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The Recently Deflowered Girl: The Right Thing to Say on Every Dubious Occasion

By Phypps, Hyacinthe

NY: Chelsea House, 1965. Gorey, Edward. Octavo. 47pp. Miss Phypps' "simple rules of propriety and common sense" tell a girl what to say when deflowered on a blind date, at a seance, by a marimba player, on an American Express tour, etc. Rubbing to extremities of pictorial boards, else very good.

$55.00

In Black and White: Landscape Prints by Claire Van Vliet

By McLean, Genetta

Lewiston, ME: Bates College Museum of Art, 1999. Van Vliet, Claire. Oblong octavo. 77pp. Replete with reproductions of Van Vliet's lithographs, drawings, etchings, and other works. Interview transcript with Van Vliet at the back, along with a catalogue of her works and associated bibliography. Some rubbing to edges, else fine in printed wrappers.

$44.00

The Dwindling Party

By Gorey, Edward

(NY): Random House, 1982. Gorey, Edward. First edition. A macabre pop-up book, in which the family MacFizzit sets out "to visit the varied distractions of Hickyacket Hall." No price sticker, else fine in illustrated paper over boards. (Toledano A83a).

$83.00

Nocturne for Wales

By Jones, Shirley

London: Shirley Jones, 1981. Jones, Shirley. Five octavo volumes. 12; 9; 9; 12; 10pp. Each signed by Jones at limitation statement, and the first volume is inscribed by Jones. One of 200 copies. Each short story is printed as a separate booklet in printed wrappers. Slight fading to edge of first volume, else near fine in paper slipcase.

$165.00

Ball Strike Count
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Ball Strike Count

1993. Gorey, Edward. Watercolor and ink on paper, measuring 7 by 6 inches. Matted and framed. This illustration appeared on page 21 of the July 19, 1993 issue of Sports Illustrated. The image served as the lead-in to the "Anniversary" section, and it depicts an obscure baseball moment from 1893, when former player manager Harry Wright suggested that umpires keep the ball-strike count secret until the at-bat was concluded. While this would have undoubtedly added an element of mystery to the game, wiser heads prevailed, baseball continued unchanged, and Wright, whose 1869 Cincinnati Red Stockings went undefeated, was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1953. An uncommon sports-related commission by Gorey, whose pitcher almost seems en pointe in his delivery. Together with a copy of the printed magazine.

$13750.00

Paris: 6 Vues
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Paris: 6 Vues

Paris: Mazerand, 1890. Arnal, Ch.. Six square pop-ups, each elaborately recreating a chromolithographed Parisian landmark. Notre-Dame, Place de la Concorde, Place de l'Opéra, Hôtel de Ville, Palais de Justice, and Place du Carrousel are each shown with remarkable depth, set back against rivers, bridges, and streets, and under light cast across soft skies. The panoramic views evoke the city's characteristic nostalgia, as well as its history, since by the presence or absence of various details, the illustrations indicate a particular period of the Belle Époque. Whether as a tourist souvenir, a publicity offering, or a didactic tool, the pop-ups present a curious and engaging complement to the celebration of Paris in the age of World Expositions. Some repair work to original illustrated box, else fine.

$3300.00

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
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Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

By Carroll, Lewis

West Hatfield, MA: Pennyroyal Press, 1982. Moser, Barry. Folio. 150pp. One of 350 copies, signed by Moser. Illustrated with 75 wood engravings, some of which are full-page plates, while others are beautifully integrated into the layout. Accompanied by an additional suite of the wood engravings, with each print signed by Moser, in a linen-covered chemise. Printed in five colors on a paper specially made for the Press by Strathmore Mills, with calligraphy by G. G. Laurens. The type is Bembo, in blue, black, and red. The edition was based on Carroll's corrections to his original text, and the story is accompanied by a gloss, printed in red, providing additional commentary written by one of America's leading Victorianists, James Kincaid. Bound by Gray Parrot in half purple morocco with marbled paper over the covers. Housed in a morocco-backed linen clamshell box. A few abrasions to spine of box, sunned, else fine. This was the first in a series of deluxe folio editions of classic texts printed at the Pennyroyal Press. It sold out almost immediately and has remained the most popular of Moser's oeuvre ever since.

