Paris: Chez Poinçot, 1789. Hardcover. A collection of 44 beautiful handcolored botanical plates of which 38 are of various flowers and 6 comprise a visual dictionary of botanical terms. Each plate is accompanied by a page of text describing the plant and its qualities. The plates are in near fine condition but unfortunately the leather binding is not. It is chipped, scuffed, and bumped, and the top half of the spine is missing. The front board is almost detached although the text block is firm. Endpapers have spotting and the title page has browning to edges. Small octavo. Unpaginated. NATURE/072021.
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New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1854. Hardcover. 8vo. Brown cloth covered boards with gilt title and decoration to spine. Embossed decoration to boards. Full gilt edges. Minor fading to spine. Edgewear to exterior includes bumping and rubbing. Tear to cloth along rear exterior hinge. Crack to front interior hinge. Foxing throughout though text and illustrations remain bright. Hand colored illustrations. 415 pages + publisher's ads. LIT/100212. Very Good -.
New York: Frederick A. Stokes Company, 1926. Hardcover. 4to. Orange cloth covered boards with black title to front board and to spine. Color illustration to front board. Light browning to spine and light rubbing to rear board. Minor bumping to spine ends. Front interior hinge is starting but binding remains tight. Else is clean and bright with lovely illustrations throughout. Illustrated end pages. 416 pages. CHILD/052416. Very Good.
London: Hurst and Blackett, 1861. Hardcover. First Edition. George Charles Grantley Fitzhardinge Berkeley (1800 - 1881) was an English politician, author, and sportsman. He had quite a temper and once assaulted the publisher of a magazine that posted a bad review of one of his books. He later fought a duel with the author of the review; however, none of the 3 shots fired landed on either party. This book, which is written in the travelogue style, covers Berkeley's journey from England, his brief stay on the East Coast before departing for the prairie, hunting bison, and his journey home. He includes anecedotes on fishing, murder, the American Press, Native Americans, eyeless fish, rifles, the landscape, and more. All ten illustrations (including vignette on title and 9 plates) are present. Ex-library with perforated stamp to bottom of title page, evidence of removed library sticker to foot of spine, and penciled call number to verso of free endpaper. Bound in three quarter dark teal leather over marbled paper covered boards with gilt title and author to spine. Heavy chipping and wear to leather on spine ends. Wear to hinges, corners, and edges of boards. Front board is slightly warped due to interior dampstain. Marbled endpapers and top edge gilt. Title page and frontis are heavily dampstained. It appears that a liquid was spilled on this spread many years ago. Slight evidence of dampstain to side and top margins of a few pages, but overall the rest of the book is clean. Occasional spots of soiling to margins. A few pencil markings to text. Marbled front free endpaper is present but detached. A good reading copy. 431 pages. SPO/081722. Very Good.
Munchen: Theodor Stroefer's Kunstverlag, circa 1890-1910. Hardcover. Blue cloth spine with illustrated paper covered boards titled in brown. Filled with poems and short stories for children (according to jacket aged 6 - 10 years) with charming illustrations on every page. Several have been hand colored. Minor foxing throughout. In original tan dust jacket with light green title to spine and front panels. Minor spots of dampstaining to jacket. Heavy chipping and wear to edges of jacket, which is now preserved in a removable plastic cover. Text in German. A cute book. 88 pages. GER/031819. Very Good / Very Good.
Upland CA: Blackbird Press, 2007 [Distributed in 2010]. Hardcover. Number 40 of 100 copies. Signed by the poet, the book artist, and the illustrator. A poem about the word and concept of "beauty", which is applied to a homoerotic experience witnessed in a machine shop. Writes Gillingwators, "When I first read B. H. Fairchild’s poetry collection The Art of the Lathe, I knew I wanted to publish the opening poem “Beauty” as a letterpress limited edition book. The poem has book characteristics–narrative structure and four, chapter-like divisions–and its visceral, lyrical appeal motivated me." Fairchild's poetry has been widely published and he has been the recipient of numerous awards. The Art of the Lathe was described in the LA Times as "a contemporary classic...finely crafted and perfectly pitched." The book artist continues: "I knew from the initial reading that my book edition would have metal covers, reminiscent of the corrugated-metal buildings that often house machine shops [where the poem takes place]. The making of the book took three years as the book artist and illlustrator learned how to make the tiny metal hinges for the book and how to age the thin aluminum used for the book covers. Each step required research, test trials, and practice. Printed with Centaur and Arrighi monotype on Zerkall Book paper, with linocuts by Alquitela. Housed in a grey clamshell box with title and author in red to spine. In fine condition. 7 x 11". Unpaginated. [11 pages] PRI/031715. Fine.
