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  • Edition: Limited Edition
  • Book condition: Fine
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[Winona]: [Sutton Hoo Press], 2004. Limited Edition. Hardcover. Fine. Jacobsen, Cheryl. One of 13 copies of the deluxe edition, duodecimo size, 64 pp., signed by Philip Levine. Philip Levine (1928-2015) won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1995, the Ruth Lillly Poetry Prize in 1987, and was named the Poet Laureate of the United States for 2011-2012; this publication by the Sutton Hoo Press features a long poem by Levine with calligraphic marks by Cheryl Jacobsen running through each page. This volume is the deluxe edition and comes in a clamshell box. ___DESCRIPTION: This copy one of the special edition of 13 copies lettered in Greek, with a special binding and housed in a black clamshell box made by Judi Conant (out of a total print run of 200 plus artist's proofs). These copies are bound in a lap-component binding with blue leather on the spine and fore-edge and Fabriano Roma, a hand-made cover paper over the boards, decorated endpapers, printed on Johannot, a French mouldmade paper, calligraphic ... Read more

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Napa Wine; A Chapter from "The Silverado Squatters"

Stevenson, Robert Louis; Fisher, M.F.K. (Introduction); Dean, Mallette (Decorations)

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St. Helena, California: (James E. Beard), 1965. Hardcover. Fine/Fine. Dean, Mallette. Duodecimo size, 22 pp. A chapter from the "Silverado Squatters" first published in 1883, this version with relief-cut illustrations and initials by Mallette Dean (1907-1975), and a frontis portrait of R.L.S. at the office of the St. Helena Star, 1880, from the collection of Norman H. Strouse. A brief recollection of the fine varieties of Napa wine, written by Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894) after he'd moved to the south of France for health reasons. The brief text is ripe with yearning for the wines of Napa Valley and their "inimitable fragrance and soft fire." With a brief historical background in the form of an introduction by American food writer and founder of the Napa Valley Wine Library, M.F.K. Fisher (1908-1992). ___DESCRIPTION: Original quarter olive-green cloth and patterned green and white paper covered boards, title-page spreads over two pages in black and green with frotis portr ... Read more

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  • Edition: Limited Edition
  • Book condition: Near fine
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San Francisco: The Grabhorn Press, 1933. Limited Edition. Hardcover. Near fine. Parker, Arvilla. One of 500 copies, quarto size, 107 pp. Nicholas Dawson (1819-1903), the partly self-educated schoolteacher infected with wanderlust, spent much of his life travelling on foot across America. His wanderings brought him through Missouri, Louisiana, and Arkansas to Mexico, then back to New Orleans; he returned to the West infected with Gold Fever, and then eventually settled in Texas. The original publication of his memoirs is incredibly scarce; this edition was published by the Grabhorn Press, one of the most highly renowned private presses in America during the twentieth century, run by brothers Edwin and Robert Grabhorn. ___DESCRIPTION: Quarter natural linen with brown paper boards, coloured vignette illustration on the front board, black lettering running vertically on the front and back boards, brown paper spine label with black lettering, title page and caption titles printed in red and black, nine co ... Read more

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  • Edition: First Edition
  • Book condition: Near fine
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New York: Harper & Brothers, 1866. First Edition. Hardcover. Near fine. First US edition, octavo size, 660 pp., folding map at rear. David Livingstone (1813-1873) was one of the most popular British heroes of the Victorian era, a scientific investigator and explorer, imperial reformer, anti-slavery crusader, and advocate of commercial and colonial expansion. He hoped to gain fame by discovering the source of the Nile River, which fame he than planned to use to end the "immense evil" of the East African Arab-Swahili slave trade. In both the Preface and its Post-script, Mr. Livingstone goes on at length about his abhorrence of the slave trade, and his concerns that Portugal, then in command of a large tract of the coastline, was only paying lip service to its ending; he lauds the Americans for having recently "rid themselves of the incubus of slavery". ____DESCRIPTION: Bound in brown pebbled cloth, gilt lettering and blind-embossed decorative rules on the spine, double blind-embos ... Read more

