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1. Life of James Allan, the Celebrated Northumberland Piper
Item Price: $295
Item Description: The title page continues: Detailing His Surprising Adventures in Various Parts of Europe, Asia, and Africa, Including a Complete Description of the Manners and Customs of the Gipsy Tribes. Collected from Sources of Genuine Authority; with Explanation Notes; and Illustrated by Fine Engravings.
A perfectly serviceable reference copy; nothing fancy, but complete and sturdy, an attractive copy of a fascinating volume, being a New, Improved, and Authentic edition, augmented with E. Mackenzie?s Explanatory Notes and a number of lovely engravings by Knox from designs by Cruikshanks.
Original publisher’s brown cloth binding. 6″ x 9″, with six black-and-white plates five of them being misbound (frontispiece is placed correctly) and placed at front post-frontis.
The front paste-down has a small, tipped-in article about this book, and there are extensive pencil inscriptions also detailing the contents of the book inside front flap. Pages and covers are clean and intact overall. Pages are slightly browned and rippled. Offsetting on title page from the frontispiece. Chipping at the head and tail of the spine. The label on the spine, possibly contemporary, is chipped with pieces missing, but title is still readable. Front and back hinges are cracked. A Good condition copy still, however, still sturdy, protected by Mylar jacket.
The engraving by J. Knox at frontis is literally a work of art, perhaps the finest of the time period I’ve ever seen, depicting as it does the young Master Allan, piper to the stars (or at least Countess) and thief extraordinaire, at perhaps a Gypsy encampment. The others are amusing, sharp and evocative.
vi [7-9], 10-479 pp.
2. Andrew Wight, The Life of James Allan, the Celebrated Northumberland Piper
Item Price: $275
Item Description: Published by Mackenzie and Dent, 1818. The title continues: Containing His Surprising Adventures and Wonderful Achievements in England, Scotland, Ireland, France, India, Tartary, Russia, Egypt, and various other Countries of Europe, Asia, and Africa.
Possible original publisher’s 3/4 brown leather binding with gilt lettering and fleurs-de-lis, stamped, on spine, rubbed a bit, but still attractive, and with marbled paper over boards. 5 3/4″ x 8 1/2″ in octavo format. 375 pp.
Black-and-white frontispiece, being an engraving by A. Dick after a painting. Former owner’s bookplate on the front paste-down: “Alfa Brackett Guyer,” who was born in 1902 and who passed away in 1942.
Pages and covers are clean and intact overall. Binding is tight. Boards and spine are rubbed, tips are rubbed to underlying boards. Wear at the bottom edge. Offsetting on the title page from the frontispiece, and previous owner’s embossed stamp at title page (E.T. Bigelow, of Medford, Massachusetts). First free endpaper with short closed tear thereto, light, even toning and foxing to text-block, which is slightly waffled, but signs of neither odor nor damp-staining.
Else and withal, a solidly Good condition copy of the stated Third Edition, revised and enlarged.
A Princeton University-sponsored web-site devoted to the graphic arts notes that James Allan was “the first criminal given a royal pardon signed by the prince regent, afterwards George IV,” James, Jimmy or Jemmy Allan, husband to “Betty,” a “Gypsy,” son to a woman who claimed also Gypsy ancestry from the Scottish clan of Faas, and official piper to Elizabeth Percy, countess of Northumberland. He is alleged by all to have spent his adult life piping and stealing.
2. Lafcadio Hearn, Two Years in the French West Indies
Item Price: $55
Item Description: Published by Harper & Brothers, New York, 1890, A perfectly serviceable reference copy; nothing fancy, but complete and sturdy, and published in First Edition state. Ex-library copy withdrawn from the Dartmouth College Library, with some but not many usual markings thereof, none external. Dealer stamp, neatly affixed. Forward cock to olive-drab cloth-bound covers, illustrated. Scuffing to tips, edges.
431 pp. + 6 pp. of publisher’s ads, and 44 black-and-white illustrations, including at frontis, tissue-guarded. Else a clean, solidly bound, unmarked copy.
4. James Fenimore Cooper, Cooper’s Works, complete in 32 volumes
Item Price: $1400
Item Description: Published in varied years by Stringer & Townsend, and extremely scarce in the trade in this state and condition, being one of the very earliest sets of the complete works of James Fenimore Cooper, bound in a uniform size measuring 5 1/2″ x 7 1/2″ in width and height, respectively.
Thirty-two volumes, professionally rebound in leather over spines and tips, and they look great on the shelf. Featuring marbled paper over boards with five raised bands to each spine, with gilt lettering, hand-tooled, in each of six compartment, and with decorative fleurs-de-lis to each volume. Decorated endpapers, and marble-stained edges all around, quite lovely. Some expected scuffing and light edge-wear, with minor bruising to tips on some volumes. Light waffling to textblocks, and minor foxing to some volumes. Some dark mottling to spines but unobtrusively so, but some with larger spots than others.
Titles include: Precaution: a novel (1855), xxix + 514 pp. + 26 pp.; W.C. Bryant’s Discourse on the Life, Genius, and Writings of James Fenimore Cooper, delivered at Metropolitan Hall, N.Y., February 25, 1852; The Pioneers; or, The Sources of the Susquehanna: a descriptive tale (1855), 609 pp.; The Bravo: a tale (1858), viii + 474 pp.; The Prairie: a tale (1858), xi + 526 pp.; The Spy: a tale of the neutral ground (1858), 550 pp.; The Water-Witch; The Skimmer of the Seas: a tale (1855), vi + 505 pp.; The Red Rover: a tale (1855), 534 pp.; The Wept of Wish-ton-wish: a tale (1849) with lovely tissue-protected, two-paged black-and-white illustration at frontis, xii + 474 pp.; The Deerslayer: or, The First War-path: a tale (1855), xi + 545 pp.; Afloat and Ashore: a sea tale (1855), vi + 502 pp.; Miles Wallingford: sequel to Afloat and Ashore (1855), v + 426 pp.; Homeward Bound; or, The Chase: a tale of the sea (1858), vi + 471 pp.; Home as Found: sequel to Homeward Bound (1855), v + 490 pp.; The Chainbearer; or The Littlepage Manuscripts (1855), vi + 438 pp.; Satanstoe; or, The Littlepage Manuscripts: a tale of the colony (1855), vii + 461 pp.; The Redskins; or, Indian and Injin: being the conclusion of the Littlepage Manuscripts (1855), xiv + 476 pp.; The Travelling Bachelor; or, Notions of the Americans (1855), xii + 696 pp.; The Sea Lions; or, The Lost Sealers (1857), viii + 432 pp.; The Admirals: a tale (1855), xii + 481 pp.; The Pathfinder; or, The Inland Sea (1858), iv + 471 pp.; Mercedes of Castile; or, The Voyage to Cathay (1855), xii + 490 pp.; The Last of the Mohicans: a narrative of 1757 (1858), viii + 520 pp.; The Crater; or, Vulcan’s Peak: a tale of the Pacific (1855), viii + 459 pp.; Wyandotte; or, The Hutted Knoll: a tale (1855), vii + 436 pp.; The Headsman; or, The Abbaye des Vignerons: a tale (1855), viii + 522 pp.; The Pilot: a tale of the sea (1855), 561 pp.; The Oak-openings; or, The Bee-hunter (1855), vi + 456 pp.; Jack Tier; or, The Florida Reef (1855). Laid-in, folded one-page letter from Yale University Press (1920?) titled What’s in a Name? Boston Discovers James Fenimore Cooper under front cover. v + 459 pp.; The Heidenmauer; or, The Benedictines: a legend of the Rhine (1855), xxiii + 470 pp.; The Monikins (1855), xii + 491 pp.; Ned Myers; A Life Before the Mast (1855), vii + 232 pp. + 8 pp. advertisements; Lionel Lincoln; or, The Leaguer of Boston (1855), xii + 545 pp.
5. RIgby Graham, Kippers & Sawdust
Item Price: $775
Item Description: Published by Old Stile Press, 1992. A superior copy inside and out, being a sterling condition hardcover copy, with unbruised tips, tight binding, and clean internals, showing only very slight shelf- and edge-wear; not ex-library, with neither underlining nor highlighting anywhere. The publisher has featured linen-covered boards with a fine line drawing by the artist and set that into a recessed panel on the upper portion of the cover. The spine features gilt titling. The front endpapers by Graham have been printed in four to six colors each, showing a double-page woodcut of Volklingen, Saarstahl, Germany. The rear endpapers show a double-page color woodcut, too, but featuring Skinners Bottom, Mawla, Cornwall. Gift-quality condition inside and out.
