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1 Pennell, Elizabeth and Joseph THE WHISTLER JOURNAL
Philadelphia J. B. Lippincott Company 1921 Pamphlet Very good 
(6¼" x 8¼"). pp.5. Prospectus and order form for The Whistler Journal, a book of the Pennell's notes taken during their research of the Life of Whistler, and contains revelations regarding Whistlers's life and friends as well as notes of his witty but often serious table-talk. Includes table of contents, A reproduction of a Whistler self-portrait, a specimen of the text as well as an order form for the book. Single horizontal crease that affects all folds of the pamphlet, light soiling, and some wear to the folds, otherwise VG. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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2 Pogany, William ("Willy") Andrew (Vilmos Andreas Pogány) AN OMAR KHAYYÁM CALENDAR FOR 1913 PRESENTED BY WILLY POGANY
London Liberty & Co. 1913 First Edition Paper wraps Very good Willy Pogany 
8vo(6 x 8½”). pp. 21. Paper wraps printed in pale green and brown bound with a ribbon. Decorated, lettered and illustrated in a Middle Eastern themed Art nouveau style by Willy Pogany. The page for each month is headed by with a quatrain from Fitzgerald's translation of the Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám. 8 tipped in color plates after Pogany's version of the Rubáiyát. Part of a series of four calendars published by Liberty & Co. on Omar Khayyam and Tannhauser themes by Willy Pogany. Light creasing and faint staining to covers; some plates with a slight corner crease, start to lower third of wrapper spine, otherwise a sturdy, VG copy of this scarce Pogany production. Ghani 556. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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SELECTIONS FROM THE POETRY OF ROBERT HERRICK WITH DRAWINGS BY EDWIN A. ABBEY, [Abbey, Edwin Austin (cover design and illustrations)]; Herrick, Robert
3 [Abbey, Edwin Austin (cover design and illustrations)]; Herrick, Robert SELECTIONS FROM THE POETRY OF ROBERT HERRICK WITH DRAWINGS BY EDWIN A. ABBEY
New York Harper and Brothers 1882 First Edition cloth Near fine Abbey, Edwin Austin (cover design and illustrations) 
Large 4to (9½ x 12). pp. 188. Also known as SELECTIONS FROM THE HESPERIDES & NOBLE NUMBERS OF ROBERT HERRICK. Unsigned binding design by Edwin Austin Abbey in gold, chartreuse, red and black of a radiating sun and floating flowers extending around the spine to the rear board on beige cloth. a.e.g. Includes pictorial title page, 42 full page wood engraved illustrations as well as wood engraved head and tail vignette illustrations after Abbey.

This was Abbey's first book, and its popularity pushed Abbey's work to the forefront of the illustrators of the time, spawning numerous imitators. “The cover design of this book... is an early manifestation of Art Nouveau influence from across the Atlantic, in the somewhat vibrating, floating design, in the choice of green, gold and red on a pale beige cloth, and in the new freedom of the hand-lettering” (Harvard, Turn of a Century, p.108). A landmark book in the history of American trade binding design. A near fine, exceptionally fresh copy.

Alas, no glassine dust jacket or box. 
Price: 1000.00 USD
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HOW TO KNOW THE WILDFLOWERS A GUIDE TO THE NAMES, HAUNTS AND HABITS OF OUR COMMON WILDFLOWERS, [Armstrong, Margaret (binding design); Satterlee, Marion (illustrator)]; Dana, Mrs. William Starr (Francis Theodora Parsons)
4 [Armstrong, Margaret (binding design); Satterlee, Marion (illustrator)]; Dana, Mrs. William Starr (Francis Theodora Parsons) HOW TO KNOW THE WILDFLOWERS A GUIDE TO THE NAMES, HAUNTS AND HABITS OF OUR COMMON WILDFLOWERS
New York Charles Scribner's Sons 1895 cloth Very good + 
8vo (5¼" x 8"). pp.373 + 4pp. publisher's advts. Revised and Enlarged Edition. Signed Margaret Armstrong binding design of a flowering topiary with a banner winding around its stem inside a decorated border in pale green and silver on brown linen weave cloth. The second of two bindings Miss Armstrong created for the editions of this book. Includes 152 black and white illustrations (52 new illustrations over the previous edition) by Marion Satterlee. A description of more than 450 varieties of wild flowers, classified by color. A lovely copy of a structured but simultaneously fluid Armstrong binding design whose silver elements immediately draw the eye.

Light soiling to the edges and occasional finger soiling to the text. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt re-released this book (retaining the Armstrong cover) in 1989. GE 70; Minsky I:80. Scarce in this binding and in this condition. 
