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Valenti Angelo, Author, Illustrator, Printer

Lewis, Oscar; Grabhorn, Robert; Anderson, Sherwood; Duff, Annis (all contributing essays) / Angelo, Valenti (Autobiographical Story) / Englund, Anne (Editor, Bibliographical Checklist)

  • Edition: Limited Edition
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San Francisco: The Book Club of California [printed by Andrew Hoyem], 1976. Limited Edition. Hardcover. Fine. Angelo, Valenti. One of 400 copies, folio size, 99 pp., signed by Valenti Angelo, with prospectus and related ephemera, in custom box. Valenti Angelo (1897-1982) was a highly-regarded designer, illuminator, and decorator of books over a career that spanned decades, doing much of his early work for the Grabhorn Press and the Book Club of California; he also printed his own books in extremely limited editions under the imprints of "The Golden Cross Press" and "The Press of Valenti Angelo". This publication of The Book Club of California celebrates Angelo's fiftieth anniversary as a printer, and is a detailed collection of his work up to 1975. Many of the facsimiles in the book are printed in colour and some are even hand-coloured by Angelo himself; he contributed greatly to the design of this book. The volume has essays about Angelo's work and his skill as a printer and ... Read more

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Valenti Angelo, The Man and the Artist

Emelson, Earl and Gloria (Editors)

  • Edition: First and Limited Edition
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Concord, California: Heron House, 2010. First and Limited Edition. Hardcover. Fine. One of 250 copies, quarto size, 161 pp. Valenti Angelo (1897-1982) was a well-known and highly regarded twentieth-century illustrator who did so many books for the Grabhorn Press, the early Limited Editions Club books, and many more over a career that spanned decades. This book, the result of ten years of research and work by the publishers, Earl and Gloria Emelson, is a collection of essays, tributes, and remembrances by thirty-two authors arranged mostly by time period, lavishly illustrated with over one hundred samples of Angelo's work and photographs; an important resource for anyone interested in Angelo's work and in twentieth-century book illustration. ___DESCRIPTION: Full sky-blue cloth, blind-embossed device by Valenti Angelo on the front board, gilt lettering on the spine, full-colour photographs and facsimiles of Angelo's work throughout; Mohawk Superfine paper, quarto size (12.25" by 9.25" ... Read more

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Valenti Angelo, Author, Illustrator, Printer

Lewis, Oscar; Grabhorn, Robert; Anderson, Sherwood; Duff, Annis (all contributing essays) / Angelo, Valenti (Autobiographical Story) / Englund, Anne (Editor, Bibliographical Checklist)

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  • Book condition: Fine
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San Francisco: The Book Club of California [printed by Andrew Hoyem], 1976. Limited Edition. Hardcover. Fine. Angelo, Valenti. One of 400 copies, folio size, 99 pp., inscribed by Valenti Angelo, with prospectus and related ephemera. Valenti Angelo (1897-1982) was a highly-regarded designer, illuminator, and decorator of books over a career that spanned decades, doing much of his early work for the Grabhorn Press and the Book Club of California; he also printed his own books in extremely limited editions under the imprints of "The Golden Cross Press" and "The Press of Valenti Angelo". This publication of The Book Club of California celebrates Angelo's fiftieth anniversary as a printer, and is a detailed collection of his work up to 1975. Many of the facsimiles in the book are printed in colour and some are even hand-coloured by Angelo himself; he contributed greatly to the design of this book. The volume has essays about Angelo's work and his skill as a printer and designer, w ... Read more

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Vathek

Beckford, William; Redman, Ben Ray (Introduction); Blaine, Mahlon (Illustrations)

