Catalogs Raisonné and Artist's Books
The available stock is arranged alphabetically by artist. Some are duplicates of our reference copies, while others are for artists whose work lies outside of our areas of interest.
Geoffrey Keynes, (ed): Blake's Pencil Drawings
London: The Nonesuch Press, 1956. Quarto, hardcover with full reddish-brown cloth over beveled boards very lightly bumped at the corners, gilt lettering on spine, Text is Fine throughout, with an introductory essay by editor Geoffrey Keynes, and 56 drawings reproduced by L. van Leer & Company. VG blue dust jacket with gold decorative pattern and printed label on back strip. Printed on Dutch mold-made paper and bound in Holland by F. Brandt & Zoon in an edition of 1440 copies, of which this is number 37.
Sylvan Cole, Jr.: The Lithographs of John Steuart Curry
New York: Associated American Artists, 1976. Paperback, 96 pages, 8¼" x 10", printed green cover. Text is clean and unmarked; spine faded, otherwise near fine.
John De Pol: From Dark to Light - Wood Engravings for The Stone House Press
Octavo, 6¼" x 9¼", 125 pages, with essays by Joan & John Digby; an introduction, captions, and notes by publisher Morris A. Gelfand; and 60 wood engravings by John DePol printed from the blocks. Quarter gray cloth with blue and white decorative boards designed by the artist. One of 200 numbered copies, of which this is number 191. Signed on the colophon by the publisher, the essayists, and the artist. Selected as one of the fifty best books of 1988 by the American Institute of Graphic Arts. As new.
Susan B. Robinson & John Pirog: Mabel Dwight - A Catalogue Raisonné of the Lithographs
Washington, D. C.: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1997. First edition, first printing; quarto, x + 181 pages. Full brown cloth with spine lettering in silver and pictorial dust jacket in a Mylar sleeve. Fine.
Edith McCulloch: The Prints of Don Freeman
Charlottesville: University of Virginia Art Museum, 1988. Quarto, viii + 142 pages; full dark red cloth binding with silver lettering; Pictorial silver dust jacket. Front panel of the jacket has an unobtrusive scrape near the spine; otherwise, a fine book with a near fine jacket in a Mylar sleeve.
Patience Empson (ed.): The Wood Engravings of Robert Gibbings
London: J. M. Dent & Sons, Ltd., 1959. Quarto, xliv + 355 pages. Introduction by Thomas Balston. Black buckram with gold lettering and decorative imprint on spine, in fine condition; original clear plastic jacket with red lettering and white vignette as issued, with small tear to the plastic at the bottom of the spine. Text block is clean, bright, and square. Prospectus laid in. Near fine.
HAP Grieshaber - Woodcuts
New York: Arts, Inc., 1964. First American edition, originally published by Verlag Gerd Hatje, Stuttgart. Folio (285x380mm) - Color & B/w reproductions and 13 original woodcuts, 6 of which are dedicated to Mahalia Jackson. The folio is exclusively pictorial; a descriptive booklet with 10 leaves and red wraps laid in. Original pictorial boards. Near fine condition.
Same as above, except that the cover wrapper has minor tears at the spine ends. The text and booklet are fine overall.
Dan Burne Jones: The Prints of Rockwell Kent
Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 1975. Folio, xx + 219 pages, foreword by Carl Zigrosser. Tan cloth with gold lettering on spine and decorative label on cover; pictorial dust jacket with price intact. Ex-library copy: bookplate removed from FFEP, library stamps on front and rear end papers, spine label on jacket, traces of binding tape on edges of boards. For all that, the book and jacket are in overall near fine condition.
Donald Eugene Smith: The Prints of Arthur Wm. Heintzelman
Boston: Boston Public Library, 2004. Quarto, 9¼" x 12¼". xxvi + 293 pages, green cloth binding with light green dust jacket. Edition of 750 copies, with typography, photography, and press work by Stinehour Press, Lunenburg, Vermont and binding by Acme Bookbinding, Charlestown, Massachusetts. The definitive catalog of this great master's work with "reminiscences by Muriel C. Robinson, Fong Chow, and Robert Taylor, and a Reprinting of Essays by Camp[bell Dodgson and John Taylor Arms." Near-pristine overall condition; the book was purchased in its original bindery shrink-wrap, which was removed so that the jacket could be protected with a Brodart jacket cover. One board slightly bumped at corner. Unread.
The volume is in fine condition. Dust jacket is very good, with closed tear at the top of the spine, minor losses at the bottom edge, slightly darkened at spine edges, rippling to the front cover.
Carl Zigrosser: Rockwellkentiana
New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1933. Quartom full pictorial cloth, corners bumped and bottom edges shelf worn, with 64 pages of text including a bibliography and checklist of prints compiled by Carl Zigrosser, followed by a portfolio of works by Rockwell Kent. Edges of pages lightly toned; paste-downs are sound but toned at the hinge. Text is clean, binding tight, page edges faintly toned. Overall in Good+ condition. Signed by Rockwell Kent on the colophon. Lacks dust jacket.
New York: American Artists Group, 1945. Small octavo, 4½" x 6¼"; number 2 in the AAG Monograph series (listed on the rear free end paper) with a brief introduction by Kent, followed by samples of pages from various books and a selection of illustrations in black and white from his career. Dark blue cloth spine with pictorial boards. Corners bumped, edges darkened, cover panels abraded. Good+.
August Klipstein: Käthe Kollwitz - The Graphic Work
Mansfield Centre, Connecticut: Martino Publishing, 2005; facsimile edition, fourth impression, originally published by Galerie St. Etienne, New York in 1955. Quarto, xix + 359 pages, bound in full red cloth with gold lettering and decoration on spine. Text is pristine, binding is tight and square. Fine.
Kraeft: Armin Landeck - The Catalog Raisonné of His Prints
Bethlehem, Connecticut: June 1 Gallery, 1977. First edition, first printing: 940 copies, of which this is number 815, signed on the colophon by the authors, June K Kraeft and Norman Kraeft.Octavo, 115 pages with gray paper wraps. Text is clean and unmarked; pages are toned at the edges. Cover is lightly soiled and also edge-toned. Wrapper spine is rippled. Good+.
Sasowsky: The Prints of Reginald Marsh
New York: Clarkson N. Potter, Inc, 1976. Octavo, 281 pages. Black cloth with gold lettering on spine. Pictorial dust jacket with black background. Text is clean and bright, with a trace of shelf soiling to the bottom of the text block. Jacket is unclipped and protected in a Mylar sleeve. Near fine. Exhibit booklet laid in.
Germana Ferrari: Matta - Index del'Opera Grafica dal 1969 al 1980
Staderini: Amministrazione Provinciale di Viterbo, 1980. Folio, paperbound, heavy pictorial paper wraps. 112 pages listing 273 works representing Roberto Matta's graphic work spanning the years 1969 - 1980. Very Good+.
Roland Sabatier: L'oeuvre Gravé de Matta
Stockholm & Paris: Editions Sonet-Visat, 1975. Small quarto, full blue cloth binding with gold lettering on spine and design on front cover and pictorial dust jacket with small losses at top of spine and bottom edge, protected by a Mylar sleeve. 156 pages, text in French and English. Near fine in VG+ jacket.
Peter Morse: John Sloan's Prints
New Haven: Yale University Press, 1969. Folio, xi + 406 pages. Dark red cloth with gold lettering on spine; Pictorial dust jacket with red background. A catalog raisonné of Sloan's etchings, lithographs, and posters. Text is clean and unmarked, binding is tight. Pages are lightly rippled from exposure to dampness and have a slight musty odor. The jacket is somewhat scuffed but intact and protected by a Mylar sleeve. Good+.
Myfanwy Piper: The Wood-Engravings of Reynolds Stone
London: Art and Technics, Ltd., 1951. Small octavo, gray cloth with red and black title on spine and color dust jacket with black lettering and reproductions of selected wood engravings. 96 pages. End papers toned, bookplate on front paste-down, half-title also toned, probably from a paper laid in. Text block if clean and sound, beginning to loosen slightly between signatures. Dust jacket is sound with small loss at top of spine, abrasions at front cover edge of spine, and a small tear at the upper rear corner. Very good overall.
Joseph Czestochowski: James Swann - In Quest of a Printmaker
Cedar Rapids, Iowa: Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, 1990. Quarto, 164 pages with pictorial paper cover. A catalog of Swann's published prints, the book also includes a compilation of the presentation prints of the Chicago Society of Etchers, 1912 - 1955; Presentation prints of the Prairie Print Makers, 1931 - 1965; Presentation prints of The Woodcut Society, 1932 - 1952; and a Catalogue Raisonné of the published prints of Bertha Jaques. Text clean and bright, binding sound, cover is lightly scuffed at edges and bumped at corners. A very good copy.
Ronald & Joan Stuckey - The Lithographs of Stow Wengenroth
Barre, Massachusetts: Barre Publishers for the Boston Public Libarary, 1974. Large quarto, full white cloth binding with red and black lettering on spine and facsimile signature in black on the front cover in a pictorial dust jacket, introductory price clipped, a few minor losses at the edges, protected by a Mylar cover. Top edge slightly darkened; text block is tight, hinges sound, but has sagged a bit. bottom corners lightly bumped and abraded by shelf wear. VG+
Nick Bantock: The Griffin and Sabine Trilogy
San Francisco, California: Chronicle Books, 1994. Boxed set of three first edition small quartos: Griffin & Sabine (1991; twenty-first printing); Sabine's Notebook (1992; ninth printing); and The Golden Mean (1993; first printing). A highly imaginative work, written, designed, and illustrated by Nick Bantock and furnished in a pictorial slip case. Fine.
Watty Piper: The Little Engine That Could
New York: The Platt & Munk Co., 1930. Small quarto, 6-3/8" x 8¼". First edition, first printing in dust jacket of uncertain state (see below). The book is in near fine condition, with a neatly written presentation inscription on the half-title. The jacket is Good+ soiled and darkened with about a 5/8" rectangular chip at the spine and rear cover, a much smaller chip at the top of the spine, and several closed tears. The Never Grow Old Series list on the verso of the front free end paper lists nine titles ending with The Little Engine That Could; There are two lines at the lower left corner of the pictorial label pasted to the front cover beginning "No. 358."
The dust jacket has the following attributes: no trademark on the front of the jacket; two lines at the lower left corner of the jacket beginning with No. 358; the blurb on the front jacket flap is printed in black; the rear flap lists five "BOOKS EVERY CHILD SHOULD HAVE" in blue ink; the rear panel text is framed; the headline "Beautiful Books / For Children" is followed by a list of six titles; and the price per book is $1.25.
Lewis Carroll: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
Berkely: The University of California Press, 1982. First edition. Quarter red cloth with lavender boards with pictorial unclipped dust jacket. 146 pages, printed in black, red, and blue; handsomely illustrated throughout with wood engravings by Barry Moser. Inscribed by Moser on the title page, but not signed. Fine.
William Gropper: The Little Tailor
New York: Dodd, Mead & Co., 1955. Full tan cloth, black lettering on spine and illustration by Gropper on the front cover, with an illustrated dust jacket. Unnumbered pages, fully illustrated by the author, that tells the story of an immigrant and his embrace of the American experience with all of its perils and opportunities. The book is in fine overall condition, the binding tight and unmarked, and the cover clean and fresh. The jacket is darkened at the edges, has spots on the bottom quadrant of its front cover back edge; there are small losses at the spine and corners, the largest a half-inch square chip at the upper left corner of the cover. The price is intact, and the jacket has been lined with acid-free paper and protected by a Brodart cover. A very nice copy.
Donald Hall: The Man Who Lived Alone
Jaffrey, New Hampshire - Boston: David R. Godine, 1984. 7¼" x 9". Paperback with illustrated wraps, 35 pages, illustrated throughout with woodcuts by Mary Azarian. Very good.
David Macaulay: Cathedral
Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1973. First edition, first printing. Folio, 80 pages. Full tan cloth cover with gilt lettering on spine and ornamental design on cover. Book is square and unmarked, hinges tight, overall very good+. Jacket has small losses at upper spine and front corner and about one quarter of the rear panel is lost. Jacket is backed with acid-free paper and protected in a Mylar sleeve.
David Macaulay: City
Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1974. First edition, first printing. Folio, 112 pages. Full lavender cloth, lightly faded along the edges and spine with gold lettering on spine and grid pattern blind embossed on front cover. Text clean, binding sound; the book is Very Good+. Jacket is very good-, with a few closed tears and small losses at three of the corners and at the top of the spine and along the upper edge of the front panel.
