Toscano, Giovanni Matteo 12mo. (16),118,(8 blanks). Recent full brown leather spine in six compartments, gilt; antique marbled paper in a non-pareil design inlaid on the boards; double marbled endpapers. A fine copy. With Toscano's tribute to Marcilhac-sur-Célé, the Cryptae MAssiliacensis Topographia, present at pp. 119-124. In Latin Blank pages at the end, apparently added later, are an index of authors in a contemporary hand. One leaf seems to be excised. Contains epigrams on 200 Italian writers, poets, scholars, etc. from Dante Alighieri to Giovanni Carga, each with a short biography of the person honored. It is considered a valuable source of information on Italian culture and intellectual life in the 16th century. It is also a work of art in its own right, with its elegant Latin prose and its insightful and often witty portraits of the individuals it celebrates. It was later reprinted in Hamburg in 1730. The book is dedicated to Antonio Ebrard Sansuplicianum, Bishop and Count of Cahors, France. In the dedication, Toscano expresses his admiration for Italian culture and his hope that his book will help to spread knowledge of Italian writers and scholars throughout Europe. .
The History of the Coronation of the Most High, Most Mighty, and Most Excellent Monarch James II . and of His Royal Consort Queen MarySandford, Francis Folio. Title page in red and black. Complete with 30 engraved plates, of which 28 are double page, one is folding and one is full page. Newly bound to style by the Hullah Bindery in full calf stained in the Cambridge style, tooled in gilt and blind on the spine and boards; red leather lettering label, gilt. With the armorial bookplate of Philta Cotton. Sandford's Coronation of James II is lavishly illustrated, notable for its detailed descriptions of the coronation ceremony, the costumes worn by the participants, and the food served at the coronation banquet. The engravings are some of the most detailed and accurate depictions of a coronation ceremony in English history and are considered important historical documents. Light wear to the gilt on the boards; a couple of the engravings have short splits at the bottom of the folds (no loss) and one page with a closed marginal tear sometime mended with archival tape and not affecting the text; overall this is a very good example, and scarce in that it is complete with all plates, including the frequently missing fireworks plate. .
Travers, P. L. First printing. Blue cloth printed in dark blue. Pictorial endpapers, Maroon top stain. Light fading of the cloth due to age else a near fine copy. The maroon dustwrapper is present with the first issue price of $1.50 on the flap. Except for a tiny bit of wear at the tip of the spine and the top and bottom fold edges it is in fine condition. .
Nister, Ernest Square 4to. (12)pp. Glazed pictorial paper over boards. Stories of airships told in verse, featuring four full color pop-up scenes; each scene with a pop-up airship on a color background drawing. Upper cover with a color drawing of an army airship rounding St. Paul's Cathedral in London and titles printed in red.A fine copy. Conjectural date range is based on the year of first flight of airship Le Republique, illustrated on page , in 1908 and date of inscription on front flyleaf./ "No. 3521" -- title-page./ "Printed in Bavaira" -- page ./ Illustrated with 4 colour pop-up pages, each with a different blimp or balloon that pops-up as the page is turned./ Pictorial cover. Not found in MOntanaro .
Shurcliff, Sidney Nichols Thick 4to. xv,(1),298pp. Blue cloth blocked in gilt on the spine and upper board. Top edge gilt. Photographic endpapers. ALl illustrations and the two maps present. Photographs mostly by the author. Color plates and drawings by Walter A. Weber, A fine copy. The dustwrapper isnot clipped and shows a light stain on the rear and only minimal wear; it give a near fine appearance. Not generally seen in such nice condition. This is the official record of the Field Museum's Crane Pacific Expedition for the study of terrestrial and marine life on the central Paficic islands and New Guinea. The Scientific Appendix is by Karl Patterson Schmidt. .
Chagall, Bella; Marc Chagall 8vo. (1-6),7-252,(4)pp. Illustrated by Marc Chagall. Maroon cloth blocked in gilt on the spine and upper board. A stain near the top of the rear pastedown, inner hinge neatly mended, else a fine copy with only a trace of wear. Protected in a custom clamshell case. And with a 1993 appraisal laid-in. With a long inscription on the front free endpaper from Mark Chagall "For Max Lerner: in remembrance of my wife Bela. Marc Chagall." Dated New York, 1945. Bella writes of their childhood in the Russian Empire. She died in New York in 1944. .
