London: W. Clowes and Sons, 1852. Hardcover. This large quarto presents the extensive report produced by the Commission on all aspects of the operations and conditions existing at Oxford. The report is preceded by a record of the Commission's meetings and is followed by the Evidence and Appendix ; for the report's findings. Bound in three quarter brown leather with dark brown cloth covers with the university's seal in gilt. Spine title label and gilt rulings and date to spine. Leather is quite scuffed and bumped on the front and rear covers and spine has wear and fraying along edges. Presentation label on front pastedown. Hinges are reinforced by library cloth tape. Interior pages have age-toning to the margins. Very good condition. Minutes: v-xxviii pages; Report: 259 pages: Legal Statements: 7 and 8 pages; Appendix: 72 pages; Evidence: viii; 387 pages. EDU/091222 Heavy volume requiring extra shipping costs. Very Good.
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London: Horace Cox, 1895. Hardcover. Number 55 of 250 copies, printed on large paper. According to the preface, this book is not intended to be a guide as no hotels are menationed, rather it documents "scenes and places along the Devonshire seaboard, the result of a walk, or rather of a series of walks, over the cliffs of the fairest county in the west." Brown leather spine over dark green cloth covered boards with gilt title to spine and front board. Gilt vignette of Devon to front board. Minor sunning to spine and minor wear to edges of boards. Bumping to corners. Minor foxing throughout, heaviest on early and late pages. Includes a fold out map to rear and multiple full page illustrations. A few short closed tears to the map. 444 pages. ENG/080822. Very Good.
London: Horace Cox, 1893. Hardcover. Number 204 of 250 copies, printed on large paper. Written as a travelogue of Devon based on the author's wanderings through the countryside. He laments not commenting more on fishing opportunities; however, he notes this was not intended to be guide book. Brown leather spine over dark green cloth covered boards with gilt title to spine and front board. Gilt vignette of Devon to front board. Minor sunning and spotting to spine and minor wear to edges of boards. Bumping to corners. Minor foxing throughout, heaviest on early and late pages. Includes a fold out map to rear and multiple full page illustrations. 348 pages plus ads. ENG/081022. Very Good.
London: Henry Fisher, Son, and P. Jackson, 1828. English clergyman, utilitarian, and philosopher, William Paley (1743 - 1805), is best known for his natural theology explanation of the teleological argument for the existence of God. This argument centers around the idea that things in the natural world function on such a complex level, that there must be a higher power. Complete in two volumes. Includes tracts on Christianity, natural history, astronomy, anatomy, morality, and more. Bound in full maroon leather with gilt title and volume numbers, gilt rules, and gilt decoration stamped to spines. Elaborate embossed design to boards. Leather is cracked in places on all four hinges, but boards remain attached. Wear to edges and corners with loss to leather on all corners, some bumped corners. Chipping to leather on spines, rubbing and scuffing to boards. Frontispiece portrait to first volume. Book seller markings to endpapers, else clean and bright interiors. Full speckled edges. A few darker spots (possibly ink) to fore-edge of first volume. Volume I: 290 pages; Volume II: 202 pages plus 2 pages of ads.
Paris: Isidore Liseux, 1879. Hardcover. Poggio (1380 - 1459) was an Italian scholar and early Renaissance humanist. He is best known for rediscovering many classical Latin texts. This set includes the life of Poggio, a memorial of the works of Poggio, and his tales. Ex-library with library stamp mostly removed from bottom of title pages and library stickers removed from front boards and rear endpapers. Both volumes are bound in three quarter red leather over marbled paper covered boards with gilt titles to spines. Minor wear to hinges and edges of boards. Marbled endpapers and top edges gilt. Both volumes have the original vellum wrappers bound in to the rear. Clean interiors with head and tailpieces and engraved initials. Text in English and Latin. An attractive set despite being ex-library. Volume I has 203 pages; Volume II has 248 pages plus 7 pages of ads. Very Good.
New York: Bonanza Books, (1967). Hardcover. Includes 500+ examples of Beardsley's artwork. Bound in yellow cloth over black paper covered boards with black title to spine. Bumping to top corners. Clean and bright. Filled with black and white illustrations. In black and yellow jacket with yellow spine panel titled in black. Minor wear to edges of jacket and rubbing to panels. 372 pages. BOB/081722. Near Fine.
