Paris: Abbé de la Chau and Abbé Le Blond, 1780 and 1784. Hardcover. These two sumptuous French volumes describe the Duc of Orléans's magnificent collection of pierre gravées - "engraved stones or gems" - that was acquired over the years. This was the collection of Louis Philippe (1725-1785) that was inherited by his son Louis Philippe II (174701798), The son had the collection for two years but it was sold to Catherine, Empress of Russia in 1787. The volumes include descriptions of every stone included along with beautiful and intricate engravings of each. Most of the subjects are the Greek and Roman divinities. There are also a number of vignettes and cul de lampes throughout the text. There is also an engraving of the Duc designed by the artist Charles-Nicolas Cochin. The two folio volumes are bound in brown speckled calf skin, with gilt rulings to edges of covers, and gilt titling and ornaments to spine compartments. Leather is scuffed and mottled, and gilt has faded in places, with a skillfully rebacked spine in both volumes. Marbled paper endpapers. All edges gilt. Interior pages are in very good to near fine condition. Volume I, published in 1780, is 303 pages; Volume II, published in 1784, is 215 pages. Small folios measuring 8 x 12.5 inches. ART/122820. Very Good.
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Washington DC: Abstract Orange Press, 2020. Number 6 of 20 copies signed and numbered by the book artist. Lauren based this powerful and timely work on the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights from 1949. She has created a set of 30 broadsides, each printed with text from one of the declarations, starting with "all humans are free & equal" through "no one may deny the rights of others." The text pages have hand cut wood type printed on brown chipboard using neon ink and printed on a Vandercook 99 proof press. They are housed in a portfolio with the title printed in wood and metal type on blue Keaykolour cover stock. In fine condition. Measures 7 x 11 inches. ARTISTS/100620. Fine.
Washington DC: Abstract Orange, 2019. Number ? of 36 copies signed and numbered by the book artist. The book was published on May 31, 2019 in celebration of Walt Whitman's 200th birthday. The book artist writes: "The book explores ideas central to Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass including transcendentalism, or the inherent goodness of nature, and realism, depicting familiar things as they are. It captures both the complexity and simplicity of nature by juxtaposing dimensional paper grass texture and a quote about nature and wonder. The book is not a reprinting of all of Whitman’s words, but an art object that encapsulates the feeling of Whitman." Her evocative work is done as a box that opens like a traditional book. The inside front cover and back cover are covered with cream paper that includes quotes from Whitman along with his image. The inside of the box/book are several spiky rows of grass leaves crafted from green paper. The box is covered with green paper with the title, author and press name in a lighter shad of green. In fine condition. Measures 5.25 x 7.25 inches. ARTISTB/122319. Fine.
London: Sotheby, 1982. "The Nuhad Es-Said Collection of Islamic metalwork is one of the finest in private hands ... This catalogue describes and discusses each piece in detail. Every object is lavishly illustrated with at least one color plate and there are numerous black and white photographs" (jacket). Fine in black cloth boards with gilt title to spine and gilt emblem to front board. In fine white jacket with brown title to spine and front panels. Size: Tall quarto. 128 pages. ART/010720.
Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1992. Hardcover. Includes 200 photographic illustrations and 5 essays on specific pieces of Victorian furniture: hallstands, sideboards, embroidered mottoes, parlor organs, and seating furniture. The title of the book refers to the frequent useage of dead animals depicted in motifs on Victorian furniture. Purple cloth boards with silver title to spine. Very slight browning to edges of pages. In purple illustrated dust jacket with black title to spine and front panels. Clean and brigth overall. Size: quarto. 265 pages. FURN/102220. Very Good / Very Good.
4 hardcovers and 4 paperbacks. Books on garden paintings at the MET, Art from the Victoria and Albert Museum, a survey of American Painting (1760 - 1910), a history of the British Royal Collection, a monograph on Cezanne, a monograph on Jacques Callot, 8 American artists in the Milwaukee Art Musuem, and a survey of Art Treasures in Italy. Very good condition.
