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New York: Harper and Brothers, 1837. Hardcover. 2 volumes. First Complete American Edition. Very good in original dark brown cloth boards with embossed floral design and black leather title labels with gilt to spines. Wear to joints, edges of boards, and corners. Split to bookcloth along rear hinge and split to interior front hinge. Minor rubbing to boards. Pen and pencil markings to front free endpapers. Foxing throughout both volumes, otherwise the interiors are clean. Frontis and original tissue guards to both volumes. 570 pages in volume I; 699 pages in volume II. LIT/011420. Very Good.
Japan: Kodansha International Ltd, 1986. Hardcover. "Literally, 'houses of the people,' these traditional farmhouses from Japan's premodern past might be more properly called 'folk houses.' The beauty of minka, like the beauty of all folk art, lies in the harmonious blending of form and material ... Illustrated with more than 400 photographs and drawings, this book describes the basic external and internal features, the structure from foundation to roof truss, and the variety of minka styles" (jacket). Qurto. Brown cloth boards with white title to spine. In white illustrated jacket with dark red title to spine and front panels. Minor wear / creasing to jacket. Old price sticker to rear cover of jacket. Clean and bright. 260 pages. ARCH/022020. Very Good / Very Good.
Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1893. One of 1500 copies. This copy is in an exquisite binding from master Chicago binder Alfred J. Cox (1835-1909). Cox founded a bindery in Chicago in the 1860s that became the largest commercial bindery west of the Mississippi River. Cox was also a serious book collector who bound many books in his personal collection in sumptuous designer bindings. His philosophy was that "books of the imagination...demand rich morocco, fanciful ornaments, and gilding. This binding exemplifies his philosophy. It is in brown morocco with a beautiful gilt flower design on the front and rear covers, with gilt ruling around the edges. The spine has five raised bands with title, author, and ornaments in the compartments. The dentelles also have a lovely gilt floral design. With marbled endpapers. The book's colophon states that Gothic Architecture, first given as a lecture for the Arts & Crafts Exhibition Society in the year 1889, was printed by the Kelmscott Press during the Society’s exhibition in 1893. It is printed in Golden type on Flower paper, and was the first book printed in 16mo. by the press. According to William Peterson's bibliography of the press (p. 48-51), “there were three impressions of the book, presumably of 500 copies each.” There were two misspellings in the first impression. “Van Eyck “ was misspelled “Van Eyk” (p. 45, l.1.), and “guilds was spelled “gilds” (p. 45, l. 16). This copy has the correct spellings of these two words and is from the second or third impression. Printed with Golden type on Flower paper. There are four and six line initials and red shoulder notes throughout. Light paper aging along fore-edge otherwise near fine. MOR/021720.
Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1893. One of 500 paper copies (10 were printed on vellum). This beautiful early production from the Kelmscott Press was described by Sydney Cockerell in 1898 as "one of the rarest books issued from the Press" because of its popularity [William Peterson bibliography]. The Foreword states that the poems are printed witht he original spelling and that the fact of being able to study these poems in the language in which they were written ought we think, to add materially to the pleasure of the reader. Bound in the original limp vellum with Shakespeares Poems in gilt on spine. Vellum still very clean with some creasing and curling to the front cover. The fragile ribbon ties are missing. The interior pages are in near fine condition. Each poem has a lovely title page with ornamental borders and ten line initial letters designed by William Morris. Printed in Golden type on Flower paper. Measures 5.75 x 8.75 inches. 216 pages. PRI/022420.
Annapolis: Jehu Chandler, 1811. Hardcover. Thomas J. Pratt's copy with his ownership signature on three pages. It is crossed out on the top of the title page. Pratt (1804 - 1869) served as both a US senator and the governor of Maryland. He was a Whig but later switched to the Democratic Party after the Whigs were dissolved. This book is also ex-library from Ober, Grimes, and Shriver - National Bank Building in Baltimore with stamp to front free endpaper and evidence of removed signout card to rear pastedown. In a modern binding of beige buckram with black title "Kilty's English Statutes 1811" to spine. Clean overall aside from markings mentioned above, light foxing throughout, and browning to margins on early and late pages. Size: Quarto. 289 pages plus errata. MD/032520. Very Good.
Baltimore: (2001). First Edition. Paperback. 8vo. Fine in blue paper wrappers with white title to front wrapper and to spine. Pristine interior with photographic illustrations of each woman profiled. Article about the book's release is laid in at front. Includes a bookmark advertising the book. 107 pages. BALT/121619. Fine.
The American Journal of Sociology, Circa 1910. Paperback. Reprinted from "The American Journal of Sociology," Vol. XVI, No. 1, July, 1910. White side stapled paper wrappers with title to front wrapper. Ex libris with stamp and sticker to front wrapper. Small Closed tear to bottom of front wrapper and light crease throughout. Text is clean and bright. Sociology. ANTH/012220. Very Good.
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1891. Hardcover. A worn but attractive set bound in three quarter tan leather over marbled paper covered boards. Red title and black author labels to the spines of all volumes. One volume (about Marie Antoinette) is cocked and the rear hinge has been repaired. Minor wear and rubbing to leather on spines, hinges, labels, and corners. Small chips to edges of some labels and pull to leather on some volumes. The interiors are bright and clean overall; however, one volume has damp staining to the first few pages and another has a very small, light dampstain to the top edges of a few pages. Each volume has a frontispiece portrait. Top edges gilt and marbled endpapers. Each volume has an index. FRE/111319. Very Good.
