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    $330.00

    The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam of Naishapur by Fitzgerald, Edward (Translation); Angelo, Valenti (Illustrations)

    New York: The Limited Editions Club, 1935. Limited Edition. Leather bound. Fine. Angelo, Valenti. No. 510 of 1500 copies, sixteenmo size, 80 unnumbered pp., signed by Valenti Angelo. Omar Khayyam (1048-1131) was a Persian mathematician and astronomer, best known for his work on cubic equations and for designing the Jalali calendar; many poems are attributed to him (though with much skepticism and uncertainty in the academic world) in the quatrain style. English poet Edward Fitzgerald (1809-1883) created the first and most famous translation of Khayyam's poetry, "The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam", translated from Farsi to English, and greatly popular among the Pre-Raphaelites during the Orientalism at the end of the nineteenth century. This volume was printed by The Limited Editions Club for its members and is a definitive text taken from the five editions of the translation previously printed. It is designed, illustrated, and hand-illuminated by Valenti Angelo (1897-1982), an Italian printmaker and illustrator who created stunning linocuts of the American Southwest, as well as book illustrations for the Grabhorn Press in San Francisco. ___DESCRIPTION: Full yellow morocco with blind-stamped illustrations and patterned borders on the front and back boards, silver lettering and blind-stamped ornaments on the spine, all edges speckled red, orange and blue endpapers with geometric pattern, illustrations, and hand-illumination by Valenti Angelo, French-folded pages, title page in orange and blue with decorative border and hand-illumination, all pages with outer illustrative borders in orange and inner decorative borders in orange and blue, text with black ruled borders and silver hand-illumination, ten orange, blue, and black illustrations with hand-illuminations by Angelo throughout; Centaur type, Japanese Kozo paper, sixteenmo size (6.25" by 4.25"), pagination: 80 unnumbered pages, one of 1500 copies, this number 510, signed by Valenti Angelo on the colophon. In a black paper chemise with gold lettering and ornaments on the spine, and a black paper slipcase which is numbered in white on the spine. Loosely laid in is an announcement from The Limited Editions Club describing the book. ___CONDITION: A fine copy; the covers clean, the corners straight and unrubbed, the binding tight with solid hinges, the interior clean and bright, and free of prior owner markings; clean, crisp, as new. The chemise is near fine, clean overall, with sturdy hinges, some rubbing to the edges of the spine. The slipcase is also near fine, clean overall, strong and sturdy, with some rubbing to the head and tail of the spine, and to the corners of the boards, else fine. The LEC announcement is fine, clean without wear, bottom edge is cut at an angle, we presume by the prior owner, indicating the original sheet may have been larger. ___CITATIONS: LEC Bibliography, #75. Valenti Angelo Bibliography, p. 54. ___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.


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    $175.00

    In the Penal Colony by KAFKA, FRANZ

    New York: The Limited Editions Club, 1987. First Limited Editions Club Edition. Fine in original stiff wrappers and fine publisher's cloth-bound solander box.. Michael Hafftka. Small quarto. 7.5 x 10.5 in. 53 pp. Designed by Benjamin Shiff, printed on mould-made magnani paper, and hand-sewn & hand-bound by Carol Joyce. Illustrated with lithographs by Michael Hafftka, printed on hand-made Japanese paper. Translated from the German by Will and Edwin Muir. With lithographs by Michael Hafftka. Numbered 783 of 800 copies and signed by Hafftka on colophon page.


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    $20.00

    BACK TO METHUSELAH by Bernard Shaw, illustrated by John Farleigh

    New York: The Limited Editions Club, 1939. Limited ed. Hardcover. Very Good. 8 x 11 in. Linen boards. Signed by Farleigh on the limitation pg., copy 323/1500. Condition is VERY GOOD ; edges and spine toned, some light foxing, no shelf wear. BInding tight. Rear endpapers foxed. No slipcase. Ltd. Stax.


