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Letters from Mexico

Haas, Elise S.

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San Francisco: Privately printed [by The Grabhorn Press], 1937. Limited Edition. Hardcover. Near fine. One of 75 copies, octavo size, 41 pp. The letters collected in this publication by the inimitable Grabhorn Press give an account of Elise S. Haas' tour through Mexico, addressed to "C"; Haas was the great-niece of Levi Strauss, a businessman and founder of Levi Strauss & Co. in San Francisco, the first company to make blue jeans. The drawing on the title page is reproduced from the journal of H. M. T. Powell, a notebook of drawings made from 1849 to 1852, which was also published by the Grabhorn Press in 1931 as "The Santa Fe Trail to California". ___DESCRIPTION: Quarter red cloth with orange paper boards with yellow pattern, yellow paper spine label with brown lettering, line drawing in black on the title page; Garamond type, machine-made paper, octavo size (9.75" by 6.25"), pagination: [i-ii] 1-37 [38] [1 colophon], one of 75 copies, unnumbered. ___CONDITION: ... Read more

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Zaha Hadid, Complete Works; Major and Recent Works; Projects Documentation; Texts and References; Process: Sketches and Drawings

Hadid, Zaha (Artist); Schumacher, Patrik (Editor / Contributor); Fontana-Giusti, Gordana (Editor / Contributor); Lynn, Greg (Foreword); Cook, Peter (Contributor); Ruby, Andreas (Contributor)

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New York: Rizzoli International Publications, Inc, 2004. First Edition. Hardcover. Near fine. Hadid, Zaha. First U.S. edition, four vols., various sizes, 240; [112]; [96]; 127 pp. Pritzker Prize-winning architect Zaha Hadid "combines painting, projective geometry, perspective, model building, now computer renderings and smooth curvaceous geometric surfaces into the masses, interiors and structure of her buildings. Her ability to work across mediums with apparent ease and grace is what has given her work its singularity and consistency of vision - as well as its enduring contemporaneity. This one-of-a-kind publication attempts to capture all her agile visions in four-channel quadraphonic images, texts, drawings and photographs." (N.B., from the Foreword.) ***DESCRIPTION: Four volumes in original semi-glossy pictorial paper covered boards, each volume has a similar image and text printed in red on either silver, black, bronze or dark-silver paper, except for the "Texts and References" ... Read more

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  • Edition: First Edition
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New York: Brewer and Warren Inc, 1930. First Edition. Hardcover. Very good/good. First printing, duodecimo size, 224 pp. Numerous books have been written on the art of love and relationships, but few in the realm of parody have the biting wit contained in Emily Hahn's (1905-1997) "Seductio ad Absurdum", a satirical look at how men court women; the book is formatted as instructions as to which methods of seduction pair well with which "types" of men and women, followed by a short scene in which the seduction method is played out, utilising humour to examine the social structures and gender dynamics of courtship. Hahn was an early feminist, a writer of many books and articles for "The New Yorker"; she taught English in Shanghai, China for three years and became acquainted with many prominent figures there, including the Soong sisters, influential political figures at the time and the subject of one of Hahn's books, and the poet Shao Xunmei, with whom Hahn had an affair ... Read more

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  • Edition: Limited Edition
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San Francisco: The Book Club of California [printed by the L-D Allen Press], 1945. Limited Edition. Hardcover. Very Good. One of 250 copies, quarto size, 92 pp. "Heraldry of New Helvetia" is a compendium of California cattle brands and a look at the cattlemen themselves who had a pivotal role in the events of the 1840s that led to the acquisition of California by the United States. Included are thirty-two facsimiles of California cattle brand registrations, and each image is accompanied by a printed version of the text and biographical notes about the owner, with historical information relating to the development of California and personal anecdotes both poignant and humorous. The Allen Press, begun by Lewis and Dorothy Allen in the San Francisco Bay Area to create stunning handprinted fine press books, printed several books for the Book Club of California, of which this is the first; this book is also the first of theirs to be selected as one of the "Fifty Books of the Year" by the ... Read more

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Kaldar - World of Antares

Hamilton, Edmond; Bradbury, Ray (Introduction)

  • Edition: First and Limited Edition
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Royal Oak, Michigan: Haffner Press, 1998. First and Limited Edition. Hardcover. Fine/Fine. Arfstrom, Jon. No. 93 of 300 copies of the special edition, octavo size, 235 pp. Edmond Moore Hamilton (1904-1977) is credited with writing, in 1936, the first hardcover compilation of what would come to be known as the science fiction genre, "The Horror of the Asteriod and Other Tales of Planetary Horror". This volume is a collection of three stories from the fragile pulp pages of Magic Carpet and Weird Tales magazines, and is the first hardbound edition of the stories; it features original artwork by 1940s Weird Tales illustrator Jon Arfstrom as well as an introduction by Edmond Hamilton's longtime friend, Ray Bradbury. Also included is an autobiographical article by Hamilton from the January 1934 fanzine, Fantasy Magazine (n. b., some of the above info from the Press' web site). ___DESCRIPTION: Full black cloth, gilt decoration and lettering on the spine designed to match the Arkham House ... Read more

