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Kaddish for Naomi Ginsberg, 1894-1956, with two other related poems, White Shroud and Black Shroud

Ginsberg, Allen; Vendler, Helen (Introduction); Kitaj, R.B. (Artist)

  • Edition: Limited Edition
  • Book condition: Fine
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San Francisco: The Arion Press, 1992. Limited Edition. Hardcover. Fine. Kitaj, R.B.. Folio - over 12 - 15" tall. 63 p. Signed by Author and Artist. No. 196 of 200 for sale (plus 26 not for sale), signed by Ginsberg (with circled initials below). Written three years after the death of his mother, Ginsberg focused on a cryptic note left to him by her, the mother who had been hospitalized for mental illness for many years, and used that as his inspiration for the poem written in her honour. The volume contains, at Ginsberg's suggestion, two related poems that also relate to his mother. Bound into the volume, facing each other, are two lithographs by R.B. Kitaj, portraits of Allen and Naomi Ginsberg, picturing them both at about age 30; the lithograph of Naomi is signed in pencil by Kitaj. ***DESCRIPTION: Bound in two colours of imported Japanese cloth, black with tan fibers and greyed blueish green, black lettering on the front, binding design unusual with a flap enclosing the fore-edge that fo ... Read more

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Kaldar - World of Antares

Hamilton, Edmond; Bradbury, Ray (Introduction)

  • Edition: First and Limited Edition
  • Book condition: Fine
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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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The Kasidah of Haji Abdu el-Yezdi

Burton, Richard F.; Angelo, Valenti (Illustrations)

  • Edition: Limited Edition
  • Book condition: Fine
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New York: The Limited Editions Club [at the printing-office of the Yale University Press], 1937. Limited Edition. Hardcover. Fine. Angelo, Valenti. No. 231 of 1500 copies, sixteenmo size, 96 pp., signed by Valenti Angelo. "The Kasidah of Haji Abdu el-Yezdi" was written by British explorer and orientalist Richard Francis Burton (1821-1890); in the original publication, Burton claimed to be the translator of the Arabic text, when actually the poem was originally written in English, by Burton himself. It is a long poem, a sort of spiritual odyssey, adapted in the style of classic Sufi masters, such as Oman Khayyam and Hafez (n. b., info from Wikipedia); Burton includes a note at the beginning of the book, with assertions such as "...that Happiness and Misery are equally divided and distributed in the world. . . .Self-cultivation, with due regard to others, [is] the sole and sufficient object of human life." This edition by The Limited Editions Club was printed at the printing-office of ... Read more

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Kate Greenaway Mignonettes

Roberts, Jane W.

  • Edition: Limited Edition
  • Book condition: Fine
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Fitzwilliam, New Hampshire: Jane W. Roberts, 1983. Limited Edition. Hardcover. Fine. Greenaway, Kate. No. 83 of 350 copies, twenty-fourmo size, 22 pp., signed by Jane W. Roberts. Kate Greenaway (1846-1901) was an artist and writer best known for her illustrations of children's books, many of which contained her own poetry, and this book documents the history of Greenaway's books and designs; it is filled with Greenaway's charming drawings of children, from her book "Marigold Garden", and which were cast by American Type Founders (ATF) at the end of the nineteenth century. The word "Mignonette" was apparently coined by ATF and was derived from the word "mignon", which means "a small, pretty child" in French, and is an apt description of Greenaway's drawings. Jane W. Roberts, a printer and type collector, presents a well-researched history and bibliographer of Greenaway's works, and celebrates the intricacies of the illustrations in this volume. _ ... Read more

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Kincaid's Battery

Cable, George W.; Kimball, Alonzo (Illustrations); Armstrong, Margaret (Publisher's Binding Design)

