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94375
Allen, Jonas, et al. (eds.)
Mambo Art Irritates Life
Mambo Graphics Pty. Ltd., Surrey Hills NSW, 1994.
Quarto; paperback; 119pp., with many colour illustrations. Minor wear; spine sunned; front cover scraped along the top edge. Very good.
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$35
88958
Allingham, William (Richard Doyle, illus.)
In Fairyland A Series of Pictures from the Elf-World
Longmans Green Reader & Dyer, London, 1870.
First edition: folio; hardcover, with gilt spine decorations, gilt rules to the upper board, gilt upper board titles and decorations and blind-ruled lower board; 31pp., all edges gilt, with an engraved coloured frontispiece and many full-coloured engraved illustrations. Re-backed, retaining the original cloth, with new endpapers; softening to the spine extremities with some scraping; some bumps to the board edges and corners; mild foxing to the preliminaries and light offset to the illustrations. Very good to near fine in a new, gilt-titled slipcase. Richard Doyle was the son of an Irish artist and the uncle of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. By nineteen years old he was a designer of such skill and originality that the famous first cover of Punch was chosen from his work. "In Fairyland" was first published in 1870, and the pictures are complemented by William Allingham's text-poem.
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$2500
99045
[Arthur Rackham] Hamilton, James
Arthur Rackham A Life with Illustration
Pavillion, London, 1990.
First edition: quarto; hardcover, with gilt spine titling; 199pp., with many colour and monochrome illustrations. Mild wear; toning to the text block edges. Slightly chipped head of dustwrapper spine panel; now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Near fine. The definitive and sumptuous biography of the one of the world's most collectable illustrators contains a richly detailed account of his life along with beautifully enchanting pictures. Examining the work of the illustrator, this monograph traces Rackham's achievements throughout his long career. Rackham's illustrations for such works as Alice in Wonderland, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens, and Rip Van Winkle have attained the classic status of the writings themselves and indeed, in some cases, they have become synonymous with them. His works were also included in numerous exhibitions in his lifetime, including one at the Louvre in Paris in 1914. Rackham himself, however, has previously remained a shadowy figure. As well as featuring exquisite illustrations and sketches, extracts from Rackham's correspondence and insightful commentary shed new light on the man and his art.
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$60
68980
[Arthur Rackham] Hudson, Derek
Arthur Rackham His Life and Work
William Heinemann Ltd, London, 1960.
Quarto; hardcover, with gilt spine-titling on a black label, a small upper board decoration and decorated endpapers; 181pp., top edges dyed brown, with a colour frontispiece and many tipped-in illustrations tipped-in colour and monochrome plates. Mild wear; rubbing to lower board edges; text block edges browned. Dustwrapper with missing segment to the top edge of the lower panel across to the head of the spine panel with associated tears and creasing; a few tiny tears and chips on the edges (now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film and white paper backing). Very good. Rackham's appeal has proved ageless, his faultless draughtsmanship allied to an imagination which may be delicate or grotesque, but is always original and illuminating. Derek Hudson introduces us to the man behind the work and comments on technique and achievements, often illustrating his point with reproductions of Rackham's own drawings or plates. Included in this edition is a revised check-list of the artist's work. Beautiful selection of colour plates.
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$55
70537
[Arthur Rackham] Shakespeare, William & Graily Hewitt (Arthur Rackham, illus.)
A Midsummer Night's Dream
Abaris Books, New York NY, 1977.
Quarto; hardcover, with upper board gilt decoration and gilt spine titling; unpaginated with colour and monochrome illustrations. Minor wear; foxing to endpapers and pastedowns; lightly toned and spotted text block edges. Dustwrapper with scraping to spine panel extremities, corners and along spine edge; mild rubbing and creasing to front inner flaps; now backed by archival-quality white paper and professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Very good.
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$75
75563
Balzer, Richard
Peepshows A Visual History
Harry N. Abrams Inc. Publishers, New York NY, 1998.
Square quarto; hardcover; 196pp, with many colour illustrations. Dustwrapper. Remainder. New. "The peepshow, often a simple wooden box, with a biconvex lens, a set of prints, and the magic storytelling powers of a showman, was for a curious public a transporter through time and space, a purveyor of both edification and pleasure. Itinerant showmen hawked their wares in competition with other street entertainers in Europe's great cities. The peepshow had to compete with dancing bears, learned pigs, jugglers, balancing acts, conjurers, pantomimes, and puppeteers. The magic occurred only when a viewer set their eye near a hole and entered the private space of the box to see the wonders of a world beyond their daily life. What wondrous sites there were to visit: distant lands, never before seen and perhaps never before even heard of, ferocious battles and stately monuments, images to impress, startle and delight" (Richard Balzer).
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$30
50764
[Blair Hughes-Stanton] Hughes-Stanton, Penelope
The Wood-Engravings of Blair Hughes-Stanton
Private Libraries Association, Pinner Middlesex UK, 1991.
Quarto; hardcover, with gilt spine-titling; 183pp., with many monochrome illustrations. Near fine. Blair Hughes-Stanton came from a family of artists but nevertheless fell into the world of art and print-making almost accidentally, after initially deciding upon life as a naval officer: the notion of being his own boss was to clinch the deal. He had an erratic education, mainly augmented by the crash course of mathematics which he underwent as a cadet in the Royal Navy, and developed an idiosyncratic method of spelling which stayed with him all his life. Having made the decision to attend art school, he found the method of instruction stilted and unedifying: chance encounters with other young artists taught him the importance of the line, and formed a logical, structural underpinning to the artform - woodblock engraving - which later became his prime means of expression, some would say his singular voice. Included here is the complete catalogue of his published works in wood, showing an elegance of expression not normally associated with this medium. This is one of 1750 copies bound by The Fine Bindery (of which 600 were released for sale) and was designed by David Chambers. All of the reproductions included are full size unless noted otherwise in the captions.
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$50
200423
Bland, David
A History of Book Illustration The Illuminated Manuscript and the Printed Book
Faber and Faber Ltd., London, 1969.
Quarto; hardcover, with gilt spine titling on a black label and an upper board gilt decoration; 459pp., with many colour and monochrome tipped-in plates. Mild wear; previous owner's name in ink; offsetting to endpapers; toned text block edges; very mild rubbing to lower board edges. Dustwrapper slightly edgeworn; now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Very good. "Mr. Bland traces the development of book illustration from the earliest decorated Egyptian papyrus to the modern edition-de-luxe. There are more than four hundred half tone and wood block illustrations, and twenty superb full colour reproductions, but the book is much more than a picture book. The text is divided roughly into centuries country by country, the first part carrying through to the end of the 17th century, and at each phase the illustrations are integral to the text. Here is no dry catalogue of important figures in the art world, but rather a diverting commentary on the relationships of illustration to the various aspects of the social and artistic life of the times. While giving book illustration its place as an art in its own right and denying the inferior status too often attributed to it, he deals too with the significant aspects of the mechanics and techniques of book production. An extensive bibliography, cross indexing, and excellent typography add up to a book that will be an essential tool in its field for a long time to come." - Kirkus
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$90
62609
Blegvad, Peter
The Book of Leviathan
Overlook Press, New York NY, 2000.
