Berlin. Published by Universum-Verlagsanstalt, c. 1933, 48pp.of photographs, captions in German, French and English. The book shows pictures of Munchen,Nymphenburg, Schleissheim, Schloss Berg a. Starnbergersee, and Landshut mit Trausnitz. and is # 136 in the Deutschland-Bildheft" series. Paper uniformly browned else very good in slightly soiled wrappers.
Capetown, S.A. 1924. Softcover. Octavo, 67pp. Published by the Capetown Municipality and the South African railways and Harbours, and printed by the Cape Times, Capetown, and profusely illustrated in b/w. The top outside corner is a bit chewed, staples rusting, else good in pictorial wrappers, somewhat soiled, and with the rubber stamp of the South African government office in New York.
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 is 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.
Berlin. Published by Universum-Verlagssanstalt, undated (c. 1933), 2 small volumes in wrappers, 48 + 48pp. of b/w photographs, with captions in German, French and English. These are # 65 and # 66 in the "Deutschland-Bildheft" series. Paper uniformly browned else very good in wrappers. Two small volumes:.
Philadelphia: J. Murray Jordan, 1902. First edition. Softcover. 9 x 12", unpaged(58pp). With a brief text and 56 full-page b/w illustrations from photographs of Niagara Falls, including the town itself as well as the falls. Very good in grey wrappers with an elaborate design in red, gilt and black, just slightly rubbed.
Pretoria: Government Printer, 1947. A large color map, dated 1947, with an attractive heading and many tiny drawings throughout, and opening to approximately 39" by 30". The map itself is in fine condition, with almost no wear at the folds. It is presented in dark blue printed wrappers dated 1948, which are almost separated at the spine edge.
A paper map measuring 28 x 22", with places printed in blue, and sponsoring hotels and garages marked in red. The map covers an area from Elkton, Maryland to Henniker, New Hampshire, and Manchester, Vermont, and includes Long Island. It is in very good condition, and is folded into a printed cover, slightly worn, with 4 pp. of text. This copy is from the Nelson House, Poughkeepsie, New York, with a local map on the rear cover.
New York: Baker & Taylor, 1910. First edition. Hardcover. Large octavo, 112pp. The book is profusely illustrated with b/w photographs by the author and others, and consists of a set of nine letters sent by the author, who was editor of the Photographic Times, to readers of that publication. It would be interesting to take the book along a century later to the sites shown -- London, York, the lake country, Clovelly in Devon, Stratford, and other well-known sites. Very good in brown cloth stamped in green, black and gilt, slightly dulled and with spine ends just beginning to fray.
Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill, 1946. First edition. Hardcover. Octavo, 334pp. There are 19 b/w illustrations. This is one of Atherton's later books, and this copy is inscribed "Gertrude Atherton for Elsie Beer" on the title page in a rather shaky hand. Very good in blue cloth, soiled and chipped dustjacket.
Cedar Rapids, IA: Torch Press, 1950. First edition. Hardcover. Small octavo, 67pp. Privately printed for friends of the press, in an edition of 400 copies. An essay and listing of great books that explore or describe the natural world. Owner's inscription on the endpaper, else internally very good in slightly rubbed and soiled blue paper on boards, black cloth spine, title label. The front edge has a small indent mark, as if someone had banged the edge of a book against the edge of a table.
London: Allan Wingate, 1951. Nicolas Bentley. First edition. Octavo, viii, 136pp., with illustrations from paintings and engravings,and 15 extremely good drawings by Nicolas Bentley of some of London's more famous and infamous residents. A volume in "The Londoner's Library". with eight chapters on London district by district, plus a bibliography and an index of names. Fine in boards and a very good dustjacket.
New York: Golden Griffin Books / Arts, Inc. undated . Busse, Fritz. First edition. Oblong octavo, unpaged. Luminous watercolors and drawings by Fritz Busse and Meyer Berger's fine prose make this a lovely book about New York City. Just about fine in pictorial boards with two of Busse's watercolors as front and back cover, and a gilt-titled cloth spine.
Dusseldorf: Rheinische-Bergische Dr. 1965. First edition. Hardcover. 330 x 245mm., 335pp. With a bilingual text in German and English, and profuse color illustrations, some tipped in. Includes an article on Paul Klee. A beautifully produced book, bound in ivory silk on boards, metal Dusseldorf symbol in brass laid on the cover, in a clear plastic protective jacket.
Bruxelles: Bruylant-Christophe et Cie., Éditeurs, undated, c. 1890. first edition. Folio, three volumes, 612, 544, 520pp., with over a thousand b/w illustrations, and 18 full-page chromolithographs by Franz Meerts and Edwin Ganz, showing various occupations and costumes of the country -- a fisherman of Blankenberghe, a miner, a broom seller in Namur, a soldier in the infantry, a seller of vegetables, the egg merchant, and others. Occasional slight foxing, but overall very good in half brown pebbled morocco and green cloth with light wear to corners, gilt-stamped compartmented spines lightly faded to a pleasant lighter brown. A gorgeous set. The chromos are very good, but even better, I feel, are the hundreds of b/w gravures, that capture specific bits of scenery and architecture. Text in French.
New York: Appleton, 1872-74. First edition. Hardcover. 10 x 13". Two volumes: viii, 568; vi,576pp., with 49 steel engravings. Owner's 1875 signature in each volume, and the stamp of the West Cornwall/Hughes Memorial Library (a tiny village library, which never circulated the books). The usual foxing and paper browning, but a very good solid copy, in rubbed and nicked full brown morocco stamped in gilt and blind, all edges gilt.
City of Mexico: Sonora News Company, 1899(1895). First ed. thus. Octavo, vi, 7-351pp. Profusely illustrated with b/w photographs, and with a double-sided folding map showing both the country and city of Mexico following the index. Owner's name on first blank leaf, few brief pencil notes in text. An ex-Gunnery School copy, with cardpocket and slip, (never circulated) and the Gunnery bookplate, else internally very good. The maroon cloth binding is edge-rubbed, and with a mottled spine with the trace of a gummed label.
undated(c.1930). First edition. Softcover. Small octavo, 51pp. Printed in England, and published by the Paris-Lyons-Mediterranean Railway.The author was a renowned mountaineer, art critic and politician (1856-193 7). Thirty sepia illustrations and a folded map inside the rear cover. Both text and illustrations are very evocative, particularly to anyone who knows the area from a later time when it was far more crowded. Scattered light foxing else very good in lightly chipped and soiled pale tan wrappers, with the title and the PLM logo printed in orange.
London: Methuen, 1930. 2nd. rev. ed. Hardcover. 6 1/4 x 3 3/4", xv, 180pp. With a folding map, a plan of Cambridge, a plan of Ely cathedral, a railway map of Cambridgeshire on the front endpaper, and 25 b/w illustrations. Owner's pencil writing on half-title else very good in red cloth, somewhat soiled dustjacket. A volume in "The Little Guides" series.