Chicago: Sherwin Beach Press, 2011. Hardcover. Number 70 of 75 copies. Signed by author. Morris Fuller Benton was the most prolific type designer of the hot metal era, but unlike Frederic Goudy, Bruce Rogers, or William Dwiggins--whose ideas about type design are well documented -- Benton wrote nothing about his own work, nor was it the subject of analysis by others. Benton (1872-1948) headed the design department of American Type Founders for over forty years and designed hundreds of typefaces. Juliet Shen has made a meticulous study of his work, including a new enumeration of designs appropriately attributed to him. She gained access to papers from the ATF library, now housed at Columbia University. Shen places Benton in the context of American life at the turn of the 20th Century, when branding, advertising, and marketing were first becoming major factors in the economy. She compares his typefaces to similar ones from the same period, discovering the elements which he found important. There are dozens of reproductions of typographic specimens from Europe and North America. As Roger Black says in the introduction, "Benton's lean, driving, consistent style took over American printing in the pre-war era, and remains the bedrock of American typography." The book is designed by Robert McCamant, set in Cloister Oldstyle cast by the Dale Guild Type Foundry from ATF matrices and typeset by Art Larson and Rose Wisotzky at Horton Tank Graphics. It is printed on Mohawk Superfine, with letterpress by Michael Russem of Kat Ran Press, and offset illustrations and captions by Capitol Offset. Trisha Hammer designed and executed the black cloth binding with red stitching to open spine. In fine condition. 1/2 x 10 1/4 inches. 58 pages. PRI/053123. Fine.
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Penngrove, CA: Spell & Bind Press, 2023. Hardcover. 700. Number 4 of 8 copies. Tiana Krähn is an accomplished book artist who makes small edition, hand-bound, letterpress printed poetry and story books under the name Spell & Bind Press. She writes about her work: "For me, hand setting type is a meditation. There is intention behind each letter, each word, each sentence. I believe that words, like spells cast into the world, should be carefully chosen. As I work I have pause to examine my motives. Poems and stories open portals in and out of other realms. Printing on a letterpress machine is such a physical process, and as the weight of the words sink deep within the page, I am always struck by the permanence of this action, and the beauty of marks that make meaning out of chaos and ink. The binding of books is yet another ritual I relish. It is work full of metaphor where each stitch is a scaffold in the building of a physical home to our thoughts and feelings, resulting in an intimate object to be kept close or to be shared. That is the magic of it all. " Bush Tea is an collection of vignettes, the memories of one man's childhood in rural Jamaica in the late 40's. As he grapples with the onset of Alzheimer's the simplicity of those early years are salve to his soul. Once bemused by the many jars of unlabeled herbs in my father's kitchen cupboard in London, I learned from him what he learned from his grandmother, that Bush Tea was the answer to all life's problems. It is a hot drink made from the healing herbs and edible plants one might find growing in the yard or along the roadside. Bound in red cloth with a black spine in a variation of a drum leaf binding, with a cream title label on the front cover. Black endpapers with images of plants. The book is letterpress printed on tea dyed Fabriano paper, with hand colored original illustrations that depict some of the traditional plants that might be used for tea in the Caribbean. In fine condition. Measures 5 x 6.5 inches. Unpaginated [about 15 pages]. ARTB/052423. Fine.
