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.
New York: Harcourt, Brace, and Company, . Hardcover. "There are a few stories which in some way, in some degree, change the world forever for their readers. This is one" (jacket). A later printing of a classic children's story. Beige cloth boards with dark brown title to spine and front board. Clean, bright interior with many illustrations, some in color. Cream dust jacket with black title to spine and front panel. Rubbing and light soiling to jacket, with a one inch loss to the head of the spine panel, browning to the spine, and few chips to the edges. Price of $3.75 on dust jacket. Jacket is protected in a removable plastic sleeve. 91 pages. CHILD/091620. Very Good / Very Good.
New York: Limited Editions Club, 1934. Hardcover. Number 930 of 1500 copies signed by Pablo Picasso. This famed edition of Aristophanes's play Lysistrata is considered by many critics to be one of the very finest books published by Limited Editions Club. One of the most ribald works of antiquity,it is illustrated here with Picasso’s magnificent etchings and drawings. It is the only American publication with original etchings by Pablo Picasso and signed by him. Many scholars feel his etchings in this volume are among his most important in the classical style. This edition contains the translation of Gilbert Seldes who translated the text for a stage revival. Seldes was an American writer and cultural critic who served as the editor and drama critic of the seminal modernist magazine The Dial. George Macy, the founder of Limited Editions Club, wrote of this edition, which he designed: "To illustrate Lysistrata, Picasso has given us six etched copperplates and forty pencil drawings. Each plate, each drawing, bears witness to his mastery of method and technique. His line is sure, confident; it cries out to the world that the man who drew it knows what he was about. And the line is pure, it is that sort of line of which even the Greeks used to say that this is 'pure Grecian line.' The etchings which Picasso did for the edition were printed by hand by Charles Furth of New York." [George Macy Imagery Blog]. Bound in heavy boards covered with a three color patterned paper of cream, red, and blue with a design made by LeRoy Appleton from the Picasso drawings. The binding is very good + with very slight edge wear. In a glassine cover that is split along spine and torn along edges. The interior text pages and original etchings are clean and bright in near fine condition. Housed in a blue cloth chemise slipcase that unfortunately is soiled, stained, and worn, with top and bottom edges of chemise missing. Title spine to slipcase is partly detached and soiled. Printed in Caslon types in black and sanguine on Rives paper. Prospectus laid in. Despite problems with slipcase and glassine wrapper the book itself is beautiful. Quarto. 117 pages plus colophon. PRI/100521. Near Fine in Poor Slipcase.
Mission, BC: Barbarian Press, 2019. Hardcover. An edition of 130, of which this is one of 50 copies in the regular edition. According to the printer: "Our fascination with [Wagener's] work is a response to the meticulous attention to detail which imbues all his engravings, combined with a ‘democracy of aesthetic’ which allows both realism and abstraction equal weight. In a Parenthesis review of Wagener’s early book with Peter Koch, Zebra Noise with a Flatted Seventh, Simon Brett said ‘No one else I know of is making such avant-garde grand opera in wood-engraved prints.’" Richard Wagener (1944 - ) is a Californian wood engraver known best for his depictions of nature and animals, often juxtaposed against abstract imagery. A specially commissioned frontispiece, new press device, and patterned papers have been created for this edition. Folio. Bound black and red checkered patterned paper with black cloth spine and red and white title label pasted down to spine. Includes over 100 engravings printed from the original wood plates on Zerkall White Smooth paper. Unpaginated. PRI/122719. Fine.
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.
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.
Easthampton, MA: Cheloniidae Press and Wonder Books Editions, 2019. Letter K of 26 lettered copies, lettered and signed by the book artist and Roberts of Wonder Books Editions. This portfolio is an impressive new production from Alan James Robinson and his Cheloniidae Press. The press has issued many fine limited edition books since its founding in 1979 by master printer and artist Robinson. Now he and Roberts and letterpress printer Arthur Larson have collaborated to create this homage to great books and authors that have influenced and changed lives. The portfolio has a suite of letterpress broadsides each beginning with the phrase "If there were no books." They honor Hound of the Baskervilles, Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn, Unicorns, Moby Dick, Headless Horseman, Nevermore, Black Cat, Rime of the Ancient Mariner, Ophelia, Alice in Wonderland, Call of the Wild, and Jabberwocky. There are one hundred broadsides to be sold individually and an additional thirty available in portfolios, lettered A-Z , with four Artist Proofs. Each portfolio has twelve broadsides from original pen and ink drawings by Robinson. He has lettered and signed each one. This special set also includes copies of two of the illustrations that are hand watercolored by the artist - Alice in Wonderland and Jabberwocky. There is an additional suite of twelve different illustrations for these works that will only appear in print in these thirty portfolios. The type and illustrations are printed from polymer plates on Cranes Lettra paper. The two suites are each in a stiff paper folder housed in a tan linen portfolio and housed in a linen clamshell box with a paper title label affixed to front cover. They are accompanied by a title page and colophon. In fine condition. Measures 11 x 14 inches. PRI/121219. Fine.
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.
Philadelphia: Chilton Company, 1962. Hardcover. First Edition. Inscribed, "For Barry with all the best Hal July 7, 1966." The book is inscribed to Barry Zorthian, the U.S. spokesman in Saigon during the Vietnam War. The book is about a wandering Black minstrel. It is written by an author who wrote extenisvely about African and American Black folklore and music. Bound in grey cloth with title and author in black to spine. In brown dustjacket with title and author on spine and front cover, and illustration of man on front. Some chipping and bumping. In very good condition. 118 pages. LIT/011513. Very Good in Very Good Dust Jacket.
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.
Philadelphia: David McKay, 1917. Howard Pyle. Hardcover. Green cloth boards with gilt title to spine and dark green title and color pastedown to front cover. Light rubbing to cover illustration and to rear board. Light wear to edges. Includes 8 full page color illustrations by Wyeth. Illustrated endpapers. Clean and bright. 362 pages. CHILD/111920. 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.