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1 (Abattoir Press). Damon, S. Foster. SELECTED POEMS OF S. FOSTER DAMON. Edited by Donald E. Stanford.
The University of Nebraska at Omaha, NE: Abattoir Edirions, 1974. 1974. Very good 
- Small quarto [6-1/2 inches high by 5-1/2 inches wide], soft cover bound in silver & light green striped stiff paper wraps with a printed label on the spine. The fragile paper is lightly chipped along the rear joint. 79 pages deckle-edged pages, including the colophon. Illustrated with color plates by Keith Achepohl. Very good.

Of a limited ediiton of 470 copies, this is number 319.

The book was printed on Wookey Hole paper and the plates were etched and engraved by the artist. 
Price: 25.00 USD

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2 (Bird & Bull Press) PROCEEDINGS AT A MEETING OF THE VAT PAPER MAKERS HELD AT THE BELL HOTEL, MAIDSTONE ON TUESDAY 8TH MARCH 1853
North Hills, PA: Bird & Bull Press, 1970. 1970. Very good 
North Hills, PA: Bird & Bull Press, 1970.. 1970.. Very good. - Folio, 12-1/2 inches high by 8 inches wide. Softcovers bound in cord stitched cream paper wraps titled in facsimile holograph on the front cover. The book is laid into a plain light blue paper chemise. The extremities of the chemise are faded and darkened. 52 & [2] pages, consisting of the facsimile of the holograph minutes of the meeting followed by 2-pages of finely printed notes and comments in which J. Barcham Green, whose grandfather was present at the meeting and who still owns the mill at Maidstone, sheds light on some of the practices of the vat paper making industry as it was practiced then and now. Near fine in a very good chemise.

Limited edition of 300 copies printed by the Bird & Bull Press. 
Price: 35.00 USD

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3 (Cleland, T. M.). Clemenceau, Georges THE VEIL OF HAPPINESS: A Play in One Act Translated from the French of Georges Clemenceau. As played for the first time in English by The Beechwood Players at The Beechwood Theatre / Scarborough on Hudson, New York / June first & second 1920
New York: Privately printed for the Members of the Beechwood Players, (1920). (1920). Very good 
New York: Privately printed for the Members of the Beechwood Players, (1920).. (1920).. Very good. - Octavo, decorative gilt paper covered boards backed with cream vellum. The boards are bumped. Most of the gilt & the paper along the edges is rubbed away. The spine is rubbed & somewhat darkened. 49 pages printed on light gray stock. There is some light staining or foxing to the pastedowns & the front endpaper. The contents are very good.

Inscribed by the printer on the front endpaper: "With all the good wishes in the world for Amy Douglas from the translator, the actor and the printer of this play. T. M. Cleland." Cleland's name appears in the printed cast list of the play. 
Price: 75.00 USD

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4 (Coggeshall, Howard). Pater, Erra HOW A PERSON MAY KNOW UNDER WHICH OF THE TWELVE SIGNS THEY ARE BORN. Faithfully reprinted as it appears in The Book of Knowledge / "Wisdom of the Ancients, written by Erra Pater, a Jew, Doctor in Astronomy and Physic, born in Bethany, near Mount Olivet, in Judea. Made English by W. Lilly, Student in Physic and Astrology."
(Hanover, NH: Dunham & True, 1944). 1944). Fine 
(Hanover, NH: Dunham & True, 1944).. 1944).. Fine. - 12mo [5-3/8 inches high by 4-1/4 inches wide], softcover bound in printed cream wraps. Title & [9] pages plus colophon. Near fine.

Originally printed in Glasgow in 1796. This limited edition reprint of 407 copies was "printed by Howard Coggeshall at his Press in Utica, New York, on Kaatskill type designed in 1929 by Frederic W. Goudy". In addition to operating his private press, Coggeshall worked with Frederic Goudy at the Village Press.

