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Marcel, [Jean Joseph].

Published by Alexandria, Imprimerie orientale et franēaise, an VI [1798]. (1798)

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Item Description: Alexandria, Imprimerie orientale et française, an VI [1798]., 1798. Small 4to. 16 pp. Modern brown half calf with red label to giltstamped spine, bound to style. The first book ever printed in Egypt, unquestionably the rarest and most important of the early books printed in the Middle East, published in the very year when modern printing was introduced to the Arab world. Only in October 1798 did J. J. Marcel arrive in Cairo with his employees and types to organize the Imprimerie Orientale. "The expedition of Napoleon Bonaparte to Egypt from 1798 until 1801 was a prelude to modernity. It was to change permanently the traditional Arab world [.] The French brought Arabic typography to Egypt, where it was practised under the supervision [.] of Jean Joseph Marcel [.]. Only a few days after the French troops landed [.] they set up the Imprimerie Orientale et Française there. It was an extraordinarily important turning point. For, leaving aside the Hebrew printing presses in Egypt of the 16th to the 18th centuries, until this date announcements and news adressed to Arabs there, as well as in other parts of the Arab-Islamic world, had been spread only in hand-writing or orally, by criers, preachers or storytellers" (Glass/Roper). - Slightly spotty in places, but well preserved. No copy in auction records or in libraries within the Arab world. Geiss, Imprimerie en Égypte, p. 146, no. 1. D. Glass/G. Roper, The Printing of Arabic Books in the Arab World, in: Middle Eastern Languages and the Print Revolution (Gutenberg Museum Mainz 2002), p. 177-225, at 182. Querard V, 506. Bigmore/Wyman, II, 22. Schnurrer (Bibliotheca Arabica) 140 note. OCLC 245958561. For the importance of the first modern printing press in the Arab world cf. also Albert Hourani, Arabic Thought in the Liberal Age 1798-1939 (Cambridge University Press 1983). Bookseller Inventory # 44376

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PIAN, JEAN BAPTISTE DE].

Published by Vienna J. de Pian and L. Müller 1842-44 (1842)

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Item Description: Vienna J. de Pian and L. Müller 1842-44, 1842. Folio. 26ff. Twenty-six color lithographs after Jean Baptiste de Pian, printed and finished by hand by the noted Viennese lithographers Leopold Müller, Johann Höfelich and M. R. Toma, each tipped into mounts and matted. Each plate in this series has a large letter of the alphabet fully incorporated as part of the internal decoration or architectural structure of various buildings, set in realistic landscapes. The buildings range from traditional European domestic architecture to exotic Babylonian and Egyptian temples, Moorish mosques, Indian porticoes adorned with stone elephants, and a Chinese palace. The illustrations directly reference many periods and styles of art and architecture, including the Classical, Baroque, Eclectic, Gothic, and Romantic movements. In his essay on Pian's alphabet, Dr. Anton Durstmüller notes that the letters also correspond with architectural elements in the scenes. In one illustration, the letter F forms the shape of a kitchen hearth, which is "Feuerstätte" in German. The illustrations are imaginative and nuanced, with attention to the finest architectural details. Jean Baptiste de Pian, also known as Giovanni Battista de Pian, belonged to a family of Italian artists who immigrated from Venice to Vienna in the late 18th century. Jean Baptiste's father and grandfather were both draughtsmen, painters, and engravers who also worked as set designers for the Imperial Court Theater of Vienna. This set is extremely rare; only one other copy has sold at auction in the last thirty-five years. A facsimile was published in Vienna in 1973, a copy of which accompanies this set. Housed in a blue board folding case. Some imprints slightly shaved, most lower imprints cropped, adhesion abrasion from old matting on a few images, minor marginal soiling, and scattered foxing. With the bookplate of Arthur and Charlotte Vershbow inside the front cover of the box. (Durstmüller, Ein Schmuckalphabet Aus Wien). Bookseller Inventory # 25299

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ISBN 10: 1770664424 ISBN 13: 9781770664425

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Item Description: Beaver Books, 2012. Book Condition: Very Good. N/A. Great condition for a used book! Minimal wear. Bookseller Inventory # GRP70391433

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Item Description: Beaver Books, 2012. Book Condition: Good. N/A. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Bookseller Inventory # GRP76333458

