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M. C. Higgins, the Great

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

  • Edition: First Edition
  • Book condition: Fine
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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: Limited Edition
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[San Francisco]: [Privately printed by Edwin & Robert Grabhorn], 1934. Limited Edition. Hardcover. Fine. One of 50 copies privately printed, octavo size, 10 pp. This volume is a eulogy, given in Brookline, Massachusetts by Frank W. Cushwa of the Phillips Exeter Academy in 1933; it was privately printed by the Grabhorn Press for Mrs. M. F. Loewenstein. The eulogy mourns Fred Loewenstein, who died when he was just twenty-three; he was a student at the Phillips Exeter Academy, and the text demonstrates the love and sadness felt at his passing. ___DESCRIPTION: Quarter white parchment paper with grey paper boards, gilt lettering on the spine, fore- and bottom edges uncut; hand-set Franciscan type, English handmade paper, octavo size (9" by 5.75"), pagination: [i-ii] 1-5 [6-8], one of 50 copies privately printed, unnumbered. In a slipcase covered in grey paper. ___CONDITION: Overall fine; the covers clean, the corners straight and unrubbed, the binding tight with solid hinges, the interior cl ... Read more

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  • Edition: 1st Edition
  • Book condition: Very Good Plus
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New York: S.P.I. Books, A division of Shapolsky Publishers, Inc, 1992. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Very Good Plus/Near Fine. Octavo size, 444 pp., signed by Pete Brewton. Based on an 8-part investigative reporting series that was published in the Houston Post and which won the Galveston Press Club award for the best investigative series. The author claims to have uncovered "how President George Bush and Senator Lloyd Bentsen, supposed political enemies, are members of a small circle of powerful Texas businessmen who do business with the Mafia and enjoy the covert assistance of the CIA" (from dust jacket). ___DESCRIPTION: Black cloth binding with gilt lettering on the spine, signed by the author on the title page, full number line on the copyright page, 16 pages of black and white photographs bound into the middle of the book of personages discussed; 9" tall, pagination: (i-xxvi), 1-418. The dust jacket shows the original price of $22.95, front and spine are black with gold lettering, back pa ... Read more

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Magie Blanche

Rouanet, Marie; Judith Rothchild (Artist)

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  • Book condition: Fine
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Octon, France: Verdigris Press, 2006. Limited Edition. Folio. Fine. Rothchild, Judith. Number 9 of 30 copies, folio size, 21 pp., signed by the author and illustrator, text in French. Magie Blanche (White Magic) is a feast for the senses, an invitation to share twenty years of epicurean delight at the restaurant "Le Mimosa," in Languedoc, a place of tangible emotion, as translated in this book through a series of engravings and original texts. Judith Rothchild's eleven mezzotints elevate the subjects in their technical achievement. The plates, sumptuous, enclose in circles or squares, the commonplace subjects: olives, cheese, langoustines, wine bottles, and mushrooms, frozen in velvety black shadow and dappled light. The colophon calls this the "fruit of a collaboration between creators of diverse origins, sharing a deep love of Languedoc." Marie Rouanet's original French text is a poetic response to Rothchild's mezzotints, and to the soulful history of the restaurant created ... Read more

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  • Edition: First Edition
  • Book condition: Very good
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New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1937. First Edition. Hardcover. Very good/very good. Octavo size, 82 pp., in second issue dust jacket. Wallace Stevens' (1879-1955) "reputation has steadily grown over the years. As his work continues to influence contemporary writing, thinking, and aesthetics, his poetry has become virtually a sounding board for critical theory. He has been called a 'pure poet,' a 'philosophical poet,' and an enigmatic 'poet's poet.' The Stevens canon has been approached by way of the New Criticism, phenomenology, structuralist and formalist theories, Freudian psychology, and Jungian symbolism. He is the quintessential American poet like T. S. Eliot and Ezra Pound, and drew deeply on European art, music, and philosophy, transmuting Old World values into a singularly individual poetic style" (from the American National Biography web site). This work is a lengthy (thirty-three sections) meditation on the nature of art, performance, and imagination. ___D ... Read more

