Belmont, CA: Wadsworth Publishing Company, INc, 1968. Paperback. Dark blue paper wrappers with white title to spine and front cover. Creasing to spine and wear to edges of wrappers. Rubbing to wrappers. Notes and underlining in green pen to text throughout. Foxing to edges of textblock. 227 pages. LIT/120518. Very Good Minus.
New York: Harper's, 1917. Softcover. Rare in the original wrappers. Six issues between May and November 1917. The letters were published by Harper as two volumes in 1917. The letters were arranged with comment by Albert Bigelow Paine. Paine was an important Twain scholar and in addition to the letters, he published several other books about him including a three volume biography. Each issue’s cover is printed in a different color paper, most with pictorial front cover and advertisements on rear. Covers are all in very good condition, some with small tears to spine and creases to covers, three issues with Oregon State Library stamp to cover. Interior pages near fine. Wonderful advertisements and illustrations throughout each. Each issue is about 150-175 pages. Continuous pagination for the year’s issues. Very Good. LIT/091318. Very Good.
New York: Harper, 1916. Softcover. Rare in original wrappers, complete in seven parts published May-November 1916. The Mysterious Stranger is a novel attempted by the author Mark Twain. He worked on it intermittently from 1897 through 1908. Twain wrote multiple versions of the story; each involves a supernatural character called “Satan” or “No. 44”. All the versions remained unfinished. Harper’s Magazine serialized the work posthumously, basing it on the last version, called No. 44. It was the only one of his four versions of the book to have an actual ending. Despite this, it is considered debatable that it could be called finished. Each issue has a different pictorial cover, including a portrait of Twain on the May issue. Condition is generally very good, with chipping, bumping and creasing to various issues. Interiors clean and bright. “Withdrawn from Oregon State Library” stamp on front of three issues. LIT/091318. Very Good.
New York: Harper's, 1896. Softcover. Rare in original wrappers. Appeared in the August 1896 issue on pages 344-361. Tom Sawyer, Detective is a sequel to The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876), Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1884), and Tom Sawyer Abroad (1894). Tom Sawyer attempts to solve a mysterious murder in this burlesque of the immensely popular detective novels of the time. Like Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, the story is told using the first-person narrative voice of Huck Finn. Includes ten illustrations by A.B. Frost. Very good condition. LIT/091318. Very Good.
New York: Harper & Brothers, 1895-1896. Softcover. Rare. First appearance in original wrappers of Twain’s Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc, which was serialized from April 1895 to April 1896 in Harper’s Magazine. Complete in 13 issues. Twain, aware of his reputation as a comic, asked that each installment appear anonymously so that readers would treat the work seriously. Regardless, his authorship soon became known, and the book edition published by Harper and Brothers in May 1896 credited Mark Twain. It is Twain’s last completed novel, published when he was 61 years old. The novel is presented as a translation (by “Jean Francois Alden”) of memoirs by Louis de Conte, a fictionalized version of Louis de Contes, Joan of Arc’s page. The novel is divided into three sections according to Joan of Arc’s development: a youth in Domrémy, a commander of the army of Charles VII of France, and a defendant at trial in Rouen. The issues are all complete and are generally in very good condition. Several have tears and chips to the spine as well as wear to covers. Interiors are clean and bright. Nine of the issues have a stamp on the front cover: “Withdrawn from Oregon State Library.” LIT/091418. Very Good.
n.p. n.p., circa 1935. Softcover. Unique vintage Shirley Temple scrapbook lovingly compiled by a young fan. She assembled well over 100 pictures of Shirley clipped primarily from newspapers and magazines. The photos and news clippings were glued onto the pages of a ruled composition book. The compiler annotated many of the pictures with phrases like "surprise party," "You see loveliness," and "Twinkle Toes." The pictures include publicity stills from her early years along with scenes from several of her movies dating from 1934-1935, particularly "The Little Colonel." The covers of the composition book are torn,chipped, and soiled. The interior pages have some chipping and creasing along the margins and some offsetting but are generally very good. Measures 6.5 x 8 inches. 109 pages. EPHEM/110118. Very Good.
