Glenview, IL: 2009. Hardcover. Number 28 of 100, each unique. A photographic, conceptual documentation of a journey across a rural Midwestern landscape. Winner of the award for best 3D entry in the 2010 Midwestern Biennial exhibition at the Rockford Art Museum (Rockford, IL). "Mirage beautifully represents the concepts of time and motion through a sequence of dreamlike images that whirl across the pages. The photographs, blurred as if taken from a speeding car, describe place and memory in a manner that is melancholic yet detached. The book is a diary of sorts, documenting the quickly passing and often unperceived moments that later prompt recollection. " Jeff Rathermel, Minnesota Center for Book Arts. A drum leaf binding with dark brown cloth spine and illustrated paper covered boards. Titled in brown on the spine. Pigment inkjet printed. Full edges brown. Housed in an archival paper case with the artist's contact information and edition number on the front panel. Unpaginated. [16 pages.] ARTB/060111. Fine.
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Glenview, IL: 2008. Hardcover. 1 of 100 copies. Each page depicts the outline of a couple from a romance novel cover. The translucent paper allows the images to interact and form new combinations. According to Sarah Bodman of the University of West England "That shameful temptress Karen Hanmer has really done it this time! Under that tantalizing red cover is a heady series of swooning ladies and masterful men. In a whirlwind of passion, dozens of romance novels have been condensed into one steamy artist’s book of multiple outlines emerging through transparent papers." Fine in red velvet covered boards with gilt title to front cover. The interior is laser printed on vellum paper. Unpaginated [16 pages]. ARTB/060111. Fine.
Glenview, IL: 2002. Hardcover. Number 8 of 20 copies. “Chicago binder, book and installation artist Karen Hanmer’s intimate, playful works fragment and layer text and image to intertwine memory, cultural history, and the history of science. Her work weds the ancient act of book binding with the high tech use of the computer to aid her process. The intimate scale and the gestures of exploration required to travel through each piece evoke the experience of looking through an album, a diary, or the belongings of a loved one. However, her works often take the forms of games or puzzles, and many include witty text” (Karen Hanmer). This work is a history of an immigrant farming family told through photographs. The family is depicted on both inside covers with one picture dating from the 1920s and the other from the 1960s. Connecting the pictures is a flowing field of corn, which is blurred on one side and detailed on the other. As you open the book the interlocking pages and imagery create a flowing movement that simulates the passage of time. The result is an engaging book that tells a story despite the lack of text. Housed in an archival paper case with the artist’s contact information and edition number on the front panel. In fine condition. Unpaginated. ARTB/060111. Fine.
San Francisco: John Henry Nash, 1934. Hardcover. A very good plus copy of the trade edition of this work, originally published in a limited edition of 500 copies. Harte's satirical poem is illustrated in exuberant fashion by Phil Little. In an introduction, Ina Coolbrith details the context and effects of Harte's satire in which he sought but failed to combat perceptions that he was racially prejudiced. This folio volume was designed by John Henry Nash in Asian fashion with string binding over blue paper boards, and a paper title label of mock Chinese calligraphy. Housed in orange slipcase with slight soiling and wear to spine and edges. Unpaginated. Very Good.
Boston: Houghton Mifflin and Company; The Riverside Press, 1900. Hardcover. 258 of 500 copies of the Autograph Edition, signed in the first volume by the author's daughter, Rose Hawthorne Lathrop, who provided the introduction, and by the publisher. FRONTISPIECE OF EACH VOLUME IS SIGNED BY THAT VOLUME'S ILLUSTRATOR. This beautiful and important set is illustrated by some of the foremost illustrators from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. They include several of the artists of the Brandywine School such as Howard Pyle, Jessie Wilcox Smith, Frank Schoonover and Anna Whelan Betts. Other illustrators include the famed American impressionist artist, Child Hassam. The volumes are signed as follows: Anna Whelan Betts (Volume I); Emlen McConnell (II); Sarah S. Stilwell (III); Jessie Wilcox Smith (IV); Mary Lewis Ayer (V); Eric Pape (VI); Maud Cowles (VII); B. West Clinedinst (VIII); Alice Barber Stephens (IX and X); E.C. Peixotto (XI); Frank T. Merrill (XII); Howard Pyle (XIII); A.I. Keller) (XIV); Frederick McCormick (XV); F.C. Yohn(XVI); Albert Herter (XVII); Harry Fenn (XVIII); Childe Hassam (XIX); Edmunc H. Garrett (XX); Jules Guerin (XXI); and Ross Turner (XXII). Beautifully bound in publisher's deluxe binding of three quarter blue morocco, marbled boards, and gilt decorated spine with titles and floral ornaments betweeen raised bands. Marbled end pages, t.e.g.. In fine condition. LIT/072310 This set may require an extra shipping fee. Fine.
