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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

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

Fireflies: A Collection of Haiku

By Ankenbrand, Frank

Evanston: Schori Press, 1965. viii, 47pp., frenchfold. From an edition of 600 copies, this is one of 500 on Bible paper. Illustrated by Andre Chappaz and Ron Solms. Text, including an Introduction, printed in brown and drawings in ochre. Fine in dark blue morocco, painted and gilt-tooled to show a two birds atop a moonlit tree branch. An early publication and one of the most handsome books of the Press. (Bradbury 5). (2 1/18 by 1 7/8; 54x46mm).

$165.00

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

PKD: A Philip K. Dick Bibliography

By Levack, Daniel J. H. and Steven Owen Godersky (eds.)

San Francisco: Underwood/Miller, 1981. Octavo. 158pp. One of 200 clothbound copies, signed by Philip K. Dick, as well as the two editors. A thoroughly compiled and annotated bibliography of one of science fiction's preeminent authors, including various indexes and checklists, as well as an Afterword by Dick. Bound in red cloth and matching endpapers depicting a collage of jackets used for Dick's works. Faint rubbing to corners, else near fine.

$550.00

Chansons Joyeuses et de Table

Paris: Marchards de Nouveautes, 1816. 254pp. A scarce and delightful collection of drinking songs and bawdy ballads, each with the name of the tune to which it should be sung. Bound in navy calf, gilt-stamped rules and title to spine. Losses to bottoms of scant pages, some chips to corners. A near fine copy. (Welsh 1734, Mikrobiblion 45, Tissandier p.10). (2 13/16 by 2 3/8; 72x60 mm).

$715.00

Herman Melville: Selected Poems
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Herman Melville: Selected Poems

By Melville, Herman

San Francisco: Arion Press, 1995. Moser, Barry. Octavo. xxiv, 131pp. Illustrated with a frontispiece engraved portrait of Melville by Barry Moser. One of 26 lettered copies, each signed by the artist. Edited and with an Introduction by Helen Vendler. The edition was designed to mirror the Arion Press' sixth publication, Moby-Dick, produced in 1979. It uses the same typeface, Goudy Modern, the same paper with watermarks of the mill, the press, and the sperm whale, and the artistic contributions of the same artist, Moser. Bound in blue morocco exposed at the upper and lower edges, else covered in blue cloth, and housed in matching slipcase. Slight toning to upper and lower edges of endpapers, else fine. Prospectus laid in.

$715.00

Simon de Colines: An Annotated Catalogue of 230 Examples of His Press, 1520-1546

By Schreiber, Fred

Austin: W. Thomas Taylor, 1995. Quarto. lxxxiv, 242pp., leaf tipped in at rear. One of 100 copies of the special first edition distributed for the Friends of the Brigham Young University Library by W. Thomas Taylor. Specially bound in quarter goatskin, with an original leaf from the 1524 Colines edition of Aristotle's Historia Animalium bearing three fine criblé initials. Introduction by Jeanne Veyrin-Forrer. An illustrated catalogue which describes 230 editions published by the first true Renaissance printer, Simon de Colines, including items that are either unrecorded by Colines's bibliographer, Phillippe Renouard, or known in only one other copy. Light soiling to leaf and faint rubbing to spine, else fine in quarter morocco and cloth. Note from Schriber laid in. (Chalmers 210).

$715.00

The Pig
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The Pig

By Laughlin, James

Mt. Horeb, WI: Perishable Press, 1970. Octavo. (11) ff. One of 183 copies. With an inscription by James Laughlin. A short collection of poems by the poet and legendary founder of New Directions, which published some of the most important writers of the twentieth century, including Ezra Pound, William Carlos Williams, Tennessee Williams, Djuna Barnes, Dylan Thomas, and Vladimir Nabokov. Printed on handmade paper. Very fine in blue and white decorated-paper binding. Title label to front cover. Laid in is a brief note, signed by Laughlin, on a New Directions notecard.

$248.00

The Tempest
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The Tempest

By Shakespeare, William

Lexington, KY: Anvil Press, 1993. Thomas, Gloria. Large octavo. x,107pp. This is one of fewer than 40 in bindings hand-painted by Carolyn Hammer and Paul Holbrook, from an edition of 75 copies printed by Hammer, in Victor Hammer's American Uncial typeface, the rest of which (in marbled boards) were given away as gifts. With an initialled chiaroscuro woodcut by Gloria Thomas as the frontispiece. A second copy of the frontispiece woodcut is laid-in to a printed folder and is held with the book in a paper sleeve. Mint copy of a handsome edition, which Bromer Booksellers bought en bloc.

$385.00

The Pied Printer's Primrose Path. A Typographical Nonsense Book

By Evans, Margaret B.

Stamford, CT: Overbrook Press, 1940. 12mo. (22)pp. One of 250 copies. Ten amusing poems, written by Margaret B. Evans, relating to printing are illustrated with pictures composed entirely of type ornaments. Trace foxing, else fine in yellow cloth with dust wrapper with somewhat toned spine. This copy signed by the author on front free endpaper. One of the most charming of the Overbrook Press books.

