London: Clover Hill Editions at the Rampart Lions Press, 1974. Burne-Jones, Edward. Unbound. Prints (sold individually) of Burne-Jones’s illustrations which were originally designed to accompany The Story of Cupid and Psyche in a Kelmscott version of Morris’s The Earthly Paradise. The book was never completed. The original woodblocks, carved mostly by William Morris, were left to the Society of Antiquaries after his death. The blocks were “rediscovered” in the 1960s, and in 1974, the Rampant Lions Press published an edition of the work using them. These engravings were printed from those original wood blocks. The book and prints were in a limited edition of 100. A separate cloth box housed 44 loose prints. Paper size: 13 x 9 inches. Image size: 4.25 x 6.25 inches. PRE/121807. Fine.
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Portland: Thomas B. Mosher, 1901. Hardcover. Number 84 of 100 copies printed on Japanese vellum. Includes Poe's most famous poems and additional poems written in his youth. Beautiful modern deep purple leather binding with gilt title to front. Original endpapers. The text is bright and clean and many of the pages are unopened. 87 pages. POE/080407. Fine.
Portland ME: Thomas B. Mosher, 1909. Paper covered boards. 1 of 925 copies. A charming title from Mosher's press. Printed on Van Gelder paper with an appropriately delicate type. Bound in cream paper boards to resemble vellum, with yapp edges. Title printed in brown on front board, bordered by an art nouveau style flower design. Other than a smallgray spot on the front board and very slight coloring to end pages, the book is in pristine condition. There is a short gift inscription in French to a ffe. The interior pages are beautiful, with original ribbon present. Many pages are unopened. In a very shabby case which served its purpose in protecting the covers. 130 pages. PRI/102307. Near Fine.
Portland, ME: Thomas B. Mosher, 1901. Hardcover. 1 of 425 copies. Printed on hand-made Van Gelder paper. This is a novel in thirty letters which was originally published in "The Tatler" in 1877. In original dust jacket of cream colored paper with title and author to spine. A few nicks and browning to spine otherwise very good. The book is bound in blue-grey paper boards with white spine with title label. It is in fine condition. Some pages unopened. 219 pages. PRI/092309. Very Good in Very Good Dust Jacket.
Portland, ME: Thomas B. Mosher, 1905. Flexible Wrappers. 1 of 500 copies. Second Mosher Press edition. Very good in original beige stiff wrappers with red title to spine and front panels. Fading to spine and boards, browning to interior hinges, chipping to spine and edges, and closed tears to outer joints. Clean interior. Includes 4 facsimile pages. 261 pages. PRI/101010. Very Good.
Portland, Maine: Thomas Bird Mosher, 1926. Hardcover. LIMITED EDITION. Very good light blue paper covered boards with white title label on spine. Fading along spine and edges. Minor chipping to head of spine. Light soiling to front board. Decorative endpages. Interior is clean and bright. Frontis is portrait of the editor. 135 pages. Poetry Anthology. POEANT/8262. Very Good.
New York: Whitney Museum of American Art, 1989. 1 of 140 copies. Signed by the author and the book artist. This scarce and intriguing limited edition work was produced to benefit the Library of the Whitney Museum of Art. "Heat" is a classic short story by the renowned and prolific writer Joyce Carol Oates. "It tells the story of the murder of eleven-year-old identical twins, Rhea and Rhoda Kunkel, through the eyes of a childhood friend who is now an adult. Oates weaves the story together like bursts of heat on a sultry day. The story begins with a reference to the “rippling” heat of the summer day as the girls ride their bicycles toward Whipple’s Ice. In the next scene, the twins are in matching white caskets in a funeral parlor. Again, reference is made to the heat. In a narrative that borders on stream of consciousness, Oates introduces the girls, the narrator, and Roger Whipple. The child narrator describes the girls as inseparable, full of life, and drawing energy and power from each other. She describes their lives and their death with the innocence of a child’s perceptions."[Enotes.com] The book's production is inventive and fitting for the story. It was produced and edited by May Castleberry of the Whitney and Leslie Miller of the Greenfell Press. The work's two volumes resemble a young person''s diaries. They are bound in white leather with gilt title and ruling to the front covers and closed by a gold clasp. The text was handwritten by Robert Gober and printed on Saunders paper. It was handbound at Booklab in Austin. Gober's illustrations for the endpapers are lithographs printed at Derriere L'Etoile Studios in New York. The volumes are housed in a custom purple cloth clamshell box. The volumes are fine in a near fine box.
