New Castle, DE and Worcester, MA: Oak Knoll Press and the American Antiquarian Society, 2005. 8.5 x 11 inches. hardcover, slipcase. 2600 pages. First Edition. This three volume, comprehensive bibliography focuses on the important American wood engraver, Alexander Anderson (1775-1870). The author has selected over 1,000 of Anderson's engravings to illustrate this major bibliography. This work begins with a well written and researched biography of Anderson. There are over 2,322 entries. By the early nineteenth... READ MORE about ALEXANDER ANDERSON, 1775-1870, WOOD ENGRAVER AND ILLUSTRATOR, AN ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY
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Retaud, France: Pre Nian Editions, 2014. oblong 8vo. self paper wrappers, slipcase. unpaginated. Limited edition of 60 numbered copies with 15 being numbered and signed by the author. Poem by Michael Andrews. Translation in Greek by Ilias N. Pontikos. Translation in French by Julian Norcross. Hand-set in Vendome pt 16 and printed letterpress by Pre Nian Editions in Atelier de Retaud. Silkscreens by Pindaros Michaeledes and Bertrand Bracaval. Slipcase by Jeanne Frere with contribution by... READ MORE about THE CRETAN GOATHERDER
Washington: National Gallery of Art / New York: G. Braziller, 1998. 4to. cloth, dust jacket. xii, 415 pages. First edition. catalogue of 144 Northern European books on architecture, antiquities, and decoration, from the 16th into the 19th centuries, all in the Millard Collection at the National Gallery of Art. Introductory essay by Harry Francis Mallgrave. Bibliographic descriptions by Gerald Beasley, Claire Baines, Henry Raine. Illustrated books containing scenes of architectural interest, views of interiors, etc.... READ MORE about MARK J. MILLARD ARCHITECTURAL COLLECTION, NORTHERN EUROPEAN, VOL. III
Washington: National Gallery of Art / New York: G. Braziller, 1998. 4to. cloth, dust jacket. xv, 392 pages. First edition. catalogue of ninety-seven British books, many of them folios, on architecture from the 17th into the 19th centuries, all in the Millard Collection at the National Gallery of Art. Covers seventy-seven architects and one firm (Hepplewhite). Includes important English translations of non-English architects (Palladio et al.), and a few non-architectural items. Each numbered entry is... READ MORE about THE MARK J. MILLARD ARCHITECTURAL COLLECTION, VOL. II, BRITISH BOOKS
Washington and New York: National Gallery of Art and George Braziller, (2000). 4to. cloth, dust jacket. xxiii, 545+(1) pages. First edition. Scholarly catalogue of Italian and Spanish books on architecture, antiquities, and decoration, from the 15th into the 19th centuries, all in the Millard Collection at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. Italy produced illustrated architectural books that surpass those from any other publishing center in the originality of their content and in... READ MORE about MARK J. MILLARD ARCHITECTURAL COLLECTION, VOL. IV ITALIAN AND SPANISH BOOKS FIFTEENTH THROUGH...
Washington: National Gallery of Art / New York: G. Braziller, 1993. 4to. cloth, dust jacket. xxv, 512 pages. First edition. catalogue of 172 French books on architecture, antiquities, and decoration, from the 16th into the 19th centuries, all in the Millard Collection at the National Gallery of Art. Includes important French translations of non-French works, and a few engineering books, along with some illustrated books containing scenes of architectural interest, views of interiors, etc. Each... READ MORE about THE, VOL. 1 MARK J. MILLARD ARCHITECTURAL COLLECTION, FRENCH BOOKS
Boston: Thomas G. Boss Fine Books, 1995. 8vo. cloth, dust jacket. 128 pages. First edition. Well printed by the Stinehour Press. A new Beardsley reference book which "resolves longstanding ambiguities, corrects oft-repeated errors, and provides a wealth of new information." 224 items described in detail and well indexed. Includes a section on Beardsley forgeries. READ MORE about A SELECTIVE CHECKLIST OF THE PUBLISHED WORK OF AUBREY BEARDSLEY
New Castle, Delaware and London: Oak Knoll Press and The British Library, 2011. 7.5 x 10.75 inches. Hardcover, slipcase. 1580 pages. 3 volumes. Thomas Bewick can be called one of the best English exponents of wood engraving. Born in 1753, he grew up on a small farm, where his chores came second to his interest in the countryside, fishing, and watching birds and animals. These early passions set the stage for his future endeavors. His... READ MORE about THOMAS BEWICK, THE COMPLETE ILLUSTRATIVE WORK
