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    Selections from the Koran by [Mohammed]

    Boston: Nathan Haskell Dole, 1903. Nicely illustrated collection of extracts from the Koran, issued as one of 157 copies for subscribers as part of the 'Breviary Treasures', a set of ten volumes issued in various formats. Hardcover, imitation vellum over grey boards, brown titling; watermarked paper. Light wear, scuffing to lightly tanned spine, minor tanning elsewhere, corners lightly bumped & frayed, front endsheet lightly tanned, a few tiny stains. Text clean; [4], 212 pages; gravure frontispiece, chapter heads & tailpiece illustrations by Learned.. Limited. Hard Cover. Very Good/No Jacket. Illus. by A. G. Learned. Quarto.



    The Diary of a Madman by Gogol, Nikolai; Garnett, Constance (Translator); Magaril, Mikhail (Illustrator)

    New York: Summer Garden Editions, 1998. Limited Edition. Hardcover. Fine. Mikhail Magaril. Number XXX of 100 copies, large octavo size, 49 pp., signed by Mikhail Magaril. Mikhail Magaril (b. 1950) came to the United States from Russia where he had earned a Master's Degree from the Moscow Graphic Art School; today, he is a highly regarded illustrator, artist, and sculptor with his works in collections such as Yale and Princeton. Magaril "draws extensively on the visual culture of the Soviet avant-garde book illustration, where meaningful arrangements of the image and typography underscore daring linguistic experiments of poets and writers." (N.B., from the artist's web site.) "The Diary of a Madman" is a short story written in first-person diary-entry format by Russian dramatist Nikolai Gogol (1809-1852), whose work lends itself so well to the artistic treatment by Magaril. The story follows the life of a titular counselor during the corrupt and repressive reign of Emperor Nicholas I of Russia; the descent of the protagonist Arksenty Ivanovich Poprishchin coincides with poor treatment by his superiors and the unrecognized love of a woman engaged to another man. Eventually Poprishchin loses touch with reality, believing himself to be the heir to the throne of Spain. The story begs the question: is going mad the sane response to a mad world? The nine illustrations are composed of tortuous lines, with an abstract and almost frantic quality that builds on the world of the narrator. Illustrated, designed, printed, and bound under the direction Mikhail Magaril and published under his own imprint, Summer Garden Editions. ***DESCRIPTION: Original coptic bound tan linen covered boards with an illustration by the artist stamped in brown to the upper board, fore-edge uncut, title-page printed in black and brown, nine drypoint plates including frontis, hand-lettering and sketches by the artist throughout; Monotype Van Dijck type, Rives BFK paper, large octavo (10" by 6 5/8"), pagination: [i-vi] 1-49 [1 colophon], limited edition of 100 copies, this number XXX, signed by the artist. Housed in a wood and leather fall-down-back box with a pull-tab, designed to look like a leather journal that has been repeatedly scratched, paper label to the upper board and backstrip, lined in brown paper hand lettered by the artist. ***CONDITION: Fine, like new, in a fine case. ***POSTAGE: International customers, please note that additional postage may apply as the standard shipping charge does not always cover costs; please inquire for details. ***Swan's Fine Books is pleased to be a member of the ABAA, ILAB, and IOBA and we stand behind book we sell. Please contact us with any questions you may have, we are here to help.



    Copernican Fix by Birney, Earle

    Toronto, ON, Canada: ECW Press, 1985. Paperback. As New. 28pg. 23cm. Limited edition of 120. Paperback with dark blue covers with golden image of a sun. Like new with the exception of a few tiny white dots on the front cover.Inscribed by author on front free endpaper and also signed on title page. Fifteen poems by the well known Canadian author and poet who won the prestigious Governor General's award for his poetry twice.



