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Garden

Westerman, Donna Day

  • Edition: Limited Edition
  • Book condition: Fine
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Orinda, California: Donna Day Westerman, 2017. Limited Edition. Hardcover. Fine. Westerman, Donna Day. Number four of ten, quarto size, four folded leaves, signed by the artist. Donna Day Westerman is a printmaker and painter in the Bay Area of California. [She is] "interested in traditional and historical media - particularly, woodcuts, wood-engravings and egg tempera - used in a contemporary manner. Working from close observation, and occasionally referring to [her] own photographs, [she] conceptually reduce[s] realistic nature to calligraphic or glyph-like notations. A kind of erasure takes place as the visual abundance... is distilled into the essence of the place. Other senses, such as sound and touch often inform the visual... A challenge... has been to capture the powerful ephemeral forms of fog and water in the hard-edged medium of wood... the medium itself determines much of the outcome." The present volume captures the enchanting beauty of Eileen and Kyle Fitz-Faulkner's private g ... Read more

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The Garden Party and Other Stories

Mansfield, Katherine; Laurencin, Marie (Illustrator)

  • Edition: Limited Edition
  • Book condition: Very Good Plus
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London: The Verona Press [Printed at the Officina Bodoni, Verona, 1939], 1939. Limited Edition. Leather. Very Good Plus. Laurencin, Marie. No. 10 of 30 de luxe copies, quarto size, 328 pp., signed by Marie Laurencin (twice). Kathleen Mansfield Murry (1888-1923), born and raised in New Zealand, moved to the UK at the age of 19 where she became a friend of modernist writers such as D.H. Lawrence and Virginia Woolf; she died at the age of 34 from tuberculosis. This work is a collection of her short stories, wonderfully illustrated by Marie Laurencin (1883-1956), a French painter and an important figure in the Parisian avant-garde. She was a member of the circle which included Pablo Picasso and other cubists, and is known as one of the few female Cubist painters (n.b., above info from Wiki). The lithographs in this volume are more traditional, being lovely portraits of the characters evoking the deep emotions of the stories. ___DESCRIPTION: De luxe version bound in turquoise leather and signed by the a ... Read more

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London: Printed by Charles Rivington, 1757. Leather bound. Very good. "The Eleventh Edition, Adapted to the New Style", octavo size, 381 pp. English botanist Philip Miller (1691-1771), who was chief gardener of Chelsea Physic Garden in London, England, for nearly fifty years, wrote this book to encompass a variety of advice pertaining to gardening and botany. In this volume, Miller details the care of a plethora of plants for each month of the year, especially with regards to plants and vegetables for eating; a thorough and fascinating read full of information and the history of the garden. ___DESCRIPTION: Full brown leather, the spine with five raised bands and gilt rules, brown leather spine label with gilt ruled borders and lettering, blind-embossed diagonal lines along the edges of the boards, black-and-white engraved frontispiece, floral initial capitals at the beginning of each chapter; octavo size (8" by 5"), pagination: [i-v] vi-xvii [1] 2-352 [353-364]. Armorial bookplate w ... Read more

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Gehard Demetz, Sculptural Child Figures

Galli, Paolo (Editor); Demetz, Gehard (Artist)

  • Edition: First Edition
  • Book condition: Fine
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Milan: Silvana Editoriale, 2008. First Edition. Hardcover. Fine. First English edition, quarto size, [93] pp. Gehard Demetz (b. 1972) rose to international fame by applying his skill as a traditional woodcarver to contemporary subjects. His sculptures are mostly of children, and are composed by taking small woodblocks and puzzling them together to make larger figures, juxtaposing rough and polished pieces to make a more interesting surface; an absolutely unique process that makes his work especially collectible and visually intriguing. Born 1972, in Bolzano, he currently lives and works in Selva di Val Gardena; since his debut in 2005, Demetz has exhibited and produced sculptures on commission for galleries and collectors around the world. ___DESCRIPTION: Pictorial matt finished paper covered boards, illustrated throughout in full-colour high quality photo reproductions, often showing both the full figure as well as portions in order to appreciate the detailed work; quarto size (11.25" by 9.5" ... Read more

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General Chemistry of the Enzymes

Euler, Hans; Pope, Thomas H. (translator)

