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    The Iceman Cometh by O'Neill, Eugene

    New York: The Limited Editions Club, 1982. Limited Edition. Quarto. Limited to 2000 copies signed by Leonard Baskin, illustrator, with introduction by Irma Jaffe. A lovely copy bound in gray paper covered boards, paper labels to upper board and spine, with LEC letter laid in. in slipcase. Fine.



    Moll Flanders. Introduction by G.A. Aitken. BRIGHT, CLEAN COPY IN UNCLIPPED DUSTWRAPPER by Daniel DEFOE

    Dent,, 1966]. 8vo., original series binding of burgundy cloth, gilt back, ochre top, patterned endpapers, a very good, bright, clean copy in unclipped dustwrapper, the latter lightly chafed and rubbed at extremities. First published in EL in 1930. EL 837; Seymour 243.0.



    Prudential-Bache Portfolio Management Designation by Prudential; Wesley B. Tanner (print)

    [Berkeley, CA: Arif Press, 1977]. 21 x 29 cm. Broadside, Letterpress On Laid Paper, Very Good. Two tone printing. Illustrated.



    The Essence of Beeing by [Sherwin Beach Press] Lenehan, Michael; Alice Brown-Wagner (illustrator)

    Chicago: Sherwin Beach Press, 1992. Hardcover. Fine. Hardcover. The Essence of Beeing is an account by Michael Lenehan of two beekeepers: one who has hives on the roof of his apartment building in the city, and one who keeps bees on his farm in the country. In the process of describing the beekeepers and their work, the book tells a great deal of what is known about bees and honey. It was written by Michael Lenehan, executive editor of the Chicago Reader, where it appeared originally in 1977. Mr. Lenehan has contributed many pieces to the Reader during his more than 30-year association with it; he has also published elsewhere, notably in the Atlantic Monthly. Here, Alice Brown-Wagner has illustrated the text with drawings of the tools of beekeeping. "The laid-back style of the narrative belies well-packed information....It is a delightful essay....Binding and type were well and sensibly chosen. Any beekeeper would enjoy this for a generous present-as has, indeed, this reviewer. Others may find it tempts them toward one of the world's absorbing occupations." -Colin Franklin, Bookways. The book was designed by Bob McCamant, hand set in 12 and 14 point Cooper Oldstyle by Alice Brown-Wagner, Kate Friedman, and Bob Mcamant, and printed on Fabriano Roma Michelangelo by Bob McCamant. It was casebound, cloth over boards, by Ann Repp, and has a dust jacket of blind-embossed Roma Raffaello. 45 pages, 9 1/4 x 12 inches. Published in 1992, numbered but not signed.



    A Whitman Portrait (SIGNED) by Frasconi, Antonio

    New York: Spiral Press, 1960. 1st. Original boards. First Edition, Limited # 152 of 525 copies, SIGNED and numbered by Frasconi.Small 8vo. Unpaginated. Original Frasconi woodcuts printed on handmade Goyu rice paper from Japan; facsimiles of five Whitman letters. Frasconi designed paper covered boards in publisher's acetate dustjacket. Previous owner name else a fine copy. Antonio Frasconi (1919 - 2013) was an Uruguayan - American visual artist, best known for his woodcuts, inspired by his early studies of the woodcuts of Paul Gauguin.



    A Book of Battles by Rainer, Dachine

    NY: 6x9 Press, 1957. Chwast, Seymour. Oblong octavo. 12 ff., frenchfold. One of an unspecified, but undoubtedly small edition. Illustrated with nine hand-colored linocuts by Chwast. With an Introduction by Dachine Rainer, the anarchist writer whose novella, A Room at the Inn, would be published the following year. An early work by Chwast, an AIGA Medal recipient and major influence on modern graphic design and typography. In this work, Chwast illustrates nine battles -- from Marathon in 490 B.C. to Ypres in the first World War -- accompanied by quotations, the effect of which, as Rainer notes in her introduction, is "to give rise to a number of provocative speculations on the desirability of an enduring 'Cease Fire!'" Bound in cloth backed decorated paper boards with a printed title label on upper cover. Slightest edgewear, else fine.



