Hartford, CT: Silas Andrus & Son, 1848. Hardcover. Scarce.This later edition recounts the sad events surrounding 43 shipwrecks and other disasters at sea, with numerous illustrations throughout. Bound in green cloth with gilt tilting and decoration to spine. Binding is soiled, bumped, and frayed and front hinge is weak. Some browning and spotting to pages, and pencil signatures and markings to endpapers. Rear free endpaper is missing the top third of the leaf. Some gutters exposed where book was opened flat. Good condition. Small octavo. 360 pages including one page index. MARITIME/072021. Good +.
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London: Robert Baldwin, 1813. First edition of this interesting travel book by Thomas Thomson written after a several week trip throughout Sweden. It was written in an engaging conversational style that makes it quite readable today. Thomas Thomson FRS FLS FRSE (1773 – 1852) was a Scottish chemist and mineralogist whose writings contributed to the early spread of Dalton's atomic theory. His scientific accomplishments include the invention of the saccharometer] and he gave silicon its current name. He served as president of the Philosophical Society of Glasgow [Wikipedia]. He was also a member of The Geological Society, the Wernerian Society, and the Imperial Chirurgo-Medical Academy of Petersburgh. As a mineralogist, there is an emphasis in the book on the geology of Sweden, but he also writes extensively on all aspects of Swedish society, culture, history, and customs. The book has thirteen plates that include maps of Sweden, Gothland, and Stockholm, portraits of the Crown Prince and the late King Gustavus Adolphus, and others of geological interest. Bound in three quarter brown leather with marbled paper boards. Decorative gilt and title to spine. Leather and boards are scuffed and bumped. Joints are tender. Marbled page edges. Spotting and soiling to endpapers and offsetting to text pages from maps and plates. Otherwise the text is generally clean. Maps of Sweden and Stockholm have spotting and soiling. Ownership signature in ink to first page of text. A nice and sound copy of this rather scarce title. Small quarto. xii; 460 pages including two page publisher advertisements. TRAVEL/072021.
San Francisco: Terry Turrentine, 2020. One of ten copies, signed by the photographer and book artist Terry Turrentine Two copies are artist's proofs and one is a handling copy. Although she grew up in a family whose traditions included guns and hunting, as an adult Terry became an esteemed artist and wildlife photographer, specializing in capturing spectacular photographic images of birds. Her previous artist's books were of snowy owls, egrets, and gannets. This latest work offers magnificent images of falcons and a message of hope at this challenging time in our history. She writes in her colophon: " Widening Circles celebrates the ferocious beauty of the falcon, and the interdependent relationship of all beings to each other. Some may see the portraits of falcons in their protective hoods as disturbing. But those familiar with the ancient art of falconry know the hoods are a means to protect the bird from the assault of outside stimuli, as they are extremely sensitive to light, sounds, color, and motion. This is why falcons are such fearsome predators. All predators and their prey maintain the balance of nature and are essential for the world as we know it to exist. It is the natural order of things that there is destruction and rebirth in every second of every day. The ultimate predator, mankind, however, often abuses the privilege of living off the resources of this planet, and upsets the natural balance, causing extreme destruction. As a result, we are witnessing a death spiral of the climate, of the social order, and of the basic balance we need to survive as a species." Terry says of the Rilke poem, "Widening Circles," printed in the book in both English and German: "Over 100 years ago, this was also the observation of Rilke, as he saw the degradation of some of the cities he visited. He could only find solace in God and the wonder of nature - and he dedicated his timeless love poems to both." She concludes: "Life, death, and renewal - each stage is fluid. I believe the sublime gift of living is its constant change, its eternal cycles, and our capacity for transcending destruction through creativity." The credits for this beautiful production: Photographs and creative direction by Terry Turrentine; Book and text design by Dana F. Smith; Editorial consulting by Susan Gangel; Typography and letterpress printing by Dina Pollack; Bound by John DeMerritt Bookbinding; Images printed at Electric Works by Noah and Kris Lang. The stunning images are printed in brilliant colors against a black background, with a line from the poem appearing on each page out of the dark background. The work is housed in a custom black cloth box with a red leather cover. Measures 10.5 x 14.5 x 1.5 inches. In fine condition. ARTISTB/052621.
