New York: The Colophon, 1934. Hardcover. Limited Edition. 1 of 2500 copies. Part 16 only. Very Good plus small 4to. with cream paper covered, illustrated boards. Spine darkened with light rubbing to boards though corners are sharp. Interior is bright and clean. No pagination because the signatures were made by various presses at various times, thus several different kinds of paper, type, and illustration; some pages are unopened. Tightly bound; illustrated throughout. Books on Books. BOB/12053. Very Good +.
Philadelphia: George Barrie and Son, Printed for Subscribers Only. Hardcover. Very Good. One volume of multivolume set. This title is John Law. Limited edition for subscribers only. First state of the large Japan edition. 11/250c. Vg in blue boards. Nine beautiful engravings after Remarque plus color frontis. Literature. LIT610171. Very Good.
New York: The University Society Publishers, n.d. Hardcover. circa 1900. Edition Royale. Very Good green cloth 32 volume limited edition set. Paper title labels with titles in red and black to spines of all volumes. Limited to 1,000 copies, this set not numbered. Ruffling of page edges, slight wear to boards, otherwise near fine. Volume I has a few speckles of white paint to front board. This set may require an extra shipping fee. Literature. LIT/4083. Very Good.
Paris: Editions de la Sirene, 1923. Paperback. 1 of 200 numbered copies. Grey paper wrappers with black title to spine. Creases to spine. Minor and edgewear to exterior. Clean, bright interior with several illustrations. Includes poetry, essays, and more. 231 pages. In French. FRE/080608. Very Good.
London: Privately Printed, 1895. Hardcover. FIRST EDITION, Number 44 of 250 copies, privately printed. INSCRIBED by Bridges: "With the author's compliments. Ap. 95." Bound in original red buckram, top edge gilt; the spine and covers are faded and marked, otherwise a very good copy. Endpapers browned but interior clean and bright. With a correction on page 56. SCARCE, especially inscribed. 97 pages. LIT/8133. Very Good.
New York and Roslyn, N.Y. The New York Public Library and The Stone House Press, 1989. Hardcover. Limited Edition, #196 of 200 copies. SIGNED by Printer and Compiler. Fine red buckram backed gray & white patterned paper boards, 8vo. Bright gilt to spine; very light rubbing to spine ends. Interior is like new: crisp, clean and bright. Strong, tight binding, protective mylar cover. Publisher's ephemera laid-in. 113 pp. Books on Books. BOB/12163. Fine.
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.
Cheloniidae Press, 1984. Hard Cover. Number 19 of 60 copies for the Deluxe Edition with an extra suite of prints. Signed and numbered by the book artist. There were 225 copies in the standard edition. This beautiful book is in a unique custom binding designed and executed by Robert Wu at his studio in Toronto in 2018. Robert is an exceptionally talented Taiwanese-Canadian designer bookbinder and paper marbler from Toronto, where he has lived since 2006. He began binding books in the 1990s and studied with several master binders. His splendid bindings can be found in public and private collections in Canada and the United States and he has received several awards. His specialization is in the grand tradition of French Art binding - Reliure d'Art. His eight years of architectural training is evident in the quality of his designs and the precision of his execution. The deluxe edition includes a suite of signed and numbered wood engravings and one etching by Alan James Robinson, a master printer and artist who established the Cheloniidae Press, later called The Press of the Sea Turtle, in 1979. The text used for this edition was first published in 1650, “corrected and much enlarged by the author.” English author Sir Thomas Browne (1605 - 1682) was fascinated with the natural world. In this text he describes a variety of horned animals and ponders the varying medicinal value of their horns. His text has been beautifully printed and illustrated by Robinson with unicorns, horned beetles, a walrus, a narwhal, and more. Robert's imaginative and marvelous binding is in red leather with a black spine label with title in silver. The red leather binding is stamped with the title in white, black, and blind running vertically from top to bottom of both covers. The front cover has an elaborately embossed white leather inlay with a faux ivory oval ornament with an illustrated narwhale horn. The rear cover has the same inlay with a portrait of Thomas Browne in the faux ivory. Marbled endpapers from Robert's studio with his binder's seal on the rear pastedown. Printed in Van Dijck Monotype on obsolete Whatman Paper, Blue White Laid. The book, prospectus, and suite of loose plates are housed in a custom clamshell box covered in beige linen. In fine condition. Unpaginated. [56 pages] ARTB/092118. Fine.
