New York: William Edwin Rudge, 1925. Hardcover. One of 450 copies for sale from an edition of 485. Nicely inscribed by authour Elbridge Adams: "To Edith Carnahan from Elbridge Adams with the somewhat disquieting consciousness that the best of the book is not of his making. Christmas 1925." Designed by Bruce Rogers with his printer's device on rear endpaper. Bound in marbled green paper boards with cream linen spine with paper title label. Covers are chipped, rubbed, and bumped, with a tear to front right cover and left rear cover exposing the black board underneath. Spine is darkened and title label is chipped. Interior pages are very good, with a small wrinkle to top edge of half title. Frontispiece portrait of Conrad by Muirhead Bone. Still a nice copy with the charming personal inscription. Quarto. 72 pages. LIT/011023. Very Good.
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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.
London: Privately Printed, 1895. Hardcover. Filed under Bridges. 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.
Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 1973. Hardcover. Raymond Chandler, born in 1888, did not publish his first Philip Marlowe detective novel (The Big Sleep) until 1939. Before that, he had a varied life that included a period of living and attending school in England from 1900 through 1912 before returning to the United States. He subsequently enlisted in the Canadian Expeditionary Force in 1917 and saw service in Europe during World War I. This limited edition contains his early prose and poetry from 1908-1912, between ages 20-24, primarily while living in England. Edited by Matthew Bruccoli, with an introductory essay by Jacques Barzun. No. 374 of a limited edition of 500. Octavo. Cream-colored paper boards with red leatherette spine. Enclosed in red leatherette slip case. Gilt title to spine and gilt quotes to both boards. Tightly bound. Clean interior including frontis with tissue guard. Red edges. A lovely copy. 109 pp. POE/031504. 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.
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.
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.
Glenview, IL: 1998. Hardcover. 3 of 20 copies. Signed and numbered by the artist. A collection of quotes and photographs of three generations of men reminisceing about hunting and fishing trips. Bound accordion style with marbled paper covered boards. Measures 6 inches by 30 inches by 3 inches when fully extended. Housed in an archival paper case with the artists' contact information and edition number on the front panel. Unpaginated. [10 pages.] ARTB/060111. Fine.
San Francisco: John Henry Nash, 1934. Hardcover. A very good plus copy of the trade edition of this work, originally published in a limited edition of 500 copies. Harte's satirical poem is illustrated in exuberant fashion by Phil Little. In an introduction, Ina Coolbrith details the context and effects of Harte's satire in which he sought but failed to combat perceptions that he was racially prejudiced. This folio volume was designed by John Henry Nash in Asian fashion with string binding over blue paper boards, and a paper title label of mock Chinese calligraphy. Housed in orange slipcase with slight soiling and wear to spine and edges. Unpaginated. Very Good.
Oldham, England: Incline Press, . Hardcover. 1 of less than 240 copies printed of which only 50 (including this one) were bound for subscribers. This book was produced to commemorate Boccaccio's 700th anniversary in 2013 for the international conference and exhibition 'Locating Boccacio in 2013,' held at the John Rylands University Library and Town Hall in Manchester. This is an excerpt from De mulierbus, the first collection of biographies of women in Western literature. Fine in beige paper covered boards with red cloth spine. The text is printed on blue paper with Poliphilus type. Includes woodcut frontispiece illustration of Joanna, Queen of Jerusalem and Sicily (1541), initials, and head and tailpieces. In a fine tan dust jacket with red title to spine panel. 22 pages. PRI/092013. Fine / Fine.
Oldham, England: Incline Press, . Paperback. Number 30 of about 200 copies. A sweet love song with a note about its history and the author of the reprise. Fine in blue paper wrappers with light blue paper title label to front cover. Printed in red and black inks with several illustrations on fine paper. Unpaginated. [12 pages.] PRI/092013. Fine.
Philadelphia: William J. Campbell, 1905. Hardcover. Limited edition, #317 of 500 copies, initialled by publisher. 8vo. Blue cloth covered boards with paper pastedown label on slightly faded spine. Deckle-edge laid-paper. Frontis with tissue guard + 22 more plates with tissue guards throughout. Wide-margin text, clean, bright interior. Previous owner's inscription to front paste down. 318 pp. American Presidential History. PRES/3043. Very Good.
London and Berkeley: Scolar Press, . Hardcover. Volume I of this set reproduces the landmark 1934 work by Carter and Pollard in which they outline the detailed and laborious process by which they determined that the illustrious bibliophile Thomas J. Wise had actually produced a large number of forgeries of the writings of many major Victorian writers. The sequel describes their continuing efforts over the next many years to expand their disclosure of Wise's forgeries. This examination revealed that another noted bookman, H. Buxton Forman, was also involved in producing the fraudulent works. Both volumes are fascinating and elegantly written. Volumes I and II are bound in full black morocco with gilt titles to spines. the 3rd volume is a portfolio that holds two pamphlets and is bound in quarter black morocco with grey paper boards and gilt title to spine. All volumes are housed in a black cloth slipcase. The two pamphlets are an original copy of "Two Poems" by Elizabeth Barrett and Robert Browning (Chapman & Hall, 1854) and "A Note on Two Poems" by Nicolas Barker (Scolar Press, 1983). The "Note on Two Poems" is printed in an edition limited to 80 copies, of which this is number 64. "An Inquiry into the Nature..." is the second edition while the other volume is the first edition.Volume I: 400 pages plus 31 pages of corrections and notes: Volume II: 394 pages. "Two Poems" is 15 pages and "A Note on Two Poems is 27 pages. BOB/041906. Fine.