  • Edition: First Edition
  • Book condition: Near fine
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Toronto: The Copp, Clark Company Limited, 1908. First Edition. Hardcover. Near fine. Kimball, Alonzo. First printing of the Toronto imprint, duodecimo size, 412 pp. The designs of Margaret Armstrong (1867-1944), utilising the Art Nouveau style and floral patterns, were a sensation in the publishing business; Armstrong created over 270 book designs, often for the works of well-known authors such as Charles Dickens, Robert Louis Stevenson, and George Washington Cable. In addition to designing books, Armstrong wrote books as well, including a comprehensive guide to wildflowers in the American West, which she also illustrated. This novel by George Washington Cable (1844-1925) tells of a romance set in New Orleans during the American Civil War; Cable, considered the "first modern southern writer", used his fiction to highlight the injustices of racism in the South, and he is considered a precursor to William Faulkner. This volume is a scarce Toronto imprint, and has a vintage bookseller's ticket ... Read more

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King Lear

Shakespeare, William; Kokoschka, Oskar (Artist)

  • Edition: Limited Edition
  • Book condition: Fine
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London: Ganymed Original Editions Limited, 1963. Limited Edition. Folio. Fine. Kokoschka, Oskar. No. 265 of 275 (plus four additional lettered copies), Elephant Folio - over 15" tall to 23" tall, signed by artist. King Lear is regarded by many as one of Shakespeare's supreme acheivements, noted for "its probing observations on the nature of human suffering and kinship". George Bernard Shaw opined that "No man will ever write a better tragedy than Lear." (N.B., above info and quotes from Wiki). ***ABOUT THE ARTIST: Oskar Kokoschka (1886 - 1980) was one of the leading exponents of Expressionism. In his early portraits, gesture intensifies the psychological penetration of character; especially powerful among his later works are allegories of the artist's emphatic humanism. His dramas, poems, and prose are significant for their psychological insight and stylistic daring - which perfectly complements the themes of the play. ***DESCRIPTION: Unbound Elephant Folio volu ... Read more

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King, Queen, Knight and Pawn (Remarkable Masters of Chess)

Sayenko, Dmitry; Bodman, Sarah and Veres, Paul (Text Adaptation)

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  • Book condition: Fine
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St. Petersburg: Dmitry Sayenko, 2019. Limited Edition. Hardcover. Fine. Sayenko, Dmitry. No. 1 of 20, oblong octavo size, approx. [40] pp., signed by Dmitry Sayenko on the colophon. The game of chess has a nuanced and fascinating history, and Dmitry Sayenko presents an engaging account of the development of the game, copiously illustrated with Dmitry's stunning linocuts; each page is filled with illustrations of the varied characters and versions of chess described in the text. Dmitry's illustrative style perfectly captures the flurry of anecdotes and the history of chess that fill the book; the visual aesthetic of the linocuts, as they weave throughout the text and spread across pages, is as necessary to experiencing the book as the actual comprehension of the words. Dmitry not only illustrates the books and prints the text by hand, but he also designs and binds the books himself; this volume comes in a lovely slipcase made of wood, with checkerboard patterns printed on the front and rear side, a ... Read more

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The King of the Golden River

Ruskin, John; Rackham, Arthur (Illustrator)

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  • Book condition: Fine
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London: George Harrap & Co. Ltd, 1932. Limited Edition. Limp vellum. Fine/very good +. Rackham, Arthur. No. 131 of 550 copies, octavo size, 48 pp., signed by Arthur Rackham. A perfect convergence of "one of the earliest English examples of a fantasy written specifically for a child" (which may have had a direct effect upon George MacDonald and, subsequently, C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien) written by the truly brilliant writer John Ruskin (1819-1900), author, art critic, and social thinker; wonderfully illustrated by the unparalleled Arthur Rackham (1867-1939), whose "imaginative eye saw all forms with the eyes of childhood and created a world that was half reassuring and half frightening" (n. b., quotes from Carpenter, "The Oxford Companion to Children's Literature", p. 294 and Houfe, "The Dictionary of 19 Century British Book Illustrators", p. 268). Ruskin wrote the story for the then twelve-year old Effie Gray, later to become his wife, who challenged h ... Read more