Rare. 
Price: 125.00 USD

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THE DECADENT: Being the Gospel of Inaction: Wherein are Set Forth in Romance Form Certain Reflections Touching the Curious Characteristics of these Ultimate Years, and the Divers Causes Thereof, (Copeland and Day). [Cram, Ralph Adams]
5 (Copeland and Day). [Cram, Ralph Adams] THE DECADENT: Being the Gospel of Inaction: Wherein are Set Forth in Romance Form Certain Reflections Touching the Curious Characteristics of these Ultimate Years, and the Divers Causes Thereof
Boston: Privately Issued for the Author by Copeland and Day, 1893. 1893. Very good 
Boston: Privately Issued for the Author by Copeland and Day, 1893.. 1893.. Very good. THE FIRST BOOK ISSUED BY COPELAND AND DAY - Octavo, 8-1/2 inches high by 6- 1/4 inches wide. Light green boards backed with a cream vellum paper covered spine, with a device stamped in blind at the top left of the front cover. The covers are rubbed, soiled and slightly stained with wear to the corners. The spine has been repaired and covered over with clear tape. [vi], 41 & [1] pages printed on hand-made deckle-edged paper, illustrated with a burnt orange wood cut frontispiece, with a black wood cut title page device and pictorial wood cut initials throughout. The hinges are cracked and there is some minor foxing to the pastedowns and endpapers. Despite the binding being worn and grubby, internally this is a very good copy of a handsomely printed book.

This aesthetic manifesto is the first book issued by Copeland and Day. Published in a limited edition of 110 numbered copies, the limitation statement is penned in ink on the blank leaf at the front.

The colophon, printed as the last paragraph, reads as follows: "Here ends the Gospel of Inaction called the Decadence, which is privately issued for the Author by Copeland and Day, of Cornhill, Boston, in an edition limited to one hundred and ten copies on this yellow French handmade paper, and fifteen copies on thick Lalanne paper, which have been printed during October and November, MDCCCXCIII by John Wilson and Son, Cambridge, at the University Press. The Frontispiece and Initial letters are designed by Bertram Grosvenor Goodhue and cut upon wood by John Sample, Jr."

The author, Ralph Adams Cram (1863-1942) was an important American architect of the time, much influenced by the Gothic style in his design of collegiate and religious buildings. In partnership with Bertram Goodhue, his firm won the architectural project for the West Point Military Academy in 1902 and Goodhue opened New York offices to work on the project while Cram stayed in Boston. In 1911, Cram stepped in to Goodhue's perceived domain when he accepted the commission to work on the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York, a territory Goodhue considered his. As an architect and author, Cram argued for a return to Gothic inspiration though he could also be flexible and often worked in the Art Deco style. As an author he wrote fiction as well as the non- fiction one would have expected. H.P. Lovecraft, commenting on Cram's story "The Dead Valley" (published in the collection "Black Spirits and White"), wrote that Cram "achieves a memorably potent degree of regional horror through subtleties of atmosphere and description".

In "Decadent Culture in the United States", David Weir writes that "with its green carnation boards and its anxious narratives about the adventures of two young American men on the corrupt continent, BLACK SPIRITS AND WHITE appears more 'queer', even, than THE DECADENT. The book helps to show that, no less than in London or in Paris, decadence in Boston is often 'most simply explained' as 'a euphemism for homosexual'. Ralph Adams Cram's THE DECADENT was the first publication of Copeland and Day.... When they formed their publishing venture in 1893, Copeland and Day set out to establish a press that would be the equal of Morris's Kelmscott Press in England. Thus there is some irony in that the first book they produced should be THE DECADENT, which has the look and feel of a Kelmscott edition but is filled with anti-socialist polemic. Despite their concerns over the book's reception, Copeland and Day obviously selected their friend's work as the press's premiere publication because of the affinity the principals felt for British decadence...."

It is worth noting that Cram's architectural partner, Bertram Goodhue, was the illustrator.

