Baltimore: Aquarius Press, 1971. This is a stunning production from Baltimore's Aquarius Press that showcases the masterful etchings of Warrington Colescott. There were 122 copies numbered, titled, dated and signed by the artist. In addition there were eight portfolios lettered A through H also signed and dated reserved for the collaborators. This is portfolio C. The contents are loose as issued in a brown wrappers and housed in gilt-lettered blue paper-covered clamshell folding case. Accompanied by a copy of Thomas Mann's classic Death in Venice printed by Alfred Knopf in New York, 1965, also housed in the clamshell case. Warrington Wickham Colescott Jr. (1921 – 2018) was an American artist best known for his satirical etchings. He was a master printmaker and operated Mantegna Press in Hollandale, Wisconsin for several years. Colescott first gained critical notice in the 1950s and exhibited frequently throughout the subsequent decades and was honored with numerous grants, fellowships, and awards. Critics likened Colescott's work to his contemporaries as well as historic antecedents such as Goya, Daumier, and Grosz. In fine condition. Elephant folio measuring about 24 inches. PRI/070822. Fine.
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Baltimore: Aquarius Press, 1969. Hardcover. This is a special deluxe edition of this stunning first book from the Aquarius Press, a then new Baltimore private press. The edition comprises the book and a separate portfolio of the 16 signed and numbered lithographs for the book as well as 6 additional unrelated erotic lithographs. The sixteen illustrations are numbered 47/80 copies and signed and numbered by Castellon. On the back of each are the letters AP for artist's proof. The six additional illustrations are signed by Castellon and numbered E/E. The book is Letter A of the ten copies reserved for the collaborators. Signed by the artist Federico Castellon. The work appeared two years before the death of Spanish American artist and lithographer Castellon in 1971. Castellon, born in 1914, was a well known painter, sculptor, and printmaker who is best known for his graphic works that incorporated the influences of surrealism. The 16 evocative color lithographs he did for this book are both surreal and haunting. This beautiful work was designed by Bert Clarke and the text set in Monotype Walbaum and printed by Clarke & Way in New York City. The binding is by the Russell Rutter Company. Done under the editorial direction of John Ross and Jacob Landau. Both book and portfolio are bound in decorative light brown fabric and a black leather spine with titling in gilt. Housed in a custom black cloth covered clamshell box. In fine condition. Volumes measure 11.25 x 15 inches. PRI/062922. Fine.
Baltimore: Aquarius Press, 1970. There were 262 copies of this humorous and boldly illustrated work published by the Aquarius Press. This is one of twelve copies reserved for the collaborators. It is signed and numbered by author and artist Satorsky. It is also inscribed by him to Baltimore art dealer Ernest Lowenstein. A Pride of Rabbis is a collection of satirical and ribald poems regarding rabbis. The work is strikingly illustrated throughout with 13 irreverent, humorous full-page linocuts by Satorsky, all hand-printed on beautiful rag paper. The linocuts and text were printed by hand at Tarot Designers and Printers in Buffalo, NY. There are 15 loose double leaves held in a blue cloth chemise with white linen spine with blue titling. The chemise is housed in a blue cloth slipcase. In fine condition. Folio. Unpaginated. . Cyril Satorsky (1927-2021) was a prolific artist and well established educator. He worked as an artist and designer in London and at the University of Texas in Austin. He taught at Leicester University, Hammersmith College of Art, Camberwell College of Arts and Crafts and at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, Maryland, where he served as chairman of the Department of Visual Communication. PRI/070522. Fine.
Charlottesville: Thomasson-Grant, 1988. Hardcover. 4to. Introduction by Wendy Shadwell. Dark green cloth boards with gilt title to spine. Clean, bright interior with tight binding. Filled with full color illustrations by Catlin, Bodmer, McKenney, Audubon, Catesby, De bry, and more. Grey illustrated dust jacket with black and maroon title to spine. There is a one and a half inch closed tear to the front panel of jacket. Creasing to top edge of jacket. 127 pages. ART/082406. Near Fine in Very Good Minus dj.