Housed in an also nearly As New condition slip-case, single and elegant.
Kippers & Sawdust is a stunning work by the master printmaker Rigby Graham, featuring four double-page color woodcuts, with five full-page woodcuts, and another almost three dozen line-drawings.
From the colophon: “The printing of Kippers & Sawdust was completed in July, 1992, by Nicolas McDowell at The Old Stile Press, Catchmays Court, Llandago, near Monmouth, Gwent NP 3 4 TN, Great Britain. The colour woodcuts (involving between three and six printings each) were printed by Nicolas McDowell from the 44 woodblocks cut by the artist. The pen and ink drawings were printed from line blocks made at The Old Stile Press and the Baskerville type was set by Bill Hughes in Upton-upon-Severn. The text paper is Lana Royal Crown. The books were bound at The Fine Bindery, Wellingborough and the images involved in the binding are by the artist. Images and text c Rigby Graham 1992. This edition is limited to 150 copies each numbered and signed by the artist.”
This is No. 92 of those 150. Rigby Graham (1931-2015) was a landscape and topographical artist, a celebrated book illustrator and a fine muralist, too and who was deemed to have followed the British Romantic tradition. Interestingly, the publisher notes that the textual portions of this amazing work was conceptualized while Graham was being treated for cancer. He says that 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.” As Graham shares in his introduction: “Cuts would be the answer. Woodcuts. I had always like the stiff angularity of woodcuts. The wood was not only unyielding, it bit back with a ferocity more readily associated with a rabid dog. Perhaps it is because of our civilised pattern of living that we tend unthinkingly to look on many natural things as attractive and somehow imply, or suggest, ‘gentle’. We imbue them at times with qualities they do not actually possess.” Set in Baskerville type, printed on Lana Royal Crown paper, 15 1/8″ by 11 3/8″ in size. [1-5] 6-57 [1 colophon] pp.
6. Maurice Malinque, Hensel: Figures Montmartre Nord-Africain Tahiti
Item Price: $475
Item Description: Published by Editions des Beaux-Arts, Paris, 1949.
Exceptionally scarce in the trade, there being currently no available copies, and there being (according to Worldcat dot org) only a single copy available in a library, being the Bibliotheque Nationale de France.
This is a Presentation Copy from the artist, signed as follows, “Pour Andre Cotte, Bien amicalement, Maurice Hensel,” dated 1949, bound in folio format, a bit soiled of cover, not much, lightly waffled, 8 pp., plus 12 full-page color plates of which 10 are pochoirs printed on one side only. Two color plates featuring original watercolors.
All contents collated and present, now housed in a buff portfolio with Hensel printed on the front cover and that has an additional plate affixed thereto. Scarce in any condition, but this one has extraordinary association value.
7. Taking Flight: a portfolio of broadsides by women printmakers of the San Francisco Bay Area
Item Price: $425
Item Description: Galuszka Parsons has compiled Taking Flight: a portfolio of broadsides by women printmakers of the San Francisco Bay Area, as published by Mayacamas Press, 1993. Near Fine condition, First Edition state.
This is a special portfolio indeed and that is scarcely available to the trade. O.C.L.C. lists a total of six copies in toto, complete, three being located in California, two in Massachusetts, and one in Rhode Island.
This is copy #53 of only 75 copies, comprised of 30 prints struck on only one side, and 26 of those 30 are copies from the artists themselves. A matched, full, collated-as-complete set.
Each is signed by the woman artist and then numbered. Barbara Parsons’ Introduction says that “[m]any of the artists accepted the challenge of the broadside as an opportunity for dynamic experimentation with image and text; others illustrated more conventionally. It is not always easy to steer a clear course with so many hands grabbing for the tiller, but Taking Flight proves that ancient axiom: The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.” Robert Flynn Johnson, then head of the Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts, highlights that “The works of art are by women,” and that the format of the broadside is “as old as paper and ink.”
The title page is a bit soiled and smudged but notes the date, title, sub-title, press and location, and with some shadow-through to verso.
The Table of Contents notes the special limitation of the item, that design and typography were carried out by Barbara Parsons and Gilman Parsons, that the letterpress was executed on Rives BFK, Hosho and Magnani papers were used by Barbara Parsons at the Mayacamas Press. The portfolio is missing the custom-built linen box.
The portfolio is comprised of the following: “Fly out over the city,” the first line in a poem by Marge Piercy; “Dear Mr. and Mrs. Boyd,” illustrated by Linda Rae Boyd; “Dittany,” by Rena Rosenwasser (illustrated by Kate Delos); “Our love was not other than this . ,” being the first line in an untitled poem by George Seferis (illustrated by Barbara Galuszka Parsons); “Impaled,” attributed anonymously, illustrated by Norma Andersen Fox; “Parzifal,” by Wolfram von Eschenbach (illustrated by Sue Rifenberick);”What is going on inside me I cannot tell,” the first line of a poem by Antoine de Saint Exupe?ry (illustrated by Yun Sun Lee); “These two came into the presence of Zeus .,” the first line of a poem by Homer (illustrated by Eleanor Rappe); “Aurora,” by Frederick Pierce (illustrated by Patricia Sondgren Smith); “Taking flight,” a poem illustrated by Betty Bates; “Invective Against Swans,” by Wallace Stevens (illustrated by Carol Meyer Doyle); “The way back,” by Angelo Presicci (illustrated by Lilibet Dewey); “The windhover,” Gerard Manley Hopkins (illustrated by Elizabeth Quandt); “The Artists,” by Barbara Swift Brauer (Jackie Kirk); “In a memorandum which has come to my desk .,” by G.C. Brant (illustrated by Linda Rae Boyd); “Eternity,” by William Blake (illustrated by Anne Hicks Siberell); “She took flight and he followed,” illustrated by Soumaya Khoury Kassab and Aelyas Kassab; “The Flight,” by Madeline Gleason (illustrated by Sherana Harriette Frances); “Nature had given him a sign,” by Stephen Crane (Barbara Foster); “In placid hours well-pleased we dream of many a brave unbodied scheme .,” Herman Melville (Sherry Smith Bell); “At the new moon, Rosk Hodesh,” by Marge Piercy (illustrated by Barbara Leventhal Stern); “Flower-de-luce,” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (illustrated by Victoria Johnson); “Self-willed pinions fan the rise of incensed flames,” by Clarissa J. Welsh (illustrated by Glen Rogers Perrotto); “No rack can torture me .,” the first line of a poem by Emily Dickinson (illustrated by Katherine Metz); “The hawk,” by W.B. Yeats (illustrated by Holly Downing); “To test whether a genetically altered migration program was causing these birds to deviate some 800 miles from the rest,” two snippets from “Bird-watching biologists see evolution on the wing,” from the New York Times (illustrated by Sylvia Solochek); Barbara Swift Bauer, “The Artists” (illustrated by Jackie Kirch); “Taking control,” by Jeannette Ross (illustrated by Robert.
8. Bill Berkson, ed., Frank O’Hara: In Memory of My Feelings
Item Price: $600
Item Description: Published by The Museum of Modern Art , 1967. The three-page Afterword to this scarce, uncommon item was written also in 1967 and was contributed by Bill Berkson, Frank’s best buddy, so it is a warm embrace indeed and a fitting work of closure to an extraordinary item.
Brand-new, just removed from shrink-wrap for proper collation, gift-quality inside and out. Unbound, double-page leaves folded in half and laid in loosely into a folder inside a linen cloth-bound folder then housed inside a slipcase also bound in linen cloth. Printed paper label affixed neatly to front cover.
One of 2,500 numbered copies, this being #1992. The book was designed by Susan Draper Tundisi, set up in Times Roman, typesetting having been done by The Composing Room, Inc., printed by Crafton Graphic Company, and bound by Russell-Rutter, Inc. The very fine paper is Mohawk Superfine Smooth grade.
