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Worcester, MA: American Antiquarian Society, 1820. Quarter Leather. First Edition. 436 pp. 8vo. Printed by William Manning for the Society. Bound later in life in brown quarter leather with seven blind embossed bands and light brown paper covered boards. Discreet ink discard stamp from the Utica Public Library in each volume from the. Fourteen plates, all intact, of which seven are folding, including a large map of Ohio, on which the majoirty of this volume concentrates. Photographs gladly provided. Very Good.
Minneapolis, MN: Pillsbury Flour Mills Company, 1933. Spiral Bound. First Edition. First Printing. 8vo. Aluminum Art Deco case serves as the jacket for this rare Pillsbury Cookbook. The case has minor wear with a few scratches here and there, but in amazing condition for its age and uniqueness. The rear cover has some type of plastic residue that has attached itself to the aluminum, likely can be removed. Recipe book consists of a ring binder with tabs for each section that is in Fine condition with nary a blemish. Very Good.
Paris: Gabriel Martin, Jean Baptiste Coignard, Hippolyte Guerin, 1730. Hardcover. First Edition. , 395, 4to. Brown paper over boards binding that is relatively recent, five raised bands at spine, number "1705" written in ink on spine -- appears as though the binder wanted to mimic an early vellum binding. Green ribbon marker bound in. Pages clean, worm holes along upper right margin of entire text block but not unnecessarily distracting. Text in French.
Amonton's first report of his inventions of the sea and mercury barometers. His work paved the way for the later determination of at what temperature Absolute Zero is achieved. Very Good.
London: Macmillan and Co., Limited, 1934. First Edition. lxvi, 996 pp. 4to. Green cloth buckram binding with gold embossed titling to spine, minor scuffing from shelf wear. Ex-Library stamps on first free endpaper, title page.
Volume contains a number of important papers: “The Positron” by Carl Anderson (pp. 313–316); “Production of Induced Radioactivity by High Velocity Protons” by J. D. Cockcroft, C. W. Gilbert and E. T. S. Walton (p. 328); “Radioactivity Induced by Neutron Bombardment” by Enrico Fermi (p. 757); “Mass of the Neutron” by Irène Joliot-Curie and Jean Frédéric Joliot-Curie (pp. 721–722); “Possible Production of Elements of Atomic Number Higher than 92” by Enrico Fermi (pp. 898–899); “Exchange Forces between Neutrons and Protons, and Fermi’s Theory” by Igor Tamm and “Interaction of Neutrons.....
London: Royal Society of London, 1869. Hardcover. First Edition. iv, v, , , 28, -812 pp. 4to. Library binding, tan leather spine with gold embossed titling. Interiors clean, ex-library stamp on title page, and occurring sporadically within. Numerous folding plates that illustrate articles. Pages were trimmed slightly when rebound.
Thomas Andrews' (1813-1885) paper explaining his discovery of the "critical point," the temperature above which no gas can be liquified by any pressure. Also contains J. Norman Lockyer's "Spectroscopic Observations of the Sun. -- No. II" (pp. 425-444). Very Good.
London: Royal Society of London, 1856. Hardcover. First Edition. iv, , v, -951 pp. 4to. Library binding, tan leather spine with gold embossed titling. Interiors clean, ex-library stamp on title page, and occurring sporadically within. Numerous folding plates that illustrate articles. Pages were trimmed slightly when rebound.
Thomas Andrews (1813-1885) shows that ozone is oxygen in allotropic form. Also contains Michael Faraday's "Experimental Researches--Thirtieth Series" (pp. 159-180); G. B. Airy's "Account of Pendulum Experiments Undertaken in the Harton Colliery, for the Purpose of Determining the Mean Density of the Earth" (Volume 146 pp. 297-355, 1856); and William Thomson's "The Bakerian Lecture. On the Electro-dynamic Qualities of Metals" (pp. 649-751). Very Good.
New York: Leonard Scott Publishing Company, 1867. Three Quarter Leather. First Edition. 282, 282 pp. 4to. Three quarter leather binding with light tan corners and spine, gold embossed titling on dark black and dark red patches, five raised bands. Marbled paper insets to front and rear boards, marbled endpapers. Clean within.