Penngrove, CA: Spell & Bind Press, 2022. Hardcover. Number 5 of 15 copies. Tiana Krähn is an accomplished book artist who makes small edition, hand-bound, letterpress printed poetry and story books under the name Spell & Bind Press. She writes about her work: "For me, hand setting type is a meditation. There is intention behind each letter, each word, each sentence. I believe that words, like spells cast into the world, should be carefully chosen. As I work I have pause to examine my motives. Poems and stories open portals in and out of other realms. Printing on a letterpress machine is such a physical process, and as the weight of the words sink deep within the page, I am always struck by the permanence of this action, and the beauty of marks that make meaning out of chaos and ink. The binding of books is yet another ritual I relish. It is work full of metaphor where each stitch is a scaffold in the building of a physical home to our thoughts and feelings, resulting in an intimate object to be kept close or to be shared. That is the magic of it all." Matriarch commemorates two great women who held positions of power within the complicated systems that both honored and enslaved them in their particular roles. One of the two women is the Queen Elizabeth II. The other is the book artist's great-grandmother, Alice Watson Ford. They were mothers, grandmothers and great grandmothers with an immeasurable influence. One a monarch, the other a Jamaican woman, and dedicated queen to her small community, the two women were similarly employed. This book references complex feelings and experiences due to Jamaica once being a colony of Great Britain, an influence which remains ever present. Krahn writes that when creating this book about holding her great grandmother in reverence, Queen Elizabeth died. She decided it made sense to hold them up together, to explore their roles and to commemorate them with a carefully considered comparison of two women in positions of power, beloved, and not forgotten. This handsome work is a triptych bound by Mark Summers of Namnavoe Book Binders in hand dyed dark brown Fair Goat Skiver and tooled with 23 carat gold leaf. The title and floral ornament on the cover and the spine has the initial M and press name all in gold leaf. The covers open to reveal interior frames that hold original intaglio prints depicting images of the two queens. The center between the two frames has a pocket in which sits a sewn single signature booklet that has been letterpress printed on white vintage WH Hodgkinson paper. With a burlap sleeve holding the book closed with an image of the British flag. Accompanied by a single sheet with the book artist's background on creating this book. In fine condition. Measures 5 x 6 inches, Unpaginated. ARTB/052423. Fine.
New York: Harper & Brothers, 1878. Hardcover. First edition of this stirring and extensive account of Henry Stanley's first trans-Africa expedition in 1874-1877 while searching for the sources of the Nile and the Congo Rivers. He succeeded in identifying the source of the Congo River but did not locate the source of the Nile River. Stanley (1841 – 1904) was a Welsh-American explorer, journalist, soldier, colonial administrator, author and politician who was famous for his exploration of Central Africa and his search for missionary and explorer David Livingstone. Besides his discovery of Livingstone, he is mainly known for his search for the sources of the Nile and Congo rivers, the work he undertook as an agent of King Leopold II of the Belgians which enabled the occupation of the Congo Basin region. More than a century after his death, Stanley's legacy remains the subject of enduring controversy. Although he personally had high regard for many of the native African people who accompanied him on his expeditions, the exaggerated accounts of corporal punishment and brutality in his books fostered a public reputation as a hard-driving, cruel leader. In the 20th century, his reputation was also seriously damaged by his role in establishing the Congo Free State for King Leopold II. Nevertheless, he is recognized for his important contributions to Western knowledge of the geography of Central Africa and for his resolute opposition to the slave trade in East Africa. [Wikipedia] The two volumes are bound in dark green cloth with striking pictorial covers in black, green, orange and gilt showing Stanley in his boat navigating a river. Gilt titling to spines and front covers. Cloth is worn along cover edges and spine with slight tear to bottom of the joint on Volume one and a small split along the top of the front cover on Volume two. Bumping to corners. Interior hinges are cracked but text blocks remain tight and firm. Dark brown endpapers. Text pages show light aging but are otherwise clean and bright. There is a small tear to the bottom of a page of the table of contents in Volume two. Gift inscription on free endpaper in Volume one dated 1878. Volume two has additional interesting information in an appendix, including a comparative table of African languages; altitudes of important positions; a list of deaths occurring during the expedition; a list of survivors; and a table showing the "wanderings" in Africa. The volumes include 150 illustrations and ten maps. The full page illustrations are protected by tissue guards. Two of the ten maps are large folding maps held inside sleeves on the rear pastedowns. The map in volume one is present but in pieces and is partially missing. The map in volume two has tears along some of the folds and some creasing. Still a desirable copy of this exploration classic in very good condition. Octavo. Volume One: xiv, 522 pages; Volume Two: ix, 566 pages including index. TRAV/062323. Very Good.
