Moscow: Emil Goozairow, 2020. Number 3 of 6 copies signed by the book artist. 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 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. 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 reddish brown fabric with a polymer clay artistic design on the front cover. There are attached brown 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.
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Baltimore: Pride of Baltimore, Inc., (2001). Paperback. Oblong 16mo. Scarce. Blue illustrated side stapled paper wrappers with pink title to front wrapper. Small spot of residue from sticker to front wrapper. Interior is clean and bright with illustrations throughout. 27 pages. MD/012020. Very Good+.
Chicago: Sherwin Beach Press, 1993. Hardcover. Number 58 of 200 copies. This powerful and poignant book, written in 1983, and first published in the Chicago Reader, is the story of people living, or trying to live, on General Assistance, a now-discontinued Illinois program that was the last resort of those who did not qualify for other more ‘generous’ forms of welfare. Each person developed a personal strategy to circumvent the system and get by on the state allotment of $144 a month. Many turned to Marillac House, a settlement house on the West Side of Chicago, for emergency food and clothing. Author Bogira does a remarkable job of getting his subjects to tell their own stories. The book also contains four portraits by photographer Mike Tappin. The pictures reinforce the sense of dignity felt in the subjects’ words. Selected as one of 48 books exhibited in ‘Dressing the Text’ at the Art Museum of Santa Cruz County. Also selected as one of 44 books exhibited in the book design section of Felice Feliciano in Verona, Italy. Designed by Bob McCamant, hand set in Century Expanded by Jennifer Hughes and printed on Johannot paper by Jennifer Hughes and Martha Chiplis. The photographs were printed in duotone lithography by Rohner Printing of Chicago. Bound in grey soft cover paper wrappers. Signed by the designer. In fine condition. 24 pages, 12 1/2 x 9 1/4 inches. PRI/031620. Fine.
Chicago: Sherwin Beach Press, 1992. Hardcover. Number 163 of 200 copies. "The Essence of Beeing" is an account by Michael Lenehan of two beekeepers: one who has hives on the roof of his apartment building in the city, and one who keeps bees on his farm in the country. In the process of describing the beekeepers and their work, the book tells a great deal of what is known about bees and honey. It was written by Michael Lenehan, executive editor of the Chicago Reader, where it appeared originally in 1977. Mr. Lenehan has contributed many pieces to the Reader during his more than 30-year association with it; he has also published elsewhere, notably in the Atlantic Monthly. Here, Alice Brown-Wagner has illustrated the text with drawings of the tools of beekeeping. "The laid-back style of the narrative belies well-packed information....It is a delightful essay....Binding and type were well and sensibly chosen. Any beekeeper would enjoy this for a generous present—as has, indeed, this reviewer. Others may find it tempts them toward one of the world’s absorbing occupations." —Colin Franklin, Bookways. The book was designed by Bob McCamant, hand set in 12 and 14 point Cooper Oldstyle by Alice Brown-Wagner, Kate Friedman, and Bob Mcamant, and printed on Fabriano Roma Michelangelo by Bob McCamant. It was casebound, cloth over boards, by Ann Repp, and has a dust jacket of blind-embossed Roma Raffaello. 45 pages, 9 1/4 x 12 inches. Published in 1992, numbered but not signed. PRI/031620. Fine.
Philadelphia and Baltimore: Fisher and Brother, (1861). Hardcover. A miniature book. Red cloth covered boards with heavily faded gilt title and decoration to front board. Soling to boards and wear to edges and corners. Crack to interior front hinge. Light soiling, occasional foxing, smudge marks, previous owner signature in pen, and occasional creases to corners. Includes 8 illustrations. Size: 3 x 2.25 inches. Still a cute book - and uncommon. 192 pages. REL/011020. Very Good.
Paris: Bibliotheque de la Pleiade, 1961. Hardcover. Tome II ONLY. Flexible red leather boards with gilt title to spine. Clean and bright with red ribbon bookmark bound in. In white dust jacket with red title to spine panel and black title to front panel. Minor wear to edges of jacket including a few short closed tears and creases. Minor soiling to jacket. In protective mylar cover. 1725 pages. FRE/010220. Near Fine / Very Good.
New York: Harper and Brothers, 1848. Hardcover. First American Edition. Includes illustrations by the author. Very good in the original reddish-brown cloth boards with gilt title to spine and front cover. Gilt vignette to front board. Cloth along the spine panel is heavily chipped, but somewhat repaired. Rubbing, wear, minor dampstaining, and fading to spine and edges of boards. Browning to illustrations and minor foxing throughout. 332 pages. LIT/032420. Very Good.
