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Glasgow: Third Eye Centre, 1989. Paperback. 8vo. Grey illustrated paper wrappers with red title to front wrapper and black title to spine. Price on rear wrapper has been scratched out. Interior is clean and bright with illustrations throughout. 233 pages. Literary Anthology. LITANTH/010318. Very Good+.
New York: Grosset and Dunlap, 1909. Hardcover. Includes four full page black and white illustrations. Blue cloth boards with dark blue title to spine and front cover. Color illustration pasted down to front cover. Sunning to spine and edges of boards (spine has faded to beige). Clean and bright. 378 pages. LIT/102518. Very Good.
New York: M.A. Donohue and Company, (1915). Hardcover. Later printing. Light blue cloth boards with faded gilt title to spine and bright, but rubbed gilt title to front cover. Fleur-de-lis pattern in dark blue to cover and spine. Fading and roll to spine. Light circular dampstain from a drink being placed on the cover many years ago - two rings on cover. Minor fraying to spine ends and minor wear to edges of boards and corners. Slight browning to margins of pages, occasional spots of foxing and soiling and short closed tears. Clean overall. 249 pages. LIT/102518. Very Good.
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1923. Hardcover. 1 of 1200 copies. The essay was originally written for a meeting of the Friday Club of Chicago in February 1899. It was later printed by the American Park and Outdoor Art Association in pamphlet form. It has been republished here with the original illustrations and added reproductions of ancient and modern landscapes, pictures of Walden, and pictures of the McCormick's home at Lake Forest. Includes 56 illustrations of gardens from around the world such as the hanging gardens of Babylon, gardens of Versailles, Greek garden, Gardens of the Villa Albani in Rome, Kew Gardens in London, Lincoln Park in Chicago, Walden, and many more. Very good in beige cloth backed blue paper covered boards with paper title label to spine. The spine is a bit browned and there are a few small markings to the spine and rear board. Minor wear to the edges and gentle bumping to the corners. There are a few spots of foxing to the fore edge; otherwise, the interior is very clean. Printed on Fabriano paper with deckled edges. The essay is 31 pages and there are 56 plates. ART/070710. Very Good.
Switzerland: Harlin Quist, 1977. Hardcover. Four Horses in a Box or Little Box of Horse Laughs. Includes four miniature books written in French each with a different illustrator. All books are in fine condition in fine dust jackets. Housed in a black paper covered box with title pastedown on front panel. Minor wear to edges of box. Unpaginated [about 16 pages each]. FRE/082310. Fine.
Limited Editions Club, 1965. Hardcover. Number 1483 of 1500 copies. Signed by the illustrator. Bound in white cloth boards with black title to spine. Small spot of soiling to head of spine. Clean and bright interior. In original glassine jacket that is heavily chipped and worn with a few loses. Housed in a white cloth covered slipcase with blue paper covered side panels and blue paper title label to spine panel. Minor wear to edges of case. Light browning to spine panel of case. 176 pages. LIT/050718. Very Good.
New York: Heritage Press, 1965. Hardcover. Bound in white and black cloth boards with black and white title to spine. Light smudge marks to endpapers, else clean and bright interior. Light soiling to white cloth boards. Housed in a red paper covered slipcase. Minor wear and minor soiling to case. 176 pages. Oversized. LIT/050718. Very Good.
Boston: Little, Brown, and Company, 1926. Hardcover. SCARCE. Green cloth covered boards with black title to front board and to spine. Black and light blue illustration to front board. Wear to exterior includes minor soiling, browning to spine, minor fading to edges, bumping to spine ends and corners, exposed boards at corners, and minor chipping to spine ends. Previous owner's name and address written in pencil to front free end page. Minor browning and sporadic foxing to margins throughout. Else is clean and bright and filled with illustrations, many of which are in full color. 143 pages. CHILD/062018. Very Good.
Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill Company, 1907. Hardcover. Indiana politician and diplomat Meredith Nicholson (1866 - 1947) was also a best-selling author contributing to the Golden Age of Literature in Indiana along with Booth Tarkington. Bound in the original dark blue cloth boards with gilt title to spine and front cover. Illustrated color pastedown to front cover. Scuffing to illustration. Slight roll to spine. Minor wear to corners, edges, and spine ends. Pen inscription dated 1907 to front free endpaper. Notecard in Braille paperclipped to rear free endpaper. Rust stains from clip to facing pages. Occassional small smudge marks to interior, but clean overall. 387 pages. LIT/102418. Very Good.