Chicago: Tand McNally & Company, 1942. Hardcover. Very good blue cloth 4to., bright color illustrated pastedown covers almost entire front board, Minor rubbing to edges of boards and to spine. Interior is clean, though light soiling to endpapers and ink inscription to front free end page. Adorable illustrations throughout, many are in bright color. 71 pages. A cute book. Children's Literature. CHIL/10153. Very Good.
London, Glasgow, and New York: George Routledge and Sons, circa 1890. Hardcover. Includes poems and short stories arranged by season with color illustrations throughout. Bound in the original brick red cloth boards with color illustration to front board and gilt title to spine. Minor chipping and wear to spine ends and corners. Minor smudge marks to edges of boards, but clean overall. Clean, bright interior with full color illustrations by Cooper. Light offsetting from illustrations. Gift inscription in pen dated '82 to front free endpaper. Paper lining interior hinge is tearing, but mull (fabric) remains intact. Binding is tight. A charming book. Size: quarto. About 120 pages - each season is about 40 pages. CHILD/110221. Very Good.
New York: Sherwood Publishers, Inc., 1966. Hardcover. With an original signed lithograph by Moskowitz and inscribed by him in 1972 to art dealer Ernest Lowenstein and his wife. Ira Moskowitz (1912-2001) was born in Poland but spent most of his life in Paris and New York, with a few years spent in New Mexico. He is known for his Southwest influenced art, Judaica, and printmaking. In addition to the lithograph, this book contains 63 b&w and color plates of his work in pencil, ink, and colored chalk. Bound in brown cloth with gilt titling to spine and gilt signature facsimile to front board. Light spot to front and lightly bumped corners. Interior pages are bright and clean. Very good condition. Unpaginated. Measures 11 x 13.5 inches. ART/063022. Very Good.
Toronto: Cheshire Cat Press, 2015. Number 16 of 66 copies signed and numbered by the publisher, Andy Malcolm, the writer of the introduction, Edward Wakeling, and the printer, George A. Walker. The press calls this fine production their Sesquicentennial Edition of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Edward Wakeling, who wrote the introduction, is an internationally known authority on Carroll. Wakeling writes in his introduction: Harry Furniss was born in Wexford, Ireland on March 26, 1854. He was a prolific artist and illustrator, best remembered for his humorous illustrations published in Punch, to which he contributed over 2,600 drawings from 1880 to 1894. Furniss was eleven years old when Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland was published. He regretted not being old enough to illustrate the Alice book for himself. He was delighted when Carroll singled him out to illustrate the Sylvie and Bruno books. Carroll recognized Furniss’s ability to draw both character likenesses and grotesques; an essential ingredient for his new book. Sylvie and Bruno was nothing like Alice’s Adventures. Furniss said that this was a bitter disappointment to him. Inwardly, he nursed the ambition to do his own illustrated version of Alice. When the copyright ran out in 1907, he drew twenty illustrations for the book. But few people have seen Alice as illustrated by Harry Furniss. The illustrations first appeared in three installments of The Children’s Encyclopaedia edited by Arthur Mee in 1908. This edition offers for the first time enlarged, high resolution copies of the original Furniss art. The portfolio of loose illustration leaves is made available for sale as a hand printed folio. The polymer plates of the illustrations were made from high resolution scans; sixteen of these images are from the original drawings from the archives of the Fales Library in New York City. Printed on Arches Velin Cream French 100% rag archival paper with Janson type. The portfolio is housed in a clam shell box made from the finest quality materials, with red cloth covers and a gilt illustration of the white rabbit on the top cover and gilt title on spine. In fine condition. Paper sheets measure 11 x 15 inches. PRI/111519. Fine.
