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Napolitano, Giovanni. Yucca Valley, CA: Manzanita Press, 1963. Wraps. Limited Edition. 14 pp. 8vo. Yellow, black, and red printed wraps. Very clean copy. Image of St. Francis at first free endpaper by Giovanni Napolitano; second image of St. Francis at last free endpaper by Edward O'Brien. [Purcell 27].
Printed in an edition of 250 copies. OCLC shows holdings in only 6 institutions. Fine.
Napolitano, P. G. New York: Duell, Sloan, & Pearce, 1948. Hardcover. First Edition. First Printing. 263 pp. 8vo. Slight wear to covers, minimal darkening to spine from sunning, now in mylar cover. Previous owner's name in ink at upper left of front pastedown, Interiors clean and crisp.
Merle Armitage (1893-1975) was a master of graphic design and this volume does not disappoint: bold colors, distinct illustrations, and a wonderful use of font and kerning make this a true gem of graphic design -- as well as quite informative about the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway System. Fine / Very Good.
Schanilec, Gaylord. Newtown, PA: Bird & Bull Press, 1994. Quarter Leather. Limited Edition. 11 pp. 4to. 10 Plates. Blue cloth boards with blue leather title patch with gold embossed titling. Housed in a red cloth clamshell box in Fine condition with a burgundy leather title patch with blind embossed titling. Contained in the clamshell case is a bifold sheet, "Creating the Illustrations," which recounts the correspondence between Morris and Schanilec as they began the process of collaboration. Also includes a set of 10 wood engravings that are matted and are suitable for framing -- duplicates of the two woodcut engravings that illustrate each story. [Quarter to Midnight A.126] [Forty-Four A.56].
Produced in an edition of 150 copies, this being copy #14. Fine...
Krieghoff, Cornelius. Toronto, Canada: The Macmillan Company of Canada Limited, 1934. Hardcover. First Edition. 152 pp. 4to. Wear and scuffing to dust jacket, small chips and losses at edges, now in mylar cover. Red cloth boards with gold embossed titling to cover and spine, minimal sunning at head of spine where dust jacket is missing a piece. Clean and crisp within.
An early biography and catalog raisonne of the paintings of Cornelius Krieghoff (1815-1872). Very Good / Good.
los Angeles, CA: Dalzell Hatfield, 1946. Hardcover. Limited Edition. 53 pp. 4to. Dust jacket has toning from age, front hinge splitting 2/3 of the way down the spine, small chips at edges, now in mylar cover. Red boards with black titling to cove that matches dust jacket. Spine cloth split along front hinge, binding still tight. Toning to edges of interior pages due to time and quality of paper. [Purcell 58].
A classic Merle Armitage production on the artist, Russell Cowles (1887-1979). Produced in an edition of 1,000 copies, this is #252 and signed by both Cowles and Bear on the colophon. Also inscribed by Bear, "Howe/from/D. Bear" in pencil on the first first free endpaper. Good / good...
Engelland, Timothy. Old Deerfield, MA/Dublin, Ireland: The Deerfield Press/The Gallery Press, 1979. Hardcover. Limited Edition. Unpag. 8vo. Dust jacket is clean and crisp, now in mylar cover. Interior without a blemish.
This publication contains two poems, "The Gift of Gravity" and "Grief." Produced in an edition of 300 copies and signed by Wendell Berry on the colophon. Berry has also inscribed this copy to a previous owner, "For Bob in San Jose-Wendell Berry-12/4/85" Fine / Fine.
Napolitano, P.G. Santa Fe, NM: Laboratory of Anthropology, 1946. Hardcover. First Edition. 139 pp. 8vo. Some sunning to dust jacket at spine and edges, now in mylar cover. Gray/green cloth boards with same titling as dust jacket reproduced on cover and spine. Hevily illustrated and clean within, housed in a custom gray cloth clamshell box. [Purcell 59].
Book is devote to santo making, the depiction of religious objects with painted panels and carved wood figures. This copy is signed at the colophn by E. Boyd and Merle Armitage. Fine / Very Good.
New York: Planthouse Press, 2014. Wraps. Limited Edition. Unpag. Olbong 4to. Produced in wraps with an ingenious design that incorporates Webster's illustrations in to the interior liner of the blue cloth folding box that encases the book. Published in an edition of 500 copies.
A comic narrative by Bradford accompanies a collection of Webster's childhood drawings from the 1970s, all of which were kept by his mother. We should all be so lucky! Signed in pencil by artist and author on the title page. Fine.
Cage, John. Madison, WI: Elvehjem Museum of Art, 1991. Wraps. First Edition. 16 pp. Oblong 4to. Clean, crisp copy.
