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Blessed Damozel

Blessed Damozel, The

ROSSETTI, Dante Gabriel; RICKETTS, Charles; MOSHER, Thomas B. One of Ten Copies Printed on vellum With Ten Fine Initial Letters Printed in Red and Black ROSSETTI, Dante Gabriel. RICKETTS, Charles. MOSHER, Thomas B. The Blessed Damozel. [colophon: Portland, Maine: Thomas B. Mosher, 1901]. First Variorum Edition. One of Ten Copies Printed on Vellum (this being No. 2), with Designs by Charles Ricketts. Small quarto (5 3/4 x 5 1/4 inches; 146 x 134 mm.). [i-v, blank], vi, limitation, [inserted photogravure portrait], xiii, [i, blank], [1]- 32, [2], [4, blank] pp. The photogravure frontispiece is after the author's 1874 portrait of Alexa Wilding for Lord Mount-Temple. Publishers vellum over boards, spine lettered in gilt (gilt somewhat faded), remains of original tan silk ties. Spine a little discolored and with minimal loss to extreme top, otherwise a wonderful copy. The Arthur A Houghton copy with his bookplate on rear paste-down. The text is here printed as it first appeared in the February 1850 issue of The Germ with, neatly printed below, the variants present in the 1856 Oxford and Cambridge Magazine, the 1870 Poems, and the 1886 Collected Works. Bishop notes the decorative similarities between this edition and that of Hacon & Ricketts in 1900, including the "same alternating black and red Ricketts initials and text, the same red rules as the two-page openings of the book following the half-titles, and the same red Roman numerals of each stanza," although Mosher here opts for smaller type, a larger page, and different dingbats, with his printer's device prominently displayed on the title-leaf verso. The Blessed Damozel is perhaps the best known poem by Dante Gabriel Rossetti as well as the title of some of his best known paintings. The poem was first published in 1850 in the Pre-Raphaelite journal The Germ. Rossetti subsequently revised the poem twice and republished it in 1856, 1870 and 1873. The poem was partially inspired by Edgar Allan Poe's poem The Raven with its depiction of a lover grieving on Earth over the death of his loved one. Rossetti chose to represent the situation in reverse. The poem describes the damozel observing her lover from heaven, and her unfulfilled yearning for their reunion in heaven. The poem also was the inspiration for Claude Debussy's La Damoiselle élue (1888), a cantata for two soloists, female choir, and orchestra. Gabriel Charles Dante Rossetti (1828-1882), generally known as Dante Gabriel Rossetti, was a British poet, illustrator, painter and translator, and a member of the Rossetti family. He founded the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood in 1848 with William Holman Hunt and John Everett Millais. Rossetti was later to be the main inspiration for a second generation of artists and writers influenced by the movement, most notably William Morris and Edward Burne-Jones. His work also influenced the European Symbolists and was a major precursor of the Aesthetic movement. Rossetti's art was characterized by its sensuality and its medieval revivalism. His early poetry was influenced by John Keats. His later poetry was characterized by the complex interlinking of thought and feeling, especially in his sonnet sequence, The House of Life. Poetry and image are closely entwined in Rossetti's work. He frequently wrote sonnets to accompany his pictures, spanning from The Girlhood of Mary Virgin (1849) and Astarte Syriaca (1877), while also creating art to illustrate poems such as Goblin Market by the celebrated poet Christina Rossetti, his sister. Rossetti's personal life was closely linked to his work, especially his relationships with his models and muses Elizabeth Siddal, Fanny Cornforth and Jane Morris. A spectacular example of an unusual printing method from an American press. Hatch, Mosher, 184; Bishop, Mosher, 47.
Darkening Ecliptic

