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[Photobook] Quiet Days In Clichy

By [BRASSAI] MILLER, Henry (1891-1980)

Paris: The Olympia Press, 8, Rue de Nesle, 1958. Second Edition. Printed Wrappers. Fine-/Fine-. Second Edition of this short novel, celebrating love, art, and the Bohemian life, with 29 full-page photogravures (recto and verso, of which one verso only and one double-page photomontage) of Paris after dark by Brassai (pseudonym of Gyula Halász). Small 8vo (172 x 103mm): 171,[3]pp (because of a binding error, the blank leaf (pp. 175-176) of the first edition was inserted following p. 170, giving the appearance of two fewer pages). Original thick card wrappers with wraparound abstract design, by T. Tajiri, in grey, yellow, and black; text printed on thick white wove paper in dark brown ink. About Fine (slight spine lean, trivial edge wear) of this fragile volume. Shifreen & Jackson A100c. Kearney 1.16.2. Auer 364. O'Roark Collection A182 (first edition). Originally published in 1956. Both Quiet Days in Clichy and the accompanying short story, "Mara-Marignan," date from the time of Tropic of Cancer, when Miller was an obscure, penniless writer in Paris. A few months after he returned to New York, in 1940, a quick moneymaking opportunity, writing pornography for an Oklahoma erotica collector, named Roy M. Johnson, came his way. Early drafts of "Mara-Marignan" and Quiet Days in Clichy were the result. Johnson was not impressed; he found Miller's prose to be "too poetic," and the manuscripts went missing-"lost for over ten years," Miller wrote in 1956-then "turned up miraculously." Miller rewrote both stories, in Big Sur, in May of that year. The photographs of 1930s Paris are of street-scenes of prostitutes; sailors fondling women in cafes, young people flirting, kissing, dancing, and drinking. N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, carefully preserved in archival, removable mylar sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. (Fine Editions Ltd is a member of the Independent Online Booksellers Association, and we subscribe to its codes of ethics.).

$485.00

The Malay Archipelago : the land of the orang-utan and the bird of paradise : a narrative of travel with studies of man and nature

By WALLACE, Alfred Russel (1823-1913)

London: Macmillan [from 1869], 1902. Decorative Cloth. Early reprint of "one of the finest scientific travel books ever written" (DSB) and Wallace's magnum opus, chronicling his eight-year sojourn through the Malay Archipelago. 8vo (196 x 129mm): xvii,[3],515,[1]pp, with tissue-guarded frontispiece, title-page vignette, 10 unnumbered maps (2 folding), and 51 full- or partial-page engravings by Thomas Baines, Walter Hood Fitch, John Gerrard Keulemans, E. W. Robinson, Joseph Wolf, and T. W. Wood. Original publisher's green pebbled cloth, upper cover and spine stamped in gilt, black coated end papers. A gorgeous copy, sound binding (though slightly rolled), minor marks to covers, very occasional foxing, but an excellent example in original cloth of Wallace's most important work. Norman 2176 (for first edition). Garrison-Morton 7439. A nearly identical reprint of the 1890 tenth edition, including bibliographical references and index. Originally published, in two volumes, in 1869. The Malay Archipelago, dedicated to Charles Darwin (Wallace independently conceived the theory of evolution through natural selection), gives accounts of Wallace's scientific exploration of Malaysia, Singapore, the islands of Indonesia (the Dutch East Indies), and the island of New Guinea, detailing each island's physical and human geography, volcanoes, and flora and fauna. Sailing some 14,000 miles from island to island in native crafts, Wallace collected an astonishing 125,000 natural history specimens (of mollusks, mammals, and reptiles), and discovered more than 200 species of birds and 1000 insects. N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, carefully preserved in archival, removable polypropylene sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed.

$565.00

The Snow-Image, and Other Tales

By HAWTHORNE, Nathaniel (1804-1864)

Boston: Ticknor, Reed,m,h and Fields, 1852. First Edition. Decorative Cloth. Fine. First Printing of the final collection of stories by Hawthorne appearing in his lifetime, printed from stereotype plates in an edition of 2425 copies. 8vo (179 x 110mm ): [4, publisher's catalog, dated January, 1852],273,[1]pp. Original brown bold-ribbed T cloth, blind-stamped floral device within ruled panels on covers, spine lettered in gilt, pale yellow wove end papers. An exemplary example, square, tightly bound, and clean throughout. BAL 7607. Browne, p. 69. Grolier Hawthorne 26. Clark A19.1a. Wright II, 1140. Fifteen previously published tales and sketches, including first book appearances of "Ethan Brand" and "My Kinsman, Major Molineux." Simultaneously published in London, in Bohn's Cheap Series. N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, with dust jackets carefully preserved in archival, removable polypropylene sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. (Fine Editions Ltd is a member of the Independent Online Booksellers Association, and we subscribe to its codes of ethics.).

