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FINE PRINTING & PRIVATE PRESS BOOKS

ADAMS, Henry; Samuel Chamberlain, photographer. MONT-SAINT-MICHEL AND CHARTRES with a New Introduction by Francis Henry Taylor. New York: Limited Editions Club, 1957. 4to, 350pp, photographic plates. Original grey buckram, morocco spine label, fine, in a lightly worn, marbled publisher’s slipcase, otherwise very good. $150. ¶ Limited to 1500 copies signed by the photographer. Printed at the Press of A.Colish under the supervision of Thomas Maitland Cleland.

 

(ADLER, Elmer). Paul Bennet, editor. ELMER ADLER IN THE WORLD OF BOOKS. New York: Grolier Club, 1964. 12mo, 114, (4)pp, incl. frontis. & illus. Orig. black cloth, fine. $30. ¶ One of 800 copies printed for the Grolier Club (jointly published as Typophile Chapbook 39). Reminscences of Frederick B. Adams, John T. Winterich, Lawrance Thompson, Kneeland McNulty, Al Hine, David Jackson McWilliams, Edward Naumburg, Philip Duschnes and Elmer Adler.

 

AESCHYLUS; Percy Bysshe Shelley; John Farleigh, illustrator. PROMETHEUS BOUND.Translated By Rex Warner [with] PROMETHEUS UNBOUND. With a Preface by Rex Warner. New York: Limited Editions Club, 1965. 4to, 166pp, plates. Original cloth, fine; in nearly fine slipcase. $75. ¶ One of numbered 1500 copies. Printed by the house of Joh. Enschede en Zonen in Haarlem, Holland, unsigned copy.

 

ALAIN-FOURNIER. BIG MEAULNES. Translated by Françoise Delisle. Introduction by Havelock Ellis. Paris: Crosby Continental Editions, 1932. Small 8vo, 318pp. Orig. printed wrappers, very good. $35. ¶ Good edition of this translation of Le Grand Meaulnes, published by the Black Sun Press. Minkoff B-9.

 

ALAIN-FOURNIER; Dignimont, illustrator. THE WANDERER. (LE GRAND MEULENES). Translated from the French by Francoise Delisle. New York: Limited Editions Club, 1958. 4to, 237pp, color illus. throughout. Original decorated blue patterned woven cloth, fine, in publisher’s slipcase, minor ink staining & chipping to paper label, very good. $60. ¶ One of 1500 copies, signed by the illustrator and printed at the Thistle Press, with a new introduction by Henri Peyre.

 

(Alcuin Press). LA TOUR LANDRY, [Geoffrey de]. THE BOOK OF THE KNIGHT of La Tour Landry. Edited by G.S. Taylor, with an Introduction by D.B. Wyndham Lewis. London: Verona Society, 1930. 4to, xii, 172pp, numerous engraved ornaments, text in red & black. Orig. white linen, spine lettered in gilt. Light soiling to boards, 1 corner bumped, very good. $100. ¶ One of an edition limited to 500 numbered copies printed at the Alcuin Press. Written in 1371, first translated from the French in the reign of Henry VI, The Book of the Chevalier de la Tour Landry was the manual of deportment for girls of high birth in France, England, and in such parts of Germany that were relatively civilized, from the year of its appearance well into the Renaissance. All later writers of didactic literature for youth acknowledged their debt to it, and an English translation was one of Caxton’s best sellers.

 

ALDINGTON, Richard. LAST STRAWS. Paris: Hours Press, 1930. 8vo, (4), 61pp. Cockerell marbled boards, paper labels, head of spine slightly worn, otherwise very good with the bookplate of Paul Jordan Smith. $200. ¶ First Edition of Aldington’s bitter war story, limited to 700 numbered copies. Published in Paris p.284.

 

ANDERSON, Sherwood. THE MODERN WRITER. San Francisco: Lantern Press, 1925. 8vo, 44p, Cloth backed boards. Fine in good slipcase. $325. ¶ First Edition, one of fifty copies printed on Japanese vellum & signed by Anderson. Printed by Robert & Edward Grabhorn, the volume was selected by the AIGA as one of its Fifty Books of the Year. Bruccoli & Clark II, p.17. Grabhorn. Bibl. 74.

 

ANDREWS, William Loring. THE HEAVENLY JERUSALEM A Mediæval Song of the Joys of the Church Triumphant… New York: Scribner’s, 1908. 8vo, xxvii, 77, (1)pp, engraved title-page, 3 plates & 2 illustrations in the text. Boards & wrappers, slipcase a little worn, t.e.g., bookplate on front endpaper. Fine copy. $100. ¶ One of 120 copies on Arches hand-made paper. One plate is a photogravure reproduction of a page from a 14th or early 15th century music manuscript, in two colors and heightened by gold. There are also illuminated initials in two colors throughout. Printed at the Gilliss Press.

 

APULEIUS. THE GOLDEN ASS. Translated by William Adlington. London: Chiswick Press for George Bell & Sons, 1914. Tall 4to, (8), 226, (1), frontis., text in black & red. Orig. 2-color cloth, labels to front board & spine. Barest of external soiling, slightest of foxing to labels & edges, a very good & bright copy, with the bookplate of Paul Jordan Smith. $125. ¶ One of 250 numbered copies handsomely printed at the Chiswick Press. The text, edited by George Sampson, follows Adlington’s first edition of 1566, with errors corrected.

 

(Arion Press). CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES. Published for the Bicentennial of its Adoption in 1787. (Preface by Warren R. Burger. Introduction by Daniel J. Boorstin.) San Francisco: The Arion Press, in association with The Library of Congress, 1987. 8vo, full white vellum stamped in blue, laced with red ribbons. Blue chemise and slipcase. Fine. $750. ¶ One of 500 copies printed by the Arion Press on Twinrocker handmade paper.

 

(Ashendene Press). ASHENDENE PRESS. A Descriptive Bibliography of the Books Printed at the Ashendene Press. 1895-1935. (San Francisco): Wofsy, 1976). 4to, (8), 175, (7)pp. Orig. blue cloth, stamped in gilt, very good. $135. ¶ One of the 375 copies of this fine reprint of the rare 1935 edition, with a foreword and afterword on St. John Hornby’s original bibliography.

 

ATHERTON, Gertrude. THE FOGHORN. An Illustration by Dorothy Grover. San Francisco: Book Club of California, 1937. 8vo, vii, (23)pp. Marbled wrappers. Very nice. $50. ¶ One of 600 copies printed by the Grabhorn Press. (New preface?) Although written in the '90s, The Foghorn was not published until 1934. Baird & Greenwood, California Fiction 106. Grabhorn Bibl. 269. Hinkel p.10. Olmsted IV, 4.

 

BACON, Roger. THE MIRROR OF ALCHEMY. Composed by the Thrice-Famous and Learned Friar, Roger Bacon, sometimes fellow of Martin College: and afterwards of Brasen-nose College in Oxenforde. With the Smaragdine Table of Hermes, Trismegistus of Alchemy. Los Angeles: 1975. 4to, 24pp, printed letterpress on Arches paper. Quarter cloth, marbled boards. Fine. $150. ¶ 250 copies printed by William Dailey. The only modern edition of this alchemical classic, attributed to the remarkable l3th-century Franciscan, Roger Bacon. This printing is based on the only English edition of London, 1597. The text originally appeared in Latin in a collection De Alchima, Nuremberg, 1541, which also included the first appearance of the Smaragdine Table of Hermes. Ferguson: "Among the great rarities of alchemical literature." See Duveen 37; Mellon 29.

 

BARBEY D’AUREVILLY, Jules. LAOCOON With a Translation into English by Harriet M. Carey and an Introduction by Edouard Roditi. Los Angeles: W. & V. Dailey, 1985. Sm. 8vo, 21pp. Boards, printed label, new. $45. ¶ One of 80 copies on yellow paper (of a total edition of 100), signed by Roditi.

 

BARKER, Nicolas and Curatorial Staff. TREASURES OF THE BRITISH LIBRARY. New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1988. 4to, 272pp, frontispiece, 330 illus., 140 color plates. Blue linen, gilt lettered, dust jacket, fine. $65. ¶ FIrst American Edition, an Association Copy Signed and Inscribed by the Author to Jim Davis, Head of Special Collections, UCLA Reseach Library. Barker is Deputy Keeper of Rare Books in the British Library.

 

[BARNES, Djuna]. LADIES ALMANACK SHOWING THEIR SIGNS AND THEIRS TIDES…Written & Illustrated by a Lady of Fashion. Paris: Printed for the Author, & Sold by Edward Titus, 1928. 4to, 84pp, illus. by the author. Orig. wrappers. Usual light scattered foxing, otherwise very good. $450. ¶ First Edition, one of 1000 numbered copies of a total edition of 1050. A roman à clef of the Paris lesbian communicty of the Twenties. Although ostensibly published by Titus, Robert McAlmon and William Bird actually handled the editing, printing and publication of the book. Printed by Darantière, who printed all of the Contact Editions. Natalie Barney and her circle of lesbian friends, including Mina Loy, and Rene Vivien are comically portrayed in Ladies Almanack. Janet Flanner named Barnes "the most important woman writer we had in Paris." Messerli 3. See Ford, Published in Paris, pp.131-2.

 

BARR, Louise Farrow. PRESSES OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIA AND THEIR BOOKS 1900-1933. Berkeley: The Book Arts Club, 1934. 8vo, xxii, 276pp. Cloth, gilt morocco spine label. Very nice copy. $275. ¶ First edition, one of 400 numbered copies. With the bookplate of Ward Ritchie.

 

BECKFORD, William VATHEK, a New Translation by Herbert B. Grimsditch. Bloomsbury: Nonesuch Press, 1929. 4to, 172pp, with 10 illustrations by Marion V. Dorn. Vellum backed boards. Bookplate. Fine. $200. ¶ One of 1550 copies. This is the first new translation to be made since Henley’s (from the 1815 edition). Illustrations printed at the Curwen Press. See Chapman p.78. Dreyfuss, Nonesuch Press, 60.

 

BEERBOHM, Max. THE HAPPY HYPOCRITE. A Fairy Tale For Tired Men. New Fairfield: Bruce Rogers/ October House, 1955. 8vo, 81, (1 colophon)pp, headpieces. Purple linen over lilac pattered boards, gilt stamped spine label, original glassine dj, teg, very fine in very good dj. $60. ¶ Limited to 600 copies, 500 for sale, beautifully designed by Bruce Rogers and printed by The Stinehour Press. Farrell 26.  

 

BERMAN, Wallace. OPT. 82. BOOSTER BNG. ANGUINEA/Y… Color lithograph poster of variant images of a hand holding a transistor radio. [Los Angeles: Black Sparrow Press, 1967]. 25" by 22", printed in red & black on orange background. Fine $1000. ¶ One of 100 numbered copies signed by Berman. At the artist’s request, John Martin’s name rather than that of the Press appears at the bottom. Support the Revolution p.173.

 

(Berman, Wallace). MELTZER, David. HERO / LIL. Los Angeles: Black Sparrow Press, 1973. 8vo, 86, (2)pp. Printed boards, fine. $100. ¶ One of 175 hardbound copies signed by the author (there were also 1000 in wrappers, & 26 lettered copies). Cover designed by Wallace Berman.

 

BERRY, Wendell; Ben Shahn, illustrator. NOVEMBER TWENTY SIX NINETEEN HUNDRED SIXTY THREE. New York: George Brazillier, 1964. Oblong 8vo, profusely illustrated, printed on Italian handmade Fabriano sheets. Original cream cloth, small smudge on title, otherwise fine; slipcase lightly worn, very good. $175. ¶ Limited Edition, one of an unstated number of copies signed by the poet and the illustrator. Berry wrote this moving poem after the assisination of President Kennedy.

 

BHAGAVAD GITA; Y.G. Srimati, illustrator. THE SONG CELESTIAL. The Sanskrit Text Translated into English Verse by Sir Edwin Arnold. With an Introduction by Shri Sri Prakasa. Bombay: Limited Editions Club, 1964. 4to, 128pp, color tipped in plates. Original patterned cloth, paper label, fine in a velvet lined red folding cloth slipcase, ties, lightly rubbed, one corner tender, very good $75. ¶ One of 1500 copies signed by the illustrator, printed at the Commercial Printing Press in Bombay under the supervision of S. Ramu.

 

(Bible). E.R. Weiss, designer. THE FOUR GOSPELS. The Gospel According to St. Matthew, St. Mark, St. Luke and St. John With Decorations By E.R. Weiss and an Introduction by Ernest Sutherland Bates. New York: Limited Editions Club, 1932. 4to, 239pp, with title printed in blue & black. Original quarter vellum over boards, gilt, edges untrimmed, very minor offsetting from bookplate, fine, in slipcase with paper label, edges lightly worn, very good. $150. ¶ One of 1500 numbered copies signed by the book’s designer E.R. Weiss, printed by Poeschel & Trepte in Leipzig.

 

(Bible). E.R. Weiss, designer. THE FOUR GOSPELS. The Gospel According to St. Matthew, St. Mark, St. Luke and St. John With Decorations By E.R. Weiss and an Introduction by Ernest Sutherland Bates. New York: Limited Editions Club, 1932. 4to, 239pp, with title printed in blue & black. Original quarter vellum over boards, gilt, edges untrimmed, very good. $75. ¶ One of 1500 numbered copies signed by the book’s designer E.R. Weiss, printed by Poeschel & Trepte in Leipzig.

 

BLAKE, William. THE MARRIAGE OF HEAVEAN AND HELL, And a Song of Libery... With an Introduction by Francis Griffin Stokes. New York: Published for the Florence Press, London, by E.P. Dutton, 1911. 12mo, 79pp. Buckram-backed brick boards, paper label. Very good. $35.

 

(Blake, William). ESSICK, Robert N. WILLIAM BLAKE’S RELIEF INVENTIONS. Los Angeles: Press of the Pegacycle Lady, 1978. 4to, 38pp, 9 illus, 7 in color. Handmade paper covered boards, printed label, nearly fine. $100. ¶ Limited to 365 copies.

 

(Blake, William). ESSICK, Robert N. WILLIAM BLAKE’S RELIEF INVENTIONS. Los Angeles: W & V Dailey, Press of the Pegacycle Lady, 1978. 2 vols, folio, (34)pp, with a frontispiece & 8 illustrations and an extra suite of the plates. Both in quarter velin, slipcase. Very good. $300. ¶ One of 15 copies with an extra suite of the plates printed in variant colors used by Blake. The total edition consisted of 365 copies and was the first book printed by Patrick Reagh.

 

BOBB, Ralph. A VOYAGE TO CYTHERA. A Dramatic Monologue… Charles Baudelaire reads and glosses Seventeen Poems. Omaha: 1987. 4to, 46, (2)pp. Cloth, printed paper label on backstrip, new. ¶ Edition limited to 250 copies, with an etched portrait of Baudelaire signed and numbered by Priscilla Steele. $50.

 

(Bodoni). BROOKS, H.C. COMPENDIOSA BIBLIOGRAFIA DI EDIZIONI BODONIANE. Firenze: Tipografia Barbèra, 1927. 4to, xv, 357pp, frontisportrait & plates. Orig. printed boards. Fine copy. $500. ¶ First Edition of Brooks’s pioneering and unsuperseded work. Limited to 750 numbered copies.

 

BOLITHO, Hector, editor. BATSFORD CENTURY. The Record of a Hundred Years of Publishing and Bookselling 1843-1943. London: Batsford, (1944). 8vo,viii, 148pp, color frontis. & 32 plates. Original blue cloth, gilt in price-clipped dust jacket, nearly fine. $50. ¶ Second impression, with corrections.

 

BORROW, George; Barnett Freedman, illustrator. LAVENGRO: The Scholar, the Gipsy, the Priest. With an Introduction by Hugh Walpole. New York: Limited Editions Club, 1936. Lg. 8vo, color plates. Original burgandy buckram, boards lightly rubbed, nearly fine, in a lightly worn slipcase, very good. $125. ¶ One of 1500 copies printed at the Curwen Press and signed by illustrator Barnett Freedman.

 

BOTTA, Paolo Emilio. OBSERVATIONS ON THE INHABITANTS OF CALIFORNIA 1827-1828. Translated by John Francis Bricca. Los Angeles: Glen Dawson, 1952. 8vo, (4), 20, (1 as colophon)pp. Quarter gray cloth over gray boards, gilt lettered spine, illus. endpapers, very fine. $175. ¶ First Edition, limited to 140 copies printed by Los Angeles printer Will Cheney. With portrait of James Kirker, printed by Muir Dawson for subscribers of Dawson’s Early California Travels Series, laid-in. Scarce.

 

BOTTOME, Phyllis. STELLA BENSON. San Francisco: (Grabhorn Press) for Albert M. Bender, 1934. 8vo, (15)pp. Orig. yellow boards, buckram spine, paper label to front board. A nearly fine copy but for wear to 1 corner. $40. ¶ One of 250 copies, this copy inscribed by the author to Paul Jordan Smith. Grabhorn Bibl. 211.

 

(Bradley, Will). BROWNING, R. RABBI BEN EZRA. [Colophon] Arranged and Put into Type by Will Bradley, and Issued from the Sign of the Vine, Concord, Mass.: [n.p., ca. 1903]. 12mo, printed in red & black with woodcut title, orig. gray boards with label. Fine copy. $50. ¶ Metropolitan Catalogue 116. Huntington Catalogue 10: "These little volumes were designed by Will Bradley between 1901 and 1904 for distribution as Christmas gifts; they were printed for him by the Heintzemann Press, Boston." Bambace A61.

 

(Bradley, Will). BROWNING, R. RABBI BEN EZRA. [Colophon] Arranged and Put into Type by Will Bradley, and Issued from the Sign of the Vine, Concord, Mass.: [n.p., ca. 1903]. 12mo, printed in red & black with woodcut title, orig. gray boards with label. Fine copy. $85. ¶ Signed by Bradley on the fly-leaf. Metropolitan Catalogue 116. Huntington Catalogue 10: "These little volumes were designed by Will Bradley between 1901 and 1904 for distribution as Christmas gifts; they were printed for him by the Heintzemann Press, Boston." Bambace A61.

 

(Bradley, Will). LAMB, Charles. A DISSERTATION UPON ROAST PIG [Colophon:] Arranged & Put into Type by Will Bradley and Issued from the Sign of the Vine, Concord, Mass.: [Will Bradley, ca. 1903]. 12mo, printed in red & black, woodcut title page, orig. blue boards with label. Fine copy. $50. ¶ Bambace A62. Huntington Cat. 10. Metropolitan Cat. 117.

 

(BRIDGES, Robert). THE MESSAGE OF ONE OF ENGLAND’S GREATEST POETS TO A PRINTER AND PRINTERS, Especially Those Who Possess Love of Craft. (London: George Jones, 1931). 4to, 12, (2), photographic frontisportrait, 3 facsimile plates. Quarter cloth over boards, t.e.g. Slight browning to boards, otherwise nearly fine, with the bookplate of Bibliographia Burtoniana author Paul Jordan Smith. $35. ¶ Very attractive printing by Jones of a selection from "The Testament of Beauty." A limitation is not stated, but an American edition by Rudge consisted of 250 copies. With a beautiful portrait of Bridges photographed by Lady Ottoline Morrell.

 

BROOK, Stephen. A BIBLIOGRAPHY OF THE GEHENNA PRESS 1942-1975. Northampton, Massachusetts: J. P. Dwyer, 1976. 4to, xvi, 77p, with the frontispiece engraved by Barry Moser by. Red cloth, nearly fine. $100. ¶ First Edition, limited to 400 copies. Including a portrait of Leonard Baskin engraved by Barry Moser & printed by Harold McGrath at the Hampshire Typothetae.

 

BROWN, William Hill. THE POWER OF SYMPATHY. Or, the Triumph of Nature Founded in Truth. New York: Columbia Univ. Press, 1937. 2 volumes, 12mo, frontis. Original brown cloth in publisher’s brown slipcase, nearly fine. Bookplate & signature of former L.A. Times Literary Editor Paul Jordan Smith. $60. ¶ Facsimile of the rare first American novel, with a bibliographical note by Milton Ellis, published anonymously by Isaiah Thomas in 1789. Brown loosely based this epistolary novel of betrayal, kidnapping and suicide on the scandalous tragedy of his neighbor Frances Morton Apthor. Fascimile Text Society No. 38.

 

BROWNING, Robert; Carl Schultheiss, illustrator. THE RING AND THE BOOK. With an Introduction by Edward Dowden. New York: Limited Editions Club, 1949. 2 volumes, 4to, plates. Original quarter red leather over grey boards, gilt, spine ends lightly worn, lacking publisher’s slipcase, very good. $60. ¶ One of 1500 numbered copies, signed by Carl Schultheiss who contributed the copper engravings. Printed at the Plantin Press in Los Angeles.

 

BULWER-LYTTON, Edward George; Kurt Craemer, illustrator. THE LAST DAYS OF POMPEII. With an Introduction by Edgar Johnson. New York: Limited Editions Club, 1956. 4to, color woodcut plates & text. illus. Original decorated grey cloth, gilt stamped red cloth spine label, fine in lightly worn dust jacket with usual fading to spine, very good; publisher’s slipcase, very good. $125. ¶ One of 1500 number copies printed at the Officina Bodoni Press in Verona, signed by the illustrator Kurt Craemer, and the printer, Giovanni Mardersteig.

 

BURGESS, Gelett. BEHIND THE SCENES. Glimpses of Fin de Siècle San Francisco… with Commentaries by Joseph M. Backus. San Francisco: Grabhorn-Hoyem for the Book Club of California, 1968. 4to, 128, (1, colophon), numerous photographs, numerous multi-color woodcut decorations by Shirley Barker, Curtis rag paper. Orig. decorative paper boards, cloth shelfback, paper label. Fine. $75. ¶ First Edition, limited to 400 copies, of this collection of materials, much previously unprinted, reflecting Burgess’ experience at San Francisco at the turn of the century. Included are sketches about the theater based on Burgess’ interviews with Josephine Cohan and Edna Wallace Hopper, an account of a visit to a poor man’s "dive" at the foot of Telegraph Hill, a recollection of the canny Chinese Minister to the United States, several poems, and 16 photographs from The Wave. Burgess’ biographer provides topical context for the pieces. The prospectus and an extra label for this beautiful volume are laid in. Olmsted 128.

 

BURTON, John. TRACKLESS WINDS. San Francisco: Johnck & Seeger, 1930. 8vo, (6), 64pp. Orig. cloth backed boards. Bookplate. Very good. $125. ¶ With a frontispiece portrait of the author by Ansel Adams. And with a photocopy of a letter from Adams stating that the photograph "was made by me at the same time I did the negative that was printed (by me) as an original print for the special edition of the book."

 

CAESAR, Julius; Bruno Bramanti, illustrator. THE GALLIC WARS. A New Translation by John Warrington with a Preface by John Mason Brown & an Introduction by the Translator. New York: Limited Editions Club, 1954. 4to, wood engravings. Original quarter buckram over patterned boards, hinges cracked, otherwise very nice; tiny hole to spine panel of dust jacket, very good; slipcase, fine. $125. ¶ One of 1500 copies signed by the artist and G. Mardersteig, the designer & printer.

 

CALVINO, Italo. INVISIBLE CITIES. Translated from the Italian and with a new introduction by William Weaver. With twelve illustrations by Wayne Thiebaud. San Francisco: Arion Press, 1999. 4to, 164pp. Three-part binding case of anodized aluminum, U-bolts and post as lock, new.  $750. ¶ First Edition, Signed by the Artist and limited to 400 copies printed on Italian mouldmade papers and mylar. "Wayne Thiebaud had the idea for drawings of cities that would be invisible until the reader took the action of turning the page. The concept involved printing his drawings on transparent sheets in different colors of inks." A most unusual volume.

 

CALVINO, Italo - Antonio Frasconi illustrations. PRIMA CHE TU DICA "PRONTO". With an English Translation by William Weaver. Cottondale: Plain Wrapper Press, 1985. 4to, morocco back, paste-paper boards, unpaginated, with 4 color woodcuts by Antonio Fransconi. Quarter morocco and pastepaper board, clamshell box $1250. ¶ First Edition, one of 75 copies printed by Gabriel Rummond, signed by Calvino and Fransconi. This short story was Calvino’s last work before his dath in 1985.

 

(Cambridge University Press). MCKITTERICK, David. FOUR HUNDRED YEARS OF UNIVERSITY PRINTING AND PUBLISHING IN CAMBRIDGE 1584-1984. Catalogue of the Exhibition in the University Library. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, (1984). 4to, viii, 183pp, numerous illustrations. Burnt sienna cloth, spine lettered in gilt. Fine in fine wrappers. $50.

 

CAREW, Harold D. GYPSY CARAVAN. Sierra Madre: Lantern Press, 1931. 8vo, vi, 58pp. Original half cloth over light green boards, orange paper label, minor offsetting otherwise fine, in a chipped orange dust jacket. $50. ¶ First Edition, one of 510 copies, an excellent association copy with a wonderful inscription from the author to Frederick Pagenkopf, the printer & designer of the book.

 

CAVE, Roderick. THE PRIVATE PRESS. New York: Watson-Guptill, (1971). 4to, 376pp, 60 line illustrations, plus 80 b/w plates. Cloth, dust jacket. Very nice. $100.

¶ First American Edition of the definitive study.

 

CAVE, Roderick. THE PRIVATE PRESS. New York: Bowker, (1983). 4to, xvi, 389pp $100. ¶ Second revised and enlarged edtiion of the definitive study.

 

(Caxton) AN ORIGINAL LEAF FROM THE POLYCRONICON Printed by William Caxton at Westminster in the Year 1482. The Life and Works of William Caxton, with an Historical Reminder of Fifteenth Century England by Banjamin P. Kurtz, together with a Note on the Polycronicon by Oscar Lewis & an Appreciation of William Caxton by Edwin Grabhorn. San Francisco: The Grabhorn Press, 1938. 4to, (4), 53pp. Orig. buckram backed boards, printed spine label. Very good. $1750. ¶ One of 297 copies printed at the Grabhorn Press. With leaf lxxxviii from the Polycronicon, rubricated in red. Grabhorn 292.

 

CELLINI, Benvenuto; Fritz Kredel, illustrator. THE LIFE OF BENVENUTO CELLINI written by himself translated and edited by John Addington Symonds with an Introduction by Thomas Kraven. New York: Limited Editions Club, 1937. Folio, xi, 304pp, illustrations in the text. Original cloth, fine; small hole to spine of dust jacket, very good; slipcase worn. $125. ¶ One of 1550 copies, signed by the illustrator Fritz Kredel and printed by Mardersteig at the Officina Bodoni in Verona.