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    $75.00

    The Spider and the Fly by Howitt, Mary

    London; [1939]: Helen and George Macy. Limited Edition. Quarto. 8pp. limited to 250 copies. A special New Years gift by George Macy and his wife Helen founder of the Limited Editions Club to give as gifts to friend and 50 copies given to Linda Macy to present to her friends. Composed at the Nonesuch Press in London on Unbleached Arnold paper. Bound in maroon linen lettered in gilt, spine plain. A very nie copy.


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    $25.00

    THE POEMS OF JOHN DONNE by John Donne, illustrated by Imre Reiner

    Cambridge: The Limited Editions Club, 1968. Limited ed. Hardcover. Very Good. 7 x 11 in. Morocco and paper boards. Signed by Reiner on the limitation pg., copy 323/1500. Condition is VERY GOOD ; covers like near new, binding tight. Text unmarked but foxed. Slipcase is very good, clean, mild edge wear, a bit dusty. Ltd. Stax.


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    $165.00

    Daisy Miller by James, Henry; Holloway, John (Introduction); Nebel, Gustave (Illustrations)

    Cambridge: Printed at the University Printing House for The Limited Editions Club, 1969. Limited Edition. Hardcover. Fine. Nebel, Gustave. No. 351 of 1500, duodecimo size, 112 pp. signed by Gustave Nebel, with prospectus and announcement. Henry James (1843-1916) was an American author who wrote in the genre of both literary realism and modernism and is best known for his novels "Portrait of a Lady" and "The Ambassadors"; his works examine the often inscrutable relationships between characters. "Daisy Miller" is a novella that deals with both the interior motives of the characters' psyches and the outward traditions and prejudices encountered in society. This publication by The Limited Editions Club contains illustrations by French artist Gustave Nebel (1904-1988), whose watercolours are elegantly reproduced throughout the volume. ___DESCRIPTION: Full red leather, gilt initials on the front board, four raised bands on the spine, gilt ruled borders, lettering, and ornaments on the spine, top edge gilt, marbled endpapers in red, green, and yellow, frontispiece a watercolour by Gustave Nebel, title page in yellow-green and black with yellow-green decorative border, watercolours by Nebel throughout; monotype Joanna type, Hale's cream-white antique paper, duodecimo size (7.25" by 5"), pagination: [i-iv] v-xvi [xvii-xviii] 1-92 [93] [1 colophon], one of 1500 copies, this number 351, signed by Gustave Nebel on the colophon. Loosely laid in is an announcement for the book, one sheet, and the prospectus, one sheet folded once. In a slipcase covered in maroon-coloured smooth material. ___CONDITION: A fine copy; the covers clean, the corners straight and unrubbed, the binding tight with solid hinges, the interior clean and bright, and free of prior owner markings; clean, crisp, as new. The announcement and prospectus are near fine, clean overall with some soiling to the creases, the announcement with a horizontal crease, the prospectus with both a horizontal and vertical crease, else fine. The slipcase is near fine, strong and sturdy, clean overall with minor soiling, and some rubbing to the corners and to the edges of the opening. ___CITATION: LEC no. 421. ___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.


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    $20.00

    IL PENSERO AND L'ALLEGRO by John Milton

    New York: The Limited Editions Club, 1954. Limited ed. Hardcover. Near Fine. 8 x 11 i. Cloth boards. #323/1500. Condition is NEAR FINE ; like near new on all points. Slipcase is very good, sunned at fore edges, mild wear. Ltd. Stax.