The volume is comprised of 30 illustrations by artist/fans of O’Hara’s that augment each accompanying poem. The volume measures 12 3/4″ x 9 1/2″.
The poems are laid in and are as follows: Ann Arbor Variations (Reuben Nakian, July, 1951); Jane Awake (Alex Katz, ca. 1951); The eager note. (Alfred Leslie, February, 1950); Poem to James Schuyler (Robert Motherwell, ca. 1951); Chez Jane (Marisol, September, 1952); Blocks (Joe Brainard, October, 1952); (excerpt from) Second Avenue (Al Held, March-April, 1953); Romanze, or The Music Students (Roy Lichtenstein, October, 1953); Ode (June 18, 1954), Jane Wilson, June 18, 1954); Meditations in an Emergency (Joan Mitchell, June 25, 1954); On the Way to the San Remo (Elaine de Kooning, July, 1954); Music (October 1954, John Button); To the Film Industry in Crisis (Niki de Saint Phalle, November 15, 1955); Sleeping on the Wing (Barnett Newman, December 29, 1955); In Memory of My Feelings (Jasper Johns, June-July, 1956); Step Away from Them (Robert Rauschenberg, August 16, 1956); Ode to Willem de Kooning (Willem de Kooning, 1957); Ode to Michael Goldberg(‘s Birth and Other Births) (Philip Guston, February 1-3, 1958); Image of the Buddha Preaching (Claes Oldenburg, June 3, 1959); The Day Lady Died (Grace Hartigan, July 17, 1959); Rhapsody (June 30, 1959, Michael Goldberg, July 30, 1959); Song (July 31, 1959, Matsumi Kanemitsu); Hate is only one of many responses. (Helen Frankenthaler (August 24, 1959); Naphtha (Norman Bluhm, September 3, 1959); Khrushchev is coming on the right day. (Allan D’Arcangelo, September 17, 1959); Variations on Pasternak’s “Mein liebchen was willst du noch mehr?” (Giorgio Cavallon, September 16, 1959); Poem to Donald Allen (Nell Blaine, October 27, 1959); Poem V (F) W (Jane Freilicher, November 6, 1959); Light clarity avocado salad (Lee Krasner, December 5, 1959); For the Chinese New Year & for Bill Berkson (Larry Rivers, February 2, 1961).
9. A Lot of 45 Christopher Morley-authored or -themed titles
Item Price: $545
Item Description: This lot puts a lot of Christopher Morley titles on your shelf. 45 titles. Fuller bibliographic details are available merely by asking.
The titles are as follows: 1) Thunder on the Left (Doubleday, Page & Company, 1925). Very Good First Edition hardcover copy a Good condition dust jacket, machine- but not price-clipped. 273 pp.; 2) Where the Blue Begins (Doubleday, Page & Company, 1923). Good condition hardcover copy with cream paper over boards, blue cloth-backed, cover illustration and title in blue ink, 215 pp.; 3) Swiss Family Manhattan (Doubleday, Doran & Company, 1932). Very Good stated First Edition hardcover copy, Good condition silver dust jacket. 208 pp.; 4) Pipefuls (Doubleday, Page & Company, 1921). Early reprint of 1921 First Edition, Good condition hardcover copy with tan paper over boards, no slipcase, as issued. 274 pp.; 5) Streamlines (Doubleday, Doran & Company, 1936). First Edition stated hardcover copy in gray cloth over boards. Good condition dust jacket, paper-backed Gaylord-protected, chipping and closed tears on edges, small sticker at jacket spine bottom. 290 pp.; 6) The Powder of Sympathy (Doubleday, Page & Company, 1923), illustrated by Walter Jack Duncan, a Near Fine condition hardcover copy, stated First Edition. 304 pp.; 7) Two Fables, translated by Christopher Morley, from The Story of a White Blackbird (Alfred de Musset, 1810-1857) and The Young Foreigner (by Wilhelm Hauff, 1802-1827) (Doubleday, Page & Company, 1925), a stated First Edition in about Fine condition, protected by a machine- but not price-clipped dust jacket in Good condition, 95 pp.; 8) Hasta La Vista, or, a postcard from Peru (Doubleday, Doran & Company, 1935), a Near Fine condition hardcover, stated First Edition, First Printing, with a machine-, not price-clipped dust jacket in like condition. 268 pp.; 9) Religio Journalistici (Goubleday, Page & Company, 1924), a Fine condition hardcover copy, covered by a tan printed, illustrated dust jacket, machine- but not price-clipped, in Near Fine condition. 62 pp.; 10) Hide and Seek (George H. Doran Company, 1920), a First Edition hardcover copy (according to McBride’s advice to look for the Stop-Sign oval on title page prior to 1921), Very Good condition, sans dust jacket. 120 pp.; 11) Forty-Four Essays (New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1925), First Edition hardcover copy in Very Good condition, 265 pp.; 12) The Bowling Green: an anthology of verse (Doubleday, 1924), a stated First Edition in Very Good condition, covered by a Good condition dust jacket. 182 pp.; 13) Parnassus on Wheels (J.B. Lippincott Company, 1955), illustrated by Douglas Gorsline, unusually, a Book-of-the-Month Club copy of the 1955 reissue of the original, true First Edition, but laid in is a penned note that reads “M. Elizabeth Traphagen’s copy, with best wishes from Christopher Morley, Feb. 22, MCMXXXII”. Fine in a Near Fine dust jacket, in a Near Fine condition dust jacket, Mylar-coated. 160 pp.; 14) The Haunted Bookshop (Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott, 1955), illustrated by Douglas Gorsline, unusually, a Book-of-the-Month Club copy of the 1955 reissue of the 1927 original, Fine in a Near Fine dust jacket. Handsomely produced in a marbled hunter-green paper over boards, blue cloth-backed, blind-stamped initials and logo at front cover, sharp and distinct lettering to spine, in a Near Fine condition dust jacket, Mylar-coated. 253 pp. + a page’s worth of review blurbs; 15) Mince Pie: adventures on the sunny side of Grub Street (George H. Doran Company, 1919), First Edition hardcover copy in Very Good condition, illustrated by Walter Duncan, 296 pp.; 16) John Mistletoe (Doran & Company, 1931), a stated First Edition, and also a First State thereof copy, with “#23” on page 199 instead of “#22.” Very Good condition hardcover, in a like dust jacket, 455 pp.; 17) Chimneysmoke (George H. Doran Company, 1921), probable First Edition, a Very Good condition hard. Condition: Very Good.
10. Raymond Queneau, Petite Cosmogonie Portative. Lithographies Originales d’Andre Marchand
Item Price: $525
Item Description: Published by Les Francs – Bibliophiles (1954), a Fine condition copy in First Edition state.
A gob-smackingly pretty and interesting-looking, tightly bound, internally clean copy, with unbruised tips, neat and tidy paste-downs; not ex-library, with neither highlighting nor underlining copies available on-line. Composed of a portfolio that has illustrated gray paper over boards, front and rear, with an inner chemise laid in.
Scarce in the trade, there being only a few additional copies available on-line at this writing in this condition (Fine) and state (Signed Limited Edition of only 170 copies, this being No. 163). Moreover, this is one of only 28 copies that ever contained the separate suite of lithographs pressed onto Malacca Blanc paper (see more below). Signed in the colophon by the artist, Andre Marchand, presented attractively in short quarto format, with 151 pp., plus 36 full-page black-and-white lithographs, with 27 black-and-white lithographs in the text and another six green decorated initials. Separate suite presents together.
Chemises for the main book and the contained images are laid within a stiff portfolio that is then housed in an illustrated slip-case in about Near Fine condition. The suite of plates have lithographs by the artist on front and back covers of the chemise. The separate suit of plates is housed in a chemise which is housed in a portfolio, and coated by stiff Mylar sleeve. French language text.
From the colophon, “Ce Livre, Illustre de 71 Lithographies Originales et Realise Sous la Direction de H.-J. Donon-Maigret et de E. Simon, a Ete Acheve D’imprimer Le 26 Aout 1954, Sur Les Presses De Fequet Et Baudier Pour La Typographie Et Sur elles De E. Et J. Desjobert Pour Les Lithographies, A 170 Exemplaires Sur Papier Pur Chiffon D’Arches. Il ete Tire A Part 38 Suites Completes, Dont 10 Sur Lithographiques Ont Ete Effacees Apres Tirage. Tous Les Exemplaires Ont Ete Signes Par L’Artiste.”