Pamela Munoz Ryan: When Marian Sang
New York: Scholastic Press, 2002; first edition, second printing. Quarto, 12¼" x 10¼", pictorial paper over boards, with matching pictorial dust jacket. Unnumbered pages, illustrated by Brian Selznick. The narrative describes the life and career of Marian Anderson from her childhood in Philadelphia to her performance at the Lincoln Memorial in 1938 and her ground-breaking appearance at the Metropolitan Opera in 1955. A beautiful book in superb condition.
Dylan Thomas: A Child's Christmas in Wales
New York: New Directions Publishing Corporation, 1969. Quarto, 10¾" x 8-1/8", 31 pages. Light green cloth with dark green lettering on spine; pastedowns are slightly adhesive-stained. Pictorial dust jacket has a vignette of the full page frontispiece wood engraving by Fritz Eichenberg; it is lightly frayed along the front bottom edge and has a small triangular chip on the rear bottom edge. Four additional full-page wood engravings by Eichenberg in the text. The cover is faded top and bottom and the front board is slightly bowed. The text is clean.
The title page is warmly inscribed by Fritz Eichenberg to the late bookseller and publisher Gordon Cronin. ALS from Eichenberg to Cronin, thanking him for the gift of books having to do with The Society of Friends (Eichenberg, born to a non-observant Jewish family in Cologne, Germany in 1901, was a devoted pacifist and Quaker for much of his life). A wonderful association copy in overall very good condition.
Art Treasures from the Vienna Collections
A catalog of the 1949 - 1950 traveling exhibition of works on loan from the Austrian Government, shown at The National Gallery of Art, Washington; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; The Art Institute of Chicago; and the M. H. De Young Memorial Museum, San Francisco. 6" x 9", black and white text and illustrations, color pictorial paper cover. Very good.
The Avant Garde Heritage
Exhibition of Russian avant-garde works at The State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia from January 12 - February 21, 1994, in association with the William Benton Museum of Art, University of Connecticut, Storrs, who loaned sculptures by David Bakalar for the exhibit. Booklet, 9" x 10½", 36 pages with saddle-stitched heavy paper wrapper; text in English and Russian, together with color photographs of artworks from the State Russian Museum and the Bakalar sculptures. Fine.
Masterpieces of French Tapestry
Chicago: The Art Institute of Chicago, 1948. Catalog of the exhibit of French tapestry loaned by several French collectors and public institutions through the auspices of the French Government, and exhibited March 17 - May 5, 1948. Booklet, perfect binding, 7½" x 10", 88 pages. Text on gloss paper, with black-and-white illustrations; Pictorial cover in color; binding intact but largely separated from the spine. Very good.
La Belle Epoque
New York: Richmond/New York, 1980. Catalog for an exhibition of 100 works of the Art Nouveau era by Gisbert Combaz, Léo Jo, and Privat Livemont from the collection of L. Wittamer-De Camps, organized by The International Exhibitions Foundation. Paperback, 11" x 9", 64 pages, perfect bound, with text and illustrations in black and white, with pictorial cover in color.Fine.
Stephanie Terenzio: Robert Motherwell & Black
Storrs, Connecticut: The William Benton Museum of Art, 1980. Paperbound, 8½" x 11", 156 pages, printed by The Meriden Gravure Company in black-and-white and color. A narrative history of the exhibition of works by Robert Motherwell presented at the University of Connecticut from March 19 - June 3, 1979. An interesting insight into the entire process of organizing, staging, and celebrating a complex undertaking such as this. Fine.
Fine Press Books
Alison Baker: Thousands Live
Parsons, Kansas: Helianthus Press, 1996. Edition of 100, 70 thus. 32 pages, printed on Mohawk Superfine paper with two wood engravings by John DePol. Quarter blue cloth with Maziarczyk paste-paper covered boards; 4¾" x 6¾" overall. Signed by the author. Prospectus tipped in, signed by DePol. Fine
Charles Bertin: Christopher Columbus
Roslyn, New York: Stone House Press for the John Carter Brown Library. Edition of 200, this copy number 50. Octavo, brown cloth with gold lettering and blind stamped device on front cover, Patterned paper end sheets, text on Rives paper, and five wood engravings by John DePol. Translated by William Jay Smith, and printed under the supervision of Morris Gelfand. Signed by De Pol, Smith, and Gelfand on the colophon. Fine.
John Bunyan: The Pilgrim's Progress
London: Shakespeare Head Press for The Cresset Press, 1928. Large quarto, 174 & 162 pages, in a deluxe edition of 195 copies, of which this is number 66. Printed on Batchelor's Kelmscott hand-made paper under direction of Bernard Newdigate at the Shakespeare Head Press and bound in black stained vellum by Sangorski & Sutcliffe. The work is illustrated with vignettes and ten masterful full page wood engravings by Blair Hughes-Stanton (six engravings and the vignettes) and Gertrude Hermes (four engravings). Gilt lettering on spines and on the heavy front boards. There are small scratches and abrasions to the front and rear covers of Volume I, and a small enclosed crack in the vellum near the base of the spine. The paste-downs are lightly toned by the boards, but otherwise, the sheets are uniformly clean and bright, without marks or damage of any kind. TEG. Lacks slip case; VG+
Monroe Causley (ed): Arthur W. Rushmore and the Golden Hind Press
Madison, New Jersey: The Madison Public Library, 1994. Booklet, 5-3/8” x 8¼”; 31 pages, with decorative paper cover with label; saddle stitched. This exhibition catalog lists selected titles produced by The Golden Hind Press from its founding in 1927 to Arthur Rushmore's death in 1955 in a retrospective exhibit at the Madison Public Library. It includes three books illustrated with wood engravings by John DePol, who annotated this, his personal copy. Signed by DePol on the inside front cover. Fine
Ralph Chubb: Woodcuts by Ralph Chubb
London: Printed at the Hawthorne Press for Andrew Block, 1928. Octavo with original marbled wraps with paper label on the front cover, an additional label tipped to rear pastedown, and a photograph, presumably of the artist, laid in. In remarkably good overall condition. First and limited edition, first impression, one of 200 copies. A difficult title in any condition, and particularly for one so well preserved.
Jack Coughlin: Grotesques
Baltimore: Aquarius Press, 1970. Quarto, quarter tan linen with brown paper covered boards, with taupe end papers and 26 text leaves with twenty etchings, each 3" x 4¼" depicting the whimsical outcomes of copulation between man and various beasts. Overall design by Richard Hendel; etchings hand printed at Atelier LeBlanc, Paris; text printed at Metcalf Printing & Publishing Company; binding by General Bookbinding Company, Inc. Edition of 140 for sale, of which this is numbered 135. Signed by the artist on the colophon. Fine in a near fine slip case.
Incident on the Bark Columbia
Cummington, Massachusetts: The Cummington Press, 1941. Small octavo, 5-1/4" x 6-3/4", full tan linen with title on front board in black. Unnumbered pages of Worthy Georgian paper, printed using Poliphilus and Blado types. Preface by Helen Halsey, followed by letters by Joseph C. McCorkle, captain of the Columbia, and by other crew members from 1860 - 1862. Edition of 300, of which this is number 152. Signed on the colophon by Harry Duncan, the founder of the press and dated 24 April, 1992. The third publication of The Cummington Press. Near fine; lacks dust jacket.
Fritz Eichenberg: The Wood and the Graver
Barre, Massachusetts: The Imprint Society, 1977. A limited edition of 500 copies, of which this is number 242, designed by Toni Eichenberg, Fritz Eichenberg's wife. Set in Palatino by the Monotype Composition Company, Baltimore, Maryland; Printed on Mohawk Superfine by The Meriden Gravure Company, Meriden, Connecticut. Quarter leather binding with coarse gray cloth-covered boards and gold lettering on the spine. Signed on the colophon. Includes The Dream of Reason, a wood engraving created by Eichenberg for this project and also used as the frontispiece of this book; the separate engraving is signed and titled by the artist and inserted in a folder in a corner bracket on the rear pastedown. Fine in a very good slipcase with some soiling and shelf wear.
The Book of Job / From the King James Bible
Cummington, Massachusetts: The Cummington Press, 1944. Quarto, edition of 300, of which this is number 117. Quarter calf with silver-flecked patterned boards, showing minor shelf wear at the bottom edges, with rubbing to the leather at the top and bottom of the spine. 73 pages plus colophon; note by Alfred Young Fisher, illustrated with wood engravings by Gustav Wolf, printed in brown ink on Worthy Dacian paper. Facing pages are toned by the illustrations, otherwise clean and in near-fine condition with a faint diagonal crease to the final text leaf in the lower right corner. Binding is clean and tight. Very good overall. Custom clam-shell box covered in tan linen. List of Cummington Press publications dated 1949 laid in. Lacks dust jacket. Named as one of 50 Books of the Year 1944 by the American Institute of Graphic Arts. The fourteenth publication of the Cummington Press.
James Thomas Flexner: Poems of the Twenties
Roslyn, New York: The Stone House Press, 1991. Octavo, paper wrappers; edition of 130 thus, designed by Morris Gelfand. 31 pages, with three wood engravings by John DePol. Printed on Mohawk Superfine text with red endpapers and gray cover. Signed on the colophon by Gelfand, DePol, and Flexner. Signed by John DePol on the front cover flap. Spine lightly faded, bumped at bottom, and a small closed tear on the bottom rear edge near the spine, else fine.
Christopher Gausby: The Synoptic Collection
Forest Hills, New York: Self-published, 2003. Purple silk flap box by Georgia Southworth, 6-1/8" x 9-1/4" houses four booklets with photography by Dwight Primiano, text printed by Earth Enterprise Press, covers by Gausby. Introductory panel pasted to left folding panel. The assembled text is representative of the author's work and philosophical vision. Fine.
Eric Gill: Dress
Council Bluffs, Iowa: The Yellow Barn Press, 1986. Blue cloth, 5¼" x 7" with labels on spine and front cover and decorative end papers designed by John DePol. Sixteen pages, with frontispiece wood engraving portrait of Eric Gill by John DePol and two line engravings in the text by Eric Gill. Fine.
Richard Goodman: The Bicycle Diaries
Stockholm, Wisconsin: Midnight Paper Sales, 2011. Octavo, edition of 250 copies printed by Gaylord Schanilec, of which this is number 193. Brown silk binding with spine label and color wood engraving inset in a well on the front cover and also repeated on the leaf following the dedication page. Six additional color engravings by Schanilec throughout the text, printed on Zerkall cream laid text. From the prospectus: "Shortly after September 11th, 2001, I began riding my bicycle down from my apartment on the Upper West Side of New York City to the World Trade Center disaster site - or as near as I could get to it. I rode down almost every day, in all weather, for about four months. When I came home, I wrote about what I saw." A beautiful book. Fine.
Dorothy Hatch: Waking to the Day
Roslyn, New York: The Stone House Press, 1985. Sewn booklet, 13 pages, 5" x 7½". Wraps. Edition of 125, designed by Morris Gelfand; two engravings in blue ink by John De Pol.Signed on the colophon by both the author and the illustrator. Fine.
William Heyen: With Me Far Away
Roslyn, New York: The Stone House Press, 1994; edition of 175. Octavo, quarter brown cloth with patterned boards designed by John DePol. 111 pages, printed on Mohawk Superfine. Illustrated with 8 wood engravings by DePol. Signed on the colophon by publisher Morris Gelfand, who designed the book; the author; and the illustrator. Bookplate of John DePol on front paste-down. Prospectus and errata slip with wood engraving by De Pol, signed by Gelfand, tipped in. Fine.
Rockwell Kent: The Jewel
Portland, Maine: The Baxter Society, 1990. Octavo, two volumes. One is a facsimile edition of 500 copies of the earliest book known to have been entirely written and illustrated by Rockwell Kent: quarter white cloth with gray paper-covered boards, printed on Mould-made Lanaquarelle by Meriden-Stinehour Press and hand bound by Judi Conant. This is one of 100 Benefactor copies, numbered 64 and signed by Sally Kent Gorton. The second volume is the companion booklet in matching gray wrappers with flaps, a commentary on the work and its times edited by Eliot Stanley and signed by him on the title page. Both housed in a matching slip case with white paper label. All in fine condition.
Norbert Krapf: Heartwood
Roslyn, New York: The Stone House Press, 1983. Octavo, 38 pages, with nine wood engravings by John DePol. Quarter leather and patterned boards designed by DePol. Copy number 100 in an edition of 150, signed by the author and artist on the colophon and with the artist's bookplate on the front paste-down. Publisher's catalog laid in. Fine.
