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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.
Victoria, Australia: Electio Editions, 2013. Paperback. Number 13 of 26 copies, of which 22 were offered for sale. Numbered and signed by the printer. According to the foreword, “this work has its origins in an abandoned printing of Nicholas Jenson’s last will and testament, illustrated with Jenson’s Greek letters.” It includes quotes from Jenson in Greek from Noctes Atticae and quotes from other scholars in English. It also includes original poetry by the printer, some of which was created from words excerpted from Jenson’s will and translated into English. Bound in orange handmade Cave paper with “I, Nicholas Jenson alien & printer of books” printed in red and silver inks across the rear, spine, and front panels. A small spot of foxing to a few pages, but clean and bright overall. Illustrated with hand drawn Greek letters by Deirdre Hassed and printed from magnesium blocks. The binding style was created by Keith Smith. The book is housed in a blue cloth covered clamshell box with a magnetic folding closure. Unpaginated. [48 pages] PRI/111616. Fine.
Ipswich, MA: Gambit, 1979. Hardcover. Third Printing. Inscribed on the free front endpaper to Mel Spragins by the author and the illustrator for Christmas 1980 and includes a small drawing of a frog ballerina in the upper right corner. The book introduces familiar ballet positions and steps and poses and shows how much lies behind the seemingly effortless movements seen on stage. The serious discussions of those steps and positions are juxtaposed by the amusing frogs used to illustrate them in full-page black and white drawings. Bound in blue cloth with gilt titling and small frog drawing to front cover. In price-clipped pictorial cream and black dust jacket with title to spine. Pages are quite clean with very light spotting to fore-edge. Near fine condition. 7.25 x 10 inches. 57 pages. CHILD/081717. Near Fine / Near Fine.
Kingsport, TN: The Kingsport Press, 1952. Hardcover. First Edition. SIGNED BY CLARE LEIGHTON, LYND WARD, AND FRITZ EICHENBERG. The contents of this book originally were published once a month as a series on book illustration in Publishers' Weekly. Because of many requests, the series was published in book format. According to the publisher's note, this book was not for sale, but distributed to those requesting a copy and to their many friends in the publishing, bookmaking, and others interested in the book arts. The series begins with medieval manuscripts and Renaissance books, and includes well known artists ranging from Durer,Hogarth, Blake, Cruickshank, Dore, Burne-Jones, Crane, Pyle; to Parrish, Beardsley, Dulac, Kent, Gill, and De Angeli. One page is devoted to each artist. Ward, Leighton, and Eisenberg signed the page on his/her work. A b&w illustration accompanies each artist. Bound in original black cloth backed orange cloth, with gilt title to spine. Minor wear and bumping to corners, otherwise near fine. 76 pages. BOB/111810. Near Fine.
New York: The Henry Holt Company, 1928. First Edition. Hardcover. First edition, first printing. Very Good+ in light green cloth with paper title-label on spine. Brightly colored full page plates and in-text black and white woodcut illustrations. Small tear to margin of frontispiece illustration. Owner name on front flyleaf. Illustrated end pages. Slight sunning to edges of boards and light wear to edges. 331 pages. Navigation. NAV1/6151. Very Good +.
Santa Cruz: Foolscap Press, 2010. Hardcover. Number 19 of 200 copies of which 140 were offered for sale. Signed by each author. "As a journalist Ernest Hemingway was trained to cut to the story's essentials, leaving out those words that stand between the writer and his intent. And so we have a Hemingway principle of good writing—the well-hewn sentence. It is said that Ernest Hemingway was challenged to write the shortest of short stories: the ultimate example of brevity in storytelling. Though perhaps apocryphal—no one can tell us who challenged him or on what occasion—this was the result: “For Sale, Baby Shoes, Never Worn.” Writers have attempted to equal this six-word short story with six of their own, but no one has clearly beaten the master. Those six words are just too good. Foolscap Press commissioned six writers each to write a six-page story where only the title was supplied. The writers were free to do whatever they chose within those parameters. We invited three women and three men in order to balance personal experiences and writing styles. The response is these six extraordinary stories stocked with a captivating cast of characters. And, yes, there is a distinction between the men and women writers. And what happens when it comes to dealing with an unmitigated loss (as the title might suggest)? You can read for yourself these six creations spun from six very different imaginative worlds, all in response to those six tantalizing words" (Foolscap Press). A large book bound in light blue Japanese cloth with paper title label on front cover. The book is sewn in an modified accordion structure designed so that each story is presented individually. Each story has its own title page which has been signed by the author. Each title page features a different collaged print of a pair of shoes by Peggy Gotthold on Kitakata paper. Letterpress printed on Frankfurt Cream text paper using hand-set Garamond type. Unpaginated. [60 pages.] PRI/031011. Fine.
