In the language of images, there are common tongues that speak in words we know—shape, line, color—about what we cannot yet understand. The generation of British artists and illustrators working at the turn of the twentieth century through the interwar period achieved such a mastery. The likes of Arthur and Georgie Gaskin, Edward Burne-Jones, Kate Greenaway, and Paul Nash drew upon the heavy lore and artistic heritage of the British Isles, the hope of the new millennium, and the grief of war after war after war. The romance of their illustrations, from Burne-Jones’s sensitive work for the Kelmscott Chaucer, exemplified in proofed and published leaves presented here, to Gaskin’s familiar countryside vistas and intimate portraits, sends pangs of longing across time to the viewer today. In this catalogue, we invite you to explore the detail and devotion with which they translated the world, and find in it both comfort and fascination.
Fable books representing all the major fabulists from Aesop to La Fontaine, illustrated by such notables as Barlow, Bewick, and Calder, and ranging in size from miniatures to folios.
New acquisitions selected for the 2021 New York Antiquarian Book Fair, including books printed on vellum, unique designer bindings, and highspots in miniature books.
In the spirit of the indelibility of pictures on the human imagination, we present a selection of books that tell their stories through illustrations. The confluence of a couple of recently purchased small collections has presented us with the opportunity to not only offer a fine group of fantasy illustration, but also several choice Gorey bits, as well as a variety of children’s books illustrated with media ranging from woodcuts to chromolithography.
A recently-purchased collection presented us with the opportunity to re-examine and reassess books we have in stock and put together the following list of literary first editions. It is said that everything old is new again; may this literary excursion yield a previously undiscovered pathway of your own.
The second of two lists containing works by Heavenly Monkey, we invite you to visit with the company Rollin Milroy has kept over the past decade.