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    $200.00

    AN ATTRACTIVELY PLAYFUL AND COLORFUL COLLECTION OF EPHEMERA PRINTED BY FRIDOLF JOHNSON AT HIS MERMAID PRESS by (Johnson, Fridolf; and The Mermaid Press)

    New York: The Mermaid Press, mid-1950s-mid-1980s.. mid-1950s-mid-1980s.. Fine. - sc 50 individual items of ephemera plus 10 duplicates, printed on stock of various sizes & colors in variously colored inks, most of them illustrated with decorations or vignettes. 3 of the pieces have creases at their edges; 7 pieces have the remnants of mounting tape on the versos. Else, all are fine. <p>The ephemera include such items as Christmas greetings, calendars, tributes and type samples. Among them are a New York City item with a decorative letter "B" surrounded by playful blue vignettes and iconic place names [Bronx Zoo, Broadway, BMT, The Bowery and Brooklyn Botanical Gardens]; an apologetic late Christmas card from Fridolf Johnson and his wife to their friends with the caption "oops! our Christmas card ended up in the Soup" above a reproduction from Merry's Museum depicting a Santa carousing in a bowl marked "Christmas"; an announcement that "now that the hammering and painting is over" at the Architectural League, the Typophile Luncheons will be held there once again--decorated with birds and pointing fingers directed towards a building in blue; a proposed watermark for Herbert Farrier; a 1960 Mermaid Press brochure, "a brief description of its work and its collection of types", including a page of four type samples and a delightful sample of decorative color vignettes; an illustrated October calendar page; a birthday greeting to Eleanor F. Steiner-Prag decorated with "A specially picked Bouquet of TYPE-ogenous Flowers"; a Christmas and New Year greeting from the employees to the tenants of 336 Central Park West; and a playful membership certificate for members of the New York Chappel of Private Presses.


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    $50.00

    A note on the Latin preface to Eric Gill's introduction for his Engravings, 1929 by Shewring, Walter; Eric Gill

    San Francisco: The Black Vine Press, 1964. Booklet. Single sheet folded twice to make a 4-pp. booklet. Printed in black with proof corrections shown in red and a reproduction of an initial letter designed by Gill printed in black. Printed for the 1964 Joint Meeting of the Roxburghe - Zamorano Clubs. Some sunning to outer sheets, one corner bump, otherwise Near Fine. Scarce.


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    $2,500.00

    Portugalske Listy (Letters of a Portuguese Nun) by Alcoforado, Maria; Kysela, Frantisek (Illustrator)

    Prague: Nove Edice, 1910. First Thus. Very Good. Kysela, Frantisek. 35 p. Paper-covered boards. In Czech. Three chromolithographs after Kysela mounted on black paper with the original patterned tissue guards. Very Good condition. Outer wraps worn along edges, tips slightly exposed. Rebacked, with remnants of paper spine label scratched. All tissue guards intact. A scarce Czech-language edition of Alcofrado's Letters of a Portuguese Nun with beautiful illustrations in the late, Viennese-influenced art nouveau style, Jugendstil.


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    $50.00

    Venus and Cupid: An Impression in Prose after Velasquez in Colour by YOUNG, Filson

    London: Chiswick Press, 1906. Limited Edition. Hardcover. Very good. 28 cm. Frontipiece engraving of a female nude. Limited edition. Number 24 of 422, of which 350 were for sale in Great Britain. Vellum spine. Boards gently warped. Thumbing. Corners bumped. Spine a bit darkened. Inside, the pages are clean and text unmarked. Chiswick Press were the most frequently called upon printer for fine presses in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Alexander Bell Filson Young (1876-1938) was an Irish journalist and author of numerous works. While he wrote in a number of genres, this book would fall into his Aesthetic mode along the lines of other works by Young such as The Sands of Pleasure and The Wagner Stories. A beauticul collectable edition.


