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, as painted by Baskin, all measured 60" x 40", and were composed 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.
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. An internally fine -- and indisputably elegant -- copy in mildly rubbed and faded heavy blue wrappers. Text and cover papers are by Champion. A very good copy.
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1994. 1st Edition. Narrow 12mo, 37 numbered pages. The book contains Morrison's beautiful lecture, her brief acceptance speech, a list of her books and a short biography. A very fine copy, as new in deep red cloth on boards with a black and gilt title patch. The book was issued without a dustjacket.
Los Angeles: Book Arts Program, Occidental College, 1990. Octavo, 37 pages of well-written reminiscences about these three California printers and their presses, with 16 pages of color and b/w illustrations of title pages and photographs of the printers, plus a bibliography. The book was originally an illustrated talk given at Occidental College in 1989. A very fine copy in heavy buff wrappers.
Austin, Texas: W. Thomas Taylor, 1983. Folio, xviii + 67 + (3) pages, with descriptions of 41 American presses, featuring 100 books, and illustrated with photographs plus tipped-in examples of the work of several presses, including the Allen, Arion, Bird & Bull, Cummington and others. The selection of books and press histories was done by Fine and Matheson; the bibliographical descriptions and notes by W. Thomas Taylor. This is number 277 of 325 copies, designed and printed by David Holman at the Wind River Press on Rives Heavyweight paper, and bound in tri-color cloth deepening from beige to warm tan. The 8-page prospectus is laid in. Fine.
Short Hills, New Jersey: Gustav Kobbé, 1889. first edition. 12mo, xvi, 108pp., with 5 hinged two-page tinted maps, and 51 charming full-page b/w illustrations from woodcuts, including Monmouth Park, Asbury Park, Nauvoo, Victorian cottages, Atlantic City, the Pine Barrens landscape, and many more, some signed "Feraud" in the plate. There is a paper crack at the title page, and page xi is detached from the spinal glue. Otherwise the book is in very good condition in gilt-stamped red cloth, spine slightly sunned. This copy has the following legend on the front cover in gilt: "Compliments of the Central R.R. of New Jersey", as well as a tipped-in slip at the title page that reads "The Central R.R. of New Jersey has purchased of the publisher an edition of 5,000 of KOBBÉ'S 'JERSEY COAST AND PINES,' and this copy is sent to you with the Company's compliments."
Cincinnati, Ohio: Contemporary Arts Center, 1960. First edition. A travelling exhibit arranged by the Contemporary Arts Center at the Cincinnati Art Museum. 12mo, unpaged (62)pages, with a photograph of Zapf as frontispiece, an introduction by Noel Martin, descriptions of 170 exhibits and reproductions of many of them in black and red inks, plus a list of Zapf's typefaces and a brief chronology. The booklet is set in Linotype Optima and was printed at the Stempel foundry in Frankfurt am Main. Text paper age-toned at the edges else about fine in grey-green wrappers, spine slightly browned, with a narrow paper spine label, also age-toned.
New York: The Composing Room, December, 1961. George Salter. Narrow octavo, 24pp., being the catalogue for an exhibition, which showed 34 years of Salter's graphic work, at Gallery 303. An essay by Salter is followed by many examples of his work, including dustjackets, for both German and American books, as well as company logos and calligraphy. The booklet, which was printed by the Thistle Press in sepia and black, was selected by the Typophiles as a members' keepsake. Fine in paper wrapped in terracotta cloth,with a single word, "Salter", on the cover. A note presening the booklet to "Tom" (Bevans, from whose estate this came) and signed "E" is enclosed.
Cambridge, MA: Houghton Library, 1982(1771). 12mo, xii, 56,(5)pp. This is a facsimile of Bodoni's first type specimen book, produced in Parma in 1771, containing both type faces and ornaments. An edition of 1,500 copies -- including 200 as a keepsake for members of the class of 1937 as a remembrance of their reunion tea at Houghton Library on Commencement Day,1982, and 400 copies for the Friends of the Harvard College Library. There is an explanatory text by Eleanor M. Garvey, Curator of Printing. The facsimile was printed from one of two copies in their original wrappers given to the Department of Printing by William Bentinck-Smith, of the class of1937. Fine in heavy buff wrappers and really inspiring.
