New York: Ink, Inc. 2009. Robert Andrew Parker. FIRST EDITION. 11 3/4" x 8 1/4", 310 pages. An autobiography and collection of writings, with profuse illustrations from photographs and art, , this is number 57 of an edition of only 100 copies. From the prospectus: "The definitive "book of Bob". This one-of-a-kind volume selectively chronicles the life, travels, pastimes, collections, enthusiasms, dreams and works of the artist Robert Andrew Parker. With over 300 reproductions in color, most actual size, it includes pages from Parker's many travel sketchbooks, his "artist's" books, writings from the New Yorker and elsewhere, and other prose pieces that appear for the first time. The book is accompanied by an original hand-colored print, signed and numbered, created for this book. The book is bound in a soft burgundy paper folded onto thin boards stamped gilt and a similarly bound portfolio contains the signed, numbered print. The pair is housed in a white slipcase, with an Ink Inc./ notice of two other books by Parker attached to the cover, and with a copy of the prospectus laid in. The entire production is presented in its original mailing carton, with a numbered and illustrated mailing label on the top. Absolutely fine.
Greensboro, North Carolina: Legacy Publications, 1995. first edition. 11 1/4" x 9 1/2", 120 pages. This is a splendid book about the elegant interiors of some of Charleston, South Carolina's, finest houses, written by the curator of the Museum Division of the Charleston Foundation, and profusely illustrated with color photographs by N. Jane Iseley. This is also an as-new copy in black cloth and a perfect dust jkacket. It is also both signed and personally inscribed by Thomas Savage on the title page. Fine.
Chicago: Black Cat Press, 1962. First Edition. 4" x 3 1/16", a tiny portfolio containing brief quotes from a variety of authors -- Eliabeth Gaskell, Abraham Lincoln, Mark Twain, Benjamin Franklin, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Clarence Day, James Allen, Dean Alfange, Henri-Frederick Amiel and Eusubius, printed on a variety of papers in different typefaces and in different colors. Total tiny charm. The portfolio shows the smallest amount of wear, and is printed in black and red, ornamented with a fleur-de-lis and, of course, a black cat. Just about fine.
New York: Abbeville Press, 1997. first edition. 8 1/4" x 8 1/4", 140 pages, with 108 color photographs, largely by the author. This is an engaging and detailed study of these "terrors", placed on buildings not to terrify anyone but as architectural necessities -- they are waterspouts that exist on hundreds of medieval buildings in Europe.There is a section of the book on gargoyle sites to visit, an index, and a useful bibliography. This copy is signed by Benton on the front free endpaper, and is preceded by a two-word inscription written, I think, by another hand. Absolutely fine, as issued, in deep blue cloth, dustjacket, and its original gilt-titled cardboard box from the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1970. Sidonie Coryn. first edition. 10 1/4" x 7 1/4", xxi, 555, liv pages. Volume Two is profusely illustrated with drawings by Sidonie Coryn, based on photographs by Paul Child, and with technical drawings by Paul Child. There arre a few tiny stains on a preliminary page, and another on the somewhat sunned top edge, otherwise internally unused and completely free of any marks at all. There are two tiny abrasions on the front and rear covers at the top of the spine and the top of the spine shows a trifling bit of wear. The dustjacket is price-clipped and, though sturdy, show some edgewear and soil, including on the reverse. This copy is inscribed by both Childs: "Bon Appetit to Fran *** --- Julia Child / Paul Child". An invitation (undated as to year) to meet Julia Child at a TV association event in San Francisco is laid in. Near fine.
Cambridge, Massachusetts: Daedalus, 1956. offprint. 9" x 6", 22.5cm x 14.4 cm, pages 242-252. This is the Phi Beta Kappa Oration delivered at Harvard UNiversity on 11 June, 1956, and is reprinted from "Daedalus": Proceedings of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, volume 86, number 3. This copy was inscribed with an inked brush to "Professor and Mrs Mark Van Doren with all good wishes from the orator", followed by his signature in Chinese characters. Chiang Yee was the author of the series of "Silent Traveller" books. The oration is stapled into simple grey wrappers, showing slight rubbing and edge-darkening. A small catalogue, "Exposition of Calligraphy and Painting by Chiang Yee", dating from the second annual conference to foster understanding between east and west at Utah State University in 1963, is laid in. Thie catalogue contains a picture of Chiang Yee,a list of exhibited works, and interpretations of several calligraphic symbols. Fine.