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WARHOL, Andy

Published by [New York: Andy Warhol (1953)

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Item Description: [New York: Andy Warhol, 1953. First Edition. Unbound octavo. Loose lithographs in a vellum folder as issued, this copy lacking the typewritten octagonal label, but SIGNED by Warhol on the vellum, presumably at publication, as "Andrew Morningstar". Additionally, Warhol has also SIGNED the vellum in a later hand, and SIGNED and initialed one of the plates, and initialed another. Warhol's first pre-pop artists' book, self-published, featuring a series of 26 offset monochrome lithographs, one for each letter of the alphabet, with text by Ralph T. Ward. Warhol would commonly give his self-published books away to friends, publishers, clients, etc. Plates very lightly toned, else fine in the near fine glassine jacket, with a few small tears along the spine, housed in a custom-made slipcase. A beautiful survival. OCLC lists a single copy at Princeton. Bookseller Inventory # 18553

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Published by Tr?carr? (1999)

ISBN 10: 2892498732 ISBN 13: 9782892498738

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Item Description: Tr?carr?, 1999. Book Condition: Very Good. N/A. Great condition for a used book! Minimal wear. Bookseller Inventory # GRP76171720

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Published by La Sir?ne Sources (2001)

ISBN 10: 2840452189 ISBN 13: 9782840452188

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Item Description: La Sir?ne Sources, 2001. Book Condition: Good. N/A. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Bookseller Inventory # GRP72620609

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Published by La Sir?ne Sources (2001)

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Item Description: La Sir?ne Sources, 2001. Book Condition: Very Good. N/A. Ships from the UK. Former Library book. Great condition for a used book! Minimal wear. Bookseller Inventory # GRP68844335

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Saint-Victor, Beauvalet de.

Published by Np, ca. 1840) (1840)

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Item Description: Np, ca. 1840), 1840. 9 1/4 x 11 3/4. 120 pages. The album is comprised of 12 alphabets of 25 letters (there is no "W") on rectos of thick, smooth paper. There are also a title page, an index, and 10 section titles preceeding the ten major alphabets of ornamented initials. These are lettered in black & red and signed "par Beauvalet St. Victor." The other 2 alphabets are single leaves of simple initial letters (Lombardic caps) written in red, outlined in gold. Bound in full wine morocco (upper joint lightly rubbed) in Medieval style, ca. 1896 for J. E. Woodhead. Fine, in felt-lined slipcase. Saint-Victor's watercolored & gilded letters are his own creations, derived from Medieval sources. Many shimmer with metallic colors from a process the artist invented. The letters are all majuscules (Onciales du 9e au 11e siecles, 12e siecle, 12e au 14e siecles; Gothiques Ornˇes, Anglais Ornˇes, Majuscules d'Eglise, d'Eglise Ornˇe, Alphabet de Romain Droit Ornˇ et Ombrˇ, and (in a closing crescendo) Majuscules Choisies Ornˇs 12e au 14e. Letters are variously one, two, or 4 to a page, separated by a gilt rules. Saint-Victor is best known for two works. The first is a practical manual of 280 pages published in 1835, "Aquarelle-Miniature Perfectionnˇe reflets mˇtallique et chatoyans et peintre a l'huile sur velous en six le¨ons." (A copy, mising a few illustrations, accompanies this Album.) The artist describes his technique for stencilling watercolors from pigment recipes that produced lustrous effects, then finishing them by hand. The other is the extremely rare "Vases Grecs et Etrusques" illustrated from stencils and "peints d'apres sa nouvelle decouverte metallique." We have not been able to locate another album such as this. Woodhead was a prominent c19 Chicago businessman. His name is stamped in gilt at base of spine; he has penciled his name in tiny letters and the date '96 at top corner of title page. Bookseller Inventory # 14275

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Felixmüller, Conrad und Londa:

Published by Dresden, Selbstverlag, (1925)

