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San Diego: Bay Park Press, 2006. Hardcover. Number 10 of 10 copies. This is a charming and beautifully produced book by Carolyn LaFrance, a San Diego architect who is affiliated with the gallery at the Bay Park Press. Maxine is Carolyn’s beloved feline friend and companion, and the book describes a day in Maxine’s life through text and illustrations. Maxine begins her story: “Sun’s up, I get to go out. Yes, yes, I know, ‘Be careful,’ the howling creatures may still be about. What, you think I don’t know that? What I need to know is, who has been in my yard? Mr. Smushy-face? Walter? Or that grey and white bruiser? ...” Each page includes a hand-colored intaglio print of Maxine at various moments in her day (11 prints altogether). The text is Bernhard Modern type on lovely Fabriano Rosapina Bianco paper. Oblong folio bound in grey linen with black spine. Paw prints decorate the front cover and endpapers. Housed in a black portfolio with a grey cloth square label illustrated with paw prints affixed to front and cream ribbon closure. In fine condition. Unpaginated. PRI/072012. Fine.
London: Chaucer Press, (2004). Hardcover. 4to. Black paper covered boards with silver title to spine and to front board. Pristine interior filled with full color illutrations. Black and green illustrated dust jacket with black title to front panel and white title to green spine. 158 pages. CATS/102609. Fine in Fine Dust Jacket.
Philadelphia: Frederick Leypoldt, 1865. Hardcover. Original dark grey cloth boards with gilt title to spine and front cover. Chipping to bookcloth on spine ends and hinges. Minor rubbing to covers. Lacks front free endpaper. Occasional spots of soiling / smudge marks to interior, but clean and bright overall. Illustrated. 104 pages. CAT/042318. Very Good.
London: Grange Books, (1995. Hardcover. 4to. Beige illustrated paper covered boards with black title to front board and to spine. Minor bumping to top edge of front board. Pristine interior with illustrations throughout. Beige illustrated dust jacket with black title to front and spine panels. Index, 128 pages. CATS/102709. Near Fine in Near Fine Dust Jacket.
Karen Hanmer, 2019. Paperback. Limited to 50 copies, of which about 8 were issued in miniature. This book binder's cat has amazing dexterity and a passion for teaching bookbinding best practices. Accordion book. Integral wrapper consolidates pages for reading, quickly unfolds to full length for exhibit. Created for Once Upon a Book, an exhibition of the Delaware Valley Chapter of the Guild of Book Workers at the Free Library of Philadelphia in conjunction with the 2019 Standards of Excellence Seminar. Epson P5000 prints on Hahnemuhle Bugra aquamarine blue. Edited by Jill Krase. Fine.
E.P. Dutton, 1986. Hardcover. First Edition Thus. Near fine blue cloth boards with gilt title to spine. Minor wear to edges of boards. Very good black illustrated jacket with white title to spine. Minor wear to edges of jacket and light rubbing to panels. 96 pages. CATS/110409. near fine in very good jacket.
New York: Crown Publishers, (1989). Hardcover. Scarce. 4to. Blue paper covered boards with gilt title to front board and to spine. Pristine interior with lovely illustrations throughout. Cream colored illustrated dust jacket with black title to front and spine panels. Unpaginated. CATS/102709. Fine in Fine Dust Jacket.
England: n.p., 1918-1945. Hardcover. A charming and unique sketchbook with 35 pen and ink drawings by Dorothy De Bock Porter (1873-1956). Nineteen of the drawings are accompanied by original autograph poems by her husband, Hugh De Bock Porter (1870-1940). The Porters composed hymns together, with him writing the words and she the music. They notably wrote a hymn for the coronation of King George V in 1911. The poems and their drawings were done 1918-1920. The accomplished drawings for the poems are sweet and sometimes poignant as are the poems themselves. They are mainly about birds, cats, and rabbits, although there is a surprising poem about two black women written in dialect. Dorothy completed the sketchbook in 1945-46 with sixteen simpler humorous line drawings of cats and pigs. Laid in are two small line drawings. The 5.25 x 7 inch sketchbook is bound in blue cloth with the word "Sketches" in gilt on the front cover. The words H & D Verses Illustrated CATS &c. are handwritten in ink on the cover. Dorothy's signature and a date of 1918 are on the front pastedown along with "Verses by Hugh De Bock Porter" and "Illustrations by Dorothy De Bock Porter." A blue ribbon is attached to the back cover. A wonderful collection in near fine condition. Housed in a modern cream cloth covered clamshell box with paper title label to spine and hand-marbled paper interior. Unpaginated [about 55 pages.] HAND062719. Near Fine.
New York: Glitterati Incorporated, 2017. Hardcover. "Now, for the first time, some of the most beloved bookstore cats are collected in one adorable compendium, making the perfect gift for cat lovers, book lovers, shoppers, and the generally curious worldwide" (jacket). Included within are our very own cats - Pierre and Sinclair! Read about them and many other fine bookstore cats. Includes many sweet cat stories as well as popular cat poems, cat trivia, and full color photographic illustrations. Fine in illustrated paper covered boards with white title to spine. In matching dust jacket with white title to olive green spine panel. White ribbon bookmark bound in. 160 pages. CAT/120617. Fine / Fine.
Publications International, 1995. Paper covered Boards. 8vo. Blue glossy paper covered boards with white title to spine and illustration to front board. Pristine, tight interior. Includes over 35 cat themed projects. Blue dust jacket with white title to spine and illustration to front panel. Minor wear to edges of dj and 1.5 inch long closed tear to rear panel with small stain along top edge. Index, 168 pages. Art, how-to guides CAT/081005. Fine / Very Good.
Chartwell Books, Inc., (1991). Hardcover. 4to. White paper covered boards with green title to front board and to spine. Interior is clean and bright and filled with color illustrations. Partial book plate to rear paste down. White illustrated dust jacket wtih green title to front panel and black title to spine. Light edge wear to jacket. Index 128 pages. CATS/101409. Near Fine in Near Fine DJ.