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Alpert, Michael. Rockport, ME: Maine Center for Contemporary Art, 2004. Hardcover. First Edition. Unpag. 4to. Clean, crisp copy with dust jacket in mylar cover.
A collection of stunning black and white photographs by a man who thinks deeply about his subjects, its meaning, and succeeds in translating it visually to the viewer. A fitting homage to Maine by one of its walking treasures. Signed by the photographer on the title page. Fine / Fine.
England: The Alpine Garden Society of Great Britain, 1930-1986. Hardcover. First Edition. Green cloth-covered boards with gold embossed titling to spines. Set consists of a complete run of Volumes I-LIV spanning the years 1930 to 1986, as well as the four Index Volumes: I-XV, XVI-XXX, XXXI-XL, and XLI-L; and the International Conference Report of 1971. An important reference work in Alpine Plants. Very good.
New York: Simon and Schuster, 1983/1984. Hardcover. First Edition. First Printings. 637, 750 pp. 8vo. Volume I dust jacket has minor scuffing with very light scuffing from shelf wear, price clipped, now in mylar cover. Volume II also has very light scuffing from shelf wear, is price clipped, , now in mylar cover. Light wear to boards and spine of each volume, Volume I has a Simond & Schuster remainder mark stamped in black at the foot of the text block. Both are clean and tight within.
Scarce as a set, Ambrose's definitive biography of Dwight D. Eisenhower. Very Good / Very Good.
Worcester, MA: American Antiquarian Society, 1820. Quarter Leather. First Edition. 436 pp. 8vo. Printed by William Manning for the Society. Bound later in life in brown quarter leather with seven blind embossed bands and light brown paper covered boards. Discreet ink discard stamp from the Utica Public Library in each volume from the. Fourteen plates, all intact, of which seven are folding, including a large map of Ohio, on which the majoirty of this volume concentrates. Photographs gladly provided. Very Good.
London: Macmillan and Co., Limited, 1934. First Edition. lxvi, 996 pp. 4to. Green cloth buckram binding with gold embossed titling to spine, minor scuffing from shelf wear. Ex-Library stamps on first free endpaper, title page.
Volume contains a number of important papers: “The Positron” by Carl Anderson (pp. 313–316); “Production of Induced Radioactivity by High Velocity Protons” by J. D. Cockcroft, C. W. Gilbert and E. T. S. Walton (p. 328); “Radioactivity Induced by Neutron Bombardment” by Enrico Fermi (p. 757); “Mass of the Neutron” by Irène Joliot-Curie and Jean Frédéric Joliot-Curie (pp. 721–722); “Possible Production of Elements of Atomic Number Higher than 92” by Enrico Fermi (pp. 898–899); “Exchange Forces between Neutrons and Protons, and Fermi’s Theory” by Igor Tamm and “Interaction of Neutrons.....
Philadelphia, PA: M. Carey, 1813. Three Quarter Leather. First Edition. First US Edition, first published in England in 1808.  ads, 286 pp. 16mo. Three quarter leather binding with considerable wear and scuffing, top copvers, losses to corners. First free endpaper missing, darkening to pages from age and foxing throughout. OCLC lists only three copies in institutions. Good.
London: Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans, 1855. Hardcover. First Edition. First English Edition. xlviii, 707, 24 [ads] pp XIX Plates; xxxii, 846, 24 [ads], XX-(XXIV), 8vo. Green cloth boards with blind embossed borders to front and rear boards, gold embossed titling to spine that has darkened slightly from sun and air exposure. Rear hinge cloth of Volume I has split but still tight to boards and a tape repair was made along rear interior hinge, 1" x 1/2" piece missing from head of spine of Volume II, frontispiece illustration of Saturn has ghosted onto title page. Very clean within. Heavily illustrated in text and with folding plates at rear. Good.
London: [c. 1931]. Hardcover. As. 48 pp. 4to. Textile covered boards with a zig-zag pattern, color printed paper label with losses at base, creasing, boards have general wear overall. Second free endpaper has had the upper 1/3 removed, which has caused a dark portion along the top of the title page. Interior has light spotting throughout.
An interesting promotional piece for The Dorchester, a luxury hotel in London that opened in 1931. Design is very Art Moderne. Good.
