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    Bret Harte in California, A Character Study (Association copy) by Kahn, Edgar M.; Wheat, Carl I. (Foreword)

    San Francisco, California: Privately Printed [Designed and Printed by Haywood H. Hunt], 1951. Limited Edition. Hardcover. Fine. [Wilke, William H.]. No. 52 of 200, octavo size, 31 pp., inscribed by the printer. A presentation copy by Haywood H. Hunt, the designer and printer of this book, to Roy Wilkins, fellow San Francisco printer; in his inscription, Hunt writes: "To Roy Wilkins / - a Printer (Capital P) / whom I have admired / for more than 40 years - / Haywood H. Hunt / December, 1951". A further bit of interest is provided on the second page of the Foreword, where someone (we presume Hunt) underlined several words with typographical errors - one printer sharing with another, we believe, the trials and tribulations that come with setting type by hand. This book provides a short look at the life of Bret Harte and his literary influences, ending with Harte's famous poem "Dickens in Camp" which was written in July, 1870, upon his hearing of Charles Dickens' death, and is considered some of his best verse. ___DESCRIPTION: Quarter natural linen with marbled paper boards, paper label on front board with black lettering, ruled borders in red and black, presentation inscription by Haywood Hunt on the flyleaf (see above), frontispiece by William H. Wilke (unsigned; he is acknowledged in the colophon); octavo size (just under 9" tall), pagination: (i-iv), (1)-25, blank (26), colophon (27). ___CONDITION: Volume is fine, with a strong, square text block, solid hinges, perfectly straight corners with no rubbing, the interior is clean and bright, and other than the inscription by Mr. Hunt and the typographical underlines referred to above, it is entirely free of prior owner markings. ___POSTAGE: International customers, please note that additional postage may apply as the standard does not always cover costs; please contact us for details. ___Swan's Fine Books is pleased to be a member of the ABAA, ILAB, and IOBA and we stand behind every book we sell. Please contact us with any questions you may have, we are here to help.


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    £250.00

    Bibliotheca Urbis Constantinopolitanae. Anno 1578 - bound with five other titles Mesmes, Lille, Corbeiensis, Porkington and Basle

    [ Middle Hill ]: [ Middle Hill Press ], 1828 12 pages. Holzenberg 27 where he describes a copy bound as here with 5 other titles. Catalogue des manuscrits de Monseigneur le President de Mesmes [Holzenberg 28] - A catalogue of the manuscripts in the archives at Lille [Holzenberg 32] - Catalogue bibliothecae Monasterii Corbeiensis [Holzenberg 33] - Manuscripts at Porkington [Holzenberg 41] - Catalogue of some of the manuscript in the publick library of Basle [Holzenberg 29]. Bound in terracotta paper wrappers. Some light browning and spotting to page edges.. Soft Cover. Very Good.


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    £14.00

    Faringdon Church [lithographic print of a monumental brass with 3 large figures and 10 small ones] by Phillipps, Sir Thomas

    [Middle Hill]: [Middle Hill Press], 185- Single sheet on thick white paper. Holzenberg 145. Faringdon once in Berkshire, now in Oxfordshire. Small chip out of the right edge + creasing to the upper left corner. Small taer to the right edge also.. Disbound. Good.


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    Wiltshire magistrates [lists for 1483, 1484, 1503, 1642, 1661]

    [Middle Hill]: [Middle Hill Press], 1856 2 pages. Printed on a single sheet of blue/grey paper which has a crease or paper fault to the lower third. 1cm at left has been folded over and it has been bound into a volume at some point in the past. Holzenberg 283. Dated from a watermarked proof at the Grolier Club.. Disbound. Good.


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    $275.00

    In Media Res: Canto One of an Autobiographical Epic: Dust Shall Be the Serpent's Food by Everson, William; Killion, Tom (Illustrator)

    San Francisco: Adrian Wilson, 1984. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good. First edition. 24 (1, colophon) pp. 15 3/4" x 10 1/4", quarter turquoise morocco and gray linen, front cover with a gilt-stamped morocco panel after Killion's woodcut, spine lettered in gilt. One of 226 copies, unnumbered. Signed by Everson, woodcut illustrator Tom Killion, and book designer/publisher Adrian Wilson on colophon. Very Good with sunned spine. No jacket, as issued.