New York: Scribners, 1955. Leonard Weisgard. First edition, with Scribner's "A" on copyright page. 12mo, unpaged (c.64pp.) printed entirely on cafe-au-lait paper with fine and very effective illustrations by Leonard Weisgard in black and white on the colored text paper. "Secret River" won honors in the 1956 Newbery Medal awards. There is an explanatory introduction by Julia Scribner Bigham, Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings' literary executor. (The book was issued after her death). Internally very crisp and just about faultless, and bound in a warm beige cloth with a large cover drawing and spine title in white ink, both unblemished. The only fault to the cover is slight shelf wear to the corners and spine tips and faint darkening to the top edge. The pictorial dustjacket in beige, black, white and green shows wear but is basically intact, with small chips at the top and bottom of the spine, shelf wear to the edges, and with a one-inch tear at the top of the rear panel. The price of $2.50 on the front flap is also intact. A very good copy.
New York: The Dial Press, 1966. First printing, so stated. Octavo, 280pp. This is an advance proof copy, in plain greenish-tan heavy paper mounted on a white plastic comb binding. There is a tiny brown stain near the letter "T" on the title page which has produced a mirror image on the facing frontispiece. The book shows some mild shelf soil to both the cover panels and edges and there is a small nick at the bottom of the rear cover. Given that, the comb binding is without problems of any kind. A decent to very good copy.
Paris: Chez Duchesne, 1755. 16mo. Two volumes: cxxiv, 283, errata; 407, (5)pp. Volume I contains " Description de la Germanie et des Moeurs des ses Habitans", in French, paired with the text in Latin: "De Situ Moribus et Populis Germaniae". Volume II, in the same vein, contains "Vie de Julius Agricola", in French, followed by "Julii Agricolae Vita Scriptore Tacito", in Latin. The books are bound in mottled calf with paneled spines,and with oval leather inserts in both front and rear boards (probably replacing long-gone portrait cameos). These were made by bookbinder Joanna Bliss of Connecticut in 1981, who restored the bindings. All edges are stained red and there are ribbon markers in each volume. Endpapers are marbled paper of the period, and the books retain their half-titles. Faint waterstain to the bottom margin up to page 6 of volume 2, and minor wear to spine ends, else very good. An attractive pair, particularly with the leather inserts on the covers. The bottom half of the front board of the second volume is darkened, (and is visible on one of the accompanying photographs). Two volumes:.
Stamford, CT: Overbrook Press, 1962. First edition. Softcover. Octavo, 14pp. An edition of 2,500 copies, giving the entirety of Streeter's amusing speech, which is full of odd do's and don'ts and references to fellow Century Association members. He quotes Daniel Webster, who said "Libraries are for sleeping" - one should browse and drowse. Streeter wrote the extremely sucessful novel "Father of the Bride", and 11 other works, many of them very amusing, though this pamphlet, not being of novel length, is never mentioned. Very good to fine in very slightly soiled salmon wrappers with a paper title label.
Nevada City, CA: The Private Press of Harold Berliner, 1985. First edition. Large octavo, 85 pages. The book is part of an edition of 650 copies printed by Harold Berliner on Artemis Text paper in Goudy Light Old Style types, of which this is copy # 143. There is an essay on Claud Lovat Fraser and his bookplates, followed by 59 bookplate designs, 37 of them printed in full color. Spare spine and cover title labels are laid in, as well as a printed thank you card from Harold Berliner, Printer. Very fine in burgundy cloth on boards and translucent glassine dustjacket.
London: Constable & Co. 1909. First edition. 5 14 x 3 1/2", 16 pages, and printed by the Chiswick Press, Charles Whittington & Co. on laid paper. All pages are bordered with single rules in red ink, and there is a drawing of Meredith's house, Box HIll. This is a sensitive memorial to writer George Meredith, in the form of a fanciful essay, on the day he was buried, May 22, 1909, by his close friend, J. M. Barrie. There is some light soil and foxing else near fine in smooth ivory cloth with a gilt title and a red marginal rule. The book's small size and bulk make it agreeable in hand and to read.
New York: Spiral Press, 1955. Philip Grushkin. First edition. Oblong booklet, 12pages, 130 x 93mm. Of a total of 5,650 copies printed by Joe Blumenthal at he Spiral Press, this is one of 475 copies printed for Joe and his wife Ann, with the greeting: "This new poem carries with it the warmest holiday greetings at Christmas 1955 and the best of wishes for the New Year from Ann & Joseph Blumenthal." Mild foxing throughout else a very good copy in grey wrappers printed in black, green and red, with decorations by Philip Grushkin showing a five-sphered molecular structure. Crane B27, which notes that the Blumenthal copies are distinctive in being on white wove paper, and in a binding of gray laid paper.