    Valenti's Verses by Angelo, Valenti (Grace Hoper Press)

    [San Francisco]: Zamburghers, 1972. 1st. Original wraps. First edition thus, Limited Edition to 126 copies printed by the Grace Hoper Press for the Zamorano-Roxburghe joint meeting of 1972. SIGNED in pencil 'Valenti Angelo.' 8vo. 6 pp. Yellow cardstock covers printed in red; title page printed with large initial 'V" in red; publisher's(?) handmade marbled paper dustjacket. A fine copy in good dustjacket (rear flap separated & laid in; chips & tears; lower 1/3 of rear panel missing). "These verses of Valenti Angelo's were resurrected by Bob Grabhorn. We think them charming and redolent of the era. The Bob in both verses is of course our Bob Grabhorn. Jack, is John I. Gannon, a member of the Grabhorn Press. Gregg, is Gregg Anderson, then a member of the Grabhorn Press. Oldfield, is Otis Oldfield the San Francisco artist. James Lamar Weygand made the paper. We thank him and thank Valenti Angelo for permission to print these verses from the past. The Grace Hopers" (Printer's Note) Contains two poems, "The Picture" July 21, 1926, and "Where Are They?" December 20, 1930.




    (NY: Purgatory Pie Press, 1983. Smith, E. K.. 16mo. (58)pp. One of 100 copies signed by the designer, E. K. Smith and the printer, Dko Faust. An alphabet, letterpress printed in gray, in which each letter is presented in a different format. Unusually bound in a soft red leather chemise which wraps around itself and is closed with an attached brown leather tie. A fine copy. (3 by 2; 71x50mm).



    San Pasqual Press: A Dream Nearly Realized by Gerry, Vance

    Fallbrook, California: The Weather Bird Press, 1986. 1st. Hardcover. First edition; limited edition; 1 of 150 copies. 8vo. [viii], 27pp. Black & white illustrations; photographs; drawings. Foreword by Ward Ritchie. Beige cloth covered boards; titles on green paper labels to front board and spine; tan illustrated dust jacket. Fine in near fine dustjacket (light wear to extremities). The name given to the San Pasqual Press was derived from the name of the old Spanish Rancho on which Pasadena is located. Due to the untimely death of its' owner, Glenn Schoefer, the press published only a few titles and, in the words of Ward Ritchie "...the few they did publish were outstanding trade publications, well-chosen and well-designed."



    Mystique of Vellum. Containing an introduction by Dechard Turner and a historical essay on vellum printed books by Colin Franklin along with a manual to printing letterpress on vellum and parchment by Richard Bigus that's edited by Lester Ferriss by Bigus, Richard

    Boston: Bromer, Anne & David, 1984. Quarto. 38pp. First edition. One of 225 copies printed in three colors by Richard Bigus at the Stinehour Press. Illustrated with two wood engravings by Greg Dearth and a specimen sheet printed in three colors on parchment. Handbound by Claudia Cohen in quarter-vellum and printed paper boards with dropback box. The only major book published on the subject of printing on vellum and/or parchment. Mint at publication price.



    Proof on vellum to the engraved title-page and tail-piece of Love Songs of Childhood by Field, Eugene

    New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1894. Van Gelder Edition. 2 vellum sheets, signed in plate "H.A.M". 1 vols. 4to. Fine. Van Gelder Edition. 2 vellum sheets, signed in plate "H.A.M". 1 vols. 4to. Proofs on Vellum. Proofs on vellum to the title-page and tail-piece of the Van Gelder edition. BAL notes 15 copies were printed on Japan paper, but mentions no vellum copies. BAL 5761




    New York: Limited Editions Club, 1968. Hardcover. Cracking to the leather of the spine, as often the case with this title. Very Good in a Near Fine slipcase. Edy Legrand. Large octavo (6-3/4" x 10-7/8") bound with a white sheepskin leather spine with a burgundy leather spine label lettered in gilt and French marbled paper sides; 280 pages. Designed by Francis Meynell and printed at the Marchbanks Press. Introduction by Edmond Jaloux. Illustrations by Edy Legrand, hand-colored through stencils (pochoir) at the studio of Walter Fischer. Copy #1087 of 1500 numbered copies, issued unsigned.



