New York: The Colophon, 1933. Unpaged. Illus. 4to. (27 x 22 cm). Illustrated paper-covered boards. First edition. Aquatint plate signed by Earl Horter in pencil. Includes: On Collecting Scott by William C. Van Antwerp; Harriet Martineau, Deaf Blue-Stocking by Earnest Elmo Calkins; The Mather Collection at Cleveland by Thomas Holmes; The Unicorn in Early Prints and Printed Books by A. F. Johnson; Old Leather and Burnished Gold by Alfred Hopkins; Blunt's Coast Pilot by Alfred Stanford, and The Hoover Translation of Argicola's de Re Metallica by William R. Castle, Jr. A very good copy, edges of front board a bit darkened.
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San Francisco: Arion Press, 1981. Folio. 18 x 14 inches (46 x 35.5 cm). Loose prints in a black paper wrapper with title letterpress printed on the front, with companion volume of two sewn signatures in paper wrapper with letterpress printed title; both volumes in a black cloth-covered drop-spine case with black styrofoam walls; plus separate plexiglas display frame. First edition. One of 300 copies. Suite of 30 typographic prints (broadside format), each on a different handmade paper in a wide range of typefaces and a variety of colors, presenting poems written in shapes from 300 b.c.e. to the present, with a volume of notes on the selections by Glenn Todd and Andrew Hoyem. Two volumes. This was the eighth publication of the Arion Press. Plate  of the prints is folded accordion style, and is accompanied by translation on separate sheet (plate [12a]). Plate  is printed on both sides of sheet. Contents: 1. Egg, Greece, 300 BC by Simias; 2. Pan Pipes, Greece, 250 BC by Theocritus; 3. Altar, Byzantium, 325 by Porfyrius Optatianus; 4. Acrostic, France, 1537 by Eustorg de Beaulieu; 5. Altar, England, 1633 by George Herbert; 6. Easter Wings, England, 1633 by George Herbert 7. Lute, France, 1634 by Robert Angot; 8. The Cross, England, 1647 by Robert Herrick; 9. Chalice, Germany, 1663 by Justus Georg Schottel; 10. Bottle, France, 1750 by Charles François Panard; 11. The Mouse's Tale, England, 1865 by Lewis Carroll; 12. Un coup de dés. [12a] A Throw of the Dice, France, 1897 by Stéphane Mallarmé; 13. Fish's Nightsong, Germany, 1903 by Christian Morgenstern; 14. Balloon, Italy, 1914 by F.T. Marinetti; 15. Necktie, France, 1914 by Guillaume Apollinaire. 16. It is Raining, France, 1918 by Guillaume Apollinaire; 17. Bohemian Crystal Vase, France, 1920 by André Breton; 18. Rose is a Rose, USA, 1920 by Gertrude Stein; 10. Sound Poem, USA, 1924 by Man Ray; 20. Grasshopper, USA, 1935 by E.E. Cummings; 21. Vision & Prayer, Wales, 1946 by Dylan Thomas; 22. Silence, Switzerland, 1954 by Eugen Gomringer; 23. Four to the Fourth Power, Germany, 1957 by Dieter Roth; 24. The Totem, USA, 1958 by May Swenson; 25. Voice, USA, 1959 by Philip Lamantia; 26. Caracol, Brazil, 1960 by Augusto de Campos; 27. Redboat, Scotland, 1963 by Ian Hamilton Finlay; 28. Seagull, USSR, c. 1970 by Andrei Voznesensky; 29. Swan and Shadow, USA, 1970 by John Hollander; 30. Rebus, USA, 1981 by Andrew Hoyem. Each poem can be displayed individually in the plexiglas frame. Light shelfwear to outer case else a fine copy.
New York: New York Public Library, 2003. [12 pp]. Illus. with 9 b/w reproductions. Sm. 4to. Stapled paper wrappers. First edition. Catalogue and descriptions of 90 items printed in the 1990's by such presses as Flying Fish, Moonkosh, Bitchy Buddha, Inanna, Stone House, Em, Protean, Picnic, Lone Goose, Woodside, and many more. coves binding, paper, type, and illustration. A fine copy. As new.