Andoversford, GB: The Whittington Press, 1986. Barbara Crow. First Edition. 7 5/8" x 6 5/8", 19.5cm x 16.6cm (exterior book measurement). Title page and colophon on pale tomato paper, with, between them, a set of 26 doubled ivory leaves, the set printed on Zerkall Ingres and mould-made papers in an edition of 335 copies of which 35 are hand-colored. This is copy 105, in black and white, with lively wood engravings by Barbara Crow showing a contorted female in what seems to be a sailor's striped shirt wrapping herself around letters of the alphabet-- with bare feet, too. There are tiny legends on the verso pages, in 18-point Caslon type. The book is bound in a pale tan paper, also doubled over and with yapped edges, printed with a design in red and brown, and held together Japanese style with string in stab holes. This then is housed in a pale tomato and brown slipcase with a printed small spine label. Fine, as issued.
Aurora, New York: Wells College Press, 1993. 9 1/4" x 6 1/8", 37 pages, with a preface by Bruce Bennett and Robert Doherty, both of Wells College, an essay by Carolyn Hammer, "The Stamperia derl Santuccio", 4 typographic illustrations printed in red and black, a full-color original photograph of Victor Hammer tipped in as frontispiece, and a bibliography of Hammer's Aurora years. The colophon notes that this is an edition of 500 copies, "printed in homage by Michael and Winifred Bixler, Skaneateles, New York. The book is sewn into white wrappers and a deep blue dustjacket with Hammer's Uncial initials in gilt. Fine.
New York: Wm. Edwin Rudge, 1926. 7" x 4 3/8", 17.9cm x 1 cm, unpaged. This is the first edition of this beautiful essay in book form, printed by William Edwin Rudge and limited to 550 copies. It is noted in the book that this is a lecture first delivered by Hearn to Japanese students in his English Literature class. BAL 7995. Slight soil to the title page, endpapers slightly browned from the plain glassine dustjacket, which is largely present but chipped and torn, else very good in blue cloth, gilt cover title.
Winsted, Connecticut: Litchfield Hills Federation, periodical. 12" x 9", 30cm x23cm, 28 issues, each 28 to 40 pages long,with profuse illustrations in black and white. This is a collection of the earliest issues of "Lure", an incredibly detailed periodical of articles and photographs and advertisements focussed on historic and beautiful Litchfield County in the northwest corner of Connecticut, bound into two folio volumes. (Two copies of Volume 1, #2 are bound in, and, curiously, Volumer1, #3 is identical). The two books are bound in slightly different marbled papers with blue morocco corners and compartmented spines. They were the property of Lewis S. Mills, who wrote, in 1932, "The Story of Connecticut", and who was editor of "Lure" (as well as a writer for the publication) for many years, and as such are probably unique. Light shelf wear to edges, else fine. Two later letters asking Mr. Mills for editorial help are laid in.
New York: The Limited Editions Club, 1935. John Tenniel. first edition thus. 8 3/4" x 6", 22.2cm x15 cm, xii, , 211,  pages. The colophon reads: "This is copy number 286 of fifteen hundred copies of this Limited Edition of Through the Looking-Glass by Lewis Carroll, with the illustrations by John Tenniel re-engraved by Frederic Warde priunted for members of the Limited Editions Club by the printing house of William Edwin Rudge Mount Vernon, N.Y. and is graced with the signature of "the original Alice.".This copy is one of those complete with that signature, written in blue ink in a fine and firm hand by Alice Hargreaves, who only got to sign some of the copies before she died in 1934 at the age of 82. The book is bound in deep blue calf stamped gilt, with all edges gilt, and is contained in a simple, lightly worn red cloth slipcase that repeats the book's spine design. The sole fault to this copy is the light wear and half-inch chipping to the top and bottom of the book's spine. I am of two minds about removing the spine and laying it down on new material, just for the sake...
