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Architectural picture alphabet).

PIAN, JEAN BAPTISTE DE].
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Book 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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Book 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 OrnŽes, Anglais OrnŽes, Majuscules d'Eglise, d'Eglise OrnŽe, Alphabet de Romain Droit OrnŽ et OmbrŽ, and (in a closing crescendo) Majuscules Choisies OrnŽs 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 PerfectionnŽe reflets mŽtallique et chatoyans et peintre a l'huile sur velous en six leŤons." (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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Alphabet Gothique par Midolle.

MIDOLLE, JEAN].
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Book 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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The Alphabet of Creation: An Ancient Legend from the Zohar

SHAHN, BEN; BEN SHAHN; PAUL BONET
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Book 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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Azbuka (alphabet)

Konashevich, Vladimir
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Book Description: Golike I Vilborg, Petrograd, 1918. Pictorial Wrappers. Book Condition: About Fine. Konashevich.. (illustrator). Small 4to. 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. Small 4to. Bookseller Inventory # 4403

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A IS AN ALPHABET.

Warhol, Andy.
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Book Description: Andy Warhol, 1953]., [New York:, 1953. Book Condition: Near Fine. First and only edition. A COMPLETE SET OF TWENTY-SIX 6 x 9" OFFSET LITHOGRAPHS. Reportedly one of only 100 or so sets. Art by Warhol and text by Ralph Thomas ("Corkie") Ward. According to the Princeton University Graphic Arts blog A IS FOR ALPHABET was "one of a series of books and multiples Warhol printed from 1953 to 1959 as personal gifts. Each month, he'd send art directors hand-finished work that looked for all the world like original art. He might, for example, mail out stamps of hand-colored butterflies. Or packages of birdseed, with instructions to plant the seeds and watch as they grew to become birds. Starting in 1953, the gifts became more elaborate. Warhol embarked on a series of privately printed books. In that year, he turned out four: Love is a Pink Cake; A is an Alphabet; A House That Went to Town; and There Was Rain in the Street." The lithographs were originally issued in a glassine-paper cover with a typewritten label stating, "A is an Alphabet by Andy and Corki [sic]." While the set offered here is otherwise complete, it lacks the glassine and label. Some aging and minor wear on edges, primarily on the first 5 or 6 images, otherwise near fine. It should be noted that no auction records exist for this rare, early Warhol offering. Bookseller Inventory # 52961

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Book Description: Cordier, Indosinica, col. 722; STCN (6 copies); Walravens, China illustrata 92; cf. Lach & Van Kley III, pp. 1194-1196; Lust 115 (first edition); Wyatt, "Introduction" in: A new historical relation of the Kingdom of Siam (1966). Second edition, published in the same years as the first, of a comprehensive work on the history of the kingdom of Siam, "Universally regarded as the finest work on seventeenth-century Thailand" (Wyatt). The French diplomat Simon de La Loubère (1642-1729) was appointed as Louis XIV's envoy extraordinary to the court of Siam, and while he stayed in Siam for only three months he diligently and systemically asked questions, "probably stimulated by the Jesuit scientists who accompanied the mission to take more than a passing interest in Siamese cosmology, astronomy, and mathematics" (Lach & Van Kley). Loubère compensated his short stay with a thorough study of earlier writers, referring to twenty-three European authors from Pinto to Gervaise in the first volume and collecting French translations of native works in the second. Besides presenting information on Siam alone, Loubère also incorporates information on India and China and their influence on Siam's past.A third edition appeared in 1700, followed by editions in 1713 and 1714 and it was translated into English in 1693 and into German in 1800.With the armorial bookplate of "Antonius Ernestus Burcardus'' on pastedown. Very good copy. Bookseller Inventory # 89QBOS08WBVR

