John Muir (1838-1914)
LIMITED EDITION of 40 copies. Miniature book. 1 5/8 x 1 1/4 inches. [ii], vi, (13) pp. Half-title, title page printed in red and black, decorative initials in red and black, a few type ornaments in the text; text clean, unmarked. Full red leather, black leather spine label titled in gilt; binding square and tight. Original prospectus include. CH316-008. Very Good. Printed by William M. Cheney, and bound by Bela Blau. This little volume contains an excerpt from John Muir's Our National Parks (1901, p. 56). It begins "Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees." John Muir was a naturalist, explorer, author, and conservationist, and first president of the Sierra Club. He died in Los Angeles in 1914. REFERENCES: Bradbury, 20th Century US Miniature Books, No. 2156; Jones, A Los Angeles Typesticker, No. 67.
Miniature Book. 2 1/8 x 1 5/8 inches. Unpaginated.  pp. Half-title, title page printed in red and black inks, 30 original photographic images mounted on plates with tissue guards, decorative initials, tailpieces, index; text unmarked, title page repaired with cellophane tape with corresponding toning, pages toned, some leaves with small marginal chips, text and tissue guard torn at images 15 and 16, ms. notation on half-title. Full tan morocco, elaborately gilt, raised bands, tan leather spine label titled in blind, red leather on-lays within a medallion in the center panel of both the front and rear cover, all edges gilt, gilt green patterned end-papers, turn-ins gilt; binding square and tight, spine and rear cover with some toning. SA1019-030. SCARCE. Very Good. THE FIRST MINIATURE BOOK TO CONTAIN PHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGES. This work was issued as a companion volume to Ulrico Hoepli's La Divina Commedia (Milan, 1878, known affectionately as the Dantino). "It contains thirty original photographs in black-and-white of the paintings by Scaramuzza [which] represent the earliest use of photography in a miniature book." Bromer and Edison. Of the Galleria Dantesca Microscopica, Bondy writes, "the few copies we have been able to see were bound in publisher's citron morocco with finely gilt-tooled covers, and an ornamental centre design on oval maroon leather onlays, raised bands, gilt edges, inside dentelle and endpapers decorated in silver and gold." Bondy. The photographs are of the paintings of Francesco Scaramuzza's (1803-1886) graphic depictions of Dante's Divine Comedy. Scaramuzza was an Italian painter and poet of the Romantic period in Northern Italy. He painted mythologic and historic canvases, but is best known for his interpretations of literary subjects including Dante, an enterprise to which he dedicated decades. Scaramuzza was trained at the Academy of Fine Arts of Parma where he was a professor from 1860-1877. See: Wikipedia. REFERENCES: Bondy, Miniature Books, p. 95; Bromer & Edison, Miniature Books, pp. 47-9; Welsh, A Bibliography of Miniature Books, No. 2178.
Apuleius (124-170 CE). William Adlington (fl. 1566) translator
Small 8vo. 7 3/4 x 5 1/4 inches. (48) pp. Colophon, engraved frontispiece, title page with cockerel vignette in black, 2 wood engravings in the text; text unmarked, water-staining in lower margin at pages 26-44. Cream cloth spine, patterned paper over boards, spine titled in gilt; binding square and tight, light shelf wear and soiling to spine. GIL921-021. SCARCE. Very Good. LIMITED EDITION of 150 copies, this is number 123. The text in this volume comes from the Golden Asse of Apuleius, translated by William Adlington (London, In Fleetstreate, at the sign of the Olipante, by Henry VVykes, 1566). Lucious Apuleius Madaurensis (circa 124 to circa 170 CE) was a Numidian Latin-language prose writer, Platonist philosopher, and rhetorician. His most famous work is his bawdy picaresque novel, the Metamorphoses, otherwise knows as The Golden Ass. It is the only Latin novel that has survived in its entirety. It relates the ludicrous adventures of one Lucius, who experiments with magic and is accidentally turned into a donkey. Lucius goes through various adventures before he is turned back into a human being by the goddess Isis. Within this frame story are found many digressions, the longest among them being the well-known tale of Cupid and Psyche. This story is a rare instance of a fairy tale preserved in an ancient literary text. The Golden Cockerel Press was an English fine press operating between 1920 and 1961, during which time a number of proprietors operated the press. The Golden Cockerel Press was founded by Harold (Hal) Midgley Taylor (1893-1925) in 1920. The third ownership partnership was formed in 1933 when the press was taken over by Christopher Sandford (1902-1983), Owen Rutter, and Francis J. Newbery. Around this time the Golden Cockerel Press ceased to be a private press and became a publishing house. Sandford worked long hours on management, editing and design. Rutter solicited new books and edited some of them. Newbery's role as the printer was to oversee the production work at the Chiswick Press. The illustrator of this volume was Lettice Sandford (1902-1993), Christopher Sandford's wife. She was a draftswoman, wood-engraver, pioneer corn dolly revivalist, and watercolorist, as well as the mother of playwright Jeremy Sanford. She provided wood engravings for many Golden Cockerel titles. See Wikipedia for the information in this paragraph. Worldcat records 26 copies.
