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Casey at the Bat

Thayer, Phineas [Ernest]; Groesbeck, Dan Sayre (Illustrations) First separate printing of the poem in book form, duodecimo size, [31] pp. "Casey at the Bat" was an immensely popular baseball poem - indeed, called by some, "the single most famous baseball poem ever" - written in comic verse by Ernest Lawrence "Phin" Thayer (1863-1940), a Harvard graduate and member of the Hasty Pudding society. "Phin", the manner in which he first signed the poem, was a nickname Thayer wrote under during time as a writer for the Harvard Lampoon. The poem was first published in "The San Francisco Examiner" in 1888 and was subsequently included in an anthology of poetry; this is the first time it was printed separately. "Casey" was immensely popular and gained recognition through its many performances, most notably by the comedian William DeWolf Hopper. The poem has inspired a plethora of adaptations for the screen and stage, and continues to entertain readers of all ages today. Many debate whether "Mudville" and "Casey" were real places and persons; the honour of place has been contended amongst several towns, but the character may have been based upon National League player Mike "King" Kelly, whose performance Thayer covered for the San Francisco "Examiner" in 1887, a year before the poem was first published. Illustrating this book is California artist Dan Sayre Groesbeck (1878-1950), who provides playful illustrations on every page, with numerous full-page illustrations portraying each stanza of the poem. Groesbeck began his art career working as an illustrator for the LA Morning Herald in about 1900; he served in the military during WWI and some of what he saw and experienced would later be used in his artwork (see "Artists in California" by Edan Milton Hughes, p. 189). ___DESCRIPTION: Full green paper over boards, illustration in yellow and black with gilt lettering on the front board, green endpapers, title page with illustration in orange and black, full-page illustrations in orange, black, and white by Dan Sayre Groesbeck printed on the versos on every page, line drawings in black by Groesbeck on the rectos throughout underneath the lines of the poem, orange initial capitals and running heads throughout; duodecimo size (7" by 5.25"), 31 unnumbered pages. ___CONDITION: Volume is near fine, with clean boards, a strong, square text block with solid hinges (recently professionally restored, name available upon request), the interior is clean and bright, and entirely free of prior owner markings; the head and tail of the spine slightly bumped, the corners slightly rubbed, and the volume was sympathetically rebacked in the past. ___POSTAGE: International customers, please note that additional postage may apply as the standard does not always cover costs; please inquire for details. ___Swan's Fine Books is pleased to be a member of the ABAA, ILAB, and IOBA and we stand behind every book we sell. Please contact us with any questions you may have, we are here to help.
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Castle Richmond; A Novel

Trollope, Anthony Duodecimo size, 480 pp. Anthony Trollope (1815-1882) has delighted generations with his depictions of 19th-century British life; no one can describe his characters with such precision, allowing us to not only visualize the physical attributes of the various characters but also giving us glimpses of their thoughts, desires, fears, and ambitions. Many of us met Trollope through his "Chronicles of Barsetshire", a "series of books set in the imaginary English county of Barsetshire [which] remains his best loved and most famous work, but he also wrote convincing novels of political life as well as studies that show great psychological penetration. One of his greatest strengths was a steady, consistent vision of the social structures of Victorian England, which he re-created in his books with unusual solidity" (n.b., from the website of Britannica). This novel, "Castle Richmond", was the third of five novels set in Ireland, and was first published in the UK as a "three-decker" (a publication in three parts/books). Trollope had worked in Ireland between the years 1841 and 1859, so he knew the country well and was able to write about it as familiarly as he could about England. While all of Trollope's novels contain many characters and various plots and sub-plots, "Castle Richmond" is more than usually complicated - which should delight all true Trollopians. ___DESCRIPTION: Bound in full brown vertical-ribbed cloth, both boards blind-stamped with a thick and thin ruled border with a geometrical circular design in the center, the spine stamped in blind with four plain panels with gold lettering, brown coated endpapers, top edge stained brown; text block duodecimo size, the binding measures 7.75" by 5.25", pagination: [i-v] vi [7]-474 [475-480, publisher's ads]. ___CONDITION: Volume is better than very good, with straight corners which show minimal rubbing, a strong, square text block with solid hinges, the interior is clean and bright, and the volume is entirely free of prior owner markings; some light spots of soiling to the binding a bit of bubbling to the cloth of the back board, the head and tail of the spine with professional restoration (name available upon request), evidence of prior erasure to the top fore-edge corner of the front free endpaper, some light foxing to the first and last few leaves and to the fore-edge of the text block; overall a very good, sturdy, first US edition. ___CITATION: Smith no. 6. ___POSTAGE: International customers, please note that additional postage may apply as the standard does not always cover costs; please inquire for details. ___Swan's Fine Books is pleased to be a member of the ABAA, ILAB, and IOBA and we stand behind every book we sell. Please contact us with any questions you may have, we are here to help.
Don Quixote; The Ingenious Gentleman of La Mancha

Don Quixote; The Ingenious Gentleman of La Mancha

Cervantes, Miguel de; Ormsby, John (Translation); Edman, Irwin (Introduction); Legrand, Edy (Illustrations) Two volumes (complete), no. 386 of 1500, folio size, 684 total pp. "Don Quixote", a Spanish novel by Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616), tells of the adventures of the nobleman Alonso Quixano, who, after reading many chivalric romances, decides to set out on a quest to revive chivalry, under the name Don Quixote de la Mancha. He imagines himself as a knight on a noble mission to fight for justice in the world, even though the world he lives in no longer resembles his romantic fantasies. This publication by the Limited Editions Club is lavishly illustrated by French painter Edy Legrand (1892-1970), who creates pen and dry-brush drawings with a deep sensibility to colour; his landscapes of characters are gritty and real, a stark contrast to the world Don Quixote seeks to make. ___DESCRIPTION: Quarter yellow cloth with marbled paper boards, burgundy leather spine label with gilt ruled borders and lettering, frontispiece in each volume a full-colour illustration by Edy Legrand, both volumes with full-page colour illustrations by Legrand throughout, text in double columns; linotype Bodoni type, Curtis special paper, folio size (12.5" by 9"), pagination: Part One: [1-6] 7-348; Part Two: [349-351] 352-682 [683] [1 colophon], one of 1500 copies, this number 386. Housed in a slipcase covered in grey paper, with a white paper spine label with brown ruled borders and lettering. ___CONDITION: Volumes are near fine, with clean boards, strong, square text blocks with solid hinges, the interiors are clean and bright, and entirely free of prior owner markings; head of the spine (both volumes) slightly bumped, top corners straight with a hint of rubbing, bottom corners on Part Two gently bumped with a bit more rubbing, some dustiness to the yellow spine cloth. The slipcase is good, strong and sturdy (a prior owner did glue the box along one seam), with overall soiling and edge wear, the top beginning to split at the edges. ___CITATION: LEC no. 209. ___POSTAGE: Please note that this is a large and heavy set, and therefore additional postage will apply; please inquire for details. ___Swan's Fine Books is pleased to be a member of the ABAA, ILAB, and IOBA and we stand behind every book we sell. Please contact us with any questions you may have, we are here to help.
The Philosophy of Marriage; Being Four Important Lectures on the Functions and Disorders of the Nervous System

The Philosophy of Marriage; Being Four Important Lectures on the Functions and Disorders of the Nervous System, and Reproductive Organs