Baltimore: Montgomery Ward & Co., 1931. Softcover. Who knew that Montgomery Ward used to sell groceries by catalog? Pages of dry goods; canned fruit, vegetables, and fish; condiments, jellies, and jams; smoked meats; livestock feeds, and more. All at prices that seem impossible today. Inserted are an order form and mailing envelope, and a flyer talking about their monthly Thrift Specials. Some aging to paper but very good condition. 7.25 x 9.25 inches. 32 pages. COOK/121018. Very Good.
Charlottesville: Norman Cordes, 1980. Softcover. One of 150 copies of this sweet miniature book printed as a Christmas remembrance for the friends of Janet Anderson. Text was taken from item found in the Old St. Paul's Church in Baltimore dated 1632. Bound in cream paper covers with red ornaments and title to front cover. Printed with W.A. Dwiggins's Falcon type on Basingwerk parchment. Light soiling to covers. Very good condition. Unpaginated. Measures 2 x 2.5 inches. MINIATURE/111418. Very Good.
The Movable Book Society, 2018. Hardcover. Limited to 2000 copies. From the introduction: "Our 25th anniversary collection, A to Z: Marvels in Paper Engineering, looks ahead to the next generation of paper engineers. The artists were given freedom to explore the mechanism revealing the essence of each letter form. This juried collection was selected from the contributions of many qualified candidates. The collected works of the best and brightest artists hold promise to inspire the future wave of paper engineers." This boxed alphabet production contains 26 folding pop-up cards, each featuring a different letter of the alphabet designed by a different artist. It also includes an introductory pamphlet and a pop-up title page. Each card contains a pop-up letter and on the back includes a photograph of the designer as well as a brief statement about the letter and design choice. Contributors include: Simon Arizpe, Camille Magaud, Peter Dahmen, Dorothy Yule, Eric Broekhuis, Yoojin Kim, Jess Tice-Gilbert, Angelo Ferrari, Lena Ignestam, Hiromi Takeda, Rob Kelly, Courtney McCarthy, Wai-Yin Kwan, Kelli Anderson, Kyle Olmon, Maike Bierderstaedt, Aurore Le Vilain, Julie Charvet, Isabel Uria, Sheila Hirata, Shelby Arnold, Damien Prudhomme, Shawn Sheehy, Katherine Belsey, Tina Yeung, Yevgeniya Yeretskaya, and Bruce Foster. The box and logo were designed by Isabel Uria. The box is approximately 8.5 x 6.5 x 4 inches. It is covered in glossy blue paper with gilt title to spine and front panels. It has a magnetic closure and a pull ribbon attached to the clasp. Pristine. Unpaginated. ARTB/101718. Fine.
Newfoundland: walking bird press, 2018. Softcover. Number 54 of 60 copies. Signed by the book artist and illustrator. The Bears Come to Tea is a sequel to Tara's previous book about Pancho and the (non-existent) Bears. This amusing rhyming story tells of the chaos created by Tara's dog, Pancho Villa, when he invited his bear friends in from the forest to join them for a late afternoon cup of tea. The event is illustrated with charming linocut illustrations including one fold-out by Duncan Major. Hand-set in Liberty and Bembo types and letterpress printed on Twinrocker 18th Century handmade paper. Pamphlet-stitched in brown St. Armand handmade paper covers, with a white label affixed to front cover. There is an invitation in its envelope tipped on the free front endpaper. Measures 5.25 x 8.25 inches. In fine condition. Includes prospectus. Unpaginated [13 pages]. PRI/112918. Fine.
