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.
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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.
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.
Pantheon Books, 1990. Hardcover. First Edition. In this book "America's leading scholars and activists from the civil rights years speak on a fascinating range of experiences surrounding King and his era, from his early personal religious conversion to his impact on the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa; from his place in history of the African-American church to the rise in Third World liberation struggles" (jacket). Blue cloth spine over white speckled paper covered boards with gilt title to spine. In off-white jacket with light blue spine panel titled in dark blue and red. Minor chipping and wear to edges of jacket and hinges. Clean interior. 294 pages. AFAMER/031721. Fine / Fine.
London: Savoy Press, 1900. Hardcover. First edition. Bound in contemporary dark blue cloth with red leather spine label. This was an elaborate advertising book for the Savoy hotel, with contributions by various authors, with color and black and white illustrations including reproductions of two prints by James McNeill Whistler. In near fine condition. Octavo. 104 pages. ENGH/042221. Near Fine.
Boston: Little, Brown, and Company, 1954. Hardcover. First Edition. Thin elephant Folio. Ex-library with embossed stamp to dedication page and bookplate to rear free endpaper. Bound in grey cloth boards with gilt title to front cover. Light wear to edges and corners of boards. Includes 50 plates of Klute's nature photography featuring flowers, reptiles, trees, and more. Unpaginated. PHOTO/021921. Very Good.
London: John Murray, (1840). First edition of this impressively beautiful folio of thirty plates illustrating the author's theories about Norman architecture in Sicily. Henry Gally Knight (1786-1846) was a member of parliament, traveler, and writer. After early unsuccessful attempts to write poetry, he studied and wrote about architecture. He made tours of Sicily and Normandy to study the architecture of those regions. Knight wrote in his preface: "It is the object of this Work to afford a view of the Architecture of the Normans in Sicily, of the singular difference of the style which they employed in Sicily from that which they employed in any other country, and to explain how that difference arose. The Drawings were taken from the buildings themselves by a professional architect and have, at least, the merit of exact fidelity." He believed that the Normans adopted the pointed arches of Sicily rather than building the round arches of France. The stunning lithographic plates include illustrations of landscapes, buildings, details of exteriors and interiors and doors. Three of the plates are hand-colored. Bound in contemporary three quarter black leather with multi-colored marble boards. Leather is chipped, rubbed, and bumped. Gilt ruling and titling to spine. Marbled boards are scuffed and rubbed. Evidence of label having been removed from spine and glue remains from signout card on rear free endpaper. Light spotting to interior pages generally not affecting images. The front pastedown provides some provenance information. Bookplate of Frances Mary R Richardson Currer (1785-1861), A British heiress and important book collector in her time. She died at Eshton Hall [Wikipedia]. There is a handwritten note affixed under her bookplate saying the book was bought by Sir John Horsfall at the sale of the Eshton Hall collection at Christie's London 1916. Given by Sir John to Mr. FW Petty, Given by Mr. Petty to Geo Turner Conoley (?) in 1916. A very good copy. Measures 15 x 22 inches. Pages 1-6 with preface, list and description of plates. All plates present without original tissue guards.
Ft. Lauderdale: Dorothy Krause. This is an intriguing unique artist's book from noted book artist Dorothy Krause. Krause is a painter, collage artist and printmaker who incorporates digital mixed media into her art. Her work is exhibited regularly in galleries and museums and featured in numerous current periodicals and books. In her artist's statement she says: "My work includes large scale mixed media pieces, artist books and book-like objects that bridge between these two forms. It embeds archetypal symbols and fragments of image and text in multiple layers of texture and meaning. It combines the humblest of materials, plaster, tar, wax and pigment, with the latest in technology to evoke the past and herald the future. My art-making is an integrated mode of inquiry that links concept and media in an ongoing dialogue – a visible means of exploring meaning." This unusual work beautifully demonstrates Krause's approach to creating artists' books. It is made from Katie MacGregor's lime green handmade paper over multiple layers of mat board in which dimensional objects, including brass stencils for numbers 1 through 7, unexposed glass negatives, padlocks and keys are embedded. It is housed in a vintage green silk dome lidded box embroidered with cream and dark green threads. It is lined with ivory silk, with a vintage linen napkin hemmed to the size of book and tied with tea-dyed trim that enables the book to be removed from box. Shakespeare's "Seven Stages of Man", rewritten for Woman, is printed digitally in olive green ink on a sheet of vegetable vellum paper and laid in the box below the book. In fine condition. Measures 9.75 x 5.875 x 2.25 inches, 7 pages. $3500. Fine.
