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  • Private Presses and Their Books – Will Ransom

    Private Presses and Their Books – Will Ransom

    A fine copy of the reissue of this special book first printed in 1929.

    Published by James Cummins Bookseller, New York in 1992. Octavo, 493 pages. Original orange cloth covered binding with gilt title, no dust jacket as issued.The book contains some delightful illustrations of woodcut image and “Press Marks” and examples of the unique fonts used in the printing process.

    A thorough piece of work by Ransom who was expert in the private press movement in America and England. Starts very early with Caxton etc. Includes Kelmscott, Doves, Village, Ashedene, Merrymount, Brice Rodgers, Nonesuch etc.

    A book lovers delight to read … not at all dry ..

    James Cummins was established in 1978 and is at 699 Madison Avenue. A really super bookstore which has a number of specialities including not surprisingly Private Press. You must take time to go there when in the Big Apple.

    Super reference on the Private Press movement rejuvenated.

    $90.00

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  • A Plurality of Worlds – Bernard de Fontenelle – John Glanvill’s Translation – With a Prologue by David Garnett. Beautiful Limited Printing by the Nonesuch Press 1929 – Holden Provenance

    A Plurality of Worlds – Bernard de Fontenelle – John Glanvill’s Translation – With a Prologue by David Garnett. Beautiful Limited Printing by the Nonesuch Press 1929 – Holden Provenance

    A really striking production by the Nonesuch Press, England published in 1929. Octavo, x, 138 pages, bound in full vellum. The gold illumination to the front is as delicate as it is stunning.

    Nonesuch printed 1,200 copies and another 400 were produced by Randon House in the USA. The book design was by Francis Meynell, composed by T.W. Hay at the Nonesuch Press, and printed on Van Gelder paper at the Curwen Press (what a combination). The colour decorations were by T.L. Poulton and were stencilled to the item one by one.

    This copy is number 1215 and has exceptional Australian provenance carrying the bookplate of Edward Wheewall Holden – Yes, the founder of Holden cars.

    The original work was published in 1686 and represents an early exposition of cosmic pluralism i.e., that the stars are distant suns which may have their own planetary systems and as a result extra-terrestrial life is a possibility. The book is regarded as one of the first texts in the ‘Age of Enlightenment”

    The bigger cosmic picture explained by Fontenelle and made beautiful by the talented Nonesuch Press.

    $190.00

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  • Military Uniforms of the British Empire Overseas – John Player & Sons Card series complete in rare album.

    Military Uniforms of the British Empire Overseas – John Player & Sons Card series complete in rare album.

    Album 26cm by 20cm 24 pages with a total of 50 cards, published in 1938. Some light foxing to cover and the odd mark inside, generally a very good set. The shading on the images is caused by the scanner and the paper not lying quite flat.

    Uniforms from South Africa, Rhodesia, Canada, India and Burma, and Colonies, Protectorates etc. Some pretty fancy garb among them …. The narrative descriptions of the various regiments, battalions etc is very interesting … useful for those wanting a potted history.

    A nice complete set with the attendant album narrative

    $60.00

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  • Global Warning – A Pop-Up Book of Our Endangered Planet – Sandy Ransford

    Global Warning – A Pop-Up Book of Our Endangered Planet – Sandy Ransford

    A super high standard educational pop-up book from 1992 … threats to the Earth from ozone depletion, global warming, rain forest destruction.

    Conceived and designed by Graham Brown and Ruth Mawdsley, who did the “Paper Engineering” … written by Sandy Ransford. From the Five Miles Press, Balwyn, Australia.

    60cms by 22mc, illustrated boards, ten pages with some super pop-ups, pull outs and an inspiring narrative which has none of its meaning in a current sense.

    Serious fun for a budding environmentalist …. a warning on the warming

    $50.00

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  • R.L.S. [Robert Louis Stevenson] in the South Seas – An Intimate Photographic Record

    R.L.S. [Robert Louis Stevenson] in the South Seas – An Intimate Photographic Record

    A first edition of this special book for lovers of Robert Louis Stevenson, author of Treasure Island. Published by Mainstream Press in 1986. Small quarto, 192 pages profusely illustrated.

    In 1888 R.L.S. set of with his family into the Pacific to write about the South Seas and its Islands. He took photographic equipment and a magic lantern with him intending to produce his own illustrations. Many though lost this is the first publication of a those that remain. R.L.S. was a prolific letter writers and these along with some short essays provide an excellent narrative in which to display these photographic gems.

    R.L.S. in the Pacific Lost and Found Images.

    $40.00

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  • An Essay on the Ancient and Modern Use of Armories; Shewing Their Origin, Definition, and Division of them into their several Species. The Method of Composing them, and Marshalling many Coats together in one Shield. Alexander Nisbet – First Edition 1718 – Nice Item

    An Essay on the Ancient and Modern Use of Armories; Shewing Their Origin, Definition, and Division of them into their several Species. The Method of Composing them, and Marshalling many Coats together in one Shield. Alexander Nisbet – First Edition 1718 – Nice Item

    Title continues … Illustrated by many Examples and Sculptures of the Armorial Ensigns of Noble Families in this and other Nations … To which is added, An Index explaining the Terms of Blazon made use of in this Essay.

    First Edition and scarce. Printed by William Adams Jnr for James MackEuen (to be sold at his shop), Edinburgh 1718.

    Small quarto, 224 pages preceded by introductions and subscribers list. With seven folding plates of multiple images of arms, and the aforementioned Index of Terms. Contains a detailed account of the reigns of British Royalty and the origins of their arms. Bound in original full calf in very good condition. Internally, very light browning and signs of old worming long gone. The quality and the condition of the copper engraved plates is something special.

    Scottish historian Alexander Nisbet’s works on heraldry are considered the best on the subject.

    Nisbet the Authority and an early First Edition of his “Essay on Heraldry”

    $290.00

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