Atlanta, Georgia: The Tinhorn Press, 1967. William L. Sweney. first edition. 9" x 5 7/8", 23 cm x 15 cm, (20pp.). "Two hundred copies of this book were printed from handset Caslon types at The Tinhorn Press, Atlanta , Georgia, in autumn 1967", with a title-page drawing in sanguine and two other full-page drawings in black and white by William L. Sweney. A printed "compliments" bookmark, reproducing part of the title page drawing, is laid in. The book is stitched into thin patterned paper with yapped edges. Fine.
Purdys, New York: The Adventure Library, 1994. First Adventure Library edition. Octavo, xx, 214 pages, with 16 pages of color photographs, other maps and drawings by Dee Molenaar (of the 3rd Expedition) and an endpaper map by Richard L. Birdsall. The book, describing the dfficult third ascent by an American team of this peak in the Karakorum on the borders of Pakistan and China, was first published n 1954. An absolutely fine copy, unread and as new in pictorial boards and a grey buckram spine stamped claret and gilt, issued without a dustjacket. w.
London: The Fleuron, 1926. First edition. 7 1/2" x 4 3/4", (19cm x 12cm), x,39,(20)pp. A small book, but it encompasses the 12 pages of the monthly almanac for 1926, with headings drawn by Randolph Schwabe, an amusing article on the well-dressed book by Harold Child, a catalogue raisonné of books printed at the Curwen Press from 1924 to 1925, a tipped-in bookplate by Gordon Craig, the titlepage of de la Mare's Ding Dong Bell, a wood engraving by Paul Nash, and quite a lot more in the same genre, all well printed at the Curwen Press, Plaistow. Slight foxing to endpapers else very good in green paper on boards, slightly edgeworn, and a claret cloth spine, without a dustjacket. This is #285 of 425 copies.
Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1905. first edition. 8 5/8" x 6 1/2", (22 cm x 16cm), xxiv, 4, 341 pages. with 160 black and white illustrations after photographs from life by the author. Herbert Job (1864-1933) was a lecturer, bird photographer, and the economic ornithologist of Connecticut. A letter from President Theodore Roosevelt, speaking of a Job book, follows the preface, with a facsimile of his handwriting and signature in the postscript. Job accompanied Roosevelt on several of his natural-history trips, and in this book ranges widely from egrets in Florida to the shore birds of the Magdalen Islands in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, with chapters on owls and hawks, some of it close to his home base in Kent, Connecticut. President Roosevelt, though unwilling to give up a gun with which to kill y"varmints", very much liked Job's substitution of a camera. There is an owner's signature and bookplate on the front endpapers, otherwise this is a very good copy bound in gilt-stamped blue cloth with a gilt design of birds on the front and back covers and spine, just lightly shelf-rubbed. Highly readable.
New York: J. Disturnell, 1836. James Smillie. first edition. 5 1/8" x 3 1/4", 71 numbered pages, with two fold-out colored maps of the Hudson River and Vicinity and New York State, and a frontispiece engraving of the Steamboat Landing, Foot of Courtlandt Street, drawn by C. Burton and engraved by [James] Smillie. The two maps, though complete, are, in one case, torn through at the folds, and, in the other, show old tape at many of the folds. The book finishes with a listing of works recently published by J. Disturnell, which include gift books as well as the travellers' guides for both the east and the western parts of the country. Disturnell (1801-1872) was a printer and book dealer, as well as librarian of the Cooper Union. The Guide is in its original publisher's brown cloth, with a worn paper title label and some loss to the backstrip, rear board detached. The real interest in this specific copy is the 4-page pencilled account of a trip that started on 24 July 1839 in New York, and is a series of one-line list of expenses, such as "Railroiad and Steamer to Montreal -- $5.00", "Dinner at Ticonderoga -- $1.00", which are a vivid picture of that era.
