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A History of American Literature; I. 1607-1676. A History of American Literature; II. 1676-1765

By: Tyler, Moses Coit

Price: $75.00

Publisher: G. P. Putnam's Sons. 1879. New York.: 1879

Seller ID: 1484

Condition: Collectible-Very Good


First edition. Two volumes. Cloth. The author writes about American literary activity during Colonial days up to 1765. In volume I he writes about why those first Americans wrote books, the first writer, historical writers, descriptions of nature and people in America, etc. Volume II: the verse writers, history and biography, literature in each of the colonies, etc. View more info

A Comprehensive Representation of the Printing of Lawton Kennedy; On Exhibition in the Skyroom of Gleeson Library, University of San Francisco, Golden Gate and Parker Avenues, November 8th to December 11th, 1959

By: University of San Francisco

Price: $25.00

Publisher: San Francisco, CA, University of San Francisco: 1959

Seller ID: 020956

Condition: Fine


Original program printed on white paper. 7 3/8" x 9 3/4." Three pages (one leaf folded in half with printing on three of the four panels), complete. Program printed on high-quality paper with a deckle edge at the bottom. Beautiful border decoration on front panel and custom typefaces featured throughout the program. Program is very clean and intact. A Fine copy. This program accompanies the opening of an exhibition featuring Lawton Kennedy's work in the printing industry and a reception on November 8, 1959 from 3 to 5 p. m. that honors Kennedy at the University of San Francisco'... View more info

A Checklist: Robert Graves

By: University of San Francisco

Price: $25.00

Publisher: San Francisco, CA, University of San Francisco; Lawton Kennedy: 0

Seller ID: 020958

Condition: Fine


Original publisher's beige pamphlet made from one leaf folded into quarters and printed on four panels. 7" x 9 1/2." Four pages, complete. Paper is very clean and intact. A few small, faint stains on Page 1 (front panel). A Fine copy. "Lawton Kennedy, Printer" is printed on the back panel. Front panel says the following: "Robert Graves; The University of San Francisco aims 'to cultivate the heart that is may love worthwhile things.' First editions with inscriptions and corrected galley proofs of such a writer as Robert Graves, Professor of Poetry at Oxford, have the... View more info

The Book-Hunter in Paris; Studies Among the Bookstalls and the Quays

By: Uzanne, Octave

Price: $150.00

Publisher: Chicago, A. C. McClurg & Co.: 1893

Seller ID: 1513

Condition: Collectible-Very Good


First American edition. Illustrated boards. Illustrations. As noted in the Preface, the stall-keepers on the quays of the Seine have a place in French history going back to the beginning of the seventeenth century. The author describes the bookseller past and present, bookstalls of ancient Rome, characters and oddities, book-stealers and much more. View more info

Gold Fever: A Catalogue of the California Gold Rush Centennial Exhibition

By: Vail, R. W. G.

Price: $25.00

Publisher: New York, New York, The New-York Historical Society: 1949

Seller ID: 14223

Condition: Collectible-Very Good


40 pages; illustrations; bibliography; yellow paper wrapper (6 1/8 x 9 3/8 inch). Publication issued to accompany the exhibition held by the New York Historical Society in 1949. Included within the pamphlet is a bibliography of books, maps, etc relating to the California Gold Rush. Very good clean copy. View more info

The Texas Institute of Letters 1936 - 1966; With a Prefatory Note by Lon Tinkle

By: Vann, William H.

Price: $37.50

Publisher: Encino Press. (1967). Austin, Texas.: 1967

Seller ID: 1547

Condition: Collectible-Very Good


Cloth backed boards. 1250 copies printed. Illustrations. The Texas Institute of Letters was established in 1936 as an organization of Texas writers. Increasing its membership through the years it went on to give money prizes outstanding writers . Th e Institute looked at writers not only for what they wrote but whether the author was a "man of integrity and a man with respect for the truth". View more info

Quarto Club Papers 1926 - 1927

By: Various

Price: $50.00

Publisher: New York, Printed For The Members: 1927

Seller ID: 1429

Condition: Collectible-Very Good


Cloth backed patterned boards. Cardboard slip case. 195 copies printed by the Pynson Printers. Untrimmed pages. The Quarto Club was formed in 1926 and is composed of a few bibliomaniacs who meet once a month to talk about books and bookish things . Eight papers were read during the club's first year and those are printed in this book. View more info