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Item Description: Dresden, Selbstverlag, 1925. Zweifarbig gedruckter Holzschnitt-Titel und 15 eigenhändig kolorierte und signierte Holzschnitt-Tafeln von Conrad Felixmüller. Söhn 348-363. Pressler 25. Ziersch, Bilderbuch, 182. Rifkind Coll. 617. Jentsch 154. Pommeranz-Liedtke S. 180. Eines von 100 num. Exemplaren auf Bütten. Druckvermerk und sämtl. Holzschnitte vom Künstler signiert. Eines der wenigen Exemplare, die Felixmüller koloriert und auf jedem Blatt signiert hat. Unterhalb der letzten Darstellung mit eigh. Vermerk vom Künstler: "Eigenhändig coloriert - Conrad Felixmüller" (laut Söhn wurden nur etwa 10 Exemplare vom Künstler koloriert). Auf dem Titel- und dem Schlußblatt wird in Holzschnitt erläutert: "Für meine Kinder Luca und Titus und für die Kinder meiner Freunde gezeichnet und in Holz geschnitten . Unter meiner Aufsicht in der Firma F. Emil Boden Dresden im Dezember 1925 gedruckt." Schön koloriertes ABC-Buch mit Tier-, Zirkus-, Spiel- und Märchenszenen, bei dem Felixmüller ebenso wie die Autorin der Verse das Kunststück vollbringen mussten, immer 2 aufeinanderfolgende Buchstaben des Alphabets in 1 Bild und 1 Zweizeiler zu bringen: "Ein Riese ist der Elefant. Der Fotograf knipst ihn gewandt. - Die Katze sieht zum Fenster raus, und Luca schneidet Bilder aus". - 8 Bl. mit kl. Wasserfleck im oberen w. R., Vorsätze erneuert. - Insges. schönes und farbfrisches Exemplar, komplett signiert sehr selten. Sprache: de Gewicht in Gramm: 550 27,5 x 35 cm. Halbpergamentband d. Z. mit vergold. Rückentitel. Bookseller Inventory # 16429

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MIDOLLE, JEAN].

Published by N.p. (1845) (1845)

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Item Description: N.p. (1845), 1845. Octavo. (26)ff. A manuscript alphabet book of calligraphic paintings, signed by the artist. Includes title page, twenty-four letters, and "Fin." A renowned nineteenth-century Swiss calligrapher and miniature-painter, Midolle executed his alphabets in the gothic style of lettering to resemble the text of a medieval manuscript, and often decorated his work elaborately. Although a leading figure in the field of chromolithography, Midolle also handcolored his work in the fashion of the miniature paintings found in fifteenth-century French illuminated books. Entirely hand drawn, Alphabet Gothique is executed in such a style, with each elaborately detailed letter rendered in bright colors that have retained their vibrancy to a remarkable degree. Multi-colored flowers, birds, and serpents are prevalent as compositional motifs, intertwined with the letters themselves. Bound in brown morocco with a cover design by noted American collector Cornelius Hauck. The design depicts an oak tree in brown and green morocco onlays. The tree is situated behind three arched and spired portals in gilt that suggest a cathedral. The spine also incorporates portions of the design. Gilt dentelles and silk endpapers complete this handsome binding, which is a fitting complement to the exquisite artwork inside. A.e.g. Very fine. (McLean, p. 83). Bookseller Inventory # 20975

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SHAHN, BEN; BEN SHAHN; PAUL BONET

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Item Description: 1954. BOUND BY PAUL BONET SHAHN, Ben. The Alphabet of Creation: An Ancient Legend from the Zohar. Illustrated by Ben Shahn. 4to., 272 x 167 mm, bound by Paul Bonet in a full polished red and black calf binding with Hebraic-like alphabetic onlays on both covers, with matching chemise and slipcase; the original cloth binding bound-in. New York: Printed at the Spiral Press for Pantheon, 1954. A superb example of twentieth-century bookbinding from the greatest French practitioner of the art. Laid in are three autograph letters from Paul Bonet to the person who commissioned the binding, and a typed letter, signed from Ben Shahn concerning the book itself. One of 50 copies containing an original signed drawing by Shahn, of a total edition of 550 copies, with the colophon also signed by Shahn. The delicate calf chemise and slipcase are in near-fine condition. A Century of Artists Books, p. 109. Bookseller Inventory # 118572