    Faust, Eine Tragoedie von Goethe by [Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von]

    [Hammersmith]: The Doves Press, 1906. Limited Edition. Vellum. Near fine. One of 300 copies, octavo size, 261 pp., in German. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832) was a German statesman and a prolific writer whose work includes novels, poetry, dramas, and literary criticism; he was an early participant of the Sturm und Drang literary movement and rose to fame early in life with the publication of "The Sorrows of Young Werther". His best-known drama, "Faust", is the story of a man who makes a deal with Mephistopheles in order to achieve whatever he wants; "Faust" was massively influential and the idea of "making a deal with the devil" has been repeated numerous times in subsequent literature, plays, and films. The story of Faust reveals the depths and desperations of human nature in the earthly gamble for fame and fortune. This publication by The Doves Press is Part One of "Faust", the second part being printed in 1910; the German text from the 1887 Weimar edition of the play is printed, bound in beautiful limp vellum by the Doves Bindery. The Doves Press, founded by T. J. Cobden-Sanderson, was entirely self-sufficient, designing, printing, and binding its own books, and even cutting its own typeface for use in its publications; the books it published were often chosen for their typographical challenges, and were designed and printed with a simple elegance that did justice to the works' literary merits and the Press's skill and innovation. ___DESCRIPTION: Full limp vellum, gilt lettering on the spine, fore- and bottom edges rough cut, characters and stage directions printed in red, with titles, acts, and scenes printed in the margins, "The Doves Bindery" stamped in black at the bottom of the rear paste-down endpaper; Doves Roman type, octavo size (9.25" by 6.5"), pagination: [1-6] 7-260 [1 colophon], one of 300 copies, unnumbered. Please note the text is in German. ___CONDITION: A near fine copy; the covers clean, the corners straight and unrubbed, the binding tight with solid hinges, and the interior clean and bright; vellum is lightly rippled, as is often the case, and shows some natural discoloration, the initial and final half-dozen leaves are showing some foxing, and there are lightly pencilled numbers on the rear paste-down endpaper, likely from a prior bookseller. ___CITATION: Tidcombe no. DP10. ___POSTAGE:  International customers, please note that additional postage may apply as the standard does not always cover costs; please inquire for details. ___Swan's Fine Books is pleased to be a member of the ABAA, ILAB, and IOBA and we stand behind every book we sell. Please contact us with any questions you may have, we are here to help.




    New York: Limited Editions Club, 1953. Hardcover. Some wear to the rear cover. Very Good in a Good slipcase with splits. Pierre Watrin. Large octavo (7" x 10-3/4") bound in full midnight-blue silk stamped with silver leaf. Designed by Saul Marks and printed at the Plantin Press. Translation by Mrs. Wilfrid Jackson and introduction by Desmond MacCarthy. Copy #834 of 1500 numbered copies illustrated by Pierre Watrin. Issued unsigned.




    New York: Philip C. Duschnes, 1945-1950.. First Edition. Original Wraps. Near Fine. First Edition. Twelve Parts in Nine Volumes, Complete. Octavo, original printed wrappers (variously coloured), stapled at spine. 420 pp. A bit of mild tanning to covers, a very nice set. Contents: pt. 1. Ashlar Press. Aquila Press. Cresset Press. Shakespeare Head Press. Peter Beilensen, Printer. At the Signe [of the] Blue-Behinded Ape. Peter Pauper Press.--pt. 2. Hawthorn House. Prairie Press. St. Dominic's Press. Hours Press. Seizin Press.--pt. 3. Limited Editions Club. Heritage Press.--pt. 4. Halcyon Press. Black Sun Press. Oriole Press. Maverick Press. Cummington Press. Thomas Perry Stricker Press.--pt. 5-6. Grolier Club. Gregynog Press. Nonesuch Press. Mosher Books. Mosher Press. Harbor Press.--pt. 7-8. Dwiggins. The White Elephant. Cranach Press. Bremer Press. William Loring Andrews. James D. Hart. Samson Press. Bernhardt Wall. Rampant Lions Press. Wilder Bentley. Redcoat Press.--pt. 9. Christopher Sandford Boar's Head Press. Golden Hours Press. Golden Cockerel Press. Typophiles. Victor Hammer. Hammpepresse. Brothers of the Book.--pt. 11-12. Curwen Press. Folio Society. Golden Cross Press; The Press of Valenti Angelo. Harrison of Paris. Dard Hunter. Overbrook Press. Spiral Press. Elmer Adler: The Pynson Printers.



    A House Above Cuzco by Derleth, August

    New York: Candlelight Press, 1969. Late novella from Wisconsin's most prolific author; a semi-autobiographical rumination on an author's life, work & love. Hardcover, quarter ivory cloth over brown boards; elegantly designed & printed by Carroll Coleman of the Prairie Press. Light wear to book; jacket lightly worn, faded, with a sticker stain on the front panel. Text clean; 67 pages plus colophon.. First Edition. Hard Cover. Very Good/Good. Octavo.



