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Kincaid's Battery

Cable, George W.; Kimball, Alonzo (Illustrations); Armstrong, Margaret (Publisher's Binding Design)

  • Edition: First Edition
  • Book condition: Near fine
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Toronto: The Copp, Clark Company Limited, 1908. First Edition. Hardcover. Near fine. Kimball, Alonzo. First printing of the Toronto imprint, duodecimo size, 412 pp. The designs of Margaret Armstrong (1867-1944), utilising the Art Nouveau style and floral patterns, were a sensation in the publishing business; Armstrong created over 270 book designs, often for the works of well-known authors such as Charles Dickens, Robert Louis Stevenson, and George Washington Cable. In addition to designing books, Armstrong wrote books as well, including a comprehensive guide to wildflowers in the American West, which she also illustrated. This novel by George Washington Cable (1844-1925) tells of a romance set in New Orleans during the American Civil War; Cable, considered the "first modern southern writer", used his fiction to highlight the injustices of racism in the South, and he is considered a precursor to William Faulkner. This volume is a scarce Toronto imprint, and has a vintage bookseller's ticket ... Read more

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The Old Stile Press ...the next ten years; A Bibliography 2000-2010

Campbell, Nancy; McDowall, Frances; McDowall, Nicolas

  • Edition: Limited First Edition
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Montmouthshire: The Old Stile Press, 2010. Limited First Edition. Soft cover. Fine. Special edition, number II of XV, of a total edition of 1,000, quarto size, 136 pp., with a large portfolio containing numerous specimens from the press, signed by Frances and Nicolas McDowall. The special edition of this Bibliography from The Old Stile Press, presented in a grand box, with a fine assortment of press ephemera, including pages or sections of books printed during 2000-2010, Christmas cards for the years 2000-2010, a booklet of handmade plant papers by Frances McDowall, printed papers used for binding, and handbills. A stunning selection of work from this period, accompanying a beautifully illustrated bibliography. ____DESCRIPTION: Wrap-around, pictorial stiff paper wrappers printed in colour, white lettering on the spine, frontispiece a colour photograph of the McDowalls, fully illustrated with most entries having colour photographs; quarto size, measuring 11 3/8" by 8 1/4", [1-4] 5-135 [1 colopho ... Read more

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Poetry at the Edge; Five Contemporary California Poets

Campbell, Carolee (Editor); Ryan, Kay; Stroud, Joseph; Young, Gary; Ronk, Martha; Hannon, Michael

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Ojai, California: The Book Club of California [printed by the Classic Letterpress in Ojai, California], 2014. Limited Edition. Hardcover. Fine. Campbell, Carolee. Number 51 of 300 copies, quarto size, [53] pp., with a broadside signed by Kay Ryan slipped in, signed by all five contributing poets. The Book Club of California's 233rd publication, being a fine letterpress edition of poetry by five eminent contemporary poets, each of whom call California home. More than Californians, "they are poets of the world...each has charted a disparate course, mapping the terrain through which they travel their separate landscapes with a streamlined diction" (N.B., from Introduction). With two photographs by Carolee Campbell reproduced in colour; loosely laid in is a broadside with a poem by Kay Ryan not found in the book, signed by her. ___DESCRIPTION: Original quarter linen and boards covered in indigo sheet of pure Belgian flax, title stamped in black on backstrip, fore-edge uncut, two colour photo ... Read more

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  • Edition: Second Edition
  • Book condition: Good
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San Francisco: Carnahan Publishing, 1902. Second Edition. Hardcover. Good. Octavo size, 174 pp. Second edition (stated) of "probably the first novel set in the Fresno area." Likely the first story set in Fresno, although with much of the action being set in Yosemite where the family goes on several trips. The engravings include a depiction of a carriage traveling through a hollowed-out sequoia, California poppies, and the "Sylvan Lodge" (The Wawona Hotel). With much of the dialogue, both that of the two children and two incidental characters, an African-American man and a Chinese man, all taking place in dialect - a style of writing that was popular about a hundred years ago and is now viewed with disfavour. Self-published, and although it went to at least two editions, one can only assume it was not highly popular given its relative scarcity today. ___DESCRIPTION: Publishers gray cloth with lettering stamped in dark-green, decorated with orange, yellow and green poppies to upper bo ... Read more

