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Ombrie, Terre de saint Francois

Jacquet, Pierre; Roiter, Fulvio (Photographer)

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Lausanne: La Guilde du Livre, 1955. Softcover. Near fine. Roiter, Fulvio. One of 10,000 copies, quarto size, 130 pp., in French. Fulvio Roiter (1926-2016) was an Italian photographer; beginning as a chemist, he committed himself to photography in 1947, documenting various cities in stunning series of black-and-white photographs. During his career, Roiter published about one hundred photography books, including "Ombrie, Terre de saint Francois", which won the second edition of the Prix Nadar, a prestigious annual prize awarded for photography books in France. Roiter's photographs have a gentle poignancy that captures the essence of the people and places he visited. ___DESCRIPTION: Pictorial paper wraps with two black-and-white photographs by Fulvio Roiter on the front and back covers, black lettering on the front cover, black and white lettering on the spine, frontispiece a colour photograph of a painting of Saint Francis, black-and-white photographs by Roiter throughout, colophon with blac ... Read more

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Daisy Miller

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

  • Edition: Limited Edition
  • Book condition: Fine
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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 ornamen ... Read more

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The Green Woman / Die Grune

Jamie, Kathleen; Saltzwedel, Caroline (Artist)

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  • Book condition: Fine
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Hamburg: Hirundo Press, 1999. Limited Edition. Hardcover. Fine. Saltzwedel, Caroline. Number 11 of 30 copies, quarto size, [20] pp., signed by Kathleen Jamie and Caroline Saltzwedel. Caroline Saltzwedel, born in England, has lived in Hamburg since 1995 as a graphic artist and painter. She studied German at the Universities of Durham, Oxford and Bonn, and printed graphics at the Ruskin School of Fine Art, Oxford. In 1998 she founded the Hirundo Press for artists' books in small editions; her works are in numerous public and private collections including the Deutsche Nationalbibliothek, the British Library, the Bodleian Library, Stanford University, and the Widener Library (Harvard) among many others. Caroline's works are often paired with original, new works of poetry such as this one: "The Green Woman / Die Grune" is a bilingual edition of three poems written by Kathleen Jamie which appeared simultaneously in her collection Jizzen (Picador, London 1999). The poems appear alongside fou ... Read more

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Chocolate, The Definitive Guide

Jayne-Stanes, Sara

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London: Grub Street. Hardcover. Very Good/Very Good. Octavo size, 240 pp. [1999], a scrumptious tour through the world of chocolate, including chapters such as "From Pod to Palate" and "From Bean to Bar" - seriously, who can resist? ___DESCRIPTION: Milk chocolate brown cloth boards with gilt lettering on the spine, copper endpapers, brown and white illustrations throughout. Dust jacket has a dark brown background with tan "ribbons", the author and title within a yellow "gift card" panel, author blurb and photo on back flap. ___CONDITION: Overall near fine with strong, solid hinges and text block, perfectly sharp corners, free of prior owner markings, we are grading as very good due to two very shallow bumps to the top of the front board. Unclipped dust jacket also near fine with only one tiny closed tear to the bottom of the rear panel and minor overall edgewear, mostly at the top. ___POSTAGE: International customers, please note that additional postage may ap ... Read more

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Be Angry at the Sun

Jeffers, Robinson

  • Edition: First Edition
  • Book condition: Near fine
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New York: Random House, 1941. First Edition. Hardcover. Near fine/good. First printing, octavo size, 166 pp., signed by Robinson Jeffers. American poet John Robinson Jeffers (1887-1962) remains highly regarded today on many levels, including as a poet who was an icon of the environmental movement. Born in Pennsylvania, he attended USC and spent most of his adult life in Carmel, California where he himself built the home he and his family lived in, Tor House, close to the sea, which had an immense influence on his work. He was a prolific writer of the twentieth century; his bleak and uncompromising style of poetry was formed through his philosophy of "inhumanism", which focused on a rejection of emotion and man, in favour of nature and other creatures in the universe. "Be Angry at the Sun" is a collection of poems of varying length, including the long narrative poem "Mara", wherein the protagonist, Bruce Ferguson, "searches for the brutal truth: '....I wish to God I ... Read more

