Plains, PA: Boss Dog Press, 2021. Hardcover. Number 35 of 80 copies. Signed by the author. This charming lecture by Susan Cooper was offered on the occasion of her donating the manuscripts, galleys, and proofs of her famous children's fantasy book series, The Dark is Rising, to the Lillian H. Smith Collection of children's books at the Toronto Public Library. Cooper writes passionately about the need for fantasy, imagination, and magic in books for everyone at every age. Handsomely bound in semi-limp decorated black and gray paper covers. This chapbook was composed by the printer in digital Linotype Diotima with digital Smaragd for the title page and initial caps. The files were rendered into polymer plates by Boxcar Press and printed at the Boss Dog Press by Don Rash with the assistance of Elaine Rash. The text paper is Zerkall Book Wove and the cover paper is Hahnemüle Burgra. Fine condition. Quarto. 15 pages. PRI/042822. Fine.
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London, Glasgow, and New York: George Routledge and Sons, circa 1890. Hardcover. Includes poems and short stories arranged by season with color illustrations throughout. Bound in the original brick red cloth boards with color illustration to front board and gilt title to spine. Minor chipping and wear to spine ends and corners. Minor smudge marks to edges of boards, but clean overall. Clean, bright interior with full color illustrations by Cooper. Light offsetting from illustrations. Gift inscription in pen dated '82 to front free endpaper. Paper lining interior hinge is tearing, but mull (fabric) remains intact. Binding is tight. A charming book. Size: quarto. About 120 pages - each season is about 40 pages. CHILD/110221. Very Good.
New York: Barse and Hopkins, no date, circa 1910. Hardcover. An uncommon edition of Alice in poor condition. Includes six full color illustrations by Hugo von Hofsten. Blue cloth boards with dark blue title to spine and front board. Fading to spine. Wear to corners and edges of boards. Front interior hinge is split and text block is pulling away. Some pages are loose but laid in. Creasing, small chips, and closed tears to some illustrations. Occasional spots of foxing and light soiling. Bookplate to front free endpaper. 48 pages plus 7 pages of ads. CHILD/110221. Good.
New York: Macgraw-Hill Book Company. Hardcover. Undated. Thin 4to. Solid copy of this emotional book. In linen covered boards with black titling to spine and black/gold illustration on front board. Red ribbon bookmark undamaged and bound in. In cream, illustrated dust jacket with black title to spine. Toning to jacket overall, more evident on spine panel. Some edgewear including long closed tear along edge of rear flap and small, somewhat crude, tape repair to front edge. 80 pages. HOLOCAUST/121521. Very Good / Very Good.
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.
Mad Parrot Press, 2022. Hardcover. Number 45 of 75 copies signed by the printer and binder, Chad Pastotnik. This is a marvelous edition of The Wind in the Willows, the incomparable book by Kenneth Grahame. In his introduction, Peter Hunt, author of The Making of The Wind in the Willows, writes: "It is a book which makes you feel that, though everybody in the house loves it, it is only you who really appreciate it at its true value, and that others are scarcely worthy of it." This book is beautifully produced, with fine letterpress printing on special paper, and is accompanied by artist Vladimir Zimakov's exuberant linoleum cut illustrations of the characters and their adventures. Quarter bound in green Moroccan goatskin and orange cloth. Orange titling to spine and leather and gilt illustration affixed to the front cover. Printed in the Centaur font with Arrighi for italic on special Saint Armand Canal paper developed especially for this work. There are 12 full page color illustrations and numerous text illustrations throughout. Housed in a black cloth slipcase. In fine condition. Measures 10.25 x 14.25 inches. 132 pages. PRI/050522. Fine.
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.