East Hampton, NY: Glenn Horowitz, Bookseller, 2005. Softcover. One of 50 signed copies out of an edition of 300. Signed by noted poets Mark Strand and Jorie Graham on the title page. In her essay titled "The Art of Revising," Graham describes Strand's twelve canvases as being made almost entirely of words, handwritten in a mildly feverish black cursive, which compose discrete block-like units....The " finished" poem occurs somewhere on the right side of the canvas - where the eye accustomed to reading left to right would normally land. An oblong volume in gray Hahnemüle Burga paper wrappers with black titling to front. Slight crease on upper left corner and minor brown spot on rear cover. Interior pages are pristine. Printed on Mohawk 50/10 paper with Herman Zapf's Optima Nova type. Housed in black paper covered slipcase. Design and photography by Jerry Kelly. In near fine condition. Measures 9.5 x 12.5 inches. Partially unpaginated [25 pages]. PRI/112523. Near Fine.
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Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010. Hardcover. The Oxford Companion to the Book is a unique work of reference, covering the book, broadly conceived, throughout the world from ancient to modern times. It includes traditional subjects such as bibliography, palaeography, the history of printing, editorial theory and practice, textual criticism, book collecting, and libraries, but it also engages with newer disciplines such as the history of the book and the electronic book. It pays particular attention to how different societies shape books and how books shape societies. This two-volume work is organized into two parts. Part I is a substantial series of introductory essays-over forty essays offer generic histories of the subject as well as surveys of the history of the book around the world, including the Muslim world, Asia, Latin America, and Sub-Saharan Africa. Part II of the work comprises an A-Z section of over 5,000 entries on every aspect of this exceptionally rich and diverse subject, ranging from brief definitions and biographical entries to more extensive treatments. Both parts of the text are richly illustrated with reproductions, diagrams, maps, and examples of various typographical features. The Companion is the only reference book of its kind in the field, and has been written by 400 of the world’s best scholars in bibliography and book history [Oxford University Press]. Bound in red cloth with red leather spine with gilt titling. Interior pages clean and bright. Housed in a red and white paper cover slipcase. With title label to front cover and second label on back stating the the work is a history of the book through the ages. Rear label has an unobtrusive scratch. In fine condition. Measures 8.25 x 11 inches. Continuously paginated: 1327 pages. BOB/102623. Fine.
New York: The Grolier Club, 2017. Softcover. This is a catalogue for an exhibition held at the Grolier Club in 2017-2018. The fascinating exhibition explored the many ways that the major figures of America's 19th century literature knew and interacted with each other. The exhibition drew from many important letters, manuscripts, and ephemera from Tane's extraordinary collection of materials from the major authors of that time, including Poe, Twain, Emerson, and Whitman. A softcover with pictorial covers taken from contemporary prints of authors of the United States. In fine condition. Octavo. 133 pages. LIT/011024. Fine.
Philadelphia: Published by the author, 1836. Scarce second edition of this important compilation of facts and figures "useful to the American traveler", e.g. population figures, distances between major cities via stagecoach, canal or steamboat, and principal objects of curiosity in or around larger towns, and much more. With brief notices of the several states, cities, principal towns, canals and railroads. Henry Schenck Tanner ( 1786–1858 ), cartographer and statistical geographer, was born in New York City, the son of John Tanner, a ship master, and Ann Schenck. His father died when he was six, and the family was then headed by his older brother Benjamin Tanner , who had been trained and had begun a career as an engraver. In 1800 Benjamin moved to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, then the preeminent center of publishing and graphic arts, where Henry later apprenticed with him. Benjamin built up an active and varied engraving business. Bound in original brown cloth covers with paper title label to front. Covers are soiled, rubbed, and bumped. Title label is chipped and stained. Spine is rebacked with later brown cloth. There is a large hand colored folding map of the eastern United States in the rear of the book, stretching west of the Mississippi to include parts of Arkansas and Missouri. The map identifies capitals, important towns, villages, public houses, turnpike and common roads, and railroads. There are 18 insets surrounding the map, showing city plans, the surroundings of various cities, and a map of the Hudson River. The map has scattered stains and closed tears along some of the folds. The small traveler's guide features four double-page plans of the major American cities: Baltimore, Boston, New York, and Philadelphia. There are also seven small plates, including two of Niagara Falls and one of West Point. Two ownership signatures in ink on front free endpaper. The pages are generally clean with some spotting, primarily in the margins. Very good condition. Measures 3 x 6 inches. 144 pages. Howes T-24. AMERH/012224.
