Paris: Chez Poinçot, 1789. Hardcover. A collection of 44 beautiful handcolored botanical plates of which 38 are of various flowers and 6 comprise a visual dictionary of botanical terms. Each plate is accompanied by a page of text describing the plant and its qualities. The plates are in near fine condition but unfortunately the leather binding is not. It is chipped, scuffed, and bumped, and the top half of the spine is missing. The front board is almost detached although the text block is firm. Endpapers have spotting and the title page has browning to edges. Small octavo. Unpaginated. NATURE/072021.
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Aurora, CO: Alicia Bailey at Ravenpress, 2020. Hardcover. Produced in a variable edition of no more than 9 copies of which this is number 4. A collection of 17 endangered frog species, each hand painted (reproduced digitally), and briefly described with terms such as "population decreasing." Labeled ink drawings of frog anatomy are incorporated into each illustration. A circle graph showing frog populations as extinct, critically endangered, endangered, vulnerable, near threatened, least concern, and data deficient accompanied with hand-written percentiles in red adorns the bottom of the case for the book. Along the interior edges of the box the following text is printed: "Blake believed that the object of being human is to learn how to be human. Will we learn to be human in time? To live up to our full capacities in time to save ourselves? To save the world that is vulnerable to us? To fail will bring on a greater tragedy than we can possibly imagine." According to the artist: "This project began with a batch of biology notebooks from my great-aunt Ruth's archive that were created in 1920 as part of her undergraduate education. I inked over several of her pencil drawings detailing frog biology, treated the pages so they would be receptive to oil paint, then painted a variety of frogs, one to a page. Scanned at high-resolution, these images were printed on hand-dyed Mohawk Superfine Text paper with archival digital inks. The images were each mounted on a core of museum board wrapped with elephant hide paper with further details about the depicted frog hand-written in red ink. The pages are bound using a wire edge structure, onto metal rods. The book and box covers have been treated with shellac, then overpainted with gesso, oil, and wax. The covers each have a hand-painted frog behind laser etched mica labels. The diamond shaped book is housed in a custom box with text laser etched into the tray's corner pieces. The base of the box has a print out of a circle graph with a hand-written legend under a layer of cast acrylic." Alicia Bailey has been creating artists' books, limited edition books, and sculptural books since the mid-nineties. Her work has been featured in dozens of exhibitions and is held in many collections around the world. Size: about 8 x 7 x 2 inches. [20 pages.] ARTB/111621. Fine.
Dublin: Geo. and Alex. Ewing, 1755. Hardcover. Part I: Being a true and ample Description of its Situation, Greatness, Shape, and Nature....written by Gerard Boate, late Doctor of Physick to the State of Ireland; Part II: A Collection of such Papers as were communicated to the Royal Society, referring to some Curiosities in Ireland; Part III: A Discourse concerning the Danish Mounts, Forts, and Towers in Ireland never before published, by Thomas Molyneux, M.D. in England. Part II is dated 1726 and Part III is dated 1725. An interesting and detailed account of all aspects of Ireland's natural history is to be found in this scarce eighteenth century title. Gerard Boate (1604-1650) was a Dutch physician who settled in London. Boate had never visited Ireland, but materials for his natural history were furnished by his brother Arnold and by some of the English who had been ejected from Irish lands sometime occupied by them. Boate commenced the ‘Natural History’ early in 1645 and completed it within the year, but its publication was deferred. Boate attained a position as a physician in Ireland and arrived there at the latter end of 1649,but he survived only a short time. He died in January 1650. Boate's papers and his ‘Natural History’ left behind him in London came into the hands of Samuel Hartlib who published it in 1652. It bore the title: ‘Ireland's Naturall History. Being a true and ample description of its situation, greatness, shape, and nature; of its hills, woods, heaths, bogs; of its fruitfull parts and profitable grounds, with the severall ways of manuring and improving the same; with its heads or promontories, harbours, roades, and bayes; of its springs and fountaines, brookes, rivers, loghs; of its metalls, mineralls, freestone, marble, sea-coal, turf, and other things that are taken out of the ground. And lastly of the nature and temperature of its air and season, and what diseases it is free from or subject unto. Conducing to the advancement of navigation, husbandry, and other profitable arts and professions. Written by Gerard Boate, late Doctor of Physick to the State in Ireland, and now published by Samuel Hartlib, Esq., for the common good of Ireland, and more especially for the benefit of the Adventurers and Planters there.’ A quarto edition of the ‘Natural History’ by Boate was published at Dublin in 1726, and reissued there in 1755 [Dictionary of National Biography].Thomas Molyneux (1661-1733) was the first professor of physic in Ireland's new medical school. He was a Trinity graduate, having studied for his BA from 1676 to 1680. Medical studies followed between 1683 and 1687, when he spent time in England, Leiden and Paris. While he was at Leiden he compiled a catalogue of two collections for the Royal Society and contributed to their Philosophical Transactions. Molyneux was active in the Dublin Philosophical Society and his contributions to it included the first scientific studies of the Irish elk and the Giant’s Causeway [historyireland]. Bound in later three quarter brown leather with marbled paper boards. The top of the front cover is sunned, leather with minor scuffing. Interior pages are generally clean and bright. With several illustrations, many of them foldouts, in parts II and III. Ownership signature dated 1855 on title page. Very good condition. Octavo. 213 pages. IRE/071321. Very Good.