Richmond, VA: Monalisa Bagby, 2020. One of four copies signed and numbered by the book artist. Lisa Bagby describes this intricate and mysterious book as "a magical tale of how beauty enters the world and the intertwine of fate and potential." She explores her theme by following the journey of an unnamed good woman who realizes that as she responds to circumstances over which she has no control that she is realizing her potential in ways she could not have imagined. The artist incorporates striking visual and structural designs throughout this book to trace the course of the good woman's journey. They include screen printed patterns of foliage and shapes, the use of colors and various papers to delineate the text, pop-ups and reverse pop-ups, and images from a Liechtenstein print, and a Chagall painting. The backs of the pages of this concertina book are also screen printed using the colors black, orange, and gray. All of the images on the back relate to the story unfolding on the front side. They include the constellation Ursa Major to refer to the mention of a black bear, while an image of a polar bear refers to stories told to the good woman about the North people. Postage stamps of birds pasted in pertain to their cacophony. Printed in Roboto on Rives paper, with insertions of various other fonts. It is bound in grey cloth with maroon floral designs on the front cover, with a black string tie with a maroon and cream button attached. In fine condition. Measures 8.25 x 8.25 x 1 inches. ARTISTSB/101620.
New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2012. Hardcover. "Today, the works of teh Pre-Raphaelites are among the best known of all English paintings, and yet they have often been dismissed or misunderstood as Victoriiana or escapism. This fascinating book convincingly corrects that view, examining works in a wide variety of media and demonstrating the broad scope of the movement's revolutionary ideas about art, design, and society" (jacket). Bound in red paper covered boards with gilt title to spine and front cover. Filled with full color illustrations. In illustrated dust jacket with red spine panel titled in white. 256 pages. PRERAPH/102220. Fine / Fine.
Albany: Self Published, 1851. Hardcover. Volume 1 only of a 3 volume work. Bookplate of Andrew H. Parker on bottom of title page. Bound in three quarter red leather over marbled paper covered boards with gilt title to spine. Chip to head of spine, rubbing to hinges, and heavy wear to corners and edges of boards. Evidence of old sticker to front board, which has removed a small section of marbled paper. Browning, foxing, and occasional soiling to interior. Marbled endpapers with top edge gilt. Blank pages have been bound into rear to allow for binding of this otherwise slim volume. 48 pages. AMER/010721 (American Revolution). Very Good.
New York: Thomas Y. Crowell Company, [circa 1950]. Hardcover. A beautiful edition of Browning's famed romantic sonnets to her intended husband, Robert Browning. They are accompanied by b&w and color romantic and erotic illustrations by Willy Pogany. Bound in light red cloth with gilt titling to spine and cover, with gilt rosebud also on front cover. Light signs of handling. Interior pages are in near fine condition. Gift inscription dated 1957 on front free endpaper. Measures 7.5 x 10.25 inches. 93 pages. POETRY/010621. Near Fine.
Ogdensburg, NY: Caliban Press, 2017. One of 104 copies signed and numbered by the highly regarded book artist and printer Mark McMurray. This is a beautifully produced new edition of A Christmas Carol that captures the power of this timeless story through the inventive use of text, images, paper, type, and binding. McMurray writes in the prospectus: "We know the story, we know the characters, but the language of the text offers new rewards with each reading. This edition of Dickens' classic returns to the dark, sleep-deprived angst of the original complete text." The prospectus states that the text in this edition comes from the 1843 edition with minor corrections. Printed on a variety of handmade and mould-made papers including Zerkal Ingres and papers from La Papeterie-St. Armand. The text is printed entirely from metal and wood types, including monotype Bell plus many from the 19th century. There are wonderful images of the ghosts that visit Scrooge on that fateful night, and many other ornaments and designs throughout. They are done in various media including pochoir, collage, wood engraving, and relief blocks. Bound in black ribbed flexible covers with a red morocco leather spine with title in gilt on spine and inside a cutout on the front cover. Housed in a stiff black paper slipcase with a subtle chain design. Prospectus and errata slip inserted. In fine condition. 7.5 x 10.5 inches. 107 pages. PRI/120420.
Paris: Librairie Tross, 1863. Hardcover. This is a later edition of this book which was originally published in 1545. Explorer Jacques Cartier made three voyages to Canada the first in 1534. This volume in French recounts his voyages, makes corrections and additions to the original book, and provides other notes about their encounters. Bound in three quarter leather with marbled brown paper boards. Leather is scuffed along spine and corners rubbed. Marbled endpapers. The recto of the ffep has a stamp that is partly rubbed out. Interior is in very good condition. Measures 5 x 8 inches. 69 pages. TRAV/122820. Very Good.
Cassell, Petter, & Galpin, 1870 - 1880. Chromolithograph print of 4 pigeons. Browning to margins, else clean and bright. Foxing to margins. Large chipping / open tear to right margin of print; illustration not affected. Inch long closed tear to margin that extends to bottom corner of image. Size of print: about 8.25 x 10.75 inches. Fine.