Baltimore: 1976. Soft Cover. SCARCE. It appears to have been self-published by Ms. Stevens, who lived in Homeland her entire life. An illustrated history of this Baltimore neighborhood, which the author describes "an atmosphere of tranquility." It follows Homeland's recorded history up to the 1975. Full and partial page black and white photos throughout. Rectangular quarto in light yellow wraps with brown title to front cover. A few spots of soiling to covers. Interior is clean and bright with light chipping / creasing to edges of a few pages. 36 pages BALT/072023. Very Good.
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1895. Hardcover. First US Edition. A delightful collection of poetry with charming illustrations by Charles Robinson. Very good in the original green cloth boards with gilt illustration to front board and spine. Gilt title to spine. Minor fading to spine, gentle bumping to corners, and minor wear to spine ends. Offsetting throughout the interior from illustrations and even toning througout, but clean and bright overall. Bookplate to front pastedown and ownership signature in pen dated 1895. A classic children's book. 137 pages. CHILD/072023. Very Good.
Pleasanton, CA: Miniature Book Society, 2022. Hardcover. 1 of 400 copies. Miniature books in Hungray were extremely popular in the 1970s, but the tradition began in the 14th century. The chapters discuss the history of printing miniatures in Hungary (within the context of printing full size books), collecting, political content, bibliographies, and more. Bound in full yellow leatherette boards with gilt title to spine. Clean and bright with several tipped in photographic illustrations. Letterpress printed, typeset in Miniature Text, and printed on Mohawk Superfine 80 lb. paper. 60 pages. MINI/081523. Fine.
Oakland, CA: The Prototype Press, 2015. Hardcover. Number 23 of 75 copies signed by the author and artist. Kirk Lombard is self-described as a small fish enthusiast, writer, tour guide, teacher, musician, actor, inveterate blogger, raconteur, commercial fisherman, puppet master, tenor, baseball historian, and…champion eel fisherman. He is the author of The Sea Forager's Guide to the Northern California Coast. His blog was called The Monkeyface News. From the press website: "From the dank holes and fetid shores of Kirk Lombard's mind comes a deeply strange book, part memoir, part how-to, and part poetry, all teaching of his dealings with learning how to catch -- and use to its full potential -- the storied Monkeyface Eel from in and around the shores of the San Francisco Bay." This was the first publication issued by The Prototype Press. The author describes how to fish for the monkeyface eel, how to tan an eel skin, and offers recipes for cooking eel. The book is printed in three colors on Somerset Book Paper from Monotype Hess Old Style and hand-set Libra types. The title page and Parts I & II are foil-stamped; the illustrations are printed relief from linoleum carvings done by Leighton Kelly. The cover is orange cow leather and green handmade paper from Twinrocker. Title in gilt to spine. The paper bears the watermark of Shotwell, as well a fishing hook, added specially for the project.There is a separate booklet of appendices of poems by Lombard. It was printed on paper handmade by the publishers with the help of Shotwell Paper Mill in San Francisco. The book and appendices booklet are in a red sleeve printed in black with "The First Edition of Notorious Eelman Kirk Lombard's Me, Myself, and the Monkeyface Eel." In fine condition. Measures 6.5 x 9 inches. 52 pages in length including text, foreword, introduction, and afterword. Fine.
