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A WONDER BOOK

A WONDER BOOK

(BINDINGS - VAN SWERINGEN). RACKHAM, ARTHUR, Illustrator. HAWTHORNE, NATHANIEL 286 x 222 mm. (11 1/4 x 8 7/8"). viii, 206, [2] pp. MOST ATTRACTIVE CHOCOLATE BROWN CRUSHED MOROCCO, GILT AND ONLAID, BY ELEANORE VAN SWERINGEN (stamp-signed and dated 1928 on rear turn-in), covers bordered by thick and thin gilt rules enclosing an onlaid geometrical frame of blue-green morocco, the corner with tan morocco and gilt anthemiums, center of each side with onlaid blue morocco square with gilt tulip, raised bands, spine compartments with similar gilt and onlaid frame, blue squares with tulips at center, gilt lettering, gilt-ruled turn-ins, pictorial endpapers by Rackham, all edges gilt. Original pictorial gilt binding of white cloth bound in. Housed in a French style calf-lined chemise trimmed with matching brown morocco. With 24 colored plates, 16 of them tipped on, as well as other illustrations in the text, all by Rackham. Front flyleaf with detached bookplate of John Suetierle Taylor, with handwritten ink notation "The Wonder-Book, presented to John on Sunday--the 10th of April, 1932. His ninth birthday." Signed with the monogram E. S. T. Hudson, p. 171; Latimore & Haskell, p. 55. For the binder, see Conroy, "Teaching Genealogies of American Hand Bookbinders" in the Guild of Book Workers Journal (Vol. 28. Nos. 1 & 2. spring/fall 1990), p. 61. ◆Endpapers with offsetting from the morocco flaps of the chemise, otherwise very fine IN A LOVELY, VIRTUALLY PERFECT BINDING. This item is of interest for its binder, author, and illustrator. Our volume was beautifully bound by New York artisan Eleanore Van Sweringen, who studied with a number of prominent binders in the U.S., England, and France. Although best remembered for his novels, Nathaniel Hawthorne published several books of stories for children, including the present work, which ANB tells us was produced in 1851 "to support his growing family." Here, Hawthorne's delightful retelling of Greek myths of Perseus, King Midas, Pandora's Box, Hercules, and Baucis and Philemon is much enlivened by Rackham's charming illustrations. Our copy was bound when Van Sweringen was a member of the Guild of Book Workers, which, according to the group's website, was founded in 1906 "with the goal of nurturing a feeling of kinship and mutual interest among workers in the several hand book crafts." The Guild's Yearbook for 1908-09 and 1909-10 listed Van Sweringen as a member and named F. Boone, Helen Haskell Noyes, and A. Dehertagh as her teachers. Van Sweringen continued her training abroad, adding, in 1912-13, the name of the great Charles McLeish to her instructors and then the French masters Domont, Noulhac, and Maylander in 1923-24. Our binding definitely shows the influence of Henri Noulhac in its design, onlays, and tooling. Van Sweringen became a teacher herself, and her pupils included Ruth S. Bergen, Gertrude Dodsworth, Dorothy Moulton, and Christine Hamilton. Van Sweringen bindings are rarely seen: we could trace just two others in RBH, one of them the substantial and significant five-volume Doves Press English Bible.
  • $6,032
  • $6,032
Sienne

Sienne, Burins originaux de Pierre-Yves Trémois.

