New York: Bounty Books, a Division of Crown Publishers, 1967. Hardcover. This book collects Beardsley's beautiful and decadent illustrations, arranged chronologically. He produced furiously for almost six years, dying at the age of 26. Symon's essay provides an essential text to the understanding of the artist. Profusely illustrated. Bound in gray paper boards with a white linen spine with black titling. In a cream pictorial dust jacket with title in black to spine. Jacket shows wear with light creasing on back cover. Erasure mark to free front end paper. Otherwise very good. Quarto. 212 pages. ART/081122. Very Good.
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New York: Bounty Books, a Division of Crown Publishers, 1967. Hardcover. This book collects Beardsley's beautiful and decadent illustrations, arranged chronologically. He produced furiously for almost six years, dying at the age of 26. Symon's essay provides an essential text to the understanding of the artist. Profusely illustrated. Bound in gray paper boards with a white linen spine with black titling. In a cream pictorial dust jacket with title in black to spine. Very good + condition. Quarto. 212 pages. ART/081122. Very Good.
Berlin: Gebr. Mann Verlag, 1973, 1975, 1980. Hardcover. Three volumes in four. This is a monumental and comprehensive German reference work on the posters produced in Europe and the United States in the 19th and 20th centuries. Volume I covers Great Britain and the United States; Volume II covers France and Belgium; Volume III with text and Volume IV with plates cover Germany. Multiple authors and scholars have cataloged and described thousands of posters, accompanied by black and white and color reproductions of each. Bound in gray cloth with paper title labels to spines and front covers. All volumes are in brightly colored dust jackets with titles to spines and covers. All but Volume I are housed in simple cardboard slipcases. In very good to near fine condition. Volume I: 227 pages; Volume II: 421 pages; Volume III: 506 pages: Volume IV: 363 pages. Heavy set requiring extra postage. ART/080122. Near Fine / Very Good.
Venezia [Venice]: Stamperia Graziosi, 1801. Hardcover. A charming Italian book containing the epigrams of Carlo Roncalli. Bound in white half vellum with patterned paper boards. Gilt horizontal ruling and brown leather title label. Soiling to vellum, with light abrasion to front cover and wrinkle to to right corner. Decorated page edges.Text pages generally clean with blue ink marks on page 8. Ink inscription in Italian on front pastedown.Very good condition. Measures 4.5 x 7 inches. 152 pages including index. ITALLANG/071322. Very Good.
New York: Poster Auctions International, 1991. Hardcover. A catalog issued by Poster Auctions International for their poster auction held May 5, 1991. This hardcover volume includes a letter to the recipient offering the catalog, with instructions for those planning to attend. Also inserted is a folded sheet with the prices realized for the posters offered. There were total sales of $1,513,160. Bound in purple cloth with title in gilt and illustration of a poster affixed to the front cover. Some signs of light wear and fading to spine. Interior is bright and clean with color and b&w images of every poster along with a description and auction estimate. Very good condition. 12 inches. 434 pages plus bibliography and conditions of sale. ART/072822. Very Good.
Madrid: Sotheby's, 1989. Hardcover. A catalogue in Spanish for a major auction held in Barcelona of 305 of Miro's graphic works. With illustrations of each item auctioned. Accompanied by an insert with prices realized. Hardcover bound in green cloth with gilt titling to front cover. Damp staining to bottoms of covers not affecting interior pages. In a green pictorial dust jacket with titling on front. Very good. Measures 11 inches. Unpaginated. ART/071122. Very Good.
London: Marcus Ward & Co., 1880. Hardcover. with 74 illustrations by R.T. Pritchett and 12 water-colour sketches after F. Jones - produced here in chromograph. Thin quarto. Three-quarter black leather over marbled paper covered boards with red leather title label to spine. Heavy wear to boards with some loss to paper. Chipping to head of spine and wear to edges of boards. Minor foxing to interior and smudge marks / spots of soiling throughout. Short tears to edges of some pages. This was obviously a family favorite in years past. 144 pages. ENG/071422. Very Good.
