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.
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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.
London: John Lane The Bodley Head, 1930. Hardcover. A lovely edition of De Quincey's famous The Confessions of an English Opium-Eater, first published in 1821. De Quincey (1785-1859) is known as an English essayist and translator. His publication of these essays established his literary career. Sonia Woolf was an English artist and illustrator who is well known for her impressionistic and sometimes erotic black and white illustrations for this book. Rebound in attractive three quarter maroon leather with six spine compartments with title, author and decorations. Marbled paper boards with a few chips and scratches. Interior pages clean and bright, and illustrations are protected by tissue guards with the text being illustrated. Very good condition. Measures 6 x 9.5 inches. 304 pages. LIT/123120. Very Good.
London: William Heinemann, 1916. Hardcover. A nice copy of Gosse's essays from World War I, which first appeared in the Edinburgh Review. He writes of war and literature, the unity of France and desecration of French monuments, the neutrality of Sweden and more. Bound in three quarter brown leather with blue cloth covers. Spine has faded and has a couple of small chips at top edge. Marbled endpapers. Interior pages also very good. Small octavo. 248 pages including index. LIT/030421. Very Good.
London: Smith, Elder, and Co, 1848. Hardcover. First Edition. Includes numerous vignette wood engravings and illustrated half-title page. Attractively bound in contemporary three quarter tan leather over marbled paper covered boards with gilt title and author labels to spine. Author label reads: "Leigh Hunt's Works" implying that this is one of several volumes; however, there is no indication within the interior that this was ever part of a set. Gilt decoration and raised bands to spine with full marbled edges. Minor rubbing and wear to hinges, corners, and edges of boards. Slight dampstain to margins of bottom corners of last few pages and occasional smudge marks to margins, else clean and bright. 200 pages. LIT/011221. Very Good.
New York: Bennett Book Studios, 1929. Hardcover. Number 304 of 700 copies bound in three quarter "Turkey" Morocco. Another fifty copies were bound in full French Levant and signed by the author. This is a practical bibliography and brief literary estimate of outstanding American books by Merle Johnson, a well known bibliographer. In Turkish blue morocco with gold ruling and six spine compartments with title, author, publisher. Slight bumping to corners and spine but otherwise near fine. Interior pages are also near fine. Measures 6.25 x 10 inches. 114 pages followed by 2 blank notes pages. BOB/011321. Near Fine.
Franklin Library, International Collector's Library, et. al. Hardcover. 8 hardcover books: Includes: The Magic Mountain, Madame Bovary, Pere Gobiot, Plays of Ibsen, Plays of Checkhov, Gargantua & Pantagruel, The Red and the Black, and History. Attractive bindings. Includes 7 Franklin Library and 1 International Collector's Edition. Fine condition. Very Good.
Franklin Library / International Collector's Library. Hardcover. 6 hardcover books: Includes Barchester Towers, Treasure Island, Tom Jones, Return of the Native, Kim, and the Mill on the Floss. Attractive bindings. 5 are Franklin Libary and one is from the International Collector's Library. Fine condition. Very Good.
Franklin Library / International Collector's Library. Hardcover. 8 hardcover books: Includes All the King's Men, The Late George Apley, John Brown's Body, The House of the Seven Gables, The Postman Always Rings Twice / Double Indemnity, Humboldt's Gift, Our Town / The Skin of Our Teeth, and Arundel. Attractive bindings. Includes 6 Franklin Library and 2 International Collectors Library. Fine condition. Very Good.
New York: Athenum, 1972. Hardcover. Stated First Edition. Signed by the Author on title page. White cloth boards with gilt title to spine. In brown dust jacket with white title to spien and front panels. Minor wear to edges of jacket and fading to spine panel. Review clipping of this book laid into rear. Previous owernship signature in pen to front free endpaper. Previous owner marking in pencil (a date) written on last page of text. Aside from these markings, the interior is clean and bright. 269 pages. LIT/112920. Very Good / Very Good.
