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Stickeen

Stickeen

Muir, John; Holland, J.G. (Introductory Poem) First printing in book form, duodecimo size, 86 pp., with original dust jacket and publisher's prospectus. John Muir (1838-1914) remains well-known and beloved today for his work on environmental issues over 100 years ago, and wrote extensively on the west, including Yosemite and the Sierras. He helped to preserve the Yosemite Valley, Sequoia National Park and other wilderness areas and co-founded the Sierra Club. The original story of Stickeen appeared in "The Century Magazine" in September of 1897, and is considered to be one of the world's great dog stories. According to Kimes, Muir had his adventure with Stickeen in 1880; over the years he wrote and rewrote the story until it was finally published in this format in 1909. The book opens with a poem by Josiah Gilbert Holland (1819-1881) entitled "To My Dog Blanco". Although trained as a medical doctor, Holland spent much of his career as a writer, editor and publisher; he must have been somewhat known in literay circles as he and his wife were friends and corresponded with the poet Emily Dickinson. Although his work is seldom read today he was enormously popular during his lifetime, and one can only assume John Muir himself was a fan as this poem was chosen to open "Stickeen". ___DESCRIPTION: Tan cloth binding, brown lettering on front board and spine, foredge uncut, small vignette of a dog on the title page; duodecimo size (7.5" by 4.75"), pagination: [i-x], [1-2] 3-74, [75, blank] [76, printer's imprint]. The original dust jacket is of plain brown paper, brown lettering on the front and spine, publisher's ad for "Our National Parks" on the back panel (originally published in 1901, in 1909 a "New and Enlarged Edition" was published), both flaps are blank. Publisher's prospectus is a single sheet of cream paper measuring 5 5/8" by 3.25", printed in green, on the front is the announcement for "Stickeen" stating "Just Published", with a photograph of John Muir with Stickeen, original cost "60 cents net.Postage 8 cents"; on the back the publisher is touting the new and enlarged "Our National Parks" with five review blurbs. ___CONDITION: Volume is a solid very good, with a strong, square text block, the front hinge solid and the rear hinge just starting (board still solidly attached), the interior is clean and bright, the only prior owner markings we see are two small numbers stamped at the bottom of the front pastedown near the hinge (perhaps an old bookseller code); some light overall soiling and edgewear to the binding with fraying at the head and tail, a small wormhole at the very top of the back joint, and a small closed tear to the cloth at the middle of the spine. The original dust jacket is fair; it came to us in pieces (front and back panel, both flaps, and remnants of the spine), a professional (name available upon request) has assembled the pieces together using Japanese tape; note that we chose not to adhere the pieces to any backing allowing more exensive restoration should it be desired. The publisher's prospectus is fine, clean and free of wear, with perhaps a hint of toning along one edge. ___CITATIONS: BAL 14759, Kimes 281, with the publication date of 1909 on the title page and "Published March 1909" on the copyright page; a Peter Parley to Penrod "Border-line Selection". ___POSTAGE: International customers, please note that additional postage may apply, please contact seller 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 Poeticon Astronomicon; Being the illustrious astronomer's exposition of the lore of the World and the Heavenly Sphere

The Poeticon Astronomicon; Being the illustrious astronomer’s exposition of the lore of the World and the Heavenly Sphere, together with the stories of the planets and constellations: now for the first time rendered complete into English, and reproducing all the original woodcut illustrations from the first illustrated edition printed by Erhard Ratdolt in Venice, 1482

Hyginus, Gaius Julius; Livingston, Mark (Prolegomenon / Translator) One of 140 copies, quarto size, 150 pp., in a custom binding. The fifty-first publication of The Allen Press, being the first translation from Latin into English of "The Poeticon Astronomicon," the earliest printed book to show the figures of the constellations. The translators, Mark Livingston and D. Neel Smith of the University of California, Berkeley, performed skilfully with a difficult text; the Hyginus opus can be perused with considerable ease. Hyginus was a first century A.D. writer of voluminous manuscripts, with the Poeticon as his most famous work. The fifteenth century printed edition of Ratdolt, the noted Venetian printer, is a cornerstone Renaissance work as it transmitted the Greek, Roman and medieval images of the constellations which have survived to this day. Of the popular literature dealing with the movement of the stars and planets, this ranks among the best known. It also has distinctive merit as an early scientific treatise, enlivened by the charming Greek and Roman myths of the constellations. ___DESCRIPTION: This volume issued by the Press in sheets, the original owner had it custom bound in full blue morocco with three gilt-stamped constellation designs, red morocco spine label with the title in gilt, red and blue sewn headbands, fore- and bottom-edges uncut, title-page printed in blue and vermillion with a hand-coloured woodcut of Aquarius, forty-eight illustrations after woodcuts of the fifteenth-century first edition; Monotype Garamond Bold and Solemnis types printed on all-rag paper handmade by the Barcham Green Mill, England, quarto size (11" by 7"), [1-6] 7-150 pp., limited edition, one of 140 copies, unnumbered. Offered with the original shipping box with a hand-written note on the address label indicating "sheets". ___CONDITION: Fine overall; the leather binding smooth and supple, the colours deep and unfaded, the text block strong and square with solid hinges, and the interior clean and bright; the sole prior owner marking being the original owner's initials written in black ink at the bottom of the front free endpaper, and a very small (approx. one-half inch) tear at the gutter of the front free endpaper. ___CITATION: Allen Press Bibliography, no. 51. ___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.
God's Man

God’s Man

Ward, Lynd Octavo size, 150 pp., signed by Lynd Ward. American artist Lynd Ward (1905-1985) demonstrates his masterful storytelling in "God's Man", a wordless novel made with wood engravings which depicts a man's pact with the devil in exchange for a magical paintbrush which enabled him to gain fame as an artist; it progresses through 139 engraved woodblocks to show his downfall, temporary redemption, and ultimate payment of the price for the deal he made. Ward's wood engravings are rich in detail and emotion, and the story has a rhythm as the reader follows the character through interactions with dark, forbidding characters and uncaring urban streets; "God's Man" was the first American wordless novel, and Ward's work is often seen as a precursor to the modern graphic novel in its ability to convey character and feeling through the use of image alone. ___DESCRIPTION: Decorated paper over boards with a black cloth shelfback, the front and back with an inset illustration by Ward, paper spine label with the publisher's device, top edge stained black, fore- and bottom edges rough-cut, black endpapers, signed by Lynd Ward on the half-title page in black ink, small vignette and decorations on the title page, stated third printing on the copyright page of January, 1930 (two months following the first printing), Ward's wood engravings on the recto only of each page telling the story; octavo size (8.25" by 6"), unpaginated, [i-vi] being the preliminary pages followed by 144 leaves of wood engravings. ___CONDITION: A bit better than very good overall, the text block strong and square with solid hinges, the interior is clean and bright, and entirely free of prior owner markings; overall wear to the paper boards, spine label sunned and slightly worn, the final illustration with a shallow vertical crease (only visible on the verso, not affecting the illustration), and residue from an older label (bookseller's ticket?) at the bottom left corner of the rear pastedown; near fine internally with a somewhat worn binding, nicely signed by Lynd Ward. ___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.
Endymion

