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William Caslon's Typographic ABC

William Caslon's Typographic ABC

by Dern, Marie

Fairfax, CA: Jungle Garden Press, 1991. Dern, Marie. Oblong 24mo. (14)pp., accordion-fold. One of 55 copies designed, printed, and bound by Marie Dern at the Jungle Garden Press. A tongue-in-cheek printer's alphabet, with large initials in, appropriately, Caslon type. The initials are accompanied by humorous representations of the letters printed using numerous other types placed in colorful, innovative designs. For example, a yellow Caslon S is overprinted with text in Gill Sans that reads, "Caslon S... Read more
Item Price
$450.00
Embroidered Wishes

Embroidered Wishes

by Koehn, Alfred

Peking, China: Lotus Court, 1943. Quarto. (xvi), 46pp. Illustrated with forty-six tipped-in woodblock reproductions of traditional Chinese embroidery patterns, printed in red on handmade paper, tipped in. Frontispiece is a real tissue embroidery pattern backed with red paper for support. A fascinating reference book on Chinese symbolism. The Foreword lists the meanings of common elements in Chinese design, such as the dragon and phoenix, the peony, vases, and certain Chinese characters. This is followed... Read more
Item Price
$950.00
William Morris, C. R. Ashbee and the Arts and Crafts

William Morris, C. R. Ashbee and the Arts and Crafts

by Stansky, Peter

London: Nine Elms Press, 1984. Octavo. 17pp. One of 500 copies. Signed by the author. Bound in Morris "Willow" pattern paper. Fine.
Item Price
$30.00
THE BARBIE DOLL BOOM Identification & Values

THE BARBIE DOLL BOOM Identification & Values

by Augustyniak, Michael

KY: Collector Books. Good. 1996. First Edition. Softcover. 0891456864 . Retired library book with sturdy laminated cover & usual lib markings. . Light edge & corner wear, a little wear to laminate around edges, light soiling outer edge of pages and small stain to upper edge (coffee? ) which also affects very top edge of pages. Internal pages very good. Again, a small. Coffee stain to upper corners affects first few pages, and a little soiling inside back cover. Pages otherwise clean, one... Read more
Item Price
$12.00
The Compositor: An Artist, Craftsman, and Tradesman

The Compositor: An Artist, Craftsman, and Tradesman

by Lawson, Alexander

Athens, GA: Press of the Nightowl, 1990. Sanders, Joseph. Octavo. 34pp. One of thirty-three copies. Signed by the author, Alexander Lawson, and the printer, Dwight E. Agner. Four wood engravings by Joseph Sanders, one of which is the frontispiece. A brief history of the function and techniques of type compositors. Fine in marbled paper over red morocco boards.
Item Price
$175.00
Decorated Book Papers: Being an Account of Their Designs and Fashions. Together with: the second through fourth editions

Decorated Book Papers: Being an Account of Their Designs and Fashions. Together with: the second through fourth editions

by Loring, Rosamond B

Cambridge, MA: Houghton Library, Harvard College, 2007. Octavo. xciii, (14), 171, (84)pp. One of 250 copies. Eight plates of pre-1800 decorative papers, and twenty-five samples of marbled, pattern, and paste papers from a range of eras. Bound in quarter-cloth with paste paper covers. Slight rubbing to edges, else fine in original glassine and slipcase. Together with the second, third, and fourth editions of the text. The fourth edition bears an inscription by Hope Mayo, the editor. All three volumes in... Read more
Item Price
$1,350.00
Photograph of a Dwiggins marionette: F. Morton Smith

Photograph of a Dwiggins marionette: F. Morton Smith

by Dwiggins, W. A

(Hingham, MA), 1930. Dwiggins, W. A.. A black & white photograph of a marionette made by W. A. Dwiggins, measuring 10 by 10 1/2 inches. The marionette is a likeness of F. Morton Smith, a Boston lawyer who was married to Margaret Coatsworth, the sister of the children's book author and illustrator Elizabeth Coatsworth. Both Margaret Coatsworth and F. Morton Smith were friends of Dwiggins and became involved with his theatrical productions: Smith is listed as a puppeteer on the program for Dwiggins's... Read more
Item Price
$350.00
Dard Hunter on Papyrus: Excerpted from The Story of Early Printing

Dard Hunter on Papyrus: Excerpted from The Story of Early Printing

by Hunter, Dard

(New Britain, CT: Art Press), 1971. Massmann, Robert. (16)pp., frenchfold. One of 50 copies. The Foreword by Massmann is signed by him. Hunter's account of the post-Civil War reuse of Egyptian mummies' wrappings by a Maine paper merchant is bound in stiff wrappers in the shape of a sarcophagus with the profile of a mummy at the top. The cover wrapper is made from the last lot of paper made by Dard Hunter at Lime Rock mill. This is a fine copy of one of Massmann's scarcest titles. (Bradbury, p. 240). (1... Read more
Item Price
$375.00
Skinner Auction Catalogue for Sale #1781, Books and Manuscripts ,  May 24, 1997, Boston

Skinner Auction Catalogue for Sale #1781, Books and Manuscripts , May 24, 1997, Boston

by Skinner Auctioneers and Appraisers Of Antiques and Fine Art

Boston, MA: Skinner Auctioneers And Appraisers. Very Good. 1997. First Edition; First Printing. Catalog. Includes prices realized. 48pp, profuse illustration.; Photographs .
Item Price
$12.99
When Adam Delved and Eve Span..