  • Edition: 1st Edition
  • Book condition: Near Fine
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New York: John Wiley & Sons, 1912. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Near Fine. Octavo size, 352 pp. First English edition of this work on enzymes. The author, Hans Karl August Simon von Euler-Chelpin (1873-1964) was a Swedish biochemist, who won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1929. Chapters include Special Chemistry of the Enzymes, Physical Properties of the Enzymes, Activators, and more. ___DESCRIPTION: Black cloth binding with blind-embossed rules on the front, spine and rear boards, brown endpapers, "First Edition, First Thousand" printed on title page with publication date of 1912, stated "Translated from the Revised and Enlarged German Edition". 8vo, (i-ii), iii-x, (1), 2-323, followed by publisher's catalog of 19 pp. ___CONDITION: Overall near fine with a strong, square text block, solid hinges, straight corners with a minimum of rubbing; the interior is clean and bright, and other than some penciled notations on the rear flyleaf it is free of prior owner markings. __ ... Read more

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The Gentleman from Cracow [and] The Mirror

Singer, Isaac Bashevis; Soyer, Raphael (Illustrator); Moore, Harry T. (Introduction)

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New York: The Limited Editions Club, 1979. Limited Edition. Hardcover. Fine/fine. Soyer, Raphael. No. 631 of 2000, quarto size, 126 pp., signed by Isaac Bashevis Singer and Raphael Soyer. Isaac Bashevis Singer (1902-1991) was a Polish-born Jewish writer who wrote and published only in Yiddish. He won he Nobel Prize in Literature in 1978 and was also awarded two National Book Awards. The artist for this edition, Raphael Soyer, was a Russian-born American painter, draftsman, and printmaker referred to as an American scene painter because of his interest in men and women viewed in contemporary settings (N. B. info from Wikipedia). ___DESCRIPTION: Bound in Elephant Hide paper with natural finish buckram with silver lettering on the spine, light-grey coloured top edge of text block, watercolour illustrations by Raphael Soyer including twenty-three preliminary sketches; printed on natural-tone wove rage stock paper made specifically for this edition; pagination: (i) - (xii), (1) - 59, blank (60), illustrations ... Read more

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  • Edition: First Edition
  • Book condition: Near fine
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London: Printed for the Company of Stationers and Sold by John Wilkie, at their Hall in Ludgate-Street, 1785. First Edition. Hardcover. Near fine. Eight volumes bound in one, sixteenmo size, [384] pp. A collection of almanacs from the year 1785, with a lovely scenic fore-edge painting which shows a road leading to a lake containing two boats, some buildings reminscent of castles or villas in the background, and two trees on each side whose branches reach towards each other in the middle. Contents are varied and unusual, and include poetry, proverbs, answers to philisophical and critical questions, answers to enigmas, monthly observations, descriptions of the planets and zodiac, chronologies of remarkable occurrences, eclipses, astrological prognostications, chapters from "The Surprising Story of the Witch of the Woodlands", and the usual tables and charts relating to the moon, stars, sun, planets, tides, birthdays of the royal family, terms and returns, weight of coins, and calendars, among many o ... Read more

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  • Edition: Limited Edition
  • Book condition: Near fine
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San Francisco: The Windsor Press, 1929. Limited Edition. Hardcover. Near fine. No. 10 of 60 copies, sixteenmo size, [11] pp. Poet and playwright George Sterling (1869-1926) was much acclaimed on the Pacific coast; a prolific poet, Sterling was part of the group of writers and artists in the San Francisco Bay Area and then in Carmel that included Jack London, Joaquin Miller, Mary Austin, and Robinson Jeffers. In addition to poetry, Sterling wrote several plays, and he was a regular performer in the Bohemian Club's theatrical productions, held in the Bohemian Grove in Monte Rio, California. This tribute to Sterling is written by Albert M. Bender (1866-1941), an influential book collector and patron of the arts in San Francisco, who supported artists such as Ansel Adams and Diego Rivera. It was printed by The Windsor Press, which was begun by Cecil and James Johnson who came to San Francisco in 1924; "while fine printing was secondary to commercial work, they managed to turn out an astonishing numb ... Read more

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German Travelers in California

Madden, Henry Miller

  • Edition: Limited Edition
  • Book condition: Fine
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Fairfax, California: The Roxburghe Club of San Francisco (printed by Mallette Dean), 1958. Limited Edition. Hardcover. Fine. One of 125 copies, octavo size, 40 pp. Henry Miller Madden (1912-1982?) served as the University librarian at CSU-Fresno for thirty years, and was, in addition, an author, scholar, and translator in his own right. A collector of works in German that describe early travel experiences of Germans in California, Mr. Madden bequethed his collection to Fresno State. This slim volume, printed by Mallette Dean in 1958 for the Albert Bender Memorial Fund, is an essay by Mr. Madden on his passion for these books; it may have arisen out of a presentation he gave to the Roxburghe Club, San Francisco, of which he was a member from 1958-1982. With two hand-coloured illustrations, likely by Mallette Dean. ___DESCRIPTION: Natural linen shelfback with paper spine label, tan paper over boards with black and orange printed pattern of bears and the California poppy, fore-edge uncut, illustrated tit ... Read more

