Paris: 1937. Paperback. Number 158 of 500 copies, the first 200 of which were reserved for the writers of the book. This remarkable deluxe collection of writings and art about Paris was commissioned by the city of Paris to celebrate their hosting the World’s Fair of 1937. The volume includes original prose, poetry, and illustrations by the leading writers and artists of France. There are thirty-one sections on various quarters, neighborhoods, gardens, avenues and boulevards, each with a short piece written by an eminent writer and engravings by two notable artists. For each section there is a full-page illustration by an artist associated with the area and a smaller one on the first page of the section by the other artist. Among the writers are Paul Valery, Raymond Escholier, Colette, Paul Claudel, Abel Bonnard, and Jules Romains. The participating artists are equally impressive, and include Matisse, Andre Derain, Raoul Dufy, Marie Laurencin, Pierre Bonnard, Edouard Vuillard, Jean Laboureur, and Andre Lhote. Each section is a separate folder with the full-page illustration of the following section as its last page. The folders are encased in a paper wrapper with the title and a color illustration on its cover. The entire production is housed in a chemise of dark blue paper covered boards with a red leather spine label which fits into a blue paper and linen slipcase. The slipcase is in very good condition with a few chips and bumps. The contents are also in very good condition; however, pages 286-288 are missing. They included the full-page illustration by Gabriel Belot and Renefer for “Les Musees.” Page 277, the first page of “Les Eglises de Paris” has a repaired tear. Still, a splendid collection of French art and prose commemorating Paris on the eve of the Second World War. 294 pages plus table of illustrations. ART/012412. Very Good.
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Garden City and New York: Doubleday, Doran & Company Inc, 1931. Hardcover. FIRST EDITION. The diary of Mary Scarborough Paxson, begun at age seven in 1880. Very good with green cloth spine and illustrated paper covered boards. Minor wear to edges of boards and slight discoloration to cloth on spine. Bookplate to front free endpaper. A few spots of foxing to some pages, else clean interior. 98 pages. CHILD/071116. Very Good.
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.
New York: Macmillan Publishing Co., (1986). Hardcover. First American Edition. Fine in grey cloth backed white paper covered boards with grey title to spine. Pristine with color illustrations. Very good white illustrated jacket with red title to spine. Price sticker to rear panel of jacket and light wear. Unpaginated. CHILD/110209. Fine in very good jacket.
New York: Philosophical Library, (1957). Hardcover. 8vo. Light blue paper covered boards with gilt title to spine. Light yellow foxing to boards. Minor foxing to first and last few pages. Else is clean and bright with illustrations throughout. Illustrated end pages. Light blue illustrated dust jacket with black title to fornt and spine panels. Minor rubbing and edgewear to dust jacket. Price stamp and publication date stamp to front inside flap of dust jacket. Index, 126 pages. Archaeology. ARCHAE/080213. Very Good / Very Good.
New York: Brentano's Publishers, n.d. (c. 1920s). Hard Cover. This edition of Poe’s incomparable tales marries his famous stories with the strange and beautiful illustrations of Harry Clarke. The grotesque and fantastic nature of Clarke’s illustrations perfectly represent the same qualities in Poe’s stories. There are eight tipped-in color plates and 24 full-page black and white drawings. Bound in black cloth with pictorial paper label to front cover with title, author, and illustrator; and gilt title, author, and illustrator to spine. Light signs of handling. Interior pages and plates are near fine, with frontispiece having a small crease to bottom right corner. No dust jacket. Measures 8 x 10.75 inches. 412 pages. LIT/110711. Near Fine.
England: n.p., 1918-1945. Hardcover. A charming and unique sketchbook with 35 pen and ink drawings by Dorothy De Bock Porter (1873-1956). Nineteen of the drawings are accompanied by original autograph poems by her husband, Hugh De Bock Porter (1870-1940). The Porters composed hymns together, with him writing the words and she the music. They notably wrote a hymn for the coronation of King George V in 1911. The poems and their drawings were done 1918-1920. The accomplished drawings for the poems are sweet and sometimes poignant as are the poems themselves. They are mainly about birds, cats, and rabbits, although there is a surprising poem about two black women written in dialect. Dorothy completed the sketchbook in 1945-46 with sixteen simpler humorous line drawings of cats and pigs. Laid in are two small line drawings. The 5.25 x 7 inch sketchbook is bound in blue cloth with the word "Sketches" in gilt on the front cover. The words H & D Verses Illustrated CATS &c. are handwritten in ink on the cover. Dorothy's signature and a date of 1918 are on the front pastedown along with "Verses by Hugh De Bock Porter" and "Illustrations by Dorothy De Bock Porter." A blue ribbon is attached to the back cover. A wonderful collection in near fine condition. Housed in a modern cream cloth covered clamshell box with paper title label to spine and hand-marbled paper interior. Unpaginated [about 55 pages.] HAND062719. Near Fine.