Boston: S.D. Warren Company, 1956. Guido and Lawrence Rosa. Oblong octavo, 5 7/8" x 9", [32pp]. The book, published by a historic paper company, starts with a brief essay describing the book's interior, which is a suite of 13 drawings by Guido and Lawrence Rosa, printed on examples of Warren's Olde Style watermarked paper, blank sheets of which form the last half of this paper sample book. The drawings range from views of Plymouth, Philadelphia, Mount Vernon and Monticello to early homes of Salt Lake City, and then to Santa Barbara and Monterey. Interrnally fine in mildly soiled ivory cover paper from Warren.
Santa Fe, New Mexico: The Owings Gallery, 2010. Small square 12mo, (6" x 6"), a beautifully produced catalogue to accompany an exhibition at the Owings Gallery. An edition f 3200 copies and 64 pages, the book is illustrated in color on almost every page. Henderson (1877-1943), after an eastern upbringing and spells in Chicago and elsewhere, settled with his tubercular wife in Santa Fe, where he participated in the first group art show at the Museum of Fine Arts, and also turned to architecture and furniture design. A fine copy in heavy pictorial wrappers.
Los Angeles: Dawson's Book Shop, 1984. 9 3/8" x 6 1/8", ix, 55 pages. After a foreword by Davies, seven chapters deal with Ward Ritchie's life and career, utilizing excerpts from his own writings and 11 photographs. This is followed by a list of books selected by the AIGA for the 50 Best Books of the Year, the locations at which Ward Ritchie practiced printing, a list of imprints he used, and two lists of books either about Ward Ritchie or written by him. It is an edition of 300 copies designed by Vance Gerry and printed by Patrick Reagh, Printers, bound in plain white wrappers with a tan and blue paste-paper dustjacket. Fine.
Santa Monica, CA: Kenneth Karmiole, 1990. first edition. 8 1/2" x 5 1/2" , unpaged, but with 90 numbered plates, one to a page, plus pages for the introduction, bibliography and index. The book was issued in an edition of 300 copies, designed by Ward Ritchie, printed by Premier Printing Corporation and bound in brown and white paper on boards with a black cloth gil-ttitled spine by Kater-Krafts.The plates are arranged chronologically, from 1925 to 1990. Top edge slightly speckled, else fine in boards, and signed by Ward Ritchie on the half-title.
New York: The Dial Press, 2008. First edition. 8 1/2" x 5 3/4", 277 pages. A candidate for anyone who collects books-made-into-movies, this extremely charming novel is of course worth a read for its own sake, chronicling as it does the lives of people affected by, and living through, the German occupation of Guernsey in World War II. A few small yellow spots at the top of a rear blank leaf else a fine copy in pale tan boards and a pictorial dustjacket.
Milan: New Directions, 1948. first edition. 4" x 3", 10cm x 7.5cm, unpaged (32pp). Not Laughlin's first book of poems, but an early one, and definitely what it says -- small! It was printed in Milan in June, 1948 this copy being number 302 in an edition of 500 copies, 450 of them for New Directions, and 50 special copies for the publisher, Giovanni Scheiwiller. The book, which contains over 20 brief poems, is bound in a thin flexible cardboard with a blue integral dustjacket, now worn on the botton edge and agreeably sunned at the spine.
London: Frederick Warne, 1867. Hardcover. 3 3/4 x 2 3/4", (9.5cm x 6.5cm), 95pp. A volume in the "Warne's Bijou Books" series, with a colored lithographic frontispiece and title (both with vertical creases), and a printed title page with a small scrape that obliterates a few letters in the publisher's name and location at the foot of the page. A delightful text with information on how to behave while eating, as well as how to portion out a saddle of mutton (and many other cuts as well). Light wear, faint vertical crease, many b/w illustrations in the text. The brittle title page paper is cracking at top and bottom. Bound in blind- and gilt-stamped brown cloth covering flexible boards, all edges gilt, spine edges showing wear. The picture in gilt on the front cover shows a man and a woman at their dinner table. The last page gives a listing of Warne's Bijou Books (at that point, 21 of them).
