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Irish Fairy Tales [Signed Limited]
London: Macmillan, 1920. x, 318 pages. 9-1/8 by 11-1/4 inches. Stephens, an Irish novelist, specialized in retelling traditional fairy tales, and this is his most popular work. This collection includes ten stories, including several in the Fenian Cycle about the mythical hero, Fionn mac Cumhaill.
This first edition is notable for the 16 color plates contributed by Arthur Rackham, each mounted on paper and protected by tissue guards. A lovely illustrated edition, here limited to 520 copies signed by Rackham (there was also a trade edition). The book cost three guineas in 1920--about $12, when the typical price for a hardcover books was $2. ISBN: 281AIB1043905.
First edition (first printing). A very good hardcover copy; lacking the rare dust jacket (this copy had its jacket for a long time, and the spine is darkened a bit at the base where the jacket was chipped). Bound in quarter vellum paper and plain paper-covered boards, stamped in gilt. Bookplate designed by Arthur Nelson Macdonald for Benedict Erstein on front pastedown. Signed by Rackham, as issued, on a preliminary page.
This copy has some chipping and a bit of loss at the spine ends. The lower corners are worn; the hinges are starting to crack and have been neatly strengthened with Japanese tissue. [JSP01; JSP04]Book ID: 222427More details Price: $1,250.00
Balada del arbol que fue rosa
Holguin, Cuba: Casa Editora Cuadernos Papiro, 2015. 13-1/2 by 17 inches. 12 leaves printed letterpress on rectos (one-side) only. Several types of paper are used, including sheets made from recycled Communist party newspapers.
Jose Emilio Leyva Azze illustrates Coscia's poems with linocuts, shaped newspaper collages, and hand-colored elements. The binding is done with cord punched through the leaves in a zig-zag patter.
Published in an edition of 100 copies. ISBN: 9789597163527.
Corners slightly bumped, else fine. With a "certificado de autenticacion" laid in. [webonly]Book ID: 223349More details Price: $400.00
(Covelo, CA): The Yolla Bolly Press, 1989. 91 pages. 7-1/2 by 10 inches. One of 200 numbered paperback copies. Published simultaneously in a signed hardcover edition of 50 copies numbered with Roman Numerals and housed in a slipcase. There was also a limited edition of 5 copies lettered A to E reserved for the Press. ISBN: B0020MNDNC.
A fine copy in wrappers (paperback). Number 143 of 200.Book ID: 163971More details Price: $125.00
The Messiah: Isaiah VIII 19-22 & IX 1-6 / Micah IV 3-5 / Zechariah XIV 20-21
(Cummington, MA?): The Cummington Press, 1947. Single sheet folded to make 4 pages. Prophetic excerpts from the Old Testament, printed by Harry Duncan as a holiday greeting for Mr. and Mrs. Arno Werner. ISBN: 281AIB1044185.
First edition (first printing). Somewhat foxed.Book ID: 224332More details Price: $30.00