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A Tribute to W. H. Auden

W.H. Auden; Alan Brownjohn, Charles Causley, Kevin Crossley-Holland, D.J. Enright, Roy Fuller, James Kirkup, George MacBeth, Peter Porter, Peter Redgrove, Jon Silkin

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Menston, Yorkshire, England: Ilkey Literature Festival [printed by The Scolar Press], 1973. Folio in a case. Near fine. Folio size, 19 unnumbered pages. Wystan Hugh Auden (1907-1973) was an English-American poet, known for his variety of styles and subject matter, including politics, love, and religion; this collection of poems by various poets serves as a tribute to Auden's profound influence on the contemporary literature of the time and a celebration of the first Ilkley Literature Festival, which was opened by Auden during the last year of his life. Beginning the collection is Auden's poem "Lullaby", an unconventional love poem, followed by poems by ten other writers; each poet was asked to take a title or epigraph from Auden's published work as a starting point, and each offers a unique voice, connected through an admiration of Auden and the forms of his poetry. Included also are facsimiles of the manuscripts of each poem, printed on beautiful Amatruda Amalfi paper. ___DESCRIPT ... Read more

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Siegfried & The Twilight of the Gods

Wagner, Richard; Armour, Margaret (Translator); Rackham, Arthur (Illustrator)

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London / New York: William Heinemann / Doubleday Page & Co, 1911. 1st and Limited Edition. Hardcover. Very Good. Rackham, Arthur. Quarto size, 184 pp., signed by Arthur Rackham. Limited edition of 1150 copies (1000 for Britain and 150 for America), this being copy no. 82 of the 150 reserved for America, signed by Arthur Rackham on the limitation page. Considered by many to be Rackham's most magnificent work, the 30 full-color illustrations are breathtaking. ___DESCRIPTION: Bound in brown laid paper boards with an ivory cloth spine, publisher's paper label to the spine, and grey-green laid paper endpapers; the binding does not conform to that in the bibliographies, so is either a variant or the volume was rebound - if rebound, the binder did a wonderful job as there is plenty of room in the gutter margins. Limitation statement with Arthur Rackham's signature on the verso of the page preceding the frontispiece, title page has green lettering and a small illustration by Rackham in black ... Read more

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London: Raphael Tuck & Sons, Ltd, 1919. Hardcover. Very good. Wain, Louis. Octavo size, [25] pp., with twenty-four Picture Stamps. English artist Louis Wain (1860-1939) is referred to by some as "the asylum artist" due to having been placed into a mental hospital in 1924 and remaining institutionalised until his death. However, prior to that he had become an extremely well-known and beloved illustrator; he created a whimsical world of animals, including his trademark anthropomorphic cats, the animals living in a rich, vibrant world and displaying playful personalities as they go about their day. One of Wain's contemporary admirers, H. G. Wells, stated "[Wain]...made the cat his own. He invented a cat style, a cat society, a whole cat world. English cats that do not look and live like Louis Wain cats are ashamed of themselves" (n. b., quote from Wikipedia). Wain continued his artwork during his time in the mental hospitals, leaving a body of work that has been studied by ps ... Read more

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Leading the Cranes Home

Waley, Arthur (Translator); Kiggell, Ralph (Artist)

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Llandogo, Monmouthshire: The Old Stile Press, 2006. Limited Edition. Stiff wraps. Fine. Kiggell, Ralph. Number VI of X of the Special Edition, folio size, [56] pp., signed by Ralph Kiggell, together with a suite of four signed prints. A selection of Chinese poems from "170 Chinese Poems" 1918, and "Chinese Poems" 1946, translated by Arthur David Waley (1889-1966). Waley performed the remarkable feat of teaching himself both classical Chinese and Japanese, and using those skills to translate the high points of literature from each culture for the English-reading public. He was the translator of "The Tale of Genji", as well as many other now well-known Chinese and Japanese pieces of literature, with many of his translations still in print today. He served as a sort of unofficial ambassador of the East to the West, and greatly admired their literature and art, although he never visited either country. The poems that artist Ralph Kiggell selected for this work move in chronolog ... Read more