Oblong quarto; paperback; unpaginated, with colour and monochrome illustrations. Mild wear; covers scuffed; glue stain to inner edge of the front endpaper. Near fine. "One of the greatest, weirdest things I've ever stared at. Give me Leviathan or give me death."
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$17
93077
Carroll, Lewis (Barry Moser, illus.; James R. Kincaid & Selwyn H. Goodacre, eds.)
Lewis Carroll's Alice Alice's Adventures in Wonderland - Pennyroyal edition
University of California Press, Berkeley CA, 1982.
Quarto; hardcover, quarter-bound in cloth with metallic-purple spine titling and marbled endpapers; 145pp., top edges dyed red, with many monochrome illustrations. Minor wear; slight browning to board edges; faint spotting to text block edges. Mildly rubbed dustwrapper with one or two spots to the front panel; now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Near fine.
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$60
212107
Cott, Jonathan
There's a Mystery There The Primal Vision of Maurice Sendak
Doubleday, New York NY, 2017.
First edition: octavo; hardcover; 242pp., colour illustrations. Remainder. New. An extraordinary, path-breaking, and penetrating book on the life and work and creative inspirations of the great children's book genius Maurice Sendak, who since his death in 2012 has only grown in his stature and recognition as a major American artist, period. Polymath and master interviewer Jonathan Cott first interviewed Maurice Sendak in 1976 for Rolling Stone, just at the time when Outside Over There, the concluding and by far the strangest volume of a trilogy that began with Where The Wild Things Are and In the Night Kitchen, was gestating. Over the course of their wide-ranging and revelatory conversation about his life, work, and the fantasies and obsessions that drove his creative process, they focused on many of the themes and images that would appear in the new book five years later. Drawing on that interview, There's a Mystery There is a profound examination of the inner workings of a complicated genius's torments and inspirations that ranges over the entirety of his work and his formative life experiences, and uses Outside Over There, brilliantly and originally, as the key to understanding just what made this extravagantly talented man tick. To gain multiple perspectives on that intricate and multifaceted book, Cott also turns to four "companion guides": a Freudian analyst, a Jungian analyst, an art historian, and Sendak's great friend and admirer, the playwright Tony Kushner. The book is richly illustrated with examples from Sendak's work and other related images.
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$24
98620
Cruikshank, George
The Drunkard's Children A Sequel to "The Bottle"
The Broadsheet King, London, 1966.
Facsimile reprint: folio; printed folding portfolio; 8 monochrome engraved leaves (290mm x 450mm). Minor wear; folder scuffed. Very good to near fine. A Victorian "Rake's Progress" depicting the steady downturn in the lives of a brother and sister born into a gin-sodden world under the tutelage of their dissipated father.
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$40
98551
Crumb, Aline & Robert
Drawn Together The Complete Works
W.W. Norton & Co. Inc., New York NY, 2012.
Quarto; hardcover, with illustrated boards; 264p., with many colour and monochrome illustrations. Dustwrapper. Remainder. New.
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$32
54482
Dalby, Richard
The Golden Age of Children's Book Illustration
Michael O'Mara, London, 1991.
Quarto; hardcover, with gilt spine titling and illustrated endpapers; 144pp., with many colour and monochrome illustrations. Minor wear only. Dustwrapper. Near fine. The Golden Age of Children's book illustration can be traced back to the work of George Cruikshank, whose Gothic liveliness of design matched the spirit of the Grimm Brothers' German Popular Stories of 1823-6, whose work he illustrated; setting the standard with his exuberant vitality filling every corner of the pictures. Richard Doyle and John Tenniel were directly inspired by these early drawings; while the work of Victorian engravers such as William James Linton and the Dalziel brothers and Edmund Evans contributed greatly to the enduring success of Walter Crane, Randolph Caldecott, Kate Greenaway and Beatrix Potter. With these illustrators, nursery rhymes, fairy tales, animal stories and children's picture books entered upon a new and 'modern' era of artistic refinement.
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$50
78403
Delacampagne, Ariane & Christian
Here Be Dragons A Fantastic Bestiary
Princeton University Press, Princeton NJ, 2003.
Quarto; hardcover; 199pp., with many colour illustrations. Dustwrapper. Remainder. New. Sphinxes, hydras, chimeras, dragons, unicorns, griffins, sirens, and centaurs - fantastic animals can be found in works from Greek vases to paintings by Bosch, Goya, and Picasso; from folk art to comic strips; advertising, and Hollywood movies. "Here Be Dragons" is a lavishly illustrated compendium of the marvellous menagerie of imaginary animals that humans have conjured up over the ages... a visually and intellectually riveting journey through five thousand years of art, examining the symbolic meanings of such creatures and what they say about the unconscious life of the human mind... Such creatures continue to haunt us, just as they haunted our ancestors... Contrary to what people once believed, the fantastic exists only in the mind. And yet, as "Here Be Dragons" shows us, it is one of the mind's most sophisticated, mysterious, and inspiring creations.
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$30
200422
Diringer, David
The Illuminated Book Its History & Production
Faber and Faber Ltd, London, 1967.
Octavo; hardcover, with gilt spine titling on a red label; 514pp., with many colour and monochrome plates and illustrations. Mild wear; offsetting to endpapers; mild toning and spotting to text block edges; previous owner's name in ink. Dustwrapper now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Very good to near fine. 'The work contains a vast mass of information and a wealth of illustration and it constitutes what is virtually an encyclopaedia of illumination... The author has shown astounding assiduity, and the book contains between its covers more material than any other single work on the subject, while its illustrations, many of them drawn from unfamiliar sources, afford a valuable and most useful corpus.' - The Times Literary Supplement
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$140
207255
Dulac, Edmund (illus.)
Sinbad the Sailor & Other Tales from The Arabian Nights
Calla Press/Dover Publications Inc., Mineola NY, 2016.
Quarto; hardcover. full decorated cloth with gilt spine and upper board titles and decorations and decorative endpapers; 224pp., all pages decorated, with a colour frontispiece and 22 plates likewise. Minor wear; text block top edge very lightly dusted. No dustwrapper. Very good.
