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1 [Whitman, Sarah, Wyman]; Coolidge, Susan RHYMES AND BALLADS FOR BOYS AND GIRLS
Boston Roberts Brothers 1892 First Edition Cloth Good + Garrett, E. H. ; Richards, Harriet Roosevelt 
C4to (10” x 7 ½”). pp. viii; 143. Unsigned Sarah Wyman Whitman binding in smooth olive green cloth boards stamped in silver on cover with titles in Mrs. Whitman’s high waisted, rustic sans serif lettering and fillets dividing the cover into quadrants decorated with corner flowers. Spine stamped with titles in silver. Frontis. with tissue guard and b/w Arts & Crafts illustrations throughout by E. H. Garrett, Harriet Roosevelt Richards and others. Good+ condition with a clean, age toned interior; faint foxing to tissue guard and soiling and scuffing to lower front board and lower spine, ink dribble to rear board and lightly rubbed extremities. A scarce Whitman binding. Boston Public Library 06_04_000151. Sarah de St. Prix Wyman Whitman (1842 - 1904) was a painter, writer, a gifted designer and creator of stained glass, and trailblazing in book cover designer, who studied with William Morris Hunt, Thomas Couture and John La Farge. Mrs. Whitman brought to her work a spare elegance and an Arts & Crafts sensibility that reflected the influence of Dante Gabriel Rossetti, James Whistler and Japanese fabric design. By the mid-1890s, Whitman’s innovative designs were ranked with those of William Morris, Walter Crane, Elihu Vedder and Stanford White. She designed the Houghton Mifflin book pavilion for the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition, and according to the Dictionary of National Biography is regarded as "the pioneer of modern cloth cover design". (See Smith, DNB) 
Price: 42.50 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
2 [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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3 [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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4 [Armstrong, Margaret]; Cable, George W. OLD CREOLE DAYS A STORY OF CREOLE LIFE
New York Charles Scribner's Sons 1905 Cloth Very good 
C8vo (7.75” x 5.5”). pp. vii; 314. Association Copy. PRESENTATION COPY FROM AUTHOR. Signed Margaret Armstrong binding in olive green silk with floral decoration and titles in gold to cover and spine, laid paper, t.e.g, deckle edges. This Armstrong binding is uniform with 6 other Cable novels including The Grandissimes, Strong Hearts and Bonaventure. Inscrition from author on verso of half-title reads: Did you ever notice that here are/ eight stories without a single villain - /or that I was/Yours truly/Go. W. Cable/Northampton, Mass. 1906. Bookplate of Helene A. Guerber to front paste-down. Most likely British historian Hélène Adeline Guerber, known for her grammar school histories published in the 19th Century. A very good and bright copy with sunning to spine and rear board near joint, and a chip to head of spine. Gullans and Espey 54. 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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5 [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. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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6 [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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7 [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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8 [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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9 [Robinson, F. Cayley (binding design, endpapers, illustrations)]; Maeterlinck, Maurice; De Mattos, Alexander Teixeira THE BLUE BIRD A FAIRY PLAY IN SIX ACTS
London Methuen & Co. 1912 cloth Very good + Robinson, F. Cayley (binding design, endpapers, illustrations) 
Crown 4to (7¾” x 10¼”). pp. 211. An unsigned binding design of flying blue birds in gold on blue cloth by Frederick Cayley Robinson, who also designed the endpapers and created the drawings for the 25 color plates (tipped onto tan art paper). t.e.g. deckle edges. Maeterlinck's Symbolist play about a young wood cutter's son on a journey towards an understanding of human happiness.

F. Cayley Robinson created the set and stage designs for the English premiere of the play at the Haymarket Theatre in London in 1908. His experience in designing for the theater informed his subsequent illustrations, endpapers and binding design for this illustrated reissue of the play, first released in 1911 after Methuen issued more than 20 editions of the play. This early reissue of the illustrated edition was released in October 1912, a year following its first release.

A beautiful copy of Robinson's Symbolist masterpiece with several instances of offsetting between the art paper (not affecting the illustrations) and the following page, and light rubbing to the gilt on the front board. Scarce in this binding and in this condition. 
Price: 250.00 USD
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10 [Thomson, Hugh (binding design and illustrations)]; Reade, Charles; Dobson, Austin (introduction) PEG WOFFINGTON
London George Allen 1899 First Thus Cloth Very good Thomson, Hugh 
C8vo (7¼“ x 5¼ ”). pp. li; [298]. Introduction by Austin Dobson. Unsigned binding design by Hugh Thomson of the titles surrounded by cherubs, butterflies and surmounted by a small portrait of Peg Woffington in gold on green cloth. Frontis. and over 70 b/w line block illustrations by Hugh Thomson, including headpieces, tailpieces, historiated initials and textual vignettes. a.e.g.This novel is based on Charles Reade’s 1852 play “Masks and Faces, which has Margaret “Peg” Woffington as the central character. Mrs. Woffington was a well-known Irish actress in 18th C. London.