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Improving Songs for Anxious Children

Carpenter, John & Rue

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Chicago: A. C. McClurg & Company, 1907. Hardcover. Very good +. Oblong folio size, [40] pp. Utilising music to teach lessons to children, "Improving Songs" is a collaboration between married couple John Alden Carpenter (1876-1951) and Rue Winterbotham Carpenter (1876-1931). An American composer, John Carpenter created numerous modern and jazz-inspired compositions, and here he brings his talents to write children's music, alongside charming, colourful illustrations. The book includes the poems alone as well as musical notation of each song. ___DESCRIPTION: Quarter yellow cloth with blue and white striped paper boards, black lettering and colour illustration on the front board, yellow endpapers, title page with brown lettering and colour illustration of children playing instruments, printed in brown throughout, with text and musical notation, colour illustrations throughout; oblong folio size (10.75" by 14"), 40 unnumbered pages. ___CONDITION: Volume is very good plus, with ... Read more

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  • Edition: Limited Edition
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San Francisco: John Henry Nash, 1938. Limited Edition. Hardcover. Fine/near fine. One of 650 copies, quarto size, 36 pp. The Exposition printed here is an effort by Carlos Antonio Carrillo (1783-1852), Governor of Alta California, to save the California Pious Fund for its original purpose: to fund Jesuit missionaries in California. After the United States acquired California from Mexico, the government wanted to sell the properties of the Fund and put the earnings in the National Treasury; Carrillo strongly opposed this plan, and this book is a printing of his speech made before the Chamber of Deputies, in an attempt to save the missionaries and continue their work in California. ___DESCRIPTION: Quarter dark green cloth with green paper boards, white paper spine label with black lettering and ruled borders, black-and-white decorative headpieces throughout; Van Gelder hand-made paper, quarto size (11" by 7.75"), pagination: [i-iv] v-xx [1-2] 3-15 [1 colophon], one of 650 copies, unnumbered. I ... Read more

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  • Edition: First Edition
  • Book condition: Very Good
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New York, N.Y.: Chemical Publishing Co., Inc, 1961. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good/Good. Octavo size, 304 pp. First American Edition, this volume "provides the most comprehensive one-volume summary of technical information on man-made fibers." Included are flowsheets, tables, graphs, and stress-strain diagrams, with over 120 photo-micrographs and X-ray diffraction patterns (from dust jacket). ___DESCRIPTION: Red cloth boards with gilt lettering and publisher's device to spine, plain endpapers, replete with charts, graphs, diagrams, illustrations, all in black and white, pagination: 304 pages includes a lengthy Bibliography, a list of World-Wide Man-Made Fibre Producers, and an Index. Dust jacket of light blue with red lettering, summary of book on front flap, publisher's ad for related titles on back flap. ____CONDITION: Overall, volume is very good+, with a strong, square text block, solid hinges, straight corners with a minimum of rubbing (mostly to the bottom edges), and the ... Read more

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Oxford Poetry Broadsides; First Series

Carson, Anne; Cope, Wendy; Crawford, Robert; Fuller, John; Heaney, Seamus; and McGuckian, Medbh; Williams, David-Antoine (Editor, Oxford Poetry Broadsides)

