A Granjon Arabesque
Marcham, England: The Alembic Press, 1998. Approximately 2 1/2 x 2 3/4". 71 pp. First Edition. LIMITED EDITION of 140 copies. Decorated paper boards with printed labels, accordion fold-out sections, numerous black and white arabesque patterns, cast in 9/10 point Old Style by David Bolton, designed, printed, and bound by Claire Bolton, in fine condition.
Nearly all the Alembic Press's books are about, or illustrate, aspects of letterpress printing, type, illustration, or paper and bookbinding. This beautiful miniature explores Monotype Arabesque units 310-315. An arabesque is a "repeat decorative pattern that incorporates some life form such as leaves, birds or flowers." These patterns were thought to have been designed by Robert Granjon around 1565 in Antwerp.
Spartanburg, SC: Kitemaug Press, 1996. (27) pp. 3 x 2 1/4", oblong; LIMITED EDITION of 40 copies, this being #13. Purple boards, printed label on cover, letterpress, accordion fold opens up to 76 1/2 inches, hand-colored illustrations, in fine condition. (Bradbury, Kitemaug Press 84)
A lovely ABC book, with each page showing a hat corresponding to the alphabet. A few examples are N is for Night cap, S if for Stetson, and T is for Tam-o-shanter.
A Jury of His Peers
Prentice-Hall 1975 first edition, first printing. Book is tight and square in very good condition. Dust jacket is fair with some edge wear, chips, creases and corner bumping. Interior is clean, no bookstore stamps or writing. Age toning is present as is common in books of this vintage.
A Letter from John Steinbeck Explaining Why He Could Not Write an Introduction for This Book
New York: Random House, 1964. 8 pp. Approx. 6 1/4 x 9 1/4". Printed orange wrappers with black ink, in original mailing envelope (which has a slight corner crease), both in fine condition. (Goldstone & Payne A41)
Steinbeck's introduction to "The Thinking Dog's Man" by Ted Patrick, was issued separately in advance of the book as a promotional item; no copies were for sale. This copy once belonged to veteran Milwaukee bookseller Harry Schwartz (the mailing envelope bears his address). A fine, fresh copy in the original printed mailing envelope of this very scarce Steinbeck "A" item.
A Moveable Feast
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1964. 211 pp. Approximately 5 3/4 x 8 1/2". Illustrated jacket is in very good condition, with only a tiny bit of wear at the bottom edges and some rubbings, original price of $4.95 on the front flap. Grey paper over boards with rust quarter-bound cloth, crisp gilt lettering on spine and both covers, first edition indicated with A-3.64[H] on the copyright page, top edge stained grey, upper board lifts slightly away from text block, otherwise in very good + condition. Overall, a lovely copy.
Ernest Hemingway (1899 - 1961) was an American writer who won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1953 and the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1954. This book is about the author's life in the twenties in Paris, including his encounters with Gertrude Stein, Ezra Pound, Ford Madox, and Scott Fitzgerald. A ringing endorsement from the rear flap reads, "One can only suggest the experiences awaiting the reader of this book in which a master of literature in full command of every technique of his art relives these bright chapters of his youth."
A Mystery on Skates
Portsmouth, OH: Gilguy Press, 1994. 36 pp. Approximately 2 1/4 x 3". LIMITED EDITION of 200 copies, this being #27. Patterned cloth over boards with silver label on front cover, letterpress, signed on the colophon by the publisher, in fine condition. (Bradbury, Gilguy #10)
A short story from "Peterson's Magazine", published in 1864, regarding a mysterious veiled skater at a local frozen pond.
A Natural History of Birds and Beasts; shewing the character and properties of each animal
London: J. Wallis, 1801. 32 pp. + 16 unnumbered leaves of plates. approx. 2 1/8 x 3 3/4". Original pink boards with blue label pasted down on front cover, illustrated with copper plates, a few of which have been hand colored, some wear to covers, text block split in the middle to expose the spine, in very good + condition.
Printed for John Wallis (died 1818) who was best known as a publisher of board games, although he was also a bookseller, music seller and cartographer. This is a rare natural history book for children and is in wonderful condition, considering the audience it was intended for. Only in 7 institutions on Worldcat.
A Sad Story About Chocolate
[Berkeley, CA]: never mind the press, 1989. 22 pp. Approximately 5 1/2 x 4 1/4", oblong. LIMITED EDITION of 100, this being #70. Silver covers, black spine with title, front cover has a 1" scratch near the spine, photocopied handwritten text and line drawings, linocut chocolate bar on card stock, numbered on the colophon, signed on the title page, in near-fine conditon.
Book Artist and author Alisa Golden is well-known with many institutions holding her innovative material. She received a BFA in Printmaking with High Distinction in 1985 from California College of the Arts (formerly CCAC). This book is about the fictional, political history of chocolate. "Once upon a time, before there were shopping malls, chocolate had legs."
A Walk Through a Country Graveyard; The Early Dead of Lucasville
Portsmouth, OH: Gilguy Press, 1993. 32 pp. Approximately 2 x 2 1/2". LIMITED EDITION of 400 copies, this being #9. Green cloth over boards with gold label on front cover, letterpress, woodcut frontispiece, signed on the colophon by the publisher, in fine condition. (Bradbury, Gilguy #6)
A little bit of colorful history of the town of Lucasville, located in Scioto County in Southern Ohio.
A Year of Prophesying
New York: Macmillan Company, 1925. 352 pp. Approximately 5 1/4 x 7 1/2". 1st edition. Red cloth over boards with title panelled and blind stamped on front cover, gilt title on spine, no dust jacket, minor foxing on page edges, otherwise, very good plus condition.
Herbert George Wells (1866 - 1946) is often called the "father of science fiction" along with Jules Verne and Hugo Gernsback. A Year of Prophesying is a collection of 55 essays by Wells, written for newspaper columns between 1923 and 1924. An insightful view of early 20th century history.