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    $4,400.00

    The Stanbrook Abbey Press, 1956-1990, and a Memoir of Dame Hildelith Cumming by The Abbess of Stanbrook (No. VI of XVII bound in inlaid Oasis leathers) by Butcher, David; Dreyfus, John (Introduction); Jamieson, Joanna, Dame, Abbess (Biographical Memoir)

    Risbury, Herefordshire: The Whittington Press, 1992. Limited Edition. Leather. Fine. One of 17 bound in inlaid Oasis leather, folio size, 227 pp., signed by David Butcher and Dame Joanna Jamieson. This work serves the dual purpose of being a bibliography of the work produced by the Stanbrook Abbey Press for over 30 years, as well as being, as is stated in the Foreword, "a tribute to a remarkable printer - Dame Hildelith Cumming - who achieved standards of perfection in the design and printing of her publications which earned the Stanbrook Abbey Press a place among the great Private Presses". Published by The Whittington Press, another great private press, the book is impeccably presented. ___DESCRIPTION: Bound in full in inlaid Oasis leathers presenting the silhouette of a habited nun with bowed head, top edge gilt, tan suede pastedown endpapers, tan laid paper free endpapers, frontispiece a black and white photograph of Dame Cumming reading in front of a mullioned window, title page in gold and black, five monochrome plates and forty leaves and illustrations all bound within the text, the first approximately 60 pages of the book discuss Dame Cumming and the history of the Press, with the remainder of the book being its bibliography; type Romulus, printed at the Whittington Press on Zerkall mould-made paper, small folio size (approximately 12.25" tall), pagination: (i)-xvi, (1)-225, etching of a habited nun at a printing press (226), colophon (227); limited edition of 350 total, this no. vi of xvii bound in inlaid Oasis leathers, signed on the colophon page by the author, David Butcher, and Dame Joanna Jamieson, then current Abbess of Stanbrook Abbey. The specimens are enclosed in a separate folio covered in black laid paper with a black leather spine, with a listing of Portfolio Contents tipped into the inside front cover, itemizing the 30 specimens enclosed. Both are enclosed in a drop-back box covered in black cloth, black leather spine label with gilt lettering. ___CONDITION: Fine, with the leather binding being smooth and supple, a strong, square text block, solid hinges, perfectly straight corners with no rubbing, the interior is clean and bright, and it is entirely free of prior owner markings; there are some natural gradations of colour on the leather binding and the bottom corners show a tad of rubbing, else the book is crisp, as new. The folio and specimens are also fine; the specimens may have a shallow bend on the occasional piece but they are almost all in fine condition - the paper label itemizing the pieces does have a spot of minor soiling, else fine. The drop-back box enclosing both items is near fine, strong and sturdy, with some overall dustiness. ___POSTAGE: International customers, note that additional postage may apply; please inquire 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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    $7,700.00

    The Departure of the Argonaut by Savinio, Alberto [Andrea Francesco Alberto deChirico] (Author); Scrivani, George (Translator); Clemente, Francesco (Artist)

    (London): Petersburg Press, 1986. Limited Edition. Soft cover. Fine. Clemente, Francesco. No. 98 of 200, total 288, double elephant size, signed by artist Francesco Clemente. In this volume, Clemente has illuminated Alberto Savinio's (1891-1952) autobiographical wartime voyage in 1917. By overlaying words with brightly coloured images and colours, Clemente creates an energy and rhythm to augment the author's expansive musings. Clemente used an considerable range of lithographic techniques including stones, aluminum plates, and acetates. He drew with standard litho crayons and tuesche, but also used graphite and graphite washes, rapidographs and pen and ink, transfer paper and various blotting techniques, achieving a remarkable variety of visual effects (N. B., info from Museum of Modern Art, 1986). Acting as a dark shaman of the post-modern era while reacting against the dominance of increasing abstraction in preceding generations, Francesco Clemente (b. 1952) helped reinvigorate painting by using recognizable human figures as his primary subject. In idiosyncratic and arresting images, he uses Neo-Expressionist techniques to represent late twentieth century people and their psychological conditions - fundamentally questioning what is real and what is of value to the human spirit. Clemente depicts many of the darker, unspoken or conflicting psychological aspects of being human, significantly updating earlier art movements of the late modern era, drawing on Surrealism's dream-like extensions and transgressions of ordinary daily life, and building on Expressionism's revelations of interior emotional states (N. B., info from The Art Story). ___DESCRIPTION: This volume is beautifully soft-bound in cream Okawara paper with black and red text, includes 61 hand-printed lithographs (46 in colour and 15 in black and white) by Francesco Clemente on cream French-fold Okawara 60 gsm mold made Kozo paper, rough-cut on top and bottom edges; unpaginated, double elephant size (25.75" tall), signed by artist Francesco Clemente, Limited edition no. 98 of 200, total 288; Translator's Notes laid in; clamshell box bound in cream linen, embossed image on the cover. ___CONDITION: Book, Translator's Notes, and box are all in fine condition with no scuffs, markings, or wear; clean and as new, entirely free of prior owner markings. ___POSTAGE: Due to size and weight, additional postage will apply; we are happy to ship at cost to both domestic and international customers, please inquire 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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    $350.00