$565.00

The Various Contrivances by Which British and Foreign Orchids are Fertilised by Insects

By DARWIN, Charles (1809-1882)

London: John Murray, 1899. Second Edition. Original Cloth. Fine. A later but Very Fine printing (sixth Impression of the second edition) in the publisher's standard green binding. 8vo (190 x 122mm): xiv,300,[4]pp, with one folding plate and 38 woodcuts in the text. Publisher's green cloth, covers paneled in blind, spine stamped in gilt, chocolate coated end papers, top edge rough-trimmed. (There exists another, probably later, state, unrecorded by Freeman, with white end papers, lighter cloth, slightly different tooling to spine, and lacking "London" in the imprint.) Fly leaf foxed, with previous owner's name, else highly presentable, virtually pristine and tightly bound, the gilt remarkably fresh and bright. Freeman F814. Bibliotheca Bibliographici 1765. Following on the heels of publication of On the Origin of Species, this was Darwin's first detailed demonstration of the power of natural selection, explaining how complex ecological relationships resulted in the coevolution of orchids and insects. According to Asa Gray, the most important American botanist of the 19th century, "If the Orchid-book (with a few trifling omissions) had appeared before the 'Origin,' the author would have been canonised rather than anathematised by the natural theologians," and he notes that a review in the Literary Churchman found only one fault, "that Mr. Darwin's expression of admiration at the contrivances in orchids is too indirect a way of saying, 'O Lord, how manifold are Thy works.'" Darwin himself wrote to John Murray on September 24th, 1861, "I think this little volume will do good to the "Origin", as it will show that I have worked hard at details." Orchids "was concerned with working out in detail the relationships between sexual structures of orchids and the insects which fertilise them, their evolution being attributed to natural selection. It is therefore the first of the volumes of supporting evidence. It was much praised by botanists, but sold only about 6,000 copies before the turn of the century. . . . I have not seen any figure for the number of copies printed [for the first edition], although it cannot have been more than 2,000 and was probably less." (Freeman) N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, with dust jackets carefully preserved in archival, removable mylar sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. (Fine Editions Ltd is a member of the Independent Online Booksellers Association, and we subscribe to its codes of ethics.).

$535.00

[Photobook] Moor Park Rickmansworth: A Series of Photographs. With an introduction by Lady Ebury

By COBURN, Alvin Langdon (1882-1966)

London: Elkin Matthews, Cork Street, 1915. First Edition. Fine. One of Coburn's "most exquisite interpretations" (Newhall), with twenty photogravures in the pictorialist style of the "grandest 18th-century mansion in Hertfordshire taken" (Pevsner), made while Coburn was teaching photography to Moor Park's owner, Lady Emilie Ebury. With an introduction by Lady Ebury and an afterward by William Temple, reprinted from the folio edition of his works published in 1740, describing the formal gardens, of which nothing remained in Coburn's day. Squarish 8vo (225 x 179mm): 55,[1]pp, chiefly photogravures mounted on rectos only. The letterpress is by the Chiswick Press. Original olive-green paper-covered boards printed in black, fore- and bottom edges untrimmed. An extraordinarily bright, clean, fresh copy, firmly bound and unmarked. Despite the commercial imprint, the book looks privately published, as though intended for family members, close friends, and departing house guests. Imagining Paradise, p. 238. Pevsner, The Buildings of England: Hertfordshire, pp. 251-52. The great house's foundations can be traced to the early seventeenth century, but its present appearance goes back to Benjamin Haskins-Stiles, who bought the mansion in 1720, had it refaced with Portland stone, and added a great Corinthian portico. In 1752, the house passed to Admiral Lord Anson, who commissioned Capability Brown to remake the formal gardens in sweeping "landscape style." The 20 photogravures comprise interior and exterior views of ancient country house, its doorways and mantels, its gardens and deer park. Four years after the final photographs were taken, Moor Park was again sold and is now a golf club. N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, carefully preserved in archival, removable mylar sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. (Fine Editions Ltd is a member of the Independent Online Booksellers Association, and we subscribe to its codes of ethics.).