Buenos Aires: Sociedad de Bibliofilos Argentinos, 1947. 80 pp. Sm. 4to. Loose quires in printed wrappers in a brown quarter cloth chemise and slipcase. First edition. Printed by Francisco A. Colombo, on Perusia de Fabriano paper, with Garamond type. Title in blue, red and black, sectional headings and page numbers in red. The works of Colombo Press are "veritable jewels of the printer's craft" (Annick Sanjurjo, Contemporary Latin American artists: exhibitions at the Organization of American States 1941-1964, p. 350). This copy numbered 6 (of 100) printed for Maury A. Bromsen, a book dealer and Latin American scholar. Dialogo, about Anatole France, first appeared on 3 January 1909 as a signed article in the newspaper "La Nacion" following France's publication of "Ile des Pingouins." Emilio Becher (1882-1921) was an editor of the Buenos Aires Herald, Libre Palabra, El Heraldo, Diario Nuevo y El País, and in 1906 joined La Nacion, where he remained until his death on February 25, 1921. A near fine copy with small chip to top of spine, in original glassine wrapper in very good lightly rubbed quarter cloth chemise and slipcase. El Arte del Libro 88. Colombo: l'art du livre 167. Colombo Fine Printing 161.
Washington, D.C. Judd & Detweiler, (1958). Unpaged. [45 pp. + illus]. Illus. with 1 b/w engraving and 8 drawings. Tall 4to. Cloth. First edition. Lester Douglas, designer and dir. Inscribed by the designer; to wood engraver John De Pol, with his bookplate; includes his Christmas card and a National Press Club invitation. Owner's bookplate else a fine copy.
San Francisco: Book Club of California, 1984. Illus. with b/w plates. Sm. Obl. 4to. Self wrappers. First edition. Keepsakes issued to members of the Book Club of California during 1984. Oscar Lewis, intro. Numbers One through Ten of a series of Ten Keepsakes issued to members of the Book Club of California during 1984. I: Introduction and Table of Contents. II: Dr. Glenn, "Wheat King." III: Planting Time. IV: The Harvest. V: The Journey Begins. VI: Transfer Point. VII: Port Costa. VIII: The Grain Fleet. IX: Isaac Friedlander, Wheat Merchant. X: The Octopus. Fine copies.
London / New York: G. Routledge & Sons / E.P. Dutton & Co. 1924. xiii, 261, . pp. Illus. with 43 plates (18 in colour). Folio (39 cm). Cloth. First edition. From the library of Karl Kup, former Curator of the Spencer Collection and keeper of prints, New York Public Library, with his small armorial bookplate and his occasional pencil annotations. Covers from the earliest period to modern times, plus suggestions for collectors, lists of old book shops in Japan, index, glossary. and bibliography. Boards rubbed, corners worn, small tears to heel of spine, thin tear to upper rear joint, small bookplate on front pastedown, two Japanese chop marks to half-title and margin of first text page, small institutional stamp on title page, contents clean, plates bright. A very good copy.
London: Printed for the Burlington Fine Arts Club, 1891. lxi pp., 1 lv., 132 pp. Illus. with color folding frontis & CXIII (i.e. 114) plates. (111 colored), each plate with guard sheet with descriptive letterpress. Folio. Modern brown cloth with original titles from front board laid down. First edition. A lavishly illustrated catalogue of a comprehensive loan exhibition of nearly nine hundred decorated bindings from some of Britain's foremost institutions and collectors. A useful but by now somewhat scarce record. A near fine copy. Breslauer, The Uses of Bookbinding Literature, pp. 25 & 31.