Oakland, CA: Prototype Press, 2017. Hardcover. Number 21 of 52 copies. A finely printed edition of Bukowski's semi-autobiographical work about coming of age in Los Angeles during the Great Depression. Huge fans of Bukowski's work, printers David Johnston and Mark Sarigianis, aspired to print this modern classic in their early days of working together at the Arion Press. Years later, after forming The Prototype Press in 2014, they began the process of acquiring the printing rights, and Johnston digitally keyboarded the novel in preparation to begin typecasting. Unfortunately, he tragically passed on within a week of completing it. Over the next few years his partner Sarigianis completed the book, which necessitated a two-part casting of type and printing - with the first half of type melted down in order to cast the second. Illustrated by Sean StarWars, a woodcut artist living in Laurel, Mississippi with his wife and five children. He is also a proud member of the Outlaw Printmakers. Following is a note about this project from the artist: "Nobody really gets a Charles Bukowski quote right, so I’m just gonna paraphrase him: 'You’re only a writer when you’re writing’. I have taken that to heart as an artist, specifically as a printmaker. 'You’re only an artist when you’re making art, not when you’re talking about it…' With that in mind I have spent the last 25 years with my nose to the grindstone blasting out print after print after print. Being invited to illustrate Ham on Rye has been one of the most personally gratifying projects I have ever worked on. It has also been one of the most challenging. This project has forced me to do a number of things I don’t do well or easily, such as working small and working detailed. But there’s one other thing I learned from my years of devouring Bukowski and that’s to trust your gut, and I think I’ve gotten pretty good at doing that. I hope you see my woodcuts as Inspirations by Bukowski and not simply illustrations of his words.’’ Bound in handmade black paper from St. Armand over white pigskin with black title to spine. Light rubbing to boards, else fine. Letterpress printed in Goudy Powell with heads in Headline Bold. The chapter numbers and title page are printed with Condensed Gothic Bold woodtype. Printed on custom handmade paper from St. Armand with the watermarks of "CB" (the author's initials) and "HC" (the author's alter-ego, Henry Chinaski). The illustrations are printed from the original hand carved wood blocks over tinted blocks of cyan, magenta, and yellow. The type was cast and the book was printed and bound by the Prototype Press. Housed in a black paper covered slipcase titled in gilt to spine panel. 364 pages. PRI/051923. Fine.
Philadelphia: Davis, Porter & Co., circa 1860. Paperback. Filled with rhymes for children and hand colored woodcut illustations. Cream paper wrappers with illustration to front cover. Minor soiling and rubbing to wrappers. Dampstain to bottom corner of cover and all interior pages. Penned gift inscription to inside of front cover, dated 1868. Occasional small spots of soiling to interior. Stab bound with white string. 8 pages. Size: about 5.25 x 3.25 inches. CHILD/080423. Very Good.
New York: Harper & Brothers, 1882. Hardcover. This is a scarce bound folio volume of Harper's Weekly with all of the issues for 1882. It is a fascinating compilation of articles, serial novels, news, and numerous illustrations documenting the events in the United States and around the world. They offer an enthralling view of 19th century concerns and interests, down to the advertisements for products and services. There were no reports of cataclysmic events for the year other than the famous trial of Charles Guiteau for the shooting of President Garfield, leading to the president's death. But there were many interesting things to be written about. Items included a piece on the ostentatious and costly mansions built by members of the Vanderbilt family; research on the Zuni Indians; and flooding in the West and by the Mississippi River. The advertisements reflected the great interest in electricity, with ads for such items as an electric corset and a girdle, and an electric hairbrush. There were several notable deaths and funerals reported on, including Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Richard Henry Dana, and Guiseppe Garibaldi. To us, it was the death of Anthony Trollope, reported in the December 16 issue, and the serialization of his Kept in the Dark that was particularly noteworthy as he is one of our favorite authors. This is the last novel published while Trollope was alive. It was serialized from 5/27 to 10/7, about simultaneously with its appearance in England's "Good Words." Harper & Brothers published the book edition three weeks before it was published in England by Chatto & Windus (see the Heritage Bookshop Bibliography of Trollope, page 268). Bound in black cloth with gilt titling to spine, with some rubbing, bumping, and light soiling. Generally in very good condition, with a few loose or folded pages, and some dampstaining to margins starting on page 550. A nice compilation of that year's issues. 844 pages. PER/061423. Very Good.
Tokyo: Doi Hangaten Co., Ltd, circa 1950. Hardcover. No date - may have been printed 1938 - 1960 based on other books in this series by the same printer. An accordion book printed to show the process of how a color wood-cut is printed. According to the last panel (the only panel with text) this is a "Ukiyoe" which is a "genre picture developed in close connection with wood-cut printing. They were very popular among the common people in the Tokugawa era (1618 - 1863). They are worked out through the joint efforts of a painter, an engraver and a printer. This album represents the process of printing." The print shown (in different stages of color) throughout the book is by Koitsu Tsuchiya (1870 - 1949) from 1936. He was the "best" pupil of Kiyochika Kobayashi (1846 - 1915), called Hiroshige (1796 - 1858) in Meiji era. The boards are covered in Japanese paper with a floral design. When compared to other copies, it is apparent that there was once a paper title label on the front board. This is no longer present. The woodcuts are tipped in - 19 in total. The paper on which the woodcuts are mounted is a fairly brittle and two hinges have been repaired along the back side using Japanese tissue. Offsetting to first and last pages and minor browning to interior, but clean and bright overall. An interesting documentation of this involved printing process. This example shows 10 print runs for a single color woodcut. Housed in an orange patterned paper covered box with title label to front cover. Splits to edges of both box lids. [22 pages.] ART/061023. Very Good.