Addresses Given at the Opening of the Exhibition of Metropolitan Museum Printing Held in the Pierpont Morgan Library on 24 October 1938

By: Various

Price: $20.00

Publisher: The American Institute of Graphic Arts. 1939. New York.: 1939

Seller ID: 1585

Condition: Collectible-Very Good


Cloth. Slight tear in spine. Frontispiece. Addresses were delivered by: Daniel Berkeley Updike; Carl Purington Rollins; William Mills Ivins, Jr.; Bruce Rogers and Henry Watson Kent View more info

An Introduction to a Conclusion.

By: Various

Price: $37.50

Publisher: Privately Printed. 1930. New York.: 1930

Seller ID: 1618

Condition: Collectible-Very Good


Cloth. Cardboard slip case, slight sun fading. Untrimmed pages. From the Introduction: "In 1879 there appeared in the Printers' Register, an English publication devoted to the interests of the printing art, a series of articles by William Blades ." In 1880 the essays were published in one volume with a "conclusion". Herein is his conclusion. the pleasure of a fine book. View more info

Mercurius Redivivus : Being an Occasional News-Letter from the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library at 2205 West Adams Boulevard in the City of Los Angeles

By: Various

Price: $25.00

Publisher: The University of California. (1994). Los Angeles.: 1994

Seller ID: 1623

Condition: Collectible-Very Good


Wrapper. Dust wrapper. 500 copies printed. Signed by L. C. Powell. Illustrations. This volume contains a facsimile of three issues of the Library's News-Letter, 1952-53-58, with an Introduction by Lawrence Clark Powell. The Library began this occasional News-Letter to inform the book world of the library's new purchases. View more info

The Bibliophile Society Year Books, 24 Volumes

By: Various

Price: $500.00

Publisher: Boston, The Bibliophile Society: 1902

Seller ID: 4949

Condition: Collectible-Very Good


Collection of year books: 1902 (1st) through 1929 (last). Lacks 3rd and 5th years (22nd Annual Report is for 1923-1924). Issued for members only. From the first volume article entitled "Bibliomania": "According to a very generally accepted lexicography, bibliomania is thus defined -- 'Book madness ---- a rage for collecting and possessing books, especially rare and curious ones'." Limited to 500 copies. Volumes contain from 60-206 pages. Boards, some with gilt lettering on spine; one issue 3/4 paper with cloth. Volumes 4-7 and 21-28 have slip cases. Frontispiece or illustration... View more info

Chez West, the California Detective.

By: Various

Price: $15.00

Publisher: Oakland, Cal., Catherine and Richard West: 1980

Seller ID: 9636

Condition: Collectible-Fine


[8] pages pamphlet with blue wrapper, gilt title on the cover. 'The Principal Investigators': Edward Blakely, A.T.Brugger, Mike Heyman, Andy Horn, Gary Morrison, Stephen Salmon, David Saxon, Foster Sherwood, and Richard West met at the West home in Oakland October 1980. Included in the pamphlet is the menu of the meal along with a quiz for 'Investigation' about California detectives and the characters in Raymond Chandler and Ross McDonald's novels. An unusual and interesting item for mystery/private detective fans. View more info

A Delicious Obsession : Collecting the Works of MFK Fisher. A Centenary Show of Books, Periodicals & Ephemera from the Collection of Randall Tarpey-Schwed. On Exhibition September 8 - October 27, 2008.

By: Various

Price: $25.00

Publisher: San Francisco, California, The Book Club of California: 2008

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 11701

Condition: Collectible-Very Good


Two parts in a folding case with cover title "MFK Fisher, A Delicious Obsession". First part is a large foldout printed on one side (23 x 19 inch) which folds to (5 3/4 x 9 1/2 inch) contains: extract from a publication of Fisher's; note by the collector; and a 76 title bibliography. Also a 2 page fold by Joan Reardon "Autobiography & Biography: Channeling MFK Fisher (8 x 10 inch). Printed by Patrick Reagh and John Sullivan. View more info

There is "A Time to Laugh" (cover title)