Berlin: Officina Serpentis, 1920. Hardcover. 1 of 100 copies in regular edition. Includes two essays: "Neuer Lehrbegriff der Bewegung und Rube, und der damit verknüpften Folgerungen in den ersten Gründn der Naturwissenschaft 1758" and "Von dem ersten Grunde des Unterschiedes der Gegenden im Raume 1768." Vellum spine with gilt title over tan paper covered boards with black title to front board. Browning and foxing to boards. Darkening to spine. Wear and bumping to top corners. A few spots of foxing to interior, mostly on endpapers. Clean and bright overall. Handprinted. First essay is 21 pages and second is 14 pages. IN GERMAN. GERLANG/122022. Very Good.
Ft. Lauderdale: Viewpoint Editions, 2009. Hardcover. This is number 20 of 100 copies in the limited edition. There is also a deluxe edition 6 and a softcover trade edition. Losing Ground is a plea for awareness of our role as stewards of the environment. In its content, Losing Ground is a plea for awareness of our role as stewards of the environment. In its production, it is an example of how exceptional artists books can be made by combining traditional processes and digital technology with a smaller open edition was made available on Blurb. Using images spanning more than a decade and text from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change it combines traditional processes and print-on-demand technology to share its important message. This book was one of 50 selected for the Guild of Book Workers Traveling Exhibitions, "Marking Time" (2010 - 11). Fine in black cloth boards with embossed copper title plate affixed to the cover. Includes tipped-in details and handwork on some pages. Printed on an HP Indigo Press 5500 by Acme Bookbinding on Mohawk Options 65 cover paper. Housed in a fine black cloth clamshell box with small copper decoration to edge. Unpaginated (41 pages). ARTB/051221. Fine in Fine Box.
New York: Farrar, Straus, Giroux, (1979). Hardcover. Limited Edition, 1 of 750 copies. Very good plus red cloth boards w/bright gilt to cover and spine. Two small white marks to rear board, else very clean w/little wear; sharp corners. With good glassine d.j. (heavily chipped, faded, with mylar cover). Interior is in lovely condition: bright white and clean, no marks or stains. Tightly bound. 362 pages. Literature. LIT/12013. Very Good + / Good.
London: Fleuron, 1924. Hardcover. Number 46 of 350 copies. This is a lovely printed edition of Milton's poem, first published in 1671. It includes three full page illustrations and a number of ornaments by the noted artist Thomas Lowinsky. There is also an envelope with three of his illustrations protected by tissue guards in a rear pocket. Bound in green paper covered boards with a black cloth spine with gilt titling. Corners are bumped, some light soiling, and wear to top and bottom edges of spine. Interior pages are clean and bright and unopened. There is a cracked gutter at pages 40-41 not affecting the tightness of the binding. A nice copy in very good condition. Measures 6.75 x 8.75 inches. 80 pages. POET/090123. Very Good.
Oldham, England: Old Stile Press, 2012. Hardcover. Number 23 of 100 copies. Signed by the illustrator and author. A story about the author overcoming her fear of swimming in the Medway River which she grew up on the banks of. The accompanying black and white photographs which are composed of multiple layers effectively capture the emotions and perceptions of the author as she wades through an eerie river landscape. This is the author's first complete short story. It was published in The Warwick Review and again in Salt's Best British Short Stories 2011. Bound in grey paper covered boards with the title printed on the front cover and the name of the press on the rear cover. A flowing design of lines is printed continuously on the spine and both covers in brown and blue ink. Clean and bright with tipped in illustrations. Printed on Velin Arches paper in Zapfino type with Aries italic. Includes ten photographic illustrations printed using archival inks on FibaPrint photographic paper. Unpaginated. PRI/070912. Fine.
Monmouthshire, UK: The Old Stile Press, 2010. Hardcover. 1 of 60 copies. Illustrated with textual descriptions by Natalie d’Arbeloff. The artist created these gestural pen and ink figure drawings over fifty years ago while she was a student in New York City studying under Jack Tworkov, a prominent abstract expressionist. D’Arbeloff is now a printmaker, cartoonist, and book artist with work in collections around the world. Bound in blue paper covered boards with gilt title to spine and black illustration to front cover. Printed on Velin Arches Blanc in Aries type. The images were printed at original size with photopolymer plates. The text is printed in grey with titles in blue and illustrations in black. In fine condition. Unpaginated. PRI/081111. Fine.
London: Horace Cox, 1895. Hardcover. Number 55 of 250 copies, printed on large paper. According to the preface, this book is not intended to be a guide as no hotels are menationed, rather it documents "scenes and places along the Devonshire seaboard, the result of a walk, or rather of a series of walks, over the cliffs of the fairest county in the west." Brown leather spine over dark green cloth covered boards with gilt title to spine and front board. Gilt vignette of Devon to front board. Minor sunning to spine and minor wear to edges of boards. Bumping to corners. Minor foxing throughout, heaviest on early and late pages. Includes a fold out map to rear and multiple full page illustrations. A few short closed tears to the map. 444 pages. ENG/080822. Very Good.