Title: 21 Engravings
Book Condition: Fine
St. Charles, IL: privately printed, 1951. Edition limited to 500 unnumbered copies, pulled from the original 42 blocks engraved by Bewick; in two unpaginated volumes of 21 wood engravings each (Perhaps a better title would have been 42 Engravings), the set housed in complimentary slipcase in decorative paper. 8vo (22cm x 15cm) in green morocco half leather over decorative paper featuring images of Bewick’s engravings, gilt decoration and titles to spines, silk place holders. In the early 1940’s Ferriss purchased a number of ‘little black blocks’ from a Chicago bookseller. Bewick’s work as a wood engraver was unknown to her at the time, but she took care to learn about her little blocks of ink-stained wood and produced this edition of nicely printed images from Bewick’s Quadrupeds and British Birds, which are presented here in company with selections from the original texts. Wear to the extremities of the slipcase, faded at the edges; spines uniformly sun-faded to a not unattractive brown, nothing untoward. A bright, clean set with sharp images from Bewick’s best work. Bookseller Inventory # 1030
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Store Description: TRILLIUM ANTIQUARIAN BOOKS OUR COLLECTIONS Trillium's Catalogue of Antiquarian Books comprises several collections-- Country Life, Natural History, Canadiana, Literature, Images, and Curiosities. The Trillium Antiquarian Catalogue always will be of a modest size, but I hope it always will be worthy of your interest. You can explore our collections when you visit our web site at www.trilliumbooks.ca. COUNTRY LIFE One way or another, these antiquarian books address the need 'to be versed in country things'. You will find, for example, English farming books from the 18th century, books for anglers, whether by fly or worm, dating almost back to Walton, gardening and horticulture books, studies of apiculture and classic landscape design. Almost any part of the world will do, so long as there are flowers or fish or bees. Because I am someone who has tried his hand at farming, you may find a special antiquarian book on barns or cattle raising or you may find early seed catalogues or herbals with cures and potions which sometimes worked. ANTIQUARIAN NATURAL HISTORY Almost any part of the world will do, too, when it comes to early studies of Natural History. My earliest interest is ornithology, birds and bird books, and so, while you are unlikely to find an elephant folio Audubon in the collection, Alexander Wilson's bird books likely will be on offer or Bewick's or Morris's. Look for early geographies and look for botanical studies of native North American and European plants published on either side of the eighteenth- nineteenth century divide. I do not shrink from some Latin here. Much of our early scientific, as distinct from mythic, zoology (botany, too) originated with the observations of travelers and explorers (that, after all, is where Darwin came in), and therefore you will find journals and memoirs of those who journeyed in the name of science or merely out of curiosity to the Arctic, the Yucatan, or the outskirts of Philadelphia. CANADIANA COLLECTION Our Canadiana collection cuts across all the other categories and some others to boot. It certainly includes interesting editions of the work of early settlers in this part of English Canada-- the Strickland sisters, Susannah Moodie and Catharine Parr Traill, and later arrivals such as Robertson Davies; but you will find as well works on the Canadian arctic and the commentaries of British visitors or wandering Americans, together perhaps with the only Golden Cockerel publication of a Canadian title. LITERATURE COLLECTION Our Literature Collection casts a wide net and catches sermons, novels, essays, poems, letters, and satiric sketches. You may find a 17th century translation of The Consolation of Philosophy or a copy of The Catcher in the Rye in just the right dust wrapper. As someone who started out as a middle American and not an Upper Canadian, I am always on the lookout for an early Mark Twain or something unusual by the other kid from Newark, Stephen Crane. ANTIQUE IMAGES, ILLUSTRATED BOOKS, MAPS If you examine under magnification a Bewick wood-engraving (even a tail-piece at a chapter end), you will begin to understand something about the relation of image and text. Sometimes the images collected here still reside with their texts, as in the illustrated books you will find here, but sometimes they have been separated (courtesy of the book-breaker or simple entropy) and are offered in this collection as separate maps, lithographs, wood-engravings, or wood-cuts of interest in their own right. A COLLECTION OF CURIOSITIES I find an illustrated technical monograph on cockroaches or a treatise on water dowsing by a German count hard to resist and therefore have decided not to. Look for intriguing oddities such as these in this collection-- a commercial fisher would call them the by-catch and pitch them into the sea from whence they came, but these are too good to throw back. BOOK