Endymion

Keats, John; O'Kane, H.M. (Decorations) One of 160 copies (unnumbered), large octavo size, 125 pp. John Keats (1795-1821) remains, for many, one of the greatest of the "Romantic Poets", who died at the tragically young age of 25. His work remains influential to this day; writers such as Jorge Luis Borges stating that "his first encounter with Keats' work was the most significant literary experience of his life" (n.b., quote from Wiki). Keats' poem "Endymion" opens with the now-famous line "A thing of beauty is a joy for ever", so much beloved by artists and the public alike. It is a lengthy work, being comprised of four books of approximately 1000 lines each; Keats began thinking about the poem as early as 1816 (it would ultimately be published two years later, in 1818), and wrote to a friend that " 'Endymion' would be 'a trial of my Powers of Imagination and.invention.I must make 4000 Lines of one bare circumstance and fill them with Poetry' "(n.b., quote from the online Oxford DNB). Initial sales were poor, with the unsold copies being remaindered. Nevertheless, the poem has endured and has been reprinted countless times, often with lovely illustrations or decorations, as is the title page for this Elston Press publication. The "H.M. O'Kane" who designed this lovely title page, and the initials throughout, was Helen Marguerite O'Kane, the wife of Clarke Conwell, the proprietors of the Elston Press; Helen would become known as "the most notable woman of the Arts and Crafts book" (n.b., from the web site of Michael and Winfred Bixler). ___DESCRIPTION: Simply bound in full dark green cloth, gilt letting on the spine, top edge gilt, fore- and bottom edges uncut, Ex-Libris on the front pastedown of Florence Fuller; it is possible this was the Australian artist Florence Ada Fuller (1867-1946), but it is impossible to know for sure; decorative double-spread title page with lettering in red and black and a wide border of intertwined branches forming a celtic-type design, the text with chapter headings in red, large 10-line initial capitals in red over the intertwining branch design in black, marginal chapter headings in red throughout,the title page and initials designed by H.M. O'Kane (see information on her above); Elston Roman type on American hand-made paper watermarked "Elston", large octavo size (9 5/8" by 6.75"), pagination: [i-viii] 1-116, [117, colophon]. ___CONDITION: Better than very good, the binding strong with solid hinges, the interior clean and bright, the tasteful Ex-Libris of Florence Fuller as mentioned above on the front pastedown being the only prior owner marking; some light spots and a few stray marks to the binding and dustiness and toning to the uncut text block edges, the corners just beginning to rub, and a professional restored a single cracked gutter (name available upon request); overall a lovely example of a scarce publication of this enduring poem. ___CITATION: Johnson no. 11. ___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.
Vance Gerry and the Weather Bird Press. With contributions by Vance Gerry

Vance Gerry and the Weather Bird Press. With contributions by Vance Gerry, Simon Lawrence, David Butcher, Patrick Reagh, James Lorson, and John Randle. With a checklist of publications compiled by David Butcher

Randle, John et al. No. 38 of 40 copies of the "A" edition with accompaniments (see below); folio size, 100 pp., with two prospectuses, one marked "proof", in a leather-backed solander case. In his typical fashion, John Randle has done a masterful job presenting insights into the life of Vance Gerry with this extensive bibliography of his printed work. Vance Gerry (1929-2005) was one of California's least known and most accomplished printers, who operated his Weather Bird Press from 1967 to 2005. John Randle, publisher of "Matrix" and accomplished printer in his own right, gives Vance high praise: "Until his death in 2005 he produced a steady stream of the most understated, beautifully printed and ravishingly illustrated books from any private press, ever." Vance studied art at the Chouinard Art Institute in Los Angeles and learned the art of storytelling at Walt Disney Productions where he was employed as a storyboard artist. Vance combines this training with his immense passion and personal talent for art in his printing with amazing results. Most of his printing was produced in small editions and is notoriously difficult to find in today's market. Vance shunned the spotlight and never sought to promote his work yet the beauty of his books and printing deserves lasting recognition; John Randle has done a wonderful job documenting Vance's many accomplishments and ensuring his legacy in the history of fine printing will not be forgotten. Three different versions of this bibliography were published, this copy one of 40 of the "A" edition, bound in full Oasis by the Fine Book Bindery; it has a tipped-in colour frontispiece portrait after a watercolor of Mary, Vance's wife, plus thirty other illustrations from various sources including line drawings, linocuts, wood engravings, and twelve pages of twenty-six colour reproductions of Vance's pochoir illustrations. The items which accompany the book are comprised of: (i) a portfolio of ephemera found in Vance's workshop after his death; (ii) a facsimile of one of his best (and most sought after) publications, "Jazz"; and (iii) a portfolio of facsimilies of correspondence of Vance's; see below for details. This deluxe version already out of print, all copies being subscribed for prior to publication, and is absolutely stunning in its presentation. ___DESCRIPTION: Bibliography is bound in full coral-coloured Oasis leather by the Fine Book Bindery with gilt lettering on the spine, fore- and bottom edges rough-cut, ivory suede pastedowns, orange-and-white patterned free endpapers, the frontis and additional illustrations as set forth above, with two pieces of ephemera contained within a pocket at the rear pastedown (facsimiles of a hand-written note by Vance Gerry dated Jan 11/92, complete with facsimile coffee stains; and "Endpaper of Twenty-five Years of the Weather Bird Press (1993) signed by Vance & Mary Gerry and their guests."); types Poliphilus and Ariston printed on Zerkall mould-made paper, folio size (13.5" by 9 5/8"), pagination: [i-x] 1-90, no. 38 of the 40 deluxe "A" edition copies (total edition 235). Included with the bibliography are: (i) a wallet containing the twenty-five items (n.b., the proof prospectus anticipated twenty-one items, the final prospectus twenty-two, and the list mounted to the front of the wallet calls for twenty-four) of Weather Bird ephemera found in Vance's workshop after his death, the wallet of quarter coral-coloured cloth, with orange-patterned paper sides matching the free endpapers, a list of included ephemera mounted on the left, and the ephemera pieces themselves contained within a pocket on the right; (ii) a facsimile edition of "Jazz Instruments, A Weather Bird Press Picture Portfolio" comprised of twelve bifoliums, the first serving as the title page and introduction, the final providing a "Glossary of Names" and the colophon, the other ten presenting Vance's inimitable illustrations of various jazz instruments being played in at times whimsical ways, the bifoliums contained within a cardstock folder with three flaps, which has a brown hand-made paper wrapper with the title in orange on the front, which itself is contained within an orange paper wallet with a paper label on the front mirroring the wrapper; and (iii) a portfolio of fifteen facsimiles of Vance's letters and a sixteenth item being a small facsimile of the invitation to the "gathering of friends to celebrate the life of Vance Gerry (1929-2005)", these items contained within an orange cardstock wallet with a paper label mounted on the front showing a facsimile of the Whittington Press's address written in Vance Gerry's hand, on the letterhead of The Weather Bird Press. In addition two prospectuses are included: one clearly the final version, with the illustration mounted on the front and, on the back, the paragraph containing the specifics on the "A" edition being crossed out in pencil and marked "OP"; the second with the illustration printed, and written on the upper right-hand corner the word "proof", both consist of a single sheet folded once to four pages, the illustration from "Piano" within "Jazz" on the front, page two with information about Vance and The Weather Bird Press, page three a sample page, and page four with publication details. All housed in a custom solander box covered in orange cloth, a leather back with gilt lettering, and lined with orange velvet. ___CONDITION: Fine, acquired new from the publisher; the bibliography and the components clean and free of any wear or flaws; the sole condition issue being a few of the pieces of ephemera having some minor edgewear which was likely incurred during storage in Vance Gerry's workshop. ___POSTAGE: Please note that this is an extremely large and heavy item and additional postage will apply; we are happy to ship at cost to both domestic and international customers, 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
Bibliography of the Grabhorn Press

Bibliography of the Grabhorn Press, 1940-1956; With a Check-List, 1916-1940

Magee, Dorothy and David; Adler, Elmer (Introduction) One of 225 copies, folio size, 119 pp., inscribed "from Bob and Jane Grabhorn" and dated May, 1957. A limited, fine letterpress edition of the second volume of the Grabhorn bibliography, printed by Edwin & Robert Grabhorn, Jane & Mary Grabhorn and Sherwood Grover, inscribed to the prior owner "For ----- / with deep affection, as always / from Bob and Jane Grabhorn / May, 1957" (we believe in Jane's hand). Beautifully printed with specimens from numerous publications laid in, an essential item for any collector of the Grabhorn Press. ___DESCRIPTION: Original quarter red morocco and decorative red and white paper covered boards, backstrip lettered in gilt, fore-edge and tail-edge ucut, inscription from Jane and Bob Grabhorn (as set forth above) in ink at the top of the front free endpaper, title-page in red, black and gilt, with illuminated initials and text printed in black and red throughout, illustrated fold-out of printer's devices from the press, six reprinted title-pages or pages of text, one canceled illustration, ten original sheets/leaves/signatures bound in, one "illustration showing different surfaces for the printing of colors", and one page of mounted specimens of binding papers; folio size (14.25" by 10.5"), pagination: [i-vi] vii-xxix [xxx-xxxii] 1-119 [1 colophon], one of 225 copies of the limited first edition. ___CONDITION: A near fine copy, the leather smooth and supple, the text block strong and square with solid hinges, internally bright, and the only prior owner markings being the gift inscription; the binding showing a short tear to the top of the back joint (approx. 1"), a few very minor spots of wear and very light wear to the edges of the boards; still a lovely copy of a desirable bibliography of one of the best of American private presses. ___POSTAGE: Please note that this is an extremely large and heavy book, and therefore additional postage may apply. We are happy to ship at cost to both domestic and international customers, 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.
Invictus ["Undefeated"]