    GROCER SHOPS AND SOULS by Anderson, Margaret

    Rochester, NY: Lillies & Schoolteachers, 1983. First Thus. Paperback. Fine. Sewn printed wrappers. One of 100 copies, the first publication of the press of Dale Davis and Candace Lorimer. Attractively printed from Bodoni types on J. Whatman paper. Brief essay by Anderson on literary criticism orginally published in 1914 in The Little Review. For a colloquium cohosted by the NY State Literary Center. Fine



    A Voyage to the South Seas by Bligh, Lieutenant William; Alan Villiers (introduction)

    Adelaide, South Australia: The Griffin Press for the Limited Editions Club, 1975. Limited Edition. Hardcover. Near Fine. DUNSTAN, Douglas A. . xix, 150 p. 37 cm decorated cream and brown cloth hardcover in slipcase. Illustrated by Geoffrey C. Ingleton. Signed by the illustrator and book designer, Douglas A. Dunstan. Frontispiece is a colour print of the John Smart's portrait of Bligh, 1797. Limited edition of 2000 copies. This copy is number 195. Includes unsealed envelope from the Limited Editions Club. Spine label on slipcase slightly rubbed. Bligh's record of his trip to the West Indies on the famous H. M. S. Bounty, during which the renowned mutiny took place.



    A Brief History of Punctuation by Simon, Maurya; Jacobsen, Cheryl (Illustrations)

    Winona, Minnesota: Sutton Hoo Press, 2002. Limited Edition. Hardcover. Fine. Jacobsen, Cheryl. one of 136 copies, folio size, 36 unnumbered pp., signed by the author and artist. Poet Maurya Simon (b. 1950) wrote this collection of poems with the theme of punctuation, loosely using the shapes of punctuation to correspond with the meaning of the writing. Reviewer Deborah Bogen notes: "Simon's poems make it clear that the maps she is intent on making in Cartographies are body-born and body-bound. They lead us deep into the poet's life as a soul-searcher, a mother, a wife, mountain dweller and a citizen of the larger world with its troubling truths and shifting boundaries" (n. b., Poetry Foundation website). Included also is calligraphy by Cheryl Jacobsen, long-time collaborator with the Sutton Hoo Press and calligraphic designer and illustrator; her designs here exemplify the tortuous nature of punctuation and language and echo the metaphysical aspect of the poems. ___DESCRIPTION: Grey and white marbled paper boards with brown paper tabs pulled over the boards, fore- and bottom edges rough cut, blind calligraphic design embossed on the recto of the third leaf, black calligraphic designs by Cheryl Jacobsen printed throughout, including one colour design with loose tissue guard and two two-page foldouts of black calligraphy, blind printer's design of the Sutton Hoo Press on the first and last pages; Joanna type, Somerset paper, folio size (14.5" by 8.25"), pagination: 36 unnnumbered pages, one of 136 copies, unnumbered, signed by the poet and the calligrapher. ___CONDITION: Volume is in fine condition; the covers clean, the corners straight and unrubbed, the binding tight, the interior clean and bright, and free of prior owner markings; clean, crisp, as new.   ___POSTAGE: International customers, please note that additional postage may apply as the Abe standard does not always cover costs; please contact us for details. ___Swan's Fine Books is pleased to be a member of the ABAA, ILAB, and IOBA and we stand behind every book we sell. Please contact us with any questions you may have, we are here to help.



    THE GOLDEN KEY. Written by George MacDonald, with illustrations by Charles van Sandwyk. by MACDONALD, George. VAN SANDWYK, Charles [Illustrator]

    No Place [Olympia, WA]: Pegana Press, 2015.. First Printing of This Edition. . Hardcover. Fine. First Printing of this New Edition, the first edition to bear illustrations by Charles van Sandwyk. Octavo. Hand-printed with hand-set Goudy and Civilite types on a Vandercook SP 15 press on Hanhnemuhle and Canson papers; handbound in tan cloth with printed paper title label on spine, decorative Florentine endpapers, pictorial label mounted on front panel. Colour frontispiece and interior pen and ink illustrations by Charles van Sandwyk. Each frontispiece has been hand signed by Charles and is Giclee printed for superb colour rendition and archival art quality. Printed in sections of French and German paper with hues of rose, custard, soft green, and blue. Edition strictly limited to 80 hand-numbered copies. Included with each book, is a letterpress print of 'The Old Man Of The Sea' by van Sandwyk, suitable for framing. THE GOLDEN KEY is a fairy tale, originally published in the collection 'DEALINGS WITH THE FAIRIES' (1867). It is particularly noted for the intensity of the suggestive imagery, which implies a spiritual meaning to the story without providing a transparent allegory for the events in it. "This story is filled with a lambent, glowing air of its own. It is dreamy and mystical, with a vague, dim, wondering beauty, and perhaps for these reasons it reminds me more of MacDonald's two great haunting dream romances, LILITH and PHANTASTES" - from Lin Carter's introduction to the story in EVENOR, one of the volumes in the Ballantine Adult Fantasy Series.



