London: John Murray, 1877. Hardcover. A later edition of this classic travelogue. Arthur Penrhyn Stanley (1815 – 1881), known as Dean Stanley, was an English Anglican priest and ecclesiastical historian. He was Dean of Westminster from 1864 to 1881. His position was that of a Broad Churchman and he was the author of a number of works on Church History. He was a co-founder of the Palestine Exploration Fund [Wikipedia]. Bound in school prize binding of brown calf with school's emblem in gilt on cover. Leather is stained, scratched, and bumped, and front joint has split. Marbled endpapers and page edges. Text block is tight save for a cracked gutter in the table of contents. Interior pages are clean and bright with seven color maps and five woodcuts. Prize award bookplate affixed to front pastedown. Very good. Octavo. 560 pages. MIDEAST/071321. Very Good.
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Philadelphia and Chicago: National Publishing Company and Ziegler, McCurdy & Co., [1868 and 1870]. Hardcover. First editions. Alexander Hamilton Stephens[a] (1812 – 1883) was an American politician who served as the vice president of the Confederate States from 1861 to 1865, and later as the 50th governor of Georgia from 1882 until his death in 1883. A member of the Democratic Party, he represented the state of Georgia in the United States House of Representatives before the Civil War and before becoming governor. The Howes bibliography describes this book as the "most elaborate - and best - argument for the constitutional validity of the doctrine of state sovereignty and the right of succession." Stephens was a supporter of the institution of slavery but initially opposed breaking up the union. Bound in three quarter brown leather with marbled paper boards. Black title and author labels to spines. Leather is scraped, rubbed, and worn as are the paper boards. Evidence of round spine labels and signout forms on rear pastedowns having been removed. Scattered foxing throughout Volume I; Volume II is cleaner and brighter. Offsetting from the engravings in both volumes. A few margin notes in Volume II. Engravings include Liberty Hall, Jefferson, Washington, Andrew Jackson, Stephens, Stephen Douglas, Lincoln, Jefferson Davis, Lee, and Grant. A few ink notations on endpapers, bookplate and ownership signature of Dr. W.J. Murrell. Very good minus. Octavos. Volume I: 827 pages plus 4 pages of publisher ads; Volume II: 654 pages plus 3 pages with solicitations for hiring publisher agents. CIVILW/091021. Very Good -.
Bird & Bull Press, 1980. Hardcover. One of 350 copies. This was Thomas Taylor's copy. "The Bird & Bull Press was one of America’s oldest private presses. It was started in 1958 by Henry Morris – who describes a private press as “someone who prints books or ephemera related to his personal interests…” By starting the press Morris was hoping to “make use of the product of a new hobby – hand paper-making.” Morris admits,that he knew very little about book design or the printing and binding of ‘fine books,’ rather it was the content of the book that he found most important. Many of the books published by Bird & Bull deal directly with “bookish” subjects, such as paper-making, printing, illustration, book binding, typography, and booksellers. Because of this Henry Morris and his press have played an important role in the study, preservation, and dissemination of printing history. Each of the Bird & Bull publications was printed by letterpress from metal type on either Morris’s own handmade paper or on imported mould-made papers. Each book included a detailed description of the paper, type and bindery used in production of the publication'" [Miami University Special Collections log]. Sadly, the press ceased producing books in 2014. At that time Morris was 87 years old and felt that he had done everything with his press that he set out to do. This handsome production offers a detailed bibliography of the books done under Morris's own imprint and those done for other publishers. There are also sections on press ephemera and articles by and about Henry Morris. In addition to the bibliography there is a separate folder with 17 pieces ephemera from the press - prospectuses and sample pages from various press books - that capture the beautiful papers and fine typography done at Bird & Bull. The bibliography is bound in quarter yellow leather with decorative paper covers with a bird and bull design. Printed in Van Dijck types on handmade Roma V.E. paper. Measures 6.5 x 7.5 inches. 108 pages. The bibliography and ephemera folder are housed in a gray cloth covered clamshell box with a leather title label to spine. In fine condition. Clamshell box measures about 10 x 13 inches. PRI/102621. Fine.