New York: Béatrice Coron, 2016. Paperback. Number 3 of 3 copies. This intricate work created by Béatrice Coron beautiful displays her skill and artistry in papercutting. A sea blue book case opens to reveal the mystery, diversity, and wonder of the Galapagos through Coron's hand cut creation, made from a single sheet of black Arches paper. The individual pages unfold to show a scene 44 inches long. The viewer sees silhouettes of water, land, birds, sea creatures, and more. Coron describes her book work: "For the last 20 years, I have been exploring visual storytelling in artist books, paper cutting and public art. Collecting memories from individuals and communities, I stage narrative allegories in silhouette to create a dialogue with the viewer in playful fantasies. These visual chronicles record archetypal stories that transcend time and space. I have been fascinated by the relation of people to their space and the sense of belonging. Using papercutting where everything is cut from a single piece of Tyvek, the profusion of individual stories makes a coherent whole world." [From her website] Christina Favretto, Head of Special Collections at the University of Miami describes Coron's work in Coron's "artfragments" portfolio: "There is a palpable joy in the work of Béatrice Coron, the kind of joy we felt as children in unwrapping a particularly enticing holiday gift. But...for Béatrice the gift is a sheet of Tyvek...or paper, and the stories to be unearthed and unleashed within and through the medium." Size: 8 x 44 inches when unfolded. 5.5 x 8 inches when folded. In fine condition. ARTB/081921. Fine.
Portland, OR: Anne Greenwood. Number 10 of the 12 deluxe copies. The Lunar Maria (pl.) or Mare (sing.) are large dark basaltic plains on the Earth’s Moon formed by ancient volcanic eruptions. These plains Oceanus (Oceans), Mare (Seas), Lacus (Lakes), Palus (Marshes), and Sinus (Bays) were named by Giovanni Battista Riccioli in 1651 after states of mind and conditions of water. I have editioned three decks of 44 oracle cards named after the Lunar Maria: one wool hand-embroidered original, twelve cotton digitally printed, finished w/ hand-stitching, and 100 paper digitally printed. All the decks include a letterpress printed, hand-bound booklet, and indigo dyed bag and cloth with machine stitched text. The booklet describes how to use the cards and includes 44 poetic fragments that correspond to each basaltic plain and embroidered image. The booklet was designed, printed and bound by Daniela Del Mar. This project was conceived in the midst of studying magical tools and practices with Colette Gardiner in her Blue Iris Mystery School in Portland, Oregon, working as an artist-in-residence at the Icelandic Textiles Center in Blönduós, Iceland and learning from Carmen Spagnola's Numinous School of Intuition Development. The combination of these experiences helped me further understand, connect and embed my ancestry, place and natural world within my art practice. Ten percent of all sales from this deck, and funds generated from any readings will be donated to The Chúush Fund: Water for Warm Springs which directly benefits the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, Oregon as they work to restore their access and infrastructure for clean water. Edition size: 12 5.5”x 7.5”x 2” finished bag w/ contents, 4”x 5.5” cards & booklet, 20”x 20” cloth. In fine condition. ARTB/080221.
