Things are finally blooming here in Boston, and to celebrate, we are offering the first in a series of short lists containing an eclectic selection of moderately-priced books across our subject specialties.
There is something undeniably magical about opening a book with elements that move or change thanks to clever paper engineering. With that in mind, we present the following fine selection of recently acquired movable and pop-up books with a pleasure bordering on that of a child receiving one of these as a gift. Featured in this e-catalogue are books, toys, and cards produced between the 19th and 21st centuries by notable publishers and paper engineers, such as Dean & Son, A. Capendu, and Vojtech Kubasta.
Explore our e-catalogue of Gorey material, including a wide range of Gorey’s primary works, in addition to many works he illustrated for others. Here can also be found an array of etchings, prints, and posters. And what Gorey collection would not be complete without bean bag toys—the fabric embodiment of the artist’s playful, erudite imagination.
Visit us in Booth E33 at the 2018 New York Antiquarian Book Fair to view fresh material in our specialty areas, including beautifully printed private press books, rare children’s books and optical toys, miniature books, and an excellent selection of works by Edward Gorey. We will also have works of science fiction from our recent Catalogue 147.
A product of the intersection of scholarship, fine printing, and connoisseurship, the leaf book has become, in many cases, the de facto means of accessing certain incunabula. Take, for example, the book produced by the Caxton Club in 1905 to honor its namesake, with a leaf from an incomplete copy of William Caxton's 1477 edition of The Canterbury Tales. The only complete copy to come up for sale in the last twenty-five years was in 1998; it contained leaves supplied from other copies, and the last text leaf was a facsimile. Nevertheless, it sold for $4.2 million. Likewise with a more recent book containing a leaf from the 1462 Fust and Schoeffer Bible, of which the last complete copy sold in 2002 for roughly half a million dollars.
These books not only provide entree into an exclusive strata of collecting, they also advance scholarship on the printers of these works and the society that influenced them. Very often we gain bibliographical insight into these works, as many will include a census of recorded copies. And finally, the books themselves have been produced by some of the best fine presses of the 20th century-Grabhorn Press, Plantin Press, John Henry Nash, and even Arion Press, to name but a few.
Welcome to our first miniature book e-catalogue of 2017. We have been fortunate to acquire a fine array of items, both antiquarian and modern, and across a variety of subject areas. From a group of rare 19th-century children's titles published by S.R. Urbino to A Doll's Primer—Willliam Washburn's smallest book, and from a handful of 20th-century books on various aspects of papermaking to a suite of deluxe Catharijne Press books, there is something here for all tastes and interests.
As gift-giving tends to go hand-in-hand with the holiday season, we have curated a small selection from our inventory that offers a broad subject appeal, including a number of holiday-specific items. We hope you enjoy this list, and as always, we are happy to answer any questions you might have.
During this season of giving thanks, we want to extend our gratitude to all our friends and customers, and wish everyone a happy, peaceful holiday.
With summer in the rearview mirror and the Boston Book Fair visible on the horizon, we wanted to offer a preview of some of the new material we have acquired over the last few months. To this end, we have selected a group of moderately-priced items from recent purchases, including a group of late Limited Editions Club titles, a few fine Perishable Press items, and some interesting private press alphabet books.
In addition, the last nineteen items in this catalogue are press books and broadsides that we have placed on sale at 50% off the list price.