$83.00

Thistles and Thorns: Abraham and Sarah at Bethel

By Smyth, Paul

Omaha: Abattoir Editions, 1977. Moser, Barry. Large octavo. 100pp. One of 253 copies. Illustrated with thirteen wood-engravings by Moser. Moser's eerie engravings capture the anxiety and spiritual tension of Abraham and Sarah as they attempt to interpret God's wishes. Accompanied by a suite of loose prints and a note by Smyth, these gathered in a pale slipcover and orange paper-covered chemise, one of 75 copies. Overall a very fine copy in buckram with plain dust wrapper.

$1045.00

Mars Trilogy
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Mars Trilogy

By Robinson, Kim Stanley

(London: Harper Collins, 1992. Three volumes, all first editions. The trilogy treats the planet as a habitable environment for humans and explores its colonization. Offers vivid, breathtaking descriptions of the Martian landscape, impressive character development, and what Barron claims "may well be the finest hard-science fiction novel of the last decade." Presentation copy, inscribed by the author. Together with Green Mars. (London), Harper Collins, (1993). Winner of the 1994 Hugo Award. Together with Blue Mars. (London), Harper Collins, (1996). Winner of the 1997 Hugo Award. Press release laid in. All copies in fine in boards, spine stamped in silver and fine in illustrated d/w's, with faint wear to tips of the first volume. (Barron 4-366).

$825.00

95 Poems
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95 Poems

By cummings, e.e.

NY: Harcourt, Brace, 1958. First edition. One of 300 copies, signed by the poet. This title marks the last collection of new poetry published during cummings's lifetime. Spine evenly toned, though lettering remains bright, else about fine in publisher's slipcase, which shows some minor soiling to title label. (Firmage A27.a).

$1485.00

The Dream of the Rood: Taken from the Ninth Century Anglo-Saxon
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The Dream of the Rood: Taken from the Ninth Century Anglo-Saxon

(Flemington, NJ: St. Teresa's Press, 1966. Small quarto. 14pp. One of 150 copies. With a lovely hand-painted title page and decorative initials modeled after the Book of Kells. Letterpress printed in Solemnis and Palatino Italic on handmade English paper. A short-lived and very fine small press, St. Teresa's flourished in a cloistered monastery in the 1960s and early 1970s, producing fewer than a dozen superbly printed books. This volume was bound by hand at the press in quarter brown leather and handmade textured-paper boards, gilt-titled on the front cover. Faint edgewear, else fine. Prospectus laid in.

$358.00

The Private Press-Man's Tale
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The Private Press-Man's Tale

By Morris, Henry

Newtown: Bird & Bull Press, 1990. Wronker, Lili. Quarto. 64pp. One of 230 copies. A miscellany of amusing satires on many aspects of the world of fine printing, with cartoon-like line drawings. Includes "Meet Me at the Fair" and "Scouts' Honor" by Sidney Berger, both of which are signed by the author in pencil. Printed in three colors. Fine in gold and brown printed boards backed in cloth, with leather spine label. Prospectus laid in, along with single sheet addressing Adlai Stevenson's "Cat Bill", printed by the press for the Standing Order List.

$165.00

Private Presses of San Serriffe
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Private Presses of San Serriffe

By Bachaus, Theodore

(North Hills): Bird & Bull Press, 1980. Octavo. 40pp. One of 350 copies, each copy numbered "1". A clever and entertaining spoof by Henry Morris of several contemporary private presses, including his own Bird & Bull. Fine in cloth-backed decorated boards.

$39.00

The Captain's Daughter. Or Christmas on the Ocean
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The Captain's Daughter. Or Christmas on the Ocean

By Fields, James Thomas

Concord, MA, 1961. (16)pp. One of 200 paperback copies. Signed by the illustrator, Morton H. "Terry" Baker. Fields' most famous poem, illustrated with engaging line drawings, is followed by a brief biographical sketch of the poet. Minor wear, else fine. (3 1/8 by 2 1/8; 80x54mm).

$110.00

Thistles and Thorns: Abraham and Sarah at Bethel
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Thistles and Thorns: Abraham and Sarah at Bethel

By Smyth, Paul

Omaha: Abattoir Editions, 1977. Moser, Barry. Large octavo. 100pp. One of 253 copies. Illustrated with thirteen wood-engravings by Moser. Moser's eerie engravings capture the anxiety and spiritual tension of Abraham and Sarah as they attempt to interpret God's wishes. A very fine copy in buckram with plain dust wrapper.

$550.00

Maud, and Other Poems
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Maud, and Other Poems

By Tennyson, Alfred, Lord

London: Edward Moxon, 1855. First edition, second issue. Victorian novelist and poet George Meredith's copy, with his signature on the title page. The volume is the first collection produced by Tennyson after he was named Poet Laureate. "Maud," Tennyson's emotional and, at times, ironic narrative poem precedes seven other poems, among which is the much-celebrated "The Charge of the Light Brigade." George Meredith was a fan of Tennyson's work and was inspired to write the verse that would eventually appear in his first book, Poems, published in 1851, after reading the poetry of Tennyson and John Keats. Bound in blind-stamped green cloth. Some foxing to outer papers, spine slightly tilted and toned, housed in dropback box. A near fine copy of especial provenance.

$2475.00

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