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Ghetto Motifs

Walkowitz, Abraham

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New York: Machmadim Art Editions, Inc, 1946. Hardcover. Very Good. Walkowitz, Abraham. Quarto size, 63 pp., inscribed by Abraham Walkowitz, entirely in Hebrew. Abraham Walkowitz (1878-1965) was a figure immersed in the American Modernist movement, best known for his series of drawings of the dancer Isadora Duncan; "Ghetto Motifs" is a collection of portraits rendered in pencil and pen-and-ink, ranging from everyday activities to the deeply religious and ritualistic. Walkowitz's drawings convey a uniquely Jewish experience, and his gentle depictions of various people exhibit an honesty mingled with individual aesthetic style. The book is accompanied by an essay by Isaac Lichtenstein, examining Walkowitz's career and artistic sensibilities, as well as his influences and his own impact within the Modernist movement. ___DESCRIPTION: Full red cloth, yellow lettering on the front board, title page in red and black, forty-nine black-and-white plates of Walkowitz's illustrations; quarto si ... Read more

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New York: Harper & Brothers, 1887. Hardcover. Good +. Twelvemo size, 564 pp. When published in 1880, Ben-Hur superseded "Uncle Tom's Cabin" as the best-selling book in the U.S., and remained such until publication of "Gone With the Wind" over 50 years later. Considered the most influential Christian book of the 19th century it has been made into movies several times; perhaps the most famous is the 1959 adaptation starring Charlton Heston with its famous chariot race. Lew Wallace, a Union general in the Civil War, is not as well remembered today as he should be; Ben-Hur is by far his most significant work, but he wrote several other novels, plays and biographies during his lifetime. This a fairly early reprint of the work which was originally purblished in 1880, with the following issue points: no date on the title page, the four-line dedication, "To the wife of my youth who still abides with me" (which was instituted in late 1884), with the misprint "be-becam ... Read more

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The Castle of Otranto; A Gothic Story

Walpole, Horace (Author); Lewis, W. S. (Introduction, Editor)

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New York: The Limited Editions Club, 1975. Limited Edition. Hardcover. fine/near fine. Lewis, W. S.. No. 351 of 2000, quarto size, 142 pp., signed by the editor W. S. Lewis. "The Castle of Otranto" was originally written in 1764 as an alleged translation of a mediaeval Italian manuscript; it was the following year when, in the second edition, it was explained that Horace Walpole (1717-1797) was the true author. The novel is regarded as the first gothic novel ever since the second edition was published, when Walpole appended the subtitle "A Gothic Story", spawning a literary genre which now includes authors such as Mary Shelley and Ann Radcliffe, as well as current films, art, music, and even a goth subculture. ___DESCRIPTION: Bound by Tapley-Rutter Company in quarter dark-blue levant leather, stamped in gold, sides of Tumba Ingres yellow paper printed with an all-over pattern in green and blue, illustrated with eighteenth-century watercolours and sepia wash drawings, printed by Meride ... Read more

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San Francisco: [Grabhorn Press], 1942. No binding. Near fine. Quarto size, [4] pp. A rather scarce piece of Grabhorn ephemera, featuring a charming Christmas wish referencing the "Four Freedoms" speech by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, adding the "Freedom to Celebrate Christmas / in Security & Thankfulness." As of this writing, there are none online, and it is not found in the Grabhorn bibliography; we presume it is from the Grabhorn Press based on the OCLC entry and the author being Florence Walter, a San Francisco bookbinder and collector of Grabhorn Press material; she was a frequent visitor to the premises of the Grabhorn Press and would have easily requested them to print this Christmas greeting on her behalf. ___DESCRIPTION: One sheet folded once to make four pages, fore-edge uncut, printed on the front page in blue and black, 10 cent World War II savings stamp adhered inside a border of blue stars; quarto size (10" by 7.5"). ___CONDITION: Near fine, clean, w ... Read more