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M. C. Higgins, the Great

Hamilton, Virginia; McMullan, James (Dust Jacket Art)

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New York: Macmillan Publishing Co., Inc, 1974. First Edition. Hardcover. Fine/fine. First printing, no Newbery Medal on dust jacket, octavo size, 288 pp. Coming-of-age novels spin stories that resonate with people from all walks of life, and "M. C. Higgins, the Great" is no exception. Virginia Hamilton (1936-2002) masterfully tells the story of three days in the life of Mayo Cornelius Higgins, as he grows up in the Appalachian Mountains in Kentucky; often surreal, the novel explores Higgins' desire for change amidst the traditions and customs of family. The novel won the Newbery Medal in 1975, making Hamilton the first African-American author to win the award. This volume is the first edition of Hamilton's book, and does not have the Newbery Medal, which would be awarded a year after publication, on the dust jacket. The dust jacket is illustrated by James McMullan (b. 1934), an illustrator of many theatrical posters for the Lincoln Center Theater as well as dust jackets for authors lik ... Read more

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  • Edition: First Edition
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Boston: James R. Osgood and Company [printed at the University Press: John Wilson & Son, Cambridge], 1884. First Edition. Hardcover. Very good. Duodecimo size, 439 pp. Augustus Choate Hamlin (1829-1905), a native of the state of Maine, served as a surgeon during the Civil War; he achieved the rank of Medical Director for the Armies of the Potomac and Western Virginia, being "afterward promoted to one of the highest positions, that of Medical Inspector, in the staff of the regular army and served with distinction in the Army of the South during the famous siege of Fort Wagner. After his return to Bangor [Maine], Dr. Hamlin served as the Surgeon-General of Maine (1882-1886) under Gov. Robie, and is known as one of the most distinguished medical officers in New England history. He also served as Bangor's mayor ( 1879-1880). A lover of gems and minerals, he purchased the Mount Mica farm in Oxford County, Maine in order to mine the pegmatite there. He was also an accomplished painter and made s ... Read more

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The White Mortar Board 1930, Volume X.

Hammond, Ethel (Editor)

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San Francisco, California: The Senior Class of the University of California Training School for Nurses, 1930. Hardcover. Near Fine. Quarto size, 106 pp. Seemingly scarce in the marketplace, this 1930 yearbook for the Cal Training School for Nurses marks the tenth such published; this volume refers to "a small paper-bound booklet" published ten years ago, but we find no online records of any White Mortar Boards available for any year. A delightful glimpse into how the Nursing students viewed themselves and their chosen profession eighty-five years ago, with sections showing the obligatory photographs, followed by a listing of Alumnae (beginning in 1909 with one student); the Associated Students (Student Body Association); a Literary section including "The Aims of Nursing Education" as well as various spoofs in a literary vein ("The Red Murder Case" and "The Diary of Nurse Pepys" to name only two); a Feature section including reports of a hospital fire - "X-Ray B ... Read more

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A Day in the Bleachers

Hano, Arnold; Ulriksen, Mark (Illustrator)

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San Francisco: The Arion Press, 2006. Limited Edition. Ulriksen, Mark. No. 288 of 400 numbered copies, quarto size, 170 pp., signed by Arnold Hano and Mark Ulriksen. "A Day in the Bleachers", first published in 1955 by Thomas Y. Crowell, is a firsthand account of the first game in the 1954 World Series, between the New York Giants and the Cleveland Indians. That game turned out to be one of the most famous in the history of baseball, in which Willie Mays made an over-the-shoulder catch deep in centre field; now known simply as "The Catch", it is the stuff of baseball legend. Author Arnold Hano (b. 1922) is an American sports writer, editor, novelist, biographer and journalist, the present volume being his best known work. He updated the afterword for this edition, apprising the reader on the lives of key players from that game and on how baseball has changed since. The text is enriched by artist Mark Ulriksen (b. 1957), an American illustrator who is probably best known by his covers ... Read more

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Eight Poems, 1958 [8 Poems]

Hanson, Kenneth O.

