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Fantastic Mr. Fox

Dahl, Roald; Chaffin, Donald (Illustrations)

  • Edition: First Edition
  • Book condition: Fine
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New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1970. First Edition. Hardcover. Fine/near fine. Chaffin, Donald. First U.S. edition, octavo size, 72 pp. Roald Dahl (1916-1990) has written stories to delight children generation after generation, and his heartwarming tales such as "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" and "James and the Giant Peach" are avidly read today. "Fantastic Mr. Fox" is filled with charming animal characters who must survive on their wits, in a world dominated by unsympathetic farmers. Bringing a delicate charm to the story are the illustrations by Donald Chaffin, a British artist known for illustrating numerous children's books; Chaffin was also a consultant for the animated film adaptation of the book, directed by Wes Anderson and starring George Clooney and Meryl Streep. ___DESCRIPTION: Full cream cloth, illustration of the title character with his name underneath in silver on the front board, green lettering on the spine, green endpapers, double-spread title page wi ... Read more

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  • Edition: 1st Edition
  • Book condition: Near Fine
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n.p.: Joseph J. D'Ambrosio, 1989. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Near Fine/Near Fine. Ocatvo size, 137 pp., signed by Joe D'Ambrosio, one of 10 AP copies. A work of art itself, this, his second bibliography, sets forth books produced over a period of almost twenty years. First/Limited edition of 10 artist proofs and 75 numbered copies. Joseph J. D'Ambrosio (1934-2009) was an exceptional book artist who wrote, set type, printed designs, did the artwork, and bound his books. He tells the story of how he came to the book arts in the Preface of this Bibliography. His editions are signed, numbered and issued, as a limited edition of fine art prints. Mr. D'Ambrosio exhibited in many one-man and group exhibitions, and his works are in both private and institutional collections, including the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. ___DESCRIPTION: From the colophon page: "printed with hand-set Della Robbia type on Johannot paper with a Vandercook No. 4 proof press, (with) hand-marbled endpapers& ... Read more

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La Pioggia Nel Pineto; (La Lluvia en el Pinar)

D'Annunzio, Gabriele; Veroni, Raul (Artist)

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  • Book condition: Near fine
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BS. [Buenos Aires] - Argentina: (Colombo), 1954. Limited Edition. Wraps. Near fine/near fine. Veroni, Raul. Number 40 of 60 copies, quarto size, [32] pp. Gabriele D'Annunzio, Prince of Montenevoso, Duke of Gallese (1863-1938) was an Italian writer, a proto-futurist obsessed with sex, whom some people believe invented fascism. This poem was written in 1902 for his lover Eleonora Duse, and was originally intended to be part of a series of seven books dedicated to the Pleiades (only four were completed), text in Spanish and Italian, Spanish translation Tulio Carella. ***DESCRIPTION: Gray paper covered wrappers with glassine jacket, unbound signatures, title page printed in black and teal, two small woodcuts, initial capitals in teal, P.M. Fabriano paper, Garamond Frances type, quartoo size (10.25" by 6.75"), [32] pp., limited edition, number 40 of 60 copies. ***CONDITION: A bright clean copy, with no foxing, in the original glassine, with only some minor foxing at edges and a few chips to ... Read more

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  • Edition: Limited Edition
  • Book condition: Fine
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London: Talfourd Press, 1983. Limited Edition. No binding. Fine. No. 90 of 100 copies (total edition approximately 185), elephant folio size, 432 pp., signed by Tom Phillips. Tom Phillips (b. 1937), an Oxford graduate, is one of the most prominent artists working today and his work is represented in most major collections of modern art around the world. He was inspired to create his visually stunning verison of Dante when he found a "lavish, red, gilded edition of Dante's 'Inferno' illustrated by Gustave Dore". His vision for this version was "to make the book a container for the energy usually expended on large scale paintings. The artist thus tries to reveal the artist in the poet and the poet helps to uncover / release the poet in the artist". As the LA Times wrote when reviewing the trade edition, "there is no doubt that Tom Phillips has captured Dante for our time. His prodigious achievement is not so much illustration as it is visual commentary, a fidelity t ... Read more

