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Autograph Letter, signed ("May"), to Helen [Gaudin], from Baghdad, dated 2 May 1946. [With:] Recipes from Baghdad, editor's copy, signed by contributors, with presentation inscription in Arabic to Mrs Gaudin from 'Aliya, Queen Mother of Iraq
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Autograph Letter, signed ("May"), to Helen [Gaudin], from Baghdad, dated 2 May 1946. [With:] Recipes from Baghdad, editor's copy, signed by contributors, with presentation inscription in Arabic to Mrs Gaudin from 'Aliya, Queen Mother of Iraq

By (Iraq) Beattie, May H.

Baghdad, 1946. Six pages in ink on three leaves. 1 vols. 8vo. Letter: small loss from old staple at top of first leaf (affecting two letters). Near fine. Book: Black cloth, title in green, illustration of measuring utensils on pastedowns. Pictorial dust jacket. Binding a bit rubbed, spine faded with small loss at head Very good minus. Six pages in ink on three leaves. 1 vols. 8vo. Letter from Baghdad, 1946. Fascinating letter from editor May H. Beattie (1908-1997), editor of Recipes from Baghad (published for the benefit of the Red Cross), and later a widely published author on Persian and oriental carpets. Beattie describes its contemporary reception in cosmopolitan Baghdadi circles, noting specific criticisms of contents and illustrations, how the barbs affected some of the editors, with report of discussions with an editor in the U.K, and mention of a possible Arabic edition for local "middle class people". Beattie writes, "At the moment, rather between ourselves, I have a most consuming passion to make a record of Baghdad women - I am finding out all sorts of things about their cosmetics, tatooing, hair dying & customs in general. I should think it will be almost impossible to extract any information from Baghdad "Society" but I am finding other sources in plenty and a card index is filling rapidly." Beattie, who trained as a microbiologist, had come to Baghdad with her husband in 1937; in 1946 they returned to England and so the book on Baghdad women was never completed. Beattie's career as a scholar of carpets began in the 1950s, when she saw the shortcomings of earlier research. "Dr. Beattie transferred her scholarly training in one discipline to another" (Mackie), and assembled facts and "recorded manufacturing methods, equipment, patterns, and functions of carpets." [With:] Recipes from Baghdad with an Introduction by Her Majesty the Queen Mother of Iraq. Edited by May H. Beattie, B.A., Ph.D., with the assistance of Bedia Afnan, Renée Elkab, Helen Gaudin, and Ann Walter. Caricatures by Suad Salim. Folding table; illustrations in text. 163, [2, blank], xi pp. 8vo, Baghdad: Published by the Indian Red Cross, Printed at the Government Press, 1946. OCLC: 29816802 (7 copies). Inscribed by the Queen Mother of Iraq on flyleaf in Arabic: [ila Miz Gaudin, 'Aliya 16/4/46]; and signed below by May H. Beattie, Renée Elkab, Ann Walter, and Helen Gaudin. 'Aliya bint 'Ali (1911-1950), Queen Mother of Iraq, was granddaughter of King Faisal of the Hejaz, and widow of King Ghazi. Her son, Faisal II, was the last king of Iraq and was killed in the 1958 revolution. For May Beattie, see biographical notice by Louise W. Mackie in Oriental Carpet and Textile Studies 3:1 (1987), pp. 6-10

$1750.00

Art Department Spaulding & Co. [Cover title]
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Art Department Spaulding & Co. [Cover title]

By (Japanese Ivories)

Chicago: Spaulding, 1900. With two illustrations from photographs. [12] pp. 125 items. 1 vols. 8vo. Green wrappers. Very good. With two illustrations from photographs. [12] pp. 125 items. 1 vols. 8vo. "To make a collection of Japanese Ivory carvings that is comprehensive in its scope and of superior quality, requires not only a good jufge of this fascinating art, but also a great deal of time and much patient study." Signed F. R. K. in type at the end of the Introduction. Rare catalogue of an extensive collection of Japanese ivory carvings, antique and modern, including numerous carvings attributed to master carvers, and including the tip of a Zanzibari elephant tusk, "the natural point ... the section from which most of these carvings are made.". Not in OCLC