  • Edition: First Edition
  • Book condition: Fine
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New York: The John Day Company, 1928. First Edition. Leather bound. Fine. Blaine, Mahlon. First printing with illustrations by Mahlon Blaine, octavo size, 250 pp., in a custom leather binding. The development of Gothic fiction in the mid-eighteenth century saw many novels incorporating elements of horror and the supernatural as a way to explore human nature, elements found in this early Gothic novel by English novelist and art collector William Beckford (1760-1844). "Vathek", first published in 1786, combines aspects of Gothic fiction with the Orientalism that was popular at the time; this original pairing of the two results in "Vathek" standing "alongside Walpole's novel ['The Castle of Otranto' published in 1764] and Mary Shelley's 'Frankenstein' (1818) in the first rank of early Gothic fiction" (n.b., quote from Wiki). Illustrating this volume is Mahlon Blaine (1894-1969), who creates detailed and dramatic line drawings that capture the spirit of t ... Read more

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Venetian Stanzas

Brodsky, Joseph; Sayenko, Dmitry (Artist); Stone, Jonathan (Translator)

  • Edition: First and Limited Edition
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Saint Petersburg: Nikodim Press, 2017. First and Limited Edition. Hardcover. Fine. Sayenko, Dmitry. Number 15 of 26 copies, oblong elephant folio size, [46] unnumbered pp., signed by Dmitry Sayenko, text in both English and Russian. A stunning new translation of poetry by Nobel Prize winner Joseph Brodsky (1940-1996). Brodsky visited Venice in 1972 for the first time and was inspired by its stunning singularity, its deep well of history, and its culture, writing "All of Venice is a work of art, a place where you distinctly understand that something made by human hands can be far more beautiful than humans themselves." That exact sentiment is found here in conversation between artist, poet and translator throughout time and space, and creates a tactile and multidimensional new vehicle for reading and experiencing the work. The new translations by Russian literature scholar Jonathan Stone are presented on facing pages with the original Russian Cyrillic script, connected across the length and ma ... Read more

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Verses by Christina G. Rossetti

Rossetti, Christina G.; Symon, J. D. (Editor); Pissarro, Lucien (Illustrator)

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Hammersmith, London: Eragny Press, 1906. Limited Edition. Leather. Near Fine. Pissarro, Lucien. Limited edition, one of 175 copies, octavo size, 75 pp. Christina G. Rossetti (1830-1894) is known for her melancholy love poems, originally drafted in Italian. Her early verses for her mother, written between the ages of twelve and sixteen, were printed privately at her grandfather Gaetano Polidori's press, and are here beautifully reprinted from Polidori's 1847 edition of Verses. Lucien Pissarro and his wife Esther founded the Eragny press in 1894, inspired by the arts and crafts movement and the work of William Morris of the Kelmscott Press. "Lucien Pissarro brought foriegn and unfamiliar sensibilities to his books. The distinctive use of color wood engavings which explore the Impressionist sensation endow Eragny books with a vital character unlike any other revivalist private press" (A History of the Eragny Press 1894-1914, p. 12)." ___DESCRIPTION: Contemporary red morocco with gi ... Read more

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  • Edition: Limited Edition
  • Book condition: Near fine
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Buenos Aires: Edito Vehil, 1955. Limited Edition. Wraps. Near fine/near fine. Botana, Helvio I.. Number VIII of XX, octavo size, [124] pp., signature at the colophon. A lovely version, in the original Spanish, with an original drawing by the author serving as frontispiece, and signed by the author at the colophon. Offered as issued in unbound signatures in original wraps, with original glassine wrapper. ***DESCRIPTION: Cardstock wrappers lettered in red and black with glassine jacket, unbound leaves mostly unopened, title page in black and red with frontispiece by the author, initial captials in red; Magnus Zeichen paper, octavo size (9.75" by 6.5"), pagination: [124] [1 colophon], limited edition, this number VIII of XX on Magnus Zeichen and signed (total edition 520). ***CONDITION: A bright clean copy, the pages absolutely without wear and showing a few minscule spots of foxing, the wraps lightly toned with minimal edgewear, the glassine also with minimal wear; a lovely copy, near fine. ... Read more

