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Bath, England: The Old School Press, 2008. Hard Cover. Limited Edition. An exquisite letterpress printed limited edition book by Martyn Ould's Old School Press. The text is set in 12pt Poliphilus printed on a dampened hand-made paper from the Carteria Amatruda in Amalfi, Italy. The end-papers are of burgundy-colored Magnani Firenze, hand-made in Italy. The book consists of a single section of 16pp sewn into boards. The front cover photograph by Martyn Ould was taken on a misty day from Dorsoduro, towards San GiorgioThe edition is 135 copies, of which this is number 24. Fine.
Russia: Mockba, 1965. Hard Cover. First Edition. Second Printing, 1966. 647 pp. 8vo. Only Russian Edition of Rockwell Kent's autobiography first published by Dodd, Mead and Company in 1955. Dust jacket has minor chips and tears, scuffing, now in mylar cover. Slight bumping to cover boards, minor soiling at edges. Inscription on first free endpaper and note on rear pastedown, both in Russian.
Filled with Kent's illustrations and reproductions of color paintings that supplement the text. A stunning work when it was published in 1955 in the United States. Republished in the Soviet Union in 1965, with the new Russian text working almost seamlessly with the original illustrations [Libman 2875]. It is an extremely rare edition with none appearing in library holdings via OCLC. Very.....
Washington, DC: Library of Congress, 1987. Wraps. First Edition. Second Printing, 1989. 25 pp. 8vo. Clean, crisp copy with light age toning along spine on rear panel.
A wonderful address by Powell on the joys of books and libraries. Designed by his lifelong friend and collaborator Ward Ritchie and bawdily inscribed to Ritchie's companion, actress and fine press printer Gloria Stuart. Powell grew up with Ward Ritchie (fellow bookman and printer extraordinaire) in Southern California where the two of them were part of an intimate group in the late 1920s and early 1930s that included M.F.K. Fisher, Gloria Stuart and her first husband, sculptor Gordon Newell. Fine.