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    $138.00

    The Art of Love ("Ars Amatoria") by Ovid, Moore, B. P. (Translator); Fraser, Eric (Illustrator)

    New York: The Limited Editions Club, 1971. Limited Edition. Hardcover. Fine/near fine. Fraser, Eric. Number 351 of 1500, octavo size, 117 p., signed by Eric Fraser. This treatise on love was written by Ovid in 2 CE and teaches basic male and female relationship skills and techniques. The first two books, aimed at men, contain sections which cover such topics as 'not forgetting her birthday', 'letting her miss you - but not for long' and 'not asking about her age'. The third gives similar advice to women, sample themes include: 'making up, but in private', 'being wary of false lovers' and 'trying young and older lovers'. The work employs cryptic allusions and treats the subject matter with the range and intelligence of urbane conversation, with the superficial brilliance of the poetry is dazzling. The standard situations and clichés of the subject are treated in a highly entertaining way, spiced with colourful details from Greek mythology, everyday Roman life and general human experience (N. B., from Ancient Literature website). ___DESCRIPTION: Bound in full vellum over beveled boards, gilt cupid stamped on the front and rear boards, gilt lettering on the spine, red, black, and white illustration as the frontispiece, black and red lettering, black, red, and white full page illustrations and smaller black and white illustrations throughout; octavo size (9.25" by 6.5"); pagination: [xii], 117, colophon, [2 blank]; limited edition, number 351 of 1500, signed by illustrator Eric Fraser, with Monthly Newsletter Laid in; original glassine wrapper; gold paper slipcase with beveled edges, white lettering on the spine, rounded top and bottom edges at the opening. ___CONDITION: Volume is in fine condition with bright boards free of any wear, square corners, clean pages, and tight binding; dust jacket is in near fine condition, free of any tears but with some minor sunning to the spine; slipcase is in near fine condition with some minor wear to corners and the opening. ___CITATION: LEC Bibliography no. 440. ___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.


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    $25.00

    IDYLLS OF THE KING by Alfred Lord Tennysin, illustrated by Lynd Ward

    New York: The Limited Editions Club, 1952. Limited ed. Hardcover. Very Good +. 7 x 11 in. Red calf and cloth boards. Signed by Ward on the limitation pg., copy 323/1500. Condition is VERY GOOD ; no wear, covers like new, spine leather a bit dry with some surface crackelure. Binding tight. Endpapers mildly foxed. Slipcase is very good, mild wear, spine label toned. Ltd. Stax.


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    $165.00

    A Raw Youth by Dostoevsky, Feodor; Garnett, Constance (Translated); Mochulsky, Konstantin (Translator); Eichenberg, Fritz (Illustrator)

    New York / Verona: Printed for The Limited Editions Club at the Stamperia Valdonega, 1974. Limited Edition. Hardcover. Fine/near fine. Eichenberg, Fritz. Two volumes (complete), number 351 of 2000, quarto size, 576 pp., signed by Fritz Eichenberg, with LEC Monthly Newsletter and announcement. Feodor Mikhailovich Dostoyevsky (1821-1881) remains one of the most highly regarded Russian novelists; his psychological penetration into the darkest recesses of the human heart, together with his unsurpassed moments of illumination, had an immense influence on twentieth-century fiction, and literary modernism, existentialism, and various schools of psychology, theology, and literary criticism have been profoundly shaped by his ideas (n. b., info from Brittanica). This novel, originally published in monthly installments in 1875 in "The Fatherland Notes", has been frequently dismissed as a failure by critics. The novel chronicles the life of nineteen-year-old intellectual Arkady Dolgoruky, illegitimate child of the controversial and womanising landowner Versilov. The novel focuses on the recurring conflict between father and son, particularly in ideology, which represents the battles between the conventional "old" way of thinking in the 1840s and the new nihilistic point of view of the youth of 1860s Russia. Illustrating this publication by the Limited Editions Club is German-American illustrator Fritz Eichenberg (1901-1990), who had a prolific career as a book illustrator; mainly working in woodcuts, Eichenberg specialised in material with elements of extreme spiritual and emotional conflict, fantasy, or social satire, illustrating such authors as Leo Tolstoy, the Brontes, and Edgar Allan Poe. ___DESCRIPTION: Full silk-finish grey-green cloth, green cloth spine label with gilt ruled borders and lettering, Volume One with eight full-page wood engravings and two wood engravings at the beginning of Parts One and Two, Volume Two with seven full-page wood engravings and two wood engravings at the beginning of Parts Two and Three, all by Fritz Eichenberg; monotype Bembo, Cartiere Enrico Magnani paper, quarto size (11.5" by 8"), 576 pp., one of 2000 copies, this number 351, signed by the artist Fritz Eichenberg on the colophon in Volume Two. With the announcement, one sheet, and LEC Monthly Newsletter, an eight-page booklet stapled at the spine, tucked inside LEC envelope. In glassine dust jackets, housed in a slipcase covered in green paper, with tan paper spine label with green lettering. ___CONDITION: Both volumes are fine; the boards clean, the corners straight and unrubbed, the bindings tight with solid hinges, the interiors clean and bright, and entirely free of prior owner markings; clean, crisp, as new. The LEC announcement and Monthly Newsletter are fine, clean and without wear. The glassine wrappers are near fine, clean, with only light edgwear at the heads and tails of the spine and top corners. The slipcase is near fine, strong and sturdy, clean but for the hint of a stray mark or two, light toning to the spine label, tail of the spine very gently bumped. ___CITATION: LEC Bibliography no. 482. ___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.