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    The World is Round [together with] The World is Not Flat by Edith Thatcher Hurd by Stein, Gertrude; Hurd, Clement [Illustrations]

    San Francisco: Arion Press, 1986. Limited Edition. Fine. Signed by the illustrator, Clement Hurd on the half title page of "The World is Round." Bound in pink cloth circular boards printed in blue, with companion volume "The World is Not Flat" by Edith Thatcher Hurd, in original pink box printed in blue, lacking the balloon. Fine, with several faint spots of foxing to cloth, in a Near Fine or better box with faint rubbing and faint shelf wear. A lovely production. One of 400 sets, signed by the illustrator, though not as called for.


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    De conquestu Angliae per Hispanos tempore Elizabethae Reginae Angliae

    [Cheltenham]: [Middle Hill Press], 1869 Pages 1-8 only of what would be either 24 or 25p in total. Holzenberg 405 or 406 - 406 has a few additional leaves to those present in 405. From Phillipps ms 2753 concerning Catholic plans to conquer England during the reign of Elizabeth I. Documents copied are in Italian and Spanish. Printed on blue paper. Disbound. One of many anti-Catholic works produced by Sir Thomas at his Middle Hill Press.. Disbound. Good.


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    $100.00

    Miscellaneous Poems by Andrew Marvell by Marvell, Andrew

    London: The Nonesuch Press, 1923. Very Good. First thus. Limited edition, copy #178 of 850. Very Good with darkened spine, small chip at head, some dust-soiling to edges.


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    R.O.W. (Right of Way) A Consideration of the Right of Way Rules for Sailboats by Pacific Editions. Hobson, Charles M

    San Francisco: Pacific Editions, 2006. One of 12 copies only, all on Rives BFK paper, each signed and numbered by Charles Hobson and Kay Bradner (who collaborated on the design of the linoleum block print). Page size: 18 inches x 9 inches when closed and folded into 8 leaves and when opened fully 7-1/2 feet. There is a title page and page of text and a colophon page as well as the 8-page folded print. Bound: blue cloth spine, coastal map over boards on covers with white label printed in black on front cover, housed in translucent plastic slipcase fastening with cleat and sailing line on foredge, fine. The central image of this book is a three foot square relief print that was created as part of a program at the San Francisco Center for the Book. It was original printed in 2005 by a steamroller at Carolina and 16th Streets, San Francisco. Kay Bradner cut the linoleum block and printed it; Charles Hobson designed the book and assembled it with the assistance of Alice Shaw. The print, at first glance, seems to show a pleasant Sunday afternoon of sailing on the San Francisco Bay. However, the position of the sailboats has been established to illustrate some of the most basic right of way rules. The rules themselves are actually embedded in the image in small window openings cut into the print. As usual with books from Pacific Editions, all is meticulously crafted, disparate elements aesthetically incorporated into a beautiful book. Both artists have a passion for the water and the vessels that move on it. Charles Hobson's extensive output has, as a base, the juxtaposition of word and image. He is a faculty member at the San Francisco Art Institute and at one time raced a Cal 20 sailboat on the San Francisco Bay where he had first hand experience with the application of the right of way rules. As with other books from Pacific Editions, this, too, must be experienced. Turning the pages, opening the "rules" windows, and reveling in the deep blue of the print brings a land-locked person as close to the water as is possible.


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    Prospectus for Pope's Own Miscellany. Being A Reprint of Poems on Several Occasions 1717 containing new poems by Alexander Pope and others. (this is a prospectus for a book not the book itself.) by Nonesuch Press; Alexander Pope; Norman Ault (ed.)

    London: Nonesuch Press, 1935. 8vo. String-Bound Section, Letterpress On Laid Rag, Illustrated. Contains An Epistle To Mr. Dryden, From Mr. Wycherley. Very Good with some creasing.


