Richmond, VA: Garrett & Massie, 1931. Hardcover. Very good in purple cloth covered boards with gilt design to front board and gilt title to faded spine. Minor fading to edges and minor bumpign to corners and spine ends. Interior is lightly yellowed with age but has almost no foxing. Previous owner's name to early flyleaf. Illustrated endpapers, frontis. + many black and white photo plates of Virginia homes. Binding is tight. 211 pp. American State History. VA/121018. Very Good.
Padova Italy: Biblos Edizioni, 1989. Hardcover. Text in Italian. Red cloth boards with gilt title to front cover. Clean and bright with many full page lush full color photographic illustrations. In an illustrated dust jacket with gilt title to spine and front panels. Short closed tear to bottom edge of spine panel of jacket, which has been repaired with tape. Minor wear to edges of jacket. Housed in a red cloth slipcase with gilt title to front and rear panels. This is a heavy book and may require an extra shipping fee. 305 pages. ARCH/102618. Near Fine / Very Good.
Chicago: O.J. McClure, 1932. Paperback. Third printing. A book encouraging prohibition and emphasizing the evils of alcohol. "It is liquor that causes crime. Liquor causes crime directly, by poisoning the mind and producing criminal tendency. Everybody knows this. But everybody does not know the liquor causes far more crime by poisoning the mind with its false propaganda" (page 17). Red side-stapled paper wrappers with black title to front cover. Darkening to covers and damp staining throughout. A good reading copy of a somewhat scarce title. 64 pages. Good +.
New York: Henry Holt and Company, 2009. Hardcover. Inscribed and signed by the author. "George McGovern - a midwesterner, former U.S. senator and presidential candidate, veteran, and historian by training - offers his unique insight into our sixteenth president" (jacket). Red paper spine over white paper covered boards with gilt title to spine and front cover. In brown illustrated dust jacket with black title to spine. Minor wear to edges of jacket. Clean and bright. 184 pages. PRES/120518. Fine / Fine.
Berkeley: The Arts and Crafts Press, 1999. Paperback. Number 139 of 350 copies. Edited, designed, letter-press printed and hand bound by Bruce Smith and Yoshiko Yamamoto. Printed on acid-free paper. Includes many illustrations. Both parts are bound in tan paper wrappers with titles to front covers. Part II lacks one color plate on page 6. Parts are housed in a brown slipcase with ribbon and bead closure. Slight fading to spine panel of case. Part I is 27 pages. Part II is 30 pages. PRI/120518. Very Good.
New York: George Braziller, 1973. h. A beautifully produced facsimile of the Illuminated Manuscript 9Ms. latin 9471 in the Biblioteque Nationale in Paris. There are 126 splendid full-page plates, each followed by commentary by Marcel Thomas. With a list of plates and short bibliography.Bound in bright red cloth with gilt titling to spine and gilt ornamenton front cover. In fine condition. Housed in a black paper covered slipcase with title label to spine manuscript plate affixed to rear. Slipcase shows the slightest wear and in very good condition. Measurer 8 x 12 inches. 247 pages. ILLUM/120618. Near Fine.
New York: Harper & Brothers, Publishers, 1851. Hardcover. The “Town Ho’s Story” appeared on pages 659-665 in the October 1851 issue of Harper’s New Monthly Magazine. It was the first appearance of any part of the great novel Moby Dick and became chapter 54 in the book. A publisher’s note on page 659 says: “From The Whale, the title of a new work by Mr. Melville, now in the press of Harper and Brothers, and now publishing in London by Mr. Bentley.” The chapter concerns a potential mutiny and the appearance of Moby Dick that thwarted the uprising. It was a first report of the white whale while at sea. The volume is bound in contemporary quarter brown leather with marbled paper boards and gilt titling to spine. Light bumping and wear with chipping to edges of paper, but very nice. Interior pages are clean and bright with occasional light foxing and browning. Very good condition. 864 pages. PER/071118. Very Good.
New York: Harper and Brothers, 1849. Hardcover. First American Edition. This was Melville's third book and his first purely fictional work. It was not a critical success when published but is now considered to have explored philosophical themes and showed his potential. Bound in modern brown leather boards with black title labels to spines. Marbled endpapers. Dampstaining throughout and intermittent foxing. Page repair to page 365 in volume I. Volume I: 365 pages; Volume II: 387 pages plus 8 pages of advertisements. Good+ condition. LIT/081218. Good +.