Darkening Ecliptic, The

MALLEY, Ern; NOLAN, Sidney, artist; MELVILLE, Robert; LYNN, Elwyn "The Greatest Literary Hoax of the Twentieth Century" MALLEY, Ern. NOLAN, Sidney, artist. The Darkening Ecliptic. Poems by Ern Malley. Paintings by Sidney Nolan, Preface by Robert Melville. Introduction by Elwyn Lynn. [London]: Published by R. Alistair McAlpine, 1974. First edition. Limited to 1,000 copies. Folio (12 1/4 x 9 1/2 inches; 311 x 241 mm.). 56 pp. Seventeen full-page Caran D'ache illustrations and numerous color drawings within the text. Publisher's tan boards front cover lettered and with a deign in black, spine lettered in black, color pictorial paste-downs. A fine copy in the original color printed dust-jacket. "Ern Malley was an Australian poet who died at the age of twenty-five in 1943. In fact he did not exist, his life and poetry was a hoax. But his poems still remain, haunting the imagination, like a fake holy ghost." (dust jacket front flap). Ernest Lalor "Ern" Malley was a fictitious poet and the central figure in Australia's most famous literary hoax, known as the Ern Malley hoax or the Ern Malley affair. He and his entire body of work were created in one day in 1943 by conservative writers James McAuley and Harold Stewart in order to hoax members of the Angry Penguins, a modernist art and literary movement centered around a journal of the same name, co-edited by poet Max Harris and art patron John Reed, of Heide, Melbourne. Imitating the modernist poetry they despised, the hoaxers deliberately created what they thought was bad verse and mailed sixteen poems to Harris under the guise of Ethel, Ern Malley's surviving sister. Harris and other members of the Heide Circle fell for the hoax, and, enraptured by the poetry, devoted the next issue of Angry Penguins to Malley, hailing him as a genius. The hoax was revealed soon after, resulting in a cause célèbre and the humiliation of Harris, who was put on trial, convicted and fined for publishing the poems on the grounds that they contained obscene content. Angry Penguins folded in 1946. In the decades that followed, the hoax proved to be a significant setback for modernist poetry in Australia. Since the 1970s, however, the Ern Malley poems, though known to be a hoax, became celebrated as a successful example of surrealist poetry in their own right, lauded by poets and critics such as John Ashbery, Kenneth Koch and Robert Hughes. The poems of Ern Malley are now more widely read than those of his creators, and the affair has inspired works by major Australian writers and artists, such as Peter Carey and Sidney Nolan. American poet and anthologist David Lehman called Ern Malley "the greatest literary hoax of the twentieth century". Sir Sidney Robert Nolan (1917-1992) was one of Australia's leading artists of the 20th century. Working in a wide variety of mediums, his oeuvre is among the most diverse and prolific in all of modern art. He is best known for his series of paintings on legends from Australian history, most famously Ned Kelly, the bushranger and outlaw. Nolan's stylized depiction of Kelly's armor has become an icon of Australian art.
Story of Joseph and his Brothers

Story of Joseph and his Brothers, The

SZYK, Arthur, illustrator Joseph and his Brothers Illustrated by Arthur Szyk SZYK, Arthur, illustrator. The Story of Joseph and his Brothers. As told in the King James version of the Holy Bible & Illustrated by Arthur Szyk. New York: The Limited Editions Club, 1949. Limited to 2500 copies of which this is No. 138 and is signed in blue pencil by the general editor, Jean Hersholt. Small folio (12 x 7 7/8 inches; 305 x 200 mm.). 51, [1, blank] pp. Fourteen mounted full color plates including nine-full page. Publisher's brown cloth over boards, additional color plate onlaid onto front cover, spine sand front cover lettered in silver. A fine copy. "The story of Joseph and his Brothers is told here in the beautiful language used by King James' translators of The Holy Bible. It is illustrated by Arthur Szyk and included in the series called the Evergreen Tales of which Jean Hersholt is General Editor; and it has been prepared, for special subscribers only, by The Limited Editions Club. The edition consists of twenty-five hundred numbered copies, of which this is number "138" and this copy is signed by "Jean Hersholt for Louise" Arthur Szyk (1894-1951) was a graphic artist, book illustrator, stage designer, and caricaturist. Szyk was born into a prosperous middle-class Jewish family in Lodz, in the part of Poland which was under Russian rule in the nineteenth century. All of his life he worked both for his homeland and his faith. Before the second world war his work was renowned in Poland, France, and Great Britain. He moved to London in 1937 where he spent four years creating the magnificent paintings for the Haggadah. He moved to the USA in 1940 and his work became truly popular for his scathing caricatures of the Axis leaders Hitler, Mussolini, and Hirohito. His work was characterized by a rejection of modernism and its embrace of Medieval and Renaissance traditions, especially illuminated manuscripts. He illustrated such traditional works as Hans Christian Andersen Fairy Tales, the Haggadah, and Chaucer's Canterbury Tales.
Annotated Dracula

