Philadelphia: John C. Winston and Co, 1895. Hardcover. Blue cloth boards with gilt title to spine and front cover. Attractive cover design in blue, red, and gilt. Wear and light fraying to spine ends and corners. Light rubbing and light soiling to covers. Illustrated with full page photogravure portraits and many other fine engravings. Clean overall with occasional spots of soiling and occasional smudge marks. Crack to rear hinge and front hinge is starting. An attractive volume. Size: Quarto. 708 pages. AMEBIO/102518. Very Good.
Cheloniidae Press, 1984. Hard Cover. Number 19 of 60 copies for the Deluxe Edition with an extra suite of prints. Signed and numbered by the book artist. There were 225 copies in the standard edition. This beautiful book is in a unique custom binding designed and executed by Robert Wu at his studio in Toronto in 2018. Robert is an exceptionally talented Taiwanese-Canadian designer bookbinder and paper marbler from Toronto, where he has lived since 2006. He began binding books in the 1990s and studied with several master binders. His splendid bindings can be found in public and private collections in Canada and the United States and he has received several awards. His specialization is in the grand tradition of French Art binding - Reliure d'Art. His eight years of architectural training is evident in the quality of his designs and the precision of his execution. The deluxe edition includes a suite of signed and numbered wood engravings and one etching by Alan James Robinson, a master printer and artist who established the Cheloniidae Press, later called The Press of the Sea Turtle, in 1979. The text used for this edition was first published in 1650, “corrected and much enlarged by the author.” English author Sir Thomas Browne (1605 - 1682) was fascinated with the natural world. In this text he describes a variety of horned animals and ponders the varying medicinal value of their horns. His text has been beautifully printed and illustrated by Robinson with unicorns, horned beetles, a walrus, a narwhal, and more. Robert's imaginative and marvelous binding is in red leather with a black spine label with title in silver. The red leather binding is stamped with the title in white, black, and blind running vertically from top to bottom of both covers. The front cover has an elaborately embossed white leather inlay with a faux ivory oval ornament with an illustrated narwhale horn. The rear cover has the same inlay with a portrait of Thomas Browne in the faux ivory. Marbled endpapers from Robert's studio with his binder's seal on the rear pastedown. Printed in Van Dijck Monotype on obsolete Whatman Paper, Blue White Laid. The book, prospectus, and suite of loose plates are housed in a custom clamshell box covered in beige linen. In fine condition. Unpaginated. [56 pages] ARTB/092118. Fine.
New York: Orange Judd and Company, 1873. Hardcover. Very good in dark green cloth with gilt lettering on spine. Small chip to book cloth on spine. Chipping to spine ends and minor bumping to corners. Rubbing to edges of boards, hinges, and spine. Bookplate of William Eleroy Curtis to front pastedown. Curtis (1850 - 1911) was an American journalist and author. Ink spots to front endpapers with spotting continuing to following page. Includes 13 black and white illustrations. 320 pages. LIT/102418. Very Good.
New York: Grosset and Dunlap, 1907. Hardcover. Frontispiece illustration by Harrison Fisher and six additional full page illustrations by Underwood (frontis in color and others in black and white). Bound in green cloth boards with white title to spine and front cover. Color illustration (same as frontis) pasted down to front cover. Edge of illustration has chipped off. Minor wear to edges and corners of boards. Foxing to first and last few pages, but clean and bright overall. All pages have border designs. An attractive book despite noted damage. Illustrated pastedowns depicting a car being driven by angels with butterfly wings. 130 pages. LIT/102518. Very Good.
Barcelona: Granja Grafica, 2014. Hardcover. Number 47 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. 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 their striking original continuous linocut by Elies Plana of modern city rooftops. Done in black and white with various color skies. Signed and numbered by Plana. Verso pages have a geometric grey and white design that echoes the blue and green endpapers. Bound in grey 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 black linen slipcase with grey ribbon pull. In fine condition. Unpaginated. PRI/102518. Fine.
Boston and New York: Houghton, Mifflin and Company, 1906. Pennell, Joseph. Hardcover. Holiday edition printed without several chapters that appeared in the original edition. The omitted chapters were less descriptive and proved to be difficult for the illustrator. Bound in the original cloth boards with cover design by Thomas Ball. Wrinkling / scuffing to book cloth along rear hinge, slight bumping to corners, and minor scuffing to front cover. Pen inscription to front free endpaper. The interior has a few small finger smudges, but is very clean overall with many illustrations. Tight binding. 342 pages. LIT/102418. Very Good.
Oldham, England: Incline Press. Hardcover. Number 32 of 160 copies signed by the artist. This is a handsome book with striking prints from artist Nick Wonham. From the press: "Collective nouns, the stuff of schooldays, always seem to amuse us. A parliament of magpies has to be a favourite, especially if you’ve heard a group of them cackling together in the Springtime. But we prefer the alternative, a charm of magpies, which certainly suits this poem better. It is one version of a folk rhyme which has many local variants, all superstitiously foretelling the future through random occurrence. Although Iona & Peter Opie’s Dictionary of Nursery Rhymes does not include it amongst the counting rhymes. It makes a nice counting or even skipping song, and we present it thus, with the numeral and its word facing each picture to encourage learning by mixing reading with the action of counting. Magpies are often known a thugs in the garden, stealing eggs and chasing off their more delicate rivals. As printers, though, we have a fondness for them because of their “ink on paper” plumage and their latin name pica pica, which recalls the printshop unit of measure. The heart of our book is the ten two-colour linocut prints. Each one 8 x 6 inches, their bold, dense colours add to the edgy feel of the images. Hand set in Monotype Bemb from 24 to 72 points in size. The numerals are Winchester 30-line woodtype from Stephenson, Blake. The paper is Zerkall. Bound with a dark blue cloth spine and light blue printed paper over boards with specially printed endpapers by Roger Grech at his Papercut Bindery. In fine condition. Measures 14.5 x 10.25 inches. Unpaginated [27 pages]. PRI/102518. Fine.