New York: Harper and Brothers, 1847. Hardcover. First American Edition. (Stated Third Edition on the title page; however, this refers to the two English editions published prior.) This story is based on Melville's adventures and experiences during his years at sea between 1839-1844. It has been rebacked with the original boards and modern cloth spine titled in gilt. The original cover features a gilt ship and embossed decoration. Heavy wear to cloth on edges and corners. Small chip to bookcloth on rear board. Original marbled endpapers. Foxing throughout, but heaviest to first and last few pages. 389 pages plus two sets of advertisements. LIT/101918. Very Good.
New York: G.P. Putnam & Co., 1853. Hardcover. “Bartleby the Scrivener,” Herman Melville’s famed short story, was first serialized anonymously in two parts in the November and December 1853 issues of Putnam’s Monthly Magazine. It was reprinted with minor textual changes in Piazza Tales in 1856. The story has been called the unquestionable masterpiece of Melville’s short fiction and is among the most noted American short stories. Volume II included July - December 1853. The story appeared on pages 546-557 in November and pages 609-615 in December. Bound in the original green cloth with gilt title to spine. Minor fading to spine, short closed tear to top of front hinge, bumping to corners, and a few spots of soiling to spine. Several splits to binding; although, all pages remain bound. Occasional spots of foxing throughout (heaviest on endpapers) and very occasional notations in pencil. Very good condition. 690 pages. LIT/071118. Very Good.
Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, (1956). Paperback. Riverside Edition. 8vo. Very good in blue and white illustrated paper wrappers with black title to front and blue spine panels. Black crossed out number to front wrapper. Minor browning and rubbing to exterior. Stamp to half title page. Sporadic underlining to several pages throughout. Else is clean and bright. 431 pages. LIT/102618. Very Good.
New York: Mermaid Press, 1962. Softcover. A scarce miniature book from Fridolf Johnson's Mermaid Press that parodies traditional alphabet books. In this version, Nasty Nancy torments her poor Kitty by such means as addling, clobbering, hanging, kicking and vexing among other horrid acts until the poor Kitty is dead. Fortunately, as cats have nine lives, Kitty now has another of them spent with sweet and kind Egbert. Bound in cream paper boards with title in red on front cover. The ornate first letters of each word are printed in various bright colors. In near fine condition. Housed in a blue slipcase with fading to edges. Measures 2 x 2.25 inches. Near Fine.
New Haven: Meredith Miller, 2017. Number 23 of 25 copies signed by the artist. This interesting book of seemingly abstract black and white photographs reflects on the history and meaning of books in a totally new and inventive way. Meredith Miller describes her book as follows: "In my role at Yale's Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, I capture hundreds of images of the pages of each individual book every single day. As they are photographed, the books often shed bits and pieces of their bindings and flecks from their brittle pages. I started documenting these bits and pieces within the course of my regular work day. At the end of a session, after I have photographed a book, I capture what remains on the bed of the copy stand before I sweep it up and dispose of the residue. These bits and pieces from rare and seminal works are at once precious and incidental. The resulting photographs leave the imagination open to both the presence and the absence of the object and in the process create abstract illusions." Each of the photos includes the name of the book from which the bits and pieces creating the image are from. Photographer and artist Meredith Miller received her undergraduate degree in Visual Art from the University of Chicago before earning an MFA in photography from Yale School of Art. Meredith’s work has been exhibited in group exhibitions throughout New England as well as in New York and in California. Her photographs are included in the collections of the Danforth Museum of Art and the Yale Art Gallery. Meredith currently works as a photographer at Yale’s Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library and teaches at Fairfield University, Southern Connecticut State University, and Yale School of Art where she was appointed lecturer in photography in 2013. Bound in black paper covers with title and author in silver to front cover. Each copy includes a small envelope affixed to the rear inside cover that holds a bit or piece. In fine condition. 8.5 x 8.5 inches. 58 pages. PRI/100118.
Detroit: Singing Tree Press, Book Tower, 1969. Hardcover. Facsimilie reprint produced in 1969 - this book was originally published in 1936 by the American Book Company, on the 100th anniversary of the appearance of the first McGuffey reader. Fine in tan cloth boards with gilt title to spine. Clean and bright. 482 pages. CHILD/102618. Fine.
