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Dulac, Edmund

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Item Description: London: Hodder & Stoughton, no date [1916]. Quarto, original white publisher's cloth elaborately stamped in gold and blue after a design by Edmund Dulac. [2],* [10], 170. Illustrated with 15 beautiful tipped-in color plates by Dulac. Limited to 350 copies signed by Dulac. Signed limitation leaf in this copy has been excised, perhaps to send to Dulac, who has adorned the reverse side with a beautiful original painting of "The Princess of the Pagodas," signed in ink by Dulac and dated 1920 beneath the image. The cover is in very good to fine condition, and internal contents are very fine but for some light tape residue on blank endleaf front and back. The original gouache painting is set within a disc of gold leaf (3-1/2 inches across) which is lightly abraded (see photograph). A unique copy of one of Dulac's most famous books. Dulac (1882-1953) is considered (with Arthur Rackham, Kay Nielson, and Charles and Heath Robinson) one of the five major "Golden Age" gift-book illustrators.He studied law for two years while attending classes at the Ecole des Beaux Arts. After winning a prize for his painting he decided to devote himself to art full-time. He twice won the Grand Prix (1901 and 1903) for his paintings, and by 1904 he was off to London for the start of his meteoric career as a book illustrator. His arrival there corresponded with the development of new color printing technology which he was the first to take full advantage of. Bookseller Inventory # 10936

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Aguado, Dionisio (1784-1849)

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Item Description: Segunda Edicion, corregida y aumentada. Paris, n.d. [1826]. Printed in Paris by Massue at Rue St. Honore No. 146. Available at the Guitarreria de Munoa in Madrid. Quarto, bound in full contemporary sprinkled calf, each cover framed in a decorative gilt border, and gilt decorated spine. [6], IV, Arabic numeral pagination is misnumbered, beginning with 2 - 155, 2 pp. blank. Ink inscription on front free endleaf bearing the date 1881. Covers worn, especially at corners, and with the top 2" of the spine leather removed by an overly-zealous canine who succeeded in sampling the some of the exposed text-folds at top of spine. Aside from these faults, the contents are clean and tight in a respectable binding (see photo) A rare item (OCLC locates only one microform copy of our edition and one imperfect copy of the first edition), this copy signed in the lower right corner of the title page by Aguado himself. A major work by a major figure in 19th-century European music. Dionisio Aguado y Garcia (1784-1849) and Fernando Sor (1778-1839) rose to prominence as the two greatest Spanish guitarists of the first half of the 19th century. Sor was a prodigious performer and composer, while Aguado, also a highly talented performer, established a lasting reputation in the didactic arena. Sor moved to France because of accusations that he had collaborated with the French after their invasion of Spain, and Aguado soon joined him in Paris, where they shared living quarters and a strong professional admiration for each other. Their friendship flourished in spite of the fact that they took opposite sides in the polemic concerning the best way to pull the guitar strings, whether with the fingernails or the yolks of the fingers. Each presented technical and aesthetic support for his method, and the controversy still thrives today. Aguado and Sor, along with other Eupropean guitarists, contributed greatly to establishing the guitar's importance as a concert instrument, overcoming the belief of many that the instrument was too "limited." Among Aguado's principal works is the Escuela de Guitarra, offered here. The book is technical and thorough, replete with lessons on theory and practice, covering such topics as scales, symbols, harmonics, chords, muting, intervals, trills, acoustics, and much more.The lessons are illustrated with musical scores for all sorts of exercises for finger dexterity, hand mobility, and special effects. Bookseller Inventory # 10965

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Sternberg, Harry

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Item Description: Sternberg, Harry (illustrator). (San Diego): Brighton Press (1991). Quarto, beautifully bound by Klaus Rotscher in a luxurious reddish-brown Japanese book cloth, with rich pale green Richard de Bas Unies handmade paper-covered sides, with a decorative hexagonal wood-cut by Sternberg surrounding a circular photograph of the Sternberg family inset into the front cover. Enclosed in a clear lucite slip case. The text, comprising the Title-Page, Foreword, and Biographical Chronology, consists of 16 pages, is composed in 14 pt Emerson, with wood-cut folios by Sternberg, and printed letterpress in two colors on Gutenberg Laid paper. The 'Life in Woodcuts,' forming the principal part of the book is printed entirely on Sekishu paper, printed letterpress from the artist's blocks, forming 84 pages through which the entire life of this distinguished American artist unfolds. DELUXE EDITION, LIMITED TO 40 COPIES, WITH AN EXTRA SUITE OF THE 40 WOODBLOCKS, INDIVIDUALLY SIGNED BY THE ARTIST, handprinted by spoon on Okawara paper and housed in a clamshell box of full Japanese book cloth. As new. Once again, from the Brighton Press comes an artistic creation of landmark importance, in this case an autobiographical retrospective in woodcuts of the noted American artist, Harry Sternberg. Born in 1904 of immigrant parents on New York's Lower East Side, Sternberg took his first lessons in art at the Brooklyn Museum at the age of ten. During the years 1922 to 1926 he studied at the Art Students League where he was to teach for 34 years beginning in 1934. His subject matter has always included social commentary, and in 1936 he was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship to study the coal and steel industry; this resulted in a series of graphic works of great strength and renown. Beginning in 1957 Sternberg has taught at the Idyllwild School of Music and Art, where he has worked collaborately with Bella Lewiytsky, the West Coasts's leading representative of modern dance, who has written the Foreword to the present work. Sternberg's work is included in the permanent collections of the Smithsonian, the Museum of Modern Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, the New York Public Library, the Library of Congress, and many other prestigious institutions and private collections. Bookseller Inventory # 423

