July 2021
Mostly Private Press
Allen, Arion, Bertram Rota,
Golden Cockerel, Grolier, LEC
Peter Davies

1. Alastair [Hans Henning von Voight] (Illustrator).
Sebastian Van Storck by Walter Pater And An Introduction By P.G. Konody.
London & New York: John Lane & Dodd, Mead, 1927. First edition. 68 pages. 32 x 26 cm. Limited edition, copy 774 of 1050. Eight full-page color lithographs by Alastair, one after p.52 signed in pencil by the artist. Pater's fictional account set in the time just after Holland's contest with Spain had abated. Wide text margins, backstrip darkened, nicks to latter head and foot. Orig. cream cloth lettered and decorated in gilt. Very good. $500.00

1A. Baudelaire, Charles .
Three Poems from Les Fleurs Du Mal Photographs By Henri-Cartier Bresson.
New York: Limited Editions Club, 1997. 17 leaves Folio, 37.5 x 36 cm. Limited edition, one of 300 copies singed in pencil by Henri-Cartier Bresson, designed, set in Monotype Walbaum and printed by Michael and Winifred Bixler. The four photogravures by Bresson printed by Jon Goodman. Text in French and English. Afterword by Jean Leymarie. The fourth photograph is a portrait of Martine Franck, Bresson's wife. also an excellent photographer, but fully dressed and intimate, the head disappears in order to focus attention on the legs. Orig. red cloth, front cover paper label. Fine in fine in fine suede lined clamshell box, spine lettered in black. $1,995.00

2. Beck, L. Adams.
The Ghost Plays Of Japan.
New York: Japan Society, 1933. First edition. 35 (3) pages. 32 x 21 cm. 1000 copies printed for the Japan Society. Tipped in and full page plates in color, printed in red and black. An attempt to introduce No Plays to a Western audience. Very bright, fresh copy. Orig. white boards, front cover paper label with gilt border. Fine. $85.00
3. Bernardin De Saint-Pierre.
Paul Et Virginie.
Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1906. 155 pages. 28 x 18.5 cm. Limited edition, copy 167 of 280. Famously popular in romantic literature it appeared in more than 300 editions, and purportedly during the Italian campaign Napoleon constantly slept with a copy under his pillow. The 1789 edition had four copper plates, these have been enlarged here, engraved on wood by M. Lamont Brown on thin Japan-paper proofs. Text in French. Laid-in the publisher prospectus. Tiny nick to backstrip head. Orig. decorated boards, paper spine label. Near fine. $195.00

4. Boccaccio, Giovanni.
The Life Of Dante Revised Translation by Philip Henry Wicksteed.
Greenbrae, California: Allen Press, 1992. 71 pages. 28 x 19.5 cm. Limited edition, one of 115 copies in Italian Old Style typeface designed by Frederic Goudy on Whatman paper, and printed by hand by Lewis and Dorothy Allen on an 1882 Albion handpress. Wood engravings by John DePol. Wide text margins, almost every page printed in two colors. Original prospectus laid-in. Orig. half dark beige cloth and decorated boards. Fine. $575.00

5. Conrad, Joseph, Gustave Flaubert, Henry James & Luigi Pirandello.
Four Fictions The Lagoon, The Legend of Saint Julian, The Jolly Corner & The Annuity [respectively]. Kentfield, CA: Allen Press, 1973. 168 pages. 37.5 x 25.5 cm. Limited edition, one of 137 copies. Illustrations respectively for the four titles: Blair Hughes Stanton, Michele Forgeois, Joseph Low and Paolo Carosone. Each story printed in a separate typeface and each on separate, distinctive papers in two colors on an 1846 Columbian handpress. Laid-in the Allen Press prospectus. Sight discoloration at spine head. Orig. white boards with light brown stripe front cover with back cover, a complimentary three quarters brown. Near fine. $695.00