Book Description: Cf. Christie's London, 6 June 2000, lot 23, from the collection of William Foyle, lower left in illustration (horn-book with very similar alphabet leaf); no similar example in Tuer. A late 18th-century horn-book, probably made in the Netherlands or England, in the late 18th century. The only similar example we know was in the collection of William Foyle (1885-1963), described (incorrectly?) as having a manuscript alphabet leaf, and with no date proposed. It was not printed from the same block as the present example, but the lay-out and style of the lettering is nearly identical.The brown colouring of the letters and the yellow colouring of the paper is caused by the old varnish protecting the horn-plate. Original horn-books are extremely rare and much sought after, as no respectable collection of children's books can do without one. In very good condition, with a small hole drilled in the left side of the wooden backing and a few minor stains on the horn and paper. An 18th-century horn-book, remarkably well preserved. Bookseller Inventory # 33

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Book 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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Book 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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Collection of 12 exotic alphabets.

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Book Description: Congregation de Propaganda Fide,, Rome, Vatican, 1636. Oblong 8vo (110x170mm). Contemporary plain vellum. All pages within double woodcut border lines. 12 lvs. (Collation: A-C4). Extremely rare original and complete set, published without a title-page, of a collection of 12 very interesting type specimens, printed at the Printing Office of the Congregation de Propaganda Fide at the Vatican. The collection drew on earlier Roman publications of a similar vein: it reprised for example material from Angelo Rocca's Variarum linguarum alphabeta et inventores (Rome 1595), Giacomo Bonaventure Scozese's Virga aurea (Rome 1616), and Athenasius Kircher' Prodromus Copticus sive Aegyptiacus (1636). The famous Jesuit Athenasius Kircher devoted half of his eighth chapter of his Prodromus - ostensibly concerned with the usefulness of Coptic - to an enigmatic inscription that had been discovered by Thomaso Obicini at the foot of Mt. Horeb in the Sinai. Although it did not pertain to Coptic or anything Egyptian, Kircher announced that he would be remiss not to discuss it. Kircher described how he brought to bear his philological expertise by trying to match the inscription's characters with three oriental languages, Hebrew, Samaritan, and Syriac. According to Kircher the inscription was written in a form of ancient Chaldean. It concerns our nr. 8.In the collection are three alphabets of Adam, the first from the Vatican Library, the second by Giacomo Bonaventura Scozese, the third by Lorenzo Schrader; 4 Hebrew alphabets, the first 'detto soprasilvio', the second 'detto testo', the third designed by Garamond and the fourth Rabbinic by Garamond, the above mentioned script discovered by Tomaso da Novara at the foot of Mont Horeb, an analysis of the same by Athanasius Kircher, Samaritan and Estrangelo alphabets, and a Chaldean alphabet. Established in 1626 for the propaganda of the Catholic faith among the Eastern peoples, the 'Propaganda fide', has published many texts in exotic, oriental alphabets. This publication shows the different types the printing office could use:(1) Alfabeto del protoparente Adamo I. delineato nella libraria Vaticana.(2) Alfabeto II. di Adamo secondo che riferisce il P. Giacomo Bonavent. Scozese dell'Ordine di S. Francesco di Paolo nel suo alfabetario intitolato Virga Aurea.(3) Alfabeto III. di Adamo cavato dal libro di Lorenzo Schradero stampato in Helmstatt l'anno 1592.(4) Alfabeto Hebreo detto soprasilvio.(5) Alfabeto Hebreo detto testo.(6) Alfabeto Hebreo detto Garamone.(7) Alfabeto Hebreo Rabbinico detto Garamone.(8) Lettere cavata dal P. Tomaso da Navara che si trovano sculpite in una pietra piccola posta à piedi del monte Oreb, dove Dio N.S. diede la legge.(9) Analysi dell'antecedente carattere, conforme alla dispositione del P. Atanasio Kircher nel prodromo Copto, approvata da'molti.(10) Alfabeto Samaritano, detto testo.(11) Alfabeto estranghelo, overo Chaldeo antico, detto testo.(12) Alfabeto Chaldeo, overo Siro detto, di due righe di Silvio. Good copy of this very rare publication- (Several lvs. shaved at the bottom, not effecting the text). G. Amaduzzi, Catalogus librorum qui ex typographio Sacrae Congreg de Propaganda Fide variis lainguis prodierunt (Rome 1773), p. 7; Birrell & Garnett, Cat. of I Typefounders' specimens .(1928, repr. 1972), p. 4, nr. 4; R. Smitskamp, Philologia orientalis: a description of books illustratingthe study and printing of oriental languages (3 vols., Leiden 1976-91), pp. 174-5, no. 199 (Smithkamp calls the work by the first title of the first of its alphabets: Alphabetum Adamiticum, and suggests ca. 1636 for the publication date) ; D. Stolzenberg, Egyptian Oedipus. Antiquarianism, oriental studies . in the work of Athanasius Kircher (Thesis Stanford Univ., 2004), pp. 118 and 121; the copy at the Harvard's Houghton Library, which is catalogued as a 'Collection of Twelve Exotic Alphabets', with the date ca. 1650. Bookseller Inventory # 5CHGGG01U79O