Hatboro, PA: Tradition Press, 1965. Hardcover. Facsimile of original 1913 edition. 8vo. Organge cloth covered boards with white title to spine. Minor bumping to spine ends and corners. Light rubbing and soiling to boards. Minor foxing and some marginal notations throughout. Index, 519 pages. MD/011619. Very Good.
London: Printed by the Chiswick Press and Published by Longmans & Co., 1898. Hardcover. These two talks given by William Morris and printed by the Chiswick Press are bound together in a splendid leather and gilt tooled binding done by the New York attorney, author, and amateur binder Fletcher W. Battershall (1866-1929). Battershaw was the author of "Book-Binding for Bibliophiles" (1905), a book on gilt tooling. and several articles on bookbinding. He was close friends with and perhaps a pupil of Louis Kinder, head binder at the Roycroft Shop, as Kinder dedicated his own book, "Formulas for Bookbinders," to him. Battershaw's bookplate is affixed to the front pastedown, and the front turn-in has his distinctive bat binder's stamp tooled in gilt. The brown leather binding displays Battershaw's skills and techniques as a binder. The front cover has the titles of the two talks and the name of William Morris stamped in gilt along the edges of the cover within gilt ruling. Both the front and rear covers have an intricate design of interlaced hearts as gilt ornaments in the center of the cover. All edges gilt. A gorgeous binding in fine condition. The interior pages are also fine save for a small closed tear on lower margin of the lecture and light offsetting from the leather turn-ins. The first text is an interesting address in which Morris offered advice to the Birmingham students by which he himself lived: “...make yourself sure that you have in you the essentials of an artist before you study Art as a handicraft by which to earn your bread. But, again, if you are able to do this, & become a genuine handicraftsman, I congratulate you...for you belong to the only group of people in civilization which is really happy: Persons whose necessary daily work is inseparable from their greatest pleasure.” Art and Beauty of the Earth was the second lecture of a series given by Morris at the Burslem Town Hall in 1881. It also exhorts its listeners to appreciate and contribute to the beauties of the earth through their craft. Printed in the Golden type of the Kelmscott Press. Address: 25 pages; Lecture: 31 pages. MORRIS/022420. Fine.
Paris and Boston: The Napoleon Society, 1895. Hardcover. Edition de Grand Luxe, limited to 500 copies of which this is number 387. All volumes are bound to match in three quarter dark brown leather over marbled paper covered boards. The first sixteen volumes are titled "Napoleon" and numbered from 1 to 16 in gilt on the spines. The five volumes of Talleyrand are titled "Memoirs of Talleyrand" and numbered from 1 to 5 in gilt on the spines. Raised bands to spines of all volumes, some with small losses and chipping. Minor wear to edges, hinges, and corners of boards with some volumes having heavier wear and some cracking to leather along hinges. All boards remain firmly attached except for the front board of volume one in the Talleyrand portion. This board is present but detached. Sunning to spines and to edges of boards. Clean interiors overall with occasional small spots of browning / foxing / soiling. One volume of the Talleyrand portion has minor dampstaining to margins of a few early pages. All volumes have marbled endpapers and top edges gilt. Illustrated; each illustration has a captioned tissue guard. The pages in many volumes remain unopened. Each volume is about 300 pages. An attractive set. FRE/111319. Very Good.
New York: D & J Sadlier and Co, (1879). Hardcover. Lacks title page. Original dark brown cloth boards with gilt title to spine and front cover. Large split to book cloth along front hinge. Thick black duct tape has been adhered to corners of the book. Sunning and minor staining / discoloration to boards. Ex-library. Pen inscription from previous owner on front endpaper. Clean interior overall with occasional pen / pencil markings. Browning to margins throughout. A good reading copy. 647 pages. REL/122719. very good minus.
Baltimore: Cara Ober, 2019. Paperback. Fine in illustrated paper wrappers with black title to white spine. Filled with color photographic illustrations and articles on UMBC's special collections, Beyond Video (a Baltimore Video Store), Ten Contemporary Artists, Webster Phillips and the I. Henry Photo Archive, Preserving Black Culture at the Arch Social Club, Derrick Adams' Family archives, Heidi Daniel and the Enoch Pratt Library, Radical Books at Red Emmas, and more. 88 pages. PER/111819. Fine.
Bisbee, AZ: Pequeno Press, 1997. Number 19 of 16 copies, signed by Pat Baldwin, the designer and publisher. This charming miniature book is designed as a folding box with an accordion style folded out sheet. When the box is opened it reveals a silver figure of Queen Mab riding in her polymer clay carriage with silk reins. In Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, the character Mercutio jests with Romeo by musing that Mab, the bringer of dreams, has visited his lovesick friend. Mab first seems like a whimsical creation like the fairies in A Midsummer Night's Dream, but it soon becomes clear that Mercutio's Queen Mab is a malevolent hag who punishes "unchaste" ladies. Pat Baldwin established the Pequeno Press in 1984 in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. She moved the press to Bisbee Arizona in 1990. The press published 71 limited edition, hand bound miniature books, two of which won the Miniature Book Society's Distinguished Book award. Book measures 2 inches square inches in a box that measures 2.25 inches square. In fine condition. MINIAT/111319. Fine.
London: Petersburg Press, 1970. Hardcover. An interesting collaboration between the Petersburg Press and the Kasmin Gallery to publish this unexpected edition of the Grimm fairy tales illustrated from original b&w etchings by renowned artist David Hockney. The thirty-nine stark and evocative etchings are quite fitting for the dark and mysterious tales. Bound in dark blue cloth with title and artist in silver on front cover. In near fine condition. Measures 3 x 4.25 inches. MINIAT/112019. Near Fine.