Norbert Krapf (ed.): Under Open Sky
Roslyn, New York: The Stone House Press, 1986. Octavo, quarter gray cloth, decorative covers designed by John DePol and tan laid end papers. xv + 107 pages illustrated with seventeen wood engravings by DePol. Edition of 185, of which this is number 154. A series of poems and essays in appraisal of the work of William Cullen Bryant by twenty poets, edited by Norbert Krapf, and signed by the editor and the artist on the colophon. John DePol's copy, with his bookplate on the front paste-down as well as his signature. Fine.
Federico Garcia Lorca: Songs of Childhood
Roslyn, New York: The Stone House Press, 1994. Quarter blue cloth with decorative boards designed by John DePol. Edition of 135 copies, of which this is number 77. Twenty-seven pages with five wood engravings by DePol containing seven poems in the original Spanish paired with English translations by William Jay Smith. Bookplate of the artist on the front pastedown. Signed on the colophon by publisher Morris Gelfand, artist John DePol, and translator William Jay Smith, and housed in a plain tan cloth slipcase. Named one of the fifty best books of 1994 by the American Institute of Graphic Arts. Fine.
Paul Mariani: Timing Devices: Poems
Easthampton, Massachusetts: Pennyroyal Press, 1977. Tall octavo, 61 pages, illustrated with five engravings by Barry Moser. An additional suite of the engravings printed on a single fold-out sheet and signed by Moser, follows the colophon. Quarter vellum with brown cloth-covered boards and marbled end papers by Gray Parrot of Hancock, Maine. Edition of 175 copies signed on the colophon by both the author and illustrator. Warmly inscribed by Moser on the title page, though not signed.
Hawser Martingale: The "Old Soldier"
New York: Bowne & Co., Stationers, for Water Street Press, 1983. Cream text with wraps of sage Roma cover. Eight leaves, printed rectos only, with two wood engravings by John DePol. The title page has been signed by the artist. Edition of 75. Fine.
Elizabeth McClintock: California Flora
San Francisco: The Book Club of California, 1995; Quarto, 8¼" x 10". 18 leaves and paper covers with three-color decorative design. Descriptive text for twelve indigenous California plant species facing wood engravings by John DePol printed directly from his blocks. Fine.
Herman Melville: Moby Dick
Berkeley, California: University of California Press, 1981. Folio, xv + 577 pages. Full dark blue cloth binding with blue end papers and matching slip case. The text and illustrations by Barry Moser were reproduced from the original edition printed and published under the direction of Andrew Hoyem at the Arion Press in San Francisco in 1979 in an edition of 265 copies. This copy, printed by the Kingsport Press, is one of 750 published by the University of California Press in 1981. Fine in a near-fine slip case with minimal shelf wear.
Wilfred Owen: The Seared Conscience
Market Drayton: Tern Press, 1993. Nine poems by Wilfred Owen with companion relief etchings by Nicholas Parry. Small quarto, 8" x 9" with text on T. H. Saunders paper, printed and bound by Nicholas & Mary Parry in an edition of 95 copies, of which this is copy number 39. Fine.
Edgar Allan Poe: The Fall of the House of Usher
New York: Cheshire House, 1930. Quarto, 31 pages with an unusual full oatmeal burlap binding and a printed label inset in a well on the front board; hand set type printed by Richard Ellis including six wood engravings by Abner Epstein, printed directly from the blocks and separate from the text. Presentation inscription on ffep, otherwise the pages are clean and unmarked. Mild adhesive toning at the hinges. Edition of 1200 copies, of which this is number 702, fine in a plain slip case, darkened and shelf-worn, with a 1¾" piece missing from one of its short edges.
Shakespeare: Venus and Adonis
Rochester: Leo Hart, 1931. Large quarto, 81 pages french fold, with illustrations by Rockwell Kent in two colors. Quarter brown calf with tan linen boards. Fine in slip case. Edition of 1250, of which this is number 901. Signed by Kent on the colophon.
Henry David Thoreau: Walden
Boston: Shambhala Press, 2004. Octavo, xiv + 303 pages printed on Finch Fine soft white text, quarter green cloth with tan paper covered boards and wood engraving by Michael McCurdy pasted to front board, with matching slip case. Illustrated throughout with wood engravings by McCurdy. Edition of 250 copies, of which this is copy number 240, signed by Michael McCurdy on the colophon. Fine.
Benjamin Trumbull: A Compendium of the Indian Wars in New England
Hartford: Publised for Charles Archibald Goodwin by Edwin Valentine Mitchell, 1926. Octavo, 62 pages, sewn binding, gray wraps with label on front cover. Text is uniformly clean and unmarked. The bindings are brittle and loose. Edition of 400, 50 on Kelmscott hand-made paper, and 350 on Georgian Antique paper. Two copies, numbers 291 and 292. A nicely printed book, well worth preserving and re-binding.
John T. Winterich: The Grolier Club 1884 - 1967
The Grolier Club 1884 - 1967
New York: The Spiral Press, Meriden Gravure Company and Russell-Rutter Company for the Grolier Club, 1967. Quarter cloth, paper boards printed with an array of the Grolier Club logo in matching slip case with the faintest trace of shelf wear. Owner's book plate on front paste-down. Fine / Near Fine.
Lillian Hellman: Watch on the Rhine
New York: Privately published for benefit of the Anti-Fascist Refugee Committee, 1942. A special issue of the 1941 Random House trade edition of Lillian Hellman's play. This edition of 349 copies, this being number 101, includes illustrations by Fritz Eichenberg, Don Freeman, Donald Gelb, William Gropper, Rockwell Kent, Benjamin Kopman, Hans Alexander Mueller, Luis Quintanilla, Philip Reisman, William Sharp, and Lawrence Beall Smith. A fine copy in a replacement leather slip case.
James Reid: Selected Wood Engravings
Ashfield, Massachusetts: Brier Hill Press, 2013. Limited edition portfolio of 32 wood engravings, printed from original blocks cut by James Reid in 1930 for The Life of Christ in Woodcuts and in 1931 for The Song of Songs, both originally published by Farrar & Rinehart. A total of 125 were printed, of which 12 are not for sale. More information available at www.brierhillgallery.com/publications.
John Updike: Concerts at Castle Hill
Northridge: Lord John Press, 1993. Octavo, 49 pages, 6¼" x 9-1/8" overall. Quarter dark brown Morocco with patterned paper-covered boards in a tan linen slipcase. One of 50 deluxe copies in an edition of 300, this copy numbered 10/50 and is signed by Updike on the half-title.
From 1961 to 1965, Updike contributed reviews to the Ipswich Chronicle of concerts given at Castle Hill (the former Crane Estate) in Ipswich, Massachusetts, and signed them "H. H.", Updike's middle initial. The reviews are linear descendants of those penned in the 19th Century by Edgar Allan Poe. They are subtle to the extent that whatever critical restraint they managed to muster undoubtedly saved Updike from lawsuits by the various enraged performers who had the misfortune to fall under his critical gaze. Wonderful. Fine - in all respects.
This copy from the regular edition, bounded in quarter dark-brown cloth with the same patterned paper boards and without the slipcase, numbered 10/250 and signed by Updike on the half-title. Fine
John Updike: The Afterlife
Cambridge, UK: The Rampant Lions Press for Sixth Chamber Press, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, UK, 1987. Small quarto, 8¼" x 8¼", 29 pages printed on Basingwerk Parchment and bound in full dark orange cloth with paper label on cover. One of 175 copies thus, this numbered 37 an signed by Updike on the edition statement. There were also 26 copies, lettered A-Z on Barcham Green handmade paper and bound in quarter leather. Fine.
Richar Wilbur: Seed Leaves
Boston: David R. Godine, 1972. Booklet, unnumbered pages, 6½" x 10¼", printed on Glastonbury Sage Antique paper by Will Carter at the Rampant Lions Press, Cambridge, UK; hand bound by John P. Gray using marbled paper by Ingeborg Borjeson, in a quarter cloth rigid folder with boards covered with the same marbled paper. Illustrated with color etchings by Charles E. Wadsworth.
This is number 142 in an edition of 160 copies, an homage to Robert Frost by Richard Wilbur. Signed on the colophon by both Wilbur and Wadsworth. Booklet is fine, cover is mildly darkened and in very good overall condition.
Evelyn Byrne & Otto Penzler: Attacks of Taste
New York: Gotham Book Mart, 1971. Octavo, 63 pages bound in full tan cloth with paper cover label and plain white dust jacket in an edition of 500 copies, printed by Noel Young and Graham Mackintosh, Santa Barbara, California. Essays and reminiscences compiled and edited by the Proprietors of the Gotham Book Mart in the words of many well-known literary and public persons of the day, recounting their discovery of literature and the kindling of their taste in reading.
Illustrated Trade Editions
H. E. Bates: Down the River
London: Victor Gollancz Ltd., Covent Garden, 1937. Quarto, blue cloth with gold lettering on spine; plain dust jacket with reproduction of a wood engraving by Agnes Miller Parker on the front panel, one of 83 such images produced for the book. There are a few spots on the rear panel, and the spine is moderately darkened. Text block is tight and square. Presentation inscription on the ffep, otherwise a clean and bright copy in near-fine condition with a VG+ dust jacket.
H. E. Bates: Through the Woods
London: Victor Gollancz Ltd., Covent Garden, 1936. Quarto, red cloth with gold lettering on spine; dust jacket with reproduction of wood engraving by Agnes Miller Parker, who provided 73 such illustrations for the book, subtitled "The English Woodland - April to April." Beautifully designed and lovingly written, yet greatly enhanced by the relevant, masterful illustrations of this noted wood engraver. The book itself is very good: text is clean throughout, but has a faint musty odor; bookseller's label on rear paste-down. Jacket is moderately soiled and foxed with small losses and a few closed tears along the edges.
Emily Bronté: Jane Eyre & Wuthering Heights
New York: Random House, 1943. Boxed set of two novels, quarter green cloth with illustrated boards by Fritz Eichenberg, who illustrated both volumes with his inimitable wood engravings. Minimal shelf wear to both volumes; lower corner of front board of Jane Eyre slightly bumped. Text blocks are clean, bindings tight and square. Overall, about Fine. Slip case is scuffed and bumped but sound.
Emily Bronté: Wuthering Heights
New York: Random House, 1943. Quarto, 7-7/8" x 10". Quarter green cloth with gold spine label; pictorial boards illustrated with the iconic wood engraving "Heathcliff under the Tree" by Fritz Eichenberg, whose wood engravings also illustrated the text. A crisp and clean copy in about new condition, showcasing the master illustrator at the height of his interpretive powers.
Chaucer: The Canterbury Tales
New York: Garden City Publishing Company, 1934. Octavo, bound in three quarter morocco with red cloth-coverd boards, lettered in gilt with gilt embellishments; top edge gilt, upper edge of front cover lightly faded, minor shelf wear. Marbled endpapers; front hinge has small cracks at its extremeties; bookplate of Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. on front paste-down. Illustrated throughout by Rockwell Kent. Very good.
Dorothy Day: The Long Loneliness
New York: Harper and Brothers, 1952. Quarto, 6" x 8-1/2". Quarter black cloth with white lettering on spine and gray cloth-covered boards. Binding and text block, slightly toned at the edges, is in good overall condition; moderate adhesive toning on the paste-downs; autograph of the illustrator, Fritz Eichenberg, tipped to front free end-paper. Pictorial dust jacket in fair condition, with several losses; jacket is backed by acid-free paper and protected by a Mylar sheath. Eichenberg, pacifist and long-time member of the Society of Friends, was a close personal friend of Dorothy Day, founder of the Catholic Worker movement, and donated a suite of illustrations to her which are still used by The Catholic Worker, the newspaper that she founded. The wood engraving used for both the jacket and frontispiece of the book was published separately by Eichenberg with the same title as his friend's book.
Dostoevsky: Crime and Punishment
New York: The Heritage Press, 1938. Octavo, 485 pages. Tan cloth with black and gold decorative labels on spine and front cover. Cover lightly tanned, spine considerably darker. Minor soiling to front free end paper. Illustrated with wood engravings by Fritz Eichenberg. Text block clean, tight and square. Slipcase beginning to fail at upper joints, showing signs of shelf wear, but intact. Good overall condition.
Dostoevsky: The Grand Inquisitor
Vineland, New Jersey: Haddon House, 1948. Small octavo, 5¾" x 8¾", quarter red cloth with black paper boards. Gold lettering on spine and ornament in gold on front cover. Illustrated with three wood engravings by Fritz Eichenberg. 38 pages of text, followed by a 9 page commentary by William Hubben. Jacket is slightly worn with a closed tear on the upper right-hand flap and small losses at the edges. The binding and text are fine.