Jordan, Dr. L.J. Duodecimo size, 107 pp. Sadly, the world has ever had more than its share of those who take advantage of their fellow human beings. Such a one, apparently, was "Dr. L[ouis] J. Jordan", as adrioitly pointed out in an article published on the web site of SF Gate on May 28, 2018, written by Alyssa Pereira. Ms. Pereira researched "Dr. Jordan" and his "Museum of Anatomy" and sets forth convincing proof that the good doctor was actually using his "museum" to scare the unsuspecting into believing that horrific diseases were running rampant, that they in fact (after a "free" consultation") suffered from such diseases, and that his medical care was their only hope. It was later discovered that he had bilked many out of large sums of money, including a miner from Nevada who paid $10,000 (approximately $217,000 today) for a treatment that was totally unnecessary. This slim volume, which purports to give advice on "Marriage", was part of the scam, along with the Doctor's "Pacific Museum of Anatomy & Natural Science", an ad for which is at the rear of the volume. Thus, while the book opens with the statement "[t]he very rapid sale of the Forty-seventh Edition of this little work, and the demands upon my time by the growing increase of my professional practice, precludes me from mkaing any very important additions to the present issue" - we are guessing that there were not prior forty-six editions, and that the good doctor merely was making out that his medical advice had both been around for a while and was followed by many. OCLC does locate four copies with a printing date of 1862 with a New York imprint, but whether that publication had forty-six printings is anybody's guess. An interesting artifact of how badly medicine can be practiced upon those who are unsuspecting, and a caution to us today. ___DESCRIPTION: Bound in full brown pebbled cloth, blind-embossed ruled border encompassing decorations at the corners on both boards, gold lettering on the front, bright yellow coated endpapers; duodecimo size (7 1/8" by 4 3/8"), pagination: [i-v] vi, [1] 2-99 [100, blank] [101, ad for the Pacific Museum of Anatomy & Natural Science]. ___CONDITION: A bit better than good, with a strong, square text block with solid hinges, the interior is clean, and entirely free of prior owner markings; the binding is fairly worn with the cloth worn through in several areas, rubbing to the corners, head and tail of the spine with the cloth fraying particularly at the tail of the spine, the gold lettering on the front badly faded, and one cracked gutter between pp. 40-41. ___POSTAGE: International customers, please note that additional postage may apply as the standard does not always cover costs; please inquire for details. ___Swan's Fine Books is pleased to be a member of the ABAA, ILAB, and IOBA and we stand behind every book we sell. Please contact us with any questions you may have, we are here to help.
Tevye's Daughters

Tevye’s Daughters

Aleichem, Sholom [Rabinovich, Solomon Naumovich]; Butwin, Frances (Translator) First printing, octavo size, 320 pp. The well-known muscial "Fiddler on the Roof" opened on Broadway in 1964, and "was the first musical theatre run in history to surpass 3,000 performances" - it held the record for the longest-running musical on Broadway for almost ten years, until surpassed by "Grease", winning nine Tony Awards. The reasons for its success were many, we surmise in part due to the timeless themes that touch everyone's heart: a loving father worrying about his children; trying to come to grips with their independence as they reach adulthood; and the dreams of immigrants everywhere who long for a better life. These are the stories upon which the play is based, the first printing, with the price of $3.00 on the dust jacket, no additional printings listed (which denotes a Crown first printing per Zempel), and no mention of the musical "Fiddler on the Roof" on the dust jacket. The author, Solomon Naumovich Rabinovich (1859-1916) is known by his pen name "Sholom Aleichem", the traditional greeting in Hebrew. He began writing in both Hebrew and Russian, and by 1890 was well-known as an author of Yiddish literature. He and his family eventually came to America; when he died in 1916 "his funeral was one of the largest in New York City history, with an estimated 100,000 mourners" (n.b., above quotes and information from Wiki). With an Introduction by the translator, Frances Butwin, who authored "The Jews in America", published in 1969. ___DESCRIPTION: Bound in full teal cloth, black lettering on the spine, with a four-page glossary at the rear of the Yiddish words used in the book; octavo size (8.5" by 5 5/8"), pagination: [i-vi] vii-xvii [xviii, blank] 1-302. The dust jacket shows the original price of $3.00 with a colour illustration on the front and spine of Tevye greeting his daughters outside their home, black lettering on the front and spine, publisher's ads on the back flap and rear panel, summary of the book on the front panel. ___CONDITION: The volume a bit better than very good, with clean boards, straight corners with minimal rubbing, a strong, square text block with solid hinges, the interior is clean and bright, and entirely free of prior owner markings; some sunning and slight wear to the head of the spine and dustiness to the fore-edge. The unclipped dust jacket is fair only; all the pieces are present but there is overall edgewear including several chips, the most noticeable at the head of the spine with some loss to the lettering of the author's name, overall light soiling and sunning to the spine; the front flap is totally detached, the rear panel almost detached from the spine; now in a protective mylar covering. ___POSTAGE: International customers, please note that additional postage may apply as the standard does not always cover costs; please inquire for details. ___Swan's Fine Books is pleased to be a member of the ABAA, ILAB, and IOBA and we stand behind every book we sell. Please contact us with any questions you may have, we are here to help.
Poems by Edgar A. Poe

Poems by Edgar A. Poe

Poe, Edgar A[llan]; Monahan, Michael (Foreword); Warner, Samuel (Title Page and Ornaments) Quarto size, 67 pp. Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849) gave the world a literary legacy that few can match - who amongst us has not read many of his stories such as "The Tell-Tale Heart" or poems such as "The Raven", with which this volume opens."Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered weak and weary, Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore.". This publication is by the Roycrofters, founded by Elbert Hubbard (1856-1915), whose Press was closely modelled after William Morris' Kelmscott Press (although the output was quite different). Known as "Fra Elbertus" by the Roycrofters, Hubbard died in the sinking of the ship "Lusitania" in 1915 by a German submarine near the start of WWI. The influence of William Morris and his Arts and Crafts movement on Hubbard can be seen in the lovely decorative title page and the attention to detail in the page layout, the binding, and the quality of the paper used. ___DESCRIPTION: Bound in full light brown limp suede, debossed rectangle on the front with gilt lettering, yapped edges, chocolate brown silk pastedown endpapers, top edge gilt, uncut fore- and bottom edges, tissue-guarded frontispiece an illustration of Poe possibly based on the "Lewin Daguerreotype" of Poe but with an altered expression, decorated title page with the drawing of a woman inset above the lettering (perhaps meant to be Lenore?), a second portrait of Poe "From a picture in the collection of R.W. Griswold" between pp. 26 and 27; includes the poems "The Raven", "Lenore", "The Bells", "Annabel Lee", and many more; quarto size (just under 10" by 6.25"), pagination: [i-iv, preliminary pages] i-v being the Foreword, [vi, blank], [vii, half-title], [viii, blank], [1]-49 [50-54], [55, colophon]. ___CONDITION: Could almost be deemed fine; the suede covers are clean and soft, with none of the powdering or wear usually seen with this Roycroft binding, the yapped edges without tears, the binding unsunned, the silk endpapers clean and entire (often the silk has started to disintegrate), the text block strong, the pages clean and bright, and completely free of prior owner markings; the two condition issues we see which prevent us as grading as "fine" are a short tear at the bottom of the front hinge (approximately 1.25" long) and evidence that a prior owner paper-clipped something to the first two free pages, with the outline of the clip and light rust marks to the verso of the front free endpaper and a faint shadow of the said paper clip on the silk pastedown. ___POSTAGE: International customers, please note that additional postage may apply as the standard does not always cover costs; please inquire for details. ___Swan's Fine Books is pleased to be a member of the ABAA, ILAB, and IOBA and we stand behind every book we sell. Please contact us with any questions you may have, we are here to help.
Angle of Repose