Annotated Dracula, The

STOKER, Bram; WOLF, Leonard; SÄTTY, illustrator STOKER, Bram. WOLF, Leonard. Wilfried Sätty, illustrator. The Annotated Dracula. Introduction, Notes, and Bibliography by Leonard Wolf. Art by Sätty. With Maps, Drawings, and Photographs. New York: Clarkson N. Potter, Inc., [1975]. First edition thus. Large quarto ( 11 x 8 1/2 inches; 280 x 216 mm.). xviii, [4], 362 (including index). Illustrated throughout by Sätty (Wilfried Podriech). Publisher's black cloth over boards, front cover lettered in blind, spine lettered in gilt, pictorial endpapers. A near fine copy in the near fine original pictorial dust jacket (jacket spine very slightly faded). "Dracula is one of the most terrifying books ever written, as well as one of the most complex in terms of its literary definition. First published in 1897, and continuously in pront since, Dracula has, with one or two exceptions, never been given serious literary consideration. It is only in recent times that readers and critics alike have begun to realize that it is more than a gothic horror tale. Indeed, Bram Stoker created in Dracula an overwhelming symbol of human fear and fascination - a monster who has become a household word for something dreadful in the western world. And this story quivers with allegorical implications, creating powerful images that haunt the imagination. The universality of these images make the book timeless and fascinating to every generation, but especially to ours, and this despite the fact that it is deeply embedded in Victorian daily life. There are over one hundred drawings and photographs clarifying and illustrating the text and notes, and an appendix of maps tracing Dracula's steps. There are eighteen brilliant montages by the celebrated artist Sätty. Using nineteenth-century graphic art and the technology of the lithopress, he has fully captured, indeed intensified, the eerie, other-worldly, frightening images that pervade the story. Leonard Wolf has also provided a calendar of events, an analysis of the number of times Dracula appears in the book, a selected filmography, and a bibliography that includes the English language and foreign editions of Dracula." (introduction). Wilfried Sätty (born Wilfried Podriech; 1939-1982) was a German graphic artist best known for his black and white collage art. He has often been referred to as 'The Artist of the Occult.'.
Dick Deadeye