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    $60.00

    KIM by Rudyard Kipling, illustrated by Robin Jacques

    New York: The Limited Editions Club, 1962. Limited ed. Hardcover. Near Fine. 7 x 10 in. Cloth boards. Signed by Jacques on the limitation pg., copy 323/1500. Condition is NEAR FINE ; covers like near new, binding tight. Text unmarked. Slipcase is very good, a little toned with a few tiny marks, one corner dented, no splits. Ltd. Stax.


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    $300.00

    The House of the Dead. Translated form the Russian by Constance Garnett. Foreword by Boris Shragin. Wood Engraving by Fritz Eichenberg by Dostoevsky, Fyodor

    New York: The Limited Editions Club, 1982. Frontis, 360p, illustrations. 27cm. Designed by Michael Bixler. Bound by Robert Burlen and Son in full French dark-gray Toile Athena cotton stamped in copper with cover typography by Antonie Eichenberg. In a limited edition of 2000 copies, this is copy 446/2000 signed by Michael Bixler and Fritz Eichenberg. With an extra engraving by Fritz Eichenberg, signed and numbered, laid in. Slipcase of brown paper board sides and silver titling. Bookplate on front cover pastedown. Slipcase back panel sunned. Otherwise in fine condition. LEC 526.


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    $30.00

    THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON by Johann Wyss, illustrated by David Gentleman

    UK: The Limited Editions Club, 1963. Limited ed. Hardcover. Near Fine. 8 x 11 in. Cloth and straw cloth boards. Signed by Gentleman on the limitation pg., copy 323/1500. Condition is NEAR FINE ; covers like new, spine a touch toned. Binding tight. Title pg. mildly foxed. Slipcase is very good, a bit toned and marked, no splits. Ltd. Stax.


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    $275.00

    The Golden Cockerel by Pushkin, Alexander; Dulac, Edmund (Illustrator)