Paris. A collection of five works by the French Symbolist poet (1892-1960), laid in a custom blue buckram clamshell case lined with patterned paste paper and a somewhat edgeworn pebbled morocco spine, and with a leather title patch reading "Oeuvres de Paul Fort", somewhat rubbed. The works, each measuring 29cm x 19cm, are in French and in wrappers, and were destined for members of the "Groupe des Amis de Paul Fort". They are as follows: LA POESIE DE PARIS, Paris: Aux Editions de la Marjolaine, 1930, #91/651 copies, 55pp., drawings by Paul Velsch, inscribed by Fort, signed and dated 21 May 1931. CONTES DE MA SOEUR L'OIE, Paris: Armand Jules Klein, 1930, unpaged, with a lithograph of Paul Fort, other illustrations by Gino Severini, 42 / 530 copies, initialled, with a cancel leaf identifying the owner of this copy, and with a long inscription and poem, signed and initialled by Fort. This copy is somewhat foxed on the earliest pages, and the rear wrapper is slightly torn. L'AMOUR ENFANT DE BOHEME. Paris: Armand Jules Klein,1930, quarto, unpaged, 59/500 copies, initialled by Fort on the colophon, inscribed and signed by him on the endpaper, and with a maxim, handwritten and initialled...
New York: Nyehaus Foundation, 2005. The work shown in this exhibition catalogue is by the Romanian-American artist Serge Spitzer, 1951-2012, who worked in New York. The parts to the catalogue are enclosed in a legal-size heavy cardboard folder, 14 3/4" x 10 1/2", with a brilliant yellow pleated cloth spine, and what look to be a random series of number labels on the edge of the rear panel. Once opened, there is a 16-page essay by Trevor Smith, "At Play With the Rules of the Game: Serge Spitzer at Nyehaus", two large b/w photographic illustrations of two of Spitzer 's installations, including ReCycle and Quiver, the artists's biography and a bibliography. Following that, an open-ended envelope holds a collection of eight sheets of paper, some trimmed, some nearly blank, some with blue or red graph lines, and two with thin non-linear tracks across the page in red ink. Next, laid in, is a folded gallery poster for this show, which, unfolded, measures 33 " x 27" -- and is absolutely striking. The last item is an open-top pocket containing photographs in color of more works, including Law Blanks, Deadload-Deadlock, Upload, and Leather Ball. As new.
Branford, Connecticut: The Penny-Whistle Press, 1983. first edition. Octavo, (9 3/8" x 6", 23.5cm x 15.5cm), 36 pages. This is an edition of 100 copies, designed and printed by John O.C. McCrillis, a typographer for the Yale University Press as well as the owner and printer of Penny-Whistle, on Mohawk Superfine Text, with linocuts from 19th century illustrations. The two stories are from Irving's "Sketch Book" and were produced to commemorate the 200th anniversary of Irving's birth. The book is sewn into Mohawk ivory cover stock, with a cover illustration printed in deep pink. This copy bears the signature of Joseph Francis Weiler, typographer, on the front endpaper. Fine.
Denby Dale, Huddersfield (UK): Fleece Press, 1998. Oblong 12mo, 5 1/4" x 7", 13.2cm x 17.6cm, 12 pages, with descriptions by Simon Lawrence of upcoming volumes (and other observations), a title page wood engraving plus one other by Derrick Harris, a tipped-on square of blue patterned binding paper by Edwina Ellis, and a delightful quote, as follows: "Please do not send money until requested, as it lessens the printer's motivation to see the job finished." The prospectus was printed in an edition of 760 copies, and is bound in pale tan wrappers titled in red. Fine.
London: Victor Gollancz, 1929. First edition. 6" x 9 3/4"; 24.5cm x 15.5cm. 102 pages. This is an edition of 750 copies of this five-part poem, of which 250 are for sale in America. All of them are signed by both the French-Jewish poet Edmond Fleg (1874-1963) and his translator, Humbert Wolfe. Top edge gilt, other edges untrimmed. There is a bookplate on the front pastedown endpaper, otherwise this is a fine copy bound in black cloth titled in gilt.