Price: 200.00 USD
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5 [Armstrong, Margaret; Balmer, Clinton]; Reed, Myrtle (Myrtle Reed McCCullough) FLOWER OF THE DUSK
New York G. P. Putnam's Sons 1908 First Edition Cloth Very good Clinton Balmer 
(8.25” x 5.5”) pp. iv; 341. 8vo. . Printed by the Knickerbocker Press. Lavender vertically ribbed cloth boards with gilt titles surrounded by gold and white stamped art nouveau floral and arboreal design signed by Margaret Armstrong. Gilt titles and decorative scroll work stamped on spine. t.e.g. deckled edges. Color frontis. after a painting by Clinton Balmer with captioned tissue guard. Text pages bordered in black with page headers and shoulder notes in red. One of twelve Myrtle Reed covers Armstrong designed between 1901 and 1913. Gullans and Espey 209. Very Good w/ light rubbing at extremities and a 1/4" spot on front board, but still a bright copy of this title. Margaret Neilson Armstrong (1867 - 1944) was a pioneering book artist who forged a path for other women artists of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries into the fields of book decoration and cover design, which at that time was a profession solely occupied by men. According to Gullans and Espey, Margaret Armstrong became “the single most important woman in this branch of decorative design” after Sarah Wyman Whitman, and was a “source of inspiration and encouragement” to women who would follow in her path, notably Amy Sacker, Marion Louise Peabody, Amy Richards, Lee Thayer and Bertha Stuart. 
Price: 12.25 USD
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6 [Armstrong, Margaret]; Reed, Myrtle (Myrtle Reed McCCullough) LOVE AFFAIRS OF LITERARY MEN
New York G. P. Putnam's Sons 1907 First Edition, Second Printing Cloth Near fine 
8vo. (8.25” x 5.5”). pp. vi; 204. Printed by the Knickerbocker Press. Lavender vertically ribbed cloth boards with gilt titles in central white scroll surrounded by gilt stamped art nouveau floral design signed by Margaret Armstrong. Gilt titles and decorative scroll work stamped on spine; t.e.g. deckled edges; Frontis. with tissue guard; 16 illustrations. Text pages bordered in black with page headers and shouldner notes in red. One of twelve Myrtle Reed covers Armstrong designed between 1901 and 1913. Near Fine with ownership stamp and sticker on front ep and faint rubbing to extremities. Gullans & Espey 208. Margaret Neilson Armstrong (1867 - 1944) was a pioneering book artist who forged a path for other women artists of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries into the fields of book decoration and cover design, which at that time was a profession solely occupied by men. According to Gullans and Espey, Margaret Armstrong became “the single most important woman in this branch of decorative design” after Sarah Wyman Whitman, and was a “source of inspiration and encouragement” to women who would follow in her path, notably Amy Sacker, Marion Louise Peabody, Amy Richards, Lee Thayer and Bertha Stuart. 
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7 [Browne, Hablot K. (PHIZ)]; Dickens, Charles A TALE OF TWO CITIES
New York Thomas Y. Crowell Company 1904 Cloth Very good Browne, Hablot K. (PHIZ) 
8vo (8¼” x 6”). pp.[xiv]; 400. An unsigned publisher’s binding in red woven cloth with intricate gold Art Nouveau floral decorations in ruled frames separated by framed titles with St. George’s cross and a sailing ship surmounted by fleur-de-lys. Spine gold stamped with titles and a repeat of the floral decorations from the cover. Frontis. of Marie Antoinette with tissue guard, a portrait of Dickens on the title page, and reproductions of the 16 full page illustrations by Phiz from the first edition. Includes a story synopsis by J. Walker McSpadden. A Very Good copy with slight fading to the spine, three small blemishes to the top of the cover and a couple of uneven edges Overall, a lovely, clean reproduction of an early edition. 
