Berlin: Jüdischer / Juedischer, 1903. Hardcover. In German. SCARCE. In gray paper covered boards titled in black with gray linen spine. Minor browning to board edges. Minor fraying and rubbing to spine. The front free endpaper has been removed otherwise internally clean. Thin quarto. 136 pages. GERLANG/121521. Very Good.
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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 26 delightful illustrations that are symbolic of dreams related to its letter. There are alliterative phrases (many comical) for each letter such as: Angel's Acorns for A, Creeping Cats for C, 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 and the covers are made with a polymer clay painted green and red. The book has a brown cord strap with hooks to hold it closed. In fine condition. Each side of this triangular shaped book measure about 2 inches. ARTISTSB/102021. Fine.
Moscow: Emile Goozairow, 2016. Emile Goozairow is a Russian artist who paints and draws, produces movies, and creates exceptional miniature 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. The Money Book is an inventive and unusual miniature book from Emile. The book consists of old Soviet bank notes from 1961 in denominations of 1, 3, 5, 10, 25 rubles. The binding is painted in red, orange, and green acrylic on canvas. A small coin is affixed to each cover, and the book is held closed by a brown cord that attaches to a button. When the book's "pages" are turned, the rubles open up in the form of "paper mills" or "paper flowers." In fine condition. Measures: 65x40x20 mm. ARTISTSB/102021.
Chicago: P.F. Volland and Co, 1912. Hardcover. Eleventh edition. A cute book of poems illustrated with birds that have human faces. Very good in brown paper covered boards with black title and color illustration to front board. Chipping to spine ends and corners with wear to edges of boards. Decorative endpages and full color illustrations on every page. Occasional smudge marks and small spots of soiling to interior, but overall very clean and bright. Gift inscription in pen to front free endpaper. 96 pages. CHILD/110221. Very Good.
London: Richard Bentley, 1861 & 1862. Hardcover. Mary Delany (1700 - 1788) was an English artist known for her botanic paintings, paper cuts, paper-mosaics, and needlework - as well as for her lively correspondence. A member of the "bluestockings", she advocated for women's rights and is known for writing "Why must women be driven to the necessity of marrying? a state that should always be a matter of choice! and if a young woman has not fortune sufficient to maintain her in the situation she has been bred to, what can she do, but marry?". She was forced to marry a 60 year old man when she was only 17 due to the unfortunate financhial situation of her parents. All volumes are bound in matching three quarter green leather over marbled paper covered boards with title and volume numbers to spine. Full marbled edges with matching marbled endpapers. Sunning to spines, minor cracking to leather along spines, chipping to some title labels, wear to edges of boards, pulling to leather on some corners, and rubbing to boards. Bookplate of Richard Edwards to front pastedown of all volumes. The interiors are clean overall with minor foxing mostly to margins, light dampstaining to top margins of some pages in several volumes, and occasional finger smudges / spots of soiling. Very occasional pencil notation to margin. Slight bowing to some boards. All volumes include frontispieces and additional plates. Fold-out of family tree is present in final volume. Lacks plate of Catherine Hyde, which is supposed to be bound in across from page 4 in the first volume. All other plates are present; although, some are bound out of order. Volume I is 621 pages; Volume II is 635 pages; Volume III is 635 pages; Volume IV is 695 pages; Volume V is 586 pages; Volume VI is 602 pages. ENG/122021. Very Good.
New York: The Grolier Club, 1995. Softcover. One of 1000 copies. From the collection of book seller William S. Reese, with his compliments slip laid in. Reese formed an important Graves collection that included first editions, manuscripts, and letters. Green softcover in self wrappers with title label to front cover. Light signs of handling but near fine. Octavo. 35 pages. BOB/090721. Near Fine.