Invictus [“Undefeated”], Milestones in the History of the Jew; Wood Engravings by Isac Friedlander

Friedlander, Isac (Artist) No. 73 of an unspecified limitation, ten plates in five folios plus "title page" and outer folio (complete), elephant folio size. Isac Friedlander (1890-1968) was born in Mitau, Latvia; a friend of Russian writer Maxim Gorky, Friedlander was arrested in 1906 (as was Gorky, many times) and imprisoned by Russian authorities for anti-Czarist Political activities from 1906 to 1912. After his release, he studied art at the Academy of Rome, 1913 until 1917 and began his printing career in 1915. After the beginning of the Russian Revolution in 1917, he repatriated to Russia during the Kerensky regime; however,in 1929 Friedlander immigrated to America with the encouragement of his cousin Joseph Hirshhorn (n.b., per the web site of the New England Art Exchange). "Invictus" is a portfolio of five illustrations after wood engravings by Friedlander, each signed by the artist in pencil below the plate, with a facing page with the title of the illustration and corresponding text which is also wood-engraved, both plates tipped onto its own cardstock portfolio. Each illustration depicts a seminal, heroic moment in the history of Judaism, hence the title of "Invictus" - Undefeated. The portfolio includes: "Moses" (Deuteronomy 34.40), "Bar Kochba" (text from the Kol Nidre); "15th Century Spain" (I Maccabees 4.35); "The Battle of the Warsaw Ghetto" (Isaiah 54.17); and "Toward the New Day" (text a quote from Bar Kochba). While these powerful engravings can be found in the marketplace singly, it is uncommon to find a complete portfolio; as of this writing, there are no copies listed online and we find only a handful of auction records. ___DESCRIPTION: Green cardstock portfolio, engraved paper label on the front, inside on the right are three flaps which enclose the six individual folios each consisting of heavy textured white paper folded once to four pages, each folio measures 15.75" by 11.75", the first folio with the engraving of the contents tipped onto the front (the paper for this engraving measures 7.5" by 5.5"), with the limitation statement, the number being hand-written, the other five folios are blank on the front and back, tipped onto the inside left is the engraved text illustration (paper sizes range from 6 5/8" to 10.5" high, by 4.75" to 8.25" wide) and tipped onto the inside right side is the engraved illustration (papers approx. 13.25" by 10.5", the illustrations approximately 11" by 8.5"), each illustration signed by Friedlander in pencil below the plate. ___CONDITION: Overall much better than very good; the plates are fine, clean and free of wear, with the black inks deep and rich, the tipped-in papers still strongly adhering to the folio; the outer, green portfolio showing minor overall wear including several closed tears (mostly at the right-hand flap) and a bit of wear to the paper label; the inner porfolios with scattered light soil, the first folio (Contents) with a short (approx. 5/8") closed tear at the bottom edge near the "spine", the first four illustration folios with old cello tape residue either at the inner corners (as though they had been opened and taped to a wall), or around the inner edges, the residue only on the folios and not touching either the text or illustration papers, the first folio with old cello tape on the back holding together a closed tear (approx. 2"?), the plate itself not affected, the first two folios lacking the tissue guards, and the back of the final folio with a bit more soiling than the others. Still a scarce, complete collection of "Invictus" with the plates in fine condition. ___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.
Sixteen T'ang Poems; Translated With a Poem by Gary Snyder

Sixteen T’ang Poems; Translated With a Poem by Gary Snyder

Snyder, Gary; Paden, Bill (Artist) No. 59 of 126 copies, large quarto size, [20] pp., signed by Gary Snyder on the "Note" page, the woodcut signed by Bill Paden, and colophon signed by printer David Sellers. The poetry composed during the Tang dynasty (China, approximately 618 to 907 CE) is considered by many to be the "golden age of Chinese poetry"; it was an important part of the social life of the time with many of the poems still available today. The poetry has captured the imagination of many, with translators including such luminaries as Amy Lowell, Arthur Waley, Ezra Pound (via Japanese), and this translation by Gary Snyder. Gary Snyder (b. 1930) is most often thought of in connection with the Beat Movement and the San Francisco Renaissance; he was the winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1975, the Bollingen Prize for Poetry in 1997, and the American Book Award in 1984, among other awards and honors. He identifies closely with Buddhist spirituality and has translated literature from both ancient Chinese and modern Japanese; hence, both in technical ability as well as spiritual affinity, he is uniquely qualified as a translator of these important poems. The frontis is a ethereal woodblock printing by William (Bill) H. Paden (1930-2004), known for his mastery of the art of "mokuhanga", the techniques and materials of traditional Japanese wood-block printing. The frontis is printed on special paper made in Japan by Kazuo Yamaguchi, the seventh generation of his family to work in this specialized craft. Ten separate wood blocks were cut by Paden, and the frontis printed in sixteen steps, using six colors plus dilutions in fifteen color areas producing a printing that perfectly complements the simplicity, as well as the complexity, of the poetry within. ___DESCRIPTION: Bound in red Indian hand-made paper over boards, the Chinese character for poetry printed in black on the front, red paper spine label with the title letter-press, top edge uncut, fore-and botten edges rough-cut, tipped-in frontispiece by Bill Paden printed as described above on kizuki-kozo, sarashi paper made by Kazuo Yamaguchi, numbered and signed by the artist in pencil at the bottom, title page in black with the Chinese character "shih", meaning poem or poetry, in red in a geometric style, the same character in black in a semi-cursive style facing the poem "Spring View", the poem translations are followed by an original poem written by Gary Snyder in 1984 in the T'ang style, following is an autobiographical Note by Gary Snyder with his signature below; hand-set Palatino, Sistina and Michelangelo types on Rives Heavyweight paper, large quarto size (11 5/8" by 8 5/8"), unpaginated with fourteen leaves, [20] pp., this the first edition of these translations by Gary Snyder, printed in an edition of 100 numbered copies plus 26 lettered copies reserved for the collaborators, this copy no. 59. ___CONDITION: Fine, having been acquired directly from the printer; 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. ___CITATION: Information above from the web sites of the Pied Oxen Printers, David Bull's Encyclopedia of Woodblock Printmaking, and Wiki. ___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.
For the Muses

For the Muses

Osborne, Adele; Schoellkopf, Anne (Illustrations) Duedecimo size, [21] pp. Dux Femina Facti (a Latin term loosely translated as "A woman was the leader of the deed", taken from Vergil's "Aeneid") was the name chosen for the Latin Honor Society at the Hockaday School in Hockaday, Texas, a private girl's school founded in 1913. Of the author, Adele Osborne, we could find no trace; the illustrator became Anne Schoellkopf Coke (b. 1933, Class of '50) and would go on to be the author of "Nevertheless" which contained many of her delicate line drawings. A charming publication, the first done by this this high school group, dedicated to the nine muses in ancient Greek and Roman mythology: Calliope, Clio, Terpsichore, Thalia, Melpomene, Polyhymnia, Euterpe, Erato, and Urania. As of this writing, we find no copies in OCLC and none listed online. ___DESCRIPTION: Small string-bound booklet tied with green twine, title and vignette on the front, publisher's imprint on the back, yapped edges, each page printed on the recto only, the text appears hand-lettered, each page decorated with partial borders and small vignettes of either the stylized muse herself or her symbol; duodecimo size (7" by 5.25"), [21] pp. ___CONDITION: Very good, the string binding strong, the green color of the twine deep, the interior clean and bright with just a few light spots of foxing to the first few pages, and entirely free of prior owner markings; some light overall soiling and edgewear to the wraps and a shallow crease to the back wrap. ___CITATION: Information on the Club taken from the online repository of the Library of the University of Texas. ___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.
La Prose du Transsibérien et de la Petite Jehanne de France

La Prose du Transsibérien et de la Petite Jehanne de France, Couleurs simultanées de Mme. Delaunay-Terk [caption title]