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Item Description: 1856, 1856. A superb, manuscript wild flower alphabet. The text is by Louise Thomas, of Eyhorne House. Hollingbourne, Kent. The illumination, calligraphy and watercolours are by Lady Strange. An album consisting of a title page illuminated in gold, with indents. 14 leaves of manuscript, illuminated with fine watercolours and very fine calligraphy and gold leaf decoration. The final leaf has 'Lady Strange fecit 1868'. Bound in dark green velvet with red watered silk endpapers. The front board has ornamental, intricate gold brocade decoration. Housed in a green watered silk folder and dark green silk slip case. The whole production is of superior quality and is the finest example we have seen for sale in 40 years. It would appear that Louise Thomas commissioned Lady Strange to execute the work for at least 2 of her daughters, this copy coinciding with the coming of age of her daughter Mary. One is held at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London (see note below) it is unknown whether or not all the children received such a gift. The date on the V & A example would coincide with her daughter, Louise Charlotte, coming of age. Louise Thomas was born in Dorking in 1810 and married Richard Thomas around 1840. They had five daughters and a son and kept a house which included a footman, a gardener and five servants. Louise lived to the ripe old age of 101. Their children were Ella (1840), Louisa (1844), Bertha (1845) Mary (1847) Richard (1849) and Louise Charlotte 1850). Bookseller Inventory # 42806

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Wynne, John Huddlestone.)

Published by First published by George Riley in 1772, and taken through many editions, notably by the firm of Newbery; the tenth edition being published by John Harris in 1806 (1806)

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Item Description: First published by George Riley in 1772, and taken through many editions, notably by the firm of Newbery; the tenth edition being published by John Harris in 1806, 1806. Each card measures portrait: 10.6 x 6.8 cm. Each has the letter in upper and lower case above a hand-coloured wood engraved emblem, beneath which is a single word that sums up the quality of character depicted in the emblem; below a five line moral, with each word are divided into syllables. Each card has a decorative border. Lacking the card for F. A facsimile supplied from a variant set in the Cotsen collection. There is some minor spotting and browning and soiling; 4 of the cards have creases â€" 'Z ' being particularly creased and consequently frail; else a very good set contained in a recent folding drop-backed morocco gilt box. The cards were probably issued in a printed wrapper, without which it is impossible to determine the publisher or the date. However, the paper is clearly 18th century, and the publisher is probably the firm of Newbery. The first two editions of Wynne's Choice Emblems (1772 & 1775) were issued solely by the publisher George Riley; the third and fourth editions jointly by Riley and a member of the Newbery family. From the fifth edition onwards, until John Harris took over the firm of Elizabeth Newbery, all editions were issued solely with the Newbery imprint. Alphabet cards of this date are of the greatest rarity. Teaching aids and games, issued by the firm of Newbery, with one or two exceptions in the case of table games, are virtually unheard of. Rare. Previously known only by the set held at The Cotsen Children's Library. Bookseller Inventory # 12703

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Lucy Floyd

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ISBN 10: 0528821458 ISBN 13: 9780528821455

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Item Description: Rand McNally. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Boards Have Heavy Shelfwear. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0528821458

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Tina Rae, Karen Simmons

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ISBN 10: 1873942699 ISBN 13: 9781873942697

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Item Description: SAGE Publications Ltd. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Book and CD. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX1873942699

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Laura Gates Galvin, Steven James Petruccio (Illustrator), Joanie Popeo (Illustrator), Walter Stuart (Illustrator), Stephen Marchesi (Illustrator)

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Item Description: Soundprints Corp Audio. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Hardcover book with CD. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX1592496903

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Konashevich, Vladimir

Published by Golike I Vilborg, Petrograd (1918)

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Item Description: Golike I Vilborg, Petrograd, 1918. Pictorial Wrappers. Book Condition: About Fine. Konashevich.. (illustrator). Spectacular Russian alphabet. Small 4to, pictorial wrappers. Wrappers neatly restored; an attractive copy. Konashevich (1888-1963) was one of the greatest Russian children's book illustrators. He illustrated classical works by Russian authors as well. These spectacular color illustrations are influenced by the Mir Iskusstva, the Russian magazine and artistic movement, and are a tribute to Benois' 1904 alphabet picture book. Size: Small 4to. Bookseller Inventory # 4403