$1865.00

[Exhibition Catalog] Exposition Francis Picabia, organisée par Emile Fabre [Large Paper]
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[Exhibition Catalog] Exposition Francis Picabia, organisée par Emile Fabre [Large Paper]

By PICABIA, Francis (1879-1953) Fabre, Emile [edits and introduces]; Clemansin du Maine, Emeram [contributes]

Cannes: Cercle nautique, 1927. Limited Edition. Card Covers. Fine-. One of 200 unnumbered large-paper copies on pure Madagascar Lafuma paper, not signed on colophon. Tall, slim 8vo (248 x 188mm): [6],34,[8]pp, including eight tipped in partly colored reproductions on separate leaves of Picabia's paintings (mainly from the Spanish series) and autograph letter in facsimile. Text in French. Larger in format than the ordinary issue and printed on finer paper, unbound leaves inserted into original vertically ribbed greige card covers lettered in burgundy within gilded centerpiece. A well-preserved example, about Fine, with occasional, scattered foxing. Reynolds AI 110. Catalog of the exhibition of the Collection de Jacques Doucet at the Cercle nautique de Cannes, held from January 28 to February 7, 1927, and organized by Emile Fabre. N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, carefully preserved in archival, removable mylar sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. (Fine Editions Ltd is a member of the Independent Online Booksellers Association, and we subscribe to its codes of ethics.).

$865.00

[Exhibition Catalog] Death of a Valley

By [LANGE, Dorothea (1895-1965) and Pirkle JONES (1914-2009); Minor White, edits]

Rochester, NY: Aperture, 1960. First Edition. Stapled Wrappers. Near Fine+. First Printing of this "elusive" exhibition catalog documenting the Berryessa Valley in California before it was flooded to create Lake Berryessa. With text by Jones and photographs by Lange Reprinted from Aperture 8:3 ( November,1960). Slim, squarish 8vo (235 x 205mm): [40]pp, with 26 black-and-white full- and double-page photographs (a farm worker holding a crate of grapes. a horse galloping madly through a burned field, a house burning to the ground, a giant tractor kicking up cloud of dusts where crops used to grow, the town cemetery with rows of clean-cut holes where bodies had been exhumed). Original photographically illustrated (by Lange and Minor White) stapled wrappers. Near Fine or better: minor soiling to covers (heavier on lower cover, which has thin band of rippling from damp to bottom edge), but generally clean and bright throughout. Markham, "Death of a Valley," Geurnica 10/15/2015. In 1956, Dorothea Lange approached Pirkle Jones about collaborating on a photographic essay about the final year in the Napa Valley community of Berryessa Valley that she had sold to Life magazine. Berryessa Valley was slated to be flooded after the completion of the Monticello Dam, part of the Solano Project to provide irrigation to 100,000 acres of prime agricultural land. Over the course of the year, Lange and Jones documented the transformation of the community, from the removal of houses and graves to the destruction of forests. In the end, Life declined to publish the story and returned rights to Lange and Jones, who organized a traveling exhibition, Death of a Valley. Aperture published the photographic essay, which served as the exhibition catalog (based on Digital Exhibits from the UCSC Library). N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, carefully preserved in archival, removable mylar sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. (Fine Editions Ltd is a member of the Independent Online Booksellers Association, and we subscribe to its codes of ethics.).

$565.00

The American Monument
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The American Monument

By FRIEDLANDER, Lee

New York: Eakins Press, 1976. Limited Edition. Hardcover. Fine. First Printing, one of 2000 unnumbered copies, of this "encylopaedic lesson in how to put a picture together." (Parr and Badger) Oblong 8vo (293 x 418mm): unpaginated; [2]ff (title page and Walt Whitman quote), [77]ff (photographs), [6]ff (afterword), with 213 meticulous gravure plates of statues, plinths, columns, obelisks, tablets, and carved rocks from halftone negatives. Original triple-screw, post-bound, gilt-embossed aqua cloth, black lettering to spine and front cover. A very fine copy, virtually as new. Roth 101, pp. 236-237. Parr and Badger II, p. 28. Roth (Open Book), pp. 310-11. From Fair to Fine, p. 35. Auer, p. 600. The American Monument is "also a lesson in how to put a photobook together. Large-format and designed to look and feel like a photo album. . . . The printing by the Meriden Gravure Company, on heavy stock paper, is sumptuous, and Freidlander's editing is brilliant." (Parr and Badger) Typically, the monument is off in the "distance or somewhere off to the side, obscured by a road sign, a trash can, a telephone pole or foliage. . . . Maybe Friedlander deflects attention from the monuments so that we can see the larger picture: the continuity of present and past, the pointlessness of memoraslizing history without ever understanding or absorbing it." (Roth 101) N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. (Fine Editions Ltd is a member of the Independent Online Booksellers Association, and we subscribe to its codes of ethics.).