Portland, OR: Anne Greenwood. Number 10 of the 12 deluxe copies. The Lunar Maria (pl.) or Mare (sing.) are large dark basaltic plains on the Earth’s Moon formed by ancient volcanic eruptions. These plains Oceanus (Oceans), Mare (Seas), Lacus (Lakes), Palus (Marshes), and Sinus (Bays) were named by Giovanni Battista Riccioli in 1651 after states of mind and conditions of water. I have editioned three decks of 44 oracle cards named after the Lunar Maria: one wool hand-embroidered original, twelve cotton digitally printed, finished w/ hand-stitching, and 100 paper digitally printed. All the decks include a letterpress printed, hand-bound booklet, and indigo dyed bag and cloth with machine stitched text. The booklet describes how to use the cards and includes 44 poetic fragments that correspond to each basaltic plain and embroidered image. The booklet was designed, printed and bound by Daniela Del Mar. This project was conceived in the midst of studying magical tools and practices with Colette Gardiner in her Blue Iris Mystery School in Portland, Oregon, working as an artist-in-residence at the Icelandic Textiles Center in Blönduós, Iceland and learning from Carmen Spagnola's Numinous School of Intuition Development. The combination of these experiences helped me further understand, connect and embed my ancestry, place and natural world within my art practice. Ten percent of all sales from this deck, and funds generated from any readings will be donated to The Chúush Fund: Water for Warm Springs which directly benefits the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, Oregon as they work to restore their access and infrastructure for clean water. Edition size: 12 5.5”x 7.5”x 2” finished bag w/ contents, 4”x 5.5” cards & booklet, 20”x 20” cloth. In fine condition. ARTB/080221.
Number 85 of 100 trade copies. The Lunar Maria (pl.) or Mare (sing.) are large dark basaltic plains on the Earth’s Moon formed by ancient volcanic eruptions. These plains Oceanus (Oceans), Mare (Seas), Lacus (Lakes), Palus (Marshes), and Sinus (Bays) were named by Giovanni Battista Riccioli in 1651 after states of mind and conditions of water. I have editioned three decks of 44 oracle cards named after the Lunar Maria: one wool hand-embroidered original, twelve cotton digitally printed, finished w/ hand-stitching, and 100 paper digitally printed. All the decks include a letterpress printed, hand-bound booklet, and indigo dyed bag and cloth with machine stitched text. The booklet describes how to use the cards and includes 44 poetic fragments that correspond to each basaltic plain and embroidered image. The booklet was designed, printed and bound by Daniela Del Mar. This project was conceived in the midst of studying magical tools and practices with Colette Gardiner in her Blue Iris Mystery School in Portland, Oregon, working as an artist-in-residence at the Icelandic Textiles Center in Blönduós, Iceland and learning from Carmen Spagnola's Numinous School of Intuition Development. The combination of these experiences helped me further understand, connect and embed my ancestry, place and natural world within my art practice. Ten percent of all sales from this deck, and funds generated from any readings will be donated to The Chúush Fund: Water for Warm Springs which directly benefits the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, Oregon as they work to restore their access and infrastructure for clean water. Edition size: 12 5.5”x 7.5”x 2” finished bag w/ contents, 4”x 5.5” cards & booklet, 20”x 20” cloth. In fine condition. ARTB/080221.
UK: Fine Press Book Association, 2001. Hardcover. Deluxe edition issued in hardcover with jacket. In original navy blue cloth covered slipcase with red and white printed paper covered side panels. With supplemental portfolio of printed pieces. The portfolio for this issue includes pieces from the following presses: Avenue Press, Rampant Lions Press, Chris Daunt, Tragara Press, Whittington Press, Joan Hassall, Old Stile Press, Tern Press, Libanus Press, with paper designed by Stan Lane. Clean and bright. 56 pages. BOB/102721. Near Fine.
UK: Fine Press Book Association, 2003. Hardcover. Deluxe edition issued in hardcover with jacket. In original grey cloth covered slipcase with grey printed paper covered side panels. With supplemental portfolio of printed pieces. The portfolio for this issue includes pieces from the following presses: Edwin Smith (courtesy of the Rampant Lions Press), Old Stile Press, Libanus Press, Gwasg Gregynog, Simon King Press, Old Forge Press, Gordon Gumn, Piccolo Press. Clean and bright. 64 pages. BOB/102721. Near Fine.