Eugene, OR: Aster Publishing Corporation, 1998. 4to. paper wrappers. 72 pages. VOLUME 3, NO.11, NOV., 1998. IN THIS ISSUE: A. Tufel on George Eliot, R. Armstrong on Alan Paton, and J. Waters on "Invasion of the E-Books" (yes, a certain software company has expressed interest). N. Basbanes tours that institution, The Strand; R. Brown and Tasha Tucker discuss Tasha Tudor (with notice of the new Tasha Tudor bibliography by John & Jill Hare, published by... READ MORE about BIBLIO, EXPLORING THE WORLD OF BOOKS
Eugene, OR: Aster Publishing Corporation, 1999. 4to. paper wrappers. 72 pages. Volume 4, Number 2, Feb., 1999. IN THIS ISSUE: S. Stipes on the slave narratives of Frederick Douglass and Harriet Jacobs with a bibliography of other such narratives by C.L. Blockson, N.A. Basbanes on Tom Wolfe, I. Ungar and J.P. Ansell on the illuminator and anti-Nazi caricaturist Arthur Szyk, R. Meador on the Wine and Food Library in Ann Arbor, and MORE. READ MORE about BIBLIO, EXPLORING THE WORLD OF BOOKS
New York: The Grolier Club, 1984. 7 x 10 inches. hardcover. 146 pages. Books and Prints, Past and Future is a collection of papers delivered at the Grolier Club's centennial celebration in 1984. These speeches were given during the course of three seminars and the final dinner of the convocation. The first seminar, devoted to retrospective essays, kicked off with an essay by Mary Hyde, the first woman elected to membership at the Grolier Club... READ MORE about BOOKS AND PRINTS, PAST AND FUTURE
New York: The Grolier Club, 1994. 7.5 x 9.5 inches. paperback. 86 pages. This catalogue describes the career of poet and publisher Pierre Lecuire. As one of France's most important contemporary publishers, Lecuire published nearly all of his own work. Deriving from elaborate philosophical and poetical reflections, his work often focused on the relationship between the book and the poem. Books of Pierre Lecuire examines Lecuire's work and contains a frontispiece and thirteen illustrations. Produced... READ MORE about THE BOOKS OF PIERRE LECUIRE: FROM THE COLLECTIONS OF THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS
New Castle, Delaware: Oak Knoll Press, 2009. 11.75 x 12.75 inches. Hardcover, dust jacket. 204 pages. In the late nineteenth century, wood-engraving was the principle medium of illustration employed by publishers. From this beginning, print collector Bill Brandt goes on to recount the story of the Society of American Wood-Engravers. He reveals the medium's intricacies, the controversies sparked between traditional wood-engravers and America's New School, and the international acclaim rightly bestowed on these innovative American... READ MORE about INTERPRETIVE WOOD-ENGRAVING: THE STORY OF THE SOCIETY OF AMERICAN WOOD-ENGRAVERS
Mansfield Centre, CT: Martino Publishing, 2005. large 8vo. cloth. (iv), 336 pages followed by 32 plates. Reprint of the 1930 first edition (Besterman 3010). Brun provides ten chapters followed by an annotated bibliographical catalogue of the principal books illustrated in France during the sixteenth century. Illustrated and indexed. In all, 1250 books are described. Never reprinted, this remains a difficult title to find. Includes 32 illustrations, mostly of title pages. READ MORE about LE LIVRE ILLUSTRÉ EN FRANCE AU XVIe SIECLE
New Castle, Delaware: Oak Knoll Press and John Neal, Bookseller, (2009). 4to. hardcover, dust jacket. 112 pages. Reprint with minor corrections of second edition. The craft of calligraphy has a 2000-year history in the Western world. Up to the time of the Renaissance, calligraphy was the only means of preserving literature, and so, it played a vital role in the spread of learning, culture, and religion. Historical scripts were not rigidly-fixed "styles;" they represented the... READ MORE about HISTORICAL SCRIPTS FROM CLASSICAL TIMES TO THE RENAISSANCE
New Castle, Delaware: Oak Knoll Press & The British Library, 2006. 9 x 12 inches. hardcover, dust jacket. 320 pages. When was it that someone decided that books might be written and published for child readers? It's fair to say that some kinds of text-alphabets, fables, the Lord's Prayer, may have been seen as fundamental to the process of learning to read from the beginning of book making, but when did children come to be... READ MORE about BE MERRY AND WISE: ORIGINS OF CHILDREN'S BOOK PUBLISHING IN ENGLAND, 1650-1850
New Castle, Delaware, Pinner and London, England: Oak Knoll Press, The Private Libraries Association, The British Library, 2010. 7.25 x 10.75 inches. Hardcover, dust jacket. 224 pages. The 1860s are considered the "Golden Age" of illustrated periodicals, a time when the "knockabout" humor of the 1840s, which was dominated by illustrators such as Cruikshank, Doyle, and Phiz, gave way to a more considered style grounded in serious artistic principles, allowing for deeper expression and emotion... READ MORE about ILLUSTRATED PERIODICALS OF THE 1860S: CONTEXTS & COLLABORATIONS
With a Preface by Heywood Sumner and a Frontispiece after G.F. Watts.