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Kippers & Sawdust

Graham, Rigby

  • Edition: Limited First Edition
  • Book condition: Fine
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Llandogo: The Old Stile Press, 1992. Limited First Edition. Hardcover. Fine. Graham, Rigby. Number 146 of 150 copies, elephant folio size, 58 pp. Rigby Graham (1931-2015) was a landscape and topographical artist, book illustrator and muralist who worked within the British Romantic tradition. His work is distinguished by bold lines, a formalistic understanding of structure, and dramatic use of colour, alike to German expressionism. The text of this volume was conceived in hospital during an extended treatment for cancer, where he retreated into recollections of the past to escape the sterile detention of the infirmary; the overall structure of the book is built around that method of circumvention during a time of calamity. The feature of the book are the colour woodcuts, which include four double-page images composed with four to six blocks each; there are also five single-page images printed in three colours to give a glowing 'monochrome' effect. As Graham shares in his introduction: "Cu ... Read more

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  • Book condition: Very good
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New York: Ernest Nister / E. P. Dutton & Co, 1900. Boards. Very good. Miniature book, [12] pp. This charming little book tells the story of two sisters living at flour mill and their adventures with the inhabitants of the mill, including the animals that live among them. The book has four chromolithographs accompanying the story, providing a lovely depiction of the escapades of the sisters. ___DESCRIPTION: Quarter brown cloth with cream paper boards, colour illustration of children and cats on the front board, with title in orange, endpapers with light blue floral pattern, line drawings in brown throughout, four chromolithrograph plates throughout; miniature book (3.75" by 3.25"), 12 unnumbered pages. Undated but with the prior owner inscription dated 1905, it would have been published circa 1900. ___CONDITION: Volume is very good, with bright colours, a strong, square text block with solid hinges, and the interior is clean and bright; boards have light soiling, light rubbing to the he ... Read more

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Kora in Hell

Williams, William Carlos; Kart, Lawrence (Introduction); Kendrick, Mel (Woodcuts)

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  • Book condition: Fine
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San Francisco: The Arion Press, 1998. Limited Edition. Hardcover. Fine. Kendrick, Mel. No. 198 of 300 copies, square quarto size, 63 pp., signed by Mel Kendrick, with original publisher's white paper wrapping. A writer of both prose and poetry, William Carlos Williams (1883-1963) combines the two forms in this series of "Improvisations", a prose poem. A physician as well as a poet, Williams was associated with various movements in art and literature during his life, including modernism and imagism, and his work shows his unceasing dedication to experimental forms using American language. Illustrating this Arion Press edition is Mel Kendrick (b. 1949), an artist who works primarily in sculpture using different materials such as wood, bronze, and paper; his woodcuts in this volume adhere to the chaos explored in the text, a tangled web of abstract forms and interior spaces. ___DESCRIPTION: Quarter black leather with black cloth boards overlaid with thin pieces of stained wood, red lettering ... Read more

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  • Edition: First Edition
  • Book condition: Near Fine
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New York: Lincoln Mac Veagh, The Dial Press, 1930. First Edition. Hardcover. Near Fine/Very Good. Ellender, Elizabeth. Duodecimo size, 203 pp. A scarce title of a charming children's book published in 1930. Baumgarten has an asterisk next to the title, indicating they only knew of its existence via searching through various sources and for which they were not able to determine a reliable price. We found only three copies on Worldcat, and none mentioned in auction records; although this title is credited to the author in the article by Tom Trusky "Women Film Pioneers", Wikipedia does not have it in their listing of her work. Nell Shipman (1892-1970), born Helen Foster-Barham, was an actress, author and screenwriter, producer, and director known for portraying strong, adventurous women. Her life story is a fascinating one and includes rescuing animals and eventually having so many she ended up with her own zoo of over 200 animals, starting her own film company which eventually went bankrupt, ... Read more

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