New York: Spanierman Gallery, LLC, 2001. Hardcover. An exhibition catalog of 85 paintings and sculptures that were featured in at the Spanerman Gallery in 2001. Includes work by Albert Bierstadt, Childe Hassam, Frederic Remington, and many more. Glossy illustrated paper covered boards with black title to spine and front board. Bump to bottom front corner, else fine. Clean and bright with laid in price list. Filled with full color reproductions. 136 pages. ART/122823. Fine.
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London: Book Collector, 2022. Paperback. Includes articles on Queen Elizabeth II, Shelley, Graham Pollard, Darwin, and more. Bound in turquoise and black paper wrappers with black title to spine and white title to front panel. Minor wear to edges of wrappers, else fine. Clean interior with color illustrations. Pagination 577 - 768. BOB/102623. Fine.
New York: James Miller, 1865. Hardcover. An ambitious compilation of stories ranging from Beauty and the Beast to Goody Two-Shoes to Gulliver's Travels to Robinson Crusoe. Most of the retold stories are from fairy talies. "Illustrated by Two Hundred and Fifty Engravings be eminent artists," The illustrations are vignettes or half-page engravings that do not identify the eminent artist. Bound in brown cloth with embossed covers and gilt titling and illustration to front cover and spine/ Spine is split along top of front joint. Wear and rubbing to edges and corners along with light rubbing. Split along front hinge of title page.Missing the preface. Interior pages are generally in good condition,with occasional spots and browning to page edges. Two pages have closed tears. Good to very good condition. Measures 5 x 6.25 inches. 620 pages + 4 pages of publisher ads. Very Good -.
Washington DC: M'Gill and Witherow, 1867. Paperback. Includes a temperence pledge to not make, buy, sell, or consume any form of alcohol. Disbound with wrappers removed. A few chips and short tears to edges of pages. Occasional smudges, but clean overall. Size: 24mo - 5.5 x 3.75 inches. 26 pages. AMER/122823. Very Good.
Paris: Bibliotheque-Charpentier, 1905. Hardcover. [IN FRENCH] Jules Huret (1863-1915) was a French journalist known for his interviews with writers, including Emile Zola, Guy de Maupassant, and Anatole France. He also published a work about Sarah Bernhardt. Around age 50, he began making international voyages, including to the United States. In 1904, he published a book of travel from New York to New Orleans, followed in 1905 by this travelogue from San Francisco to Canada. Octavo. Bound in three-quarter leather with blue and brown marbled paper-covered boards and marbled end papers. Gilt title to spine. Ex-library, with library number at bottom of spine, and evidence of removed label on leather of front board. Rubbing to edges of leather, especially on front joint. Pages are browned, with some minor foxing. 564 pages, including index. FRLANG/012424. Good.
n.p. n.p., n.d. (c.1860s-1870s). Hardcover. This is a mysterious but appealing collection of numerous engraved illustrations from Victorian periodicals and books. Each engraving is given a title, with some coming from Godey's Lady's Book with the date. Each engraving is protected by a tissue guard. Bound in three quarter brown leather over brown cloth covers. Leather is chipped and worn, particularly along the joints. Hinges are cracked but text block is firm. Covers have wear. Most of the illustrations are in nice condition, but many of the tissue guards have offsetting and occasional tears. Some of the versos of the engravings have large brown spots not affecting the images. There are a few pencil marks and notes also on the versos. Still an interesting compilation of the often sentimental art of the time. About very good. Measures 9 inches tall No pagination [about 200 pages].ART/120423. Very Good -.
Chicago: Approved Comics, 1951. Softcover. A quite uncommon classic comic book containing several stories: The Ugly Duckling, Beauty and the Beast, The Gingerbread Boy, The Beautiful Cap, and the Frog King. Also includes two one page stories: The Boy Who Cried Wolf and Bell the Cat. In pictorial paper covers with creasing and slight tears along the bottom of the spine and cover is not entirely attached to the interior pages. There is a light date stamp on the letter F in Fairy. The price of 10 cents is on the cover and the name Ziff-Davis Group Comics is printed in a circle at the top of the cover. They were the distributors for this comic book. The first page of the story The Gingerbread Boy is partially detached but still holding. Browning to pages otherwise very good. Not paginated. CHILD/103023. Very Good.