Barcelona: Elies Plana, 2018. Hardcover. One of 50 regular copies from an edition of 72. The printer Elies Plana is a Barcelona based book artist and printer who has been working in the field for the last 15 years. After studying fine arts at the art school of Olot, he joined the workshop of his father, Miquel Plana. He learned the craft and the different techniques by helping and assisting his father in the production of over 100 fine books. He not only learned the love for the books but also for the craftsmanship involved in every stage of producing them. In 2008 he started his own projects that vary from editions book, prints and special commissions. He works with different techniques, from linocuts and woodcut to etching, and uses lead and wood types to print the texts. He has worked with different writers and poets, mainly related to the Catalan culture. This striking book is the result of a collaboration between Plana and a number of other contributors. The text is an unpublished poem written by Ateri Miawatl in the Nahuatl language of the Uto-Aztecan family,which originated in Mesoamerica and is spoken by 1.4 million people in central Mexico. It was translated into Spanish by Omar Gatica. Maria Merce Padrose and MIquel Colomer did the Catalan version and D. Sam Abrams the English version. The books design and layout were done by Gabriela Comba. The handsome yellow and black linocuts are by Francisco Villa. Printed on GravArt paper. Bound in bright yellow paper covered boards, with title in black with a design of the title's letters debossed around it. Black cloth spine with title in yellow. In fine condition. Measures 9 x 13 inches. Housed in a brown cardboard slipcase. Unpaginated [17 pages]. PRI/102518. Fine.
Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott Company, 1896. Hardcover. Contents are mostly about Africa with several stories about New Zealand, Fiji, Australia, and the South Pacific islands. Includes writings by Richard Burton, Henry Stanley, David Livingstone, Lady M.A. Barker, and more. Maroon cloth boards with gilt title to spine and faux-marbled pattern to covers. Clean and bright with photographic illustrations. Minor sunning to spine. 511 pages. AFR/120518. Very Good.
New York: n.p., 1927. Hardcover. One of 245 copies privately printed for George A. Nelson as a Christmas keepsake. This George Nelson may be the American socialist who was the 1936 Socialist candidate for Vice-President of the United States, here reprinting a poem by famed British Socialist William Morris. Bound in blue paper boards with a white paper spine and title label affixed to front cover. In near fine condition. Housed in a white cardboard box with blue paper lid. Book measures 5 x 8 inches. Unpaginated [4 pages]. PRI/112918. Near Fine.
New Haven: Yale University Press, 2017. Hardcover. From the jacket: Moseley's broad and intimate history draws on newly unearthed material to offer a comprehensive accout both of the war and the abundance of individual stories and overlooked experiences...which capture the drama as it was lived by reporters on the front lines of history. Bound in brown cloth and in pictorial dust jacket with red and white title and author to spine and front cover. In fine condition save for tiny chip in word "reporting" on front cover. Includes photographs. 421 pages. Fine.
New York: Xavier Moreau Inc, 1984. Hardcover. First Edition. Grey cloth boards with silver title to spine and front cover. Filled with black and white and full color photographic illustrations. In black illustrated dust jacket with grey and red title to spine and front panels. Wear to edges of jacket and rubbing / scuffing to panels. 181 pages. PHOTO/121218. Fine / Very Good.
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1925. Hardcover. Indiana politician and diplomat Meredith Nicholson (1866 - 1947) was also a best-selling author contributing to the Golden Age of Literature in Indiana along with Booth Tarkington. Dark green cloth boards with yellow title to spine and front cover. Minor wear to edges of boards, bumping to head of spine and to top corners. A few small spots of soiling to margins, but clean and bright overall. 369 pages. LIT/102618. Very Good.
Indianapolis: The Bobbs-Merrill Company, 1929. Hardcover. Stated First Edition. Indiana politician and diplomat Meredith Nicholson (1866 - 1947) was also a best-selling author contributing to the Golden Age of Literature in Indiana along with Booth Tarkington. Dark green cloth spine with gilt title over green and orange patterned paper covered boards. Wear to edges and corners of boards. Clean interior. Unopened pages.189 pages. LIT/102418. Very Good.