 

COBDEN-SANDERSON, Annie. HOW I BECAME A VEGETARIAN. [Los Angeles: Press of the Pegacycle Lady, 1983]. Sm. 8vo, 98)pp. Linen backed boards, á la Doves. Fine. $50. ¶ One of 100 copies, printed by Wm Dailey on Hayle handmade paper. This essay was originally printed in 1908 by T. J. Cobden-Sanderson at the Doves Press in London. There was no statement of limitation in the colophon, but only a few copies were printed. Daughter of Richard Cobden the politician, Annie was married to Thomas James Cobden-Sanderson (1840-1922), bookbinder, founder of the Doves Press, and key figure in the Arts & Crafts movement.

 

COBDEN-SANDERSON, Thomas James. THE IDEAL BOOK OR BOOK BEAUTIFUL. A Tract on Calligraphy, Printing & Illustration & on the Book Beautiful as a Whole. Berkeley: The Arif Press, 1981. 12mo, 29 (4)pp, with colored wood-block prints throughout.Printed boards. Fine. $75. ¶ 150 copies designed and printed by Wesley Tanner. Cobden-

Sanderson first published this essay at his Doves Press in 1900.

 

(COCTEAU, Jean). Mary Butts. IMAGINARY LETTERS, with Engravings on Copper from the Original Drawings by Jean Cocteau. Paris: Edward R.Titus, 1928. 8vo, (8), 49pp & ads. Cloth, paper labels, a near fine copy. $250. ¶ First Edition, limited to 250 copies. An epistolary novel of female involvement with male homosexuality by Mary Butts (1890-1937). It is Cocteau’s only book illustrated for another author, though he did illustrate some brochures and advertising texts. Ford, Published in Paris, p.406.

 

COLERIDGE, Samuel T. - Illustrated by Duncan Grant. THE RIME OF THE ANCIENT MARINER. In Seven Parts. With Drawings by Duncan Grant. (London: Allen & Richard Lane) 1945. 8vo, (35)pp, 5 color plates, text printed in red & black. Full dark blue morocco, gilt title & insignia on fron cover, t.e.g. Very good copy from the library of C.H. Waddington, with his stamp on the endpaper. $500. ¶ First Edition, limited to 700 copies on hand-made Barcham Green paper. The plates were printed at the Baynard Press on Arnold hand-made paper.

 

CONRAD, [Joseph]. CONRAD’S MANIFESTO. Preface to a Career. The History of the Preface to The Nigger of the ‘Narcissus’ with Facsimiles of the Manuscripts Edited with an Essay by David R. Smith. Philadephia: [Gehenna Press for Rosenbach Foundation, 1966]. 4to, 79, (2, incl. colophon)pp, incl. 15 plates of facsimile, woodcut frontis. Orig. marbled boards, paper label, lightest shelfwear to edges, otherwise fine, in a very good orig. paper slipcase. $125. ¶ One of 1100 numbered copies, this copy inscribed by the editor. This attractive volume, complete with a beautful portrait of Conrad by Baskin, examines the important manuscripts relating to The Nigger in the Rosenbach Foundation Museum. Brook 49.

 

CONRAD, Joseph. YOUTH. [with] TYPHOON. [with] THE END OF THE TETHER. New York: Limited Editions Club, 1972. 4to, 251pp, full color plates. Original quarter blue morocco, over buckram boards, fine. $100. ¶ One of 1500 copies, signed by the illustrator, Robert Sloane, and by the book’s designer, Ward Ritchie who printed the book at his press in Los Angeles.

 

COOVER, Robert. THE WATER POURER, An Unpublished Chapter from The Origin of the Brunists. Bloomfield Hills: Bruccoli-Clark, 1972. Lg 8vo, (6), 24pp. Original grey patterned boards. Fine. $100. ¶ First Edition, one of 350 copies signed by author. Bruccoli & Clark I, p.69.

 

CORNFIELD, Jim. FAT TUESDAY. Los Angeles: Press of the Pegacycle Lady, 1976. 4to, 7pp introduction and 12 orig. photographs mounted on 100% rag boards. Orig. blue moiré cloth, folding box, backstrip lightly faded, otherwise very good. $500. ¶ Limited to 25 sets completed (100 were planned as stated in the colophon). The photographs are portraits of revellers at New Orleans’s mardi gras festival, each photographed in an ambulating studio. Each printed signed by the photographer.

 

(Corvinus Press). WAGNER, Richard. THE FLYING DUTCHMAN. N.p., Corvinus Press, 1938. 4to, printed in red & black in Corvinus types, orig. full vellum. Very good. $300. ¶ One of 130 numbered copies

 

(Corvo). WEEKS, Donald. FREDERICK WILLIAM ROLFE, Christchurch and the Artist. Edinburgh: Tragara Press, 1980. 8vo, 27, (3)pp. Cloth, paper label, fine. $35. ¶ Edition limited to 120 copies, printed in Baskerville type on Abbey Mills paper.

 

CRAPSEY, Adelaide. VERSE. Rochester, N.Y.: The Manas Press, 1915. 12mo, 95pp. Orig. gray cloth, front board & spine lettered in gilt. Light general wear, very good. From the collection of Sanda B. Abbott, sister of Bernard Berenson. $75. ¶ First Edition of the author’s first book. Adelaide Crapsey (1878-1914) was the daughter of Algernon Sidney Crapsey, the last minister of the Episcopal Church to be tried for heresy. She grew up in Rochester, attended Vassar College, and, during the remainder of her brief life, taught poetry at Smith College. Most of her poetry was written in the last year of her life, which was abruptly ended by tuberculosis. Published posthumously, Verse, sensationally popular in its day, introduced the poetic form, the cinquain. Derived from certain Japanese lyric forms, the tonka and the haiku, it is a five-line, unrhymed stanza, with successive lines of two, four, six, eight, and two feet. Published by Claude Bragdon’s private press. BAL 4120.

 

CREIGHTON, Basil. EDWARDIAN ROMANCE. London: Fairax Hall at the Stourton Press, 1976. 8vo, (5), 85 (1)pp. Cloth. Fine. $50. ¶ First Edition, one of 100 numbered copies signed by the author and the printer. Fairfax Hall was a friend of Eric Gill who designed a private faces for the press. Basil Creighton is remembered as the translator of Traven’s Treasure of the Sierra Madre.

 

CUMMINGS, J. Cicott. THE HIGHER JOURNALISM. Mount Vernon: Golden Eagle Press, [n.d., ca. 1936]. Sm 16mo, text printed on recto side of a double-folded leaf which folds out to nine times the size of the covers, resembling a newspaper sheet. Boards, gilt spine, backstrip tearing at extremities, internally very good. $40. ¶ First Edition of an amusing spoof: a straight news-ticker version of a human interest story with parody "rewrites" facetiously attributed to Amy Lowell, Eugene O’Neill, E.E. Cummings, G.K. Chesterton and F. Scott Fitzgerald.

 

(Curwen Press). CHRISTMAS 1922. Christmas Eve [by] John Drinkwater. London: 1922. 8vo, one sheet of Japon vellum folded to make 4pp, with three color-printed illustrations by Albert Rutherston including one full-page. Self-wrappers as issued, last leaf browned at head, otherwise a very well preserved ephemeral piece. $75. ¶ LIMITED TO 210 COPIES, designed and printed by Oliver Simon and signed by Rutherston and Drinkwater. A very pretty and uncommon piece of Curwen Press printing.

 

(Curwen Press). BALZAC, Honore; Rene Ben Sussan, illustrator. OLD GORIOT. Translated from the French by Ellen Marriage with an Introduction by Francois Mauriac. New York: Limited Editions Club, 1948. 4to, hand-colored illus. Original quarter black morocco over marbled boards, fine in a lightly worn slipcase, very good. $110. ¶ One of 1500 copies, signed by the illustrator. Designed by Francis Meynell and printed at the Curwen Press.

 

(Curwen Press). DUMAS fils, Alexandre; Marie Laurencin, illustrator. CAMILLE (La Dame aux Camélias). With an Introduction by Edmund Gosse. New York: Limited Editions Club, 1937. 4to, xi, 214, (1)pp, with 12 color collotype plates. Original white linen, gilt rose on upper cover, backstrip lettered in gilt, nearly fine; ink number to slipcase spine, very good. $550. ¶ Limited to 1500 copies printed at the Curwen Press, signed by Marie Laurencin.

 

DACRE, Charlotte. ZOFLOYA Or The Moor. By…(Better Known as Rosa Matilda). With an Introduction by The Rev. Montague Summers. London: The Fortune Press, [1928]. 8vo, xxxii, 264pp, frontispiece. Contemporary half blue morocco, gilt lettered and ornamented compartments, raised bands, teg, some rubbing along edges, corners, joints, spine mildly sunned, otherwise very good. $175. ¶ One of the great, if largely forgotten, gothic romances, Zofloya, a tale of the 15th century, is Dacre’s best known of the handful of novels she wrote. "Male aggresion and female sexual neuroses are brought to the surface of the novel, which is intended as a warning against illicit love and unbridled passions…immensely popular in its day, it was abridged and reprinted as one of the‘ bluebooks’ or chapbooks of the period under the title The Daemon of Venice (1810)" (Shattock, Oxford Guide to British Women Writers p.126). Shelley was a fan of the novel, and his Zastrozzi (1811) was heavily influenced by it. This is a reprint of the first edition of 1806 with that edition’s title page in facsimile. One of only 100 copies printed on Kelmscott handmade paper; D’Arch Smith, R. A. Caton and the Fortune Press 146. Blain, et al, Feminist Companion to Literature in English p.259.

 

DARLING, Harold and Peter Neumeyer (ed.). IMAGE AND MAKER. An Annual Dedicated to the Consideration of Book Illustration. La Jolla: Green Tiger Press, 1984. 4to, v, 56pp, frontispiece, 27 tipped-in color illus. and misc. b&w illus. throughout. Pale brown cloth, brown lettered, dustjacket, fine in very good dj. $35. ¶ First Edition.

 

DAUDET, Alphonse; W.A. Dwiggins, illustrator. TARTARIN OF TARASCON. Translated by Jacques LeClercq. New York: Limited Editions Club, 1930. 12mo, 2 volumes, Quarter black cloth, gilt, over decorated boards, bookseller’s label & miniscule ink numbers to endpapers, very good. Publisher’s slipcase, good. $150. ¶ One of 1500 numbered copies signed by Dwiggins. The ninth book of the Limited Editions Club, printed at the Georgian Press.

 

DAWSON, Ernest. A VISIT WITH DR. R. Los Angeles: Muir Dawson, 1948. 12mo, (16)pp, wrappers with printed label. Fine copy in original mailing envelope from the "Private Press of Muir Dawson" addressed to Ward Ritchie. $125. ¶ Limited to 30 copies only, printed for the Rounce & Coffin Club.

 

DAWSON, Ernest. A VISIT WITH DR. R. Los Angeles: Muir Dawson, 1948. 12mo, (16)pp, wrappers with printed label. Fine copy. $85. ¶ Limited to 30 copies only, printed for the Rounce & Coffin Club.

 

(Dawson, Muir). DON SANTIAGO KIRKER. Reprinted from The Santa Fe Republican November 20, 1847. Los Angeles: Privately Printed, 1948. Sm 8vo, 14, (3) as Notes, (1) colophon pp. Tan cloth, gilt lettered, very fine. From the library of Ward Ritchie. $75. ¶ First Edition, limited to 200 copies, printed by Muir Dawson and bound by C.Frank Fox. Captain James Kirker was one of the most colorful of the early mountain men and Indian fighters. Cf. Wagner-Camp 135.

 

DE COSTER, Charles; Richard Floethe, illustrator. THE GLORIOUS ADVENTURES OF TYL ULENSPEIGL. The First Complete Translation into English by Allan Ross MacDougall. New York: Limited Editions Club, 1934. 4to, with color illustrations. Original buff linen, stamped in gilt, in a lightly worn publisher’s slipcase, a few leaves unopened, very good. $75. ¶ One of 1500 copies signed by the illustrator. Printed in Holland by Joh. Enschedé.

 

DE LAHONTAN, Baron. DIALOGUES CURIUEX. Entre L’Auteur et un Sauvage de Bon Sens Qui a Voyage et Mémoires de l’Amérique Septentrionale. Publiés par Gilbert Chinard. Baltimore: John Hopkins Press, 1931. 8vo. 3/4 brown cloth, brown boards, gilt letterING & uncut edges, closed tears to two leaves, otherwise fine. $55. ¶ Limited to 1000 copies.

 

DENISON, Corrie [psued. of Eric Partridge]. GLIMPSES. London: Scholartis Press, 1928. 8vo. Original orange cloth in dust jacket, very good. $50. ¶ Second edition, one of 500 copies on antique laid paper. The author & lexicographer was the founder of the Scholartis Press.

 

DENTZEL, Carl S. et al. A BOOKMAN’S VIEW OF LOS ANGELES. Los Angeles: Zamorano Club, 196l. 8vo, 107pp. Cloth-backed quarter boards, fine copy. $150. ¶ Only edition, this copy with a long inscription from the editor, Carl Dentzel, in the year of publication. Published for members of the Grolier Club in an edition of 500 and printed by Saul Marks, Gordon Holmquist, Ward Ritchie and Grant Dahlstrom, this work includes contributions by Lawrence Clark Powell and Ward Ritchie (on Fine Printing in Southern California) amongst others.

 

DICKENS, Charles. THE STRANGE GENTLEMAN, a Comic Burletta in Two Acts… now First Illustrated with Reproductions from Original Drawings by John Leech, John Orlando Perry, etc. Also a Reprint of the Scarce Original Frontispiece by "Phiz." [N.p.]: Privately Printed, 1928. 4to, 61pp, frontis., plates & facsimiles. Boards, mock vellum spine a bit darkened, still an attractive very good copy. $100. ¶ One of 250 numbered copies of this finely produced reprint edition of "the scarcest and the costliest of all Dickens’ pamphlets" (Eckel).

 

DICKENS, Charles. THE STRANGE GENTLEMAN. A Comic Burletta in Two Acts. Now First Illustrated With Reproductions From the Original Drawings by John Leech, John Orlando Parry, etc. Also a Reprint of the Scarce Original Frontispiece by "Phiz." N.P.: Privately Printed, 1928. 4to, 61pp, frontis., plates & facsimiles. Boards, mock vellum spine a bit darkened, still an attractive very good copy. $80. ¶ One of 250 numbered copies of this finely produced reprint edition of "the scarcest and the costliest of all Dickens’ pamphlets" (Eckel).

 

DINE, Jim. DIARY OF A NON-DEFLECTOR. Selected Poems. San Francisco: Arion Press, 1987. 8vo, 78pp, tipped-in frontispiece. Orange and blue cloth, yellow spine label, very fine. $300. ¶ First Edition, limited to 150 copies on Rives paper, with an etched self-portrait signed by Dine.

 

(DINE, Jim). THE APOCALYPSE…With Twenty-Nine Prints from Woodblocks Cut by Jim Dine. San Francisco: The Arion Press, 1982. Folio, printed on handmade Richard de Bas paper. Bound in oak veneer plywood boards with a lightning-bolt image by Jim Dine, white alum-tawed pigskin spine stamped in blind. Fine copy. $4500. ¶ One of 150 numbered copies, signed by Dine on the title and by printer Andrew Hoyem in the colophon. Dine’s best illustrated book and the magnum opus of the Arion Press. The visionary illustrations are perfectly in keeping with the dark prophecies of the text, which is finely printed in Garamond bold. From Manet to Hockney 165. The American Livre de Peintre 13. A Century of Artists Books 133. Logan Collection 168.

 

DOANE, Gilbert. H. ABOUT COLLECTING BOOKPLATES, A Letter… (Madison, Wisconsin): Black Mack, 1941. 12mo, (6), 68, (12)pp + 16 collotype plates. Linen backed decorative boards. slipcase. Fine. $75. ¶ Limited to 360 numbered copies, printed on an Albion on handmade paper.

 

(DREI KÖNIG PRESSE). Miller, Arthur Maximilian. DER UEBERGANG UEBER DEN JABBOK. Mit drei Holzschnitten von Erwin Holzbaur. Mindelheim: Drei Konig Presse, 1962. 8vo, 9pp, frontispiece. Paper boards, paper label. Inscribed by M.W. Mittl to R. Middleton. Prospectus and compliments slip laid in. Frontispiece signed by Holzbaur. Boards slightly bent, spine faded, otherwise very good. $40.

 

DREISER, Theodore; Reginald Marsh, illustrator. AN AMERICAN TRAGEDY. With an Introduction by Harry Hansen. New York: Limited Editions Club, 1954. 4to, x, 556pp, illus. Original rose cloth, minor wear to lower edge of front board, otherwise fine; rose slipcase lightly scuffed, nearly fine. $125. ¶ One of 1500 numbered copies. This was Reginald Marsh’s final illustration work due to his untimely death before publication.

 

DREISER, Theodore; Reginald Marsh, illustrator. SISTER CARRIE. With a New Introduction by Burton Rascoe. New York: Limited Editions Club, 1939. 4to, illus. Original quarter woven linen over brown cloth, gilt lettered calf spine label, a fine copy; lightly worn publisher’s slipcase, very good. $200. ¶ One of 1500 numbered copies signed by the illustrator, Reginald Marsh. Designed and printed by Joseph Blumenthal at the Spiral Press in New York.

 

DUMAS, Alexandre. THE BLACK TULIP. A Romance by Alesandre Dumas. Translated by S.J. Adair Fitz-Gerald with an Introduction by Ben Ray Redman. New York: Limited Editions Club, 1946. 8vo, 328pp, wood engravings. Full morocco, fine in lightly rubbed slipcase, very good. $100. ¶ One of 1500 copies signed by the designer and the illustrator.

 

DUMAS, Alexandre; Cyril Arnstam, illustrator. THE QUEEN’S NECKLACE. New York: Limited Editions Club, 1973. 4to, 300pp, hand-colored plates. Original blue cloth, gilt, fine in publisher’s slipcase, nearly fine. $65. ¶ One of 1500 numbered copies signed by the illustrator, printed at the Sign of the Stone Book, with a new introduction by Henri Peyre.

 

DUMAS, Alexandre; Edy Legrand, illustrator. MARGUERITE DE VALOIS. With Handcolored Illustrations... and an Introduction by Henri Peyre. New York: Limited Editions Club, 1971. 4to, pochoir plates. Original red cloth, gilt, fine; publisher’s slipcase, very good. $75. ¶ One of 1500 copies signed by the illustrator. Printed at the Sign of the Stone Book.

 

DUMAS, Alexandre; Edy Legrand, illustrator. THE MAN IN THE IRON MASK. With an Introduction by Andre Maurois. New York: Limited Editions Club, 1965. 4to, 430pp, hand-colored plates. Original blue buckram, gilt, fine; publisher’s slipcase, very good. $75. ¶ One of 1500 copies signed by the illustrator. Printed by Edna Beilenson.

 

DUNN, Joe & JESS. THE BETTER DREAM HOUSE. (San Francisco: White Rabbit Press, 1968). 8vo, illus. wrappers. Very good. $35. ¶ First Edition, with collage illustrations by Jess throughout. 1000 copies printed.

 

(DUSTON, Hannah). BOSMAN, Richard, illus. CAPTIVITY NARRATIVE OF HANNAH DUSTON. With 35 Wood-Block Prints by Richard Bosman. San Francisco: Arion Press, 1987. Folio, 53, (2)pp, frontispiece, 34 woodblock prints. Quarter brown linen over brown handmade paper boards, as new. $750. ¶ First Edition thus.

 

(Dwiggins). Dreier, Thomas. THE POWER OF PRINT — AND MEN. Together with a Salute to the Modern Newpaper, Produced and Broadcast by the National Broadcasting Company. Brooklyn, New York: Mergenthaler Linotype Company, 1936. Large 8vo, (4), ix-xiv, 165, (1)pp, numerous decorations & headpieces. Orig. decorative boards over cloth shelfback, spine lettered in gilt. Fine. $35. ¶ First Edition of this beautiful work, published on Mergenthaler’s 50th anniversary. The typography, decorations, and binding are all creations of Dwiggins. Agner 36.02.

 

DWIGGINS, W.A. POSTSCRIPTS ON DWIGGINS… Edited by Pauol A. Bennett. With a Selective Checklist Compiled by Dorothy Abbe & Rollo G. Silver. New York: The Typophiles, 1960. 2 vols, sm. 8vo, xiii, 141, (18); (5), 145-271, (2)pp, illus. Turquoise cloth backed boards. Fine set with the bookplates of Albert Sperisen. $75. ¶ Essays and recollections by Dorothy Abbe, Paul Bennet, Philip Hofer, Alfred Knopf, Rudolph Ruzicka, et al. Typophile Chapbooks nos. 35 & 36.

 

DWIGGINS, W.A. TOWARDS A REFORM OF THE PAPER CURRENCY. Particularly in Point of Its Design. A Text and Specimens Furnished by… Published for 452 Subscribers by The Limited Editions Club. New York: Limited Editions Club, 1932. 4to, (1), 23, (2), 3 plates, hand-lettered display. Black leather spine stamped in gold over turquoise decorative cloth, paper label to front board, light wear to joint and slipcase, engraved musical bookplate. Very good. $650. ¶ One of an edition limited to 452 copies, this one signed by Dwiggins, of Dwiggins’ famous call for a reform of the design of American paper money. Quite wittily written, this treatise on aesthetics includes several of Dwiggins more famous illustrations, including his future-looking "Infuriated Artists demolishing the Bureau of Engraving and Printing at Washington. Moring of the 6th of July, 1951. First phase of the Communist Revolution. N[ew] M[illenium] XLVIII" and "Assassination of the Director of the Bureau, and Massacre of Frederal Arts Experts, during the assault on the Bureau of Engraving and Printing — night of July 5, 1951. N.M XXIVV." Included also are "specimens" of currency and postage stamps from the "Antipodes" (i.e. from Dwiggins’ own head), which Dwiggins cites as better examples of design. Agner 32.02.

 

DWIGGINS, W.A. WAD TO RR A LETTER ABOUT DESIGNING TYPE. Cambridge: Harvard College Library, 1940. 4to (12)pp, hand-lettered throughout, printed on plastic sheets and spiral bound into wooden veneer boards. Very good but for broken sections of spiral. Bookplate of California calligrapher Egdon Margo. $75. ¶ Curious edition of a work normally printed on paper. The AIGA included this among their "Fifty Books." See Agner 40.05 noting the trade edition.

 

(Dwiggins, W.A.). WALDMAN, Milton. AMERICA CONQUERS DEATH. New York: William Edwin Rudge, 1928. 8vo, 30, (1)pp, title in 4 colors, 3-color initial, text in black & red. Orig. paper boards, cloth spine, gilt, gilt label to front board. Light wear to one corner, otherwise fine, in glassine jacket. $100. ¶ First edition of Waldman’s thoughtful essay on Americans’ cultural indifference to death, one of 500 copies printed on Navarre paper by Rudge. Dwiggins contributed the typography and exquisite decorations. One of the AIGA’s Fifty Books. Agner 28.12.

 

EASSON, John B. GRAND REPRESENTATIONS. Being an Essay on Designing Printing in Victorian Styles. Illustrated with Numerous Examples of Reproductions Devised by the Author & Printed From the Original Types. London: Quarto Press, 1981. 8vo, unpaginated. Printed wrappers, fine. $35. ¶ Limited Edition of 100 numbered copies.

 

EHRLICH, Frederic. THE NEW TYPOGRAPHY & MODERN LAYOUTS. New York: Frederick A. Stokes, 1934. 4to, 120, (1), (70) as charts pp. Maroon cloth, gilt lettered, dust jacket, near fine in good dj. $75. ¶ First Edition. A comprehensive study of and reference to the structures upon which modern typographic and advertising layouts are built and the various motifs used in their construction. With 100 basic designs for letterheads, 50 layouts for introduction pages, 32 interpretations of identical copy, 210 layouts showing how to position type masses.

 

EICHENBERG, Eduard. WHAT THE BIRDS DID AT HAZEL’S ORCHARD. San Francisco: John F. Newbegin by John Henry Nash, 1916. 8vo, 76pp, elaborately decorated fronispiece & title page. Linen backed boards. Trifle worn at head of spine of fine dust jacket. $45. ¶ First Edition. A juvenile, scarce in dust jacket, printed by John Henry Nash. Hinkle, California Fiction p.102.

 

ELLIS, Havelock. SONNETS, with Folk Songs from the Spanish. St. Lawrence: Golden Cockerel Press, 1925. 8vo, xiv, 81pp, paper label on spine. A nice tight unopened copy with minor wear only. $80. ¶ First Edition, one of 500 copies printed at the Golden Cockerel Press by Eric Gill. NCBEL 1430.

 

(Elston Press). SHELLEY, Percy Bysshe. THE CENCI. A Tragedy in Five Acts. [New Rochelle: The Elston Press, 1903] 8vo, 86, (4)pp & ad-flyer laid in. Cloth-backed boards, paper label on backstrip, text printed in black & red, ornamental woodcut initials, covers slightly rubbed & foxed, otherwise very good. $175. ¶ Edition limited to 180 copies. The Cenci was written in only two months in 1818, the same year as Prometheus Unbound; the two are acknowledged to be his greatest works. Shelley had been fascinated by the story of Beatrice Cenci and Guido’s portrait of her seen in the Colunna palace at Rome.

 

(Elzevier). RAHIR, Edouard, ed. LES ELZEVIER, et Divers Typographes Hollandais du XVIIe siècle. Nieuwkoop: B. De Graaf, 1965. 8vo, xxiv, 493pp. Grey cloth, fine. $100.. ¶ Good reprint of the Paris, 1896 edition, cataloguing some 3500 books published by Elzevier and other Dutch printers.

 

ERASMUS, Desiderius; Lynd Ward, illustrator. MORIAE ENCOMIUM OR, THE PRAISE OF FOLLY. Translated from the Latin Text by Harry Carter. With an Introduction by Hendrik Willem van Loon. New York: Limited Editions Club, 1943. 4to, mezzotint illus. & red marginal vignettes. Original full calf with white sculpture vignette on front cover. A fine copy in lightly worn slipcase. $200. ¶ One of 1500 numbered copies signed by Lynd Ward who contributed the illustrations to this perfectly beautiful book. Printed by J. Horace McFarland at the Mount Pleasant Press.

 

(Eucalyptus Press). BLASDALE, Helen Rogers. BIBLIOGRAPHY OF THE EUCALYPTUS PRESS 1932-1950. [Oakland, CA]: Mills College, 1950. 8vo, (*), 42, (2)pp, frontis. photo of the press. Cloth. Fine. $50. ¶ Only Edition, one of 250 copies printed at the Press. Fron the library of Ward Ritchie (without indication).