    AN ACCOUNT OF THE MAKING OF THE OXFORD LECTERN BIBLE - INSCRIBED BY BRUCE ROGERS TO THE INDUSTRIAL DESIGNER, ARTIST & TYPOGRAPHER GUSTAV JENSEN by Rogers, Bruce

    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Lanston Monotype Machine Company, [1936]., [1936].. Fine. - Quarto, 11-1/4 inches high by 8-1/8 inches wide. Softcover, bound in light blue stapled wraps titled with an attractive dingbat in black on the front cover. 15 pages, plus a colophon printed on the verso of the front cover, and illustrated with an additional 4 page facsimile of pages from the Bible. Near fine. <p>First edition.<p>Inscribed and signed in pencil by Bruce Rogers at the top of the first page to the Danish-American industrial designer, artist and typographer Gustav Jensen.<p>An additional prospectus for this publication, also advertising the Oxford Lectern Bible, titled "A Keepsake For Collectors of Rogersiana" is laid in at the front.<p>"We therefore consider it a privilege to have the opportunity to present to you the attached booklet, written and designed by Mr. Rogers, and keyboarded and cast on the Monotype Typecasting Machine in 18-point Bible Centaur, the type used in the Oxford Bible". [Quoted from the enclosed prospectus].<p>The Danish-born industrial designer, artist & typographer Gustav Jensen (1898-1954) settled in New York City and produced book jacket designs, bindings, advertising and packaging. A designer to industry, as he referred to himself, he designed the Monel Metal sink for International Nickel Company, a telephone for AT&T and a water heater for L.O. Koven & Bro. A pioneer in industrial design, he was featured in a 1934 Fortune Magazine article along with Loewy, Dreyfuss & Teague, and was Paul Rand's mentor. According to Steven Heller's June 20, 2011 article in Print Magazine "Jensen's approach was decorative but not overly ornate.... Advertising, he suggested, is only useful when it is beautiful...." His most enduring, and most well-known, packaging design was the packaging and jar for Golden Blossom Honey with retains much the same look as when he created it in the 1920s.


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    $248.00

    Miniature Books by Koopman, Harry Lyman

    Los Angeles: Dawson's Book Shop, 1968. Limited Edition. Full Vellum. Near fine. One of 400 copies, unnumbered, miniature - up to 2" tall. 113 pp. The last book designed by Bruce Rogers, printed by Grabhorn-Hoyem and therefore the only miniature book done by one of the Grabhorns. This miniature book is all about miniature books and is a miniature one can actually read - a thoughtful treatise by Harry Koopman (1860-1937), a highly-regarded bookman who served as Brown University's librarian from 1893 to 1930, and an author and poet in his own right. ___DESCRIPTION: Full white vellum, navy blue decorations at the joints, navy blue lettering on the spine, miniature prior owner bookplate with Hebrew lettering, some red lettering on the title and copyright pages, a red initial capital letter on the first page of text, each page of text with a blue border; miniature in size (less than 2" tall), pagination: (i)-x, (1)-103, one of 400 copies printed. ___CONDITION: Overall near fine, with a strong, square text block, solid hinges, the interior is clean and bright, and other than the bookplate referred to above, it is entirely free of prior owner markings; there is some dustiness to the vellum and the corners are gently bumped, else fine. ___POSTAGE: International customers, please note that additional postage may apply, please contact seller 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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    $4,400.00