The separate suite measures 9 1/2″ x 11 1/2″ in size, is bound by illustrated two-tone gray and teal green paper over boards, a bit abraded to the joints, but now covered by stiff Mylar jacket, the inner chemise being illustrated in the same fashion, on paper, as the outer covers of both portfolio and suite. The original penciled lithographs are laid in to a wing folder.
11. Shevket, Mahmud Sevket (a.k.a. Mahmoud Chevket, Pacha, or Pasha), L’Organisation et les uniformes de L’Armee Ottomanne (Depuis sa creation jusqu’a nos jours): premiere partie, depuis 1326 jusqu’a 1826 Osmanli teskilât ve kiyafet-i askeriyesi.= (Kism-i evvel – Cild-i evvel)
Item Price: $450
Item Description: Published by The Military Office of the French Occupation (1925). Place of publication is not given for this work, and a search in WorldCat reveals this edition is alleged (but without definition) to be from 1925.
Rebound in quite lovely fashion in a creamy green leather, with diagonal stamping and with 21 gilt stars embossed to front and rear covers, with beveled edges, sharp and distinct gilt stamping of title to spine, new endpapers of marbled green decoration, a bit sunned along the edges.
Urdu language for the bulk of this unusual tome, tres scarce to the trade, there currently being only one additional copy available. French language title at rear, noting the presence of 247 gravures coloriees (of banners, pins, weapons, staffs, and the like). French language title is rendered there, a Romanized rendering opposite from the Urdu.
The author was the General Divionnaire, Inspecteur General de 1er, 2me et 3me Ordous, a Pasha, Pacha, Pasa (the military title awarded him). There is no family name but only given names, and the author was assassinated in revenge only months beyond his assuming the role of Grand Vizier of the Turkish Army, in 1913. The illustrations are lovely, depicting as they do Ottoman Turk military uniform and dress since the 14th century. 142 pp., and with 28 leaves of colored plates. The two “parts” (implied by the French “Premier Partie” refer to the two periods of Turkish military organization. This Part engages the first 48 figures to depict the Ottomasn court functionaries, whereas the second Part (figures 1-58) represent The New Army. Captions to each illustration are in French and Urdu. Light scuffing to spine foot, beginning of a split to upper front joint. Still solid.
12. Paris Illustree, a complete run of 13 issues, 1885
Item Price: $425
Item Description: Edited by L. Baschet, published by A. Lahure, Imprimature-Editeur; L. Baschet, Libraire-Editeur (1885).
An item scarcely available to the trade in this state (First Edition) and condition (being a sturdy, attractive, tightly bound, internally clean hardcover copy of the Tome Troisieme, measuring 13″ x 17″, comprising thirteen  monthly issues comprising the entirety of 1885 [including two published in April]).
Bound handsomely in marbled paper over boards, three-quarter leather, with scuffed tips and edges, but with newer, clean, unmarked endpapers, with neither highlighting nor underlining anywhere. Paris Illustré was first published in 1883, and these 13 issues are rich with steel engraving and other forms of illustration, in black-and-white, duotone, and color-tinted engraving, too. Each issue is devoted to a different theme. January, 1885’s issue is themed “Les Aerostats et la Navigation Aerienne,” with several articles by Gaston Tissandier, with big, broad sweeping panoramic views of the French countryside, and with following articles devoted to “La Conquete de L’air,” “Les Voyages Aeriens,” “Les Ballons Militaires et la Poste Aerienne,” and the like, including the growth and development of the dirigible. Fevrier, 1885’s issue is devoted to culture and the night-life in France, while Mars, 1885’s is given over to “Les Tremblements de Terre,” by Emilien Chesneau. Additional issues are given over to “L’Opera” (Avril, 1885), “Guerres et Expeditions Coloniales” (Avril et Mai, 1885), “Les Coulisses du Salon” (Mai, 1885), “Le Duel et L’escrime” (Juin, 1885), “Aux Environs de Paris” (Juillet, 1885), “La Marine Francaise” (Aout, 1885), “Le Monde Politique” (Septembre, 1885), “Au Chateau” (Octobre, 1885), “La Bourse” (Novembre, 1885), “Noel” (Decembre, 1885). Many illustrations are full-page and full-color, and in many cases, double-page. The colors appear to have been added by hand.
A web-site devoted to the history and founding of the periodical notes that it was the son of Ludovic Baschet, René Baschet (1860-1945), who founded in 1883 this large-size magazine. The periodical became apparently the very first to feature full-colored pages.
The aquarellist Eugène Grasset became something of a house artist beginning in 1884 and for several years, more than two dozen interior full-pages or magazine covers.
13. Barry Moser, Maurice Sendak, a signed and numbered engraving
Item Price: $425
Item Description: Published by Barry Moser (2005). Measuring 10″ x 13″, and with the image measuring 4″ x 6″, laid onto card stock and slipped into a stiff Mylar sleeve, a brilliant interpretation of Maurice Sendak’s face by the master illustrator Barry Moser, signed and numbered, being #46 of 100 copies struck. Authorized edition. Suitable for framing.
14. John O’Donovan, The Banquet of Dun Na N-Gedh and the Battle of Magh Rath, an Ancient Tale
Item Price: $425
Item Description: Published by Irish Archaeological Society (1842), being a member’s copy, with the name John Wynne printed on the page verso of the title. Bound in quarto format, measuring 8″ x 9 1/2″. xxiv + 16 pp. + 360 pp. + 2 pp.
Spine of binding has been laid down otherwise fine. Blind stamped cloth, gilt lettering on spine. Some foxing to endpapers, light soiling thereto, the backstrip to perhaps the true First Edition binding has been laid down over the brownish burgundy embossed cloth quite neatly. Previous owners’ names are inscribed where once likely was affixed a bookplate.
John O’Donovan, according to a Library Ireland-focused web-site entry, led an exceedingly interesting and scholarly life. The title page continues: “now first published, from a manuscript in the library of Trinity College, Dublin, with a translation and notes.” The saga is probably a twelfth- century epic (since the text ends in 1171 A.D.), it was among the first of the Irish Archaeological Society publications, too, and O’Donovan’s comprehensive and formidable translation and notes are augmented further by a three-fold, six-panel genealogy, tape-repaired and with an addition short closed tear thereto, compiled from the books of Leacan, Mac Firbis, and the Irish Annalists, showing the descent of the principal families sprung from Olioll Olum(a), King of Muster.
15. Lot of 23 volumes of the work of Jack London, en Francaise
Item Price: $395
Item Description: Published by Editions Edito-Service, being an extremely handsome set of 23 volumes of the work of Jack London, texts being in French language, under the general and specific editorship of Francis Lacassin.
A uniform set, bound in a rich green cloth and with extensive gilt illustrations to covers and spine, with gilt lettering to spine, too. Uniform in size at 5″ x 7 1/4″. Sewn-in linen ribbon bookmarks, all present. Illustrated endpapers to each volume in green card stock. Translations from the original English by various translators, including Paul Gruyer, Louis Postif, Francois Postif, and others, and multitudinous illustrators and who offer original illustrations. Many volumes come with their own prefaces.
The set is comprised of the following titles: 1) Le Vagabond des Etoiles (two volumes), at xliv , 3-267  pp. and , 7-311  pp.; Souvenirs et Aventures du Pays de L’or, at xv , 3-270  pp.; Histoires des Siecles Futurs, at xix , , 3-235  pp.; . . . En Rire ou en Pleurer?, at ix , 3-302  pp.; Les Temps Maudits, at xiv , 3-301  pp.; Les Vagabonds du Rail, at xxxvii , 3-273  pp.; Bellew-La-Fumee Bellew et le Courtaud, at x , 3-331  pp.; Radieuse Aurore, at xxiii , 3-412  pp.; Les Condamnes a Vivre, at xiii , 3-302  pp.; Le Loup des Mers, at xix , 3-424  pp.; Le Peuple de L’abime, at xxvii , 3-279  pp.; Le Fils du Loup, suivi de Dawson tel Qu’il Fut, par Jeremiah Lynch, at xxiii , 5-420  pp.; Martin Eden, at xiv , 3-397  pp.; Les Pirates de San Francisco, at xiv , 3-431  pp.; Le Cabaret de la Derniere Chance, at xx , 3-293  pp.; Histoires de la Boxe, at ix , 3-247  pp.; La Vallee de la Lune, at xix , 3-512  pp.; Le Bureau des Assassinats, at xxxvii , 3-280  pp.; Le Dieu Tombe du Ciel (quand le monde etait jeune), at xxvi , 3-273  pp.; L’appel de la Foret, at , 7-441  pp.; Le Talon de Fer, at xxvi , 3-415  pp.; Avant Adam, at xxiv , 3-245  pp.; Histoires des Iles, at xxvii , 3-282  pp.