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Book 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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Book 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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A Fowl Alphabet, Twenty-six Wood Engravings by Alan James Robinson

CHELONIIIDAE Press. - Alan James ROBINSON
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Book Description: Cheloniidae Press, [Easthampton, Massachusetts], 1986. 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 by the same hand. + two smaller sheets with trial lettering by Moore. Unbound within a cloth chemise. A "full set of drawings that I did so Suzanne Moore could work out the design and size of the alphabet. I've included a couple of test pages that I thought you would enjoy" (Robinson, letter) [and:] Alan James ROBINSON (artist). A full set of new watercolour drawings illustrating the birds which had previously appeared in "A Fowl Alphabet' . [Easthampton?: no date]. 26 leaves of 'd'arches' watercolour paper (10 x 8 inches): each with an original pen, ink and watercolour drawing of a different bird by Robinson. Unbound within a cloth chemise. A "new set of watercolors for the Fowl Alphabet. These watercolors are easily my best to date" (Robinson, letter) . A unique archive of material, chronicling the genesis of the Cheloniidae Press' twelfth book, and one of Alan James Robinson's most successful productions. The book is described in the prospectus as "a collab. Bookseller Inventory # 24057

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minotaurs & other alphabets

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Book Description: Wolsak and Wynn Publishers Ltd. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # SONG0919897592

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Book Description: Sacr. Congr. de Propaganda Fide Romae, 1629. Title with printer's mark, 30 unnumbered pp. Slightly later marbled wrappers. Fine example of one of the first printed books in Georgian using movable type. In the 1620s, the Sacred Congregation for the Propagation of the Faith, the body of the Roman Catholic Church established in the early 17th century for the purpose of spreading Catholicism in non-Catholic countries, set its eyes on traditionally Orthodox Georgia. In preparation for their missionary work monks were taught Georgian by Niceforo Irbachi Giorgiano, the ambassador of the Georgian king, Teimuraz I, in Rome. Meanwhile, the sacred congregation's printers cast the first Georgian type and published a few books in Georgian in 1629, including the present alphabet, a Georgian–Italian dictionary and a prayer of Virgin Mary of Laureto. The same Rome-based printers published the first Georgian grammar in 1643. The first printing house in Georgia was established only in 1709 in Tbilisi. The text of the present work begins with the thirty-six letters of the Iberian or Georgian alphabet with their transcriptions in Latin. Some letters have additional comments on the side, providing the same phoneme in other languages including Arabic, Hebrew and Greek, entailing the use of type in 5 completely different alphabets on a single page. The following section explains the sounds resulting from the combination of Georgian letters. The final part of the book presents a number of religious texts in Georgian translation: The Lord's Prayer, Hail Mary, Nicene and Apostle's Creeds, Corporal Works of Mercy, The Seven Sacraments, The Ten Commandments and the Canticle of the Virgin Mary. Brunet I, 197. Bookseller Inventory # 89608

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Abeceda Duseviho Prazdna (Alphabet of Spiritual Emptiness)