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Item Description: S.l.s.d. (Anvers, Edition du Conservatoire de la Tradition populaire, 1901), ''Achevé. d'orner dessiner. et graver. le 2. d'octobre 1901 par Max. Elskamp. Imagier. à Anvers. Reliure plein veau glacé bleu, avec une décoration mosaiquée qui répète le dessin de la couverture, tr. sup. dorée, couverture conservée, avec étui. Edition originale entièrement xylographiée, tiré à 215 ex., un des 5 exemplaires sur Japon (N°1), un des deux ex. imprimés en noir jaune et bleu sur ce papier, les doubles ff. sont pliés à la japonaise. (Couverture sup. légèrement souillée, sinon en parfait état).Sadeleer, Cat. Raisonné n°24. Bookseller Inventory # 12524

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Kees Broos

Published by BIS Publishers

ISBN 10: 9063690371 ISBN 13: 9789063690373

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Item Description: Printed for J. Galabin, London, 1786. Octavo, 76 pp.; a very good untrimmed copy in recent quarter calf. English lessons for Omai. Very rare English grammar which records the unique method used to teach English to Omai.The first Polynesian to visit Britain, Omai became an overnight sensation when he arrived in Portsmouth aboard Cook's Adventure on 14 July 1774. He was presented to the king, feted by Fanny Burney, approved by Samuel Johnson, entertained by Mrs Thrale and Lord Sandwich, painted by Sir Joshua Reynolds, and even his rapid mastery of ice skating was reported in the General Evening Post.While Joseph Banks was happy to have Omai tour the celebrity circuit, other, more devout souls recognised his potential to spread the gospel in the Pacific and made particular efforts to improve his religious instruction at the same time as his elocution. William Ellis, himself a missionary, recounts in his Polynesian Researches of 1830 that 'Granville Sharp became acquainted with Mai [Omai], taught him the first principles of writing and, so far as his knowledge of our language allowed, endeavoured to pour light of divine truth into his ignorant and untutored mind. He made such progress in the use of letters, that on his voyage to the South Seas, while staying at the Cape of Good Hope, he wrote a letter to his friend Dr. Solander'.In February 1776 Granville Sharp approached Lord Sandwich, First Lord of the Admiralty, to gain permission to instruct Omai. The method he employed, published here as An English alphabet: for the use of foreigners, was based on his earlier work, A Short treatise on the English tongue, of 1767. The record shows that Sharp tutored Omai regularly for a month, but by 6 April Sharp wrote that 'Omai was so taken up with engagements that I could have no more opportunity of giving him lessons, which were but fifteen in all'. He had taught his pupil the use of English letters and made him sound 'every combination of vowels and consonants that letters are capable of'.Just over a decade after Omai returned to Huahine with Cook, Sharp published An English alphabet, probably in anticipation of a need for such a work in the spread of the gospel in the South Seas. A large portion of the book is devoted to rules for "The Lord's Prayer", the "Creed", the "Ten Commandments", and shorter prayers, all part of Sharp's 'instruction in the first principles of Christian religion'.In any case, it must have been produced in very small numbers, as today it is very scarce indeed. Searches of COPAC and ESTC have revealed only five copies in British libraries and a single copy in the United States (at Yale's Walpole Library). Alston VI, 502 adds a copy at Heidelberg University. A single copy passed through our hands six years ago. Bookseller Inventory # 3411401

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Smith, Joseph [Deseret Alphabet]

Published by Published for the Deseret University by Russell Bros. 1868 - 1869, New York (1868)

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Item Description: Published for the Deseret University by Russell Bros. 1868 - 1869, New York, 1868. Hardcover. First edition. Four volume set. 443, 116, 36, 72pp. The Book of Mormon is bound in black cloth with title and Salt Lake Temple gilt stamped on the spine. Selections of the book of Mormon is bound 1/4 blue leather over light blue printed and illustrated boards. First Reader is bound in 1/4 brown cloth over light orange printed and illustrated boards. Second Reader is bound in 1/4 black cloth over tan printed and illustrated boards. All volumes are unusually clean with no foxing and only minor fading to boards and light rubbing to the corners. These four works were the only books published in the Deseret Alphabet. The print runs for the Book of Mormon are usually cited as five-hundred, making this one of the rarer Book of Mormons. The two readers were based on the McGuffey manuals, and were introduced in public schools of the Territory in 1868.The Deseret Alphabet was introduced in 1854 and was created by Parley P. Pratt, Heber C. Kimball and George D. Watt. Made up of thirty-eight characters( apparently it was and partially based on Pitman shorthand) to correlate with basic sounds in the English language, the Deseret Alphabet was intended to be used to help simplify the principles of the English language. The Deseret News announced in its issue of January 19, 1854, "The Board [of Regents] have held frequent sittings this winter, with the sanguine hope of simplifying the English Language, and especially its orthography. After many fruitless attempts to render the common alphabet of the day subservient to their purpose, they found it expedient to invent an entirely new and original set of characters." Although only a written language, Brigham Young had high hopes for the new language, firmly believing it would unite the many foreign converts that were streaming into Utah from Europe. The creation of the language was one of the more unusual ideas of Brigham Young, and never was fully embraced by the Mormons. The Deseret Alphabet was abandoned shortly after Young's death. Flake/Draper 607, 608. Auerbach I: 1183. Sabin 83050. Bookseller Inventory # 25859

