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Leda. In Praise of the Blessings of Darkness

By Louys, Pierre

(Easthampton, MA): Cheloniidae Press, 1985. Robinson, Alan james. Quarto. (42)pp. From an edition of 75, this is one of fifteen proof copies, with two sets of proofs of the illustrations, an extra suite, and an original pencil drawing, each signed by the artist, Alan James Robinson, and with a special binding. The colophon is signed by the artist and the binder, Daniel E. Kelm. Contains five erotic etchings, colored "... la poupée," and seven wood engravings. The original drawing is based on the frontispiece etching. The binding is full alum-tawed pigskin with an inset cast-paper bas relief by Robinson, based on the frontispiece design. The proofs, drawing, and extra suite are laid in to a linen chemise, and housed together with the book in a specially-designed linen box, with two drop-back sides intended to suggest the wings of a swan. Very fine.

$2200.00

Ciraldus Cambrensis. Itinerary through Wales
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Ciraldus Cambrensis. Itinerary through Wales

By Esslemont, David

Powys, Wales: Gwasg Gregynog, 1989. Paynton, Colin. Folio. xv, 100pp. One of 300 copies. Signed by the illustrator, Colin Paynton. Gerald of Wales' medieval tour of the United Kingdom's hilly corner and its people. Ranging from Usk to Cardiff to the River Conwy, this journey through Wales is as entertaining as it is educational. It is a fitting homage, illustrated by a Welshman, and designed by Wales' premier private press. Bound in orange morocco with grey paper over boards and gilt to spine title and in single rule on covers. Housed in matching slipcase. Very fine.

$990.00

The Raven

By Poe, Edgar Allan

(Easthampton, MA): Cheloniidae Press, 1986. Robinson, Allen James. Oblong 16mo. (19)ff. From an edition of 225, this is one of twenty-five copies bound in full leather and joined by a suite of prints. Volume and suite signed by the artist. Robinson's drawing of Poe acts as frontispiece while his striking wood engravings and etchings grace every other page, following the progression of suspense and terror expouned in Poe's notorious tale. The text has been printed by Daniel Keleher at Wild Carrot Letterpress. Bound in full red leather by Daniel Kelm and Sarah Pringle, with the titular raven in black on the upper cover. Extra suite of prints, along with working proofs of the wood engravings and state proofs of the etching with a drawing are housed in a chemise. Volume and prints together housed in drop-back case. Very fine.

$2750.00

History of the Peloponnesian Wars. Translated into English by Benjamin Jowett, M.A.
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History of the Peloponnesian Wars. Translated into English by Benjamin Jowett, M.A.

By Thucydides

Chelsea: Ashendene Press, 1930. Hewitt, Graily. Folio. 363pp. One of 260 copies printed in red and black on handmade paper. The opening line of each of the eight books is designed by Graily Hewitt and printed in red, and the other red initial letters are from an alphabet designed by Eric Gill for "Utopia." This was the last of the great Ashendene folios, and the present copy is very fine but for a touch of foxing along top edge that does not extend into the text. Original white pigskin binding by W.H. Smith is uncommonly clean and bright. (Hornby XXXVII).

$4950.00

The Prelude
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The Prelude

By Wordsworth, William

Grasmere: The Wordsworth Trust, 2007. Esslemont, David. Small quarto. 376pp. One of 200 copies. Frontispiece and thirteen additional watercolors by Esslemont. Wordsworth's spiritual autobiography, presented in epic style, receives reverent treatment. Though it is, as Wordsworth's final line states, "of substance and of fabric more divine" than that which shapes and binds this volume, Esslemonts illustrations and overall design come incredibly close. Edited by Robert Woof and with Foreword by Stephen Gill. Bound in grey cloth with with inset black cloth spine label. Housed in matching slipcase.

$605.00

Rip Van Winkle
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Rip Van Winkle

By Irving, Washington

East Aurora: Roycroft Press, 1905. Hunter, Dard. Small octavo. xx, 48pp. Signed by Dard Hunter, who completed the title-page decoration and initials for the volume. A gloriously quaint edition paying suitable homage to the classic folktale. Bound in limp red suede impressed in black. Expected toning to endpapers and edges of text block, some noticeable wear to gutter joints, else near fine.

$1045.00

Flosculi Sententiarum
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Flosculi Sententiarum

Northampton, MA: Gehenna Press, 1967. Baskin, Leonard. Small quarto. (31)ff. One of fifty copies specially bound by Arno Werner. Inscribed by Leonard Baskin to Bill Covington. A collection of moral phrases in a variety of languages and artfully arranged by Baskin with ornamentation in black, red, yellow, green, and blue. The collection ends in a brief note on printing arrangement and decoration by Dale R. Roylance, at the time the Curator of Graphic Arts at Yale, as well as a translation of the non-English mottoes. Bound in full yellow leather with rules both gilt and blind, and giltwork to spine. Fine, housed in near fine box.

