North America

  • # 32627

    FISCHER, Hal (1950 - )

    Gay semiotics : a photographic study of visual coding among homosexual men

    San Francisco : NFS Press, 1977. First edition. Quarto, lettered wrappers (edges rubbed, a couple of small creases and handling wear, small bookseller’s label inside lower wrapper), pp. 56, illustrated. A very good copy. The rare first edition. In 2015 a facsimile was printed (which sold out), this summary is taken from the publisher’s description: …

  • # 32032

    H. G. HIBBARD

    [WOOL INDUSTRY] H. G. Hibbard, breeder of thoroughbred Spanish Merino Sheep, Orwell, Vt.

    East Shoreham, Vermont [U.S.A.] : F.L. Webster, [circa 1880]. Lithographed business card, 77 x 132 mm; printed recto only, illustration signed David No. 77. Fine condition. Having fiercely protected its merino bloodlines from foreign powers for so long, Spain had relinquished its monopoly on the hugely lucrative merino wool industry by the early 1800s. Merinos were introduced …

  • # 32312

    [MEXICAN REVOLUTION] Letter from an American businessman to his young English fiancée, containing an account of his recent experiences in the Baja Califonia Desert. Los Angeles, August 1920.

    4 pp, quarto (280 x 180 mm); manuscript in ink on two lettersheets with the printed letterhead of the Los Angeles Athletic Club, dated 13 August 1920; some staining (martini or tears – or a mixture of both?), resulting in a few lacunae, otherwise complete and legible. An interesting item of private correspondence written in …

  • # 32075

    HARING, Keith (1958 - 1990)

    Art in transit : subway drawings by Keith Haring

    Photos by Tseng Kwong Chi. Introduction by Henry Geldzahler. Design by Dan Friedman. New York : Harmony Books, 1984. First edition. Printed in Japan. Quarto, illustrated wrappers, unpaginated, photobook filled with images of Haring’s iconic underground subway chalk drawings.

  • # 31885

    MIZER, Bob (1922 - 1992)

    Physique pictorial. Vol 13, No. 3, 1963

    Los Angeles : AMG, 1963. Octavo, pictorial wrappers, pp. 32, black and white photographs. Includes illustration by Tom of Finland Physique Pictorial, published by Bob Mizer’s Athletic Model Guild (AMG) was the first all-male and all-nude magazine in the United States. It is an example of a ‘beefcake’ magazine which published images of athletic and …

  • # 31886

    MIZER, Bob (1922 - 1992)

    Physique pictorial. Vol. XVI, No. 1

    Los Angeles : AMG, 66. Octavo, pictorial wrappers, pp. 32, black and white photographs. Physique Pictorial, published by Bob Mizer’s Athletic Model Guild (AMG) was the first all-male and all-nude magazine in the United States. It is an example of a ‘beefcake’ magazine which published images of athletic and attractive young men primarily for a …

  • # 32088

    BAKER, Kenneth

    George Washington’s war in caricature and print

    London : Grub Street, 2009. Quarto, boards in dustjacket, pp. 224, extensively illustrated. A fine copy. A history of the American War of Independence in printed caricatures, broadsides, prints and ephemera.

  • # 31176

    BORGET, Auguste (1808-1877)

    [HAWAII] Fragments d’un voyage autour du monde

    Moulins [France] : P.A. Desrosiers Imprimeur Editeur, [1850]. Oblong quarto, original illustrated full vellum (some marking and staining), pp [12], [12] leaves of lithographic plates in two tints; occasional very mild foxing, otherwise a clean, firmly bound and desirable copy of this seldom seen work. Not in Sabin; Forbes, 1766. ‘This is a very rare …

  • # 31184

    DUPETIT-THOUARS, Abel Aubert (1793-1864)

    Voyage autour du monde sur la frégate la Vénus, pendant les années 1836-1839 … Atlas pittoresque

    Paris : Gide, 1841. Folio (535 x 335 mm), contemporary quarter-calf over blue cloth, spine lettered in gilt (light rubbing), marbled endpapers, half-title, title page, 68 lithographed plates (14 with original hand colour, some others with tint blocks, occasional light foxing but remarkably clean), large engraved folding map of the world (a little miscreased), 3 …

  • # 31718

    TOM WADE III

    1969 : the gay year

    A fun book, a screaming laugh riot … a ‘homoscope’ for gay guys and gay gals ’round the world in ’69! Dallas, Texas : Gaylord Publishing Company, [1968]. Octavo, psychedelic illustrated wrappers, pp. 192, sketch illustrations, a fine copy. A cheap pulp of vintage ‘homohumour’ filled with tongue-in-cheek quips, sayings, jokes and sketches poking fun …

  • # 31752

    MORTON, Johnny; MASTODON MINSTRELS

    Johnny Morton’s Mastodon Minstrel song book, containing all the favourite songs, & which have made the “Mastodon Minstrels” famous on their tour of the Australian Colonies.

    Wellington : Printed at the “New Zealand Times” office, Lambton Quay, 1882. Duodecimo, original printed wrappers, lower wrapper with advertisement for the Company, pp 23, [1 contents]; very small hole with loss to lower wrapper, otherwise a very good copy. Bagnall, 3641. Formed in the United States by the entrepreneur J.H. Haverly (1837-1901), this legendary …

  • # 31240

    [MAPPLETHORPE]. ANDERSON,Alexandra and ARCHER, B. J.

    Anderson & Archer’s Soho: The Essential Guide to Art and Life in Lower Manhattan

    New York : Simon & Schuster, 1979. First edition. Octavo, illustrated wrappers (light edge wear), pp. 192, a few minor pen marks (circling galleries of interest), maps and illustrations. Photography by Robert Mapplethorpe. A detailed guide to the fashionable district of Soho filled with galleries, boutiques and theatres. Includes photographs of Leo Castelli, John Gibson, …

  • # 30815

    FORGE, Andrew

    Rauschenberg

    New York : Abrams, 1969. Quarto, illustrated papered boards (small mark lower board), light edge wear, glassine jacket (with a tear and crease), lettered paper interior sheet, pp. 231, illustrated. Designed by Rauschenberg, extensively illustrated with works from his oeuvre, a very good copy.

  • # 31318

    HUBBARD, Elbert (1856 - 1915)

    These pages recount little journeys made to the homes of Ruskin and Turner.

    East Aurora: Roycroft Printing Shop, 1896. Quarto, quarter-cloth over gilt-lettered papered boards (marked, boards rubbed), pp. 54, 12 photographure plates with tissue guards, letterpress printed in red and black, extensive marginal ornamentation coloured in inks and gold, all edges uncut, internally fine. Limited to 473 copies signed and numbered by the author. Elbert Hubbard was …

  • # 30173

    VANCOUVER, George (1757-1798)

    A Voyage of Discovery to the North Pacific Ocean, and round the world;

    in which the coast of North-West America has been carefully examined and accurately surveyed. Undertaken by his Majesty’s command principally with a view to ascertain the existence of any navigable communication between the North Pacific and North Atlantic Oceans; and performed in the year 1790, 1791, 1792, 1793, 1794 and 1795, in the Discovery sloop …

  • # 31445

    CONVERSE, Rev J. K.

    A discourse on the moral, legal and domestic condition of our colored population, preached before the Vermont Colonization Society, at Montpelier, October 17, 1832.

    Burlington [VT] : Edward Smith, 1832. Octavo, printed wrappers, stitched, pp. 32; faint 19th-century institutional stamp to title page, foxed throughout, Scarce anti-slavery pamphlet.