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Themes in My Poems

Jeffers, Robinson; Lehman, B. H. (Preface); Dean, Mallette (Illustrator)

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  • Book condition: Fine
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San Francisco: The Book Club of California, printed and decorated with woodcuts by Mallette Dean, 1956. Limited Edition. Hardcover. Fine/very good +. Dean, Mallette. One of 350 copies, quarto size, 58 pp., with prospectus. The only published prose work by Robinson Jeffers (1887-1962), with a preface by Professor B. H. Lehman, who had also introduced the Book Club of California's earlier, 1928 work of Jeffers, entitled simply "Poems", this volume is the transcript of a lecture Jeffers gave at the Library of Congress in 1941; it was one of the few times Jeffers could be persuaded to read and talk about his poetry, and the lecture demonstrates the force and depth behind one of California's finest poets. Mallette Dean (1907-1975), in addition to printing the book, illustrates the book with his stunning woodcuts; a printer and muralist, Dean was one of twenty-six artists commissioned to paint murals in San Francisco's Coit Tower, and he illustrated books for the Grabhorn Press for fifteen ... Read more

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The Writings of Thomas Jefferson

Jefferson, Thomas; Padover, Saul K. (Editor); Ward, Lynd (Illustrator)

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  • Book condition: Fine
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Lunenburg, Vermon: The Limited Editions Club, printed at The Stinehour Press, 1967. Limited Edition. Hardcover. Fine/near fine. Ward, Lynd. No. 351 of 1500 copies, quarto size, 376 pp., signed by Lynd Ward, with announcement and LEC Monthly Newsletter. This collection of the works of Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826) is illustrated with lithographs by Lynd Ward (1905-1985), an artist best known for his "wordless novels", elaborately illustrated books often viewed as a precursor to the graphic novel. ___DESCRIPTION: Half blue cloth with marbled paper boards, gilt ruled border and lettering on the spine, frontispiece a two-colour lithograph of Thomas Jefferson by Lynd Ward, title page in blue and black, full-page two-colour lithographs by Ward throughout, illustrations and headpieces in blue by Ward throughout; monotype Bell, grey-toned Curtis wove paper, quarto size (10.75" by 7.25"), pagination: [i-iv] v-x [xi-xii] [1-2] 3-362 [363] [1 colophon], one of 1500 copies, this number 351, signed ... Read more

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  • Edition: Limited Edition
  • Book condition: Near Fine
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San Francisco: California Historical Society, 1945. Limited Edition. Hardcover. Near Fine. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. 40 p. One of 300 copies printed in 1945 (275 for sale); per Wright-Howes and the prospectus, only two copies of the original edition of 1849 are held by institutions (Dorothy Sloan notes 4 copies known, one in private hands). Special Publication No. 20 of the California Historical Society, includes all 4 folded maps and the prospectus. T.H. Jefferson published this map and guide to appeal to gold seekers, and included much practical advice regarding party size, wagons, types of animals, provisions, etc. He wrote "side saddles should be discarded - women should wear hunting-frocks, loose pantaloons, men's hats and shoes, and ride the same as men", warning his readers that "the journey is not entirely a pleasure trip" (N.B., from Kurutz). ***DESCRIPTION: Bound in red cloth, front pastedown a facsimile of pastedown on the original map case, red cloth po ... Read more

