Charleston, South Carolina: Walter, Evans & Cogswell Co., 1956. Paperback. This is one of the classic Junior League cookbooks. Size: Octavo. Dark green paper wrappers with white title to front wrapper and green title to spine. In white comb binding. Several illustrations. Browning on front wrapper and light wear on back wrapper and to edges. Interior pages are bright and clean. 330 pages. COOK/042821. Very Good.
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Harrisburg: Telegraph Press, 1936. Paperback. Oblong. Black cloth spine with red, black, and white pictorial paper covers. Creasing to covers. Filled with black and white reproductions of photographs of the 1936 Flood in Pennsylvania from the Telegraph. Each image is captioned. Unpaginated (about 60 pages). Clean. An interesting documentation of this disaster. STA/032321. Very Good.
London: Robert Baldwin, 1813. First edition of this interesting travel book by Thomas Thomson written after a several week trip throughout Sweden. It was written in an engaging conversational style that makes it quite readable today. Thomas Thomson FRS FLS FRSE (1773 – 1852) was a Scottish chemist and mineralogist whose writings contributed to the early spread of Dalton's atomic theory. His scientific accomplishments include the invention of the saccharometer] and he gave silicon its current name. He served as president of the Philosophical Society of Glasgow [Wikipedia]. He was also a member of The Geological Society, the Wernerian Society, and the Imperial Chirurgo-Medical Academy of Petersburgh. As a mineralogist, there is an emphasis in the book on the geology of Sweden, but he also writes extensively on all aspects of Swedish society, culture, history, and customs. The book has thirteen plates that include maps of Sweden, Gothland, and Stockholm, portraits of the Crown Prince and the late King Gustavus Adolphus, and others of geological interest. Bound in three quarter brown leather with marbled paper boards. Decorative gilt and title to spine. Leather and boards are scuffed and bumped. Joints are tender. Marbled page edges. Spotting and soiling to endpapers and offsetting to text pages from maps and plates. Otherwise the text is generally clean. Maps of Sweden and Stockholm have spotting and soiling. Ownership signature in ink to first page of text. A nice and sound copy of this rather scarce title. Small quarto. xii; 460 pages including two page publisher advertisements. TRAVEL/072021.
London and New York: George Routledge & Sons and E.P. Dutton & Co., n.d. [early 1900s]. From The Photogravure Series. Retold in English by the author and with six charming color illustrations by him. This is a lovely copy with a full red leather binding by Riviere & Son, with gilt designs on the covers and spines and dentelles. Red marbled endpapers and all edges gilt. Binding is very good with a few light marks, wear to spine ends, slight bumping to corners and wear along front joint. Interior pages and illustrations are also very good with light browning to text pages. Book plate of Leolyn Louise Everett. An ideal gift book. Measures 5 x 7.5 inches. 95 pages. LIT/101221.
Paris: G. Masson, Bibliothèque de La Nature, n.d. [circa 1886]. Hardcover. In his preface, the author says that travel to the United States from Paris was now easy and wonders why his fellow citizens don't sail there to see that beautiful country. He notes that the United States does not have monuments of art, or historic sites, but reminds his readers that it is a very young country. The country does display its extraordinary energy and extreme hard work. The traveler will see there the results of their intelligence and see the grand works that they have accomplished. Albert Tissandier (1839 – 1906) was a French architect, aviator, illustrator, editor and archaeologist. He was the brother of adventurer Gaston Tissandier with whom he collaborated in writing the magazine La Nature, a French language scientific journal aimed at the popularization of science. Tissandier was also a passionate writer and traveller. In 1886, he started a long trip around the world in America, subsequently traveling to the East Indies, Ceylon and many other Asian locales, sending his magnificent illustrations back to Paris so they could appear in La Nature [Wikipedia]. This account in French of his travels in the U.S. naturally focuses on what he finds most interesting - engineering achievements such as the Brooklyn Bridge; natural wonders like the canyons of the west and Niagara Falls; and important developments in transportation and manufacturing. His text is accompanied by his wonderful illustrations. There are eight two-page plates, 82 engravings, and two maps. One of the maps shows Tissandier's route across the United States. Bound in half red leather with marbled paper boards. Spine with raised bands, gilt titling and ornaments. Leather is rubbed with wear along edges and paper boards have some chipping and bumping. Interior pages are clean and bright with a bit of foxing to first and last few pages. Very good condition. Measures 6.25 x 10 inches. 298 pages plus page listing plates and maps. TRAVEL/092121. Very Good.