A book that is RARE in commerce. 
Price: 375.00 USD

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6 (Elizabeth Press). Perlman, John THREE YEARS RINGS
New Rochelle, NY: The Elizabeth Press, (1972). (1972). Fine 
New Rochelle, NY: The Elizabeth Press, (1972).. (1972).. Fine. - Octavo, light tan paper covered boards titled in black & red. Unpaginated. Fine.

Limited edition of 400 copies.

The book was designed by Martino Mardersteig and printed on Magnani rag paper by Stamperia Valdonega. 
Price: 25.00 USD

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7 (Fitzgerald, Vincent). Wilson, Martha; Haeusgen, Ursula; Garvey, Eleanor; Stein, Donna A CATALOGUE RAISONNE OF THE FIRST 26 BOOKS PUBLISHED BY VINCENT FITZGERALD AND COMPANY FROM 1981-1992
Munchen: Lyrik-Kabinett / New York: Franklin Furnace, 1992. 1992. Very good 
Munchen: Lyrik-Kabinett / New York: Franklin Furnace, 1992.. 1992.. Very good. - Quarto [11-1/2 inches high by 9 inches wide], softcover bound in printed gray wrappers in a printed glassine dust wrapper. The binding is very lightly bumped. There is soiling to the rear panel of the dust wrapper & there is a small, light stain to the rear flap with offsetting to the inside rear wrap. 91 pages plus colophon. Numerous full-page & textual illustrations in color and black & white. Near fine in a very good dust wrapper.

Limited edition of 1500 copies.

Catalogue raisonne prepared on the occasion of an exhibition curated by Donna Stein and shown at Lyrik Kabinett in Munich and Franklin Furnace in New York City in 1992-93. The text includes an essay by Stein, an introduction by Eleanor Garvey and forewords by Martha Wilson of Franklin Furnace and Ursula Haeusgen of the Lyrik-Kabinett. The catalog was printed at the Stinehour Press, Lunenburg, Vermont and designed by Vincent Fitzgerald and Jerry Kelly. Dust jacket present. 
Price: 20.00 USD

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[ILLUMINATED BROADSIDE]: POOR RICHARD'S ALMANAC AND THE GAZETTE ARE TO-DAY THE MOST FAMOUS OF THIS TYPE OF PUBLICATIONS [SIC]. IN HIS AUTOBIOGRAPHY FRANKLIN SAYS, (Franklin, Benjamin)
8 (Franklin, Benjamin) [ILLUMINATED BROADSIDE]: POOR RICHARD'S ALMANAC AND THE GAZETTE ARE TO-DAY THE MOST FAMOUS OF THIS TYPE OF PUBLICATIONS [SIC]. IN HIS AUTOBIOGRAPHY FRANKLIN SAYS
New York: The Cuneo Press, Inc., (1940). (1940). Very good 
New York: The Cuneo Press, Inc., (1940).. (1940).. Very good. - sc A 19 inch high by 12-3/4 inch wide broadside with 76 lines of text from Benjamin Franklin's autobiography printed in 2 columns in Donat type on hand-made paper and illuminated with a superb gilt, red and black initial. There are some minor creases to the edges and a small indentation above the initial letter. A tiny piece is chipped from the bottom right corner of the broadside. A very good attractive broadside printed on the occasion of the 1940 New York World's Fair.

The colophon, printed in a smaller font and centered at the bottom, reads: "The page of Franklin's Poor Richard's Almanac, illuminated by hand, was set in the reconstructed Donat type, the first known movable type (1440), and was printed on hand- made paper by means of a replica of the Gutenberg press exhibited by The Cuneo Press, Inc. in celebration of 500 years of printing at the World's Fair of 1940 in New York". Despite the colophon's claim, Yale University's Sterling Memorial Library correctly identifies the text as from Benjamin Franklin's autobiography and not from Poor Richard's Almanac.