A scarce catalog from John Cage's (1912-1992) solo exhibition at the Elvehjem Museum of Art, signed by Cage on the title page. The exhibition was held at the Elvehjem Museum of Art at the University of Wisconsin-Madison April 6-May 19, 1991. Cage would die the following year. Laid in is an invitation to the opening reception as well as a program from a piano performance of Cage's work by Ellsworth Snyder at the First Unitarian Society in Madison, Wisconsin, on April 6, 1991 -- likely planned as part of the opening event. Fine.
Moser, Barry. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 1982/1983. Hardcover. First Edition. First Printings. 146,  pp.; xxiii, 167,  pp. Folio. Dust jackets are clean, crisp and in mylar covers. Interiors pristine.
An exceptional copy of the first trade edition of Barry Moser's stunning Pennyroyal Press fine press edition of both titles. Signed by Moser on the title page of each volume. Fine / fine.
Paris: Editions Litteraires de France, 1951. Wraps. Limited Edition. 139 pp. Folio. Housed in a cardboard folder with a printed spine, it is then housed in a matching slipcase with Touchages illustrations reproduced on the sides. The slipcase is in Good condition with scuffing and wear and a split along the top seams. Printed wraps enclose the loose signatures of this production. The signatures are in excellent condition with interleaving over each illustration.
Produced in an edition of 159 copies, this being #90. Very Good.
Barnes, Susan. Buffalo, NY: Shuffaloff Press, 1990. Wraps. First Edition. Unpag. 8vo. Staple bound publication with a slick paper dust jacket. Dust jacket has a rubbed spot on the rear panel. Clean, crisp copy.
Inscribed by the author on the title page. Printed in an edition of 500 copies. Fine / Very Good.
Darger, Henry. Berlin, Germany: KW Institute for Contemporary Art, 2004. Wraps. First Edition. 213 pp. 4to. Clean, crisp copy. Still in original shrink wrap.
Important catalog of the exhibition of the same name held at the KW Institute of Contemporary Art that explored the work of American folk artist and writer, Henry Darger (1892-1973). Fine.
Lea, Tom. Boston, MA: Little, Brown and Company, 1941. Full Leather. First Edition. First Printing. xxiii, 388 pp. Brown leather binding with blind embossed titling to spine, J. Frank Dobie's brand on cover board; losses at edges, corners and head and foot of spine. Previous owner's inscriptio on front pastedown in blue ink, darkening to endpapers. Very clean within.
Despite it's obvious use and wear, this volume still quite scarce in the "Rawhide Edition" as indicated on colophon that contains an illustration by Tom Lea of himself and J. Frank Dobie and is signed by each of them below their illustration. Produced in an edition of 265 copies, this is #128. Very Good.
New York, NY: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1936. Hard Cover. First Edition. First Printing xxii, 391 pp. 8vo. Scuffing to dust jacket from shelf wear, small chips at edges, sunning to spine, now in mylar cover. Red cloth boards with blue embossed titling to cover and spine, slight scuffing at foot of boards from shelf wear. Scribner "A" on copyright page indicating first edition/first printing. Clean and crisp within, no markings. "Gibson Girls" abound on the illustrated endpapers. Very Good / Good.
Eichenberg, Fritz. New York: Donnell Memorial Library, 1991. Hardcover. Limited Edition. 31 pp. 4to. Gray paper boards with black ribbon binding in the Japanese style with Fritz Eichenberg initials blind embossed on cover. Slight sunning to edge of spine where exposed in the matching slipcase that is in Fine condition. Eichenberg's self portrait serves as the frontispiece.
Fritz Eichenberg (1901-1990) was a woodcut artist and educator and this volume was created in his memory. Published in an edition of 250 copies and although usually numbered, this copy is penciled "A.E." at the colophon. Printed at the Press of the Sea Turtle in Easthampton, MA, by Harold McGrath. A beautiful remembrance of an exceptional man. Very Good.
New York: Kelly-Winterton Press, 1993. Hardcover. Limited Edition. Unpag. 8vo. Beautifully produced small 8vo edition printed paper covers, text block with deckled edge. Emerson's essay, "Friendship" is reprinted as well as a numerous woodcut illustrations by Antonio Frasconi to supplement the text and pay tribute to Joseph Blumenthal.
Printed in "Emerson" type (developed by Joseph Blumenthal) in an edition of 120 copies, this being #90 and signed by both Frasconi (the artist) and Kelly (the printer) at the colophon. Fine.
Van Vliet, Claire. Philadelphia, PA: Dolan/Maxwell Gallery, 1984. Wraps. First Edition. Unpag. Brown, textured, thick paper covers with title embossed in terracotta. Slight scuffing from shelf wear. Slight foxing within, clean overall.
Inscribed by Claire Van Vliet on the first free endpaper. Very Good.