New York: Scribner, Armstrong, and Co, 1875. Hardcover. Authorized Edition. First American Edition, in double-columned format. This is the first part of a three part series about five Civil War soldiers who escape the siege of Richmond by hijacking a hot air balloon and flying to an uncharted island in the South Pacific. Includes 48 illustrations. Bound in the original green cloth boards with gilt title to spine and front cover. Wear to spine ends, corners, and edges of boards. Bumping to corners and chipping to spine ends. Interior is clean overall with occasional spots of soiling including small dampstain to bottom margins of first and last few pages. No evidence of dampstaining to boards. Very good. 110 pages plus map and one page of advertisements. LIT/080923. Very Good.
London and New York: George Routledge & Sons, (1877). Hardcover. with 48 illustrations by Riou. An undated reprint. Brown cloth boards with black illustration to front board and gilt title to spine. Minor wear to spine ends, edges, and corners. Rubbing to spine, effecting first few letters in title. Frong hinge is cracked, but repaired. Foxing to tissue guard by frontis. Minor toning to interior and occasional smudge marks, else clean. 284 pages. LIT/080923. Very Good.
London: T. Bensley, 1795. Hardcover. Scarce. This edition is printed in Greek and Latin. Bion ( onos) was an ancient Greek bucolic poet from Smyrna, probably active at the end of the second or beginning of the first century BC. He is named in the Suda as one of three canonical bucolic poets alongside Theocritus and Moschus. One long poem about Adonis and seventeen shorter fragments of his poetry survive. Moschus (Moschou) was an ancient Greek bucolic poet and student of the Alexandrian grammarian Aristarchus of Samothrace. He was born at Syracuse and flourished about 150 BC. Aside from his poetry, he was known for his grammatical work, nothing of which survives. Theocritus (early third century BCE), born in Syracuse and also active on Cos and at Alexandria, was the inventor of the bucolic genre. Like his contemporary Callimachus, Theocritus was a learned poet who followed the aesthetic, developed a generation earlier by Philitas of Cos (LCL 508), of refashioning traditional literary forms in original ways through tightly organized and highly polished work on a small scale (thus the traditional generic title Idylls: “little forms”)[Wikipedia]. The editor, George Hamilton Gordon, 4th Earl of Aberdeen (1784-1860), was a writer on Greek classical architecture and a future British Prime Minister. The book was described as: "A beautiful and correct edition, by the late Gilbert Wakefield, and printed with great care and delicacy by Bensley, but without accents, for which omission it has been much censured, and for which reason it never sold. The work is commended by foreign critics." [Thomas Frognall Dibdin] Bound in red leather with a faded spine with rubbing to gilt titling. Bumping and soiling to covers. All edges gilt. Red dentelles with gilt ornament design. Hinges are slightly cracked but text block is firm. Browning and spotting to front and particularly the rear endpapers with darker browning along margins of hinges. Tear to front free endpaper.Text pages are generally clean with light aging to margins. Very good condition. Measures 6.5 x 9.5 inches. Pages: (8) + 33 + (82). POE/072123. Very Good.
London: J. Dodsley in Pall-Mall, 1768. Hardcover. Lacks frontispiece and illustration of the king and queen. In a modern full leather binding with binder's stamp of S. Russell Hawe of Lorton, VA to rear pastedown. Brown and green title / author labels to spine. Gilt rules, raised bands, and embossed decorations to spine. Minor rubbing to gilt. Soiling to top margin of first pages and occasional spots of soiling throughout, but clean overall with bright text. Preface (xv), 134 pages plus addition / errata. ENG/081523. Very Good.