RARE. WorldCat locates only the Yale copy. 
Price: 150.00 USD

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9 (Grabhorn Press). (Byron, Lord George). Sutro, Alfred WHICH: LORD BYRON OR LORD BYRON. A BET. [A mark over the first "Byron" indicates a long "y". The mark over the second indicates a short 'y"]
San Francisco: Privately printed [by the Grabhorn Press], 1932 1932 Very good. 
San Francisco: Privately printed [by the Grabhorn Press], 1932. 1932. Very good.. - Quarto [11-1/4 inches high by 8-3/4 inches wide], decorative golden yellow boards backed with green cloth with a printed paper label on the spine. The binding is bumped with the head & tail of the spine slightly chipped. Colophon, title & 9 pages plus a facsimile letter tipped-in at the rear. The pages are very lightly bumped. Very good.

Limited edition of 150 copies printed by the Grabhorn Press for Alfred Sutro for distribution among his friends.

Inscribed by the author on the front endpaper: "Wm. M. Clearwater Esq. / member of the Book Club of California with kind greetings from its President / Alfred Sutro. / San Francisco May 8/'33."

Sutro writes that the story of the bet is fictitious but that the facsimile is of a genuine letter from Thomas Moore, who had recently published an edition of the letters and journals of Byron. Moore resolved the question of how Byron pronounced his name by writing that he used both pronunciations in the course of his life. 
Price: 50.00 USD

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10 (Grabhorn Press). Hudson, Hoyt CELEBRATION: A Book of of Poems by Hoyt Hudson
San Francisco: Grabhorn Press, 1945. 1945. Fine 
San Francisco: Grabhorn Press, 1945.. 1945.. Fine. - Octavo, decorative gray & red paper covered boards backed with red cloth with a printed paper label on the spine. The spine is slightly faded. [iv] & 84 pages plus colophon. Near fine.

Limited edition of 500 copies. 
Price: 35.00 USD

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11 (Hamady, Walter). Schlesinger, Kyle THE PERISHABLE PRESS LIMITED: A Retrospective Exhibition (1964-2003). Curated by Dr. Robert Bertholf, Curator of The Poetry/Rare Books Collection, University at Buffalo. Checklist by Kyle Schlesinger. February 18 - April 26, 2003
New York: The Grolier Club, 2003. 2003. Very good 
New York: The Grolier Club, 2003.. 2003.. Very good. - Quarto [12 inches high by 8 inches wide], softcover bound in pictorial green wrappers. The extremities are slightly rubbed & the head of the spine is lightly chipped. 67 pages plus colophon. 2 black-and-white illustrations. Near fine.

Limited edition of 500 copies.

A checklist of Perishable Press publications, prepared to accompany the Grolier Club exhibition. Kyle Schlesinger writes in his foreword: "Walter Hamady is a renowned papermaker, printer, artist, poet, teacher, and the proprietor of The Perishable Press Limited. The Press was established in 1964 and is regarded internationally for its distinguished handmade publications. Among the most innovative (and influential) American bookmakers of the Postwar Era, he has produced an eclectic corpus of titles in the last four decades. The [press] has published the works of some of the most innovative contemporary writers of the last three generations, including Paul Blackburn, Robert Creeley, Robert Duncan, Denise Levertov, George Oppen, Joel Oppenheimer, Jerome Rothenberg, Armand Schwerner, Diane Wakoski, Keith and Rosmarie Waldrop and John Wieners...." The checklist is modeled on the format of an "anecdotally annotated checklist" prepared by Hamady in 1984.

Scarce. 
Price: 125.00 USD

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12 (Hardy, Thomas). Tomlinson, H.M THOMAS HARDY
New York: Crosby Gaige, 1929. 1929. Very good Signed
New York: Crosby Gaige, 1929.. 1929.. Very good. - Octavo, rust orange cloth titled in gilt on the front cover and the spine. [31] deckle-edged pages with the text printed within light blue ruled frames, illustrated with a lithographic portrait frontispiece by Zhenya Gay. The text block is cracked and the overlapping edges of a few leaves are slightly darkened. Very good.