16. Auguste Lancon, Les Animaux chez eux
Item Price: $375
Item Description: Published by Librairie d’Art, Ludovic Baschet, ed., Paris (1882) . An unusual and quite scarce item, there currently being only three additional copies available, an item that features artistic work of extreme merit, an item in double folio format in easily Good, bordering on Very Good condition.
Housed in a stiff Mylar sleeve, two parts: one contains a series of texts in signatures, with French language texts (translated here into English) by Th. De Banville (“The Cat”); G. de Chervillele (“The Dog”); Henri Dalivoy (“The Buffalo”); Maurice Dehers (“The Orangutan”); René Delorme (“The Monkeys”); Fulbert Dumonteil (“The Goat”, “The Tiger”); H. Demesse (“The Lion”); Edouard Drumont (“The Donkey”); Louis Figuier (“The Elephant”); Jules Gros (“The Reindeer”); Bernard Prost (“The Pig”); Jules Vallès (“The Bear”).
This is No. 18 of 25 copies struck in this format.
Second, there is a folder of multiple, gorgeous black-and-white engravings, three being damp-stained but that don’t affect the text.
Auguste Andre Lancon was born in 1836 and died in 1885, and according to a Wikipedia article about him, was influenced greatly by the works of Barye.
17. Alain and Bruno Durocher, eds. , Planetes, Tome Un Bosquet
Item Price: $375
Item Description: Published by Edition-Imprimerie des Poetes, Paris (1954), seemingly exceedingly scarce in the field, there being no copies available on-line currently, and Worldcat dot org showing no current availability in any library, either.
Sturdy, still tightly bound softcover copy, minor to moderate wear of covers and text-block, but with neither underlining nor highlighting. Perfectly readable, usable copy, covered in original glassine wrappers.
Edited by Alain Bosquet and Bruno Durocher, published in Paris in 1954, and essays and poems by Paul Valery, Pierre Jean Jouve, Jules Supervielle, Pierre Emmanuel, Robert Sabatier, Robert Mallet, Joyce Mansour, Pierre Albert-Birot, Vicente Aleixandre, Juan Liscano, Ezra Pound and Pablo Neruda. Colophon states that 300 copies only were printed, but this is unnumbered, thus out of series.
18. Cicero, Marcus Tullius, Lettres de Ciceron a Atticus Avec Des Remarques, et le texte Latin de l’Edition de Graevius, Tome I, Tome II, Tome III, Tome IV
Item Price: $325
Item Description: Edited by L. Mongault, Preceptieur de Monseigneur le Duc de Chartres, published by Florentin et Pierre Delaulne, Paris (1714).
A consecutive run of four volumes of Letters to Atticus, from the Latin, Epistulae ad Atticum. Published by Florentin et Pierre Delaulne, Paris, 1714, text being in Latin and French and bound still handsomely in what appears to be contemporary full leather. Five raised bands to spines, gilt titling and fleurs-de-lis in compartments, embossed coats-of-arms and lettered Qui Mal Pense (Who Evil Thinks), Latin equivalent opposite, denoting the bilingual nature of the texts. Each title page sports an attractive black-and-white engraved device (“Imperio e Virtu”). Moderately worn and scuffed along tips, joints, edges, bands, and some chipping along and scuffing to spine heads and feet, beginning splits to a few joints. Middles of top page-edges to each volume are lightly scuffed to very slight bowing as if they’d been sanded. Interiors are still quite bright and attractive, but endpapers and pastdowns are here and there foxed a bit and with slight bleed-through and/or damp-stain, but not affecting texts thereafter or demonstrating signs of mildew or odor.
Else and withal, a still solid and still attractive set. Each volume measures precisely 4″ x 6.5″.
This set is the first four of the at-least-six volumes that comprise this edition. Tome Premiere  pp. of publisher’s avertissement. Paginated thereafter as Latin on even-numbered pages and French on odd-numbered pages. Epistulae ad Atticum (Latin for “Letters to Atticus” and “Lettres de Ciceron a Atticus” en Francaise) is a collection of letters from the Roman politician and orator Marcus Tullius Cicero to his BFF Titus Pomponius Atticus and provide candid, reliable, revelatory accounts of seventh to fifth-century B.C. Rome. They look handsome on the shelf.
19. Eggert Olafsson and Bjarni Palsson, Ferðabók Eggerts Ólafssonar og Bjarna Pálssonar um ferðir þeirra á Íslandi árin 1752-1757
Item Price: $325
Item Description: A Fine, nearly As New condition copy, rare in this condition (Fine) and state (the Third Edition) of what translates into English from the Danish as “Travels in Iceland by Eggert Olafsson and Bjarni Palsson Performed 1782-1757 by Order of his Danish Majesty Containing Observations on the Manners and Customs of the Inhabitants, a Description of the Lakes, Rivers, Glaciers, Hot-Springs and Volcanoes; of the Various Kinds of Earths, Stones, Fossils and Petrifactions; as Well as of the Animals, Insects, Fishes, & c.”
Sterling condition set bound in brown leatherette, two volumes, both illustrated and lettered at covers in sharp and distinct gilt, housed in an also nearly As New condition slip-case the front of which is quite wonderfully illustrated also in gilt. Eggert Ólafsson (1726-1768) and Bjarni Pálsson (1719-1779) were friends for most of their lives. The two volumes show unbruised tips, tight bindings, and clean internals, showing no appreciable shelf- and edge-wear; not ex-library, with neither underlining nor highlighting anywhere.
Many, many, many score lovely illustrations, including full-color, including full-page, of the flora fauna, people and cultures, housings and vocations the two explorers encountered on their journeys throughout Iceland in the late 1700s. Volumes contain scholarly apparatus in the form of, e.g., notes, index, and bibliography. Volume I is xxii + 365 pp.; Volume II is viii + 296 pp.
20. Maight Editeur, a lot of six issues of Derriere Le Miroir: Hirshfield, Steinberg, Seligmann, Lindner and Steinberg, Kienholz, Giacometti
Item Price: $315
Item Description: Beautiful collection of six issues of Derriere le Miroir, a standard-bearer among modern art publications from 1946 to 1982, making accessible some of the most brilliant artists and writers of the time.
Derriere le Miroir, No. 35, Janvier-Fevrier, 1951, published in Paris by Galerie Maeght, printed by Pierre a Feu, Paris, and with photograph of Hirshfield credits going to Arnold Newman, dedicated to the graphic artistry of Morris Hirshfield. Fine condition copy in First Edition state, with only the slightest of sunning to edges, published in portfolio format, 15″ x 10″. Raymond Queneau contributes “J’appelle un chat un chat,” Charles Estienne writes “Hirshfield ou la Decoration du Reve,” Henri-Pierre Roche pens “Morris Hirshfield,” and then lots of other notes and newsy items about other artists including Marc Chagall. Published with the three original lithographs, one from 1941, of four women’s shoes, one on the cover of a Sinhalese elephant, magnificently costumed, from 1943, another being double-page and in glorious color from 1942. The final page denotes 32 different expositions of his work from 1939 to 1946, all held in the Sidney Janis Gallery.
Derriere Le Miroir, No. 192, published by Maeght Editeur, Paris, France, in Juin 1971, and dedicated to the work of Saul Steinberg. Sponsored and supported by the gallery of Betty Parsons for the exposition held at the Sidney Janis Gallery. Geoffrey Clements deserves the photography credits. Jacques Dupin pens “Steinberg 1971,” Philip Adams then translating that into the English. Softcover in portfolio format, with 24 pp. including the illustrated covers depicting what appears to be a kind of “first contact” between Puritans and Native Americans, quite arresting if one looks closely. Each leaf, each signature, laid in loosely, as issued. One double-page lithograph and then three full-color reproductions thereof also in double-page. French language text. Light shelf wear to edges of cover. Overall, about Fine condition.