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Item Description: Newtown, Montgomeryshire, 1936. Tall quarto, bound by John Bowen in dark green oasis leather, with central and corner onlays in light green and red which are blocked in gilt with foliate ornament of Persian character. Spine with five raised bands and gilt titling. Top edge gilt, others untrimmed; signed in gilt on the lower turn in: Gregynog Press Bindery. Top joint of front cover split two inches, else a very fine copy. One of 150 copies, 15 of which were in a different special binding by George Fisher. Printed in Poliphilus type on Batchelor handmade paper in black and red under the direction of Loyd Haberly, with supplied handcolored (green and red) initial letters. The text is based on the edition first printed for Robert Allot in 1632. Certainly one of the handsomest books of the Press. Harrop, History of the Gregynog Press, #34.".treating of the noble education, of princely exercise, military discipline, warlike strategems, preparations and expeditions, written by the sage Xenophon." (from the extended title). Bookseller Inventory # 5924

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Raskin, Joseph (1897-1981), and George Parker Winship

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Item Description: Joseph Raskin (illustrator). With an Apropos by George Parker Winship. New York: William Edwin Rudge, 1930. Large folio measuring 14 by 18 inches, publisher's portfolio of full linen, with contents laid in. Pp.[4], with twelve plates, each matted, with clear acetate protective covering over the images. Text signature wrinkled at inside margin (not seriously). Bookplate removed with remnant remaining. The etchings are each titled and signed by Joseph Raskin, and all are in superb condition. This portfolio is number seven of a limited edition of only 100 copies. A superb piece of Harvard preserved, with evocative etchings of the Widener Library, Sever Hall, Thomas Dudley Gate, Massachusetts Hall, Appleton Chapel, Harvard Hall, etc. Joseph Raskin was a Russian-born American painter, etcher, teacher and writer who spent a good part of his life in New York City. His paintings and etchings have been widely exhibited in galleries in the United States, France, Germany, and Israel. Together with his wife Edith, he also wrote several books for young adults. Bookseller Inventory # 10945

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Balzac, Honore de

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Item Description: Paris, 1834-1837. Four volumes, octavos. Volumes 1 and 2: Madame Charles-Bechet, Editeur, 1834, printed at the Imprimerie de A. Barbier. Volumes 3 and 4: Werdet, Libraire-Editeur, 1837, printed at the Imprimerie de Bourgogne et Martinet. Uniformly bound in later half cloth and marbled boards, with black leather spine labels. Original printed wrappers bound in. Pp. 384, 387, 359, 357 (plus one unnumbered leaf in Volumes 1, 2, and 4 containing Table of Contents with verso blank.) Detailed pagination available upon request. Wrappers moderately soiled, but in very good shape. Small chip to top of spine of Volume 3. One small marginal hole in Volume 4. Cloth split on tthree volumes alongside the spine label. Bookplate in Volume 1. In Volume 2, the fly-title, Les Celibataires, is bound in at the beginning, before the fly-title, Le Message, instead of forming pages [31-32]. The pages are uncut, wide-margined, clean, and crisp. A very nice tight set of the First Edition of this Series. Rare. These four volumes comprise the Second Series (of 6) of the Etudes de Moeurs au XIX Siecle, which in itself is one of the three large groups of "Etudes" that comprise the Comedie Humaine, the overall title of Balzac's opus. Balzac, one of the greatest of the French 19th-century realists, continues to be read in many languages. His close observation of the broad spectrum of French life in all its intimate details still has universal appeal. His title is reminiscent of Dante's, but the Comedie Humaine is almost a polar opposite to the "divine" aspect that occupied Dante's thought. Balzac chronicled the earthly and the earthy, and the literary canvas he painted of society bears an undying portrait of the foibles, hopes, fears, and achievements of us all. Eugenie Grandet, included herein in its entriety, is the greatest of his works in its indictment of the oppression of women through marriage. Eugenie echoes the plight of women who opt to live in the world that men have made but refuse to abide by all their rules. "Such is the story of this woman, who is not of the world, in the midst of the world" (From the Conclusion-our translation).Bibliography: Vicaire I, 197-198; Carteret I, p. 69; Talvart 29 A; Albert Joseph George, Books By Balzac, p. 32 (Eugenie Grandet); Encyclopedia Britannica, 11th edition.Contents are as follows:Vol. 1: Eugenie GrandetVol. 2: Le Message; Les Celibataires; La Femma abandonnee; La Grenadiere; L'illustre Gaudissart.Vol. 3: La grande Breteche, ou Les Trois Vengeances; La Vieille Fille.Vol. 4: Illusions Perdues. Bookseller Inventory # 11299