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Bloomsbury: The Nonesuch Press, 1929. Limited Edition. Hardcover. Very Good. No. 801 of 1100 copies, octavo size, 642 pp. Izaak Walton's (ca. 1593-1683) "The Compleat Angler", first published in 1653, was a milestone publication on the subject of fishing; often a celebration of fishing - and philosophy - rather than an instruction manual, Walton includes both prose and poetry expressing the joys of fishing, interspersed with details of various fish and how to catch them. Walton continued to add to "The Compleat Angler" throughout the rest of his life, and in addition to fishing, he wrote numerous biographies, collected in "Walton's Lives". This Nonesuch Press edition contains Walton's biographical writings as well as "The Compleat Angler"; the goal of the Press was to present Walton's diverse writings in a single volume, to convey Walton's talents as a writer unbound by subject matter. ___DESCRIPTION: Full brown leather, initials inside an ov ... Read more

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  • Edition: 1st Edition
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London: John Murray, 1902. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Very Good. Ocatvo size, 122 pp., inscribed by the author. Presentation copy, INSCRIBED BY THE AUTHOR TO THE RT. HON. LORD GRENFELL, SIRDAR OF EGYPT AND THE SUDAN, DATED APRIL 13, 1903. ___DESCRIPTION: Dark green cloth boards with gilt lettering on front and spine, motifs of scarabs in turquoise and tan on front and in gilt on spine, plain endpapers, top edge gilt, inscribed by the author to Lord Grenfell on the front free endpaper, title page in red and black, replete with illustrations and black and white photographs, with five hundred examples of scarabs and cylinders, the translations by F. Llewellyn Griffith, 122 pages plus 2 pages of advertisements in the rear. ___CONDITION: Overall very good with some bumping to corners, light scuffing where spine meets the boards, rear hinge starting, interior clean and free of all prior owner markings, are some pencil notations in front and rear from prior booksellers. ___POSTAGE: International customers pleas ... Read more

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New York: Random House, 1936. Limited Edition. Hardcover. Very good +. Ward, Lynd. No. 766 of 1250 copies, quarto size, [48] pp., signed by Lynd Ward. American artist Lynd Ward (1905-1985) demonstrates his masterful storytelling in "Song Without Words", a wordless novel made with wood engravings, depicting a woman's psychological journey after she conceives a child; created when fascism was at its height in Europe, the book reflects Ward's own concerns about the birth of his second child into a world full of economic and political conflict. Ward's wood engravings are rich in detail and emotion, and the story has a rhythm as the reader follows the character through dark, forbidding corridors and uncaring urban streets; his wordless novels are often seen as precursors to the graphic novel in their ability to convey character and feeling through the use of image alone. ___DESCRIPTION: Quarter white paper with reflective copper-coloured foil boards, red lettering on the spine, fore- a ... Read more

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  • Edition: First Edition, First Printing
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New York: Sheed & Ward, 1943. First Edition, First Printing. Hardcover. Near fine/very good. Octavo size, 703 pp. G. K. Chesterton (1874-1936) was a major writer of novels, poetry, and Christian apologetics; he is perhaps best known for his series of detective stories featuring the priest-detective Father Brown, and for such apologetics as "Orthodoxy" and "The Everlasting Man". A forceful and prolific writer, Chesterton's works feature his masterful grasp of language and wit, as well as his strong Christian faith, and he was an influence on noted writers such as C. S. Lewis, Jorge Luis Borges, and Neil Gaiman. This volume is the biography on Chesterton written by Maisie Ward (1889-1975), writer and publisher, who, along with her husband, founded of the British publishing house Sheed and Ward; a friend of Chesterton's, her book is considered the first and only authorised biography of G. K. Chesterton. Ward spent six years researching and writing the biography, and much of h ... Read more