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Portland, Oregon: Graphic Arts Workshop, 1958. Limited Edition. No binding. Very good. No. 32 of 50 copies, quarto size, ten loose sheets, signed by Kenneth Hanson on the colophon sheet, with typescript showing hand-written edits. The poetry of Kenneth O. Hanson (1922-2003) has been celebrated for its frankness and raw approach to the real, to the collected experiences of the everyday; Hanson received the Theodore Roethke Award, a Fulbright Grant, and two grants from the National Endowment of the Arts for his work, and in addition to poetry, he translated classical Chinese poetry into English. These eight poems are some of Hanson's earlier work, before the publication of his first book in 1966; the poems are loosely held in a paper folio, offering an immediate intimacy and simplicity that befits the gentle language. Included also are six pages of typescript of the poems in this set; the poem "On a Dead Cat in Mexico" has hand-written corrections in blue pen, presumably by the poet, as the co ... Read more

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The Desired Woman, A Novel

Harben, Will N.

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New York: Harper & Brothers, 1913. Hardcover. Near Fine. A very simple yet lovely binding, with gilt lettering on the front and spine, also a blind-embossed decoration reminiscent of a flower on both front and 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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  • Edition: First Edition
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London: Macmillan and Co., Limited, 1925. First Edition. Hardcover. Fine/near fine. Octavo size, 292 pp., in original dust jacket. Thomas Hardy (1840-1928) was one of Britain's most influential Victorian novelists and poets; D. H. Lawrence wrote a study of Hardy, and he was the basis for the character of Edward Driffield in W. Somerset Maugham's "Cakes and Ale". He wrote of tragic characters struggling against their passions and social circumstances and was nominated twice for the Nobel Prize in Literature. In addition to being a writer of prose, he was a prolific poet; from 1898 until his death in 1928 Hardy published eight volumes of poetry, about one thousand poems were published in his lifetime (n. b., above information from Wikipedia and Poetry Foundation), with this volume being the last of Hardy's work published prior to his death. Despite being written when Hardy was in his 80s, it shows no evidence of a decline in mental facility, or a shift in attitude or feeling. The poem ... Read more

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[Monmouthshire]: The Old Stile Press, 2007. Limited Edition. Hardcover. Fine. Cazalet, Mark. No. III of X of the special edition, total edition 210, folio size, 46 pp., signed by artist. Thomas Hardy (1840-1928) is one of Britain's most influential Victorian novelists and poets; he often wrote of tragic characters struggling against their passions and social circumstances, and was nominated twice for the Nobel Prize in Literature. In addition to being a writer of prose he was a prolific poet; from 1898 until his death in 1928 Hardy published eight volumes of poetry, with about one thousand poems being published in his lifetime. As is often the case, his inspiration came from life; Hardy's wife, Emma, died in November 1912 in the attic room of their house where she had lived estranged from him; their marriage had hardened into an empty shell and Hardy had long been in love with Florence Dugdale, whom he married the following year. However, on reading Emma's secret memoirs detailing his cruel ... Read more

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Jude the Obscure

Hardy, Thomas; Bayley, John (Introduction); Parker, Agnes Miller (Artist)

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New York: Limited Editions Club [printed by The Spiral Press], 1969. Limited Edition. Hardcover. Fine/very good. Parker, Agnes Miller. No. 351 of 1500 copies, octavo size, 451 pp., signed by Agnes Miller Parker, with the separate plate also signed by her, and with the LEC Monthly Letter. Thomas Hardy (1840-1928) is one of Britain's most influential Victorian novelists and poets; he often wrote of tragic characters struggling against their passions and social circumstances, and was nominated twice for the Nobel Prize in Literature. This was the last novel completed by Thomas Hardy, which began as a magazine serial in 1894 and was first published in book form in 1895 (n.b., info from Wikipedia). The plot twists and turns, exploring surprisingly contemporary themes and ones which were almost scandalous at the time the novel was written, including the role of an independently-minded woman, marital duties, society's views of children born "out of wedlock", and divorce. In fact, one critic of ... Read more

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  • Edition: First Edition
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London: Chatto & Windus, 1913. First Edition. Hardcover. Near Fine/Good. Henderson, Keith. The first edition with illustrations by Keith Henderson, octavo size, 284 pp., in the original dust jacket. Thomas Hardy (1840-1928) is one of Britain's most influential Victorian novelists and poets; D. H. Lawrence wrote a study of Hardy, and he was the basis for the character of Edward Driffield in W. Somerset Maugham's "Cakes and Ale". He wrote of tragic characters struggling against their passions and social circumstances; and was nominated twice for the Nobel Prize in Literature (n.b., above information from Wikipedia). "Under the Greenwood Tree" was Hardy's second novel, published anonymously in 1872. While some think of this as one of Hardy's "lesser novels" it is an important precursor to his major works, and provides an important prequel and establishing myth for the world of Wessex that Hardy depicted in subsequent tragic works. This version publish ... Read more

