100 advance copies of this specimen have been printed by Will Carter at the Rampant Lions Press, Cambridge on the occasion of the 165th meeting of the Double Crown Club at Magdalene College, 22nd June 1962. String bound booklet in green wrappers with black lettering to front cover. In near fine condition with light marks to rear cover, otherwise clean and crisp, inside and out. [vi], 6pp. 'Started in 1924, the Double Crown Club was, and still is, a dinner club and society of printers, publishers, book designers and illustrators. With a select, invitation-only membership, they meet "no fewer than four times a year, but no more than six", for dinner and drinks, rounded off with a talk'.
An address delivered by Herbert Simon
Harold Curwen: The Careful Printer. An address delivered by Herbert Simon at the 219th dinner of the Double Crown Club at Kettners Restaurant. 27th March 1973. One Hundred and Twenty Copies have been printed at The Curwen Press Plaistow at The Behest of Charles L. Pickering for presentation to members of The Double Crown Club and some of their friends. April 1974. Strung bound in blue wrappers with paste down title label to cover. In lovely condition with light mark to rear cover and slight rippling to front cover. Internally in fine condition with clean and crisp pages. 15pp. 'Started in 1924, the Double Crown Club was, and still is, a dinner club and society of printers, publishers, book designers and illustrators. With a select, invitation-only membership, they meet "no fewer than four times a year, but no more than six", for dinner and drinks, rounded off with a talk'.
The Dome - An Illustrated Magazine and Review of Literature, Music, Architecture, and the Graphic Arts - Volume One of the New Series, containing the Numbers for October, November, and December, mdccxcviii. Illustrated with full page plates, contains an original coloured woodcut 'The Pensioner' by Emil Orlik and 4 original woodcuts (full page recto only) by Edward Gordon Craig; Portraits of both Ellen Terry and Henry Irving in 3 colours, a portrait of Walt Whitman and another entitled 'Bussy D'Ambois', some in colour, some in black & white. Black cloth covers with gilt lettering to the spine and upper board. A little shaken with marks to boards, rubbing to corners, loss to the tips of the spine, bumps & dents and the spine detached but still present. Internally overall very clean, including all the plates, age toning to pages and first block of pages loose as seen in photos.
Edited by Tony Nourmand and Graham Marsh
A near fine copy, signed with dedication by both authors to title page. Clean, fresh and bright with minor creasing to bottom edge and top corner of rear cover. A couple of pages with creasing to top corner otherwise in excellent condition. 127pp. 'From the iconic Casablanca to Orson Welles's seminal Citizen Kane, from the optimistic It's a Wonderful Life to the exotic Thief of Baghdad, the films of the 1940s are now recognized as some of the greatest of all time. And while the forties was the decade hailed nostalgically ever since as Hollywood's golden age, it also saw the emergence of a dark new undercurrent in pop culture-the sinister world of gumshoes, gangsters, double-crossing dames, and blind alleys that became known as film noir. Long before the era of the television trailer and satellite media junket, studios lured audiences to theaters with graphically bold poster art, gorgeously illustrated by classically trained artists adept at capturing the nuances of Veronica Lake's seductive glance, Humphrey Bogart's world-weary eyes, Bette Davis's icy stare, and hundreds of other stars at their best and most glamorous. All of the era's legendary stars are included in this volume: Lauren Bacall, Robert Mitchum, Barbara Stanwyck, Rita Hayworth, Cary Grant, Henry Fonda, Marlene Dietrich, and hundreds of others. Film Posters of the '40s brings to ife in lavish full-color an era in film history that will never be forgotten'.
Edited by Francoies Aubry and Jos Vandenbreeden
First published on the occasion of the exhibition "Horta," Palais de Beaux-Arts, Brussels, 4 October 1996-5 January 1997. 235 Illustrations, including 50 plates in full colour. A fine copy in dark green cloth covers with bright gilt lettering to upper board and spine. Original dust jacket in near fine condition, clean and bright with minor rubbing to rear panel. 231pp. 'The Belgian architect and Art Nouveau pioneer, Victor Horta (1861-1947), envisaged architecture as a all-embracing art form, and his designs incorporate not only facades and floor plans, but also interiors, furniture, floors and fixtures. Using original drawings, archival images and new photography, this monograph illustrates Horta's remarkable versatility and stylistic evolution from Art Nouveau to his own interpretations of Modern architecture and Art Deco'.
A very good copy in red covers with Hugh's photo pasted to front cover. Some rubbing to corners and edges, light marks and rubbing to covers and slight fading to the spine. Internally in fine condition, clean and fresh & illustrated with several colour photos, etc. 207pp. 'The unbelievable life and times of Hugh Millais, great-grandson of Sir John Everett Millais PRA. Every recipe tells a story. Ernest Hemingway, Ava Gardner, Gary Cooper, Marlene Dietrich, Orson Welles, Salvador Dali, Susannah York, Warren Beatty to name a few, all knew Hugh'.