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The Natural History of Selborne

Gilbert White; The Earl of Cranbrook (Introduction); John Nash (Illustrations)

  • Edition: Limited Edition
  • Book condition: Fine
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New York: The Limited Editions Club, 1972. Limited Edition. Hardcover. Fine/fine. Nash, John. No. 351 of 1500, quarto size, 276 pp., signed by John Nash, with LEC Monthly Newsletter and Announcement. A collection of letters written by naturalist Gilbert White (1720-1793), this volume details the plant and animal life in the region around Selborne, the parish in which White lived and worked as a cleric; the letters were written to Thomas Pennant and Daines Barrington, naturalists and friends of White. The book describes the natural world of eighteenth-century England in a scientific and accessible way. Illustrating this volume is John Nash (1897-1977), a British painter and botanical artist, who renders the gentle landscapes and animals in the text with clarity and simple beauty. ___DESCRIPTION: Quarter brown leather with green paper boards with an allover pattern in white drawn by John Nash, gilt lettering on the spine, top edge stained green, tan endpapers, title page with line drawing in black by Nash ... Read more

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A Natural Curiosity

Drabble, Margaret

  • Edition: First Edition
  • Book condition: Fine
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London: Viking, 1989. First Edition. Hardcover. Fine/Near Fine. No. 102 of 150, octavo size, 319 pp., signed by Margaret Drabble. English novelist Margaret Drabble (b. 1939) wrote "A Natural Curiosity" as an unintended sequel to her earlier novel "The Radiant Way"; the story continues to follow the lives of three women featured in the earlier book, and examines middle-class life within the context of a post-industrial, post-Thatcher England. This volume is the first edition of Drabble's novel, bound in cloth and marbled paper, and signed by Margaret Drabble. ___DESCRIPTION: Quarter green cloth with marbled paper boards, vertical gilt line on the outer edges of the cloth, gilt lettering and ruled borders on the spine; octavo size (9.5" by 6.25"), pagination: [i-x] 1-308 [309], one of 150 copies, this number 102, signed by Margaret Drabble on the colophon (following the half-title page). In a glassine wrapper. ___CONDITION: Volume is fine; the covers clean, the corners ... Read more

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Nature for Its Own Sake; First Studies in Natural Appearances

Van Dyke, John C.; Armstrong, Margaret (Publisher's Binding Design)

  • Edition: 4th Printing
  • Book condition: Near fine
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New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1906. 4th Printing. Hardcover. Near fine. Duodecimo size, 314 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 book by John Charles Van Dyke (1856-1932) details aspects of nature such as the skies, forests, and rivers; it does not include animal life, as Van Dyke intended the work to examine nature in and of itself, without relation to human beings. This volume is the fourth edition, and features an elegant design echoing the shapes of flowers, by Margaret Armstrong. ___DESCRIPTION: Full green cloth, gilt lettering and floral design in gilt by Ma ... Read more

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  • Book condition: Fine
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(Berkeley, California): (The Center for Environmental Structure, 2002-2005), 2002. Hardcover. Fine/Fine. Four volumes (complete), quarto size, 2228 pp. Complete four-volume set of the philosophy of architecture; as the dust jacket so aptly phrases it: "Neither scientists, nor mystics, nor architects, nor politicians have so far found a single view of the world in which the three are united. This groundbreaking work allows us to form one picture of the world in which all three perspectives (scientific; beauty and grace; and common sense) are interlaced. It opens the door to twenty first-century science and cosmology" (parentheses mine). All four volumes lavishly illustrated with both colour and black and white photographs and diagrams. The author, Dr Christopher Wolfgang Alexander (b. 1936) is a widely influential architect and design theorist; his theories about the nature of human-centred design have had notable impacts across many fields beyond architecture, including urban design, softwar ... Read more