Basel: Romano Hänni, 2021. Hardcover. Number 24 of the 54 copies of the standard edition. There are 10 additional copies of the deluxe edition. Each copy of the book comes with a pamphlet with photos of the manufacturing process and a soft cover book with Romano's explanation of this new work. Swiss book artist and typographer Romano Hänni (1956 - ) has been experimenting with unusual compositions of letter forms and symbols since the early 1980s. His 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 skill. In this book, Romano states that he is reprinting the original text of the Iti Amotytoma Muxum that arrived in England from Utopia in 1535. The book was purportedly soon "lost in the darkness of history" until 2019, when it was revealed to be in the Vatican Secret Archives. The book artist says that he was able to get possession of the book for a few weeks. Although not able to translate the mysterious lost language of Utopia, he was able to recreate the harmonious overall impression of the book with its deliberately used proportions and its classical and elementary typography. According to his book of explanation, Romano created this work in response to his own ethical, moral, and political beliefs about our modern world. The book is an intriguing production that beautifully displays his mastery of symbols and letter forms. It was hand set in lead type with brass lines and letterpress printed in black and four-colors. There were approximately 52 printing forms. The book is bound in green linen with gilt titling to front cover. It is housed in a grey paper covered slipcase along with the pamphlet of photos. In fine condition. Measures 5 x 7.5 inches. Book: 56 pages; Explanation volume: 23 pages. ARTB/090321. Fine.
Jersey City, NJ: Harsimus Press, 2017. Hardcover. Number 28 of 40 copies, signed and numbered by the book artist. This beautifully produced book by Barbara Henry explores the possibility of life on other planets. It recounts the discovery of a mysterious manuscript and note found on a beach in Maine by a woman named Sonia Duracote. While on a walk she finds a "strange bundle" that turns out to be a book written in the strange alphabet of a language she had ever seen before. After bringing it home, Sonia fell asleep and had a vivid dream in which she is visited by an extra-terrestrial who communicates with her through telepathy. He explained that the beautiful indecipherable text was not language as she understood it but prompts and symbols that evoke sights and sounds without ever becoming words. Following the text of Sonia's story, there is a separate section that has copy of the manuscript on a translucent paper with the text composed in Kliluk, a monotype font designed by book artist Barbara Henry for creating asemic texts as well as for decoration. Asemic means with out semantic value, a purely visual set of characters that look like language. The font is named for a lake in British Columbia that dries in summer into a series of mineral stained pools resembling polka-dots, said to be a terrestrial analog for ancient Martian lakes [artist's statement]. Bound in light blue cloth with title labels to front cover and spine. Hand set in foundry and monotype. The text is printed on Zerkall Book paper and the manuscript is printed on white Linen Wrapper from Canal Paper in Montreal. In fine condition. Measures 9.75 x 10 inches. Unpaginated. PRIVATE/111721. Fine.
London: E.T. Brain & Co., n.d. [c. 1852]. Hardcover. Second edition of this comprehensive compendium of medical and health information. In addition to covering everything from "abscess" to "zinc," the work includes an account of medicines in common use and a complete treatise on diet. Included are several full page plates illustrating various bone fractures, and the appearance of certain ailments such as dropsy, scrofula, and chicken pox. Bound in three quarter brown leather with marbled paper boards. Leather is scuffed, rubbed, and bumped. Paper covers are abraded, chipped, and worn. Spine labels with titling. Hinges are cracked but text blocks are holding tight. Scattered browning and spots throughout. Still a nice copy of this rather uncommon book. Measures 5 x 8.5 inches. 1079 pages [continuous pagination] plus errata, list of plates, and preface to second edition. MEDICINE/101821. very Good.
