1958. 12mo, unpaged. The book is a collection of six essays about Bertha Goudy, preceded by a foreword by Peter Beilenson. Each essay is a separate signature, written by a different friend and printed at a different press. Of an edition of 200 copies, this is number 196. Typographers and presses include Bruce Rogers, Mabel Dwiggins, Paul A. Bennett, George Macy, F.W. Goudy, the Thistle Press, the Peter Pauper Press, Jane Grabhorn, Joseph Blumenthal at the Spiral Press, the Marchbanks Press and the Pickering Press. Internally fine in edge-worn marbled paper on boards, black cloth spine.
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.
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).
1980. John De Pol. "produced by the members of the Goudy Chappel for their very dear Friend". 6 1/2 x 5", with separate signatures printed by friends, including the Press of the Iron Horse, the Stone House Press, the Artichoke Press, the Ron Press, the Private Press of Matilda and William Haywood, Thelma and John De Pol at the Endgrain Press, with a wood-engraved portrait of Dr.Leslie, (typographer and AIGA medalist), the Four Penny Press and the Herity Press, which has gathered the collection into lightweight printed blue wraps and heavier brown wrappers (now spine-sunned) with a paste-on title label.
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 was drawn 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.
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: 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...
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.
San Marino, California: The Huntington Library, 1942. Octavo, 35 pages, with a brief tribute to Updike, who died that year, by Max Farrand. The book includes a portrait of Updike as well as two photos of the Merrymount Press library, lists of books printed by the press and shown in this exhibit, plus notes about the work done by the press in different fields of printing. The pamphlet was printed at The Ward Ritchie Press, and was issued to accompany an exhibition at the Huntington Library in 1942. There is a quarter-inch closed tear to the fore edge of the pale orange wrappers, else fine.
Bronxville, New York: undated (c. 1971). Valenti Angelo. Octavo (24.6 cm), unpaged (18 pages), printed in black, red and grey-green, with a title-page drawing, a half-title decoration, a drawing of leaves as a chapter heading and the printer's device for the Press of Valenti Angelo on the colophon page. The book was printed by the Meriden Gravure Company on cream laid paper and stapled into heavy blue wrappers with Valenti Angelo's "VA" monogram in red. Fine.
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.
New York: Distributed Art Publishers, 2002. Sam Messer. first edition. Square octavo, 72pp,,with portraits of both Auster and his antiquated typewriter -- an Olympia -- on most pages, mostly in color and entirely drawn 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.
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: 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.
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: 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.
New York: Ives Washburn, Inc., 1952. Otto Fried. First American Edition. Octavo, 63pp., illustrated with drawings by Otto Fried on the title page, chapter headings and tailpieces, and with a delightful text and fine clear recipes. The book finishes with indexes for the recipes in both French and English, as well as "a diet for a day". A publisher's note on the cover states that the recipes are selected from a larger volume of French cooking by the same authors, in preparation. This was the first book together for Bertholle and Beck; the larger one that was planned eventually became "Mastering the Art of French Cooking", written with Julia Child. There is a discussion of this smaller book in Julia Child and Alex Prud'homme's "My Life in France", which notes that the slow sales of "What's Cooking in France" led them eventually to the collaboration with Julia Child. Very fine in blue, white and red wrappers on a blue plastic spiral binding.
Providence, R.I. Black Swan Letterpress Printing and Graphic Design, 1995. Narrow 12mo, unpaged (12pp.), a single signature, printed in green and brown on cream paper, with japanese paper endsheets, bound in a swan-pattern paper in an edition of 500 copies. The author, who has gone on to other fields of creative expression, has fun with her own name and its connection to swans. A business envelope with her new address at the time is laid in. Early work by this designer and artist. Fine.
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.
London: Faber & Gwyer, undated, c. 1929. Albert Rutherston. 12mo, 4 pages, with two drawings, one in color, by Albert Rutherston. Number 17 of The Ariel Poems, printed at the Curwen Press. Fine in blue wrappers, slightly darkened at the edges, and with a slight split to the bottom edge of the spine.
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.
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.