    Demons, Imps & Fiends (WITH ORIGINAL PENCIL SKETCH BY BASKIN) by Baskin, Leonard

    [Northampton, Mass.]: The Gehenna Press, 1976. Limited Edition. Hardcover. Near Fine. Baskin, Leonard. No. 107 of 450 copies, quarto size, 42 pp., inscribed by Leonard Baskin. Leonard Baskin (1922-2000) was an artistic genius whose works almost defy categorization. Eminent in sculpting, illustration, printmaking and also as a typographer and printer, he pursued multiple art forms all of which have, as an underlying thread, social consciousness and a high regard for humanity (N.B., above information from the website of the Galerie St. Etienne). Mr. Baskin founded The Gehenna Press in 1942 while at Yale University, taking his inspiration from William Blake's example as both a poet and an artist/bookmaker. This book, published by the Gehenna Press in 1976, contains 19 drawings by Baskin of various mythological and frightening humans and beasts, and features an ORIGINAL PENCIL SKETCH of the head and upper body of a skeleton, signed by him and dated 1992; on the facing page he inscribed the work: "for ----- from Leonard Baskin". ___DESCRIPTION: Bound in marbled paper boards, black leather spine label with gilt lettering, plain endpapers, blue paper title page printed in red and black, the original pencil sketch on the recto of the flyleaf prior to the title page with the inscription facing, the sole text in the book following the title page comprised of a quote from St. Bernard of Clairvaux, the book was printed by Harold McGrath in the autumn of 1976 "on various interesting papers" (per the book's colophon). The printed illustrations are indeed on various papers both in type and colour, one printed in red and black and the rest printed all in black. Quarto size (approximately 11.25" tall), unpaginated with 20 printed leaves (all type and illustrations on rectos only), limited edition of 450 copies, this no. 107, SIGNED BY BASKIN on the colophon page in addition to the personal inscription at the front, prior bookseller ticket at the bottom of the rear pastedown. ___CONDITION: Overall near fine, with a strong, square text block, solid hinges, straight corners with a minimum of rubbing, the interior is clean and bright, and other than Mr. Baskin's sketch and inscription it is entirely free of prior owner markings; there is some light overall edgewear, else fine. ___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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    $5,500.00

    Impossibility by Crawford, Robert; Saltzwedel, Caroline (Artist)

    Hamburg: Hirundo Press, 1998. First and Limited Edition. Folio in a case. Fine. Saltzwedel, Caroline. First edition in book form, number 10 of 25 copies, elephant folio size, [56] pp., signed by Robert Crawford and Caroline Saltzwedel. The first artists' book published by Hirundo Press. The text of "Impossibility" was first published on 18 September 1997 in the "London Review of Books", this is the first illustrated edition published in book form. Caroline Saltzwedel, born in England, has lived in Hamburg since 1995 as a graphic artist and painter. She studied German at the Universities of Durham, Oxford and Bonn, and printed graphics at the Ruskin School of Fine Art, Oxford. In 1998 she founded the Hirundo Press for artists' books in small editions; her works are in numerous public and private collections including the Deutsche Nationalbibliothek, the British Library, the Bodleian Library, Stanford University, and the Widener Library (Harvard) among many others. Robert Crawford is a Scottish poet, scholar and critic, his main focus being in Post-Enlightenment Scottish literature. This poem was written shortly after the birth of his daughter, and deals with "female heroism". It tells the story of the Scottish writer Margaret Oliphant (1828-1897), who wrote over a hundred books during her lifetime, including novels, short stories, biographies and translations, all to feed her large family. The level and output of her work would, by today's standards, be "impossible" - hence the placement of this poem in an undersea, "impossible" world. A marvellous marriage of the Crawford's poems and Saltzwedel's images, which must be read to be appreciated: "Where my husband's buried and where I watched my baby / Die in my arms; I am pulverisingly / Penniless, fortunate, and very tired; / In the early hours, weathered by children's breathing, / Chapters drift up among sluggish cuttlefish, / I see the passing lights of hulls above" (Section V). ___DESCRIPTION: Fourteen loose folios, fore-edges uncut, the first being the title-page printed in blue and black, followed by twelve folios presenting five stanzas of the poem on the left and original three-color etchings on the right, each signed, dated and and numbered by the artist in pencil, all with tissue guards, the final folio being "notes"and the colophon; Dante-Antiqua type, Velin BFK Rives Blanc paper, elephant folio size (15" by 11"), [56] unnumbered pages, limited edition, this number 10 of 25 copies, signed by Robert Crawford and Caroline Saltzwedel. Housed in blue cloth fall-down-back box, with the title stamped in dark blue to the upper cover, lined with grey paper; the box measuring 16" by 12". ___CONDITION: The folios are all fine, clean and without wear; like new. The box is also fine, strong and sturdy, without wear; a few almost imperceptible white marks on the front cover, overall a fine production. ___PROVENANCE: From a private collector who acquired this work directly from Ms. Saltzwedel. ___POSTAGE: Please note that this is a large and heavy volume, and additional postage may apply; please inquire 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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    $1,700.00

