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    Valis by Dick, Philip K

    Bantam Books, 1981. First edition, first printing. Mass market paperback. minor reading crease else a nearly fine bright copy. spine is square and straight and covers are nice and bright [modest paper is slightly tanned].



    Robert Ludlum's the Bourne Deception (Jason Bourne Novels (Large Print)) by Lustbader, Eric Van

    Paperback. Acceptable.



    The Old-time Printer by Twain, Mark

    Baltimore: Xavier Press, 1988. Taddeo, Paolo. vi, 18pp. Samuel Clemens's account of his formative time spent as a printer's apprentice, presented as a speech at a dinner for New York printers. Illustrated with a frontispiece portrait of Clemens and a vignette depicting a compositor setting type. This copy is in a designer binding by the Italian-British bookbinder Paolo Taddeo. Onlays of salmon, grey, and black morocco form the shape of a piece of lead type, outlined in palladium-leaf tooling, creating a symmetrical design on each of the covers. The artist chose the letter H for his design, citing the letter's visual stability and steadiness, "with both feet firmly planted on the ground." As someone whose first language is Italian, he also notes that his selection of the letter H is "controversial," since it is not pronounced in his native language and gives him difficulty in spoken English. However, he writes, "in my mother tongue it's a letter of vital importance in the way that it changes the sounds of the consonants it attaches to." Housed in a clamshell box that contains a drawer for the two pieces of seven- and ten-point type included with the book. Taddeo was elected a Licentiate of Designer Bookbinders in 2013 and has twice won the Arthur Johnson Award in the organization's annual competition. (2 1/2 by 2; 65x53mm).



    Lesbian Twins; "Obedient to Mom's insistence, Hilda started upstarirs to join Jane for a nap." by (Vintage Paperbacks) PETERS, Willi

    Fresno, CA: Vega, 1960. Paperback Original (1st). Original wraps. Near Fine. 4 1/8 X 6 3/4 Inches. 158 PP. Original first printing copy. Light scuffing. This copy appears unread.



    Foundation by Isaac Asimov

    Paperback 435 pages, ex-library book with marks and stickers, large print, good condition: tight binding, clean pages. Cover slightly worn and stained.



    Fernando Leal Audirac: Obra de 1975 a 1993. by Leal Audirac, Fernando

    Espejo de Obsidiana Ediciones, 1993. 518 pages. Includes 168 pages of text followed by colour plates of the artist's drawings and paintings, including fold-outs, Catalogue Raisonne, and Curricluum Vitae. Bilingual text in Spanish and English. Burgundy endpapers. Brown cloth covered boards with blind stamped lettering on the front. The colour illustrated dust jacket is wrapped in a Brodart archival jacket cover. A very heavy book that will require extra shipping charges.. First Edition / First Printing. Hard Cover. Fine/Near Fine. 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall.



    My Father, Marconi by Marconi, Degna

    The Easton Press, 1994-01-01. Leather Bound. Near Fine. Easton Press bookplate affixed to front free endpaper verso, with previous owners name blacked out, otherwise about like new with no other marks. Fresh and clean, tight and square with sharp corners, no significant wear. Full dark blue leather with raised spine bands, 22kt gilt lettering and design to covers and spine, all text block edges gilt, moire fabric endsheets and satin bookmark. Norwalk, CT: Easton Press, 1994. 258 pages, [8] pp. of b&w plates, color frontis. - An affectionate biography of the famous wireless radio inventor by his daughter. - - Wrapped, boxed and promptly shipped with tracking provided.



    Shakespeare's England by Winter, William

    NY: Macmillan and Company, 1894. Fitch, E.. 12mo. 274pp. A unique copy with beautifully executed original pen and ink drawings throughout showing the sights and landmarks of Shakespeare's country. Profusely illustrated with hand-drawn vignettes of the thatched cottages of Stratford-upon-Avon, landscape vistas of Warwick and Windsor, and other known British locations. The illustrations are imaginative and romantic: at one point, a flock of birds alights from the rooftop of the Red Horse Inn and wings its way across the open pages to Stratford Church. The text, which is meant to be a guide for the American literary traveler, opens with quotations from Shakespeare and Wordsworth. Fitch has encircled these verses with a set of scenic, cascading post cards, threaded together with a ribbon. Very little is known about the illustrator, E. Fitch: one illustration is signed "E. Fitch Catskill," but no record could be found of an illustrator by that name in the area. Ornately bound in red morocco by the American bindery Bradstreet's. Both covers are decorated with borders of oak leaves and acorns, employing onlays of green morocco and gilt vines. The spine is divided into six compartments, gilt-titled in one, and with gilt roses in the remaining five. Green morocco doublures are decorated with gilt dentelles and a border of leafy vines accented with minute butterflies. Silver moiré silk endpapers bordered with gilt decoration and a rose in each corner complete this sumptuous binding. Extremely fine and housed in a red morocco pull-off case. T.e.g. With a laid-in card bearing a gift note from the Philadelphia rare book dealer A. S. W. Rosenbach; it is speculated that Rosenbach, or another bookseller, might have had this copy specially embellished for an important private client.