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  • Edition: First Edition
  • Book condition: Very Good
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New York, N.Y.: Chemical Publishing Co., Inc, 1961. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good/Good. Octavo size, 304 pp. First American Edition, this volume "provides the most comprehensive one-volume summary of technical information on man-made fibers." Included are flowsheets, tables, graphs, and stress-strain diagrams, with over 120 photo-micrographs and X-ray diffraction patterns (from dust jacket). ___DESCRIPTION: Red cloth boards with gilt lettering and publisher's device to spine, plain endpapers, replete with charts, graphs, diagrams, illustrations, all in black and white, pagination: 304 pages includes a lengthy Bibliography, a list of World-Wide Man-Made Fibre Producers, and an Index. Dust jacket of light blue with red lettering, summary of book on front flap, publisher's ad for related titles on back flap. ____CONDITION: Overall, volume is very good+, with a strong, square text block, solid hinges, straight corners with a minimum of rubbing (mostly to the bottom edges), and the ... Read more

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  • Book condition: Very good
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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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The Many Faces of Jake Zeitlin [Norman Tanis copy]; A Photographic Essay

Blanco, Amanda; Ritchie, Ward (Introduction); Tanis, Norman (Foreword); Burkhardt, Hans (Artist)

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  • Book condition: Fine
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Northridge, California: Santa Susana Press, Northridge University Libraries, 1978. Limited Edition. Folio in a case. Fine. Blanco, Amanda; Burkhardt, Hans. No. A. P. 2 of 36 numbered copies and an unknown number of artist proofs, this the publisher's copy (Norman Tanis), quarto size, 28 leaves, signed and inscribed on the colophon by Amanda Blanco to Norman Tanis, each photographic mount numbered, signed and dated by Blanco, with four of the photographic mounts signed/inscribed by Jake Zeitlin to Norman Tanis; with a signed linocut by Hans Burkhardt. This volume is a portfolio issued to commemorate the seventy-fifth birthday of notorious bookseller, collector, poet, publisher, and literary patron Jake Zeitlin (1902-1987); during his sixty years as a bookseller, Zeitlin founded the Primavera Press and co-founded the Rounce & Coffin Club, both of which were major supporters and producers of fine letterpress printing in the Los Angeles area for many years. His social group was known as the "Zeitl ... 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: Limited Edition
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San Francisco: The Institute of Historical Cartography [Volume I printed by The Grabhorn Press], 1963. Limited Edition. Hardcover. Fine/near fine. One of 1000 copies, five volumes in six (complete), with original dust jackets, folio size, 1938 total pp., plus separate Index volume, with announcement/prospectus to Volume One and prospectus to Volume Two. Carl Irving Wheat (1892-1966), in addition to authoring an important bibliography on the works of the California Gold Rush as well as several other books, is perhaps best remembered for this set which has been called his "milestone work". Wheat's inspiration came with the rediscovery of a copy of the 1847 Fremont map with manuscript emendations by George Gibbs from an unknown source, and which showed, in pencil, the travels by western explorer Jedediah Smith; the set not only shows the significant maps of each era of exploration, but also tells the history behind their making, of the people behind the geography. The first volume of this five ... Read more

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  • Edition: Limited Edition
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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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  • Edition: 1st Edition
  • Book condition: Near Fine
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New York and London: Harper & Brothers, 1924. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Near Fine/Good. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. 755 pp. Two-volume set with dust jackets and scarce slipcase. First edition, first printing of Mark Twain's famous autobiography which has very recently been re-released with copious notes; although many believe Mark Twain wished his autobiography to not be published until 100 years after his death, his friend and literary executor at the time, Albert Bigelow Paine, clearly felt differently as this set was initially published in 1924, only 14 years after his death. It was felt this was sufficient time to honour his actual request that they not be published until "long after" his death. ___DESCRIPTION: Bound in navy blue cloth, facsimile signature in gilt on the front boards, gilt lettering on the spines, top edges gilt, frontispiece in each volume a different sepia-toned photogravure of Twain, title pages in red and black; octavo size (approximately 9.25" tall), ... Read more

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Mark Twain's Autobiography

Twain, Mark; Paine, Albert Bigelow (Introduction)

