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Philadelphia: Gebbie & Co, circa 1880. Folio. Includes 100 photogravures after famous paintings and numerous wood engravings. Includes work by: Hans Makart, Karl Anton Mucke, Ludwig Passini, Fritz Paulsen, Rubens, Gustave Wertheimer, Otto Weber, Alexander Wagner, and many more. Both volumes are bound in three quarter dark red leather over red pebbled cloth boards with gilt titles to spines and front covers. The covers of volume I are detached but present. Heavy wear to leather, corners, and edges of boards on both volumes. Clean interiors overall with minor foxing throughout (mostly to margins). Occasional smudge marks. Tears to multiple pages in bottom margins of second volume. Volume I is 98 pages plus plates. Volume II is 92 pages plus plates. This is a heavy, folio sized set and it may require an extra shipping fee.ART/012019.
Santa Cruz: n.d. This is an undated original photograph taken by Bill Richards, a Santa Cruz fisherman and photographer. The mounted photograph captures a blue whale breaching almost its entire length amidst sea birds swimming and fluttering over the water. On the back of the photo is a mimeographed sheet of paper recounting how Richards captured the picture after trying for over fifty years to "jump" his own whale out in the ocean and photograph him. Finally the day came. While out fishing off the coast of Santa Cruz, Richards spied a sooty cloud of "whale birds" through his binoculars and knew they must be following a whale. And so they were - a big "Sulphur Bottom Bull - a blue whale - all of seventy feet long and easily weighing seventy-five tons. Richards was able to get within 200 feet and watch him feed on thousands of sardines. But then a life or death drama ensued. A pair of killer whales, orcas, went by the boat toward the blue whale. Orcas are fast and ferocious and travel in small pods. Although much smaller, a few of them are capable of killing the largest of whales. They attacked this whale, causing him to rise out of the ocean in a mighty effort to escape. It was during this battle that Richards was able to get his prized photograph. The combat was continuing as the boat returned to shore. Richards writes that this was "probably the only photograph ever secured of the largest living creature know, taken in his native element, in a battle for existence." Given the mimeographed text and reference to Plastigmant camera lenses, the photograph probably dates from the 1950s. The photo is mounted on a bedraggled piece of grey cardboard, with the inscription "To my friend Charlie Bosworth from Bill Richards" written in white ink under the photo. The photo is in very good condition save for three marks that might have occurred during processing. They do not affect the image of the whale. It measures 8.5 x 10.5 inches. A unique item in very good condition. PHOTO/062719. Very Good.
Cambridge: Tidewater Publishers, 1967. Hardcover. 8vo. In black cloth covered boards with gilt title stamp to spine. Light soiling to exterior. Small damp stain to top edge of first 10 or so pages. else is very clean and bright with black and white illustrations to rear pages and frontis. White dust jacket with black title to front panel and to spine. Half of spine panel and all of rear panel of dust jacket are missing. Heavy chipping and creasing as well as minor damp staining to remnants. Index. 564 pages. MD/071019. Very Good / Fair.
New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company, (1934). Hardcover. SCARCE. 8vo. Green cloth covered boards with gilt title to spine. Spine faded to beige. Fading to edges of boards. Minor bumping to spine ends and corners. Inscription to previous owner on back of frontis. Previous owner's name to front free end page. Small spots of foxing to margins of a few pages. Minor yellowing to pages. Else is clean and bright with illustrations throughout. 379 pages. MAR/081319. Very Good.
Dania Beach, FL: Claire Jeanine Satin, 1987-1997. 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. She states that the title of the book comes from the fact that the Dallas Library owns one of her books. Materials and techniques used to create this intriguing book include: laser printing on paper, metallic overprinting, ink/handwritten script, hand printed acetate cover, and cotton string with beads The book is housed in a hand sewn black mesh polyester bag. The printing on the cover is as a result of 5 layers of handwritten reassembled text from John Cage’s Book “M” then printed in reverse. The end image is the chance markings of the spaces left in between the letters The pages of the book have black, white and silver strips of images resembling film reels with cryptic handwritten notes along their bottom edges. Signed and dated on the last two pages. In fine condition. Measures 5.5 x 7 inches. Unpaginated. ARTISTSB/072419.
