Boston: Anne & David Bromer, 1979.  pp. approx. 2 1/4 x 2 1/16", oblong. LIMITED EDITION of 125 copies, this being #87. Marbled wrap with title label over marbled cover with title label, 15 wood engravings,letterpress on Troya paper, signed by the artist on the colophon, in fine condition. (Bradbury, Bromer 5)
Sarah Chamberlain has illustrated books from Aesop’s Fables to Margarette Reid’s The Button Box. She studied under renowned printmakers and illustrators Barry Moser and Leonard Baskin, and from the 1970s to the 1980s ran the Chamberlain Press.
A Book is Made
London: British Federation of Master Printers, (1960). 31 pp. Approximately 1 3/4 x 1 1/8". Limitation not stated. White wrappers with gold lettering on front cover, one black and white illustration, printed by Jarrold & Sons, Norwich. A very good plus copy, somewhat scarce.
The interesting essay of a display organized by the British Federation of Master Printers on books and their publication.
A Cherubic Capitulation
Portland, ME: Yellow Kid Press, 1969. (16) pp. 2 1/4 x 2 1/8", oblong; LIMITED FIRST EDITION of 35 copies, this being #2. Printed wrappers with illustrations, letterpress, illustrated throughout, slight 1/16" tear to the top of front and back cover, minor cover discoloration, hand numbered on the colophon, housed in plain envelope with author and title hand-written on it, in near fine condition. (Bradbury, Yellow Kid Press 6)
Very scarce copy of the first edition, this is a lovely little alphabet book with adorable cherubs playing within each initial, created by Stephenson, Blake & Co., England.
A Christmas Tree
Bexhill-on-Sea, UK: Silver Thimble Books, 1982. Unpaginated. Approximately 1 3/4 x 2 1/4". LIMITED EDITION of 500 copies plus reprints, of which this is a reprint. White cloth over boards with embroidered robin design and silver borders, illustrations throughout, clear plastic dust-jacket, housed in black paper-covered slipcase with printed paper label and ribbon pull, in fine condition.
Designed, illustrated, and published by Gordon Murray, the text is photo-reduced calligraphy. The text is an excerpt from Dickens' Household Words, 1850. Gordon Murray was a British television producer and puppeteer. He wrote and produced some of the most popular children's television programs aired in the United Kingdom. After retiring from television in 1982, Gordon produced and distributed more than sixty limited-edition miniature books under the Silver Thimble Books imprint.
A Cowman's Wife
Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co, 1934, hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Book has yellowish orange cloth over boards, some stains to covers and spine with spine slightly darkened, previous owner's name in ink on inside page, several illustrations throughout with nicely illustrated map on front and backendpapers. No dust jacket. This book is a personal memoir about ranching life in New Mexico in the 1930's from a woman's point of view - the Cowman's Wife.
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 History of the Holy Bible
Cincinnati: Published by [Wesley] Coleman and [William] Phillips. Morgan, Williams and Co., Printers., 1815. 1st Edition (Adomeit A34; American Imprints 34917; Bradbury, p. 63; Welch 861.2). Not in Rosenbach, nor Welsh. [2 (blank)], v,  - 167, [3 (blank)] pp. Divisional t.p., "History of the New Testament", p. 77. "Appendix" t.p., p. 135. "Psalms" t.p., p. 151. 2-1/2" x 1-1/2". Period brown full calf binding. Modest wear to binding, with boards a bit splayed. Some browning & ageing to paper, with the occasional short edge tear to a leaf [no text affected]. A Good - VG item.
The first miniature book published in Ohio, and quite rare in the trade. RBH records the last appearance as in a 1964 Midland catalogue [this copy?]
A History of the London Hospital
London: Edward Arnold, 1910. 292 pp. plus index and advertisements. 5 1/2 x 8 1/4". Later Edition. Green cloth over boards with gilt lettering and design on cover and spine, some wear to spine ends and slight corner bumping, front and rear hinges cracked, foxing primarily limited to end papers, frontispiece with tissue guard intact, black and white illustrations, 5 plans from 1752 to 1900s, in very good + condition.
Sir Ernest William Morris CBE (1866 - 1937), served as secretary and house governor of The London Hospital from 1903 - 1930. This detailed history describes the hospital starting from its foundation, the new Whitechapel site, the hospital management, a history of the Jewish wards, the medical school, and the administration of a modern hospital. The illustrations and plans help the reader visualize the hospital even more readily.
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.