  • Edition: 1st Edition
  • Book condition: Very Good
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New York: Harper & Brothers Publishers, 1924. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Very Good. Two volumes (complete), octavo size, 759 pp. Samuel Langhorne Clemens (1835-1910), known by his pen name Mark Twain, was an eminent American writer, humourist, and lecturer, known for such books as "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" and "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn". Twain dictated his autobiography and because of this, rather than a typical autobiography, it is a collection of discursive anecdotes and reminiscences; it was left in manuscript form at his death. Although Mark Twain indicated he wanted his autobiography to be published one hundred years after his death, his friend and literary executor at the time, Albert Bigelow Paine, apparently felt differently, as this set was initially published in 1924, a mere fourteen years after Twain's death. This two-volume set is an early reprint of the first edition, printed two months after the first printing, with the code "K-Y" from Harper ... Read more

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Mary Louise and the Liberty Girls

Van Dyne, Edith [L. Frank Baum]; Carsey, Alice (Illustration)

  • Edition: First Edition
  • Book condition: Near fine
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Chicago: Reilly & Britton, 1918. First Edition. Hardcover. Near fine/Good. Carsey, Alice. First printing (with Reilly & Britton imprint), with original dust jacket, octavo size, 255 pp. The fourth book of the "Mary Louise" series written by L. Frank Baum under his "Edith Van Dyne" pseudonym, and the last of Baum's books published during his lifetime. The fifth book in the series was penned by him but published posthumously; after Baum's death in 1919 Emma Speed Sampson took up the Van Dyne pen name and wrote the next five books in the series. In "Liberty Girls" Mary Louise and her gal pals collect funds to support service men, providing a shining example to girls of true patriotism and duty. Scarce with the dust jacket, this the first printing, published by "Reilly & Britton", with only three copies recorded in OCLC and, as of this writing, only two (lacking the dust jacket) available in the market. ___DESCRIPTION: Publisher's light blue c ... Read more

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Masks of Time; A New Collection of Poems Principally Meditative

Blunden, Edmund; Schwabe, Randolph (Illustrator)

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  • Book condition: Fine
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[Westminster]: [The Beaumont Press], 1925. Limited Edition. Hardcover. Fine/fine. Schwabe, Randolph. Number 55 of 80, octavo size, 73 pp., signed by the author. Edward Blunden (1896-1974), English poet and author, served in World War I and wrote of his experiences in the war in both poetry and prose; "The Masks of Time" is a collection of poems in two parts, the first a series of general reflections of rustic scenes, the second (as stated by the author in a note preceding the poems) "...some verses relating to war experience and its reverberations, verses intended to take their place in a series which should be a comprehensive view of their great and strange subject...". Linocuts and initial capitals are by Randolph Schwabe (1885-1948), an English painter and etcher who served as a war artist in both World Wars and created stunning detailed illustrations for theatrical productions and books. Here, his work encapsulates the desperate horror of the war, realized in Blunden's haunting ... Read more

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North Andover, Massachusetts: Kat Ran Press, 1997. Limited Edition. Hardcover. Fine. Gohde, Kurt. 4to - over 9" - 12" tall. 39 p. Signed by Author and Artist. The first book published by the Kat Ran Press, an impressive debut volume and somewhat scarce in the marketplace today. The illustrations were created by Kurt Gohde by means of using fire as a drawing medium - the natural pairing for this book of poetry dedicated to fire and its flames. Mr. Gohde uses highly imaginative techniques to create the path of smoke, using "techniques as varied as simply scaring the page with a single match", "to lighting lines of gun powder that had been carefully laid down on the page". Note that each of the eight images in the book "were each recreated over one hundred times. These are not prints, photographs, or offset reproductions. THEY ARE ORIGINAL DRAWINGS". (N.B., above quotes from the book's prospectus.) Our volume is no. 34 of 50 copies (there were another 15 copie ... Read more

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Matrix 6; A Review For Printers and Bibliophiles

Randle, John (Editor and Publisher); Contributions by: Gibbings, Robert; Cave, Roderick; Gerry, Vance; Dreyfus, John; Storhaug, Glenn; Freutel, Scott; Macgregor, Miriam; Schmoller, Tanya; Forster, Peter; Richardson, Maureen; Flavell, Anne; Marx, Enid; K

