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    Lippy the Lion and Hardy Har Har by Weiner, Gina Imgoglia

    New York: Golden Press, 1963. A G/VG copy. Little Golden Book#508 with a .25 cover price. First printing with the "A" present on last page. . First Edition. Pictorial Cover. G/VG. Illus. by Pratt, Hawley & McGary, Norm.


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    £6.95

    Nelson and Emma by Hudson, Roger (editor)

    Folio Society, 1994 Book. Very Good. Hardcover. hardback, 8vo, parchment side panels with navy buckram backstrip lettered gilt, oval portrait mounted to upper board, a near fine copy in a very good but part faded pictorial slipcase, no jacket issued, col'd & b&w illustrations, 256pp.


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    $1,250.00

    The Pilgrim's Progress by Bunyan, John

    London: Cresset Press, 1928. Boards. Orig. thick black boards lettered in gilt. Teg. Very good in near fine slipcase. 2 vols.. Hughes-Stanton, Blair. 174 & 162 pages. Large 4to, 36 x 25 cm, ten full-page wood-engraved plates: six by Blair Hughes-Stanton, and four by Gertrude Hermes. Printed by the Shakespeare Head Press under the direction of Bernard Newdigate. As Roderick Cave noted [see: THE PRIVATE PRESS, p.183], "As Colin Franklin has so well put it in a phrase in which he linked Morris, Cobden-Sanderson, Hornby, and Newdigate, the books appear as if the literary works were privately digested as well as printed, and presented in the form proper to them." Printed on Batchelor's Kelmscott hand-made paper in 18 pt. Cloister, in a Limited edition, copy 76 of 195, and bound by Sangorski & Sutcliffe with the eight page prospectus for the publication laid-in. The text for Vol.I from the 11th edition, published 1688, which represents Bunyan's final revision; Vol.II taken from the 2nd edition, published 1687. Two small tears at endpapers of Vol. I repaired with archival tape. Spine slightly dried, bookplate Vol.I. Slight nick spine of one vol.


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    $1,000.00

    Epipsychidion by Shelley, Percy Bysshe

    Montagnola: Officina Bodoni, 1928. leather_bound. Orig. full vellum, spine lettered in gilt. Very good. 38 pages. 29 x 20 cm. Limited edition, one of 220 copies printed on vellum paper with the original types of Giambattista Bodoni. Verses Addressed To The Noble and Unfortunate Lady Emilio V____, This work was inspired by Shelley's meeting, at the end of October 1820 when the author had moved back to Pisa, the beautiful, young Teresa Viviani (1801--1836), who was being kept in a convent awaiting the outcome of marriage arrangements in which she played little part. But it also reflects the difficulties he was facing in his second marriage to Mary Godwin, and looks back to the desolation the poet faced after the suicide of his first wife Harriet Westbrook. Covers slightly splayed, bookplate, covers and interior fresh and clean.


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    £11.15

    The Defeat of the Spanish Armada by Mattingly, Garrett

    Folio Society, 2002 Book. Near Fine. hardback. hardback, 8vo, pictorial cloth binding lettered gilt on black to spine, no jacket issued, a near fine tightly bound and clean copy in a very good red paper covered original slipcase, coloured frontis & plates, 445pp.


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    Autograph Letter Signed ("Eric Gill" and "E.G."), to John Gideon Wilson of J. & E. Bumpus Bookshop in London by Gill, Eric

    Villa des Palmiers, Salies-de-Béarn, France, 1927. 2 pp., in green ink. 4to. Some wrinkling, closed tear to blank margin, slight toning, old folds. 2 pp., in green ink. 4to. With architectural drawings and referencing Troilus & Criseyde. Gill writes to his friend, J.G. Wilson of the Bumpus Bookshop in London, regarding his engraving, "Flying Buttresses," mentioning his work on Troilus & Criseyde for the Golden Cockerel Press, and mentioning another of his publishers. An excellent technical letter with 5 small drawings in the text. In part: "I am working like anything on the engravings for the Golden Cockerel Troilus & Criseyde. I expect to finish the engravings by about Easter ... I shall come and see you as soon as possible to talk over things and explain how it happened that D. Cleverdon is publishing my next ... Meanwhile this is just to make a brief apology for myself in the matter of the Buttresses! Is matter of fact they aren't so blooming wrong in the engraving as your correspondent thinks. It's the perspective which makes the difficulty." The engraving in question is "Flying Buttresses," based on a drawing of St. Pierre, Chartes, used to illustrated Gill's 1926 essay "Id Quod Visum Placet." Gill uses the rest of the letter to explain, with the aid of five small sketches, why the perspective is in fact correct. Douglas Cleverdon, the Bristol bookseller and publisher, brought out Gill's Art and Love in 1927, as well as a collection of his engravings in 1929.