$375.00

Autograph letter, signed ("W.K."), illustrated with ink, pencil and watercolor drawings, about mosquitoes on Long Island
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Autograph letter, signed ("W.K."), illustrated with ink, pencil and watercolor drawings, about mosquitoes on Long Island

By Kuhn, Walt

[Long Island, 1920. 3 leaves watermarked Berkshire Valley TAP Co. 8vo. Fine. 3 leaves watermarked Berkshire Valley TAP Co. 8vo. Witty caricatures of summer life at Canoe Place, Little Shinnecock Bay, Long Island, with a recurrent theme of mosquitoes, including a pointillist picture of the mosquitoes surrounding the artist's dog and a small watercolor nocturne, "landscape of Canoe place, evening - sorry that the Darkness obscures mosquitoes." Walt Kuhn (1877-1949), American artist, was executive secretary of the Association of American Painters and Sculptors, and was, with his friends, artist Arthur B. Davies and collector John Quinn, instrumental in organizing the 1913 Armory show. Kuhn frequently advised Quinn on his collection. The present letter shows a lighter side of their friendship. With an additional leaf of ink doodles in an unidentified hand on stationery headed Ogunquit, Maine (where Quinn stayed in the summer of 1920). Provenance: John Quinn; his sister Julia, and by descent

$1750.00

Houses
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Houses

By Despont, Thierry W.

New York: The Office of Thierry W. Despont Ltd, 1990. Private edition, unnumbered copy of a run of 1000. folio. Black publisher's cloth with gold text on spine and front cover. Original dust jacket, very slightly bumped at corners, else near fine. Thierry Despont. Private edition, unnumbered copy of a run of 1000. folio. This private edition of photographs of the work of architect Thierry W. Despont was published privately in celebration of the tenth edition of the Office of Thierry W. Despont in 1990.

$900.00

A highly finished pencil and watercolor drawing of a kitchen scene
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A highly finished pencil and watercolor drawing of a kitchen scene

By [Cruikshank, George]

1 vols. Done on a sheet of buff paper 9 1/2 x 6 3/4 inches, the image being approximately 4 x 5 inches, signed in pencil at the center of the lower margin "George Cruikshank". Mounted in a decorated, bevelled mat. Fine. 1 vols. Fine Cruikshank Watercolor Illustration. The drawing, very carefully rendered in pencil with multi-colored washes, shows, in a kitchen setting, a middle-aged woman to whom a younger one is presenting her visitor, a towering Guardsman, who stands at attention, saluting. They stand by a table on which reposes bread and cheese, and it is evident the soldier has dropped in for a snack; from the shy smile on the young woman's face one presumes there is an element of--dare we say it?--affection involved. Almost certainly a book illustration, and a fine, attractive example of Cruikshank's later style.

$750.00

"A Mountain Man", woodcut, signed lower right
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"A Mountain Man", woodcut, signed lower right

By Brockhurst, Gerald

n.p. [London], n.d.. 1 vols. 4-7/8 x 4-3/16 inches. framed and glazed. Brockhurst, Gerald L. 1 vols. 4-7/8 x 4-3/16 inches. Irish Etching by Gerald Brockhurst. Gerald Leslie Brockhurst (1890-1978) was born in Birmingham, England, where he displayed a precocious talent for drawing. In London he was a prize-winning pupil at the Royal Academy Schools, and began etching in 1914. The following year he and his wife Anais moved to Ireland where for five years, under the patronage of Oliver St. John Gogarty, he made numerous paintings and drawings of Irish people and scenes. In 1920 hed returned to London and began a twenty-year career as an etcher, producing over 80 prints, and portrait painter of such distinction that he was able to command £1,000 a canvas, undertaking a maximun of 20 commissions a year. He was elected to the Royal Academy in 1937. Around 1929 he met Kathleen Woodward, a sixteen-year old model, whom he rechristened Dorette, and who became the subject of some of his most important works. Their relationship developed rapidly, and led to a protracted, sensationalized divorce case which led to his and Dorette's departure to America in 1940, where they were later married. During the final thirty years of his life Brockhurst pursued a successful career as a portrait painter ($10,000 for a full-length study) dying after a long illness at his home in Franklin Lakes, New Jersey.