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$50
204430
[Edmund Dulac] Housman, Laurence (Edmund Dulac, illus.)
Stories from the Arabian Nights Retold by Laurence Housman
Hodder & Stoughton Ltd., London, 1911.
Abridged (selected from the 1907 edition): octavo; hardcover, with gilt spine titles and upper board decorations with a tipped-on illustration; unpaginated (132pp.), with a colour frontispiece and 23 colour plates, each with a captioned tissue guard. Moderate wear; boards dished; spine extremities softened; spotting to the text block edges; offset to the endpapers; mild scattered foxing throughout; previous owner's name in ink to the flyleaf. No dustwrapper. Very good. Lacks gift box in which the book was originally issued. The Arabian Nights is the most celebrated collection of tales in all of literature. The best of these tales are collected here by Laurence Housman. Edmund Dulac masterfully captures the fantastic elements of the tales using brilliantly coloured characters against soft, impressionistic backgrounds and in other scenes, achieves a brooding and dark mysterious atmosphere.
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$250
98707
[Edward Ardizzone] Alderson, Brian
Edward Ardizzone A Bibliographic Commentary
Private Libraries Association - The British Library, London, 2003.
Octavo; hardcover, with gilt spine titling and upper board decoration; 309pp., with monochrome illustrations. Mild wear; some marks to the text block edge. Dustwrapper now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Near fine.
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$120
203857
[Edward Ardizzone] Ardizzone, Edward (Judy Taylor, ed.)
Sketches for Friends
David R. Godine, Boston MA, 2002.
First US edition: landscape octavo; hardcover, illustrated boards with upper board titles; 127pp., with many colour and monochrome illustrations. No dustwrapper as issued. Remainder. New.
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$20
92507
Erte (Marshall Lee, ed.; Preface by Jack Solomon)
Erte at Ninety The Complete Graphics
Weidenfeld and Nicolson Ltd., London, 1982.
Quarto; hardcover, with an upper board decoration and decorative endpapers; 223pp., with many colour illustrations. Minor wear; mild spotting to the text block edges. Slightly rubbed dustwrapper; now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Very good to near fine. Erte was at the centre of the important art movement, Art Deco. The roots of this movement were in geometric motifs, luxuriant colours and graceful curvilinear feminine lines. Art Deco was the first comprehensive style to make 'modernism' in art widely popular. But the very popularity of Art Deco contained within it the seeds of its downfall, for when Art Deco was mass-produced to meet growing demand, much of its excellence of materials and craftsmanship had to be sacrificed, even though such excellence was critical to the Art Deco statement. It is probable that Erte's meticulous, luxurious, superbly crafted graphics succeed so well to some extent because they re-establish many of the significant attributes of classical Art Deco - that magical fusion of sleek design, exquisite materials, and superb craftsmanship. But Erte's graphics are timeless - an art which can be appreciated today as much as it was in the Twenties. Publication of this book marks the artist's ninetieth year and his seventieth year of work in the visual arts.
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$100
204766
Fleischer, Max (Foreword by Mark Fleischer & Virginia Mahoney; Introduction by Brian Walker)
The Definitive Betty Boop The Classic Comic Strip Collection
Titan Comics/Titan Publishing Group Ltd., London, 2015.
Quarto; hardcover, with decorative boards; unpaginated, with many colour and monochrome illustrations. No dustwrapper as issued. Remainder. New.
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$30
201539
Foster, Hal (Brian M. Kane, ed.)
Prince Valiant: Vol. 13: 1961-1962
Fantagraphics Books, Seattle WA, 2016.
Folio; hardcover, quarter-bound in cloth with illustrated boards and gilt spine titles; unpaginated with many colour and monochrome illustrations. No dustwrapper as issued. Remainder. New.
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$32
208129
Foster, Hal (Brian M. Kane, ed.; Introduction by Greg Hildebrandt)
Prince Valiant: Vol. 16: 1967-1968
Fantagraphics Books, Seattle WA, 2017.
Folio; hardcover, quarter-bound in cloth with illustrated boards and gilt spine titles; unpaginated, with many colour and monochrome illustrations. No dustwrapper as issued. Remainder. New.
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$32
208131
Foster, Hal (Introduction by Brian M. Kane, ed.)
Prince Valiant: Vol. 8: 1951-1952
Fantagraphics Books, Seattle WA, 2014.
Folio; hardcover, quarter-bound in cloth with illustrated boards and gilt spine titles; unpaginated, with many colour and monochrome illustrations. No dustwrapper as issued. Remainder. New.
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$32
202937
Froud, Brian
Good Faeries / Bad Faeries
Pavilion Books Ltd., London, 1998.
Reprint: quarto; hardcover, with gilt spine titles; unpaginated (192pp.) with many colour and monochrome illustrations. Minor wear; some pressed flowers. Dustwrapper now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Near fine. A reversible book with the good faeries from one end and the bad faeries from the opposite, inverse end. The author reveals the secrets he has learned from the faeries - what their noses and shoes look like, what mischief and what gentle assistance they can give, what their souls and dreams are like.
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$30
209864
[George Herriman] Tisserand, Michael
Krazy George Herriman - A Life in Black and White
HarperCollins Publishers Inc., New York NY, 2016.
Reprint. Octavo hardcover; quarter bound blue-gray boards with beige spine and black spine titling, gray endpapers; 545pp., monochrome illustrations. Dustwrapper . Remainder, new. In the tradition of Schulz and "Peanuts", an epic and revelatory biography of Krazy Kat creator George Herriman that explores the turbulent time and place from which he emerged - and the deep secret he explored through his art. The creator of the greatest comic strip in history finally gets his due - in an eye-opening biography that lays bare the truth about his art, his heritage, and his life on America's colour line. A native of Nineteenth-Century New Orleans, George Herriman came of age as an illustrator, journalist, and cartoonist in the boomtown of Los Angeles and the wild metropolis of New York. Appearing in the biggest newspapers of the early Twentieth Century - including those owned by William Randolph Hearst - Herriman's "Krazy Kat" cartoons quickly propelled him to fame. Although fitfully popular with readers of the period, his work has been widely credited with elevating cartoons from daily amusements to anarchic art. Herriman used his work to explore the human condition, creating a modernist fantasia that was inspired by the landscapes he discovered in his travels - from chaotic urban life to the Beckett-like desert vistas of the Southwest. Yet underlying his own life - and often emerging from the contours of his very public art - was a very private secret: known as "the Greek" for his swarthy complexion and curly hair, Herriman was actually African American, born to a prominent Creole family that hid its racial identity in the dangerous days of Reconstruction. Drawing on exhaustive original research into Herriman's family history, interviews with surviving friends and family, and deep analysis of the artist's work and surviving written records, Michael Tisserand brings this little-understood figure to vivid life, paying homage to a visionary artist who helped shape modern culture.
