Firenze: Franco Cesati, 1990. Paperback. Inscribed presentation copy dated 1991, Washington DC. Green paper wrappers with black title to spine and red title to front panel. Minor sunning to spine and minor wear to edges. Clean interior. Erratta page tipped in. Stapled article about the book is laid in. IN ITALIAN. 197 pages. ITALANG/122823. Very Good.
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Paris: La Connaissance, 1928. Softcover. Number 18 of 150 copies of this pretty little French book. It was a special edition printed as part of Les Bijoux Typographies. The text is from the 5th chapter of the Internelle Consolation according to text established by Moland and d"Hericault in 1856. Softcover bound in yellow paper with title and decoration to the front cover. With glassine covers as protection. Bibliographic information on rear cover. Printed in black with blue and red initials. Pages are unopened. Inserted is an original wood engraving by Malo Renault of the decoration on the front cover. Very good condition. Measures 4.75 x 6 inches. Unpaginated. PRI/111323. Very Good.
Argentina: 2019. Hardcover. Unique. According to the artist: "'I hate myself when I lie' expresses the internal conflict between what we really want and the fight to not fulfill it, generating self-deception. In this case, represented from the belief of making a wish when we witness the passage of a comet, giving our destiny to a fortuitous flash that appears in the immensity of the sky. The pages contain different mechanisms that allow interaction with the reader. Also, the book can be unfolded and form a large board with routes, simulating a board game, which allows a different reading and opens a new possibility for interpretation. Here the elusiveness of destiny is revealed to us, while the characters take on an even smaller dimension." An oblong octavo bound in oragne paper covered boards with blue cloth spine panel. Paper cutouts with woodcuts decorate the front cover. Includes four volvelles and two large pop-ups. A unique mixed media production with woodcut prints, ink, watercolor, and acrylic. The book can be read as a codex or unfolded into a square format for display. Minor signs of handling including a few creases to page corners. Text in Spanish with a few words in English. Housed in a white paper folding case with penciled title to front panel. Diego Ismael Moyano is an Argentinian bookbinder and book artist that enjoys creating pop-ups. Size: 35.5 x 25.5 cm closed; 75.5 x 72 cm open. ARTB/022024. Very Good.
London: Winsor and Newton, 1880. Thirteenth Edition. Softcover. Henry Murray was a prominent British artist, best known for his drawings and watercolors, who was active in the mid-1800s. His works are still collectible. This title was initially published in 1856. The thirteenth edition was published in 1880. Contemporary volumes are rare, though a number of modern reprints are available. Includes sections on bases and primitives, drawing on vellum, and fixing works in crayon. Interestingly, it was published by Winsor and Newton, which was a producer of artist supplies. The second half of this volume is an advertisement of "Winsor and Newton's List of Colors and Materials for Water Colour Painting, Oil Colour Painting, and Pencil Drawing, &c.", which includes illustrations and price lists of supplies. 7 inches by 4.5 inches. Yellow paper covers with black title inside a ruled design on front cover. Covers are worn around edges and lower spine, and show significant handling. Pages are slightly browned, but bright and clean. 59 pages of Murray's work, plus 51 pages of the Winsor and Newton materials listing. ART/012924. Good.
Houston, Texas: The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas, 1980. Softcover. This is the catalog for an exhibition "Bookbinding: A Living Art" held at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, in 1980. Includes 26 pages of black and white plates of the works in the exhibition. With introduction that describes the parts of the book related to bookbinding techniques. Tan paper wrappers with title and illustration to front panel. Edges of wrappers are slightly turned. Pages are slightly browned, but otherwise bright and clean. 48 pages. BOB/013124. Very Good.
New Haven: Yale University Press, 2010. Hardcover. This book "reconstructs the first 150 years of the world of print, exploring the complex web of religious, economic and cultural concerns surrounding the printed word." (DJ) The author was Head of the School of History at St. Andrews and Director of its Reformation Studies Institute. Octavo. Bound in green cloth-covered boards with title in gold to spine. Black and green dust jacket with Renaissance portrait on front panel; white title to spine panel. Text is clean and bright. 421 pages, including index. BOB/122823. Very Good / Very Good.