 

EVERSON, William - Brother Antoninus. NOVUM PSALTERIUM Pii XII. An Unfinished Folio edition of Brother Antoninus, O.P. Foreword by Robert O. Schad; with a Note on the Pslater of Pope Pius XII by Brother Antoninus. Los Angeles: [for Estelle Doheny], 1955. Folio. Full blue morocco by the Lakeside Press. $12,500. ¶ One of only 48 copies. While a lay brother at the College of St Albert the Great in Oaklnad, Everson envisioned printing on a handpress a folio edition of the Psalter to coincide with the five hundredth anniversary of its first printing by Fust and Schoeffer in 1457. When it become evident, as he wrote, that "the book in its wholeness would never be completed," arragnements were made for the purchase of the completed sheets by Estelle Doheny. Everson wrote a long introduction which was printed by the Plantin Press, and the work was bound in full blue morocco by the Lakeside Press. A few remaining odd sheets were distriubted among firends.

 

(Fanfrolico Press). DONNE, John. A DEFENCE OF WOMEN FOR THEIR INCONSTANCY & Their Paintings made by Jack Donne & Printed Now with Five Decorations by Norman Lindsay. London: The Fanfrolico Press, 1925. Sm. 8vo, (12)pp, five textual wood-engravings. Publisher’s brown buckram, gilt. Very good. $125. ¶ First Edition thus, one of 370 numbered copies. The sixth book from the Fanfrolico Press of Norman Lindsay. Ridler p.307, no.17 (calling for 370 copies and 12pp).

 

FASHION GROUP OF LOS ANGELES. CALIFORNIA FASHION EXPLORERS. Los Angeles: Ward Ritchie Press, 1945. 12mo, 124pp, with black & red illustrations throughout. Original blue wrappers, spine faded, nearly fine. $100. ¶ First Edition, from the printer’s estate.

 

FEATHER, John. ENGLISH BOOK PROSPECTUSES. An Illustrated History. Newton: Bird & Bull Press, 1984. 8vo, 109, (3)pp, 24 facsimiles of prospectuses, 14 printed on unusual papers and enclosed in a separate portfolio. Quarter morocco, boards, slipcase. Fine. $200. ¶ Edition limited to 325 copies. "To the bibliographer and the book historian, the prospectus can offer valuable information on a book’s pre-publication hsitory, on its financing, and on its date and authorship. This book traces, through a combination of text and illustration, the history and significance of the book prospectus from the beginnings in the seventeenth century down to the present day" (p.11).

 

FIELD, Maria Antonia. CHIMES OF MISSION BELLS. An Historical Sketch of California and Her Missions. San Francisco: Philopolis Press, 1914. 8vo, 79pp, frontis., 1 tipped in plate, orig. wrappers, very good. $50. ¶ Published on behalf of the Catholic Truth Society, a tribute to Father Serra and the other Spanish missionaries.

 

FIELDING, Henry; Louis Kronenberger; T.M. Cleland, illustrator. TOM JONES. A Foundling. New York: Limited Editions Club, 1952. 2 volumes, 4to, color plates. Original peppered linen, paper label, spine cap gently worn, otherwise fine; fading to slipcase, very good. $125. ¶ One of 1500 copies signed by the illustrator. Printed at the Club’s printing office in New York.

 

(Fine Printing). LIBER LIBRORUM, 1955. (Stockholm: Liber Librorum), 1955. Folio, portfolio, 43 pamplets in various sizes, formats, papers & colors. Original natural linen over patterned boards, lacking introductory booklet, otherwise fine. $200. ¶ One of 1500 copies. This stunning portfolio is the collaborative project formed by 43 of the twentieth century’s finest book designers on occasion of the Gutenberg Bible’s 500th anniversary. Each participant designed & printed a solution to the typographic problem of the bible. The contributors include Bruce Rogers, Ward Ritchie, Jan van Krimpen, S.H. de Roos, Hermann Zapf, Hans Schmoller, Berthold Wolpe, Joseph Blumenthal, Jan Tschichold, et al.

 

FINE, Ruth & William Matheson. PRINTERS’ CHOICE: A Selection of American Press Books, 1968-1978. Catalogue of an exhibition held at the Grolier Club, New York, December 19, 1978-February 3, 1979. Austin: W. Thomas Taylor, 1983. Folio, xvi, 67pp, black & white photographic illustrations & tipped in leaves from the press books. Original cream buckram with horizontal streaks of blended color, paper label on spine, fine condition. Original prospectus laid in. $400. First Edition, one of 325 copies printed by David Holman at the Wind River Press. A beautifully presented collection of works shown at the notable Grolier Club exhibition. This magnificent catalogue is an important record of Twentieth Century American fine printing, covering 41 contemporary presses, their proprietors, goals and achievements, accompanied by many original leaves from the presses and a wonderful photographic section of the propietors and printing presses.

 

FINNEY, Charles G. THE CIRCUS OF DR. LAO. With an introduction by Edward Hoagland. Relief etchings by Claire Van Vliet. New York: The Stinehour Press,The Limited Editions Club, 1982. 4to, (6), vi, (2),122, (4)pp, illus. Decorative cloth binding in slipcase. Fine. $125. ¶ One of 2000 printed copies. Signed by artist Claire Van Vliet, the book is illustrated with her striking relief etchings, elegantly printed in sienna and ochre inks and bound in decorative Thebes’ cloth designed by Susan Thatcher.

 

FISHER, M.F.K. HOME COOKING. An Excerpt from a letter to Eleanor Friede, December, 1970... Pasadena: Vance Gerry, 2000. 8vo, (7)pp, with an etched frontispiece by Vance Gerry. Callico cloth covered limp boards. Fine. $125. ¶ First Edition, one of only 50 numbered copies.

 

FLEET, Esther Faithfull. TE DEUM LAUDAMUS. Illuminated by Esther Faithfull Fleet. Chromolithographed by M. & N. Hanhart. London: Emily Faithfull, Victoria Press, n.d. Small 4to, chromolithographic plates. Orig. blue cloth bloicked in gilt, a bit dusty, interior fine. $1200.

 

(Folio Society). FOLIO 21 A Bibliography of The Folio Society 1947-1967. With an Appraisal by Sir Francis Meynell. [and] FOLIO 1968-71. A Bibliography of The Folio Society. With an Introduction by Hugh Williamson. London: Folio Press, 1968/1972 2 vols, 4to, 207, 60pp, b&w and color illus. Gray cloth, gilt on black lettering, blindstamped vignette, fine in fine/near fine slipcases. $150. ¶ First Editions. Contains detailed descriptions of all 306 titles issued during the first 24 years, with critical comments. The numerous illustrations of bindings and sample pages provide an interesting survey of design and book illustration. 

 

FORSTER, E.M. E.M. FORSTER’S LETTERS TO DONALD WINDHAM. With Comments by the Recipient. Verona, 1975. 8vo, (48)pp. Printed wrappers. Fine. $50. ¶ One of 300 copies printed by Martino Mardersteig at the Stamperia Valdonega.

 

FORSTER, E.M. ENGLAND’S PLEASANT LAND. A Pageant Play. London: Hogarth Press, 1940. 8vo, 79pp. Orig. red cloth, yellow printed dust-jacket (faded & slightly worn), very good. $50. ¶ First Edition. Kirkpatrick A22.

 

FRANCE, Anatole; Malcolm Cameron, illustrator. PENGUIN ISLAND. Translated from the French by A.W. Evans; with an Introduction by Carl Van Doren, [and] a Preface by the Author... New York: Limited Editions Club, 1947. 4to, numerous gravures. Original quarter vellum over light blue patterned silk boards, lightly soiled, nearly fine. Housed in publisher’s slipcase, peeling & wrinkling to paper covering bottom panel, very good. $75. ¶ One of 1500 copies numbered & signed by the illustrator. Printed by the Adlus Printers.

 

FRASER, Claud Lovat. CLAUSE LOVAT FRASER, SIXTY-THREE UNPUBLISHED DESIGNS, With an Introduction by Holbrook Jackson. London: The First Edition Club, (1924). 12mo, handsomely printed on yellow-orange paper and bound in decorated boards. Very good. $135. ¶ One of 500 numbered copies, printed at the Curwen Press. A charming collection of 63 designs drawn by Fraser for a variety of projects.

 

FRASER, Claud Lovat. CLAUSE LOVAT FRASER, SIXTY-THREE UNPUBLISHED DESIGNS, With an Introduction by Holbrook Jackson. London: The First Edition Club, (1924). 12mo, handsomely printed on yellow-orange paper and bound in decorated boards. Very good. $135. ¶ One of 500 numbered copies, printed at the Curwen Press. A charming collection of 63 designs drawn by Fraser for a variety of projects.

 

(FROST, Robert). BLUMENTHAL, Joseph. ROBERT FROST AND HIS PRINTERS. Austin: W. Thomas Taylor, (1985). 4to, 106pp, incl. 31 plates. Original brown buckram, morocco spine label, gilt, in slipcase, fine. $55. ¶ First Edition, limited to 1000 copies. The author, who worked closely with Frost on several books at the Spiral Press, presents a detailed printing history of 29 of the poet’s fine press editions. Blumenthal not only writes about his own experiences, but also of several other printers and designers including Ruzicka, Dwiggins, Mosher, Ritchie et al.

 

FRY, Roger. DUNCAN GRANT. With an Introduction by Roger Fry. Richmond: Hogarth Press, 1923 [1924]. 4to, 24 b&w plates. Original cloth backed decorated ivory boards, browning to spine & spine label, discrete ink inscription, very good. $250. ¶ First Edition, with cover design by the artist. Supposedly 1000 copies printed, only 290 were issued in boards (the remainder later issued in wrappers). Woolmer 31.

 

(Fuero…). FUERO JUZGO EN LATIN Y CASTELLANO, cotejado los mas antiguos y prociosos codices poar la real Academia Espanola. Madrid: Ibarra, 1815. Folio, (14), iii-xliv, (4), 162, (4), xvi, 231, (l)pp, engraved plate. Later printed wrappers with tear, some browning, otherwise very good. $225. ¶ Only Edition. A collection of the most ancient and important codices of the Spanish jurisdiction, in Latin and Spanish and with an introduction. This is a handsome production from the Ibarra press, which operated until 1836 under the direction of Joaquin Ibarra’s sons and grandsons. Palau 95538; not in Marke.

 

FUHRMANN, Otto W. GUTENBERG AND STRASBOURG DOCUMENTS OF 1429. An Interpretation by Otto W. Fuhrmann to Which Has Been Appended The Text of the Documents in the Original Alsatian, the French of Laborde, and Modern German and English Translations. Sketches by Friz Kredel. New York: Press of the Woolly Whale, 1940. 8vo, x, (2), 260, (1)pp. Original cloth, gilt title on morocco spine label and embossed on upper cover, preserved in slipcase. Fine. $175. ¶ One of 660 copies printed by the Press of the Woolly Whale on the 500th anniversary of moveable type.

 

GALSWORTHY, John; Evelyn Waugh, introduction; Charles Mozle, illustrator. THE MAN OF PROPERTY. With an Introduction by Evelyn Waugh. New York: Limited Editions Club, 1964. 4to, 286pp, color plates. Original brown buckram, gilt, spine ends gently worn, otherwise fine; light soiling to buff publisher’s slipcase, nearly fine. $75. ¶ One of 1500 copies signed by the illustrator. Printed by A. Colish in Mount Vernon, New York.

 

GAUTIER, Theophile; Andre Dugo, illustrator. MADEMOISELLE DE MAUPIN. With a Preface by the Author, an Introduction for the Modern Reader by Jacques Barzun. New York: Limited Editions Club, 1943. 4to, 300pp, color plates. Original quarter burgandy leather over blue boards, green cloth spine label, stamped in gilt, corners worn, very good; publisher’s slipcase lightly worn, very good. $125. ¶ One of 1500 copies signed by Dugo who contributed the drawings for the hand-colored lithographs. This edition was designed by George Salter and printed in the shop of Commanday-Roth in New York.

 

GERRY, Vance, editor. FOOD & DRINK. Pasadena: The Weather Bird Press, 1980. $100. ¶ Complete set of ten pamphlets in binder including pieces by Ward Ritchie, Charles Lummis, Sydney Smith, Ford Madox Ford, et al., on wine, salads, Texas chili, coffee, etc. Handsomely and whimsically printed by Vance Gerry.

 

(Gibbings, Robert). EMPSON, Patience, ed. THE WOOD ENGRAVINGS OF ROBERT GIBBINGS With Some Recollections By the Artist. Introduction by Thomas Balston. London: J. M. Dent & Sons, (1959). 4to, xliv, 355pp with line & half-tone reprodcutions, colour frontis. Black buckram in original plastic dust jacket. Very good. $150. ¶ First Edition of this chronologically arranged catalogue of more than 1000 designs by Gibbings, with an autobiographical contribution on his career, and a complete list of all books he illustrated.

 

(GILL, Eric). David Kindersley. MR ERIC GILL: Recollections of David Kindersley. Book Club of California, 1967. 12mo, 24pp, portrait frontis. Original black cloth, gilt, small rubbed spot on front board, otherwise fine. $40. ¶ First Edition, one of 400 copies printed for members of the Book Club of California by The Ward Ritchie Press.

 

(GILL, Eric). SHAKESPEARE, Wm. THE TRAGEDY OF HAMLET, Prince of Denmark… with engravings by Eric Gill & an Introduction by Gilbert Murray. [New York: The Limited Editions Club, 1933]. 8vo, (2), xiii, (6), 149, (3)pp, several illustrations by Eric Gill. Full calf, blind-stamped after Gill’s motifs on both covers. Some tape stains to the endpapers, otherwise a very good copy of a fragile book, without the darkening to the spine usually seen. Slipcase slightly worn. $375. ¶ Edition limited to 1500 copies, signed by Eric Gill.

 

GINSBERG, Allen. KADDISH For Naomi Ginsberg, 1894-1956. With Two Other Related Poems, White Shroud and Black Shroud, An Introduction by Helen Vendler and Lithograph Portraits of the Poet and his Mother by R.B. Kitaj. San Francisco: Arion Press, 1992. 4to, 63pp, lithograph portraits of the poet and his mother by R.B. Kitaj. Black & grey-green cloth stamped in black. Fine. $850. ¶ One of 225 copies signed by Ginsberg and by Kitaj (on the second plate).

 

(Golden Cockerel Press). HERIZ, Patrick de. LA BELLE O’MORPHI, A Brief Biography. Golden Cockerell Press, (1947). F'cap 8vo, 36pp, collotype reproductions of paintings by Francois Bouchier. Orig. pink & pale blue cloths, backstrip gilt lettered, gilt blocked cockerel press-device on front cover, t.e.g., fore-edges roughtrimmed, small spot on edge, otherwise very nice. $50. ¶ 650 copies (of a total edition of 750 copies) printed on mouldmade paper. Cockalorum 173.

 

(Golden Cockerel). STERNE, Laurence. THE LIFE & OPINIONS OF TRISTRAM SHANDY, GENTLEMAN. With 15 Engravings on Copper by J.E. Laboureur. Reading: Golden Cockerel Press, 1929-30. 3 vols, 8vo, (7), 265; (2), 258; (2), 197, (2, includes colophon), 15 engravings, hand-made paper, printer’s device by Eric Gill. Orig. red burlap, spine lettered in gilt, t.e.g. Spines sunned, very good. $300. ¶ One of an edition limited to 500 numbered copies, beautifully illustrated by Laboureur, of the progenitor of the 20th century stream-of-consciousness novel. Golden Cockerel Bibl. 66.

 

GOODEN, Mona (compiler); Stephen Gooden (illustrator). THE POET’S CAT, AN ANTHOLOGY. London: George G. Harrap, 1946. 8vo, 115, (1)pp, engraved title & tail-piece. Orig. quarter black calf over white cloth in glassine rapper, rim of light foxing to endpapers, light rubbing to boards & foxing to endpapers, very good. $250. ¶ First Edition, one of 110 copies signed by the compiler & illustrator. Finely produced volume of selected verses honoring our feline friends by La Fontaine, Keats, Swinburne, Yeats, Eliot, et al.

 

(Grabhorn). FESTIVALS IN SAN FRANCISCO. American Guide Series. Prepared by the Northern California Writers’ Project. Works Projects Administration. Sponsored by the International Institute. San Francisco: James Ladd Delkin, Stanford University, 1939. 8vo, (8), 67, (1)pp, color frontis. & 3 plates, 12 color head-pieces in text. Orig. pictorial boards, buckram spine with paper label. Barest external soiling, otherwise fine. $125. ¶ First Edition, one of 1000 copies, of a lovely celebration of the myriad ethnic and religious festivals which gold prospectors imported to Northern California in the 19th century. Paula Vinson executed the lovely illustrations, including the drawing on the cover. Grabhorn Bibl. 318.

 

(Grabhorn). THE GENTLE CYNIC. Being a Translation of the Book of Koheleth Known as Ecclesiastes. By Morris Jastrow, Jr. (San Francisco: Book Club of California), 1927. 8vo, (46)pp, illuminations & illustrations. Orig. vellum & silk ties. Fine, in original slipcase. $200. ¶ One of an edition of 250 numbered copies of this beautiful volume, decorated by Valenti Angelo. Grabhorn Bibl. 91.

 

(Grabhorn leaf book). A LEAF FROM EUSEBII PAMPHILI EVANGELICAE From the Printing Press of Robert Estienne, Paris 1544; A LEAF FROM DIONIS CASSII ROMANARUM HISTORIARUM From the Printing Press of Henri II Estienne, Geneva, 1592. San Francisco: Grabhorn Press, n.d. 4to, 42pp, with 2 orig. Estienne leaves tipped in. Buckram backed boards. Fine $250. ¶ One of 390 copies, with an introduction by Robert Grabhorn. The text by Mark Pattison first appeared in the Quarterly Review for April, 1865.

 

(Grabhorn Press). Harte, Bret. DICKENS IN CAMP. With a Foreword by Frederick S. Myrtle. San Francisco: John Howell, 1922. 8vo, (4), 16, (4)pp. Quarter cloth, boards, cover spotted and slightly stained on back, internally very good. $85. ¶ Edition limited to 350 copies. Grabhorn Bibliography 40.

 

(Grabhorn Press). MAUNDEVILLE, John. THE VOIAGE AND TRAVAILE OF SIR JOHN MAUNDEVILLE, KT. New York: Edwin & Robert Grabhorn Press for Random House, 1928. Folio. Quarter morocco and wooden boards. Nearly fine copy in a cloth folding case with morocco label. $3000. ¶ Copy 8 of 150 numbered copies printed by the Grabhorn Press, with illustrations and color rubrications throughout by Valenti Angelo.

 

(Grabhorn Press).TRIPP, C.E. ACE HIGH. THE ‘FRISCO DETECTIVE. Or, The Girl Sport’s Double Game. A Story of the Sierra & The Golden Gate City… Reprinted from Beadle’s Half-Dime Library, Number 814, February 28, 1893. San Francisco: The Book Club of California, 1948. 4to, (8), 56pp, 10 2-color woodcuts by Mallette Dean. Orig. decorative boards over buckram shelfback, paper label. Label lightly browned & chipped, light wear to boards, otherwise fine. $100. ¶ One of an edition of 500 copies, this work was one of the AIGA’s "Fifty Books of the Year," and was included in the Rounce & Coffin Club’s Exhibition of Western Books. With an historical introduction by David Magee, the volume is essentially a tribute to the dime novels, many of which were first published by Erastus Beadle and written by C.E. Tripp. Tripp, who was said to regularly write 40,000 word novels in three days, was indeed quite a skilled writer, and this handsome presentation of his writing demands of the reader a reconsideration of the literary quality of the "yellow back." Grabhorn Bibl. 470. Olmsted 69.

 

GRAHAME, Kenneth; Arthur Rackham, illustrator; Bruce Rogers, printer. THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS. With an Introduction by A.A.Milne & Illustrations by Arthur Rackham. New York: The Limited Editions Club, 1940. 4to, 245pp, 16 color plates. Quarter cloth, fine copy in a lightly worn slipcase. $1350. ¶ FIRST RACKHAM EDITION, one of 2020 copies designed and signed by Bruce Rogers. Rackham had been asked to illustrate the first edition of 1908, but was unable to accept the commission. He deeply regrettted the decision, but just before his death was able to illustrate this LEC edition. Great & Good Books, A Bibliographical Catalogue of the Limited Editions Club, A17.

 

GREENE, Robert. GREENE’S GROATS-WORTH OF WIT, Bought with a Million of Repentance... Oxford: Blackwell, 1919. 12mo, 83 (1)pp. Buckram-backed decorated boards. Very good. $35. ¶ One of 500 copies nicely printed in black & red on hand-made paper. Greene was born in Norwich about 1560. He married in 1585 but deserted his wife after spending her dowery and went to London where he lived a dissolute life in company with Nashe and Lodge. In 1592 he died in abject poverty. The Groats-Worth of Wit was published posthumously in 1592.

 

GRESWELL, William Parr. ANNALS OF PARISIAN TYPOGRAPHY, Containing an Account of the Earliest Typographical Establishments of Paris... [with] A VIEW OF THE EARLY PARISIAN GREEK PRESS; Including the Lives of the Stephani; Notices of Other Contemporary Greek Printers of Paris... Amsterdam: Grüner, 1969 & 1970. 3 vols, 8vo, xii, 356, xvi, 412; vii, 413pp. Original blue cloth, gilt, fine. $300. ¶ Reprints of the 1818 & 1833 original editions. Excellent reference works on the fifteenth & sixteenth century press in Paris, with much material on early Gothic printing and the period’s most important literary & eclesiastical printers including a detailed history of the Estienne family. Greswell, a clergyman & bibliographer, wrote several books and edited the third volume of the Chetham Library. Upon his death in 1855 his own large library was sold at Sotheby’s.

 

(Grolier Club). A CATALOGUE OF BOOKS IN FIRST EDITIONS SELECTED TO ILLUSTRATE THE HISTORY OF ENGLISH PROSE FICTION from 1485 to 1870. New York: The Grolier Club, June, 1917. 8vo, 149pp, 32 plates. Beige boards, Grolier Club insignia embossed on cover, gilt morocco spine label, back strip worn. Bookplate of Myrtle Crummer, signature on endpaper. Very good. $60. ¶ Limited to 250 copies printed on French hand-made paper.

 

GROSS, Philip. CONIUNCTIO, A Spell. An Unfolding Poem... with Pochoir Illustrations by Vance Gerry. Prospero Poets, 1996. 8vo, 4 pochoir illustrations. Printed wrappers. Fine $30. ¶ One of 499 numbered copies.

 

GROSS, Philip. CONIUNCTIO, A Spell. An Unfolding Poem... with Pochoir Illustrations by Vance Gerry. Prospero Poets, 1996. 8vo, 4 pochoir illustration. Printed boards with addition pochoir ont he front cover, and with an extra print laid in. $45. ¶ One of 149 copies, signed by the artist and author, and bound in boards, of a total edition of 499 copies. Illustrations pochoir-colored by Sylvia Stokeld.

 

GUNN, Thom.  A GEOGRAPHY. Iowa City: Stone Wall Press, 1966. Sm.8vo, red wrappers. Very good. $250. ¶ One of 220 copies signed by Gunn on the half-title (the bibliographers state that only 216 were actually printed). Berger 21. Printing & the Mind of Merker 21. 

 

(Gutenberg). THE MISSING GUTERNBERG WOODBLOCKS. New York: Press of the Woolly Whate, 1940. 8vo, (57)pp, 20 woodblock illus. Cloth. Bookplate of Los Angeles collector Gaylord Beaman. Fine. $50. ¶ A humorous retelling of the discovery of the invention of moveable type.

 

HAGEDORN, Edward. TEN NUDES. San Francisco: The Peregrine Press, 1952. Folio, (12) leaves, illus. in black & white. Orig. cloth portfolio. Very good. $750. ¶ One of only 86 signed & numbered copies. Edward Hagedorn (1902-82), a lifelong resident of the San Francisco Bay area, is best known for his Expressionistic style and for his nude and figure studies. In the 1930s he declined an invitation by Galka Scheyer to join the Blue Four. This was the sixth book from Henry Evans’ Peregrine Press.

 

(Hammer). CONRAD FIEDLER’S ESSAY ON ARCHITECTURE with Notes by Victor Hammer. Lexington: Anvil Press, 1954. 8vo, 56pp, printed in two colors. Orig. wine red boards, printed paper label, margins browned, light wear at joints, otherwise very good. $200. ¶ Edition limited to 100 copies. A typically restrained performance by Hammer, printing this translation of Fiedler’s interesting essay by Carolyn Reading for the first time and including a list of Fiedler’s other works in translation. The text is set in American Uncial with the right margin ragged, resembling strongly his superb printing of Hölderlin’s poems. See Blumenthal, Printed Book in America, pp. 114-16.

 

HARMSEN, Tyrus. THE PLANTIN PRESS OF SAUL AND LILLIAN MARKS. Los Angeles: Dawson’s Book Shop, 1960. 12mo, 21pp, orig. photographic frontispiece. Printed boards. Very good copy with a catalogue of Plantin Press books laid in. $50. ¶ One of 200 copies printed by Will Cheney. A Los Angeles Typesticker 47.

 

HARTE, Bret. SAN FRANCISCO IN 1866. Being Letters to the Springfield Republican. Edited by George R. Strewart and Edwin S. Fussell. San Francisco: Book Club of California, 1951. Tall 8vo, x, 89pp, folding plate, printed in black & blue. Original quarter creme linen over blue marbled boards, blue paper spine label, very lightly soiled, signature on endpaper, nearly fine. $100. ¶ First Edition in book form, one of 400 copies printed at the Grabhorn Press. Harte vividly accounts his San Francisco surroundings in these eleven letters written in 1866.

 

HARTMANN VON AUE. DER ARME HEINRICH. Übertragen von Wilhelm Grimm. Offenbach: Wilhelm Gerstung, (1924). 8vo, 54, (2)pp, 5 handcolored woodcuts by Willi Harwerth. Purple pictorial boards, very good. $65. ¶ Wilhelm Grimm’s translation, beautifully illustrated, of the great Middle High German poem about the young nobleman Heinrich, who learns that he can cure his leprosy only with the heart’s blood of a marriagable virgin, willingly given. The daughter of the tenant farmer with whom Heinrich is lodging offers herself, and as she is bound naked to the surgeon’s table, where Heinrich perceives her innocent beauty through a chink, he bids the surgeon to desist, to the distress of the girl. Moved by "eine neue Güte," with which God infuses him, Heinrich is cured of his leprosy, and the two are married. Hartmann von Aue (1160-c.1215) was one of the three great names of the Blütezeit in the field of narrative poetry. Der arme Heinrich , written while Hartmann recovered his piece of mind after the death of his lord, is considered his best work.