$1365.00

[Photobook] The expression of the emotions in man and animals [Jonathan Miller's copy]

By DARWIN, Charles (1809-1882)

London: John Murray, Albemarle Street, 1872. First Edition. Original Cloth. Near Fine+. Second Issue ('that' misprinted as "htat," l. 1, p. 208) of this "important member of the evolutionary set" (Freeman) and one of the first mass-market books to contain photographs. 8vo (118 x 189mm): vi,374,4(publisher's catalog dated November, 1872)pp, with 7 heliotype plates (three folding) numbered with Arabic numerals, reproducing 30 photographs by Duchenne de Boulogne, O. J. Rejlander, Kindermann, and Dr. Wallich, and 21 wood engravings in the text. Publisher's standard green cloth, spine stamped in gilt, covers paneled in blind, black coated end papers. Signature to head of title page of Jonathan Miller (now Sir Jonathan Miller), English polymath and star of Beyond the Fringe, who wrote, among many books, Darwin for Beginners. Binding skillfully rebacked with original end papers preserved, minor bubbling to cloth (as often), very occasional light foxing, but generally excellent condition throughout, a bright, complete copy with interesting provenance. Freeman 1141. Imagining Paradise, p. 86. Truthful Lens 43. Written by Darwin on the heels of The Descent of Man, "in part at least, as a confutation of the idea that the facial muscles of expression in man were a special endowment." (Freeman) "With this book Darwin founded the study of ethology (animal behavior) and conveyance of information (communication theory) and made a major contribution to psychology" (Dictionary of Scientific Biography). Not incidentally, it was the "first highly successful use of the collotype [photographic] process of Ernest Edwards. Editions in French and English were issued, as well as an American edition, . . . [but] the London edition [ours] has the most successful reproductions." (Truthful Lens) Six of the 30 photographs originally appeared in Mécanisme de la Physionomie Humaine, a pioneering study of the effects on the skin of muscle contraction induced by electrical shock. Darwin's publisher warned that including photographs "would poke a terrible hole in the profits." N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, carefully preserved in archival, removable mylar sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. (Fine Editions Ltd is a member of the Independent Online Booksellers Association, and we subscribe to its codes of ethics.).

$1485.00

[Photobook] Der ewige Schlaf : visages de morts [Eternal Sleep : Faces of the Dead]

By SCHÄFER, Rudolf

Hamburg: Kellner Verlag, 1989. First Edition. Hardcover. Fine. First Printing (of four) of this "gentle mediation on death." (Parr & Badger) In German. Tall, slim 8vo (339 x 237mm): unpaginated [24]ff, with 13 full-page black-and-white photographs. Publisher's scarlet paper-covered boards, spine and front cover lettered in black, small black-and-white photograph mounted on cover. Without dust jacket, as issued. Parr & Badger II, p. 270. A very fine copy, virtually as new. Preface by Jean Cocteau ("Vom Tod"); interview with Gerhard Bott and Rudolf Schäfer. "Schäfer photographs the head of each corpse, with the obligatory white sheet pulled down to reveal it, so that each individual in the 13 portraits, varying from young to old, might be lying in bed asleep. The warm-toned gravure in which the series is printed gives the images the quality of etchings, which also mitigates the full reality." (Parr & Badger) N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, with dust jackets carefully preserved in archival, removable mylar sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. (Fine Editions Ltd is a member of the Independent Online Booksellers Association, and we subscribe to its codes of ethics.).

$335.00

[Hand-Colored] The History of the Abbey Church of St. Peter's Westminster, Its Antiquities and Monuments in Two Volumes

By ACKERMANN, R[udolph]., 1764-1834 [William Combe, 1742-1823]

London: Printed for R. Ackermann, 101, Strand, by L. Harrison and J. C. Leigh, 373, Strand, 1812. First Edition. Full Calf. Near Fine+. Large 4to (332 x 265mm): xviii,330,[6]; [4],275,[5]pp, with 80 hand-colored aquatint plates of stained glass, mosaics, tombs, monuments, and architectural details; hand-colored line engraving; plan of the church, and engraved portrait of William Vincent. Complete with both half titles and list of subscribers; text by William Combe and plates after F. Mackenzie, A. Pugin, and others. Full contemporary tree calf (neatly rebacked), spine in six compartments between raised bands ruled and rolled in gilt, two morocco lettering piece gilt, all edges marbled, engraved armorial book plate of William Popham of Oriel College and later incumbent of Christ Church, Bradford-on-Avon, Wiltshire. An excellent, square set, beautifully bound, several quires foxed or toned, virtually all plates offset onto opposing pages, else a bright, wide-margined example. Hardie, p. 103-04. Abbey (Scenery) 213 and 214. Tooley 2. Adams 108. Prideaux, p. 331. So-called Second Issue (with first plate in v. 2, Aymer de Valance, signed in error "A. Pugin" instead of "F. Mackenzie" (as Abbey's copy). Originally published in sixteen monthly numbers. Ackermann intended The History of the Abbey Church as a "companion and continuation" of his magnificent Microcosm of London. (Hardie) "A book that should be highly rated both as an exhaustive pictorial record of the Abbey and for its individual architectural plates, beautifully composed and aquatinted with the addition of discreet colour just sufficient to suggest the cloistered intimacy of sunlight filtered by lofty windows onto fretted stone, wood and metal." (Adams). N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. (Fine Editions Ltd is a member of the Independent Online Booksellers Association, and we subscribe to its codes of ethics.).

