Boston: Crosby, Nichols, Lee and Company, 1860. Hardcover. An attractive book bound in three quarters leather over marbled paper covered boards. Marbled edges and endpapers. Minor rubbing to paper covering boards, small pull to leather on front board, and minor wear to edges. Minor dampstaining to margins of first few pages. Frontispiece (with dampstaining to margins of page). Previous owner signatures dated 1866 in pen to front free endpaper. She has also transcribed a poem by Coleridge, "Youth and Age" to two of the rear endpapers. It appears that she or a following owner commissioned this binding as the edges of the pages of her poem have been neatly folded and turned in - and when unfolded are larger than the rest of the textblock, which was trimmed during binding. 463 pages. POE/030519. Very Good.
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Baltimore: Gilman School, 1971. Paperback. First Edition. Signed by the author. Written during his sabbatical, this book tries to capture the mind and heart of the college student. The author, a teacher and counselor at Gilman School, travelled across the U.S. to about 30 college campuses and interviewed only people age 25 or younger in order to compile the passages in this book which address topics such as parenting, the decline of frivolity, resegregation on campus, war, sex, drugs, clothes, hair, and more. An interesting look into 70s college life. Blue paper wrapperes with black title to front cover. Side-stapled. Minor wear / light soiling to covers. 137 pages. BALT/021419. Very Good.
Portland, OR: Anne Greenwood, 2016. Number 2 of 12 copies in the special edition portfolio signed and numbered by the book artist. There were also 138 copies in the standard edition. This beautiful and complex work was inspired by the poetry of the Portland poet and seamstress Hazel Hall (1886-1924) and pays homage to her to writings and resilience. She survived either scarlet fever or a fall at the age of 12 and used a wheelchair for the rest of her short life. The poems are republished by permission from The Collected Poems of Hazel Hall. From the colophon: "The special edition portfolio is made of crinoline; it is machine sewn, hand-dyed in fustic, and pressure-printed with machine-stitched text from poems originally written by Hall and then pieced together by Anne Greenwood. The chapbook cover is machine-stitching on crinoline; the under print is pressure-printed, hand-stitched embroidery with pochoir and the book is hand-bound using the pamphlet stitch. The decorations are hand-stitched embroidery sigils by Greenwood and Shannon Ayuyu pressure printed on whashi paper. The tapestry is made of crinoline hand-dyed in madder, fustic, cochineal and indigo, with hand stitching and pochoir. The applique: the moon is pressure-printed, found, hand-made doily, and the poem Loneliness is written by Hall and printed with a polymer plate. The machine-stitched texts are cut-ups of Hazel Hall’s poetry made by Shannon Ayuyu and Anne Greenwood. The printing is all by Clare Carpenter (2016) in Portland, Oregon." Anne Greenwood is a well-known artist who has exhibited widely and whose works can be found in museum and library collections around the country. She was born on the high Dakota Plains and was led to an art degree by her artist grandmother. In 1990 she moved to Portland, Oregon and began her career as an artist and horticulturalist. Anne’s artwork explores an interest in folk art and speaks of her kinship with the natural world and how this influences her connection to daily life. In 2002, Anne set up a textiles studio integrating handwork, book arts, and textiles into an interdisciplinary practice. From Anne's artist's statement: "My artistic practice navigates an infinite network of connections: narrating the simple and complex, physical and ephemeral, past and present, within the context of place, history, and transformation. I form relationships that expand and fortify admiration and reverence, leading to the discovery of new truths about the world around us." When the tapestry is folded the work measures 8 x 12.25 inches. In fine condition. ARTISTB/031819. Fine.
East Aurora, NY: The Roycrofters, 1917. Hardcover. Includes a large selection of poetry by many authors including Robert Browning, Poe, Ernest Crosby, Stephen Crane, Walt Whitman, et. al. Three quarter tan leather over marbled paper covered boards with gilt title and decoration to spine. Heavy chipping to foot of spine and crack starting at bottom of front hinge (3 inch split to leather). Wear to hinges, corners, and edges of boards. Light dampstaining and rubbing to boards. Occasional spots of foxing to interior, minor dampstaining to bottom corners of last few pages, and ownership signature in pencil to top of title page. Color frontispiece and border decorations printed in green on each page. 194 pages. POE/030819. Good.
Boston: Ticknor and Fields, 1867. Hardcover. Diamond edition. Brown cloth boards with gilt title to spine and Diamond Edition to front cover. Wear and chipping to cloth on spine ends and corners. Short tear to cloth on front hinge. Wear to edges. Clean overall with minor dampstaining to top edges of some pages and previous ownership signature to front endpaper. Creasing to corners of some pages. 363 pages. POE/031819. Very Good.
London: Macmillan and Co, 1907. Hardcover. A pretty book of French songs and poetry bound in a prize binding of full brown tree calf with gilt title, decoration, and raised bands to spine. Gilt insignia for teh Royal Grammar School, Lancaster to the front board. Certificate pasted down to front endpaper - a prize for French awarded by the Head Master, Herbert A. Watson to John Shilbeck Wane in 1907. Both hinges are starting and there are a few chips to spine ends. Full marbled edges and marbled endpapers. Clean interior with illustrated title page. Preface in English as are subheads in Contents, but all poems are in FRENCH. 459 pages. FRE/030519. Very Good.
New York: Exposition Press, (1954). First Edition. Hardcover. SCARCE. FIRST EDITION INSCRIBED BY THE AUTHOR. 8vo. Grey cloth covered boards with blue title to spine. Light yellowing to interior. Slight musty smell. Inscription to front free end page. White and blue dust jacket with blue title to spine and white title to front panel. Minor foxing, edgewear, and browning to dust jacket. 94 pages. POE/021819. Very Good / Very Good.
London: Printed by W. Bowyer for Bernard Lintot, 1717. Hardcover. Alexander Pope (1688-1744) was a major 18th century English poet most famous for his satirical verse, including "The Rape of the Lock," "Essay on Criticism," and "Dunciad." This collection, precociously published when he was just 29, helped to secure his fame. This copy has an interesting provenance, having first belonged to the famed American poet and editor William Cullen Bryant and then the noted collector Walker Thomas Wallace of New Jersey. Mr. Wallace's important collection of books, including this volume, was sold at auction in March 1920. The auction record states: "First edition. The famous 'Eloisa to Abelard,' and 'Verses to the Memory of an Unfortunate Lady' appear here for the first time. This was William Cullen Bryant's copy and of peculiar associate interest evidently much read and appreciated by him, who has on the half title inscribed in his own hand "from the Rev'd William Ware to Wm. C. Bryant 1836," and again on the fly-leaf the name of his wife "Frances F. Bryant 1836.' After the imprint he has noted, 'Pope's 29th year,' and in numerous places underscored passages, notably in the Preface, a paragraph on 'Reputation' and further on regarding 'ill-will.' He again notes on the title of the 'Temple of Fame,' written in the year 1711 - 'When Pope was 22 years old."' There are pencil notes written and initialed by Wallace on the free endpaper with text from the auction record and adding that he compared the writing of Bryant with "numerous specimens from my library." Bound in contemporary leather, which the 1920 auction record describes as broken and rubbed. In fact, the front and rear boards are detached and the leather is worn. Interior pages have aging and spotting throughout. The frontis fold-out engraved portrait of Pope is in very good condition with a light tear, some chipping along margin, and some creasing to corners. Bookplates of Walker Thomas Wallace and Franklin Johnston affixed to front pastedown. A desirable copy of this collection of Pope's works despite its flaws with its noted important associations. 408 pages. POET/021419. Good +.