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London: Thomas Davison, for the Proprietors of the Collection, 1815. Leather. First Edition. 481 pp., including Index. Subtitle, "Or, a Descriptive Catalogue of a Rare and Rich Collection of Early English Poetry; in the Possession of Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown. Illustrated by Occasional Extracts and Remarks, Critical and Biographical." Original full-leather covers have been attached to a new, brown cloth spine. Original leather title-block has been pasted onto the new spine. Blind-stamped, gilt lettering and rules on the title block are somewhat worn and faded. Title-block is missing the lower right-hand corner, but lettering is unaffected. Front and rear covers have matching blind-stamped, bright gilt rules and a gilt center medallion which reads, " Franc et Loyal." Portions of these rules are faded...
New York: Pynson Printers, 1938. Hardcover. First Edition. 157 pp. B/w ills. Gray and green cover shows a woman bathing in a well while four men ignore her, their heads in books. Green lettering on front cover, a green spine with gray lettering. Title page has illus. in red. This book in the Colophon New Series includes articles on familiar "small college" quotations, an illustrated "Recollections of a Private Printer," the trial books of Dante Gabriel Rossetti, William Byrd II of Westover, and more. An article suggesting that readers select an artist to do individual Christmas cards is accompanied by five lovely prints. Margins of the first three have a rust mark from a paper clip. Includes period advertising. The Colophon features articles edited by...
New York: Pynson Printers, 1935. Hardcover. 159 pp. B/w ills. Ivory cover has illus. in green and white, green title block on bottom front cover, a green spine with white lettering. Cover clean and tight in chipped glassine jacket. Title page has illus. in red. This first edition of the Colophon New Series includes articles on America's first Bibles, Oscar Wegelin's recollections of Herman Melville, "Stephen Collins Foster: Dramatic Collaborator," Lawrance Thompson on Longfellow's original sin of imitation, a note of Ernest Hemingway, some recent books abour paper, and more. Includes period advertising. The Colophon features articles edited by and written for collectors and bookmen, and included illuminated manuscripts,famous collections, fine printing, and English and American literature. The Colophon original series ran from 1930 -...
New York: Pynson Printers, 1938. Cloth. 141 pp. B/w ills. Gray and red cover shows a woman bathing in a well while four men ignore her, their heads in books. Red lettering on front cover, a red spine with gray lettering. Title page has illus. in red. This book in the Colophon New Series includes articles on modern first editions; a poet at the phonic shrine; "Far From the Madding Crowd" on the American stage; Thomas Hardy in America; Dumas revises the Three Musketeers; and more. Includes period advertising. The Colophon features articles edited by and written for collectors and bookmen, and includes illuminated manuscripts, famous collections, fine printing, and English and American literature. The Colophon original series ran from 1930 - 1935. Very Good.
New York: Pynson Printers, 1938. Hardcover. 164 pp. B/w ills. Gray and brown cover shows a woman bathing in a well while four men ignore her, their heads in books. Brown lettering on front cover, a brown spine with gray lettering. Title page has illus. in red. This book in the Colophon New Series includes articles on the rising tide of genealogical publications in America, a letter by Hartley Coleridge, John Farrar's "Footnotes to a Publisher's Sunday," on collecting A.E. Housman, the pursuit of a first folio, and more. Includes period advertising. The Colophon features articles edited by and written for collectors and bookmen, and includes illuminated manuscripts, famous collections, fine printing, and English and American literature. The Colophon original series ran from 1930 -...
New York: American Art Association. Anderson Galleries Inc., 1938. Wraps. First Edition. 349 pp. B/w ills. Catalog of Sale No. 4385, April 5-8, 1939. Part I Catalog (A-H). Covers a bit soiled, unworn. Interior has a faint trace of damp stain along front edge. Text unmarked and unaffected. A nice complete catalog with descriptive listings and quite a few ills. Laid in are three newspaper clippings of results of these sales. Very Good.
New Haven, CT: Yale University Printing Service/Stinehour Press, 1994. Wraps. First Edition. A slipcased edition of facsimiles of the following three titles: "The American Revolution" by Robert Rhymer, "The Juvenile National Calerndar," and "The Pilgrims." Also includes a a 4 pp. introductory brochure by Betsy Beinecke Shirley, whose collection (the Betsy Beinecke Shirley Collection of American Children's Literature) the originals were reproduced from and now resides in the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University. Set is encased in a red heavy cardborad slipcase with a paper label.
Produced in an edition of 250 copies. Fine.
New York: Duschnes Crawford, Inc., 1950. Paper Over Boards. First Edition. 95 pp. B/w & monocolor ills. Cover printed with stylized design of readers in an ornate frame in shades of tan and sage green. Back cover green. A bit of edgewear to lower corners and bottom of spine. Cover a little soiled. Contents include "The Poet and the Pirate," about Robert Frost's dealings with Thomas B. Mosher; John Bakeless on the uses of collecting; "Where Are Shakespeare's Manuscripts?"; R.W. Chapman on manuscript-hunting in two continents; and more. There is a classified ad section at the end, and also a quarterly index. Very Good.