$1365.00

Septimius Felton or The Elixir of Life

By HAWTHORNE, Nathaniel (1804-1864)

Boston: James R. Osgood, 1872. First Edition. Decorative Cloth. Fine-. With a preface by Una Hawthorne. First State (Clark's First Printing, with dropped "I" in "It," l.18, p.42) of Hawthorne's final work, a gothic romance set during the Revolutionary War about a search for the elixir of life. One of only 3000 copies printed. 8vo (172 x 108mm): [4],229,[3,blank, ad leaf]pp. Publisher's decorated blue bold-ribbed moired T cloth (copies were also bound in terra-cotta and green sand-grained C cloth and green and terra-cotta smooth V cloth), front cover and spine decorated in black and lettered in gilt, chocolate coated end papers. Trivial edge wear, slight spine lean, dusty top edge, else an exemplary example. BAL 7638. Grolier Hawthorne 38. Clark A29.2.a. Browne, p. 68. Wright II, 1139. Bleiler (Checklist), p. 96. Bleiler (Guide to Supernatural Fiction) 779. Originally published posthumously in the Atlantic Monthly, taken from an unfinished manuscript discovered by Hawthorne's wife; then in London, where Robert Browning is credited with assisting Hawthorne's daughter, Una, with editing the text. "Although Hawthorne was obviously dissatisfied with Septimius Felton, and modern scholars generally regard it without great enthusiasm, it is a fascinating collection of motifs and involved plot strands in the Romantic Gothic tradition." (Bleiler) The work seems to have inspired H. P. Lovecraft's novella The Dreams in the Witch House. N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, with dust jackets carefully preserved in archival, removable polypropylene sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. (Fine Editions Ltd is a member of the Independent Online Booksellers Association, and we subscribe to its codes of ethics.).

$465.00

[Forgeries] The Spectacles [First and Second Printings]
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[Forgeries] The Spectacles [First and Second Printings]

By POE, Edgar Allan (1809 - 1849)

Philadelphia: Richard Gimbel, 1938. First Edition. Card Covers / Wrappers. Fine. Two copies, First and Second Printings, of this curious Poeana. Small 8vo (89 x 137mm): [2],14pp. Original staple-bound dappled purple card covers (first) and salmon pink wrappers (second), both printed in black. Text setting identical in both printings; only wrapper text varies. Title page (both printings): "Edgar Allan Poe stated that: / 'The Tales of the Folio Club / are sixteen in all.' / Fifteen tales are known. / This is the sixteenth. / Uncovered by Richard Gimbel and Published / Philadelphia, July, 1938." According to the colophons (inside back cover): "This First Edition Attributing The Spectacles to Edgar Allan Poe / is limited to / 100 copies" [ours is no. 23.] "This Second Edition Attributing / The Spectacles / by / Edgar Allan Poe / is limited to / 1000 copies." Oddly, the second printing ("edition") is quite rare (no copy can be located for sale online at present, and WorldCat has no listing; what's more, no copy have appeared at auction, according to RBH and ABC. Odd because 10 times the number of second printings supposedly were issued. Neat ink date stamp ("SEP -1 1938") on verso of title page of first printing, else both volumes Fine, fresh and unmarked. OCLC: 22233296 and 4448925. Mabbott III, pp. 885-886. BAL, v. 7, p. 152. Heartman & Canny, pp. 234-36. Savoye, "Focusing on a Pair of False 'Spectacles'," Edgar Allan Poe Review, Spring 2009, vol. X, no. 1, pp. 98-102. Two printings of a spurious Poe text, supposedly the "earliest" draft of Poe's short story, "The Spectacles," "discovered" by celebrated Poe collector Richard Gimbel, in 1938, then published in the September 24, 1938 issue of Liberty magazine ("The Spectacles: The Lost Short Story by Edgar Allan Poe, Hidden 100 years! Liberty presents a remarkable literary discovery. How the Story was Found. By Edward Doherty."), followed by these limited issues. The text is almost certainly a twentieth-century forgery; whether Gimbel perpetrated the hoax or was an unsuspecting dupe is unclear. According to Baltimore's Edgar Allan Poe Society, "The text appears to have been taken from a reprint of the story in Godey's Lady's Book for April 1836." Not to be confused with Poe's The Spectacles, first published in The Dollar Newspaper (Philadelphia), March 27, 1844, and reprinted in The Broadway Journal, November 22, 1845, and in Griswold, Vol. 1, 1850. N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, carefully preserved in archival, removable mylar sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. (Fine Editions Ltd is a member of the Independent Online Booksellers Association, and we subscribe to its codes of ethics.).