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Item Description: Moser, Barry (illustrator). A portfolio of the forty-eight exquisite wood engravings created by Barry Moser to illustrate the Pennyroyal Press edition of Richard de Fournival's Bestiare D'Amour. (No place or date, but Northampton, 1985). Octavo, in size, each engraving printed separately on handmade Japanese Etching paper, and SIGNED IN PENCIL BY THE ARTIST. Enclosed in a cloth chemise which is housed in a clamshell box of quarter vellum and cloth. ONLY 100 COPIES OF THE COMPLETE PORTFOLIO WERE ISSUED. The presswork is nothing short of incredible, yielding vivid three-dimensional impressions of each block, the whole comprising a brilliant series of lively and memorable engravings. Bookseller Inventory # 1611

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Elskamp, Max

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Item Description: Weemaes, Margot (illustrator). Avec six tailles-douces par Margot Weemaes. En collaborations: Ch. Stockmans and J.E. Buschmann. Anvers (Antwerp), 1937. Quarto, this copy in a beautiful design binding by Rene Laurent, of full deep blue morocco, intricately tooled in gilt and blind, with onlays of orange, gray, and black morocco, the whole forming an art-deco composition suggesting sailing ships and the sea, reflecting the subject matter of the text itself. Leather doublures in rich brown morocco tooled in gold with a design of ship's mast and sails. All edges gilt, with embroidered silk headbands. 72 pages, printed one side only. Illustrated with six full-page etchings by Margot Weemaes, each signed in pencil. From an edition of 200, this is one of only 15 copies printed on green-tinted paper handmade at Hayle Mill, and illustrated with an extra suite of the etchings, each hand-colored and signed by the artist. Of those 15 copies, lettered from A to O, this is copy #B. A fine copy. A collection of ten poems comprising "Songs of the Sea," an imaginative recounting, through the thoughts and anxieties of loved ones at home, of the typically treacherous fishing voyages from Brussels to Iceland and beyond. A beautiful tribute to the fearless fishermen of Brussels, and a beautiful example of Belgian art-deco period bookmaking and illustration. Bookseller Inventory # 6433

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Goethe

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Item Description: Kaulbach, Wilhelm von (illustrator). After the German Version of Goethe by Thomas James Arnold. With Illustrations by Wilhelm Von Kaulbach. London: Trubner & Co., and New York: Theo. Stroefer, 1870. Quarto, in a lavish design binding of full plum morocco boldly tooled in gold with a large frame of scrolls and purple morocco onlays, with a large central ornate oval tooled in gold, surrounding a picture of Reynard himself inlaid with four shades of morocco and heightened in gold. The cover design is carried over to the spine and very deep inner dentelles, enclosing a pastdown of purple moire silk, used also for the free endleaf. All edges extra gilt, and gauffered with beautiful stipple designs of rolling flourishes and arabesques. Extra engraved title page. 236 pages, illustrated with 36 full-page copper engravings by Wilhelm von Kaulbach, who also engraved the extra title page and the head and tail pieces throughout the text. A fine copy. Wilhelm von Kaulbach (1805-74) was a noted German Romantic artist whose vigorous designs for Goethe's Reynard, first published in German in 1845, ingeniously capture the mood of animal satire then current. This exquisite binding by the Monastery Hill Bindery captures a sort of Biedermier prettiness that seems perfect for the book. Bookseller Inventory # 6435