New York: W.W. Norton and Company, Inc, 1965. Hardcover. First Edition with laid in envelope from the author with signed label inserted and dated 1986. Sarton's ninth novel exploring "the complexity of human love in many guises" (jacket). Fine in original beige cloth backed black paper covered boards with black title to spine. In pink and purple jacket with white title to spine and front panels. Light wear to edges of jacket. Clean. 220 pages. LIT/020121. Fine / Fine.
Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, . The second edition of this comprehensive bibliography of Jonathan Swift, considered the standard bibliography of his writings. Bound in blue cloth with gilt titling to spine. Slight signs of handling. Text is clean and bright but there are a few Fort Worth Public Library ex-library markings: Call number on spine; library bookplate on free front endpaper and the right corner scissored out; library stamp on title page; call number on copyright page; date stamp of May 11, 1964 on rear pastedown. None of these markings affect the text and the book is in very good condition. Measures 6.5 x 10.25 inches. 453 pages. BOB/011421.
Boston: John P. Jewett and Company, 1852. Hard Cover. First Edition, later issue of this immensely popular novel. In its first year of publication, over 300,000 copies were sold. Both volumes are from the Thirtieth Thousand printing. In very good condition in a later binding of three quarter red leather over dark red cloth covered boards with gilt titles and raised bands to spines. A few spots of discoloration to leather, a spot of soiling to front board of first volume, rubbing and slight sunning to spine leather, and wear and chipping to leather along edges, spine ends, and corners. Occasional spots of foxing and soiling to interiors of both volumes. Dampstaining and browning to top margins of most of second volume. Ownership markings in pen to endpapers and title pages of both volumes. There are adhesive remnants of a library sticker on the front pastedowns of both volumes. Small library stamp to top margins of a few pages. Still, an attractive, collectible copy of this important work. Volume I: 312 pages; Volume II: 322 pages. Very Good.
London: Benjamin Tooke, 1700. Hardcover. A unique copy of a first edition Restoration comedy from the personal library of actor and theater manager John Philip Kemble. The volume is initialed, collated, and pronounced perfect on the title page in ink by Kemble along with the date. John Philip Kemble (1757 - 1823) was an important English actor who also achieved fame as the manager of the Drury Lane and Covent Garden theaters. He was also known for assembling a theatrical library that was unrivaled. After he retired in 1819 he sold his collection of 4000 plays and forty volumes of playbills to Cavendish, the 6th Duke of Devonshire. The Devonshire collection is now part of the Huntington Library in San Marino, California. The remainder of Kemble's library was auctioned by Evans in Pall Mall over ten days beginning January 21, 1821 (from the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography). John Vanbrugh (1664-1726) was an untrained but accomplished architect who designed Blenheim Palace and Castle Howard in conjunction with NIcholas Hawksmoor. He was a popular dramatist and some of his comedies such as The Relapse and The Provok'd wife are still performed today. The Pilgrim was originally written by Beaumont and Fletcher in 1647. Vanbrugh wrote the prose adaptation for the theater in 1700. For this copy each individual page has been meticulously mounted on slightly large sheets of contemporary white paper. It has been beautifully bound by Riviere and Son in full tan calf with gold tooling and lettering. The spines have five raised bands with gilt decorated compartments and there are two leather labels, one with the play's title and author, and the other stating "J.P. Kemble's Copy." With gilt dentelles, marbled endpapers, and all edges gilt, in near fine condition. The pages of the play are browned with occasional spots of foxing and soiling but text is completely legible. There are two annotations in the margins of the first and third pages of the prologue that appear to be in Kemble's hand. The first is the name of Sir Richard Blackmore, and the other is a note saying :see the prologue to Southerane's Disappointment or Mother in Fashion. On the last 5 pages it appears that someone was practicing handwriting text and calligraphic flourishes. A very good copy of this unique and unusual volume. Measures 6.5 x 9 inches. 54 pages. DRAMA/011821. Near Fine.