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    The English Humourists; The Four Georges EVERYMAN'S LIBRARY # 610 by Thackeray, William Makepeace

    London: J. M. Dent & Sons Limited, 1920. First Edition Third Printing . Hardcover. Fair/No Jacket. 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall. EVERYMAN'S LIBRARY # 610 ILLUSTRATED Introduction by Walter Jerrold. The greatest popular library containing 1058 of the world's best books, past and present. "The English Humoursts consists of six lectures, on: Swift; Congreve and Addison; Steele; Prior, Gay, and Pope; Hogarth, Smollett, and Fielding; Sterne and Goldsmith. The Four Georges is also a series of lectures delivered, like The English Humourists, in both London and America, as was the lecture Charity and Humour." RG4 Fair brown cloth. Gilt titles and decoration. Blindstamp on cover. Some edge and spine wear, previous owner name and stamp inside, marginalia, soiling, faded spine, hinges repaired, tanned endpapers. (1920), (1912), 12mo, xix, 423pp. 1/1//N Seymour Temple Press 4 page advertising catalogue of 740 volumes bound in.


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    $605.00

    Printed Pages from English Literature by Brown, George M.L

    NY: Society of Foliophiles, 1925. Quarto. One of 200 copies printed for the Society of Foliophiles, containing 20 original leaves from notable books of English literature from the 16th to the 20th centuries. Unbound, as issued, with each leaf in its respective, annotated folder measuring 12 1/2 by 9 1/2 inches. Some of the leaves included are: a Breviary "Portiforium" for Salisbury Cathedral, printed by J. Kyngston and H. Sutton, in red and black gothic (1555), A Guide to Tongues by J. Minsheu, perhaps the first comparitive linguistic dictionary published in England (1617), the first Irish translation of the Old Testament, printed in Gaelic, London (1685), and the Book of Common Prayer, printed by John Baskerville for the University of Cambridge (1762). Typewritten slips accompany most fragments. Housed in publisher's box, with overall wear, splits at corners and hinges, and compression splits; limitation slip present and pasted to inside lid. Minimal spotting to a few specimens, else contents fine. Bookplate. (BCC #44; Chalmers 23).


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    Fathers & Sons by Turgenev, Ivan

    New York: Heritage Press. Very Good. 1941. Hardcover. Pamphlet from the Heritage Club, Sanglass, laid in. Ships same or next business day. Previous owner's bookplate on front paste-down endpaper. Spine is slightly skewed. Spine and head edge of back board are slightly faded. Light soiling to edges of pages. Otherwise, free from major defect. No dust jacket. Protected in archival cover. ; B&W Illustrations; Large 8vo 9" - 10" tall; 235 pages .


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    Daisy Miller A Study by James, Henry

    Norwalk, Connecticut: Heritage Press. Very Good. 1982. Hardcover. Introduction by John Holloway. In creme slipcase--soiled. Ships same or next business day. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall .


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    The National Geographic Magazine, Vol. XVI. No. 3, March, 1905 [Facsimile Reprint]

    Washington, D. C.: National Geographic Society, 1905 Facsimile Reprint. Soft Cover. Very Good/No Dust Jacket.


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    $425.00

    Ten Sample Leaves from Five Kelmscott Press works by [Kelmscott Press]

    Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, [1891-1895]. Very Good. A nice selection of ten small octavo sample leaves with 20 pages of text from the following Kelmscott Press titles: Pages 215-218 from Biblia Innocentum; pages 71-74 from Morris's Poems By the Way; Pages 37-38 and 43-44 from Syr Perecyvelle of Gales; pages 39-42 from The Defense of Guenevere, with the beautiful decorative title page of "Sir Peter Hardon's End" with a ten-line initial "O;" pages 179-180 and 189-190 from Poems of John Keats. All of the leaves are printed in Golden type on Flower paper. All except the Biblia are printed in red and black. With an additional ten-line initial in the Keats, and several three and six-line decorated initials throughout. The paper for the Keats leaves has browned, clean tear to pages 73-74 of Poems by the Way, and lightly visible pencil marks to Defense, otherwise all in very good condition. An excellent set of Kelmscott Press typography and decoration for teaching environments. PRI/041316.


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    $150.00

    So this then is a book of the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam done into English by Edward FitzGerald by Omar Khayyam.; Edward FitzGerald; Clarence S. Darrow

    East Aurora: The Roycrofters, 1904. First Edition Thus. Full Suede. Very Good. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" (oblong). Laid in loose is an Autograph Note Signed (ANS) by Elbert Hubbard, four lines plus on postcard-sized yellow letterhead ("The Roycroft Shop") printed in red. It is addressed to a client ("Mr. Gray") who seems to have been a subscriber for the deluxe editions of the press. Attractively bound Roycroft "Rubaiyat" in full green suede stamped in gilt and black, top edge gilt (two leaves have offset from clippings; some wear to silk endpapers (rear being loose; stain to front silk); minor wear to suede). Notes: Title within ornamental border. Initials in red. Description: [6], xl, [54] pages ; 15 x 19.5cm.