Dick Deadeye

SEARLE, Ronald; GILBERT & SULLIVAN "The Ultimate Secret has been stolen. The trouble is, it's so secret that no knows what it is. Obviously it has to be retrieved, and Dick Deadeye is just the man to do it." SEARLE, Ronald. Dick Deadeye based on the drawings of Ronald Searle and the operas of Gilbert & Sullivan. New York: Harcourt Brace Jonanovich, [1975]. First American Edition. Oblong quarto (9 x 10 1/4 inches; 230 x 260 mm.). 74 pp. Profusely illustrated in color throughout. Publisher's red paper cloth over boards, spine lettered in gilt. Original color pictorial (price-clipped) dust jacket. A near fine copy. Dick Deadeye, or Duty Done is a 1975 British animated film musical, based on the comic operas of Gilbert and Sullivan. The comically convoluted plot is a pastiche of many of the operas in the Gilbert and Sullivan canon, particularly Trial by Jury, The Sorcerer, H.M.S. Pinafore, The Pirates of Penzance, Patience, Iolanthe and The Mikado, in which the principal character, Able Seaman Dick Deadeye, is sent by Queen Victoria on a quest to recover the "Ultimate Secret" from the Sorcerer, who has stolen it. Animation and direction were by Bill Melendez, who produced the Charlie Brown television cartoons, based on character drawings by veteran cartoonist Ronald Searle. The film's release was accompanied by the original release of a deluxe-jacketed LP soundtrack recording and a colourful storybook by Jeremy Hornsby, with colourful Searle-inspired art. "The Ultimate Secret has been stolen. The trouble is, it's so secret that no knows what it is. Obviously it has to be retrieved, and Dick Deadeye is just the man to do it." (dust jacket front flap). Ronald William Fordham Searle, CBE, RDI (3 March 1920 - 30 December 2011) was a British artist and satirical cartoonist. He is perhaps best remembered as the creator of St Trinian's School and for his collaboration with Geoffrey Willans on the Molesworth series. After moving to Paris in 1961, he worked more on reportage for Life and Holiday and less on cartoons. He also continued to work in a broad range of media and created books (including his well-known cat books), animated films and sculpture for commemorative medals, both for the French Mint and the British Art Medal Society. Searle did a considerable amount of designing for the cinema, and in 1965, he completed the opening, intermission and closing credits for the comedy film Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines as well as the 1969 film Monte Carlo or Bust! In 1975, the full-length cartoon Dick Deadeye, or Duty Done was released. It is based on the character and songs from H.M.S. Pinafore.
Memoirs of Monsieur D'Artagnan

Memoirs of Monsieur D’Artagnan

DE SANDRAZ, Courtilz; NEVILL, Ralph, translator First English Translation DE SANDRAZ, Gatien de Courtilz. Memoirs of Monsieur D'Artagnan Captain-Lieutenant of the 1st Company of the King's Musketeers. Now for the first time translated into English by Ralph Nevill. London: H.S. Nichols, [1925]. Three octavo volumes (8 7/8 x 5 5/8 inches; 226 x 143 mm.). xvi, 308; iv, 360; iv, 347, [1, blank] pp. Volume one with an inserted frontispiece with tissue-guard. Title-pages printed in black and red. Publisher's gilt decorated blue cloth over boards, edges uncut. Small indentation on edge of front cover of volume III. A near fine uncut and unopened set. Gatien de Courtilz de Sandras (1644-1712) was a French novelist, journalist, pamphleteer and memorialist. He is best known today for his semi-fictionalized memoirs of the famous Musketeer d'Artagnan which were published in 1700 (27 years after the death of d'Artagnan) and which served as the model for Alexandre Dumas, père's portrayal of d'Artagnan in The Three Musketeers, Twenty Years After, and The Vicomte de Bragelonne. Charles Ogier de Batz de Castelmore, Comte d'Artagnan (c. 1611-1673) served Louis XIV as captain of the Musketeers of the Guard and died at the Siege of Maastricht in the Franco-Dutch War. This set comprises the fictionalized account of his life by Gatien de Courtilz de Sandras. De Sandras' account formed the basis for the d'Artagnan Romances of Alexandre Dumas, most famously including The Three Musketeers (1844). Indeed, this fictionalised version of d'Artagnan (immortalised in print and on screen) is now far more widely known than the real historical figure.
The Female Approach