Charleston, South Carolina: Walter, Evans & Cogswell Co., 1956. Paperback. This is one of the classic Junior League cookbooks. Size: Octavo. Dark green paper wrappers with white title to front wrapper and green title to spine. In white comb binding. Several illustrations. Browning on front wrapper and light wear on back wrapper and to edges. Interior pages are bright and clean. 330 pages. COOK/042821. Very Good.
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.
London and New York: George Routledge & Sons and E.P. Dutton & Co., n.d. [early 1900s]. From The Photogravure Series. Retold in English by the author and with six charming color illustrations by him. This is a lovely copy with a full red leather binding by Riviere & Son, with gilt designs on the covers and spines and dentelles. Red marbled endpapers and all edges gilt. Binding is very good with a few light marks, wear to spine ends, slight bumping to corners and wear along front joint. Interior pages and illustrations are also very good with light browning to text pages. Book plate of Leolyn Louise Everett. An ideal gift book. Measures 5 x 7.5 inches. 95 pages. LIT/101221.
Paris: G. Masson, Bibliothèque de La Nature, n.d. [circa 1886]. Hardcover. In his preface, the author says that travel to the United States from Paris was now easy and wonders why his fellow citizens don't sail there to see that beautiful country. He notes that the United States does not have monuments of art, or historic sites, but reminds his readers that it is a very young country. The country does display its extraordinary energy and extreme hard work. The traveler will see there the results of their intelligence and see the grand works that they have accomplished. Albert Tissandier (1839 – 1906) was a French architect, aviator, illustrator, editor and archaeologist. He was the brother of adventurer Gaston Tissandier with whom he collaborated in writing the magazine La Nature, a French language scientific journal aimed at the popularization of science. Tissandier was also a passionate writer and traveller. In 1886, he started a long trip around the world in America, subsequently traveling to the East Indies, Ceylon and many other Asian locales, sending his magnificent illustrations back to Paris so they could appear in La Nature [Wikipedia]. This account in French of his travels in the U.S. naturally focuses on what he finds most interesting - engineering achievements such as the Brooklyn Bridge; natural wonders like the canyons of the west and Niagara Falls; and important developments in transportation and manufacturing. His text is accompanied by his wonderful illustrations. There are eight two-page plates, 82 engravings, and two maps. One of the maps shows Tissandier's route across the United States. Bound in half red leather with marbled paper boards. Spine with raised bands, gilt titling and ornaments. Leather is rubbed with wear along edges and paper boards have some chipping and bumping. Interior pages are clean and bright with a bit of foxing to first and last few pages. Very good condition. Measures 6.25 x 10 inches. 298 pages plus page listing plates and maps. TRAVEL/092121. Very Good.
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.
Chicago: Pascal Covici, 1928. Hardcover. Number 113 of 375 copies. A collection of three letters that were originally printed in periodicals. "The three sketches gathered in this volume are the earliest work of Mark Twain that has been preserved and are, incidentally, the first for which he received pay" (introduction, xii). Fine in brown paper covered boards with olive light brown cloth spine. Tan paper title labels with black titles to spine and front cover. Minor darkening to top edge of one front page. 59 pages. LIT/031618. Fine / Very Good.
Ann Tyler, 2021. 1 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.
Tartu, Estonia: TYPA, 2019. Hardcover. Number 29 of 150 handbound copies. An additional 150 copies were letterpress printed and machine bound. This is a letterpress edition of the classic children’s story. It was printed at TYPA, a print and paper art centre in Estonia, specializing in letterpress publications. In 2020 TYPA won the Europa Nostra, Ilucidare Special Prize for heritage-led innovation. It is a unique museum and studio as every item of their machinery is still in use, and they continue to create fabulous hand-printed publications using traditional techniques. Hand bound by Pauline Rummel in natural linen with black title and illustration silk screened to front cover. In full color illustrated dust jacket with yellow title to spine panel and blue title to front. The illustrations were re-drawn for letterpress and the layout was redesigned by Mana Kaasik. Body text composed with Literaturnaya Bold on a Linotype machine. Title page and dust jacket set by hand with Admiral typeface. Composed and printed on Holmen Book Cream paper by pressman Jörgen Loot. 95 pages including a two page epilogue by Lemmit Kaplinski, former director of TYPA. Size: About 8 x 6 inches. PRI/090721. Fine / 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.