Cendrars, Blaise and Sonia Delauney Lettered copy "X" of 30 lettered copies hors de commerce, artist book folded accordion style. This the first Two Hands Press edition, a facsimile - or "recreation" as the press prefers to describe it - of the first edition of 1913, lettered copy "X" of 30 lettered copies hors de commerce; there are also 150 numbered copies, for a total edition of 180 copies. "Transsibérien" is considered a seminal avant-garde artist book of the 20th century; of the eleven copies of the original edition that have sold at auction in this century, the average price realized has been about $200,000. This is the first true facsimile, using similar methods and materials as the first edition of 1913. The original "La Prose du Transsibérien" was written, designed and printed by letterpress and illustrated by pochoir in an edition that was stated to be 150 copies (in three subsets, in the French manner). The actual number completed has long been in dispute, as has the number of surviving copies. A census by Kitty Marryat of the Two Hands Press located 40 copies; a French scholar claims to have recorded 73 copies, but will not produce his list for examination. The poem by Blaise Cendrars (1887-1961), Swiss-born modernist poet and novelist, is a free verse, free wheeling look at the poet's life and the events of the Russian Revolution as contemplated during a journey on the Trans-Siberian railway, followed by a short poem about Paris. The letterpress text is printed in over 38 typefaces in four colors, printed in 22 panels on a narrow, long sheet. Cendrars's collaborator, the artist Sonia Delaunay-Terk (1885-1979), interwove the text with colorful abstract pochoir, that when folded made a relatively small accordion book, but when fully opened was 78.25" by 14.25". Cendrars and Delaunay-Terk called it the "first simultaneous book." It created a sensation among those who saw it when it was first displayed, particularly among those who were involved in the avant-garde artistic movement. ___DESCRIPTION: Artist book created by letterpress printing (in four colours in sixteen print runs on a Heidelberg press) which was digitally produced to match the original typefaces, with the abstract artwork created using pochoir; when extended the "book" measures 78.25 by 14.25 inches, folded accordion style (vertically one time and horizontally twenty-one times) which creates a 7.25 by 3.625 inch "book" (paper label on one side of the folded "book" with the title and Kitty Marryat's signature) that is enclosed in painted vellum wrappers. The folding pattern is deliberate such that "you can't actually see anything in the book, neither the text nor the imagery, until the book is completely unfolded" creating "a frisson of excitement as the book finally reveals itself". With a separate essay by Kitty Marryat, proprietor of the Two Hands press, on the history of La Prose du Transsibérien and how this re-creation was brought to life, this also accordion style printed on one side only, consisting of twelve panels with the colophon at the end, this copy X of 30 lettered copies, total edition 180, and signed by Kitty Marryat, enclosed within a three-panel folding wallet, which itself is enclosed within the vellum wrap which also protects the artist book, this encased in a clear plexiglass slipcase. ___CONDITION: Fine, as new having been acquired directly from the Two Hands Press; the plexi-glass slipcase also fine, clean and without wear. ___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.
Mujina

Mujina, by Lafcadio Hearn

Hearn, Lafcadio; Pollack, Cathy (Illustrator) No. 48 of 50 copies, oblong quarto size, [12] leaves plus illustration page. Patrick Lafcadio Hearn (1850-1904) had in his family background blood both Greek and Arab, Irish and Gypsy. Born in Greece, raised in Ireland, at the age of 19 he emigrated to the United States spending time in Cincinnati and New Orleans, whence sprang the Creole Sketches. He eventually travelled for work (newspaper reporting) to the West Indies and thence to Japan, where he found his true home. He married into a Samurai family to Setsuko Koizumi and had four children, fully immersing himself into the Japanese culture. Largely unknown to westeners at the time, his writings on the customs, religions and literature of Japan were avidly read; although Hearn would come to condemn the Westernization of Japan, he accepted its inevitability, and attempted to describe the county even as it was changing. This publication of "Mujina", a single story from the book "Kwaidan", was lovingly produced by Janice Rodgers, owner and printer of the Merlin Gardyloo Press, San Francisco. In the whimsically-worded colophon, Janice shared: " 'Mujina' is the first real book printed by Merlin at the Gardyloo Press, which is a 12x18 Kluge stripped of automatic feeders (all of those hoses scared me). The type is 12 point Cochin Light, and my mom brought me the 30 point Baskerville all the way from England. This paper is just cheap green but nice. Cathy Pollack and I started this book 4 years ago and thank god it's finally finished." Finally, in true flower-child style, following the colophon is a page with a "soba recipe for 6" with a small envelope tipped-in, "a sample of soba". One can only love a book which contains so much of the personality of the printer/publisher. With a woodcut (or linocut?) border on the title and all text pages (unattributed) and one "big beautiful illustration" credited to Cathy Pollack, on a folding page in full colour in watercolours. Scarce in the marketplace, as of this writing no copies online and no auction records; OCLC locates nine institutional holdings. Per the colophon this the "first real book" printed by the Merlin Gardyloo Press; OCLC locates no other books by the press so it is likely it was also, sadly, the only book published by Janice. ___DESCRIPTION: Bound with black string in a Japanese stab binding, the boards covered with a patterned paper, stylized japanese character(s) in gilt brushed onto the right-hand side of the front board, the "cheap but nice" green paper serving for both endpapers and text, all printing in dark green, the title and each page of text with a decorative border also in dark green of intersecting bamboo poles with an open fan in the upper left-hand corner, the illustration on a fold-out page (thirteen inches long when open) in full colour, the illustration itself measuring 8.75" by 6.5", on the final page a tipped-in envelope containing "a sample of soba" as described above; oblong quarto size (10" wide by 6 5/8" tall), unpaginated, twelve leaves printed only on the recto (other than the copyright statement, printed on the verso of the title page), the page with the illustration a thirteenth leaf, this no. 48 of 50 copies. ___CONDITION: Near fine, the stab binding strong, the boards clean, straight corners without rubbing, the interior is clean and bright, the colours on the illustration deep and true, and entirely free of prior owner markings; the sole condition issue we see is a very small spot of wear to the front board, at the top edge near the stab binding. Overall an utterly charming example of 1970s-style San Francisco small, private press printing. ___CITATION: OCLC no. 4327766. ___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.
Murat

Murat,hee translation of Esop’s Fables [“Aesop’s Fables”]

Chhatri, Sadashiva Kashinath (translator) Octavo size, 298 pp., with 189 illustrations, in Marathi. "Aesop's Fables" have been with us for centuries; they are credited to Aesop, a storyteller (who was also a slave) believed to have lived in ancient Greece somewhere around 600 BCE. However, since the fables were originally told and retold orally and are of different origins, it's fairly certain they originated from many different sources. In their manner of teaching morals and wisdom with pithy sayings, many of them attributed to wise and witty (or otherwise) animal characters, they have become a part of many societies and today have been reprinted countless times. They were originally set down in written form in Greek and Latin manuscripts; once printing arrived in the western world, the Fables were amongst the earliest works chosen for the new manner of sharing information. This an 1849 publication of Aesop in Marathi, printed in Bombay. Marathi today is one of the twenty-two recognized languages spoken in India, and contains some of the oldest literature in modern Indian languages. Marathi translations of Aesop can be found as early as 1809, but are scarce. As of this writing, there is one copy available in the marketplace (with an 1837 date) and OCLC locates between two and seven copies (depending on how one searches). With 189 woodcut illustrations, many of which can easily be related to a specific fable (e.g., the fox and the grapes), but many more carry a distinctly Indian flavour in the characters and buildings. ___DESCRIPTION: Bound in full leather over somewhat flexible boards, five double narrowed-ruled gilt rules on the spine, the entire book, including pagination, in Marathi except for the first three lines on the title page giving the title in English, with 189 illustrations after woodcuts throughout; octavo size (8 1/8" by 6"), pagination (all written in Marathi): title page with blank verso, index (6 pp.), text (290 pp). ___CONDITION: A bit better than very good, complete and most of the interior clean and bright; the volume was sent to a professional (name available upon request) for restoration to the binding, to reinsert several loose pages, and repair tattered page edges (approximately the first dozen or so leaves) with tissue. There remains one closed tear to the bottom third of a single leaf, toning around the edges of the first and final few leaves, on the title page are a prior owner initials in a vintage hand in sepia ink, and a few small, neatly hand-written notes in pencil found on a few pages (apparently attempts at translation). ___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.
All Hallows' Eve