Philadelphia: George R. Graham, 1847. Hardcover. Includes the review of P. P. Cooke’s Froissart Ballads, on pages 323-324, attributed to Poe by T. O. Mabbott as “possible.” Also includes poetry by Emerson (page 202), Longfellow (page 323), and Thoreau pages 145, 238). Includes articles on game birds of America, a tale about the Civil War, "Spectral and Supernatural Appearances" by R. Balmanno (page 361), A story called "The Slaver: A Tale of Our Own Times" by the son of the late Dr. John D. Godman, a story of the American Revolutionary War, many poems, a few songs, and much more. Both volumes are bound together in three-quarter brown leather with green and black marbled paper covered boards, titled in gilt on spine. Boards and spine are in one piece, but are detached from the textblock. Large chip to head of spine. Rubbing to boards and wear to spine end edges of boards. First signature is loose, but present. With 34 full page engravings including 8 French Fashion plates, six of which are hand colored. Four of the plates are by Karl Bodmer. Lacks fashion plate for December. Spots of foxing throughout and occasional spots of soiling. A good reading copy. Volume 30 is 380 pages; Volume 31 is 332 pages. PER/011824. Very Good.
Moscow: Emile Goozairow, 2021. 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. Number 9 of 10 copies. This is a handsome book by Emil, with an inventive visual interpretation by him of Poe's famous poem, "The Raven." The book is a two-way book with the text in English on one side and a Russian translation by Konstantin Balmont in 1894 on the other. Each side has a pop-up of a raven with the title and author written on its body and wings. The cover is handmade red and green felt with an inset relief print on each cover of the title and author. In fine condition. (2.75 x 2.75 inches.) ARTISTSB/111923. Fine.
Philadelphia: George R. Graham, 1851. Hardcover. Includes a review of Edgar Allan Poe's "Ulalume" by J.A. Tinnon in which the poem is reprinted and analyzed (Volume 38: 120-122), "The Fairy Bride" by Louis F. Tasistro, "The Ghost's Supper" by a stray waif; "Salmon and Salmon Fishing" by H.W. Herbert; and many more short stories, poems, and book reviews along with musical scores, copper plates, and fashion plates. Bound in three quarter tan leather over brown marbled paper covered boards with gilt title and year to spine. Heavy wear and chipping to spine leather and to edges and corners of boards. Dampstaining throughout - mostly to side and bottom margins. Foxing and occasional spots of soiling and offsetting. Lacks several plates including a few of the fashion plates. A good reading copy. Volume 38 is 470 pages; Volume 39 is 380 pages. PER/011824. Good +.
Berkeley: Poltroon Press for Serendipity Books, 2009. Paperback. 79 of 100 copies. Gift inscription to previous owner in pencil on top of title page. Japanese stab binding with white paper covers embossed with a floral pattern. Filled with full color photographic illustrations of quilts made by Alison Howard with dates of creation, quilt sizes, and brief descriptions for each quilt. Alison's quilt adventure began in 1990 with her first piece - a piano bench cover, which was inspired by Amish quilts. She later took a few classes on quilting resulting in more ambitious projects of complex patterns and larger sizes. Her brief notes about each quilt include small windows into her personal life such as quilts made for grandkids, friends in times of need, etc. Alison was the wife of Peter Howard, owner of Serendipity Books in Berkeley, CA. Clean and bright; althought the red thread used to bind the book has bled a little onto the cover papers. Unpaginated. [30 pages.] Size: about 10 x 9 inches. ARTB/102723. Fine.
[Los Angeles: The Ward Ritchie Press, 1968. Hardcover. First edition of this compilation of interesting essays and articles written by Powell, an acclaimed writer, librarian, and book collector. Bound in green cloth with black titling to spine. With light orange pictorial dust jacket with titling in black to front cover and spine. Book and dust jacket are in fine condition. Measures 6.5 x 9.5 inches. 246 pages. BOB/122823. Fine.
Lower Marston Farm, Heresfordshire: The Whittington Press, 2011. Softcover. One of 725 copies. Another interesting and informative edition of one of the most esteemed of book-related publications. The contents of this edition include articles on diverse topics by Russell Maret, James Fergusson, Gaylord Schanilec, Sean Hawkins, Willem Keizer, and Paul Nash. There are also book reviews by Simon Lawrence and John Randle. There are numerous bound and tipped in examples of types and papers, prints, and other illustrations. Printed in a variety of types on Somerville Laid and Zerkall mould-made papers. Bound in mauve stiff papers with black print of letterpress, with cover with orange Matrix logo across front and back and title on front. In fine condition save for a slight crease along top edge of cover. 109 pages. BOB/011024. Fine / Fine.