New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1890. Hardcover. Author Elisee Reclus (1830 - 1905) was a French geographer and anarchist who was banished from France due to his politcal viewpoints. Despite being banished, he won a gold medal from the Paris Geological Society for his work. Illustrated with numerous engravings and maps. Volume I: the Earth and Volume II: the Oceans. Bound in three quarter dark green leather over green cloth covered boards with gilt titles and volume numbers to spines. Minor wear and rubbing to hinges, edges, and corners of both volumes. Sunning to spines and to front board of second volume. Interiors are clean overall; however, there are black finger smudge marks to the margins of many pages including plates. Some finger smudges affect the images. Stamps to endpapers of both volumes "private library, Walter R. Black, Tarentum, PA." Marbled endpapers and full marbled edges. This set may require an extra shipping fee due to weight. Size: Quartos. Volume I: 500 pages; Volume II: 509 pages. GEO/112122. Very Good.
New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 919660. Hardcover. First American edition. A comprehensive examination by French art historian Maurice Rheims of the Art Nouveau movement and its impact on art, architecture, and decorative arts. With 607 illustrations, of which 12 are tipped-in color plates. There is a description of each illustration that includes the item's location. In pictorial multi-colored cloth with title in black to spine. With a plastic protective cover. The cover has slight wear but the book is in near fine condition. Measures 9 x 12.25 inches. 450 pages including index. Near Fine.
Washington DC: Government Printing Office, 1885. Hardcover. These worms were of particular interest as they caused much damage to crops, especially cotton. With two fold out maps and 64 plates of which 6 are chromolithographs. Bound in the original dark brown cloth boards with gilt title to spine. Spine has faded to a lighter brown and gilt title now appears black. Rubbing, chipping, and spotting to book cloth with wear to edges and corners. Spots of foxing to first and last few pages, but clean overall. Creasing to a few corners. 399 pages, plates, 147 pages of appendices. NAT/082522. Very Good.
London: Printed for A. Strahan, T. Cadell, and W. Davies, 1803. Hardcover. Tenth Edition, which includes the fourth posthumous volume containing the history of Virginia to the year 1688 and of New England to the year 1652. William Robertson (1721 - 1793) was a Scottish historian best known for his History of Scotland and for presiding as Principal over Edinburgh University for thirty years. All volumes are bound in matching full brown marbled leather with titles, volumes, and decoration stamped to spines. Rubbing and fading to gilt and leather on spines, edges, and corners. Bumping to corners. All hinges are cracked with the front boards of Volume I and II nearly detached. Bookplate of George Prevost to front pastedowns of all volumes. Volume I is lacking the title page, but has the half-title and two fold-out maps. A third fold-out map is present in the second volume. All maps have closed tears and appear to have extra creases. Clean interiors. A good reading copy of this set. Volume I has 383 pages with a 20 page catalog of Spanish books and manuscripts; Volume II has 432 pages; Volume III has 435 pages; Volume IV has 418 pages plus one page of ads. AME/091322. Very Good.
London: Phaidon Press, . Hardcover. A handsome volume with 92 full page b&w reproductions of Rodin's most beautiful works, including the Gate of Hell, The Kiss, and the Burghers of Calais. Bound in brown cloth with black title to spine. Ini a black pictorial dust jacket with title in brown to spine. Dust jacket is chipped and somewhat worn. Light spotting to pastedowns and free endpapers. Interior pages are clean and in very good condition. Quarto. Unpaginated. ART/081122. Very Good.
London: Richard Bentley, 1832. Hardcover. A presention copy from the author, with inscription to the top of the title page in Volume II: "H. Hole Esq. with the author's best regards." Thomas Roscoe (1791 - 1871) was an English translator and also a novelist who enjoyed studying the work by other European novelists. In the preface he writes: "In the following series of national novels, connected with the secondary class of prose fiction so abounding in Spanish literature, it has been the humble endeavour of the translator, upon a similar plan with the Italian and the German specimens, to convey to the English reader some idea of its rise and progress, as well as of the peculiar manners, customs, modes of thinking at different periods, as exhibited in this form of composition." Includes Don Juan Manuel, Mendoza, Mateo Aleman, Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, Matias de los Reyes, Don Christoval Lozano, Luis Veliz de Guavara, Isidro de Robles, Alonzo del Castillo Salorzano, Don Francisco de Quevedo Villegas, Doctor don Juan Perez de Montalvan, Antionio de Eslava, and Donna Maria de Zayas I Soto Mayor. Each author or tale is introduced by the compiler, Thomas Roscoe. All volumes are bound in matching three quarter tan leather over pink and brown marbled paper covered boards. Lacks title and volume labels. Gilt decoration to spine compartments. Wear to edges of boards, rubbing to boards and hinges. Large chip to leather on foot of spine of Volume II. A few chips to leather on boards. The front hinge of Volume I is starting. Marbled endpapers and full marbled edges. Occasional spots of foxing to interiors, but clean and bright overall. A worn, but still reasonably attractive set. Volume I: 360 pages; Volume II: 341 pages; Volume III: 321 pages. LIT/110922. Very Good.