$300.00

Artist's studio: original pen and ink drawing of a studio in which a well-dressed dowager stares at a picture (possibly an unflattering portrait of her) as the artist stands haughtily by

By Ehrhart

New York [?], 1897. 1 vols. Image 20 x 16-1/2 inches; matted. 1 vols. Image 20 x 16-1/2 inches; matted. An Original "Puck" Drawing by Ehrhart, 1897. Stamped on the back "Property of Puck, N.Y." and with the pencilled legend "Sept 7/97 2:30 PM", and in the bottom front margin, "4 3/4 Rush", all of which suggest that this is an illustration for an article, or possibly the original of a cartoon, for the popular turn-of-the-century New York publication, Puck. We have not been able to trace the artist, but he was a more than competent draftsman, working in a dashing pen and ink style of Charles Dana Gibson or George Du Maurier.

$600.00

The Christening Procession
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The Christening Procession

By Goodwin, William Sydney (fl. 1880s)

Watercolor, pen and ink, monogrammed. 1 vols. Approx. 8 x 16-1/4 inches. Goodwin, William Sydney (fl. 1880s). Watercolor, pen and ink, monogrammed. 1 vols. Approx. 8 x 16-1/4 inches.

$400.00

Charles Seliger: Redefining Abstract Expressionism
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Charles Seliger: Redefining Abstract Expressionism

By O'Connor, Francis V.

Manchester, VT: Hudson Hills Press LLC, 2002. First edition. 1 vols. 4to. In original dust jacket, not price clipped, pristine copy. With bookplate of Elaine Graham Weitzen and inscription on title page from author and artist. Charles Seliger. First edition. 1 vols. 4to. Inscribed on title page: "To Elaine and Hy, My very special and dearest friends. I wish I could really find the right words to express the love and admiration I have for both of you. Elaine, you have always been there for me through 50 years of the important events in my life, the good and the not so good. Hy, you are the brightest, most insightful person I have been privileged to for all these many years. Let's just say, I love you both - a lot, Charles Seliger, Mar '03" Also signed by the author, Francis V. O'Connor on the title page.

$350.00

Art Treasures of the Medici
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Art Treasures of the Medici

By MORASSI, Antonio

London: The Abbey Library, 1969. First English Edition. Illustrated with 55 colour tipped in plates. 4to. Bound in full blue morocco, gilt spine, a.e.g., for Asprey. First English Edition. Illustrated with 55 colour tipped in plates. 4to.

$450.00

The Architectural Record. Index to Volume LIV. July-December 1923
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The Architectural Record. Index to Volume LIV. July-December 1923

By (DELANO & ALDRICH) Architecural Record Co

New York: F.W. Dodge Corporation, 1923. 590 pp. Thick 8vo. Green half-morocco lettered in gilt in spine panels, a.e.g., marbled endpapers. 590 pp. Thick 8vo. From the library of Charles Edison. A volume from the library of New Jersery Governor Charles Edison, son of Thomas Edison. Includes a feature story on architects Delano & Aldrich, who built Edison's 10,000 square foot Llwelyan Park,West Orange mansion. From the library of Governor Charles Edison, so stamped in gilt to turn in on lower board

$450.00

Caprichos von Goya
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Caprichos von Goya

By Goya y Lucientes, Francisco de

Munich: Hugo Schmidt, 1918. No. 167 of 500. With 83 photolithographic plates after Goya. [11] pp. 1 vols. 4to. Publisher's black morocco, covers blocked in blind, spine gilt, t.e.g. Spine faded and worn, rebacked preserving original spine, some toning to half title and plate 34, otherwise internally clean and fine. No. 167 of 500. With 83 photolithographic plates after Goya. [11] pp. 1 vols. 4to. Attractive early 20th-century reprint of Goya's celebrated aquatinit series ciritquing 18th-century Spanish society.

$800.00

Joe Beeler Portfolio
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Joe Beeler Portfolio

By Beeler, Joe

Flagstaff: Northland Press, 1978. One of a hundred numbered portfolios, this being number 46. Title leaf and twenty prints. Folio. Loose leaves. Interleaved with tissue. Near fine. In publisher's black cloth portfolio. One of a hundred numbered portfolios, this being number 46. Title leaf and twenty prints. Folio. The prints show various scenes of cowboy life.

