New York: Abradale Press/Harry N Abrams, Inc, 1979. Hardcover. Folio. Purple cloth boards with gilt title to spine. Very clean interior filled with full color illustrations. Black illustrated dust jacket with white title to spine. Small closed tear to spine of jacket and minor fading to top edge. A nice copy. 351 pages. MUSIC/121505. Fine in Very good Plus dj.
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Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh, 1946. Paperback. 8vo. Republished for the nineteenth annual Stephen Collins Foster Memorial Day. Very good in side stapled grey and white illustrated paper wrappers. Interior is clean and bright with illustrations. Minor soiling to wrappers. 30 pages. MUS/022118. Very Good.
New York: Harper and Brothers, 1937. Hard Cover. SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR. 8vo. Very good in very good off white price clipped dust jacket with blue title to spine. Minor chipping and browning to dust jacket. Author's signature and previous owner's book plate to front free end page. Text is clean and bright. With illus. by Richard Q. Yardley. 125 pages. Music. MUS/031815. Very Good / Very Good.
New York: Harper and Brothers, 1937. Hard Cover. INSCRIBED BY THE AUTHOR. 8vo. Very good in very good off white price clipped dust jacket with blue title to spine. Minor chipping and browning to dust jacket. Author's inscription to front free end page. Text is clean and bright. With illustrations by Richard Q. Yardley. 125 pages. Music. MUS/081517. Very Good / Very Good.
Baltimore: Sutherland Press, Inc, 1976. Paperback. Very Good Plus. SIGNED BY AUTHOR. 8vo. Green paper wrappers with dark green title to front wrapper and to spine and illustrations to front and rear wrappers. Minor fading to spine and edges of front wrapper. Author's signature to front free end page. Clean interior with bright text and multiple illustrations. Tight binding. A nice copy. Index, 194 pp. MUS/051204. Very Good.
Baltimore: Sutherland Press, Inc, 1976. Paperback. Very Good. 8vo. Green paper wrappers with dark green title to front wrapper and to spine and illustrations to front and rear wrappers. Minor fading to spine and edges of front wrapper. Residue to top corner of front wrapper. Clean interior with bright text and multiple illustrations. Tight binding. A nice copy. Index, 194 pages. MUS/071713. Very Good.
Baltimore: J.H. Furst Company, 1962. Paperback. SIGNED BY AUTHOR. First Edition. Very good in original green and white paper wrappers, with white spine panel and black title to spine and front cover. Minor sunning to spine and edges of wrappers. Foxing to edges of textblock. Clean overall. Index, 343 pages. Maryland History. BALT/062018. Very Good.
Boston: Oliver Ditson, 1861. Paperback. This is an early edition of the Star Spangled Banner, part of a collection of national songs, the others being Hail Columbia, Yankee Doodle, America, and the Marseilles Hymn. The cover sheet has a lithograph illustration of the crossed flags of the United States and France. In 1861, because of his indignation over the Civil War, a fifth verse was written by Oliver Wendell Holmes. In it he writes of a foe from within that strikes a blow at her glory and down with the traitor that dares to defile the flag. The song did not become America's "Official Song" until 1889, but it was not officially adopted as the nation's anthem until 1931. In good only condition. The pages are separated, tattered at the edges, and has light water stains not affecting the readability. Still a nice copy of this scarce item. MUS/081811. 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.