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.
London: William and Frederick G. Cash, 1855. second edition. Small octavo, 8 1/4 x 5 3/8", 41 pages of diminishing size.from demy 8vo down to demy 32mo, with different types and leading, plus examples for the cost of illustrations.It is the publisher's aim to help an author on the practical side of submitting a manuscript and recommends specific practical actions to one who is "fresh from the sanctities of the study, and glowing from recent commune with lofty thoughts" but is "baffled by the trivial and the commonplace" of correcting copy, deciding on illustrations, binding, typefaces and other business-related processes, including advertising." A hbelpful page of typographical marks is also included. It must have been a popular little tome, as it went on to a fourth edition. It is a delight to read a hundrred and sixty-odd years later. An adequate copy, no more, with dog-eared and soiled wrappers, a few pale pencil notations and an inked "C. Perkins" at the top of the front panel.
1969. An invitation to the inauguration as president and vice-president on January 20th, 1969, of Richard Nixon and Spiro Agnew, Nixon's first term. One sheet, folded to make an 11" by 8 1/2" page, with very light edge wear and a few light traces of foxing, otherwise very good. The text is in black ink; the inaugural symbol is in gilt.
Offered for sale is a pair of typed letters dated 22 November, 1988 and 8 November 1989 from Robert A. Wilson, proprietor of the Phoenix Book Shop in New York, to a fellow bookseller, discussing the sale of his entire inventory when he closed the book shop in 1988 and his life in Maryland after that. The recipient was Deborah Benson Covington, a bookseller in her own right as well as the daughter of Ben Abramson, owner of the Argus Book Shop in Chicago. IN the two letters, Wilson speaks of his bookstore possibly becoming a video store: "I fear the logical progression these days from literacy to instant illiteracy". He also speaks of his life partner Ken (Doubrava) having a stroke, care of his mother, problems with the condition of a Frost collection, and a possible memoir. Two sheets of paper, with book shop and personal headers, signed "Bob" in red pencil and ink. The larger sheet has a small marginal tear, both have been folded for mailing. Two letters:.
London and New York: Griffith, Farran, Okeden & Welsh; E.P. Dutton, 1885. First Edition. Octavo, xii,373 pages, with 8 black and white illustrations, including a facsimile that is a fold-out. The book is a thorough history of John Newbery ( 1713-1767) and his extraordinary -- and profitable -- venture in the realm of children's book publishing in England. Besides biographical and historical material about the Newberys, including his son Francis, there are massive lists, alphabetical and chronological, of books published by the company between 1740 and 1800. Light scattered foxing on preliminary and last leaves,otherwise clean and unmarked in any way. A very good to fine copy in an as-new modern binding of green cloth and a grey cloth spine with a printed paper spine label, new endpapers. It is an unusually interesting copy, because of the signature on a blank leaf of "Jessie Carson / New York City / 1915". Jessie Carson was a children's librarian at the New York Public Library who went to France after the end of World War I, under the aegis of the American Committee for Devastated France, to develop public libraries for children there. She became well-enough known that a book (brief, but...
New York: Distributed Art Publishers, 2002. Sam Messer. first edition. Squarish octavo, 72pp,,with portraits of both Auster and his antiquated typewriter -- an Olympia -- on most pages, mostly in color and entirely by Sam Messer, plus Auster's elegaic text. I expect there will be more books along the same lines now that the typewriter recedes even more into the past. I miss mine to this day....Faint bump to bottom outside corner otherwise a very good copy in boards and a near fine protected dustjacket.
New York: The Sayre Ross Company, 1976. Bicentenial edition. Two small volumes (each 4 1/2" x 3 1/4"), 64, 81 pages. "This is a Special Commemorative Edition published in Celebration of The Bicentennial of the United States of America 1776-1976", in an edition of 1,000 copies, these unnumbered. The two volumes, with an essay by librarians / historians David C. Mearns and Vernon W. Clapp. are bound in full deep blue leatherette, gilt stamped and with all edges gilt, and are housed in a marbled paper-covered slipcase, lightly edge-rubbed. A fine set on good paper.
