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The Brothers; A Roman Comedy, 160 B.C.

The Brothers; A Roman Comedy, 160 B.C.

by Terence; Durer, Albrecht (Illustrations)

Kentfield, California: The Allen Press, 1968. Limited Edition. Hardcover. Fine. Durer, Albrecht. One of 140 copies, folio size, [34] leaves unnumbered, with original prospectus folded in original hand-addresed mailing envelope. The thirty-second limited edition from The Allen Press, and the first printed on their 1846 Columbian handpress. Terence (circa 195 - 159 B.C.) was and has remained a popular playwright, "The Brothers" considered to be one of his greatest plays, being "not only a... Read more
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$578.00
[LEAF BOOK]  Dr. Johnson and Noah Webster; Two Men & their Dictionaries

[LEAF BOOK] Dr. Johnson and Noah Webster; Two Men & their Dictionaries

by Littlejohn, David

San Francisco: The Book Club of California (printed by Grabhorn-Hoyem), 1971. Limited Edition. Hardcover. Near fine. One of 500 copies, folio size, 84 pp. Johnson and Webster were both ground-breaking in producing dictionaries which helped to codify the English language; Samuel Johnson's was published in 1755 and was considered the best English dictionary until the OED came out 173 years later. Noah Webster helped to shape American English and his work became the standard in the US; it still... Read more
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$193.00
Reflections on Travels With My Aunt

Reflections on Travels With My Aunt

by Greene, Graham

New York: Firsts & Company, 1989. Limited Edition. Wraps. Fine. No. 100 of 250 copies, quarto size, [17] pp., signed by Graham Greene. English author Graham Greene (1904-1991) is best known for his Catholic novels such as "The Power and the Glory" and "The End of the Affair", which explore modern moral and politcal issues; he also who worked for British Intelligence and travelled extensively in addition to writing. "Travels With My Aunt" is a novel following a man and... Read more
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$275.00
Sherlock Holmes on the Roof of the World

Sherlock Holmes on the Roof of the World

by Miller, Thomas Kent

First edition, first printing. Clean, unmarked, uncreased copy.


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$15.00
Lens of Crystal  [Number VIII of X in a special binding]

Lens of Crystal [Number VIII of X in a special binding]

by Skelton, Robin; Philpott, Sara (Artist)

[Monmouthshire]: The Old Stile Press, 1996. Limited Edition. Leather bound. Fine. Philpott, Sara. Number VIII of X copies in a special binding designed and executed by Peter R. Jones (from a total edition of 250), quarto size, [80] pp., signed by Robin Skelton, Sara Philpott and Peter R. Jones, with extra material about the special binding. This volume one of ten with a special binding by Peter R. Jones; Peter received his Licentiate of Designer Bookbinders in 1991, Fellow in 1995 and served as... Read more
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$935.00
Ace High The 'Frisco Detective, or, The Girl Sport's Double Game; A Story of the Sierra & the Golden Gate City

Ace High The 'Frisco Detective, or, The Girl Sport's Double Game; A Story of the Sierra & the Golden Gate City

by Magee, David (Introduction); Dean, Mallette (Illustrations)

San Francisco: The Book Club of California [Printed by the Grabhorn Press], 1948. Limited Edition. Hardcover. Near fine. Dean, Mallette. One of 500 copies, quarto size, 64 pp., with prospectus and slipcase. " 'Ace High' is the production - and very likely the masterpiece - of one C. E. Tripp, an author whose novels (now unfortunately in eclipse) once claimed the goggle-eyed attention of thousands of readers of Beadle's Half Dime Library. The story, in the best blood-and-thunder... Read more
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$110.00
A Letter from Anthony Trollope Describing A Visit to California in 1875  [INSCRIBED BY JANE GRABHORN AND BY MALLETTE DEAN]

A Letter from Anthony Trollope Describing A Visit to California in 1875 [INSCRIBED BY JANE GRABHORN AND BY MALLETTE DEAN]

by Trollope, Anthony; Dean, Mallette (Artist)

San Francisco: The Colt Press, 1946. Limited Edition. Hardcover. Near Fine. Dean, Mallette. One of 500 copies, octavo size, 32 pp. First edition with Mallette Dean illustrations, inscribed by Jane Grabhorn "with love to Sherwood" [Grover], July 1946, also inscribed by Mallette Dean, "I'll bear down on the fine lines here after Bill" - Mallette. Number five of the Colt Press Series of California Classics. The letter was first printed in the "Weekly Mercury", London,... Read more
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$440.00
The Savoy