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  • Edition: First Edition
  • Book condition: Fair
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Charlestown: Samuel Etheridge, 1802. First Edition. Leather. Fair. Octavo size, approx. [600] pp. Jedidiah Morse (1761-1826) published numerous volumes on geography during his life; the publication of his first thorough geographical work, "The American Gazetteer", garnered him the title "the father of American geography". "A New Gazetteer" serves as a second volume, this one dealing with the geography of Europe, Asia, and Africa, with accompanying maps detailing the varied topography and cities found in these widely different continents. This volume is the first edition of Morse's book, written with Elijah Parish (1762-1825), a clergyman in New England who was a member of the American Antiquarian Society. ___DESCRIPTION: Full brown leather with replacement leather binding by a prior owner over the original leather with a cut-out for the spine label, red leather spine label with gilt ruled borders and gilt lettering, frontispiece a fold-out map of Europe, text in doubl ... Read more

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  • Book condition: Near Fine
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New York: National Military Publishing Co, 1917. Hardcover. Near Fine. Twenty fourmo size, 77 pp. Seemingly scarce in the trade, with no copies currently online that we can find; per an OCLC search conducted as of this writing this volume is held by eighteen institutions. Noted as the "Latest Edition" on the title page, as well as "Illustrated", the original edition is bound in at the back. A WWI-era manual on hand-to-hand combat using the bayonet, complete with six diagrams as well as four vintage black and white photographs showing various combat stances. ___DESCRIPTION: Black cloth binding with yellow embossed printing on the front board, light green lettering on the spine, 1917 date on both the title and copyright pages, the volume appears to be two books bound into one (although pagination is continuous), about half-way through the book is a sectional title page for "Manual of Practical Bayonet Fighting With Service Rifle and Bayonet" with its own Foreword (p. 51 of th ... Read more

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New York: Paul R. Johnson, 1808. Full leather. Good +. Volume four only [of a four-volume set], octavo size, 498 pp. What we would today likely have called a "biographical encyclopedia", this set presented short biographies of the "most eminent persons in every nation, but more particularly of Those who have signalized themselves in America" (title page). We have only volume four (alas), with entries beginning with Sir Joshua Reynolds and ending with Zoroaster, followed by a 45-page appendix. As of this writing, there are only two complete sets offered online; we offer this single volume due partly to scarcity and partly due to the interest we find in extensive prior owner annotations throughout. This volume opens on the front free endpaper with the following, all written in an old, flowing script: "Daniel Robinson, OWNER, Price $1.50, No. 114 (which is crossed through), Of my Bound Books, No. 89. This is but the fourth volume of the original work, it being comprised in four v ... Read more

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  • Book condition: Fine
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Spokane, Washington: The Arthur H. Clark Company, 2001. Hardcover. Fine. First collected edition, 9 volumes, quarto size, 3901 pp., with maps, tables and facsimiles. These eight volumes compile together 168 rare news reports of "pioneers who epitomized the Western spirit. Their reports are the early West in microcosm, the frontier passing in review. The articles represent the types of published information that shaped the views of the American people about the West from 1803 to 1865, from the Louisiana Purchase to the end of the Civil War and the building of the Pacific Railroad" (Per "Introduction" p. 7, Vol. 1). Volume Nine is a supplemental text with "One hundred twenty proposed additions to the Wagner-Camp and Becker bibliography of travel and adventure in the American West, with 33 selected reprints." ___DESCRIPTION: Original tan cloth with gilt-lettered red labels to upper board and backstrip, publisher's imprint to tail in red (volume nine is burgundy cloth with l ... Read more