Fleeming Jenkin (1833-1885) was an English engineer and scientist who discovered and exposed an error in Darwin's statement of his Theory of Evolution. Not knowing about genetics, Darwin believed that evolution took place through the "blending" of inherited characteristics. Jenkin showed that this blending would lead to the inability of individual mutations to survive in the population. Very Good.
Armitage, Merle. New York: E. Weyhe, 1944. Hardcover. Limited Edition. First Printing. 403 pp. 8vo. Bright red dust jacket with significant fading, small chips and tears, tape repairs on verso, now in mylar cover. Blue cloth boards with dust jacket replicated in red on cover board and spine, slight scuffing. Red endpapers with Armitage's "MA" monogram printed on the front pastedown, "E W" on rear pastedown with a drawing compass assumed to be the symbol of E. Weyhe. Folded promotional flyer for the edition laid in. [Purcell 13].
A collection of autobiographical essays connecting Armitage to artists and celebrities of the time as well as some depth on his work as a designer. Printed in a limited edition of 1,675 copies, this copy is inscribed.....
Brown, Grace Marion. Los Angeles, CA: Jake Zeitlin, 1929. Wraps. First Edition. 8vo. Heavy black paper dust jacket with printed paper title label pasted to front cover. Scuffing and wear to cover, dust jacket beginning to split at foot along spine. Merle Armitage's first book, a small volume that led to dozens of books authored, designed and published by Merle Armitage. [Purcell 1].
Printed in an edition of 500 copies in June 1929 by the Mayers Company of Los Angeles. Decorations by Grace Marion Brown, typography by Grant Dahlstrom. Very Good / Very Good.
New York: WM. E. Rudge's Sons, 1945. Hardcover. First Edition. 71 pp. 4to. Black cloth boards with silver titling to cover and spine. No dust jacket, as issued. Interior pages have light age toning from age. Housed in original black cloth covered slipcase. [Purcell 14].
An amazing treatise, with numerous examples of how Merle Armitage designed a book, including 11 ideas and suggestions that grace the front pastedown. Armitage's designs, at times, were ground breaking in book design and this volumes lets one into the creative process as he practiced it for decades. Produced in an edition of 5,000 copies, 2,000 were bound in wraps, this is one of the 3,000 hardcover copies with a slipcase. Fine.
Brooklyn, NY: George McKibben & Son, 1949. Hardcover. First Edition. 30 pp. 8vo. Striking red graphic design on yellow cloth boards with black titling. Minor bumping to corners, clean within. Small, tasteful bookplate of "Jackson Burke" on front pastedown. No dust jacket as issued. [Purcell 18].
No. 3 McKibben Monograph Series. Armitage's treatise takes book designers and publishers to task for not keeping up with the times and designing books with a new combination of paper, type, and construction that reflects the time in which they are designing. Except for him, of course. Very Good.
Kent, Rockwell. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1932. Hardcover. Limited Edition. vii, 72 pp. 8vo. Heavy black paper dust jacket with titlinig in a deep, bright blue that matches the cloth boards, small chips at flap creases, 3/4 piece missing at top of rear panel, small 1" loss at top of rear panel fold, old tape repairs at head and foot of spine on verso and not evident on front of cover, now in mylar cover. Cloth boards in same bright blue with a black cloth spine and gold tilting to both spine and cover board. Minor scuffing to foot of boards, very clean within, text block has a deckled edge at head and foredge. Contains numerous plates of Kent's work, from paintings to advertising.....
New York: G. Schirmer Inc., 1936. Hardcover. Limited Edition. v, 245 pp. 8vo. Terracotta dust jacket with vibrant blue printing, which is replicated on the cover boards. Dust jacket has split at spine with a 1" loss at foot, remaining rear panel and flap present and now encased in mylar cover. Scarce with any semblance of a dust jacket. Interior quite clean and includes 8 photographic portraits by Edward Weston. [Purcell 40]. Fine / Fair.
Armitage, Isabelle. Yucca Valley, CA: Manzanita Press, 1961. Wraps. First Edition. Unpag. 4to. Gray, red, and blue printed design on heavy paper wraps with slight sunning at upper edge. Clean within. Heavily illustrated with black and white photographs of the Benidictine monastery and its residents.
