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.
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Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University Press, 1957. Hardcover. Number 71 of 250 copies signed and numbered by the author. The text contains an address delived by the author at the university of the occasion of given an annual library award to the member of the senior class who presented the best private collection of books made while an undergraduate. Bound in brown paper with a dark brown cloth spin, with gilt titling and a decorative label on the cover with an original wood engraving by John De Pol. Several illustrations. Near fine condition. Measures 9 x 11 inches. Unpaginated. BOB/040620. Near Fine.
circa 1980. Paperback. Four small side-stapled books covered in marbled paper and housed in a matching marble paper covered slipcase. Paper title label to front of slipcase with contents of the books adhered to rear panel. The contents lists highlights of over 65 nursery rhymes. A cute handbound collection with no publishing information. Illustrated. Slipcase is about 4.5 inches tall x 3 inches wide. CHILD/011320. Very Good.
London: Richard Bentley adn Son, 1885. Hardcover. Sold as is. Includes 33 stories by various authors illustrated with 33 etchings by Cruikshank. Brown cloth boards with gilt title to spine and gilt illustration to front cover. Heavy wear to hinges, spine ends, and corners. Hinges are starting. Occasional smudge marks to interior, mostly in margins, but clean overall. A good reading copy. Nice full page illustrations with tissue guards. A few loose pages. 350 pages. LITANTH/011320. Good.
Toronto: The Porcupine's Quill, 2010. Hardcover. "Although international politics is often central to discussions of 9/11, "Book of Hours" focus on innocent life lost adds emotional urgency to the issue of who and what is responsible ... [It] is called "Book of Hours" because it is an exploration, condemnation, and celebration of our culture's devotion to time, and the way our regimented routines can reassure and also stifle us" (George Walker, Preface). Bound in grey paper covered boards with black title to front cover. Housed in a black cloth slipcase with silver title to front panel. Clean and bright. 189 pages. PRI/031620. Fine.
Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 1895. Paperback. Reprinted from "The American Journal of Sociology," Vol. I, No. 1, July, 1895. orange side stapled paper wrappers with black title to front wrapper. Ex libris with stamp and sticker to front wrapper. Text is clean and bright. Sociology. ANTH/012220. Very Good.
Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1938. Hardcover. An extensive history of the illustration of books from the fifteenth century to the early twentieth century, with a special chapter devoted to color work and children's books. With over 100 black and white illustrations and a lengthy list of reference books on the subject. Bound in red cloth with gilt titling to spine. Ex-library with small gold circle at base of spine and glue remnants to rear pastedown and free rear endpaper. Otherwise in very good condition. 314 pages. BOB/040220. Very Good.
Munich, London, New York: DelMonico Books, Prestel, 2012. Hardcover. Quarto. "A leading figure among teh Chinese artists of his generation, Ai Weiwei creates art that transcends East/West cultural dualities and focuses on fundamental artistic, cultural, and social questions" (back cover). Illustrated paper covered boards with white title to black spine. Clean and bright. Filled with photographic color illustraions. 144 pages. ART/122719. Fine.
Andoversford, England: The Whittington Press, 1974. Hardcover. Number 134 of 200 copies signed by the translator Mackintosh and the versifier Ayling. This is one of three books published by the two on Chinese lyrics. This beautiful volume from this esteemed press offers the lyrics rendered into verse by Ayling accompanied by the striking black and white illustrations and the delicate calligraphy. Bound in a heavy cloth with a multi-colored Chinese design. Paper title label on spine. Specially marbled endpapers. Printed in Caslon type on English Hand Made paper. Bound by Hunter & Foulis using cloth supplied by Warner and Sons. With gift inscription from David Howell Jones to typographer Roland Hoover. Housed in a blue paper covered slipcase. Laid in is a catalog from the press announcing forthcoming books for 1981-2. In fine condition. 94 pages. PRI/040420. Fine.
London and New York: Ernest Nister and E.P. Dutton & Co., circa 1900. Unbound. Cover of "A Long Time Ago" featuring a chromolithograph illustration from "Robinson Crusoe." Minor wear to corners and edges of boards. Minor soiling. Light dampstain to bottom corner. Size: about 9 x 7 inches. PRINT/123019. Very Good.
London and New York: Ernest Nister and E.P. Dutton & Co., circa 1900. Unbound. Chromolithograph illustration from a poem "Robinson Crusoe." Small chip to bottom corner, light dampstaining to bottom corner (not affecting image), light browning to margins, and light speckles of foxing. A few lines from the rhyme are included on the print. Includes a seperate page of text including the full text of the poem. Size: about 9 x 7 inches. PRINT/123019. Very Good.
London and New York: Ernest Nister and E.P. Dutton & Co., circa 1900. Unbound. Chromolithograph illustration from the story "Aladdin." Small chip to bottom corner, light dampstaining to bottom corner (not affecting image), light soiling to margins, and light speckles of foxing. Size: about 9 x 7 inches. PRINT/123019. Very Good.
London and New York: Ernest Nister and E.P. Dutton & Co., circa 1900. Unbound. Chromolithograph illustration of Jack and the Beanstalk. A large chip to bottom corner of print, light dampstaining and streak of soiling to bottom corner (not affecting image), and light speckles of foxing. Also includes part of story (on seperate page). Size: about 9 x 7 inches. PRINT/123019. Very Good.
