1379 - 1571 FINE PRINTING and ILLUSTRATED BOOKS (including CARICATURE)
- Portfolio trifle foxed and vaguely waterstained.
= Ritter Ba 1961, 55; Vorms/ Von der Gabelentz no.50.
- (Sl.) foxed (incl. binding); weakening on hinges. Sl. bumped at foot of spine.
= Mardersteig 32; Ritter C a) Nr.44.II; Vorms/ Von der Gabelentz C 44 (70.I). SEE ILLUSTRATION PLATE LVIII.
= De Jong 530. With MANUSCRIPT DEDICATION by the artist.
Valéry, P. Le retour de Hollande. Descartes & Rembrandt. Maastr., A.A.M. Stols, 1926, 1st ed., 25,(2)p., woodcut portr. by J. FRANKEN PZN., printed in black and red in 400 numb. copies (40) by J. Enschedé en Zonen, bound in contemp. blue mor. w. simple gilt fillet line along border, gilt boardedges, t.e.g., orig. wr. pres., matching board slipcase.
- Occas. browned; foxed throughout.
= Van Dijk 100. One of 40 copies on handmade antique Van Gelder w. 2 extra copies of the woodcut portrait on various kinds of paper bound in.
AND 2 others.
- New endpapers; uncut copy w. the 4 lithographs of the seasons and the lithographed title-p. sl. frayed and yellowed in outer blank margin, otherwise the plates are all in fine condition; htitle yellowed and letterpress title-p. yellowed in lower margin. Wrappers dam. in margins and laid down (with loss along margins and loss of orig. backstrip).
= Very rare copy with all plates SIGNED IN PENCIL in lower outer corner (no other copy found w. signed plates). One of 50 copies printed on Hollande. Monod 1905. Superb Art Nouveau plates by F.M. Melchers (1865-1944), illustrating the months and seasons of the year. Melchers was a pupil of Jan Toorop and, like him, was influenced by Japanese prints. Rare. SEE ILLUSTRATION PLATE LVIII.
= SIGNED by the illustrator on final page. Bondy p.174: "The Somesuch Press of Stanley Marcus, a retired magnate of the commercial world who founded the world-famous Neiman-Marcus store in Dallas, Texas, has been producing precious and unusual miniature volumes during the last few years".
Dallas in 1873. An Invitation to Immigrants. Ibid., Stone-Inge Books, 1980, 26p., orig. cl. w. paper title-piece, 7x5 cm. Cordova, D. Monsignor Francis J. Weber: The Old Country Priest. Delaware, Miniature Book Society, 2014, 47,(1)p., tipped-in frontisp. portrait, printed in 350 copies, orig. giltlettered black leather, 7,1x5,9 cm. Balliett, W. Duke Ellington Remembered. Newport Beach, Gold Stein Press, 1981, 47,(1)p., printed in 750 copies, orig. giltlettered blue leather, a.e.g., 6,8x4x8 cm. - AND 8 others, i.a. R. MAMOULIAN, Abigayil. The story of the Cat at the Manger (Skokie, 1964, col. (full-p.) ills. by M. GOODMAN, orig. silverlettered yellow leather) and 5 works by The Press of Ward Schori, i.a. M. TWAIN, Luck (1984, ills. by R.J. WAHLGREN, printed in 199 copies, orig. gilt cl.) and E. FIELD, The Lullaby Book (1963, printed in 600 copies, SIGNED by the publisher, orig. gilt dec. blue leather, a.e.g.).
- Spine-ends trifle chipped. Gold mostly worn off.
Napoleon's Book of Fate. Glasgow/ New York, D. Bryce and Son/ F.A. Stokes Co., 1905, 79,(1),(16 publ. cat.)p., frontisp. portr., fold. table, orig. gilt green mor., 5,3x3,5 cm.
- Trifle worn/ soiled and sl. loosening. = Welsh 5212; Bondy p.116. Rare.
Bunyan, J. The Pilgrim's Progress. Ed. E. Venables. London, H. Frowde, 1896, 2 parts in 1 vol., 452; 418p., frontisp. portr., ills., india-paper, orig. giltlettered mor., a.e.g., 5,3x4,5 cm.
- Lacks first free endpaper; htitle soiled. = Welsh 1516; Bondy p.117.