The Savoy

by Reeves-Smith, G.; Cecil, Hugh (Photographer); Fraser, Claud Lovat (Illustrations)

London: [Curwen Press], 1923. Hardcover. Very Good. Fraser, Claud Lovat. Quarto size, 33 pp. Sir George Reeves-Smith (1863-1941), an English hotelier who managed the Savoy Hotel in London and founded the Hotels and Restaurants Association in 1910, made this guide to places in London for tourists staying in his hotel. The book guides readers through the sights visible from the windows of the Savoy Hotel, and paints a beautiful and engaging picture of London in the early twentieth century. Included... Read more
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$165.00
The Gentleman from Cracow [and] The Mirror

The Gentleman from Cracow [and] The Mirror

by Singer, Isaac Bashevis; Soyer, Raphael (Illustrator); Moore, Harry T. (Introduction)

New York: The Limited Editions Club, 1979. Limited Edition. Hardcover. Fine/fine. Soyer, Raphael. No. 631 of 2000, quarto size, 126 pp., signed by Isaac Bashevis Singer and Raphael Soyer. Isaac Bashevis Singer (1902-1991) was a Polish-born Jewish writer who wrote and published only in Yiddish. He won he Nobel Prize in Literature in 1978 and was also awarded two National Book Awards. The artist for this edition, Raphael Soyer, was a Russian-born American painter, draftsman, and printmaker referred to as... Read more
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$248.00
Paris, France:  A Memoir by Gertrude Stein

Paris, France: A Memoir by Gertrude Stein

by Stein, Gertrude; Plimpton, George (Afterword); Schumaker, Ward (Illustrator)

[Covelo, California]: The Yolla Bolly Press, 2000. Limited Edition. Hardcover. Fine. Schumaker, Ward. Number 168 of 200 copies, quarto size, 112 pp., signed by George Plimpton and Ward Schumaker. Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), one of the most important figures in the Modernist movements in both literature and art, has given us a charming glimpse into life in France during the first third of the 20th century regaling us with the life of the average, everyday French. This work differs from her others in... Read more
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$440.00
Shakespeare and Some Commentators; An Address to the English Speaking Union at San Francisco, April 25, 1933, by Oscar Sutro

Shakespeare and Some Commentators; An Address to the English Speaking Union at San Francisco, April 25, 1933, by Oscar Sutro

by Sutro, Oscar

San Francisco: Privately Printed [by Edwin and Robert Grabhorn], 1933. Limited Edition. Hardcover. Near Fine. One of 125 copies, octavo size, 28 pp. This edition, privately printed for prominant San Franciscan and member of the SF Roxburghe Club 1933-1935 Oscar Sutro (1874-1935), was printed by the Grabhorn Press, one of the most highly renowned private presses in America in the twentieth century, run by brothers Edwin and Robert Grabhorn. This volume contains an address regarding William... Read more
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$55.00
Paradise Lost [and] Paradise Regained

Paradise Lost [and] Paradise Regained

by Milton, John; Galanis, D. (Illustrator); Simons, Anna (Initial Letters)

(London): The Cresset Press (Printed at the Shakespeare Head Press), 1931. Limited Edition. Hardcover. Near Fine. One of 195 copies (plus 10 on vellum), folio size, 550 pp. The final work printed by The Cresset Press when it was functioning as a printer of fine press books, thought by many to be its finest, and printed by Bernard Newdigate at the Shakespeare Head Press. With twenty wood-engravings by D. Galanis (16 full-page, plus head- and tail-pieces in each volume) and the title-page and initial... Read more
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$4,400.00
The Complete Novels and Selected Tales

The Complete Novels and Selected Tales

by Hawthorne, Nathaniel

Modern Library, 1955. MLG 37. Red cloth, black/gilt titles blocks, black topstain. Toledano spine #5. Edited and with an introduction by Norman Holmes Pearson. Book very good plus, appears unread, with a few pages curled at top foreedge, rectangular cut to ffep at top foreedge corner. DJ (5G approx 400 titles), aldo very good with one small chip to top back panel, a few short tears. . Reprint. Hardcover. Very Good/Very Good.
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$40.00
Requiem

Requiem

by Akhmatova, Anna; Bruskin, Grisha (Illustrator); Hackel, Sergei (Translator); Tavener, Sir John (Composer)