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Balzac, Honore de

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Item Description: Translated by Katharine Prescott Wormeley. Boston: Little Brown (1899). Thirty-nine volumes, beautifully bound in three-quarter dark green morocco, with decorative gilt spines in six compartments with raised band, and marbled paper sides and endleaves. Approximately 300-400 pages per volume, illustrated with full-page plates throughout. Limited to 1,000 numbered sets. A few minor nicks and scuffs, but generally a very good to fine set, entirely unopened and thus very fine within. This copy lacking one volume, but all volumes present are complete, and there is no numbering of volumes to indicate missing volume. A handsome set, handsomely bound Includes 33 volumes of "La Comedie Humain" plus "A Memoir," "Dramas" (2 vols), and "Letters to Madame Hanska" (2 vols). Katharine Prescott Wormeley (1830-1908) was a noted Civil War relief and hospital worker and one of the most noted translators of her day. She was born in England, where her mother was the daughter of an East-India merchant and the niece of Commodore Edward Preble of the United States Navy. Her father was a sixth-generation Virginian and a great nephew of Edmund Randolph, Attorney General in Washington's Cabinet. In 1848 the family emigrated to the United States, where they would eventually remain. An accomplished French scholar, her work in translating Balzac occupied her from 1885 to 1896. She also translated works by Moliere, Daudet, Duc de Saint-Simon, and Paul Bourget.ADDITIONAL SHIPPING CHARGES WILL BE REQUIRED. Bookseller Inventory # 9608

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Dickens, Charles]

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Item Description: A collection of 197 proof impressions on India paper of uncaptioned engravings for the novels of Charles Dickens, 38 are full-page (about 5" x 7") and laid in, the balance measuring about 4" x 5 1/2" and tipped onto heavy stock. The plates have nice wide margins. Quarto, full green morocco binding by Zaehnsdorf, with multiple gilt fillet borders, gilt dentelle turn-ins, and gilt-paneled spine. Top edge gilt. Front cover cleanly detached but present. Two engraved bookplates, one an armourial plate depicting a lion gripping a Maltese cross, with the name Charles Dickens beneath. Light foxing to a few margins, but the engravings are sharp. Occasional light penciled marginal notes indicating sources, with former owner's numbering system. Among other things, a most impressive cross-section of the work the famous Dalziel brothers, who did the actual engraving for most of the impressions included here, and whose work embraced the production of several outstanding illustrators of Dickens' principal works. The works represented by the present collection, as annotated in pencil within, are: A Tale of Two Cities, Barnaby Rudge, Bleak House, David Copperfield, Dombey and Son, Little Dorrit, Martin Chuzzlewit, Nicholas Nickleby, Our Mutual Friend, Sketches by Boz, The Chimes, and The Old Curiosity Shop. There are 36 plates signed by H. K. Browne ("Phiz"). By Frederick Barnard there are 86 signed and 12 unsigned that are probably* his. Charles Green has signed 11. There are 47 signed by J. Mahoney and 4 unsigned that are probably* his. One plate is signed "SPM".* Note: We say "probably" in each case here because the unsigned ones fall within groups that are otherwise identified by signatures, and the style is consistent with surrounding plates. For additional material on Dickens' artists, see Kitton, Frederic G., Dickens and His Illustrators.Dalziel, Edward (1817-1905) and brother George started the famous Dalziel Brothers engraving firm in 1839. In 1852, another brother, John, joined the firm, and a fourth brother joined in 1860. By that time, their reputation had soared to dominate the so-called generation of the "Sixties," which encompassed roughly the years 1855-1875. They engraved their own artistic work as well as that of other artists, and their association with Charles Dickens has assured them of a high place in the history of the illustrated book. (John Harthan, The History of the Illustrated Book, pp. 204-206; Cambridge Biographical Dictionary, 1990.)Illustrators:Hablot Knight Browne (1815-1882) took the name "Phiz" to complement Dickens' "Boz". Having won Dickens' approval over such competitors as Thackeray, Browne quickly became the novelist's favorite illustrator. His illustrations for the Pickwick Papers began with the fourth number, and as soon as his work began to reach the public, Dickens' popularity gained momentum while Browne became a much sought-after illustrator.Barnard, Frederick (1846-1896) has "come to be considered, par excellence, the illustrator of the famous novelist; indeed, he has been not inaptly termed "the Charles Dickens among black-and-white artists." (Kitton, p. 222) He was much in demand in his day, contributing to Punch, Fun, and the Illustrated London News, among others. He is remembered today principally for his illustrations in the Dickens novels of the famous Household Edition (1871-79). The man who had captured the tawdry side of London low-life is the same delightful illustrator who portrayed the captivating characters that fill Dickens' works. (Philip V. Allingham, Contributing Editor, The Victorian Web, on line.)Green, Charles. This artist contributed 32 illustrations to the Household Edition of "The Old Curiosity Shop" and is known for his subtle portrayal of Dickens' characters, his delicate sense of humor, and fine drawing. He is also highly regarded for his sensitive water colors. "Dickens has never been more sympathetically interpreted than by Charles Green and Fred. Barnard." (Kitton, p. Bookseller Inventory # 11371

