Buffalo, NY: Illuminati, 1981. Paperback. Orange paper wrappers with brown title to spine and front cover. Minor wear to edges. Some text in English, but most in Italian. 116 pages. ITA/041119. Very Good.
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Cambridge: Equipage, 1992. Paperback. A somewhat uncommon collection of poems by English poet Denise Riley (1948 - ). She has won several prizes for her work. Blue side-stapled paper wrappers with black title to front cover. Sunning to edges of wrappers, spot of soiling to front wrappers, and minor rubbing. Clean, bright interior. Unpaginated [16 pages] POE/040219. Very Good.
New York: Harper Collins, 1993. Hardcover. Signed and inscribed by the author. "An unforgettable portrait of a remarkable family in moments of joy and tragedy" (jacket). First edition, later printing. Black cloth backed white paper covered boards with gilt title to spine. In white illustrated jacket with black title to spine and front panels. Minor fading to spine panel. Illustrated with photographs. 193 pages. AMEBIO/031819. Fine / Near Fine.
Paris: Chez Bance Aine, Marchand D'Estampes et Editeur, 1817. Hardcover. These scarce two volumes, published four years before his death, offer a monumental history of Napoleon Bonaparte's many military campaigns from 1798 until his final exile to St. Helena in 1815. The tone is exalting and celebratory of his battlefield achievements and the glory they brought to the empire. There over 500 pages of text, 36 engravings of battlefield scenes after the illustrations of C. Vernet and Swebach, a portrait of Napoleon, and five pages with portraits of 100 famous generals. The volumes were rebound at some point in black pebbled faux leatherette with a red cloth spine and new endpapers and in the process the engravings were rearranged in their own sections in each volume rather than interspersed throughout the text. One of the pages of the generals' portraits is bound in upside-down. Most of the engravings are in good to very good condition. A few have margin tears and spotting, and occasionally tape was used to "fix" tears. The text pages are also in variable condition. Most of the pages in Volume I are quite clean and legible with some margin darkening. However, there are sections of Volume II with offsetting, foxing, and a few tape repairs. Very Good.
Paris: Bibliotheque de la Pleiade, circa 1960. Hardcover. Volume 1 only. Flexible black leather boards with gilt title and rules to spine. Minor wear to edges, spine ends and corners. Split to leather on both hinges; however, binding remains secure. Clean and bright. In white dust jacket with black and red title to spine and front panels. Chipping, closed tears, and wear to jacket. Tape repair to head of jacket and light water mark to front cover. 1333 pages. FRE/041019. Very Good / Very Good.
Paris: Bibliotheque de la Pleiade, (1953). Hardcover. Volume I 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. In original glassine cover. Minor wear to edges of jacket and glassine. Browning to glassine and a few chips to edges of glassine and jacket. 1289 pages. FRE/041019. Near Fine / Very Good.
Baltimore: Turnbull Brothers, 1874. Hardcover. FIRST EDITION. A detailed history of the city beginning with Captain John Smith’s exploration of the Patapsco River and ending with the great Baltimore fire of 1873. As dry as it may sound, The Chronicles not only includes the commonly known timeline of events; it is enhanced with details about the residents, local businesses, plays, fashion, and more. He explains how the Canton neighborhood got its name, cites when the streets were first paved and when wallpaper was first used in Baltimore, and even discusses dental transplant trends. According to Scharf, his research came not only from journals, newspapers, and books, but “from musty records on the brink of decay, from odd places and unexplored corners, which by accident of fire or flood or time’s hard touches, might otherwise have been forever lost to us” (page viii). A noted historian of his day, Scharf (1843 – 1898) was once called “Baltimore’s Venerable Bede”, and his work continues to be of great value due largely to the inclusion of passages from primary source documents. Very good in three quarter tan leather over marbled paper covered boards with red and gilt title label to spine. Minor darkening, chipping and cracking to leather on spine. Minor wear to corners and edges of boards. Clean interior. Full marbled edges with marbled endpapers. Index, 756 pages. BALT/041619. Very Good.
South Carolina: Arcadia, 2011. Hardcover. Signed by the author. Historical images of Towson side-by-side with historical photographs - all images are captioned. Fine in illustrated paper wrappers with white title to spine and front cover. Clean and bright. 95 pages. MD/032119. Fine.
Paris: Bibliotheque de la Pleiade, (1969). Hardcover. Brown flexible leather boards with gilt title and rules to spine. Light wear to corners, edges, and spine ends. Clean and bright. In original glassine with white jacket covering front and rear covers (as issued). A few chips to edges of jacket and glasine. Minor rubbing / soiling to glassine and jacket. 1102 pages. FRE/041019. Very Good / Very Good.