Boston: Printed by Manning and Loring for S. Hall, W. Spotswood, J. White, Thomas & Andrews, D. West, E. Larkin, W.P. Blake, and J. West, 1795. Hardcover. Uncommon First Edition - issued without Washington's portrait. (Some copies in this edition were issued at a higher price with a portrait of Washington inserted. This was not one of those copies.) A fascinating collection of letters detailing Washington's personal experiences and concerns during the first few years of the American Revolutionary War. The last letter included in this first volume is from December 29th of 1776 and discusses his plans for a second crossing of the Delaware River and his worries about getting additional supplies for the troops. In an attractive modern binding from the 1980s in full brown leather with red and gilt title label to spine. Raised bands and gilt rules to spine. Minor rubbing and chipping to leather on front joint. Minor chipping and creasing to edges of a few early pages including title page. Scattered foxing, spots of soiling, and toning throughout interior. Includes 4 page preliminary 'advertisment' explaining permission and sources for the letters contained within. Binding ticket from 1986 laid in, although, the binder is not identified. 340 pages. AME/071923. Very Good.
New York, London: Geo. C. Whitney, Hildensheimer & Faulkner, circa 1900. Paperback. A die cut shape book in the shape of a shoe bound with cord and tassle. Chipping and wear to edges of both covers with a few creases to rear cover. The cord has pulled out of several pages and at some point the book was resewn with thread; however, the pages were rebound out of order. The title page is near the end of the book and one additional page is out of order, but no missing pages. Pen marking to one page, smudge marks, and soiling to other pages. Short closed tear to one page. Includes 6 chromolithographs and 6 sepia illustrations. A well loved copy of this classic children's tale. [14 pages.] CHILD/080923. Very Good.
New York: Harper & Brothers, 1899. Two folio volumes contain the full number of issues for 1899. They are a fascinating compilation of articles, events, news, and numerous illustrations documenting the events in the United States and around the world. They offer an enthralling view of the country's concerns and interests at the beginning of the 20th century. Even the advertisements for products and services are quite interesting. This year's issues focused extensively on the conclusion of the Spanish-American War and the resulting acquisition several of new United States possessions, including Cuba, Puerto Rico, and the Philippines. There were continuing series titled "Our New Possessions" on the Philippines and Puerto Rico. Another continuing series was titled "Reconstruction of Cuba. There were also several pieces by Casper Whitney titled "Hawaiian-America." There was more coverage than in some years on Music and Drama, as well as on amateur sports, with many articles. In the second half of the year there was reportage on the Boer War, and the efforts to open a Nicaragua canal (to this day a canal through Nicaragua has not been successfully completed). The most important literary serialization was that of the dystopian science fiction novel When the Sleeper Wakes. It appeared from January 7 to May 6, with many striking illustrations. There was a little more use of color, with three full page advertisements for Ivory Soap and a four page Christmas supplement titled "How the Buccaneers Kept Christmas" by Howard Pyle Bound in black cloth with gilt spine titling. The covers are rubbed, bumped, and have chipping to the corners and spine ends. The pages are in very good condition save for a few tears, occasional spots and pages 355-358 being loose. There is a library sticker affixed to the rear pastedown but this is the only indication of library ownership. 1970 pages. PER/062123.
Peshastin, Washington: Wiesedruck, 2022. Hardcover. 1 of 40 copies. This artist’s book is of the story ‘Baba Yaga’, the Slavic folkloric witch who lives in a house on chicken legs and flies around in a mortar driven by a pestle. The book artist Sarah Horowitz states: "I am melding the imaginary world of one of my favorite childhood stories with my botanical occupation. Plants weave through the etchings, guiding the story with their meanings- invasive, prickly and toxic plants begin the story with discord." This retelling was based on the folktale originally recorded by Aleksandr Afanas’ev and translated by W.R.S. Ralston. Bound in blue illustrated paper covered boards over yellow leather spine titled in black. It is illustrated by Horowitz with hand colored etchings. The text is set in Maiola, inspired by early Czech typography and designed by Veronika Burian of TypeTogether. Graphic designer Joshua Berger (Plazm) contributed to and edited the typography and layout. Arthur Larson of Horton Tank Graphics printed the text on Zerkall paper with polymer plates made by Boxcar Press. The book was bound and boxed by Carolina Veenstra with assistance by David Myhre and Sarah Horowitz. Size: 11.375 x 8 inches. Sarah Horowitz has been awarded multiple grants and has held residencies at several arts centers including ArtBellwald in Switzerland. She taught printmaking at Portland State University for over ten years and was a member of Atelier Mars printmaking workshop during her time in Portland. Her press is named for the Wiese stream that runs through her grandparents backyard near Basel, Switzerland. Much of her work is printed on a Charles Brand Press once owned by Leonard Baskin. Her work is held in private and institutional collections across the U.S. PRI/122722. Fine.