$865.00

[Forgery] Some Disordered Interior Geometries
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[Forgery] Some Disordered Interior Geometries

By WOODMAN, Francesca (1958-1981)

[Philadelphia]: Synapse Press, 1981. First Edition. Pictorial Wrappers. Fine. Counterfeit issue of the first printing of an original artist's book created by Woodman while she was studying in Rome. Tall, slim 8vo (229 x 165 mm): [24 erratically numbered]pp, with 16 reproductions of Woodman's photographic studies. Printed pink-lavender wrappers (the actual first printing of 500 copies has pale pink wrappers). A pristine example. Drucker, The century of artists' books, pp. 339-40. Somerville, "Clues to a Lost Woman: The Photography of Francesca Woodman," The Missouri Review, vol. 33, no. 3 (fall 2010), pp. 79-91, On the acid-brown, deteriorating pages from a nineteenth-century geometry exercise notebook in Italian ("Esercizi Graduati di Geometria"), Woodman superimposed 16 photographs, penciled notes (diary entries, poems), glue stains, and blobs of white correction fluid over arcane mathematical formulas, thus juxtaposing the exercise book's logical proofs against the unanswerable questions posed by Woodman's photographs (chiefly self-portraits in a variety of poses, parts of her body often hidden beneath sheets of wallpaper, behind masks, in cabinets, engaging in an endless game of hide-and-seek.) After Some Disordered Interior Geometries was printed, about the time of Woodman's suicide, in 1981, the publisher returned 450 copies from the total edition of 500 to the artist's family, which distributed an unknown number as a tribute at her funeral. (OCLC list 16 institutions holding the book in special collections.) This is a bootlegged copy (unauthorized reproduction) of that first printing. In addition to the pink-lavender wrappers, it can be distinguished from the genuine first printing by the following points: Pages of the bootlegged copy are darker and their type bolder, and they show a distinctive moire pattern. Most of the photos of the copy have less contrast and detail. All pages of the copy are shifted 3-4mm higher on the plate. The bottom line of text on p. 7 of the copy is guillotined, and the final "m" of the final text line of p. 9 of the copy is largely absent. The bottom staple of the copy is 60mm from the bottom page edge (the first printing is 64mm). N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, carefully preserved in archival, removable mylar sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. (Fine Editions Ltd is a member of the Independent Online Booksellers Association, and we subscribe to its codes of ethics.).

$865.00

The Bride Stripped Bare by her Bachelors, Even. A Typographic Version by Richard Hamilton of Marcel Duchamp's Green Box, Translated by George Heard Hamilton
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The Bride Stripped Bare by her Bachelors, Even. A Typographic Version by Richard Hamilton of Marcel Duchamp's Green Box, Translated by George Heard Hamilton

By DUCHAMP, Marcel (1887-1968); Richard Hamilton (interprets); George Heard Hamilton (translates)

New York: George Wittenborn, 1960. First Edition. Hardcover. Fine-/Near Fine+. First Printing of this typographic analog of one of the "most complex as well as one of the most rewarding artistic experiences of modern times" (from the appendices). Tall 8vo (229 x 150mm): unpaginated (including one leaf folding and another printed on glassine), with profusion of photographic plates, full-page drawings, diagrams, various typographic formats, annotations, vignettes, and musical notation, all relating to Marcel Duchamp's groundbreaking magnum opus, "The Bride Stripped Bare by her Bachelors, Even" (known familiarly as "The Large Glass"), a large composition in oil paint, lead wire, and lead foil on two glass panels. Printed in red, black, and blue. Original muted green paper-covered boards, spine and upper cover lettered in black-and white stippled type; matching dust jacket (price-clipped). From the series, The documents of modern art, no. 14. About Fine (touch of rubbing at corners); Near Fine or better jacket (very light edge wear, moderate fading on and around spine panel). First appearance of this English translation and typographic interpretation of Duchamp's Green Box (`La Mariée mise à nu par ses célibataires même (Boîte verte), a collection of 94 documents explaining the development and function of "The Large Glass," assembled between 1915 and 1923. During the 1930s Duchamp oversaw the first printed edition of the Green Box, with each of the 94 original notes meticulously reproduced in collotype in exact facsimile (including torn edges, blots, erasures and even the occasional illegibility) and issued loose in a green box, in an edition of 300 with twenty deluxe versions. By 1956, the British artist Richard Hamilton had worked through the notes to develop a diagram of the areas in the glass to which he believed the subject of each notes related. And in 1960, Hamilton and George Heard Hamilton, professor of art history at Yale, produced this English translation of the Green Box, using typography, layout, and graphic design to communicate the intent of the original documents in a new (bound) format, the Green Book. N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, with dust jackets carefully preserved in archival, removable mylar sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. (Fine Editions Ltd is a member of the Independent Online Booksellers Association, and we subscribe to its codes of ethics.).