[New York]: The Limited Editions Club, 2000. Limited Edition. Hardcover. Fine. Bruskin, Grisha. Number 143 of 300 copies, elephant folio size, [62] pp., signed by Sir John Tavener and Grisha Bruskin, with LEC Newsletter and CD. Anna Andreyevna Gorenko (1889-1996), known by her pen name Anna Akhmatova, was one of the most significant Russian poets of the twentieth-century. Her harrowing and embittered "Requiem" memorializes the deaths and sufferings of millions of victims of the KGB under... Read more
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$2,750.00
Wonderful World

Wonderful World

by Reichert, Madeleine Neumann

San Francisco: Privately Printed [Jane and Robert Grabhorn], 1961. Limited Edition. Hardcover. Near fine. One of 75 copies, large octavo size, 47 pp. The poems in this book were published posthumously, from a selection of over 200 poems written in the two years before the author's death of leukemia in 1960. Loosely laid into the book is the card of Rabbi Irving Frederick Reichert, presumably the author's husband; we assume it was a gift from him to the prior owner. ___DESCRIPTION: Quarter... Read more
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$94.00
Sir John Chardin's Travels in Persia

Sir John Chardin's Travels in Persia

by Chardin, Sir John; Penzer, N.M. (Editor); Sykes, Percy, Sir (Introduction)

London: The Argonaut Press, 1927. Limited Edition. Hardcover. Near Fine. Number 628 of 975 copies, quarto size, [318] pp. Sir John Chardin (1643-1712) was a French merchant and traveler; the publication of the first volume of his "Voyages du chevalier Jean Chardin en Perse et autres lieux de l'Orient" simultaneously in French and English in 1686 permitted Chardin to "position himself as one of the most important arbiters of European commercial and colonial expansion. Over the next... Read more
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$138.00
Dialogue Over a Ouija Board; A Verse Dialogue

Dialogue Over a Ouija Board; A Verse Dialogue

by Plath, Sylvia; Baskin, Leonard (Artist)

Cambridge, England: Rainbow Press, 1981. First and Limited Edition. Vellum. Fine. Baskin, Leonard. Number 57 of 140 copies, octavo size, 32 pp. Designed and printed by Sebastian Carter at the Rampant Lions Press, Cambridge. "Along with compiling lists of potential subjects for Plath's poems and stories, her husband Ted Hughes advised her on meditation techniques, and used hypnotism and their hand-made Ouija board on a regular basis. Calling these sessions 'magnificent fun,' Plath was... Read more
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$825.00
Sonnets

Sonnets

by Barnfield, Richard; Hicks-Jenkins, Clive

[Monmouthshire]: The Old Stile Press, 2001. Limited Edition. Hardcover. Fine. Hicks-Jenkins, Clive. No. 34 of 300 copies, oblong quarto, [48] pp., signed by Clive Hicks-Jenkins. Richard Barnfield (1574-1620) was an English poet, probably best known for his association with William Shakespeare. These twenty sonnets were published in 1595, a year later than "The Affectionate Shepheard", for which the author enjoyed some popularity during the later 1590s. His work is less well-known than that... Read more
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$275.00
Der Archipelagus

Der Archipelagus

by Hölderlin, Friedrich; Mengershausen, Cornelia von (Artist)

California: Ettan Press, 1978. Limited Edition. Hardcover. Fine. Mengershausen, Cornelia von. Number 85 of 90 (total edition 100), quarto size, [20] pp., each plate hand-numbered and signed by the artist, in German. Friedrich Hölderlin's (1770-1843) hexameter poem, his longest, comprised of 296 verses. The poem represents through both lamentation and hymnal-like praise the Greek philosophy of "pantheism" or the divine existing in all things; Archipelagus is geographically the Aegean... Read more
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$385.00
Der Rhein  [The Rhine]

Der Rhein [The Rhine]

by Holderlin, Friedrich; Knifer, Julije (Illustrations)

[Neu-Isenburg, Germany]: Tiessen, 1984. Limited Edition. Original wraps. Fine. Knifer, Julije. no. 180 of 222 copies, quarto size, 15 unnumbered pp., signed by the artist, in German. Johann Christian Friedrich Holderlin (1770-1843) was a German poet described as "the most German of Germans"; he was a key figure in German Romanticism and an important thinker in the development of German Idealism (N.B., info from Wikipedia). This volume contains Holderlin's poem "Der Rhein",... Read more
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$220.00
Jubilate Agno / Rejoice in the Lamb  [Number VI of X special edition]; Written, between 1759 and 1763, by Christopher Smart during his confinement in St. Luke's Hospital and other private asylums, London

