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New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1885. Hardcover. First Edition. vi, , 206,  pp ads. Green cloth covered boards with gold and dark red embossed tilting and decoration to spine and front cover board. Light scuffing to boards from shelf wear, bumping to corners. Previous owner's name in ink on front pastedown and second free endpaper, clean within.
Part of the "English Worthies" Series edited by Andrew Lang. 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.
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.....
Kent, Rockwell. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1932. Hardcover. Limited Edition. vii, 72 pp. 8vo. Heavy black paper dust jacket with titlinig in a deep, bright blue that matches the cloth boards, small chips at flap creases, 3/4 piece missing at top of rear panel, small 1" loss at top of rear panel fold, old tape repairs at head and foot of spine on verso and not evident on front of cover, now in mylar cover. Cloth boards in same bright blue with a black cloth spine and gold tilting to both spine and cover board. Minor scuffing to foot of boards, very clean within, text block has a deckled edge at head and foredge. Contains numerous plates of Kent's work, from paintings to advertising.....
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.
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.....
New York: E. Weyhe, 1956. Hardcover. Limited Edition. 99 pp. 8vo. Red and white printed boards. Some soiling and scuffing from use. Clean within. No dust jacket as issued. Also contains essay, "Merle Armitage" by Robert Marks. [Purcell 104].
Early bibliography of Armitage's work. This copy is inscribed by Armitage in his distinctive blue pen on the first free endpaper, "Robert D. Loken/from/Merle Armitage/1958" along with the address of Manzanita Ranch stamped in red at the lower right corner of the page. Printed in an edition of 500 copies, one of the 350 that were hardbound. 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...
New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 2007. Hardcover. First Edition. First Printing. 336 pp. 4to. Clean, crisp copy with dust jacket in mylar cover.
The catalog produced to supplement three exhibitions on Robert Moses that took place in New York in 2007: "Remaking the Metropolis" at the Museum of the City of New York; "The Road to Recreation" at the Queens Museum of Art; and "Slum Clearance and the Superblock Solution" at Columbia University. Fine / Fine.
Thollander, Earl. New York: Atheneum, 1964. Hardcover. First Edition. First Printing. 337 pp. 4to. Light wear and scuffing to dust jacket, small chips at edges, price clipped, now in mylar cover. Cloth boards have the slightest whisper of sunning along the top edge. Very clean within. Wonderful illustrated endpapers, both of Oregon (Beard's home state) coastal scenes, on paper with a slight silver sparkle to it. Very Good / Very Good.
London: John Murray, 1835. Three Quarter Leather. As. 8vo. Brown three quarter leather bindings with marbled paper inset to cover board with matching endpapers. Light scuffing overall, wear and slight loss at corners and bottom edge, minor chipping to head and foot of spine. Five raised bands to spine with gilded decoration filling panels without title patches, titled on burgendy in gold, volume number on black in gold. Top edges gilt. Clean within, each title page sporting both and engraving and an engraved frontispiece. Red silk ribbons present in each volume, some are detached but laid in. Very Good.
Mount Vernon, NY: William Edwin Rudge, 1928-1934, 1936. Hardcover. Limited Edition. Produced in an edition of various sizes, from quartos to elephant folio, this set also contains reproductions of artwork and manuscripts. Volumes are all in Very Good condition except for Volume 6 ("The Making of the Life of Johnson" -- Boswell's most popular work.) which has paper splitting at the front and rear hinge from head of spine down to midpoint front and rear but with the spine still tight to the text block. Also contains the 1936 volume, "Boswell's Tour of the Hebridges" published by The Viking Press in the same format without the bookplate mentioned below but with the appropriate copy # (254) inscribed at the colophon. All of the slipcases present.....
Los Angeles, CA: The New Ampersand Press, 1977. Hardcover. Limited Edition. 36 pp. 4to. Black cloth spine with printed paper label affixed, paste paper covers. Interior clean and crisp with a photo portrait by Jim Wood of the subject tipped in at frontispiece.
Produced in an edition of 300 copies, this being #256. Fine.
Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 2004. Hardcover. First Edition. First Printing. xiv, 221 pp. Clean, crisp copy with dust jacket in mylar cover.
Inscribed by the author to the previous owner's on the title page. Elizabeth Kauffman Bush is the sister of the subject, and wife of Prescott Bush, brother of President George H. W. Bush and uncle of President George W. Bush. Fine / Fine.
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1982, 1990, 2002, 2012. Hardcover. First Edition. First Printings. xxiii, 882, xxxiv, 506, xxiv, 1167, xix, 712 pp. 8vo. Dust jacket of Volume I price clipped, all jackets are clean, crisp, and in mylar covers. Volume I has a gift inscription on second free endpaper, all very clean within.
The first four volumes of Robert Caro's magisterial, prize-winning projected five volume biography of Lyndon Baines Johnson. We are patiently awaiting the final volume -- you can read for the first time or read again, either way you will own all five volumes in first printings when the final volume releases. Fine / Fine.
London: John Stockdale, 1800. Three Quarter Leather. First Edition. xxxi, , 579,  pp. 8vo. Recent brown three quarter leather binding with four raised bands and green patch titles with gold titling; marbled paper insets to front and rear covers. Light toning to pages, 14 plates called for and present.
Early biography of Catharine the Great, translated from the French. Very Good.