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$25
206060
[George Herriman] Yoe, Craig, with Bill Watterson
Krazy Kat & The Art of George Herriman A Celebration
Abrams ComicArts/Harry N. Abrams Inc., New York NY, 2011.
Quarto; hardcover, with illustrated boards and endpapers; 176pp., with many monochrome and colour illustrations. Remainder. New. Krazy Kat & the Art of George Herriman is a tribute to one of the most influential and innovative comic strips and creators of all time. This unique collection of rare art, essays, memorabilia, and biography highlights the career of the first genius of comics, George Herriman, and his iconic creations, Krazy Kat and Ignatz Mouse. During its 31-year run, Krazy Kat was enormously popular with the public, as well as influential writers, artists, and intellectuals of the time. Includes original essays by Jay Cantor, Douglas Wolk, Harry Katz, Richard Thompson, Dee Cox (Herriman's granddaughter), Craig McCracken, Bill Watterson, and authorized reprints of two seminal essays on Herriman by Gilbert Seldes and e.e. cummings, alongside newly discovered vintage essays by TAD, Summerfield Baldwin, and Toots Herriman. With Krazy Kat & the Art of George Herriman, Craig Yoe reveals this influential artist and writer for a whole new generation.
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$28
204086
Gorey, Edward (aka. Eduard Blutig) (Mrs Regera Dowdy, trans.; O. Mude, illus.)
The Evil Garden Eduard Blutig's "Der Bose Garten" in translation by Mrs Regera Dowdy with the original pictures of O.Mude
Pomegranate Communications Inc., Portland OR, 2011.
Reprint. Landscape octavo; hardcover, with decorated boards and endpapers; unpaginated (32pp.), with many monochrome illustrations. Minor wear. Dustwrapper. Near fine.
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$13
203872
Gruelle, Johnny (ed. Rick Marschall, ed.)
Mr. Twee Deedle Raggedy Ann's Sprightly Cousin
Fantagraphics Books, Seattle WA, 2012.
Elephant folio hardcover; illustrated green and red boards with red spine and gilt spine titling, illustrated red endpapers; 127pp., colour and monochrome illustrations. No dustwrapper. Remainder, new.
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$45
94104
Harthan, John
Books of Hours and Their Owners
Thames & Hudson Ltd., London, 1977.
Quarto; hardcover, with gilt spine titling and upper board publisher's insignia; 192pp., with 89 illustrations, 72 in colour. Minor wear; offsetting to endpapers and half-title pages; spotting to upper text block edges with a few scattered spots on board edges. Dustwrapper now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Very good to near fine. Of all the illuminated manuscripts that survive from the later middle Ages and the Renaissance, Books of Hours form the largest single category: the personal prayer books of a devout and status-conscious society. From thirty-four Books of Hours, an anthology of over ninety manuscript pages are reproduced here with the author's descriptive, explanatory and historical notes on the books themselves and their owners. The examples represent a wide range of styles, dates and countries, and include little-known as well as famous examples. John Harthan brings to his subject an imaginative concern with the people who owned and created the Books of Hours and a deep familiarity with many of the superb manuscripts which he illustrates and describes.
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$40
202116
[Heath Robinson] Beare, Geoffrey
Heath Robinson's Commercial Art A Compendium of his Advertising Work
Lund Humphries, London, 2017.
Quarto; hardcover, with silver-gilt spine titling; 255pp., with many colour and monochrome illustrations. Minor wear. Very light rubbing to dustwrapper and tiny tear to upper rear panel edge; slight edgewear; now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Near fine. The name Heath Robinson immediately conjures images of overly-complicated contraptions, often held together with string and precarious in their construction. For a diverse range of clients, Robinson's inventiveness, humour, artistic skill and professionalism made him the obvious choice to advertise their products, which ranged from asbestos cement roofing to bread. Exploring the myriad companies which engaged Robinson's services, this book underlines the artist's significant contribution to Britain's cultural life. Including a complete list of Robinson's advertising clients and the work he undertook for them.
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$45
15306
[Heath Robinson] Robinson, W. Heath
Humours of Golf
Methuen Ltd., London, 1923.
First edition: quarto; hardcover, in illustrated boards; 50pp., with many colour and monochrome illustrations. Moderate wear; re-backed; boards edgeworn with some minor scrapes; two small pen marks on the corner of the front pastedown; tape and other stains on the front free endpaper; offset to the preliminaries; one page with a torn corner; a few pages with light smudging to the lower edges. No dustwrapper. Very good.
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$400
87512
[Heath Robinson] Robinson, W. Heath
The Saintly Hun A Book of German Virtues
Duckworth & Co., London, nd. (1917).
Small folio; stapled booklet in printed wrappers with a tipped-on colour decoration; 48pp. with many monochrome illustrations. Moderate wear; wrappers well-rubbed and chipped with some stains and mild moisture damage; old price to front cover in red pencil; some splitting at the spine heel; all pages tanned. Very good.
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$150
62545
Herriman, George
Krazy & Ignatz - A Kat a Lilt with Song Convening the Complete Full-Page Comic Strips with some extra Dailies 1931-32
Fantagraphics Books, Seattle WA, 2008.
Second edition: Quarto; paperback; 108pp., with monochrome illustrations. Remainder. New.
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$25
62544
Herriman, George
Krazy & Ignatz - Necromancy by the Blue Bean Bush Compounding the Complete Full-Page Comic Strips with some extra rarities 1933-34
Fantagraphics Books, Seattle WA, 2008.
Second edition: quarto; paperback; 108pp., with many monochrome illustrations. Remainder. New.
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$25
62541
Herriman, George
Krazy & Ignatz - Shifting Sands Dusts its Cheeks in Powdered Beauty Compounding the Complete Full-Page Comic Strips with some extra Oddities 1937-8
Fantagraphics Books, Seattle WA, 2008.
Second edition: quarto; paperback; 118pp., with many colour illustrations. Remainder. New.
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$25
91099
[Ida Rentoul Outhwaite] Muir, Marcie & Robert Holden
The Fairy World of Ida Rentoul Outhwaite
Craftsman House Pty. Ltd., Sydney NSW, 1985.
First edition: quarto; hardcover; 171pp., with many colour and monochrome illustrations. Minor wear; very mildly toned text block edges with a few faint spots. One or two chips on the dustwrapper edges; now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Near fine.
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$65
75001
[James Gillray] Hill, Draper (ed.)
Fashionable Contrasts Caricatures by James Gillray
Phaidon Press Ltd., London, 1966.