Armitage, Merle. New York: E. Weyhe, 1944. Hardcover. Limited Edition. First Printing. 403 pp. 8vo. Bright red dust jacket with significant fading, small chips and tears, tape repairs on verso, now in mylar cover. Blue cloth boards with dust jacket replicated in red on cover board and spine, slight scuffing. Red endpapers with Armitage's "MA" monogram printed on the front pastedown, "E W" on rear pastedown with a drawing compass assumed to be the symbol of E. Weyhe. Folded promotional flyer for the edition laid in. [Purcell 13].
A collection of autobiographical essays connecting Armitage to artists and celebrities of the time as well as some depth on his work as a designer. Printed in a limited edition of 1,675 copies, this copy is inscribed.....
Brown, Grace Marion. Los Angeles, CA: Jake Zeitlin, 1929. Wraps. First Edition. 8vo. Heavy black paper dust jacket with printed paper title label pasted to front cover. Scuffing and wear to cover, dust jacket beginning to split at foot along spine. Merle Armitage's first book, a small volume that led to dozens of books authored, designed and published by Merle Armitage. [Purcell 1].
Printed in an edition of 500 copies in June 1929 by the Mayers Company of Los Angeles. Decorations by Grace Marion Brown, typography by Grant Dahlstrom. Very Good / Very Good.
New York: E. Weyhe, 1938. Wraps. First Edition. 128 pp. 8vo. Black paper wraps over heavy paper boards. Light wear and minor chipping at edges but quite tight and clean given its age and construction. No dust jacket as issued. [Purcell 47].
A fitting overview by friends and colleagues of Armitage's work up to 1938. Armitage's portrait by Edward Weston is reproduced at p. 108. A scarce volume. Very Good.
New York: G. Schirmer Inc., 1936. Hardcover. Limited Edition. v, 245 pp. 8vo. Terracotta dust jacket with vibrant blue printing, which is replicated on the cover boards. Dust jacket has split at spine with a 1" loss at foot, remaining rear panel and flap present and now encased in mylar cover. Scarce with any semblance of a dust jacket. Interior quite clean and includes 8 photographic portraits by Edward Weston. [Purcell 40]. Fine / Fair.
Armitage, Isabelle. Yucca Valley, CA: Manzanita Press, 1961. Wraps. First Edition. Unpag. 4to. Gray, red, and blue printed design on heavy paper wraps with slight sunning at upper edge. Clean within. Heavily illustrated with black and white photographs of the Benidictine monastery and its residents.
A classic Armitage production using bold colors offset by black and white photographs. Photographs are by his wife, Isabelle. Very Good.
New York: Duell, Sloan and Pearce, 1959. Hardcover. First Edition. viii, 160 pp. 8vo. Marketed as "First Limited Edition." Colorful yellow, blue, and red dust jacket with striking design by Merle Armitage; minor scuffing and sunning which slightly darkens the spine, now in mylar cover. Yellow cloth boards with blue embossed type. Yellow endpapers sport an map of Dysarts claims on the front endpapers, along with previous owner's address stamps; rear pastedown serves as the colophon for this edition. Chapter heads all designed by Armitage. [Purcell 24].
An engaging biography by Merle Armitage (1893-1975), who also provided the stunning design of this book, of Stella Dysart (1878-1966) who struck it rich in uranium in New Mexico in 1955. A controversial figure in the oil business.....
Detroit, MI: Detroit Public Library, 1942. Wraps. First Edition. 16 pp. 8vo. Blue paper wraps with a white paper label pasted from rear to front on which the title is printed in red and black. Very minor scuffing, clean within. Endpapers illustrated with red silhouettes of fighting ships from Armitages book, "United States Navy" published in 1940. Laid in is a sheet indicating that this is Keepsake No. 71 from The American Institute of Graphic Arts.
A simple and delightful design by Armitage of this little pamphlet listing his work contained within the Detroit Library and the focus of an exhibition from August 17 - September 19, 1942. A jewel! OCLC shows holdings in only 6 institutions. Very Good.
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.
Fresno, CA: The Academy Guild Press, 1964. Hardcover. Limited Edition. 99 pp. 8vo. Yellow dust jacket with sytlized Southwest design and Merle Armitage's monogram gracing the front panel; overall scuffing present, now in mylar cover. beige cloth boards that replicate the dust jacket cover and spine, very clean within and sporting black endpapers with a reverse printed and stylized bird on the front first free endpaper, Christ on the cross on the rear first free endpaper. [Purcell 26].
A crisp, cohesive Armitage design. According to the colophon, this edition of 1500 copies was printed in 1964; copyright page indicates printing in 1960 but a stamp on that same page designates this a "DE LUXE EDITION, 1964". You figure it out. Fine / Fair...