Fritz Eichenberg: Dance of Death
New York: Abbeville Press, 1983. Quarto, 8-7/8" x 11¼". Red cloth with gilt lettering on spine and blind stamped title on front cover, with gray endpapers. 136 pages; overall design by Antonie Eichenberg. Pictorial dust jacket in black and white. A portfolio of historical images of the Totentanz, a pervasive subject from the earliest times, followed by a suite of seventeen illustrations with from wood engravings by Fritz Eichenberg with descriptive text. Top edges slightly faded, else Fine.
Fritz Eichenberg: Endangered Species and Other Fables with a Twist
Owings Mills, Maryland: Stemmer House, 1979. Quarto, 128 pages. Designed by Antonie Eichenberg with natural buckram binding with blind-embossed figures, and pictorial dust jacket. Orange end papers. Inscribed "Fritz Eichenberg to Molly Grant" on the title page.
The famed illustrator and humanist's wry re-configurations of the classic fairy tale in the form of whimsical stories paired with his masterful illustrations that use animals to better make his none too subtle observations about the fatal flaws of mankind. Dust jacket shows minor shelf wear at spine ends. Fine / near fine.
Owings Mills, Maryland: Stemmer House, 1979. Quarto, 128 pages. Designed by Antonie Eichenberg with natural buckram binding with blind-embossed figures, and pictorial dust jacket. Orange end papers.
The famed illustrator and humanist's wry re-configurations of the classic fairy tale in the form of whimsical stories paired with his masterful illustrations that use animals to better make his none too subtle observations about the fatal flaws of mankind. Dust jacket lightly damp stained and rippled on upper edge with minor shelf wear. Fine / near fine.
Leipzig: Lothar Joachim Verlag, 1923. An inexpensive edition of the famous folk classic, Till Eulenspiegel marks the first appearance of Fritz Eichenberg's wood engravings as book illustrations. The book overall is in good condition. The cover is exceptionally bright with only minor wrinkling and spotting. The binding is in very good condition, square and tight. The text block has moderate spotting but is bright and otherwise clean. The illustration intended for the eighteenth tale, which begins on page 50, was inadvertently omitted.
Richard Grossman (ed.): A Year With Emerson
Jaffrey, New Hampshire: David R. Godine, 2003. Paperbound, 5-1/8" x 8"; decorative cover with flaps, gold background with a striking portrait of Emerson by Barry Moser, who provided wood engravings for the text as well. xvi + 232 pages. Fine. Just the thing for the Moser completist in your life.
Donald Hall: Here at Eagle Pond
New York: Ticknor & Fields, 1990. Octavo, quarter dark green cloth with red paper-covered boards. Blue paper-covered slip case with decorative label pasted to side panel. xii +141 pages, illustrated with wood engravings by Thomas W. Nason. Book is fine throughout; slip case is lightly faded at front edges near opening and on top edge, otherwise fine.
Donald Hall: Seasons at Eagle Pond
New York: Ticknor & Fields, 1987. Octavo, quarter red cloth with dark green paper-covered boards and matching green slip case, decorative label pasted to side panel. 86 pages, text illustrated throughout with wood engravings by Thomas W. Nason. Fine, showing no signs of use or wear.
Rockwell Kent: It's Me O Lord
New York: Dodd, Mead & Company, 1955. The autobiography of Rockwell Kent - octavo, x + 617 pages with about 300 illustrations by the author. Dark blue cloth binding with gold lettering and cover design; pictorial dust jacket. Book in overall very good condition; Good + jacket in protective Mylar cover has some losses, the largest of which is about ¾" square at the bottom of the front panel adjacent to the spine. flap folds are abraded, price clipped.
Very good, with modest shelf wear; lacks jacket.
Rockwell Kent: Salamina
New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1935. Octavo, full blue cloth with lettering and design in silver on the spine; xiii + 336 pages, with illustrations by Kent throughout. First edition, first printing. Very Good overall; the dust jacket is spotted, with small losses top and bottom edge, tape repairs to closed tears, and fold marks on the rear panel, price intact. The book shows minor shelf wear; top edge toned. Binding is tight and square, faint toning at hinges.
First edition, later printing. Very Good overall, bookplate on front paste-down, price clipped dust jacket, losses at top and bottom of spine, fold at base of front panel. Text is clean and sound, binding square.
First edition, later printing. Good overall condition. Front cover is mottled, paste downs are darkened at hinges and edges of the paste-downs. Text is clean and sound, and the binding square.
Rockwell Kent: Greenland Journal
New York: Ivan Obolensky, Inc., 1962. First trade edition: full green cloth with silver lettering on spine; pictorial dust jacket showing negligible wear, small losses at spine ends. Near Fine book in a Very Good+ dust jacket.
Rockwell Kent: Greenland Journal
New York: Ivan Obolensky, 1962. White cloth, cartographic end papers. Octavo, x + 302 pages. Edition of 1,000, of which this is number 945; includes a portfolio of six lithographic reproductions of illustrations from the book, one of which is signed by Rockwell Kent. Blue paper covered slip case. Fine in VG slip case.
May McNeer: Prince Bantam
New York: Macmillan Company for The Children's Book Club, Inc., 1929. Octavo, 6-1/4" x 9-1/4". Light blue cloth with black lettering on back strip and embossed lettering, vignette, and decorative rules on the cover in very good condition, slightly bumped in upper right corner of cover. Illustrated jacket, spine darkened and lightly water-stained with chips and small losses. Jacket spine is darkened and water spotted. The text block is slightly toned but otherwise fine; binding is tight and square. In all, a handsome copy, written by May McNeer and illustrated by her husband, Lynd Ward.
Millard Meiss and Elizabeth H. Beatson: The Belles Heures of Jean, Duke of Berry
New York: George Braziller, 1974. Octavo, 268 pages. Blue cloth with gold lettering and devices on spine, embossed gold device on front cover, simulated vellum covered slip casewith lettering and ornamentation. Book fine, spine slightly toned. Slip case very good.
Herman Melville: Moby Dick
Chicago: The Lakeside Press for Random House, New York 1930.
Octavo, black cloth with bright and clean silver lettering and decorations on front and spine. Illustrated throughout with wood engravings by Rockwell Kent. Worn dust jacket is darkened, with several closed tears and small losses at the base of the spine and front cover. It has been repaired at front flap, backed with acid-free paper, and enclosed in a protective Mylar sleeve. Text block is near fine with some shelf wear; hinges are tight and end papers are clean.
Octavo, black cloth with abraded (but intact) silver lettering and decorations on front and spine. Corners worn, top and bottom of spine are frayed. Illustrated throughout with wood engravings by Rockwell Kent. Lacks dust jacket. Text block is very good, tight and square, free of markings. Top edge darkened, end papers mildly toned and adhesive toning at hinges. Good.
Herman Melville: Moby Dick
Berkeley, California: the University of California Press, 1981. Quarto, 577 + xv pages. Full blue cloth with spine lettering in silver. White dust jacket with text and illustrations in black. A photographically reduced copy of the original edition of this design produced by the Arion Press of San Francisco and published in 1979. Nominal shelf wear. Near Fine.
Herman Melville: Moby Dick
New York: W. W. Norton & Company, Inc., 1976. Octavo, xix + 585 pages, quarter black cloth with gold lettering and embellishment on spine, gray cloth covered boards with whaling scene in black on front; rose topstain. Dust jacket with text and illustrations on spine and front cover. Text block bright, tight and square. Commentary by Howard Mumford Jones; text and notes by Harrison Hayford and Hershel Parker. Illustrated by Warren Chappel. Fine in a near fine DJ.
New York: W. W. Norton & Company, Inc., 1976. Octavo, xix + 585 pages, quarter black cloth with gold lettering and embellishment on spine, gray cloth covered boards with whaling scene in black on front; rose topstain. Dust jacket with text and illustrations on spine and front cover. Text block clean, binding tight, but block has sagged a bit. Commentary by Howard Mumford Jones; text and notes by Harrison Hayford and Hershel Parker. Illustrated by Warren Chappel. Very good
Herman Melville: Moby Dick
New York: Barnes & Noble Books, 1994. Octavo, quarter red cloth with natural canvas covered boards, text in black, and reproduction of one of Mark Summers' scratchboard illustrations mounted to front cover. Decorative end papers. xlix + 651 pages. Text block tight and square, hinges sound. The spine is badly stained and faded, turning a fine copy into something considerably less so.
Herman Melville: Moby Dick
Shanghai, Shanghai yiwen chubanshe, 1990 (second printing, 1992); A translation of the Modern Library edition of 1930 into Chinese. Full blue cloth with decorative panels and text in gold. Pictorial dust jacket. Text block clean and sound, and illustrated using the Rockwell Kent illustrations from the Random House trade edition. A very good copy in a thin-walled white slipcase somewhat the worse for wear but intact.
Herman Melville: Moby Dick
Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City), Viet-Nam: Trung-Tam Nghien-Cuu, 1964 Vietnamese translation of Moby Dick apparently based on the 1961 New American Library edition. Octavo, irregularly faded tan cloth-covered boards with printed dust wrapper with stylized wave motif. Pages are clean and unmarked; the text block is sound and square, but the hinges are giving way. Presentation inscription in English on FFEP ("by God, Stuart, it is the great American Novel!"), followed by a re-gifting inscription below in English by the original recipient.
Herman Melville: Pierre
New York: Harper Collins, 1995. Octavo, maroon cloth with gold embellishments on cover and spine and black and gold spine label. Green unclipped dust jacket with illustration by Maurice Sendak on front panel, one of several such works commissioned for the text. Text block is crisp and square without markings. Fine, as new condition overall.
Tales of Edgar Allan Poe
Octavo, dark blue cloth cover with black device embossed on the front cover and the title in gold - most of which has been abraded away - on the spine. Text is bright and clean, the binding is square and tight, with very mild adhesive discoloration on the endpapers the leaves for pages 29 - 34 are creased, and there is an unobtrusive bindery flaw in the gutter between pages 416 and 417. Very slight wear to the cloth at the foot of the spine. Section vignettes, embellishments and illustrations for each story by Fritz Eichenberg. Printed by H. Wolff, New York. The indicated flaws notwithstanding, a beautiful, fresh copy.
Tales of Edgar Allan Poe
Octavo, dark green cloth cover with black device embossed on the front cover and the title in black and gold on the spine showing moderate losses from abrasion. Text is bright and clean, the binding is square and tight and remarkably free of shelf wear. The spine is faded. Section vignettes, embellishments and illustrations for each story by Fritz Eichenberg. Printed by The Kingsport Press, Kingsport, Tennessee. A very good copy.
Henry Wysham Lanier: O Rare Content
New York: Sears Publishing Company, Inc., 1930. Octavo, light blue paper with spine label. Cover soiled and shelfworn. Small losses, cracks to spine along hinges at bottom. Text age-toned but in good overall condition. Includes seven woodcut illustrations by James Reid. Dust jacket lacking. Fair.
George Bernard Shaw: The Adventures of the Black Girl in Her Search for God
New York: Dodd, Mead & Company, 1933. Octavo, 75 pages. Black cloth with white lettering and black-and-white decorative end papers. Text illustrated throughout with wood engravings by John Farleigh. Cover is clean and bright with faint wear to the cloth at the top and bottom of the spine. Text is clean, square, and tight; the rear hinge is starting at the bottom. Owner's book plate on front paste-down. The front and rear panels of the dust jacket have been cut down and pasted to the half-title and to the blank leaf preceding the rear free end sheet. Very good.
Joathan Swift: Lemuel Gullivers Reisen
Leipzig: Lothar Joachim Verlag, 1922. Green cloth with lettering and embellishments in gold, well worn and scuffed but sound. Binding square and tight. Early pages moderately stained and dog-eared, but the bulk of the text block is in very good condition. Owner's stamp on front free end paper. Foreword by Hermann Hesse. Illustrated with lithographs by Fritz Eichenberg, one of his first commissions as a book illustrator.
Turgenev: Fathers and Sons
New York: The Heritage Press, 1941. Octavo, 234 pages, illustrated throughout with wood engravings by Fritz Eichenberg. Red cloth with gold imprint. Spine is stained and faded, front cover has a small stain. Text block and binding are flawless. Tan slip case is sound but darkened and spotted, with moderate shelf wear. Very good / good.
Mark Twain: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Los Angeles: University of California Press, 1985. First edition, first printing thus. Full dark green cloth with gold lettering on spine; unclipped pictorial dust jacket with circular gold label on cover for 100th anniversary edition. xviii + 417 pages with illustrations throughout by Barry Moser. Fine.