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  • Edition: First Edition
  • Book condition: Very good
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San Francisco: H.S. Crocker Co. and Cunningham, Curtiss & Welch (printed by Taylor, Nash & Taylor), 1914. First Edition. Softcover. Very good. Quarto size, [94] pp., inscribed by the author, Willis Linn Jepson. Willis Linn Jepson (1867-1946) is known as California's most distinguished early botanist, being identified with the University of California, Berkeley, for most of his long career as an instructor in Botany. He was 25 years old in 1892, when he, John Muir and Warren Olney, at an attorney's office in San Francisco, formed the Sierra Club. This volume is Part IV only (pp. 369 to 464 and figures 66-91) of "A Flora of California", and is inscribed on the front wrap "To Miss Rowena Beans / With the compliments of / the author". Miss Beans was one of the many who assisted Mr. Jepson by reporting locations in which certain plants covered in this guide were found; she is mentioned on page 414, under item 27., E. dasyanthemum, which is a species of wild buckwheat known ... Read more

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The Big Book of Fables

Jerrold, Walter (Editor); Robinson, Charles (Illustrations)

  • Edition: First Edition
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London: Blackie and Son Limited, 1912. First Edition. Hardcover. Near fine. Robinson, Charles. First printing, quarto size, 317 pp. The fables in this book range from short, whimsical poems to prose stories, and all are full of the magic and charm of animals rendered by British book illustrator Charles Robinson (1870-1937). An extremely prolific artist, Robinson fills this volume with copious line drawings on nearly every page, with twenty-eight colour illustrations which bring to life the unique personality of each animal in the tales. Robinson collaborated often with English writer and editor Walter Jerrold (1865-1929), as is the case with this collection of fables; together they create a monumental work of stories that have captured the imaginaton of children for generations. ___DESCRIPTION: Full red cloth, gilt lettering and illustrations on the front board and spine, all edges gilt, endpapers with illustrations in green, dark grey, and white, frontispiece a full-colour illustration by Charles Robin ... Read more

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  • Book condition: Near fine
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Seattle: Dogwood Press, 1932. Wraps. Near fine. Octavo size, 12 pp. John Julius Johnck was one of the partners of the highly regarded San Francisco publishing house of Johnck & [Harold] Seeger, who also studied with Daniel Berkeley Updike and William Addison Dwiggins at Harvard; this small pamphlet, printed by the Dogwood Press, is the result of Frank McCaffrey hearing Johnck read a paper at the 1931 Craftsmen's Conference in Seattle. The Dogwood Press published its first work, "The Psychology of Printing Types", in 1934 and continued printing at least through 1960. Although information about the Press proves elusive, as recently as 2014 the Heavenly Monkey press mentioned the Dogwood Press in a blog entry; McCaffrey appears to have printed small, elegant books which were often about typography or Seattle area history. ___DESCRIPTION: Green paper wraps, gilt lettering and decoration on the front wrap, fore-edge uncut, title page with decorative border in black, red initial capital le ... Read more

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Doctor Johnson's Prayers

Johnson, Samuel; Trueblood, Elton (Introduction)

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  • Book condition: Fine
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Stanford University: James Ladd Delkin (printed by Taylor & Taylor), 1945. Limited Edition. Hardcover. Fine. One of 350 copies, duodecimo size, 102 pp. Samuel Johnson (1709-1784) was a prolific writer, poet, essayist, moralist, and lexicographer, who wrote on numerous subjects, including "A Dictionary of the English Language", which preceded the "Oxford English Dictionary" by over 170 years. This volume contains prayers written by Johnson on a variety of subjects, and contains an introduction by Quaker author and theologian Elton Trueblood (1900-1994), who served as an advisors to both President Dwight D. Eisenhower and President Richard Nixon. This volume was in the original blue tissue wrapping, still taped closed, as it came from the publisher; we opened it in order to catalogue the book. ___DESCRIPTION: Quarter white cloth with gold-coloured cloth along the spine, with red paper boards, white lettering on the spine, top edge stained orange, fore- and bottom edges uncut, titl ... Read more

