Antique Collectors' Club, 1984. Hardcover. Originally published by Country Life in 1955. "[These volumes] are important for the discussion of the house in its setting and the design of the interiors. The house is examined as a while and not just a series of elevations and plans. Sensible as the approach may seem it is not one that is universally adopted by other authors. The Country House series is not only a source of excellent information but makes fascinating reading. It remains the standard work" (jacket). Greenish grey cloth boards with gilt titles to spines and front covers. In pictorial dust jackets with white spine panels titled in black. Minor wear to edges of jackets. Long closed tear to front panel of jacket of third volume. Clean interiors with many black and white photographic illustrations. These books smell like incense. Each volume is about 255 pages. ARCH/102618. Very Good / Very Good.
Oldham, England: Incline Press, 2018. Hardcover. Number 28 of fewer than 120 copies and no longer available from the press. This charming book about Elizabeth Friedlander (1903-1984) was published to celebrate the eightieth anniversary of Friedlander’s typeface issued by the Bauer Type Foundry. This book uses some of the information from Pauline Paucker’s majestic New Borders: The Working Life of Elizabeth Friedlander to sketch the story of her working life from beginning as a calligrapher in Berlin to her exile, first in Italy and then in England, and her work for leading lights in the world of books and graphic design. When the typeface was first commissioned in the late 1920s by Georg Hartmann it was to be named Friedlander. It was not issued until 1938 and was renamed Elizabeth to hide her Jewish Friedlander name. Printed from original Elizabeth metal type, on Wookey Hole paper that was made by hand back when Friedlander was still alive. The book includes five double-page samples of original Friedlander Curwen Paper, seven illustrations, and two type-specimens of Elizabeth, roman and italic. The text uses various sizes of Elizabeth, roman and italic. Each copy is bound in one of her Curwen papers. This copy is bound in sprightly orange and black patterned paper with green cloth spine and title label to spine and front cover. In fine condition. 4.5 x 7 inches. 24 pages. PRI/092018. Fine.
Oldham, England: Incline Press. Hardcover. Number 32 of 160 copies signed by the artist. This is a handsome book with striking prints from artist Nick Wonham. From the press: "Collective nouns, the stuff of schooldays, always seem to amuse us. A parliament of magpies has to be a favourite, especially if you’ve heard a group of them cackling together in the Springtime. But we prefer the alternative, a charm of magpies, which certainly suits this poem better. It is one version of a folk rhyme which has many local variants, all superstitiously foretelling the future through random occurrence. Although Iona & Peter Opie’s Dictionary of Nursery Rhymes does not include it amongst the counting rhymes. It makes a nice counting or even skipping song, and we present it thus, with the numeral and its word facing each picture to encourage learning by mixing reading with the action of counting. Magpies are often known a thugs in the garden, stealing eggs and chasing off their more delicate rivals. As printers, though, we have a fondness for them because of their “ink on paper” plumage and their latin name pica pica, which recalls the printshop unit of measure. The heart of our book is the ten two-colour linocut prints. Each one 8 x 6 inches, their bold, dense colours add to the edgy feel of the images. Hand set in Monotype Bemb from 24 to 72 points in size. The numerals are Winchester 30-line woodtype from Stephenson, Blake. The paper is Zerkall. Bound with a dark blue cloth spine and light blue printed paper over boards with specially printed endpapers by Roger Grech at his Papercut Bindery. In fine condition. Measures 14.5 x 10.25 inches. Unpaginated [27 pages]. PRI/102518. Fine.
Oldham, England: Incline Press, 2009. Paperback. "U unwillingness, slowness to learn. V is the vomitting the great fish is forced to make our hero change and turn, if only stumblingly, mind not yet open. W's the whale and the gobbling worm. X is exposure to why, Yahweh. Z is the zeal that makes Yahweh squirm" (last page). A chapbook issued to celebrate The Books of Jonah, the summer exhibition at Chetham's Library in Long Millgate, Manchester. Letterpress printed with metal type and illustrated with wood cuts printed in various colors. Bound in marbled paper wrappers with yellow title label to front cover. Clean and bright. Size: 4.5 x 3.5 inches. [8 pages] PRI/120518. Fine.
Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University / Ferdinand Hamburger Jr Archives / Milton S Eisenhower Library, 1991. Paperback. Scarce. Green side-stapled paper wrappers with white title and photographic illustration to front cover. Minor rubbing to covers. Includes several black and white photographic illustrations. Thin octavo. 25 pages. BALT/120518. Very Good.