Limited edition of 761 numbered copies printed by the Pynson Printers, signed by the author H.M. Tomlinson on the colophon page. This copy is additionally signed by the artist Zhenya Gay under the frontispiece. 
Price: 50.00 USD

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AN ATTRACTIVELY PLAYFUL AND COLORFUL COLLECTION OF EPHEMERA PRINTED BY FRIDOLF JOHNSON AT HIS MERMAID PRESS, (Johnson, Fridolf; and The Mermaid Press)
13 (Johnson, Fridolf; and The Mermaid Press) AN ATTRACTIVELY PLAYFUL AND COLORFUL COLLECTION OF EPHEMERA PRINTED BY FRIDOLF JOHNSON AT HIS MERMAID PRESS
New York: The Mermaid Press, mid-1950s-mid-1980s. mid-1950s-mid-1980s. Fine 
New York: The Mermaid Press, mid-1950s-mid-1980s.. mid-1950s-mid-1980s.. Fine. - sc 50 individual items of ephemera plus 10 duplicates, printed on stock of various sizes & colors in variously colored inks, most of them illustrated with decorations or vignettes. 3 of the pieces have creases at their edges; 7 pieces have the remnants of mounting tape on the versos. Else, all are fine.

The ephemera include such items as Christmas greetings, calendars, tributes and type samples. Among them are a New York City item with a decorative letter "B" surrounded by playful blue vignettes and iconic place names [Bronx Zoo, Broadway, BMT, The Bowery and Brooklyn Botanical Gardens]; an apologetic late Christmas card from Fridolf Johnson and his wife to their friends with the caption "oops! our Christmas card ended up in the Soup" above a reproduction from Merry's Museum depicting a Santa carousing in a bowl marked "Christmas"; an announcement that "now that the hammering and painting is over" at the Architectural League, the Typophile Luncheons will be held there once again--decorated with birds and pointing fingers directed towards a building in blue; a proposed watermark for Herbert Farrier; a 1960 Mermaid Press brochure, "a brief description of its work and its collection of types", including a page of four type samples and a delightful sample of decorative color vignettes; an illustrated October calendar page; a birthday greeting to Eleanor F. Steiner-Prag decorated with "A specially picked Bouquet of TYPE-ogenous Flowers"; a Christmas and New Year greeting from the employees to the tenants of 336 Central Park West; and a playful membership certificate for members of the New York Chappel of Private Presses. Dust jacket present. 
Price: 200.00 USD

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14 (Kat Ran Press). (Russem, Michael) KAT RAN EPHEMERA CLUB VOLUME I: "Portraits of Wilhelmina & George", "A Modest Specimen of Koch Antiqua", "A History of Printing in Andover, Massachusetts", "A Wearable Specimen of Wilhelm Klingspor-Schrift", and "In Praise of Fine Printing". 5 booklets plus a wood engraving, signed letters and additional ephemera
Kat Ran Press, 2003 to 2005. [2003]. [2003]. Fine Signed
Kat Ran Press, 2003 to 2005. [2003].. [2003].. Fine. - sc - What is offered here consists of 5 octavo booklets, apparently all that were published, printed by the Kat Ran Press in 2003 and 2005 representing Year 1 and Year 2 of the Kat Ran Ephemera Club publications. These, which we will describe below, are included together with the finely printed 2005 "Kat Ran Books For Sale" catalog, a 2003 four-fold accordion foldout offering "Three Very Special Offers", together with order sheet and envelope, 5 large envelopes, each with the title of one of the booklets, a wonderful keepsake print produced for the The Society of Printers, and 3 signed letters by the founder of the press Michael Russem. These items are laid into a 12-3/4 inch high by 9-7/8 inch wide creamy buff silk clamshell box with a paper title label on the spine printed by the press. Fine.

Membership in the Kat Ran Ephemera Club, according to the prospectus, was "strictly limited to no more than seventy-five members, and inclusion is available on a first come, first serve basis."