Price: 19.50 USD
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KLEINFTADTGEFCHICHTEN (SMALL FITTINGS), [E. B. (binding design)]; Thoma, Ludwig
8 [E. B. (binding design)]; Thoma, Ludwig KLEINFTADTGEFCHICHTEN (SMALL FITTINGS)
Munich Ulbert Langen 1908 First Edition cloth Very good + 
12mo (5¼" x 7½"). pp.195 + 12pp. publisher's advts. Signed binding design by an artist with the monogram "E. B." of stylized feathers and architectual elements in a geometric style, possibly influenced by the work of Richard Riemerschmid of the Jugendstil. A bright copy with toned patterened end papers, some folding to the edges of a few of the pages and a the word "Prague" in red pencil on the title page. Scarce. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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9 [Fisher, Harrison; Crawford, E. Stetson]; Lord Tennyson, Alfred and Others A DREAM OF FAIR WOMEN
New York Grosset & Dunlap 1907 Cloth Very good Fisher, Harrison; Crawford, E. Stetson 
R8vo. (9.75” x 7.25”). Unpaginated gift book. Light brown boards with paper onlay having titles in gold and illustration of a young woman by Harrison Fisher. Spine stamped with titles in dark brown. Color frontis. with tissue guard and 21 additional pictures in color by Harrison Fisher; delicate Art nouveau floral borders and decorations in pink on every page by E. Stetson Crawford. A Very Good copy with light rubbing to the extremities, a small (0.125”) chip and faint soiling to paper onlay and a delicate gift stamp to the half-title. 
Price: 37.00 USD
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10 [Hapgood, Theodore B.]; Farnol, Jeffery; Ditzler, Charlotte Weber MY LADY CAPRICE WITH ILLUSTRATIONS BY CHARLOTTE WEBER DITZLER AND DECORATIONS BY THEODORE B. HAPGOOD
New York Dodd, Mead & Company 1907 First Thus Cloth Very good Ditzler, Charlotte Weber; Hapgood, Theodore B. 
C8vo (5¼" x 8¾"). pp. [x]; 289. Signed publisher's binding in teal embossed cloth by Thodore B. Hapgood with titles and central illustrated paper onlay by Chrlotte Wber Ditzler surrounded by stylized architectural decorations in gold; spine with titles and an abbreviated architectural motif in gold. Includes Color frontis and 4 additional illustrations in color by Charlotte Webb Ditzler in the style of Howard Chandler Christy; architecturally influenced endpapers, headpieces, tail pieces and 4 different page borders by Theodore B. Hapgood throughout. Faint rubbing to corners, head and tail; small (1/2") piece missing from corner of ffep, otherwise a striking copy of this Christmas 1907 Holiday Gift book by Dodd, Mead and Co. 
Price: 30.00 USD
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BALLAD OF LOST HAVEN A BOOK OF THE SEA, [Hapgood, Theodore Brown (binding design)]; Carman, Bliss
11 [Hapgood, Theodore Brown (binding design)]; Carman, Bliss BALLAD OF LOST HAVEN A BOOK OF THE SEA
Boston Lamson Wolffe & Company 1897 First Edition cloth Very good + 
12mo (4½" x 6¾"). pp. 117. Signed Art Nouveau spine design by Theodore Brown Hapgood of a repeating bird climbing a trellis of stems and leaves in gold on green ribbed cloth. A series of poems that glory in the wide expanses of the sea. A lovely unopened copy of this charming Hapgood design with a faint moisture stain on the first six pages. BAL 2635. Scarce. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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EAT NOT THY HEART, [Hazenplug, Frank? (binding design)]; Gorden, Julien; pseudonym of (Cruger, Von Rensselaer, Mrs.)
12 [Hazenplug, Frank? (binding design)]; Gorden, Julien; pseudonym of (Cruger, Von Rensselaer, Mrs.) EAT NOT THY HEART
Chicago Herbert S. Stone & Co. 1898 Later printing cloth Near fine 
12mo (4½" x 6¾"). pp. 319. Unsigned binding design in gold on maroon cloth with floral spandrels in each corner of front and rear boards; double rule border with pointillé work; t.e.g. A farmer's wife finds employment on a Long Island estate and finds herself jealous of the rich city people that live there. A lovely and bright copy of a charming unsigned binding design possibly by Frank Hazenplug. Scarce. KRAMER 133; WRIGHT III:1316. 
Price: 200.00 USD
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13 [Hinton, Charles Louis]; Mabie, Hamilton Wright UNDER THE TREES
New York Dodd, Mead & Company 1902 First Thus Cloth Very good + Charles Louis Hinton 
8vo. (8.75” x 6”). pp. [167]. First Edition. A striking example of the classical revival style of art nouveau design and illustration with a signed publisher’s binding by Charles Louis Hinton (CLH) with titles in gilt banners above and below Pan in black playing a flute and sitting under the trees in a meadow surrounded by a garland of flowers and ribbons in gold and white. Titles and vignette of pan pipes on spine in gilt and white. Frontis. and 5 full page b/w illustrations by C. L. Hinton reproduced in photogravure, each with a captioned tissue guard; decorated half title and title pages; beautiful Art Nouveau decorative margin illustrations in light green on every page and decorated end papers all by C. L. Hinton. VG+ with a small (1") darkened area to the lower front board and faint rubbing to the extremities. Minsky 2. First released in 1891 under the title “Under the Trees and Elsewhere”, the text by Mabie was re-released with these illustrations as this first edition in 1902 renamed Under the Trees. Under the Trees is a series of essays on man (in the inclusive sense) and his/her relationship to nature though the seasons. In this book, Mabie, one of the first ecocritics, takes us on rambles through the woods and meadows and shows that our culture and even language is bound up with nature. Charles Louis Hinton (1869 - 1950) studied at the National Academy of Design in New York, as well as the Académie Julian and the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris. He was an instructor and dean at the National Academy of Design’s School of Fine Arts. 