London: John Lane, 1895. Hardcover. 1 of 500 copies. First Edition. This is a very scarce “modern” play by the famous publisher. In a note, Heinemann writes that it was not his object to write anything that “would satisfy the usual requirements of a stage play...but simply to snatch one dramatic moment out of a story of to-day...” Bound in original grey-green boards with paper title label. Label is chipped and corners of boards slightly bumped. The interior is clean with most of the pages unopened. In very good condition. 69 pages +13 pages of ads. LIMITED/051011. Near Fine.
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1923. Hardcover. SIGNED, LIMITED EDITION. Hand numbered 42 of 930 copies. 8vo. Very good in black cloth backed, illustrated paper covered boards with black title to white title label to spine. Signed by author. Minor browning to edges of boards. Inscription to previous owner to front free end page. Else is clean and bright. 66 pages. Literature. LIT212201. Very Good.
Edinburgh: Privately printed for the Aungervyle Society, 1884. Paperback. Scarce, limited edition, #94 of 150 copies. Good plus 8vo. in original vellum wrappers, browned and moderately soiled, lightly wrinkled. Black linen tape spine w/string binding, tape loosened from front cover and front cover is nearly detached. Interior is lightly browned. Light soiling to title-page and final page. Deckle edges, lightly chipped. Text is bright and clean, no foxing or staining. In wraps. Poetry. POE/12163. Good +.
Oldham, England: Incline Press, . Hardcover. 1 of less than 240 copies printed of which only 50 (including this one) were bound for subscribers. This book was produced to commemorate Boccaccio's 700th anniversary in 2013 for the international conference and exhibition 'Locating Boccacio in 2013,' held at the John Rylands University Library and Town Hall in Manchester. This is an excerpt from De mulierbus, the first collection of biographies of women in Western literature. Fine in beige paper covered boards with red cloth spine. The text is printed on blue paper with Poliphilus type. Includes woodcut frontispiece illustration of Joanna, Queen of Jerusalem and Sicily (1541), initials, and head and tailpieces. In a fine tan dust jacket with red title to spine panel. 22 pages. PRI/092013. Fine / Fine.
Oldham, England: Incline Press, . Paperback. Number 30 of about 200 copies. A sweet love song with a note about its history and the author of the reprise. Fine in blue paper wrappers with light blue paper title label to front cover. Printed in red and black inks with several illustrations on fine paper. Unpaginated. [12 pages.] PRI/092013. Fine.
Philadelphia: William J. Campbell, 1905. Hardcover. Limited edition, #317 of 500 copies, initialled by publisher. 8vo. Blue cloth covered boards with paper pastedown label on slightly faded spine. Deckle-edge laid-paper. Frontis with tissue guard + 22 more plates with tissue guards throughout. Wide-margin text, clean, bright interior. Previous owner's inscription to front paste down. 318 pp. American Presidential History. PRES/3043. Very Good.
London and Berkeley: Scolar Press, . Hardcover. Volume I of this set reproduces the landmark 1934 work by Carter and Pollard in which they outline the detailed and laborious process by which they determined that the illustrious bibliophile Thomas J. Wise had actually produced a large number of forgeries of the writings of many major Victorian writers. The sequel describes their continuing efforts over the next many years to expand their disclosure of Wise's forgeries. This examination revealed that another noted bookman, H. Buxton Forman, was also involved in producing the fraudulent works. Both volumes are fascinating and elegantly written. Volumes I and II are bound in full black morocco with gilt titles to spines. the 3rd volume is a portfolio that holds two pamphlets and is bound in quarter black morocco with grey paper boards and gilt title to spine. All volumes are housed in a black cloth slipcase. The two pamphlets are an original copy of "Two Poems" by Elizabeth Barrett and Robert Browning (Chapman & Hall, 1854) and "A Note on Two Poems" by Nicolas Barker (Scolar Press, 1983). The "Note on Two Poems" is printed in an edition limited to 80 copies, of which this is number 64. "An Inquiry into the Nature..." is the second edition while the other volume is the first edition.Volume I: 400 pages plus 31 pages of corrections and notes: Volume II: 394 pages. "Two Poems" is 15 pages and "A Note on Two Poems is 27 pages. BOB/041906. Fine.