Zdenek Tmej
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Book Description: Nak/adatelsvi Za¿ Druha a.s, Prague, 1946. Soft cover. Book Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. This is a scarce first edition, first printing of the critically acclaimed photobook, Abeceda Duseviho Prazdna (Alphabet of Spiritual Emptiness) published by Nak/adatelsvi Za¿ Druha a.s., Prague, in 1946. Abeceda is a documentary record of forced German labor camps in Breslau during 1941-1943 that Vince Aletti in the photobook reference work, The Book of 101 Books: Seminal Photographic Books of the Twentieth Century, calls a Czech artist¿s response to the physical and psychic devastation of World War ll. He also writes, The subject of his book is the walking wounded ¿ men forced to work for the conquering army. The dark, impressionistic look of Tmej¿s photographs is the result of working indoors with a concealed camera and only the dimmest of available light. The book itself, a small paperback made with pulpy newsprint stock, has an abject quality contradicted only by the gorgeously tactile gravure prints. Published a year after Germany¿s collapse and their author¿s release, Tmej¿s photos retained their aura of furtiveness and despair at the same time as they were transformed into documents of resistance and survival. An exceptional account of the book appears on the 5B4 website, Unmarried Czech workers will be used as a group in the most remote parts of the Reich and will thereby be prevented from starting families in the territory of the protectorate. This was the decree under which, in the autumn of 1942, Zdenek Tmej was ordered to the town of Breslau to serve in a forced labor camp. Tmej, a 22-year-old aspiring photographer, brought along a Contax and a Rolliflex camera intending to bear witness to the conditions and events that transpired in a Nazi-run forced labor camp and somehow he would was allowed to keep his cameras and photograph. His job in the Reich was to work at the train station unloading the mail trains and he even took this as an opportunity to order an enlarger and darkroom equipment as well as a 4 x 5 camera to be sent from Prague. He sold prints to keep himself in film flashbulbs and photographic paper. The resulting photographs and eventual book published in 1946 called Abeceda Dusevniho Prazdna - Alphabet of Spiritual Emptiness, serve as an unrivaled insider's account of what it was like to live under the conditions of a Nazi forced labor camp. Measuring approximately 9.5 inches x 8.5 inches and containing 45 stunning gravure prints, the book is bound in cardboard type flexible paper wraps with a photographically illustrated dust jacket. The condition of the book is Near FINE+ with some very minor wear and soiling to the fragile covers and a few random marks to the page edges. The original dust jacket is in Very Good+ condition with some foxing to the rear and inside of the dust jacket. The edges of the dust jacket have been professionally restored. Overall, this is an exceptionally well preserved copy of an extremely scarce photobook that is notoriously fragile and almost impossible to find in this condition. Cited in all three reference works on photobooks: The Book of 101 Books: Seminal Photographic Books of the Twentieth Century and The Open Book by Andrew Roth and Parr and Badgers, The Photobook: A History. Bookseller Inventory # 000006

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Book 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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Book 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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Book 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. Bookseller Inventory # 10471

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Book Description: Various 1951-2007, Various, 1951. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. First Edition. Further details, images, and condition reports of each title available. Condition ranges from good to fine, with most titles being very good or near fine. All with dust wrappers where called for, except for her first title "The Lagoon", which is lacking the dust wrapper. Most copies without any previous ownership markings. All true first editions, by country of first publication (variously New Zealand, the US, and the UK).; 25 titles. First printings of every work by Janet Frame, as follows: 1. The Lagoon; 2. Owls do Cry; 3. Faces in the Water; 4. The Edge of the Alphabet; 5. Scented Gardens for the Blind; 6 & 7. The Reservoir: Stories and Sketches & Snowman Snowman: Fables and Fantasies [Two volume set in slipcase]; 8. The Adaptable Man; 9. A State of Siege; 10. The Reservoir and Other Stories; 11. The Pocket Mirror; 12. The Rainbirds; 13. Yellow Flowers in the Antipodean Room [the US edition of "The Rainbirds", published with Frame's preferred original title]; 14. Mona Minim and the Smell of the Sun; 15. Intensive Care; 16. Daughter Buffalo; 17. Living in the Maniototo; 18. To the Is-Land: An Autobiography; 19. You are now entering the Human Heart: Janet Frame Stories; 20. An Angel at My Table: An Autobiography: Volume Two; 21. The Envoy from Mirror City: An Autobiography: Volume Three; 22. The Carpathians; 23. An Autobiography [First one volume edition]; 24. The Goose Bath. 25. Towards Another Summer.; 8vo. Bookseller Inventory # 4470