Housed within the case are the following pieces produced and printed by the Kat Ran Press:

"Portraits of Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands and Great Britain's King George VI. The Former with Calligraphy by Jan Van Krimpen and the Latter with Typography by Eric Gill". Kat Ran, 2003. Octavo, 8 inches high by 5 inches high. Printed self- wraps titled in red & black. 4 pages with 2 Dutch Postage stamps, one illustrated with a portrait of Queen Wilhelmina by S.L. Hartz , the other with a portrait of King George VI by Edmund Dulac. Fine.

"A Modest Specimen of Koch Antiqua Showing Only the Capitals". Kat Ran, February 2004. Octavo, 7-1/8 inches high by 4-7/8 inches wide. Light brown wraps titled in black within an outer double-ruled burgundy frame. 8 pages in French-fold, including the front & rear blanks. Fine.

"A History of Printing in Andover, Massachusetts 1798-1931 by Scott H. Paradise, Instructor, Phillips Academy. With a Preface and Notes by the Printer and a Leaf from the Fourth Edition of Professor Moses Stuart's A Grammar of the Hebrew Language Printed at Andover in 1831". Florence, Massachusetts: Composed in Monotype Bell by Michael and Winifred Bixler and Printed for Members of The Kat Ran Ephemera Club, August 2004. Octavo, 8 inches high by 5-1/4 inches wide. Light blue wraps titled in black within a double- ruled frame on the front cover. 19 pages plus the colophon, including the front blanks. Tipped-in is an original folded leaf from the 1831 "Grammar of the Hebrew Language". Fine.

"A Wearable Specimen of Rudolph Koch's Wilhelm Klingspor-Schrift". Printed for Members of the Kat Ran Ephemera Club April 2005. Oblong octavo, 4-7/8 inches high by 6 inches wide. White paper wraps titled in black. Within the covers is mounted, within slits, a glossy specimen sample printed in black & red on glossy adhesive paper with a protective clear cover. Text instructs the reader to remove the cover and apply the adhesive side to the skin. With pressure from a wet cloth, the text would then be transferred to one's skin. An additional four samples of these "temporary tattoos" are contained within a sleeve in the pamphlet. Fine.

"In Praise of Fine Printing. Reflections gathered from an internet chat room devoted to the life and work of the Japanese writer Haruki Murakami, author of our most recent book". Composed in Monotype Walbaum by Michael and Winifred Bixler and printed for the Members of the Kat Ran Ephemera Club in October of 2005. Octavo, 7 inches high by 4-1/2 inches wide. Light green wraps titled in black on the front cover. 12 pages including blanks. Fine.

"Kat Ran Press Books for Sale: A reverse chronological checklist of titles". Firenze, 2005. Octavo, 6-1/2 inches high by 4-1/2 inches wide. Light gray wraps titled in black on the front cover. 16 pages, including the colophon, illustrated with 5 delicate full-page illustrations. Number 31 of a limited edition of 2000 copies composed in Fournier & Gill Sans Bold at the little Kat Ran Press and printed on the Heidelberg at Oxbow Press in March of 2005, sewn into Fabriano wrappers. Fine.

"Three Very Special Offers for Very Special People". Kat Ran, 2003. Octavo, 7 inches high by 5 inches wide. Accordion four-fold printed on one side. Together with an order form printed on matching paper and a mailing envelope.

"A fairly small drawing of Katherine by Jennifer Schmidtmann printed for the visiting members of the Society of Printers". Kat Ran Press, 2003. A beautiful and delicate 3-1/2 inch high by 2 inch wide wood engraving of a dog, ears back with averted head, printed within 5-1/4 inch high by 2-1/2 inch wide burgundy ruled frame on a 12 inch high by 9 inch wide sheet. Fine.

Two Typed Form Letters Signed with initials by Michael Russem on 11 inch high by 8-1/2 inch wide Kat Ran Ephemera Club stationery. Respectively dated April 19, 2005 and October 20, 2005, the letters refer with dark humor to the time elapsed between each of the booklets produced for club members, deflecting complaints with playful suggestions that members should direct angry letters to his staff.