    New York: The Limited Editions Club [Printed at the Fanfare Press], 1950. Limited Edition. Hardcover. Near Fine/fine. Dulac, Edmund. No. 1382 of 1500, 4to - over 9.75" - 12" tall, 44 p., Signed by Illustrator. After Nicholas I, the newly crowned Tsar of Russia, had suppressed the revolutionary rising of December 1825, Alexander Pushkin, who had shown sympathy with the movement but had influential friends at Court, was granted an audience. He was forgiven. When he has gone, Nicholas said to his Secretary of State, Count Bludov "I have been conversing with the wittiest man in Russia." With Pushkin's death Russia lost not only her "wittiest man" but also one of her best poets and a writer who was among the first to lay the foundations of modern Russian literature and to gather together some of the best stories and popular songs from the immense treasure of Russian folklore (from Foreward). Edmund Dulac (1882-1953), who truly needs no introduction, was the only illustrator of his day on a par with Arthur Rackham and was known for his sensational colors, great design impact, orientalism and humor. ___DESCRIPTION: Bound in Russian-red cloth with brass cockerel on cover and gilt text on spine; teal, gold, and black text and illustrations on title page, illustrated throughout with watercolours by Dulac; set in monotype Poliphilus, Abbey Mills special paper; quarto in size (approximately 12" tall); pagination: (1) - (42), blank (43), colophon (44); signed by illustrator, Limited Edition no. 1382 of 1500. With original glassine wrapper. Russian-red chemise with gold stamped paper of cockerel illustrations, gilt text on spine; Russian-red paper slipcase with no text or decoration. ___CONDITION: Book in near fine condition; usual tarnishing on brass cockerel, all else fine. Wrapper fine with minute wear on corners. Chemise is near fine with sunning to the spine, front and back joints. Slipcase is near fine with sunning to spine and light wear to the opening. ___CITATION: LEC no. 205. ___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.


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    $25.00

    IRISH FOLK TALES by Edited by W. B. Yeats, illustrated by Rowel Friers

    CT: The Limited Editions Club, 1973. Limited ed. Hardcover. Near Fine. 7 x 11 in. Cloth boards. Signed by Ted Gensamer on the limitation pg., copy 323/1500. Condition is NEAR FINE ; like near new on all points. Slipcase is very good, mild wear, paper lbel is eaten away. Ltd. Stax.


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    $35.00

    THE HISTORY OF TOM JONES A FOUNDLING - 2 VOL. SET (COMPLETE) by Henry Fielding, illustrated by T. M. Cleland

    New York: The Limited Editions Club, 1952. Limited edition. Hardcover. Very Good +. 7 x 10 in. Linen boards. Signed by illustrator Cleland on limitation page # 323/1500. Condition is VERY GOOD+ ; no wear, very clean, spine labels toned at the upper edge. Bindings tight and text unmarked. Original slipcasehas some wear to edges and sunning, but no splits. Ltd C. Stax.


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    $20.00

    THE MASQUE OF COMUS by John Milton, illustrated by Edmund Dulac

    Cambridge: The Limited Editions Club, 1954. Limited ed. Hardcover. Very Good +. 8 x 11 , Paper boards. #323/1500. Condition is VERY GOOD+ ; very clean, no shelf wear, spine a touch toned. Binding tight and text unmarked. Slipcase is very good, minor edge wear. Ltd. Stax.


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    $358.00

    Sister Carrie by Dreiser, Theodore; Rascoe, Burton (Introduction); Marsh, Reginald (Illustrator)

    New York: The Limited Editions Club [Printed by The Spiral Press], 1939. Limited Edition. Hardcover. Fine/near fine. Marsh, Reginald. No. 113 of 1500, 4to - over 9.75" - 12" tall, 404 p., signed by illustrator. Dreiser is considered one of American's greatest naturalists for his movement away from the emphasis on the morals of the Victorian era to focus on realism and the base instincts of humanity. This novel countered social and moral norms of the time by presenting his characters without judgement (N. B. Info from Wikipedia). ***DESCRIPTION: Bound in half natural linen with brown cloth sides, gilt-stamped brown leather spine label, top edge gilt, fore-edge rough-cut, pictorial title page, illustrated with brown crayon drawings by Reginald Marsh; set in linotype Janson on Worthy special paper; pagination: (i) - xiv, (i-ii), 1-387, colophon (388); 10.5" tall; signed by illustrator Reginald Marsh; Limited Edition no. 113 of 1500; original glassine wrapper present. Slipcase is covered with brown paper with a cream label on the spine with brown lettering. ***CONDITION: Book is in fine condition with flawless binding, the corners are perfectly straigh with no rubbing, the text block is strong and square, the hinges are solid, and the volume is entirely free of prior owner markings. The glassine wrapper is in very good minus condition with minor overall edgewear, with a few small triangular chips. Slipcase is in near fine condition, strong and sturdy with a bump on the top corner and minor wear to edges and corners. ***CITATION: LEC no. 110. ***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.