San Francisco: Terry Turrentine, 2020. One of ten copies, signed by the photographer and book artist Terry Turrentine Two copies are artist's proofs and one is a handling copy. Although she grew up in a family whose traditions included guns and hunting, as an adult Terry became an esteemed artist and wildlife photographer, specializing in capturing spectacular photographic images of birds. Her previous artist's books were of snowy owls, egrets, and gannets. This latest work offers magnificent images of falcons and a message of hope at this challenging time in our history. She writes in her colophon: " Widening Circles celebrates the ferocious beauty of the falcon, and the interdependent relationship of all beings to each other. Some may see the portraits of falcons in their protective hoods as disturbing. But those familiar with the ancient art of falconry know the hoods are a means to protect the bird from the assault of outside stimuli, as they are extremely sensitive to light, sounds, color, and motion. This is why falcons are such fearsome predators. All predators and their prey maintain the balance of nature and are essential for the world as we know it to exist. It is the natural order of things that there is destruction and rebirth in every second of every day. The ultimate predator, mankind, however, often abuses the privilege of living off the resources of this planet, and upsets the natural balance, causing extreme destruction. As a result, we are witnessing a death spiral of the climate, of the social order, and of the basic balance we need to survive as a species." Terry says of the Rilke poem, "Widening Circles," printed in the book in both English and German: "Over 100 years ago, this was also the observation of Rilke, as he saw the degradation of some of the cities he visited. He could only find solace in God and the wonder of nature - and he dedicated his timeless love poems to both." She concludes: "Life, death, and renewal - each stage is fluid. I believe the sublime gift of living is its constant change, its eternal cycles, and our capacity for transcending destruction through creativity." The credits for this beautiful production: Photographs and creative direction by Terry Turrentine; Book and text design by Dana F. Smith; Editorial consulting by Susan Gangel; Typography and letterpress printing by Dina Pollack; Bound by John DeMerritt Bookbinding; Images printed at Electric Works by Noah and Kris Lang. The stunning images are printed in brilliant colors against a black background, with a line from the poem appearing on each page out of the dark background. The work is housed in a custom black cloth box with a red leather cover. Measures 10.5 x 14.5 x 1.5 inches. In fine condition. ARTISTB/052621.
Chicago: Pascal Covici, 1928. Hardcover. Number 113 of 375 copies. A collection of three letters that were originally printed in periodicals. "The three sketches gathered in this volume are the earliest work of Mark Twain that has been preserved and are, incidentally, the first for which he received pay" (introduction, xii). Fine in brown paper covered boards with olive light brown cloth spine. Tan paper title labels with black titles to spine and front cover. Minor darkening to top edge of one front page. 59 pages. LIT/031618. Fine / Very Good.
