Category archives: Books
From: Paul Bourget, Garcia Benito (ill.): Le Testament Nouvelle en prose, 1919.
Just in: A three volume work on art and design in Pisa (Pisa Illustrata Nelle Arti del Disegno, 2nd expanded ed., 1812) contains, along with various depictions of Pisa, two re-impressions of much earlier engravings. The two plates, both from… continue reading »
In the lovely 1846 edition of Goethe’s Reynard the Fox (Reineke Fuchs, J. G. Cotta, Stuttgart and Tubingen; folio), illustrated by Wilhelm von Kaulbach, there is a plate showing Reynard running up a monk’s habit much to the consternation of… continue reading »
From William Emerson’s 1754 work, Principles of Mechanics, and still not in my driveway.
Below are two plates picturing distillation equipment and an explanatory (or obfuscatory, depending on your French) section from Annales de Chimie, January 1792. Gadolin was a prominent Finnish chemist and discovered Yttrium which, allegedly, is an element that looks like… continue reading »
A nice group new to the shop including a number of Rackhams, Dulac’s Sleeping Beauty, Grandville’s Les Fleurs Animées, a lovely illustrated edition of Baudelaire’s translation of Poe, a charming fine press edition of La Belle Au Bois Dormant, and… continue reading »
Including a manuscript David Garrick letter in an extra-illustrated set.
We just picked up a collection of Scientific Americans from 1889 – this group is mostly from the latter half of the year. A rather amazing assortment of torpedoes, mines, inventions, dirigibles, bridges, aqueducts, tunnels and warships are represented on… continue reading »
I’ve had this around since forever, but I was newly charmed today…
Just in time for Thanksgiving:
A few plates from the quarto edition in 39 volumes of a work that has been described as: “A monument in the history of European thought; the acme of the age of reason” (Printing and the Mind of Man) and… continue reading »
A various group of recent arrivals including – Baum’s Queen Zixi, Kate Greenway illustrated Brett Harte, silhouettes, a 16th century book on gardening, and a pair of finely bound volumes by The Guild of Women Binders. An Arts and Crafts… continue reading »
Towards the unloved bottom of a pile of modern literature that I picked up at auction last week, I found a copy of Edith Sitwell’s Rustic Elegies (Knopf, 1927) in a nearly destroyed jacket. I was going to slap $8… continue reading »
John White travelled with Richard Grenville to North Carolina in 1585 and was later Sir Walter Raleigh’s governor of the “Lost Colony” on Roanoke Island when it was beset with volcanoes and plunged into the sea never to be seen… continue reading »
A small gallery of recent acquisitions – have I tried to do this every week or so before? Here’s me trying again… Initially I thought that Kate Greenaway young lady was giving the old va fangool, but now I’m not… continue reading »
Though called a magazine, it’s really a one off history of West Roxbury focused largely on the religious institutions here and Theodore Parker in particular. It includes a number of likable shots of West Roxbury, including the Bellevue Hill Water… continue reading »
A nice group of painted vellum bindings just came in – they are sometimes referred to as “Chivers style” after the bookbinder who made famously lovely bindings in this mode.