    The Disappeared and Other Poems by Pinter, Harold; Bevan, Tony [Illustrator]

    London: Enitharmon Editions, 2002. First Edition. Hardcover. Like New. De luxe edition. Includes color print "Violet Interior" signed in pencil by Tony Bevan, #35 of 75 in wallet. Book #31 of 75. Signed by Pinter and Bevan on rear limitation page. First edition. Fine in Fine original slipcase. Poetry by the Nobel-winning playwright, director, and actor.


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    $300.00

    The Forest by Rodney, Janet and Nathaniel Tarn and John Digby (illustrator)

    Mount Horeb, Wisconsin: Perishable Press (Walter Hamady), 1978 . Original handmade paper covers. 25 x 17 cm. 24 page surfaces, 17 printed. Edition of 190 numbered copies. Fine. Two Decades of Hamady and the Perishable Press Limited, no. 89. 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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    $800.00

    La Chasse au Snark: une Agonie en Huit Crises [The Hunting of the Snark] by Carroll, Lewis; translated par Aragon

    Chapelle-Réanville - Eure: Hours Press, 1929. First French edition of Carroll's nonsense poem, translated by the surrealist Louis Aragon and published by Nancy Cunard's avant garde Hours Press in an edition of 360 SIGNED by the translator, of which this is number 72. Oversized hardcover, red boards, black titling. Worn, edges chipped, small stains; small bookplate inside front cover; spine replaced. Text clean; [6], 29 pages + colophon.. Signed by the Translator. First French Edition. Hard Cover. Good/No Jacket. 8¾" by 12".


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    $65.00

    WHEN WE BELONGED TO SPAIN; Old California Tales by GREGORY, Susan Myra

    Nevada City, California: Harold Berliner, 1983. First Edition. Cloth-backed cloth over boards. As New/Custom Clear Mylar. (xxi) 50 pages. First Edition. Decorations by Wolfgang Lederer. #199 of a limited edition of 375 copies, printed by Harold Berliner of Nevada City, California. Printed on Ragston paper in Lutetia type and with Romulus for the footnotes. Edited with a foreword and notes by John D. Short, Jr.. Introduction by Prof. Charles E. Chapman, University of California, Berkeley. Dark brown cloth-backed light brown cloth; gilt spine titling. 6 3/4" x 9 3/4". A collection of stories from the "Californios", pre-statehood period of California history, related by Susan Myra Gregory, who provided John Steinbeck with the background material for "Tortilla Flat". An As New copy, now in a custom, clear mylar protective jacket. ALWAYS FREE SHIPPING of books via media mail to any United States address.


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    $350.00

    TYPED LETTER SIGNED by JON WEBB, founder, with his wife Louise (Gypsy Lou), of LOUJON PRESS. by (Loujon Press). Webb, Jon Edgar. Founder, with his wife Louise (Gypsy Lou), of Loujon Press (1960)

