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.
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Barcelona: Granja Grafica, 2014. Hardcover. Number 29 of 72 copies. An inventive work from Barcelona's Granja Grafica Press. The press was founded in 2008 by Elies Plana, a Catalan printer, and Gaby, an Argentinean graphic designer. Edgar Allan Poe's poem, "The City in the Sea," first appeared in 1831 under the title "The Doomed City." In 1836 another version, "The City of Sin," was published in the Southern Literary Messenger. Not until 1845 was the poem published as "The City in the Sea." It has been called one of Poe's best poems. In this book the poem is printed both in English and Catalan. The translation is by Francesc Parcerisas, an important and prolific Catalan poet. The book is printed in an accordion structure that allows the pages to be turned conventionally or to be unfolded to show all of the pages with the striking original continuous linocut by Elies Plana of modern city rooftops. Done in black and white with various color skies. Verso pages have a geometric grey and white design that echoes the blue and green endpapers. Bound in gray paper covered boards with title and author in black to spine and front cover. Letterpress printed in Weiss, Italic and Helvetic type on Biblios, Guarro paper. Housed in a black cloth covered slipcase with a gray ribbon pull. In fine condition. Unpaginated. PRI/050322. Fine.
London: John Lane and the Bodley Head Ltd. King, Jessie M. Hardcover. A lovely edition of William Morris's poems. In addition to the title poem, this romantic collection of 30 works includes King Arthur’s Tomb, Rapunzel, and Old Love. The exquisite black and white illustrations throughout exemplify Jessie M. King’s (1875-1949) imaginative and mysterious style of art. King was one of the foremost artists of the Glasgow school, active at the turn of the century. An anomoly - the illustration facing page 18 is the same as that facing page 22. The illustration listed for page 22 is not present. There is a beautiful King cover illustration in gilt, as well as lovely headpieces, and tailpieces throughout. Binding is bright red with very slight bumping to spine and book corners. Very light foxing to front and rear end papers but interior is bright and clean. Very good plus condition. 310 pages. MOR022322. Very Good+.
London: Macmillan & Co., 1893. Hardcover. First edition of this beautiful version of Christina Rossetti's famed poem with the influential illustrations and cover design by Laurence Housman. It remains one of the most noted illustrated books of the late nineteenth century. The scarce dust jacket is present but in barely good condition. A previous owner saw fit to use tape along the upper and lower edges, and there is fraying along top of jacket and a piece missing from the bottom of the spine. Protected by a commercial mylar cover. Bound in green silk cloth with the gilt repeating design to both covers. Very slight bumping and light wear to spine edges. offsetting to front and rear endpapers from the dust jacket. Interior pages have some mild aging to margins, and the gutters are exposed in a few places where the book was opened flat. With twelve full page illustrations and numerous text decorations. Still a nice copy in very good condition. Small octavo. 63 pages. PRERAPH/051022. Very Good.
London: George Allen, 1893. Hardcover. This text is substantially a reprint of essays originally published in London's Architectural Magazine beginning in 1837. The essays are in two parts: the first describing the cottages of England, France, Switzerland, and Italy. The second part is on the villas of Italy and England. The illustrations are taken from drawings by Ruskin, done as a series of plates "executed in the best possible style of photogravure" [Introduction]. There are fourteen plates, a color frontispiece, and fourteen text illustrations. Bound in full dark blue leather with raised bands on spine with gilt titling and fleurs de lis. On the cover is a gilt oval seal with a figure in the middle and the words "Deo Dante Dedi" [I have given to God] encircling it. The leather is somewhat worn and the spine has faded . Marbled endpapers and paper edges. The front hinge is cracked and weak, and a previous owner used non-archival tape along the hinge to strengthen it. Rear joint and hinge are also tender. Interior pages are quite clean. Save for binding issues in very good condition. Measures 8.5 x 11 inches. viii; 261 pages. ARCHITECT/092821. 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.