New York: Duschnes Crawford, Inc., 1950. Pictorial Cloth. First Edition. 375 pp. B/w & color ills. Cover in brown and turquoise shows a bookstore crowded with readers, front and back. Blue eps. A collection of 32 articles on writers and their works, 26 illustrated. Subjects vary from Benjamin Franklin's epitaph to autographs of Button Gwinnett, Huckleberry Finn to Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation. Illustrations include a tipped-in color photo of the Estelle Doheny Collection, "a small, jewel-like building" at St. John's Seminary, California; a gorgeous deep red "leaf from the golden gospels," and b/w reproductions from the Pierpont Morgan Library; a laid-in facsimile of the handbill issued by Mark Twain's western agents for Huckleberry Finn; and lots more. Ephemera include a clipping of the book's publication and...
Woodstock, VT: William Edwin Rudge, 1948. Softcover. 4 issues. Each +/- 90 pp. B/w and color ills. Covers are bright paper wraps. Binding on all volumes is clean and tight. Contents encompass the world of publishing and the arts of composing, type-setting, and printing, with much quality art included. Each issue contains a tipped-in print in their series "One Hundred Masterpieces of Printing." Very Good.
Woodstock, VT: William Edwin Rudge, 1951. Paper Wraps. 3 issues. Each +/- 50 pp. B/w and color ills. Covers are bright paper wraps. Binding on all volumes is clean and tight. A combining of "Print, a Quarterly Journal of the Graphic Arts" and "The Print Collectors Quarterly." Contents encompass the world of publishing and the arts of composing, type-setting, and printing, with much quality art included.. Number One contains a print in their series One Hundred Masterpieces of Printmaking. Vol. 5 has actual product labels tipped in. Very Good.
New York: American Art Association. Anderson Galleries Inc., 1930. wraps. Presumed First. 145 pp. B/w ills. Catalog of Sale No. 3809, Jan. 16-17, 1930. Part I Catalog (A-G). Subtitle: "From the library of the Late Sir David Lionel Goldsmid-Stern Salomons, Bart. Broomhill, Tunbridge Wells." Covers soiled, unworn. Spine has blue ink stain, pencil notes. Interior has a faint trace of damp stain along front edge. Text unmarked and unaffected. The bibliophile's dream book! Very Good.
New York: The Grolier Club, 1995. Wraps. First Edition. 35 pp. B/w photo & ills. One of 100 copies. "From the collection of William S. Reese." With a card of compliments from Reese laid in. Crisp and clean, with ivory title label pasted on front. Graves was English poet, writer, and man of letters. Fine.
London: The Times Publishing Co., 1934. Half Leather. First Edition. 480 pp. Black cloth cover has black leather spine and corners set off by gilt rules. Spine has bands and title in gilt. Eps a bit aged. Cover is lightly scuffed, but very good overall. Not a facsimile edition, this is the original. Very Good Plus.
New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1925. Hardcover. First Edition. 185 pp. Elephant Folio. Light tan cloth spine with gray paper covered boards. Wear and sunning overall, with darkening to spine, small tears along top hinge, losses at edges of boards. Interior clean and crisp in a beautifully designed and printed book. Previous owner's bookplate on first free endpaper. Very Good.
New York: William Evarts Benjamin, 1885. Hard Cover. First Edition. 56 pp, 2 pp ads at rear. Small handbook produced by Benjamin who was a bookseller. Water staining to top 2/3 of front cover board and a very small portion of the spine. Light staining to the front pastedown, Loose bookplate of Ruth Swetland Kane laid in. Signed by Evarts on the limitation page opposite title page, this is 80 of 250 copies. Clean within.
Signed by Author. Good.
Hastings-on-Hudson, NY: Morgan & Morgan, Inc., 1962 & 1972. Hardcover. First Edition. First Printings. xvi, 335, xv, 535 pp. 4to. Small chips and tears at edges of dust jackets, sunning to the spine on Volume I, both now in mylar cover. Clean and crisp within.
Important bibliographic reference in the field of photography. Fine / very good.
San Francisco, CA: The Book Club of California, 2016. Hardcover. Limited Edition. 292 pp. 8vo. Navy blue covered boards with title printed on a light tan paper and inset into front cover, gold embossed titling to spine. Clean and crisp within. Prospectus and "Key to the Latin Specimen" laid in. Housed in the original blue paper covered slipcase with a design that replicates the letters of the alphabet in Palatino and is in Fine condition.
Beautifully produced volume that track's Hermann Zapf's (1918-2015) design and subsequent revisions of the typeface, Palatino. Heavily illustrated, "Key to the Latin Specimen" and "Greek Supplement" printed in letterpress by Richard Seibert. Printed in an edition of 300 copies, this being #298 and signed by the author. Book Club of California Publication #235. Fine.
London: Constable & Company Ltd., 1935. Hard Cover. First Edition. 170 pp. Faux vellum spine wiht gold embossed titling, marbled paper boards. Light age toning to endpapers, previous owner's tasteful bookplate affixed to front pastedown. Inscribed by author on half-title page. A very nice copy.
Signed by Author. Fine.