Paris: Librairie de L. Hachette et Cie, 1869. Softcover. Scarce. From a series of fairy tales published by Hachette, "Magasin Des Petits Enfants" (Shop for Children). This is a charming version of the beloved fairy tale Beauty and the Beast, first written by Gabrielle-Suzanne de Villeneuve in the 18th century. With six bright color chromolithographs depicting 10 scenes from the story. Softcover with a bright pictorial front cover and a list of Hachette titles from their series on the rear cover. Light soiling to cover edges and a small crease to the front cover top edge. Lower few inches of the covers are split, not affecting the text block except for a corresponding split. Spotting to title page and inside of covers. Offsetting to text pages next to illustrations. Still a nice copy of this uncommon 19th century children's book. Measures 7.25 x 9.5 inches. Eight pages of text plus six pages of chromolithographs. CHILD/120823. Very Good.
Newark, Delaware: University of Delaware Library, 2000. Softcover. Paul Bowles (1910-1999) was an American expatriate composer, author, and translator. [Wikipedia] He is most frequently associated with the city of Tangier, where he settled in 1947 after having first visited in 1931. His first novel, The Sheltering Sky, was set in French North Africa. Bowles was a prolific composer, writer (especially short stories), and translator. He studied music with Aaron Copland and was a compatriot of writers such as Truman Capote, Tennessee Williams and Gore Vidal. This catalog is of an exhibition of the Special Collections of the Hugh M. Morris Library at the University of Delaware. It includes chapters on poetry, music, novels, short stories, translations, travel writing, and life writing. Includes numerous color plates of items in the exhibition. Small quarto. Blue paper covers with illustration to front cover and title in white to front cover and spine. Covers have very minor bumping at top corners. Page are clean and bright. 102 pages. BOB/012224. Very Good.
Baltimore: Steam Press of William K. Boyle, 1868. Paperback. An interesting look into the history of the establishment of the Peabody Institute, trust, and directions on the management of the trust and duties of the trustees. Very good in stiff blue paper wrappers with black title to front board. Large chip (about 2.5 inches) to paper covering head of spine. Minor wear to edges of wrappres and bump to top corners of pages and wrappers. Chip to top front wrapper. Minor rubbing / light soiling to wrappers. 146 pages. BALT/122823. Very Good.
circa 1920. Paperback. A collection of black and white photographic postcards from a transatlantic voyage - mostly reproductions of art. Also includes postcards featuring the Hotel Kulm (the hightest hotel in the Swiss Alps), the alps, and a cruise ship near Trieste, Italy - possibly the Vulcania or Saturnia of the Cosulich Line Trieste. Bound in grey stiff paper boards with grey cord binding. Minor wear to edges and corners of boards. 12 pages with 48 postcard slots of which 46 are full. Includes 46 postcards. PHOTO/122823. Very Good.
circa 1920. Paperback. A collection of black and white photographic postcards from a transatlantic voyage - mostly reproductions of art from the Museé Condé in Chantilly, France and museums in Italy. Also includes postcards featuring the Hampton Court Palace in England, archaeological scenes from Aquileia in Italy, and a few other postcards of European towns. Bound in grey stiff paper boards with grey cord binding. Minor wear to edges and corners of boards. 12 pages with 48 filled postcard slots, a few of which are torn from inserting / removing the cards. Includes 48 postcards. PHOTO/122823. Very Good.
