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 -.
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Philadelphia: The John C. Winston Company, 1928. Hardcover. 4to. Green cloth boards with color illustrated pastedown to front board. Faded gilt title to spine and black title to front board. Light rubbing to illustration on front board, and small chip to edge. Interior is clean with illustrations. Binding is a little loose, though hinges are not cracked. 342 pp. CHILD/042305. 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.
Lexington KY: Anvil Press, 1986. Hardcover. Number 11 of 100 copies. According to an article by Burton Milward, “Private Press Tradition in Lexington, Kentucky,” published in 1992 in the Kentucky Review, the Anvil Press was part of the resurgence of fine press printing in Lexington, led by Joseph Graves, who was influenced and taught by Victor Hammer. The Anvil Press was unusual in that it was an association comprised of ten members, inspired and guided by Hammer and his wife, Carolyn. Their books were printed on any one of the several presses owned by members of the group, and were sold at cost. This Greek tragedy in five acts, written in verse, was composed by Racine at the age of 27 and performed at the Court of Louis XIV. Bound with black cloth spine and red paper covered boards with red paper title label to spine. Pristine with numerous illustrations by Fritz Kredel, a prolific German artist who emigrated to the United States during World War II. In matching red paper dust jacket with black title to spine and front panels. Creasing to jacket and minor wear to edges. Printed in red and black inks at the Windell Press in Victor Hammer’s American & Andromaque uncial types. 51 pages. PRI/031314. Fine / Very Good.
New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1977. Hardcover. 4to. Beige cloth covered boards with gitl title to spine. Wear to exterior includes minor browning to spine and one small scuff mark to cloth at rear hinge. Interior is clean and bright with lovely woodcut illustrations throughout. Housed in a light blue slip case with fading to edges. Unpaginated. ART/121509. Very Good +.
New York and London: Harper & Brothers Publishers, 1906. Hardcover. First edition. Bound in grey cloth boards with gilt title to spine and color decoration to front cover. The spine is slightly cocked, name and date (1907) in ink on the verso of the dedication leaf, stain on the back cover and foot of spine, library withdrawal stamp on the rear endpaper, otherwise very good. Pictorial design on the front cover quite fresh. State of the binding with "Rex Beach" on the spine and front cover. 313 pages. LIT/102616. Very Good.
London: John Lane, n.d. . Hardcover. First illustrated edition. Inscribed by the publisher, John Lane, "Frances Minturn Hall with love from her publisher John Lane Nov 16, 1924. Hall was an American poet, and would have been just 19 years old when she received the book. George Sheringham was best known as a painter and theater designer, but also was a book illustrator. There is a color frontispiece and twenty three full page color illustrations protected by tissue guards. Bound in the original cream cloth, with the front cover elaborately decorated in cream, blues, and pink by Sheringham. Spine faded, corners bumped, and some chipping and marks of handling to covers. Interior pages and illustrations are clean and bright with occasional foxing. 70 pages. LIT/090411. 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. 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.
Lausanne: Librairie Th. Sack-Reymond, 1913. Hardcover. Includes twelve fairytales (Cendrillon, La Belle au Bois Dormant, La Petite Sirene, La Belle et la Bete, etc.). Very Good in three quarter leather with gilt lettering and raised bands on spine, marbled paper boards. Marbled endpapers and top edge gilt. Illustrated with charming black and white plates with tissue-guards. Text is printed in black. Initials, head and tail pieces are printed in red. Moderate wear to corners and spine ends and light rubbing to hinges, but overall a clean, attractive copy. 246 pages. Children's Literature. CHI1/6221. Very Good.
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.
New York and London: G. P. Putnam's Sons, No date. Hardcover. SCARCE EDITION. 8vo. Red cloth covered boards with gilt title to brown title label on spine. Minor chipping and rubbing to title label and browning to spine. Minor discoloration to boards and bumping to edges. Crack to front interior hinge though binding remains tight. Finger smudge to verso of frontispiece, else is clean and bright with illustrations throughout. 509 pages. LIT/020216. Very Good.
New York: Thomas Y. Crowell Company, (1945). Hardcover. 4to. Maroon cloth covered boards with gilt title and illustrations to front board and gilt title to spine. Very slight rippling to cloth at top of boards. Inscription to previous owner on front free end page dated 1946. Else is clean and bright with 8 tipped in color plates and several black and white illustrations. Housed in white and pink illustrated box with white title and illustration to front board. Minor soiling, fading, browning too box as well as bumping to corners of box. 86 pages. POE/062217. Very Good.
Chatto and Windus, 1909. Special edition, of which this is number 24 of 260 copies. Includes ten full color pasted down illustrations with captioned tissue guards. English artist Eleanor Fortescue Brickdale (1872 - 1945) studied at the Royal Academy and painted in a style similiar to John William Waterhouse. She is best known for her illustrations of Tennyson's 'Idylls of the King.' Very good in full vellum boards with gilt title to spine and front cover. Gilt illustration of an angel on the front cover. Minor wear to edges of boards and minor rubbing to boards and spine. Boards are slightly warped as is common with vellum. Marbled endpapers and top edge gilt. Occasional spots of foxing throughout, heaviest on early and late pages, but clean overall. 246 pages. POE/010218.
