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Mariana Monteiro

Legends and Popular Tales of the Basque People

With Illustrations in Photogravure
By Harold Copping

Publisher: T. Fisher Unwin, 1887, first edition. Limited large paper edition, number 66 of 100, signed by the author. Bound in light brown cloth with dark brown cloth spine. Untrimmed page edges.
This is a very attractive book, printed on laid paper, with borders around each text and engraved head-pieces and initial letters for each story. The four photogravure illustrations are very atmospheric. The book contains 13 stories and ballads and a glossary.
The book is in very good condition, with a newly rebound spine with the original boards. The board corners are bumped, and there are some marks to the back board. Internally, the frontispiece has some light foxing and two very short closed tears, and its tissue guard is creased and foxed. There is also a little transfer foxing and offsetting to the title page. The other three illustrations have loose tissue guards, and have also lightly offset onto the facing pages. The back free endpaper has some age-toning and has lost a corner, and the rear internal hinge is split, but the binding is firm and tight. Otherwise the pages are clean and bright.
Quarto sized, 30.3 cm tall (12 inches)



K. Frank Jensen

The Prophetic Cards
-a catalog of cards for fortune-telling

Publisher: Ouroboros, 1985, first edition. Ring bound in wraps, the front wrap being red paper with an image of a card pasted on, and titles printed in black, protected by a clear plastic cover, while the back wrap is a heavy card board with a leather-look finish. The black plastic binder ring has titles printed along its spine in gold.
This catalog was published in a limited edition in connection with Spilkammeret’s exhibition of 1985: The Prophetic cards, and it is a rare item. It is a remarkable collection of images of all kinds of fortune telling cards from the 19th and 20th centuries. The packs do not include Tarot cards, though many are obviously derived from or influenced by the Tarot. This publication is an invaluable reference for anyone interested in prophetic cards.
The book is in very good condition, clean and bright. The text is in both Danish and English. The text pages are printed on grey-blue paper and the rest on white. The Illustrations of the decks are printed on one side of the paper only for the most part, and some have examples of their instructions for use. There are eight parts, as follows: 1. The Lenormand-decks; 2. The Social Decks; 3. Standard Decks with Fortune Telling Texts; 4. Mythological Themes; 5. Runes, Geomancy, I-Ching, Chiromancy; 6. Astrological Themes; 7. Unusual Themes; 8. Cards for Meditation etc.
The book ends with a one-page bibliography. There are about 140 different decks illustrated.
30 cm tall by 21 cm wide and 2cm thick.




Collier, John

The Devil and All, Six Short Stories

Nonesuch Press, 1934, 1st limited edition.  1000 copies printed and signed by author.  This is number 729.  Green cloth bevelled boards with gilt titles on spine and black titles on silver panels on front cover.  The silver under the front titles has mottled, which seems to be the case with all copies of this edition, and a small amount is missing from one edge of the top panel.  Binding in very good condition.  Printed on Japanese paper, edges uncut, with a woodcut frontispiece by Blair Hughes-Stanton.    Pages bright and clean and tight in binding.

8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall



Hewitt, Graily

Lettering: For Students and Craftsmen

Seeley, Service & Co. Ltd., 1930, first edition.  Limited edition 147/380, signed by the author.  White buckram with slight soiling,  light scattered foxing to endpapers.  Top edges gilt, others uncut.  A beautiful clean and bright copy in very good plus condition, from the estate of the late Lord Wardington, with his bookplate on the end pastedown. Another bookplate is on the front pastedown. This is a fine classic work on the art of lettering, extensively illustrated and printed on Arnold's unbleached hand-made paper. 

4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall



Kipling, Rudyard

Sea and Sussex
From Rudyard Kipling's Verse Illustrated by Donald Maxwell
With an Introductory Poem by Rudyard Kipling 

Publisher: Macmillan and Co. Limited, 1926, first edition.  One of five hundred large paper copies, signed by Rudyard Kipling.

This is a beautiful book, with extracts of Kipling's verse and 21 full colour plates, very fine illustrations by Donald Maxwell.  
The book is bound in quarter vellum with gilt titles on the spine, blue paper covered boards, top edges gilt, with original slipcase.  
The book is in very good condition, with browned endpapers, a very occasional isolated spot, but mainly clean and bright.  The slipcase has a paper title label, has some light spotting and soiling, and a short tear at the top front edge.  
The book is quarto sized 295mm tall.                                                                                                                



John Cheyney and his Descendants, Printers in Banbury Since 1767  

Printed for private circulation, 1936, first edition.  This book is a history of this venerable Banbury printers, and consists of 66 pages of the history, followed by appendices and 70 full-page monochrome plates which include members of the Cheyney family, group photos of employees, photos of the various premises occupied by the business, and many of their publications.  Lastly, there is a fold out family tree of the Cheyney family.  This is a large and heavy book (4to), printed on beautiful heavy weight paper.  It is bound in brown buckram and still has its original dust jacket, which has some small closed tears and chips around the edges.  The book itself is in very good condition, clean and bright.  This is a beautifully-produced volume, fascinating for anyone with an interest in the history of printing.