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  • Book condition: Near Fine
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Manor Farm, Andoversford, Gloucestershire: The Whittington Press, 1986. Limited Edition. Soft cover. Near Fine. Gerry, Vance; Sandford, Lettice. Number 766 of 800 copies bound in stiff wrappers, of a total edition of 900, quarto size, 187 pp., with an order form for "Matrix 7" slipped in. The original concept for "Matrix" was prompted by a desire to see two typescripts in print, a commentary by Paul Morgan on the diary of a pressman at the Shakespeare Head Press, and "Brocard Sewell's essay on the wood-engraver Edward Walters". It was decided to make a single publication of them all, and around this time the Whittington Press bought its first Monotype keyboard and caster, and thus began the evolution of the publication into an annual that enjoyed over thirty years in print and is considered the finest publication on the book arts. This is number six, published for Winter 1986, with an engraving on the half-title by Vance Gerry, and a frontispiece wood-engraving by Lettice ... Read more

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Matrix, Numbers 1-30 (continuous) [with] Index to Matrix 1-21 [and with] Type & Typography..

Randle, John and Rosalind (Editors); Butcher, David (Index)

  • Edition: First Edition; De luxe Edition
  • Book condition: Near Fine
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Andoversford, Gloucestershire; Risbury, Herefordshire: The Whittington Press, 2011. First Edition; De luxe Edition. Leather; Stiff Wrappers. Near Fine. 32 vols. total, Matrix 1-30 continuous, first edition, 1-20 regular editions with limitation ranging between 320 and 850, 21-30 de luxe edition with limitation ranging between 30 and 80, quarto size, Type & Typography... is signed by John and Rosalind Randle. The original concept for Matrix was prompted by a desire to see two typescripts in print, a commentary by Paul Morgan on the diary of a pressman at the Shakespeare Head Press, and "Brocard Sewell's essay on the wood-engraver Edward Walters." It was decided to make a single publication of them all, and around this time the press bought its first Monotype keyboard and caster, and thus began the evolution of the publication into an annual that enjoyed over 30 years in print and is considered the finest publication on the book arts. "When Matrix entered its fourth decade in 2011 it ... Read more

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Maud Humphrey's Mother Goose

Mother Goose; Maud Humphrey (Illustrator)

  • Edition: First Edition
  • Book condition: Very good +
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New York: Frederick A. Stokes Company, 1891. First Edition. Hardcover. Very good +. Humphrey, Maud. First printing, quarto size, [46] pp. A collection of the nursery rhymes of Mother Goose, including classic children's verses such as "Jack and Jill", "Little Miss Muffett", and "Little Bo Peep", this volume is lusciously illustrated by American watercolourist Maud Humphrey (1868-1940); a very successful commercial illustrator, Humphrey was the mother of famed actor Humphrey Bogart, whom she would use as a model when he was a child. Throughout her career, Humphrey illustrated numerous books, calendars, and greeting cards, earning over $50,000 a year, a considerable sum at the time. Her sweet depictions of children perfectly capture the playfulness and charm of Mother Goose; each verse has its own colour illustration, with the text printed in calligraphic lettering. The beautiful, soft colours and contours of the illustrations create a unique reading of these beloved nurs ... Read more

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Maurizius Forever [INSCRIBED BY JANE GRABHORN]

Miller, Henry (Author and Artist); Dean, Mallette (Linocuts)

  • Edition: Limited Edition
  • Book condition: Near fine
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San Francisco: The Colt Press, 1946. Limited Edition. Hardcover. Near fine. Miller, Henry; Dean, Mallette. One of 500 copies, square octavo, [78] pp., inscribed by Jane Grabhorn. Warmly inscribed by Jane Grabhorn "To Bill and Molly / to whom, if I could,/ I would dedicate / all my books - / Jane / May 8, 1946", with her parents' bookplate on the front pastedown. The illustrations from the original water colors by Henry Miller were interpreted by Mallette Dean on linoleum blocks; printed at the Grabhorn press and included in the Exhibition of Western Books (Rounce & Coffin Club). Henry Miller, in this essay springing from "The Maurizius Case" by Jacob Wassermann (published in 1929), has given us a melange of philosophy, history, justice, and a critique of civilized society; incredibly thought-provoking, a must-read for anyone interested in the concept of justice on this earth. ___DESCRIPTION: Original green paper covered boards with the title stamped in white to the upper b ... Read more

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