London: J. Miller, 1770-1775. Hardcover. The first seven volumes of an annual account published over eight years by Fawconer, including after Tuting's death,of all horse racing matches run at Newmarket as well as many others in other locations, to be added to yearly, The volumes begin with a list of subscribers in order by their rank and by their county of residence. The rest of the calendars provide extensive details for the races and events included. Bound in brown leather with red spine label and gilt volume number. Condition varies by volume. With volumes I and V with front boards nearly detached and the rear boards is cracked. Other volumes have weak or cracked hinges. Bumped and rubbed. Text blocks are still tight. With offsetting, scattered stains and foxing but still very good. Small octavo volumes with 200-250 pages each. SPORT/051921. Very Good -.
Ann Tyler, 2021. Number 4 of 5 copies. Signed and numbered by Ann Tyler, the book artist. Ann is a noted book artist and print maker whose works have been exhibited at many galleries across the United States. Her artist’s books are in several permanent collections including the Tate Gallery, London, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, and the Joan Flasch Artists Book Collection, School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She says of this new book: "Bloodstone Bloodstar is an accordion fold book with hand punched, layered forms embedded in corrugated cardboard ‘pages.’ The corrugated edges reference geologic strata. The abstract forms I created reference fossils and star explosions (nebulae). Material connects time and space — the micro of life forms and the macro of universe. The images on the surface of the papers was created by scanning and greatly enlarging the surface of stones collected in the southwest." The result is an imaginative and beautifully produced work. The interior ‘pages’ are comprised of 4 layers of corrugated cardboard.The cover and back ‘pages’ are comprised of 3 layers of corrugated cardboard. There are nine fossil/nebula forms that are embedded in the cardboard pages. Each form is 10-15 layers of Canson Infinity, ink jet prints, and hand punched with a 1/8” punch. Their edges are painted with calligraphic ink. On the cover is a layered form of hand punched black Canford paper (each book has a different cover form mirroring one of the interior forms). The back cover is rubber stamped with the title Bloodstone Bloodstar. In fine condition. The book measures 7 ¼ inches wide x 7 3/8 inches tall x 4 inches deep. There are 12 'pages.' ARTISTSB/072921.
Chicago: Ann Tyler, 2018. Hardcover. Number 4 of 5 copies. Signed and numbered by Ann Tyler, the book artist. Ann is a noted book artist and print maker whose works have been exhibited at many galleries across the United States. Her artist’s books are in several permanent collections including the Tate Gallery, London, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, and the Joan Flasch Artists Book Collection, School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She says of this powerful and complex work: "Catastrophic Geometries emerged from my research on Syria and the government military violence against the citizens. These books focus on one particular detention and torture site: Hospital 601. Hospital 601 is part of a military complex in Damascus. In news articles, aerial images of the site were published along with descriptions of what occurred at the site; images were smuggled out of Syria and provided to human rights organizations; testimony and documentation were provided by human rights organizations and in turn published in the media. The aerial images of building exteriors and roofs and shadows cast provided the basis of the abstractions I developed for this book. Catastrophic Geometries requires explication, as the sequencing of the text content underpins the viewer’s understanding of/relation to the abstractions – even though the abstractions comprise the bulk of the pages." The texts for each volume discuss visual and psychological factors that affect perception and understanding. For example, in volume IV: Car Garage Addendum: "The greater the distance the less detail. This tells us we are far away. Additionally, the greater the anticipated effort required then the greater the perceived distance. In tests, people within our own group are perceived to be closer while people out of our group are perceived to be further away because of the anticipated effort to understand that culture. Someone is sitting in a chair in the United States looking at a satellite image taken approximately 500 miles above Damascus, Syria reading a description of the site as told by another person who was standing at the scene photographing bodies but who has now fled to London carrying the evidence. The dead are strewn on the concrete floor of a car garage — some are isolated, some are slightly touching one arm on another, some are piled onto each other with no space in between. How do we determine distance in this scene? And what is the effort required?" This work is a four volume set housed in a custom slipcase. The books are casebound in red and magenta linen cloth and are hand-sewn with gold foil stamped titles and volume numbers on their spines. The graphite notations on one of the last pages of volume IV are individually hand-drawn lines and numbers. Being hand-drawn this page varies slightly with each set. Type set in Futura and Adobe Garamond and printed on MOAB Entrada Rag Natural paper. In fine condition. Books measure 9 3/8 x 12 1/8 inches. Slipcase is 9.5 x 12.5 x 3.5 inches. Volume I: 90 pages; Volume II: 52 pages; Volume III: 48 pages; Volume IV: 32 pages. ARTISTSB/072921. Fine.