4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall



Pichette, Henri

Rond-Point; Suivi De Joyce Au Participe Futur et De Pages Pour Chaplin

Mercure de France, 1950.  Cream paper cover with black and red titles, small size approx 6 inches tall.  Limited edition of 1000, of which this is no 342.  Contains two essays, on James Joyce and Charlie Chaplin.  90 pp.  Very good condition, light foxing of page edges, one owner name on first blank page, otherwise clean and bright.

24mo - over 5" - 5¾" tall                                                                                                                        



Gibbon, John

Introductio Ad Latinam Blasoniam.  An Essay to a More Correct Blason in Latine Than Formerly Hath Been Used.  Collected Out of Approved Modern Authors, and Descibing the Arms of All the Kingdoms of Europe

Achievements Ltd., 1963, limited facsimile edition of the 1682 original.  Paper cover with facsimile of title page on cover.  Spine slightly sunned, some light marks to covers, clean and bright within.  Very good condition.  168 pp, 12mo.  Text in English.  17th century text on heraldry, with small illustrations of the elements of coats of arms within the text.

12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall       


Ewart, Gavin

A Cluster of Clerihews

Sixth Chamber Press, Leamington Spa, 1985.  Cloth Spine, marbled boards, as new.  This is number 17 of 175 numbered copies, signed by the author, printed on Vintage cartridge.  (There are also 26 lettered copies on Zerkall Ingres paper)  Unpaginated, approx 22 pages plus blanks.

24mo - over 5" - 5¾" tall


Franklin, Colin

Themes in Aquatint

The Book Club of California, 1978, first edition.  Limited edition 160/500.  Quarter red cloth with marbled boards.  Near fine condition, clean and bright.  Examination of the development of the aquatint.  16 colour plates. Folio.  From the library of the late Lord Wardington, with his bookplate pasted to the back endpaper.

Folio - over 12" - 15" tall



The Exhibition of Australian Art in London 1923

 Art in Australia Ltd., Sydney, Australia 1923, first edition.  Limited edition of 1000 copies, of which this is number 84.  Decorated buckram boards with grey cloth spine.  Very good condition.  39 tipped-in plates, 2 monochrome, the rest colour, plus 160 monochrome plates on smooth paper.  The 160 monochrome plates are clean and bright.  There is scattered light foxing within, which affects the heavyweight paper to which the tipped-in plates are attached, but the plates themselves are unaffected. 

4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall       




Dun, Major T.I.

From Cairo to Siwa; Across the Libyan Desert with Armoured Cars  

Messrs E.& R. Schindler, 1933, first edition.  This is number 17 of the 75 deluxe morocco bound copies, signed by the author.  The binding is ¼ morocco with gilt decorative paper-covered boards.  The volume is folio size, and is a showcase production for the Egyptian printers.  The endpapers are decorated gilt, with a special hieroglyphic bookplate on the front pastedown, with explanation printed below.  The frontispiece is a gilt photograph of a statue of Ahknaton, which is found only in the deluxe copies, and there are two other tipped-in plates in gilt and silver, mounted on coloured card, these have slight creasing.  The pages are printed in dark dusky purple text with red capitals and large red art deco style page numbers, with drawings printed in black, purple, orange, grey or green, illustrating the journey and things seen along the way.   
Most pages are illuminated by N. Strekalowsky, with contributions by M. Fisher, H. Bindhart and E. Kassessinoff, and others.  There are also many really good wood engravings by students of the Cairo School of Fine Art, including several by Nahmia Saad.

The text of the volume tells of Major Dun's journey with ten Rolls Royce armoured cars, one wireless Leyland, three Austin Seven cars and six motor cycles.  Six lorries carried supplies and water.  The reconnaissance mission was carried out by the XIIth Royal Lancers. There is an Introduction, the Narrative of the journey, Envoy and Epilogue, History Customs and Superstitions touching the Libyan Oasis of Siwa and the Libyan Desert, A 16 page section (1 page folding) of photographic images showing Cairo, Mersa Matruh, Siwa and the Libyan Desert, a folding map showing the route across the Libyan Desert, and a colour map of the main part of Cairo. 

The pages are all clean and bright and in very good condition. The binding of this volume is rubbed, corners and head and foot of spine bumped, and the front endpaper is split at the hinge.  The binding is sound and tight. This book was published in a first edition of one thousand volumes, comprising 750 standard copies, 175 De Luxe vellum bound volumes, and 75 De Luxe morocco bound volumes.  The morocco bound volumes, of which this is one, are extremely rare. The book was originally issued in a pochette with a scarab bookmark, both now missing. It is a very rare, eccentric and beautiful publication.

Folio - over 12" - 15" tall