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Prelude  to  a  Million  Years:  A  Book  of  Wood  Engravings  by  Lynd  Ward  (signed,  limited  edition)
Prelude  to  a  Million  Years:  A  Book  of  Wood  Engravings  by  Lynd  Ward  (signed,  limited  edition)
Prelude  to  a  Million  Years:  A  Book  of  Wood  Engravings  by  Lynd  Ward  (signed,  limited  edition)
Prelude  to  a  Million  Years:  A  Book  of  Wood  Engravings  by  Lynd  Ward  (signed,  limited  edition)

Prelude to a Million Years: A Book of Wood Engravings by Lynd Ward (signed, limited edition)

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New York: Equinox Cooperative Press, Inc., 1933. "This book has been designed by Lewis F. White printed from woodblocks on Casson and Montgolfier's Vidalon Velin and bound by hand." #788 of 920 copies. SIGNED. Octavo [22 cm] Handbound with a black string-tie binding, 1/4 copper foil with black star-patterned decorative boards, and an embossed title on the spine. Matching decorative pastedowns.  Lacks the foil slipcase. A story told entirely via wood engravings by the author.  Signed on the limitation page by Lynd Ward. The fourth of six wordless novels that Ward produced between 1929-1937.

Printing  Poetry:  A  Workbook  in  Typographic  Reification
Printing  Poetry:  A  Workbook  in  Typographic  Reification
Printing  Poetry:  A  Workbook  in  Typographic  Reification

Printing Poetry: A Workbook in Typographic Reification

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San Francisco: Scarab Press, 1980. Limited to 2000 copies; dust jacket in protective cover; spine toned; small tears at top edge and bottom front corner; blue cloth spine over illustrated paper boards; corners bumped; 1 folded page announcement for book laid in front; binding tight; text clean and bright. VG/G

Prometheus and Faust (USED)

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Quality  Street:  A  Comedy  in  Four  Acts
Quality  Street:  A  Comedy  in  Four  Acts
Quality  Street:  A  Comedy  in  Four  Acts

Quality Street: A Comedy in Four Acts

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London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1901. 1st edition; no dust jacket; ornately decorated gray-blue cloth with gilt lettering; illustrated end papers; 22 tipped-in color plates with tissue guards; half-title lightly foxed; first signature loose with some creasing to the pages; text clean. G

Raisin in the Sun

Raisin in the Sun

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"Never before, in the entire history of the American theater, has so much of the truth of Black people's lives been seen on the stage," observed James Baldwin shortly before A Raisin in the Sun opened on Broadway in 1959.

This edition presents the fully restored, uncut version of Hansberry's landmark work with an introduction by Robert Nemiroff.

Lorraine Hansberry's award-winning drama about the hopes and aspirations of a struggling, working-class family living on the South Side of Chicago connected profoundly with the psyche of Black America--and changed American theater forever. The play's title comes from a line in Langston Hughes's poem "Harlem," which warns that a dream deferred might "dry up/like a raisin in the sun."

"The events of every passing year add resonance to A Raisin in the Sun," said The New York Times. "It is as if history is conspiring to make the play a classic."

Reading Jackie : Her Autobiography in Books (USED)

Reading Jackie : Her Autobiography in Books (USED)

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Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis never wrote a memoir, but she told her life story and revealed herself in intimate ways through the nearly 100 books she brought into print during the last two decades of her life as an editor at Viking and Doubleday. Based on archives and interviews with Jackie's authors, colleagues, and friends, "Reading Jackie" mines this significant period of her life to reveal both the serious and the mischievous woman underneath the glamorous public image.
Though Jackie had a reputation for avoiding publicity, she willingly courted controversy in her books. She was the first editor to commission a commercially-successful book telling the story of Thomas Jefferson's relationship with his female slave. Her publication of Gelsey Kirkland's attack on dance icon George Balanchine caused another storm. Jackie rarely spoke of her personal life, but many of her books ran parallel to, echoed, and emerged from her own experience. She was the editor behind bestsellers on the assassinations of Tsar Nicholas II and John Lennon, and in another book she paid tribute to the allure of Marilyn Monroe and Maria Callas. Her other projects take us into territory she knew well: journeys to Egypt and India, explorations of the mysteries of female beauty and media exploitation, into the minds of photographers, art historians, and the designers at Tiffany & Co.
Many Americans regarded Jackie as the paragon of grace, but few knew her as the woman sitting on her office floor laying out illustrations, or flying to California to persuade Michael Jackson to write his autobiography. "Reading Jackie" provides a compelling behind-the-scenes look at Jackie at work: how she commissioned books and nurtured authors, as well as how she helped to shape stories that spoke to her strongly. Jackie is remembered today for her marriages to JFK and to Aristotle Onassis, but her real legacy is the books that reveal the tastes, recollections, and passions of an independent woman.