Hull and London: Brumby & Clarke, (1896-1898). F.W. Frohawk. First Edition. Six volumes, 12 3/4" x 10 3/8" (45 cm x 26 cm), 208, 192,175, 218, 178, 252pp. The books contain 24 chromolithographs of birds' eggs, each plate with a tissue guard, and 318 full-page black and white plates of birds and their nests by F.W. Frohawk. The first two volumes cover the order "passeres", written by Butler. Volume III includes "picariae", written by Butler, "striges and accipitres, written by Murray A. Mathew, and "steganopodes", written by Henry O. Forbes. Volume IV covers orders "herodiones and odontoglossae", by Forbes, "anseres", by John Cordeaux, and "colombae and terocletes" by W.B. Tegetmeier. Volume V includes "gallinae, fulicariae, and alectorides", by Tegetmeier, and "limicolae" by Henry H. Slater. Volume VI covers "gaviae" by Forbes, "pygopodes" by O.V. Aplin, and "tubinares" by H.A. MacPherson, and contains indexes for both biords and the 24 chromo plates of eggs. The books are quarter bound in pale green cloth with deep green cloth spines and corners, with both spine and front board titles in gilt. Top edges gilt; other edges untrimmed. There is a small scrape on the front board of volume VI, an inch-long repaired tear...
Boston: L.C. Page & Company, 1933 (1908). Sybil Tawse. Octavo, x, 396pp., followed by an 8-page list of fiction published by Page. On the copyright page, it is noted that this is the "sixty-eighth impression, October, 1933 [553rd thousand]". A notice at the top of the title page reads "Silver Anniversary Edition"; another mentions that there are "eight illustrations in full color from Paintings by Sybil Tawse". After the dedication page, there is a note from the publishers mentioning the book's popularity and how, to commemorate the book's 25th anniversary, they are issuing a beautifully illustrated gift book with eight plates, etc. As mentioned by Cecily Devereux in the 2004 Broadview Press scholarly edition of the book, Page was always alert for a marketing opportunity, hence this edition. Two pinhead -size faint brown spots on the title, and a slight bump to the bottom outside corner, small pale stain on the spine, else unmarked and fine in silver buckram stamped with title, author, and "Silver Anniversary Edition" on the front panel and spine. Top edge stained green, other edges untrimmed. Uncommon.
New York: Nolan / Eckman Gallery, 1994. Oblong quarto, (11" x 8 1/2"), unpaged (36 pages), an edtion of 400 copies, produced on the occasion of an exhibit of Zucker's work. The pages show, in black ink, an "old coot painting the Baptism River by the roadside near Cramer, Minnesota". The drawings and text are rollicking and delightful and include a "recipe" for a fried walleye dinner for four and a list of what's in the artist's tackle box. A fine copy in heavy white wrappers.
New York: Champion Papers, 1978. 11" x 8 1/2", 36 pages. This issue was designed by Hermann Zapf, and is full of his quotes, typefaces, calligraphy and posters, a good number full-page and in color. Internally fine -- and indisputably elegant -- in mildly rubbed and faded heavy wrappers. Text and cover papers are by Champion.
Los Angeles: 1953. Small octavo, unpaged (12 pages). An edition of 500 copies printed by Wm. M. Cheney, that is, as noted, the text of a broadcast to be heard in January 1954 on the Ed Murrow weekly program of the same title, and here privately published for friends. To quote Zeitlin: "The written and printed word survives persecution, book burning, censorship and fashions. When I sell a man a good book I am the happy transmitter of a precious thing and I feel I have justly earned my profit." Faint vertical crease near the outer edge, else a fine copy in faintly worn buff wrappers.
New York: The Typophiles, 1986. Typophiles Monograph New Series Number 3. Small octavo, 23 pages, designed by George Laws, set in Monotype Janson by Out of Sorts Letter Foundery. This is an edition of 480 copies printed at the Stone House Press, with a preface by Abe Lerner. As is mentioned in this fine essay, "Baron" Weisberg was the only known manuscript forger in Philadelphia during the first half of the twentieth century. A fine copy in heavy grey wrappers.