Arthurian Tetrology: The Quest of Merlin, The Marriage of Guenevere; The Birth of Galahad; and TeliesinHovey, Richard Four volumes, 12mo. Vellum spines, gilt; drab paper over boards. Dramas or Masques. Based on the printing dates and list of titles facing the title pages, Merlin is the first separate printing, revised from the version first published in 1891 in Launcelot and Guenevere. (BAL 9386) Guenevere was similarly revised from the 1891 edition, then printed by Stone and Kimball in 1895, and then in a printing by Small, Maynard in 1899. Our copy is dated 1900. (BAL 9382) Galahad (BAL 9387)and Taliesin (BAL 9391) are first printings. Overall these are very good examples with a little wear and scuffing to the paper. .
Woloshuk, Nicholas Folio. vii,(1),115,(1)pp. Brown textured cloth spine, gilt; tan buckram printed in brown on the upper board. A fine copy. One of 3000 numbered copies; this copy is unnumbered and designated "Artist's Copy". In is inscribed on the limitation page and signed by Woloshuk.
Marcoy, Paul Two volumes, Folio. Green sand-grain cloth intricately decorated in black and gilt on the spines and upper boards. All edges gilt. Illustrated by 525 engravings on wood drawn by E. Riou, and 10 maps from drawings by the author. Upper inner hinge of volume one expertly mended; the other three inner hinges strengthened by a former owner with tape; Wear to the spine tips and corners, light rubbing to the cloth, else a near fine set. Sabin 44508 .
The Life and Adventures of Robinson Crusoe Embellished with Engraving from Designs by Thomas Stothard, Esq. R.A.(Defoe, Daniel) 2 volumes. 4to. xcii,429; v, (1), 415pp. Full calif by Riviere. Spines in six compartments, gilt, with red and black lettering labels, gilt; marbles endpapers and edges. Illustrated. Large paper copy. Expertly rebacked with the original spines laid on; some rubbing, soil and wear, foxing to the first 2 leaves of volume 1, else a very good set. .
Davis, Jon 16 pages, sewn paper covers. This is a favorite poem of audiences by Santa Fe's fourth Poet Laureate. Calligraphic cover, title page and initial letter by Judythe Sieck, with decorative elements based on Muybridge's Horses in Motion studies. Letterpress on Hahnemuhle Biblio. Cover stock by Saint-Armand. 7 x 8.5 inches, One of 75 numbered copies; signed by the author on the title page.
Malory, Syr Thomas 4to. Two volumes. (4),xxviii,316;(4)273,(3)pp. One of 370 copies on handmade paper (of which 350 are for sale), this being copy number 268. One of the few copies bound in full brick-red morocco. Printed in red and black throughout in Caslon type, with 22 woodcuts reproduced from Wynkyn de Worde's folio edition of 1498. The text is a careful reprint from de Worde's folio of 1498 from the unique copy in the Rylands Library, never before reprinted, and bridges the gap between Caxton's edition of 1485 (reproduced by Sommer and later printed in facsimile by Scolar), and Wynkyn de Worde's edition of 1529, on which most modern editions are based. Sommer remarks that the woodcuts reproduced from the DeWorde 1498 edition represent the first attempt ever made of illustrating a text throughout with engravings. As for the text, the few pages lacking in the Rylands copy have been supplied, and indicated by square brackets, from the Caxton edition. Full contemporary brick-red morocco; spine titled in gilt. Top edges gilt in the rough. Marbled endpapers. This set is usually seen with the leather rubbed and degraded; this copy, however, is in fine condition with only the barest trace of rubbing. The printing of this work was completed on December 13, 1933. Most sets bear the imprint date of 1933, but others, like this, are dated 1934. Gaines, A21.
Von der Hagen, Friedrich, ed., James J. Owens, transl 8vo. (8), 19, (45)pp. Pictorial boards. A fine copy. A 13th or 14th century Greek fragment of an Arthurian tale discovered by Von der Hagen in the Vatican Library and published by him in 1821. This is the first translation into English of the fragment. It is followed by a facsimile of Von der Hagen's publication, which contains a length preface (in Latin), his recension of the Greek fragment, and then his Latin translation of the Greek. .
Bannerman, Helen 12mo. Cloth backed pictorial boards showing Jocko, the teasing monkey, hanging from a tree and pulling the tails of two lions. 142pp. Illustrated in color throughout and printed on one side of the page only. Gift inscription "from Aunt Florence" dated 1909. Trace of soil; bottom edge worn else this is a near fine copy. The dustwrapper is present: Off-white paper printed on the upper panel with the same information as is on the title page. It is soiled and faded, and lacks pieces at the head and tail of the spine and at the fold. We can find no previous instance indicating that this title had a dustwrapper, and it is not even mentioned in the bibliographies. First editions of the Teasing Monkey are scarce to begin with; copies in dustwrapper are basically unheard of.