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    $30.00

    THE DOLPHIN, A JOURNAL OF THE MAKING OF BOOKS, NUMBER TWO - 1935 by various

    New York: The Limited Editions Club, 1935. Limited ed. Hardcover. Very Good. 9 x 12 in. Cloth boards. Limited edition of 2000. Condition is VERY GOOD ; covers sunned and toned, some spots, light shelf wear. Binding tight and text unmarked. Endpapers foxed. Ltd. Stax.


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    $303.00

    The Anabasis of Xenophon by Xenophon; Henry G. Dakyns (Translator); Robert Payne (Introduction); A. Tassos (Artist)

    Athens: Printed for the Members of The Limited Editions Club by Aspioti-Elka Graphic Arts Inc, 1969. Limited Edition. Hardcover. Fine/near fine. A. Tassos. No. 351 of 1500, quarto size, 273 pp., signed by A. Tassos, with LEC Monthly Letter and Announcement. Xenophon of Athens (ca. 431-354 BCE) was a man of many parts: a philosopher, an historian, a soldier, and one of "the greatest commanders of antiquity". As one of the soldiers in the army of "The Ten Thousand", Xenophon participated in an attempt by Cyrus the Younger to seize the throne of Persia from his brother, Artaxerxes II; Xenophon draws from his personal experiences as a soldier to write "Anabasis", at once both a history and a memoir. This publication by the Limited Editions Club is illustrated by Greek engraver Alevizos Anastasios Tassos (1914-1985), known for his woodcuts, who created highly stylised and colourful woodcuts of the trials and tribulations faced by the Greeks in battle. ___DESCRIPTION: Quarter black cloth with brown cloth boards, gilt lettering on the front board and spine, endpapers with four-colour maps, frontispiece a colour woodcut by Tassos, title page in red-violet and black, with woodcut of a bird, running heads printed in red-violet throughout, seven full-page colour woodcuts and numerous woodcuts in red-violet as well as black and white by Tassos throughout; Monotype Times Roman, Abbey Mills Glastonbury off-white antique laid paper, quarto size (11.25" by 8.75"), pagination: [1-6] 7-269 [270-272] [1 colophon], one of 1500 copies, this number 351, signed by A. Tassos on the colophon. With announcement, one sheet, and LEC Monthly Letter, one sheet folded once to make four pages, inside the LEC envelope, laid in. In glassine wrapper, housed in a slipcase covered in brown paper, with top and bottom edges of black cloth. ___CONDITION: A fine copy; the covers clean, the corners straight and unrubbed, the binding tight with solid hinges, the interior clean and bright, and entirely free of prior owner markings; clean, crisp, as new. The announcement, LEC Monthly Letter and the envelope containing them are fine, clean and without wear. The glassine wrapper is near fine, clean, with only light edge wear to the head and tail of the spine and corners, and a shallow crease to the rear panel, else fine. The slipcase is near fine, strong and sturdy, clean but for the hint of a stray mark or two, with very light rubbing to the corners, and some sunning to the fore-edge. Overall a lovely example, one which does justice to both the artistic work of Tassos as well as the genius of Xenophon. ___CITATION: LEC Bibliography, no. 420. ___POSTAGE:  Please note that this is an unusually heavy volume and additional postage may apply; 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.