TREMOIS Pierre-Yves & SUARES André TREMOIS Pierre-Yves (Paris 1961 – 2020 Saint-Nom-La-Bretèche) & SUARES André Sienne, Burins originaux de Pierre-Yves Trémois. La Société des Francs-Bibliophiles sous la direction de E. Simon & J. Le Désert, 1963. H410xL290mm. In-folio en feuilles, sous chemise. Ouvrage complet de son texte et gravures (27 burins originaux de Pierre-Yves Trémois, dont 8 sur double page et une sur la couverture rigide), conservé dans son étui beige de l’éditeur (couleur imitation bois). Le texte de cet ouvrage est extrait du « Voyage du condottière » d’André Suarès, avec l’autorisation des Editions Stefano Venturini à Sienne. Pierre-Yves Trémois a composé les illustrations à Sienne en 1962 à l’occasion de la Fête du Palio. Exemplaire sur vélin pur chiffon d’Arches, numéroté 20. Bel état de conservation. Pierre-Yves Trémois, né le 8 janvier 1921 à Pariset mort le 16 août 2020 à Saint-Nom-La-Bretèche, est un dessinateur, peintre, graveur et sculpteur français. Il était membre de la section gravure de l’Académie des Beaux-Arts. Il remporte en 1943 le Grand Prix de Rome de peinture, mais choisit de se consacrer aux arts graphiques. Son œuvre est en effet particulièrement vaste : livres d’artistes, tapisserie, sculpture, céramique, joaillerie Mais c’est dans la gravure qu’il s’illustre tout particulièrement. Son œuvre, empreint d’érotisme, est le fruit d’inspirations multiples : religion, mythologie, histoire, sciences, monde animal Surnommé « le fou du trait », il met en place une esthétique pure et incisive, marquée par la précision et la simplicité de la ligne.
  • $659
TWO NOVELS FROM THE FANTOD PRESS : THE GRAND PASSION [and] THE DOLEFUL DOMESTICITY [envelope title]

TWO NOVELS FROM THE FANTOD PRESS : THE GRAND PASSION [and] THE DOLEFUL DOMESTICITY [envelope title]

Gorey, Edward 5 1/8 inches. 2 volumes. Both volumes [16] ff., including, after the title page, one illustrated phrase on each leaf, printed on rectos only, plus colophon on rear wrapper recto. Original color pictorial wrappers, stapled, in original printed envelope. Numbered and signed by the artist on the colophons. Envelope light scuffed and toned. Fine in a near fine envelope. Number 414 of a limited edition of 500 copies numbered and signed by the artist. The first publication in book form of two works both bearing the credit, "Englished anonymously from the Conton Dialect (1930) and illustrated by Edward Gorey." The book referred to is a real one: SELECT PHRASES IN THE CONTON DIALECT COMPILED (Canton, China: [s.n.], 1930), a now-scarce 54-page guide to Cantonese words and phrases for speakers of English, from which apparently all of the phrases in the present two works are drawn. The illustrations in both THE GRAND PASSION and THE DOLEFUL DOMESTICITY feature the same couple (plus a child and infant in the latter work) accompanying the phrases ("This flower has opened very beautifully," "That is the bad of it all," "A rat fell into the scales abd weighed itself," "Sweep the cobwebs a way," etc.). Their attire is not Chinese but Japanese, with some western elements. THE GRAND PASSION originally appeared in June 20, 1976, issue of THE NEW YORK TIMES MAGAZINE, and THE DOLEFUL DOMESTICITY originally appeared in the Summer 1991 issue of THE YALE REVIEW. Toledano A105, A106, and A107.
  • $500
THE POETICAL WORKS OF ROBERT BURNS: Complete

THE POETICAL WORKS OF ROBERT BURNS: Complete, Chronologically Arranged, With Notes, Glossaries and Index by W. Scott Douglas

Burns Robert 3 volumes. A complete and pleasing printing. Illustrated with frontispieces to each volume. Small 8vo, handsomely bound by Macklehose of Glasgow in three quarter red crushed morocco over patterned red cloth, double gilt fillets to the turnovers and corner pieces, the spines with raised bands gilt stopped, the compartments with double gilt fillet ruled frames, two compartments lettered in gilt, marbled endleaves, top edges gilt. xx, 635 pp. A very fine, and handsome copy, beautifully preserved with no real evidence of wear or use. A VERY PLEASING PRINTING. Included in this volume are Burns' Poems, Epistles, Ballads, Political Ballads and Satires. Burns wrote some 200 songs, which include many of his best-known lyrics such as "Auld Lang Syne". The binding on this copy is especially attractive. Burns, a ploughman poet, to this day ranks high among the poets of Great Britain. Whether employing his flawless 18th century English or his native Scots dialect, his writings speak to us eloquently . "His finest work springs from his own soil, from his compassionate and generous nature, and from the Scots’ poetic tradition.He employed the Scottish vernacular with great skill and range.he was in direct contact with its source and the themes of Scots rural life provided an inexhaustible field for poetic expression."-Michael Stapleton. Burns’ most famous collection was a tremendous success and was reprinted many times during his lifetime. Just prior to its first publication in 1786 he was preparing to leave Scotland for Jamaica to escape several scandalous affairs involving a number of young ladies. With the money from the publishing of his POEMS, he was able to remain in Scotland and build a new (though perhaps none the more chaste) life in Edinburgh.
  • $495
Les ruses innocentes