Angle of Repose

Stegner, Wallace First printing, octavo size, 569 pp. Wallace Earle Stegner (1909-1993) was often called "The Dean of Western Writers"; he won the Pulitzer Prize in 1972 and the U.S. National Book Award in 1977. A member of the faculty at Stanford University, Stegner founded their creative writing program; the Stegner Fellowship program at Stanford was named in his honour. This work is likely Stegner's best-known novel, the one for which he won the Pulitzer Prize in 1972. The story revolves around a wheelchair-using historian, Lyman Ward, who has lost connection with his son and living family and decides to write about his frontier-era grandparents. The novel is directly based on the letters of Mary Hallock Foote (and is so acknowledged by Stegner at the beginning of the book), however, his use of substantial passages from Foote's actual letters as the correspondence of his fictional character Susan Burling Ward was and remains controversial among some scholars. In 1998, the Modern Library ranked "Angle of Repose" as #82 on its list of the 100 best English-language novels of the 20th century (n.b., above info from Wiki). ___DESCRIPTION: Bound in sage green cloth with gilt lettering on the front and spine, the front lettering surrounded by a blind embossed stylized wreath, green endpapers, code "M4" in the gutter margin of page 569; octavo size (just under 8.5" by 5 5/8'), pagination: (1)-569. The dust jacket shows the original price of $7.95, no Pulitzer sticker, has a decoration on the front also of a wreath with the title in its midst in red lettering bordered in black, same red/black lettering on the spine, photo of author with short bio below on the back panel, summary of the book on the front flap continuing on the back flap. ___CONDITION: Volume is a shade below fine; the binding clean and unworn, the corners straight and unrubbed, a strong, square text block with solid hinges, the interior is clean and bright, and entirely free of prior owner markings; there is faint sunning to the top approx. 1/2" of the binding, an extremely shallow, short indentation to the bottom edge of the front board, and the top edge of the text block is somewhat dusty, else fine. The unclipped dust jacket is a bit better than very good; not price-clipped, no evidence of the Pulitzer sticker ever having been present, entire, and the spine lettering remains bright with the red unsunned; there is some minor overall edgewear including a few short (approx. 1/2") closed tears and some rubbing to the tail of the spine (with small loss to the bottom edge of the publisher), and a few stray marks of soiling. ___CITATION: Colberg A22.1.a. ___POSTAGE: International customers please note that additional postage may apply, please inquire for details. ___Swan's Fine Books is pleased to be a member of the ABAA, ILAB and IOBA and we stand behind every book we sell. Please contact us with any questions, we are here to help.
Open All Night; New Poems

Open All Night; New Poems

Bukowski, Charles First trade edition of 1000 copies, unnumbered, octavo size, 365 pp. Charles Bukowski (1920-1994) was "a prolific underground writer who used his poetry and prose to depict the depravity of urban life and the downtrodden in American society. A cult hero, Bukowski relied on experience, emotion, and imagination in his work, using direct language and violent and sexual imagery" (n.b., from the web site of the Poetry Foundation). As much as he achieved popular acclaim during his lifetime, his reputation and following have only increased after his death. This volume of "New Poems" is the first trade printing of such (there were also lettered and numbered editions); the Black Sparrow Press, whose editor, John Martin, was a friend of Bukowski's, continued to release new publications of his work every few years. ___DESCRIPTION: Black cloth shelfback with paper spine label with blue and red lettering, yellow star outlined in red, light grey laid paper over boards, red and blue lettering on the front, illustration on the front and a smaller illustration on the rear board, cherry red endpapers, title page with author's name in red; octavo size (9.25" by 6.25"), pagination: [1-16] 17-361 [362, blank] [363, colophon] [364, black and white photograph of Bukowski] [365, author's bio]. In a dust wrapper of clear acetate from the publisher. ___CONDITION: Fine, with clean boards, straight corners without rubbing, a strong, square text block with solid hinges, the interior is clean and bright, and entirely free of prior owner markings; clean, crisp, as new. The publisher's acetate dust wrapper near fine with light overall marks. ___POSTAGE: International customers, please note that additional postage may apply as the standard does not always cover costs; please inquire for details. ___Swan's Fine Books is pleased to be a member of the ABAA, ILAB, and IOBA and we stand behind every book we sell. Please contact us with any questions you may have, we are here to help.
Our Inheritance in the Great Pyramid; Third and Much Enlarged Edition

Our Inheritance in the Great Pyramid; Third and Much Enlarged Edition, Including All the Most Important Discoveries up to the Time of Publication.

Smyth, [Charles] Piazzi Octavo size, 648 pp. Charles Piazzi Smyth (1819-1900) has a fasinating life-story, one which would take more time to tell than we presently have in introducing this work. Suffice it to say that, in addition to a highly-regarded career in the field of astronomy (serving as the Astronomer-Royal for Scotland for a period of years), he was also an Egyptologist of sorts. Having corresponded with pyramid theorist John Taylor (1781-1864), Smyth decided to go on an expedition to Egypt to accurately measure "every surface, dimension, and aspect of the Great Pyramid". His findings were published in 1864 (the first publication date of this work), which over the years he expanded. While his conclusions regarding a divinely-inspired "pyramid inch" were subsequently proven untrue, he still "made the most accurate measurements of the Great Pyramid that any explorer had made up to that time, and he photographed the interior passages, using a magnesium light, for the first time" (n.b., info and quotes from Wiki). ___DESCRIPTION: Bound in full green cloth, gilt device on front board of a "triple key" the parts attached to a circle with Egyptian symbols, triple narrow-ruled border in black on front board, same border in blind on the back board, gilt lettering on the spine with black narrow rules at the head and tail, grey coated endpapers, two illustrations of details of a pyramid drawn by Smyth serving as a frontis, tissue-guarded, volume dedicated to John Taylor (mentioned above), a total of twenty-four illustrations (including the frontis), which are bound together towards the beginning of the volume, a few in blue and black, index at the rear; octavo size (8" by 5.75"), pagination: [i-vii] viii-xviii [plates bound in other than frontis] [1-3] 4-626 [four pages of publisher's ads]. ___CONDITION: Almost very good, with clean boards, gilt on both the front board and spine bright and unrubbed, straight corners, a strong, square text block, collated complete, the interior is clean and bright, and entirely free of prior owner markings; overall wear to the binding, most noticeable at the top front joint and tail of the spine, all corners somewhat rubbed (the top front corner more than the others), hinges just starting but both boards solidly attached. ___POSTAGE: International customers, please note that additional postage may apply as the standard does not always cover costs; please inquire for details. ___Swan's Fine Books is pleased to be a member of the ABAA, ILAB, and IOBA and we stand behind every book we sell. Please contact us with any questions you may have, we are here to help.
The Riverside Shakespeare; Second Edition

The Riverside Shakespeare; Second Edition

Shakespeare, William; Evans, G. Blakemore (General and Textual Editor); with Essays by Dubrow, Heather; Liston, William T.; and Shattuck, Charles H. Two volumes (complete), quarto size, 2093 pp., the first printing of this second, revised edition. The works of William Shakespeare (1564-1616) continue to inspire and delight both the average reader as well as provide food for continued scholarly study. The Riverside Shakespeare is the name given to a series of editions of Shakespeare's complete works, first published in 1883/1901, edited by Richard Grant. "A new version was published in 1974 as a full scholarly edition, presenting each of the plays with introductions and textual notes.A revised edition was published.which is notable for being the first major complete works edition to include the disputed play 'Edward III' " (n.b., info on the Riverside Shakespeare and quote from Wiki). The full number line on the copyright page indicates this to be the first printing of this revised edition. ___DESCRIPTION: Bound in full black imitation grained leather, cherry red endpapers, printed on thin India paper, text presented in two columns with copious notes at page bottoms, both volumes with short sections of both full-colour and black-and-white illustrations (which are not included in the pagination), each play opens with an introduction and closes with additional textual notes; quarto size (10.25" by 8.25"), text pages continuously paginated thus: Volume I, [i-iv] v-xx [xxi-xxii, sectional title page] 1-1064; Volume II, [i-iv] v-xiv, 1065-2057. Both volumes housed in a slipcase covered with glossy black paper, image of Shakespeare on both sides, grey lettering on the "spine". ___CONDITION: Volumes fine, with clean binding, straight corners without rubbing, strong, square text blocks with solid hinges, the interiors are clean and bright, and both volumes entirely free of prior owner markings; the sole condition issue we see is light wrinkling to the first few pages of each volume; as there is no evidence of damp or other mis-handling, this appears to be due to the binding process. The slipcase is near fine, strong and sturdy, with a few areas of very light wear/wrinkling to the paper covering. ___POSTAGE: Please note that this is an extremely heavy set and therefore additional postage will apply; please inquire for details. ___Swan's Fine Books is pleased to be a member of the ABAA, ILAB, and IOBA and we stand behind every book we sell. Please contact us with any questions you may have, we are here to help.
From the Earth to the Moon [and] Around the Moon