When Adam Delved and Eve Span..

by Tennyson, Alfred Lord and John Ruskin

(Hammersmith): Kelmscott Press, 1894. Burne-Jones, Edward. 16mo. (4)pp. One of 250 copies. The initial full-page woodcut illustration depicts, with suitable romance and foreboding, Adam and Eve after their expulsion from Eden. Both clothed in hides, Adam digs into the ground while Eve begins her spinning; about her legs are a young Cain and Abel. The rest of the pamphlet evinces William Morris' handiwork, with ten-line and six-line initials, vinous borders, and of course his printer's mark. Morris... Read more
Item Price
$6,000.00
Skinner Auction Catalogue for Sale #1966: Fine Jewelry, December  14, 1999, Boston

Skinner Auction Catalogue for Sale #1966: Fine Jewelry, December 14, 1999, Boston

by Skinner Auctioneers and Appraisers Of Antiques and Fine Art

Boston, MA: Skinner Auctioneers And Appraisers Of Antiques And Fine Art. Good+. 1999. First Edition; First Printing. Catalog. Includes prices realized. Profuse b/w photo illustrations, some color. 88pp.; Photographs .
Item Price
$12.99
Tequila: El Vuelo del Mezcal Azul por el Paisaje Agavero Patromonio Mundial UNESCO

Tequila: El Vuelo del Mezcal Azul por el Paisaje Agavero Patromonio Mundial UNESCO

by Vidargas, Francisco

Guadalajara: Grafica de Comala, 2019. Arriola, Nacho Gomez. Octavo. 18pp. One of 60 copies, signed by the artist, Nacho Gomez Arriola. Illustrated throughout with Arriola's linocuts in shades of blue, red, and purple, and printed on paper made from agave fiber. A portfolio of ten additional plates, all signed and employing a rainbow of colors, depict the process of changing blue agave into tequila. Arriola's illustrations are both dreamlike and instructive, imagining that agave flies from earth to the... Read more
Item Price
$750.00
An Oxford Odyssey. Together with: 35th anniversary broadside

An Oxford Odyssey. Together with: 35th anniversary broadside

by Theobald, John

(N.p.: Janus Press, 1980. Van Vliet, Claire. Small octavo. (vi), 45, (2)pp. Inscribed twice by the author. The first book of the Janus Press, with a frontispiece woodcut and two additional cuts by Claire Van Vliet, whose imagery adopts a classical motif to echo the highbrow sentiments of Theobald's verses. A promising start, displaying the artistic potential of the now-acclaimed Press. Saddle-stitched in wrappers, sunned at edges. Acid from errata slips offset to pages, some creasing at spine, else near... Read more
Item Price
$950.00
Miniature Books

Miniature Books

by Koopman, Harry Lyman

Los Angeles: Dawson's Book Shop, 1968. Rogers, Bruce. 103pp. One of 400 copies printed by Grabhorn-Hoyem. This was to have been the last book designed by Bruce Rogers begun in his 87th year, but the corrected page proofs did not reach him until the day of his death in 1957. They gathered dust until acquired by Robert Grabhorn and Andrew Hoyem in 1968. Page decorations in blue, and initials in red, of Rogers' own design, were added. Fine in vellum wrappers printed in blue. (1 15/16 by 1 5/16; 49x33mm.).
Item Price
$225.00
Life Work of Dard Hunter. A Progressive Illustrated Assemblage of His Works as Artist, Craftsman, Author, Papermaker, and Printer

Life Work of Dard Hunter. A Progressive Illustrated Assemblage of His Works as Artist, Craftsman, Author, Papermaker, and Printer

by Hunter, Dard, Jr

Chillicothe: Mountain House Press, 1983. Two folio volumes. 198; (131)pp. One of 150 copies signed by the author. Volume I contains numerous specimen woodcuts, title pages, advertisements, letterheads, and color photographs tipped or bound in, all showing various aspects of Hunter's non-papermaking work, including enamel, stained glass, and his work at the Roycrofters. Volume II concerns Hunter's independent papermaking career, with similar items, plus 23 full-page paper specimens, proof sheets, and... Read more
Item Price
$6,500.00
Omnibus

Omnibus

by Morris, Henry

(North Hills): Bird & Bull Press, 1967. Millard, Jean. Octavo. 121pp. From an edition of 500 copies, this is an out-of-series copy in a 1968 trial binding by Jean Millard. According to a penciled note on the front endpaper, there were two copies bound thus, and the note mentioned that "L. Schlosser has the other." This copy is also inscribed by Morris on the colophon page to Herb Frankel, dated 1/7/73. The text is a compilation of instructions for amateur papermakers with observations on private... Read more
Item Price
$950.00
Signed Artist's Proofs of the Wood Engravings by Rudolph Ruzicka for the Overbrook Press Edition of "The Happy Prince and Other Tales