Derriere Le Miroir, No. 241, devoted equally to Richard Lindner and Saul Steinberg, formatted unusually in portfolio softcover but with the 34 pp., including the illustrated, colorful wraps, devoted equally to Lindner’s work and then in reverse image, upside-down, back to front, that of Saul Steinberg, and with a list of expositions provided for both artists. Published in Paris, France, by Maeght Editeur, Octobre 1980. Near Fine condition, and drawn from an exhibition sponsored by Maeght Editeur at their gallery. Text in French and English. Two dozen reproductions and eleven in full color. Eugene Ionesco contributes the essay in English, “Saul Steinberg, Richard Lindner,” on Steinberg’s side, and then it’s rendered in French when devoted to Lindner’s half.
Derriere Le Miroir, No. 236, published by Maeght Editeur, Paris, France, 1979, devoted to the work of Edward Kienholz, 24 pp., with a serigraphie to covers, full silver on rear panel, silver likeness of the back of a speaker/heater cabinet, “Kienholz Volksempfangers,” in reverse image, and adjacent to it sits a radio/speaker, with the swastika and Third Reich logo at front knob thereof. Original publisher’s illustrated wrappers, the remainder being laid in. Near Fine condition, with only the slightest of edgewear. French language texts, with a piece by Jean Pierre Faye, “Edward Kienholz Volksempfangers: Kienholz emetteur,” and then an essay in English by Jorn Merkert, “Ed Kienholz and the Language of Objects.” Photography credits go to Claude Gaspari and Michel N’Guyen, and complete with a list of Kienholz’s expositions.
Derriere Le Miroir, No. 127, published in Paris, France by Maeght Editeur in Mai 1961 and dedicated in this issue to the works of Alberto Giacometti, with original texts by Olivier Larroned (“Albert Giacometti Degaine”), Lena LeClerq (“Jamais D’Espaces Imaginaires”) and “Pages de Journal” by Isaku Yanaihara (translated from the Japanese). 32 pp., illustrated wraps (in black-and-white), and with over a. Maight Editeur.
21. John James Audubon; Ben Forkner, ed., The John James Audubon Portfolio: A Selection of the Original Drawings and Watercolors Used in the Making of Birds of America; Accompanied by a Choice of Audubon’s Writings
Item Price: $295
Item Description: An absolutely stellar condition set of drawings, housed in a case also in Fine condition marred only by bumping to upper tip at spine and light sunning along edges, edited and with an Introduction by Ben Forkner.
Published by Edition de la Main Fleurie, Pascal Jeanjean, Editeur, Paris, France, 2004.
Limited Edition, being Number 1681 of 2500 copies. Original publisher?s hinged cloth box with 48 loose leaves featuring beautiful, full-page color illustrations of different birds. 15 ½” x 12 ½” x 4″.
244 loose pages, complete. Box and leaves are clean and intact. Reprinted correspondence from Audubon included. Excerpt from the Acknowledgments by publisher Pascal Jeanjean: “From the beginning, my aims in this enterprise were clear and ambitious. I wanted first and foremost to do justice to the full artistic genius of Audubon, going back to his initial efforts, and youthful experiments, and on through the complete masterings of his art in his middle and later years. Thus I begin with several of his drawings recently discovered in the cellars of the Natural History Museum in La Rochelle, demonstrating the enormous strides Audubon made very quickly in his career, and go on to include a number of his mature works from the great collection of the New York Historical Society.” At the Colophon is noted: “This edition of The John James Audubon Portfolio set in Berkeley, size 14, on “Main Fleurie” paper, 200 g/m^2, was printed by “Blanchard Printing,” Plessis Robinson, France, for the illustrations, and by “Impresor,” Brussels, Belgium, for the text, in October 2004. 2500 copies were printed as follows: 35 copies, accompanied by a suite of the illustrations on hand-manufactured pure rag paper and printed with the carbon process, are numbered 1 to 35, 200 copies, accompanied by a suite of the illustrations on Japan “Echizen Torinoko” paper, are numbered 36 to 235, 2265 copies, accompanied by a suite of illustrations on “Main Fleurie” paper, 300 g/m^2, are numbered 236 to 2500.”
22. A lot of 22 Sinclair Lewis novels
Item Price: $295
Item Description: 22 Sinclair Lewis-related titles, collated by means of Stephen R. Pastore, __Sinclair Lewis: a descriptive bibliography__. Fuller details available by request.
1) Our Mr. Wrenn: the romantic adventures of a gentle man (Leipzig, Germany: Bernhard Tauchnitz, 1923), Very Good hardcover, blind-stamped Tauchnitz logo in relief to front cover, [1-9], 286 pp.;
2) The Trail of the Hawk: a comedy of the seriousness of life (New York: Harper & Brothers, 1915), First Edition hardcover copy in Good condition, with previous owner?s inscription, bumping to spine head and foot, dust soiling, forward cock to spine, tri-tone color reproduction of a very early Norman P. Rockwell painting at frontis, tissue-guarded. [i-ii], frontis in color, [ii-viii], 3-408, [409-10] pp.;
3) The Job: an American novel (New York: Harper & Brothers, 1917), First Edition, Very Good condition hardcover copy, rubbed gilt lettering to spine, bumped at head and foot, [i-x], 3-326 [327-8]  pp.;
4) Main Street (Norwalk Connecticut: The Easton Press, 1965), Fine condition copy of an early Easton Press-published volume, genuine full brown leather, special introduction, duo-tone illustrations by Grant Wood. [vi], vi-xvii], , 1-367 pp.;
5) The Jayhawker: a play (Garden City, New York: Doubleday, Doran & Company, 1935). First Edition hardcover copy in Very Good condition, ink stain to front pastedown and endpaper, sunning to top cover edge front and back, bumping to spine head and foot, Mylar-protected dust jacket, drawings by Paul Galdone. [i-iv], v-vii, [viii], ix-xv, [xvi], xvii, [xviii, xix-xx, [xxi-xxii], 3-163,  pp.;
6) Arrowsmith (New York: Grosset & Dunlap, 1925). Reprint hardcover in Very Good condition, Very Good condition dust jacket, the eventual Pulitzer Prize winner. [i-vi], 1-448, [449-50] pp.;
7) Gideon Planish (New York: Random House, 1943). Very Good condition First Edition hardcover copy, Fair condition Mylar-protected dust jacket. [i-viii], 3-438, [439-40] pp.;
8) Ann Vickers (Garden City, New York: Doubleday, Doran & Company, 1933), Very Good condition hardcover copy in First Edition, clean, tight, unmarked copy, half-toning inside rear flap and endpaper, minor bumping and rubbing to head and foot, else in excellent shape. Good condition Mylar-protected dust jacket [i-xii], 1-562, [563-4] pp.;
9) Ann Vickers (Garden City, New York: Doubleday, Doran & Company, 1933). Good condition hardcover copy, structurally sound but with cracking to rear pastedown, previous owner?s penned inscription, near cracking to second front endpaper, at half title, mismatched dust jacket from Grosset & Dunlap in Fair condition. [i-xii], 1-562, [563-4] pp.;
10) Cass Timberlane: a novel of husbands and wives (New York: Random House, 1945), First Edition hardcover in Good condition, slight forward cock to spine, Fair condition dust jacket, chipped, tape-repaired, protected by Mylar. [i-x], 1-389,  pp.;
11) The Prodigal Parents: the revolt of the parents against the revolt of the youth (Garden City, New York: Doubleday, Doran & Company, 1938), Very Good condition, First Edition copy in hardcover. Very Good, intact, machine-not price-clipped, dust jacket protected in Mylar. [i-viii], , – 301, [302-04] pp.;
12) Bethel Merriday: a novel of the young girl on the stage (Garden City, New York: Doubleday, Doran & Company, 1940), Very Good condition hardcover, toning to front and back pastedowns and endpapers, bookplate with accompanying waffling, Very Good Mylar-protected dust jacket, First edition, [i-vi], vii-viii, [ix-x], 1-390 pp.;
13) The God-seeker (New York: Random House, 1949), First Edition, stated First Printing, Very Good condition hardcover, previous owner’s bookplate, and bumping to head, Very Good Mylar-protected illustrated dust jacket. [i ? x], 1-422, [423-4] pp.;
