London: Country Life, 1949(1937). Chiang Yee. later printing. Octavo, 67 pages, with a frontisdpiece and 12 additional full-page tinted illustrations. This copy is a later printing, with a price-clipped dustjacket that is solidly foxed throughout (on economy wartime paper) and with very light foxing to a few leaves in the book itself, which is externally near fine in greige cloth. An interesting copy, though, because it bears a long inscription to poet and fellow Columbia teacher Mark Van Doren, dated April 25, 1956 and written both in English and Chinese. There is a brief introduction by art historian Herbert Read.
New York: Marchbanks Press, 1954. 12mo, 24pp. A New Year's keepsake for the friends of the Marchbank Press in 1954, a pleasant essay critiquing Bell's 1774 edition of Shakespeare. The essay first appeared in Brooks' "Journeys to Bagdad", pubished in 1915. This copy was designed byb Algot Rongstrom of the Marchbanks Press, carries an additional brief handwriten note about the pess, as well as the signature, on the last page, of Louise E. Jefferson. The book is bound in ivory wrappers and a dustjacket of marbled paper with a title label.
New York: Morgan Library, 1972. First Edition. Quarto, x, 89 pages, with detailed descriptions of 61 books and a full-page b/w photograph of each, a list of bibliographical citations, and indices of binders, owners and authors. The book is most capably printed by Stinehour Press and Meriden Gravure,and is, excepting the very faintest of cover wear, in fine condition in printed pale beige wrappers.
Cambridge, Massachusetts: Casmbridge Bookplate, 1996. Octavo, 101 pages. The first printing of the second edition of this very useful book, with biographies and representative bookplates (shown in black and white) by 100 American artists, with an enclosed partial list of artists' addresses. A fine copy, bound in tan wrappers with a black cloth spine.
Paris: L'imprimerie Nationale, L'an second de la Republique (1793). Small octavo, 21cm x 13 cm, with two sections. The first, of 28 numbered pages, is full of details about the new system of measuring the passage of time and the seasons. The second, the "annuaire ou calendrier pour la seconde annee de la republique francaise", lists all the details for the decimalized months, such as the names of the days, sunset, what is growing or being produced such as copper and granite. There are two fold-out plates. One page has, at some point, been professionally repaired to restore a corner, with no loss of text, and there is some scattered foxing. The book has been bound at a somewhat later date in marbled paper on boards, with a leather spine label, and shows light wear to the edges and base of the spine. Very good.
New York: George Sully & Co. 1925. Weekly calendar pages printed recto only, bound in a wraparound soft cover printed in black, aquamarine, white and gilt, and held through stab holes by a ribbon. Each page bears a different saying by Mark Twain, printed in red on a pictorial green background scene.Triangular crease at the bottom of the front wrapper, otherwise this is a clean copy with some edge-browning, without a box.
Coffeyville, Kansas: Zauberberg Press, 1954. John De Pol. Large octavo, a single signature with 7 numbered pages, hand set in Bulmer on wet Curtis Rag, in an edition of 100 copies, with a title-page wood engraving by John De Pol. The book is bound in green Strathmore Beau Brilliant with a paste-on title, and stitched through stab holes wiith white thread. A reminiscence on Kansas history, fine in heavy wrappers.
Providence, R.I. Black Swan Letterpress Printing and Graphic Design, 1995. Narrow 12mo, unpaged (12pp.), a single signature, printed in green and brown on cream paper, with japanese paper endsheets, bound in a swan-pattern paper in an edition of 500 copies. The author, who has gone on to other fields of creative expression, has fun with her own name and its connection to swans. A business envelope with her new address at the time is laid in. Early work by this designer and artist. Fine.
London: Nine Elms Press, 1999. Large octavo, 26 numbered pages, being one of the Nine Elms Press series on the Arts and Crafts movement, and specifically on the artist Walter Crane. Besides Gerard's excellent essay on Crane, there is a brief bibliography of Crane's writings on the the theory and practice of art and a list of studies on Crane. The book is beautifully printed at the Whittington Press in an edition of 350 copies set in 12-point Minotype Caslon on Sommerville Laid paper, signed by David Gerard, and bound in deep orange paper and a dustwrapper of William Morris's 'willow' pattern paper, in the same colorway. It is numbered 106 at the foot of the colophon and bears brief pencilled notations from Maggs Bros on the front and rear endpapers. Fine.
Waterbury, CT: Mattatuck Press, 1901. First Edition. Octavo, 350 pages, with profuse illustrations in black and white, largely photographs taken at the time, followed by 12 pages of advertisements for local companies and businesses. This is not a modern reprint: this is the original publication dating from 1901, full of interesting stories about this well-known "antiques capital" of New England. With the exception of narrow paper breaks at the inner front hinge and slight rubbing to the bottom corners, the book is as bright and colorful as when first issued, bound in deep red cloth stamped in black and gilt. It is the finest copy I have seen.