The Female Approach

SEARLE, Ronald; MUGGERIDGE, Malcolm The Belles of St. Trinian's and other Cartoons SEARLE, Ronald. The Female Approach. Cartoons by Ronald Searle with an Introduction by Malcolm Muggeridge, Editor of Punch. London: Alfred A. Knopf, 1954. First American Edition. Small quarto (10 x 7 1/4 inches; 253 x 184 mm.). [ii, blank], x, 147, [1] pp. Profusely illustrated with over 150 black & white drawings. Publisher's red boards, front cover with rectangular pictorial design in black, white and red. Spine decoratively lettered in black, white and red. Some minor rubbing to spine extremities and corners. Original pictorial dust-jacket, also with minor rubbing to spine extremities and corners. An excellent copy. "Some crazy weather is moving in on America, originating in the British Isles. High risibility is forecast, and there will be gales of laughter. The average mean laugh will be well above normal, to be followed by chortles of variable high-pressure chuckles. Clouds of gloom will be dispelled. This harbinger of humor is Ronald Searle, England's most discussed cartoonist, whose books when published there have outsold hotcakes two to one. Mr. Searle is the creator of "St. Trinian's, " a celebrated academy for young gentlewomen which has become part of the warp and woof of English society, poor thing. He taes witty and often acid looks at all of us - but why go on? One random Searle cartoon is more persuasive than anything that could be said on this flap. So -" (Dust jacket front flap). Ronald William Fordham Searle, CBE, RDI (3 March 1920 - 30 December 2011) was a British artist and satirical cartoonist. He is perhaps best remembered as the creator of St Trinian's School and for his collaboration with Geoffrey Willans on the Molesworth series. After moving to Paris in 1961, he worked more on reportage for Life and Holiday and less on cartoons. He also continued to work in a broad range of media and created books (including his well-known cat books), animated films and sculpture for commemorative medals, both for the French Mint and the British Art Medal Society. Searle did a considerable amount of designing for the cinema, and in 1965, he completed the opening, intermission and closing credits for the comedy film Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines as well as the 1969 film Monte Carlo or Bust! In 1975, the full-length cartoon Dick Deadeye, or Duty Done was released. It is based on the character and songs from H.M.S. Pinafore.
Cat O' Nine Tails

Cat O’ Nine Tails

ARCHER, Jeffey; SEARLE, Ronald, illustrator Signed by Jeffrey Archer ARCHER, Jeffey. SEARLE, Ronald, illustrator. Cat O' Nine Tails. And Other Stories. Drawings by Ronald Searle. London: Macmillan, [2006]. First edition. Signed by Jeffrey Archer in black ink on the title-page. Small quarto (9 5/8 x 7 1/2 inches; 246 x 190 mm.). x, 262 pp. Illustrated throughout in color by Ronald Searle. Publisher's blue paper cloth over boards, spine lettered in silver, color pictorial end-papers. Original color pictorial dust jacket. A fine copy. "Cat O'Nine Tales is the fifth collection of irresistible short stories from the master storyteller. These yarns are ingeniously plotted, with richly drawn characters and deliciously unexpected conclusions, and with the added bonus of illustrations by the internationally acclaimed artist, Ronald Searle. While incarcerated for two years in five different prisons, Jeffrey Archer picked up several ideas for short stories. They range from the tale of The Man Who Robbed His Own Post Office to the story of a company chairman who tried to poison his wife while on a trip to St. Petersburg - both with unexpected consequences. In another, Maestro, an Italian restaurateur ends up in jail, unable to explain to the tax man how he can afford a yacht, a Ferrari and a home in Florence, while only declaring a profit of £100,000 a year. And then there is Archer's favourite, which he came across after leaving prison. In the eye of the Beholder, in which a handsome premier division footballer falls in love with a twenty-stone woman. who just happens to be the ninth richest woman in Italy." (Jacket front flap). Ronald William Fordham Searle, CBE, RDI (3 March 1920 - 30 December 2011) was a British artist and satirical cartoonist. He is perhaps best remembered as the creator of St Trinian's School and for his collaboration with Geoffrey Willans on the Molesworth series. After moving to Paris in 1961, he worked more on reportage for Life and Holiday and less on cartoons. He also continued to work in a broad range of media and created books (including his well-known cat books), animated films and sculpture for commemorative medals, both for the French Mint and the British Art Medal Society. Searle did a considerable amount of designing for the cinema, and in 1965, he completed the opening, intermission and closing credits for the comedy film Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines as well as the 1969 film Monte Carlo or Bust! In 1975, the full-length cartoon Dick Deadeye, or Duty Done was released. It is based on the character and songs from H.M.S. Pinafore.