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eCatalogue June 2020

We are pleased to mark the end of Spring with a short catalogue listing a variety of items from our inventory.
  
To order or for more details contact:  bookpress@bookpress.com or (757) 229-1260.



  

BIRCH, John. EXAMPLES OF LABOURERS' COTTAGES, WITH PLANS FOR IMPROVING THE DWELLINGS OF THE POOR IN LARGE TOWNS.         

London : Edward Stanford, 1871. 8vo. Publisher's cloth. 38, 39-40, 38 pages, 23 lithographic plates. Second edition.
 
  
 
First published earlier in the same year, according to the preface this is the second edition. In addition to the usual single family cottages, there is an interesting tall tenement block, unexecuted, "for the poor of Liverpool ." This also appeared in the first edition of 1871, and is early for this sort of design. Most of the other designs were actually built in various parts of the country. Pagination is erratic at the end, but complete. Large engraved armorial bookplate of Hugh Cecil, Earl of Lonsdale on inside of front board. Rear inner hinge cracked.
 

$275.00

          





 


    BLAND , Richard. AN INQUIRY INTO THE RIGHTS OF THE BRITISH COLONIES.      

Richmond : Appeals Press, 1922. Large 8vo. Cloth. xi, 37 pages. One of 190 copies.

A rare facsimile of the 1766
Williamsburg edition of Richard Bland's comprehensive treatise published during the Stamp Tax crisis. Jefferson described the work as "the first pamphlet on the nature of the connection with Great Britain which had any pretension to accuracy of view in that subject...There was more sound matter in his pamphlet than in the celebrated Farmer's Letters." Richard Beale Davis's copy with his signature. Fine.

 
$125.00







 
CHAMOUIN, Jean Baptiste Marie. COLLECTION DE VUES DE PARIS PRISES AU DAGUERREOTYPE.      

(Paris: Chamouin, 1850). Oblong folio. Contemporary cloth, rebacked. 25 plates. First edition.


The plates, scenes of Paris , are engravings after daguerreotypes by Chamouin. It is an early example of how the camera could be used in place of the artist. Minor, sporadic foxing, rebacked, still an attractive copy of a book that blends seemingly disparate techniques.


$485.00
 




  DETWEILER, Susan Gray. GEORGE WASHINGTON'S CHINAWARE.
 
New York: Abrams, (1982). Cloth, jacket. Frontispiece, 244 pages. First edition.

Richly illustrated and comprehensive study of the chinaware and ceramics purchased and collected by George Washington. With prologue and preface by Christine Meadows, curator at Mount Vernon . Includes appendices with extensive documentation on his china purchases, with notes, bibliography, and index. Fine.

   
$50.00




 
  
(JOHNSON, T.) WEALE, John. CHIPPENDALE'S ORNAMENTS AND INTERIOR DECORATIONS IN THE OLD FRENCH STYLE .   

London: John Weale, (1834). Folio. Later boards, paper spine label. 33 engraved plates. First edition. 

A curious book. The book illustrates fireplaces, picture frames, chimney pieces, watch cases, brackets, ornamental furniture, and designs--all in the French high rococo style--mostly by Thomas Johnson, whose name was removed from the plates by the publisher and replaced with Chippendale's--ostensibly to fool the reader. A second, engraved title page is a copy of Matthew Lock's engraving from A Book of Ornaments, also published by Weale. This present volume is most uncommon. The NUC only cites three copies in American libraries. A small water-stain on the lower tip of the first five plates, else very good.
 
 
$385.00
 
  
 



             
LANDON, Charles Paul. VIES ET OEUVRES DES PEINTRES LES PLUS CELEBRES DE TOUTES LES ECOLES. Four volumes.
   
Paris : L'Auteur, 1803-1811. Small folio. Contemporary half-calf. 48, 8 pages, 60 plates; 14 pages, 60 plates; (11), 18, (2) pages, 49 plates; (iv), 11 pages, 60 plates. First edition [O'Neal, Jefferson 's Fine Arts Library, 67].
 

One of 250 copies printed before letters and signed by Landon in Volume IV. Charles Paul Landon, a prominent art historian, is best remembered for his translation of Stuart and Revett's Antiquities of Athens. Landon's works including his classic work, Annales du Musee et de L'Ecole Moderne des Beaux-Arts, was popular with Thomas Jefferson, who sold ten volumes to the Library of Congress in 1815. He also recommended it for the newly created library for the University of Virginia which owned twenty volumes dated between 1801 to 1809. Untrimed, in contemporary blue half-calf with gilt backstrips and red morocco spine labels. Spines evenly darkened, else very good.
 

$750.00

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LETROSNE, Charles. MURS ET TOITS POUR LES PAYS DE CHEZ NOUS. Three volumes.                        

  Paris : Niestle, 1923. Oblong folio. Cloth, spines, boards, hand-tied wrappers. First edition.
  