$5500.00

Troilus and Criseyde
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Troilus and Criseyde

By Chaucer, Geoffrey

Berkshire: Golden Cockerel Press, 1927. Gill, Eric. Quarto. xi, 312pp. 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." The Garden copy, with leather booklabel on front pastedown. Slight rubbing to corners, few spots of foxing to fore-edge of text block, 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 Glory of the Art of Writing: The Calligraphic Work of Francesco Alunno of Ferrara

By Barker, Nicolas

Los Angeles: Cotsen Occasional Press, 2009. Two volumes: one folio, one oblong quarto. (vi), 141; 231pp. A brightly printed history of Alunno, with frontispiece and examples in the first volume, the second being a facsimile of his Cartoni. Both bound in blue cloth with blind stamping to upper cover and gilt titles to spines. Housed in matching dual slipcase. Fine.

$165.00

Letter from Maxfield Parrish to Mr. Thompson. August 15, 1899
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Letter from Maxfield Parrish to Mr. Thompson. August 15, 1899

By Parrish, Maxfield

Windsor, VT, 1899. (2)ff. In this revealing letter, Maxfield Parrish bemoans last-minute controversies and deadlines related to The Bodley Head's 1899 publication of Kenneth Grahame's The Golden Age. Primarily his complaints stem from the poor quality of the reproductions of his illustrations-Parrish provided nineteen full-page images and twelve tailpieces for the edition-as well as the apparent apathy of John Lane, the head of The Bodley Head, toward their improvement. Parrish includes two proposed versions of the book's cover, one with wide margins and one with narrow. He states a desire to come up with a new idea, but it seems the latter design won out, appearing in blue with a gilt die. He closes the letter with a postscript questioning the categorization of The Golden Age as a children's book at all. A fine letter, crisp and flattened, with unique insight into Parrish's early years as an artist and illustrator.

$4950.00

Aus der Fächersammlung

By Kaldewey, Gunnar

San Francisco: Kaldewey Press, 1980. (64)pp. Inscribed by Kaldewey. A cleverly fan-shaped catalog of antiquarian fans present at the 1981 International Antiquarian Book Fair in California. Bound in white paper embossed blind. Some wear to spine, else near fine in box.

$105.00

Q.R.V.

By Gorey, Edward

Boston: Anne & David Bromer, 1989. Gorey, Edward. (49)pp. First edition. From an edition of 400 copies signed by Gorey, this is one of 110 comprising the deluxe issue, with twenty-nine illustrations hand-colored by him in silver and gold metallic paint. An homage to Isaac Watts, Gorey's text is obscurely akin to Divine Songs for Children. This is the second of two miniature books produced by Gorey, both of which were published by the Bromers. The book is bound in patterned boards, with a gilt-stamped leather spine label. Fine in slightly bumped original slipcase bearing a hand-colored label. (Bromer, pp. 56-58; Toledano A97a; Bradbury, p. 39). (1 1/2 by 1 5/8; 37x40mm).

$1100.00

Alphabeto Aboim
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Alphabeto Aboim

By Godinho, Consuelo

(Portugal, 1885. Godinho, Consuelo. Oblong octavo. (27)ff. First edition of this luxurious, allegorical alphabet by Godinho, with a full-page lithograph for each letter. The subjects are often highly symbolic, such as a soldier inside the letter G for "Guerra", an odalisque sleeping in the N for "Nudez", or a modern woman in the shadow of the I, machinery in her hand and a train and smokestack in the background, for "Industria". The only published work by Godinho, whose photograph is mounted to the title page. She came from a renowned line of Lisbon calligraphers; her grandfather, Manoel Nunes Godinho earned the title of "Calligrapho da Casa Real", or the royal calligrapher. Bound in red cloth with black border and gilt title. Some soiling to extremities, including bumps to corners and some rubbing to edges, else near fine.

$3850.00

How Humans Came to Have Fire / The Fire Calls Its Own
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How Humans Came to Have Fire / The Fire Calls Its Own

By Adams, Doris and Kate Taluga

(Minneapolis): Gonfalon Press, 1996. Fallon, Michael. Quarto. Accordionfold, dos-à-dos. One of forty copies, signed by the printer, Michael Fallon. Doris Adams's traditional tale is adorned with glittering illustrations of the story's heroic rabbit, Cufe, while Kate Taluga's essay is dotted with images of corn, shells, and wildflowers. Compiled and printed by Michael Fallon, who heard Adams's storytelling at the 1996 Moundville Native American Festival at Moundville Archaelogical Park in Alabama. Impressive gold, purple, and tan papers give lustre to the text, as well as the binding. The stiff wrappers, mildly and expectedly creased, are wrapped in two threads. Fine.