All Hallows’ Eve

Williams, Charles First printing, duodecimo size, 206 pp., in original dust jacket, in a custom chemise and slipcase. Charles Walter Stansby Williams (1886-1945), a companion of Lewis and Tolkien and a lecturer at Oxford, was a prolific writer, perhaps best remembered today for his fantasy novels which usually have strong Christian elements. T.S. Eliot wrote of William's novels: "[they are] 'supernatural thrillers' because they explore the sacramental intersection of the physical with the spiritual while also examining the ways in which power, even spiritual power, can corrupt as well as sanctify" (n.b., quote from Wiki). Williams first met C.S. Lewis when, each having read one of the others' books, each sent a note to the other which crossed in the mail; the two became life-long friends, with Lewis becoming one of Williams' most ardent admirers. Many believe that Lewis had Williams in mind as an inspiration for "That Hideous Strength" (published the same year as this work, 1945), the third of the three novels comprising Lewis' "Space Trilogy". "All Hallow's Eve", the last of Williams' novels to be published during his lifetime, can be considered an allegory in that "a primary purpose of the book is to illustrate Williams's particular mystical brand of Christianity." Many Christian themes are explored including redemption, substitution, and the release of the soul into the afterlife. However, it can also be enjoyed at a level not dependent upon those allegorical themes, for "[i]n it one finds the ambiguity of realistic fiction, the development of complex characterization.[and a] setting [which] is comtemporary and realistic. We are in London, with real people, facing real problems. Although the reader is led to look for secondary meaning in the presence of a dead protagonist, it can certainly be argued that the effectiveness of the novel does not depend on our believing or even understanding Williams's doctrines" (Leeming and Drowne, "Encyclopedia of Allegorial Literature", p. 13). ___DESCRIPTION: Full red cloth over thin boards with gilt lettering on the spine; duodecimo size (7.5" by 5"), pagination: [1-4] 5-206 (note that the final two signatures are unopened). In a the original publisher's dust jacket, unclipped and showing the original price of 8s. 6d. in the lower corner of the front flap, design by "BLW" (of whom we could not find any information), lettering and decorations on the front in grey with red highlights, all upon a light blue background, grey lettering on the spine, publisher's listing of "New Fiction" on the back panel, summary of the book on the front flap (with the original price), publisher's ad on the back flap for two other titles by Charles Williams. Contained within a chemise covered with red cloth, lined with light ivory laid paper, a single gold dot on the front "cover" of the chemise, which slides into a matching custom slipcase also covered in red cloth, lined with red paper, with two red leather spine labels with gilt lettering and ruled borders. ___CONDITION: Volume is fine, with clean boards, perfectly straight corners utterly without rubbing, a strong, square text block with solid hinges, the interior is clean, and entirely free of prior owner markings; some toning and shallow waviness to the cheaply-produced war-time paper, still a fine copy, simply the best one is ever to find. The unclipped dust jacket is near fine, the blue paper true to the original colour without sunning or toning; a bare minimum of edgewear and two miniscule holes, invisible unless one holds the jacket to the light. The chemise and slipcase both fine, clean, strong and sturdy. Overall an outstanding example. ___CITATIONS: Clute and Grant, pp. 1015-1016; Currey, p. 540; Leeming and Drowne, p. 13. ___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 Works of Tobias Smollett

The Works of Tobias Smollett

Smollett, Tobias; Saintsbury, George (Editor); Richards, Frank (Illustrations); Bedford, F.D. (Decorations) Twelve volumes (complete), octavo size, total pp. approximately 3,100, one of 150 copies on hand-made paper. Tobias George Smollett (ca.1721-1771), a Scottish author, was known for his "picaresque" novels (stories which depict the adventures "of a roguish, but 'appealing hero', of low social class, who lives by his wits in a corrupt society" (n.b., quote from Wiki). His best-known novels are included in this set, such as "Roderick Random", "Peregrine Pickle", and "Humphrey Clinker"; while perhaps less read today than in the past, his works influenced such major authors as Charles Dickens and mention of him pops up in Thackeray's "Vanity Fair" and Eliot's "Middlemarch". The editor of this set, George Edward Bateman Saintsbury (1845-1933) was a well-known literary critic and historian, with his work covering a wide range of topics: French literature, English literature, and Poetry, in addition to providing numerous articles for the ninth edition (1875-1889) of the Encyclopaedia Britannica. The illustrations (other than the frontis in Volume I) by Frank Richards (1863-1935), known mostly as a landscape and figure painter, working in both oil and watercolour; he was elected as a full member of the RBA (Royal Society of British Artists) in 1921. The richly decorated illustrated title pages were designed by Francis Donkin Bedford (1864-1954), who originally trained as an architect but turned to book illustration in the 1880s; he also designed the title page for the first edition of Peter and Wendy, as well as many others. ___DESCRIPTION: Set bound in half navy blue leather over marbled boards, top edges gilt, fore-edges uncut, marbled endpapers matching the boards, series title page with the volume number within the series, below which is the volume number of the sub-set, limitation statement on the verso of the series title for the first book of each sub-set, tissue-guarded frontispieces (different in each volume), illustrated title pages designed by F.D. Bedford, decorative chapter headpieces at the Contents, List of Illustrations, Introduction (at the beginning of each subset), Preface, Apologue (these two only in the first volume), and the first Chapters of each volume, each volume with two tissue-guarded plates in addition to the frontis bound in; octavo size (8.25" by 5.25"), pagination: set volumes I - III, "Roderick Ransom", no. 148 of 150: Vol. I, [i-iv] v-xlviii [1] 2-159; Vol. II, [i-iv] v-xvi, 1-219; and Vol. III, [i-iv] v-xvi, 1-216; set volumes IV - VII, "The Adventures of Peregrine Pickle", no. 134 of 150: Vol. I, [i-iv] v-xxiv, 1-238; Vol. II, [i-iv] v-xiv, 1-250; Vol. III, [i-iv] v-x, 1-261; and Vol. IV, [i-iv] v-x, 1-276; set volumes VIII and IX, "Ferdinand Count Fathom", no. 148 of 150 (note that these two volumes with signatures largely unopened): Vol. I, [i-iv] v-xx, 1-253 and Vol. II, [i-iv] v-x, 1-264; set volume X, "Sir Launcelot Greaves", no. 148 of 150, [i-iv] v-xvi, 1-286; and set volumes XI and XII, "Humphry Clinker", no. 148 of 150 (these two volumes also largely unopened): Vol. I, [i-vi] vii-xvi, 1-235 and Vol. II, [i-iv] vii-viii, 1-233 (note that pp. v-vi, which was likely the Contents, appears not to have been bound into this volume, as there is no evidence of extraction). ___CONDITION: Overall the set is near fine; all the text blocks are strong and square with solid hinges, the interior pages are clean and bright, each volume collates complete, and the entire set is free of prior owner markings; some overall rubbing to the leather bindings, the spines have mellowed to a brown tone, light toning to the preliminary and final few leaves, offsetting from the tissue guards and illustrations to their opposing pages, and dustiness to the uncut fore-edges. ___CITATIONS: Houfe, Dictionary of 19th Century British Book Illustrators; the web site of Richard Taylor Fine Art. ___POSTAGE: Please note that this is an extremely large and heavy set, and therefore additional postage will apply. We are happy to ship at cost to both domestic and international customers, 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.
Beowulf