London: Henry Colburn, 1826. Hardcover. Thomas Roscoe (1791 - 1871) was an English translator and also a novelist who enjoyed studying the work by other European novelists. In the introduction he writes: "The object of the following publication is to present to the English novel reader a succinct view of some of the more favorite prose fictions current in Germany, such as they have been preserved from age to age, even previous to the invention of printing, down to the present period." Includes Reynard the Fox, Doctor Faustus, Gottschalck, Eberhardt, Büsching, Grimm, Lothar, La Motte Foque, Musaeus, Schiller, Lewis Tieck, Langbein, and Engel. Each author or tale is introduced by the compiler, Thomas Roscoe. All volumes are bound in matching three quarter tan leather over pink and brown marbled paper covered boards. Lacks title and volume labels. Gilt decoration to spine compartments. Wear to edges of boards, rubbing to boards and hinges, Large chip to leather on head of spine of first volume and large chip to leather on foot of spine of Volume II. A few chips to leather on boards. Marbled endpapers and full marbled edges. Occasional spots of foxing to interiors, but clean and bright overall. A worn, but still reasonably attractive set. Volume I: 413 pages; Volume II: 405 pages; Volume III: 373 pages; Volume IV: 374 pages. LIT/110922. Very Good.
London: J. M'Creery for T. Cadell and W. Davies, 1806. Hardcover. A momentous study of the life of Lorenzo de Medici, the most powerful patron of Italian Renaissance culture. Fifth Edition, Corrected. Ex-library from Biblioth College, Washington, DC with stamps to front pastedowns, title pages, random interior pages, and fore-edges; and with library pockets with cards to rear pastedown in all volumes. Bound in quarter dark brown leather over marbled paper covered boards with gilt titles and volume numbers to spines. Embossed design to spines. Rubbing to leather on spines and paper covering boards, wear to edges with chipping to paper. Tear to leather near head of spine on Volume 2. Frontispiece portrait in first volume. Some chapters have head and/or tail pieces. Volume I: 426 pages; Volume II: 425 pages; Volume III: 433 pages plus one page of ads. ITA/111122. Very Good.
London and New York: Academy Editions and St. Martin's Press, 1984. Softcover. Includes an 8-page introduction followed by 82 pages of plates, mostly in black and white, but with a number in color. Most reproductions are full-page. Includes artists such as Henri di Toulouse-Lautrec, Alphonse Mucha, Aubrey Beardsley, and Will Bradley. Quarto. Black paper cover with large Art Nouveau reproductions to front and back covers. Title in white and blue to front cover and spine. Cover shows minor bumping at corners. Bookseller's label on back cover. Pages are bright and clean. 95 pages, including index. ART/090122. Very Good.
London: Blackie & Son, Limited, 1898. Hardcover. All volumes are bound in matching three quarter brown leather over dark brown leather cloth boards. Red and gilt title labels to two of the three volumes. Wear and rubbing to corners, edges, and spines of all volumes. Dampstain to front board of last volume. Bubbling to cloth on front of first volume. Fading and scuffing to spines. Marbled endpapers and full marbled edges. Occasional spots of foxing, mostly to early and late pages, but clean overall. Illustrated. Size: Thick octavos. Volume I / II is 336 / 343 pages; Volume III / IV are each 344 pages; Volume V / VI are 362 / 368 pages. ENG/080522. Very Good.
Dania Beach, FL: Claire Jeanine Satin, 2022. A unique artists' book from Claire Jeanine Satin, a well known book artist, sculptor and designer of public art installations. Satin's work has been extensively exhibited and collected in the United States and in Europe, including at The Library of Congress, the National Museum of Women in the Arts, The Getty (CA), MOMA, and The Victoria and Albert Museum. She is known especially for her conceptual works in uenced by the ideas of her friend and mentor the composer/visual artist John Cage, and the conversion of ordinary industrial materials into environmental constructions and book works of layered transparent mass. This is one of a series of unique works by Satin, each signed by her. Created from acid free white card stock paper and bound with clear filaments and beads, this book includes segmented letters, metal elements, various papers, and beads. The segmented letters all form words when they are joined by the reader. It takes a bit of agile brain power to work them out. Claire "plays and experiments with letters as abstract forms and sets them into unique aesthetic configurations." In fine condition. Measures 5 x 7 inches. Unpaginated [12 pages]. ARTISTSB/110322. Fine.