From the Earth to the Moon [and] Around the Moon

Verne, Jules; Jules-Verne, Jean (Introduction); Shore, Robert (Illustrations) No. 351 of 1500 copies, two volumes (complete), quarto size, 457 pp., signed by Robert Shore, with LEC Monthly Letter and announcement. Jules Gabriel Verne (1828-1905) remains widely read today, having authored books such as "Journey to the Center of the Earth", "Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea", and "Around the World in Eighty Days". He has been called the "Father of Science Fiction", and his works are the most-translated after Agatha Christie (but before Shakespeare). In these two tales, originally published in 1865 and 1870, Verne takes us on a journey to the moon. The LEC Monthly Letter describes how uncannily accurate were some of Verne's descriptions for such a journey, with amazing parallels to the journey he relates and the actual NASA launch of Apollo 11. With sixteen full-page illustrations from paintings by Robert Shore (1924-2014), who was awarded the Society of Illustrators Gold Medal in 1966. A Fulbright fellow in painting, his works are part of the permanent collections at the Smithsonian and NASA (n.b., info from Shore's obituary in The New York Times). ___DESCRIPTION: Bound in quarter ochre buckram stamped in green and gold, parchment paper-covered boards printed with a map of the moon's surface in sepia, the sixteen illustrations by Shore throughout the two volumes; linotype Times Roman on white eggshell-finish paper, quarto size (10 5/8" by 7.25"), consecutively paginated thus: volume one: [i-iv] v-xiv [xv-xx], 1-206; volume two: [i-x] 207-425 [426, blank] [427, colophon] with Robert Shore's signature on the colophon page. In the original glassine wrappers, the LEC Monthly Letter and announcement for this set loosely laid in, all housed in a slipcase covered with tan paper, with decorative calligraphaphic ornaments on the two sides, a "spine label" printed on the back in light and dark shades of grey. ___CONDITION: Volumes both fine, with clean boards, straight corners without rubbing, strong, square text blocks with all hinges solid, the interiors are clean and bright, and both volumes are entirely free of prior owner markings; clean, crisp, as new. The glassine wrappers near fine with a hint of sunning to the spines and a few tiny areas of edgewear; the LEC Letter and announcement both near fine, both with a hint of toning and light areas of unintended creasing; slipcase near fine, strong and sturdy, with a few spots of light wear to the paper covering. ___CITATION: LEC Bibliography no. 429. ___POSTAGE: Please note that this is an unusally heavy set and additional postage may apply; please inquire for details. ___Swan's Fine Books is pleased to be a member of the ABAA, ILAB, and IOBA and we stand behind every book we sell. Please contact us with any questions you may have, we are here to help.
The New Universal Biographical Dictionary and American Remembrancer of Departed Merit; Containing Complete and Impartial Accounts of the Lives and Writings.

The New Universal Biographical Dictionary and American Remembrancer of Departed Merit; Containing Complete and Impartial Accounts of the Lives and Writings.

Volume four only [of a four-volume set], octavo size, 498 pp. What we would today likely have called a "biographical encyclopedia", this set presented short biographies of the "most eminent persons in every nation, but more particularly of Those who have signalized themselves in America" (title page). We have only volume four (alas), with entries beginning with Sir Joshua Reynolds and ending with Zoroaster, followed by a 45-page appendix. As of this writing, there are only two complete sets offered online; we offer this single volume due partly to scarcity and partly due to the interest we find in extensive prior owner annotations throughout. This volume opens on the front free endpaper with the following, all written in an old, flowing script: "Daniel Robinson, OWNER, Price $1.50, No. 114 (which is crossed through), Of my Bound Books, No. 89. This is but the fourth volume of the original work, it being comprised in four volumes. It happened, by some means, that a considerable number of odd fourth volumes was printed. These being bound without numbering, were sold singly, as if the whole work had consisted of only one voume. D.R." Annotations in the same hand can be found throughout; some give more detail on a particular circumstance, others correct spelling or grammatical errors. Many entries consist of vertical lines drawn in the margins; here and there can be found the occasional mathematical calculation. Most annotations are in ink, some in pencil. The recto of the rear free endpaper, and the top portion of the rear pastedown, contain a lengthy inscription; however, the ink has faded to the degree where it is difficult to read. We tried to track down "Daniel Robinson", however, the name is common enough that our search went unrewarded. However, the annotations provide a fascinating glimpse into the mind of this owner, who may have been the original purchaser of this volume. ___DESCRIPTION: Bound in full leather, red leather spine label with gilt lettering and ruled border, this volume without a frontis (no evidence of removal, it may never have been bound in); octavo size (8" by 5"), pagination: [1-3] 4-456, ff. by the appendix [1] 2-45; note that the printer made two errors in the pagination, such that p. 402 is followed by p. 405; and in the Appendix, p. 4 is followed by p. 6; the book collates complete using the signature marks, no pages are missing. There is a single plate bound into the book between pp. 446. and 447 of General Wayne. Please note that this is volume four ONLY of a four-volume set; we usually do not offer single volumes but due to the scarcity of this, and the interest in the prior / original owner annotations, we believe there is a place for it. ___CONDITION: A bit better than good, the leather binding scuffed and a bit worn but not powdering, the red leather spine label present and firmly attached, straight corners without rubbing (the top front corner looks as though it may have been restored at some point), and with a strong, square text block with solid hinges; some offsetting and foxing to the endpapers, the interior pages with some overall toning, a few pages darker than others but all easily readable, a few signatures sprung but still attached to the text block, and replete with prior owner annotations, as referred to above, including two old prices written on the front pastedown, "1.50" and "12/York currency", the rear flyleaf missing about one-quarter of its width at the bottom, the rear pastedown also with some loss (it does not appear as though any of the missing paper had annotations). ___POSTAGE: International customers, please note that additional postage may apply as the standard does not always cover costs; please inquire for details. ___Swan's Fine Books is pleased to be a member of the ABAA, ILAB, and IOBA and we stand behind every book we sell. Please contact us with any questions you may have, we are here to help.
Yosemite and the Range of Light

Yosemite and the Range of Light

Adams, Ansel; Brooks, Paul (Introduction) First printing, oblong elephant folio size, 137 pp., signed by Ansel Adams. A celebration of the stunning scenery of Yosemite National Park, this volume contains photographs by renowned photographer Ansel Adams (1902-1984); the breathtaking landscapes exemplify Adams' proficiency in photography and capture the subject for which his work is best known. Nature writer Paul Brooks (1909-1998) provides an introduction to Adams' photographs; a prolific writer and editor, Brooks worked with authors such as James Agee, Rachel Carson, and Winston Churchill, even suggesting the title "Silent Spring" for Carson's seminal work. This volume is signed by Adams on the half-title page, not on a tipped-in bookplate. ___DESCRIPTION: Quarter red cloth with slate grey cloth boards, gilt lettering on the spine, frontispiece a black-and-white photograph by Ansel Adams captioned "Clearing Winter Storm, Yosemite Valley 1944", 105 full-page black-and-white photographs by Adams throughout; oblong elephant folio size (15.25" wide by 12 3/8" tall), pagination: [1-6] 7-28 [29-137], signed by Ansel Adams on the half-title page. In a grey paper dust jacket with white lettering and a black-and-white photograph by Adams on the front panel, white lettering on the spine, a black-and-white photograph by Adams on the rear panel, a description of the book on the front flap, and author and photographer bios with photographs on the rear flap; the dust jacket is unclipped with the original price of $75.00 on the front flap. ___CONDITION: Volume almost fine, with clean boards, straight corners with no rubbing, a strong, square text block with solid hinges, the interior is clean and bright, and entirely free of prior owner markings; two very faint damp marks on the front board (which did not go through the binding), two shallow creases to the front free endpaper, else fine. The dust jacket is fine, unclipped, clean, without wear. ___POSTAGE: Please note that this is a large and heavy book, and therefore additonal postage will apply; please inquire for details. ___Swan's Fine Books is pleased to be a member of the ABAA, ILAB, and IOBA and we stand behind every book we sell. Please contact us with any questions you may have, we are here to help.
Just So Stories For Little Children