 

(Haslewood Books). THE PHOENIX NEST. Reprinted from the Original Edition of 1593. London: for Frederick Etchells and Hugh Macdonald, 1926. 8vo, (4), 117pp. Brown paper boards over brown buckram shelfback, spine lettered in gilt. Fine, in a chipped orig. dust jacket. $65. ¶ First Edition, one of 555 numbered copies, of Hugh Macdonald’s edition of The Phoenix Nest, the poetic miscellany which includes poems by Raleigh, Lodge, and Breton. It opens with three elegies on Sidney, who is the "Phoenix" of the title. This was the only separate printing of the miscellany since 1593. Tucker, Haslewood Books, 13.

 

(Haslewood Books). THE PHOENIX NEST. Reprinted from the Original Edition of 1593. London: for Frederick Etchells and Hugh Macdonald, 1926. 8vo, (4), 117pp. Brown paper boards over brown buckram shelfback, spine lettered in gilt. Fine, in a chipped orig. dust jacket. $75. ¶ First Edition, one of 555 numbered copies, of Hugh Macdonald’s edition of The Phoenix Nest, the poetic miscellany which includes poems by Raleigh, Lodge, and Breton. It opens with three elegies on Sidney, who is the "Phoenix" of the title. This was the only separate printing of the miscellany since 1593. Tucker, Haslewood Books, 13.

 

(Haslewood Books). TUCKER, Peter. HASLEWOOD BOOKS, The Books of Frederick Etchells & Hugh Macdonald. Hanborough: Parrot, 1990 4to, 53pp, with b&w & 4 color plates tipped in. Marbled cloth with labels. New. $200. ¶ One of 170 copies. The first history and bibliography of Haslewood Books, run by the Vorticist artist and architect Frederick Etchells and the scholar Hugh Macdonald. Between 1924 and 1931 they issued 32 books including some of the best illustrated press of the period, including McKnight Kauffer's Robinson Crusoe, Edward Wadsworth's Sailing Ships of the Western Mediteranean, John Nash Poisonous Palnts and Severini's well-known Fleurs and Masques.

 

HAWTHORNE, Nathaniel; Valenti Angelo, illustrator. THE HOUSE OF THE SEVEN GABLES. A Romance. With an Introduction by Van Wyck Brooks. New York: Limited Editions Club, 1935. 4to, xviii, 414pp, color illus. Original quarter buckram over marbled boards, lightly worn, very good; publisher’s slipcase worn & lacking top panel. $100. ¶ One of 1500 copies signed by the illustrator, Valenti Angelo. Printed at Hawthorn House in Windham, Connecticut.

 

(Hazlitt). KEYNES, Geoffrey. BIBLIOGRAPHY OF WILLIAM HAZLITT. London: The Nonesuch Press, 1931. 8vo, xix, 136pp, frontisportrait. Orig. boards and dust jacket. Fine copy. $100. ¶ First Edition, 750 numbered copies printed. Dreyfuss, Nonesuch Press, 75.

 

(HEARN, Lafcadio). LEWIS, Oscar. HEARN AND HIS BIOGRAPHERS. The Record of a Literary Controversy. Together with a Group of Letters from Lafcadio Hearn to Joseph Tunison. Now First Published. San Francisco: Westgate Press, 1930. 8vo, (8), 112pp, tipped-in illus. Original quarter green cloth, terra cotta boards, paper label, nearly fine. $250. ¶ First Edition, one of 350 copies printed by the Grabhorn Press. BAL 8015.

 

HEARN, Lafcadio; Yasumasa Fujita, illustrator. KWAIDAN. STORIES AND STUDIES OF STRANGE THINGS. With an Introduction by Oscar Lewis. Toyko: Limited Editions Club, 1932. 8vo, 238pp, color illustrations. Original sewn silk boards in pattern silk board slipcase, with ivory clasps, lacking backstrip. $350 ¶ One of 1500 copies, signed by the illustrator, Yasumasa Fujita. An exquisite example of fine press work, printed and bound in oriental format by Shimba Shoin.

 

HEMMINGE, William. WILLIAM HEMMINGE’S ELEGY ON RANDOLPH’S FINGER. Containing the Well-Known Lines on the Time-Poets. New York: D. Appleton, 1928. 8vo, vi, 35pp. Original terracotta boards, decorated paper label, minor offsetting to front endpaper, otherwise fine. $35. ¶ First American Edition, printed at the Shakespeare Head Press, with introduction & notes by G.C. Moore Smith.

 

HENDRON, J.W. FRIJOLES: A Hidden Valley in the New World. Drawings by Jocelyn Taylor. Santa Fe: Rydal Press, 1946. 8vo, 17 plates & 7 fold-out diagrams in rear pocket. Orig. blue cloth, gilt, cartographic endpapers; gilt spine letters faded, pencil number on title page, ink inscription (in addition to author’s), otherwise fine. $100. ¶ First Edition, with author’s signed presentation inscription. Fascinating study of the ancient indian ruins in New Mexico’s Frijoles Canyon.

 

HERMANT, Abel. LE RAT… Paris: Paul Iribe, [1913]. Tall 4to, (6), 144, (2)pp. Orig. printed wrappers. Very good. $125. ¶ Only Edition, limited to 500 copies of Hermant’s (1862-1950) well-known novel. Talvart & Place 55. Scarce. NUC: 1 copy.

 

HESTWOOD, Harold. GAWPY Book One. Verse and Music by Harold K. Hestwood. Decorations by Robert W. Hestwood. Carmel-by-the-Sea: hestwood Studios, 1926. 4to, (22)pp. Illustrated boards. Very good copy. $100. ¶ Type and illustrations entirely wood-engraved by Hestwood.

 

HOOPER, Mrs. George. PRINCE PERTINAX. A Fairy Tale. Illustrated with 26 Drawings in sepia by Margaret L. Hooper and Margery May. London: Field & Tuer, Leadenhalle Presse, ca. 1900. Oblong 4to, (4), 95pp, 26 mounted illustrations. Orig. quarter calf, boards, gilt, in the orig. folding box, box rubbed and worn, covers foxed, otherwise a fine copy. $550. ¶ One of the rarest books of the press and a handsome production. The illustrations are mounted sepia plates in an unusual style combining Doré inspired fantasy with Flaxman style Neo-classicism.

 

HOPE, Anthony; Donald Spencer, illustrator. THE PRISONER OF ZENDA. With an Introduction by S.C. Roberts. New York: Limited Editions Club, (1966). 4to, xi, 188pp. Original quarter red morocco over ivory gilt-stamped cloth in publisher’s slipcase, fine. $75. ¶ One of 1500 copies signed by the illustrator.

 

HUDSON, W. H. 153 LETTERS FROM…Edited and with an Introduction and Explanatory Notes by Edward Garnett. London: Nonesuch Press, 1923. Tall 8vo, 191, (1), (1) original pen sketch pp, photogravure to t.p. Pale brown buckram cloth, paper spine label, dust jacket, beveled edges, very good+ in very good repaired dj. $60. ¶ First Edition, limited to 1000 copies. Generally known for his novel Green Mansions (1904), Hudson (1841-1922) was primarily a writer of natural history books whose volumes on birds are still highly regarded. Payne A46a.

 

(HUGHES-STANTON, Blair). PASTORAL, Or Virtue Requitted by H.H.M, with Wood-Engravings by B.H.-S. Higham, Colchester: The Gemini Press, 1935. 8vo, 38, (1)pp, including 4 full-page wood-engravings. Orig. linen backed boards, gitl title. Very good. $350. ¶ One of 120 numbered copies printed by hand on mould-made by paper by Hughes-Stanton.

 

HUNT, Mrs. Alfred W. OUR GRANDMOTHERS’ GOWNS. With Twenty-Four Handcolored Illustrations Drawn by George R. Halkett. London: Field & Tuer, Leadenhalle Press, [1884]. 8vo, (4), 54ff text printed one side only, 24 handcolored plates by Halkett, 10ff catalogue printed recto only. Orig. cloth, paper labels, ties. Somewhat worn but overall a good copy of an uncommon title. $250. ¶ Scarce and attractive Leadenhall Press title which covers fashion of the period 1798-1827. Each plate is fully described in the text. Colas 1506. Hiler p.453.

 

HUNTER, Dard. PAPERMAKING BY HAND IN INDIA. New York: Pynson Printers, 1939. 4to, 129, (5)pp, 85 photogravures, 27 paper specimens, text printed on Orebro. Orig. quarter black leather by Gerlach over hand-blocked India print cloth. Headcap worn, light wear to extremities, 1 corner lightly bumped, otherwise fine. $1800.

¶ Only Edition, limited to 370 copies signed by the author and publisher. After travelling to Japan, Korea, and China and publishing a work on papermaking in those countries, Hunter made two trips to India, which he had been hoping to visit for fifteen years. The results of these trips are this spectacular book, itself printed on beautiful paper and including numerous paper specimens. The photographs from which the photogravures were made were almost all taken by the author, by far the greatest of American papermakers. The prospectus, detailing the steps in the creation of the book and providing a "Checklist of Works by Dard Hunter on the Subject of Paper," is laid in. Schlosser39.

 

IRWIN, Inez Haynes. THE CALIFORNIACS. San Francisco: A. M. Robertson, 1916. 12mo, 63pp, tipped in color frontis. by William Keith. Orig. boards, gilt, endpapers brownedvery good. $50. ¶ Printed at the Philopolis Press. As Irwin says in her introduction, California is the place "where everybody is born beautiful and nobody grows old." The mythology of California was already well in place by 1916 and this is perhaps its first manifesto, a description and analysis of the California personality.

 

ISHERWOOD, Christopher. OCTOBER. Written by… Drawings by Don Bachardy. Los Angeles: Twelvetrees Press, 1980. Sm. folio, 85, (8)pp with 33 illus. Bound in full blue calf blocked in silver, cloth slipcase. Backstrip faded, otherwise fine. $250. ¶ First Edition, signed by Isherwood and Bachardy. Limited to 150 numbered copies of a total edition of 176. Printed by Patrick Reagh and bound by Réné Patron.

 

ISHERWOOD, Christopher. OCTOBER. Written by… Drawings by Don Bachardy. Los Angeles: Twelvetrees Press, 1980. Sm. folio, 85, (8)pp with 33 illus. Bound in full blue calf blocked in silver, cloth slipcase. Fine copy without the slightest bit of fading to the leather binding as often found. $350. ¶ First Edition, signed by Isherwood and Bachardy. Limited to 150 numbered copies of a total edition of 176. Printed by Patrick Reagh and bound by Réné Patron.

 

JACKSON, Helen Hunt; Everett Gee Jackson, illustrator. RAMONA A Story. With an Introduction by J. Frank Dobie. New York: Limited Editions Club, 1959. 4to, 428pp, color plates & vignettes. Original heavy woven cloth in slipcase, fine. $100. ¶ One of 1500 copies signed by the illustrator. Printed by Saul & Lillian Marks at the Plantin Press, Los Angeles.

 

[JACKSON, Helen Hunt Jackson] H. H. AH-WAH-NE DAYS: A Visit to the Yosemite Valley in 1872. Introduction by Oscar Lewis San Francisco: [Printed by Mallette Dean for] The Book Club of California, 1971. 4to, 84pp, Colored woodcut pictorial title-page & seven large headpieces by Dean. Original patterned boards backed in buckram, printed paper spine label. Fine copy with the prospectus laid in. $150. ¶ First Edition thus, one of 450 copies. Helen Hunt Jackson,s visit to Yosemite was part of her excursion to the West on behalf of a New York newspaper; her articles appeared in the fall of 1871 and were later reprinted in Bits of Travel at Home (Boston, 1878).

 

JACKSON, Holbrook. MAXIMS OF BOOKS AND READING. London: First Edition Club, 1934. Sm 8vo, 33, (1) as colophon pp. Blue wrappered stiffcard, glassine dj, Rockwell Kent designed bookplate, fine. $75. ¶ First Edition, limited to 400 copies on Pannekoek mould-made paper, in Erasmus type designed by S. H. de Roos, and printed by Halcyon Press in Maastricht, Holland. A benefactor of the First Edition Club and an esteemed bibliophile, Jackson, known for his insight and humor, wrote extensively on books, reading, typography and printing.

 

JAEGER, Roland. NEW WEIMAR ON THE PACIFIC. The Pazifische Presse and German Exile Publishing in Los Angeles 1942-48. Translated from the German by Marion Philadelphia and edited by Victoria Dailey. Los Angeles: Victoria Dailey Publisher, 2000. 8vo, 87pp, inc. 18 b/w photo illus. Quarter cloth. New. ISBN 0-9657858-2-3. $45. ¶ First Edition, limited to 300 copies. Internationally known German authors Thomas Mann, Franz Werfel, Lion Feuchtwanger, Bruno Frank, Alfred Neumann, Friedrich Torberg, Leonhard Frank and Alfred Döblin all found exile in Los Angeles during World War II, and while there, they participated in a remarkable literary endeavor. The Pazifische Presse, founded by fellow German émigrés Ernst Gottlieb and Felix Guggenheim, published eleven books, mainly fiction, between 1942 and 1948 by these writers-in-exile. Handsomely printed in small editions by Saul Marks at the Plantin Press, Pazifische Presse books have become sought after examples of both literary courage and artistic merit. The only publishing venture of its kind on the West Coast, the Pazifische Presse fulfilled its stated mission, which was to give testimony to the eminent cultural force that was expelled by Hitler and which found a future in America. In nine chapters, Roland Jaeger, noted scholar and bibliographer, examines the workings of the press and its authors. In addition, Jaeger has compiled the first complete bibliography of the Pazifische Presse’s output. Shedding new light on a neglected chapter in the literary history of Los Angeles, New Weimar on the Pacific is also an important addition to German literature and exile studies.

 

JAMES, Henry. A MOST UNHOLY TRADE. Being Letters on the Drama by Henry James. (Cambridge, Mass.): Scarab Press, Privately Printed, 1923. 12mo, 18, (1, colophon)pp, engraved frontisportrait. Orig. pictorial boards, cloth spine. Chipped egdges, otherwise very good. $150. ¶ One of an edition of 100 numbered copies, BAL’s state B. The frontispiece & cover are the work of Waldo Murray. BAL 10710. Edel & Laurence C6.

 

(Janus Press). FINNEY, Charles G. THE CIRCUS OF DOCTOR LAO With Relief Etchings by Claire Van Vliet. West Burke: Janus Press, 1984. Large 4to, 123pp, illustrations by Van Vliet. Color printed cloth, vellum spine, matching clamshell box. Fine copy. $2250. ¶ One of 150 copies signed by Finney and Van Vliet. The magnum opus of the Janus Press and one of the finest modern private press books printed in America.

 

JANUS PRESS - Kaufman, Margaret. AUNT SALLIE’S LAMENT. Janus Press, 1988. 4to, in publisher’s cloth covered clam-shell box (sun struck). $1000. ¶ One of 150 copies signed by the author and the printer; with the original prospectus and an envelope of off-cuts of colored papers laid in. Aunt Sallie’s Lament is a poetic autobiography of a "spinster quilter stiched with mutterings that accumulate as the cut pages are turned becoming a dimand quilt square. The binding is an accordian that can stretch to 105 inches revealing all the stanzas."

 

(Jeffers). ADAMIC, Louis. A PORTRAIT… With Foreword by Garth Sherwood Jeffers. Covelo: Yolla Bolly Press, [1983]. 8vo, xiv, (2), 32pp. Cloth, illus, a fine uncut copy. $100. ¶ 250 copies printed.

 

JEFFERS, Robinson. SOLSTICE. And Other Poems. New York: Random House, 1935. 4to, (viii), 151pp. Orig. decorative gray cloth over tan buckram shelfback with label. Light browning of free endpapers, otherwise fine, in the orig. plain dust jacket. $450. ¶ First Edition, one of an edition limited to 320 copies, all signed by the author. Grabhorn Bibliography 228.

 

JEFFERS, Robinson. THE OCEAN’S TRIBUTE. [San Francisco]: Grabhorn Press for Ted Lilienthal and Carroll Harris, 1958. Folio, (3)pp (incl. title-wrapper), printed in blue & black. Very good, but for tape mark & 1/2 in. tear to inner margin. $100. ¶ A rare piece of Jeffersiana, printed by the Grabhorn Press. The poem was printed in honor of Jeffers’ reception of the Fellowship of the Academy of American Poets.

 

JEFFERSON, Thomas; Lynd Ward, illustrator. WRITINGS OF THOMAS JEFFERSON. Selected and Edited by Saul K. Padover. New York: Limited Editions Club, 1967. 4to, duotone lithographs. Original half blue cloth over marbled boards in slipcase, fine. $125. ¶ One of 1500 copies signed by the book’s illustrator, Lynd Ward. Designed and printed by Roderick Stinehour at The Stinehour Press.

 

JOHNSTON, Frederick. TERRACINA CLOUD. Verona: Verona Press, 1936. 8vo, (10), 88, (2)pp. Cloth gilt, dust-jacket slightly torn, insignificant foxing, one leaf tipped in at front, with author’s request for review. Very good. $75. ¶ First Edition of Johnston’s vers de début. Johnston introduces his poems with a critical remark on the doctrinal atmosphere of his times. Printed by Giovanni Mardersteig.

 

JONES, George W. CATALOGUE OF THE LIBRARY OF GEORGE JONES At the Sign of the Dolphin Next to Dr. Johnson’s House in Gough Square Fleet Street... London: [privately printed], (1938). 4to, ix, 131pp, errata, tipped-in plates, elaborate boarders, textual illus, printed in red & black. Quarter velin over grey boards, untrimmed, illustrated endpapers, otherwise fine in author’s shipping box. $350. ¶ Printed by the author upon his retirement, with his inscription. Copiously illustrated & annotated catalogue of the respected British printer’s collection of incunabula & fine press books. Bound-in are several leaves from his most handsome productions including the elaborate double title printed in black & two tints, frontispiece, and signed colophon from The Cantebury Tales for Limited Editions Club.

 

(JONES, Owen). Gray, Thomas. GRAY’S ELEGY. [London: Longman & Co.; New York: Wiley & Putman, 1846]. 8vo, [16]pp chromolithographed in blues, reds, black & gold. Original full calf, deeply embossed overall in an elaborate design of holly leaves, the title in gothic lettering within a panel on upper cover, holly leaves surrounding Owen Jones’s monogram on lower cover and clover leaves on spine, a.e.g., bound by Remnant and Edmonds for the publisher. Lightly worn overall. $400. ¶ First Edition. This unique publication is distinguished as the first secular book wholly illuminated in Owen Jones’s characteristic spidery style. It was also the first issued in a kind of binding heretofore generally reserved for illuminated books: "… deeply embossed to imitate carved wood [which] … must have been built up underneath the leather as well as being embossed on it" (McLean,VBD, p.91-2; also p.207). Ball, Victorian Publishers’ Bindings, p.145 & pl.3, for illustration of the binding. Abbey, Life, 227. Victorian Bibliomania 26. Courtney & Lewis p.143.

 

JONES, Thomas. THE GREGYNOG PRESS. A Paper Read to the Double Crown Club… Oxford: University Press, 1954. 8vo, (6), 40pp with illus. in the text. Orig. cloth, dust jacket. Very good. $60. ¶ Limited to 750 copies. The illustrations are printed from original woodblocks.

 

JOYCE, James. STORIELLA AS SHE IS SYUNG. [London:] Corvinus Press, 1937. Sm. 4to, illuminated initial letter by Lucia Joycerig. Orange vellum, a few small spots of foxing in the text, otherwise a fine copy in somewhat worn slipcase. $3000. ¶ One of 150 numbered copies (of a total edition of 176) of the first separate publication of this text which had previously appeared, without this title, in Transition, 1935. It was the most ambitious and significant work published by Lord Carlow’s private press. Joyce’s daughter, Lucia, designed the illuminated letters at the beginning of the text. Slocum & Cahoon 46. Nash & Flavell, Corvinus Press, 17.

 

KALDEWEY, Gunnar A. BOOKS AS ART. Los Angeles, 1990. 8vo, (25)pp. Green morocco backed wooden ebony boards, folding box. $1000. ¶ One of 40 copies printed by Gunnar Kaldewey in Los Angeles for an exhibition of his work at the Getty Center (and travelling to Harvard, Baltimore, Oslo). This copy is inscribed by the author.

 

(Kauffer). MELVILLE, Herman. BENITO CERENO. With Pictures by E. McKnight Kauffer. London: The Nonesuch Press, 1926. 4to, 122, (2)pp, 9 illustrations. Red buckram, gilt. Fine. $200. ¶ One of 1650 numbered copies printed at the Curwen Press, the line drawings water-colored by pochoir. "Kauffer’s partnership with Curwen was one of the outstanding successes in book production between the wars. The historian of this relationship, Dr Desmond Flower, has written that Kauffer ‘made enormous demands of the Curwen Press department and they were met triumphantly’. Flower singled out the frontispiece for Benito Cereno as ‘one of the most brilliant designs he ever conceived; with the pen and two tints - grey and mauve - he built up a shimmering design of a ship becalmed at last light which has an intricate beauty of which the eye can never tire’." (Haworth-Booth, E McKnight Kauffer, p.50).

 

KAYE-SMITH, Sheila. SAINTS IN SUSSEX. Birmingham: Elkin Mathews, 1923. 8vo, 29pp, decorated title printed in red & black. Original quarter black cloth, gilt, chipping to spine ends & boards, signature of former L.A. Times Literary Editor Paul Jordan Smith, good. $45. ¶ Limited to 250 copies, signed by the author, printed at the Kynoch Press.

 

(Keats). (A collection of drawings of Keats and his circle drawn by William Wilke). San Francisco, [ca. 1934]. Folio, 39 plates. Quarter blue morocco over cloth boards, spine lettered in gilt. Light wear to extremities, otherwise fine. $350. ¶ Unique (?) copy of Wilke’s sketches of Keats’s circle, probably executed for works projected by John Henry Nash in the 1930s. In addition to Keats, sketches of Hunt, Lamb, Shelley, Hazlitt, Scott, Coleridge, Dilke, Fanny Keats, Fanny Brawne and others are included. The volume was clearly bound by Nash’s binder.

 

(Kelmscott Press). MORRIS, William POEMS BY THE WAY. Hammersmith: The Kelmscott Press, 1891. Sm 4to, 197pp, printed in red & black in the Golden types, decorative woodcut borders and intitials, woodcut Kelmscott device at front and back. Orig. velleum, green silk ties (missing torn), light soiling. $1450. ¶ One of 300 paper copies, the second book printed by William Morris at his Kelmscott Press. Fredeman 43.18. Hayward 277. Peterson A2. Ransom p.325, no. 2. Sparling 2. Tomkinson no. 2

 

(Kelmscott Press). MORRIS, William. THE WOOD BEYOND THE WORLD. Hammersmith: The Kelmscott Press, 1894. Sm. 4to, (4), 261pp, printed in red & black, wood-engraved frontispiece by W. Spielmeyer after a design by Edward Burne-Jones, decorative woodcut borders and initials, Kelmscott device at back. Orig. velleum, peach silk ties, some soiling to covers, otherwise very good in a cloth folding case. $2250. ¶ One of 350 paper copies. Peterson A27. Ransom p.328, no. 27. Sparling 27. Tomkinson, p.114, no. 27.

 

KENT, Rockwell. A BIRTHDAY BOOK. New York: Random House, 1931. Tall 8vo, full page illustrations by Kent. Original decorative cloth. Very good. $225. ¶ One of 1850 numbered copies signed by the artist.

 

KENT, Rockwell. A BIRTHDAY BOOK. New York: Random House, 1931. Tall 8vo, full page illustrations by Kent. Original decorative cloth. Very good. $200. ¶ One of 1850 numbered copies signed by the artist.

 

(Kent, Rockwell). ROBINSON, Selma. CITY CHILD. Poems… Decorations by Rockwell Kent. New York: The Colophon, 1931. 8vo, 64pp, with illustrations in the text throughout by Kent. Quarter cloth, decorated boards & slipcase. Label browned, otherwise very good. $200. ¶ First Edition, one of 300 numbered copies signed by Kent with his thumb-print and by the author, with an original Kent lithograph frontispiece.

 

[KINGSFORD, Anna Bonus & Edward Maitland]. THE PERFECT WAY; Or, The Finding of Christ. London: John M. Watkins, 1923. 8vo, cloth, very good. $75. ¶ Fifth Edition, the first containing the important 67 page explanatory preface by Samuel Hopgood Hart. A classic of esoteric Christianity, the Theosophists Kingsford and Maitland set forth the "intellectual concepts" which underlie Christianity, but which its official exponents could not disclose.

 

KINGSLEY, Charles; Edward A. Wilson, illustrator. WESTWARD HO! Or The Voyages and Adventures of Sir Amyas Leigh, Knight of Burrough in the County of Devon, in the Reign of Her Most Glorious Majesty Queen Elizabeth. New: York Limited Editions Club, 1947. 2 volumes,4to, color plates. Original quarter buckram over celadon green boards, fine in very lightly rubbed slipcase, nearly fine. $75. ¶ One of 1500 numbered copies, signed by the illustrator.

 

KNER, Andrew. Mezieres, Philippe de. FESTUM PRAESENTATIONIS BEATAE MARIAE. A Fourteenth Century Prompt Book. Translated from the Latin and introduced by an essay on The Birth of Modern Acting by Albert B. Weiner. [New Haven: Andrew Kner, n.d.] Small 4to, 85pp, with woodcut illustrations by James Higa and Harry Harringer from costume studies by Frank Lockner. Quarter cloth, handmade paste paper boards, dust jacket, orig. prospectus. Fine. $50.. ¶ Edition limited to 350 numbered copies designed, printed & bound by Andrew Kner. The illustrations are by James Higa and Harry Harringer, from costume studies by frank Lockner.

 

KNOPF, Alfred A. PORTRAIT OF A PUBLISHER. Reminiscences and Reflections. [and] ALFRED A KNOPF AND THE BORZOI IMPRINT: Recollections and Appreciations. New York: The Typophiles, 1965. 2 vols, 8vo, (xv), 298; (xv), 302pp. Quarter cloth, dust jackets, slipcase. $75. ¶ Limited to 2000 copies.

 

LA FONTAINE, Jean de la. FABLES CHOISIES. Los Angeles: William Andrews Clark, Jr., 1928. Lg. 8vo, (36)pp, illus. Blue morocco over blue paper boards, gilt spine. Some offsetting of illustrations to facing pages, light external soiling; overall a very nice copy. $75. ¶ Limited to 100 numbered copies.

 

LAMPSON, Robin. TERZA-RIMA SONNETS. Berkeley: Archetype Press, 1935. 8vo, 53, (3)pp. Boards, gilt signature facsimile on front cover. Fine. $50. ¶ Edition limited to 125 copies, signed by the author.