    The Faerie Queene Disposed into Twelve Bookes Fashioning XII Morall Vertues [WITH] Spenser's Minor Poems by Spenser, Edmund

    [Chelsea]: The Ashendene Press (1923 / 1925), 1923. Limited Edition. Vellum. Near Fine. Elephant folio size, 635 pp. Limited editions, with the Faerie Queene being one of 180 printed on paper (there were also 12 printed on vellum) and the Minor Poems being one of 200 printed on paper (with an additional 15 being printed on vellum). The two volumes were designed to be companion volumes as St. John Hornby noted in his bibliography; they were printed and bound in a similar manner, and this set comes with a custom slipcase to house both volumes. Many have noted the plea he made opposite the colophon page in the Faerie Queene to future binders not to crop the edges; he had designed a "book beautiful" and wished it not to be desecrated. The volumes are indeed lovely, printed in double columns with a liberal use of red and blue ink, with large intials designed by Graily Hewitt in red and blue; in the Minor Poems there is a larger use of blue than in any of the other books. ___DESCRIPTION: The two volumes bound uniformly, with the binding stamp of "WHS" on the turn-in of the back board in the Faerie Queene, quarter bound in brown cowhide with gilt lettering on the spines, ivory vellum sides over thick boards, red and blue ink used throughout as referenced above, text pages in double columns, type Subiaco on Batchelor paper bearing the Knight in Armour water-mark; elephant folio size (almost 17" tall), pagination: Faerie Queene, (i-viii), 1-406, colophon (407); Minor Poems (i-iv), (1)-216 with colophon on final page. Both volumes are housed in a custom slipcase with a brown leather spine and white paper sides, with a black leather spine label with gilt lettering; there is an inner slipcase covered in brown cloth, divided, with each compartment having a folder of brown cloth on the outside, lined with velvet inside, into which the two volumes fit and are protected. ___CONDITION: Both volumes near fine, the brown leather spines remain deep in colour, the vellum boards are of a natural dark shade; internally both volumes have strong, square text blocks, solid hinges, perfectly straight corners with no rubbing, the interiors are clean and bright, and they are entirely free of prior owner markings; there is one shallow scratch mark to the back board of Faerie Queene and both volumes have light foxing to the preliminary and final blank leaves as well as to the text block edges, both have some offsetting to the free endpapers from the leather spines, and the front free endpapers of both volumes have some darkening from smoke damage (no odors) near the top and bottom edges. The custom slipcase is near fine with some faint soiling to one side, the inner box and two folders are fine. ___CITATION: Hornby 32 and 35. ___POSTAGE: Please note that this set is extremely large and heavy, and depending on destination some additional postage may apply; please contact us for details. ___Swan's Fine Books is pleased to be a member of the ABAA, ILAB and IOBA and we stand behind every book we sell. Please contact us with any questions you may have, we are here to help.



    Trans-Siberian Prosody and Little Jeanne from France [No. V of X of the Special Edition]; La Prose du Transsiberian et de la Petite Jehanne de France by Cendrars, Blaise (Author); Jones, Dick (Translator); d'Arbeloff, Natalie (Artist)