London: Bickers and Son, 1876. Bewick, Thomas. Octavo, xxii, 532pp., index, with profuse engravings by Thomas Bewick and others, The second edition, with ten letters not included in any previous edition. A Bickers catalogue dated October 1876 is bound in. The original purple gilt-stamped cloth covers are also bound in. Scattered light foxing and an owner's bookplate else very good in half brown calf and marbled paper on boards, all edges gilt.
New York: Conde-Nast, 1999. Fat quarto, 544p., with a fold-out three-part cover of top models, photographed by Annie Liebovitz, and a portfolio of photographs from "Women", the book by Liebovitz and Susan Sontag published that year. Utter vivid nostalgia. Fine in wrappers with a miniscule nick to the top of the spine.
Chicago: The Caxton Club, 1937. 15.5 x 10.5 cm, vi + 107pp., an edition of 200 copies, translated by Theodore W. Koch, and printed for the Caxton Club by the Lakeside Press. There is a preface by Koch, followed by four pieces by Zweig: "Books Are the Gateway to the World", "The Old-Book Peddler; A Viennese Tale for Bibliophiles", "The Invisible Coillection; an Episode from the Post-War Inflation Period", and "Thanks to Books". Endpapers and top edge somewhat browned and foxed, otherwise a very good copy in brilliant patterned paper on boards, slightly darkened, with paper spine and front panel title labels.
Chicago: Woman's Temperance Publication Association, 1886(1864). second edition. 12mo, 268pp., with three b/w illustrations. This was Willard's first book, and was written to memorialize the life of her sister Mary, hwo had died young at their home in Evanston, Illinois. this edition has a brief preface by John Greenleaf Whittier, as well as the original introduction by Methodist bishop Randolph S.Foster, also of Evanston. Faint foxing to edges else very good indeed in deep blue cloth stamped gilt, edges just slightly rubbed.
New York: Bantam Books, March, 1972. first p/b edition. Mass market paperback format, 160pp., with contributions by reporters such as Bob Considine and Helen Thomas, and a remarkable 64-page section of color photographs of the trip by Ollie Atkins, (who was personal photographer to Nixon), and Byron Shumaker. Fine, unopened and unused, in pictorial white wrappers, as issued.
New York: copyright 1847. Published by J.S. Redfield, Clinton Hall, 136 Nassau Street, New York. This a set of wooden alphabet blocks, covered with paper on which alphabets, words and small engravings are printed. The blocks are in their original cardboard carton, worn but nearly intact and with a couple of corners mended with thread. On the cover, texts on the borders read: "Amusements that interest but never tire", "Mind is developed by its own action", "Home toys to promote home joys" and "Educate and restrain by pleasing employments". The boxtop lining reads "The Parents' and Children's Guide to a pleasing and beneficial use of these blocks, designed for children from two to eight years old", with instructions for use. Wickham was an educator, and a member of the New York State Teacher's Association, He published a previous set, called "Alphabet on Blocks", in Sag Harbor, NY, about 1839, of which the OCLC records a single set, at Yale. This set seems to be unrecorded.. It consists of 21 large wooden blocks (2 3/4" x 1 5/16" x 5/8"), covered with colored paper with capital and small letters, words and small engravings, and 9 other smaller blocks. Most are quite...
New York and London: Scribner's and Batsford, 1936. First edition. Small octavo, v,250pp., with contributions by R. St. Barbe Baker, E.G. Boulenger, L.G. Bushby, Robert and Edward Gathorne-Hardy, Seton Gordon, and Frances Pitt, and including 142 illustrations from photographs and a color illustration of a red squirrel from a painting by Edoardo Gioja as a frontispiece. The text covers animal. bird, reptile, insect, and pond and stream life, as well as trees, plants and fungi. Internally very good in spine-sunned green cloth, with the inscription "W.C.Roper from Lanning" on the front free endpaper, making this a gift copy from garden designer Lanning Roper to his father.