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    $220.00

    Break of Day [with additional silk-screen] by Colette, [Sidonie-Gabrielle]; McLeod, Enid (Translator); Phelps, Robert (Introduction); Gilot, Françoise (Illustrator)

    New York: The Limited Editions Club [printed by Daniel Keleher at Wild Carrot Letterpress], 1983. Limited Edition. Hardcover. Fine. Gilot, Francoise. No. 351 of 2000, quarto size, 155 p., signed by illustrator, with Monthly Newsletter and separate, additional silk-screen. Colette (1873-1954), author, actress, journalist, and mime, is best known for her novels, "Gigi", "The Vagabond", and "Cheri". She published this novel in 1928 and it is known as one of her most original, self-excavating, and happy stories following her second divorce and marriage to her "meilleur ami" - her best friend - and third husband who would remain with her until her last day (from book's Introduction).___ABOUT THE ILLUSTRATOR: Françoise Gilot (b. 1921) is a French painter, critic, and author. Among many other acheivements, she was made a member of the board of the Department of Fine Arts at the University of Southern California and was awarded a Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur in 1990. She was also the lover and artistic muse of Pablo Picasso and mother to his children, later becoming the wife of Jonas Salk, who developed the polio vaccine (n. b., info from Wikipedia). ___DESCRIPTION: Bound in full Chinese pongee silk dyed deep blue (to match the blue of the silk-screens) with gold-stamped lettering on cover and spine, title page in blue and black, illustrated by Francoise Gilot with nine in-text monochrome line drawings (eight in blue and one in terra-cotta) and three full-page, tissue-guarded multicolour silkscreens printed on Arches paper; set in monotype Bembo on blue-grey Mohawk letterpress paper used here for the first time, quarto size (11.25" by 9.25") , pagination: [i]xiv, [1]-[138], blank [139], afterword [140], colophon [141], signed by illustrator Françoise Gilot, limited edition, this no. 351 of 2000. Loosely laid in are: a separate, original silk-screen on a sheet folded once (closed size 8" by 6.75") and which mirrors the second of the three silk-screens in the book; the one-page letter which accompanied the separate print (announcing that going forward the subscription size would decrease from 2000 to 1500); and the LEC Monthly Letter. Enclosed in a slipcase covered in light grey paper with white lettering on the spine. ___CONDITION: Volulme fine with bright blue silk binding and gilt lettering, the spine is not faded and the silk cloth is clean and unrubbed, the text block is strong and tight with solid hinges, all three tissue guards over the full-page silk-screens are present, the interior is clean and bright, and the volume is entirely free of prior owner markings; crisp, clean, as new. The accompanying separate print, its cover letter, and the LEC newsletter are each fine; the slipcase is VG+ to near fine, still strong and sturdy, with sunning to the spine and overall minor wear. As of this writing, we find no other copies with the separate, accompanying print, hence this an unusual offering, and with the volume in pristine condition. ___CITATION: LEC Bibliography no. 534. ___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.


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    $220.00

    Our Town, A Play in Three Acts by Wilder, Thornton; Atkinson, Brooks (Introduction); Lee, Robert J. (Illustrations)