Newfoundland: walking bird press, 2018. One of 120 copies. Facades for Mark Rothko is a poem in eleven parts by writer, proprietor of the Barbarian Press, and some times actor Crispin Elsted, accompanied by a ‘Note About the Poem’ by the poet. The beautiful and densely layered poem creates a connection between the Rothko paintings seen by Crispin in the Tate Modern and his experiences in the outside world–a stile between fields, as he states in his notes. Rothko once described his paintings as facades, and the there are enigmatic illustrations representing his facades. TBound in lovely lightly gilt cloth with the title in relief on the cover. The text is hand-set in Van Dijck monotype cast by Michael and Winifred Bixler and printed on Zerkall Book Laid. Maple blocks for the monochrome "facades" were cut type-high by Ken Holden. Jerry Kelly penned the calligraphic title; Brian Roberts executed the covers and casing-in. Book design, letterpress printing, and stitching were completed by Tara Bryan, a proprietor of walking bird press. A recording of Crispin Elsted reading this and other poems comes with the book as a digital download. A CD is also being produced. Purchasers of the book can contact Tara Bryan for the download key for the digital download of Crispin's recording of the poem (www.tarabryan.com). Measures 8.50 x 12.25 inches.Includes prospectus. In fine condition. Unpaginated. PRI/120318. Fine.
New York: James T. White adn Co, 1921. Hardcover. Lydia Avery Coonley (1845 - 1924) was a social leader, poet, and president of the Chicago Women's Club. She lost two of her six children in 1920 (the year before this book was published) and had problems with depression for the rest of her life. Dark blue cloth boards with gilt title to spine and front cover. Fading to gilt on spine. Minor wear to edges and corners. Light foxing to first and last few pages, else clean. Frontispiece of the author. A sweet collection of poetry. 166 pages. POE/102518. Very Good.
Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1996. Paperback. A fascinating history of the development and growth of Baltimore, told through photographs and reprints of news articles and excerpts from writings about the city. Oblong volume bound in illustrated paper wrappers with red spine panel titled in black and white. Near fine with newspaper article laid into front, which has caused browning to facing pages - else clean and bright. Filled with photographic illustrations. 150 pages. BALT/070816. Very Good.
Herefordshire, England: The Whittington Press, 2018. Hardcover. One of 660 copies. Another splendid yearbook on the book and book arts from John and Rose Randle of The Whittington Press, with 27 interesting articles by printers, artists, booksellers, scholars, and more The Randles write: "The Matrix 35 breaks our golden rule of ignoring the outpourings of the Whittington Press: there is a telling account of the collecting of our posters and ephemera; and images from some recently discovered 35mm film recording the installation of the Wharfedale Press through the end of the building in 1974. Other topics include printers’ social lives in Minneapolis in the ’80s, living and working in the Gill household at Pigotts in 1939, travels in Afghanistan, roofing in 6-point Gill Sans, and an engraver’s collage of buildings from the Iron Age to City skyscrapers." Bound in white decorated paper covered boards with a linocut of Whittington village. In tan paper dust jacket with early photograph of Rose affixed to the front cover. Photographs, illustrations, print samples throughout, many tipped in. In fine condition. 168 pages. PRI/112118. Fine.
New York: Liveright, (1972). Paperback. Inscribed and signed by the author on the half title page. "A novelized story of this great American is perhaps the last a reader would expect in a treatment of Thomas Jefferson. But Mrs. Wilbur illuminates for the reader the whole Jefferson. The personal aspects of his life, hte captivating anecdotes, his joys and loves, successes, frustrations, his ambitions adn ideals, are the heart of this book" (rear jacket / Salt Lake City Tribune). Bound in purple paper wrappers with white title to spine. Creasing to spine. Clean interior. 417 pages. PRES/102418. Very Good.
Toronto: Studio Robert Wu, n.d. An exquisite hand marbled sheet by master marbler Robert Wu depicting a Chinese brocade. As the sheets are done individually, each varies slightly and is unique. Wu has been experimenting with paper marbling for many years and has developed a unique take on this traditional art form which he calls “marbled graphics.” 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.Paper size: about 18 x 24 inches. In fine condition. ORIG/052217. Fine.