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1992. Hardcover. Signed by author. First edition. 8vo. Red paper covered boards with yellow title to spine and yellow and white pattern to boards. Previous owner's name written on front free end page. Author's signature to half title page. Interior is clean and bright. Blue, red and white illustrated dust jacket with white and gilt title to front and spine panels. Index, 392 pages. COOK/031510. Near Fine in Near Fine Dust Jacket.
Copenhagen: Kittendorff and Aagaard, (1854). Hardcover. SCARCE. Lorenz Frolich (1820 - 1908) was a Danish painter, etcher and illustrator who was best known for his children's book illustrations. Includes 13 short stories / poems / histories, all with illustrations. Bound in modern brown paper covered boards with the original paper cover illustration mounted to the front cover. Small spots of foxing and discoloration to cover illustration. Minor wear and chipping to spine and edges of covers. The gutters of each page have been reinforced with binders tape and linen. Occasional spots of foxing and smudge marks to pages. Text in Danish. Size: 7.25 inches x 5.25 inches. [32 pages.] CHILD/061318. Very Good.
Belfast, ME: Dudley Zopp, . Number 124 of 175 copies. Signed by the author and artist. "A Butterfly Careless" includes 37 haiku-like poems by Andrew Gay and four monotypes by artist Dudley Zopp. The two met during meetings of a local writers' group, and discovered they had similar artistic interests. "I think he wanted to talk to me about doing the book because my sensibilities about the natural world were similar to his," Zopp said. "He was just so very intensely involved with people and with the natural world." Gay, both a physician and poet, died in 2004 and Zopp's words are taken from his obituary. Ms. Zopp graduated from the University of Kentucky with a B.A. and M.A. and completed postgraduate studies in Drawing and Painting at the Hite Art Institute, University of Louisville. She now lives in Lincolnville, Maine. Zopp finds inspiration in geological processes and cultural histories of place. Her engagement with restoring habitat where she lives feeds directly into her work, which ranges from site specific installations to paintings, woodcuts and limited edition books. Poems typeset in Dante and printed on Mohawk Ultrafelt Text paper. Images from original ink monotypes are printed as offset duotones. Printed at the renowned Stinehower Press in Lunenburg, VT. Bound in a green Fabriano Ingres paper with title in black. Housed in a tan cloth slipcase with an original monotype laid into a debossed panel. A lovely book in fine condition. 7 x 7 inches. Unpaginated. PRI/111517.
Paris: Le Livre de Demain, Artheme Fauard & Cie, (1933). Paperback. Very good in yellow paper wrappers with black title to front wrapper and to spine and illustration to front and rear wrapper. Minor browning and edgewear to wrappers. Slight foxing throughout. Else is clean and bright with 34 lovely original woodcuts. 126 pages. In French. FRELANG/101415. Very Good.
New York, London: The Century Co., (1926). Hardcover. 8vo. Very good in blue cloth covered boards with lovely illustration to front board and to spine. Orange title to spine. Minor fading to spine. Minor soiling to rear board. Front free end pages have been cleanly removed. Minor foxing and browning to first few pages. Else is clean and bright with lovely illustrations throughout. Several pages at rear are unopened. 319 pages. French Travel. FRETRA/082416. Very Good.
Paris: Flammarion, 1941. Hardcover. Very good small 4to., cream-colored paper covered boards; 2 blue & gilt floral motif bands across front and rear boards; bright gilt and blue ink title to spine. Light soiling to boards, wear to corners and spine ends. Lacks ribbon ties. Interior is quite clean and bright, though ink inscription to ffep; strong, tight binding. Beautifully illustrated w/25 bright color & gilt plates from various miniature illuminated manuscripts. A lovely title; in French. 87 pp. Illuminated Manuscripts. ILL/12123. Very Good.