    Tucson, AZ: May 13, 1967., 1967.. Fine. - sc Small quarto [9-3/4 inches high by 8-1/2 inches wide]. 1-1/3 single-spaced typed pages on olive green Loujon Press letterhead. Dated "5/13/67". Boldly signed in red ink "Jon (& Louise) Webb". Folded twice for mailing. Near fine. <p>A wonderful letter addressed to a writer, in which Webb regrets that he cannot include the scripts which he has sent him in his literary review Outsider #4. Webb then launches into a poignant description of the terrible financial difficulties facing the press: "...We went broke doing a few books from going overboard on format, and now hope only from the Miller book to get a press to replace the one we've got which has done its last job. / We need an angel, and we know one will pop up eventually, but we need one now. We feel pretty sure we'll have enough to make the initial payment on the press, but there'll be a lot of paper, ink and new type, and other things that cost plenty, for we use the best stock in our printing, best everything. That always kills profit. / Rare book dealers are now making dough on our productions. Gotham Book Mart and others sell first 3 issues of the Outsider for 17.50 for the set of 3, and we're out of #1 and #3, so can't sell a set to any one...."<p>Jon Edgar and "Gypsy Lou" Webb founded the Loujon Press in the French Quarter of New Orleans in 1960. The press's literary review the Outsider was hailed by the Village Voice and the New York Times as one of the best of its day and featured such authors as Charles Bukowski, Allen Ginsberg, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Robert Creeley, Denise Levertov and Walter Lowenfels. Outsider #4, referred to in the letter, was eventually combined with Outsider #5 and was the last issue published. The press also published two collections of early poetry by Bukowski, and books by Henry Miller. The Miller book mentioned in the letter is "Insomnia", published in 1970.


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    $60.00

    Take a Letter. A Selection of 9 Broadsides by Oxford Guild of Printers

    Oxfordshire: Guild of Printers, 5 January 2002,. 4to. 9 letterpress broadsides relative to Oxford by Ruth Bader, Claire and David Bolton, Ray Clench, Tom Colverson, Simon Haigh, Ron Moss and Peter White.


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    $193.00

    Matrix 6; A Review For Printers and Bibliophiles by Randle, John (Editor and Publisher); Contributions by: Gibbings, Robert; Cave, Roderick; Gerry, Vance; Dreyfus, John; Storhaug, Glenn; Freutel, Scott; Macgregor, Miriam; Schmoller, Tanya; Forster, Peter; Richardson, Maureen; Flavell, Anne; Marx, Enid; K

    Manor Farm, Andoversford, Gloucestershire: The Whittington Press, 1986. Limited Edition. Soft cover. Near Fine. Gerry, Vance; Sandford, Lettice. Number 766 of 800 copies bound in stiff wrappers, of a total edition of 900, quarto size, 187 pp., with an order form for "Matrix 7" slipped in. The original concept for "Matrix" was prompted by a desire to see two typescripts in print, a commentary by Paul Morgan on the diary of a pressman at the Shakespeare Head Press, and "Brocard Sewell's essay on the wood-engraver Edward Walters". It was decided to make a single publication of them all, and around this time the Whittington Press bought its first Monotype keyboard and caster, and thus began the evolution of the publication into an annual that enjoyed over thirty years in print and is considered the finest publication on the book arts. This is number six, published for Winter 1986, with an engraving on the half-title by Vance Gerry, and a frontispiece wood-engraving by Lettice Sandford of Eye Manor which originally appeared as the Sandfords' Christmas card for 1938. The volume fairly explodes with illustrations of all types: contents include two pages of black-and-white photographs of Christopher Sandford reproduced on glossy paper; a tipped-in fold-out map of the Castle Press circa 1943; eight color plates printed on glossy paper, reproducing ephemera from the Double Crown Club; a glossy black-and-white plate with an image of a proof page from the printing of "Ulysses", and a photo of the press; a fold-out specimen printed by Patrick Reagh, with text by Guy Locke, and typographical teapots by Peter Shire; some photographs of Patrick Reagh in the studio, reproduced in black-and-white on glossy paper; leaves from "Weeds in my Garden" published by the Whittington Press; tipped-in samples of Chinese paper and woodblock prints; numerous printer's devices; handmade paper samples; photographs of the John Johnson Collection at the Bodleian Library, reproduced in black-and-white on glossy paper; an original fold-out broadside for "Ham on Rye" from the Black Sparrow Press; a selection of Black Sparrow covers reproduced in black-and-white on glossy paper; "Some Examples of Jobbing Printing done at the Rampant Lion Press" tipped-in; some examples of Eric Gill's work reproduced in black-and-white on glossy paper; the original "Horus" by David Wishart, printed at The Hayloft Press and mounted to a single page; a tipped-in photo reproduction of hieroglyphs in a case at OUP; a photograph of John DePol and the cover of his book "The Old Printing Office" reproduced in black-and-white on glossy paper; tipped-in eight-page "Wood-engraved Patterns" by John DePaul, in colour printed from the original blocks; eight pages of glossy black-and-white photo reproductions referenced in Brooke Crutchley's essay "'Congeniality' in the Typography of Books"; facsimile from "Two Dutch Poems" 1974; a facsimile from Rudolf Koch's 36-point Wilhelm-Klingspor-Schrift, printed by Duensing; four pages of glossy black-and-white photo reproductions relating to John O'Connor; a tailpiece vinyl engraving by Vance Gerry printed in green; and a tipped-in black-and-white photo reproduction of "An Unfortunate Occurrence. . .". ___DESCRIPTION: Pale green stiff wrappers with title printed in dark green, text in black, and two wood-engravings to the the upper wrapper, numerous tipped-in illustrations and ephemera, numerous half-tones and color plates (see above for details); Monotype Caslon type, Sommerville Laid and Zerkall Halbmatt papers, quarto size (11.25" by 8"), pagination: [i-iv] 1-182 [183], this number 766 of 800 copies printed in stiff wrappers, of a total edition of 900, with an order form for "Matrix 7" slipped in. ___CONDITION: A near fine copy, the wraps clean with only minor wear, internally bright and complete, text block is tight, no prior owner markings, near fine overall and a wonderful example of the glorious multitude of type and illustration being done by highly talented members of the Book Arts profession. ___POSTAGE: International customers, please note that additional postage may apply as the standard does not always cover costs; please inquire 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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    $65.00