    Dirty bird blues; a novel by Major, Clarence

    San Francisco: Mercury House, 1996. Hardcover. 279p., first printing, dj. Blues novel, set in the midwest in the early 1950s. Atlanta, Georgia-born, Chicago raised African American writer.



    Roderigo of Bivar by Moore, T. Sturge

    Mount Vernon, NY: William Edwin Rudge, 1925. Franck, Peter. Octavo. 51pp. One of 500 copies. A one-act play, set in Medieval Spain, by the English poet and dramatist T. Sturge Moore. Designed by Bruce Rogers and bound in full golden morocco by Peter Franck, who at one time executed tooled leather bindings for the Roycroft Shop, where he worked alongside Dard Hunter, Louis Kinder, and Sterling Lord. Franck later went to work for Rudge before opening his own bindery in Connecticut, where he bound a number of Dard Hunter's Mountain House Press books. This binding features a center gilt-tooled design to both boards, fashioned of printers' ornaments that were probably designed by Rogers. Some of the ornaments are repeated in a gilt border to the outer edges of the boards, on the turn-ins, and on the spine, which is in five compartments with gilt lettering to the center compartment. Franck's imprint appears in gilt at the bottom of the spine and on the rear turn-in, which also bears the publisher's imprint. Endpapers marbled. Some uniform toning to spine, else fine. T.e.g. Housed in a fleece-lined morocco and decorated-paper folding case, lettered in gilt on the spine. Case shows some wear, with a two-inch split to the bottom hinge as well as some chipping and rubbing to the spine and corners.




    Paperback. Very Good.



    Diario Ecclesiastico para o Reino de Portugal Principalmente para a Cidade de Lisboa, para o Anno de 1813

    Lisbon, 1813. 32mo. (157)pp., + folding map. An elegant embroidered hand-calendar, giving Feast Days, a Court Calendar, phases of the moon, eclipses, lists of kings, bishops, cardinals, and more. Includes the lineage of the Royal Family. Frontispiece is an engraved, hand-colored folding map of Portugal. In a white satin embroidered binding with gold threads, sequins, and silver wire. Both front and back covers are bordered with open floral interlace. In the center of the front is the coat of arms of the Portuguese royal family, surmounted by a crown. On the back is a diminutive scene showing the Tower of Belém. The Tower, still standing today, played an important role in the Age of Discovery and is a shining example of Manueline architecture in Lisbon. Behind the tower, a flock of birds flies above a three-masted ship. The spine is decorated with a sequined interlace. Marbled endpapers and yellow ribbon bookmark attached. Housed in a gilt-decorated leather pull-off case, with the royal coat of arms of the United Kingdom and another crest showing two crossed trumpets, wreathed and surmounted with a lyre. Lower edge of upper part of the case is slightly worn and turned up on itself, one loose thread on spine, and slight fraying to edges. A.e.g. An about fine copy of this rare Portuguese almanac.



    Daddy's Little Girl Large Print by Mary Higgins Clark

    Simon & Schuster., 2002. 448 pages. There are no marks or writing in the book. Light wear on the corners. Light wear top and bottom of spine. Gilt lettering on spine is bright. Spine is tight and there are no loose pages. Dust jacket has light shelf wear. Reddish discoloring at the top of the dust jacket on the inside at the spine. does not intrude onto the book.. Hard Cover. Very Good/Very Good. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.



    Miniature Books: 4,000 Years of Tiny Treasures by Bromer, Anne C. and Julian I. Edison