$800.00

Autograph Letter Signed ("S. Siddons,") to "The Hon. Miss [Sophia] Upton", declining an invitation from Lord and Lady Bristol, thanking them for a gift, and regarding a scarlet fever outbreak at her daughter's school
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Autograph Letter Signed ("S. Siddons,") to "The Hon. Miss [Sophia] Upton", declining an invitation from Lord and Lady Bristol, thanking them for a gift, and regarding a scarlet fever outbreak at her daughter's school

By Siddons, Sarah (British actress 1755 - 1831)

np, Thursday, no year. 3 pages. 8vo. Bifolium, remnants of seal at one corner. Staining at corners from seal, small loss to blank margin from seal tear. WITH: Engraved portrait of Siddons after Gainsborough, and engraved view of Covent Garden Theatre. 3 pages. 8vo. The great actress Sarah Siddons writes a humourous letter to one of her confidants to decline an invitation, and also to report a scare of scarlet fever at her daughter's school. In part: "'Time Time' Oh that one could but make Time as the people make gass! or that I like those 'riches, could make to myself wings and fly away,' then would I soon be with you my dear Miss Upton at Ickworth Park. But my Horses who have no wings would consume all the hours I could steal from my business, upon the road, and I should scarcely be able to utter dont!! else I should be obligd to return. but I beg of you to present my grateful acknowledgments to Lord and Lady Bristol for the honour of their very flattering presentation, with many thanks for the game which I received today from that indefatigable friend of mine, whose cordial good will to be useful by night or by day (simple honest soul as he is) is worthy the invitation of greater men (I dont mean taller). Mind that Miss Upton! I can tell you I am not merry tho' you may think I am by the above nonsense- for my dear little girl is brought from school for fear of the Scarlet Fever which has appeared at Christ Church, and I'm forcd to the vexatious precaution of sending her to a Lodging- where she must remain for at least a fortnight- I thank God she seems[?, obscured by seal] perfectly well, and she was brought away so immediately after the first alarm that in all probability she will not have it- in the mean time we must submit to this separation in consideration of others no less than myself. 'Tis now the witching time of night, and my sleepy eyes impel me to say good night Sweet Sophia. Your obligd and aff[ec]t[ionate] S. Siddons" Siddons (1755-1831), née Kemble, "was to establish herself as the most acclaimed tragic actress of her own age, and she has subsequently been widely regarded as the greatest female performer in English theatrical history. In her own lifetime she achieved the status of a popular icon, playing a key role in the social legitimation of the acting profession, moving from the reputedly disreputable world of provincial touring theatre to the salons of the aristocracy, and amassing substantial personal wealth" (ODNB). Her greatest parts were Isabella in Garrick's version of Southerne's 'Fatal Marriage,' Lady Macbeth, Zara in 'Mourning Bride,' Elvira, Constance, Queen Katharine, Belvidera, and Lady Randolph, and she numbered among her partisans Hazlitt, Byron, Lord Erskine, and (after some hesitancy) Horace Walpole. She was a member of the famous theatrical family which included her father, the actor and theater manager Roger Kemble; her brothers Charles, Stephen George, and John Philip Kemble; and her sister Ann Julia Hatton. Sophia Upton (1780-1853) was sister to Elizabeth, Lady Bristol, and a confidant of Siddons. Ickworth Park was Lady and Lord Bristol's country estate near Bury St. Edmunds, in Suffolk. Upton's portrait was painted by the Thomas Lawrence, whose entanglements with two of the Siddons daughters and Siddons herself were the cause of much heartache in the that household.

$1250.00

Manuscript account book of a Pennsylvania weaver
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Manuscript account book of a Pennsylvania weaver

By (Pennsylvania Textiles) Beale, John

York, PA, 1836. 182 pp plus blanks, in ink. Folio (327 x 195 mm). Contemporary sheep, titled in manuscript "John Beale's Book 1811" on upper board. Spine chipped, covers worn, internally very good. 182 pp plus blanks, in ink. Folio (327 x 195 mm). A manuscript ledger covering 38 years of the work of York, Pennsylvania weaver John Beale, an excellent account of an American cottage industry in the early 19th century. Details client names, types of cloth used, and amounts paid, with the bulk of the entries dating from 1820s and 1830s. Beale worked with a wide variety of materials, including check, shirting, tow, tick, blanket, table linen, flannel, linsy, flax, striping, huckaback, sheeting, etc. The first two pages are affair bonds involving John Beale and three other men, possibly a record of monies borrowed by Beale to start his business. Though Pennsylvania led the U.S. in textile production at the time, the industry was centered around Philadelphia and Germantown, making Beale's business an outlier. The ledger also includes Beale's overhead and personal expenses, including rent, tobacco, shoes, powder and shot.