John & Arthur Arch, John Hatchard, Loddi ges and Cooke, 1817 - 1821. 83/4 x 6 3/4", 22cm x 16.7cm, six volumes. These are the first six volumes of the 20-volume Botanical Cabinet, which continued to be issued yearly until 1833 by Loddiges, which was a leading plant nursery of England. The nursery had its gardens and hothouses at Hackney, at that time north of the city, and now a northern London borough. At the time that The Botanical Cabinet was being issued, the nursery was at the height of its quite amazing powers, receiving plants from around the world -- including the United States -- and operating immense hothouses for the cultivation of tropical plants. This set of six contains 599 of 600 hand-colored illustrations, one (of a heath) presumably mislaid by the first printer or binder, not swiped by the stickly-fingered. The entries are meticulous in giving a plant's history and home territory. They have on occasion been criticized for spilling over into religious praise, but this affects only a minority of the texts explaining the plants, is not inttrusive, and is most vividly part of the period. . The plant descriptions are interesting, brief, and couched in...
London: Macmillan and Co. 1872. John Tenniel. first edition. 7 1/4" x 5 1/8" , 18.5cm x 13 cm.,[11, 224,  p., the last text page being an Macmillan ad for works by Carroll. First edition, with the uncorrected error of "wade" rather than "wabe" on page 21, in "Jabberwocky". There are, as faults, only occasional shadowy fingermarks, a few pinhead spots, and a paper break in the bottom two inches of the front free endpaper hinge. There are no other marks or inscriptions or dog-eared pages. Exceptionallty, the original publiisher's red cloth binding, including the front and rear boards and the spine, are bound in at the end of the volume. The book itself is bound by Riviere and Sons in in deep claret morocco, with marbled endpapers, triple gilt rules on front and back. There is a profile of the red queen in gilt on the front cover and a compartmented heavily gilt spine. All edges are gilt. An extremely good copy.
Mount Carmel, Connecticut: Ives Street Press, 1981. first edition. 9 1/2" x 6 1/8", unpaged (18 pages). A group of six striking poems by Thomas McAfee (1935-1982), handset in Spectrum type on Arches text, and sewn into pale grey inner wrappers and deep blue covers in Fabriano Roma, Of an edition of 170, this is number 127. The original mailing envelope, which is printed with both author's name and title, is included. Private Press Books #81-4.308. Fine.
Wilmington, Delaware: Hercules Powder Company, 1953. 11" x 8 1/2", 36 numbered pages, plus inserts on colored paper. This issue includes articles on how marbled papers were made, by William Bond Wheelwright, and include three tipped-inl examples of Douglas Cockerell marbled papers, plus another three examples of papers from Putois Frères in France. There is an article on ther history of papermaking in England, showing watermarks, another on the first paper mill in New York, and another on how Peter the Great of Russian learned papermaking at mills in Holland. The book is bound in heavy wrappers printeds with one of the most famous Cocke. The index for "The Paper Maker" from September 1942 to September 1953 is laid in.
London: Longmans, Green, (1962). First edition. Softcover. 8 1/2" x 5 1/2", 36 pages. This pamphlet was published by Longmans for the British Council and the National Book League. There is a frontispiece of Herbert, Eliot's essay, and a bibliography of Herbert's works. Faint crease to bottom gutter corner, sunned and lightly spotted edges, but internally a very good copy in stapled yellow wrappers. (Gallup: A73a). This is volume No.152 in the wide-ranging "Writers and Their Work" series. w.
London: printed for James Sharpe, Piccadilly by C. Whittingham, Chiswick, 1816. 12mo (6 5/8" x 4", 16.5cm x 10.3cm), half-title, xii, 215 pages, with both an engraved and a printed title page, and a title vignette and five other engraved vignettes from designs of Richard Westall. Tissue guards are preent on all the engravings, which has resulted in the plates showing some foxing. The text is otherwise perfectly clean and bright. The set of four poems was first composed in four seasonal parts over the course of several years, and was issued as a complete book in 1730. This copy,with new endpapers, is in a fine modern binding by Starr Bookworks of 3/4 marbled paper to complement older marbed edges, with a burgundy leather spine, compartmented, gilt-stamped and with a black morocco tittle patch.