Portland, Maine: Southworth-Anthoensen Press, 1941. first edition. Large octavo, xix, 293 pages, with 73 black and white illustrations, including one fold-out. The three essays are "Early Americasn Bookbinding by Hand", "The Rise of American Edition Binding", and "On the Rebinding of Old Books". This volume, which came to me without its covers or slipcase, was recased with new endpapers in heavy boards covered in a blue paste paper and a deep blue cloth spine with a gilt-stamped red calf spine title. Fine, and an ornament to your bookshelf. Price is net to all.
1776. I am offering a small hand-drawn and hand-colored map of part of Germany near Denmark, the title reading "Landkarte von Eyderstede Everschop und Utholm." The peninsula covered by the map, largely flat marshland, was being diked by the year 1,000 a.d., a cooperative gesture between settlements surely uncommon for the time. The map shows green landscape, heraldic Eyderstede ships, inked names and buildings, map projection numbers, a mileage chart, and the illegible signature of T.C. ****, who drew it in 1776. The map, in its borders, measures 14.5cm x 19,7 cm, and has an old center crease. The reverse bears a few brown stains and possibly a narrow trace of tape. It is on cream laid paper and has never been matted or framed, though the margins are cut fairly close. This little map is amazingly vivid and full of charm.
London: Faber and Faber, 1932. first edition thus. Small octavo, 45 pages, with two stories. To quote the dustjacket: "The Mookles and the Gripes" and "The Ondt and the Gracehoper" are reprinted from the limited edition f Mr. Joyce's "Tales of Shem and Shaun", originally published in Paris and not generally available in this country." A very good copy, with no marks or signs of use in the text except for a mid-page mild crease to about page 11, the result of someone picking up the book carelessly. The book is bound in pale green paper on boards that is edge-sunned at any point where light could get in, a characteristic repeated on the brilliant orange dustjacket, which is otherwise complete except for a few small chips. There are also a few pin-head size stains to the top edge.
New York: James Cohan Gallery, 2002. Quarto, unpaged (approximately 72 pp.), with profuse illustrations of brilliant work by Smith, Taaffe and Tomaselli in black and white but also in color, with some of the plates tipped on. An edition of 2,000 copies, featuring Foye's essay on "The Alchemical Image", interviews with Taaffe and Tomaselli, plus bibliographies. The catalogue was issued to accompany an exhibition at the Cohan Gallery and is bound in stapled plain beige wrappers with a heavy white dustjacket that shows very light soil to the rear panel plus a pale thumb-print impress near the spine. A very good to fine copy.
Saratoga Springs and New York: G.M. Davison and S.S. & W. Wood, 1837. seventh edition. A fat little 12mo, 5 3/4" by 3 1/2". 465 pages. The first edition in 1822 was called "The Fashionable Tour"; this edition, the seventh, was not the last. These later editions are noted (in Howes, #D143) as having a map and plates: this has neither. Internally the pages are mildly browned and foxed, as are the edges, but the text biock is tight and perfectly legible. The book is bound in quarter red morocco and marbled paper, both quite worn and rubbed, and with the front board detached. The paste-down endpaper bears a small bookseller's label from "C.J. Folsom, Bookseller and stationer, at 40 Fulton, one door above Pearl-st, N.Y." Folsom was listed in the New York Annual Register for 1836.
Franklin, NH: The Hillside Press, 1963. First edition. Hardcover. 70pp. 6 x 4.8 cm, 2 3/8 x 1 7/8". Five tales of magic and sorcery, with text set by hand in Bulmer Roman type, and with four illustrations. An edition of 310 copies, signed by Irwin, of which this is number 233 . Fine in black and white patterned paper on boards, black cloth spine with a paper spine label.
New York: Island Press, 1941. Emery I. Gondor. presumed first edition. Quarto, unpaged (32pp.) with Emory Gondor's large black and white drawings on every page. This is a particularly good copy, with a small "Creative Playtime" sticker on the fron free endpaper otherwise perfectly clean and unmarked in pale yellow pictorial boards and a green cloth spine. The book is in its original dustjacket with a $1.25 price, and with only two inch-long closed tears on the front panel. Just about fine.
Boston: David R. Godine, 1969. Octavo, unpaged (24pp.), with an introduction to Warde's elegant text by John Dreyfus.The book was issued as a memorial to Beatrice Warde, who had died that year, in an edition of 350 copies bound by hand, and presented as a New Year's keepsake, according to the colophon, "to those who are content with the small and pleased by the careful:" and offered "in the spirit of all literate men, confident that good books are a civilizing force somehow leading men to better lives." Printed in red and black, and sewn into patterned paper with a red-bordered title label. Fine, with a Godine compliments leaf laid in.