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  • Edition: Limited Edition
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[San Francisco]: Cecil and James Johnson [Windsor Press], 1930. Limited Edition. Hardcover. Near fine/near fine. No. 17 of 50 copies (not for sale, only "for distribution among our friends"), sixmo size, 22 unnumbered pp. A romantic fantasy imposed on a chance encounter with Robert Louis Stevenson, in which the package he was carrying under his arm becomes the goddess Ceres. Written in tribute to Albert M. Bender (1866-1941), a prominent San Francisco patron of the arts who helped found the Book Club of California in 1912. Cecil and James Johnson came to San Francisco in 1924 and set up The Windsor Press; "while fine printing was secondary to commercial work, they managed to turn out an astonishing number of charming books and broadsides during the 19 years the Press existed" (Magee 21). This copy is from the library of Alma Ruth Lavenson (1897-1989), a contemporary and good friend of Ansel Adams, Imogene Cunningham, and Edward Weston, a relationship that was forged by Albert Bender ... Read more

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  • Edition: Limited Edition
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San Francisco: The Book Club of California [printed by Patrick Reagh], 2008. Limited Edition. Hardcover. Fine. One of 275 copies, quarto size, 228 pp., with prospectus. This publication by the Book Club of California is a biography of the life and work of notable San Francisco-based printer James Weld Towne (1829-1917); he was a prolific printer of periodicals and books on numerous subjects, and a lengthy bibliography of printed material follows the text. The book is printed by Patrick Reagh (b.1948), son of Los Angeles photographer William Reagh, who has printed numerous fine press editions at his own imprint. ___DESCRIPTION: Full purple cloth, copper lettering and ornaments on the spine, frontispiece a black-and-white photograph of James Weld Towne, title page with green and red floral border with illustrations in black and purple and black lettering inside a pink rectangle, four pages of colour facsimiles of printing by Towne, black-and-white photographs and facsimiles of Towne's work throughou ... Read more

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London: John Hogg, 1909. Folio in a case. Very good. Folio size, 16 loose pp. Uruguayan-British craftsman Edward Johnston (1872-1944) is considered the father of modern calligraphy, best known for designing the Johnston typeface, which was used for signage in the London Underground. This collection of typography is intended for students of calligraphy, to form a basis of the art and unite both legibility and beauty in lettering. Johnston writes in a preface to the pages: "It is possible even now to go back to the child's - something like the early calligrapher's - point of view, and this is the only healthy one for any fine beginning: to this nothing can be added; all Rules must give way to Truth and Freedom." The folio contains examples of various typefaces with notes on their uses in bookmaking and penmanship. Included also are four plates created by noted printmaker and typographer Eric Gill (1882-1940), three of letters carved on stone and one of letters used for sign-writing, ... Read more

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  • Edition: First Edition
  • Book condition: Fine
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New York: Stewart, Tabori & Chang [1990]. First Edition. Hardcover. Fine/Near Fine. Johnston, Ollie and Thomas, Frank. Quarto size, 208 pp., signed by Ollie Johnston, Frank Thomas, Marc Davis, and Maurice Noble. Both the book and the companion flip book are signed by animators Ollie Johnston, Frank Thomas, Marc Davis, and Maurice Noble. Johnston, Thomas, and Davis were three of Walt Disneys' "Nine Old Men", and Marc Davis developed and animated the characters of Bambi and Thumper. Maurice Noble was with Disney Studios for the early part of his career and worked on the development of the Bambi film. Who amongst us has not either read the book by Felix Salten, published in the 1920s, or seen the film done in 1942? As the authors wrote, "From the start, 'Bambi' was a very different picture. It had a fantasy and reality all its own, separate from Walt Disney's other films. This was no imaginary forest that one could enter and leave at will. Whoever ventured in became ... Read more

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The Mill Book [Association Copy]

Johnston, Priscilla; Seal, Ronald and Pepler, David (Artists)