Boston: The Sherrill Press, 1936. Hardcover. Limited edition, 17/300 copies, SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR. Near fine in blue cloth spine with gilt lettering and blue paper boards. Title label to front board. Light sunning around board edges and to spine. Interior is clean and bright. Deckel edge pages. Literature. LIT4/5090. Near Fine.
Mermod, 1929. Paperback. First edition. A scarce work by Swiss author and musician Charles-Albert Cingria (1883 - 1854). Number 90 of 300 copies on Velin pur fil du Marais. Near fine in brown paper wrappers with black title to front cover. Light wear to corners, else fine. Pristine interior. Includes photographic frontispiece of the author in his car. 26 pages. In French. FRE/121013. Near Fine.
Bruxelles: Bibliotheca Wittockiana, 1987. Paperback. Limited edition, #21 of 600 copies. Very good black and white illustrated paperback. Small 4to. Light creasing along spine. Clean interior, no foxing or staining. Illustrated with black and white photos. In French. Publisher's ephemera laid-in. 225 pages. Books on Books. BOB/11213. Very Good.
London: Elkin Mathews, 1891. Crane, Walter. Hardcover. Number 121 of 150 copies of the copies for America. 350 copies were published for England. This lovely and scarce volume is Crane's only book of poetry. It includes 39 black and white designs by Crane that were engraved by Emery Walker, W. Boutall, or Arthur Leverett. Bound by Putnam's & Sons in three quarter brown leather and cream paper boards, with Art Nouveau style gilt design and title to spine. Very light rubbing to joints and edges of covers otherwise very good. Some spotting to paper boards, including a very small red mark on back board. Interior text and illustrations are bright and clean except for some mild aging to some margins and the fore edge. White ribbon bookmark. Leather on interior pastedowns have left brown offset to ffep. t.e.g. Previous owners signature in ink, inscription by original owner and embossed owner stamp on ffep. These do not detract from the delightful contents. 163 pages +1 page ad. POE/043008.
New York: Crosby Gaige, 1928. Hardcover. LIMITED EDITION, 1 of 850 copies. Very good beige cloth backed green, blue and black marbled paper boards. Minor browning to spine. Green & gilt label to spine. Light foxing to endpapers and deckle edges, but majority of interior is quite clean. Pages are uncut; binding strong. Frontispiece with embossed border and original tissue overlay. 150 pages. A very nice copy. Literary Biography. LITBIO/10293. Very Good.
London: Humphrey Toulmin, 1930. Hardcover. LIMITED EDITION, SIGNED BY AUTHOR & ARTIST; hand-numbered 142 of 500 copies. Very good plus green cloth 8vo., color illustrated paper pastedown to cover, bright gilt title to spine, which is faded. Top edge gilt. Interior is lovely: clean and bright (though faint foxing to endpapers); deckle-edge, vellum paper. Frontispiece + several illustrations throughout. 54 pp. Poetry. POE/10143. Very Good +.
New York: Pantheon Books, 1945. Paperback. Inscribed by the author to Blaise Allan. Limited edition of 1030 copies. This copy is unnumbered; however, the author has printed "d'auteur D.R." in the blank space provided for the number. Very good in black paper wrappers with off-white spine panel titled in black. Staining to spine panel, a few chips to edges of front cover, and a few small creases to both covers. Clean interior. 219 numbered pages. FRE/121912. Very Good.
England: Golden Cockeral Press, 1933. Hardcover. Printed for the members of the Limited editions club. Number 902 of 1500 printed copies. 4to. Yellow cloth covered boards with green title to spine and green illustration of a rooster to front board. Browning to spine with light browning to top edges of boards. Offsetting / browning to end pages. Minor foxing to very bottom edge of dedication page and occasional light spots of foxing throughout. Else is clean and bright. Slight bumping to top corner. Untrimmed edges. 7 lovely full color posthumous illustrations by Hugh Thomson. 70 pages. CHILD/012010. Very Good +.
