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.
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Baltimore: Mason Jar Press, 21218. Paperback. "The Bong-Ripping Brides of Count Drogado redefines avant-garde literature, reading like electrified barbed wire hog-tying a pair of slit wrists. Indescribably talented, Dave K. writes as if he has his hands hammed in a toaster and his feet grounded in a puddle of blood" (review on rear cover by Lavinia Ludlow). Dave K's work has been published in Front Porch Journal, Battered Suitcase, Cobalt, Queen Mob's Tea House, Welter, Truck, and The Avenue, among others. Fine in black paper wrappers with white title to spine and front panels. Includes several illustrations and cover art by Niki Koch (aka Niki Rae). 255 pages. LOCAL AUTHORS. LIT/011018. Fine.
Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, . Arthur Gaskin. Five text pages plus two of the twelve full page illustrations by Arthur Gaskin. This was one of the later books of the Kelmscott Press, and it was finished several days after Morris's death on October 3, 1896. These beautiful sample pages include the first three pages for "Januarie" and the first two for March. The Januarie pages are in near fine condition but the March leaf has a tear along the bottom margin not affecting text. Each has a striking ten line first initial. The two Gaskin illustrations are printed on the versos of a bifold leaf. There is a three inch tear along the bottom of the fold not affecting the illustrations. Accompanied by a proof of the front cover showing the lettering. Very nice examples of Kelmscott Press printing and illustration. PRI/011816. Very Good.
New York: Atheneum, 1976. Hardcover. Signed and inscribed by the author: "For Philip, a believer in magic and friend to dragons! with thanks, Margaret Mary Kimmel - and love - Trina Schart Hyman." First edition, second printing. Includes laid in notecard featuring an image from the book - Boy Studying with Animals. A sweet story about a boy named Thomas who lives in west Wales and is studying to be a wizard. With noted illustrator Trina Schart Hyman's charming black and white illustrations. Fine in tan cloth boards with dark brown title to spine and illustration of a toad to front cover. In brown illustrated dust jacket with white title to spine and front panels. Light rubbing to panels of jacket, else fine. Not price-clipped. Unpaginated. CHILD/082317. Fine / Fine.
London: The Studio, 1913. Slipcased. SCARCE. Issued as a bound-in Christmas supplement to Volume 60 of The Studio. It includes seven illustrations in color and eight in black and white, all in the quintessential Art Nouveau style for which Jessie M. King is known. This copy is hand-sewn into a folder with maroon paper boards and a beige linen spine. Housed in a slipcase covered in the same maroon paper. In near fine condition. ART/111412. Near Fine.
London: Cecil Palmer, n.d. . Hardcover. With its large format and beautiful color illustrations on every page, this is one of Jessie M. King’s most desirable books. The stories are charming, and many impart a gentle moral to the children reading them. For many years there was some uncertainty about the identity of the author, “Marion.” Many believed that Jessie M. King was the author because her middle name was Marion. It was finally established by her descendants, however, that the author was Mrs. Alexander (Marion) Gemmel. (B199, Colin White bibliography). The illustrations are exuberant and playful, as befits stories for small children. There are eleven full-page illustrations, with color decorations on each text page. Bound in bright paper covered pictorial boards with title and illustrator in red to front cover and spine. Some wear and rubbing to edges, hinges, and corners but in very good condition with clean, bright interior. Original glassine jacket not present. 56 pages. CHILD/111412. Near Fine.
Chicago: P.F. Volland and Co, 1913. Hardcover. Sixth edition. Very good in brown paper covered boards with black title and color illustration to front board. Chipping to foot of spine and minor wear to edges of boards. The head of the spine has been expertly restored. Decorative endpages and full color illustrations on every page. Occasional smudge marks and small spots of soiling to interior, but overall very clean and bright. Housed in a green leather backed box with wood grained paper covered boards. The interior of the box is lined in cloth. There is light sunning to the spine of the box and minor wear to the edges. Overall an attractive book. 96 pages. CHILD/102609. Very Good in very good box.
Knight Library Press / University of Oregon, 2002. Margot Voorhies Thompson. Flexible covers. Number 36 of 100 copies. There were 10 additional lettered copies for participants. Signed by the artist and author. A haunting essay by Pattiann Rogers about the relationship between animals and people. She describes both our love and adoration of animals but also our exploitation and cruelty: “Some of us like to sculpt them and make statues and carvings of them ... Some of us like to go out and catch them and kill them and eat them.” Pattiann has won numerous awards for her poetry including a Guggenheim Fellowship and the Lannan Award for Poetry. Bound in flexible boards with black morocco spine and red paste paper covered boards. Features four etchings by Margot Voorhies Thompson printed on Mulberry paper. Includes a CD of the author reading her work. Printed on Heinemule Heine in handset Bembo for the body text. Housed in a red cloth clamshell box. Unpaginated. Fine in fine box. PRI/033011. Fine in fine box.