Washington DC: USDA Agriculture Marketing Service Tobacco Division, 1961. Paperback. This pamphlet is an interesting piece of Americana from the period when the USDA promoted the growing and sale of tobacco products. Includes maps of tobacco auction markets and producing areas and cigar-leaf growing districts, illustration of the Maryland broadleaf tobacco plant, and tables of Type 32 tobacco classification and prices. Size: small quarto. Illustrated side stapled paper wrappers with grey title to front wrapper. Small water spot on front wrapper and light wear. Interior pages are bright and clean. 18 pages. MD/042821. Very Good.
Taschen, 2001. Hardcover. "Entering Germany traces Vaccaro's wartime journey from Normandy into Germany, across the Elbe River, to within 30 miles of Berlin. It continues, documenting the occupation of Germany's cities and the reconstruction of her society. Returning to America in 1949, Vaccaro brought with him an outstanding photographic record of World War II and its aftermath. Gathered in this book for the first time, the images in Entering Germany are a poignant visual diary of one man's experience of war and its consequences" (publicity packet). Fine in white paper covered boards with brown title to spine and front cover. Clean and bright with many photographs. In white illustrated dust jacket with olive green title to front and spine panels. Unpaginated. WWII/040921. Fine / Fine.
Cassell and Co, 2001. Hardcover. "In this ground-breaking and controversial new book, Marin van Creveld argues that while sexual equality might be desirable in the civilian world, the job of waging war should be left exclusively to men. In the army, traditional gender roles are there for a reason, and political correctness not only puts national security at risk, but also endangers the lives of those very soldiers who are there to protect us" (jacket). Dark green cloth boards with gilt title to spine. In olive green jacket with black and white title to spine and front panels. Clean. 287 pages. MIL/032321. Fine / Fine.
New South Wales: Benevolent Society of New South Wales, 1963. Hardcover. Alfred (Alf) Conlon was an important and controversial figure in Australia during World War II. He was the head of the Australian Directorate of Research and Civil Affairs and was an influential figure in the Pacific region after the war through the Australian School of Pacific Administration, which grew out of the directorate. He also helped to found the National Union of Australian University Students, obtained a medical degree and practiced psychiatry before his untimely death from cardiovasular disease. This memorial contains tributes from 36 of his colleagues. Size: Octavo. In black paper wrappers with gilt title to front wrapper and to spine. Binding in near-new condition. Interior pages are bright and clean. Owner signature to front free end paper. AUS/042921. Very Good.