Indian Head Park, IL: The Big Crank Press, 2018. Hardcover. One of 30 copies. David Anderson is a noted Chicago graphic designer with many honors and appointments over the several years of his career. He is now retired and has turned to his enthusiasm for producing fine letterpress printing by establishing The Big Crank Press. He writes about this work: "For 35 years I lived and worked in Oak Park, Illinois....While living there, things would happen - things that spoke to me in more than one way and persisted in my mind. This is the first of The Suburban Fables, an interpretation of my observations of those events and ideas." This book relates an incident where a crow is disturbed by the daylight ramblings of a raccoon, normally a nocturnal animal and what ensued. The story is told using striking and bold illustrations that fill their pages. Printed on Jannot 125 GSM and grey Rives B.F.K papers using Gill Sans MT Alt One type. Printed on a Vandercook 3 proof Press that Anderson found in an alley twenty-five years ago. Bound in brown cloth with silver title and author to spine and front cover. In fine condition. Measures 9.5 x 12.5 inches. Unpaginated [22 pages] PRI/021320. Fine.
Baltimore: The Hill Press, 1996. Hardcover. Number 35 of 41 copies and one of only ten bound in leather. Signed and numbered by printer Steve Heaver. This beautiful book from The Hill Press contains two of Edgar Allan Poe's best known works, the poem The Raven and the short story Berenice, which was first published in the Southern Literary Messenger in 1835 when Poe was only 24 years old. The introduction was written by David O. Tomlinson, an English professor at the United States Naval Academy. The two wood engravings are by Sandy Connors of The Honeybee Press. Bound in blind and gilt stamped brown leather with title on front cover. With typographic ornaments to endpapers and title page. Printed in Cloister Old Style types on dampened Velke Losiny paper. Bound at the Florentine Book Bindery. Following the text is a list of the book's subscribers and the colophon. In fine condition. Measures 6 x 9 inches. 27 pages. PRI/022020. Fine.
East Aurora, NY: The Roycrofters, 1905. Number 19 of 100 copies printed on Japan vellum. Signed and numbered by the Roycrofters founder, Elbert Hubbard. He also inscribed the book: "To Margaret Scott, Royal Roycrofter, with all kind wishes from her Uncle Elbert Hubbard." Margaret Scott Oliver, née Scott (1879-1930) was an actress and playwright who also wrote poetry. She settled with her family in Rose Valley, Pennsylvania, which had been founded as an Arts & Crafts community that was perhaps modeled after the Utopia in William Morris's News From Nowhere. Margaret was not Elbert Hubbard's niece, but she was an early pupil of Hubbard's and lived in the Hubbard home while becoming proficient in making and marketing Roycroft products. She was then put in charge of the Roycroft shop in Philadelphia, the first established outside of East Aurora (Poet Lore, Volume 27 1916). Her Arts & Crafts bookplate with her maiden name Margaret Hunter Scott is affixed to front pastedown. A nice association. This special edition of Wilde's classic poem was bound in three quarter red leather patterned paper boards and endpapers. Five raised bands to spine with title, author and date and floral deslgn in gilt in the compartments. Printed in Cheltenham type with the initial letter of each stanza in orange with gold highlight. In fine condition. Measures 5.75 x 7.5 inches. Unpaginated [57 pages].
Cambridge: Tidewater Publishers, 1955. Hardcover. New illustrated edition, this story was originally published in 1884. It includes three different stories - one about an iron smelting company which exploits bog iron deposits in Worchester County, one about the kidnapping of slaves and free negroes by the Joe Johnson-Patty Cannon gang near where Maryland and Delware join, and one about the "hat." The central character, Meshach Milburn unites the three intertwined stories. Blue cloth boards with gilt title to spine and gilt illustration of a man in a hat to front board. Clean overall with occasional smudge marks / stains to interior. Includes several black and white illustrations. In worn orange jacket with black title to spine and front panels. Jacket is sunned along spine and edges with the spine panel faded to white. Dampstain to rear panel of jacket and tears to edges. 565 pages. MD/122719. Very Good / Very Good.
New York: Harper and Brothers, 1927. Hardcover. Includes 174 line drawing illustrations by Kemble. Quarto. Yellow cloth boards with black title to spine and front cover. Minor soiling to spine and boards with minor wear to corners and edges. Rolled spine. Light cockle to bottom edges of some pages, but no visible dampstain. Clean interior. 366 pages. CHILD/011320. Very Good.