New York: Random House, 1928. Tan cloth with raised and gilded cover design and gilded lettering on spine. Decorative end-papers featuring the Random House logo, used for the first time on this, the first edition of the first book published by partners Bennett Cerf and Donald Klopfer, a deluxe limited edition of 1470, of which this is number 296. This is one of 1375 uncolored copies (95 were colored by artists under supervision of the illustrator, Rockwell Kent, who signed each copy on the colophon. Printed by Pynson Printers with type designed by Lucian Bernhard on imported French rag paper. Spine and cover darkened, top of spine slightly frayed; text is clean and bright, binding square, edges darkened. Very Good overall.
New York: Random House, 1928. Tan cloth with raised and gilded cover design and gilded lettering on spine. Decorative end-papers featuring the Random House logo, used for the first time on this, the first edition of the first book published by Random House in a deluxe limited edition of 1470, signed by designer and illustrator Rockwell Kent on the colophon, of which this is number 1388. Printed by Pynson Printers with type designed by Lucian Bernhard on imported French rag paper. Spine darkened, cover moderately toned at top. This copy started life asone of the 1375 uncolored copies but was nicely "Coloured by Colt III AC, 1952." Text is clean and bright, text block slightly cocked. Top edge stained red, all edges darkened. Very Good overall.
Gerald W. R. Ward (ed.): Inspiring Reform
Wellesley: Davis Museum and Cultural Center, Wellesley College, 1987.
Folio, dark blue cloth, copper lettering spine and cover, with blind stamped floral pattern above and below cover text, light blue patterned endpapers. 247 pages with 273 illustrations. Pictorial DJ printed on translucent paper and protected by a Mylar sleeve. Published in an edition of 4,000 in conjunction with the centennial of the first exhibition by the Society of Arts and Crafts, Boston. Printed by The Studley Press, Dalton, Massachusetts and bound by New Hampshire Bindery, Concord, New Hampshire. A spectacularly beautiful book. Fine.
Alec Waugh: Most Women
New York: Farrar & Rinehart, 1931. First American edition, first printing. Octavo, 6-1/8" x 8-7/8" in blue cloth with copper colored lettering on the back strip and embossed figure on the front cover in overall fine condition. Very slight shelf wear, binding is square and tight and the text block is exceptionally clean. Illustrated with wood engravings by Lynd Ward. The dust jacket is in good+ condition, with very minor losses along the edges and one 1¼" x 5/8" loss on the rear panel where it meets the back strip, not affecting text.
Alec Waugh: Hot Countries
New York: Farrar & Rinehart, 1930. Octavo, 6-1/8" x 8-3/4", green cloth with copper ink lettering on back strip and embossed decorations on front and rear covers. The top edge of the binding is damp stained, not affecting the text block. A later printing of the first edition ("Eightieth Thousand" on rear panel of dust wrapper). Inscribed "with Alec Waugh's best wishes / 1981", the last year of his life, on the front free end paper. The losses in the dust jacket generally mirror the damp staining described above, together with additional chips and closed tears. The text block is very good+, slightly cocked but otherwise sound.
Herman Wechsler: Great Prints & Printmakers
New York: Leon Amiel, 1977. Large quarto, 240 pages in red leatherite binding with gold lettering on spine. Tight and clean, unmarked; lacks dust jacket but near fine with very faint shelf wear.
Walt Whitman: Leaves of Grass
New York: The Heritage Press, 1936. Octavo, 527 pages. Half green Morocco with blue cloth covered boards and gold lettering and ornamentation, with marbled endpapers. Bookplate of Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. Slight darkening at margins of endpapers, which show cracking at the hinges, which are still sound and strong; pages are clean and fresh; top edge gilt. Very good.
Oscar Wilde: The Harlot's House
Boston: JohnW. Luce and Company, 1910. Octavo, 6-18" x 8-5/8", purple cloth with gilt lettering and embellishment on front cover, spine faded, slightly frayed top and bottom, bottom edges moderately shelf-worn. Unnumbered pages with Wilde's poem and five etchings by Althea Gyles. Engravings are protected by tipped-in tissue guards printed with a descriptive quotation from the poem in red. The heavy border of the etchings has offset to the facing pages, but the etchings themselves are clean and unaffected. Front hinge beginning to crack. Very good.
Oscar Wilde: Salomé
Paris: Éditions du Colombier, 1966. Quarto, 88 pages bound in yellow cloth with black lettering and an illustration by Beardsley on the front cover. The spine is faintly toned. This is copy number 1042 in an edition of 1500. The free end papers are foxed and the bottom of the spine is bumped. Text and illustrations are uniformly clean and show no wear from handling. The book is housed in its original plain liner board slipcase in very good condition.
Limited Editions Club
Henry Adams: The Education of Henry Adams
Boston: Merrymount Press for The Limited Editions Club, 1942. Quarto, full cloth with gilt lettering on spine. xvii + 485 pages; edition of 1500 copies, of which this is number 1190. Illustrated with 12 etchings by J. M. Cleland, and signed by Cleland on the colophon. Near Fine, in a Fair slip case.
Aeschylus: Prometheus Bound; Shelley: Prometheus Unbound
New York: The Limited Editions Club, 1965; Tall octavo, blue and tan cloth cover printed by Jos. Enschedé en Zonen at Haarlem, The Netherlands. In original glassine with blue slip case with label. Edition of 1500, of which this is copy number 1044. Preface by Rex Warner and illustrations by John Farleigh. Fine in a Very Good slipcase.
Sherwood Anderson: Winesburg, Ohio
New York: The Limited Editions Club, 1978. Quarto, xviii + 152 pages; edition of 1600 copies, of which this is number 1242. Introduction by Malcolm Cowley and illustrations by Ben F. Stahl. Printed by the Stinehour Press and Meriden Gravure Company. Quarter dark green morocco with brown cloth boards, glassine jacket, and gray slipcase. Fine in moderately faded Very Good slipcase.
Apollonius Rhodius: Argonautica
Folio, xviii + 307 pages, bound in light gray linen divided into panels with a drawing of the Argo in the central panel. Translated by Edward Coleridge with introduction by Moses Hadas, illustrated by A. Tassos, and printed at Apioti - Elka in Athens. Edition of 1500, of which this is number 1439. Binding sound and tight, text clean and unmarked. Spine and perimeter of front cover tanned, with moderate foxing on the tanned areas of the cover. Lacks slip case.
Jane Austen: Persuasion
Westport, Connecticut: The Limited Editions Club, 1977. Tall octavo, x+ 241 pages; introduction by Louis Auchincloss and illustrations by Tony Buonpastore, composed and printed by The Stinehour Press. Full buckram binding with tan slipcase. Edition of 1600 copies, of which this is number 1242, signed on the colophon by the artist. Publisher's newsletter laid in. Fine.
Georges Bernanos: The Diary of a Country Priest
New York: The Limited Editions Club, 1986. Quarto, xi + 262 pages, with wood engravings by Fritz Eichenberg. Text printed at Heritage Printers, and engravings printed at Wild Carrot Letterpress. Limited edition of 1000 copies, of which this is number 160; signed on the colophon by the artist. Spine has a superficial 3/4" scratch, otherwise a Fine book in a Fine slipcase.
...number 262, minor scrapes and a small puncture to spine near lettering, otherwise a Fine copy in a slightly faded near-fine slipcase
Bertolt Brecht: The Threepenny Opera
New York: The Limited Editions Club, 1982. Quarto, 155 pages with an introduction by Eric Bentley and original lithograph (frontispiece) and illustrations throughout the text by Jack Levine, printed at Wild Carrot Letterpress and bound by A. Horowitz & Son. Black cloth with black slipcase. Edition of 2000, this being copy 596, signed on the colophon by both Eric Bentley and Jack Levine. Fine in a very good dust jacket.
Pearl S. Buck (translator): All Men Are Brothers
New York: The Limited Editions Club, 1948. Folio, two volumes, xxix + 688 pages, printed by The Aldus Printers with illustrations throughout by Miguel Covarrubias. Rice paper bindings sewn with red cords, with red paper title paste-downs to front covers of both volumes. Original red chemise and the publisher's worn but complete slipcase. Edition of 1500 copies, of which this is number 913, signed by Covarrubias on the colophon. Volumes and chemise. There is about a 3/4" split in the rice paper where cover meets spine on volume one; otherwise, both volumes are fine. The chemise is very slightly worn at the corners, and the slip case is in fair condition - split and loose, but all components present.
Hart Crane: The Bridge
New York: The Limited Editions Club, 1981. Quarto, xx + 70 pages, with an introduction by Malcolm Cowley; text printed by Michael & Winifred Bixler; gravure reproductions of photographs by Richard Benson printed by The Meriden Gravure Company. Bound by The Stinehour Company using reproductions of paste papers designed by Carol Blinn for both the end papers and the slip case. Edition of 2000 copies of which this is number 1904, signed by Richard Benson on the colophon. Fine in a Very Good slipcase, with scuffing to its decorative paper covers. A beautiful book.
Dostoevsky: A Raw Youth
Verona: Stamperia Valdonega, 1974. Quarto, two volumes. Light blue cloth with green and gold spine labels. Text blocks clean, bright, and tight. Illustrated with wood engravings by Fritz Eichenbert. Lacks slipcase, otherwise fine.
Friedrich Dürrenmatt: Oedipus
New York: The Limited Editions Club, 1989. Folio, xv + 41 pageswith two gravure reproductions made from negatives by photographer Marie Cosindas. Quarter burgundy goatskin and linen covered boards with suede-lined slip case covered with black cloth. Edition of 650, of which this is number 160, signed by both Marie Cosindas and Friedrich Dürrenmatt on the colophon. The spine is substantially darkened just above the lettering - it may even be a flaw in the tanning process - otherwise a fine copy in a very good slip case.
Goethe: Wilhelm Meister's Apprenticeship
New York: The Limited Editions Club, 1959. Large octavo, xxvii + 567 pages with introduction by Franz Schoenberner, translator's preface by Thomas Carlyle (1824), and sixteen lithographs by William Sharp, printed by George C. Miller; text composed and bound by The Riverside Press. Full decorative cloth binding with red leather and gold spine label in a tan slip case. Edition of 1500 copies, of which this is number 224. Fine book in a near-very good slip case.
Thomas Gray: Elegy Written in a Country Church-Yard
London: The Raven Press for The Limited Editions Club, New York, 1938. Small quarto, dark gray buckram; spine, slightly faded, with silver lettering. The cover is decorated with an embossed vignette embellished with silver accents. xv + 72 pages, illustrated with thirty-three spectacular wood engravings by Agnes Miller Parker, thirty-two of them full page. Foreword by Hugh Walpole. Dark gray cloth-covered slip case with silver lettering on spine Edition of 1500 copies, of which this is number 1280. Signed by Agnes Miller Parker on the colophon. With the exception of the unobtrusive lightening of the spine and the absence of the presumed glassine protective wrapper, this book is in overall fine condition.
Johann Jakob Grimmelshausen: The Adventures of Simplicissimus
New York: The Limited Editions Club, 1981. Folio, xxv + 319 pages in a new translation by John Spielman, printed by Heritage Printers and illustrated with wood engravings by Fritz Eichenberg printed by The Meriden Gravure Company. Full oatmeal linen cover in slip case wrapped in orange paper. Edition of 2000 copies, of which this is number 365, signed by Fritz Eichenberg on the colophon. A fine book in a near-fine slip case.
Numbered 1530 and signed by Fritz Eichenberg. Spine is lightly toned, in a faded but sound slip case.
Hermann Hesse: Steppenwolf
Westport, Connecticut: The Limited Editions Club, 1977. Quarto, ix + 181 pages, translated by Basil Creighton, illustrated with woodcuts by Helmut Ackermann, and printed by The Press of A. Colish. Quarter black morocco with gray cloth-covered boards in a gray paper-covered slip case. Edition of 1600 copies, of which this is number 1242. Signed by Helmut Ackermann on the colophon. Fine in a fine slip case.
The Histories of Herodotus of Halicarnassus
Haarlem: Joh. Enschedé en Zonen for The Limited Edtions Club, New York, 1958. Octavo, brown cloth over beveled boards with spine label and embossed cameo-style oval relief profile of the author on front cover. Historical map end papers; xxviii + 615 pages, with color illustrations by Edward Bawden. Edition of 1500, this being copy number 1439, signed on the colophon by the illustrator. Fine; lacks slip case.