Walton, I. The Compleat Angler. Ibid., idem, n.d. (1900), XIX,(1),585,(1)p., frontisp. portr., ills., india-paper, orig. giltlettered mor., gilt inside dentelles, a.e.g., 5,5x4,7 cm.
- Fine. = Welsh 7030 ; Bondy p.117.
The Book of Common Prayer and Administration of the Holy Communion (...). Oxford, University Press, n.d. (±1900), 668p., frontisp., contemp. gilt calf w. bone covers, a.e.g., 5,9x4,6 cm. - BOUND WITH: Hymns Ancient and Modern for the use in the service of the Church. London, W. Clowes & Sons, n.d., VI,861,(1)p., frontisp.
- Second work first ±5 lvs. waterstained in inner lower corner.
AND 33 other miniature books in 34 vols., partly theological works (i.a. 3 works in contemp. red/ purple/ black leather wallet bindings), but also incl. 4 works by C. DICKENS and 2 copies in variant binding of A. TENNYSON, Poetical Works (London etc., Eyre and Spottiswoode, n.d. (±1900), india-paper, orig. mor. w. gilt spine, 5,5x4,7 cm./ orig. giltlettered limp suede, 6,3x5,1 cm. Both w. owner's entry on upper pastedown w. offsetting on title. Welsh 6655; Bondy p.120).
- Sm. stain on backstrip "Poesia Torinese".
= Contains "Proverbi torinesi" (8 ills.); "Canti torinesi" (8 ills.); "Amore di Torino" (8 ills.); "Poesia torinese" (8 ills.) and "Satira torinese" (10 ills).
Milano minima. Ibid., idem, 1967, 5 vols., each vol. w. full-p. ills., bound unif. w. the preceding, together in orig. giltlettered slipcase.
- Backstrips and slipcase sl. discol.
= Contains "Satira Meneghina" (7 ills.); "Stornelli milanese" (6 ills.); "Poesia milanese" (6 ills.); "Amore di Milano" (7 ills.) and "Proverbi milanesi" (4 ills.).
Roma minima. Ibid., idem, 1965, 5 vols., each vol. w. full-p. ills., bound unif. w. the preceding, together in orig. giltlettered slipcase.
= Contains "Amore di Roma" (5 ills.); "Stornelli romani" (4 ills.); "Pasquinate" (4 ills.); "Poesia romanesca" (4 ills.) and "Proverbi romani" (3 ills.).
Itinerari Romani. Ibid., idem, 1967, 10 vols., each vol. w. full-p. ills., bound unif. w. the preceding, together in 2 orig. giltlettered calf slipcases.
- "Belli" bound irratically but complete; upper joint of "Stendhal" starting to split at foot of spine; upper joint of "Michelangelo" starting to split at foot of spine; foot of spine chipped. Slipcases trifle rubbed/ dam. along extremities.
= Contains: Itinerari Romani I: "Belli" (3 ills.); "Borromini" (8 ills.); "Stendhal" (5 ills.); "Trilussa" (6 ills.) and "Raffaello" (7 ills); Itinerari Romani II: "Goethe" (7 ills.); "Sisto V" (5 ills.); "Bernini" (4 ills.); "Michelangelo" (5 ills.) and "D'Annunzio" (8 ills.).
- Incl. a duplicate of "The inaugural address of John Fitzgerald Kennedy" (lacks the frontisp. portrait).
= AND 1 duplicate of the last. On The Black Cat Press: Bondy, p.171: "Other recent miniature book publishers of quality in the United States include The Black Cat Press of Norman W. Forgue in Chicago and later at Skokie near that city which published amongst many other interesting literary, historical and even technical titles".
- Frontisp. and title-p. sl. dam. from formally being stuck together.
Lieshout, L. van. Tulipomania. An Eyewitness Account. Den Bosch, idem, 2000, (10),51,(5)p., mezzotint frontisp. by M. DAM (numbered "78/150" and signed in pencil), typgraphy by J. BRUSSEL,, printed in 150 numb. copies, orig. boards by L. THÜRKÔW, 7x4,5 cm. Cervantes, M. de. The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote de la Mancha. Chapter VIII. Ibid., idem, 2001, 44,(4)p., woodcut frontisp. by G. GAUDAEN, typography by J. BOSCH, printed in 150 numb. copies, orig. pict. boards by L. THÜRKÔW, 7,2x4,4 cm.
- Incl. a duplicate of the first.