1st edition. VG/VG

Real  Art,  Vol.  2,  No.  2,  1992
Real  Art,  Vol.  2,  No.  2,  1992
Real  Art,  Vol.  2,  No.  2,  1992
Real  Art,  Vol.  2,  No.  2,  1992
Real  Art,  Vol.  2,  No.  2,  1992
Real  Art,  Vol.  2,  No.  2,  1992

Real Art, Vol. 2, No. 2, 1992

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Real Art, volume 2, no. 2, 1992; editor: Malcom Gibson; published in Carlisle, Cumbria. Limited Edition of 300; this is no. 278/300. Features original art by Susan Plain, James Hall, Elspeth Law, Maddi Nicholson, Tim Wright, Andrew Law, Richard Hickman, Paul Scott, Malcom Gibson, Nigel Bents. Real art pieces pasted in; all pieces present; wraps; corners slightly bumped; very light wear to top edges; clean, bright. VG

Really the Blues

Really the Blues

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Hailed as an "American counter-culture classic, " this "funny" and candid musical memoir offers a delicious glimpse into the 1930s jazz scene (The Wall Street Journal)

Mezz Mezzrow was a boy from Chicago who learned to play the sax in reform school and pursued a life in music and a life of crime. He moved from Chicago to New Orleans to New York, working in brothels and bars, bootlegging, dealing drugs, getting hooked, doing time, producing records, and playing with the greats, among them Louis Armstrong, Bix Beiderbecke, and Fats Waller.

Really the Blues--the jive-talking memoir that Mezzrow wrote at the insistence of, and with the help of, the novelist Bernard Wolfe--is the story of an unusual and unusually American life, and a portrait of a man who moved freely across racial boundaries when few could or did, "the odyssey of an individualist . . . the saga of a guy who wanted to make friends in a jungle where everyone was too busy making money."

Reflections  of  a  Book  Artist
Reflections  of  a  Book  Artist

Reflections of a Book Artist

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Jan Sobota (1939-2012) was a master bookbinder and book artist. This publication is part of a series of annual publications of NOBS, the Northern Ohio Bibliophilic Society.

Akron: Northern Ohio Bibliophilic Society, 1990. Introduction by Robert G. Cheshier. Signed limited edition, no. 138 of 150 copies. String bound; edges lightly toned. VG

Rosenbach: A Biography (USED)
Rosenbach: A Biography (USED)
Rosenbach: A Biography (USED)
Rosenbach: A Biography (USED)
Rosenbach: A Biography (USED)

Rosenbach: A Biography

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Abraham Simon Wolf Rosenbach (July 22, 1876 – July 1, 1952) was an American collector, scholar, and seller of rare books and manuscripts. In London, where he frequently attended the auctions at Sotheby's, he was known as "The Terror of the Auction Room." In Paris, he was called “Le Napoléon des Livres”, which translates to “The Napoleon of Books." Many others referred to him as “Dr. R.”, a “Robber Baron” and “the Greatest Bookdealer in the World”. [Wikipedia]

Rosenbach is credited with popularizing the collecting of American literature at a time when only European literature was considered collectible. He also advanced the idea of book collecting as a means of investment and published several articles and books to increase interest in rare books and manuscripts. [Wikipedia]

This comprehensive biography, published in 1960 by World Publishing Company in Cleveland, is a must for anyone interested in rare books and book collecting. Edition limited to 250 copies, of which this is number 223; signed by authors, Edwin Wolf 2nd, and John F. Fleming. Gray slipcase; black cloth spine over dark red cloth with gilt lettering; binding tight; text pristine. VG/VG