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.