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Winter Light

Davidson, Peter; Buchanan, Hugh (Watercolours)

  • Edition: Limited Edition
  • Book condition: Fine
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[Bath]: The Old School Press, 2010. Limited Edition. Leather. Fine. Buchanan, Hugh. No. 9 of 100, elephant folio size, [21] pp., signed by Peter Davidson and Hugh Buchanan, with prospectus. Just as light pervades the rooms and spaces we live in, so too it often suffuses the gentle rhythms of a poem, and Peter Davidson offers this poetic narrative on light and space, together with atmospheric watercolours by Hugh Buchanan (b. 1958). The text and watercolours interact with one another through the turning of the pages, and the poetry forms cycles of word and image in four-panel fold-outs; Buchanan's watercolours are masterfully rendered, the empty spaces seemingly just abandoned, with the light filling every crevice. This publication by The Old School Press is one of two collaborations between Davidson and Buchanan; each brings a clarity and beauty to the work. ___DESCRIPTION: Full sea-green leather, silver diagonal line across the front board, silver lettering on the spine, grey ties, watercolours b ... Read more

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Out of a Clear Sky

Daviess, Maria Thompson

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New York: Harper & Brothers (1917), 1917. Hardcover. Fine. A simple yet lovely binding, with a decorative gilt shield on the front, gilt lettering on the spine; tissue-guarded colour frontispiece. Front board is fine and unrubbed, the corners, head and tail of the spine are minimally rubbed. The interior is bright and clean, free of prior owner markings. ***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 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 History of Nevada

Davis, Sam P. (Editor)

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Reno, Nevada: The Elms Publishing Co, 1913. Hardcover. Good. Two volumes (complete), quarto size, 1305 pp. This history of Nevada, edited by journalist and historian Samuel Post Davis (1850-1918), spans two volumes; using biographical narrative and anecdotes to tell the history of the state, and giving biographical sketches of the people involved in the state's beginnings and development. At the time of publication, Nevada had only been a state for about fifty years, but its rich history and local characters offer a fascinating read, which Davis intended as a historical resource at the time of publication as well as a relevent history for years to come. Also includes a chapter on "lawlessness and such bad men as Jack Davis, Sam Langford, and Farmer Peel" (Six-Guns 171). A number of chapters discuss the discovery of the Comstock Lode, the richest discovery of gold and especially of silver since the California Gold Rush; so much silver was mined that during its peak production year in 1877, t ... Read more

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Carry On, Letters in Wartime

Dawson, Coningsby; Dawson, W.J. (Introduction and Notes)

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New York: John Lane Company, 1918. Hardcover. Fine. Duodecimo size, 133 pp. Although a reprint, we offer this book for the binding which is simple yet effective. Bound in brown cloth, the front board has a gilt rectangle with gilt lettering and a depiction of a gatling gun, also in gilt; the spine has gilt lettering. Front board is fine with the lettering and decoration in perfect condition, bright and unrubbed; the spine lettering is also unrubbed. The interior is bright and clean, free of prior owner markings. ___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 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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Chronology of Twenty-Five Years, The Roxburghe Club of San Francisco, 1928-1953

Dawson, George E. (Editor); Wheat, Carl I. and Sowers, Roy Vernon (Essays)

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  • Book condition: Fine
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(San Francisco): (Printed by Roxburghers Edwin and Robert Grabhorn), 1954. Limited Edition. Hardcover. Fine. One of 200 copies, elephant folio size, 83 pp. Limited edition of 200 copies "printed by Roxburghers Edwin and Robert Grabhorn" and sold only to members of the Club; included in the Exhibition of Western Books (Rounce & Coffin Club). Contains an essay on the Roxburghe Club by Carl I. Wheat, an essay on the Duke of Roxburghe by Roy Vernon Sowers, a Roster of Members and Officers for the 25 years, a Chronology showing year by year the venue and topic of each meeting, with twenty-six plates at the end of reproductions of invitations. ___DESCRIPTION: Marbled paper boards with black cloth shelfback, paper label on back with black and red lettering and decorations, fore- and bottom edges uncut, cream endpapers, printed throughout in red and black, plates in colour; paper English handmade, elephant folio size (15.75" by 10.5") unpaginated with 48 leaves total; limited edition of ... Read more

