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New York: R.R. Bowker Company, 1962. Hardcover. 4to. Brown cloth boards with gilt title to spine. Scuffing to boards and minor wear to corners & edges. Minor discoloration to rear board. Interior is clean with bright text. Binding is a little loose, but pages all remain securely held in place. 652 pp. Very Good.
Ann Arbor: George Wahr, 1921. Hardcover. Ex-library from the Library of Congress. Tan cloth spine over cream paper covered boards with paper title label to spine and front cover. (Title label reads "Sjouke Gabbes") Minor wear to corners and edges of boards. A few smudges to boards and small stain to spine. Ex-library markings to endpapers. Illustrated. 172 pages. BOB/122018. Very Good.
Austin: The University of Texas, 1967. Paperback. First edition. Tan side-stapled wrappers with black Chinese characters on front cover. Text on cover reads: "In letters of gold on Tang's bathtub: As the Sun Makes it New Day by Day Make it New Yet again Make it New." Lightly soiled, otherwise fine. Illustrated. 154 items described. 62 pages. BOB/111516. Near Fine.
Oldham, England: Incline Press, 2012. Hard Cover. Number 118 of 250 copies. Heavily influenced by the Art Nouveau movement, E.R.Weiss (1875 – 1942) was a multitalented German artist who painted watercolors and murals, and also designed furniture, fabric, stained glass, ceramics, wallpaper, and books. This book focuses on Weiss’s book artistry including his typographic designs, calligraphy, book jacket designs, illustrations, and more. It took printer Graham Moss of the Incline Press over fifteen years to research, compile, and print this impressive collection of Weiss’s book works, which features numerous tipped-in reproductions and several original pieces. It is a large folio bound in brown paper covered boards with vellum spine and design in red to front cover. Housed in a brown paper covered slipcase with black cloth edges and title label to spine. In fine condition. 178 pages. PRI/062415. Fine.
Norman: University of Oklahoma, 1950. Hardcover. First edition. Both volumes are near fine in full orange cloth with gilt titles to spines. Bookplate of Frederick William Beinecke and Carrie Sperry Beinecke to front pastedown. Clean, bright interiors with illustrations. A few speckles of soiling to foredge of textblock. Housed in a cardboard slipcase missing back panel. The slipcase is worn along the edges and rubbed on the panels. 476 pages in volume 1; Books on Books. BOB110081 This set may require an extra shipping fee. Near Fine.
London and Berkeley: Scolar Press, . Hardcover. Volume I of this set reproduces the landmark 1934 work by Carter and Pollard in which they outline the detailed and laborious process by which they determined that the illustrious bibliophile Thomas J. Wise had actually produced a large number of forgeries of the writings of many major Victorian writers. The sequel describes their continuing efforts over the next many years to expand their disclosure of Wise's forgeries. This examination revealed that another noted bookman, H. Buxton Forman, was also involved in producing the fraudulent works. Both volumes are fascinating and elegantly written. Volumes I and II are bound in full black morocco with gilt titles to spines. the 3rd volume is a portfolio that holds two pamphlets and is bound in quarter black morocco with grey paper boards and gilt title to spine. All volumes are housed in a black cloth slipcase. The two pamphlets are an original copy of "Two Poems" by Elizabeth Barrett and Robert Browning (Chapman & Hall, 1854) and "A Note on Two Poems" by Nicolas Barker (Scolar Press, 1983). The "Note on Two Poems" is printed in an edition limited to 80 copies, of which this is number 64. "An Inquiry into the Nature..." is the second edition while the other volume is the first edition.Volume I: 400 pages plus 31 pages of corrections and notes: Volume II: 394 pages. "Two Poems" is 15 pages and "A Note on Two Poems is 27 pages. BOB/041906. Fine.
Providence, RI: Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, 1979. Hardcover. Inscribed by author. This was the catalogue that accompanied an exhibit held at the Rhode Island School of Design and at the Cooper-Hewitt Museum in New York. 7000 copies of the catalogue were printed. Begins with interesting overview of the artists and trends of that time, followed by a listing by author of each item in the exhibition. The final section has b&w and color copies of each of the illustrations shown. Included are such well known artists as Beardsley, Blake, Burne-Jones, Clarke, Housman, Lear, Rackham, and Rossetti, as well as many who are less famous today. Bound in light red cloth in near fine condition, with a near fine white dust jacket with black title to spine and pictorial cover. Interior also in fine condition. 240 pages. BOB/120210. Near Fine.
Oak Knoll, 2007. Hardcover. Signed by the author on the title page. Fine in black cloth boards with gilt title to spine. In black illustrated dust jacket with green title to spine. Pristine. Includes full color photographic illustrations of the first editions of each book discussed. Each entry discusses both the book and the movie giving bibliographic details about each. 380 pages. BOB/071216. Fine / Fine.
New York: Covici Friede, 1930. Hardcover. First Edition. 1 of 1050 copies printed at the Southworth Press. Includes essays on typographic history and book design in the US and UK. There are reproductions throughout showing exemplary designs by such figures as Bruce Rogers, Stanley Morison, Eric Gilll, and Frederic Goudy. Large 8vo. Bound in the original red buckram with printed paper label to spine. Some wear to extremities, and the paper label is browned and slightly chipped. Overall in very good condition. Prospectus is laid in along with book plate of Ulysses Houghland. 303 pages. BOB/091310. Very Good.
Berkeley: Codex Foundation, 2013. Hardcover. Book Art Object is primarily a record of the third biennial Codex Book Fair and Symposium: "The Fate of the Art," held at Berkeley, California, 2011. The event showcased contemporary artist books, fine press and fine art editions produced by the world's most esteemed printers, designers, book artists, and artisans. Showcases 300 books by 140 artists / printers and presents a selection of the papers delivered at the 2009 an 2011 symposium lectures including Paul van Capelleveen, Antoine Coron, Ron King, Juan Pascoe, and Richard Ovenden. Includes 1133 color images. New in white cloth boards with red title to front cover and spine. In new white dust jacket with red title to spine and front cover. 521 pages. BOB/022515. Fine / Fine.
Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1967. Hardcover. First edition. Brown cloth boards with black and gilt title to spine. In brown lightly rubbed and chipped dust jacket with white title to spine and front cover. Fading to spine panel of jacket, which is price clipped. 324 page. BOB/111616. Fine / Very Good.
Columbia: University of South Carolina, 1970. Paperback. First edition. Number O.S. of 350 copies. Signed by Katz. Inscribed on the limitation page "For John Kohn - / with my respect / and admiration. / J.K.". Catalogue of an exhibition marking the 100th anniversary of Norris' birth from the author's collection. Illustrated side-stapled cream wrappers with black title to front cover. Lightly soiled on front cover. 25 pages. BOB/111716. Near Fine.
Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997. Hardcover. First edition. An extensive and interesting overview of the authors and books of the period. Bound in black cloth with gilt title and authors to spine. In dark green pictorial dust jacket with title in white to spine. Very good in very good dust jacket. 431 pages. BOB/102016. Very Good / very Good.