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Scholder, Fritz

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Item Description: Scholder, Fritz (illustrator). (Apocrypha Press) Old Scratch Bookworks, 1994. Octavo, handbound in full black anodized pigskin, stamped in blind, laid into a custom-made clamshell box, lined in crimson Moriki paper and covered in white canvas with red title-label inset on front cover. 22 pages, with text hand-set in Truesdell type and printed letterpress in two colors on Rives Heavyweight. Illustrated with four full-page chine-colle etchings on Moriki by Fritz Scholder. One of only 12 copies. Signed by Fritz Scholder. A brilliantly conceived modern rendition of the most popular late medieval devotional work on the subject of death. The 'Cordiale' is an anonymous treatise of religious edification on the Four Last Things: Death, the Last Judgement, Hell, and Heaven. Over seventy printed editions are recorded, in Latin and in the major vernaculars save for Italian. It is possible and probable that this is the only twentieth- century edition. Fritz Scholder, the iternationally renowned painter, sculptor, and printmaker, brings to this version a decidedly strong secular approach in this haunting series of chine-colle etchings, each one of which is accompanied by a blank-verse 'meditation' of extraordinary power. Bookseller Inventory # 2712

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Eliot, George

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Item Description: Warwickshire Edition, Together with "The Life" by J.W. Cross. Boston and New York: Houghton Mifflin (1907). Twenty-five volumes, octavo, handsomely bound in half blue morocco and marbled boards, gilt-tooled spines, with top edges gilt, and marbled endleaves. About 300 pages per volume. Illustrated throughout with photographs commissioned especially for this work, of actual scenes from the life and writings of George Eliot. A very good to fine set. Houghton Mifflin aimed to make this the most complete, fully equipped, and beautiful edition of the novelist's writings. "An entire volume is devoted to new material which has been brought together for the first time as a result of a thorough exploration of the whole field of George Eliot's periodical writing.the Life of George Eliot, by her husband, John Walter Cross, which is practically an autobiography made up from her letters and journals, is also included. The editorial equipment has been carefully planned to provide the reader in a series of introductory notes with such information concerning the personal and geographic backgrounds of the story, the circumstances of its composition, and its success withthe public and the critics as is essential to the fullest enjoyment of the novelist's work.". Bookseller Inventory # 8448

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Romero, Derli

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Item Description: Romero, Derli (illustrator). (San Diego, 1997). Quarto, measuring 8 by 11 inches. Seven leaves of text, and thirteen full-page etchings, all on paper handmade by the artist, laid into a clamshell box covered in indigo cloth emblazoned on the top cover with a cast silver snail with the head of a man. Each of the full-page etchings is on a different color of handmade paper. Bilingual text in Spanish and English, and set in Monotype Arrighi, and printed letterpress by Hal Truschke at Isleta Press, San Diego. Limited to only 30 copies, signed by the artist. 'Symbolic Skin,' an artist's book by Derli Romero, created between 1992 and 1995, conceives of the art of etching as an intimate personal form of communicating aesthetic values that correspond with the iconographic motifs it offers. ".Romero constructs a singular iconographic universe related to urban life, centered in his personal experiences, and conceived with that magic which the surrealists pursued programmatically but which in Mexico occurs naturally." One of the basic resources employed by Romero is the use of hybrid creatures deriving from human anatomy which, if they were a tree or a plant, would sprout unexpected leaf forms that would not obey the laws of logic, yet would not contradict them radically. From a man's breast and his uplifted arms emerge a tangle of serpents. The traditional fire-swallower does not swallow fire, but on the contrary, breathes it out, and his igneous breath solidifies into conformations of animals. Bookseller Inventory # 1090

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Item Description: Hoss, Della Taylor (illustrator). Introduction by Stuart G. Cross. Portfolio of relief prints reproduced from The Trees of Yosemite originally published in 1932. 12 full-page prints, plus Introduction and Colophon leaf, laid into a paper and cloth chemise closed with ribbon ties. Each print is signed in pencil by the artist. Titles set in Truesdale type, designed by Frederic Goudy. Edition limited to 50 copies printed letterpress in two colors on all-rag Somerset Velvet Buff at One Heart Press in San Francisco. Graphic design by Michael Osborne Design. Bookseller Inventory # 1542

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Newton, Isaac [1642-1727]

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Item Description: To which is Prefix'd, A Short Chronicle from the First Memory of Things in Europe, to the Conquest of Persia by Alexander the Great. London: Printed for J. Tonson, 1728. Quarto, bound in modern period-style full tan calf, elegantly tooled in blind on the covers and spine, and brown morocco titling piece. Pp. [xvi], 376, with engraved headpiece and initial letter, and illustrated with three engraved folding plates of the Temple of Solomon. Top joint cracked with cover virtually detached. Rear cover joint tender but only rubbed. Small ink stamp on endleaf. One blank re-margined leaf at front used for a manuscript table of contents (10 lines in ink) headed with the inscription: "Ex Libris Joannis Brooke" in an old hand. Small hole in outer margin of title page and one prelim, possibly just a small paper flaw, and not affecting text in any way. Internal contents very fine and tight, almost like new. First Edition. Wallis 309; Babson 215. Bookseller Inventory # 7501