New York: Random House, 2017. Hardcover. Described by the publisher as a concise and deeply moving portrait of the American landscape from coast to coast. It offers a detailed and pragmatic framework for our foreign policy at a time when there is little consensus about who we are and what we should be doing with our power overseas. Bound in black paper covered boards with red paper spine. In a pictorial cover with white spine and title and author to each. In fine condition. 201 pages. TRAV/100418. Fine.
Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1892. This monumental three volume work was one of the early achievements of the renowned Kelmscott Press. This is a single sheet from the book (pages 521-522 from Volume II) with two ten-line and one six-line beautiful ornamental initials designed by William Morris. Printed in Golden type on Flower paper. Small chips and light browning to margins otherwise very good condition. PRI/120518. Very Good.
Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1892. This monumental three volume work was one of the early achievements of the renowned Kelmscott Press. This is a single sheet from the book (pages 497-498 from Volume II) with one ten-line and two six-line beautiful ornamental initials designed by William Morris. Printed in Golden type on Flower paper. Small chips and light browning to margins otherwise very good condition. PRI/120518. Very Good.
Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1892. This monumental three volume work was one of the early achievements of the renowned Kelmscott Press. This is a single sheet from the book (pages 467-468 from Volume II) with one ten-line and two six-line beautiful ornamental initials designed by William Morris. Printed in Golden type on Flower paper. Small chips and light browning to margins otherwise very good condition. PRI/120518. Very Good.
Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1892. This monumental three volume work was one of the early achievements of the renowned Kelmscott Press. This is a single sheet from the book (pages 353-354 from Volume I) with one ten-line and one six-line beautiful ornamental initials designed by William Morris. Printed in Golden type on Flower paper. Small chips and light browning to margins otherwise very good condition. PRI/120518. Very Good.
Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1892. This monumental three volume work was one of the early achievements of the renowned Kelmscott Press. This is a single sheet from the book (pages 159-160 from Volume I) with one ten-line and one six-line beautiful ornamental initials designed by William Morris. Printed in Golden type on Flower paper. Small chips and light browning to margins otherwise very good condition. PRI/120518. Very Good.
Washington DC: Associated Publishers, Inc., . Hardcover. Scarce first edition. Author Robert Kerlin (1866-1950) was a well known educator and liberal who was a prominent advocate for racial equality and supporter of civil rights. This and his previous book, The Voice of the Negro," were published during the Harlem Renaissance - the African-American intellectual, social, and artistic explosion that took place in Harlem, New York, spanning the 1920s. In his preface to this book Kerlin writes: "While...I have passed in review the poetry of the Negro up to and including Dunbar...strictly speaking this is a representation of new Negro voices, and anthology of present-day Negro verse, with biographical items and...critical comment." While there are well-known names such as Dunbar, W.E.B. Du Bois, and Langston Hughes, many of the poets featured are not. Bound in green cloth with gilt titling to spine and front cover. With bumping, rubbing and small chips to spine edges. The interior hinges are loose but the text block is still holding. A previous owner made a close study of this book, making extensive notes in pencil on the free endpapers and annotations in the margins of several poems. Ink ownership signature of another previous owner on front and rear pastedowns. With a number of black and white illustrations of the poets. Still a nice copy of this contemporary study of African-American poetry. 285 pages. AFRICANAMER/120518. Very Good -.
Zurich: Belser-Verlag, 1984. Hardcover. A superb facsimile of the 15th century Office of the Madonna, attributed to Jean Bourdichon, a French miniature painter and manuscript illuminator at the court of France between the end of the 15th century and the start of the 16th century. The beautifully reproduced pages of the original Latin manuscript include 17 full-page illuminated illustrations with ornate borders and illuminated initials throughout. Bound in brown leather with four raised spine bands that have gilt title and ornaments in the compartments. Covers have gilt ruling and heraldic devices. a.e.g. In fine condition. 4 x 6.25 inches. Accompanied by a second volume offering commentary on the manuscript by German art historian and medievalist Eberhard Konig. Bound in brown cloth with red title label affixed to front cover. Also fine. Both are housed in a clamshell box with brown cloth coves, red spine label and small painting of the Madonna on the top. Facsimile: 145 pages; Commentary: 136 pages. ILLUM/121018. Fine.