New York: T.H. Morrell, 1866-1867. One of 60 copies of the quarto edition. According to penciled notes on the free front endpaper of Volume I, this was the publisher's own copy, with occasional annotations throughout by the author. There are also two letters tipped in from the author to the publisher at page 100 of Volume I. This is a monumental history of New York City theatre by Joseph Ireland (1817-1898). Joseph Norton Ireland, one of the major early historians of the American theater, entered his father's business after graduating from high school in his native New York. Leaving the company in 1855 and retiring to Bridgeport, Connecticut, Ireland devoted the rest of his life to studying and writing about the stage. His history is organized chronologically by theatre season and then by theatre. It compiles a prodigious amount of information about every performance at the major New York theatres, its dates and its cast. He writes about how well the performances and the actors and actresses were received. In addition, Ireland offers detailed personal and professional information about the performers and other important theatrical figures of the time. His comments are entertaining as well as enlightening. He also provides interesting details about the exterior and interior appearance of the important theatres of the time. Ireland's occasional annotations to the text in Morrell's copies appear to be to update information about various performers for later editions of the book. Many are about the deaths of actors that occurred after the book was published. Others offer a more detailed biography, news of a marital separation, or a date correction. Bound by Oldach & Co. in brown leather with spine with raised bands and gilt titling. Leather in corners and along spine is somewhat rubbed and scuffed, particularly on Volume II. Because of the volumes' size, the hinges are weak or partly cracked and have been reinforced with tape along the newer pastedowns and first free endpapers. Interior pages are clean and bright with slightest aging to margins. Overall in very good condition. Volume I: 663 pages; Volume II: 746 pages including index and list of subscribers. Measures 9.5 x 12 x 3 inches. DRAMA/110421.
London and Philadelphia: J.M. Dent and J.B. Lippincott, 1894. Hardcover. A charming set of British ballads. They range by those from anonymous composers and writers to those by such well known figures as Wordsworth, Scott, Keats, Browning, Kipling, and Swinburne. The ballads are accompanied by many delightful black and white illustrations and vignettes by Cooke. Bound in three quarter brown leather with marbled paper boards and endpapers. Leather is scuffed and worn. Spine labels missing from Volumes I and II. Scuffing to paper boards. Top edges gilt. Text pages are generally clean and bright with occasional light spotting. Very good condition. Measures 5 x 7.25 inches. Volume I: 254 pages: Volume II: 285 pages; Volume III: 290 pages; Volume IV: 311 pages. POET/102121. Very Good.
Philadelphia: Henry T. Coates & Co., 1899. Hardcover. Beautifully bound in blue cloth with gilt titles and floral decoration to boards and spines of both volumes. MInor wear to edges of boards and spine ends. Occasional spots of soiling to margins, but clean and bright overall. Filled with photographic illustrations. An attractive set. 303 pages in Volume I. 318 pages in Volume II. TRA/102021. Very Good.
Japan: Takeo Co, Ltd, 1979. Hardcover. A large production including two cases of handmade papers, one case of "forefathers" of paper, one English text volume, and one Japanese translation volume. "To celebrate its 80th anniversary and to honor the ancient and honorable craft of making paper by hand and its practitioners of today, Takeo has been for years preparing 'Handmade Papers of the World.' Gathered together here, from world-wide sources, are examples of today's handmade papers and earlier writing surfaces as well. These beautiful volumes enrich the background of papermaking by hand and attest the pride and enthusiasm with which Takeo Company, Limited has served the paper industry for so many years" (James L. Anderson, editor of The Paper Maker, preface). The folio sized book (in English) is bound in quarter dark brown leatherette with cloth covered boards. It contains sections on each country that has contributed paper with notes on paper making history and processes. The two folio sized cases of paper samples are split to Eastern style paper from: China, Korea, Japan, Nepal, India, Burma, Thailand, Madagascar - and Western style paper from: Spain, Italy, France, Switzerland, G.D.R. England, Poland, Czechoslovakia, Austria, Yugoslavia, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, U.S.A., and Australia. A total of 23 countries are represented. One sample - Number 3-6 from Japan (Echizen-O-Hosho, Kozo) is not included. Two samples from Italy and two from G.D.R. are also not included; however, this appears to be intentional as a printed note on the contents page stating "not arrived" is present for each of these four items. Some papers are contained within labeled folders and others are not. It appears to have been issued his way as other copies indicate the same presentation. The Japanese translation book is bound in brown paper wrappers gilt title to spine panel. "The Forefathers of Paper" is issued in a porfolio case covered in cream colored handmade paper. It contains samples of papyrus, parchment, bai-lan, amatl paper, and tapa. Each of these samples is enveloped in plastic within an archival paper folder. Contents pages accompany each sample portfolio. Four pages of errata including each item are laid into the box. All of the above items are housed in a brown folding paper covered box with black title to front panel. Minor rubbing and wear to paper covering box. Some box flaps have tears to paper along hinges and paper lining the sides of the inside of the lid is torn in a few places from repeated lifting. An expansive, well documented collection of paper with over a hundred original samples. Book (in English) has 159 pages. Book (in Japanese) has 181 pages. Box size: 287 x 400 x 150 mm. This would be an excellent addition to a teaching collection. BOB/102721. Near Fine.
