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 fomer steeplechase jockey himself).
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)
4 Vol Boxed Set: Discovering the Great Classics
Dami Editor 1994 hardcover printing. Books are tight and square. Slip case is bright, with minimal edge wear and corner bumping. Interiors are clean, no bookstore stamps or writing. Set includes adaptations of: Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson, Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe, Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott, and The Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper. These lovely books were printed in Italy and have wonderful full-color pictures. Each book has a pictorial introduction with details to allow younger readers to appreciate the background of the stories. For instance, the Ivanhoe book has pictures of jousting equipment. A lovely set.
A Century of Sonnets
Austin, TX: State House Press, 1997. Approximately 6 1/4 x 9 1/4". LIMITED EDITION of 250 copies, this being #134. Marbled paper over boards slipcase in fine condition. Dark blue leather quarter bound, marbled paper over boards, gilt title on spine, signed and numbered by the author on the colophon, in fine condition.
This is a lovely collection of sonnets by James Michener (1907 - 1997), gathered over 70 years. Known best for his lenghty fictional novels and family sagas, these sonnets are highly personal. They cover his experiences as a boy in rural Pennsylvania throughout adulthood. The appendix is a fascinating look into the process of how he wrote sonnets. Also extraordinary are the personal notes written at the conclusion of most of the poems that describe the life events that led Michener to convey his feeling via poetry. A really beautiful book in terms of workmanship and content that was published in celebration of Michener's 90th birthday.
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 Desert Tale
Mill Valley, CA: Sunflower Press, 1993.(36 pp.) 2 3/4 x 2 7/8"; LIMITED EDITION of 55 copies, of which 50 were numbered but only 28 were bound, 5 additional bound copies A - E were given to the illustrator, Marcie Collin, this being copy #11. Housed in a decorative box with printed title label and clear lid. Pictorial boards with title printed in black on front cover, numerous hand-colored illustrations by Marcie Collin, printed letterpress from handset type, signed by the publisher on the colophon, in fine condition.
This charming book is a retelling of an old Middle East provert, "The Boots of Hunain", which refers to something that is not such a bargain as it seems. (Bradbury, Sunflower Press, 36)
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 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 King Kamehameha V to the Bishop of Honolulu; With a Note on the Reciprocity Treaty of 1867
Honolulu: Loomis House Press, 1952.  pp. 5 3/4 x 8 1/2". Stiff paper wrappers, staple bound, some sunning to wrappers, laid in printed note, "Christmas Greetings from Meiric & Eugenie Dutton", portrait frontispiece, inserted is a four-page reproduction of the King's letter, all in near fine condition.
An interesting history on the Reciprocity Treaty of 1867 and the historical context of President Andrew Johnson's unpopularity and Secretary Seward's expansionism.
A Letter to Bushrod from George Washington
Spartanburg, SC: Kitemaug Press, 1987. (28) pp. Approximately 2 5/8 x 2 5/16". LIMITED EDITION of 150 copies, this being #29. Printed green cloth over boards black silouhette on front cover and spine titles in black, the design, type setting, printing and binding were done by Frank J. Anderson. A fine copy. (Bradbury, Kitemaug Press, 52)
An interesting letter from George Washington to his favorite nephew, Bushrod Washington, written in 1783. Bushrod served in the Continental Army during the American Revolution, and later studied law in Philadelphia. Washington bequeathed Bushrod Mount Vernon, his library, and his papers, he was so beloved.