  • Edition: First Edition
  • Book condition: Very good +
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Hammersmith and Ditchling: Douglas Pepler, Hampshire House, 1916. First Edition. Leather bound. Very good +. Gill, Eric. Inscribed by H. D. C. Pepler. Association copy inscribed by Hilary Douglas Clark Pepler to one "C. R. C.": "A book made by children (except the binding) and presented with love by one child (the printer) to another (the poet) 28 years later | H. D. C. P. to C. R. C. 19.1.44" First edition rebound in a custom leather binding with gilt double-rule borders joined at the outer corners by a cluster of gilt stars, raised bands, top edge gilt; given the inscription, we surmise the binding was commissioned by Pepler. Includes 10 wood engravings, two by Priscilla Johnston and the remainder by Ronald Seal. Priscilla Johnston was the daughter of typographer and calligrapher Edward Johnston, who lived in Ditchling from 1912 until his death in 1944, and whose earlier teachings influenced Eric Gill, among many others; Priscilla was five years old when she wrote this book. Sextod ... Read more

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There Was a Little Man

Jones, Guy Pearce and Jones, Constance Bridges

  • Edition: First Edition
  • Book condition: Near fine
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New York: Random House, 1948. First Edition. Hardcover. Near fine/very good. First printing, octavo size, 253 pp. A charming tale of one man's adventure in Ballynabun, Ireland, "There Was A Little Man" is a novel written by husband-and-wife team Guy Pearce Jones and Constance Bridges Jones. The book was also the basis of the 1948 film of the same name, with Cecil Kellaway as Horace the Leprechaun, a role for which he was nominated for an Academy Award. ___DESCRIPTION: Full green cloth, dark green cloth spine label with silver rules, lettering, and clover ornament; octavo size (8.25" by 5.5"), pagination: [i-viii] [1-2] 3-245. In a white paper dust jacket with brown and black lettering and illustrations in black and green on the front panel, black lettering on the spine, an excerpt from the book on the rear panel, a description of the book on the front flap, and author bios and photograph on the rear flap; the dust jacket is unclipped with the original price of $2.50 on the fro ... Read more

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  • Edition: Uncorrected Proof
  • Book condition: Very Good
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New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston [Book published 1971]. Uncorrected Proof. Soft cover. Very Good. Quarto size, 71 pp. Erica Jong (born 1942) is perhaps best known for her first novel, "Fear of Flying", which was published in 1973 and was highly controversial for its attitudes towards female sexuality. However, Ms. Jong is also a published author of non-fiction and poetry. This book was her first book of poetry, published in 1971, although several of the books were previously published in various periodicals; it opens with the phrase "Poetry, the creative act, the archtypal sexual act. Sexuality is poetry" (Norman O. Brown). This volume is an uncorrected proof of the book (with page numbers hand-written in) with the preliminary page stating "These UNREVISED UNCORRECTED PROOFS of a book which will be published some months from now, are for the use of staff members of CRANE DUPLICATING SERVICE, INC. Barnstable, Massachusetts". ___DESCRIPTION: Spiral bound with red car ... Read more

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San Francisco: Dr. L.J. Jordan, 1865. Hardcover. Good +. Duodecimo size, 107 pp. Sadly, the world has ever had more than its share of those who take advantage of their fellow human beings. Such a one, apparently, was "Dr. L[ouis] J. Jordan", as adrioitly pointed out in an article published on the web site of SF Gate on May 28, 2018, written by Alyssa Pereira. Ms. Pereira researched "Dr. Jordan" and his "Museum of Anatomy" and sets forth convincing proof that the good doctor was actually using his "museum" to scare the unsuspecting into believing that horrific diseases were running rampant, that they in fact (after a "free" consultation") suffered from such diseases, and that his medical care was their only hope. It was later discovered that he had bilked many out of large sums of money, including a miner from Nevada who paid $10,000 (approximately $217,000 today) for a treatment that was totally unnecessary. This slim volume, which purports to give ... Read more

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