London: T. McLean, 1841-1848. Hardcover. English architect Charles James Richardson (1788 - 1875) studied under Sir John Soane and designed the Earl of Harrington's mansion in Kensington Palace Gardens. He also conducted multiple design studies while traveling around England including this impressive set which features drawings of architectural elements such as stairways, entrances, ceilings, and ironwork, as well as decorative pieces of furniture, vases, silverwork, etc. from multiple English Mansions. Some of the mansions were studied while in disrepair or partial ruin. Includes the Gorhamburg House in Hertfordshire, Montacute House in Somersetshire, Old Town Hall in Nantwich, Charlton House in Wiltshire, and many more. Elephant Folios. All four volumes are bound in matching quarter red leather over green moire cloth covered boards with gilt titles to spines. Ex-library with remnants of white markings to spines and inconspicuous number stamps to top margins of title pages in each volume. All volumes have wear and rubbing to joints, edges, corners, and spine ends. Rubbing and minor soiling to boards and spines. Foxing to margins of many pages, heaviest on first and last few pages of each volume. A few non-consecutive plates in various volumes have dampstaining to margins, which suggests this may have occured prior to binding. Occasional smudge marks and spots of soiling. Occasional small pencil markings to margins. Star sticker partially covering penned ownership name to each front pastedown. Partial loss to edge of front pastedown in fourth volume. All plates have tissue guards; however, some are creased and some have small tears. The first volume includes a small bound in descriptive four page booklet that offers details about each of the unnumbered 25 plates. (It accounts for 25 plates; however, one of them is actually a double plate.) The other three volumes include plates with descriptive text of the mansions depicted bordered with architectural details. Aside from the booklet in the first volume, there are no lists of plates, the plates are unnumbered, and there is no pagination. Some plates are in black and white; however, most are in duotone and a few are in color. Volume I: title page, dedication page, 25 plates (including a double 2 page plate); Volume II: title page (full color), dedication page, 35 pages; Volume III: title page, dedication page, 38 plates (including a double or 2 page plate); Volume IV: title page, dedication page, 37 plates. Size: 19.75 x 13.5 inches. Unpaginated. ARCH/122623. Very Good.
London: Gordon Fraser, 1982. Hard Cover. A fascinating account of the development and production of the magnificent Kelmscott Chaucer. The book was the last great achievement of William Morris and Edward Burne-Jones for the renowned Kelmscott Press. Bound in olive green cloth backed patterned paper covered boards based on a Morris design, with dark green title to spine. Dark green endpapers. A bright and beautiful interior with many Burne-Jones illustrations, some never used, but with reproductions of the final drawings from which ink interpretations wre made and the woodblocks engraved.. With cream parchment dust jacket with dark green title to front panel and no title to spine. A lovely copy in near fine condition. Measures 1- x 12.5 inches.115 pages. MOR/013124. Near Fine in Near Fine Dust Jacket.
London: George Allen, 1899. A fascinating and informative compilation of materials from William Rossetti's personal collection regarding his brother Dante Gabriel Rossetti that deals with "that part of my brother's life which began with his personal acquaintance with Mr. Ruskin, 1854, and ended with the death of his wife, 1862. Either Mr. Ruskin in relation to my brother, or my brother in relation to Mr. Ruskin, counts as the principal figure in this compilation. There is also a good deal of matter regarding other persons, especially Ford Madox Brown"[from the preface]. There are 158 letters arranged chronologically. There is also a section of the table of contents listing the writers of each letter [See Fredeman Pre-Raphaelite bibliography 72.6]. This is the first edition. Handsomely bound by Zaehnsdorf in three quarter brown leather with blue and brown marbled paper covers. The spine has a lovely gilt floral design in four of the compartments, with the title, author, and date in the other. Some rubbing and light wear. Marbled paper endpapers. Light spotting to pastedowns and free endpapers. Interior pages clean and bright with light aging to page margins. With 12 b&w illustrations taken from Dante Gabriel Rossetti paintings. Tiny printed "Bartlett & Co. Boston" on front free endpaper. In about near fine condition. Measures 5 x 7.5 inches. 327 pages. PRE-RAPH/011524.
East Aurora, NY: Elbert Hubbard, 1911. Paperback. Elbert Green Hubbard (1856 - 1915) was an American author, publisher, artist, and philosopher who founded the Roycroft artisan community. He admired the work of William Morris and sought to emulate his Arts and Crafts style in America. Oversized off-white paper wrappers with orange title and photographic illustration to front panel. Chipping to wrappers. Printed in black and orange. Includes many interesting advertisements. 64 pages. Size: about 14 x 9.25 inches. PER/122823. Very Good.