$3025.00

Endymion
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Endymion

By Keats, John

New Rochelle, NY: Elston Press, 1902. O'Kane, H. M.. Octavo. (viii), 116pp. One of 160 copies. Sharp and robust title pages and initials by H. M. O'Kane, expressing the clear influences of William Morris at the Kelmscott Press and Charles Ricketts at the Vale Press. Keats' celebrated love poem printed in red and black. A noble Americanization of English-styled book design. Bound in understated blue cloth over boards with gilt titling to spine. Corners and head and tail of spine slightly bumped, else near fine. T.e.g.

$1375.00

The Bill of Rights: America's Guarantee of Human Rights; The World's Example of Freedom
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The Bill of Rights: America's Guarantee of Human Rights; The World's Example of Freedom

By Burger, Warren E.

NY: Thornwillow Press, 1993. Pontifell, Luke Ives. Small quarto. (13)ff. One of 150 copies in the deluxe binding. Signed by Warren E. Burger, Chief Justice of the United States from 1969 to 1986. Frontispiece showing the scales of justice against an open landscape. Burger's exposition on the enduring need and potency of the Bill of Rights is followed by the ten facets of the Bill itself. Printed in Monotype Centaur and Arrighi by Michael and Winifred Bixler, on paper which is the first to bear the Thornwillow watermark. Bound by Miroslava and Lubomir Krupka in full moroccan goatskin with blind rules to covers and solitary "B" blind-stamped to spine. Fine, housed in suede-lined clamshell box.

$825.00

The Last Ride
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The Last Ride

By Browning, Robert

East Aurora: Roycroft Press, 1900. Fattey, Elgie. Octavo. 8ff., frenchfold. One of 940 copies, signed by Elbert Hubbard and by Elgie Fattey, the illuminator. Illustrated throughout with hand-illuminated Art Nouveau borders. Arguably the most handsome book produced by the Roycrofters. Uniform offsetting to front endleaves from silk paste-downs, else fine in full vellum, with yapp edges and all four linen ties. Housed in trifold case.

$825.00

Utopia. Written by Sir Thomas More
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Utopia. Written by Sir Thomas More

By More, Sir Thomas

(Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1893. Morris, William. Octavo. xiv, 282pp. One of 300 copies. Printed in Chaucer and Troy type in red and black. With woodcut initials and opening grapevine border. Edited by F. S. Ellis and with a Foreword by William Morris. Text is mostly unopened and very clean and crisp. Original full limp vellum remarkably preserved and with all four ribbons intact. A fine copy, housed in a clamshell box. (Peterson A16).

$6600.00

A Tragedy
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A Tragedy

By Mayakovsky, Vladimir

(Philadelphia): Philadelpia College of Art, 1972. Kronfeld, Susan. Quarto. (18)pp. One of eleven copies. Inscribed by the artist, Susan Kronfeld, to Stuart Schimmel, who served on the Grolier Club council and whose personal collections and public curatorial positions allowed him to continually present exhibits to the New York community. Kronfeld's eight color lithographs appear opposite Mayakovsky's verses, isolating them just as their desperate and lonesome content suggests. Mayakovsky, though renowned in his own time for his poety, often felt the resonance of solitary existence, even as he became an outspoken proponent of Bolshevism and found himself in league with Boris Pasternak, Lilya Brik, and Sergei Eisenstein. Bound accordion-fold with black and gold edges. Save slight expected rubbing to edges, fine and housed in near-fine clamshell box.

$715.00

Keats and Shelley
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Keats and Shelley

By Keats, John and Percy Bysshe Shelley

(Hammersmith): Doves Press, 1914. Two octavo volumes. 203; 181pp. Each volume one of 200 copies. Both printed in red and black. This collection was first mentioned as a tentative future project in March 1913, with a publication date eventually set for October of the following year. However, T. J. Cobden-Sanderson's long illness and the outbreak of war in August pushed the publication date to January 1915. Two commanding collections of Romantic poetry, in likely their finest form. Both in limp vellum shows light creasing along spine and extremities, else a fine set. Housed in tan cloth clamshell box. (Tidcombe DP 35 and 36).

$3300.00

Constitution of the United States. Published for the Bicentennial of its Adoption in 1787
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Constitution of the United States. Published for the Bicentennial of its Adoption in 1787

San Francisco: Arion Press, 1987. Ingmire, Thomas. Octavo. 63pp. One of 500 copies. With a preface by Chief Justice Warren E. Burger and an Introduction by the Librarian of Congress Daniel J. Boorstin. Printed in the very readable Deepdene type designed by Frederic Goudy, handset on handmade Twinrocker paper. The initial letters are drawn and illuminated in red and blue with gold stars by Thomas Ingmire. Very fine in full limp vellum with red-dyed vellum ribbons woven through the covers to create red stripes, the titling and stars in blue. Housed in cloth chemise and matching slipcase. An elegant publication. (Arion Bibliography 21).