Colebrook, CT: Ice Island Press, 1999. First edition. Square octavo 8" x 7 7/8", unpaged (80pp.). The book has a brief running text on verso pages by Peter Gott and over 30 color photographs of windows on Nantucket houses -- and a good amount of beautiful gray shingling as well! Fine in heavy pictorial wrappers, spine slightly sunned.
Willliam Edwin Rudge, 1928-1934. first edition. 18 volumes, various sizes from large quarto (11 5/8" x 8 3/4") to folio, with the first four volumes being bound in red paper on boards, as are other copies of this title, tand with the rest in red buckram, all with paper spine titles. This copy is the penultimate one-- #569 of 570 copies, designed by Brude Rogers and printed by William Edwin Rudge. There are dozens of black and white illustrations and facsimiles. The 18 volumes are complete with slipcases in paper-covered cardboard, and are internally very clean. The backstrip of volume 2, which is one of the paper-covered volumnes, is partially split and should be laid down to its backing. The folio volume, #4 in the series, has a stain on the front board, and a two-inch section of the top of the slipcase lacking, shown in one of the photographs. There is a minor amount of shelf rubbing and mild sunning to the spines. The set was once the property of American author and Yale professor William Lyon Phelps (1865-1943) and descended through the Hubbard family into which Phelps married. Phelps seems to have read each volume. Each one has...
Ann Arbor, MI: Roger Jackson, n.d.(c.1995). only edition. A single sheet of paper folded to make 8 pages measuring 4 1/4 by 2 3/4". This ephemeral piece gives the censored deletions, page by page and line by line, from Henry Miller's "Semblance of a Devoted Past", first published by Porter in 1945 (later reprinted with restorations in 1968). Fine, printed on grey paper, and enclosed in its original, now slightly worn glassine envelope.
Cincinnati, Ohio: Mosaic Prress, 1977. Barbara Urban. 1 1/8" x 3/4", 2.7cm x 2.3cm, (48)pp., some of it text, but with recto pages usually occupied by tiny black and white drawings, by Barbara Urban, of early musical instruments. This is the smallest book in my inventory, and a fine copy, with marbled endpapers, and the top edge gilt, bound in a scrap of gilt-stamped ivory leather by Hugo Grummich at the Cincinnati Bindery. There is a spine title in gilt as well. Despite its miniscule size, the book is entirely legible with the help of an ordinary hand magnifier.
Atlanta, Georgia: The Tinhorn Press, 1967. William L. Sweney. first edition. 9" x 5 7/8", 23 cm x 15 cm, (20pp.). "Two hundred copies of this book were printed from handset Caslon types at The Tinhorn Press, Atlanta , Georgia, in autumn 1967", with a title-page drawing in sanguine and two other full-page drawings in black and white by William L. Sweney. A printed "compliments" bookmark, reproducing part of the title page drawing, is laid in. The book is stitched into thin patterned paper with yapped edges. Fine.
Purdys, New York: The Adventure Library, 1994. First Adventure Library edition. Octavo, xx, 214 pages, with 16 pages of color photographs, other maps and drawings by Dee Molenaar (of the 3rd Expedition) and an endpaper map by Richard L. Birdsall. The book, describing the dfficult third ascent by an American team of this peak in the Karakorum on the borders of Pakistan and China, was first published n 1954. An absolutely fine copy, unread and as new in pictorial boards and a grey buckram spine stamped claret and gilt, issued without a dustjacket. w.
London: The Fleuron, 1926. First edition. 7 1/2" x 4 3/4", (19cm x 12cm), x,39,(20)pp. A small book, but it encompasses the 12 pages of the monthly almanac for 1926, with headings drawn by Randolph Schwabe, an amusing article on the well-dressed book by Harold Child, a catalogue raisonné of books printed at the Curwen Press from 1924 to 1925, a tipped-in bookplate by Gordon Craig, the titlepage of de la Mare's Ding Dong Bell, a wood engraving by Paul Nash, and quite a lot more in the same genre, all well printed at the Curwen Press, Plaistow. Slight foxing to endpapers else very good in green paper on boards, slightly edgeworn, and a claret cloth spine, without a dustjacket. This is #285 of 425 copies.