Chico, CA: Field & Oettel, 1969. Hardcover. A rare book of verses and Biblical quotes from the California poet Frances Oettel (1912-1973). It was apparently self-published and reproduces handwritten pages of the verses that she called psalms. A stated first printing numbered "191" in ink on the rear pastedown above a stamp with a Chico California address. The bi-fold pages are loose within a green pebbled cloth hard cover folder with title and author on an orange paper label affixed to the front cover. Fading to edges of covers. There are four delicate color illustrations depicting a tree as it appears each season. Inserted is a letter dated 1970 that seems to refer to the writer although with a different last name, saying that her book took years of effort. A charming and very personal book from this religious writer. In very good condition. Unpaginated [86 pages]. PRI/020118. Very Good.
Chico, CA: Field & Oettel, 1969. Hardcover. A rare book of verses and Biblical quotes from the California poet Frances Oettel (1912-1973). It was apparently self-published and reproduces handwritten pages of the verses that she called psalms. A stated first printing. The bi-fold pages are loose within a beige woven cloth hard-cover folder with title and author on a tan paper label affixed to the front cover. Light soiling to title label and slight bumping to some page corners. There are four delicate color illustrations depicting a tree as it appears each season. A charming and very personal book from this religious writer. In very good condition. Unpaginated [86 pages]. PRI/020118. Very Good.
Monmouthshire: The Old Stile Press, 2006. Hardcover. Number 59 of 150 copies numbered and signed by Davis and Adams. The story of Bluebeard has a long history, from Perrault's Fairy Tales through Maeterlinck, and is deeply embedded in the dark storytelling of the early twentieth century. Béla Balázs, heavily influenced by the French Symbolists, wrote a play which inspired his fellow countryman Béla Bartók to create a truly Hungarian opera. The music and the libretto in their turn have drawn from Susan Adams a sequence of stunning images. Each page evokes the unfolding terror that the walls of Duke Bluebeard's castle have witnessed. The chilling story is of the young bride, Judith, brought to her new home by the Duke. She longs to fling open windows, to let sunlight flood into her castle but gradually she has to face the truth of what may have happened here -- the truth of the destroyed lives of three previous wives. The libretto is the English version made by John Lloyd Davies for performances of the opera in the UK. Printed in Eric Gill's Joanna type on BFK Rives paper. The 18 images by Adams use two printmaking techniques, printing directly from woodblocks in black (with two in white) and digitally generated photopolymer line blocks, printed in red. The small folio book is bound in black and red paper and covered with red paper with printed with woodcuts on both covers. The slipcase has grey sides with a black border, again printed with images by Susan Adams. A particularly striking production from this excellent private press. In fine condition. Unpaginated [56 pages]. PRI/061416. Fine.
Monmouth shire UK: The Old Stile Press, 1998. Hardcover. Number 160 of 200 copies. Signed by the artist and essayist. From the Press: "When The Affectionate Shepheard was first published, in London in 1594, its author was 20 years of age and immediately became a celebrity -- although he ceased to write six years later. In the centuries since, however, both poem and poet have largely disappeared from sight. Printings have been few and this one is thought to be the very first to be accompanied by images. The poem followed the rich tradition of pastoral poetry and was influenced especially by the second Eclogue of Vergil, taking unrequited love as its theme and, as its subject, the love of a shepherd, Daphnis, for the young man, Corydon. An essay, putting the work fascinatingly in its historical and literary context, has been specially written by Dr. Peter Wakelin for inclusion in this edition. If the poem is an unusual and worthwhile rediscovery, so is the printmaking technique employed by Clive Hicks-Jenkins. Involving glass and a layer of pigment, it is more akin to line engraving on, say, metal than to any form of drawing. This publication is also remarkable for being the first of our books to be printed entirely on paper handmade by Frances McDowall at The Old Stile Press." Printed in Bulmer types on McDowall's handmade paper.Illustrations on each page produced from autographic relief images using a variant form of cliché verre. Bound in vegetable parchment hand toned by the printer, illustrated on both covers with outline designs printed in grey, black spine titling. Special endpapers handmade by Frances McDowall. Foxing to some pages. Housed in a folding slipcase covered in burnt orange cloth, lined with blue Ingres paper. Octavo in near fine condition. 58 pages. PRI/061416. Near Fine.
Monmouthshire, England: The Old Stile Press, 2008. Hard Cover. Number 70 of 195 copies in Main Edition. Illustrated by Michael Onken and signed by him. This book came when the McDowells, proprietors of the press, discovered this text among the papers of George Mackay Brown. He wrote it in 1984 and it had a single public reading but was never published. The play draws on the tales of the Selkie folk. The American artist, Michael Onken, has found Orkney to be his "spiritual" home, and also was drawn to the Selkie legends. This book is a result of the play's discovery. Bound in cream cloth front cover with illustration in brown. Backing and rear board are blue linen. Housed in fine grey slipcase with paper illustration of Mackay Brown affixed to front. Designed and printed by Nicolas McDowell in Albertina type on grey Velin Arches paper. The artist's wood engravings, woodcuts,and linocut images were printed in black and white from the original blocks. Binding by The Fine Book Bindery using paper printed at The Old Stile Press. In fine condition. Unpaginated [56 pages]. PRI/061316. Fine.