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McTell, Ralph

Published by Ward Lock Educational Co Ltd

ISBN 10: 0706244230 ISBN 13: 9780706244236

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Item Description: Ward Lock Educational Co Ltd. PAPERBACK. Book Condition: Good. 0706244230. Bookseller Inventory # 0706244230

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Item Description: Chicago, Illinois IL, 1900. Full-Leather. Book Condition: Very Fine. 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall. On offer is an absolutely remarkable handwritten manuscript work of tremendous depth, researched, written and compiled by John C.C. Clarke, A.M, titled "ALPHABETS OF THE WORLD." This book is his original unpublished manuscript and details the alphabets of the world from ancient times; Egyptian hieroglyphics, Egyptian hieratic, Egyptian Demotic, or Enchorial, Egyptian Comparative Tables, Coptic (Egyptian), Ancient Libyan, modern Libyan, Southern Arabic and so on. 479 pp but not all pages are full since Mr. Clarke left space between chapters and spare pages if he overwrote. The work is complete as per the author's handwritten notes. The author has signed the last page stating it is wholly executed and listing the sections of the book for which he claims originality. Scholars and historians of world languages will find this work priceless for its remarkable detail and depth. An added bonus is a wealth of ephemera being newspaper articles about the author and his work. As mentioned the author states "This book, on this date is wholly executed .Sep 21, 1900" as if in preparation for publishing [though it never was]. On the last page Mr. Clark provides a concise biography: he was born in Providence R.I. in 1833. He was a Phi Beta Kappa and got his A.B. and M.A. from the University of Rochester (1859, and 1866). He earned his doctorate in 1894 from Bellevue College of the University of Omaha. He was a professor at the University of Chicago from 1865 to 1867. He was a Professor of Greek, Modern Languages and Hebrew at various colleges - see photo. He was a pastor in Yonkers, NY, also Chicago and Cincinnati. He wrote three books - The Origin and Varieties of the Semitic Alphabet (Chicago, 1884, 20 pages of plates); Man and his Divine Father (Chicago 1900) and Revelation Rediscovered (Chicago 1905). There are many citations throughout this work which provide a valuable bibliography and footnotes. This large leather gilt edged and titled book is in MINT condition as it has been stored in cloth and boxed for nearly 110 years. 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall. Autograph. Bookseller Inventory # 000705

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CHELONIIIDAE Press. - Alan James ROBINSON

Published by Cheloniidae Press, [Easthampton, Massachusetts] (1986)