London and New York: Ernest Nister and E.P. Dutton & Co., circa 1900. Unbound. Chromolithograph illustration from the nursery rhyme "Little Boy Blue." Small chip to bottom corner, light dampstaining to bottom corner (not affecting image), light browning to margins, and light speckles of foxing. A few lines from the rhyme are included on the print. Includes a seperate page of text including the poem. Size: about 9 x 7 inches. PRINT/123019. Very Good.
London and New York: Ernest Nister and E.P. Dutton & Co., circa 1900. Unbound. Chromolithograph illustration from "Sleeping Beauty." Small chip to bottom corner, light dampstaining to bottom corner (not affecting image), light browning to margins, and light speckles of foxing. Size: about 9 x 7 inches. PRINT/123019. Very Good.
London and New York: Ernest Nister and E.P. Dutton & Co., circa 1900. Unbound. Chromolithograph illustration from the story "the Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe." A large crease to bottom corner of print, light dampstaining to bottom corner (not affecting image), and light speckles of foxing. Size: about 9 x 7 inches. PRINT/123019. Very Good.
Chicago: SRA Pilot Library, Science Research Associates, (1962). Paperback. SCARCE. 8vo. Illustrated side stapled paper wrappers with black title to front wrapper. Minor rubbing and bumping to edges. Sporadic foxing throughout though text and illustrations remain clean and bright. Illustrations throughout. 32 pages. CHILD/012020. Very Good.
New York: Robert M. De Witt, (1870). Hardcover. "Each individual will find that the perusal and study of this book, though it may fail to render him a Demosthenes or a Cicero - will yet so quicken and improve his natural gifts that his one talent may be increased to ten; he will find his attitude more graceful; his gestures more expressive, his voice more powerful, and his whole physical powers improved" (preface). Very good in purple cloth boards with gilt title to front cover and spine. Gilt illustration of a Grecian man to front cover. Fraying and wear to spine ends, edges of boards, and corners. Occasional spots of foxing and soiling to interior, but clean overall. Previous ownership markings in pen to first two endpapers. Small chips and creasing to some pages. Includes 15 illustrations including grief, dislike, modesty, cursing, patriotism, invocation, and more. 192 Pages. DRA/010220. Very Good.
Luminice Press. Specifications - Edition of 10Book – 8.75” x 8.5 x .875” closed, 11 original etchings from zinc plates on Twinrocker hand-made paper, 12 letterpress printed pages from polymer plates with alcohol based stains on Mohawk text weight paper, marbled endpapers. Covers are bound with paper over binders board. Front cover has onlays of thin steel and copper with metal pigment coatings and patina as well as silver leaf and gold leaf. Rear cover has an onlay of embossed aluminium foil from an engraved polycarbonate plate. Custom case - 9.5" x 8.75" x 1.5" closed, with three flaps and magnet closure bound with book cloth over binders board with Tyvek hinges.Thomas Parker Williams – Design, illustrations, text, printing, bindingTransmutation Transfiguration is a book about two forms of transformation: alchemy, a physical process, and written scripture, a codification of religious beliefs. Alchemists believed that a method could be found to transmute base metals into gold. After centuries of trying, they never discovered such a method. The beliefs of some early societies were transformed from pantheistic to a concept of a single god figure, whose stories were collected in written form and used to codify new faiths. This book looks at the failure of alchemy and also how early faiths were corrupted and then used by dominant groups to subjugate and harm those who differed.The front cover is a pentagram with five triangles. The pentagram symbolized both good and evil and had many interpretations. For example, the single point up indicated the five wounds of Christ; both points up had an occult meaning. The triangles represent the base metals of alchemy. From top left in a clockwise rotation they are: silver, lead, tin, iron and copper with the sixth metal, mercury, represented by the silver dust surrounding the pentagram. Gold, the primary objective of alchemy, is at the center. The rear cover represents the four elements identified in antiquity: air, fire, earth and water.Each base metal has been associated with a planet in our solar system. Lead with Saturn, tin with Jupiter, iron with Mars, copper with Venus, silver with the moon, and mercury with its namesake planet. As the book progresses, each etching is aligned with one of the metals. The symbol for each metal, or planet associated with it, is found on the text page.It is my hope that in time humanity will move toward an equitable society for all inhabitants and fully abandon destructive beliefs, just as alchemy was abandoned by modern chemistry.
New York: Museum Books, 1964. Hardcover. Number 49 of 500 copies of the American edition signed and numbered by Hermann Zapf. Zapf (1918-2015) was a German typographer, book designer, and calligrapher who is considered one of the most influential figures in these fields. This work showcases Zapf's designs 78 title and text pages of both projected designs and published books. "Each shows what can happen when by good fortune an impassioned reader happens also to be a supreme typographer - a conjunction of talents still, alas! uncommon in our book-manufacturing world." [Propectus] At the end of the volume is a four-page analytical table of contents citing each item's production details. Bound in half-vellum with grey board covers. With a brown paper dust jacket with titling to spine and front cover. Printed in color throughout on Hahnemuhle handmade paper at the house printing-office of the D. Stempel AG type foundry in Frankfurt am Main. In very good or better condition save for speckles left by dust along the top edge of the pages. Prospectus inserted. Measures 8.25 x 12 inches. BOB/040420. Very Good.