Les ruses innocentes, dans lesquelles se voit comment on prend les oyseaux passagers, & les non passagers: & des plusieurs sortes de bêtes à quatre pieds. Avec les plus beaux secrets de la pêche dans les rivieres & dans les estangs. Et un traité tres-utile pour la chasse. Et la maniere de faire tous les rets & les filets qu’on peut s’imaginer. Le tout divisé en cinq livres, avec les figures. Ouvrage tres-curieux, utile et recreatif pour toutes sortes de personnes qui font leur sejour à la campagne. Par F. F. F. R. D. G. dit le solitaire inventif.

(FORTIN DE GRANDMONT, FRANÇOIS) Paris, chez C. de Sercy, 1688. 4to. (16),445,(1 blank),1-12 pp. Title in red and black, with engraved headpiece and initial, 66 full-page woodcut illustrations (9 of which are folding) all included in the pagination, and woodcut initials. Contemporary sprinkled calf, spine in compartments with raised bands, elaborately tooled and lettered in gilt, rubbing to surfaces and extremities, head of spine with some loss at upper joint, tail of spine chipped exposing headband, upper joint cracked exposing cords but holding. Upper cover with two small worm holes, rear cover a little stained, corners bumped and worn. Browned throughout with some foxing, and marginal dust-soiling, with dampstain at gutter from p. 414 through to the end, affecting a few plates, and further sporadic dampstaining. Gutter of title page and outer margin of front free endpaper reinforced, and with rather crude repairs to margins of plates 256, 263, 264, 269, 277 and 415. Outer margin of p. 217 torn with loss though not touching text, with page number of p. 256 torn and missing. Annotations on front free endpaper that the book was bought at the auction after Michael Törnflycht on 11 June 1740 by Carl Fredric Piper and further annotations recording that it was given in 1780 from his son Adolph Ludvig Piper to forester Joh. Er. Cons, inherited by his son J. E. Cons in 1818 and from him given in 1852 to his nephew, captain Ax. Fr. M. Lundeberg. Lundeberg has also recorded the births of his children and their height on the last leaf and rear endpaper. With the bookplate and signature of Gunnar Brusewitz. Schwerdt Hunting, hawking, shooting I:181. Souhart Bibliographie générale des ouvrages sur la chasse 636-637. Thiébaud Bibliographie des ouvrages français sur la chasse 408-409. Westwood & Satchell Bibliotheca piscatoria 180. Third edition of this celebrated work on the art of capturing game, fish and vermin with traps, nets and other means, first published in 1660. A second edition was published in 1668, a fourth in 1695, and this edition was reissued in 1700 with a cancel title page. The work is split into five books of which the last deals extensively with fishing. The striking and instructive woodcut illustrations show a variety of nets and traps. The plates are the same as appeared in the first edition. This edition includes for the first time the short 12-page "Traité tres-utile de la chasse" by Charles Strosse present at the end of the work. This work was to prove immensely popular and influential, inspiring the work of many subsequent authors, notably Liger in his "Amusements de la campagne", and who reproduced the first part of "Les ruses" without alteration, according to Westwood & Satchell. Michael Törnflycht (1683-1738) was a military, civil servant, and country gentleman. Under King Charles XII he took part in the Battle of Poltava 1709 and the siege of Fredrikshall 1718. Carl Fredric Piper (1700-1770) was his nephew and one of Sweden's foremost book collectors in his time. His extensive library at Ängsö castle was inherited by his son Adolf Ludvig Piper (1750-1795), married to Sophie von Fersen. Forester Johan Cons, or Conz, (1739-1818) was born in Strassbourg and lived in Dyvik by Ängsö. His daughter Hedvig Sophia Cons (1785-1864) was married to the factor at Ängsö Johan Petter Lundeberg. Their son was Axel Fredrik Marcus Lundeberg (1809-1873). Brusewitz's signature is dated 1975. Laid in is also a catalogue clipping from Hagelin Rare Books, where Brusewitz bought this book.
  • $1,515
  • $1,515
De Europische Insecten

De Europische Insecten, Naauwkeurig onderzogt, na’ t leven geschildert, en in print gebragt door Maria Sybilla Merian. 2 leaves, 84 pp.; engraved title- and end-vignette in text, 184 engravings on 47 leaves. First folio edition.