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Berkeley: Printed by The Professional Press, 1918. Soft cover. Very Good. Octavo size, 181 pp. Full title page: "History of the Berkeley Schools, An account of the School Systems of Berkeley from its establishment to date, with a detailed presentation of the special features in the various schools". Early, perhaps the first, written history of the schools in Berkeley. The author opens with a brief historical sketch of the land passing from the last Spanish governor of California in 1820 to Don Luis Peralta, who divided the land between his four sons. From this short tour through history he moves to the First Board of Education and then sets forth how the school system grew and developed, even listing the particulars of each school in the district - a fascinating glimpse into the educational history of an area that is now home to Cal, one of the great research universities. This copy has a prior owner name written at the top of the front wrap of J.E. Cuddeback; a gentleman of that name serv ... Read more

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Taliesin and the Mockers [DESIGN BINDING - Paul Delrue]

Watkins, Vernon (1908-1967); Watkins, Gwen (Afterword); Cour, Glenys (Artist)

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[Monmouthshire]: The Old Stile Press, 2004. Limited Edition. Leather. Fine. Cour, Glenys. No. 195 of 225 copies, folio size, 56 pp., signed by Gwen Watkins, Glenys Cour, and Paul Delrue. This copy in a custom binding done in 2014 by Paul Delrue (b. 1944). Paul bound his first book at the age of 15 in 1959, and knew he had discovered his calling. He became an apprentice at the University College, London from 1961-64 and worked there as a binder until 1971, when he set up his own bindery. In 1981 was elected a Fellow of the Society of Bookbinders, having founded and served as chairman of the Chester and North Wales branch in 1979. Paul has earned numerous awards and honours, including the Silver medal and three other awards in 1991 in The Bookbinding Competition. He was elected a Fellow of Designer Bookbinders in the same year; the following year he was awarded two Bronze medals in the prestigious Prix Paul Bonet. Paul invented the lacunose style of binding which he has taught to other binders, although h ... Read more

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Taliesin and the Mockers [Lettered copy A of the Special Edition]

Watkins, Vernon; Watkins, Gwen (Afterword); Cour, Glenys (Illustrator)

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Monmouthshire: The Old Stile Press, 2004. Limited Edition. Hardcover. Fine. Cour, Glenys. Copy A of the special edition, folio size, [56] pp., signed by Gwen Watkins and Glenys Cour, with prospectus. In his commendation, written to be printed in this book, Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury, says "the intensely disciplined beauty of Vernon Watkins' poetry is one of the still largely undiscovered treasures of twentieth century British literature." For Katherine Raine, Watkins was a singer born. He saw how light is woven out of the darkness, life out of death, to perfect a whole greater than either. This beautiful poem (redolent of the Genesis creation story) has long been a favourite of the artist Glenys Cour who, with her sculptor husband, Ronald, was part of the famous group in Swansea that included Vernon Watkins and his close friend Dylan Thomas. Her richly powerful collage images help to make a journey through this large format book an extraordinary experience. She is, still tod ... Read more

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London: Readers Union / Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1969. Hardcover. Near Fine/Very Good. Octavo size, 143 pp., signed by James D. Watson. The desire to understand the chemical makeup of living things was in full force during the 1950s, epitomised in the work of scientists James D. Watson (b. 1928) and Francis Crick (1916-2004), credited with the discovery of the double helix structure of DNA, for which Watson and Crick, along with Maurice Wilkins, jointly won the Nobel Prize in 1962; this work is detailed in Watson's memoir "The Double Helix". The memoir was unusual at the time, as personal accounts of scientific discoveries were uncommon; the memoir sparked controversy over Watson's willingness to use other scientists' data, possibly without their knowledge, to form his conclusions, and for his somewhat disparaging attitude toward Dr Rosalind Franklin (1920-1958), whose work on X-ray diffraction was vital to the discovery of the shape of DNA. This volume was published one year after ... Read more