New York: Harper and Brothers, 1910. Hardcover. With 16 full page illustrations by Worth Brehm. Black cloth boards with illustrated pastedown to front cover. Title was once in gilt on spine, but the gilt has chipped off leaving an embossed title. Wear to spine ends, corners, and board edges. Slight roll to spine. Page 109 / 110 has been torn and repaired with tape. Minor browning to margins and occasional smudge marks, but clean overall. 321 pages. CHILD/011320. Very Good.
Philadelphia: Penn Publishing Company, 1906. Hardcover. Uncommon. A fascinating collection of epitaphs arranged by unconcious humor, deliberate humor, conjugal, derogatory, occupational, puns, children and infants, pathetic, brief, etc. Green cloth boards with faded white title to spine and green decoration to front cover. Chipping to white title on front cover and rubbing to boards. Minor wear to corners and edges. Browning to endpaper, else clean. 168 pages. POE/112719. Very Good.
New York: McLoughlin Brothers, 1890. Paperback. 8vo. Side stapled illustrated paper wrappers with orange title to front wrapper. 2 inch closed tear and one small edge chip to front wrapper. Minor damp staining to both wrappers. Interior is filled with both black and white and full color illustrations. Several of the black and white illustrations have been juveniley colored in. Very charming book. CHILD/012020. Very Good.
Baltimore: Mayor and City Council, 1877. Hardcover. Scarce. This book details the history of Baltimore's City Hall beginning in 1801 when an ordinance was passed to purchase land on which to erect the building. Due to various problems, mostly related to the budget, construction did not begin until the fall of 1867 and was not completed until the fall of 1875. The architect and designer of all plates (except for the frontispiece) was George A. Frederick. This copy LACKS the fold out frontispiece. Good in green cloth boards with gilt title to spine. The front board is present but detached. About an inch along the head of the spine is missing (affecting the title). The spine cloth is torn in a few places. There are a few light smudge marks to the interior; otherwise, very clean. Includes ten plates of which one folds out. The illustrations show exterior views of the building and also floor plans for each level. Includes laid in 5 page history of City Hall (from 1976) AND two original checks from 1869 written from the account of City Hall - one for $1197.50 to Burns Russell and Co. (for B??s Eleven) and one for $453.27 to Wm Robertson (to defray expenses of Committee's visit to New York to examine methods of heating and ventillating public buildings) 141 pages plus plates. BALT/011420. Very Good.
Washington DC: Government Printing Office, 1928. Hardcover. 8vo. Exlibris with writting in pen to top corner of front free end paper and stamp to title page. No other library markings. Minor rubbing to boards and endpages and minor bumping to spine ends and corners. Minor yellowing to edges of pages and crease to bottom corner of about 20 pages. Else is clean and bright. Index, 1204 pages. EDU/012020. Very Good.
Rockport, MA and Naples, FL: Twin Lights Publishers, Inc and Youngtown Books, (2002). Hardcover. 4to. Very good in black paper covered boards with gilt title to spine. Light foxing to title page. Else is clean and bright with beautiful full color illustrations throughout. Black illustrated dust jacket with white and yellow title to front panel and to spine.128 pages. MD/112019. Very Good+ / Very Good+.
Baltimore: The Journalists Club, 1905. Hard Cover. SCARCE. Features photographs of prominent men of Maryland from 1905 who were chosen by the Journalists Club based on their "achieved prominence in their chosen profession or business" due to "'merit' not 'money.'" Below each photograph is biographical information including name, date and place of birth, title, occupation, and organizations. Very good in full dark brown morocco leather with gilt title to front board. Spine panel is missing and front board is nearly detached. Light rubbing to edges of boards. Bookplate of Harold Randolph to front endpaper. 76 pages plus index. MD/010220. Very Good.
New York: n.p, circa 1991-1992. Hardcover. A unique mysterious and deeply personal artist's book by an unknown man mourning the loss of the love of his life. The author has filled this work with his poetry, profile images of Nefertiti, collage, applied color and designs and more. The texts and images are mounted and framed on multi-colored matte boards. Bound in black cloth covered boards painted with swaths of orange color with title in purple on front cover. This fascinating book on love and grief measures 10.75 x 13.25 x 2.75 inches. It is heavy in both emotion and actual weight (extra shipping required). In fine condition. ARTBOOK/022520. Fine.