Boston: Ebenezer Larkin, 1799. Hardcover. Second American Edition. Printed by Manning & Loring in Boston. William Wilberforce (1759 - 1833), a lawyer and member of the British parliament, had a religious Evangelical conversion experience as a young man and became passionate about reform including abolishing slavery, preventing cruelty to animals, and encouraing the importance of religion, morality, and education. His political campaign against slavery resulted in the Slavery Abolition Act 1833, which abolished slavery throughout most of the British Empire. He is buried in Westminster Abbey. He originally published this book in 1797 in response to the moral decline of England and in the hopes of promoting piety within the upper and middle classes of society. In it he explores the teachings of the New Testament and calls for a revival of Christianity with his own personal experiences and thoughts integrated. It was a best seller in its day and was translated into several languages. Bound in the original full marbled leather boards with maroon and gilt title label to spine. Both joints are cracked and the front board is partially detached. Cracking to leather on spine. Evidence of a failed amateur repair to the front joint. Chipping and wear to corners and edges of boards. Antiquated ownership signatures of James Henderson (dated 1801), Isaac R. Bradnack, and Ruth D___? Mr. Henderson has also inscribed a poem about returning the book to him if borrowed in nice penmanship to the front free endpaper. Browning and occasional spots of foxing the interior. Chipping and browning to edges of first and last few pages. 300 pages. REL/071923. Very Good.
New York: Harper & Brothers, 1868. Hardcover. A folio bound volume of Harper's Weekly issues for 1868. It is a fascinating compilation of articles, serial novels, news, numerous illustrations, documenting the events in the United States right after the end of the Civil War and notable events around the world. The issues for January 4 through August 8 have the serial publication of Wilkie Collins's wildly popular The Moonstone. In the August and September issues Harper & Brothers advertised their book edition of the novel, the first American edition of this work. There is also much coverage of the country's presidential election that year. Republican General Ulysses S. Grant, victor of the Civil War,ultimately defeated Democrat Horatio Seymour, who was the former governor of New York. There was also coverage of the Andrew Johnson impeachment and trial. There are also many political cartoons, a few with racist subjects. There are 2-3 pages of interesting advertisements at the end of each issue. Bound in black cloth with gilt titling to spine and light wear to corners and spine. Hinges are reinforced with black cloth tape. The interior pages are generally in very good condition with a few closed tears, aging, and minor foxing. The title page of the January 4 issue is missing. Misprinted date on March 4 weekly. A heavy volume requiring extra postage. Folio. 832 pages except for missing pages 1-2. PER/051523. Very Good.