Boston: James R. Osgood and Company, 1872. Hardcover. First edition of this engaging account by King of his experiences climbing and exploring in the Sierra Nevada [Howes K- 148]. Clarence Rivers King (1842 – 1901) was an American geologist, mountaineer and author. He was the first director of the United States Geological Survey from 1879 to 1881. He is well known for his organization of one of the principal post–Civil War geological surveys of the American West, the Geological Exploration of the Fortieth Parallel. The fact that, at the age of 25, he was given complete command of a five-year mapping project from the Sierra Nevada across the Rocky Mountains attests to a remarkable personality. His survey volume, Systematic Geology, ranks as one of the great scientific works of the late nineteenth century. His popular classic, Mountaineering in the Sierra Nevada, begins with a summary of the geological history of the Sierras and then recounts King’s experiences between 1864-1870 in the range, both as a member of the Whitney expedition and as a mountain climber. Highlights include his ascents of Mount Tyndall, Mount Shasta, and Mount Whitney; survey of Yosemite Valley; and field trips in the Merced Valley. King provides anecdotes of the mountains’ people and natural history along the way [Wikipedia, Geological Society]. Bound in publisher's brown beveled cloth covers with gilt titling to spine. Covers are bumped, with wear to spine edges and slight abrasion to rear cover. Hinges are quite tender and front free endpaper detached. Rear free endpaper partially torn along hinge. Interior pages are tight and clean. Small illegible signature on title page.Evidence of label removed from front pastedown, and a handwritten label in its place states: "This book belonged to Carl Schurz whose library I acquired September 5th 1924. Paul Steinbrecker." This is perhaps the Carl Schurz who was a senator and Secretary of the Interior in the nineteenth century. Despite flaws still very good. Small octavo. 292 pages. TRAVEL/083021. Very Good.
London: Stanley Paul & Co., (1911). Hardcover. Includes 36 illustrations in half-tone. Greyish blue cloth boards with gilt title to spine and gilt illustration to front board. Minor discoloration to edges of boards. Bumping to cloth on head of spine. The interior is clean and bright. 316 pages plus ads. AUST/102021. Very Good.
Parma, Italy: Alberto Pazzoni and Paolo Monti, 1696. Hardcover. Quite scarce. Annibale Leonardelli (1623-1702) was an Italian Jesuit priest and biblical commentator. He was the author of several works on religion and morals. Bound in contemporary vellum. Binding is soiled, bumped, and missing a piece along the bottom of the front cover, revealing the board underneath. Brown leather spine label with titling. Marbled endpapers missing front free endpaper. Half title page has tear along right edge. Text pages are browned and spotted, not affecting legibility. A good copy of an uncommon book. In Italian. Measures 3 x 5.75 inches. 480 pages including index. ITALLANG/073021. Good +.