$1500.00

The Happy Hypocrite

By Beerbohm, Max

New York and London: John Lane, The Bodley Head, 1897. First edition, Bodley Booklets No. 1, printed by Will Bradley at the Wayside Press Springfield, Mass., with colophon date of December 1896. 53, [3]pp. 1 vols. 12mo. Bound in three quarters blue morocco and blue cloth, t.e.g. for Asprey, with stamp "Governor Charles Edison Library" on back pastedown. Fine. First edition, Bodley Booklets No. 1, printed by Will Bradley at the Wayside Press Springfield, Mass., with colophon date of December 1896. 53, [3]pp. 1 vols. 12mo.

$200.00

[Noa Noa] [Spine title]. [Edited by Julius Meier-Graeffe]
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[Noa Noa] [Spine title]. [Edited by Julius Meier-Graeffe]

By Gauguin, Paul

[Munchen; Berlin: Marees-Gesellschaft. Verlag R. Piper & Co. Hersteller: Ganymed, 1926. Number LVI of LXXX copies specially bound (limitation notice on front pastedown). Collotype facsimile reproducing in color the artist's watercolors, photographs, line drawings, and woodcuts. [4], 204 [i.e. 210] pp. 1 vols. 4to 12-1/4 x 9-1/4 in. Bound in original citron morocco, boards ruled in gilt, spine titled in gilt. Rebacked, some dustsoiling to covers, internally clean. Number LVI of LXXX copies specially bound (limitation notice on front pastedown). Collotype facsimile reproducing in color the artist's watercolors, photographs, line drawings, and woodcuts. [4], 204 [i.e. 210] pp. 1 vols. 4to 12-1/4 x 9-1/4 in. Deluxe issue. The deluxe issue of this beautifully produced facsimile in color of Gauguin's original manuscript of his collaboration with the Symbolist poet Charles Morice. A version of the collaboration appeared in Gauguin's lifetime, but "Gauguin recopied and amplified his manuscript, adding watercolors, woodcuts, and an occasional photograph," and it is this manuscript, now in the Louvre, on which the present facsimile is based; Gauguin's "visual interpretation of this primitive culture in powerful rhythmic and totemic designs ... represents an important project in book-making by this major artist" (Garvey). Garvey, The Artist and the Book 115; Castleman, Century pp. 22-4, 82-3

$7500.00

A group of 12 autograph letters signed, pertaining among other things to her American tour of 1850-1852
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A group of 12 autograph letters signed, pertaining among other things to her American tour of 1850-1852

By Lind, Jenny (1820-1887)