The Midnight Court by Brian Merriman is newly translated from the Irish by David Marcus. Michael Biggs designed and cut the Headpiece and Vignettes. The text is handset in Poliphilus Type & Centaur Initials. The Gaelic Title in Petrie Type was lent by the Dublin University Press. Two Hundred Copies on Antique Paper are now printed and bound by hand & finished in April MCMLIII at The Dolmen Press Dublin. This is number 95. Decorative paper covers oven cloth spine with gilt lettering, a lovely copy, with slight rubbing to edges, light bumping to corners and rippling to the spine as seen in photos. Light foxing, mainly to endpapers and first & last pages and very mild to sporadic pages throughout, but overall clean and bright pages. Unpaged. 'Originally written in the Irish language by the 18th-century poet Brian Merriman (circa 1745–1805), The Midnight Court is an extended satiric poem that assesses the growing economic, political, and familial constraints of late 18th-century Catholic Ireland under British colonial rule, while subversively playing on the tradition of the aisling (or vision) poem in which a beautiful woman represents Ireland’s threatened sovereignty. While containing many insights into 18th-century social conditions, The Midnight Court is also an exuberant, even jaunty work of the comic imagination'.
Fourth Edition, Third Publishing, only 500 copies printed. Tenth Thousand. With forty-two illustrations by John Tenniel. A fine binding in bright red morocco with boxed gilt ruling to both boards, five raised bands, gilt ruling, gilt motif and lettering to the spine. Marbled endpapers, silk head and tail bands and all edges gilt. A fine binding in fine condition. Internally clean with a touch of browning to pages, a touch of foxing to first and last few pages, a few light marks to sporadic pages throughout the book and edge tear to bottom of one page, otherwise an excellent copy. 192pp. 'After a tumble down the rabbit hole, Alice finds herself far away from home in the absurd world of Wonderland. As mind-bending as it is delightful, Lewis Carroll’s 1865 novel is pure magic for young and old alike'.
First Edition, First Printing. The first appearance of The Turn of the Screw now housed in a recent dark blue morocco binding, with boxed gilt lining to both boards, five raised bands to the spine, gilt lines, design and lettering to each band and all edges gilt. Marbled endpapers and original covers bound to rear. A very smart copy in near fine condition. Internally with clean and fresh pages, all bar a touch of browning to edges and a couple of pages with corner creases. 310pp, 32 pages of ads. 'Whether viewed as a subtle, self-conscious exploration of the haunted house of Victorian culture, filled with echoes of sexual and social unease, or simply as "the most hopelessly evil story we have ever read," The Turn of the Screw is probably the most famous of ghostly tales and certainly the most eerily equivocal'.
. First truly illustrated edition with seven tissue guarded lithographic plates by A. F. Lydon. A very scarce edition in lovely condition. Red cloth covers with bevelled edges, blind tooling, triple gilt lines and embossed gilt design and lettering to upper board, blind triple line tooling to rear board and gilt lettering and design to the spine. All edges gilt, yellow endpapers, tissue guarded frontispiece and pictorial title page. A very smart copy with light marks/stain to boards, slight rubbing to edges, minor bumping to corners and light scuffing to tips of the spine. All plates present, overall clean and bright with light foxing around the edges of a couple, including the frontispiece. Top of tissue guard to frontispiece loose but still present as seen in photos. Light foxing to endpapers and first and last pages but overall with clean and bright pages. Some movement to boards with webbing showing and previous owner's inscription to front endboard but, with all that said, a beautiful and solid copy, inside and out. 440pp.
Fifth Edition, Twelfth thousands. With forty-two illustrations by John Tenniel. A fine binding in red morocco with boxed gilt ruling to both boards, five raised bands, gilt ruling, gilt motif and lettering to the spine. Marbled endpapers, silk head and tail bands and all edges gilt. A fine binding in fine condition. Internally clean with a touch of browning to pages, a touch of foxing to first and last few pages, marks to frontispiece tissue guard and a few light marks to sporadic pages throughout the book, otherwise an excellent copy. 192pp. 'After a tumble down the rabbit hole, Alice finds herself far away from home in the absurd world of Wonderland. As mind-bending as it is delightful, Lewis Carroll’s 1865 novel is pure magic for young and old alike'.
Fine bindings in bright red morocco with boxed gilt ruling to both boards, five raised bands, gilt ruling, gilt motif and lettering to the spine. Marbled endpapers, silk head and tail bands and all edges gilt. Both bindings in fine condition with original cloth covers bound in the rear of both volumes. *Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, 1878, Fifty-eight thousand, with forty-two illustrations by John Tenniel. With some foxing and marks throughout the book, pre title page and last page with a touch of green as seen in photos and a couple of pages with edge tears, just about touching the text. With all that said, a sound and smart copy. 192pp plus one page of ads. * Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There, 1877, Forty-first thousand, with fifty illustrations by John Tenniel. Same condition as the Alice, with marks and foxes throughout and a touch of green to last pages but no edge tears to this volume. 224pp. 'In 1865, English author CHARLES LUTWIDGE DODGSON (1832-1898), aka Lewis Carroll, wrote a fantastical adventure story for the young daughters of a friend. The adventures of Alice-named for one of the little girls to whom the book was dedicated-who journeys down a rabbit hole and into a whimsical underworld realm instantly struck a chord with the British public, and then with readers around the world. In 1872, in reaction to the universal acclaim *Alice's Adventures in Wonderland* received, Dodgson published this sequel. Nothing is quite what it seems once Alice journeys through the looking-glass, and Dodgson's wit is infectious as he explores concepts of mirror imagery, time running backward, and strategies of chess-all wrapped up in the exploits of a spirited young girl who parries with the Red Queen, Tweedledee and Tweedledum, and other unlikely characters. In many ways, this sequel has had an even greater impact on today's pop culture than the first book'.