Cambridge, MA: Cygnet Press, 1929. Hard Cover. First Edition. First publication of the Cygnet Press. Used as a promotional piece, this copy also has a New Year's gift slip laid in indicating that the press was being managed by George Parker Winship and Philip Hofer and their best wishes for the New Year. Pages uncut, woodcut illustrations throughout. Fine.
Florence: Leonardo Ciardetti, 1823-1824. Full leather. First Edition. First Ciardetti Edition. 8 books in 4 volumes. Vol. I, I-II: 331, 322 pp.; Vol. II, III-IV: 284, 290 pp.; Vol. III, V-VI: 346, 354 pp.; Vol. IV, VII-VIII: 200, 388 pp. Full brown leather bindings with five raised bands at spines, gold embossed titling, intricate decoration in compartments between bands. Scraping and chipping to bindings, deep scratches to foot of spine on Volumes I-III, 3/4" tear at head of spine of Volume IV. Intricate dentelles at pastedowns, marbled endpapers, all edges marbled to match endpapers. Rear hinge starting at top rear board of Volume I. Text in Italian Bookplate of Rev. Richard Pulteney on pastedown of each volume.
A scarce set when complete. Good.
Milan: Fratelli Treves Editori, 1929. Hard Cover. First Edition. 25 pp. text, 205 plates. B/w ills w/ one color. Navy cover is stamped in gilt with gilt banners containing publisher and "Thesaurus Artium," with author and title plus a design of four heads all in gilt on center front. Pub. monogram on center back in gilt. Spine similar to front design, a little aged. Both front corners and bottom back corner bumped and worn. Fabric creased at both ends of spine, with some tearing at top and also at bottom edge of back hinge. Eps sunned. Internally very good plus. Text in Italian. Very Good.
Geneva: Guglilmo, e Pietro De La Pietra, 1676. Full-Leather. As. 551 pp. 16mo. Title page reads, "Parte Terza. Diuisa in quatro Libri. Ne' quali si da piena notizia del Gouerno, Forze, Ricchezze, Humori de'Popoli, & orni altra particolarita dello stato presente de'Regni di Scilia, Sardegna, Corsica, Isola di Malta, e Repulica di Ragusa. Come ancora di tutti i Letterati viuenti, con le Opere da essi Stampati; Accademie, Bibliotech, & Auttori che hanno scritto l'Historie d'Italia in generale, e quelle di ciascuna Citta in particolare, con altre curiose offeruationi. Dedicata Agli Illustrissimi Signori Accademici della famosissima, e Sapientissima, Accademia Francese. Della Real Citta di Parigi." Beautifully aged leather binding. Spine has four raised bands with blind-stamped, decorative compartments and title. Upper spine end is missing a....
Milano, Italy: Casa D'Arta Ariel, 1948. Hardcover. Limited. 45 pp. text + 49 plates in color & b/w. Privately bound in tan cloth w/leather title block on spine. Gilt lettering. Title block scraped. Cover a bit soiled. Original wraps bound in. A monograph in Italian on this 20th-century artist.
Number 16 of an edition of 550, this copy inscribed by author. Very Good.
Venice: Presso Giovambatista Albrizzi Q. Gir. 1734. Full Vellum. As. , 469, . Black & white illustrations - 7 fold-out plates, including 2 maps by Isaac Tirion. 12mo. Contemporary white vellum covers are age-soiled, somewhat brittle, but basically unworn. Hand-lettered on spine is "Sunda Siam." Full-page frontis engraving is hand-tinted, detached. Book is nicely produced on quality stock, elaborate tinted headpiece at beginning. An occasional page has ink notes. Previous owner signed rear endpaper. This volume is one part of a 23-volume series on history and geography of places in the world. Illustrations in this copy include a fold-out map of Borneo, tri-fold of Batavia, "Orang-Oetang" de Bosco, Pepe, fold-out map of Indo-China, fold-out Vestito, and a fold-out of a Siamese convento. Occasional insignificant traces...
Milan: Collezione Silvana, 1946. Cloth and Paper Board. First American. Unpaginated, 32 color plates. Covers are stiff, off-white paper wraps. Front cover has an embossed cameo, plus gray and black lettering. Off-white cloth spine has blind-stamped, bright gilt lettering. Covers and spine are slightly aged, soiled, shelf- and edge-worn. Spine ends are discolored and upper spine end is chipped and has a closed tear. Spine ends and corners are bumped and rubbed and/or worn. Upper right corner of front cover is bumped and creased. Small pieces of the former glassine wrapper still cling to the paste-downs. Brief text, in Italian, is followed by the full-color, mostly full-page, plates. Interior is slightly aged. Very Good.
Paris: Typographie de Firmin Didot Freres Files & Cie, 1859. Full Leather. First Edition. First Typographie de Firmin Didot Freres Files & Cie Edition. Red leather covered boards with extensive gold tooling to cover boards, spine with five raised bands and black leather patch titles. Light scuffing and wear to boards, bumping to corners, losses to lower right corner of front and rear covers of each volume. Title patch of Volume I has a small loss at upper left corner, highly expected given the age of the volumes. Text block has gilded edges, endpapers marbled, light foxing to prelims and the occasional spot within. Lavishly illustrated with woodblock prints by Vecellio documenting clothing of the Sixteenth Century, primarlily of the upper clases. Originally published in...
Milan, Italy: ETAS, 1965. Hardcover. Second Edition. 80 pp. Folio. Dust jacket has light chips at corners, darkening at edges, Wright's characteristic "signature" square on front panel, jacket now in mylar cover. Beige cloth boards. Clean within.
A book in Italian and English that chronicles the building of the iconic "Fallingwater" for the co-author's family. Fine / very good.