London: Methuen & Co., (1932). Hardcover. A compilation of poetry by many Scottish writers chosen to bring pleasure to young boys and girls. In the scarce cream dust jacket with a color illustration by Jessie M. King on the front cover. The frontispiece is of the same illustration, protected by a tissue guard. Chipping to spine and corners, and fading to spine but othewise in very good condition. Bound in original blue cloth with gilt title to spine. Some offsetting to free endpapers but otherwise very nice. Includes glossary of "hard" words and list of first lines. 209 pages plus 8 pages of ads, POE/110812. Very Good in Very Good Dust Jacket.
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Chicago: P.F. Volland and Co, 1913. Hardcover. Sixth edition. Very good in brown paper covered boards with black title and color illustration to front board. Chipping to foot of spine and minor wear to edges of boards. The head of the spine has been expertly restored. Decorative endpages and full color illustrations on every page. Occasional smudge marks and small spots of soiling to interior, but overall very clean and bright. Housed in a green leather backed box with wood grained paper covered boards. The interior of the box is lined in cloth. There is light sunning to the spine of the box and minor wear to the edges. Overall an attractive book. 96 pages. CHILD/102609. Very Good in very good box.
Knight Library Press / University of Oregon, 2002. Margot Voorhies Thompson. Flexible covers. Number 36 of 100 copies. There were 10 additional lettered copies for participants. Signed by the artist and author. A haunting essay by Pattiann Rogers about the relationship between animals and people. She describes both our love and adoration of animals but also our exploitation and cruelty: “Some of us like to sculpt them and make statues and carvings of them ... Some of us like to go out and catch them and kill them and eat them.” Pattiann has won numerous awards for her poetry including a Guggenheim Fellowship and the Lannan Award for Poetry. Bound in flexible boards with black morocco spine and red paste paper covered boards. Features four etchings by Margot Voorhies Thompson printed on Mulberry paper. Includes a CD of the author reading her work. Printed on Heinemule Heine in handset Bembo for the body text. Housed in a red cloth clamshell box. Unpaginated. Fine in fine box. PRI/033011. Fine in fine box.
Brazil: Ministerio da Educacao e Cultura, 1965. Paperback. Number 12 of 200 copies numbered and signed by the author. An additional 800 unsigned copies were printed. Elephant folio. A collection of 50 poems by Stella Leonardos illustrated with 3 lithographs by Pedro. Portuguese author and painter Antonio Pedro (1909 - 1966) helped introduce Surrealism into Portuguese painting during the 1930s. Bound in white and green paper wrappers with green title to front cover. Minor browning to spine and edges of wrappers and a few small closed tears to edges of wrappers. The interior is clean overall with minor browning to edges of pages. Some light foxing / light soiling to margins of some pages. Small closed tear to margin of one of the prints, which does not effect the image. Includes a postcard on the letterhead of the Brazilian minister of education and culture dated 7/6/65 with a brief handwritten note in Portuguese. Unbound as issued in large folded sheets. 91 pages plus plates, notes, and index. IN PORTUGUESE. POE/010715. Very Good.
Boston: Little, Brown, and Company, 1899. Hardcover. A story set in Ireland. Both volumes are bound in dark green cloth boards with gilt titles and decorations to spines and front covers. Light rubbing to covers and minor wear to corners and spine ends. Bright gilt on covers, but slight darkening to gilt on spines. Personal library stamp to front free endpapers. Old price sticker has been removed from front free endpaper of first volume. Slight browning to margins of pages in both volumes. Illustrated with 8 ethcings and many line drawings within the text. 388 pages in volume one; 462 pages in volume two. LIT/102418. Very Good.
Dublin and London: William Curry, Jun. and Co. / William S. Orr and Co., 1839. Hardcover. First Edition. Very good in three quarter tan leather with marbled paper covered boards and red title label to spine. Five raised bands on spine. Both hinges are starting and the spine has a few chips to the leather. Rubbing to boards. Foxing to first few pages and to illustrations. Bookplate from the Cullen House Library to front pastedown. 344 pages. Literature. LIT01/121599. Very Good.
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.
New York: The Century Co., 1912. Hardcover. First edition. "Published, October, 1912" on copyright page. A collection of twelve short stories, all revolving around the same character and meant to be read sequentially. Wealthy journalist Christopher "Kit" Bellow joins his uncle on a gold hunting expedition in the Klondike and many adventures ensue. Bound in the original blue-gray cloth lettered in black on the spine and front cover with landscape design to front. Binding design by Decorative Designers. Hinges strengthened. Foxing to pastedowns, free endpapers, title-page, illustrations, and pages facing illustrations. The covers are bright, but are lightly rubbed. Includes 8 full page illustrations. 385 pages. LIT/101716. Very Good.
Petersham, MA: The Lone Oak Press, 2012. Hardcover. Master wood engraver Abigail Rorer is considered one of the finest engravers working today. She founded her Lone Oak Press in 1989 and has published many beautiful works that often focus on nature - animals, flowers, trees, and water. Abigail has also provided lovely illustrations for other private and commercial presses. Her fine press books have been in numerous exhibitions in the U.S., U.K., and Ireland. They can be found in many public and private collections.Number 12 of 14 deluxe copies. A total of 60 copies were printed. Numbered and signed by the book artist. “In the Lone Oak Press book Mimpish Squinnies we focused on fourteen plants that British plant explorer Reginald Farrer (1880 - 1920) disliked with a passion. In this new book, we join Farrer on a journey to the Alps in his quest to see in situ one of his most beloved plants, Eritrichium nanum, also known as King of the Alps” (prospectus). In addition to the book, this deluxe edition includes an essay by book artist Abigail Rorer discussing the trials and tribulations of trying to grow Eritrichium nanum, a botanical illustration in watercolor of the King of the Alps, a pseudo herbarium specimen of Eritrichium nanum, and an extra suite of prints from the book with an experimental print using various engravings from the book and related material. All housed within a large black cloth clamshell box with black leather spine titled in silver. A splendid work by this noted wood engraver. In fine condition. Fine.