 

(Landacre). BRADLEY, John Hodgdon. FAREWELL THOU BUSY WORLD. Los Angeles: Primavera Press, 1935. 12mo, 102pp, title-page illus. and chapter headings by Landacre. Orig. decorative cloth-backed decorative boards by Landacre, fine copy. Paul Jordan Smith’s copy, with his signature on the flyleaf and with the prospectus laid in. $100. ¶ Printed by Ward Ritchie, Hodgdon’s text is in the tradition of American nature literature in which he expresses the simpler joys of a scientist’s life discovering small wonders in the out of doors. Lehman p.175; Ritchie 9; Edelstein, Primavera Press, p.129.

 

(Landacre). DORO, Edward THE BOAR AND SHIBBOLETH With Other Poems. Wood Engravings by Paul Landacre. New York: Knopf, 1933 8vo, (8), 57, (3)pp, title page, 2 illustrations by Landacre. Orig. light green cloth, paper label. Rubber stamp "First Edition" on flyleaf. Very good. $75. ¶ Edition limited to 500 copies, this an early copy bound in light green rather than the dark green of later copies. One of Landacre’s unhappier projects. Doro, somewhat of a confidence man, persuaded the artist to illustrate his poems and Saul Marks to print them. He told Knopf that 250 copies were pre-subscribed, which was a lie, and pressured Marks to the point that he angrily abandoned the printing. Knopf had the book printed elsewhere, and it was later discovered that Doro had plagiarized the chief poem in the book from a 17th century source. Lehman pp.81-2. Ritchie 3.

 

(Landacre). DORO, Edward THE BOAR AND SHIBBOLETH With Other Poems. Wood Engravings by Paul Landacre. New York: Knopf, 1933 8vo, (8), 57, (3)pp, title page, 2 illustrations by Landacre. Orig. light green cloth, paper label. Very good. $100. ¶ First Edition, 500 copies, signed by the author. This an early copy bound in light green rather than the dark green of later copies. One of Landacre’s unhappier projects. Doro, somewhat of a confidence man, persuaded the artist to illustrate his poems and Saul Marks to print them. He told Knopf that 250 copies were pre-subscribed, which was a lie, and pressured Marks to the point that he angrily abandoned the printing. Knopf had the book printed elsewhere, and it was later discovered that Doro had plagiarized the chief poem in the book from a 17th century source. Lehman pp.81-2. Ritchie 3.

 

(Landacre). DORO, Edward THE BOAR AND SHIBBOLETH With Other Poems. Wood Engravings by Paul Landacre. New York: Knopf, 1933 8vo, (8), 57, (3)pp, title page, 2 illustrations by Landacre. Orig. light green cloth, paper label. Dust jacket chipped at spine ends. Very good copy from the libarary of Ward Ritchie, with a 1930’s invoice from Jake Zeitlin. $150. ¶ First Edition, 500 copies printed. This an early copy bound in light green rather than the dark green of later copies. One of Landacre’s unhappier projects. Doro, somewhat of a confidence man, persuaded the artist to illustrate his poems and Saul Marks to print them. He told Knopf that 250 copies were pre-subscribed, which was a lie, and pressured Marks to the point that he angrily abandoned the printing. Knopf had the book printed elsewhere, and it was later discovered that Doro had plagiarized the chief poem in the book from a 17th century source. Lehman pp.81-2. Ritchie 3.

 

(Landacre). LORCA, Federico Garcia SAN GABRIEL. Translated by Langston Hughes. [Los Angeles: Zeitlin], 1938. Folio, 19 x 9 inches, (40)pp. Wood-engraving by Paul Landacre on front cover. Very good $400. ¶ A scarce item, printed in a small edition as a Season’s Greetings card for Jake Zeitlin. Lehman p.184.

 

(Landacre). MORRISON, Lucile Phillips (editor). DOLL DREAMS. Hollywood: Hollycrofters, 1932. 8vo, 121pp, 7 full page illustrations by various artists, incl. Landacre. Orig. blue cloth, paper label, very good. $150. ¶ Inscribed by the editor. A curious book on dolls illustrated by the major California artists, including Landacre, Jessie Arms Botke, Millard Sheets, Ralph Holmes and Franz Geritz. One surmises that the author was either a very dear friend of the contributors, or that she remunerated them royally for their services. Not in Lehman.

 

LANDOR, Robert Eyres; Eric Partridge, editor. SELECTIONS FROM ROBERT LANDOR. London: Franfrolico Press, 1927. Tall 8vo, 176pp. Original black cloth over dark brown boards, foxing to outer leaves, very good. $100. ¶ First Separate Edition, printed at the Curwen press. These selections appeared earlier the same year in the more comprehensive limited edition, Robert Eyres Landor; Selections From His Poetry and Prose, with an Introduction Biographical & Critical by Eric Partridge. Partridge states in the foreward, "I feel that there should be much more accessible editions of selections so that this writer... may at last have a chance of coming into his own." The youngest brother of Walter Savage Landor, Robert was the author of five tragedies. The Count of Arezzi (1823) was briefly attributed to Byron and enjoyed a success for that reason.

 

LAVER, James. LADIES’ MISTAKE. Cupid’s Changeling. A Stitch in Time. Love’s Progress. Bloomsbury: Nonesuch Press, 1933. 8vo, (4), 109pp, engraved title, 9 plates from line blocks. Orig. marbled boards, paper label to spine. Light external wear, othewise fine, in worn but otherwise very good marbled slipcase. $150. ¶ One of an edition limited to 300 numbered copies, illustrated by Thomas Lowinsky. A later Knopf edition of this work lacked the illustrations. Dreyfuss, Nonesuch Press, 88.

 

LAWRENCE, D.H. LETTERS TO THOMAS AND ADELE SELZER. Edited by Gerald M. Lacy. Santa Barbara: Black Sparrow Press, 1976. 8vo, xiv, 284, (4)pp, frontispiece, misc. illus. Quarter olive green buckram over pale blue boards illus in green, gilt, white and royal blue, printed spine label, very fine. $75. ¶ First Edition, limited to 1000 copies.

 

LAWRENCE, D.H. THE ESCAPED COCK. With Decorations in Color by the Author. Paris: The Black Sun Press, 1929. 8vo, (8), [100]pp, color illus. Printed wrappers. Orig. glassine browning at backstirp, slipcase broken, otherwise fine. $450. ¶ First Edition, one of 450 copies, of the story later known as The Man Who Died. Minkoff A-27.

 

LAWRENCE, T.E. SECRET DESPATCHES FROM ARABIA... Published by Permission of the Foreign Office. Foreword by A.W. Lawrence. [London]: The Golden Cockerel Press, [1939]. 4to, 173pp, frontispiece of TEL. Original quarter niger morocco and cream linen boards by Sangorski & Sutcliffe, gilt title, t.e.g. Endpapers lighlty foxed as usual, lightest of soiling to linen, otherwise very nice. $650. ¶ First Edition, one of 1000 copies printed. The book is made up from the contents of a confidential paper written by Lawrence titled‘The Arab Bulletin, issued in Ciaro between 1916 and 1918. O’Brien A226 (note)  

 

LAWRENCE, T.E. & H.S. EDE. SHAW-EDE. T.E. Lawrence’s Letters to H.S. Ede 1927-1935. London: The Golden Cockerel Press, 1942. 4to, Original qauarter niger morocco and cream linen boards by Sangorski & Sutcliffe, gilt title, t.e.g. Endpapers lighlty foxed as usual. $600. ¶ First Edition, limited edition of 500 copies. O’Brien A234.

 

(Leaf book- Wynkyn de Worde). GRABHORN, Robert. A SHORT ACCOUNT OF THE LIFE AND WORK OF WYNKYN DE WORDE; WITH A LEAF FROM THE GOLDEN LEGEND PRINTED BY HIM AT THE SIGN OF THE SUN IN FLEET STREET, LONDON, THE YEAR 1527. San Francisco: Book Club of California, 1949. Folio, (6), 15, (1)pp, printed in black & red, initials, shoulder notes & devices. Original quarter red buckram over patterned boards, paper labels, nearly fine. Original leaf printed in double columns, with early margin note on recto. $450. ¶ One of 375 copies printed at the Grabhorn press, with an original leaf tipped-in. A beautifully produced account of Caxton’s successor Wynkn De Worde and his masterpiece The Golden Legend, the first printed book in English to contain any portion of the Bible. The monumental work containing the entire Pentateuch and large portion of the Gospels, remained the principle source of Biblical literature for the British until the first English Bible was printed more than half a century later. Goff J-151. STC 24876. Magee 71. Grabhorn Bibliography 486.

 

(LEC). CONRAD, Joseph. AN OUTCAST OF THE ISLANDS, with an Introduction by Clifton Fadiman and Illustrations by Robert Shore. Avon: Limited Editons Club, 1975. 8vo, ix, 212pp, illustrated. Prospectus laid in. Cloth. Fine in worn orig. tissue & box. $75. ¶ One of 2000 copies signed by Shore; printed at the Stinehour Press.

 

(LEC). DICKENS, Charles. AMERICAN NOTES, for General Circulation, with an Introduction by Angus Wilson, Illustrations by Raymond F. Houlihan. Avon: Limited Editions Club, 1975. 8vo, xv, 272pp, illustrated. Prospectus laid in. Fine in quarter leather with tissue & slipcase. $80. ¶ One of 2000 copies signed by Houlihan.

 

(LEC). SOPHOCLES. ANTIGONE, the Greek Text, Translated in to English Verse by Elizabeth Wyckoff, with an Introduction by D.S. Carne-Ross, and Illustrated by Harry Bennett. Haarlem: Joh. Enschedé en Zonen, 1975. Tall 8vo, 127pp, illustrated. Fine in boards, with orig. tissue & box. $60. ¶ One of 2000 copies signed by the illustrator.

 

LESAGE, Alain-Rene; John Austen, illustrator. THE ADVENTURES OF GIL BLAS OF SANTILLANE. Translated by Tobias Smollett, with an Introduction by J.B. Priestley. New York: Limited Editions Club, 1937. 2 volumes, folio, color plates. Original grey backed blue cloth, fine; pale blue illustrated dust jackets, lightly soiled, spines uniformly darkened as usual, nearly fine; publisher’s slipcase lacking top panel. $100. ¶ One of 1500 copies signed by the artist. Printed by John Johnson at the Univeristy of Oxford.

 

LESAGE, Alain-Rene; John Austen, illustrator. THE ADVENTURES OF GIL BLAS OF SANTILLANE. Translated by Tobias Smollett, with an Introduction by J.B. Priestley. New York: Limited Editions Club, 1937. 2 volumes, folio, color plates. Original grey backed blue cloth, fine; pale blue illustrated dust jackets, very nice (but lacking the publisher’s slipcase). $100. ¶ One of 1500 copies signed by the artist. Printed by John Johnson at the Univeristy of Oxford.

 

LEVIS, H.C. BAZILI?LOGIA. A Booke of Kings. Notes on a Rare Series of Engraved English Royal Portraits from William the Conqueror to James I. Published under the above Title in 1618. New York: Grolier Club, 1913. 4to, (4), xviii, 188, (1), 8 plates (incl. frontispiece), 60 illustrations. Orig. boards, cloth spine, paper label. Slight wear & dustsoiling, otherwise fine & unopened. $150. ¶ One of an edition of 300 copies, printed on Japanese vellum at the Chiswick Press. "The object of this volume is to determine if possible what portraits belong to the Baziliologia as issued by Henry Holland in 1618." Rosenwald 2440.

 

LEVITT, Peter. BRIGHT ROOT, DARK ROOT. (Tarzana, Calif.): Ambrosia Press, 1989. 8vo, xiv, 44, (3)pp. Orig. sienna linen, label to front board, spine lettered in gilt. Fine. $35. ¶ One of 180 numbered copies, this one numbered "presentation copy," with the Rounce & Coffin Club display card laid in. Printed by Pat Reagh and designed by Scott Freutel, the volume represents some of the bestwork done in contemporary western publishing. Poet and translator Peter Levitt is the recipient of the 1989-90 Lannan Foundation Literary Award and Fellowship.

 

LINWEAVE PAPER CO. THE ELEMENTS OF BOOK-MAKING, With Sample Leaves of Linweave Rag Book Paper. Springfield, MA: The Linweave Association, 1935. 8vo, 32pp. Boards, glassine, fine. $35. ¶ With the bookplate of Ward Ritchie.

 

LITTLEFIELD, George. THE EARLY MASSACHUSETTS PRESS 1638-1711. [Two Volumes in One]. New York: Burt Franklin, 1969. 8vo, 269, (6), 78, (1), 100pp. Teal cloth, gilt lettering, very fine. $125. ¶ Scarce reprint of the even-scarcer 1907 first edition.

 

(Livre d’Or). LIVRE D’OR DU BIBLIOPHILE, Première Année 1925. Paris: Chambre Syndicale des Editeurs de Livre d’Art, 1925. 4to, approx. 150pp, illus. Orig. printed wrappers. Very good. $150. ¶ A panorama from the heydays of the French illustrated book. Each of 27 publishers illustrates his new books with specimen plates and facsimile title. Limited to 2000 press-numbered copies.

 

(London). WITH A HEART FULL OF LOVE, Jack London’s Presentation Inscriptions to the Women in His Life. Edited with Introductions and Notes by Sal Noto. Berkeley: Two Windows Press, [1986] 8vo, xiii, (3), 103, (3)pp. Cloth, 2 paper labels, fine. $60. ¶ Limited to 351 copies, signed by the editor.

 

LONDON, Jack. A KLONDIKE TRILOGY. Three Uncollected Short Stories. Edited by Earle Labor. Illustrated by Jack Freas. Santa Barbara: Neville, 1983. 4to, ix, 41, (1 colophon)pp, 3 full page b&w illus. Ivory buckram, spine and board title labels, fine. $45. ¶ First Collected Edition of London’s The Devil’s Dice Box, The Test: A Klondike Wooing, and A Klodike Christmas, limited to 300 numbered copies. Handsomely printed by Patrick Reagh and bound by Bela Blau.

 

LONG, Haniel. INTERLINEAR TO CABEZA DE VACA, His Relation of the Journey from Florida to the Pacific 1528-1536. Santa Fe: Writers’ Editions, 1936. 12mo, (42)pp. Orig. boards & dust jacket. Fine. $100. ¶ First Edition of one of Long’s finest works. A fine copy of the second printing.

 

LONG, Haniel. INTERLINEAR TO CABEZA DE VACA, His Relation of the Journey from Florida to the Pacific 1528-1536. Santa Fe: Writers’ Editions, 1936. 12mo, (42)pp. Orig. boards, light soiling, publisher’s blurb pasted ton front free endpaper. Very good. $100. ¶ First printing of one of Long’s finest works.

 

LONG, Haniel. THE POWER WITHIN US, Cabeza da Vaca’s Relation of His HJourney from Florida to the Pacific 1528-1536. New York: Duell, Sloan and Pearce, (1944). 12mo, 37pp. Red cloth, dust jacket with small tear, endpaers stained from dj, otherwise very good. $45. ¶ The price-clipped dj read "Second Large Printing."

 

LYDGATE, John. THE CHORLE AND THE BIRDE, Done into English from the French by… Chelsea: Swan Press, 1929. 4to, (19)pp. Orig. decorative paper over cloth shelfback, paper label. Light wear to exremities, very good. $75. ¶ One of 100 numbered copies printed in black letter on handmade paper. First printed by Caxton in 1478, the unique original of Lydgate’s free translation of the French Lai de l’oiselet was presented to Cambridge University in 1715. The Press printed a facsimile, limited to 250 copies, in 1906, and the present volume is a beautiful reprint of that edition.

 

LYMAN, William Whittingham. POEMS IN THREE MOODS. Los Angeles: [Privately Printed,] 1948. 4to, 45pp. Original quarter cloth over green boards, sunned red in some areas, very good. $45. ¶ First Edition, signed & inscribed by Jack Lyman to former L.A. Times Literary Editor Paul Jordan Smith and with Jack & Helen’s 1952 Christmas card laid-in. An early example of LA printer Richard Hoffman, this work done at the College Press at L.A. City College.

 

MacARTHUR, Mildred Yorba. CALIFORNIA - SPANISH PROVERBS. Collected and Translated by… (San Francisco): Colt Press, 1954. 8vo, 71pp printed in red & black. Quarter velin over pattered boards, white dust jacket, near fine in good dj. $125. ¶ First Edition, limited to 450 copies, printed by the Grabhorn Press for Jane Grabhorn’s Colt Press. Heller-Magee 556.

 

MacASKILL, Wallace R. OUT OF HALIFAX. A Collection of Sea Pictures. With an Introduction by George Matthew Adams. New York: The Derrydale Press, 1937. 8vo, 104 leaves, illus. with photographs. Half blue cloth over beige linen boards, gilt title on spine and upper cover. Subdued purple stains on lower portion of upper cover, some light soiling; interior clean. Very nice copy. $225. ¶ First Edition, one 950 numbered copies printed at the Derrydale Press. Siegel 123.

 

MACHEN, Arthur; Joseph Simpson, illus. STRANGE ROADS. London: Classic Press, 1924. 8vo, 63pp, frontis. portriat & illus. Original quarter parchment over lavender cloth, gilt, fore & bottom edges untrimmed, minor darkening to spine, otherwise fine. $250. ¶ Limited Edition of 300 numbered & signed copies, with sketches by Joseph Simpson. Goldstone & Sweetzer 25e.

 

MacLEISH, Archibald. NEW FOUND LAND. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1930. 8vo, [54]pp. Orig. cloth, very good in broken slipcase. $125. ¶ Limited to 500 copies printed at the Black Sun Press; this copy inscribed by MacLeish.

 

MANN, Thomas. DAS GESETZ. Los Angeles: Pazifische Presse, (1944). 8vo, (6), 80pp. Quarter black calf, gilt title, grey paper boards, the front stamped in gilt with Mann’s signature. Nearly fine. $1600.

¶ First Edition in German, one of 250 copies signed by Mann in a total edition of 500 copies. Originally published in English in The Ten Commandments (1943), edited by A.L. Robinson, the novella is a biblical allegory about Hitler’s war. Printed by Saul and Lillian Marks at the Plantin Press. Bürgin I. 67. Jaeger 8.

 

MANN, Thomas. LEIDEN AN DEUTSCHLAND. Tagebuchblätter aus den Jahren 1933 und 1934. Los Angeles: Pazifische Presse, (1946). 8vo, (4), 92pp. Quarter black calf, light blue-gray paper boards. Ink signature on back free ednpaper, otherwise nearly fine. $1600.

¶ First Edition, one of 250 copies signed by the author, out of a total of 500 numbered copies. Difficult to find in acceptable condition. Bürgin I, 72. Jaeger 9

 

(Mardersteig). EIN LEBEN DEN BÜCHERN GEWIDMET. Mainz: Gutenberg-Gesellschaft, 1968. 8vo, 23, (1, blank), (1, colophon)pp. Printed wrappers. Barest stain to endpapers, otherwise fine. $50. ¶ First Edition, printed at the Stamperia Valdonega. A speech given by Mardersteig on the occasion of the festival of the Gutenberg-Preis.

 

(Mardersteig). NOVELLE CINQUE. Tales from the Veneto. Illustrated with Facsimiles from the 16th Century Manuscript. Translated, edited, and annotated by George H. Bumgardner. Barre MA: Imprint Society, 1974. Royal 8vo, [146]pp, 4 color facsimiles. Orig. quarter red cloth, slipcase, fine as issued. $100. ¶ Limited to 1950 copies designed by Martino Mardersteig and printed letterpress at the Stamperia Valdonega on special paper.

 

(Mardersteig). CROCE, Benedetto. FILOSOFIA POESIA STORIA. Pagine tratte da tutte le opere a cura dell’autore. Milan: Riccardo Ricciardi, [ca. 1951]. Thick 8vo, (8), 1245, (8)pp. Frontis., cloth, some browning, very good. $60. ¶ A major work by Croce (1866-1952), philosopher and founder of Italian historicism. This work is a collection of aesthetic, philosophical and historical writings on Italian literature. Printed by Giovanni Mardersteig at the Stamperia Valdonega.

 

(Mardersteig). FELICIANO, Felice. IPPOLITO E LIONORA, From a Manuscript of Felice Feliciano in the Harvard College Library. Printed in Verona: 1970. 8vo, 118pp, including MS. facsimile. Velin boards, slipcase. Fine. $450. ¶ A facsimile and transcription of a novella attributed to Leon Battista Alberti and written out by Feliciano. Printed by Mardersteig on the hand press in an edition of 200 numbered copies, the ms printed offset at the Stamperia Valdonega. With a preface by Philip Hofer, notes & transcription by Franco Riva, English translation and bibliography by Martin Faigel; and an essay on Feliciano by Mardersteig. Schmoller 166.

 

MARINOFF, Elaine. WINDOWS. Commemorating Views from the Window of My House. Original Serigraphs and Poems. [Los Angeles: the artist, 1988.] Folio, (17) leaves printed letterpress, and 12 serigraph plates printed in several colors. Black cloth folding box with labels printed in color, new. $1250. ¶ Edition limited to 36 copies, with each print signed by the author/artist. The silk-screen prints are views from the artist’s house in Pacific Palisades, looking out over the ocean and illustrating Marinoff’s poetical reflections.

 

MARKOFF, Alexander. THE RUSSIANS ON THE PACIFIC OCEAN (California, 1845). The Ivan Petroff Translation With a Foreword by Arthur Woodward. Los Angeles: Glen Dawson, 1955. 8vo, xvii, 65, (1 as colophon)pp. Quater black cloth over black dec. mauve boards, gilt lettered spine, fine. $100. ¶ First Edition, limited to 300 copies printed by Richard J. Hoffman at the College Press, Los Angeles.

 

MARLOWE, Christopher. HERO & LEANDER. [London: Dent, 1909]. 8vo, viii, 103pp. Quarter morocco, vellum boards, t.e.g., joints lihgtly rubbed, bookplate of Paul Jordan Smith. Very good. $50. ¶ One of 500 numbered copies handsomely printed on handmade paper, reprinting the rare first edition of 1596.

 

[MARTIN, Jose] MEMORIAL AND PROPOSALS OF SENOR DON JOSE MARTIN ON THE CALIFORNIAS. Mexico, mdccxxii. Translated into English with an Introduction by Henry R. Wagner. [San Francisco]: Grabhorn Press, 1945. 4to, xxivpp. Quarter cloth, illustrated boards. Printed in black & red, uncut very good. $50. ¶ Limited to 250 copies, with an introductory note by Henry Wagner on the historical background. Grabhorn Bib 410.

 

MASSET, Stephen C. STEPHEN C. MASSET IN THE FIRST CALIFORNIA TROUBADOUR. Oakland: Biobooks, 1954. 8vo, xiii, 96pp, plates. Original quarter green morocco over copper metallic boards, nearly fine. $35. ¶ First California Edition, one of 500 copies printed at The Abbey Press, no. 37 in the California Relations series. The autobiography of Massett, the charismatic entertainer who gained popularity during the gold rush and went on to become the first performing show man in San Francisco and Sacramento.

 

MATHEWS, Harry and Trevor Winkfield. THE WAY HOME. New York: Grenfell Press, 1988. Oblong quarto, bound in full cloth with a four color silkscreen by Trevor Winkfield, in a silkscreened box. $3500. ¶ Number VIII of XV copies, signed by Winkfield and Mathews, with an original four-color silkscreen print signed by Winkfield laid in. The binding & box bearing original colored silkscreen designs not used in the regular issue of this bookl

 

MAUGHAM, Somerset; Theodore Dreiser, introduction; John Sloan, illustrator. OF HUMAN BONDAGE. New York: Limited Editions Club, 1938. 2 volumes, 4to, 16 etchings. Original speckled linen, bleeding to fore-edge from red stained lower edge, otherwise fine; slipcase dampstained, otherwise very good. $500. ¶ One of 1500 copies signed by John Sloan, whose original etchings perfectly illustrate this work.

 

MAUPASSANT, Guy de. A WOMAN’S LIFE. "Une Vie." Translated from the French by Marjoire Laurie; with an introduction by Edmond Jaloux, and illustrations by Edy Legrand. London: The Nonesuch Press, 1942. 8vo, xiv, 216, (2)pp. Quarter cloth over boards decorated with cream fleur de lys cream and blue checked pattern, gilt title on spine faded, otherwise very good. $35. ¶ Printed in America, the fourth of the Ten Great French Romances. Maupassant was apprentice to Gustave Flaubert under whose guidance he developed as a short-story writer, novelist and literary journalist. Originally published in 1883, this work, one of six novels that Maupassant wrote, depicts a lonely woman faced relentlessly with deception and disillusionment. Dreyfuss, Nonesuch Press 115g.

 

MAUPASSANT, Guy de.; Lafcadio Hearn, translator & Justin O’Brien, illustrator. THE TALES OF GUY DE MAUPASSANT. New York: Limited Editions Club, 1963. 4to, 473pp, illus. Original blue buckram, fine. Publisher’s slipcase lightly worn, very good. $125. ¶ One of 1500 copies signed by the illustrator, printed in London at the Curwen Press.

 

MAZUR, Michael, illustrator. HERNA, A Story, by Melinda Marble. Cambridge: Bow & Arrow Press, 1993. 4to, with 2 orig. etchings. Paste paper boards, slipcase. New, at the published price. $350. ¶ One of 50 copies with the drypoint etchings, signed and numbered by the author and artist of a total edition of 500.

 

McADIE, Alexander. THE EPHEBIC OATH AND OTHER ESSAYS. San Francisco: A.M. Robertson, 1912. 12mo, 62, (2)pp, frontis. by Arthur Mathews, 7 tipped in photographic plates, decorations by Lucia Mathews. Original velin boards, gilt, bookplate, very good. $100. ¶ Beautifully designed and printed at the Philopolis Press; a series of poetic essays on San Francisco and the Bay Area.

 

McPHERSON, William (ed.). FROM SAN DIEGO TO THE COLORADO IN 1849. The Journal and Maps of Cave J. Couts. Los Angeles: Arthur M. Ellis, 1932. Sm 8vo, (6), 77, (1)pp, 3 maps. Quarter tan cloth over gray boards, spine label black letteed, soiling, darkening to board perimeters, otherwise near fine. $150. ¶ First Edition. One of the scarcer titles from the Zamorano Club and the last work from the private press of the Los Angeles printer Arthur M. Ellis. Not in the usual references.

 

MERIMEE, Prosper CARMEN and Letters from Spain.… With Ten Monochrome Water-Colours by Maurice Barraud. Paris: Harison of Paris (1931). Sm. 4to, 10 plates. Tan boards, slipcase, t.e.g. Fine copy. $150. ¶ One of 595 copies on Rives, from a total of 645, translated by Monroe Wheeler and Glenway Wescott. Barraud’s watercolors, printed in various shades of brown, were printed in pochoir by Eugene Charpenter.