Cleveland: The World Publishing Company, 1949. Hardcover. This is # 150 of a limited edition of 1875 copies printed (500 for sale) that was produced by Bruce Rogers, designer, and A. Colish, printer for presentation to their friends. Quarto. Red cloth covers with gilt title to spine and gilt eagle medallion to front panel. Boards and pages are clean and bright. Marking from previous owner's bookplate in front pastedown. 21 pages, plus an additional 9 pages of decorations and initials used in the bible. BOB/011824. Very Good.
Napoli [Naples]: Felice Mosca, 1725. Di nuova correttamente stampata con un brieve Argomento; aggiuntovi nella fine L'Amor Fuggitivo Dello stesso Autore. Aminta is a play written by Torquato Tasso in 1573, represented during a garden party at the court of Ferrara. Both the actors and the public were noble persons living at the Court, who could understand subtle allusions the poet made to that style of life, in contrast with the life of shepherds, represented in an idyllic way. The story is about Aminta's love for the beautiful nymph Silvia, who does not return his attentions and prefers hunting. She risks rape at the hands of a Satyr but Aminta saves her; however, again she flees from him. Aminta, finding her blood-stained veil, attempts to kill himself. Now Silvia is remorseful, comes back to cry over Aminta's body who is still alive, and the two can happily marry, following the advice that older and wiser friends had been giving them. [Wikipedia]. Bound in full vellum with what appears to be a library accession sticker to spine. Text block is almost detached from binding but still holding. The vellum is quite soiled, bumped, and rubbed. Pastedowns are torn as is front free endpaper. Browning and spotting throughout. With four unattributed wood engravings. Despite just good condition this is an interesting edition of this classic work by Tasso. Measures 4.5 x 3.75 inches 96 pages. ITALLANG/111623. Good.
Liberty Township, WI: The Heavy Duty Press, 2023. One of 18 copies initialed by the book artist on the colophon. The book artist, Michael Koppa, writes on his website: "When all my drawers of Franklin Gothic type needed to be cleaned, the mundane but necessary shop maintenance task turned into a book about the process. The final product of this very spontaneous and time-crunched project is a bold book conveying the frantic experience of creating it, while celebrating Franklin Gothic in a typographically jazzy manner. The result is a 20-page book featuring every last sort from nine California job cases of genuine ATF Franklin Gothic typefaces—maybe not older than the hills, but definitely older than me—in varying stages of wear, arranged according to a variety of strategies only likely to occur when composing individual metal types by hand." All sorts of antique Franklin Gothic type were used, printed in four colors with Spiffy the Vandercook on Hahnemuhle Biblio, Ingres, and Bugra (jacket) paper. Bound by hand with a simple pamphlet stitch into a Hahnemuhle Photo Rag cover, giclee printed with photographs documenting the process, tucked into a rigid black Bugra jacket with black paper dust jacket. An interesting production ideal for a typography collection. In fine condition. 9 x 11 inches. Unpaginated. [20 pages] PRI/022624.