Petersham, MA: The Lone Oak Press, 2005. Hardcover. Number 9 of 70 signed and numbered copies. There were also 14 deluxe copies with an extra set of prints and an original block. This beautiful production from master printmaker, Abigail Rorer, is a tribute to Henry David Thoreau and his celebration of the wonders of nature. In Ms. Rorer's description of her book, she says that "woodland pools, spring-holes, and ditches are all terms used by Thoreau to describe vernal pools; ephemeral springtime wetlands that often dry up in the summer and are vital breeding habitats for many species ranging from wood frogs, spadefoot toads, spotted salamanders....In New England these pools are an important part of the landscape and the rites of spring. The book comprises selected entries from Thoreau's Journal for the months of March, April, and May  to give a sense of the awakening spring and teeming life...at this time of year. Thoreau puts so beautifully into words what one woud see, hear, and feel when out in nature at this time of the year." The enlightening introduction is written by renowned Thoreau scholar, Bradley P. Dean. Accompanying the text are twenty-eight marvelous wood-engravings, some with hand-coloring, by Ms. Rorer. They are based on the landscape and pools that Thoreau explored. The book was designed and printed by Michael Russem of Kat Ran Press on Zerkall Book in Baskerville type. Barbara Blumenthal bound the book in quarter brown morocco leather with marbled paper by Iris Nevins for the covers. Housed in a grey-green cloth clamshell box with the same marbled paper on the edges and spine. The result of the collaboration of these book artists is this stunning edition. 92 pages. PRI/081417. Fine.
Kensington MD: Lion Stone Books, 2013. Softcover. Number 37 of 650 copies. Signed by the book artist and author of essay. "Clothed in Bark's unconventional words and images connect the reader with the issues of forests, globalization and climate that haunt our world today" (Carter Roberts, President and CEO World Wildlife Fund). Sallie Lowenstein has transformed her photographs of tree bark by drawing on top of each image to accentuate the lines and patterns formed by nature. Her images are paired with an essay on climate change by her brother, former head of the Nature Conservancy's North America Conservation Region's Forest Health Program. Each copy is in a unique binding. Bound by hand in flexible dark brown leather wrappers decorated with an intricate pattern of circular punches. Sewn with a medieval long stitch, which is then woven in a pattern resembling tree bark. Housed in a cardboard box with velcro closures and plastic bag insert, which holds the book in place inside of the box. Images from the book decorate the exterior of the box. Unpaginated. [60 pages.] ARTB/051214. Fine.
Kensington MD: Lion Stone Books, 2013. Softcover. Number 48 of 650 copies. Signed by the book artist and author of essay. "Clothed in Bark's unconventional words and images connect the reader with the issues of forests, globalization and climate that haunt our world today" (Carter Roberts, President and CEO World Wildlife Fund). Sallie Lowenstein has transformed her photographs of tree bark by drawing on top of each image to accentuate the lines and patterns formed by nature. Her images are paired with an essay on climate change by her brother, former head of the Nature Conservancy's North America Conservation Region's Forest Health Program. Each copy is in a unique binding. Bound by hand in flexible brown pigskin wrappers decorated with an intricate pattern of circular punches. Sewn with a medieval long stitch, which is then woven in a pattern resembling tree bark. Housed in a cardboard box with velcro closures and plastic bag insert, which holds the book in place inside of the box. Images from the book decorate the exterior of the box. Unpaginated. [60 pages.] ARTB/051214. Fine.
London: 1890. A leaf from The Illustrated Book of Poultry, by Lewis R. Wright. This series of poultry lithographs, popularly known as Cassell's Book of Poultry, are illustrated by Joseph Williamson Ludlow, and is regarded as the most desirable of the English poultry books. Contains beautiful chromolithograph examples of the purebred fowl praising the owner, by implication, and listing, where appropriate, the cup or ribbon won. Print method is Lithograph on heavy stock, measuring 270 x 210 mm. or approximately 10 3/4 x 8 1/4 inches. Archivally matted. #48238. Very Good.
1890. A leaf from The Illustrated Book of Poultry, by Lewis R. Wright. This series of poultry lithographs, popularly known as Cassell's Book of Poultry, are illustrated by Joseph Williamson Ludlow, and is regarded as the most desirable of the English poultry books. Contains beautiful chromolithograph examples of the purebred fowl praising the owner, by implication, and listing, where appropriate, the cup or ribbon won. Print method is Lithograph on heavy stock, measuring 270 x 210 mm. or approximately 10 3/4 x 8 1/4 inches. Archivally matted. #48247. Very Good.
Melbourne and London: Heinemann, (1969). First Edition. Hardcover. 8vo. Very good in Very good white illustrated dust jacket. Minor edgewear and soiling to dust jacket. Ex-libris with sticker to foot of spine and stamp to front and end paste downs. Interior is clean and bright with illustrations throughout. Dame Enid Lyons was the first woman to be elected to the Australian House of Representatives and appointed to the federal cabinet. Previously she was the wife of the Australian prime minister, Joseph Lyons. 180 pages. AUST/010318. Very Good / Very Good.
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.