Portland, OR: Shu-Ju Wang, 2003. Softcover. One of 48 copies. In this engaging work the artist describes her book as a sentimental prayer or poem for belly dancers. The book captures the essence of belly dance through word play and a rhythmic pattern that mimics the dance itself. For example "Enchant, with the intricate movements of you/Feet, gliding, stepping to the beat of the drum." Shu-Ju describes her artistic philosophy: " In a culture of bigger-is-better and faster-is-better, I create small & intimate work, slowly. Influenced by Chinese gongbi style paintings, illuminated manuscripts, and Islamic miniatures, my work combines abstract & representational forms in lush and jewel-like colors, and I invite viewers to interpret, to draw conclusions about this world that we live in." Bound in a pull-out accordion structure with a wrap-around cover. in Japanese Masa Unwaxed and French handmade paper. Gocco printed. Finished with hand-dyed rayon ribbon, coins, and beads. In a blue protective envelope. In fine condition. Measures 3.25 x 4.25 x .25 inches closed. Fine.
Portland, OR: Shu-Ju Wang, 2005. One of 31 copies. The artist describes her book: "In a reference to ever miniaturized technologies that allow us to surround ourselves with ever more content, this book raises the quesiton of the Signal-to-Noise (S/N) ratio of such content. Using archival clear adhesive tape, "noisy words" are transferred from black Arches Cover to Strathmore Drawing paper in an accordion book. Translations of the text, in both English and in audio waveforms, are Gocco printed on the back.A recording of Shu-Ju reading the text is the source for the waveforms. Handmade grey paper from Taiwan is used for the cover boards and is also the fiber transferred onto the Arches Cover slipcase." Size 1.75 x 2.375 inches closed; 1.75 x 55.25 inches when opened. Fine condition. Unpaginated. ARTISTSB/041321. Fine.
London: Heinemann, 1896. Hardcover. First edition.The Island of Doctor Moreau is an 1896 science fiction novel by English author H. G. Wells (1866–1946). The text of the novel is the narration of Edward Prendick who is a shipwrecked man rescued by a passing boat. He is left on the island home of Doctor Moreau, a mad scientist who creates human-like hybrid beings from animals via vivisection. The novel deals with a number of philosophical themes, including pain and cruelty, moral responsibility, human identity, and human interference with nature. This is a classic work of early science fiction[ and remains one of Wells' best-known books. The novel is the earliest depiction of the science fiction motif "uplift" in which a more advanced race intervenes in the evolution of an animal species to bring the latter to a higher level of intelligence [Wikipedia]. Bound in publisher's tan cloth with black titling to spine and cover black and red illustration and titling to front cover. Does not have the publisher blindstamped monogram on rear cover. Bumping, rubbing, a little soiling, and tiny tear to spine. Hinges slightly cracked but text block tight. Light aging to page margins. Frontis illustration with tissue guard. With terminal page ad for The Time Machine, 32 pages of advertisements beginning with Conrad and ending with The Latest Fiction. A very good copy of this somewhat scarce title. Measures 5 x 7.75 inches. 219 pages. LIT/042121. Very Good.
London: Thomas Nelson and Sons, n.d. [c. 1895. Frederick James Whishaw ( 1854 – 1934) was a Russian-born British novelist, historian, poet and musician. A popular author of children's fiction at the turn of the 20th century, he published over forty volumes of his work between 1884 and 1914. He was a prolific historical novelist, many of his books being set in Czarist Russia, and his "schoolboy" and adventure serials appeared in many boys' magazines of the era. This historic tale of Boris's adventures include encounters with the Tsar Peter the Great. In a special dark leather binding by Allman & Sons with "Kensington Preparatory School" on the cover - the only indication that this was perhaps a student award book. There are debossed words in reverse on free front endpaper "The Redtowers/Melton/Sussex. Binding is bumped and rubbed and the spine has faded. Marbled edges. Interior pages are very good with seven black and white illustrated plates. Mesures 5 x 7 inches. 376 pages.
London: Henry G. Bohn, 1851. Hardcover. First edition of this comprehensive view of the landscape and fauna of the Selborne region, written as a series of letters. With forty black and white plates illustrating the diversity of mammals and other wild life. Bound in modern green cloth with gilt titling to spine. New endpapers and missing the called for frontispiece. Generally clean with scattered spots to some text pages and plates. A nice copy of this work that was later reprinted several times. Measures 4.5 x 7.5 inches. 416 pages. NATURE/072821. Very Good.