New York: School of Library Service Columbia University, 1983. Softcover. Scarce. An interesting picture of the issues and artists involved in this event of over 40 years ago on the state of fine printing in the United States. It was organized by Terry Belanger, who later founded the esteemed Rare Book School now located at the University of Virginia. The conference sessions were organized around the components of fine printing: paper, bookbinding, ink and type. Participants included such notable figures as Timothy Barrett Carol Blinn, Ruth Fine, Walter Hamady, Jerry Kelly, Hedi Kyle, Kim Merker, Michael Peich, Leonard Seastone, Claire Van Vliet, and Kathy Walkup. Softcover in blue covers with titling in black to cover and spine. In addition to transcripts of the sessions, there are lists of the names and addresses of the participants the intitial list of who was invitied. and the exhibitors at the public book fair. Inserted are a prospectus and a letter sent by Belanger to Jake Chernofsky, editor of the AB Bookman's Weekly. This was apparently his copy. Near fine condition. 8.5 x 11 inches. 121 pages. BOB/011024. Near Fine.
Portland, ME (?): n.p., . Softcover. This is an astonishing and unique item created by a young girl who obviously idolized famed child star Shirley Temple. This is an opportunity to acquire an unusual and highly collectible homage to the most popular movie star of the 1930s. The creator of this scrapbook, Lillian Lesperance, later Lesperance-Lysengen, modified a huge catalog of wallpaper samples to affix and display her collection of photographs of Shirley, from infancy to 1938, when she was ten years old. Lillian hand-lettered the cover of the catalog, "1938 Shirley Temple Scrap Book." (The only information available about Lillian was a mention of her in his obituary as the wife of Allen Tilford Lysengen, who married Lillian in 1947 and who died in in 1992.). There are probably one thousand individual images of Shirley. They appear to have been primarily taken from newspapers and magazines and are both in color and black and white, with the majority in black and white. The items range from small head shots framing the other pictures on a page to some that almost fill a page. Rather amazingly, there appear to be very few duplicates of the photos included. A few photographs are amateurishly hand-colored. At the end of the scrapbook, after a few blank pages, the compiler of the scrapbook created several pages with pictures of Shirley as a teenager, at her first marriage at the age of seventeen, and an article about Shirley's appointment as the US Ambassador to Ghana in 1974. Laid in the pages is a doll's blue polka dot cape and hat set, and two programs from the Ritz Theatre in Lewiston with the schedule of films being shown from March 17-April 27. Each showing was a double feature, and many included Mickey Mouse, Our Gang, or other short features. The back of the programs have a full color photo of Shirley with her facsimile signature and dated 1938. This fascinating and enormous scrapbook is generally in very good condition. The catalog covers are soiled, chipped, and worn. The scrapbook pages, probably almost 100, are all in very good condition. Measures 14 x 18 x 2 inches. Heavy requiring extra postage. EPHEM/013124. Very Good.
New York: The Grolier Club, 2019. Softcover. A catalog for an exhibition from the collection of Alan M. Klein, held at The Groler Club January 16 - February 23, 2019. This handsome book, designed by Jerry Kelly, offers a valuable picture of the lives and work of these two major American poets who were friends for over 40 years. Klein states that this catalog and the exhibition was his effort to reflect on the these important poets. It includes his essay plus that of scholars, along with the bibiliography of books, articles, and ephemera. Bound in blue paper covers with white titling to cover and spine. Save for a small nick to the top of the spine the binding is in near fine condition. Interior pages are also in about fine condition. Measures 6 x 9 inches. 249 pages. BOB/111623. Fine.
Washington DC: Abstract Orange, 2024. Softcover. Number 5 of 20 copies signed and numbered by the book artist. Lauren Emeritz is a book artist, letterpress printer and graphic artist who founded and runs Abstract Orange. She creates prints and books by hand using a Vandercook press and wood type, including type she designs and carves herself. Lauren holds a BFA in Graphic Design from the University of Delaware. She is the President and Creative Director of Abstract Orange, a graphic design firm in Washington, DC, and a letterpress associate at Pyramid Atlantic Art Center in Hyattsville, Maryland. Her work can be found in many institutional and private collections. This is another powerful work by Lauren in which she addresses social and political issues and events. It is based on the United States Civil Rights Act of 1964. The book has a series of 10 brown sheets of cardboard paper, each with text from provisions of the Act printed in green from hand-carved wood letters of the alphabet. The texts include "equal access to public accommodations," "access to public education," "expand civil rights commission," "equal employment opportunities, " and more. The ten sheets are housed in a bright green paper folder with the title printed in darker green on the cover and a velcro closure. In fine condition. Measures 7 x 11 inches. ARTB/122023. Fine.