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    Joe Average by Gibney, Jennifer

    Victoria, Australia, 2010. Gibney, Jennifer. Square 32mo. (14)pp., accordionfold, decorated on both sides of the page. An original artist's book by Jennifer Gibney, with hand-drawn text and pen illustrations in black, sepia, and sanguine ink, housed within a hand-painted and decorated wooden box. The story concerns a jester-like character who is overwhelmed by the pressures of life until he opens a book and "opens a dream," escaping into the endless possibilities of his imagination. On the lid of the box is a painting of Joe Average with the word "ordinary" repeated over and over on his clothing and hat, trapped beneath a lattice of textured brass strips. A porcelain sculpture of Joe Average, in the same pose as on the illustration on the lid of the box, is laid into the box on top of the book. Gibney is both a painter and a sculptor, with a background in graphics and book illustration, and she drew on all of these areas of expertise to create this unusual book. With a colophon card laid in, signed by the author. Extremely fine.


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    £6.50

    The Letters of Dorothy Osborne to Sir William Temple 1652-54 by Hart, Kingsley (editor)

    Folio Society, 1968 Book. Very Good. Hardcover. hardback, 8vo, purple cloth lettered gilt on red to a faded spine, no wrapper issued & o/w a very good tightly bound copy in a scuffed slipcase, double page portrait title, 213pp.


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    The Age of Scandal - an excursion through a minor period by White, T H

    Folio Society, 1993 Book. Very Good. Hardcover. hardback, 8vo, brown cloth backstrip lettered gilt on black, pictorial paper covered sides, a very good clean and tightly bound copy in original slipcase, no wrapper issued, 240pp.


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    The Kitten's Surprise by Nina

    New York: Simon & Schuster, 1951. A VG+ copy. Little Golden Books #107. First printing with "A" present on last page. . First Edition. Pictorial Cover. VG+. Illus. by Rojankovsky, Feodor.


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    The Decline & Fall of the Roman Empire; Volume Two [2] EVERYMAN'S LIBRARY # 435 by Gibbon, Edward

    London: J. M Dent & Sons Ltd., 1910. First Edition . Leather Bound. Good/No Jacket. 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall. FIRST EDITION EVERYMAN'S LIBRARY # 435, VOLUME 2 OF 6, Edited by Oliphant Smeaton. Good maroon red leather/leatherette. Gilt titles and decorations. Gilt top, Silk bookmark ribbon. Some wear, lacking ffep, previous owner bookplate and name inside, light chipping to spine extremities, no jacket. [n.d., 1910], 12mo, [6], viii-viii,1-523pp. [1], Temple Press, 1/1//U Seymour, Scarce leather First Edition Everyman's Library. "A history of the Roman Empire from the reign of Trajan (A.D.98) to the fall of Constantinople in 1453."


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    Selected Letters of James Thurber by Thurber, James

    Franklin Center, PA: The Franklin Library. Near Fine. 1981. First Edition. Hardcover. Near Fine Limited First Edition bound in brown genuine leather with gilt decorative designs on cover and spine. Shelf wear along bottom edges. Edited by Helen Thurber and Edward Weeks. From the Introduction: "James Thurber was a letter writer of the type that is now completely extinct. His circle of correspondents was pehaps no larger but it was easily more bewildered than that of any other American of his generation." Ships same or next business day. ; The First Edition Society; 8vo 8" - 9" tall .


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    Picture Alphabet, with Quotations in Praise of Print by Weissenborn, Hellmuth

    (London/Andoversford): Acorn Press/Whittington Press, 1975. Weissenborn, Hellmuth. Oblong quarto. (28)ff., frenchfold. One of 60 copies signed by the artist, Hellmuth Weissenborn. Illustrated with twenty-seven linocuts printed in two colors. Weissenborn's colorful alphabet is accompanied by quotations about various aspects of printing from philosophical and literary luminaries, such as Byron, Nietschze, and Southey, as well as influential and diverse figures in the printing world, from Bodoni to De Vinne. This book marks Weissenborn's first collaboration with Whittington. Small bump to lower spine, else about fine in stab-sewn gray boards, housed in publisher's slipcase with printed label on upper cover. Slipcase shows light wear along opening.


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    The National Geographic Magazine, Vol. XVI. No. 11, November, 1905 [Facsimile Reprint]

    Washington, D. C.: National Geographic Society, 1905 Facsimile Reprint. Soft Cover. Very Good/No Dust Jacket.


