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My Railroad

New York: Samuel Gabriel Sons, 1915. Small quarto. Double-sided accordion-fold comprising six paper covered board panels with maroon cloth joints. Cover title image plus eleven chromolithographed illustrations of trains on glazed paper, each with a caption printed below the image. The majority of the images features steam locomotives in various settings: on a turn-table, crossing bridges, at the water tank, etc.; and while most images show passenger trains, more utilitarian uses are depicted here as well, including a lumber train and a freight train. One panel shows an electric locomotive, a technology that was introduced into wide commercial use in the U.S. in 1895. Rare: this panorama is not held in any institutional collection. Some rubbing to cover corners, minor soiling. Very good.


The Night Before Christmas

By Moore, Clement C.

Worcester, MA: St. Onge, Achille J., 1962. Tudor, Tasha. 28ff. First issue. One of 1,200 copies. Illustrated in full color by Tasha Tudor. Fine in gilt-titled red leather, with equally fine pictorial dust jacket. A.e.g. (3 5/8 by 2 5/8 in.; 93x67mm). (Massmann VIII).


Original drawings for Over the Meadow

(N.p., 1940. Oblong small quarto. (9)ff. A handmade children's counting book featuring animals in parent-child relationships. There are two turtles, six bees, eight frogs, and ten beavers, for example. The book only encompasses numbers two through ten. The illustrations are done in charcoal. Bound by metal rings with paper covers, which are somewhat shabby. A delightful take on a counting book, near fine.


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.


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).


The Mystery of Things. Evocations of the Japanese Supernatural

By Le Nestour, Patrik

Tokyo: John Weatherhill, Inc, 1972. Sumiyoshi, Akeiji. Folio. 123pp. One of 183 copies, printed on handmade Japanese paper and signed and sealed by the author and artist. A collection of Japanese tales of the supernatural "mono no ke" illustrated by Sumiyoshi with paintings composed of the title or theme of each story in calligraphy. Extremely fine in red goatskin-backed black hemp-covered boards with calligraphic endpapers and glassine dust wrapper. Housed in a black hemp-covered chemise with toggle fastenings. A finely produced book combining the elements of letterpress printing, original calligraphy, and handmade Japanese papers.


Il Dante Urbinate della Biblioteca Vaticana

By Alighieri, Dante

(Vatican City): Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, 1965. Folio. (296)ff. One of 1990 copies, printed to celebrate the 700th anniversary of Dante's birth. A full-color facsimile edition of the Vatican's much-illuminated and illustrated manuscript of Dante's Divine Comedy (Codice Urbinate Latino 365). This edition is number XXIX from the series Codices E Vaticanis Selecti, issued by Pope Paul VI. bound in full vellum with gilt-stamped borders and spine title. Lower portion of hinge between upper board and spine split by three and a half inches, some general soiling to surfaces, very good. Housed in worn slipcase, with upper portion split away.


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.


Der Rheinaur Psalter

By Eggenberger. Christoph and Marlis Stahli

Zurich: Quaterino Verlag Luzern, 2013. Small quarto. 286pp. With facsimile illustrations of the manuscript, which is Zentralbibliothek Zurich, Ms. Rh. 167, along with close-up shots and other diagrams relevant to the particular essays on the manuscripts various features and history. Bound in full burgundy cloth with gilt stamping, along with a separate set of facsmile prints housed in a matching chemise. Fine, housed in slipcase.


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.


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).


Uncle Ned's Picture Books. Home Pictures

NY: McLoughlin Bros, 1875. Small quarto. (14)pp. Four full-page color woodblock illustrations, each showing a child playing out one of the activities recounted in the verses opposite. Some bear moral overtones: usefulness over idleness, obedience over indolence, and care for all living creatures. Others are more playful, dealing with such activities as baking a pie or falling asleep to a mother's cooing. Bound in vibrant paper wrappers, which show little edgewear. Fine.



By Valery, Paul

Neu-Isenburg: Tiessen, 1990. Erhardt, Hans Martin. Quarto. (23)pp. One of 250 copies, of which this is one of 75 copies with a suite of four original linocuts, numbered and signed by the artist. The artist's signature also appears at the colophon. Erhardt's linocuts, printed in gold, sienna, and white, suggest the same broken abstraction as Valery's lyrics, which are here translated from the French into German by Rainer Maria Rilke. Bound in printed paper wrappers with paper label to upper cover. Suite housed loosely inside upper cover. Scant edgewear, else fine.