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  • Edition: Limited Edition
  • Book condition: Near fine
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San Francisco: The Grabhorn Press, 1933. Limited Edition. Hardcover. Near fine. Parker, Arvilla. One of 500 copies, quarto size, 107 pp. Nicholas Dawson (1819-1903), the partly self-educated schoolteacher infected with wanderlust, spent much of his life travelling on foot across America. His wanderings brought him through Missouri, Louisiana, and Arkansas to Mexico, then back to New Orleans; he returned to the West infected with Gold Fever, and then eventually settled in Texas. The original publication of his memoirs is incredibly scarce; this edition was published by the Grabhorn Press, one of the most highly renowned private presses in America during the twentieth century, run by brothers Edwin and Robert Grabhorn. ___DESCRIPTION: Quarter natural linen with brown paper boards, coloured vignette illustration on the front board, black lettering running vertically on the front and back boards, brown paper spine label with black lettering, title page and caption titles printed in red and black, nine co ... Read more

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  • Book condition: Near fine
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San Diego: South Moulton Company, 1923. Hardcover. Near fine. Students' Edition, three volumes (complete), quarto size, 2177 total pp. A comprehensive resource of California's diverse bird population for both academics and amateurs, this book by prominent ornithologist William Leon Dawson (1873-1928) details the myriad species of birds in the state, and is filled with copious black-and-white photographs of the birds in their environment. The set has a total of fifteen coloured plates, most illustrated by Allan Brooks (1869-1946), who contributed numerous paintings of birds to ornithological books. Incredibly popular when first published, several different versions were available and are still collected today. ___DESCRIPTION: Full green cloth, illustration and ruled borders in yellow, orange, and black with black and orange lettering on the front board, illustrations in black with yellow rules and orange lettering on the spine, top edge stained light brown, fore- and bottom edges rough cut, endpa ... Read more

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Mulhouse, France: Th. de Dillmont. Soft cover. Near Fine. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. 204 p. Softcover book **WRITTEN IN FRENCH** with accompanying patterns, both enclosed in the original cardboard box. ***THE AUTHOR/EDITOR: Therese Maria Josepha de Dillmont (1846-1890) was an Austrian needleworker and writer; she owned a string of shops in European capitals and she was "one of the most important pioneers in the international and multicultural enterprise of hobby needlework in the late nineteenth century." She studied needlework, started her own embroidery school with her sister, and wrote several books on needlework and laces, which pulled together thousands of textile designs from many different countries including Egypt, Bulgaria, Turkey and China; her work is still available today, in seventeen different languages (info from Wikipedia). ***DESCRIPTION: Book is enclosed in cardboard covers front and back, with a dark green cloth spine; cardboard covers are black with white embo ... Read more

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  • Edition: Limited Edition
  • Book condition: Fine
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[San Francisco]: The Arion Press, 1976. Limited Edition. Folio sheet, folded. Fine. One of 100 copies, quarto size, [4] pp. A lovely bit of early ephemera from The Arion Press, being a poem in Italian by Franceso De Martini, and a poem in English by Andrew Hoyem. Both poems are on the subject of poetry or poets. ___DESCRIPTION: One sheet of heavy laid paper folded twice to make 4 pp., with hand-colored decoration to title-page, upon opening the poem titled "A Andre Hoyem" by Francesco De Martini is presented on the left, and the poem titled "To Francesco De Martini" by Andrew Hoyem is presented on the right; letterpress printed, quarto size (10.25" by 7.75"), limited first edition of 100 copies. ___CONDITION: A fine copy, bright and clean with no markings/tears/rubbing/creases; a fine example. ___POSTAGE: International customers, please note that additional postage may apply as the standard shipping charge does not always cover costs; please inquire for details. ___Swa ... Read more