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A Night to Remember

Lord, Walter

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New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1955. Hardcover. Very good +/good +. Octavo size, 209 pp. The story of the "unsinkable ship", while tragic in the extreme to all who lived through it - or whose lives were lost - continues to fascinate all, even today, over 100 years after the disaster. The ship sank in only a little over two hours, with, it is estimated, a loss of 1,500 souls - out of the approximately 2,224 who were on board. Walter Lord's (1917-2002) thorough account of the sinking of the "RMS Titanic", on April 15, 1912, is widely considered an authoritative source of information for the disaster; Lord interviewed over sixty survivors, and weaves history and memoir together in this volume. Lord also served as a creative consultant to film director James Cameron during the making of the hugely successful 1997 film "Titanic". ___DESCRIPTION: Quarter yellow cloth with navy blue cloth boards, dark blue lettering on the spine, endpapers with blueprints of the decks of t ... Read more

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  • Edition: 1st Edition
  • Book condition: Near Fine
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n.p.: Joseph J. D'Ambrosio, 1989. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Near Fine/Near Fine. Ocatvo size, 137 pp., signed by Joe D'Ambrosio, one of 10 AP copies. A work of art itself, this, his second bibliography, sets forth books produced over a period of almost twenty years. First/Limited edition of 10 artist proofs and 75 numbered copies. Joseph J. D'Ambrosio (1934-2009) was an exceptional book artist who wrote, set type, printed designs, did the artwork, and bound his books. He tells the story of how he came to the book arts in the Preface of this Bibliography. His editions are signed, numbered and issued, as a limited edition of fine art prints. Mr. D'Ambrosio exhibited in many one-man and group exhibitions, and his works are in both private and institutional collections, including the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. ___DESCRIPTION: From the colophon page: "printed with hand-set Della Robbia type on Johannot paper with a Vandercook No. 4 proof press, (with) hand-marbled endpapers& ... Read more

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Boston, Massachusetts: Warren Press [1943]. Hardcover. Good Plus. Folio size, 343 pp. From the President's Message "To the Classes of 1943 and 1944" - "There is no need for me to dwell on the unusual circumstances under which you terminate your Harvard undergraduate careers. The fact that this Album contains the records of two classes and is published in anticipation of a mid-winter exodus of graduating members will stand in Harvard history as a symbol of the changes wrought by a total war." This yearbook contains entries for: Norman Mailer (who entered Harvard at the age of 16), Philip Warren Anderson (Nobel Laureate, Physics), Merton Howard Miller (Nobel Prize in Economics), and Thomas Kuhn (Physicist, Historian, and Philosopher of Science), among many others. ___DESCRIPTION: Tan linen binding with a red cloth label on the front with gilt lettering, red lettering on the spine, plain endpapers, red and black printing on many pages, replete with black and white photographs; pa ... Read more

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The Noble Knight Paris & The Fair Vienne

[Medieval Text]; William Caxton (Original Translator); Dean, Mallette (Artist)

  • Edition: Limited Edition
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Kentfield, California: The Allen Press, 1956. Limited Edition. Hardcover. Near fine. Dean, Mallette. One of 130 copies, quarto size, [43] unnumbered leaves, with prospectus and original slipcase. "The text of "Paris & Vienne" is a romance of thirteenth century France, and was regarded as the most popular story of the middle ages. Although often copied in manuscript, and frequently printed in fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, there are few romances so rare as this one. From the original Catalane language, it was translated into Latin, French, Flemish, Italian and English. A noted seventeenth century critic stated that "it would be impossible to find a work more fitted to imbue the mind with correct taste and elegance of style, or to influence character by the wisdom of its reflections, or to forearm hearts against those assaults of fiery passion which blindly precipitate one into the abysses of misery. The work is truly admirable. The situations are so interesting and the dé ... Read more