Paris: Bibliotheque de la Pleiade, (1964). Hardcover. Brown flexible leather boards with gilt title and rules to spine. Light rubbing to edges of boards. Clean and bright. In original glassine with white jacket covering front and rear covers (as issued). Housed in original cardboard slipcase. Browning to panels and minor wear to edges of case. 1097 pages. FRE/041019. Fine / Very Good.
Redwood City, CA: Judith of Serebrin Books & Prints, 2017. Unique artist's book. Well-known artist Judy Serebrin received a master's degree in fine arts from the University of Utah in 1990 and has been making limited edition and unique books since then. Her work can be found in public and private collections in the United States and abroad. She states: "All my life I have observed, listened and looked at the world around me and have tried to make sense of it. I am concerned with issues of social justice, of liberation; my own and others. Art for me is a way to learn about the world and to challenge oppressive mores, to make interesting connections that I can share with others. I hope to make others think as well, to grin, to perhaps gain insight and to spark new thoughts. Interrelations between people, animals and the planet are explored in my work. I hope in ways that are accessible. Using "book arts" as a format is part of that for me as you can have an intimate experience holding a book and looking through it." She often creates her artists' books by combining a ceramic structure or cover for striking effect. She says of this work: "This is part of a series of porcelain figures called “Soul Books.” Figures with books in them represent a symbolic and tactile way of being able to reach into someone’s soul without embarrassment, censorship, or fear. Both human and animal-like figures—all represent the importance of every creature to the world." This Cat Soul Book is a beautiful example of the books Judy has produced for her Soul Book animal series. The figure is made in black and yellow stained porcelain. The handmade book is done with ink and watercolor with a sewn-binding done in linen thread. Figure measures 6 1/8 x 2 1/4 x 2 1/4 inches; book is 1 3/16 x 1 1/4 x 9/16 inches. In fine condition. ARTISTSB/032819. Fine.
New York: Harper and Brothers, 1896. Hardcover. Brown cloth boards with gilt title to spine and front board. Silver falcon to spine and crest to front cover. Minor rubbing to gilt. Minor wear to edges of boards and corners. Includes many black and white illustrations. Previous owner's signature in pen to front endpaper. Minor toning to edges of pages, else clean. Attractive binding. 251 pages. SHAK/031819. Very Good.
Bibliotheque de la Pleiade, (1956). Hardcover. 2 volumes. Flexible green leather boards with gilt titles and rules to spines. Minor rubbing to gilt on spines and chipping to leather along tops of both front hinges. Short closed tear to bottom of rear hinge on first volume. Split starting to front of volume I, else bindings are tight. Clean. Volume I: 1591 pages; Volume II: 1484 pages. FRE/041019. Very Good.
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1903. Hardcover. Bound in three quarter red morocco over marbled paper covered boards with gilt titles, raised bands, and gilt floral devices to spines. Minor wear to spine ends, corners, hinges, and edges of boards of most volumes. Eight volumes have at least one detached (but present) board and / or loose spine piece. Several volumes have cracked or starting hinges. Chips to spine ends of some volumes. Clean, bright interiors. Previous owner's signature in pen dated 1904 to front free endpapers of each volume. Frontispiece engravings with captioned tissue guards and additional illustrations to some volumes. Marbled endpapers and top edges gilt. An attractive set; however, restoration is needed on many volumes. A good reading copy. LIT/041719 This set will require an extra shipping fee. Very Good Minus.
New York: George H. Doran, n.d. (1927). Hardcover. First American edition with illustrations by Edmund Dulac and in the scarce dustjacket. According to the book's front flap, Dulac's "magnificent interpretation" of this classic adventure story is unsurpassed. There are twelve full color tipped in plates and many text illustrations in black and white. Bound in bright green cloth with gilt titling to spine and front cover and a blind illustration of a sailing ship on cover. Very light bumping. In the original dust jacket with chips, small tears, and soiling. Not price clipped. Decorative endpapers with Brentano's bookseller ticket affixed to rear pastedown. The interior of the book is in beautiful condition with clean and bright pages and plates. Very good. 287 pages. LIT/032619. Very Good / Very Good Minus.
Baltimore: The Norman, Remington Company, 1928. Hardcover. Number 796 of 975 copies signed and numbered by the author. From the library of Theodore R. McKeldin, Governor of Maryland 1951-59, with his bookplate. This is an enjoyable and lighthearted book about many aspects of Baltimore's rich history. The author weaves together contemporary walking tours of the city with the history of relevant historical events and persons. Bound in cream cloth with gilt titling to spine and gilt and black illustration of an entry door on front cover. Light soiling and darkening to spine. Interior pages show slight aging but quite clean. Numerous black and white illustrations and photographs throughout. Very good condition. 4.5 x 6.5 inches. 336 pages. BALT/041519. Very Good.
