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.
Cupid & Psyches: The Most Pleasant & Delectable Tale of Their Marriage. Engravings by Lettice SandfordApuleius (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.
Mergenthaler Linotype Company 4to. 10 3/8 x 7 1/2 inches. Unpaginated.  pp. Soiling to top and bottom edges, covers and first pair of conjugate leaves LACKING, top corner torn down 5 inches of the first page of text, torn away but present. SS321-006. SOLD AS IS. Memphis is a slab-serif typeface designed by Dr. Rudolf Wolf and released in 1929 by the Stempel Type Foundry. Memphis and other similar designs were popular faces used in printing during the hot metal typesetting period and several foundries brought out similar designs or direct imitations throughout the world.
The Standard Printing Company, Incorporated 8vo-size Accordion-Fold. 8 7/16 x 5 1/2 inches. Unpaginated.  pp. 15 silver-gelatin photographic prints mounted on each page with a caption of the printing equipment displayed, the last page is a printed list of companies: "This equipment is being used to produce printed material for many companies including"; text clean, unmarked. Gilt-stamped black leatherette, black cloth-backed adhesive provides the joints that hold the accordion-fold together; shelf wear. SCARCE. SS321-013. Very Good. UNIQUE? This volume contains a series of 15 silver-gelatin photographic prints showing the modern print shop created by The Standard Printing Company, Incorporated. The equipment on display was available in the 1950s. One imagines that this accordion-fold presentation volume was used as a tool Standard's salesman would use when visiting a potential client to demonstrate Standard's modern equipment and list of high-end clients. Not in Worldcat.
Fuchs & Lang MFG. Co 8vo. 8 x 5 1/8 inches. [iv], 50 ff. Text in English and Spanish, 4 pages of text at the beginning and 2 pages at the rear, the rest are reproductions of images in various process inks with captions or blocks of color, page 2 seems to be missing a column of ink samples, some marginal ink finger soil. Gilt-stamped green leatherette; front hinge broken. SCARCE. SS321-010. SOLD AS IS. An interesting and SCARCE process ink manufacturer's trade catalog. We could not find in Worldcat, online offers, or sales records, nor were we able to find information on the manufacturer, Fuchs & Lang.
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.
A Troubled Paradise: William Blake’s Virgil Wood Engravings. With an Afterword on Collection William Blake by John WindleRobert 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.
Mergenthaler Linotype Company 4to. 10 3/8 x 7 3/8 inches. (xvi), 229,  pp. Specimens throughout, tables, index; text with occasional pencil marginalia. Silver-stamped blue cloth, with the name Tom F. Moore stamped in silver on the front board; binding square and tight, heavy shelf wear and soiling to covers. SS321-004. Good. "These type faces and special characters shown in this book are arranged in family groups or series, ranging from the smallest to the largest size in each face. The Various faces or combinations of faces in which matrices can be supplied are also shown; as well as comparisons of the different faces in each size, in order that the customer may easily and quickly find the matrices he wants."
Intertype Corporation 4to. 11 x 7 7/8 inches. viii, 505,  pp. Note: some of the pages in the binder appear out of sequence so the exact count is uncertain; occasional marginal finger soil. Gilt-stamped textured cloth with detachable metal posts allow additions to the text as issued by Intertype; binding square and tight, rubbed, foot and tail of joints frayed. Although there are no publication dates in this particular copy, Worldcat records editions of this title from 1927 to 1940. SS321-003. Very Good. This volume is a special binder that allows material to be added from time to time as Intertype Corporation published updates to the specimen book. Shows different faces grouped together according to point sizes, a few examples of advertising and job composition are included to show the effectiveness of these faces in actual use.
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.
Sinclair and Valentine Co. Folio. 11 5/8 x 9 1/4 inches. Unpaginated.  ff. This printing ink sample book's first two leaves contain introductory text, last leaf with text, the rest of the text block shows a painting of a traditional Mexican dance scene with male guitar players and females in traditional dress signed "Benton" in the plate, captioned with the names and stock numbers of the inks used, all the rest of the leaves [with the exception of the last leaf of text] show the same image broken down into various process colors with the inks identified (a few show the image in all four colors); text clean, unmarked. Printed textured wrappers printed in 4 colors; binding square and tight, extremities rubbed. SS321-007 Good. This printing ink sample book's first two leaves contain introductory text, last leaf with text; the rest of the text block shows a painting of a traditional Mexican dance scene with male guitar players and females in traditional dress signed "Benton" in the plate, captioned with the names and stock numbers of the inks used, all the rest of the leaves [with the exception of the last leaf of text] show the same image broken down into various process colors with the inks identified (a few show the image in all four colors). Yale University Library the only holding 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.
Instruction Book, Linotype Electric Pots, For the Installation, Operation, and Maintenance of Electrically Heated Metal Melting Pots. Part I, The Cutler-Hammer Electric Linotype Pot. Part II, The Mergenthaler Linotype Electric Pot. Revised January, 1921Mergenthaler Linotype Company 8vo. 9 1/4 x 6 1/8 inches. (63, last blank) pp. Black-and-white photographic illustrations, electrical diagrams, large folding plate with 8 wiring diagrams; water-damage to text. Brown printed wrappers, stapled, only the rear cover remains. SS321-001. Good. Instruction manual on how to maintain the electric pots on linotype type-casting machines, dated 1921.
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.
Lawrence Clark Powell (1906-2001) Pamphlet. 9 1/16 x 6 inches. Un-paginated.  pp. Half-tone photographic image of Lissadell tipped-in; text clean, un-marked. Printed paper wrappers with title printed within a typographic border, stapled; binding square and tight. UNK921-001. Fine. KEEPSAKE presented by Lawrence Clark Powell to the 21st biennial reunion of the Zamorano & Roxburghe Clubs, San Francisco, September 18 & 19, 1992 designed by Vance Gerry and printed by Patrick Reagh. The text of this keepsake recounts an effort by Larry Powell to procure an image of Lissadell over a 40-year period - Lissadell is a neo-classical Greek Revival style country house located in County Sligo, Ireland. County Sligo is the birthplace of William Butler Yeats (1865-1939), and his poem "In Memory of Eva Gore-Booth and Con Markiewicz" opens with the line "The light of evening, Lissadell, Great windows open to the south.?" 17 copies Worldcat.
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.
Identity & Affirmation: Post War African American Photography Oblong 4to. 9 13/16 x 11 1/4 inches. 112 pp. Illustrated throughout with color and (mostly) black-and-white photographs; text clean, unmarked, except the inscription on the title page. Illustrated boards; binding square and tight. Faculty business card of Keith Rice, historian and archivist at the Tom & Ethel Bradley Center at CSUN, and INSCRIBED by Rice on the title page. LAWO921-021. Fine. FIRST EDITION of this exhibition catalog which took place at the CSUN University Galleries, October 23 through December 10, 2011. The Tom & Ethel Bradley Center has over one million images produced by Los Angeles-based photographers that document the social, cultural and political lives of the diverse communities of Los Angeles and the Southern California region between the 1920s and the present. The archives contain one of the largest collections of African American photographers west of the Mississippi and the most extensive collection in Southern California. The exhibition of the Bradley Center's photographs that took place on the SCUN campus in 2011 focuses on the African American experience in post-World War II Southern California. Inscribed by the exhibition curator, Keith Rice, historian and archivist at the Bradley Center.
Black Beauty, White Heat. A Pictorial History of Classic Jazz, 1920-1950. Introduction by Paul BaconFrank 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.