Washington DC: Abstract Orange, 2015. Hardcover. Number 10 of twenty copies initialed and numbered by the book artist. Lauren Emeritz is a book artist, letterpress printer and graphic artist who founded and runs Abstract Orange. She creates prints and books by hand using a Vandercook press and wood type, including type she designs and carves herself. Lauren holds a BFA in Graphic Design from the University of Delaware. She is the President and Creative Director of Abstract Orange, a graphic design firm in Washington, DC, and a letterpress associate at Pyramid Atlantic Art Center in Hyattsville, Maryland. Her work can be found in many institutional and private collections. This is an accordion structure with text in color printed across the white unfolded pages. The text reads "I might fail I won't know if I don't try." The text is printed from Lauren's hand carved wooden type. Bound in gray paper covers with an orange cloth spine, with title in orange and silver on the front cover. In fine condition. Measures 4.25 x 9 inches. Unpaginated [6 pages]. ARTB/122823. Fine.
Washington DC: Abstract Orange, 2015. Hardcover. Number 4 of ten copies signed and numbered by the book artist. Lauren Emeritz is a book artist, letterpress printer and graphic artist who founded and runs Abstract Orange. She creates prints and books by hand using a Vandercook press and wood type, including type she designs and carves herself. Lauren holds a BFA in Graphic Design from the University of Delaware. She is the President and Creative Director of Abstract Orange, a graphic design firm in Washington, DC, and a letterpress associate at Pyramid Atlantic Art Center in Hyattsville, Maryland. Her work can be found in many institutional and private collections. This is an accordion structure with text and colors printed across the unfolded pages. The text reads "I am who I am but want to be more." The text is printed from hand cut wooden type. Bound in gray paper covers with an orange cloth spine, with title in orange on the front cover. In fine condition. Measures 4.25 x 9 inches. Unpaginated [6 pages]. ARTB/122823. Fine.
New Britain, MA: Robert E. Massmann, 1979. Hardcover. 1 of 1,000 copies. Achille J. St. Onge (1913 - 1978) was an American publisher of miniature books. He published 48 books during his lifetime, which are prized by collectors. According to legend, Onge once gifted a copy of one of his books to Buzz Aldrin and asked him to take it to the moon with him, which he did. Bound in full red leatherette boards with gilt title to front board. Clean and bright with two tipped in portraits. Housed in a cream colored sliding case with black title to front panel. Size: about 2.5 x 2 inches. 84 pages. MINI/122323. Fine.
Haarlem, The Netherlands: Carlinaper, 1977. Softcover. [IN DUTCH] Akhenaten was the heretic of Akhet-Aton, rebelling against powerful priests. This is a limited edition of the Dutch translation of Akhenaton's Song of the Sun by Professor A. de Buck, first published in 1938 by the World Library to Amsterdam. This booklet was hand-set, printed and bound by the Carlinaper in Haarlem, using Janson type for the text and Romanee Italics for the introduction. It is printed on Unicorn paper by Van Gelder. The 175 numbered copies were intended for the members of the "de Roos" Foundation in Utrecht. A number of copies were also printed for employees and the archive. This is copy #149. Octavo. Brown paper wrappers. Sunning to top of front wrapper and to spine. Pages are bright and clean. 17 pages, plus colophon. DUTCHLANG/022924. Very Good.