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    $75.00

    Letters from Mexico by Haas, Elise S

    San Francisco: Privately printed, 1937. First edition, one of 75 copies printed at the Grabhorn Press. 1 vols. 8vo. Quarter cloth and boards. Fine. First edition, one of 75 copies printed at the Grabhorn Press. 1 vols. 8vo.


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    $125.00

    Jacob's Dancing Tune. Signed. by Hilberry, Conrad and Stephanie Newman (illustrator)

    Mount Horeb, Wisconsin: Perishable Press (Walter Hamady), 1986. Original handmade paper covers. 21 x 15 cm. 26 leaves. Edition of 125 copies. Fine. Invoice from Perishable Press included. Walter Hamady (born 1940) is an American artist, book designer, papermaker, poet and teacher. He is especially known for his innovative efforts in letterpress printing, bookbinding, and papermaking exemplified in the productions of The Perishable Press Limited and the Shadwell Papermill, founded by Hamady in the mid-1960s. In 1966 Hamady joined the faculty of the University of Wisconsin, Madison where he would teach papermaking, letterpress printing, and bookbinding for more than three decades.


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    $75.00

    Some Thoughts On Private Typefounding. One of 200 copies, First Edition by Paul Hayden Duensing

    Kalamazoo, Mich.: Private Press & Typefoundry of Paul Hayden Duensing, 1976. 12mo. Folded Sheet. [4 pp.] Letterpress on Watermarked Laid Paper. Illustration, decorative border. Very Good. Scarce First Edition.


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    £90.00

    Index Pedum Finium pro Com. Wigorn ab 1 Edw III ad Hen VI [ Worcestershire ]

    Cheltenham: Printed by John Lowe [for the Middle Hill Press], 1865 [iv], xiii, [3] pages. The title page is followed by three blank pages and the three un-numbered pages at the rear are also blank. Some soiling to the title page. Holzenberg 294. Disbound. Good.


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    Cities and Civilisations (Folio Society) by Hibbert, Christopher

    London: The Folio Society, 2003. 279 pages. 1.7Kg. Brown cloth boards with pictorial design, Near MINT in a FINE slip-case with colour paste-on. Fully illustrated with colour photographs throughout. This Folio edition is an abridged edition of the book originally published in 1987. Owing to the weight, extra shipping will be required.. Hard Cover. Near MINT/Fine. 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall.


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    Aston Rowant - lithographic image of a monumental brass

    [ Middle Hill ]: [ Middle Hill Press ], 1855 Single sheet of grey/blue paper printed on one side with the image of a monumental brass. Holzenberg 219. Small margin at the left folded over where this was once bound into a volume, now though disbound.. Disbound. Good.


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    $175.00

    Anomalies: A Poem by Evans, Henry Herman

    San Francisco, Calif.: Henry Evans [of the Porpoise Bookshop], 1952. One of 100 copies on hand-made Japanese paper. 4to. 12 pp. Type was hand-set by Judith Sherry Evans and the cover block was designed and engraved by Patricia Healy Evans. Presentation copy: "Byrne / It's all true--I thinks / Henry 2 Sep 54" written in ink on last page. Near fine.


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    Oyez: The Authorized Checklist by Bohn, Dave; Carpenter, John; Hawley, Robert

    Berkeley: [np], 1997. First Edition. Paperback. Like New. First edition, limited issue signed by press co-founder Hawley on rear limitation page, copy #47 of 50 such copies. 29, (2) pp. Offwhite jacket over stapled plain brown wraps. Fine in Fine jacket. An excellent copy of a bibliography of influential Northern California poetry publisher Oyez.


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    $125.00

    The Whistlers' Room. Translated from the German by Basil Creighton by (Woollcott, Alexander) Alverdes, Paul

    New York: Prvately Printed for the Friends of Alexander Woollcott, 1931. Number 36 of 75 copies privately printed for Alexander Woollcott. Designed by Frederic Warde. 78, [2]pp. 8vo. Original cloth, leather label, publisher's box. Some discoloration and wear to spine and label, spotting of box, else an excellent copy of this work. Warde, Frederic. Number 36 of 75 copies privately printed for Alexander Woollcott. Designed by Frederic Warde. 78, [2]pp. 8vo. ONE OF 75. From the library of Joseph P. Hennessey, Woolcott's longtime friend with his name printed on endpaper "Ex Libris Joseph P. Hennessey.


