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Lot 1001


Title: Bibliography of the Fine Books Published by the Limited Editions Club, 1929-1985
Author: uncredited
Publisher: The Limited Editions Club
City: New York
Year: 1985
Printing Information: Limited Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 182 pages
Width: 9.75" Height: 13.75"
Book Details: This scarce volume is bound in gilt-stamped half red leather with marbled paper-covered boards and stamped gilt lettering to the spine. A limited edition, this bibliography is number 379 of 800. “The design of this edition is by Harry Milliken, Ben Shiff and David Wolfe. The type was set at The Anthoensen Press. The presswork has been performed by The Anthoensen Press, Heritage Printers and Wild Carrot Letterpress. The paper used in this edition was made at Cartiere Enrico Magnani. The binding is Nigerian Oasis Goatskin and papers hand marbled by Faith Harrison. The book was bound by Denis Gouey.” (From the Limitation Statement) This bibliography contains a paragraph about each book in the series plus a cross-index by titles, authors, artists, designers, typefaces, printers, and binders.
Condition / Notes: This scarce volume is in excellent condition. The brown cloth-covered slipcase with red felt lining is in good condition, with some wear/fading. Case measures approximately 10.25" x 14.25".
Lot 1002


Title: Of the Decorative Illustration of Books Old and New
Author: Walter Crane - Walter Crane was an English artist and book illustrator. He is considered one of the most influential and prolific children’s book creators of his generation. Crane, along with Randolph Caldecott and Kate Greenaway, is one of the strongest contributors to the child's nursery motif that the genre of English children's illustrated literature exhibited in its developmental stages in the late 19th century.
Publisher: George Bell and Sons
City: London / New York
Year: 1896
Printing Information: First Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 335 pages
Width: 6" Height: 7.5"
Book Details: This antique volume is bound in green cloth with gilt lettering to the front board and spine and an emblem on the lower spine. Profusely illustrated, this title features full-page and in-text illustrations and eleven full-page plates in half-tone in the Appendix. From the Preface: “This book had its origin in the course of three (Cantor) Lectures given before the Society of Arts in 1889; they have been amplified and added to, and further chapters have been written, treating of the very active period in printing and decorative book-illustrations we have seen since that time, as well as some remarks and suggestions touching the general principles and conditions governing the design of book pages and ornaments…In the selection of the illustrations, I have endeavoured to draw the line between the purely graphic aim, on the one hand, and the ornamental aim on the other—between what I should term the art of ‘pictorial statement’ and the art of ‘decorative treatment’; though there are many cases in which they are combined, as, indeed, in all the most complete book-pictures, they should be. My purpose has been to treat of illustrations which are also book-ornaments, so that purely graphic design, as such, unrelated to the type, and the conditions of the page, does not come within my scope.”
Condition / Notes: This antique title displays some typical indications of age and wear, including shelfwear and minor tears/loss to the spine. There is evidence of moisture markings to the covers and portions of the text block. The front hinge is partially cracked, however the binding and text block remain sound. Text and illustrations are clear and crisp. The plates in the appendix show rippling/staining from moisture, however the illustrations are only marginally affected.
Lot 1003


Title: Tibet & Nepal; Painted & Described
Author: Arnold Henry Savage Landor - Arnold Henry Savage Landor was an English painter, explorer, writer and anthropologist. He was a prolific and appreciated author, chronicling his various adventures around the globe.
Publisher: A. & C. Black
City: London
Year: 1905
Printing Information: First Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 233 pages of text followed by the map and two pages of ads
Width: 6.5" Height: 9"
Book Details: This title is decoratively bound in blue cloth with black lettering and gilt and blue illustrative decoration to boards and spine. Seventy-five illustrated plates are listed by title, and a folding map of glaciers and peaks in Nepal is bound in after the index.

This was the autho's second journey to the Tibetan region. He set off from Almora, through Kumaon and past the shrine of Debi Dhura, wanting to cross over the border at Taklakot. There he encountered as much trouble with the British as with the Tibetan authorities and decided to go to Nepal instead. In his usual gung-ho manner he fought his way across the border, traveled through Nepal and then into south western Tibet.