New York: Grosset and Dunlap, (1910). Hardcover. Indiana politician and diplomat Meredith Nicholson (1866 - 1947) was also a best-selling author contributing to the Golden Age of Literature in Indiana along with Booth Tarkington. Light olive green cloth boards with dark brown title to spine and front cover. Slight sunning to spine. Minor wear to spine ends and edges of boards. Clean overall with pen gift inscription to front free endpaper "With love to Priscilla Christmas 1914 From Bird." Color frontis and many black and white line drawings within the text. 410 pages. LIT/102518. Very Good.
New York: Grosset and Dunlap, 1903. Hardcover. Indiana politician and diplomat Meredith Nicholson (1866 - 1947) was also a best-selling author contributing to the Golden Age of Literature in Indiana along with Booth Tarkington. Includes six full page black and white illustrations by Fisher. Bound in blue cloth boards with gilt title to spine and front cover. Small illustration of a trolley car to front cover. Rubbing and minor sunning to spine. Minor wear and rubbing to edges, hinges, corners and spine ends. Occasional smuge marks, but clean and bright overall. 419 pages. LIT/102518. Very Good.
Indianapolis and Kansas City: Bowen-Merrill Company, 1897. Hardcover. Published posthumously by the author's widow. Includes 21 full page black and white illustrations. Original red cloth boards with gilt title to spine and front cover. Illustration of a jester in white, black, and gilt to front cvoer. Slight sunning to spine. Ink gift inscription to front free endpaper dated Christmas 1896. Browning to one page, likely from an acidic scrap of paper that is no longer present. An attractive book. 273 pages. LIT/102418. Very Good.
New York: St. Vartan Press, (1977). Hardcover. 8vo, Purple cloth covered boards with gilt title to spine. Interior is clean and bright with illustrations throughout. Red illustrated dust jacket with white title to front and spine panels. Minor fading to edges and spine of dust jacket. Other wear to dust jacket includes minor rubbing, 2 small closed tears to the bottom edge and one open tear that has been repaired to the top of dust jacket.159 pages. Eastern Europe. EEUR/011312. Near Fine in Very Good DJ.
Monmouthshire: The Old Stile Press, 2006. Hardcover. Number 59 of 150 copies numbered and signed by Davis and Adams. The story of Bluebeard has a long history, from Perrault's Fairy Tales through Maeterlinck, and is deeply embedded in the dark storytelling of the early twentieth century. Béla Balázs, heavily influenced by the French Symbolists, wrote a play which inspired his fellow countryman Béla Bartók to create a truly Hungarian opera. The music and the libretto in their turn have drawn from Susan Adams a sequence of stunning images. Each page evokes the unfolding terror that the walls of Duke Bluebeard's castle have witnessed. The chilling story is of the young bride, Judith, brought to her new home by the Duke. She longs to fling open windows, to let sunlight flood into her castle but gradually she has to face the truth of what may have happened here -- the truth of the destroyed lives of three previous wives. The libretto is the English version made by John Lloyd Davies for performances of the opera in the UK. Printed in Eric Gill's Joanna type on BFK Rives paper. The 18 images by Adams use two printmaking techniques, printing directly from woodblocks in black (with two in white) and digitally generated photopolymer line blocks, printed in red. The small folio book is bound in black and red paper and covered with red paper with printed with woodcuts on both covers. The slipcase has grey sides with a black border, again printed with images by Susan Adams. A particularly striking production from this excellent private press. In fine condition. Unpaginated [56 pages]. PRI/061416. Fine.
Monmouth shire UK: The Old Stile Press, 1998. Hardcover. Number 160 of 200 copies. Signed by the artist and essayist. From the Press: "When The Affectionate Shepheard was first published, in London in 1594, its author was 20 years of age and immediately became a celebrity -- although he ceased to write six years later. In the centuries since, however, both poem and poet have largely disappeared from sight. Printings have been few and this one is thought to be the very first to be accompanied by images. The poem followed the rich tradition of pastoral poetry and was influenced especially by the second Eclogue of Vergil, taking unrequited love as its theme and, as its subject, the love of a shepherd, Daphnis, for the young man, Corydon. An essay, putting the work fascinatingly in its historical and literary context, has been specially written by Dr. Peter Wakelin for inclusion in this edition. If the poem is an unusual and worthwhile rediscovery, so is the printmaking technique employed by Clive Hicks-Jenkins. Involving glass and a layer of pigment, it is more akin to line engraving on, say, metal than to any form of drawing. This publication is also remarkable for being the first of our books to be printed entirely on paper handmade by Frances McDowall at The Old Stile Press." Printed in Bulmer types on McDowall's handmade paper.Illustrations on each page produced from autographic relief images using a variant form of cliché verre. Bound in vegetable parchment hand toned by the printer, illustrated on both covers with outline designs printed in grey, black spine titling. Special endpapers handmade by Frances McDowall. Foxing to some pages. Housed in a folding slipcase covered in burnt orange cloth, lined with blue Ingres paper. Octavo in near fine condition. 58 pages. PRI/061416. Near Fine.
