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.