Brazil: Ministerio da Educacao e Cultura, 1965. Paperback. Number 12 of 200 copies numbered and signed by the author. An additional 800 unsigned copies were printed. Elephant folio. A collection of 50 poems by Stella Leonardos illustrated with 3 lithographs by Pedro. Portuguese author and painter Antonio Pedro (1909 - 1966) helped introduce Surrealism into Portuguese painting during the 1930s. Bound in white and green paper wrappers with green title to front cover. Minor browning to spine and edges of wrappers and a few small closed tears to edges of wrappers. The interior is clean overall with minor browning to edges of pages. Some light foxing / light soiling to margins of some pages. Small closed tear to margin of one of the prints, which does not effect the image. Includes a postcard on the letterhead of the Brazilian minister of education and culture dated 7/6/65 with a brief handwritten note in Portuguese. Unbound as issued in large folded sheets. 91 pages plus plates, notes, and index. IN PORTUGUESE. POE/010715. Very Good.
Boston: Little, Brown, and Company, 1899. Hardcover. A story set in Ireland. Both volumes are bound in dark green cloth boards with gilt titles and decorations to spines and front covers. Light rubbing to covers and minor wear to corners and spine ends. Bright gilt on covers, but slight darkening to gilt on spines. Personal library stamp to front free endpapers. Old price sticker has been removed from front free endpaper of first volume. Slight browning to margins of pages in both volumes. Illustrated with 8 ethcings and many line drawings within the text. 388 pages in volume one; 462 pages in volume two. LIT/102418. Very Good.
Dublin and London: William Curry, Jun. and Co. / William S. Orr and Co., 1839. Hardcover. First Edition. Very good in three quarter tan leather with marbled paper covered boards and red title label to spine. Five raised bands on spine. Both hinges are starting and the spine has a few chips to the leather. Rubbing to boards. Foxing to first few pages and to illustrations. Bookplate from the Cullen House Library to front pastedown. 344 pages. Literature. LIT01/121599. Very Good.
New York: Limited Editions Club, 1954. Hardcover. Number 916 of 1500 copies. Unlike most Limited Editions Club books, this one was issued unsigned by the illustrator, as Reginald Marsh died before the book was released. Bound in light red cloth with author, title and illustrator on spine. Spine shows light sunning but otherwise in fine condition. Interior pages are also clean and crisp. The slipcase is faded in places and has some small water splatters on front. 556 pages. LIT/071811. Very Good+.
New York: George Macy Companies (Limited editions club), 1962. Hardcover. Mint gray paper boards with gilt title labels to spine. Two volume set printed for the members of the Limited Editions club. Includes beautiful woodcuts by Felix Hoffman. Housed in a grey paper covered slipcase. Minor wear to edges of case. Literature oversized. LIT/12112. Fine.
New York: The Century Co., 1912. Hardcover. First edition. "Published, October, 1912" on copyright page. A collection of twelve short stories, all revolving around the same character and meant to be read sequentially. Wealthy journalist Christopher "Kit" Bellow joins his uncle on a gold hunting expedition in the Klondike and many adventures ensue. Bound in the original blue-gray cloth lettered in black on the spine and front cover with landscape design to front. Binding design by Decorative Designers. Hinges strengthened. Foxing to pastedowns, free endpapers, title-page, illustrations, and pages facing illustrations. The covers are bright, but are lightly rubbed. Includes 8 full page illustrations. 385 pages. LIT/101716. Very Good.
Petersham, MA: The Lone Oak Press, 2012. Hardcover. Master wood engraver Abigail Rorer is considered one of the finest engravers working today. She founded her Lone Oak Press in 1989 and has published many beautiful works that often focus on nature - animals, flowers, trees, and water. Abigail has also provided lovely illustrations for other private and commercial presses. Her fine press books have been in numerous exhibitions in the U.S., U.K., and Ireland. They can be found in many public and private collections.Number 12 of 14 deluxe copies. A total of 60 copies were printed. Numbered and signed by the book artist. “In the Lone Oak Press book Mimpish Squinnies we focused on fourteen plants that British plant explorer Reginald Farrer (1880 - 1920) disliked with a passion. In this new book, we join Farrer on a journey to the Alps in his quest to see in situ one of his most beloved plants, Eritrichium nanum, also known as King of the Alps” (prospectus). In addition to the book, this deluxe edition includes an essay by book artist Abigail Rorer discussing the trials and tribulations of trying to grow Eritrichium nanum, a botanical illustration in watercolor of the King of the Alps, a pseudo herbarium specimen of Eritrichium nanum, and an extra suite of prints from the book with an experimental print using various engravings from the book and related material. All housed within a large black cloth clamshell box with black leather spine titled in silver. A splendid work by this noted wood engraver. In fine condition. Fine.