    [Monmouthshire]: The Old Stile Press, 2014. Limited Edition. Hardcover. Fine. d'Arbeloff, Natalie. No. V of X (total edition 160), Folio - over 12" to 15" tall, 44 pp., signed by translator and artist. Blaise Cendrars (nom de plume for Frederic-Louis Sauser, 1887-1961), the "heir of Rimbaud", greatly influenced the European Modernist movement with his early works, including this one which tells of the voyage of Cendrars through Russia on the Trans-Siberian Express in 1905 during the Russian Revolution. First published in 1913, it is still considered a milestone in the evolution of artist's books; it was interlaced with an abstract pochoir by Sonia Delaunay-Terk, bound accordion style and would have measured almost 7 feet tall when unfolded. This version by The Old Stile Press, illustrated in vinylcuts by Natalie d'Arbeloff keeps the almost-abstract nature of the original, but with a modern sense. ***DESCRIPTION: Bound in red and blue paper boards, gold cloth spine with bronze lettering, the front cover being red and the back being blue, the covers have the title printed in silver wrapping from the back to front in large woodcut type, endpapers are of the same red and blue but with the the front blue and the back red, half-title in French with a vinylcut of the author, double-spread title page in black woodcut title and gold text, Natalie d'Arbeloff's vinylcut images are printed direct from her original blocks in black ink, the text was printed in twenty-four different colours "chosen at random from a battery of inks deemed suitable" (N. B. info from colophon), typeface Storm Sans on Canaletto Liscio, designed at The Old Stile Press; folio size (approximately 13" tall), unpaginated with 22 printed leaves, signed by translator Dick Jones and artist Natalie d'Arbeloff; this copy no. V of X special edition copies, total edition 160 copies. The special edition is accompanied by four black ink vinylcut prints with colour brushed over, contained in tissue envelopes, all four images encased in a grey paper wallet; volume and prints are both enclosed in a dark metallic bronze cloth clamshell box with an illustration of the author stamped in black on the front cover. ***CONDITION: Volume, prints, and box are all in fine condition; clean, crisp, as new. ***POSTAGE: Due to the weight of this set, additional postage will apply; we are happy to ship at cost for both domestic and international customers, please inquire for more details. ***Swan's Fine Books is pleased to be a member of the ABAA, ILAB, and IOBA and we stand behind every book we sell. Please contact us with any questions you may have, we are here to help.



    44 Wilde 1944 (Being a selection of 44 images from a sketchbook kept by John Wilde mostly in 1944) by Wilde, John (1919-2006)

    Mount Horeb, Wisconsin: Perishable Press (Walter Hamady), 1985. Original handmade paper covers. 26 x 19 cm. Full page illustrations. Unpaginated. Edition of 200 copies. Fine. Mailing label from Perishable Press included. John Wilde, an American surrealist associated with the Magic Realist school of painting, whose fantastic, darkly humorous images brought him fame far beyond his native Wisconsin, died on March 9, 2006 at his home in Cooksville. He was 86. The cause was cancer, said his dealer, Tory Folliard of the Tory Folliard Gallery in Milwaukee. Mr. Wilde (pronounced WILL-dee) dedicated his six-decade career to painting, with an exacting touch, narratives involving grotesque, doll-like people in otherworldly situations. He was inspired partly by Salvador Dalí and partly by Northern Renaissance masters like Bosch and Grünewald. Mr. Wilde often painted himself into his pictures, giving himself a weirdly oversized and misshapen head. He also created intensely detailed, colorful and mysteriously glowing still lifes. Although he lived his whole life in Wisconsin -- except for a wartime stint in the Army -- Mr. Wilde rejected the regionalism of artists like Grant Wood and John Steuart Curry. Instead he became part of a loose community of like-minded Midwesterners -- including Marshall Glasier, his teacher at the University of Wisconsin, and the Chicago-based fantasy painter Gertrude Abercrombie -- who advocated idiosyncratic and freely imaginative forms of expression. His paintings also relate to those of New York-based Magic Realists like Paul Cadmus and George Tooker. For Mr. Wilde's solo exhibition in New York at the Edwin Hewitt Gallery in 1950, the ballet impresario Lincoln Kirstein, a friend of Cadmus and the New York Magic Realists, wrote the brochure text. Paintings by Mr. Wilde were included in "Surrealism USA," a major exhibition at the National Academy Museum in New York last year. Currently two shows of Mr. Wilde's works are on view: at Spanierman Gallery in New York and at Tory Folliard Gallery in Milwaukee



    The Ginko at 57 Pearl St. by Kearns, Sherry [William Bronk]

    [New Rochelle]: James L. Weil, 2005. First Edition. Paperback. Near fine. Green printed wrappers, sewn; thin 8vo. One of 50 copies printed "at the Kelly-Winterton Press to celebrate in memoriam the eighty-seventh birthday of William Bronk". Lines from a tetter by Kearns made into an eight-line, four stanza poem by Weil, the publisher. About fine, edges of handmade paper rough as issued.



