[Ipswich, England]: 1905-06. A unique and charming autograph book of a young college woman, filled with handwritten drawings, quotes from various writers and good wishes from friends and acquaintances at the college. The initials N.T.C. are on many of the pages. It is unclear whether these are the initials of the album's owner or a reference to the school they all attend. References to Ipswich and and Burton on Trent place the book as English. The most delightful feature of the autograph book are the 32 illustrations interspersed throughout. There are 12 watercolors, 13 pen and ink drawings, and 6 pencil sketches. They include men and women, flowers, animals, and scenery. The quality of the illustrations varies from basic and naive through competent to a few that are quite accomplished. Bound in brown leather with the word Album in gilt to front cover. Bumping and chipping, with the backstrip still attached but in fairly poor shape. All edges gilt. A few pages have become loose but the book is otherwise a lovely example. Measures 5 x 8 inches. [44 pages]. HANDWRITTEN/081120. / Very Good.
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New York: Béatrice Coron, 2014. Paperback. Number 2 of 6 copies. This poignant yet also exuberant book is a collaboration by well known book artist Béatrice Coron with painter, Laura James, and poet, Tiffany Osedra Miller. Coron describes her book work: "For more than 20 years I have been exploring visual storytelling in artist books, paper cutting and public art. Collecting memories from individuals and communities, I stage narrative allegories in silhouette to create a dialogue with the viewer in playful fantasies. These visual chronicles record archetypal stories that transcend time and space. I have been fascinated by the relation of people to their space and the sense of belonging. Using papercutting where everything is cut from a single piece of Tyvek, the profusion of individual stories makes a coherent whole world." [From her website]. In this accordion book, Coron’s evocative papercuts are married to Laura James’s colorful painted pages, with Miller’s poignant poem of hopes for a better future handwritten across the pages in black ink. Miller’s poem addresses the hopes, hardships, and disappointments of immigrant families during their journey to new lands. Coron and James’s illustrations of a barren land, a dying grandmother, a lone rooster, and a severed hand in the desert paint a disturbing backdrop for this quest to a better life. The covers are black with a white and red title label to the front and colophon on rear cover. The backs of the pages are painted gold. Hand-cut and painted on Arches paper with hand-written text. Housed in a yellow cloth covered book case. Size: 66 x 6 inches when open. 5 x 5.5 inches when closed. Unpaginated [10 pages] ARTB/081921. Fine.
Neustadt, Germany: circa 1988. Hardcover. Glossy blue paper covered boards with gilt title "Poesie" to front cover. The interior is filled with songs, advice, and well wishes for a baby, Mandana - from various friends. Text is mostly in German with several entries in English. Most entries are dated and range from 1988 to 1991. Includes pasted down photographs and cards. One entry reads "Dear Mandana, However they talk, whatever they say, Look straight at the task without dismay, and if you can do it, do it today! Fur Erinnerung an Deine Lehoerin. Marianne Lermann. Neustadt, im November 1988." Light soiling to covers, but clean overall. 6.5 x 6.5 inches. HAND/040419. Very Good.
[Baltimore]: n.p., 1933-1937. An uncommonly complete example of one girl's education during the Great Depression. These four uniformly bound volumes collect the schoolwork of Judith Warner during the four years she was a student at Calvert School in Baltimore. Calvert School was founded in 1896 and is still a private school for boys and girls. Judith's lessons included world and US history, geography, art, spelling, and mathematics. Judith appeared to have accomplished her studies with relative ease, as demonstrated by the graded tests and report cards included here. She writes earnestly and neatly about such topics as the Earth's beginnings, landmarks in various cities, famous historical figures, and so on. Some of the assignments were structured as letters to her mother regarding her progress. Bound in dark green cloth with cream title labels printed in black to front covers. Black metal strips bind the spine of the first volume. Handwritten text in pencil and ink; magazine clippings pasted to some pages to illustrate the lessons; a hand-colored illustrations at the beginning of each month. Some additional texts laid in. It seems likely that Judith's bound volumes of her school work were commissioned by her father, James O. Warner, who was the president of a wholesale paper distribution company that served the local book publishing and printing trade. Clean and sound with only light wear to ends and corners. Very good condition. Measures 8.5 x 11 inches. Unpaginated, about 300 pages per volume. EDUC/031722.
n.p. [circa 1910-1911]. Hardcover. An interesting compilation of school work done by an industrious and thoughtful student (probably high school) named R.W. Williams in the early 1900s. School is not identified. The first volume is labeled "Theses" and contains three lengthy papers: "Les Parnassiens," a handwritten piece in French about Parnassianism, the French poetry style of the Positive period; "The Division of Power, Legislative and Administrative, between the State of Maryland and the City of Baltimore, a typed 52-page analysis; and "The Panama Canal. Its Economic Significance," a long handwritten piece. The second volume is titled "Shorter Papers." Comprised of about twenty-five short handwritten papers on various topics for her (handwriting is feminine in appearance) classes in government and economics. Both volumes bound in three quarter brown leather with reddish-orange cloth boards. Four raised bands to spine with gilt and red title label and gilt and black author label. Rubbing to exterior, mostly to edges and heavier at corners. Minor bumping to spine ends. Interior pages are clean and legible. Some pages folded vertically, probably folded to turn in to the teacher. Very good condition. This set may require an extra shipping fee. HAND/033115. Very Good.