Just So Stories For Little Children

Kipling, Rudyard First printing, octavo size, 257 pp., in a custom clamshell box. A prolific author known for his varied works from "The Jungle Book" to "Captains Courageous", in the "Just So Stories" Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936) creates delightful stories of animals and how they got their distinguishing characteristics, such as "How the Leopard Got His Spots" and "How the Camel Got His Hump". The stories are illustrated by Kipling himself, and are a timeless collection of children's fables. Kipling began to write these stories during a stay in America for the amusement of his daughter, Josephine; sadly, she died at a young age of pneumonia. The stories remain popular, having been adapted numerous times, as well as being published as separate works. On the front paste-down is the lovely, custom designed bookplate of Agnes Jekyll, possibly the Agnes Jekyll who lived 1861-1937, an artist and philanthropist who was made Dame Commander of the British Empire in 1918. The bookplate is signed but is difficult to read, it could be "C.B. Sherson 1890". ___DESCRIPTION: Full red cloth, illustrations of animals in white and black on the front and rear boards, white lettering on the front board and spine, twenty-two full-page black-and-white illustrations by Rudyard Kipling throughout; octavo size (9.5" by 7"), pagination: [i-vi] [1] 2-249 [250-251]. Tasteful prior owner bookplate on the front paste-down. Housed in a custom clamshell box, with quarter maroon leather and brown cloth boards, vertical gilt rules along the leather, the spine with five raised bands and gilt lettering, lined with white cloth. ___CONDITION: Very good, the boards mostly clean with a few light spots of soil, a strong, square text block, the text pages clean and bright with only a few scattered spots of foxing, and the sole prior owner marking we see the bookplate referred to above; the corners gently bumped but not rubbed, the head and tail of the spine bumped with a few very small tears to the cloth, the spine is somewhat sunned but the white lettering and decorations still clearly visible, the front hinge is starting but the front board still firmly attached, rear hinge is solid, a few leaves throughout with light foxing, the endpapers and flyleaves with the foxing a bit more pronounced, and slightly cracked gutters at pages 64-65 and 80-81. The custom clamshell box fine, strong and sturdy, without wear and clean overall. ___CITATION: Livingston no. 267. ___POSTAGE: International customers, please note that additional postage may apply as the standard does not always cover costs; please inquire for details. ___Swan's Fine Books is pleased to be a member of the ABAA, ILAB, and IOBA and we stand behind every book we sell. Please contact us with any questions you may have, we are here to help.
Hiroshige; Meisho Edo hyakkei-Honderd beroemde aanzichten van Edo [100 Views of Edo]

Hiroshige; Meisho Edo hyakkei-Honderd beroemde aanzichten van Edo [100 Views of Edo]

Trede, Melanie; Bichler, Lorenz; Hiroshige (Artist) Folio size, 272 pp., illustrated in colour, text in German. A beautiful re-issuing from the Ota Museum of Art, Tokyo, of this famous series of ukiyo-e prints by Hiroshige (1797-1858), featuring 100 views of Edo. Ukiyo-e or "pictures of the floating world" were usually drafted on wood blocks and sometimes as paintings, subject matter was usually of beautiful women, folk tales, landscapes, nature, kabuki actors and scenes, erotica, and sumo wrestlers, all of which appealed to the merchant class of Edo or modern Tokyo. ___DESCRIPTION: Japanese style sewn binding, pictorial wrappers, pages french-fold, with over 120 full-page color reproductions, re-issuing of the original woodcuts from the Ota Museum of Art, Tokyo; folio size (12.25" x 9.75"), 272 pp. Please note that the text is in German. Housed in a pictorial paper covered folding case with bone clasps. ___CONDITION: Near fine; the colours vibrant and unfaded, both on the wraps and internally, the sewn binding strong, the text block solid and square, and free of prior owner markings; a few light spots of soiling to the front wrapper, else fine. The folding case fine, strong and sturdy, the bone clasps present and the ribbons unworn, just a trifle soiled. ___POSTAGE: International customers, please note that additional postage may apply as the standard does not always cover costs; please inquire for details. ___Swan's Fine Books is pleased to be a member of the ABAA, ILAB and IOBA and we stand behind every book we sell. Please contact us with any questions you may have, we are here to help.
Uncle Remus

Uncle Remus, His Songs and His Sayings; The Folk-Lore of the Old Plantation

Harris, Joel Chandler; Church, Frederick S. and Moser, James H. (Illustrations) First printing, duodecimo size, 241 pp. The stories told by Joel Chandler Harris' (1848-1908) character Uncle Remus feature the popular Brer Rabbit from African-American folklore, a trickster character who lives by his wits; the book contains thirty-four stories, as well as songs and chants, and sketches about Uncle Remus under the section "His Sayings". The work "has been frequently censured for perpetuating African American stereotypes and for [Harris'] apparently nostalgic version of the antebellum South. . .'Uncle Remus' has been translated into over twenty-five languages and remains in print, but the uneasy role of race in the stories has perhaps discouraged post-Second World War adaptations and retellings, with Enid Blyton's versions in the 1950s a notable exception" (Loker). It still remains an important work in the canon of children's literature, and should be viewed as a period piece upon which dialogue can be built. This volume is filled with charming drawings of allegorical animals, by two men well-known in their day. Frederick Stuart Church (1842-1924) had work featured regularly in several Harpers publications, such as "Harper's Weekly" and "Harper's Bazaar", as well as "Ladies' Home Journal" and "Century Magazine". James Henry Moser (1854-1913) was "known as one of the most prominent watercolor artists of his day"; a painter, art critic and illustrator, he worked for many newspapers and periodicals, including the "Atlantic Monthly". He also taught at the Corcoran Gallery of Art and Columbian University (now George Washington University) (n.b., info on Moser and the quote from the web site of the Fine Art Database). ___DESCRIPTION: Full blue cloth, illustration in gilt with decorations in black on the front board, gilt lettering and small illustration on the spine, blind-debossed double-ruled border on the back board, endpapers with all-over floral pattern in grey, frontispiece a black-and-white illustration captioned "Uncle Remus and his deceitful jug.", title page with black-and-white illustration of Uncle Remus, black-and-white illustrations by Frederick S. Church and James H. Moser, some full-page and some in-text, throughout; duodecimo size (7.75" by 5.25"), pagination: [1-3] 4-231 [232-241]. ___CONDITION: Almost near fine, with clean boards, the gilt on the front board bright, straight corners with minimal rubbing, a strong, square text block with solid hinges, and the volume entirely free of prior owner markings; lightly cocked, the interior mostly clean and bright, a few pages with some light spots of soil and a stray spot or two of foxing, prior professional restoration to both hinges (now strong and sturdy) and the head and tail of the spine, some very light soiling to the rear board, lightly cracked gutter at pages 120 and 121, but text block still strong. A better than very good first edition of this historic work. ___CITATION: BAL no. 7100; Blanck, pp. 56-57; Loker no. 45. First printing/issue, with no mention of this title in "New Books" at the rear and "presumptive" on p. 9. ___POSTAGE: International customers, please note that additional postage may apply as the standard does not always cover costs; please inquire for details. ___Swan's Fine Books is pleased to be a member of the ABAA, ILAB, and IOBA and we stand behind every book we sell. Please contact us with any questions you may have, we are here to help.
Cindy Sherman

