London: Hugh Evelyn, 1960. Elizabeth Beerbohm. First edition. Hardcover. Octavo, 61pp. A charming book, with attractrive page decorations in color by Elizabeth [Jungmann] Beerbohm (Max Beerbohm's last wife, whom he married just weeks before he died) Tiny smudge from removed price sticker on front pastedown endpaper else very good in orange paper on boards, mildly soiled and worn dustjacket.
Boston: Little, Brown, 1927. limited edition. Large octavo, xv,311pp. This copy is number 488 of 785 copies of the large paper edition signed by Rosenbach on a leaf inserted after the copyright page. There are 85 b/w illustrations of Rosenbach's amazing book-world, including pictures of books, writers and collectors, plus a color frontispiece of a page of the Gutenberg bible. A spare spine label is tipped in. Narrow paper crack to the inside front hinge, plus an owner's signature on the front free endpaper. A very good copy in lightly soiled and rubbed tan paper on boards and a brown cloth spine, without a slipcase.
Northampton, MA: Catawba Press, 1980. Leah Palmer Preiss. First ed. thus. Small octavo, unpaged (12pages). "One hundred and fifty copies of this essay, handset in Bembo types, were printed on Warren's Olde Style paper by Barbara Blumenthal at the Catawba Press, Northampton, Massachusetts. The illustration is reproduced from a drawing by Leah Palmer Preiss". The booklet contains an essay on books as objects, and is very fine in burnt orange wrappers, with the prospectus laid in. This is copy # 134, and is inscribed "To Deborah Benson Covington / 13 November 1980 / Barbara Blumenthal."
Chicago: The Black Archer Press, 1931. First ed. thus. Hardcover. Small octavo. An edition of 445 copies, viii + 122 numbered pages (actually, 244pp, as all verso pages are unnumbered), with numerous illustrations of title pages, an introduction by Targ, and bibliographical information for the " foremost American First Editions from 1640 to the present". Endpapers slightly browned but internally very good in slightly rusty black cloth, with a branch and vine design in gilt on the front cover. This copy is inscribed by Targ: "For Deborah, who was not even a gleam in the eye when this was conceived. She knows much more about books than I did when I perpetrated this! Love and kisses. Bill Targ."
Chicago. Published by the American Medical Association Press, 1925, a reprint of a special article published in the Journal of the American Medical Association about the author's father, Robert B. Pusey of Elizabethtown, Kentucky. 12mo, 24pp., 5 b/w illustrations. Doctor Pusey was president of the A.M.A. and wrote widely on dermatology and other medical issues, but this small volume is a taste of American medical history in the 19th century, and now, over 125 years later than the story, extremely nostalgic. Light browning and foxing throughout else very good in slightly rubbed olive cloth stamped gilt.
London: Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown, Green & Longman, 1833. First edition. Large octavo, xx, 1138pp., "illustrated by nearly 100 lithographs and above 2,000 engravings on wood". Collated and complete. There are about fifty contributors to the designs -- architects, cabinet-makers, upholsterers and others, credited on the title page. This remains one of his greatest books, gathering together plans for everything from workmans' cottages to country villas, and for their outbuildings and interior furnishings. Lucidly written and fascinating to read. This copy has some waterstaining, an 1833 signature (John Smythe) on the first blank page, the same name stamped in a small circle on the title page, a tiny wormhole on the fore edge from page 913 through page 957, an inked note on the last page, as well as general page browning and soil. A solid copy, without a half-title, internally good to very good, and recently recased in quarter tan calf and marbled paper on boards, with new endpapers, and with a compartmented spine and a claret leather title label.
London: Charles Tilt, 1837. First edition. Quarto, viii,169pp., errata leaf. The book is illustrated with 50 full-page engraved plates on heavy stock by R. Garland. The plates, which include a vignette title page, show internal and external views of six cathedrals, including Rouen, Amiens, Notre Dame, Chartres, Beauvais and Evreux. There is scattered mild foxing to some pages and plates, and most tissue-guards are absent, (with no indication that they had ever been present). This is a very good copy recased in modern grey linen on boards, with a gilt-ruled red morocco spine and new endpapers.
New Britain, CT: Art Press, 1979. First edition. Hardcover. Miniature book, 2 5/1" x 2"., xiv, 84,(2)pages. An edition of 1,000 copies, with the design, typography and binding by Massmann, a listing of the publications of Achille St.Onge (1913-1978), with two tiny tipped-in photographic portraits of St. Onge. Fine in full red calf stamped gilt and housed in an ivory paper sleeve, lightly soiled and foxed, with a paper title patch.
Chicago: Pascal Covici, 1927. First edition thus. Large octavo, 286pp. #508 of 760 copies, and the first book printed in the Procopius type face, designed by Douglas McMurtrie. The book has a color frontispiece (signed only ND), and is signed by Richard Atwater and Douglas McMurtrie. Two-inch paper break at the inner front hinge else about fine in heavily gilt-stamped blue cloth, top edge gilt, other edges untrimmed.
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.
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.
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 (a picture 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...
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.
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.