Marcham, Oxford: Alembic Press, 1995-1997.
Six volumes, each (28)pp. One of 100 numbered copies. Titles include: Old Style Italic Type Designers, Playbill Type Faces, Round Serif Typefounders, Sans Condensed Typographic Words, Winchester Type Casting, and Sans Bold Italic Parts of the Press. Each little book highlights a different type face, featuring associated words with the... more
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(Oxford): Hanborough Parrot, 1990.
Quarto. 45, (3)pp. From an edition of 170, this is one of twenty-five copies hand-colored by Sylvia Stokeld and signed by the author. The colophon states that 85 copies were to be Pochoir colored, but in a letter to noted Irish collector Alan Clodd laid in, the publisher, Dennis Hall,... more
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Octavo. (26)ff. A manuscript alphabet book of calligraphic paintings, signed by the artist. Includes title page, twenty-four letters, and "Fin." A renowned nineteenth-century Swiss calligrapher and miniature-painter, Midolle executed his alphabets in the gothic style of lettering to resemble the text of a medieval manuscript, and often decorated his work... more
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(Paris: Eric Lefebvre, 1990).
(64)ff., frenchfold. One of 26 lettered copies, signed by the artist. Each letter is illustrated with two pages of etchings by Righi: one bearing an abstract shape, and another with decorative, hand-etched text. An alphabet book in French, featuring comically nonsensical definitions of words that begin with each letter. Printed... more
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Stuttgart: Julius Hoffmann, (1908).
Oblong folio. 25pp. + 50ff. loose plates, one of which is in full color. One of 400 numbered copies. This guide to Austrian printed ephemera is illustrated throughout with black-and-white reproductions of valentines, greeting cards, paper games and dolls, and more. The extra plates show examples of ephemera produced by... more
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Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1912.
Quarto. x, 60, (2)pp. First edition. One of 350 numbered copies. Illustrated with eight full-page color plates, protected with tissue guards, and twelve half-tone drawings by Milo Winter. This is the first book by Winter, who went on to illustrate popular editions of such works as Gulliver's Travels, Arabian Nights,... more
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Edwards of Halifax
Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1783.
12mo. 282ff. Bound by Edwards of Halifax in full vellum with a gilt pentaglyph and metope roll border on a blue wash background. Both covers ornamented with gilt wavy broken line and sprig roll borders on a blue wash background, enclosing a gilt roll with the leaf spray initials "MLC"... more
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NY: Gotham Book Mart, 1973.
One of 100 deluxe copies, signed by the artist and specially bound. A Gorey favorite, with fifty numbered cats, pictured in color, and posed in various settings and manners. Cat number thirty-one wears a striped scarf, standing on the seat of a unicycle with arms crossed. The original drawings of... more
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New Haven: S. Babcock, (c. 1840-1842).
48mo. chapbook. 16pp. Illustrated with an engraving on the title page, a frontispiece of three children sharing a book, and four full-page engravings depicting scenes from the stories. A collection of stories teaching lessons such as kindness to animals, and the virtues of honesty. Fine in blue printed wrappers, with... more
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NY: Ballantine Books, (1953).
First edition. One of Clarke's most famous novels, and considered by many to be one of his best. A Golden Age tale about the evolution of the human race and its joining the other advanced races of the galaxy. Ranked number 9 on Pringle's list of the 100 best science... more
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London: Fuller, S. & J., 1814.
32mo. 24pp. First edition. The beloved fairy tale is retold in rhyming quatrains and illustrated with seven hand-colored costumes for the heroine, which include four detachable hats. Cinderella's head can be moved from one costume to the next, in sequence with the story, completing the paper doll figure. In the... more
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NY: Solomon King, (c. 1830).
64mo. 8pp. Chapbook with six woodcuts, uncolored. A little tale of a girl who was good until the age of seven, becoming ill-natured thereafter, and the story of her reform. In yellow, printed wrappers with an additional woodcut on the front cover. Slightest soiling to wrappers, else a very fine... more
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Octavo. (16)pp. An extraordinary illuminated manuscript on vellum calligraphed by Peter Moser. The text, in black, is adorned with red and blue illuminated initials and delicate tendrils in blue that create a border on the left margin of each page. On the title page, the title is gilt on top... more
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Kleukens, F. W.
Darmstadt: Ratio-Presse, 1920.
Small square quarto. (52)pp. One of 110 copies, signed by the author/illustrator, Friedrich Wilhelm Kleukens. A beautiful German alphabet book, printed entirely by lithography. Each letter is shown both in Fraktur and Roman types, one on each page, and is illustrated with vibrant hand-colored birds whose names begin with the... more
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London: De La Rue & Co., (1894).
70pp. Printed in blue and red. This miniature almanac and memo book includes all of the usual holidays, and also notes the last day to pay fire insurance. A table in the front includes practical information, such as the university terms for Oxford and Cambridge and postage rates. The case... more
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King, Jessie M.
London & NY: John Lane, 1904.
Octavo. 310pp. First edition thus. With lovely illustrations throughout by Jessie M. King in black & white, including numerous head- and tailpieces, as well as twenty-four full-page plates. The Scottish illustrator studied at the Glasgow School of Art, which became known as the center of the "Glasgow Style," Scotland's Art... more
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NY: Random House, (1942).
Octavo. First edition, first binding state. A collection of seven stories, one of which appears here for the first time, and the other six containing revisions from their previous appearances. These stories were intended to form a complete novel, and in later printings, "and Other Stories" is omitted from the... more
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London: Cresset Press, 1930.
Two quarto volumes. One of 195 copies on handmade paper. With twelve hand-colored copper-engraved illustrations by Rex Whistler and many engraved head- and tailpieces. In original green morocco and vellum-over-boards by the Wood bindery. Spines show slight toning and a few small snags at the top of both volumes and... more
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New Haven: Sidney's Press, 1807.
(32)pp. Illustrated with a frontispiece and eight woodcuts framed with decorative borders. A didactic tale demonstrating the importance of being industrious, followed by several riddles and logic problems intended to engage young minds. The text opens and closes with alphabet pages, and the last page bears an advertisement for the... more
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(Denmark): Skandinavisk Bogforlag, (c. 1938).
Quarto. (30)pp. First edition. Illustrated throughout in color and black & white. A Danish guide to the craft of printing with carved potatoes, which also includes examples of stories illustrated with potato prints. Instructions show how to carve the stamps, and how to create characters, scenes, and action by combining... more
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