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[Gloucestershire]: Evergreen Press, 2005. Limited Edition. Folio. Near Fine. Number 25 of 75 copies (only 55 for public sale), six broadsides, elephant folio size, signed by each respective author. The first of three series of broadsides celebrating ninety-five years of new writing in Oxford. Beautifully printed by John Grice of the Evergreen Press. The broadsides include: "Things That Happen Again" by Anne Carson, "Spared" by Wendy Cope, "A Gean Tree" by Robert Crawford, "Hendre Fawr" by John Fuller, "A Stove Lid for W.H. Auden" by Seamus Heaney, and "Yellow Ultramarine" by Medbh McGuckian. A choice collection of poems from six fine modern poets. ___DESCRIPTION: Six broadsides with tissue guards, each printed in black with title in colour, with a small (11" by 4") broadside which serves as a title page, author's names in green in a running script, description below in black, limitation stated in ink, all housed in a light-blue fou ... Read more

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Claremont, California: Scripps College [Anderson, Ritchie & Simon: The Ward Ritchie Press], 1962. Original wraps. Near fine. Octavo size, 12 pp. Rachel Carson (1907-1964) was a marine biologist and conservationist best known for her book "Silent Spring", a study of the negative effects of pesticides on the environment and an unsparing criticism of the chemical industry, which she accused of spreading disinformation about its products. The book led to a ban on DDT, a chemical commonly used as an insecticide in agriculture, and spurred an environmental movement that led to the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency in the U.S. (n. b., info from Wikipedia). "Of Man and the Stream of Time" is the text of the commencement speech Carson gave at Scripps College; the day of commencement was also the first day a series of articles written by Carson was published in the "New Yorker" based on "Silent Spring", which was published that same year. In the text, C ... Read more

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The Memoirs of Jacques Casanova de Seingalt

Casanova, Giacomo; Machen, Arthur (Translator); Ben Sussan, Rene (Illustrator); Childs, J. Rives (Annotations and Selections)

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[New York], Printed in Haarlem, Holland: The Limited Editions Club, Printed by Joh. Enschede en Zonen, 1972. Limited Edition. Hardcover. Fine/near fine. ben Sussan, Rene. No. 351 of 1500, quarto size, 521 pp., signed by Rene ben Sussan, with LEC Monthly Letter and announcement. Casanova was recognized by his contemporaries as a most extraordinary man of far-ranging intellect and curiosity and was one of the foremost chroniclers of his age. He was, by vocation and avocation, a lawyer, clergyman, military officer, violinist, con man, pimp, gourmand, dancer, businessman, diplomat, spy, politician, medic, mathematician, social philosopher, cabalist, playwright, and writer. He wrote over twenty works, including plays and essays, letters, as well as his this memoir which was the result of his isolation and boredom in his last years. He began writing his memoirs around 1780, as "the only remedy to keep from going mad or dying of grief" (n.,b. info from Wiki). ___DESCRIPTION: Cream toned buckram is p ... Read more

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  • Edition: Limited Edition
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Susan Caspi, 2014. Limited Edition. Fine. No. 14 of 24. Artist book with four components. A lovely poem of longing and insight, beginning: "As lovers welded by their passion / hands, by gloves, encased in fashion" and ending with "do they protect or do they smother? / when I see gloves, I see my mother". The artist has placed her poem upon a replica pair of gloves which can be housed in the evening bag, along with the lipstick and compact - as Susan says in her Artist's Statement: "The gloves representing propriety and the lady like attire that was my mother. An evening bag to contain them but made with Japanese fabrics to represent something more substantial emotionally, a lipstick because you should always show your prettiest face, and a powder compact for the same reason with my mother's lovely face and sweet smile looking back out". Susan realized one day why she was unable to bear having gloves on her hands, even in the snow; because they made her feel suff ... Read more