 

 

MERRILL, James. MARBLED PAPER. Salem: Rara Avis Press for Charles Seluzicki, 1982. Lg 8vo, illus, printed in grey and red. Original illus. stiff grey wrappers, grey endpapers & edges uncut, fine. $175. ¶ First Edition, one of 200 copies signed by the poet. A beautifully produced pamphlet, with illustrations taken from funeral masks unearthed by Heinrich Schliemann at Mycenae.

 

MERRILL, James. NINE LIVES. New York: Nadja, 1993. Lg 8vo, 10pp, printed on Arches and Stonehenge papers. White stiff wrappers with Dorthea Tanning cover design, fine. $175. ¶ First Edition, limited to 130 copies signed by the artist and poet.

 

MERRILL, James. SANTORINI: Stopping the Leak. Worcester: Metacom Press, 1982. Lg 8vo, 19pp. Original burgandy wrappers, paper label, fine. $80. ¶ First Edition, limited to 300 copies signed by the poet on the colophon. This copy also inscribed by the Merrill on the title page.

 

MESPOULET, M. CREATORS OF WONDERLAND. New York: Arrowhead Editions, 1934. 4to, 74pp, color frontispiece, b&w illus. throughout. Red cloth, gilt lettered, beveled edges, dust jacket, fine in like dj. $150. ¶ First Edition, hand numbered, limited to an unstated number of copies. Survey of the development of the Wonderland story, including biographical information on Carroll, Tenniel, and Grandville, with particular emphasis on the illustrations. Scarce in condition

 

METZGAR, Judson D. ADVENTURES IN JAPANESE PRINTS BY JUDSON D. METZGAR. A Story of Oriental Print Collecting in the Early Years of the Present Century With Some Technical Criticisms on Prints and Observations On Forming a Collection. Los Angeles: Printed at the Grabhorn Press for Dawson’s Book Shop, [1943]. Folio, 167pp, 10 plates. Original decorated green boards, cloth spines & paper label. Lightly sunned, spine caps worn, a very good copy. $200. ¶ Edition limited to 300 copies. Inscribed by the author on the front fly leaf. Japanese print collector, Metzgar reminiscences on building his formidable collection in this beautifully produced book. Laid is a brochure from a 1957 exhibition of his collection at the University of California. Grabhorn Bibliography 390.

 

(Millard, Alice). THE ALICE AND GEORGE MILLARD COLLECTION Illustrating the Evolution of the Book. Acquired for the Huntington Library by a Group of their Friends. 8vo, blue wrappers, light wear. $175. ¶ Only 75 copies were printed by Ward Ritchie for presentation to the donor.

 

(Miller, Evylena Nunn). HILL, K. Ethel & Beulah May. EVYLENA NUNN MILLER’S TRAVEL TREE. Santa Ana: Fine Arts Press, 1933. 4to, 66pp, illustrated throughout. Orig. silver backed printed boards, fine copy. $65. ¶ Edition limited to 750 copies printed and designed by Thomas Williams, director of the Fine Arts Press. E. Nunn Miller (1888-1966) was a well known California plein-air artist who travelled extensively. This work records her visits to Japan, China, Egypt and Europe as well as her trips to Yosemite and other national parks, the desert, the Sierras and Los Angeles. The illustrations are lithographically printed after Miller's paintings and drawings. A good example of a California artist's book. Curtiss 13A.

 

(Miller). HILL, K. Ethel & Beulah May. EVYLENA NUNN MILLER’S TRAVEL TREE. Santa Ana: Fine Arts Press, 1933. 4to, 66pp, illustrated throughout. Orig. silver backed printed boards, boards stained, contents fine. $50. ¶ Edition limited to 750 copies printed and designed by Thomas Williams, director of the Fine Arts Press. E. Nunn Miller (1888-1966) was a well known California plein-air artist who travelled extensively. This work records her visits to Japan, China, Egypt and Europe as well as her trips to Yosemite and other national parks, the desert, the Sierras and Los Angeles. The illustrations are lithographically printed after Miller's paintings and drawings. A good example of a California artist's book. Curtiss 13A.

 

MILOSZ, Czeslaw (& Jim Dine). SWIAT, The World. Introduction by Helen Vendler. San Francisco: Arion Press, 1989. 4to, (59)pp, with a dry-point etched portrait of the poet by Jim Dine. Quarter brown cloth, handmade paper boards. Fine. $500. ¶ One of 275 copies, signed by Milosz and Dine. Swiat is a sequence of 20 poems in Polish with facing translations by the poet and an introductionby Helen Vendler..

 

MILTON, John; Edmund Dulac, illustrator. COMUS. A Masque By John Milton with the Airs by Henry Lawes. New York: Limited Editions Club, 1954. 4to, illust. Original quarter vellum, gilt, over marbled boards, fine; lacking the publisher’s slipcase. $100. ¶ One of 1500 numbered copies, with Edmund Dulac’s beautiful watercolor illustrations, his final work as he died before publication.

 

MONRO, Harold. TREES. London: The Poetry Bookshop, 1916. Sq. 8vo, 16pp, 6 woodcut illustrations. Orig. black cloth, woodcut label. Light soiling to label & boards, barest of wear to joints, light occasional foxing, otherwise fine. $100. ¶ First Edition, limited to 400 copies, of Monro’s poetical reverie on trees, their multifarious uses, and their neglected beauty. The attractive woodcuts, designed in the romantic style, are by James Guthrie, proprietor of the Pear Tree Press. Harold Edward Monro (1879-1932) is chiefly remembered for having founded the Poetry Bookshop in 1913 to publish poetry, encourage its sale, and promote readings. He founded and edited the Poetry Review, wrote much poetry himself (Collected Poems (1933), edited and prefaced by T.S. Eliot), and published the series Georgian Poetry, edited by Edward Marsh.

 

MONTAIGNE, Michel Eyquem de. MONTAIGNE’S ESSAYS. John Florio’s Translation. Edited by J.I.M. Stewart. London: The Nonesuch Press, 1931 2 vols, 8vo, xxxviii, 724; vi, 708pp. Orig. niger, tan morocco labels, gilt calf medallion to front boards reading "Que scay-je?," t.e.g. Lightest soiling of boards, otherwise fine, front fly-leaf of each volume signed "The Frank Davises" by the screenwriter Frank Davis $275. ¶ One of 1375 numbered copies of the great lexicographer’s edition of Montaigne, first published in 1603. The present publication by the Nonesuch Press, the first redaction of Florio’s Montaigne according to modern standards, is based on Florio’s third edition of 1632. Dreyfuss, Nonesuch Press, 74.

 

MORAN, James. PRINTING PRESSES, History and Development from the Fifteenth Century to Modern Times. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1973. Tall 8vo, 263pp, 109 text illus. plus 64 plates. Green cloth. Very good. $150. ¶ First edition of the only thorough book on the subject.

 

(MORRIS, William). A CATALOGUE OF AN EXHIBITION OF THE 53 BOOKS PRINTED BY WILLIAM MORRIS AT HIS KELMSCOTT PRESS 1891-1898. Los Angeles: Zamorano Club, (1929). 8vo, (16)pp. Printed wrappers, a few light pencilings, otherwise fine. $75. ¶ First Edition, limited to 500 copies, printed by Fredrick A Young and Bruce McCallister. The plates for the page borders (reproduced from the "Chaucer") are by John Butler. With a laid-in notice for the William Morris Centenary Celebration 1834-1934.

 

MORRIS, William. THE WELL AT THE WORLD’S END. London: Longmans, Green, 1896. 2 vols, vii, 378; vi, 279pp.. Orig. linen backed blue boards, printed labels. fine set. $300. ¶ Handsomely printed for the publishers at the Chiswick Press on thick laid paper. Sparling notes that the printing of this trade edition was actually completed before the Kelmscott edition, although the Kelmscott was issued first. Forman 163.  

 

 

(Mosher). (STEVENS, Edward F.). THOMAS BIRD MOSHER OF PORTLAND, MAINE. Portland: Southworth-Anthoensen Press, 1941. 8vo, v, 29pp. Orig. paste-paper boards, velin spine lettered in gilt. A nearly fine copy with the signature of Los Angeles littérateur Paul Jordan Smith. $30. ¶ One of an edition limited to 350 copies of this beautiful appreciation of the American William Morris, Thomas Mosher.

 

MUIR, P[ercy] H. CATNACHERY. San Francisco: Book Club of California, 1955. 4to, (4), 27, (2)pp, approx. 100 color woodcuts throughout, 5 folding plates. Orig. pictorial boards, cloth spine, paper label. Label barely chipped, othrwise a fine copy, with the engraved bookplate of James Zellerbach. $150. ¶ One of 325 copies of this anecdotal essay on the life and Press of "Jemmy" Catnach, the great London printer of broadsides and many collected ephemera, which issued from his firm, Seven Dials Printer. The text is illustrated with beautiful woodcuts taken from two earlier volumes on Catnach. Dickens wrote, in Sketches by Boz, "Seven Dials… the region of song and poetry–first effustions, and last dying speeches: hallowed by the name of Catnach…"

 

MUIR, P.H. (ed.). TALKS ON BOOK COLLECTING Delivered Under the Authority of the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association by P. H. Muir… London: Cassell, 1952. 8vo, ix, 105pp, 15 b&w plates. Blue cloth, gilt lettered on red, dust jacket, fine. $50. ¶ First Edition, with contributions by Percy Muir, E.P. Goldschmidt, John Carter (Fashions in Book-Collecting), Howard Nixon, Ernest Weil (on books in the history of science) and Simon Nowell-Smith (on The Language of Book-Collecting).

 

MURDOCK, Kenneth B. THE PORTRAITS OF INCREASE MATHER With Some Notes on Thomas Johnson, an English Mezzotinter. Cleveland: William Gwinn Mather, 1924. Tall 8vo, x, 70, (1 as colophon)pp, tipped-in color frontispiece, 9 engraved plates. Quarter claf over green patterned boards, gilt lettered spine, teg, near fine. $185. ¶ First Edition, one of 250 numbered copies, this copy inscribed by publisher Wm Mather to Los Angeles bookseller Alice Millard. Handsomely printed by Bruce Rogers at the Harvard University Press.

 

(Nash). BURTON, Richard. THE KASIDAH. (Couplets) of Haji Abdu el-Yezdi: A Lay of the Higher Law. Translated and Annotated by His Friend and Pupil F.B. (Sir Richard F. Burton). San Francisco: The Book Club of California, 1919. 4to, x, 52, (1, colophon), title page in red & black, numerous ornaments. Orig. marbled boards over vellum shelfback, spine lettered in gilt. Light general external wear, otherwise fine, with attractive bookplate. $125. ¶ One of an edition of 500 numbered copies, printed by John Henry Nash. Following the text, Burton describes his relationship with Haji Abdu and provides an interpretation of his work. Olmsted 9.

 

(Nash). E., A. DARK WEEPING. (London: Curwen Press for Faber & Faber), [ca. 1940]. 8vo, (4)pp, 1 multi-color plate. Orig. pictorial wrappers, a fine copy. $100. ¶ A beautiful specimen of Nash’s linocutting method. This was number 19 of the Ariel Poems. Denson 47.

 

NERUDA, Pablo. SKYSTONES. Los Angeles: William Dailey, 1990. 4to, printed in handset Gills Sans type on Arches paper, 8 orig. etchings. The free edge of each leaf cut at an angle, the leaves alternating to form a V-cut foredge. Bound in black linen reflecting the shape of the text. Fine copy at the published price. $400.

¶ Forty copies printed. Nine pieces from Neruda’s last book of poems, Las Piedras del Cielo, have been translated by Peter Levitt and hand printed in a beautiful format. Each copy includes eight original plates etched and printed by the artist Vijali. Vijali is a visual and earth artist who has over 570 paintings and sculptures in private collections and public institutions. She is the Founder of "Theatre of the Earth" which is involved in the World Wheel project, a series of twelve environmental sculpture and performance events that will circle the globe. Poet and translator Peter Levitt has published eight books of poetry. He is the recipient of the 1989-90 Lannan Foundation literary Award and Fellowship. William Dailey, an antiquarian bookseller, has designed, printed and published fifteen books from his handpress in Los Angeles.

 

NERVAL, Gérard de. DREAMS & LIFE. Le Rève et la vie… Translation by Vyvyan Holland. London: First Editions Club… & Boar’s Head Press, 1933. Tall 8vo, (5), 87, (1, colophon), 2-page woodcut title & 1 woodcut. Orig. black cloth decoratively dribbled in red & green, spine lettered in gilt. Fine. $200. ¶ One of 450 numbered copies, this copy unnumbered. Designed by Christopher Sandford, a partner of the Chiswick Press, the attractive volume was bound by Messrs. Nevett, one of Britain’s oldest trade-binders, and published jointly by the Boar’s Head Press and the First Editions Club. The work, which is here translated by Oscar Wilde’s son, is a remarkable record of Nerval’s visions and the phases of his mental derangement, a record which has earned him a place as a precursor of much of the consciously hallucinatory writing of this century. The matter is so delirious and the language so lucid that Gautier characterized the work as "la Raison écrivant les mémoires de la Folie sous sa dictée."

 

NEUHAUS, Eugen. PAINTERS, PICTURES AND THE PEOPLE. SF: Philopolis Press, 1918. 8vo, 224pp, Arthur Mathews frontis., 31 plates of works by Victor Higgins, William Wendt, Francis McComas, Carl Oscar Borg, Maurice Braun and many others. Orig. cloth slightly soiled, very good. $100. ¶ Neuhaus’ cogent discussion of art principles with sections on contemporary American art; he was one of the first to champion California artists.

 

(Nonesuch Press). BLAKE, William POETRY AND PROSE. Edited by Geoffrey Keynes. Bloomsbury: The Nonesuch Press, 1927. Sm. 8vo, xi, 1152pp. Red limp vellum, titled and ruled in gilt. Fine. $350. ¶ India paper edition, bound in vellum and preserved in a morocco slipcase. Dreyfuss, Nonesuch Press 42.

 

(Nonesuch Press). DONNE, JOhn. COMPLETE POETRY AND SELECTED PROSE. Edited by John Hayward. Bloomsbury: The Nonesuch Press, 1929. Sm. 8vo, xxiii, 793 (1)pp. Full green limp vellum, yapp edges, gilt title, joints cracking, otherwise very good. $250. ¶ India paper edition, bound in vellum and preserved in a morocco backed slipcase. Dreyfuss, Nonesuch Press 56. Keynes, Donne, 97.

 

(Nonesuch). TENNYSON, Alfred Lord. IN MEMORIAM. London: Nonesuch Press, 1933. 8vo, xxii, (2),145, (2)pp. Decorative paper covered boards, paper spine label, bookplate. Slight browning to endpapers, covers a bit rubbed, otherwise a very good copy. $45. ¶ Edition limited to 2000 copies. Dreyfuss, Nonesuch Press, 91.

 

(NORRIS, Frank). WALKER, Franklin (ed.). THE LETTERS OF FRANK NORRIS. San Francisco: Book Club of California, 1956. 4to, xiii, 98, (1)pp, frontispiece. Quarter red cloth over patterned boards, paper spine label, plain dust jacket, fine in good dj. $80. ¶ First Edition, Inscribed by the Editor, limited to 350 copies printed by Edwin and Robert Grabhorn for the Colt Press. Fine in the publisher's unprinted dustjacket, which is unevently browned. A handsome production. BAL 15055. BCC 92.  

 

O’DONNELL, Mary King. A PECULIAR THING. Los Angeles: Olema Publishing, 1950. Lg. 8vo, 30pp with illustrated title, letters, printed in black & green. Original green wrappers, stamped in green & gilt, fading near edges, otherwise fine. $35. ¶ First Edition, printed at the Ward Ritchie Press. Scarce.

 

OCKERSE, Thomas. THE A-Z BOOK. New York: Colorcraft-Brussel, 1969. 4to, spiral bound in wrappers. Large sans-serif letter die-cut in a wide variety of styles. Fine, in original box. $45.

 

(Old School Press). LACTANTIUS. THE PHOENIX, A Translation from the Latin by Eddie Flintoff of "De Ave Phoenice’ by Lactantius, Written in a Contemporary Hand by Alun Briggs, with an Introduction by Dr. John McGuck, and Pochoir Illustratiosn by Peter Allen. Bath: The Old School Press, 1995. Oblong 4to, 37pp, 5 full page color pochoir ilustrations. Black cloth, teg, slipcase. $350. ¶ One of 25 special copies of a total edition of 150, with an extra suite of the the five pochoir plates, each signed by the artist, Peter Allen. With the prospectus laid in.

 

OVID. THE HEROYCALL EPISTLES of the Learned Poet Publius Ovidius Naso. Translated into English Verse by George Turberville... Edited with an Introduction and Glossary by Frederick Boas… London: Cresset Press, 1928. 4to, xxiv, 349pp, 10 illus. by Hester Sainsbury. Orig. buckram. $150. ¶ One of 375 copies handsomely printed at the Curwen Press

 

(Paper). Stevens-Nelson Paper Corp. SPECIMENS. A Stevens-Nelson Paper Catalogue. (New York, 1953). 4to, 107 leaves, each a different fine paper stock. Quarter brown niger morocco, decorative paper boards, gilt spine. A fine copy with the supplement price list laid in. $350. ¶ Each specimen leaf of fine hand-made or mould-made paper is printed by a leading typographer on the recto with some appropriate matter, on the verso with technical paper specifications and a typographical colophon including identification of the printer. More than 150 designers, printers and papermakers of ten countries collaborated in the making of the book, among them Bruce Rogers, Hands Mardersteig, Joseph Blumentahl, Saul Marks, and J. Van Krimpen.

 

(Paper). Stevens-Nelson Paper Corp. SPECIMENS. A Stevens-Nelson Paper Catalogue. (New York, 1953). 4to, 107 leaves, each a different fine paper stock. Quarter green niger morocco, decorative paper boards, gilt spine, slipcase. Spine slightly faded as expected with green morocco, a very good copy in slightly worn slipcase, with the supplement price list laid in. $350. ¶ Each specimen leaf of fine hand-made or mould-made paper is printed by a leading typographer on the recto with some appropriate matter, on the verso with technical paper specifications and a typographical colophon including identification of the printer. More than 150 designers, printers and papermakers of ten countries collaborated in the making of the book, among them Bruce Rogers, Hands Mardersteig, Joseph Blumentahl, Saul Marks, and J. Van Krimpen.

 

PARKINSON, Richard. A TREATISE ON PAPER. With an Outline of its Manufacture, Complete Tables of Sizes, Etc. For Printers and Stationers. Clitheroe: R. Parkerson & London, Crosby Lockwood, 1894. 8vo, 147, (12 as ad), 16 as paper samples pp, 2 foldout charts, b&w illus. throughout. Olive green cloth, gilt lettered, water stain to rear cover, some rubbing, otherwise nearly very good. $125. ¶ Third Edition.

 

PATER, Walter; Edmund Dulac, illustrator. THE MARRIAGE OF CUPID AND PSYCHE. Re-Told by Walter Pater From "The Golden Ass" of Lucius Apuleius. New York: Limited Editions Club, 1951. 4to, 64pp, color plates. Original full vellum stamped in gilt, fine; publisher’s slipcase lightly soiled, very good. $250. ¶ One of 1500 numbered copies, signed by Edmund Dulac who contributed the beautiful illustrations. Printed at Huxley House under the supervision of Warren Chappell.

 

(Pegacycle Lady). ANTIQUARIAN LUST. Angelopolis [i.e.: Los Angeles: Press of the Pegacyle Lady], 1973. 8vo, sewn in wrappers. Fine. $125. ¶ One of 80 copies bound in wrappers, of the total printing of 100. Includes: A UNIQUE COPY by Chiron; SCOUT-OUT AT ACRES-OF-BOOKS by Zaldi Waples; THE BOOK-SCOUT’S BAD DAY by J.N.-A Pichauld; LIBROS ENCANTADOS by V. Verseau.

 

(PERISHABLE PRESS). Blackburn, Paul. THE OMITTED JOURNALS. Edited by Edith Jarolim. [Mt. Horeb]: The Perishable Press, 1983. 4to, (32)pp. Cloth, printed on differently colored paper. Very good. $85. ¶ Limited to 200 copies.

 

(Perishable Press). HAMADY, Walter. FOR THE HUNDREDTH TIME, Gabberjab (5) Five Mt Horeb, WI: Perishible Press, 1981. 8vo, printed on Shadwell handmade papers, bound in boards with a photo on the front. Fine. $750. ¶ One of 200 copies printed by Walter Hamady, w a copy of the original prospectus.

 

(Perishable Press). HAMADY, Walter. HUNKERING IN WISCONSIN. Another Interminable Gabberblabb [no. 2]. Mt Horeb: Perishible Press, (1974). 8vo, printed on Shadwell in Palatino, bound in Nideggen wrappers. Very good. $200. ¶ Gabberjabb no. 2, limited to 125 copies "no two quite alike but all are numbered."

 

(Perishable Press). HAMADY, Walter. INTERMINABLE GABBERJABB. Volume One Number 4. [Mt. Horeb]: The Perishable Press, 1975. Oblong, 10 x 6-1/2 in., wrappers. Ever so slightly crinkled, really very good. $175.

 

(Perishable Press). HAMADY, Walter. THUMBNAILING THE HILEX: Interminable Gabberjabbs Number 3... Mt Horeb: Perishible Press, 1974. Tall folio, 16pp, wrappers. Very good. $325. ¶ One of 125 copies signed by Hamady, this copy with a long inscription to Abe Lerner dated 1979.

 

PETRARCH; Aldo Salvadori, illustrator. THE SONNETS OF PETRARCH. In the Original Italian, Together with English Translations Selected and Edited with an Introduction by Thomas C. Bergin. New York: Limited Editions Club, 1965. Folio, plates. Original quarter blue morocco, gilt, over grey boards, spine a bit tender, very good; grey dust jacket, very lightly soiled, nearly fine; housed in the publisher’s slipcase, outer paper peeled from one corner, very good. $175. ¶ One of 1500 numbered copies signed by the artist and the designer, Giovanni Mardersteig. Planned at the Officina Bodoni and printed in Verona at the Stamperia Valdonega.

 

(PISSARRO, Lucien). (Eragny Press). THE GENTLE ART. A Collection of Books and Wood Engravings by Lucien Pissarro. Zurich: L’Art Ancien S.A., 1974. 8vo, 55pp, incl. illus, initials & vignettes. Original light blue boards, paper label, spine & edges lightly sunned, very good. Price sheet laid in. $60. ¶ First Edition of this finely produced annotated catalog of the French artist’s illustrations mostly from The Eragny Press.

 

(Plantin Press). ADLER, Elmer. AN INFORMAL TALK BY…at the University of Kansas, April 17, 1953. First Annual Public Lecture on Books & Bibliography. Los Angeles: Plantin Press, [ 1953]. 16mo, 44, (1), (1) as colophon pp. Cloth backed patterned boards, paper spine label, offsets to pp. 20-21, otherwise very fine. $50. ¶ First Edition. A delightful lecture by the renowned Princeton professor, bibliophile, and co-founder of The Colophon. From the library of Ward Ritchie.

 

(Plantin Press). ANGERMANN, William G. OUT OF A CHILDHOOD, POEMS. Los Angeles, California, 1948. 8vo, xiv, 127pp. Cloth-backed boards, very good. $30. ¶ Only edition, inscribed by the author, and handsomely printed by Saul & Lillian Marks at the Plantin Press.

 

(Plantin Press). HARTE, Bret. A NIGHT AT WINGDAM. Together with a Letter from the Author to Dr. J.L.Ver Mehr and a Foreward by Idwal Jones. San Francisco: Book Club of California, 1936. 8vo, 12pp, printed in black & brown. Original beige sewn wrappers, covers browned near edges, tiny closed tear to back panel, very good. Laid in typed publisher’s note. $30. ¶ One of 500 copies printed at the Plantin Press, with decorations by Henry Shire. No. 6 of The California Literary Pamphlets, the club’s 1936 series of keepsakes.

 

PLOTINUS. [WORKS]. London: Philip Lee Warner, Publisher to the Medici Society, 1917-30. 5 vols, lg 8vo. Light blue boards with tan linen backstrips, paper labels on fron covers & spines (spare labels tipped in). Some covers lightly soiled & stained, light wear to corners, bookplate, otherwise very good. $750. ¶ First Edition, one of 1000 copies printed on all-rag paper, translated by Stephen McKenna with the assistance of B.S. Page in volume V. This is the most important English Plotinus and "one of the very few great translations produced in our time" (E.R. Dodds).

 

POE, Edward Allan. THE CASK OF AMONTILLADO. Chicago: Blue Sky Press, [June 1904]. 32mo, unpaginated, frontispiece, title printed in black & red. Orig. grey decorated boards, spine-cap lightly chipped & front joint repaired, otherwise very good. $100. ¶ Limited Edition of 300 copies on Van Gelder, this copy unnumbered. This scarce imprint of Poe’s short story about a cowardly murder first appeared in Godey’s Lady’s Book, November, 1846. Robertson p.28. Heartman & Cany p.201. Founded by Thomas Wood Stevens & Alfred G. Langworthy, the Blue Sky Press (1899-1906) was noted for its distinguished selection of contemporary literature. Ransom, Private Presses & Their Books, p.221.

 

(Poltroon Press). BUTLER, Frances OCCULT PSYCHOGENIC MISFEASANCE. [Berkeley]; Poltroon Press, 1981. Approx. 36 x 31 cm. Color photocopies of letters, photographs, collaged colored papers, gummed labels, all laminated in plastic & cut into irregular shapes with pinking shears. Sheets bound together with 2 O-rings. One sheet creased, otherwise fine. $300. ¶ One of approx. 5 examples of this artist’s book, this example labeled the "Dailey Edition," a gift to Los Angeles Booksellers, William and Victoria Dailey. "The work is a literal documentation of Butler’s brief involvement with a perpetually jilted man she met in the public library who pursued the acquaintance by mail. It testifies to feminism, not only as a successful work of art by a woman, but as a straightforward demonstration of the tactics men use to gain (or attempt to gain) power over women" (LaVoie 1981, 1).

 

PORTER, Katherine Anne. HACIENDA. New York: Harrison of Paris, 1934. 8vo, 81pp. Red cloth. Spine lightly faded, otherwise fine in slipcase. $300. ¶ One of 895 copies, with a 6 line presentation from Porter dated June, 1939. Designed by Monroe Wheeler, this was the last book published by this press. Published in Paris, p.342-4.

 

POSSNETT, Vernon. STONEWORK: How and Why. Leicester: Raithby, Lawrence, (1920). 8vo, xii, 100pp, 72 illus. Green cloth, gilt lettered, some loss of backstrip, occasional staining to leaves, otherwise good. $35. ¶ Stonework, the aspect of printing concerned with schemes of imposition - the layout of type to facilitate printing multiple pages on a sheet then folded into a signature - is the subject of this practical guide. Second edition.

