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Omaha. NE: Abattoir Editions, The University of Nebraska, 1985. First Edition. Hardcover. LIMITED FIRST EDITION. NUMBER 56 OF 200 COPIES. Olive green cloth with black title to white label on the spine. Label darkened at lower edge, otherwise fine, without printed dust jacket, as issued. In glassine dust jacket. Vietnam War poetry. PRI/102416. Near Fine.
Washington DC: Abstract Orange, 2019. Number 12 of 36 copies signed and numbered by the book artist. The book was published on May 31, 2019 in celebration of Walt Whitman's 200th birthday. The book artist writes: "The book explores ideas central to Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass including transcendentalism, or the inherent goodness of nature, and realism, depicting familiar things as they are. It captures both the complexity and simplicity of nature by juxtaposing dimensional paper grass texture and a quote about nature and wonder. The book is not a reprinting of all of Whitman’s words, but an art object that encapsulates the feeling of Whitman." Her evocative work is done as a box that opens like a traditional book. The inside front cover and back cover are covered with cream paper that includes quotes from Whitman along with his image. Inside of the box/book are several spiky rows of grass leaves crafted from green paper. The box is covered with green paper with the title, author and press name in a lighter shade of green. In fine condition. Measures 5.25 x 7.25 inches. ARTISTB/063022. Fine.
Baltimore: John B. Piet, 1881. Hardcover. SCARCE. Good in original red cloth boards with gilt title and decoration to spine and front cover. Covers are dampstained and lightly soiled. There is a large split to binding after front endpage and a few smaller splits within textblock. Front pastedown is loose near hinge. Frontispiece illustration and each poem begins with a decorative initial. Writing in pencil on front endpage, else clean interior. Slight musty smell. 96 pages. POE/121013. 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.
London: Chiswick Press [Privately printed], 1888. Paperback. First Edition. Scarce. Presentation copy inscribed "To F. Coylestone with best wishes T. Ashe Feb. 1888." Thomas Ashe (1836-1889) was a minor English poet who was admired by some, including Michael Field, but his work was not popular with his generation. He has risen far enough to be included in many recent anthologies of mid-to late- Victorian verse. In original paper wrappers. Covers stained, creased on right corner, and chipped along edges. Hinges tender but text block is tight and clean. Very good condition. 84 pages. POE/102714. Very Good.
New York: Harper & Brothers, 1928. Hardcover. INSCRIBED BY THE AUTHOR. Very Good Plus/No Jacket. 8vo. In black cloth covered boards with gilt title stamp to spine and gilt and blind stamp to front board. Minor fading to spine and slight shelfwear to board edges. Interior is mostly clean and bright with only slight aging to endpapers. Inscribed by author on FFEP. 76pp. POE/051304. Very Good +.
Boston: Little Brown & Company, 1915. LIMITED EDITION. Hardcover. Thin 8vo. Limited to 500 numbered copies and SIGNED BY AUTHOR. 3/4 white cloth backed blue paper covered boards with gilt title to spine and front board. Charming illustration of a tree in gilt to front board. Minor browning to spine and to edges of boards. Minor browning to endpages, else interior is very clean. Tight binding. POE/102005. Very Good.
Mission, B.C. Barbarian Press, 2022. One of 125 copies, this being one of the 55 standard copies. This is the 51st book issued by the very fine Barbarian Press that Crispin and Jan Elsted founded in 1977. The book beautifully exemplifies their philosophy in the creation of books and the fine craftsmanship they bring to each. They write about this book on their website: "Robert Bringhurst is widely known as a typographer and designer of books. The Elements of Typographic Style, originally published in 1992, has become a bible to most serious typographers, printers and designers. It has appeared in five subsequent revised editions and has been translated into more than a dozen languages. He has also published several collections of essays and talks (or ‘pieces of thinking’, as he calls them) on language, cultural history, poetry, the relations between humanity and the natural world, and many other subjects, all of which are profoundly interesting and endlessly stimulating. He has translated some epic poems from Haida, and the complete writings of Parmenides from classical Greek. But first, and continuing throughout all his other work, he is one of Canada’s leading poets.... In Ten Poems with One Title, Richard Wagener’s passionate, forceful two-colour abstract engravings, reminiscent of the work of such Abstract Expressionists as Robert Motherwell and Franz Kline, meld with Bringhurst’s contemplative, elegant poems, each at once counterpointing and reflecting the character of the other. The relationship is profound and moving." Bound in gray and black paper covers with a black linen spine. The text was hand-set in Walbaum on Zerkall Smooth White Wove paper by Apollonia Elsted after designs by Crispin Elsted in consultation with Jan Elsted. The engravings by Richard Wagener were printed at his studio in California and sent to the press in sheets. The binding was bound by Alanna Simensen at The Mad Hatter Bookbinding Company. Housed in a black paper covered slipcase. In fine condition. Measures 7.75 x 10.75 inches. Unpaginated. [About 40 pages] PRI/112822.
Mission, British Columbia: Barbarian Press, 2021. Hardcover. From an edition of 125 copies. This is one of the copies from the Regular state of 43 sale and 10 hors commerce copies. The Deluxe state comprises 62 sale and 10 hors commerce copies. This beautiful produced work is the 50th book from the renowned Barbarian press. It presents the evocative and moving poetry of Molly Holden from her five books published during her lifetime and eight previously unpublished poems in nine thematic groups, with a half-title derived from one of the poems in each section. The introduction provides a biographical sketch of Holden, documenting her life as a writer and her struggles with multiple sclerosis, which caused her death at the age of 55. In his afterword, Crispin offers a wonderful discussion of the nature of poetry and of Molly Holden's poems in particular. He writes that her poetry is "innately curious - both persistently questioning and stubbornly independent....After spending time reading Molly Holden's poems, we might well find her own account of her state after 'Country journeys' an apt description of our own condition: I arrive at the end of journeys/prostate with experience, my backside/stiff, my humanity overflowing,/my self plural with anticipation." The poems were hand-set by Apollonia Felicity Elsted in Joanna roman and italic with Tiern Titling for display, and printed by Jan and Apollonia Elsted. Printed on Zerkall Smooth White Wove paper. The engravings by Andy English are printed from the wood. Bound in half green Japanese silk with paper decorated with typographical ornaments and housed green cloth slipcase with cream title and author label to spine. Bound by Alanna Simenson of Mad Hatter Bookbinding. In fine condition. Measures 7.75 x 11 inches. 271 pages plus an afterword of ten pages. PRI/012822. Fine.