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  • Edition: First Edition
  • Book condition: Good
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Rennes-Paris: Imprimerie Oberthur, 1903. First Edition. Softcover. Good. Folio size, 20 pp., in French. Emile Boulanger (1867-1939) was a French pharmacist and biologist; these papers comprise portions of his study on the artificial culture of the truffle following various experiments. Boulanger continued his experiments for some years and published numerous reports of his findings, but was later challenged by Louis Matruchot who claimed that they were simple mushrooms and not truffles; this first edition important to any collector of mycology. ___DESCRIPTION: Original buff printed paper wrappers, two full-page engraved plates, all text in French; folio size (just over 12" by 9.5"), 20 pp., first edition. ___CONDITION: A better than good copy of this delicate publication, internally bright and complete, some creasing to the internal pages near the guttar margin, with for some minor age-toning and chipping at the edges of the wrappers, the wraps separating at the top and bottom two to three inch ... Read more

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  • Edition: Limited Edition
  • Book condition: Near Fine
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San Francisco: (Printed by the Grabhorn Press), 1954. Limited Edition. Hardcover. Near Fine. Berman, Eugene. One of 1100 copies, octavo size, 102 pp. "A Gest of Robin Hood" is one of the oldest surviving tales of Robin Hood, printed between 1492 and 1534. This edition was printed by the Grabhorn Press for the Bohemian Club of San Francisco; the Grabhorn Press, run by brothers Edwin and Robert Grabhorn, was one of the most highly renowned private presses in America during the twentieth century. ___DESCRIPTION: Quarter green cloth with light green paper boards decorated with green, red, and yellow pattern, yellow lettering on the spine, title page in red and black, paragraph marks in red; monotype Caslon, machine-made paper, octavo size (9.5" tall), 102 pp., one of 1100 copies, unnumbered, printed for the Bohemian Club of San Francisco. ___CONDITION: Volume is near fine, with clean boards, straight corners, a strong, square text block with solid hinges, and the interior is clean and bright ... 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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The Giant

William Pène du Bois (Author and Illustrator)

  • Edition: First Edition
  • Book condition: Very good +
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New York: The Viking Press, 1954. First Edition. Hardcover. Very good +/good +. First printing, octavo size, 125 pp., with original pencil sketch on the front endpapers, inscribed by William Pène du Bois. William Pène du Bois' (1916-1993) demonstrates his expertise in both writing and illustrating in this charming volume; Pène du Bois won the Newbery Medal for "The Twenty-One Balloons" in 1948, and, for books he illustrated, he was the runner-up for the Caldecott Medal twice. Pène du Bois brings a delightful visual interpretation to stories of imaginative, far-off lands, with elements of science mixed with the fantasy. "The Giant" tells of the difficulties of a boy who stands seven stories high, and how, with the help of the narrator, he finds his place in the world; the book is replete with Pène du Bois' spontaneous and playful illustrations, showing the creative ways that El Muchacho interacts with a landscape that simply cannot contain him. ... Read more

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  • Edition: First Edition, First Printing
  • Book condition: Near fine
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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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Giovanni and the Other Children Who Have Made Stories

Burnett, Frances Hodgson; Birch, Reginald B. (Illustrations)

  • Edition: First Edition
  • Book condition: Near fine
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New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1892. First Edition. Hardcover. Near fine. Birch, Reginald B.. First US edition, octavo size, 224 pp. The work of Frances Hodgson Burnett (1849-1924) captured the imaginations of readers, with her enduring novels such as "The Secret Garden" and "Sara Crewe"; this collection of stories for children demonstrates her adeptness at weaving tales filled with colourful characters and scenery. Illustrating this first US edition is Reginald B. Birch (1856-1943), with energetic and detailed line drawings; Birch was a prolific artist and is perhaps best known for illustrating another of Burnett's books, "Little Lord Fauntleroy". ___DESCRIPTION: Full green cloth, black lettering and illustration in black, purple, and gilt on the front board, gilt lettering on the spine, brown coated endpapers, tissue-guarded frontispiece a line drawing in black by Reginald Birch, full-page line drawings in black by Birch throughout; octavo size (8.5" by ... Read more

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The Girl From the Sea, A Play for Voices

Brown, George Mackay; Onken, Michael (Artist)