$605.00

Herna. A Story

By Marble, Melinda

Cambridge, MA: Bow & Arrow Press, 1993. Mazur, Michael. Small quarto. (iv), 16pp. Deluxe edition, one of fifty copies, signed by the author and artist, and with two original drypoint etchings. This first book by Melinda Marble is the haunting tale of a girl troubled by her origins, and of the mother who fled when she was young. Michael Mazur's etchings complement the emotional intensity of the story, with their play in illusion, pattern, and light. Very fine in handmade decorated paper wrappers. Housed in a red and gold silk dropback box.

$1485.00

Maniere d'Entendre la Messe en l'Honneur de la Tres Sainte Vierge
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Maniere d'Entendre la Messe en l'Honneur de la Tres Sainte Vierge

(France), 1883. (38)ff. Illuminated manuscript on vellum of Mass for the Virgin Mary. The volume begins with a full-page miniature of the Virgin and her husband Joseph surrounding and blessing a church official, in the company of an awed congregation. The manuscript itself is replete with elaborate borders, unique on each page, featuring flowers, vines, dragons, and heraldic devices. The text is written in black with two-line initials, titles in red, rubrication, and ruling. All elements are illuminated in gilt, and the work boasts a stunning array of colors, from vibrant blues and scarlets to naturalistic greens and oranges. Bound in full contemporary brown morocco, with a gilt-lace doublures inset with embroidered silk, and tri-color ribbon. Some wear along hinges, with a few small holes at joints. Housed in purple percaline case, lined in burgundy silk, with gilted mark "E. & A. Lesort | Editeurs Relieurs." A remarkable work with a delicate color palette and deft calligraphy. Fine. A.e.g. Bookseller tag to front free endpaper. Previous owner's annotation to 3f. (2 7/8 by 2 1/2; 75x64mm).

$4950.00

Goreyography

By Toledano, Henry

San Francisco: Word Play Publications, 1996. Gorey, Edward. First edition. One of 226 copies, signed by Gorey and by the authors. This illustrated reference work includes ephemera and collectibles, dramatic productions, a list of pseudonyms, and more. The first true Gorey bibliography. Bound in cloth-covered boards. Fine in near fine dust wrapper. Signed prospectus laid in.

$275.00

PatternPattern. The Geometry of Motion
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PatternPattern. The Geometry of Motion

By Hodgson, Barbara and Claudia Cohen

(Vancouver): Heavenly Monkey, 2019. Square octavo. (64)ff. One of thirty copies, signed by Hodgson and Cohen at the colophon. An astonishing compilation of designs representing a study of patterns as individual specimens. Conceived as a successor to Hodgson and Cohen's other productions, including Decorating Paper (2015) and Folding Paper (2017), this edition parses pattern into its deep, intertwined orders of ratio, tessellation, motif, style, culture, and symmetry. The text explicates these foundational geometric concepts in layman's terms, but the glory of the book is in its added material, the papers, drafts, grids, and designs interleaved and overlaid throughout. Bound by Cohen in patterned paper boards over a vellum spine. Included in this edition are three fold-out textile grids by Franx Bonat from his Gross Bildungs-Lexicon, gathered in a chemise. Housed in a patterend drop-back box. Very fine.

$7150.00

Moby-Dick; Or, the Whale
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Moby-Dick; Or, the Whale

By Melville, Herman

Berkeley: University of California Press, 1981. Moser, Barry. Folio. xv, 577pp. One of 750 copies. Illustrated throughout with wood engravings by Moser. A reproduction of the iconic Arion Press edition, designed and published in collaboration with Andrew Hoyem and printed by the Kingsport Press. The Arion edition, regarded as "the most majestic presentation of America's most monumental novel," is a triumph of craftsmanship, and Moser's illustrations stand toe-to-toe with Rockwell Kent's, matching Kent's romance and naturalism with atmospheric precision. Bound in blue cloth with silver stamping to spine, and housed in slipcase. Shelfwear to slipcase, some weakness to spine, else near fine.

$1045.00

István Orosz: Etchings and Posters
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István Orosz: Etchings and Posters

(Kansas City: Grafik Archive, 2000. Orosz, István. Octavo. 39ff., frenchfold. One of 300 copies. This edition was printed for a Danish exhibit of Orosz's work. The Hungarian-born poster artist combines Escher-like graphics with classical influences, evident in this collection of his theater and political posters, and etchings. Small envelopes and glassine bags contain pieces of text in this complimentary mixed-media design by Lance Barton's Grafik Archive Press. Spiral bound in plain boards, which unfold to allow the book to stand, and housed in a cardboard envelope-style slipcase. Very fine.

$303.00

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