Pacific Palisades, CA: The Melville Press, 1996. Hardcover. Number 165 of 200 copies signed and numbered by the artist. This remarkable book, Cetus The Whale, was the first work published by the Melville Press. The press was born from a passion for Melville's work and is devoted to publishing books that capture the spirit of his vision. They describe this book as "an illustrated companion to Moby Dick," but it is much more, given their reverence for Millville and his masterpiece. The editor, John Sheller, writes in his insightful preface: "“There are mountains of the written word. Scripture is inspired of God. Neither the creation of scripture nor the voice of the Holy Spirit were silenced at the end of the New Testament. Dumps full of books have piled up since, some even claiming credentials of divine inspiration. Only a few in their vision and craft reveal truth so clearly that many can agree the result is inspired. Moby Dick is such a book.” He continues to say that Moby Dick is scripture and that is the answer. Catherine Kanner's striking portraits of the crew of the Pequod (excluding Ishmael) are essential to the book's interpretation of Moby Dick. Sheller states: "They are a weaving of the original materials with new hands. They bespeak the artist's vision of the men who in their relations reveal truth." The portraits are accompanied by quotes from Moby Dick or Paradise Lost. Bound in dark blue silk cloth with a silver foil Cetus constellation stamped on the front cover and silver titling to spine. Each of the eleven stars represents a character from the book. The endpapers were hand painted by Kanner and each is unique. The book was designed to be viewed as a codex, but with an accordion binding that allows the book to be opened fully so that the portraits may be viewed as a gallery, The accordion design was developed by Allwyn O'Mara. The verso of the first page has a unique debossed design of a harpoon. The book was letterpress printed by John Robinson at The Tortoise Press in San Diego. The typeface is Bembo printed on Arches 88 paper. Housed in a plexiglass slipcase. A beautiful book in fine condition. Measures 7.5 x 10 inches. Unpaginated [34 pages]. PRI/112923. Fine.
Kirkwood, MO: The Printery, 2000. Softcover. A charming holiday keepsake sent by printers Kay and Ginny Kramer for the friends of their press. The heartwarming quotation from the great William Morris celebrates the joy of reading and the magic of the season. The wood engraving on the title page was cut by the late wood engraver John DePol in 1988 and is printed here from his original block. This small keepsake has covers in black paper with sparkling gilt and silver "flakes" floating in the night sky. With a cream paper title label to cover. In fine condition. Measures 4.75 x 6.75 inches. 3 pages of text plus title page and colophon. PRI/111523. Fine.
Lower Marston Farm, Risbury, Herefordshire: The Whittington Press, 2022. Hardcover. Number 59 of 95 copies of this beautifully printed book. There are 180 copies in this edition: 45 copies numbered I-XLV, 40 copies numbered i-xl; and 95 copies numbered 1-95. Each version has a different binding and a different number of original leaves.This version has 14 original paper leaves. From the press prospectus: "Never before have original leaves from such high points been gathered together in a single volume, and it is unlikely they will ever be again. They will be accompanied by David’s informative and authoritative commentary, much praised in the first volume. The book makes an ideal companion to the first volume, and together they cover perhaps the epitome of fifty years of the British private press movement from Kelmscott on. This is a unique opportunity to acquire original leaves from a selection of the books of the major British fine presses that flourished after the First World War. The book gives collectors the feel of the actual pages from these presses in a way no reproduction can achieve, demonstrating clearly the quality of work of each. The leaves are tipped onto guards so that each side is readily accessible and can be turned naturally." In addition to the individual leaves listed below, there is a large fold-out page opposite the title page with the pressmarks of the various presses printed on Batchelor's Crown and Sceptre paper. Bound in half green buckram with light green paper covers with the blind stamped Whittington watermark on the front cover, and with gilt titling to spine. Set in Neil Winter in 14D Walbaum type and printed at Whittington on Losin hand-made paper. Bound by the Fine Book Bindery, Finedon. Housed in a green buckram and cream paper covered slipcase. In fine condition. Measures 11.5 x 15.5 inches. 138 pages including Chronology and Further Reading. PRI/121223 The leaves included in this edition are: Golden Cockerel Press: Pages 75-76 of The Canterbury Tales, with marginal illustrations by Eric Gill. Pages 357-358 of Paradise Lost Pages 51-52 of The Hundredth Story Gregynog Press: Pages 199-200 of The Plays of Euripides Pages 41-44 of Caneuon Ceiriog Detholiad Pages 207-208 of Erewhon Shakespeare Head Press: Pages 153-154 and 159-160 of The Whole Works of Homer Pages 159-160 of The Works of William Shakespeare Curwen Press: Pages 221-222 of The Legion Book Nonesuch Press: Pages 95-96 and 105-106 of Benito Cereno Pages 523-524 of The Anatomy of Melancholy Pages 619-620 of Odyssey Haslewood Books: Pages 193-194 and 207-208 of Tales from Hans Andersen with hand-colored illustration by Hester Sainsbury Cresset Press: Pages 17-18 from The Apocrypha or The Sheheardes Calendar It will be printed in the elegant 14-Didot size of Walbaum for which the Press owns one of the rare sets of matrices [a change from Volume One which was printed from the smaller 14-point]. The paper is a special making of Czech Losin hand-made [also used in the prospectus] which features the Whittington Press pressmark for the only time. It is likely that this will be the last letterpress printed book published by the Whittington Press." Publication Details 15 x 11½ ins, 153 pp., printed in 14D Walbaum on Czech Losin hand-made paper, in an edition of 180 copies. Fine.