    NY: Abrams and the Grolier Club, 2007. Wilcox, Michael. Small quarto. 215pp. One of 250 deluxe copies, of which 200 were for sale, signed by the authors, Anne C. Bromer and Julian I. Edison, and including a facsimile of the book in miniature format. This unique set features a remarkable pair of designer bindings by Michael Wilcox, the leading art binder in North America. The designs on the two books vary, complementing each other. Wilcox explains that he decided to use different binding tools for the larger and smaller books "to reflect something of the considerable variety of binding treatments illustrated in the text." On the front cover of the large volume is the image of a woman holding a miniature book, who, according to Wilcox, " dressed in a modest version of a style found in the 16th century French Court. She represents a time when the making of miniature books might more easily have been associated with miniature beings," like fairies. In contrast, the gentleman on the back cover is purely 21st century: President Barack Obama holds a miniature book opened to reveal the word "Hope." Instead of fairies hovering over his right and left shoulders, he has miniature books in the form of satellites. Below the noblewoman on the front cover is a toy soldier reading a miniature book; the rear cover has a miniature robot on a laptop computer. This juxtaposition of past and present is also evident between the large and small books. According to Wilcox, "The traditional looking design surrounding the ovals with the portraits [on the large book] are composed of leaves, fruits, wrens, and small books, which support my main theme: the amusement to be found in the astounding proliferation of miniature books." On the miniature version, the design was inspired by the inner circuitry of a computer, although Wilcox remarks that "surprisingly, it looks remarkably old-fashioned." The ovals on the facsimile miniature book contain the same hands holding the same miniatures as those seen on the larger book. Wilcox notes that a subtle secondary theme for the binding was the "Hope and Heart required to continue all worthwhile endeavors, even ones concerning small things such as miniature books." This is reflected in the motif of hearts and stars that is carried throughout. Both bindings have been executed with creativity and superlative skill, and express a sense of delight in the subject. Wilcox has employed elaborate gold tooling and masterful, brightly-colored morocco onlays on backgrounds of blue and black morocco. Both books are housed together in a specially designed box that includes a lidded compartment. According to Wilcox, the compartment "could be used to hold a magnifying glass... or a pair of strong glasses," and it presently contains copies of Wilcox's concept drawings for the two bindings. Profusely illustrated with more than 260 full-color images. A comprehensive history of the miniature book that is as informative as it is fun to read. The only copy commissioned by the Bromers for a designer binding. (Miniature book measures 3 by 2 7/8; 76x73mm).



    The Craig Rice Mystery Digest [Comprises Pelude for War by Leslie Charteris, Bamboo Blonde by Dorothy B. Hughes, The Big Midget Murders by Craig Rice, and Cold Steal by Alice Tilton "Condensed in the Author's Own Words"] by Rice, Craig editor

    Bond-Charteris Enterprises, Bonded Collection, 12, 1945. softcover. small tear to front cove else a very good copy.



    The Diary Of Philip Leget Edwards, The Great Cattle Drive From California To Oregon In 1837 by No Author Noted

    San Francisco, CA: The Grabhorn Press. Very Good+ in Very Good dust jacket. 1932. Limited Edition. Hardcover. Text is clean. Front free endpaper lightly discolored. Edge of rear free endpaper wrinkles (discolration shows that it has been this way for quite sometime. ) Cover shows only light wear. Dust jacket shows edgewear along top edge, small wrinkle to lower corner of back cover. ; Rare Americana Series; Vol. 4; 47 pages .



    Black Humor by Friedman, Bruce Jay editor

    Bantam S3005 [75c], 1965. First edition, first printing. Mass market paperback. modest paper a little tanned else a very good copy. spine is square and straight and cover is nice and bright [NB: has a piece of tape at the heel and at the crown of the spine].



    Narrative Of Nicholas "Cheyenne" Dawson (Overland to California in '41 & '49 and Texas in '51) by No Author Noted

    San Francisco, CA: The Grabhorn Press. Very Good+ in Very Good+ dust jacket. 1933. Limited Edition. Hardcover. Text is clean. Front free endpaper lightly discolored. Cover shows only light wear. Dust jacket shows almost no wear. Beautiful copy. ; Rare Americana Series; Vol. 7; Color Illustrations; 103 pages .



    Amalthea Onomastica by LAVRENTII, Iosephi (LAURENZI, Giuseppe)

    Lucae (Lucca, Italy): Sumptibus Balthassaris de Iudicibus, 1640. Leather Bound. Fair. [8], 960 [900], 88 p. 24 cm. Full leather over wooden boards. Brass clasps. Elaborate blindstamp decoration on front and back. Red and white title page with vignette. Text in two columns. Front board detached and rear board loosening. Leather cracked along spine. Large chip in leather at spine head with smaller chip at tail. Ink inscription and stain on front pastedown, front free endpaper missing, ink notation (1641) and spot on title page, small chip in title, tiny wormhole pp. 137-140, some foxing and spots, tear in margin p. 249, mild dampstain on bottom corners of pp. 345-349, small hole in rear p. 88, rear free endpaper detached. Errors in pagination: 744-783, 870-889 lacking in numbering; 802-803 misnumbered 982-983. Title continues: - "In qua Voces Vniversae, Abstrvsiores, Sacrae, Profanae, Antiqvae, Antiqvatae, Vsurpatae, Vsurpandae, E Latisis, Latinograecis, Latinobarbaris, Criticis, Antiquarjs, Thesauris, Lexicis, Onomasticis, Glassarijs, Matheseos, Iurisprudentiae, Medicinae, aliarumq; Disciplinarum, Auctoribus quibusq; indicatis, exerpta, Italice Interpretatae, Cum Onomositico Intalicolatino, ad calcerm addito, Ordine Alphabetico Digestae."