Toronto: Cheshire Cat Press, 2017. Number 31 of 42 copies. Signed by the printers and the author of the introduction, who are ardent and well-known Carroll admirers. The Cheshire Cat Press was formed by book designer and printer George Walker in 1991. The press began when he and two colleagues produced new editions of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass. Edward Wakeling, who wrote the introduction, is an internationally known authority on Carroll. From the prospectus: "Here finally is a book collecting all the Alice associated images into one volume. In this book is the work of the other PUNCH illustrators who were influenced by John Tenniel’s pictures for Lewis Carroll’s Alice. Oh yes we include Tenniel too! Through the many decades that Punch existed (1841-2002), references to the Alice books have been a common feature. Now you can have them all in one volume. The images are printed by hand directly from polymer plates made by Boxcar Press, except Alice Reigns Supreme (page 27) which is printed photo-mechanically. The plates were created from high resolution scans made directly from the original PUNCH publications. Printed on 115 gsm Rives Lightweight Buff 100% rag paper using a Vandercook Sp15 letterpress." Bound in green cloth with gilt title to spine and gilt ruling and Punch figure to front cover. Punch figure repetitive design to endpapers. Housed in a green cloth slipcase. In fine condition. 10 x 13 inches. 57 pages. PRI/031221.
New York: Samuel Gabriel Sons & Company, 1937. Hardcover. Very good. Colorfully illustrated boards with red cloth spine. Color illustrations. Book was originally provided with separate color illustrations to be cut out and pasted onto the pages; this has been done by a previous juvenile owner. Writing in pencil to end pages. 236 pages. Children's Literature. CHIL/022812. Very Good.
New York: Samuel Gabriel and Sons, 1937. Hardcover. Colorfully illustrated boards with red cloth spine. Minor edgewear to boards and spine ends. Illustrated jacket, worn, with a few open tears. Dust jacket is now in protective plastic sleeve. Interior is clean and bright with wonderful color illustrations. Book was originally provided with separate color illustrations to be cut out and pasted onto the pages; this has been done by a previous juvenile owner. 236 pages. Children's Literature. CHIL/10163. Very Good / Very Good Minus.
New York: Frederick A. Stokes & Brother, 1889. Hardcover. Somewhat scarce. A sweet 19th century children's book with rather sweet verse by Cone and four charming color illustrations of young children by Maud Humphrey, an important commerical illustrator and the mother of the actor Humphrey Bogart. In green linen bound yellow paper boards w/color & gilt illustrations, chipping to edges, soiling and scuffing; corners & edges worn. Soiling to laid-paper endpapers previous owner's antiquated signature to ffep. Some light smudging/soiling to interior though mostly clean; the color plates are very clean and bright. Unpaginated. CHIL/9303. Good +.
Paris: Alphonse Lemerre, 1880. Pille, Henri. Hardcover. A story in verse about the young Bleuette, the daughter of a baron and her sad adventures before her happy ending. There are charming illustrations on every page that frame the text. Bound in gold cloth boards with floral illustration to front. Several chips to cloth along spine and minor wear to edges. The interior is clean overall, though there are occasional small smudge marks. IN FRENCH. 16 pages of which 8 are in full color. CHILD/071806. Very Good.
New York: George Routledge and Sons, No Date (late 19th century). Hardcover. Very good. Oblong quarto. Olive green/brown cloth backed off white paper covered boards with brown and red title to front board. Moderate browning and rubbing to exterior as well as minor damp staining. Illustration to front board. Previous owner's name to front free end page. Minor browning throughout though text and illustrations remain bright. Lovely full color illustrations throughout. Plates by H. Rosa. LIT1/2042. Very Good.