London and New York: Frederick Warne and Co., Ltd., n.d. Hardcover. A nice reprint of this charming edition of Browning's famous poem. There are color illustrations throughout by Greenaway that capture the spirit of the poetry. Bound in green pictorial paper boards with yellow titled linen spine label. A few small nicks to paper boards but very good. Small brown stain along top and bottom of front pastedown and rear free endpaper. Ink ownership signature on free front endpaper. Very good condition. 8 x 10 inches. 48 pages. CHlL/011518. Very Good.
[Seattle]: Sea Pen Press, 1988. Hardcover. Number 97 of 100 copies. Signed by the author. Thomas Brush is an award winning Seattle poet who has written several books and for several distinguished journals. He tended bar for four years at a Seattle racetrack several years ago and found it an enchanted place that values possibilities and dreams. This influence is evident in the poems included in Even Money. This interesting production from the Sea Pen Press has a blue handmade light-and-shade watermarked paper covers that are sewn in a non-adhesive concertina fashion to the text. The orange and brown decorated endpapers were created by Neal Bonham of the press using colored paper pulps in a decorative technique that he developed. There are five linoleum cut illustrations by Suzanne Ferris that "capture the linear poetry of the thoroughbred world" (prospectus). The book also has images of racetrack betting tickets decorating the title page and colophon that were created by transferring Xerox images to linoleum. The text is printed in Monotype Janson and the title page is printed with Weiss Initial Series 2. The book is housed in a coarse tan linen covered clamshell box with blue borders and ticket images on the front cover. Both the book's binding and the case were designed and constructed by Judith L. Johnson. In fine condition. Book is 9 x 11.5 inches. Case measures 10.25 x 13 inches. Unpaginated [21 pages]. PRI/090717. Fine.
Philadelphia: Historical Publishing Company, 1889. Hard Cover. Bound in grey cloth boards with gilt title to spine and front cover. There are several small spots of soiling to the boards. The interior is clean overall with occasional browning caused from the facing color plates. Illustrated with 500 engravings and several color plates. A fascinating book with great illustrations. 606 pages. AFR/011312. Very Good.
New York: Farrar and Rinehart, 1941. Andrew Wyeth. Hardcover. Limited to 650 copies. SIGNED by the author and artist. This is a special Delaware edition printed exclusively for the Greenwood Book Shop. This copy is not numbered and is marked in pen as "over - run." Part of the Rivers of America Series, this book gives a detailed history of the Brandywine River. Very good in original brown cloth boards with purple and gilt title label stamped on spine. Minor wear to edges of boards and spine ends. Light rubbing to hinges. There are a few light markings to the front board. There are a few small spots of foxing to the illustrated end pages and the first few pages. There is also a previous owner's signature in pen on the front end page; otherwise, the interior is clean. Vignette illustrations by Andrew Wyeth begin each chapter. Includes a laid-in newpaper article about an accident on a bridge across the Brandywine north of Wilmington, DE. At the top of article written in pen is "Baltimore American February 8, 1884." 285 pages including index. STA/060911. Very Good.
New York: Maxton Publishers, Inc., 1947. Hardcover. Version for young readers by Roselle Ross. Green paper backed illustrated paper covered boards with black title to front baord. Minor edge wear to boards. Interior is clean and bright and filled both black and white and full color illustrations. Green illustrated dust jacket with black spine. Minor edgewear and chipping to jacket. Two very small open tears to front panel of jacket. Very Good + in Very Good DJ.
Paris: Le Livre de Demain, Artheme Fauard & Cie, (1933). Paperback. Very good in yellow paper wrappers with black title to front wrapper and to spine and illustration to front and rear wrapper. Minor browning to wrappers and wear to spine ends. Slight foxing throughout though text remains clean and bright. Includes 32 lovely original woodcuts. 126 pages. In French. FRELANG/101415. Very Good.
London, Paris, and New York: Cassell, Petter, and Galpin. Hardcover. Folio. Full black leather boards with gilt title to spine and gilt title with illustration to both covers. Gilt borders to edges of boards and gilt dentelles. Full edges gilt. Wear and rubbing to hinges, edges of boards, spine ends, and corners. Rear hinge is starting. Closed tear and chipping to head of spine. Two bookplates from previous owners to front pastedown and previous ownership signature in pen to front free endpaper. Browning to interior pages, which are fairly brittle. Frontispiece is present but detached with chipping along inner edge. Filled with illustrations by Gustave Dore. A beautiful book. 737 pages. A large, heavy book that may require an extra shipping fee. LIT/022119. Very Good.
Toronto: Cheshire Cat Press, 2017. Number 19 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/010819.
Toronto: Cheshire Cat Press, 2017. Number 20 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/010819.