Museum Britannicum or a display in 32 plates in Antiquities and Natural Curiosities in that noble and magnificent cabinet the British Museum after the original designs from NatureVan Rymsdyk, John and Andrew Second edition, revised and corrected by P. Boyle. Folio. 88pp. plus 30 full page engravings and two letterpress illustrations. Finely bound to style in quarter calf, red lettering label, gilt, marbled paper boards. Text block totally untrimmed and so the edges are rough; in addition, first and last few pages are edgeworn from use. Light staining, foxing and soiling to the text, with the engravings generally offsetting to the letterpress facing pages. The title and first few pages are soiled and have mended closed marginal tears (no loss); else this is a good copy in a fine biding. First printed in 1778 in tribute to the recent (1759) opening of the British Museum. Lowndes, p. 2161.
Marshal,. Frank J. Thin 8vo. (8),130,(6)pp. Maroon ribbed cloth gilt title on the upper board. Light wear and sunning else a near fine copy. "Comprising over one hundred and twenty-five of his best tournament and match games at chess, together with the annotation of the same by himself and other well-known chess authorities, also an analysis of the Queen's side openings with several King's gambit novelties and a discussion of the principles of over-the-board chess." Inscribed on the front free endpaper on January 3, 1919, to Charles Lazenby, B.A.F.F.S., by the author. .
Owens, James J.; Dmitry Sayenko Limited edition. Folio. 32pp. Red leather spine and edges, marbled paper boards, the upper boards impressed with an engraving of Camelot and with a title label printed in red. Thirteen scenes covering the Age of Arthur in sonnet form support the artist's powerful illustrations. The narrative begins with the boy Merlin, King Vortigern and the dragons, then continues through Uther & Ygraine, the Swords, Lancelot & Guinevere, Mordred and finally the unearthing of Arthur's casket at Glastonbury. This is not a book for children. The artist has graphically depicted the adultery of Uther and Ygraine and of Arthur and Morgause, and the seduction of Merlin by Nimue. The paper of the boards and slipcases was made and marbled by the artist, as was the text paper. Each page was etched in a series of background lines and shapes before the text was printed letterpress and the engraved images taken directly from the blocks. One of 20 copies, each signed by the artist and by the author. This is No. 3. Fine, as new in the publisher's slipcase.
Chaucer, Geoffrey; William Russell Flint Unique copy. Number 5 of 12 copies printed on vellum, from a total edition of 512. 3 volumes, 4to. Full brown calf by Bumpus of Oxford, spines with raised bands, gilt titles, spines and boards tooled in blind in a mediaeval diaper designed with blind tooled symbols; inner dentelles tooled in blind; all edges gilt. Illustrated title pages and 30 color plates by Flint. A fine set. All dropped capitals have been embellished by hand in color or gold, 44 colored, 29 illuminated in gold. Nine full page decorations in mediaeval style by an unknown but utterly competent calligrapher, one to introduce each tale. All color plates have been laid down onto think paper with captions added by hand, with their capitals added in gold. A scarce vellum edition now a unique coy in the Bumpus binding and illuminations. .
Tennyson, Alfred Thin Folio. Unpaginated. Cream-colored cloth blocked in red, black and gilt. With sixty original illustrations by the Brothers Rhead: Georger Wooliscroft Rhead and Louis Rhead. Title, frontispiece and illustrated endpapers printed in black and red. The pages with borders of Celtic motif. A fine copy with only a trace of wear. Howey, F-494. The title page indicates that there are 60 illustrations, but there are only 48, 12 in each section; the remainder of the 60 are decorative initials and borders. .
The Boy’s King Arthur, Being Sir Thomas Malry’s History of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round TableLanier, Sidney (Thomas Malory) 8vo. xlv,(3),403,(1)pp followed by 4pp publisher's catalogue. Original green silk-finish cloth, blocked in black ad gilt on the spine and upper board. Dark green coated endpapers. Twelve illustrations by Alfred Kappes. The front free endpaper gutter is glued into the hinge, else this is a superb copy with only a trace of wear to the cloth. Reportedly only 1500 copies of the Scribner edition were issued in 1880; but by 1889 it had gone through 16 printings with 12,900 copies. Lanier's version of Malory was reissued in 1917. llustrated by Wyeth, Gaines, B4.