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Sylvie

de Nerval, Gerard; Beaudin, Andre (Artist)

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  • Book condition: Fine
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Paris: Teriade Editeur, 1960. Limited Edition. Folio. Fine. Beaudin, Andre. Number 177 of 180 copies (total edition 200), folio size, 127 pp., signed by Andre Beaudin, in French. Gérard de Nerval (1808-1855) is the pen name of French Romantic poet and author Gérard Labrunie. His novella "Sylvie" was first published in the periodical "La Revue des Deux Mondes" in 1853, and as a book in "Les Filles du feu" in 1854. His work is associated with the French Romanticism and Symbolist movements, and cited as influential by several authors of those schools, including Marcel Proust, and T. S. Eliot who concluded his poem "The Waste Land" with a quote from Nerval. Illustrated by André Beaudin (1895-1979) one of the leading painters of the École de Paris, whose intuitive lithographs compliment the shifting perspectives of time in the text, emphasizing the binary oppositions of color which Nerval used as a mechanism to highlight events of the past ag ... Read more

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Last Adventure, San Francisco in 1851, Translated from the Original Journal of Albert Benard de Russailh

de Russailh, Albert Benard; Crane, Clarkson (Translator and Author of Introduction)

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San Francisco: The Westgate Press [Printed by the Grabhorn Press], 1931. Hardcover. Very good +. Unnumbered limited edition of 475 copies, octavo size, 124 pp. This edition of de Russailh's tales of his time in San Francisco was printed by the Grabhorn Press, one of the most highly renowned private presses in America, run by brothers Edwin and Robert Grabhorn during the twentieth century. ___DESCRIPTION: Bound in marbled boards with green suede spine, orange leather spine label with black lettering, seven contemporary fascimile lithographs with one used as frontispiece, reproduced from originals and insert on folded blue paper, one fascimile pamphlet inserted; fascimile of Paris retailer on pastedown, vintage bookseller's ticket on rear pastedown, manuscript fills two-hundred and eleven pages, but this volume contains a translation of only the last fifty, the author's experiences in San Francisco; set in Elzevir linotype on machine-made paper, 124 p. unnumbered, limited edition of 475 copi ... Read more

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  • Edition: Second Edition
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Paris: Librairie de Firmin-Didot Freres, Fils et Cie, 1874. Second Edition. Hardcover. Very Good. Quarto size, 640 pp., text in French. The best known work by knight and historian Geoffroi de Ville-Hardouin (c. 1150-c.1213/18), written between 1207 and 1213. This work is one of the oldest known examples of historical French prose, and though not written from an entirely objective point of view, is an essential historical text, by a contemporaneous participant of the Fourth Crusade. The text is presented in both the original 13th-century French accompanied by a more modern French translation. ___DESCRIPTION: Contemporaneous half red morocco with marbled paper covered boards, backstrip with five raised bands stamped in gilt to each panel, top edge gilt, decorative endpapers of black with repearting gold lion designs and two different roundels (one of men on a ship, from a miniature from "l'Histoire des Croisades" de Guillaume de Tyr, from a 13th-century manuscript; the second of a man on h ... Read more

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Poem Upon the Lisbon Disaster

de Voltaire, Francois Marie Arouet; Hecht, Anthony (Translator); Wilson, Arthur (Introduction)