Monmouthshire, England: The Old Stile Press, 2008. Hard Cover. Number 70 of 195 copies in Main Edition. Illustrated by Michael Onken and signed by him. This book came when the McDowells, proprietors of the press, discovered this text among the papers of George Mackay Brown. He wrote it in 1984 and it had a single public reading but was never published. The play draws on the tales of the Selkie folk. The American artist, Michael Onken, has found Orkney to be his "spiritual" home, and also was drawn to the Selkie legends. This book is a result of the play's discovery. Bound in cream cloth front cover with illustration in brown. Backing and rear board are blue linen. Housed in fine grey slipcase with paper illustration of Mackay Brown affixed to front. Designed and printed by Nicolas McDowell in Albertina type on grey Velin Arches paper. The artist's wood engravings, woodcuts,and linocut images were printed in black and white from the original blocks. Binding by The Fine Book Bindery using paper printed at The Old Stile Press. In fine condition. Unpaginated [56 pages]. PRI/061316. 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.
Oldham, England: The Old Stile Press, 1989. Hardcover. Number 149 of 220 copies. Signed by the illustrator. The Gymnopaediae was an ancient Greek festival at which nude young boys would dance, sing, and display their athletic abilities to honor Apollo. Filled with linocut illustrations of nude male athletes in various poses. Bound in quarter black cloth with blue paper covered boards. Black title to spine and terracotta illustration of a Greek sculpture of a nude boy to the front cover. Printed on Saunders HP mould-made paper in Joanna and PerpetuaLight Titling type. Housed in a beige cloth covered slipcase printed in terracotta with a series of figures. In fine condition. [80 pages]. PRI/071112. Fine in Fine Slipcase.
Oldham, England: The Old Stile Press, 1989. Hardcover. 145 of 220 copies. Signed by the illustrator. The Gymnopaediae was an ancient Greek festival at which nude young boys would dance, sing, and display their athletic abilites to honor Apollo. Includes a brief textual introduction and the remainder of the book is filled with linocut illustrations of nude male atheletes in various poses. Bound in quarter black cloth with blue paper covered boards. Black title to spine and terracotta illustration of a Greek sculpture of a nude boy to the front cover. Printed on Saunders HP mould-made paper in Joanna and Perpetua Light Titling type. Housed in a beige cloth covered slipcase printed in terracotta with a series of figures. [80 pages]. PRI/071112. Fine in Fine Slipcase.
Boston: W.A. Wilde Company, 1903. Hardcover. Very good in blue cloth covered boards with lovely illustration and yellow title to front board and yellow title to spine. Soiling to front board. Interior is clean and bright with illustrations throughout. 348 pages. Includes and advertisement from the publisher laid in at the rear. Literature. LIT4/11210. Very Good.
Boston: Dana Estes & Company (Estes and Lauriat), (1898). Hardcover. First Edition. All eight full page black and white illustrations by Shute remain, some with foxing. Very good in the original red cloth boards with illustration and white title to front cover. White spine titling has chipped away, but embossed title remains. Dampstain to edge of rear board and small spot to spine. Minor wear to hinges, spine ends, corners, and edges of boards. Occasional spots of foxing, soiling, and browning to interior. It appears this book was once used to aid in the drying of flowers, and some browning from this process remains. Previous ownership stamp to front pastedown. An attractive book despite noted condition flaws. 173 pages. CHILD/071819. Very Good.
Boston: Dana Estes and Company, No date circa 1920. Hardcover. 8vo. SCARCE IN DUST JACKET. Very good+ in cream colored cloth covered boards boards with brown title to front board and to spine. Illustration pasted to front board. Light yellowing to spine. Light yellowing to illustrated end pages. Light foxing to title page and first few pages. Writing in pencil to margin of last page by previous owner recording that he or she read this book aloud to family in 1920. Else is clean and bright. Beautiful full color illustrations throughout. Grey illustrated dust jacket with black title to front and spine panels. Wear to dust jacket includes browning and minor rubbing to spine panel, one small spot of damp staining to front panel, minor browning to edges, and one small chip to bottom of front panel. 96 pages. CHILD/062518. Very Good+ / Very Good.