Lübeck; London; New York; Niagara; Springfield; and Hamburg, 1852. Together 54 pp. With related ephemera, including handbill, program, etc. 8vo and 4to. Some old folds, occasional tears at folds, a few with stains, all letters legible with no loss of text, overall very good to near fine. Together 54 pp. With related ephemera, including handbill, program, etc. 8vo and 4to. Jenny Lind on her great American tour. A fine group of letters by the famed Swedish soprano Jenny Lind, the "Swedish Nightingale." Her concert tour of America in 1850-1852, the first half of which was sponsored and promoted by P.T. Barnum, was the cause of celebration unlike any before in the States, with Lind being met by throngs of admirers and playing sold out concerts everywhere she went. The present collection of letters range in date from the years leading up to that famous tour to two months after the tour had ended and include three letters written from America, in which Lind provides some of her impressions of and experiences in the country. All but three of the letters are in English. Five are to an English friend she addresses as the Baroness; one long and content-rich letter is to a Miss Livermoore, in England, written from Niagara, New York; and another is to the American poet Lydia Sigourney. Included with the letters is a group of printed ephemera related to Lind's American engagements, including a broadside promoting one of the concerts, a program from a Philadelphia performance, and a Jenny Lind songbook, as well as a lock of Lind's hair. A detailed list of contents is available on request. Highlights: Lübeck, 6 December 1849: "I feel much less agitated and more quiet than before ... we are kept up in this little place for four weeks and it is really a good thing that I don't much care for the World and its amusements ... I am happy with my music, my little dog - my books, my study - and the great number of sublime remembrances! ... I have sung / chanté / a few times, and my voice is grown stronger and better...." Lübeck, 2.10 April 1850: "Now the great point: from Liverpool we will be saying farewell to Europe for one or two years! Yes! I have take[n] the decision to go to Amerika and gain as much money as possible for the fulfillment and performance of my favorite idea: a school-a large school for poor children in my native country. I know I never will love the American as I love the English- Ah, no! but I fancy the country there must be in some part magnificent...." New York, 22 October 1850: "Many sincere thanks for your kind letter which I received at Boston ... I am quite well; do not feel any headache or indisposition; am in perfect good voice, and do hitherto not feel the least tired but, I have a good deal to go through, for indeed, people ask much of me and the curiosity is in this country gone to a very high degree. I am like a prisoner. I can go nowhere without having an immense crowd about me, and this is not pleasant, but nevermind: if I gain my object as I have every reason to believe I will I will be very happy and thankful. The people here is very kind to me. The concerts are going on beautifully, and Mr. Barnum conducts himself very well indeed...." Niagara, 27th July, 1851: "I am sitting in a quiet little Parlour looking at the splendid scene of Niagara and trying to Worship God in my inmost heart ... I feel how at every moment Niagara increases in Grandeur ... I have been working so hard and feel so exhausted that I must soon rest myself, and yet, there is still work for me to do in this country ... People are very, very kind to me here ... the concerts are always splendid and money finds its way to my pockets ... I wish you could have seen Havannah and all the fine Palm-trees! oh! I wish I could have sent you a fresh orange or a fresh co-co nut / I don't know how to write that word / just as a black African took it down from the top of the tree! What a climate what a sky! ... I have seen splendid scenaries in Amerika too; I am afraid that Europe will look very small in comparison ... here ... one has room to take breathe [sic] - one does not feel oppressed on any side or in any respect and can look with steady eyes and tranquility in the future...." Springfield, 8th July 1851, to Mrs. Lydia Sigourney, the "Sweet Singer of Hartford": "my servant had strict orders not to admit any one, never supposing for a moment that you would have taken the trouble to come up to the Church during the afternoon. I should have seen you after the concert but not wishing to face the crowd was compelled to leave by the rear entrance.... I regret exceedingly that you feel so deeply the disturbances of last Saturday evening, and wish most sincerely to assure you, that to me, the greatest trouble was that those persons present at the Concert were so much disturbed and annoyed by the noise ... I entertain no ill feeling whatever towards Hartford...."

$7500.00

Roland Clark's Etchings

By Clark, Roland

New York: The Derrydale Press, 1938. First edition, number 149 of 800 copies. With an original signed etching, and 69 plates of etchings. 1 vols. Folio. Original red cloth, gilt, with beige cloth spine and corners. Fine copy, original publisher's box (some wear, top corners split). Clark, Roland. First edition, number 149 of 800 copies. With an original signed etching, and 69 plates of etchings. 1 vols. Folio. Siegel 139; Frazier C-7-a

$800.00

The First Book of Moses, called Genesis. The King James Version
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The First Book of Moses, called Genesis. The King James Version

By (Lawrence, Jacob)

New York: The Limited Editions Club, 1989. limited to 400 copies, of which this is number 368, and signed by the artist. With eight full-color silkscreens by Jacob Lawrence inserted throughout. Folio (Approximately 21.75 x 16.25 inches.). Publisher's full purple cloth, front board lettered in gilt. In publisher's black cloth clamshell case, blue gilt morocco lettering label inset on front board. Lawrence, Jacob. limited to 400 copies, of which this is number 368, and signed by the artist. With eight full-color silkscreens by Jacob Lawrence inserted throughout. Folio (Approximately 21.75 x 16.25 inches.).

$5250.00

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