Cindy Sherman, 1975-1993

Sherman, Cindy (Photographer); Krauss, Rosalind (Text); Bryson, Norman (Essay) First US edition, folio size, 240 pp. Cindy Sherman (b. 1954), photographer and filmmaker, is known for self-portraits which "offer critiques of gender and identity. What made Sherman famous is the use of her own body in roles or personas in her work, with her seminal series Untitled Film Stills (1977-1980) being particularly important. These black-and-white photographs feature the artist herself as a model in various costumes and poses, and are her portrayals of female stereotypes found in film, television, and advertising. Similar to Barbara Kruger, Sherman examines and distorts femininity as a social construct. 'I like making images that from a distance seem kind of seductive, colorful, luscious and engaging, and then you realize what you're looking at is something totally opposite,' she reflected. 'It seems boring to me to pursue the typical idea of beauty, because that is the easiest and the most obvious way to see the world. It's more challenging to look at the other side' " (n.b., from the web site of ArtNet). This work was the first presentation of her complete work up through 1993, with reviews by contemporary art historian Rosalind Krauss which highlight the "enormous influence these works have had on feminist thinking and on current dialogues about the strategies of contemporary art in general" (n.b., from dust jacket flap). ___DESCRIPTION: Bound in full tan glossy paper over boards, dark green lettering on the front and spine, blue-green endpapers, replete with both black-and-white and colour photographs; folio size (12.25" by 9.25"), pagination: [1-9] 10-240. In a wrap-around dust jacket with images by Cindy Sherman upon a blue-green background, jacket unclipped although no printed price present, summary of the book on the front flap, statements about the authors and publisher's ads on the back flap. ___CONDITION: Fine, with clean boards, straight corners without rubbing, a strong, square text block with solid hinges, the interior is clean and bright, and entirely free of prior owner markings; a few shallow marks on the bottom edges of the boards (from shelving), else fine. The unclipped dust jacket near fine with light overall edgewear, most noticeably at the head and tail of the spine. ___POSTAGE: Please note that this is an unusually heavy book and additional postage may apply; please inquire for details. ___Swan's Fine Books is pleased to be a member of the ABAA, ILAB, and IOBA and we stand behind every book we sell. Please contact us with any questions you may have, we are here to help.
Golden Gate

Golden Gate

Misrach, Richard (Photographer); Clark, T.J. and Walker, Richard (Essays) The first printing of the Aperture Foundation publication, oblong folio, 164 pp. "In 1997 my family and I moved to a home in the Berkeley hills with an extraordinary view of the Golden Gate Bridge. These pictures were taken from our porch. RM" (opening lines of book, at the half-title page). Richard Misrach (b. 1949) is "one of the most influential photographers of his generation. In the 1970s, he helped pioneer the renaissance of color photography and large-scale presentation that are in widespread practice today" with one of his best-known works being this, " the study of weather, time, color and light in his serial photographs of the Golden Gate Bridge." (n.b., from the web site of the Fraenkel Gallery). This the second edition (the first having been published by Arena Editions in 2001), the first printing (with full number line beginning with "10" and ending with "1"). ___DESCRIPTION: Bound in full silver-grey cloth, blind-debossed lettering on the spine, grey endpapers, replete with full-colour photographs with many (although not all) printed on the recto only; oblong folio size (13.25" wide by 11.25" tall), 164 pages. In a dust jacket with different images by Misrach on the front and back panels, silver lettering on a black background on the spine, jacket unclipped although no printed price present, summary of book on the front flap, bios of Misrach, Clark and Walker on the back flap. ___CONDITION: Fine overall, with clean boards, straight corners without rubbing, a strong, square text block with solid hinges, the interior is clean and bright, and entirely free of prior owner markings; a very shallow crease to the rear free endpaper and a hint of dustiness to the bottom edge of the text block, else fine. The dust jacket near fine to fine, unclipped, with a few areas of extremely light edgewear and a few very light marks to the panels. ___POSTAGE: Please note that this is an unusually heavy volume and additional postage may apply; please inquire for details. ___Swan's Fine Books is pleased to be a member of the ABAA, ILAB, and IOBA and we stand behind every book we sell. Please contact us with any questions you may have, we are here to help.
Bilder zum Don Quixote oder: Darstellungen der interessantesten humoristischen Scenen aus dem Fahrten des Junkers "Don Quixote von Mancha" ["Pictures of Don Quixote"]; in Ein und Dreissig Blattern nach Koypl gestochen

Bilder zum Don Quixote oder: Darstellungen der interessantesten humoristischen Scenen aus dem Fahrten des Junkers “Don Quixote von Mancha” [“Pictures of Don Quixote”]; in Ein und Dreissig Blattern nach Koypl gestochen, nebst einer beigedruckten Erklarund der Kupfer

Koypl [Charles-Antoine Coypel (1694-1752), Artist] Quarto size, 64 pp., text entirely in German. Charles-Antoine Coypel (1694-1752) served as "First Painter to the King" to the French court, succeeding to that role in 1722 upon the death of his father who, along with his father before him, were both artists. This series of illustrations were drawn by Coypel as designs for a collection of tapestries for the Gobelins manufactory; the illustrations "were painted as cartoons for tapestries, and were engraved and published in a deluxe folio in Paris in 1724" (n.b., per Wiki). According to some, Coypel "was the first to illustrate Don Quixote in a sophisticated manner". We all know the story: Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616) tells of the adventures of the nobleman Alonso Quixano, who, after reading many chivalric romances, decides to set out on a quest to revive chivalry under the name Don Quixote de la Mancha; he imagines himself as a knight on a noble mission to fight for justice in the world, even though the world he lives in no longer resembles his romantic fantasies. This volume presents thirty-one of Coypel's irresistable illustrations of Cervantes' renowned novel, with an excerpt from the text below (in German), this copy published in Prague likely in 1860 (the copyright date). As of this writing, there are two copies of this title online but published in Vienna, with no copies of this Prague publication. Auction records locate a single copy of the Vienna publication and none from Prague; OCLC locates two copies of this Prague publication, at the University of California, Berkeley and the Huntington Library. ___DESCRIPTION: Bound in full aubergine cloth, gilt lettering and decorations debossed on the front board, blind-debossed decorative borders on both boards, yellow coated endpapers, the first leaf consists of the title page with a list of illustrations on the verso, the following leaves with the illustrations and printing only on the recto; quarto size (11" by 8 5/8"), pagination: [1-2] followed by thirty-one unnumbered leaves of illustrations. Please note that the text is entirely in German. ___CONDITION: Very good overall, with a strong, square text block with solid hinges, the interior is clean, the contents collate complete, the only prior owner markings being on the front pastedown, one small, vintage label for "Friedrich Munchrath" in Sioux City, Iowa, and next to that a newer label with a name and address hand-written; we had a professional restorer (name available upon request) repaid the head and tail of the spine and the hinges, which are now strong and sturdy; the volume shows overall exterior soil, the corners are somewhat rubbed, there is a vintage prior bookseller price of $2.00 on the upper corner of the front free endpaper, and the interior shows toning, foxing, and the occasional small, old dampstain. ___POSTAGE: International customers, please note that additional postage may apply as the standard does not always cover costs; please inquire for details. ___Swan's Fine Books is pleased to be a member of the ABAA, ILAB, and IOBA and we stand behind every book we sell. Please contact us with any questions you may have, we are here to help.
The Bridge

