[Toronto]: Biting Dog Press, 2005. Softcover. Number 64 of 65 copies. Signed and numbered by the printer and artist George Walker. A beautiful edition of one of Poe's most famous poems, illustrated with four striking black and white wood engravings by master engraver Walker. Ms. Hogan-Walker's introduction describes the mysterious circumstances of Poe's death and the contemporary critical and popular reception of this powerful poem. Printed with Garamond type on lovely St. Armand handmade paper. Bound in grey paper covers with title and crow image on front cover. Housed in a handmade hinged wooden box with paper title label and flying crow image on top and George Walker's signature on paper label on bottom of box. In fine condition. Book measures 6.5 x 10 inches; Box is 7.5 x 11 inches. Unpaginated [24 pages]. PRI/090619. Fine.
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Toronto: Cheshire Cat Press, 2019. Hardcover. Number 5 of 42 copies. Signed by Walker, Burstein, and printer Andy Malcolm. Quarto. This is the latest version of The Hunting of the Snark to be published by the Cheshire Press. Carroll's famous nonsense poem has been subject to numerous interpretations over time. In this truly snarky edition, Walker has chosen President Donald Trump and his White House cabinet and advisors for his 21st century lineup of the characters. He writes: "...I think they match up nicely to to the crew of the ship. When you read the poem and think of Trump's cabinet, it's hard not to see the parallels. The political arena in the USA could be described as nonsense, which is exactly the type of poem [this] is. The plot follows a crew of ten unqualified professionals trying to hunt the Snark with a blank map." Thus such familiar names as Scaramucci, Sessions, Priebus, Pence, Mnuchin, Bannon, Sanders and Trump himself appear in parts that reflect their real-life attributes and roles. Bound in grey textured cloth with leather title label to front cover and gilt title to spine. Printed in New Caledonia type on Velin BFK Rives paper. With thirteen engravings by Walker and "The Snark Map" in a sleeve affixed to front pastedown. Housed in slipcase covered in same cloth as book with gilt titling to cover and spine. In fine condition. 71 pages. PRI/090619. Fine.
Toronto: Cheshire Cat Press, 2018. Hardcover. Number 7 of 42 copies signed by the printer, illustrator, and the author of the introduction. The illustrator writes: "This edition in your hand is one of three interations of The Hunting of the Snark published by Cheshire Cat Press, all of them very different in concept while sharing the same aesthetic, inflecting the narrative in different ways without in the least altering Lewis Carroll's original text." The Cheshire Press was formed by book designer and printer George Walker in 1991. The press began when he and two colleagues produced new editions of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass. For this edition of Snark, Malcolm created new illustrations inspired by contemporary carte-de-visit photographs that were so popular in Victorian England. He has one for each character in the poem, adapting images from actual photographs. He chose images that to him bring to life the imagined crew men on the hunt for the snark. They are ideal depictions for this fantastical nonsense poem by Carroll, written when he was forty-four years old. Bound in dark blue cloth with title in gilt to spine and on cover label. With "The Snark Map" inserted in a sleeve on the front pastedown. Handprinted in New Caledonia type on Velin Rives paper. Housed in a slipcase in the same blue cloth with gilt title on cover. In fine condition. 6.5 x 10 inches. 71 pages. PRI/111519. Fine.
England: n.p., 1918-1945. Hardcover. A charming and unique sketchbook with 35 pen and ink drawings by Dorothy De Bock Porter (1873-1956). Nineteen of the drawings are accompanied by original autograph poems by her husband, Hugh De Bock Porter (1870-1940). The Porters composed hymns together, with him writing the words and she the music. They notably wrote a hymn for the coronation of King George V in 1911. The poems and their drawings were done 1918-1920. The accomplished drawings for the poems are sweet and sometimes poignant as are the poems themselves. They are mainly about birds, cats, and rabbits, although there is a surprising poem about two black women written in dialect. Dorothy completed the sketchbook in 1945-46 with sixteen simpler humorous line drawings of cats and pigs. Laid in are two small line drawings. The 5.25 x 7 inch sketchbook is bound in blue cloth with the word "Sketches" in gilt on the front cover. The words H & D Verses Illustrated CATS &c. are handwritten in ink on the cover. Dorothy's signature and a date of 1918 are on the front pastedown along with "Verses by Hugh De Bock Porter" and "Illustrations by Dorothy De Bock Porter." A blue ribbon is attached to the back cover. A wonderful collection in near fine condition. Housed in a modern cream cloth covered clamshell box with paper title label to spine and hand-marbled paper interior. Unpaginated [about 55 pages.] HAND062719. Near Fine.
Tokyo: The Nippon Gakujutsu Shinokai, 1958. Hardcover. First edition in dust jacket. Small quarto. Blue, silk-covered boards in very good condition with gilt title on cover and spine. Light fading to spine panel. Some off-setting on half-title page, otherwise clean and bright interior pages. Includes black and white illustrations. Cream dustjacket with black title on cover and spine is in very good condition with minor edge wear and some browning along edges and spine. A few minor chips to edges of jacket. 191 pages. POE/083019. Very Good / Very Good.
New York: Doubleday, Doran & Co., Inc., 1940. Hardcover. Bound in green burlap with tan and green paper title label to spine. Minor browning to spine. Minor wear to edges of boards. Minor offsetting to endpapers and bookplate from previous owner to front pastedown, else clean and bright. Housed in a blue paper covered slipcase with tan paper title label to spine. Minor soiling and rubbing to panels of case and title label. Old Sunday school certificate laid in. Size: quarto. 316 pages. POE/072619. Very Good.