Boston: Little, Brown, and Company, 1899. Hardcover. A story set in Ireland. Both volumes are bound in dark green cloth boards with gilt titles and decorations to spines and front covers. Light rubbing to covers and minor wear to corners and spine ends. Bright gilt on covers, but slight darkening to gilt on spines. Personal library stamp to front free endpapers. Old price sticker has been removed from front free endpaper of first volume. Slight browning to margins of pages in both volumes. Illustrated with 8 ethcings and many line drawings within the text. 388 pages in volume one; 462 pages in volume two. LIT/102418. Very Good.
New York: Grosset and Dunlap, 1909. Hardcover. Includes four full page black and white illustrations. Blue cloth boards with dark blue title to spine and front cover. Color illustration pasted down to front cover. Sunning to spine and edges of boards (spine has faded to beige). Clean and bright. 378 pages. LIT/102518. Very Good.
New York: M.A. Donohue and Company, (1915). Hardcover. Later printing. Light blue cloth boards with faded gilt title to spine and bright, but rubbed gilt title to front cover. Fleur-de-lis pattern in dark blue to cover and spine. Fading and roll to spine. Light circular dampstain from a drink being placed on the cover many years ago - two rings on cover. Minor fraying to spine ends and minor wear to edges of boards and corners. Slight browning to margins of pages, occasional spots of foxing and soiling and short closed tears. Clean overall. 249 pages. LIT/102518. Very Good.
Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill Company, 1907. Hardcover. Indiana politician and diplomat Meredith Nicholson (1866 - 1947) was also a best-selling author contributing to the Golden Age of Literature in Indiana along with Booth Tarkington. Bound in the original dark blue cloth boards with gilt title to spine and front cover. Illustrated color pastedown to front cover. Scuffing to illustration. Slight roll to spine. Minor wear to corners, edges, and spine ends. Pen inscription dated 1907 to front free endpaper. Notecard in Braille paperclipped to rear free endpaper. Rust stains from clip to facing pages. Occassional small smudge marks to interior, but clean overall. 387 pages. LIT/102418. Very Good.
New York: Grosset and Dunlap, (1910). Hardcover. Indiana politician and diplomat Meredith Nicholson (1866 - 1947) was also a best-selling author contributing to the Golden Age of Literature in Indiana along with Booth Tarkington. Light olive green cloth boards with dark brown title to spine and front cover. Slight sunning to spine. Minor wear to spine ends and edges of boards. Clean overall with pen gift inscription to front free endpaper "With love to Priscilla Christmas 1914 From Bird." Color frontis and many black and white line drawings within the text. 410 pages. LIT/102518. Very Good.
New York: Grosset and Dunlap, 1903. Hardcover. Indiana politician and diplomat Meredith Nicholson (1866 - 1947) was also a best-selling author contributing to the Golden Age of Literature in Indiana along with Booth Tarkington. Includes six full page black and white illustrations by Fisher. Bound in blue cloth boards with gilt title to spine and front cover. Small illustration of a trolley car to front cover. Rubbing and minor sunning to spine. Minor wear and rubbing to edges, hinges, corners and spine ends. Occasional smuge marks, but clean and bright overall. 419 pages. LIT/102518. Very Good.
Chicago: F.T. Neely, 1889. Hardcover. A collection of poetry and humorous short stories compiled for the amusement of railway passengers to read on the train. "They [the authors] have decided to issue a guide which will be good for one to read after one has missed one's train by reason of one's faith in otehr guides which we may have in one's luggage. Let it be understood, then, that we are wholly irresponsible, and we are glad of it ... Our plan is to issue a book worth about $9 charging only fifty cents for it and then see to it that no time tables or maps which will never return after they have been pulled out once, shall creep in among its pages" (introduction). Bound in mustard yellow cloth boards with faded gilt title to spine. Black and gilt illustration to front cover. Fraying, rubbing, and wear to edges, hinges, and corners. Filled with illustrations. Pages are a little brittle. Browning to margins of pages and penned signature of previous owner (from Indiana), but clean otherwise. 203 pages. HUM/102518. Very Good.
Indianapolis and Kansas City: Bowen-Merrill Company, 1897. Hardcover. Published posthumously by the author's widow. Includes 21 full page black and white illustrations. Original red cloth boards with gilt title to spine and front cover. Illustration of a jester in white, black, and gilt to front cvoer. Slight sunning to spine. Ink gift inscription to front free endpaper dated Christmas 1896. Browning to one page, likely from an acidic scrap of paper that is no longer present. An attractive book. 273 pages. LIT/102418. Very Good.
Garden City: Doubleday, Page, and Company, 1918. Hardcover. First Edition. One of the most read novelists of the 20s and 30s, Tarkington (1869 - 1946) is one of three authors to win the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction more than once. (Faulkner and Updike were the other two.) Most of his work is set in his native state of Indiana. In brick-red cloth boards with black title to spine and front cover. Minor rubbing / wear to edges of boards and corners. Includes 8 full page illustrations by Arthur Brown in black and white. Clean and bright interior. Slight cockling to pages along top and bottom of last few pages, but no evidence of prior dampness. 516 pages. LIT/102518. Very Good.