Aspen, Colorado: Baldwin Gallery. first edition. This is a book of about 40 pages in color and black and white, that was produced to accompany a gallery exhibit, and is number 126 of 1,000 copies. Oversized (12 x 9 1/4", it is largely composed of photographic images of snowflakes, including a double fold-out, by the Starns, the twin brothers who later (2010) did the Big Bambu installation on the roof of the Metropolitan Museum in New York. The book is bound in sheets of heavy-duty cardboard, and is wrapped in a slightly oversized two-sheet dustjacket that is, in fact, a unique ink-jet print, itself protected by a sheet of acetate, The dui=stjacket bears the limitation number at lower right. and titling on the spine. Lower edge of dustjacket just slightly shelf-wrinkled, else fine.
Worcester, MA: Achille J. St. Onge, 1977. Hardcover. A miniature volume, 14 pages, measuring 2 3/4" by 1 7/8""Addresses...delivered at Westminster Hall and Guildhall on the occasion of her silver jubilee 1952-1977". The edition of 1,000 copies was printed from Perpetua type on Crown & Sceptre paper at the Stanbrook Abbey Press, Worcester, England. There is a frontispiece photograph of Queen Elizabeth by Peter Grugeon, lithographed at Skelton's Press. The book is bound in full blue niger oasis stamped front and back with a lion and unicorn in gilt, and with a gilt spine title and edges. Endpapers of cream and brown Cockerell marbled papers are by Weatherby Woolnough, and was planned by Sydney Cockerell. David Butcher's "The Stanbrook Abbey Press 1956-1990" #B34; Massman "Bibliomidgets" # 46. Very fine in its clear plastic case, as issued.
Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott & Co. 1873. First edition. Octavo,105 pages. with three sections of poetry, including a group of eight poems of the Civil War. The author, a Catholic, lived from 1832 to1917, and wrote over 20 books of poetry and fiction. This was her first book. Her brother was the lawyer and author Ignatius Donnelly. It is an interesting copy, for non-authorial reasons, because of its ownership. The book bears the large nameplate of Pitt Gravath, said to be a well-known Democratic leader and former clerk of the Louisiana senate after the Civil War. Gravath committed suicide in 1898 by laudanum and gas in hs mother's home in Whitewater, Wisconsin, the family home town,. He was reportedly despondent over the death of his wife, an event reported by the New York Times, which considered it sensational because he wrote letters to his friends describing his feelings as he succumbed. The book bears his wife's pencilled signature on the first blank leaf as well, and was probably her book to begin with. Gravath's nameplate was affixed to the pastedown endpaper so carelessly that the excess glue joined the endpapers and left a trail of holes in the free endpaper when...
London: Longmans, Green and Co. 1886. A set of three large, fat octavos, 812, 771, 783 pages, covering British nobility -- Abercorn to Fortescue in volume I, Gainsborough to Oxford in volume II, and Pembroke to Zetland in volume III, with 1600 illustrations showing titleholders (admitted as fanciful in the preface) plus hundreds of peers' facsimile signatures. Each volume has its own index and list of authorities consulted. An article in the Pall Mall Budget for January 21, 1886 notes that these three volumes, which cover only dukes and viscounts, were only the beginning of a far more massive series (but don't seem to have ever been continued). Volume I shows partial paper breaks to the endpapers, and all volumes show some foxing to early and late pages, though not elsewhere. The books are bound in red leather faded to brown on the spines, with shelf-rubbed edges and corners. Top edges gilt, marker ribbons present. A very nice set. (Please note that postage will be very high; the books weigh about 5 kilos total).
New York: Viking Press, 1982. First edition. Large quarto, 119 pages, covering the years from the founding of the interior design company in 1924 to the 1970s, with a preface by Walter Hoving and a lavish quantity of illustrations both in color and black and white. A fine copy in deep blue cloth and a dustjacket with a single closed tear at the base of the rear flap. (Please note that the book weighs nearly 2 kilos and will need extra postage.).
New York: Midtown Payson Galleries, 1991. Small folio, 11 1/2 x 9", unpaged, with an introduction by John Whitney Payson and a note by Leonard Baskin, followed by 15 full-page color plates and several pages devoted to a chronology of Baskin, a list of his exhibitions and a bibliography. The angels are all 60" x 40", in gouache, on paper. Added to this copy are several ephemeral pieces, including two large postcard invitations to this and a later Baskin exhibition, gallery news releases, and several printouts of Baskin information from magazines and newspapers. Fine in pictorial wrappers.