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San Francisco: The Book Club of California [printed by Mastercraft Press], 1993. Limited Edition. Hardcover. Fine. One of 500 copies, folio size, 74 pp. This bibliography comprises ninety-nine titles published by The Book Club of California, from 1958 to 1993; with detailed descriptions of the content and physical appearance of each book, this reference serves as both a catalogue for the avid book collector and a document of the prestigious work put out by the Club. The bibliography goes beyond mere cataloguing, and includes some history of the printing and the content of each book, and is itself printed and bound in a lovely fine press book. ___DESCRIPTION: Quarter tan cloth with decorative paper boards in orange, yellow, and black, white paper spine label with black lettering, title page in red and black, red and black decorative initial capitals at thte start of the preface and introduction, dates of publication in red throughout, six colour facsimiles from previously published books included in the b ... Read more

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Los Angeles: Dawson's Book Shop, 1976. Limited Edition. Hardcover. Fine. Number 83 of 375 copies, folio size, [186] pp., signed by Neal Harlow and printer Grant Dahlstrom, sample leaf and prospectus slipped in. A companion volume to author Neal Harlow's "Maps of San Francisco Bay", and to W. W. Robinson's "Maps of Los Angeles". The contents cover the cartographic history of the Los Angeles area, from the foundation of the Spanish pueblo in 1781 which gave rise to the first map of the town, to the final delivery of the patent to the city's lands in 1881. ___DESCRIPTION: Quarter green linen and decorative green and cream paper covered boards, gray endpapers, title-page in red and black, 14 facsimile maps and 2 views (11 are fold-out) of which two are stored at the rear pastedown, held in place by a strip of matching paper; Aldus, Bembo and Rosart types, Curtis Rag paper, folio size (12.75" by 8.75"), pagination: [i-viii] ix-xvii 1-169, limited edition, this nu ... Read more

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Uncle Remus, His Songs and His Sayings; The Folk-Lore of the Old Plantation

Harris, Joel Chandler; Church, Frederick S. and Moser, James H. (Illustrations)

  • Edition: First Edition
  • Book condition: Very good +
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New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1881. First Edition. Hardcover. Very good +. Church, Frederick S. and Moser, James H.. First printing, duodecimo size, 241 pp. The stories told by Joel Chandler Harris' (1848-1908) character Uncle Remus feature the popular Brer Rabbit from African-American folklore, a trickster character who lives by his wits; the book contains thirty-four stories, as well as songs and chants, and sketches about Uncle Remus under the section "His Sayings". The work "has been frequently censured for perpetuating African American stereotypes and for [Harris'] apparently nostalgic version of the antebellum South. . .'Uncle Remus' has been translated into over twenty-five languages and remains in print, but the uneasy role of race in the stories has perhaps discouraged post-Second World War adaptations and retellings, with Enid Blyton's versions in the 1950s a notable exception" (Loker). It still remains an important work in the canon of children' ... Read more

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  • Edition: Limited Edition
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New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1895. Limited Edition. Hardcover. Near fine. Frost, A. B.. No. 233 of 250 copies, octavo size, 289 pp., signed at the Preface by Joel Chandler Harris. The stories told by Joel Chandler Harris' (1848-1908) character Uncle Remus feature the popular Brer Rabbit from African-American folklore, a trickster character who lives by his wits. This limited edition of Harris' book is copiously illustrated by Arthur Burdett Frost (1851-1928), a prolific American illustrator and cartoonist, who for many years drew for "Harper's" and "Life" magazines; here he creates eleven exquisitely rendered black-and-white plates and countless line drawings of the animal characters that populate the book. Gorgeously bound in white parchment-like paper with gilt illustrations and lettering, the book also contains a new Preface by Harris commending Frost on his illustrations, writing ". . .you have taken it under you hand. . .The book was mine, but now you have ... Read more

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The Old Stile Press ...in the Twentieth Century; A Bibliography 1979 - 1999

Harrop, Dorothy A.; McDowall, Frances and Nicolas; Wakelin, Peter; Davies, Weista Rendah (Binder)

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Monmouthshire: The Old Stile Press, 2000. Limited First Edition. Hardcover. Fine. 'Archives' Edition, number IX of XV, of a total edition of 1,000, quarto size, 136 pp., with a large portfolio containing numerous specimens from the press, "jeu d'esprit" loosely inserted. 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 thirty-eight books printed during 1979-1999, fifteen Christmas cards for the years 1979-1999, handmade papers, early advertisements and experiments, and many other small bits of unique press ephemera. A stunning selection of work from this period, accompanying an illustrated bibliography. Special binding was done by Nesta Rendall Davies, a bookbinder with over 25 years' experience running her own bookbinding and conservation business, as well as teaching. ____DESCRIPTION: Wrap-around pictorial paper over boards in black and white, gilt lettering on ... Read more

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