 

POWELL, Lawrence Clark. LAND OF FICTION. Thirty-Two Novels and Stories about Southern California from Ramona to The Loved One. A Bibliographical Essay… Los Angeles: (Ampersand Press for) Glen Dawson, 1952. 8vo, xv, (49)pp. Orig. cloth, fine. $150. ¶ One of 325 copies printed by Grant Dahlstrom. A fine copy from the library of Ward Ritchie, with Dawson’s 1952 invoice to him laid in.

 

POWELL, Lawrence Clark. LAND OF FICTION. Thirty-Two Novels and Stories about Southern California from Ramona to The Loved One. A Bibliographical Essay… Los Angeles: (Ampersand Press for) Glen Dawson, 1952. 8vo, xv, (49)pp. Orig. cloth, a fine copy with the bookplate of Paul Jordan Smith. $125. ¶ One of 325 copies, this copy with a compliments slip inscribed by the author to Paul Jordan Smith.

 

POWELL, Lawrence Clark & W W. Robinson THE MALIBU. I. Rancho Topanga Malibu Sequit. An Historical Approach by W. W. Robinson. II. Personal Considerations: Eassays by Lawrence Clark Powell. Illustrations by Irene Robinson. Los Angeles: Dawson’s Book Shop, 1958. 4to, 86pp, 18 color illus by Irene Robinson (plus others in black or one color) including a fold-out map. Quarter cloth. Slight foxing to rear endpapers, otherwise fine. $750. ¶ One of 320 copies signed by Saul and Lilliam Marks, LCP and W W Robinson

 

(Prairie Press). FIELD, Roswell. MADELINE. Chicago: Prairie Press, 1906. 8vo, 104, (2)pp. Orig. boards, backed with calf, some minor staining on rear endpapers, otherwise a very good uncut copy. $60. ¶ First Edition, limited to 265 copies, this copy on Van Gelder handmade paper. With a title-vignette and boarders designed by Ralph F. Seymour. Roswell Field (1851-1919) was Eugene Field’s brother and an author in his own right. In this work, written in the style of medieval romances, he describes the encounters between the bibliophile Sir Dives, his poor relation Madeline, and a character called Master Pauper.

 

PRESCOTT, William Hickling Prescott; Everett Gee Jackson, illustrator. THE HISTORY OF THE CONQUEST OF PERU 1524-1550. With an Introduction by Samuel Eliot Morison. New York: Limited Editions Club, 1957. Folio, 253pp, incl. color illus. Full hand-marbled sheepskin, very lightly worn red morocco spine labels stamped in gilt, otherwise fine. Slipcase lightly worn, very good. $175. ¶ One of 1500 copies signed by the printer, Harry Block and the illustrator, Everett Gee Jackson. Printed at the Imprenta Nuevo Mundo in Mexico City.

 

(Private press catalogue). MODERN AND AMERICAN PRIVATE PRESSES (1850-1965). Holdings of the British Library. London: British Museum Publications, (1976). 4to, 211pp. Orig. red cloth, nearly fine. $45. ¶ First Edition.

 

RANSOM, Will. SELECTIVE CHECK LISTS OF PRESS BOOKS, A Compilation of All Important & Significant Private Presses, or Press Books Which are Collected. New York: Philip C. Duschnes, 1945-50. 15 parts bound in 1 vol, quarter calf, paste-paper boards, orig. wrappers preserved. Very good with an index of Presses laid in. $250. ¶ Covers Cranach, Cummington, Dwiggins, Hours, Oriole, Overbrook, Seizin, and many more.

 

(RASPE, Rudolf Erich). John Held, jr., illustrator. THE TRAVELS OF BARON MUCHAUSEN. With an Introduction by Carl Van Doren and Engravings by John Held, jr. New York: Limited Editions Club, (1929). 4to, duo-tone engraved plates. Original quarter green calf, decorated in gilt over patterned cloth, light chipping to spine, very good; publisher’s slipcase, very good. $150. ¶ One of 1500 numbered copies signed by the illustrator. The publisher’s third book, designed by William A. Kittredge and printed under his supervision at the Lakeside Press.

 

READE, Charles; Lynd Ward, illustrator. THE CLOSITER AND THE HEARTH. A Tale of the Middle Ages. New York: Limited Editions Club, 1932. 2 volumes, 4to, b&w gravure plates. Original patterned cloth, faded in a few small areas, discrete bookseller’s ticket, nearly fine; lacking publisher’s slipcase. $75. ¶ One of 1500 copies signed by the artist Lynd Ward. Printed at the A.Colish Press.

 

REIK, Theodor. THE UNKNOWN MURDERER. Translated from the German by Katherine Jones. London: Leonard & Virginia Woolf at the Hogarth Press… and the Institute of Psycho-Analysis, 1936. 8vo, 260pp, Orig. cloth, spine gilt, nearly fine. $65. ¶ First Edition in English, one of 1100 copies. Grinstein 27139. Woolmer 392.

 

(Reiner). VOLTAIRE, [F.M.A. de]. LA PRINCESSE DE BABILONE. Bois Gravées de Imre Reiner. Berne-Bümpliz: Editions les Belles-Feuilles, 1942. 4to, 116pp, with a wood-engraved frontispiece & illus. in the text. Orig. decorative wrappers, slipcase slightly worn, a fine copy. $250. ¶ Edition de luxe, limited to 30 copies signed by the artist, printed on Japon vellum with an extra suite of plates on Japon in a separate folder. With the presentation slip of Erwin Rosenthal loosely inserted.

 

(RICTHIE, Ward). STEVENSON, Robert Louis. THE BOTTLE IMP. Alhambra: Ward Ritchie Press, 1955. 8vo, 88, (1) colophon pp., 11 etchings. Quarter black morocco over patterned boards, gilt lettered, fine copy from the library of Ward Ritchie. $50. ¶ Printed for private distribution from the first English edition of Stevenson’s classic short story, beautifully designed by Ward Ritchie. The etchings were recreated by Paul Maedje from a rare German edition illustrated by Bruno Goldschmitt, and the book was printed by the private press of C. F. Braun & Co. One of the Rounce & Coffin Western Books of the Year. Ward Ritchie Bibliography, p.134.

 

RIDLER, Anne; John Piper, artist. THE JESSIE TREE. London: The Lyrebird Press, (1972). 4to, color frontis., 31, (9)pp, incl. 4 scores & illus. Orig. black buckram over yellow pictorial cloth in publisher’s slipcase, fine. $300. ¶ First Edition, limited to 100 copies, signed by author & artist. Our copy without signatures of the author & artist, but inscribed by Tambimuttu, the publisher, to Jack Lambert. Editions Poetry 3.

 

RITCHIE, Ward - Robinson Jeffers. THE COLOPHON. Part Ten. New York, 1932. 4to, boards designed by Artzybasheff. Very good. $50. ¶ Includes Robinson Jeffers "First Book" (telling of publishing Flagons and Apples), being the first printing job of Los Angeles printer Ward Ritchie, and revealing the influence of Schmied for whom he had worked in Paris. With a woodcut of Hawk Tower by Paul Landacre.

 

ROBERT, Maurice & Frederic Warde. A CODE FOR THE COLLECTOR OF BEAUTIFUL BOOKS. Preface by Francis de Miomandre. Tranlsated from the French by Jacques LeClercq. New York: Limited Editions Club, 1936. Sm. 4to, xiv, 56pp. Orig. decorative boards with paper label, cloth spine. Slight stain to front paste-down, nearly fine. In a very good decorative paper slip-case. $40. ¶ First Edition in English, a somewhat tongue-in-cheek but valuable moral code for book collectors, with the authors’ commentary as well.

 

ROBINSON, W.W. MAPS OF LOS ANGELES, From Ord’s Survey of 1849 to the End of the Boom of the Eighties. Los Angeles: Dawson’s, 1966 Folio, 27 fold out maps (including two in rear pocket). Cloth with printed paper label, lettered in gilt, pictorial medallion on front cover. Fine. $375. ¶ First Edition. One of 380 copies printed at the Plantin Press, signed by the author. Finely reproduced color facsimiles of maps including the 1850 Hancock Survey map and the H.J. Stevenson survey map (1200 feet per inch) of the city of Los Angeles in 1884.  

 

ROBINSON, W.W. THE INDIANS OF LOS ANGELES. Story of the Liquidation of a People. Los Angeles: Glen Dawson, 1952. 8vo, 42, (1), (1 as colophon)pp. Gray cloth, gilt lettered spine, printed label to front board, fine. $85. ¶ First Edition, one of 200 copies designed and printed by Muir Dawson, with composition by Saul and Lillian Marks. With Dawson’s Book Shop subscriber’s receipt laid-in.

 

RODITI, Edouard. EMPEROR OF MIDNIGHT. Los Angeles: Black Sparrow Press, 1974. 8vo, 146pp. Cloth-backed boards, fine. $200. ¶ One of 50 signed copies with a signed frontispiece etching by José Hernandez.

 

RODITI, Edouard. MEETINGS WITH CONRAD. Los Angeles: Press of the Pegacycle Lady, 1977. Ms. 8vo, (2), 18, (1)pp. Grey boards. Fine. $75. ¶ First Edition, one of 200 signed and numbered copies. While a student at Elstree School north of London, Roditi was befriended by Conrad

 

RODITI, Edouard. POEMS 1928-1948. Norfolk: New Directions, 1949. 8vo, 151pp. Cloth-backed boards, dust-jacket with mall chips at spine ends. Text browned as usual, but very good. $150. ¶ First Edition, one of a 1000 copies, inscribed twice by the author. This edition collects Roditi’s poems of two decades, written in French and English.

 

(Roditi, Edouard). BARBEY D’AUREVILLY, Jules LAOCOON. With a Translation into English by Harriet M. Carey and an Introduction by Edouard Roditi. Los Angeles: Press of the Pegacycle Lady, 1985. 8vo, 21pp. Boards, label. Fine. $75. ¶ One of 20 copies on red paper, of a total edition of 100 copies, all signed by Roditi.

 

(ROGERS, Bruce). AMYCUS ET CELESTIN Par Anatole France. New York: Museum Press, 1916. 8vo, [14]pp, woodcuts by Timothy Cole after Bryson Burroughs. Orig. wrappers, printed label on upper cover, covers soiled & upper cover with small circular stain, internally fine, in a faded blue cloth case. $100. ¶ One of 200 copies. A rare Rogers piece, the text in French, beautifully printed in Centaur with two lovely woodcuts of the old monk and the faun. The Charles Dana/Marjorie Dana Barlow copy with bookplates; their relative John Cotton Dana was the first to organize an exhibition of Rogers’s work, in 1916 at the Newark (NJ) public library. Not in Warde/Haas. Work of Bruce Rogers 235.

 

ROGERS, Bruce. HISTORY OF OLIVER AND ARTHUR. Done into English by William Leighton and Eliza Barrett. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1903. 4to, (12), cviipp, printed in red and black. Quarter cloth, slipcase, back browned, otherwise very good. $120. ¶ ONE OF 130 COPIES, printed by Bruce Rogers. This famous 16th century text translated from the German of Liely from an anonymous French original is one of Rogers's best books. Warde p.54. Work of Rogers 97.

 

(ROGERS, Bruce). SHAKESPEARE, William. THE POEMS OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE. Edited by Herbert Farjeon with an Introduction by Louis Untermeyer. New York: Limited Editions Club, 1941. 2 volumes, folio, color vignettes. Original quarter wheat buckram over patterned boards, fine; slipcase lightly chipped, very good. $400. ¶ One of 1500 copies signed by Bruce Rogers who designed this lovely edition. Printed at the Press of A.Colish in New York.

 

(Rogers, Bruce). STEDMAN, Edmund Clarence. MATER CORONATA Recited at the Bicentennial Celebration of Yale University. XXIII October MDCCCCI. Boston: Houghton, Mifflin, 1941. 8vo, (4), 28ff. Orig. blue paper boards, cloth spine, front board & spine lettered in gilt, brown medallion set in relief in brown paper on front & back boards. Barest wear to extremites, otherwise fine. $35. ¶ Very attractive edition, designed by Bruce Rogers, of these posthumously published poems written in praise of Yale, from which the great American poet and stockbroker, Edmund Clarence Stedman (1833-1908), was expelled for neglecting his studies. Warde indicates that this was a book in which Rogers had the largest freedom and which was made under his immediate direction. Cf. Warde 18 & Rogers Bibl. 64.

 

(Rosenwald, Lessing). VISION OF A COLLECTOR, The Lessing Rosenwald Collection in the Library of Cognress. Washington: Library of Congress, 1991. Tall 8vo, xxxv, 427pp, 104 illus (42 in color). Quarter morocco, paste papers boards. Fine copy. $400. ¶ One of 300 deluxe copies handsomely bound in morocco with an etched frontispiece portrait of Rosenwald by Tony Rosait. One hundred contributors describe one hundred books in the Rosenwald Collection.

 

ROSTAND, Edmond; Pierre Brissaud, illustrator. CYRANO DE BERGERAC. A Heroic Comedy in 5 Acts in a New English Version by Louis Untermeyer. New York: Limited Editions Club, 1954. 4to, hand-colored frontis. & illustrations. Original patterned cloth, leather spine label, fine, in a lightly worn slipcase, nearly fine. $125. ¶ One of 1500 copies signed by the illustrator. Printed by the Marchbanks Press, illustrations were hand-colored in the studio of Walter Fischer.

 

ROTHSCHILD, Baron Ferdinand de. LIVRE D’OR. Edited by James Pope-Hennessy. Cambridge: …for presentation to Members of the Roxburghe Club, 1957. 4to, xxii, 242, (1, colophon)pp, incl. 61 plates. Orig. quarter morocco over cloth, vellum corners, spine lettered in gilt, a.e.g., some edge wear, otherwise very good. $750. ¶ Presentation copy from Victor Rothschild. This fine facsimile of 57 holographs was compiled by Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild from his circle of accomplished friends, who included Queen Victoria, Anthony Trollope, John Millais, William Gladstone, Robert Browining, Heinrich Schliemann, Frederick Locker-Lampson, Edward VII, Mathew Arnold, Bret Harte, Thomas Huxley, William Gilbert, Cecil Rhodes and others. The original Livre d’Or was said to have been carried by the Baron throughout London or wherever he expected that these friends would have had the leisure to write and draw in the volume. It is a monument to the uncanny ability of this foreigner’s ability to integrate himself into the intellectual and political life of his adopted country. Printed in a very small edition for members of the Roxburghe Club. Barker 223.

 

(Russian art). A WORD ABOUT CZAR IGOR’S REGIMENT & HIS SON SKATISLAVOVICH & GRANDSON OLEG... [Russian Title]. Moscow: Academia Press, 1934. Sm. folio, 49pp, 10 full-page tipped-in color plates within color printed borders, color head-pieces & decorations throughout. Orig. cloth with elaborately designed inset printed on heavy stock. A mint copy in the orig. box which is somewhat worn. $650. ¶ A remarkable example of the superb work done at the Academia press. The illustrations resemble lacquered icons and depict scenes from the reign of the medieval czar.

 

RUTHVEN, Madeleine. SUMMER DENIAL and Other Poems. Los Angeles: Jake Zeitlin, The Primavera Press, 1932. Tall 8vo, 65, (2)pp. Original green boards, white label. Boards slightly faded, otherwise a fine copy. $75. ¶ First Edition, limited to 304 copies printed by Ward Ritchie. Edelstein, A Bibl. of Books Printed at the Primavera Press, p.123 (in A Garland for Jake Zeitlin).

 

SADE, Marquis de. A LETTER FROM THE BASTILLE WRITTEN TO HIS WIFE… Translation & Introduction by Gregory A. Pearson. Los Angeles: Press of the Pegacycle Lady, 1975. 8vo, (2), (10), (2)pp. With a fascsimile of the original letter sewn in. Quarter linen, pastepaper-covered boards, very fine. $75. ¶ Edition limited to 150 copies printed for Graham Nash by William & Victoria Dailey.

 

(Sandburg). WRIGHT, Philip Green. THE DREAMER. Galesburg, Illinois: Asgard Press, (1906). 12mo, (10), 53pp. Orig. cloth, nearly fine, with the signature of and a note by Paul Jordan Smith. $900. ¶ First Edition, with a preface by Carl Sandburg ("Charles A. Sandburg"). Wright was Carl Sandburg’s teacher at Lombard College in Galesburg, and it was in Wright’s basement that Sandburg hand-printed In Reckless Ecstasy in 1904.

 

SANFORD, John. A MAN WITHOUT SHOES. Los Angeles: Plantin Press, 1951. Tall 8vo, (6), 452, (1)pp. Buckram over boards. Printed dust jacket lightly worn. Very good. $75. ¶ First Edition, one of two thousand copies, this copy unsigned, printed by Saul & Lillian Marks at the Plantin Press. This is one of about 300 copies sold at time of publication, after which the sheets were purchased by Black Sparrow Press and reissued with a new title-page.

 

SANFORD, John. A MAN WITHOUT SHOES. Los Angeles: Plantin Press, 1951, reissued Santa Barbara: Black Sparrow Press, 1982. Tall 8vo, (10), (6), 452, (1)pp. Buckram over boards. Printed dust jacket lightly worn. Very good. $75. ¶ First Edition, one of two thousand copies printed by Saul & Lillian Marks at the Plantin Press, this copy signed by the author. Only three hundred copies or so sold in the ‘fifties after which the sheets were purchased by Black Sparrow and reissued with a new title-page.

 

SASSOON, Siegfried. THE HEART’S JOURNEY. New York: Crosby Gaige & London: Heinemann, 1927. 8vo, (6, 58)pp. Orig. quarter cream cloth, blue boards, lower portion of covers waterstained, internally fine. $300. ¶ First Edition, limited to 590 copies, signed by Sassoon on the title-page; designed by Bruce Rogers and printed by William Rudge. A beautiful book of poems by Sassoon. HRC, Sassoon, 61. Warde & Haas 142. Work of Bruce Rogers 360.

 

(Schmied). ART DECO. THE BOOKS OF FRANÇOIS-LOUIS SCHMIED Artist / Engraver / Printer with Recollections and Descriptive Commentaries on the Books by Ward Ritchie. With a preface by Lawrence Clark Powell. San Francisco: Book Club of California, 1987. Ob. folio, 49, (2)pp, with photographs & illustrations of the artists works. Orig. cloth, gilt. Fine. $175. ¶ First Edition. A descriptive commentary on the books illustrated by François-Louis Schmied between 1911-42, by Los Angeles printer Ward Ritchie who was apprenticed to him in the twenties.

 

(Scott, Walter). VAN ANTWERP, Wm C. A COLLECTOR’S COMMENTS ON HIS FIRST EDITIONS OF THE WORKS OF SIR WALTER SCOTT. San Francisco: Gelber, Lilienthal, 1932. 8vo, (10), 156pp, plates. Orig.cloth-backed boards. Fine. $80. ¶ First Edition, limited to 400 copies handsomely printed by the Grabhorn Press.

 

SHAKESPEARE, William. THE SONNETS... London: Robt. Riviere and Son, 1928. 8vo, (4), 154pp, initials printed in blue-green. Full blue-green morocco by Riviere. $200. ¶ Hansomely printed at the Chiswick Press.

 

SHAKESPEARE, William. THE WORKS. Stratford-on-Avon: The Shakespeare Head Press, 1905-06. 9 vols (2 through 10), tall 8vo, orig. red buckram, gilt. Very nice. $650. ¶ The beautiful Shakespeare Head Press edition, lacking, alas, the first volume.

 

SHALER, Clarence Addison. GLORIA DAWN. A Romance of the Mind. Illustrated by Heln G. Laudermilk. Pasadena: Courtenay Monson, (1927). 4to, 33pp, incl. 4 tipped-in plates, printed in brown ink, decorated letters. Original blue cloth over aqua decorated boards, marbled endpapers, some wear to spine ends & cover extremities, otherwise very good. $50. ¶ One of 200 copies, printed by Clyde Browne pf the Abbey San Encino. A beautifully produced short story.

 

SHELLEY, Percy Bysshe; Richard Shirley Smith, illustrator. THE POEMS OF PERCY BYSSHE SHELLEY. Selected, Edited and Introduced by Stephen Spender. New York: Limited Editions Club, 1971. 4to, 315pp, illus. Original quarter burgandy morocco over salmon cloth, fine; paper spine label of slipcase lightly rubbed, nearly fine. $125. ¶ One of 1500 copies signed by Smith who contributed the wood engravings. Printed at the University Printing House in Cambridge, England.

 

SMITH, Logan Pearsall. AFTERTHOUGHTS. London: Constable, 1931. 12mo, viii, 84pp. Orig. boards, nearly fine in a very good dust jacket. With the signature of Paul Jordan Smith. $75. ¶ First Edition.

 

SMITH, Logan Pearsall. TRIVIA. Printed from the Papers of Anthony Woodhouse. London: Chiswick Press, 1902. 12mo, (9), 67pp. Orig. boards, linen spine, paper label to spine, a nearly fine copy, with the bookplate of Paul Jordan Smith. $250. ¶ One of 300 copies, this copy with the signature of the author on the title page.

 

SPALDING, Phebe Estelle. THE TAHQUITCH MAIDEN, A Tale of the San Jacintos. San Francisco: Paul Elder, 1911. Sm 8vo, 26pp, tipped in photo frontis, 2 tipped in photo plates, each page with decorative red and black border. Original decorataive boards, dustjacket. Very good. $50. ¶ First Edition, inscribed by the author to Helen Culbertson; printed by John Henry Nash in an edition of 1175. Spalding (b.1859) wrote and edited works on California. Cowan II, p.607. Baird & Greenwood 2297. Hinkel p.337.

 

STARRETT, Vincent. ORIENTAL ENCOUNTERS. Two Essays in Bad Taste. Chicago: Normandie House, 1938. 8vo, 45, (1 as colophon)pp. Orange linen, gilt lettered spine, gilt kanji to front board, mild sunning to spine, mild bumps to upper corners, otherwise fine in nearly very good slipcase. $100. ¶ Limited Edition of 249 copies, Signed by the Author, beautifully printed on Andria paper by the Black Cat Press. Starrett’s essays on eunuchs and the labor movement in China just prior to the Japanese invasion.

 

(Steichen). THOREAU, Henry David. WALDEN. Illustrated after Photographs by Edward Steichen. With an Introduction by Henry Seidel Canby. Boston: Limited Editions Club, 1936. 4to, 291pp, photo-illustrations. Original navy buckram over patterned boards, fine; repair to interior corner of slipcase, otherwise very good. $850. ¶ First Edition thus, one of 1500 copies printed at the Merrymount Press, and signed by Steichen.

 

STEIN, Gertrude. TWO (hitherto unpublished) POEMS. (Pawlet, Vermont: Banyan Press, 1948). 12mo, 4pp. Orig. blue wrappers, printed in black & red, stiched. Very good. $200. ¶ First Edition, the private issue limited to 205 numbered copies, printed for Fania Marinoff and Carl Van Vechten as a Christmas keepsake. A very elusive bit of Steiniana. Wilson A46b.

 

STENDHAL [BEYLE, Marie Henri]. THE RED AND THE BLACK. Translated by C.K. Scott-Moncrieff. Introduction by Hamilton Basso. New York: Limited Editions Club, 1947. 4to, duo-tone plates. Original quarter morocco over black cloth, spine lightly rubbed, very good; publisher’s slipcase, very good. $75. ¶ One of 1500 copies signed by the illustrator Rafaello Busoni. Printed by Richard Ellis at The Aldus Printers in New York.

 

STEPHENSON, Terry E. CAMINOS VIEJOS. Tales Found in the History of California of Especial Interest to Those Who Love the Valleys, the Hills, and the Canyons of Orange County, its Traditions and its Landmarks…Illustrated with Photographs, with Maps and with Woodcuts, the Latter by Miss Jean Goodwin and Arthur Ames. Santa Ana: Thomas E. Williams at the Santa Ana High School and Junior College, 1930. 8vo, (18), 110pp, frontis., 8 plates, 3 maps (1 folding). Orig. faux-leather cloth, blocked with gilt vignette, pictorial endpapers. Slight rubbing, owner’s signature on half-title, a nearly fine copy. $200. ¶ One of 500 de luxe numbered copies, signed by the printer and the author.

 

STERNE, Laurence; Denis Tegetmeier, illustrator, Eric Gill, designer. A SENTIMENTAL JOURNEY THROUGH FRANCE AND ITALY. New York: Limited Editions Club, 1936. 4to, etchings. Original decorated cloth in publisher’s slipcase, a fine copy. $250. ¶ One of 1500 numbered copies signed by the designer, Eric Gill, and the illustrator, Denis Tegetmeier. Gill designed a new type expressly for this beautiful edition.

 

STERNE, Laurence - illustrated by John Baldessari. THE LIFE AND OPINIONS OF TRISTRAM SHANDY, GENTLEMAN [with] Photocollages for Tristram Shandy by John Baldessari [and with] Laurence Sterne and Tristram Shandy by Melvyn New. San Francisco: Arion Press, 1988. Tall 8vo, 620pp, 39 photocollages printed in duotone & color. Half green calf, marbled boards, gilt title; the additional volumes bound in paper. Very good set in the slipcase. $1200. ¶ One of 400 copies signed by the artist. Grolier Club, The American Livre de Peintre 3.

 

STEVENS, Wallace. NOTES TOWARD A SUPREME FICTION. Cummington, Massachusetts: The Cummington Press, (1943). 8vo, 45pp. Cloth backed boards. Very good. $300. ¶ One of 330 copies printed in Centaur types on Andria paper. This second edition was completely reset, and one line was corrected from the first edition. Perhaps Stevens’ most important long poem, marking a transition from his lush early lyrics to the more abstract poetry of his maturity. Richmond, The Cummington Press, 13. Edelstein A6.b.

 

STEVENS, Wallace. NOTES TOWARD A SUPREME FICTION. Cummington, Massachusetts: The Cummington Press, 1942. 8vo, 45, (1)pp. White cloth, just a trifle soiled about the edges, signature on endpaper. Very good. $400. ¶ One of 273 copies printed, this from the first 190 on Dutch Charcoal paper. Perhaps Stevens’ most important long poem, marking a transition from his lush early lyrics to the more abstract poetry of his maturity. Richmond, The Cummington Press, 13. Edelstein A6a.

 

[STEVENSON, Robert Louis]. R.L.S.; C.B. Falls, illustrator. TWO MEDIEVAL TALES. New York: Limited Editions Club, (1929). Royal 8vo, 68pp, incl. illus., decorative title & initials. Publishers blind-stamped calf, spine corners chipped, offsetting from title, bookseller’s ticket, otherwise very good. Slipcase worn, one inch chipped from opening. $100. ¶ One of 1500 copies signed by the illustrator. The Limited Editions Club’s sixth book, printed at the Marchbanks Press.