6. Cynwal, William.
In Defence of Woman.
London: Golden Cockerel Press, 1960. 28 pages. 23.5 x 12 cm. Ten full-color wood-engravings by John Petts. Limited edition, copy 144 of 500 on mould-made paper. Designed by Christopher Sandford. A Welsh poem translated by Gwyn Williams, and a sequel to Cynwal's "Against Women." COCK-A-HOOP 210. Orig. navy cloth decorated in gilt. Fine in fine original glassine wrapper. $150.00

7. Derain, Andre (Illustrator).
Salome by Oscar Wilde.
Paris & London: Limited Editions Club, 1938. 71 pages. 29 x 20 cm. Five full-page pochoir plates illustrated by Derain on black paper (gouache drawings). Type designed by A.M. Cassandre, a new face, called Peignot and set by hand. Limited edition, copy 426 of 1500 signed by Derain. NEWMAN & WICHE 104. Small book label front free endpaper. Orig. black stiff wrapper lettered in gold and white with original glassine. Fine in orig. publisher slipcase. $150.00
8. Edmonds, J.M.
Some Greek Love Poems Gathered And Translated With A Brief Account Of Greek Love Poetry.
London: Peter Davies, 1929. First edition. Awardly paginated, approx. 50 leaves. 30 x 23 cm. Limited edition, copy 280 of 450 printed on Batchelor hand made paper on the presses of Joh. Enschede en Zonen at Harlem in Holland. Antigone type designed by J. Van Krimpen, Text in Greek and English. Sources of the Poems. Some spine fading. Orig. delft blue cloth, front cover lettered in gilt. Very good. $190.00
9. Erasmus.
A Letter About Sir Thomas More From Erasmus Of Rotterdam To Ulrich Hutten Dated: 23 July 1519.
Np: Np, [1935]. 12 leaves. Small folio, 31 x 23 cm. Limited edition, one of 100 privately printed in New York. The original letter cannot be traced but the greater part of this epistle was first published in 1536 and established in all the biographies of More. Text in Latin and English, the translation made by Laverne Madigan. At the end of this letter Erasmus terms Cicero a sycophant. Some mottling to covers, interior very clean and fresh. Laid-in calling card of Mr. Philip Hofer. Orig. brown boards lettered and decorated in gilt. Near fine in original, slightly nicked glassine. $190.00

10. Ghose, Sudhin N.
Folk Tales And Fair Stories From India with illustrations by Shrimati E. Carlile.
London: Golden Cockerel Press, 1961. 146 pages. 31 x 20 cm. Six full page illustrations. Limited edition, copy 177 of 500. Fairy tales from Sanskirt, Pali, Hindi, Bengali and other Indian languages, some date from the Age of Buddha. The author hails from Burdwan, a town noted for its storytellers. COCK-A-HOOP 212. Orig. brown buckram front cover decorated in gilt. Fine in original chipped glassine wrapper. $130.00
11.Gill, Eric.
Clothing Without Cloth An Essay On the Nude.
Waltham Saint Lawrence: Golden Cockerel Press, 1931. First edition. 20 pages. 23 x 11.5. Four wood engravings on wood by Gill. Limited edition, copy 204 of 500. 12 pt. Caslon O.F. type. CHANTICLEER 75. "The first of the `Saddle-back' Cockerels. The page is twice as high as it is broad, and the `double-opening' consequently square." Orig. scarlet buckram. Aeg. Fine. $425.00