Tucson, AZ: Nazraeli Press, 2003. Kenna, Michael. Square quarto. (56)ff. One of 4000 copies, second printing. A tour through Kenna's eyes, with plates reproduced 1:1 from original sepia-toned silver gelatin prints, taken between 1987 and 2002. Kenna captures the mystery and wonder, along with some psychological uneaseiness, in his rapturous gray-hued photographs. Introduction by Kohtaro Iizawa. Bound in scarlet silk with stamping in white and black. Fine, housed in black silk folding case with toggle closure. Case shows some rubbing, else near fine.


Tiny Ex Libris

New Britain, CT: Robert E. Massman, 1979. Massman, Robert. (15)pp. One of 250 copies. A collection of "tiny charmers" of Massman's design. The bookplates are printed largely in brown, but one of a cardinal perched on an evergreen tree is in color. Bound in green leather with paper label to upper cover, housed in orange paper slipcase. Very fine. 1 1/8 by 1 in.; 29x26mm).


The Door in the Wall

By Wells, H. G.

London: Folio Society, 2016. Coburn, Alvin Langdon. Folio, plus accompanying octavo volume. 153; 32pp. The folio is a full-sized facsimile, true in printing and binding, of one of the extremely rare signed first printings of the edition produced by Grant Richards in 1915 in London. The facsimile includes reproductions of Coburn's forty photographs, tipped in as they were in the original. The secondary booklet features essays by George Hendrick and David Lodge, who respectively grapple with the collaboration of Wells and Coburn and the relationship between image and text. Included also are letters Coburn wrote to Wells discussing the production of Richards' edition. A noble facsimile, bound like the original in quarter cloth with gilt to upper cover and deckled edges. Booklet in brown paper wrappers. Folio has slight splay to upper board, else altogether fine. Housed in dropback box, which shows some rubbing.


The Tale of the Genji Scroll

By Morris, Ivan

Tokyo: Kodansha International Ltd, 1971. Oblong quarto. 154, (7)pp. One of 1500 copies. A thorough academic and artistic discussion of the Genji Scroll, which is generally considered the Eastern equivalent in historical significance and exemplary craftsmanship to the Bayeux Tapestry. The production of the book reflects, as much as it can, the Heian aesthetic tastes that informed the creation of the Scroll. The endpapers carry a green wash, brushed on my hand from the base upwards in the manner known as susogo, one of the types of color gradation used in Heian times for the purposes of dyeing many-layered skirts and curtains of state. The extension of the head and tail of the spine to cover part of the volume is likewise a tradition Japanese bookmaking technique. The volume's cloth covers reproduce an aristocratic Heian wave design, rendered in royal purple and a pale greyish green, a combination favored in Heian-era costume. These historical details do not escape the box either; the safflower cloth covering the box was used only by high-ranking nobility, and the interior lining of gold-touched handmade rice paper mirrors the decorated paper used for the Genji Scroll's sheets of calligraphy. Altogether a sumptuous volume, fine save some bumps to box corners and faint soiling to upper lid.


Alí Babá ó los Cuarenta Ladrones
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Alí Babá ó los Cuarenta Ladrones

New York: D. Appleton & Co, 1891. Octavo. 6 pp + 4 plates. Chromolithograped covers and four plates depicting scenes from the story. Black-and-white text figures throughout. Originally published in 1889 by McLoughlin, this edition was reprinted by Appleton in a Spanish translation for distribution in South America. A very similar title was produced in 1864, but this edition bears several differences in format. This edition is known in three institutional copies. Imperceptible wear along spine, else fine.


The Infant Numerator

By Lovechild, Louisa

London: Orlando Hodgson, 1840. 16mo. 8ff. Each leaf presents the reader with a half-page illustration of activities suitable for the time of day described in verse below them. Each image is hand-colored in a variety of shades, giving them uncommon depth. The book weaves counting from one to eight into the daily life of a child, from leaving for school at two and returning at five, to taking a walk at three and rising to play at eight. In yellow paper wrappers fairly soiled and rubbed at spine, else a near fine example of a rare publication.


Poems of Thomas Gray. With Watercolour Illustrations by William Blake

By Gray, Thomas

London: Folio Society, 2013. Blake, William. Folio. (116)pp. With addtional volume of commentary by Irene Tyler, octavo, xiv, 210pp. One of 1000 copies. A bold facsimile edition of Blake's watercolors, romantically set behind Gray's poems. The accompanying volume, Tyler's Blake's Illustrations to the Poems of Gray, remains the most authoritative analysis of the designs. Folio facsimile volume bound in quarter leather, touched with gilt and set behind pictorial cloth covers. Scant rubbing to corners else fine. Accompanying octavo in full cloth with gold endpapers, shows faint edgewear, near fine. Together housed in drop-back box, which bears few scuffs.


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