A beautiful and bright copy with a gift inscription to the half-title; faint rubbing to the corners and lower edge, and faint foxing to the preliminaries. A Cranford Series Derivative. Balston II 4; Rogerson M8. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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11 [Thomson, Hugh (illustrator); Ritchie, Anne Thackeray]; Mrs. Gaskell (Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell) CRANFORD
London Macmillan & Co. 1891 First Thus cloth Very good + Thomson, Hugh 
C8vo (7 ¼“x 5 ¼”). pp. xxx; [298]. Introduction by Anne Thackeray Ritchie. Signed publisher’s binding by Hugh Thomson in smooth green cloth gold stamped with titles, a potted plant, a tea service and playing cards; spine stamped in gold with titles and floral decorations; cream end papers; a.e.g. Frontis. with tissue guard and over 100 b/w line block illustrations by Hugh Thomson, including headpieces, tailpieces, historiated initials and textual vignettes – a tour de force of Hugh Thomson’s delicate interpretation of Early 19th Century England. Part of the Macmillan Cranford Series. Balston I 4; Rogerson 4. A very good copy + with slight oxidation to gilt and head of spine chipped as usual. 
Price: 38.50 USD
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12 [Thomson, Hugh; Dobson, Austin]; Burney, Fanny (Madame d'Arblay) EVELINA OR THE HISTORY OF A YOUNG LADY’S ENTRANCE INTO THE WORLD
London Macmillan & Co. Limited 1904 First Edition Cloth Very good Thomson, Hugh 
Second printing. C8vo (7 ¼" x 5 ¼"). pp. xxv; 477. Introduction by Austin Dobson. Unsigned publisher’s binding with an Art Nouveau sensibility by Hugh Thomson in smooth green cloth gold stamped with titles and Evelina beneath a tree with falling leaves; spine stamped in gold with titles and floral decorations; cream end papers; a.e.g. Frontis. with tissue guard and over 70 b/w line block illustrations by Hugh Thomson, including headpieces, tailpieces, historiated initials and textual vignettes – another tour de force of Thomson's delicate interpretation of the 18th Century.