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The Vicar of Wakefield, A Tale (bound with) Sir Launcelot Greaves (Novelist's Library)

Goldsmith, Oliver; Smollett, Tobias; Roscoe, Thomas (Editor)

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London: James Cochrane and Co, 1832. Leather. Near Fine. Cruikshank, George. Sixmo size, 429 pp. Stand-alone stories, this volume was part of the Novelist's Library (Vol. X). Edited by Roscoe Tobias, Esq. (1791-1871), himself an author and translator; his own works include mostly travel memoirs. "The Vicar of Wakefield", written by Oliver Goldsmith (1728-1774) was first published in 1766; it was sold for the princely sum of 60 pounds in order to pay Goldsmith's rent and became one of the most popular and widely read 18th-century novels among Victorians. "Sir Launcelot Greaves", by Tobias Smollett (1721-1771) was published in 1760 and is closely modelled on "Don Quixote". Written while the author was in prison, Smollett is better remembered today for his novels "The Adventures of Roderick Random" and "The Adventures of Peregrine Pickle", which influenced later authors such as Charles Dickens and George Orwell (info from Wikipedia). ___DESCRIP ... Read more

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The Victim

Bellow, Saul

  • Edition: First Edition
  • Book condition: Fine
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New York: The Vanguard Press, Inc, 1947. First Edition. Hardcover. Fine/near fine. Octavo size, 302 pp. This is Saul Bellow's (1915-2005) second novel, one in which the author explores the many aspects of human relationships, including guilt and obsession. Bellow is the only writer (to date) to win the National Book Award for Fiction three times; he was also awarded the Pulitzer Prize, the Nobel Prize for Literature, and the National Medal of Arts. ___DESCRIPTION: Bound in full black cloth, blue lettering on the spine, top edge stained blue, title page with a rectangular ruled border; octavo size (8.5" by 5.75"), pagination: [i-viii] [1] [blank] 3-294; first edition per Zempel (no indication of subsequent printings on copyright page). Dust jacket shows original price of $2.75 on both flaps, front panel and spine with light blue background, white lettering, sketch of scales in black on front, review blurbs on back panel for Bellow's first book, "Dangling Man", front flap with ... Read more

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Villon (Oeuvres)

Villon, [Francois]; Dubout, [Albert] (Illustrator)

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  • Book condition: Fine
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Paris: Gibert Jeune Librairie d'Amateurs, 1937. Limited Edition. Vellum. Fine. Dubout, [Albert]. No. 131 of 3000, twelvemo size, 173 pp., in French. Francois Villon (b. 1431, disappeared from view 1463), remains the best-known French poet of the late Middle Ages. Much of his life remains conjecture, but records show him involved in various forms of mayhem: murder, thievery, and other forms of criminal behavior. Many of the stories from these days have made their way into this poetry, which is sprinkled with mysteries and hidden jokes, "peppered with the slang of the time and the underworld subculture in which Villon moved" (n. b., from Wikipedia). French cartoonist and illustrator Albert Dubout (1905-1976) has captured the spirit of Villon to perfection in the sixty illustrations for this edition of Villon's work; a lovely, custom-bound version of the works of Villon. ___DESCRIPTION: Full vellum with yapped edges, spine with hand-lettering and a small hand-painted vignette of a ma ... Read more

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Visions of the Daughters of Albion

Blake, William; Keynes, Geoffrey (Bibliographical Statement)