    Strings Attached -- Dorothy Abbe, Her Work and WAD by Bromer, Anne C

    (Boston): Boston Public Library/Society of Printers, 2001. Octavo. First edition. One of 500 copies. Thirty-two pages of color and black & white illustrations from photographs. The story of Dorothy Abbe's contributions to printing, book design, typography, photography, writing, and teaching is gathered from her archives at the Boston Public Library and told by Anne Bromer. The book covers her early years as a book designer at several university presses, her life in the household of William Addison and Mabel Dwiggins, the joint publishing venture between Abbe and Dwiggins, as well as her self-taught venture into portrait and landscape photography, and the publication of her two important texts: The Dwiggins Marionettes and Stenciled Ornaments. Bromer also explores Abbe's relationship with Dwiggins and her fierce protection of his work. Typography and design by John Kristensen of Firefly Press; printed letterpress by Dan Keleher at Wild Carrot Press. As new.




    Los Angeles: Limited Editions Club, 1956. Hardcover. Fine in glassine and a Near Fine, intact slipcase with some staining and soiling. Millard Sheets. Tall quarto (8-1/4" x 12-1/4") bound in cloth-backed paper with a grass-cloth Hawaiian design by the illustrator; 134 pages. Handsomely printed by the Ward Ritchie Press. Introduction by Stevenson's biographer, J. C. Furnas. Copy #834 of 1500 illustrated by Millard Sheets and SIGNED by the artist on the colophon page. A handsome book. Monthly Letter laid in.



    On Wine: A Letter Written to the Abbe Morellet by Franklin, Benjamin

    [Oregon House, CA]: The Petrarch Press, 1994. 1st. Original wrappers. First Edition Thus, Limited to 100 copies, 60 special copies printed on handmade Alcantara paper, SIGNED and numbered by Laura Davis, this being copy #20; and 40 unnumbered copies on all-rag Arches text and Fabriano Ingres. small 8vo (5 x 7 ½"); [14]pp. The calligraphic text was drawn by Laura Davis who also redrew the illustrations originally designed by Franklin's grandson. All copies sewn into stiff cream wrappers with title and silhouette of Franklin to upper wrapper. A fne copy, as new. Peter Bishop founded The Petrarch Press in 1985 with the goal of publishing important classical literature in fine, hand-printed editions produced to the very highest standards. He retired from printing about ten years later and it is now uncommon to find publications of The Petrarch Press from the Peter Bishop era.




    New York: Limited Editions Club, 1972. Hardcover. Fine in glassine and a Fine slipcase. Felix Hoffman. Tall octavo (7-3/8" x 10-5/8") bound in quarter scarlet morocco leather with boards covered in French marbled paper; 112 pages. Translated by Kenneth Burke and printed at the Stinehour Press. One of 1500 copies, this copy not numbered, illustrated with wood engravings by Felix Hoffman and SIGNED by the artist on the colophon page with a special color print frontispiece pulled at the atelier of the Aargauer Tagblatt in Aarau, Switzerland.



    The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County by Twain, Mark (Samuel L. Clemens)

    Easthampton, MA: Cheloniidae Press, 1985. 1st. Original boards. First Edition Thus, Deluxe Edition #28 of 50 copies, printed on the Saunders paper and bound by Gray Parrot bindery. 8vo. [38]pp + 4pp prospectus. An Afterword by Samuel Clemens. Complete suite of wood engravings by Alan James Robinson, each SIGNED and numbered. Also SIGNED by Robinson in the colophon. Includes a portrait etching by Robinson of Twain that did not accompany the regular edition. Quarter green leather over gray wood-pattern boards, silver lettering to spine, housed in a publisher's gray cloth box with wood-pattern spine, the suite of prints is contained in a matching cloth chemise and placed in a quarter lether tray-case. A fine set with the publisher's prospectus laid in. "Mark Twain, with his account of the jumping frog, produced the most famous tale in California, if not Western, history. This little gem of humor that introduced the famed author's first book gave him international prominence."- Kurutz, Sloan Zamorano 80:17. The Cheloniidae edition of the Jumping Frog is from "Mark Twain's Sketches, New and Old," as it was first published in complete form in 1875 by the American Publishing Co. Contains three versions of this notorious and celebrated tale, the original (1865), translated into the French, and then "restored to the English after martyrdom in the French."