London: Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans, 1855 and 1858. Hardcover. Francois Arago (1786-1853) was an important French astronomer, physicist, and mathematician, who was also a politician for republican causes. For some years before his death, Arago spent much time revising his large collection of manuscripts with a view toward their definitive publication. This work mainly consists of the course of Lectures on Astronomy which he delivered annually at the Observatory of Paris over eighteen years. Each of the volumes is organized into sections that the author calls books with several chapters on the subject of that book, resulting in a comprehensive discourse on astronomy and related fields. The text is accompanied by numerous plates and hundreds of wood engravings. Bound in original green cloth bindings. Volume I has been rebacked. Gilt author, title, and volume number to spine. Corners bumped but very good. Interior pages and plates are also in very good condition. A very handsome set of this significant work. Volume I: 707 pages; Volume II: 846 pages including index. This set may require an extra shipping fee. SCI/07415. Very Good.
London: Herbert Jenkins Limited, 1923. Hardcover. INSRIBED BY THE AUTHOR. 1ST EDITION. 8vo. Green cloth covered boards with black title to front board and to spine. Publisher's emblem in black to rear board. Minor bumping to spine ends and light browning to spine. Minor creasing and a few closed tears to edges of pages 229-244. Minor browning to rear end page. Else is clean and bright. 256 pages. LIT/012510. Very Good +.
London: T. Fisher Unwin, 1886. Hardcover. First edition of the first book of criticism by Archer (1856-1924), a prominent literary and drama critic of his day. Bound in original dark red cloth with gilt title and author to spine and front cover. Some bumping and rubbing, slight chipping to spine corners otherwise in nice condition. Front and rear hinges are somewhat cracked and there are a few loose signatures. Light foxing throughout. Includes full page illustrations of some famous actors of the time such as Henry Irving, Edward Terry, Mary Anderson, and Sarah Bernhardt. 350 pages including index. DRA/071709. Very Good.
Milan: Giovanni Pirotta, 1818. Hardcover. A beautiful version of this great Italian epic poem that first appeared in 1516. It takes place against the backdrop of the war between Charlemagne and the King of Africa, and has many fantastic and magical elements. It was a big influence on later works of literature, including Spenser's Faerie Queen and Shakespeare's Much Ado. Very good in full leather with repairs made using Japanese paper to both joints. The edges of this tissue are coming loose. A small section of modern leather has been added to the front board where there had been a chip to the original leather. The new leather has been tooled and dyed to blend with the original. Light cracking to leather with minimal board-wear. Despite the noted repairs, this is a nice, attractive copy with strong, tight spine and clean interior. Marbled end pages. Bookplate to front end page. In Italian. Folio. ITA109201. Very Good.
Reno: University of Nevada Press, 1981. Hardcover. Fine/Fine. Large 8vo. Vol I (1858 - 1880) has very clean blue cloth boards with gilt title to spine. Pristine interior with tight binding. Blue & red illustrated dust jackets with minor rubbing to edges. Appendices, Indexes, & illustrations, 421 pp. Vol II (1881-1890) has very clean brown cloth boards with gilt title to spine. Minor wear to corners and rubbing to edges of spine. Pristine interior with tight binding. Appendix, Indexes, and illustrations, 403 pages. BOB/031904 This set may require an extra shipping fee. Fine / Fine.
Washington DC: Government Printing Office, 1909. Hardcover. Subjects of bulletins include: building of a run-down cotton plantation, conservation of natural resources, silver fox farming, deer farming in US, forage crops fro hogs in Kansas and Oklahoma, Nuts and their uses as food, cotton wilt, harmful and beneficial mammals of the arid interior, game laws for 1908, cropping systems for New England dairy farms, Macadam roads, alfalfa, Declaration for governors for conservation of natural resources, the basket willow, cultivation of tobacco in Kentucky, the boll-weevil problem, some common disinfectants, computation of rations for farm animals by the use of Energy values, repair of farm equiptment, bacteria of milk, dairy industry in south, dehorning of cattle, and experiment stations XLVII - XLIX. Bound in three quarter red leather over red cloth boards with gilt title "Farmers' Bulletins" to spine. The name "Lynden Evans" is printed in gilt on the foot of the spine. Lynden Evans (1828 - 1926) was a teacher, lawyer, and U.S. Congressman from Illinois. Full marbled edges and marbled endpapers. Rear endpaper is present but detached. Minor wear to edges and hinges of boards. Clean interior withillustrations. An attractive book. Each bulletin has its own pagination. SCI/022219. Very Good.