece. An attractive copy of this classic. IN FRENCH. 630 pages. FRE/061020. Very Good.
Mobile, AL: circa 1990. Paperback. Uncommon. Published posthumously, this is the memoir of author Rev. Albert S. Foley (1912 - 1990), a Jesuit priest and professor of sociology who worked for racial integration in Alabama. He also tracked, researched, wrote articles about, and actively opposed the Ku Klux Klan. In addition to personal details about his early life, this memoir discusses encounters with the KKK who called themselves the Knights of the White Camellia in Alabama after they were officially disbanded in 1875. Foley also examines his early racist Southern views and how he came to recognize them, ultimately overcome them, and fight for African American civil rights including stopping segregation in Alabama. In this memoir he recounts lynchings, bombings of African American homes, police brutality to African Americans (which he took it upon himself to personally investigate and document), rifts between himself and the Catholic Church relating to his activism, personal encounters with the KKK, book deals, tv appearances, and more. He wrote and published several books during his lifetime and worked actively against the KKK. Not a formally published book, this is spiral bound with clear acetate covers. According to a note from the editor, this memoir was pieced together from several autobiographical manuscripts by Foley which address different events in his life. All were discovered posthumously and combined here despite being somewhat disjointed. It includes several black and white photographic illustrations. A copy of Foley's family tree is taped inside of the front cover. Creasing to rear cover and last few pages of text. Previous owner marking in pen to front pictorial cover. 196 pages. REL/070920. Very Good.
San Antonio: Francis J. Furey, Archbishop of San Antonio, 1974. Hardcover. Scarce. An illustrated record of the foundation and growth of parishes, missions, and religious institutions in the San Antonio archdiocese, published to celebrate its Centennial Observance. From the introduction: "This book is intended not only to commemorate the centennial of the Archdiocese of San Antonio but also to reflect the growth of the Church in the area during the twenty-five years that have elapsed since the publication of Father Matthew J. Gilbert's comprehensive history of the archdiocese in 1949. We are deeply indebted to Fatehr Gilbert for providing much of hte background material for the present volume ...." Bound in white leatherette boards with raised gilt title to spine and front cover. Sunning to edges of front board and spine. Minor wear and light soiling to edges of boards. Black and white illustrations throughout. Pen markings to first few pages including underlining on title page. Very good condition. Thin quarto. 306 pages. REL/062520. Very Good.
New York: Benzinger Brothers, 1925. Hardcover. Original light purple cloth boards with black title to spine and front board. Small black illustration of St. Theresa to front board. Minor wear to corners and edges of boards. A few smudge marks to binding, but mostly clean. Pen marking to front free endpaper, light soiling to margins of a few pages, but clean and bright overall. Frontispiece. 215 pages plus ads. REL/070820. Very Good.
Natchez, MS: Diocese of Natchez (Hope Haven Press), 1939. Hardcover. This history of Catholics in Mississippi begins with the Spanish Explorers and ends with Bishop Richard Oliver Gerow. Includes sections on churches in each town (Natchez, Vicksburg, Biloxi, Jackson, Waveland, Yazoo City, Greenville, etc. Appendices include information on orphanages, colleges, religious orders, schools, priests, pioneer hardships, facts, incidents, and more. Bound in the original green cloth boards with gilt title to spine and front board. Text block is mostly detached from the boards (which remain in one piece). Writing in red pen to front free endpaper, else clean. Light sunning to margins. Illustrated. A good reading copy of this uncommon book. Priced with condition in mind. 492 pages. REL/070820. Very Good.
Portland, OR: Anne Greenwood, 1993-2009. Softcover. Number 39 of 50 copies signed and numbered by the book artist. Greenwood writes in her colophon to this work that she calls a story of transfiguration: "Transfiguration is a complete change of form or appearance into a more beautiful or spiritual state. This story was conceived in 1993, soon after I had moved to Portland, Oregon leaving behind my home state, North Dakota." The text and black and white illustrations describe the process and effects of change. The type was handset and printed by Alisa Dix and printed on Thai Kozo and Unryu paper. The pale green paper cover has a background pattern of vintage wallpaper. In fine condition. Measures 6.5 x 8.5 inches. Unpaginated (13 pages). PRI/053020. Fine.
Portland, OR: Anne Greenewood, 1993-2009. Softcover. Number 40 of 50 copies signed and numbered by the book artist. Greenwood writes in her colophon to this work that she calls a story of transfiguration: "Transfiguration is a complete change of form or appearance into a more beautiful or spiritual state. This story was conceived in 1993, soon after I had moved to Portland, Oregon leaving behind my home state, North Dakota." The text and black and white illustrations describe the process and effects of change. The type was handset and printed by Alisa Dix and printed on Thai Kozo and Unryu paper. The pale blue paper cover has a background pattern of vintage wallpaper. In fine condition. Measures 6.5 x 8.5 inches. Unpaginated (13 pages). PRI/053020. Fine.