The Bridge

Crane, Hart; Cowley, Malcolm (Introduction); Benson, Richard (Photographs) No. 574 of 2000 copies, folio size, 97 pp., signed by Richard Benson, with LEC Monthly Letter and announcement. Hart Crane (1899-1932) tragically died by committing suicide at the age of 32. Today, Crane is considered by many to be "one of the finest modern poets in our language"; he derived much of his inspiration from T.S. Eliot, although he attempted to express "a more optimistic view of modern, urban culture than the one that he found in Eliot's work". This work, "The Bridge", is Crane's longest and perhaps best-remembered work, and although not well-received upon its initial publication, has more recently been hailed as "one of the 20th century's 'Groundbreaking Books' " (n.b., above quotes from Wiki). The first edition of the work was published with photographs by a friend of Crane's - Walker Evans. The Limited Editions Club paid homage to that edition by pairing this publication with photographs by Richard Mead Benson (1943-2017), whose work earned him two Guggenheim Fellowships and a MacArthur Fellowship. ___DESCRIPTION: Bound in full silver-grey Dutch natural-finish cloth, blind-debossed lettering on the front board, blue lettering stamped onto the spine, paste-paper endpapers reproduced from a design by Carol Blinn, the frontispiece and other photographs reproduced in a tritone 300 line screen process by The Meridan Gravure Company, there being a total of one double-spread and four single-page photographs; text Monotype Dante printed on soft-white Mohawk smooth wove paper, folio size (12.25" by 9.25"), pagination: [i-vi] vii-xx [xxi-xxiv], [1-4] 5-70 [71-72, two blanks] [73, colophon], signed by Richard Benson at the colophon. With the LEC Monthly Letter and announcement loosely laid in, housed in a slipcase with matching paste-paper on the three sides and matching silver-grey cloth on the top and bottom. ___CONDITION: Fine, with clean boards free of any marks, straight corners withoutl rubbing, a strong, square text block with solid hinges, the interior is clean and bright, and entirely free of prior owner markings; clean, crisp, as new; note the volume is lacking the glassine wrapper. The LEC Monthly Letter and announcement both fine, clean and without wear, the Letter with only the original mailing fold; the slipcase near fine, strong and sturdy, with a few spots of light wear to the paste-paper and some light dustiness to the bottom edge. ___CITATION: LEC Bibliography no. 520. ___POSTAGE: International customers, please note that additional postage may apply as the standard does not always cover costs; please inquire for details. ___Swan's Fine Books is pleased to be a member of the ABAA, ILAB, and IOBA and we stand behind every book we sell. Please contact us with any questions you may have, we are here to help.
The Book of Ballads

The Book of Ballads

Leach, MacEdward (Editor); Kredel, Fritz (Illustrations) Number 351 of 1500 copies, quarto size, 240 pp., signed by Fritz Kredel, with LEC Monthly letter and announcement. Ballads - or, "the singing of story" - have a long history within many cultures. Part of the interest of a ballad is that it is of "unknown authorship that tells a story in a special way" - take, for example, a favourite that has been printed and illustrated by many, in many different ways - the ballad of "Frankie and Johnny"."for he was her man, but he done her wrong" (p. 150). The Limited Editions Club has chosen sixty-nine ballads "worthy of being saved" and presents them either by land of origin or (we think more interestingly) by subject, e.g., "Murder Ballads". (n.b., above quotes from the Monthly Letter.) To our mind, the true joy of this work are the thirty-six woodcut illustrations made by Fritz Kredel (1900-1973), a German-born graphic designer who studied under the renowned Rudolf Koch at the Offenbach School of Art and Design. With the rise of the Nazis in Germany, Kredel fled to New York in 1938, where he settled and taught at Cooper Union College; he became one of the most sought-after woodcut artists in the US of his day, including Eleanor Roosevelt and John F. Kennedy as clients. All of the woodcut illustrations here have been coloured through the "pochoir" process, which in simplified terms means through the use of stencils. The effect is much like hand-colouring, as one is seeing "real" paint on the pages which has indeed been done by hand, aided by the use of stencils. ___DESCRIPTION: Bound in quarter blue-green buckram with imported paper sides decorated in red and black, spine label a coloured woodcut by Fritz Kredel on light green paper, bevelled boards, top edge stained blue, illustrated title page, a total of thirty-six woodcuts by Kredel throughout all coloured via pochoir at the Walter Fischer Studio; monotype Poliphilus and Blado italics printed on soft-white Curtis wove paper, quarto size (just under 11" by 6.75"), pagination: [i-iv] v-xxiv, [1-2] 3-215 [216, colophon], signed by Fritz Kredel at the colophon, with the original glassine wrapper. Loosely laid in are the LEC Monthly letter and announcement. Housed in a slipcase covered with light green paper matching the spine label, the case with a spine label of dark green which mirrors the same woodcut. ___CONDITION: Fine, with clean boards utterly unmarked, straight corners without rubbing, a strong, square text block with solid hinges, the interior is clean and bright, and entirely free of prior owner markings; clean, crisp, as new. The glassine wrapper a bit better than very good, with light sunning to the spine and light overall edgewear and creasing. The Monthly Letter and announcement are near fine, clean but with a few minor marks of wear; the slipcase fine, strong and sturdy, without discernable wear or soil; overall a lovely copy. ___CITATION: LEC Bibliography no. 394. ___POSTAGE: International customers, please note that additional postage may apply as the standard does not always cover costs; please inquire for details. ___Swan's Fine Books is pleased to be a member of the ABAA, ILAB, and IOBA and we stand behind every book we sell. Please contact us with any questions you may have, we are here to help.
Leisure Hours Among the Gems; By Augustus C. Hamlin

Leisure Hours Among the Gems; By Augustus C. Hamlin, Author of a Treatise on the Tourmaline.

Hamlin, Augustus C. Duodecimo size, 439 pp. Augustus Choate Hamlin (1829-1905), a native of the state of Maine, served as a surgeon during the Civil War; he achieved the rank of Medical Director for the Armies of the Potomac and Western Virginia, being "afterward promoted to one of the highest positions, that of Medical Inspector, in the staff of the regular army and served with distinction in the Army of the South during the famous siege of Fort Wagner. After his return to Bangor [Maine], Dr. Hamlin served as the Surgeon-General of Maine (1882-1886) under Gov. Robie, and is known as one of the most distinguished medical officers in New England history. He also served as Bangor's mayor ( 1879-1880). A lover of gems and minerals, he purchased the Mount Mica farm in Oxford County, Maine in order to mine the pegmatite there. He was also an accomplished painter and made small watercolor paintings of many of his tourmaline crystals and he also exhibited a painting titled Mount Katahdin at the prestigious National Academy of Design in New York City (1859). Most of the originals of his watercolors are held in the Harvard Mineralogical Museum. As an author, he contributed articles to the medical journals, wrote a couple of Civil War-related histories, and wrote several books about gems and minerals" (n.b., from the web site of the Maine State Library). While several copies of Hamlin's books regarding the Civil War are currently available online, his writings on his passion - gems and minerals - are much harder to find. As of this writing, there are only a few copies available of his other gem and mineral-related writings, and no copies of this title. A search of auction records reveal only six copies coming to auction in the last 100+ years (for this first edition - there are also two auction records for an 1891 printing); OCLC records show the volume with 38 institutions. Hamlin's passion for his minerals and gems shines forth in this work; the chapters on individual stones open with an appropriate quote from literature. For example, the chapter on "The Emerald" opens with: "The Emerald burns intensely bright, With radiance of an olive light; This is the faith that highest shines, No need of charity declines, And seeks no rest and shuns no strife, In working out a holy life. (Marbodeus)". While the book mysteriously has no table of contents, it does offer a comprehensive index at the rear, and is ornamented with two chromolithographs. ___DESCRIPTION: Bound in full olive green cloth, gilt decoration on the front cover depicting the Crown of the Empress Anna Ivanovna of Russia (mirrors the frontis), gilt lettering and a second decoration on the spine of the Crystal of Sapphire, Ceylon (mirrors the second chromolithograph), light yellow coated endpapers, two tissue-guarded chromolithographs, one being the frontis and the other the Sapphire (faces p. 367); duodecimo size (7 5/8" by 5"), pagination: [1-13] 14-439. ___CONDITION: Very good overall, the boards mostly clean with a few spots of soil and an area of light sunning on the front board, a strong, solid text block, clean inside, collated complete, and entirely free of prior owner markings; the corners gently bumped and with minimal rubbing, volume is cocked, some dustiness to the text block edges, and the bottom edges and fore-edge of the back board show a small amount of abraded cloth (likely mouse nibbling). We are grading as very good overall due to the near fine to fine condition of the interior; although lightly toned, the pages are free of foxing or markings of any kind and almost appears unread. Even with the condition issues to the binding, a very good copy of a scarce volume in the marketplace by an author highly regarded both for his involvement in the Civil War as well as his studies on minerals and gems. ___POSTAGE: International customers, please note that additional postage may apply as the standard does not always cover costs; please inquire for details. ___Swan's Fine Books is pleased to be a member of the ABAA, ILAB, and IOBA and we stand behind every book we sell. Please contact us with any questions you may have, we are here to help.
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The Anatomy of Melancholy; What it is, with all the kinds, causes, symptomes, prognostics, and several cures of it.