Paris: Librairie Stock Delamain & Boutelleau, 1929. Paper Wrappers. 8vo. Limited Edition, 251 of 2700 copies. Beige paper wrappers with black title to front wrapper and spine. Browning and chipping to the spine. Pages have untrimmed edges and browning to the margins, though text remains bright. Original glassine jacket intact and in very good condition except for a bit of chipping to the head and foot of spine. In French. 238 pages. French Literature. FRELIT/072607. Very Good in Very Good dj.
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.
Cambridge: Dunster House, 1926. Hardcover. Limited edition, one of 750 copies. Very good+ in black cloth covered boards with blue title and illustrations to front board and blue title to spine. Interior pristine except for remnants of glue from a removed bookplate to front paste down and browning on the front free end page opposite. Deckle-edge, hand-made paper, wide-margin text. 67 pages. Drama. DRA/3033. Very Good +.
New York: Farrar, Straus, Giroux, (1979). Hardcover. Limited Edition, 1 of 750 copies. Very good plus red cloth boards w/bright gilt to cover and spine. Two small white marks to rear board, else very clean w/little wear; sharp corners. With good glassine d.j. (heavily chipped, faded, with mylar cover). Interior is in lovely condition: bright white and clean, no marks or stains. Tightly bound. 362 pages. Literature. LIT/12013. Very Good + / Good.
1929. Hardcover. LIMITED EDITION. Number 9 of 200 copies. 8vo. Black cloth backed gold paper covered boards with minor edge wear to boards. Previous owner's name written to front paste down. Interior is clean and bright with several small illustrations throughout. Gold dust jacket with black title to front and spine panels. Minor rubbing to hinges as well as chipping to edges of dust jacket which is now in a protective plastic sleeve. 80 pp. Poetry. POE1/3282. Very Good + in Very Good Minus DJ.
New York: Crosby Gaige, 1929. Hardcover. 216 of 688 copies. FIRST EDITION, signed by the author. Beige cloth boards with paper blue title label to spine. Blue paper covered boards with very light foxing. Clean, crisp interior printed on laid paper. Bookplate of previous owner to front pastedown. Housed in a green morocco backed slipcase with gilt title and raised bands to spine. Rubbing to edges of case. Very nice. 116 pages. Size octavo. LIT/022406. Near Fine.
Portland: Thomas B. Mosher, 1901. Hardcover. Number 84 of 100 copies printed on Japanese vellum. Includes Poe's most famous poems and additional poems written in his youth. Beautiful modern deep purple leather binding with gilt title to front. Original endpapers. The text is bright and clean and many of the pages are unopened. 87 pages. POE/080407. Fine.
Aberystwyth, Wales: National Library of Wales, 1928. Hardcover. LIMITED EDITION OF ONLY 500 COPIES. Very good in maroon cloth covered boards with gilt title to spine. Minor fading to spine. Minor foxing to margins and end pages. Text is clean and bright. 468 pages, appendix. Ireland. IRE/12299. Very Good.
Oldham, England: Old Stile Press, 2012. Hardcover. Number 23 of 100 copies. Signed by the illustrator and author. A story about the author overcoming her fear of swimming in the Medway River which she grew up on the banks of. The accompanying black and white photographs which are composed of multiple layers effectively capture the emotions and perceptions of the author as she wades through an eerie river landscape. This is the author's first complete short story. It was published in The Warwick Review and again in Salt's Best British Short Stories 2011. Bound in grey paper covered boards with the title printed on the front cover and the name of the press on the rear cover. A flowing design of lines is printed continuously on the spine and both covers in brown and blue ink. Clean and bright with tipped in illustrations. Printed on Velin Arches paper in Zapfino type with Aries italic. Includes ten photographic illustrations printed using archival inks on FibaPrint photographic paper. Unpaginated. PRI/070912. Fine.
Monmouthshire, UK: The Old Stile Press, 2010. Hardcover. 1 of 60 copies. Illustrated with textual descriptions by Natalie d’Arbeloff. The artist created these gestural pen and ink figure drawings over fifty years ago while she was a student in New York City studying under Jack Tworkov, a prominent abstract expressionist. D’Arbeloff is now a printmaker, cartoonist, and book artist with work in collections around the world. Bound in blue paper covered boards with gilt title to spine and black illustration to front cover. Printed on Velin Arches Blanc in Aries type. The images were printed at original size with photopolymer plates. The text is printed in grey with titles in blue and illustrations in black. In fine condition. Unpaginated. PRI/081111. Fine.
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.