New York: The Natural Science Association of America, 1888. Hardcover. In addition to writing, printing, painting, and studying nature, Jacob Studer (1840 - 1904) founded the Board of Trade in Columbus, Ohio. This folio volume includes 119 colored artistic plates, originally drawn by Theodore Jasper for an earlier edition, which represent different species drawn and colored from nature. The book includes “a copious text giving a popular account of their habits and characteristics, based on observations made in the field by the most eminent writers on ornithology.” The text and illustrations are prefaced by a systematic table and index arranged according to the classification adopted by The American Ornithologists’ Union. Bound in full dark brown leather with gilt title to spine and front cover. Rear board is present but detached and front board is nearly detached. Chipping to spine ends and wear to edges of boards and corners. Staining to top corners on first and last few pages, occasional smudge marks, otherwise the interior is clean and bright. Marbled endpapers and top edge gilt. 182 pages plus 119 plates and index. NAT/041819. Very Good.
Pittsburgh: W.S. Haven, 1854. Paperback. Disbound with masking tape covering spine. Pencil markings to front cover, else clean. Chipping to edges of first and last page. Minor spots of dampstaining to first page. 32 pages. REL/032519. Very Good.
Budapest: Corvina Kiado, Helikon Kiado, 1982. Hardcover. A small book: 2.75 X 4 inches. Fine in maroon velvet covered boards with gilt lettering. Text and reproductions in color. Two Papers on the Codex is separate volume, same size, in white paper wrappers. Both fit into illustrated white paper case. Wear to edges of case including closed tear and creasing. Two Papers is 170 pages; Book of Hours is unpaginated. Religion. ILL/041919. Fine.
Budapest: Corvina Kiado, Helikon Kiado, 1982. Hardcover. A small book: 2.75 X 4 inches. White paper wrappers with black title to spine and front cover. Creasing and small tear to front free endpaper and to cover. Clean and bright. 170 pages. Religion. ILL/041919. Fine.
Florence: G.C. Sansoni, 1963. Paperback. Quinta Edizione. Grey paper wrappers with red title to spine and front wrapper. Minor wear to edges of wrappers and corners. Occasional notes and underlining in pen to interior. 111 pages. ITA/041119. Very Good.
New York and London: Harper & Brothers, 1900. Hardcover. Special Biographical Edition. An attractive set bound in three quarter turquoise morocco over marbled paper covered boards with gilt title, floral device, and raised bands to spines. Minor wear to edges of boards, hinges, bands, and corners. Slight darkening to spines. Clean interiors with illustrations. Previous owner's signature in pen dated 1901 to front free endpapers of all volumes. Marbled endpapers and top edges gilt. LIT/041719 This set will require an extra shipping fee. Very Good.
New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1908. Hardcover. Green cloth boards with gilt title to spine. Minor wear to corners and edges of boards. Fading to spine and fraying to spine ends. Minor rubbing to boards. Ex-library from the Lotus Club with stamps to front endpaper, frontis, and rear. Bookplates to front endpaper. Crack to rear hinge. Occasional smudge marks / soiling to margins, but clean ovearll. Will of Whitman fold out frontispiece is present along with tipped in photographic frontis. Short tear to edges of will and tipped in photo. 473 pages. POE/050718. Very Good / Very Good.
New York: Small, Maynard, and Company, 1906. Hardcover. Green cloth boards with gilt title to spine. Minor wear to corners and edges of boards. Light rubbing to bottom edges of boards. Occasional spots of foxing to interior, but clean and bright overall. Rear hinge is starting but binding remains secure. Will of Whitman fold out frontispiece is present along with tipped in photographic frontis. Includes several other tipped in photographic illustrations. 473 pages. POE/041619. Very Good / Very Good.
London: Chapman and Hall, 1875. Hardcover. First edition in the original green cloth boards with gilt titles to spines and ivy vine decoration to front covers and spines. Heavily worn bindings with remnants of tape to spine ends of both boards. Tears to book cloth along hinges of first volume. Wear and fraying to edges and corners of boards on both volumes. Rubbing to boards and gilt on spines. The hinges of volume one are split and the hinges of volume two are cracked. Several interior splits. Rolled spines. Occasional smudge marks and spots of soiling, but clean overall inside. Corrections in pencil to page 233 of volume two. Previous owner's name in pen dated 1883 to front free endpapers of both volumes. Illustrated with forty illustrations. Some tissue guards are no longer present or torn. Volume I has 320 pages; Volume II has 319 pages. A good reading copy. May require an extra shipping fee. LIT/041619. Very Good.