Quarto; hardcover, with upper board decoration; 185pp. with many monochrome plates and illustrations. Mild toning to text block edges. Dustwrapper now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Near fine. James Gillray commenced life by learning letter-engraving, at which he soon became adept. This employment, however, proved irksome to James, so he wandered about for a time with a company of strolling players... he returned to London and was admitted as a student in the Royal Academy, supporting himself by engraving, and probably issuing a considerable number of caricatures under fictitious names. The name of Gillray's publisher and print seller, Miss Hannah Humphrey whose shop was first at 227 Strand, and finally in St James's Street, is inextricably associated with that of the caricaturist himself. Gillray lived with Miss (often called Mrs) Humphrey during the entire period of his fame. It is believed that he several times thought of marrying her, and that on one occasion the pair were on their way to the church, when Gillray said: 'This is a foolish affair, methinks, Miss Humphrey. We live very comfortably together; we had better let well alone.' Gillray's plates were exposed in Humphrey's shop window, where eager crowds examined them. His last work, from a design by Bunbury, is entitled "Interior of a Barber's Shop in Assize Time", and is dated 1811. While he was engaged on it he became mad, although he had occasional intervals of sanity, which he employed on his last work. He died on the 1st of June in 1815, and was buried in St James's churchyard, Piccadilly.
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$75
31628
[John Flaxman] Bindman, David (ed.)
John Flaxman
Thames & Hudson Ltd., London, 1979.
Quarto; hardcover; 188pp., with 426 monochrome and 4 colour plates. Mild wear; upper text block edge spotted; boards sunned to the top edges. Scuffed dustwrapper with chipping at head of spine panel; some small tears; now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Very good. John Flaxman was renowned in his own day throughout Europe for his book illustrations; the drawings for the works of Homer, Aeschylus, Hesiod and Dante were inspirational for many contemporary painters, including David, Ingres, Goya and Gericault. He designed works for pottery and silverware and was also a prolific sculptor. This book offers a comprehensive appraisal of Flaxman's works and includes essays by scholars on subjects ranging from the artist's designs for silverwork to his influence on other European artists.
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$35
92130
Kelly, Walt
Uncle Pogo So-So Stories
Simon & Schuster, New York NY, 1953.
Octavo; paperback, with decorated endpapers; unpaginated, with many monochrome illustrations. Minor wear; mild browning to text block and page edges; a few small scrapes to cover corners and spine extremities; slight edgewear to the covers. Very good.
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$17
201900
Leunig, Michael
The Essential Leunig Cartoons from a Winding Path
Viking, 2012.
Square quarto hardcover; orange illustrated boards with black upper board and spine titling, decorated endpapers; 400pp., monochrome & colour illustrations. Minor wear only. Near fine. No dustwrapper.
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$40
93079
[Lisbeth Zwerger] Carroll, Lewis (Lisbeth Zwerger, illus.)
Alice in Wonderland
North-South Books, London, 1999.
First edition: quarto; hardcover, with illustrated boards; 103pp., with many colour illustrations. Minor wear; faint spotting to upper text block edges. No dustwrapper. Near fine.
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$60
75955
Loftus, Barbara
Sigismund's Watch A Tiny Catastrophe
Philip Wilson, London, 2011.
Square quarto; paperback; 111pp., with many monochrome and colour illustrations. Minor wear only. Near fine. "Sigismund's Watch: A Tiny Catastrophe" is a cycle of artworks prompted by the recollections of the artist's mother Hildegard, who fled from Germany to England as a Jewish refugee in 1939. The story is told through a series of oil paintings and works on paper, vividly contextualised by documentary images and quotations from the Weimar period. "Sigismund's Watch" narrates a 'primal scene' from the early 1920s, recalled by Hildegard in old age, when, as a small child, she witnessed, unseen by her parents, a bitter marital row. The cause was her father Sigismund's bankruptcy, which inflicted sudden impoverishment on their comfortable bourgeois way of life. Hidden under the table, she saw her mother tear her father's gold pocket watch from his waistcoat pocket, stamp on it and smash it. The smashing of the watch becomes for Loftus a potent and poignant symbol - standing for the chaos into which Hildegard's family and many others were plunged overnight. The ensuing climate of fear, suspicion and destabilization in the collective psyche dealt a fatal blow to the fragile concept of the German-Jewish symbiosis. The historic equation of the Jew and money re-emerged as the scapegoat for the failing mark, and the brutalising effects of hyperinflation helped undermine the Weimar Republic and lay the foundations for the Third Reich and the rise of Hitler.
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$28
92629
Lubbock, Tom
English Graphic
Frances Lincoln, London, 2012.
Octavo; hardcover; 207pp., with many colour and monochrome illustrations and plates. Dustwrapper. Remainder, new. "English Graphic" is a book of essays on the subject of illustration, with the focus entirely on English artists using graphic media; drawings, prints, and watercolours. The pieces are largely drawn from Tom Lubbock's weekly Great Works column for The Independent, with some longer pieces originally published as reviews or catalogue essays. The historical span of the book is broad - from the Uffington White Horse to the Winchester Psalter Hellmouth to Harry Beck's London Underground Map and beyond. The high point of English graphic art in the late 18th and early 19th century makes up the heart of the book, with Fuseli, Blake, Bewick, and Palmer all the subject of extended essays. The fifty or so images range from the visionary to the empirical, from folk art to caricature. Connecting and overlapping ideas on line and shape run through the book; maps, islands, clouds, swarms, wombs, skins, dots, contours, and boundaries. Energetic, coherent and strange, "English Graphic" presents an electrical storm of ideas and illuminations provocatively argued by one of Britain's most brilliant writers on art.
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$24
200414
McLean, Ruari
Victorian Book Design and Colour Printing
Faber and Faber Ltd., London, 1972.
Quarto; hardcover, with gilt spine titling on a pink label and an upper board decoration; 241pp., many colour and monochrome illustrations. Minor wear; some scattered spotting throughout; mildly toned text block edges; previous owner's name in ink. Dustwrapper with wear to spine panel extremities and corners; now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Very good.
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$60
69248
[Maira Kalman] Schaffner, Ingrid
Maira Kalman Various Illuminations (of a Crazy World)
DelMonico Books/Prestel, New York NY, 2010.
Quarto, hardcover, with illustrated paper upper board and decorated endpapers; 144pp., with many colour illustrations. Mild wear; bottom corner of upper board bumped. No dustwrapper. Near fine.
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$30
208657
Marcus, Leonard S.
Helen Oxenbury a life in illustration
Walker Books Ltd., London, 2018.