Horace: Odes and Epodes
New York: The Limited Editions Club, 1961. Octavo, xxiv + 394 pages, printed by The Thistle Press; Folio, containing selected pages from prior editions of Horace, with letterpress by The Thistle Press and gravures printed by The Meriden Gravure Company. Introduction by Louis Untermeyer and a bibliographical note by John Winterich. Both volumes bound in quarter tan buckram with marbled boards, in a dual fitted slip case with ribbon pulls. Edition of 1500, of which both copies are numbered 1439. Darkened original glassine wrappers. Otherwise both volumes fine in a near fine slip case.
The Little Flowers of Saint Francis of Assisi
New York: The Limited Editions Club, 1930. Quarto, xix + 262 pages, with introduction by Arthur Livingston and illustrations by Pal Molnar. Printed at the Officina Bodoni, Verona. Full decorative cloth binding, gray cloth spine label with gold lettering. Edition of 1500 copies, of which this is number 883, signed by the artist on the colophon. Former owner's bookplate on front paste-down, otherwise about fine. Lacks slip case.
Victor Hugo: Notre-Dame de Paris
Paris: Printed by R. Coulouma for the Limited Editions Club, New York, 1930. Quarto, two volumes 309 & 376 pages, in original French bindings of pink Ingres paper wrappers with replacement glassine and protective Mylar covers. Illustrated with woodcuts by Frans Masereel throughout and signed by Masereel on the colophon. This is copy number 1011 of the edition of 1500. Both volumes are crisp and tight. There is a small stain on the top edge of volume two extending no more than 1/8" inch into the final 30 leaves, and a faint stain at the edge of the back cover of volume two. Otherwise, the set is in fine condition with no evidence of shelf wear. Lacks original chemise and slip case.
Victor Hugo: The Battle of Waterloo
New York: The Limited Editions Club, 1977. Quarto, 99 pages, with introduction by Drew Middleton, illustrations from engravings by Edouard Detaille and printed by The Meriden Gravure Company; text printed by Harbor Press. Bound in quarter dark green leather with green marbled paper covered boards and slip case wrapped in green paper. TEG. Edition of 1600 copies, of which this is number 1242. Fine overall.
Titus Lucretius Carus: Of the Nature of Things
Los Angeles: Ward Ritchie Press for The Limited Editions Club, New York, 1957. Octavo, full blue morocco binding with raised bands and tiled decorations on spine, which is lightly scuffed. xx + 318 pages, illustrated with wood engravings by Paul Landacre. End papers and text block are clean, bright, and tight. Lightly soiled and shelf-worn slipcase covered in light blue paper with black and gold label on the spine. Edition of 1500, of which this is copy number 243, signed by Paul Landacre on the colophon. Very good.
The Ballads of Robin Hood
Cambridge, United Kingdom: for The Limited Editions Club, 1977. Tall octavo, xxiii + 206 pages, edited and introduced by Jim Lees, printed at the University Press, Cambridge and illustrated by David Gentleman. Bound in quarter green cloth with patterned paper covered boards, in a green paper-covered slip case. Edition of 1600 copies, of which this is number 1242, signed by David Gentleman on the colophon. Fine in a near-fine slip case.
Herman Melville: Omoo
Oxford: Oxford University Press for The Limited Editions Club, 1961. Octavo, decorative white cloth over beveled boards with black and gold spine label; spine slightly darkened. Text illustrated with wood engravings by Reynolds Stone. White canvas slip case with black and gold label on spine and beveled edges at the opening, lightly soiled but barely shelf-worn. VG+ text in a VG slip case. Edition of 1,500, of which this is number 973; signed by Reynolds Stone on the colophon.
Rainer Maria Rilke: Malte Laurids Brigge
New York: The Limited Editions Club, 1987. Quarto, 219 pages. Translated by Stephen Mitchell, designed by Benjamin Shiff and printed on mould-made paper by Cartiere Enrico Magnani. The text was printed at Stamperia Valdonega, Verona, and bound in vellum by Recalcati, Milan. An edition of 800 copies, of which this is number 160. Fine in a fine slip case.
John Milton: Paradise Lost and Paradise Regain'd
San Francisco: Printed by John Henry Nash for The Limited Editions Club, 1936. Folio, xiii + 441 pages. Introduction by William Rose Benét and illustrations by Carlotta Petrina. Quarter linen with marbled paper covered boards. Edition of 1500 copies, of which this is number 798, and signed by the artist on the colophon. The text is bright and unmarked. The spine is soiled and water spotted, the label is darkened and the front board is scraped at the lower edge with a 1/8" x 1/4" loss. A good+ copy; slip case lacks back panel and is splitting along one lower edge.
Siegfried Sassoon: Memoirs of a Fox-hunting Man
London: The Curwen Press for The Limited Editions Club, 1977. Octavo, 284 pages, illustrated with lithographs by Paul Hogarth. Quarter red morocco with brown cloth-covered boards in a tan slip case. Edition of 1600 copies, of which this is number 1242, signed by Paul Hogarth on the colophon. A fine copy in a near-fine slip case.
Poe: The Fall of the House of Usher
New York: The Limited Editions Club, 1985. Folio, half red Nigerian goat skin with marbled paper covered boards. 32 pages, with illustrations by Alice Neel, who died while the book was in production, and for whom Raphael Soyer wrote an appreciation of Neel's life and work following the text of Poe's story. Signed by both Soyer and Neel. Housed in a clamshell box by John von Isakovics. Edition of 1500, of which this is copy number 160. Publisher's newsletter laid in. Fine in a near fine box.
Stendhal: The Red and the Black
New York: The Aldus Printers for The Limited Editions Club, 1947. Octavo, quarter red leather spine, moderately scuffed, with black cloth boards and gilt lettering and cover embellishment. xv + 450 pages, with illustrations by Rafaello Busoni; edges colored in red with black speckling; text and end papers are clean and unmarked, hinges tight, text block square. Black cloth slip case with title in red on the spine, sound with signs of shelf wear. Bookseller's label on rear paste-down. Edition of 1500, this being copy number 1470, signed by the illustrator on the colophon. Good.
The Complete Plays of William Shakespeare
New York: The Limited Editions Club, 1939 - 1941. Designed by Bruce Rogers and printed by A. Colish. Each of the 37 volumes was illustrated by a noted artist of the day, as shown in the volume listing pictured here. The text is uniformly clean and unmarked, TEG throughout. The spines are in very good to fine condition, the variations resulting from losses to the once protective brittle original glassine wrappers, which have been replaced. Edition of 1950 sets, of which this is numbered 104. Commentary pertinent to each play laid in. Also includes the hardbound prospectus Shakespeare - A Review and a Preview; The saddle-stitched booklet A Shakespeare Commentary; and various review reprints laid in to the booklet. It is amusing to note that the original price to subscribers was $5 per volume, then a respectable sum, with an option to prepay the whole business for $166. Not any longer, alas.
Isaac Bashevis Singer: The Gentleman from Cracow & The Mirror
New York: The Limited Editions Club, 1979. Quarto, edition of 2,000, of which this is number 365. Half tan linen with silver lettering on spine and gray marbled decorative boards with gray end papers. Cream text printed by the Hampshire Typothetae, with watercolor illustrations by Raphael Soyer, reproduced by Princeton Polychrome Press. Signed in the colophon by the artist and the author. Tan paper slipcase showing nominal wear. Fine/VG
Gunter Grass: The Flounder
New York: The Limited Editions Club, 1985. Quarto, three volumes; xiii + 156; 326; 530. Translated by Ralph Manheim, designed by Ben Shiff, and illustrated by Gunter Grass. Printed on Mohawk paper at the Wild Carrot Letterpress, Hadley, Massachusetts. Quarter eel skin with gray cloth-covered boards. Edition of 1000 sets, of which this is number 160. Signed by the author/illustrator on the colophon. Fine in a near-fine slip case.
Suetonius: The Lives of the Twelve Caesars
Verona: Stamperia Valdonega for the Limited Editions Club, New York, 1963. Octavo, xviii + 473 pages. Red cloth with gold lettering on spine and patterned boards, plain dust jacket with red text on spine, and red slip case with gold border at opening. Introduction by Moses Hadas and illustrations by Salvatore Fiume. Edition of 1500 copies, of which this is number 1439; signed on the colophon by Giovanni Mardersteig of the Officina Bodoni, and by the illustrator. Fine in near-fine slip case.
Turgenev: The Torrents of Spring
Westport, Connecticut: The Limited Editions Club, 1976. Octavo, xiii + 186 pages; introduction by Alec Waugh and illustrations by Lajos Szalay. Printed by A. Colish, Inc. Quarter black leather with marbled boards in a light green paper-wrapped slip case; edition of 1600 copies, of which this is number 1242, signed by the artist on the colophon. Fine in a fine slip case.
The Society of Iconophiles
The Society of Iconophiles was organized by William Loring Andrews, a member of the Grolier Club, with the express purpose of producing fine prints of New York subjects. It remained in existence until 1939; its archives are maintained by The Grolier Club.
This portfolio was published in an edition of 101 impressions consisting of the first twelve engravings published between February, 1895 and March, 1897 under the auspices of The Society of Iconophiles of New York, each in an individual numbered folder and all enclosed in a VG chemise with quarter red morocco spine and decorative paper boards, in a Good matching slip case. The engravings, in order of issue, depict St. Paul's Chapel; The Chancel of St. Paul's Chapel; Fraunces' Tavern; The Roger Morris House; The Hamilton Grange; St. Mark's Church; The City Hall; The Halls of Justice (the Tombs); The National Academy of Design; St. John's Chapel; The Murray Hill Distributing Reservoir; and The Bowling Green. All of the folders are numbered 37 in ink; the folder for publication #1 is signed "G. S. Payson," the presumed original subscriber/owner, in pencil in the lower right hand corner of the cover panel. This folder is lightstruck; all others are clean. Engravings are in fine condition.
Folder for individual prints - see above
Engraving of City Hall, published May, 1896 - see above
Erste fahrt der Carin II auf der Elbe
A hand-bound folio measuring 11¾" x 14" and consisting of fourteen photographs, each mounted on its own leaf. The album commemorates the maiden voyage of Hermann Goering's yacht Carin II, named for his first wife who had died of tuberculosis some six years earlier. This is likely one of several such albums made up and subsequently presented to Goering's guests on that occasion. The yacht was a gift to Goering from the German motor industry in celebration of his marriage to his second wife, Emmy.
The well-dressed individuals in the photographs are likely the industrialists who collectively commissioned Carin II as a token of their gratitude to Goering for his lavish prewar spending on the expansion of the Luftwaffe. The 90 foot-long 70 ton Carin II was the first vessel of its type and size to be built, at a cost of some 1.3 million Reichsmarks, an astonishing sum at the time
Acts Passed at the Second Session of the Seventh Congress of the United States
together with Acts Passed at the Second Session of the Ninth Congress of the United States. Two volumes thus in sewn bindings with their original, if disreputable paper covers, containing the legislation enacted and signed into law during those sessions, in 1803 and 1807, respectively. Text is still secure, but the gray paper covers are very loose or separated altogether, though present. The contents appear to be complete; the condition is lamentable, but thanks to their rag paper construction, not irredeemable.
Vienna: Printed by Gustav Röttig, Oedenburg, for Franz Blei and privately circulated, 1905 - 1906. A rare complete run of Der Amethyst from December 1905 to November 1906, consisting of twelve issues in nine numbers. It was suppressed by the authorities on moral grounds. Its subscriber list included Franz Kafka.Six of the issues are in good or better condition and as published, with covers attached binding sound, and pages clean; two issues are loose, spines missing, bindings loosened, and covers off but complete. One number (Issue 9 - 10) has been rebound in hard cover and is in near-fine overall condition. All illustrations are present and in very good or better condition.
Vienna: Privately published for subscribers in 1906, in an edition of 800, of which this is number 746. Quarto, 8' x 8-7/8"; half vellum with marbled boards and matching end papers; viii + 402 pages, top edge stained red. Hinges are sound, but binding has loosened between some signatures. Pages are clean and unmarked. The volume consolidates the entire yearlong run of the monthly magazine and contains numerous works of erotic literature and a total of eighteen sometimes daring full-page illustrations by Thomas Theodor Heine, Marcus Behmer, Aubrey Beardsley, Karl Hofer, John Jack Vrieslander, Friedrich von Bayros and others
Der Amethyst first appeared as a periodical. Issue 1 was dated December, 1905. The final issue, number 11-12, was dated October-November 1906.
Linweave Limited Editions, 1931
Springfield, Massachusetts: The Linweave Association, 1931. Quarto, 9-1/8" x 12-1/4", quarter gray cloth with paper covered boards. Foreword by Frederick Allen Williams, and Introduction and descriptive summary of the various selections by Wilbur Lewis, followed by ten examples of fine printing, each a distinctive example of design, typography, illustration, and presswork by noted artists and craftsmen on various grades of Linweave-branded papers. Spine darkened, covers sunned and shelfworn. Text very good.