Philadelphia: The Jewish Publication Society of America, 1973. Hardcover. FIRST EDITION. 4to. Maroon cloth covered boards with gilt title to front board and to spine. Minor wear to corners. Interior is clean and bright with many illustrations throughout. White illustrated dust jacket with black and brown title to front panel and to spine. Browning to jacket. Minor chipping to edges as well as rubbing to rear panel. 192 pages. Judaica. JUD/122309. Very Good + in Very Good DJ.
Paris: Au Sans Pareil, 1925. Jean-Emile Laboureur. Paperback. Number 1077 of 1220 copies. 8vo. Light blue paper wrappers with black title to front wrapper and to spine. Spine appears light brown due to fading. Fading also effects the wrapper edges. minor bumping and chipping to spine ends. Water stain to top of rear wrapper. Untrimmed edges to paper. Minor water staining to last 9 pages, but does not effect text which is clean and bright. Includes etchings done by Jean-Emile Laboureur. 61 pages. IN FRENCH. French language. FRE/100407. Very Good +.
England: Scolar Press, 1996. Hardcover. An important survey of thirty-one artists from "The Sixties" (1855-1880), the period that saw some of the finest and most signifcant wood-engraved illustrations done for British books and magazines. Goldman provides a critical commentary on every artist, followed by a checklist of the books they illustrated or to which they contributed. There is also more detailed bibliographic information in an index of illustrated books arranged by author. With over 230 b&w illustrations. An invaluable reference for scholars in the field. Bound in grey cloth with gilt title to spine. In a pictorial dust jacket with a drawing taken from Rossetti illustration for Goblin Market. Title in red on spine and front cover. In fine condition in near fine dustjacket. Quarto. 391 pages including index. PRERAPH/033115. Fine.
Scottsdale, Arizona: Camelback Gallery, 1994. Hardcover. SIGNED BY AUTHOR. First trade hardcover edition. Signed limited edition with only 1501 copies printed. 8vo. Fine in blue cloth boards with silver title to spine. Pristine interior. Author's signature to title page. Fine illustrated jacket with green title to spine. 95 pages. LIT/110409. Fine / Fine.
New York: Robert Bonner's Sons, 1891. Paperback. SCARCE. Ledger Library Editions. 8vo. Beige paper wraps with red title and illustration to front wrapper and black title to spine. Minor soiling and browning to wraps as well as minor chipping to edges. Minor browning to edges of pages though text and illustrations remains clean and bright. 309 pages + ads. Literature. LIT/062311. Very Good.
Wien: Verlag Porf. Julius Romrower, 1923. Hofemann, Th. LIMITED EDITION. Hardcover. Number 410 of 500 copies. Bound in three quarter dark brown leather with marbled paper covered boards and embossed title to spine. Minor wear / chipping to leather of spine and corners. Interior is very clean with bright text and 4 color plates. Tight binding. IN GERMAN 192 pages. GER/121004. Very Good Minus.
London: Longmans, Green, and Co., 1893. Maurice Greiffenhagen. Hardcover. First Edition of this Aztec romance. Author's Presentation Copy, inscribed "To Andrew from his affec brother H Rider Haggard 1894." Henry Rider Haggard (1856-1925) was the author of a number of adventure novels set in exotic locales. His books, including She and King Solomon's Mines, are still popular today. Haggard traveled to Mexico in 1891 to do research for this book and sadly his young son died while he was away. The book describes the first interactions between the Spanish and South American natives, as well as murders, shipwrecks, and slavery. Colonel Andrew Haggard, who had a distinguished military career - he was one of he first British officers to command in the Egyptian army - was also a successful novelist, travel writer and poet. It is known that Andrew helped Rider with the writing of Dawn and he likely played an important role in helping his younger brother with the several bestsellers which revolved around Egypt and mummies. There are 25 black and white illustrations by the British painter and illustrator Maurice Greiffenhagen. He was Haggard's friend, which led him to illustrate several of his adventure books, starting with She in 1889. Bound in the original publisher's blue-green cloth with gilt author and title to front cover and spine. Light bumping, small chip to bottom of faded spine. Hinges a bit tender but text block is tight. Interior pages are clean. Bookplate of collector Mark Samuels Lasner to front pastedown. Very good condition. 325 pages plus 24 page publisher's catalog. LIT/012016. Very Good.