From a purely linguistic perspective, the alphabet offers its user as much or as little as expression warrants. In this e-catalogue, we are hoping to show the rich diversity that can be teased out of this basic building block of language. We are offering everything from an elaborately carved teacher's pointer from the early 19th century, to a stunning illuminated manuscript alphabet by Jean Midolle, the Swiss master of chromolithography. The catalogue runs the gamut from folios to miniatures, along with works on paper. Nor are we limiting this exploration to the Roman alphabet: exemplars of Hebrew and Arabic may be found here as well.
Very timely as we begin this holiday season, we are offering The Night Before Christmas by Tasha Tudor, accompanied by two original watercolors from the book. Also included herein are many titles and variants by Achille J. St. Onge, any of which would make a fine holiday gift for yourself or someone special in your life.
The forty-five items in the e-catalogue include a fine group of titles from David Bryce and from the Austin, Texas-based Amistad Press. Of particular note are two volumes from the Daisy & Dot series, the smallest and rarest of the Aunt Fanny books published by Breed & Lent. This catalogue also features Achille St. Onge's Daniel Webster, with the original mailing envelope and printed holiday greeting addressed to members of the New Hampshire Historical Society from the Director. A small gathering of miniature reference books are also included.
Welcome to our 40th e-catalogue, comprised of a varied, interesting selection of recent acquisitions priced under $2,000. When putting this selection together, we aimed to include books that covered all of our specialty areas, which in a couple of cases, are combined. This grouping also reflects some of our present buying focus: included here are several movables, one of which is by contemporary French artist Philippe Huger. Press books, as always, are well represented and include two illuminated Roycroft Press books and a fine set of the Nonesuch Blake with good provenance and wearing unrecorded dust wrappers. We hope you enjoy our offering and wish all of our customers a fine, relaxing summer.
A book is a very personal object. Scanning a person's shelves, one can learn a lot about a person's tastes, including idiosyncrasies and unusual interests. As a gift, a special book speaks eloquently and intimately to the recipient. We display a small sign in the shop, reading "Rare Books make Fine Gifts, Fine Books make Rare Gifts." Being squarely in the middle of the holiday season, we offer a selection of Fine and Rare Books that might appeal to yourselves or those on your gift list. Please let us know when checking out if your order is a gift that must arrive before a certain date. As always, we thank you for taking the time to peruse our list, and we wish you the happiest of holiday seasons.
There are several American chapbooks to begin this 36th e-catalogue of Illustrated Children's and Fantasy Books. The illustrations of Harry Clarke, Walter Crane, Edmund Dulac, and six Arthur Rackham titles are among those representing British printings. European children's books from Spain, Portugal, France, and Germany are listed. An Australian juvenile book in verse rounds out this international offering. In seeking unusual formats, you will find panoramas and shaped books. A Sendak and a Seuss, of course, complete the entrée of children's delights.
To mark the unofficial start to summer, we are ushering in our favorite season with a select offering of recently acquired books priced under $2,000. This group of over thirty books represents a cross-section of most of our subject specialties, with the exception of children's books, which will be the focus of an upcoming e-catalogue.