Oldham, England: Old Stile Press, 2012. Hardcover. Number 24 of 100 copies. Signed by the illustrator and author. This story is about the author overcoming her fear of swimming in the Medway River, which was close to where she grew up. The accompanying black and white photographs, which are composed of multiple layers, effectively capture the emotions and perceptions of the author as she wades through an eerie river landscape. This is the author’s first complete short story. It was published in The Warwick Review and in Salt’s Best British Short Stories 2011. Bound in grey paper covered boards with the title printed on the front cover and the name of the press on the rear cover. A flowing design of lines is printed continuously on the spine and both covers in brown and blue ink. Clean and bright with tipped in illustrations. Printed on Velin Arches paper in Zapfino type with Aries italic. Includes ten photographic illustrations printed using archival inks on FibaPrint photographic paper. In fine condition. Unpaginated. PRI/070912. Fine.
Oldham, England: Old Stile Press, 2012. Hardcover. Number 23 of 100 copies. Signed by the illustrator and author. A story about the author overcoming her fear of swimming in the Medway River which she grew up on the banks of. The accompanying black and white photographs which are composed of multiple layers effectively capture the emotions and perceptions of the author as she wades through an eerie river landscape. This is the author's first complete short story. It was published in The Warwick Review and again in Salt's Best British Short Stories 2011. Bound in grey paper covered boards with the title printed on the front cover and the name of the press on the rear cover. A flowing design of lines is printed continuously on the spine and both covers in brown and blue ink. Clean and bright with tipped in illustrations. Printed on Velin Arches paper in Zapfino type with Aries italic. Includes ten photographic illustrations printed using archival inks on FibaPrint photographic paper. Unpaginated. PRI/070912. Fine.
Monmouthshire, UK: The Old Stile Press, 2010. Hardcover. 1 of 60 copies. Illustrated with textual descriptions by Natalie d’Arbeloff. The artist created these gestural pen and ink figure drawings over fifty years ago while she was a student in New York City studying under Jack Tworkov, a prominent abstract expressionist. D’Arbeloff is now a printmaker, cartoonist, and book artist with work in collections around the world. Bound in blue paper covered boards with gilt title to spine and black illustration to front cover. Printed on Velin Arches Blanc in Aries type. The images were printed at original size with photopolymer plates. The text is printed in grey with titles in blue and illustrations in black. In fine condition. Unpaginated. PRI/081111. Fine.
Oldham, England: The Old Stile Press, 2007. Hard Cover. Number 62 of 200 copies numbered and signed by the artist. It is said that the poet, Chauras, fell passionately in love with the kings daughter, Vidya. When King Sundava discovered the affair, he threw Chauras in the dungeon and sentenced him to death. While awaiting his execution, he composed this poem about his love for Vidya. Originally written in Sanskrit, this poem was translated by Powys Mathers who knew no Eastern languages and translated mainly from French versions of Oriental poetry. He translated this poem while in an army hut during the first world war. The striking black and white lineblock illustrations are taken from collages by Glenys Cour. Fine in green and gray patterned paper with a magnatized flap closure. An illustration of Vidya is printed on the inside of the flap so that her image can be ever present as the poem of her lover, Chauras, is read. The interior is printed on Zerkall paper and is printed in Benguiat type. The binding and all of the printed papers were designed at The Old Stile Press and executed at Fine Bookbinders Ltd. A beautiful book in fine condition. Unpaginated. [72 pages] PRI/061016. Fine.
Oldham, England: The Old Stile Press, 1989. Hardcover. Number 149 of 220 copies. Signed by the illustrator. The Gymnopaediae was an ancient Greek festival at which nude young boys would dance, sing, and display their athletic abilities to honor Apollo. Filled with linocut illustrations of nude male athletes in various poses. Bound in quarter black cloth with blue paper covered boards. Black title to spine and terracotta illustration of a Greek sculpture of a nude boy to the front cover. Printed on Saunders HP mould-made paper in Joanna and PerpetuaLight Titling type. Housed in a beige cloth covered slipcase printed in terracotta with a series of figures. In fine condition. [80 pages]. PRI/071112. Fine in Fine Slipcase.