A very good copy of this book with light fading to spine, faint foxing to the endpapers and light rubbing to the extremities. A lovely, bright book. Part of the Macmillan Cranford Series. Balston I 21; Rogerson 21. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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13 [Thomson, Hugh; Railton, Herbert (illustrations]; Tristram, Outram COACHING DAYS AND COACHING WAYS
London Macmillan & Co. 1893 Edition De Luxe Full calf Very good Thomson, Hugh; Railton , Herbert (illustrations) 
SR8vo (7 ¼“x 5 ¼”). pp. xv; 376. Part of the Macmillan Cranford Series. Balston I 6; Rogerson 6. Coaching Days and Coaching Ways was a very popular book at the turn of the 20th century and described the ups and downs of traveling by coach and horse in in 19th century England. The book became so popular for those missing the simple days before the industrial revolution that it spawned a line of Staffordshire dishware by Ridgway Pottery featuring Hugh Thomson's artwork from the book on every thing from serving dishes to teacups. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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14 [Thomson, Hugh; Railton, Herbert]; Tristram, Outram COACHING DAYS AND COACHING WAYS
London Macmillan & Co. 1893 First Thus cloth Very good Thomson, Hugh 
C8vo (7 ¼“x 5 ¼”). pp. xv; 376. Unsigned publisher’s binding by Hugh Thomson and Herbert Railton in smooth green cloth gold stamped with titles, a stableman, horse and inn; spine stamped in gold with titles and carriage whip; green end papers; a.e.g. Frontis. with tissue guard and 214 b/w line block illustrations by Hugh Thomson and Herbert Railton, including full page illustrations, headpieces, tailpieces, and textual vignettes. Originally released as a quarto in 1888, Macmillan entirely rearranged the text and reduced the illustrations for this issue. A very good copy with bookplate of Herbert Morton Saumenig on the front pastedown. Light scuffing to the boards, light fading to spine and light chipping to corners as well as head and and tail of spine (usual with Cranford bindings). Text block in beautiful condition - clean and bright. Part of the Macmillan Cranford Series. Balston I 6; Rogerson 6. Coaching Days and Coaching Ways was a very popular book at the turn of the 20th century and described the ups and downs of traveling by coach and horse in in 19th century England. The book became so popular for those missing the simple days before the industrial revolution that it spawned a line of Staffordshire dishware by Ridgway Pottery featuring Hugh Thomson's artwork from the book on every thing from serving dishes to teacups. 
Price: 25.75 USD
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15 [Thomson, Hugh; Railton, Herbert]; Tristram, Outram COACHING DAYS AND COACHING WAYS
London Macmillan & Co. 1893 First Thus cloth Very good Thomson, Hugh 
C8vo (7 ¼“x 5 ¼”). pp. xv; 376. Unsigned publisher’s binding by Hugh Thomson and Herbert Railton in smooth green cloth gold stamped with titles, a stableman, horse and inn; spine stamped in gold with titles and carriage whip; green end papers; a.e.g. Frontis. with tissue guard and 214 b/w line block illustrations by Hugh Thomson and Herbert Railton, including full page illustrations, headpieces, tailpieces, and textual vignettes. Originally released as a quarto in 1888, Macmillan entirely rearranged the text and reduced the illustrations for this issue. A very good copy with some light scuffing and minor bubbling to the boards, with corners and tail of spine chipped as usual. Overall, a bright and lovely copy. Part of the Macmillan Cranford Series. Balston I 6; Rogerson 6. Coaching Days and Coaching Ways was a very popular book at the turn of the 20th century and described the ups and downs of traveling by coach and horse in in 19th century England. The book became so popular for those missing the simple days before the industrial revolution that it spawned a line of Staffordshire dishware by Ridgway Pottery featuring Hugh Thomson's artwork from the book on every thing from serving dishes to teacups. 
Price: 35.30 USD
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THE COMPLETE POETICAL WORKS OF GEOFFREY CHAUCER NOW FIRST PUT INTO MODERN ENGLISH, [Unidentified (binding design); Gobel, Warwick (illustrations)];  Tatlock, John S. P.; MacKaye, Percy
16 [Unidentified (binding design); Gobel, Warwick (illustrations)]; Tatlock, John S. P.; MacKaye, Percy THE COMPLETE POETICAL WORKS OF GEOFFREY CHAUCER NOW FIRST PUT INTO MODERN ENGLISH
New York The Macmillan Company 1912 First Edition cloth Very good Gobel, Warwick (cover design and illustrations) 
4to (7¼" x 10"). pp. 607 + 6 pp. publisher's advts. Unsigned binding design based on Gobel's illustration of Cleopatra's Galley at the Battle of Actium opposite page 556 with an Art nouveau style woven Dogwood floral border. Border design and titles in gilt on spine. Includes 32 full-page color illustrations after paintings by Warwick Gobel with captioned tissue guards. Buff endpapers illustrated with the pilgrims from the Canterbury tales in blue. t.e.g.

A bright copy with a small drop of ink and light rubbing to the design and a degree of fading and darkening to the spine. Scarce. ML 83; Minsky 1:38; PBO.pba02589.bib 
Price: 400.00 USD
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BLUE JACKETS OF '61 A HISTORY OF THE NAVY IN THE WAR OF SECESSION, [Unidentified (binding design); Jackson, W. C. (illustrator)]; Abbot, Willis J.
17 [Unidentified (binding design); Jackson, W. C. (illustrator)]; Abbot, Willis J. BLUE JACKETS OF '61 A HISTORY OF THE NAVY IN THE WAR OF SECESSION
New York Dodd, Mead & Company 1886 First Edition cloth Very Good 
S4to (8" x 9¼"). pp. 318. Unsigned binding design in gold on blue canvas cloth with white canvas onlay. Includes frontis. and 54 additional illustrations in b/w by W. C. Jackson. A history for boys of the American Navy during the Civil War. A stunning and quite evocative binding of a tall ship sail and its rigging with titles designed to look as if made from rope, and the sail made from a cream canvas onlay to give dimensionality to the design.

A handsome copy with rubbing to the extremities and rear board and a small (1/8") chip in the cloth at the lower right corner. Scarce in this binding and in this condition. PBO.pba02502.bib. 
Price: 375.00 USD
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