    You Are Old, Father William by Carroll, Lewis; Linda Landers

    London: Spoon Print Press, 2013. Limited Edition. Near fine. SIGNED. Oblong folio [40 cm x 29.5 cm] in string-bound grey paper wraps. Lower corners bent, light edgewear, some small nicks to edges. Linocuts by British printmaker Linda Landers illustrating Carroll's nonsense poem from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, "You Are old, Father William." The poem is printed on a single sheet fold-out. This is the deluxe edition with a moveable bat at rear. Edition limited to 30 copies signed by Landers.




    Lincoln, MA: Penmaen Press, 1973. First Edition. Hardcover. Fine. Tall quarto (8" x 11-3/4") in original cloth. Foreword by George Selleck. Illustrated with five woodcuts by Michael McCurdy. One of 24 copies of a total edition of 224 SIGNED by the artist on the colophon page. This copy is marked "MM" at the colophon and belonged to the publisher and illustrator, Michael McCurdy.




    San Francisco: The Book Club of California, 1920. Second Edition. Cloth-backed decorated boards. Very Good Plus/Custom Clear Mylar. (v) 77 (1) pages. #96 of a limited edition of 350 copies printed for The Book Club of California by Taylor & Taylor, San Francisco. Cloth-backed decorated boards. 6" x 9". Several pages un-opened. A poem in play form by California poet and playwright George Sterling (1869 - 1926), a member of the "bohemian" colony of early Carmel, California and a good friend of Jack London. He committed suicide while residing at the Bohemian Club in San Francisco in 1926. Some edgewear; corners showing; still, Very Good Plus and now in a custom, clear mylar protective jacket. ALWAYS FREE SHIPPING of books via media mail to any United States address.




    New York: Limited Editions Club, 1965. Hardcover. Fine in a Fine slipcase. Felix Hoffmann. Large octavo (7-1/8" x 11-1/8") bound in two textures of black cloth with gilt lettering and a blind-stamped design of Dracula on the front cover; 448 pages. Introduction by Anthony Boucher. Illustrated with 33 wood engravings, 8 in three-colors, by Felix Hoffmann printed from the wood blocks. Of a total edition of 1500 copies SIGNED by the artist on the colophon page, this is one of only 15 Presentation Copies with the publisher's blindstamp attesting to such on the colophon page where instead of a number the initials "H.M." are handwritten. Acquired directly from the publisher's files, and most likely the publisher Helen Macy's very own copy. Monthly Letter laid in.




    New York: Limited Editions Club, 1979. Hardcover. Slight foxing to bulked edges of text, internally Fine. Overall Near Fine in glassine and about Fine slipcase. Stephen Harvard . Quarto (7-1/4" x 11") bound in forest-green linen imported from the Netherlands stamped on the front cover and spine in pure gold, 152 pages. A bilingual edition with the original French and the English translations on opposing pages by Algernon Swinburne, Dante Rossetti, W. E. Henley, John Payne, and Leonie Adams. Introduction by Robert Louis Stevenson. First book set by the Stinehour Press using Galliard type. Beautifully designed by Stephen Harvard who also contributes some calligraphy. Copy #333 of 2000 SIGNED by the designer on the colophon page. Monthly Letter laid in.



    The Pyed Pyper by Verstegan, Richard; Lemaire, Angela (Illustrator and author of Afterword)

    [Monmouthshire]: The Old Stile Press, 2002. Limited Edition. Limp Leather. Fine. Lemaire, Angela. Folio - over 12 - 15" tall. 24 p. Signed by Artist. Limited edition, this no. 35 of 175 copies, SIGNED by the artist, Angela Lemaire. Richard Verstegan was the first (1634) to tell the story in English, of how the town of Hamelin was freed from rats by the playing of a piper. The Town Council refuses to keep to their agreement to pay the piper, which changes him from a hero freeing the town to an entrancing being who transfixes the townspeople while the children dance to his tunes into the surrounding hills. As the sun sets the evening sky aflame, the children disappear into enfolding dark green shadows, never to be seen again. Here, the delicate relationship between the people, the land, the elements and the seasons demonstrate the need for respect one for the other. The imagery and colours reflect this and stunning double page spreads re-enforce the powerful medieval story. (N.B., above information from the web site of The Old Stile Press.) ***DESCRIPTION: The book is limp bound in full natural calf with a figure, rules, flowers and titling blind-tooled on the front cover, brown endpapers, lavishly illustrated with images cut on wood and lino and printed from the original blocks in a variety of ink colours; folio size (approximately 13" tall), unpaginated with 12 leaves, paper Fabriano Ingres, type Hiroshige Book; limited edition of 175 copies, this no. 35. ***CONDITION: Fine. ***POSTAGE: International customers, please note that additional postage may apply as the standard does not always cover costs; please contact us for details. ***Swan's Fine Books is pleased to be a member of the ABAA, ILAB, and IOBA and we stand behind every book we sell. Please contact us with any questions you may have, we are here to help.