    Fairy of the Natchez Trace by Welty, Eudora

    Jackson: Mississippi Historical Society, 1975. Transcript of a paper read by the author to the Mississippi Historical Society, discussing her first novel, The Robber Bridegroom, and its origins in Mississippi's history & folk-lore. Small hardcover book, light wear, some fading to spine & front cover; no jacket, likely as issued. Stated first printing, limited to 1000 copies printed letterpress by the Heritage Press of North Carolina. Text clean; 27 pages + colophon, finely printed.. First Edition. Hard Cover. Very Good/No Jacket. 5¼" by 8¼".


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    $550.00

    Jupiter and the Nun [PRESENTATION COPY TO HUGH WALPOLE] by Wellesley, Dorothy

    London: The Hogarth Press, Printed & Published by Leonard & Virgina Woolf, 1932. First and Limited Edition. Hardcover. Good +. Octavo size, [8] pp., inscribed by Dorothy Wellesley. Limited edition of 360 total, of which 250 were signed by the author; this is number 25, and is inscribed by Dorothy Wellesley (1889-1956) to Hugh Walpole (1884-1941); both authors in the Bloomsbury period of London literature, they apparently knew each other well: they both served on committees that advised Hilda Matheson, former director of the BBC and the first director of the Joint Broadcasting Committee for the Ministry of Information. This book was the last hand-printed by Leonard and Virginia Woolf at The Hogarth Press, the last before Virginia Woolf sold her shares of the Press in 1938. ___DESCRIPTION: Light blue decorated paper boards, blue lettering on the front, matching patterned endpapers, limitation statement with author's inscription on the verso of the flyleaf, octavo size (approximately 8.5" tall), unpaginated with four leaves total. ___CONDITION: Better than good, with some overall wear and light soiling to the boards, a bit of foxing internally, and some rubbing to the corners; the sewn binding is somewhat loose but holding well, other than the aforementioned foxing the book is clean and bright internally, and 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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    $79.95

    Frames of Mind: The Brandstead Press -by Bernadette Rule (signed), Illustrated By G Brender a Brandis (signed )( # 85 of 100 Signed and Numbered Copies ) by Rule, Bernadette (signed); Illustrated By G Brender a Brandis (signed) / Brandstead Press

    Carlisle, Ontario: Carlisle, ON: The Brandstead Press / G Brender a Brandis, 1985, 1st Edition, First Printing , 1985. -----------hardcover, about 4 x 5 inches, a Fine copy, no dustjacket as issued, in a Fine sleeve which is in a lightly rubbed Near Fine slipcase, signed by both, # 85 of 100 signed copies, difficult to tell but there might be a wee bit of sunning to the spine of the book, any image directly beside this listing is the actual book and not a generic photo ///SIGNED///. Signed. First Edition. Hard Cover. Fine (see description)/No Jacket as issued. Illus. by G Brender a Brandis.