New York: The Heritage Press, 1960. Hardcover. Fine quarto, light green cloth backed patterned paper boards, gilt vignette stamped to cover. Green, white & gilt title label to spine, which is somewhat faded. Corners sharp, no wear to spine ends, edges. Tiny amount of soiling to rear board. Interior is bright white laid-paper w/no foxing. Full page color illustrations throughout; wide-margins. A charming edition of this classic. 96 pp. Illustrated Books. ILL/8223. Fine.
New York: Francis B. Felt & Co., . Hardcover. First edition. Thomas Nast's first book illustrations. A satire written during the Franco-Prussian War in which France, Germany, and England are portrayed as school boys. Bound in the original dark orange cloth titled in gilt on the front cover. There is a stain on the back cover, the front cover is particularly fresh, bright. Previous owner's name and place on the front free endpaper, leaf containing pages 25 / 26 with a repaired tear, pages 33 / 34 supplied in reproduction, and light wear at the head and foot of the spine. Minor split to front; although text block remains securely bound. Front endpaper unobtrusively reattached with archival tape. LIT/101716. Very Good.
New York: Henry Holt and Company, (1943). Hardcover. Very Good/No Jacket. 8vo. In red cloth covered boards with silver title stamp to spine. Fading to spine and edges of boards with bumping to corners and head/foot of spine. Interior is slightly yellowed due to age. Black and white illustrations throughout. 304 pages. WWII/031004. Very Good.
Paris: Collection des Grandes Classiques Francais et Etrangers, n.d. Hardcover. Volume 2 Only. Very good 1/4 leather bound with marbled boards, gilt title to spine. Leather faded from original green to brown. Minor rubbing to leather. Minor Edgewear to boards. Browning to pages though text remains bright. Pages slightly brittle. In French with many engravings throughout. 429 pp. French. FRE/4283. Very Good.
New York: Albert & Charles Boni, 1927. Hardcover. Very good in black cloth backed, green paper covered boards with dark green title to front board and faded title to spine. Beautiful illustration to front board. Minor wear to exterior includes fading to spine, bumping to spine ends and corners and rubbing. Small tears to cloth at foot of spine. Interior is clean and bright with beautiful black and white illusttrations throughout. Green, black, and white frontispiece. Includes lyrics and sheet music. 96 pages. Music. MUS107261. Very Good.
New York: Hearst's International Library Co., 1914. Hardcover. First edition. Bound in red cloth with gilt title on the spine, lettered in lighter red on the front cover. Ink name, place, and date from previous owner on the front free endpaper, otherwise fine, without dust jacket. 379 pages. LIT/102016. Near Fine.
London: Faber and Gwyer Limited, . Hardcover. FIRST EDITION. Scarce in jacket. Features over 90 illustrations by the most important artists, along with the lesser known artists of the period. Includes work by Ford Madox Brown, Edward Burne-Jones, George Du Maurier, Arthur Hughes, Frederic Leighton, Millais, Whistler, Rossetti, and many more. There is a full chapter which is over 60 pages in length on the Pre-Raphaelite artists. Green cloth boards with gilt title to spine and gilt illustration to front board. Minor fading and spotting to spine. The interior is very clean and bright. In very good minus blue dust jacket with red title to spine and front panel. Fading and chipping to edges of jacket and fading to spine panel. A key reference. 295 pages. BOB/041808. Very Good Plus in Very Good Minus Jacket.
n.p. Nicholas Scheetz, 1997. Hardcover. Number 11 of 80 copies. Signed by the author. Printed for Nicholas Scheetz at the Martin Art Yonno Press in honor of Michael Richey's 80th birthday. Michael Richey (1917-2009) was an English sailor and navigator, and the author and editor of books and journals about navigation. He was a passionate sailor, and at the age of 80 achieved the feat of being the oldest man to make a solo crossing of the Atlantic. This text was written during a 1943 voyage of an armed British merchant cruiser for which he was the assistant navigator. The ship was ordered to the Falkland Islands in the South Atlantic to ensure Britain's control and to see if any German ships were using the islands for refueling. Their ship ventured into the South Shetland Islands off the coast of Antarctica, and Richey describes the cold and the desolation, yet still expresses the yearning to return. The introduction to the text by Libby Purves offers a laudatory profile of Richey and his achievements. Bound in white and blue hand marbled paper boards bound with white ribbon, with the marbling resembling the ice floes of the region. With a black & white wood engraving of a ship done by Richey on the title page. Printed in Cochin Open and Spectrum types. Printed on rectos only. In fine condition. Oblong measuring 9.25 x 6.25 inches. Unpaginated [18 text pages]. PRI/090717. Fine.
Baltimore: Sarah Robbins, 2012. Hardcover. Unnumbered edition of 8 copies. According to English folklore, red dragonflies (sometimes referred to as "devil's darning needles") sew shut the mouths and sometimes the ears and eyes of people who misbehave. This carousel book celebrates the myth with comically disturbing illustrations of people who have thread twined around their eyes and lips. Clear plastic printed with red dragonflies overlays the illustrations. The book is bound in light grey paper covered boards with red title to front cover and artist's name to rear cover. It is silkscreen printed in turquoise and red inks. A red twine closure wraps around the book when not in use and can also be tied to hold it open in carousel format. "Sarah Robbins is an illustrator, printmaker, and book artist living in Baltimore, Maryland. Her work focuses on feminist themes, visual journalism, and a love for folklore and the natural world. She co-runs PaperBase, a community letterpress shop and studio space, often combining her talents with other artists to create collaborative work which bridges the commercial illustration and fine art printmaking worlds" (book artist). Her illustrations have been featured in several periodicals including the New York Times and Baltimore Magazine. [6 pages.] ARTB/051016. Fine.