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Imagination and the Letter I (Alphabet Friends)

Cynthia Fitterer Klingel; Robert B. Noyed
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Book Description: Childs World. School & Library Binding. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # SONG1592960995

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Alphabet

SOUGEZ, Emmanuel.
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Book Description: Paris. Éditions Antoine Roche. 1932., 1932. First edition. 26 Photo Plates. Small square quarto, original stiff photographic self-wrappers. 26 Fototafeln, von bester Erhaltung, marginaler Rostdurchschlag auf Höhe der Klammerung. Erstausgabe des Fotoklassikers. Sougez setzt mit den Fotografien von Alltagsgegenständen ein einerseits lyrisches, andererseits neusachliches Kinderbuchprojekt um. "During the 1930s.publishers showed great enterprise in employing photography to illustrate books for children, commissioning some of the finest photographers and utilizing the medium in both a realistic and a fantastic way." Wie schon in seinem revolutionären Fotobuch "Regarde", das im gleichen Jahr erschienen ist, nutzt E.S. einfache Alltagsgegenstände um sein Alphabet zu illustrieren (s.a. Parr/Badger I, S. 102). Alphabet ist im Gegensatz zu Regarde von größter Seltenheit: es bleibt daher zu vermuten, daß nicht viele Eltern als Käufer dieses progessiven und sachlich-kühlen Kinderbuches agierten. First edition of Emmanuel Sougez’ influential photobook, with 26 finely screened black-and-white photogravures printed on heavy card stock—"precise, elegant and lyrical" images illustrating the letters of the alphabet (Parr & Badger). "During the 1930s publishers showed great enterprise in employing photography to illustrate books for children, commissioning some of the finest photographers and utilizing the medium in both a realistic and a fantastic way." As in his groundbreaking children’s photobook Regarde!, published the same year, Emmanuel Sougez uses "simple but effective photographs of everyday things"—here to illustrate the letters of the alphabet. "Precise, elegant and lyrical, these images constitute a model modernist project, being ideal vehicles for showing anyone, not just children, how to look at and appreciate the beauty that is all around us" (Parr & Badger I:102). A contemporary of Brassaï and a "leading exponent of post-pictorialist photographie pure, a movement similar to Neue Sachlichkeit," in 1926 Sougez (1889-1972) founded the photographic department of L’Illustration, and throughout his influential career "excelled at rigorously composed, large-format still lifes," such as those seen here (Lenman, 591) Near fine. Nahezu verlagsfrisch. Bookseller Inventory # 43987BB

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The Airman's Alphabet

AUDEN, W.H.
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Book Description: Connecticut Graphics ArtsCenter, South Norwalk CT, 2001. unbound. Book Condition: fine. Limited. This is one of 5 artist's proofs, from an edition that includes 14 numbered copies, 2 printer's proofs, and an archive proof. Signed by the artist. Portfolio of 26 hand colored etchings by Robert Andrew Parker based on the poem by Auden. Loose, as issued in linen clamshell box with a printed label. (South Norwalk: Connecticut GraphicArts Center, 2001). Bookseller Inventory # 229348

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ECS LEARNING SYSTEMS ALPHABET WORKBOOK GR K-1

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Book Description: ECS LEARNING SYSTEMS. Book Condition: Good. 1582320624 Visible shelf wear -- may have some notes/markings on pages. Bookseller Inventory # Z1582320624Z3