Clara Tice. This is an original hand-colored etching by Clara Tice, the American artist and illustrator. The plate block measures 3 1/2" by 4 7/8"and is printed on a sheet of ivory Aiglon watermarked paper. It is signed "Clara Tice" in pencil below the [plate lower right, and without a limitation. Clara Tice, 1888-1973, was a New York avant-garde artist and illustrator of considerable fame and acclaim in the1920s, when she produced many etchings of nudes and illustrations for a dozen or more books, including an ABC of Dogs and a four-volume edition of "The Palaces of Pleasure". This etching could have been "P for Poodle", but is here offered singly. The print has never been matted, and is thus free of any traces of tape or glue, and is small enough to be shipped flat.
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1964. Joseph Schindelman. First edition. Octavo, 161 pages, with profuse black and white drawings by Joseph Schindelman. This is the true first edition (the English edition was not published until 1967), and is the first issue, with six lines of printing information on the last page, a price of $3.95 on the dustjacket, mustard endpapers, and no ISBN on the rear dustjacket panel. As called for in the first issue, the Oompa-Loompas are black, not orange or white. This copy is internally fine, without names, inscriptions or marks of any kind. It is bound in burgundy cloth with a title medallion stamped in blind on the front panel and a spine title in gilt. The top edge is stained pale plum. There is possibly a hint of fingerprints on the rear panel near the outside margin. Two dustjackets are included, the original and a facsimile. The original dustjacket is complete and without tears or nicks, though there is a crease at the top of one flap and light wear to spine ends. However, the jacket shows considerable soil and foxing on both front and back. The facsimile dustjacket is new and perfect. An extremely good copy.
New York: Norton, 1990. Third printing of the paperback edition, octavo, 79pp., slight creasing to edges, a few pale spots of foxing to the last pages, else very good in heavy wrappers. This copy is inscribed by Sarton on the half-title to poet and biographer Honor Moore: "To honor Honor, with love from M", and signed May Sarton, York, July '90. Laid in is a 20-line typed letter signed, dated July 6, '90, writing from York (Maine), to Honor (Moore), writing of her mother and critiquing Moore's new play. Sarton also writes of her illness and heart problems. The letter is signed "Love from MS", and is on a single sheet of 8 1/2 x 11" lavender paper, slightly spotted, with numerous hand-written corrections to her shaky typewriting.
Charlottesville, VA: University Press of Virginia, 1978. First edition. Hardcover. Large octavo, unpaged  pages.The book is a collection of quatrains and is also an alphabet book.The text is printed in black ink, with large color initials as headings in red, blue, green, brown and ochre. The book was beautifully printed at the Stinehour Press in Lunenberg, Vermont, and is number 884 in the bibliography of the press. The design is by Freeman Keith, who was one of Stinehour's book producers. The elegant, winged A and Z letters that form the two-panel dustjacket, though not credited, are surely the work of calligrapher Stephen Harvard, whose very similar treatment appears on a History of Photography also printed by Stinehour. A very fine copy, and, like other books printed by Stinehour, a total pleasure to hold in one's hand.
Risbury, Herefordshire: The Whittington Press, 1997. Miriam Macgregor. Oblong quarto, unpaged, with a brief text followed by 13 full-page wood engravings, following the tree from one spring equinox to the next, with the text printed in warm brown ink, the beautiful wood engravings in black. Eventually the tree falls, and the last text page says, simply "and so on..." This copy is number 243 of 385 copies set in 12-pt Bell and printed at Whittington on Zerkall mould-made papers and one of 300 bound by The Fine BIndery in May, 1997, in printed terra-cotta pattern papers with an apple-tree design, and housed in a slipcase. Fine, as issued.
Rochester, NY: Press of the Good Mountain, 1964. 12mo, 26pp., an edition of 500 copies issued as Typophiles Monograph Number 75, with several commentaries on Elmer Adler and his printing activities, and with illustrations printed in brown ink showing various artists' versions of his Pynson Printers pressmark. Fine in buff wrappers.
Austin, Texas: W. Thomas Taylor, 1991-1995. A complete run of 16 issues of this superlative periodical, starting with Volume I, Number 1, for October, 1991, through Summer of 1995. Numbers 13-14 and 15-16 are double issues bound as one, for a total of 14 separate quarto volumes in beautifully printed heavy wrappers. Fine as issued.