A classic Armitage production using bold colors offset by black and white photographs. Photographs are by his wife, Isabelle. Very Good.
New York: Duell, Sloan and Pearce, 1959. Hardcover. First Edition. viii, 160 pp. 8vo. Marketed as "First Limited Edition." Colorful yellow, blue, and red dust jacket with striking design by Merle Armitage; minor scuffing and sunning which slightly darkens the spine, now in mylar cover. Yellow cloth boards with blue embossed type. Yellow endpapers sport an map of Dysarts claims on the front endpapers, along with previous owner's address stamps; rear pastedown serves as the colophon for this edition. Chapter heads all designed by Armitage. [Purcell 24].
An engaging biography by Merle Armitage (1893-1975), who also provided the stunning design of this book, of Stella Dysart (1878-1966) who struck it rich in uranium in New Mexico in 1955. A controversial figure in the oil business.....
New York: E. Weyhe, 1956. Hardcover. Limited Edition. 99 pp. 8vo. Red and white printed boards. Some soiling and scuffing from use. Clean within. No dust jacket as issued. Also contains essay, "Merle Armitage" by Robert Marks. [Purcell 104].
Early bibliography of Armitage's work. This copy is inscribed by Armitage in his distinctive blue pen on the first free endpaper, "Robert D. Loken/from/Merle Armitage/1958" along with the address of Manzanita Ranch stamped in red at the lower right corner of the page. Printed in an edition of 500 copies, one of the 350 that were hardbound. Good.
Detroit, MI: Detroit Public Library, 1942. Wraps. First Edition. 16 pp. 8vo. Blue paper wraps with a white paper label pasted from rear to front on which the title is printed in red and black. Very minor scuffing, clean within. Endpapers illustrated with red silhouettes of fighting ships from Armitages book, "United States Navy" published in 1940. Laid in is a sheet indicating that this is Keepsake No. 71 from The American Institute of Graphic Arts.
A simple and delightful design by Armitage of this little pamphlet listing his work contained within the Detroit Library and the focus of an exhibition from August 17 - September 19, 1942. A jewel! OCLC shows holdings in only 6 institutions. Very Good.
Napolitano, Giovanni. Yucca Valley, CA: Manzanita Press, 1963. Wraps. Limited Edition. 14 pp. 8vo. Yellow, black, and red printed wraps. Very clean copy. Image of St. Francis at first free endpaper by Giovanni Napolitano; second image of St. Francis at last free endpaper by Edward O'Brien. [Purcell 27].
Printed in an edition of 250 copies. OCLC shows holdings in only 6 institutions. Fine.
Fresno, CA: The Academy Guild Press, 1964. Hardcover. Limited Edition. 99 pp. 8vo. Yellow dust jacket with sytlized Southwest design and Merle Armitage's monogram gracing the front panel; overall scuffing present, now in mylar cover. beige cloth boards that replicate the dust jacket cover and spine, very clean within and sporting black endpapers with a reverse printed and stylized bird on the front first free endpaper, Christ on the cross on the rear first free endpaper. [Purcell 26].
A crisp, cohesive Armitage design. According to the colophon, this edition of 1500 copies was printed in 1964; copyright page indicates printing in 1960 but a stamp on that same page designates this a "DE LUXE EDITION, 1964". You figure it out. Fine / Fair...
New York: Duell, Sloan and Pearce, 1958. Hardcover. First Edition. 188 pp. 8vo. Minimal scuffing do dust jacket with very small chips at corners, now in mylar cover. Orange cloth boards with an exuberant and colorful type design embossed to front board and spine. Equally exhuberant Armitage design to endpapers and title page. [Purcell 23]. Very Good / Very Good.
New York: Duell, Sloan & Pearce, 1947. Hardcover. First Edition. First Printing. 58 pp. 4to. "Album" at rear of photographs and drawings unpaginated. Gray dust jacket with scuffing and wear, now in mylar cover. Light blue paper covered boards with navy blue bloth spine and gold embossed titling. Clean within. [Purcell 15]. Very Good / Very Good.