Quarto; hardcover, with illustrated boards and a burgundy ribbon; 288pp. with many full-colour and monochrome illustrations. Mild wear; spine extremities softened. Dustwrapper rubbed and edgeworn; now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Very good. A fascinating, beautiful and definitive account of the life of esteemed artist Helen Oxenbury. Filled with insights that span Helen Oxenbury's life, from her early childhood through a unique career in children's books that began in 1964 and is still going strong today, here is an exquisitely designed and thoroughly entertaining celebration of one of the finest English illustrators of our time.
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$35
66416
Martin, Douglas
The Telling Line Essays on Fifteen Contemporary Book Illustrators
Julia MacRae Books, London, 1989.
Quarto; hardcover; 320pp., with many colour and monochrome illustrations. Minor wear; board edges and corners lightly worn. Dustwrapper now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Very good to near fine. A comprehensive assessment of fifteen leading children's book illustrators, considering them first and foremost as artists and discussing all aspects of their work and its place in the development of contemporary illustration. Accompanied by a generous selection of each illustrator's work, including several unpublished examples. The artists are Charles Keeping, Faith Jacques, Victor Ambrus, Nigel Lambourne, Brian Wildsmith, Shirley Hughes, Raymond Briggs, Helen Oxenbury, John Burmingham, Jan Pienkowski, John Lawrence, Janet and Allan Ahlberg, Quentin Blake, Anthony Browne and Michael Foreman.
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$60
89176
[Maurice Sendak] Lanes, Selma G.
The Art of Maurice Sendak
The Bodley Head, London, 1980.
First edition: quarto; hardcover, with illustrated boards; 278pp., with many colour and monochrome illustrations, 3 folding plates and one pop-up illustration. Minor wear; mild fraying to the board corners; faint spotting to the upper text block edges. Near fine in glassine wrapper. Sendak, born in Brooklyn, and now in his eighties, gained widespread international acclaim after writing and illustrating 'Where the Wild Things Are'. Initially his grotesque monsters disturbed many parents but it was soon realised that he was depicting the nightmarish quality of children's fantasy. The monsters in the book were actually based on relatives who would come to weekly dinners. Because of their broken English and odd mannerisms, they were the perfect basis for the monsters in Sendak's book.
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$100
211146
[Maurice Sendak] Maguire, Gregory
Making Mischief A Maurice Sendak Appreciation
William Morrow/HarperCollins Publishers Inc., New York NY, 2009.
Quarto; hardcover; 200pp., with many colour illustrations. Mild wear; text block edges lightly toned. Dustwrapper lightly rubbed and edgeworn; now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Very good. In "Making Mischief", Gregory Maguire reconsiders Maurice Sendak's oeuvre with the same adroit and idiosyncratic scrutiny that allowed him to see a heroine in the Wicked Witch of the West and add a charming dimension to the story of the Little Match Girl. An accomplished critic, Maguire examines Sendak's aesthetic influences from William Blake to Walt Disney, revealing the "conversations" that artists have with one another. He also explores Sendak's use of recurring motifs as well as his profound understanding of children, their creativity, and the breadth of emotions with which they encounter the world. With hundreds of beautifully reproduced illustrations from Sendak's catalogue.
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$25
50824
Muir, Percy
Victorian Illustrated Books
Portman Press, London, 1989 .
Hardcover, small quarto, xv + 287pp. This edition contains a number of minor revisions. Beautifully illustrated in both black and white and colour. Faint spotting to upper text block edge. Very good in like dustwrapper, spine panel a little sunned (now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film). In the field of book illustration, as elsewhere the fertility, technical virtuosity, and, not infrequently, the aesthetic excellence of the Victorian era reached standards that neither preceding nor succeeding ages have surpassed. There are certain authors and illustrators whose names will always be associated with the period: for example, Dickens and Cruikshank, Lewis Carroll and Tenniel, Leech and Surtees, the writers and illustrators for Punch. Others, such as Bewick, Turner, Caldecott, Kate Greenaway, Beardsley and Phil May, seem to exist independently of any particular writer. The author chronicles these artists and their work.
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$40
203687
Nash, Eric P. (Introduction by Frederik L. Schodt)
Manga Kamishibai The Art of Japanese Paper Theater
Harry N. Abrams Inc., New York NY, 2009.
Quarto; hardcover, with decorated boards; 304pp., with many colour illustrations. Minor wear. Dustwrapper very lightly edgeworn; now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Near fine. Before giant robots, space ships, and masked super heroes filled the pages of Japanese comic books - known as manga - such characters were regularly seen on the streets of Japan in kamishibai stories. Manga Kamishibai: The Art of Japanese Paper Theater tells the history of this fascinating and nearly vanished Japanese art form that paved the way for modern-day comic books, and is the missing link in the development of modern manga. During the height of kamishibai in the 1930s, storytellers would travel to villages and set up their butais (miniature wooden prosceniums), through which illustrated boards were shown. The storytellers acted as entertainers and reporters, narrating tales that ranged from action-packed westerns, period pieces, traditional folk tales, and melodramas, to nightly news reporting on World War II. More than just explaining the pictures, a good storyteller would act out the parts of each character with different voices and facial expressions. Through extensive research and interviews, author Eric P. Nash pieces together the remarkable history of this art and its creators. With rare images reproduced for the first time from Japanese archives, including full-length kamishibai stories, combined with expert writing, this book is an essential guide to the origins of manga.
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$35
80191
Nin, Anais (Bob Carlos Clarke, illus.)
The Illustrated Delta of Venus
Gallery Books, New York NY, 1980.
First edition thus: quarto; hardcover, with gilt upper board and spine titling; 117pp., with many colour illustrations. Minor wear; scattered spotting to endpapers and preliminaries; toning and spotting to text block edges. Dustwrapper with scraping to the edges, head of spine and corners; mild rubbing; now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Very good.
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$50
88722
[Orlando Jewitt] Broomhead, Frank
The Book Illustrations of Orlando Jewitt
Private Libraries Association, Middlesex UK, 1995.
Octavo; hardcover, with gilt spine titling; 256pp., with many monochrome illustrations. Minor wear; faint spotting to upper text block edges. No dustwrapper as issued. Near fine. Limited edition of 1250 copies (250 not for sale).
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$50
210774
Ouellette, William, & Barbara Jones
Erotic Postcards
Excalibur Books, New York NY, 1977.
Quarto; hardcover, with gilt spine titles; 127pp., with many colour and monochrome illustrations. Mild wear; mild scuffing to the boards; text lock edges lightly toned; some light foxing to the preliminaries. Dustwrapper is lightly rubbed and edgeworn; mild chipping to the flap-turns. Very good.
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$30
37177
[Ralph Steadman] Bierce, Ambrose (Ralph Steadman, illus.)
