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.
Dallas, Texas: Bridwell Library, Southern Methodist University, 1986. first edition. Small folio (8" x 11.5"), 250 pages, 28 pages of illustrations. "A definitive history of the private press [the author] judges...the greatest of them all". An edition of 750 copies printed letterpress from Monotype Bembo on Mohawk Superfine paper, and bound in grey decorated paper over boards with a cream cloth spine. An elegant book. Edges very lightly speckled, plus a pinhead tan spot on the front free endpaper, otherwise fine.
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.
Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott, 1960. First edition, fourth impression, as stated on the copyright page. Octavo, 296 pages. The book is tight and sound and has the following faults and characteristics: The endpapers, half-title and edges show some foxing and browning. The book is bound in half brown paper with a mint-green cloth spine, with the spine titling in brown. The tips of the spine, where not protected by the dustjacket, are very lightly faded. The dustjacket shows considerable rubbing, a short tear and a line of waterstaining at the top of the rear panel, as well as small chips and wear at the spine ends. At the time of the fourth printing, the Pulitzer prize sticker on later impressions had not yet been applied. The original price of $3.95 is present, as is the "fourth printing" notation next to it. Finally, the reverse of the dustjacket shows considerable browning, particularly at the folds. See the additional photographs, which are of this book.
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.
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.
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, many being full-page and in color. Internally fine -- and indisputably elegant -- in mildly rubbed and faded heavy blue wrappers. Text and cover papers are by Champion. A very good copy.