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  • Edition: Limited Edition
  • Book condition: Fine
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San Francisco: The Book Club of California, 2016. Limited Edition. Hardcover. Fine. No. 98 of 300 copies, quarto size, 122 pp., signed by Jerry Kelly and Misha Beletsky, with prospectus. Bruce Rogers (1870-1957), American typographer and inventer of the "Centaur" typeface (based on the Renaissance-period printing of Nicolas Jenson), is considered by many to be one of the greatest book designers of the twentieth century. He designed books for the Riverside Press, Cambridge, where he cut his first typeface, "Montaigne," named for the first book it appeared in, "The Essays of Montaigne," 1903; he designed "Centaur" while working as house designer for the Metropolitan Museum of Art. This publication by The Book Club of California details the history of the Centaur typeface and its uses in printing, particularly by the Grabhorn Press in San Francisco; the information is accompanied by lovely images of type specimens and facsimiles of its early use. ___DESCRIPTION: Fu ... Read more

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The Norse Myths

Crossley-Holland, Kevin (Editor)

  • Edition: First Edition
  • Book condition: Fine
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New York: Pantheon Books, 1980. First Edition. Hardcover. Fine/near fine. First printing of the US edition, octavo size, 319 pp. This collection of Norse myths is gathered by children's author and translator Kevin Crossley-Holland (b. 1941), best known for his historical novels in the Arthur trilogy and as well as translating the Old English epic poem "Beowulf"; here he presents numerous myths in the Norse cycle, from creation to the peak of the cycle, to death and rebirth, as the cycle and the earth continue on. Crossley-Holland presents an engaging read of these classic stories, full of love and loss, and of the beauty of the world's endurance. ___DESCRIPTION: Quarter yellow cloth with grey paper boards, gilt illustration on the front board, gilt lettering on the spine, yellow endpapers with descriptions of characters in Norse mythology and illustrations in black, title page with illustration in black; octavo size (9.5" by 6.25"), pagination: [i-x] xi-xli [xlii] [1-2] 3-276 ... Read more

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The North

Beckett, Samuel; Arikha, Avigdor (Artist)

  • Edition: Limited First Edition
  • Book condition: Fine
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Cambridge: Rampant Lions Press for The Enitharmon Press, 1972. Limited First Edition. Folio. Fine. Arikha, Avigdor. Number XIII of XV copies, folio size, [24] pp., with an extra suite of three etchings, all of which are signed by the artist, signed by Samuel Beckett on the limitation page. "The North" is a paragraph extracted from the short prose work "The Lost Ones" originally published as "Le Depeupleur" Paris: Les Editions de Minuit, 1971, by Samuel Beckett (1906-1989). The story has no plot, but is rather a metaphorical exploration of the landscape of the unconscious mind, evoked through the image of a flattened cylinder and its crowded inhabitants. Avigdor Arikha (1929-2010) was a close friend of Samuel Beckett, who he met in Paris, where he settled after escaping a Nazi concentration camp. He is regarded among Israel's greatest postwar artists, and was named a Chevalier de la Légion d'honneur in 2005. His images of "the woman vanquished" are ... Read more

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North American Bear

Wright, Charles; Young, Gary (Woodcuts)

  • Edition: Limited Edition
  • Book condition: Fine
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La Crosse, Wisconsin: Sutton Hoo Press, 1999. Limited Edition. Hardcover. Fine. Young, Gary. One of 136 copies, quarto size, [25] pp., signed by Charles Wright and Gary Young. This collection of poems from acclaimed poet Charles Wright (b. 1935) has a lyrical grace as the language weaves through various strata of the cosmos; as in the rest of his prolific career, Wright brings a poignant sensitivity to these seven poems by delving into humanist issues that connect us all. Beautifully printed by the Sutton Hoo Press, this volume contains woodcuts by poet and printmaker Gary Young (b. 1951), who creates astronomical imagery that moves organically on the page; Young was also a student of Wright's at the University of California, Irvine, as well as the first Poet Laureate of Santa Cruz County. ___DESCRIPTION: Full navy cloth, white paper spine label with black lettering and ruled border, fore- and bottom edges uncut, double-spread title page with woodcut by Gary Young printed in black, woodcuts by Young ... Read more

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