= Bondy, pp.171-172: "Dawson's Book Shop in Los Angeles is one of the American Meccas for miniature book collectors. Many finely designed items were issued under their imprint, or that of Susan and Karen Dawson in Pasadena/ (...). Associated with Dawson's and often working for them is Bela Blau of Los Angeles who is handsetting, printing and binding some delightful volumes".
- Upper hinge weak. Binding sl. worn; frontcover w. sm. stain and upper boardedge chipped.
= Edizione Vade Mecum series. Cf. Welsh 2166; cf. Bondy, pp.90-100: "A much more serious and eminently successful venture was the publication of the Edizione Vade Mecum by G. Barbèra in Florence. Printed in tiny but very clear type, that collection of eminent literary works has meant for those addicted to Italian literature, that their beloved books could in the full sense of the word "go with them", as the title of the series indicates. All the volumes measure approximately 2 1/2 by 1 7/8 inches and are beautifully bound in leathers of various colours and lavishly and most attractively gilt-stamped on both sides and spine in ever varying designs".
Petrarca, F. Le Rime. Ibid., idem, 1912, (2),V,(1),379,(1)p., frontisp. portrait, orig. green leather, both covers richly gilt with intertwined lyre design, 6,5x4,5 cm.
- Lower hinge weak. Lacks sm. portion of top of spine; lower joint split but restored.
= Edizione Vade Mecum series. Welsh 5668; cf. Bondy, p.100: "Other texts, all of them produced with great care and immaculate typography, are (...) volumes with the Poesie of Giacomo Leopardi, (...) Le Rime of Francesco Petrarca (...)".
Leopardi, G. Poesie. Ibid., idem, 1950, (4),(2 blank),354,(1)p., frontisp. portrait, orig. black artif. (?) leather, both covers richly gilt with intertwined lyre design, similar to the above, 6,5x4,5 cm.
- Upper corners dam.; joints starting at spine-ends.
= Edizione Vade Mecum series. Welsh 4359; cf. Spielmann 293: "A volume in the famous 'Vade Mecum series', begun with a tiny Dante edition in the 1890's. Barbèra, the publishers, are also famous for their fine series of 16mo editions of Italian classics".
= On The Hillside Press, see Bondy p.171: "Other recent miniature book publishers of quality in the United States include The Black Cat Press of Norman W. Forgue (...) and The Hillside Press of Franklin, New Hampshire which after transferred to Buffalo in the state of New York. They published in strictly limited edition some works by Hans Christian Andersen, Holbein's Dance of Death (...) and other fine miniature books measuring circa 2 3/16 by 1 13/16 inches".
- Fine copy. = Facs. reprint of the edition Geneva/ Paris, 1958.
- Contents loose; most lvs. w. remnants of tape on inner blank margin. Frontwrapper w. large tear in lower part (±6 cm.); lacks backstrip.
= Text by O. Uzanne. One of 50 copies printed on Japanese.
- One plate w. tear penetrating the image; otherwise plates in fine condition. Binding occas. soiled; sm. paper ticket on frontcover.
= Ray 291: "Nicholson's woodcuts were reproduced by lithography (...) Each has a heavy border - Nicholson was known as "the man who puts a thick black line round everything" - and within this border is a striking design, usually a single figure, made up of contrasting masses of black and one or more colors. The decorative appeal of these woodcuts was immediate and lasting." Peppin/ Micklethwait p.215: "Alphabet and London Types brought a completely new look to illustrated books (...) these influential books owed their straightforward handling of the printed page to the example of early chapbooks." SEE ILLUSTRATION PLATE LVIII.
- Bookplate on first blank. Cloth sl. soiled; red stain on upper joint.
= One of 600 numb. copies SIGNED by the artist. On the artist see Houfe p.401 and Peppin/ M. p.215f: "Nielsen's most remarkable illustrations were for the four lavishly produced limited editions published by Hodder and Stoughton (...). Though influenced in style by the drawings of Aubrey Beardsley and by Oriental and Middle-Eastern art, his work revealed above all his talent for theatrical design. His illustrations were formally dramatic in conception, the figures portrayed as actors posed against backdrops, their clothes depicted with all the elegance of costume designs. Within this essentially artificial context, he was able to introduce images that were sometimes strikingly imaginative or bizarre." SEE ILLUSTRATION PLATE LIX.