14) Stephen R. Pastore, Sinclair Lewis: a descriptive bibliography (Newhaven, Connecticut, 1997), stated First Edition hardcover, blue cloth boards with gilt title to spine, sharp and distinct. [i-x], 11-339 pp. + black-and-white photographs of Lewis titles + appendix.;
15) John J. Koblas, Sinclair Lewis: Home at Last (Voyageur Press, 1981), signed and inscribed hardcover in Near Fine condition, Good condition, Near Fine dust jacket protected in Mylar. [i-vi], vii-xxiii, [xiv], xv-xxi], 1-151 pp. including notes;
16) Sinclair Lewis, Minnesota Diary, 1942-46, George Killough, ed. (Moscow, Idaho: University of Idaho, 2000), As New condition hardcover copy, in a like dust jacket, protected by Mylar, in First Edition state. [i-viii] ix-xi [xii-xiv] 1-293 pp.;
17) Vincent Sheean, Dorothy and Red (Boston, Massachusetts: Houghton Mifflin, 1963), a Near Fine condition hardcover copy, SIGNED by the author at first free endpaper, Good condition dust jacket. Illustrated with 26 fine black-and-white photographs of Dorothy and Red. [i-xi], xii [xiv-xv] 1-363 pp. including appendix and index;
18) Sinclair Lewis, Selected Short Stories of Sinclair Lewis (New York: The Literary Guild, 1935), a Very Good condition, stated First Edition hardcover copy, stamped decoration to front cover and spine, Introduction by the author followed by 14 short stories. Good condition dust jacket, Mylar-protected; only 3,308 copies sold in the first printing in dust wrapper. [i-viii] ix-x [xi-xii], 1-426 pp.;
19) Sinclair Lewis, Lewis at Zenith: a three-novel omnibus ? Main Street, Babbitt, Arrowsmith (New York: Harcourt, Brace & World, 1961), Very Good hardcover copy of the Book Club Edition, bound simply in black cloth with indigo lettering to spine, top-stained in teal, Very Good condition dust jacket, protected in a Gaylord sleeve, [i-vii], viii-xii, [xiii-xiv], [1-3], 4-914 pp.;
20) Mark Shorer, Sinclair Lewis: an American Life (New York: McGraw-Hill Book Company, 1961). Nice looking, structurally sound hardcover copy of a stated First Edition, sans dust jacket, two-tone blue cloth over boards, darker blue cloth-backed, silver and blue lettering to spine, rubbed, but with sharper and more. Condition: Very Good.
21) Richard Lingeman, Sinclair Lewis: rebel from Main Street (New York: Random House, 2002). Stated First Edition with “2” in number line, as per Random House practice, quite handsomely produced, Fine condition inside and out, in a like dust jacket, protected in Brodart. [i-xi], xii-xv, [xvi-xix], xx-xxiii, [xxiv-xvii], [1-3], 4-659 pp.;
22) Claude B. Lewis, John J. Koblas and Dave Page, eds., Sinclair Lewis & Mantrap: the Saskatchewan trip (Madison, Wisconsin: Main Street Press, 1985). FLAT-SIGNED by the senior editor, John J. Koblas, staple-bound, softcover, Near Fine condition, replete with black-and-white photographs and illustrations. Bibliography and notes. [i-vii], xiii-xxiv], [xxv-xxvi], 1-143 pp.
23. Fred Sigenthaler, Saa Paper of Thailand
Item Price: $225
Item Description: Published by Paper Art (1996) of Muttenz, Switzerland. A lovely copy of a precious item, authored by Fred Siegenthaler, scarce in the trade, there being only one additional copy, being a Fine condition copy in oblong softcover format, 7″ x 9″ x 1″, featuring stab-binding to spine, with textured, hand-made paper wraps, folded over stiff card stock, printed title and author thereto, with textured, handmade paper endpapers, thin and beautiful, and with a fascinating text and sample of Saa papers of Thailand.
SIGNED by the author and paper-maker at Page of Limitation, this being copy #116 of 150 copies of this “Normal Edition.” Remaining leaves are folded over, vertically, and bound in.
The anatomy and physiology of the Saa tree and learned disquisitions on all of the fibre-dying aids, forming aids, manufacturing methods, and the like. Chapters devoted to the botanics and anatomy of the Saa tree, how bark is obtained, how the fibres are cooked, how the bast is bleached, how bark is bleached and bast fibres are, how paper stock is prepared, dyed, and then how paper is made from the hand-dipped process, manufacture of machine-made papers, and then very interesting, photo illustrated sections given over to particular paper-makers, from the Photis, to the Idin Paper Mill of Mr. Supan Promsen, to the Kuang Tai Special Paper Col, and the Royal Craft and Classic Crafts Corporation. Several score brilliant illustrations in both black-and-white and full-color, providing a step-by-step primer on paper-making, from tree-felling to sewing of signatures. At the end, Siegenthaler notes that “one single Saa tree may bear more than 30 different shapes of leaves.”
24. Raymond Cogniat and George Waldemar, Oeuvre Complete de Roger de la Fresnaye
Item Price: $225
Item Description: Published by Editions Rivarol (1950), A beautiful, doubly signed, presentation copy, signed by Cogniat and George at first free endpaper, in two different colors of ink, but both inscribing it warmly to Maurice Noel in tortured French that is virtually illegible, but clearly thanking him for his varied assistance. Limited edition.
This is one of but 20 copies. Gate-fold wraps with a color illustration on the front cover. Sturdy, still tightly bound softcover copy, moderate wear of covers including slight split to spine bottom joints no greater than half an inch, light scuffing to and ever so slight tear to upper spine rear joint. Neither underlining nor highlighting. Perfectly readable, usable copy.
Errata note laid in at front. (1)-45 + 33 unpaginated plates. Plates are printed in black and white except for three which are tipped in and in full color. A dozen full-color plates laid loosely inside a packet inserted into a wing-folder affixed inside rear flap. Four of them are tipped in. The prints reproduce the original signed, numbered states but are not newly so. Pages and covers are very clean and intact. Binding is tight. Unexploded top edges.
From the personal library of Mr. Richard L. Press, formerly of Richard L. Press Fine Art Books of Sacramento, California, a man known fully to have had exquisite taste in art books, to have bought from the best, and to have curated his collection with mostly only stellar condition volumes.
25. The Supreme Moslem Council , A Brief Guide to Al-Haram Al-Sharif, Jerusalem
Item Price: $225
Item Description: Published for The Supreme Moslem Council, by the Moslem Orphanage Press (1930). A Near Fine condition copy of a thin booklet with gray paper covers, and black etxt covers; bound with two staples with price change over-stamp. Without the two-hole punch of usually found copies. Back cover has the top left corner removed at the perforation. A nice-looking copy with minor tone and corner wear; names and numbers written on the back cover. 9 pp., and illustrated.
Known today as the center of conflict between religions and politics, this booklet harkens from a gentler era. One in which a tourist could explore this sacred area freely, with a strongly worded expectation of “due regard to (respecting) its sanctity.”
The Temple Mount, known in Arabic as al-Haram al-Sharif (The Noble Sanctuary), and in Hebrew as Har ha’Bayit (The Mount of the House/Temple), is one of the most important religious sites in the world, to Muslims, Jews and Christians. Several black-and-white photographs (of poor quality, taken by the American Colony there) of The Temple of the Mount. No smoking is allowed, no dogs are allowed. Inserted atop thick card stock, inserted into a plastic sleeve.
26. Mario A., Sachiko Hara and Masahiko Shimada, ma poupée japonaise
Item Price: $225
Item Description: Published by Ronsosha / konkursbuch, for Claudia Gehrke (2001). One of the most disturbing, thoughtful, arresting and provocative works of photography (and narrative) as I’ve ever seen (and read).
It is in stellar condition and is SIGNED by the author and artist at title page, inscribed, “For Cathy, with Great Pleasure! Mario A. Berlin-Tokyo 2001.”