Lawrence Clark Powell (1905-2001)
Folio. 13 1/4 x 8 1/2 inches. (8) pp. Title-page printed within a decorative border, red initial letter; text clean, unmarked. White paper over boards, front cover and spine titled in gilt; binding square and tight, minor shelf wear. KG116-001. Very Good. FIRST EDITION. Composed in Caslon types and printed on all-rag hand-made paper; paper making and printing by Richard Hoffman and John Urabec at California State University, Los Angeles, Project 7. Spoken at the memorial service for William Wilcox Robinson at the Beverly Hills Presbyterian Church September 6, 1972. Text reprinted from Hoja Volante for the members of the Zamorano and Roxburghe Clubs at their biennial reunion in Los Angeles September 28-29, 1974. REFERENCE: Fuller, et al, The Zamorano Club, No. 469; Petko: Tribute, No. 231.
Robert Newman Essick (b. 1942)
Pamphlet. 10 3/16 x 6 9/16 inches. (48) pp. Half-title, list of plates (8), 2 hand-colored initials, small ornament on the colophon also colored in, bibliography; text clean, unmarked. Midnight blue wrappers of Echizn Washi papers, pictorial label on front cover, stitched; binding square and tight, corners bumped. II9213-016. Very Good. LIMITED EDITION of 513 copies, this is number 209, designed and printed by Marianne Hinckle at the Ano Nuevo Island Press, and hand sewn by Tim James at Taurus Bookbinders. Provides a solid foundation for collecting a lesser-known William Blake suite of illustrations. Robert Essick is recognized as an authority on William Blake. Worldcat lists 70 copies.
Courier-Journal Job Printing Co.
4to. 11 x 8 1/2 inches. , 99 ff. Index, sheets 1-99 each with a single type face from 6- to 72-point sizes, and several sheets of rules, initials, and borders; text clean, unmarked. Gilt-stamped black cloth over boards, spine is open, metal posts and rivets hold all together, patterned end-papers; binding square and tight, shelf worn. SCARCE. SS321-005. Good. Shows the fonts available for production of printed matter in use at the Courier-Journal Job Printing Company of Louisville, Kentucky in 1930.
Charles New Johnson and Company
[dated circa 1930 or earlier based on clothing, etc. in the images]. Oblong 8vo. 5 7/8 x 8 3/8 inches. 106 leaves; leaf 69 torn with loss. The first leaf is a painting imagining ancient Athens as seen from the sea with sailing vessels in the water, followed by six of the same image in different process colors, many leaves are just blocks of the inks printed in solid blocks of color (circles, rectangles, etc.), the other images, mostly photographs of a lioness, a small boy learning to use a toothbrush, medieval architecture, a railroad yard, native-American pueblo, boudoir photo of a female model, native-American making a fire, salmon fisherman lighting a pipe, hunter nursing his dog's feet, and a race horse's head, all of which printed in different inks, the colors of which are named and their permanency noted in the captions; text clean, unmarked. Black-leatherette wrap-around wrappers, bound in the gutter with metal rivets; light shelf wear, there may have been a printed label on the spine, if so, now lacking. SCARCE. SS321-012. Good. Trade catalog of 4-color process inks, published circa 1930. SCARCE, not found in Worldcat.
Sigmund Ullman Company
Folio. 12 x 9 1/2 inches. [iv], 46 ff. Series of various photographic illustrations broken out into 4 color process inks with captions of the inks used; some marginal finger-soil. Tan linen spine, paper over boards, printed paper front cover label; heavy shelf wear. SS321-008. Good. THIRD EDITION. Process inks are used in 4-Color Process in the printing industry. When applied to successive layers, these 4 ink colors create a full color image. 4-Color Process is the most widely used method for printing full-color images. The Sigmund Ullman Company (1862-1929) was an American company specializing in the production of printing inks. In 1929, Sigmund Ullman merged with four other companies to form the New York-based Sequa Corporation. Images in this trade catalog volume include a still from the Warner Brothers film Don Juan (1926), a head-shot portrait of silent film star Florence Vidor (1895-1977), an actress signed to Paramount Pictures in the mid- to late-1920s, a medieval European street scene, a rural castle, and others. 5 copies Worldcat, 2 in Canada, the Grolier Club, New York Historical Society, and the University of Delaware Library.
