New York: Harper & Brothers, 1853. Hardcover. Includes Melville's short story "Cock a Doodle Doo - The Crowing of the Cock Beneventano" on page 77 - 86, Charles Dickens' "School Boy Stories", and chapters 4 - 20 of Thackeray's "The Newcomes." Bound in three quarter black leather with marbled paper covered boards and gilt title to spine. Rubbing to boards and minor wear to edges of boards, corners, and hinges. Foxing to interior and occasional small spots of soiling. Illustrated. Lacks four of the six fashion plates and lacks one page of cartoons. 864 pages. PER/090319. Very Good.
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New York: Harper & Brothers, 1927. First Edition. Hardcover. Cloth Backed Paper Boards. FIRST TRADE EDITION. 8vo. Wood-cut frontispiece by Cimino. Black cloth spine with blue paper covered boards. Pastedown title to spine. Boards are rubbed and browned along edges with minor wear to spine ends and corners. Interior is very clean with light browning to margins. Bookplate and previous ownership signature. 132 pages. DRA/091819. Very Good.
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: Mojdeh Rezaeipour depicts the Iranian-American Female Body through Omissions, Artist & Administrator: Donna Drew Sawyer, Mequitta Ahuja's Paintings, Six Baltimore Vintage Shops, TT the Artist, The Artist-Activist Collective Brings 3,000 Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Issues to the National Mall, Springsteen Gallery opens in Highlandtown, Fluid Movement (Baltimore's Water Ballet), Artists Who Wear Their Work, and more. 88 pages. PER/. Fine.
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.
Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins Univeristy Press, (1980). Hardcover. 4to. Scarce. Grey cloth covered boards with blue title to front board and to spine. Slight bumping to spine ends. Small area of rubbing to illustration on title page. Else is clean and bright with photographic illustrations throughout. Blue illustrated dust jacket with yellow and white title to front panel and white title to spine. Minor chipping and creasing to edges of dust jacket which is now in a protective plastic sleeve. Index, 432 pages. BALT/091219. Near Fine / Very Good.
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.
New York: Limited Editions Club, 1930. Hard Cover. Number 46 of 1500 copies. Signed by the illustrator. Bound in white parchment spine titled in black over black leatherette boards. Browning to spine and minor wear to spine ends and corners of boards. Slight browning to endpapers, else clean and bright. Housed in original blue and white paper covered slipcase with darkened gilt title to spine and front panel. Chipping, wear, and browning to paper covering the slipcase. 267 pages. LIT/011320. Very Good.
Milan: Ulrico Hoepli, 1942. Hardcover. Second edition. VOLUME ONE ONLY of a two volume set. Bound in modern blue cloth library style binding with stamp on front flyleaf, call number at rear and rubbed out on spine. Clean and bright (aside from library markings). With 380 figures and 96 plates, all in black and white. Chapters on Egypt and Greece. In Italian. ITA1/7031. Very Good -.
Republic of Indonesia: The Ministry of Information, (1952). Second Edition. Paperback. 8vo. SCARCE. White side stapled paper wrappers with black title and Indonesian coat of arms to front wrapper. Minor edgewear and rubbing to exterior. Interior is clean and bright. 32 pages. ASIA/100119. Very Good.
Millwood, NY and London, England: Kraus International Publications, 1983. Hardcover. First printing of the exhaustive index published under the sponsorship of the Print Council of America. A print -oeuvre-catalogue is defined as any listing of the artist's total output in prints or some clearly defined section of that output. Riggs was commissioned toassemble this index in 1970 and spent the years 1970-1973 examining oeuvre-catalogues across the United States and Europe. The index includes an explanatory note to the user, a list of symbols and code words, a list of abbreviations for frequently cited books and periodicals, and a list of abbreviations for libraries. Bound in brown cloth with gilt titling to spine and front cover. In near fine condition with light signs of use to covers. Measures 7.25 x 10.25 inches. 834 pages. BOB/112119. Near Fine.
San Francisco: Chronicle Books, 2010. Hardcover. A charming book that provide a short history and description of letter press printing, followed by letterpress "portfolios" of work of many printers from the United States and Europe. Each printer has one or two pages with images of his/her work. Most produce broadsides, cards, invitations, etc. rather than books. Bound in bright yellow cloth with red title lettering on cover and spine. In near fine condition. Measures 7 x 7.5 inches. 191 pages. BOB/112119. Near Fine.
Calcutta: Firma KLM Private Limited, 1986. First Edition. Hardcover. INSCRIBED BY THE AUTHOR. FIRST EDITION. SCARCE. 8vo. Maroon cloth covered boards with gilt title to spine. Minor bumping to corners and light fading to edges. Author's inscription to half title page. Two lines of underlining to preface and a note written to rear free end paper. Front hinge is starting though binding remains tight. Else is clean and bright with photographic illustrations throughout. Black illustrated dust jacket with red and white title to front panel and white title to spine panel. Wear to dust jacket includes minor bubbling to laminate along front hinge and light creasing to edges and front interior panel. Index, 262 pages. IND/092419. Very Good / Very Good.
Baltimore: The Baltimore Streetcar Museum, 2018. Paperback. A History of Baltimore's Streetcar Lines - in particular the ones that relied on "jerkwater" to refill their small boilers. "Jerkwater" was obtained by throwing a bucket-on-a-rope into a stream alongside the track to gather the needed water. White paper wrappers with black title to spine and front cover. Includes many photographic illustrations. Size: Quarto. 257 pages. BALT/111219. Fine.
Paris: Bibliotheque de la Pleiade / Gallimard, (1954). Hardcover. Volume II only. Flexible green leather boards with gilt title and rules to spine. Minor wear to edges of boards. Clean. In white dust jacket with only front and rear panels, leaving leather spine visible. Light wear to edges of jacket. In original cardboard slipcase. Wear and rubbing to edges and panels of case. 1308 pages. FRE/010220. Near Fine / Near Fine.
Paris: Bibliotheque de la Pleiade / Gallimard, (1955). Hardcover. Volume III only. Flexible green leather boards with gilt title and rules to spine. Minor wear to edges of boards. Clean. In white dust jacket with only front and rear panels, leaving leather spine visible. Light wear to edges of jacket. 1101 pages. FRE/010220. Near Fine / Near Fine.