$735.00

[American Revolution] The centennial : Battle of Bunker Hill ; with a view of Charlestown in 1775, Page's plan of the action, Romane's exact view of the battle, and other illustrations
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[American Revolution] The centennial : Battle of Bunker Hill ; with a view of Charlestown in 1775, Page's plan of the action, Romane's exact view of the battle, and other illustrations

By FROTHINGHAM, Richard (1812-1880)

Boston: Little, Brown, 1875. First Edition. Original Wraps. F-. Scarce printing of Frothingham's final publication. ABPC lists no copies at auction, Rare Book Hub lists seven, most recently in 1915. Small 8vo (176 x 118 mm): [8],136pp. with half-title, 15 panel-map (and 2-panel overlay) frontispiece, six-panel view of Charlestown ("An Exact View of The Late Battle at Charlestown"), full-page plan, and diagram of a redoubt. Publisher's original blue-threaded drab wrappers printed in black. Firmly bound example of this fragile item, clean and fresh throughout. Map and view properly folded and free of tears. Not in Sabin, Howes, or Church. Frothingham, for many years managing editor of the Boston Post, dedicated untold hours to the study of history, centered especially on the American revolution as it unfolded in and around his birthplace of Charleston, Mass. N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, carefully preserved in archival, removable mylar sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. (Fine Editions Ltd is a member of the Independent Online Booksellers Association, and we subscribe to its codes of ethics.).

$265.00

[Photobook] London: with Ten Photographs by Alvin Langdon Coburn [Inscribed]
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[Photobook] London: with Ten Photographs by Alvin Langdon Coburn [Inscribed]

By CHESTERTON, G. K . (Gilbert Keith, 1874-1936) and COBURN, Alvin Langdon (1882-1966)

Minneapolis: Privately printed for Edmund D. Brooks and Alvin Langdon Coburn & their friends . . . by Chiswick Press, 1914. Limited Edition. Quarter-Cloth. Fine-. Tall, slim 8vo: 19,[1]pp, with portrait frontispiece (showing G. K. and Frances Chesterton with Edmund D. Brooks, the Minneapolis bibliophile who financed this book) and 10 mounted photogravures by Coburn. Original cream-colored paper-covered boards quarter-bound in beige cloth, upper cover and spine lettered in black, all edges uncut. Inscribed by Brooks on the fly leaf, "For my old friend / Richard Burton / with the kindest regards / of Edmund Brooks / Minneapolis / Oct. 13th 1915." Boards very lightly soiled, spine slightly toned, end sheets embrowned, but a handsome copy: pages clean and bright (text leaves unopened), images fine. Imagining Paradise, p. 225. Books on cities, emblematic of a modernist future, were wildly popular at the turn of the twentieth century, and Coburn, enthused by Arthur Symons's Cities (1903), envisaged a series of such publications, on London, New York, Edinburgh (each of which was eventually realized), Paris, Venice, Liverpool, Birmingham, Boston, and Pittsburgh. "Coburn's photogravures of London for this privately printed book with text by G. K. Chesterton are quite different from those in his 1909 London. They are smaller format, simpler, busier, quicker images of everyday London life with dense traffic on the roads and bustling crowds in the streets." (Imagining Paradise) N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, carefully preserved in archival, removable mylar sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. (Fine Editions Ltd is a member of the Independent Online Booksellers Association, and we subscribe to its codes of ethics.).