Petersham, MA: The Lone Oak Press, 2005. Hardcover. Number 9 of 70 signed and numbered copies. There were also 14 deluxe copies with an extra set of prints and an original block. This beautiful production from master printmaker, Abigail Rorer, is a tribute to Henry David Thoreau and his celebration of the wonders of nature. In Ms. Rorer's description of her book, she says that "woodland pools, spring-holes, and ditches are all terms used by Thoreau to describe vernal pools; ephemeral springtime wetlands that often dry up in the summer and are vital breeding habitats for many species ranging from wood frogs, spadefoot toads, spotted salamanders....In New England these pools are an important part of the landscape and the rites of spring. The book comprises selected entries from Thoreau's Journal for the months of March, April, and May  to give a sense of the awakening spring and teeming life...at this time of year. Thoreau puts so beautifully into words what one woud see, hear, and feel when out in nature at this time of the year." The enlightening introduction is written by renowned Thoreau scholar, Bradley P. Dean. Accompanying the text are twenty-eight marvelous wood-engravings, some with hand-coloring, by Ms. Rorer. They are based on the landscape and pools that Thoreau explored. The book was designed and printed by Michael Russem of Kat Ran Press on Zerkall Book in Baskerville type. Barbara Blumenthal bound the book in quarter brown morocco leather with marbled paper by Iris Nevins for the covers. Housed in a grey-green cloth clamshell box with the same marbled paper on the edges and spine. The result of the collaboration of these book artists is this stunning edition. 92 pages. PRI/081417. Fine.
Kensington MD: Lion Stone Books, 2013. Softcover. Number 37 of 650 copies. Signed by the book artist and author of essay. "Clothed in Bark's unconventional words and images connect the reader with the issues of forests, globalization and climate that haunt our world today" (Carter Roberts, President and CEO World Wildlife Fund). Sallie Lowenstein has transformed her photographs of tree bark by drawing on top of each image to accentuate the lines and patterns formed by nature. Her images are paired with an essay on climate change by her brother, former head of the Nature Conservancy's North America Conservation Region's Forest Health Program. Each copy is in a unique binding. Bound by hand in flexible dark brown leather wrappers decorated with an intricate pattern of circular punches. Sewn with a medieval long stitch, which is then woven in a pattern resembling tree bark. Housed in a cardboard box with velcro closures and plastic bag insert, which holds the book in place inside of the box. Images from the book decorate the exterior of the box. Unpaginated. [60 pages.] ARTB/051214. Fine.
Kensington MD: Lion Stone Books, 2013. Softcover. Number 48 of 650 copies. Signed by the book artist and author of essay. "Clothed in Bark's unconventional words and images connect the reader with the issues of forests, globalization and climate that haunt our world today" (Carter Roberts, President and CEO World Wildlife Fund). Sallie Lowenstein has transformed her photographs of tree bark by drawing on top of each image to accentuate the lines and patterns formed by nature. Her images are paired with an essay on climate change by her brother, former head of the Nature Conservancy's North America Conservation Region's Forest Health Program. Each copy is in a unique binding. Bound by hand in flexible brown pigskin wrappers decorated with an intricate pattern of circular punches. Sewn with a medieval long stitch, which is then woven in a pattern resembling tree bark. Housed in a cardboard box with velcro closures and plastic bag insert, which holds the book in place inside of the box. Images from the book decorate the exterior of the box. Unpaginated. [60 pages.] ARTB/051214. Fine.
London: 1890. A leaf from The Illustrated Book of Poultry, by Lewis R. Wright. This series of poultry lithographs, popularly known as Cassell's Book of Poultry, are illustrated by Joseph Williamson Ludlow, and is regarded as the most desirable of the English poultry books. Contains beautiful chromolithograph examples of the purebred fowl praising the owner, by implication, and listing, where appropriate, the cup or ribbon won. Print method is Lithograph on heavy stock, measuring 270 x 210 mm. or approximately 10 3/4 x 8 1/4 inches. Archivally matted. #48238. Very Good.
1890. A leaf from The Illustrated Book of Poultry, by Lewis R. Wright. This series of poultry lithographs, popularly known as Cassell's Book of Poultry, are illustrated by Joseph Williamson Ludlow, and is regarded as the most desirable of the English poultry books. Contains beautiful chromolithograph examples of the purebred fowl praising the owner, by implication, and listing, where appropriate, the cup or ribbon won. Print method is Lithograph on heavy stock, measuring 270 x 210 mm. or approximately 10 3/4 x 8 1/4 inches. Archivally matted. #48247. Very Good.