London: Michael Joseph, 1997. 6 x 9 1/2". 272 pp. First edition; Pictorial dust jacket in fine condition; Black cloth over boards with gilt stamped lettering on spine, signed by the author on the title page, in fine condition.
In Dick Francis' 36th novel, Benedit Juliard is an amateur jockey whose father has political ambitions which end up embroiling them both in lies and treachery. Born Richard Stanley Francis (1920 - 2010), Dick Francis was a British crime writer whose novels were mostly centered on horse racing in England (he was a former steeplechase jockey himself).
12 Canons of Conduct (Founding Fathers' Rule Books series)
Salisbury, CT: Lime Rock Press, 1985. 2 1/8 x 2 1/2". 64 pp. Blue paper wrappers, black lettering on cover along with facsimile signature, illustrated portrait on rear cover, printed by offset lithography, in fine condition. (Bradbury, Lime Rock 23)
Thomas Jefferson frequently wrote to his 13 grandchildren but especially to his 9-year old granddaughter Cornelia Jefferson Randolph. He sent her a handwritten book called "A Dozen Canons of Conduct in Life", which is reproduced in this miniature. All of these canons are still applicable today, such as "Pride costs us more than hunger, thirst and cold" or "When angry, count 10 before you speak; if very angry, 100".
12 Correspondence Notes by Edward Gorey for New York City Ballet
New York: New York City Ballet, (ca 1975). Boxed set of 12 correspondence note cards illustrated by Edward Gorey. Four designs and three cards of each design, along with 12 blank envelopes. Enclosed in red cardboard box which has been creased on one side, a clear plastic cover with a small tear, lid taped shut with what appears to be the original tape when it was sold, so never opened, very good condition. Cards are in fine condition. (Toledano p. 159).
Gorey was a huge fan of the George Ballanchine New York City Ballet. He had an almost perfect attendance for the years 1956 - 1983. He would give back to the ballet by designing items that they could sell, including cards and buttons.
13 Virtues and Precepts (Founding Fathers' Rule Books series)
Salisbury, CT: Lime Rock Press, 1985. 2 1/8 x 2 1/2". 64 pp. Tan paper wrappers, black lettering on cover along with facsimile signature, illustrated portrait on rear cover, printed by offset lithography, in fine condition. (Bradbury, Lime Rock 21)
Reproduced portions of Benjamin Franklin's Autobiography, this book demonstrates the 12 virtuous habits that Ben Franklin set out for himself as a young man. He practiced them daily. Later in life, a friend encouraged him to add "humility" as a 13th virtue and Ben did, although he said he didn't really perfect it, just the appearance of perfecting it. An inspirational read!
14 Rules of Civility (Founding Fathers' Rule Books series)
Salisbury, CT: Lime Rock Press, 1985. 2 1/8 x 2 1/2". 64 pp. Red paper wrappers, black lettering on cover along with facsimile signature, illustrated portrait on rear cover, printed by offset lithography, in fine condition. (Bradbury, Lime Rock 22)
Reproduced portions of George Washington's copybook, copied from Francis Hawkins' "Youth's Behaviour", this book demonstrates 14 of 110 items of advice written to young people. Much of this advice is still applicable today, such as "Be not hasty to believe flying reports to the disparagement of any one."
1776 or "A Whole Other Ball Game"
[Los Angeles]: Aaron Pix, 1975. Approx. 21 x 17 1/4", oblong. Stiff paper, majorly folded and creased, in good condition only.
Paul Whitehead is a British painter and graphic artist. He is best known for his album covers for Genesis and Van der Graff Generator under the Charisma Records lable. He is in the Guiness Book of Records for the largest mural in the world. He also published art under his feminine side, as Trish van Cleef. This work, also titled "A Whole Other Ball Game", was published as a poster by Aaron Brothers in 1975 to commemorate the Bicenntial of the United States, this poster is scarce with none found in auction or on the open market at this time (1/2020)
200 Decorative Title-Pages
New York: Dover Publications, 1964. Softcover, First Edition. Large trade paperback, stiff orange pictorial wraps, sunned spine, small puncture to right upper corner of front cover and free endpaper, some creases and tanning.
A lovely book that is concerned with decorative title-pages and covering all periods of the printed book with beautiful and valuable archive of type faces, designs and motifs.
250 Ways to Prepare Meat
Chicago: Consolidated Book Publishers Inc. for Culinary Arts Institute, 1940. Stapled pamphlet with orange pictorial wrap, 48pp. Cover has some creasing and shows wear, a few tears and cover curls up, stains to front and back cover, inside is clean. Good condition.
This pamphlet was has many helpful recipes and pictures that are still applicable today. Chapters include: How to Buy Meats Economically, Preparation of Frozen Meats, Charts of Retail Meat Cuts, Time and Temperature Tables, and recipes for all kinds of beef.
30th Annual Convention, The International Association of Printing House Craftsmen, Inc.: San Francisco, Palace Hotel, September 4-7, 1949.
[San Francisco]: n.p., . 5 x 7 1/2". First edition. Red cloth over boards with gilt illustrations and black titles and small design on front cover, endpapers are facsimile copies of pages 1 and 3 of San Francisco's first newspaper from 1847 and San Francisco's second newspaper from 1848, many black and white photographs, two pages of autographs of many of the attendees, in fine condition.
The IAPHC was founded in 1919 in Philadelphia as an organization whose purpose was for self-development, the enhancement of the printing and grapic arts industry, and their companies' successes. Held in San Francisco, the conventioneers were from the US, Mexico and Canada. They were treated to many lectures, awards, clinics (for example a Roll Leaf Stamping, Embossing, and Die Cuttung Clinic), and, of course, golf. Additionally, the ladies activities and entertainment included lunch at the Claremont Hotel in Berkeley, a tour of the jade display at Gump's store in San Francisco, and a tour of Chinatown.The two pages of autographs include well-known men of the industry at this time such as Oscar Pedersen, Tom Hislop and A. R. Tommasini. Only 2 copies listed in OCLC at this time. (8/16)
80 Page Giant No. 1 (Superman Annual)
New York: DC Comics, National Periodical Publications, 1964. Softcover, 7 x 10 1/4". Pictorial covers with some wear and creases, some tape on spine, tanning throughout, black marker to front and rear cover, significant tear on page 59, otherwise good + condition.
Originally planned as Superman Annual No. 9, which is probably why someone has written 9 in black marker on front and rear covers. Rated as a good + 3.0 on comics industry's Overstreet grading standards. Per the cover "Featuring Superman's Most Fabulous Adventures" such as The Revenge of Luthor, The Old Man of Metropolis, Ma and Pa Kent Adopt Supergirl and Superman vs. Super-Menace, plus more.