The Windfell Press, 1993. Softcover. This woodcut was used as the frontispiece for a limited edition of 75 copies of The Tempest printed by Carolyn Hammer and published by The Anvil Press. The woodcut was printed by The Windfell Press for The Anvil Press. This is a second copy of the woodcut printed separately and initialed by Gloria Thomas. Small octavo (7.5" x 5.5"). Unbound grey paper wrappers. PRI/022924. Fine.
London and New Castle, DE: The British Library and Oak Knoll Press, 1996. Hardcover. Author Marianne Tidcombe is a bookbinding historian and an authority on the work of Cobden-Sanderson and the Doves Press. She has written numerous books and articles about bookbinding and private presses. This important book offers an extensive study of individual women bookbinders of the period and the Guild of Women Bookbinders, focusing on Britain and also covering American women craft binders. It provides an historical introduction, profiles key women in the field, and examines less traditional styles of bookbinding, such as embroidery and painting on vellum, revived by women binders of the time. Appendices list tools used by particular binders, women and groups associated with the Guild, and British women in charge of bookbinder's shops, 1648-1901. Includes 32 striking color photos of outstanding bookbindings and some 100 b&w photos. Includes an extensive bibliography and copious notes. An invaluable reference work on the subject of women binders. Published jointly by Oak Knoll Press and The British Library. Bound in green and white patterned paper covers with title on front cover and with dark green cloth spine with gilt titling on spine. Text was typeset in Adobe Caslon with Galliard acorns by Nene Phototypesetters, and printed at the Cambridge University Press. With a clear mylar cover. In fine condition. Measures 7 x 10 inches. 240 pages. BOB/010524. Fine.
Brunswick, ME: Tragos Press, 1964. Softcover. Scarce. One of 100 copies inscribed by the printer to the illustrator. This third work from the Tragos Press purports to be a May, 1961 letter from Benjamin F. Kersey, a private in the Maine Volunteers during the Civil War who died of diphtheria later that year. It is addressed to Aaron Tarr of Alna, Maine, recounting his experiences as a member of the Maine Volunteers. Handset by John Welwood and with three striking black and brown text illustrations by Maine artist, Thomas Cornell. In gray paper covers with black and white title label to front cover. There are 10 pages on folded double leaves. Slight wrinkling and small bumps to covers with a small light brown stain at the bottom of the rear cover. Very good condition. Measures 4.5 x 6 inches. PRI/013124. Very Good.
Philadelphia: T.E. Chapman, 1857. Paperback. Bound in the original brown paper wrappers with hand-sewn binding repair to spine and black title to front. Chipping to wrappers. Filled with pencil annotations on the temperature, weather, blooming flowers, and a few business transactions. 46 pages. Size: 4-1/4 x 2-3/4. Almanac. ALM/122723. Good -.
London: The Trustees of the British Museum, 1971. Softcover. Stanley Morison (1889-1967) was a typographer and a historian of printing. He worked as an advisor to the British Monotype Corporation for over 40 years and was influential in its development of new typefaces, as well as the revival of historical types. This publication was for an exhibition about his work that was timed to coincide with IPEX, the Twelfth International Printing Machinery and Allied Trades exhibition, and the meeting of the Association Typographique Internationale, both held in London in 1971. Contains notes on exhibition items, two-color plates of a number of book covers, and an unnumbered section of plates and photographs on glossy paper at the back of the publication. Octavo. Red and tan paper wrappers with repeated "SM" medallion. Pages are bright and clean. 64 numbered pages, with 14 unnumbered pages of plates. BOB/013124. Very Good.