12. Heriz, Patrick De.
La Belle O'Morphi.
London: Golden Cockerel Press, 1947. 36 pages. 21.5 x 12.3 cm. Collotype reproductions of pictures by Francois Boucher. Limited edition, copy 618 of 750. COCKALORUM 173. "A biography of the Irish imp (Marie Louise O'Morphi [died 1814], mistress to the king) who fascinated Louis XV, and was a model to the painter Boucher." A biography of and model for the painter Boucher. Orig. two-toned cloth. Teg. Fine. $75.00
13. Hewlett, Maurice.
Quattrocentisteria How Sandro Botticelli Saw Simonetta In The Spring.
New York: Grolier Club, 1921. 19 pages. 30 x 22 cm. Limited edition, one of 300 printed by John Henry Nash on Van Gelder paper. "It is one of as series of six books done by eminent American printers at the invitations of the Grolier Club." Bright, fresh copy with wide text margins. Orig. beige cloth spine and patterned boards. Fine. $85.00
14. Johnson, Samuel.
The New London Letter Writer containing the compleat Art Of Corresponding with Ease, Elegance, and Perspicuity as is now practised by all Persons of Respectability.
London: Golden Cockerel Press, 1948. 64 pages. 22.5 x 14 cm. Foreword and 14 decorations by Averil Mackenzie-Brieve. Designed, produced and published by Christopher Sandford in Caslon's Old Face on Arnold's mould-madepaper. A rare 18th century book reprinted here. Limited edition, copy 301 of 500. PERTELOTE, III 179. Marbled boards by Sidney Cockerell and maroon cloth spine. Teg. Fine. $85.00
14A. Kawabata, Yasunari.
Snow Country.
New York: Limited Editions Club, 1990. [viii] 130 pages. 36 x 36 cm. Limited edition, copy 13 of 375 with five aquatints by Tadaki Kuwayama, translated by Edward Seidensticker, and signed by both. Printed at the Shagbark Press, aquatint plates made by Peter Pettengill and editioned at Wingate Studio on Richard de Bas paper. The binding was done at Jovonis Bindery. Yasunari Kawabata (1899-1972) is Japan's most distinguished man of letters, only Japanese Nobel Prize winner. About a dozen of his novels and short stories have been published in English translation, most since 1968, when he won that award. LEC Newsletter laid-in. Sunning to spine and to slipcase. Orig. full gray morocco with black stamped title on spine. Very good in very good plain tan buckram slipcase. $1,150.00
15. Kinney, Troy.
The Etchings Of Troy Kinney.
Garden City: Doubleday, Doran and Co., 1929. First edition. 80 pages. 30.5 x 23.5 cm. Limited edition, one of 990 signed by Troy Kinney. This is a Catalogue Raisonne of the etchings and drypoints of Kinney, a total of 50 are described in detail. Kinney was noted for his portrayal of dancers and classic nudes. He also maintained a long friendship with the American poet and collector, Louis V. Ledoux. The latter was a noted authority on Japanese prints. Laid-in are two hand written letters to Ledoux (two and three paged) dated 1926 and 1930 respectively and include the envelopes. Also enclosed, are nine New Year's cards from "Margaret & Troy Kinney" hand-drawn by him, three are inscribed to Ledoux. The dates are 1928, 1930, 1932 - 1936. 1938 (one undated). All the cards present dancers in various costumes and positions. Kinney died in January 1938. Orig.. thick white boards, leather spine label printed in gilt. Fine in near fine plain dust wrapper, in near fine black board. $750.00
16. Lamotte, Bernard.
Proust Portfolio The France of Marcel Proust In Twenty-Five Etchings Signed by Bernard Lamotte.
New York: Bernard Lamotte, 1950. First edition. Folio, 51 x 34 cm. Limited edition, copy 56 of 100 each signed and numbered in pencil by Lamotte. As a School of Paris romantic, Lamotte was known for his cityscapes. The copper plate etchings here represent that theme. Laid-in are two typed letters signed by the artist to Mr. Lord [later: Captain C.W. Lord, USN] dated 6 February 1950, and one of three pages by George Macy, Director of the Limited Editions Club to Lord dated 25 September. Both letters requesting advance subscriptions for this work. Each print in a frame with tissue guard. Contents loose as issued laid-in original blue cloth folding case, front cover gilt framed red morocco label lettered in gilt. Near fine. $1500.00