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Missoula, Montana: Calliopea Press, 1977. Limited Edition. Hardcover. Near Fine. One of 50 copies bound in boards, octavo size, 19 pp. Two short stories centering on family relationships and self-awareness. ___DESCRIPTION: Orange laid paper boards with paper spine label, decorative endpapers based on an early 1900s wallpaper design, title page in black and rust; type Centaur (designed by Bruce Rogers in 1916), handset; octavo size (9.5" by 6.5"), pagination: [i-vi] 1-10 [11-12, blanks] [13, colophon]. Limited edition of 50 hardbound copies, unnumbered (total edition 300). ___CONDITION: Volume in fine condition other than some faint sunning to the top of the front board and spine. Hinges are solid, corners perfectly sharp, free of prior owner markings. ___POSTAGE: International customers, please note that additional postage may apply, please contact seller for details. ___Swan's Fine Books is pleased to be a member of the ABAA, ILAB and IOBA and we stand behind every book we sel ... Read more

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The Lulu Plays; Earth-Spirit, Erdgeist; Pandora's Box, Die Buchse der Pandora

Wedekind, Frank; [Eliot, Samuel A. (Translator)]; Kentridge, William (Artist)

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San Francisco: The Arion Press, 2015. Limited Edition. Hardcover. Fine. Kentridge, William. No. 126 of 400 copies, folio size, 171 pp., signed by William Kentridge, with prospectus. The text is the original telling of the Lulu tale by Wedekind; as the inimitable Andrew Hoyem writes in the book's prospectus, "these works from the turn of the last century changed the course of drama, not just in Germany but worldwide, and have had a profound effect on film and opera as well". Benjamin Franklin (Frank) Wedekind (1864-1918), born in Germany, worked in the circus and onstage, cabaret and theatre; he died at the young age of fifty-three. His legacy was one of having been a celebrated radical "who was censored, banned, and even jailed for his stage expressions against conventional behavior; although he aspried personally to upper-class respectability" (prospectus). Andrew Hoyem has paired these two plays by Wedekind with sixty-seven full-page drawings by William Kentridge (b. 1955), a ... Read more

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[Berlin]: Tyslander Pres [1989], 1989. Limited Edition. Hardcover. Fine. Furtwangler, Felix M.. No. 14 of 40 deluxe copies (total edition 120), octavo size, 60 pp., signed by Felix M. Furtwangler, text in German. Armin Theophil Wegner (1886-1978), a pacifist, served during World War I as a nurse and witnessed the Armenian genocide about which he publicly spoke out, even writing an open letter to President Woodrow Wilson. In 1933 he wrote a letter to Adolf Hitler condemning the persecution of the Jews, for which he was imprisoned and tortured. For his heroism in speaking out he is included as one of the Righteous Among the Nations by Yad Vashem. Felix Martin Furtwangler (b. 1954) is a German painter , graphic designer and book artist, whose works are included in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, Yale and Harvard Universities, the Bavarian State Library, and the Staatliche Graphische Sammlung Munchen, among many others. ___DESCRIPTION: Quarter natural linen with pictorial paper over card bo ... Read more

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New York: Joseph Halle Schaffner (Mallette Dean, printer), 1968. Limited Edition. Hardcover. Near fine. Number 31 of 50 numbered copies, quarto size, [44] pp. Carl August Sandburg (1878-1967), poet, writer, editor, and winner of three Pulitzer Prizes was (and still is) considered a "major figure in contemporary literature" (per Wiki). This book is a sort of "shared memory", being a lengthy letter to Sandburg in which the author, John Conrad Weigel, recounts his own boyhood memories which were apparently remarkably like Sandburg's. Mr. Weigel recounts the hard times his family went through, before social programs and when hard work and self-reliance were cherished ideals; when chickens were hatched beneath the stove, mattresses were made from corn husks, and "if underwear gave out, flour sacks filled the bill". This copy contains a photograph of Mr. Weigel at the opening of the lengthy letter and is signed by him on the half-title. Mr. Weigel gave his manuscript copy o ... Read more

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