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New York: Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2000. Signed by the author. First Edition. Price's first book for young readers. A story about overcoming grief and a boys unexpected bond with an elephant. Brown cloth boards with gilt title to spine. In grey dust jacket with white title to spine and front panels. Light wear to edges of jacket. Note from previous owner in pencil about when she had the book signed on front free endpaper. Clean. 168 pages. CHILD/112920.
New York: Athenum, 1972. Hardcover. Stated First Edition. Signed by the Author on title page. White cloth boards with gilt title to spine. In brown dust jacket with white title to spien and front panels. Minor wear to edges of jacket and fading to spine panel. Review clipping of this book laid into rear. Previous owernship signature in pen to front free endpaper. Previous owner marking in pencil (a date) written on last page of text. Aside from these markings, the interior is clean and bright. 269 pages. LIT/112920. Very Good / Very Good.
Philadelphia: David McKay, 1917. Howard Pyle. Hardcover. Green cloth boards with gilt title to spine and dark green title and color pastedown to front cover. Light rubbing to cover illustration and to rear board. Light wear to edges. Includes 8 full page color illustrations by Wyeth. Illustrated endpapers. Clean and bright. 362 pages. CHILD/111920. Very Good.
New York: Harper & Brothers, 1835. Hardcover. First Edition. Bound in worn three quarter brown leather over marbled paper covered boards with gilt title to spine. Heavy rubbing to boards and wear to edges. Partially removed call number to foot of spine. Previous ownership signature dated 1858 to front free endpaper. Library call number and red star to copyright page and stamp to bottom margin of dedication page. Evidence of removed library pocket to rear pastedown. Includes five fold-out engravings - most with closed tears to creases, repairs to versos, foxing, and browning. Several additional engravings are included. Foxing, browning, and occasional small spots of soiling. Occasional pencil notations. A suitable reading copy. 560 pages. TRA/010720. Very Good.
Shaftsbury and London: by the author / Charles Knight and Co., Longman, Hurst, and Co., et. al. 1823. Hardcover. Fonthill Abbey was an extravagant neo-gothic country home built on William Beckford's Fonthill Gifford estate in Wiltshire between 1796 and 1813. In 1771, the 10 year old Beckford inherited a vast sum of money from his father and once he reached his majority, began to pursue a lavish lifestyle. Following a scandal involving William Courtenay in 1784, Beckford fled into exile in Europe. Upon his return to Britain, Beckford hired the renowned architect James Wyatt, uncle of Jeffry Wyatville to design his new home. The house was arranged in a cruciform pattern with a large octagonal space in the center which supported an enormous cathedral-like tower. Following numerous delays and tower collapses, in 1813, Beckford declared the house complete. In paying for the venture, Beckford squandered vast sums of money and the haste with which the construction was finally completed meant that the building was incredibly unstable. In 1822, the house and estate was sold to the Scottish arms dealer James Farquhar and Beckford settled in Bath where he died in 1844. The central tower collapsed for a third time in 1825 and badly damaged part of the building. Following this, the house was abandoned and eventually demolished. This book, printed shortly after Farquhar's purchase of the estate describes the house as it was before the collapse. It is apparent from the text that the building was an impressive structure and contained several valuable works of art. [Royal Collection Trust]. In an attractive modern binding of three quarter tan leather over marbled paper covered boards with black and gilt title label to spine. Rubbing and a few small chips to leather on spine ends, edges, and corners. Bookplate of Lothar Strauss to front pastedown. Ex-library embossed stamp to title page, partially removed / debossed. Evidence of removed bookplate to rear free endpaper. Includes chapters on the interior of the abbey (with notes on paintings and furniture), exterior, a walk within the barrier, a walk without the barrier, and a ride through the domain; as well as, three appendices covering: historical notices, memoranda on the origin and progress of the abbey, and genealogical tables of William Beckford, Esq. A list of subscribers is also included. Illustrated with 13 plates including color frontis, color half-title page, one additional color plate, folding map of Fonthill, and 10 uncolored plates as well as numerous wood cut vignettes. Creasing to bottom corners of several pages. Occasional small spots of soiling / smudge marks to margins and very light foxing, but clean and bright overall. Folio. 127 pages plus plates. ARCH/010721. Very Good.