Dania Beach, FL: Claire Jeanine Satin, 2019. An accordion bound miniature book with white paper covered boards that are overpainted with a metallic colors technique developed by the artist. The interior pages feature pasted down metallic objects arranged in an artful manner. No text or titling. This is one in a series of six similar books, each with different cover designs and interiors. Size: about 2 inches.A unique artists' book from Claire Jeanine Satin, a well known book artist, sculptor and designer of public art installations. Signed by the artist. 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, The Victoria and Albert Museum, and the National Institute of Design (India). She has created 250 bookworks to date. She is known especially for her conceptual works in uenced by the ideas of composer/visual artist John Cage, and the conversion of ordinary industrial materials into environmental constructions and book works of layered transparent mass. ARTISTSBOOK/052119. Fine.
Cambridge, MD: Tidewater Publishers, 1969. Hardcover. 8vo. Includes 101 reproductions from photographs. Green cloth boards with gilt title to spine. Light wear to edges. Slight browning to end pages, else is clean and bright. Light blue and white illustrated dust jacket with blue title to front and spine panels. Minor rubbing to dust jacket. 392 pages. MD/071619. Very Good / Very Good.
Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014. Hardcover. First Edition. "Viewing Russian history through the bottom of the vodka bottle helps us to understand why the 'liquor question' remains important to Russian high politics even today - almost a century after the issue had been put to bed in most every other modern state. Indeed, recognizing and confronting vodka's devastating political legacies may be the greatest political challenge for this generation of Russia's leadership, as well as the next" (jacket). In illustrated jacket with red spine panel titled in white. Clean and bright. 492 pages. RUS/051019. Fine / Fine.
Baltimore: Maryland Historical Society, 1953. Hard Cover. 8vo. Very good in green cloth boards with gilt title to spine and front board. Light bumping to spine ends and corners. Minor browning to end pages. Else is clean with bright text. Includes several illustrations. Index, 208 pages. BALT/071219. Very Good.
Moscow: Emil Goozairow, 2016. Number 1 of 12 copies signed by the book artist. Emil 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 poymeric 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. His Hamlet's Soliloquy is a wonderful example of Emil's work. It is a dos-a dos book with one side with the text in English and the other in Russian. Each side has a pop-up or fleur de papier design structure that reveal the artist's mysterious beautiful illustrations that are done in shades of brown. The covers are brown felt with a polymer clay artistic design on front cover of Russian translation side and attached grey twine straps with a metal clasp to close the book. A wonderful and imaginative interpretation of this famous soliloquy. In fine condition. Measures 2.25 x 3 inches. Fine.
Rutland, VT: Shattuck Studios. Number 4 of 5 copies signed by the book artist. This is an inventive work from well-known artist Carolyn Shattuck that displays her skill in using various book structures to convey meaning and context in the books she creates. She writes: Save the Elephants was designed to bring awareness of their struggle as the population is rapidly declining due mainly to poachers. Her text describes the loss of these magnificent animals and the desperate efforts of those trying to save them. Her design uses an accordion structure from which origami elephants are standing when the book is extended open. They are made with patterned Origami Lokta paper that evoke African fabric designs. The book also uses Canson Mi Teinte, Lama Li, Elephant Hide and Washi papers. The binding is a plain grey. The work is housed in a brown paper slipcase with title label to cover, a gilt paper spine, and a belly band of the same gilt paper. In fine condition. 5.25 x 13.5 x 1.25 inches closed. ARTISTSBOOK/062819. Fine.
Rutland, VT: Shattuck Gallery, 2010. Number 2 of 4 copies. This powerful work addresses the issues of women's rights and empowerment. The production comprises a number of stiff paper female figures of various ethnicities and garb, eleven small white paper books by and about women, and a blue scarf printed with women's names. They are housed in a cork covered closet/box with a title label to top. States the book artist Shattuck: "Through the process of making and dressing cutout women figures, stories unfold. These figures, represented globally, bring light to the silent crimes they endure. “Rape is the culture of silence”, quotes President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. In India, bride burning takes place approximately once every 2 hours. In Asia alone, one million children are working in the sex trade. Violence and abuse towards women takes place everywhere. This installation of women who stand on a named scarf celebrate their dignity while telling stories of hope." printed on Epson Radiant White Watercolor paper, cotton, vellum, Canson Mi Teintes, and cork paper. Box measures 12 x 7 x 7 inches. In fine condition. ARTISTSB/070119. Fine.