London: Henry S. King & Co., 1874. Hardcover. Sold as is. Somewhat uncommon. Grey cloth boards with gilt title to spine and front board. Chipping and wear to head of spine and cloth along along front hinge. Wear to corners. Several large splits to textblock with some pages coming disbound. Ex-library from the Redemptorist Library, New Orleans with stamp to title page. Many pages remain unopened. Browning to margins of some pages. Pages are very brittle and some corners have chipped off. Text on a few pages is affected. A good reading copy of this uncommon book. 484 pages. ENG/102021. Good.
Baltimore: Day Printers, 1907. RARE. Paper Wrappers. RARE. Very good oblong octavo in white illustrated paper wrappers with red and gilt raised title stamp to front and rear covers. The spine is covered by dark green book binding tape. Front cover has a major crease in bottom right corner, a small piece missing in top right corner, owner's name handwritten at top, and other smudging. Back cover has two small tears at top and bottom, plus some creasing and smudging. Interior is very clean and bright on glossy paper with many black and white illustrations and advertisements. Includes the article "How Baltimore Grew" by Mrs. E.W. Litimer, facts about Baltimore, additional articles about Baltimore's greatness and places of interest, photographs of men on the various Home-Coming committees, program of events held throughout the week, a chronology of Maryland, population list by county from 1790 - 1900, list of mayors, and several additional articles. Contains pages of information, statistics and photos regarding the Baltimore fire of 1904. Not paginated. 200+ pages. A very scarce item. Still a very nice item given its scarcity. MD/122815. Very Good.
Philadelphia and London: J.B. Lippincott Company, 1922. Hardcover. "This is not a history of Delaware and the Eastern Shore, but rather a delightful interpretation of the rare and somewhat elusive charm of a region distinguished for the variety of its quiet landscapes, the rich freshness of its woodlands, and the unique beauty of its waters" (jacket). Includes 50 illustrations. Uncommon in dust jacket. First Edition. Very good in the original grey cloth boards with black title to spine and front board. Black and blue illustration of a ship to front board. Ownership signature in pen to front pastedown. Browning to first and last few pages. Several splits to interior, but textblock remains attached and pages bound. Bump to head of spine and minor fading to edges of rear board. Short closed tear to bottom of front hinge. Clean and bright overall. In grey dust jacket with black title to spine and front panels. Browning to spine panel of jacket and chipping, tears, and wear to edges. 330 pages. STA/102021. Very Good / Very Good.
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.
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.
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: 2021. Paperback. "Folded by a bookbinder completely from one single seet of decorative bookbinding paper using origami and bookbinding techniques, this unique and handy paper wallet comes with 14 pockets to hold money, receipts, memos, cards, pens, checks, etc. Handcrafted in Toronto by Robert Wu." Blue paper with victorian paper embellishment to front. Wax seal closure with wrap around braided cord. Filled with pockets. Size when closed: 7 x 3.25 inches. Fine.
Toronto: 2021. Paperback. "Folded by a bookbinder completely from one single seet of decorative bookbinding paper using origami and bookbinding techniques, this unique and handy paper wallet comes with 14 pockets to hold money, receipts, memos, cards, pens, checks, etc. Handcrafted in Toronto by Robert Wu." Pink paper with stamp to front and replica of hand writing with stamps to panels. Wax seal closure with wrap around braided cord. Filled with pockets. Size when closed: 7 x 3.25 inches. Fine.
Toronto: 2021. Paperback. "Folded by a bookbinder completely from one single seet of decorative bookbinding paper using origami and bookbinding techniques, this unique and handy paper wallet comes with 14 pockets to hold money, receipts, memos, cards, pens, checks, etc. Handcrafted in Toronto by Robert Wu." Greenish tan paper with typewriter and paper clip stamped embellishments to panels. Wax seal closure with wrap around braided cord. Filled with pockets. Size when closed: 7 x 3.25 inches. Fine.
Toronto: Robert Wu, 2021. Die-cut miniature blank notebook filled with 30 sheets of creamy paper with marbled paper covers. Tied with a postal twine and a sealing wax. For keeping you most ambitious thoughts or ideas. Colors vary. Marbled paper and bindings by Robert Wu. Size: Approximately 5 x 4 inches. 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.