Democritus Junior [Robert Burton] Two volumes (complete), octavo size, 1088 total pp. First published in 1621, this book is presented as a medical textbook in which Robert Burton (1570-1640) applies his vast and varied learning to the subject of melancholia; as much a work of literature as it is a scientific or philosophical text, "The Anatomy of Melancholy" emphasises the self and psychology, rather than natural science, as humankind's greatest need. Melancholy, resulting from a build-up of "black bile", according to the humour theory popular at the time, was responsible "for the wild passions and despairs of lovers, the agonies and ecstasies of religious devotees, the frenzies of madmen, and the studious abstraction exemplified by scholars such as Shakespeare or Milton" (n. b., info from Wikipedia). Apparently Robert Burton suffered from depression himself, which makes this work the more poignant; in the Preface, Burton writes: "I write of melancholy, by being busy to avoid melancholy. There is no greater cause of melancholy than idleness, no better cure than business." Apparently there was "a rumor" that he committed suicide, but this remains unsubstantiated. "Anatomy of Melancholy" has continued to be read down through the centuries, being reprinted countless times; it was a favourite work of Dr. Samuel Johnson who stated it was "the only book that ever took him out of bed two hours sooner than he wished to rise" (n.b., quote from Boswell's "Life of Johnson"). ___DESCRIPTION: Full brown calf over bevelled boards, debossed ruled borders and ornaments in black on the front and rear boards, debossed decorative turn-ins, the spine with five raised bands, black rules and ornaments, two red leather labels with gilt rules and lettering, all edges stained red, leather turn-ins with black decorative borders, marbled endpapers in red, blue, yellow, and pink, Volume I with engraved pictorial title page from the eighth edition; octavo size (8.75" by 5.5"), pagination: Volume I: [i-xi] xii [1] 2-461 [462]; Volume II: [i-ii] [1] 2-612. ___CONDITION: Very good, with clean boards, the leather smooth and supple, straight corners, strong, square text blocks with solid hinges, the interiors are clean and bright, and entirely free of prior owner markings; overall light scuffing to the leather, some light overall rubbing to the extremeties, front joint of Volume I is slightly cracked but the board is still firmly attached, both volumes with light foxing to the versos of the endpapers and front and rear flyleaves. ___POSTAGE: Please note that this is an unusually heavy set, and therefore additional postage may apply; please inquire for details. ___Swan's Fine Books is pleased to be a member of the ABAA, ILAB, and IOBA and we stand behind every book we sell. Please contact us with any questions you may have, we are here to help.
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Epitre au Marquis d’Argens; du 23 Septembre 1757

Le Grand, Frederic One of 225 copies, unnumbered, folio size, 24 pp., in French. Written by Frederick the Great (1712-1786), king of Prussia from 1740 until his death, this letter contemplates suicide as an alternative to surrendering in battle; the king had just experienced a devastating defeat at Kolin during the Seven Years' War, as well as the death of his beloved mother (per Mardersteig). The epistle, written to his close friend Jean-Baptiste de Boyer, Marquis d'Argens (1704-1771), is a poignant examination of heartfelt and human desperation. Printed by the Officinia Bodoni, a highly-regarded private press owned and operated by Giovanni Mardersteig (1892-1977), the book exhibits a gorgeous binding of vellum and paste-paper, with intricate patterns carved into the deep blue paper; the Press was known for its superb standard in printing and bookmaking, often doing commission work for other publishers, such as the Limited Editions Club and Faber and Faber. ___DESCRIPTION: Quarter vellum with blue paste-paper boards, gilt lettering on the spine, fore- and bottom edges uncut, title page in red and black, some signatures unopened; Bodoni Catania types, Fabriano handmade paper, folio size (12" by 8.5"), pagination: [1-2] 3-22 [23] [1 colophon], one of 225 copies, unnumbered. Please note the text is in French. Bookseller's ticket on the rear paste-down, from Paul Elder & Co., San Francisco. Housed in a slipcase covered in orange paper. ___CONDITION: Volume is near fine, with clean boards, straight corners, a strong, square text block with solid hinges, the interior is clean and bright, and entirely free of prior owner markings; a bare hint of rubbing to the corners, light rubbing to the bottom edges of the boards, and a few rubbed spots to the pastepaper (we believe all of this simply from the slipcase being a tad too small), else fine. The slipcase is near fine, strong and sturdy, clean but for the hint of a stray mark or two, some light rubbing to the extremities and light sunning to the edges and spine. ___CITATION: Mardersteig no. 10. ___POSTAGE: International customers, please note that additional postage may apply as the standard does not always cover costs; please inquire for details. ___Swan's Fine Books is pleased to be a member of the ABAA, ILAB, and IOBA and we stand behind every book we sell. Please contact us with any questions you may have, we are here to help.
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Railroad] 1943 Car Builders’ Cyclopedia Of American Practice, Sixteenth Edition

Wright, Roy V. (Editor) Quarto size, 1324 pp. While the heydey of the railroads may now be waning, many of us fondly remember both the experience and the romance of travel by rail. Now largly a commercial enterprise, it continues to fascinate and its history studied. This volume truly is a comprehensive Encyclopedia of everything one needs to know to fully understand the workings of the railroad. Replete with photographs and diagrams of trains and rail cars, this volume is a thorough source of information for all things trains, with a lengthy dictionary of the terminology found in the field. With the prior owner name of Kirke W. Comstock on the front pastedown, with the date of 2/1/44 (shortly after publication). While we cannot be certain, this may be the Kirke W.Comstock (1905-1947) who was "known nationally among builders of model railroads" and to whom, therefore, the details on railroad cars and trains would be of utmost importance (n.b., quote from the "Battle Creek Inquirer", August 28, 1947). ___DESCRIPTION: Full brown cloth, blind-debossed ruled borders and gilt rectangle with embossed lettering on the front board, gilt lettering and title embossed within gilt rectangle on the spine, copious black-and-white photographs, drawings, and diagrams throughout; quarto size (11.75" by 8.5"), pagination: [1-4] 5-1324. ___CONDITION: A bit better than very good, with clean boards, a strong, square text block with solid hinges, the interior is clean and bright, and the only prior owner marking being the name and date referred to above; head of the spine gently bumped, corners also gently bumped with the cloth on the top rear corner just beginning to fray slightly, light soiling to the edges of the text block with light foxing to the top edge, front hinge tender (but board holding well), slightly cracked gutters at pages 1230 and 1231 and pages 1258 and 1259, pencil notations to the rear paste-down from a prior bookseller. Still a better than very good copy with an interesting provenance. ___POSTAGE: Please note that this is a large and heavy book, and therefore additional postage will apply; please inquire for details. ___Swan's Fine Books is pleased to be a member of the ABAA, ILAB, and IOBA and we stand behind every book we sell. Please contact us with any questions you may have, we are here to help.