New York: Alfred A. Knopf, (1989). Hardcover. 4to. Yellow paper covered boards with illustrated paper covered boards with red title to front board and blue title to spine. Pristine interior filled with full color illustrations. Black and peach illustrated price clipped dust jacket with red title to front and spine panels. Minor wear to spine ends of jacket. Unpaginated. Children's Literature. CHILD/080709. Near Fine in Near Fine Dust Jacket.
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Washington DC: Librix Continuum; David Bruce Smith Publications, 2004. Hardcover. Limited to 750 copies, unnumbered as issued. Elephant Folio. This exquisite book was undertaken in celebration of the Shakespeare Theatre’s production of “Five by Tenn,” five one-act plays by Tennessee Williams and “Tennessee Williams Explored” at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC. The director of “Five by Tenn,” Michael Kahn, artistic director of the Shakespeare Theatre Company, has written the preface, and there is an introduction by the creator of this publication, David Bruce Smith. Hand bound into three volumes all housed in a box. Includes six full-page illustrations of “Tennessee’s Women” by Clarice Smith. Each of the three volumes features a color frontispiece by Smith and the additional three illustrations are loose. The artist signed each of the loose illustrations, and they fit neatly into a compartment within the box with a snap closure. All volumes and the box are bound in carbon colored faux suede and feature the title labels on the front covers. Handset and letterpress printed in Italy in four colors by Paolo Barbieri. Book design and binding by John Paul Greenawalt and Stephen L. Vanilio. In fine condition. Fine.
New York: E. P. Dutton & Co. Inc., (1930). First Edition. Hardcover. FIRST EDITION. Very good in bright royal blue moire cloth boards with gilt title to front board and to spine. Minor fading to spine. Lettering on spine faded. Minor browning to end pages. Else is clean and bright. Includes beautiful linocut illustrations. 194 pages. WWI. WWI208150. Very Good.
Iowa: Windhover Press, 1995. Paperback. 1 of 250 copies. K.K. Merker founded the Windhover Press at the University of Iowa duing the 1980s. The poems included in this book "were discovered after the publication of 'The Collected Poems of Weldon Kees' ... They anticipate the bitter, unconsoling voice that matured in later work." Fine in blue paper wrappers with paper title label to front cover. Illustrated with one engraving by Barry Moser. Pristine. Printed on Fabriano paper in handset Romanee type. Unpaginated. 24 pages. PRI/071212. Fine.
New York: Selmar Hess, 1898. Hard Cover. Revised and adapted to American Zoology by Joseph B. Holder. Illustrated with Scientific Accuracy. A fascinating set offering contemporary scientific discourse and occasional less scientific personal observations on thousands of animal, bird, and insect species around the world. Volumes I and II are on Mammals; Volumes III and IV are on Birds; and Volumes V and VI are on Fish, Reptiles etc. The volumes have hundreds of both full page and text illustrations. There are 34 beautiful tipped-in chromolithographs and 68 full-page black and white wood engravings. Small folio volumes bound in three quarter brown leather and pebbled brown cloth. Gilt title to front cover and gilt title, author, subject, and volume number to spine compartments. Some chipping and rubbing but still very good. Interior pages are very good plus with lightest of aging to page margins. Approximately 300 pages in each volume. This set may require an extra shipping fee. NAT/060517. Very Good.
New York: Viking Press, 1944. Hardcover. 2ND PRINTING. 8vo. Very good+ on very good+ green and yellow illustrated dust jacket with black title to front panel and yellow title to spine panel. Slight edgewear to jacket. Interior is clean and bright with illustrated end pages. The lighthearted lives of the Woollcott Clan of Maryland and Martha's Vineyard. 177 pages. Maryland. MAR5/4252. Very Good+ / Very Good+.
Franklin Center, PA: The Franklin Mint, 1974. Hardcover. A limited edition solid silver plate with an etching of an original work titled "Riding to the Hunt," created by artist James Wyeth 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 artist's name on front cover. and gilt title and artist to spine. "Book" and plate in fine condition. DEC/120312. Fine.
Franklin Center, PA: The Franklin Mint, 1975. A limited edition solid silver plate with an etching of an original work titled "Skating on the Brandywine," created by artist James Wyeth 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 artist's name on front cove and gilt title and artist to spine. "Book" and plate in fine condition. DEC/120312. Fine.
London: Lawrence & Bullen, 1897. Hardcover. First Edition. An excellent presentation copy. Inscribed by William Butler Yeats to his friend Clement Shorter: " Clement Shorter from W B Yeats June 23 1899." William Butler Yeats (1865-1939), the famous Irish poet, was one of the most important figures in twentieth century literature. and was key figure in Ireland's nationalist movement. Clement Shorter (1857-1926) was a British journalist and critic who was also an avid collector of books and manuscripts, particularly of the Brontes. He was the editor of the Illustrated London News and in 1893 founded the periodical Sketch. The fourth story in this short story collection, "Where There is Nothing, there is God," was first published in Sketch in October 1896. The stories blend Irish with Rosicrucian themes and characters. Bound in the original blue cloth with the famous cover design done for Yeats by Althea Gyles stamped in gilt on covers and spine. At its center is a four-petalled rose joined to a cross. The boughs of the tree resemble a serpent; among them, just above the rose, are the kissing faces of a man and a woman, With six black and white illustrations by William's father, John Butler Yeats. The binding is bright and beautiful with very slight bumping to corners. Interior pages are quite clean with just a trace of aging to margins. Housed in a cream cloth covered clamshell box with black and gilt title label to spine. Near fine condition. LIT/011816. Near Fine.
London: William Heinemann, 1892. Townsend, F.H. Hardcover. Includes 44 illustrations by F.H. Townsend. PRESENTATION COPY, inscribed on a tipped-in sheet of notepaper from the Hotel Bellevue, Boston. The inscription reads “With I. Zangwill’s Compliments please send 2 proofs here at once.” Jewish author and political activist Israel Zangwill (1864 - 1926) was passionate about campaigning for the oppressed. Many of his works address women’s suffrage, pacifism, Zionism, and Jewish emancipation. He was a strong believer in assimilation and is credited with coining the term “melting pot” to describe the fusion of various cultures and ethnicities. Bookplate of book collector W.K. Bixby to front end page. Very good in original orange cloth boards with illustration of birds and flowers to front board. The front board is creased and slightly bowed with darkening to spine and edges of boards. The interior is browned along the margins. The front hinge is cracked. Later protective blue cloth dust jacket with maroon leather title label to spine (not pictured). The jacket is frayed along the top edge and there is a short closed tear along the front joint. This is an attractive copy of Zangwill’s rare second solo book. 326 pages plus 16 pages of ads. LIT/050109. Very good.
Philadelphia, London: Courage Books, (1991). Hardcover. Thin 4to. Very good black illustrated glossy paper covered boards with white title to spine. Offsetting from jacket to endpages, else clean interior. Color illustrations on every page. Very good illustrated dust jacket with white title to spine. Minor wear to edges of jacket and a few scuff marks to rear panel. 56 pages. CHILD/102209. Very good in very good jacket.