New York: Harper & Brothers, 1874. Hardcover. Includes the first printing of Whitman's "Song of the Redwood Tree" on page 366 and "Prayer of Columbus" on page 524. According to "Walt Whitman: An Encyclopedia" by LeMaster and Kummings, Whitman was paid $100 for "Song of the Redwood Tree." Also includes articles on Bermuda, Lewis Clark, Burma, the fur seal trade, lighthouses in America, slave-hunts in Central Africa, and more. Bound in three quarter black cloth over blue and black marbled paper covered boards with gilt title to spine. Minor wear and rubbing to corners, spine ends, and edges of boards. Occasional spots of soiling and foxing to interior, but clean and bright overall. Illustrated. 912 pages. PER/060321. Very Good.
Lower Marston Farm, Risbury, Herefordshire: Whittington Press, 2020. It is sad to say, but this will be the last annual edition of the Matrix series. After 36 years, John and Rose Randle have decided to discontinue producing this fine annual for printers and bibliophiles on the book arts that compiles articles, illustrations, paper and typography samples and book reviews. Their Whittington Press was founded in 1971 to print and publish books by letterpress. Since its beginnings, they have printed over 200 books, including the renowned Matrix, an annual review for printers and bibliophiles. Contributors to this issue include David Butcher, Sebastian Carter, Jerry Kelly, Russell Maret, Paul Nash, Martyn Ould, Elies Plana, and Marianne Tidcombe among others. Bound in cream paper wrappers with blue titling and cover illustration. In fine condition. 193 pages. BOB/031221. Fine.
London: Printed at the University Press in Cambridge by Richard Watts for Longman, Hurst, Orme and Rees, 1807. Hardcover. Scarce first edition of this influential work that was based upon studies undertaken by Wilkins during a four year tour of Greece, Italy and Asia Minor from 1801 to 1805. The book was greatly influential in the revival of the Greek Revival style in English architecture. A folio volume bound in later green buckram with tears along spine, bumping, rubbing, and soiling. The book shows moderate wear, with moderate foxing and age toning, particularly in the margins. A few of the plate images are also affected but for the most part the images themselves are clean. There are 73 engraved plates including one fold-out, eleven vignettes, and three in text maps. Twenty-one of the plates are sepia acquatints. Despite condition issues this is still a nice copy of this important book. ARCH/041321. Very Good -.
Philadelphia: Joseph Crukshank, 1774. First edition of this important book first published in colonial America. John Woolman (1720 – 1772) was an American merchant, tailor, journalist, Quaker preacher, and early abolitionist during the colonial era. Based in Mount Holly, near Philadelphia, he traveled through the American frontier to preach Quaker beliefs, and advocate against slavery and the slave trade, cruelty to animals, economic injustices and oppression, and conscription. Beginning in 1755 with the outbreak of the French and Indian War, he urged tax resistance to deny support to the colonial military. In 1772, Woolman traveled to England, where he urged Quakers to support abolition of slavery. Woolman published numerous essays, especially against slavery. He kept a journal throughout his life; it was published posthumously, titled The Journal of John Woolman (1774). It is considered a prominent American spiritual work. It has also been admired for the power and clarity of its prose by non-Quakers such as the philosopher John Stuart Mill and essayist Charles Lamb [Wikipedia]. Howes 669 calls it "an autobiographical masterpiece rivalled in 18th century America only by that of Franklin." The first part of this volume is the Journal. The second part has several of Woolman's writings including his essay "Some Considerations on the Keeping of Negroes." Bound in contemporary dark brown leather. Binding is worn, with small piece missing from bottom of spine. Front cover has separated from spine but is held in place with cords. Interior pages are foxed, stained, and browned as is frequently the case. Hinges are cracked but text block is firm. Several ownership signatures from various periods including that of Samuel Canby dated the year of publication. An embossed ownership stamp on the free front endpaper has torn the bottom of that page. Still quite a decent copy of this classic work. Octavo. 436 pages. AMERBIO/071521.