$1865.00

[Photobook] Berühmte Zeitgenossen in unbewachten Augenblicken [Celebrated Contemporaries in Unguarded Moments]

By SALOMON, Erich (1886-1944)

Stuttgart: J. Engelhorns Nachf, 1931. First Edition. Decorative Cloth. Fine. First Printing of this pioneering photobook by one of the originators of photojournalism. Tall 8vo (250 x 185 mm): 46,[1]pp, with 116 full- and half-page plates with picture legends in German, English, French, and Italian on versos. Original French blue cloth, upper cover and spine stamped in gilt, without the photo-illustrated dust jacket. Edges very lightly spotted, else a Fine firmly bound copy, clean and bright throughout. Roth (101), pp. 74-75. Roth (Open Book), pp. 104-105. Parr & Badger I, p. 131. Auer, p. 166. Fotografia Publica 519. Candid black-and-white photographs of statesmen, scientists, painters, writers, and conductors (William Randolph Hearst playing solitaire at San Simeon, Albert Einstein listening to a Reichstag speech, Benito Mussolini conferring with German statesmen in Rome), caught in unguarded moments, yawning, dozing, slouching. In 1928, Salomon "began to use the miraculous new Ermanox camera with its very fast f2.0 (later f1.8) lens to photograph celebrities unawares. These unposed, available-light photographs (dubbed 'candid photography' by the London Graphic) caused a sensation when they appeared in the Berliner Illustrirte Zeitung. Politicians were wary at first, but quickly realized the potential of such images, and Salomon was granted unprecedented access to high-level meetings." During the war, Solomon was sent to Auschwitz, where, with his wife and son, he died in 1944. N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, carefully preserved in archival, removable mylar sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. (Fine Editions Ltd is a member of the Independent Online Booksellers Association, and we subscribe to its codes of ethics.).

$635.00

Specimen Days & Collect [Unrecorded]
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Specimen Days & Collect [Unrecorded]

By WHITMAN, Walt (1819-1892)

Philadelphia {London]: David McKay [Trübner & Co.], 1882. First Edition. Decorative Cloth. Fine-. Second Printing (per BAL, not, as often described, second issue), with sepia photograph printed (not pasted on stiff coated paper, as in the first printing) of Whitman and a butterfly tipped in at p. 122. (The first printing only appeared under the Rees Welsh imprint; later printings were published by McKay, who bought out Rees Welsh in November, 1882. Additionally, our copy bears the rubber-stamped imprint of London publisher and bookseller Trübner & Co., founded by Nicholas Trübner (1817-1884), who had "business connections with leading American writers and publishers." (DNB LVII, pp. 262-63.). Small 8vo: vi,7-374pp, with final advertisement leaf. Original mustard-yellow S cloth, spine and front cover lettered, ruled and decorated in gilt, mottled blue end papers, all edges trimmed. BAL Binding C. A tight, nearly Fine copy (apparently unread), pages just barely toned, else clean and bright throughout. BAL 21422 and 21627. Myerson A11.1.b2. Wells, pp. 27-28. A collected assortment of prose, including youthful reminiscences, early tales, travel diaries, nature notes, and observations made during the Civil War, together with a few poems, his essay the 'Death of Abraham Lincoln,' and the prose stream from Two Rivulets. The book was another Whitman compendium, bringing together between one set of covers a diverse group of writings. "He thought of it as a prose volume to match his Leaves of Grass, and Rees Welsh published it in a matching binding so that buyers could own an attractive set of Whitman's work." (Folsom, Whitman Making Books/Books Making Whitman) The photograph appears opposite a page where Whitman talks of the "white butterflies" that he sees on one of his trips to Timber Creek in New Jersey: "You can even tame such insects," he writes; "I have one big and handsome moth down here, knows and comes to me, likes me to hold him up on my extended hand." N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, carefully preserved in archival, removable mylar sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. (Fine Editions Ltd is a member of the Independent Online Booksellers Association, and we subscribe to its codes of ethics.).

$565.00

[Photobook] One Time, One Place: Mississippi in the Depression, A Snapshot Album [Signed]

By WELTY, Eudora (1909-2001)

New York: Random House, 1971. First Edition. Hardcover. Near Fine+/Fine. First printing, trade issue (a limited edition was also published), inscribed, signed, and dated on fly leaf by Welty in month of publication. Square 8vo: xiv,111,[3]pp, Illustrated with 102 of Welty's photographs. Publisher's brown cloth, stamped on front cover in black and in bronze on spine, mid-brown end papers; photographically illustrated dust jacket, priced $7.95. Spine slightly canted, light shelf wear, else Near Fine or better in Fine jacket. Polk A18:1b. In 1931, after graduating college, Welty returned to Jackson, where a few years later she joined the WPA, part of Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal. Traveling through Mississippi opened her eyes to the misery of the Great Depression, and resulted in this series of photographs, eventually published as One Time, One Place. N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, with dust jackets carefully preserved in archival, removable mylar sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. (Fine Editions Ltd is a member of the Independent Online Booksellers Association, and we subscribe to its codes of ethics.).

$285.00

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