San Jose, CA: 2007. Paperback. A UNIQUE ARTISTS’ BOOK which has been signed and dated by the artist. The words “Star Spell” are written largely in resist and have been watercolored over to reveal the words across the twilight sky background. The familiar rhyme reads: “Star light / star bright / first star / I see tonight / I wish I may / I wish I might / have the wish / I wish tonight.” Fine in grey paper wrappers with white hand lettered title to spine and silver star to front panel. The interior is bound accordion style and is hand painted and lettered in white on Zerkall Book paper. This is a charming book by well known calligrapher, Cari Ferraro. In addition to her unique artists’ books and small limited editions, she has written several books detailing her calligraphy techniques. [16 pages.] ARTB/012408. Fine.
San Jose, CA: Prose and Letters Press, 2007. Paperback. Limited edition of 53 copies of which this is number 16 of the standard edition. Signed and numbered by artist. Included in the 53 are the deluxe edition numbered 1 - 13 and the standard edition numbered 14 - 53. Pages have been printed digitally on both sides of Zerkall book paper with archival inks. This book is based on the unique hand painted original with several notable differences including the size of the book, the background painting, font, text, and endpages. The following text: "Ground. Invoke divinity. Focus thought. Repeat a rhyme. Make magic." is added to the last page of this edition. Also, if unfolded, the reverse side reveals hidden words. It is bound in grey paper wrappers with white hand lettered title to spine and silver star to front panel. The end pages are sheer Japanese unryu "cloud dragon paper" with silver and gold flecks. The printed interior is bound accordion style with the words "Star Spell" printed in light blue across the twilight sky background of all pages. The familiar rhyme in the foreground reads: "Star light / star bright / first star / I see tonight / I wish I may / I wish I might / Have the wish / I wish tonight." A charming book about the secret and ordinary ways of magic by well known calligrapher, Cari Ferraro. In addition to her collection of unique artists' books and small limited editions, she has written several books detailing her calligraphy techniques. [16 pages.]. Fine.
New York: John Lane Company, 1916. Hardcover. 1 of 100 copies printed and type distributed. Albert Eugene Gallatin (1881-1952) was a wealthy art historian and collector of modern art. Early in his life he was attracted to the aestethic art of Whistler, Beardsley, and Beerbohm, but he soon became a collector of contemporary art and helped to found the first museum of modern art in New York City. This essay was based on one he wrote for the The Print Collector's Quarterly. In it he describes six portraits of Whistler that were hitherto unpublished. Five were from his own collection. Bound in yellow paper boards with brown linen spine.Linen Wear to spine, edges, and corners and fraying to head of spine. Paper spine label is chipped. Interior is mostly clean and bright with 6 b/w plates with original tissue guards. Very good condition. 14 pages. ART/061004. Very Good.
New York: Simon and Schuster, 1980. Hardcover. Deluxe Limited Edition. Number 429 of 500 copies. Signed by the Author. First American Edition. This is a short novel with a very complicated plot (described somewhere as savagely sarcastic). Near fine in black cloth boards with gilt title to spine. Slight fading to spine. Interior is pristine. In a near fine black cloth slipcase with minor edge wear. 156 pages. LIT/052411. Near fine in near fine dust jacket.
New York: The Black Hawk Press, 1935. Hardcover. LIMITED EDITION, 1 of 900 copies. Very good light blue thin 8vo., light discoloration along bottom edge near both front and back hinges; light rubbing to boards. Paper pastedown label to spine. Some cracking to front inner hinge, cracking a few pages in from rear hinge and one page is starting, another has a large closed tear to bottom half of page. Textblock is tight overall. Interior is browned w/age but clean and text bright. Frontis + several illustrations throughout. 57 pp. Literature. LIT/7103. Very Good.