Portland, OR: Anne Greenwood, 2016. Softcover. One of 138 copies. Book artist Anne Greenwood celebrated the life and poetry of Hazel Hall (1886-1924) in a special edition portfolio n with the same title, limited to twelve copies. The portfolio and this chapbook republish Hall's Needlework Poems. This chapbook is laser printed and handbound. The chapbook cover art Tapestry of Hours is the republished Needlework Poems by Hazel Hall, made in an edition of one hundred and thirty-eight laser printed and hand-bound. The cover art is machine sticking in crinoline: the under print is pressure printed, hand=stitched embroidery with pochoir. In fine condition. Measures 6 x 10 inches. 22 pages. PRI/053020. Fine.
Philadelphia: University of the Arts, 2017. Hardcover. Number 9 of 10 copies. Signed by the artist. Folio. "All Disease is an exploration of hysteria in women. Images of inkblots invoke interpretive psychological tests and are paired with images of pelvic bone and language from 18th and early 19th century medical texts. The conclusion presented by the male-dominated voices in the text is that women are bound to irrationality, emotional instability, and insanity on account of the womb" (artist statement). The text that meanders through the book, often cut off against the edge of a page reads: "The womb, the starting point of hysteria. My womb, the starting point. Like some delicate plant deprived of the beneficial rays of the sun, she is a flower, which withers and droops away, even before its blossoming. On account of the uterus, woman is all disease. A document in madness, thoughts and remembrance fit. Divided from herself and her fair jud ... On account of the uterus, I am all disease.... some delicate plant deprived of the beneficial rays of the sun, she is a flower, ... My womb, the starting point of hysteria. A document in madness, thoughts and remembrance fitted. The womb, the starting point of hy ... On account of the uterus, woman is all diseas... Divided from herself and her fair jud ... On account of the uterus, I am all disease." The disjointed, repetitive text paired with the inkblots makes the reader feel as if they are descending into madness or recalling a traumatic event. As you read it, you can easily imagine a woman sitting, rocking, and whispering these words over and over in a chant of despair - and then you realize that as the reader, you have become this woman. A subtle, but powerful book about the oppression of women. Bound in quarter black leather boards with hand marbled paper covered boards. Imagery and text are appropriated from 19th century medical texts and Shakespeare's "Hamlet." Letterpress printed on a Vandercook SP20 from polymer plates. Printed on handmade cotton rag paper (including watermarks, formed shapes, and pulp painting). Inkblot imagery printed by hand lithography. Size: 22 (width) x 15 (tall) inches when open. ARTB/060920. Fine.
Philadelphia: Heirloom Press, 2017. Hardcover. Number 4 of 5 copies. Signed by the artist. Folio. "Curio is a collection of quotidian objects that speaks to the idea of woman as domestic curator and as weaker vessel. Images of household vases, cups and bowls are paired with inkblots that evoke the trappings of middle-class existence" (artist's statement). Includes text adapted from the 1868 collection of articles, "Modern Women and What Is Said of Them" and the Kate Chopin novel "The Awakening." Many of the excerpts that the artist has chosen to include objectify women, likening them to jewelry, tables, and other precious possessions. For example: After scolding his wife for sun bathing, Mr. Pontellier looks "at his wife as one looks at a valuable piece of personal property which has suffered some damage." Also "The mind ought to be developed a little, and in such a way as to make the body more piquant and attractive. Like the candle inside a Chinese lantern, it may serve to lighten up and show to advantage the pretty devices outside. But the outside is the important thing, and the inside only incidental" (from "Modern Women ...). Others comment on how wives should be controlled or "managed" and the power dynamics within the home. A powerful book about the subjugation of women. Bound in full white alum-tawed leather with seven raised bands to the spine. Printed using letterpress, screenprint, and lithography on paper handmade by the artist. Size: 22 (wide) x 14.5 (tall) inches when open. ARTB/060920. Fine.
New York and London: Harper & Brothers, 1910. First Edition. Hardcover. FIRST EDITION. 8vo. Green cloth covered boards with red and gilt title to front board and gilt title to spine. Minor fading to spine. Small pull to book cloth near top of spine. Minor rubbing to hinges and minor bumping to spine ends and corners. Else is pristine with illustrations throughout. 186 pages. LIT/061920. Very Good.
London: Longmans, Green, and Co, 1936. Hardcover. First Edition, later printing. Black cloth boards with faded gilt title to spine and emblem of a ship in gilt to front cover. Wear to spine ends, corners, and edges of boards. Minor rubbing and wear to boards. Occasional spots of soiling / smudges to margins but clean overall. Previous ownership signature in pen to front endpaper. Ex-library stamp to bottom of front free endpaper. (This is the ONLY library marking.) 435 pages. AMER/061820. Very Good.