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Beckett, Samuel

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Item Description: Quadflieg, Roswitha (illustrator). Deutsch von Elmar Tophoven. Mit 11 Holzstichen von Roswitha Quadflieg. Hamburg: Raamin-Presse, 1976. Quarto, bound by Christian Zwang in blind-stamped brown Roma paper over boards. 35 pages, illustrated with eleven fine wood engravings by Roswitha Quadflieg, printed directly from the blocks. Text handset in Madison-Antiqua, and printed letterpress by Roswitha Quadflieg on Butten-Werkdruck paper in a limited edition of 170 copies. Signed in the colophon by Roswitha Quadflieg, and with another signed note laid in at the front. The seventh book of the distinquished German private press. A very fine copy. Bookseller Inventory # 3781

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Humboldt, Al[exander] von

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Item Description: Paris: Chez N. Maze, no date (1824 or later, but often catalogued as 1816-24, see below). Two volumes, octavo, bound in contemporary marbled sheep, with decorative gilt paneled spine, leather titling pieces, and marbled endleaves and edges. Pp. (2), 392; (4), 411, (3), with 19 (of which 7 are hand-colored) engraved plates. Covers worn and joints cracked. Internal contents show light foxing and occasional marginal soil, but still very good, and with superb impressions of all the plates. "Every class of Mexican or Aztec, and Peruvian antiquities, receives in this work the clearest philosophical analysis; indeed, it is the most beautiful and generally interesting of Humboldt's works." See Sabin 33754; Pillig: Bibliography of the Languages of the North American Indians, #1871. First octavo edition. On verso of half titles: "Imprimerie de Smith (1816), Excepté les titres qui sont de l'Imprimerie de Stahl (1824)". Humboldt went to Madrid with botanist Aime Bonpland, and obtained special permission and passports from King Charles II to explore South America. Once there, they studied the flora, fauna, and topography of the continent. In addition, von Humboldt mapped over 1700 miles of the Orinoco River, and discovered the first known example of an animal that produces electricity--the electric eel. This he followed with a trip to the Andes and a partial ascent climb of Mt. Chimborazo (in Ecuador), then believed to be the tallest mountain in the world. They reached an elevation of 18,000 feet before a wall-like cliff prevented further progress. Later, von Humboldt discovered and measured the Peruvian Current off the west coast of South America. In 1803 they explored Mexico, where von Humboldt was offered a position in the Mexican cabinet, which he graciously refused. Bookseller Inventory # 10878

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Murphy, Audie

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Item Description: New York: Henry Holt, (1949). Octavo, cloth-backed boards, in a dust wrapper. 274 pages. Dust wrapper lightly worn at corners and spine ends, but still a very good copy. First Printing. This copy inscribed and signed by Audie Murphy. Bookseller Inventory # 11062

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La Fontaine, Jean De

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Item Description: Eisen, Charles (illustrator). Illustrated with the eighty-five original plates by Eisen. Paris: J. Lemonnyer; and New York: E. F. Bonaventure, 1883. Octavo, two volumes, beautifully bound by Emile Rousselle in full blue morocco, with ornately gilt-tooled spine in six compartments, raised bands, embroided silk headbands, French-fillet gilt borders on each cover, tan morocco doublures ornately gilt, blue moire silk endleaves, extra marbled endleaves, with original mustard-colored wrappers bound in. Pp. 252, 334. Illustrated with 176 engraved plates, of which 85 are by Charles Eisen, and many of which appear in two or more states. Each of the two volumes features an extra hand-painted title page with miniature vignettes by F. Coinetre and signed in pen. Edition limited to 400 copies, of which this is one of 50 copies on Papier de Chine. Bookplate of Marcus Crahan. Joints just starting at top, but otherwise a fine copy. A great landmark in French rococo book illustration by one of the four acknowledged masters of the period. Henri Cohen remarked that Eisen's illustrations brought together "the maximum of grace, finish, and perfection" and that he "excelled in voluptuous subjects and knew how to give inexpressible charm to everything which makes women attractive." Eisen eventually held positions at court, including that of drawing master to Madame Pompadour. Although Eisen in his old age was "devoured by gout and tormented by the evils which are the consequence of libertinage and debauch," he is credited with bringing to full flower the tradition of gallant illustration initiated by Boucher. Bookseller Inventory # 4992

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Snodgrass, W. D.