$1375.00

The Great Mystery
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The Great Mystery

By Means, Russell

(Hadley, MA): American Indian Mystery Press, 1997. Bogardus, Peter. Folio. (64)ff. One of 60 copies, signed by the author and the artist. Twenty-three etchings done in black, white, and shades of red, inspired by iconography of Plains peoples, specifically the Oglala Lakota. While the etchings give credence to the history of the Lakota, Means' text, rendered in his own handwriting, connects the past to the present, thwarting the temptation to romanticize the past. Means is himself an Oglala Lakota and one of the founders of the American Indian Movement, which strives to instill pride among his people and bring awareness to their place in the larger United States society. His captions to Bogardus' etchings are contemporary responses to the history of his peoples' contact with those who came from Europe. Bound in full Japanese linen cloth with black Niger goatskin label stamped in gold and scarlet to spine. Housed in matching box. Very fine.

$3850.00

Troilus and Criseyde by Geoffrey Chaucer
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Troilus and Criseyde by Geoffrey Chaucer

By Chaucer, Geoffrey

Berkshire: Golden Cockerel Press, 1927. Gill, Eric. Quarto. xi, 312 pp. One of 225 copies printed on Kelmscott paper in black, red, and blue. This handsome volume is Eric Gill's tour-de-force, his wood engravings appearing in the outer margin of every page of text. The decorations show leafy vines that frame and interlace the characters, who seem to be taking part in and commenting on the stories themselves. Troilus and Criseyde is one of the three most important books of the Golden Cockerel Press, and it precedes the other two, The Canterbury Tales and The Four Gospels. Of the three, it also has the smallest limitation. In discussing these three books, Colin Franklin writes that "Eric Gill's work goes back into the history of printed books and manuscripts, joining two arts with unique success." Of this volume, he goes on to say that the illustrations are "affectionate and cheeky, erotic, enjoyable and relevant, decorative and explanatory, a balance of taste and eye. Author, artist and printer have shared one concept and expressed it." Spine imperceptibly sunned, and showing a few tiny spots; a hint of shelfwear to extremities, else a fine copy in morocco-backed patterned paper boards, spine in six compartments and gilt stamped with the title. T.e.g. (Franklin, pp. 142-144; Chanticleer 50; Gill 279).

$12650.00

The Alder
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The Alder

By Everson, William

Santa Cruz: Peter and Donna Thomas, 2012. Thomas, Donna. Small quarto. (12)ff. One of fifty copies. Illustrated througout with arboreal linoleum cuts by Thomas, two of which are full-page bookends to the volume's text. Others serve as backdrop to Everson's poem as well as the colophon, so the text appears as seen through the many branches of a forest. Included is "A Companion to The Alder", with an essay by Allan Campo and an artists' statement by Peter and Donna Thomas. Bound in alder, specifically from Kingfisher Flat, where Everson felled the tree described in his poem. Very fine, housed in a lapped animal-skin slipcover.

$1265.00

Todesfuge
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Todesfuge

By Celan, Paul

NY: Limited Editions Club, 2001. Celan-Lestrange, Gisele. Folio. (15)ff. One of 300 copies, signed by the translator, John Felstiner. Felstiner also provided the commentary, which appends this volume. Accompanied by an etched frontispiece by Gisele Celan-Lestrange, the French graphic artist and wife of the poet. Celan's celebrated poem, the title of which translates to "Deathfugue," reflects on the humanity and inhumanity of the Nazi destruction of Jews and their culture. His "ballad of suffering," written in German, the language of his parents' murderers, movingly intertwines trauma and loss, anger and longing. Bound in full gray cloth over boards, with paper label to upper cover. Fine, housed in drop-back box, with slightest wear. Interior of upper lid has CD-ROM of Celan reading his work. Prospectus laid in.

$935.00

Brot und Wein
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Brot und Wein

By Holderlin, Friedrich

Neu-Isenburg: Tiessen, 1980. Meckseper, Friedrich. Small quarto. (16)pp. One of 250 copies. The text opens with an original color etching signed by the artist and numbered. Holderlin's elegy intertwines the elements of the Christian Eucharist with Classical connotations of Demeter and Dionysus. Bound in marbled paper wrappers with paper label to upper cover. Slight edgewear, else fine.

$220.00

Folk Tales and Fairy Stories from India
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Folk Tales and Fairy Stories from India

By Ghose, Sudhin N.

London: Golden Cockerel Press, 1961. Carlile, Shrimati E.. Quarto. 147pp. One of 500 copies. The illustrations by Carlile "are in the traditional eighteenth century style of Bengal, sharp white lines on a black background, overprinted in brown." Bound in gilt-stamped brown cloth. Faint toning to top of upper cover, minimal rubbing to corners, else near fine. (Cock-A-Hoop 212).

$83.00

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