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.
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New York: Limited Editions Club, 1930. Hard Cover. Number 46 of 1500 copies. Signed by the illustrator. Bound in white parchment spine titled in black over black leatherette boards. Browning to spine and minor wear to spine ends and corners of boards. Slight browning to endpapers, else clean and bright. Housed in original blue and white paper covered slipcase with darkened gilt title to spine and front panel. Chipping, wear, and browning to paper covering the slipcase. 267 pages. LIT/011320. Very Good.
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.
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.
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.
Chicago: Sherwin Beach Press, 1998. Heather McAdams. Hardcover. Number 57 of 200 copies. Numbered and signed by the illustrator and the bookmakers. This is a quite handsome contemporary edition of Mark Twain's travelogue with the text following a copy of the first edition in the collection of Northwestern University Library, and with cartoon illustrations by Heather McAdams. "The people of those foreign countries are very, very ignorant. They looked curiously at the costumes we had brought from the wilds of America. They observed that we talked loudly at table sometimes. They noticed that we looked out for expenses and got what we conveniently could out of a franc, and wondered where in the mischief we came from. In Paris they just simply opened their eyes and stared when we spoke to them in French! We never did succeed in making those idiots understand their own language."So wrote Mark Twain in 1867, in one of his most exuberant nonfiction works. The companion themes that fill it—the shallowness of the sites to be visited and the shallowness of the visitors—prove to be prophetic of tourism today, as is seen in Heather McAdams’ witty 1995 cartoons, completed for this edition.The non-adhesive binding with exposed spine sewing consists of 7 black double raised cords attached to hard covers wrapped in red cloth. Each volume has a cut-out to front cover with small black and white illustration along with author, title, and volume number. The two volumes are in turn housed in a black and white linen covered hard case wrapper with black leather straps over brass studs and a leather suitcase-type label, intended to suggest a portmanteau. Printed in Montype Bell on Johannot paper. Designed by Bob McCamant and printed by Martha Chiplis. The binding was designed and executed by Trisha Hammer. The book is numbered and signed by the artist and bookmakers. In fine condition. Each volume is 7 3/4 x 11 1/4 inches. Continuous pagination with 445 text pages and 20 pages of illustrations. This set may require an extra shipping fee. PRI/072015. Fine.
Boston and New York: Houghton Mifflin Company, (1897). Hardcover. Very good+ in red cloth covered boards with bright gilt title and bright gilt and black illustration to front board and to spine. Minor bumping to spine ends and to corners. Interior is clean and bright with Illustrations throughout. 205 pages. LIT/043018. Very Good+.
New York: The Harry T Thomas Company, 1896. One of 540 copies of the scarce Autograph Edition signed by the author/artist. Francis Hopkinson Smith (1838-1915) was an American author, artist and engineer born in Baltimore, Maryland, a descendant of Francis Hopkinson, one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence. He became a contractor in New York City and did much work for the Federal government, including the stone ice-breaker at Bridgeport, Connecticut, the jetties at the mouth of the Connecticut river, the foundation for the Bartholdi Statue of Liberty in New York harbor, and the Race Rock Lighthouse off New London, Connecticut. His vacations were spent sketching in the White Mountains, in Cuba, in Mexico, and afterwards in Venice, Constantinople and Holland. He published various volumes of travel illustrated by himself, including this work on Venice [Wikipedia]. This beautiful large folio is extensively illustrated both in color and black & white. There are 20 full page color plates and 21 in b&w, all protected by tissue guards. In addition there are numerous color and b&w text illustrations throughout the book. In his preface Smith wrote that his aim was to describe and depict the beauties of Venice that one sees in the sunlight of a summer's day. Bound in contemporary brown three quarter leather with marbled paper boards and endpapers. Leather is scraped and scuffed, with tear along top of spine. Paper boards are also scraped and worn. The interior pages are quite clean and bright. There is a margin stain on the free front endpaper but the rest of the book is very good plus. A very desirable copy of this homage to the magical city of Venice. 140 pages plus plates. This is very heavy book that will require extra postage. ART/012319.
Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott Company, (1924). Hardcover. Gift Edition. 8vo. Beige cloth covered boards with pink title to front board and to spine. Spine faded and title barely legible. Green & pink flower motif stamped on cover and spine, also bright color pastedown illustration to cover (tiny amount of rubbing near edges, one small inconspicuous blue mark as well). Wear to spine ends. Interior is mostly clean (previous owner's name to front pastedown), minor foxing. Small dampstain to corner of title-page and frontispiece. 14 charming color plates; also green ink illustrated endpapers and borders to every page. Textblock tightly bound, though cracking to front inner hinge. 265 pages. A cute book. Children's Literature. CHIL/8143. Very Good -.
New York: The Macmillan Company, 1937. Hardcover. Very Good/No Jacket. 4to. Red cloth boards with gilt title to spine and embossed title to front board. Spine is slightly faded, but boards are otherwise very clean. Includes 56 drawings. Interior is very clean. Tight binding. Unpaginated. ART/042004. Very Good.
Paris: Bordas Editeur a Paris, 1946. Paperback. Limited Edition 1132 of 3000 copies. Includes numerous illustrations by J.A. Carlotti. Bound in original cream wrappers with black titles to spines. Minor browning to spines and a few spots of foxing to covers. A few light smudge marks to several pages and occasional spots of light foxing; otherwise the interiors are very clean. Unopened pages. In original glassine covers with chipping to spine panels and edges. Housed in a cream paper covered slipcase. The slipcase is worn along the edges and the panels are soiled. ln FRENCH. 489 pages. FRE/072511 This set may require an extra shipping fee. Very Good in Good Slipcase and Good Glassine.
New York: The Natural Science Association of America, 1903. Hardcover. In addition to writing, printing, painting, and studying nature, Jacob Studer (1840 - 1904) founded the Board of Trade in Columbus, Ohio. This folio volume includes 119 colored artistic plates, originally drawn by Theodore Jasper for an earlier edition, which represent different species drawn and colored from nature. The book includes “a copious text giving a popular account of their habits and characteristics, based on observations made in the field by the most eminent writers on ornithology.” The text and illustrations are prefaced by a systematic table and index arranged according to the classification adopted by The American Ornithologists’ Union. Bound in three quarter maroon leather with black cloth boards and gilt title to spine and front board. Large chip to foot of spine, front joint is starting, rubbing to boards, and minor wear to edges. Light browning to margins and occasional spots of foxing, otherwise the interior is clean and bright. 182 pages plus 119 plates and index. NAT/110609. Very Good.
New York: The Natural Science Association of America, 1888. Hardcover. In addition to writing, printing, painting, and studying nature, Jacob Studer (1840 - 1904) founded the Board of Trade in Columbus, Ohio. This folio volume includes 119 colored artistic plates, originally drawn by Theodore Jasper for an earlier edition, which represent different species drawn and colored from nature. The book includes “a copious text giving a popular account of their habits and characteristics, based on observations made in the field by the most eminent writers on ornithology.” The text and illustrations are prefaced by a systematic table and index arranged according to the classification adopted by The American Ornithologists’ Union. Bound in full dark brown leather with gilt title to spine and front cover. Rear board is present but detached and front board is nearly detached. Chipping to spine ends and wear to edges of boards and corners. Staining to top corners on first and last few pages, occasional smudge marks, otherwise the interior is clean and bright. Marbled endpapers and top edge gilt. 182 pages plus 119 plates and index. NAT/041819. Very Good.
London: George Routledge & Sons, . Hardcover. First edition of charming poems offering life lessons to children, accompanied by Greenaway illustrations. Binding is illustrated paper boards with green linen spine. It is chipped, rubbed, and bumped. Juvenile writing in pencil to half title page. The interior is foxed throughout though text and illustrations remain bright. 64 pages. CHI/092308. Very Good.