Franklin Center, PA: The Franklin Mint, 1972. Hardcover. The 1972 Franklin Mint Christmas Plate. Made of solid sterling silver and contains an original etching of the work titled "The Carolers" drawn by Norman Rockwell expressly for this limited edition. Complete with certificate of authenticity, description of artist and plate, and order form for frame. Housed in a maroon leatherette clamshell box made to look like a book with embossed wreath on front cover and gilt title and artist to spine. In original plain white box. "Book" and plate in fine condition. DEC/100312. Fine.
Franklin Center, PA: The Franklin Mint, 1974. A limited edition solid silver plate with an etching of an original work titled "Hanging the Wreath," created by artist Norman Rockwell expressly for this edition. Complete with certificate of authenticity and a brochure describing the artist and the plate. Housed in a maroon leatherette clamshell box made to look like a book with Christmas wreath embossed on front cover and gilt title and artist to spine. The "book" and plate in fine condition. DEC/120612. Fine.
Cincinnati, OH: Artcraft Paper pruducts, circa 1930's. Paperback. Paper doll book with moveable eyes. Blue, red and yello illustrated paper side stapled wrappers with blue title to front wrap. Cardboard that holds dolls is torn but present with Katrine and her two dogs in fine condition. Children's Literature. CHI1/3210. Very Good in Wraps.
[Seattle]: Sea Pen Press, 1988. Hardcover. Number 97 of 100 copies. Signed by the author. Thomas Brush is an award winning Seattle poet who has written several books and for several distinguished journals. He tended bar for four years at a Seattle racetrack several years ago and found it an enchanted place that values possibilities and dreams. This influence is evident in the poems included in Even Money. This interesting production from the Sea Pen Press has a blue handmade light-and-shade watermarked paper covers that are sewn in a non-adhesive concertina fashion to the text. The orange and brown decorated endpapers were created by Neal Bonham of the press using colored paper pulps in a decorative technique that he developed. There are five linoleum cut illustrations by Suzanne Ferris that "capture the linear poetry of the thoroughbred world" (prospectus). The book also has images of racetrack betting tickets decorating the title page and colophon that were created by transferring Xerox images to linoleum. The text is printed in Monotype Janson and the title page is printed with Weiss Initial Series 2. The book is housed in a coarse tan linen covered clamshell box with blue borders and ticket images on the front cover. Both the book's binding and the case were designed and constructed by Judith L. Johnson. In fine condition. Book is 9 x 11.5 inches. Case measures 10.25 x 13 inches. Unpaginated [21 pages]. PRI/090717. Fine.
New York, London, Toronto, Sydney: Atheneum Books for Young Readers, (2005). Hardcover. 4to. Illustrated purple boards with black title to front board and to white spine. Pristine interior filled with full color illustrations. Purple illustrated dust jacket with black title to front panel and to white spine panel. CHILD/102709. Fine.
Munich: F. Bruchmann, 1909. Hardcover. First German Edition. Number 24 of 1001 copies. Includes 40 full color illustrations by Arthur Rackham, each mounted on brown cardstock with captioned tissue guards. Also includes numerous black and white illustrations, some full page and some within the text. Bound in the original vellum boards with gilt title and floral decoration to spine and small emblem of Shakespeare to front cover. The spine design is by Ottomar Starke. Rubbing and light soiling to covers, edges of boards, and spine, as is common. There is a three inch split to the vellum along the bottom of the front hinge; however, the split only affects the top layer and the board remains firmly attached. Light dampstain to top edges of both covers, which also affects the top edges (top margins only) of multiple interior pages. Lacks ribbon ties. Text in German. A few pages have small spots of soiling or finger smudge marks and a few have chips to the edges, but the book remains very clean and bright overall. A beautiful book despite the noted condition issues. 132 pages plus plates. CHILD/081717. Very Good.
Chicago: Sherwin Beach Press, 1992. Howard Coale. Hardcover. Number 55 of 200 copies. Originally published in The New Yorker in 1980. George Trow was a writer and critic for The New Yorker for more than thirty years. This essay may be his most acclaimed and influential single work. It is about television and its effects on American culture, but more than that, an indictment of the emptiness of modern discourse. It has been described as a work in which Trow foretold his own descent into madness. This is a handsomely designed book with elegant printing and four interpretive illustrations. Bound in black cloth with grey design with a hat on the cover and paper spine label. Printed in Centaur and Arrighi types on Johannot paper. Designed by Robert McCamant, handset and printed by Jennifer Hughes, and bound by Trisha Hammer. Signed by McCamant. In fine condition. 110 pages. PRI/071615. Fine.