Oldham, England: The Old Stile Press, 1989. Hardcover. 145 of 220 copies. Signed by the illustrator. The Gymnopaediae was an ancient Greek festival at which nude young boys would dance, sing, and display their athletic abilites to honor Apollo. Includes a brief textual introduction and the remainder of the book is filled with linocut illustrations of nude male atheletes in various poses. Bound in quarter black cloth with blue paper covered boards. Black title to spine and terracotta illustration of a Greek sculpture of a nude boy to the front cover. Printed on Saunders HP mould-made paper in Joanna and Perpetua Light Titling type. Housed in a beige cloth covered slipcase printed in terracotta with a series of figures. [80 pages]. PRI/071112. Fine in Fine Slipcase.
Lincoln: Penmaen Press, (1980). First Edition. Hardcover. LIMITED EDITION SIGNED BY THE TRANSLATOR AND ILLUSTRATOR. Number 75 of 100. First edition. Half green cloth and decorated paper boards with gilt title to spine. Slight yellowing to top edge of boards. Minor foxing to top edge of text block, otherwise fine. Text is clean and bright with illustrations throughout. Designed by Michael McCurdy. 62 pages. Private Press. PRI/101216. Near Fine.
Lincoln: The Penmaen Press, (1976). First Edition. Hardcover. LIMITED EDITION SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR. 8vo. Near fine. Green cloth covered boards with blind stamped tire tracks to front and rear boards and gilt title to spine. Very slight dusting to top and bottom edges of boards. Without jacket, as issued. First edition. Number 68 of 200 numbered, signed copies. Preface by Richard Eberhart. Peich / The first ten, a Penmaen bibliography 10.A. Near Fine.
Lincoln, MA: Penmaen Press Ltd, 1979. Hardcover. Limited Edition. Number 193 of 300 copies specially bound, numbered, and signed by the author and artist. There were also 700 regular copies printed. A "Chaplin-esque" short story with wood engravings by Jerome Kaplan. Set in Caledonia type on Mohawk Superfine paper. Bound in three quarter blue cloth with patterned paper covered boards and gilt title to spine. Pristine. 44 pages. PRI/052411. Fine.
Pennyroyal Press, 1985. Barry Moser. Hardcover. Number 194 of 200 copies signed and numbered by Barry Moser. The preface states that the bestiary was a well-established tradition in France by the time De Fournival wrote his Bestiare d'Amour in the middle of the 13th century. In his bestiary, however, he diverted the bestiary's hallowed animal symbolism to amorous purpose. An anonymous woman composed a response to his new symbolism, which was appended to a few of the surviving manuscripts. The two works remain as an articulation of the eternal debate between Man and Woman. This fascinating text is illustrated with dozens of Barry Moser's splendid small wood engravings of animals, birds, and insects. Bound in limp vellum with gilt title to spine and housed in a grey cloth slipcase. The rear panel of the slipcase has three watermarks but is otherwise in fine condition. In monotype Dante, designed by Moser and Chase Twichell, and printed by Harold McGrath. A beautiful book in fine condition. Unpaginated. PRI/032813. Fine in Very good Slipcase.
Sutton Mandeville, England: Perdix Press, 1978. Softcover. One of 100 copies printed. Seventy were for the fourth exchange of the Society of Private Printers and thirty for private circulation. A charming small collection of 16 verses that were taken from the Oxford Nursery Rhyme Book of 1955, compiled by the nursery rhyme scholars Iona and Peter Opie. The pages are sewn into light cream wrappers with the title and decoration in blue on front cover. Hand set in 10 point Bembo and printed on a Columbian press by Walter Pattridge. In fine condition. 2.5 x 4.5 inches. Unpaginated. PRI/112717. Fine.
New Castle, DE: Oak Knoll Press, 2011. Hardcover. First Edition. When William Morris founded the Kelmscott Press, his celebrated private press, in 1891, one of the books he intended to print was an edition of the writings of Geoffrey Chaucer. Because of its size and complexity, The Works of Geoffrey Chaucer did not emerge from the press until June 1896, shortly before Morris's death. It was recognized even in its time as the most remarkable and important production from this influential press. In fine condition in fine dustjacket. 280 pages. PRI/102814. Fine / Fine.
New Castle, DE: Oak Knoll Press, 2011. Hardcover. First Edition. When William Morris founded the Kelmscott Press, his celebrated private press, in 1891, one of the books he intended to print was an edition of the writings of Geoffrey Chaucer. Because of its size and complexity, The Works of Geoffrey Chaucer did not emerge from the press until June 1896, shortly before Morris's death. It was recognized even in its time as the most remarkable and important production from this influential press. In fine condition in fine dustjacket. 280 pages. PRI/053019. Fine / Fine.