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Item Description: Cheloniidae Press, [Easthampton, Massachusetts], 1986. (8 ½ x 5 ½ inches). Bound volume: title printed in black with the word fowl lettered by hand, half title. Text and colophon/limitation leaf printed in brown and black. 26 wood-engraved plates of birds by Robinson, presented in alphabetical order according to their common name, each with their name and their scientific name added beneath in variously coloured inks in a fine calligraphic hand by Suzanne Moore, the letter of the alphabet added above each plate in manuscript by the same hand. Colophon/limitation leaf signed and numbered 'A/2' in pencil by Robinson; Chemise: an additional suite of the 26 wood-engraved plates, each signed and numbered 'A/2' in pencil; a set of 26 blind-stamped impressions of the line cut initials produced for the regular limited edition; 1 original pen, ink and watercolour drawing on vellum (sheet size: 5 ¼ x 5 ¼ inches) of the head of the Toucan; extra-illustrated with two copies of the original prospectus, one signed by Robinson. Bound volume: original limp vellum by Grey Parrot, the flat spine titled in gilt; Chemise: unbound (as issued) within original vellum-backed cloth-covered boards. Both volumes contained within a single vellum-backed cloth-covered box, the spine titled and dated in gilt with the Sea Turtle device at the foot of the spine One of five copies: the whole edition limited to 231 signed and numbered copies, including 31 "Full Vellum Edition" copies, this a "Full Vellum" example but one of the "five artists proofs" and numbered "A/2". The prospectus describes the "Full Vellum Edition" as having the "initial letter and the Latin and common names of the birds? hand lettered by Suzanne Moore. The book is bound [in] full bleached vellum by Gray Parrot. An extra suite of the 26 wood-engravings, a set of the alphabet blind-stamped and a drawing are laid in a chemise and housed in a quarter vellum tray-case." [with:] A boxed collection of three 'folders', containing a paste-up, original artwork, and a set of watercolour drawings, all relating to the production of 'A Fowl Alphabet', together with an explanatory 3pp. TLS from Robinson. [Easthampton and elsewhere: circa 1986]. The three 'folders' contained within a single cloth box, with a calligraphic manuscript title label inset on the spine [comprised of:] Alan James ROBINSON (designer, illustrator), and Harold Patrick McGRATH (printer). A full-size paste-up of 'A Fowl Alphabet'. [Easthampton and elsewhere:] "1986". 44pp. (8 ½ x 5 ½ inches): title and 3 preliminary pages with a mixture of pasted-on typeset words and manuscript notes; 8pp. introductory text composed from blocks of pasted-on typeset text with numerous manuscript notes; 1p. manuscript section title; 1p. blank; 27 pp., twenty-six of which have versions of the wood-engraved illustrations pasted-on with the initial letters penciled above (the final image with a proof of the line-cut initial pasted on), with the type-set (or in two cases manuscript) names of the birds below (the twenty-seventh page, between 'Y' and 'Z' is blank); 1p. blank; 1p. colophon/limitation with a block of pasted-on typeset text; 1p. final blank. + 1 second version of the title and the following three pages. Unbound within a cloth chemise. The "first complete paste-up of the book with notes and placements - a unique piece" (Robinson, letter) [and:] Alan James ROBINSON (illustrator), and Suzanne MOORE (calligrapher). A full set of original pencil drawings for "A Fowl Alphabet' with the manuscript calligraphy added. [Easthampton and elsewhere:] "1986". 27 leaves (8 ½ x 5 ½ inches): typeset title with the word 'fowl' added in a calligraphic hand; 26 leaves of thick 'papier d'arches' each with an original pencil drawing of a bird's head by Robinson, presented in alphabetical order according to their common name, each with this name and their scientific name added beneath in light brown coloured inks in a fine calligraphic hand by Suzanne Moore, the letter of the alphabet added above each plate in manuscript. Bookseller Inventory # 24057

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Ray, Man

Published by Copley Galleries, Beverly Hills, CA (1948)

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Item Description: Copley Galleries, Beverly Hills, CA, 1948. First Edition. First Edition. One of 500 copies issued. INSCRIBED by the author and artist on the front endpaper: "For Charlotte [Bebe] and Louis Barron. Cordially, Man Ray, Hollywood, 1949." An exceptional avant-garde association. Around this time the Barrons were beginning to experiment with committing electronic sounds as music to magnetic tape, and were ultimately not only pioneers in that field, but its inventors. One year after the date of this inscription, they would compose their first piece, "Heavenly Menagerie," and they would go on to produce the first electronic film score, for the seminal 1956 science fiction film, "Forbidden Planet" (credited as "tonalities" rather than "music" at the time, due to union rules). The Barrons' earliest compositions were slow and laborious, as their early work preceded the digital age, and involved building circuits and tape splicing to create even the smallest sequences of sound. In the decades that followed, electronic composition has become a worldwide phenomenon in every musical category. A tremendous association between pioneers in two major fields of twentieth century artistic endeavor. Bookseller Inventory # 119735

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Bible for the Blind, In English

Published by American Bible Society, New York (1895)