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    $550.00

    Chapters on Writing and Printing by Hammer, Victor

    Lexington: Anvil Press, 1963. Tall octavo. 70 pp. One of 134 copies printed by Carolyn Hammer. Contains articles by Paul Standard, Victor Hammer, R. Hunter Middleton, and Carolyn Hammer. Illustrated with 20 pp. of examples from the Press, which are bound-in. One of the scarcer titles in the Hammer canon. Slight spine lean, else near fine in beige boards.


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    The National Geographic Magazine, Vol. XVI. No. 9, September, 1905 [Facsimile Reprint]

    Washington, D. C.: National Geographic Society, 1905 Facsimile Reprint. Soft Cover. Very Good/No Dust Jacket.


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    $350.00

    Lyrics and Unfinished Poems by Abercrombie, Lascelles

    (Newtown): Gregynog Press, 1940. Limited edition. Hardcover. Near fine. No. 34 of 175 copies. 1/2 morocco gilt by the Gregynog Bindery. Printed in Romulus on Barcham Green handmade paper. Slight wear at spine heel and corners else a fine copy. The last book printed at the Press.


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    Most Pleasant and Delectable Tale Of the Marriage of Cupid and Psyche, The by DE SAUTY, Alfred; ADLINGTON, William, translator; LANG, Andrew, editor

    London: David Butt, 1887. A Fine Arts and Crafts Style Inlaid Binding by Alfred De Sauty [DE SAUTY, Alfred, binder]. ADLINGTON, William, translator. The Most Pleasant and Delectable Tale Of the Marriage of Cupid and Psyche. Done into English by William Adlington Of University College in Oxford. With a Discourse on the Fable By Andrew Lang, late Of Merton College In Oxford. London: David Nutt, 1887. Limited to five hundred and fifty copies. Octavo (7 5/8 x 5 inches; 193 x 125 mm.).[ii], [lxxxvi], [1,], [1, blank], 65, [1, blank]. With a Pre-Raphaelite engraved frontispiece, a wonderful etched engraving of Venus and the Sea-Gull by Scottish Artist Vereker Monteith Hamilton (1856-1931), and a small engraved vignette on the last leaf. Original front wrapper bound in at end. Bound ca. 1910 by Alfred De Sauty (stamp-signed "De Sauty" in gilt on front turn-in) in an Arts and Crafts style binding of full dark green morocco. Front cover with double gilt ruled border surrounding ten floral clusters with maroon morocco inlaid bouquets and fine pointillé, all joined together by a decorative gilt bordered inlaid dark blue morocco gilt decorated branch. In addition there are fourteen inlaid red morocco butterflies and two small gilt decorated inlaid red morocco circles. The center of the front cover is lettered in gilt "Cupid and Psyche". Rear cover with double gilt ruled border surrounding four similar 'corner-piece' floral clusters with maroon morocco inlaid bouquets. There is a central rectangular panel surrounded by a double gilt border enclosing four small gilt decorated inlaid red morocco circles. Spine with five raised bands, decoratively paneled and lettered in gilt in compartments with five decorative gilt butterflies, gilt ruled board-edges, triple gilt ruled turn-ins, top edge gilt, others uncut. Spine ends expertly and almost invisibly repaired. A superb and understated example of the genius of Alfred De Sauty. Alfred de Sauty (1870-1949) was a bookbinder who produced tooled bindings of exceptional delicacy. De Sauty was active in London from approximately 1898 to 1923 and in Chicago from 1923 to 1935. His finest work is thought to be have been accomplished between 1905 and 1914. Many aspects of his life are poorly documented. For instance, scholars are unsure whether, when in London, de Sauty worked independently, for the firm of Rivière & Sons, or both. While in London, he may also have been a designer for the Hampstead Bindery and a teacher at the Central School of Arts and Crafts. When he lived in Chicago, de Sauty worked for the hand bindery of R. R. Donnelley & Sons. He signed his work at the foot of the front doublure, if present, and at the center of the bottom turn-in of the front upper board, if not. Works he produced in London are signed "de S" or "De Sauty." Works he produced in Chicago are signed with his employer's name, 'R. R. Donnelly'" (Bound in Intrigue, Harvard Botany Libraries Online Exhibit) William Adlington (fl. 1566) was one among the host of translators that made the Elizabethan era the "golden age of translations". His Englishing of Apuleius' 2nd century CE novel Metamorphoses, better known by its English title The Golden Ass (1566, reprinted 1571, 1582, 1596) was its first appearance in English and has been steadily reprinted into the 20th century. His prose is bold and delightful, though he does not stick as close to his source as a modern translator would be expected to do, in part because he had probably translated from a French edition of the text alongside the original Latin. The book was a favourite source of Shakespeare's. The Most Pleasant and Delectable Tale of the Marriage of Cupid and Psyche is an excerpt from it.


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