Quarter vellum over printed paper-covered boards. Front edge deckled. Biblioteca Besso Editrice, 1914. liii, , 159 pp., . + Plates. Illus. with 30 b/w engraved plates. 4to. Quarter vellum over printed paper-covered boards. Front edge deckled. First edition thus. Number 9 of 500 copies. This copy was for Sir James Rennell Rodd (1858-1941), the British Ambassador in Rome. Text in Latin and Italian. Commentary in Italian on this 14th century treatise on the love of books by the English Bishop Richard de Bury (1287-1345). A very handsomely designed volume. A very good copy, edges foxed, boards rubbed, lightly soiled, leaves crisp and fresh.
Montevideo: Asociacion de Impresores y Anexos del Uruguay, 1950. 29 pp. + plates. Illus. with 22 color plates (3 folding) and 5 b/w plates. 4to. Paper wrappers with spiral binding. First edition. No. 212 of 800 copies (issued not for sale but for association members, public libraries and public authorities), with the card of Julio Speroni Vener (Bibliotecario del Ministerio del Interior), who wrote one of the articles, entitled "Los precursores de la bibliografía uruguaya," tipped in. A second article, "La Imprenta de la Patria Vieja, 1815-1816," was by Juan E. Pivel Devoto. Many portraits, advertisements, some items printed on clear sheets, overall an interesting item and somewhat unusual; in the U.S. only a partial copy, the article by Speroni Vener, is shown by OCLC, at Texas. Also a copy is at Biblioteca de la AECI in Spain. A very good copy with faint soiling on wrappers, plain cardboard slipcase lacking top edge and much worn.
Weston: M & S Press, 1991. vi, 98 pp. 8vo. Cloth. Reprint. Intro. and annotated by Roger E. One of 350 copies. Luther Farnham (1816-1897), clergyman, journalist, librarian, wrote his pamphlet for the New England Historic Geneological Society. It was the first study of private libraries in the country -Jewett had published his study of public libraries in 1851- and would be followed by James Wynne (NewYork) in 1860 and Horatio Rogers (Providence) in 1878. Farnham mentions 82 private libraries, with 298,625 volumes and 12,000 pamphlets. A fine copy. As new.
New York: Illustrated Modern Library, (1944). xix, 264 pp. Illus. with color drawings. 12mo. Cloth. Later printing. Intro by Henry Steele Commager. One of Bruce Rogers commercial efforts. Wonderful color illustrations by Benton. A gem of a book. Boards rubbed, small tear to head of spine, rear endpapers split at hinge, still a good+ copy.
San Francisco: Book Club of California, 1978. viii, 104 pp. Illus. with 16 color plates. Folio. Quarter cloth over marbled boards. First edition. Publication No. 160. One of 500 copies. A handsomely illustrated study of the aquatint medium. Provenance: From the library of Kenneth E. Hill, with his bookplate. Small bookplate on front pastedown else a fine copy in original plain white dust jacket, with a bit of wear.
Berkeley: Tamalpais Press, 1960. 26 pp. Illus. with duotone reproductions. Sm. 4to. Quarter cloth over decorated paper covered boards. First edition. Limited to 100 copies printed at the Tamalpais Press and presented to the joint meeting of the Zamorano and Roxburghe Clubs. The text is an address that Dr. Hart delivered at the general session of the annual conference of the California Library Association. Includes material on and illustrates the printer's marks of John Henry Nash, Porter Garnett, the Peregrine Press, Grabhorn Press, the Allen Press, Malette Dean, and more. Provenance: From the library of Kenneth E. Hill, with his bookplate. Small bookplate on pastedown else a very good+ copy with mild darkening at edges of boards, minor wear to one corner.
San Francisco: Friends of the San Francisco Public Library, 1969. Paper covered boards with paper label title laid on. First edition. An Address delivered on the occasion of the opening of the exhibition Fifty Years of the Grabhorn Press: A Tribute to Edwin Grabhorn sponsored by The Friends of the San Francisco Public Library at the Main Library, Civic Center in San Francisco on April 24, 1969. Provenance: From the library of Kenneth E. Hill, with his bookplate. Small bookplate else a fine copy in original plain paper dust jacket.