London: T. Cadell, W. Davies, and J. Murray, 1816. Hardcover. First edition. From title page: " With descriptions of its monumental structures, and an account of its chapels, altars, shrines, and chantries. Also comprising biographical sketches of the lives of the archbishops and deans of Canterbury; and historical notices of the celebrated Convent of Christchurch; with lists and interesting particulars of its deans, priors, and distinguished monks." This extensive history of this famed cathedral includes twenty beautiful plates of exteriors and interiors that were engraved by Woolnoth from drawings by T. Hastings. Bound in three quarter brown leather with red and and blue marbled paper boards. Leather is scuffed, soiled and paper boards are scuffed and scraped. Interior pages have offsetting from the plates and browning around edges of plates, not affecting images. With book plate of John W. Davis on front pastedown along with a penciled note stating that the book was acquired at a Sotheby's sale of [?} Newman's stock of books August 1877. Folio in very good condition. Very Good.
Toronto: Studio Robert Wu, 2021. Paperback. Unique. Bound in grey paper wrappers with diecut designs to both covers and grey cloth spine panel. Ribbon closure. Each page is constructed with layered modern and vintage paper pieces on embossed pages. Each layer pops-up slightly from the one beneath. Each vintage vignette is accompanied by a handwritten quotation by the artist. Some are silly, such as: (for an elephant) - "dream big" or (for a frog lady) - "This frog is happy because it eats whatever bugs it" and others are more inspirational such as (for a sunflower) - "We are all Golden Sunflowers inside" and (for a child reading a book) - "Reading is dreaming with open eyes." A whimsical, charming book. Housed in a white paper covered box. [10 pages.] Size: 7 x 5 x 2 inches. Wu trained at the American Academy of Bookbinding (AAB) in Colorado with Monique Lallier and at the Canadian Bookbinders and Bookartists Guild (CBBAG) in Toronto. He was the recipient of the first ever Tini Miura scholarship for the study of fine binding at the AAB and later studied privately with master binder Miura in California. His work has been included in numerous exhibitions and can be found in several notable collections including Harvard University.ARTB/072821. Fine.
Toronto: Studio Robert Wu, 2021. Paperback. Part of a small unnumbered edition. A carousel dollhouse with 3 rooms. Includes a moveable doll. Constructed with colorful layers of modern paper elements created by diecut. Each room is elegantly decorated with paper furniture from the Victorian period. Bound in blue and white paper wrappers with a brown cloth spine and ribbon closure. Housed in a white paper covered box with title label on front board. [6 pages.] Size: 6.25 x 4.5 inches. Wu trained at the American Academy of Bookbinding (AAB) in Colorado with Monique Lallier and at the Canadian Bookbinders and Bookartists Guild (CBBAG) in Toronto. He was the recipient of the first ever Tini Miura scholarship for the study of fine binding at the AAB and later studied privately with master binder Miura in California. His work has been included in numerous exhibitions and can be found in several notable collections including Harvard University. ARTB/072821. Fine.
[Baltimore]: Barbara Young, 2020. Hardcover. Barbara Young is a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst who has been practicing in Baltimore for 65 years. Her second career as an art photographer began in 1979 and continues to this day. She is acknowledged as one of the earliest pioneers of color art photography. This book has come into being out of an intermingling of her two professions [from artist's statement]. This is a sequel to her first book, Photographs Are Memories, a memoir in images. Bound in black paper boards with titling in white and a photo reproduction on front cover. Photographs are reproduced on glossy white paper. In fine condition. 10.25 x 11 inches. 245 pages. PHOTO/051020. Fine.