Dania Beach, FL: Claire Jeanine Satin, 2022. A unique artists' book from Claire Jeanine Satin, a well known book artist, sculptor and designer of public art installations. Satin's work has been extensively exhibited and collected in the United States and in Europe, including at The Library of Congress, the National Museum of Women in the Arts, The Getty (CA), MOMA, and The Victoria and Albert Museum. She is known especially for her conceptual works in uenced by the ideas of her friend and mentor the composer/visual artist John Cage, and the conversion of ordinary industrial materials into environmental constructions and book works of layered transparent mass. This is one of a series of unique works by Satin, each signed by her. The aesthetic overall image of these pages are tranquil, soft, and pretty - but when the segmented alphabet letters are correctly joined, they spell bitter words. Those words are lightly penciled in on the bottom of each page. This work plays with the extremes of hidden negative sentiments juxtaposed with crystals and uplifting pastel colors. Satin hides her "bitter" words by cutting each letter in half and rotating the segments. According to the artist: "The idea behind (this book) is extremes: reflections / range of human feelings / emotions; opposing political positions; philosophical disparities; gentle and hard/bitter ... The aesthetic images are calm and soothing, [but] the segmented alphabet letters/text when joined, reveal opposite meanings." Created from acid free white card stock paper and bound with clear filaments and beads, this book includes segmented letters, various papers, crystals, and beads. In fine condition. Measures 5.5 x 8.5 inches. Unpaginated [12 pages]. ARTISTSB/110322. Fine.
New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., (1962). Hard Cover. A sumptous overview of the glorious arts and crafts of Art Nouveau. Maroon cloth covered boards with gilt title to spine. Several small black spots to bottom edge of text block. Wear to bottom edges of boards. Interior is clean and bright with many color and black and white illustrations throughout. Full color tipped in frontis piece. White illustrated dust jacket with black title to front and spine panels showing minor wear. Gift inscription on free front endpaper. Very good condition. Quarto. 322 pages. ART/081022. Very Good + in Very Good + DJ.
Philadelphia: Hopkins and Earle, 1808. Hardcover. First printed in 1808 in England, this is an uncommon early edition printed in America. A historical romance written in verse about 16th century Scotland and England. This set includes all six cantos as well as notes. Both volumes are bound in full marbled calf with red and gilt title labels to the spines. Rubbing and wear to hinges, boards, and edges of both volumes. Leather on front and rear hinges is starting, but boards remain firmly attached. Blank free endpapers of volume II have been removed and/or written on. Penned ownership signature to top of title pages. While light in color, there is foxing throughout both volumes. Dark offsetting to margins of first and last few pages of both volumes. Volume I is 219 pages; Volume II is 259 pages. POE/091322. Very Good.
Germany: Benedikt Taschen, . Softcover. A handsome book offering the history of Art Nouveau style primarily through its development in the many cities now well known for its history in this style. Cities include Brussels, Barcelona, Munich, Glasgow, Chicago, and Vienna. Softcover with a colorful pictorial cover and black title to spine. Very slight wear. Interior is clean and bright. Near fine. Quarto. 240 pages. DECART/081122. Near Fine.
London and Manchester: John F. Shaw; T. Dinham and Co, 1856. Hardcover. A collection of lectures published posthumously by a late professor at the University of Pennsylvania. Bound in three quarter tan leather over navy blue pebbled cloth boards with black and gilt title label to spine. Raised bands, gilt rules, and blind stamped decorations to spine. Floral endpapers with speckled red edges. Minor rubbing and wear to boards, spine, and edges. Occasional spots of foxing to interior, but clean and bright overall. 279 pages. LIT083022. Very Good.
London: Jones and Co, 1828. Hardcover. Includes 80 plates plus 1 map and 2 engraved title pages. Bound in three quarter dark brown leather over marbled paper covered boards with gilt title to spine. Heavy wear and rubbing to boards with some losses to marbled paper. Heavy wear to corners and edges of boards. Front hinge is cracked and rear hinge is worn. Boards remain attached and textblock is tightly bound. Text pages have occasional spots of foxing but are clean overall; although there is browning to a few pages where flowers appear to have once been pressed. There is heavier foxing to the plates, which are bound into the rear. Dampstaining to margins of many plates; however, images are not affected. Two pages of plates have open tears to the margins and one has been repaired with extra paper adhered to the verso. A few short closed tears and chips to margins of some pages. Bookplate of a goat wearing a crown to front pastedown. Ownership name of James G. Morgan in pen to front free endpaper. Front free endpaper has been adhered to verso of frontispiece. 172 plates plus plates. ENG/080522. Very Good.