West Branch, Iowa: Cummington Press, 1970. Limited Edition. Hardcover. LIMITED EDITION. Number 116 of 300 numbered copies. First edition. Fine black cloth backed, beige covered boards with black title to front board. Interior is clean and bright with lovely color illustrations. In white dust jacket with no title or text. Small closed tear to top edge of rear panel of dust jacket. 20 pages. PRI/102516. Fine / Very Good.
Paris: Gillot, 1885. Hardcover. Illustrated by Caran D'Ache. Very good in red cloth with paste-down illustration to front board and faded gilt title to spine. Wear at ends of spine and corners. Rubbing to Boards. Bookplate on front pastedown. Else is clean and bright. Two tone and color illustrations. French Literature. FRL1/01161. Very Good.
London: Leonard Smithers, 1896. Hardcover. First Edition. Includes six illustrations engraved on wood by Charles Conder. Stonehill and others state that this is the rare primary binding; copies are more commonly found in blue cloth. Very good plus in original yellow cloth boards with black title to spine and front board. Minor bumping to spine ends and bottom corners of boards. Slight darkening to spine. A few spots of foxing to early and late pages, otherwise the interior is clean. Housed in a half-morocco slipcase with purple cloth boards. The case is titled in gilt with gilt decoration and raised bands. Some discoloration, light soiling, and minor rubbing to case. The Artist and the Book 62; Nelson Smithers 1896. 12; Stonehill 51. 107 pages. LIT/052110. Very Good Plus.
Paris: Durand et Cie, 1913. Andre Helle. Boards. A charming and scarce copy of Debussy's ballet score (piano reduction only) for “La Boite a Joujoux,” with delightful color pochoir illustrations by Andre Helle. The ballet was inspired by Debussy's daughter and her toys and toy box. This was one of Debussy's final works, and the ballet was in fact not staged until after his death, with costumes and decor by Helle. Published in hardbound and softbound editions, this copy has been recased in tan paper-covered boards with a digital reproduction of Helle's illustrated title affixed to front cover. The original paper covers are bound in. In very good plus condition with a few small closed tears on the lower margin of a few pages. 10 x 13 inches. 48 pages. MUS/040513. Very Good+.
Edinburgh and London: Ballantyne, Hanson, & Co, circa 1910. Twenty six numbered volumes plus 2 volume set of life and works plus 2 volume set of Our Mutual Friend, all in matching publisher's bindings. Bound in full olive green cloth boards with paper title labels to spines. Minor wear to edges of boards and spine ends of all volumes. Wear / chipping / browning to title labels. Minor dampstaining to corners of boards of some volumes; although interior pages seem to be free from staining. Some volumes have minor soiling and/or discoloration to covers. Each volume contains illustrations - most in black and white with a few in color. Occasional smudge marks, occasional tear to a page in the margin (from opening the pages), and sporadic spots of foxing - but overall, very clean and bright interiors. Rippling to some of the illustrations, which are printed on a different paper stock. Signature of previous owner in pen to front free endpapers of most volumes. All bindings remain strong. This set will require an extra shipping fee. LIT/010318.
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+.
Harper's Magazine, 1896. Hardcover. Bound from ten parts printed in volume XCIII of Harper's New Monthly Magazine. Very good in three quarter red leather with marbled paper covered boards and gilt title to spine. Raised bands and gilt decoration to spines. Minor wear to edges, rear hinge, light rubbing to boards, and chip to head of spine. The front hinge is cracked and the board is nearly detached. Top edge gilt and marbled endpages. Clean interior with many illustrations. A tall, thin volume. Bound to match Trilby and Peter Ibbetson. Unpaginated. LIT/071713. Very Good.
Harper's Magazine, 1891. Hardcover. Bound from six parts printed in Volume LXXXIII of Harper's New Monthly Magazine. Very good in three quarter red leather with marbled paper covered boards and gilt title to spine. Raised bands and gilt decoration to spines. Minor wear to edges and hinges. Top edge gilt and marbled endpages. Occasional spots of soiling to margins of pages, but overall clean interior. Illustrated. A tall, thin volume. Bound to match The Martian and Trilby. Unpaginated. LIT/071713. Very Good.