The Devil's Dictionary
Bloomsbury Plc., London, 2003.
First edition thus: octavo; hardcover, with gilt spine titling; 171pp., with many monochrome illustrations. Minor wear; spotting to the text block edges. Mild rubbing to dustwrapper with a few small marks and spots; now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Very good to near fine.
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$20
35338
[Ralph Steadman] Steadman, Ralph
The Big I Am
Jonathan Cape Ltd., London, 1988.
First edition: square quarto; hardcover, with gilt spine titling; unpaginated, with many colour and monochrome illustrations. Minor wear. Mildly scuffed dustwrapper with wear at spine panel extremities; some minor moisture damage; now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Very good.
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$40
201051
[Ralph Steadman] Steadman, Ralph
Near the Bone
Arrow Books Ltd./Random Century Group, London, 1990.
First edition. Quarto; paperback; unpaginated (128pp.), with many monochrome illustrations. Mild wear; covers rubbed and edgeworn. Very good.
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$18
81355
[Ralph Steadman] Steadman, Ralph
Paranoids
George G. Harrap Ltd., London, 1986.
First edition: quarto; paperback; 128pp., with many colour illustrations. Minor wear; light scuffing to cover; scraping and wear to edges with frayed corners; offsetting to first two pages and small mark to the half-title page. Very good.
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$20
32483
[Ralph Steadman] Steadman, Ralph
Sigmund Freud
Paddington Press, 1979.
First edition. Hardcover square quarto; olive boards with dark red spine titling; illustrated endpapers; 118pp., monochrome illustrations throughout. Owner's name. Lightly browned text block edges with a few spots; a couple of page corners creased; two small tears to upper front dustwrapper edge and small missing segment, with creasing on lower front edge; tiny missing segments at spine extremities. Very good to near fine and protected in archival film with white paper backing. Bursting defiantly and gleefully beyond the bounds of orthodox biography, Ralph Steadman's "Sigmund Freud" is an unparalleled artistic voyage into the realms of fantasy inspired by the everyday reality of a life of genius. Taking his lead from the actual facts of Freud's life - but bending, stretching and speculating, often uproariously, at every step of the way - Steadman highlights the movement of Freud's career, from early childhood and his years of "Splendid Isolation" culminating in "The Interpretation of Dreams" right up to the moment of his death. The unique twist is that, through a masterful interplay of text and illustration, each and every scene is transformed into a 'joking situation', which in turn is hilariously probed and analyzed by Steadman in terms of the joking techniques discussed by Freud himself in his "Jokes and Their Relation to the Unconscious". The result is a fantastic Freudian festival, full of visual and verbal puns, unexpected insights and sheer intellectual enjoyment. But beneath the joking - beneath the Freudian slips and the brilliantly executed comic visions of Freud in the army and at the barber's, writing love letters and telling off-colour jokes - there is something much more fundamental and poignant struggling to rise to the surface: a desire to break through the layers of academic pretension and pomposity in which Freud and his works are so often surrounded; a desire, ultimately, to show Freud, the frustrated, sex-obsessed tyrant, as Freud the man - laughing, loving, doubting, suffering.
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$40
94248
Rawls, Walton (ed.) (Preface by Robert E. Abrams; Introduction by John Canemaker)
Treasures of Disney Animation Art
Abbeville Press Publishers; New York NY, 1982.
First edition, third printing: landscape folio; hardcover, with gilt spine titles and blind-stamped upper board decoration; 319pp., with many monochrome and colour illustrations. Minor wear. Dustwrapper mildly rubbed; now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Near fine. "Disney and his artists created. They incessantly criticized, analyzed, and strove for an even greater illusion of life. They entertained us and made us believe. In the final analysis, the Disney artists showed us what one young animator at the Studios succinctly pointed out - 'the real art in animation lies in what occurs between the drawings'. It was the consummate skill and dedication, the artistry and apparent ease with which the Disney artists' work invited our emotions and imaginations to leap into this gap between the frames that argued so strongly for this work to be seen in the light of this artistry. This book, then is an unabashed homage to these treasures of Disney animation art." - Robert E. Adams.
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$75
201980
Rego, Paula
Nursery Rhymes - Folio Society edition
The Folio Society, London, 2010.
Reprint: quarto; hardcover, quarter-bound in cloth with illustrated boards, gilt spine titling and illustrated endpapers; 71pp., with a monochrome frontispiece and many colour and monochrome illustrations. Minor wear; light scraping to the spine heel. Near fine in a like slipcase.
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$25
86169
Sempe, Jean-Jacques
Martin Pebble
Phaidon, New York, 2006.
Quarto, hardcover; 120pp., with colour and monochrome illustrations. Dustwrapper. Remainder. New.
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$20
94217
Spartalis, Arthur
Henri van Raalte - signed by the author Master Printmaker
Arthur Spartalis Fine Art, Perth WA, 1989.
Quarto; paperback; 118pp., with many colour and monochrome illustrations. Minor wear; signed in ink on the first page. Near fine. Van Raalte was born in London in 1881 to a Dutch father and an English mother. He was educated at the City of London School, the Royal Academy and later in Belgium and the Netherlands. In 1901 he was elected an associate of the Royal Society of Painter-Etchers and Engravers, and in the same year had a picture hung at the Royal Academy exhibition. He emigrated to Western Australia in 1910 and founded a school of art at Perth. Van Raalte did many etchings and aquatints, often taking gum trees for his subjects. An exhibition of his work was held at Perth in 1919 and was followed by another at Adelaide. In 1921 he was appointed curator of the Art Gallery of South Australia. He resigned in January 1926 after a dispute with the president of the Gallery's board, subsequently establishing a studio at Second Valley, South Australia, where he lived for the last three years of his life.
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$40
207777
Tan, Shaun
The Arrival & Sketches from a Nameless Land - two volumes The Art of "The Arrival"
Lothian Books/Hachette Australia Pty. Ltd., Sydney NSW, 2010.
Two volumes, quarto; hardcover, illustrated boards with upper board titles and decorative endpapers; 176pp. [unpaginated (128pp.) + 48pp.], with many monochrome illustrations. Minor wear. Dustwrapper (only for Volume 1 - the second volume has no dustwrapper as issued) a little rubbed. Very good, but lacking the original slipcase.
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$75
89242
[Theodor Seuss Geisel] Dr. Seuss (Introduction by Maurice Sendak)
The Secret Art of Dr. Seuss
Random House, New York NY, 1995.
Quarto; hardcover, quarter bound in papered boards with, gilt spine-titling; 95pp., with many colour illustrations. Minor wear only; faint spotting to text block edges; a few scattered spots on half-title page. Minimal scuffing to dustwrapper; now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Near fine.