Toronto: Studio Robert Wu, n.d. An exquisite hand marbled sheet by master marbler Robert Wu depicting a lotus pond. As the sheets are done individually, each varies slightly and is unique. Wu has been experimenting with paper marbling for many years and has developed a unique take on this traditional art form which he calls “marbled graphics.” 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.Paper size: about 18 x 24 inches. In fine condition. ORIG/052217. Fine.
Toronto: Studio Robert Wu, n.d. An exquisite hand marbled sheet by master marbler Robert Wu depicting a peacock in an elaborate multi-colored design. As the sheets are done individually, each varies slightly and is unique. Wu has been experimenting with paper marbling for many years and has developed a unique take on this traditional art form which he calls “marbled graphics.” 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.Paper size: 18 x 24 inches. Fine.
Toronto: Robert Wu, 2002. Hardcover. Number 16 of 150 copies signed and numbered by Robert Wu. A beautiful miniature book in a unique leather binding by Robert that showcases his multiple talents as a binder, artist, and paper marbler as well as celebrating his love for the cello. For this book he has compiled cello practice tips obtained from his readings, practice, and his cello teacher Mrs. Marsha Moffitt. With several illustrations by Robert including a portrait of famed cellist Jacqueline du Pre. In his colophon, Robert writes of his love for miniature books for their challenges, beauty, and, of course, size. Bound in brown leather with decorative inlay in front cover and title in gilt to spine. The book has a cover of lovely marbled paper and a brown leather spine and fore-edges. Housed in a slipcase in the same marbled paper with leather fore-edges. Printed in Times New Roman type. In fine condition. Book measures 1 1/8 x 1 1/2 inches. Slipcase is 1 1/2 x 1 7/8 inches. MINIATURE/112918. Fine.
Toronto: Robert Wu, 2002. Hardcover. Number 20 of 300 copies signed and numbered by Robert Wu. A lovely miniature book by Robert that showcases his multiple talents as a binder and artist as well as celebrating his love for the cello. For this book he has compiled cello practice tips obtained from his readings, practice, and his cello teacher Mrs. Marsha Moffitt. With several illustrations by Robert including a portrait of famed cellist Jacqueline du Pre. In his colophon, Robert writes of his love for miniature books for their challenges, beauty, and, of course, size. Bound in cream paper covered boards with title in gilt on spine and gilt ornamnet on front cover.Printed in Times New Roman type. In fine condition. Book measures 1 1/8 x 1 1/2 inches. MINIATURE/112918. Fine.
Hartford, CT: Dustin, Gilman & Co., 1875. First Edition. Rare inscribed copy: "To Dr H. D. Nicoll, With grateful thanks and compliments of the author. A.E. Young," written on free front endpaper. In this fascinating autobiography by Brigham Young's "apostate" wife, Ann-Eliza Young (1844-1917) writes of the horrors and degradations of polygamy that she learned through her personal experiences as Young's wife number 19. Brigham Young was the second president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) from 1847 until his death in 1877. He founded Salt Lake City and he served as the first governor of the Utah Territory. Young also led the foundings of the precursors to the University of Utah and Brigham Young University [Wikipedia]. Ann-Eliza reluctantly married him in 1848 when she was 24 and he 67. She filed for divorce in 1873 and was excommunicated by the Mormons in 1874. She became an outspoken advocate for women's rights and against the suppression of women. She dedicated this book to the Mormon Wives of Utah and also made a statement to the wives of Brigham Young that her quarrel was not with them and that she still had the warmest and tenderest feelings toward them. Bound in brown cloth with ornate gilt and black decorations and lettering on the front cover and spine. Spine is chipped, and covers are bumped and rubbed although still bright. Front and rear hinges are tender with front hinge slightly pulled open. Interior pages are clean with occasional light brown spots and a few page creases. Gutter exposed in book's middle because of opening flat. Ink ownership signature of Miss Annie Walker on free front endpaper that has left small inkstains on front pastedown. With steel engraving frontispiece of author protected by tissue guard and numerous illustrations throughout by Stanley Fox, a frequent illustrator for Harper's Weekly. A very nice copy despite noted flaws. 605 pages. REL/112718.