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  • Edition: Limited Edition
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Los Angeles [Lunenburg, Vermont]: The Symposium Press [printed at The Stinehour Press], 1979. Limited Edition. Wraps. Fine. Letter I of those lettered A to AA, of a total edition of 300 copies, quarto size, 27 pp., signed by Turner Cassity and Charles Gullans. American playwright and poet Allen Turner Cassity (1929-2009) produced this collection of poems with the Symposium Press; many of the poems seem to allude to his time spent in Puerto Rico where he was stationed from 1952 to 1954, having been drafted into the US Army. They are, however, decidedly non-military and contain a smooth rhythm with his observations of the world he saw around him. ___DESCRIPTION: Green paper wraps, black lettering on the front wrap, title page in green and black, fore- and bottom edges uncut; quarto size (10.25" by 7.25"), pagination: [1-6] 7-25 [26-27], letter I of those lettered A to AA, of a total edition of 300 copies, signed by Turner Cassity and Charles Gullans on the colophon. ___CONDITION: Volume is f ... Read more

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Alexander's Bridge

Cather, Willa Sibert

  • Edition: First Edition
  • Book condition: Near fine
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Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1912. First Edition. Hardcover. Near fine. Second state, duodecimo size, 184 pp. Willa Cather (1873-1947) is known for her novels of frontier life in the American Midwest, and her portrayal of humanity as something deep and sympathetic, found in the landscapes as well as the people of her books. She was much acclaimed during her lifetime, and won the Pulitzer Prize for the Novel (later the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction) in 1923 for "One of Ours". "Alexander's Bridge" is Cather's debut novel, first serialised in "McClure's" magazine, receiving much acclaim at the time of its publication. This volume is the first edition, second state, with the half-title page on page iii. ___DESCRIPTION: Full brown cloth, gilt ruled borders and lettering on the front board, gilt lettering on the spine, title page with printer's device in black; duodecimo size (7.5" by 5"), pagination: [i-iv] 1-174 [175-180]. Two vintage bookseller ... Read more

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Ezra Pound's Cavalcanti Poems

Cavalcanti, Guido; Pound, Ezra (Translator)

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  • Book condition: Fine
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[Verona]: A New Directions Book [Printed by the Officina Bodoni], (1966), 1966. Limited Edition. Hardcover. Fine. Quarto size, 108 pp., signed by Ezra Pound, no. 78 of 190 copies. Guido Cavalcanti (ca. 1255 - 1300) is regarded as the first major poet of Italian literatue and was the best friend of Dante Alighieri; he was a character in Boccaccio's Decameron, and influenced writers as recently as 1861 with Dante Gabriel Rossetti - from there he had an influence on Ezra Pound, an admirer of Rossetti. In 1912 Pound first published his translations of Cavalcanti's work, with another publication in 1932. Pound's main focus was on Cavalcanti's philosophy of love and light, and this focus had a further influence on Pound's friend and fellow modernist T.S. Eliot. (N.B., above information from Wikipedia.) This edition of 1966, exquisitely printed by the Officina Bodoni, includes Pound's translations with two pages of Notes at the end, the Introduction to the Edition of 1912, and two ess ... Read more

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Thirty-Two Poems by Paul Celan; Newly Translated by Michael Hamburger

Celan, Paul; Hamburger, Michael (Translator); Celan-Lestrange, Gisele (Illustrator)

  • Edition: First and Limited Edition
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Norwich: Embers Handpress, 1985. First and Limited Edition. Hardcover. Fine. Gisele Celan-Lestrange. Number 76 of 100 copies, first edition of these translations, octavo size, 42 pp., signed by Gisele Celan-Lestrange and Michael Hamburger. Paul Celan (1920-1970) was born Paul Antschel in Romania to a German-speaking Jewish family, his surname was later spelled Ancel and he eventually adopted the anagram Celan as his nom de plume. Celan lived in France and was influenced by the French surrealists but wrote his poetry in German (he was well versed in at least six languages, and also translated the work of many notable poets). As a German-speaking Jewish survivor of WWII, living in France, Celan struggled immensely throughout his life with feelings of estrangement from his native language; he is said to have tried to create his own version of the language, emotionally dismantling it, resulting in an indirect obscurity and unpretentious darkness. Although not necessarily representative of all his work he i ... Read more

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Todesfuge [Death Fugue]

Celan, Paul; Kuball, Mischa (Artist)