New York and London: Duffield and Chatto & Windus, 1908. Maurice Randall. 1st Edition. Large octavo, xvi + 334pp. Detailed descriptions of England's seaports and harbors along the south coast, with 30 fine watercolor plates by Maurice Randall. Slight foxing, a 2" paper break in the middle of the front hinge, else near fine in brown cloth stamped gilt, with the top edge gilt as well. This copy bears the signature of Mary Walter Cooper, of the family that founded Cooper Union in New York. This is a fine example of the sort of travel/description books published not only by Chatto & Windus, but by A & C Black and others at the time. Considering the technicolor hues of many of the bindings of the period, this one is particularly restrained and elegant in using only the slightly angled grain of the binding cloth, which looks like fine linen, and a restrained amount of gilt for titling and illustration. Near fine.
New York: World Publishing Company, 1970. Tasha Tudor. First Edition. Small square octavo, 302 pages. The book is illustrated by Tasha Tudor, with five color plates as well as many black and white drawings, both full-page and in the text. The book is arranged in month-by-month chapters, each with birthstones, flowers, birds and recipes for a specific time of the year. A very fine copy in aquamarine cloth stamped gilt, and a fine dustjacket.
Washington: Government Printing Office, 1904. First edition thus. Large, fat octavo, 171-548, viii pp., with 248 plates in color and b/w, 212 drawings in the text from a huge variety of sources. The book itself is taken from the report of the U.S. National Museum for 1902. The author was an ethnologist and a curator at the Smithsonian. There is a ghostly four-leaf clover print between two empty pages, and two b/w plates have worn edges from having worked loose. These are now reinserted. The book includes a reading list and an extensive bibliography. The book is internally near fine in spine-sunned half blue morocco and marbled paper on boards, bottom edges and corners quite rubbed and worn, but overall a very good copy.
Litchfield, CT: American Sporting Book Price Guides, 1982. First edition. Narrow octavo, 12pp. An edition of 1,000 copies, (this one being out of series), composed in Century Light and printed on Mohawk Vellum Text. The booklet covers not only the prices at the time of publication for this well-designed series of 30-odd books, but list variants and points as well. A fine copy in tan wrappers.
Boston: Cupples and Hurd, 1888. First edition. Large octavo, 8 3/4" x 5 3/4", 338pp., with 140 black and white and tinted illustrations, under the supervision of J.B. Millet, to show the author's adventures in western Canada. The cover mentions "150 illustrations in colors"; I have not counted them.There are paper breaks at both internal hinges and the extremely fragile paper used for the endpapers is chipping at the edges. There is a small waterstain to the bottom corner of the front free endpaper as well as the following blank, but the rest of the text block is clean and unmarked. The first blank leaf bears an authorial inscription: "With my best wishes very truly W.H.H. Murray Nov 29 1888". The book is bound in the publisher's heavily gilt-stamped green clotth, spine ends chipping, with corners rubbed, and with all edges gilt. Curiously, striking colored lithographic wrappers, from the well-known firm of Armstrong & Co., Boston, are bound in. An internally excellent copy, but good plus only because of the chipping and paper breaks.
Helsinki, Finland: Kustannusosakeyhtio Kirja, 1923. Akseli Gallen-Kallela. First illustrated edition. Large quarto, 600 pp. This is the first illustrated edition of a book first translated into English (in 1929) .as "The Seven Brothers", and primarily renowned as a brilliant example of the work of Finnish artist and illustrator Akseli Gallen-Kallela (1865-1931). It was first published in 1870. There are scores of illustrations in color and b/w in this volume, including patterned endpapers using a human head motif. The text is in Finnish. Recently recased in brown cloth and quarter tan morocco, with a compartmented spine and red leather title labels, top edge gilt. About fine and absolutely striking.
Oxford and New York: Bodleian Libary and Alfred A. Knopf, 2009. First editions. Small octavos. This is a set of two editions of the same P.D. James' title, her "illuminating exploration" of the detective fiction genre. The first copy is the signed limited edition published by the Bodleian Library at Oxford,160 pages, this one being # 13 of 450 signed copies in gilt-stamped red boards, dustjacket and pictorial slipcase. The second copy is the first North American Trade edition, published in New York by Knopf in 2009, viii, 198 pages, bound in tan and red boards and a different-design (American) dustjacket. Perfect, flawless copies. The pair:. OK.
Paris: Les Peintres du Livre / Skira, 1967. Raoul Dufy. Large square octavo, unpaged, approximately 140 pages comprising verses by Apollinaire and profuse -- and absolutely vibrant -- wood engravings by Raoul Dufy. In this edition the wood engravings are printed on a deeper cream paper rather than the pure white used for the poems. An edition of 3,000 copies; this is number 572. Spine title a trifle dulled else just about fine in deep green cloth and a spinach green suedecloth slipcase, lightly worn and faded at the edges. The text is in French.