An Autograph Letter Signed by Michael Russem dated December 29, 2003 penned on 11 inch high by 8-1/2 inch wide creamy white paper. The printer mentions receiving the first batch of boxes from the bindery though he's taking his time printing the labels. He informs his correspondent that he's including a "little keepsake I printed for the Society of Printers' pilgrimage to my shop", no doubt referring to the print which is included in this portfolio.

And finally, the volume includes five 12 inch high by 9 inch wide white envelopes, each printed with the title of one of the five publications listed above. Fine.

A rare portfolio.

Michael Russem's Kat Ran Press has designed books for Goshen Editions, The Grolier Club, The Laureate Press, The Limited Editions Club, The One Oak Press, Oak Knoll Books, Sierras Press, Smith College, The Society of Printers, and Shambhala Publishing, among others. 
Price: 375.00 USD

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15 (Keller, Evelyn Miles). Keller, Franklin EVELYN MILES KELLER 1890-1961
New York: [Mermaid Press], 1962. 1962. Fine Signed
New York: [Mermaid Press], 1962.. 1962.. Fine. - Narrow octavo [7-3/8 inches high by 4-1/4 inches wide], softcover bound in printed blue wrappers sewn with gray cord. The wraps are very lightly bumped. [15] pages. Near fine.

Filling the front endpaper is an inscription in the form of an autograph letter from Franklin Keller to Fridolf Johnson of the Mermaid Press and his wife, dated June 15, 1962 and signed "Yours as ever, Franklin": "You have been remarkable publishers-- editors, copy readers, printers--above all, loving friends, who have brought into being this beautiful memorial to my beloved Evelyn...." 
Price: 25.00 USD

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16 (Lakeside Press) "You and Your Friends are Cordially Invited to See an Exhibition on FIVE CENTURIES OF THE PRINTED BIBLE. The Lakeside Press Galleries."
Chicago: The Lakeside Press / R.R. Donnelley & Sons Company, (1957). (1957). Very good 
Chicago: The Lakeside Press / R.R. Donnelley & Sons Company, (1957).. (1957).. Very good. - Quarto, 16 inches high by 13 inches wide. Softcovers, bound in stapled stiff brown paper wraps with a vignette of a book in gilt on the front cover. The bottom right corner of the front cover is creased. 6 leaves, printed in 2 colors and illustrated with a wood-engraved plate in three colors by Bernard Brussel-Smith. The bottom front corners of the leaves are creased, else near fine. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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17 (Landacre, Paul). Hopper, James PEPE. With a Foreword by the Author
(San Francisco, CA): The Book Club of California, (1937). (1937). Fine 
(San Francisco, CA): The Book Club of California, (1937).. (1937).. Fine. - Octavo, softcover bound in printed tan wraps sewn with tan thread. The wraps are very lightly bumped. 16 pages. Black-and-white pictorial title & head-piece by Paul Landacre. Near fine.

Limited edition of 600 copies, printed by The Ward Ritchie Press, Los Angeles.

Number Five: Contemporary California Short Stories, a series to be distributed by The Book Club of California to its members. 
Price: 25.00 USD

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TYPED LETTER SIGNED by JON WEBB, founder, with his wife Louise (Gypsy Lou), of LOUJON PRESS., (Loujon Press). Webb, Jon Edgar. Founder, with his wife Louise (Gypsy Lou), of Loujon Press (1960).
18 (Loujon Press). Webb, Jon Edgar. Founder, with his wife Louise (Gypsy Lou), of Loujon Press (1960). TYPED LETTER SIGNED by JON WEBB, founder, with his wife Louise (Gypsy Lou), of LOUJON PRESS.
Tucson, AZ: May 13, 1967. 1967. Fine Signed
- sc Small quarto [9-3/4 inches high by 8-1/2 inches wide]. 1-1/3 single-spaced typed pages on olive green Loujon Press letterhead. Dated "5/13/67". Boldly signed in red ink "Jon (& Louise) Webb". Folded twice for mailing. Near fine.