Ann Tyler, 2021. 1 of 5 copies. Signed and numbered by Ann Tyler, the book artist. Ann is a noted book artist and print maker whose works have been exhibited at many galleries across the United States. Her artist’s books are in several permanent collections including the Tate Gallery, London, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, and the Joan Flasch Artists Book Collection, School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She says of this new book: "Bloodstone Bloodstar is an accordion fold book with hand punched, layered forms embedded in corrugated cardboard ‘pages.’ The corrugated edges reference geologic strata. The abstract forms I created reference fossils and star explosions (nebulae). Material connects time and space — the micro of life forms and the macro of universe. The images on the surface of the papers was created by scanning and greatly enlarging the surface of stones collected in the southwest." The result is an imaginative and beautifully produced work. The interior ‘pages’ are comprised of 4 layers of corrugated cardboard.The cover and back ‘pages’ are comprised of 3 layers of corrugated cardboard. There are nine fossil/nebula forms that are embedded in the cardboard pages. Each form is 10-15 layers of Canson Infinity, ink jet prints, and hand punched with a 1/8” punch. Their edges are painted with calligraphic ink. On the cover is a layered form of hand punched black Canford paper (each book has a different cover form mirroring one of the interior forms). The back cover is rubber stamped with the title Bloodstone Bloodstar. In fine condition. The book measures 7 ¼ inches wide x 7 3/8 inches tall x 4 inches deep. There are 12 'pages.' ARTISTSB/072921.
Tartu, Estonia: TYPA, 2019. Hardcover. Number 29 of 150 handbound copies. An additional 150 copies were letterpress printed and machine bound. This is a letterpress edition of the classic children’s story. It was printed at TYPA, a print and paper art centre in Estonia, specializing in letterpress publications. In 2020 TYPA won the Europa Nostra, Ilucidare Special Prize for heritage-led innovation. It is a unique museum and studio as every item of their machinery is still in use, and they continue to create fabulous hand-printed publications using traditional techniques. Hand bound by Pauline Rummel in natural linen with black title and illustration silk screened to front cover. In full color illustrated dust jacket with yellow title to spine panel and blue title to front. The illustrations were re-drawn for letterpress and the layout was redesigned by Mana Kaasik. Body text composed with Literaturnaya Bold on a Linotype machine. Title page and dust jacket set by hand with Admiral typeface. Composed and printed on Holmen Book Cream paper by pressman Jörgen Loot. 95 pages including a two page epilogue by Lemmit Kaplinski, former director of TYPA. Size: About 8 x 6 inches. PRI/090721. Fine / Fine.
Washington DC: USDA Agriculture Marketing Service Tobacco Division, 1961. Paperback. This pamphlet is an interesting piece of Americana from the period when the USDA promoted the growing and sale of tobacco products. Includes maps of tobacco auction markets and producing areas and cigar-leaf growing districts, illustration of the Maryland broadleaf tobacco plant, and tables of Type 32 tobacco classification and prices. Size: small quarto. Illustrated side stapled paper wrappers with grey title to front wrapper. Small water spot on front wrapper and light wear. Interior pages are bright and clean. 18 pages. MD/042821. Very Good.
Baltimore: Day Printers, 1907. RARE. Paper Wrappers. RARE. Very good oblong octavo in white illustrated paper wrappers with red and gilt raised title stamp to front and rear covers. The spine is covered by dark green book binding tape. Front cover has a major crease in bottom right corner, a small piece missing in top right corner, owner's name handwritten at top, and other smudging. Back cover has two small tears at top and bottom, plus some creasing and smudging. Interior is very clean and bright on glossy paper with many black and white illustrations and advertisements. Includes the article "How Baltimore Grew" by Mrs. E.W. Litimer, facts about Baltimore, additional articles about Baltimore's greatness and places of interest, photographs of men on the various Home-Coming committees, program of events held throughout the week, a chronology of Maryland, population list by county from 1790 - 1900, list of mayors, and several additional articles. Contains pages of information, statistics and photos regarding the Baltimore fire of 1904. Not paginated. 200+ pages. A very scarce item. Still a very nice item given its scarcity. MD/122815. Very Good.
Taschen, 2001. Hardcover. "Entering Germany traces Vaccaro's wartime journey from Normandy into Germany, across the Elbe River, to within 30 miles of Berlin. It continues, documenting the occupation of Germany's cities and the reconstruction of her society. Returning to America in 1949, Vaccaro brought with him an outstanding photographic record of World War II and its aftermath. Gathered in this book for the first time, the images in Entering Germany are a poignant visual diary of one man's experience of war and its consequences" (publicity packet). Fine in white paper covered boards with brown title to spine and front cover. Clean and bright with many photographs. In white illustrated dust jacket with olive green title to front and spine panels. Unpaginated. WWII/040921. Fine / Fine.