By: Various

Price: $25.00

Publisher: Privately Printed: 1951

Seller ID: 015428

Condition: Collectible-Very Good


Tan paper cover, stapled, mild damage to edges. From title page, "Dedication of Room for Housing of Schmulowitz Jest Book Collection at the San Francisco Public Library November 30, 1950". From colophon, "This edition consists of 500 copies. Privately printed. 1951." Nat Schmulowitz, a nationally known attorney, donated a collection of humorous works to the San Francisco Library, beginning in 1947. The collection still exists today. This is a collection of the speeches made at the dedication of a designated room for the collection, including remarks by Mr. Schmulowitz himself. View more info

Ward Ritchie, Printer : A Seventy-Fifth Birthday Salute on June 15, 1980

By: Various

Price: $20.00

Publisher: Phoenix, Arizona, Roswell Bookbinding: 1980

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 11587

Condition: Fine


22 pages with photograph of Ward Ritchie on frontispiece, 5 pages of examples of Mr. Ritchie's book designs at end. Tan paper wrapper (5 1/2 x 9 inch) with title on the cover. Collection of articles written by Mr. Ritchie's friends and colleagues. View more info

Book Plate Collection: Libraries

By: Various

Price: $250.00

Publisher: 0

Seller ID: 020249

Condition: Very Good


Collection of 56 bookplates from different libraries done by various designers. Bookplates: black & white & color; mounted on brown paper in black binder; clean & intact overall but a few have some glue stains along edges. Circa 1930s. Varying dimensions; most measure between 2" x 5." Listings for each bookplate include, if available, the designer, location where the bookplate came from, description of the bookplate design, & date. Bookplate 1: Willy Pogany; Goodman Library, Napa; hand holding rose by open book. 2: F. W. Baumhoff, Jr.; California State Lib.; eulogy for Clair C. Barnes.... View more info

A Guide to Reading the Hebrew Text; For the Use of Beginners

By: Vibbert, W. H., Rev.

Price: $25.00

Publisher: Warren F. Draper. 1872. Andover, Massachusetts.: 1872

Seller ID: 1617

Condition: Collectible-Very Good


Cloth. Some fading first few pages front and back. Private rubber stamp imprint on title page. Pencil and some pen markings many pages. This treatise was especially prepared for the Berkeley Divinity School as Hebrew was required for admission. It covers the alphabet, vowels, sh'va, syllables, vav and yothe as consonants and on through characteristics of the verb and noun. View more info

Early Printers' Marks.

By: Victoria and Albert Museum

Price: $15.00

Publisher: London, Her Majesty's Stationery Office: 1962

Seller ID: 5745

Condition: Collectible-Very Good


32 pages with 28 reproductions, printed wrapper, 7 x 5". (Small Picture Book no. 56) Printed by the Curwen Press. Examples of 15th and 16th century printers' marks. "Designers were fertile in producing imaginative, ingenious, even bizarre work executed with vigour." View more info

The Bibliotaph and Other People

By: Vincent, Leon H.

Price: $37.50

Publisher: Houghton, Mifflin and Company. 1898. Boston.: 1898

Seller ID: 1445

Condition: Collectible-Very Good


First edition. Cloth. The author describes a Bibliotaph: "A portrait not imaginary"; and he also answers the questions why he collects, why he needs three copies of the same book, what he looks like, where he lives, etc. Some chapter titles are: "Last Words on the Bibliotaph"; "The Autobiography of a Fair-Minded Man"; "Concerning a Red Waistcoat"; etc. View more info

Henri Ternaux Compans : The First Collector of Hispanic-Americana

By: Wagner, Henry R.

Price: $25.00

Publisher: Washington, DC, Pan American Union: 1954

Seller ID: 12327

Condition: Collectible-Fine


Reprinted from INTER-AMERICAN REVIEW OF BIBLIOGRAPHY, IV (October/Dember 1954). Pages 283-298; portrait; white paper wrapper with a tile on the cover (6 3/4 x 9 3/4 inch). Mainly a biography of Henri Ternaus Compans (1807-1864), son of a rich French family who produced Kashmir shawls. Wagner deals with his collecting activity, travels in South America and later life in France where he published a series of Spanish documents. Fine clean copy. View more info