New York: Harper & Brothers, 1900. Hardcover. Two folio bound volumes with all of Harper's Weekly issues for 1900. They are a fascinating compilation of articles, events, news, and numerous illustrations documenting the events in the United States and around the world. They offer an enthralling view of the country's concerns and interests at the beginning of the 20th century. Even the advertisements for products and services are quite interesting. There was ongoing coverage throughout the year of the presidential competition between William McKinley and William Jennings Bryan. McKinley won but was assassinated in September, 1901, making his vice-president, Theodore Roosevelt the president. Other events garnering extensive coverage included the Boer War, the Boxer Rebellion in China, the Paris Exhibition, the Galveston Flood, and the country's new possessions from the Spanish-American War. Unlike many previous years, there was little notable fiction. Rudyard Kipling contributed an article on witchcraft and a poem titled "The Young Queen;" a non-fiction article about a dog by Jack London; and a short story by Theodore Dreiser. Mark Twain was fêted in December by a cover portrait by William Nicholson, a photograph from a dinner in his honor given by the Aldine Club, and an amusing piece about a supposed surprise party for Twain given by his books' characters, written by his great friend William Dean Howells. Bound in black cloth with gilt titling and date to spine. Volume covers have tears and chipping to corners and spine. The interior pages are very good with occasional stains and minor tears. A full page illustration at the end of the November 10 issue is loose. The covers of most issues are printed using color and there are several color illustrations. The two volumes are continuously paginated for a total of 1276 pages. There are two places with skipped numbers (p. 212-213 and p. 471-472), and repeated pages 259-260 after page 260. These are heavy volumes that will require extra postage. PER/061423. Very Good.
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Lausanne: Librairie Payot, 1950. Hardcover. 8vo. Near fine brown cloth covered boards with illustrated pastedown to front board. gilt title to spine. Slight bowing to front board. Interior is clean and bright with 32 photographic illustrations and a map; 289 pages. Asian Travel. TRA/9172. Near Fine.
New York: Crown Publishers, Inc., 1980. FIRST EDITION. Hardcover. 4to. Red cloth boards with black title to spine. Pristine interior with many color illustrations. Tight binding. Red dj with beige title to spine and front panel. Minor wear to edges of jacket. Dj is price-clipped. 519 pp. CHINA/020905. Near Fine in Very Good dj.
Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1985. Hardcover. 4to. Red cloth boards with gilt title to spine and gilt dragon emblem to front board. Clean, tight interior with many color illustrations. Tight binding. Minor wear to spine ends. Bookplate to front pastedown. Index, 281 pp. CHINA/020805. Very Good Plus.
Atglen PA: Schiffer Military History, 2000. Hardcover. First trade edition. Pristine in glossy paper covered boards with illustration to front cover and black title to spine. In illustrated dust jacket with white spine panel and black title to spine. Filled with photographic illustrations. 191 pages. Size: Quarto. CHI/062515. Fine / Fine.
New York: The World Publishing Company, 1971. FIRST PRINTING. Hardcover. 8vo. Orange cloth boards with gilt title to spine. Minor bumping to corners. Interior is very clean. Tight binding. Orange dj with chipping and several closed tears to edges. Minor fading to spine of jacket and minor soiling to panels. One inch tear to edge of rear panel of dj. 478 pp. CHINA/020405. Very Good in Very Good Minus dj.
[Chillicothe, OH]: The Mountain House Press, 1937. Hardcover. Number 122 of 125 copies signed and numbered by the author. Dard Hunter (1883-1966) is considered by many to be the father of hand papermaking in the United States. Hunter traveled extensively around the world, learning about papermaking and collecting artifacts related to the topic. He wrote several books on hand papermaking traditions, and also studied other paper-like materials such as papyrus and amatl. From the colophon: "The book was printed at the Mountain House Press on paper made by hand in the Orient. The specimens included with each book were gathered by the compiler during journeys in China, as well as in Indochina, Java, Sumatra, Siam, Malay Peninsula, and other Asiatic countries where the Chinese have emigrated and where their ancient customs have been retained. Due to the hand methods used in the making of this volume and to the limited number of original specimens available, only 125 copies have been printed..." With 16 illustrations and 50 samples of ceremonial paper and items made from paper, including trays for sacrificial burning, ceremonial paper money, envelopes, etc. There are eight photogravures of the papermaking process and two folding illustrations, plus two folding pages that protect larger sheets of paper. This is one of Hunter's more elaborate publications. It is also noteworthy that most of the focus is on the uses of paper in ritual, the cultural meanings of paper, if you will, not simply the mechanics of papermaking, as some of his other books are [From a contemporary review]. Bound in quarter black leather with russet colored cloth covers with an elegant design in gold. Gilt titling to spine. Very light wear to covers. Interior pages are beautiful, and the specimens and samples are in fine condition save for a few pieces with some offsetting, which is usually seen in copies of this book. Housed in a brown paper covered slipcase with some fading and wear. A very desirable copy of one of Dard Hunter's most important works in about fine condition. Quarto. 84 pages plus the unnumbered pages with specimens. PRI/083123. Near Fine.
Chicago: Sherwin Beach Press, 2008. Hardcover. Number 18 of 50 copies. Signed by the author and the bookmakers. With numerous family photographs provided by Nina Sandlin. Lee Sandlin (1956-2014) was an award winning journalist and essayist. This is his story of the extraordinary life and bewildering illness of Sandlin's father-in-law, Russian immigrant Nick Cherniavsky (1924-2007), who grew up in China. "The defining event of Nick’s life happened before he was born. The Russian Revolution was one of those vast historical calamities that most Americans have been spared: it was a time when people who never thought of themselves as political, who never thought they’d have to choose sides about anything, were forced to make political choices that could easily cost them their homes, their families, and their lives. This was how it was for Nick’s parents." This beautiful book iwas designed by Martha Chiplis, set in Monotype Ehrhardt by Winifred and Michael Bixler, and printed by Martha Chiplis on handmade Twinrocker Taupe paper. Photoetchings from family photographs are printed on Hosho, inset into the book in debossed panels. A map of Nick's lifetime of travel, drawn by Deborah Reade, serves as the front endpaper. Trisha Hammer has designed and executed a hidden crossed-structure binding in Nigerian goatskin with endpapers of Japanese silk, housed in a silk drawstring bag. An impressive production In fine condition. 9 1/2 x 11 x 2 inches. 100 pages. PRI/072115. Fine.
Collins Publishers, 1989. FIRST EDITION. Hardcover. Folio. Black cloth boards with black embossed title to spine and front board. Pristine interior with tight binding. Filled with full color illustrations. White illustrated dust jacke with black spine panel and red title to spine. 224 pages. Oversized. CHINA/012006. Fine in Fine dj.
New York: Mcclurek, Phillips, and Co., 1904. Hardcover. Small 8vo. Bookplate of Count Wladyslaw Tyszkiewicz to front pastedown and to half title. Ex-library with modern binding. Blue leather backed blue cloth boards with gilt title and bands to spine. Minor scuffing to spine. Clean, tight interior with library stamps. 78 pages with about 50 blank pages bound into rear. CHINA/070606. Very Good Plus.