New York: Vogue, 1917. Paperback. Side-stapled paper magazine with bright, clean pages including many full page advertisments. Most of the magazine is printed in black and white; however, there are a few full color advertisements. The wrappers are no longer present and there is minor chipping to the edges of the first and last few pages. Printed during WWI in New York with articles on fashion, New York society, a suffrage march, and more. Special features include: Bazaars Sans Banalities, Let Us Build Ships, The Wisdom of a Trapper of Furs, The Story of Hero Land and the Forty Charities, and The Piquant Pets of Yesteryear. Additional articles include New York Clothes Itself in Dignity; Sombre Clothes and Cheerful Hats, Says Paris; The Charm of Elderly Women; Three Temperamental Tea-gowns; The Fastidious Woman Demans Dainty Lingerie; Vogue Pattern Service; Representative Women March in the Suffrage Parade, Mrs. Gilbert L. Lucas, Four Society Weddings Take Place in New York Society, Mr. Joseph D. Grant's Garden at Burlingame, and more. About 200 pages. Size: 9.75 x12.75 inches. Periodical. PER/010523. Very Good - in wraps.
Leiden: A. W. Sijthoff's, 1929. Softcover. [IN DUTCH] Jacobus van Looy (1855-1930) was a Dutch painter and writer who worked as a literary editor and had approximately a dozen publications. Op Reis was one of his later works, published in 1929, one year before his death. This volume is #148 of a limited edition of 200. Very scarce outside of The Netherlands. It is printed on Japanese paper in the Grotius type of S.H. de Roos. Large octavo (9/5" x 6.75". Grey papers wrappers with title in black to front wrapper and spine, and publisher's logo in red to front wrapper. Wrappers show light sunning on edges and spine. Small closed tear at top of spine. Stitched binding. Minor foxing to inside front endpaper and title page. Otherwise, pages are clean and bright. Blue mark next to copy number on colophon page. 55 pages, plus colophon. DUTCHLANG/022824. Very Good.
Belluno, Italy: Proposte d'Arte Colophon, Belluno, 2000. Softcover. [IN ITALIAN] This is a limited edition publication. This is copy #300. Includes articles by Sandro Parmiggiani about the books of Riccardo Licata; by Agostino Bonalumi about What do we do with a Titian?; and 7 other articles. Black and white photographs and plates throughout text. Quarto. Cream colored paper wrappers with title in gray to front cover and spine. Pages are bright and clean. 45 pages, plus additional unnumbered plate. Scarce. BOB/022124. Very Good.
Baltimore: Trustees of the Walters Art Gallery, 1967. Hardcover. Henry Walters' collection of painted enamels from the Renaissance period, at The Walters Gallery, is one of the foremost in the United States. The focus is primarily on the great Limoges artists of the 1500-1600s, with some precursor enameled items from Italian artists. This catalogue contains a 10-page biographical section of the chief ateliers and enamelers of Limoges. Numerous black-and-white plates, with a small number of colored plates. Printed on glossy paper. Quarto. Dark blue cloth-covered boards with gilt title to front cover and to spine. 427 numbered pages, with a 28-page Roman-numeraled introductory section. ART/122823. Very Good.
Amsterdam: A.A. Balkema, 1945. Softcover. François Villon (c.1431-1463) was a well-known French poet of the Middle Ages. He was also known for being involved in criminal behavior, including a stabbing death. Much of his poetry, such as Le Testament, deals with these personal incidents. This publication contains Le Testament, other poems, and ballades in Jargon Jobelin, known as the thieves argot. Small octavo. Rose-colored paper wrappers, with title in black to front wrapper and spine. Pages are bright and clean. Printed from the works of François Villon, edited by Auguste Longon and published by Jean Longnon by the Cité des Livres, Paris, 1926. 153 pages. FRLANG/022224. Very Good.