Rutland, VT: Carolyn Shattuck, n.d. Open edition of this beautifully crafted origami-designed book. This collaborative book was made to commemorate Carolyn's experience living in Okinawa for three years. The folds of the book reflect traditional patterns from Edo craftsmen. These fine patterns represent the distinguishing tastes of Edo including stylishness, sophistication and refinement. The haiku created by Victoria describe their reverence for our home and harbour, Earth (from colophon). Digitally printed on Epson Matte and Japanese Washi paper. The boards are covered in lovely Genji cloth with paper title label, with ribbons to close the book or to hold the pages open. 4.5 x 4.5 x 1 inches. In fine condition. ARTISTS/-62819. Fine.
London: Virtue and Co, 1885. Hardcover. An important Victorian magazine, known for its honest viewpoints on the fine arts. Includes five line engravings, five etchings, and two reproductions in fac-simile by E.J. Poynter, D. W. Wynfield, Henry Mosler, Edwin Douglas, Jimenez Y Aranda, and more. Articles on artists, architecture, decorative arts, reviews, and more. There is a 32 page article about Sir Frederick Leighton with many reproductions included. Black leather spine and corners over dark brown cloth covered boards with gilt title to spine. Rubbing and wear to leather on spine and corners and wear to minor wear to edges of boards. Red speckled edges. Clean, bright interior overall with occasional smudge marks to margins. 384 pages. This is a heavy, large quarto sized volume and it may require an extra shipping fee. ART/062019. Very Good.
Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015. Hardcover. "This volume offers a comprehensive and original analysis and reconceptualization of the compedium of struggles that wracked the collapsing Tsarist empire and the emergent USSR, profoundly affecting the history of the twentieth century" (jacket). Fine in grey cloth boards with silver title to spine. Clean and bright. In green illustrated dust jacket with whtie title to front and spine panels. 423 pages. RUS/050919. Fine / Fine.
New York: Century Co, 1919. Hardcover. Brown cloth boards with black title to spine and front cover. Minor wear to edges of boards, spine ends, and corners. Previous owner inscription in pencil to front endpaper. Minor browning to margins, else clean. 301 pages plus 69 pages in part two. MUSIC/062619. Very Good.
Chicago: Starshaped Press, 2019. Hardcover. Number 21 of 100 copies, signed and numbered by the artist. "The Almighty Starshaped is an ornamental romp through the streets and alleys of Chicago, a colorful snapshot of street vernacular. Taking the form of a little black sketchpad, or piece book, its imagery is neither a glorification of glistening architectural facades, nor the seedy underbelly of the city’s infamy" (book artist). Black cloth boards with paper title pastedown to front cover. Letterpress printed using metal type and thousands of ornaments in multicolor on Mohawk Superfine White paper. Includes prospectus. Size: about 7.25 x 5.25 inches. [48 pages.] PRI/051319. Fine.
Chicago: Starshaped Press, 2017. Hardcover. Number 20 of 50 copies, signed and numbered by artist. "The term 'girl' has a host of negative connotations; it sounds condescending to any woman who's done her share of living in the adult world. The subcultures represented here owned it, building their personas on style, music and most importantly, their attitude and approach to creating a self-defined culture. The girls of the Starshaped Press are letterpress printed with modular metal type and rule, proving even squares are hip" (title page). Includes four "girls" with accompanying lyrics: Rude Girl, Mod Girl, Good Girl, and B-Girl. Bound in black paper wrappers with circular cut out revealing title on first page (appropriately resembling a record cover). Includes prospectus, which has photographic images of the metal type used to create two of the four girls. Printed on black and metallic silver Mohawk Paper. A creative and beautifully printed book. [8 pages] PRI/051319. Fine.