Sigfred Taubert: Bibliopola
Hamburg: Dr. Ernst Hauswedell & Co., 1966. Quarto, two volumes, tan cloth, red leather spine labels with gilt lettering; Volume I: xxv + 126, containing 317 illustrations and two facsimiles tipped in. Volume II: ix + 526, containing 258 plates and two facsimiles tipped in. Designed by Hermann Zapf. Text in German, English, and French. Spines lightly soiled; front cover of volume I is slightly warped; circular stain on cover of volume II, otherwise clean. Text blocks clean and sound, binding is tight, though text block of volume II has sagged due to its bulk. Owner's bookplate on front paste-downs. Lacks slip case. A very nice set in very good condition.
Paris: Sociéte du Mercure de France, 1909. Six pages of text with a portfolio of 76 previously unpublished - and generally unflattering - line drawings of female nudes by Rouveyre printed on the obverse of each leaf in a limited edition, preceded by comments by Remy de Gourmont, with excerpts of correspondence from Rouveyre to Edouard and Pierre Champion. The beautiful text was engraved on wood by Pierre-Eugène Vibert; the original drawings and blocks were destroyed after the edition (1,512 copies stated) was printed. Quarto, overall edition of 1,510, of which this is one of 500 copies on Arches, signed by Rouveyre on the edition statement (reverse side of the title page) and numbered 143. Also inscribed by Rouveyre to "Siegler" on the half-title. Sewn signatures in a French style paper binding.
A defective copy, with only 52 of the 76 drawings bound in; in addition, plate 37 has been removed and plate 48 has been cut and the bottom portion removed. Apart from the mayhem inflicted on the two leaves as noted, all others are in very good condition with typical moderate offsetting of ink to the facing leaf. The binding shows no signs of having been disturbed; the absence of the final 24 drawings is presumably a bindery error.
Paris: Sociéte du Mercure de France, 1909. Six pages of text with a portfolio of 76 previously unpublished - and generally unflattering - line drawings of female nudes by Rouveyre printed on the obverse of each leaf in a limited edition, preceded by comments by Remy de Gourmont, with excerpts of correspondence from Rouveyre to Edouard and Pierre Champion. The beautiful text was engraved on wood by Pierre-Eugène Vibert; the original drawings and blocks were destroyed after the edition (1,512 copies stated) was printed. Quarto, overall edition of 1,510, of which this is one of 1000 copies on imitation Japan paper and numbered 1211. Perfect bound leaves in a French style paper binding. All leaves present, but the binding adhesive has failed. Good overall condition with the usual toning.
The Amorous Drawings of the Marquis von Bayros
New York: The Cythera Press, 1968. Folio, 238 pages. Full black cloth with white lettering and decoration and matching dust jacket. Preface by Wilhelm Busch, followed by collections of erotic drawings by von Bayros for various book illustration projects and many bookplate commissions. Book is in very good condition; the jacket is somewhat worn with small losses, and is protected by a Mylar sleeve.
Hugo Walleither: Zebra
1946: Bad Ischl, Austria; Privately published. Octavo, quarter gray cloth with dark yellow paper covered boards with illustration on front board and title on spine, which is substantially detached. 191 text pages with 34 illustrations depicting the author's experience as an inmate of the concentration camp at Flossenburg, Germany on the Bavarian / Czechoslovakian border. The pages have darkened considerably but are not yet brittle, and the text and illustrations are free of damage. Protective clear Mylar chemise.
Denkmäler des Geheimkults der römischen Damen. Fortsetzung der Bilder aus dem Privatleben der römischen Caesaren
Privately printed for Alfred Semerau and his friends. Two volumes, quarto, half vellum with marbled boards. Reprint of the original 1784 works, ca 1900 - 1910. Lovely period bindings in the grand Hohenzollern style, with reproductions of the original illustrations. In all, very good condition.
Stephanie Terenzio: Robert Motherwell in Black
Storrs, Connecticut: The William Benton Museum of Art, 1980. Paperbound, 8½" x 11", 156 pages, printed by The Meriden Gravure Company in black-and-white and color. A narrative history of the exhibition of works by Robert Motherwell presented at the University of Connecticut from March 19 - June 3, 1979. An interesting insight into the entire process of organizing, staging, and celebrating a complex undertaking such as this. Fine.
Michael von Zichy: Liebe
Hamburg: Gala Verlag GmbH, 1966. Quarto, quarter red leather with spine label and patterned paper covered boards in a plain board slipcase that is toned and edge-darkened. Endpapers are toned top and bottom where they overlay the leather binding. Clear plastic cover. Boards lightly worn at the lower corners. Pristine text block with introductory comments by editor Ludwig von Brunn, and forty erotic etchings by the noted 19th century artist. Edition of 600 copies, of which this is number 144.
In Memoriam: Vladimir Nabokov
New York: McGraw-Hill Book Company, 1977. Octavo, 42 pages, bound in dark blue cloth with gold embossed cover lettering. An edition of 500 copies, of which 100 were not for sale, prepared in conjunction with a memorial service for Nabokov at the McGraw-Hill Auditorium on July 21, 1977. The text consists of remarks delivered on that occasion by Harold W. McGraw, Jr., Alfred Appel, Jr., Julian L. Moynihan, Alfred Kazin, John Updike, and Dmitri Nabokov. Fine.
Printmaking and Related Techniques
Henri Colas: La Gravure sur Bois et La Lithographie
Paris: La Tradition, 1952. Small octavo, 95 pages with introduction by Paul Durupt, historical background, and modern techniques, including three original wood engravings and five original lithographs. Fine book in a very good slip case with minor staining and fading. Edition of 1000 copies, of which this is number 870, printed on Lana paper.
Fritz Eichenberg: The Wood and the Graver
New York: Clarkson N. Potter, 1977. Coarse gray cloth 9-1/4" x 12", with gold lettering on spine, red end papers and pictorial dust jacket with white lettering and image on black background, showing very slight wear at the top of the spine. The book is a chronological sampling of Eichenberg's wood engravings with a running commentary by the author / artist on the aesthetic and spiritual underpinnings of his work as one of the great book illustrators of the twentieth century.
This is one of 150 copies prepared for the Art Society of the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. The dedication page is signed by Eichenberg. An original wood engraving, The Peaceable Tree, created for this edition, is titled and signed in pencil by Eichenberg. Both are laid in between the frontispiece and title page. The book is housed in a gray slipcase in very good condition.
New York: Clarkson N. Potter, 1977. Coarse gray cloth 9-1/4" x 12", with gold lettering on spine, red end papers and pictorial dust jacket with white lettering and image on black background. The book is a chronological sampling of Eichenberg's wood engravings with a running commentary by the author / artist on the aesthetic and spiritual underpinnings of his work as one of the great book illustrators of the twentieth century. The cover is very slightly faded along both its upper and lower edges, else fine. the dust jacket is fine and protected by a Mylar sleeve. Signed by Eichenberg on the title page. The text block is fine, with slight spotting on the top edge and fore-edge.
New York: Clarkson N. Potter, 1977. Coarse gray cloth 9-1/4" x 12", with gold lettering on spine, red end papers and pictorial dust jacket with white lettering and image on black background. The book is a chronological sampling of Eichenberg's wood engravings with a running commentary by the author / artist on the aesthetic and spiritual underpinnings of his work as one of the great book illustrators of the twentieth century. The cover is slightly faded at the top and bottom of the spine. the dust jacket is good, with losses at the top of the spine and at the front corners. Protected by a Mylar sleeve. Signed by Eichenberg on the half-title. The text block is in overall fine condition but defective because the signature encompassing pages 97 - 112 was bound in upside down. It's all there but a bit disconcerting.
Fritz Eichenberg: The Art of the Print
New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc. 1976. First edition, second printing. Large quarto, 611 pages with 749 illustrations; full gray cloth binding with pictorial dust jacket. A comprehensive history of printmaking in all of its forms, together with technical descriptions of the various processes. Near fine; the text block has sagged and shows moderate shelf wear on the lower edge, otherwise Fine in a VG dust jacket showing several minor closed tears.
Bamber Gascoigne: How to Identify Prints
New York: Thames & Hudson, Inc., 2004. Quarto, 8-5/8" x 9-3/4", paper wraps, 208 pages. Binding tight, cover sound but bumped at top and bottom of spine. Minor spotting on last page, otherwise text is clean and unmarked. Very good.
Barry Moser: In the Face of Presumptions
Boston: David R. Godine, 2000. Octavo, full maroon cloth with pictorial dust jacket, xiii + 179 pages, followed by a gallery of representative engravings by Moser. A collection of essays treating various aspects of Moser's glorious career as the pre-eminent American book illustrator of his time. Fine.
Barry Moser: Wood Engraving
Boston: David R. Godine, 2006. Paperbound, 7½" x 10", xi + 74 pages of text plus a gallery of representative works by Barry Moser. Clean and bright, faint blemish on front cover. Fine.
Hans Alexander Mueller: Woodcuts & Wood Engravings
New York: Pynson Printers, 1939. Portfolio edition of 350 sets containing all of the individual pages of the hardcover trade edition, printed on individual leaves and including an original self-portrait wood engraving signed by the author, housed in a dark green clamshell portfolio box with black spine label lettered in gold. Fine in a very near-fine box.
Ross: The Complete Printmaker
New York: The Free Press, 1990. Paperback, 9" x 12", 352 pages. Pictorial black cover. A comprehensive guide to printmaking techniques - an ideal reference for artists, curators, and collectors. Cover bumped, otherwise pristine.
Wordless Books and Graphic Fiction
Guillaume Apollinaire: Bestiary, or the Parade of Orpheus
Boston: David R. Godine, 1980. Small octavo, brick colored cloth with pale blue dust jacket, not price clipped. Text xi + 66 pages, illustrated with 30 woodcuts by Raoul Dufy. Book is near fine with light foxing to top and long edges of text block, Jacket good+ faded at spine and upper edge, with what appears to be a tape mark on the front panel, though no evidence of a tear or loss at the edges.
Beronä: Wordless Books - The Original Graphic Novels
New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 2008. Quarter orange cloth with pictorial boards, 256 pages, overall size 6-13/16" x 9-9/16". Negligible wear to extremities of spine; Upper corner of rear board is slightly bumped. Text block is square, tight and clean. A useful survey of the early years of this important genre, which had its origins in Europe and which took hold in the United States with the publication of Lynd Ward's masterpiece, Gods' Man. A useful but by no means comprehensive reference for both book and print collectors. Overall fine condition.
George Grosz: Ecce Homo
New York: Jack Brussel, 1965. Folio, 110 leaves; full marbled paper binding over boards, gold lettering on spine and cover. Pictorial dust jacket with light soiling and price clipped front flap, in a protective Mylar sleeve. Text block is bright and clean; cover very good overall, with light bump to corner and moderate shelf wear. This is the first American edition of the 1923 classic, reproducing all 84 drawings and 16 watercolors. The color plates are printed on a heavier and smoother stock, and in several cases are not the full height of the text block, an apparent bindery error. Overall, an attractive copy.
Another copy, this in a sound slip case with considerable soiling and shelf wear. Spine of the book is darkened but otherwise the text and cover are very good.
Another copy. Ex-library, with labels removed front paste down, adhesive residue remaining from spine label. and residue of spine lable. Otherwise, this copy is very sound and clean with only minimal shelf wear. Lacks jacket.
R. Crumb: The Book of Genesis
Hendrik Glintenkamp: A Wanderer in Woodcuts
New York: Farrar & Rinehart, 1932. Octavo. Half tan cloth with black cloth-covered boards and pictorial end-papers depicting the route of the author's travels through Europe. Unnumbered pages with 126 woodcuts printed on the obverse of each leaf and facing a brief paragraph of descriptive text on the reverse of the preceding leaf. The binding is fair: the spine is heavily darkened and frayed both top and bottom; the boards are scuffed and show shelf wear, with small losses in three of four corners. The black stained top edge is soiled and has two water spots that do not affect the pages; there is a small water stain on the front endpaper that affects the pages only slightly and well away from the suite of very powerful and masterful woodcuts by Hendrik Glintenkamp. This aside, the overall condition of the leaves is very good.
George Grosz: Uber alles die Liebe
Berlin: Bruno Cassirer, 1930. Quarto, 8¼" x 10-3/4"; red cloth with black script. A portfolio of sixty drawings and lithographs printed on the obverse, with titles on opposing pages. Perimeter of leaves slightly toned, the spine is sunned, and the rear board is slightly bowed. Text block and hinges sound and square. Lacks dust jacket. Very good.