    Avon, Connecticut: The Limited Editions Club [printed by The Meriden Gravure Company], 1974. Limited Edition. Hardcover. Fine. Lee, Robert J.. Number 351 of 2000, quarto size, 120 pp., signed by Thornton Wilder and Robert J. Lee. During the twentieth century, much was being done in the realm of experimental theatre, in America most notably by Thornton Wilder (1897-1975). His play "Our Town" utilises metatheatrical devices to tell the lives of characters in the small fictional town of Grover's Corner; the play won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama upon its publication in 1938. This publication by the Limited Editions Club contains illustrations by Robert J. Lee (b. 1921), whose paintings render the characters with "wraithlike compositions" (from Newsletter) which capture the sense of fleeting impressions. This volume includes the Limited Editions Club Monthly Newsletter describing the book and its contributors, with the announcement on a separate sheet, both inside a Limited Editions Club envelope. ___DESCRIPTION: Full tan corduroy, red leather spine label with rounded edges and title in gilt, endpapers with illustrations in red by Robert J. Lee, double-spread title page with full-colour painting by Lee, three additional colour double-page paintings (one for each of the three Acts) by Lee throughout, red line drawings by Lee throughout; monotype Van Dyck, Curtis Arak antique rag paper, quarto size (12" by 8.5"), pagination: [1-6] 7-118 [119] [1 colophon], one of 2000 copies, this number 351, signed by Thornton Wilder and Robert J. Lee on the colophon. With announcement, one sheet measuring 8.5" by 5.5", and the LEC Monthly Newsletter, two sheets folded and stapled to form an eight-page booklet measuring 8.75" by 5.75", with a black-and-white preliminary sketch by Lee printed on page 7, all inside a Limited Editions Club envelope. In a slipcase covered in orange paper with title in black inside a rounded black ruled border on the spine. ___CONDITION: A fine copy; the covers clean, the corners straight and unrubbed, the binding tight with solid hinges, the interior clean and bright, and free of prior owner markings. The announcement, Monthly Newsletter, and envelope are fine, clean and without wear. The slipcase is near fine, strong and sturdy, clean, with sunning to the spine and bottom edges, and one of the top corners is gently bumped, else fine. Lacks the glassine wrapper. ___CITATION: LEC no. 481. ___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.


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    The Man Who Planted Trees by GIONO, JEAN; MARTINE FRANCK, Photographs

    New York: The Limited Editions Club, 1995. First LEC Edition. Hardcover. Fine in original quarter leather with decorative, handmade paper-covered boards and fine black cloth slipcase.. Martine Franck. Folio. 14.5 x 17.75 in. (viii), 24, (5) pp. Illustrated with five photogravure plates. From a limited edition of 300 hand-numbered copies, of which this is number 23. Signed by Martine Franck on colophon. Includes laid in prospectus. Text in English and French.


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    In the Penal Colony by Kafka, Franz; Muir, Willa and Edwin (Translators); Hafftka, Michael (Artist)

    [New York / South Portland, Maine]: The Limited Editions Club [printed at the Shagbark Press], 1987. Limited Edition. Wraps. Fine. Michael Hafftka. No. 351 of 800, quarto size, 56 pp., signed by Michael Hafftka. Franz Kafka (1883-1924) is considered by many to be one of the twentieth century's pre-eminent authors, fusing elements of realism with the fantastic; he is known for his use of an isolated and detached protagonist who is forced to face a bizarre, surreal predicament and has been interpreted as exploring themes of alienation, existential anxiety, guilt, and absurdity (n. b., info from Wikipedia). This work was penned during the course of only two weeks, while Kafka was working on "The Trial", in 1914. Not published until 1919, it, along with much of Kafka's work, did not become widely known until after World War II, when the first translations into English were made. Michael Hafftka, the artist, was born to Holocaust survivors in 1953 and is an American figurative expressionist painter. He has work in the permanent collections of many museums including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the New York MOMA, the San Francisco MOMA, and the Carnegie Museum of Art (n. b., info from Wikipedia and the artist's website). ___DESCRIPTION: Heavy ivory paper folded over cardboard wrap, yapped fore-edges, hand-sewn and hand-bound by Carol Joyce (Stockton, NJ), black lettering on the spine, lithographs by Michael Hafftka on hand-made Japanese paper with tissue guards throughout; printed on mould-made Magnani paper in monotype Walbaum, quarto size (10.5" by 7.25"), pagination: [i-iv] [1-4] 5-53 [54-56] [1 colophon], one of 800 copies, this number 351, signed by illustrator Michael Hafftka on the colophon. Housed in a clamshell box covered in natural linen, with tray covered in black cloth, lined with black felt, with a cream paper spine label with black lettering. ___CONDITION: Volume is fine; the paper wraps are bright and clean, without wear, the text block is strong with solid hinges, and the book is entirely free of prior owner markings; clean, crisp, as new. The clamshell box is also fine, strong and sturdy, clean, without wear. ___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.


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