Book Description: Berlin -1943, 1810. Ab 1925 4°. In 156 Bdn. 1810-1863 nahezu einheitliche Ppbde. m. Rtit. 1912-43 fast einheitliche Hlwdbde. m. Rtit. Dazwischen Pp.-, Hlwd.- od. Hldrbde. m. Rtit. Von 1810-38 Doppelbde., danach Einzelbde. Einbde. sind bestoßen, berieben u. häufig leicht angeschmutzt. Meist Bibliotheksex. m. St. od. Sign. a. Tit. od. Vorsatz. Einige S. sind gelb- od. braunfleckig. Einige wenige Bde. sind wasserfleckig, haben Blei- bzw. Buntstiftanstreichungen od. Randbemerkungen. Es fehlen: 1830 Heft 17; 1833 Heft 22; 1834 Hefte 11 u. 20; 1836 Heft 9 ; 1858 Heft 52; 1928 Heft 16 u. 1840 fehlt d. chronolog. Übersicht. Auch fehlt bei d. Chronologischen Zusammenstellungen Bd. 8 v. 1881-1883. - EINZELBDE. AUF ANFRAGE! Ab 1907 u.d.T.: Preußische Gesetzsammlung. Ab 1928 beim Verlag Decker, Berlin erschienen. 0 gr. Bookseller Inventory # 136337

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Book Description: Paris, Fequet und Baudier für Pierre Belfond, 1970., 1970. Gr.-2°. Lose Lagen in OUmschlag. OLeinenkassette (leicht berieben). Eines von 150 (Gesamtauflage 180) numerierten Exemplaren auf Vélin d'Arches, von Man Ray im Druckvermerk signiert. Auch die montierte "Rayographie" eigenhändig signiert. - One of 150 (total 180) copies, signed by artist. - With an original graphic, signed and numbered, and numerous illustrations by Man Ray. - Large folio. Loose gatherings in orig cassette. Fine copy. (Only the box a bit rubbed.). Bookseller Inventory # 17271AB

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Hockney's Alphabet: Drawings by David Hockney & Contributions by 25 Writers

Hockney, David
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Book Description: London: Faber and Faber for the AIDS Crisis, 1991. Hardcover. Book Condition: As New. No Jacket. 1st Edition. Deluxe edition. Small folio. Edited by Stephen Spender. One of 300 copies (250 for sale) printed on Exhibition Fine Art Cartridge paper, specially bound in quarter vellum with handmade Fabriano Roma paper sidws, signed by Hockney, Spender and 22 of the contributors. Four contributors, Paul Theroux, Ted Hughes, Gore Vidal and Anthony Burgess, were unavailable or otherwise engaged at the time and were unable to sign the book. But the 22 who did sign read like a who's who of contemporary British and American letters: Seamus Heaney, Martin Amis. Kazuo Ishiguru, Iris Murdoch, William Gold- ing, Julian barnes, V. S. Pritchett, William Boyd, John Updike, Joyce Carol Oates, Arthur Miller, Norman Mailer, Margaret Drabble, Ian McEwan, Doris Lessing , Susan Sontag, et al. As new copy in publisher's box. An unmitigated triumph of the bookmaking art. Signed by Author(s). Bookseller Inventory # 1645

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The Airman's Alphabet

AUDEN, W.H.
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Book Description: Connecticut Graphics ArtsCenter, South Norwalk CT, 2001. unbound. Book Condition: fine. Limited. Number 3 of only 14 numbered copies, excluding 5 author's proofs, 2 printer's proofs and an archive proof. Signed by the artist. Portfolio of 26 hand colored etchings by Robert Andrew Parker based on the poem by Auden. Loose, as issued in linen clamshell box with a printed label. (South Norwalk: Connecticut GraphicArts Center, 2001). Bookseller Inventory # 227662

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Book Description: First Edition. A complete set of the Almanacks, including some varieties we have not seen; 21 volumes, one in dust jacket. Almanack for 1883-[1895], London; George Routledge & Sons, 1883-[1895]; together with Kate Greenaway's Almanack & Diary for 1897, London; J. M. Dent & Co., 1897. 12mo and 24mo. Together with Alphabet. Paris; Librairie Hachette et Cie, n.d. Various bindings, Almanack for 1886 in the original dust jacket (actually the original mailing envelope). An exceptional set, near fine to fine. Housed in a contemporary quarter brown leather clamshell box, hinge expertly strengthened. Bookseller Inventory # pb.7355

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