New York: W.W. Norton and Company, Inc, 1965. Hardcover. First Edition with laid in envelope from the author with signed label inserted and dated 1986. Sarton's ninth novel exploring "the complexity of human love in many guises" (jacket). Fine in original beige cloth backed black paper covered boards with black title to spine. In pink and purple jacket with white title to spine and front panels. Light wear to edges of jacket. Clean. 220 pages. LIT/020121. Fine / Fine.
Dania Beach, FL: Claire Jeanine Satin, 2020. 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. Each book is created with Cordenons paper, a fine paper that has been manufactured in Italy since 1630. This book uses various metallic papers, stencils, fabric, crystals, and monofilament to create precise and inventive designs on the cover and each page. In a lavender cloth bag. In fine condition. Measures 9 x 7 inches. Unpaginated [10 pages]. ARTISTSB/111020.
Dania Beach, FL: Claire Jeanine Satin, 2020. 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. Each book is created with Cordenons paper, a fine paper that has been manufactured in Italy since 1630. This book uses silver fabric, photographs, glitter, sequins, crystals, and monofilament to create precise and inventive designs on the cover and each page. In a lavender cloth bag. In fine condition. Measures 9 x 7 inches. Unpaginated [10 pages]. ARTISTSB/111020.
Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, . The second edition of this comprehensive bibliography of Jonathan Swift, considered the standard bibliography of his writings. Bound in blue cloth with gilt titling to spine. Slight signs of handling. Text is clean and bright but there are a few Fort Worth Public Library ex-library markings: Call number on spine; library bookplate on free front endpaper and the right corner scissored out; library stamp on title page; call number on copyright page; date stamp of May 11, 1964 on rear pastedown. None of these markings affect the text and the book is in very good condition. Measures 6.5 x 10.25 inches. 453 pages. BOB/011421.
Moscow: Emil Goozairow, 2016. Emil Goozairow is a Russian artist who paints and draws, produces movies, and creates exceptional miniature 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 polymeric 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. Hamlet's Soliloquy is a wonderful example of Emil's work. When each page is turned the the revealed pages pop open with Emil's beautiful illustrations and the soliloquy's text that are done in shades of brown. The covers are a green velvet with a relief polymer clay artistic design on the front cover. There are attached brown braided cord straps with a metal clasp to close the book. A wonderful and imaginative interpretation of this famous soliloquy. In fine condition. Measures about 2.25 x 3 inches. ARTB/021921. Fine.
Moscow: Emil Goozairow, 2016. Emile Goozairow is a Russian artist who paints and draws, produces movies, and creates exceptional miniature 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 polymeric 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. "A carousel is spinning, and golden sand like snow slowly falls. I saw a strange mysterious alphabet and all the characters fly into the sky ...." When each page is turned the revealed pages pop open with Emil's beautiful illustrations and text describing a fantastical dream. The covers are brown velvet with a relief polymer clay artistic design on the front cover. A wonderful and imaginative book. In fine condition. Measures about 2.25 x 3 inches. ARTB/021921. Fine.
Moscow: Emil Goozairow, 2020. Emile Goozairow is a Russian artist who paints and draws, produces movies, and creates exceptional miniature 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 polymeric 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. Emile has created several iterations of this particular scene from Hamlet, with most being in miniature. This larger scale format allows the viewer to more fully examine and appreciate Emile's delicate linework and technique. Each spread features Emile's elaborate illustration, which is composed of an entangled web of Shakespeare's text from the scene. Facing this "encrypted" text is the full text written out in clearly readable sentence format. Attractively bound in a Japanese stab style with covers bound in red and grey felt. Both covers feature a polymer clay sculptural element, which has been hand painted. The clay on the front cover says "William Shakespeare" and the clay on the back cover says "Emile Goozairow." A wonderful and imaginative interpretation of this famous soliloquy. In fine condition. [18 pages.] Measures about 8 x 5.75 inches. ARTB/021921. Fine.