Maastricht: Trajectum ad Mosam, 1923. Softcover. [IN DUTCH] Joost van den Vondel (1587-1679) was a famous Dutch writer and poet in the 1600s. He wrote over 30 plays and numerous poems, including Het Lof der Zee-Vaert, (In Praise of Seafaring), initially published in 1623, and celebrating Dutch overseas trade. This limited-edition printing was published in 1923, the 300th anniversary of the initial publication, by Trajectum ad Mosam under the direction of A.A.M. Stols. It is printed in the Erasmus Mediaeval type of S.H. de Roos. A woodcut by Henri Jonas and a title by Alph Stols decorate the text. This edition was 200 copies on Dutch paper, divided as follows: 20 copies marked A-U, which bear the signature of Henri Jonas; 30 specimens numbered I-XXX (not commercially available), and 150 specimens numbered 1-150. This is copy L of the 20 copies that bear Jonas' signature under the woodcut. Jonas (1878-1944) was a Dutch artist who studied in Maastricht at the State Academy of Visual Arts. In 1918 he won the Cohen Gosschalk Prize. Includes two prospectuses for the publication. Very scarce, especially with the signed woodcut. Small quarto. Blue-brown paper wrappers. Sunning to wrappers, especially to top front wrapper and spine. Closed tear to bottom of spine. Pages show some foxing, but are generally bright and clean. Text pages are numbered 9-22, plus a colophon. DUTCHLANG/022924. Very Good.
La Crosse, Wisconsin: The Sumac Press, 1950. Softcover. The typed title of this pamphlet is not accurately represented above, since the pamphlet is printed in a new Libra type, designed by Sjoerd Hendrick de Roos, that attempts to use a single design for each letter, rather than an upper and lower case representation of each. The creation of such a standard is the focus of this interesting inquiry, in which Wulling discusses the history of capital letters, the development of lower case letters that were easier to write and read, and the desirability of a unified form. Emerson Wulling initiated his first private press in 1915 (at the age of 12), which became The Sumac Press. He operated The Sumac Press for nearly 90 years. Octavo. Rose colored paper wrappers with title in red to front wrapper. Side-stapled. 6 unnumbered pages. Wrappers have minor wear; text is clean and bright. Printing of 90 copies. BOB/012924. Very Good.
Council Bluffs, IA: The Yellow Barn Press and the University of Maryland at College Park, 1990. Hard Cover. Number 18 of 170 copies. The University of Maryland received its William Morris collection from Jack Walsdorf in 1985. Walsdorf was a major collector of books about books, private presses and printers, especially William Morris. He in fact developed three separate collections of books by and about Morris during his life. The gift to the university included leaves from a disbound copy of the Kelmscott Press Golden Legend. Each of the leaves is now included in a leaf book by Kelmscott Press scholar, William Peterson, who compiled a history of the printing of this work by the press. Following the history, Mr. Walsdorf tells how he acquired disbounded leaves. The book reprints several letters sent by Morris and Includes facsimilies of the original prospectus and of a letter to Quaritch from Morris. Frontispiece wood engraving of William Morris by John de Pol. This copy belonged to de Pol, with his bookplate affixed to the front pastedown. Bound in gray cloth with black and gold spine label. Interior is also fine. Printed at the Yellow Barn Press on Batchelor Paper from 1940 with Monotype Bembo type. Press work by Neil Shaver using a Vandercook III. The binder was Campbell-Logan. In fine condition. Measures 9 x 12 inches. 32 pages. MORRIS/010524. Fine.
New York: Dutton Children's Books, 1997. Hardcover. Stated first edition on copyright page. However, the number line does not start with "1" and the Caldecott medal sticker is affixed to the dust jacket, so this is likely a later printing as the Caldecott medal is awarded at the beginning of the year following the publication of the book. This copy is warmly inscribed by Zelinsky to a reader "who loves romance and fairy tales - with pleasure" followed by his signature. The jacket describes the book as drawing on elements from early French and Italian sources as well as from the Grimms. In this book the esteemed and much awarded illustrator Zelinsky selected a setting drawn from the formal beauty of Italian Renaissance art to create his magnificent illustrations. Bound in glossy illustrated paper boards with a pictorial dust jacket depicting Rapunzel in her tower. The book and dust jacket are in near fine condition. Measures 9.5 x 12.5 inches. Unpaginated [ 32 pages = 3 page afterword by Zelinsky. CHILD/103023. Near Fine.