Freeville, NY: Carol Schwartzott, 2020. Hardcover. Number 7 of 25 copies signed and numbered by the book artist. This miniature work is a totally charming homage to the beauty of birds and the delight they bring us. Using collage and print, Carol has created small cards with bright pictures of birds for each letter of the alphabet on the front and a quote about birds on their rear sides. The cards slip into individual translucent paper pockets that form the pages of the book. Each book in the edition is covered in different paper. The book is bound in navy blue cloth covers with paper title labels on the cover and spine. Based on a binding design created by Hedi Kyle. The book pages may be turned like a codex or fanned out from the binding. Housed in a navy blue leaf patterened paper covered slipcase. In fine condition. Measures 2 x 3 x 1.5 inches. ARTISTSB/012424. Fine.
Freeville, NY: Carol Schwartzott, 2019. Paperback. Number 3 of 10 copies. Signed by the artist. Bound in an accordion structure with hand colored, collaged elements including palmistry diagrams on each page. Includes two pages of text, Nine illustrations, and colophon. Housed in a altered Altoid box that has been collaged with a map and other papers on both interior and exterior. The box is titled in gold on the front panel. The book and box both come in a handmade olive green felt carrying case with red ribbon pull ties. Unpaginated. [18 pages.] Size: book is about 3.5 x 2 inches; box is about 3.75 x 2.25 inches. ARTB/012424. Fine.
Freeville, NY: Carol Schwartzott, 2022. Hardcover. DELUXE. 3 of 20 copies, numbered and signed by the artist. A deluxe miniature book version of Schwartzott's 'A Brief History of the Quilt.' Bound in dark blue cloth boards with paper title to spine and collaged paper layers to front board. Illustrated with digitally printed photographic images of antique quilts and paper collage replicas of styles and techniques. The text includes historical information about the quilt from its beginnings in the Middle East and Asia through modern day including references to the AIDS quilt. A bibliography with seven references is also included. Housed in an elaborate wooden shadow box with a thimble, spools of thread, a needle, and a mini-quilt behind a pane of glass. Carol Schwartzott has been creating artists' books for over twenty-five years. Her work appears in many museums, libraries, and private collections including the Smithsonian, the National Gallery of Art, and the Victoria and Albert Museum. Size 3 x 2.75 inches. Box size: 4 x 4 x 3 inches. ARTB/0124234. Fine.
Freeville, NY: Carol Schwartzott, 2022. Hardcover. Number 13 of 20 copies, numbered and signed by the artist. A miniature book version of Schwartzott's 'A Brief History of the Quilt.' Bound in dark blue cloth boards with paper title to spine and collaged paper layers to front board. Illustrated with digitally printed photographic images of antique quilts and paper collage replicas of styles and techniques. The text includes historical information from its beginnings in the Middle East and Asia through modern day including references to the AIDS quilt. A bibliography with seven references is also included. Housed in an orange paper covered box with colorful collage to front and rear panels and title label to spine. Size 3 x 2.75 inches. Box size: 3.5 x 3.25 Carol Schwartzott has been creating artists' books for over twenty-five years. Her work appears in many museums, libraries, and private collections including the Smithsonian, the National Gallery of Art, and the Victoria and Albert Museum. ARTB/051723. Fine.
Rutland, VT: Shattuck Studio, 2023. Hardcover. Number 6 of nine copies signed by the book artist. This is another 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. In addition to artists' books, she is a painter and creator of paper art. Carolyn exhibits her work nationally in numerous juried exhibitions and has received many awards. Her books have been collected by a number of special collections libraries at universities throughout the country. She teaches Book Art workshops in New England and Florida. Carolyn is passionate about revealing the fate of endangered wild animals that are sought and killed for the use of their bodies for medicinal purposes, for their body parts, or for hunting trophies. This artist's book calls attention to the peril of African lions and painted dogs. It joins her previously created books about imperiled elephants, rhinos, and pangolins. She writes in the book: "Lions are rapidly losing ground. Highly valued, they are often poached for their body parts which are then used in traditional medicinal remedies or their heads are mounted by trophy hunters as status symbols." She continues: "Trophied emphasizes the need to respond to this downward spiraling truth about the animals on our earth who are vulnerable." This book utilizes an adapted accordion book structure to create a green environment where two brown adult lions and two cubs pop up when the book is opened. There is also an arbor where two painted dogs are standing. The book is bound in a green, felt-like paper with a paper title label to the front cover. The covers are perched above the contents by four paper covered blocks. The inside of the front cover has a paper page affixed that describes the predicament of African lions. The inside of the rear cover has a white paper volvelle affixed on a sheet of black and white paper. There is also a small page with information about the perils of painted dogs. The book is constructed with various papers including Lama Li, Epson, Mixed Media, and Hahnemuhle Velour. The book is housed in a black paper covered slipcase with a yellow title label. In fine condition. The book measures 13²x 5¹x 3.5² inches when closed. ARTB/120423. Fine.