2007. Hardcover. Number 18 of 26 copies. Numbered and signed by the book artist. This book was inspired by a Little Red Riding Hood doll that the artist had as a child. "When Little Red is turned upside down, the wolf, in grandmother's clothing, is revealed under her skirts. A long lost music box, embedded in her back, played 'Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf.'" Includes text from the poem "Silver and Gold" by Ellen Steiber (1994). The featured wood engraving is by Gustav Dore (1869). Fine in red cloth boards with black title and illustration printed on front cover. The book is accordion bound and printed in black and red. Housed in a plain black paper envelope. Unpaginated (6 pages). ARTB/103018. Fine.
St. Paul, MN: Webb Publishing Co., 1920. Hardcover. 8vo. Very good+ in maroon cloth covered boards with black title to front board and gilt title to spine. Slight bumping to spine ends. Corners are sharp. Minor browning to edges of end pages. Light yellowing to pages throughout. Ex-libris with discard stamps to title page, edges of text block, and to rear paste down. No other library markings. Else is clean and bright with illustrations throughout. Index, 365 pages + ads. NAT/092118. Very Good+.
Boston: Little, Brown, and Company, 1899. Hardcover. A story set in Ireland. Both volumes are bound in dark green cloth boards with gilt titles and decorations to spines and front covers. Light rubbing to covers and minor wear to corners and spine ends. Bright gilt on covers, but slight darkening to gilt on spines. Personal library stamp to front free endpapers. Old price sticker has been removed from front free endpaper of first volume. Slight browning to margins of pages in both volumes. Illustrated with 8 ethcings and many line drawings within the text. 388 pages in volume one; 462 pages in volume two. LIT/102418. Very Good.
Baltimore: Baltimore City Department of Planning and the University of Baltimore, 1989. Paperback. Scarce. First Edition. Includes sections on Roland Park, Homeland, Guilford, Mid-Charles, Govans, Loch Raven, Northwood, Waverly, Lower Harford Road, Charles-Calvert Corridor, Remington, and Hampden. Brown paper wrappers with light brown title to front wrapper. Minor rubbing to spine ends. Pristine interior with photographic illustrations throughout. Size: Thin quarto. 72 pages. BALT/121218. Near Fine in Wraps.
New York: Continuum, 2005. Hardcover. "French jazz scholar Jean Pierre Lion traveled the trajectory of Bix's life, from birth to death, to boarding school, on tour, and beyond, to uncover the truth behind the legend" (jacket). White paper covered boards with red title to spine. In orange dust jacket with dark red title to spine and white title to front panel. Minor sunning to spine panel and edges of jacket. 348 pages. MUS/120518. Fine / Near Fine.
New York: Thomas Y. Crowell, 1899. Hardcover. An Oration delivered before the Harvard Chapter of the Phi Beta Kappa, on June 30, 1898 (later printed in The Atlantic Monthly). Thin beige leatherette boards with gilt title and floral decoration to front cover. Small, dampstain to top of front cover. A few small (but darker) dampstains to rear cover. Minor foxing and a few larger spots of discoloration to endpapers. Clean interior otherwise. A very pretty little book despite noted flaws. 31 pages. EDU/102418. Very Good.
New York: Grosset and Dunlap, 1909. Hardcover. Includes four full page black and white illustrations. Blue cloth boards with dark blue title to spine and front cover. Color illustration pasted down to front cover. Sunning to spine and edges of boards (spine has faded to beige). Clean and bright. 378 pages. LIT/102518. Very Good.
New York: Macmillan Company, 1910. Hardcover. Very good in dark blue cloth boards with gilt title to spine and front cover. Fleur-de-lis decorations in white to spine and front cover. Minor wear to edgse of boards, hinges, and spine ends. Small tear to bookcloth along edge of rear board. Light rubbing to boards. Front hinge is starting, but holding. Includes 6 color illustrations and many black and white in text line drawings. Short closed tear to top margin of one color illustration. Clean overall with occasional smudge marks and foxing to first and last few pages. Chipping to bottom edge of front endpaper. 249 pages plus ads. LIT/102418. Very Good.
New York: M.A. Donohue and Company, (1915). Hardcover. Later printing. Light blue cloth boards with faded gilt title to spine and bright, but rubbed gilt title to front cover. Fleur-de-lis pattern in dark blue to cover and spine. Fading and roll to spine. Light circular dampstain from a drink being placed on the cover many years ago - two rings on cover. Minor fraying to spine ends and minor wear to edges of boards and corners. Slight browning to margins of pages, occasional spots of foxing and soiling and short closed tears. Clean overall. 249 pages. LIT/102518. Very Good.