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  • Book condition: Fine
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London: Printed at the Trianon Press for the Trustees of the William Blake Trust, 1959. Limited Edition. Hardcover. Fine. Blake, William. One of 400 of regular editions (446 copies total), folio size, unpaginated [11 plates and 4 pp. of commentary]. "Visions of the Daughters of Albion" published in 1793, is one of Blake's prophetic books, and is considered to be a sort of sequel to "The Book of Thel". Its early feminist subject matter was influenced in part by Mary Wollstonecraft's "A Vindication of the Rights of Women" published in 1792. In Geoffrey Keynes' Bibliographical Statement, he remarks "The theme of "Visions of the Daughters of Albion" is, in effect, partly a protest against the sexual morals of the day, and it has been related by some writers to crises in Blake's own life, such as his realization that he was tied legally and morally to a barren wife. But this is pure conjecture, and it is better to regard the book as a poet's view ... Read more

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  • Edition: First Edition
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New York and London: Harcourt Brace and Jovanovich, 1982. First Edition. Hardcover. Fine/near fine. Provensen, Alice and Martin. Quarto, 44 pp., with ANS by the author. Nancy Willard's Newbury Award winning book of magical poems about life at an imaginary inn, run by the inimitable William Blake, whose work inspired the author to write this book. Included with this copy is an autographed note by the author to Ruth Gordon, Chair of the Newbury Committee for 1982, enclosing a photocopy of a poem written and sent to her by Edgar Jackson, an inmate at Fairbanks Prison Correctional Center. Nancy Willard visited a prison in Alaska where she discussed poetry with a group of the innmates, and read to them from "A Visit to William Blake's Inn". Edgar Jackson was one of those inmates, an Eskimo man, who was so moved by her reading that he wrote a poem in response to the visit, which also had a small drawing of an "Eskimo protection spirit". His words "Feel the heavens smile upon you / ... Read more

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The Voice of the City and Other Stories

O. Henry; Clifton Fadiman (Introduction); Grosz, George (Illustrator)

  • Edition: Limited Edition
  • Book condition: Near fine
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New York: Limited Editions Club, 1935. Limited Edition. Hardcover. Near fine. Grosz, George. No. 909 of 1500, quarto size, 237 pp., signed by George Grosz. William Sydney Porter (1862-1910), better known by his pen name O. Henry, was a prolific writer of short stroies, known for his inimitable hand in isolating certain elements of society and describing them with an incredible economy and grace of language; his stories are known for their twist endings. This publication by the Limited Editions Club contains numerous of O. Henry's stories, and is illustrated with watercolours by German artist George Grosz (1893-1959), best known for his caricatural drawings and paintings of Berlin life in the 1920s. A prominent member of the Berlin Dada and New Objectivity group during the Weiman Republic, Grosz creates grotesque characters rendered in soft, ethereal colour for this book, depicting the isolation often found at the fringes of society. ___DESCRIPTION: Full black buckram, gilt lettering on the spine, ti ... Read more

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Voix de Noel

[Christmas Greeting]; Frechette, Louis; Van Patten, Nathan (Introduction); Starr, Judson (Illustrator)

  • Edition: Limited Edition
  • Book condition: Fine
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San Francisco: Printed by the Grabhorn Press for Leon Gelber and Theodore Lilienthal, 1936. Limited Edition. Wraps. Fine. Starr, Judson. One of 200 copies, quarto size, [16] unnumbered pp., with holiday card and ms translation slipped in. An edition of this Christmas poem by Canadian poet Louis Frechette (1839-1908) the poet-laureate of Quebec, first published as a poetical preface to the author's Noel au Canada, in 1900. With small "Holiday Greetings" card signed by Leon Gelber and Theodore Lilienthal; also with a ms translation of the poem (appears to be in the hand of Theodore Lilienthal), which is printed in the original French text in the book. Printed for Leon Gelber and Theodore Lilienthal for Christmas 1936 by the Grabhorn Press. Lilienthal, his wife Frances, and Edith Van Antwerp operated The Quercus Press from 1937 to 1940. ___DESCRIPTION: Original brown paper wrappers, title stamped in dark-brown to upper wrapper, coloured frontispiece of Virgin and Child by Judson Starr, title ... Read more

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Volcanic Holiday

Merrill, James (Author); Tanning, Dorothea (Artist)