Berlin-Leipzig: Heintze & Blanckertz, 1938. Edward Johnston (1872-1944) was a British writing and type designer who is considered one of the developers of modern calligraphy. He spent much time in his early years at the British Museum studying Roman and Renaissance lettering, and he taught for over 40 years, including at the Royal College of Art, helping to reestablish the art of hand lettering. His precursor in this field was William Morris. Johnston influenced the work of many artists-craftsmen, including Eric Gill. He was also the designer of the distinctive Johnston typeface that is used throughout the London Underground system. This is an interesting work printed in side-by-side columns in German and English. Contains numerous black and white plates of Johnston's work, plus several two-and three-color plates. Quarto. Beige paper wrappers with "Edward Johnston" printed in black (except for red capital J) to front wrapper. Spine and top of front wrapper are stained, and edges of front wrapper are chipped. Light stain continues at the top of most pages, and bottom edges of pages are bumped. 39 pages. BOB/022124.
Sao Paulo, Brasil (Brazil): difusão nacional do livro, circa 1965. Paperback. In Portuguese. Elephant Folio. One of 3,000 copies. In this Portuguse language reproduction of illustrated historical documents from 1557, Hans Staden (1525 - 1576), a Europen explorer and soldier, describes his experiences as a prisoner living among cannibals of Brazil. Issued unbound in 10 gigantic folded leaves with horrifying engravings of cannibalism. The pages are all housed inside a paper stiff white illustrated paper folder, which is housed inside of a large stiff paper slipcase with olive green spine panel titled in white and black and white illustrated side panels. The pages are clean and bright. Minor browning to spine panel and edges of folder along with a few scuff marks to front panel. Wear, rubbing, chipping, and short tears to edges of slipcase. Browning to edges of panels of slipcase. A fascinating piece that can be appreciated for the images alone (even if one is unable to read the text). 40 pages. Size: about 23 x 15 inches. SOAMER/122623. Very Good.
Sausalito, CA: Angel Island Publications, Inc, 1961. Softcover. An interesting collection of photographs taken by Jerry Stoll (1923-2004), a photographer perhaps best known as the official photographer for the first eight years of the Monterey Jazz Festival. This collection of b&w photos vary in subject although all are of people photographed in the vicinity of Telegraph Hill in San Francisco. The comments selected by author Evan Connell are quotes from such disparate figures as Churchill, Darwin, Dickens, Oppenheimer,Poe, Conrad, and Wolfe. Softcover with pictorial covers and a psychedelic lettered title in pink. Wear to edges, light bumping and wear. Interior pages clean. Very good condition. Measures: 8.5 x 11 inches. Unpaginated [ about 100+ pages]. PHOTO/012924. Very Good.
Amsterdam: Halcyon, 1942 (est.). Softcover. [IN DUTCH] Sjoerd Hendrik (S.H.) de Roos (1877-1962), was a Dutch type designer and book cover designer. He was inspired by the Arts and Crafts Movement. He is best known for the design of a new type face, the Hollandsche Mediæval. In total, he designed twelve type faces. In 1926, he founded the Heuvelpers, a small printing house with a hand press set up in his home in Hilversum. Here he created the stamps and dies of a new 14-point letter, called Hawthorn, to be used exclusively for the publications of the Heuvelpers. A. A. M. Stols was a Dutch printer and publisher, known for his collection of limited editions of Dutch poetry. This short work is from a monograph to be published by NV Lettergieterij, Amsterdam. It is set in Hawthorn-letter and printed for Halcyon by JF Duwaer on Zonen in Amsterdam. Quarto. Gray paper wrappers, with title in black to front wrapper. Saddle-stitched. Sunning to front and rear wrappers, especially at top edges; bumping to edges of wrappers; other signs of handling. Pages are yellowed but clean. 8 numbered pages of text, plus a sample printing of the Hawthorn typeface, and 7 pages of printing examples. BOB/022224. Good.