A most attractive book featuring arts and crafts details in French buildings. Volume I covers schools, town halls, and hotels; Volume II focuses on rural homes and farms; and Volume III concentrates on courthouses, banks, post offices, and transportation buildings. Each volume has thirty mounted color plates and sixty in black and orange ink, along with many drawings in the text. Letrosne was the first chief architect of the Paris World Exhibition of 1937. Labels dulled, but a very attractive, charming set, nevertheless.
 
 
$985.00




 
                                                                   
 
(MORRIS) Meyers, Richard and Hilary. WILLIAM MORRIS TILES.          
 

(Sommerset, England): 1996. Small folio. Cloth, dust jacket. 152 pages. First edition. 

Surveying the colorful ceramic tile designs of Morris and his fellow-workers. All the many different designs, both well-known and previously unrecorded, are illustrated and discussed in detail, analyzed, and linked to related stained-glass, textile or graphic work produced by the Firm.  
 
 
$65.00 
 
 
   
 
 
(MOSHER PRESS) THE BIBELOT. 20 volumes and Index volume, complete.  
   
 
 
Portland , Maine : Thomas B. Mosher, 1895-1915. 12mo. First editions 
 
 
Being a complete run of The Bibelot. Bruce Rogers, in a letter to Mosher, stated "you have succeeded (to the despair of us all) in doing just what he (Aldus) did four hundred years ago...making beautiful little editions of the best writers in an inexpensive form." Volumes I-VI and the Index volume of this set are bound by the publisher. Volumes VII -XX are in the original printed wrappers. A few of the wrappers are darkened and Volume V lacks a slipcase. Generally a very good set, however.
 
 
 
$285.00

         



 
  (MOSHER) BISHOP, Philip R. THOMAS BIRD MOSHER, PIRATE PRINCE OF PUBLISHERS.
 
( New Castle ): Oak Knoll, (1998). 4to. Cloth, dust jacket. Frontispiece, xvi, 536 pages. First edition.

 
"A comprehensive bibliography and source guide to the Mosher Books reflecting England 's national literature and design.' Introduction by William E. Fredeman. Illustrated. Fine.
 

$40.00
 





                                                                                                          
  ROBINSON, P.F. AN ATTEMPT TO ASCERTAIN THE AGE OF THE CHURCH OF MICKLEHAM, IN SURREY.        
                                                                                                                                  

  London : Carpenter & Son, 1824. Quarter-calf. Lithographic frontispiece, 31, (1) pages, 19 plates. First edition.
    

This is the architect, P.F. Robinson's, scarcest work, an attempt to justify his restoration of the Mickleham Church , which he did in 1822 and 1823. He rebuilt the nave in a neo-Norman manner to match the existing Norman chancel and replaced Georgian pews with "stalls." He provides figures to show it was cheaper to build in the Anglo-Norman style than any other. The NUC only lists one copy, that at the Library of Congress. Some sporadic light foxing, else very good.

    
$385.00

     
 
 
 
   

ROSENBERG,
  Louis Conrad. THE DAVANZATI PALACE , FLORENCE ITALY ....


 
New York: Architectural Book Publishing Co., 1922. Folio. Cloth. Frontispiece, (ii), v, (i), 72 pages. First edition.

 
 
This restored, 14th-century palace is illustrated with photographs and numerous measured drawings, with a short descriptive text. Tips and spine worn, covers sunned, else good.
 

$75.00


    

SEASTONE, L.E. SONG OF SUSAN.

1976. Broadside. (15 1/2 x 10 inches). One of 25 copies. First edition.

 
The first issue with the typo "copyright." In 1977 Leonard Seastone expanded the poem into a six sheet booklet. This broadside, an early work of the Tideline Press, is additionally signed by the author and illustrated by him. Rare. No copy listed in OCLC or found in commerce. Fine.
 

$100.00



    
 
  ( WARWICK PRESS) BLINN, Carol J. A FOWL LETTER BOOK.      


  ( Easthampton : 1989). 12mo. Boards. (67) pages. One of 225 copies.
 

 
Being a delightful alphabet book from Carol Blinn with twenty-six full page drawings featuring ducks, all hand-colored. There is a suitably wacky forward by Théophile Homard, Phd., which enters into the fun of this piece. Carol Blinn is at her best when whimsical and this is as whimsical as it gets. Fine, prospectus laid-in.
 


$150.00



    
 
  (WARWICK PRESS) BLINN, Carol. PAPER GIRLS. 


Easthampton: 2009. 8vo. Wrappers. (12) pages, including 2 tipped-on color plates. One of 15 copies issued separately.


A loving reminiscence of Ms. Blinn's mother as fashion designer and loving mentor. Fine. 
 


$100.00



    

  ( WARWICK PRESS)  DUCK POETRY.


  Easthampton : 2003. 8vo. Watercolored stiff wrappers. (19) pages. One of 45 copies.
 
A charming book created by Carol Blinn, illustrated with eleven hand-colored drawings with subtle pastel colors reminiscent of Lucien Pissarro's work at the Eragny Press. It is Book Eight in her series of Once Upon A Time Books. Fine, at publication price.



$245.00


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