17. Mann, Thomas.
The Transposed Heads A Legend of India.
Kentfield, CA: Allen Press, 1977. 108 pages. 33 x 22 cm. Limited edition, one of 140 copies in Goudy Thirty type on all rag St. Cuthberts mill paper, printed on an 1846 Columbian handpress. 15 illustrations printed in three colors, text with decorative Sanskrit running heads in color. Cloth binding fabricated by Indian villagers, binding hand-blocked in India in patterns primitive and charming. Introduction by Raghavan Iyer. Spine sunned. Orig. multicolored cloth, backstrip paper label. Near fine in acetate cover. $475.00
18. Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso).
Metamorphoses In Latin And English,Translated By The Most Eminent Hands A Selection From The 1717 Edition With Drawings by J. Yunge Bateman.
London: Golden Cockerel Press, 1959. 264 pages. 31 x 19.5 cm. Limited edition, copy 93 of 200, an edition by Gwyn Jones with eleven collotype reproductions, mostly full-page. Printed in Caslon Old Face, a selection of the great folio verse translation by Dryden, Congreve, Addison, Pope, Gay et al. COCK-A-HOOP 209. Backstrip sunned. Orig. crimson cloth, front cover illustrated in gilt. Teg. Very good. $495.00
19. Pushkin, Alexander.
Four Stories The Squire's' Daughter * The Queen of Spades * The Blizzard * The Shot.
Greenbrae, California: Allen Press, 1987. 112 pages. 27.5 x 18.5 cm. Limited edition, one of 145 copies in Van Dijck types designed, and printed by hand by Lewis and Dorothy Allen on an 1882 Albion handpress. Wood engravings, one each for all four stories by John DePol, plus color wood engraving on title page hand colored by Dorothy Allen. Two color publisher announcement laid-in. Orig. color decorated floral cloth over boards. Fine.$775.00
20. Raleigh, Sir Walter [Bruce Rogers].
A Report Of The Truth Concerning The Last Fight Of The Revenge At Sea.
Boston & New York: Houghton Mifflin, 1902. 19 pages. 30 x 20 cm. Limited edition, copy 42 of 300. Title page designed by Howard Pyle, and printed under the supervision of Bruce Rogers at the Riverside Press in Montaigne type on unbleached Arnold hand-made paper. Laid-in the four page publisher prospectus for this work. Bookplate of Louis V. Ledoux, American author and poet who also an authority on Japanese prints. Story of the famous sea-fight off the Azores in 1591. Above the former is a bookplate of Henry Otis Harris. Clean, fresh copy with little of the "usual foxing" save for the very bottom of one page beneath the text. Orig. patterned boards. Fine. $165.00
21. Rogers, Bruce (Designer).
Georgics of Virgil Translated from the Latin into English by J.W. Mackail Fellow of Balliol College Oxford.
Boston: Riverside Press, 1904. 110 pages. 23.5 x 15.5 cm. Limited edition, copy 61 of 330. Bookplate of Louis V. Ledoux, prominent American author and poet. Wide text margins, bright, very fresh copy. WARDE 50. Orig. decorated boards, vellum spine. Fine in slipcase lacking lower panel. $195.00
22. _____.
The Song of Roland.
Boston: Printed by the Riverside Press for Houghton, Mifflin & Company, 1906. XXXIV pages. Folio, 45 x 29 cm. Limited edition, copy 205 of 220. This 11th century epic poem (chanson de geste) based on Roland and the battle of Roncevaux Pass is the oldest surviving major work of French literature. Known as one of Rogers' favorite books, a superb example of his elusive style, printed in two columns, illustrated with seven stained glass window designs colored by hand. The type fonts are a lettre batarde and Civilite types imported from France, the title page printed in red and black with panel design of thistles against a blue background. Brian Stillwell and Whitehead Library (Antrim, Northern Ireland) color bookplates front cover pastedown. Small birthday inscription free front endpaper dated 1930. Interior contents very fresh and clean. Quarter vellum, fleur-de-lis decorated boards, vellum tips. Fine. $3,500.00