London: Richard Bentley, 1866. Hardcover. A detailed and comprehensive account by the author of his observations and findings while traveling in the Pacific Northwest. John Keast Lord (1818–1872) was an English veterinarian and traveller, known as a naturalist, journalist and author. When British Columbia was formed into a colony, after the gold discoveries on the Fraser River in western Canada in 1858, Lord was appointed naturalist to the commission which was sent out to run a boundary line along the 49th parallel north of latitude, separating the new colony from United States territory. He was for some time resident on Vancouver Island; the collection (mammals, birds, fishes, insects, and other) made by him went to the British Museum.His travels in northwest America and California were also reported in The naturalist in Vancouver Island and British Columbia, with interesting descriptions of animals and birds and a list of his zoological collections [ Dictionary of Canadian Biography]. The descriptions and narrative are interesting indeed. Lord writes of everything from skunks and their odor, the ogress legend, a horse fair, insect-catching birds, much about Indians, the octopus, taking a bath, the miners' ball, a tobacco substitute, and so much more. Lord had a colloquial and very readable style making this work still enjoyable today. In a once lovely full brown leather binding by Riviere and Son. Rubbed, scuffed, bumped, and worn, with spine of Volume I with a repaired tear and the front board of Volume II detached. Evidence of labels removed from front covers. Interior pages are brittle, and there are some tears and chipping, including to the title page of Volume II and its detached frontispiece. Frontis of Volume I is also detached and title page is missing. Despite this, the text is complete and quite legible. Date stamp "May 20 1909" on first page of each volume. Good minus condition. Octavos. Volume I: 358 pages; Volume II: 375 pages. TRAVEL/102121. Good.
Lyon: Chez Bruyset Ainé & C., 1796. Hardcover. Fourth edition of this exhaustive treatise on the botany of European plants and flowers. The title translates: "Elementary Demonstrations of Botany. Containing the general principles of this Science, the fundamentals of Methods, and the elements of plant physics. The description of the most common, the most curious, the most useful Plants, arranged according to the Method of Tournefort & that of Linnaeus. Their uses & their properties in the Arts, the rural economy, in Human & Veterinary Medicine; as well as an instruction on harvesting & desiccating plants." The title page notes that this fourth edition adds to the notices of the principal authors, adds descriptions of nearly twelve hundred species not included in the previous edition, and draws up to form a complete body of doctrine, embracing the history of almost all of Europe and of those which have been naturalized there by culture. We have added the figures of nearly 400 alpine, southern or northern plants drawn under the direction of Richier de Belleval and under that of Linnaeus, those of the most common grasses in Europe, mosses and the like, accompanied by a commentary and a critical discussion. The author Jean-Baptiste François Rozier (1734 -1793 ) was a French botanist and agronomist. With his friend Claret de la Tourrette, he wrote Démonstrations élémentaires de botanique, foregrounding the virtues of plants and combining the principles of Tournefort and Linné. In 1786 Rozier became director of Lyon's agriculture school. He assisted in the early stages of the French Revolution, asking the first two assemblies to create a national agriculture school. He became curé constitutionnel of Sainte-Polycarpe parish in Lyon during the Revolution and was killed in his bed by a bomb during the siege of Lyon [Wikipedia]. Bound in brown quarter leather with green marbled boards and gilt titling to spine. Bindings are scuffed, bumped and rubbed. the top of the spine of Volume 2 is torn and chipped. The free front endpapers of the first two volumes have the top half torn away. the free front endpapers to volumes 3 and 4 are missing. Stamps to title page of Stl Alphonsus Church, New Orleans. No other ex-library signs. Volume 1 has eight foldout plates and Volume 4 has two. Despite flaws still a good, sound set of this classic work. Small octavos. Volume 1 has 512 pages followed by pages 721-735. It is unclear whether a section was removed during binding. Volume 2: 752 pages; Volume 3: 776 pages; Volume 4: 735 pages. NATURE/072021. Very Good -.
Freeville, NY: Carol Schwartzott, 2020. Hardcover. Number 9 of 25 copies signed and numbered by the book artist. This miniature work is a totally charming homage to the beauty of birds and the delight they bring us. Using collage and print, Carol has created small cards with bright pictures of birds for each letter of the alphabet on the front and a quote about birds on their rear sides. The cards slip into individual translucent paper pockets that form the pages of the book. The book is bound in yellow cloth covers with paper title labels on the cover and, using a binding design created by Hedi Kyle. The book pages may be turned like a codex or fanned out from the binding. Housed in a multicolored marbled paper covered slipcase. In fine condition. Measures 2 x 3 x 1.5 inches. ARTISTSB/111521. Fine.
London: Henry G. Bohn, 1851. Hardcover. First edition of this comprehensive view of the landscape and fauna of the Selborne region, written as a series of letters. With forty black and white plates illustrating the diversity of mammals and other wild life. Bound in modern green cloth with gilt titling to spine. New endpapers and missing the called for frontispiece. Generally clean with scattered spots to some text pages and plates. A nice copy of this work that was later reprinted several times. Measures 4.5 x 7.5 inches. 416 pages. NATURE/072821. Very Good.