North America

  • # 16414

    SYLE, Jane Margaret Winter (née DAVIS, 1821-1859)

    [CHINA; MISSIONS] Two manuscript letters of Jane Syle, wife of American Episcopal missionary in China Rev. Dr. Edward W. Syle, written from Shanghai to her young son Henry Winter Syle in Baltimore, 1852.

    Letter I. Jane Margaret Winter Syle to her son Henry Winter Syle [in Baltimore]. Shanghai, 10 March 1852. Manuscript in brown ink on blue writing paper, bifolium (135 x 108 mm), [4] pages; complete (but lacking envelope); original folds, light foxing. Letter II. Jane Margaret Winter Syle to her son Henry Winter Syle [in Baltimore]. …

  • # 25207

    ERKSON, L. A., Mrs.


    Late nineteenth century album, small quarto (250 x 195 mm), original limp roan covers with cloth spine, front cover with calligraphic gold lettering ‘SEA MOSSES.’; front endpaper inscribed by the compiler ‘Mrs. L. A. Erkson, Sept. 8th 1888’, [19] paper leaves with marine algae specimens mounted recto only; in exceptional condition, all specimens fully intact …

  • # 25222

    FISCHER, Hal (1950 - )

    Hal Fischer : The Gay Seventies

    San Francisco : Gallery 16, 2019. Quarto, laminated boards, pp. 110, illustrated. New copy. Hal Fischer: The Gay Seventies is the first monograph to feature the complete set of photo-text works that Hal Fischer produced between 1977 and 1979 in San Francisco’s Haight and Castro neighborhoods. In addition to Gay Semiotics, Fischer’s best-known work (its …

  • # 25225

    DEAN, Douglas (pseudonym for Dean Goodman)

    Douglas Dean’s San Francisco Gaylife ’73 – ’74 (inscribed copy)

    Bars – baths – restaurants – clubs – churches. Make out – a provocative short story by Douglas Dean. Plus photos of the hunkiest guys this side of heaven. San Francisco : Barbary Coast Productions, 1973. Quarto, illustrated wrappers, presentation inscription on upper and lower wrapper by model Robert R. Renskin, pp. 48, illustrations (including …

  • # 25292

    TAYLOR, Tom

    Written in a tropical glow : books, prints, and manuscripts describing the biological exploration of the New World tropics

    Dallas : DeGolyer Library, Southern Methodist University, 2018. Quarto, bound in two contrasting green Japanese fabrics, folding frontispiece, pp. 166 plus 32 pages of colour plates, printed letterpress. Limited to 390 copies (40 copies in a deluxe binding were also issued). A magnificent illustrated monograph being the catalogue for an exhibition of rare travel books …

  • # 24513

    [CHEROKEE NEW TESTAMENT] Itse kanohedv datlohisdv ugvwiyuhi igatseli tsisa galonedv utseliga.

    New York : American Bible Society, 1860. First edition. Small octavo (185 x 120 mm), original full blind-blocked black morocco, gilt-lettered spine; 408 pp; text in the Cherokee language, in the Sequoyah syllabary; a fine copy. Although portions of the New Testament had been published in the written language created by the Cherokee polymath Sequoyah as early as 1829, …

  • # 17979

    Patchen, Kenneth (1911-1972)


    Highlands, NC : Jonathan Williams, 1958. ‘Limited to 75 copies prepared & painted by Kenneth Patchen / 68’ (colophon). Octavo, specially bound in original cloth backed thick boards hand-painted in acrylic by the poet with depictions of some of his ‘fabulous animals’ (small sections of paint loss along the spine, otherwise very well preserved), front …

  • # 24127

    Celebrity Circuit Pty. Ltd. (promoter)

    Harlem Blackbirds, 32 sepia stars : souvenir programme of Australia’s first coloured revue : Palladium Stage Theatre

    /​ direction: Celebrity Circuit Pty. Ltd. [Sydney] : Celebrity Circuit, [1955]. Quarto (280 x 215 mm), original pictorial wrappers, staple bound, [14] pp, sepia tone photographic illustrations throughout; a fine copy. Rare programme for the Sydney season at the Palladium Theatre of the Harlem Blackbirds’ groundbreaking tour of Australia and New Zealand in 1955-56. The …

  • # 24274

    TARPEY-SCHWED, Randall (Editor); CARROLL, Christopher (Illustrator); KOCH, Peter Rutledge (Book design and printing)

    [PRIVATE PRESS] Plate by plate : California recipes from the gold rush through “California cuisine”

    San Francisco : The Book Club of California, 2014. “The Book Club of California 2014 keepsake”. One of 1,000 copies. Folio (8 x 10″), publisher’s printed wraparound portfolio containing 13 unbound folios, unpaginated; each recipe is illustrated by Christopher Carroll; a fine copy. ‘This delightful publication was edited by Randall Tarpey-Schwed and includes contributions from …

  • # 23595

    GALLA, Philip

    A story of sorts

    Minneapolis : The Hermetic Press, 1979. Small square duodecimo, limp papered boards with title label, unpaginated, text and typecut illustrations. Limited to 100 copies bound by hand. ‘Acclaimed artist, poet and master printer Philip Gallo has operated The Hermetic Press since 1965 when he first began printing concrete and visual poetry. For the ten years …

  • # 23885

    HORSHAM, Michael

    The art of the Shakers

    Leicester : Silverdale Books, 2004. Quarto, illustrated wrappers, pp. 127, illustrated.

  • # 23612

    JOHNSON, Cecil and James.

    A Printer’s Garland

    San Francisco: The Book Club of California, 1935. Duodecimo, papered boards, gilt-lettered vellum spine, pp. 35, illustrations. Printed in an edition of 300 copies.  

  • # 23593

    DOUGLAS, Norman.

    The angel of Manfredonia

    San Francisco: The Windsor Press, 1929. Octavo, quarter-cloth over marbled boards, pp. 37, decorations by Howard Simon. First edition, limited to 225 numbered copies, signed by Norman Douglas.

  • # 22956

    FENNER, Rest.

    United States

    Engraved map with original hand colouring, 140 x 240 mm, mild toning, else very good. From : Fenner’s pocket atlas of modern & ancient geography. London. Robert Jennings, circa 1828.

  • # 22955

    FENNER, Rest.

    Canada, New Brunswick & Nova Scotia

    Engraved map with original hand colouring, 140 x 240 mm, mild toning, else very good. From : Fenner’s pocket atlas of modern & ancient geography. London. Robert Jennings, circa 1828.

  • # 22555

    Prévost, Antoine François (Abbé) (1697-1763)

    Histoire générale des voyages,

    ou, Nouvelle collection de toutes les relations de voyages par mer et par terre, qui ont été publiées jusqu’à présent dans les différentes langues de toutes les nations connues … … Paris : Didot, 1746 – 1789. Twenty volumes, quarto (290 x 230 mm), uniformly bound in period full French speckled calf, ruled in gilt, …