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  • Book condition: Fine
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[Nadja Press], 1992. Limited Edition. Fine. Tanning, Dorothea. No. IV of X of the deluxe edition with a separate suite of etchings (total edition 110). Slightly oblong, unbound sheets, duodecimo size, 40 pp., signed by James Merrill and Dorothea Tanning. With prospectus and related material. Per a small slip of paper laid in headed "Recent Documentation", announcing "On the eve of distribution, 'Volcanic Holiday' has already been part of the New York Public Library's 'Dorothea Tanning: Hail, Delirium!', a retrospective of the artist's work in graphics (1942-1991); Cooper Union's 'Printed Response to the Written Word'; and featured in a film documentary on Dorothea Tanning, with James Merrill reading 'Volcanic Holiday'' ". ___James Merrill (1926-1995), known as one of the leading poets of his generation, won nearly every major award for poetry - including two National Book Awards, the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Bobbitt Natio ... Read more

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  • Edition: Limited Edition
  • Book condition: Fine
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[Fyfield, United Kingdom]: Oak Tree Press, 2008. Limited Edition. Leather. Fine. Copy "L" of 26 copies lettered A-Z (of a total edition of 186), quarto size, 82 pp., signed by J.M. Coetzee. South African author J.M. Coetzee (b. 1940), novelist, essayist, linguist, and translator, is the recipient of the Nobel Prize in Literature as well as the Jerusalem Prize, CNA Prize (thrice), the Prix Femina Étranger, and the Booker Prize (twice), among many other accolades. His first published work was "Dusklands", which was comprised of two separate stories; this and "The Narrative of Jacobus Coetzee". This, "The Vietnam Project" from Dusklands follows the "gradual descent into insanity of its protagonist Eugene Dawn....[who] works for a U.S. government agency responsible for the psychological warfare in the Vietnam War...[which] takes a heavy toll on his; his fall culminates in him stabbing his own son, Martin" (N.B., quotes from Wiki). This is one of the ... Read more

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Paris: Librairie Hachette & Cie, 1872. Hardcover. Very Good. Duodecimo size, 334 pp., in French. The "Bibliotheque Rose Illustree" edition, originally published in 1868, and praised as one of the best illustrated books on West Africa. In 1863, General Faidherbe, governor of Sudan, commissioned his adjudicator Eugene Abdon Mage (1837-1869) for an exploratory expedition along the Niger in West Africa (modern Senegal). This exploration trip, which was also intended to install trade routes, lasted three years. Mage and his crew penetrated regions never yet explored, and gave the first description of the Toucouleur Empire created by El Hadj Umar Tall. Contained in this text was also the first detailed map of western Sudan.___DESCRIPTION: Publisher's red cloth with pictorial title stamped in gilt to upper board, backstrip lettered in gilt, top-edge gilt, pale-green endpapers, vintage French bookseller's ticket to the front pastedown ("Pouget-Coulon"), sixteen engraved plates, one f ... Read more

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  • Edition: First Edition
  • Book condition: Very good +
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Amsterdam: Marc-Michel Rey, 1766. First Edition. Hardcover. Very good +. Sixteenmo size, 636 pp. This volume is the first French edition of this work originally published in German in 1758, which is the "most important contemporary account of Bering's discoveries, by [Gerhard Friedrich Muller (1705-1783), historian and scientist, who was] attached to [Bering's] second expedition" (quote from Wright-Howes). The original map is bound in at the rear. ___DESCRIPTION: Two volumes bound as one, each with its own title page, in quarter tan leather with contemporary patterned paper boards with gilt decorative rules, gold spine label with gilt lettering, all edges speckled red, Table of Contents ("Table des Matieres") bound in at the back, followed by a publisher's catalogue (not called for in the bibliographies), followed by the folding map showing the lands touching the Arctic Circle, including a large portion of Russia and parts of America, even showing a portion of Californ ... Read more

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