Signed Artist's Proofs of the Wood Engravings by Rudolph Ruzicka for the Overbrook Press Edition of "The Happy Prince and Other Tales

Stamford, CT: Overbrook Press, 1936. Ruzicka, Rudolph. Folio. One of twenty copies. Six color engravings illustrating Oscar Wilde's text, each signed by the artist and mounted on a 13 by 10-inch off-white matte. This suite of prints comprises the full set of the engravings that appeared in the edition of the book. Housed in a cloth-backed folding portfolio, with paper label to the cover. Some toning to the mattes around the edges, portfolio lightly sunned and slightly soiled, else a very fine example of... Read more
Item Price
$2,500.00
Newfoundland

Newfoundland

by Smith, Romilly Saumarez

(London): Mile End Press, 2016. Yahooda, Verdi. Small quarto. (40)ff. One of 90 special edition copies. A collection of photographs taken by Yahooda of archaeological findings of jewelery discovered in Newfoundland. Each is named for the place in which it lay, a decision, among others, which Brian Appleyard discusses in his accompanying essay. Designed by Nicola Barnacle and Daniel Edwards and printed at ArtQuarters Press. White paper stab-bound binding designed by Charles Gledhill and executed at Book... Read more
Item Price
$450.00
On Chick-a-dee Mis-printed -- Chick-e-dee

On Chick-a-dee Mis-printed -- Chick-e-dee

by Wadsworth, Charles

(Cranberry Isles, Maine: Tidal Press, 1975. Wadsworth, Charles. Broadside. Signed by the author. A poem and an illustration of a chickadee, both by Charles Wadsworth, who along with his wife, Jean Howard, was proprietor of Tidal Press. Fine.
Item Price
$150.00
An Introduction to Carrageenan and Watercolor Marbling

An Introduction to Carrageenan and Watercolor Marbling

by Maurer, Paul and Diane Philippoff Maurer

Centre Hall, PA: Paul Maurer and Diane Maurer, 1984. Oblong octavo. 24pp. With several black & white illustrations, and with two large signed samples of marbled paper, one by Paul Maurer and one by Diane Philippoff Maurer. Fine in printed wrappers, with a window to show the front sample.
Item Price
$50.00
Bibliographie des Impressions Microscopiques

Bibliographie des Impressions Microscopiques

by Nauroy, Charles

Paris: Charavay Frères Editieurs, 1881. 12mo. 125pp. One of 250 copies. With descriptions of 400 items.This is a scarce reference book, much sought after by the serious collector of early miniature books, A few small smudges, but on the whole a fine copy in the original printed paper-covered wrappers.
Item Price
$200.00
A Collector's Guide to Bookbinding

A Collector's Guide to Bookbinding

by Kamph, Jamie

New Castle, DE: Oak Knoll Press, 1982. Octavo. 40pp. One of 250 copies. A comprehensive guide to bookbinding techniques and terminology for the layperson collector. Backed in cloth with red paper over boards. Fine.
Item Price
$125.00
The Writing Book of Andres Brun, Calligrapher of Saragosse

The Writing Book of Andres Brun, Calligrapher of Saragosse

by Thomas, Henry and Stanley Morison

Paris: Officina Bodoni for the Pegasus Press, 1929. Brun, Andres. Quarto. 30pp., (51)ff. One of 175 copies printed at the Officina Bodoni. With an Introduction by Henry Thomas and descriptive notes by Stanley Morison. Following these are forty-nine facsimile leaves in collotype reproducing the surviving text and plates of Brun's two writing books, which were originally published in 1583 and 1612. Very fine in cream cloth stamped with a decorative design in red. With original dust wrapper, which is... Read more
Item Price
$1,200.00
Left to their Own Devices

Left to their Own Devices

by Typophiles, The

(NY): Typophiles, 1938. The Typophiles. 12mo. xxvi, 327pp. One of 190 copies, designed by John S. Fass with contributions by 22 printers. With "A Salute to Typophiles Desipient" by Christopher Morley, an Introduction by Harry Miller Lydenberg, and a Note on the Building of This Book by Paul A. Bennett. This extraordinary little book is a collection of 156 devices based on the letter "T" contributed by 113 artists, designers, and printers of the day. Various ink colors were used, and Valenti Angelo's... Read more
Item Price
$850.00
THE FRENCH-KOSHER COOKBOOK

THE FRENCH-KOSHER COOKBOOK

by Grossman, Ruth and Bob

New York: Galahad Books, 1964. Near fine (giver's inscription on half-title, two very lightly bumped corners) in very good dust jacket (some brown spotting mars the white covers--see scan, lightly edgeworn). 82 pages including index. All recipes authenticated as Kosher. Written with knowledge and good humor (for example, "Sauce Behamel de Brighton Beach"). Edition not stated.. Hard Cover.
Item Price
$3.00