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  • Book condition: Fine
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[Monmouthshire]: The Old Stile Press [2008], 2008. Limited Edition. Hardcover. Fine. Onken, Michael. No. II of 10 of the Special Edition, folio size, 50 pp., signed by Artist. There are many stories and legends of selkies - the seals that surround the shores of Orkney - their deep brown eyes that captivate humans, their singing that mesmerises. George Mackay Brown had written stories of them before his passing in 1996. Then the publishers met an American artist, Michael Onken, who came regularly to Scotland to draw and paint and had developed a passion for the writing of GMB and for selkies which he drew while on Orkney. They asked the literary executors of GMB if by any chance there might be any unpublished writing about selkies - and almost by return they were offered this story, "The Girl from the Sea". It is a simply told play which involves a young man, his elderly parents and the arrival of a beautiful girl in their midst (N.B., above info from the web site of the Press). A lovely book ... Read more

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Girl Sleeping [Print on Tissue]

Gill, Eric (Artist)

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(n. p.), (n. d.). No binding. Very good +. Gill, Eric. Print of Eric Gill's wood engraving, "Girl Sleeping" (P334), on very thin tissue paper; the engraving was created for "Song of Songs" (1925) but not used. The gentle scene is created with delicate line work to delineate a figure in repose; Gill demonstrates his mastery of the craft with clean illustrative marks and balanced areas of black and white. ___DESCRIPTION: Cream leaf of tissue paper (approximately 11.75" by 9.25") with 1.5" by 3.5" engraving printed in black. ___CONDITION: Very good plus, with light creasing to the edges and two small spots of foxing. ___POSTAGE: International customers, please note that additional postage may apply as the standard shipping charge does not always cover costs; please inquire for details. ___Swan's Fine Books is pleased to be a member of the ABAA, ILAB, and IOBA and we stand behind book we sell. Please contact us with any questions you may have, we ... Read more

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(Reno, Nevada): (Dr. W.G. Edwards), 1934. Wraps. Near fine. Duodecimo size, 66 pp., inscribed by the author. Founded in 1890 by D.D. Palmer, the science of chiropracty developed through the 20th century; although controversial in the early part of the century it has become a respected branch of conventional medicine. This booklet, published in 1934, promoted "Health Without Drugs"; just as many chiropractors today provide relief from skeletal or muscular pain through correctly-applied pressure, the author of this book, Dr. William G. Edwards, believed that glandular issues could be addressed in the same manner. Inscribed by the author on the first page of the book, underneath a photograph of Dr. Edwards, "With best wishes / Wm G Edwards", presumably to Gus H. Windmiller whose name is at the top of the page. Gus Windmiller (b. ca. 1915) was apparently a graduate of the Los Angeles College of Chiropractic (today called the Southern California University of Health Sciences, Los Angeles C ... Read more

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  • Edition: First Edition
  • Book condition: Good
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Topeka, Kansas: Privately Printed / Geo. W. Crane & Co., Printers and Binders, 1890. First Edition. Hardcover. Good. Octavo size, 262 pp., inscribed by the Rev. Sheldon. Presentation copy from the author to his daughter, per a typed notation tipped onto the verso of the flyleaf (directly opposite the title page), "I rejoice to present to you these 'Gleanings By The Way', my ever loved and loving daughter, the Artist, Alice Gertrude. Devotedly and lovingly your father, Stewart Sheldon." Some penciled notations in the text, which we believe were made by the author (see notes below). Per Cowan, "The author came to California in 1849 and narrates his activities and adventures in the mining settlements and diggings." Stewart Sheldon (1823-1912), born in New York, did indeed come to San Francisco in 1849 where he helped to survey the city of tents and was in the mining business for a year; he then went to Seminary and began his service in the ministry. ___DESCRIPTION: Dark t ... Read more

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  • Edition: First Edition
  • Book condition: Fine
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New York: The Viking Press, 1983. First Edition. Hardcover. Fine/fine. Provensen, Alice and Martin. Oblong quarto size, [40] pp. The story of how Louis Blériot (1872-1936) was first struck with the desire to make an airplane, and the ten planes he made before his successful Blériot XI, which went on to make the famous flight across the English Channel 18 years before Charles Lindbergh's famous flight across the Atlantic Ocean. Enriched with beautiful paintings by Alice and Martin Provensen, who illustrated more than 40 books together, and the winner of the 1984 Caldecott Medal. ___DESCRIPTION: Original pictorial paper covered boards, the front being a "newspaper" in sepia tones announcing "The Glorious Flight" dated 25 July, 1909, brown lettering on the backstrip, blue endpapers, double-spread title page, fully illustrated in colour throughout; oblong quarto size (8.5" by 10.5"), [1-5] 6-39 [1 colophon] pp., first edition. In the original pictorial dust ja ... Read more

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