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    Voix De Noel. By Louis Frechette. San Francisco, Christmas, 1936 by Grabhorn Press (San Francisco)

    San Francisco: Grabhorn Press, 1936. 4to., Folded Sheet, Letterpress on Laid Paper with Deckled Edge. Very Good. One of 200; unnumbered. This is the Prospectus for a book, not the book itself.


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    The Song Of Deborah and Barak: taken from the fifth chapter of the Book of Judges; with a Latin verse translation by Munro, H. A. J. (transl.); Sebastian Carter (print.); James Northcote (art)

    Cambridge, England: Rampant Lions Press, 1956. 8vo. [16 pp.] String-bound Wraps, Letterpress on Laid Paper. Illustrated. VG+. #46 of 150 numbered copies printed by Sebastien Carter at the Rampant Lions Press, Cambridge with a fronstipiece reproduced by offset-lithography from a steel engraving after a painting by James Northcote, RA. From the Collection of the Book Designer Philip Grushkin (1921 - 1998).


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    The Origins (excerpt from Cemetery for the Living); Sickness by Barreto, Lima; Alcebiades Diniz Miguel

    São Paulo: Raphus Press, 2017. Excerpt from Barreto's unfinished novel 'Cemitério dos Vivos', on unease around women, first published in 1921; with an introductory anecdotal 'essay' on smells, pain & death; number 6 of 55 printed (plus a few publisher's copies). Paperback, color covers. Fine, appears unread. [24] pages, color illustrations from public domain sources.. First Edition. Paperback. Fine. 6¼" by 9¼".


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    Dr Wortle's School by Trollope, Anthony; Jacques, Robin [illus.]

    London: The Folio Society. VG : in Very good condition with cream slipcase. 1990. Reprint. Brown hardback board cover with brown cloth spine. 240mm x 150mm (9" x 6"). xviii, 199pp. Illustrated by Robin Jacques. .


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    Bibliotheca Smithiana, seu Catalogus Librorum D. Josephi Smithii Angli per Cognoma Authorum dispositus by (SMITH, Joseph)

    Finely engraved coat-of-arms on title. Title printed in red & black. 4 p.l., xliii, dxix (i.e. dxvii), [1], cccxlviii (i.e. ccclii), [3] pp. Thick large 4to, orig. publisher's vellum over boards, fleuron in gilt in center of covers with gilt fleurons in each corner, double gilt fillet round sides, spine gilt, brown morocco lettering piece on spine, a.e.g. Venice: Typis J.B. Pasquali, 1755. Third edition and the first complete edition of the catalogue of Smith's magnificent collection of incunabula and a few early manuscripts. Smith (1682-1770), was British Consul at Venice and, in 1765, sold his superb library to George III for 10,000 pounds. It thus became the nucleus of the "King's Library" and of the British Museum (now Library). This copy has the 352-page Appendix which reprints in full some 200 prefaces, dedications, and epilogues contained in incunabula - a unique anthology. Smith's library was rich in incunabula, early printed books, Italian literature, history, art, architecture, and antiquities. Horace Walpole sneered at Smith as "the merchant of Venice" who knew nothing of his books save their title-pages, but the censure is quite undeserved. Fine copy in the original publisher's binding. ❧ Gustave Brunet, Dictionnaire de Bibliologie Catholique, col. 625. De Ricci, pp. 54-55. Taylor, Book Catalogues, pp. 261-62.


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    Poema del Almacen (Poem of the Grocery Store) by Ediciones Dos Amigos. Molinari, Ricardo E

    Buenos Aires: Ediciones Dos Amigos, 1982. One of 28 copies on Chinese Rice paper from a total issue of 31: 3 on Guarro paper and 28 on Chinese Rice paper (this copy). Page size: 9-1/8 inches x 7 inches; 16pp. Bound: loose in publisher's brown wrappers printed in black and red, housed in publisher's orange cloth clamshell box, author, title and date printed in black on front cover.


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