Philadelphia: M. Fithian, . Hardcover. First American edition from the second London Edition. In his preface the author writes that he believes that the subject of this book is one that is in itself highly curious and interesting. He states: "The Anglo-Saxons were originally hordes of ferocious pirates. By religion they were reclaimed from savage life, and raised to a degree of civilization, which, at one period, excited the wonder of the other nations of Europe." Bound in full brown leather with red spine label with gilt titling. Binding is rather worn and stained, with bumping to corners and light rubbing. Evidence of a removed label from bottom of spine. Hinges are cracked but text block is tight. Pastedowns and free endpapers are spotted and browned. The front pastedown and free endpaper have llibrary labels and ownership signatures and there is a library tamp on the title page. Text pages are quite legible with scattered foxing throughout. The fragile frontispiece amp of Anglo-Saxon Britain is browned and creased but still very good. There is one engraved plate. An about very good copy of this interesting history. Measures 6.75 x 9 inches. 324 pages. RELIGION/120921. Very Good.
London: Richard Bentley, 1866. Hardcover. A detailed and comprehensive account by the author of his observations and findings while traveling in the Pacific Northwest. John Keast Lord (1818–1872) was an English veterinarian and traveller, known as a naturalist, journalist and author. When British Columbia was formed into a colony, after the gold discoveries on the Fraser River in western Canada in 1858, Lord was appointed naturalist to the commission which was sent out to run a boundary line along the 49th parallel north of latitude, separating the new colony from United States territory. He was for some time resident on Vancouver Island; the collection (mammals, birds, fishes, insects, and other) made by him went to the British Museum.His travels in northwest America and California were also reported in The naturalist in Vancouver Island and British Columbia, with interesting descriptions of animals and birds and a list of his zoological collections [ Dictionary of Canadian Biography]. The descriptions and narrative are interesting indeed. Lord writes of everything from skunks and their odor, the ogress legend, a horse fair, insect-catching birds, much about Indians, the octopus, taking a bath, the miners' ball, a tobacco substitute, and so much more. Lord had a colloquial and very readable style making this work still enjoyable today. In a once lovely full brown leather binding by Riviere and Son. Rubbed, scuffed, bumped, and worn, with spine of Volume I with a repaired tear and the front board of Volume II detached. Evidence of labels removed from front covers. Interior pages are brittle, and there are some tears and chipping, including to the title page of Volume II and its detached frontispiece. Frontis of Volume I is also detached and title page is missing. Despite this, the text is complete and quite legible. Date stamp "May 20 1909" on first page of each volume. Good minus condition. Octavos. Volume I: 358 pages; Volume II: 375 pages. TRAVEL/102121. Good.
Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1908. Hardcover. A lovely little volume of French poetry that includes such writers as Baudelaire, Chateaubriand, Froissart, Gautier, Hugo, Moliere, Ronsard, Villon, and Verlaine. Bound in full dark red leather by the binder Morrell with raised bands, gilt titling, and gilt dentelles. Light wear to edges and joints. Rear hinge is cracked. Rear dentelles have chips. Offsetting on free endpapers from leather turn-ins. Call number faintly visible on spine and small accession number in ink on verso of title page. Remnant of signout slip on rear endpaper. Interior pages are clean and bright. Bookplates of Elsie Bogardus Murphy and John P. King. Still very good condition. Measures 4.25 x 6.75 inches. 492 pages. FRENCHL/101921. Very Good.
Antwerp. Hardcover. Two volumes only of a four volume set. Collection of sermons and homilies written in Latin by the Italian Joseph Mansi (Giuseppe), in the late sixteenth century. Bound in full brown leather with gilt ornaments to covers and spines. Covers are bumped, and worn, spines with six compartments faded, and joints and hinges cracked. Marbled endpapers. Interior pages generally nice with some creasing and browning. Folio volumes. Volume I: 875 pages plus unpaginated indexes; Volume II: 913 pages plus unpaginated indexes. REL/081621. Very Good.