In their broadest sense, the book arts are at the core of our inventory. To be sure, the category encompasses the specialties that you see on our homepage, such as Fine Printing, Fine Binding, and Illustrated Books. However, it also includes such things as writing books and calligraphy, fore-edge paintings, books on papermaking, and leaf books.
Read more about one of the book arts, Fore-edge Painting
Springfield, OH: Crowell Publishing Co., 1922.
Quarto. 42pp. The Mentor, Vol. 12, No. 4, containing the essay "A Maker of One-Man Books" by Dard Hunter. Illustrated throughout in color and black & white. Original pictorial wrappers detached but present, water stain at spine of rear wrapper, edges chipped, wrappers lightly soiled, still a good copy. ... more
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London: Alexander Gardner, 1887.
Oblong quarto. 34pp., + 18ff. plates showning elaborate examples of calligraphy by the 17th-century calligrapher Edward Cocker. Provides a history of calligraphy, with a focus on Cocker's work. Corners slightly bumped and cover shows some light soiling, front hinge starting, first signature slightly loose, first front endpaper has a small... more
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New York: Con-Ker Fine Art, 1985.
One of 250 pieces. A stunning Art Deco-style hand mirror designed by Erté and cast using the lost wax technique at the Joel Meisner & Co. Foundry. Erté, whose fashion images adorned the pages of Harper's Bazaar from 1932 to 1937, was one of the most prominent French illustrators of... more
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A single woodcut by Eric Gill featuring the well known account in the New Testament in which Christ throws the money changers out of the temple. Latin text at the bottom describes the scene, saying that Jesus entered the temple of God and cast out all those who sold and... more
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A single woodcut measuring 7 7/8 by 5 3/16 inches, originally designed by Eric Gill for use on a poster. The design shows an adoring Virgin holding the baby Jesus close to her bosom as he gazes back at her. Each figure is haloed and has expressive eyes, but neither... more
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Print measuring 20 by 17 inches. One of 50 copies. A delicate eight-pointed star radiates light, in shades of blue and tan. Signed by the artist. A renowned Welsh book artist, Jones has dedicated herself to the art of printing both words and images. With a blue mat, measuring 26... more
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Print measuring 20 by 17 inches. One of 50 copies. A luminous print in green and violet of a hyacinth, signed by the artist. The flower blooms against layers of overlapping leaves, which lighten into transparency as they extend upwards. A renowned Welsh book artist, Jones has dedicated herself to... more
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Print measuring 20 by 17 inches. One of 50 copies. A bold color aquatint in brown, yellow, and tan, signed by the artist. This slightly abstracted sunflower is subtly shaded and textured. The flower's head is cradled within two outstretched leaves. A renowned Welsh book artist, Jones has dedicated herself... more
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(Boston: Godine Press, c. 1970).
Framed etching measuring 11 by 8 inches. One of an unknown number of copies; the edition was probably no greater than 200. An image of an early flying machine crashed and abandoned in a field of clover, printed in green with a caption printed in orange. A black border frames... more
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(New Bedford, MA): (1862, 1863).
Octavo. (120)pp. Twenty pages of this ledger contain hand-written notes for the whaling bark Morning Star from New Bedford during an Atlantic voyage from August, 1862 to April, 1863; the remaining pages are blank. "Slops" is a naval term referring to a sailor's outfit and items of equipment, and the... more
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(N.p.: c. 1860).
Octavo. Single-sheet valentine. This "cobweb"-style valentine was so-named for its intricate lacework and circular central device, which, in this instance, is decorated with flowers. This circular element pulls out, creating a delicate, detailed peep show labeled, "Road to Happiness," which depicts two lovers sitting on a bench in a garden... more
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(Chelsea): Ashendene Press, (1903).
Complete set of eleven woodblocks by Charles Keates used to print the illustrations in this edition. The blocks vary in size, the largest being 3 9/16 inches by 4 1/2 inches from the frontispiece, depicting the angler about to grab his fish with the city wall not far from the... more
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London: Vale Press, (1890s).
Group of ephemera printed at the Vale Press between 1896 and 1903 containing twenty-two order forms, seven book lists, and four notices, two of which are duplicates. Three of the order forms are printed in red and black, and many of the pieces contain decorative woodcut elements. Light foxing and... more
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Snyder, Lorain R. "Doc"
Four octavo volumes. Standard issue blank books printed by the Government Printing Office that were owned by Lorain R. Snyder, who served as a Gunner's Mate aboard the U.S.S. Richmond from 1941 to 1943. The first two volumes contain Snyder's notes and assignments on such matters as wrecking mines, depth... more
Price: $10,000.00more info
Poestenkill, NY: Kaldewey Press, 1998.
Quarto. 28pp., frenchfold. One of forty copies. Signed by the author/artist, Gunnar Kaldewey. This book is inspired by the notion of "nature as art." The first text page poetically states: "Books are like gardens that one can carry/around; gardens are like books that one can/experience, promenade through or get lost..."... more
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A matted and framed watercolor painting on paper, measuring approximately 21 1/2 by 15 1/2 inches, signed and dated by the artist, J. Rendle. The painting is of three different flowers: one large red hibiscus; an imperial crown and its seed pods; and two lianne, a French variety of violet.... more
Price: $550.00more info