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Item Description: McGraw, DeLoss (illustrator). Six hand-colored etchings by DeLoss McGraw, in dialogue with the poem "W. D. Meets Mr. Evil While Removing the Record of Bartok and Replacing it with a Recent Recording of the Everly Brothers in order to Create a Mood Conducive to Searching for Cock Robin." (San Diego: Brighton Press, 1985). Ten letterpress printed leaves, of which six are four-page signatures that each enclose an individual hand-colored etching by DeLoss McGraw, laid in. Small octavo, measuring 3-3/4 by 5-1/2 inches, with signatures and etchings laid into a clamshell box of pictorial cloth by DeLoss McGraw. Limited to 50 copies printed on Rives BFK, signed by W. D. Snodgrass and DeLoss McGraw. A fine copy. DeLoss McGraw is well known for using literature and poetry as inspiration for his work, often working in collaboration with contemporary writers and poets. Some of the most beautiful and striking examples of these collaborations have been the beautiful livres d'artiste produced with poet W.D. Snodgrass and the superb artisans of Brighton Press in San Diego. This is one of the three such works. Like all the others, it quickly sold out and is now quite scarce. Bookseller Inventory # 7554

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Gardiner, John Smallman

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Item Description: London: Printed for R. Griffiths, 1750. Full contemporary calf, with red morocco titling piece extending nearly the full length of the spine. Octavo, pp. [i-iv], v-viii; 1-56. Top cover cleanly detached but present; cover extremities a little worn. Inner hinge starting to crack at title page. A nice clean copy throughout, complete with half-title. Rare. CBEL II, 1559; Schwerdt I, p. 197. Bookseller Inventory # 11877

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de Kooning, Willem

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Item Description: Walker and Company: New York (1967). Quarto, hardcover, in a (price-clipped) dust wrapper. 56 pages, illustrated with 24 charcoal drawings executed by de Kooning in 1966 and reproduced to exact size. One of 100 copies signed by de Kooning. This copy is unnumbered. A very good to fine copy. Bookseller Inventory # 2831

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Morrison, Toni

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Item Description: New York, 1974. Octavo, orange cloth, stamped in gold, in a dust wrapper. 174 pages. Dust wrapper shows only very slight wear at top of spine, with short closed tear at bottom of spine, but still a very good to fine copy. First Edition of this Nobel Prize-winning author's second book. Bookseller Inventory # 5371

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Sparrman, Anders

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Item Description: Introduction and Notes by Owen Rutter. Wood engravings by Peter Barker-Mill. (London): Golden Cockerel Press, 1944. Folio, gilt-stamped olive buckram with leather spine label. 218, [1] pages, with 13 wood-engravings by Peter Barker-Mill. Text set in Perpetua type and printed on Arnold's mould-made paper. One of 350 numbered copies. Name in ink of New Zealand-American botanist Lucy Cranwell Smith. Covers lightly rubbed at extremities, but still a very good copy. Cockalorum 162. First Edition in English of this eye-witness account of a three-year voyage with Captain Cook. The translation is by Huldine Beamish and Averil Mackenzie-Grieve. ".the artist chosen to illustrate this great book produced a collection of engravings which were revolutionary, and a highly successful step forward in the adaptation of the wood-engraving medium to modern art. Blocks like Icebergs with Aurora Borealis fill me with wonder and joy, and a pride in having been directly responsible for giving him the opportunity to express himself in these terms." ("Cockalorum" by Christopher Sandford). Bookseller Inventory # 7894

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London, Jack

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Item Description: London: Mills and Boon Limited, no date (1915). Octavo, rebound in blue library buckram, with gilt-titled spine. [6], 280 pages, plus 24 pages of ads at back. Blank leaf before half-title affixed with the Signature of Jack London clipped from a check, set beneath a vintage snapshot of London (1-1/4 by 1-1/2 inches) affixed to the same page. Pages browned as usual due to poor quality, but internal contents otherwise very good. Photo postcard of "The Wolf House" ruins at Jack London Ranch laid in. First English Edition. BAL 11915. Bookseller Inventory # 9081

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Victoria, Queen of Great Britain (1819-1901)