Beowulf

Old English Epic Poem]; Leonard, William Ellery (Verse Translation); Kent, Rockwell (Artist) No. 272 of 950 copies, folio size, 152 pp., with thumbprint of Rockwell Kent. Believed to the the earliest European vernacular epic poem, "Beowulf", although composed likely in the early 8th century CE, came to us today through a single manuscript dated ca. 1000 and was not put into print until 1815. However, the story continues to capture the minds and imaginations of generation after generation, with its themes of heroes, monsters, royal houses, and the ultimate death of Beowulf. Rockwell Kent (1882-1971) was an American painter and illustrator who bridged the artistic gap between Victorian and Modern art; highly regarded, he is perhaps best known today for his illustrations, particularly in books such as "Moby Dick" (published in 1930) and this work, which contains eight original lithographs. Kent exhibits an amazing ability to wring sheer emotion from his art, and this work displays his genius when it was at its height. The book design was by Kent, with outstanding printing by the Pynson Printers, printed on heavy paper, the text in two columns, with large decorative initial capitals in red and blue. ___DESCRIPTION: Bound in full grey linen (black and white threads alternating) with white lettering stamped on the front and spine, image of the head of a helmeted warrior stamped on the front in white, fore-edge uncut, title page in red with one of the eight lithographs by Kent, each section opens with a prologue in red, the text with a large decorative initial designed by Kent in blue and red, text in black in two columns, six full-page lithographs bound in throughout, the eighth lithograph a small vignette at the colophon which bears the thumbprint of Rockwell Kent in lieu of a written signature, this copy no. 272 of 950 copies; hand-set in hammer uncial, folio size (13.5" by 10.75"), pagination: [i-iv], 1-146 [147, blank] [148, colophon]. In the original publisher's plain tan paper dust jacket with the single word "Beowulf" printed in black on the spine. ___CONDITION: Volume could almost be deemed fine, with clean boards free of wear, 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 speck or two of soil and some dustiness to the text block eges, else fine. The dust jacket, alas, is fair to good only with overall chipping including large portions of the spine and a long triangular closed tear down the front panel. ___CITATION: Rockwellkentiana, p. 63. ___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.
Little Men; Life at Plumfield with Jo's Boys

Little Men; Life at Plumfield with Jo’s Boys

Alcott, Louisa M[ay] First printing of the first American edition, sixmo size, 384 pp. Louisa May Alcott (1832-1888), penned this sequel two years after "Little Women" which was popular immediately upon publication. Alcott, an abolitionist and feminist, grew up surrounded by many of the 19th-century literary lights of New England, including Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Henry David Thoreau and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Spurred on to writing both by internal passion as well as financial need, she was a prolific author, and according to G.K. Chesteron "anticipated realism by twenty or thirty years" (n.b., quote from Wiki). "Little Men" is the second of the three books considered to be the "Little Women Trilogy" and follows six months in the life of Plumfield, a school run by Jo (Mrs. Josephine Bhaer (neé March)) and her German Professor husband, and includes a diverse group of students which enables Alcott to speculate on the importance of education to "the masses". The "Little Women" stories remain beloved today, with countless reprintings and stage and screen adaptations. ___DESCRIPTION: Bound in full terra-cotta cloth, the front board with the author and title stamped in gilt in the center surrounded by a decorative oval border, front and back boards with a double narrow blind-embossed border, gilt lettering and the decorative border also on the spine with decorative ruled borders at the head and tail, brown coated endpapers, black and white illustration serving as a frontispiece ("These were the boys.") with three additional illustrations throughout; sixmo size (6 5/8" by 4 7/8"), pagination: [i-iv, publisher's ads] [v-viii, preliminaries] [1] 2-376. ___PROVENANCE: With the Ex-Libris plates of Henry H. Haight (Governor of California 1867-1871) and Lois Marie Haight (his descendent), we acquired this volume from the family. Henry Haight's Ex-Libris has "Jr." penned after the name, apparently his son used his father's bookplates and simply added "Jr." denoting his ownership. On the flyleaf is a pencilled gift inscription "Nettie from Mama, July 2, 1871" which would have been very shortly after the book was published in the United States; "Peter Parley" states that the book was received at the Library of Congress for copyright purposes on June 12, 1871. ___CONDITION: A solid very good copy overall; the cloth binding clean, the gilt lettering and decorations bright and unrubbed, the text block sturdy with solid hinges, and the interior clean and bright with only a few, stray soil marks; other than the Ex-Libris plates and gift inscription which form an interesting provenance, the only other prior owner marking we see is a pencilled notation at the top of the rear pastedown. The binding shows some wear mostly at the head and tail of the spine, a bit of rubbing to the corners, the text block is slightly cocked, a few pages have been dog-eared, and (we presume) Lois was exuberant when pasting in her bookplate on the front free endpaper, as the glue adhered to the front pastedown at the top with the result that these two pages are now joined at the upper half. Still a very good copy of the first American printing with a nice provenace. ___CITATIONS: BAL 167; Peter Parley to Penrod p. 36; with first printing issue point of "Pink and White Tyranny" being announced as "Nearly Ready"; note that the BAL clearly states that there is no priority to books printed with or without the signature mark. ___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 Nachman Stories

The Nachman Stories

Leonard Michaels; Robert Hass, Morton Paley, Robert Pinsky, and Diana Ketcham (Essays) No. 29 of 300 copies, quarto size, 164 pp., with prospectus and original invoice. Leonard Michaels' (1933-2003) stories focused on the character of Raphael Nachman, "loyal to friends, bashful with women, reverent before the transcendent order of mathematics and music" (per the prospectus). Written at the end of the author's life, between 1997 and 2003, the Nachman series is a capstone to the career of a master of the American short story; the final story, "Cryptology", appeared in "The New Yorker" a few weeks before the author's death. With essays by Robert Hass and Morton Paley, Robert Pinsky, and Diana Ketcham. Collected and published together for the first time, and illustrated with nine photographs taken throughout the author's life (the frontis and one before each story), pulled from the collection of the Michaels family. ___DESCRIPTION: Full blue "Iris Wisteria" cloth, with a titling band of Japanese Yatsuo handmade mustard-colored paper running diagonally across both boards, gray mouldmade Italian Tiziano endpapers, nine black and white photographs printed by offset-lithography on white dull-coat stock, tipped-in; Janson type, gray Basingwerk paper, quarto size (9.75" by 6.5"), pagination: [1-7] 8-163 [1 colophon], one of 300 copies, this number 29 (plus 26 copies NFS). With publisher's prospectus, two sheets folded to eight pages, one of the photographs tipped onto page 2, printed on the same gray Basingwerk paper; also with original owner's invoice from The Arion Press dated 27 March, 2009. ___CONDITION: A fine copy, the covers clean and unrubbed, the binding tight with solid hinges, the corners straight and unrubbed, the interior clean and bright, and free of prior owner markings; clean, crisp, as new. The prospectus also fine, clean with only a few barely perceptable light creases; original invoice is fine, clean, without wear, with the original owner's pen markings circling the total price and a "paid" notation at the bottom margin with the date ("4-1-09") and presumably their check number used. ___CITATION: The Arion Press Catalogue no. 84. ___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.
Odes and Sonnets

Odes and Sonnets

Smith, Clark Ashton No. 65 of 300 copies, quarto size, 38 pp. Clark Ashton Smith (1893-1961) was a then little-known poet; he would go on to become famous for his fantasy, horror and science fiction short stories. His rise to fame started with the enthusiasm of George Sterling (1869-1926), himself considered one of the greatest of American poets by those in the west. The Book Club of California, itself "young and struggling" perhaps identified with Smith, and Sterling thought highly of Smith's poems, considering them of an "astonishing maturity" from an author who had written them before reaching the age of twenty (n.b., quotes from the BCC bibliography). The eighth book printed by the newly-established (in 1916) Book Club of California, and printed by the well-known San Francisco printing company of Taylor & Taylor. A lovely work, with wide art deco-style pictorial borders of peacocks with twining borders of grapes with grapeleaves and flowers, designed by Florence Lundborg, on every page. ___DESCRIPTION: Blue laid paper boards with natural linen shelfback, cream paper spine label with black lettering, decorative title page with lettering in red and black, decorations in green, each page with a wide pictorial border by Florence Lundborg, Preface by George Sterling dated April 17, 1918, written at the Bohemian Club, the title of the first poem, "Nero" in red with a four-line initial capital letter, all signatures unopened; handset Kennerly type, handmade paper, quarto size (10.25" by 7.75"), pagination: [i-ii] iii-iv (Preface) v (Contents) [vi-viii], 1-28, [blank], [colophon], limited edition of 300 copies, this no. 65. ___CONDITION: Near fine, the boards clean (other than a few very light stray marks), 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; some rubbing to the spine label, one small spot of soil to the linen shelfback, and a hint of a bow to the thin front board. Overall a lovely, unopened copy of an early BCC publication, beautifully decorated on every page. ___CITATION: BCC 100, no. 8; Sidney-Fryer, p. 128. ___POSTAGE: International customers, please note that additional postage may apply as the standard shipping charge 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.
Waverley Novels [Victoria Edition]

Waverley Novels [Victoria Edition]