John Held, Jr: The Saga of Frankie and Johnny
New York: Walter V. McKee, Incorporated, 1930. Edition of 2,050 copies, quarter red cloth and red felt-covered boards. A wonderful book consisting of woodcuts by John Held, Jr. interspersed with the lyrics of the traditional ballad"Frankie & Johnny", as recollected by the artist from his days as an impressionable lad in the unreconstructed mining towns of the old West. The pages show the early stages of brittleness but are uniformly clean and bright; there are a few closed tears which have been stabilized using Filmoplast archival mending tape. The cover is clean and bright, with only a slight bit of wear at the bottom of the spine. The hinges and end papers are darkened by adhesive toning, but the binding is tight and square. John Held, Jr. was the foremost illustrator of the Jazz Age, contributing his work to the old Life magazine when it was a monthly along the lines of the British Puck, and to many other journals. Very Good overall
John Held, Jr: The saga of Frankie and Johnny
New York: Walter V. McKee, Incorporated, 1930. Edition of 2,050 copies, quarter red cloth and red felt-covered boards. A wonderful book consisting of woodcuts by John Held, Jr. interspersed with the lyrics of the traditional ballad "Frankie & Johnny", as recollected by the artist from his days as an impressionable lad in the unreconstructed mining towns of the old West. The pages are uniformly clean and bright. The cover is clean and bright, with only a slight bit of wear at the bottom of the spine. The hinges are moderately toned, binding tight and square. In a hard-living slipcase, missing the lower edge. John Held, Jr. was the foremost illustrator of the Jazz Age, contributing his work to the old Life magazine when it was a monthly along the lines of the British Puck, and to many other journals. Near fine in a Fair slipcase.
John Held Jr: The Saga of Frankie and Johnny
New York: Walter V. McKee, Incorporated, 1930. Edition of 2,050 copies, quarter red cloth and red felt-covered boards. The pages are uniformly darkened; the cover is in much the same condition as the less than genteel ladies of the young Mormon Kid's acquaintance in those palmy days, but like them this book is a charmer. The spine is darkened and frayed, the covers a bit dingy, but overall a good copy.
John Held Jr: The Saga of Frankie and Johnny
New York: Clarkson N. Potter, 1972. A reprint of the 1930 McKee classic. Octavo, quarter brown cloth with light red cloth-covered boards. Tan pictorial dust jacket printed in two colors, housed in a Mylar cover. Slight shelfwear to bottom edges of book, else Fine in a Fine dust jacket.
Laurence Hyde: Southern Cross
Los Angeles: The Ward Ritchie Press, 1951. Square duodecimo, 6-3/8" x 7-3/16". A wordless novel depicting the disruption and displacement of Pacific island culture by the explosion of the Hydrogen bomb at Bikini atoll, illustrated with wood engravings by Canadian artist Laurence Hyde. Fine.
Matt Kish: Moby Dick in Pictures
Portland, Oregon and New York, NY: Tin House Books, 2011. Quarto, paperbound, 552 pages. Using the Signet Classics paperback edition, Matt Kish created an illustration for each page of the book, relevant in some way to the content of the page. A most imaginative and entertaining parallel interpretation of Melville. Fine.
Joseph Moncure March: The Wild Party
New York: Pantheon Books, 1994. Octavo, quarter gray cloth with green paper-covered boards, pictorial unclipped dust jacket. 110 pages, text and dust jacket illustrated by Art Spiegelman. First edition, first printing. Fine.
Frans Masereel: The Sun
Boston: Shambhala Redstone Editions, 2000. 12mo 4½" x 6¼", black cloth with silver lettering cover and spine, black endpapers, and 134 pages. 63 woodcuts printed obverse on each leaf. Fine, in a scuffed illustrated box, which also contains three postcards and one poster with illustrations by Masereel. Very good box; Fine everything else.
Audrey Niffenegger: The Three Incestuous Sisters
New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 2005. First edition, first printing. Hardbound, quarter dark red leatherite with pictorial boards, unnumbered pages with text and beautiful illustrations by Audrey Niffenegger. Text is clean and as new, the binding is tight and square. Signed by the author/artist on the title page. The boards have losses and scrapes. Marker line on bottom edge of text block - likely a remaindered copy. A beautiful book with an Edward Goreyesque feel.
Otto Nückel: Destiny
New York: Farrar & Rinehart, Inc., 1930. Square octavo, tan boards with title in black on spine and on front cover together with image from text. First American edition, pages clean, binding tight, minor shelfwear to bottom edges of cover and text block, otherwise VG+. This may be a review copy distributed in advance of publication, since the color of the binding is at variance with the red cloth used in the trade edition and is far too uniform to have simply faded. Lacks dust jacket.
James Reid: The Life of Christ in Woodcuts
New York: Farrar & Rinehart, 1930. Unpaginated octavo, containing seventy-eight illustrations and section titles engraved by James Reid. Quarter black cloth with decorative parchment boards. First edition, first printing. Spine slightly faded and rubbed, with two small tears at the right edge about 3" from the bottom. The bottom of the spine has a spot of abrasion. The boards are moderately soiled; almost all of the silver lettering and cover stripes are surprisingly present. Small hole in the front free end paper and half-title. The pages are mildly age-toned and except for a small stain at the edge of one of the leaves are generally clean and free of wear. The top edge of the text block is darkened but otherwise sound and slightly cocked; slip case lacking.
The Life of Christ in Woodcuts was Farrar & Rinehart's entry in the genre of the wordless book arising from the publication of Lynd Ward's iconic Gods' Man by Jonathan Cape and Harrison Smith in 1929. The Life of Christ in Woodcuts was well received and favorably reviewed; it had a second printing was issued in an English edition. Good+ overall.
Spine is sound but badly faded; silver lettering and decorative stripes almost completely missing. Boards are very clean and mildly toned.the rear hinge is starting at the bottom. The interior of the book is about fine, the top edge only slightly darkened, and the slip case is absent.
James Reid: The Song of Songs
New York: Farrar & Rinehart, 1931. Quarto, First edition, first and only printing. Unpaginated text, divided into eight chapters containing thirty excerpts from The Song of Solomon, each paired on facing pages with a wood engraving by James Reid. Printed in black on light green text. "This edition has been set by Bertha M. Goudy in the "Newstyle" type designed by Frederic W. Goudy and printed in the United States of America at the Walpole Printing Office, New Rochelle." Green cloth binding, badly faded along top edge, with black lettered spine and black lettering and decorative vignette on front panel. The green dust-jacket has losses at its edges, the spine is missing, and it has been stabilized with a backing of acid-free paper and a clear Mylar protective cover. The text block is tight, square, and in fine condition.
James Reid: The Song of Songs
New York: Farrar & Rinehart, 1931; later binding in half green Morocco with marbled boards and dark green endpapers by Gray Parrot, Hancock, Maine, with his label on the rear paste-down. Unpaginated text, divided into eight chapters containing thirty excerpts from The Song of Solomon, each paired on facing pages with a wood engraving by James Reid. Printed in black on light green text. "This edition has been set by Bertha M. Goudy in the "Newstyle" type designed by Frederic W. Goudy and printed in the United States of America at the Walpole Printing Office, New Rochelle."
The Song of Songs is arguably one of the most beautifully designed trade books of its era in its trade binding, and even more so in its re-bound form here. Fine.
Lynd Ward: Gods' Man
New York: The Aldus Printers and J. F. Tapley Company for Jonathan Cape & Harrison Smith, 1929. Hardcover, octavo, 6-1/2" x 9-3/4". "Special edition, 409 copies (of which 376 are for sale)", printed directly from Lynd Ward's original wood engravings. This is number 49. Black cloth with black end papers in exceptionally good condition, with paper labels on spine and front board. One small spot on the spine visible in the accompanying photograph and two light scratches on the front cover. T.e.g.; a few pages have been carelessly opened, resulting in minor tearing to their edges. The binding is tight and square; the pages are crisp and clean; bookplate of Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. on the front paste-down. Signed by Ward on the copyright page. Lacks slip case.
Lynd Ward: Gods' Man
New York: Jonathan Cape & Harrison Smith, 1929. Octavo, 6-1/8" x 8-5/16". First trade edition, printed and bound by The Plimpton Press, Norwood, Massachusetts. Quarter black cloth with decorated boards and paper label on back strip. Covers are generally clean with shelf wear to bottom edges of the boards. The spine is sound and the label is darkened and discolored. Binding is square and tight, slightly cocked; pages are crisp and clean with black publisher's stain to top edges. Overall very good condition.
Lynd Ward: Gods' Man
Cleveland, World Publishing Company; first printing thus, 1966. Octavo, 6" x 8-9/16". Black cloth with gilt lettering on back strip and blind stamp on front cover. Decorative price clipped dust jacket in overall very good condition with some scuffing at edges, very minor losses and repaired tears at upper left and lower right corners of the front panel.
Lynd Ward: Madman's Drum
Jonathan Cape and Harrison Smith, New York, 1930. Octavo, 6-1/16" x 8-5/16". Quarter black cloth with decorative boards and paper label on back strip, publisher's black top edge and black end papers. Very good condition with minor shelf wear. Binding is tight and square; pages are crisp and clean; lacks dust jacket.
Lynd Ward: Madman's Drum
Jonathan Cape and Harrison Smith, New York, 1930. Octavo, 6-1/16" x 8-5/16". Quarter black cloth with decorative boards and paper label on back strip, publisher's black top edge and black end papers. Very good condition with minor shelf wear and darkened label. Binding is tight and slightly cocked; pages are crisp and clean; lacks dust jacket. Bookplate of Frances Rockwell Kent with subsequent bookplate of Shirley and Rockwell Kent, who were married in 1940 after his divorce from Frances.
Lynd Ward: Wild Pilgrimage
New York: Harrison Smith & Robert Haas, 1932
First edition. Hardcover. Octavo, 7-1/8” x 9-3/4”; rust colored cloth with paper labels on the front board and the back strip. Very good condition; endpapers toned and hinges darkened but intact. Binding is square and tight. Dust jacket is toned and moderately soiled, with a number of very small chips along the upper and lower edges.
First edition. Hardcover. Octavo, 7 1/8” x 9 3/4”; rust colored cloth with paper labels on the front board and the back strip. Overall very good condition, except for staining on front cover not affecting the label. Bookplate of Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. The pages are clean and bright; end papers slightly darkened. Lacks dust jacket.
First edition. Hardcover. Octavo, 7 1/8” x 9 3/4”; rust colored cloth with paper labels on the front board and the back strip. Spine faded and frayed at top, covers discolored and scuffed. Owner's name in ink on front paste-down. Both endpapers are also mottled and have a few small darker spots; The binding is in overall sound condition The unnumbered pages are slightly darkened and show occasional staining and spotting, but the images themselves are clean. Lacks dust jacket.
Lynd Ward: Prelude to a Million Years
New York: Equinox Cooperative Press, 1933. Octavo, 5-1/2" x 8-3/4" Hand-sewn binding with blind stamped foil spine and decorative black boards imaged on both sides. Faint offset of cover board image to the text block. Signed by Ward and numbered 757 of a total edition of 920 copies printed directly from the thirty original engravings on Vidalon velin by Canson et Montgolfier. Binding is in very good overall condition; the initial text leaves show slight foxing. The text is clean, with minor creasing to a few pages. Near fine.
Lynd Ward: Song Without Words
New York: L. F. White Company and H. Wolff for Random House, 1936. Octavo, 6-7/16" x 10". Quarter parchment back strip with red lettering and copper foil boards. Binding tight and square; boards are scuffed and spine is moderately toned. Bookseller's label on rear paste-down. Hinges darkened but intact; text block is clean and bright, with twenty-one narrative wood engravings and the Random House logo printed directly from the artist's original blocks. Parchment covered slipcase with copper foil band, lightly worn with soiled back strip.
Lynd Ward: Vertigo
New York: Random House, 1937. Quarto, black cloth with pale gold decorative binding and publisher's black coloring to top edge. The book is in very good+ condition, showing modest shelf wear. There is adhesive toning to both paste-downs (more pronounced in the rear), mildly offset to the free end papers. Presentation inscription in ink on free sheet preceding the half-title. The binding is square and tight; text block is uniformly clean. The scarce dust jacket is in fair condition, with small losses at the upper outside corners, ¼" x 2" loss parallel to the top of the spine, and a ½" triangular loss on the spine affecting the letter "G" in the title. There is a 1" closed tear at the top center of the front panel and a long irregular closed tear on the rear panel. The dust jacket has fulfilled its intended purpose nobly, and has survived battered but unbowed.