Ft. Lauderdale: Dorothy Simpson Krause. This is an inventive unique artist's book from noted book artist Dorothy Krause. Krause is a painter, collage artist and printmaker who incorporates digital mixed media into her art. Her work is exhibited regularly in galleries and museums and featured in numerous current periodicals and books. In her artist's statement she says: "My work includes large scale mixed media pieces, artist books and book-like objects that bridge between these two forms. It embeds archetypal symbols and fragments of image and text in multiple layers of texture and meaning. It combines the humblest of materials, plaster, tar, wax and pigment, with the latest in technology to evoke the past and herald the future. My art-making is an integrated mode of inquiry that links concept and media in an ongoing dialogue – a visible means of exploring meaning." Krause has altered a rebound 1909 paper covered composition book that contains written knitting instructions and collaged it with various images from the first quarter of the 20th century. The book is housed in a custom black clamshell box that also contains a small collection of vintage knitting implements. The box is held closed by a wooden crochet hook. In fine condition. Measures 8.5 x 7 x .875 inches, 70 pages. Fine.
Ft. Lauderdale: Viewpoint Editions, 2009. Hardcover. This is number 20 of 100 copies in the limited edition. There is also a deluxe edition 6 and a softcover trade edition. Losing Ground is a plea for awareness of our role as stewards of the environment. In its content, Losing Ground is a plea for awareness of our role as stewards of the environment. In its production, it is an example of how exceptional artists books can be made by combining traditional processes and digital technology with a smaller open edition was made available on Blurb. Using images spanning more than a decade and text from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change it combines traditional processes and print-on-demand technology to share its important message. This book was one of 50 selected for the Guild of Book Workers Traveling Exhibitions, "Marking Time" (2010 - 11). Fine in black cloth boards with embossed copper title plate affixed to the cover. Includes tipped-in details and handwork on some pages. Printed on an HP Indigo Press 5500 by Acme Bookbinding on Mohawk Options 65 cover paper. Housed in a fine black cloth clamshell box with small copper decoration to edge. Unpaginated (41 pages). ARTB/051221. Fine in Fine Box.
New York: W.W. Norton and Co, 1985. Hardcover. A photo-documentary of China taken over 6 years of extensive travel across the country. Kubota was granted full access to the country for this project. With 186 full color photographs. Red cloth boards with gilt title to spine and front cover. In white dust jacket with black title to spine and front panels. Minor wear to edges of jacket. Front hinge is a little loose. Clean and bright. 204 pages. CHI2/2132. Very Good / Very Good.
London: John Murray, 1836. First English edition of this important work of travel and exploration that was first published in France in 1836. The author was one of the first travelers to this region, and the first to spend enough time to document his trip with his writings, illustrations, and maps. Bound in contemporary blind stamped brown leather, with six spine compartments with debossing and gilt titling. Covers are scraped, rubbed, bumped and worn. Interior pages are in very good condition, with light occasional foxing and some offsetting from tissue guards, With folded map in near fine condition, 26 plates, and numerous text illustrations throughout. Octavo. 331 pages. TRAVEL/030921.
London: John Camden Hotten, 1868. Hardcover. Fourth edition of this popular book of its day. With one hundred black and white facsimile illustrations throughout and a color frontispiece. Bound by Jenkins and Cecil in full brown leather with gilt ornaments and red spine label. Rebacked with original spine laid down. Leather is chipped and rubbed. A.e.g. Interior pages are clean and bright with light aging to page margins. Title page with chip to right edge. Ex-library with Johns Hopkins bookplate and discard stamp. No markings to spine or evidence of signout card. Generally very good condition. Small octavo. 536 pages including index. ENGH/030821. Very Good.
San Diego: Jane Yolen Books / Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1992. Hardcover. Inscribed / signed by the author to her father. First Edition. "When nine-year-old Allie, a Lonely Only, wishes on a falling star for a baby sister, a Star Baby drops right into her father's arms. Everyone in the family is delighted. Everyone, that is, except Allie. For starters, the Star Baby is a boy. He floats instead of crawls. He expands like a balloon. He can fly. And he absolutely disrupts Allie's life. How Allie comes to terms with having such an odd baby in the family and what happens when the Star Baby wants to return to his own star family form the heart of this warm and very funny book" (jacket). Blue cloth spine over white paper covered boards with gilt title to spine. Clean and bright with black and white illustrations by Margot Apple. In blue dust jacket with white title to spine. Minor wear and rubbing to jacket. 69 pages. CHILD/022521. Near Fine / Very Good.
London: J. Gray, 1731. Hardcover. Scarce First English edition. Originally published by Dutch Remonstrant theologian Philip Limborch (1633-1712) in 1692. The translator, Samuel Chandler, who was vehemently anti-Catholic, added the large introduction concerning the rise and progress of persecution and the real and pretended causes of it. Bound in later full brown leather by Tonwnsend Book Bindery in New Market , VA, with gilt titling to spine. Both volumes have sunning to spines, and Volume II is also sunned on the front cover where it was exposed to light by a shorter book. Light rubbing but otherwise very good. First several pages of Volume I are waterstained along bottom right edge. Several pages in rear are lightly waterstained on top edge. Both volumes have scattered foxing not affecting legibility. With library debossed stamp. There are eight engraved plates, four of which are fold-outs all in very good condition. They depict torture, habits of penitents, standards, and processions of prisoners. A very nice copy of this classic history of the inquisition. Small quarto. Volume I: 260 pages; Volume II: 319 pages. Very Good.