1944. Softcover. [IN DUTCH] Gerrit Achterberg (1905-1962) was a Dutch poet "whose use of surreal language and imagery influenced a generation of post-World War II poets known as the Experimentalists. His verse, traditional in form, is characterized as romantic and metaphysical. He was a linguistic innovator, often coining new words based on the terminology of science and scholarship." (Britannica) This printing of Eurydice is a collection of poems set in the Lutetia typeface by J van Krimpen. The edition is limited to 275 copies, printed on handmade paper, not commercially available, and 275 intended for trade. This copy is #258. Octavo. Light blue/grey paper wrappers with title plate (orange on blue) affixed to front wrapper. Wrapper is separated from text block. Sunning to edges of wrappers and spine, especially top of rear wrapper. Minor bumping to edges. Pages are yellowed but clean. 33 numbered pages, plus index and colophon. POE/022224. Very Good.
Toronto: Aliquando Press, 1978. Hardcover. Number 47 of 100 copies. A charming book written in verse about well and poorly behaved cats. Illustrated in a cartoonish style by the author. The Aliquando Press began in 1962 and has since published over 100 books. Oblong, bound in white patterned paper covered stiff paper boards with green title label to front. Printed and designed by William Rueter at the Aliquando Press. Housed in a blue cardstock slipcase with green paper title label to spine panel. [32 pages.] Size: about 3 x 4.5 inches. PRI/120723. Fine.
Toronto: Aliquando Press, 1978. Hardcover. Number 46 of 100 copies. A charming book written in verse about well and poorly behaved cats. Illustrated in a cartoonish style by the author. The Aliquando Press began in 1962 and has since published over 100 books. Oblong, bound in white patterned paper covered stiff paper boards with green title label to front. Printed and designed by William Rueter at the Aliquando Press. Housed in a blue cardstock slipcase with green paper title label to spine panel. [32 pages.] Size: about 3 x 4.5 inches. PRI/120723. Fine.
[London]: Susan Allix, 2021. Number 10 of 14 copies signed and numbered by the book artist on the colophon. Susan Allix is a widely known and celebrated book artist. From her website: "Susan Allix uses the book as a creative medium. Limited editions from her private press are made with original prints, letterpress printing and hand binding to achieve a harmonious artwork. The complexity of her handmade books offers an unending variety of possibilities in interpretation and structure, along with a wide choice of texts, materials and media which are reflected in the published works." Allix wrote about the genesis of this interesting work in her May 2021 online newsletter: "The book began with Mr. Crow. An experienced leather man, he would often stop for a cup of tea if he was bringing me a binding skin....One day he appeared unexpectedly at the window, waving an old supermarket bag which he left without speaking and disappeared. I emptied the bag and out came a shower of dirt with a heap of shiny black crocodile skins of all shapes and sizes, left-overs from the cutting of designer bags and shoes. The pieces were beautiful and fascinating...With this armor it is not surprising crocodiles have survived so long." She also notes that her other inspiration was The History and Description of the Crocodile, written by Amable Michel in 1799. She writes: "This curious account was put together by an artist who owned a stuffed crocodile in his home in Piccadilly that was available for the public to view." She continues: I added another short account to that of Mr. Michel, both for variety and unexpected nature of meetings with crocodiles, for they deserve attention, respect, and an unmolested life." This beautiful made book is bound in mottled black and blue-green quarter goatskin with hand-decorated white J. Green paper boards. Overlaid with black crocodile skin. With silver-dusted handmade Japanese endpapers. Handset and letterpress printed in Gill and Gill Shadow type on Zerkall papers white and tinted in green, also Tosa Shi molded green, reminiscent of alligator skin, and handmade Japanese paper. There are eight prints, five of which are in Allix's signature carborundum style. The prints are done with etching, linocut, and archival inkjet with tissue guards. Housed in a green cloth clamshell case with a goatskin and crocodile clasp. In fine condition. Measures 6.75 x 9 inches. Unpaginated [25 pages].
Canton, NY: S.W. Amoroso, 1999. Paperback. 1 of 100 copies. A collection of poetry, letterpress printed and bound for the author. Special thanks is given to Mark McMurray (of the Caliban Press) and St. Lawrence University. Gift inscription from the author on the colophon. Bound in stiff decorative handmade paper with sewn binding. Marbled endpapers. Business card of the author laid in to front cover. Unpaginated. [about 26 pages] PRI/122623. Fine.