London: Jones and Company, 1832. Hardcover. Bound in full maroon leather boards with elaborate gilt decoration to boards and spine. Tan leather title label to spine. Fading to spine. Wear and chipping to spine ends, edges, and to leather along joints. There is a two inch closed tear to the leather along the front hinge. Marbled endpapers and full marbled edges. Prize label to front free endpaper - awarded to E. L. McAlpin, first Latin class terminal exam, 1836. Occasional spots of foxing to interior, but clean overall. Illustrated. An attractive book despite noted wear. 918 pages. Literature. LIT/070722. Very Good.
New York: Crown Publishers, Inc. 1975. Hardcover. An essential reference for the collector of posters and also for all those interested in the work of Marc Chagall. The book is divided into three parts: the first include Chagall's own posters engraved by him; the second includes Chagall posters engraved by Charles Sorlier; the third includes posters made from Chagall's earlier paintings, engravings, and sketches [dust jacket flap]. Bound in blue cloth with title in white to spine and front cover. In a lovely blue and white pictorial dust jacket with title in black to white spine. Light wear to jacket edges. Interior pages are bright and clean. Very good condition. Measures 10 x 12.75 inches. 146 pages plus several pages of b&w images from Chagall's work. ART/072522. Very Good.
Milan: Ulrico Hoepli, 1891. Hardcover. with 51 illustrations. Number 7 of 400 copies. Signed and inscribed by the author. Photographic frontispiece of the Basilica di S. Giov. in Laterano. Corrado Ricci (1858 - 1934) was an archaelogist, museum director, Dante scholar, and served as Senator of Italy during the 1920s. His father was a successful set designer and photographer. Ex-library with a discreet stamp to the inside of the front wrapper. Bound in full vellum boards with brown and gilt title label to spine. Vellum is translucent and an old certificate wastesheet can be seen through it. Rubbing, light soiling, and foxing to boards. A few small losses to title label on spine, but title remains intact. Original paper wrappers are bound in, with a repair to a closed tear on the inside of the front wrapper. Foxing to wrappers and to first and last pages, else clean and bright. 539 pages plus index. ITA/080522. Very Good.
Alexandria: Art Services International with Yale University Press, 1998. Hardcover. "Includes discussions and reproductions of paintings, posters, decorative panels, pastels, drawings, photographs, jewelry, and illustrations throughout his career" (jacket). As new in black cloth boards with silver title to spine. In fine off white dust jacket with illustration to front panel and red title to spine and front panels. Pristine. Filled with full color illustrations - 248 color plates and 112 black and white illustrations. 344 pages. ART/081022. Fine / Fine.
Cairo, Egypt: Islam Aly, 2019. Hardcover. Number 24 of 30 copies. Signed, numbered, and dated by the artist. "Inception is inspired by stories and journeys of the refugees. It is a bilingual codex in English and Arabic. The book is based on the twelfth-century Persian verse poem 'The Conference of the Birds' written by Farid Aldin Al-Attar. The poem is about the search for truth and integrity, which is parallel to the refugee's quest to re-discover themselves. [In the poem] birds meet to begin searching for their perfect king. But to find him, they need to start a difficult journey ... that only 30 of them complete. They eventually recognize that their king is each of them and all of them. The English text is adapted from the Afkham Darbandi translation. The Arabic text is adapted from Badee Mohamed Gomaa Arabic translation “Manteq Al Tayr”. The bird images represented are from medieval Islamic artwork. Arabic Calligraphy is done by Abdul Karim and Sabri. 'Inception' was made as part of Swarthmore College’s Friends, Peace, and Sanctuary project" (artist's website). Hand-sewn coptic binding in wooden boards with leather wrappings connected to seven miniature books. The books all have laser-engraved titles in English and Arabic on the boards. The illustrations are lasercut on Fabriano paper as is the bi-lingual text in the miniature books. The text in the larger book is laser printed on tracing paper. All text is in English and Arabic. Size: Main book is 4.5 inches diameter x 3.5 inches thick, seven miniatures are each 2 inches in diameter x .75 inches thick. Islam Aly is an Egyptian-born book artist and teacher based in Iowa. His books explore the possibilities of historical bindings in contemporary book art practices They have appeared in international exhibitions in the United States and abroad, and in private and public collections including the New York Public Library, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the National Library of Chile, Yale University, and Bibliotheca Alexandrina. In an artist's statement he writes: "When I make a historical book structure, I go through a learning process. I learn the history as well as the different physical aspects of the binding such as how a book form is constructed in a specific sequence. I learn about the use of different materials such as paper, wood, leather and dyes. I learn to make choices in selecting and replacing traditional materials that I don’t have access to. I use these different experiences to enhance my work in making artists’ books and to use historical and cultural references from these structures in the actual content. In essence, I wish to explore new ways to use the rich structures of historical books in contemporary artists’ book practice and incorporate contemporary content into strictly historical structures." ARTB/080222. Fine.