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Item Description: American Bible Society, New York, 1895. First edition of this Bible, volume I only; folio (14" x 13"), 164 leaves, embossed in the New York Point Alphabet for the Blind, which is a system of tactile raised dots, similar to Braille. Contemporary 3/4 calf over tan cloth covered boards, spine ruled in gilt; spine label is absent. New York Point for the Blind was invented by William Bell Wait (1839-1916), educator for the Blind, as an alternative to the "Line Letter" system, consisting of raised letters of the standard alphabet, which was in use in the late 19th Century and lasted for several decades. But Braille had been invented by Louis Braille in 1824, but fell into disuse, only to be revived in the early 20th Century and Braille remains today, the standard in reading and writing for the Blind, throughout the world. Internally, quite clean, with the embossed dots in very good condition; small loss at head of spine and corners worn through; a very good copy, now quite scarce on the market. Bookseller Inventory # pb.7527

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Item Description: Dublin: The Dolmen Press, November 1954 – March 1960, 1960. 12 pamphlets housed loosely in the original paper wrappers. Occasional minor creases. An excellent set. Rare complete set of the Dolmen chapbooks in the original paper wrappers. "The idea behind the Dolmen chapbooks was to print short texts with illustrations, using various type formats and techniques within a uniform page size The series gives a fair picture of the very personal interests which informed the Press at this time, and several of the titles were issued in other formats" (Miller 17). The set of twelve pamphlets is divided into three groups of four, each with a paper wrapper, and with the series wrapper enclosing the complete set. Most of the individual pamphlets were published in editions of only 250, and complete sets are extremely uncommon. Miller 17. Bookseller Inventory # 79449

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Chinnery, William.]

Published by London. Printed and Sold by T. Bellamy at Kingston upon Thames; as also by most of the Book-sellers and Print-sellers in Town and Country. No date [circa 1750/60]. (1750)

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Item Description: London. Printed and Sold by T. Bellamy at Kingston upon Thames; as also by most of the Book-sellers and Print-sellers in Town and Country. No date [circa 1750/60]., 1750. 2 engraved leaves, 2 pages letterpress, 48 engraved leaves. Contemporary full red morocco, gilt. Oblong 4to. 17.4 x 19.8 cm. Ownership name of Sarah E. Harvey, 1819 to front endpaper. Title label lost from spine; binding repaired; piece missing from front free endpaper; 2 leaves, being the engraved descriptive leaves for 'The Grass-hopper' and 'A Zealot' restored where a part of the engraved text has been lost; several tears professionally closed; some spotting and marking. Else a very good copy of rare, early, and highly attractive alphabet. Bookseller Inventory # 11530

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Robinson, Alan James.

Published by Cheloniidae Press, Easthampton, MA (2014)

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Item Description: Cheloniidae Press, Easthampton, MA, 2014. One of 10 copies, (+5 AP copies) all on Winsor Newton 90# Watercolor paper Hotpress paper, each copy signed and numbered by the artist, Alan James Robinson. Page size: 5 x 8.5 inches; 38pp. Bound by Peter Geraty at Praxis Bindery: accordion style with yellow cloth over boards, title stamped in gold gilt on front panel, housed in custom-made green cloth over boards clamshell box, with title stamped on front cover of slipcase. Designed by Alan James Robinson, using lettering design by Suzanne Moore originally created for A FOWL ALPHABET, the alphabet is represented by American wildflowers and their attendant insects with the titlepage, colophon and letters of the alphabet and common names of the flowers printed giclee on an Epson 9890 Giclee Printer. The 26 wildflowers and 2 butterflies are done free hand (serving as the template for the giclee edition). The wildflowers range from Red Clover to Ladyslipper to Jack-in- the-Pulpit to Knotweed and include bees, hummingbirds, spiders, and butterflies. The colors are so strong and vibrant; they belie the usual notion of etiolated watercolors. The artist, who draws with color, mixes transparent and opaque watercolors in glazing and uses pure watercolor in antique drawing pen nibs resulting in a preciseness and detail not often associated with watercolor. The alphabet in cherry red, but does not overpower the floral images; rather it boldly introduces them. Botanically accurate, these colorful, common beauties of the plant world will seem familiar, but no less welcome, to the viewer / reader. Their common names are printed in blue. This is the first book from Alan James Robinson in several years. It is lovely and true to the natural world which has always inspired this artist. See an Image. Bookseller Inventory # 10471

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