Mission, BC: Barbarian Press, 2019. Hardcover. An edition of 130, of which this is one of 50 copies in the regular edition. According to the printer: "Our fascination with [Wagener's] work is a response to the meticulous attention to detail which imbues all his engravings, combined with a ‘democracy of aesthetic’ which allows both realism and abstraction equal weight. In a Parenthesis review of Wagener’s early book with Peter Koch, Zebra Noise with a Flatted Seventh, Simon Brett said ‘No one else I know of is making such avant-garde grand opera in wood-engraved prints.’" Richard Wagener (1944 - ) is a Californian wood engraver known best for his depictions of nature and animals, often juxtaposed against abstract imagery. A specially commissioned frontispiece, new press device, and patterned papers have been created for this edition. Folio. Bound black and red checkered patterned paper with black cloth spine and red and white title label pasted down to spine. Includes over 100 engravings printed from the original wood plates on Zerkall White Smooth paper. Unpaginated. PRI/122719. Fine.
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Easthampton, MA: Cheloniidae Press and Wonder Books Editions, 2019. Letter K of 26 lettered copies, lettered and signed by the book artist and Roberts of Wonder Books Editions. This portfolio is an impressive new production from Alan James Robinson's and his Cheloniidae Press. The press has issued many fine limited edition books since its founding in 1979 by master printer and artist Robinson. Now he and Roberts and letterpress printer Arthur Larson have collaborated to create this homage to great books and authors that have influenced and changed lives. The portfolio has a suite of letterpress broadsides each beginning with the phrase "If there were no books." They honor Hound of the Baskervilles, Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn, Unicorns, Moby Dick, Headless Horseman, Nevermore, Black Cat, Rime of the Ancient Mariner, Ophelia, Alice in Wonderland, Call of the Wild, and Jabberwocky. There are one hundred broadsides to be sold individually and an additional thirty available in portfolios, lettered A-Z , with four Artist Proofs. Each portfolio has twelve broadsides from original pen and ink drawings by Robinson. He has lettered and signed each one. This special set also includes copies of two of the illustrations that are hand watercolored by the artist - Alice in Wonderland and Jabberwocky. There is an additional suite of twelve different illustrations for these works that will only appear in print in these thirty portfolios. The type and illustrations are printed from polymer plates on Cranes Lettra paper. The two suites are each in a stiff paper folder housed in a tan linen portfolio and housed in a linen clamshell box with a paper title label affixed to front cover. They are accompanied by a title page and colophon. In fine condition. Measures 11 x 14 inches. PRI/121219. Fine.
Toronto: Cheshire Cat Press, 2015. Number 16 of 66 copies signed and numbered by the publisher, Andy Malcolm, the writer of the introduction, Edward Wakeling, and the printer, George A. Walker. The press calls this fine production their Sesquicentennial Edition of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Edward Wakeling, who wrote the introduction, is an internationally known authority on Carroll. Wakeling writes in his introduction: Harry Furniss was born in Wexford, Ireland on March 26, 1854. He was a prolific artist and illustrator, best remembered for his humorous illustrations published in Punch, to which he contributed over 2,600 drawings from 1880 to 1894. Furniss was eleven years old when Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland was published. He regretted not being old enough to illustrate the Alice book for himself. He was delighted when Carroll singled him out to illustrate the Sylvie and Bruno books. Carroll recognized Furniss’s ability to draw both character likenesses and grotesques; an essential ingredient for his new book. Sylvie and Bruno was nothing like Alice’s Adventures. Furniss said that this was a bitter disappointment to him. Inwardly, he nursed the ambition to do his own illustrated version of Alice. When the copyright ran out in 1907, he drew twenty illustrations for the book. But few people have seen Alice as illustrated by Harry Furniss. The illustrations first appeared in three installments of The Children’s Encyclopaedia edited by Arthur Mee in 1908. This edition offers for the first time enlarged, high resolution copies of the original Furniss art. The portfolio of loose illustration leaves is made available for sale as a hand printed folio. The polymer plates of the illustrations were made from high resolution scans; sixteen of these images are from the original drawings from the archives of the Fales Library in New York City. Printed on Arches Velin Cream French 100% rag archival paper with Janson type. The portfolio is housed in a clam shell box made from the finest quality materials, with red cloth covers and a gilt illustration of the white rabbit on the top cover and gilt title on spine. In fine condition. Paper sheets measure 11 x 15 inches. PRI/111519. Fine.
New York: The Limited Editions Club, 1930. Hard Cover. Number 46 of 1500 copies. SIGNED BY THE ILLUSTRATOR. Very good in flexible green cloth boards with red and gilt title label to spine. The spine is slightly faded. The interior is very clean overall with a few small, light spots of foxing to a few pages. Housed in a yellow paper covered slipcase with black and gilt title to spine panel. The spine panel of the case has faded to light yellow. Minor wear to edges and chipping to paper of case edges. Rubbing to panels of case. 384 pages. LIT/011320. Very Good.
London: Bradbury and Evans, 1848. Hardcover. First Edition. Bound in three quarter tan leather over marbled paper covered boards with red and gilt title label to spine. Gitl decoration to spine. Minor rubbing and wear to leather on spine, hinges, corners, and edges. Rubbing to covers. Full marbled edges and endpapers. Stub from tissue guard between title page and frontis. Browning to frontis and title page. Occasional spots of foxing and browning, but overall the interior is clean and bright. Includes 16 illustrations by Tenniel, Leech, and others. An attractive copy despite noted wear. 188 pages. LIT/032420. Very Good.
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1904. Parrish, Maxfield. Hardcover. First Edition, published "September 1904." Black cloth boards with gilt title to spine and full color illustrated pastedown to front board. Tears to bookcloth along the hinges and top edge of rear board. White marking to spine and rubbing to boards. Interior hinges are cracked, but holding. Color illustrated endpapers with previous owner's signature to half title page in pen. Includes eight full color charming illustrations. Clean interior overall with occasional light smudge marks / light soiling. 199 pages. CHILD/011420. Very Good.
New York: The Limited Editions Club, 1930. Hard Cover. Number 46 of 1500 printed copies. Signed by the designer, Frederic W. Goudy. 8vo. Bound in full olive green leather with gilt title to spine. Spine and edges of boards have faded to brown. Leather on spine is heavily worn and is cracked with chips. Binding remains secure; however, leather is cracking along hinges. Interior is clean and bright ovearll with illustrations as well as head pieces at the beginning of each chapter. Light browning to margins and a couple of light finger smudges to a few margins. Untrimmed edges to pages. Housed in original tan patterned paper covered slipcase with black title to spine panel. Wear and chipping to edges of slipcase and rubbing to panels. 57 pages. LIT/011320. Fine.
New York: Limited Editions Club, 1930. Hard Cover. Number 46 of 1500 copies. Signed by the illustrator. Bound in white parchment spine titled in black over black leatherette boards. Browning to spine and minor wear to spine ends and corners of boards. Slight browning to endpapers, else clean and bright. Housed in original blue and white paper covered slipcase with darkened gilt title to spine and front panel. Chipping, wear, and browning to paper covering the slipcase. 267 pages. LIT/011320. Very Good.