Oblong format, pictorial hardcover of an inanimate female puppet (or is she?). Provoked by a story that is told in narrative in both English and Japanese at book’s close, involving Ma Poupee Japonaise in the character of Sachiko Hara, and with Masahiko Shimada standing in as the woman-puppet’s fictive father, it follows the animation / death / reanimation of a drowned 17-year-old girl, her grieving father, and her creation as a living doll of sorts in a department store, one that is reanimated in both the interlocutor’s voice and through the lens of the masterful photographer, Ambrosius Mario.
Not for the timid.
Brilliant of production, printed on heavy card stock, with several score black-and-white images, text in Japanese and English at rear. Laid in also are the original tariff tickets. Additional postage may be required for oversize or especially heavy volumes, and for sets. Ronsosha / konkursbuch, for Claudia Gehrke, 2001. As New condition, in First Edition state.
27. Robert J. Godet, Le Judo de L’esprit
Item Price: $195
Item Description: Published by Robert J. Godet (1964), printed by E. Durand, Paris, in nearly As New condition and First Edition state. Special Limited Edition, this being #228. Quarto format, unpaginated, but folio sheets folded twice, laid in loosely to an illustrated, twice-folded, three-panel wrap, in red, black and white, illustrated quite strikingly. Loose folders are then housed in a simple, but elegant-looking slipcase, red cloth over boards, in about Fine condition.
This original edition printed on pure Johannot yarn. Nearly a dozen aeronautical illustrations in different formats by Georges Mathieu in black pen on coated, glossy paper. The Table of Contents shows seven sections, each devoted to a different facet of spiritual existence through sport (specifically judo). Quite uncommon, especially in this state.
28. Samuel Roth, Patrick Kavanagh, and Peter Kavanagh, eds., American Aphrodite: a quarterly for the fancy-free, a lot of nine issues
Item Price: $195
Item Description: Sterling condition set of nine (9) hardcover copies from the personal library of the folklorist and erotophile Gershon Legman, with unbruised tips, tight bindings, and clean internals, showing only very slight shelf- and edge-wear; not ex-library, with neither underlining nor highlighting anywhere. Bright and shiny dust jackets, illustrated, showing only very minor wear, not price-clipped.
The set comprises the entire first Volume (One), comprising Numbers One, Two, Three and Four, of the influential publication, American Aphrodite: a quarterly for the fancy-free, edited by Samuel Roth (he, of Two Worlds fame from 1925 and of the infamy of the publication of Joyce’s Dubliners outside the normal bounds) and also by Patrick and Peter Kavanagh.
Published in New York on the 15th of March, June, September and December for a number of years, American Aphrodite placed in the hands of literate Americans the works of a number of artists, poets, and writers, then dead or alive, including sculptors and painters, raconteurs and novelists, publishers and editors, physicians and nurses, lactation consultants and public health practitioners.
Among many, many others were published men such as John Cleland, Samuel Roth, Gershon Legman, Cheikh Nefaoui, Sir Richard Burton, T.E. Lawrence, August Strindberg, and Frank Harris, and artists such as Matisse, Beardsley, Ward and Renoir.
Yes, they are manly volumes for manly, mostly straight men of the time, ripe for critique and discussion, comparison and evaluation. They are incomparably important for understanding of mid-last century sexual mores and aesthetic codes. They also present quite frankly, a number of pressing social and medical ills of the day, including STDs and the scourge of brothel prostitution including that engaged in by WWII soldiers, American included, including the exploitation of not just women and young women, but of girls. Many images published therein are difficult to look at.
Each volume is octavo in format, bound in textured cloth boards of various colors, with titles stamped in color to both covers and spines, and with the recognizable house-organ logo of two nekkid ladies at bottom-right of front cover. Dust soiling to some but not all top edges, some minor toning to frontis matter here and there, light foxing, ditto, else and withal, clean and unmarked of interiors. Dust jackets are present in each case and covered by paper-backed Brodart. Each hardcover copy is in condition no worse than Very Good, and some are in Near Fine condition. Dust jackets show a bit of wear and tear along edges and extremities, else easily Very Good. There are five additional copies added to the lot, and each one is important in its own right for its contents. Volume Two, Numbers Five, Six, Seven, Eight and Nine.
29. Natalie Curtis, Songs and Tales From the Dark Continent
Item Price: $195
Item Description: Published by G. Schirmer, New York (1920). The title continues: “Recorded from the Singing and the Sayings of C. Kamba Simango, Ndau Tribe, Portuguese East Africa and Madicane Cele, Zulu Tribe, Natal, Zululand, South Africa.”
A fetching collection of African songs, music, myths and folktales from both then Portuguese East Africa and the Natal, South Africa, with careful transcriptions and even “Western” musical notation.
Frankly racist and matronizing in tone and assumption, though by a “well-intended” author, obviously. The lingua franca appears to have been Bantu. Sturdy, attractive, tightly bound, internally clean hardcover copy, with unbruised tips, neat and tidy paste-downs; not ex-library, with neither highlighting nor underlining. Bound handsomely in light brown cloth, with extensive black lettering of and illustration to cover and spine that mimic African textile patterns.
xxv , 170 pp.
Includes black-and-white photographs of the contributors, of crafts, lifeways and textiles.
This copy is inscribed by the author, “Mr. M. de Zayas, As a souvenir of our mutual interest in the art of the Black Race, and with the sincere regards of Natalie Curtis, Christmas, 1920.”
The author was the wife of the somewhat then important painter Paul Burlin. His surname, not hers, graces the spine at bottom, and with nine duotone illustrations of photograph.
A Britannica entry about her describes her as an American ethnomusicologist and who passed away at a very young age just slightly after this book was published. Born in 1875 in Brooklyn, she attended the National Conservatory of Music and studied piano and classical music in Berlin, Paris, Bonn, and Bayreuth. Theodore Roosevelt was a family friend. She brought a phonograph and pencil and paper to visit the camps and villages of the Zuni, Hopi, and other Native Americans and published several such books such as Songs of Ancient America and The Indians? Book. At home she organized the Music School Settlement for Colored People in New York and helped to arrange the first concert of African-American music by African-American performers at Carnegie Hall in March of 1914. While in Paris with her husband in 1921, Curtis was killed by an automobile.
30. Elisha Kent Kane, Arctic Explorations: The Second Grinnell Expedition in Search of Sir John Franklin, 1853, ’54, ’55
Item Price: $225
Item Description: Published by Childs & Peterson of Philadelphia (1857), a two-volume set, complete, but with two different title pages for each volume, the first saying 1856 and the other, 1857, as the dates of publication, thus not likely to be a First Edition.
Bound in brown cloth boards, blind-stamped titles and illustrations to covers and spines, bumping to spine heads and feet, scuffing to tips, extremities, previous owner’s ink-stamps to endpapers of both volumes, torn endpaper to Volume II, some light dust soiling to top edges of both volumes, some light soiling to and smudging of endpapers of both volumes, and with forward cock to both spines.
Else and withal, still sturdily bound, clean and bright of interior, and they stand up proudly by themselves and look most handsome on the shelf. Engraved vignettes, tissue-guarded, including a fine engraved portrait of the author at frontis of Volume I, after an engraving by Whitechurch after a daguerrotype by Brady, and then of Henry Grinnell at frontis of Volume II, also after a daguerrotype by Brady and engraved by F. Halpin. The engraved vignette at title page of Volume II by J. McGoffin after an illustration by J. Hamilton, of a ship being tossed about, is just exquisite.
Volume I is , 5-464 pp.; Volume II is , 3-467 pp. in length.
Eighteen engraved plates after J. Hamilton, two maps, one of which is folding, one being “Chart Exhibiting the Discoveries of the Second American Expedition in Search of Sir John Franklin,” the other, being “Folding isothermal chart of Baffin Bay.”
Bound in publisher’s original olive-drab cloth with blocked centerpiece vignette within elaborate blind-stamped borders. Gilt letterings to spines, still moderately sharp and distinct. Even had the Erebus and Terror not gone missing, the Sir John Franklin-led expedition to find a suitable Northwest Passage was a monument of 19th-century navigation.
The fine steel engravings depict the Arctic with no little wonder. The author, Alisha Kent Kane, was the Commander of the Advance on this Second Grinnell expedition and was a Chief Surgeon for the U.S. Navy. It is a rip-roaring yarn indeed.