Baltimore: Aquarius Press, 1969. Hardcover. This is a special deluxe edition of this stunning first book from the Aquarius Press, a then new Baltimore private press. The edition comprises the book and a separate portfolio of the 16 signed and numbered lithographs for the book as well as 6 additional unrelated erotic lithographs. The sixteen illustrations are numbered 47/80 copies and signed and numbered by Castellon. On the back of each are the letters AP for artist's proof. The six additional illustrations are signed by Castellon and numbered E/E. The book is Letter A of the ten copies reserved for the collaborators. Signed by the artist Federico Castellon. The work appeared two years before the death of Spanish American artist and lithographer Castellon in 1971. Castellon, born in 1914, was a well known painter, sculptor, and printmaker who is best known for his graphic works that incorporated the influences of surrealism. The 16 evocative color lithographs he did for this book are both surreal and haunting. This beautiful work was designed by Bert Clarke and the text set in Monotype Walbaum and printed by Clarke & Way in New York City. The binding is by the Russell Rutter Company. Done under the editorial direction of John Ross and Jacob Landau. Both book and portfolio are bound in decorative light brown fabric and a black leather spine with titling in gilt. Housed in a custom black cloth covered clamshell box. In fine condition. Volumes measure 11.25 x 15 inches. PRI/062922. Fine.
Baltimore: Aquarius Press, 1970. There were 262 copies of this humorous and boldly illustrated work published by the Aquarius Press. This is one of twelve copies reserved for the collaborators. It is signed and numbered by author and artist Satorsky. It is also inscribed by him to Baltimore art dealer Ernest Lowenstein. A Pride of Rabbis is a collection of satirical and ribald poems regarding rabbis. The work is strikingly illustrated throughout with 13 irreverent, humorous full-page linocuts by Satorsky, all hand-printed on beautiful rag paper. The linocuts and text were printed by hand at Tarot Designers and Printers in Buffalo, NY. There are 15 loose double leaves held in a blue cloth chemise with white linen spine with blue titling. The chemise is housed in a blue cloth slipcase. In fine condition. Folio. Unpaginated. . Cyril Satorsky (1927-2021) was a prolific artist and well established educator. He worked as an artist and designer in London and at the University of Texas in Austin. He taught at Leicester University, Hammersmith College of Art, Camberwell College of Arts and Crafts and at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, Maryland, where he served as chairman of the Department of Visual Communication. PRI/070522. Fine.
Harrisburg: The Aurand Press, 1940. Paperback. First Edition, Third Printing. Privately printed by the author. In side-stapled blue paper wrappers with black title and illustration to front wrap. Minor soiling, edgewear, and browning to wrappers. Creasing to pamphlet. Dog-eared corners, but clean interior. Includes several illustrations. 32 pages. AME/071422. Very Good.
London and Felling-on-Tyne: Walter Scott Publishing Co., Ltd, no date. Hardcover. (circa 1900). Fridtjof Wedel-Jarlsberg Nansen (1861 - 1930) was a Norwegian explorer, scientist, and humanitarian. His techniques and equipment used during his explorations of the Arctic influenced many future expeditions. Contemporary binding of full dark green leather with gilt decoration to spine and edges of boards. Red and gilt title label to spine. Marbled endpapers and full edges marbled. Small loss to leather on front cover. Scuffing to title label and minor wear to edges. Slight fading to spine panel. Embossed design to dentelles. Offsetting from endpapers, else clean interior. Illustrated. 450 pages. CAN/071422. Very Good.
New York: Weathervane Books, . Hardcover. A nicely produced facsimile of the original 1906 edition that timelessly married Barrie's charming text with Rackham's unforgettable illustrations. With fifty full page color illustrations. Bound in blue paper boards with blue linen spine. In a pictorial blue dust jacket with white titling to spine and front cover. Jacket protected by mylar. Light fading to top edges of bound volume otherwise very good condition. Small octavo. 126 pages plus plates. CHILD/081122. Very Good.