Sir Walter Scott The "Victoria Edition", twenty-five volumes (complete), duodecimo size, approx. 11,800 pp. Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832) was an amazingly talented man, serving daily in the law profession and politics while at the same time writing a large body of work. In addition to the Waverley Novels (for which he is considered the inventor of the genre of the modern historical novel), he was also a poet and playwright, and authored volumes of history, essays, and a biography on Napoleon Bonaparte. While his works are not as widely read today as they once were, he is still considered a giant among "modern" authors with many of his stories being adapted for the stage and screen; today, he is considered by many to be "an important innovator and a key figure in the development of Scottish and world literature, and particularly as the principal inventor of the historical novel" (n.b., quote from Wiki). This twenty-five volume half-leather set presents a selection of Scott's works which were most popular at the turn of the last century; see below for the specific titles. Of particular interest to us is the "General Preface", dated 1829, found on pp. five through nineteen of the first volume in the set, "Waverley" (appropriately enough). Scott opens with: "Having undertaken to give an Introductory Account of the compositions which are here offered to the public, with Notes and Illustrations, the Author, under whose name they are now for the first time collected, feels that he has the delicate task of speaking more of himself and his personal concerns, than may perhaps be either graceful or prudent."; he continues to present a short autobiography and speaks to that period of time during which the Novels were published anonymously, giving an interesting glimpse of the personality behind the man. ___DESCRIPTION: Bound in half tan calf, spines with two leather spine labels with gilt lettering, the other compartments richly decorated with gilt, marbled paper boards, top edges gilt, marbled endpapers which match the boards, tissue-guarded frontispiece in each volume, title page in red and green with a wide decorated border of thistles (the official flower of Scotland, adapted as a symbol of defence), both single blossoms and intertwining stems, every volume with one or two additional smaller illustrations, usually a chapter headpiece at the beginning, most of the volumes begin with an "Advertisement " (or a "Preface", or a "Dedicatory Epistle"), followed by an Introduction, the text followed by "Notes", an Appendix, and a Glossary "of Certain Scotch Words and Phrases" (note that not all of these are present in all volumes, but seem to have been included as called for); duodecimo size (7 3/8" by 5 1/8"); volumes with their pagination are as follows (page totals only given, all volumes begin with a series title and volume title page, which are pp. [i-iv]): Volume I, "Waverley, or 'Tis Sixty Years Since", 507 pp.; Volume II,"Guy Mannering", 451 pp.; Volume III, "The Antiquary", 442 pp.; Volume IV, "Rob Roy", 479 pp.; Volume V, "Old Mortality", 456 pp.; Volume VI, "A Legend of Montrose and The Black Dwarf", 387 pp.; Volume VII, "The Heart of Midlothian", 574 pp.; Volume VIII, "The Bride of Lammermoor", 341 pp.; Volume IX, "Ivanhoe", 488 pp.; Volume X, "The Monastery", 447 pp.; Volume XI, "The Abbot", 467 pp.; Volume XII, "Kenilworth", 483 pp.; Volume XIII,"The Pirate", 484 pp.; Volume XIV, "The Fortunes of Nigel", 504 pp.; Volume XV, "Peveril of the Peak", 642 pp.; Volume XVI, "Quentin Durward", 496 pp.; Volume XVII, "St. Ronan's Well", 449 pp.; Volume XVIII, "Redgauntlet", 468 pp.; Volume XIX, "The Betrothed", 511 pp.; Volume XX, "The Talisman", with the continuation of "Chronicles of the Canongate", and with "The Two Drovers", "My Aunt Margaret's Mirror", "The Tapestried Chamber", and "Death of the Laird's Jock", 424 pp.; Volume XXI, "Woodstock", 507 pp.; Volume XXII, "The Fair Maid of Perth", 484 pp.; Volume XXIII, "Anne of Geierstein", 494 pp.; Volume XXIV, "Count Robert of Paris", 418 pp.; and Volume XXV, "The Surgeon's Daughter and Castle Dangerous", 419 pp. Note that the first volume, "Waverley", contains the "General Preface" and the final volume, "Surgeon's Daughter", contains a "General Index" for the set which gives the volume number for the listed entries. ___CONDITION: Overall the set is near fine, with clean boards, the leather shelfbacks with truly minimal wear, straight corners with minimal rubbing, strong, square text blocks with solid hinges, the interiors are clean and bright, and the set is entirely free of prior owner markings; of the twenty-five volumes, we would grade two as very good plus due to a bit more wear at the head of the spines (but no loss), one of the volumes has a rear hinge just beginning to start, one volume has a few leaves with a light crease in the top corner, and one volume, "Old Mortality", with a few pencil markings dated 1961 on the front flyleaf from a prior bookseller (who apparently didn't realize they were not marking the first volume of the set). A handsome set, emminently readable and a joy to include in one's collection on the shelves. ___POSTAGE: Please note that this set is extremely large and heavy, and 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 Cambridge History of Western Textiles

The Cambridge History of Western Textiles

Jenkins, David (Editor) Two volumes (complete) in a slipcase, quarto size, 1275 pp. "Textiles have been essential to the everyday lives of all societies. Besides helping to provide protection and warmth, they have fulfilled social, cultural, military, legal and symbolic functions, and have been an essential part of the economic activity of societies from ancient times. [This work] brings together and extends current knowledge on the production and uses of textiles, through the eyes of archaeologists, economic and social historians, historians of fashion and the history of dress and museum curators familiar with surviving artefacts." (n.b., from introduction). The editor, David Jenkins, lectures internationally and has published "widely" on the history of textiles, with a focus on the wool textile industry. ___DESCRIPTION: Both volumes bound in full evergreen cloth, gilt lettering and the Press device on the spines, replete with maps, charts, illustrations, and photographs mostly in black and white, each volume with a section of colour plates; quarto size (9 15/16" by 7"), pagination: Volume I, [i-iv] v-xlii, 1-714; Volume II, [i-iv] v-xlii, [715-716] 717-1191 (note that the colour plates are not included in the pagination). Each volume with a different glossy paper pictorial dust jacket, rectangle placed in the middle of the front boards with white and gold lettering over a green ground, same on the spines, a summary of the work and author bio on the front flaps, rear flaps plain, jackets without a printed price. Housed in a sturdy slipcase covered with the same green cloth as the binding, white paper covering the interior, one side of the slipcase with the publisher's barcode label. ___CONDITION: A fine copy, we removed the shrinkwrap in order to catalogue; the bindings clean and without blemish, strong, square text blocks with solid hinges, the corners straight and unrubbed, the interiors clean and bright, and the set entirely free of prior owner markings; clean, crisp, as new. The dust jackets also fine, unclipped (although without a printed price), completely free from edgewear or sunning. The slipcase fine overall, strong and sturdy, the cloth clean and unrubbed; one extremely shallow dent to one side of the top of the case, likely incurred during shipping to the original owner. ___POSTAGE: Please note that this is an extremely heavy set, and therefore additional postage will apply. We are happy to ship at cost to both domestic and international customers, 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.
Dictionary of American Family Names

Dictionary of American Family Names

Hanks, Patrick (Editor-in-Chief) Three volumes (complete), quarto size, 2101 pp. "The Dictionary of American Family Names is a fascinating journey throughout the multicultural United States, offering a detailed look at the meaning and frequency of surnames throughout the country. For students studying family genealogy, others interested in finding out more about their own lineage, or lexicographers, the Dictionary is an ideal place to begin research" (n.b., from the web site of the Press). A wealth of information is included; in addition to the many entries, the first volume begins with essays as diverse as "Changing Society: Feminism and Family Names", "Typology of Family Names", "Ornamental and Arbitrary Coinages" and much more. The Editor, Patrick Hanks (b. 1940), was educated in Britain and the Czech Republic, and has for decades been involved in scholarly research into lexicographical methodology, computational lexicography, and in the early 90s worked on the HECTOR project with DEC, much of which work was used in the development of one of the earliest search engines (something for which we all take for granted today). In addition to serving as Editor-in-Chief for this work, he has authored or co-authored countless other studies and papers on topics such as lexical analysis, lexicography, onomastics, and similes and metaphor. ___DESCRIPTION: Bound in full red cloth, blue vertical rectangles stamped into the front boards and spines, gilt lettering and narrow rules on the front boards and spines, text in three columns; quarto size (11 1/8" by 8 5/8"), pagination: Volume 1, A-F, [i-ix] x-cx, 1-615; Volume 2, G-N, [i-x], 1-685; and Volume 3, O-Z, [i-x], 1-671. Per the Press, issued without jackets. ___CONDITION: All three volumes fine; the bindings clean and without blemishes, strong, square text blocks with solid hinges, the corners straight and unrubbed, the interiors clean and bright, and the set entirely free of prior owner markings; clean, crisp, as new. ___POSTAGE: Please note that due to the size and weight of this set additional postage will apply; we are happy to ship at cost to both domestic and international customer, 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 Hound of the Baskervilles; Another Adventure of Sherlock Holmes