A wonderful letter addressed to a writer, in which Webb regrets that he cannot include the scripts which he has sent him in his literary review Outsider #4. Webb then launches into a poignant description of the terrible financial difficulties facing the press: "...We went broke doing a few books from going overboard on format, and now hope only from the Miller book to get a press to replace the one we've got which has done its last job. / We need an angel, and we know one will pop up eventually, but we need one now. We feel pretty sure we'll have enough to make the initial payment on the press, but there'll be a lot of paper, ink and new type, and other things that cost plenty, for we use the best stock in our printing, best everything. That always kills profit. / Rare book dealers are now making dough on our productions. Gotham Book Mart and others sell first 3 issues of the Outsider for 17.50 for the set of 3, and we're out of #1 and #3, so can't sell a set to any one...."

Jon Edgar and "Gypsy Lou" Webb founded the Loujon Press in the French Quarter of New Orleans in 1960. The press's literary review the Outsider was hailed by the Village Voice and the New York Times as one of the best of its day and featured such authors as Charles Bukowski, Allen Ginsberg, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Robert Creeley, Denise Levertov and Walter Lowenfels. Outsider #4, referred to in the letter, was eventually combined with Outsider #5 and was the last issue published. The press also published two collections of early poetry by Bukowski, and books by Henry Miller. The Miller book mentioned in the letter is "Insomnia", published in 1970. 
Price: 350.00 USD

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19 (Masson, Andre). Shakespeare, William THE MASTER MISTRIS: XIX Sonnets by William Shakespeare
Mount Vernon, NY: The Golden Eagle Press, 1946. 1946. Very good 
Mount Vernon, NY: The Golden Eagle Press, 1946.. 1946.. Very good. - Octavo, brown cloth titled in gilt on spine with reproduction of the title illustration stamped in gilt on the front cover, in a gilt paper covered slipcase. The covers are lightly rubbed. The slipcase is rubbed with the paper chipped along the front edges. Black-and-white pictorial double-page title by Andre Masson & [10] pages plus colophon. Near fine in a good slipcase.

1/1960 copies. Beautifully printed on rag paper. 
Price: 35.00 USD

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20 (Moser, Barry). Anderson, Eric; compiler and editor. AN EPHEMERAL DIARY OF THE YEAR EIGHTEEN FORTY-ONE.
(Easthampton, MA): Castalia Press, (1970). (1970). Very good 
- Octavo, light tan cloth. The binding is unevenly darkened with foxing to the rear joint & some minor foxing to the covers. [65] unnumbered pages. Illustrated with a black-and-white portrait plate by Barry Moser. There are a few small stains to the top corner of the rear pastedown, else the contents are near fine. Very good.

One of a limited edition of 150 copies by the Castalia Press.

The Castalia Press was started in 1969 by Barry Moser as part of the Art Department at Williston Academy, Easthampton, Mass. Moser's own imprint was named Pennyroyal Press in 1970 to distinguish his professional work from that of his students. This book was edited by Eric Anderson and printed by John W. Coons as part of an Independent Study Project. Moser's portrait is of Samuel Williston, founder of the Academy, and some of the contents are drawn from the Williston archive.

From the library of artist Alfonso Ossorio with his elaborate signature filling the flyleaf. Ossorio [1916-1990] was an abstract expressionist artist born in Manila, Philippines. At the age of fourteen, he moved to the United States, becoming a citizen in 1933. His work was influenced by his friend Jackson Pollock, whose work he admired and collected, and by the "art brut" of Jean Dubuffet whom he met in Paris in 1950. In the 1950s he began creating assemblages, which he called "congregations" and he was represented along with Dubuffet and many other artists in the 1961 exhibition "The Art of Assemblage" at the Museum of Modern Art, which introduced this form of art to the general public for the first time. He died in New York City in 1990. 
Price: 150.00 USD

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