 

STOW, Harriet Beecher; Miguel Covarrubias, illus. UNCLE TOM’S CABIN; or, Life Among the Lowly. With an Introduction By Raymond Weaver. New York: Limited Editions Club, 1938. 4to, 16 b&w lithos. Three-quarter morocco over marbled boards, lightly rubbed. A very good copy in a worn, tape repaired slipcase. $350. ¶ One of 1500 copies signed by Covarrubias who contributed the powerful lithograph illustrations.

 

STRACHEY, Marjorie. MAZZINI, GARIBALDI AND CAVOUR. London: Hogarth Press, 1937. Sm 8vo, 80pp, frontispiece map of Italy, cloth, dust-jacket Good. $35. ¶ First Edition. Woolmer 421.

 

(Stricker). STERNE, Laurence. A FRAGMENT in the Manner of Rabelais. The Memoirs. Los Angeles: Thomas Perry Stricker, 1932. 8vo, (5), 22, (1)pp, the ornaments hand-colored. Orig. black cloth with paper label. Fine copy. $100. ¶ Limited to 125 copies, hand set and printed by Los Angeles printer Stricker. "One of the finest printers southern California has produced, and one destined to be perhaps the least known" (Ward Ritchie)

 

SUMMERS, Montague. ESSAYS IN PETTO. London: Fortune Press, [1928]. 8vo, ix, 183pp. Buckram-backed boards, gilt. Fine. $125. ¶ First Edition of Summer’s first book written for the Fortune Press (although he had edited others previously). Essays on Ann Radcliffe, Jane Austen, de Sade, Byron, et al. d’Arch Smith, Summers, A13, notes this is the secondary binding. d’Arch Smith, Fortune Press, 526. Ransom, Private Presses, p.282 writes that 800 copies were printed.

 

SWIFT, Johnathan; Bruce Rogers, designer. [GULLIVER’S TRAVELS]. A Voyage to Lilliput... [with] A Voyage to Brobdingnag Made by Lemuel Gulliver... New York: Limited Editions Club, 1950. 2 volumes, (Brobdingnag) elephant folio; (Lilliput) 48mo; frontis. map in each volume, printed in black & red throughout. Original quarter red cloth over pictorial map boards, minor bleeding from red spine of the Lilliput volume, a very good set, housed together in a compartmentalized slipcase with exterior dampstaining, very good. $300. ¶ One of 1500 numbered copies signed by Bruce Rogers who designed and supervised the printing of this edition at the Aldus Printers.

 

SWINBURNE, Algernon Charles. SONGS BEFORE SUNRISE. London: Chatto & Windus for the Florence Press, 1909. 8vo, x, 211pp. Contemporary full blue calf, front cover decorated with lyre & grapes in gilt & colored morroco onlays, raised bands, gilt titles & dentelles, original vellum backstrip mounted at back. Very good. $200. ¶ One of 650 copies printed on hand made paper. Beautifully printed edition of this famous cycle of poems. Wise 55

 

TABB, John B[anister] POEMS. Boston: Copeland & Day, 1894. 12mo, (2), xi, (1), 172, (2)pp. Quarter linen, boards slightly browned, very good uncut copy. $150. ¶ FIRST EDITION, ONE OF 50 COPIES PRINTED on handmade paper of the first widely known volume by the Nineties poet and priest who began writing when he was in the Confederate Service and was influenced by the Romantic Movement, often also demonstrating a mystical touch. Kraus 15A. Wilson, Familiar Quotations, p.433.

 

TARAKANOFF, Vassili Petrovitch. STATEMENT OF MY CAPTIVITY AMONG THE CALIFORNIANS. Written Down by Ivan Shishkin, & Translated from the Russian by Ivan Petroff, with Notes by Arthur Woodward. Los Angeles: Glen Dawson, 1953. 8vo, (8), 47, (1 colophon)pp, engraved headpieces, t-p. Illus. gray cloth, red lettered, fine. $75. ¶ First Edition, 200 copies printed by Saul and Lillian Marks at the Plantin Press.

 

TARKINGTON, Booth; T.M. Cleland, designer & illustrator. MONSIEUR BEAUCAIRE....With a Preface by J. Donald Adams. New York: Limited Editions Club, 1961. 8vo, 123pp, color plates & illus. title page. Original embroidered cloth, morocco label, gilt, very good. $45. ¶ One of 1500 copies signed by Cleland, printed by A. Colish.

 

THOMPSON, Dorothy. THE ABBEY, THE MUSEUM, THE COMMONS. Stamford, Ct., Overbrook Press, 1941. 16mo, 6, (1) blank, (1)pp colophon. Grey wrappers, burgundy lettered. With original envelope. Mint. $50. ¶ First Edition in book form, this article first appeared in Thompson’s newspaper column, On The Record, May 14, 1941 and warns against remaining aloof from the threat of Hitler. This edition, limited to 250 copies, was produced for a few of her friends.

 

TOMKINSON, G.S. A SELECT BIBLIOGRAPHY OF THE PRINCIPAL MODERN PRESSES, Public and Private in Great Britain and Ireland. San Francisco: Alan Wofsy Fine Arts, 1975. 8vo, 238pp. Vinyl boards. Very good. $60. ¶ Reprint of the 1928 edition published by The First Edition Club.

 

TORBERG, Friedrich. MEIN IST DIE RACHE. Los Angeles: Pazifische Presse, 1943. 8vo, (4), 62pp. Orig. paper wrappers, fine. $200. ¶ First Edition of Torberg’s "Revenge Is Mine," one of 250 copies printed at the Plantin Press.

 

TREANOR, Thomas C. JOHN TREANOR. A Sketch of His Life With Excerpts From His Letters. Los Angeles: The Zamorano Club, 1937. Tall 8vo, (6), 85pp, portrait. Tan cloth, black calf spine label, gilt lettered, front board stamped in blind, untrimmed, spine label somewhat rubbed, mild soiling to boards, a few neat pencilings, otherwise near fine. $35. ¶ First Edition of this volume on the industrialist and philanthropist. Printed by Bruce MaCallister at the Adcraft Press, Los Angeles.

 

TROLLOPE, Anthony; Fritz Kredel, illustrator. THE WARDEN. An Introduction by Angela Thirkell. New York: Limited Editions Club, (1955). 4to, xviii, 263pp, color illus. Original quarter blue cloth over blue boards, fine; dampstaining to slipcase, very good. $75. ¶ Centenary Edition, one of 1500 copies signed by the illustrator, Fritz Kredel. Printed at the Marchbanks Press.

 

TRUMAN, Ben C. [Benjamin Cummings]. THE PRESS OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA 1873. Los Angeles: Muir Dawson, 1951. 12mo, (6), 9pp. Wrappers. Fine. $50. ¶ 165 copies pinted by Muir Dawson at his private Press to commemorate the hundredth anniversary of printing in Southern California. Truman was the editor of the Los Angeles Star and author of several books on southern California.

 

TUTTLE, Edward F. THE TOOL AS OBJECT. Los Angeles: Craft & Folk Art Museum, 1976. 8vo, illustrated wrappers. Very good. $30. ¶ Only edition, one of 1900 copies printed by the Poltroon Press.

 

TWAIN, Mark; Claire Hutton, illustrator. THE PRINCE AND THE PAUPER. With an Introduction by Edward Wagenknecht. New York: Limited Editions Club, 1964. 4to, 221pp, color plates. Original quarter imperial blue velvet over grey buckram, gilt, fine; blue spine label to buff slipcase, lightly soiled, nearly fine. $125. ¶ One of 1500 copies signed by the illustrator. Printed in England at the Westerham Press.

 

TWAIN, Mark; Edward Wagenknecht, John Groth, illustrator. PUDD’NHEAD WILSON with PUDD’NHEAD WILSON’S CALENDAR. Avon: Limited Editions Club, 1974. 4to, 164pp, illus; 16mo, 32pp. Original illustrated linen, booklet in stiff marbled wrappers, fine. Very lightly worn publisher’s slipcase, nearly fine. $100. ¶ One of 2000 numbered copies signed by illustrator John Groth, and the first separate printing of the calendar which comprises the epigraphs from Pudd’nhead Wilson and Following the Equator. Printed at the Stinehour Press.

 

(Twain). MEINE, Franklin J. MARK TWAIN’S FIRST STORY. (Iowa City, Iowa): Prairie Press, [1952]. 8vo, (2), 20pp, 1 illus. Orig. beige laid wrappers over flexible boards. Fine, in original Prairie Press mailing envelope. $75. ¶ First separate edition. Twain wrote the story "The Dandy Frightening the Squatter" when he was only sixteen. Printed by Carroll Coleman, with an illustration by Dale Ballantyne. BAL 3582.

 

(Type). PANKOW, David (ed.) AMERICAN PROPRIETARY TYPEFACES. New York: American Printing Historical Association, (1968). 8vo, 176pp + 38 plates. Cloth. Fine. $75. ¶ First Edition, one of 720 copies printed letterpress at the Stinehour Press. Updike, Rogers, Dard Hunter, Ward, Morison, Goudy, Victor Hammer, Dwiggins, et al.

 

(Typography). ABC GEM BOX, A Display of Skill in Typography by Kurt H. Volk. New York, ca. 1941. 26 typographic arrangements of the alphabet, each in a differnt type-face, serving as a specimen book of Volk’s typogrpahic establishmenbt. In a printed folding box. Very good. $250. ¶ A tour-de-force of hand composition, each specimen is printed in color within a folding mat revealing the typeface employed.

 

(Typophiles Chapbook - Grace Hoper Press). Grover, Katharine & Sherwood. A COMMONPLACE BOOK FOR TYPOPHILES. With an Introduction by Jane Grabhorn. Aptos, CA: The Grace Hoper Press, 1961. 12mo, illustrated throughout in color with type specimens &vignettes. Quarter grey buckram over patterned boards, gilt lettering on spine, fine in orig. plain dust jacket. $85. ¶ Typophile Chapbook 38, printed in an edition of 500 copies of which 360 have the Typophile imprint. Sherwood and Katharine Grover had printed three fine remarkable commonplace books in 1955, 1956 & 1960.  

 

(Typophiles Chapbook - Grace Hoper Press). Grover, Katharine & Sherwood. A COMMONPLACE BOOK FOR TYPOPHILES. With an Introduction by Jane Grabhorn. Aptos, CA: The Grace Hoper Press, 1961. 12mo, illustrated throughout in color with type specimens &vignettes. Quarter grey buckram over patterned boards, gilt lettering on spine, fine in orig. plain dust jacket. $75. ¶ Typophile Chapbook 38, printed in an edition of 500 copies of which 360 have the Typophile imprint. Sherwood and Katharine Grover had printed three fine remarkable commonplace books in 1955, 1956 & 1960.  

 

(Updike Bible). THE HOLY BIBLE, Containing the Old and New Testaments and the Apocrypha.. Boston: R.H. Hinkley, [n.d., ca. 1934]. 14 vols, 8vo, engraved frontis. & plates after famous paintings. Half tan calf, joints cracked on 2 volumes, otherwise good. $500. ¶ One of 1000 numbered copies on laid paper, designed by Updike and printed in the Mountjoye types at the Merrymount Press. Smith notes there were 86 copies on Japan, 488 on hand-made, 1000 on laid and 1000 on wove paper. Smith 209. Herbert 2149. Hills 2155.

 

(UPDIKE, Daniel Berkeley). UPDIKE: AMERICAN PRINTER AND HIS MERRYMOUNT PRESS. Notes on the Press and Its Work... New York: American Institute of Graphic Arts, 1947. 8vo, 157, (44, facsimile title pages)pp. Original blue cloth. Fine. $40. ¶ First Edition. Updike’s extensive "notes" on his press are followed by essays by notable contemporaries including Stanley Morison, Gregg Anderson, Cleland, Winship, Ruzicka et al. With title-pages and type faces reproduced

 

VALERY, Paul. THE IDEAL BOOK. Translated by Theodore W. Koch. Pittsburgh: The Laboratory Press, 1930. 8vo, (11)pp, printed wrappers. Printed on Oakly handmade paper in Lutetia types. Light browning to wrappers, otherwise very good. $200. ¶ One of 100 copies printed at The Laboratory Press by presentation by Porter Garnett and the author to members of the Roxburghe Club. This copy is inscribed by Koch to Parisian publisher Edouard Champion in the year of pbulication and includes two lengthy letters from Koch to Champion, one tls, one als, both 1930.

 

VAN WIE, Carrie. THE WONDERFUL CITY… Paintings of San Francisco at the Turn of the Century, with Text by Oscar Lewis. San Francisco: Book Club of California, 1963. 4to, (54)ff, incl. 21 colored plates. Orig. green & white decorative boards, tan cloth backstriped, label. $75. ¶ One of 525 copies printed at the Grabhorn Press. A series of charming pre-1906 paintings of San Francisco, including views of the Presidio, Cliff House and Alcatraz Island. Olmsted 115.

 

VASARI, Giorgio; Marilyn Aronberg Lavin, editor. LIVES OF THE MOST EMINENT PAINTERS. In Two Volumes. Translated by Mrs. Jonathan Foster. New York: Limited Editions Club, 1956. 4to, 2 volumes, numerous plates, title printed in red & black. Original brown buckram in grey dustwrappers, light wear & closed tear to jacket rear panel of volume one, otherwise fine. Publisher’s slipcase, nearly fine. $250. ¶ One of 1500 numbered copies, signed by the book’s designer Giovanni Mardersteig, printed in Verona at the Stamperia Valdonega with reproductions of Fritz Kredel’s woodcut portraits executed for the 1568 edition and 32 tipped in color plates.

 

VERLAINE, Paul. ODES EN SON HONNEUR Edition Facsimilaire Du Manuscrit Original. Paris: Éditions Excelsior, 1925. 8vo, 22 facsimile leaves printed by the collotype process, some mounted on guards. Illustrated wrappers, slipcase with printed label, slight yellowing to slipcase, otherwise fine. $100. ¶ Edition limited to 200 copies of this exquisite facsimile edition from Verlaine’s original manuscript pages, whose varied shape and size are also reproduced here. The cover is a drawing by P.V. of charming little skeleton marionettes in different positions. This work originally appeared in 1893.

 

(Wall, Bernhardt). COLLECTING BOOKS AND AUTOGRAPHS [by] William F. Gable. Etched by Bernhardt Wall. [N.p.: Bernhardt Wall, n.d.] 4to, (3) leaves, being the etched title, text leaf, and portrait. Orig. brown wrappers. Fine. $250. ¶ No limitation, certainly a tiny edition; probably privately issued for Gable.

 

(Wall). BROWNING, Robert. LOVE AMONG THE RUINS. [Foreword by Merle St. Croix Wright]. New York: Bernhardt Wall, 1922. 8vo, 17 etched plates, incl. title, text, plates and colophon. Cloth, gilt. Very good $200. ¶ One of 250 numbered copies signed by Wall. Weber, Following Bernhardt Wall, p.32.

 

(Weather Bird Press - Vance Gerry). Calendar & Notebook for 2000 [California Scenes]. Pasadena: The Weather Bird Press, 1999. 8vo, green cloth boards with paper title label. Fine. $35. ¶ 75 copies printed. Twelve months illustrated, with a calendar & line for each day's entry.

 

WEISSENBORN, Hellmuth. BUNTEBILDER, Aus Material des Setzkastens zu Zwolf Lustigen Tafeln Zusammengesetzt von Hellmuth Weissenborn.. Leipzig: Staatlichen Akademie fur Graphische Kunste und Buchgewerbe, 1928. Title, index, colophon & 12 plates, 6-3/4 x 7-1/4 in., printed on card stock, in orig. paste-paper folding box. $850. ¶ One of 110 numbered copies. Each of the 12 plates "paints" a picture with a variety of colored type ornaments. A remarkable book - perhaps the first - by the great German born English illustrator whose work has been revived by the Whittington Press.

 

WETJEN, Albert Richard. YOUTH WALKS ON THE HIGHWAY, Illustrations by John Alan Maxwell. New York: Heron Press, (1930). 8vo, 69pp, full page plates. Cloth backed boards. Very good in slightly worn slip case. $50. ¶ First Edition, one of 100 copies signed by Wetjen & Maxwell (of a total edition of 750).

 

WHATMAN, Susanna. HER HOUSEKEEPING BOOK. Introduced by Thomas Balston. Decorated by Lawrence Josset. (Cambridge): (Brooke Crutchley), (1952). Tall 8vo, vii, (1), 39, (1)pp, frontispiece, 14 engravings with tissue guards. Black cloth, gilt lettering to maroon cloth board label, light wear to extremities, bookplate, otherwise near fine. $135. ¶ First Edition. One of 250 copies on Whatman paper printed for presentation to friends of the printer, Brooke Crutchley, at Christmas 1952.  

 

WHEATLEY, Henry B. HOW TO MAKE AN INDEX. London: Elliot Stock, 1902. 8vo, xii, 236, (4)pp, head decs, dec. initials. Quarter brown cloth over brown paperboards, gilt lettered, untrimmed, beveled edges, very good. $40. ¶ First Edition, beautifully printed on Holland Van Gelder paper.

 

WHEELER, Monroe. A TYPOGRAPHICAL COMMONPLACE-BOOK. Paris: Harrison of Paris, 1932. 8vo, 43, (1), (1 index)pp. Bevelled cloth, lettered gilt, t.e.g. Paper-covered slipcase a little soiled, inscription on front blank, spine lightly faded, very good. $125. ¶ One of 595 copies (395 of which for America) on Montgolfier Annonay, designed by Monroe Wheeler, printed in Paris by Ducrol and Colas. Harrison of Paris’ eleventh publication, consisting of literary quotations in a variety of decorated typefaces. The best book of the press in terms of printing, and a very attractive production.

 

WHEELER, Monroe. A TYPOGRAPHICAL COMMONPLACE-BOOK. Paris: Harrison of Paris, 1932. 8vo, 43, (1), (1 index)pp. Blue bevelled cloth, lettered gilt, t.e.g. Paper-covered slipcase. Back lightly faded as usual, but a very good copy with the bookplate of Ward Ritchie. $200. ¶ First Issue, with "everythin gin" on p.43 uncorrected. One of 595 copies (395 of which for America) on Montgolfier Annonay, designed by Monroe Wheeler, printed in Paris by Ducrol and Colas. Harrison of Paris’ eleventh publication, consisting of literary quotations in a variety of decorated typefaces.

 

WHIGHAM, Peter. LANGUE D’OEIL. Los Angeles: Press of the Pegacycle Lady, 1971. 8vo, (6)pp. Printed Canson wrappers. Fine copy. $50. ¶ One of 60 numbered copies signed by the author. A translation of two 12th century Provencal aubades, being one of the first books from the Los Angeles Press of the Pegacycle Lady.

 

WHIGHAM, Peter. THE BLUE WINGED BEE. Love Poems of the Vlth Dalai Lama. The Ingathering of Love. Northwood, Middlesex: Anvil Press, 1969. Small 4to, 61, (3)pp. Orig. cloth, gilt backstrip, very good in dust jacket. $35. ¶ First Edition.

 

WHITE, Michael C. White. CALIFORNIA ALL THE WAY BACK TO 1828 By… Written by Thom. Savage for the Bancroft Library 1877. Introduction & Notes by Glen Dawson. Illustrations by Clarence Ellsworth. Los Angeles: Glen Dawson, 1956. 8vo, 93, (1 as colophon)pp, frontispiece, headpieces, 1 color plate, 1 foldout map. Maroon cloth, gilt lettered spine, illustrated endpapers, mild sunning to spine, otherwise fine. $65. ¶ First Edition, limited to 300 copies printed by Paul D. Bailey at Westernlore Press, Los Angeles. Pioneer Southern Californian White’s reminiscences as dictated to Thomas Savage. Adams, Six Guns 2380.

 

WHITTIER, John Greanleaf. SNOW-BOUND. A Winter Idyl. New York: Limited Editions Club, 1930. 4to, 43pp, with illustrated title, printed in black & blue, initials. Original quarter silk over patterned boards, very good in a lightly rubbed slipcase. $125. ¶ One of 1500 numbered copies signed by the book’s designer, Carl Purington Rollins, printed at the Yale University Press. The fifth title published by the Limited Editions Club.

 

WHITTIER, John Greenleaf; R.J. Holden, illustrator. POEMS OF JOHN GREENLEAF WHITTIER. Selected and Edited with a Commentary by Louis Untermeyer. New York: Limited Editions Club, 1945. 4to, 333pp, portrait frontis. & gravure plates. Original full green morocco, head cap pulled, very good; in publisher’s slipcase with small piece missing. $75. ¶ One of 1500 copies signed by the the illustrator. Printed at The Aldus Printers.

 

(Whittingham). WARREN, Arthur. THE CHARLES WHITTINGHAMS PRINTERS. New York: Grolier Club, 1896. Roy. 8vo, (6), 344pp, frontisportrait, several plates (incl. 1 folding & in color), typographic illus. (incl. types, borders, decorative initials, etc. & some printed in red & black). Orig. half green morocco, boards with device printed in green, a very good copy with the A. Edward Newton bookplate. $350. ¶ Limited to 385 copies. This biographical account of a most distinguished family of printers and publishers is immaculately printed on hand-made paper, with excellent reproductions of the numerous decorative devices, initial letters, fonts, cuts, etc. Although it is not designed as a book-by-book account of the press, there is much of bibliographical interest and is an essential reference to the books printed by the Whittinghams and to their times. With a xerox copy of the rare index laid in.

 

WILBUR, Marguerite Eyer (ed.).

VANCOUVER IN CALIFORNIA 1792-1994. The Original Account of George Vancouver. Edited and Annotated by… Los Angeles: Glen Dawson, 1953. 3 vols, 16 b&w maps and illus. Green cloth, gilt lettered spine, hint of wear to extremities, otherwise fine. $120. ¶ First Edition.

 

WILDE, Oscar; Aubrey Beardsley & Andre Derain, illustrators. SALOME. Drame en un Acte. [with] SALOME. A Tragedy in One Act. London & Paris: Limited Editions Club, 1938. 4to, 2 volumes, illustrated. Original black folding dust jacket over soft wrappers in chipped glassine, tiny hole & usual minor wrinkling to jacket, very good; original red cloth, gilt pictorial cover in torn glassine, otherwise fine; together housed in a lightly rubbed publisher’s slipcase, very good. $500. ¶ One of 1500 numbered sets including one volume in the original French, signed by illustrator Andre Derain, another volume of Lord Alfred Douglas’s English translation. The French edition is hand-set, printed in two colors, and illustrated by Andre Derain’s pochoir color prints on black paper. The English translation features Aubrey Beardsley’s illustrations and a new introduction by Holbrook Jackson. Lasner 59AA.

 

WILLIAMS, Jonathan. IN ENGLAND’S GREEN & (A Garland and a Clyster). With Drawings by Philip van Aver. (San Francisco): Auerhahn Press, 1962. 8vo, (23)pp. Orig. printed wrappers, fine but for slight wear to yarn-bound spine. $45. ¶ One of 750 copies printed by Dave Haslewood and Andrew Hoyem at the Auerhahn Press.

 

YEATS, W.B. (Richard Diebenkorn, illustrator). POEMS OF W.B. YEATS. Selected and Introduced by Helen Vendeler & with Six Etchings by Richard Diebenkorn. San Francisco: Arion Press, 1990. 4to, xxv, 171pp, 6 etchings by Richard Diebenkorn. Quarter red morocco, slipcase, Fine copy with the prospectus. $2500. ¶ One of 426 numbered copies, signed by Diebenkorn. The only book that the artist has illustrated.

 

YEATS, W[illiam] B[utler]. ON THE BOILER. Dublin: The Cuala Press, [1938]. 8vo, 46, (2)pp. Blue illustrated wrappers, slightly worn, signature on endpaper, very good. $125. ¶ This is actually the second edition, since the first had been destroyed with the exception of about 4 copies after unsatisfactory printing results. The new edition received a new cover design by Jack B. Yeats and was finally published in August 1939. The work was published with the imprint of the Cuala Press, in which Yeats had a life-long interest, but it was actually printed at a commercial publishing house in Dublin. Not in Miller.

 

YEATS, William Butler. IF I WERE FOUR-AND-TWENTY. Dublin: Cuala Press, 1940. 8vo, (viii), 67, (1) blank, (1) colophon, (3) blank pp. Quarter white cloth over blue boards, black lettered, spine label, glassine dj, owner’s signature, very good+. $375. ¶ First Edition, limited to 450 copies of which this is copy no. 400. Miller, Cuala Press, 65. Wade 205.

 

(Zamorano Club). ADDRESSES AT A MEETING OF THE ZAMORANO CLUB MAY 6, 1950. Camarillo: Doheny Memorial Library, [1950] 8vo, (4), 42pp with frontispiece. Printed wrappers, fine. $30. ¶ One of 75 copies printed by the Ward Ritchie Press as a keepsake presented by Mrs Estelle Doheny.

 

ZANE, John Maxcy. THE GRANDEUR THAT WAS ROME Chicago: Caxton Club, 1927. Sm 8vo, 76, (1 as colophon)pp. Quarter calf over gray boards, gilt lettered spine, teg, fine. $50. ¶ First Edition of Zane’s essay, limited to 300 copies beautifully printed on gray handmade paper with titlepage in black and red by Carl Purington Rollins at the Yale University Press.

 

(Zapf). DEAR JOHANNES GUTENBERG… N.p.:n.p., [ca. 1975]. Broadside, 27x16’’, printed in 3 colors. Barest of wrinkling to edges, otherwise fine. $75. ¶ Attractively printed three-color broadside, signed by Hermann Zapf, Alexander Lawson, and Archibald Provan. The letter to Gutenberg thanks the master printer for bestowing his art and requests his sentiments about the current state of the art, which is alleged, in the letter, to be suffering.

 

ZOLA, Emile - Bernard Lamotte, illustrator. NANA. The Authorized Translation into English by F.J. Vizetelly, with a Note by Henry James and also with an Introduction Prepared for this Edition by Lewis Galantiere. New York: Limited Editions Club, 1948. 4to, color plates, Original rasberry cloth, fine; top panel of publisher’s slipcase split. $100. ¶ One of 1500 copies signed by the illustrator. Printed at the Garamond Press in Baltimore.

 

(ABBE, Dorothy & W.A.Dwiggins). BROMER, Anne C. STRINGS ATTACHED - Dorothy Abbe, Her Work and WAD. Boston Public Library/ Society of Printers, 2001. 8vo, (45)pp, 32 color & b/w illus. Cloth backed boards. Fine. $75. ¶ One of 500 copies.