    Darkness At Noon by Koestler, Arthur

    Easton Press, 2000-01-01. Leather Bound. Near Fine. Easton Press bookplate affixed to front free endpaper verso, with previous owners name blacked out, otherwise about like new with no other marks. Fresh and clean, tight and square with sharp corners, no significant wear. Full blue-gray leather with raised spine bands, 22kt gilt lettering and design to covers and spine, all text block edges gilt, moire fabric endsheets and satin bookmark. Includes collectors notes sheet laid-in. Norwalk, CT: Easton Press, 2000. 267 pages, color frontis. and additional b&w illustrations by Daniel Mark Duffy. Translated by Daphne Hardy. - On of the publishers Great Books of the 20th Century series. "Koestler's brilliant writing, profound portrait of totalitarian thinking, and the eternal importance of his ethical and political questions have made the book timeless." - - Wrapped, boxed and promptly shipped with tracking provided.



    Love In The Time Of Cholera - 1st US Edition by García Márquez, Gabriel

    New York: Alfred A. Knopf. Fine in Fine dust jacket. 1988. First Edition; First Printing. Cloth. 0394561619 . A wonderful first printing of the first American edition in unread Fine to Very Fine condition in alike dust jacket. A splendid copy; In the story of Florentino Ariza, who waits more than half a century to declare his undying love to the beautiful Fermina Daza, whom he lost to Dr. Juvenal Urbino so many years before, García Márquez has created a vividly absorbing fictional world, as lush and dazzling as a dream and as real and immediate as our own deepest longings. Basis for the major motion picture; [xii], 348, [8] pages .



    Kon-Tiki: Across The Pacific By Raft by Heyerdahl, Thor

    Norwalk, Connecticut: The Easton Press, 1987. Collector's Edition. Very Good +/No DJ. 8vo = over 9". Red leather hard covers with gold designs on front cover and gold designs and printing on spine. Slight bumping on corners. Gilded along all edges. Very clean with tight bindng. End paper are of silk-like cloth. Included are The leather-Bound Nautical Library Collector's Notes and an attached gold ribbon marker.



    The Butterfly's Ball and the Grasshopper's Feast by Roscoe, William

    (Watertown, MA): Anne and David Bromer, 1977. Kunikata-Cockram, Midori. (24)pp. The text is printed on Japanese paper with ornamentation in green. Wood engravings by Sarah Chamberlain, as her first miniature book commission. This is the first miniature book published by the Bromers. Midori Kunikata-Cockram captures the whimsical nature of the text, which was the first English poem for children intended for sheer amusement. The front and rear boards of her designer binding are covered with parchment, on which the artist has hand-drawn the insects and small animals attending the feast amongst a pattern of vines and flowers in crimson ink. Delicate onlays of black morocco create the silhouette of a vine climbing up the book's burgundy morocco spine. Inside, endpapers printed with oak leaves and cut-out leaves with hand-drawn shading in pastel reference the oak tree in the poem, beneath which the revels were held. Housed in a suede-lined box, the exterior of which is covered with paper hand-tooled in a foliate pattern and gilt-titled to the morocco spine. A parchment tab painted with a butterfly on one side and a grasshopper on the reverse, helps to lift the book out of the box. With the binder's blind-stamped mark to the penultimate endleaf and signed by Chamberlain to the colophon. Extremely fine. (2 1/2 by 2 1/8; 63x53mm).



    Laughing Boy by La Farge, Oliver

    New York: Houghton Mifflin, 1929. Good/Very Good DJ. 12mo = 7-9". Pulitzer Prize winning novel about Navajo, Native American life. Not a first, but early edition. $2.50 price on front flap, 1929 is only date on copyright page but not on title page. Brown cloth hard covers with orange lettering. Very clean inside and out, slight bumping, to corners & top/bottom spine edges, binding cracked or starting at a couple of places though still very good, no loose pages, all pages fully intact, endpages browned. Dustjacket has edge wear with a few tiny tears, states "Eleventh Large Printing" on front cover, in protective mylar. Quotes from Owen Wister on back panel.



    promise me (large print) by harlan coben

    Paperback. Good.

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