Philadelphia: Pennsylvania German Society, 1953. First edition. 24 cm x 15.5 cm, 169pp., illustrated with 24 color plates. There are two owner's bookplates on the front pastedown endpaper, that of Francis Waring Robinson, long-time curator at the Detroit Institute of Arts, and the other of Connecticut book collector Harold Corbin which, though not signed by him, was designed by Joe Blumenthal of the Spiral Press, who was a friend of Corbin's and whose work Corbin collected. Robinson has also signed the volume in pencil on the front free endpaper. Fine in faintly rubbed pictorial boards and a red cloth spine, just slightly worn and shelf-rubbed at the base.
New York: International Typeface Corporation, 1993. first edition. Octavo, 64 pages, with a foreword by Mark Batty, president of ITC, an introduction by Jerry Kelly, who curated the exhibit as well as designed the book, and two essays,"The Twentieth Century Type Specimen" and "Type Specimens in a Century of Typographical Change. The rest of the book is given to illustrations, printed in red and black, and a checklist of the exhibition. Fine and as new in heavy white wrappers with a dustjacket of Mohawk Ticonderoga Peach. The book was designed by Jerry Kelly and printed and bound at the Stinehour Press in Lunenberg, Vermont in an edition of 1,100 copies -- 500 for ITC, 100 for the Rochester Institute of Technology, and 500 given to The Typophiles as Monograph New Series Number 9. Laid in is an address label from the Stinehour Press addressed to a printer in Connecticut, with a handwritten note from Roderick Stinehour on a Stinehour alphabet card thanking the printer in Connecticut for information and material sent to him, and mentioning the typographic workshop Stinehour taught at Dartmouth. Undated, but the mailing label has a pencilled 1993 date on it.
Concord, N.H. and Boston: Edson C. Eastman and Lee & Shepard, 1872. tenth edition. Pocket-size: 6 5/8" x 4 1/2", 248 pages plus 7 pages of ads following the text of the book. There are two maps, a smaller foldout showing railroad routes to the White mountains, and a larger foldout map showing the White mountains and vicinity, prepared by C.H.V. Cavis. This map has two tears at the stub joining it to the book, and also at one of the folds and in one section, though without loss of text. There are a half-dozen or more half-page black and white illustrations, also a list of area altitudes and a wonderful list of boarding houses in the area, complete with the names of proprietors, how many people he can board, and the prices. Several pages are brown-stained from laid-in ferns and cloverleaves, some of which I have left in place. A previous owner's presentation inscription is on the front free endpaper, and laid in is a business card from Kiarsarge House in North Conway, showing the hotel and giving a list of places of interest in the area. A very good copy in terra-cotta cloth, lightly soiled and with a....
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1894. first edition. Two volumes, large octavo, (25cm x 17cm), xii, (4), 400; xii, 397 pages. This detailed pair of volumes called on experts in many fields to include 18 chapters, which include William Stoddard on Women in Their Business Affairs, Lillian Betts on the Principles of Housekeeping, Constance Cary Harrison on Society and Social Usages, P.G. Hubert on Occupations for Women, Kate Douglas Wiggin on the Training of children, Elizabeth Bisland, who raced Nellie Bly around the world for their publications post-Jules Verne, Thomas Wentworth Higginson on Books and reading, Samuel Parsons Jr. on the Home Grounds, and Helen Churchill Candee on House Building. There are 400 illustrations, including a dozen color chromolithographs, plus myriad drawings and photographs in black and white. The books are in extremely good condition. Most of the color plates retain their laid-in tissue guards, which have left left acidic stains on facing pages, and there are a few sprinkles of foxing on the endpapers, and a narrow paper split at the gutter margin threads on page 161. Otherwise,there is not a mark or dog-ear or stain in the pair of books, which is one of the most interesting Victorian...
New York: M. Evans and Company, 1976. First Edition. Quarto, 227 pages, with 157 black and white photographs by Ezra Stoller and others showing the versatile residential work of David Adler (1882-1949), much of it on Chicago's North Shore. There is a photographic portrait frontispiece of Adler, a long essay on the architect and his work, a chronology, a listing of books that composed Adler's architectural library, a memorial address, and an index. This is a fine copy, bound in deep blue cloth stamped with the title in gilt, in a somewhat worn and shelf-rubbed dustjacket, not price-clipped but with a few narrow tears to the edges and small chips to the top of the spine, now protected in mylar.
London: The Bookplate Society and the Victoria & Albert Museum, 1979. First edition. Oblong large octavo, 24pp., with a long descriptive text, a brief bibliography and 44 b/w illustrations of bookplates in England from 1574 to the mid-20th century. This was written to accompany an exhibit at the Victoria and Albert Museum. Faint rubbing at the corners else a fine copy in patterned heavy wrappers.
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 long ago 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. The Canadian Center for Architecture in Montreal owns a similar but slightly larger copy dated two years earlier. This set seems to be unrecorded. It consists of 21 large wooden blocks (2 3/4" x 1 5/16" x 5/8"), covered...
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.
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 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.