London: Seeley & Co., 1889. Hardcover. "Fourth Thousand." A charming astronomy book written for children. Agnes Giberne (1845 -1939) was a prolific British novelist and scientific writer. Her fiction was typical of Victorian evangelical fiction with moral or religious themes for children. She also wrote books on science for young people, a handful of historical novels, and one well-regarded biography. Among the Stars, or wonderful things in the sky, intended for younger children, tells of a boy called Ikon who has the solar system and stars explained to him by a professor. St James's Gazette said that Giberne "tells about the wonderful things in the sky in clear pleasant language that every child can understand, and in a manner that is probably new to them. Some of the lessons are illustrated by little experiments which will be both amusing and instructive to repeat in the nursery; and there are visits the sun and moon that read like strange and beautiful fairy-tales. In every way this is a most excellent book for children [Wikipedia]. Bound in red leather with gilt titling to spine and gilt dentelles. All edges gilt. Leather is rubbed and bumped, with a few chips to spine. Slight cracking to front hinges but text block is tight. Illustrated plates throughout. Text pages clean and bright. Presentation inscription in pencil dated 1918 for French prize on ffep. Very good condition. Octavo. 310 pages. CHILD/040722. Very Good.
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Red Cliff, CO: Helen Hiebert Studio, 2021. 2800. Number 7 of 25 copies. Helen Hiebert is a noted paper artist who constructs installations, sculptures, artists’ books and works in paper using handmade paper as her primary medium. She teaches, lectures and exhibits her work internationally and online, and is the author of the several how-to books about papermaking and papercrafts. She writes about this inventive and fascinating work: "My father was a physicist who studied how the universe began, and my mother has degrees in psychotherapy and divinity. My thoughts linger between them as I find myself comparing the tangible puzzles I explore in my work to the invisible physical properties my father researched and the emotional tensions my mother explored. Tension is a pulling force in physics. The strings within these pages cannot be pushed to form a definitive shape: when a page is closed, the thread – without tension – goes slack, lying in chaos between the folds. As you turn the page, extending it to 180 degrees, the single thread pulls taut, and the invisible property of tension creates beauty and order. Each of the eight string drawings is composed with a single piece of linen thread – one continuous line, ranging from six to sixteen feet in length – with one exception: two threads were used to create two parabolas in drawing 7. I constructed each drawing on a flat sheet of paper, punched a pierced pattern, and then stitched in and out of the holes across the scored centerfold – the axis of the page. Two surprisingly different drawings were created in tandem as the needle and thread moved from the front to the back of each page, and there is a sequence to the stitching that is not readily visible." Hiebert designed this book and created all of the handmade paper in this book with a 90% cotton rag/10% abaca fiber blend. She composed the string drawings and stitched them with the assistance of Will Katauskas. The end sheets are machine stitched. Tom Leech printed the text at the Press at the Palace of the Governors in Santa Fe from polymer plates made by Boxcar Press. The typeface is Dante. Claudia Cohen bound and made the green cloth covered box with a white spine label. In fine condition. Box size: 9-1/4 x 6 x 1-1/4 inches. Book size closed is 8 3/8 x 5 3/8 inches. ARTISTB/051722. Fine.
Barcelona: Elies Plana, 2022. Number 38 of 50 standard copies. There were 7 deluxe copies and 15 copies reserved for the collaborators. Signed by Mallarach, Llobera, and Plana. Text in both English and Catalan. This powerful collaborative effort is a response to the decades long efforts to deter or end the extraction activities in the volcanic area in La Garrotxa in the Catalan Pre-Pyrenees. The author, Josep Maria Mallarach, has led these efforts since he was a geology student in the 1970s and here offers a history of these efforts, their setbacks, and their successes. In his preface, Mallarach writes that "In the wake of the global abyss, swept along by a system driven by a tide of greed, ignorance, and lack of conscientiousness, the time has come for all voices to be heard....For this reason, I applaud the initiative Extraction: Art from the Edge of the Abyss and I feel grateful for the opportunity to contribute." This handsome book was letterpress printed with digital Garamond on Super Alfa Guarro Casas paper. With double page spreads of striking color linocuts by Elies Plana. In fiery multicolored pochoir covers created by Plana and bound by Poncho Martinez. Housed in a gray and black cloth covered box by Rius. The box is in turn housed in a gray cloth slipcase. In fine condition. . Book measures 10.75 x 12.75 inches. Box is 11.5 x 14 inches. 47 pages plus epilogue and colophon. PRI/050522. Fine.
London: T. Nelson and Sons, 1868. Hardcover. First English edition of this interesting and accessible translation of Mangin's work, first published in 1864. Arthur Mangin (1824-1887) was a well-known science writer and popularizer of scientific knowledge who is said to have inspired Jules Verne. The translator, William Henry Davenport Adams (1828-1891) was a well known English historian. Mangin writes of all aspects of the ocean, including its history and phenomena, and of its multitude of creatures, even the mythical kraken. With 130 full page and text and black and white illustrations by W. Freeman and J. Noël. Bound in handsome brown leather with gilt rulings and ornaments to covers, and raised bands with gilt ornaments and title to spine. Leather is a bit scuffed and rubbed but still quite nice. All edges gilt. Preliminaries are foxed but text is otherwise clean with very light aging to margins.Gift inscription dated 1869 on ffep. Very good condition. Large octavo. 470 pages including index. NATURE/032322. Very Good.
London: R. Hindmarsh, 1787. Hardcover. First English Language Edition, translated from the original Latin. Emanuel Swedenborg (1688 - 1772) was a Swedish author, inventor, philosopher, theologist, mystic, and scientist. Swedenborg regularly had visions or dreams in which he believed he could converse with angels, spirits, and demons. In this work he describes "encounters" with spirits from other planets and from beyond the Solar System. Full brown leather boards with maroon leather title label to spine and green label with the initials "J.H." beneath it. Both hinges are cracked, but boards remain attached. Losses to leather on spine, wear to spine, boards, and edges. Antiquated penned notation to margins of a few pages and to rear free endpaper. Ownership signature in pencil to front free endpaper. Front free endpapers are present but loose and chipped along the edges. Occasional spots of soiling (mostly to margins) and some foxing. 212 pages. SCI/062822. Very Good.