  • Edition: Limited Edition
  • Book condition: Near Fine
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[Lincoln, Massachusetts]: Penmaen Press, 1977. Limited Edition. Hardcover. Near Fine. Ward, Lynd. No. XXXVIII of 100 of the deluxe edition, quarto size, 35 pp., signed by Anthony Hecht, Arthur Wilson, and Lynd Ward. Francois-Marie Arouet (1694-1778), known by his pen name Voltaire, was a prolific writer, self-described "innkeeper of Europe", who wrote largely about justice, reason, and tolerance. His ironic and subversive work often brought him into conflict with religious and political authorities; however, his writings had a great impact during his lifetime, so much that his body had to be smuggled out of France at the time of his death to avoid a heretic's burial. This long poem was written after the 1755 Lisbon earthquake, an event that is included in the beginning of Voltaire's book "Candide", and both the poem and the book contain fierce criticisms of Optimism; the poem is seen as an introduction to "Candide", more dark and sombre than the light-hearted book tha ... Read more

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A Tribute to Else Staudinger

Dean, Mallette (Book Designer and Decorator)

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(New York): American Council for Emigres in the Professions, Inc. [Mallette Dean], 1966. Hardcover. Near fine. Dean, Mallette. Quarto size, [12] pp. A memorial tribute to humanitarian Else Staudinger (1889-1966), who founded and lead The American Council for Emigrés in the Professions, Inc., and worked tirelessly to rescue liberal scholars from Nazi Germany during WWII. Else emigrated to the United States with her husband Hans (1889-1980) in 1934, who had been arrested by the Nazi regime the year previous year. This volume announced the establishment of a fund in her name, the "Else Staudinger Tribute Fund". ___DESCRIPTION: Original quarter parchment and blue paper covered boards, decorative woodcut and lettering to upper board in blue and yellow, paper label printed in blue on backstrip, title page in blue and brown, two floriated initials in blue, text in blue, one black and white photo reproduction of Else Staudinger, facsimile signature of Alvin S. Johnson; quarto size (10 1/8" ... Read more

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Rhumb Lines

Deaton, Anthony

  • Edition: Limited Edition
  • Book condition: Fine
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Winona, Minnesota: Sutton Hoo Press, 2002. Limited Edition. Hardcover. Fine. One of 136 copies, quarto size, 24 unnumbered pp. Anthony Deaton works for the U.S. Department of State as a Foreign Service Officer and has served in Italy, Syria, and Namibia; this volume is his first book of poetry, a beautiful fine press book printed by the Sutton Hoo Press. Some of these poems have appeared in journals including the Paris Review, the Gettysburg Review, The Nation, and Virginia Quarterly Review. He is the recipient of the Nation/Discovery Award and the Campbell Corner Prize in poetry. ___DESCRIPTION: Blue, navy, and white marbled paper boards with navy blue paper case tabs pulled outside of the boards, fore- and bottom edges rough cut, decorative blue running border at the top of each page; hand-set Bulmer type, Somerset paper, quarto size (10" by 6.5"), pagination: 24 unnumbered pages, one of 136, unnumbered. ___CONDITION:  A fine copy; the covers clean, the corners straight, the binding ... Read more

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The Plague

[DeFoe, Daniel - Excerpts from "A Journal of the Plague Year"]; McDowall, Nicolas (Introduction); Dyson, Anthony (Essay); Lemaire, Angela (Artist, Afterword)

  • Edition: Limited Edition
  • Book condition: Fine
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[Monmouthshire]: The Old Stile Press, 2009. Limited Edition. No binding. Fine. Lemaire, Angela. No. 3 of 25 copies for sale. Folio - over 12" to 15" tall. 52 pgs. The story begins: "I was present during the Great Plague of 1665, It took away my life," he said. Per the artist, this work, originally produced by her in 1967, is "about a man who is killed by the plague in London in 1665; I have brought him to life again, so that he can tell his story." The story unfolds as a series of nine eerily wonderful etchings by Angela Lemaire, which were inspired by the sufferings of the plague victims. Each enclosed in a separate leaf and introduced with a quotation from scripture also dealing with suffering, with each plate numbered and signed by her. Ms. Lemaire's Afterword tells the story of her inspiration for the work, and the essay by Anthony Dyson discusses the making and proofing of the plates which is a story worthy on its own merits. ***DESCRIPTION: Unbound folio sheets ... Read more

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