Lawrence Clark Powell (1906-2001)
8vo. 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches. [viii], 13,  pp. Typographical decorations on the title page, text clean, unmarked. French-fold patterned wrappers, printed paper top cover label, perfect bound; binding square and tight, faint blemish on front cover. Larry Powell's presentation card laid-in. SBGV921-001. Very Good. FIRST EDITION. Presented by Lawrence Clark Powell at the 19th Biennial Reunion of the Zamorano-Roxburghe Clubs, 1988. Designed by Vance Gerry and printed by Patrick Reagh, Printers, bound by Bela Blau. These pages record Larry Powell's reactions to a trip to Japan in 1966; his third visit to that country, and reflects his feelings upon his retirement from the UCLA libraries.
Edward Ardizzone (1900-1979)
Narrow 8vo. 8 1/2 x 4 9/16 inches. [x], (14 last blank) pp. Half-title, title-page vignette, 4 illustrations in the text; text clean, unmarked. Quarter black cloth, patterned paper over boards, printed paper front cover label, sewn head-bands, no dust-jacket; binding square and tight. SCARCE. SBRB921-001. Very Good. LIMITED EDITION of 200 copies printed with Linotype Scotch on Rives buff wove paper, illustrations by Edward Ardizzone, bound by Bela Blau. "Unlike his contemporaries, Bawden, Freedman, and Ravilious, Ardizzone was not touched by cubist influence and, by comparison, their sophisticated styles make his work appear to be almost naive or quant. Ardizzone's work is always warm with classicism and touches of Rowlandsson, and somehow seems familiar to us." From Vance Gerry's Introduction. Edward Jeffrey Irving Ardizzone was an English painter, print-maker and war artist, and the author and illustrator of books, many of them for children. Wikipedia. REFERENCE: Butcher, "Checklist," in Vance Gerry & The Weather Bird Press, No. 80.
James Haskins (1941-2005)
8vo. 8 1/2 x 5 3/4 inches. [xiv], 174,  pp. Black-and-white photographs throughout, appendices; index; text clean, unmarked. Brown cloth, titled in black on the spine with the publisher's mark in silver on foot of spine, dust-jacket in archival mylar; binding square and tight, spot on fore-edge, jacket toned with shelf wear. LAWO921-008. Very Good. Second Printing. In this volume, James Haskins uses interviews with family, friends, and associates to trace the life and public career of the late Congressman Adam Clayton Powell (1908-1972), a complex, charismatic, and controversial figure both in New York and America from the mid 1940s to 1971. "James Haskins was an American author with more than 100 books for both adults and children. Many of his books highlight the achievements of African Americans and cover the history and culture of Africa and the African American experience. His work also included many biographical subjects, ranging from Hank Aaron to Scatman Crothers, Malcolm X, and Adam Clayton Powell." Wikipedia.
Frank Driggs (1930-2011) and Harris Lewine (1929-2016)
4to. 12 1/4 x 9 1/4 inches. 360 pp. Profusely illustrated throughout with captioned black-and-white photographic images, indexes; text clean, unmarked, light toning to the edges of the pages as is typical with heavy stock photographic paper. Maroon cloth, stamped in gilt on black grounds, color facsimile record labels reproduced on the end-papers, dust-jacket in archival mylar; binding square and tight, minor shelf wear. LAWO921-019. Very Good. FIRST EDITION, first printing. "It is extraordinary, with so many books devoted to the subject of jazz published during the last fifty years, that one should now come along that is absolutely an essential part of every aficionado's library." From the Foreword by John Hammond. "Anybody who wants to have even a small collection of books about jazz should have the book! I would certainly rank it among my ten fave titles on the subject." Taylor Bowie, dealer in jazz records and early twentieth-century music aficionado. Private correspondence. Frank Driggs was an American record producer for Columbia Records and a jazz historian. Harris Lewine was a designer for the publishing industry who designed book covers, and launched the careers of illustrators and designers now recognized as leaders in the field.
William Jefferson Clinton (b. 1946)
Thick 8vo. 9 1/2 x 6 1/4 inches. [vi], (958), (xliv) pp. Numerous black-and-white half-tone photographic illustrations on plates, index; text clean, unmarked. Blind-stamped blue boards, spine titled in gilt, dust-jacket in archival mylar; binding square and tight. SIGNED by Bill Clinton on the title page. LAWO921-002. Fine. FIRST EDITION, first state, with the last line of the acknowledgements reading "for the failure of my life," p. iv. "Bill Clinton is an American politician and attorney who served as the 42nd president of the United States from 1993 to 2001." "My Life" is Clinton's 2004 autobiography, published by the Knopf Publishing Group which sold more than 2.3 million copies. Laid in is a postcard "Paid for by Ready for Hillary PAC," 2013. This copy SIGNED by the former president, showing evidence of the fatigue of a long book tour. This signature, while genuine, is a bit sloppy. Nevertheless, Clinton received his reward not in the end, but in the beginning - a $15 million advance from the publisher, the highest such fee ever paid by a publisher at the time. See: Wikipedia.