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London: Allan Bell & Co., 1837. Full Leather. First American. Originally bound in two volumes comprising the entire set of four volumes. Original leather covered boards with border of gold and blind embossing. Professionally re-backed in burgundy leather with three raised bands and gold tilting with matching full leather slipcase with marbled paper lining. Endpapers also replaced. Photographs gladly provided. Very Good.
Burlington, VT: University of Vermont Libraries, 1992. Hard Cover. First Edition. Dark mustard cloth covered boards with an exposed linen stitch binding at spine. This is one of 100 copies of this publication published by the University of Vermont Libraries to accompany an exhibition of the same name that was bound by Stephanie Westnedge for friends of the Janus Press.
This edition signed by Westnedge and inscribed by Janus Press founder Claire Van Vliet to the recipient. Fine.
Chester Springs, PA: Dufour Editions, Inc., 1969. Hardcover. First Edition. First Printing. 240 pp. 8vo. Scuffing to dust jacket, some staining, small closed tear at upper left corner of front panel, now in mylar cover. Some stainng to foredge, clean within.
A survey of the work of the following presses: Daniel, Kelmscott, Vale, Eragny, Ashendene, Essex House, Doves, Golden Cockerel, Gregynog, and Shakespeare Head. Fine / very good.
Cincinnati, OH: The Pettibone Bros. Mfg. Co., 1895. Hardcover. Twelfth Edition. 488 pp. 16mo. Brown cloth boards with blind embossed borders to front and rear boards, gold embossed heraldic symbol on cover board, gold embossed titling to spine. Slight mottling to exterior boards from age, two pinpoint holls at base of front hinge. Publishers ads front and rear pastedowns, clean within. Very Good.
Dallas, TX: Pressworks Publishing, 1981. Hard Cover. Limited Edition. 90 pp. 4to. Light buff colored blank dust jacket. Quarter cloth binding with list of books within printed on pastepaper cover, very light color variation. Clean and crisp with errata slip laid in.
Published in an edition of 225 copies, 1-200 offered for sale. Unisgned, and appears to be copy "B", see photograph. Fine / Fine.
Burlington, VT: The Robert Hull Fleming Museum, 1975. Hard Cover. First Edition. 42 pp. Most likely bound by The Janus Press as a keepsake for subscribers and friends, although composed and printed by the Stinehour Press. Paper covered boards with a brown cloth spine and small applied paper label to title. Gift inscription dated 1976 from Claire Van Vliet on second free endpaper. An exceptional copy of the catalog raisonne of the first twenty years of The Janus Press.
London: Royal Society of London, 1787/1821/1833. Three Quarter Leather. First Edition. Volume I: Vol. 1-70. 801 pp. 8vo. Volume II: Vol. 71-110 & 111-120. 225, 101 pp. 4to. Library binding, tan leather spine with gold embossed titling, call number labels on each volume. Interiors clean, ex-library stamp on title page, and occurring sporadically within. Pages were trimmed slightly when rebound.
Complete printed indexes of Volumes 1-120 of the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Each index arranged in two formats, alphabetical by subject and alphabetical by author. Rare in having three complete indexes (in two volumes) covering the years 1665 to 1830, Vol I: 1665-1780; Vol. II 1781-1820 & 1821-1830. Very Good.
New York: The University Society Inc., 1917. Hardcover. As. 4to. Green cloth boards with gold embossed titling to spine, "Nature Lovers Library" logo on lower right corner of the front board of each volume. Slight scuffing to covers from use, very clean within. Encyclopedic set on the natural world with both color and black and white illustrations. In original, rare wood shipping crate, emblazoned with "Nature Lovers Library. Six Volumes. Buckram" on ends. Lacking lid. Heavy set, will require additional shipping. Very Good.
New York: Swann Galleries, 2005-2007. Wraps. First Edition. First Printing. 162, 170, 187 pp. 4to. Light wear and scuffing but very clean with no markings within. Absentee bid sheets removed from Volumes I and II. Prices realized for each auction laid into each volume.
Christian Fechner (1944-2008) was one of the premiere collectors of magic memorabilia. This three part sale, over three years, was one of the largest of its kind and was completed a year before Fechner's death at the age of 64. Very Good.