Rutland, VT: Shattuck Studios, 2000. Number 1 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 Rhinos was designed to bring awareness of their struggle as the population is rapidly declining due mainly to poachers. Her text describes the ongoing loss of these magnificent animals and the desperate efforts of those trying to save them. Despite these efforts, the Rhino Recovery Fund in South Africa estimates a rhino is killed every fifteen hours. They are sought because of the believe that powdered rhino horn has medicinal value and because the horn is valued in traditional Chinese culture as a symbol of wealth. Her design uses a flag book structure from which three origami rhinos, a giraffe, and three wildebeests are walking the grasslands of Africa when the book is opened. They are made with Lofta origami papers as well as Canson Mi Teinte, and Strathmore watercolor papers. The binding is a plain grey with an orange spine title label and a white title label, signed and numbered by Carolyn. The work is housed in a black stiff paper slipcase with an orange title label to cover. In fine condition. Measures 13.5 x 7.5 x 3 inches in slipcase. New York Times Article from 1/6/21 about rhino extinction: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/01/06/magazine/the-last-two-northern-white-rhinos-on-earth.htmlARTISTSBOOK121520. Fine.
New York: Harper and Row, 1981. Hardcover. First Edition stated. A companion book to "The Missing Piece". Grey cloth boards with black title to spine and front cover. Light bumping to top corners. Gift inscription in pen to front free endpaper, else clean. In white dust jacket with black title to spine and front panels. Light wear to edges of jacket and light soiling / rubbing to panels, but clean overall. Price of $8.95 intact (not clipped) on jacket. Unpaginated. CHILD/111920. Very Good / Very Good.
Boston: Richardson and Lord, 1824. Hardcover. Scarce travel classic written by Henry Knight [1789-1835] using the pseudonym of Arthur Singleton. Includes Knight's letters from Philadelphia, Washington City, Virginia, Kentucky, New Orleans, and the Gulf of Mexico with Knight's detailed and interesting observations of each city or region. Attractively bound in three quarter navy blue leather over marbled paper covered boards with gilt title and raised bands to spine. Wear and rubbing to hinges, bands, and edges of boards. Rubbing to marbled paper covers. Exlibrary with book stamp of Headlee's Book Exchange to title page and verso. Bookplate to front pastedown featuring an unidentified family crest. Occasional spots of foxing to interior and handwritten note in pencil regarding pseudonym on title page, but clean and bright overall. Marbled endpapers and top edge gilt. 159 pages. AMER/010720. Very Good.
Paris: Boussod, Valadon & C, 1893. Hardcover. A sumptuous book recounting the life of Mary Stuart, also known as Mary, Queen of Scots. The author John Skelton writes a sympathetic biography of Mary Stuart's life, loves, conspiracies, and ultimate death by the order of Queen Elizabeth I. The book is extensively illustrated with text engravings and full page engravings, each with a tissue guard that gives the name of the illustration. There is a beautiful frontispiece with a color facsimile of a miniature portrait of Mary, now in the collection of Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor. There is light foxing throughout that does not affect the engraved images. "Donation by Elizabeth Daniel" written in ink on front pastedown. In a beautiful signed binding by Durvant Thivet done in black leather with gilt title and ornaments to spine compartments and Mary Stuart's insignia on front and rear covers. Some wear to binding along spine edges and corners. The book's original paper wrappers are bound in. Very good condition. Measures 10 x 13 inches. 207 pages. SCOT/122820. Very Good.