    Invoice and Correspondence Re: "No-No Nse-Nse " by Jonathan Williams by Hamady, Walter and J.F. Holly

    Mount Horeb, Wisconsin: Perishable Press (Walter Hamady), 1979 . Invoice from Hamady with embossed letterhead by Reynolds Stone and letter from Holly regarding the 119th book of the press. Walter Hamady (born 1940) is an American artist, book designer, papermaker, poet and teacher. He is especially known for his innovative efforts in letterpress printing, bookbinding, and papermaking exemplified in the productions of The Perishable Press Limited and the Shadwell Papermill, founded by Hamady in the mid-1960s. In 1966 Hamady joined the faculty of the University of Wisconsin, Madison where he would teach papermaking, letterpress printing, and bookbinding for more than three decades.



    A Conservatory for My Prospectuses and Specimen Leaves by Morris, Henry

    Newtown, PA: Bird & Bull Press, 2008. Limited Edition. Hardcover. Fine. 4to - over 9" - 12" tall. 91 p. Limited edition of 100 copies. We cannot do better at introducing this book than to share the words of Henry Morris himself, in the Foreword to this book: "I like the idea of having these artifacts [prospectuses and specimen leaves] of Bird & Bull all in one place and bound into a book. And I like the idea of being able to look through such a book getting a sense of the progression and variety of works produced over a period of fifty years." Herewith - a glimpse of 50 years of the Bird & Bull Press. The contents of each of the 100 copies produced will vary as quantities of any single item were limited. The book includes thirty-six pages of brief running commentaries on the books, as are facsimiles of relevant letters. ***DESCRIPTION: Bound in green cloth with a black leather spine label, the numerals "50" on the front in gilt, title page in green and black, initial letter of text in green, prospectuses and specimen leaves bound or tipped in throughout, composed in Dante type, printed on Zerkall Mouldmade paper, binding done by the Campbell-Logan bindery. Small folio (11.75" tall), pagination: (1-4), 5-90, colophon page, limited edition of 100 copies, this being no. 63, prospectus loosely laid in. Clamshell case is covered in brown cloth with hints of orange, green leather spine label with gilt lettering, . ***CONDITION: Fine in a like box. ***POSTAGE: International customers, please note that additional postage may apply, please contact seller for details. ***Swan's Fine Books is pleased to be a member of the ABAA, ILAB and IOBA and we stand behind every book we sell. Please contact us with any questions you may have, we are here to help.




    Paris: Limited Editions Club, 1952. Hardcover. Slight rubbing to leather spine label. About Fine in a Very Good slipcase. Charming book. Sylvain Sauvage. Octavo (6-1/2" x 8-1/2") bound in brown linen on which a psuedo-oriental design is deposited in gold through silk screens, the title stamped in gold on a blue leather spine label; the slipcase covered with gold paper lithographed in brown; 174 pages. Printed on handmade paper and illustrated with more than one hundred drawings in the oriental manner by Sylvain Sauvage, printed in collotype and hand-colored by Etienne Giradot. A number of the illustrations are of a mildly erotic nature. Issued unsigned after the artist's death. Of a total of 1500 copies, this copy is not numbered (in place of the number is written in ink "Office Copy") and bears the Club's blindstamp stating it is one of 15 presentation copies.



    Lifeboat and Other Poems by George Mackay Brown

    One of only fifteen copies. This publication from he Manuscript Series No. 11, has the last poem in the book, Lifeboat, handwritten by George Mackay Brown alongside the printed version. The poet has also made two handwritten and signed corrections to two of the poems. Blue card cover with title printed on front, with 21 pages sewn in. 7.5 inches by 10.5 inches. An extremely rare book in outstanding condition.

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