(Mansfield Centre: Martino Fine Books, n.d. but 1999). 8vo. cloth. 60, (2) pages. With a Preface by Heywood Sumner and a Frontispiece after G.F. Watts. Reprint of the first edition published in London by The Chelsea Publishing Co in 1923 (Besterman 1516). An exceedingly scarce bibliography. 125 books are meticulously described, including cloth, states and other relevant information. READ MORE about BIBLIOGRAPHY OF FIRST EDITIONS OF BOOKS ILLUSTRATED BY WALTER CRANE
Staten Island: Maurizio Martino, n.d. (but 1996). 8vo. cloth. xvi, 375 pages. Reprint of the scarce 1924 first edition. Still the definitive work and guide on Cruikshank; with illustrations from books, separately produced prints, and a caricature of Cruikshank himself. READ MORE about GEORGE CRUIKSHANK, A CATALOGUE RAISONNE OF THE WORK EXECUTED DURING THE YEARS 1806-1877 WITH...
Volume 1: Inferno. Volume 2: Purgatorio. Volume 3: Paradiso. Translated by Robert and Jean Hollander, Illustrated by Monika Beisner.
Verona, Italy: Edizioni Valdonega, 2007. 8.5 x 12.25 inches. cloth, slipcase. 700 pages. Volume 1: Inferno. Volume 2: Purgatorio. Volume 3: Paradiso. Translated by Robert and Jean Hollander, Illustrated by Monika Beisner. Dante Alighieri (1265-1321) is one of the leading figures of world literature. His Commedia, probably written during the last 15 years of his life is - by common consent - the greatest literary work in the Italian language; it is also one of... READ MORE about THE DIVINE COMEDY
Volume 1: Inferno. Volume 2: Purgatorio. Volume 3: Paradiso. Translated by Robert and Jean Hollander, Illustrated by Monika Beisner.
Verona, Italy: Edizioni Valdonega, 2007. 8.5 x 12.25 inches. cloth, slipcase. 700 pages. Volume 1: Inferno. Volume 2: Purgatorio. Volume 3: Paradiso. Translated by Robert and Jean Hollander, Illustrated by Monika Beisner. Deluxe edition, accompanied by an extra suite of illustrations, on Gardapat Kassica paper by Cartiere del Garda, numbered with roman numerals, signed by the artist, and boxed in a portfolio. Dante Alighieri (1265-1321) is one of the leading figures of world literature. His... READ MORE about THE DIVINE COMEDY
Ann Arbor, MI: Legacy Press, 2015. 8vo., half cloth, decorated paper covered boards, 168 pages. Beginning in the 1950s, the American master of wood engraving, John DePol (1913-2004), cut small endgrain blocks featuring subjects from Nature, the Heavens, the Book Arts, and fantastical abstract/geometrical designs. Although many of these images were made into patterns and used as binding papers in a number of important fine-press books, the full breadth of this aspect of DePol's work... READ MORE about ENDGRAIN DESIGNS & REPETITIONS: THE PATTERN PAPERS OF JOHN DEPOL
New York: The Typophiles, 1998. 8vo. quarter blue cloth, patterned paper-covered boards. 101, (3) pages. Typophile Chap Book - New Series Number Two. Limited to 500 copies designed by Dan Carr and printed in the original metal Monotype Dante on vintage Mohawk Letterpress Text by J. Ferrari & D. Carr at Golgonooza Letter Foundry & Press. Well-illustrated with reproductions of John DePol's wood engravings. Distributed for the Typophiles by Oak Knoll Press. READ MORE about JOHN DE POL AND THE TYPOPHILES, A MEMOIR AND RECORD OF FRIENDSHIPS
New Castle: Oak Knoll Press and the American Historical Print Collectors Society, 2008. 8.5 x 11 inches. cloth with dustjacket. 192 pages. As a copperplate engraver, Amos Doolittle (1754-1832) played an important role during the American colonies' war for independence and the early years of the new nation. He completed his apprenticeship in New Haven, Connecticut, around 1770 and continued to work actively in that city for over sixty years. His first known attempts are... READ MORE about AMOS DOOLITTLE: ENGRAVER OF THE NEW REPUBLIC
Stroud: Catalpa Press, 1983. tall 8vo. cloth. 206 pages. First edition. Volume 2 in The Artist and the Critic Series. The book illustrations and paintings of Richard Doyle (1824-1883) are populated by sprightly visions of fairy nymphs, elves and knights in search of their fair damsels. As `Dickey Doyle' and later `Dick Kitcat,' he produced a series of impressive boyhood triumphs from the now famous DICK DOYLE'S JOURNAL of 1840 to his first published work... READ MORE about RICHARD DOYLE