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Item Description: .from 1848 to 1861. To which are prefixed and added extracts from the same journal giving an account of earlier visits to Scotland, and tours in England and Ireland and yachting excursions. Ed. by Arthur Helps. Second Edition. London: Smith, Elder and Co., 1868. Octavo, original green publisher's cloth over beveled boards, stamped in gold. [xx], 315 pages. Frontispiece and one other full page steel engraving as called for. A very good copy. This copy inscribed and signed by the Queen herself: "To Viscount H********? from Victoria R.I., Windsor Castle, Nov: 29, 1868." A very good to fine copy. Victoria was the first English monarch since Charles I to make a home in Scotland, and the very first to write about it for the public. Her love of Scotland began as a young girl with the novels of Sir Walter Scott, of whom she was a lifelong fan. In 1848 she and Albert took a lease on Balmoral Castle and its associated estate of nearly eighteen thousand acres, and from that time forward her attachment to Scotland grew. In 1858 they purchased the estate and soon began to build a newer and larger castle only one hundred yards away. Here they were able to throw off the protocols of court and to live more as a family. By her own accounts, her summer retreats spent at Balmoral with Albert and her children were among the happiest days of her life. In this work she relates in perfect candor the daily round of their lives in the Scottish Highlands. Bookseller Inventory # 10958

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Porche, Verandah

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Item Description: Mareneck, Susan (illustrator). Poems by Verandah Porche. Engravings by Susan Mareneck. North Leverett, Massachusetts: See Through Books (1986). Large quarto, beautifully bound by Daniel Kelm in red swirling paste-paper boards, with exposed sewing along the spine, and enclosed in a chemise of ochre cloth over boards with magnetic closure. 32 pages, composed in Janson and Cochin Open types at Golgonooza Letter Foundry. Printed on T.H. Saunders paper at Wild Carrot Letterpress. Beautifully illustrated with nine large engravings on copper printed directly from the plate by Greta Lintvedt at the Cheloniidae Press. LIMITED TO 50 COPIES sIGNED BY BOTH THE POET AND THE ARTIST. A mint copy. Verandah Porche is a well-known poet and performer who resides in rural Vermont. Her work explores the relationships of individuals and their communities. For years she has pursued an alternative literary career conducting collaborative writing projects in nontraditional settings such as crisis centers, hospitals, factories, nursing homes, and senior centers. Her work work has been featured on NPR's "Artbeat," on NH Public Radio's "Front Porch," and in the Vermont State House. In 1998, the Vermont Arts Council awarded her its Citation of Merit, honoring her contribution to the state's cultural life. "From its ochre slipcase and the red combed paper of its cover to its flawless printing and unusual binding, 'Glancing Off' is in every respect an object reflecting great devotion and meticulous care. As a setting for the delicate, almost mystical engravings of Susan Mareneck, and the spare, direct poems of Verandah Porche, the book, designed by Cathy Rogers, provides a locus for the meeting of three women who have shared with each other important parts of their lives for twenty years.". Bookseller Inventory # 1926

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Rosenbach, A.S.W.

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Item Description: With Bibliographical Descriptions of the Books in His Private Collection. Foreword by A. Edward Newton. Portland: The Southworth Press, 1933. Quarto, bound in full blue pigskin stamped in gold and black, with raised bands and top edge gilt, enclosed in a plush-lined slip case of black cloth with printed cover label. Pp.lix, 354, indexed and profusely illustrated, including 23 hand-colored plates. One of only 88 copies on Zerkall Halle paper, and signed by A.S.W. Rosenbach. Slip case nicely reinforced with black cloth tape. Spine lightly faded, but otherwise a fine copy of the Deluxe First Edition. From the Library of Barton Currie, with his leather bookplate. Scarce. According to Rosenbach this collection was started in 1835 by his uncle Moses Polock, who was employed by a Philadelphia publisher who had a large stock of American juvenile books. In 1900 the collection passed into the hands of Dr. Rosenbach who, with characteristic avidity built it into the finest collection of its kind anywhere in the world. In all, there are 816 titles described, with fascinating annotations by Millicent Sowerby (who ghost-wrote the catalogue) throughout. The delightful 59-page Introduction by Rosenbach comprises a most interesting capsule history of early American juvenile literature and publishing. Bookseller Inventory # 4660

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Beardsley, Aubrey

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Item Description: Beardsley, Aubrey (illustrator). (Originally) Illustrated by Aubrey Beardsley and Published in MDCCCXCIII, also those made for the covers of the Issue in Parts and a Facsimile of the Merlin Drawing. With a Foreword by Aymer Vallance, and a Note on the Omitted Designs by Rainforth Armitage Walker. London: J.M. Dent, 1927. Quarto, calf-backed vellum boards, ornately stamped in gold with the design by Beardsley used for the original Morte D'Arthur. 45 pages, printed on handmade paper. Limited to 300 copies. Boards a little warped as usual, joints starting, but covers still in very good condition. Internal contents are fine. Lasner #22D. Often referred to as the Morte Darthur Portfolio (from the half-title), and issued in conjunction with the publication of the third edition, which was the first edition to incorporate these formerly omitted drawings. This special edition was intended for the owners of the deluxe vellum issue of the original Morte D'Arthur, which was also limited to 300 copies. Bookseller Inventory # 6038

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