Merian, Maria Sybilla 2 leaves, 84 pp.; engraved title- and end-vignette in text, 184 engravings on 47 leaves. First folio edition. Primary leaf (De Europische Insecten), title printed in red and black with hand colored vignette. Illustrated with 184 carefully finely hand colored engravings printed on 47 leaves. Each of the engravings show mostly scenes of decorative flowers and various caterpillars with their appropriate butterflies. The plates originate after Maria Sybilla Merian's own observations and were published for the first time in her 'Raupenbuch', a quart-edition between 1679 und 1717. Maria Sybilla Merian belonged to the first scientists, who watched the insects in a systematic order and she also took a significant part in the investigation of the metamorphosis of the butterflies. With the publication of her books the new knowledge was spread out to a larger circle of the population lived in those days. Theis example is very well preserved, the engravings are probably later colored and are printed on Dutch paper with wide margins in excellent quality. This is the first folio edition and the first appearance of the full suite of Maria Sybilla Merian’s plates of the European insects, the companion and complement to her great Surinam work. It is as remarkable for its botanical as for its entomological content: the insects are presented in different stages of metamorphosis on and around flowers. In addition, some Surinamese insects are figured as well, these deriving from Johanna’s drawings. Finely hand colored throughout, occasionally minor spotting in text or margins. Rebound in a wine red calf binding, the spine in seven compartments and richly gilt, the covers with decorative blind stamping with gilt fillets to board and spine. De Belder 238 II; Great Flower Books p. 67; Nissen BBI 1342; A fine and clean copy, in excellent condition. 52.3 x 35,8 cm (20.5 x 14 inches).
  • $41,716
  • $41,716
Errotika Biblion

Errotika Biblion

[MIRABEAU Honoré Gabriel Riquetti Comte de] - De l'imprimerie du Vatican , Rome [Neuchâtel] 1783, in-8 (13x20,7cm), iv, 192, 50, 75, viij, 104, 22, 269, [26], 9, 63 pp., relié. - Edition originale. Relié avec Reymond, La Bataille d'Austerlitz, poème dramatique en cinq actes, Riom, 1806 ; [Huvier des Fontenelles], La Targétade, comédie un peu burlesque parodie d'Athalie de Racine, [1791] ; [de Bonnay], La Prise des Annonciades, s.l., s.d. ; Abbé de Vermond, La Cour plénière, Héroï-tragi-comédie, Paris, 1788 ; Aymé, Déportation et naufrage de J.J. Aymé, Paris, s.d. ; Jourgniac de Saint-Médard, Mon agonie de trente-huit heures, Paris, [1806]. Reliure en demi-veau havane, plats de papier ocre, dos lisse, pièce de titre de maroquin vert sapin, titre doré, fillets et esthétiques petits fers dorés, reliure de l'époque. Epidermures sur les plats, quelques rousseurs éparses. Quelques taches brunes sur la page de titre de La Prise des annonciades. Illustré d'une vignette sur la page de titre de l'Errotika. Recueil rédigé par Mirabeau alors emprisonné à Vincennes en même temps que le marquis de Sade, puisant dans les sources antiques relatives à diverses pratiques sexuelles telles que l'onanisme, le tribalisme, la sodomie, la nymphomanie, etc : "L'auteur, outre le talent de posséder parfaitement les langues mortes, a celui d'écrire très bien la sienne, de plaisanter légèrement et de singer souvent Voltaire : dans les tableaux très sales qu'il présente parfois, il se sert toujours d'expressions honnêtes ou techniques: du reste, il paraît fort versé dans l'art des voluptés" (critique de l'époque, citée dans Gay-Lem. II, 151). Selon la légende, le livre fut poursuivi avec une telle vigueur par les autorités que seuls quatorze exemplaires de la première édition ont survécu - un nombre dont on peut presque assurer qu'il est inexact. Après une deuxième édition en 1792, l'ouvrage a été mis à l'index. Une autre édition a été détruite en 1826 par la Cour royale de Paris, et deux autres poursuites ont été engagées en 1856 et 1868 pour "outrage à la morale publique et aux bonnes mœurs". Le livre a notamment été repris par Guillaume Apollinaire, avec d'autres écrits de Mirabeau, dans son édition de 1910, publiée dans la série de la Bibliothèque des Curieux. [ENGLISH TRANSLATION FOLLOWS] First edition. Bound with Reymond, La Bataille d'Austerlitz, poème dramatique en cinq actes, Riom, 1806; [Huvier des Fontenelles], La Targétade, comédie un peu burlesque parodie d'Athalie de Racine de Racine, [1791]; [de Bonnay], La Prise des Annonciades, n.p., n.d.; Abbé de Vermond, La Cour plénière, Héroï-tragi-comédie, Paris, 1788; Aymé, Déportation et naufrage de J.J. Aymé, Paris, n.d.; Jourgniac de Saint-Médard, Mon agonie de trente-huit heures, Paris, [1806]. Contemporary beige half calf binding, ochre paper boards, smooth spine, deep green morocco title-piece, gilt title, gilt stamped motifs. Some chafing to the boards, scattered foxing. A few brown spots on the title page of La Prise des annonciades. Illustrated with a vignette on the title page of Errotika. Collection written by Mirabeau imprisoned in Vincennes at the same time as the Marquis de Sade. Various curiosities are culled from ancient writings relating to sexual practices such as onanism, tribalism, sodomy, nymphomania, etc. : "The author, in addition to the talent of perfectly mastering ancient languages, writes very well in his own, joking lightly and often drawing on Voltaire's style: in the very dirty pictures he sometimes presents, he always uses honest or technical expressions: besides, he seems well versed in the art of voluptuousness" (contemporary 18th century review, quoted in Gay-Lem. II, 151). According to the legend, the book was relentlessly censored by the authorities and only fourteen copies of the first edition had survived - an estimate which seems to be quite inaccurate. After a second edition in 1792, the book was prohibited and included in the papal index. Another edition was destroyed in 1826 by the Royal Court of iv, 192, 50, 75, viij, 104, 22, 269, [26], 9, 63 pp.
  • $1,143
  • $1,143
BRAVE NEW WORLD

