San Diego: Anne Covell, 2019. Number 12 of 18 copies signed and numbered by the artist. Anne Covell is a book artist and hand papermaker living in San Diego, CA. She has studied Asian and Western papermaking techniques with Timothy Barrett, and has taught for numerous professional organizations including the Morgan Art of Papermaking Conservatory, Penland School of Crafts, and the University of Georgia study abroad program in Cortona, Italy, among others. Her work has been exhibited internationally and can be seen in a growing list of private collections, special collections libraries, and museums worldwide. Anne writes: "History of a Felling was first conceived during the winter of 2014 while at the Penland School of Crafts on a winter residency in letterpress. The images were made on-site from polymer plates created from film ink hand-painted on Yupo paper. The project was filed away while the concept evolved into a body of work that would become Covell’s graduate thesis, “Towards a Just Landscape,” in 2015. In the intervening years, the US/Mexico border would draw global attention for the deeply contentious debate over the compulsion to secure the southern border though the construction of a border wall. It seemed a particularly poignant time, by comparison, to revisit the history of the US/Canada border felling, and so the project came out of storage. In many ways the southern and northern US border conflicts remain as isolated as their geographical latitudes; however, their ethical and environmental costs deserve equal scrutiny. Over 150 years later, the deforestation continues. Nature inevitably begins to rebound - trees, shrubs, and grasses grow - and every six years the swath is cleared through exhaustive manual labor." Anne has created a lovely tunnel book that opens to reveal a multi-layered forest of delicate trees printed in light brown on a cream background of Sakamoto paper. The images were printed from photopolymer plates made from original drawings by the artist. Housed in a brown cloth portfolio with a discussion and description of this book. In fine condition. 5.75 x 4.75 x .5 inches (closed) 5.75 x 4.75 x 18 inches (open). ARTISTSB/012121.
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New York: American Heritage Publishing Co., Inc., . Hardcover. Audubon's famed The Birds of American comprised 435 beautiful plates reproducing his original art. This folio two volume set includes all of those images in 431 plates, some with foldouts. Bound in blue cloth with dark blue titling to spine and replica of Audubon's initials on front cover. Sunning to spines and light indications of handling and in very good condition. Interior pages are in near fine condition. Housed in a dark blue slipcase with paper covered boards and brown label to front cover with title. Slipcase is chipped and bumped but still good. Measures 11-13.5 inches. Unpaginated. ART/012021. Very Good.
New York: American Heritage Publishing Co., Inc., . Hardcover. Audubon's famed The Birds of America with beautiful plates reproducing his original art. This folio volume includes all of those images in 431 plates, some with foldouts. Bound in blue cloth with dark blue titling to spine and replica of Audubon's initials on front cover. Minor sunning to edges of boards. Interior is clean and bright. In grey dust jacket with white and black title to spine and front panel. Minor chipping and wear to edges of jacket, which is protected in a removable plastic cover. Measures 13.5 x 11 inches. Unpaginated. ART/012021 A heavy volume that might require an extra shipping fee. Very Good / Very Good.
Austin, TX: University of Texas Press, . First edition of this charming book that describes 257 species and illustrates each in color. Bound in blue cloth will gilt titling to spine. Light bumping. Interior pages near fine. Previous owner label affixed to front pastedown. No dust jacket. Measures 8.5 x 11.5 inches. 295 pages. GARDEN/011621.
Boston: Little, Brown, and Company, 1954. Hardcover. First Edition. Thin elephant Folio. Ex-library with embossed stamp to dedication page and bookplate to rear free endpaper. Bound in grey cloth boards with gilt title to front cover. Light wear to edges and corners of boards. Includes 50 plates of Klute's nature photography featuring flowers, reptiles, trees, and more. Unpaginated. PHOTO/021921. Very Good.
London: George Allen & Co., . Hardcover. First illustrated edition. From Goodreads: "In an exuberantly poetic work that is less about bees and more about life, Maurice Maeterlinck expresses his philosophy of the human condition. The renowned Belgian poet and dramatist offers brilliant proof in this, his most popular work, that "no living creature, not even man, has achieved in the center of his sphere, what the bee has achieved. From their amazingly intricate feats of architecture to their intrinsic sense of self-sacrifice, Maeterlinck takes a "bee's-eye view" of the most orderly society on Earth. An enthusiastic and expert beekeeper, Maeterlinck did not intend to write a scientific treatise, even though he details many topics concerning bees." Edward Julius Detmold (1883 - 1957 ) and his twin brother Charles Maurice Detmold (1883-1908) were prolific Victorian illustrators. Edward became one of the most talented of illustrators, depicting animals and plants with an extraordinary understanding, and making use of fantasy settings of architecture and landscape [Wikipedia]. Bound in cream paper covered boards with elaborate gilt titling and illustration to front cover. Binding is worn, rubbed, bumped, and soiled. The interior pages and the 13 lovely illustrations are in very good plus condition. The illustrated color plates of bees and flowers are tipped in. Gift inscription on front free endpaper. Measures 9 x 11 inches. 235 pages. NATURE/033121. Very Good.
Worcester, MA: J. Nancrede, 1797. First American Edition. Jacques-Henri Bernardin de Saint-Pierre (also called Bernardin de St. Pierre) (1737 -1814) was a French writer and botanist. He is best known for his 1788 novel Paul et Virginie, now largely forgotten, but in the 19th century a very popular children's book. In this work he argues that plants should not be classified not just by their florifications but by the relations of their several parts to the rest of nature. Bound in full brown leather with red title label to spine. Leather is torn, rubbed, abraded, and bumped. Front board is loose but holding. Interior pages are browned throughout and frontis is dampstained. Red accession stamped on title page and remains of book label to front pastedown. Frontis plate plus three fold-out plates numbered III, IV, and V as called for in Evans. A good only copy of this scarce item. NATURE/032621.
Harrisburg: Edwin K. Meyers, State Printer, 1888. Hardcover. Relatively scarce first edition of this work by Warren, the Pennsylvania State Ornithologist. A second edition published two years later supplemented the first edition by adding 50 bird plates to the original 50. The plates are quite handsome and bright, and were done in the style of Audubon. Bound in original green cloth with gilt title and author to spine. Some bumping and rubbing. Small spot on base of spine and sign of something removed from pastedown indicate ex-library but no other signs. Interior pages clean. Very good condition. Large octavo. 260 pages. ANIMAL/031021. Very Good.