Philadelphia: Thomas Parker Williams, 2019. A unique artist's book from noted book artist Thomas Parker Williams signed and dated by him. Williams began creating artists' books in 1998 while also painting. As of 2009 he has limited his art practice exclusively to artists' books. He often creates videos and composes music to accompany his books that may be found on his website (www.thomasparkerwilliams.com). Books by Williams or the Luminice Press imprint under which he and his wife Mary Agnes Williams issue books, may be found in over 70 public collections around the country including the Watson Library at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Paradise Lost is a compelling wordless narrative accompanied by original music that explores variations of loss in America, over time and in the present. Williams describes the meaning of his book in a passionate statement: "Starting with the forests where native peoples lived before Columbus, the book follows slavery as Africans are captured and forced to work on plantations owned by wealthy white men. Although many landowners lost their way of life after the Civil War, the anonymous power figures did not die, and continue to crush black, brown and white workers and families who are expendable. Finally, as we confront the reality of climate change, even the Earth itself is expendable. In the past four years America has further revealed its dark side. Blatant racism against black, brown and Asian citizens has become almost normal. However most of the perpetrators of these acts fail to realize that they are just pawns of the real power figures who care nothing for them and will throw them away when they are no longer needed....If America, or for that matter the rest of the world, ever wants to find 'paradise' again, we must realize that resources will have to be shared and all people will have to be respected. Otherwise, our lives will be enmeshed in constant conflict that will benefit no one except the anonymous power figures." The book is held in a custom hinged wood container with the title on a copper plate affixed to the cover. It measures 8.25 x 15.5 x 2 inches. There are 20 original black and white ink drawings that trace the history of the enslavement and misery imposed on indigenous peoples since their paradise was discovered centuries ago. There are mysterious figures on several of the drawings that represent the anonymous power figures. The drawings are done on 20 sheets of Twinrocker Da Vici Heavy Text handmade paper. The book is accordion bound, with each sheet measuring 7 x 14.75 inches that extend to 295 inches when the sheets are unfurled. There are two discs in envelopes affixed to a black paper cover: a DVD of the book's video and music made by the artist to accompany the book, as well as a CD of the music only. This original music was composed, performed and recorded by the artist. Housed in a custom clamshell gray cloth box. In fine condition. ARTB/051623. Fine.
Philadelphia: Thomas Parker Williams, 2023. Hardcover. Thomas Parker Williams lives and works in Philadelphia, PA, USA. His work includes handmade artist book editions, unique book works, printmaking, and painting. Some of his artist book editions contain an audio element – music or sound work – composed, performed, and recorded by the artist. Tom's artist books are in numerous private and public collections. This is a unique book signed by the artist in which he addresses the continuing issues in the United States surrounding race, terrorism, and insurrection. As he writes on his website: "From the antebellum South through the Klan, Jim Crow, police terrorism and violent insurrection, the hatred continues. Descendants is an artist book about America's past and present." In this powerful, wordless work, Tom traces this history with a series of acrylic ink and wash original drawings done in shades of brown, cream and white. There are six double sided panels on Strathmore acrylic paper, with each panel's drawing presenting an image representing a period of our sad history from the antebellum South and slavery, through the Civil War, the rise and terrorist activities of the Ku Klux Klan, and modern protests. This is an accordion bound book that measures 9 x 12 inches closed and opens to 72 inches. The dark orange cover is made with dry pigments in polyurethane and acrylic ink. The drawing with the United States and confederate flags is from a photograph by the artist. On his website, www.thomasparkerwilliams.com, there is a video of the book accompanied by the original music written by Tom for the book. The book is housed in a white wood and thin plywood case with a pinhole photograph by Mary Agnes Williams of an antebellum building. The case measures 13.5 x 10 x 1.25 inches. It in turn is housed in a white stiff paper folder. In fine condition. ARTB/051523. Fine.
Maastricht: Halcyon-Presse, 1933. A charming small book of this short story by well-known Austrian writer Stefan Zweig. According to the colophon, this story first appeared in print in the Insel-Almanach auf das Jahre 1927. It was published in February 1933 in Philobiblon and reprinted here by the Halcyon-Presse. There were thirty numbered copies printed on BarchamGreen laid paer and signed by the writer. This is an unsigned copy. It is printed in a simple format consisting of three signatures, unsewn and laid into a paper wrapper. The wrapper has a light pink pattern on white paper, with the author, title and press device on the front cover. Browning to spine and light creasing along top edge of front. Text pages are also in very good condition. With the bookplate of Carel Johannes Jacob Gualtherus Vosmaer (1907 - 1986) affixed to inside of front cover. Carel JJG Vosmaer, a son of Professor Gualtherus Vosmaer, who died in 1916, traded under the name St. Lucas Society in “old and new” books and prints and had an “archive for genealogical documents." Measures 5.5 x 4.25 inches. 44 + pages. GERLANG/071823. Very Good in Wraps.