    Heroes & Kings by Williams, Charles

    London: Sylvan Press, 1930. Limited edition. Very good. With Wood Engravings by Norman Janes.. Folio. Unpaginated. Finely printed on Barcham Green hand-made paper. Bound in coarsely woven red cloth blocked in gilt with a design by the illustrator on both the upper an lower boards. Top edge gilt. Contains twelve of William's poems followed by all seven of his Arthurian poetry: Tristam's Song to Iseult; Palomides' Song of Iseult; Lamoracke's Song to Blanchefleur; A Song of Palomides; Taliessin's Song of a Princess of Bysantion; The Song of the Riding of Galahad. One of 250 copies from a total edition of 300, signed by both Williams and Janes. This is copy No. 93. Light soil else a very good copy. Surprisingly scarce.



    Ste. Ostrich in Manhattan: The Visitations of a Martyr by Chen, Julie and Lois Morrison

    Berkeley: Flying Fish Press, 1990. 1st. Original cloth. First Edition, Limited to 125 copies, this being number 34. 8vo. Written and illustrated by Morrison on hand-sewn accordion folded pages that can be removed for carousel display in 3D. Designed and printed by Julie Chen and Elizabeth McDevitt. Calligraphy by Keith Vinson.Housed in yellow cloth covered boards with string tie; illustrated endpapers. A fine copy of an early book from Julie Chen's renowned and influential Flying Fish Press. Julie Chen started the Flying Fish Press in 1987; her art works emphasize "three-dimensional and movable book structures and fine letterpress printing" (Flying Fish Press website).



    Sir Patrick Spens & Other Ballads by Lydbury, Jane [illus]

    London: The Folio Society. VG : in very good condition with goldslipcase. 1994. First F.S. Edition. Purple moire silk hardcover. 120mm x 90mm (5" x 4"). 32pp. .



    About How Hard It Is To Find New Words in an Outworn World When You Are Not a Magician by Waddington, Miriam

    Santa Barbara, Calif.: Unicorn Press, 1969. Poetry broadside from the Unicorn Folio album Series 2, No. 2, printed by Noel Young and designed by Alan Brilliant, limited to 350 copies. 4 pp. Single folded sheet measuring 6 x 9 inches. Noted in McNeil A14a.



    To His Coy Mistress by Marvell, Andrew

    [Northampton, MA]: Gehenna Press, 1969. 1st. Original wrappers. First Edition Thus; Limited Edition, limitation not known. 12mo. [12] pp. This poem, set in Arrighi and printed at The Gehenna Press, is the first in a series of single poems and letters, tracts and broadsides to be published by David R. Godine. Stiff marbled wrappers with cream printed title label to front cover in fine condition. No copies listed in OCLC. "...a metaphysical poem written by the English author and politician Andrew Marvell (1621-1678) either during or just before the English Interregnum (1649-60). It was published posthumously in 1681. This poem is considered one of Marvell's finest and is possibly the best recognized carpe diem poem in English." - wiki.



    Portfolios Of Contemporary Original Prints By Rick Barton, Leonard Baskin, Mel Fowler, Mark Luca, Robert Quick by Porpoise Bookshop; Peregrine Press; Henry Herman Evans (print); Rick Barton, Leonard Baskin, Mel Fowler, Mark Luca, Robert Quick

    San Francisco: Porpoise Bookshop, 1960. 8vo. French-Fold Sheet, Letterpress on Laid Paper, Very Good+. Also present, a printing sample by Evans: a folded full sheet from a 1952 Peregrine Press publication with woodcuts.



    Cabbages: Just Another Look by Bennett, John

    Madison, WI: Gardyloo Press, 1979. 1st. Original wrappers. First Edition, Limited to 50 copies. Small 8vo. [27] pp. Illustrated with color lino cuts on paper of varying sizes with short accompanying text telling the story of bring the cabbage from the store to the table. Brown wrappers with lettering to front cover. Fine condition. "The lino cuts accurately describe an activity that has become common-place in the artist life. He spent happy hours putting this book together out of paper scraps that just happened to be around the shop."



    Private Press Books 1969 [through 1978] by [Private Press]. Roderick Cave, David Chambers, Peter Hoy, Anthony Baker, Prue Chennels, [et al.], editors

    Pinner:: Private Libraries Association,, 1970-1982.. First edition of each annual checklist.. Occasional light sunning or wear; in very good condition.. 10 vols, 8vo, original printed pictorial wrappers, various paginations. Illus. Suitably attractive catalogues for the annual output of private presses, with listings for such stalwarts as the Allen Press, Officina Bodoni, Windhover Press, etc.

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