Cassell and Co, 2001. Hardcover. "In this ground-breaking and controversial new book, Marin van Creveld argues that while sexual equality might be desirable in the civilian world, the job of waging war should be left exclusively to men. In the army, traditional gender roles are there for a reason, and political correctness not only puts national security at risk, but also endangers the lives of those very soldiers who are there to protect us" (jacket). Dark green cloth boards with gilt title to spine. In olive green jacket with black and white title to spine and front panels. Clean. 287 pages. MIL/032321. Fine / Fine.
New South Wales: Benevolent Society of New South Wales, 1963. Hardcover. Alfred (Alf) Conlon was an important and controversial figure in Australia during World War II. He was the head of the Australian Directorate of Research and Civil Affairs and was an influential figure in the Pacific region after the war through the Australian School of Pacific Administration, which grew out of the directorate. He also helped to found the National Union of Australian University Students, obtained a medical degree and practiced psychiatry before his untimely death from cardiovasular disease. This memorial contains tributes from 36 of his colleagues. Size: Octavo. In black paper wrappers with gilt title to front wrapper and to spine. Binding in near-new condition. Interior pages are bright and clean. Owner signature to front free end paper. AUS/042921. Very Good.
Portland, OR: Shu-Ju Wang, 2003. Softcover. One of 48 copies. In this engaging work the artist describes her book as a sentimental prayer or poem for belly dancers. The book captures the essence of belly dance through word play and a rhythmic pattern that mimics the dance itself. For example "Enchant, with the intricate movements of you/Feet, gliding, stepping to the beat of the drum." Shu-Ju describes her artistic philosophy: " In a culture of bigger-is-better and faster-is-better, I create small & intimate work, slowly. Influenced by Chinese gongbi style paintings, illuminated manuscripts, and Islamic miniatures, my work combines abstract & representational forms in lush and jewel-like colors, and I invite viewers to interpret, to draw conclusions about this world that we live in." Bound in a pull-out accordion structure with a wrap-around cover. in Japanese Masa Unwaxed and French handmade paper. Gocco printed. Finished with hand-dyed rayon ribbon, coins, and beads. In a blue protective envelope. In fine condition. Measures 3.25 x 4.25 x .25 inches closed. Fine.
Portland, OR: Shu-Ju Wang, 2005. One of 31 copies. The artist describes her book: "In a reference to ever miniaturized technologies that allow us to surround ourselves with ever more content, this book raises the quesiton of the Signal-to-Noise (S/N) ratio of such content. Using archival clear adhesive tape, "noisy words" are transferred from black Arches Cover to Strathmore Drawing paper in an accordion book. Translations of the text, in both English and in audio waveforms, are Gocco printed on the back.A recording of Shu-Ju reading the text is the source for the waveforms. Handmade grey paper from Taiwan is used for the cover boards and is also the fiber transferred onto the Arches Cover slipcase." Size 1.75 x 2.375 inches closed; 1.75 x 55.25 inches when opened. Fine condition. Unpaginated. ARTISTSB/041321. Fine.
London: Thomas Nelson and Sons, n.d. [c. 1895. Frederick James Whishaw ( 1854 – 1934) was a Russian-born British novelist, historian, poet and musician. A popular author of children's fiction at the turn of the 20th century, he published over forty volumes of his work between 1884 and 1914. He was a prolific historical novelist, many of his books being set in Czarist Russia, and his "schoolboy" and adventure serials appeared in many boys' magazines of the era. This historic tale of Boris's adventures include encounters with the Tsar Peter the Great. In a special dark leather binding by Allman & Sons with "Kensington Preparatory School" on the cover - the only indication that this was perhaps a student award book. There are debossed words in reverse on free front endpaper "The Redtowers/Melton/Sussex. Binding is bumped and rubbed and the spine has faded. Marbled edges. Interior pages are very good with seven black and white illustrated plates. Mesures 5 x 7 inches. 376 pages.