Jubilate Agno / Rejoice in the Lamb [Number VI of X special edition]; Written, between 1759 and 1763, by Christopher Smart during his confinement in St. Luke's Hospital and other private asylums, London

by Smart, Christopher; Lemaire, Angela (Artist, Afterword)

[Monmouthshire]: The Old Stile Press, 2012. Limited Edition. Hardcover. Fine. Lemaire, Angela. Number VI of X special editions (total edition 110), folio size, [72] pp., signed by Angela Lemaire. A breathtakingly lovely work with hand-colouring by the artist in this, one of the ten deluxe copies. Christopher Smart (1722-1771) was a major poet who has more often been admired by other poets than by literary critics; a Romantic poet before the term was invented, it has been said of him that his was... Read more
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$2,200.00
Farewell Speech of King Edward the Eighth Broadcast from Windsor Castle the Tenth Day of December, MCMXXXVI, With the Instrument of Abdication & A Note By William Saroyan

Farewell Speech of King Edward the Eighth Broadcast from Windsor Castle the Tenth Day of December, MCMXXXVI, With the Instrument of Abdication & A Note By William Saroyan

by Edward VIII; Saroyan, William (Note); Dean, Mallette (Wood Engraving)

San Francisco: Printed for Ransohoffs at the Grabhorn Press, 1938. Limited Edition. Hardcover. Near fine. Dean, Mallette. One of 200 copies, folio size, [25] pp. Edward VIII (1894-1972), Prince of Wales, then King Edward VIII, and then the Duke of Windsor, made history when he abdicated the British throne in order to marry Wallis Simpson, an American divorcée, whom the monarchy considered unacceptable for a future king to wed. Viewed as a hero by some for choosing love over kingship, Edward... Read more
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$220.00
A Short Account of the Life and Work of Wynkyn de Worde, with a Leaf from The Golden Legend, Printed by Him at the Sign of the Sun in Fleet Street, London, the Year 1527  [LEAF BOOK]

A Short Account of the Life and Work of Wynkyn de Worde, with a Leaf from The Golden Legend, Printed by Him at the Sign of the Sun in Fleet Street, London, the Year 1527 [LEAF BOOK]

by De Worde, Wynkyn; Grabhorn, Robert (Editor)

San Francisco: The Book Club of California, printed by The Grabhorn Press, 1949. Limited Edition. Hardcover. Fine. One of 375 copies, folio size, [23] pp. Wynkyn de Worde (d. 1534/5) "was Caxton's right-hand man and successor. Caxton may have taken him on at the start of his printing career in Cologne, and brought him to England to oversee the operation of his Westminster press. But de Worde was more than just a technician: after his master's death he took on the press and ran it... Read more
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$440.00
Early Printing in America; Being a reprint from the American Encyclopedia of Printing, edited by J. Luther Ringwald and published in the city of Philadelphia in 1871

Early Printing in America; Being a reprint from the American Encyclopedia of Printing, edited by J. Luther Ringwald and published in the city of Philadelphia in 1871

by Ringwalt, J. Luther

San Francisco: Edwin & Robert Grabhorn, 1921. Limited Edition. Wraps. Very good +. One of 250 copies, octavo size, 16 pp. We all know the story of the Grabhorn brothers arrival in San Francisco on "December 24, 1919, several weeks in advance of their equipment, which has been sent on from Indianapolis by freight" (Magee p. 12). Edwin and Robert became one of the largest forces for fine printing not only in San Francisco, but both nationally and internationally, printing imaginative,... Read more
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$275.00
All The King's Men

All The King's Men

by Warren, Robert Penn

New York: Modern Library. Very Good in Very Good- dust jacket. 1953. Hardcover. Text is clean. Blue cloth cover shows wear, minor dampstain to front cover. Dust jacket shows some edgewear, with chipping at head of spine. ; Toledano binding style '8', Kent Endpapers, Dust Jacket style 'i', listing 385 titles. [Webster's Dictionary of American Authors, (Major Works of American Literature) pp. 416-17] ; Modern Library; Vol. 170.2; 1.2 x 6.9 x 4.8 Inches; 464 pages .
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$25.00