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$35
90400
Thomas, Roy
Wonder Woman The War Years: 1941-1945
Chartwell Books, New York NY, 2015.
Quarto; hardcover; 302pp. Dustwrapper. Remainder. New.
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$35
78429
Vassos, John
Phobia An Art Deco Graphic Masterpiece
Dover, New York, 2009.
Quarto; paperback; 90pp., monochrome illustrations. Remainder. New. A leader in promoting the Art Deco style in advertising art and book illustration, John Vassos undertook his most personal and ambitious work in this 1931 volume. Its twenty-four gripping images represent visceral depictions of common fears - the dread of heights, open and enclosed spaces, the dark, and the menace lurking behind other everyday situations. Doctors and the general public alike hailed Phobia as a masterpiece of psychological insight.
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$15
201826
Watterson, Bill
The Complete Calvin and Hobbes - Three slipcased volumes
Andrews McMeel Publishing/Andrews McMeel Universal Company, Kansas City MO, 2006.
Reprint, three volumes: landscape quarto; hardcover, quarter-bound in cloth with decorated boards, gilt spine titles and decorative endpapers; 1,454pp. [492pp. + 480pp. + 482pp.], with many monochrome and colour illustrations. Mild wear; corners bumped and boards very lightly rubbed. No dustwrappers as issued. Decorative slipcase is rubbed and mildly scuffed with corner-bumping and wear to the cloth. Very good to near fine.
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$400
86963
Weitzmann, Kurt
Illustrations in Roll and Codex A Study of the Origin and Method of Text Illustration
Princeton University Press, Princeton NJ, 1970.
Second printing with Addenda: quarto; hardcover, with gilt upper board and spine titling; 261pp., with 56 monochrome plates. Minor wear; spotting to text block edges. Dustwrapper missing small segments on spine panel extremities and upper rear edge; some rubbing and a few marks to the spine panel; now backed by archival-quality whoite paper and professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Very good to near fine. Kurt Weitzmann's book presents a fresh approach to the whole complex of early book illumination. Therefore, the importance of his study cannot be too strongly emphasized. Future research is bound to benefit greatly from it for a variety of reasons. To begin with, Weitzmann is the first to discuss in a systematic and comprehensive manner 'the problem of how miniature and text are related to each other in principle'. By solving essential questions or suggesting possible solutions for them, he opens new vistas to the student of early book illumination. He formulates new terms, which in the precision of their meaning should prove very fruitful tools for an analysis of illustration methods. He also revitalizes ideas of great nineteenth century scholars by carefully scrutinizing their theories.
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$70
78467
[Winsor McCay] McCay, Winsor
Dream of the Rarebit Fiend The Saturdays
Checker Book Publishing, New York, 2007.
Quarto; oblong paperback; 189pp., monochrome illustrations. Remainder. New.
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$20
88811
[Winsor McCay] McCay, Winsor & Richard Marschall (ed.)
The Best of Little Nemo in Slumberland
Stewart Tabori & Chang, New York, 1997.
Large quarto hardcover; illustrated blue boards with yellow spine and red spine titling, royal blue endpapers; 216pp., mainly colour illustrations. Minor wear only; fine in like dustwrapper.
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$45
92585
[Winsor McCay] Roeder, Katherine
Wide Awake in Slumberland Fantasy, Mass Culture, and Modernism in the Art of Winsor McCay
University Press of Mississippi, Jackson MI, 2014.
Quarto; hardcover; 221pp., with many colour illustrations. Dustwrapper. Remainder. New. " 'The High Sign,' a silent Buster Keaton movie, opens with the great comic sitting down on a park bench with a newspaper. He unfolds it, notices it has to be unfolded again, and once more after that, then again, on and on, the newspaper expanding in his hands until it's as big as a bedsheet and he can't give it full play without climbing up on the bench. This gag is even more outlandish today than it was in 1921 because in the interim, newspapers have shrunk. Broadsheets were indeed broad then [and]... Few artists took better advantage of that spaciousness than Winsor McCay, creator of 'Dream of the Rarebit Fiend' and 'Little Nemo in Slumberland,' who usually had an entire page to sprawl across. For both strips, the basic framework was the same: the title character falls asleep, and their dreams become so wild, ornate, architecturally complex and downright thrilling that they practically engulf the reader. McCay's playfulness suggested that he had kept a direct channel open to his childhood imagination. And as Katherine Roeder points out in her introduction to this generously illustrated study, 'He experimented with the comic strip medium from the very beginning by dismantling conventions and exploring new points of view.' At the end of every Nemo episode, the boy dreamer was awakened and jerked back into reality: a sometimes rude ending to an adventure that might have taken him - and readers - to a palace with a vast interior framed by monstrous pillars, or might have landed him in the seat of a chariot pulled by gigantic peacocks, or plopped him on a bed whose posts grew into long, gangly legs that taxied him all over the city. In this joyful book, the Rarebit Fiends and Little Nemo sleep and dream again." - Dennis Drabelle
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$50
207252
Zipes, Jack (Foreword by Marina Warner)
Tales of Wonder Retelling Fairy Tales through Picture Postcards
University of Minnesota Press, Minneapolis MN, 2017.
Quarto; hardcover, full-cloth with gilt spine titles; 226pp, with many colour and monochrome illustrations. Minor wear. Dustwrapper mildly edgeworn. Near fine. The most familiar fairy tales call to mind certain images: Little Red Riding Hood, Puss in Boots, Snow White, Cinderella, Rapunzel, Sleeping Beauty. Yet these visions often merely reflect illustrations encountered in classic tellings of the tales. The postcards gathered here by one of the world's foremost scholars of folk and fairy tales tell another story - of the remarkable range of interpretations and reimaginings these tales have inspired, captured, and conveyed picture by picture in this singular form. A pictorial history of fairy-tale postcards from the late nineteenth century to the present, Tales of Wonder presents a fascinating look at how key scenes of fairy tales have been rendered over time, suggesting a rethinking and reliving of the tales through the years. Drawn from the author's collection of more than three thousand fairy-tale postcards from around the world, these five hundred beautiful illustrations reproduce oil paintings, watercolours, photographs, ink drawings, and silhouettes - all evincing the myriad ways popular artists and their audiences have reimagined these tales. After an introduction and general history of fairy tales in postcards, the book features Jack Zipes's own translations of the most classical fairy tales in Europe and the United States, including versions by Charles Perrault and by Brothers Grimm. The fairy tale is not just once upon a time: it is, as fairy-tale postcard, a particular if not peculiar expression of a time, created by talented artists and innovative publishing companies. Tales of Wonder tells this intriguing history of the postcards as well as providing new perspectives on familiar stories.
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$32