London: Henry G. Bohn, 1851. Hardcover. First edition of this comprehensive view of the landscape and fauna of the Selborne region, written as a series of letters. With forty black and white plates illustrating the diversity of mammals and other wild life. Bound in modern green cloth with gilt titling to spine. New endpapers and missing the called for frontispiece. Generally clean with scattered spots to some text pages and plates. A nice copy of this work that was later reprinted several times. Measures 4.5 x 7.5 inches. 416 pages. NATURE/072821. Very Good.
New York: Harper & Brothers, 1874. Hardcover. Includes the first printing of Whitman's "Song of the Redwood Tree" on page 366 and "Prayer of Columbus" on page 524. According to "Walt Whitman: An Encyclopedia" by LeMaster and Kummings, Whitman was paid $100 for "Song of the Redwood Tree." Also includes articles on Bermuda, Lewis Clark, Burma, the fur seal trade, lighthouses in America, slave-hunts in Central Africa, and more. Bound in three quarter black cloth over blue and black marbled paper covered boards with gilt title to spine. Minor wear and rubbing to corners, spine ends, and edges of boards. Occasional spots of soiling and foxing to interior, but clean and bright overall. Illustrated. 912 pages. PER/060321. Very Good.
London: Printed at the University Press in Cambridge by Richard Watts for Longman, Hurst, Orme and Rees, 1807. Hardcover. Scarce first edition of this influential work that was based upon studies undertaken by Wilkins during a four year tour of Greece, Italy and Asia Minor from 1801 to 1805. The book was greatly influential in the revival of the Greek Revival style in English architecture. A folio volume bound in later green buckram with tears along spine, bumping, rubbing, and soiling. The book shows moderate wear, with moderate foxing and age toning, particularly in the margins. A few of the plate images are also affected but for the most part the images themselves are clean. There are 73 engraved plates including one fold-out, eleven vignettes, and three in text maps. Twenty-one of the plates are sepia acquatints. Despite condition issues this is still a nice copy of this important book. ARCH/041321. Very Good -.
London: T. Cadell, W. Davies, and J. Murray, 1816. Hardcover. First edition. From title page: " With descriptions of its monumental structures, and an account of its chapels, altars, shrines, and chantries. Also comprising biographical sketches of the lives of the archbishops and deans of Canterbury; and historical notices of the celebrated Convent of Christchurch; with lists and interesting particulars of its deans, priors, and distinguished monks." This extensive history of this famed cathedral includes twenty beautiful plates of exteriors and interiors that were engraved by Woolnoth from drawings by T. Hastings. Bound in three quarter brown leather with red and and blue marbled paper boards. Leather is scuffed, soiled and paper boards are scuffed and scraped. Interior pages have offsetting from the plates and browning around edges of plates, not affecting images. With book plate of John W. Davis on front pastedown along with a penciled note stating that the book was acquired at a Sotheby's sale of [?} Newman's stock of books August 1877. Folio in very good condition. Very Good.
Toronto: Robert Wu, 2021. Die-cut miniature blank notebook filled with 30 sheets of creamy paper with marbled paper covers. Tied with a postal twine and a sealing wax. For keeping you most ambitious thoughts or ideas. Colors vary. Marbled paper and bindings by Robert Wu. Size: Approximately 5 x 4 inches. Fine.
[Baltimore]: Barbara Young, 2020. Hardcover. Barbara Young is a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst who has been practicing in Baltimore for 65 years. Her second career as an art photographer began in 1979 and continues to this day. She is acknowledged as one of the earliest pioneers of color art photography. This book has come into being out of an intermingling of her two professions [from artist's statement]. This is a sequel to her first book, Photographs Are Memories, a memoir in images. Bound in black paper boards with titling in white and a photo reproduction on front cover. Photographs are reproduced on glossy white paper. In fine condition. 10.25 x 11 inches. 245 pages. PHOTO/051020. Fine.