Baltimore: John Murphy & Co., 1853. Hardcover. First edition. Scarce. The Baltimore & Ohio railroad was the first railway in the United States to be chartered as a common carrier of freight and passengers in 182. The B&O Railroad Company was established by Baltimore merchants to compete with New York merchants and their newly opened Erie Canal for trade to the west. A driving force in its early years was the Baltimore banker George Brown, who served as treasurer from 1827 until 1834 and had Ross Winans build the first real railroad car, the Tom Thumb, the first American-built locomotive to operate in regular service. The first stone for the line was laid on July 4, 1828, by Charles Carroll, the last surviving signer of the Declaration of Independence. The first 13 miles of line, from Baltimore to Ellicott’s Mills, Maryland, opened in 1830. Peter Cooper’s steam locomotive, the Tom Thumb, ran over this line and demonstrated to doubters that steam traction was feasible on the steep, winding grades. The railroad was extended to Wheeling, Virginia (now in West Virginia), a distance of 379 miles, in 1852. In the 1860s and ’70s the railroad reached Chicago and St. Louis. In 1896 it went bankrupt. After it was reorganized in 1899, it grew further, reaching Cleveland and Lake Erie in 1901. In 1963 the B&O was acquired by the Chesapeake and Ohio Railway Company and in 1980 became part of the newly formed CSX Corporation. In 1987 the B&O was dissolved when it merged into the Chesapeake and Ohio. [Encyclopedia Britannica}.Carroll desired to provide this comprehensive history to "redound to the honor of the State of Maryland and the City of Baltimore. Bound in three quarter red leather with the name Edward Hungerford stamped in gilt to front cover. This was his book, with his bookplate on a free front endpaper and his ownership signature in pencil dated 1924. Edward Hungerford (1875-1948) was an American author and journalist whose main interest was railroads, about which he wrote frequently. In 1925, Hungerford approached Daniel Willard, the president of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, and offered to write a history of the company, which was shortly to reach its centenary. Willard not only took up the suggestion, but also hired Hungerford to be the B&O's centennial director. Hungerford had seen a railroad celebration in England and created an extravagant exhibition at a park outside Baltimore. The "Fair of the Iron Horse" opened on February 28, 1927, including displays and a two-hour play, Pageant of The Iron Horse. It drew crowds averaging 50,000 a day. "His success in Baltimore became his chief calling card,"He created five more transportation pageants during the 1930s including the Rochester Centennial of 1934, the Parade of the Years Pageant in 1936 in Cleveland; and lastly "Railroads on Parade". The railroad display at the fair, which lasted until 1940, presented steam, electric and diesel engines brought from Canada, England and Italy. The attraction drew 2.6 million visitors during its two-year run. Hungerford traveled annually more than 75,000 rail miles "just for the fun of it." [Wikipedia] The book's red leather is scuffed and slightly bumped, with gilt title and date to spine compartments. The interior pages are clean and bright with light aging to margins. The book was published with a map and six portrait engravings. The map, which has a tear in one panel and a few loose panel seams shows the railroad's route between Baltimore and St, Louis. Three of the six engraved portraits are missing (McLane, Swann, Latrobe) but Brown, Carroll, and Thomas are still present. Still a very good copy of this useful history with important provenance. 200 pages. RAIL/011621. Very Good.
New York and Auburn: Miller, Orton, & Co., 1857. Hardcover. First Edition. Bound in the original brown cloth boards with gilt title to spine and embossed designs to both boards. Faded gilt illustration of a ship to spine. Chipping and fraying to book cloth along spine ends and corners. Lacks front free endpaper. Previous owners signature to second free endpaper, dating from the late 1800s. More modern blue pen marking to top of title page and top of front pastedown, which appear to be call numbers; however, this is the only evidence of an ex-library marking. Foxing, smudge marks, and occasional spots of soiling throughout - mostly to margins. Slight roll to spine and bumped corners. Includes two frontispieces as well as numerous full page engravings. 517 pages plus 5 pages of ads. ARC/010721. Very Good.