Condition / Notes: This decorative antique binding shows beautifully with bright gilt and crisp debossing on the elaborately embellished front board and spine. Book shows some age/wear externally, concentrated at the extremities, including a 1-inch tear at the bottom of the front hinge.
The binding is tight and secure. Pages are bright and clean, and there is some light edge wear to the map.
Lot 1004


Title: A Dictionary of Colonial American Printers' Ornaments and Illustrations
Author: Elizabeth Carroll Reilly
Publisher: American Antiquarian Society
City: Worcester
Year: 1975
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 515 pages
Width: 9" Height: 11"
Book Details: This graphic dictionary is bound in rust cloth with a black spine title panel with gilt lettering. The original pictorial dust jacket is present. An excellent resource, this volume is essential for the study of colonial America from bibliographical and historical perspectives. More than 2000 relief-cut ornaments and illustrations have been reproduced, and are accompanied by comments on their first appearance and later reproductions with mention of names, printers and locations to help in identifying colonial books, ornaments and broadsides which lack imprints or colophons.
Condition / Notes: This volume shows very well, with minimal indications of age and wear, including light shelfwear and mild foxing/soiling to text block edges. The binding and text block are sound. Text and illustrations are clear and crisp on clean pages. The original dust jacket is intact and displays minor chipping and fading/soiling.
Lot 1005


Title: Houdini's Escapes and Magic: Prepared from Houdini's Private Notebooks and Memoranda with the Assistance of Beatrice Houdini, Widow of Houdini, and Bernard M. L. Ernst, President of the Parent Assembly of the Society of American Magicians
Author: Walter B. Gibson - Walter Brown Gibson was an American author and professional magician, best known for his work on the pulp fiction character The Shadow. Gibson, under the pen-name Maxwell Grant, wrote "more than 300 novel-length" Shadow stories, writing up to "10,000 words a day" to satisfy public demand during the character's golden age in the 1930s and 1940s. He authored several novels in the Biff Brewster juvenile series of the 1960s. He was married to Litzka R. Gibson, also a writer, and the couple lived in New York state.
Publisher: Blue Ribbon Books, Inc.
City: New York
Year: 1930
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 316 pages
Width: 5.75" Height: 8.5"
Book Details: Bound in red cloth-covered boards with black lettering, this antique volume details many of Houdini’s methods, acts, and escape techniques, with illustrations for a selection. The book is divided into sections with the following titles:

Part One. Introductory
Part Two. Rope Ties and Chain Releases
Part Three. Special Challenges
Part Four. Box Escapes
Part Five: Under-Water Escapes
Part Six: Trunks, Barrels, Coffins
Part Seven: Miscellaneous Escapes
Part Eight: Spectacular Mysteries and Escapes

Harry Houdini (born Erik Weisz, later Ehrich Weiss or Harry Weiss; March 24, 1874 – October 31, 1926) was a Hungarian-born American illusionist and stunt performer, noted for his sensational escape acts. He first attracted notice in vaudeville in the US and then as "Harry Handcuff Houdini" on a tour of Europe, where he challenged police forces to keep him locked up. Soon he extended his repertoire to include chains, ropes slung from skyscrapers, straitjackets under water, and having to escape from and hold his breath inside a sealed milk can with water in it.
Condition / Notes: This antique volume shows well, with some typical indications of age and wear, including mild shelfwear and rubbing. The binding and text block are sound. Text and illustrations are clear and legible through mild age toning. There is light soiling to the text block edges and front free endpaper.
Lot 1006


Title: The Defense Rests
Author: Petre Bellu - Petre Bellu was a Romanian novelist and dramatist born in Risiorii de Vede, although from his childhood he lived in Bucharest. There is little information about his life, other than almost his entire family died of tuberculosis. Bellu is known mainly for his novel “The Defense Rests” (1943), although he wrote several others, including: The Case of Mrs. Predescu (1935), The Rabid Dog (1936), Luces de slum (1936), David and Goliath (1936), I Stole (1940), The Man with Three Wives (1941), Crippled Brother (1943) and A Murder Near Brasov (1945).
Translor: Sam Lonschein
Publisher: Jovo Ltd.
City: New York
Year: 1943
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 255 pages
Width: 5.75" Height: 8"
Book Details: This very scarce title by Romanian author Petre Bellu is bound in blue cloth-covered boards with tan lettering and retains the original dust jacket. From the dust jacket: “This is a novel of modern life; perhaps a true story, judging by the realism of its characters. It is the story of a man and women, written with richness and vigor. It is vivid with actual experiences which arouse sympathy for the individuals portrayed. It is thoughtful, simple and sincere. It is never tedious. It is the autobiography of an outcast—a convict—who on the eve of liberation from prison goes on a hunger strike, preferring death behind prison walls rather than his freedom. In the prologue to the story we find the condemned man reflective: weak from hunger, he is brought to the hospital where his thoughts turn back five years, to the day of his trial. He decides to write the record of his miserable life. It is a compassionate tale of woe, romance, love and adventure of one who had the misfortune to be born in a house of prostitution—his childhood, his struggles in later life to free himself from that stigma and the contempt which society shows for him.”
Condition / Notes: This antique title shows well, with some typical indications of age and wear, including shelfwear and rubbing. The binding and text block are sound. Text is clear and legible through mild age toning. The original dust jacket is intact and displays chipping and minor loss.
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