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    THE BOOK OF 2 EDRAS. A LEAF FROM A BIBLIA LATINA, PRINTED BY ANTON KOBERGER IN NUREMBERG IN 1479. by EARLY PRINTING - INCUNABULA

    Nuremberg, Germany: Anton Koberger, 1479. A large folio leaf of incunabula, from the 51-line Biblia Latina printed by Anton Koberger on August 6, 1479 at Nurenburg. Text is from 2 Esdras, Chapters11-13. The leaf measures 410 x 287 mm. Double column, 51 lines of Gothic type in Vulgate Latin, with versal letters in red & blue. Touch of wear to lower corner. Hain 3072, Goff B564, Oates 993, Proctor 1993.


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    THE TRAGEDY OF JULIUS CAESAR by (Vale Press). Shakespeare, William

    (Ballantyne Press for the Vale Press, 1900).. 1900).. Good. - Octavo, olive green cloth titled in gilt with decorations in gilt on the spine & with multiple frames & decorations in blind on both covers. The binding is lightly rubbed & bumped with a tiny scratch to the cloth of the front cover & creasing to the bottom corner of the rear cover. lxxxviii pages plus colophon, unopened. There is an owner's bookplate tipped onto the front pastedown. The book is lightly cracked at page lvi and the rear endpaper & pastedown are darkened with a small stain to the bottom edge of the endpaper. There is damage to the bottom corner of the rear pastedown with the cloth creased & small pieces out of the paper & out of the bottom edges of 3 rear leaves. Despite its flaws, the contents of the book, with Ricketts' elaborate floral decorations, are bright & very attractive. The colophon reads: "This edition of Julius Caesar has been seen through the press by T. S. Moore. Decorated by Charles Ricketts under whose supervision the book has been printed at the Ballantyne Press M.D.C.C.C.C."


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    Overland Journey of Joseph Francl: The First Bohemian to Cross the Plains to the California Gold Fields by Brautigan, Richard (Introduction); Francl, Joseph; Oberhaus, Patricia (Illustrations)

    San Francisco: William P. Wreden, 1968. First THUS. Hardcover. Like New. First thus. Fine. Printed paper boards with white spine label. In original plain paper jacket with small chip in back panel, slight rubbing. A Czech immigrant's diary of his wild west experiences, reprinted many years later in an edition of 540 copies by a San Francisco book dealer, who solicited an introduction by Trout Fishing in America author and poet Richard Brautigan. Brautigan's talents as well as those of the illustrator were in full bloom (as were the '60s) and the book production reinvigorates the spirit of the original narrative.


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    Chu Chi: The Story of a Chinese Girl by Shaler, Clarence Addison

    Pasadena: Courtenay Monsen, 1928. Finely printed story of a Chinese girl falling for an American boy; alas, their love is doomed. Wealthy entrepreneur and sculptor's second book. Hardcover, quarter tan cloth over grey & green printed decorated boards. Corners bumped and rubbed, showing the boards; endsheets lightly foxed. 26 pages, two b/w plates by Helen Laudermilk. . First Edition. Hard Cover. Very Good/No Jacket. Illus. by Helen G. Laudermilk. 7½" by 10¼".


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    What Ought I To Do?: Sayings of the Desert Fathers, from the Collection in Migne's Latin Patrology by Merton, Thomas

    Lexington, KY: Stamperia del Santuccio, 1959. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good. First edition. Copy #1 of 50 copies signed and numbered by Thomas Merton on the front free endpaper. [ii], 36, [1, colophon] pp. Original blue-gray boards. Plain white wraps over slightly-stained very good dust jacket, book itself near fine with a few reading smudges. Printed by Victor Hammer.


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