Price: 32.50 USD
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14 [Hugh Thomson, illustrator]; Barrie, Sir James M. THE ADMIRABLE CRICHTON
London Hodder and Stoughton N.D. [1914] First Thus Vellum Very good Hugh Thomson Signed
R4to (10¼" x 12¼"). pp. [vii]; [235]. Edition de Luxe. Number 5 of 500 signed by Hugh Thomson on the limitation page. Unsigned full vellum publisher's binding by Hugh Thomson with elaborate Art Nouveau gilt decoration and lettering on both the front board and spine; top edge gilt, deckled fore and bottom edges. Includes 20 tipped in full color plates with captioned tissue guards, numerous b/w textual illustrations, and a Leicester Galleries announcement for the sale of the original water color drawings for the book laid in. Light wear to the extremities, light foxing to the eps, with slight bowing to the boards and ribbon ties missing as usual. Ccontemporary Arts & Crafts bookplate on front paste-down. Spielmann and Jerrold 58. 
Price: 475.00 USD
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15 [Keller, Arthur]; Harte, Brete HER LETTER HIS ANSWER & HER LAST LETTER
Boston Houghton Mifflin & Company 1905 First Illustrated Edition Cloth Very good Arthur Keller 
Medium 8vo (9” x 6.5”). pp. [100]. An attractive green cloth Art Nouveau signed binding by Arthur I. Keller (conjoined AIK) with titles on pictorial paper onlay surrounded by stamped floral accents in black. Spine with titles and floral accents in black. t.e.g. Color frontis., 9 full page illustrations in color, 30 full page sketches in sepia, many head and tail pieces as well as end papers and other decorations in gold and black by Arthur Keller. Printed by the Riverside Press. Very Good with a clean and tight unmarked interior, light soiling to pictorial paper on cover; light rubbing to extremities, faded spine and light spotting to upper edge of rear cover. Her Letter is a love story told with humor in a suite of easy to read verse, about an heiress named Lily, who was sent to New York and Paris to be finished “by travel”. She writes from New York to Joe, the man she loves back home in “Poverty Flat”. Joe receives the letter, but is sick with fever, so must dictate his reply to “Truthful James”. Six months later, Lily returns from Paris to Poverty Flat, but doesn’t find Joe, and writes her final letter to him (I won’t spoil the ending). Harte wrote the first two verses in the 1870s, and then finished the trio near the end of his life in the late 1890’s. Arthur I. Keller (1867 - 1924) was an illustrator and painter in both oils and watercolor. He studied at National Academy of Design and the Munich Academy of Art, where he studied with von Loefftz, and was steeped in the Romantic style popular in the late 19th C. He was often classed as a Society artist similar to Christy and Fisher, but Her Letter shows that he was capable of much more. 
Price: 41.00 USD
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16 [Kipling, John Lockwood]; Steele, Flora Annie TALES OF THE PUNJAB TOLD BY THE PEOPLE
London Macmillan and Co. Limited 1917 First Edition Cloth very good Kipling, John Lockwood 
Second printing. C8vo (7 ¼“x 5 ¼”). pp. xvi; 395. Beautiful Art Nouveau unsigned publisher’s binding by J. Lockwood Kipling in smooth dark green cloth with olive tree, jackal and pea-hen stamped in gold; spine with titles, a native, a cobra and an alligator stamped in gold; Cream end papers. b/w line block Frontis., full page illustrations, historiated initials, headpieces, tail pieces and textual vignettes by J. Lockwood Kipling. With notes by R. C. Temple. Cover design is a replication of Kipling's illustration on page 197. A pleasing copy of this difficult to find title with neat inscription to the ffep, toning to the end papers and fading and chipping to the head and tail of the spine as usual with Cranford bindings.Part of Macmillan’s Cranford Series. Balston I 15; Rogerson 15. Scarce. Tales of the Punjab is a collection of Punjabi folk tales told for children collected by Mrs. Steele while a Government inspector in the Punjab (a state within India) during the time of the British Raj. John Lockwood Kipling, the father of author Rudyard Kipling, worked as an illustrator, teacher and museum curator in the Punjab during the same period as Mrs. Steele. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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THE UPAS TREE, [Ottman, William (illustrations)]; McMurdy, Robert
17 [Ottman, William (illustrations)]; McMurdy, Robert THE UPAS TREE
Chicago F. J. Schulte 1912 First Edition Cloth Near fine 
8vo (5½" x 7¾"). pp. 324. Unsigned binding design by Fred T. Hancke of an Upas tree in the foreground of a windswept plowed field in white and gold on dark green cloth. Includes black and white frontis. and 3 additional black and white full page illustrations by William Ottman. Written by a then prominent member of the Chicago Bar, is a detective story and romance about a young lawyer wrongfully charged with the murder of his client and sentenced to hang. It includes unusual questions of law, and ethical dilemmas interwoven with a detailed legal disquisition against the death penalty. A lovely copy of this unusual binding design. Scarce in this condition. 