24. Shelley, Percy Bysshe.
Zastrozzi A Romance With An Introduction by Phyllis Hartnoll And Engravings by Cecil Keeling.
London: Golden Cockerel Press, 1955. 131 pages. 4to, 23 x 15 cm. Eight full-page engravings. Limited edition, copy 193 of 200 printed in Bell type on Japanese vellum. COOK-A-HOOP 201. Shelley's first printed work, published 1810. A melodramatic work filled with supernatural and macabre events. Bright, fresh copy. Orig. quarter black morocco and marbled boards. Teg. Fine in fine matching marbled slipcase. $350.00
25. Swinburne, Algernon Charles.
Laus Veneris.
London: Golden Cockerel Press, 1948. 48 pages. 25.5 x 16.5 cm. 12 wood engraved illustrations, including frontispiece and title vignette by John Buckland-Wright. Limited edition, copy 231 of 750. Printed in Perpetua 14 pt type on mould-made paper. COCKALORUM 178. "Fresh from his work on Keats' Endymion, John Buckland-Wright has now turned to this passionate panegyric by Swinburne." Quarter brown buckram and patterned boards. Fine. $385.00
26. _____.
Pasiphae A Poem.
London: Golden Cockerel Press, 1950. 40 pages. 23 x 15 cm. Limited edition, copy 337 of 500 in Bembo type with six copper engravings by John Buckland Wright. This, the tortured legend of Pasiphae who loved a bull. Stanford states the poetry here is worthy of Swinburne's finest works, copied here from the original manuscript in the British Museum. Orig. navy and gold buckram front cover illustrated in gilt, spine a touch sunned. Near fine. $250.00
27. Webb, Mary.
The Chinese Lion.
London: Bertram Rota, 1937. First edition. 13 pages. 19 x 13 cm. Limited edition, copy 181 of 350 copies, printed from a manuscript written by the author on or about 1926. Orig. brown cloth spine and decorated boards with Chinese language inset front cover. Fine in fine decorated gray slipcase. $55.00
28. Wells, H.G.
San Francisco: Arion Press, 2008. 331 pages. 23.5 x 15.5 cm. Limited edition, copy 52 of 300. Planitin text with Brush Script handset -- the 82 publication of the press. Laid-in 24 page pamphlet: Notes For Tono-Bungay by Edward Mendelson from the Penguin Classics of this title -- presents the books and chapters in the original edition and explaining bibliographic nomenclature of this realist semi autobiographical novel by Wells first published in 1909. Contents as new. Orig. brown cloth, front and spine paper labels. Fine in matching decorated slipcase. $475.00
29. Whitman, Walt.
Song Of The Open Road.
New York: Limited Editions Club, 1990. 52 pages. 27 x 27 cm. Limited edition, copy 13 of 500 illustrated with six photogravures by Aaron Siskind, and signed by him on the colophon. The book was set in English Monotype Scotch at Golgonooza Letter Foundry by Julia Ferrari and Dan Carr. The text was printed by Heritage Printers. Paul Taylor made the photogravure plates and printed them with Clary Nelson at Renaissance Press. Black half morocco and green cloth, leather gilt label on spine. Fine in fine black cloth slipcase. Hardcover. ) $930.00
30. Williams, Gwyn.
Against Women A Satire translated from the old Welsh Engravings by John Petts.
London: Golden Cockerel Press, 1953. 23 pages. 23.5 x 12 cm. Ten full-color wood-engravings by John Petts. Limited edition, copy 238 of 350 on hand-made paper. Designed by Christopher Sandford. A satire in a familiar mediaeval and anti-chivlaric tradition warning against the dangers of love -- this was followed in 1960 by Cynwal's "In Defence of Woman," published by Golden Cockerel. Orig. maroon cloth decorated in gilt. Fine in slightly nicked original glassine wrapper. $235.00