BRAVE NEW WORLD

ALDOUS HUXLEY First Edition, First Printing A superb Near fine book with a stunning Fine/near fine vibrant original dust jacket. Named by Modern Library as one of the 100 Greatest Novels of the twentieth century. “A nightmarish prognostication of a future in which humanity has been destroyed by science. Easily Huxley’s most popular (and many good judges continue to think his best) novel”. The book is in beautiful condition with bright blue boards still retaining their original sheen, with bright unfaded gilt titles to spine. The boards have sharp corners and no edgewear, and one tiny edge bump. The binding is tight and square. The end papers and internal pages are clean, with NO owner names, NO inscriptions, NO bookstore stamps and NO bookplates. The internal pages are clean, bright and flat with some dots of foxing to the first few leaves and a few stray dots to the outer page block. Otherwise no stains, no marks, no writing, no handling marks, and no bent pages. Lovely book appearing as unread. Rough cut page edges as published. Please see detailed images. The scarce original dust jacket has benefited from very slight restoration to the outer spine tips by an expert paper conservator and as such presents as a near fine example. The Brave New World jacket is known to be extremely fragile, and usually in pieces, or has a lot of sunning (browning) to the spine, or the spine may be missing altogether. This jacket has strong vibrant colors with NO sunning to the spine, no rips, no chips, no edgewear, no stains, no fading, and no rubbing, but few dots of foxing to the inner flaps. An absolutely lovely bright, vibrant dust jacket presenting the book very well. The jacket is NOT price clipped, and has a stated price of 7s. 6d.net. Please see detailed images. A defining moment in the genre of the dystopian novel, Brave New World considers the dangers that new technologies and mass modernization pose to the very core of humanness. Rather than depicting these developments as gateways to utopia, as writers such as H.G. Wells had done, Huxley foreshadowed how radically technology and psychological conditioning could limit individual rights ranging from sexuality and reproduction to creativity to love. A “nightmarish prognostication of a future in which humanity has been destroyed by science” (DNB). A very handsome fine/near fine example of this classic fragile book. ADDITIONAL IMAGES AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST. Please see our ABE store for other landmark Scifi listings.
  • $14,995
  • $14,995