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New York: [Edition Gunnar A. Kaldewey] Printed in the tower of Poestenkill, 1984. Limited Edition. Hardcover. Near Fine. Kuball, Mischa. One of 15 deluxe copies bound in vellum, folio size, 40 pp., signed by Mischa Kuball, in German. "Todesfuge" is one of the "great and terrifying literary works" written by survivors of the Holocaust. Paul Celan (1920-1970) was born Paul Antschel in Romania to a German-speaking Jewish family, his surname was later spelled Ancel and he eventually adopted the anagram Celan as his nom de plume. Celan lived in France and was influenced by the French surrealists but wrote his poetry in German (he was well versed in at least six languages, and also translated the work of many notable poets). As a German-speaking Jewish survivor of WWII, living in France, Celan struggled immensely throughout his life with feelings of estrangement from his native language; he is said to have tried to create his own version of the language, emotionally dismantling it, resultin ... Read more

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  • Edition: Limited Edition
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[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 ... Read more

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Don Quixote; The Ingenious Gentleman of La Mancha

Cervantes, Miguel de; Ormsby, John (Translation); Edman, Irwin (Introduction); Legrand, Edy (Illustrations)

  • Edition: Limited Edition
  • Book condition: Near fine
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The Limited Editions Club, 1950. Limited Edition. Hardcover. Near fine. Legrand, Edy. Two volumes (complete), no. 386 of 1500, folio size, 684 total pp. "Don Quixote", a Spanish novel by Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616), tells of the adventures of the nobleman Alonso Quixano, who, after reading many chivalric romances, decides to set out on a quest to revive chivalry, under the name Don Quixote de la Mancha. He imagines himself as a knight on a noble mission to fight for justice in the world, even though the world he lives in no longer resembles his romantic fantasies. This publication by the Limited Editions Club is lavishly illustrated by French painter Edy Legrand (1892-1970), who creates pen and dry-brush drawings with a deep sensibility to colour; his landscapes of characters are gritty and real, a stark contrast to the world Don Quixote seeks to make. ___DESCRIPTION: Quarter yellow cloth with marbled paper boards, burgundy leather spine label with gilt ruled borders and lettering, front ... Read more

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The Dialogue of the Dogs

Cervantes, Miguel de; Dean, Mallette (Illustrator)

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Kentfield, California: The Allen Press, 1969. Limited Edition. Hardcover. Fine/near fine. Dean, Mallette. One of 140 copies, quarto size, [44] unnumbered leaves, with prospectus and original order envelope. A "brilliant and unusually interesting text written by Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616) in 1604, between Parts I and II of "Don Quixote de la Mancha", when he was at the peak of his powers. The novella, one of his 'Exemplary Novels', was woven out of his own distinctive imagination and life experiences, and has been described as one of the most precious documents that we possess for becoming acquainted with Spanish culture and customs at the end of the sixteenth century. There the two dogs' witty arraignment of human vices and follies is a veritable moral tract, and reveals Cervantes' nobility of soul" (n.b., from the prospectus). The thirty-third limited edition from The Allen Press. "The old Spanish lettering which appears in margins of the text were taken from ... Read more

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San Francisco: The Book Club of California [designed by The Yolla Bolly Press], 2001. Limited Edition. Hardcover. Fine. One of 450 copies, unnumbered, folio size, 159 pp. After moving from Cannes, France, to Northern California, historian and researcher Claudine Chalmers was captured by the history and landscape of the Golden State; this publication by The Book Club of California examines the settlement of the state and the people and scenery that make up California from an unusual perspective: that of French artists who travelled and lived in the state. The book is filled with reproductions of paintings from numerous French artists, and it was designed by The Yolla Bolly Press, publishers of fine press editions of modern literature in Covelo, California. ___DESCRIPTION: Full green cloth, colour reproduction of a painting by Ernest Etienne Narjot inset on the front board, grey paper spine label with black lettering, light grey endpapers, frontispiece a colour reproduction of a painting by Narjot, col ... Read more

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