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 +.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Glenview, IL: 2009. Hardcover. Number 28 of 100, each unique. A photographic, conceptual documentation of a journey across a rural Midwestern landscape. Winner of the award for best 3D entry in the 2010 Midwestern Biennial exhibition at the Rockford Art Museum (Rockford, IL). "Mirage beautifully represents the concepts of time and motion through a sequence of dreamlike images that whirl across the pages. The photographs, blurred as if taken from a speeding car, describe place and memory in a manner that is melancholic yet detached. The book is a diary of sorts, documenting the quickly passing and often unperceived moments that later prompt recollection. " Jeff Rathermel, Minnesota Center for Book Arts. A drum leaf binding with dark brown cloth spine and illustrated paper covered boards. Titled in brown on the spine. Pigment inkjet printed. Full edges brown. Housed in an archival paper case with the artist's contact information and edition number on the front panel. Unpaginated. [16 pages.] ARTB/060111. Fine.
Glenview, IL: 2008. Hardcover. 1 of 100 copies. Each page depicts the outline of a couple from a romance novel cover. The translucent paper allows the images to interact and form new combinations. According to Sarah Bodman of the University of West England "That shameful temptress Karen Hanmer has really done it this time! Under that tantalizing red cover is a heady series of swooning ladies and masterful men. In a whirlwind of passion, dozens of romance novels have been condensed into one steamy artist’s book of multiple outlines emerging through transparent papers." Fine in red velvet covered boards with gilt title to front cover. The interior is laser printed on vellum paper. Unpaginated [16 pages]. ARTB/060111. Fine.
Glenview, IL: 2002. Hardcover. Number 8 of 20 copies. “Chicago binder, book and installation artist Karen Hanmer’s intimate, playful works fragment and layer text and image to intertwine memory, cultural history, and the history of science. Her work weds the ancient act of book binding with the high tech use of the computer to aid her process. The intimate scale and the gestures of exploration required to travel through each piece evoke the experience of looking through an album, a diary, or the belongings of a loved one. However, her works often take the forms of games or puzzles, and many include witty text” (Karen Hanmer). This work is a history of an immigrant farming family told through photographs. The family is depicted on both inside covers with one picture dating from the 1920s and the other from the 1960s. Connecting the pictures is a flowing field of corn, which is blurred on one side and detailed on the other. As you open the book the interlocking pages and imagery create a flowing movement that simulates the passage of time. The result is an engaging book that tells a story despite the lack of text. Housed in an archival paper case with the artist’s contact information and edition number on the front panel. In fine condition. Unpaginated. 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.