London: Bracken Books, 1985. Hardcover. Quarto. Black cloth boards with gilt title to spine. In white dust jacket with black title to spine and front panels. Minor rubbing to jacket with light light soil to top edge of rear panel. Clean and bright interior. Full page black and white erotic illustrations. Unpaginated. ART/081022. Very Good / Very Good.
London: Spring Books, . Hardcover. A nice compilation of many of Beardsley most iconic and memorable works. One hundred and eleven black and white full page illustrations throughout. Bound in yellow cloth with yellow pictorial dust jacket with titling in black to spine. Light soiling to jacket and sign of removal of small label to free front endpaper. Very good. Quarto. Unpaginated. ART/081122. Very Good.
New York and Charlottesville: Poetry East, 1981. Paperback. Signed by Robert Bly twice - dated 19 March 89 and June 23, 1997 with two small flower illustrations next to his signatures. Includes new work by Bly as well as essays, memoirs, poems, and documents honoring him. Bound in light yellow paper wrappers with dark green title to spine and front panels. Minor fading to spine panel and to edge of rear panel. Clean interior with several photographic illustrations. 293 pages. POE/070522. Very Good.
Boston: Impressions Workshop, The Cricket Press, 1965. Hardcover. Number 59 of 150 copies signed by the poet and the illustrator. A lovely book with George Lockwood's evocative woodcuts and wood engravings, all carved and engraved by hand. The poems by Bockes were written for the prints. George Lockwood (1929 - 1969) was a poet and printmaker who studied under Leonard Baskin and taught at several colleges. He was married to writer Margaret Lockwood with whom he founded the Impressions Workshop in Boston. . Bound in stab-sewn brown paper-covered boards with a cream paper title label affixed to front cover and title to cream spine. Beautiful burgundy marbled endpapers. Printed on fine Venezia paper. Accompanied by a 45 rpm record of Bockes reading his poems, housed in a rear pocket. Missing slipcase. In near fine condition. Measures 9.5 x 10 inches. Unpaginated [about 32 pages] PRI/072022. Near Fine.
Baltimore: Pegasus Press, 1927. Hardcover. Includes chapters on early schools and schoolmasters, education for women, Johns Hopkins, Hopkins University, the Old Medical School, Residence at Bay View, Medical Pratice,and Calendars of Education. The author gives a historical overview and also writes of his personal educational experiences. Dark brown cloth spine with reddish-brown paper covered boards and black title to front board. Rubbing to covers and minor wear to edges and corners. Foxing throughout interior, but heaviest on early and late pages. 83 pages plus index. BALT/071422. Very Good.
Paris: Flammarion, 1981. Hardcover. A comprehensive catalogue of Pierre Bonnard's beautiful color and black and white lithographs. Bound in green cloth with titling in white to spine and front cover. In a pictorial cream dust jacket with title in black. Near fine with very slight signs of handling to jacket. Measures 9.75 x 13.25 inches. 351 pages.ART/070822. near Fine.
Munich; New York: Braun & Schneider; E. Weye Art Books in All Languages, circa 1900. Hardcover. Mit 125 Bogen, enthaltend 500 Koftümbilder aus verschiedenen Jahrhunderten. These pages were originally printed from 1861 to 1880 in Munich by the publisher Bruan and Schneider as individual plates in a German magazine. Later these plates were collected and bound into book form - 125 pages with four pictures per page for a total of 500 costume designs. The plates feature historical dress from antiquity to the end of the 19th century, but it should be noted that they have been influenced by Victorian fashion and are not totally accurate. The last 35 pages have contemporary folk dress. This book has been professionally rebacked with dark green buckram. The boards are original in dark green cloth with gilt title and illustration to front board. Black and gilt paper title label to spine. Wear to corners and edges of boards. Fading and rubbing to boards. Browning to many interior pages, else clean. Printed in full color - chromolithographs througout. An excellent resource. The entire book is plates and all captions are in German; however, understanding German is not necessary to utilize this book. Size: Folio. Unpaginated. FASH/080522. Very Good.