The Hound of the Baskervilles; Another Adventure of Sherlock Holmes

Doyle, A. Conan; Paget, Sidney (Illustrations) First printing, duodecimo size, 367 pp. Sir Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle (1859-1930) introduced the world to Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson via "A Study in Scarlet" which was published to "enthusiastic review". More stories would follow, and although Doyle "most wanted to be remembered as a champion of spiritualism and as a historical novelist, it is Sherlock Holmes who has continued to capture the imagination of the public." "The Hound of the Baskervilles" allowed Doyle to offer the public another Sherlock Holmes story after the apparent fall to his death with Professor Moriarity down the Reichenbach Falls by placing the story in a setting before the supposed death. It remains a favourite with Holmes fans' to this day; in 1999, it was listed as the top Sherlock Holmes' novel by Sherlockian scholars and has been adapted almost countless times on the stage and screen. The illustrations are by Sidney Edward Paget (1860-1908) who was best know for his work with the Sherlock Holmes stories published in The Strand Magazine; between the years 1891 and 1904 Paget provided 356 illustrations for thirty-eight Sherlock Holmes stories. ___DESCRIPTION: Publisher's decorated trade binding signed by "A.G.J." (Alfred Gareth Jones) with a depiction in black and gilt of a hound against a moon upon a hilltop, the illustration surrounded by a gilt floral design, gilt lettering on both the front and spine, the spine with gilt decorations, a total of sixteen monochrome illustrations by Sidney Paget tipped in, first edition error on p. 13, line 3 as called for in the bibliography; duodecimo size (7.5" by 5.25"), pagination: [i-viii] 1-359. Lacking the dust jacket which is seldom, if ever, seen. ___CONDITION: Overall a very good copy, with the binding mostly clean (some light overall soil), the top corners gently bumped but unrubbed, the bottom corners straight with a minimal amount of rubbing, the text block strong with solid hinges, the interior clean (other than a single spot of light soil on one page) and bright, the sole prior owner marking being an embossed vintage bookseller's stamp at the top corner of the front free endpaper ("W.H. Smith & Son, London"); some light rubbing to the gilt and black on the front cover but better than often found, the spine also with light rubbing to the gilt and some sunning, a small amount of wear to the head and tail of the spine with a very short tear to the cloth at the head, book slightly cocked, some offsetting or light foxing to the endpapers, and several leaves (approximately seven) where the outer top corner of the page shows some loss, none with loss of text, a few other leaves with creases from prior turned-down corners; note that the plate at p. 250 has been supplied and was tipped in by a professional, the book now collates complete. With its few faults still a handsome, very good copy of a classic Sherlock Holmes story. ___CITATIONS: Green and Gibson no. A26a; Oxford DNB online; the web site of Arthur-Conan-Doyle. ___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 Little White Bird

The Little White Bird

Barrie, J. M. First printing, duodecimo size, 320 pp., inscribed by J. M. Barrie, in a custom box. Sir James Matthew Barrie (1860-1937) wrote numerous novels and plays for both children and adults, but he is best known for "Peter Pan", a hugely successful play set in the magical world of Neverland; the play has been performed many times and has been adapted in films and literary works. "The Little White Bird" is a novel composed of various short episodes taking place in day-to-day London and the fantasy world that lies beneath Kensington Gardens; the book features the first appearance of the beloved character Peter Pan, and these parts of the book were later reproduced as "Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens", with illustrations by Arthur Rackham. This volume is the first edition of "The Little White Bird", printed in 1902, and is inscribed by J. M. Barrie on the half-title page; the book is housed in a lovely custom-made clamshell box. ___DESCRIPTION: Full dark navy cloth, gilt ruled border and lettering on the spine, top edge gilt, frontispiece a black-and-white illustrated map titled "The Child's Map of Kensington Gardens", with tissue guard; duodecimo size (7.5" by 5.25"), pagination: [i-v] vi-viii [1] 2-312, inscribed "Yours Truly / J. M. Barrie" on the half-title page. Housed in a custom clamshell box, quarter red leather with red cloth boards and sides, the spine with five raised bands, gilt decorative rules and ornaments, and gilt lettering, the insides of the trays lined with paper with floral pattern in red, gilt, and black. ___CONDITION: Near fine, the boards clean overall with a few very light spots of soil, a strong, square text block with solid hinges, the interior is clean and bright, and the only prior owner markings being the J.M. Barrie inscription as set forth above and name in a vintage ink written at the top of the front free endpaper; a professional restored the head and tail of the spine and corners, all of which had been very mildly rubbed, and the hinges which are now strong, corners are gently bumped, some off-setting to the free endpapers, and light foxing to the first and last few pages, including the frontispiece tissue guard. The custom clamshell box is fine, strong and sturdy, clean but for the hint of a stray mark or two, without wear. ___CITATION: Garland no. 32. ___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.
A Lunch Appointment

A Lunch Appointment

Welch, Denton; White, Edmund (Foreword); Le-Tan, Pierre (Illustrations) No. 119 of 170 copies, octavo size, [49] pp. "A Lunch Appointment" tells of Denton Welch's (1915-1948) conversation with the poet Edith Sitwell, who often encouraged young writers in their craft, including poets such as Dylan Thomas and Welch; in this essay Welch brings his delicate style of observation to a realm of subjects encompassed in the conversation between two literary figures. This volume was printed by Elysium Press, which began in 1980 and often prints writings that are out of print or out of fashion, with a focus on the works of gay writers which "has been neglected or overlooked by the commercial trade" (per the Elysium Press website). Included in the book are line drawings by Pierre Le-Tan (b. 1950), a French illustrator who provided artwork for the "New Yorker" during the 1960s and 1970s and whose work is inspired by his love of collecting art, both visual and sculptural, antiques, and books. ___DESCRIPTION: Full black Japanese silk, white paper spine label with blue lettering, all edges uncut, title page with blue ruled border, full-page line drawings in black by Pierre Le-Tan throughout; Spiral type, Arches paper, octavo size (8 1/8" by 6.5"), 49 unnumbered pages, one of 170 copies, this number 119. ___CONDITION: A fine copy; the covers clean, the corners straight and unrubbed, the binding tight with solid hinges, the interior is clean and bright, and entirely free of prior owner markings; clean, crisp, as new. Lacks glassine wrapper. ___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.
Important Printing Dates; Souvenir Commemorating the Centenary of Printing in California 1831-1931

Important Printing Dates; Souvenir Commemorating the Centenary of Printing in California 1831-1931, Prepared by John Howell and Presented to.the American Bookseller’s Association

Grabhorn Press] One of 400 copies, folio size, [4] pp. A list of "Important Printing Dates" broken into the following headings: Gutenberg to Aitken 1455-1782; Western Printing 1822-1834; Mexican Press at Monterey 1831-1834, Boston Press at Monterey 1834-1845, and California Press 1845-1931. The piece could just as easily have been titled: "The History of Printing from Gutenberg to the Grabhorn Press", as the list opens with the Gutenberg Bible and closes with the Grabhorn Press's "The Bible of the Revolution". John Howell comissioned the Grabhorns to print two versions of this (of "approximately" 200 copies each); one for presentation to the California Historical Society, and the other (this example) for presentation "to the Members and Guests of the Western Division of the American Bookseller's Association at the Third Annual Convention, St. Francis Hotel, San Francisco, April 25, 1931". Scarce in the marketplace, with no copies online as of this writing, OCLC locates thirteen copies with institutions. ___DESCRIPTION: A single sheet folded once to four pages, printing on the front and both inside pages, rear page blank, front fore-edge and bottom edges uncut; handset Lutetia type, folio size (12.25" by 8 7/8"), [4] pp. ___CONDITION: Near fine, without edgewear, clean and free of prior owner markings; one horizontal crease and a few other scattered, very shallow creases, else fine. ___CITATION: Grabhorn Press Bibliography no. 160. ___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.