Price: 200.00 USD
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18 [Pogany, Willy]; Khayyám, Omar and FitzGerald, Edward (transl.) RUBÁIYÁT OF OMAR KHAYYÁM
New York T. Y. Crowell & Co. N.D. [1913] First American Edition Cloth Very good Pogany, Willy 
8vo (8.75 x 6). pp [104]. Green embossed cloth boards with titles and elaborate Middle Eastern themed designs in gold on cover and spine. Cover, decorations and 16 full color illustrations by Willy Pogany. All text in an Arabic style script within intricately decorated borders in blue and olive on light brown paper. Decorated end papers, half-title and title page. t.e.g. Includes text of Fitzgerald’s first edition. Potter 100. Very Good Condition with light edge wear and tanning to edges and a crease on one plate. A bright copy of this tour de force of Pogany’s artistic skill. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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19 [Pogany, Willy]; Khayyám, Omar; FitzGerald, Edward (transl.); Saintsbury, George (introduction) RUBÁIYÁT OF OMAR KHAYYÁM THE FIRST AND FOURTH RENDERINGS IN ENGLISH VERSE BY EDWARD FITZGERALD WITH ILLUSTRATIONS BY WILLY POGANY
London George G. Harrap & Co. Ltd. 1930 First Thus Full morocco Very good + Pogany, Willy 
4to (7¾” x 10¼”). Publisher's teal morocco with gilt stamped medallion and red calf onlay; spine with 4 raised bands and titles in gilt and triple rule at head and foot of spine. t.e.g. Limited edition of 750 copies for England signed by the artist; this is copy number 505. Includes a black and white etching signed by the artist tipped in opposite the title page, 12 color tipped in illustrations with tissue guards, 2 full page black and white designs marking beginning of the first and fourth renderings and black and white head and tail pieces throughout. Pogany first illustrated the Rubáiyát in 1909, and released this more westernized version in 1930; a transitional work that shows both Art Nouveau and Art Deco influences. 
Price: 875.00 USD
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20 [Robinson, W. Heath]; De La Mare, Walter PEACOCK PIE A BOOK OF RHYMES BY WALTER DE LA MARE WITH ILLUSTRATIONS BY W. HEATH ROBINSON
New York Henry Holt and Company 1924 First American Edition Cloth Very good+ W. Heath Robinson 
8vo. (8.25” x 6.25”). pp. x; 179. First American Edition, later printing (“November, 1924”). Dark green buckram cloth decorative publisher’s binding with titles and peacock illustration from title page gilt stamped onto cover; titles gilt stamped onto spine. Color Frontis. with tissue guard and 95 full page and vignette line illustrations throughout the book by W. Heath Robinson. A Very Good + copy with light rubbing to the extremities and a small (0.25”) chip to a lightly faded spine. Walter De La Mare (1873 – 1956 ) was an early 20th C. poet, novelist and short story writer. De La Mare's Peacock Pie, a series of fantastic nursery rhymes for children, was considered to be “his most delightful work” by poetry critics. W. Heath Robinson (1872 – 1944) was from an English family of illustrators that included his father, Thomas (1838-1902) , and his brothers Charles (1870–1937) and Thomas Heath (1869-1954). W. Heath Robinson was beloved in England for his depictions of weird and complex machines designed for simple tasks -- a "Heath Robinson" machine in England was equaivalent to a "Rube Goldburg"; machine in America. His wonderfully detailed illustrations for Peacock Pie fully reflect De La Mare’s sense of fun and the fantastic. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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